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Ikea set to open only East Coast store touting it as CanadasIkea set to open only East Coast store touting it as Canadas

first_imgHALIFAX – Ikea is set to officially open its only store in Atlantic Canada on Wednesday as thousands from across the region are expected to descend upon the popular Swedish furniture chain’s new Halifax-area location.The store in the Dartmouth Crossing retail district — the size of four football fields, including its parking lot — features a bright, streamlined showroom with rooms that were furnished based on the needs of Maritimers.Ikea Canada president Marsha Smith said the company visited more than 70 local residences to determine what people in the Halifax area needed in their homes, such as waste storage solutions.“We have a lot of local architectural features such as fireplaces. The size of the windows are locally relevant. There are a lot of areas where you will see familiarity with what you see locally,” said Smith during an exclusive tour of the new store with The Canadian Press on Monday ahead of an evening media event.“We take a lot of time to do home visits and studies in the local area so that when you walk into the store, you should really see yourself.”Overlooking the store’s restaurant and seating area is a “living wall” — a floor-to-ceiling surface filled with green and yellow plants meant to help purify the air. Ikea Halifax also has a children’s play area and a massive warehouse stacked high with brown boxes containing the company’s trademark unassembled furniture.Social media has been abuzz since Ikea announced about two years ago it was opening a store in the region. It previously had a smaller location in the Halifax area, but it closed nearly three decades ago.“We really have seen a huge enthusiasm from the community and from the coworkers,” said Smith while sitting on a cream-coloured couch in a model living room at the entrance of the store’s showroom.Smith said the Halifax store is Ikea’s most sustainable in the country and also the first store to be LEED-certified.“That’s something that’s incredibly important to us,” said Smith, adding there are charging stations for electric vehicles in the parking lot and also a free light bulb and battery take-back service.“We have solar panels on the roof which help to generate electricity, which we then use in the building. We also have a solar wall on the side of the building and the way that works is that as air passes through, it actually heats the air and which reduces the heating we need to tap into.”The store employs about 250 people.The arrival of Ikea recently stirred up some local online controversy from people who took issue with the store being called Ikea Halifax. The building is in Dartmouth, which was once a separate city.Smith says the Halifax name was chosen because the company wanted to reach as many people as possible, from the Halifax area and beyond. The company compared this approach to other stores such as Ikea Montreal, located in the Saint-Laurent area of that city.The grand opening is on Wednesday.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

Jamie Olivers UK restaurant chain collapses into insolvencyJamie Olivers UK restaurant chain collapses into insolvency

LONDON — Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s British restaurant chain has become insolvent, putting 1,300 jobs at risk.The firm said Tuesday that it had gone into administration, a form of bankruptcy protection, and appointed KPMG to oversee the process.The company operates 23 Jamie’s Italian restaurants in the U.K.Oliver, known around the world for his cookbooks and television shows, said he was “deeply saddened by this outcome and would like to thank all of the staff and our suppliers who have put their hearts and souls into this business for over a decade.”He said “I appreciate how difficult this is for everyone affected.”The Associated Press

Flaherty extends tax break for manufacturers in bid to help Canada competeFlaherty extends tax break for manufacturers in bid to help Canada compete

BRAMPTON, Ont. — Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has announced a two-year extension to a program that allows manufacturers to write off eligible investments in new machinery faster.Details of the plan to extend the program to 2015 were announced at an auto parts plant in Brampton, Ont.Flaherty said that about 25,000 businesses in Canada have used the accelerated capital cost allowance program to buy new machinery.Flaherty says the measure, which involves a straight line 50% depreciation rate instead of a declining one, helps make Canada more competitive globally.The head of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters association says the tax provision gives companies the capital they need to invest in improvements.

SriLankan Airlines to suspend flights to Hong Kong from OctoberSriLankan Airlines to suspend flights to Hong Kong from October

The airline said it will continue to evaluate future opportunities in the Hong Kong region, as it does with all its markets. SriLankan also said that in keeping with its strategy of optimizing and rationalizing market opportunities throughout its route network, SriLankan Airlines will be introducing a range of significant changes to its winter schedule.Accordingly, the National Carrier will be deploying state-of-the-art A330-300 aircraft on its daily Melbourne operations from October 28, 2018. The Airline is pleased to offer its passengers an unmatchable travel experience, with its elegant cabin ambience completed with mood lighting and entertainment featuring over 100 movies, live news and weather updates. With Wi-Fi connectivity available on-board, passengers also have the luxury of staying connected; making calls or sending mails and browsing. Arrangements are being made to route passengers who have already purchased tickets to and from Hong Kong, on other airlines. The Airline is also expanding its capacity on the Colombo-Singapore-Colombo route from October 29, 2018 with the introduction of wide bodied Airbus A330 aircraft that are equipped to provide modern inflight comforts with the latest inflight entertainment systems, luxurious seating and on-board cuisine that is among the finest in the sky. The Airlines’ weekly frequencies will be increased to 21 flights per week from the current schedule of 17 flights per week. Out of this, 7 flights will be operated by A 330-300 aircraft, while the remaining 14 frequencies will be operated by A 320/ A 321 Neo`s. This capacity enhancement is aimed to offer over 2400 additional seats per week, thus enabling the Airline to serve more passengers.SriLankan operates a route network of 114 cities in 48 countries from its hub in Colombo, with a fleet of modern aircraft with the latest comforts such as flatbeds in Business Class and sophisticated in-flight entertainment, to complement its world class service. As a member of the prestigious oneworld global airline alliance, SriLankan also connects its passengers to over 1,000 cities in 160 countries around the globe through its oneworld partner airlines. (Colombo Gazette) SriLankan Airlines has decided to suspend flights to Hong Kong from October, the airline said today.The National airline said that after having re-evaluated its presence in the Far East, the Airline is suspending operations to Hong Kong with effect from October 27, 2018. This decision has been taken following careful assessment of commercial results over a significant period of time.

Young people meet in Brazil to discuss UN development goalsYoung people meet in Brazil to discuss UN development goals

“The Latin American and Caribbean Youth Leadership Summit will help bring young people into the global network of committed and talented young professionals that we are establishing through a series of summits,” said Dr. Djibril Diallo, Chair of the UN youth leadership series and Director of the UN New York Office of Sport for Development and Peace.”Our goal is to provide the opportunities and the platform so they can become strong forces for change in the effort to meet the Millennium Development Goals.”The MDGs, agreed by Heads of State at the UN in 2000, call for the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, primary education for all children, gender equality and empowerment of women, reduced child mortality, improved maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases, environmental sustainability and forging a global partnership for development.Some 1,000 youngsters are expected to take part in the opening ceremony in Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais province, when Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will call on them to become partners with their governments in helping to solve the region’s problems.The participants, outstanding young people chosen by UN agencies for their achievements, leadership potential and commitment to social change, will use the appeal of sports as a tool for mobilizing support for the MDGs during the International Year of Sport and Physical Education 2005 (IYSPE 2005), Dr. Diallo said.UN experts on the MDGs will facilitate the discussions and provide guidance, he said.The summit is the third in the youth leadership series. African youth met last June in Dakar, Senegal, and Asians met last September in Hiroshima, Japan. read more

Anna H Lathrop appointed to new ViceProvost roleAnna H Lathrop appointed to new ViceProvost role

Anna Lathrop has been appointed as the inaugural Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning.Brock University’s Provost and Vice-President, Academic, Murray Knuttila is pleased to announce that award-winning professor and widely respected academic Dr. Anna Lathrop has been appointed as the inaugural Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning.A Brock graduate herself, Lathrop has been teaching at the University since 1989 and during her career has served in numerous senior capacities, including department chair, Interim Dean, and, since 2005, as Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.The appointment took effect Aug. 1, 2012. In her new role, Lathrop will have responsibility for co-ordinating initiatives designed to further enhance the University’s teaching and learning culture through a full range of traditional, experiential and innovative pedagogies. The position reports to the Provost and Vice-President, Academic, and will also sit on the University’s Senior Administrative Council.Knuttila called the announcement “a very significant step in the University’s trajectory to reinforce itself as a centre of educational excellence.”“Brock has a long and proud tradition of excellence in teaching and learning,” Knuttila said.“Creating this senior position is a demonstration of the University’s commitment to continuously advancing our innovative pedagogy. We are extremely fortunate that the role is being taken on by someone of Anna’s credentials, vision and leadership.”Lathrop said she is looking forward to this new challenge.“I am both delighted and honoured to have been selected for this position and I look forward to working with all sectors of the University as we build on our historic strengths and meet the challenges of the future,” she said.“I welcome the opportunity to collectively craft a comprehensive teaching and learning plan that will further support and uniquely distinguish Brock University’s teaching and learning culture.”Earlier this year, Lathrop (BPhed, Brock, ’78; M.A., UWO, ’89; Ed.D, U of T, ’97) was honoured with a 2012 Chancellor’s Chair for Teaching Excellence Award.This was the latest distinction in a career that has also included a national 3M Teaching Fellowship of Canada Award (2001), Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Teaching Award (2007), Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations Outstanding Contribution to University Teaching (2000), the Brock University Distinguished Teaching Award (2000), and the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award (2008). read more

Football Ohio State lands 2018 fourstar Toledo linebacker Dallas GantFootball Ohio State lands 2018 fourstar Toledo linebacker Dallas Gant

Ohio State reeled in its 10th member of its 2018 football recruiting class when four-star linebacker Dallas Gant announced his commitment to the Buckeyes Tuesday afternoon at St. John’s Jesuit High School in Toledo, Ohio.Gant is the 126th-best prospect in the country, according to 247Sports. He is rated as the fourth-best player in the state of Ohio and the fifth-best at his position in the country. Gant is the second-lowest ranked prospect of OSU’s ten commits, according to the recruiting service.The Toledo native is the first of his position in his class to commit to OSU. He is the second in-state prospect to commit to the Buckeyes, following running back Jaelen Gill, a Westerville, Ohio native.OSU’s 2018 class is led by two five-star prospects, quarterback Emory Jones and defensive tackle Taron Vincent. Cmmitted— Dallas Gant (@dallas_gant) May 16, 2017 read more

Michael Bennett Other NFL Players Ask Roger Goodell forMichael Bennett Other NFL Players Ask Roger Goodell for

Justin Britt stands beside Michael Bennett during the national anthem during a preseason game. (Source: Seattle Times)A group of current and former NFL players have asked Commissioner Roger Goodell for the league’s support for their campaign for racial equality and criminal justice reform.Yahoo Sports is reporting the players sent a 10-page memo to Goodell and NFL executive Troy Vincent in August asking for money, political involvement and other commitments from the league. It also asked the NFL to recognize the month of November as activism awareness month.The website reports Wednesday night that Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and receiver Torrey Smith, and former NFL receiver Anquan Boldin co-authored the letter.The NFL declined to comment when asked about the memo by Yahoo Sports. The players behind the letter didn’t return requests for comment or declined to speak about it, according to the website. read more

Tory MP accuses Tesco of cynical packaging after label hides gap inTory MP accuses Tesco of cynical packaging after label hides gap in

first_imgA Conservative MP has accused Tesco of “cynical” packaging after buying a product where the label covered a gap between two pieces of meat. James Cleverly, MP for Braintree, posted a picture of his beef short rib purchase from the supermarket chain on Twitter.The packet contained two pieces of meat, with a label across the middle of the box.An image posted by the politician showed that when the label was removed, beneath it the packaging was empty – meaning the item contained less meat than a customer might initially expect. what the packet looked like with the label removed The MP tweeted an image to show what the packet looked like with the label removedCredit:@JamesCleverly/Twitter Hey @Tesco I think this packaging is a bit cynical. If there is a good reason for that big gap I’m happy to hear it.— James Cleverly (@JamesCleverly) March 11, 2018 Addressing his message to Tesco, Mr Cleverley said: “I think this packaging is a bit cynical. If there is a good reason for that big gap I’m happy to hear it.”Some of his followers replied telling him to visit a local butcher instead.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A spokesman for Tesco told the Telegraph: “Our customer services team is looking into this. The price and weight of a product are always clearly labelled on the packaging.”Other food shops have also come in for criticism over their packaging. Marks and Spencer withdrew a “cauliflower steak” from sale after backlash over excessive plastic packaging.Supermarkets have been urged to create plastic-free aisles to stop waste polluting the world’s oceans. last_img read more

Romania and Sweden book places at Womens WCh 2017Romania and Sweden book places at Womens WCh 2017

← Previous Story TEARS AND HUGS BY VRANJES & EGGERT: Don’t cry for us Flensburg Next Story → Decisive battles on the road to Croatia 2018 Romania and Sweden are the first two teams qualified for the Women’s World Championship 2017 in Germany. The Swedish girls had easy job to outplay Macedonia 46:27 (16:11), while Romania, once again, beat Austria 33:24, this time as visitors.Sweden – Macedonia 46 – 27 (26-11)Sweden: Loui Sand 9, Daniela Gustin 7, Nathalie Hagman 7, Emma Ekenman-Fernis 4, Jamina Roberts 4, Johanna Westberg 4, Jenny Alm 3, Ulrika Toft Hansen 2, Carin Strömberg 2, Olivia Mellegård 1, Anna Lagerquist 1, Isabelle Gullden 1, Hanna Blomstrand 1Macedonia: Mirjeta Bajramovska 6, Sara Ristovska 6, Ivana Gakidova 4, Dishica Ghorgiievska 4, Elena Gjeorgiievska 2, Elena Livrinikj 2, Nathasha Nolevska 1, Dajana Jovanovska 1, Jovana Sazdovska 1Austria – Romania 24:33 (13:11)Austria: Patricia Kovacs (6), Sonja Frey (5), Josefine Huber (3), Tamara Bösch (3), Martina Goricanec (2), Laura Bauer (2), Mirela Dedic (2), Kristina Logvin (1)Romania: Cristina Neagu (6), Aneta Udristioiu (5), Valentina Ardean Elisei (5), Gabriela Perianu (4), Crina Pintea (3), Andrada Tomescu (3), Alina Ilie (2), Elena Dinca (1), Dana Pricopi (1), Cristina Laslo (1), Ana Dragut (1), Madalina Zamfirescu (1)PLAY-OFF WCH 2017:Italy – Serbia 23:33 Montenegro – Belarus 33:26 Russia – Poland 31:20 Romania – Austria 34:29 – 33:24Ukraine – Spain 24:24 Hungary – Slovakia 28:19 Croatia – Slovenia 23:28 Czech Republic – Turkey 29:25 Macedonia – Sweden 20:31 – 27:46 read more

Met Police drop investigation into whether LeaveEU breached electoral lawMet Police drop investigation into whether LeaveEU breached electoral law

first_img Fri 2:33 PM Image: Shutterstock/Ink Drop By Hayley Halpin Image: Shutterstock/Ink Drop THE MET POLICE has dropped an investigation into whether the pro-Brexit campaign Leave.EU breached electoral law. On 5 August, the Met Police submitted a file to the Crown Prosecution Service for advice in relation to its Leave.EU investigation. The force has said today that it is clear some technical breaches of electoral law were committed by Leave.EU in respect of the spending return submitted for their campaign.However, it noted that there is insufficient evidence to justify any further criminal investigation. “It was right to investigate the allegation, however following detailed enquiries it became apparent that the nature of potential breaches of the regulations, the criminal standard of proof required in court and the actions taken by Leave.EU to adhere to the regulations mean that it is now appropriate to take no further action,” Commander Alex Murray of the central specialist crime unit said.Leave.EU’s “responsible person” has been told that they will face no further police action.The full details of the technical breaches are fully detailed in the Electoral Commission report into the spending return dated 28 May 2018.The Met Police noted this should be read in conjunction with the county court judgement between Leave.EU Group Ltd and the Electoral Commission of 21 March 2019. Investigations into the spending returns of Vote Leave and BeLeave remain ongoing. 6,638 Views 4 Comments center_img As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Met Police drop investigation into whether Leave.EU breached electoral law Investigations into the spending returns of Vote Leave and BeLeave remain ongoing. Friday 13 Sep 2019, 2:33 PM Share35 Tweet Email Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Battle of the CodesBattle of the Codes

first_imgI must confess – since the first day I arrived in this, otherwise very hospitable, country, I anxiously seek and applaud with overwhelming pride (as if it’s my own achievement) any initiative with reference to my homeland, my language, my culture and in general, my ‘Greekness’. And yours. Perhaps deep down I am desperately seeking valid justification of my decision to move to another homeland, and maybe I find comfort in knowing I may be in a country where many other hearts beat to the rhythm of Greece. Just like mine. I admit that – generally – events held by the Greek populace in South Australia sometimes disappoint me due to the poor attendance, while at other times pleasantly surprise me. Don’t get me wrong. We are not always at fault. It could simply be a matter of numbers. Only a few thousand Greeks live in our small state. South Australia cannot and should not be compared to the large Greek populations of Melbourne and Sydney. Despite this, last Friday 23 October, having just arrived from sun-drenched Melbourne – whose large Greek community I envy – something magical happened. And, to quote friends, acquaintances, people of my age and other invited dignitaries: “This event was by far the most successful Greek community event held in South Australia in the last decade.” The South Australian Foundation of Hellenic Studies hosted the much-anticipated event/debate, Battle of the Codes, held in one of the rooms at the new sport complex at Adelaide Oval. In a simply ‘Greek’, casual and humorous discussion, four prominent Australian Greeks, connected by their heritage, clashed in the ‘ring’ and presented the reasons why their chosen sport was superior to the others. Wearing their ‘gloves’ for the night’s event were head coach of the Socceroos Ange Postecoglou, the veteran AFL legend Anthony Koutoufides, NRL administrator Nick Pappas and finally, rugby union referee and talented garden designer Costa Georgiadis. For the record, the derby was a draw between soccer and Australian ‘footy’. Significantly more important were the humour and sharp quotes by the four speakers, making the evening a great success for the approximately 500 guests who were reminded of the importance of the Greek parea, humour and of course, entertainment. Taking on the role of MC were two significant media personalities, journalists Angela Pippos and David Penberthy. The response from the crowd, in particular from the younger set, was without precedent. Closing the night’s presentation, as was anticipated, was one of the founding members of Hellenic Studies, businessman Theo Maras, who highlighted the large attendance for the event, emphasising that we should all be proud of the Greek community in South Australia and its response. Surprising many, Mr Maras expressed his personal gratitude to the treasurer of South Australia, Tom Koutsantonis, for his ongoing support to the Greek community in recent years, despite their ideological differences, and also thanked Costa Georgiadis who has actively supported the event for the last three years. Special mention was extended to Harry Patsouris, also a member of the board of the organisation and the man behind the scenes. Harry also gave a very moving speech and wholeheartedly thanked everyone who has supported Hellenic Studies, while confirming the rendezvous for next year, which is anticipated to have a gastronomical aspect to it, according to Mr Maras. There are a number of factors that can be attributed to the event’s success, including the excellent organisation, the highly-informative video screened – a campaign for the return of the Parthenon Marbles – and (as a self-declared hopeless romantic), the accompaniment of the bouzouki sounds and Pontian dancing that flooded the room, making us long and remember the homeland. But if you were to ask me for the one reason this night was marked with so much success, I would tell you this: Because, for the first time after living in this city for so many years, I saw so many second and third generation Greeks collectively honour and support an excellent event. Because, for the first time, young people turned their gaze timidly towards our community and maybe they liked what they saw. At last, second and third generation Greeks were displaying a willingness to tightly embrace their ‘Greekness’ and disseminate that which we all are – Greeks, regardless of origin, profession, religion and social status. For all those who attended, the Battle of the Codes was not merely another event. It was a sign that the best is still come. It is only fitting to conclude with the statement by president of the executive committee of the Foundation of Hellenic Studies Greg Crafter, who said we should all be so proud to be Greek. Did I mention that he is not even Greek? Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Des scientifiques dévoilent le mystère du saut des grenouillesDes scientifiques dévoilent le mystère du saut des grenouilles

first_imgDes scientifiques dévoilent le mystère du saut des grenouillesEn filmant des grenouilles au ralenti, des scientifiques de l’Université Brown aux États-Unis, sont parvenus à mettre en évidence les mécanismes musculaires interagissant dans le saut des amphibiens.De manière générale, les cuisses d’une grenouille représentent près d’un quart de sa masse corporelle totale. Si cette proportion est relativement conséquente, elle n’est toutefois pas suffisante pour rendre compte de la hauteur record à laquelle l’amphibien réalise ses sauts.À lire aussiLes oeufs d’un “dragon” extrêmement rare découverts dans une grotte en SlovéniePour lever le voile sur le mystère de la performance spectaculaire de ces bonds, des scientifiques américains de l’Université Brown ont filmé au ralenti des grenouilles taureau en action. Les séquences expérimentales ont été réalisées à partir d’appareils photos, capables de capturer 500 images par seconde dans des longueurs d’onde visibles et dans les rayons X. Grâce à ce protocole, les chercheurs sont parvenus à retracer chaque mouvement, intérieur et extérieur de l’animal.Les résultats, publiés dans la revue Biology Letters révèlent que le secret du saut de la grenouille réside dans le comportement élastique de ses tendons régissant la performance. Juste avant de s’élancer, l’amphibien contracte les muscles de ses mollets puis étire au maximum ses tendons pour charger le reste de l’énergie. Ce n’est qu’une fois ses pieds hors du sol, qu’il libère l’énergie de ces tendons qui viennent alors s’enrouler autour de l’os de la cheville. Ce processus agit de la même manière qu’une catapulte, permettant ainsi à l’animal de bondir dans les airs à des hauteurs beaucoup plus importantes que celles permises par sa physiologie.”Pour la première fois, nous avons vraiment compris le fonctionnement interne du saut de la grenouille dans son ensemble”, souligne au Dailymail Henry Astley, membre de l’étude avant de conclure : “nous avons maintenant une idée plus précise de ce qu’il se passe”.Le 19 novembre 2011 à 14:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

This Japanese Hamburger Has Beef Patties For BunsThis Japanese Hamburger Has Beef Patties For Buns

first_img This Japanese Burger Is Super-Duper StretchyBurger joint now serving patties stuffed with Reese’s Peanut Butte… The Niku Niku Niku Burger runs about $7.65 and will be available from now until June 27. If you’re in the area and can get to a Mos Burger, you’ll want to stop by and pick one up. But be forewarned that you can’t buy one and eat it to-go. You’ve got to eat it at the restaurant. That way you’ll be sure to have plenty of onlookers staring at you as you do your best to conquer Meat Mountain. It does look extremely delicious, though. Just make sure you do a whole lot of cardio after downing that behemoth.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. You’ve heard of KFC’s Double Down sandwich. Now, what if a burger chain did something similar with a burger? Surprise! They did. Japan’s Mos Burger has introduced the Niku Niku Niku Burger, which forgoes a regular bread bun for one made of beef on top and bottom.From the bottom to the top, there’s a hamburger patty, lettuce, teriyaki chicken, additional lettuce, yakiniku beef, lettuce, and a hamburger patty top it all off. It’s a veritable meat parade on its way to your mouth. It’s also probably one of the most unwieldy sandwiches you could ever try to hold and eat at the same time. It comes wrapped in a paper sleeve so you can make a valiant effort at keeping your hands clean while eating, though that may not be possible with the kind of grease this sandwich no doubt generates.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

UPDATE Fire ravages five wooden structures TCI Police confirmUPDATE Fire ravages five wooden structures TCI Police confirm

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands – March 7, 2018 –  A fire in the wee hours of the morning swallowed up five wooden structures confirmed Police this morning following civilian reports of the fire in the Capital island of the Turks and Caicos.The fire is confirmed by TCI Police media liaison officer, Takara Bain who also said the report came in at 2:42 a.m. and that the inferno broke out on Hospital Road and ‘five homes are affected, wooden structure dwellings’.  A WhatsApp voice note captured two men reporting on the blaze in Grand Turk: “like four or five houses going down boy. (No seven)  Seven houses going down, one time.”Further details are promised later.last_img read more

ASAWISHH Organizes Myanmar Soy Food SeminarASAWISHH Organizes Myanmar Soy Food Seminar

first_imgASA/WISHH Executive Director Jim Hershey being interviewed by the Myanmar media prior to the start of the seminarThe American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) organized a seminar in Yangon this week to discuss U.S. cooperative efforts, using soy in corporate responsibility programs and several other issues.Ng Wan Ting, DuPont Nutrition and Health Application Specialist, covering the wide range of value-added soy proteinsMore than 70 people from the Myanmar food processing industry, U.S. government and local organizations attended the seminar, endorsed by the Myanmar Food Processors and Exporters Association and Myanmar Edible Oil Dealers Association, featuring presenters from Asia and the United States.Myanmar has a long history of producing and processing soybeans, but demand is rapidly outstripping local supply, and industry is very interested in new soyfood product trends, processing technologies and learning about the many nutritional benefits of consuming soy proteins and oils.ASA/WISHH is planning future activities to further assist with technical assistance and to educate companies on how to increase soy protein usage in products and meet their supply needs through international trade.The companies and organizations presenting this week included:  ASA/WISHH, the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC), Insta-Pro, TetraPak and DuPont Nutrition and Health. Jim Hershey, ASA/WISHH Executive Director, discussed the cooperative efforts of the ASA/WISHH, USSEC and the National Soybean Checkoff. WISHH Asian Division Director Alan F. Poock covered “Using U.S. soy in Corporate Social Responsibility Programs (CSR).” Regional Director Timothy Loh and USSEC-SEA Technical Director – Human Nutrition Boon Yee Yeong also presented.  USDA/FAS Minister Counselor for the region, Bobby Richey, opened and closed the conference.The seminar was funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and North Dakota Soybean Council.last_img read more

East end of Highway 504 up Mount St Helens closed for seasonEast end of Highway 504 up Mount St Helens closed for season

first_imgThe east end of state Highway 504 has closed for the winter, cutting off the main access to Johnston Ridge Observatory at Mount St. Helens.The highway is closed past Milepost 45, near the Hummocks Trailhead, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Drivers can still access the rest of the highway, which travels east from Castle Rock at Interstate 5.Johnston Ridge Observatory, located on the north side of Mount St. Helens, had already closed for the season. The observatory and highway will reopen in the spring.last_img

Oil And Gas Lease Sales Gets A Thumbs Down From Fishing CommunitiesOil And Gas Lease Sales Gets A Thumbs Down From Fishing Communities

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Trump Administration has released plans to offer 19 offshore oil and gas leases across Alaska.  It’s part of a plan that includes sales in all US offshore waters. The Interior Department could remove some areas from the final plan, depending on public feedback. The Draft Proposed Program, was released on January 4, and online commenting at began on January 8. Linda Behnken is director of the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association: “It’s really deeply disturbing to see a willingness to place at risk up and down our coast the renewable resources that are the cornerstone of the economy and people’s way of life.” The draft proposed plan suggests 19 lease sales in Alaska’s Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), including three sales in the Chukchi Sea; three sales in the Beaufort Sea; two sales in Cook Inlet; and one sale each in 11 other program areas. One public meeting for is set for the evening of January 23, at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage.  Public comment is open for the next two months.center_img While Alaska’s congressional representatives called Trump’s plan “good news” members of the coastal fishing communities are saying the opposite citing concerns of a potential spill in coastal waters- stating “to put that resource at risk for reckless offshore oil exploration is ridiculous.” United Fishermen of Alaska’s Mark Vinsel feels the same: “You need to be careful up here, whatever you’re doing, this is really, really dangerous waters. Fishermen know that.  And everyone in the Arctic rim knows that.” Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-oil-and-gas-gets-thumbs-down-from-coastal-communities-.mp3VmJennifer-on-oil-and-gas-gets-thumbs-down-from-coastal-communities-.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more