Tips to Protecting Your Mobile Devices While Travelling on Vacation

first_imgMobile devices are important in our daily lives, but become outright treasured companions when we travel.  Losing your device while away from home is frustrating and can define a trip as memorably horrible.  For my friends and colleagues who will be enjoying the summer months travelling about with their cherished smartphones and tablets, here are a few tips to keeping them secure.  Handle your device safely.  Phones and tablets are easy targets for thieves.  Additionally, they are easily left behind or forgotten.  Just like your wallet or passport, don’t leave your devices alone or visible to others.  Leaving an expensive device visible in a parked car, restaurant table, or in a hotel room unattended is just asking for troubleBackup your data.  Before you leave, be sure to back-up your contacts and data.  In the event the device is lost, stolen, or dropped in the pool, being able to quickly restore a new device is key to reducing stress and returning to your fun activities.  Many backup services and solutions are availableLock the device.  Enable screen passwords.  It may be an annoyance to you, but it is very problematic to someone who is trying to steal your information.  Don’t make it easy for the criminals to victimize youIf lost, help get it back.  Many good natured people find lost phones, but are unable to easily return the device.  Adding contact information on the lock-screen can expedite the return of your precious phone or tablet.  Several devices and software enable this handy function.  But don’t list the phone number of the device itself, instead list a friend or an email account you can easily checkIf missing, track it.  Install tracking solutions to be able to both beacon as well as geo-track the device.  When instructed, a beacon function will turn on the device, set it to maximum volume and then sound an audible alarm.  A great feature if the device is within earshot.  Geo-tracking will use internal GPS functions of the device to show where it is on a map.  The problem when you lose something is it might be under the seat of the car right next to you or in the terminal of the airport miles awayIf stolen, nuke it.  Worst case, your device has been pilfered by a malicious person and may be used to explore your life and attack your finances.  It is better to limit the damage to only replacing a phone or tablet.  Sending a ‘poison pill’ to remotely destroy all your data will leave the thief with a blank device, unable to cause further harmProtect it from Malware.  Travelling is not the best time to be affected by malware.  Be sure to have robust anti-virus running on the system.  Many products also bundle device tracking (beacon and geo-track) and remote data destruction capabilities (poison pill)8. Use phones as lifelines to friends and family.  In addition to sharing and basking in the glory of your awesome vacation or adventure, phones can let those who you love know where you are and that you are safe.  It can also inform of delays, vehicle breakdowns, detours, and changes in plans.  Smartphones and tables can act as personal safety assistants by providing maps to avoid getting lost (unless that is what you want), translate conversations in local languages, and change reservations if safety becomes a concern.  Keep your devices safe by letting them keep you safe.last_img read more

On comeback trail, Woods is leaner but “nervous” also

first_imgBy Abhishek Hore Nassau (Bahamas), Nov 29 (PTI) Returning to a golf course after one of the longest lay-offs of his illustrious career, 14-time Major winner Tiger Woods is feeling “fitter than he has been in a very long time” but also nervous going into his own tournament, the Hero World Challenge, which begins at the Albany Golf Club on Thursday. Exactly a month away from his 41st birthday, Woods has taken hundreds of pain-free swings preparing for his long-awaited return at the sunny and windy Nassau. “I am nervous but I am looking forward to it. It shows that I care,” says Woods. “I am nervous. Thats good. As I have always said every tournament I have played I have always been nervous. That means I care. Sometimes I am at home, tinkering around with my buddies, just saying I dont care whats going on but I care. I can channel that energy into focus, aggression, a heightened feeling. I want to to feel that. But its upto me to control. Thats something I havent done in 15-16 months. “I am going to try and get a feel for here. A lot of players talk about getting into the flow of the round – I need to find that flow quickly,” he added. Woods and his kids had not been keeping well. “I am leaner than I would like to be. I got sick, my kids got sick. My son got it, daughter got it, I got it and then I started feeling crappy then he got it again, then he got it again and then she got it again. Before I could get it (again) I came here. I am down than I would like to be, but I am fitter than I have been in a very long time. I would like to be a little bit heavier now.” Woods says in the time he was away from the sport, he missed the competition and the camaraderie among his peers. “I have missed the camaraderie. The fraternity… of being out here. I mean these guys… these guys are my friends. I know we are trying to beat each other all the time, but we are friends. “Once we are inside the ropes, its a different story. Now we are competitors. Now we are there to compete. Now we are there to win, but outside of it, going out there and having dinner and having a few drinks with the guys, we have been doing that and then I just had merely to get out here. I missed that, I missed the needling and missed the jabbing … that part is good. “Its been good to see the guys out here again. I got a chance to experience that at the Ryder Cup but…I want to be the player.” Woods was accompanied by Pawan Munjal, CMD, Hero MotoCorp ahead of the tournament. More PTI AH PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Maradona to kick off football conclave

first_imgKolkata, Sep 25 (PTI) Argentine legend Diego Maradona will kick off a football conclave on October 3 in the presence of a galaxy of current and former Indian stars like Bhaichung Bhutia, Sunil Chhetri and I M Vijayan. The first season of Goal 2017 will bring the countrys top current and former footballers and celebrities together. The day will start with a session with Vijay Goel, former Union sports minister. It will be followed by a session by former India cricket captain and Atletico de Kolkata co-owner Sourav Ganguly who will speak about “A career that could have been”, giving insights on his love for football. India head coach Stephen Constantine, ATK chief coach and star Manchester United forward Teddy Sheringham, Jamshedpur FC head coach Steve Coppell, former ATK coach Antonio Habas, Vijayan, Jo Paul Ancheri and Subhas Bhowmick will also attend the day-long session, a release stated. Indian Super League team owners Ranbir Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham will also speak in a session titled, Is it a love for football or an attempt to keep themselves visible. The football conclave by the India Today Group will end with a session on way forward on India football by Nita Ambani, chairperson ISL. In his second visit to the football-crazy city, Maradona will also lock horns against Ganguly in a Match for Unity — Deigo vs Dada on October 5 at the Aditya School of Sports Arena at Kadambagachi at Barasat. The arena will have provision for multiple sports disciplines, including indoor games and was launched today. PTI TAP PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more


first_imgDo you look at food labels when selecting your food items?An Iowa State University Extension Food Nutritionist and professor says rather than looking at the cover label of a food item, consumers should turn to the back or side of the package and read the ingredients label.Ruth Litchfield says food companies tend to mislead consumers into thinking the product may be healthier based on the cover labeling:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………nutrition facts. :17Litchfield says organic doesn’t always mean the food is healthier.She compared two packages of fruit snacks:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….not always the case. ;25Litchfield also points to poultry products as an example when companies say their poultry contains no antibiotics.In fact no poultry products contain antibiotics because it is against the law to do so:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………….not correct. ;18Another tactic food companies may use in their labeling is to say their product is GMO free, meaning their product does not contain any Genetically Modified Organisms.Litchfield says only ten crops have been approved to be Genetically Modified, and when food companies make the claim, it is merely a sales tactic.last_img read more

Maiden performances at FIFA U17 WC!

first_imgU17 World Cup How did the teams fare in their first FIFA U-17 World Cup appearance? Nisanth V Easwar Last updated 2 years ago 06:01 28/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) FIFA U-17 World Cup official trophy FIFA U17 World Cup Chile U17 Japan U17 Mali U17 Niger U17 India U17 Iran U17 Turkey U17 Germany U17 New Caledonia U17 Honduras U17 United States U17 Paraguay U17 New Zealand U17 England U17 Colombia U17 Guinea U17 France U17 Ghana U17 Costa Rica U17 Brazil U17 Spain U17 Korea DPR U17 Mexico U17 Iraq U17 As India gets ready for their maiden U-17 World Cup next month, Goal looks at how others fared on the same stage when they were put to the test… The biggest football carnival in India is days away and as the India U-17 national team gets ready to embark on their maiden U-17 World Cup voyage, Goal tells you how the participants of the mega-event performed when they were put to the test on the same stage Iraq – 2013 WC – Played and lost all three games in group stage.   Iran – 2001 WC – Lost all games in their group.   Japan – 1993 WC – Hosts Japan were second in their group behind Ghana and above Mexico and Italy. Lost 1-2 to eventual champions Nigeria in the quarter-final.    DPR Korea – 2005 WC – Lost 1-3 to Brazil (aet) in the quarter-final.   Ghana – 1989 WC – Ended third in the group behind Bahrain and Scotland.   Guinea – 1985 – Lost in the semis to eventual winners champions Nigeria on penalties.   Mali – 1997 WC – Ended second in the group behind Spain. Crashed out against Germany in the quarter-final on penalties.   Costa Rica – 1985 WC – Lost all three games in group stage.   Honduras – 2007 WC – Crashed out with zero points in the group stage.   Mexico – 1985 WC – Crashed out of the group after ending third behind Hungary and Brazil.    United States – 1985 WC – Crashed out of the group after ending third behind China and Guinea.   Brazil – 1985 WC – Finished third place after beating Guinea 4-1 in the third-place playoff.   Chile – 1993 WC – Lost to Ghana in the semis and a win in playoff secured third place.   Colombia – 1989 WC – only managed a point in the group stage.   Paraguay – 1999 WC – Reached quarter-final after topping their group but then lost to eventual winners Brazil.   New Zealand – 1997 WC – Lost all three group games.   England – 2007 – Lost to Germany in the quarter-final.   France – 1987 – second in the group, lost in the quarter-final.   Germany – 1985 – Runners-up, lost to Nigeria in the final.   Spain – 1991 – Runners-up, lost to Ghana in the final.   Turkey – 2001 – Topped their group, lost to Brazil in the semi-final, finished fourth after losing the third-place playoff vs Netherlands. GFX  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Apart from hosts India, Niger and New Caledonia are also making their maiden appearances at the U-17 World Cup. Out of the 21 first time appearances of the nations given above, 12 sides advanced to the knock-out rounds in their first try and out of that, Germany and Spain managed to reach the finals of the tournament.This is positive news for the three countries who will be making their first-ever appearance at the big stage – can New Caledonia, Niger or India defy the odds and make it to the finish line? We shall find out soon when football takes over the country in a few days’ time.Follow Nisanth V Easwar on  Twitter – @niktheblue94last_img read more

Real Madrid surge late to seal first leg win against Girona

first_imgSergio Ramos scored twice as Real Madrid earned a 4-2 lead in a pulsating first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final at home to Girona.Anthony Lozano gave Girona an early lead at the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday, but Madrid battled back thanks to Lucas Vazquez’s equaliser and a Ramos penalty.Another spot-kick saw Girona equalise, Alex Granell stepping up to convert after Marcos Llorente needlessly handled the ball in the box, but Ramos and Karim Benzema struck late. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Madrid’s captain rose highest in the box to crash home a header from Marcelo’s cross and Girona’s hopes were dashed when Benzema slotted in a Vinicius Junior cross.Madrid forced a trio of early corners, but Girona took the lead with their first attack in the seventh minute, Raul Garcia given too much space on the left to deliver a cross Lozano met on the volley.The hosts soon levelled, though, Benzema sending Alvaro Odriozola clear in the right channel to pull back a low pass that Vazquez placed home.Madrid led in the 42nd minute, Ramos beating Gorka Iraizoz with a Panenka from the spot after Vinicius’s feet were too quick for Lozano on the edge of the box.PANENKA!@SergioRamos #RMCopa | #HalaMadrid— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 24, 2019Benzema clipped the post before the break but when Llorente thrust out his hand to deflect a cross Girona made the tie all square, Granell confidently smashing his penalty beyond Thibaut Courtois.Vinicius was involved again as Madrid regained the lead in the 77th minute, getting into space on the left to tee up Marcelo for a cross Ramos was never going to miss.Madrid were not finished, however, and substitute Isco threaded a pass through for Vinicius, who slipped a low cross into the box that Benzema gobbled up to give Santiago Solari’s side a two-goal cushion. What does it mean? Madrid showing signs of improvementSantiago Solari’s side crave elusive momentum and they needed Ramos to bail them out yet again, but a clinical close to the game put them in control. Eusebio Sacristan’s Girona may have caused an even bigger shock had leading scorer Cristhian Stuani started the game, but having knocked Atletico Madrid out in the last round they will still feel they have a chance.Vinicius growing into leader of Madrid’s attackReplacing Cristiano Ronaldo was always going to be a huge challenge for Madrid, but Brazilian winger Vinicius is continually enhancing his stature at the Santiago Bernabeu. He won the penalty that saw Madrid take the lead and was a constant threat off the wing with his pace and tricks, setting up Benzema for the last goal of the game.Llorente’s moment of madness could be costlyWhat Llorente was thinking when he stuck out an arm in his own penalty box is hard to imagine, with the young midfielder fortunate his error – committed just seven minutes after coming on for Casemiro – has not cost Madrid a first-leg lead. He has been one of the major successes of Solari’s spell, but with Toni Kroos returning to fitness after over two weeks out he may be spending more time on the bench.What’s next?The second leg will be played in a week, but before then Madrid go to Espanyol on Sunday in LaLiga, with Girona hosting Catalan neighbours Barcelona earlier on the same day. read morelast_img read more

Lampard: Abraham needs to keep his head up

first_imgChelsea manager Frank Lampard has offered his support to Tammy Abraham after the young striker’s penalty miss against Liverpool proved decisive on Wednesday. After the first nine players converted their penalties in a shootout in the UEFA Super Cup, Abraham saw his spot-kick saved by Adrian to seal the trophy for Liverpool.  Lampard was not phased after seeing Abraham miss the crucial penalty, insisting that moments like those are part of being a top-level player.   Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “Tammy needs to keep his head up,” Lampard told BT Sport. “That’s part and parcel of being a top player. You want to take the fifth penalty but you might miss it.” The first-year Chelsea boss was proud of his side’s performance in a 2-2 draw over 120 minutes in Istanbul, a major improvement after the Blues fell 4-0 to Manchester United in their Premier League opener on Sunday. “They showed their personality. It was a tough, tough game against a fantastic Liverpool team,” Lampard said.  “Talk about Jorginho, talk about that performance, talk about [N’Golo] Kante who has hardly trained, talk about Kurt Zouma, Andreas [Christensen], I could go through them all, incredible. “I’m really proud and I know we lost, but I’m confident for the season after that.” Lampard will have to rely heavily on youth this season, with the Blues in the middle of a two-window transfer ban that will see them unable to sign players until next summer. But the manager isn’t concerned about his side’s inability to bring in players, insisting that he’s got a strong group to work with.  “We’ve got a real quality bunch in here,” Lampard said. “People will talk about transfer bans and all that, but I already knew this was a really good group of players and we’re working harder as a team. “We’re trying to install the way I want them to play and the way they played today had so many good things. “It’s hard, but I don’t want to just focus on youth. We’re obsessed with Chelsea and youth at the moment.” One of those young players is Christian Pulisic, who impressed on his first Chelsea start with an assist and a fantastic goal that was ruled out for offside.  “Really pleased, let’s not forget Pulisic is 20. He goes and gets an assist and will only get better,” Lampard said. “He has to get used to teams like Liverpool and how they play. “Mason [Mount] and Tammy gave us another dimension when they came on. Mason almost scored, so did Tammy.”last_img read more

“Reel Masters” Follows Top Chefs on their Ultimate Fishing Trips

first_img WhistlePig Teams Up With Four Chefs on a New Whiskey Each section of the book profiles a different chef, follows him on a fishing adventure, and shares a few of his favorite dishes to serve with the bounty he’s collected from a successful day on the water. For a better idea of what Reel Masters is all about, we’re going to give you a brief rundown of each featured chef, why he loves to fish, and the types of recipes you can expect to find in the book. May it inspire and bring you luck on your next big fishing excursion.Jeremiah BaconWho: The Oak Steakhouse and The Macintosh in Charleston, South Carolina, five-time James Beard Award semifinalistWhy he loves to fish: “Just rocking on the boat, sitting still and listening to the sound of the waves hitting the sides. It’s a place that forces me to listen, watch, feel the water and have patience. It’s about what’s going on in a whole other world—the one on the water and the one under it.”Favorite recipes: Grilled Red Drum with Sauce Gribiche, Samal Chimichurri, Jo’s Crab QuicheJohn BeshWho: August, Domenica, Pizza Domenica and Willa Jean in New Orleans (plus many more), James Beard Award winner, author of four cookbooksWhy he loves to fish: “One could easily say that I have not evolved much since those early days of my idyllic youth. I am just as comfortable today lost in the Louisiana marsh with those same fellows I once fished with as a child as I am in one of our kitchens.”Favorite recipes: Creole Seafood Jambalaya, Mamma’s Seafood Gumbo, Pickled ShrimpWalter BundyWho: Shagbark in Richmond, Virginia, has appeared at The James Beard House and on Food Network’s Food Nation with Bobby FlayWhy he loves to fish: “To me, fishing is about being out in the majestic outdoors, in God’s beauty. That’s my church—the ocean, the bay and the rivers. It’s a beauty I cannot describe. I am at complete peace on the water. It is a special place and feeling for me. It’s like what I imagine heaven to be.”Favorite recipes: Roasted “Clams Virginia,” Chesapeake Bay Oyster Stew with Mascarpone Grits, Forest Mushrooms and Black Pepper Demi-GlaceKelly EnglishWho: Executive chef and owner of Restaurant Iris, The Second Line and Iris Etc. Catering in Memphis, TN. James Beard Award Semifinalist and winner of Cochon555 in 2012Why he loves to fish: “That moment when you are kind of by yourself while being surrounded with people you love… that’s the perfect place and time to me. It doesn’t matter what boat you are on with what pole, you get that moment every time no matter what.”Favorite recipes: Ryan Plummer’s Killer Frickin’ Ceviche, Tomato and Crab Salad with Avocado Vinaigrette, Venice Court BouillonJohn CurrenceWho: Executive chef and owner of City Grocery Restaurant Group—which includes restaurants like City Grocery, Ajax Diner and Big Bad Breakfast—in Oxford, Mississippi, and James Beard Award winnerWhy he loves to fish: “I don’t give a shit about fishing, but there is nowhere that I’d rather be than in a boat in the south Louisiana marsh, hauling in speckled trout and redfish. The irony is that the two are not mutually exclusive.”Favorite recipes: Smoked Trout Dip, Trout Tacos, Trout Salad LardonChris HastingsWho: Hot and Hot Fish Club and OvenBird in Birmingham, Alabama, James Beard Award-winner and Iron Chef America championWhy he loves to fish: ”Fishing and that intimate relationship with water have provided many hours of reflective solitude in both the happiest and most dire times in my life. It has been and always will be Big Medicine for me.”Favorite recipes: Dave’s Summer Salad, Wild Turkey Salad with First of the Season Morels and WatercressDonald LinkWho: Herbsaint, Cochon and Pêche Seafood Grill in New Orleans and three-time James Beard Award winnerWhy he loves to fish: “Today our tradition carries on with my daughter and son learning from my father. All the magic I felt being at the lake is alive and well inside them. I see myself in them, whether we are fishing at sunrise or just watching the sunset from the boat.”Favorite recipes: Fried Bass, Lake Beans, and Crusty CornbreadKevin WillmannWho: Farmhaus Restaurant in St. Louis, Missouri, multiple-year James Beard Award nominee and winner of Food & Wine Best New Chef 2011Why he loves to fish: “The excitement to land a good fish on generally light tackle—dumping line off the reel—is unbeatable. To share the experience with your buds and the teamwork needed to land said fish is gold.”Favorite recipes: Char-Grilled Cobia with Stewed Tomatoes and Okra, Corn and Shrimp Salad with Tasso, Smoked Pensacola Mullet (Featured Image) Editors’ Recommendations Whether you do it for a hobby or livelihood, fishing is very purpose-driven work. We all need to eat, but when you go out and find that food yourself instead of buying it in the store, it takes on a whole new importance. Fishing is one of those sports that’s very in the moment, but it’s also full of memories, stories and folklore. In her latest book, Reel Masters: Chefs Casting About with Timing and Grace, author, editor and publisher Susan Schadt journeys out onto the water with eight southern chefs that have a deep love for the sport. Although their restaurants serve modern renditions of classic low country fare, these fishing chefs never forget about their roots and the heritage that’s tied to the region and ingredients. They are passionate about ecosystem replenishment and conservation for future generations. Part field guide, part cookbook, Reel Masters is a story of yesterday, now and next time. The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Nowcenter_img Understanding Diets and Dieting with Shawn Wells The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: Redux last_img read more

Visiting Southern Greenland, a Land of Vikings and Icebergs

first_img Next Photo Courtesy of Sentinel Photography 1 of 10 Photo Courtesy of Sentinel Photography Editors’ Recommendations The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches Qaqortoq/Sentinel Photography Previous center_img Photo Courtesy of Sentinel Photography What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain As we begin making our initial descent, I get my first glimpse of the world’s largest island. The largely glacier-covered landmass can only be reached from two locations: Iceland and Denmark. I chose Denmark, and my journey began with a transatlantic flight from the U.S. to Amsterdam included a connection in Copenhagen. After overnighting in the Danish city, I was off for an adventure in the southern fjords of Greenland, where glaciers calve, the land is indeed green, and Vikings once dwelled.Our plane drops in over a mountain and descends quickly to a remote runway that was once a military base created by the United States leading up to their entry into World War II. The airport at Narsarsuaq is the starting point for our journey.Qaqortoq/Photo Courtesy of Sentinel PhotographyAfter gathering our baggage, we await for a shift in weather that will allow us the opportunity to cross the Tunulliarfik Fjord via rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) to the opposite side and the community of Qassiarsuk.Upon arriving in Qassiarsuk, we are greeted by an ominous statue standing vigil looking over the land towards the sea. The statue is that of Leif Eriksson, son of Erik the Red, and marks the importance that the region played in the westward expansion of Vikings.Our guide greets us as we load our gear into a small SUV and we begin the drive over the mountain to a small family farm near the shore of Sermilik Fjord. We spend the next few days residing in a small, remote hostel built by the outfitter located on the sheep farm in Tasiusaq. Power is supplied by a generator and is only turned on for a few hours a day. Our guide prepares us a meal of musk ox and pasta before we retire for the night.Over the next two days, we hike the area overlooking the fjord and kayak along its shores. There are a no indigenous trees to this part of Greenland and the vegetation is limited to small ground cover and tiny bushes. Despite its name, the island is predominately covered in ice; only a narrow portion of its coastal area supports vegetation, allowing human existence to flourish in this otherwise barren expanse.Photo Courtesy of Sentinel PhotographyTo assess our group’s kayaking skills, we spend an afternoon kayaking along the small bay near Tasiusaq. Here, we are floating among ice giants that have broken away from the Eqaloruutsit Glacier. This constant flow of ice keeps the fjord relatively blocked, but our kayaks easily navigate the congested waterway.The following day, we pack accordingly and set out for an overnight excursion on the fjord. It is raining and, in addition to our base layers, we adorn paddling jackets and pogies (paddling mitts) to protect ourselves from the cold precipitation. In addition to our personal effects that we have packed carefully into waterproof bags, we have also loaded both the front and rear cargo areas of kayaks with group gear including tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cooking gear, and food.We navigate our way through the iceberg field to a remote rocky beach where we set up camp in the rain before having a hot dinner in the group shelter. The sky is overcast and we retire early after a long day in the cockpit.After breakfast the following morning, we break camp and reload the kayaks before taking a hike to the top of ridge, where we get our first glimpse of the glacier that has spawned all of the icebergs that we have glided among over the past few days. This glacier is one of many that creates the ice sheet that covers most of Greenland year round. The area around the base of the glacier is littered with ice that will ultimately make their way into the bay that we have kayaked through in previous days.Photo Courtesy of Sentinel PhotographyWe slowly navigate our way back across the fjord. We gather our gear from the hostel and are transported back to Qassiarsuk where we spend the night at the Leif Ericsson Hostel and experience a “taste of Greenland” tapas-style meal. Our guide only tells us what each course is after we have sample the traditional food, which includes local fish, caribou, seal, and whale.We awake the next morning to find that a small expedition cruise ship has arrived in the fjord. The passengers aboard the ship are here to visit the former site of Erik the Red’s settlement of Brattahlid (present-day Qassiarsuk), which was settled over a thousand years ago. While once the home of indigenous people and Viking settlers, Qassiarsuk is now a sheep farming community that is rich in archaeological history. Among this small community sits the ruins of Viking longhouses, a church, and reconstructed replicas that mimic what once dotted the landscape.This is just one of many Viking settlements that cover the southern landscape. While there are some overland trails that connect some of the different regions, fjords and open waterways prevent easy navigation. However, if you want to get from one place to another with any expedience, that can only be accomplished via boat. We utilize Blue Ice Explorer, a service that transports us to Qassiarsuk, Narsaq, Qaqortoq, Igaliku, and a few spots in between.Narsaq/Photo Courtesy of Sentinel PhotographyFrom the ship, we spot other Viking settlements. Aside from the gentle hum of the boat’s engine, one could easily be transported back a millennium, as the landscape has changed very little. These views are what some of the early Norse settlers must have experienced when they first navigated these waters. We are allowed to come ashore at Hvalsey (near Qaqortoq), which is home to the best preserved Norse ruins in southern Greenland, specifically Hvalsey Church.Departing Greenland is about as logistically challenging as getting to the island itself. On our final day, we hiked 90 minutes to the boat dock before taking the boat two hours back down the fjord to Narsarsuaq, where we arrived just over a week ago. Our boat captain navigates the iceberg field and even stops and collects a small chunk of floating ice, chips off pieces of the small iceberg into cups, and pours each of us a martini that is thousands of years in the making. This is our final toast before we return to the airport for our flight back to Denmark.Having recently utilized one of the many online DNA services to ascertain my genetic origins, I can only speculate that the people who represent my Scandinavian roots perhaps once spent time here in the southern fjords. I leave Greenland with more questions than answers.Get the GearWhile beautiful, Greenland can be an inhospitable environment. When planning a visit to the world’s largest island, one should pay careful attention to gear selection for optimal enjoyment. Here are a few of my favorite choices for a visit to the southern fjord region.Mammut Meron HS Hooded Jacket – $525A good jacket is worth its weight in gold when facing extreme conditions. This GORE-TEX-strapped option can handle even the worst weather in high elevations.See ItHelly Hansen Odin 9 Worlds Jacket – $400We also like this option from Helly Hansen. The waterproof, windproof material is complemented by a design that allows for comfortable mobility.See ItPatagonia Micro Puff Hoody – $299This down alternative piece is the lightest, most packable insulated jacket we have tested. Paired with a base layer and a storm-proof shell, this is the ultimate mid layer.See ItGarmont Santiago Mid GTX – $190We took these mid-sized hiking shoes with us to Greenland. The lightweight Vibram outsole is great for gripping wet, slippery terrain.See ItScarpa Neutron GTX – $170For a low-cut option, go for the Scarpa Neutron GTX. The best part? It’s waterproof.See ItGoal Zero Venture 70 Recharger – $150Never miss that shot because you ran out of juice. The Venture 70 is ideal for keeping phones, camera batteries, and other tech powered for when you need them most, which is why it’s one of our top eco chargers.See It 9 Socially Conscious Sweaters for Cozying Up in Comfort This Falllast_img read more

Kejriwal challenges BJP to make power free in pollbound Maharashtra Haryana

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday slammed the BJP and Congress for terming the power subisidy scheme as political stunt. “The BJP and the Congress are not able to understand whether to support it or to oppose it. Some of them are calling it an election stunt. They are contesting elections in Maharashtra and Haryana, I challenge to do a similar “election stunt”! Why don’t they take up such election stunts?” said the Chief Minister. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe said he would ask people to vote for the BJP if it implemented the AAP government’s decision in both the states where polls are due later this year. He said his government will also make public transport free for women in Delhi. Addressing a gathering at his residence, Kejriwal asked the BJP to make its stand clear on the AAP government’s announcement on power tariff. The Delhi chief minister had announced on July 31 that people consuming up to 200 units of electricity won’t have to pay power bills. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThose who consume between 201 and 400 units would be given a 50 percent subsidy by the state government. “Some people say it’s Kejriwal’s poll stunt. I ask them (BJP) there are elections in Maharashtra and Haryana, why do not you pull this stunt there?” he questioned and alleged both the BJP and the Congress were clueless whether to support his government’s decision or not. Delhi BJP leaders, including its president Manoj Tiwari, and the Congress had slammed Kejriwal’s announcement as a “poll stunt” before assembly elections. “Governments face backlash of people after five years but this is first government which has gained more respect, love and faith of the people. This is because it has worked day and night for the people in the last five years,” CM Kejriwal said.last_img read more

Former female firefighter says she is to get official apology for discrimination

first_imgHALIFAX – A former firefighter says her 12-year battle against “systemic” gender discrimination has ended with a settlement that will see a public apology issued by the city of Halifax on Monday.In an interview Tuesday, Liane Tessier released details of an agreement that she says comes after years of complaints about abusive and disrespectful behaviour from her male counterparts.Tessier, who said other female firefighters have also come forward with concerns, said she hoped the settlement would signal that change is needed, especially in male-dominated professions.“Gender-based violence is not going to stop because of this apology,” said Tessier. “But hopefully my struggle, the settlement, and the apology will put other employers on notice as well.”Tessier said the settlement includes financial compensation and a commitment from the Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency service to implement eight policy changes that she suggested.She said they cover a range of things from keeping hiring statistics to making the workplace safer for women to speak out. The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is to monitor to ensure the fire service is abiding by the policies, she said.A city spokesman wouldn’t immediately comment on the settlement, saying the issue remains before the rights commission.“We continue to work closely with the commission regarding next steps and will provide more details once they can be made available,” Brendan Elliott said in an email.The 53-year-old Tessier first complained in 2005 about gender discrimination at the Herring Cove fire station.In a 26-page statement given to The Canadian Press, Tessier alleges she was “ostracized” and was subjected to “malicious gossip” after she spoke out. The statement and its allegations are not part of the settlement and haven’t been proven in court.She said she formally complained to management and was referred to a human relations consultant who “minimized and denied” all harassment claims.Tessier subsequently filed a complaint with the provincial rights commission in 2007, but she said it languished in the investigation phase for almost five years before it was dismissed.Not giving up, Tessier filed for a judicial review and in 2014 the Nova Scotia Supreme Court ordered that the complaint be re-examined by the rights commission.The case was to have come before a public board of inquiry in October of this year.“What’s hard about this last 12 years is that I had to speak and fight for my basic rights,” Tessier said. “And then I was getting retaliated against and had to eventually leave a job that I loved.”Although certified as a training instructor and competing in the firefighter combat challenge for years, Tessier said she was also passed over for jobs that were given to men with less experience.Tessier said she believes her experience has taught her about the “huge” imbalance of power that still exists in many modern workplaces and leaves many women “terrified” to speak out.She said women who come forward are seen as “trouble-makers or too sensitive,” while men are often hailed as “heroes or game-changers.”“There is a real double standard that is really evident and sort of infuriating,” said Tessier. “It made me crazy how I was treated so badly just because I wanted to have a better workplace for myself.”last_img read more

Multidrug resistant strain of tuberculosis creating particular risks says UN envoy

Jorge Sampaio, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Stop Tuberculosis, told reporters in New York that the strain – known as MDR-TB – is becoming prevalent, with about 400,000 cases reported in 2006, the most recent year for which global figures are available.Detailing the latest reports on efforts to fight TB, Mr. Sampaio said that only about 10 per cent of all MDR-TB sufferers are likely to be treated this year because of a lack of treatment and laboratory capacity worldwide.Overall, TB is still killing around 4,500 people every day, with the epidemic fuelled by the fact that a sufferer is increasingly likely to be co-infected with HIV as well.“The lethal combination of HIV and TB” is emerging especially in sub-Saharan Africa, and in 2006 there were 700,000 cases of TB among people living with HIV worldwide.The envoy, who spoke to journalists a day after the UN marked World TB Day, called on international leaders to redouble their efforts against TB and to ensure that the fight against HIV/AIDS is increasingly interlinked with the fight against TB so that there is a coordinated approach, from the use of prescription drugs to forms of treatment.He stressed the importance of the Global Leaders Forum on HIV/TB that is being organized by the UN and other international organizations on 9 June in New York. 25 March 2008The multi-drug resistant form of tuberculosis is reaching its highest levels ever recorded and overwhelming the ability of health-care systems around the world to treat sufferers, the United Nations envoy for efforts to fight the disease said today, calling for more resources and attention worldwide to be focused to combating the emerging strain. read more

Ban calls for joint action by UN and worlds largest security body

“The United Nations stands with you as we seek to make this world a safer, more just and more prosperous place for all,” he told leaders gathered in Astana, Kazakhstan, for the first summit meeting in 11 years of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).Detailing the four pillars of the agenda – securing peace, fundamental freedoms and human rights, sustainable development, and arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation – Mr. Ban noted that the UN and the OSCE share the conviction that security is not a narrow concept but must be addressed in all its dimensions with a comprehensive approach in an increasingly globalized, complex and connected world.On securing peace, he cited the close cooperation between the organizations in helping to stem unrest in Kyrgyzstan earlier this year and called for greater OSCE involvement in supporting Afghan national programmes and priorities to ensure that the transition process in the war-torn country is sustainable and irreversible.Turning to freedom and human rights, Mr. Ban cited the OSCE’s leading role in promoting free and fair elections and urged enhanced cooperation in the broader area of democracy-building. “As we all know, credible elections are an essential element of democracy but not a guarantee of good governance,” he said.“Let us redouble our efforts to assist countries in ensuring the primacy of the rule of law and equal access to justice, broad citizens’ participation and other hallmarks of inclusive, democratic societies,” he added, stressing the need to focus on human rights. “In the past two decades, we have seen how intolerance and violations of human rights – particularly those directed against minorities and other marginalized groups – have led even to violent conflicts. The OSCE unfortunately sometimes sees violations of its own commitments in this area.”In the area of sustainable development, Mr. Ban highlighted the importance of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the UN targets that seek to slash a host of social ills, including extreme poverty and hunger, maternal and infant mortality, and lack of access to health care and education, all by 2015.He also called for reinforced efforts to address climate change, noting that environment-friendly management of water and energy resources is increasingly imperative also in the OSCE area, where the “tragic” drying up of the Aral Sea from irrigation projects “must prompt us to act to prevent similar man-made disasters and indeed security risks elsewhere.”On arms control, he cited progress in nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation but warned that significant challenges remain, adding that the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty is critical to non-proliferation and again calling for “bold action” by all countries, especially those whose ratification is required for the Treaty to enter into force. “This is an ambitious agenda but I am confident that we can achieve it together,” he concluded. “My hope comes from you – and all I have seen throughout the OSCE region. Not so long ago, few would have imagined the peoples of this vast area would be bound so closely together. In the process, the challenges have become more apparent. But so, too, have the impressive common achievements and enormous new horizons of change and opportunity.” In bilateral meetings on the margins of the summit, Mr. Ban conferred with leaders from Australia, France, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Republic of Korea, United Kingdom and United States, discussing a range of issues from tension on the Korean Peninsula and the situations in Afghanistan and the Middle East, to sustainable development and climate change. 1 December 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today laid out a four-point agenda for cooperation on issues ranging from security to development between the United Nations and the largest regional security organization in the world, embracing 56 States stretching from the United States across Europe and Central Asia to the borders of China. read more

UPFA Parliamentarian Sanath Nishantha granted bail

United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Sanath Nishantha was granted bail today over an assault incident.Sanath Nishantha and his brother, former Arachchikattuwa Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Jagath Samantha Perera, had been in remand over the incident. When the case was heard today Sanath Nishantha was granted bail while Jagath Samantha was further remanded until June 07.

UN mission in Haiti installs free phone line to receive reports of

Reports through the service, called “Je Wè Bouch Pale,” would include human rights violations, any kind of corruption and, especially, kidnappings. They would be analyzed and transmitted to the appropriate law enforcement unit, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) said yesterday at the launching.”By creating this [telephone] line, the management of MINUSTAH’s civilian police wants to show the population its great determination to improve security in Haiti,” the spokesman for the civilian police (CivPol), Jean Francois Vezina, said. read more