Chocolate BBQ Sauce: Make a Triumph of Summer’s Last Cookout Weekend

first_imgLabor Day Weekend is fast approaching, and that means one more opportunity for wearing white linen pants, one more Monday on which to sleep late, and one more chance to break out the grill and cook like a man, man! (Those three items are not necessarily in chronological order, FYI. In fact, we recommend sleeping late, then cooking, then donning your fancy pants. Cooking in gym shorts and a greasy apron is more than acceptable.)If you want to make the most of what might be the last great cookout of 2015, then you need to prepare some eats that go above and beyond. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Or at least we have a recipe that will have your foods covered. Here’s the twist: today’s BBQ sauce isn’t for that rack of ribs or that slab of brisket; today we’re dishing on desert.Chef François PayardThis recipe for Chocolate BBQ Sauce comes to us from renowned pastry chef François Payard, and rather than recreating the wheel, here is a much abridged version of his bio taken right from the horse’s mouth the chef’s own website:“Born in Nice in 1966, François Payard is a third generation French Pastry Chef. He cultivated his passion for the art of pastry as a child in his grandfather’s acclaimed shop on the Riviera, Au Nid des Friandises. François grew up surrounded by the… classic French pastry in the tradition carried on by his… family for over fifty years…. François [later] moved to Paris where he learned the artistry and refinement of transforming traditional desserts into exquisite plated presentations…. [He moved] to New York in 1990…. The James Beard Foundation named François “Pastry Chef of the Year” in recognition of his accent on flavor combined with a unique sense of pastry design….”Y’know what? This guy has more awards and acclaim and such than we have room for, so suffice it to say he knows his way around delicious foods and let’s get to one of his delicious concoctions, shall we?When the meat and potatoes have all been digested and it’s time for desert, wow your guests with this little number. (Which, by the way, only takes six ingredients to create.)François Payard’s Chocolate BBQ SauceWhat You’ll Need (aka “Ingredients”):8 Ounces Chocolate – 60-70% cacao, ideally1 Tablespoon Light Corn Syrup1 Cup Heavy Cream1/2 Cup Milk4 Tablespoons of Your Favorite BBQ Sauce2 Generous Dashes Tabasco Sauce How To Make It (or… “The Recipe”):Start by snorting the Tabasco sauce off a copper spoon then punching the wall while holding half the chocolate in your fist. OK, now that you’ve done that don’t do that and let’s start again.This Is Gonna Be SweetPlace the crumbled chocolate and corn syrup in a medium bowlPour the heavy cream and milk into a small pan over medium-high heat and bring the mixture to boiling. Quickly pour the hot cream/milk over the chocolate/syrup blend and whisk until the chocolate melts and everything is smoothStrain the smooth mix into a bowlAdd your beloved BBQ sauce and the dashes of Tabasco to the mixLine a couple baking sheets with parchment paper, then dip cookies, marshmallows, waffles, etc. into the Chocolate BBQ Sauce and place them on the baking sheets. Allow the sauce to set, serve, and then enjoy all the culinary compliments headed your way.Desert Is Served. FTW.Also feel free to enjoy some of the delicious desert you just created. 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home Is Classic French Technique Still Relevant In Today’s Culinary World? Editors’ Recommendations 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S.last_img read more

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Lost to India after missing out on key moments

first_imgLondon: Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell said missing out on “key moments” against India led to their first defeat in the ongoing World Cup here. India posted a massive 352 for 5, riding on a professional performance by the top-order led by Shikhar Dhawan (117). In reply, Australia were dismissed for 316 to suffer a 36-run loss. Reflecting on the loss, Maxwell said: “Yeah we probably just missed a few key moments during the game. Couple of dropped catches, missed run-out from myself. I could have run out Shikhar Dhawan with a little back-flick there. Just a few little moments like that in a World Cup game can be heightened by the end of the game,” he said. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunOne of the missed opportunities for Australia was when wicketkeeper Alex Carey dropped a regulation catch of Hardik Pandya early on as he went to score a whirlwind 48 of 27 balls. Maxwell also lavished praise on the lethal Indian pace duo of Jasprit Bumrah (3/61) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/50). “Two of the best death bowlers going around, two of the best opening bowlers going around. To give ourselves the chance of almost chasing that down. “We just missed a few, little key moments.” Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upAustralia were in contention of becoming the first team to successfully chase 353 runs in the World Cup. While David Warner (56), Steve Smith (69) and Carey (55 not out) scored half centuries, other batsmen including Maxwell were unable to star with the bat. Maxwell felt the complexion of the game could have changed had one of the players in the top order scored a ton. “But they (India) batted extremely well to get themselves to 350. It’s always going to be a hard ask, chasing 350 and defying history at the ground,” he said. “We gave a really good crack and probably if we could get someone to make a hundred, I supposes in that top-4. It could potentially be a different game.” However, Maxwell is optimistic that Australia can turn things around if they work on winning vital battles. “We lost wickets at the wrong time, the run-out at the top to lose your captain. Just a few, little moments like that if you can turn those around I’m sure our fortunes will turn around as well,” Maxwell said.last_img read more

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YouTube Originals released post Sep 24 to be free with ads

first_imgSan Francisco: Months after confirming that its Originals programming would soon be free with advertisements, YouTube has finally announced content released after September 24 will be available to non-YouTube Premium subscribers as well.”The new freemium model for YouTube’s original content begins after September 24, 2019. All YouTube Originals series, movies, and live events moving forward will be free to watch with ads for ‘non-members’. “However, there will be tiering system where Premium subscribers ‘get immediate access to every episode of a new season’ for binging. Free watchers will have to wait for each new instalment to be released,” 9to5Google recently reported.The video-sharing site, in an email to Premium subscribers, said that Premium members will have early access to the shows, along with bonus footage.This is being seen as the Google-owned video sharing platform’s new “Single Slate” strategy and comes at a time when most other media companies such as Netflix and Amazon Prime are putting content behind paywalls.last_img read more

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Immigrants visible minorities say Quebec government targeting them with bills

first_imgMONTREAL — Immigrants and visible minorities are noticing how some of the most significant pieces of legislation introduced by the Coalition Avenir Quebec government since it took power last October have something in common: the bills disproportionately affect them.Quebec’s Bill 21, which bans some public sector employees including teachers and police officers from wearing religious symbols, has drawn widespread criticism since Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness Simon Jolin-Barrette tabled it last month.The bill targets all religious symbols. But Haniyfa Scott, a teacher at Montreal’s Carlyle Elementary School, says it is Muslim women who wear the hijab — as she does — who will feel it the most. “I’d like for the government to live a week in the shoes of all the people they are targeting,” she said in an interview Monday.While the secularism bill has grabbed a lot of attention, two other major pieces of legislation addressing immigration levels and the province’s taxi industry have had outsized effects on the province’s minority communities.Transport Minister Francois Bonnardel’s Bill 17, tabled last month, overhauls a taxi industry that is heavily composed of immigrants. Joseph Naufal, the director of a taxi company in east-end Montreal who also works for the industry association, said “easily 90 per cent” of Montreal taxi drivers are first- or second-generation immigrants.The drivers say the Quebec bill, which abolishes a permit system, will drive many of them into bankruptcy.Drivers who blocked downtown Montreal streets last week in protest said Bill 17 mainly affects immigrants who took out loans to finance their permits. If the bill is adopted and the permits lose their value, drivers say the compensation offered by the province will not cover their deep debts.Abdelahk Bentarcheh, 36, who immigrated four years ago from Morocco, said that as a taxi driver, he feels targeted by Bill 17, and as a Muslim he feels targeted by Bill 21. “The government is trying to radicalize the public’s opinion on Islam,” Bentarcheh said of the secularism bill.Another bill affecting the immigrant community was tabled in February by Jolin-Barrette. Bill 9 creates a legal framework granting the government the authority to be more selective over who receives permanent residency in Quebec.Shortly after introducing the bill, Jolin-Barrette signalled the government would throw out a backlog of 18,000 immigration applications from people around the world, including roughly 3,700 applications from people already residing in the province. The government told them to reapply under a new system.Jolin-Barrette’s plan was stopped on Feb. 25, when a Superior Court judge granted an injunction and ordered the government to resume processing the applications.Doug Mitchell, one of the lawyers who took the government to court, said Jolin-Barrette’s decision to cancel 18,000 applications “had no justification.” He added that when one looks at Bill 9, 17 and 21 together, it seems as though immigrants are being disproportionately hit.“I suppose that’s the logical conclusion,” he said in an interview Monday. “It’s a little disturbing, when you think of it.”Ewan Sauves, spokesman for Quebec Premier Francois Legault, said it’s “totally false to claim bills 9, 17 and 21 … target one community or one religion in particular.” The Coalition Avenir Quebec, he said in an email, has tabled 18 bills since coming to power that touch many different parts of the economy and Quebec society.“Whether it’s about immigration, transportation, or state secularism, the same rules are in place for everyone,” he added. “During the election campaign, we were transparent regarding our intentions. We are doing what we said we were going to do. Quebecers, in large numbers, endorsed our ideas last October.”Scott is planning on retiring soon, so she does not expect to be directly affected by Bill 21. The legislation allows teachers already in the school system to continue wearing religious symbols, as long as they don’t seek promotion or change school boards.She said the government’s actions since October make members of some communities feel like second-class citizens.“I think that Quebec has always been known as being a unique society and (the government) is proving that fact, but not in a good way,” Scott said. “Why isn’t the rest of Canada treating people like this?”Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Joanna Lumley To Auction Costumes For Princes Trust

first_imgJoanna Lumley and her Ab Fab alter ego Patsy are raiding their wardrobes for a charity auction in aid of The Prince’s Trust.At 8.00pm on Tuesday 13th November, Joanna Lumley will be throwing open her wardrobe doors and giving the public the chance to own some of her classic costumes and designer outfits.Joanna says, “I am giving up some of my greatest treasures and happiest memories”, adding that she’d only selected pieces for the auction that were special to her.A total of 50 lots of clothing and accessories are to be auctioned, including the sweet Jean Muir dress Joanna wore as the character ‘Marie Jouvet’ in the 1982 film The Trail of the Pink Panther, and lace lingerie worn as ‘Purdey’, the New Avenger girl in the 1980s.Vintage treasures from the 1970s to current designer wear add to the eclectic mix – including the Betty Jackson suit worn to HRH Prince Charles’ wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005, a calico corset Lumley wore in the film Sweeney Todd, and the pink Chanel suit (worn when lobbying for the Gurkhas at the Palace of Westminster).Hermès scarves, costume jewellery, exotic brocaded jackets, shoes with killer heels, stylish Pucci, sequined Moschino, crisp, white Mexicana from the 70s, make this an intriguing and multi-facetted collection.“I am so thrilled to think that the proceeds will all go to benefit young people through one of my all-time favourite charities – The Prince’s Trust,” she said. “I love each item and each garment with a passion.”There are 16 lots from bad-girl Patsy’s stylish wardrobe – including the black velvet and feather hat she wore to Saffy’s wedding in 1996, the Joseph zebra striped coat that she is seen wearing on the AbFab opening credits, designer-wear from across the series by Dolce & Gabbana, Gianfranco Ferre, Alexander McQueen and others.There is even a punk teddy bear and flagons of perfume that Jean-Paul Gaultier personally presented to her on the set of the Exploitin shoot in 2003. Auction date: November 13th 2012 at 8.00pm Viewing on the day from 5.00pm (other times can be arranged by appointment) Venue: Kerry Taylor Auctions, 249-253 Long Lane, London, SE1 4PR Tickets: £10 (all proceeds from tickets will also be donated to The Trust)An online catalogue is available on the Kerry Taylor Auctions website.You can bid in person, online or by telephone and estimates start at £100. All lots are accompanied by letters of authenticity signed by the Joanna Lumley.For more information about the auction please contact Kerry Taylor Auctions on 0208 676 4600 or info@kerrytaylorauctions.comAll proceeds (including tickets) will be donated to The Trust.Source:Prince’s Trustlast_img read more

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New UNESCOLibrary of Congress pact puts rare materials on Internet for public

17 October 2007The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United States Library of Congress today signed a pact paving the way for the creation of a World Digital Library which will digitize rare materials from libraries and other cultural institutions globally and make them available free on the Internet. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United States Library of Congress today signed a pact paving the way for the creation of a World Digital Library which will digitize rare materials from libraries and other cultural institutions globally and make them available free on the Internet.Manuscripts, maps, books, musical scores, sound recordings, films, prints and photographs will all be available online thanks to the agreement signed at UNESCO’s Paris Headquarters by the agency’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, Abdul Waheed Khan, and the Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington.The agency said in a news release that the prototype for the initiative was developed by the Library of Congress and UNESCO with five other partner institutions: Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the National Library of Egypt, the National Library of Brazil, the National Library of Russia, and the Russian State Library.The prototype functions in the UN’s six official languages – Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish – as well as in Portuguese. It features search and browse by place, time, topic, and contributing institution.“We are very pleased to build on the excellent partnership that we have long enjoyed with the Library of Congress to work in innovative ways to preserve and make accessible the memory of the world,” said UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura.“We look forward to continuing and deepening our collaboration with UNESCO,” said Mr Billington, “and to working with the Organization and its staff to ensure that libraries, archives, and museums from around the world join with us in making their cultural treasures accessible online.”A key aspect of the project is to build digital library capabilities in developing countries, so that all countries and all regions can participate and be represented in the World Digital Library, UNESCO said. read more

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US to support resolution on Sri Lanka at UNHRC

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake, who accompanied Otero during her Sri Lankan visit, said that the resolution to be presented on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC, and which is expected to have the support of several other countries as well, notes that Sri Lanka has failed to implement most of the recommendations of the LLRC. The US government is to support a resolution against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) when it convenes later this month.US Under-Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Maria Otero told reporters that the US position was communicated to President Mahinda Rajapaksa when she met the latter in Colombo today. She said that the resolution will give the Sri Lankan government an opportunity to address some human rights concerns, including those raised over the final stages of the war between the Sri Lankan military and the LTTE. Blake told reporters at the same press briefing, that the US government hopes Sri Lanka will address some of the concerns raised by the international community through a domestic mechanism, failing which the US government will push for an international independent probe. read more

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Jon Gruden witness to Braxton Millers spring performance

“They’ve got a hot-shot guy in here from Dayton. No. 5 is all I know. Braxton is his name. He’s pretty darn good.” That’s what NFL analyst and Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden said about Ohio State freshman quarterback Braxton Miller after spending Wednesday and Thursday watching the team practice. Gruden was the keynote speaker at Friday’s coaches clinic. The skills that earned Gruden’s lofty praise were on full display Saturday during OSU’s annual Spring Game. Miller completed seven of 12 passes for 73 yards and a touchdown, and also led the offense on a 14-play, 92-yard touchdown drive. Coach Jim Tressel took notice. “I thought Braxton probably played a little bit more relaxed and had a little bit more fun than he has had,” Tressel said. Miller, who enrolled at OSU for Winter Quarter to get acclimated to the offense, has been thrust into a quarterback competition after incumbent starter, senior quarterback Terrelle Pryor, was suspended for the first five games of next season. Since enrolling, Miller has spent much of his time just trying to learn the offense. Senior linebacker Andrew Sweat, who enrolled early when he was a freshman, said Miller has done well so far. “I came in early as a freshman, and it’s overwhelming,” Sweat said. “I think Braxton does a great job of being mature and learning the plays. I think he’ll be a good player.” On Saturday, Miller showed the dual-threat capabilities that made him such a highly prized recruit coming out of high school by routinely avoiding the pass rush and rushing for 19 yards on five carries. Senior running back Dan Herron said Miller’s elusiveness adds another dimension to the offense. “When you got a guy back there like Braxton who can throw it or run it, it gives you a lot of options,” Herron said. Joe Bauserman, Taylor Graham and Kenny Guiton are also in the mix to replace Pryor and all have more experience with the offense than Miller. But Tressel said Miller will have as much opportunity as anyone. “We’re going to play whoever we need to, and it doesn’t exclude Braxton,” Tressel said. Miller, who was the only quarterback to complete more than half of his passes, has played well enough to be in consideration to become the starter, and has also gained his teammates’ respect. “I was curious to see how he was going to do today in more of a live setting,” senior center Mike Brewster said. “And I told him. I said: ‘Man, you did a good job today. I’m proud of you.’ He’s just a high school guy out there doing that stuff. That’s pretty impressive.” But, Brewster said, spring ball is only the beginning. The right to be the starter in the fall might be earned during the next three months, as the team takes a break from practicing until summer camp. “Over the next few months, he’ll be in the film room learning,” Brewster said. “I’m sure Terrelle will be bringing him along.” Pryor, Herron, offensive lineman Mike Adams, wide receiver DeVier Posey and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits. Tressel will join them for failing to report their violations. read more

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EC 2014 quals Disgraceful Macedonia lose in Portugal 2532

In what should have been a one-sided game in the qualifications for the European Championship 2014 in Denmark turned into a nightmare for the Macedonian team led by Kiril Lazarov. In Espinho (near Porto), the Portuguese squad showed brave and fearless play already from the beginning taking the lead and never letting it go. Portugal played as if they were the huge favorite in this game, totally outplaying the Macedonians, and in the end won a totally deserved 32-25 for the Portuguese.Nikola Mitrevski, Filip Mirkulovski, Dejan Manaskov – the only bright spotsOf the bad display of the Macedonian players, only three had “fine” game – all players of HC Metalurg. Nikola Mitrevski proved why he had a nice game at home against Switzerland, and after replacing Borko Ristovski (15 mins, 0 saves), entered the game and managed to make some important saves, however they were in vain considering the failure in the Macedonian attack. After Mirkulovski entered the game and started organizing the game in place of Filip Lazarov, the game started to move, and at times with his brave moves brought important goals for the team. Dejan Manaskov yet once again showed why he is very promising winger, and probably could receive the highest grade of all for his performance today.In addition, Filip Lazarov’s role in the starting roster is rather unknown, contemplating that he has continuously showed very bad games. Against Switzerland when he was leading the attack, Macedonia from +13 finished with +6. Now in the beginning of the game against Portugal he had nothing to show, and seemed clueless in the attack.Vlatko Temelkov and Zlatko Mojsovski combine for 1 goal, Georgievski left outAs already announced, the in-form promising wing Goce Georgievski has been left out of the team in the name of “youthening” the team. The players that played on his position, Vlatko Temelkov and Zlatko Mojsovski, which are 32 and 31 years old, combined for a total of 1 goal, while Georgievski with 25 years who scores 4-5 goals per game in the Champions League did not get his chance.Fans want Lino Cervar to replace Zvonko SundovskiOn the social networks, there has been a lot of calls that Sundovski is replaced after the debacle in the Olympic Qualifications in which Macedonia lost all three games, however that did not happen. As time passes this calls gain on value, and especially after today’s game, it is to be seriously considered many fans argue. The most wanted name is Cervar, however, some of the players in the national team are afraid that if Cervar is to be coach some of them will definitely not get a call for the national team.Next: Macedonia with two games against Spain in March Considering the current condition in the national team, what is to be expected from the games against Spain in March? Spain “wiped the floor” with Portugal at home with 34:20 and then Switzerland away 33:22, and it will be no wonder if we are to see a convincing Spain win in the match-up in March against Macedonia.BORJAN ZAFIROVSKI cervarfilip lazarovgeorgievskilazarovLino Cervarmirkulovskimojsovskisundovskitemelkov ← Previous Story Rene Toft Hansen injured, out at least for a month Next Story → EC 2014 Quals: Serbia wins Balkan derby, France with Karabatic with an easy win over Turkey read more

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White House sort of opposes SOPA but copyright legislation far from dead

first_imgSOPA and its Senate counterpart, PIPA, took a major blow over the weekend. Opponents of the legislation didn’t have a lot of confidence that the Obama administration would veto the bill, but the White House finally spoke up and expressed serious reservations about the most dangerous parts of the bill. While this can be seen as progress for advocates of internet freedom, the copyright industries’ attempts to kill piracy by crippling the internet are far from over.In an official response to a petition that asked Obama to veto SOPA and PIPA, White House reps stated that it would oppose any bill that “reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.”The official response then laid out a list of expectations that the White House would require in order to sign on to any anti-piracy legislation. These include legislation that doesn’t run the risk of censoring lawful activity, and that avoids creating new cybersecurity risks. It calls on all sides to work together to create some form of legislation that gives rights-holders new legal tools to combat piracy. This probably explains the backpedalling that several proponents of SOPA and PIPA did in the days before the statement (they were likely informed of the White House’s stance in advance).While the statement has temporarily crippled SOPA and PIPA, it doesn’t rule out the possibility of signing SOPA Lite or PIPA 2.0. If we’ve learned anything from the three years of Obama’s presidency, it’s that his rhetoric tends to be stronger than his follow-through. He likes to rally opposing sides of an issue into a Kumbayah session, but, more often than not, that just leads to watered-down legislation that doesn’t make anyone particularly happy.The statement also unflinchingly accepts the copyright industries’ claims that the US economy is being damaged by piracy. Logic dictates that taking digital products for free would cause great harm, but it may not be quite that black-and-white. This conclusion assumes that a) those that pirate content would otherwise be buying it, and b) when people pirate content, the money they saved is either hoarded or spent overseas. The conclusion takes for face value the gripes of mega-corporations that are doing booming business despite an inherent resistance to innovation.Innovation over ProhibitionPiracy is an issue that copyright industries need to deal with, but why is it a government problem and not a business problem? As it stands, the copyright industries’ first response to piracy has been to try to blast it into oblivion. They’re trying to thrive in the 21st century without adopting a 21st century mentality.No matter how many people are sued and how much draconian legislation is pushed, people will keep finding ways to get illegal content. Instead of fighting tooth and nail to return to a world where piracy didn’t exist, why not embrace the new world and find enticing new ways to get customers’ money? They could thrive by giving customers more convenient and attractive reasons to pay for content.iTunes, Netflix (at least before its 2011 missteps), Spotify, and Steam are prime examples of paid content services that have embraced digital distribution and thrived. If copyright industries want to improve their bottom lines, they would be wise to pour more dollars into continuing along those lines, and less into lobbying Washington for restrictions that will kill the internet as we know it.White Houselast_img read more

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Our systems are not working to prevent child sexual violence even after

first_imgOur systems are not working to prevent child sexual violence, even after it is reported Of all reported cases of child sexual violence only 2% end in a conviction. Children whose disclosures don’t result in a criminal conviction still need protection, writes Dr Clíona Saidléar. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article IN HER ADVANCE report on Ireland released this month, the UN Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, made the observation that:“A culture of silence around issues of childhood sexual abuse and exploitation…. means systems are not in place to prevent or quickly respond to violations.”You would be forgiven for thinking she was referring to our well documented historical failings in responding to child sexual violence, but unfortunately, she was referring to what is happening to child victims of rape today.The report also noted “a lack of a dedicated and integrated strategy to respond to sexual violence against children”.The question of how our children are currently protected is disturbingly difficult to answer in any detail.This is the question that the Rape Crisis Network Ireland laid before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality as it seeks to understand the reform needs of the family law system in Ireland.According to the report: Sexual Abuse and Violence in Ireland, around one in five children is a victim of sexual violence, so it stands to reason that this issue features heavily in the family courts, yet these courts have little by way of specialist practitioners to deal with it.  12 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4563288 Short URL The fact is our family courts are handling criminal matters of a child protection nature in unknown numbers, in the absence of standardised and fully regulated specialisation.Almost all advocates are agreed that our family courts need improved specialisation to deal with these complex matters.Ensuring transparency, accountability and specialisation would form part of a national strategy on child sexual violence. Such a strategy does not exist.A national strategy would place responsibility somewhere for oversight of whole-of-government child protection activity.This oversight responsibility is currently not held by any specific government department or agency. What we have is a system lacking transparency and poorly joined up which, in short, is a system vulnerable to failure. 9,400 Views Clíona Saidléar Share229 Tweet Email4 By Clíona Saidléar The vast majority of reported cases of child sexual violence never go to court – so what is being done to protect those survivors? Getting dataAs observed by the Rapporteur, there are gaps in the data we would need to begin to answer that question.What we do know is the following:Tusla receives approximately 3,000 referrals of child sexual violence every year. The corresponding number of children will be fewer and that number does not appear to be currently published.Of those referrals, some will be mistaken or false, at a rate of approximately 2% – 8%, according to a range of research.After that, according to a sampling done by the Garda Inspectorate in their Report of December 2017, there is a 4% prosecution rate for child sexual violence investigations with less than 2% of investigations resulting in a criminal conviction.Therefore, our criminal justice failure rate in reported and true child sexual violence is between 90% and 96%.UnfoundedChildren whose disclosures result in no criminal conviction still need protection.The protection of these children is one of the complex tasks we expect families and communities to undertake informally and which we have mandated Tusla to undertake formally on all our behalf.Tusla’s response is dictated by its categorisation of these cases, after assessment as either ‘founded’ or ‘unfounded’.Contrary to what might be a common understanding of the word ‘unfounded’, when Tusla categorises a report as ‘unfounded’ that doesn’t always mean that the sexual violence never happened.What Tusla seems to mean by ‘unfounded’ by and large, is that it hasn’t found sufficient evidence to categorically say the violence did happen.Is this categorisation misleading for other agencies?A series of Parliamentary Questions have elicited the answer from Minister Zappone that Tusla ‘does not collate’ how many child sexual violence cases it categorises as founded or unfounded.It is imperative that we find out what percentage of child sexual violence reports are treated as unfounded?Do the other agencies, professionals and vitally, the child’s circle of trust, have a shared understanding of their obligations when there is an ‘unfounded’ finding?Family CourtTo further add to the complexity of child protection the National Rape Crisis Statistics 2015 found that for children under 13 who experience sexual violence, 62% said that the perpetrator was a family member.Where a child discloses abuse within the family, this disclosure will in many cases result in his or her family breaking up.All told this means that we can expect that a significant proportion of family separation and child custody cases going through our family courts, involve the rape and sexual abuse of children by family members in the absence of a parallel criminal conviction.The Family Court Services process on average 11,600 guardianship, custody and access cases every year but we have no statistics from the Courts Service on how many of these cases contain evidence of domestic and sexual violence.These family courts are held in camera. This means that apart from the very welcome Child Care Law Reporting Project and the work of the Child Rapporteur there is little by way of transparency for insight and reassurance.The statistics on how many private family law cases involve allegations of child sexual violence is an imperative matter of justice, child protection and public interest. Where a system suffers from this flawed design, it is not only likely to fail to achieve its child protection objectives but, as history teaches us, it often causes further harm to the very children it is meant to serve.We need action urgently.Dr Clíona Saidléar is the Executive Director of Rape Crisis Network Ireland which is a specialist sexual violence policy NGO owned and governed by rape crisis centres.   Tuesday 2 Apr 2019, 7:00 AM Apr 2nd 2019, 7:01 AM last_img read more

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Lascelles leaps to Benitezs defence

first_imgNewcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles has leapt to the defence of manager, Rafael Benitez after he was booed by supporters on Saturday.The Magpies lost to Brighton & Hove Albion at home this weekend and are yet to secure a win in the Premier League this season.There were some boos from the crowd when Benitez replaced Yoshinori Muto with Joselu in the second half as the team went in search of an equalizer.The final whistle was also greeted with more boos from frustrated fans, however, Lascelles says Benitez can’t be questioned.“People might say he should have brought this or that player on, but he’s done it at the top level and won trophies, so he knows.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I don’t think anyone in the stadium can question the manager about anything,” said United’s captain, according to The Shields Gazette.“Whether it’s to do with substitutions, tactics or whatever – they can’t question the manager, because he knows football better than anyone in this whole stadium.”“He wants us to play a certain way, and if we can’t do that as players, it’s down to us. But the gaffer can only deal with what he’s got. As players we’ve got to take responsibility ourselves. We cross the white line and so it’s down to us.”“We have to get together and talk about it, because we need to be more clinical in the box.”last_img read more

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Woman found in Chula Vista with bluntforce facial injuries

first_imgWoman found in Chula Vista with blunt-force facial injuries CHULA VISTA (KUSI) — A woman was found at a downtown Chula Vista intersection with injuries to her face that appeared to be the result of an attack, police said Saturday.She was found about 9:15 p.m. near the intersection of Broadway and F Street, according to Chula Vista Police Lt. Rusty Rea.The woman was taken to a hospital with serious blunt-force injuries, Rea said.No update on her condition was available.There is currently no description of a suspect. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: May 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom May 26, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Yokohamas IR plan sparks Chiba and Aichi prefectures into action

first_img RelatedPosts Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Load More Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions It seems last week’s announcement that Yokohama will bid for one of Japan’s first IR licenses has inspired movement in other prefectures. According to The Nikkei, Chiba city announced on Tuesday its intention to accept information such as IR conceptual plans and economic effects from 19 companies and groups in order to decide whether to make an IR bid.Chiba City also held a preliminary briefing for those companies and groups intending to submit information this week, with the attendees said to have included two local companies and 17 from elsewhere. Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move In addition to explaining the procedures going forward, the city also emphasized that it had not made a decision either way on whether to make a bid at this time.Companies and organizations will submit their information from 15 to 28 October 2019. Data will also be collected on requirements for a location and development criteria along with problem gambling countermeasures and information on maintaining security.The city will conduct individual hearings from November to confirm the intentions of the companies and organizations who have submitted information. The results of the examinations are planned to be announced before the end of the year.Aichi Governor Hideaki Omura also expressed his opinion regarding an IR at a press conference on 26 August, stating, “We will continue to proceed with investigation and research.”Aichi is moving forward with researching the area around Chubu International Airport.last_img read more

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Iran trying to blackmail world by violating nuclear deal

first_imgJerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday accused Iran of breaching the nuclear deal in order to “blackmail” the international community into relieving economic pressure on the Islamic republic. “This week Iran openly violated the nuclear deal by increasing the stockpile of enriched uranium (to beyond that) allowed under the deal,” Netanyahu said at an early reception in Jerusalem marking the United States’ July 4 independence day. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Iran said Monday it had exceeded a limit on its enriched uranium reserves set under a 2015 nuclear deal that has edged towards collapse. “They’re hoping, that regime, that by violating the deal it will be able to blackmail the world into making concessions and reducing the economic pressure on it,” Netanyahu said. “We should do the exact opposite. Now is the time to increase the pressure. Now is the time to stand firm,” he added. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us Iran’s move has been seen as a way of exerting pressure on Europe to try and salvage the deal which has hung by a thread since US President Donald Trump last year withdrew from the accord and reimposed biting sanctions on Tehran. Repeating remarks he made the day before, Netanyahu urged Europe on Tuesday to increase pressure on Iran. “Now is the time for the European powers to follow America’s lead and restore sanctions against Iran, just as they promised to do in the United Nations Security Council,” he said. Advertise With Us Netanyahu has long campaigned against the 2015 agreement. At a separate ceremony earlier on Tuesday, Netanyahu said that a Mossad operation to obtain documents from Iran providing “proof” of Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions was aimed at convincing Trump to quit the deal. “I approved the operation out of the thought that exposing the plan will help convince the US president to withdraw from the dangerous nuclear deal with Iran,” he said of the 2018 Mossad operation in Iran. Iran insists its nuclear programme is entirely for civilian purposes. Israel is considered the leading military power in the Middle East and is widely believed to possess its sole, if undeclared, nuclear arsenal.last_img read more

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Two minor girls drown

first_imgTwo minor girls drowned in Dauki River at Shaktiargaon village in Chhatak upazila of Sylhet district on Sunday, reports UNB.The deceased are Fahima Begum, 6, daughter of a certain Tazuddin and Tawhida Khatun, 6, daughter of one Tunu Mia, of the village.Chhatak police station officer-in-charge Atikur Rahman said the duo drowned while taking bath in the river.Police recovered the bodies, said the OC, adding that a case was filed with Chhatak police station in this regard.last_img

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The Exorcist Aired its Scariest Episode Yet

first_imgStay on target 7 Horror Movies You Forgot Were GreatThe 11 Scariest Religious Horror Movies This is what happens when you get an acclaimed horror director to do an episode of a TV show. It’s absolutely terrifying. Ti West, director of films like The Innkeepers, The House of the Devil, and part of the anthology film V/H/S, was behind last night’s episode of The Exorcist. It showed. I can’t remember the last time a TV show packed so much terror and disgust into a broadcast hour. Right away, this episode let you know exactly what it was. The cardinal Marcus accused of integrating with a demon sits around a table with like-minded church officials. They perform the ritual that summons a demon to possess the last of them before biting into a pastry. Unbeknownst to them, a woman has sprinkled some blessed communion wafers on the pastries. I really hope you weren’t eating anything at 9 p.m. last night. Who knew you could get away with such a fountain of blood-vomit on Network TV. On her way out, the woman lights the building on fire. Just to make sure.This, as we soon learn, is Mouse. She’s an exorcist who doesn’t go in for all the chanting and Bible-reading. The show quickly pairs her up with Bennett, who is in desperate need of an ally. The only friend he had left inside the church has been murdered. Right away, the two have a fun dynamic together as they compare notes on the demons overtaking the church. I’m hoping we get more of them in future episodes, as most of this one focused on joining the other to story arcs of the season. Their story does lead to a well-timed final jump scare for the episode. Mouse reveals she’s getting her information about who in the church is possessed from a well-known female exorcist who hasn’t been seen in some time. At the end, we find out why. Mouse has her chained up. She turns around to reveal that creepy double-eye. She’s integrated with a demon.John Cho (Cr: Sergei Bachlakov/FOX)The rest of the episode wasn’t light on scares at all. Things are starting to get much weirder around Andy’s group home. Shelby is still hearing voices in the woods, and thinks the evil spirits stem from a particular spot on the island. We soon learn that’s the spot where Andy’s wife killed herself. As much as he respects Shelby’s faith, he doesn’t have any patience for what the kid opening up old wounds. Things soon get much worse than a couple of whispers in the woods. Andy finally manages to convince Grace to go outside, creepy pillow mask and all, to read a book. It seems like she might begin to get over her agoraphobia, but a swarm of crows comes out of nowhere, flying over the site of Andy’s wife’s death, and smash themselves into the house. It’s nearly as scary here as it was in The Birds. We still don’t know exactly who the demon will possess in this house, but evil is drawing closer.Meanwhile, we finally see what will bring Marcus and Tomas to Andy’s group home. Rose leaves Andy’s house to deal with another case. A little girl has missed an alarming amount of school. It happens to be the same girl that Marcus and Tomas have been called to examine. She’s showing all the signs of possession. Strange bruises appear on her face, she’s talking to creatures that aren’t there, and she’s throwing up green stuff. Tomas is convinced, but Marcus isn’t so sure. He’s right to be cautious. Apparently, if you perform an exorcism on someone who isn’t possessed, you can cause severe psychological damage.Guest star Beatrice Kitsos, Ben Daniels, Alfonso Herrera and guest star Rochelle Greenwood (Cr: Sergei Bachlakov/FOX)These scenes are the best self-contained story the exorcist has had so far. For the first two episodes of the season, Marcus has been wary of Tomas’s ability to communicate directly with the demons. He doesn’t trust his decision-making, and it looks like that’s what’s happening here. Tomas needed to learn that his judgment isn’t infallible. He sometimes needs to listen to Marcus. Especially here. The scariest part of this episode isn’t supernatural. It’s human. The girl’s mother turns out to be the real monster. After hearing from Rose that the girl has spent her entire childhood in the hospital, Marcus realizes what’s been going on. The mother has been drugging her daughter to make her appear possessed. When Tomas finds evidence of this, she attacks him with a hammer. Marcus has a fantastic, tense and heartbreaking scene where he has to comfort the girl while fending off her mother, now slashing at him with a broken piece of glass. It’s a good thing Rose called the cops. They show up just in time to save the priests lives. The girl is taken to the hospital, and Rose says she knows a good place for the girl. The threads are coming together.The monster turning out to be an evil human is a common horror trope for a reason. It works. It’s especially scary because we know it could happen. It reminds us that we already live with the most terrifying demon of all. On The Exorcist, it’s especially effective because it subverts our expectations. Every possession we’ve seen so far has been real. The show hadn’t even brought up that someone would fake it. Watching certain scenes a second time, the twist was subtly hinted at throughout the episode, but still came as a surprise. We may not have reached the main demon yet, but this episode showed us everything this show is capable of. Even better, it scared the hell out of us while doing it.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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The Best iPhone Apps for Business Productivity

first_img 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. If you find yourself conducting most of your business on the go, sometimes e-mail doesn’t cut it.You need real-time updates on your collaborative projects, access to your memos, and the latest sales stats for your clients.With the best in the App store’s suite of productivity apps you can turn your iPhone into a credit card reader, personal note taker, and a portable document scanner for next to no cost.Never forget with EvernoteEvernote is great for on-the-go memos. You can take text, photo, or voice notes and tag them by location so you can keep track of notes based on where your meeting took place. After installing the app, you can push e-mail attachments to Evernote within the iPhone’s mail app. Evernote accounts automatically sync updates to all devices through the cloud: computer, phone and iPad, so you’ll always have access to your information.Square let’s you accept credit card payments on the goSquare has unlimited potential for small business owners. Square lets you accept credit card payments from your iPhone, iPad or Android device. After you sign up for the service, square will mail you a free credit card reader for the device of your choice. Any mobile business from food delivery services to street vendors should consider checking it out.Use Yammer to collaborate on projects sociallyYammer is one of the best collaborative social networking tools available for businesses. The iPhone app provides you with all the basics you’ll need: user search, messaging, and bulletin boards. If you’re not on Yammer yet, give it a try.Deposit checks without waiting in line with Chase’s iPhone appThe latest version of Chase’s iPhone app lets you deposit checks without visiting the bank. Snap an image of the check, input the amount, and the funds will transfer to your account. It saves time and the hassle of waiting in line at the ATM or teller window.Get Bump and never carry a business card againDon’t waste any more paper. Instead of handing out business cards at your next networking event, use Bump to transfer your contact, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and even calendar information. The data is automatically added to your phone’s address book, so there’s no need to worry about losing someone’s card.Look up your next potential hire on LinkedInLinkedIn’s iPhone app is incredibly easy to use. Check your messages, find new professional contacts, and stalk your next potential hire from your phone. Easy. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Brought to you by Business Insider November 26, 2010 Register Now »last_img read more

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Global Organic Cheese Industry 2024 Deep Market Research Report

first_imgOrganic Cheese  analysis is provided for the markets including development trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key regions development status.The global market size of Organic Cheese is $XX million in 2018 with XX CAGR from 2014 to 2018, and it is expected to reach $XX million by the end of 2024 with a CAGR of XX% from 2019 to 2024.Global Organic Cheese Market Report 2019 – Market Size, Share, Price, Trend and Forecast is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the global Organic Cheese industry. The key insights of the report:Download for a sample copy of this report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3141330?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=SS1.The report provides key statistics on the market status of the Organic Cheese manufacturers and is a valuable source of guidance and direction for companies and individuals interested in the industry.2.The report provides a basic overview of the industry including its definition, applications and manufacturing technology.3.The report presents the company profile, product specifications, capacity, production value, and 2013-2018 market shares for key vendors.4.The total market is further divided by company, by country, and by application/type for the competitive landscape analysis.5.The report estimates 2019-2024 market development trends of Organic Cheese industry.6.Analysis of upstream raw materials, downstream demand, and current market dynamics is also carried out7.The report makes some important proposals for a new project of Organic Cheese Industry before evaluating its feasibility.For competitor segment, the report includes global key players of Organic Cheese as well as some small players. At least 9 companies are included:* Kerry Group Plc* Aurora Organic Dairy Corp.* Unilever N.V.* Whole Foods Market* The WhiteWave Foods Co.* Organic Valley Cropp CooperativeFor complete companies list, please ask for sample pages.The information for each competitor includes:* Company Profile* Main Business Information* SWOT Analysis* Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin* Market ShareFor product type segment, this report listed main product type of Organic Cheese market* Cheddar* Hard Continental* Soft Contenental* Territorials Ex.Blue* OthersFor end use/application segment, this report focuses on the status and outlook for key applications. End users sre also listed.* Application I* Application II* Application IIIFor geography segment, regional supply, application-wise and type-wise demand, major players, price is presented from 2013 to 2023. This report covers following regions:* North America* South America* Asia & Pacific* Europe* MEA (Middle East and Africa)Avail the Discount on this Report @https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3141330?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=SSThe key countries in each region are taken into consideration as well, such as United States, China, Japan, India, Korea, ASEAN, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, CIS, and Brazil etc.Reasons to Purchase this Report:* Analyzing the outlook of the market with the recent trends and SWOT analysis* Market dynamics scenario, along with growth opportunities of the market in the years to come* Market segmentation analysis including qualitative and quantitative research incorporating the impact of economic and non-economic aspects* Regional and country level analysis integrating the demand and supply forces that are influencing the growth of the market.* Market value (USD Million) and volume (Units Million) data for each segment and sub-segment* Competitive landscape involving the market share of major players, along with the new projects and strategies adopted by players in the past five years* Comprehensive company profiles covering the product offerings, key financial information, recent developments, SWOT analysis, and strategies employed by the major market playersAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains  across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

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Kiva Viogaz offer microloans for biodigesters in rural Costa Rica

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:Restaurant grease turned cooking gas for Guanacaste police station This Oregon company wants to build electric cars in Costa Rica Costa Rica to end year with mostly renewable electricity sources Costa Rica prepared for this season’s harsh weather, energy officials say What if you never had to go to the store to buy one of those unwieldy propane tanks again? Better yet, what if you could make your own clean-burning fuel? San Francisco-based microfinance firmKiva partnered with Costa Rica’s Viogaz in April to help people do just that.The partnership aims to help rural Costa Ricans finance the switch from fossil fuel-based energy to biodigesters, devices that generate clean-burning methane from organic waste, like cow manure. The gas can be used to generate electricity, power hot water heaters and fuel cooking stoves.“In addition to reducing energy costs, farmers will have solutions for waste management, for reducing odors and emissions of greenhouse gases,” Viogaz program coordinator Jesús Jiménez said.Biodigesters use bacteria to break down organic matter and capture methane in a process called anaerobic fermentation. Anaerobic means the micro-organisms digest the matter in the absence of oxygen.The methane, the main chemical in natural gas, is collected and stored in large inflatable bladders and can be burned to generate electricity for lighting, cooking and other household needs, as well as for heating livestock pens. The leftover organic solid waste can be used as fertilizer or further composted.The biodigester financing program is open to anyone in Costa Rican, including expats, but the company is specifically geared toward people who do not have access to typical banking services.Viogaz program coordinator Jesús Jiménez said the company will offer credits up to $2,500 to those who qualify for a loan. Credits are granted in periods ranging from nine to 24 months with a fixed interest rate of 10 percent.After applicants submit their proposal, Viogaz evaluates the project from a technical and socio-economic perspective to assess its feasibility. If the project checks out, the microfinance firm Kiva creates a profile on its online platform and promotes the project for 30 days to raise the funds. Interested individuals can lend small amounts of money to the project and get paid back over time.Since 2005, Kiva has lent more than $850 million to over 1 million applicants in 84 countries, according to a company statement. The firm has 1.4 million lenders and a repayment rate of 98.3 percent.Those interested in applying for a loan can contact Viogaz by phone at: (506) 4702-0574 or by email at: jjimenez@viogaz.com. English-speaking staff is available.Watch a video of a biodigester, courtesy of Viogaz.last_img read more

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