Jamaicans Urged To Plant Trees

first_imgStory Highlights “We have seen the devastation from the rains we had recently in terms of flooding and siltation of our waterways, and what we can do to reduce that in the future is plant trees, because the roots of trees hold the soil together. So, in times of heavy downpour, there will be less soil erosion, less silt reaching our waterways and fewer water lock-offs,” Miss Gilpin reasoned. Jamaicans are being encouraged to plant trees to support the ‘Trees for Life’ initiative, aimed at strengthening the island’s diverse flora and improving its resilience to climate change.Trees for Life is a campaign being undertaken as part of the Yallahs/Hope (River) Watershed Project with support from the Forestry Department, National Environment & Planning Agency (NEPA) and the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.In an interview with JIS News, Communications Specialist for the project, Patrice Gilpin, said the campaign started in October 2016 with a target set for Jamaica to plant one million trees by June 30, 2019.“Trees provide an abundance of benefits, as they give us clean air, cleaner water, they are homes to our wildlife, they take in carbon dioxide from the environment and let out oxygen, which means we are breathing better air. So, one tree can mean so much, and you would be planting today to benefit generations to come,” Miss Gilpin outlined.The whole idea, she added, is that with more trees planted, the more the green coverage of the island will be improved and the more resilient the country will be to the impacts of climate change.She informed that some 2,860 tree plants will be distributed to schools, communities and farmers in St. Thomas through the Yallahs/Hope (River) Watershed Project. These trees may range from coffee, naseberry, mango, soursop, avocado and citrus, to mahogany and jacaranda.Miss Gilpin noted that the Forestry Department and NEPA have been instrumental in the distribution of trees to persons across the island.“The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has also come on board 100 per cent and is fully committed to planting 155,000 trees throughout the year beginning Labour Day, in celebration of Jamaica 55,” she said.“We have seen the devastation from the rains we had recently in terms of flooding and siltation of our waterways, and what we can do to reduce that in the future is plant trees, because the roots of trees hold the soil together. So, in times of heavy downpour, there will be less soil erosion, less silt reaching our waterways and fewer water lock-offs,” Miss Gilpin reasoned.She encouraged corporate entities and groups to celebrate their special anniversaries and milestones by planting a tree.“We want Jamaicans to get back to the habit of planting a tree for your baby and watch that tree grow as you watch your child grow, so that we can achieve our target come 2019,” the Communications Specialist urged.For more details and to participate in the initiative, persons can visit NEPA’s website at www.nepa.gov.jm to access the ‘Trees for Life’ web page. She informed that some 2,860 tree plants will be distributed to schools, communities and farmers in St. Thomas through the Yallahs/Hope (River) Watershed Project. These trees may range from coffee, naseberry, mango, soursop, avocado and citrus, to mahogany and jacaranda. Trees for Life is a campaign being undertaken as part of the Yallahs/Hope (River) Watershed Project with support from the Forestry Department, National Environment & Planning Agency (NEPA) and the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.last_img read more

The OMDC Film Fund

first_imgOMDC Film Fund – Development GuidelinesOMDC Film Fund – Development BudgetOMDC Film Fund – Production GuidelinesSchedule of Minimum Commitment of Ontario Expenditures OMDC Film Fund – Applicant Production Company StatementApplication Form/Online Application Portal Login/Register With: Funding AvailableDevelopment : provides funding in the form of an interest-free loan of up to $25,000 for the final development stage.Production : provides funding in the form of a repayable advance of up to $400,000 on a last-in basis to complete the financing of a feature film.NOTE: Full eligibility requirements can be found in OMDC Film Fund Production Guidelines and OMDC Film Fund Development Guidelines. Please read the guidelines completely before beginning your application. OMDC reserves the right to revise Guidelines and Application Forms. Please ensure that you have the current versions before preparing your documentation.Application Process All applications must be submitted via the OMDC Online Application Portal (OAP). Applications submitted by any other method will not be accepted.Prior to starting an application, your company’s corporate information must be registered with the OAP. If you do not have a user account on OAP, please go to https://apply.omdc.on.ca and click on “Register”.If your company is registered, the OMDC Film Fund program deadline will appear in your dashboard. To start the application, click on “Start new application” and follow the onscreen directions to access the application form.Applicants are strongly encouraged to start the application process well in advance of the deadline in case technical support is required. There is flexibility for completing the application form – you may start at any time and save information as it is entered, and can go back to edit and/or add information up until the time the application is actually submitted.If you encounter problems setting up your company’s corporate information, you can email applyhelp@omdc.on.ca for assistance. This email address can also be used for any technical questions you have about the OAP. Information sessions EnquiriesProgram Coordinator, Industry InitiativesPhone: 416-642-6697programs@omdc.on.caEnquiries regarding the Online Application Portal (OAP) should be directed to applyhelp@omdc.on.caTo receive notification of upcoming deadlines and program updates, please email programs@omdc.on.ca with your complete contact information, including your full name, company name and telephone number, as well as the name of the program that you are interested in. Date:TBD LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Time:10:00 am – 12:00 pm Date:Wednesday, August 31, 2016 Information Session 2 – REGISTRATION REQUIRED Facebook Advertisement Location:Conference Centre, Main Floor, North Tower, 175 Bloor Street East, Toronto. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the upcoming OMDC Film Fund Information Sessions. Please complete the online registration form by 5:00 pm on the day prior to the Information Session. Unregistered guests will only be accepted if space permits.Information Session 1 – REGISTRATION REQUIRED Date:Thursday, August 18, 2016 Location:Conference Centre, Main Floor, North Tower, 175 Bloor Street East, Toronto. *Note: Access to this information session is limited. Priority will be given to persons with accessibility challenges, and registrants outside of the GTA. Online information session participants will receive an invitation via email with a link and password to login and will be able to call in via conference call during the session.If you are interested in attending an Ontario Media Development Corporation Information Session but require it be conducted in French please send a request to programs@omdc.on.ca by July 15, 2016 and arrangements will be made to schedule an additional session on an alternate date.If you are interested in attending an OMDC Information Session and have additional accessibility issues that need to be considered, please contact us as above.Guidelines and Application Forms: Webinar* REGISTRATION REQUIRED Advertisement Time:TBD Advertisement Time:2:00 pm – 4:00 pm The OMDC Film Fund is intended to increase the level of domestic feature film production in Ontario. It provides support to Ontario producers for feature film projects in the final stages of development and production financing.The OMDC Film Fund consists of two components: Development and ProductionDeadline:October 3, 2016 (by 5:00 pm) Twitterlast_img read more

Commonlaw husband not guilty in toddlers death

first_imgAPTN National NewsReporter Tiar Wilson joins Michael Hutchinson to talk about the case of baby Venetia Audy.Audy was in the care of her mother and her mother’s common-law husband when she died, at three years old. The husband was charged with the murder of the little girl, but a judge in Dauphin determined he wasn’t guilty.Audy’s grandmother and aunt had asked the courts to let the child live with them, but were denied.last_img

Black soybean farmers returning to court in seed lawsuit

first_imgMEMPHIS, Tenn. — Some black farmers from Mississippi and Tennessee are returning to federal court for a hearing on their lawsuit claiming a seed company sold them faulty soybean seeds because of their race.Stine Seed Co. has denied accusations that a salesman sold thousands of dollars’ worth of defective seeds to the farmers because they are black. The farmers allege the seeds were much less productive than expected and the salesman misled them with claims of good yields from soybean plants grown in fertile Mississippi Delta fields.U.S. District Judge John Fowlkes could rule Thursday on lawsuits to dismiss filed by Stine and salesman Kevin Cooper. They’ve called the allegations irresponsible.The suit claims the good seeds the farmers thought they had bought from Stine were replaced by inferior seeds before delivery.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Senior UN officials urge donors to fund feeding schemes for one billion

16 October 2009Economic DevelopmentUrging world leaders to boost efforts to help the record number of hungry people around the world, top United Nations officials today underscored the need to prioritize immediate food aid for the one in six of the global population who are malnourished. The flow of food aid is at its lowest for 20 years, while the number of hungry has grown to its highest point ever, pushing past one billion people. “Over the past two years, volatile food prices, the economic crisis, climate change and conflict have led to a dramatic and unacceptable rise in the number of people who cannot rely on getting the food they need to live, work and thrive,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a message marking World Food Day.“We must respond to the needs of the hungry, first by ensuring adequate political and financial support for emergency food assistance,” stressed Mr. Ban.This year the World Food Programme (WFP) has set out to feed 108 million people across 74 countries, but a severe budget shortfall has meant reduced rations for many of the hungry and the suspension of feeding schemes in some countries. WFP noted that so far this year international donors have contributed $2.9 billion to its $6.7 billion 2009 budget. “Let’s remember that more than one billion people won’t get enough nutritious food to eat today,” said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran.“We can change this. Our challenge is to turn ‘No Food Day’ back into ‘World Food Day for the hundreds of millions without food on their table tonight,” said Ms. Sheeran.She said that for decades WFP has provided emergency food assistance to around 10 per cent of the world’s hungriest men, women and children, but this year – for the first time – the agency is unlikely to reach that target.As the UN’s largest emergency relief agency, WFP’s resources have been stretched this year by a number of unforeseen humanitarian disasters, such as recent flooding in the Philippines, the need to expand food voucher programmes in the occupied Palestinian territory and a recent eruption of a long-running conflict in northern Yemen between Government forces and Al Houthi rebels that has forced 150,000 to flee their homes.“The silent crisis affecting one sixth of the all of humanity is also leaving a serious impact on this region,” said Daly Belgami, WFP Director in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.In addition to addressing the aftermath of natural disasters, Mr. Belgami said that WFP also has programmes aimed at improving children’s access to education and helping local economies by purchasing food locally. “Donor support is needed to maintain this level of assistance to the most vulnerable in this region.”In his address marking the Day, Director-General of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Jacques Diouf called on world leaders to reach a “broad consensus on the total and rapid elimination of hunger” when they gather in Rome for the World Summit on Food Security of Heads of State and Government on 16-18 November.Mr. Diouf also urged leaders to agree to increase agriculture’s share of official development assistance (ODA) to 17 per cent, the level it was in 1980, from its current 5 per cent. “That amount of $44 billion of official development assistance that we need to devote to agriculture development is very low compared with the $365 billion spent in 2007 to support agriculture in the rich countries, the $1,340 billion spent by the world each year on armaments and the trillions of dollars found in short order in 2008–2009 to prop up the financial sector,” said Mr. Diouf. However, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda, Viet Nam, Thailand and Turkey have provided cause for hope by significantly reducing the number of undernourished people in their countries over the last five years, he said.“This means that we know what should be done and how it should be done,” said Mr. Diouf. “Generally, programmes, projects and plans exist and are simply waiting for the political will and resources to become operational.” Another priority strategy to combat world hunger outlined by Mr. Ban in his message, was the need to invest in food production and distribution, including the provision of safety nets and assistance for smallholder farmers and support for longer-term agricultural productivity, market access and fair trade.He said that next month’s food summit in Rome is another opportunity to focus on country-led and regional strategies, country-level partnerships and increased levels of assistance. “I encourage all nations to pursue coordinated and comprehensive strategies for agricultural development and effective social protection so that vulnerable people – women and children in particular – can get the food they need for nutritional security and well-being,” said Mr. Ban. Also on World Food Day, WFP highlighted an international video competition, called “Hunger Bytes,” for students, aspiring film-makers and professionals to raise awareness about the levels of malnutrition around the world.The competition, hosted by YouTube, encourages people of all backgrounds to submit short, thought-provoking and unique videos of less than one minute on hunger. Participants can increase their chances of winning by sharing the link with friends and online communities such as Facebook, MySpace and through blogs. read more

Pensioners protest at US Steel Canada court hearing resumes

Stelco pensioners and employees from U.S. Steel Canada demonstrated at the Ontario legislature today over motions by the company in bankruptcy court.Three bus loads of retired and current steel workers went to hear a proposal in court from U.S. Steel Canada to stop paying property taxes in Hamilton and stop topping up pension payments. When court was adjourned until this afternoon, steel workers marched to Queen’s Park to seek provincial government support for their concerns. U.S. Steel Canada is appealing to the court to suspend pension benefits and municipal taxes in order to continue operating the plants in Hamilton and Nanticoke, while it tries to sell or restructure the business under court protection from creditors. “It’s a hugh impact. Benefits and security over our pensions is our whole livelihood for the rest of our lives. We spent close to 40 years I did myself at Stelco and U.S. Steel. Now in our golden years all that is threatened?Over what? Greed! And our government is not supporting Canadian workers here.”“When you think about what’s going on, it’s like just like I got here. CCAA is an illusionary justice that screws workers and pensioners. They are trying to legitimize this. We know it’s a fraud by U.S. Steel. If U.S. Steel wanted to pay its debts and liabilities they would have added 40 per cent more production to the Canadian work.”“What are they doing? They are taking it away.”Paul Miller, the member of provincial parliament who represents the Hamilton riding where U.S. Steel is located, raised the concerns of steel workers in the legislature this morning. “It’s hard to believe, but it only gets worse. U.S. Steel is also expected to succeed in their demand to no longer pay municipal taxes to the city of Hamilton.”“That’s $6 million a year to local coffers that goes to pay for schools, paved roads, and other things. It’s hard to think how this won’t end up being a provincial problem, with a provincial price tag, and a large one.”“Everything has been too little, too late, and the federal Conservative government has done absolutely nothing to help these people. They sold out, they knuckled under, they are a disgrace. Will this government stand up for the pensioners, stand up to this corporation and hold U.S. Steel accountable for what it is doing to my city of Hamilton and to the people of this province.”“We must do something now.”Ontario finance minister Charles Sousa responded to Paul Miller’s plea by saying the Ontario government will work to help the pensioners and workers of U.S. Steel.The steelworkers are looking at this as a precedent-setting case. They say if the courts allow the steel company to open up their pension uneder the CCAA rules, then down the road any company will be able to open any pension and have it dissolved under the same rule. The Ontario government is concerned, and so is the city of Hamilton: it faces a $6 million tax hit if all of the motions from U.S. Steel are approved.Additional video Marvin Ryder of the DeGroote School of Business says none of the options will be good for anyone involved: read more

Well fracking companies say prices still too low for profits

Well fracking companies say prices still too low for profits CALGARY – The two largest publicly traded Canadian oilfield fracking companies say prices for their services continue to be unsustainably low despite rising activity spurred by higher oil and gas prices.Calfrac Well Services (TSX:CFW) and Trican Well Service (TSX:TCW), both based in Calgary, say they don’t expect a return to normal pricing levels until the second half of this year.The companies work for oil and gas producers to provide well completion services such as fracking, where liquids and chemicals are injected under high pressure to break up tight underground formations and allow oil and gas to be produced into a well.Calfrac and Trican laid off thousands of workers over the past two years and now report they are having trouble finding staff to man equipment as it returns to the field.Calfrac says it experienced a 33 per cent plunge in revenue to $193 million in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 compared with the same period of 2015, while Trican says its revenue fell 27 per cent to $115 million.Both companies say revenue for all of 2016 fell by 50 per cent compared with 2015.Calfrac reported an operating loss of $18 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 versus an operating gain of $5.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Trican had an operating loss of $7.4 million versus the year-earlier gain of $15 million.Trican said it had net income of $57 million in the fourth quarter and a loss of $16.5 million in the same period a year earlier.Calfrac posted a fourth-quarter net loss of $61 million versus a loss of $141 million in the same period of 2015. by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 23, 2017 12:31 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 23, 2017 at 1:50 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email An oil sands facility seen from a helicopter near Fort McMurray, Alta., on July 10, 2012. Alberta’s Crown-owned bank is predicting the first six months of this year will be the roughest yet in the current economic downturn.ATB Financial is forecasting the petroleum industry will continue to shed jobs, with Fort McMurray and Calgary taking the hardest hit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh read more

New HGV market almost doubles in Q2 with registrations up by 463

The UK’s new heavy goods vehicle (HGV) market rose 46.3% in the second quarter of 2019, with 15,605 units registered, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). A number of large orders ahead of the mandatory fitment of Smart Tachographs gave a further boost to registrations and following a strong first quarter of the year.Registrations of rigid trucks grew by 51.9%, with both the >6-16T and >16T segments experiencing growth. Meanwhile, demand for articulated vehicles also rose, up a significant 38.1% to 6,031 units.The majority of body types saw a rise in registrations, including Tractors, the most popular segment, with demand growing 34.0%. Tanker truck and tower wagon registrations have more than doubled since Q2 2018, up by 109.3% and 111.1% respectively.Year-to-date figures painted a similar picture, with the market growing by 34.3% to 27,464 units registered so far this year. Both rigid truck and articulated vehicle registrations saw significant growth, with 33.5% and 35.3% respectively, while tractors and tippers remained the most popular HGV.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,A second strong quarter for truck registrations is certainly welcome news, however the swell in market size is undoubtedly due to operators choosing to expand their fleet ahead of the introduction of additional regulation. This significant performance means we may see the market level out throughout the second half of the year, especially given the role ongoing political and economic uncertainty could play in deterring further commitments to big fleet purchases.Notes to EditorsFrom January 2019 SMMT offers an enhanced MVRIS data service to its members. SMMT will continue to publish data on a quarterly basis, enabling us to better reflect the long-term trends in these low volume markets and offer clearer insight and analysis. To ensure the most accurate data is published, 2019 HGV figures compare SMMT MVRIS data with DVLA data for 2018.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) UK new heavy goods vehicle registrations rise by 46.3% in Q2 as operators pull forward purchases ahead of new regulation.Growing demand for Rigid and Artic trucks, up 51.9% and 38.1% respectively.Tractors remain most popular body type, growing 34.0%, while tanker truck and tower wagon registrations double.Year-to-date registrations rise 34.3% with total 27,464 units registered so far in 2019. read more

Hate preacher Anjem Choudary to be freed from jail despite remaining genuinely

Anjem Choudary, the notorious Islamist hate preacher, will be released from jail next month despite a chilling warning from the justice minister that he remained “genuinely dangerous”.Choudary, 51, is due to be freed within weeks after serving half of a five-and-a-half-year prison sentence for encouraging Muslims to join Islamic State.The Government admitted on Tuesday it was powerless to prevent Choudary from being released on licence. Rory Stewart, the prisons minister, said that the preacher was “a deeply pernicious, destabilising influence”.Mr Stewart, in an interview, added: “He is… somebody who is a genuinely dangerous person. We will be watching him very carefully.”Choudary was leader of the proscribed terrorist group al-Muhajiroun, whose followers included Khuram Butt, part of the London Bridge terror cell who murdered eight innocent bystanders in June last year.Other disciples include Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, the killers of Fusilier Lee Rigby, murdered outside his barracks in south London in 2013. Show more At the time he was jailed in 2016, Choudary had been linked to 15 terror plots dating back almost 20 years and connections to hundreds of British jihadists who fled to Syria to fight.David Videcette, a former detective with the anti-terror squad who investigated the July 7 suicide attacks on London in 2005, said: “Every plot I ever researched – someone in it was linked to Choudary.” Lord Carlile,  former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, said Choudary “knows how to play the system”, adding: “It is disturbing and worrying that he will be back on the streets.” It is Choudary will likely be tagged and placed in a ‘halfway house’ with restrictions imposed on his use of the internet and on the people he can mix with. Security services are also expected to keep him under surveillance.His case highlights the huge problems faced by the Government in delaing with Islamist extremists jailed for shorter sentences for lesser offences who are now due out.Mr Stewart said in the interview with the Evening Standard: “Even if they themselves are not making bombs. They are a completely pernicious influence on the people they come into contact with and they need to be kept away from them.” 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 Ministry of Justice said that Choudary was given a determinate sentence, has served his two and a bit years and will serve the remaining time on licence in the community. He will be monitored and tracked.A government source added: “He will technically be a free man”.Choudary had spent years goading authorities before finally being jailed. He refused to condemn the 7/7 bombings, demanded the imposition of Sharia across Britain and once called for the Queen to wear a burka.But using his legal training and forensic understanding of terrorism legislation he had – until 2016 – always managed to stay just the right side of the law and avoid prosecution. read more

AI could boost IVF success rates major study finds

Women could avoid the heartbreak of suffering a miscarriage or stillbirth during fertility treatment with the use of artificial intelligence.A study shows that having a baby using IVF would be more likely if clinics used a computer to assess embryo quality.Half of all miscarriages are caused by an abnormal number of chromosomes in the embryo.Working out which is the best to transfer into the womb is considered key to IVF success.The new study shows that when a computer equipped with AI was shown images of hundreds of embryos, it could predict which would lead to a live birth with 85 per cent accuracy.Researchers say the technology could be available for use within five years, revolutionising fertility treatment.The team, from Imperial College, London and Cornell University in the USA, is set to present their data to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine conference in Denver today (Wednesday). Dr Nikica Zaninovic, from Cornell University, who led the study said: “If AI can recognise embryos that are normal and those that have abnormal chromosomes, that will result in a reduced miscarriage and stillbirth rate, which is the reason for doing this research.“This is something new and an 85 per cent success rate is huge.”The researchers say that hospitals and fertility clinics would not need to buy the computer. Instead they could simply send photos of embryos to the machine and would receive results ‘in minutes.’The AI system is based on time-lapse photographs of growing embryos that are already used in many fertility clinics.A photo is taken of the embryo every 10 minutes and given to embryologists who use their expertise to decide which appear normal.Looking at images rather than putting an embryo under a microscope may reduce the risk of damaging it.One study published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology earlier this year showed time-lapse imaging could improve live birth rates in women using fresh embryos by up to 28 per cent.However, the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority has recently said that more research is needed before patients can be told it guarantees a higher chance of having a baby.The latest study on adding AI to time-lapse imaging could provide this missing data that doctors and patients need.The computer, nicknamed “The Beast”, was given 700 images of embryos and told which resulted in a birth and which led to a miscarriage or stillbirth so it could learn to search for subtle changes that could indicate a problem.In the trial, the computer analysed images of 328 embryos implanted into prospective mothers.When asked which of these would result in a baby being born, it correctly identified 280.The machine is also capable of continuing to learn from the data it is given, adapting its algorithm to make it ever more accurate.Dr Zaninovic added: “To make a baby embryo is probably 80 per cent to 90 per cent of the value [reason] but there are other factors why an embryo doesn’t make a life birth.“So these numbers are almost 100 per cent because there are other factors in the mother after implantation. That’s why we think this is extremely high.”He said that in his clinics, women under 35 with no underlying health conditions had around a 50 per cent of having a baby using IVF and time-lapse imaging.Using AI, this could rise to between 60 and 70 per cent, he added.Dr Zaninovic, whose team are currently patenting the technology, said: “I just need patient information from a hospital in London and the image of the embryo and I can put this in the computer.“It’s all web based. It doesn’t mean every hospital will have to have this it can just be done over the internet very easily.”He added: “Within five years it will be routinely used in clinical settings.”Leading UK fertility expert Prof Allan Pacey, of Sheffield University, said: “The ability to observe embryo development using time lapse systems has developed greatly in recent years and these devices have become commonplace in clinical practice.“However to date, data doesn’t find that they actually help in selecting the best embryo and improving the chances of pregnancy.“Therefore the application of artificial intelligence to the data collected from time lapse systems is a very good idea as it may find patterns and algorithms that are not visible to the human eye.”Prof Charles Kingsland founded Britain’s largest NHS IVF unit, the Hewitt IVF centre in Liverpool, which was the first to successfully use time-lapse technology.Prof Kingsland, clinical director of CARE Fertility, said: “Although the numbers in the study are small these results are encouraging.“By adding artificial intelligence to the computer, this takes it one stage further into the future.“The final arbiter in embryo quality though will always be a highly trained embryologist or clinician.“We’re many years away from dispensing with humans in the IVF lab.”Meanwhile, experts have raised fears that an “Instagram generation” of young British women do not realise they should take folic acid before they fall pregnant.A survey of 11,000 women found that more than half of 18-24 year-olds who wanted to conceive do not take the vitamin.Folic acid can prevent birth defects in babies such as spina bifida. But in order to benefit from its protective effects, women need to take it before they start trying to conceive.Researchers from fertility test company SPD said public health messages need to target online forums and sites such as Instagram and SnapChat, amid fears young women are not receiving information from traditional routes. 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

14000 not enough to stop the Experts

The loud cheer of 14,000 homefans dressing in red, weren’t enough to stop the astonishing ‘Experts’ on their way to their third EHF Euro gold tonight in Jyske Bank Boxen.STATISTICS…This generation of French players seems to have expertized in one more thing aside from winning almost anything that’s in front of them; it is to bring the host nation to tears, by defeating them in the finals. What the ‘Experts’ have done in Croatia four year ago was an outstanding achievement, but to win with a nine-goal difference(41:32)in the final against the Danes, at fully packed Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, well, that takes something very special.The match was played somewhat absent-minded in defense as France managed to score 41 goals, and one of the best goalkeepers in world, subsequently named the best keeper of the championship, NickalsLandin had a match to forget tonight at Jyske Bank Boxen.The incisive France punished the unexpectedly slow start from the Danish team, as the defending champions were seven minutes without a goal mid-way through the first half when Valentin Porte set the score at 4:13.Toft Hansen and Mollgaard Jensen brought two back for their team, but Porte continued on the previously excellent game opening from Narcisse and Guigou. The French team returned from their time-out to set the 10-goal lead, their first in the match, as Porte struck again for 7:17 with ten minutes remaining in the first half.Denmark tried to find their defensive balance with Green Krejberg replacingNicklasLandin who is nowhere to be found.  The only thing that seemed to be working for the Danish team was the ever-present goal-scoring ability of Mikkel Hansen, with the PSG players seeming very much in the mood for this match lowering the difference to six goals in the last minute. With the last five minutes of the first half very quiet with the Danes able only to get the difference down to seven goals, after Porte scored with the sound of the buzzer, the teams want for a break with the score 16:23.The beginning of the second half saw the same-old from the Danes, with Hansen’s individual quality keeping them hanging by a thread in this match. Omeyer made his presence noticeable mid-way through the second half, with the 37-year old making a number of saves to ad to the frustration of the Danish team. Mollergaard had a period of struggle in which he made a turnover, conceded a penalty and received a suspension, as Narcisse continued on his team’s run of goals, to make it 25:35, and a dangerous score line going into the last ten minutes of the match with ‘Les Bleus’ cruising to victory. Luc Abalo scored his signature shot from the right-back position, for yet another double-digit lead for France at 28:38, with seven minutes to play and the winner almost already decided. There was nothing to play for in the last five minutes as the local JesperNoddesboscored a brace for 31:39, but the high amount of goals conceded by the Danish team, was impossible to match in the dying minutes.  Noddesbo completed his 3:0 series upon the strong will of the Dane, but French players were already celebrating as Nyokas sets the final score to 32:41 (the highest ever scored in the Euro Final) assisted by the experienced Jerome Fernandez, who may also be retiring after this gold medal in Denmark. No better way to mark the return to the Euro top for ‘Les Experts’ than winning the EHF Euro trophy in the final against Denmark, with less than a year before the World championship in Qatar, and counting down to the Olympic games in Rio 2016, where they will be defending their gold. This will also mark the testimonial match for the successful Danish coach Ulrich Wilbek, who will now assume the role of the Danish team manager, replaced by the Icelandic coach GudmundurGudmudsson, to take the Danish team onto new heights.TEXT: NEMANJA SAVIC EHF EURO 2014euro 2014France handballHANDBALL 2014 ← Previous Story IHF ANNOUNCED: Domagoj Duvnjak and Andrea Lekic are the best in 2013! Next Story → Onesta: The best game in history – Wilbek: France is the best read more

Ariel Sharon bankruptcy and water meters The week in numbers

first_imgEVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.1,500,000,000: The approximate number of adults in the world who are obese, according to a new report.231,000,000: The amount of Irish punts the Central Bank says are still hanging around under mattresses or in old piggy banks, twelve years after Ireland switched to the euro.80,000: The approximate number of households which have been fitted with water meters so far ahead of October’s introduction of water charges.3,000: The approximate number of applications for bankruptcy the Minister for Justice expects to see over the next twelve months following the introduction of new laws.650: The number of people waiting on transplant lists in Ireland, despite 2013 being a record year for transplants being carried out.52: The number of passengers – including scientists, journalists and tourists – rescued from a research ship in the Antarctic on Thursday which had been trapped in ice since Christmas Day.28 – The percentage price differential between house prices in Dublin compared to the rest of the country, according to new property research.18 – The number of countries using the euro now after Latvia became the latest country to join the single currency on New Year’s Day.17.5 – The percentage increase in the number of people who died on Ireland’s roads in 2013 compared to the number of deaths the previous year.8: The number of years that former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has been in a coma after suffering a massive stroke. The 85-year-old’s condition deteriorated significantly during the week.5: The number of seconds into the new year when the first baby born in Ireland in 2014 entered the world.4: The percentage of primary school children who never get any help at all with their homework from parents, according to the Central Statistics Office.0 – The salary claimed by Capuchin monk Brother Kevin Crowley who runs the Capuchin Day Centre for the homeless in Dublin city centre.Want more? Check out our previous ‘In numbers’ pieces >last_img read more

AHC gives voice to wider Hellenic issues

first_imgThe Australian Hellenic Council (AHC) has held its Annual National Conference to discuss issues relevant to Hellenes in Australia and the wider diaspora, such as Greek migration to Australia. Delegates from all over Australia attended the conference last week, as well as Acting Ambassador of Greece to Australia, Mr Loukas Tsokos and the High Commissioner of Cyprus, Mr Yianni Yiacovou. Both diplomats spoke to the delegates and passed on their messages of congratulations for hosting the unified event. Ambassador Tsokos and High Commissioner Yiacovou provided an analysis on Hellenic national issues as well as current events in Greece and Cyprus. National representatives from the largest Greek Australian Federations, Greek Orthodox Communities and organisations from across Australia participated, as well as young Greek Australians Peter Doukas, Sophocles Kitharidis, Lex Georgiou, Michael Christodoulides and Eleni Efthymiou, representing peak Hellenic organisations who took the lead in presenting issues to our Federal Parliamentarians. The youthful leadership was evident when presenting Australian Hellenic issues to assist our MPs in acknowledging that these issues hold particular relevance to the wider Australian Hellenic community and to Australian society as a whole. The issue of Greek migration to Australia was discussed with a number of MPs including the Minister of Immigration and Citizenship, the Hon. Chris Bowen. Other key issues of concern including the “Macedonian” issue, the Cyprus question, the Christian Genocide of Anatolia and the violation of civil and human rights of the Greek minority in Northern Epirus, were also raised. The National Charter for the AHC was unanimously ratified by the delegates. This will provide the AHC with the ability to operate with greater efficiency and with more resources providing the Hellenic-Australian community with a more effective and cohesive voice. It was further agreed that the National Presidium will consist of the National President, Mr Evan Kakulas (also the State Coordinator for WA), the State Coordinator for NSW, Mr John Petropoulos, and the State Coordinator for Victoria, Mr Peter Jasonides. The AHC is the peak umbrella body representing the Australian Greek community nationwide. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Doctor Who Trailer Teases 13th Doctor Companions

first_img The Doctor is in.During Sunday’s World Cup final (spoiler alert: France won), the BBC debuted a 40-second teaser trailer for the upcoming 11th series of Doctor Who.But the video—scored by new composer Segun Akinola—doesn’t give much away.Incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall bucks tradition, opting for specially filmed material rather than clips of the next season.The themed clip introduces Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker to future companions Ryan (Tosin Cole), Yasmin (Mandip Gill), and Graham (Bradley Walsh) without giving away any actual clues about what’s the come.Ryan, eating alone at a roomy diner, is watching the BBC sports coverage when a nearby table begins to shake. As he glances around in confusion, the world slows and a mysterious hand reaches in for a cheeky dip of fried egg.Elsewhere, Yasmin’s friend has just eaten the last slice of pizza when a bookshelf starts convulsing, and Yasmin opens the greasy box to find a new 12-inch pie.To end her TARDIS tour, the Doctor visits Graham, similarly alone with his thoughts—and a tabloid newspaper—with the Cup commentators on TV. Cue the streaky lightning and slow-mo action shot, and his paper has been swapped for a copy of The Beano.Aside from a few wibbly-wobbly glances of the Time Lord (whose outfit was revealed late last year), audiences are no closer to knowing what’s in store for the rebooted show.Still, this teaser is a breath of fresh air for Whovians, anxiously awaiting the new series—the first in 12 years without Steven Moffat pulling the strings.Jodie Whittaker IS the Doctor (via BBC)I know change is hard. But I firmly believe Doctor Who is changing for the better. We have the show’s first female lead and three two racially diverse companions. We have confirmed guest/recurring roles by Sharon D. Clarke, Lee Mack, and Alan Cumming. And, best of all, we have longtime fan and master of surprise Chris Chibnall leading it all.The Broadchurch creator—who appeared on TV in 1986 to represent the Doctor Who Appreciation Society—has penned half a dozen episodes of the show, including a 42-minute thriller, a two-part introduction to the Silurians, and the sci-fi counterpart to Snakes on a Plane. He also wrote eight episodes of spin-off Torchwood.(Don’t trust his Who credibility? Chibnall snuck an Easter egg into Sunday’s teaser—in the form of Graham’s Beano comic magazine. The 1981 Summer Special issue is the same one the Eleventh Doctor hid behind, pretending to read while watching Clara’s father, Dave Oswald, in “The Rings of Akhaten.”)The BBC is staying mum about season 11: “Coming soon” is all the broadcaster will offer—for now.Keep an eye on Geek.com for more Doctor Who news as the expected autumnal launch date nears. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster last_img read more

Edwards Biffle sidebyside for Daytona

first_imgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Carl Edwards fell bitterly short in last season’s bid to win the NASCAR championship.He’s starting 2012 out front.Edwards, who lost the championship last season on a tie-breaker to Tony Stewart, won the pole for the season-opening Daytona 500, beating teammate Greg Biffle for the top starting spot during a windy Sunday qualifying session at Daytona International Speedway.Edwards turned a lap at 194.738 mph — the fastest pole-winning speed since Jeff Gordon’s lap of 195.067 mph in 1999. Biffle was second at 194.087 to give Ford and Roush Fenway Racing a sweep of the front row.“It’s so neat to come down here and to be so fast and to really have fun qualifying here,” Edwards said. “These are the best race cars we’ve ever had at Daytona. Coming down here I didn’t even consider the pole, so this is huge.”Biffle was not as thrilled.“I’m a little disappointed,” Biffle said. “I hate the wind. I guess if you’re out sailing, it’s good. It was singing down the back, but coming down the front I just got a big gust of wind coming off of (turn) four … I knew I didn’t have it.”Edwards and Biffle were the only two drivers to lock down their starting positions in Daytona’s unique qualifying format. The rest of the starting order for next Sunday’s race is set through Thursday’s twin 150-mile qualifying races.last_img read more

Rickshaw Girl getting film adaptation

first_img‘Rickshaw Girl’ getting film adaptationA popular children’s book about a Bangladeshi girl who decides to disguise herself as a boy in order to work and help pull her family out of poverty is being adapted for the big screen, reports NBC News.First published in 2007, Mitali Perkins’s “Rickshaw Girl,” follows Naima, the daughter of a rickshaw puller who lives with her family outside of a large city. Already acknowledged as a gifted artist with a flair for creating “alpanas”- painted designs created with rice flour and water popular in Bangladesh and India’s West Bengal – Naima longs to be able to use her talents to help her parents. To do so, she decided to dress as a boy and go out into the working world, the New York based media says.“I lived in Bangladesh for three years and I speak Bangla,” Perkins told NBC News, adding that she worked with several non-government organisations and became familiar with the work of the microlending platform Grameen Bank during that time.“I was talking to women and I’d hear how empowering it was for women to be able to contribute to the family economically,” she said. “The idea was just in my mind.”Perkins became particularly struck by the beautifully decorated rickshaws she would see as she travelled throughout the country.“When you go to Bangladesh, rickshaws are all over the place, and they are decorated with alpanas, some of which tell entire stories,” she recalled.Perkins said she then began thinking of what it would be like to grow up as a young girl in one of the families she passed every day.“I was the third daughter and everyone cried when I was born,” Perkins said. “Everyone but my daddy. He said, ‘Girls are a blessing from God.’”The decision to set the book in Bangladesh was a particularly poignant one for Perkins. Her parents were born in what was then East Bengal before the 1947 partition of India. “Many families moved to West Bengal then, but it never felt like home,” Perkins said. Her family later moved to London and then New York when Perkins was seven.Since its publication, “Rickshaw Girl” has been published in several Asian languages and the film rights were optioned several years ago. “When your book is adapted it, it takes a life of its own,” Perkins said.Given the setting and Perkins’ own personal history, she said she is particularly happy “Rickshaw Girl” will be directed by a Bangladeshi filmmaker, Amitabh Reza Chowdhury, and that the Bangladeshi-American writer Sharbari Z Ahmed will assist with the screenplay as a script consultant.Ahmed, who moved to the United States from Bangladesh with her family when she was just three weeks old, said getting to ride on a rickshaw was one of her favourite parts about visiting the country as a child. “Rickshaws were novel to you as a child because they were so colourful and vibrant,” Ahmed told NBC News. “Rickshaw art was part of the scenery and lately people are recognising it as an art form.”Ahmed added that while she was happy to help tell the story of a character whose background was so similar to her own, she was particularly excited about contributing to showing the world how diverse the Muslim experience is.“Naima is Muslim, and more importantly, she is a Bangladeshi Muslim. Hollywood tends to have images of Muslims that come out of the Middle East,” Ahmed said. “I wrote for ‘Quantico’ and there were people in hijab, but what’s largely ignored is that Islam manifests itself in different ways in different cultures.”Noting that both Hollywood and audiences have recently embraced films about strong women and girls, Ahmed said she was also eager for moviegoers to watch the story of a teen navigating a society that is often very hostile.“Naima is not a cosseted teen,” she said. “She is almost from the slums, her family barely has money to put food on the table. We wanted to show what it was like being on the edge of womanhood in a country that is quite conservative.”last_img read more

Houstons New Residential Construction Code Favors Solar Energy

first_img X Google ImagesHouston’s new construction code for residential properties favors the use of solar energy.New houses built in Houston will make it easier to use an alternative energy source that is plentiful in Texas.The Houston City Council recently approved a new construction code for single family homes, townhouses and condos that means the builder has to use roofs with a surface of at least 600 square feet that are oriented to the west or the south to make it easier to install solar panels.Michael Howard, a senior analyst for the City’s Department of Public Works and Engineering, says Houston is following the lead of other Texas cities.“Austin, San Antonio, all have similar code provisions in their adopted codes and they actually have more incentive programs, but the City of Houston is behind solar a 100 percent,” explains Howard who notes that, for instance, the City offers a program that will evaluate projects for use of solar energy in just seven days.The new code also requires builders to install all the connections needed to use solar panels and that is something Cyrus Reed, Conservation Director of the Sierra Club’s Texas’ Chapter, appreciates.Reed says solar energy projects can get complicated if, for example, a home’s ventilation system is in the way of the connections a solar energy system would need.“Then you have to tear up those vents, move them, add solar and suddenly what might have been a pretty cost effective project becomes not cost effective,” explains Reed.In the coming weeks, the City will also consider making changes to the construction code for commercial properties. Share 00:00 /01:24 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Cardinals to Travel to Charlestown Southern and Furman

first_imgStory Links University of Louisville women’s tennis (5-0) battles Charles Southern (1-0) Saturday, Feb. 2 in Greenville, South Carolina for the Cardinals first road trip of the season.UofL has outscored their opponents thus far with the combined scores of 28-7. The Cards have two players at 5-0 in singles in junior Raven Neely and sophomore Nikolina Jovic.Redshirt senior Aleksandra Mally has won her past three matches at No. 1 for head coach Mark Beckham.Charleston Southern dropped its season opener 4-0 to Clemson. The Buccaneers are coming off an 11-8 season and were selected third in the Big South preseason poll.Sophomore Madalina Man returns to CSU after earning first team Big South honors. Man will be leaned on to carry the load after the departure of seniors Sophie Cloessner and Valeria Koussenkova.Head coach Anca Dumitresu has a trio of seniors in Flippa Ericason, Kimberley Koerner and Yana Morar. Korner recorded nine wins at singles last year while Ericason posted eight.Sophomore Michelle Schmitz posted five wins and will be expected to contribute more this season. Freshman Tiffany Pyritz enters as the fifth ranked player out of North Carolina.The Buccaneers also added Wofford transfer Liz Williams who is eligible to play this season.Louisville will play Furman on Sunday, February 4. The Paladins enter  the weekend with a 2-0 record.  Furman blanked Elon, 7-0, to open the season on Jan. 20, then defeated Georgia State, 5-2, on Jan. 21.  Sunday’s match versus the Cardinals marks the sixth meeting between the two teams.  Louisville defeated Furman, 6-1, last season in Louisville, to take a 3-2 series lead.    Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Nicaraguan police bust crime network allegedly linked to singer Facundo Cabrals death

first_imgRelated posts:Lawyers for defendant in Facundo Cabral case will file a human rights complaint Facundo Cabral murder suspect unfit for trial following heart attacks Nicaraguan police on Sunday arrested 11 people, including a prominent judge, who were linked to Alejandro Jiménez, the man accused of plotting the attack that killed Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral in Guatemala last year, local media reported.A police spokeswoman, Glenda Zavala, said those arrested are members of a drug-trafficking and money-laundering network led by Jiménez, who was arrested in March.The suspects include judge Julio Cesar Ozuna, who has been charged with providing members of the criminal group with false identification cards. Karla Fariñas, sister of Nicaraguan Henry Fariñas – the target of the attack that killed Cabral – was also arrested, although charges against her were not disclosed.Zavala said police are investigating the whereabouts of four more individuals linked to Jiménez, aka “El Palidejo” (“Pale Face”).Jiménez, a Costa Rican national, was arrested in Colombia on a boat which had set off from Panama. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Skål International Sydney celebrates its 50th anniversary

first_imgSkål International Sydney held a golden anniversary luncheon at Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour yesterday to commemorate 50 years since the club was first founded. 160 Skålleagues and their guests participated in the celebrations, which were also attended by Skål International Secretary General, Jim Power and a number of past presidents from 1960 to the present. Guest speaker, Retired New York Fire Department Chief Dan Daley shared his first hand memories of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to the audience and participants also made sizeable donations to Skål’s chosen charity through the sale of raffle tickets. One lucky skålleague won a trip for 2 to Fiji with Air Pacific, staying at the Sheraton Fiji Resort for 3 nights and a 3 night cruise with Captain Cook Cruises on the Reef Endeavour. Mr Power travelled to Sydney for the anniversary celebrations from Spain and while he joked that it was a “long way to travel for lunch” he said he was thrilled to offer his congratulations in person. During his trip to Australia, Mr Power was able to oversee some of the preparations for the 71st Skål World Congress, which will be held in Sydney from 7-12 October this year. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F He said he was very impressed with the preparations which have been made for the congress by the host club under the guidance of Russel Butler, President Skål International Australia. He also said the congress, which he expects to attract over 750 attendees, has received the full support of Business Events Sydney, Tourism NSW and Tourism Australia. Skål International Sydney also offered their congratulations to the 7 other Skål Club’s which are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year – Cork, El Salvador, Houston, Karnten, Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth), Pittsburgh & San Diego. Skål International Sydney will also be hosting their annual 2010 Skål Travel & Tourism Ball on Saturday, 7th August 2010. Past Skål International Australia presidents Rhinda Macadie, General Manager i-go andCarole Perrin, hotelbeds Sales DirectorAustralia/New Zealand Russel Butler, President Skål International Australia and Skål International SecretaryGeneral, Jim Powerlast_img read more