Waitrose and M&S sign up to ‘ghost gear’ fisheries initiative

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Some 640,000 tonnes of discarded fishing gear is added to oceans every year

Waitrose and M&S have joined Sainsbury’s and Morrisons in signing up to World Animal Protection’s Global Ghost Gear Initiative.

The campaign aims to tackle the growing problem of lost, abandoned or discarded fishing gear – with some 640,000 tonnes added to oceans every year. The announcement coincided with this year’s World Oceans Day on 8 June.

As part of its commitment, M&S would invest in a host of initiatives designed to promote best practice to fight lost gear in its fisheries and improve the reporting, recovery and recycling of lost gear, said a World Animal Protection spokeswoman.

The charity highlighted the crucial role of retailers in tackling the issue of ghost gear by looking at their seafood supply chains and taking measures to reduce pollution. It added it was also in discussions with Tesco about joining its campaign.

Seafood companies urged to improve approach to ‘ghost gear’

“Our customers care about reducing plastic pollution and the health of our oceans. That’s why we’re committed to responsible sourcing, it’s why we’re supporting the Responsible Fishing Scheme and why we’ve joined the GGGI,” said Hannah Macintyre, fisheries and aquaculture manager at M&S.

“As well as funding GGGI’s vital work, we will be working with our suppliers to transform their approach managing their fishing gear and ensuring best practice when it comes to gear marking, disposing of marine litter, recycling old gear and reporting lost kit.”

Head of sustainability and responsible sourcing at Waitrose, Tor Harris, added: “Bringing organisations together to solve the issue of abandoned fishing equipment can only be a good thing for marine life. Responsible sourcing is a top priority for us so this is a positive step for the environment and the future of sustainable fishing.”

Ghost gear affected more than 800 species of marine life, according to a report released in March by World Animal Protection. It estimated between 5%-30% of the decline in some fish stocks was caused by the issue.

Discarded nets, pots and lines represented more than 70% of all the floating macroplastics in the ocean and cause the deaths of more than 100,000 whales, dolphins, seals and turtles every year through entanglement, the report said.


MS Dhoni’s inexperienced Indian side gear Up for Zimbabwe task

Zimbabwe have now not defeated India in an ODI on account that 2010
India have gained their last nine matches against Zimbabwe
Graeme Cremer will lead Zimbabwe for the primary time
He has usually led a powerful bunch of restricted-overs experts however it will likely be a distinct kind of venture for Mahendra Singh Dhoni when he captains a brand newlook Indian cricket crew towardsZimbabwe within the first ODI of a short collection starting in Harare on Saturday.
over time, the collection in Zimbabwe has constantly featured limited-overs fits performed post-IPLwhere the Board of manipulate for Cricket in India sends its second-string clothes to test the bench power.
the second string outfits have, in truth, effected back-to-again whitewashes five0 and 3zero in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
It turned into speculated to be no exceptional this time round as well. The squad of 15 comprises as many as 5 uncapped players (together with KL Rahul, who is but to make his constrained-overs debut)but it has gained special significance due to Dhoni, who might be playing inside the African nationafter eleven long years.
The ultimate time when Dhoni played in Zimbabwe back in 2005, his global profession become barely six months vintage and a certain Sourav Ganguly turned into nonetheless in price of the ‘men In Blue’.
but now the state of affairs is exceptional submit his retirement from take a look at cricket and Virat Kohli’s Bradmanesque form within the beyond six months leading to calls of his elimination from captaincy.
even as he may not be struggling with to keep his captaincy yet but excursions like the oneapproximately to start in Zimbabwe are the proverbial ‘banana peel’ for any top cricketer.
a series win will never be feted as it’s far some thing that everyone expects to be finished however at the equal time any sudden result will ship the sort of shock waves that the Jharkhand dasher just mightnot fancy in the intervening time.
With India having a take a look at heavy home agenda this year with a few ODIs and T20s against New Zealand and England, this is Dhoni’s final danger to be inside the blend as he might not be playing lotsin the following few months. India might be embarking on a take a look at tour of the Caribbean after thismission.
If one has a study the team, the gulf among Dhoni and the relaxation of the squad will stare at everybodywho cares. at the same time as Dhoni has played a complete of 275 ODIs, the relaxation of the squad cumulatively has eighty three fits to their credit score.
also if one takes away Ambati Rayudu (31 fits) and Axar Patel (22)’s participation, the seven others have a complete of 30 fits to their names.

Manish Pandey made his ODI debut versus Zimbabwe within the previous series in which India receivedthreezero.
extra so, save for KL Rahul, none of the other youngsters on this group will be boarding the flight to West Indies for the check collection.
maximum of the gamers selected are by no means inside the scheme of factors as soon as the primarycrew players come back but someone like Manish Pandey knows that it will likely be an opportunity for him to stake claim to Suresh Raina’s location while India can be playing their actual first XI in future.
Ditto for Karun Nair, who will appearance to translate his decent IPL shape into suitable scores in globalvideo games.
For Axar, it’s far an opportunity to reveal the critics that he’s greater than only a one-dimensional spinnereven as Rayudu will also be itching to regain his lost confidence submit the house series towards South Africa remaining 12 months and then he become dropped.
Dhoni has constantly had a liking for effective left-arm bowlers in his crew and the skipper won’t thoughts if Barinder Sran –after a decent IPL — can prove to be as a minimum 35 to 40 percentage of the bowler that Ashish Nehra has been for India in limited overs cricket.
Jaydev Unadkat did now not get too many possibilities in IPL but he would love to show that his isn’t asurprise choice.
Speedster Jasprit Bumrah, who has been Dhoni’s ‘go to‘ bowler in current T20 Internationals, together with his lethal yorkers, is once more expected to shoulder the weight of being the strike bowler. in additionDhawal Kulkarni will intention to cash in on his IPL form.
The undertaking for KL Rahul may be to show that he may be as powerful in shorter variations as he isin the longest layout, in which he already has check heaps.
whilst pint-sized proper-hand batsman Kedar Jadhav played his final ODI against the same opposition at the Harare sports activities club ground, he had scored one hundred understanding fully nicely thatthe following danger can be tough to come back through.
Graeme Cremer Zimbabwe
Graeme Cremer will lead a Zimbabwe side that has not had a really perfect construct-up in advance of theseries, with Hamilton Masakadza and Dav Whatmore getting the sack.
it will be after almost one year that he’s probable to get an possibility to don the Blue jersey again.
Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal’s performance can also be intently monitored after a amazing IPL as Amit Mishra has not precisely been favoured inside the shorter variations. Chahal has a huge leg damage in addition to an powerful googly.
a few wickets will not do him any damage thinking about that India can be gambling lots on spin-pleasant wickets throughout the house stretch at the end of the yr.
This brings one to off-spinner Jayant Yadav, left-passed opener Faiz Fazal and properpassed middle-order batsman Mandeep Singh — all respectable domestic performers in their personal rights. it will likely beexciting to see who among them can trap the skipper’s interest and get their maiden India ODI cap.
Jayant, together with his restrictive off-spin, stands a higher risk however will ought to slog it out with seam bowling all-rounder Rishi Dhawan for an area within the XI.
Fazal being a consultant opener can also fancy his probabilities. Mandeep’s combat is a harder one as hewould be competing with Kedar, Karun and Manish.
Consistency has been Zimbabwe’s actual problem over the years, now not to neglect the dip within theability level and satisfactory of players that have emerged from the ranks.
still Vusimuzi Sibanda, Elton Chigumbura, Hamilton Masakadza, Sikandar Raza, Craig Ervine and Sean Williams are some of the familiar names, who have performed long sufficient and may reason a fewissues for the rookie Indians.
Chigumbura, in reality, could be the 1/3 Zimbabwean participant after Flower brothers — Andy (213 ODIs)and grant (221 ODIs) — to complete a coveted landmark of two hundred ODIs for his u . s . a ..
India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain and wk), KL Rahul, Faiz Fazal, Manish Pandey, Karun Nair, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Mandeep Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Axar Patel
Zimbabwe: Graeme Cremer (captain), Tendai Chatara, Chamu Chibhabha, Elton Chigumbura, Tendai Chisoro, Craig Ervine, Neville Madziva, Timycen Maruma, Hamilton Masakadza, Wellington Masakadza, Peter Moor, Twanada Mupariwa, Richard Mutumbami (wk), Taurai Muzarabani, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Sikandar Raza, Donald Tiripano, Sean Williams

WhatsApp and MS Office Updates, Exploding Kittens 2.0, and More Apps This Week

WhatsApp and MS Office Updates, Exploding Kittens 2.0, and More Apps This Week

This week saw GDC 2016 take place – the Game Developers Conference sees tons of studios ranging from a single person to large teams showcasing what they are working on. We even got a price and release window for PlayStation VR at the event which speaks of how large the event is. There were also tons of small developers showcasing quality mobile games that will be released in the near future. The week also had Nintendo release (in select countries) its first iOS and Android social gaming application, Miitomo. We are also super close to Apple’s event which will have new hardware and hopefully some interesting app and game showcases. Here are the notable app and game releases of the week.

Rayman Classic comes to Android
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Rayman, Ubisoft ported the original Rayman game to both iOS and Android. The Android version only released a few days ago and is a one time purchase with no micro-transactions. Rayman Classic hasn’t aged too well but if you want to see where the popular side-scrolling franchise came from, check out Rayman Classic on Google Play.

Download Rayman Classic on Android Rs. 300

WhatsApp Messenger
This version brings support for quick-reply from notifications on iPhone. Instead of launching the app to reply, you can now just pull down and immediately respond using Apple’s quick-reply. You also can now share PDF files from other apps using the native share sheet and WhatsApp. Also if you disabled saving media into camera roll thanks to certain annoying group chats with friends, you will be pleased to know that you can now enable or disable saving incoming media on a specific chat basis. The Android version also got some major updates, including text formatting, improved file sharing, and more.

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Microsoft Office Android app updates
Word, PowerPoint, and Excel just got updated with support for auto-save that can be toggled on or off. This version of all three apps supports version history (finally) and you can now work on documents with others at the same time. PowerPoint even has design suggestions based on photos. It is awesome seeing Microsoft support the iOS and Android releases of the Office apps so much.

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Having launched as a social network for sharing your taste in movies in 2011, Letterboxd has been a great service. This week, the iPhone app was finally launched and they went all out with this one. Everything from the app website to the actual app design is gorgeous. Letterboxd for iPhone lets you track what you’re watching, your opinion of it, view what is popular, and much more. Download it and sign up for an account if you even have the remotest of interest in movies.

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Exploding Kittens 2.0
The strategic card game that broke Kickstarter records with maximum number of backers released for iPhone as an app little while ago. This week it was updated to 2.0 and it now lets you play with friends and strangers online. Earlier it was restricted to local multiplayer only. This update makes the app an easy recommendation for anyone as Exploding Kittens is a lot of fun to play.

exploding_kittens.jpgDownload Exploding Kittens for iPhone Rs. 120

Hearthstone 4.2
Hearthstone is one of my favourite games of all time. This strategic card game based on Warcraft lore by Blizzard took the world by storm about 2 years ago when it launched. The latest update lets you pre-purchase the new expansion at a discounted rate with a bonus card back and finally adds more deck slots. If you are new to the game, the deck recipe feature will let you quickly build decks that can be viable for play. Hearthstone is worth checking out on any device but is best on iPad.

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Outlook for iOS 2.2.2
Microsoft Outlook, my favourite email application on iOS, just got a nice update with some requested features. You can now protect your app with Touch ID. Hopefully more apps with sensitive information add this feature. If you use the events feature in Outlook, you will be pleased to know that things are more picturesque with attendee pictures displayed below events in the agenda view and quick creation of events in single and three day views.

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Lost in Harmony
Digixart Entertainment updated their unique endless runner rhythm game, Lost in Harmony with a new free level and something that the game should have had from the start. You could always create custom play tracks and now you get to create a link to share them with people easily. Also Aya (the person you text in game) can now be customised. While some levels annoy with the busy nature of things going on visually, Lost in Harmony has a great soundtrack and a touching story.

lost_in_harmony update.jpgDownload Lost in Harmony for iOS Rs. 250 | Lost in Harmony for Android free

Disney Magic Kingdoms
Gameloft just released Disney Magic Kingdoms, a simulation game for all ages. If you’re a fan of all things Disney, you will love Magic Kingdoms. It lets you build your own theme park and experience tons of content through animated quests with characters across the history of Disney. There’s also a story that goes on as you build your park that you will experience.

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