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Sheriff to review slow response to missing woman

first_imgSEATTLE – A sheriff has ordered a review of the 911 calls made about a woman who spent more than a week missing before search crews found her trapped in the wreckage of her sport-utility vehicle. King County Sheriff Sue Rahr’s order comes after Tanya Rider’s husband complained that he had to fight to get authorities to launch a search for his wife. Tom Rider said he asked the sheriff’s office last weekend to use cell phone technology to try to find his wife, but was told she couldn’t be categorized as a missing person because she wasn’t a minor, suicidal or mentally ill. Authorities found the Maple Valley woman after detecting the general location of her cell phone Thursday morning. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rahr said her department gets up to 700 missing persons reports a year, and the vast majority involve people who fail to come home on time or “an adult who wants to leave on their own accord.” Rahr said she takes Tom Rider’s concerns seriously. “I want to know if he tried to report this and we made a mistake,” Rahr said. “If we made a mistake, we’re going to address that.”last_img read more

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Cookbook celebrates South Africa’s culinary heritage

first_imgSouth African chef Nompumelelo Mqwebu is taking local cuisine to the world with the release of her new cookbook, Through the Eyes of an African Chef, to be published in October 2017.South African chef Nompumelelo Mqwebu’s new cookery book is a fresh take on traditional South African food. Through the Eyes of an African Chef is published on 6 October 2017. (Image: Africa Meets Europe)CD AndersonMqwebu runs the Africa Meets Europe/Mzansi International Culinary Festival chef school, skills training company, hospitality service provider. Before this, she spent 10 years training and developing her cooking skills in South Africa and around the world, including at cooking schools and kitchens in New York, London and Ireland.Her first love, though, is African food and in her new book of South African recipes, she writes about her intention to introduce the world to authentic South African food, as well as tell the story of how food plays an important role in the country’s diverse heritage.South African chef Nompumelelo Mqwebu’s new cookery book is a fresh take on traditional South African food. Through the Eyes of an African Chef is published on 6 October 2017. (Image: Africa Meets Europe)“This book aims to introduce authentic South African cuisine for both simple home and professional restaurant cooking. It reintroduces traditional practices and recipes cooked with ingredients straight from an organic garden with modern adaptations and fusion with other cultures who have touched this soil. Food evocative of a nation blessed with generous resources, arable land and inhomogeneous cultures. It is time to prove South African cuisine can rub shoulders with the food currently served in our restaurants,” Mqwebu says in the introduction to Through the Eyes of an African Chef.Mqwebu grew up in KwaZulu-Natal, in a family proud of its heritage and enthusiasm for African cooking. A chapter in the book is dedicated to her father’s favourite dishes, including unique takes on an umhlazi (tomato) and meat broth, as well as oxtail.“[My father] enriched our lives with his Sunday meals… and instilled in us a sense of culinary adventure,” she writes. “I appreciate and acknowledge those who passed on food recipes, styles, preferences, tastes, culture and life through generations… we should continue to honour [this].”Another of the book’s chapters covers the history of Khoisan food culture, and includes recipes for honey-glazed springbok and natural tsamma melon juice.Other chapters feature recipes Mqwebu developed during her travels across Africa and her training in Europe, including her tenure at the Ballymaloe Organic Farm & Cookery School in Shanagarry, Ireland. Here she learned the importance of small-scale organic farming and sustainable farming techniques.Developing small-scale food producersSouth African chef Nompumelelo Mqwebu’s new cookery book is a fresh take on traditional South African food. Through the Eyes of an African Chef is published on 6 October 2017. (Image: Africa Meets Europe)Currently, Mqwebu, through Africa Meets Europe, works with female small produce farmers around the country, developing their farming and business skills to supplement their incomes. On the company’s website, she writes: “producers… are a vital part of our growth and economy. I [want] to showcase unity in food… [and create] a revival and evolution of our food culture [that] pays respect to our history and teaches us how we can best bring life back as it should be in Southern Africa.”At Africa Meets Europe, the ethos is producing and using good, clean and fair food through the promotion and upliftment of small organic producers. The company also specialises in fresh produce market events and food security education.Additionally, Mqwebu is concerned with the advancement of women and young people in the hospitality industry. She teaches and employs new chefs and food industry entrepreneurs, and develops new skills for the community.With Through the Eyes of an African Chef, Mqwebu wants to ignite the world’s passion, as well as rekindle South Africans’ love for the country’s rich and diverse food heritage, through finding “fresh new ways of practising, preserving and upholding Africa’s finest culinary traditions”.Through the Eyes of an African Chef by Nompumelelo Mqwebu will be published on 6 October 2017.For more information on the book, visit the Africa Meets Europe website.Source: Africa Meets EuropeWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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In the heart of Lucknow, a ward cries for civic attention

first_imgAn unbearable stench emanates from the area near the gate of the Ghasyari Mandir Primary School in the Qaiserbagh area of Lucknow. Tucked into a wall of the government-run school is a municipality dumping ground, the filth from which not only fouls the atmosphere but also overflows to the residential colony located nearby. It is a den for stray dogs.Despite complaints by residents, the dumping zone has existed for many years, a casualty of which has been enrollment in the school as parents refuse to send their children there.“We have only six students left. The guardians have given it to us in writing that they don’t want their children to fall ill,” said assistant teacher Archana Singh, who has her mouth partially covered to avoid the stench.A few feet away, crumbs of rotting meat and fish, and other filth, have almost reached the door of Tara Ghihar’s house. The waste dumped here comes mostly from Machli Mahaul, a fish, meat and vegetable market located nearby.“They talk of Swacchh Bharat. But nobody ever comes here. Our relatives and guests refuse invitations to our house due to this filth. Tell me, who will come here?” asks Ms. Ghihar, a Dalit.110 wards go to pollsLocated barely 2 km from the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, the locality falls in the Jagdish Chandra Bose Ward (44), one of the 110 in the city that will vote on Sunday in the second phase of the State’s municipal elections. The awkwardly located dumping zone, squeezed between a school and some houses, is only one of the problems of the ward, where residents struggle for basic civic requirements such as sanitation, clean water, and toilets. Many homes do not have toilets or the space to build it. They rely on public toilets.However, the public toilet closest to the Machli Mahaul locality is filthy and choked. Not only is there a strong stench of human waste, the structure is dilapidated, with a pile of trash and dense overgrowth on both sides. Walking all the way to the next toilet in another part of the market is an ordeal, especially for women. Besides, that toilet closes at night.“They came once and pruned the tree. But did nothing about the toilet,” said Manorama Gupta, a resident of the locality.“This toilet is so filthy, we don’t feel like entering it. There are worms crawling everywhere. But where else to go?” she asks.Not just residents, the poor sanitation facilities also pose difficulties for outsiders, especially farmers and women, who come to the mandi (market) for trade and have to stay for hours.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Congress and the Samajwadi Party (SP) are locked in a tight three-way fight in this ward. The incumbent, SP’s Yawar Hussain Reshu, has won for the last five terms from Ward 44. He is popular among voters and considered accessible.But Bhola Ghihar, a marble artisan, says he is looking for a change this time. “Reshu bhai did a lot of overall work. But in so many years, he could not repair a toilet, our basic need. Let’s give a chance to somebody else,” he said.The ward, which has over 15,000 voters, has a substantial population of Muslims and Dalits. The Congress has also fielded a Muslim, Farid, who stood second in the 2012 elections, while the BJP has fielded Rinku Sonkar, a Dalit belonging to the Khatik caste, who are traditional vegetable sellers.Mohammad Mujahid, who runs a bakery, is a Reshu loyalist and will vote for him again. “Reshu has repaired the drains and street lights, and built water tanks. But most of all, he is amicable and available for us on a call,” says Mr. Mujahid.Mahesh Kashyap, an OBC (Other Backward Classes) resident, who sells chickpeas, and Varun Sonkar, a Dalit vegetable seller, echo the sentiment.Health hazardsHowever, Mr. Sonkar says the parshad, as the the ward councillor is known, did not fully address the drinking water problem. “The tap water we get is yellow. It is not fit for drinking. We have to borrow water from our neighbours, who have borewells installed. It [the water supply] is all dependant on mutual goodwill and humanity, not the municipality,” he says.In the Khatik neighbourhood, the major issue is an open drain. Guddi Sonkar, a Dalit hawker, has no toilet in her one-room house and visits a makeshift toilet next to the drain each day. “It almost feels like open defecation. We have to wait for darkness to fall to go there, either in the night or early morning,” she says.The open drain has been an eyesore for locals for many years now. It not only runs close to homes, bifurcating the locality and causing numerous diseases, it swells so much during the monsoons that filthy water runs into the homes.Manoj Kumar, a Khatik, shows this reporter a video of the monsoons he recorded last year. “Ravidas Mehrotra [a former MLA] promised he would cover up the drain. But after he won, he never showed his face. The parshad gets the drain cleaned but has done nothing concrete,” said Mr. Manoj, who runs a plywood shop.While civic issues and the personalities of the candidates are key factors in determining support, there is also anger towards the Narendra Modi government for policies such as the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which small traders and artisans say is complex, and has also made selling and purchasing material difficult.Local knowledgeSandhya, a Sonkar woman, regrets voting for the BJP and complains that GST has made clothes expensive. But will she vote against the BJP? No, she says. Her explanation is practical. Sandhya, who is an M.Phil in ancient history, says policies such as GST do not concern the municipal ward representative. Besides, the BJP candidate is from her caste.“We need to choose a councillor for the things under his jurisdiction. We will vent our frustration against the BJP in 2019, if we have to,” she says.The margins for victory in UP’s local elections are so thin that, in his campaign, Mr. Reshu has stressed he is the only one among the three candidates to live within the boundaries of the ward.Golu Sonkar agrees with Mr. Reshu that “only a local” can bring development. But he says he will vote for the BJP candidate this time, simply due to community compulsions. “It is the first time a member of our biradari (community) is contesting here,” says the youth, who is unemployed.last_img read more

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Federer overpowers Dimitrov to win 97th career title

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “What a week it’s been. Absolutely amazing,” Federer said. “The goal was to make the semis and I won the tournament so of course I’m incredibly excited and so, so happy.”The 36-year-old Swiss extended his domination over the player once dubbed “Baby Fed” for the similarities in their playing style, registering his seventh victory in as many meetings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFederer’s third title at the Rotterdam tournament comes a day before he officially returns to the top of the rankings, more than five years after he was last world No. 1.He will become the oldest person to hold the No. 1 position when the rankings are updated on Monday. It’s been more than five years since Federer was last No. 1, and 14 years since he first reached the top spot. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Messi aims to score against Chelsea at 9th attempt Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Federer, who has 20 Grand Slams to his name, said his next target is 100 career titles. He moved a step closer Sunday.Federer said ahead of the final that the more aggressive player would win and Dimitrov started the strongest, winning his first game to love as he slammed powerful forehands and backhands past Federer.But the Swiss great quickly started matching Dimitrov’s groundstrokes and converted his first break point in the fifth game. Federer broke Dimitrov again to go up 5-2 and then served out the set.Federer kept the pressure on Dimitrov in the second set, breaking the Bulgarian in the first game and continuing to dominate on his way to victory in just 55 minutes.Federer won a massive 82 percent of points on his service compared to 55 percent for Dimitrov.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises After his strong start, the Bulgarian appeared to be struggling physically, but said afterward that he simply wasn’t good enough.Tournament director Richard Krajicek said Dimitrov was ill Saturday night and was short on energy on court.“Against Roger in the current situation he is in you can’t play any less than 100 percent,” Dimitrov said. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates his victory over Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the men’s singles final of the ABN AMRO world tennis tournament at the Ahoy stadium in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Post)ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — Roger Federer came to the ABN AMRO World Tournament aiming to secure a return to the top of the world rankings. He achieved that goal Friday. On Sunday, he put an exclamation point on a remarkable week by winning the tournament for good measure.Federer overpowered an ailing Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2 in less than an hour to win his 97th career title.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View commentslast_img read more

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Historic step: Pandharpur temple allows non-Brahmin and women priests

first_imgAmidst of the Maalin tragedy, a historic development went unnoticed in Maharashtra. A path breaking leap that perhaps can be seen a strong step towards the annihilation of caste system and patriarchy that still rules the minds of India.For the first time in its history of almost nine centuries, Non-Brahmin and female priests performed the Pooja of Lord Vitthal and Rukhmini on Friday.The historic transition started with the Supreme Court verdict on January 15, 2014. The apex court had taken away the ancestral rights claimed by the Brahmin families, known as Badve and Utpat to appoint priests.After the verdict the temple trust interviewed 129 candidates for the post temple priests. Highlight of the selection process was that most of the candidates that appeared were non-Brahmins and even 16 women candidates were interviewed.Finally on Friday, five priests belonging to backward classes performed Pooja along with upper caste Brahmins at the historic Vitthal temple and 2 women priests performed pooja at the Rukhmini temple in Pandharpur.In a society that is still dominated by caste system and patriarchy, allowing women and people of lower castes to perform pooja at the temple may be seen as historic and pioneering by many. But those aware of the Maharashtra’s social essence will see this development as a perfect complement to the very quintessence of the medieval Bhakti movement.Poetry, literature and Social reforms flourished in the Bhakti movement. Saint Poet Dnyaneshwar (3th Century BC ) is seen as the pioneer of the Bhakti movement. Several great saint Poets Like Tukaram and Namdev were among others. All these saint poets worshipped Vitthal of Pandharpur.advertisementAt a time when caste system strongly dominated the society, these saints professed the message of equality. It was initially considered unorthodox, as it rebelled against caste distinctions and disregarded Brahmanic rituals which according to Bhakti saints were not necessary for salvation. In the course of time, however, owing to its immense popularity among the masses and even gaining royal patronage it became ‘orthodox’ and continues to be one of the most important modes of religious expression in modern India.The bhakti movement is also seen as a prominent emancipator movement against the Brahminical caste domination. The devotees and the proponents of the movements mostly hailed from Non Brahmin castes. Dnyaneshwar and Eknath were Brahmins but were strictly against caste supremacy. Progressive Thinker and saint Poet Tukaram belonged to the Kunbi Community. Chokha Mela hailed from the untouchable Mahar community. Similarly , Savata belonged to the Mali(Gardener) caste, Sena belonged to Nhavi (Barber) caste, Goroba was a Kumbhar (Potter),Namdev- a Shimpi (Tailor) and so on. Similarly, women Saint poets like Saint Sakhubai, Muktabai, Kanhopatra, Janabai contributed immensely to the Warkari Sect.Given the fact that the Bhakti movement was always above caste hierarchy and Brahmnical assertion, the new development in Vithhal temple of Pandharpur should be viewed as a continuation of the progressive thought that was professed by the great saint poets. From now on lower caste priests and women too have got the right to perform Pooja. A couple of years ago, another decision in Maharashtra was hailed by rationalist and that was allowing women into the main sanctorum of the Mahalakshmi temple in Kolhapur.Though caste system is abolished in India long ago , the discreet existence of the caste supremacy and patriarchy still hampers the social fabric of the country. But now the step to allow Lower castes and women to perform pooja in Pandharpur will be a giant leap in the long drawn efforts to annihilate caste from the society and giving women equal rights. The humanitarian message in the system is loud and clear, everybody is equal before the almighty. Just as Saint Chokha Mela who hailed from the untouchable caste wrote “Chokha Donga par bhaav naahi donga” which means Chokha may be from a inferior caste, but his devotion is not. Chokha Mela’s thoughts have been given justice in spirit after 900 years.last_img read more

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Ricardo Quaresma doubtful for Portugal’s opener against Iceland

first_imgPortugal coach Fernando Santos will wait until the last minute to decide if winger Ricardo Quaresma can play in Tuesday’s Euro 2016 Group F opener against Iceland.Quaresma is doubtful with a muscle problem in his right leg and trained separately from the rest of the squad at the Stade Geoffrey Guichard on Monday.Asked about the player’s availability, Santos told a news conference: “There are still 24 hours to go and even 12 hours can make a difference. I will decide tomorrow whether he will play or not.”Quaresma, 32, scored twice and set up two more goals in the 7-0 demolition of Estonia last week, Portugal’s final warm-up game.Fenerbahce’s Nani is standing by to replace him alongside talisman Cristiano Ronaldo in attack.Nani started just one of Portugal’s three warm-up games, a 1-0 defeat by England on June 2, and was replaced by Quaresma after 61 minutes.RONALDO FULLY FITRonaldo, who scored 51 goals in 48 games in all competitions for Real Madrid this term, was also bothered by muscular problems at the end of the season.”He is very well. He is really motivated,” Santos said of Ronaldo.Portugal reached the semi-finals four years ago before being eliminated by Spain on penalties.After their opener, Portugal take on Austria on June 18 in Paris and Hungary four days later in Lyon.last_img read more

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This Might Be A Perfect Description Of What Jim Harbaugh Looks Like

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines gathers his team before the start of the game.ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches his team warm up before the game against the Florida Gators at AT&T Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The best bit in sports radio is The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz‘s “What He Looks Like Game.” Le Batard, Stugotz and Co., with the help of their listeners, try to come up with perfect descriptions of what people in sports look like. Some examples:Paxton Lynch looks like the old school Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo.Vin Scully looks like the one real human in a Disney movie filled with animated talking animals.Dan Gilbert looks like the guy who shaves in the locker room mirror at the gym while totally nude.They’ve come up with one for Jim Harbaugh and, Ohio State fans, it’s pretty perfect, right?Jim Harbaugh looks like the guy who yells at his wife in front of everyone when they lose at Pictionary on gamenight pic.twitter.com/Whz6ERQVAI— What He Looks Like (@WhatHeLooksLike) May 8, 2016He totally does.last_img read more

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In the news today Jan 25

first_imgFour stories in the news for Friday, Jan. 25———MOUNTIES TO GIVE UPDATE ON KINGSTON, ONT., ARRESTSRCMP are expected to give an update today on a national security investigation that saw two people arrested in Kingston, Ont. Mounties say there’s no immediate threat to public safety after Thursday’s operation, which also involved local police. A senior government official speaking on background confirmed that the arrests were related to a national security investigation. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says any operational details on the RCMP investigation will be released by the Mounties. Goodale says the country’s official threat level remains at “medium,” where it has stood since the fall of 2014.———INDIAN ACT AT CORE OF PIPELINE DISPUTE: MINISTERCanada’s minister of Crown-Indigenous relations is pointing her finger at the Indian Act for creating a gridlock in northern British Columbia where some hereditary clan chiefs say a liquefied natural gas pipeline doesn’t have their consent. Carolyn Bennett would not say whether she believes the hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation have jurisdiction over the 22,000 square kilometres they claim as their traditional territory. But she says the situation is an example of why the federal government is working to increase First Nations capacity for self-governance, including a new funding program to rebuild hereditary structures.———PM WARNS OF IMMIGRATION FEAR-MONGERINGJustin Trudeau is warning voters to be wary of fear-mongering about immigration, suggesting the issue will be a hot-button topic during the federal election campaign this fall. The prime minister reminded the crowd during a town hall meeting in Miramichi, N.B., on Thursday that it was his Liberal government that granted asylum to 40,000 Syrian refugees in 2015-16. He said his government was glad to help, but he stressed Canadians — those in church and community groups, neighbourhoods and families — made the integration of Syrians a success. The public meeting in New Brunswick was part of a cross-Canada swing aimed at boosting the fortunes of Liberal candidates in an election year.———U.S. INDUSTRY URGES TRADE REPS TO TEAR DOWN TARIFFSAmerican automakers, aluminum producers, manufacturers and farmers are running out of time, money and patience as the North American tariff standoff persists. Industry emissaries are warning U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that President Donald Trump’s tariffs on Mexican and Canadian steel and aluminum, as well as their reciprocal countermeasures, are rapidly undermining whatever benefits the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement will produce once it takes effect. “The damage from the reciprocal trade actions in the steel dispute far outweighs any benefit that may accrue to them from the USMCA,” the group writes in a letter released this week by a coalition of more than 40 different industry associations and lobby groups.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Unifor national president Jerry Dias is expected to make an announcement on the next action in the union’s push to save the GM assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont.— A sentencing hearing is scheduled today for Halifax businessman Hector Mantolino, who pleaded guilty to immigration fraud.— Calgary MP Kent Hehr will announce funding today for the Waterton Lakes National Park.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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