NASA twins study explores body’s response to long space travel

first_img In space, NASA heard astronaut’s immune system scream By Associated Press April 11, 2019 Reprints Related: Please enter a valid email address. More importantly, the study “represents more than one small step for mankind” by pointing out potential risks of longer-duration spaceflight that need study in more astronauts, said Markus Lobrich of Germany’s Darmstadt University and Penny Jeggo of the University of Sussex, who weren’t involved in the work. Key findingsNASA already knew some of the toll of space travel, such as bone loss that requires exercise to counter. This time, NASA-funded scientists looked for a gamut of physiologic and genomic changes that Scott Kelly experienced in space, comparing them to his DNA double on the ground, former astronaut Mark Kelly. Some results had been reported in February.Possibly the weirdest finding had to do with something called telomeres, the protective ends of chromosomes. Those tips gradually shorten as we get older, and are thought to be linked to age-related diseases including some cancers.But in space, Scott Kelly’s telomeres got longer. “We were surprised,” said Colorado State University telomere expert Susan Bailey. She can’t explain it although it doesn’t mean Kelly got younger. Back on Earth, his telomeres mostly returned to preflight average although he did have more short telomeres than before.Next, Kelly’s DNA wasn’t mutated in space but the activity of many of his genes — how they switch on and off — did change, especially in the last half of the voyage, which ended in March 2016.Immune system genes especially were affected, putting it “almost on high alert as a way to try and understand this new environment,” said study co-author Christopher Mason, a Weill Cornell Medicine geneticist in New York. Privacy Policy Related: NASA’s lab rat: What astronaut Scott Kelly’s year in space can teach us The findings were published in Friday’s edition of the journal Science, on some notable space anniversaries — when Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space in 1961, and the first launch of the space shuttle in 1981.advertisement Associated Press Tags geneticsresearch Leave this field empty if you’re human: Again, most gene expression returned to normal back home, but some of the immune-related genes were hyperactive six months later.Other findings:Some changes in the structure of Kelly’s eye and thickening of his retina suggested that, like about 40% of astronauts, he experienced symptoms of “spaceflight-associated neuro-ocular syndrome.” It may be caused by fluids shifting in the absence of gravity.He experienced some chromosomal instability that might reflect radiation exposure in space.A flu shot given in space worked as well as one on Earth.Kelly aced cognitive tests in space but slowed down after his return, maybe as more things competed for his attention.Ultra long-distance testingResearchers needed months’ worth of blood, urine, and fecal samples, along with cognitive and physical tests and ultrasound scans. That meant getting creative: Some blood samples required analysis so rapidly that Kelly would time collection so the blood could travel on Russian Soyuz capsules carrying other astronauts back to Earth.That wouldn’t be an option on a three-year trip to Mars. One of the study’s technological advances: Portable DNA-sequencing equipment that will let astronauts run some of their own genomic analyses on future missions, said Weill Cornell’s Mason. Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. HealthNASA twins study explores body’s response to long space travel About the Author Reprints NASA astronaut Scott Kelly (left) and his identical twin, Mark, who participated in a twins study that was a never-before opportunity to track the biological consequences of spaceflight in genetic doubles. Pat Sullivan/AP WASHINGTON — From his eyes to his immune system, astronaut Scott Kelly’s body sometimes reacted strangely to nearly a year in orbit, at least compared to his Earth-bound identical twin — but newly published research shows nothing that would cancel even longer space treks, like to Mars.The good news: Kelly largely bounced back after returning home, say scientists who released final results from NASA’s “twins study,” a never-before opportunity to track the biological consequences of spaceflight in genetic doubles.It marks “the dawn of human genomics in space,” said Dr. Andrew Feinberg of Johns Hopkins University. He led one of 10 teams of researchers that scrutinized the twins’ health down to the molecular level before, during and after Kelly’s 340-day stay at the International Space Station.advertisement What’s next?Studying one pair of twins can’t prove risks of spaceflight, researchers cautioned. And longer missions, to the moon or Mars, will mean greater stress and radiation exposure.Colorado State’s Bailey plans to study 10 additional astronauts on yearlong missions, using the twin findings as a road map.“We need to get outside of low-Earth orbit and we need for the astronauts to spend longer periods of time to really evaluate some of these health effects,” she said.— Lauran Neergaardlast_img read more

Man dies after getting shot in head during Cape Coral house party

first_imgCAPE CORAL, Fla. – A 19-year-old man that was shot in the head during a party at a Cape Coral home in the 100 block of SE 6th Street on Saturday has died. The Cape Coral Police Department confirmed they responded to a shooting around 4:30 a.m., and officers found multiple shell casings on SE 1st Avenue. During the disturbance that happened away from the home, multiple shots were fired, and 19-year-old Kevin Girard Palmer was shot in the head, according to Cape Coral police. Callers reported hearing multiple gunshots and seeing several vehicles driving away fast, according to the incident report. RELATEDTOPICS Car splits in two after slamming into Cape Coral power pole June 16, 2021 A disturbance started after a Lehigh Acres family rented the home to celebrate a 17th birthday. CCPD said an Instagram personality posted about the party, and multiple people that were not invited showed up. A man who lives in the neighborhood and chose to remain anonymous said a bullet pierced his garage, went through his laundry room and finally stopped in his kitchen.  AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Fort Myers man arrested for stealing puppy facing new charges in stealing spree June 14, 2021 Advertisement AdvertisementPalmer arrived at Cape Coral Hospital after being shot in the head after the incident, police confirmed. He was transferred to Lee Memorial Hospital where he later died. center_img AdvertisementTags: cape coral police departmentinvestigation Advertisement FMPD surrounds home after shooting June 12, 2021 “If it goes 12 feet this way, they shoot me in my bed,” the man said. He said he ran to his kids’ room and luckily, nobody inside the home was injured. “Thank god it went this way so nobody get hurt,” said the father of two. CCPD continues to investigate the incident. If anyone has any information on the identity of the suspects, call CCPD at (239) 574-3223 or submit an online tip. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Cape Coral man thrown from car killed when vehicle flips on top of him June 14, 2021last_img read more

Eight iconic Portlaoise structures that are no longer with us

first_img 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Home We Are Laois A Bit of Fun Eight iconic Portlaoise structures that are no longer with us We Are LaoisA Bit of Fun Previous articleThe Waters and Communities Special Award now open for Laois entriesNext articleLarge Portlaoise estate, ‘forgotten and neglected’ LaoisToday Reporter WhatsApp No doubt we’ll have overlooked some great places but these old buildings are no longer the way they were or no longer used for what they were.Let the memories come flooding back!Projectionist Eddie Kinsella on his final night at the Coliseum Cinema, Portlaoise in 1999. Eddie moved on to the new Storm Cinema Complex in Portlaoise. Picture: Alf HarveyKathleen Ryan, manager of the Coliseum Cinema, Portlaoise in 1999. Picture: Alf HarveyOld Cinema in PortlaoiseA certain generation of people only know the cinema in Portlaoise as to where it is now. But for so many more it was the old two-screen theatre on Coliseum Lane which closed in the late 1990s.A charming sort of a place that peaked with the likes of Michael Collins and the Titanic in 1996 and 1997 respectively.Titanic was so long that there was an interval midway through to allow the film to be re-loaded. It finally closed its doors on Thursday November 30, 2000. The building later was home to Xtra Vision but has been vacant for the last number of years.Old Swimming Pool Photo: Pictures of PortlaoisePortlaoise Leisure Centre is now a smashing place with a fine pool, nice changing facilities, a decent playground and a very busy AstroTurf pitch. All of that was opened in 2008.The old swimming pool facilities weren’t anywhere near as flash but served the town for generations. Who’ll ever forget the freezing cold coloured water you’d to walk through before being allowed in to swim.Old Stand in O’Moore ParkOld Stand O’Moore ParkAt the tail end of 2000, Laois GAA started carrying out a bit of a makeover on O’Moore Park. It was badly needed.The concrete seating had seen better days, the dressing rooms and toilets were in dire need of refurbishment and the stand was a bit of an oddity in that you could climb up the seats as well as the steps.It was also possibly a fire hazard given the amount of litter that was just dropped through the gaps into the space below.The new stand that opened in 2002 was a massive improvement but the old structure, with its galvanize roof and hay shed design, was something utterly forgettable.Prison Officers ClubPrison Officers ClubThis building is a real eyesore now and is in drastic need of action.But it was once a vibrant social hub that provided an outlet for the prison officers but was used for any amount of activities – from meetings to quizzes to dances and parties. It was was even the base for Gaelscoil Phortlaoise in its early days.Was sold by the Prison Officers and has since fallen into complete disrepair and has been the subject of many discussions at local council meetings.Portlaoise GAA CentrePortlaoise GAA CentreWhat did the old Portlaoise GAA centre not hold at some stage. It had dances and concerts (including Snow Patrol no less), teenage discos and all sorts of fundraisers, dramas, presentations and parties.The building also housed a bar and a number of dressing rooms and an amount of football and hurling talent passed through its doors over the years.When Portlaoise sold up and moved out to Rathleague, it began to get a bit shoddy around 2013 and was knocked altogether in recent years as Laois GAA took over the grounds and developed their own Centre of Excellence.CentrepointOnce a hive of activity, Centrepoint Shopping Centre is now completely vacant.It once had Shaws, Gings, a supermarket, a furniture shop, a hairdresser and a restaurant as well as a service station.One of the first shopping centres to come to Portlaoise but now a derelict site that has been mentioned as the site for any amount of projects.The Old Post Office in Portlaoise. Picture is from the www.portlaoisepictures.comOld Post OfficeLike the Blue Bridge, the Old Post Office in the top square and start of Coote Street in Portlaoise is now a bus stop.While it is still owned by An Post and is used by the company, it is no longer Portlaoise’s Post Office – that having switched to Lyster Square in the 1990s.Blue BridgePortlaoise’s iconic Blue BridgePortlaoise’s Blue Bridge, the inspiration for this article, was removed, cut up and scrapped back in the summer of 2011.Many an adult reading this will have fond memories of racing up the bridge as a child and waving at the passing traffic below.Eight years on from its destruction, its name lives on as the bus stop there is still known as the ‘Blue Bridge’ stop.SEE ALSO – Laois bride-to-be pulls out all the stops on Hen weekend Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Twitter Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Facebookcenter_img Eight iconic Portlaoise structures that are no longer with us GAA By LaoisToday Reporter – 19th April 2019 On Wednesday, a discussion took place at the Portlaoise Municipal District meeting where Councillors reminisced about the Blue Bridge in Portlaoise.The iconic blue metal structure was constructed in the early 1990s and was used as a means to connect the shopping centre to the town centre.It was knocked down in August 2011, and while councillor Pauline Madigan raised the issue of implementing a pedestrian crossing at Lyster Square at Wednesday’s meeting, the Blue Bridge was fondly remembered.Our story jokingly suggesting we should bring it back gained a huge reaction while an Instagram poll after if it should be reconstructed finished 70% to 30% in favour.Minister Charlie Flanagan, however, wasn’t anywhere near as enthusiastic as the Instagram masses and he took to Twitter to have his say.“I stand over my implacable opposition to the ghastly and unsightly Blue Metal Pedestrian Bridge at Portlaoise,” fumed Charlie, who, to be fair, had his office right beside it.“Not only was it unused and redundant but it was a hideous abomination on the streetscape. Not coming back.”The whole thing got us feeling rather nostalgic and made us remember some of the great structures and buildings that are no longer with us. GAA Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook GAA TAGSBlue BridgeCharlie FlanaganDeputy Charlie Flanaganiconic buildingsPortlaoise Municipal District last_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Wednesday, January 8, 2020

first_img WhatsApp GAA GAA Deaths in Laois – Wednesday, January 8, 2020 Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Pinterest News TAGSDeaths in Laois Pinterest Facebook Previous articleADHD Ireland to host free information session in Portlaoise this monthNext article14 Laois lads set to represent their colleges as Sigerson Cup gets underway this weekend LaoisToday Reporter Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Wednesday, January 8, 2020 Deaths Facebook Twitter By LaoisToday Reporter – 8th January 2020 Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Joseph (Joe) CornallyLate of River St., Ballycumber, Offaly / Palmerstown, Dublin / Borris-in-Ossory, LaoisJoseph died peacefully, with his family and the staff of Stewarts Care on 6th January 2020. Predeceased by his father Joe, mother Tess. Joe will be sadly missed by his sister Rose, brothers Seanie and Gerry, brother-in-law Sean, sister-in-law Kathleen, nephews, nieces, grandnephew, grandnieces, cousins, relatives and a wide circle of friends.Remains reposing at the Llittle Chapel Stewarts Care from 3pm Wednesday, 8th January, with prayers at 4pm. Removal on Thursday morning at 11am to St. Manchan’s Church Boher, Ballycumber for Funeral Mass at 1pm. Burial afterwards in adjoining cemetery.Pat Culleton30 Hillside View, Clonaslee, LaoisPat Culleton, 30 Hillside View, Clonaslee, Co. Laois. Died the 5th of January 2020, suddenly at his residence. Formerly of Kildare Chilling Company. Predeceased by his wife Kathleen and brother Kevin. He will be sadly missed by his sorrowing family, daughter Catherine, sons Patrick, David and Michael and by Patrick Nolan, grandchildren, sisters Mary, Bernie and Monica, brothers Michael and Oliver, son-in-law Bob, daughter-in-law Naomi, sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, neighbours and friends.His remains will repose in the Chapel of Rest at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, on Tuesday from 5pm, with removal at 7.15pm to St. Manman’s Church, Clonaslee, arriving at 8pm. Funeral mass on Wednesday at 11am with burial afterwards in St. Manman’s Cemetery, Clonaslee. Family flowers only Please, donations, if desired, to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland.George GordonThornberry, Abbeyleix, LaoisPeacefully at his residence in the presence of his loving family. Predeceased by his wife Vera and son Darren. Deeply regretted by his loving daughters Elizabeth and Jillian, son Kevin, grandchildren, great-grandchild, relatives and friends.Funeral arrangements to follow.Patrick (Paddy) WarrenClonmullen, Edenderry, Offaly/Maganey, LaoisFormerly Killabban, Maganey, Co. Laois. Deeply regretted by his loving family; wife Imelda, daughters Karen and Lisa, grandchildren Aoife, Robbie, Millie and D.J., brother Liam, sister Sheila, sons-in-law Derek and Paul, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Reposing at Larkin’s Funeral Home, Edenderry this Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm with Rosary at 8pm. Funeral Mass on Wednesday at 12 noon in St. Mary’s Church, Edenderry followed by burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery.Joe BlancPattison Estate, Mountmellick, LaoisJoe Blanc, Pattison Estate, Mountmellick, Co.Laois. Died unexpectedly January 4th 2020. Deeply regretted by his loving wife Eileen (nèe Jacob, Park Bawn Durrow). His sons Raymond, Damien, Richard and Colm and their partners Bernie, Aisling, Sandra and Cathy, Grandchildren Jack, Daniel, Patrick, Conor and Oisin. Sisters Clare Mangan, Dolores Lalor, and Geraldine Carroll and brother Sam, nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters -in law, neighbours, relatives and many friends.Reposing in Moloney’s Funeral Home on Monday from 5pm. Recital of The Rosary at 9pm. Funeral arriving St. Joseph’s Church on Tuesday morning for 11am Requiem Mass. Burial after In St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Family Flowers only. House Private.Michael (Mick) BrophyCamross, Portlaoise, LaoisMichael (Mick) Brophy, Camross, Portlaoise, Co.Laois. Died 3rd January 2020, in the loving care of matron and staff of St. Anne’s Ward, at St. Vincent’s Hospital Mountmellick. Deeply regretted by his loving sisters, nieces, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends.Reposing at Burke’s Funeral Home, Mountrath, on Sunday evening from 6.30p.m., with Rosary at 8.0’clock. Removal on Monday morning to St. Fergal’s Church, Camross for Requiem Mass at 11.0’clock, followed by Burial in the adjoining Cemetery.Kathleen (Kitty) Murphy (née (Byrne)Borris-in-Ossory, LaoisMurphy (nee Byrne) Kathleen (Kitty) December 22nd 2019 (late of Birmingham and formerly of Borris-In-Ossory, Co Laois) (peacefully) in Birmingham. Beloved wife of the late William (Bill). Kathleen will be forever loved and very sadly missed by her nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Funeral Mass on Wednesday at 10 o’clock in Mary Immaculate Church (The Oblates) thereafter for burial in Palmerstown Cemetery. All enq to Massey Brothers on 4533333.Jack HylandGarryhinch, Portarlington, Offaly/Portarlington, LaoisLate of C. I. E.. Peacefully at home in his 89th year. Jack is predeceased by his son Billy and sister Vera. He will be sadly missed by his devoted wife Mary, loving son Eugene, daughters-in-law, much loved grandchildren, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, his many wonderful neighbours and friends.Reposing at Maher’s Chapel of Rest Portarlington on Saturday from 2:30pm with Removal at 4:50pm arriving St Michael’s Church Portarlington at 5:30pm. Requiem Mass on Sunday at 12:15pm. Funeral afterwards to St Michael’s Cemetery Portarlington.Family Flowers Only Please.Sean BrophySt Fintan’s Tce, Durrow, LaoisPeacefully at his residence, husband of the late Maura and predeceased by his brothers Tommy, Martin and sister Eileen.Deeply regretted by his loving children, Kevin, Eileen, Terence, Fergal and Maeve, sisters Josie and Clyle, sister in law, sons in law, daughters in law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.Reposing in Phelan’s Funeral Home, Durrow, from 3.00pm on Saturday evening with Rosary at 8.00pm. Funeral prayers on Sunday morning at 11.00am, followed by removal to Holy Trinity Church, Durrow, for Requiem Mass at 11.30am. Burial immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only. House private, please.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, January 7, 2020 Twitter 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

RI continues to enjoy strong growth

first_img Responsible investments’ (RI) assets under management (AUM) in Canada continue to enjoy strong growth driven by a combination of the sector’s evolution and demographic factors, according to the 2016 Canadian Responsible Investment Trends Report from the Responsible Investment Association (RIA). Related news James Langton RBC GAM moves SRI funds to Vision Funds The RIA report points out that there was $1.5 trillion in AUM incorporating environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors in Canada as of Dec. 31, 2015. This represents a 49% increase from $1 trillion two years earlier, while individual investors’ AUM has almost doubled (up by 91%) over that same period, to $118 billion from $62 billion. As a result of this strong growth, RI AUM represents 38% of total Canadian investment industry AUM, up from 31% as of Dec. 31, 2013. This strong growth is attributable to several factors, the report notes, including increased engagement from investment managers, as demonstrated by the rise in Canadian investment managers that have signed on to the United Nation’s Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI), and a proliferation of RI-related products and services. Moreover, there’s a growing awareness of the importance of ESG factors, the report says, thanks to research that demonstrates the link between RI and higher long-term returns as well as high-profile cases (such as the Volkswagen emissions scandal) that have proven the importance of these considerations for investors. In addition, pension funds, which account for three quarters of the growth in RI AUM, are incorporating ESG factors increasingly into their investment decisions, the report says. The millennial generation is also much more open to ESG investing than previous generations, such as Baby Boomers. Looking ahead, the RIA report says its survey of asset managers and investors in the autumn of 2016 found continued optimism about the RI industry’s outlook for 2017 and 2018. It reports that 80% of survey participants expect either moderate or high levels of growth over the next two years. Only 15% expect low growth; 6% expect the industry to remain flat; and no survey participants expect the industry to contract. Among asset managers, 59% said that they are considering launching new ESG-themed products in the years ahead, the report says: “The majority of new products named by survey participants involve fossil-fuel free or low-carbon strategies.” Photo copyright: weerapaty/123RF Keywords Responsible investingCompanies Responsible Investment Association ESG interest on the rise, but so is fear of greenwashing Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media FGP launches ex-energy equities fund Fidelity Investments unveils new climate-focused fund suitelast_img read more

Coffee on Show at Festival

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Several value added products made from coffee were on show at Jamaica’s first coffee festival, which was held on Saturday, November 25, at the Cedar Valley Primary and Junior High School in St. Thomas.The festival, organised jointly by the Cedar Valley Development Area Committee and the Yallahs Area Development Committee, is one of several activities being held in observance of Youth and Community Month.It was held to increase an awareness of the products to residents of Cedar Valley and to highlight the community’s involvement in coffee production.President of the Yallahs Area Development Committee and Co-ordinator of the festival, Howard Shepherd told JIS News that apart from the wide range of information on coffee, there were several booths displaying the many uses of coffee.“Many persons only know coffee in the bean stage, so we wanted to widen their knowledge about the many other things that coffee could be used for, other than the hot beverage,” he said. Mr. Shepherd said that planning for next year’s event would begin earlier to make the event bigger, based on the overwhelming response and support from citizens.Agencies participating in the event included the St. Thomas Parish Library, the Blue Mountain Coffee Co-operative, the Rural Agricultural Development Authority and community organisations in Cedar Valley. RelatedCoffee on Show at Festival RelatedCoffee on Show at Festival RelatedCoffee on Show at Festivalcenter_img Coffee on Show at Festival UncategorizedNovember 30, 2006 Advertisementslast_img read more

Sabina Park Will Be Under Heavy Security for CWC

first_imgRelatedSabina Park Will Be Under Heavy Security for CWC FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Sabina Park will be under heavy security surveillance when the first match of the ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2007 between the West Indies and Pakistan, bowls off tomorrow (March 13) at the stadium.According to Senior Superintendent of Police and Co-Chair of the Security Committee for the Jamaica Local Organizing Committee (LOC), Ealon Powell, the stadium would be covered by 360-degree rotating cameras monitored by close circuit television in the Venue Operations Centre (VOC).“We will be able to see everybody and that includes persons in the party stand and the mound.so all angles will be covered inside of the stadium and all the exits and the immediate outside area of the stadium,” he told JIS News.In addition to the cameras, he said that security personnel would be strategically placed within the crowd, while the gates would be closely monitored to ensure that no prohibited items get into the venue.“If you get to the gate with the prohibited item you will be told that you cannot take it inside the venue and if you insist, you know that you will not be allowed to go into the venue,” he stated.Alcohol is among the litany of prohibited items, which patrons will be able to purchase inside the venue. While there is no limit on the amount of alcohol a patron can buy, SSP Powell has advised that persons drink in moderation as “we do not want any boisterous and outrageous behaviour inside the stadium. If a person does anything that will bring the competition or the match into disrepute, we will eject from the venue,” he warned.Also prohibited are: dangerous and imitation weapons; firearms and imitation firearms; knives; explosives; fireworks; flares; incendiary devices; illegal drugs or narcotics; mace or pepper spray; cans; tins; plastic bottles of any size or description, other than insect repellent or sun screen; megaphones, compressed or gas operated horns and flag poles.There are some items that will be allowed in the venue under prescribed conditions. These are: collapsible personal umbrellas but not large beach size umbrellas; guide dogs; bands and musical instruments granted with written permission from the appropriate LOC; cooler boxes that are not larger than 12″x12″x12″and are soft and collapsible; aerosol cans containing only deodorant, prescription medicine or insect repellant; and banners and flags up to a minimum size of 1.5 metres x 1 metre provided that in the opinion of the CWC 2007, they are not vulgar, political, discriminatory and racial or display advertising, which may in any way, impinge or will be in conflict with the rights of the partners or sponsor.“We want spectators to have a good experience. People should go there and feel like it is a place where they can enjoy themselves, watching cricket and having a grand time without inconveniencing others,” SSP Powell said.Sabina Park, among other parks in the Caribbean, have been declared non-smoking venues. Sabina Park Will Be Under Heavy Security for CWC UncategorizedMarch 12, 2007 RelatedSabina Park Will Be Under Heavy Security for CWCcenter_img Advertisements RelatedSabina Park Will Be Under Heavy Security for CWClast_img read more

Lake County Wine Industry to Host International Sauvignon Blanc Event

first_imgPinterest Facebook AdvertisementSauvignon Blanc Experience to Feature International Symposium and Grand TastingKelseyville, Calif., December 19, 2017 — The Lake County Winegrape Commission and Lake County Winery Association are excited to announce Lake County will be host to a world-class event – the Sauvignon Blanc Experience – scheduled for May 4-5, 2018, in Lake County, California.Sauvignon Blanc ExperienceMay 4-5, 2018Kelseyville, CaliforniaInternational Symposium: Friday, May 4, 2018Grand Tasting: Saturday, May 5, 2018This event will bring together winemakers, sommeliers, grape growers, buyers, and wine enthusiasts for two days of learning, presentations, technical tastings and trials, and food and wine pairings. The two-day event will feature a trade-focused International Symposium on May 4 and a consumer-focused Grand Tasting on May 5.International Sauvignon Blanc Symposium for Somms, Retailers, Wine Buyers, and Members of the TradeThe International Symposium is geared toward a technical audience and supported by community partners such as University of California, Davis. It will feature a prestigious lineup of presenters and panelists. The highlight will be a keynote presentation by Jean Michel Boursiquot, an international authority on plant material and professor of ampelography with the Institute for Higher Education in Vine and Wine (IHEV), Montpellier Sup Agro in France. Monsieur Boursiquot will provide an overview of the Sauvignon Blanc varietal and discuss where it fits in the wine family and the cultural differences from Loire and Bordeaux.“It makes sense to hold this event in the epicenter of Sauvignon Blanc winegrowing in California,” said Debra Sommerfield, president of the Lake County Winegrape Commission, which is underwriting the event. “We’re excited to bring people together from around the world for an in-depth exchange of information on a varietal that is so important on a global scale.”The Lake County Winegrape Commission previously hosted two International Sauvignon Blanc Symposia in 2002 and 2005.“Lake County winegrowers are some of the most experienced Sauvignon Blanc growers in the country,” Sommerfield said. “Sauvignon Blanc was one of the first varietals they reached for when post-Prohibition replanting began in earnest 50 years ago.”The Lake County winegrowing region, part of the North Coast AVA, has long been known for producing high-quality Sauvignon Blanc fruit and today makes up approximately 14 percent of California’s Sauvignon Blanc acreage.Sauvignon Blanc Grand Tasting for Wine EnthusiastsThe Commission and its collaborative host partner, the Lake County Winery Association, are building on the success of the previous events and the varietal’s new-found popularity. For 2018, the event has been expanded to include a consumer-focused Grand Tasting.“Sauvignon Blanc has been gaining in popularity among U.S. consumers faster than just about any other wine, according to Nielsen data,” said Maria Brunn, executive director of the Lake County Winery Association. “Sauvignon Blanc has always been a favorite among viticulturalists and winemakers due to its versatility. And now, with the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Experience, consumers can experience the vast breadth of expression as well, with wines at the Grand Tasting ranging in style from bright and crisp to lush and creamy.”The Grand Tasting will feature Sauvignon Blanc wines from across California, as well as from producers throughout the United States and around the world, providing consumers an opportunity to compare the style and character of Sauvignon Blanc wines grown in some of its most important regions.Pouring and Sponsorship OpportunitiesIndividual wineries and regional associations interested in pouring at the Grand Tasting are encouraged to contact organizers at [email protected] Custom-branded event sponsorship opportunities also are available.The event will be held on the grounds of Chacewater Winery in Kelseyville, California.Registration and online ticket sales will kick off in early February. Preliminary program information is available online: www. sauvignonblancexperience.com About the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc ExperienceSauvignon Blanc is suddenly the coolest wine on the planet. And the place to find out why this varietal is now the toast of the wine world is the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Experience, a two-day event in Lake County, California that includes an International Symposium for the trade and a Grand Tasting for consumers.Planned for May 4 and 5, 2018, the Sauvignon Blanc Experience will bring together winemakers, somms, growers, buyers, the media, and wine enthusiasts for two days of learning, presentations, technical tastings and trials, food and wine pairings, and a few surprises. The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Experience will feature wines from around California, the US, and the world, providing an opportunity to compare the style and character of Sauvignon Blanc grown in its most important regions.For more information, call (707) 279-2633, or visit SauvignonBlancExperience.com.Advertisement Share Home Industry News Releases Lake County Wine Industry to Host International Sauvignon Blanc EventIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessLake County Wine Industry to Host International Sauvignon Blanc EventBy Editor – December 20, 2017 62 0 Twitter ReddIt TAGSLake County Winegrape CommissionLake County Winery AssociationSauvignon Blanc Experience Linkedin Email Previous articleCongress Passes First Wine Excise Tax Reduction in 80 YearsNext articleLower Volumes for a Very Promising Corsican Vintage Editorlast_img read more

People / William Doyle to resign as US Federal Maritime Commissioner

first_img“I have learned so much in this position, and I thank you both for the opportunity… I am proud to have worked alongside my fellow commissioners and with such a dedicated and hardworking staff.”No reason was given for his departure, but some have speculated it forms part of a continuing purge by Mr Trump to remove his predecessor’s appointees.Others, however, suggest Mr Doyle – who has built a strong rapport with the industry – is either in line for, or eyeing, a role with one of the major shipping lines.For his part, Mr Doyle simply said: “I am looking forward to what comes next in my career,” indicating retirement was not yet on the cards.During his five years in the post, Mr Doyle has been “intimately” involved in some of the major shake-ups in the shipping sector including mergers, bankruptcies, and continuing consolidation.“I’ve had the opportunity to find reasonable compromises with some of the largest ocean carriers and build solid working relationships with governments that oversee ocean-borne trade,” he said.“I am particularly pleased with the outcome serving as co-chair of the US-China Bilateral Maritime Consultations.”His tenure coincided with China’s decision to move its international maritime tax system from a business tax to a value added tax (VAT) regime.The FMC said Mr Doyle had been instrumental in this move, having voiced US business concern to the Chinese that VAT was being applied fairly to all businesses.He said China “was very attentive to the concerns”, ultimately leading it to issue a series of circulars exempting portions of shipping transportation from the VAT.He was also heavily involved in implementation of the Verified Gross Mass regulations and worked directly with Panama Canal Authority officials during the canal’s expansion.And following last year’s Hanjin bankruptcy, Mr Doyle strongly advocated for tighter financial safeguards in the shipping industry, including the establishment of a contingency fund in the event of another bankruptcy. By Alexander Whiteman 28/11/2017 US Federal Maritime Commissioner William Doyle has informed Donald Trump he will be leaving his post at the start of January.Mr Doyle has been with the FMC since 2013, after being appointed by president Obama, having left his post as chief of staff at the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association.A FMC statement said Mr Doyle let Mr Trump know of his decision to step down last week.“It has been an honour and privilege to continue serving in the Trump administration, and I thank President Obama for nominating and appointing me twice as a commissioner,” said Mr Doyle.last_img read more

News / Second wave of cancelled orders a new threat to Bangladeshi fashion factories

first_img© Allard1 “But as the virus begun spreading severely, leading to lockdowns, they are now in shock and have become sure that the Christmas market won’t be as expected,” said Mr Chowdhury.Poor buying trends have meant goods made and supplied during the pandemic were still in western stores, he said, so the majority of buyers have held new orders back.“The impact of the second wave of the pandemic is evident in the export figures for October,” he said.Former president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Siddiqur Rahman told The Loadstar buyers “are observing what is happening”.He said factories were continuing production on orders already placed.“But we can’t say now what is going to happen in the coming weeks,” said Mr Rahman.Primark, meanwhile, has honoured all orders placed with suppliers. Its owner Associated British Foods said last week that Primark stores representing 57% of its selling space in Europe would close temporarily, with a loss for the period of closure of £375m.During the first wave of the pandemic, the major retailers either suspended or cancelled work orders in Bangladesh worth $3.18bn. Many factories stopped production and thousands of garment workers lost their jobs. In April, only $520m-worth of apparel was exported, a record decline.But many factories failed to reopen in the absence of work orders, while many big factories are running production at less than their capacity. And, due to the disruption, Bangladesh lost its second place global ranking as a global apparel supplier to Vietnam.The government of Bangladesh offered a Tk50bn ($589m) pandemic recovery package for export-oriented industry to provide wages to workers for three months. Later, another Tk15bn package was announced for jobless workers in the apparel, leather and footwear industry. Amid the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and new lockdowns, major western buyers are again suspending Bangladesh apparel orders, threatening factory operations.Retailers which have suspended orders include H&M, C&A, Aldi and Inditex, according to exporters.“Some buyers have held existing orders, while some have delayed placing new ones,” said chairman of Evince Group Anwar-ul Alam Chowdhury.He said western buyers had been initially confident that clothes sales would improve by Christmas.center_img By Bangladesh correspondent 10/11/2020last_img read more