Rupee falls 17 paise against US dollar in early trade

first_imgMumbai: The rupee depreciated by 17 paise to 71.95 against the US dollar in early trade on Thursday, tracking weak domestic equity market and persistent foreign fund outflows. Pessimism over US-China trade talks prospects also put pressure on the domestic unit, forex dealers said. However, a weak dollar against other major currencies overseas and softening crude prices restricted the rupee’s fall, they added. At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened weak at 71.96 and fell further to 72.05 against the US dollar. The domestic currency, however, pared some losses and was trading at 71.95. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The rupee fell 29 paise to close at 71.77 against the US dollar on Wednesday. The BSE Sensex was trading 215.51 points, or 0.58 per cent, lower at 37,236.33, while the broader Nifty fell 58.90 points, or 0.53 per cent, to 10,987.20 in early trade. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net sellers in the capital markets, pulling out Rs 935.27 crore on Wednesday, as per provisional data. Meanwhile, investors remained edgy over concerns about developments in the China-US trade talks. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, declined 0.63 per cent to USD 60.11 per barrel. The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, fell 0.02 per cent to 98.19. The 10-year government bond yield was up at 6.57 per cent in morning tradelast_img read more

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Saskatchewan environment minister says province will never allow a carbon tax

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada and Saskatchewan seem headed to a legal showdown over whether the federal government can force provinces to impose a carbon tax.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said last fall he wants every province and territory to have a $10 a tonne price on carbon in place by 2018, rising to $50 a tonne by 2022. Trudeau said if they didn’t do it themselves, he would do it for them.Saskatchewan Environment Minister Scott Moe told The Canadian Press on Thursday his province will never let that happen. A $50 a tonne carbon tax would amount to $2.5 billion in Saskatchewan, he said, and that’s a cost its export-based economy cannot bear.“We’ll use everything in our disposal to not have that cost imposed on industries here in the province of Saskatchewan and that may include going to a court of law,” he said.Eleven provinces and territories agreed to the carbon price plan in December, when they signed the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.Saskatchewan and Manitoba did not.Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna told The Canadian Press this week negotiations with the two have continued.“We’re always having good discussions with them and, to be honest, they agree with most parts of the framework, so I’m optimistic,” she said.Manitoba is working on a carbon plan, but Premier Brian Pallister has said his priority is a better deal on health care. A spokesman for Pallister did not respond this week when asked whether Manitoba will sign the framework now.Moe said his government will cut emissions through innovation and technological advances in areas such as carbon capture and storage and renewable energy production.The federal government has never specified when in 2018 the price has to be in place or exactly how it intends to impose a carbon price in provinces which don’t do it on their own. A spokeswoman for McKenna said Thursday the federal backstop plan to impose a carbon tax on any jurisdiction without one will be ready in a few weeks.British Columbia and Alberta already have carbon taxes in place. Ontario and Quebec have cap-and-trade systems under which governments set a cap on emissions. Companies with lower emissions can sell credits to those with higher emissions.Both systems are designed to provide financial incentives to encourage people to find ways to cut their own emissions.Nova Scotia intends to create its own cap-and-trade system and the other three Atlantic provinces are now looking at whether or not to join it.-follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

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Ten things to know about the British Columbia election

first_imgVANCOUVER – Voters in British Columbia go to the polls on Tuesday. Here are 10 things to know about B.C. politics:— The Liberals have been in power since 2001, but Christy Clark didn’t become premier until 2011.— John Horgan was acclaimed NDP leader three years ago and first won a legislature seat in 2005.— Green Leader Andrew Weaver was part of a group of scientists who shared a Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore for their work on climate change.— This election has 87 seats up for grabs, but at dissolution the Liberals held 47 seats in the legislature, the NDP 35, and there were three Independents including Weaver, the first Green to be elected to the house.— The Liberals are promising a personal income tax freeze, a cut to the small business tax, and four more balanced budgets on top of the five straight they have already recorded.— The NDP would increase the corporate tax rate, bring in $10-a-day childcare and give renters a $400 annual rebate.— The Greens say they would overhaul the tax system to pay for spending on childcare, education, public health and the environment.— The Liberal Party of British Columbia is not affiliated with the Liberal Party of Canada and describes itself as “a made-in-B.C. free enterprise coalition.”— The last time B.C. had a minority government was in 1952, one of only three in the province’s history.— The NDP was in power from 1991 to 2001 after defeating Social Credit and had four different party leaders during their time in office.last_img read more

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Adoha Retracts its Decision Expresses Support for Saad Lamjarred

Casablanca — Morocco’s real estate developer Adoha has now stated its support for Saad Lamjarred “during this painful and difficult time.”Adoha was asked about poster ads featuring Saad Lamjarred last week, after they were removed a few days following the singer’s arrest in Paris on charges of of “aggravated sexual assault.” When asked if the removal meant anything, the company’s communications manager, Ouidad Melhaf, stated that “it has nothing to do [with his arrest]” and that the removal of posters featuring the singer simply “coincided with the end of the contract between Adoha and the star.”While the earlier statement was neutral regarding Adoha’s support (or lack thereof) of the singer, it seems the company is now choosing to take a clear stance on the matter, as is reflected by an Adoha editor’s note published on November 4. “Mr. Saad Lamjarred is still a representative figure of the Adoha group,” says the note. The removal of the posters have “nothing to do with the problems that Mr. Saad Lamjarred has encountered,” adds the statement.“Adoha would like to reiterate its support for Saad Lamjarred during the painful and difficult time he is experiencing,” it concluded.Though the French justice system has yet to make a decision regarding Lamjarred’s implication in a serious charge of “aggravated sexual assault,” Adoha’s does not seem quite so unsure about Lamjarred’s innocence. read more

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Moroccos Thriving Aeronautic Industry Attracts International Interest

Rabat – Morocco’s aeronautic industry is growing exponentially thanks to its proximity to Europe, low labor costs, and political  stability.Since 2001, the Moroccan aeronautics sector has seen a remarkable and considerable growth.From 2001 to 2011, the number of companies active in the aeronautics industry increased from 10 to more than 100. Total employees increased from only 300  to more than 10,000 with a total sales of over $1 billion, according to the Moroccan Agency of Investment and Development (AMDI). In 2016, Morocco’s Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment, and the Digital Economy Moulay Hafid Elalamy said, “The Moroccan aeronautics industry has seen … huge growth these last few years. The sector has multiplied by six in 10 years.”Morocco now has 130 aeronautics companies.Morocco’s strategic location gives it access to Europe, the Middle East, and the rest of Africa. This advantage has made the North African country a favorite destination for big international aircraft manufacturers, such as Bombardier, Boeing, and Safran.In September 2016, the American Boeing company announced plans to create a “Boeing industrial ecosystem” in Morocco to attract 120 suppliers for Morocco’s aeronautics exports, generating $1 billion and creating more than 8,200 jobs.“Through our business in Casablanca, we have already seen with our own eyes the unique opportunities offered by Morocco to aeronautics subcontractors in terms of cost effectiveness, all while producing quality products,” said Boeing Vice Chairman Raymond Conner.The Seattle-based aerospace company has settled in Morocco since 2001.Boeing also has a joint venture with France’s Safran in Casablanca to build aerospace parts such as wire bundles and harnesses for aircraft makers like Boeing and Airbus.According to Safran’s general delegate in Morocco, Hamid Benbrahim El Andaloussi, “Morocco is now regarded as one of the most aeronautical platforms in the region. It is, without question, the most competitive aeronautical base in the natural extension of Europe.”Safran has been operating in Morocco for more than 15 years with more than 2,700 employees in seven companies and joint ventures. Safran’s companies in Morocco involved in activities such as aeronautical cabling, thrust reversers and nacelles, engineering, and engineering maintenance.The company’s employees are primarily young people in their 20s, of which 70 percent are young women. Women make up 40 percent of the managing staff.Bombardier has plans to invest $200 million in Morocco by 2020 and create 850 direct jobs and 4,400 indirect jobs.In July 2014, US-based Alcoa Aerospace also announced that “it would invest €4.6m in a production unit in Midparc specialising in fastening systems for the aerospace industry,” reported Oxford Business Group.“Bombardier’s Moroccan facility today produces wing components, slats, ailerons, winglets, flaps, fuselage parts, fuselages, nose extensions, doors, floors, nacelles, and subassemblies for various programs of regional aircraft and business jets,” a Moroccan Bombardier spokeswoman told the aviation outlet AIN in July.Bombardier is the world’s third-largest aerospace and transportation manufacturer, based in Montreal. In 2014, the company built an aerospace-manufacturing facility in Morocco.Great logistics, stable economic environmentMorocco boasts of many economic free zones which provide an important platform for Morocco’s growing aeronautics sector. These include Casablanca’s Aeropole Nouaceur and Midparc free zones, in addition to zones with aerospace facilities in Tangier; Kenitra, north of Rabat; Oujda, in northeast Morocco; and Sale, near Rabat.Midparc’s Director General Aref Hassani told Morocco World News that there are 16 companies such as Hexcel, Stelia (an Airbus company), Arconic (an Alcoa company), Eaton, and Thaler which are operational in the Midparc free zone, in addition to 2 companies “under study before construction.”Hassani added that among the 16 companies, 12 are French, 3 are American, and 1 is Canadian.Foreign direct investment website fDi Intelligence ranked Casablanca among the 15 aerospace cities of the future in 2016, and 6th in the top 10 aerospace cities “in terms of cost-effectiveness.” Morocco is situated only 14 kilometers south of Europe, across the Mediterranean, with much lower labor costs.According to Midparc, Morocco is a “competitive platform for export” with an average monthly wage of $327, which is “almost ten times lower than in Spain.”In its 2018 Investment Climate Statement, the US Department of State wrote, “Morocco enjoys political stability, robust infrastructure, and a strategic location, which are helping it emerge as a regional manufacturing and export base for international companies.”In the World Bank’s most recent Doing Business report for 2018, Morocco ranked 69th worldwide. Morocco scored 67.91 points with a more favorable business climate than that of neighboring countries in North Africa, such as Tunisia (88th), Egypt (128th), and Algeria (166th).The report also stated that Morocco’s scoring enabled it to rise to the third position in the MENA region behind the UAE (21st) and Bahrain (66th). Among African countries, Morocco also took third place, behind Mauritius (25th) and Rwanda (41st).Training centers to meet needs of aeronautics industryTraining centers are part of Morocco’s plan to boost its attractiveness for aeronautical industry investments. Morocco boasts of an Aeronautics Professions Institute (IMA), which the Group of Moroccan Aviation and Aerospace Industrialists (GIMAS) established in partnership with the Moroccan government.The center, near Casablanca’s international airport, was inaugurated in 2011 and provides Moroccan aeronautical companies with a skilled workforce and human resources.Before 2011, Morocco never had any specialized centers for training technicians and operators , said El Andaloussi, president of IMA.“IMA’s medium-term objective is to train 800 persons per year in aviation and aerospace professions thanks to a tool of international standards in place as a result of a partnership between GIMAS, the UIMM (Union of Metallurgical Profession Industries) and the state of Morocco,” Midparc said.In September, Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani inaugurated the Moroccan Private Aviation Academy (MAPA) in Benslimane, near Rabat.El Othmani said that the school will meet the growing needs of the aviation industry and will train pilots and aviation maintenance technicians.MAPA received the national license for airline pilot training and the EASA European Approval for Aircraft Maintenance Technicians. read more

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Harsh winter in Tajikistan prompts UNICEF to rush aid deliveries

With Tajikistan facing the harshest winter in three decades amid severe shortages of water and gas supplies, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has rushed in emergency supplies to meet immediate critical needs.“Our immediate concern right now is to urgently provide life-saving measures and assistance to children and women,” said Ruth Leano, UNICEF’s Deputy Representative, in Tajikistan.Half of the estimated 7 million people affected by the crisis are children, close to 1 million of them under the age of five, when they are most vulnerable. Since the onset of the severe weather and the energy shortage over the past weeks, UNICEF has delivered emergency health kits, jerry cans, baby blankets, hygiene sets, high protein biscuits, and generators to child and maternity hospitals and residential child care institutions in Tajikistan.The agency said that all 3,800 primary schools and 400 kindergartens have almost no, or very limited, heating.Tajikistan’s Ministry of Health reports that acute respiratory infections including pneumonia have increased by two-fold and maternal mortality has also doubled in comparison with the same period last year. There are reports of some newborn deaths in maternity departments of hospitals owing to electricity cuts and the cold weather. 13 February 2008With Tajikistan facing the harshest winter in three decades amid severe shortages of water and gas supplies, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has rushed in emergency supplies to meet immediate critical needs. read more

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Winless since 08 just how bad is Eastern Michigan football

A national football powerhouse such as Ohio State expects to win every game. This is a stark difference from the aura that surrounds the Eastern Michigan program. The Eagles have lost 15 straight games. In the time since Eastern Michigan’s last victory, Barack Obama was inaugurated, LeBron James “took his talents to South Beach” and the Jersey Shore became a popular tourist site. The last time OSU lost consecutive games was in 2004, when they lost to Northwestern, Wisconsin and Iowa. That was the last season in which OSU did not play in a BCS bowl game. Safety Tyler Moeller doesn’t care that Eastern Michigan has not won since Nov. 28, 2008.      “Any team can beat us any day,” Moeller said. “Ohio University proved that in 2008. They gave us a great game. We need to play our game every week and not let go of the throttle.” Are the Eastern Michigan Eagles really as bad as they seem? The team is led by senior linebackers Neal Howey and Tim Fort, who are both in the top five in tackles in the Mid-American Conference. Second-year coach Ron English, former defensive coordinator at Michigan under Lloyd Carr, leads a team that is predominately underclassmen. “He knows us better than his players know us, having been on Lloyd’s staff for all those years, coaching the secondary there at Michigan, and he knew the challenge when he took over,” said OSU coach Jim Tressel. Five of Eastern Michigan’s 15 consecutive losses have come in games decided by a touchdown or less. The Eagles’ losing streak is currently second behind Western Kentucky’s 23-game drought. Despite the disparity in team success, the message in the OSU locker room is quite simple. “We can’t have any letdowns,” defensive end Cameron Heyward said. read more

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Young motorcyclist succumbs to injuries days after slamming into sheep

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHire car driver succumbs after slamming into parked tractorJanuary 1, 2019In “Crime”Berbice road accident lands motorcyclist in the hospitalJune 15, 2017In “Crime”23-Y-O motorcyclist dies in Berbice accidentSeptember 22, 2015In “Crime” A  young motorcyclist of No. 77 Village Public Road, Corentyne, Berbice, has succumbed to his injuries while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital days after crashing into a sheep.Based on reports received, 17-year-old Adil Ali Khan was riding his motorcycle on the evening of February 6, along the Corentyne Highway when a sheep ran into his path causing him to lose control of the bike.As a result, the teenager collided with the animal and fell onto the roadway thus sustaining severe head injuries.He was picked up and taken to the Skedlon Hospital but was transferred to the GPHC where he remained in an unconscious state until his demise. read more

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Woman who developed back pain aged 18 left bed bound in agony

first_img 63 Comments 37,264 Views Feb 11th 2017, 12:05 AM Woman who developed back pain aged 18 left bed bound in agony as HSE refuses to fund operation Her mother described how her daughter, who once had a bright future ahead of her, now faces a life of no hope and never-ending pain. Saturday 11 Feb 2017, 12:05 AM Share345 Tweet Email center_img Short URL “I HAVE BEEN left confined to bed with absolutely no quality of life. I can’t remember the last time I had fun or enjoyed myself.”Those are the words of 27-year-old Elizabeth McNicholas who was living a full and busy life until she started developing back pain in her Leaving Cert year.She has had numerous major spinal surgeries along with many procedures and treatments – all of which have been unsuccessful.Elizabeth has also developed a Hypothalamic Pituitary injury which has resulted in her developing narcolepsy with cataplexy and an adrenal insufficiency, which is a life threatening condition caused by the inability to produce the life-sustaining hormone cortisol, and she is also in severe neuropathic pain.She has run out of treatment options in Ireland and has been referred to the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital in London, which is a world-class centre and specialises in the treatment of her condition.Despite being referred by her consultant, the funding has been refused by the HSE. Her family has appealed the decision a number of times over the past two years but it has been repeatedly refused.‘I have been left to suffer and deteriorate’Elizabeth has been confined to her bed for the past three years and her pain, which she describes as ‘unbearable’, leaves her trembling and squirming through the days. Elizabeth with her assistance dog, Bart.She told that in the past year she has only been able to leave her house in Lucan a handful of times.For three years I have been left to suffer and deteriorate while waiting on urgent revision spinal surgery.“My life is now centered around hospital appointments and admissions, some of which could be avoided if I could just have the surgery.“Dealing with the effects of my condition and the complications I have suffered is difficult enough without having to fight for the treatment I so desperately need, all while struggling to breathe and dealing with never-ending, unbearable pain.Nobody wants to be told they need to undergo major spinal surgery but to then be made beg for that same surgery is beyond belief. There are no words to describe how desperate I am for something to be done.Elizabeth added that her mother’s days are spent making phone calls, writing letters, and trying to find a solution, all to no avail.Brenda McNicholas described to how the hospital in London is willing to do the operation but the problem is on the Irish side.“Unfortunately, Elizabeth’s consultant, the only one who can deal with her condition, no longer sits in the public sector and the HSE won’t accept referrals from consultants who sit privately.”The refusal letter McNicholas received from the HSE states:Your daughter is a private patient being referred from a private facility. Referrals from private hospital consultants are not eligible for consideration under the HSE TAS.Private patients should apply to their private health insurance provider in relation to accessing funding towards the cost of treatment abroad. McNicholas explained that no other consultant in the country will take on Elizabeth’s case as it’s so complex.“Her current consultant is the only person who can refer her for treatment abroad as the referral must come from a consultant who deals with the condition that the treatment is being sought for.“If we don’t stick with him, Elizabeth won’t have any consultant.”Elizabeth’s mother also explained that they can’t seek funding from their private health insurance provider as they don’t cover the hospital she has been referred to. “We would also have to pay up front and claim back at a later date which we just can’t afford to do”.‘Cries for the life she missed out on’Elizabeth has missed out on all her young life and been forced to put college on hold indefinitely while she watches all of her friends move on with their lives.McNicholas told this website how Elizabeth had her first operation in 2008 and started using a wheelchair intermittently, but has been in the wheelchair full-time for the past four years.However, she added that her daughter rarely uses the wheelchair now as she needs to be harnessed into it with her back brace as she can’t sit up independently.Elizabeth, who once had a bright future ahead of her, now faces a life of no hope and never-ending pain.“She has absolutely no quality of life, every minute is spent in unbearable pain. She is on a huge amount of medication but this gives her very little relief. Her condition is continuing to deteriorate.She cries for the life she missed out on. She sees no light at the end of the tunnel and at the moment, neither do I.Constant painElizabeth needs 24 hour care and is steroid dependent. Her family, including her two younger siblings Sean and Úna, help out in caring for their older sister. Úna won Dublin young carer of the year last year. Source: Mark StedmanMcNicholas said the pain Elizabeth experiences can be so intense that she needs to be left alone and can’t bear to have anybody sitting near her.She said that her daughter often spends the night curled up and crying in agony.Speaking about the operation, McNicholas said, “I would hope it would free her of some of the pain and that she could walk again.“The operation may get her back on her feet, if anything, it would stop further deterioration.At the moment it feels like she’s facing a life of no hope. She’s in constant pain and has no rest-bite.McNicolas added, “We are heart-broken at the condition she’s been left in, especially at knowing that there is something that can be done to improve her situation.”Read: ‘I see my daughter crying in pain, her body bending over. We can’t wait two years’>Read: Stories of people on hospital waiting lists are “absolutely inexcusable”, says Simon Harris> By Cliodhna Russell Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Young Murkowski to do double whammy on energy bill

first_imgAlaska Congressman Don Young will have a say in drafting the final version of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s energy modernization bill. That’s because the U.S. House passed its own energy bill this week, to match the Murkowski bill already passed in the Senate. House leaders then picked Young to serve on the conference committee that will negotiate a compromise between the two bills.Download AudioRepresentative Don Young speaking in Washington, DC. (Photo: Don Young congressional webpage)“I’m very happy to be on the conference bill,” Young said. “It is really a big thing because you think Lisa, Sen. Murkowski is going to be the chairman, and I’ll be on the conference. It gives us sort of a double whammy, concerning Alaska.”There are big differences between the bills. Murkowski’s bill is a mix of priorities from the left and right. It promotes both renewables and fossil fuels. The House bill is more Republican. Young said his top priority will be to ensure the final bill includes his Native American Energy Act. Young said it will allow tribes and Alaska Native corporations to cut red tape so they can produce more energy on their own lands.“It doesn’t mean there’s going to be any more environmental damage or anything,” Young said. “It’s going to be, in fact, that they don’t have to wait for permits.”The White House, though, said Young’s bill would undermine environmental protection and set unreasonable regulatory deadlines. It threatened a veto a few months ago, when the House passed it as a stand-alone.Young said a big point of contention will be the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Murkowski’s energy bill would remove the expiration date of the fund, which was a key selling point for Democrats. The fund uses off-shore oil revenues to protect land, often by buying it. Young said the government already owns too much land, so he sides with House leaders who want to require congressional approval to buy more.last_img read more

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AL leader abducted in capital

first_imgPervez SarkerA mid-ranking leader of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) party was abducted in broad daylight from capital’s Lalmatia area Friday afternoon when he was returning home after performing Jumma prayer, witnesses said.Unidentified abductors whisked away former chairman of Cumilla’s Titas upazila (sub-district) Pervez Sarker into a pajero jeep just after he came out of the mosque after performing Jumma prayer.Pervez, a member of AL’s Cumilla-North organisational district unit, is expecting nomination from the ruling party Awami League for Cumilla-2 constituency.According to witnesses, Pervez was on his way to his home at Lalmatia after performing his Jumma prayer around 1:45pm. Meanwhile, a person wearing pant and t-shirt shakes hand with him. Another person having long hair holds his mouth tight from behind. A pajero jeep came to the scene just the time immediately and forcibly took Pervez to the car and left the scene in no time.Pervez’s cousin Fahad Bhuiyan told Prothom Alo that four persons are involved in his brother’s abduction and all of them had pistol and walkie-talkie with them.According to Fahad, two abductors were in the car while two others were outside. Fahad also said that abductors have long been following Pervez.He also said that a video footage of the incident was also collected and it was found that the car which took Pervez has a number plate on it and the number is Gha-14-2577.When contacted, Dhaka Metropolitan Police Mohammadpur zone senior assistant police commissioner Mrityunjoy Dey Sajal told Prothom Alo that the video footage is not clear.“We are trying to collect more video footages of the scene from near-by houses,” he said.last_img read more

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The Asian Roots Of Umami – The Fifth Taste Central To Thanksgiving

first_img Share Twitter User @umamistreetfoodThanksgiving is perhaps the quintessential American holiday. The fourth Thursday in November provides a moment to reflect on the good fortune of the past year and a chance to share a meal with friends and family. Iconic images of Thanksgiving place America’s native bird, the turkey, at the center of the feast, as are corn, pumpkins and other indigenous species. Unlike other holidays including Valentines Day, Halloween and even Christmas, though, the flavors of Thanksgiving are savory rather than sweet. And just as there is a history to the Thanksgiving menu, so too, there is a history to the holiday’s primary taste: umami. Most Americans are taught, although this is changing, that there are four basic tastes: sweet, sour, salty and bitter. However, more than a century ago, the Japanese chemist Kikunea Ikeda posited a fifth primary taste, which he called umami. In an effort to describe this new taste in 1912, he suggested: “An attentive taster will find … something common in the complicated taste of asparagus, tomato, cheese, and meat, which is quite peculiar and cannot be classified under any of the above mentioned qualities sweet, sour, bitter, or briny. It is usually so faint and overshadowed by other stronger tastes, that it is often difficult to recognize it unless the attention is specially directed towards it. “The existence of umami as a basic taste like sweet, sour, salty or bitter seems “new” to the American palate. But in my research on US food systems in the 20th century, I’ve found that the recognition of umami followed the spread of Asian cuisine in the US decades ago. A taste is bornIn order to better explain this subtle taste, Ikeda attempted to describe the difference between umami as it is found in food and its pure form. By way of analogy, he explained: “Had we nothing sweeter than carrots or milk, our idea of the quality of “sweet” would be just as indistinct as it is in the case of this peculiar quality. Just as honey and sugar gave us so clear a notion of what sweet is, the salts of (the amino acid) glutamic acid are destined to give us an equally definite idea of this peculiar taste quality. “Based on over two years of research, he was convinced that another – “new” – basic taste existed. He found umami in “fish, meat and so forth” or in foods with high-protein content. Ikeda’s “discovery” of umami was based as much on his mastery of physical chemistry as it was on his own taste experiences and the flavors endemic to Japanese foods. Japanese cuisine, more than European and Eurocentric cuisines, is centered on umami as a foundational element and is a key taste in the Japanese palate. The two foods Ikeda focused on to extract glutamic acid were konbu and bonito, the key elements in dashi – a savory broth ubiquitous throughout Japanese cooking. As it happens, both konbu (a dried brown kelp) and katsuobushi (bonito or skipjack tuna which is fermented, dried, smoked and flaked) contain large amounts of glutamic acid. In fact, miso soup, a twice-daily habit in most Japanese households even today, is a combination of two strong umami flavors, dashi and miso (a fermented soy paste). Ikeda also singled out soy sauce as a food that amplifies umami. In particular, soy sauce, with its high salt and glutamic acid content, was an excellent example of how salt intensified the taste of umami. As research in umami took hold in the second half of the 20th century, scientists found that umami was far more complex than any of the other basic tastes. One of the first major breakthroughs was the discovery that compounds other than glutamic acid produce umami. For example, both MSG – a combination of salt and glutamic acid – and other acids each produce distinct umami flavors. But when they are combined, the perception of umami is more than the sum of its parts. No other basic taste has this capability to ratchet up taste perception. Getting to know umami in the USIkeda’s and the Japanese palate was trained to experience umami, unlike palates in either Europe or the United States. By the end of the Vietnam War, though, shifting immigration patterns to the United States included more East Asians from Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, China and South Korea. These immigrants brought a variety of new cultural influences to the US, particularly on the West Coast. By the mid-1980s, when Japan Inc dominated headlines and was thought to threaten American prosperity, Chinese restaurants were more common than Italian ones, and sushi, whether loved or reviled, defined Japanese food for most Americans. Immigration and assimilation of East Asian flavors into American cuisine as well as a plethora of industrial foods that incorporated glutamates made umami a far more common taste and altered the American taste landscape and the American palate in the late 20th century. Eating soy sauce, tofu, fish sauce and other foods high in glutamates not only integrated East Asian flavors into the American palate but also wove those communities into America’s social fabric through the sense of taste. It took until the early 2000s for the scientific community to recognize umami as the fifth taste. So as you are eating your Thanksgiving turkey with gravy and relishing all the side dishes, such as mushrooms, brussel sprouts or stuffing, that make the meal delicious, remember the savory taste of umami only became obvious once Americans assimilated the flavors of distant lands into their everyday lives. That’s something for which we can all be thankful. 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Nike has used the Pink Triangle symbol in its new Pride collection

first_imgThe Nike BETRUE Air Max 270 will be the most limited release of of the silhouette’s short but popular history. | Photo: Nike The BETRUE 2018 collection’ celebrates colors and symbols that have been reclaimed and historically repurposed by the LGBTQ community’.Since 2012, Nike has release a special collection as a nod to the LGBTI community.Nike decided to feature the color lavender and the Pink Triangle symbol in the latest collection.German Nazis originally used the Pink Triangle to identify LGBTI people during World War II to send to concentration camps. But then activists reclaimed it in the 1970s. Even the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) used it in the 1980s-era ‘Silence=Death’ campaign.Nike used innovative technology in its BETRUE 2018 collection to include the rainbow colors on some of the sneakers.‘The airbags are individually dyed in the six-color spectrum,’ the company said in a statement.‘For the Air Max 270, the spectrum spans the entire heel for a surge of color. Even the Zoom Fly SP, a lifestyle take on a racing shoe, carries a muted rainbow colorway through the shoe’s translucent upper.’ Launching in time for Pride month in the US, sportswear giant Nike has revealed its latest Pride range. GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img The Nike BETRUE Vapormax Plus features the rainbow color spectrum underfoot. | Photo: NikeBETRUE to historyNike also decided to feature the color lavender in its Pride range because it is ‘a dynamic blending of gender-linked light blue and light pink, is one of the oldest symbolic references in LGBTQ culture’.Lavender appears in the four colorways of this year’s shoe cohort: the Nike Vapormax Plus, the Nike Air Max 270, the Nike Zoom Fly and the Nike Epic React Flyknit.‘The color’s historical connotations preceded the rainbow symbol’s widespread popularity in the 1970s, appearing on garments as a kind of quiet language among the community,’ Nike said.The collection, which also includes T-shirts, socks, a hat and a heritage hip pack, launches on June 6.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) FIRST LOOK: Nike’s new #BeTrue collection to launch for Pride seasonMiley Cyrus designs the Converse Pride 2018 collectionConverse reveals its Pride 2017 sneaker collectionRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

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Air Transat slashes domestic fares for Canadas 150th anniversary

first_img Posted by Air Transat slashes domestic fares for Canada’s 150th anniversary Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Share Tags: Air Transat, Canada, Promotionscenter_img TORONTO — Air Transat is encouraging Canadians to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary with summer deals on flights connecting Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto.Clients have until May 1 to take advantage of these offers. With the promo, one-way fares from Vancouver to Montreal start at $234, Toronto-Vancouver from $243, Toronto-Montreal from $111, Vancouver-Calgary from $124, Toronto-Calgary from $242, and Montreal-Quebec City from $119.“Canada is becoming an increasingly popular holiday destination, and we are pleased to offer flights that will allow travellers to explore more of it,” says Annick Guérard, President and General Manager of Transat Tours Canada. “In addition to travelling with the company named Best North American Leisure Airline by Skytrax, Air Transat’s clients will also benefit from our inflight entertainment system and will have the option to upgrade to Option Plus or Club Class.” Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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These are the most outrageous Star Warsthemed rooms in Kissimmee for diehard

first_img KISSIMMEE — Kissimmee, Florida can never be considered a land that’s far, far away from Canada, but to a die-hard Star Wars fan it comes pretty darn close.Ahead of the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World Resort on Aug. 29, Kissimmee – known as the Vacation Capital of the World – has rounded up the top 5 galaxy-themed rooms that channels ‘The Force’ in every way. Not only are they located just minutes from Galaxy’s Edge, they’re also all commissionable for travel agents.1. Battle Pod Bunk Beds. Spanning 3,374 square feet, this out-of-this-world villa boasts five bedrooms, private pool, spillover spa, custom theatre with 120-inch projection screen and, oh yes, a Star Wars Battle Pod arcade. Here, guests can ride the vehicles and live out their fantasies of destroying the Empire’s Battle Fleet.2. The Storm Trooper Home Theatre. This mega-mansion transports guests straight to the galaxy with a tricked-out Storm Trooper-themed theatre that seats eight. After watching the entire Star Wars series from beginning to end, guests can also enjoy a pool, outdoor dinning set, sun loungers, pool table and a neon black-light games room filled with multi arcade games.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in July3. The Classic Quote Twin Room. The entire universe is in one bedroom at this high-end villa located less than 10 minutes from Walt Disney World. There are three children’s themed bedrooms – Star Wars, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and Pokemon – not to mention a private outdoor pool deck and spa, restaurant/bar, fitness centre and a waterpark, all located at the Encore Club.4. The Millennium Falcon Suite. At this newly furnished vacation home, your bedroom doubles as the entrance to the Millennium Falcon! Guests can also enjoy a pool area that overlooks a Jack Niklaus golf course, outdoor dining area, private theatre, games room and a second-floor loft area with pool table at this upscale five-bedroom villa.5. The Dark Side Arcade. With over 7,500 square feet, this amazing villa is a dream come true for movie fans. Guests can play classic arcade games alongside Darth Vader, Darth Sidious and Yoda in a super-cool arcade worthy of Luke Skywalker himself. This home can accommodate up to five families and also features an infinity pool and multiple living spaces.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backKissimmee’s tourism authority, Experience Kissimmee, is represented in Canada by VoX International. Tuesday, July 23, 2019 Share Tags: Star Wars Travelweek Group center_img These are the most outrageous Star Wars-themed rooms in Kissimmee for die-hard fans << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bylast_img read more

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France cracks down on food waste by supermarkets

first_img 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Comments   Share   Socialist lawmaker Guillaume Garon, who sponsored the bill, argued that limiting waste is not only good for the environment but also about social justice for those going hungry. “This concerns our compatriots who suffer daily, which is intolerable in the 21st century,” he told the legislature.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk PARIS (AP) — France’s parliament has voted to forbid big supermarkets from destroying unsold food, encouraging them to donate to charities or farms instead, as part of a national campaign against food waste.The amendment approved by the National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament, late Thursday is part of a larger environmental bill. The overall bill will go to a vote Tuesday in the Assembly, then goes to the Senate, and is likely to pass in both houses. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories The bill would require big supermarket chains to donate goods no longer fit for sale to charities or to farms for use as animal feed or compost. That includes goods that were packaged wrong or damaged, but remain edible, or that are past a recommended use-by date but are not dangerous to eat. Foods that are past a firm expiration date would go to farms.Among other measures is one aimed at reducing waste in school cafeterias. Lawmakers also discussed teaching children in school ways to reduce waste in their own kitchens, and abolishing expiration dates on food that isn’t necessarily perishable.Environmental groups welcomed the vote, in a country where it is estimated that 20 to 30 kilograms (44 to 66 pounds) of food are wasted per person each year. The government announced in 2012 that it wants to reduce food waste by 50 percent by 2025.The Retail and Trade Federation says large supermarkets are being disproportionately targeted by the bill. It says the sector already donates thousands of tons to charity annually.French supermarket chains have been publicizing their efforts to fight waste. Intermarche gained worldwide attention last year with an advertising campaign encouraging consumers to buy ugly fruit and vegetables, so that supermarkets wouldn’t have to toss them in the garbage. Carrefour has a website dedicated to the issue. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

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AirAsia Group CEO launches Memoirs

first_imgTan Sri Tony Fernandes holding his memoir, Flying High at the book launch today at Marini’s on 57 in Kuala Lumpur, with Petronas Twin Towers in the background.AirAsia Group CEO launches MemoirsAirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes today launched his memoirs, Flying High, a look back at his journey from music man to airline man.The book was unveiled at a star-studded affair at Marini’s On 57 in Kuala Lumpur today, in the shadow of the Petronas Twin Towers.The launch was attended by AirAsia Co-Founder and AirAsia Malaysia Executive Chairman Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, AirAsia Malaysia Independent Director Dato’ Fam Lee Ee, AirAsia Malaysia CEO Aireen Omar, AirAsia X Malaysia CEO Benyamin Ismail, AirAsia Thailand CEO Tassapon Bijleveld, AirAsia Group CEO for Indonesia Dendy Kurniawan, and AirAsia India CEO Amar Abrol.AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said, “Flying High is a story about the power of dreams. When I first started AirAsia with Datuk Kamarudin, everyone thought we were crazy. They said we had no business running an airline and it wouldn’t work. If we had listened to them, we would have given up before we even started and this book wouldn’t exist.“This book is proof that dreams do come true, and I hope it will encourage others to pursue their true passion. Believe the unbelievable, dream the impossible and never take no for an answer. Even if you fail, it doesn’t matter because at least you’ve tried and you can do it again, so trust in your gut feeling, don’t listen to anyone else’s advice and go ahead – write your own incredible story.”Flying High recounts Tan Sri Tony Fernandes’ journey from a young boy growing in Malaysia to a homesick British boarding school student with a tuck box full of dreams, all the way to his time at Warner Music and finally as AirAsia chief – with plenty of stops along memory lane in between.Learn about what drives Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and the moments that shaped him, including a chance encounter with Virgin Group founder, Sir Richard Branson that eventually led to Fernandes’ first job out of university.Published as Tan Sri Tony Fernandes returns as the face of the second series of Apprentice Asia, the book is an inspiring personal story of an exceptional business leader who created Asia’s first budget airline and democratised air travel in Asia, building AirAsia into a multi-billion-dollar company in the process.Retailing at RM86.95 (inclusive of GST), Flying High is available now at all major bookstores, pre-book on and on board AirAsia flights and on from 6 November 2017.Source = AirAsialast_img read more

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first_imgThe idea was planted three years ago, after a simple conversation in Edinburgh involving the folks from disabled access review site Euan’s Guide. The chain reaction began, and thousands of disabled people joined in with the spirit of Disabled Access Day as it spilled beyond Scotland into towns, cities and communities all over the UK. In 2016, events reached Portugal, Belgium and beyond. This year is shaping up to be even bigger! This March, thousands of disabled people will be celebrating Disabled Access Day with their families and friends. Disabled Access Day is a weekend-long event which encourages new experiences, and new ways of thinking about accessibility and inclusivity. With a motto of ‘you and somewhere new’ – a sentiment we definitely endorse – this year the big event returns from the 10th-12th March 2017. At the football – image courtesy of Euan’s GuideReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Dance Lesson – image courtesy of Dance BaseBirmingham Repertory Theatre, BirminghamExplore behind the scenes and backstage with a BSL tour at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Saturday 11th March at 10am. Families and young ones can also join in a non-verbal drama workshop on the day! Tate Modern, LondonOn Sunday 12th March, the famous London art gallery will be holding guided tours of its Archives where you can touch original items behind the scenes. With over one million items tucked away in the Tate Archives, who knows what you’ll uncover! Tate Modern also has a Changing Places Toilet for visitors.What will you try?With so many local events, you won’t have to go far to get to find a new experience. If you decide to go somewhere far anyway, Gatwick Airport who are supporting Disabled Access Day are also hosting events over the weekend. You can search for these events and more on the Disabled Access Day website: center_img Accessible Cookery – image courtesy of Euan’s GuideClose to where it all began, events happening in the UK this year include sensory trails, BSL-interpreted tours, sailability activities, audio described events, early-bird openings and more. Check out the interactive map for events near you – but here’s a flavour of some of the activities happening in British cities over the weekend:Dance Base, EdinburghScotland’s National Centre for Dance will be opening up its regular Friday morning classes for free this Disabled Access Day. Take the chance to step into a professional dance studio where you can learn the techniques behind Hip Hop at 10am, or join the Inclusive Party Playlist class at 11am in the city’s bustling Grassmarket. RelatedDisabled travel tips from Paralympian Ade AdepitanTV presenter, former Paralympian and avid traveller Ade Adepitan shares his top pieces of advice to disabled travellers, the joy of a travel checklist and his favourite destinations.Disabled travel: expert advice for planning your trip to Rio 2016 and beyondWith the Olympic and Paralympic Games quickly approaching, Skyscanner and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have teamed up to bring together travel advice and information for disabled travellers heading to Rio this summer.EU legislation for disabled air passengersEU legislation for disabled air passengerslast_img read more

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