Milk vodka Federal government opens consultations on definition of vodka

first_imgThe Canadian Press The federal government is asking Canadians how they like their vodka.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has opened consultations on whether to redefine the clear, neutral spirit and open interprovincial trade for innovative craft distillers who want to try something new.Under current rules that haven’t changed in decades, vodka must be made from either grain or potatoes and be filtered through charcoal.A new generation of small-batch distillers are challenging those norms.Some are using everything from milk to grapes, while others are minimizing filtration that removes subtle flavours.Flouting the legal definition makes it tough for them to sell their vodka across provincial boundaries, even though they can export internationally.They say that, historically, vodka was made from whatever a local community had left over from the harvest.The United States and Europe changed their definition of vodka long ago.last_img read more

Report Earth Hour participation in BC dropping despite support for conserving energy

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – A new report released today by BC Hydro finds most British Columbians still think Earth Hour is important despite four years of declining participation.The report entitled “Lights out: Why Earth Hour is dimming in B.C.” found British Columbians reduced their electricity use during Earth Hour – an annual global event hosted by the World Wildlife Fund that encourages turning off the lights for an hour to raise awareness around combatting climate change – by just 0.3 percent in 2017, or 15 percent of the savings achieved in 2008.The decline comes despite 7 in 10 British Columbians surveyed for the report saying they intend to participate in Earth Hour this year. The findings suggest BC Hydro’s largely hydroelectric generation may account for the lack participation in Earth Hour. Electricity generation accounts for only 1 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in B.C. “While Earth Hour may have lost some of its momentum in B.C. in recent years, we still see this as a symbolic event – a way to raise awareness about energy conservation,” said Chris O’Riley, BC Hydro’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “That’s why we are encouraging British Columbians to turn off unnecessary lights and electronics from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday in support of Earth Hour.”BC Hydro customers can view an hourly breakdown of their electricity use for Saturday evening by logging onto their online MyHydro account to see how much they saved.The Northern Environmental Action Team is hosting an Earth Hour Run on Saturday night to help encourage conservation.  The 5k run will start at 8 p.m. and the kids 1k will start at 7 p.m. Both runs will start at Northern Lights College. You can still register online at or from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday at Northern Lights College.last_img read more

Morocco Might Acquire Russian Submarine During Moroccan Kings Visit to Moscow

Rabat – King Mohammed VI’s upcoming visit to Russia by the end of 2015 has revived speculations that Morocco will acquire its first Amur 1650Russian submarine.Multiple Moroccan and Russian media reports said negotiations about the price tag of theAmur 1650, which kicked off in 2013, are expected to finish during King Mohammed VI’s prospective working visit to Moscow.A number of local media outlets suggested that the several postponements of King Mohammed VI’s visits to Russia were due to a failure to reach an agreement on the deal’s final price. However, a senior source from Royal Moroccan Armed Forces said this is “mere speculation of the Russian media.”Quoted by Hespress, the source confirmed that if Morocco really has the intention to buy the Russian submarine, it is likely to be “a long term deal.”The same source went on to add that more important deals are suspended currently, due to the lack of financial resources, mainly helicopters with anti-submarine warfare which are a must for the reinforcement of Morocco’s four new Sigma class frigates.The Amur 1650 was offered to Morocco by the Russian state arms export company Rosoboronexport in 2013, as part of its effort to promote the modern non-nuclear submarineon the world market.The Amur 1650 was designed by the Rubin Naval Design Bureau based in St.Petersburg, which belongs to the United Shipbuilding Corporation.Measuring 67 meters in length and 7.2 meters wide, the Amur 1650 includes an anechoic tile coating on the outer hull and a skewed 7-blade propeller.The submarine is capable of carrying18 missiles, torpedoes, or mines, and can be operated in any oceanic area, except for regions with extensive ice fields, at any weather, and in shallow and deep waters.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Steelworkers suggest BC coal mines controlled by Chinese government

VICTORIA – The United Steelworkers says it has dug up what it calls close ties between the Chinese government and the reportedly privately-run coal mine in northeastern British Columbia embroiled in a foreign-worker controversy.The union released a report Wednesday that suggests HD Mining International Ltd. — the firm developing the proposed Murray River mine near Tumbler Ridge — has ownership links to the government in China, where workers receive low wages in unsafe conditions.A union report titled “Who Owns Huiyong Holdings and other Questions on Planned Chinese-Owned Coal Mines in B.C.” examines the ownership of Huiyong Holdings Group, which owns Huiyong Holdings (BC) Ltd., and holds 55 per cent of HD Mining.The union’s report claims Huiyong Holdings is a state-run company operated by the Chinese government and bases its conclusions on the work of one its researchers, who was assisted by “experts” in China.Among the evidence, the research paper found very little information about Huiyong Holdings, finding no website in either English or Chinese, despite Huiyong’s claims to operate several mines in China. There is also little available information on where those mines are.However, the union paper noted a briefing note for Jobs Minister Pat Bell that referred to a meeting Bell had with Ye Qing, who is described in the note as Huiyong’s “chief consultant.”“In fact, Ye Qing is a very highly-connected, very senior career apparatchik in the Chinese government and corporate world — indeed he is as high-level an insider as one might hope to become within the Chinese Communist Party,” the research paper states.The union’s document notes a February 2012 paper for the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, which says the top decision-making body within the Chinese government selects the heads of state-owned corporations.Over half the chairs of major state-owned enterprises hold the position of minister in the Chinese government, wrote Beijing-based consultant Margaret Cornish for the council.The union’s paper concludes that, based on the Chinese experts they contacted, “it is normal for such firms to be controlled by the state.”However, HD Mining issued a statement Wednesday saying it is a Canadian company owned by Huiyong Holdings (BC), which holds a 55 per cent interest, and Canadian Dehua Lvliang Ltd., which holds a 40 per cent minority stake.The statement said Huiyong Holdings is 100-per-cent owned by Huiyong Holdings China and that, in turn, is a private company that has nine operating mines in China and “all of these mines are safe and efficient mines.”“HD Mining does not understand what these allegations have to do with the union’s challenge to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, and will continue to defend that litigation,” the statement said.Steve Hunt, Western Canada director for the Steelworkers’ union, said Wednesday the union employed an investigator in China who has some knowledge of what goes on in China.“We just searched the best we could possibly search and we couldn’t find very much detail on the company at all, other than some of the players,” he said.“We’re trying to find out something about the mines that they have … What are they experts in? It’s hard to do because we can’t find anything about them.”Hunt said while the mines must operate according to Canadian safety standards, the union is concerned the Chinese miners may not be familiar with their rights should the mining company operate inappropriately. Hunt said the workers are essentially “indentured” to the company.The union has been embroiled in a court battle to overturn 201 temporary foreign work permits allowing Chinese miners to come to Canada on the grounds there aren’t Canadians qualified to do the work at the proposed Tumbler Ridge-area facility.HD Mining’s website says it brings state-of-the-art, high-efficiency, long-wall mining technology and new training initiatives for underground miners to the first underground coal mining project approved in British Columbia in recent years.Hunt said the B.C. government has refused to make public the details of the Chinese mining deals, which came after Asian economic missions by Jobs Minister Pat Bell and Premier Christy Clark.He said the union report concludes the government either didn’t know or didn’t tell British Columbians about the suggested close ties between Chinese-owned coal mines in the Tumbler Ridge area and the Chinese government.“The questions we asked the premier are, did you know about it?” said Hunt. “How deeply did you investigate this company? If their expertise is based on what happens in mining in China, that’s the type of expertise we don’t need here. They kill a whole lot of people and hurt a whole lot more in China every year.”Bell issued a statement Wednesday calling the Steelworkers’ report “speculative.”“We have always maintained that British Columbians will be first in line for jobs at any new mine openings in our province,” said Bell’s statement.“Our goal is, and has always been, to create investment and to promote further mining development in B.C.. Due diligence is conducted on any company investing in B.C. to ensure project and economic viability.”The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 115 and Local 1611 of the Construction and Specialized Workers Union lost their court effort to get an injunction to halt HD Mining’s plan to bring 60 workers to B.C. from China to join 15 already here.However, a judicial review of the foreign worker permits granted to 201 workers will proceeded in the new year.The union’ allege HD Mining wants to bring the workers to Canada and pay them lower wages than what Canadian miners earn for comparable work, depressing the labour market and causing irreparable harm.The unions say qualified Canadians should be hired to do the work at the Murray River mine or the Chinese miners should be granted landed immigrant status to Canada rather than temporary work status.HD Mining’s website states the company is committed to the Murray River project, which will create 600 direct jobs and 700 indirect jobs through the construction and operating phases. It states the company has already invested $50 million on local goods, services and contractors Steelworkers suggest B.C. coal mines controlled by Chinese government by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 19, 2012 10:16 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Those responsible for war crimes in Syria will be held accountable for

UN Photo/Violaine MartinZeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for the Human Rights at the 37th Session of the Human Rights Council, Palais des Nations “Civilians are being pounded into submission or death,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, told the Geneva-based Human Rights Council during an urgent meeting on situation in east Ghouta, where some 400,000 civilians are trapped amid daily airstrikes, shelling and the reported release of toxic agents, which have killed and injured hundreds of people in the past two weeks alone.The UN human rights chief said: “The perpetrators of these crimes must know they are being identified; that dossiers are being built up with a view to their prosecution; and that they will be held accountable for what they have done.”He said that over the past four months, some high-profile perpetrators were brought to justice: Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic was convicted of genocide; Salvadoran Colonel Inocente Orlando Montano has been extradited to Spain to face charges related to killings in San Salvador in 1989; and two Argentinian former Navy Captains, Alfredo Astiz and Jorge Eduardo Acosta, were convicted for crimes against humanity committed between 1976 and 1983. “The wheels of justice may be slow, but they do grind,” Mr. Zeid said, noting that the Human Rights Council can have a real impact in ensuring that there will be justice – determined, inescapable and effective – for the suffering that has been inflicted on the Syrian people.He also said that Syria must be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC), urging all States to greatly increase their support for the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) set up last year with its mandate focused on ensuring that information about serious crimes is collected, analyzed and preserved, with a view to furnishing dossiers for future prosecutions.He also strongly encouraged the Council to renew the mandate of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria.Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Friday called once again on those fighting on the ground inside Syria and all those who have influence over them to put their arms down and stop the war on children.“Is our call falling once again on deaf ears? The children of Syria have been waiting for way too long. The world has failed the children of Syria so many times…,” Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, told reporters at a regular briefing in Geneva.Nearly a week ago, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution that would have created an opportunity for hundreds of thousands of children to finally get respite from the brutal and unabated violence they have been living through.“We all thought this was an excellent window for UNICEF and other partners to deliver urgent and lifesaving assistance to children in need wherever they are inside the country,” he said.“But as the days went by, these hopes turned into illusions, the windows shut abruptly in our faces,” he added, noting that violence continued in several places across the country, escalating in some and flaring up in others, despite the resolution’s call for a 30-day ceasefire. read more

Week in Westminster – week ending Friday 26 September 2014

DOWNLOAD1. SMMT host Labour Party Conference event2. Car, engine and CV production stalls in August3. UKTI and EEF sign deal to boost global trade for UK manufacturers4. New research may help to improve HGV safety5. Siemens UK Chief Executive appointed to BIS board6. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Ohio State womens lacrosse season opener set for Saturday against Detroit

Then-junior midfielder Christine Easton (25) catches the ball during a game against Rutgers on April 16. OSU won 17-7.Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team is set to kick off its 2016 season on Feb. 13 against Detroit, with a scheduled 3:30 p.m. start time at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.“Traditionally, Detroit is a very skilled and fast team, so hopefully with these next two weeks of preparation we will get some of our jitters out,” OSU coach Alexis Venechanos said. “Our girls are really hungry and excited for the new opportunity to be playing at home, so I think we’ll be ready.”Senior midfielder Christine Easton said her coach is focusing mainly on team communication going into the 2016 campaign.“We’re a pretty young team, so getting to know everyone on and off the field is important,” Easton said. “We want to improve our weaknesses and exploit the strengths we have on the field.”A win on Saturday could give the Buckeyes the confidence and motivation to continue their success into Big Ten play and reaffirm their belief that they belong with the top lacrosse teams in the country.Preseason rankingsThe Buckeyes, ranked No. 18 in both the Lacrosse Magazine and Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association preseason polls, were picked to finish fourth in the Big Ten, which has become arguably the toughest women’s lacrosse conference in the country.After an overall 2015 record of 13-8 and a first-round NCAA tournament exit against Notre Dame, Easton said the Buckeyes are motivated to hurdle some obstacles this season.“My big goal is for the team to win an NCAA tournament game, because we’ve gotten to the first round four times and have never been able to win one,” Easton said. “Another one is to win the Big Ten, because it would be important for our program to win some big games and get our name out there.”Venechanos, in her sixth year with the Buckeyes, said she’s excited to see how competitive her team gets in season play, as they are self-driven and determined.“We haven’t really talked about rankings, and we’re really excited to have a strong out of conference schedule,” Venechanos said. “Last year we were picked to finish No. 4 and we finished in the championship game, so hopefully these experiences will help prepare us for tournament time.”Attackman Rainey Hodgson said while the team has a big picture in mind for the season, the players are working hard to keep their mind on what has to be done immediately.“We’re focusing on a lot of aspects of our game, but we’re mostly looking to find our niche,” the senior said. “This game will be a little preview as to what the season will be, so we’re looking to go out and make a statement.”Big Ten players to watchSenior attackmen Cian Dabrowski and Hodgson, as well as Easton, represented the Buckeyes on the 2016 Big Ten players to watch list, making up three of 18 players honored.Dabrowski enters her senior season with team-high 69 goals and 25 assists in her career.Hodgson, who started 15 of 21 games last season, has 35 career goals with 19 assists heading into her senior season.Easton has 44 career starts heading into her senior season, the most on the active roster.Up nextAfter the home opener against the Titans on Saturday, the Buckeyes will prepare to fly to Berkeley, California, to face California on Feb. 19 to continue their out-of-conference schedule. The game is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. read more

Baby Chicks Following a Robot Hen Are Teaching Researchers About Behavior

first_imgThere’s hardly anything cuter than a flock of baby chicks. If you’ve ever hung out with the fluffy little critters, you know how close they stick to their mothers. That’s why it’s so strange (and weirdly adorable) that this robot has a cavalcade of chicks following it around and sticking to it like glue, just as if it were a real mother hen. The PoulBot looks nothing like a hen, nor even anything remotely bird-related, and yet the chicks can’t get enough of it.The PoulBot is being used as a part of a research experiment from researchers from European universities to study some of the nuances of animal behaviors with the goal of creating robots that can mimic said behaviors. The result? Robots that can better interact with real animals in a manner more befitting of an actual organic creature.With the PoulBot, the robot was used as the “mother hen” for the chicks to imprint on, which happens around 5 hours after they start to hatch. Typically farmers attempt to create this bond with their baby chicks so that it’s easier to work with the animals, and that’s exactly what’s done with this robot. The chicks are housed in small boxes where they watch the robot move and listen to it emit beeping noises, but not chicken coos — that might mean something completely different than what they’re looking for. At least the robot sounds vaguely like a chicken.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The PoulBot is programmed to keep ensuring the chicks follow it, leading it around to spots in the pen with an overhead camera tracking all their movements. The robot is even programmed to ensure it doesn’t harm or kill its little chickadees, and thus has a special measure for whether one of the chicks has fallen asleep or not. It can do it all, and it’s all for a good cause.The robot is helping researchers figure out the intricacies of how species interact, and how specifically these baby chicks act around their mother hen, but it could lead to other more important breakthroughs in the future. Right now though, it certainly makes for a strangely cute viewing experience, if nothing else. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Series of Exoplanets Could Harbor Extraterrestrial Life

first_imgStay on target Scientists Discover Possible Interstellar VisitorWater Vapor Detected on Potentially ‘Habitable’ Planet Not satisfied with life on Earth, scientists have been scouring the Universe for signs of extraterrestrial existence.And a team of researchers may have found it—among a crowd of exoplanets with the same chemical conditions that likely led to our presence on this world.This discovery comes from the University of Cambridge and the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology (MRC LMB).According to their study, published in the journal Science Advances, the chances of life developing on the Earth-like planet are based on the type and strength of light emitted by its host star.A sufficient amount of ultraviolet (UV) rays could stimulate growth—the way it probably did on Earth, where UV powers chemical reactions that produce elements fundamental to our survival.Luckily for the range of identified planets, the UV light from their host star is enough to allow these reactions. Better yet, analysts have high hopes for the existence of liquid water on their surfaces, which is ideal for human-esque creatures to thrive.“This work allows us to narrow down the best places to search for life,” study co-author Paul Rimmer, a postdoctoral researcher at Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory and the MRC LMB, said in a statement. “It brings us just a little bit closer to addressing the question of whether we are alone in the universe.”The paper builds on previous studies by John Sutherland, a professor at the MRC LMB, who previously proposed that deadly poison cyanide is actually a key ingredient to creating life.His 2015 hypothesis told the story of meteoric carbon interacting with nitrogen in the atmosphere to form hydrogen cyanide. That prussic acid then fell to Earth, where it merged with other elements and, powered by the Sun’s UV light, generated the building blocks of RNA.When he recreated the reactions in the lab, Sutherland was able to produce prototype lipids, amino acids, and nucleotides—essential components of living cells.Inspired by these earlier experiments, Rimmer dove head-first into research, comparing the lab’s lamps with the light of distant stars. Together with Sutherland’s team, the analysts tested the growth of certain chemicals formed from hydrogen cyanide and hydrogen sulphite ions in water when exposed to UV light. The same procedure was completed in the dark.What they found is that stars around the same temperature as our Sun emit enough light for the building blocks to form on planets. Cool stars, meanwhile, are basically useless.Several known exoplanets, including Kepler 425b, live in the sweet spot, known as the abiogenesis zone, where they receive enough light and could have liquid water on their surfaces.It is, of course, entirely possible that life has already developed on other worlds, just in a different way than it did here—under sheets of ice, or between clouds of gas.“I’m not sure how contingent life is, but given that we only have one example so far, it makes sense to look for places that are most like us,” Rimmer said. “There’s an important distinction between what is necessary and what is sufficient.“The building blocks are necessary, but they may not be sufficient,” he continued. “It’s possible you could mix them for billions of years, and nothing happens. But you want to at least look at the places where the necessary things exist.”What’s better than aliens? Thirsty aliens. Check out our roundup of the horniest aliens in the galaxy. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Senate rejects immigration plan by bipartisan senators

first_imgWASHINGTON — A divided Senate rejected a bipartisan plan Thursday to help young “Dreamer” immigrants and parcel out money for the wall President Donald Trump wants with Mexico, as Republican leaders joined with the White House and scuttled what seemed the likeliest chance for sweeping immigration legislation this election year.The vote came after the White House threatened to veto the measure and underscored that the issue, a hot button for both parties, remained as intractable as it’s been for years. Even the focus on Dreamers, who polls show win wide public support, was not enough to overcome opposition by hard-line conservatives and liberal Democratic presidential hopefuls — neither of whom want to alienate their parties’ base voters.The vote was 54-45 in favor, but that was short of the 60 that were needed for approval. Eight Republicans bucked their party and supported the measure while three Democrats abandoned their own leaders and opposed it.The chamber planned to vote next on a wide-ranging plan by Trump that would also restrict legal immigration. It faced strong Democratic opposition and had virtually no chance for passage.Earlier Thursday, the White House used a written statement to label the proposal “dangerous policy that will harm the nation.” It singled out a provision that directs the government to prioritize enforcement efforts against immigrants who arrive illegally beginning in July.last_img read more

Attorney admits he lied to Mueller’s federal agents

first_imgWASHINGTON — An attorney linked to a former Trump campaign official admitted Tuesday he lied to federal investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller.Alex van der Zwaan, who worked at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom until he was fired last year, appeared at the federal courthouse in Washington where he formally pleaded guilty to a single charge of making false statements.The charge does not involve election meddling or relate to the Trump campaign’s operations. It stems from a part of the special counsel’s investigation into Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chair, and Rick Gates, a former campaign aide and longtime business associate of Manafort.Manafort and Gates are accused of directing a covert Washington lobbying campaign on behalf of pro-Russian Ukrainian interests. The lobbying effort was part of political consulting work that Manafort and Gates carried out before they joined the Trump campaign.Gates and Manafort were indicted last year and accused of conspiring to launder millions of dollars they earned from political consulting work in Ukraine. Both have pleaded not guilty.Van der Zwaan is accused of lying to investigators about his interactions with Gates during an interview with the FBI late last year, according to court papers.last_img read more

15 stolen vehicles recovered 2 held

first_imgNacharam: The Nacharam Police on Tuesday arrested a juvenile and one receiver in vehicle theft cases at Nacharam Cross Roads and recovered 15 vehicles all worth Rs 13.28 lakh from the possession of the accused. According to police, the juvenile and the other accused V Raju had committed 15 offences in the limits of Nacharam, Uppal, Chaitanyapuri and LB Nagar police station limits.last_img

Facebook data leak Should you delete your account now

first_imgA 3D plastic representation of the Facebook logo is seen in this photo illustration May 13, 2015.ReutersFacebook’s deepening crisis over the data leak of 50 million people to British political-advertising firm Cambridge Analytica has led to a public outcry about its data policies.The hashtag #DeleteFacebook has been making the rounds on Twitter this week and when co-founder Mark Zuckerberg did come out to address the public, some 2 billion weren’t ready to forgive the social network giant.It is time. #deletefacebook— Brian Acton (@brianacton) March 20, 20181. Remove Facebook bookmark from your web browserIf you visit your Facebook page every 20 minutes, its time you get rid of the app from your web browser. The lesser you involve with Facebook, the better.2. Deactivate your Facebook accountIf you’re not able to control your constant urge to check Facebook, simply deactivate your account.Facebook will still have your data, of course, but you’ll get a chance to take a breather and depend less on the digital platform when you’re ready to jump back in.3. Stop signing in with FacebookDo not use your Facebook credentials to log into various sites and services. By doing this, you give other companies access to your Facebook data, which can be used for various illicit activities.Use a handy password manager to create and keep track of your logins and passwords instead. And if an app demands you sign into Facebook to use it, find an alternative.4. Delete your accountDeleting your account is also an option, if you want to completely distance yourself from the social media world.When you’re absolutely sure about closing your account, let Facebook know, and be prepared to stay away from your account. Change your mind, and you’ll have to start the countdown all over again.”It may take up to 90 days from the beginning of the deletion process to delete all of the things you’ve posted, like your photos, status updates or other data stored in backup systems. While we are deleting this information, it is inaccessible to other people using Facebook,” the company says in its Help Center page.last_img read more

Cowboys QB Tony Romo Retiring Replacing Phil Simms at CBS

first_img– / 4Tony Romo couldn’t bring himself to use the word “retired” and didn’t have an answer for whether he would have decided to replace another former quarterback in Phil Simms as lead analyst for CBS if he hadn’t lost his starting job in Dallas.This much Romo did know: Teams were interested in him continuing his chase for an elusive Super Bowl, and he couldn’t pass up a chance to go straight from the field to a No. 1 booth with Emmy Award-winning play-by-play man Jim Nantz.“It reminds me of my rookie year where you really don’t know anything,” Romo said. “You’re walking into a brand new situation and you can kinda play the game. I can kinda talk. But this is a completely different world. I like that challenge.”Romo’s release by the Cowboys and his deal with CBS were announced simultaneously Tuesday — roughly four weeks later than Dallas owner Jerry Jones told the franchise passing leader he would turn him loose to pursue other teams.The delay gave Romo time to consider his future after two injury-filled seasons, which cost him the job he had for 10 years when rookie Dak Prescott directed a club-record 11-game winning streak after Romo’s preseason back injury. It was his fourth back injury since 2013.Now the married father of two young boys with a third child on the way has chosen the path taken by two former Dallas quarterbacks — Don Meredith of “Monday Night Football” fame and three-time Super Bowl winner and Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, the lead analyst for Fox since 2002.“It wasn’t a simple decision,” said Romo, who will work Thursday night and Sunday games . “It got easier when I started to really get excited about working with CBS. That part of it got the juices flowing and started to get you excited to be a part of a team and go attack a craft.”As for that retirement thing, Romo left little doubt that his playing days were likely over while also saying there was “absolutely interest” from other teams.Romo said his personal list was topped by Houston, which has unproven Tom Savage as the starter after dumping high-priced Brock Osweiler in a trade following one less-than-impressive season.“I could play tomorrow. I’m making this decision with the choice to be able to play as well,” said Romo, who turns 37 this month.“Do I envision coming back and playing football? Absolutely not. I’m committed to CBS for good. Do I think I’m going to get some calls? I’m sure I will.”The four-time Pro Bowler who rose to stardom after going undrafted in 2003 out of lower-division Eastern Illinois is the franchise leader with 34,183 yards passing and 248 touchdowns. He’s fourth all-time in passer rating (97.1).But Romo never parlayed his regular-season success into deep playoff runs the way Roger Staubach and Aikman did before him, going 78-49 as the starter but 2-4 in the postseason, with no road victories and no trips to the NFC championship game.Romo said his release was a financial consideration — he would have had to repay a portion of his signing bonus upon retirement — and he praised Jones despite the sudden change of plans when free agency opened early last month.“As an organization, we did what he asked us to do in terms of his release, and we wanted to do what was ultimately in his best interest and in the best interest of his family,” Jones said. “He is a young man who is just getting started on a long journey in life. All the best, my friend.”CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said the network planned to keep Simms and was working on finding another role for their lead analyst the past 19 seasons.McManus said he first thought Romo had promise in that role after Romo gave him a breakdown of the New England-Seattle matchup during a Super Bowl party before the Patriots beat the Seahawks two years ago. He called Romo’s sudden ascension a “very manageable risk.”“Will he be better Week 6 than he is Week 1? Yes he will be,” McManus said. “Will he better in Year 2 than he is in Year 1? Yes. But if we didn’t have the faith in Tony, we didn’t have the faith in the fact that he can be an outstanding analyst, we wouldn’t be taking this risk.”Ultimately, Romo said he didn’t trust himself to meet with teams that might view him as the missing piece for a Super Bowl title.“I’ve known my nature and I’ve known my competitive side,” said Romo, whose departure has been expected since a November speech conceding the Dallas job to Prescott. “And if I get in front of some of these teams, I’m going to be enticed to really want to go to play.”Romo, who was signed through 2019, had a $14 million base salary and a $24.7 million salary cap hit for the Cowboys this season. The release will reduce Dallas’ cap hit to about $19 million, split roughly in half over two seasons.His final play was a 3-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Williams in a meaningless regular-season finale at Philadelphia last season. His last snap in a home regular-season game was the last of three broken collarbones sustained in his career, on Thanksgiving in 2015 against Carolina.Along with family, health and the chance to star at CBS right away, Romo acknowledged that finishing his career with another team weighed on him.“I’m a Dallas Cowboy. I understand that,” Romo said. “I really like to think that some guys have done it exactly right. Others probably wish they could do things a little bit different. There’s a handful of guys that just get lucky and everything works out perfectly.”For Romo, the first Super Bowl figures to be in the booth when it’s CBS’ turn again in 2019. Sharelast_img read more

Grandparents favor genetically close grandchildren

first_imgThis image shows the coding region in a segment of eukaryotic DNA. Courtesy: National Human Genome Research Institute More information: William R. Rice et al., The evolution of sex-specific grandparental harm, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Published online before print April 28, 2010, doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.0409 © 2010 ( — New research suggests that grandparents naturally and subconsciously favor the grandchildren who are most closely related to them genetically. The phenomenon is called “sexually antagonistic grandparental care,” and it has been known for some time that a grandmother will naturally prefer her son’s daughters (with whom she shares 31 percent of her genes) to her son’s sons (with whom she shares only 23 percent, suggesting she will most nurture the grandchild who inherits more of her genes. Explore further Citation: Grandparents favor genetically close grandchildren (2010, April 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Dr Urban Friberg of the University of California, Santa Barbara and colleagues used mathematical methods to test the supposition that grandparents “differentially” care for grandchildren according to their lineage and gender. A father has an XY chromosome pair, with the X derived from his mother and the Y derived from his father. He passes copies of the X to his daughters and Y to his sons. This has evolutionary consequences, according to Friberg’s team, because of the innate drive to ensure the survival of our genes in future generations. The team developed a new paradigm they called the “no-cost-to-self nepotism” rule to generate predictions about the behaviors of grandparents.The major prediction the group found was that grandmothers (and to a lesser degree, grandfathers) will evolve grandson-harming phenotypes that effectively reduce the competition between siblings, and favor their more closely related granddaughters, especially daughters of their sons (who have definitely inherited the grandmother’s X chromosome).Women always know their children are their own, while fathers always have some uncertainty because of the possibility they were cuckolded. This means maternal grandmothers know for certain their grandchildren are recipients of copies of their genes, while paternal grandfathers are doubly uncertain about the genetic inheritance of their grandchildren. The results of the current research supports the findings of previous studies that showed a baby girl’s chances of survival are increased if a paternal grandmother cares for her, while a boy’s chances are diminished. If a maternal grandmother is involved, the boys have improved chances of survival.The results of the study are published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Family ties that bind: Maternal grandparents are more involved in the lives of their grandchildren This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Man airlifted to hospital after accident on Staffordshire road saw car overturn

first_imgDad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Punter found hiding in bushes Police search for missing woman Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailTwo people have been taken to hospital after a car overturned in an accident on a Staffordshire road this afternoon (Tuesday April 2). The B5030 was closed in both directions and there is very slow traffic due to an overturned vehicle between Old Uttoxeter Road and Hook Lane in Crakemarsh, near Uttoxeter.  Police, paramedics and firefighters are on scene of the crash, which involved two vehicles, and the collision is affecting traffic between Spath and Rocester according to traffic data company Inrix. One man was airlifted to hospital while a woman, who was in the same vehicle, was taken by land ambulance after both were freed by the fire service. Read MorePub to be demolished to make way for new homes   A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said emergency services were called at around 2.25pm today. She added:  “Crews arrived to find a car which had overturned, with two occupants inside, following a collision with a second vehicle. Ambulance staff worked as a team to administer advanced trauma care to the man and woman, whilst working closely with fire service colleagues to extricate them from the vehicle. “The man was airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital whilst the woman was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to the same hospital for further emergency treatment.” Want to tell us about something going on where you live?  Let us know – Tweet us    @SOTLive    or message us on    our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive. Driver named following fatal collision Location of the collision (Image: Inrix) Police confirmed the road had reopened by around 6.15pm. A spokesman  said:  “Road now reopened. Thank you for your patience whilst officers conducted enquiries at the scene.” A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said:  “Uttoxeter and Longton crews are at an incident involving an overturned vehicle in Crakemarsh. “Two casualties were trapped and the firefighters have quickly released one woman and are now working to free a male casualty. Ambulance are also in attendance.” A short time later they added:  “Both casualties have now been released from the vehicles and are in the care of the paramedics. Crews are now ensuring the area is safe and will be leaving the scene shortly.” In a separate incident this afternoon, a motorcyclist has been taken to hospital after a collision on the A521 near Forsbrook. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLivelast_img read more

We have delivered IMF director says

first_imgNo related posts. WASHINGTON, D.C. — In two years as managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde has steered the agency beyond the arrest of her predecessor and helped engineer its largest and perhaps most controversial program — the rescue of the euro zone. Criticism has been intense, with the IMF blamed — and accepting partial responsibility — for pushing the region into recession with its recommended austerity measures and for not being forceful enough in securing early debt relief for Greece.Lagarde has been stymied on other fronts: Plans to hand over more power at the IMF to developing countries is stuck, pending U.S. approval. But the euro crisis has eased and the global economy growing. The big issue now is how the world will transition to an era when central banks start reducing their crisis-driven support programs.The former French finance minister chatted recently in her office about the outlook for central bank withdrawal, lessons learned from Greece and other topics. Excerpts follow:To what degree are you disappointed in U.S. leadership on the governance issue and the fact that this is still lingering?The organization functions. We have been able to significantly increase our resources and our capacity to engage, moving from a little over $300 billion to over a trillion dollars — notwithstanding the fact that the U.S. did not contribute or support that move. We have been able to respond to the demands of the membership. Whenever support was expected, we have delivered. And it is really only on the governance reform . . . that we have been stuck. If anything, it has undermined the position of the one member whose ratification would trigger the governance reform implementation and the quota increase. I think everybody would like to complete the process. Let’s face it. It has been around a long time.You came in from the French Finance Ministry with a certain perspective on what needed to happen in Europe. Looking back on the European program and criticisms of that and earlier, parallel criticisms of the IMF through the Latin and Asian crises, do you see any clear reform needed in the way these issues are handled?It is the fate of this organization to be criticized and to be seen as a negative force at the time it prescribes … reforms, fiscal consolidations, in consideration for loans. That is what happened in Latin America, in Asia and in Europe. We intervene at a time when no other tools, no other methods, no other political coalition has been able to restore the situation. We come in as the firefighter. We come in as the doctors, if you will. And the prescription we give is resented. That is very much part of our fate.I have been unbelievably encouraged in my traveling in Asia but also in Latin America at the reaction of some political leaders who have said, ‘Thank goodness the IMF was there to help us rebuild, recapitalize our banking system, consolidate fiscally, reorganize our economy.’ I think that if there is one institution that needs to be judged ex post — and sufficiently ex post that countries have been able to judge the results — it is the IMF.But there has been research by staff at the IMF — on issues like austerity and debt relief — that seems to suggest that future programs may look different. Has groundwork been laid for a different approach? That you are more likely to call for upfront debt restructuring? Or less likely to press austerity?I don’t think we are there yet. It is a matter that is under review. The staff is working on several papers . . . and we will reach conclusions at the end of that process. The debt situation in many countries around the world requires an intellectually honest approach. And we are doing that.And this process could get at the protocols that the fund carries into its crisis analysis?If there is one thing that certainly I have learned, it is that it is country-specific every time. Greece is different from what we had in Ireland and from Portugal and from Spain and Italy. So to just indicate that it will have to be reviewed differently — you know, Japan and Greece are a hundred percent apart [in their debt to gross domestic product], and yet one has access to markets and one doesn’t.Let’s phrase it this way: From your time in the corporate world, there are sensitivities to which mistakes you are more willing to make than others.I would rather not make any.But to the degree you have to do your risk analysis, is the fund now in a situation where it would rather take the moral hazard risks that were present in Europe — whether lending to countries would encourage them to keep overspending — than take on the risks of too harsh austerity, or that it is more willing to say upfront that a country is insolvent and needs debt relief?It is a question of spillover effects or systemic consequences. I don’t have any regret about the way we addressed the European crisis, simply because [the euro zone] was built and engineered in such a way that it could not have resisted the systemic consequences that would have resulted from another approach. And I am pleased to see that, maybe a little bit because of what we said and did, a firewall has finally been built. . . .And there is recognition that if that firewall is not big enough, it should be increased. If we had prescribed anything different at the time, I think we could have had serious problems.People have commented that since the European Central Bank announced programs that seem to keep the euro zone intact, other reforms seem to have slowed down. What’s your diagnosis of this? Is it the politics of the moment? Or is there a more fundamental schism involved — north-south, Hollande-Merkel, however you want to characterize the poles — that probably means slow progress?The crisis has reinforced their common determination to hang in there together. Only a year ago, there was a sense that the euro zone would break up into pieces, that there would at best be northern euro zone, southern euro zone. There was a sense that Greece might be out of the game, and why not others? That has completely changed. . . . They have built a lot. They have done lots of things that would have been considered impossible three years ago. But they still have a lot of work to do.But are you worried that they are stuck? No one is saying we should not have a euro. But neither are many saying they are all in with Brussels, let’s finish the process. There seems to be a middle ground that is not the efficient monetary union we’ve been discussing for three years.At least we have a European Central Bank, which has done an awful lot to keep the thing together. It created space for [European leaders] to strengthen the architecture of the euro zone.Aren’t you worried that this process is losing momentum?Every time the crisis moves away, every time the urgency abates, the energy and the drive to reform and to rebuild wanes a little bit. That is the history of the European construction.That being said, all of these reforms — you can have acute crisis and you can have chronic ones, and it seems that they have traded acute crisis for chronic ones of low growth and less job opportunity.Which I don’t think is bearable for the long term. Which is why also it is comforting to see that Germany, for instance, is looking at stimulating its economy, not increasing taxes going forward, and participating in the growth and jobs debate in a proactive fashion.What about the other contenders here — France, Italy, Spain? What is holding them up from finishing the reforms that are needed?I think confidence is a big factor. I am not going to comment on France, but if you look at some of the other countries, they have done an awful lot to do fiscal consolidation. Italy was in primary surplus, and both of them have restructured their labor markets despite entrenched interests and sort of strong cultural trends. Yet reforms have begun. They have both restructured and strengthened the financial market.Since you did the last report on the U.S., it seems like Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke declared the end of the era. What dynamic is this unleashing? What concerns do you harbor about this unwinding that is going to occur over the next years? Is there high-frequency data you have started to monitor?We have teams whose job it is to look at high-frequency indices. I don’t want to be riveted to what happens on a daily basis. They alert me if things are heading in the wrong direction.What we see is that in quite a few of these emerging-market economies, measures have been taken, the market has deepened, issuance of bonds has varied, including in local currencies. And I think that some of them — not all of them — have strengthened their fundamentals to such an extent that I don’t think they would be the victims of reasonable, well-programmed, well-communicated unwinding of the super accommodative monetary policy of the central banks.Number two, we have significantly reviewed, explored, debated and finally revised our position on capital flows and the management of capital flows. And we certainly think that countries which, once they have exhausted the various macroprudential policies, that they can resort to some capital flow management. We still think that the unwinding has to take place in an articulated way, with proper transitioning, not abruptly. And when I say well articulated — taking into account the potential spillover effects to other markets, not just the domestic consequences.People have said these years of accommodation have left the world economy …Addicted.Withdrawal is always painful.If it is gradual, if it is properly announced and at the same time other policymakers make the right decisions on fiscal, growth and structural measures — that they take the baton from the central bankers — it should work.© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Survey Home Buyers Overall Pleased with Purchase Experience

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Survey: Home Buyers Overall Pleased with Purchase Experience Share Almost two-thirds of homeowners who purchased homes in the past 10 years consider their home-buying experience “”excellent”” or “”very good,”” according to “”survey results””: released Tuesday by “”TD Bank,””: based in Portland, Maine. [IMAGE]However, among the positives, TD Bank did find some room for improvement in certain areas. About 55 percent of survey respondents rated their ability to find a good real estate agent and their experience with the inspection and appraisal process as “”excellent”” or “”very good.”” Finding the right lender seemed to be a little more difficult than finding the right real estate agent. About 53 percent of respondents rated their ability to find the right lender as “”excellent”” or “”very good.”” The same percentage ranked the length of the home-buying process in one of these two top categories. [COLUMN_BREAK]Banks fared relatively well in the survey with 66 percent of respondents saying their experience with their bank was either “”excellent”” or “”very good.”” When choosing a bank, respondents generally considered two banks or lenders before selecting one. About 47 percent chose a bank where they had no existing accounts at the time, while about 34 percent worked with their primary bank. Among those who rated their overall home buying experience as positive, 83 percent reported having “”very good”” interaction with their lender, which according to TD Bank reveals “”how critical banks and lenders are to customer attitudes toward creating a positive home buying experience.”” More than half but less than two-thirds of survey respondents said they were kept informed throughout the application process, said their lender “”showed adequate responsiveness,”” and considered their lender accessible. Twenty-four percent considered the home buying process “”very stressful”” or “”extremely stressful,”” and another 45 percent considered the process “”somewhat stressful.”” TD Bank also found a majority of home buyers applied for their mortgages in person–about 65 percent–while the remainder applied online. “”Our Mortgage Servicing Index research showed that in today’s low-interest environment, where most lenders can offer historically low rates, home buyers should be particularly focused on finding a home financing partner who is accessible, responsive and transparent throughout the home buying process,”” said Michael Copley, EVP of retail lending at TD Bank.center_img Agents & Brokers Appraisals Attorneys & Title Companies Customer Satisfaction Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Processing Service Providers 2013-04-03 Krista Franks Brock April 3, 2013 442 Views last_img read more

FDA inspects Del Monte facility after vegetable tr

first_img FDA inspects Del Monte facility after vegetable tr … Costa Rica: Protests block shipping port, lead to … Garcia explained that pear lines have in the past been converted from apple lines, and said that in 2010 that the company initiated a project to find and install machinery made just for pears. Diamond Fruit Growers chairman Scott Halliday (left), Diamond President David Garcia and Unitec CEO Angelo Benedetti cut the ribbon at the packing facility in Hood River, OR.“We wanted to be here another 100 years,” Garcia said of the century-old operation. “And [in the search for a specific line] we quickly discovered there was not a lot of new technology in pears.”A research team traveled to Europe and found an apple line that had been adapted for pears in the Netherlands using optic sorting.Garcia said the team then went to Unitec, which said that while there was no such line in operation, there were ideas for one. Within about a year Unitec had preliminary plans for a start-to-finish pear line.The full design took a couple of years, and a prototype was used by Diamond for the 2017 season. This year the fully operational line is running and it kicked off the pear season the week of July 16.“This gives us a method to keep product consistent and providing the consumer with a better product,” Reasor said.Marboe added: “We are excited to have this new line for our customers, growers and the industry. The technology behind it with the optical sorting, sizing and other capabilities is going to help keep the pear category growing in the right direction now and the future.” You might also be interested in U.S.: Listeria concerns prompt pre-emptive Henry A … center_img Diamond Fruit Growers’ new 18-lane sizer will run 100 bins per hour, replacing two presizing machinesU.S.-based fruit company Diamond Fruit Growers has invested in what it says is the world’s first pear line, which addresses the fruit’s specific characteristics.In what he called “investing for the success of the future”, Diamond Fruit Growers Chairman Scott Halliday unveiled the Unitec line on July 16 at a ceremony in Hood River, Oregon.Also present at the ceremony were Unitec CEO Angelo Benedetti along with Diamond president David Garcia and Brett Reasor and Scott Marboe of Starr Ranch Growers, which formed an exclusive sales partnership with Diamond Fruit Growers in 2008 to create the Diamond Starr Growers brand. Halliday said Unitec had designed  “the biggest, baddest pear line in the world.”The new 18-lane sizer will run 100 bins per hour, replacing two presizing machines. Garcia said that 12-15 employees can run the machine each shift, compared to 75 employees per shift with the previous line.Shrink is expected to be reduced by half with the gentler handling.“This is the first pear line in the world to flip pears over from one side to the other,” Garcia said. “All other lines roll them through like an apple.” Shipping companies drop British flag to avoid Brex … July 23 , 2018 last_img read more

Jeff will be part of both the Road Scholars prog

first_imgJeff will be part of both the “Road Scholars” program, which connects experts to an inquiring public in communities throughout Arizona, and the “Speakers in the Schools” program that provides lecturers for free to K-12 curricula throughout the state. January 24, 2014Cosanti Foundation president Jeff Stein has been named to the Arizona Humanities Speaker’s Bureau.Arizona Humanities is an arm of the National Endowment for the Humanities that supports scholars and discussions of cultures, peoples and histories of the state, and now, discussions of Arcosanti and Arcology.last_img read more