Canadas Best Dressed 2016 See who made the list

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitter The Great White North is known for many things, but this year was definitely one that put Canucks on the style map. From Celine Dion‘s show-stopping wardrobe overhaul and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau‘s parade of homegrown designs to The Weeknd‘s collaboration with Puma and Xavier Dolan‘s Louis Vuitton campaign, our sartorial stars were the talk of the town. So we bring you our list of Canada’s Best Dressed – the 50 who regularly inspire us to step up our game! Login/Register With:last_img read more

Champagne to announce ombudsman for corporate social responsibility

first_imgOTTAWA – The Liberal government is planning to make good on a campaign promise to create an ombudsman with teeth to oversee the conduct of Canadian companies operating abroad.International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne is expected to announce the creation of a new position on Wednesday.Government sources say the new position will be a substantive upgrade to the “corporate responsibility counsellor,” which has been widely criticized as a toothless entity for dealing with misconduct complaints against Canadian companies, mainly in the mining industry.One source, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss a matter not yet made public, said the new ombudsman would have jurisdiction over more than just the mining sector, but provided no further details.The source said the position would be “the first in the world with real independence with real powers, and more than just mining.”It is not clear how much power the newly created position will be given, such as whether it will be able to compel specific behaviour from companies.The Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability, an organization pushing for changes, says it is encouraged by the pending announcement but needs more details on whether the new office will have real powers and independence before endorsing it.“Will the ombudsperson be relying on ministerial discretion to exercise investigator powers? Will the ombudsperson operate autonomously from Global Affairs Canada?” asked Stephanie Gervais, the group’s spokeswoman.The organization also wants Champagne to confirm whether the ombudsman can look at old cases retroactively or just new ones, she said.Hundreds of mining companies operating in Latin America, Africa and Asia make Canada a leading player in the sector. But the sector is periodically the subject of human rights complaints and legal action, often by Indigenous groups.The head of one of the largest investment firms that has consulted closely with the Trudeau government on its economic agenda distributed a letter this week telling big companies they need to step up their corporate responsibility efforts if they want to benefit from their financial largesse.“To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society,” writes Laurence Fink, the chief executive of BlackRock, in a letter that was first obtained by the New York Times this week.If companies don’t engage better with local communities, Fink writes, they will “ultimately lose the license to operate from key stakeholders.”In November 2016, BlackRock was among the of the world’s most powerful institutional investors to take part in a summit hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.According to a draft agenda, Fink and Trudeau were to deliver the opening remarks at the gathering, which used the opportunity to promote Canada as an attractive place to invest. BlackRock was asked to invite its clients to the event.In the lead-up to the summit, BlackRock reportedly participated in biweekly conference calls with Infrastructure Canada and the Privy Council Office to create a presentation Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi was to deliver to the investors.Trudeau will meet more business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, next week in an attempt to continue selling Canada as a prime investment destination.“We must have the full and equal participation of all to have economies that work for everyone and a future that is fairer, more inclusive, and more compassionate,” Trudeau said in a statement.— With files from Andy Blatchford in Ottawalast_img read more

Should we Reject Democracy to Be Able to Drink Whiskey

first_imgRabat- With a matchless spontaneity and an even more commendable honesty, the Algerian singer Khaled said that he supports the candidacy of Abdelaziz Bouteflika for a fourth term, despite all the demonstrations and protests that the country is facing.“At least, with Bouteflika, you can now go out with friends and go in palaces in Algeria,” Khaled said. “You can order a glass of whiskey and drink it. I must say it in the clearest and the most sincerely way of the world.” Khaled doesn’t support the sick candidate for a fourth term because he has a convincing political, economic and social program… No. He supports him because thanks to Bouteflika, he can drink alcohol in public places. This makes Bouteflika a popular candidate because he defends a particular lifestyle based on individual freedom and an open society. The people in Algeria fear these freedoms will evaporate if the president is not reelected.What Khaled said, spontaneously and frankly, is an opinion shared by the Maghreb and Arab elites who avoid declaring this support openly themselves. These people are afraid to see the fundamentalists coming: the great opponents of whiskey in front of (and on behalf of) the Lord– the great enemies of a liberal life.These elites are fighting against any democratic changes in our societies. They fear to see the bearded take positions of power with the hopes to remove certain benefits and freedoms. They hide behind slogans, ideas and attitudes that don’t accurately reflect their fears for their personal freedom, provided by despotic regimes led by secular elites (socialist, liberal or nationalist). So, the secular in our country are struggling against democracy because it could bring in the Islamists. But the latter, unfortunately, represent the majority in these conservative societies.Groups aim to be dictatorial because their despotism is political. The Islamists despotism affects the societal norm, impacting daily routines and personal choices. As between two evils, namely two dictatorships, you need to choose the lesser. Then go with the seculars… So how can we move away from this system that only offers autocratic government or an opposition that is just as much autocratic?There is, of course, a solution, that can be valid only if we consider as a mistake to have to choose between these two camps. What secular and Islamists have retained from democracy is the power of the ballot box, that allows the majority, the day after the elections, to dominate a minority. And this is a serious mistake.Democracy is a package of principles, rules and practices including: protection of individual freedoms, separation and balance of powers, freedom of the press, and rights for minorities…. The system that defends the right of minorities is always democracy, not absolutism.An elected government has no right to ban someone from drinking alcohol, a woman from  going to the beach or a girl from wearing jeans. This comes, indeed, under the individual freedoms. People who know their freedoms and the meaning of democracy can’t accept the guardianship or autocracy, even if it’s religious. This is true that in Afghanistan, Sudan or Iran, a particular way of life is imposed by the political powers by force. But they arrived at the head of their country by violence, coup, revolution, and armed conflict. Not in a democratic way.A large part of the political, cultural and media elites fears or feared the Arab Spring, and  didn’t support the enthusiasm of young people in their respective countries for democracy. These elites feared for their lifestyles and finally chose autocracy and despotism instead of freedom and liberalism.Translated by Nahla Landoulsi. Edited by Saba Naseemlast_img read more

Sri Lanka and Vietnam to advance bilateral political cooperation

The two sides stressed the importance of continuing to work together at regional and multilateral fora for advancing shared interests and on mutually important issues.Đặng Đình Quý, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam also called on Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana. Sri Lanka and Vietnam today reaffirmed the commitment to further consolidate and advance bilateral political and economic cooperation.The Third Meeting of the Sri Lanka-Vietnam Political Consultations was held today in Colombo at senior official level. A wide range of matters in the areas of mutual collaboration and ongoing programmes in the fields of agriculture, fisheries, education and training, trade and investment, culture and tourism were reviewed and discussed. The Sri Lanka delegation was led by Sumith Nakandala, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Vietnam delegation was headed by Đặng Đình Quý, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam. A MoU between the Foreign Ministries of Sri Lanka and Vietnam, signed in October 2011 paved the way for enhancing bilateral cooperation through political consultations.The first and second meetings of Political Consultations between Sri Lanka and Vietnam were held in 2012 in Colombo and 2013 in Hanoi, respectively. Senior officials of the two Foreign Ministries and other line agencies also participated in the Meeting. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Couple charged with fraud over 5000

Two Norfolk residents have been charged following a fraud investigation in Port Rowan.Family members alerted police after discovering inconsistencies with financial transactions involving a relative and a personal support worker.The transactions occurred between September, 2016, and August, 2018.Last weekend, Norfolk OPP arrested a female personal support worker, 36, and charged her with fraud over $5,000.The woman’s 40-year-old husband was also arrested and charged with fraud over $5,000.The pair will answer the charges in the Ontario Court of Justice in Simcoe March 19. read more

CVS Caremarks 1stquarter profit climbs 9 pct Walgreen contract dispute helps business

CVS Caremark Corp. gained millions of new prescriptions in the first quarter due to a contract impasse between two rivals, and now the drugstore chain wants to keep the growth going by ensuring that those customers stick around and use the rest of its store.The Woonsocket, R.I., company said Wednesday its first-quarter earnings climbed 9 per cent, and it raised its profit forecast for 2012 because the end of a contract between Walgreen Co. and Express Scripts Inc. prompted Walgreen customers to migrate to CVS stores. Walgreen, the nation’s largest drugstore chain stopped filling prescriptions for Express Scripts, the biggest pharmacy benefits manager, at the end of 2011, when a contract between the two companies ran out.CEO Larry Merlo estimates that his company filled about 5.7 million to 6.5 million additional prescriptions in the first quarter due to Walgreen-Express Scripts dispute, which added about 3 cents per share to his company’s earnings. All told, CVS Caremark filled more than 179 million prescriptions at its retail pharmacies in the first three months of 2012.Merlo said his company focused first on making the Walgreen-to-CVS switch as smooth as possible for pharmacy customers. Now they want that customer to start using the front-end, or the rest of its stores. CVS Caremark predicts another gain of between 3 cents and 4 cents per share for its second quarter earnings, assuming Walgreen and Express Scripts don’t start doing business again.Even if that happens, the new customers CVS snared will likely stick around, analyst Dave Shove said in a research note. He covers drugstores for BMO Capital Markets.“We suspect that sales will continue to benefit throughout the year, with or without a resolution by the companies,” Shove wrote.In the first quarter, CVS Caremark earned $776 million, or 59 cents per share. That compares with $713 million, or 52 cents per share, in last year’s quarter. Revenue rose 20 per cent to $30.8 billion.Adjusted earnings were 65 cents per share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected, on average, earnings of 62 cents per share on $30.3 billion in revenue.CVS Caremark runs a pharmacy benefits management business and is the second-largest U.S. drugstore chain after Walgreen. CVS operated 7,352 retail drugstores at the end of March.CVS said revenue at stores open at least a year climbed more than 8 per cent. Pharmacy sales grew nearly 10 per cent, even though a weak flu season hurt business and the introduction of some generic drugs pinched revenue. An earlier-than-expected start to the allergy season partially offset those factors, and an extra day in the quarter caused by the leap year helped sales.Revenue at stores open at least a year is a key indicator of a retailer’s health because it excludes the impact of recently opened or closed stores.Revenue from the company’s Caremark pharmacy benefits management, or PBM, segment climbed 32 per cent to $18.3 billion, mainly because of business gained from the acquisition of Universal American Corp.’s Medicare prescription drug business.PBMs run prescription drug plans for employers, insurers and other customers. They use large purchasing power to negotiate lower drug prices and make money by reducing costs for health plan sponsors and members.CVS Caremark now expects 2012 adjusted earnings to range between $3.23 and $3.33 per share. That’s up from a previous forecast of $3.18 to $3.28 per share. Analysts expect, on average, 2012 earnings of $3.29 per share. Company officials said they don’t include a gain from the Walgreen situation beyond the second quarter because the situation is fluid.Company shares climbed 2.7 per cent, or $1.21 cents, to close at $45.92 Wednesday, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell slightly. by News Staff Posted May 2, 2012 8:11 pm MDT CVS Caremark’s 1st-quarter profit climbs 9 pct; Walgreen contract dispute helps business AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN revises world hunger figures blames flawed method data for faulty 1

UN revises world hunger figures, blames flawed method, data for faulty 1 billion estimate by News Staff Posted Oct 9, 2012 4:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ROME – The United Nations now says its 2009 headline-grabbing announcement that 1 billion people in the world were hungry was off-target and that the number is actually more like 870 million.The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization blamed flawed methodology and poor data for the bum projection, and said it now uses a much more accurate set of parameters and statistics to calculate its annual estimate of the world’s hungry.FAO issued its 2012 state of food insecurity report on Tuesday, and its core point was to set the record straight about the number of the world’s undernourished people, applying the more accurate data retroactively back to 1990.And the good news, FAO said, is that the number of hungry people has actually been declining steadily — rather than increasing — over the past two decades, although progress has slowed since the 2007-2008 food crises and the global economic downturn.FAO said that if the right action is taken now to boost economic growth and invest in agriculture, particularly in poor countries, the U.N. goal of reducing by one-half the number of the world’s hungry people by 2015 is very much within reach.To be sure, 870 million hungry people is still far too many hungry people, said the heads of the three U.N. food agencies in a forward to the report.“In today’s world of unprecedented technical and economic opportunities, we find it entirely unacceptable that more than 100 million children under the age of five are underweight, and are therefore unable to realize their full socio-economic and human potential,” they wrote.FAO made headlines in 2009 when it announced that 1 billion people — one-sixth of the world’s population — were undernourished. A high-level summit was called at FAO headquarters in Rome. The U.N. chief went on a daylong hunger strike to show solidarity with the 1 billion. The Group of Eight devoted much of its summit that year to pledging $20 billion for seeds, fertilizers and tools to help poor nations feed themselves.It turns out, though, that the projections were wrong. They were calculated using figures from non-U.N. sources that were fed into the U.N.’s number-crunching model, because FAO was under pressure from governments to quickly come up with an estimate of how many people might go hungry from the dual crises of high food prices and the global downturn, said Kostas Stamoulis, director of FAO’s agricultural development economics division.“There was considerable fear that that combination of lower incomes and higher prices was going to cause significant undernourishment,” said Jomo Kwame Sundaram, FAO’s assistant director-general for economic and social development.But now, “no one really knows for sure if at any particular period whether that 1 billion figure was actually reached or not,” he said, explaining that the goal is to assess chronic hunger, rather than spikes caused by temporary food shortages and price hikes.What the U.N. couldn’t know at the time was how well governments would respond to the crises to protect their poorest, and how individual families would make sacrifices — such as in health care or education — to make sure they had enough food on the table, said Jomo.“So it was in a way a mistake, an error, that we have made with many other organizations at the time,” said Pietro Gennari, the statistics director for the FAO’s economic and social development department.Already, in 2010 FAO said the number of the world’s hungry was down to 925 million, though it didn’t explain how it came to that figure. On Tuesday, FAO officials said the new number of hungry people for 2012 was 870 million, and the organization revised all of its figures from 1990 using a new methodology based on:—New population data from the U.N. Population Fund. China’s population estimate for the 1990s, for example, has been revised upward by some 25 million people, whereas Bangladesh’s population has been revised downwards by 17 million people. That affects hunger statistics because food production figures are divided by population figures.—Estimates of food loss at the retail level. Previously, FAO considered the amount of food produced as the amount of food available to feed the world. The agency didn’t take into account that one-third of all food produced is wasted along the distribution chain, either because it spoils, is eaten by rodents or is otherwise inedible. The 2012 survey takes into account these losses.—New demographic and health surveys that measure people’s height. FAO had been relying on 20-year-old World Health Organization statistics to determine how many calories were needed based on body mass, with taller people requiring more calories than shorter ones. For the 2012 report, FAO is using new height surveys to determine caloric requirements.“What we are saying is we are recalculating everything with new data, improved data, and what we believe to be an improved methodology,” said Jomo, the assistant director-general.That said, he stressed that all hunger estimates by their nature are conservative. FAO’s caloric requirements, for example, assume a sedentary lifestyle, even though many of the world’s hungry often do strenuous manual labour, thus requiring more calories to meet their food needs.And the figures only look at calories needed for energy, not the protein and other nutrients that are critical for development, particularly for the young.Oddly enough, with the new number-crunching methods, FAO discovered that the world’s hungry actually did hit the 1 billion mark, but it was back in 1990-1992. The world just didn’t know it then because the FAO was using the old data that set the hungry figure for that period at 848.4 million.______Follow Nicole Winfield at read more

South Korean beer market gets a Canadian makeover led by BC brewer

by Peter Henderson, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 8, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jul 8, 2015 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Dan Vroon says he didn’t set out to transform the South Korean beer industry, but the Abbotsford, B.C., native’s attempt to bring craft beer to the masses has kick-started a revolution in a market long dominated by a duopoly.Vroon’s Craftworks Taphouse and Bistro in Seoul was one of the first in a new wave of craft breweries that have renewed interest in craft beer in the country, a market long dominated by a local duopoly.Vroon said before he entered the business in 2010, imports of North American brews from the Boston Beer Company and Edmonton’s Alley Cat Brewing Company were the only way for South Korea’s large ex-pat community to get a taste of home.He set out to build a craft brewery to serve that crowd, as well as locals looking for something other than the rice-based, low-alcohol lagers from Hite Brewery Company and Oriental Brewing that dominate South Korean taps.“They were missing the market entirely,” he said.Vroon said he ran up against the thicket of regulation that had stopped the flow of beer from other craft breweries, even after an early-2000s push from the South Korean government to open up its beer industry.Vroon pushed back against rules that required breweries have more than one million litres of capacity before selling to wholesalers, which he said essentially prevented anyone but the largest brewers from distributing their products.He said he also pushed for transparency on taxation after the first brewery he worked with was nearly bankrupted by an unexpected tax bill more than ten times what authorities had predicted.He said he did his best to work within rules that prevented or made prohibitively expensive the importing of the yeast and hops necessary to make a top-quality brew.“The brewing laws were written in the 1950s,” he said. “Nobody was around who understood them.”Vroon’s efforts soon bore fruit as he found the South Korean government receptive to new ideas that could promote local business.In 2011, the government reduced the distributing requirement from one million litres of capacity to 120,000 litres, one of the first in a series of reforms that Vroon said has reinvigorated the craft beer market.And as more breweries come online, he said, there are more voices pressuring the government for reform.“They haven’t given us everything, but they’ve definitely freed up the brewers to distribute their beer, cut some of the taxation and gave rebates for the smaller guys,” Vroon said. “Now, the craft beer scene is booming.”Some of the beers Craftworks offers: the Jirisan Moon Bear India Pale Ale, the Seorak Oatmeal Stout and Baekdusan unfiltered wheat beer.Vroon’s work in developing a craft-brew palate among South Koreans has inspired others to bring in Canadian beer to meet the rising demand.Brock Rodgers, co-founder of the Mission Springs Brewery in Mission, B.C., now exports around 40 per cent of his production of hops-heavy, full-flavoured beers to South Korea after beginning shipments in 2013.“At that time, Dan (Vroon) was the only guy in town that was doing anything craft and doing it well,” he said.Rodgers said even with significant import taxes on his products that send the price well above domestic competition, his business is doing well because they are viewed as a premium product.“There’s a somewhat well-founded belief over there that products from Canada are healthier, that the water’s better, the air is better,” he said. “If it’s made in Busan it kind of loses whatever authenticity it might have.” South Korean beer market gets a Canadian makeover, led by B.C. brewer Dan Vroon pours a beer in this undated, handout photo. Vroon says he didn’t set out to transform the South Korean beer industry, but the Abbotsford, B.C., native’s attempt to bring craft beer to the masses has kick-started a revolution in a market long dominated by a duopoly. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ho-Rob Titley read more

Ohio State mens soccer wins Big Ten opener against Northwestern

Junior defender Kyle Culbertson (3) fights to keep the ball in bounds during a game against Northwestern on Sept. 14 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 2-0.Credit: Muyao Shen / Lantern photographerFor the first weekend this season, the Ohio State men’s soccer team wasn’t working overtime.OSU (2-0-3) defeated Northwestern (2-1-2) in the Big Ten conference opener for both teams by a final score of 2-0 Sunday. While the conference foes both came into the game undefeated, the Buckeyes walked out as one of two unbeaten teams in the Big Ten. The other is OSU’s opponent next weekend, Penn State.“We’ve talked all week long about how important it is to get off to a good start in conference play,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “It was a beautiful day, and I think a very, very good performance by our team today.”This game marked a rarity for OSU this season as it was the team’s first game to finish in the regulation time of 90 minutes. The first three games were double overtime draws, and the Sept. 7 victory against Elon still took an overtime period to complete.“It was good (to finish a game in regulation), and I’m glad to have that happen,” Bluem said. “We had a week off since we last played, but we literally took three days off this week. We did not practice Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday to let the guys recover, so we were pretty beat up.”After a first half devoid of many opportunities for either team, OSU broke through during the 54th minute with a goal by defender Kyle Culbertson. The junior received a pass from senior midfielder Yianni Sarris from about 20 yards out, and sent a curving shot that glanced off the head of Northwestern redshirt-senior midfielder Connor Holloway and redirected over senior goalkeeper Tyler Miller’s head.“I think we had a pretty good game plan for them, trying to spread it out with their three (defenders) in the back that stayed tight and just exploit the space we could find,” Culbertson said. “I think we did a nice job on both sides and it paid off for us.”The goal was the first of Culbertson’s time at OSU. The double transfer from Columbia and Akron made his Buckeye debut this season after sitting out last season because of the NCAA’s double transfer rules.“It’s definitely a nice feeling, for sure,” Culbertson said about scoring his first goal. “But I think the win feels a little better.”The exclamation point was put on the game a little less than 20 minutes later when freshman forward Marcus McCrary raced ahead of the defense and sent a pass across the net to a diving Culbertson. Culbertson got the shot off, but it was knocked down by the hand of the Northwestern defender.Junior defender Liam Doyle took the penalty kick that came as a result of the handball and put it in the lower-right corner of the net. It was Doyle’s second goal of the season, both coming off penalty kicks.“It was a bit of mind games going on in the box, because I took one before and one of the defenders said, ‘You know where he’s going, you watch,’ so I just decided to go the other way, and it worked out,” Doyle said.Northwestern had previously been nearly untouchable in second halves this season. The Wildcats had outscored opponents 6-0 in latter halves, but the Buckeyes had no problem turning that trend around, controlling the ball throughout the second half.“In the previous games, we had been struggling offensively,” Doyle said. “We’ve been working on that throughout the week and it paid off. They played with three in the back, so it left the wide man vulnerable, and we got in the box because it’s hard for that man, wide on his own. So that was our game plan.” Redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov recorded a shutout, his third of the season. However, Ivanov did not require the services of a save, as Northwestern was held without a shot on goal for the entire contest.“That was nice,” Doyle said about holding the Wildcats without a shot on goal. “It’s just communication. This is another game together, we’re progressing and training every weekend, we’re just used to each other, and we’re solid as a unit, right from front to back.”Northwestern had only allowed one goal on the season, which the Buckeyes managed to double during the second half.OSU is set to hit the road next weekend to take on two-time defending Big Ten champion Penn State in State College, Pa., on Sunday. The team is then scheduled to return home to face Akron on Sept. 24. read more

Fastfood customers can be tricked into choosing healthier options by switching menu

Researchers from universities in Manchester and the University of Warwick found that sales of Coke Zero increased and sales of Coca-Cola decreased – both by more than 300 per store.Purchases of Coca-Cola fell by 34 per store (9%) on average in the week following the change, while sales of Coke Zero increased by 19 (21%).Sales of Coca-Cola fell by 345 per store (7%) on average in the 12 weeks after the change, while sales of Coke Zero increased by 317 (30%).Customers expecting Coca-Cola to be in a certain place were prompted to consider the sugar-free alternative when the two were swapped.The authors believe that, by disrupting the expectation of the consumer, they were given a chance to reconsider “their otherwise habitual menu choice”.The swap was effective regardless of how deprived the area the restaurant was in, the study, published in the Psychology & Marketing journal, found.Dr Ivo Vlaev, a behavioural scientist from Warwick Business School who co-authored the study, said he found it “shocking” that such a significant change had been observed, given that all of the options were still available to consumers.He said: “You can call it a cognitive trick. It’s based on a bias, or a psychological blind spot we have when we are looking at the range of options in front of us or the world outside of us, because we focus our attention on things that are more salient, or are immediately coming in front of us – our eyes follow certain patterns when we are looking at the world, as when you’re reading a page in a magazine.”The researchers initially worked with McDonald’s, which funded the study, to make Coke Zero the “default” choice when ordering a meal.However, they were not able to do this because some people are allergic to the sweeteners used to replace sugar.They also tried to get staff to prompt customers to choose healthier options but found that they did not always have time or remember, Dr Vlaev said.He said that other retailers should take note of the “promising results”, amid policy interventions such as the sugar tax and rules around fast food outlets by schools. It is best known for its meal deals, calorie-laden fast foods and for being a guilty pleasure.Yet McDonald’s – home of the Big Mac, Happy Meal, and McNuggets – has discovered how to “trick” customers into choosing healthier meal options. The revelation came about when the fast-food chain changed the position of items on the menu. It found that customers using touch-screen order kiosks were persuaded to choose less sugary options when researchers changed the order of the list of soft drinks.The icon for Coke Zero, which contains no sugar, was moved to the first spot on the top left of the touch screens in 622 stores for 12 weeks in 2016.Meanwhile, Coca-Cola – which contains 140 calories per can – was relocated down the list to the lowest location on the screens. 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

Dublin is getting a new air route and a new way to

first_img Image: Steve Parsons Apr 19th 2017, 8:26 AM Share Tweet Email14 Wednesday 19 Apr 2017, 8:26 AM 63,040 Views QATAR AIRWAYS HAS announced it will run flights from Dublin to the Qatari capital of Doha from 12 June.The route will be Ireland’s first ever direct link to Qatar, which is set to host football’s World Cup in 2022.It will also be Qatar Airways’ first Irish route.Doha’s Hamad International Airport acts as a hub in the gulf region, meaning that passengers can fly to 150 destinations, including Sydney, Tokyo, Bangkok and Beijing.Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, said the new route to Dublin connects the airline to “an important and growing international hub.”“Qatar Airways is very pleased to add Dublin to its route network. Ireland’s increasing presence in international business and affairs, and its status as a major tourism centre, makes it an attractive investment.“I am immensely proud of Qatar Airways’ continued global expansion.”The Dublin-Doha route will be serviced by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Daily flights will leave Dublin at 7.45am and 3.25pm every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and at 8.50am every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.Read: Beaten and left to die in a burning home: New appeal over 2012 murder of James CahillaneRead: Adidas sorry for email praising those who ‘survived’ Boston Marathon Short URL By Paul Hosford Image: Steve Parsons Dublin is getting a new air route – and a new way to fly to Australia It will also be Qatar Airways’ first Irish route. 73 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Cloud Drive le système de stockage en ligne dAmazon

first_imgCloud Drive, le système de stockage en ligne d’AmazonLa société d’achats en ligne propose un système de stockage de vidéos, photos et musique en ligne qui permet de se passer d’un disque dur externe.Amazon devance Google, Apple et Microsoft. La société américaine a ainsi lancé Amazon Cloud Drive, un système de stockage en ligne de fichiers numériques. Plus besoin de disque dur physique pour transporter votre musique avec ce procédé, il suffit d’avoir un ordinateur relié à Internet ou un smartphone possédant l’application adéquate pour y accéder. Amazon Cloud Drive propose ainsi 5 Go de stockage gratuit, capacité extensible à 20 Go pour un an dès l’achat d’un album MP3 et avec abonnement pour de la capacité supplémentaire, explique Generation-NT. Il sera en outre possible d’y accéder via l’application Amazon MP3 pour Android, la plateforme d’achat de musique d’Amazon sur terminaux mobiles. Pour l’instant, ce système est uniquement réservé aux Etats-Unis mais ne devrait pas tarder à s’étendre. Le 29 mars 2011 à 11:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Ex Barca captain insists Lionel Messi is from a different planet

first_imgFormer Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez is full of praise for the Argentine international wonder Lionel Messi as he describes him as a being ‘from another planet’ who has continued to improve.For almost 10 years, Messi and former Barca captain Hernandez played alongside each other at the Camp Nou before Hernandez now joined Qatari club Al-Sadd as a central midfielder.“Messi continues to improve, to develop new qualities and add more ability,” Xavi told Super Deportivo de Villa Trinidad, as cited by Marca as quoted by Football Espana.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“He is from another planet and we are fortunate we can watch him every week at Barcelona, he has been here for the last 14 years and hopefully more to come.“Will he return to Argentina? I believe he will return because he is extremely competitive and once he has had his time to reflect, I believe he will return to win with Argentina.“Maradona’s criticism? It seems unfair, because to play for a national team with such high levels of expectation is not easy. The game is different now than his era.”last_img read more

Kenai Peninsula Schools Participate In Sources Of Strength Training

first_imgKPBSD reported an increase in students flagged as high risk of suicide since the start of this school year. The district administers a suicide risk assessment whenever a student talks about harming himself/herself, or if there is concern that a student has thoughts about hurting himself/herself. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Students from all over the Kenai Peninsula are taking part in Sources of Strength, Suicide Prevention and Awareness training, this week. Assistant Superintendent for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District John O’Brien: “Sources of Strength is a strength-based comprehensive wellness program focused on suicide prevention but also addresses other issues such as substance abuse violence, and other adverse child experiences that many of our students face.” O’Brien: “Pretty impressive program, and we are proud to bring that to our schools here in the district.” center_img KPBSD received a variety of grants from the Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) and the Alaska Community Foundation to support suicide prevention programming and training. In the spring of 2017, over 75 students and adults from Homer, Kenai, and Seward received training in Sources of Strength. According to the district they given out roughly 46 assessments since the start of the school year. Last year, the school administered roughly 140 assessments. The district will notify a parent right away of the results of each assessment. The district will then offer either internal or external support for the student depending on their risk level.last_img read more

Delhis romance is long gone

first_imgOnce upon a time, when the smog hadn’t settled on Delhi like it does now,  a wiry young man would turn his lens on history and capture them for posterity. Starting from 1966, the man — known to the world as Raghu Rai — would peel the layers of the city like one peels an onion and get to the crux of it, always coming up with shots that remain frozen in the history of time. But Rai wishes time stood still in Delhi even though he hails progress. ‘The romance of Delhi is long gone,’ he rues. Rai dislikes the way Delhi has changed over the years and feels modernisation has taken away from the essence of the city. ‘The change is directionless with no aesthetics. It is haphazard growth,’ he says, adding: ‘The ancient India feel is long gone. The modern architecture is nothing great. We are lost in between.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Rai has now attempted to recreate Delhi’s past, although briefly, with a solo exhibition titled Delhi… that was. The exhibition has 51 photographs which capture monuments and slices of life in a Delhi that is now lost forever to the ravages of time. He hates the chaotic construction that has happened around the monuments. ‘When I started back in 1966, there were wheat fields behind Humayun’s Tomb and behind that one could see railway tracks. That ethos and feel of old Hindustan is now gone. Progress is fine but there is no aesthetics in the cityscape anymore,’ says the ace photographer.   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix The photographs span four decades of Rai’s works. ‘These capture scenes of Delhi that are not possible today because the monuments, skyline and landscape have changed,’ explains curator Anubhav Nath. The works are up for sale for those interested and start at Rs 51,000. These include black and white and coloured shots on various subjects and offer a slice of both traditional and contemporary India.  From Safdarjung’s tomb to Humayun’s Tomb (of which there are multiple shots capturing myriad moments), Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk, the river Yamuna and Red Fort before it was fenced off and given the artificial driveway look — there are many photographs which document the passage of time in Delhi. So how has Delhi changed over the years? ‘The effect of globalisation is very strong. The youth is lost in that. It is a hotch potch now. The kind of clothes people wear when they go to the monuments just don’t blend anymore,’ Rai says. He is not too fond, either, of the changes that have happened inside the monuments. ‘They have just made lawns inside the monuments, nothing else,’ he rues. And which parts of Delhi still manage to attract him enough to capture them on camera? Rai lists Jama Masjid, Red Fort, the Mehrauli area, old delhi, Tughlaqabad and Old Fort as his favourites. ‘These areas still have large chunks of landscape which relate to the essence of old Delhi,’ he says.  Since there is no way one can turn back time, we are only left with Rai’s images to look back with fondness at what we have lost.DETAILAt: Ojas Art, 1AQ, Qutab Minar Main Roundabout On Till: 9 DecemberTimings: 11 am to 7 pmPhone: 26644145last_img read more

Colin Brad Stevens is the NBAs Belichick

first_imgAfter advancing to the second round of the NBA Playoffs without their two best players, the Celtics blitzed the surging Sixers. 117-101, in Game 1 of their second round matchup while also missing Jaylen Brown.Colin thinks this Celtics playoff run, regardless of when it ends, is definitive proof that Brad Stevens is the best coach in the NBA. He’s separated himself from the pack, much like his crosstown NFL counterpart Bill Belichick.In addition to having an x and o advantage in every game, Stevens squeezes every ounce of production out of every player on the roster. Even with a skeleton roster in the playoffs, Stevens has turned mostly unknown Terry Rozier into a postseason star. He’s also developed Jaylen Brown from a draft prospect who can’t shoot into a borderline all-star. Without fail, he makes B players A players, and C players B players.Colin has made it clear that he thinks Ben Simmons is the NBA’s transcendent talent, but he thinks Boston, led by Stevens. will be the team to beat in the East in the coming years and win it all next year. If Stevens managing a playoff run like this with backups, what will he do with a loaded, healthy roster? It will be scary.“Last night confirmed Boston now has two teams that are easily the best coached in their respective sport… This is why I said next year Boston is going to start a dynasty.” @ColinCowherd on the brilliance of Celtics coach Brad Stevens— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) May 1, 2018last_img read more

Silversea to undergo fleetwide refurbishment biggest one in its history

first_imgSilversea to undergo fleet-wide refurbishment, biggest one in its history Tags: Silversea Cruises Share MONACO – Silversea has announced that it will be undergoing the biggest fleet-wide refurbishment plan in its history, worth US$170 million and scheduled to begin this fall.Silver Whisper, host to the iconic World Cruise, will undergo a refurbishment at the end of 2016. The ultra-luxe suites will be upgraded with marble-floors in bathrooms, while public spaces will also get a refresh. The pool will be freshly tiled and include new chaise longues, plus dining areas at The Restaurant and La Terrazza will be re-skinned with new carpeting and hardwood parquet, respectively.In addition, Silver Whisper’s communications hub is set for a major overhaul with the addition of two satellite antennas, vastly improving Internet speeds onboard and enabling guests to take full advantage of the new, interactive TVs and on-demand movies available in every suite.The refurbishment program extends to Silver Wind during her dry dock scheduled for October 2016. Refurbishments include new furniture and furnishings, technology upgrades, new flooring in restaurants, and a complete overhaul of the pool deck.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsBeyond the Classic fleet, Silver Discoverer, the cruise line’s Expedition vessel, will also benefit from this investment in 2016, entering dry dock in October. The Restaurant will be remodeled with a more contemporary look, the pool grill will receive new furniture, The Discoverer lounge will transform from a breakfast venue to a sophisticated lounge, and new AV technology and furniture will be included in the Explorer Lounge as well.“We are thrilled to be moving ahead with these major refurbishments and look forward to welcoming guests aboard and sharing our unique vision of ultra-luxury cruising, both in terms of service and physical environment,” said Manfredi Lefebvre, Chairman of Silversea. “We pride ourselves on being the reference when it comes to ultra-luxury cruising and this investment reflects our long-term commitment in this regard toward our ships, our guests and our crew.”Further fleet-wide refurbishment will be communicated in due course. Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, August 4, 2016 Posted bylast_img read more

African leaders meet in Ethiopia amid Mali crisis

first_img Top Stories “We are determined to do what we can to help the people of Mali in their time of need,” Ban said. “Humanitarian agencies are helping suffering civilians. The United Nations has also sent specialists on the military and political tracks. This is a moral imperative for all in the international community. I have presented to the Security Council my recommendation on the logistics support package for (the Mali force).”With Mali at the top of the agenda, African leaders hope they can make quick progress in deploying a substantial number of African troops there. As the African leaders met, French special forces fighting alongside Malian troops were pushing farther north into the Malian desert in an offensive against al Qaida-linked Islamists who took control of northern Mali more than nine months ago.Africa’s economic boom is threatened by violent conflicts across the continent, African Union officials said at the summit.“While we are proud of the progress made in expanding and consolidating peace and security on the continent, we also acknowledge that much still needs to be done to resolve ongoing, renewed and new conflict situations in a number of countries,” said African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Ban urged the two Sudans to resume direct talks and spoke of the “dangerous humanitarian situation in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states.”“In Sudan and South Sudan the parties have taken positive steps to resolve outstanding issues,” Ban said. “But they should make more progress in meeting their agreements.”Mediators led by former South African leader Thabo Mbeki have until July to push the two sides to agree on the status of the disputed Abyei region as well as other contested border areas.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Dlamini-Zuma said the Peace and Security Council of the African Union will report to the summit on efforts to resolve conflicts in countries ranging from Mali to Madagascar.The Peace and Security Council of the African Union said in a statement Saturday that it wanted “the early operationalization of the African Standby Force” in Mali. The council also said it fully supports Mali President Dioncounda Traore but urged him to put in place a roadmap to free and fair elections. It also said the African Union is committed to preserving the unity of Mali and would “spare no efforts” to safeguard the country’s territorial integrity.A number of African countries have pledged to send troops to Mali, and on Tuesday the African Union will hold a conference of donors with hopes that money will be raised for the Mali force. The Peace and Security Council of the African Union urged member states to “seize the opportunity of the donors’ conference … to meaningfully contribute toward the mobilization of the necessary resources.”The council also urged the international community to contribute generously to the Mali force.Meanwhile, the leaders of Sudan and South Sudan met at the summit in Addis Ababa, although African Union officials said they did not expect them to make much headway. South Sudan President Salva Kiir and Sudan President Omar al-Bashir earlier this month agreed to “the unconditional and speedy” implementation of deals they had reached back in September. But a subsequent meeting of the two countries’ negotiating teams that should have outlined timetable for the deal’s implementation ended in disagreement.center_img Sponsored Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system Associated PressADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) – African leaders met in the Ethiopian capital Sunday for talks dominated by the conflict in Mali as well as lingering territorial issues between the two Sudans.The African Union says it will deploy a force in Mali, where French troops are helping the Malian army to push back Islamist extremists whose rebellion threatens to divide the West African nation.United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is attending the two-day summit in Addis Ababa, where Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn took over from President Yayi Boni of Benin as chairperson of the African Union. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daylast_img read more

As part of Taj Hotels EARTH initiative Taj Hotel

first_imgAs part of Taj Hotels’ EARTH initiative, Taj Hotels’ employees volunteered to be part of a seven-member team that embarked on a clean-up expedition of the Gangotri Glacier, the source of the Ganges River.Battling extreme weather conditions and surviving sub-zero temperatures, the team set a world record by climbing the 21,364 feet Mt. Bhagirathi II peak in seven days.The team collected and cleared away approximately 220 pounds of metal scrap, butane-propane fuel canisters, tins, abandoned camping equipment, plastic bottles, and plastic bags.For more information: www.tajhotels.comlast_img read more

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