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Bud Light debuts bigger nutrition labels

first_imgDETROIT — Beer drinkers can’t claim blissful ignorance for much longer.Starting next month, packages of Bud Light will have prominent labels showing the beer’s calories and ingredients as well as the amount of fat, carbohydrates and protein in a serving.Bud Light is likely the first of many to make the move. The labels aren’t legally required, but major beer makers agreed in 2016 to voluntarily disclose nutrition facts on their products by 2020.Many brands, including Corona Light, Guinness, Heineken and Coors Light, already have calories and other nutrition information on their bottles or packaging. But it’s in small type, or hidden on the bottom of the six-pack, and ingredients aren’t listed.Bud Light went with a big, black-and-white label, similar to the ones required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on packaged foods. At the top, Bud Light lists its four ingredients: water, barley, rice and hops. Below that, it shows the calories in a 12-ounce bottle or can (110) and other facts. Bud Light contains 2 per cent of the recommended daily amount of carbohydrates, for example.“We want to be transparent and give people the thing they are used to seeing,” said Andy Goeler, vice-president of marketing for Bud Light.Individual bottles and cans of Bud Light won’t have the full labels, but they’ll continue to have some nutrition information printed in small type.Goeler said the brand’s research shows younger drinkers, in particular, want to know what’s in their beer.“They have grown up really in tune to ingredients,” he said.Goeler said he didn’t know when other brands owned by Bud Light parent Anheuser-Busch — including Michelob and Stella Artois — would adopt bigger nutrition labels.But the question is: Will such labels make a difference in the choices consumers make? At least one study suggests they won’t.Researchers at Cornell University and Louisiana State University tracked what happened when diners were given menus with calorie counts. It found that diners who knew the calorie counts ordered lower-calorie appetizers and entrees, but the calorie counts had little impact on orders for drinks and desserts.John Cawley, an economics professor at Cornell and one of the authors of the study, said diners seemed to respond most to information they didn’t already know. They were probably surprised by the calories in some appetizers, for example, but already knew the general range for a glass of beer or wine.Cawley said it’s telling that a light beer would be the most forthcoming about its ingredients and nutrition information. Bud Light’s sibling, Budweiser, has 35 more calories and four additional grams of carbohydrates, according to the brand’s website.Ultimately, the biggest changes may come from manufacturers themselves, not consumers, Cawley said. Since nutrition labels were first required in the early 1990s, companies have competed to look healthier or remove objectionable ingredients like trans fats.“That is actually the biggest public health victory of all,” Cawley said.Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Greece launches first bond sale since merging from bailout

ATHENS, Greece — Greece has launched a 5-year bond auction, the first time the country has tapped international capital markets for financing since it emerged from its bailout programs in August.State-run ERT television said the initial guidance for Tuesday’s bond sale was a yield of 3.75-3.85 per cent. Authorities are hoping the rate to be as low as 3.5 per cent, raising 2.5 billion euros ($2.87 billion).The government is planning a cautious return to bond markets after Greece ended its third international bailout last summer with a cash buffer aimed at covering financing needs for around two years.The bond sale was ordered following visit to Athens by bailout inspectors and after the government survived the departure of its junior coalition partner over disagreement on a deal to normalize relations with Macedonia.The Associated Press read more

Greek journalists strike as part of antibailout action

by The Associated Press Posted Feb 3, 2016 2:39 am MDT Last Updated Feb 3, 2016 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Greek journalists strike as part of anti-bailout action Store workers take part in a protest against planned reforms in the country’s pension system outside the Labour ministry in Athens, on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. The Greek government launched a new round of negotiations with rescue creditors Monday over the course of the country’s latest bailout program, amid highway blockades and angry union reaction to proposed pension reforms that are central to the talks.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) ATHENS, Greece – Greek journalists walked off the job Wednesday ahead of a general strike set to disrupt services across the country to protest pension reforms that are part of the country’s third international bailout.The media strike pulled all news broadcasts off the airwaves and left news websites without updates, while no Thursday newspapers would be printed.Unions have called for a nationwide general strike on Thursday that will shut down everything from state schools to public offices, while state-run hospitals will operate on emergency staff only. Public transport, including domestic flights, will also be disrupted.Overhauling the pension system is one of the main reforms the government must make, but critics say it will lead to dozens of professions paying most of their income in social security contributions and taxes.The planned reforms face vociferous opposition from a wide variety of professions, including farmers, lawyers, doctors, casino workers, artists, engineers and gas station workers. read more

New Marvel Comic Book LeBron King of Rings

LeBron James’ amazing year – league MVP, NBA championship, NBA Finals MVP, Olympic gold medal – added another memorable accolade: comic book character.Marvel Comics and ESPN have teamed up for “LeBron: King of the Rings,” a limited-edition comic book that will be published in the Oct. 19 NBA Preview issue of ESPN The Magazine. A preview of the comic is currently available online at comic imagines what would happen if James actually did make good on his promise to bring Miami not one, “not two, not three. . . not seven” championships.”The story begins after Team USA wins Olympic gold, and it follows James’ journey through self-improvement, as he works on late-game free throws with Golden State Warriors legend and foul-shooting phenom Rick Barry picks up helpful pick-and-roll tips from Tibetan monks. Seriously.Along the way, he defeats a zombie Shane Battier and overcomes recurring quad injuries by building himself bionic legs. The comic follows him through the 2029-30 season, when, after finally winning his seventh title – as a Cleveland Cavalier, believe it or not — King James finally announces his retirement.Fans will have to wait to find out if LeBron wins that elusive eighth title, as the ending will be decided by a SportsNational poll on comic was announced at Saturday’s New York Comic Con by ESPN The Magazine editors Ty Wenger and Otto Strong.“We tried to play off the known story lines of LeBron James and his career,” Wenger said in an interview with He also pointed to his “personal theory about why basketball and super heroes go together very well” as part of his inspiration for the story.There has been debate about whether James could eclipse Michael Jordan as the best player of all time. Chances are, Kobe Bryant will end up as the closet to touch Jordan’s legacy. But neither Bryant nor Jordan can claim to be a comic book hero. read more

Professor Fels responds to taxi article

first_imgThe article written in the Neos Kosmos , the “Human toll of propose taxi policy” (9/7/12) has created heated debate between Professor Alan Fels and Taxi Industry advocates. Professor Fels has sent a letter to Neos Kosmos in reply to the article and detailed his views on the matter. In his letter, Professor Fels felt the need to clarify the issue of licencing and believes the change won’t hurt current operators. “The fact of the matter is that an existing licence owner, unlike someone who enters the market under the proposed new regime, will be able to continue assigning the licence to a third party and earn a reasonable annual income of $20,000 from doing so,” he said. “Because of this income potential the value of an existing conventional taxi licence will still be worth a considerable amount. And given 70 per cent of these licences are currently assigned to a third party, will have little impact on current operators.” Harry Katsiabanis of Taxi Industry Stakeholders Victoria strongly disagrees and points out the other issue of the $20,000 rental fee. “Licences are currently available from government for $30,000 and are limited. What he’s proposing is unlimited licences from the government at $20,000 a year with no increase ever,” he told Neos Kosmos. “What he’s saying is never ever will this $20,000 increase. So in years to come $20,000 will be worth a lot less. So these assets people have invested in, the value will start dropping.” Professor Fels goes on to say that “equating a taxi licence investment to a super fund or property is not comparing apples with apples”. Former Premier Jeff Kennett has been very vocal on the issue and has slammed many of Professor Fels’ recommendations, calling them “inequitable, unfair and biased”. Kennett himself has argued “for many individuals, these licence investments were to be their superannuation nest egg”. He told the Herald Sun that “if the Government adopts these recommendations as written, it is akin to government introducing a regulation that reduces the value of your home”. The industry has always acknowledged that reform is needed but has disputed some of Professor Fel’s suggestions. Similar changes in other countries have decimated the industry. Mr Katsiabanis points out the failure of the New Zealand recommendations. “They got it wrong in New Zealand. It took them 12 years to fix the problem. New Zealand now has a deregulated market where anybody can own a taxi and a taxi fare in New Zealand is $3.20 a kilometre, where in Melbourne it’s $1.70. Obviously more taxis released means greater waiting times for drivers and as a result the fare has doubled so they can make the same income,” he told Neos Kosmos. Professor Fels ended his letter accusing those against him as pushing agendas and not accepting reform was needed. “Those with vested interests need to face facts now – major reform is necessary to reverse the decline facing the Victorian taxi industry and to bring back the all important people on which the industry relies – the customer,” he wrote. Professor Fels’ review is focused on putting the “customer first” to give them a “safer, more reliable and more efficient taxi system”. Customer dissatisfaction is high, but increasing fares for customers seems outside of Professor Fels’ review indicating a lack of resources to provide these changes. Kennett believes this misjudgement will hurt the industry badly. “The report is silent on any fare increase, believing all changes and desired outcomes can be secured by increasing demand. Rubbish”. Mr Katsiabanis agrees with Kennett and sees better service conditions will never happen with too many taxis on the road. “How are they expected to maintain or even increase quality of service when these small business owners are forced to compete in a market where supply all of a sudden increases drastically due to open entry, while demand for services from the customer remains static, or even decreases? These recommendations will not put customers first,” he told Neos Kosmos. Actions can be taken to improve services that will directly affect customers and hopefully increase satisfaction. The Fels review has signalled driver education as one of those aspects. Mr Katsibanis suggests reform should focus on helping drivers and increasing fares to better provide for a healthy running industry. “Let’s create a safe working environment, lets redistribute the income form the licence holder to the driver, lets give the driver a fare increase to bring us in line with the rest of Australia (we’re 30 per cent behind Sydney at the moment), lets re-educate and re-train the public and the drivers and we’ll have a world class service,” he says. 35 million trips are provided by the industry which equates to six or seven trips per citizen. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Official Sevilla sign Marko Rog on loan from Napoli

first_imgSevilla have completed the loan signing of Napoli midfielder Marko Rog until the end of this season.The 23-year-old midfielder joined Napoli for a reported fee of €13m in 2016 from Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb on a five-year deal and has since managed 67 appearances in all competitions.Under new coach Carlo Ancelotti, however, Rog has only started four of his 11 games this season at Napoli.This had prompted talk of a move to Spain with Sevilla, despite reported interest from German side Schalke 04.Speaking in a press conference last week, Ancelotti confirmed that Rog will likely leave Napoli in this month’s transfer window with Sevilla president Jose Castro announcing on Monday that a deal was close to being completed.“We’ve made two quality signings [in Munir El Haddadi and Max Wober] and there’s another [Rog] who has just landed in Seville. We hope to close a deal for him tomorrow,” Castro told Diario de Sevilla.“It’s good proof of this club’s ambition to build a more competitive team and fight for all the objectives we have in front of us.”Now Sevilla have confirmed the news of Rog’s arrival but made no mention of an option to buy him at the end of his five-month loan deal.“Sevilla FC and SSC Napoli have reached an agreement in principle for the loan of Marko Rog until the 30th of June 2019,” read a statement on the club website.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.The transfer brought up quite the little scandal in Spain after Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli vowed to take Spanish news outlets to court after being falsely quoted as saying that Rog will leave them for Sevilla earlier this month.However, the Croatian has now begun training at Sevilla and will be hoping to put his troubles from Italy behind him at Andalusia.It’s uncertain yet whether Sevilla manager Pablo Machin will select him in the squad that will face Barcelona in the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final clash on Wednesday night.Los Rojiblancos hold a 2-0 aggregate lead over the cup holders and will need to avoid losing the return leg by more than two goals to progress to the semi-finals of the competition.📸 Rog arrived in time to take part in his first training session with #SevillaFC. 🇭🇷⚽️Here’s how the session went ➡️ 💪❤️— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) January 29, 2019last_img read more

Surface Transportation Board to Hold Rail Hearing in North Dakota

first_imgThe federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) announced that it will hold a public hearing on the rail service problems on Sept. 4 in Fargo, N.D.  The STB held a previous hearing in Washington, DC which ASA and Minnesota Soybean Growers Association testified.The hearing announcement can be viewed by clicking here.  The STB has directed Canadian Pacific (CP) and BNSF to appear at the hearing.  Impacted shippers, Class I railroads and other affected carriers are invited to testify and the hearing will be open for public observation. The STB has recognized the concerns raised by ASA and agricultural interests as evidenced by the following excerpts included in the formal hearing notice:“The Board has been closely monitoring the rail industry’s performance since service problems began to emerge last year, and has taken a number of actions, both formal and informal to address those problems.  The Board’s Office of Public Assistance, Governmental Affairs and Compliance (OPAGAC) has been working with rail carriers to address and correct service issues as they arise.  Representatives of OPAGAC have held numerous meetings and conference calls with affected parties to better understand the specific problems shippers are facing, and to help facilitate a quick resolution whenever possible.  OPAGAC’s outreach has included confidential, one-on-one meetings with affected stakeholders in Fargo, N.D., Sioux Falls, S.D., Bloomington, Minn., and Malta, Mont…Earlier this year, the Board Members wrote to BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) and Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CP) to express their concerns that poor service was negatively affecting agricultural, coal, passenger, and other traffic.  At the Board’s request, senior management representatives of BNSF and CP have met individually with Board Members on a number of occasions, and the Board requested certain additional reporting data from the two railroads……A large number of shippers representing many different commodities expressed concerns about service during the hearing.  Farmers and representatives of agricultural producers expressed concern about the negative effects of delayed fertilizer deliveries, backlogged grain car orders, and delayed shipments of loaded grain cars.  Reported impacts resulting from these delays include little to no storage capacity at many grain elevators, risks of stored grain spoiling, lost sales, financial loss related to underutilization of shuttle trains, penalties incurred by grain shippers for products not delivered on time, buyers shifting to foreign suppliers, and damage to the reputation of the United States agricultural industry……The Board has continued to monitor CP’s and BNSF’s progress in moving the 2013 crop.  Recognizing the limited time until the next harvest, the large quantities of grain that remained to be moved, and the Board’s concerns about the railroads’ paths towards meeting their respective commitments, on June 20, 2014, the Board directed CP and BNSF to provide and/or update their respective plans to reduce the backlog of unfilled grain car orders, to resolve grain car delays, and to provide weekly status reports regarding the transportation of grain on their networks (for CP, on its United States network).”BNSF has made considerable documented progress in reducing not only the number of backlogged orders, but also the average number of days late for such orders. Most of BNSF’s remaining backlogged orders are now less than 20 days late, and the majority of those orders are less than 10 days late.  BNSF has also committed to a substantial infrastructure investment and has reallocated resources to improve its service performance.CP’s reporting does not substantiate similar progress.The full formal notice can be viewed here.last_img read more

Net neutrality hearing shows Congress is still divided on a solution

first_imgMarguerite Reardon/CNET US lawmakers on both sides of the aisle believe in a free and open internet, but it’s clear after today’s hearing in the House on net neutrality that they’re miles apart on how to get there.Democrats last year unsuccessfully fought to reinstate Obama-era net neutrality rules that were repealed by a Republican-led FCC in 2107. Meanwhile, Republicans have been pushing legislation they say will protect net neutrality, but that critics say will strip the Federal Communications Commission of authority and provide endless loopholes for broadband providers. Now, some Democrats say they may be open to legislation too, but agreeing on the details could be a challenge. Still, Republicans, who are rumored to be readying at least three bills on net neutrality, say the time is now to hash out a compromise. Thursday’s hearing was held by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “We could have messaging fights or we could pass laws,” said Rep. John Shimkus, a Republican from Illinois. He argued that if lawmakers really want to pass a law protecting net neutrality, they’ll have to find some sort of middle ground. The debate in Congress comes at a time when the net neutrality issue is back in the courts. Proponents for the 2015 rules sued the government, charging that the FCC, led by Chairman Ajit Pai, overstepped its bounds when it voted in December 2017 to roll back the Obama-era net neutrality protections. Those rules banned broadband providers from slowing or blocking access to the internet or charging companies higher fees for faster access. Oral arguments in the case were heard Friday. A decision in the case is expected this summer. But even then the issue isn’t likely to be settled, as former FCC Chairman Michael Powell testified during the hearing Thursday. He said the case will probably drag on another year or more as the decision will likely be appealed. Or if there’s a mixed decision, the FCC will open another regulatory proceeding to take a crack at the repeal again. “There comes a point when it becomes clear that the problem the FCC is struggling with is a lack of clear direction from the people’s elected representatives,” he said. Not so simpleIt’s true that nearly everyone agrees on the basic concept of net neutrality. No blocking. No throttling. No jumping the line because you pay the broadband provider more for access. But the crux of the debate over net neutrality is not about the rules per se. It’s about the authority the FCC should have in policing and enforcing these rules.As part of its 2015 regulation, the Democrat-led FCC reclassified broadband networks to make them subject to the same strict regulations that govern telephone networks. They reclassified broadband as a so-called Title II telecommunications service, instead of the more lightly regulated Title I information service. They did so because the federal appeals court had twice thrown out the FCC’s previous attempts to write rules or enforce net neutrality concepts. The reason for these rejections in the courts was simple: The agency lacked authority under the provision of the law they said gave them that authority.So the agency changed the classification to give themselves that authority. And the federal appeals court agreed. When the 2015 rules were challenged, the court upheld them. But broadband companies and many Republicans said the agency went too far. They argued that reclassifying broadband as a Title II service gives the FCC too much power to regulate broadband service in other ways. “Title II sounds innocuous,” said Rep. Greg Walden, a Republican from Oregon. “But it gives big government unlimited authority to micromanage every single aspect of a provider’s business, that includes setting rates. There is nothing neutral about this kind of authority.”Other Republicans, like Rep. Billy Long of Missouri, argued that Title II is nearly 100 years old and outdated.But Rep. Anna Eshoo, a Democrat from California and strong net neutrality supporter, shot back.”You know what the oldest law is? The constitution,” she said. “It has a lot of dust on that. Maybe we should throw that out, too.”Legislation is the answerRepublicans and the broadband industry say the only way to settle the issue is for Congress to write a law codifying the principles of net neutrality, such as no blocking, no throttling and no discriminatory conduct, like paid prioritization. And there’s talk of at least three different bills being drafted by Republicans to do just that. Some Democrats on the committee — such as Reps. Darren Soto of Florida, Tom O’Halleran of Arizona and George Kenneth Butterfield of North Carolina — seem interested. But net neutrality proponents say that any legislation must preserve the FCC’s authority and must go beyond the three so-called “bright line” rules to ensure any bad conduct from broadband providers isn’t allowed.Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, whose FCC drafted the 2015 order, was asked to testify at the hearing. He said the policies set forth in 2015 are “backbone concepts for the oversight of networks.” “Any further policy considerations should use the 2015 concepts as the starting point to securing the public’s critical interest in a free and open internet,” he said.But net neutrality advocates argue that Republicans’ previous attempts at drafting legislation stripped the FCC of its authority and left loopholes for broadband providers to get around the rules. “I don’t know what is in the bills that they’re planning to introduce,” Mozilla COO Denelle Dixon, who testified at the hearing, said in an interview. “But we want a requirement that includes strong enforcement from the FCC and flexibility to address other issues, like interconnection, mobile and zero-rating.” Now that Democrats are in charge of the House there are likely to be more hearings on net neutrality. But legislation that both sides can agree on and that can get a signature from President Donald Trump still seems like a long way off. Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens.Blockchain Decoded: CNET looks at the tech powering bitcoin — and soon, too, a myriad of services that will change your life. Net Fix Net neutrality FCC • Aug 26 • Activists challenge 2020 candidates to sign net neutrality pledge Net Fix See All Share your voice 1center_img Apr 9 • Mitch McConnell: Democrats’ net neutrality bill is ‘dead on arrival’ in Senate Comment Jun 11 • Net neutrality has been dead for a year: What you need to know Internet Apr 10 • Democrats’ net neutrality bill passes House Tags reading • Net neutrality hearing shows Congress is still divided on a solutionlast_img read more

With 12 gray whale deaths in Alaska waters biologists race to find

first_imgWhen a dead whale was reported floating near Wrangell, the troops had to rally. U.S. Forest Service workers found the carcass on this remote beach and tied it to trees so it wouldn’t float away. Biologists in Southeast Alaska are racing to examine a wave of whale carcasses to try and find what’s killing gray whales up and down the Pacific Coast. Nearly 170 have been reported triggering NOAA Fisheries to launch an investigation. “That impacts just a slew of different species on every level, and I personally think gray whales are just one of the victims,” Savage said. “But that’s just one of my theories and I’d be open to changing that if we had evidence of something different.” The investigation could take months or years. And the mystery might never be solved. These teams rush to carcasses that are relatively fresh and accessible in the hopes of solving the mystery: why are gray whales dying? “It’s like a mixture of barf and poop,” she said. “I don’t think I’ll find anything remotely close. I’ll never complain about things that smell bad ever again.” The site is on Wrangell’s Eastern Passage. You have to travel by boat to site, about 10 miles southeast of town. “So the animals we do reach to conduct a necropsy are representative of the many more we don’t see that fall to the ocean bottom,” she said. Baleen collected from a gray whale carcass found in June of 2019 near Wrangell Island. (Photo by June Leffler/ KSTK) NOAA is in its first month of an investigation into why. Declaring this mortality event brings in more funding, experts and a push for public reporting to solve the mystery. The necropsy today is a fact-finding mission to add to the national effort. “We were trying to get fecal matter out of the intestines, and there was just a buildup of gas, and we cut into it and it kind of just exploded,” she said. “Somehow it only got on me.” Then there are the knock-on effects of climate change and with it, vanishing sea ice. Volunteers help out NOAA by collecting samples of a gray whale carcass. Samples can help NOAA scientists figure out why so many of these whales are dying. (Photo by June Leffler/ KSTK) NOAA Fisheries veterinarian Kate Savage got the call in Juneau. An amazing opportunity and a gross one. The carcass is baking in the mid-70-degree heat. Allen says the smell is the worse she’d ever encountered. The intestines of a gray whale carcass found in June of 2019 near Wrangell Island. (Photo by June Leffler/ KSTK)center_img Translucent Tyvek poly-suits are the fashion among the dozen wildlife workers and volunteers gathered around the 35-foot-long carcass of the male juvenile. “It is sad to see but it is also an amazing opportunity to be part of this team and be part of this phenomenon,” she said. In 1999, NOAA declared an “unusual mortality event” after about 650 dead grey whales were reported up and down the West Coast over two years. But by 2001, the numbers dropped. No definitive cause was found but the high death rate subsided — until now. NOAA Fisheries spokeswoman Julie Speegle in Juneau says public reports are important because it allows biologists to respond quicker. This isn’t a pleasure beach. You have to tiptoe across nearly impossible rocky incline to get to the specimen. Back on Wrangell’s rocky beach, the site of the dead whale, Savage said the theories posited 20 years ago, are the working hypothesis used today: Malnutrition, bio toxins. Of the dozen dead gray whales confirmed so far NOAA has been able to collect baleen, tissue, and feces from four. Authorities are certain there are many more that remain uncounted. That’s because, Speegle said, only about a tenth of dead whales that are recovered. Savage assembled a team of local, citizen scientists. Anna Allen is a Wrangell-based technician who works for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. That brings the tally to at least a dozen this year in Alaska alone. After packing up their samples, the team doesn’t plan to come back. The carcass will remain tied to the beach where it will take months to decompose. As the tides change, land and sea animals can feed off of it. Even though the deaths are unusual and the causes unknown nature continues. “The amount of information we can get on a fresh carcass is so much better because the samples are in much better shape,” she said. Deaths along Mexico to Alaska total nearly 170 now. Five whales were reported in Alaska in just over a week, with three in Southeast, one in Bristol bay, and one near Kodiak. The team spends the afternoon cutting through blubber and tissue to get to the stomach and intestines. Allen is already looking forward to showering. At least a dozen gray whales have been reported in Alaska. Savage has performed over 20 whale necropsies. By now she knows what she’s looking for as her crew strips the layers of tissue off the carcass.last_img read more

How To See Mars At Its Brightest This Month

first_img Listen Share 00:00 /10:37 X center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Houstonians who love observing the night sky can expect an exciting event later this month: Mars will be brighter than it’s been in 15 years. That’s because the Red Planet’s orbit will bring it to its closest point to Earth — a distance of 35.8 million miles.Mars will appear brightest July 27-July 30, with the planet’s closest approach occurring on July 31. It will reach its highest point around midnight — about 35 degrees above the southern horizon, or one third of the distance between the horizon and overhead. Mars will be visible for much of the night.If you miss your chance to see it, the next Mars Close Approach is Oct. 6, 2020.In the audio above, James Wooten, the planetarium astronomer at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, joins Houston Matters to explain what to look for, and he answers listener questions about stargazing in general in Greater Houston. NASA/JPL-CaltechMars will be at its brightest in the night sky July 27-30.last_img read more

Wing part arrives in France as MH370 link investigated

first_imgA piece of Boeing 777 wreckage that washed up on an Indian Ocean island arrived for analysis in France early Saturday, after Malaysian authorities said the part was almost certainly recovered from missing flight MH370.Paris’ Orly airport website confirmed the Air France flight transporting the piece of wreckage landed at 6.17 am local time (0417 GMT) from the French island of La Reunion. A police escort will accompany the two-metre (6.5 foot) part on its journey by road to a defence ministry laboratory near the southwestern city of Toulouse. Also Read – Separatists vacate key offices in Yemen’s Aden, says MinisterExperts will begin their analysis on Wednesday, along with an examination of parts of a suitcase discovered nearby.If confirmed, the discovery would mark the first breakthrough in a case that has baffled aviation experts for 16 months. “I believe that we are moving closer to solving the mystery of MH370. This could be the convincing evidence that MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean,” Malaysia’s deputy transport minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi told AFP. Also Read – Afghan peace deal: Trump meets top advisers to discuss progressThe Malaysia Airlines flight disappeared on March 8, 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. There were 239 people on board.Boeing said in a statement yesterday that it would send a technical team to France to study the plane debris at the request of civil aviation authorities.“Our goal, along with the entire global aviation industry, continues to be not only to find the airplane, but also to determine what happened – and why,” the US aerospace giant added.last_img read more

Fire minister reaches incident site at 3 am supervises firefighting operation

first_imgKolkata: State Fire and Emergency Services minister Sovan Chatterjee, who has been closely monitoring the work to douse the flames at Bagree Market, stated that the devastating blaze could have been averted if proper steps in terms of firefighting arrangements had been taken on time.Chatterjee said: “The area is congested and hydraulic ladders could not be used due to overhead wires and cables. The building was packed with inflammable objects. An inspection was carried out at Bagree Market, Mehta Building and such other buildings in Kolkata very recently. The authorities of the buildings were cautioned and were also told to take the necessary steps to avert an incident of fire.” Chatterjee further added: “Would we witness such a catastrophe if proper measures had been taken?” It may be mentioned that Chatterjee went to the spot at around 3 am. He had been at the spot till last reports came in on Sunday night. The minister spoke to senior officers of his department to ensure that the firefighting operation is carried out properly.last_img read more

We dont learn from any one person in life

first_imgJogen Chowdhury is an eminent Indian painter and considered an important painter of 21st century India. He lives and works in Santiniketan and Kolkata. He graduated from the Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata and subsequently at École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris in 1967.Jogen Chowdhury developed his individual style after his return from Paris. His most famous paintings are in ink, water colour, and pastel. He has painted in oil as well. Lines and its tactile characteristics to enhance colours is an important material in Indian Art for ages. Chowdhury himself is a master of lines and he is a master in making curves depict the character of his figures. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Excerpts from an interview: When did you start painting? I got admitted to the Government College of Art and Craft near the Indian Museum in 1955. My father sketched at home, so that talent was there in me. My mother had a passion for design which I inherited. When did I decide to become a painter? Yes, I realized that I can do this well. So I chose this as my profession. When was your first exhibition? My first exhibition was in 1963. I passed out of the Government college of art and craft in 1960. The Academy started in this building in 60. Lady Ranu Mukherjee was heading it in 1963 when my exhibition happened. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Were you confident about your profession from the beginning itself? I was confident from the very beginning. Everybody was happy with my profession… Who were the teachers who inspired you? The one teacher who inspired me was Gopal Ghose. He used to teach us in the second year. He divided the classroom into a studio-like structure and used to paint there. Ghose mostly painted landscapes, flowers in pastel shades – these I really liked. but the thing is that we don’t learn from any one person, we learn throughout our lives, learn from everybody, from people we encounter including all kinds of artists. There was another artist from East Germany, Kathy Kolwaitz. She held an exhibition at the Indian Museum and I found her drawings to be really powerful. She painted poor people, mother and child and these influenced me a lot. Tell us about the recent Exhibition…. I have taken part in over 100 exhibitions and 25 one-man shows There have been smaller works also. I have exhibited my works at CIMA twice, Vadehra, Hyderabad, Bangalore and abroad. What is the message that you want to give out through your paintings? See, the source of our paintings is our life and surroundings. Our technique is our own and change keeps happening. I am not Rabindranath or Nandalal Bose. I am always on the search for new topics and a different style from all over the world. Topics of national importance must be influencing you..: Yes, they do. Riots, Garbeta, CPIM, and Trinamool conflict. There was one gruesome incident in Russia where kids of a school were shot. Then there were incidents in Iraq when US soldiers went berserk. Women have also been an important theme for my paintings and sketches. What is next? I am planning a big exhibition at the Emami Calcutta Creative centre in September 2019. I am also involved with the Santiniketan society for visual art as their Secretary. We have a young artist’s exhibition every year and I have to be present on these occasions. Personally. I have a collection of 200 paintings and I am in the process of creating a gallery plus I will be putting together at least five books on art. The Charukala Parshad is where I will be spending time and effort too.last_img read more

SolarPowered Plane Halts Its AroundtheWorld Journey Due to Battery Problems

first_img Proving the impossible to be possible is the stuff of Hollywood movies and dreams and inspiration. But there are also less glamorous aspects to breaking new ground, like having to fix equipment.The Solar Impulse 2, which is on a mission to prove the potential of solar power by flying around the world, has to take a break from its 12-leg journey to repair its battery pack. on the aircraft. The solar-powered battery overheated during a record-breaking flight from Japan to Hawaii, according to an announcement from co-pilot Bertrand Piccard.The Solar Impulse will stay in Hawaii for the next few months and continue the round-the-world journey in April of 2016 once the batteries have been fixed.Related: Solar-Powered Plane Completes First Leg of Journey Around the Globe“Making the impossible happen takes more time than the possible,” says Piccard in a video statement announcing the delay. “Exploration and adventure is not only when you raise the flag with a success, but also when you have delays, problems, doubts and you have to build up a lot of courage inside the team.”The circumnavigation will take two years to complete instead of one.Solar Impulse is a plane that operates solely on solar power, and its journey around the world is an effort to bring attention to the potential power of the future of solar power. The aircraft is not equipped to carry passengers. It has only one seat but has a 72-meter wingspan, roughly equivalent to a Boeing 747 passenger plane. It’s light as a feather, weighing only 2,300 kilograms, or approximately the weight of a car.Two Swiss pilots are tag-teaming the flight around the world, which took off in March from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Piccard’s partner, André Borschberg, completed a record-breaking solo flight from Japan to Hawaii in 117 hours and 52 minutes to get the aircraft to Hawaii.Related: Explorer Attempts Longest Solo Trip in a Solar-Powered AircraftA breathtaking picture of @solarimpulse before its landing in Hawaii. A historic first for clean technologies!— Bertrand PICCARD (@bertrandpiccard) July 3, 2015If one cannot cope with disappointment and frustration, one should not aim for exploration and adventure— Bertrand PICCARD (@bertrandpiccard) July 13, 2015Batteries cannot be repaired before end of the season, we will have to keeping going w/ @solarimpulse’s #RTW in 2016— Bertrand PICCARD (@bertrandpiccard) July 15, 2015BREAKING NEWS: irreversible damage to overheated batteries in #Si2 pushes the second half of the #RTW to April 2016— SOLAR IMPULSE (@solarimpulse) July 15, 2015.@solarimpulse’s Round-The-World will continue in 2016. We will never give up!— André Borschberg (@andreborschberg) July 15, 2015New battery parts must be ordered, re-assembled and tested. This is a 2 to 3-month process. Thus, we delay until 2016— SOLAR IMPULSE (@solarimpulse) July 15, 2015.@solarimpulse is completely different of any other aircraft: the more you fly, the more energy you have— André Borschberg (@andreborschberg) July 11, 2015 July 15, 2015 3 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.center_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Sony Days of Play Returns With a LimitedEdition PS4 Deals on Hardware

first_imgThe limited-edition PS4 comes with 1 TB of storage, and costs $299.99 (so, no discount). Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a deal, Sony is selling the PS4 Pro for $349.99, PSVR bundles for $199.99, DualShock 4 controllers for $39.99, and two PlayStation Move controllers for $79.99.On the software front, Sony is offering discounts on the following recent exclusives:God of War: $49.99 USDGran Turismo Sport: $19.99 USDHorizon Zero Dawn: $19.99 USDMLB The Show 18: $39.99 USDShadow of the Colossus: $19.99 USDBravo Team (PS VR): $29.99 USDFarpoint (PS VR): $14.99 USDThe Inpatient (PS VR): $14.99 USDIn addition to the above titles, older Sony-published “catalog” titles will also be on sale, although you’ll have to check in-store for those. Finally, Sony is also offering 12-month PlayStation Plus subscriptions for $49.99 and $10 a month off on the PlayStation Vue TV streaming service.Planning to take advantage of any of this year’s Days of Play deals? Want to get your hands on that limited-edition PS4? Personally, I’m probably going to grab another DualShock or two at the reduced price, and Shadow of the Colossus for $20 is a hard deal to pass up!This year’s Days of Play will run from June 8 to June 18. Most retailers, including the big boys like GameStop, WalMart, and Target, will be participating. Software discounts will also be available on the PlayStation Store. Share Tweet Submit As has become tradition, Sony will be holding their annual Days of Play sales event next month, serving up discounts on PS4 hardware, accessories, exclusive games, and more. They’ll also be offering another limited-edition PS4 – this one isn’t quite as cool as the gold model they released last year, but it’s still pretty spiffy looking. Check out a few beauty shots in the gallery, below.last_img read more

People Two new marketing hires for the Anguilla Tourist Board

first_img Friday, February 9, 2018 Share [People] Two new marketing hires for the Anguilla Tourist Board ANGUILLA — The Anguilla Tourist Board (ATB) has announced two new appointments: Colwayne Pickering, its new Marketing Officer, and Jameel Rochester, who will serve the ATB as Assistant Manager, Destination Experience.In his new role, Pickering will assist in leading the development of an island-headquartered marketing department, which will include designing and executing new digitally-focused marketing strategies, supporting international efforts, and developing partnerships to increase tourism arrivals. He has also been tasked with overseeing the marketing efforts of the international representatives in North America, the U.K., Latin America, Germany and Italy.Prior to joining ATB, Pickering served as General Manager (Cable and Broadband) Operations of Wireless Ventures (Digicel) Anguilla Ltd., where he managed million-dollar budgets and targets, and supervised a team of over 50 staff members.“I have a strong background and experience in excess of 10 years directly relating to marketing and promotions, coupled with operational and people management. I am confident that I will be an excellent asset to the organization, with a full appreciation for time management and the ability to work autonomously and under pressure in achieving required objectives,” said Pickering.Rochester will be responsible for assisting in the development, promotion and management of the on-island experience, which includes engaging with stakeholders in relation to all elements of Anguilla’s Tourism Product. His key duties include assisting in managing Public and Private Sector Relations, organizing and promoting internal and external training in the elements of hospitality, and coordinating community outreach programs to highlight the role of communities in the visitor experience.Prior to joining ATB, Rochester was the Resort Assistant Manager at the Four Seasons Resort & Residences Anguilla, and also held the position of Executive Assistant at Zemi Beach House Hotel & Spa.“With my practical experience combined with my educational studies, I am confident that I can and will become an invaluable asset to the Anguilla Tourist Board,” said Rochester. “My long-term career goal is to continue to learn and develop my skills and abilities within the hospitality industry, whilst utilizing my experience, knowledge, and skills to the benefit of the organization.”Both Pickering and Rochester began their new roles on Feb. 1 and are based at ATB’s head office in Anguilla. Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Anguilla, People Travelweek Group last_img read more

Illegal gold mining in South Africa brings hope

first_img Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “When the police come, we run away. We’ve never gotten caught and we don’t want to give them a reason to catch us,” said 45-year-old Daniel Mazibuko who has three children and a wife. “It’s illegal, but I still do it because I’m suffering and if there’s no food at home I must do this job.”“Sometimes I make 100 to 150 rand ($11-$17) per day if I’m lucky. In my best week I’ve made 500 rand ($57),” he said.On a recent day he was working with 21-year-old Siphelele Dyasi, who smoked a cigarette as he poured heavy buckets of water into a yellow plastic bin and shook it to separate the soil. The miners sometimes endanger their health by using mercury to extract the gold.“There’s no other choice, you go into it knowing the risks,” said Dyasi, who came to Johannesburg from the distant Eastern Cape of South Africa after his father died and his mother couldn’t provide for him and his brothers and sisters.Dyasi and Mazibuko were trying their luck outside the Tudor Shaft mine, not far from the Durban Deep mine. At least five makeshift mining chutes could be seen among dusty fields of rock, orange dirt and black rocks near pools of water, that the miners use and recycle in their prospecting. Comments   Share   “You’re never sure what you’ll get. For example this week I only got 150 rand ($17) which I used to buy a small tin of milk, a packet of nappies (diapers), a small bag of maize, paraffin, fish oil and a bit of meat but it has all finished already,” Dyasi said.“I hope to get something today so I can bring some food home.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories center_img Men’s health affects baby’s health too How do cataracts affect your vision? South Africa, once the world’s foremost gold producer, has been experiencing a labor upheaval in its critical mining sector, and Mthembu and Viriato are emblematic of both the troubles and the hope that persists, with not only gold but also platinum, chrome and other minerals remaining untapped.A violent six-week strike at a Lonmin PLC platinum mine northwest of Johannesburg ended Sept. 18 after a pay hike of as much as 22 percent was given to the miners. The deal inspired thousands of workers in other mines to lay down their tools to seek higher wages. Mthembu and Viriato said they had been contract workers at another Lonmin mine _ mostly working on pipes through the mines _ and that they were laid off when the company they worked for lost money during the strike.They wound up near a highway outside Johannesburg, sifting through the soil around the shuttered gold mine and hoping to strike it rich or at least eke out a living. Dozens of other men and women were also participating in illegal mining, working in makeshift operations in a sort of gold rush not far from the skyscrapers and highways of Johannesburg, still marked by towering mustard-colored mine dumps, a leftover from the city’s heyday in mining. Gold was discovered here in 1886 and it helped fuel the creation and growth of Johannesburg, known in the Zulu language as Egoli, meaning “the place of gold.” South Africa produced nearly 70 percent of the world’s gold in the 1970s. Production has been falling and South Africa is currently the world’s No. 5 producer, according to the government. With strikes having affected not just platinum mines but gold mines too, gold companies are trying to keep their footing.Major said 500,000 people were working in gold mines in 1990, with the official number now 150,000. Some of those who lost their jobs are certainly doing illegal gold mining, he said.Buyers often come to the ad hoc operations to weigh and purchase gold. Miners say they also sometimes sell gold within their squatter camps. Mthembu said he melts all his gold particles together and sells it at the end of the week.Zingaphi Jakuja, spokeswoman for the South African Department of Mineral Resources, said the ministry is collaborating with law enforcement agencies to combat illegal mining “as the activities are generally fuelled by complex criminal activities.”Illegal miners are generally undeterred by the threat of arrest. Associated PressROODEPOORT, South Africa (AP) – Julius Mthembu’s mud-spattered face lit up as he held a tin pan and pointed to the glimmering flecks of hope lying among sand and water: gold. The find meant the 48-year-old would eat that week.“It’s difficult. I don’t make a lot of money here,” Mthembu said as beads of sweat stood out on his forehead. The Mozambican and his countryman Santos Viriato have been gathering dirt from the shuttered Durban Deep mine and sifting it for leftover gold for two months. “We want money and we have no choice,” Viriato said.They sift for gold by dumping soil into a plastic bin with holes punched in the bottom, pour water in and shake the bin, allowing the wet soil to fall onto a chute made of boards and covered by plastic tarps and bath towels. After dumping a bunch of buckets into the contraption that empties into a muddy creek, the men wring the towels out into three large buckets and then pan whatever comes out.Another half-dozen such operations are nearby. Closer to Main Reef Road, women break up rocks and grind them between stones and concrete to reduce them to powder to be later panned for gold. The activity takes place in many other parts of South Africa, mostly around mines that were shuttered because of lack of productivity, and is fueled by rising gold prices that these days stand at around $1,700 per ounce.“There are 6,000 abandoned mines in the country and I think the majority of them still have ore that would be economical (to extract) at today’s prices,” said Peter Major, a mining expert at Cadiz, a financial services group. “The problem is getting the capital to reopen them.”The illegal mining provides a chance at income for unemployed South Africans and immigrants. But in the long term the activity will make it harder to attract a legitimate mining company to an abandoned site because some of the more easily accessible minerals will have been removed by the illegal operations, Major said. Parents, stop beating yourself uplast_img read more

Sahara extremists pledge allegiance to Islamic State group

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility RABAT, Morocco (AP) — An extremist group based in the Sahara desert known for carrying out terror attacks in Algeria, Mali and Niger appears to have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group after years with its rival, al-Qaida.If it is authenticated, the statement represents a major shift among extremist groups in the vast Saharan regions — and the possible demise of one of the most notorious extremists in the desert. Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The Algerian-born militant was famous for extending al-Qaida’s reach beyond the Algerian heartland and into the Sahara desert where he made contacts with disaffected tribes, especially from the Tuareg minority, and made millions off smuggling and kidnapping.Several high-profile members of the group were caught and killed in the past year during French-led operations in northern Mali, where the group is believed to operate.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Patients with chronic pain give advice Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The audio recording from the Mourabitoune group was sent to a Mauritanian news agency late Wednesday that has carried its statements in the past and was in the name of Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, rather than the group’s founder, Moktar Belmoktar, who gained notoriety for the January 2013 assault on an Algerian gas complex.“We call upon all the jihadi groups to pledge allegiance to the Caliph, to unify the word of the Muslims and align the ranks in front of the enemies of religion,” said al-Saharawi’s statement, according to a translation by the U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group on Wednesday.Belmoktar, once known as the most dangerous man in the Sahara, formed the Mourabitoune in August 2013, combined his own group with another and had recently renewed his allegiance to al-Qaida.“If it’s confirmed, then we need to wonder about the whereabouts of Belmoktar,” said Djallil Lounnas, an expert on North African Islamic groups. “He’s either been removed, or killed or they split.”The group most recently attacked a restaurant filled with foreigners in the Malian capital, Bamako, in March. Belmoktar’s most well-known operation was on an Algerian gas plant that resulted in a standoff with the Algerian military and the death of 39 foreign workers. Check your body, save your life Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

Shes on her way

first_img Royal CaribbeanVoyager of the Seas Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas www.royalcaribbean.comShe’s on her wayTwin sister to Aussie favourite Voyager of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas is today departing Southampton and will sail for 42 days through Europe and via Dubai, India and Asia before arriving in Perth – her first Aussie port – on 13 November.The action packed megaliner will then depart Perth on a 16-night tour around the bottom end of Australia and New Zealand, before arriving to her new home, Sydney, on 28 November. Sydney-siders will be in for a treat on the 28th as Explorer of the Seas’ twin sister (and second largest cruise ship based in Australia) Voyager of the Seas will welcome her big sister home – with both ships meeting in a historic Sydney Harbour rendezvous.Explorer of the Seas arrives for her maiden Australian season fresh from a multimillion dollar makeover in April this year. She is now jam-packed with a host of new features to match her popular twin sister Voyager of the Seas, including a FlowRider surf machine, three new specialty restaurants, two new bars, new stateroom categories including industry-first interior Virtual Balcony staterooms with real time sights of the sea and new Panoramic staterooms with floor-to-ceiling wrap-around windows, as well as a complete refresh of all the public spaces and staterooms onboard.Explorer of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas both also boast signature Royal Caribbean features including the iconic ice-skating rink, rock climbing wall, a full-size basketball and sports court, and the Royal Promenade – an interior boulevard that runs nearly the length of the ship flanked by restaurants, lounges and boutiques where spectacular parades and evening dance parties are held. Source = Royal Caribbeanlast_img read more

Arians is pleased with his teams effort These

first_imgArians is pleased with his team’s effort. “These guys will give you everything they’ve got,” he said. But he is less than pleased with how quickly his players are learning the offense.“We’re just not picking it up fast enough, still not picking it up the way I would like to, at all positions.” What specifically is bothering Arians?“I don’t like mistakes,” he said, “and I really don’t like mental mistakes, especially if you made the same one last week. That should be corrected and in the books by now. Our receivers are not getting that done.”With players still only in helmets and shorts here in the second week of organized team activities for veterans and rookies, it can be tough to judge certain positions, like the offensive line.“You really can’t tell until they put on pads. I don’t get too upset about that part,” Arians said. “We’re trying to keep the physicality part of it down as much as possible, but it’s still competition out there. You don’t like to see guys whiff, even in shorts. That part of it, I’ll leave that judgment up until August.” Top Stories Training camp doesn’t begin for another two months.The first game — at least ones that count — won’t be played for another 100 days.In other words, it’s early.Try telling that to a head coach, and a first-year head coach at that.“Right now, our defense is way outplaying our offense,” Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday. “Our offense needs to pick it up. We’re behind where I would like to be right now.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arians did acknowledge it is normal at this time during offseason workouts for a defense to be ahead of an offense. “It’s a little bit easier to put in a defense than it is an offense and have some continuity.”At the same time, however, knowing where to line up, where to go and simply catching a pass are all things players should be able to grasp.“The skill position players are getting a ton of reps,” Arians said. “Like I said, I like where we are at defensively. I’m not real pleased with where we are offensively.” – / 33 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more