In Vino Veritas

first_img Everything You Need to Know About White Pinot Noir Gamay Noir Wine Is a Cult Classic That’s Here to Stay Editors’ Recommendations What’s Amphora Wine? A Primer on One of the Oldest Ways to Make Wine Portland: a city steeped in beer. With so many great breweries around, who needs anything else? Well, sometimes, only a glass of fine wine will do. Portland has a burgeoning wine bar scene, thanks to an influx of transplants who favor vino over barley and hops. These bars don’t just serve Oregon Pinot, however. You’ll find producers and varietals from all over the world. Here are our picks for the best wine bars in the Rose City.Ambonnay107 SE Washingtonambonnaybar.comChampagne and sparkling wine lovers head to this cozy bar—named for a tiny village in Champagne—on the Portland waterfront to savor local and European bubbly. What Ambonnay lacks in space it makes up for in its powerful Champagne selection: from Vouette & Sorbée to André Clouet to Jacques Lassaigne. The list can make your head spin and your mouth water. Owner David Speer takes pride in greeting every customer and making sure s/he enjoys the intimate ambience under crystal chandeliers.Bar Avignon2138 SE Divisionbaravignon.comLocated in one of the hottest dining areas in town, Bar Avignon is larger than the other wine bars on the list but doesn’t act superior about it. The wine bar/restaurant’s wooden seats and cozy, dimly lit banquettes get you in the mood to savor rich reds such as Barbera d’Asti, Valpolicella and Bordeaux. The dining menu is fairly extensive from oysters to smoked sturgeon to bavette steak. Wines can be purchased to go at a 25 percent discount.Kir22 NE Seventhkirwinebar.comTucked between the Lloyd District and the Buckman neighborhood lies Kir, an intimate, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it watering hole. Kir serves a small, revolving selection of wines by the glass and bottle from France, Italy and the Canary Islands, to name a few. Owner Amalie Roberts loves rosé so if you are into the light, incandescent pink wine, you’ll love Kir’s selections, which usually number into the double digits.Pour Wine Bar & Bistro2755 NE Broadwaypourwinebar.comIf you prefer small producers over the likes of the Mondavis and Wagners of the world, you’ll love Pour Wine Bar & Bistro. This chic space, with mid-century modern chairs designed by Eero Saarinen, serves only small production wines from Europe and the Northwest. Guests can choose from an array of wines by the glass including lesser-known varietals such as Ugni Blancs and Melon de Bourgognes as well as local Pinot Noirs. Pour serves small plates as well. Opt for the escargots and a glass of Gamay Noir and you’re good to go. Why You Should Give White Zinfandel a Chance (Again) Session Wines Are Your Best Easy-Drinking Buddies last_img read more

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Yasa Shipping Tied to Bulker Quartet Order

first_imgzoom Turkish shipping company Yasa Shipping has been linked to the order of four Ultramax bulk carriers, including an option for a further four ships. The bulkers were ordered at China’s Jiangsu New Yangzijiang shipyard earlier this month, according to information provided by VesselsValue.Yasa Shipping will pay for each of the 64,000 dwt newbuildings USD 24 million, Seasure Shipbroking’s report shows.The vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2019.World Maritime News contacted Yasa Shipping for a confirmation on the matter, however, the company is yet to reply.Currently, Yasa Shipping’s fleet is comprised of around 20 vessels, VesselsValue’s data indicates.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

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Eastern Canada should brace for hot humid July 1st weekend forecasters

first_imgThe traditional start to the summer holidays is set to kick off with an Eastern Canada heat wave, as forecasters warned of sweltering temperatures that could inch into the 40s with the humidex this Canada Day weekend.Environment Canada issued special weather statements Wednesday for the Maritimes and southern parts of Quebec and Ontario as a mass of hot and humid air heads north from the Gulf of Mexico.“This will likely be the most significant heat event of the season thus far,” said meteorologist Jill Maetea, who is based in Fredericton, N.B.“With all the planned outdoor activities of the long weekend, people should be aware of the predicted weather conditions and take the necessary precautions. If you’re going to outside — it’s going to be hot — so seek shade when possible to avoid overexposure.”Southern Ontario was expected to feel the most heat, with the temperature forecasted to climb into the mid-40s with the humidex. Humidex values could exceed 40 C in southern Quebec.Environment Canada said the airmass would settle over Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and P.E.I. over the weekend, bringing humidex values exceeding 36 C.The national weather forecaster said it was not clear when there would be relief from the heat, and it would likely persist into next week.The heat wave was a definitive sign of the arrival of summer in the Maritimes, just weeks after frost caused widespread damage to crops throughout the region.Meanwhile, it was looking more like winter in Newfoundland earlier this week.Snow fell over parts of the island Tuesday, setting a snowfall record for June 26 in Gander, N.L. There was no previous snowfall recorded on that day.last_img read more

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Alegrias Military Chief Warns Against Election Delay

Rabat – Algeria’s military chief of staff has cautioned against calls by protesters to delay the nation’s presidential race, saying that a democratic election is the only way to solve current political emergency.The Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaid Salah declaration on Monday came only days huge riots in urban areas around the nation, protesting of the military stance on the elections. .“Holding a presidential election could help [Algeria] avoid falling into the trap of a constitutional void, with its accompanying dangers and unwelcome consequences,” Gaid Salah said in a speech. “The need to accelerate the establishment of an independent body to organize and oversee the election,” Gaid Salah explained, maintaining that the election “would stop those who are trying to prolong the crisis”.After nearly two decades in power, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika surrendered control on April 2. His resignation was sparked by protests over his decision to run for a fifth term of office.Weeks of demonstration have plagued the North African nation, a noteworthy oil and gas producer, with protests demanding the removal Bouteflika supporters from power and a total update of the political framework.The dissidents want a transitional programme to be set up to audit the constitution in order for free and democratic elections to take place.In his speech on Monday, Gaid Salah appeared to dismiss those requests, portraying them as “unobjective and unreasonable”, adding that they tried to “deprive state institutions of their cadres and denigrate them”.The presidential election is due to take place on July 4. read more

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Scientists warn of growing threat to global warming from unchecked gases –

22 June 2009An international team of scientific researchers has warned that hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases – used increasingly in insulation foam, air-conditioning and refrigeration – present a significant threat to global efforts to stabilize climate change, in a move welcomed today by the head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). An international team of scientific researchers has warned that hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases – used increasingly in insulation foam, air-conditioning and refrigeration – present a significant threat to global efforts to stabilize climate change, in a move welcomed today by the head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).A scientific paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) highlights the need for urgent action over the HFC group of greenhouse gases, arguing that their use could climb sharply as replacements for gases being phased out to protect the ozone layer, such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).“By some estimates, action to freeze and then reduce this group of gases [HFCs] could buy the world the equivalent of a decades-worth of C02 emissions,” said Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director.Mr. Steiner stressed that cutting carbon dioxide emissions is the key to accelerating a transition to a low carbon, resource efficient ‘green economy.’ “It is also central to delivering a stabilization of the atmosphere as outlined by the assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),” he added.According to a news release issued by UNEP, if HFC growth continues unchecked, by 2050 the amount of gas produced could total nine Giga tons, or the equivalent of 45 per cent of total CO2 emissions. Conversely, rapid action to freeze and to cut emissions annually alongside fostering readily available alternatives could see HFC emissions fall to under one Giga ton in the same period.The projected growth in production and consumption of HFCs is in part linked with the success of the UNEP-administered Montreal Protocol, which has successfully phased out 97 per cent of chemicals that deplete the ozone layer.In 2007, countries meeting in Canada, under the Montreal Protocol, agreed to speeding up the freeze and phase-out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) – chemicals designed to replace the old, more ozone-damaging CFCs.The new research findings in the PNAS indicate that unless urgent measures are taken to restrict HFCs, countries and companies are likely to pick this group of gases to replace HCFCs in products such as air conditioning units, refrigeration and insulating foams. read more

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PM asked to appear before commission on Monday

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been asked to appear before the Presidential Commission investigating the alleged treasury bond scam on Monday.The Prime Minister’s office had said Wickremesinghe is ready to appear before the commission to clarify anything realted to the controversial treasury bond. (Colombo Gazette)

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Chinese imports push up US trade deficit in May

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jul 6, 2016 7:14 am MDT Last Updated Jul 6, 2016 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Chinese imports push up US trade deficit in May WASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit climbed in May as a surge in imports of Chinese-made cellphones and computers pushed the politically sensitive imbalance with China to the highest level in six months.The trade deficit rose to $41.1 billion in May compared to April’s $37.4 billion, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. It was the largest imbalance since February. The trade deficit is the gap between the value of goods and services the United States imports from other countries and the smaller value of U.S. exports.Exports, which have struggled this year because of a strong dollar and weak growth in overseas markets, edged down 0.2 per cent to $182.4 billion. Imports jumped 1.6 per cent to $223.5 billion.Jennifer Lee, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, said the weakness in exports could become more pronounced in coming months given the dollar’s recent rise following the financial market turbulence caused by the vote in Britain to leave the European Union.“Given the way the greenback is headed, and quite likely slower growth in Europe, don’t expect too much” from exports this year, she said in a note to clients.A strong dollar makes American products more expensive in overseas markets. The dollar had been weakening slightly but has strengthened following the British vote as foreign investors have sought the safety of U.S. investments.A wider U.S. trade deficit acts as a drag on growth because it means the nation is earning less on overseas sales of U.S. exports while spending more on imported products.Jesse Hurwitz, an economist at Barclays Research, said the wider trade deficit was likely to trim overall growth by 0.5 percentage point in the second half of this year “as slower growth abroad and uncertainty following the UK referendum vote will likely lead to softer foreign demand for U.S. exports.”America’s deficit with China jumped 19.4 per cent to $29 billion, the largest imbalance since November. Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has accused the Obama administration of failing to protect U.S. workers from unfair trade practices in China and other countries.Trump has sought to tap into the economic anxiety of Americans who have seen jobs disappear in an increasingly global economy. In a recent trade speech, Trump said he would exit from the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico if it was not renegotiated, kill the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and take a more aggressive approach to China’s trade practices, which he said were costing American jobs.The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, normally an ally of Republicans on trade, charged that Trump’s approach would cost 3.5 million U.S. jobs and result in higher prices for American consumers and a weaker economy. Trump said he would brand China a currency manipulator, a charge which could lead to trade sanctions if negotiations with China did not resolve the issue.Through the first five months of this year, the deficit is running 3.5 per cent below the same period in 2015, a year in which America’s deficit in goods and services trade rose 2.1 per cent to $500.4 billion. The lower deficit so far this year reflects the fact that while U.S. exports are down, the value of imports is down by a larger amount, reflecting in large part lower oil prices.For May, oil imports increased 8.4 per cent to $11.1 billion, reflecting a rebound in prices during the month. The average price for a barrel of crude oil rose $4.71 to $34.19, the biggest one-month increase since a $5.55 rise from April to May in 2011.Even with the gain, the average price for a barrel of crude is still $16.57 below the price a year ago.The deficit with China is running 6.4 per cent below last year’s pace, although the deficit is still the largest with any single country.The deficit with the European Union rose 12.6 per cent to $13.4 billion in May. America’s trade relationship with the 28 nation EU could undergo a significant change if Britain goes ahead with its decision to leave the EU. FILE – In this Wednesday, March 2, 2016, file photo, shipping containers are unloaded at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif. On Wednesday, July 6, 2016, the Commerce Department reports on the U.S. trade gap for May. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File) read more

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Palestinians in Syrias Yarmouk camp now without aid for one month –

“It is now a month since we last distributed aid inside the camp,” Chris Gunness, spokesperson for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), said in a news release yesterday. “Following reports of a 21 June agreement… inside Yarmouk, UNRWA is urgently seeking the resumption and expansion of its humanitarian activities inside [the camp], where conditions remain dire for the 18,000 civilians trapped there.” He said the agency stands ready to implement a rapid humanitarian response so that the immediate and longer-term needs of the civilians of Yarmouk can be met. “UNRWA will continue to advocate for continuous, substantial and safe humanitarian access to Yarmouk, and to ensure the protection of Palestinian and Syrian civilians,” Mr. Gunness said.Prior to the armed conflict in Syria, which began in March 2011, Yarmouk, on the outskirts of Damascus, was home to over 160,000 Palestine refugees. Since December 2012, fighting has caused at least 140,000 Palestine refugees to flee their homes in Yarmouk, as armed opposition groups established a presence in the area, with Government forces controlling the periphery. read more

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Amidst fierce clashes in Libya Ban urges need for dialogue

Rival militias vying for control of Tripoli International Airport triggered heavy clashes yesterday in what media reports describe as the worst fighting in the capital for six months. At least seven people were reportedly killed and dozens others wounded. In a statement from his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said that he believed the such violent actions “undermine the sacrifices that so many Libyans made during the revolution in order to create a state based on the rule of law.”“The Secretary-General reiterates the urgent need for dialogue among all Libyan actors to agree on a peaceful way forward for the political transition process,” the statement continued. The North African country, which has been undergoing a democratic transition since the toppling in 2011 of former leader Muammar al-Qadhafi, has recently witnessed political tensions as well as major security developments, particularly in the eastern part of the country.The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has temporarily reduced its staff in the country saying it was not possible for them to continue to deliver advice and technical support in conditions which hamper their freedom of movement, and safety and security. “This is a temporary measure,” the Mission stressed in a statement. “Staff will return as security conditions permit.”UNSMIL called on Libyan political forces and armed groups to refrain from the use of violence to achieve political objectives, and reaffirmed the necessity of dialogue as a means to achieve agreement on national priorities. read more

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Suns Michael Beasley Arrested For Marijuana Possession

Photo by www.nba.si.comLast year, forward Michael Beasley said this in his introductory press conference with the Phoenix Suns: “I realize 10 minutes of feeling good is not really worth putting my life and my career and my legacy in jeopardy, so I’m confident to say that that part of my career, that part of my life, is over and won’t be coming back.”Well, apparently, it is back.Beasley was arrested Tuesday following a traffic stop because in his possession were three cigarettes believed to contain marijuana. His Mercedes-Benz smelled of weed, according to police Officer David Pubins of Scottsdale, Ariz.Beasley was released after being cited for investigation of one felony count each of marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.This incident could result in suspension by the NBA. Beasley already has a drug history. In June 2011, he was ticketed for possessing marijuana and speeding in a Minneapolis suburb, where he played before signing with Phoenix.He also has acknowledged that while playing for Miami, he twice violated the NBA’s drug policy and entered a treatment facility in 2009.Beasley, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft by Miami out of Kansas State in 2008, signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Suns a year ago. But he went on to have a disappointing, inconsistent season, averaging career lows of 10.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 75 games as Phoenix compiled the worst record in the Western Conference and second worst in franchise history. He shot 40.5 percent from the field, also a career worst.To say his NBA career has been a disappointment is an understatement. Blessed with immense talent, Beasley, from the Washington, D.C. area, has not come close to fulfilling his potential. He has been inconsistent and seemingly disinterested. Worse, he has not shown much improvement–on or offer the court–in his five years as a pro.According to Pubins, court proceedings in the case will begin after results of lab tests are available. read more

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Football Nick Bosa following in footsteps of older brother

Ohio State junior defensive lineman Nick Bosa answers questions from the media at Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Aug. 28, 2018. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorNick Bosa faced high expectations before even touching the field at Ohio State.A five-star prospect ranked No. 8 nationally in the class according to the 24/7 Sports composite rankings, Bosa was already anticipated to be a future star for the Buckeyes on statistics alone.However, more than any ranking ever did, Bosa’s brother, Joey, a two-time All American, No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, made Nick the most hyped up defensive player that Ohio State has had in recent memory.In an interview with NFL Network in January, Joey Bosa said he never felt he had to give his younger sibling any tips for the college game. “He really doesn’t need any help. He’s an absolute monster. I think he’s light years ahead of any spot I ever got to in college,” Joey Bosa said. “Once he gets his full reign this year, people will understand what he’s capable of, which is, it’s going to be pretty scary to watch.”In his two seasons for the Buckeyes, Nick Bosa, a junior defensive end, has proved worthy of the hype his brother Joey had continued to give.Now, a season removed from being named Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, the expectations are higher than ever.Nick Bosa has been compared to his brother since his college career began, and his junior season will be no exception.In Joey Bosa’s final year at Ohio State, he often faced double teams from opponents, lowering his stats from his first-team All-American season in 2014 and allowing for other players on the defensive line to make plays.When asked if he expects a similar situation this year, Nick Bosa said if teams decide to double-team him, it will be a mistake.“I think right off the bat, with all the hype that people are making up about me … I’ll probably get the double teams and the chips and stuff like that,” Nick Bosa said. “But once Chase [Young] is coming off the other edge and Dre’Mont [Jones] is on the other side rushing three-tick, if they slide to me, then it’s just going to be a sack.”Young, a sophomore defensive end, was named a co-starter along with junior Jonathon Cooper, and will be given a chance to take advantage of being on the opposite side of Bosa this season.In Joey Bosa’s final year for the Buckeyes, both defensive ends Tyquan Lewis and Sam Hubbard found success while Bosa was double-covered, accounting for 14.5 sacks to Bosa’s five.Nick Bosa could see a similar drop in stats this season, but said it is not a worry in his mind.“My No. 1 goal is to win a national championship, and, however we get there, I know I’m going to be a contributing factor if I’m out there,” Bosa said. “I’m not dying to get big numbers, I want to make plays and help my team that way.”Whether or not Nick Bosa gets double-teamed this season, this could be the year that he is in control, after the Buckeyes lost players like Hubbard and Lewis to the NFL Draft this offseason.With the anticipation higher than ever and the pressure to perform at its peak, Nick Bosa, a newly named captain for Ohio State, is ready to play.When asked how many snaps he is expecting this season, Bosa kept it simple.“However many I can handle.” read more

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Dog groomer could be one of first women to have threeparentbaby

first_imgHannah Smith and her partner Rob who are planning to marry next year  Prof Sir Mark Walport, Government Chief Scientific Adviser, added: “I welcome this careful and considered assessment by the HFEA. The UK leads the world in the development of new medical technologies. This decision demonstrates that, thanks to organisations like the HFEA, we also lead the world in our ability to have a rigorous public debate around their adoption.” Hannah Smith and her partner Rob who are planning to marry next year  The UK was the first country to legalise the procedure in 2015, although earlier this year the first baby was born using mitochondrial replacement in Mexico, where there are no laws preventing it.The technique involves transplanting nuclear DNA – which contains all the characteristics which make up a person – from a fertilised egg into a donated egg which contains healthy mitochondria, or alternatively removing the damaged DNA from an egg and replacing it with healthy mitochondria.Mitochondria act as the batteries of the cells giving energy and if they do not work properly it prevents normal development. Scientists believe that it could offer hope for around 150 women a year, a dozens of women are thought to have already expressed interest in the procedure. “It can lead to diabetes, blindness, deafness and stroke, and although I don’t have symptoms yet, I may develop them in future, and I don’t want to pass that that on. So to try to have a baby is not an option.“So I think it is great that Newcastle can now offer this. I am not worried about DNA coming from a donor because it such a tiny amount. All of the nuclear DNA will still be from me. It just means that my baby won’t inherit this illness.“I am hoping to get married next year and we will be starting a family so this means we can do it without worrying.” Researchers at Newcastle University, who developed the technique, and who have been working with Miss Smith and her mother, today became the first group to apply for  licence to carry out the procedure.Miss Smith, who plans to marry partner Rob Southerd next year and then start a family, said: “We only found out three years ago that my mother suffered from mitochondrial disease, which meant she passed it to me, and I would pass it to my children. Yet the HFEA decision has been criticised by campaigners and the church for being dangerous, needless and ethically reckless.Dr David King, director of the secular pro-choice watchdog group, Human Genetics Alert, said: “This decision, to approve experiments on babies, using this dangerous and medically unnecessary technology risks all our children’s futures.  It opens the door to designer babies.”Throughout the process, the campaigners for approval of this technology have relied on shameless emotional blackmail and scientific misrepresentations, and simply ignored the strong majority of people opposed to the technology in the public consultation.”The Church of Scotland also urged the HFEA to ‘think very carefully’ before granting licences for the procedure.  Dr Murdo Macdonald, a geneticist with over 20 years international research experience and Policy Officer on Society, Religion and Technology for the Church of Scotland, said: “This is the first instance of regulatory approval for genetic modification of a human baby. A dog groomer from Leicestershire could become one of the first women in Britain to have a baby born with the DNA of a ‘second mother’ to prevent her passing on a devastating illness.Hannah Smith, 29, has inherited the disease ‘melas syndrome’ from her mother which she would pass on to her own children if she conceived naturally.However yesterday the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) approved a groundbreaking new therapy which would allows her defective DNA to be replaced by that of a healthy donor.The technique is controversial because a baby born from the procedure would genetically have three parents, and campaigners have warned that it is ethically dubious and may be dangerous.In contrast, scientists and charities say it offers women like Miss Smith the chance to have a family knowing that their children will be free from life-limiting illness.center_img Professor Doug Turnball who pioneered technique says he aims to treat around 25 women a year Credit:Newcastle University  Professor Doug Turnball who pioneered technique says he aims to treat around 25 women a year  “A strong and long-standing international consensus asserts that we should not cross this ethical ‘bright line’, since to do so will very likely lead to a future of genetically modified, ‘enhanced’ and ‘designer’ babies.”However scientists and charities welcomed the development saying that women with mitochondrial disease had already waited too long for the procedure, which has involved a lengthy consultation period, a five-year scientific and ethical review and a change in the law.“This is wonderful news for families who have, in some cases, waited years or even generations for the chance of having a healthy baby,” said Prof Frances Flinter, Consultant of and Professor in Clinical Genetics at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.“Mitochondrial disorders can be very serious, progressive conditions and some couples know that they will never be able to have a healthy child of their own without trying this new therapeutic approach.” Prof Sir Doug Turnbull, who has pioneered the treatment at the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research at Newcastle University said: “In Newcastle, we will be aiming to treat up to 25 carefully selected patients a year with the mitochondrial donation technique as a clinical risk reduction treatment. We will also provide long term follow up of any children born.“We already have a lot interest and we have our application ready so we estimate we should be able to get going be February.” 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. Charities representing people who suffer from mitochondrial disease also said the decision was good news for families.Mr Robert Meadowcroft, CEO of Muscular Dystrophy UK, said: “We know of many women who have faced heartache and tragedy, and the sorrow of stillbirths, while trying to start their own family, and this decision gives them new hope and choice for the first time.“We recognise this approach is not without some uncertainty, and, in any trial, success cannot be guaranteed. However, it is important that women are able to make informed choices by understanding the risks and the potential benefits.”last_img read more

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Icecream vans and parents in cars could be banned from idling outside

first_img“I hope it will prove influential in reducing the amount of air pollution we are exposed to every day.”PHE estimates long-term exposure to particulate air pollution has ‘an effect equivalent to’ around 25,000 deaths a year in England, which makes air pollution the largest environmental risk linked to deaths every year.The health impact of air pollution caused by human activities in the UK is estimated to cost between £8.5 billion and £18.6 billion a year.Road traffic is estimated to contribute more than 64 per cent of air pollution recorded at urban sites. This comes from exhausts and other sources such as the wear of tyres. Professor Paul Lincoln, chief executive of UK health forum and chair of the Nice guideline committee said: “Air pollution is a major risk to our health, and so far suggested measures have not managed to tackle the problem sufficiently.“This guidance is based upon the best evidence available. It outlines a range of practical steps that Local Authorities can take, such as the implementation of no-idling zones, to reduce emissions and protect the public. The new guidelines are designed to prevent pollution in areas where vulnerable adults and children congregatedCredit:Alamy  Parents are likely to be banned from leaving their cars idling while on the school run under new guidance from public health officials to prevent air pollution.Guidelines published today from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, (Nice) and Public Health England (PHE) calls on councils to enforce a ‘no idling’ policy near where vulnerable groups such as children and the elderly gather.It means that parents could face fines for keeping their engines running outside of schools. Nice said it even meant ice-cream vans would no longer be able to wait outside the school gates. Ice cream sellers cannot turn their engines off because they power the on-board fridges.Nice said that although air pollution was harmful for everyone, under 14s and over 65s were more susceptible to the effects, as are people with respiratory conditions such asthma or heart problems. Other recommendations include removing speed bumps to allow smoother driving, introducing more clean air zones  and congestion charging, a bringing in fees for the most polluting vehicles.Professor Paul Cosford, PHE’s Director of Health Protection and Medical Director said: “We need a concerted effort to address the health impacts of air pollution and this report shows there are steps we can all take to help tackle it.“Many of us can walk or cycle instead of using the car, particularly on short journeys. We can all avoid idling our engines and drive more smoothly to reduce emissions. Air pollution in Londoncenter_img Speed bumps could also be removed to prevent drivers stopping and starting, which causes more pollution  Speed bumps could also be removed to prevent drivers stopping and starting, which causes more pollution Credit:Alex Segre / Alamy Stock Photo  “Councils can include low and zero emission strategies in their plans. For example, providing charging points for electric vehicles and introducing Clean Air Zones which can include restrictions or charges for certain types of high polluting vehicles.”The bulk of initiatives are aimed at local authority staff working in transport, planning and public health.Professor Mark Baker, director for the centre of guidelines at NICE said: “The battle against air pollution has to be one we are all fully committed to, and our actions should know no boundaries.“We need a long-term plan to improve air quality. Our guidance can help us to achieve that.” 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.last_img read more

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Sniper killed on training course after big boys rules led to poor

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. LCpl Spencer sustained a single gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene on Tain Air Weapons Range in the north of Scotland in November 2016. He had been undergoing training along with 21 other students on a Sniper Operators’ Course at the time of his death. Lance Corporal Joe Spencer and Cherycce Connelly. Lance Corporal Joe Spencer and Cherycce Connelly.Credit:Family photo Criticising the report, LCpl Spencer’s family said there were “numerous unanswered questions due to the abundance of unsubstantiated speculations and assumptions and factual inaccuracies and inconsistencies”.“It is clear to us the individuals responsible for delivering the Sniper Training Course did not do so in accordance with the mandated course syllabus and requisite rules and regulations,” they said.“We strongly believe Joe would still be with us today if they had complied.”LCpl Spencer’s partner, Cherycce Connelly, 24, a learning and care assistant at a specialist needs school in Dundee, described the events leading to the accident as shambolic. Many of the errors were “needless, neglectful and selfish, behaviour which does not reflect the duty of care that the Army owes to its servicemen and women,” she said.“He was not on active deployment in a war zone. He was in training where risk to life should have been minimal. Joe should have come home.” The incident occurred when students were waiting to conduct a night shoot on the range. The report found that a lack of supervision had allowed LCpl Spencer to leave the firing point earlier in the afternoon without unloading his sniper rifle correctly. As a result, there was still a round in the weapon’s chamber as the group waited with for night to fall.LCpl Spencer was observed resting the butt of his rifle on his boot, with the suppressor, located at the end of the barrel, under his chin. The Inquiry concluded that as he bounced the rifle up and down the trigger snagged on a piece of equipment lying on the floor, resulting in the weapon functioning.LCpl Spencer had been in the Army for five years and, as well as operational service in Afghanistan, had deployed to Kenya and the USA as a soldier in 3rd Battalion, The Rifles. He had been rated as the top soldier in his Company having won the ‘Chosen Man’ competition. The L115A3 Sniper Rifle is a personal weapon issued to trained snipers in the dismounted close combat role in the armed forces. A bolt-action rifle, it fires a .338″ (8.59mm) round fed by a five-round magazine. In operation since 2008, the weapon is 1265 mm long and weighs 7.81 kg.  The Army snipers’ culture of ‘big boys rules’ led to the death of a trainee marksman who shot himself in the face, a report has found.Soldiers on a training course were “mistakenly held in higher regard than their limited sniper competencies and experience merited,” a Service Inquiry has concluded, due to the “culture, ethos and camaraderie [of] organisations considered special or elite”.The inquiry into the accident which killed Lance Corporal (LCpl) Joe Spencer, said inadequate safety supervision and poor leadership had led directly to the fatal shooting.Unsafe behaviour and practices had been allowed to go unchallenged and mandated procedures were ignored. “There were many opportunities where getting this right might have broken the chain of events,” Air Marshal Sir Richard Garwood, the Director General of the Defence Safety Authority said.The report said that soldiers with a specialised role who had achieved a high level of training often felt they needed less supervision, a culture Air Marshal Garwood described as “big boys rules”. Whilst such an attitude might be appropriate in “special [or] elite” units, he said allowing it to exist on the Sniper Operators’ Course was “particularly inappropriate” and had resulted in “lower levels of supervision”. read more

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Pilot who taught Countdown star to fly killed in light aircraft crash

A champion aerobatic pilot who taught Countdown star Carol Vorderman how to fly was killed in a light aircraft crash at the weekend.Emily Collett, 36, had been executing a mid-air stunt when she crashed into a field near the village of Stonor in Oxfordshire on Saturday afternoon, The Sun reported.Mrs Collett was with novice aerobatic pilot Tom Castle, who worked at Sywell aerodrome in Northampton, in the small two seater Pitts S-2A plane. Mr Castle also died in the crash.She had earlier taken off from White Waltham airfield near Maidenhead, where she and her husband Mike ran Ultimate Aerobatics providing training courses for inspiring pilots.Thames Valley Police confirmed that the aircraft’s pilot and passenger were pronounced dead at the scene. Nobody on the ground was injured. Mrs Collett, who became the British advanced national champion in 2016, taught Carol Vorderman how to do a loop-the-loop in the same model of plane two years ago.The former Countdown co-host was shown being given a lesson by her during an episode of The One Show in 2017. Vorderman said in a tribute on Twitter: “Such a terrible terrible loss. Emily was an extraordinary young woman and pilot and my time with her in the air was nothing but a joy. My heart goes out to her husband Mike, to Emily’s family and to Tom Castle’s family in their grief. Rest In Peace.” Such a terrible terrible loss…Emily was an extraordinary young woman and pilot and my time with her in the air was nothing but a joy. My heart goes out to her husband Mike, to Emily’s family and to Tom Castle’s family in their grief. Rest In Peace https://t.co/0oT53vMQpO— Carol Vorderman (@carolvorders) August 25, 2019 Mrs Collett and her husband both learnt aerobatics, including spins, rolls and loops, in the Pitts S-2A, which has a maximum speed of over 200mph, according to their company’s website. She was an experienced flyer, having competed in the British Aerobatics Team and the World Advanced Aerobatics Championships during her career.British Aerobatics said:  “As an instructor she had a passion for passing on her skills and knowledge to her students, and was recently overjoyed at one of her students taking the Sports National title.“A caring and considerate nature, Emily’s generosity in sharing her knowledge and time to help others was well known in the aerobatic community and beyond, helping many pilots achieve their goals.”Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) experts carried out an on-site examination before the light aircraft was lifted on to a low loader and driven to their Hampshire Headquarters.A spokesperson added: “The AAIB investigation will take some time and an accident report will be released in due course.” Mrs Collett and her husband both learnt aerobatics, including spins, rolls and loops, in the Pitts S-2A Mrs Collett and her husband both learnt aerobatics, including spins, rolls and loops, in the Pitts S-2A 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. read more

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Heres What Happened Today Friday

first_imgNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.The scene where a mans body which has been found in the Phoenix Park in Dublin. (Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)IRISHGardaí have launched a murder investigation after a man’s body which was “engulfed by fire” was found in Phoenix Park.The family of Dylan Gaffney Hayes, who suffered catastrophic brain injuries during birth, was awarded a settlement of €8.5 million in the High Court today.Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has called on the board members of the Central Remedial Clinic to resign.Marks & Spencer staff are to strike next Saturday.The 19-year-old son of Susan Dunne, who was found dead at her home in Kerry earlier this week, has appeared in court charged with her murder. [Radio Kerry]A new testing programme at the Mater Hospital diagnosed almost three in every 1,000 people with the HIV infection.The chairman of the Dáil Public Accounts Committee has called the revelations about the Central Remedial Clinic “deeply disturbing”.Multinational companies have contacted the IDA to say they are very concerned about the possibility of power outages following ESB’s threat to strike.The director of the Central Bank has resigned.The Central Bank said there is no “tangible evidence” that some customers’ circumstances are improving.Cancer death rates for older women in Ireland are higher than the EU average.The Irish father of a suicide victim has called for more action to be taken against red-hair bullying.The PSNI have appealed for a man who made a phone call to Jean McConville’s family in the 90s to come forward.Minister for Justice Alan Shatter said Irish troops are fully committed to Golan Heights task despite their convoy being hit by an unknown blast yesterday.The Fallon brothers and Paddy Cosgrave were honoured at the Eircom Spiders last night.Kilkenny has been named as Ireland’s 2013 Tourism Town.The Government has confirmed that Santa Claus does exist.WORLD#UK: A further 19 hospitals face investigation in relation to their links to Jimmy Savile and allegations of sexual abuse.#UK: Police have received thousands of phone calls after the Madeleine McCann appeal.#THAILAND: Thai protesters stormed the army headquarters and ruling party offices.INNOVATIONScientists have used satellite observations to create a set of high-resolution 3D maps of the entire Great Barrier Reef. [The European Space Agency]Google has filed a patent for a robot that will write your Facebook posts, emails and tweets. Is this the future? [The Daily Mail]PARTING SHOTAre women hard-wired to be bitches? The New Statesman takes a look at this issue and proclaims that one is not born a bitch, one becomes one.Keith Urban stuck in the middle with Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, who reportedly were not the best of friends on “American Idol”. (PA Image)Here’s What Happened Yesterday>last_img read more

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Les caractéristiques du Nexus Prime révélées

first_imgLes caractéristiques du Nexus Prime révélées ?Le 11 octobre serait-t-elle une date trop lointaine ou Samsung voudrait-il faire d’une annonce une nouvelle attaque contre Apple ? D’après des sources dites fiables, BGR a publié les spécifications techniques du Samsung Nexus Prime, premier smartphone à fonctionner sous Ice-cream Sandwich (Android 4.0).Toujours en pleine guerre judiciaire et médiatique, Samsung et Apple ne semblent pas vouloir finir d’en découdre. Quand l’IPhone 4S arrive, l’autre réplique avec le Nexus Prime. À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Selon plusieurs sources dont BGR (lien non disponible), ce smartphone sera équipé du système d’exploitation Ice-cream Sandwich de Google, autrement dit la version 4.0 d’Android.Toujours selon ce site Nexus Prime devrait donc probablement être équipé d’un écran super AMOLED courbé de 4,65 pouces capable d’aficher une résolution de 1280×720 pixels. Il devrait être cadencé par une puce Cortex A9 (Ti OMAP 4469) double cœur de 1,2 GHz et disposerait d’1 Go de mémoire vive. Le nouveau smartphone de Samsung possèderait, de même, un capteur de 5 mégapixels supportant la vidéo en 1080 pixels. La 3G+, Wifi et NFC seraient également de la partie. La version de base proposerait 32GB de mémoire interne. Le 7 octobre 2011 à 13:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Earthquake Awareness Week 2018

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 5, 2017 – Providenciales – The Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) will be observing it annual Earthquake Awareness Week for 8th – 12th January, 2018 under the Theme “Shake It Out”.To mark this event, the DDME will be hosting a number of activities during the week which include:Radio Show on ExpressionsQuestion and Answer Session on Radio Turks and CaicosPublication of Messages in the local NewspapersShake Out Drill/Drop Cover Hold (DCH) with Government Offices and Business CommunityAs the department continues to enhance the preparedness and readiness levels of the Turks and Caicos Islands through its Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Strategy­, it is important to note that a critical and essential component of the Country’s preparedness efforts are focused on infrequent, but high impact event such as earthquakes.The Turks and Caicos Islands lie on the North American plate, approximately 150 kilometres to the north of the Puerto Rico Trench; an active plate boundary that marks the boundary between the North American and Caribbean Plates.   As a result, this region has experienced major earthquakes in the past such as the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, 1991 Costa Rica Earthquake and 1692 Jamaica earthquake.   Based on a seismic analysis undertaken as part of the of the TCI Building Code under the Hurricane Ike Recovery and Rehabilitation Project in 2013, the USGS’ Global Seismic Hazard Assessment Programme (GSHAP) stated that there is a low to moderate level of susceptibility in the Turks and Caicos Islands to seismic activity.Did you know that the 2010 Haiti Earthquake was felt in Cockburn Town (Grand Turk) and Cockburn Harbour (South Caicos), resulting in the Turks and Caicos Islands being placed on a tsunami watch?As we reflect on the Earthquake which devastated Haiti eight years ago, we here in TCI likewise need to ensure that we implementing preparedness and mitigation measures to protect lives and property.   Though their occurrence might be infrequent, the level of devastation that they tend to leave in their wake is substantial and oftentimes deadly.  One of the most important lesson to learn from the Haiti 2010 Earthquake is that adequate preparation for the known earthquake hazard can mean the difference between continuing as usually in a short time, or total disaster, with development halt for decades.   The event has also highlighted the importance or proper building codes and the construction of earthquake resistant buildings in areas vulnerable to earthquakes.For further information please Contact:  Andrea BeenEmail Address:  ASBeen@gov.tcTelephone #:   649 338 3672Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TCI.DDMETwitter:  https://twitter.com/DDMETCISkype: ddmegt Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Hazardous wave conditions expected at San Diego Beaches

first_img Updated: 2:05 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter , 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsHazardous wave conditions are expected at San Diego Beaches through Tuesday evening. Dani Ruberti was live at Ocean Beach to report on the weather conditions.The National Weather Service in San Diego has issued a Small Craft Advisory which is in effect from 3 PM Saturday afternoon to 9 PM PDT Saturday evening. A Small Craft Advisory means that wind speeds of 21 to 33 knots are expected to produce hazardous wave conditions to small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid navigating in these conditions.The National Weather service has also announced a High Surf Advisory, effective from 11AM PDT Sunday the 10th to 8PM Tuesday the 12th. A Southern Hemisphere swell will arrive Sunday bringing high surf, dangerous rip currents and longshore currents to the Southern California beaches. This means dangerous swimming conditions, strong rip currents, and large breaking waves. Hazardous wave conditions expected at San Diego Beachescenter_img PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:Swim near a lifeguard.If caught in a rip current, relax and float. Don`t swim against the current.If able, swim in a direction following the shoreline to escape the current.If unable to escape, face the shore and call and wave for help. June 9, 2018 Posted: June 9, 2018last_img
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Layoffs at National Geographic EW Economist Group Doubledown

first_imgThe Economist Group, whose magazine is the only newsweekly in the troubled category to show ad page growth, laid off about a dozen employees in North America, according to a report in Ad Age. Most come from the Economist Intelligence Unit, the company’s business-to-business publishing operation.Also this week, Doubledown Media, publisher of Trader Monthly, Air, Dealmaker, Corporate Leader and Cigar Report—all targeting Wall Street elite—laid off a dozen staffers and “three others were placed on furlough,” according to the New York Post. Meanwhile, 10 executives have been asked to take 50-percent pay cuts through January.And the reported 600 layoffs at Time Inc. are continuing to be executed by the mega-publisher—the latest at Entertainment Weekly, where at least 15 staffers—as many as 25, according to the New York Observer—were shown the door. The layoffs that have devastated the magazine industry in recent months show no signs of slowing downbefore the year-end holidays.This week alone, there have been a smattering of layoffs at some of the more prominent consumer titles—and the numbers, across departments and disciplines, are not insignificant.National Geographic laid off 13 staffers on the magazine’s editorial department, a spokesperson confirmed with FOLIO: today. Whether more cuts should be expected wasn’t immediately clear.  It’s also unclear whether these cuts were part of a rumored 5 to 10 percent staff reduction companywide, according to a Gawker report. The spokesperson declined to say whether the layoffs were part of a larger cost-cutting initiative other than to say the company is “looking into all of its business units.”last_img read more

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