Minister Orders Improvement Plan

first_imgJustice Minister Cecil Clarke has ordered the Town of Westville to submit a plan to address concerns about police governance issues. The directive follows an investigation under the Police Act into the operations of the Westville Board of Police Commissioners. The investigation was conducted after concerns were raised by town officials. “I am concerned with on-going critical governance issues within the board and have ordered a comprehensive plan to address these issues,” said Mr. Clarke. “Action is required to ensure the community can have confidence in the board.” The investigation found several unresolved issues under the Police Act, including violation of membership by-laws, record keeping, and alleged interference with the day-to-day operations of the police force. Mr. Clarke has requested that the Town of Westville submit an action plan by Feb. 15.last_img read more

LT becomes promoter of Mindtree holds 6006 stake

first_imgNew Delhi: IT firm Mindtree Wednesday said Larsen & Toubro has acquired control of the company and has been categorised as a promoter, capping months of hostile takeover efforts. Mindtree founders had initially resisted the hostile takeover bid and had also tried to rally support of large investors. Now, L&T has 60.06 per cent stake in Bengaluru-based Mindtree. “We wish to inform that Larsen & Toubro Limited has acquired equity shares to an extent 60.06 per cent of the total shareholding of the company and has acquired control and is categorised as promoter pursuant to Sebi… Regulations, 2018,” Mindtree said in a regulatory filing. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep L&T held 9.87 crore equity shares in Mindtree as on July 2 following its recently-concluded open offer. Nalanda India Fund and Nalanda India Equity Fund have also sold majority of their holdings in Mindtree in L&T’s open offer. Both entities, which held 10.60 per cent stake in Mindtree, have offloaded about 8.90 per cent stake, according to a separate regulatory filing. On Tuesday, L&T said it has made payments to shareholders who tendered their shares successfully in the open offer, which closed on June 28. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs In a deal that had marked India’s first-ever hostile takeover bid in the IT space, L&T had bought 20.32 per cent shares in Mindtree from V G Siddhartha and his coffee enterprise for over Rs 3,000 crore in March. Later, it shored up the holding with more share purchases from the open market before making an open offer for an additional 31 per cent stake in Mindtree. Shares of Mindtree fell nearly 1 per cent to close at Rs 906.10 on the BSE.last_img read more

Longhouse not a protest of Canada 150 but celebration of time immemorial

first_imgFREDERICTON – A traditional longhouse has been erected near the New Brunswick legislature, with a First Nations elder saying it’s not to protest Canada 150 but to educate that indigenous people were present long before Confederation.Alma Brooks of the Wolastoq Grand Council says the temporary structure on the Fredericton riverfront is a place of teaching and “a chance to celebrate time immemorial.”“It’s not a protest. Hopefully it will be a way of opening the door a crack for discussions around many long term issues that have been ignored,” she said Friday.She said she was pleased that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that protesters who erected a teepee in Ottawa ahead of Canada 150 celebrations on Saturday had a right to be there.On Thursday in Charlottetown and later in New Brunswick, Trudeau said that Canada had failed indigenous peoples for centuries.“If that’s the way he feels, that gives me a little bit of hope because we need to build a better world for our children,” Brooks said.The birch structure in Fredericton, covered with tarps and cedar brush, is oriented east-west on a grassy strip along the edge of the St. John River.It’s an area frequented by people who walk and jog, and a good vantage point for Canada Day fireworks.Brooks said she hopes people will stop to ask questions.“I hope they come and learn something. This is a teaching lodge. Come and listen and learn,” she said.Brooks said most Canadians don’t know enough about indigenous history in this country.Senator Sandra Lovelace Nicholas said this week that, as an indigenous woman from the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, she won’t celebrate Canada Day until all treaties are settled, and all First Nations children enjoy equality.Brooks said she understands the senator’s position, and there needs to be more truth and reconciliation going forward.She said Canada 150 is like two grains of sand in the hourglass that measures the time her ancestors have occupied the land.The New Brunswick Aboriginal Peoples Council hasn’t taken an official position on Canada 150, but Chief Wendy Wetteland said while she has no disrespect or disregard for Confederation, there’s a lot of the history of Canada that’s not recognized in that celebration.“That’s what makes me hesitant to celebrate a marker in Canadian history, because there’s so much more to Canada’s history than that,” she said in an interview Friday.Wetteland said the prime minister’s statements make her optimistic, but there needs to be concrete action.“Steps moving forward have to be made with indigenous people in order to repair all of the systemic issues,” she said.Still, Wetteland said she hopes for a day when reconciliation is complete.“I do see a day when that can happen. I just hope it’s within my lifetime,” she said.last_img read more

Moroccan Minister-Delegate for the Interior Meets US Coordinator for Counterterrorism

first_imgRabat – Moroccan delegate-minister for the interior, Cherki Drais, met this Tuesday US Ambassador at Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the State Department, Tina Kaidanow, over Morocco-US cooperation in security issues.Talks covered “the excellent cooperation between Morocco and the USA in the fight against terrorism, which is a priority both for Morocco and for the USA, and the training of Moroccan executives,” said the Moroccan official following the meeting.A delegation of the state department is expected in Morocco to discuss the implementation of the training program, he added.last_img read more

FTA with China next year new port city agreement byAugust

The Prime Minister said the Government is also in talks with India and Japan to sign deals on various projects.He said Japanese assistance has been sought to construct an elevated highway in Colombo to ease the traffic congestion.Wickremesinghe said the foreign policy of the new government has resulted in foreign assistance pouring in to Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) The Government hopes to sign a proposed Free Trade Agreement with China next year, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today.The Prime Minister said Sri Lanka and China will establish stronger diplomatic relations keeping the future in mind. Wickremesinghe said that under the new agreement the Chinese company, China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC), will have rights to the port city land under a 99 year lease. He also said that the port city will be converted into an economic hub to be in line with economic hubs in Singapore and Dubai.China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd is also involved in the Hambantota dockyard project which is to be completed this year. He also said that a new agreement is to be signed by August with the Chinese company involved in the port city project. read more

UNDP Administrator urges businesses to join battle against AIDS

Addressing the French-American Chamber of Commerce in Versailles, Mark Malloch Brown underscored the epidemic’s harmful effects on business. “AIDS threatens your workforces, your future markets and global stability generally,” he said, adding that it was in everyone’s interest to combat the disease by helping to build “the kind of strong, transparent institutions, services and rule of law that benefit everyone from the poorest African peasant to the wealthiest global CEO.”While acknowledging the contribution of local projects, Mr. Malloch Brown stressed that “the real way forward for corporate social responsibility is broader public-private partnerships.” He called on private companies to use their own communications sectors to spread the anti-AIDS message. “Such statements not only help break the silence and stigma that is still all too often associated with the disease, but build positive brand-name rewards,” he said.The Administrator also urged the private sector to take direct action by supporting and educating employees, particularly in developing countries. He noted that although the cost of treatment has been dramatically reduced, the public sector in most countries would still be unable to afford broad interventions against AIDS. “And that leaves the private sector as the real new frontier where we have the best chance of expanding access to treatment, particularly given the fact that it is now much more cost-effective to treat workers than to find and train new ones,” he said.In addition, Mr. Malloch Brown called on those present to contribute to the global fund to tackle HIV/AIDS and other diseases that has been promoted by Secretary-General Kofi Annan. “With your support, we have every chance of mounting a coherent, effective response to the world’s most deadly challenge that paves the way for other public-private coalitions of mutual interest to tackle other pressing global problems,” he said. read more

UN agency joins African Development Bank to spur clean water for cities

Most countries in Africa are currently falling behind in attaining the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water by 2015, the UN Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, said in a news release.By combining UN-HABITAT’s strength in advocacy, awareness building, managerial and institutional capacity, and new and innovative approaches with ADB’s lending experience, the accord will provide a strong partnership for supporting internationally agreed goals for water and sanitation on the continent.Under the terms of the memorandum, the Bank and UN-HABITAT will collaborate in several areas, including advocacy in specific areas such as resource mobilization in urban and peri-urban activities for the poor in water and sanitation schemes, security, gender and environmental activities.They will co-operate in building local capacity, implementing innovative “learning by doing” demonstration projects and sharing information and experiences between the two Institutions as well as among the participating countries.The two organizations will also prepare investment proposals for water and sanitation schemes as well as Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers and coordinating aid and advice to recipient countries on common areas of activities.The ADB and UN-HABITAT will provide grants about $217 million over the next five years. It is expected that this will lead to additional opportunities for follow-up fast track loans from the Bank of about $362 million to help attainment of the MDG. The memorandum was signed at a special ceremony last week during the Africa Regional Day at the 4th World Water Forum in Mexico City by UN-HABITAT Executive Director Anna Tibaijuka and ADB President Donald Kaberuka. In another development, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden has been awarded a Special Citation in this year’s UN-HABITAT Scroll of Honour Award for “his tireless campaigning to promote an environmentally sustainable human habitat.”“King Carl XVI Gustaf has always emphasized in his work the importance of urban-rural linkages to ensure sustainable development,” Ms. Tibaijuka said, citing his longstanding commitment to the natural environment and climatic change.She also recalled that the King had recently brought to the foreground the links between climate change, natural disasters and their impacts on cities, towns and rural human settlements. read more

Burundi UN human rights experts urge strong action in light of widespread

The findings of the experts comprising the UN Independent Investigation on Burundi “suggest widespread and systemic patterns of violations,” which, added to the country’s history of inter-ethnic violence and impunity, and the danger of a spiral of mass violence, have prompted the experts to urge the Government of Burundi, the African Union, the UN Human Rights Council, the Security Council and other international actors to take “a series of robust actions to preserve the achievements made in the Arusha Accord and in the 2005 Constitution, which led to the longest period of peace Burundi has known since its independence, the experts said in a press release issued by the Office of the UN Higher Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The recommended actions, detailed in the new report by the experts, include the immediate setting up of an international commission of inquiry, the involvement of other independent international judicial processes, reconsideration of Burundi’s membership on the Human Rights Council, and possible invocation of Chapter VII of the UN Charter if the violations continue and the Government continues to fail to comply with a Security Council resolution from July authorizing the deployment of a UN police force. Because the patterns of violations clearly suggest they are deliberate and the result of conscious decisions, it is in the Government’s power to stop them, the experts emphasized. Burundi was thrown into crisis more than a year ago when President Nkurunziza decided to run for a controversial third term that he went on to win. To date, it has been reported that hundreds of people have been killed, more than 240,000 have fled the nation, and thousands more have been arrested and possibly subjected to human rights violations. Investigation team documents hundreds of human rights violations Noting the Burundian Government’s “blanket denial” of almost all alleged human rights violations and the difficulty of precisely quantifying all the violations that have taken place, and may continue to take place, in a “situation as closed and repressive as Burundi,” the experts documented hundreds of cases of summary executions, targeted assassinations, arbitrary detention, torture and sexual violence. Executions have been committed on a large scale by the security forces, often supported by the ruling party’s youth wing, known as the Imbonerakure, the report says, adding that the majority of the victims were opposed, or perceived to be opposed, to the third mandate of President Nkurunziza. The report cites the testimony of a former senior officer of the National Defence Force, who confirmed the existence of several lists of people to be eliminated by security forces, and notes the widespread reports of mass graves. Enforced disappearances have been another common feature of the crisis, the report says, with information and names received from witnesses concerning a group of 12 senior members of the Government and agents of the Service national de renseignements (SNR), police and army “who have allegedly been responsible for many cases of enforced disappearances, and who report directly to the inner circle of the Executive.” Members of civil society, especially human rights defenders and journalists, have been primary targets of systematic repression by the authorities, but there is also no room for dissenting positions within government circles or the ruling party, the report says, adding that “there are worrying signs of a personality cult being built around the President.” The experts interviewed witnesses and victims who identified the location of many unofficial places of detention, including within properties of top government officials, in secret SNR premises, in the ‘Permanence’ of the ruling party, the CNDD-FDD in Ngagara, as well in numerous other locations, including two bars and a building belonging to a water supply company. The report also documents the widespread use of torture and ill-treatment. Elements of the intelligence services, the police, the Imbonerakure and, to a lesser extent, the army were “consistently identified as the perpetrators, and some individuals, including senior figures of the security apparatus, have been repeatedly cited,” according to the report. The UN investigation team also identified a pattern of sexual and gender-based violence, including numerous reports of sexual violence against women and girls trying to flee the country. Others were apparently targeted because they were “related to males who opposed the third term, or were perceived as political dissidents.” The team also documented cases involving extreme sexual mutilation, as well as allegations of sexual violence against men, particularly in detention. “Any semblance of opposition to the Government is dealt with ruthlessly and seemingly without fear of accountability,” the report says, noting that “the accountability mechanisms are exceedingly weak and impunity is endemic.” “In light of the ineffectual accountability institutions set up by the Government, independent international judicial processes must consider whether international crimes were committed,” the report says. “We are gravely concerned about the general trend of ethnically divisive rhetoric by the Government, as well as others, which may carry a serious potential of the situation spiralling out of control, including beyond Burundi’s borders,” the experts said. The report also outlines the massive displacement of almost 400,000 people as refugees and internally displaced people, and the devastating impact of the crisis on the country’s economy and social systems. Expressing their “alarm about the potential threat to peace and security in the Great Lakes region,” the independent experts called on “the United Nations, particularly the Security Council, to discharge effectively its mandate to ensure peace and security, and to protect… the civilian population from threat of physical violence, under chapter VII of the United Nations Charter.” They also recommend that the Human Rights Council “consider whether Burundi can remain a member of the Council” if the situation prevailing in the country does not change radically and the violations that have already occurred are not effectively addressed. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse readies for home opener against Detroit

OSU then-freshman Erik Evans (43) defends a Maryland player in a game on April 18 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is looking for payback from last year as it gets ready to square off against Detroit on Saturday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for the Buckeyes’ home opener.Saturday’s game marks the first time the two teams have faced each other since the last year’s regular-season opener. Although the Scarlet and Gray put up a late fight, Detroit came out on top in that game, 9-8.OSU coach Nick Myers said he realizes his team will be looking to harness its hunger for payback and use it for extra motivation against the Titans.“I’d be lying to you if I told you the kids weren’t excited to get the opportunity to play Detroit,” Myers said. “That’s the beauty of sports, when you get (that) opportunity.”Senior midfielder and co-captain Kacy Kapinos shared his coach’s sentiments, knowing this game will be a battle.“Last year, that game didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to,” Kapinos said. “We know that any team can beat any team, any week, so we play every game like it’s a championship.”OSU will face a Detroit team that has certainly improved over the last few years, thanks in large part to the efforts of coach Chris Kolon. In his first year with the team in 2015, Kolon led the Titans to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship semifinals and the program’s first-ever winning record of 8-6.Detroit returns four starters, including sophomore attacker and 2015 MAAC Rookie of the Year Mark Anstead and two-time All-MAAC junior goalie Jason Weber. Anstead was second on the team in points in 2015 with 38, and Weber led the country for the second straight year with 14.43 saves per game.The Buckeyes are hoping to start the regular-season home schedule off right with a win. Redshirt junior midfielder and co-captain Tyler Pfister said he knows how important this game is.“Playing in front of a home crowd is obviously huge for us,” Pfister said. “We not only want to make our fans proud, but prove to ourselves what we know we can do.”Myers acknowledged the importance of the first home game, but he said he doesn’t want the team to get too ahead of itself.“The fact that we’re at home, in front of a home crowd, is something that adds to it,” Myers said. “I think at the end of the day, you have to focus on the task at hand.”Momentum after win at FurmanThe Buckeyes will look to capture the same magic they were able to harness in their 8-7 win at Furman.Junior midfielder John Kelly scored with four seconds left in the game to give OSU the win in the regular-season opener. Kelly caught the pass from junior attacker Austin Shanks and threw it in the back of the net while falling to the ground to complete the game-winner.“We know what (Kelly) can do, so it wasn’t a surprise necessarily,” Pfister said. “We had drawn it up in the huddle and knew what was going to happen — we just didn’t know how it was going to happen.”Though OSU did get the win, Myers said he realizes his team could have played better and has focused in practice this week on getting the team to play more up-tempo.“One of the themes this week for us has been playing more between the lines and creating more transition goals,” Myers said. “I’m really happy with the way the men have responded to it, and I feel like we’ve made some improvements.”An up-tempo attack, coupled with the Buckeyes balanced offensive attack, could prove to be the right formula to exact their revenge against Detroit in their upcoming game.Big Ten Players of the WeekJunior Jake Withers and sophomore Brendan Barger were recognized as Big Ten Players of the Week after the Buckeyes’ win at Furman.Withers was honored as the Big Ten Specialist of the Week after winning 14 of his 19 faceoffs, including all nine in the second and third quarters of the game. He also picked up a team-high nine ground balls in the win. This is Withers’ first time receiving the award.Barger was awarded the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after causing three turnovers in the game at Furman. He played a major role in the Buckeye defense that only allowed seven goals on 19 attempted shots. This is also Barger’s first time receiving the honor.What’s nextAfter Detroit, OSU is scheduled to travel to Amherst on Feb. 20 to go up against Massachusetts. The game is set to begin at noon. read more

Multotec highlights importance of mill liner optimisation

first_imgIf not designed, monitored and managed correctly and timeously, mill liner wear can result in expensive equipment failure and inferior grind quality, which will have a negative ripple effect on the operation of mills. Multotec Rubber says it ensures that liner design is optimal for the life of the liners and performs condition monitoring on installed liners to ensure maximised uptime by facilitating proactive maintenance. The liner optimisation system comprises a number of elements including MillTraj modelling design software as well as Mill Liner Scanner and Hawkeye to perform condition monitoring for a complete and efficient way of managing mill liners.MillTraj is a software package used to optimise liner design by assessing the impact of varying operational and design parameters on mill charge trajectory to achieve the most effective grind. The Mill Liner Scanner is a laser measuring device that provides Multotec with the ability to perform quick and accurate profile measurements using a more cost effective solution than other traditional mill scanning systems. This system is currently undergoing developmental testing and will be launched to the market during the course of 2015. Hawkeye converts readings from a Mill Liner Scanner into easy to understand graphical displays of liner wear.Multotec states: “Acquiring a pre-emptive understanding of the dynamics involved in mill liner wear gains valuable ground and provides a distinct market advantage for organisations driven by maximised uptime. During the life of the lifters the rate at which they wear increases due to greater slippage of the charge and this means that straight-line tonnage or time based predictions of the liner change-outs can result in unscheduled stoppages due to liner failure. By being able to proactively and predictively determine liner wear based on recorded tonnage, Multotec is able to replace customer liners before failure occurs. This eliminates unnecessary downtime and allows scheduled maintenance programmes to be implemented for increased productivity and safety.” Visitors to Electra Mining Africa being held in Johannesburg from September 15-19 will be able to see demonstrations of these technologies in action on Multotec’s stand.last_img read more

ExDanish goalkeeper Morten Seier is new RK Gorenje condition coach

Slovenian champion RK Gorenje Velenje began preparation for the upcoming season in which will face with the new challenges in domestic competition and EHF Champions League as well with the new coach, Ivan Vajdl and some new players as Bosnian Buric brother (Senjamin and Benjamin), experienced line player Marko Ostir and Slovenian topscorer last season, Jernej Papez.Slovenian champion has lost some important players as goalie Ivan Gajic (Trembley), Jure Dolenec, Matej Gaber, Fahrudin Melic, etc, so it will be difficult to defend title third year in a row in competition with RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko, the only serious rival in the upcoming season, after RK Cimos Koper dissapeared from the handball scene…New condition coach is Danish goalkeeper Morten Seier, who already played in Velenje from 2006 till 2008. After that Seier played in Poland at Orlen Wisla SIOL.NET ← Previous Story Alex Dujshebaev joins RK Vardar Pro! Next Story → David Spiler from Zagreb to Meshkov Brest – Balic destination unknown! Morten SeierRK GorenjeSlovenia read more

Elections for IHF Athletes Commission

Since midnight the voting process for the newly installed IHF Athletes’ Commission has started. Until Tuesday, 10 December 23.59 CET all players, who participated in the Men’s 2013 Men’s World Championship in Spain or participate in the current Women’s World Championship in Serbia are eligible to cast their votes for the 17 players who candidate for the IHF Athletes’ Commission.The Athletes’ Commission will be composed of five members with at least two members from each gender. The Chairman or Chairwoman of this new Commission will be full member of the IHF Council. The IHF Athletes’ Commission shall establish a link between athletes and the IHF.All National Federation, which took part in the Men’s 2013 World Championship received access codes for their players, all female players participating in Serbia had received their access codes on-site. Each male or female players has up to five votes.The following players candidate for the new IHF Athletes’ Commission (in alphabetical order):Karoline Dyhre Breivang (Norway)Gonzalo Mathias Carou (Argentina)Domagoj Duvnjak (Croatia)Jerome Fernandez (France)Gergely Harsanyi (Hungary)Tobias Karlsson (Sweden)Kathy Kent (Australia)Domink Klein (Germany)Andres Kogovsek (Argentina)Marcelina Kiala (Angola)Heykel Megannem (Tunisia)Mohamed Nakib Bakir (Egypt)Alexandra do Nascimento (Brazil)Karel Nocar (Cezch Republic)Albert Rocas Comas (Spain)Nemanja Subotic (Australia)Clara Woltering (Germany)The elected members of the IHF Athletes’ Commission will be announced on the final weekend of the 2013 Women’s World Championship in Serbia. The candidate who wins the largest number of votes will be the chairperson of the Athletes’ Commission.Below you may download the entire list of the candidates, including their motives:Athletes%20Commission%20srirmam.pdf ← Previous Story Ulrik Wilbek announced Danish squad for EHF EURO 2014! Next Story → Tomori’s goals for Hungarian win over Tunisia – Romania and Germany also on 100% IHF read more

This study of 81469 adults links red meat with increased risk of

first_img The Impossible Burger gets a beefy upgrade at CES 2019 Scientists have a bone to pick with red meat. Alexander Spitari/Getty Images We’ve spent a lot of time here at CNET testing the faux meat patties from Impossible Burger and the new pea-rice-bean concoction of Beyond Burger. As it turns out, we might have been doing our bodies a favor. New research, published in the journal The BMJ on Wednesday, shows that increasing red meat consumption is associated with a higher risk of death.Red meat, such as beef, lamb and pork, and processed meats, like sausages and bacon, have been linked with a higher incidence of certain cancers, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. For instance, a recent report from the World Cancer Research Fund suggests that processed meats increase the risk of bowel cancer. The evidence is clearly mounting for lowering consumption of red meat, making it one part of a balanced diet. Share your voice Comments Tags 4:46 This crazy military meat could change how you eat (pictures)center_img Now playing: Watch this: 24 Photos The new study, conducted by researchers in the US and China, looked at changes in red meat intake of middle-aged adults. A previous study, by the same research group, showed red meats and processed meat may contribute to an early death — suggesting the risk could be raised by up to 13%. The researchers followed over 53,000 female nurses and almost 28,000 male health professionals for a period of eight years, and every four years, they would complete a questionnaire asking how often they ate each food of a standard portion size in the previous year. Over the course of the study, 14,019 people died of heart disease, cancer, lung disease or neurodegenerative conditions. Once the team adjusted for age, it saw that increasing red meat intake by three and a half servings a week over an eight-year period resulted in a 10% higher risk of death in the following eight years. The authors suggest that red meat might accelerate processes leading to heart disease, lung disease or dementia because they are high in saturated fat, cholesterol, salt and heme iron.Notably, switching out a serving of red meat each day for a serving of fish was linked with a 17% lower risk of death. “This new study adds important fuel to the fire on the danger of red meat consumption,” said Brian Morris, emeritus professor in the school of medical sciences at the University of Sydney. “But the good news is that if people switch to non-meat sources of protein they can substantially reduce their risk of common diseases of ageing and premature death.”An important factor in the study is that the researchers looked at the change in consumption over time, rather than actual intake of red meat. It also did not take into account the reasons for increasing or decreasing red meat consumption in the time period, which may itself affect lifestyle choices and lead to increasing mortality. The participants were white, middle-aged health professionals, making it hard to draw wider conclusions about the effect of changing intake in other populations. The authors also make it clear that, as in previous studies, it is only an observational study and can not establish cause. At the very least, the evidence is swinging in favor of replacing red meat with a different protein source.”We are not yet sure of the relative merits of reducing red and processed meat compared with increasing plant-based foods,” said nutritionist and University of New South Wales visiting fellow Rosemary Stanton. “However this study adds to the evidence that such changes in dietary patterns show benefits.” 5 Sci-Techlast_img read more

BSE closes points 9884 up on Nov 12

first_imgBSE closes points 98.84 up on Nov 124.6K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 98.84 up on Nov 124.6K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Nov 12 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 98.84 points up to stand at 28,008.90. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 20.65 points up to stand at 8,383.30. BAYER CROPSCIENCE LTD. and AIA ENGINEERING LTD were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 10.35% and 7.61% along with MAHINDRA & MAHINDRA FINANCIAL SERVICES and ASHOK LEYLAND LTD with an increase of 7.57% and 7.37% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include HCC and CADILA HEALTHCARE LTD with a decrease of 4.49% and 4.26% along with IOC and IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd. with a decrease of 4.00% and 3.87% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 217.16 points at 18,617.56 while the banking sector is up 223.20 points at 20,117.78 and the reality sector is down 2.52 points at 1,654.92. The Indian currency is up 0.10% at Rs 61.49 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Nov 12 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 98.84 points up to stand at 28,008.90. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 20.65 points up to stand at 8,383.30. BAYER CROPSCIENCE LTD. and AIA ENGINEERING LTD were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 10.35% and 7.61% along with MAHINDRA & MAHINDRA FINANCIAL SERVICES and ASHOK LEYLAND LTD with an increase of 7.57% and 7.37% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include HCC and CADILA HEALTHCARE LTD with a decrease of 4.49% and 4.26% along with IOC and IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd. with a decrease of 4.00% and 3.87% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 217.16 points at 18,617.56 while the banking sector is up 223.20 points at 20,117.78 and the reality sector is down 2.52 points at 1,654.92. The Indian currency is up 0.10% at Rs 61.49 per dollar.last_img read more

Poll Most Texans Happy With Government Response to Hurricane Harvey

first_imgVoters were less impressed with the news media — 47 percent approved of the media’s response to the storms while 30 percent disapproved — and with insurance companies. A majority had neutral or no opinion about insurance companies’ responses; a fuller ruling on that will probably follow experiences with damage claims.More than two of every five Texas voters said they or someone close to them was directly affected by Hurricane Harvey.Voters were divided when asked whether federal relief should be available in the future for people who rebuild homes in frequently flooded areas. Democrats (49 percent) were more likely to say yes to that than Republicans (32 percent). Black voters (53 percent) and Hispanic voters (49 percent) were more likely to answer yes than white voters (31 percent). Tea Party Republicans were the most likely to oppose future federal relief for those who rebuild in flood-prone areas; 60 percent don’t like that idea.Did climate change contribute to the severity of recent hurricanes that hit Texas, Louisiana, Florida and Puerto Rico? Yes, according to 45 percent of voters; no, said 42 percent. And the answers to that question were closely linked to the political preferences of the respondents. Among Republicans, 16 percent said climate change worsened the storms while 72 percent said it didn’t. Among Democrats, the answers flipped: 80 percent yes, 8 percent no. Independents were more like Republicans, but more evenly divided: 37 percent said yes, 46 percent said no.“It’s fascinating that age, education and other such variables are swamped by ideology here,” said Daron Shaw, co-director of the poll and a government professor at UT-Austin. “I think what has happened is that this is an issue where the debate (and the science surrounding it) get politicized such that party cues dominate the perceptions of voters. On issues directly involving government spending and/or regulation — even those where scientific expertise is an obvious factor — ideology is much more readily tied to attitudes.”The high approval ratings for state and local government come at a time of some tension between those institutions. The Texas Legislature earlier this year debated a considerable number of bills that would have constrained local governments and/or asserted state control over issues often handled locally. But when it comes to issues of trust — whether government is careful or careless with tax dollars, or addresses or ignores the needs of Texans — voters didn’t make much distinction between the state and local regimes. Graphic by Bryant Ju and Ryan MurphyFor Hurricane Harvey recovery, Texans want federal, state and local officials to focus on debris cleanup and disposal, housing, public health and environmental contamination, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.Texas voters said other problems brought on by the historic storm — transportation, public education, unemployment and damage to local businesses — are extremely or somewhat important to them, but their first priorities are cleaning up and making sure everyone is okay.That showed in their assessments of how others responded to the effects of the storm: 86 percent lauded the response of the people of Texas, and large majorities thought highly of the actions of local and state governments. The federal government’s responses won approval from 57 percent of the respondents.“Texans love how Texans did,” said Jim Henson, co-director of the poll and head of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin. He said Republicans and Democrats alike approved of local government responses but that Republicans were much more likely than Democrats to approve of the state and federal government responses. “They were far more positive,” he said. The University of Texas/Texas Tribune internet survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted from October 6 to October 15 and has an overall margin of error of +/- 2.83 percentage points. Numbers in charts might not add up to 100 percent because of rounding. That said, they didn’t exactly fawn over either source of authority: Voters were more likely to say state government is more careful handling tax dollars, but only a minority said either government was mostly careful. Similarly, less than half of voters said state or local government mostly addresses the needs of Texans.“Your attitudes on federalism are closely tied to which level of government shares your partisan and ideological orientation. There is evidence of that here,” Shaw said. “The overall ambivalence of the numbers reflects two contradictory facts: Most voters are suspicious of government and its ability to work effectively, but most voters in Texas have conservative representation at the state and local levels, which makes them feel somewhat better about their elected officials.”Tea Party voters skewed those numbers in favor of the state government, Henson said. “72 percent of Tea Party Republicans say state government is careful with tax dollars — a clear indication that the message [from Austin] is resonating with its intended target.” Sharelast_img read more

Latinos To Overtake NonHispanic Whites As Texas Largest Population Group By 2022

first_imgU.S. Census Bureau websiteA U.S. Census worker conducts his 2020 survey in a neighborhood.Hispanic Texans are on track to become the state’s largest population group by 2022. The latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau also show that Harris County is becoming more diverse, even as its rate of population growth slows. 00:00 /00:49 The data show that, since 2010, Texas has added more than three times as many Hispanic residents as non-Hispanic whites. The state also has the largest African-American population in the country.“It has consequences in all realms of public policy, in terms of education, in terms of health, that we really need to pay attention to the needs, the wants, the preferences of these important population groups, because these population groups are going to be running the state in the next couple of decades,” said Jeronimo Cortina, an associate professor of political science at the University of Houston.Harris County already had nearly twice as many non-white residents as whites in 2010. Since then, the county’s white population has added less than 50,000 people, while its non-white population has grown by more than half a million. Listen Xcenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

AKA Pink Hat Tea to Raise Funds for Scholarships

first_imgFun, fashion and fundraising are on the menu for the 6th Annual Pink Hat Tea, “Committed to Scholarship and Service: Our Legacy Continues,” on May 31, hosted by the Pearl and Ivy Educational Foundation in collaboration with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Xi Omega Chapter. Attendees will enjoy tea service, entertainment, hat/neckwear fashion show and a silent auction. The fundraiser will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Rd N.W., starting at noon. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Pearl and Ivy Educational Foundation, the chapter’s 501(c)(3) entity, to provide scholarships for local high school and college students. Tickets cost $85. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for businesses and groups. To purchase tickets and become a sponsor, visit For more information, contact Pink Hat Tea Chairman Dr. Daphne King at or 240-543-6242.last_img read more

Somalia president appoints a new prime minister

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Shirdon studied economics at Somalia National University in the 1970s. He served as an economist in the ministries of finance and agriculture in the 1980s. Shirdon is married to a Somali member of parliament.Shirdon left Somalia in 1991, when the last fully functioning government collapsed. He relocated to Kenya.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) – Somalia’s president has appointed a new prime minister, a businessman who worked as a government economist in the 1980s.Abdi Farah Shirdon was named prime minister on Saturday. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said he appointed Shirdon in part because of his academic background.Shirdon said he would form a “quality” Cabinet that will not tolerate corruption. He said the government he forms will move past the disputes Somali political leaders have engaged in previously.center_img Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistlast_img read more

Nanuku Auberge Resort has revealed its new Nanuku

first_imgNanuku Auberge Resort has revealed its new Nanuku Raka Rugby Program: an exclusive, immersive three- or five-day rugby training program for its guests.Utilising nearby training facilities, participants of the new program will be given a personal coach to take them through training regimes akin to those of the Fiji 7s, Fiji’s 2016 Olympic Gold Medal winning team in Rio de Janeiro. The regimes will include aerobic exercises, gym sessions, sports massages, beach runs and daily scrimmages against local island teams for a real-world playing experience.Nanuku Auberge Resort General Manager, Sascha Hemmann says, “From schoolchildren in villages running around in afternoon pickup games to organised local tournaments, Rugby is a second religion here in Fiji.”Sascha continues, “At Nanuku we make authentic connections between our guests and our culture, and the introduction of this program focuses on taking visitors off resort grounds and out of their comfort zones to learn, sweat and create a soulful discovery of their own.”With groups no larger than four, the Nanuku Raka Rugby Program begins each day by taking participants to the Pacific Harbour grounds located a few minutes away from the resort, setting the stage for several training sessions, followed by beach boot camps and intensive hikes through the destination’s indigenous jungle terrain. Daily training concludes with a playful scrimmage against a local village or Nanuku’s own resort rugby squad.Upon returning to the resort, guests will enjoy a rejuvenating 60-minute spa massage at the intimate Lomana Spa to address any tension or soreness and prepare for the next day’s training.Pricing: Three-Day Nanuku Raka Rugby Program: US$480 (AU$648 NZ$709) per person including three-to-four hours of personalised training per day and a 60-minute massage treatment per day. Training takes place along Nanuku’s three-kilometre-long private beach.Five-Day Nanuku Raka Rugby Program: US$1,450 (AU$1,958 NZ$2,141) per person including four-to-five hours of personalised training per day, travelling to stunning Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park (as used by the actual Fiji 7s champion rugby squad) plus a 60-minute massage treatment per day. Includes drone video footage captured during the picturesque Sigatoka Sand Dunes training and a personalised Fiji rugby shirt for each participant to take home as a timeless memento.Bookings can be made directly with Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji.last_img read more