Jamaica and Us to Collaborate On Climate Change Matters

first_imgA Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed  today (June 20) between   Jamaica and the United States of America, that will see greater co-operation between both countries, on matters related to climate change and environmental best practices.The agreement will see the Ministries of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change and Science, Technology, Energy and Mining collaborating with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to develop and promote environmental best practices.The programme of assistance will include a framework for the development of a Climate Change Policy, on which the government is working.  A Low Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) and a National Adaptation Plan (NAP) will also be developed under the agreement.Environment Minister, Hon.  Robert Pickersgill and Energy Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, signed the agreement on behalf of the Government, at Jamaica House.Mr. Pickersgill noted that work has already started on the Climate Change Policy, adding that the Low Emission Development Strategy and the National Adaptation Plan   would be developed quickly.“Under the Agreed Work Programme, the U.S. Government has pledged technicaland manpower assistance to the Climate Change Advisory Committee;on the establishment of Climate Change focal points; a technical expert to conduct analyses and provide guidance towards a Climate Finance Policy; knowledge sharing to facilitate GOJ participation in International fora on climate change and sustainable development; and advice on trilateral co-operation with other countries  in Low Emission Development Strategy (LEDS),” Minister Pickersgill stated.The US government will also assist in identifying possibilities for joint collaboration and co-ordination in enhancing capacity for LEDS.Meanwhile, Minister Paulwell pointed out that in addition to facilitating opportunities for Jamaica’s development toward effective climate change and environmental protection, the MoU will facilitate greater collaboration between various agencies and the Ministries.He said the agreement provides practical applications which will benefit the country.“There are so many practical things that we’re going to be doing.  We’re going to get technical support, but we’re going to get on-the-ground support out of this arrangement and it’s going to be for a number of years to come,” he told JIS News.US Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency Pamela Bridgewater, who also addressed the signing ceremony, noted that her Government was very happy to establish a partnership agreement with Jamaica and be part of a movement where globally, countries are taking practical approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.“The US government applauds this spirit of co-operation and hopes the initiative will help Jamaica achieve its sustainable economic growth and development objectives, becoming a more climate resilient and food secure nation in the process,” she said.Mission Director of the USAID, Denise Herbol, said the project is a flagship programme under US President Barack Obama’s Global Climate Change Initiative. The Initiative is tailored to each country’s needs and has so far partnered with 21 countries, including Jamaica.“The programme will build on existing climate change related plans and strategies in Jamaica. The MoU signing brings us one step closer to gaining increased access to clean energy, while accelerating development and economic growth,” the Mission Director said. By O. Rodger Hutchinson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

First Restorative Justice Human Rights Board of Inquiry

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission will be holding its first restorative board of inquiry Monday, Sept. 17. The commission has significantly restructured its investigation and adjudicative processes over the past year. This includes approaching the resolution of human rights disputes from a restorative justice perspective. “Restorative justice is about helping all parties involved heal and move forward,” said Ross Landry, Minister responsible for the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. “This new, innovative approach makes the commission a leader in how it resolves human rights-related disputes.” Nova Scotia is the first province to implement a restorative board of inquiry to resolve human rights complaints. “Restorative justice focuses on rebuilding relationships, repairing emotional harms and developing a forward-looking plan that all the parties can take a role in creating and implementing,” said David Shannon, director and CEO, Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. This is consistent with the province’s position as a leader in the youth criminal justice system. Nova Scotia was the first jurisdiction in the world to use restorative justice as a formal diversion program and for sentencing. The commission’s first restorative board of inquiry is being held from 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 17, Dartmouth Sportsplex, Valardo Room, 3rd floor. The parties involved are Marcy Gavel and the Province of Nova Scotia. The restorative facilitator is Jennifer Llewellyn from Dalhousie Schulich School of Law. The board chair is Marion Hill. The Human Rights Commission is also planning restorative justice related events for the public and media to attend in the fall.last_img read more

Health Canada to allow importation of drugs needed to treat opioid addiction

first_imgTORONTO – Provinces and territories are now able to import urgently needed medications that are not available in Canada to treat the growing incidence of opioid dependence under new Health Canada regulations announced Tuesday.“The new regulatory pathway will enable public health officials to access drugs that aren’t approved in Canada that can be used in public health emergencies, like what we’re seeing in the opioid crisis,” Suzy McDonald, assistant deputy minister of the department’s Opioid Response Team, told a media briefing from Ottawa.“Our goal is to provide timely and greater access to drugs not available in Canada to help address health crisis situations,” she said. “It enables public health professionals to access drugs that trusted regulators in the United States, the European Union or Switzerland have already reviewed and can be used as safe and effective treatments.”Health Canada has published an initial list of drugs for import, including injectable Vivitrol and orally dissolving Suboxone — replacement medications for those trying to kick the opioid habit.“The idea is that we would have more tools at the disposal of treating physicians for especially those very hard-to-treat patients or to have access to medications that are not used all that widely in Canada (because) … a company hasn’t decided to come and seek market access,” said Dr. Supriya Sharma, chief medical adviser for Health Canada.The imported medications will remain on the list for one year, after which time they will be removed unless Health Canada receives notification for continued access to the medication to address an urgent or continuing public health need.Medications to treat opioid use disorder and tuberculosis have been identified by public health officials as those needing immediate access. Examples of other drugs that could be approved for importation through the process are those for treating pandemic viruses or other public and military health emergencies.McDonald said specific medications are added to the list based on requests from provincial or territorial medical officers of health, who have determined there is an urgent need at the population level.British Columbia, which has been experiencing a rash of opioid-related overdose deaths in recent years, has requested several medications aimed at treating residents with what’s known as opioid use disorder.Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s deputy provincial health officer, said many of the requested medications are sold in Canada, but not in optimal formulations.“So it just basically increases the number of products that are available to support people when they’re going through recovery from opioid use disorders,” said Henry. “And the products that we’ve requested be available are ones that our addiction specialists have said they think would be helpful.”Last year, about 23,000 B.C. residents were receiving opioid-substitution therapy in the form of methadone or Suboxone. That figure include those who have not sought treatment for abuse of prescription opioids such as oxycodone or illicit fentanyl pills sold on the street.The province recorded 935 opioid-related overdose deaths in B.C. in 2016. So far this year, there have already been 488 such deaths, said Henry, who conceded that “we don’t seem to be turning the corner” on the crisis, despite a multi-pronged approach aimed at curbing the drug epidemic and reducing fatalities.“These new medications aren’t going to solve our problem,” she said from Vancouver, “but they certainly make more options available for people.”It’s not known how many Canadians are hooked on opioids, but the highly addictive drugs were responsible for an estimated 2,500 overdose deaths across the country in 2016 — a number that is likely to be surpassed this year.“It goes without saying that Canada is experiencing an unprecedented public-health crisis of opioid-related overdoses and deaths,” said Dr. Theresa Tam, chief public health officer of Canada.“If the current trend continues, deaths in Canada could be higher than 3,000 in 2017.”Tam said Health Canada is collecting data on the number of opioid-related overdose deaths from the provinces and territories and hopes to begin releasing those numbers on a quarterly basis starting in August.—Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitterlast_img read more

A look at coroners recommendations following Humboldt Broncos bus crash

first_imgREGINA — The coroner in Saskatchewan has completed its investigation into the Humboldt Broncos crash that killed 16 people and injured 13 on the junior hockey team’s bus last April.It has made six recommendations:— The Ministry of Highways should review its policy regarding installation of traffic control devices and signs at and in advance of the rural intersection near Tisdale, Sask., where the crash happened.  — The Saskatchewan Highway Patrol should review its policy and procedures to ensure stricter compliance with regulations and standards for commercial vehicle drivers.— The Saskatchewan Coroners Service should create a plan for mass casualties that includes a review of how bodies are identified.— Saskatchewan Government Insurance should work with the trucking industry to implement standardized and possibly mandatory training for truck drivers.— The Saskatchewan Health Authority should review its policy about identifying patients in the event of mass casualties.— Transport Canada should continue developing regulations to improve national safety codes with respect to driver training and electronic logging devices. It should also create regulations mandating the installation of seatbelts in highway public transport buses.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Hazard late show rescues Chelsea in Wolves draw

first_imgLondon: Eden Hazard came to Maurizio Sarri’s rescue as the Chelsea star’s superb late strike earned a 1-1 draw against Wolves on Sunday. Sarri’s side were seconds away from another damaging defeat after Raul Jimenez put Wolves ahead at Stamford Bridge. Hazard spared the under-fire Sarri’s blushes with his thunderous stoppage-time equaliser, but it was still a frustrating day for the Blues boss. Sarri’s side had won three times in 10 days to temporarily silence reports that the Italian was facing the sack. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherBut Chelsea’s latest misfiring effort raised the possibility that Sarri is back on borrowed time in west London. With fourth-placed Manchester United playing fifth-placed Arsenal later on Sunday, Chelsea, languishing in sixth, will be further adrift of the top four after another tense afternoon for Sarri. It has been a nightmare debut season for former Napoli boss Sarri, who had to endure a League Cup final defeat against Manchester City in which Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be substituted. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenUnder Sarri’s watch, Chelsea have also suffered humiliating thrashings at City and Bournemouth, while supporters chanted for his sacking after the FA Cup exit against Manchester United. Beating Tottenham and Fulham in the league and then easing past Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League last 16 first leg on Thursday had given Sarri some breathing space. But Wolves have proved a thorn in his side this season and, after beating the Blues 2-1 at Molineux in December, they left the Italian looking over his shoulder anxiously again. Chelsea are in action at Kiev on Thursday before a league trip to Everton next Sunday. The international break looms after that and Sarri could do with victories in those games to ensure Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich doesn’t wield the axe. With Chelsea’s legendary striker Didier Drogba watching from the stands, it didn’t take long for Gonzalo Higuain — Sarri’s handpicked targetman — to demonstrate the flaws in the current crop. After a rapid exchange of passes with Pedro, Higuain could only muster a shot that was blocked by Romain Saiss. Higuain, on loan from AC Milan, had another sight of goal from N’Golo Kante’s pass, but this time his low strike was pushed away by Rui Patricio. Despite all their possession, Chelsea lacked a cutting edge in a creatively uninspired display that was a return to the problems they have endured for much of the season. A monotonous procession of slow, sideways passes brought no reward against Wolves’ massed defence, triggering jeers from frustrated Chelsea fans at half-time. After an anonymous first half, Hazard finally showed signs of life with a surge that ended with the Belgian being hauled down by Matt Doherty on the edge of the area. But David Luiz’s effort from the resulting free-kick bounced tamely off the Wolves wall. Having soaked up Chelsea’s futile attempts to break them down, Wolves sprang out to snatch the lead with a perfectly executed counter in the 56th minute. Breaking from their own area, Wolves exploited the out of position Chelsea defence as Jimenez flicked a pass to Diogo Jota. Jota ran wide before guiding the ball back into Jimenez, who prodded home via a deflection off Cesar Azpilicueta for his 14th goal this season. Higuain tried to lead the Chelsea response with a shot on the turn, but Patrico saved before Pedro’s long-range effort was pushed over by the keeper. Higuain couldn’t stretch far enough to score when Hazard’s corner was deflected into his path. Willian’s low strike was repelled by Patricio as Chelsea pushed for the equaliser. With just moments left, Hazard at last ended Wolves’ stubborn resistance with a fierce long-range drive that flashed past Patricio for his first goal in seven games.last_img read more

Central African Republic military abuses will be probed leader tells UN official

31 March 2007In the Central African Republic (CAR), where civilians have been caught in the crossfire as rebels fight government troops, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today said the country’s president said any military abuses will be investigated. In the Central African Republic (CAR), where civilians have been caught in the crossfire as rebels fight government troops, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today said the country’s president said any military abuses will be investigated.“The President and I held useful talks on a range of issues, from the urgent and immediate humanitarian needs, to the problems caused by under-development,” said Under-Secretary-General John Holmes following his meeting with President François Bozizé in Bangui, the capital.“I emphasized my concern about reports of abuses by all parties against civilians, including the people in the bush with whom I had spoken. President Bozizé told me that any Government military abuses would be investigated and dealt with promptly and correctly.” Mr. Holmes was wrapping up a ten-day mission to three countries, including also Chad and Sudan.While in the Central African Republic, the Under-Secretary-General visited several of the worst-affected areas in the country’s northwest where civilians have been caught in the midst of the ongoing conflict between government and rebel forces.In the towns of Pendé and Paoua, he saw torched homes and entire deserted villages, and met with some of the thousands of men, women and children who are living in the bush, out of reach of basic amenities such as clean water, medicines, food and proper shelter, because they are too afraid to return to their villages.Roughly 285,000 people in the Central African Republic have been forced to flee from their homes, 150,000 in the last six months alone, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).“There is an urgent need for humanitarian assistance, and the international community must increase its financial support for aid agencies providing emergency relief,” Mr. Holmes said, pledging also to work towards development in CAR.“The United Nations is working with the government on these tremendous challenges. But we also recognize that humanitarian action cannot be a substitute for a political solution, which is why I urged the government to step up their efforts aimed at political dialogue.”The Emergency Relief Coordinator, who took up his post at the beginning of this month, started his first official mission on 21 March in Sudan. After continuing on to Chad and finally the Central African Republic, he travels back to New York today and is expected to brief the Security Council on Thursday. read more

Quebecbased Avior inks multiyear contract with Boeing 737 Max project

LAVAL, Que. — Canadian aerospace manufacturer Avior Integrated Products says it has entered into a multi-year contract with Boeing’s 737 Max airplane program.The company is a full-service supplier of lightweight structural assemblies and will be involved with access door assembly on the project by the U.S. aerospace giant.Avior CEO Stephen Kearns says the project will involve contributions from the company’s three manufacturing facilities in Quebec.WestJet Airlines (TSX:WJA) said on Oct. 11 that it will be the first commercial carrier in Canada to take delivery of the new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, one of 50 scheduled for delivery in the next four years.The 174-seat aircraft is expected to officially enter service on Nov. 9 with a flight from Calgary to Toronto.Air Canada (TSX:AC) has also placed orders for 33 Boeing 737 Max 8s and 28 of the larger Max 9s, with deliveries starting this year. read more

Luton brother and sister charged with terror offences appear in court

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. She denied an identical charge between April 13 and July 3 this year. The pair, both of Kirkwood Road, Luton, will appear at the Old Bailey on July 29. A brother and sister from Luton charged with terror offences including training with wooden swords and booking a firearms course have appeared in court.Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, 28, and Sneha Chowdhury, 25, were arrested in the Bedfordshire town by officers from the Metropolitan Police on July 3.They appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today from custody. He wore a grey sweatshirt and white trousers, while she wore a black and grey headscarf and dress with a flowery pattern.Mr Chowdhury is charged with one count of preparing acts of terrorism, one count of possessing a document likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism and one count of disseminating terrorist publications.The preparing acts of terrorism charge relates to: carrying out weight, fitness and martial arts training; purchasing and training with bokkens (wooden training swords); booking a firearms training course; requesting and selecting a firearm; and researching and requesting that another person research potential attack targets.He did not enter pleas at the hearing. There was no application for bail and he was remanded in custody ahead of his next hearing, where he will enter pleas.Mrs Chowdhury admitted one charge of failing to disclose information relating to acts of terrorism between January 24 and April 12 this year at the hearing. read more

After quitting Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 Hina Khan to star in Vikram

first_imgHina Khan as Komolika in Kasautii Zindagii KayTwitterOf late, Hina Khan has been in news for taking a break from television show Kasautii Zindagii Kay where she played the role of Komolika to pursue her Bollywood commitments. The actress will not be seen on the show after March.While it is known that Hina would be making her Bollywood debut with a film based on Kargil war titled Line, the latest buzz is that the actress has bagged her second movie and will be directed by none other than popular filmmaker Vikram Bhatt, Bollywood life reported. The report further said that she has now allegedly quit the TV show altogether for a career in films.Vikram, who is known for his horror and thriller genre, has roped in the gorgeous actress for a women-centric film, which will revolve around Hina’s character.”Vikram has signed Hina, and it is going to be a women-centric movie. However, the other cast members of the movie have not been finalised as of now. That is the reason why the movie which was expected to go on floors from March 2019 is seeing a delay,” a source told the web portal.Vikram’s last directorial venture was 1921, which featured Zareen Khan and TV actor Karan Kundra. Post the film, he has been busy with web shows on his OTT platform that featured a few TV actors.Coming to Kasautii Zindagii Kay, rumour has it that Alisha Panwar may step into Hina’s shoes to play the vamp Komolika. Apparently, several faces have been approached for the role and out of the selected ones, Alisha of Ishq Mein Marjawan fame seems to have bagged the role. Hina KhanInstagramlast_img read more

Zaira Wasim quits Bollywood The Sky Is Pink producers support her decision

first_imgZaira Wasim with The Sky Is Pink teamTwitterZaira Wasim’s decision of quitting Bollywood for religion had sparked a nation-wide debate. While many supported her, some tried to dig into the real reason behind her huge step. It was later being reported that the Dangal actress was subjected to religious oppression. In her Facebook post, she had said that the film industry had damaged her relationship with Allah, but her untimely exit from the industry has put The Sky Is Pink producers in a tight spot, according to SKJ Bollywood News.The report had stated that though the makers of the film have shown their support for Zaira, the actress won’t be able to promote their upcoming film which left the makers of the film in a difficult situation. But it appears to be just false rumours.The producers of The Sky Is Pink denied these rumours. “Zaira is an exceptional artiste and we are lucky to have had her play Aisha Chaudhury in our film, THE SKY IS PINK. She has been a complete professional all through the shoot of the film, which concluded earlier this month. This is a purely personal decision, which she has taken after much thought and we will be supportive of her in every way – now and always,” the producer stated in a statement.The Sky Is Pink is a film based on the life of Aisha Chaudhary, who was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, and her parents. Zaira Wasim is playing Aisha Chaudhary in the film, while Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar and Rohit Suresh Saraf essay important roles. Directed by Shonali Bose, the movie is scheduled for worldwide release on October 11.After Zaira’s exit from Bollywood, reports have started making the rounds that the 18-year-old actress may appear in Salman Khan hosted show Bigg Boss 13. However, there’s no official confirmation on the same.last_img read more

UTA Buys Marketing Firm Blue Group Entertainment EXCLUSIVE

first_imgBGE marketing collaborations include Katy Perry’s Katy Kat make-up collection with Cover Girl, Zac Posen’s custom line of GE kitchen products, and brokering celebrities for the Cover Girl brand, including Ellen DeGeneres, Sofia Vergara, Queen Latifah, and Issa Rae. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img United Talent Agency has bought New York-based entertainment marketing firm Blue Group Entertainment for an undisclosed price, Variety has learned exclusively.BGE’s roster includes the Coty-owned Cover Girl and Rimmel, several Procter & Gamble brands, and GE Appliances. The move, announced on Friday, is aimed at deepening UTA’s rapidly expanding in-house marketing practice.The BGE team, led by Samantha Woolf, will join UTA Marketing and oversee its New York operations and expansion, reporting to co-heads David Anderson and Julian Jacobs. Woolf brings more than 20 years of marketing experience, most notably with Grey Global Group, People Magazine, and United Entertainment Group, prior to forming BGE in 2014 as a joint venture with UTA.“Our two teams have worked closely together for a number of years, and it was a natural next step to bring them in house,” UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer said. “BGE has helped the most powerful brands in the world build and execute meaningful programs, experiences, and talent partnerships. We are excited about what this union means as UTA Marketing continues to link the world’s top organizations with the creative community.”last_img read more

Swami on strings

first_imgThis was the first time in India that the English version of the puppet show, on Swami Vivekananda, was shown. Hon’ble Minister of Culture and Tourism, Shripad Yasso Naik inaugurated the show at Ramakrishna Mission Auditorium. Commenting on the occasion, Minister of Culture and Tourism, Shripad Yasso Naik said, ‘Puppetry is a very ancient form of expression in India which has been in origin since around 3000 years. Over the years, the art form has been re-inventing itself keeping in mind the prevailing contemporary issues from the society. Swami Vivekananda revitalised Hinduism within and outside India, and was the principal reason for the enthusiastic reception of yoga, transcendental meditation and other forms of Indian spiritual self-improvement in the West. I’m overwhelmed to see such eloquent expression of his life through puppetry today.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Udaipur’s famed Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal, designed and produced the show as a running story featuring episodes of Swami Vivekananda’s life. The audio-visual effects and an engaging script of the show held the attention of the audience throughout the show. This English version of the show will be showcased in U.S.A and Canada in  coming days.Earlier, on the occasion of 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, IGNCA in collaboration with Ramakrishna Mission, Delhi produced the puppet show in Hindi on the life of Swami Vivekananda. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe Hindi puppet show, has already travelled to around 200 centres in the North, North-East and Western India. However, this is the first time that the English version of the show has been organised. Speaking about this show Member Secretary of IGNCA, Dipali Khanna, said, ‘Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th century managed to spread his thoughts on spiritualism globally which over the years has inspired the many generations. Hence, it is essential that his preaching continues to reach out to the new set of followers.  IGNCA attempts to reach out to a wider set of audience to communicate his remarkable and stellar journey through this puppet show.’Vivekananda believed that a country’s future depends on its people, and his teachings focused on human development. He wanted to set in motion machinery which would bring noblest ideas to the doorstep of even the poorest and the meanest. Vivekananda linked morality with control of the mind, seeing truth, purity and unselfishness as traits which strengthened it.The show is a great chance for chidlren today to learn about Vivekananda in a more intertaining way instead of just reading about him from history books.last_img read more

People mock hugging baseball players because we cant have nice things

first_imgMLB #CuddlePuddle not the move pic.twitter.com/bbfQFLWzUV— 49ERNATIVE (@DankerD) July 30, 2018 Albies and Acune in the dugout | Photo: Twitter @BontaHill Yesssss! Showing your brother love n tenderness in the time of need is so necessary for cis gender men. Hyper masculinity has poisoned our community for far too long.— EHRIE (@EHRIEmusic) July 31, 2018Reactions like these are harmfulThe first set of reactions, those that are homophobic, are harmful as they reinforce the idea of toxic masculinity.What does this term mean, exactly?While there are many different defitions, here it is best understood as the enforcement of stereotypical masculine gender traits. This includes the idea of men having to be ‘strong’ and strong meaning not showing emotion.It essentially restricts what men are allowed to feel, and forces them into angry and ‘alpha’ roles without the ability for emotional range.When people respond negatively to two men being affectionate and emotional, such as Albies and Acuna, it plays into the harmful nature of toxic masculinity.Furthermore, calling men ‘gay’ because they are emotional or affectionate is also homophobic and discriminatory, as it implies being gay or having these traits is somehow lesser.More from Gay Star NewsBaseball star apologizes for homophobic and racist tweetsEvery Major League Baseball team has a Pride Night – except oneFootball and baseball stars will join New York Pride March for the first timeGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Baseball star apologizes for homophobic and racist tweetsLGBT history will be made at the Rio Olympics, starting with the first same-sex married couple to compete in the gamesGay News Europe | Gay news, entertainment, celebrities, family and storiesRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/people-mock-hugging-baseball-players/ People on the internet decided to get homophobic very quickly when two professional baseball players affectionately hugged during a game. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS-center_img This dude needs to man the F up! Get a room— Tetley (@Tetley55) August 2, 2018Fortunately, others spoke up to strike back against this example of toxic masculinity.Sad thing is if this was 2 females no one would say shit. Let people live and stop acting like men can’t be affectionate. No one knows what these 2 were going through or why this moment was so important to them. So just mind ya biz— Neiko Neal (@ActorNeikoNeal) July 31, 2018 This is what “man up” should mean. Don’t be afraid to be kind.— Keli Vice (@kelivice) July 31, 2018 American men are so fragile and sheltered they can’t even handle seeing men show bare minimum effection to each other without thinking it’s gay. Meanwhile women do this all the time. I dare American men to visit another country and see how men interact with eachother there.— (@JooniYves) July 31, 2018 Video caught Atlanta Braves players Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuna Jr. in an embrace in the dugout during a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. It quickly went viral and people naturally gave their opinions, wanted or not.Ummm, this is a first. Acuna Jr have a headache or something? pic.twitter.com/7JdStsn2gf— Bonta Hill (@BontaHill) July 29, 2018A lot of the shared reactions were rooted in homophobia, as well as horror and confusion at seeing two men be affectionate with one another.‘I don’t want to gay bash…’ one person wrote with an ellipsis.I’m sorry, but that was weird and awkward. I don’t want to gay bash, but those two need to get a room…#mlb #dontaskdonttell— TooMuchTaste (@TooMuchTaste) July 29, 2018 Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

Snow and high winds force multiple roads to close

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA main route between the Staffordshire Moorlands and Derbyshire has been forced to close because of snow and high winds. The A53, Leek Road, between Buxton and Leek, has been closed by Derbyshire County Council, as a Yellow Weather Warning for wind remains in place until Saturday. The A537, Cat & Fiddle, and the A57 Snake Pass, have also had to close due to the adverse weather conditions. A Derbyshire County Council spokesman said: “We have had gritters out on the high roads in the High Peak since 4am this morning and will continue to do all we can to deal with the weather conditions.” The A54 in Bosley is also closed in both directions due to heavy snow.  The Met Office has warned of strong winds up to 50mph as part of its latest weather warning with delays on the roads likely and a possibility of short-term power losses. A Met Office spokesman said: “A period of very strong and gusty winds is likely on Wednesday night and Thursday morning. “The strongest winds will be across South West England and South and West Wales late evening, with gusts of 60 to 70mph on coasts and 50 to 60mph inland. “Elsewhere winds will be strongest after midnight, with gusts of 60mph on coasts and 50mph inland before easing during Thursday morning.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Punter found hiding in bushes Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us  @SOTLive  or message us on  our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at  StokeonTrentLive . Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Police search for missing womanlast_img read more

Motorcyclist and car in accident near pub for second time this week

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailEmergency services have been called to an accident involving a car and motorcyclist on a busy Stoke-on-Trent road – but the second time this week. Police and paramedics were called to the scene, on Bucknall Road/Werrington Road near the New Finney Gardens pub, shortly after 8am this morning (Friday February 15). One patient is still being treated at the scene and is set to be taken to hospital – although a West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said their injuries were not believed to be serious. He added:  “We were called by Staffordshire Police to reports of an collision involving a car and a motorbike.  Near the New Finney Gardens pub. “Two ambulances and a paramedics officer attended.   There is currently one ambulance still at the scene.  The other ambulance and the paramedic officer have left. Read MoreFirefighters tackling bedroom blaze at Stoke-on-Trent house   “One patient is still being treated at the scene and his injuries are not believed to be serious.” Inrix, the traffic data company, and a number of motorists, are reporting delays in the area, although the road is open and passable. On Monday a motorcyclist was seriously injured in an accident on the same stretch of road – with a woman cut free from her car by firefighters during the same collision. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us  @SOTLive or message us on  our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at  StokeonTrentLive .last_img read more

Proposed label would give context to sugar in foods

first_img Check your body, save your life While the labels include percent daily values for other nutrients, the proposal didn’t include one for added sugars. Since then, a government advisory committee recommended that people get no more than 10 percent of calories daily from added sugars.The FDA proposal would be based on that number, meaning that added sugars should be no more than 200 calories, or about 50 grams, in a recommended daily diet of 2,000 calories.So if a food label says something has 50 grams of added sugars, the percent daily value for added sugars would be listed as 100 percent.“For the past decade, consumers have been advised to reduce their intake of added sugars, and the proposed percent daily value for added sugars on the Nutrition Facts label is intended to help consumers follow that advice,” said Susan Mayne, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.Currently, the nutrition facts label lists percent daily values for total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrates, dietary fiber, iron, calcium and vitamins A and C.The Center for Science in the Public Interest, an advocacy group that has pushed for more information on nutrition facts panels, called the FDA’s move “a major public health victory,” pointing out that a 20 ounce sugary soda can have 130 percent of the sugar a person is supposed to consume in a day. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 The sugar industry said there isn’t enough science to justify the proposal.“The Food and Drug Administration has an important role in our nation’s food supply to ensure that consumers are not misled by positive or negative claims about the food and beverages they purchase and consume,” The Sugar Association said in a statement.The FDA said the proposal is open for public comment for 75 days. The agency is also re-opening public comment on the larger nutrition facts panel overhaul first proposed in March 2014. A final rule determining what the new panels will look like will come after the agency reviews the comments.In addition to a new line for added sugars, the new labels proposed by the FDA last year would make calories more prominent and serving sizes more realistic. The idea is to make the labels less cluttered and more user-friendly.___Follow Mary Clare Jalonick on Twitter: http://twitter.com/mcjalonickCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies WASHINGTON (AP) — Wondering if you are eating too much added sugar? The nutrition label on your food may one day help you figure it out.The Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed that nutrition facts labels include the percentage of your recommended daily intake of added sugars in a food item — the “percent daily value.”Adding new line for added sugars, or those that don’t occur naturally, is part of an overhaul of the nutrition facts label proposed last year by the Obama administration. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Always Fresh Farms Giddings Fruit to offer 52wee

first_img Always Fresh Farms, Giddings Fruit to offer 52-wee … Almost all the top 10 export destinations saw a huge decrease in volumes year-on-year. Exports to Canada fell by 78% to 1,100MT and to Japan they dropped by 46% to 1,400MT, while to South Korea they fell by a more modest 19% to 4,500MT.Exports to China – which at the beginning of May imposed a 15% duty on U.S. fruit exports – fell by 76% to just 270MT. By the end of May last year more than 1,000MT had been shipped to the Asian country. Wholesale market prices for California cherries in week 20 (mid-May) for a 16-pound carton were 39% higher year-on-year at US$90.30, according to the FAS data. Prices remained significantly higher than the previous year over the next couple of weeks, before dropping in week 23 to just 7% higher. Washington cherries, meanwhile, were selling at an average price of US$53.60 for an 18-pound carton in week 24, which is 14% lower than in 2017. The price differential increased to 23% the following week but has since then reduced, and by week 27 (first week of July), prices were on par with last year at US$41.70.www.freshfruitportal.com U.S.: Half of California cherry crop devastated by … You might also be interested in Canada: With cherry trees in bloom, company foreca … center_img U.S. cherry exports through May saw huge declines year-on-year on the back of a significantly lower California crop, USDA data shows. Exports during the first five months of the year were registered at 8,600 metric tons (MT), marking a 47% decline from last year’s 16,300MT, according to the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).The value of exports dropped by around the same number of percentage points to US$68 million.Cold and wet weather during the pollination period in California led to a large reduction in the state’s crop, which reached only around three to four million cartons compared to around 9 million last year. July 11 , 2018 NZ: T&G Global’s profits drop despite revenue … last_img read more

Sunkist Growers names Cassie Howard as director o

first_img Sunkist Growers names Cassie Howard as director o … You might also be interested in Guatemalan Produce Trade Association continues gro … Wonderful Pistachios launches inaugural Plant-Base … October 25 , 2018 Ed Treacy to take on leadership for PMA’s sustaina … PRESS RELEASERio Rico, AZ. – As a way to better align with the revamped corporate logo and tagline redesigned at the end of 2016 while keeping customers and consumers better engaged with the company evolution and services, the boutique-type fresh produce distributor, MAS Melons & Grapes, LLC, has recently launched its new website.The new website and design is more interactive and has a number of significant added features that allows for increase performance, responsiveness and security, thus translating into a significant ease of navigation experience for customers and visitors around the world.“We are so excited to launch our new website as it is the result of several months of team work aimed at simplifying and reflecting the essence of our company,” according to Miky Suarez, President of MAS Melons & Grapes, LLC.Some of the features the newly redesigned website delivers to visitors are better smartphone and tablet accessibility, grower partners and staff pictures and contact information, product availability calendar, latest company videos and press releases, complete quality and food safety certifications, social media venues, growing regions, sales offices and HQ location map, among others.“MAS Melons & Grapes new website will be updated on a continual basis with product launches and recipes, new growing areas, videos, news and customer and consumer-oriented information” said Mikee Suarez, sales staff and website coordinator at MAS Melons & Grapes, LLC. “The new website’s tech abilities are mobile-friendly, thus enabling anyone, from any part of the globe, to engage in business, make commercial inquiries and interact with us at any time from their laptop, smartphone or tablet”.last_img read more