Gourmet popcorn maker Joe and Seph’s has added savoury flavours to its snack portfolio for the first time. Available in 90g bags, the range now includes: goat’s cheese and black pepper; mature Irish cheddar; and cheddar, sweet topping and savoury seasoning.The popcorn is air-popped and made with mushroom kernels. A range of sweet flavours are already available, including smooth caramel, coconut and cinnamon, and smooth caramel, pepper and chilli.
The 18th edition of GOtv Boxing Night will hold Sunday at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Ibadan.The event is being held in the city for the third time. Eight fights are scheduled for the event, with Nigeria’s Oto Joseph defending his African Boxing Union lightweight title against Ghana’s Success Tetteh in the headline encounter.It will equally feature the national super featherweight title duel between reigning champion, Taofeek Bisuga and challenger, Ridwan Oyekola. Equally in action is Akeem “Dodo” Sadiku, the Ibadan knockout king, who will fight Republic of Benin’s Ekpresso Djamihou in an international light middleweight clash.West African Boxing Union welterweight champion, Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, will take on Ganiyu “Energy” Kolawole in a challenge bout. In the bantamweight division, Opeyemi Adeyemi will be in action against Sadiq Adeleke.The lightweight division will also see Taiwo Agbaje take on Michael Jacob, while Morufu Owolabi will do battle with Jamiyu Akande. Debutant, Isaac Chukwudi will go up against Jubril Olalekan.The best boxer at the event will go home with a cash prize of N1million.Results & FixturesMan City 1 – 0 TottenhamBournemouth 0 – 1 FulhamHuddersfield 1 – 2 WatfordWest Ham 2 – 2 LeicesterWolves 0 – 0 BrightonNewcastle 3 – 1 SouthamptonJuventus 2 – 1 FiorentinaInter 1 – 1 RomaEibar 0 – 1 Atletico MadridBarcelona 2 – 1 Real SociedadEverton v Man United 1:30pmArsenal v Crystal Palace 4pmCardiff v Liverpool 4pmShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
…says GGB’s negligence caused high levels of mercury in labIn light of the recent discovery of high levels of mercury in the laboratory of the Guyana Gold Board (GGB), the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) is suggesting that Government allocate $2 billion to the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) to conduct a feasibility study on the phasing out of the mercury in mining.The association said the money should be used for acquisition of quality equipment and conducting of test work. It added that Government is expected to put its best mining and mineral processing engineers in the field with miners to find solutions. “The GGDMA is of the view that with clear direction, quality equipment, and adequate funding, the GGMC professionals can determine the feasibility of eliminating mercury from gold mining,” the GGDMA said in a statement.The GGDMA said it is concerned with the high levels of mercury content found in the blood of both GGMC and GGB workers, and has blamed this development on the GGB’s negligence, since proper checks and procedures should have been in place to monitor fugitive mercury emissions.“The GGDMA is disturbed by the description of mercury as a “scourge” because of its use in the gold recovery process. Mercury is a necessary tool in the small and medium scale miners’ toolbox; however, it must be used and handled in a responsible manner,” the statement said.The GGDMA note that the Gold Board’s contamination is more of an issue of carelessness, since the industry’s best practices and technologies for the control and capture of mercury emissions from the Gold Board’s facilities were not installed, and the monitoring and maintaining protocols of the scrubbers installed in its systems were neglected or non-existent.“The GGDMA calls upon the Government to ensure that proper safety measures are in place through standard operating procedures [SOPs] at its facilities, to ensure a safe environment for all Guyanese as they conduct business daily,” it added.The GGDMA also reaffirmed its commitment to the Minamata Convention on Mercury, and reiterated its call for the Government to step forward with strong technical assistance to small and medium scale miners to ensure sustainable development principles are applied to the gold and diamond mining sector.Additionally, the Association said there is a strong need for the Government to identify improved mercury-free gold recovery technologies and techniques which can lead to achievement of the objectives of the Minamata Convention on Mercury.The objective of the Minamata Convention is to protect humans and the environment around the world from mercury emissions caused by human activities. The agreement regulates the use of this heavy metal in manufacturing processes and products, the reduction of emissions, and the management of mercury-containing wastes.Since high mercury content has been discovered in the GGB’s Laboratory, over 130 staffers have been tested. It has been discovered that more than 60 have reported high levels of mercury in their system. The GGB has contracted the services of Trinidad-based Kaizen Environmental Services to conduct an independent investigation of the effect of the emission, and that company has said the mercury levels are back to normal. According to the report, the study was conducted on March 28 at ten locations primarily within the Guyana Geology and Mines Commissions’ compound and surrounding areas.Additionally, the laboratory have since been closed down.
New York: Megan Rapinoe is enjoying the whirlwind of a two-time World Cup winner. She picked up the FIFA Player of the Year award in Milan rocking a deeper shade of lavender hair, sent off retiring U.S. coach Jill Ellis with an undefeated victory tour and kept up the fight for pay equity against the U.S. Soccer Federation.”It’s very surreal to say the least,” Rapinoe said. “Downtime? When I sleep, that’s my only rest time. It’s mostly good stuff, so hard to complain.” Julie Foudy, a World Cup champion with the U.S. in 1991 and ’99, calls Rapinoe the “golden girl.” She won the FIFA Golden Boot and the Golden Ball for most goals and best player, respectively, after the U.S. beat the Netherlands 2-0 in July at the World Cup in France.Now she’s the winner of the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Sportswoman of the Year award, presented at the 40th annual event hosted by Billie Jean King on Wednesday night.”They’re such a force in women’s sports and beyond,” Rapinoe said in a phone interview with The Associated Press.Rapinoe and her teammates were feted with a ticker-tape parade in New York after their World Cup victory. She shared the same float with U.S. Soccer Federation President Carlos Cordeiro, basking in the chants of “USA” and “Equal Pay.”The US women’s team sued the federation in March for gender and pay discrimination.At the post-parade celebration at City Hall, Cordeiro said, “We believe at U.S. Soccer that all female athletes deserve fair and equitable pay.”However, so far the two sides haven’t reached an agreement, with a May 5 trial date set in federal court in Los Angeles.Rapinoe says there’s a “major discrepancy” in pay for accomplishing the same success on the field compared to the U.S. men’s team. The 34-year-old said she can’t understand why female athletes must fight their football federation so hard for pay and benefits.”I guess other than just not believing that we deserve it or not willing to pay,” she said.”I think it’s really counterintuitive, you have two really amazing products in both the men’s and women’s teams that are both very successful by a lot of different metrics. It’s a huge growing business. Football in general is growing exponentially in the country, so why not be able to leverage your best assets instead of fighting them all the time?”U.S. Soccer has maintained that compensation for each team is the result of separate collective bargaining agreements and the pay structures are different as a result. The federation has also said the men generate more revenue than the women.However, that argument has been debated by the women’s legal representatives, given the women’s two consecutive World Cup titles and the revenue generated from both victory tours.The U.S. capped its latest victory tour with a 1-1 tie against South Korea before a crowd of 33,027 at Soldier Field on Oct. 6. Rapinoe lofted a perfect pass on a corner kick to Carli Lloyd, whose header tied the match.Rapinoe said it’s 50-50 on a settlement before the trial date.”I think it would probably be in everyone’s best interests not to drag this thing out or drag it through court, but that’s really up to them,” she said. “We deserve what is fair and right under the law.”Rapinoe received the FIFA player of the year award in Milan last month but didn’t get a chance to talk with FIFA President Gianni Infantino about another pay gap the U.S. women’s team received $4 million for winning the World Cup while the French men’s team received $38 million in 2018.Infantino has said FIFA’s total prize money for the participating women’s teams will double from $30 million to $60 million at the 2023 World Cup. The men’s teams received $400 million in total prize money in 2018.King knows something about a pay fight. She threatened a boycott of the 1973 U.S. Open, reaching an agreement with a company to pay the difference before tennis leaders offered equal pay to the winners.”They’d be heroes if they did it,” King said of the U.S. Soccer leadership.”It’s the right thing to do, right side of history.” On Sunday, Rapinoe will be aiming for another title when her club team, Reign FC, faces defending champion North Carolina in aNational Women’s Football League semifinal. The final is Oct. 27.The next match for the U.S. team is an exhibition against Sweden on Nov. 7 in Columbus, Ohio. New U.S. general manager Kate Markgraf, a former national player, wants to hire a replacement for Ellis by then. Rapinoe’s Reign coach Vlatko Andonovski is among the candidates.Rapinoe believes women’s sports are “in a different place” since Mia Hamm, Michelle Akers and Foudy fought similar pay issues 20 years ago.The WNBA players’ union and the WNBA, where Rapinoe’s partner Sue Bird is a star for the Seattle Storm, are negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement to improve wages. The U.S. women’s hockey team threatened a boycott of the 2017 World Championships to leverage better salaries and benefits.”This is the age-old tale,” Rapinoe said.”The powerful have always kept a lot of the benefits of that power for themselves. With women in particular, you have the Me Too movement, Times Up. A lot of sports leagues yeah, people are sick of it. I think women in general just feel really empowered in this moment. Best footballer of the yearFIFA Player of the YearfootballMegan Rapinoe First Published: October 18, 2019, 2:59 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.