Minister Takes Buy Local Challenge

first_imgAgriculture Minister Mark Parent is challenging Nova Scotians to buy local foods and products to help build stronger communities. Today, Jan. 17, Mr. Parent signed a Buy Local pledge showing his commitment to support Nova Scotia local farmers, food producers and artisans. The initiative, launched by the Wolfville Farmers’ Market, asks participants to buy more local products over the next 12 months. “Nova Scotia farmers produce some of the freshest, tastiest food, and we have an abundance of talented people creating fine artisan products,” said Mr. Parent. “This challenge encourages everyone to learn more about the local food and products which are available, when foods are in season, and where they can purchase these products.” The Wolfville Farmers’ Market will provide participants with a resource kit and will hold seasonal workshops to explore topics such as gardening, planning meals around seasonal foods, and is planning a party around local foods. The cost to take the challenge is $5. Contact the Wolfville Farmers’ Market for more information or to sign up for the Buy Local Challenge.last_img read more

Inspection begins in areas famous for coaching centres

first_imgNew Delhi: In the wake of Surat coaching centre inferno, the Delhi Fire Services (DFS) on Monday said that they have started the inspection of coaching centres in the city. Whether the coaching centres are following fire safety norms will be under the scanner of fire services.Chief Fire Officer (DFS) Atul Garg told Millennium Post that in the four areas identified as Kalu Sarai, Karol Bagh, Laxmi Nagar and Mukherjee Nagar they have sent their teams. “A meeting was held among senior fire officials in which we decided to start the inspection. Four teams were formed for the purpose,” said Garg adding that at the first inspection being conducted on those coaching centres which are situated in high rise buildings. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarA DFS official said that they will also prepare a report in this regard. They have started a drive to thoroughly check the premises for fire safety. They will also write to the Delhi government if negligence found, added the official. The areas where inspection has begun are the hub of various coaching centres. The DFS data claimed that in the year 2017 around 1,883 buildings were given fire NOCs whereas, 2,618 different types of structures including residential, educational buildings got no objection certificates in 2018. According to Delhi Fire Services (DFS) website, the national capital with its ever-increasing population in far-flung colonies and crowded localities and unplanned growth has always been a city with heavy fire risk.last_img read more

Over 3000 temporary jobs cut due to slowdown MSI

first_imgNew Delhi: Over 3,000 temporary employees have lost jobs with the country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) due to the ongoing slump in the automobile industry, a top company executive has said. MSI Chairman R C Bhargava said contracts of the temporary workers were not renewed due to the slowdown while asserting that permanent workers have not been impacted. “This is a part of the business, when demand soars, more contract workers are hired and reduced in case of low demand,” he said while speaking to some leading private TV channels. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalBhargava was responding to a query on whether the current slump and production cuts have led to job cuts in Maruti. “Around 3,000 temporary workers have lost jobs with Maruti Suzuki,” he added. Reiterating that automobile sector creates job in the economy from sales, service, insurance, licensing, financing, accessories, drivers, petrol pumps, transportation – he cautioned, “fewer automobiles (sales) will impact jobs on a larger scale.” These are not even visualised. The impact is much higher, he added. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostWhen asked if the industry has hit the rock bottom in terms of sales in July, he said revival in the sense of positive growth will start from third or fourth quarter of this fiscal, partly because of the lower base effect. “Hopeful to see strong revival in FY 2021. By then transition to BS VI will be over,” he added. Commenting on expectations from the upcoming festival season, he said due to the good monsoon, rural sales may pick up. “If government makes an announcement and takes positive actions it should help improve the situation,” he said, however, it was up to the government to decide on GST rate cut and take the corrective action. “Personally we would like to see GST benefits linked to greener/cleaner cars…The government gave tax cut on EVs but hybrid should be given duty cut. There should be tax cut on CNG vehicles,” he added.last_img read more


first_imgThe Queen Takes the Reigns at Medieval Times Toronto (CNW Group/Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament (Toronto)) Advertisement TORONTO, June 28, 2018 – For the first time since 2012, Medieval Times will unveil a fresh, new storyline tonight in Toronto…and this time, a woman is holding the reins. In a major break from Medieval Times’ 34-year tradition of casting a king in the show’s lead role, the company has revealed that a queen is now in charge and sole ruler of the land. She is cast as a firm but kind ruler respected throughout the kingdom who inherited the throne at the passing of her father, the previous king.The company’s leadership developed the idea to cast a matriarch, based in part on guest feedback that they would like to see women having more significant roles. The Toronto-based castle will be the seventh Medieval Times North American location to roll out the new show.“Where previously our female characters played in more supportive roles, we are now showing a woman fully in charge, a woman whose authority is sometimes challenged, but she quickly rises to the occasion as a strong leader, squelching opposition,” says Leigh Cordner, Medieval Times show director and a Toronto-native. Advertisement Facebook Twittercenter_img Login/Register With: Jousting, fighting, horsemanship, swordplay and a fresh, hot, four-course feast remain central elements of the dinner attraction. With the cast and script change come a series of other significant changes to the show:More than 700 new costumes for all nine castles’ performers including horses, all of which are custom-designed and hand-made at a dedicated costume shop.The new suits of armour, shields, and helmets are custom-designed and hand-made at a dedicated armoury.Over 200 team members and 20 horses trained and rehearsed new lines and fight scenes for three months while still presenting the former Toronto show.In Toronto, the role of the Queen is portrayed by a Canadian.For the first time, audiences will see a Queen riding horseback in Toronto.New music was composed by Dr. Daniel May, composer and jazz pianist who scored “Everest” and other films and who worked with Sting, The Moody Blues and others. He directed and recorded Medieval Times’ new show composition in Kiev with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. He directed the choir in Ukraine with lyrics written by poet and choir member Solomia Gorokhivska, and a solo cellist and violin player from Pittsburgh.The Toronto premiere of the new show happens tonight at Medieval Times, 10 Dufferin St.  For tickets, visit or call 1-888-WE-JOUST (935-6878).Interviews, hi-res images and B-roll are available upon request.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKSTwitter: @TorontoCastle #Medieval TimesTOFacebook: Medieval TimesMedieval Times Dinner & Tournament was founded in 1977 in Spain. It launched in North America in 1983 and has since opened nine castles across the United States and in Toronto, Canada, entertaining more than 67 million guests over the past 34 years. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Medieval Times’ Toronto castle is the only Canadian location. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

20 private schools in Ggn operate without fire NOC

first_imgGurugram: In an alarming figure that puts a serious question mark over the safety of school children over 20 private schools in Gurugram are functioning without the NOC from the fire department.The information has been revealed from the survey conducted by the fire department. The information cites that most of these Private schools are prominent schools in the schools in the city. The fire officials have cited that while most of the schools have not applied for the renewal of the license, there are also certain schools whose license were rejected due to inadequate fire safety systems. Sources in the fire department have cited that lack of action by the authorities is resulting in most of the establishments including schools in the city getting away and not renewing their fire safety licenses. Besides the Private schools, there are certain Government establishments including the city’s civil hospital that does not have a fire safety clearance certificate. For safety precautions, the city fire department has already started issuing notices to various establishments that are functioning without the fire safety clearance. Recently over 200 buildings that are over 15 metres in height were served notices by the Gurugram Fire department for not renewing their NOC on fire safety.”With summers resulting in a lot of fire incidents in the city, the fire department does not want to take any chances. We are serving a lot of establishments in the city with notices and warned them of punitive action if they do not renew their license,” said a senior official from Gurugram fire department. “As per law, major establishments in the city have to renew their licences after every year. However, many establishments in the city do not renew their licences and continue to play with the lives of the people in the city. While the fire department is expected to take action, even the residents must put pressure on these establishments,” added the official.last_img read more

Gabby Douglas Being Recruited By Spelman College

Atlanta’s Spelman College has begun to recruit 16-year-old Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas, the first African American to win all-around gold in Olympic gymnastics.Spelman president Dr. Beverly Tatum reportedly has flown out to London to get a head start on recruiting.According to an unnamed source, Spelman would love to have Gabby attend the college, and have made the gymnastics superstar the school’s number one recruit.Earlier this week a photo was taken of Douglas and her mother holding a gift bag from Spelman. The bag, presented by Coca Cola exec and Spelman alum Helen Smith Price, contained a congratulatory note, school t-shirt and a CD containing a song produced by the college.In a statement released to TMZ, Tatum makes no mention of recruiting the 16-year-old star but does admit the school would love for her to attend.“A young woman who has demonstrated the drive and discipline needed to achieve world-class excellence is likely to have what it takes to be successful at Spelman, and we would welcome her interest in the college,” the statement said.Spelman College is an all-female historically black liberal art’s college located in Atlanta, Georgia. Spelman is consistently ranked among the nation’s top liberal arts colleges by Forbes and the U.S. News and World Reports, and once again was named the #1 HBCU in the country this year.The college also ranks among the nation’s top 50 four-year colleges and universities for producing Fulbright Scholars, while also being the second largest producer of African-American college graduates who attend medical school.Some of the school’s notable alumni include the Executive VP of Walmart Rosalind Brewer, Dean of Harvard College Evelynn M. Hammonds, Pulitzer Prize winning writer Alice Walker and actress Keshia Knight Pulliam.There has been no word from Douglas or her family concerning her interest in the College. read more

Each NL Playoff Teams Biggest Strength — And Weakness

Between the record-smashing rookie campaign of Aaron Judge, the Cleveland Indians’ win streak and the Houston Astros’ ridiculous feats of offense, the National League has felt like a bit of an afterthought this season. (A huge amount of NL attention went to a player who isn’t even in the playoffs.) But in any other season, elite contenders like the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals wouldn’t be flying under the radar. As we did with the American League earlier this week, we picked out each National League team’s most important strength, plus the one weakness that might trip them up en route to the World Series.Los Angeles Dodgers (17 percent chance of winning the World Series) Strength: Power, speed and pitching.As they showcased in the wild-card game against the Colorado Rockies — crushing two home runs and legging out three triples — the D-Backs can beat you in a variety of different ways. During the regular season, they ranked second among all MLB teams in isolated power (trailing only the hard-hitting Astros), first in baserunning value over average1Averaging together the baserunning metrics found at and and first in Bill James’s Speed Score (a composite that indexes a bunch of speed-related stats). Before Arizona did it this year, no team since 2001 had posted a .190 slugging and a 5.0 Speed Score in the same season. Add in a pitching staff that ranked second overall by WAR, and the Diamondbacks might have the most unique combination of strengths in this playoff field.Weakness: Hitting for average.Despite playing in a ballpark that boosts batting average the second-most of any team’s home digs (only Coors Field is better to hit in), the Diamondbacks hit just .254 this season, 18 points lower than we’d expect of an average team in the same park. Only three teams — the Blue Jays, Rangers and Padres — hit for a lower average relative to expectations, and all three of those teams had below-average offenses. Arizona managed to make things work anyway because of their rare combination of power and speed, but the D-Backs’s lousy average meant they were mediocre at plating base runners with two outs, and generally subpar in the clutch. On Wednesday night, Arizona’s lineup showed everyone how it can erupt in big offensive outbursts, but it still needs to prove it can do some of the situational hitting the playoffs will inevitably require.Washington Nationals(11 percent chance of winning the World Series) Strength: Ace-level starters.The Nationals have long been led by a superb starting rotation, but Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez put up some of their best career performances this year. According to The Baseball Gauge’s wins above replacement meta-metric,2The metric takes Baseball Gauge’s own WAR metric and averages it with aspects from two other versions of WAR —’s and FanGraphs’. Specifically, for this article, I set the meta-metric to average together every option equally in each category, with no regression for fielding metrics and the positional adjustment not included in offensive and defensive WAR. To see the leaderboards I saw while writing this piece, click through to the Baseball Gauge links and make sure the filters are set correctly. the Nationals ranked third in the majors in total WAR from their starting pitchers, and the Scherzer-Strasburg-Gonzalez trio was especially great — each ranked among baseball’s 10 best starters by WAR.3Cleveland, with Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco, is the only other team that can even claim two of the top 10. For Strasburg and Gonzalez, the 2017 season was somewhat out of line with their recent track records, but Scherzer has been dominant forever — only LA’s Clayton Kershaw has been a more valuable starter over the past five seasons. In the postseason, when top-of-the-rotation pitching is paramount, Washington’s aces give them an enviable advantage against just about anybody.Weakness: Their best might not be enough.There aren’t many holes in Washington’s roster, especially now that two of its top players — shortstop Trea Turner and, more recently, right fielder Bryce Harper — are back after missing large portions of the season with injuries. But even with all their stars, it’s fair to ask where the Nationals stand relative to what might be the most stacked postseason field ever. Our Elo ratings currently place Washington seventh in MLB.4Behind the Indians, Astros, Yankees, Cubs, Dodgers and Red Sox. Most years, a team as good as Washington would rank third or fourth,5Since the wild-card era began in 1995, the average MLB ranking for teams who finished the regular season with an Elo between 1550 and 1560 was 3.48. but this is no ordinary season. And as much as MLB’s playoffs have earned their reputation as a crapshoot, there’s a definite relationship between a team’s talent and its World Series chances.Chicago Cubs(10 percent chance of winning the World Series) Strength: Completeness.The defending-champion Cubs were nowhere near as dominant in 2017 as they were in 2016, dropping from No. 1 in WAR (by far) to a lowly seventh. But one area where the club still had that championship feel was in its lack of a glaring weak point. A year removed from sending an absurd number of players to the All-Star Game, Chicago still had one of the best top-to-bottom teams in baseball. According to WAR, the Cubs got the most production in baseball from its catchers, the second-most from its third basemen, the third-most from its first basemen and — most importantly — didn’t rank any lower than 14th at any single position.6Including pitchers but excluding designated hitters, to fairly compare NL and AL teams. Not even the mighty Indians can say their weakest links were so strong. In the playoffs, important contributions often come from unlikely sources. Chicago should be covered.Weakness: Inexplicably mediocre pitching.One of Chicago’s deadliest weapons a year ago was its stellar pitching staff, led by an outstanding crop of starters. The group got a lot of help from a historically sturdy defense, which fell back to earth (though was still excellent) this season, but that doesn’t explain why Chicago’s pitchers declined in fielding-independent measurements. Chicago hurlers fell from 3rd to 8th in strikeout rate this season, from 18th to 24th in walk rate and from 6th to 16th in home run rate — perhaps because their average fastball velocity was among the slowest in baseball. As a result, the Cubs’ top pitchers saw their value drop almost across the board, and as a group they generated about 7 fewer wins this year than last. Without that fearsome rotation, Chicago’s title hopes are a shadow of what they were this time last season. Strength: Best form.Although the Dodgers had baseball’s best Elo rating (FiveThirtyEight’s pet metric for judging a team’s strength at any moment) for a decent chunk of the season, they ultimately finished the year behind the Indians. But when the Dodgers were at their very best, they reached a higher peak than any other team this season — including Cleveland during its 22-game winning streak. In the course of a scorching midseason run — winning 52 times in 61 games — LA’s Elo rating hit a high of 1612, not only the best of any MLB team this year, but also the 19th-best of all time (and the second-best of the last 48 seasons, trailing only the 1998 Yankees). The Dodgers looked totally unbeatable for more than two months, with a lineup full of hot hitters crawling out of the woodwork and an excessively deep pitching staff.Weakness: Recent form.As invincible as the Dodgers seemed during their hot streak, they stumbled badly beginning in late August, losing 16 of 17 games (including 11 straight at one point) before righting the ship with a 12-6 finish to the regular season. In the process, they became the only team in baseball history to have separate 16-game stretches where they both won and lost 15 times. A late-season swoon doesn’t carry any special penalty in terms of “momentum,” but the fact that LA was even capable of such putrid play for a sustained period means there are still some questions to be answered about how reliable a favorite the Dodgers really are.Arizona Diamondbacks (6 percent chance of winning the World Series) read more

Wrestling Ohio State settles uncertainty at weight classes with wrestleoffs

Ohio State wrestling coach Tom Ryan addresses his team after the Buckeyes’ practice on Oct. 20. Credit: Jeff Helfrich | Lantern ReporterWhile most of Ohio State’s wrestling lineup is set already due to a roster full of veterans, a pair of wrestle-offs were held to determine competitors for three of the lower weights Thursday evening. The Buckeyes begin their season with the Princeton Open on Nov. 4.141/149 pounds  Junior Joey McKenna and redshirt sophomore Ke-Shawn Hayes squared off for the right to compete at 141 pounds in a best-of-three series that would see the loser move up to 149 pounds. The match, which was created to settle the weight classes, simply yielded the Buckeyes more uncertainty.After McKenna, a transfer from Stanford, won the first match 3-2 by way of a tiebreaker, he sustained a knee injury in the second contest, ending the night early for he and Hayes. The injury occurred as the two went towards the edge of the mat and Hayes tried to float his lower half over McKenna, whose knee appeared to give out. “Things looked scary at first, but it looks like he’s going to be alright,” Ryan said. “He had nothing major. Definitely some pain there, but more and more, a lot of times it’s just fear. You hear something, you immediately go to the place of ‘I’m out, I’m hurt.’”Ryan said he would leave the decision up to the doctors, but he’s optimistic McKenna will be ready to go for the season opener in two weeks. As far as settling who will compete at 141 pounds, Ryan said he is leaning towards McKenna. McKenna will be competing in the U-23 World Championships for the United States in late November and will need to be at a leaner weight. Ryan also said Hayes has the more capable frame to compete at a higher weight. “I think ultimately that’s the way that it will probably go,” Ryan said. “And not necessarily just that Joey may be a hair better than him. Ke-Shawn just looks bigger. He’s just taller and it just seems to be a weight class that would make sense for him physically.” 125 poundsA pair of freshmen hit the mat for the chance to compete at 125 pounds at the Princeton Open. Brakan Mead won the best-of-three series over Brady Koontz 2-0 after securing a pin during the first match and winning a hefty points victory in the second. The 125-pound class was left vacant after redshirt senior Nathan Tomasello suffered a right knee injury earlier this month while competing at an international qualifying event. The former NCAA champion will be out for at least the first two months of the season. Ryan appeared ready to go with Mead until Tomasello’s return. “That weight is settled,” Ryan said. “[Mead] pretty much showed, at least at this point in his career, he’s our guy. He’s coachable. He loves wrestling, so those are real positives. He’s good on top. He’s a very good mat wrestler. Mead, a Columbus native, won a high school state championship at Olentangy Liberty his senior year, registering a 45-4 record. The freshman will now be thrust into a lineup that trots out multiple former All-Americans and national champions. Tomasello liked what he saw from his young replacement Thursday night. “He looked good,” Tomasello said. “I was happy to see that he was able to get the pin in the first match. He’s a good top wrestler. He’s intense. I like to see that intensity before the match, during the match. He’s going to scrap hard. When I’m out, I feel like he’d be a good guy that could score points and get the pin.” read more

Tremblay lose both goalkeepers due knee injuries

Obrad Ivezić ← Previous Story AFRICAN LION: Wael Jallouz extends in Barca until 2018! Next Story → Big changes in ŽRK Vardar for season 2016/2017 French Tremblay will have difficult task to stay in French elite after serious troubles caused by injuries. Only a few weeks after they lost Slovenian goalie Aljoša Rezar, Tremblay lost their second option between the posts – Obrad Ivezić, for the same reason – knee ligaments! The 34 years-old Serb was also a first choice of NT head-coach Dejan Perić in previous period with almost ensured ticket for the Serbian squad at Men’s EHF EURO 2016 in Poland.-My dream stays only a dream to play for Serbia at big event and cheering after every save for my father – said Ivezić for is almost clear that Ivezič will miss rest of the season. read more

TDs will sit earlier and for longer from this week

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT’S MUCH-vaunted Dáil reforms come into effect from this week with TDs to sit from 9.30am on Wednesday and Thursday as well as sitting this Friday.Though the plans were announced back in September a change to standing orders has meant the reforms have taken until now to be implemented fully.While the Dáil does not reconvene after its week-long recess until 2pm today the changes will be noticeable from tomorrow when business begins at 9.30am with questions to Minister for Defence Alan Shatter.Discussion will also begin on the Finance Bill – which implements many of the taxation measures announced in the Budget – at 10.45am.One of the most significant changes will see the showpiece event of the Dáil week, Leaders’ Questions, pushed to 12 noon on Wednesdays and Thursdays.The Taoiseach will take questions from opposition leaders at the usual 3.15pm time on Tuesdays as has been the case up to now.The Dáil also sits this Friday and should do so again before the end of November with the government pledging to sit on a Friday every fortnight to deal with committee reports and private members’ legislation i.e. bills not proposed by the government.The changes mean that the sitting time in the chamber will increase from 23 hours to 28 hours per week and there will be two extra hours to debate actual legislation.Read: “One cannot have instability”: Taoiseach rules out loosening the party whipRead: ‘Bogus’ and ‘populist’: The opposition’s take on Dáil reform planlast_img read more

Irish banana giant Fyffes is being taken over by one of Japans

first_img 10,903 Views Share Tweet Email Image: Dec 9th 2016, 12:10 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Read: Text messages are on the way out – but we’re eating up huge amounts of data>Read: Bray Credit Union fined €98,000 for breaching money laundering and terrorist finance laws> Image: Take me to Foracenter_img Irish banana giant Fyffes is being taken over by one of Japan’s biggest companies The Sumitomo Corporation will pay just over €750m for the Dublin-based fruit supplier. By Fora Staff Friday 9 Dec 2016, 12:10 PM DUBLIN-BASED FRUIT SUPPLIER Fyffes is set to be taken over by Japanese company Sumitomo in a deal worth just over €750 million.The two companies this morning announced they had agreed a cash offer for the sale, which represented a near-50% premium on Fyffes’ current value.Fyffes, known for its distinctive blue label, is the world’s biggest banana importer, and is also one of the biggest suppliers of pineapples and melons worldwide.Its main markets are in Europe and the United States, and last year it recorded revenue of more than €1.2 billion for a net profit of €27.5 million. The deal would bring together the two largest banana distributors in Europe and Asia.Fyffes had been involved in long-running merger talks with US firm Chiquita Brands, a deal which would have created a $1 billion entity, however that deal evaporated after two Brazilian outfits instead negotiated a sale with the North American company.128-year-old Fyffes was original established in the UK, however it became an Irish firm in the mid-1980s when local firm Fruit Importers of Ireland (FII) took over and assumed the British company’s name.FII had its roots in a family grocery business set up by current Fyffes chairman David McCann’s grandfather in the early 1900s. Fyffes chairman David McCann Source: Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ieCrystallised valueIn a briefing note this morning, Goodbody analyst Patrick Hughes noted the deal already had near-30% support from shareholders and it was expected to go ahead smoothly.“The offer from Sumitomo represents a compelling premium which realises a lot of (Fyffes) future potential. Fyffes will benefit from the greater scale, reach and resources of a much larger group,” he said.Fyffes chairman David McCann said the deal “crystallises the substantial value created in recent years” within Fyffes through its various strategic developments.Sumitomo is one of Japan’s largest companies, last year recording gross profits of ¥894 billion (€7.36 billion at today’s rates).Its subsidiaries span industries from financial services to natural resources, media and logistics, with a global workforce of more than 65,000.The company has been involved in the banana industry since the 1960s and is a market leader in Asia, with interests in both plantations and distribution. It is responsible for about 30% of banana imports into Japan.Sumitomo managing executive officer Hirohiko Imura said his company had “long admired Fyffes for its outstanding track record and market-leading position”.The takeover still needs to be cleared by shareholders and the High Court. It is expected to close in early 2017.Note: This article has been updated to include further background information.Written by Peter Bodkin and posted on Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Short URL 24 Comments last_img read more

Notre odeur naturelle la plus séductrice de toutes

first_imgNotre odeur naturelle, la plus séductrice de toutes ?Selon la récente étude d’une équipe internationale de chercheurs, les odeurs que notre corps exalte naturellement seraient bien plus attirantes que toutes les autres. Dès qu’il s’agit de séduction, l’odorat est probablement le sens avec la vue à jouer le plus grand rôle. Un constat qu’il est facile de mettre en évidence : selon les sondages, la majorité des gens estime que les odeurs corporelles telles que la transpiration peuvent empêcher toute attirance voire même repousser. Sentir bon est ainsi devenu un critère capital qui fait vendre à l’industrie du parfum chaque année des milliards de flacons à travers le monde. Pourtant, les odeurs corporelles pourraient bien être en fait les plus séductrices de toutes.C’est du moins ce que suggèrent des chercheurs dans une étude publiée dans la revue New Scientist. Des recherches qui ont consisté en plusieurs expériences menées dans différents pays mais qui ont toutes mené à la même conclusion : les odeurs corporelles ont une attirance sans précédent comparé aux divers parfums que l’on peut utiliser. “Une étude a trouvé que les femmes avaient tendance à préférer l’odeur des mâles dominants et étaient particulièrement attirées par l’odeur de dominance durant la phase la plus fertile de leur cycle menstruel”, explique Craig Roberts de l’University of Stirling au Royaume-Uni et Jan Havlíček de la Charles University de Prague en République Tchèque.Mais ce n’est pas tout. Ils ont également constaté que les hommes avaient tendance à trouver les odeurs féminines moins attirantes durant la période de menstruation mais davantage lors de la phase d’ovulation. “Les changements d’odeurs sont assez subtiles”, relève Jan Havlíček cité par le Daily Mail. Néanmoins, si ce pouvoir attractif parait efficace, il ne l’est pas en toutes circonstances et surtout ne marche pas sur tout le monde.  Des odeurs bonnes ou mauvaises selon les personnesAu cours d’une autre expérience, l’équipe du chercheur tchèque ont demandé à des personnes d’attribuer une note à l’odeur d’autres personnes, d’abord avant puis après qu’elles se soient mis un parfum qu’elles avaient choisi. Résultat : au vu des notes attribuées, il a semblé que le parfum améliorait l’odeur corporelle de certains mais empirait celle d’autres. Ce qui a permis aux chercheurs d’établir quelques conseils pour choisir le parfum idéal. “Le message est clair. N’achetez pas du parfum à votre amoureux, laisse le le choisir par lui-même”, souligne Jan Havlíček. D’autres chercheurs ont d’ailleurs mis en évidence le même problème, déterminant par là même une raison potentielle pour expliquer notre besoin de masquer notre odeur naturelle par du parfum. Au cours d’une expérience, l’équipe de Claus Wedekind de l’Université de Lausanne en Suisse a présenté à 100 personnes six odeurs différentes et les a interrogées sur leur ressenti. Les chercheurs ont ainsi noté que certaines odeurs apparaissaient excellentes pour certains  mais mauvaises pour d’autres et vice-versa. “Donc peut-être ne voulons nous juste pas risquer de sentir mauvais pour certains”, estime le scientifique suisse.L’odeur, un reflet de notre personnalité ? À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Plus important encore : notre odeur pourrait même traduire notre personnalité. C’est ce que suggèrent certains travaux à l’instar de ceux réalisés par Agnieszka Sorokowska de l’University de Wroclaw en Pologne. Avec ses collègues, cette scientifique a demandé à 60 participants hommes et femmes de répondre à un test de personnalité et de porter pendant trois nuits le même t-shirt pour y transférer leur odeur. Dans un second temps, les chercheurs ont recruté des centaines de volontaires pour sentir les fameux t-shirts et donner leur ressenti sur la personnalité de leur propriétaire.  Au final, ceux-ci ont réussi à déterminer lesquels étaient les plus dominants et extravertis simplement avec leur odeur. “Le névrosisme et l’extraversion sont des traits très émotionnels et peuvent changer le taux de sudation et la composition des bactéries dans les aisselles, et donc changer la façon dont une personne transpire”, souligne Agnieszka Sorokowska toujours citée par le Daily Mail. Les odeurs et notre manière de les ressentir feraient donc appel à des sensations et des mécanismes complexes qui restent encore à préciser. Néanmoins, les chercheurs s’accordent à dire que le pouvoir des odeurs corporelles n’a pas son pareil, dès qu’il s’agit de séduction. Du moins à condition de viser les bonnes personnes…Le 16 mai 2012 à 16:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Fortis Update Initial Assessment of Damage from Hurricane Irma

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 9, 2017 – Providenciales – FortisTCI has begun the process of assessing the impact of Hurricane Irma and the damages to our Transmission and Distribution assets, generation facilities and support infrastructure.  We are diligently planning for restoration of services and returning the Company to normal operation in the quickest possible time.Over 500 Poles DamagedBased on preliminary estimates, FortisTCI has sustained extensive damage to its transmission and distribution network.  About 500 poles have been damaged or destroyed across Providenciales.  At this time, FortisTCI is working to get members of our senior operations team to the Sister Islands to assess the damage to our assets in these service territories.Damage Assessment in Sister IslandsYou will receive a further update as soon as assessments are completed on Grand Turk, South Caicos, Salt Cay, North Caicos and Middle Caicos.While we cannot, at this early stage, estimate how long restoration efforts will take, FortisTCI would like to  assure everyone that we are putting everything in place to get to work as soon as possible.Coming Soon….Additional Work Crews from Fortis Inc.Crews from Fortis Inc. are already mobilized to join us here in the TCI as soon as the airport is re-opened and they are able to  land.  Some 58 persons will join us from FortisCB; FortisAlberta: FortisOntario, Maritime Electric and Newfoundland Power.  Later on, other crews from Fortis Inc’s US-based utilities will join the restoration efforts.We encourage you to keep checking our Facebook page for more updates as we begin restoration efforts.Press Release: FortisTCI Related Items:last_img read more

Camacol hosts annual holiday food distribution drive

first_img“I got here around, give or take, 5 o’clock,” Gloria Aparico said. “Right now I’m not working. I am disabled and it’s hard for me, even for Christmas, for my grand kids, and this will help me a lot.”Waiting in line has become a tradition for many in line, forming a community with others camped out.“Every year, another person, and we share. They bring food, they bring coffee,” Alvarez said. “I mean we really don’t have to go home and cook. By the time we get out of here tomorrow, I’ve gained like five pounds.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – South Floridians lined up and received a little help this winter for a hearty holiday meal.The early birds were waiting in line for more than a week along West Flagler Street and 14th Avenue in Little Havana for the Camacol holiday food ticket distribution that began Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. The line stretched around the block and, every year, Juanita Alvarez is first in line.“This is my 10th year, thank God,” Alvarez said. “I made it, after 10 days being in line, I made it!Alvarez held her voucher high with a wide smile on her face. “This is my ticket,” she said. “I can come back Dec. 14th to get my basket.”The first 3,000 people in line on Wednesday will get a voucher to come back on Dec. 14, which is good for a basket full of all the fixings needed for their holiday meal. One basket will be enough to feed 10 people. “That day is going to be wonderful,” said Alvarez. “I’m expecting to receive all different kinds of items to cook for my family.”“We’ve been here since November the 20th, it’s been ten days tomorrow,” Alvarez said. “You know it sounds hard, but it’s not that bad.”Every year the Latin Chamber of Commerce hands out rice, beans, yucca, bread, sugar, spices and a pork shoulder. The baskets at Camacol’s 31st annual basket distribution drive are worth about $150. last_img read more

Press employee leaks question papers CID

first_img.An employee at a press on Dhaka’s Indira Road leaked questions of the ‘Gha’ unit admission test at Dhaka University.Police detained the employee, Khan Bahadur, from Indira Road at Farmgate on Thursday morning.Criminal Investigation Department (CID) special police super Molla Nazrul Islam disclosed this at a press conference at the CID Malibagh office on Thursday.Molla Nazrul Islam said a certain Saiful Islam was detained in connection with question paper leakage from Jamalpur on Wednesday. Khan Bahadur was arrested based on his statements, he added.The CID official said Bahadur is a press employee and he is the main person who leaks out the questions.Molla Nazrul Islam said Khan Bahadur knew Saiful Islam, and Saiful Islam was known to Raqibul Hasan. These three suspects supply the questions papers. All of them have been detained.So far 23 persons have been detained in connection with question paper leaks. Ten were detained since 7 December 2017. Of them, five are in jail, three on remand and two under detention.According to the detainees, questions of ‘gha’ units at Dhaka University were leaked in 2015 and 2016.Replying to journalists, the CID official said an admission seeker has to pay Tk 200,000 and 700,000 to collect the leaked questions.last_img read more

Torah Scrolls Safe After Synagogue Fire 1 In 5 Uninsured Children Live

first_imgTexas tops nation in most uninsured childrenMore than one in five children who are uninsured in the U.S. live in Texas. It’s the state with the largest share of children without health insurance.Texas is among nine other states that saw statistically significant increases in the rate of uninsured children in 2017, according to a new report out of Georgetown University. Texas added more than 80,000 additional uninsured children in 2017 than 2016.That number nationwide has risen for the first time since data was first collected on the issue in 2008. Tough housing forecast for Houston home buyersLower inventory will lead to home prices in Greater Houston continuing to increase, according to a report by“So there are fewer homes available for sale and the homes that are available are selling faster,” the company’s chief economist, Danielle Hale, said. “That’s helping keep the upward pressure on home prices.”On top of that, Hale expects mortgage rates to go up by half a percent next year. Gas prices in Texas hit year’s lowestTexans are now paying the lowest gas prices of the year. The average price in the state is $2.19 a gallon for regular unleaded fuel, AAA Texas announced.Drivers in Midland are paying the most in the state at $2.85, while drivers in Sherman-Denison are paying just $2.00 per gallon. Houston drivers are paying an average of $2.21. Thursday, November 29, 2018Two people dead after drug stingTwo people have died in a drug sting near Houston’s Magnolia Park neighborhood. Houston Police, SWAT, and DEA agents were watching nine people they believe to be gang members when one suspect began shooting at officers. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said that’s when one officer began shooting defensively, hitting the suspect. He said that officer will be placed on administrative leave while an investigation takes place.Chief @ArtAcevedo Media Briefing on Officer Involved Shooting on 77th St— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) November 29, 2018Acevedo said that after a brief chase and while in police custody, another suspect went into cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at Ben Taub hospital.Acevedo said HPD internal affairs will look over the entire operation. City examines legal options opposing pay parityMichael HagertyPay parity between firefighters and police is now officially part of Houston’s city charter. The city council adopted the amendment on Wednesday, following voters’ approval of Proposition B earlier this month.But Mayor Sylvester Turner is pressing ahead with a potential legal challenge, arguing the measure violates state law. Scrolls saved in synagogue fireGoogle MapsThe Torah Vachesed synagogue in southwest Houston.Congregants and multiple holy items are safe after a Houston synagogue caught fire overnight.The Houston Fire Department said a fire started outside the Torah Vachesed synagogue in southwest Houston and likely found its way inside through the building’s vents. Multiple media outlets report the fire is being investigated as arson, and that firefighters were able to save several holy Torah scrolls. HFD said it took about 20 minutes to contain the blaze. Sharelast_img read more

Database of inbred mouse proteins responsible for strain discrepancies created

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 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. Credit: CC0 Public Domain (—A trio of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Belgium has developed a bioinformatics tool that allows for comparing protein-coding genes of 36 inbred mouse strains to the C57BL/6J strain. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Steven Timmermans, Marc Van Montagu and Claude Libert describe the tool, the database they created using it and applications for other researchers. Citation: Database of inbred mouse proteins responsible for strain discrepancies created (2017, August 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Study identifies unexpected mutation in commonly used research micecenter_img More information: * Database:* Research paper: Complete overview of protein-inactivating sequence variations in 36 sequenced mouse inbred strains, Steven Timmermans, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1706168114AbstractMouse inbred strains remain essential in science. We have analyzed the publicly available genome sequences of 36 popular inbred strains and provide lists for each strain of protein-coding genes that acquired sequence variations that cause premature STOP codons, loss of STOP codons and single nucleotide polymorphisms, and short in-frame insertions and deletions. Our data give an overview of predicted defective proteins, including predicted impact scores, of all these strains compared with the reference mouse genome of C57BL/6J. These data can also be retrieved via a searchable website ( and allow a global, better interpretation of genetic background effects and a source of naturally defective alleles in these 36 sequenced classical and high-priority mouse inbred strains. Explore further © 2017 Scientists use mice to test out ideas, whether behavioral or physical, but as the researchers with this new effort note, not all strains of mice of a given species are the same. A gene mutation in one common strain, for example, can lead to colon polyps, while the same mutation in another strain does not. A failure to account for such characteristics can, quite obviously, lead to problems when researchers choose a strain of mice to conduct experiments. To overcome this problem, Timmermans, Van Montagu and Libert developed a tool to identify such differences between a standard strain and 36 others. Then, they used the tool to catalogue known differences in a database that could be accessed by other researchers.The researchers chose C57BL/6J as the comparative strain because it was the first to be sequenced. The other 36 strains that appear in the database have since also been sequenced. The tool they developed was essentially a technique for using available information about a sequenced strain, looking at the coding regions, computationally mutating them and then translating the DNA codons into their respective amino acid sequences—that allowed for predicting which mutations in which genes would impact which resultant protein. Those results were entered into the database along with other known information obtained through other studies.As the team notes, much of the information in the database has been publicly available for some time, but unfortunately for researchers, not in a single place—they had to do a quite a lot of work to ensure they were not choosing a strain inappropriate for their planned work. Now, all they have to do is search a single database, the results of which will only improve as more data is added when new discoveries are found. The hope is that the database will ease and therefore improve experimental design, resulting in better results.last_img read more

A defensive captain Darnell Dockett undoubtedly t

first_imgA defensive captain, Darnell Dockett undoubtedly takes it personal when the Cardinals struggle to stop opposing offenses. So, after two games saw the Cardinals give up yards aplenty, holding the Seahawks to just 13 points could be seen as a victory, except for the fact that Arizona lost the game. So while improvement may be happening now, Dockett said the team is running out of time to get wins, too.“It is early, but it is time to start trying to click on all cylinders,” he said. “We’re not going to get more games. We’ve got 13 more to go and they’re ticking away.” The good news for Dockett and the Cardinals is that the NFC West appears to be as bad as it’s ever been, with only the 49ers boasting a record better than .500. And, of course, that ever-improving defense, which Dockett said he’s really starting to get the hang of.“I’ve been in the same system for seven years that when a coach would throw up the playbook and throw everything at you I’d just sit in the room and be like ‘OK I’ll take a nap right now, I know all this stuff,’” Dockett said. “Now I’m in there like a rookie, writing down notes, thinking, asking questions on the field, even asking questions during the game.“I’m learning it, I’m definitely learning it, and the faster I learn it the faster that I will just be the player that everybody expects me to be.”Once at that point, though, it may not be Dockett who shows up in the box score or in the highlights for making plays. He’s often double-teamed, meaning he could be doing his job but it won’t matter of someone else doesn’t do theirs.Sunday in Seattle Calais Campbell did just that, collecting three sacks of Seahawks QB Tarvaris Jackson. “In the game last week they kind of went out of their way to double number 90,” he said. Dockett, incidentally, wears number 90, and said it gave his teammate some great opportunities.“It’s OK, I’m happy that Calais was able to make those plays and show what type of player he is.”If Dockett continues learning the system and players like Campbell consistently step up, the defense could very well turn things around and, at the very least, be respectable by season’s end.Arizona Sports’ Kyndra de St. Aubin contributed to this report Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments   Share   Top Stories last_img read more

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