Expansion of Airlift from Germany and Latin America to Boost Tourism

first_img The Minister said the importance of airlift can never be overstated, as “we cannot build a viable sector without it”. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says expansion of airlift from the emerging markets of Germany and Latin America is guaranteed to take Jamaica’s tourism to levels never before seen in the entire region. Story Highlights Mr. Bartlett was speaking at the official welcome reception for the German-based Eurowings and Panama’s Copa Airlines at the Sangster International Airport in St. James on July 18. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says expansion of airlift from the emerging markets of Germany and Latin America is guaranteed to take Jamaica’s tourism to levels never before seen in the entire region.Mr. Bartlett was speaking at the official welcome reception for the German-based Eurowings and Panama’s Copa Airlines at the Sangster International Airport in St. James on July 18.The Minister said the importance of airlift can never be overstated, as “we cannot build a viable sector without it”.“Airlift is critical to our product. It is responsible for the numbers we are now seeing coming out of Germany and also from out of Latin America. Strategic airline partnerships have been a cornerstone of Jamaica’s tourism success,” Mr. Bartlett said.Mr. Bartlett further noted that the increasing number of visitors who are attracted to the destination, expansion of the tourism sector and linked services, and the increasing importance of tourism to the social and economic development of the island, demand “a reliable air-transport service”.Eurowings’ once-weekly nonstop service between Munich, Germany, and Montego Bay, arrived in Montego Bay at approximately 1:45 p.m. The return flight departed Montego Bay at 3:15 p.m.“This additional flight comes just one year after Eurowings launched two scheduled weekly flights between the German city of Cologne/Bonn and Montego Bay,” the Minister noted.Mr. Bartlett said the pot is now further sweetened with Copa having increased its daily service between Panama City and Montego Bay, bringing to 11 the overall number of flights weekly between both countries.“Flights arrive in Montego Bay at 11:22 a.m. each morning, with the return flight departing at 12:21 p.m. Prior to this, Copa operated four flights into Montego Bay and the same number into Kingston weekly. But as of today, Copa will move to seven into Montego Bay and the same four into Kingston weekly,” the Minister said.Mr. Bartlett said Panama City is Copa’s main hub with excellent connections to more than 70 destinations in North, Central and South America.He added that with the increase in the number of flights, Jamaica will see approximately 960 additional airline seats per week and access to robust Latin American markets, including Chile and Argentina.last_img read more

Galp Conducts 1st LNG Ship Refueling in Portugal

first_imgzoom Last week, natural gas supplier Galp completed at the Port of Funchal the first ever liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessel refueling carried out at a Portuguese port.What is more, the LNG ship refueling is said to be the first on any Atlantic island.The ship supplied with LNG was the 125,572 gross ton AIDAprima, owned by German cruise line AIDA Cruises, part of Carnival Corporation.LNG powers an auxiliary motor that produces the energy used by the ship while at port, thus reducing the local emissions that would result from the use of diesel or fuel.As explained, LNG used in this operation is transported through cryogenic cistern containers, which maintain the gas in liquid state at very low temperatures, enabling its safe transport.Galp said it has now the capacity to refuel ships with LNG at any port of mainland Portugal and islands and will soon also provide ship-to-ship refueling.last_img read more

Grimaldi Group Adds New PCTC to Its Fleet

first_imgItalian shipping company Grimaldi Group has taken delivery of its newest pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) Grande Torino from the Chinese shipyard of Yangfan, Zhoushan.Handed over to the company on November 28, the unit is the first one from a series of seven sister vessels ordered by the company from Yangfan.Featuring a length of 199.9 meters and a beam of 36.4 meters, Grande Torino has 65.255 gross tons and a service speed of 19 knots.Grimaldi Group said that the ship, which flies the Italian flag, is one of the largest car carriers on the market. It can transport around 7,600 CEU or 5,400 linear meters of rolling units and 2,737 CEU. With four hoistable decks, Grande Torino is able to load any type of rolling freight up to 5.3 meters high.The ship is fitted with an electronically-controlled main engine, allowing it to meet the new regulations for the reduction of nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx), and a hybrid exhaust gas cleaning system for the abatement of sulphur oxide emissions (SOx). It is also equipped with a ballast water treatment unit, which will allow it to meet the future international regulations.“With the deployment of the Grande Torino, our biggest car carrier vessel, the group’s fleet becomes even younger, more innovative and more efficient,” Emanuele Grimaldi, Managing Director of the Group, said.Grande Torino will be employed on the weekly ro-ro service operated by the Grimaldi Group between the Mediterranean Sea and North America (Canada, United States and Mexico), along with the already operating Grande Halifax, Grande Baltimora and Grande New York.last_img read more

Nova Scotians Asked to Prepare for Spring Floods

first_imgWith the considerable amount of snow and ice still on the ground in many parts of the province, there is a risk of flooding as temperatures rise. “Some communities are experiencing localized flooding, and as it gets warmer, more and more communities are at risk of flooding,” said Mark Furey, Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office. “We encourage Nova Scotians to try to protect their property and prepare for flooding. This includes keeping storm drains clear of snow and ensuring water can drain away from dwellings and basements.” If a home is flooded, people should: For more information on preparing for a flood, visit novascotia.ca/dma/emo/prepare_for_an_emergency/risks/floods.asp . For more information on well-water safety, visit http://novascotia.ca/nse/water/docs/FACT.SHEET.Well-Water-After-a-Flood.pdf . return home until authorities have advised it is safe re-enter a home where the main power switch was not turned off before flooding, until a qualified electrician has determined it is safe use any appliances, heating, pressure, or sewage system until electrical components have been thoroughly cleaned, dried and inspected by a qualified electrician. They can pose shock or fire risks when turned on use power until the main electrical panel has been cleaned, dried, and tested by a qualified electrician to ensure it is safe turn basement furnace off and shut off outside gas valves not try to turn off the main power box if it is not in a dry, safe location. Contact Nova Scotia Power at 1-877-428-6004 not stand or wade in water where it is in contact with electrical equipment not use well water for drinking, cooking or bathing until the water has been tested and determined to be safe contact a local environment office at 1-877-936-8476 with questions about water People should not: last_img read more

CRPF gets three awards for peoplefriendly services in violencehit areas of Chgarh

first_imgNew Delhi: Country’s largest paramilitary force CRPF on Friday received three ‘smart policing’ awards for rendering exceptional services to people living in remote violence-hit areas of Chhattisgarh and Jammu and Kashmir.The award, instituted by industry body FICCI, was presented by Union minister Jitendra Singh at a homeland security event here. Sudhir Kumar, the commandant of the CRPF’s 85th battalion deployed in Chattisgarh’s Bijapur district, was awarded for initiating people-friendly work in regions worst-hit by Maoist violence and effectively implementing government’s flagship welfare schemes in the Bastar region of the state. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The officer launched the innovative ‘bike ambulance’ concept to ferry the sick in Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected areas and also deputed his officers to teach children in regions that face acute shortage of regular primary teachers. Few locals who suffered amputation of limbs due to Naxal-triggered landmine blasts were provided prosthetic legs by Kumar’s battalion by effectively utilising government funds, a senior official said. The second ‘smart policing’ award was given to the CRPF’s special helpline–14411– based in the Kashmir Valley for helping thousands of Kashmiris in distress. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KOn receiving of a call, the ‘madadgaar’ rushes soldiers of the paramilitary to not only donate blood or rescue those trapped in an accident, but also to deliver medicines, food, cash and helps poor patients to undergo dialysis and other costly medical procedures. The award was received by Assistant Commandant Gul Junaid Khan who handles the helpline with a dedicated team of his 15 personnel from a Central Reserve Police Fore camp in Srinagar. The 24×7 helpline, launched in June 2017, has received about 4 lakh calls till now. The third award was received by Commandant Dhirendra Verma who heads the Institute of IED Management (IIM) of the force located in Pune. The institute has been instrumental in saving lives of troops and common people by creating awareness about IED threats and suggesting effective counter-IED techniques in the regions affected by Naxalism and insurgency.last_img read more

I Didnt Know Indonesias Cruel And Dangerous Dog Meat Trade Exposed

first_imgShocking nationwide investigations by animal campaigners from the newly-launched “Dog Meat-Free Indonesia” coalition, expose the horrifying brutality and suffering endured by up to a million dogs every year for Indonesia’s dog meat trade.Video: I didn’t Know – ending the dog meat trade in Indonesia – UKIn the coalition’s campaign video launched today, dogs, including stolen family pets, are shown being roughly snatched from the streets and crammed onto the back of trucks with their legs and mouths bound with string. The clearly terrified dogs are driven for hours to supply markets, slaughterhouses and restaurants, where they are brutally beaten and then bled out for their meat in front of each other. The World Health Organization has also identified Indonesia’s dog meat trade as a major contributor to lethal rabies in the country.Most people in Indonesia don’t eat dogs, and calls are growing to end the trade because of animal welfare and human health concerns. The launch of the “Dog Meat-Free Indonesia” campaign by Animal Friends Jogja, Change for Animals Foundation, Humane Society International and Jakarta Animal Aid Network, has received the backing of some of Indonesia’s biggest superstars – actresses Chelsea Islan and Sophia Latjuba, and singer Gamaliel Tapiheru – and well as international celebrities Ricky Gervais, Joanna Lumley and Peter Egan.The celebrities star in a powerful new PSA video called “I Didn’t Know” which campaigners hope will influence hearts and minds towards ending this trade.In addition to being immensely cruel, Indonesia’s dog meat trade also poses a grave human health risk to all sectors of society, notably in the form of rabies transmission, given that it is the only known mass and unregulated movement of dogs of unknown disease-status from different cities, provinces and islands.The dog meat trade in Indonesia operates in breach of existing laws and regulations to safeguard public health and safety, as well as provisions to protect animals from cruelty; and is in breach of rabies control recommendations from leading experts including the World Health Organization (WHO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). There are growing concerns that rabies-positive dogs are being moved to supply highly-populated cities such as Jakarta and Jogjakarta– that have worked hard to secure their rabies-free status’ – and dog meat eating hot spots throughout the nation.The unsanitary conditions of slaughterhouses and the unknown health status of dogs slaughtered for consumption are of added and equal concern, with anyone involved in the dog meat trade – traders, slaughterers, vendors and consumers – at further risk of being exposed to rabies and other zoonotic diseases.In July this year, Bali’s Governor Pastika issued an official letter ordering a crackdown on the dog meat trade on this Indonesian island, following a harrowing investigation. The letter was issued on the basis of animal cruelty, the risk to public health and to the island’s reputation as a tourist destination, all factors that apply equally to the rest of Indonesia. The Dog Meat-Free Indonesia coalition believes that strong actions must be extended to the whole of Indonesia in order to shut down the brutally cruel, unsanitary, and unsafe dog meat trade.“Although dog meat is only consumed by a minority of Indonesians – estimated at less than 7% – and only a tiny fraction of society are reliant on it as a primary source of income, the dog meat trade threatens the health and safety of the entire nation. If Indonesia is to achieve its goal to eliminate rabies by 2020, urgent action is required by the government and all sectors of society.” – Karin Franken, Jakarta Animal Aid Network“There is an ever-growing opposition to the dog meat trade in Indonesia and globally, and we are committed to working with the government to identify solutions to ensure the protection of animal welfare and public health and safety, which are gravely compromised by the trade.” – Lola Webber, Change For Animals Foundation.“Indonesia’s dog meat trade is as brutal as it is unsafe, threatening to undo all of Indonesia’s hard work towards achieving rabies-free status by 2020. The Dog Meat-Free Indonesia coalition’s investigations have exposed the horrifying suffering that dogs caught up in the dog meat trade endure..” – Kelly O’Meara, Humane Society International.“I didn’t know the magnitude, literally millions of dogs are slaughtered for food in Indonesia every year. It has to be condemned, and we have to stop it. Now that you know, please help us help them, thank you.”– Ricky Gervais.“I didn’t know that the transportation and slaughter of dogs poses a significant risk to the transmission of rabies and other deadly diseases. Some of these diseases can be passed on by eating dog meat.” – Gamaliel Tapiheru“I didn’t know the huge scale of the dog meat trade, and the pain and suffering that these dogs go through. Please make your voice heard.” – Sophia Latjuba“Right now, tens of thousands of dogs are suffering in ways I can hardly imagine. Please support us for our cause, for a dog meat-free Indonesia.” – Chelsea Islanlast_img read more

University set to host CIBC Run for the Cure

The 24th annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure will return to Brock Sunday, October 4. More than 800 people are expected to participate in third-annual Niagara portion of the event. Nationally, the Run for the Cure takes place in 66 communities across Canada.The run serves as an important rallying point for those who are dedicated to finding a cure for a disease that affects one in nine Canadian women.“The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure is a powerful example of the determination of hundreds of thousands of Canadians. Progress in breast cancer research means that fewer Canadian women are dying from breast cancer today than in the past, but we won’t stop until there’s a cure, and neither will our thousands of volunteers and supporters — we’re all in this together,” said Lynne Hudson, CEO of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.“The CIBC Run for the Cure gives Canadians a chance to celebrate how far we’ve come and unite in dedication towards the future — a future without breast cancer,” she added.Partnering with Brock has been an important factor in the continued growth and success of the run in the Niagara region.“Holding the run at Brock is a huge success story from all avenues — not only does it help raise awareness amongst the student body, as run organizers, we also gain participants and volunteers from those students. In particular, Athletics and Sport Management have proven to be an excellent resource in providing volunteers, and also team participation,” said the Niagara Run’s Logistics Director Emily Allan-Dakin.Allan-Dakin went on to mention the many logistical advantages and cost benefits of hosting the event at the University.“Logistics-wise, holding the run on campus is not only easy, it is an extremely large cost-saving endeavour — there are no road closures, police presence is not needed, parking is free — all of those things normally cost money.  By saving on our operating costs, we are able to ensure more fundraising dollars go directly back to the cause, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation,” she said.With registration open online until the day of the run, and in-person registration open until the start of the run on Sunday, all involved are hoping to reach this year’s fundraising goal of $250,000.Funds raised will continue to support research that focuses on the prevention of breast cancer. This includes improving detection, enhancing treatment, and providing community support.The CIBC Run for the Cure takes place on Sunday, Oct. 4 in the weather station field at Brock University. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with one- and five-kilometre runs beginning at 10 a.m. For more information, visit www.CIBCRunforthecure.com. read more

The Stanley Cup Center of Gravity Is Somewhere in Lake Huron

With the elimination of the Montreal Canadiens from the playoffs last week, Canada will extend its streak to 20 NHL seasons without a Stanley Cup. But Canadian hockey fans might have a mild rooting interest in the outcome of the Stanley Cup Final in favor of the New York Rangers. If the Los Angeles Kings win, it would move the Stanley Cup Center of Gravity further in the direction of the United States.What the H-E-double-hockey-sticks is the Stanley Cup Center of Gravity? It’s a concept we came up with, which is calculated by averaging the geographic location of all Stanley Cup winners. (There’s some room for debate about which team qualifies as the first champion, but we date the series back to 1915 and the Vancouver Millionaires.)After 1968, for example — the first Stanley Cup contested during the NHL’s expansion era — the Stanley Cup Center of Gravity was in southern Ontario, a little to the northwest of Toronto. It steadily moved eastward through 1983, with teams such as the Canadiens, the Boston Bruins and the New York Islanders winning the Stanley Cup consistently. At one point, it breached the shores of Lake Ontario.The rest of the 1980s saw a sharp shift in a west-northwest direction, as the Edmonton Oilers won five Stanley Cups and the Calgary Flames added another. As of 1990, the Stanley Cup Center of Gravity was somewhere near Owen Sound, Ontario.The long streak of U.S.-based winners has since moved the Center of Gravity to the south-southeast. It crossed into Lake Huron a few years ago. And, after the Kings won their first Stanley Cup in 2012, it shifted to the American side of the maritime border. U.S.A.!A Rangers win would move the Center of Gravity eastward toward Ontario — not enough to bring it back into Canadian waters, but it would be close. By comparison, another Kings win would shift it to the south and west, putting it on the U.S. mainland for the first time in many decades — near Sandusky, Michigan.P.S. Ever hear the one about the statistician who drowned crossing a river that was 3 feet deep, on average? read more

Ohio State mens volleyball looking to control the pace against Ball State

Junior middle blocker Dustan Neary (18) and freshman outside hitter Miles Johnson (13) attempt to block the ball during a match against Grand Canyon Feb. 21 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-0.Credit: Jonathan McAllister / Lantern photographerAfter back-to-back wins, the Ohio State men’s volleyball team could be hitting its stride.The No. 13 Buckeyes (7-6, 4-2) easily dispatched the Grand Canyon Antelopes in two matches over the weekend, sweeping them 3-0 on consecutive nights.After four consecutive matches on their home court, the Buckeyes are set to finish off their five-match home stand Wednesday, hosting No. 14 Ball State (7-5, 3-2) at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena.OSU junior outside hitter Michael Henchy said he and his teammates are looking to take what worked against the Antelopes and apply it to the match against the Cardinals.“We need to control the pace of the match and win or lose points on our terms. If we can dictate the way the game is played, we have a much stronger chance to win,” Henchy said.The Buckeyes beat the Cardinals once last season, a 3-1 result in Columbus. But when OSU traveled to Muncie, Ind., it was the Cardinals who dominated, winning 3-0 in a match that ended a three-game winning streak for the Buckeyes.“Last time we played them (Ball State) we were swept in their gym,” Henchy said. “We played flat and lost the game on our own side of the net.”Freshman setter Christy Blough, who tallied 77 assists in the two wins against the Antelopes, said nothing is going to come easy against Ball State because of its physicality.“Ball State is not going to give us many points off of their errors,” Blough said. “So I think the most important thing we have to do to win this match is to limit our errors attacking and from the service line.”The Buckeyes are expecting the Cardinals to come out hungry against them after dropping two matches last week to a pair of top 10 opponents in No. 1 Loyola and then-No. 10 Lewis. Henchy said Ball State plays a “scrappy” game, and is likely to look to take advantage if OSU’s offense is weak.“We are practicing being aggressive and bringing more pace in our attacks,” Henchy said. “We have also done more work in transition to improve our efficiency.” read more

First four Stockton Alliance coal mine operator trainees graduate

first_imgStockton Alliance’s operator trainee program has produced its first “graduates” with four local people being offered permanent truck operator positions at the open-pit coal mine near Westport, New Zealand. At present there are 26 trainees at various stages of the program. It has been running since June, taking on two new trainees every fortnight. The program aims are to develop truck operators, provide jobs for local people, increase staff retention and other employees’ engagement in the project and achieve mining qualifications through EXITO. The next intake will be in February.  After receiving their site and health and safety inductions, trainees spend the first two months working around the site, familiarising themselves with the operations and various roles. This work can include maintenance of roadside markings and signage, and time with the maintenance teams, both in the workshops and in the field, to understand the impact operators have on their equipment and what is involved in keeping a mining fleet in top order. Other elements of the traineeship cover Stockton Alliance’s standards, safety procedures and the skills needed to be a safe and efficient operator. They spend time alongside experienced operators in CAT 777 dump trucks before starting four to eight weeks of driver training, with some dayshift crew work. Weekly reviews by work area supervisors monitor trainees’ development in areas like skill development, work and safety performance and communication. Formal reviews are done after three months and as part of the final assessment. Stockton mine, operated by Stockton Alliance, is Solid Energy’s most valuable operational coal mining asset, delivering high-quality steelmaking coal for export.last_img read more

Facebook Charged With Housing Discrimination

first_img Podcasts Are TV Shows Now With ‘Limetown’ Trailer7 Icebreakers for Facebook’s New Dating Service Stay on target The U.S. government is suing Facebook for housing discrimination through advertising.The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) this week charged the social network with violating the Fair Housing Act, alleging that it unlawfully discriminates by restricting who can view housing-related ads.“Facebook is discriminating against people based upon who they are and where they live,” HUD secretary Ben Carson said in a statement. “Using a computer to limit a person’s housing choices can be just as discriminatory as slamming a door in someone’s face.”Enacted in 1968, the Fair Housing Act aims to protect buyers and renters from prejudice; it is illegal to refuse to sell, rent to, or negotiate with someone because of their race, color, disability, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin.According to HUD’s charge, Facebook enabled advertisers to exclude people classified as parents; non-American born; non-Christian; interested in accessibility, Hispanic culture, or other matters aligned with the Fair Housing Act’s protected classes.“We’re surprised by HUD’s decision, as we’ve been working with them to address their concerns and have taken significant steps to prevent ads discrimination,” a Facebook spokeswoman said in an email to Geek.“Last year, we eliminated thousands of targeting options that could potentially be misused,” the statement continued, “and [recently] reached historic agreements with the National Fair Housing Alliance, ACLU, and others that change the way housing, credit, and employment ads can be run on Facebook.”The social network is also accused of permitting advertisers to exclude folks by drawing red lines around certain neighborhoods on a map, and giving marketing companies the option to show ads only to men or women.“Even as we confront new technologies, the fair housing laws enacted over half a century ago remain clear—discrimination in housing-related advertising is against the law,” HUD General Counsel Paul Compton said.And Facebook is just as guilty as the hucksters it promotes: Using prediction techniques like machine learning to group consumers with similar behaviors, the firm “intentionally targets or excludes users based on their protected class,” according to a HUD press release.The administration is seeking monetary relief for harm caused by discrimination.“We’re disappointed by [these] developments, but we’ll continue working with civil rights experts on these issues,” Facebook said.“Just because a process to deliver advertising is opaque and complex doesn’t mean that it exempts Facebook and others from our scrutiny and the law of the land,” Compton added. “Fashioning appropriate remedies and the rules of the road for today’s technology as it impacts housing are a priority for HUD.”Misery loves company, and following Thursday’s charges against Facebook, tech giants Twitter and Google may also be under investigation for similar crimes, the Washington Post reported.More on Geek.com:Facebook Cracks Down on White Nationalism, White SeparatismOops: Facebook Stored ‘Hundreds of Millions’ of Passwords in Plain TextBrowser Bug Exposed Facebook Messenger Chat HistoryEditor’s note: This article was updated on April 4 with comment from Facebook.last_img read more

Erdogan says NZ attack shows growing hostility to Islam

first_imgTurkish president and leader of Turkey`s ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: AFPTurkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday condemned the deadly attack on two mosques in New Zealand, saying it illustrated the growing hostility towards Islam “idly” watched by the world.The attacks on the Christchurch mosques left at least 49 dead, with one gunman — identified as an Australian extremist — apparently livestreaming the assault and publishing a manifesto online.”With this attack, hostility towards Islam, that the world has been idly watching and even encouraging for some time, has gone beyond individual harassment to reach the level of mass killing,” Erdogan said at the funeral of a former Turkish minister.Turkish media reported the manifesto contained specific references to Turkey and ridding the famed Hagia Sophia in Istanbul of its minarets. Now a museum, the building was once a church before being turned into a mosque during the Ottoman empire.”It is clear that the understanding represented by the killer that also targets our country, our people and myself, has started to take over Western societies like a cancer.”The Turkish leader, who often criticises Islamophobic attitudes, called for the West to act to prevent similar attacks.”If measures are not taken right away, news of other disasters will follow this one… I am calling on the world, in particular the West, to take quick measures,” he said.He had earlier condemned the attack on Tweeter: “May Allah have mercy on the victims and grant a speedy recovery to the wounded.”His spokesman Ibrahim Kalin called it a “fascist” attack that “shows how anti-Muslim rhetoric and hatred leads to murderous acts. The world must break its silence over Islamophobic hatred”.last_img

Black Millennials Lack Retirement Plan

first_imgThe financial forecast for Millennials, according to a new study released by the University of Chicago, shows grim times ahead, with few able to afford marriage, retirement or living comfortable lifestyles similar to their parents.  The retirement forecast for Black millenials could prove catastrophic if better financial planning, saving and curbing unnecessary spending are not taken seriously.According to the GenForward survey, conducted at the University of Chicago, young White and Asian adults between 18 and 34 across the U.S. were more likely than Blacks and Latinos to be employed full-time with companies offering health benefits packages geared toward financial stability.And for those Black Millennials, living in the District, that instability may be further compromised by shifting demographics and a skyrocketing cost of living.“It can be daunting, for sure, living in a city where between student loan repayments and living in a decent neighborhood, your check is gone,” Ward 6 resident Melisha Govann told the AFRO.  “My office offers a 401(k) plan, but my participation in it – that $100 or $200 a month – is used for food, cable, and Metrorail.  I cannot consider retirement when right now, I’m just trying to survive.”Govann’s lament, sounds like an old, familiar song to certified financial planner and founder of Envision 401(k) Advisors, James Brewer. The Chicago-based Envision works with clients from diverse money backgrounds and financial understanding.While GenForward sets a scenario wherein a 25-year-old saving $100 per month and investing it in the stock market, earning a 7 percent annual or a potential savings of $248,551 by the time they are 65, Black millennials in D.C. tend to have no retirement savings and little understanding of how to slowly carve out savings, emergency funds, or retirement plans.  Brewer, however, says that at the core of creating financial security is determining a person wants to be financially independent.“Cultural relevance says that [Black millennials] are getting bombarded with messages such as Bruno Mars’ lyric “I’m a dangerous man with some money in my pocket (keep up). But that is only temporary.  To invest, you use money that could have been spent instead. Why save for a future that may take care of itself rather than enjoy it now, while I am young,” Brewer told the AFRO. “The discipline to create and stick to a budget is key. Your vision of financial freedom may not be your brothers or your sisters. Why chase theirs and not your own? I believe that knowing why you are doing this is the key.”Kia Smallwood, a Ward 8 resident who believed she was financially stable, having saved enough money to maintain her bills for up to six months should she lose her job, said it only took one family member’s health crisis to shrink her money to near zero.“Watching my money dwindle was painful and it made me not want to bother saving again,” Smallwood, an hourly employee with no benefits, told the AFRO.  “Years of saving and spending wisely brought me back to square one, so I am not so interested in worrying about the future – thirty years down the line.”Still, Brewer insists that in the same ways that Black parents accumulated money enough for comfortable retirement, millennials have the ability to do so as well.  While it may mean taking on a roommate, trading in the car for a bicycle, or even taking a second job, financial security is possible.“Seeing your progress towards your financial freedom should make the journey get easier as you get closer to reaching it. People do amazing things to fit into that dress or that tuxedo for that big event; approach finances the same way,” Brewer said.last_img read more

Lena Dunham and Jenni Konners Lenny Letter Is Shutting Down Report

first_imgReps for Lenny Letter and Dunham didn’t respond to requests for comment. A Condé Nast spokesman declined to comment.When Lenny Letter launched, Dunham and Konner described it as offering “a snark-free, intelligent point of view” on topics including feminism, style, health, politics and friendship. Its most recent tagline was “Feminism, style, health, politics, friendship, and everything else — unfiltered.” The venture attracted early attention with contributed pieces from Hillary Clinton, Gloria Steinem, Shonda Rhimes and Jennifer Lawrence, who penned an essay decrying pay inequity for women in Hollywood. Lenny Letter, the female-targeted newsletter and website founded three year ago by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, is closing its doors.Lenny Letter will shut down on Friday, Oct. 19, according to reports by the New York Post and Digiday, citing contributors who were notified via email of the closure. The twice-weekly newsletter at one point reportedly had as many as 500,000 subscribers but readership has since declined.The end of Lenny Letter comes after Dunham and Konner ended their producing partnership in June, with the expiration of their joint overall deal with HBO. The duo had served as exec producers on HBO’s “Girls” as well as “Camping,” starring Jennifer Garner.Shortly after launching in September 2015, Dunham and Konner cut a deal with Hearst to handle advertising and distribution Lenny Letter. Last year, they moved their ad deal over to Condé Nast. Dunham and Konner had hired entertainment veteran Benjamin Cooley, Konner’s ex-husband who had previously worked as a producer at Shine America at Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite, as CEO. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

The Pride hijab is back and this time its going to Sydneys

first_imgMOGA is an Australian-Muslim owned fashion label with a large Islamic following.When it released its Pride headscarf during the postal survey on marriage equality it was not sure if it would receive a negative reaction.But the team at MOGA were over the moon when the response was overwhelmingly positive. Demand was so high for the scarf that it sold out in just six days.Mardi Gras Pride gearOne of the world’s biggest LGBTI festivals, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, is in full swing.MOGA is about to become the first Muslim fashion company to support it. Drag icon Mable Syrup models the Pride headscarf. | Photo: Supplied eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) More than 500,000 people are expected to attend Mardi Gras’ 40th anniversary festival this year.So MOGA invited veteran drag performer Mable Syrup, bisexual model and activist Kalida Edwards and Chris McCubbin to star in its Mardi Gras photo shoot.Chris McCubbin, Kalida Edwards and Mable Syrup model the Pride headscarves. | Photo: SuppliedIts founder Azahn Munas said its Mardi Gra campaign was a chance to to highlight the diversity of crowds who attend the festival.‘We also wanted to celebrate the diverse nature of our fans, who range from trendy Muslim ‘hijabsters’ to festival goers to drag queens, who all love our bold and colourful designs,’ Munas said.‘And if anyone tries to rain on your parade, always remember that people, regardless of their race, gender or sexuality are equal and are always welcome to love.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS-center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The Pride hijab that supported LGBTI Australians in their mission to achieve marriage equality is back in time for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Cher shuts down Twitter haters after posing for selfie with Aussie PM5 reasons to book your trip now to Sydney Mardi Gras 2019‘Corrupt and ugly’: Original rioters reflect on 40 years since the first Sydney Mardi GrasRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/the-pride-hijab-is-back-and-this-time-its-going-to-sydneys-mardi-gras/last_img read more

Expedia moves to acquire Wotif

first_imgExpedia plans to boost its presence in the growing Asia-Pacific by making an AUD $700 million acquisition of travel booking website Wotif.Under the acquisition deal, Expedia will pay AUD $3.06 to acquire 100 per cent of Wotif’s shares and shareholders will also receive 24 cents per security, The Australian reported.The total AUD $3.30 offer represents a 35 per cent premium on the current market price and the company has given its blessing for the share offer.Wotif founders Graeme Wood and Andrew Bice have also agreed to sell their respective 20 per cent and 15.5 per cent shareholdings.Expedia group president and chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi said that Wotif Group is well positioned in the Asia-Pacific region with a portfolio of  leading travel brands,“This acquisition will allow both companies to continue driving growth opportunities by leveraging the unique strengths each brings to the table,” Ms Khosrowshahi said“Wotif Group will add to our collection of travel’s most trusted brands and enhance our Asia-Pacific supply, while Expedia will expose Wotif Group’s customers to our extensive global supply and world-class technology.”Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   Campbell had five sacks and 61 tackles last season for Arizona. Over his last seven NFL seasons, he averaged 6.9 sacks per year.Garoppolo, meanwhile, has played 11 NFL games — starting zero — over the course of two seasons. He’s attempted just 31 passes with one touchdown and no interceptions. At Eastern Illinois University, he posted a career 62.8 completion percentage in 45 games.Brady is a 16-year NFL veteran with four Super Bowl titles to his name, but Campbell’s excitement for his absence may be premature. On Bickley & Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM on Wednesday, the Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy pointed to the 2008 season, when Matt Cassel filled in for nearly an entire season while Brady was injured. The Patriots went 11-5 that year.“Two words: Matt Cassel. That’s all I know. I was there in 2008, they ripped off 11 wins,” Shaughnessy said. “[Garoppolo] has been in the system here for a couple years. I don’t know what he can do. He’s not that tall. We just haven’t seen him.”The Cardinals and Patriots will begin their 2016 campaigns at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img With another failed attempt to appeal Tom Brady’s four-game ‘Deflategate’ suspension, it appears likely that the Patriots’ Jimmy Garoppolo will be under center for the Cardinals’ opener in September.Cardinals tackle Calais Campbell told CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney that he’s looking forward to facing Garoppolo, who has never started an NFL game.“Oh yeah, I’m licking my chops, man,” Campbell said. “You know a rookie quarterback, pretty much, it’s always exciting when you get a guy like that for his first game, because he’s going to be nervous. He’s probably going to be sitting there holding the ball a little longer or trying to get rid of it quick, throwing bad balls and stuff. As a vet, we definitely pride ourselves on welcoming rookies the right way.” Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

Air India launches new daily flights to Frankfurt

first_imgAir India launches new daily flights to Frankfurt from Ahmedabad today (June 1st).Passengers travelling from India can now reach Germany’s financial capital in just nine hours and 15 minutes, which is a significant reduction from the previous 12 hours and 50 minutes following a stop-off in Mumbai.The new route, which is being operated on a Boeing 747-400 aircraft, will allow Frankfurt-bound passengers to make onward connections to Newark and Chicago from Air India’s new German hub.Air India said that, as well as benefiting Ahmedabad-based passengers, the route would prove attractive for people living in the nearby cities of Anand, Nadiad, Vadodara, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Bhuj and Bhavnagar.The carrier is also launching a daily flight to London from Ahmedabad via Mumia today, which will be operated on a brand new Boeing 777 aircraft.Air India, which is Asia’s 16th largest airline, operates flights to 28 destinations around the world. It is expected to join the Star Alliance next year.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedAir India to introduce flights to Frankfurt next monthAir India will launch new daily flights to Frankfurt from AhmedabadB777s to be introduced on Air India flights to TokyoB777s to be introduced on Air India flights to TokyoCheap flights to Tokyo to commence from Frankfurt using A380Cheap flights to Tokyo to commence from Frankfurt using A380last_img read more

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regimen prescribes no more than 10% of daily calories from fat With the latest resurgence of the Atkins program the clash of the two theories is sharper than ever–low fat vs low carbs Ornish vs Atkins But here is what is new and somewhat startling: there are hints that Atkins may have struck a vein of truth–hints that are intriguing enough to convince some mainstream obesity experts that the approach merits more serious consideration "Is it just that the Atkins diet is monotonous and so people eat fewer calories" wonders Dr Samuel Klein director of the Center for Human Nutrition at Washington University in St Louis Mo Or is there something more interesting going on Something unexpected about food itself perhaps or the way we eat it or even what our genes have programmed us to likeOf course the mere suggestion that the Atkins diet and others like it are worthy of scientific attention still makes many experts bristle Yet it is also clear that the low-fat paradigm has developed some cracks in its facade It turns out that not all fats are bad for you Those found in fish nuts and certain vegetables may actually increase your chances of living a good long life By the same token not all diets that are low in fat are necessarily healthy–as anyone who has ever truly considered the difference between a low-fat banana cream pie and a banana could tell youAbout one thing however there is no dispute As a society we are clearly in a state of nutritional crisis and in need of radical remedies The statistics are sobering After 30 years of seemingly solid advice aimed at lowering dietary fat Americans have grown collectively fatter than ever Today more than 60% of adults in the US are classified as overweight or obese So many children have become so heavy that pediatricians are now facing an epidemic of Type 2 diabetes and hypertension–diseases that are closely associated with overweight and that were unheard of among youngsters just a generation agoThe change has been so swift and so pervasive that no simple explanation is possible Maybe we didn’t understand all the ramifications when we jumped on the low-fat bandwagon We also failed to factor in suburban sprawl and six-lane expressways school cafeterias and fast-food chains movie theaters and television advertisers and food processors "We live in a toxic environment" says Kelly Brownell director of the Yale University Center for Eating and Weight Disorders "Physical activities have been engineered out of day-to-day life and the food environment grows worse by the day We took Joe Camel off the billboards but we celebrate Ronald McDonald"RelatedMotto5 Things I Learned Trying to Avoid the Free Junk Food in My Office for a WeekMotto5 Things I Learned Trying to Avoid the Free Junk Food in My Office for a WeekOn one level there is no mystery about why we as a society are fat We are fat because we consume too many calories and expend too few Though it is true that the proportion of fat in our diet has fallen from 40% in 1990 to roughly 34% today the calories available in the food we consume have gone up from 3100 calories per capita per day in the 1960s to 3700 in the 1990s according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) "And that alone" says New York University nutritionist Marion Nestle "is sufficient to explain the obesity epidemic"But there is a deeper question–one that has plagued anyone who has ever struggled to take off more than a few pounds And that is: How do some folks manage to live in the same "toxic environment" and never gain weight Indeed the question of why so many of us are fat is just half the puzzle "You can just as easily flip it around" says Jeffrey Friedman a molecular geneticist at Rockefeller University "and ask why–despite equal access to calories–is anyone thin"The quest to answer this double-sided question is in its earliest stages Already however a series of fascinating insights into the biology of obesity has emerged Behind our broadening behinds and widening waistlines scientists say lies a complex array of genes that directly and indirectly links our gut to our brain These genes honed by millions of years of evolution appear to have betrayed many of us in the 21st century worldScientists have long suspected that human beings come into the world equipped with dozens perhaps hundreds of genes and associated hormones that regulate what scientists call the energy-balance equation On one side of the equation are the calories we consume On the other side are the calories we burn–through physical activity as well as whatever is needed just to keep the body in good working order Anything left over gets converted to body fatWith the notable exception of insulin which helps the body process sugars from carbohydrates the identity of most of the major players in this biochemical balancing act could for years only be guessed at The first big breakthrough occurred in 1995 when the Rockefeller’s Friedman stunned the scientific world by announcing that he and his colleagues had discovered a hormone produced by fat cells that actually caused fat to melt away at least in laboratory mice Genetically engineered mice that lacked the gene for making this hormone developed ravenous appetites and became grossly obese When these same mice were injected with the missing hormone they shrugged off a third of the weight they had gained The researchers dubbed the new hormone leptin after leptos which is Greek for thinAlthough leptin has since turned into something of a disappointment as an obesity treatment for humans–the vast majority of obese people turn out to have normal leptin levels–its discovery touched off a scientific gold rush that has yet to abate Competing research teams in the US and Europe have so far identified at least half a dozen other compounds that have surprising power to regulate appetite Researchers at London’s Imperial College of Medicine showed just last month that one of those hormones dubbed PYY3-36 actually promotes a sense of fullness after a mealEach of these compounds is slightly different and scientists are just beginning to figure out how they all work together (see diagram) What is clear is that all of them are important nodes along an elaborate network of interconnecting pathways that feed into and out of the hypothalamus a brain structure that is the control center for weight regulation The body produces hormones that activate the hypothalamus The neurons in the hypothalamus send new messages back to the body And just like subliminal messages spliced into a filmstrip these signals powerfully affect our behavior even when we are not aware of themThus while we read the paper or carry on a conversation the hypothalamus–activated by leptin or some other compound–orders cells and tissues to ratchet up energy expenditure The body responds by idly fidgeting to raise metabolic rates or by increasing blood flow to the outer layers of the skin in an effort dissipate heat In this way we carry out a process known as thermogenesis which is the body’s way of burning excess caloriesRelatedadvice12 Ways to Have a Happier and Healthier Yearadvice12 Ways to Have a Happier and Healthier YearIntriguingly some people seem to be more efficient at thermogenesis than others Researchers led by Dr Bradford Lowell at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston last month pinpointed three genes that may account for at least some of that variation Mice that lack the genes they reported in Science grow grossly obese when fed a high-calorie diet enriched with fat and sucrose By contrast normal mice fed the same diet gain very modest amounts of weightThe fact that obesity has genetic roots does not explain the larger mystery If obesity is so bad for us–and there is no question it is–then why are so many people susceptible to layering on excess fat The answer may well lie in what is referred to as the Thrifty Gene Hypothesis which supposes that obesity genes have been maintained in the human population because they conferred an appreciable survival advantageRather like the ant in an Aesop’s fable people with thrifty genotypes–wisely it might be argued–prepare for hard times by consuming and storing more calories than they expend In this fashion they create a reservoir of fat that comes in handy when food grows scarce It’s easy to imagine that repeated famines over the course of human development practically forced the biological system for regulating weight to skew strongly toward resisting weight loss rather than protecting against weight gainIn principle at least no one should ever become obese That’s because the genetic system for regulating weight would seem to be exquisitely tuned Researchers calculate that a man who keeps his weight stable at 175 lbs will take in a million calories a year on average and will also expend a million calories "Think about it" says Dr Michael Schwartz head of clinical nutrition at the University of Washington in Seattle "How do you match a million with a million It doesn’t happen just by chance"Leptin which exercises an influence on appetite and thermogenesis is thought to be key to maintaining this balance For as we layer on fat we pump out more leptin which signals the hypothalamus that it’s time to accelerate energy output and brake caloric intake The problem is people who gain weight have now been shown to develop a remarkable resistance to leptin’s power The fatter they get and the more leptin they make the more impervious the hypothalamus becomes Eventually the hypothalamus interprets the elevated level of leptin as normal–and forever after misreads the drops in leptin caused by weight loss as a starvation signal This phenomenon provides a biochemical explanation for why so many of those who lose weight end up putting it back on Our bodies backed by millions of years of evolution fight us at every turnSo what causes leptin resistance The answer may turn out to be exceedingly complicated Not only do the other hormones of the digestive system play a role but also researchers are learning that they must account for the influence of such mood-altering neurotransmitters as dopamine and serotonin as well as the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol And then there are melanocortins brain chemicals whose power to affect weight loss and gain is just now coming into focusGenes of course do not make us fat They merely set up a susceptibility to gaining weight under certain conditions–and without question those conditions are now ubiquitous In essence says Dr Walter Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health sedentary lifestyles and a cornucopia of food have transformed people into the equivalent of corn-fed cattle confined in pens "We have created the great American feedlot" he saysOur Stone Age ancestors certainly did not live in a feedlot They had to kill and butcher their meat-on-the-hoof during marathon hunts that lasted for days sometimes weeks They had to ramble for miles cross-country to gather wild fruits grains and nuts and to dig underground tubers If they wanted to eat something sweet they had to locate a beehive smoke out the bees and retrieve the honey often by climbing up a tree or chopping it downRelatedhealthThe 10 Essential Rules of Gym EtiquettehealthThe 10 Essential Rules of Gym EtiquetteLikewise the components of our diet have undergone a radical change The flesh of the wild game that made up our ancestors’ diet had just 3% to 4% fat whereas prime beef has 30% or more And prior to the domestication of crops such as wheat and corn humans consumed a variety of wild grains filled with fiber which slows digestion The process of highly refining foods which allows carbohydrates to be quickly absorbed by the digestive system wasn’t widespread As Rutgers University anthropologist Lionel Tiger puts it human metabolism "did not evolve for prime beef but one would surmise neither did it evolve to eat heaping plates of white rice and pasta" Nor heaping plates of doughnuts and chocolate-covered croissants for that matterWhy then do we like these foods so much For answers researchers are once again turning to laboratory animals which exhibit many of the same dietary proclivities we do Rats for example will labor mightily to obtain a sugar pellet even after they have dined on rat chow and aren’t particularly hungry The reason thinks Allen Levine director of the University of Minnesota’s obesity center has a lot to do with sugar’s impact on mood-enhancing circuits in the brain Sugar gives rats–and by extension humans–a buzzThere is also reason to think that our penchant for making unhealthy choices might be enhanced by the abundance of particular foods Consider the results of an experiment recently conducted at Philadelphia’s Monell Chemical Senses Center Rats given one cup each of fat protein and carbohydrate were found to make balanced diet choices eating a tad more protein than carbohydrates and a tad more carbohydrates than fats But rats presented with more cups of fat and carbohydrates than protein dramatically increased their consumption of the former while sharply curtailing their intake of the latter–to the point in some cases that the rats became protein deficient Why would rats do this Perhaps because their brains are hard-wired to take advantage of sudden windfalls of food and in the wild of course such windfalls do not occur every dayThey do however in restaurants Soft drinks are now delivered in one-liter cups observes Judith Stern vice president of the American Obesity Association Even the venerable Joy of Cooking has capitulated to the trend; recipes that used to provide meals for six now feed only four So cheap are carbohydrates and fats that supersizing costs the food industry next to nothingAdults are free agents They can overeat and gain weight if they want to But perhaps what is most disturbing about their overeating is that they are unwittingly and in myriad ways passing on that tendency to children It’s not just that children pick up their parents’ bad habits There is growing evidence that what you eat early in life can permanently boost your body’s desire for foodIf we were to start from scratch how would we design a diet to keep our weight under control For starters we could concentrate on diets geared for life rather than quick and easy weight loss "The people I see are great dieters beautiful dieters" says Dr Cheryle Hart founder and medical director of the Wellness Workshop in Spokane Wash "They can deny themselves but only for so long Then they snap We all would" Second we could stop paying such close attention to every jot and tittle in the diet debate It will take decades for researchers to unravel all the reasons we eat what we do and why we like to eat so much of it But a few insights are emerging that should point us in the right direction as long as we don’t turn them into inviolable dietary lawsNot all carbohydrates seem to have been created equal So-called simple carbohydrates those found in white bread and cake are so quickly digested by the body that they trigger a very rapid rise in the levels of glucose in the blood The pancreas releases a massive amount of insulin to mop up the excess Soon enough however blood glucose levels plummet to the point where our brains may feel woozy we become excessively hungry and are driven to eat again Complex carbohydrates on the other hand particularly those rich in fiber do not elicit the same kind of spike-and-crash responseRelatedhealth5 Reasons to Spend More Time Outside—Even When It’s Coldhealth5 Reasons to Spend More Time Outside—Even When It’s ColdResearchers refer to the amount of glucose a single serving of a particular food releases in the bloodstream as its glycemic load And there is growing evidence that we can manipulate it somewhat to control our hunger Broccoli and peanuts for example have a low glycemic load while instant rice and baked potatoes have an extremely high one Avoiding sugar-laden processed foods and increasing the consumption of fruits and vegetables is a first step toward sensible eating says Dr David Ludwig director of the Optimal Weight for Life Program at Children’s Hospital Boston Choosing small portions of pasta and bread made from coarsely ground wheat is a good second stepDairy products and milk–which has been increasingly replaced by soft drinks in the diets of both children and adults–are also fast emerging as dietary "goods" despite the fact that a 12-oz glass of skim milk has almost as many calories as a 12-oz can of Coke The reason may have to do with calcium says Michael Zemel professor of nutrition at the University of Tennessee In the absence of calcium levels of the hormone calcitriol increase Among other things calcitriol shuts off the mechanisms that break down fat and activates those that make itFats too are gaining new respect Olives nuts avocados and other foods that are rich in mono- and polyunsaturated fat belong in our diets many nutritionists believe Not only do these good fats help lower the level of LDL or bad cholesterol but they are also essential for the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like ESo what would an optimal postmodern diet look like Chances are it wouldn’t look like the food pyramid the official government guidelines released by the usda in 1992 Indeed the food pyramid is due for an overhaul in 2003–although no one is yet willing to give any details If Harvard’s Willett has his way the pyramid will make a greater distinction between the types of fats and carbs we should and shouldn’t eat Willett unlike the usda does not lump most carbohydrates at the pyramid’s base or all fats at the pyramid’s eat-sparingly pinnacle In fact Willett places good fats–those from vegetables and fish–at the base and good carbohydrates–from whole-grain versions of bread and pasta–side by side at the base Carbohydrates with a high glycemic load join saturated fats at the topThe question is whether the addition of these new concepts–glycemic load a redrawn food pyramid–can restore sanity to a collective eating binge that has spiraled out of control And if not then what can An appetite suppressant that makes people eat less but has no side effects A thermogenesis pill that one can take after overindulging in ice creamPerhaps the future will bring better medications at least for people who are morbidly obese But for the broader population the remedy must be sought elsewhere And as we can’t change the genes we are born with we are left with one alternative–to change the environment that our genes have proved so ill equipped to handle We the species that invented barbecuing that domesticated corn and wheat and that created foie gras and French fries have powered through a series of food revolutions says Oxford University historian Felipe Fernandez-Armesto in his recently published book Near a Thousand Tables (The Free Press) The purpose of the next revolution he predicts will be to undo the excesses of the last–With reporting by David Bjerklie and Sora Song/New York Dan Cray/Los Angeles and Elisabeth Kauffman/NashvilleIts a drizzly chilly February day at the Kowloon Cricket Club The century-old colonial institution lies in the lee of People’s Liberation Army barracks and a cricket ball’s throw from where unsmiling communist troops shoulder arms and go through their morning drills Hong Kong’s national cricket team is doing a spot of fielding practice Then the drizzle becomes a downpour and practice is over "International teams would be able to just [keep practicing] indoors" says a frustrated wicketkeeper Jamie Atkinson But in Hong Kong the worlds fourth most densely populated territory the idea of there being such vast voluminous things as indoor cricket facilities is absurd Such outdoor cricket facilities that are here only exist because rapacious property developers haven’t figured out a way to get their hands on them yet There is only one ground in Hong Kong certified by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as fit for international competition Known as Mission Road or Tin Kwong Road it has spartan facilities for players no spectator seating and must share space with soccer games Grounds at private clubs like the Kowloon and Hong Kong cricket clubs which also have to accommodate the citys domestic leagues during several months of the year are too small to host international matches "We have very limited facilities" says Atkinson "For us to be where we are at the moment is quite spectacular" That’s an understatement Hong Kong currently sits in 12th position position in the world rankings in the game’s most popular format Twenty20 and it has reached this remarkable position by drawing on a nanoscopically small pool of players: there are just a few hundred regular adult players of the game in the city Virtually no Chinese who make up 94% of Hong Kong’s 72 million people are among them For the national squad that leaves a handful of local-born players of white South Asian or Eurasian origin Atkinson batsmen Chris Carter Sakhawat Ali Anshuman Rath or Mark Chapman to call on They are supplemented with expatriates from India Pakistan and Afghanistan This piratical bunch currently Hong Kong’s highest-ranked sports team kicks off its World Twenty20 championship campaign in India today as one of the sport’s rising global stars Just eight years ago in 2008 it languished in the World Cricket League’s Division Four rubbing shoulders with Tanzania and the British island dependency of Jersey "From a Hong Kong perspective its huge" Atkinsons teammate Mark Chapman says "Because people can see that cricket is alive and well [here]" But if the game is to grow further in the city and attract sponsors and more facilities space is not the only concern It needs Chinese faces There isn’t one in the Hong Kong side proper (Chapman who is half-Chinese comes closest along with veteran player and batting coach Ryan Campbell who has a Cantonese grandmother) Atkinsons successor as captain Tanwir Afzal is Pakistani-born and only moved to Hong Kong in 2008 having previously represented the Pakistan Under-19 side There is a Chinese development player Li Kai-ming but the 24-year-old right-hander is just one of six such players the rest of whom are not ethnically Chinese Part of the problem could be branding Cricket is known in Cantonese by the spectacularly unsexy name of wood ball and it is a bafflingly foreign pursuit in a society that has in fact no indigenous bat-and-ball games We dont really have a cricket-loving majority populace "The sad reality is that crickets been played in Hong Kong as long as its been played anywhere in the world" says Hong Kong Cricket Association (HKCA) CEO Tim Cutler citing an 1841 decree by British army chief General Lord Hill that all barracks including in colonial outposts like Hong Kong would have cricket grounds adjoining them "We cant really sit on an excuse saying that we havent had long enough here for the game to develop [among the local community]" Cutler says "I just think the development of Hong Kong as a British colony and the demographics and geography havent helped over time" A 33-year-old former marine insurance broker and self-confessed cricket fanatic Cutler moved to Hong Kong from Sydney in 2013 He was appointed as the HKCAs first-ever CEO nine months ago as part of an ongoing effort to professionalize the sport and recognizes that there is a lot of work to be done "We cant change anything thats happened in the past we can only look forward but I think cricket has a great opportunity now to really connect with the local community" he says "We dont really have a cricket-loving majority populace which means that we really need to tailor the sport to Hong Kong and not make Hong Kong fit the sport" The HKCA is trying to foster that connection with local communities and currently runs training programs in more than two dozen schools but the success and scope of the grassroots outreach faces several of the same issues encountered by the national team "Chinese kids find it difficult because these guys are so good" HKCA schools coach Asif Hussain says as he gestures towards his class for the day at a school in the far-flung neighborhood of Tuen Mun near the Chinese border His 12 students all South Asian are playing a makeshift game on the schools basketball court the biggest open space available amidst a cluster of residential buildings "Theyve all recently come back from India or Pakistan so they have some experience of playing cricket" Hussain says explaining that the gap between children from those countries where cricket has near-obsessive status and their local Chinese counterparts often becomes too vast to surmount "Its not that Chinese people dont ever play but the way the system is theyre not able to play" Having coached schools under the HKCA for more than eight years the trend he has seen among young Chinese cricket enthusiasts is that they are unable to sustain their interest and commitment "When they go into secondary school [they have] new subjects new teachers and a lot of pressure from parents as well" he says "The transition doesnt happen and with no opportunity to continue they lose interest There needs to be continuity" Cricket is also a time-consuming sport with even Twenty20 games lasting at least three hours As such it becomes the first casualty for youngsters under pressure to excel in academics while juggling multiple extracurricular activities "Even for a [Chinese] spectator" Hussain says "if he doesnt really know about it he cant really sit there for three hours for one innings and say Yeah its fun" Where the cricket clubs have no cricket grounds Few places encapsulate Hong Kong crickets twin battles of finding adequate facilities and engaging the local Chinese population like the Hong Kong’s second oldest cricket club the Craigengower Cricket Club (CCC) Despite its name the colonial-era private members club shoehorned between the citys Happy Valley Racecourse and the Hong Kong Football Club no longer has a cricket ground It was lost to development in 1976 Today its members practice in a concrete rectangular space retrofitted with turf carpets and side netting on the third floor of the clubhouse above the car park During half the week it doubles up as a golf driving-range These unpromising surroundings were where five years ago Hong Kongs first all-Chinese cricket team was founded Called CCC Hung See meaning “Lions” the team has steadily worked its way up the citys domestic leagues and attracted a faint smattering of Chinese interest "I started playing for Craigengower back in 1995 and back then there was only a handful of Chinese that played" says the teams captain Adrian Lee who picked up the game in Australia where he did most of his early schooling before returning to Hong Kong "Now when we play our opposition doesnt consider us an easy team to beat They take us seriously" A year after CCC Hung Sees inception the HKCA started its own all-Chinese squad called the Pioneers Overnight avenues for local involvement in the sport doubled and something seems to be happening The growth of the game among Chinese players over the past five years has been sizable enough to justify the formation of the semiprofessional HKCA Dragons team an all-Chinese development team in February 2015 Comprising a mix of players from the two existing Chinese domestic sides the Dragons play other domestic sides as well as lower-ranked international teams like China and Japan The aim of this setup is to produce more players like Li Kai-ming the national squad’s Chinese development player He was selected by the Sydney Sixers in Australias domestic Big Bash League as a “community rookie” for the current season and many in Hong Kong cricket are hoping that he will serve as an inspiration "We arent going to get to the national squad level overnight" says Lee the CCC team captain "But at least we have a pathway to improve" Womens cricket has proved more appealing to Chinese people on the other hand with ethnic Chinese players making up 70% of the current national squad Sahil Dutta the author of a chapter on China in the anthology Second XI: Cricket in its Outposts says: "According to those involved in the game in China women rather than men are more willing to embrace the unfamiliar" Hussain the HKCA school coach has a less fanciful theory "In womens cricket the skill gap is a lot less so Chinese girls get into it easily" he says "As long as youre a capable athlete you can keep up" Bringing aspiring Chinese cricketers into the fold of either gender is not only in the HKCAs best interests Hong Kong is a gateway into China and the worlds most populous nation as it does with so many other sectors represents a potential market of more than a billion people for the ICC and cricket China is an ICC affiliate member and hosted cricket as part of the 2010 Asian Games but the game is still far from attaining mass appeal Cutler the HKCA CEO is hoping that teams like Hong Kong will be the heralds of the ICCs desire to make cricket a truly global sport "We can really engage that sense of national pride in creating something that they can be proud of" he says "Cricket isnt necessarily the outcome but its actually the tool to bring about a positive change" Write to Rishi Iyengar at rishiiyengar@timeasiacomMinister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed has claimed that the current government led by President Muhammadu Buhari is working tirelessly redeem its electoral promises According to him contrary to what opposition and the enemies of the government are saying Buhari has been living up to expectation especially in the critical areas of developing the economy as well as fighting corruption and insecurity The Minister stated this in Abuja on Friday while signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the visiting Chinese Vice Minister of The State Council Information Office Mr Guo Weimin in the area of media and cultural relations He said “Contrary to the lies that are being purveyed daily in the Social Media this government has been working assiduously to redeem its electoral pledges Our fight against insecurity is yielding very positive results “Our fight against corruption is focused and is ongoing and we are resolute and we have resolved that we are going to fight corruption until corruption goes under We are happy that in this regards we have a very good partner in China because we are aware and we know how China fought corruption and how China is fighting corruption “We have succeeded in nursing a very sick economy and very soon Nigeria will get out of recession” he said The minister expressed optimism that some provisions of the MOU that encourage the news agencies of Nigeria and China to reflect in their reporting the social economic and cultural development in both countries will eliminate the phenomenon of fake news “This is significant because we are today in the era of fake news Unlike China the Social Media here is completely unrestrained Therefore it is important that you get your news directly from the official source” he said The Minister sought the support of China towards the training of the Ministry’s Resident Information Officers on modern Governance Public Communication methods in order to build their capacity as the respective spokespersons of Ministries Department and Agencies The British Prime Minister Theresa May has said in an address this evening that the UKs terror threat level has been raised to critical – the highest level possible The increase in concern follows the Manchester terror attack last night which left 22 people dead and over 50 injured by a suicide bomber at the Manchester ArenaTheresa May said it is possible that there is a wider group of individuals are responsible for the Manchester explosionIts the third time that the UK terror threat has been raised to critical The first was back in 2006 when a plot was foiled to blow up transatlantic airliners with liquid bombs; the second was in 2007 when a man tried to bomb a London nightclub before going on to attack Glasgow airportPM Theresa May: UK terror threat level raised from severe to critical which means further attack may be imminent https://tco/I7YngSds2C pictwittercom/lcmoVQFUaI- BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) May 23 2017 Greater Manchester Police have confirmed they believe 22-year-old Salman Abedi a Manchester-born citizen detonated a suicide bomb at the Manchester Arena on Monday evening after an Ariana Grande concert at the 21-000 seater venueThe youngest known fatality is eight years old and 59 others remain injured Several people are also still missing almost 24 hours laterIn her statement the Prime Minister also announced that members of the armed forces will be deployed across the UKMembers of armed forces to be deployed across the UK as terror level raised – PM Theresa May https://tco/I7YngSds2C pictwittercom/x9t9t1PRTs- BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) May 23 2017Additionally security will be prevalent at large events such as football matches and concerts until further notice This weekend Wembley Stadium hosts the FA Cup final while Kell Brook takes on Errol Spence at Sheffields Bramall Lane The army will be under the command of the police in an operation known as Operation TemporaCritical threat level means under Operation Tempora armed soldiers will be seen at sensitive points eg Parliament and rail stations- Alan Travis (@alantravis40) May 23 2017The Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi is believed to be a British man of Libyan originManchester refused to break after last nights attack Off-duty medics showed up to help out taxi drivers worked for free and hundreds of residents offered up beds sofas and cups of tea for those affected LADbible want to tell the stories of these unsung heroes If you or anyone you know offered support last night we want to talk to you – email 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