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Jane Fonda To Be Honored At Los Angeles LGBT Center Vanguard Awards

first_imgThe Los Angeles LGBT Center is proud to announce that two-time Academy Award winner Jane Fonda and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Ron Nyswaner will be honored at the Center’s 46th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards on November 7 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.Fonda will receive the award from the incomparable Lily Tomlin, her co-star in the hit show Grace and Frankie. Nyswaner’s award will be presented by Frances McDormand.Additional participants and attendees will be announced in the coming weeks. One of the nation’s premier LGBT charity events, the Center’s Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards will bring together more than 1,200 LGBT people and their allies to enjoy cocktails, dinner, and entertainment, while celebrating inspirational honorees who exemplify courage, compassion, and a relentless tenacity for creating positive change in the world. The evening also features an extensive silent auction that includes high-end items, packages, and experiences.“This honor means a lot to me. The work that the Center does for the LGBT community, its children, and extended families is profound and essential,” said Fonda, who will soon appear in director Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth.Fonda became a friend and ally to the LGBT community at a time when celebrities advocating for LGBT rights was almost unthinkable. She campaigned with Harvey Milk against California’s anti-LGBT Briggs Initiative, fought Anita Bryant – the notorious activist who demonized LGBT with a campaign to repeal an anti-discrimination ordinance in Florida – and has been a lifelong supporter of the LGBT community and champion for human rights.“Since long before I worked with Jane, I was in awe of her energy, activism, and generosity,” said Tomlin. “Three decades later, I am still in awe of her and feel truly privileged to bestow this well-deserved honor. She has earned this over and over and over in her lifetime.”Nyswaner is an openly gay writer, producer, documentary filmmaker, activist and pioneer in LGBT-related films. He’s the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of Philadelphia, the first major studio film to address homophobia and AIDS, and is the winner of a Peabody Award for his film Soldier’s Girl, which tells the true-life story of transgender heroine Calpernia Addams. More recently he wrote Freeheld—starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page—the groundbreaking story of a woman’s struggle to win her lesbian partner’s pension benefits after she’s diagnosed with terminal cancer. He is also the co-creator of the Nyswaner/Salzman Film Archive, the fourth largest LGBT film archive in the United States.Please visit www.lgbtvanguardawards.org for additional information including details on how to purchase tickets.Sponsors of the Center’s Anniversary Vanguard Awards include Diamond Sponsor: Wells Fargo; Platinum Sponsors: AT&T DirecTV and The Palette Fund; Gold Sponsors: Anita May Rosenstein Foundation, American Airlines, Comcast NBCUniversal, Nordstrom, Bloomberg Philanthropies, General Motors, U.S. Bank, Van Fletcher & Skip Paul, Southern California Gas Company, Barry McCabe, PacFed, Greg Fullmer/Danny Hawkins/Douglas Dyakon, Curt Shepard & Alan Hergott, and Lionsgate; Silver Sponsors: The Huntington, Ralphs/Food4Less, Union Bank, Target, Out@WB, The David Bohnett Foundation, Johnson Controls, The Hyatt Regency Century City Plaza, LabCorp, Rose Greene, Nihon Kohden, UTA Foundation, and JPMorgan Chase & Co.; In-Kind Sponsors: Pride.com & The Advocate, LA Pride, Stoli, Pasquini Coffee, and Lesbian News; and Official Wine Sponsor: Kobler Estate Winerylast_img read more


October 16, 2019 0

Lea Michele ties knot with fiance

first_imgLos Angeles: Glee alum Lea Michele has tied the knot with her fiance Zandy Reich. The 32-year-old actor and the 36-year-old president of AYR clothing company, had announced their engagement in April last year. They had been dating for about two years. According to People, the couple got married in a romantic ceremony in Northern California. “We are so excited to be married and grateful to be surrounded by our friends and family,” the couple told the outlet. “And most of all, we’re so happy to spend the rest of our lives together,” they further added. The wedding was attended by family members and friends, including Michele’s Glee co-stars Darren Criss and Becca Tobin, along with Scream Queens actor Emma Roberts.last_img read more


October 12, 2019 0

Morocco MCCE to Organize National Meeting on Public Policy

Casablanca- In collaboration with the regional board of the Moroccan Journalists Union in Benslimane, the Moroccan Center for Civic Education (MCCE), supported by the United Nation Democracy Fund (UNDEF), is organizing a national meeting on public policy in Bouznika (40 kilometres from Casablanca) from 9 to 11 May 2014.The event aims to engage youth and civil society in a constructive public policy dialogue with local decision makers and community leaders.Taking part in this event are the Governor of Benslimane, Ministers and MPs representing different political parties, as well as local authorities. This national workshop is organized within the framework of a regional project (Engaging Civil Society and Youth in Public Policies in North Africa), which targets three North African countries: Morocco, Tunisia, and Libya. The central objective of this project is to build and foster public policy analysis and advocacy competencies among civil society organisations, NGOs, and youth groups in the three countries.Based on the remarkably successful Project Citizen program, the goal of the project is to train NGOs and youth to enable them to be considerably more involved in debates on community issues, to analyse and evaluate existing public policies, and eventually suggest solutions and alternative approaches in order to enlist authorities to adopt them.Implemented by the Moroccan Center for Civic Education and its partners in Tunisia and Libya, the project seeks—in the context of the aftermath of the Arab Spring—to enable civil society organizations and youth groups to participate actively in the public policy processes in their countries.Presided by Mr. Elarbi Imad, the Moroccan Center for Civic Education is an independent NGO founded in 2004. Its mission is “to train and educate younger generations to become responsible, effective and active citizens committed to democratic principles.” read more


October 12, 2019 0

Cristiano Ronaldo Sends a Hope Message to Children in Syria

By Safaa KasraouiRabat – Portuguese footballer and the star of Real Madrid team, Cristiano Ronaldo, tweeted a message of hope for the children of Syria on Thursday.Ronaldo is known for his philanthropic efforts, which led him to be named the most charitable sports star in the world in 2015. “We know that you have been suffering a lot,” the soccer player said in the short clip. “I am a very famous player but you are the true heroes. Don’t lose your hope: the world is with you. We care about you, I am with you.”A message of hope to the children affected by the conflict in Syria. @SavetheChildren pic.twitter.com/Zsdvu2nuXd— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) December 23, 2016Children all over Syria have been exposed to airstrikes, barrel bombs and chemical weapons attacks according to the handful of medical professionals still working in war-torn areas.This week’s developments put President Bashar Al Assad in control of the contested city of Aleppo. Syria’s most populous city had been split east-west between rebels and government forces for months before Russian airstrikes and Iranian support helped Assad’s forces secure their dominance in the area.UNICEF estimated in March that one of every three Syrian children – 3.7 million in total – has grown up knowing only war crisis conditions as the civil war reaches five years in length.Edited by  Zainab Calcuttawala read more


October 12, 2019 0

Mongolia issues call at UN for strategy to ensure global energy security

24 September 2008A comprehensive, global strategy is needed to ensure all countries have energy security, Mongolia’s Prime Minister told the General Assembly tonight, voicing concern about the impact of recent oil price hikes and the need to develop greener sources of energy. Addressing the Assembly’s annual general debate, Sanjaa Bayar said it was critical to reduce global dependence on fossil fuels such as coal given the impact they have on the environment.“Ensuring energy security is a challenge that requires a comprehensive solution both nationally and internationally,” he said. “No country in the world is endowed with or has developed all possible energy sources. So each country has a vested interest in energy cooperation and has something to contribute to it.”Mr. Bayar praised the efforts of some UN Member States and international organizations to research, develop, deploy and transfer innovative energy technologies, particularly those from renewable or low-carbon sources.By contrast, “the use of inefficient coal-burning technology causes air pollution, impacting negatively on the population’s health and the environment.”The Prime Minister added that the development of clean coal technology is a priority for Mongolia, where coal is a major source of energy for electricity and heating. read more


October 12, 2019 0

Trumps America First agenda includes funding for Sri Lanka

Trump, on Tuesday requested $37.6 billion for the Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) budget in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018.Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said the budget request reflects the President’s “America First” agenda that prioritizes the well-being of Americans, bolsters U.S. national security, secures our borders, and advances U.S. economic interests. Most of the funding (USD 2.8 million) would towards peace and security including combating weapons of mass destruction, and stabilisation operations and security sector reform. US President Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda includes funding for Sri Lanka in 2018, US State Department documents said.However Trump has proposed a massive budgetary cut in US financial assistance to Sri Lanka which has come down from USD 42.5 million in 2016 to a mere USD 3.3 million in 2018. “The budget is responsive to the realities of the world in the 21st century, and ensures that the State Department and USAID can quickly adapt to an ever-changing international environment. Activities and programs supported in this budget will support our effort to defeat ISIS and other terrorist organizations and combat illegal migration and trafficking. This budget will also support our efforts to combat corruption and address threats to good governance, which helps level the playing field for American workers and businesses,” Tillerson said.Tillerson said the FY 2018 budget supports the President’s commitment to make the US Government leaner and more accountable to the American taxpayer, while maximizing our diplomatic and engagement efforts, including with our international partners.He said as the US takes forward the President’s foreign policy priorities, the budget will also help lay the foundation for a new era of global stability and American prosperity. (Colombo Gazette) Military training and education accounts for another half a million USD, according to reports. read more


October 8, 2019 0

Stocks jump breaking a fiveday losing streak after US reports more hiring

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The stock market is up sharply after the U.S. government reported a big increase in hiring last month.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 155 points, or 1 per cent, to 15,978 as of noon Eastern time Friday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 17 points, or 1 per cent, to 1,802. The Nasdaq composite rose 30 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 4,063.It was the first increase for the market this week. The gains were broad; three stocks rose for every one that fell on the New York Stock Exchange.Industrial stocks and others that stand to benefit the most from an economic recovery rose sharply. Intel, Boeing and General Electric led the Dow higher.Employers added 203,000 jobs in November, the fourth straight month of solid growth. by The Associated Press Posted Dec 6, 2013 9:48 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stocks jump, breaking a five-day losing streak, after US reports more hiring gains last month read more


October 4, 2019 0

Obscure word propels Londoner to victory in world Scrabble championships

first_imgHe is ranked second in the world and works in real estate in London.He said: “This means a lot to me, I went into the third game with a huge mental advantage having won both previous games, so I knew I just had to keep focused and if the tiles went in my favour I could clinch it.” Scrabble championships  David Eldar (right) played Harshan Lamabadusuriya Credit:Andy Paradise / Mattel/PA 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. The Australian born wordsmith, who now lives in London, claimed victory at the Old Museum, Nottingham Conference Centre, on Sunday, after competing against players from more than 26 countries and across three rounds of the MSI World Championships.As well as the title, Mr Eldar, who has been playing the board game for 14 years, took home £7,000 in prize money.  David Eldar (right) and Harshan Lamabadusuriya during the final of the World Scrabble Championship A new world Scrabble champion has been crowned thanks to his knowledge of classroom furniture.David Eldar, 27, beat his opponent Harshan Lamabadusurilya 3-0 in a best of five final – placing the word “carrels”, a cubicle desk, to score 74 points. David Eldar in the finals of the World Scrabble Championships  Credit:Andy Paradise / Mattel/PA David Eldar in the finals of the World Scrabble Championships Credit:Andy Paradise / Mattel /PA The runner up, who is ranked 16th in the world and has been playing Scrabble for two decades, will take home £3,000.Some of the words the pair managed to produce during the final included Obvs, slang for obvious, scoring 10 and Asinicos, meaning stupid fellows, scoring 64.last_img read more


September 25, 2019 0

Worlds finest oil paintings suffering from destructive art acne scientists discover

Hundreds of the world’s most precious oil paintings are suffering from a destructive “art acne” disease, experts have warned.Masterpieces including seminal works by Rembrandt and Van Gogh are being damaged by chemical reactions manifesting in pin-sized dots which eventually crust and flake off.More than 30 teams of researchers across the world are now scrambling to find a solution to the scurge, which is believed to be the fault of so-called metal soaps that result from a negative reaction between metal ions and fatty acids commonly used as binder in paints.On Saturday, an international gathering of scientists in Washington DC heard that as many as seven in 10 oil paintings could be at risk.One-off suspicions of a phenomenon known as art acne are documented as far back as 1978.However, it has taken recent studies to accurately characterise the nature of the metal soaps, which present as translucent white pustulations, and to establish how widespread the problem is.Famous paintings affected include Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, Goya’s Portrait of Don Andrés del Peral and Van Gogh’s Falling Leaves, according to Professor Marc Walton, from Northwestern University. Vincent Van Gogh's Falling Leaves 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. The project will begin by analysing acne on the surface of the works of American artist Georgia O’Keeffe, whose paintings are badly affected.For years, scholars assumed the pin-sized blisters were a result of sand kicked up from the New Mexico desert in which she worked.However, it was the realisation, as the works begun to flake, that a chemical reaction was involved which helped alert experts to the scale of the acne problem across the world. “Art acne is a significant and pressing problem that can affect any oil-based painting,” he said. “Around 70 per cent of works show signs of the condition, with bubbles, pitting or a ghost-like film forming over the paint. “This distorts the true image and prevents viewers seeing it as the artist intended.”Professor Walton’s team believe that the free fatty acids within the paint’s binding media are reacting with lead and zinc pigments. This creates metal soaps, which push to the surface of the painting and eventually crust or even rupture.He said movement and transportation of paintings may be an exacerbating factor. “For now, galleries need to make sure they are taking proper care of the work when displaying it, transporting it or storing it.“That may include using air conditioning or dehumidifiers.”The team from Northwest University have now been charged with building a smart phone-operated system to help experts understand the precise conditions that lead to the protrusions on the surface of oil paintings. Microscopic images of Van Gogh’s ‘Falling Autumn Leaves’. Components released in ageing oil paint convert pigments into metal soaps Microscopic images of Van Gogh's 'Falling Autumn Leaves'. Components released in ageing oil paint convert pigments into metal soaps Vincent Van Gogh’s Falling LeavesCredit:Heritage Images/Hulton Fine Art Collection Among O’Keeffe’s famous works that have been particularly badly damaged are Pedernal and Ritz Tower.”After we understand what sort of environmental conditions they have been in, what sort of relative humidity, what sort of temperatures, whether they have been in direct sunlight, then we can prescribe a particular environment with particular conditions that will allow the art work to survive over a very long period of time,” said Professor Walton.“If we don’t do something now, this work will cease to exist in years to come.“We have already lost a lot.” The latest research was presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Washington DC. read more


September 25, 2019 0

Eircoms broadband customers revenue and earnings fall in year to end of

first_imgTHE NUMBER OF Eircom broadband customers fell in the year to end of June but at a slower pace than in the previous year.The company now has 451,000 retail broadband customers, a one per cent decrease on its customer base since 30 June 2012. This compares to a five per cent fall reported in last year’s results.In its full year results this morning, the company has reported revenue of €1.4 billion, down 8 per cent on the previous year, while earnings (before interest, taxes and depreciation) were down 12 per cent to €487 million.Eircom reduced its operating costs to €612 million for the year – a 6 per cent improvement.In the mobile market, Eircoms says that customer numbers fell by two per cent in the quarter to 1,059,000 through to the end of June this year.However, there were 83,000 net additions in the post-pay segment during the year to the end of June 2013, reflecting a year-on-year increase of 67,000 post-pay customers.Mobile revenues continued to decline by 5 per cent for the year but mobile earnings (before interest, taxes and depreciation) grew to €17 million, almost double the previous year.Speaking about today’s results Eircom group’s chief executive, Herb Hribar, said that “significant challenges” remain for the company.But he pledged that the number of homes and businesses with fibre-powered broadband would pass 600,000 by the end of the year.“Early next year customers will be able to access speeds of up to 100Mb per second,” he said.“Following the launch of our 4G service this week, almost 30% of the population already has access to superfast mobile data speeds which we believe will peak between 20-25Mb per second.”Watch: Meteor to roll out its 4G service today, but just how fast is it?Read: A third of Irish people ‘do not understand technology’last_img read more


September 22, 2019 0

Vic Alhadeffs Greek roots

first_imgThe “Hellenic” connection that existed at the highest level of the Community Relations Commission of NSW, continues, with the recent appointment of the new Chair.The previously chairman, Stepan Kerkyasharian, of Armenian descent , was born in Cyprus . His successor, Vic Alhadeff, is the son of the Jewish community of Greece who were born on the island of Rhodes in the Dodecanese.Mr Alhadeff reported extensively on his “Rhodian” roots, during his address at the official opening of The 32nd Greek Festival of Sydney. Speaking in front of a crowd in their thousands he stressed “the deep personal connection I will always feel to the Greek community and to the Greek people”.He narrated publically his family’s story with the following words:“My parents were born in Rhodes. Their world came crashing down at the start of WWII when a raft of anti-Jewish decrees were passed which said that Jews were no longer no longer to attend school, own businesses or marry other people.“My father knew it was time to leave. So he set sail for Zimbabwe, Southern Africa. Hoping to bring his parents, his sister and his fiancee Becky.“It wasn’t to be. German forces arrived on Rhodes and the 2000 Jews were sent to Auschwitz , the largest of the Nazi death camps. My father’s parents, my grandparents, were murdered there. His sisters survived.“But what of his fiancee, Becky?“She too deported to Auschwitz . That was the last my father heard of her. He wrote letter after letter to her. All were returned unopened. He was told she had been killed; she was told that he had been killed.“Some years ago my father was on holiday in Cape Town- and overheard his fiancee’s name. Becky. The same person to whom he had been engaged 50 years earlier.“She had survived- and was now a grandmother in her 70’s living in Belgium. And my father was now a grandfather in his 80’s”, he concluded his narration.Apart from this personal story, Mr Vic Alhadeff mentioned incidents in Greece during the Nazi occupation where municipal authorities and the Greek-Orthodox Church, despite the pressures, did not give in and saved thousands of Jews.“There were principled people who had the courage to speak against evil when so few did”, Mr Alhadeff said.Articulating the objectives of the CRC, Mr Alhadeff said the “Commission is about intercultural relations. It is about respect for the fact that we are Greek Australians, Vietnamese Australians, African Australians, Australians of 170 cultures. It is about the fact that Australia is a multicultural nation, and that our diversity is our strength, and the peace within that diversity is our greatest strength”, Mr Alhadef said.The new Chair of CRC of NSW is a member of the Jewish Board of Deputies and is a former editor of “The Australian Jewish News” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


September 21, 2019 0

Gaivo WRENZ des enceintes portables Design pour votre Iphone

first_imgGaivo WRENZ : des enceintes portables Design pour votre IphoneEn forme d’oiseau, cette enceinte de la société Gaivo vous permettra de brancher votre iPhone dessus et d’écouter le chant des rossignols…De la taille d’une main, le haut-parleur WRENZ livre un son assez puissant et suffisant, qui ne nécessitera pas d’ajout avec un autre woofer (haut-parleur). Puissant de 2 watts, avec une bande passante entre 180 Hz et 20 kHZ et un bruit de 85dB, le WRENZ affiche un design chromé sur le dessus, plutôt sobre, et possède une connectique jack 3.5mm. Vous aurez également la possibilité de le relié en série avec d’autres WRENZ (au delà de 2, on pourrait tout de même s’interroger sur l’intérêt de cette pratique).Un peu cher peut-être, le WRENZ se vend à 79 dollars (une soixantaine d’euros), pour avoir un oiseau qui joue votre playlist…Le 16 avril 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


September 20, 2019 0

BahamasAir begins evacuating residents from Inagua ahead of Hurricane Irma

first_img Govt taking on the tab to get people out of Abaco via Bahamasair August 30th – One Year since Hurricane Irma named Related Items:#evacuation, #HurricaneIrma, #magneticmedianews, bahamasair Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizing Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, September 6th, 2017 – Nassau – At present, emergency evacuation flights via the Bahamasair are being carried out to transport residents from Inagua to Nassau, after Prime Minister Minnis made the emergency order last night.Both Minnis and opposition leader Phillip Brave Davis visited the Lynden Pindling International Airport to greet residents as they arrived, describing the current Hurricane Irma preparations as “beyond politics”. Minnis then comforted residents by saying, “always remember we are one family. We are together. We will fight this storm together and we will have you back as soon as possible but while you are here, you are brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, and you will be treated according.”Davis also added, “When it comes down to safety, when it comes down to natural disaster, we should all be one.”Managing Director of Bahamasair, Tracy Cooper also confirmed that the airline will continue to assist the government and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) with evacuations from Islands in the Southern Bahamas ahead of Hurricane Irma. Flights from Mayaguana, Crooked Island, Acklins, Long Cay and Ragged Island are also expected to come in.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher Recommended for youlast_img read more


September 17, 2019 0

Rooney proud of DC United progress after MLS playoff exit

first_imgWayne Rooney praised DC United’s progress this season after losing their MLS play-off tie to Columbus Crew on penaltiesThe former England captain arrived at Washington in June with DC the bottom place side of the MLS Eastern Conference.However, in just the space of four months, DC fought their way into a playoff spot with a fourth-place finish.But DC’s staggering progress came to an end on Friday morning when they were knocked out on penalties to Columbus at Audi Field following a 2-2 draw.Rooney himself missed the first spot-kick as Columbus emerged 3-2 victors to reach the Conference semi-finals.“It’s disappointing to lose on penalties but as a team we can be extremely proud of what we have achieved in the last few months,” said Rooney, according to BBC.wayne rooney, harry kane, englandReport: Rooney talks Engalnd Kane and Guardiola George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Wayne Rooney has spoken of his England record, Harry Kane smashing it and Pep Guardiola for England.In an interview on his Wayne Rooney podcast…“Really we had no right to make the playoffs. To do that we have brought belief back to the fans, the team and we have to build on that.”Rooney scored 12 goals and provided six assists in 21 appearances for DC this season.A rough end to a great season for Wayne Rooney.Rooney has his penalty saved and was eliminated from the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs. pic.twitter.com/kEEk57DvBj— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) November 2, 2018last_img read more


September 17, 2019 0

Leaders on Senate Panel Recognize OEAs Critical Role

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The chairman and ranking member of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee both expressed their support for the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) during a hearing Thursday on the administration’s fiscal 2019 budget request for military construction. Their remarks followed in the wake of a proposal by House Armed Services Chair Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) to eliminate OEA and six other defense support agencies as part of a broader initiative to trim spending on Pentagon overhead by 25 percent.At the outset of questioning the witnesses, Chairman John Boozman (R-Ark.) told Lucian Niemeyer, assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment, he was pleased to see that his prepared testimony included language highlighting the role played by OEA. “OEA’s work is important in the state of Arkansas. And we are currently engaged with OEA on several joint land use studies for installations. I believe maintaining support for this office is crucial and I’m glad you view their work in collaboration with local communities as important and essential as I do,” Boozman said.Niemeyer’s written testimony touched on the agency’s role in preserving DOD’s testing and training ranges, strengthening defense supply chains and promoting alliances between installations and their surrounding communities. “Maintaining support for this office is crucial to the continued ability of our installations to safely and securely operate while responding to fluctuations in military activities, and keeping faith with our service members and families by addressing quality of life issues in local defense communities,” he stated.At the conclusion of the hearing, ranking member Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) said he wanted “to echo the chairman’s enthusiasm” for OEA. “From the policymakers’ perspective, I think it’s at least pretty nearly unanimous,” Schatz said. A webcast of the hearing can be found on the committee’s website.DOD photo by Army Sgt. James McCannlast_img read more


September 13, 2019 0

Researchers combine science and traditional food preparation

first_imgFood scientists with the help of a botulism expert are trying to combine science and traditional Alaska Native methods to make one prohibited food safe to eat. Regulated programs under the State of Alaska Food Safety and Sanitation Program are not allowed to accept or distribute seal oil due to the danger of botulism, a potentially fatal disease which is caused by bacteria in contaminated food.Listen nowBacteria that causes botulism. (Public domain image)But how or when the neurotoxins enter the rendering process is still a mystery. That’s what researchers want to find out.Val Kreil describes seal oil as “a little bit like a heavy olive oil.” He’s the administrator of Utuqqanaat Inaat, a long-term care facility in Kotzebue that falls under the Maniilaq Association.He says elders at the facility identified seal oil as a priority food.“For them it’s like eating butter. This is just part of their daily diet. This is what they’ve always been eating and, in terms of health, it’s actually healthier than fish oil. So, there’s a lot of benefit to eating seal oil.”But because the bacteria that causes botulism grows in anaerobic environment – or one without exposure to oxygen – traditional methods using containers like bottles or barrels to render the seal oil can lead to contamination. The challenge is how to prevent the risk of poisoning while working with the traditional techniques.Kreil says, beginning last year, Maniilaq started looking for ways to get a variance approved to distribute seal oil. He says he’s one of a number of Alaskans interested in getting prohibited traditional foods safe and approved for consumption, and he hopes to clear the way for other programs.The first step in the mission was to turn to regulators.Lorinda Lhotka, a section manager with the State of Alaska Food Safety and Sanitation Program, says the state was willing to allow organizations to serve the seal oil if they could demonstrate a safe process.However, she explains Lorinda Lhotka needed to reach out to resources other than the state.“We do testing, but it’s usually in result of outbreaks of illness, and we don’t do a lot of preventative testing to help evaluate the safety of the product. So, it’s usually just in response to illnesses, and our labs don’t have that capacity.”So, along the way, Maniilaq got in touch with UAF’s Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, and Dr. Eric Johnson, a botulism specialist and professor of bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.He has a long history in researching botulism and his lab is registered for toxin analysis.Johnson says he’ll watch the traditional process in action in the community of Kotzebue and, once he understands the preparation, examine samples in his lab.“My interest is in helping validate the process from a safety perspective – for example, what aspects in this process may contribute to the growth of clostridium botulinum and its formation of toxins and to implement minor changes in the process that will enhance its safety.”While the Seafood and Marine Science Center is not registered to work with toxins, it does focus on the research of seafood. Associate Professor of Seafood Microbiology Brian Himelbloom explains they can study the other aspects of a seal oil sample, like what it’s composed of and how much water is left in the extract.“Because that will give us an idea when things go bad maybe that’s because some of that seal oil has some residual water available and that’s where we theorize clostridium botulinum is actually going to operate.”Himelbloom says, in theory, the preparers of the seal oil can avoid a botulism incident if they pour off 100% oil.“But in their mixing, if there’s splash over from water or they’re not careful how they’re pouring it off, maybe that’s the situation – because under what we call ambient temperatures, room temperature or outside temperature, that’s probably in the range where this organism can proliferate.”So far, it’s all speculation. The trick according to Himelbloom and the other researchers is to find the solution while keeping scientific intervention to a minimum.“We know something about clostridium botulinum and how it acts and how it behaves and where it can be found and how you test for it and how do you assay for the toxin, and so if we can combine those two worlds of traditional knowledge and Western science, we might actually come to the point of oh, now we know how we can most likely guarantee, hopefully, that there won’t be a botulism incident if they follow these particular steps.”Next, researchers will observe the traditional process, and then, through collaboration with each other, Maniilaq, and other community partners in Kotzebue, they’ll decide on what they should test and how much of it.Johnson will visit Kotzebue today and Friday to watch how local processors render seal oil.last_img read more


September 9, 2019 0

Detergent antibiotics found in Pran Milk Vita Aarong milk

first_imgResearchers have found traces of detergent in pasteurised milk produced by five companies.They companies are – Pran, Milk Vita, Igloo, Aarong, and Farm Fresh.”We tested pasteurised and non-pasteurised raw milk produced by these companies and found detergent and antibiotics in them,” professor ABM Faruque, director of Biomedical Research Centre, told a press conference at Dhaka University on Tuesday.Dhaka University’s Pharmacy department and Biomedical Research Centre jointly conducted the tests.”The traces of antibiotics that we found were meant for human use. Antibiotics for humans and animals are totally different. We need to stop the use of antibiotics meant for humans on animals,” professor Faruque said.last_img read more


September 3, 2019 0

MovieBob Reviews SUPER TROOPERS 2

first_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Is Super Troopers 2 good?Not really.Did you like Super Troopers the original?I mean… it was fine? 2001 was a long time ago.What was the big deal about that, again?It had a pretty genius hook for building an indie feature around a sketch comedy troupe (in this case, the “Broken Lizard” crew). The players cast themselves as a team of slacker highway patrol cops assigned to a boring stretch of road in rural Vermont where nothing ever happened, and they passed the time by benignly bullying the motorists they pulled over with goofy improv-comedy gags. It caught on as a surprise hit at the time thanks in part to big endorsement in online film geek circles from the Aint-It-Cool-News crowd (as I said, 2001 was a long time ago…). But mostly because the generation hitting College Freshman age at the time was nostalgic for the supposed “golden age” of raunchy rude-boy R-rated comedies like Police Academy they had hazy, nostalgic memories of from the 80s.What was it even about?That was the other point in its favor. It knew better than to try to be about anything: It was a little over 90 minutes long about an hour’s worth of that is just dumb assholes cops finding new ways to be dicks to people and each other but it’s harmless because it’s just Vermont so what harm can anyone really do? There IS a plot that eventually kicks in about smuggling and local corruption but the point where it becomes the focus is also the point where you can just kind of check out and wait for the credits to roll. This new one… decides to go the opposite route, and tries to be “about something.”Uh-oh. What do they go with?Political culture-clash between the U.S. and Canada.Oh no…Yeah.  As the film opens, the patrol unit has been disbanded for several years but get called back into service when a review of the U.S./Canada border discovers that a tiny Canadian town is actually part of Northern Vermont and now needs American cops to help oversee the transfer of power. How many jokes about minor cultural differences, beer alcohol content, regional stereotypes, the metric system and people who too polite and/or not polite enough can fit into one movie? …more than you will find funny, honestly; but something has to go into the slots between jokes that are just callbacks to the jokes from the first one.You don’t sound very enthusiastic. Is it that bad?Not bad, just sort of… tiresome. Do you have a friend who STILL insists that Super Troopers is the funniest thing they ever saw and wants to do the meow routine and the Shenanigans joke like they’re brand new? This movie is that person… as a movie.Is it at least funny?Sure, yeah… I laughed at a lot of it. These are funny guys, they’ve got timing, they know they’re way around a joke and it still cracks me up to see Brian Cox doing this kind of dopey slapstick stuff. It has its moments. But they’re only moments, and the rest of it just feels tired and dreary and the overall impression you get is hanging out with someone you used to know and it’s not they’re “bad” guys but you have nothing in common anymore and you’ve moved on and they haven’t and you just get on with your life.last_img read more


September 1, 2019 0

Breathing colours through lens

first_imgTo showcase the different moods, colour, historical and contemporary glory of Lutyen’s Delhi, India Habitat Centre is hosting an exhibition titled- ‘Stagealive’, an exhibition of photographs clicked by Ahmed Firoz that were taken at various points of time in the national Capital. Lutyen’s Delhi is not just a city relevant to food lovers and the youth who come here for job opportunities. It has mysteries in the hustles and bustles of the streets with people from multiple cultural and social identities come together to make the place a melting pot of thousands of ideas. It is a place where festivals and cultural activities keep people engaged and mesmerised. These photographs, from an expressionist, bring out different cultural identities, beliefs and a sense of belonging. Each one of them strengthens the other, in the finest traditions of this city with a monumental past. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What is happening out here in the National Capital every day is the reflection of the character of the city. From the cultural performers to the people storming different locations during festivals; the colourful moods of the visitors, who look at the monuments with awe; the stress and vulnerability of the of the performers in the backstage and the little nap one takes in the afternoon after hours of hard work are shown.Firoz brings out the heart and soul of the city in all its colours and vibrance. One can relax and take some time out and see Delhi from the stories Firoz tells through the moments he has captured with his lens. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixApart from documenting lives in this rapidly changing world, his overall body of work presents reality seen from his own unique perspective bringing out the intricate relationship between people and the surroundings. His works allow for a variety of interpretations and he does not believe there cannot be another view different from his own.His photographs, depending upon the interpretation are aesthetically pleasing and mysterious but at times carry strong messages to challenge the contemporary societal or economic values of our time.  The core of his photography strongly depicts the rapidly changing relationships between people. An expressionist by nature, Firoz is not identified with any specific genre of photography and just believes in the artistic value of his work.An economist by profession and known for his work on energy, metals and natural resources, Ahmed Firoz finds some time from his schedule to take his camera out to focus on the objects that tell subtle stories. which are intense and relevant to the times we are living in.last_img read more


August 31, 2019 0

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December 6, 2018 0