THEY do not serve gruel at the Los Angeles Mission. I just want to get that clear right away. Not one of the 1,600 or so meals that the Skid Row shelter and kitchen serves each day contains that watery food-ish substance so often fed to orphans in Charles Dickens tales. There may be oatmeal or grits for breakfast, but never, ever gruel. This is one of the things I learned Wednesday as I toured the downtown nonprofit operation as part of my penance for a slight slip of the pen. It was just a little literary license in a past column. I never meant to insult the people engaged in the noble service of feeding, clothing, housing and educating the homeless men and women of Skid Row. I merely commented on a photo of our ubiquitous mayor serving “gruel” to the homeless. Herb Smith, new president of the L.A. Mission, quickly fired off an e-mail to me pointing out that the mission’s kitchens serve healthy, hearty meals, not gruel. Then he invited me down for a taste of the real fare served out in five meal shifts every weekday – one breakfast, three lunches and one dinner. How could I say no? As penance goes, it wasn’t a bad deal. That’s how I ended up in the vast stainless-steel kitchen with L.A. Mission Senior Chef David Thomas a half an hour before dinner on Wednesday. I’m lucky that he is a man of good humor, considering he is about twice my size and the kitchen is filled with sharp implements. “This is not a soup kitchen,” he says. The slabs of beef for that night’s meal and the vat of mashed potatoes testify to that. It’s important to him to whip up good meals for the students (former homeless people who are in the mission’s 18-month program) and the mission’s “friends and neighbors,” which is mission-speak for the people who use various services but aren’t in the program. Thomas, who came by the kitchen as a mission student himself, has been not cooking gruel for about seven years. He draws up a menu for each week guided both by good taste and what’s in stock. This is a charity organization, and much of its food is donated – new, though, not used. This week’s menu includes grilled chicken with rice and gravy, pork chops, spaghetti, carnitas and the ribs he was marinating when I walked in. His kitchen might be in the middle of Skid Row, but it’s got an A grade from the county health inspectors. This is the best meal on Skid Row, I’m told. But the real test is taste. So I sat down to eat with Smith and the mission’s public-relations expert, Ayana Petteway. We all ate the same meal as everyone else did that evening. No special meals for a journalist or the mission’s president. During a surprisingly tasty dinner of roast beef and mashed potatoes (I avoid the green beans, but that’s more about personal preference than quality), Smith fills me in on homelessness services, homelessness politics and how the two intersect in Los Angeles. We chat about the lack of housing options, NIMBYism that keeps out homeless services from other areas, patient dumping, the pressures of a redeveloping downtown and the new challenges of laws regarding where convicted sex offenders live while I slurp down the smooth and creamy mashed potatoes. Homelessness is a hot topic right now in City Hall, which is no doubt part of the reason the mayor was ever serving (not gruel not gruel not gruel) to homeless people as part of a photo-op. But it still hasn’t translated to any real action other than Skid Row sweeps. Overall, it was a satisfying meal. I left that night with not only a taste of tender roast beef, but also a taste of the difficulties of serving Los Angeles’ least favorite population. Mariel Garza is a columnist and editorial writer for the Los Angeles Daily News. Write to her by e-mail at email@example.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
She said banning oils containing trans fats could lead to greater use of saturated fats. But Stephen Joseph, a Tiburon attorney who was a consultant to New York City in developing its trans fat ban, disagreed that there would be supply problems. He said the bill would trigger increased production of oils that are free of trans fats. He cited examples of canola oil and other trans-fat-free oils that are also low in saturated fats. But he said that even if the bill triggered more use of saturated fats in place of trans fats, that would be an improvement. “Trans fat is so much worse than saturated fat,” he said. “If it was a one-to-one swap, you’re better off with saturated fat. Saturated fat doesn’t reduce your good cholesterol.” Mendoza’s bill carries violations could result in fines of $25 to $1,000. Food items sold in their manufacturers’ sealed packaging would be exempt. AB 97 next goes to the Assembly Appropriations Committee, probably in late spring. PRIMARY TALK: Bob Jimenez, communications director for state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, will speak at the 7 p.m. Monday meeting of the Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Club. The club meets at Sizzler Restaurant, 15252 E. Rosecrans Ave., La Mirada. Jimenez is expected to speak about SB 113, Calderon’s bill that would move the presidential primary from June to February. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. Assemblyman Tony Mendoza’s bill, AB 97, which would ban the use of trans fats from restaurants and bakeries, has taken its first step toward becoming law. But in order to get the 11-5 vote from the Assembly Health Committee this week, Mendoza, D-Norwalk, agreed to give restaurants and bakeries another year to implement the change. Instead of a June 30, 2008, deadline for restaurants and June 30, 2009, date for bakeries to remove trans fats, Mendoza agreed to 2009 and 2010, respectively. Mendoza called trans fats “the leading cause of heart disease and diabetes.” “Trans fats have absolutely no nutritional value,” he said. “In fact, trans fats increase bad cholesterol and decrease good cholesterol. They’re worse than saturated fat.” Trans fats occur naturally in small amounts in meat and dairy products. Most trans fats that are consumed are created when vegetable oil is treated with hydrogen to create baked and fried goods with a longer shelf life. Representatives of the California Restaurant Association and Grocery Manufacturers Association contend the bill would lead to shortages of oils free of trans fats and force owners of small restaurants to pay higher prices for cooking oil. “We see larger chains being able to move away from trans fat,” said Lara Dunbar, senior vice president of government affairs for the restaurant association. “Small mom-and-pop restaurants cannot do this. They cannot afford to buy in bulk oils that will not change the taste of their food.”
Manchester City have been embarrassingly dominant at the Etihad Stadium, where they lead courtesy of Yaya Toure’s 16th-minute goal.Toure netted from close range after QPR were unable to clear David Silva’s corner.Silva was then denied by a good save from Rob Green as the Premier League champions kept their beleaguered opponents under the cosh.Estaban Granero, who this week joined Rangers from Real Madrid – whose boss Jose Mourinho is watching in the stands – was handed a debut by manager Mark Hughes.The Spaniard is in midfield alongside Alejandro Faurlin and there are also starting places for Andrew Johnson and former City favourite Shaun Wright-Phillips, with Junior Hoilett dropping to the bench.Click here for the Man City v QPR quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The SA Agulhas departed from Cape Town on 7 January, en route to Antarctica. Some of the 50 cadets aboard the Agulhas, which has been kitted out as a training vessel following her retirement from Antarctic service in April 2012. Sir Ranulph Fiennes prepares to board. The SA Agulhas was given a rousing send-off in London by an audience that included the Prince of Wales. The seventh member of the team is Mary Mouse, a mascot who pays homage to Ponko the Penguin, the mascot carried by Scott photographer Herbert Ponting.(Images: The Coldest Journey) MEDIA CONTACTS • The Coldest Journey Press office RELATED ARTICLES • SA Agulhas II arrives • Voyage’s end for Agulhas • SA explorer to circle world via poles • O captain, my captain • Maritime piracy under the spotlight Janine ErasmusThe South African polar ship SA Agulhas is en route to the Antarctic with a team of adventurers on board. They will attempt to cross the frozen continent in the dead of winter, a feat never attempted before.The team set sail from Cape Town – known as the gateway to the Antarctic – on 7 January after docking on 28 December 2012 from the UK. The trip is expected to take about two weeks, allowing for icebergs and pack ice. However, this will depend on the sea and weather conditions.Renowned adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes is leading the daring six-member squad on what they have dubbed The Coldest Journey. This adventure represents a major collaboration between Commonwealth countries, as the entire ship’s crew and all the scientists, engineers, operations team and explorers come from its 54 countries.The 68-year-old Fiennes is known for his many exploits, which include being the first person to reach both the north and south poles via surface travel. The former British Army officer is regarded by many, including the Guinness Book of Records, as the world’s greatest living explorer.The team’s co-leader is veteran sailor Anton Bowring, and the remaining four members are engineer Ian Prickett, medic Rob Lambert and mechanics Spencer Smirl and Richmond Dykes. All but Dykes have previous polar experience.Education as well as adventureThe expedition, prominently featuring the 35-year-old SA Agulhas, will also showcase South Africa’s maritime skills development programme and its participation in Antarctic research.Since her retirement from Antarctic service in April 2012, the Agulhas has been fitted with extra equipment so that she can be used as a dedicated training vessel.This is her maiden training voyage and she carries 50 sea cadets, 40 of whom are South African maritime studies graduates from the Cape Town and Durban universities of technology. The remainder hail from other African countries and were collected along the trip up the continent’s west coast.Through educational content, including competitions, an interactive map and access to exclusive audio-visual and scientific material as well as regular interviews with the team, The Coldest Journey also aims to inspire thousands of children to become scientists and engineers.Interested schools from across the Commonwealth are invited to register on the website. They will be asked for a modest fee, but this can be recouped through related fundraising activities, suggestions for which are provided as part of the package. The fee will also allow two years’ access to the content.The SA Agulhas is playing an important role in this aspect too, as she will provide real-time educational content on the scientific activities undertaken during the voyages to and from Antarctica.The chilling factsThe six-month expedition will take place in the southern hemisphere winter, which starts around the end of March. Unlike most people who will have at least a few creature comforts during the chilly season, The Coldest Journey team will have to contend with almost perpetual darkness and average winter temperatures of -50 to -80 degrees C.They will also have some 4 000km of snow and ice to traverse.The goal of The Coldest Journey is to raise US$10-million for Seeing is Believing, a collaboration between Standard Chartered Bank and the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness. The initiative tackles avoidable blindness and is active in 25 developing countries – they include Bangladesh, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Brazil and Jordan.“I have had snow blindness before, for about 10 days,” said Fiennes, “and it made me feel useless. Seeing is Believing is our motivation, however cold it is, however dark it is, because the further we go, the more people will donate.”A perilous tripThe Coldest Journey has been some five years in the planning, said Fiennes. He said the golden era of exploration over the last 100 years has seen almost every polar challenge successfully met, but for one – that of crossing Antarctica in the winter.The team will land in Crown Bay in Queen Maud Land, east Antarctica, where the crew will set up a base camp and spend some weeks testing the hi-tech equipment. The explorers will set off on the first stage of the journey to the geographic South Pole, some 2 200km away, on 21 March, near the southern hemisphere’s autumnal equinox.From here they travel a further 1 600km to the Ross ice shelf and then on to their final destination, McMurdo Station, a US research centre. McMurdo is just 300m from Discovery Hut, built by Robert Scott in 1902 and still in much the same state as when it was last used in 1917.Crown Bay is south of South Africa, and McMurdo is south of New Zealand.The bold explorers plan to arrive on the other side of the continent in September. The first stage is expected to take 84 days, including 21 rest days, and the second 61 days with 15 rest days.The Agulhas will be back to pick up crew and gear in February 2014. They have to wait until the winter ice retreats far enough to allow the ship to approach.The team plans to cover an average of 35km over eight hours per day, with rest days in between. A typical day on the ice will start at around 06h30 with a check of the weather and the vehicles and equipment. After a meeting to plan the day, the team will set off at 08h30 and travel until 16h30 with intermittent breaks, until 16h30 when they will set up their overnight camp, check their correspondence digitally, ensure that the vehicles have fuel for the next day’s trek, and have a meal.Two skiers – one Fiennes, the other alternating team members – will lead the party with the rest following in a convoy.Up front are two modified Caterpillar D6N track-type tractors pulling two specially developed cabooses – one for accommodation and one with scientific and mechanical workshops – followed by storage and fuel sleds. The fuel contains an ice inhibitor which is active down to -75 degrees C.Because of the darkness and the temperatures, it will be almost impossible, should anything go wrong, to send an aircraft on a rescue mission as its non-modified fuel might freeze.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Leave a CommentUSDA extended the deadline to May 17, 2019 (from May 1) for agricultural producers to certify 2018 crop production for payments through the Market Facilitation Program, which helps producers who have been significantly affected by foreign tariffs, resulting in the loss of traditional exports. USDA’s Farm Service Agency extended the deadline because heavy rainfall and snowfall have delayed harvests in many parts of the country, preventing producers from certifying acres.Payments will be issued only if eligible producers certify before the updated May 17 deadline. Note: The MFP application period closed Feb. 14, 2019. Producers have until May 17, 2019 to certify production.Qualifying cropsThe MFP provides payments to producers of corn, cotton, sorghum, soybeans, wheat, dairy, hogs, fresh sweet cherries and shelled almonds. FSA will issue payments based on the producer’s certified total production of the MFP commodity multiplied by the MFP rate for that specific commodity.“Trade issues, coupled with low commodity prices and recovery from natural disasters, have definitely impacted the bottom line for many agricultural producers,” said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. “The MFP payments provide short-term relief from retaliatory tariffs to supplement the traditional farm safety net, helping agricultural producers through these difficult times. Weather conditions this fall, winter and early spring have blocked many producers from completing harvest of their crops, and we want to make sure producers who want to finalize their MFP application have an opportunity.”Producers can certify production by contacting their local FSA office or through farmers.gov.About the Market Facilitation ProgramU.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue launched the trade mitigation program to assist farmers suffering from damage because of unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. FSA implemented MFP in September 2018 as a relief strategy to protect agricultural producers while the Administration works on free, fair and reciprocal trade deals to open more markets to help American farmers compete globally. To date, more than $8.3 billion has been paid to nearly 600,000 applicants.The MFP is established under the statutory authority of the Commodity Credit Corporation Charter Act and is administered by FSA.More informationFor more information, contact your local FSA office or visit the program’s website. Leave a Comment
In the News Feed example images, everything looks sogood. I mean, if all of my friends only posted high-res photographs of their amazing blue-skied skiing adventures, I wouldn’t be complaining. Maybe I need to friend more of Facebook’s staff – they can clearly afford vacations chock full of photo opps. (Maybe they’ll bring me along? I’m a pretty good time. Just sayin’.)(See also An Early Sneak Peek At Facebook’s New News Feed [Gallery].)The Memes Come Marching InThe invasion of the meme might be partly to blame. I remember when memes hit Tumblr and then took off. I’d been blogging there since 2009. Back then I’d post original photos and original writing and the people I followed did the same. Then suddenly, one day it just flipped – Tumblr became a place for recycling jokes and reposting lolcats. I lost interest in it immediately and haven’t really blogged there since. Now that Facebook is dominated by image updates, the News Feed is a morass of recycled content – and again, I’m losing interest.Instagram’s Unspoken RuleFacebook may own Instagram, but the social photo sharing network has its own set of rules – many of them unspoken, selfies aside. Instagram made generating original content fun again. Sure, we’re just taking little snapshots and posting them in quasi-realtime, but that’s a hell of a lot more interesting than a retweet or a video gone viral. If anyone on my Instagram posts a screencap or a picture lifted from a different source, I unfollow them. Instagram is training people to populate and curate their own little photo portals – and it encourages even first-time photographers to develop a unique aesthetic. It’s no surprise that the most interesting images in my News Feed are all imported from Instagram. Instagram is a viewfinder, not a recycling bin.(See also #Me: Instagram Narcissism And The Scourge Of The Selfie.)Call me old fashioned. I like actual photos. I like text. I will not for the life of me watch a viral video unless I’m absolutely convinced it will be earth-shatteringly funny – and if I have to sit through an auto-play ad first, forget it. I’d take user-generated content on a sparse web 2.0-style personal blog over multimedia Web-recycling any day. Remember when people used to blog? Now most of us just move other people’s content from one place to another and point at it. Content Other Other People CreateChris Cox, Facebook’s VP of Product, summed it up this at Facebook’s big announcement Thursday morning: “Fundamentally we’re a container for content other people create.” But most Facebook users don’t create content, they just borrow it from someone else who probably borrowed it from someone else after it made the rounds on Tumblr a few months ago. None of this is Facebook’s fault. I’ve been test-driving the redesign and it looks and works great. It’s a web culture issue – one accentuated by the new News Feed’s “bright, beautiful stories”.Maybe I’m just cynical. Or maybe there really is nothing new under the sun. But if you ask me, social sites need more content creators – and fewer diligent meme mules ferrying viral junk from point A to point B with their heads down. Images courtesy of Shutterstock, Facebook and Someecards. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Social networks like Facebook and Google+ are suddenly more image-happy than ever. And that’s awesome, in theory. But images ≠ photos. And that’s an important distinction. (See also Facebook Updates News Feed With Dedicated Feeds, Bigger Photos and Google+ Update Adds Crazy Big Cover Photos + Other Stuff.)According to Facebook, today the News Feed is comprised of about 50% “visual content.” What began as a spartan little text entry box is now a full-fledged multimedia monster, for better or worse. But the advent of Facebook’s new “bright beautiful stories” may just mean more visual detritus to brush away from the content we really want to see, assuming it’s out there at all.Goodbye Clutter?Trying to get a screen capture of the new News Feed Photos page earlier today, I had to refresh about ten times before anything worthy of being highlighted bubbled up. But even then, the rest of the stuff on the page was such an eyesore, I just went with the Facebook PR team’s stock shot. My Photos tab (and the News Feed at large) remains a confusing mixture of Someecards and random images that people scoop up from around the Web and don’t attribute. I’ve probably been guilty of this too, but whatever – I’m the one writing this story. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#photo sharing#photography#social#social networks taylor hatmaker Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
“Once he gets the ball in his hands, he’s doing everything you’d want that guy in the middle to do,” Portland’s Damian Lillard said.The Trail Blazers are going to need more from Lillard to get back in the series, and the star guard is playing though a rib injury. He had 19 points in Saturday’s loss, well off the 33 he averaged in Portland’s first-round series against the Thunder. He has been double-teamed often with the Warriors keying in on him.No team has ever come back to win after going down 3-0 in the playoffs.The Warriors were dealing with injuries of their own. Iguodala is listed as questionable for Monday’s game with an injured lower leg but the team reported that his MRI Sunday was clear.Golden State was already without Kevin Durant because of a sore right calf. It’s unlikely that the two-time NBA Finals MVP will return during the series against the Blazers.Green said it’s important that he take on a more effective leadership role in the absence of Durant, who is averaging more than 34 points during the playoffs. The Warriors were also without DeMarcus Cousins, who tore a quadriceps muscle at the start of the playoffs.“Obviously, I’m not capable of doing what Kevin does on the basketball floor, and no one else on this team is. Or DeMarcus. So collectively, we’ve got to do that,” Green said. “I just try to take it upon myself to do my part and also try to create a pace that I know we can be successful at.”Kerr said in many ways Green reminds him a bit of Dennis Rodman, the coach’s former teammate on the Chicago Bulls. “Draymond has just become a tremendous playmaker. He’s our leading assist guy, handles the ball and pushes the pace quite a bit for us. So, I think he’s actually a better two-way player but very similar to Dennis,” Kerr said, adding with a smile: “Not as good of a rebounder, though. I have to give that to Dennis. I’ve never met a better rebounder than Dennis.” Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? 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Steve Dykes/Getty Images/AFPPORTLAND, Ore. — Draymond Green would rather do more playing than complaining these days.Known at times for his temper and tangles with officials, a more mature Green has the Golden State Warriors on the brink of a fifth straight trip to the NBA Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I mean, I think that’s been really obvious over the last couple of weeks, and I think it’s important because, when he gets upset and emotional, it costs us,” Kerr said. “We lose our focus as a team. I mean, he’s our leader.”Green was much more than a triple-double Saturday night. He pushed the pace and steadied Golden State as it overcame a double-digit deficit against the Blazers for a second straight game. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Damian Lillard playing with separated ribs since Game 2 vs Warriors Green had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists for his seventh playoff triple-double overall, and third of this postseason. All three have come on the road.He also was instrumental in Golden State’s 114-111 comeback victory in Game 2. He made a bounce pass through the paint to a cutting Andre Iguodala for a dunk with 3:06 left to make it 108-105, and then assisted on a layup by Kevon Looney the next possession. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess He finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and five blocked shots. He has collected 10 or more rebounds in eight straight playoff games.Green said he has mellowed, and credited his family — including 2-year-old Draymond Green Jr. — for his newfound awareness.“I understand that officials aren’t perfect and I still have conversations with them now, when they miss a call, but it’s a completely different conversation,” he said. “My mom has been really big. My fiancée has been really big with just talking to me about that and just telling me to stay locked in on the game. I also have some little ones at the house who enjoying watching me play. I don’t necessarily want them to see that. So just try to be more mindful of it.”Green was famously suspended for Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers after collecting four flagrant foul points in the postseason.Coach Steve Kerr said Green’s improved focus has been a big key for the Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT “I realized I got to a point where I was doing more crying than playing,” he said. “I’m sure it was disgusting to watch because I felt disgusting playing that way, and I just wanted to lock back in on the game.”Green led the way as the Warriors rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-99 on Saturday night to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. 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Asserting that he has now become “a citizen of AndhraAsserting that he has now become “a citizen of Andhra Pradesh”, following his election to Rajya Sabha from the state yesterday, Prabhu said he performed prayers at Lord Balaji temple atop Tirumala Hills today.”Andhra Pradesh has Lord Balaji, the biggest asset. I discussed with the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams authorities this morning about developing a world-class railway terminal in Tirupati under Public-Private Partnership (PPP). I am informing the Chief Minister about this now,” the minister said.”Andhra Pradesh would not be lacking in terms of railway support. The state is facing transition difficulties because of the bifurcation. Railways would do everything to help the state,” Prabhu said.Chandrababu Naidu, Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Y Satyanarayana Chowdary, state Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas, besides several MPs and top railway officials were present. PTI DBV SDL DBS
Reuters St LuciaFebruary 13, 2019UPDATED: February 13, 2019 08:53 IST Joe Root refused to reveal details of his on-field exchange with Shannon Gabriel after England sealed the win in the third Test (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJoe Root told Gabriel ‘there is nothing wrong with being gay’ during a heated on-field exchange between the two playersEngland captain Joe Root has earned a lot of praise for his stanceEngland clinched a consolation win in the third Test but lost the series 2-1 to the West IndiesWest Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has been charged for language used during the third Test against England on Monday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has said.Gabriel’s comment to Joe Root was not audible to television viewers but according to British broadcaster Sky Sports, the England captain was heard replying to the bowler: “Don’t use it as an insult. There’s nothing wrong with being gay”.Umpires Rod Tucker and Kumar Dharmasena spoke to Gabriel afterwards and he was charged with breaching Article 2.13 of the ICC’s Code of Conduct on Tuesday.”The charge, which was laid by match umpires, will now be dealt with by Match Referee Jeff Crowe,” the governing body said in a statement on Tuesday. “Until the proceedings have concluded, the ICC will not comment further.”Article 2.13 addresses personal, insulting, obscene or offensive language directed at other players or match officials.Root declines to elaborate the specifics of the on-field exchangeRoot declined to elaborate on the specifics of the verbal altercation and was asked again about the incident on Tuesday after England had won the final Test in St. Lucia, though West Indies claimed the series 2-1.”As a player you feel you have responsibilities to uphold on the field and I stand by what I did,” said the England captain, according to the Guardian.”The ICC have got to handle things and I am not in a position to comment but throughout the series it has been played in the right manner between the two sides.advertisement”West Indies have played some fantastic cricket, they are a good bunch of guys and it would be a shame if it tarnishes it.”Root gains plaudits for his stanceUK Sports Minister Mims Davies was among those who praised Root for his stance.”What a Leader, Ambassador and HUGE RESPECT for doing the absolute right thing to properly call this out!” Davies said on her Twitter account.”He is completely right as there simply is NO place in any sport, at any level for discrimination, intolerance and prejudice.”Former England cricketer Nasser Hussain said Root’s reaction would help cement his legacy.”For me his twelve words as a role model will be in the end more important than a test hundred or possible victory,” Hussain tweeted.Also Read | England drop to No.5 in ICC Test rankings despite 232-run victory over West IndiesAlso Read | Nasser Hussain applauds Joe Root for standing up against homophobic slurAlso Read | West Indies, England bowlers bowl most number of wides in a Test matchAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Shannon GabrielFollow Joe RootFollow West Indies vs EnglandFollow ICC Shannon Gabriel charged by ICC after on-field exchange with Joe RootJoe Root declined to elaborate on the specifics of the verbal altercation and was asked again about the incident on Tuesday after England had won the final Testadvertisement