Rita Ora And Mark Ronson To Be Honored By Nordoff Robbins

first_imgMusic therapy charity Nordoff Robbins is excited to announce that Rita Ora, Mark Ronson and Primal Scream will join Iron Maiden and Il Divo at their 40th Anniversary O2 Silver Clef Awards this July.She has a number-one debut album, four number-one singles, is a coach on The Voice UK and now, in celebration of her growing list of accolades, Nordoff Robbins has crowned Rita Ora Best Female. On being awarded the highly coveted Best Female Award at the O2 Silver Clefs, Rita says,“I feel honoured to be receiving the Best Female Award at the O2 Silver Clef Lunch. It’s great to be recognised by Nordoff Robbins, a charity which uses music to transform the lives of so many people.”Multi-talented international DJ, producer and artist, Mark Ronson will be awarded the American Express Innovation Award. Having produced Grammy-winning albums for artists such as Amy Winehouse and Adele, he has taken 2015 by storm by achieving his first UK and US number one single with Uptown Funk featuring Bruno Mars. On his win Ronson says,“I feel proud to be awarded the American Express Innovation Award. The O2 Silver Clef Awards is an event I’ve long admired, raising funds for Nordoff Robbins music therapy, a cause which I feel passionate about.”Primal Scream are recipients of the prestigious Investec Icon Award for their unforgettable contribution to shaping the 1990s indie pop scene. Taking influences from psychedelic, garage rock and dance music, the band broke into the mainstream with their 1991 generation defining album Screamadelica. On being crowned Investec Icon Award winners Primal Scream says, “It’s a real honour to be awarded the Investec Icon Award at the 40th anniversary of the O2 Silver Clef Awards. We are looking forward to the event on 3rd July.”These fantastic artists will join legendary British heavy metal band Iron Maiden as winners of the highly coveted O2 Silver Clef Award and operatic pop vocal group Il Divo winners of the PPL Classical Award.Since launching in 1976, the awards have raised more than £8.5 million to the charity’s music therapy work.Past winners include David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, The Bee Gees, Michael Buble, Kylie Minogue, Pharrell Williams and many many more.Icon Award sponsors Investec comment, “We are very proud to continue our longstanding support of Nordoff Robbins for the ninth consecutive year. Nordoff Robbins continues to change lives through music as the leading UK music therapy charity. The O2 Silver Clef Awards recognise the fantastic work and talent within the industry.”Lisa Gregg, Head of International Card Products and Experiences at American Express, sponsors of the Innovation Award, said: “We’re delighted to help celebrate 40 years of Nordoff Robbins, a truly inspiring organisation that has transformed the lives of thousands of vulnerable children and adults through music. As a supporter of the 2015 Silver Clefs, we would like to congratulate Mark Ronson on winning the Innovation Award; he is an incredible talent and a very worthy recipient.”O2 have been proud sponsors of the O2 Silver Clef Awards for 12 consecutive years and O2’s Nuala Donnelly says, “O2 is incredibly proud to be associated with Nordoff Robbins and to be working with them on their 40th Anniversary. After 12 years of working together on the O2 Silver Clef Awards our admiration for their work continues to grow and we look forward to helping them raise more much needed funds.”Tables for the event are £4,000 (for tables of 10 people). To book or for more info email silverclefbookings@nordoff-robbins.org.uk call Fiona or Abena on 020 7428 9908.last_img read more

Vote To Have Shawn Mendes Perform At Your School

first_imgChegg, the Student Hub, in partnership with truth, one of the largest and most successful national youth tobacco prevention campaigns, today announced that one U.S. college or high school campus can win a once-in-a-lifetime visit from multi-platinum singer-songwriter & pop sensation, Shawn Mendes.Shawn Mendes partners with Chegg and truth to visit one lucky campusBeginning today, high school and college students can vote for their school to win this on-campus experience through an online contest. The singer-songwriter will take over the classroom with a look into his unconventional rise to fame as an artist gone viral, as well as host an exclusive Q&A with students and perform a few of his biggest hits.To celebrate the importance of arts in education, Chegg will also award the winning school a $10,000 grant for their music department from Chegg’s David B. Goldberg Music Scholarship fund.“We’re so excited to work with Chegg & truth on this campaign. It’s so important to us to help foster the role that music plays in education, and we are so thrilled to be able to bring Shawn to a winning school to help that cause,” said Andrew Gertler, Manager to Shawn Mendes & Founder of AG Artists.Students attending high school or college in the contiguous 48 states can begin nominating their campus today for a chance to win the experience. To do so, students simply visit chegg.com/play/Shawn, log in to Chegg, and vote for their school. The school with the most student votes will win the visit from Shawn Mendes. Students can also earn additional votes by downloading Shawn’s single, “Treat You Better,” watching a video from truth, or downloading the Chegg app if they vote for a college or signing up for Chegg Test Prep if they vote for a high school. The classroom-takeover will take place by December 31st 2016.“More than 94 percent of smokers start before age 20, which is why it’s so important for us to work with partners like Chegg,” said Eric Asche, Chief Marketing Officer, Truth Initiative, the organization that funds and directs truth. “While tobacco is still the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., only 7 percent of teens smoke. That makes ending the death and disease that comes from smoking a realistic goal. We won’t get there alone, we need students to bring their passion, creativity and social influence to help us #FinishIt for good.”This #CheggMusic101 is presented by truth. It is the latest in Chegg’s ongoing series of music classes brought to students across college and high school campuses nationwide. This season’s contest follows successful programs that Chegg has conducted with top-artists including Rachel Platten, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons and U2.“Chegg has partnered with truth and Shawn Mendes because we share a passion for educating students, both in and out of the classroom, and because we think it’s important for students to also have some fun while they’re learning,” said Mitch Spolan, EVP of Brand Partnerships at Chegg. “Chegg Music 101 has succeeded because it engages students in a uniquely enriching and entertaining way that also builds a deeper tie between them and the artists and brands they love.”last_img read more

Promised missing persons database drawing concerns over lack of Aboriginal focus

first_imgAPTN National NewsA promised national missing persons database promised by the Conservative government that is already facing criticism over delays is now facing another concern.The database may not include specific information about missing or murdered Aboriginal women.APTN National News reporter Taryn Della files this report.last_img

New marine fuel standards expected to hit prices for oilsands crude in

first_imgCALGARY – Canada’s oilsands industry, hard hit by a price storm this year, could be sailing straight into a pricing typhoon stirred up by new fuel standards for the international shipping industry.The tighter pollution rules by the International Maritime Organization, dubbed IMO 2020, are set to take effect Jan. 1, 2020, resulting in the sulphur content limit of “bunker” fuel on ships dropping from 3.5 per cent to just 0.5 per cent.The switch is expected to wallop prices for heavy oil containing high levels of sulphur — exactly the kind of the raw bitumen that makes up about half of Canada’s 4.4 million barrels per day of crude oil production.“It’s bad news for any producers of heavy, sour crude oil,” said Martin Tallett, president of Massachusetts-based oil market research firm EnSys Energy.“The shock is going to go through the system and affect all products, all regions.”Canada’s energy industry faced a widening spread between Canadian heavy crude prices compared with New York-traded West Texas Intermediate earlier this year that many observers blamed on a shortage of capacity on export pipelines out of Canada.The coming marine shipping rules could double or even triple the discount on Canadian heavy, pushing it potentially much wider than the US$30 a barrel discount producers encountered earlier this year, Tallett said.The resulting decline in demand for bitumen compared with lighter crudes could result in higher discount prices that last until 2022, according to a report from RBC Dominion Securities researchers.The looming deadline is a concern at Calgary-based Cenovus Energy Inc., where about 360,000 barrels per day or 91 per cent of its overall production is bitumen, produced from its steam-driven oilsands wells in northern Alberta.The IMO 2020 rules, along with uncertainty about when pipeline bottlenecks will be cleared, and limits on the company’s ability to process its oil at the U.S. refineries it co-owns, are issues to consider before any moves are made to expand production, said downstream senior vice-president Keith Chiasson.“We are obviously watching that space,” he said on a recent conference call, adding, “Do we want to bring new production growth into that market if we start seeing (new pipelines) deferred and delayed as well as the IMO impact coming?”The US$30 discount paid for bitumen-blend Western Canadian Select versus WTI in the first quarter, up from its typical discount in the mid-teens, prompted Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. to rein in bitumen production and led Husky Energy Inc. to buy more oil from others because it was cheaper than producing its own.Uncertainty continues to plague proposed new export pipelines including TransCanada’s Keystone XL project, the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline (despite it being sold to the federal government) and Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement as environmental opposition to the projects remains high.Environmental concerns have also prompted action in the marine shipping industry, which is considered a highly energy efficient way to move goods over long distances but still harmful due to emissions.Most bunker fuel burned on ships is derived from the “residue” that remains after all of the more valuable light fuels such as gasoline and diesel have been removed from crude oil in a refinery.Following combustion in the engine, the sulphur in the fuel becomes sulphur oxide, a pollutant that causes respiratory symptoms and lung disease as well as acid rain, which can harm crops, forests and aquatic species, and contributes to the acidification of the oceans.The IMO first began restricting emissions in 2005 and its limits on sulphur in bunker fuel have been progressively tightened. Four “emission control areas” in Europe and North America already have a 0.1 per cent limit.Bunker fuel prices are expected to rise as the IMO 2020 standards lead to expensive upgrades at refineries around the world — by up to US$60 billion per year if there’s full compliance with the new rules, consultancy Wood Mackenzie said in an April study.It estimates demand for bunker fuels will total about 5.3 million barrels per day in 2020, far exceeding the anticipated world supply of about 1.2 million bpd of ultra-low sulphur fuels from refineries.That means ships will have to either switch to alternative fuels, which could include marine gas oil, liquefied natural gas or biofuels, or install scrubbers to remove sulphur from exhaust gas.Tallett said not all oilsands output will suffer because of IMO 2020 — synthetic crude produced from upgraders at oilsands mining operations is considered a light oil and, as such, would still attract prices similar to WTI.Suncor CEO Steve Williams said in a conference call last month that he thinks the company will come out ahead.“We think net-net we will actually gain by the IMO 2020 and that’s to do with the diesel yields off of our average barrel across the company and the fact that we think demand and prices will be relatively strong,” he said.“So, overall, the impact for Suncor is a positive one.”Suncor produced 425,000 bpd of upgraded crude oil in the first quarter, representing about 77 per cent of its overall oilsands production. It also owns refineries that can buy and process its raw bitumen for further price protection.While most observers agree that IMO 2020 negatively affects the price outlook for Canadian bitumen producers, there are differences in opinion about how much.Researchers at Calgary-based GMP FirstEnergy Capital say the impact will be reduced by factors including new pipeline startups, increased U.S. demand for Canadian bitumen to replace declining imports of sour heavy oil from Mexico and Venezuela, and an erosion in the value of the Canadian dollar, which will improve the return for Canadian oil sold in American currency.“For now, we are treating it as a small negative for prices leading into 2020.”Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:CVE, TSX:SU, TSX:CNQ, TSX:HSE)last_img read more

Morocco’s Chabat to Allocate MAD 100 million to an Artifical Beach…

Fez – Hamid Chabat, mayor of Fez and Secretary General of the Istiqlal party, one of the major opposition parties, managed to push ahead with a project to build an artificial beach in Morocco’s spiritual and cultural capital. In spite of the opposition of the other members of Fez city council, especially from the Party of Justice and Development (PJD), Chabat managed to obtain the majority of votes he needed for the adoption of his project.The artificial beach, which will be built on a plot located in Oued Fez, near the royal palace, will cost the city MAD 100 million ($12 million). According to Le 360, access to the artificial beach will be free of charge and a women-only area will be also created.Some people of Fez wonder why Chabat intends to allocate such a big amount of money to an artificial beach that is likely to have a negative environmental impact in terms of water usage, instead of  striving to renovate and restore the historic and crumbling buildings in Fez that have a significant and a special place in the history of the Kingdom and in popular memory. read more

Navy to build second St Anthonys church in Kachchativu

During the Feast this year, the Bishop of Jaffna had requested SLN chief, Vice Adm Ravi Wijegunaratne, to construct a new church as the existing one is too small to accommodate the thousands who come from various parts of Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu.“The navy was asked to do the work because the island is in mid sea and landing craft have to be used to ferry materials from the mainland,” Capt.Alavi explained. Parthasarthy has a keen interest in Sri Lanka and its Tamil question as he was in charge of publicity in the MEA and the Prime Minister’s Office during the India-Sri Lanka Accord and the induction of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in 1987. An electrical engineer by training, he was also a commissioned officer of the Indian Army from 1963 to 1968. Naval spokesman Captain Akram Alavi told Express that the construction will be completed in six months so that the next St.Anthony’s Feast (February 2017), could be conducted there. Built over an area of about 3,500 sq ft, the church will cost LKR 10 million (US $68,617). The tab will be taken by the Lankan Ministry of Christian Affairs, the Governor of the Northern Province, the Bishop of Jaffna, and well wishers. “The navy has undertaken to design and construct the church using its labor and transport facilities,” he added.Visiting Jaffna after a meeting of the India-Sri Lanka Foundation’s board in Colombo on Monday, G Parthasarathy, a former diplomat, informally met the Jaffna Fishermen’s Association, besides the Northern Province Governor, Reginold Cooray, Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran, and the local Lankan Security Forces Commander.Reliable sources told Express that while Governor Cooray seemed keen on economic development and getting Indian assistance for it, Chief Minister Wigneswaran was dismissive about it, saying that the need of the hour is not economic development but a political solution to the Tamil question. The Navy is building the second St.Anthony’s church in Kachchativu at the request of the Bishop of Jaffna, Rev.Dr Justin Gnanapragasam, the New Indian Express reported.The foundation stone of the church was laid on Wednesday after it was blessed by the Vicar General of the Jaffna Diocese, Rev.Joseph Das Jebaratnam, in the presence of the Deputy Commander of the SLN in Jaffna, Com. Meril Sudarshana, and the Parish Priest, Fr.Anthony Jeyaranjan. Meanwhile, National Fish Workers Forum Chairperson M Illango, has urged the Union government to intervene and stop Sri Lanka from constructing a church at the Katchatheevu Island. He also called upon the political parties in Tamil Nadu to do the same. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Norfolk Airbnbs receive unexpected visitors

Homeowners who want to earn extra money renting out their property short-term may want to do their homework first.At the June 4 meeting of Norfolk council, Mayor Kristal Chopp noted that some people who advertised their Airbnb homes in Norfolk publications were surprised to receive visits from local fire inspectors.Some were told to make expensive upgrades before re-opening their homes to visitors.“Now they’re being held to a higher standard than a home property as a rental property,” Chopp said.“It’s such a critical thing right now. We just don’t have enough places to stay. It’s frustrating. I’m hopeful that people who want to provide alternative accommodation can do so without having a ton of bricks come down on them.”Chopp made her remarks during a presentation of Norfolk’s Economic Development Strategy 2019: Final Report. The county’s first economic development update since 2011 was presented to council by Clark Hoskin, Norfolk’s manager of tourism and economic development.In previous appearances at council, Hoskin has spoken about shortages of hotels, motels and other rental accommodations in Norfolk during peak tourism periods.The problem arises because these peaks punctuate long periods of the year where there isn’t enough traffic to justify the care and upkeep of year-round lodgings.The county has identified sharing-economy approaches such as Airbnb as a possible solution.In his report, Hoskin noted there are about 35 Airbnb properties on offer in Norfolk. Like the Uber taxi service for vehicle owners, Airbnb lets homeowners decide when they rent out their homes, for how long, and at what price.Complications arise because homeowners in the sharing economy become landlords under Ontario law.As such, they must follow legal provisions related to smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, fire extinguishers and evacuation planning in the event of an emergency.“As an owner, you have obligations under the Ontario Fire Code for ensuring the fire safety of persons who rent your home or part of your home whether this is on a short-term or long-term basis,” the Ministry of the Solicitor-General says at its website.“As an owner, it is your responsibility to ensure your listing meets those safety requirements.”“Provide opportunities for more overnight tourist accommodations” was one of 61 recommendations to emerge from the most recent economic development consultation. Another recommendation – one that would help solve the down-turn in tourism in the winter, spring and fall – is “Grow overnight tourism spending in the off-season.”Ward 6 Coun. Amy Martin said constituents in Port Dover and other communities would like to get behind that.“I think there is something there – something business owners are begging for and want to drill down on,” she said.Other recommendations include:Consider taxing tourists to fund tourism marketing and development. Explore legal cannabis-themed tourism experiences. Increase volunteerism with a centralized data base and co-ordinator. Explore ways to support collaboration among service clubs. Council appreciated this menu of choices, but Hoskin was advised not to spread his resources too thin. Better, he was told, to do a few things well than a mediocre job on everything.“When we were kids, we got to look at the Eaton’s catalogue but only got to pick one thing,” Windham Coun. Chris Van Paassen said.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Polymetal recognised as a leader in environmental responsibility by the WWF

first_imgPolymetal International was awarded the top rating in environmental responsibility among Russian metals and mining companies. The company states: “We regard sustainability as an essential element of our activities. It is an investment in society as well as in our own future. That’s why we firmly believe that anchoring sustainability as part of our business strategy will lead to economic, environmental and social progress.“Polymetal’s overall approach to sustainability is guided by the UN Global Compact, to which the company has been a signatory since 2009. In addition, our Code of Conduct guides the behaviour of all employees in relation to their colleagues, local communities and the environment. At an operational level, we have a suite of procedures and policies that are published in line with national regulatory and international standards.“All of these taken together influence our approach to the provision of high quality jobs, secure and safe employment, employee wellbeing and access to professional development. They also influence the way that we communicate and consult with our investors, communities, government bodies and NGOs and suppliers in our areas of operation and the systems we have in place to monitor and improve environmental performance.”The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Global Environmental Facility, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation published the results of their environmental responsibility assessment for Russian metals and mining companies.Among the 33 companies included in the rating, Polymetal is tied for the 1st place with Kinross Gold, based on three categories: Environmental Management, Environmental Impact and Disclosure/Transparency. This is a major improvement from the previous rating where Polymetal was ranked 7th.“First place in this rating is the result of our multi-year effort to improve sustainability at Polymetal,” said Chief Sustainability Officer, Daria Goncharova. “The result reaffirms our approach in favour of complex and best-practice measures that form a crucial part of our strategy.”last_img read more

Lenovo experiments with an eye tracking laptop at CeBIT

first_imgControlling a mouse pointer on a laptop can be done in one of three ways depending on your hardware. The most common two ways are with a touchpad or a USB mouse. If you have a ThinkPad then there’s the keyboard nub too. Lenovo has decided to prototype another method, though, using an eye control system from Swedish company Tobii.As the video from CeBIT above demonstrates, some calibration is required for the laptop to recognize your eye movement. Once done it allows your hands to remain focused on the keys and your eyes to do the mouse movement in a number of different situations.AdChoices广告Using your eyes as mouse input is not always active to avoid frustration and therefore require some keyboard input to work, but it seems to remain intuitive. Holding down a button shows all the active windows you have open and looking at one while releasing the key gives it the focus. If you want to quickly select an object like an image you can look at it and double-tap the left arrow key to load it.Lenovo and Tobii have also added a new fold out menu system. It works by sensing when you look just beyond the far left of the screen which activates the menu. Items on that menu can then be focused on with your eyes to either bring up another menu or load that item.Tobii sees eye tracking as viable in laptops within two years as long as the right hardware partner is chosen. Based on that timescale, and if Lenovo continue to see value in this input method, we could get an eye tracking ThinkPad by 2013.Read more at the Tobii press release and EngadgetMatthew’s OpinionI have never been a fan of touchpads on laptops and always choose to carry a USB mouse in my bag. It’s less convenient as you need a surface to use the mouse on, but it makes for a much better navigation experience in my experience.While this eye tracking system looks a little clunky, it could make working on a laptop without a mouse more bearable for me. The one issue I have is it performing actions without me wanting it to. Tobii seems to have that mostly under control with the need for key input to trigger events, but the fold out menu seems to activate based on eye position alone.As long as any eye tracking system has options to customize the input triggering, it would be a useful addition to a laptop. It may drain your battery a little quicker, though, due to a camera having to be active and tracking your eyes all the time.last_img read more

R Kelly hands himself into police following 10 sex abuse charges

first_img R Kelly arriving at a Chicago police precinct last night Image: ABC7 Chicago/WLS via PA Images R Kelly hands himself into police following 10 sex abuse charges He will appear in court tomorrow afternoon, a police spokesman said. Feb 23rd 2019, 7:29 AM Image: ABC7 Chicago/WLS via PA Images Saturday 23 Feb 2019, 7:29 AM No Comments US R&B STAR R Kelly has handed himself into police in the US after being charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse against four victims, three of them minors.The development comes after a judge approved a no-bail arrest warrant for the 52-year-old, who for decades has faced accusations of child pornography, sex with minors, operating a sex cult and sexual battery.Kelly surrendered to Chicago police at approximately 8.15pm (2.15am Irish time) and was taken into custody. He will appear in court tomorrow afternoon, a police spokesman said.Chicago’s state lawyer for Cook County Kim Foxx told journalists the alleged crimes occurred between 1998 and 2010. A court clerk had earlier told AFP nine of the charges involve minors ages 13 to 16.The felony charges carry three to seven years of prison time per count, Foxx said.After Kelly was booked his lawyer Steve Greenberg dismissed the charges, saying they were based on old and false accusations.Greenberg vowed the musician would be “vindicated,” saying “I think all of the women are lying”. Share30 Tweet Email By AFPcenter_img R Kelly arriving at a Chicago police precinct last night Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4509330 Everybody’s trying to profit off of R Kelly. A court date was scheduled for 8 March in Chicago, where he resides, a Cook County clerk said earlier.It is the second time Chicago prosecutors have charged Kelly with a sex crime: after a dramatic trial that also involved a sex tape, the musician was acquitted of 21 counts of child pornography in 2008.Greenberg said one of the charges involved the same victim as in that trial.‘Day of reckoning’“Today marks a watershed moment in the 25 years of abuse by this predator,” said high-profile lawyer Michael Avenatti, who is representing two victims, two parents and two whistle-blowers linked to Kelly.Avenatti and prominent women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred are representing clients linked to Kelly, with the former saying his office had uncovered previously unreleased footage of Kelly having sex with a teenager, which he had given to the Cook County State’s Attorney.Avenatti – who also represents a porn star locked in a legal battle with US President Donald Trump – told journalists yesterday the approximately 40-minute tape shot in the late 1990s “leaves no question” of Kelly’s guilt, and that both the victim and the musician refer multiple times to her age as 14.The attorney vowed to go after Kelly’s “enablers”, who he said “turned a blind eye while teenage girls were sexually assaulted for over two decades”.“They did not want to kill the golden goose,” the lawyer said.- © AFP 2019 18,105 Views last_img read more

Biologiques ou non les fruits et légumes sont recouverts de bactéries

first_imgBiologiques ou non, les fruits et légumes sont recouverts de bactéries Selon une étude américaine, les fruits et légumes consommés crus sont couverts à leur surface d’un grand nombre de bactéries. Néanmoins, les microbes ne sont pas les mêmes à la surface des produits issus de l’agriculture biologique et ceux issus de l’agriculture conventionnelle. Ce n’est plus un secret : consommer régulièrement des fruits et légumes est un véritable atout pour garder la santé et éviter certaines maladies. Toutefois, ces aliments nécessitent tout de même quelques mesures de base avant d’être mangés, comme le rappelle une nouvelle étude étude publiée dans la revue PLoS One. Selon celle-ci, les fruits et légumes seraient en effet couverts de pas moins de 26 groupes de bactéries.Pour arriver à cette conclusion, deux chercheurs de l’université du Colorado se sont intéressés aux microbes présents à la surface des fruits et des légumes mangés crus. C’est ainsi en isolant et en identifiant les micro-organismes présents qu’ils ont retrouvé 26 groupes bactériens différents dessus. Toutefois, les concentrations ne sont semble t-il pas les mêmes, selon qu’on étudie les tomates, le raisin, les pommes, les fraises, la laitue, les épinards, les graines germées de haricot ou de luzerne ou encore les champignons.Ce qui est plus surprenant, c’est que les bactéries varient aussi en fonction du type de culture employée. Par exemple, les produits bios présentent moins d’entérobactéries (des bactéries fécales présentes chez les bovins) que ceux de l’agriculture conventionnelle. “Pris ensemble, nos résultats montrent que les humains ingèrent des bactéries différentes en fonction des types de produits frais qu’ils consomment et ces différences varient aussi entre les produits de l’agriculture bio et conventionnelle,” notent ainsi les chercheurs cités par le Figaro.fr.Attention à la conservation des fruits et légumes À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Néanmoins, les deux chercheurs, Jonathan Leff et Noah Fierer ne s’expliquent pas cette différence dont, selon eux, seules des études spécifiques pourraient en identifier l’origine. Dans tous les cas, cette découverte ne doit pas inquiétée, soulignent-ils. En effet, les bactéries des plantes alimentaires sont pour la plupart inoffensives. “La flore bactérienne habituelle n’est pas pathogène. Cela peut arriver exceptionnellement mais, dans ce cas, elles ne proviennent pas de la niche écologique de la plante. Même si elles s’y trouvent, elles ont tendance à disparaître”, précise au Figaro Christophe Nguyen The, directeur de l’Unité sécurité et qualité des produits d’origine végétale de l’Inra.Ainsi, la contamination des légumes ou des fruits par des bactéries pathogènes a toujours une origine extérieure. Elle peut notamment intervenir lors du conditionnement ou de la conservation, raison pour laquelle des autocontrôles sont régulièrement menés. Mais la contamination peut aussi avoir lieu à domicile. Comme l’explique Christophe Nguyen The,  “quand on découpe de la viande contaminée par des salmonelles, on peut les transférer sur une salade si on ne nettoie pas son couteau”. Prudence donc.Le 29 mars 2013 à 16:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

UWI Launches Centre for Reparation Research

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 13, 2017 – Kingston – The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, officially launched a Centre for Reparation Research on October 10 at the campus.   It is geared towards supporting the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) reparatory justice movement, building awareness and conducting research that will advance the claim to Europeans for reparation for native genocide, African enslavement, deceptive indenture, colonialism and its legacies.   Establishment of the Centre is a mandate of the 34th meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government held in July 2013.The idea for the Centre emerged out of the need to support the CARICOM/Global Reparatory Justice Movement and to collaborate with other Caribbean universities to establish the facility as a vehicle for research and public advocacy.   Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, and Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, expressed their support for the Centre.Miss Grange, under whose portfolio responsibility for the reparation agenda falls, congratulated the University on launching this initiative.   She said the launch of the Centre is fulfilling an obligation to “our ancestors and the people of the Caribbean”.“It is about rekindling old fires and igniting new ones as we take on the struggle to right the wrongs of the past, to return prosperity where there was oppression and destitution, to restore dignity and integrity where others brought shame and devaluation,” the Minister argued.“We [Government] established the National Council on Reparation in 2007, after a very rigorous debate in Parliament, based on a motion put forward by Mike Henry.   It was done during the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic trade in Africans, so we put in place then a series of activities aimed at public consultation, investigation of various formats for reparation, and, most significantly, the initiation of a dialogue among ourselves on the way forward,” she added.The Minister said much has been achieved since then, and she is seeing signs that “we are not keeping this movement at the levels of just talk or even of our generation, but that we are keen to ensure that it moves on to the next generation”.Minister Henry, who represented Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said he is pleased to witness the Centre being opened, as the topic of reparation is one about which he is very passionate.“The issue of reparation for slavery and native genocide is a core and centre of my being.   The public knows of many [of my] presentations to Parliament,” he said.“I was pleased when CARICOM Heads in 2013, at the 34th meeting, placed reparation on the regional agenda.   Reparation is an issue I have embraced over the years, and I have recorded in my book, ‘Many Rivers to Cross’, all the presentations that I’ve made in Parliament over the years,” the Minister added.   Mr. Henry said he is looking forward to seeing positive results from the launch of the Centre.“We welcome the action by the region’s stellar institution, the University of the West Indies, in establishing this important centre, which will have some very serious mandates.   The Centre must now deepen the analysis of the social and economic issues… we grapple with in the Caribbean and provide the relevant arguments that trace them back to slavery and colonial oppression. We look forward to the work of the Centre, because the broader number of people need to know,” he emphasised.Vice-Chancellor, UWI and Chair, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Reparation Commission, Professor Hilary Beckles, said it is fitting for the launch to take place on October 10, as two days following the event, the world would recognise the 525th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Caribbean. Related Items:last_img read more

Donation of land alters districts levy plans

first_imgA recent donation of land to the Green Mountain School District has moved a planned, levy-funded expansion of the district’s campus forward — even if that’s not included in the levy proposition’s language.No confusion intended, Superintendent Joe Jones said. The property owners donated the land after the school district had already sent the wording for its proposition to the Clark County Elections Office.“The timing was unfortunate,” Jones said.The tiny school district of about 160 students seeks to pass a capital projects levy in the April 23 special election. With an estimated cost of 67 cents per $1,000 of assessed home value, the levy is intended to raise $70,000 in each of its four years.But the language of the district’s proposition, contained in ballots sent last week to district voters, says the levy would “finance land” and a two-classroom portable building.Not quite.With the land already donated, the levy would only go toward the portable classrooms, Jones said.If anyone’s confused, it’s the owners of the property that was donated to the school district. They say they’re surprised the district’s proposition still refers to the levy being used to acquire land.last_img read more

Airports resume normal activity following Hurricane Matthew

first_imgFLL is now open. Our Terminals our open and our airline partners are implementing their plans to resume service later this morning.— Ft. Laude-Hlwd Int’l (@FLLFlyer) October 7, 2016Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – With Hurricane Matthew passing South Florida, airlines are beginning to get back in the air.South Florida’s largest carrier, American Airlines, said arrivals at Miami International Airport resumed at 10 a.m., Friday. Departures will begin at 1 p.m.RELATED: Airlines begin to offer travel waivers for Hurricane MatthewAlthough, according to MIA officials, flights have resumed at a limited capacity. “There are 144 arrivals and 161 departures cancelled today,” said an official. “Passengers should still contact their airline to confirm their flight status before coming to the airport.”Operations at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport resumed at noon, Friday. The same applies for Palm Beach International Airport.last_img read more

USPS Loses 51 Billion in Fiscal Year 2015

first_img Operating revenue grew $1.1 billion to $68.9 billion, a 1.6 percent increase over fiscal year 2014, while controllable income—that is, net loss excluding factors unrelated to the postal service’s core mail operations, such as employee retirement benefit funding—reached $1.2 billion, only a slight drop from last year’s $1.4 billion. Total mail volume was 154.2 billion pieces, a small decline from the 155.5 billion in 2014, but operating expenses jumped 0.9 percent to $73.8 billion. Controllable operating expenses accounted for 91.9 percent of that figure. “Controllable income will be hard to sustain in the coming years, absent substantive changes to our business model,” said Megan Brennan, Postmaster General, during a financial briefing with the media. “This requires legislative change. The losses we’ve incurred are due to outdated legislative constraints on our business model. We have been working with key stakeholders to land on a legislative approach that would gain broad support on both sides of the aisle. We believe were making progress in finding common ground.” The U.S. Postal Service suffered a net loss of $5.1 billion during fiscal year 2015, which ended on Sept. 30, according to a USPS fiscal report released today. The figure is a slight improvement over 2014’s net loss of $5.5 billion, but it represents the agency’s ninth consecutive year in the red.center_img The periodicals class fell 3.4 percent in volume to 5.8 billion pieces from 2014’s 6 billion. The category accounts for about 3.8 percent of overall volume and 2.3 percent of operating revenue. Further belt-tightening may be on the horizon for the USPS, as the Postal Regulatory Commission-mandated exigent surcharge is expected to expire in mid-2016. That surcharge has provided about $3.5 billion in revenue since it was authorized in 2014, according to USPS CFO Joseph Corbett.last_img read more

Sunny Deol joins BJP likely to contest Lok Sabha elections from Gurdaspur

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:17Loaded: 0%0:03Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:15?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Bollywood actor Sunny Deol joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday, April 23, in the presence of Union ministers Piyush Goyal and Nirmala Sitharaman.The 62-year-old actor had met BJP president Amit Shah last week sparking rumours that the ruling party will have a new member. However, he had refuted the rumours saying that he met Amit Shah to take a photo. Sunny Deol joins BJP; likely to contest Lok Sabha elections from Gurdaspur According to ABP Live, BJP’s district president in Pune Yogesh Gogawale said that the two had met but there was no reason to talk about the 62-year-old actor joining the party. He said, “It was a scheduled meeting. I don’t know what conversation took place between them.”He added, “Amit Shah came to Baramati as per the scheduled programme. When he was at the airport, Sunny Deol was also there. He met Amit Shah for five minutes.”Sunny deol @ BJP office. pic.twitter.com/buAG6u5Zas— Vinesh Kataria (@VineshKataria) April 23, 2019Deol is the latest in a series of big names to join the party. Acclaimed hairdresser Jawed Habib also became a part of the party on Tuesday. Deol is expected to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Gurdaspur in Punjab.Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir also made headlines earlier this month when it was announced that he will join BJP. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley inducted him into the party. On April 22, Monday, BJP had announced that the cricketer-turned-politician will contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from East Delhi. Closelast_img read more

iOS 13 supported devices features beta releases and everything you need to

first_img Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/2:55Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:54?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … On Monday, Apple previewed its newest software for iPhones and iPod Touch – iOS 13. Notice we didn’t say iPad? Because, Now iPad has its own operating system, dubbed iPadOS. The iOS 13 has a slew of new features like dedicated Dark Mode, Advanced Photo and Camera Features, Sign-In with Apple and an All-New Maps Experience. The preview of iOS 13 at WWDC comes just weeks after Google, Apple’s biggest software rival, revealed more details about Android Q. While Apple highlighted certain features, the company could reserve some other features to surprise users in September. So, it is expected that more features yet come. The iOS 13 developer beta is available now, with the final version coming to iPhones this fall. Here, we are listing some of the coolest features that are introduced in iOS 13 at WWDC 2019.Dark ModeThe most-awaited Dark Mode feature has now arrived across core apps in iOS 13, including Calendar, Music, and Photos apps. The Dark Mode is also available to third-party app developers for integration into their own apps and can be scheduled to turn on automatically at sunset or at a certain time. iOS 13 brings Dark ModeApplePowerful Editing Tools for PhotosApple adds some tools to the Photos tab. Using on-device machine learning, iOS can now highlight the best images, automatically hiding clutter and similar photos to showcase significant events from the past day, month or year. Now, photos and videos are more organised, which makes it easier to browse, discover and relive favourite memories. Users get more options to edit photos and for the first time video editing has also been introduced and users can rotate videos using the new tool.New camera featurePortrait Lighting adjustments can be made right in the Camera app to virtually move the light closer to sharpen eyes and brighten and smooth facial features. A new High-Key Mono effect is also introduced in the camera app, which creates a beautiful, monochromatic look for Portrait mode photos.Sign-In with AppleAs privacy is the main concern these days, Apple introduced a new, more private way to simply and quickly sign into apps and websites. Now, users can use their Apple ID to authenticate and Apple will protect users’ privacy by providing developers with a unique random ID. In case if the developer asks for a name and email address, users have an option to keep their email address private and share a unique random email address instead. Apple iOS 13 has arrivedAppleSiri gets Audio UpdateSiri, Apple’s voice assistant, finds an audio update in iOS 13. The Cupertino-based company claims that new Siri sounds are smoother and more natural to your ears. Now, Siri will speak with fewer gaps and non-human sounding modulations, thanks to AI. Some other features CarPlay app gets a new dashboard to view music, maps and more in a single view, a new Calendar app and Siri support for third-party navigation and audio apps.HomePod can make out voices from anyone in the home to deliver personal requests, including messages, music and more and live radio gives access over 100,000 radio stations from iHeartRadio, radio.com and TuneIn.Files app introduces the ability to share folders with iCloud Drive and access files from external storage devices like SD cards and USB flash drives.Apple has also made some performance improvements like faster Face ID unlock and faster app launching.Availability Currently, iOS 13 is only available for developers with a paid developer account, but Apple has said that the public beta will launch in July. Once the public beta is available, everyone can test the latest iOS.How to install iOS 13?Right now, you’ll need a paid Apple developer account in order to install iOS 13. A paid developer can visit Apple developer page to download iOS 13 beta. There isn’t an OTA file available for the first beta, so you’ll have to manually install it.  The subscription cost for developers to get early access to Apple’s latest software is $99 per year and they can upload an app for sale in the App Store.Which devices are supported by iOS 13?According to Apple, devices which are eligible to install iOS 13 are listed below.iPhone 6s or neweriPad Air 2 or newerAll iPad Pro modelsiPad 5th generation or neweriPad Mini 4 or newercenter_img 5 Highlights From 2019 Apple Eventlast_img read more

Govt removes flower tubs from Vidyasagar Setu to reduce load

first_imgKolkata: The work to remove flower tubs from Vidyasagar Setu has been initiated on Friday following direction of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The decision to remove the flower tubs was taken to reduce load on the bridge and the move has come following the incident of a portion of Majerhat Bridge collapsing on Tuesday.It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister had given the direction on Thursday to remove the flower tubs from Vidyasagar Setu to reduce load on it. The flower tubs had been placed as a part of a beautification project of the state government. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to an official, each of the flower tubs contains a huge quantity of soil and they become heavier when the plants are watered, which is done twice every day. Now, in a bid to avoid unnecessary load on the bridge, the decision has been taken to remove the flower tubs.The work to remove the tubs continued till evening and according to the officials, steps were taken to remove all the tubs as early as possible. Cranes were engaged to load the flower tubs on trucks to take them away from the bridge. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that flower tubs had also been placed on Maa Flyover earlier. Later, the tubs were removed for the same reason.A senior state government official said: “The flower tubs on bridges and flyovers increase their beauty. But we have to give priority to the longevity of the bridge.”This comes at the time when the Chief Minister has directed to take necessary steps to avoid recurrence of the incident that took place at Majerhat on September 4, which claimed three lives and left 24 injured. Soon after the incident, the state government has taken necessary steps to check the health of all bridges in the state.last_img read more

Philippine Airlines cut flights to Australia

first_imgJust seven months after adding the new route to its network, Philippine Airlines (PAL) yesterday announced they are suspending all flights to Brisbane and cutting the number of flights to Melbourne.Effective 31 October 2010, PAL will fly to Melbourne three times weekly, down from five flights a week, while all Brisbane flights will be suspended. Sydney’s five weekly flights will remain unaffected, PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said.Ms Villaluna in a statement assured that passengers affected by the “flight realignments” will be properly notified and advised on the best course of action.“Market considerations and the onset of the lean season” prompted the “streamlining” of Australian operations, according to PAL president Jaime Bautista who told ABS CBN that, “PAL will continue to lose money if we don’t realign our Australian flights”. However, some Australian travel agents have said removing the Brisbane flights was a premature move, not giving agents enough time, and education via lack of trade advertising, to get used to the route and sell them on to customers.“In this industry we are bombarded with updates and new schedules and sometimes it takes a while for things to become mainstream,” a Melbourne travel agent told e-Travel Blackboard.“I don’t think seven months was long enough to test the market.” PAL intends to fly to Brisbane for the peak December season, ABS CBN reported.”After that we will assess the market if there is a need to operate our Brisbane route even during lean months,” Mr Bautista said.On a promotional drive in Australia with the Philippine Department of Tourism last month PAL boasted strong Australian growth, attributing much of this to an increase in capacity.The news of PAL’s dropping flights to Australia came within days of Qantas applying for capacity on the Philippines route, its low cost carrier expected to start Darwin to Manila services in early 2011. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: R.Mlast_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted May 22 2018 3

first_img by The Associated Press Posted May 22, 2018 3:19 am PDT Last Updated May 22, 2018 at 7:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Iowa native Maddie Poppe wins ‘American Idol’ LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Iowa native Maddie Poppe has won “American Idol.”The singer-songwriter bested Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Gabby Barrett in Monday night’s two-hour finale on ABC.Poppe and Hutchinson announced on the program that they’re dating, surprising judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie. They then performed “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”Poppe called the experience incredible.Hutchinson took to Twitter to congratulate Poppe.The three judges performed during the finale along with Patti LaBelle, Nick Jonas and Mustard, Bebe Rexha, Darius Rucker, Gary Clark Jr., Yolanda Adams and Kermit the Frog.center_img In this May 21, 2018 photo provided by ABC, Maddie Poppe, left, reacts with Ryan Seacrest after being announced the winner of “American Idol” in Los Angeles. The singer-songwriter bested Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Gabby Barrett in the two-hour finale on ABC. (Mitch Haaseth/ABC via AP) last_img read more