Where is the Salt (Sodium)?

first_imgFlickr, Sodium Chloride Crystals (NASA, International Space Station, 05/13/03) Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)Robin Allen, MSPH, RDN, LDNThe 2010 US Dietary Guidelines recommends a reduction in sodium intake to less than 2300 mg a day and to 1500 mg for persons who are 51 and older, African American, have hypertension, diabetes or chronic kidney disease. At that time I was an Administrative Dietitian for a large multi-unit college food service. When these guidelines came out I immediately and naively went to my Chefs (yes they were all trained certified chefs) and asked them to decrease the amount of salt being used.  From the horrified expressions and anguished protests you would have thought I was taking away their first born!   I started looking into our recipes and menus, which thankfully were all in our menu management system with the nutritional analysis.  Now I began to understand the magnitude of the problem!  Reducing the use of salt was only the tip of the ice berg!  Many foods, not naturally high in sodium, became so because of soup base mixes, seasoning mixes, and use of processed foods. Even some chicken breasts, my go to “healthy meal”, may contain excessive sodium due to a process called “plumping”.  Plumping is the injection of a saline solution into the chicken breast during processing to enhance flavor , and add weight. Changing over 1500 recipes which fed up to 20,000 students per day was massive and monumental undertaking!  This would also involve a change in purchasing products, food preparation, such as making soup base from scratch, changing the Chefs’ attitudes and changing our entire taste profile.  And finally our customers would complain and add salt!  It is no wonder that consumers are confused and have difficulty controlling their sodium intake.So where so we get the most sodium in our diet if it not just salt? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the following is true about sodium content of the diet:Americans get 75% of the sodium from restaurants, prepackaged, and processed foods.Salt added during cooking at home is only 5% of the intake of sodium.Some foods naturally contain sodium which makes up the remaining 12%.Many processed, packaged food are high in sodium but do not taste salty.Bread and rolls, luncheon meat, cured meats, and pizza top the list in sodium.Bread can contain anywhere from 80 to 230 mg of sodium per slice.1 serving of lunch meat can contain 750mg of sodium, half of some peoples’ daily allowance.Sodium intake is not just a problem for Americans.    Excessive sodium intake is a key factor contributing to prehypertension and hypertension all over the world.  Identifying food sources of sodium is critical.  Using data from the INTERMAP Study to define major food sources of sodium in diverse East Asian and Western population samples, researchers set out to discover the source of sodium in the diets of these countries.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), most of the world’s population consumes 2,300 mg to 4,600 mg sodium per day.  Where is this sodium coming from?  In Japan, China and Southern China, salt added during cooking, soy sauce and salted vegetables were the main source of sodium.  In the United Kingdom (UK) and United States (US), breads, grains, cereal, salt from restaurants, fast food and processed foods at home,  and red meats, poultry and eggs were the primary source. The conclusion of the study indicated that China should focus on reducing salt in cooking and Japan, the UK and US must reduce sodium in processed food.So how do Dietitians and Health educators help their patients/clients lower their sodium intake?  The following steps are outlined by the CDC.Eat more fresh or frozen (no sauces) fruits and vegetables.Look for no salt added or low sodium versions when using canned vegetables, or choose frozen varieties without sauce.Read the nutrition labels on packaged foods. Compare sodium in different brands.More home cooked meals prepared without using processed or packaged foods.Use salt free herbs and spices rather than processed sauces, packaged broths, packaged seasoning mixes or condiments.When you do go out to eat, ask restaurants not to add salt to your meal. Use condiments in small amounts; ask for lemon, vinegar or other condiments to help with flavor.Ask your favorite restaurants, stores, and food manufacturers to offer more low-sodium options.You CAN re-train your taste buds. Over time, the less sodium you eat, the less you’ll want.What are you doing to help your patients/clients reduce their sodium intake?Are you looking at your facilities’ menus and recipes to see if adjustments can be made to food preparation and purchasing?Are you educating your staff of the importance of sodium reduction in the diet and food supply?References:Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010ANDERSON,CA, APPEL,JA, OKUDA, Dietary Sources of Sodium in China, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, Women and Men Aged 40 to 59 Years: The INTERMAP Study.  J Am Diet Assoc. 2010;110:736-745.Top 10 Sources of SodiumThis post was written by Robin Allen, member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

FStoppers Photo Workshop in the Bahamas + Free Trip

first_imgOur friends at Fstoppers are doing their first ever photo workshop this summer in the Bahamas. Learn about the event and how you can win an all-expenses paid trip.Reading and watching tutorials online is a great way to build your photo skills but it’s hard to beat the experience of learning one-on-one with professionals. That’s the thought behind the upcoming Fstoppers photo workshop this summer.The Fstoppers team has assembled a 10 member panel of the leading photographers in the industry for a series of classes (ranging from a few hours to 2 full days). The event will take place at the Atlantis Resort in Nassau, Bahamas May 28 through June 1, 2014. Not a bad place to be in the summer!Check out this video of Lee and Patrick from Fstoppers giving a rundown of the event and presenters:The event is limited to 200 people, to ensure that each attendee can get personal training from the presenters. The topics covered run the gamut of all types of professional photography including fashion, food, headshots, architecture, weddings, retouching, lighting and more.They’ve set it up so you only pay for the workshops that you want to attend. More info on the Fstoppers Workshop site.Win a Trip to the Fstoppers WorkshopWant to attend the workshop but short on cash? Fstoppers is actually giving away one all-expenses paid trip to the event. From now until the end of January you can enter to win a flight voucher, 5 night stay and free access to any of the workshops. There are five quick ways to enter.Additionally, they’re refunding the cost of the workshops to one person that enters early.Winners for both giveaways will be picked on February 1st. Head over to Fstoppers to sign up and learn more.This looks like a great event for both professional and aspiring photographers alike. Thanks for sharing it with us, Fstoppers!last_img read more

No fresh taxes in Bihar budget

first_imgThe Bihar government on Monday presented a ₹1.60 lakh crore budget for the year 2017-18, with no proposal of any fresh tax.Presenting a revenue-surplus Budget of ₹14,555.59 crore in the Assembly, Finance Minister Abdul Bari Siddqui said, “We’ve presented an expenditure of ₹1,60,085.69 crore for 2017-18, which is ₹15,389.42 crore more than the current year’s budget estimate of ₹1,44,696.27 crore.” “We’ve not proposed any fresh taxes in the budget. The focus areas are development, poverty alleviation and financial stability,” Mr. Siddiqui later told journalists. ‘Centre’s apathy’In the budget, the fiscal deficit has been estimated at ₹18,112 crore, which is 2.87% of the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) estimated at ₹6,32,180 crore. “We’ve maintained fiscal prudence despite the Centre’s apathetic attitude towards problems such as demonetisation, change in the funding pattern of Central schemes, and no special category status for the State,” the Minister said.The budget also mentioned the difficulties the State government faced due to demonetisation. “The currency crunch continued for 100 days, adversely affecting employment, income and expenditure. This happened because 94% of our economy is run on cash,” said Mr. Siddiqui.He further said that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had supported demonetisation only to later raise questions over its implementation.The budget, meanwhile, came under attack for not “offering anything new”. “How can the budget be affected by demonetisation when the last fiscal months of this year were not included in it? The budget has nothing new to offer,” said economist and political scientist Nawal Kishore Chaudhury.last_img read more

CWG: Kalmadi undergoes medical check-up at AIIMS

first_imgFormer Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi has been admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences for a neurological check-up. A three-member doctors’ panel set up at the behest of the court will exmaine him. Kalmadi had an MRI done recently, which showed some brain degeneration, a sign of dementia. Kalmadi was first taken to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital on July 12 after he complained of dizziness. After tests, the hospital referred him to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital to undergo an MRI test of the brain. The MRI was done on July 19. Following the MRI test, DDU doctors advised Tihar officials to show him to a neuro specialist for further tests.  Kalmadi had been arrested on April 25 for his alleged role in awarding a Games contract to a Swiss firm at an exorbitant rate.  Kalmadi had been arrested along with Games organising panel’s Joint Director-General (Sports) A.S.V. Prasad and three others for awarding the contract for installing the Time-Scoring-Result (TSR) system to a Swiss firm, Swiss Times Omega, at an exorbitant cost of Rs 141 crore, causing a loss of over Rs 95 crore to the public exchequer.last_img read more

Steve Kerr laughs off lipreading criticism of Draymond Green

first_imgFILE – Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, right, yells at referee during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Monday laughed off suggestions of a rift with Draymond Green in the wake of the NBA champions’ shock loss to the Phoenix Suns.Video of Kerr appearing to criticize Green went viral on social media on Sunday after the Warriors slumped to a 115-111 loss to the Suns, who are bottom of the Western Conference with 16 wins and 52 defeats.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Although there was no audio of Kerr’s remarks, lipreaders said the Warriors coach had been caught wearily telling an assistant he was “so tired of Draymond’s shit.”Asked on Monday if he had spoken to Green following his reported remarks, Kerr said: “That’s private.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesPressed on whether his remarks were accurately interpreted his comments, Kerr added: “No. The lipreaders are wrong. “What I said was ‘I beg to differ with Draymond’s approach tonight.’ Those were my exact words. I don’t know how somebody misconstrued that.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Kerr’s light-hearted acknowledgement of the incident highlighted the unrelenting spotlight on players and coaches in the modern NBA.“George Orwell was right,” Kerr reflected. “He just had the year wrong. He wrote 1984. The title should have been 2012 or something. It’s modern life. Everything is recorded. Everything is filmed.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With batteries ‘recharged,’ Zidane back as Real Madrid coach Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ View comments Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears endlast_img read more

#NoRussiaNoGames: Twitter “bots” boost Russian backlash against Olympic ban

first_imgRussia SHARE RELATED SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT Ordinary Russians protest online against Olympic team ban ×center_img Published on December 09, 2017 Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics over doping What began as a grassroots online campaign featuring a schoolboy has grown into a mass hashtag protest against Russia’s exclusion from the Winter Olympics – backed by what appear to be fake Twitter accounts and users connected to past pro-Kremlin causes.Many ordinary Russians are undoubtedly upset about an International Olympic Committee (IOC) decision to ban Russia’s team from the Pyeongchang games in South Korea early next year due to “unprecedented” doping violations.However, this public sentiment has been amplified by apparently automated or semi-automated Twitter accounts known as “bots” and “trolls”, according to analysis of social media traffic by Reuters and a British-based security researcher.Social media companies, including Twitter, are under intense scrutiny in the United States where lawmakers suspect their platforms were used as part of an alleged Russian effort to sway the 2016 U.S. presidential election in favour of Donald Trump. The Kremlin has flatly denied the accusations.President Vladimir Putin dismissed the IOC’s decision, made on Tuesday, as “orchestrated and politically-motivated”.State media have in turn reported extensively on the protest movement around the “NoRussiaNoGames” hashtag, saying they are covering a public backlash just as any other news outlet would do and denying their work is orchestrated.But researcher Ben Nimmo said that while much of the public support for Russian athletes online was authentic, the Twitter activity showed not all of it can be taken at face value.“What we’ve got here is a small but genuine hashtag campaign, which is being exaggerated and amplified by Russian state propaganda outlets to make it look like the campaign is huge and an upwelling of popular anger,” said Nimmo, who works for the Digital Forensic Research Lab of the Washington-based Atlantic Council think tank.Twitter did not answer written questions sent by Reuters but referred to its user policy which prohibits spamming by both automated and non-automated accounts.“STATE NARRATIVE”#NoRussiaNoGames first appeared on Russian social-networking site VK, notably in a post by a St Petersburg schoolboy protesting against lifetime Olympic bans handed to six Russian cross-country skiers in November for alleged doping violations.The post included a video appeal from one of the banned skiers’ mothers, which was viewed more than 150,000 times.Data for views and shares on VK is not publicly available. On Twitter though, the hashtag received little attention until the Olympic ban and garnered just under 1,700 tweets on Dec. 5 before the IOC announcement.Nimmo said data he has collected shows bots and trolls then helped to drive that number to more than 9,000 in the hours following the decision.“It’s a good human interest story, it’s an emotional boy saying how terrible unfairly Russia is being treated. It fits the state narrative perfectly,” he told Reuters.One of the accounts identified by Reuters as driving activity around #NoRussiaNoGames was @ungestum, which lists its location as the Russian city of Orenburg. The account has sent 238 tweets consisting of just the hashtag to other users since the ban was announced, indicating that these were computer-generated.But @ungestum has also sent tweets containing text in Russian written by a person. This suggests the account may be semi-automated, with both the user and a computer programme able to operate it. Reuters was unable to reach the person or people behind @ungestum for comment on Twitter and no other contact information was available.The campaign was also heavily promoted by a group of at least five accounts which tweeted the hashtag multiple times alongside links to unrelated Russian-language news articles, and repeatedly reposted tweets from each other.One of those accounts, @03_ppm, has sent more than 275 such tweets in the last three days. @03_ppm, which like many of the accounts in the group has no identifying information and a profile picture of a woman’s cleavage, did not respond to a message seeking comment.Reuters was unable to establish definitively that @ungestum, @03_ppm or any of the related accounts were sending automated tweets. But the volume and content of the tweets fits a pattern of behaviour ascribed to bot accounts by the Oxford Internet Institute, a department of Oxford University.The institute’s Computational Propaganda team defines a bot as an account that posts 50 times a day. @ungestum has tweeted an average of 47 times a day since the account was created in October this year. All the accounts in the @03_ppm network have tweeted between 40 and 50 times a day since they were created.UNITED AROUND PUTINState media outlets including RT, Sputnik and the Russian Defence Ministry’s Zvezda TV channel all reported on the campaign, saying it had gone viral, and the hashtag received multiple endorsements from Russian athletes and celebrities.Presenters at Zvezda donned t-shirts with the slogan on air on the morning of the IOC decision, and the schoolboy and his father were interviewed by local media the next day.A spokeswoman for RT said its coverage had not been influenced in any way. “A swell of support for this hashtag and campaign both domestically and internationally put the story not only on our, but clearly on your radar also,” she said. “Our coverage was not coordinated with anyone else’s, news is news.”Maxim Dodonov, deputy director of Zvezda’s news service, also said the channel’s coverage was not coordinated with other media. “The campaign is supported by millions of Russians and thousands of real users on the internet, both in our country and abroad,” he said in emailed comments to Reuters.Sputnik’s press office said: “As an international news agency we respond to trending stories on social media and publish them in accordance with our editorial guidelines.”Igor Starkov, the schoolboy’s father, said no one had asked his son to start the campaign and it was supported by real people all over Russia. “It is only our idea, based on personal concerns for the fortunes of the sportsmen and their families,” he said.The Russian Defence Ministry did not respond to a request for comment.One of the accounts tweeting the hashtag multiple times was operated by a person rather than a computer programme, Reuters established, but this account – in the name of Oksana – has been associated with past pro-Kremlin campaigns.The account has been active in campaigns praising Putin and attacking critics of Russia which were launched by the AgitPolk group. @AgitPolk is one of 2,752 accounts which has been identified by Twitter as tied to Russian operatives and suspended.Asked why she participated in the campaigns, Oksana said: “I completely support our President V.V.Putin … and respond to all attacks in his direction with arguments.”Oksana, who declined to give her family name or provide additional evidence of her identity, added: “How do you not understand that the more external pressure there is on Russia, the more united we are around our leader!” COMMENTSlast_img read more

How Anil Kumble quashed Ravichandran Ashwin’s notion about ‘celebrities’

first_imgIndian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin used to believe all the hype around celebrities go down the drain once he interacted with them in close quarters. However, newly-appointed India coach Anil Kumble has quashed his notions. The Tamil Nadu off-spinner is in awe of his master and the way he has managed the Indian unit so far.”There is a saying that when you get too close to celebrities, you get disappointed. It is something that some people have told me and I have also personally gone into it. But with respect to Anil bhai, whatever I thought and whatever I measured from a distance has come true,” Ashwin told bcci.tv (Also read: Kumble making us comfortable in our roles, responsibilities: Rahul) ‘IT IS THE SAME MAN’ Kumble, despite not having the ability to turn the ball much, focussed on line and length to produce results. The hard-working Karnataka bowler reaped rewards and went on to become India’s most successful bowler in Tests and one-day internationals. (Also read: Ashwin, Jadeja shine for India in second warm-up match) Ashwin has seen coach Kumble bringing in all his skills and experience to help his wards on the field.”It is the same man, same kind of dripline, intensity. Everything has been fabulous. He has brought in a lot of energy. He has brought in meticulousness among the group. There is a lot of planning when he is around. He has brought in very good dripline in the nets where batsmen get out of the nets at a perfect time for a start. (Series win in West Indies will change fans’ perception: Jadeja)advertisement”These are nice things that I expected Anil bhai would bring in and that is exactly what he has done.”‘WILL TRY AND BE BORING’ Ashwin, who suffered an injury during Team India’s preparatory camp in Bengaluru earlier this month, has recovered in time and is doing what he knows best. After warming the benches in the first tour game against West Indies Cricket Board President’s XI, the off-spinner decimated the opposition in the first innings of the ongoing three-day tour game. He has already dealt the first blow in the second innings with an early wicket minutes before the close of play on Day 2.The No. 2-ranked Test bowler says he is prepared to be patient and keep looking for wickets in the longest format of the game.”I am sure, I will have to be prepared for the long haul and try and be as boring as possible in terms of trying to plug away all day long. Once the results come, they will come faster. That is what I observed from the last game,” he said.’TAKE PRIDE IN BEING THE LEADER’ Ashwin had a dream year in 2015, in which he finished as the highest-wicket taker in Tests with 62 scalps from 9 Tests at an impressive average of 17.20. In West Indies, the off-spinner is expected to lead the pack and help his team take 20 West Indies wickets in every Test.Ashwin says he doesn’t feel pressure being the leader of the unit but feels motivated to give his best.”I think whatever it is, being the leader of the pack is something that I take pride in. The team is going to look forward to you to try and deliver the breakthroughs and get the vital wickets required.”The challenge that comes with it is pressure. As I have always mentioned and maintained that pressure is something I play for, and it is one thing that keeps you going and I enjoy it,” he said.last_img read more

Rick Pitino to coach Greek national basketball team

first_imgWhat’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? “Really honored to be coaching the Greek National team,” Pitino wrote on Twitter. “Have a lot of work and preparation ahead but I’m looking forward to the challenge.”The 67-year-old American coached Greek club Panathinaikos last season and guided the team to victory in the country’s cup competition before returning to the United States. He remains popular among Greek fans despite his outspoken criticism of smoking and rowdy behavior by spectators at games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceNBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and his brother Thanasis Antetokounmpo both play for Greece and the Milwaukee Bucks.The Greeks narrowly missed out on reaching the quarterfinals at the World Cup in China in September. Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ PBA Press Corps awards night PLAY LIST 01:15PBA Press Corps awards night02:45Senate joint panel suggests IAS be separated from PNP01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Rice industry paralysis Brunei netball team aims medal finish at SEA Games Pitino spent much of his career jumping between the college ranks and the NBA, coaching the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks as well as Kentucky and Louisville.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics in this Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, file photo Former Panathinaikos coach Rick Pitino looks on during a Euroleague basketball match, between Panathinaikos and Olympiakos in Piraeus near Athens. Greece’s Basketball Federation says U.S. coaching great Rick Pitino has agreed to coach the national team and lead its effort to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Pitino would be officially presented Monday, when details of his agreement would be announced. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, file)ATHENS, Greece — Rick Pitino has agreed to coach the Greek national basketball team and lead the country’s effort to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The Greek basketball federation said Friday that Pitino will be officially presented on Monday, when details of his agreement will be announced.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

IDBI Federal felicitates Srikanth and Prannoy

first_imgMumbai, Jun 27 (PTI) Top men shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and H S Prannoy were today felicitated by the IDBI Federal in Hyderabad and also presented with the prize money under their programme, Quest For Excellence, in association with national badminton coach Pulella Gopichand.Srikanth bagged back to back mens singles titles at the Indonesian Open Super Series Premier tournament and the Australian Open Super Series event and was rewarded with a total cash award of Rs six lakh for these two magnificent feats by IDBI Federal, a media release said.Prannoy was presented with a prize money of Rs 2 lakh for his super display at the Indonesia Super Series Premier event in which he stunned Rio Olympics silver medallist Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and reigning Olympic champion Chen Long in successive matches to reach the mens singles semi finals.”By winning two titles in two weeks, Srikanth is slated to break into top 10 rankings next week. He has made the country proud by this historic feat,” said Karthik Raman, Chief Marketing Officer, IDBI Federal.”We are confident that Quest For Excellence will prove to be a great support to the sport and will help bring many laurels for our country,” he said further. PTI SSR NRBlast_img read more

Spotted: Damen Fits 22 Vessels aboard Happy Star

first_imgDutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Group is shipping a total of 22 vessels from several Damen shipyards, marking a big day for Damen, as well as for BigLift’s heavy-lift vessel, Happy Star, which is carrying the vessels. This transportation is Damen’s largest transportation of stock vessels to date.Damen has already sold a number of the vessels being transported. Amongst these are two Fast Crew Suppliers (FCS) 2610 to be used at North Sea offshore wind parks. The transport is a welcome opportunity to accommodate the requirements of clients on the west coasts of Africa and Europe looking for smaller tugs and pontoons. According to Damen, the scope of the transport was derived with a close eye on the needs of clients in Scandinavia, Western Europe and Africa. Rimmert Berlijn, Damen Service Coordinator Heavy Lift, explains: “We took a lot of time to carefully consider what vessel types we would transport, and in what numbers, in order to best serve the requirements of a wide range of clients.”Upon arrival in Europe later this month, the completed vessels will be ready for immediate sale and can swiftly be put into operation.Images: Damenlast_img read more

Justice Department presses for census citizenship question

first_imgWashington DC: The Justice Department says it will press its search for legal grounds to force the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 census, hours after President Donald Trump said he is “very seriously” considering an executive order to get the question on the form. Trump said Friday his administration is exploring a number of legal options, but the Justice Department did not say exactly what options remain now that the Supreme Court has barred the question at least temporarily. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingThe government has already begun the process of printing the census questionnaire without that question. The administration’s focus on asking broadly about citizenship for the first time since 1950 reflects the enormous political stakes and potential costs in the once-a-decade population count that determines the allocation of seats in the House of Representatives for the next 10 years and the distribution of some 675 billion in federal spending. It also reflects Trump’s interest in reshaping how congressional districts are drawn. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang”You need it for Congress, for districting,” he said Friday. “How many people are there? Are they citizens? Are they not citizens? You need it for many reasons.” Districts now are based on the total population. Some Republicans want them based on the population of eligible voters, a change that could disadvantage Democrats by excluding immigrants. The Supreme Court has left open the issue of whether districts based only on the population of eligible voters is constitutional. The Census Bureau’s own experts have said a citizenship question would discourage immigrants from participating in the survey and result in a less accurate census that would redistribute money and political power away from Democratic-led cities where immigrants tend to cluster to whiter, rural areas where Republicans do well. Trump, speaking as he departed the White House for a weekend in New Jersey, said he might take executive action. “It’s one of the ways that we’re thinking about doing it, very seriously,” he said. An executive order would not, by itself, override court rulings blocking the inclusion of the citizenship question. But such an action from Trump would perhaps give administration lawyers a new basis to try to convince federal courts that the question could be included. “Executive orders do not override decisions of the Supreme Court,” Thomas Saenz, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said in a statement Friday. The organization is representing plaintiffs in the census lawsuit in Maryland. Later Friday, Justice Department lawyers formally told U.S. District Judge George Hazel in Maryland the administration is not giving up the legal fight to add the citizenship question to the next census. But they also said it’s unclear how they will proceed, according to a court filing. “They still say they don’t have clear instructions on what to do,” said Saenz, who took part in a conference call with the judge and lawyers for both sides in one of three lawsuits seeking to keep the question off the census. The other two are in New York and California.last_img read more

Awareness campaign on bonerelated ailments

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Orthopaedic Association (WBOA) is conducting a week-long campaign on Osteoporosis from August 1 to 7 to spread awareness about ailments related to bones.This apart, Kolkata will host the 64th Annual Conference of Indian Orthopaedic Association in the third week of November 2019. Osteoporosis occurs due to in adequate intake of key bone nutrients during early age. The problem may account for 5-10 % decline in peak bone mass later in life. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWorld Osteoporosis day will be observed on August 4. “The theme of the campaign is —Healthy Aging with Strong Bones. As part of the campaign, WBOA is conducting a mega rally in Howrah from People’s Nursing Home to Birla Seva Sadan on August 4,” said president of WBOA Dr N K Das. Osteoporosis is common among elderly women. This apart, one in eight men is predicted to have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime. During teen years, bone not only increases in size (with growth) but also becomes stronger to reach its peak bone mass. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”We need to have strong bones and joints. Awareness about bone health is still in the state of infancy, we need to raise awareness about the importance of strong bones and joints,” Das said. “Annual Conference of Indian Orthopaedic Association 2019 will be held at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre Kolkata, West Bengal. It will start on November 19 and end on November 24,” said Dr Partha Sarathi Sarkar, secretary of WBOA. West Bengal Orthopaedic Association focuses on academics, research and social networking.last_img read more

FOOD NETWORK CANADA ANNOUNCES LINEUP OF CANADAS CULINARY ELITE VYING TO EARN

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The series extends online with exclusive bonus digital content including: a tour of the brand new Top Chef Canada kitchen, behind-the-scenes culinary articles, photo galleries, deleted scenes, prize giveaways and more. For this bonus content as well as competitor and cast biographies and full episodes after they premiere, visit: foodnetwork.ca/topchefcanada.Top Chef Canada is the homegrown version of the hit Emmy Award-winning NBCUniversal Series Top Chef and is produced by Insight Production Company Ltd. in association with Food Network Canada. Executive Producers are John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Mark Lysakowski, and Supervising Producer is Eric Abboud. 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Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.About Insight ProductionsInsight Productions, known for its award-winning ratings juggernauts, is Canada’s most established content producer. Headed by John Brunton & Barbara Bowlby, Insight is an industry leader in the development, financing, and production of hit programming, both scripted and unscripted.  The Amazing Race Canada, The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration; The JUNO Awards 2016 and How To Change The World collectively took home 14 Canadian Screen Awards in 2017.  Big Brother Canada continues to be the most watched reality program across specialty channels in Canada.  Past productions include Intervention Canada, Project Runway Canada, Battle of the Blades, Ready Or Not, Falcon Beach, The Truth About Alex, and Canadian Idol. Insight Productions was founded in 1979 and has since created thousands of hours of groundbreaking content. In 2015, Insight received the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s inaugural Icon Award in recognition of its 35th anniversary. Twitter TORONTO, March 15, 2017 – Canada’s most prestigious and high-stakes culinary competition is back with Top Chef Canada: All-Stars. For the first time in Canadian franchise history, Top Chef Canada brings some of the country’s most accomplished chefs from past seasons to battle it out for a chance to earn what has eluded them all: the title of Canada’s Top Chef. Twelve all-star chefs compete in cutthroat challenges and receive bold critiques from the judging panel which includes recently announced host Eden Grinshpan, head judge chef Mark McEwan and esteemed resident judges Chris Nuttall-Smith, Mijune Pak, and Janet Zuccarini. This season, the returning chefs unpack their knives and fight for a chance to win a $100,000 grand prize courtesy of Interac Flash and a Monogram kitchen valued at over $25,000. Top Chef Canada: All-Stars premieres Sunday, April 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Food Network Canada.Meet the 12 chefs returning to the Top Chef Canada kitchen for a second chance at winning it all:Connie DeSousa – Season 1, Calgary, AB.Dustin Gallagher – Season 1, Toronto, ON.Andrea Nicholson – Season 1, Toronto, ON.Todd Perrin – Season 1, Quidi Vidi Village, NL.Trevor Bird – Season 2, Vancouver, BC.Jonathan Korecki – Season 2, Ottawa ON.Curtis Luk – Season 2, Vancouver, BC.Elizabeth Rivasplata – Season 2, Toronto, ON.Trista Sheen – Season 2, Toronto, ON.Nicole Gomes – Season 3, Calgary, AB.Dennis Tay – Season 3, Toronto, ON.Jesse Vergen – Season 4, Saint John, NB.Throughout the competition, the chefs serve up refined dishes for acclaimed culinary guest judges including: Chopped Canada judges Lynn Crawford, John Higgins, Susur Lee and Antonio Park; Sugar Showdown host Josh Elkin; television personality, cookbook author and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich; culinary superstar, chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud; chef/owner of Raymonds in downtown St. John’s Jeremy Charles; celebrity chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Maneet Chauhan; chef/owner of Montreal’s Maison Publique Derek Dammann; food writer and cookbook author Sabrina Ghayour; chef/owner of Montreal’s Toqué! and Brasserie T! Normand Laprise; owner of Big Gay Ice Cream Doug Quint, and chef/owner of Toronto’s Bar Raval, Bar Isabel and El Rey Mezcal Bar, Grant Van Gameren. Facebooklast_img read more

Trudeau apologizes to Inuit for TB mistreatment

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN NewsIt was a long-awaited event delayed at the last minute by Nunavut’s unpredictable weather.But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made it to Iqaluit Friday to apologize for the way the federal government treated Inuit tuberculosis patients from the 1940s to 1960s.He didn’t just say ‘sorry.’ He said ‘sorry’ with a plan attached.kdriscoll@aptn.ca@KentDriscolllast_img

SecretaryGeneral alarmed by day of deadly violence in Gaza and Israel

16 April 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed grave concern at the escalating violence in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel today that media reports say has left nearly two dozen people dead. In a statement, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said he “condemns the reported civilian casualties among Palestinians, including children, during Israeli military operations, and calls on Israel to abide by its obligations under international humanitarian law and human rights law.“The Secretary-General also reiterates his condemnation of rocket fire against Israeli civilian targets,” the statement noted, adding that Mr. Ban was urging all parties to the Middle East conflict to exercise restraint. read more

House Democrats press Facebook to scale back currency plan

WASHINGTON — Facebook is facing fresh criticism from Congress over its plan to create a digital currency , with House Democrats asking the company to scale down the project.Members of the House Financial Services Committee say they can’t trust Facebook. They cite the company’s market power and record of scandals, fines and privacy breaches.Here’s what Democratic Rep. Vicente Gonzalez of Texas tells David Marcus, the Facebook executive leading the project: “I think you’re pretty low on the trust spectrum right now, and understandably,”Among their concerns is the risk that the new currency, to be called Libra, could be used for illicit activity.Marcus, trying reassure lawmakers, says Facebook “will take the time to get this right.”Democrats are threatening legislation to stop technology companies from getting into banking.Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press read more

Top UN envoy in Iraq meets former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi

Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, Ashraf Qazi, and Mr. Allawi had wide-ranging talks in Baghdad on Saturday about the ongoing political process and the risk of political fragmentation in Iraq as the country heads towards the 15 August deadline for drafting its final constitution, according to the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).The meeting was held at the residence of Mr. Allawi, who in addition to being the former Prime Minister also headed the Iraqi National Accord. read more

The Latest UK lawmaker wants Parliament to overturn EU vote

The Latest: UK lawmaker wants Parliament to overturn EU vote by The Associated Press Posted Jun 25, 2016 3:18 am MDT Last Updated Jun 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – The Latest on Britain’s historic vote to leave the European Union (all times local):7:25 p.m.A British opposition lawmaker says Parliament should stop the “madness” and overturn the result of a referendum calling for Britain to leave the European Union.Labour legislator David Lammy says Thursday’s national vote was non-binding and “our sovereign Parliament needs to now vote on whether we should quit the EU.”He says some “leave” supporters now regret their votes and Parliament should vote on Britain’s EU membership. He said “we can stop this madness and bring this nightmare to an end. … Let us not destroy our economy on the basis of lies and the hubris of (‘leave’ leader) Boris Johnson.”constitutional experts say Parliament cannot easily ignore the will of the people. Alan Renwick, deputy director of University College London’s Constitution Unit, says “in legal theory that is possible. In practice, that is absolutely not possible.”___6:15 p.m.Britain’s vote to leave the European Union has reverberated through London’s boisterous LGBT pride festival.The flags of European nations flew at the annual Pride in London parade, which ended with a rally in Trafalgar Square.London Mayor Sadiq Khan told the crowd of thousands that Europeans in London are “our friends, our families and our neighbours.”Khan says “I recognize the huge contribution you make to our city, you are welcome here. I make you this promise as your mayor. That won’t change.”Voters in London overwhelmingly supported staying in the EU, but a majority outside the capital voted to leave.Belgian Georges Peters, who was flying his country’s flag at the parade, said he was “very disappointed about the vote. I think this is bad for the economy and it’s important that we stand together.”Antaine O’Briain from Ireland said he was “shocked and horrified” at the result of the Thursday’s vote.___5:55 p.m.France’s economy minister is calling for a new, more transparent plan for the European Union that would be submitted to a popular vote.Emmanuel Macron is accusing Britain’s Conservative Party of taking the rest of the EU hostage with a referendum staged for domestic reasons that now is threatening to torpedo European unity. His unusually outspoken comments came at a debate Saturday at the Institute for Political Science in Paris on how European can cope with Britain’s vote to leave the 28-nation EU.Macron says “If we made a mistake … it’s to have let a member state take hostage the European project in a unilateral manner … and therefore to have choreographed these last few months the possibility of the crumbling of Europe.”___4:10 p.m.Britain’s vote to leave the European Union has spurred a surge in interest in obtaining Irish citizenship from people in Northern Ireland.The Post Office in Northern Ireland says it has “seen an unusually high number of people in Northern Ireland seeking Irish passport applications.”Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom, but most people born there can also claim citizenship in the neighbouring Republic of Ireland — an EU member. While Britain as a whole voted to leave the EU in Thursday’s referendum, a majority of voters in Northern Ireland opted to remain.Irish citizenship has generally been taken up by members of Northern Ireland’s Irish nationalist Roman Catholic community, rather than by Protestants who identify as British.But in a sign of how the referendum has turned politics on its head, one of Northern Ireland’s leading Protestant politicians, Ian Paisley Jr., tweeted: “My advice is if you are entitled to second passport then take one.”___3:50 p.m.The European commissioner from Latvia, who is now responsible for overseeing the EU’s financial services sector, says his “priority is to maintain financial stability in markets.”The EU’s euro commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis says he hopes “to live up to tasks entrusted to me.”Dombrovskis wrote on Twitter that “I highly value the work” of Jonathan Hill, the British representative on the EU Executive Commission who stepped down Saturday, saying he was disappointed by the British referendum result.European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker immediately transferred Hill’s responsibilities to Dombrovskis, costing Britain a key voice in a sector that is hugely important to London, whose status as Europe’s financial capital is threatened by Britain’s EU exit.___3:45 p.m.Italy’s finance minister is urging the European Union to do more than “concern itself only about banks. In an interview with Milan newspaper Corriere della Sera Saturday, Pier Carlo Padoan says it’s time to think the “unthinkable.”He says “deep dissatisfaction” over immigration, security and slow economic growth could combine for a further push toward disintegration of the EU bloc. Italy has been pushing for more EU action to encourage economic growth.Padoan says it’s possible Britain’s EU exit could cause smaller growth in Italy.___3:40 p.m.Iran’s Foreign Ministry says in a statement that the British people’s decision to leave the European Union will have no effect on Tehran’s approach toward the U.K.The statement, carried by Iran’s English language Press TV on Saturday, said “Iran respects the British people’s vote to leave the European Union.”An official in President Hassan Rouhani’s office, Hamid Aboutalebi, had called it a “big earthquake” and part of the “domino” collapse of the EU.Iran’s government is still suspicious of Britain over its role in backing a 1953 coup. A British-Iranian woman held by the Revolutionary Guard faces allegations of working toward the “soft toppling” of the government.___Associated Press writer Amir Vahdat in Tehran, Iran contributed.___3:15 p.m.French President Francois Hollande is holding exceptional meetings with the leaders of France’s political parties, as EU leaders try to keep the union together after Britain’s vote to leave.Far right leader Marine Le Pen called for a referendum on France’s EU membership following Thursday’s British vote. Hollande’s administration dismissed the call, but Le Pen is currently more popular in opinion polls and hopes to replace Hollande in presidential elections next year.Hollande convened a string of meetings Saturday with his own Socialist Party, former President Nicolas Sarkozy’s conservative opposition party The Republicans, the far right National Front, the Greens and parties on the far left and centre.France is a founding member of what is now the EU, but French voters rejected an EU constitution in 2005 that would have enshrined closer unity, and France’s heartland has a lot of the same frustration at economic stagnation and migration that drove the British vote to quit the EU.___2:25 p.m.Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen says Britain’s exit “will echo for years to come and change the Europe as we know it.”He says “the EU must stay away from areas where countries do it best themselves” and pay attention to popular skepticism across the continent.After a government meeting Saturday to discuss the British vote, he wrote on Facebook that the government’s priority was “to defend Danish interests in the upcoming divorce.”Loekke Rasmussen said Friday the Scandinavian country that joined the European Union in 1973 at the same time as Britain, has “no plans to hold a referendum on this basic matter.”___2:15 p.m.European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says he regrets the resignation of Britain’s EU commissioner, Jonathan Hill.Hill was responsible for the EU’s oversight of financial services — a hugely important industry to London.Juncker said that “I wanted the British commissioner to be in charge of financial services, as a sign of my confidence in the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union. To my great regret, this situation is now changing.”He said he would transfer Hill’s responsibilities to Valdis Dombrovskis, European commissioner from Latvia.___2:10 p.m.The European Union’s six founding nations are urging a quick British departure from the bloc and are pledging to address divergent attitudes toward the EU from its 27 remaining member nations.Foreign ministers of Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg met in Berlin on Saturday and said in a statement that they want Britain to quickly invoke the article in the EU charter allowing it to start negotiations on departure.Regarding the other members, they said “We have to find better ways of dealing with these different levels” of commitment to closer European unity. Founding nations want to increase political and economic co-operation but some newer nations are wary of giving up more sovereignty.“We are aware that discontent with the functioning of the EU as it is today is manifest in parts of our societies. We take this very seriously and are determined to make the EU work better for all our citizens,” it said.___2:00 p.m.France’s foreign minister is hoping Britain can name a new prime minister in the coming days to speed up its departure from the European Union.That timeframe is highly unrealistic given the political turmoil in Britain. Instead it is likely to take months to name a replacement to Prime Minister David Cameron, who is resigning and wants his successor to handle the departure negotiations.French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Saturday “they must designate a new prime minister, which would certainly require several days.” He was speaking in Berlin alongside counterparts from the five other founding members of the European Union, as EU leaders try to keep the project from falling apart after British voters chose Thursday to leave.___2:00 p.m.German Chancellor Angela Merkel says it “shouldn’t take forever” for Britain to deliver formal notification that it wants to leave the European Union but is making clear that the matter is in London’s hands.Merkel said Saturday at a news conference in Potsdam, outside Berlin: “To be honest, it shouldn’t take forever, that’s right — but I would not fight over a short period of time.”The German leader said she is seeking a “objective, good” climate in talks on Britain’s exit from the EU and that there’s no need to make deterrence a priority.Merkel said that there is “no need to be particularly nasty in any way in the negotiations; they must be conducted properly.”___1:55 p.m.An online petition seeking a second referendum on a British exit from the Europe Union has drawn more than 1 million names, a measure of the extraordinary divisiveness of Thursday’s vote to leave the 28-nation bloc.The online petition site hosted by the House of Commons website crashed Friday under the weight of the activity as officials said they’d seen unprecedented interest in the measure.Online petitions — which take little effort and are easy to game — are poor measures of popular opinion, but any petition which draws more than 100,000 names must be considered for debate in Parliament.In the short term, demands for a rerun are likely to go nowhere given that Britain’s “leave” camp won by more than 1 million votes in a high-turnout vote.___1:50 p.m.Britain’s representative on the EU’s executive body says he is resigning because it would not be right to carry on after the U.K. vote to leave the bloc.Jonathan Hill, Britain’s EU commissioner, says he’s very disappointed by the referendum result, but “what is done cannot be undone.”Hill says in a statement that he will work with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to ensure there is an “orderly handover.”Hill says he started his job skeptical of the EU but leaves it “certain that, despite its frustrations, our membership was good for our place in the world and good for our economy.”___1:00 p.m.British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn says Britain must react “calmly and rationally” to the divisive EU referendum campaign.Corbyn, whose Labour Party backed a vote to stay in the bloc, says the areas that voted most strongly to leave are “communities that have effectively been abandoned” by economic change and the austerity policies of Britain’s Conservative government.He told a meeting in London Saturday that politicians needed to take seriously voters’ concerns about immigration, which led many to back a British exit from the 28-nation EU.Many Labour lawmakers strongly backed “remain” and accuse the socialist Corbyn, a longtime critic of the EU, of failing to rally party supporters behind staying in the bloc. Several are trying to rally support behind a bid to unseat Corbyn.___12:55 p.m.Luxembourg’s foreign minister says Britain needs to quickly start negotiations with the European Union on its exit from the trade bloc.Speaking Saturday in Berlin after meeting with other top European diplomats, Jean Asselborn said he hoped there would be no “cat and mouse” game now and that Britain would invoke Article 50 of the EU charter, which allows for a country to leave.“There must be clarity,” Asselborn told reporters. “The people have spoken and we need to implement this decision.”He added that once outside the bloc, Britain would be a “third country” — the EU term for non-members — in terms of trade agreements but emphasized that was “not meant negatively.”___12:50 p.m.Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland will launch immediate talks with European Union nations and institutions to find a way to remain in the bloc despite Britain’s vote to leave.Sturgeon says voters in Scotland gave “emphatic” backing to remaining in the bloc. A majority of voters in more-populous England opted to leave.After meeting with her Cabinet she said “we will seek to enter into immediate discussion” with the rest of the EU.She says a new referendum on Scottish independence from the United Kingdom is “very much on the table.”___12:40 p.m.European foreign ministers are urging quick negotiations on Britain’s departure from the EU to avoid prolonged financial and political insecurity for the continent.French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said “there is a certain urgency … so that we don’t have a period of uncertainty, with financial consequences, political consequences.”He spoke in Berlin on Saturday alongside counterparts from the other five founding members of what has become the EU — Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. They also spoke of the need for a speedy renegotiation.He also urged the remaining 27 EU countries to return to “the spirit of the founders” of European unity, forged to prevent conflict via trade after World War II. “It is up to us to recreate this spirit,” he said, noting all the European countries that subsequently joined after overthrowing dictatorships and embracing democracy.___12:20 p.m.German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says negotiations on British exit should begin “as soon as possible” but adds that “intensive European discussions” are needed.Speaking after a meeting in Berlin with foreign ministers of the other five founding members of the EU, Steinmeier there is a need to “show the people of Europe that Europe is important, and not only important but able to carry out its work.”He also called for Britain to engage in talks sooner rather than later. He says: “We understand and respect the result and understand that Great Britain will now concentrate on Great Britain,” but adds that Britain as a responsibility to work with the EU on exit terms.__10:05 a.m.French President Francois Hollande says the British vote to leave the European Union poses questions “for the whole planet.”Hollande vowed Saturday to maintain relations with Britain, notably concerning migrants crossing between the two countries and military and economic co-operation.Speaking after a meeting in Paris with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Hollande said: “For the entire planet there is a question, what will happen?”He called for an orderly separation between Britain and the EU after Thursday’s historic vote to exit the bloc, formed after two world wars to prevent new conflict via trade co-operation.Hollande, whose country was a founding pillar of European unity, is holding emergency meetings Saturday with leaders of France’s political parties as EU leaders try to keep the bloc from unravelling after the British vote.___08:30 a.m.Top diplomats from the European Union’s original six founding nations are meeting in Berlin for hastily arranged talks following Britain’s stunning vote to leave the bloc.German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says it is critical to see the vote as a wakeup call. He was heading into meetings Saturday with his counterparts from France, Netherlands, Italy, Belgium and Luxembourg.Steinmeier says EU politicians must listen “to the expectations of the European governments but also to the expectations of the people.”He cautioned against rash decisions, saying that “it’s totally clear that in times like these one should neither be hysterical nor fall into paralysis.”Steinmeier’s office says the meeting is one of many conversations now taking place, and shouldn’t be seen as “an exclusive format.” The Foreign Ministers from EU’s founding six Jean Asselborn from Luxemburg, Paolo Gentiloni from Italy, Frank-Walter Steinmeier from Germany, Didier Reynders from Belgium, Jean-Marc Ayrault from France and Bert Koenders from the Netherlands, from left, brief the media after a meeting on the so-called Brexit in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) read more

Superminis taking Britain by storm

UK drivers are going for smaller cars, as factors like fuel economy and a new company car tax scheme influence buying decisions. The supermini segment has grown by more than 4.5 per cent over the last five years as buyers increasingly switch to smaller vehicles, according to Motor Industry FACTS – 2002, just published by the SMMT.Small cars now come with more standard equipment and safety features, with an array of extras that would have previously been reserved for larger executive models. Air bags, anti-lock brakes, CD-players and air conditioning are now the norm, making these cars true ‘super minis’.Real diversity in the segment is also helping woo drivers. Super economical diesel engines where 60mpg can be expected as the norm, right through to range topping performance models offering genuine driver involvement and allow buyers to choose the car that best suits their lifestyle.Commenting on the change in buying habits, SMMT Chief Executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘There is an incredible amount of competition in this segment and consumers are benefiting from this. Practically all the volume manufacturers have a supermini model in their range and the level of equipment fitted as standard is now quite phenomenal. The barriers to smaller motoring have been removed and buyers have recognised this’.Top five selling superminis in 2001 1. Ford Fiesta 98,2212. Peugeot 206 97,8873. Vauxhall Corsa 93,7924. Renault Clio 79,8435. Fiat Punto 59,573(Attachment shows trends)Information can be found on pages two and three of Motor Industry FACTS – 2002. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Watsons 4th quarter scores send NC Central past SC St

ORANGEBURG, S.C. — A pair of Tyquan Watson touchdowns in the fourth quarter was the difference as North Carolina Central rallied to beat South Carolina State 21-17 on Saturday.The game was originally scheduled to be played on Sept. 15 but was postponed due to Hurricane Florence.Watson’s 19-yard run with 10:36 left put North Carolina Central (5-6, 3-4 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) ahead for good, 14-10. Four minutes later, Dominique Shoffner threw a 41-yard score to Watson to seal it for the Eagles. Tyrece Nick threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Quan Caldwell to cap the scoring for the Bulldogs (5-6, 4-3).Shoffner finished with 153 yards passing and two touchdowns.Nick, the Bulldogs’ sophomore quarterback, finished 97 rushing yards shy of becoming the second South Carolina State quarterback to pass and rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season. He finished with 39 yards on the ground on 17 carries. Nick threw for 147 yards and two touchdowns.The Associated Press read more