Aboriginal organizations hit with 60 million worth of cuts Inuit faced steepest

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsAboriginal organizations have faced $60 million worth of cuts from the Harper government over the past three years and Inuit groups were hit the hardest, according to an internal Assembly of First Nations analysis obtained by APTN National News.The analysis, which is based on federal Aboriginal Affairs department figures as of Jan. 7 of this year, found Inuit organizations faced a cut of 71 per cent between 2012 and 2015. First Nations organizations absorbed 65.5 per cent worth of cuts over the same time span. Metis organizations saw cuts of 39 per cent, non-status Indian organizations 14 per cent and women’s organizations were hit with a 7 per cent cut, the analysis found.Overall, Aboriginal organizations across the country have lost about $60 million dollars in core and project funding, signifying a 59 per cent reduction between 2012 and 2015, according to the analysis.First Nations organizations, in particular, saw their overall funding, including core and project based funding, drop from $68.8 million in 2012-2013 to $23.8 million in 2014-2015, which amounts to an about 65 per cent cut.AnalysisDownload (PDF, Unknown)First Nation organizations in Ontario have seen the biggest overall cut to funding. In the 2011-2012 fiscal year, Ontario First Nation organizations received a little over $20 million in project and core funding. In the 2014-2015 year, the five Ontario organizations saw that total reduced to about $5 million, which amounts to a 76 per cent cut, according to the analysis.According to the analysis, two organizations in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island have been hit by an 80 per cent cut, in Saskatchewan, the sole regional organization, the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, has faced a 91 per cent cut, while in Manitoba, three regional First Nation organizations, Southern Chiefs, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimankanak and Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, have been hit with a 78 per cent funding cut between 2012 and 2015.In British Columbia, three First Nations organizations there, the B.C. First Nation Summit, Union of BC Indian Chiefs and the BC AFN have faced a 73 per cent cut. The summit has taken the biggest hit with an 82 per cent reduction.Tribal Councils, which are different than regional organizations and represent smaller groups of First nation communities, have also seen their core funding drop from about $49 million in 2011-2012 to $29.8 million between 2011-2012 to 2014-2015, which represents an about 40 per cent funding cut.The cuts, which are starting to bite now, were initially announced by former Aboriginal affairs minister John Duncan in 2012. At the time he said Ottawa would be changing the “funding model” for Aboriginal organizations and tribal council, shifting to a focus on areas that matched the department’s priorities.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,915.68, down 53.35 points)Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Up $1.91, or 16.44 per cent, to $13.53 on 12.02 million shares. The marijuana producer announced after markets closed on Monday that it has entered a five-year agreement to supply pharmacy chain Shoppers Drug Mart with medical cannabis. The deal is subject to Health Canada approving the application of Shoppers’ parent company, Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) (Up 78 cents, or 7.11 per cent, to $17.51 on 6.1 million shares), to dispense medical marijuana. Loblaw applied for a licence in October 2016, but neither company can say if or when that application will be approved.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down three cents, or 0.40 per cent, to $7.39 on 10.3 million shares.Lundin Mining Corp. (TSX:LUN). Miner. Down 13 cents, or 1.84 per cent, to $6.93 on 7.02 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up three cents, or 0.96 per cent, to $3.17 on 6.8 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Up 51 cents, or 2.79 per cent, to $18.76 on 4.62 million shares. Canada’s largest licensed marijuana producer plans to establish a 40,000-square-metre cannabis production facility in Odense, Denmark to cater to the Scandinavian country’s medical marijuana patients. The new facility comes under a joint venture announced in September between Canopy and European hemp producer Danish Cannabis ApS, called Spectrum Denmark.Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD). Bank. Down 97 cents, or 1.32 per cent, to $72.43 on 4.59 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO). Bank. Down 45 cents, or 0.45 per cent, to $99.14 on 1.7 million shares. BMO raised its 2018 quarterly dividend by three cents to 93 cents as it reported its fourth-quarter profit slipped to $1.23 billion ($1.81 per share) from $1.35 billion ($2.02 per share) a year ago, hurt by reinsurance claims related to hurricanes Irma, Maria and Harvey.Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS). Bank. Down 48 cents, or 0.59 per cent, to $81.14 on 1.7 million shares. Scotiabank says its offer to buy a sizable stake in a Chilean bank for $2.9 billion has been accepted. Scotiabank said Tuesday that Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. (BBVA) agreed Tuesday to sell its 68.19 per cent stake in BBVA Chile and its interests in certain subsidiaries.Roots Corp. (TSX:ROOT). Retailer. Up 24 cents, or 2.33 per cent, to $10.55 on 360,017 shares. The heritage-fashion retailer released its first quarterly report since completing its initial public offering. Third-quarter earnings amounted to $5 million (12 cents per share) compared with a profit of $5.9 million (14 cents per share) in the same period last year. Sales totalled $89.7 million, up from $79.4 million.Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (TSX:VRX). Pharmaceutical. Up 33 cents, or 1.49 per cent, to $22.53 on 2.03 million shares. A class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of investors against Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc. will go to trial. The Quebec Court of Appeal dismissed applications for leave to appeal from the defendants, who asked the court to review a Quebec Superior Court judge’s authorization of the suit.Note to readers: CORRECTS TSX close after late change, 15,915.68, down 53.35 pointslast_img read more

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Toronto exchange mostly flat while US indices set 2nd day of record

first_imgThe Toronto Stock Exchange’s main index was relatively flat as gains in lumber operations were offset by losses in marijuana companies.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 21.24 points to 16,308.18.“It’s basically being pulled at two sides,” said Ian Scott, an equity analyst at Manulife Asset Management.“It’s basically like trees versus weeds today.”West Fraser Timber Co. (TSX:WFT) shares jumped 5.38 per cent or $4.33 to $84.83 after RBC upgraded West Fraser from under-perform to sector-perform, he said, removing the final under-perform rating for the company.That bump permeated throughout the industry, Scott said. Interfor Corp. (TSX:IFP) and Canfor Copr. (TSX:CFP) also both gained more than five per cent.But the boost from the materials sector was offset by a fall in health care. Shares in the sector shed more than six per cent on average, with two marijuana companies being the index’s biggest losers of the day.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED) shares dropped 13.87 per cent or $5.21 to $32.35, while Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH) shares fell 12.31 per cent or $2.53 to $18.02.Volatility is the name of the game in the marijuana sector now, Scott said.“Any time a stock climbs over 40 per cent in six days with no news flow, you should be prepared to see some profits taken,” he said.Canopy Growth shares closed at $29.74 on Dec. 29 and hit a 2018 high of $42.07 on Jan. 9 — a 41.46 per cent increase.On Wall Street, all three indices reached a second consecutive day of record highs.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 228.46 points to 25,803.19, the S&P 500 index advanced 18.68 points to 2,786.24 and the Nasdaq composite index moved up 49.28 points to 7,261.06.The Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 79.97 cents US, up 0.19 of a U.S. cent.The February crude contract advanced 50 cents to US$64.30 per barrel and the February natural gas contract rose 11.6 cents to US$3.20 mmBTU.The February gold contract gained US$12.40 to US$1,334.90 an ounce and the March copper contract shed roughly 1.5 cents to about US$3.22 a pound.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

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Chamber of Commerce to host Luncheon on Cyber Security March 19

first_imgIncluded in the presentation will be:• The most common types of cyber-attacks and recent examples• How to assess your business’s risks and vulnerabilities• Specific requirements for companies that handle credit card information• The most important steps you can take to protect your organizationMNP will also host a Chamber Business After 5 social, on March 19, at the MNP offices from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., where there is an opportunity to discuss your cyber concerns with Borsholm.To register for either event, you must register at the Chamber of Commerce’s website or by calling 250-785-6037. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce is hosting another speaker series Luncheon on Tuesday, March 19 at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre.This month’s Luncheon is a presentation on Cyber Security and will be presented by Ron Borsholm of MNP.Borsholm will present an in-depth discussion of the current cyber threat landscape and how to protect your organization from cyber threats and attacks.last_img read more

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Corey Philly Brown Ohio State hungrier than any other team Ive been

Senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown (10) fields a punt during a game against Penn State Oct. 26 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 63-14.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorThe Ohio State football team looks to reverse the script from its recent shortcomings in West Lafayette, Ind., this weekend when it faces off against Purdue.The Buckeyes have recorded just one win their last four trips to Ross-Ade Stadium.OSU senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown said the Buckeyes held a meeting, organized by coach Urban Meyer, Wednesday to address avoiding another hiccup.“We have the leadership on this team to keep everybody focused, and go there and get the win,” Brown said. “We can play anywhere and be successful.”Meyer said Purdue (1-6, 0-3) is a better team than its record indicates.“I see a team that’s kind of searching for an identity, and I think they’ve kind of found it on defense,” Meyer said. “I think they’ve figured out who they are the last few weeks.”Meyer said his staff has had some difficulties preparing for Purdue because for the last two games, the Boilermakers have run a 3-4 defense instead of the 4-3 they began the season with. The Boilermakers are coming off a 14-0 loss at Michigan State Oct. 19.Coming off its largest Big Ten victory this season, a 63-14 home defeat of Penn State, OSU is again looking to impress voters. Currently, the Buckeyes rank fourth in the BCS standings and need some help if they hope to make it to the title game.“We set the bar pretty high with (last week), and now from here on out it should be nothing less than that every game,” Brown said.Redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby, whose play has been criticized this season, said he finally has the mental side of his game on track.“I just really had to just focus, and get back to how I approached the game last year. I think (during) the first half of the season, I was worried about too (many) other things than what my job was, and I forgot that doing my job is what got me here in the first place,” Roby said. “At corner, you got to just wait for the plays to come to you. You can’t go to the plays, because when you try to do that too much, that’s when you get beat.”Brown said being in the hunt for a national championship has driven his squad to a new level.“This team is much hungrier than any other team I’ve ever been on, and everybody’s so focused right now,” Brown said. “The way everybody’s preparing right now, I can tell that we’re going to finish strong like we expect to.”The Buckeyes (8-0, 4-0) and Boilermakers are set for a noon kickoff Saturday in West Lafayette, Ind. read more

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What Was Life Like Beside Bowie New Doc On Guitarist Mick Ronson

first_img New Rock Doc On Bowie Guitarist Mick Ronson what-was-life-beside-bowie-new-doc-guitarist-mick-ronson Email Twitter News What Was Life Like Beside Bowie? New Doc On Guitarist Mick Ronson Facebook Guitar great and David Bowie’s early ’70s musical partner is the subject of a new documentary out this fall Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Aug 31, 2017 – 5:52 pm As of late, more and more compelling music documentaries have been unearthing the stories behind the eras and albums we love. This fall, glam-rock guitar great Mick Ronson’s story gets its own rock doc.Behind Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story follows Ronson’s prolific career from his work with David Bowie as guitarist in the Spiders From Mars to his work with Lou Reed on his 1972 classic album, Transformer, and then with Bob Dylan as part of the Rolling Thunder Review live band in 1975–1976.”I spent a little time with David [Bowie],” Queen drummer Roger Taylor says in the trailer, “and he used to say when I found Mick Ronson, I found my Jeff Beck.”Ronson’s untimely death in 1993 at age 46 came far too soon, and Bowie said of his musical sideman, “If Mick had lived on, he would have become a major producer and arranger, and of course, he would have remained one of rock’s great guitar players.”The film hits select theaters Sept. 1 and home video Oct. 27.Read More: James Murphy On Advice From David Bowie, Being “Done” With Producinglast_img read more

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Avengers Endgame deleted scene reveals possible Gamora spoiler

first_img Sarah Tew/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Marvel’s Phase 4 plan explained Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $60 at Best Buy 32 Photos Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibit $299 at Amazon $59 at eBay Share your voice $999 What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. TV and Movies Share your voice HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays See at Turo Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Best Buy $999 Now, in a touching deleted scene from Endgame, that 2014 Gamora makes an appearance. In the scene, a number of the Avengers poignantly kneel in tribute to their lost comrade (you know who). 2014 Gamora, who to be fair, doesn’t know the departed hero, is seen walking away. It’s proof she is still alive and well, thus possibly setting up the plot for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. We have an EXCLUSIVE @Avengers deleted scene from #Endgame that gives fans a heroic must-see moment → https://t.co/Y0tiB90wX7 pic.twitter.com/QZDxovUCT2— USA TODAY Life (@usatodaylife) July 26, 2019 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Turo Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See It Boost Mobile Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read the Rylo camera preview 0 An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $999 Angela Lang/CNET Read Google Home Hub review See at Amazon 3:04 Read DJI Osmo Action preview Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast.center_img See It Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Chris Monroe/CNET $6 at Tidal The 2014 version of Gamora (Zoe Saldana) is still out there. Marvel Warning: Possible spoilers for Avengers: Endgame and future Marvel movies ahead.The fate of Gamora (played by Zoe Saldana) from the Guardians of the Galaxy was unclear after Avengers: Endgame. Her father, Thanos, killed her in the present timeline (during Avengers: Infinity War) because he needed a sacrifice to obtain the Soul Stone. But a 2014 version of Gamora showed up in Avengers: Endgame, and it wasn’t clear what happened to her at the film’s end. Sarah Tew/CNET Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Post a comment Tags $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Tags Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Apple iPhone XS Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See It The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Comments Sprint Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read the AirPods review Marvel The Avengers,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Now playing: Watch this: Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $520 at HP $210 at Best Buy JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Rylo $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $155 at Google Express Gamora may not be into it, but watching the other Avengers kneel in tribute is a lump-in-the-throat moment for many fans. You can watch the scene above, or catch up when Avengers: Endgame comes to digital download on July 30 and DVD/Blu-ray on Aug. 13. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 7 Sarah Tew/CNET See it The Cheapskate DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Amazonlast_img read more

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China sentences Canadian to death for drug trafficking

first_imgPixabayA Chinese court on Tuesday sentenced a Canadian national to death for producing and trafficking methamphetamine, a highly addictive and illegal psycho-stimulant drug.An American and a Chinese were also given death although the sentencing for the former will be suspended for two years while four Mexicans were sent to life imprisonment.Jiangmen Intermediate People’s Tribunal in Guangdong province published a statement on its website stating that the Canadian Fan Wei and Chinese Wu Ziping had been involved in the drug offences between July and November 2012, reports Efe news.All of them established a drug production centre in Taishan, also in Guangdong, where four other Chinese citizens played a secondary role who were given minor prison sentences.They have 10 days to appeal their sentences.According to Amnesty International, China leads the list of countries with the highest number of death sentences in the world “but the true extent of the use of the death penalty in China is unknown as this data is classified as a state secret”.The non-profit reported that in 2018 itself thousands of executions were carried out in China.According to Chinese criminal law, any person who traffics, imports, transports or manufactures opium in quantities greater than one kilo, or heroin in quantities more than 50 grams or other narcotics in large quantities, can be sentenced to 15 years in prison, life imprisonment or death, in addition to the confiscation of property.Fan Wei is the second Canadian to be sentenced to death this year after a court in the Liaoning gave death to Robert Lloyd Schellenberg also for drug trafficking.Diplomatic relations between China and Canada have become strained after the arrest in December 2018 of the Chief Financial Officer of Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, in Vancouver with an extradition request from the US pending.Following Meng’s arrest, China arrested two other Canadians, diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor, on charges of jeopardising Beijing’s national security.last_img read more

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LT Infotech focuses on hiring in India even as IT firms ramp

first_imgA logo of Larsen and Toubro (L&T) is pictured outside its Corporate office in Mumbai, India May 25, 2016.ReutersEven as numerous major technology conglomerates have been making efforts to hire in the United States, Larsen and Toubro Infotech has said that the firm’s focus remains on India and that is where most of the hiring activity is going to take place.While the firm earlier sent many workers from India to the US on H-1B visas, the firm now plans to hire a few local talents and carry out a majority of work through offshore operations.”This year we have said we will hire around 1,500 freshers and maybe up to 1,000 laterals (both in India and overseas). And I am not going to increase my onsite ratio. So, we will hire some locals for onsite but predominately bulk of the hiring will happen in India,” Sanjay Jalona, CEO at L&T Infotech, told BusinessLine.”So 24 per cent I am saying don’t change the onsite ratio. The same percentage of people will get hired in the US and obviously we want to hire more number of locals. Suppose you are hiring 5 people out of 60 (posted onsite) in the past locally, now you may want to hire 25 people out of 50.”Even though L&T Infotech plans to hire a few locals in the US for onsite operations, the plan may take some time to materialise as Jalona believes that procuring the right kind of talent in the US is not easy. He explained that the firm has been facing issues when it comes to onsite workforce in the US as talent is not readily available. Instead, the firm has been carrying out business through video conferencing. “Using these technologies we do more work even offshore,” Jalona added.Speaking of the change in H-1B visa norms and other government regulations Jalona said that the impact hasn’t been massive yet, but will slowly have an effect. He was, however, thankful that L&T Infotech’s presence is much smaller in the UK due to which Brexit will not have any major effect on the firm.”I think there are a good amount of opportunities. Obviously, the protectionist environment will also come into play both in the US and the UK. Thank god we have small mercies in the Netherlands and France….but otherwise I think its positive overall,” he said. ReutersMeanwhile, numerous IT firms have ramped up hiring in the US after the Donald Trump administration expressed displeasure over US firms outsourcing jobs to other countries. Indian IT giants such as Infosys and Tech Mahindra too have said that they plan to hire a large number of employees in the US.last_img read more

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Indian chefs go gaga over mustard oil

first_imgMustard oil has been used for centuries as a food additive and remains a staple in a majority of Indian homes. Incorporating mustard oil into your daily diet is known to protect against heart disease. The oil is rich in monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, both of which help lower bad cholesterol and raise good HDL cholesterol hence maintaining one’s cholesterol balance, which in turn leads to healthy cardiac functioning. “Mustard oil also works well as an antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agent and can help fight bacterial infections in the digestive system,” said Executive Chef Arun Sundararaj. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”From the taste point of view, mustard oil is an acquired taste for most people. Although pungent in character, mustard oil brings tremendous flavours to any dish. I believe that there is no ingredient that comes close to it – mustard oil has a unique texture to it. At the Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi, we use mustard oil in dishes such as Mustard Prawns and Bhatti Murgh,” he said.At the same time, Sundararaj adds, “It is recommended that one does not use mustard oil as the sole medium for cooking and instead uses a combination of different oils depending on the dish you are cooking. Mustard oil has a high smoking point and as a result, is ideal for deep frying.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveExecutive Chef Sonu Koithara had a similar take on the benefits from the health and palate point of view of cooking in mustard oil.Noting that mustard oil has culinary as well as therapeutic uses, Koithara said, “It has an edge over other oils due to the optimum ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and its low content of saturated fats. It contains about 60 per cent monounsaturated fats (MUFA), as well as polyunsaturated fats (PUFA), and saturated fats. These fatty acids are considered ‘good fats’.” He also pointed to research which suggests that mustard oil has strong cancer-fighting properties and that it contains ample amounts of linolenic acid, which when converted to omega-3 fatty acid, helps prevent cancers.”Mustard oil also benefits the heart as it contains rich amounts of MUFA and PUFA as well as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These good fats lower the risk of developing heart diseases and is also a very powerful natural stimulant and improves digestion and appetite by stimulating digestive juices,” Koithara explained.Umesh Verma, DGM at Puri Oil Mills Ltd said, “Mustard oil is the preferred choice of generations of chefs across traditional Indian cuisine spanning Kashmir, Punjab and West Bengal as it bring alive the flavour of food.””Indians like to carry the taste of India to whichever country they move to – and find ingenious ways to track down their favourite brands in those countries. We keep hearing of our mustard oil being available in the US and in various European cities. It’s a great feeling.”Are there any foods that particularly lend themselves to being cooked in mustard oil?The oil is one of the best-suited for Indian homes because of its versatility, Sundararaj said, adding it complements Indian spices and beautifully brings out the flavours of our food.”While mustard oil complements both vegetarian and non-vegetarian ingredients, dishes such as pickles of all kinds taste best when made in mustard oil. In addition, mustard oil can be used as a salad dressing along with lemon and honey.”Also there are many Bengali fish preparations like sarson bata maach, paturi fish and other dishes like mangsho (mutton), murgir jhol (chicken) are best enjoyed when cooked in mustard oil,” he said.For, Koithara, the use of mustard oil in Bengali food “is immense and it absolutely complements the Bengali palate. Foods like Shorshe bata ilish and Chingri bhapa are delicacies that cannot do without the generous use of mustard oil”.Any other thoughts they’d like to share on the subject?”There are some ingredients that can never be replaced in the Indian kitchen and mustard oil is one such essential because of its unique and pungent flavour,” Sundararaj said.Pointing to mustard oil’s immense health benefits, Koithara said it is very good during winter as it produces body heat and protects the body from cold.”For this reason, people in Rajasthan use mustard oil on their bodies during winter to keep the skin supple and themselves healthy. Additionally, mustard oil has been used extensively as a cure for cold and cough for decades,” he added.last_img read more

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St Kitts cruise passenger arrivals exceed 1 million

first_imgSt. Kitts received its millionth cruise passenger reaching the key number of arrivals that gives the island marquee port status for the first time in its history.“I am deeply gratified to welcome over one million cruise passengers to our shores as of today,” said Lindsay F P Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce, St.Kitts Tourism Authority. “It is particularly significant that this historic occasion is taking place now, as we have over two months left in the 2017-2018 cruise season to increase arrivals even further. Reaching this milestone at this point in time is truly a testament to the strength of our relationships with the cruise lines and to the continuing appeal of our tourism product.”Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority added, “In the highly competitive Caribbean cruise marketplace, exceeding the million passenger mark for the first time is a highly significant achievement that is a direct result of our successful marketing strategy. Having reached this benchmark, St. Kitts is now considered by the cruise lines to be in the same elite port status category as much larger destinations in the region. Cruise passengers clearly enjoy our diverse range of activities and friendly, welcoming people, and we are working hard to ensure that we keep the ships and their guests returning to our shores.”St. Kitts reached the one million cruise passenger mark with the arrival of guests from Royal Caribbean International’s Freedom of the Seas. The ship, which docked at the island’s Port Zante cruise pier, has a capacity of 3,782 guests at double occupancy. Tourism Minister Lindsay Grant led the welcome delegation and selected the millionth passenger upon disembarkation, who was treated to a complimentary half island tour. The historic occasion was further commemorated with special t-shirts given to arriving passengers and everyone being treated to an experience of the island’s culture with live performances by a steel pan band, masquerades and more in a grand celebration befitting the importance of the milestone.So far this season, the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. cruise lines, Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises, have made a total of 102 port calls to St. Kitts, bringing over 350,000 cruise visitors to island. Including calls from all international cruise lines over the nine-month period from October 2017-June 2018, the total number of cruise ship calls into St. Kitts grew from 358 to 486 as compared to the same period from 2016-2017, an increase of over 35%.last_img read more

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In the predawn hours of June 21 explosions at the

first_imgIn the predawn hours of June 21, explosions at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in South Philadelphia shook houses, sent fireballs into the air and woke up nearby residents.”Three loud explosions, one after the other, boom, boom boom!” says David Masur, who lives about two miles from the plant and has two young kids. “It’s a little nerve-wracking.”Masur watched as the refinery spewed black smoke above the city, easily visible from his home. But what he didn’t know at the time was just how close he and his family came to getting exposed to hydrogen fluoride, one of the deadliest chemicals used by refiners and other industrial manufacturers.Philadelphia Energy Solutions knows that’s a possibility. Its worst-case disaster scenario includes 143,262 pounds of hydrogen fluoride released over 10 minutes, which could travel as a toxic cloud for more than 7 miles and impact more than a million people, including in schools, homes, hospitals, prisons, playgrounds, parks and a wildlife sanctuary. City, state and federal officials say none of the air monitors in or around the refinery — or the air samples collected by the city’s health department — detected the chemical, often referred to as HF. And a spokeswoman for Philadelphia Energy Solutions says no workers were exposed.The explosion destroyed the refinery’s alkylation unit, where crude oil is converted to high octane gas, and led to the planned closure of the financially troubled plant.But two other refineries in the Philadelphia region also use HF, as do some four dozen around the country. The Philadelphia explosions, along with similar accidents in the past four years, are reviving concerns about inadequate safety measures and calls to end the use of the deadly chemical. A string of ‘near misses’A 2013 report released by the United Steelworkers, the union that represents refinery workers, warned that facilities using HF don’t have adequate safety measures in place and are unprepared for a release. It said this puts 12,000 workers and 13 million residents at risk of exposure, including in major metropolitan areas like Houston, Memphis and Salt Lake City. It also pointed to 131 “HF-related incidents or near misses” in the three years preceding the publication of the report and called for phasing out the use of hydrogen fluoride.For those who know deeply about the dangers of HF, the news of the PES refinery explosion struck a terrifying chord that echoed beyond the clouds of black smoke visible to TV viewers nationwide.”Don’t look at it and say, ‘Man, a nuclear bomb went off and nothing was released, so that must mean it’s safe,'” says engineer and activist Sally Hayati. “No, that just means the fortuitous outcome of this just happened to be such that it wasn’t released. You could have had tens of thousands of people die.”Hayati lives near a refinery in suburban Los Angeles and is active with the Torrance Refinery Action Alliance. In 2015, at what was then the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, an explosion sent an 80,000 pound piece of equipment flying and it landed just a few feet from a tank full of HF.Hayati says a release of HF from the Torrance facility, like the refineries in the Philadelphia area, would be difficult to flee. “There’s no place to evacuate to, and there would be no time,” she says. The Chemical Safety Board, an independent federal agency that investigated the incident in Torrance, criticized ExxonMobil’s outdated equipment and poor safety procedures. ExxonMobil said it followed “stringent safety measures,” and there was no evidence that the explosion posed a risk to the community. The refinery is now owned by PBF Energy.Hayati says her group is pushing to ban HF, but industry opposes the effort.A toxic cloud at a Nevada test siteThe definitive experiment on the release of hydrofluoric acid was done back in 1986, and it did not go well. The oil company Amoco requested the test. It was building a refinery in Texas and hoping to use a system of ponds to help mitigate any leaks of hydrogen fluoride. Ron Koopman conducted the experiment. He’s a physicist and expert on chemical safety, and worked as a researcher at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for 36 years. He says when about 1,000 gallons of HF were released in the Nevada desert test site, the results were shocking. The HF turned into an expanding vapor cloud. A terrifying video of the experiment shows white billowing clouds of the toxin getting larger and moving rapidly along the ground. Koopman says deadly concentrations of HF traveled for miles.”How many times do we try this before we actually get a release that kills 1,000 people?” Koopman said in an interview with NPR. “People should never have been allowed to live this close to these refineries. It’s just unconscionable to have allowed that to happen.”Koopman says those exposed to HF die a horrible death. The chemical penetrates the skin and reacts with calcium in bones. Swallowing just a small amount, or getting small splashes on the skin, can be fatal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In its gaseous state, the CDC says low levels can irritate the eyes, nose and respiratory tract. Breathing it at high levels “can cause death from an irregular heartbeat or fluid buildup in the lungs.” The best way to mitigate an HF release is to spray water on it. The PES refinery also employed a safety system that quickly drained an impacted tank of HF into an emergency vessel that was on standby. A worker at the plant told The Philadelphia Inquirer that’s what saved the surrounding community from potentially deadly impacts.Koopman says so far, it’s pure luck that there haven’t been more fatalities from HF releases. He thinks that’s because most of the releases were caused by explosions or fires, which force the HF above ground level, where it can mix with air and reduce the hazard. In such a case, Koopman says, it’s possible HF could be released but not measured by any monitors near the ground.Questions about risk management plansThe Environmental Protection Agency requires refineries to file worst-case scenarios for the release of toxic chemicals as part of their risk management plans. But it’s not easy for nearby residents to find out what they are. The plans are technically public information but are only available to view at 10 regional EPA offices across the country (including one in Philadelphia), and the agency does not allow the plans to be photocopied.Just two months before the South Philadelphia explosion, the Chemical Safety Board, an independent federal agency that has authority to investigate industrial accidents, urged the EPA to review its risk management plans and consider if they are sufficient. The EPA’s last study of them was in 1993.The letter referenced the 2015 Torrance, Calif., explosion, as well as a 2018 explosion and fire at the Husky refinery in Superior, Wis. In that case, debris did not hit the HF storage tanks, but it did puncture a nearby asphalt storage tank. Eleven refinery and contract workers were injured, and parts of the town were evacuated for fear of an HF release. The mayor of Superior and the mayor of nearby Duluth, Minn., have called on the refinery to stop using HF. Refinery owners point out that of the HF used nationwide, only 2-4% is used in alkylation units. But Daniel Horowitz, a former managing director at the Chemical Safety Board, says the other uses — including in refrigeration and electronics manufacturing— don’t store as much HF on site, and they’re not in such close proximity to highly flammable hydrocarbons.The Obama administration boosted protections around the accidental release of toxic chemicals and emergency response. President Trump’s EPA tried to delay that, and then in 2018 proposed rolling back some parts of the rule, including the requirement for industry to assess safer alternatives.Possible alternativesThe industry defends its use of hydrogen fluoride.The American Petroleum Institute says HF has been used safely since World War II, with minimum off-site impacts and no off-site fatalities. API spokesman Scott Lauermann says the industry’s top priority is protecting the health and safety of employees and communities.”In addition to oversight from multiple government agencies, refineries also adhere to strict operational standards designed to further mitigate risk and assure safe operations,” he said in a statement. About 50 refineries across the country do not use HF in their alkylation units, but instead use sulfuric acid. That’s considered safer because if released, it will pool as a liquid at ground level. But it’s expensive for refineries to convert from HF to sulfuric acid.The chemical company Honeywell says its “plant design, operating practices and safety equipment” also promote the safe use of hydrogen fluoride.But Honeywell is also developing another possible alternative to HF, which it calls ISOALKY, that could be used in newly built refineries. A Chinese company recently announced it would use it. One advantage, according to Honeywell, is that the ionic liquid catalyst has zero vapor pressure, so a leak would result in the liquid simply pooling on the ground.Ongoing investigationsSeveral state and federal agencies continue to investigate what happened at the Philadelphia refinery, but the results could take months. Kristen Kulinowski, the Chemical Safety Board’s interim executive authority, says the board will also investigate. It wants to know whether “there was a potential for release of HF,” she says, “and the changes that need to happen to prevent this from happening again.” For nearby residents like David Masur, it was a wake-up call. Some people got a text message from the city’s emergency management office telling them to shelter in place, but Masur says he lives two blocks too far from the plant for that warning.He’s not sure huddling in the basement with duct tape on “every single crack or crevice” is the best option. But he’s also not sure about the alternative.”It’s 4 a.m.,” he says. “What do I do? Drive with a million other people over the Walt Whitman bridge?”NPR’s Rebecca Hersher contributed to this story. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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How to Start a Virtual Assistant Business

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List How to Start a Virtual Assistant Business Virtual Assistant July 1, 2008 Next Article –shares The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue 6 min read Lyn Toomey, a veteran virtual assistant and founder of Virtual Market Support, leverages her 27-year career in marketing, operations and virtual assistance to support small and midsize businesses.In the past few years, the Virtual Assistant (VA) industry has increasingly been in the headlines: Good Morning America’s Tory Johnson wrote on the flexibility of being a self-employed VA last September. The Today Show also featured the profession as a new way to work from home. The Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report and numerous other publications have made it clear that the virtual assistant business is trendy and growing.More and more virtual assistants are starting their businesses by ditching their corporate cubicle-wall environments and setting up home based offices.Successful VAs lead with their strengths to build a successful and growing client base. Some offer executive secretarial services; others are marketing managers, freelance writers, real estate assistants, web designers, author assistants–you name it, someone is doing it, and doing it virtually.Getting StartedIt’s possible to start up with zero dollars if you already have a phone, an updated computer, a printer with scanner and internet access. But if you want to be taken seriously, you’ll need a well-designed website. You can hire a web designer for about $600 to $1,200 for a small site, or you can use an inexpensive yet professional template design from a web host for as little as $6 per month.Many VAs start with what they have and buy what they need as they acquire clients. Business cards and brochures are must-haves. Expect to pay $40 to $60 for 500 business cards. Brochures can be self-designed, traded out with other VAs or professionally made for around $350.Professional networking is essential as well. Budget at least $100 to $300 to join associations and groups. You will generate most of your leads this way.Some virtual assistants incur extra costs upfront to increase efficiency and professional appeal. Depending on your budget, you might opt to upgrade your equipment or software. The latest version of Microsoft or Mac software will ensure more efficiency, or at the very least establish a planned replacement schedule as you generate revenue.Common RatesThere are no industry standards for pricing. VA rates vary widely depending on the individual and the services offered. Typical VA rates start around $35 per hour and range to $75 per hour or higher, depending on the service or skill level. As a general rule, common administrative tasks are on the lower end of the scale, and graphic or website design are at the higher end.To establish an effective rate for your business, remember to factor in the following:self-employment taxessick days, vacation daysslow business periodsbusiness expenses such as printer ink, website hosting, business cards, telephone costs, internet costs, etc.All of these are expenses against your earnings. The most fearsome to be aware of: self-employment taxes. As in any startup, always set aside a percentage of your earnings for self-employment taxes in a separate tax account so that you have the cash to pay the IRS at tax time.Making Your HoursOne of the perks of being a VA is the ability to make your own hours and see the time spent directly impact your bottom line. Calculate your hourly rate multiplied by the number of hours per week you’d like to work. So, if you’d like to work 30 hours, your projected revenue would be your hourly rate times 30 hours, times 4 to get a monthly figure.Keep in mind that you will not start with 30 hours; it will take a while to build a client base. Many VAs take a part-time job while they establish their businesses. Sometimes this part-time job comes in the form of working for a well-established VA as a sub-contractor. This is done by joining a VA group, introducing yourself and offering your sub-contracting services. Be prepared to sign a terms of agreement, which often includes a “non-compete” clause that prevents you from marketing to their clients.This protects experienced VAs from losing their hard-won clients to their sub-contractors and at the same time gives you, the aspiring VA, a chance to learn how to be great.Getting HelpYour best bet for getting off the ground fast is to join the International Virtual Assistant Association (IVAA). This registered nonprofit’s website includes a searchable member directory (for potential clients to find VAs), a request for proposal system (for clients to announce their project and get VAs to respond to them), a forms library from which to draw example materials and an “Expert of the Month” chat series for education.For more support, here are some other VA groups you may want to research:International Association of Virtual Office AssistantsInternational Association of Virtual AssistantsAlliance for Virtual BusinessVirtual Assistant Networking Association (VANA) ForumVirtual-Professionals.comWhat to ExpectRemember, since the industry is new and growing, there are some prospective clients who don’t know what a VA is or how one works. There will be occasions when you’ll need to explain what you do.Note that many choose to use the term “Virtual Professional” because there are some who feel “Virtual Assistant” gives a subordinate image. Nonetheless, “Virtual Assistant” has taken hold and proliferated on the internet. One way to deal with this is to incorporate both terms interchangeably throughout your marketing materials.As the industry grows, expect competition. Make sure you are providing exceptional services at your highest professional level. For example, your office is in your home, so ensure privacy and quiet while you’re working. It’s unprofessional to hear barking dogs or family members in the background. Create a voicemail message to sound like the professional that you are. Also review your website to make certain that it’s easy to use, understand and navigate. And be available for quick response to inquiries.Expect also to have to go out and “find business.” You will not be inundated with business from the internet. You’ll need to “reach out” and make it happen by networking and marketing (both in person and via the internet), and perhaps even by making phone calls to get your business off the ground swiftly.To network, find a niche and join one or more associations or internet groups. Your niche should be a target market that makes sense for your unique background. An example: If you have paralegal skills, join a paralegal association and network within the group. You’d have something in common with your prospects right away, smoothing the way to an ongoing relationship.Research professional associations along with internet groups, such as Yahoo Groups and LinkedIn. Join, participate and make connections to get going.As a member of the virtual assistant community, expect to find friendly support, mentoring, educational opportunities and conferences. VAs are, by definition, helpers. We do it professionally, and we do it compassionately. So when you become part of the VA industry, you may find something you really weren’t expecting. You’ll find friends. Expert VA Lyn Toomey offers her insight on what to expect and how to find help in the virtual world. Apply Now »last_img read more

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The FDA Wants to Find Out if Cartoon Drug Ads Are Bad

first_img The FDA is launching a new study to examine how the use of cartoons and animation in direct-to-consumer (DTC) drug advertising affects viewers, including whether it obscures important safety and side effect information.“To our knowledge, no studies have comprehensively examined how animation affects consumers’ benefit and risk perceptions in drug ads, how various animation strategies (e.g., symbolizing the disease vs. the benefit) influence these perceptions, and whether these effects are generalizable across different patient populations,” wrote the agency in a notice to the Federal Register.The FDA will be running two separate experiments involving a total of 1,500 participants in order to glean insight into the effects of animated pharma spots. Regulators will employ a professional advertising firm to create a series of commercials for made-up drugs to treat psoriasis and chronic dry eye and show them to patients diagnosed with those conditions.One of these ad series will feature live human actors as a control group while the others will involve varying degrees of animation, including humans who are transformed into cartoons through “rotoscoping” and non-human animations which are meant to either represent the patient, the disease, or the benefits of a medication.The main purpose of these experiments is to see whether or not the animated ads have a detrimental effect on viewers’ recollection of important safety and side effect information. As the FDA notes, there is some existing evidence that cartoon ads significantly help burnish therapies such as Abilify, Zoloft, and Lunesta in patients’ memories, but may also obscure the risk information which must be detailed in all pharma ads by law.America is a clear outlier globally when it comes to DTC drug ads. Just one other nation, New Zealand, allows companies to peddle their products directly to consumers, and the practice has come under renewed fire in recent months.Last fall, the American Medical Association called for a blanket ban on DTC drug and medical device ads, asserting that such advertising “inflates demand for new and more expensive drugs, even when these drugs may not be appropriate.”Pharma has a very different take on the issue. Former Eli Lilly marketing exec and pharmaceutical consultant Richard Meyer penned an op-ed in Stat News at the end of last year slamming the AMA’s ban proposal as misguided and arguing that there’s evidence that DTC drug ads actually help lead high-risk patients to have potentially life-saving conversations with their doctors. 3 min read Image credit: Graphic by Mod Art Collection—CFA Images via Getty Images Sy Mukherjee Add to Queue March 2, 2016 Advertising This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazinecenter_img Next Article The FDA Wants to Find Out if Cartoon Drug Ads Are Bad for Consumers –shares Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

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Consumption of milk cereal drinks in infancy associated with twofold overweight risk

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 19 2018In five-year-old children, the risk for overweight is almost twice as high if they at 12 months had consumed milk cereal drinks every day, a study in the journal Acta Paediatrica shows.”Milk cereal drinks are not bad as such; how it’s used is the problem. That is, when it’s seen not as a meal but as an extra, to supplement other food,” says Bernt Alm. Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.The researchers behind the study have previously linked consumption of milk cereal drinks at age six months to high body mass index (BMI) at ages one year and one and a half years. The study now presented is of the same group of children, several years later.Related StoriesResearch reveals genetic cause of deadly digestive disease in childrenNew therapeutic food boosts key growth-promoting gut microbes in malnourished childrenResearchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndromeVarious risk factorsThe follow-up study comprised 1,870 children in Halland County, Sweden, whose particulars were taken from the Halland Health and Growth Study. Height and weight data have been recorded by the child health services, while the information on their food and beverage intake comes from the parents.Among the five-year-olds, 11.6 percent were overweight and 2.3 percent had obesity. The risk for overweight or obesity proved to be almost double (factor 1.94) if the children had formerly, at age 12 months, been daily consumers of milk cereal drinks. This risk elevation was independent of other factors.Examples of other conditions found to make overweight more likely were if the parents had low educational attainment, if they smoked, and if there was a history of obesity in the family. Heredity was the strongest single factor.Reasons not to use milk cereal drinkIn Sweden, children commonly drink milk cereal drinks once to five times a day from age six months. In the study in question, 85 percent of the children had been daily consumers at 12 months of age.The Swedish milk cereal drinks consists of milk and flour, and is nutritionally close to porridge, and usually enriched with vitamins and minerals. Similar products exist elsewhere in the world, but are not as common.”Milk cereal drinks are nutritious and good, and has been used for hundreds of years in Sweden. Getting rid of it isn’t a panacea. But if, for example, the child has other risk factors for overweight, such as heredity, perhaps not using milk cereal drinks should be considered,” Alm says. Source:https://sahlgrenska.gu.se/english/research/news-events/news-article//twofold-overweight-risk-for-five-year-olds-given-milk-cereal-drinks-in-infancy-.cid1600738last_img read more

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Najib PAS and Umno more compatible now than before

first_img Nation 22h ago Yayasan Tun Rahah seeks to settle dispute in 1MDB case {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} PAS , Bersatu , Barisan Nasional , Pakatan Harapan , Najib Razak Nation 26 May 2019 Umno-PAS cooperation won’t last, says Husam Related News Tags / Keywords: IPOH: Datuk Seri Najib Razak believes PAS will not hastily make any decision over an offer to be part of Pakatan Harapan.The former prime minister was asked to comment on a statement by Parti Amanah Negara vice-president Senator Datuk Husam Musa asking PAS to join Pakatan.Husam had said PAS could be part of the government if they joined Pakatan now.Najib said leaders from Pakatan could make all sorts of offers. AdChoices广告”I don’t think PAS will make a decision in a hasty manner, as both Umno and PAS have agreed to cooperate.”During an Umno event in Gerik that I attended earlier today (July 13), the Perak PAS commissioner and other party leaders were present, so we are more compatible now compared to before,” he told reporters at former Umno member Datuk Hamidah Osman’s daughter’s wedding luncheon at the Royal Perak Golf Club here.Asked why he accepted the Barisan Nasional Advisory Board chairman position when he should be focusing on his legal case, Najib said: “There are many personal views, but what is important is that we are able to contribute to the strength of Barisan by providing some sort of added value.”For one year, I have been taking efforts to give my views on Pakatan’s policies, their weaknesses, and we will let the people judge,” he said.Najib said he has been going to the ground to listen to the grouses of the people.”This is not about position; the question is what we can do and contribute. This is about the party, and it is not about Najib,” he added. Related News Nation 12h ago Don’t play with fire, Johor Bersatu Youth tells Syed Saddiqlast_img read more

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