Five school students were killed and five others were grievously injured when a truck mowed them down on National Highway-16 in Odisha’s Bhadrak district on Thursday. The identity of the students could not be ascertained immediately.The students were returning from Ranital High School after school hours and riding along the NH-16 when the truck hit them from behind, throwing them from far off from their bicycles. Five students died on the spot while injured were rushed to Bhadrak district headquarters hospital.Angry locals immediately set the truck on fire as the driver and helper managed to flee the spot. “Students were returning on their bicycles when the truck hit them 4.15 pm. The circumstances that led to the accident would be clear after a probe,” said Bhadrak Superintendent of Police B. Gangadhar.Conveying deep condolence to the bereaved families, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced an exgratia of Rs. 2 lakh each to the next of the kin of the deceased. The injured students will be given treatment free of cost.
Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Huddersfield, which hasn’t beaten Liverpool since 1959, is only a point above the relegation zone.Liverpool bounces back with 3-0 win at HuddersfieldHUDDERSFIELD, England (AP) — Liverpool bounced back from two straight losses with a 3-0 win at Huddersfield that cemented the team’s place in the top four of the Premier League on Tuesday.Emre Can opened the scoring with a fiercely-struck shot on the bounce from outside the area and Roberto Firmino doubled the lead on the stroke of halftime, squeezing in a finish from an acute angle.Mohamed Salah grabbed the third from the penalty spot after Can was fouled, as Liverpool recovered from losses to Swansea in the league and West Bromwich Albion in the fourth round of the FA Cup.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next Mohamed Salah grabbed the third from the penalty spot after Can was fouled, as Liverpool recovered from losses to Swansea in the league and West Bromwich Albion in the fourth round of the FA Cup.“It was important for us after the last two results and performances that we weren’t happy with,” Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCan, who also won the penalty, produced an impressive performance amid continued speculation linking him with a move to Juventus, though Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp said he was not bothered by the uncertainty over the midfielder’s future.“What is the problem, as long as he plays like this?” Klopp said. “As long as people behave like Emre now behaves and delivers and then, if, in the end, we have to do it, we shake hands and say goodbye. And if he stays, we say hello again.” Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah scores his side’s third goal of the game from the penalty spot during their English Premier League soccer match against Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield, England, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)HUDDERSFIELD, England — Liverpool bounced back from two straight losses with a 3-0 win at Huddersfield that cemented the team’s place in the top four of the Premier League on Tuesday.Emre Can opened the scoring with a fiercely-struck shot on the bounce from outside the area and Roberto Firmino doubled the lead on the stroke of halftime, squeezing in a finish from an acute angle.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “It was important for us after the last two results and performances that we weren’t happy with,” Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said.Can, who also won the penalty, produced an impressive performance amid continued speculation linking him with a move to Juventus, though Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp said he was not bothered by the uncertainty over the midfielder’s future.“What is the problem, as long as he plays like this?” Klopp said. “As long as people behave like Emre now behaves and delivers and then, if, in the end, we have to do it, we shake hands and say goodbye. And if he stays, we say hello again.”Huddersfield, which hasn’t beaten Liverpool since 1959, is only a point above the relegation zone. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Wizards All-Star guard John Wall to have left knee surgery View comments
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany called out Englands’ World Cup stars Phil Foden and Joel Latibeaudiere after their remarkable comeback victory over Spain to lift the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Kolkata.England overturned a 2-0 lead to win the match 5-2 after an incredible display in the second half display led by City’s Phil Foden and Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi.Foden along with Odoi terrorised the Spain defence from both the flanks which led to a flurry of attacks and four second half goals for England — two of which was from the former itself. While Foden was the star in attack, England captain Latibeaudiere made sure there were no slip ups after they fell two behind thanks to Sergio Gomez’s brace.#FIFAU17WC player of the tournament: @PhilFoden ??? pic.twitter.com/cyNtkTquSF- England (@England) October 28, 2017The duo’s incredible display led to City captain Kompany calling the duo back home early as they will fly off to Naples to face Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday.”Well done City and well done young England on becoming World Champions. Joel and Phil get yourselves home, we’ve got a game on Wednesday,” said Kompany in a tweet.Well done City and well done young England on becoming World Champions. Joel and Phil get yourselves home, weve got a game on Wednesday!- Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) October 28, 2017He also didnt’ forget to congratulate the Citizens, who earned a hard fought 3-2 victory at the Hawthorns against West Brom to maintain their five-point advantage at the top of the Premier League.advertisementThis victory of England gave them their third major trophy of the year. Earlier, they won the U-20 World Cup and the U-19 Euros.AP PhotoWhile the duo might not get their first-team professional debuts on Wednesday, Kompany’s tweet shows that they are under the watchful eyes of their captain and the club is keeping a tab of their performances.Foden has already made his debut for City in the United States during their pre-season tour while Latibeaudiere is a good performer for their U-19 side.The former’s tremendous performance also earned him praise from his club manager.”He loves to be at City — we will do everything to help him. He is our player and he will be our player for the next year I hope,” said Pep Guardiola to the Metro.co.uk.The Spaniard also added that his contract runs till 2020 and he is going to be the future of English football.”He’s so important for English football. These guys will grow. I’m pleased that England won the title,” said the Manchester City manager.Foden’s brilliance also prompted French full-back Benjamin Mendy to make the 17-year-old go through a drug test.Phil @PhilFoden drug test needed after that game ???? how good is my bro !!! ?? #Shark- Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) October 28, 2017
Pavlos Kontides made an impressive start on the second day of the sailing competition at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday, winning the first race of the day in the laser class.The result more than made up for his terrible performance in Monday’s second race when he finished 31st.Tuesday’s second race saw the Limassol born sailor finish 14th taking him to fifth place in the overall standings after four races. He now stands 22 penalty points behind Argentinian Julio Alsogaray with 7 penalty points, Croatian Tonci Stipanovic, 13, New Zealander Sam Meech, 14 and Australian Tom Burton 20.His performance raised hopes of him winning an Olympic medal as he did four years ago in London with a silver, making him the first ever Cypriot to do so.Windsurfer Andreas Cariolou moved up the overall standings to tenth place from Monday’s 15th after finishing 23rd in the fourth race, 10th in the fifth and sixth in the sixth.It is the fourth time Cariolou has represented Cyprus at the Olympics having accomplished thirteenth-place finishes at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, and at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, but failing to qualify into the medal race.At the London Olympics, he improved further in the men’s event, but suffered a disastrous performance in his sixth race, which affected his position in the overall rankings, ultimately finishing up in seventeenth place. Source: Cyprus-mail.comTweetPinShare0 Shares
The Best Podcasts to Listen to at Work Bachelor Pad Tech: 11 Products you Need for a Smart Home Editors’ Recommendations The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men When It’s Time to Move, Here’s How to Sell Your House For some people, a basic home theater setup just won’t cut it. If you’re looking for utter home theater domination, you may want to check out the new flagship receiver from the folks at Denon, a $3,000 piece of home theater awesomeness known as the AVR-X7200W. Offering hi-res audio streaming, 9 channels of potent sound, and compatibility with the magical new Dolby Atmos surround sound technology as a warm-up, the X7200W dares you to find a more capable commander for your home theater system.Related: Martin Logan’s new electrostat will blow your mind and your bank accountThe X7200W is certainly no small investment, but for its hefty price tag, demanding users will get a veritable cornucopia of options. The system is capable of delivering 150 watts of sound through its proprietary high current transisters, which can be spread out to a traditional 9.1 or 9.2 channel surround setup. But what’s the fun in that? In order to bring home the kind of sonic immersion you get from a trip to the theater at home, the X7200W goes deeper.Perhaps the biggest draw of the unit is its compatibility with the new Dolby Atmos technology, which is a new surround configuration that allows for specially designed Atmos speakers to be installed in the ceiling, or to fire sound at the ceiling from the top of proprietary speakers to create a visceral, incredibly seamless surround sound effect. The unit’s multiple Atmos configurations include 5.1.2 (with the “.2” indicating dual Atmos channels) 5.1.4, or 7.1.2. Add in a dual channel amplifer, and the receiver pushes 7.1.4, or 9.1.2 Atmos configurations.In addition to Dolby Atmos, the X7200W includes Auro-3D technology, which uses extra speakers similar to the new Atmos setup for a 9.1 channel configuration that employs the so called “Voice of God” effect, or up to 10.1 channels, again with the deployment of an extra amplifier. Got speakers? The unit also offers 13.2 channel pre-outs to drive an even larger surround sound setup, though that also requires an additional amplifier.Bluetooth streaming, and dual-antenna Wi-Fi with both Airplay and DLNA support allow for a multitude of wireless streaming options, including multiple high resolution file formats, as well as native support for Spotify Connect, and other Internet radio stations. Other features include all the top specs for 4K passthrough at the highest resolution to feed your new 4K UHD TV, as well as HD and SD upscaling, D0lby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master audio decoding, and much more.Denon’s new answer to your home theater’s every need is slated for release in January 2015.Content in this article originally appeared on our Brother site, Digital Trends. The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now
NEW YORK, N.Y. – CBS News has appointed Mosheh Oinounou (WAH-noo-noo) as the top behind-the-scenes executive at the “CBS Evening News,” where Jeff Glor recently took over as the anchor.Oinounou replaces Steve Capus as the show’s executive producer. CBS News President David Rhodes said Capus, a former NBC News president who has been the show’s executive producer for the past four years, will be staying at CBS in a role yet to be defined.CBS says Oinounou will be looking for digital extensions to the nightly newscast. He was part of the leadership team for the CBSN streaming service.The “CBS Evening News” generally draws about 7 million viewers a night, placing it third in the ratings to newscasts at ABC and NBC.
Rabat – Soumia Benkhaldoun, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Executive Training, said that 240,000 students will benefit from a Government-sponsored medical coverage that is due to take effect starting the next academic year (2015-2016).In an interview with Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), the Minister pointed out that 240,000 university students out of 900,000 will benefit from the compulsory medical coverage which will be entirely financed by the government.The new procedure will cost 120 million Dirhams from the state budget, the Minister said. Benkhaldoun added that work is underway to come with a list of students who are eligible to benefit from the medical coverage, saying that this category will have special cards that will allow them to benefit from the medical coverage.First, only university students will benefit from the medical coverage then later it will include students from institutions of higher education and students from vocational training institutions.The operation will be managed by the Caisse Nationale Des Organismes de Prévoyance Sociale (CNOPS) and it is due to take effect starting the next academic year (2015-2016).
Martin Roxas, a 32-year-old radio broadcaster and programme director of dyKR-Radio Mindanao Network (RMN), was murdered on 7 August.He had just finished his show, Targetanay sa Ugto (“Targeting at Noon”), and was on his way home when he was shot by a gunman on a motorcycle. “The perpetrators of such crimes are undermining the fundamental human right of freedom of expression, which is a cornerstone of democracy,” said UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. “I trust the Philippines authorities will spare no effort in tracking the murderers of Mr. Roxas and bringing them to trial,” he added.According to the Manila-based Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), Mr. Roxas – who had been investigating irregularity in local government – was the fourth journalist killed this year in the country. 19 August 2008The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending freedom of expression and press freedom has condemned the murder of a radio broadcaster who was shot dead on his way home in Roxas City, in the Philippines.
He claimed that the new political culture introduced by the Government has resulted in opposition voices in Parliament being silenced. (Colombo Gazette) The National Freedom Front (NFF), a coalition partner of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), today raised concerns over the state of National security.NFF spokesman Mohammed Muzammil claimed that the appointment of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan as the opposition leader, removing the Omanthai security post and releasing of several former LTTE cadres was a threat to National security. He also accused President Maithripala Sirisena of giving key posts in Parliament to those who supported him at the last Presidential election. Muzammil said that Sirisena had supported Ranil Wickremesinghe to be Prime Minister, Sampanthan to be opposition leader and JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake to be chief opposition whip since they had supported him during the “silent revolution” in January.
Avant Garde chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi was arrested today by the commission to investigate allegations of bribery or corruption.He was produced before a Magistrate and granted bail.
FILE – In this Jan. 23, 2015 file photo, airplane contrails are reflected in a building as they cross the early morning sky above Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington. The United Nations’ aviation arm has ratified an agreement to control global warming emissions from international airline flights. It is the first climate-change pact to set limits on a single, global industry. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) UN agency agrees to establish world’s first aviation climate deal by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 6, 2016 3:25 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 6, 2016 at 4:06 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – The world’s first climate deal aimed at reducing global greenhouse gas emissions from international air travel was overwhelmingly approved Thursday by a United Nations aviation agency.Delegates to the International Civil Aviation Organization general assembly in Montreal approved the creation of a new global market-based measure to control carbon dioxide emissions from international aviation. Its aim is for aviation to become carbon neutral after 2020 and to halve net emissions by 2050 compared to 2005.Some 64 of ICAO’s 191 member countries, including Canada, China and the United States, agreed to voluntarily participate in the program between 2021 and 2026 until it becomes mandatory, with exemptions for small, undeveloped countries with little international aviation.Transport Minister Marc Garneau welcomed the deal, saying Canada played a leadership role, working for months behind the scenes to bring as many countries on board as possible.“This is an historic agreement,” Garneau told reporters in Ottawa. “It sets the scene for further improvements with respect to all other emissions that were agreed to at the Paris conference.”Countries accounting for 84 per cent of international airline traffic will participate in the voluntary system, said ICAO. Garneau said he expects that will increase to more than 90 per cent as of 2027.Even though international flights will continue to increase, they will be carbon neutral by offsetting their additional emissions, Garneau added.ICAO Secretary-General Fang Liu told the general assembly that the program is a “balanced, pragmatic and very positive development.”“It will serve as an important new tool to complement the emissions reduction progress already being achieved in air transport,” she said, referring to improved aircraft technology, operational measures at airports and expanded use of sustainable alternative fuels.Aviation accounts for two per cent of harmful greenhouse gas carbon emissions. However, pressure is mounting, with the amount of travel by air forecasted to double by 2030 with more than six-billion passengers.International aviation was excluded from the Paris climate change agreement reached last year by nearly 200 countries, including Canada.Heading into last week’s start of the ICAO general assembly, several large developing countries, including India, Russia, Brazil and China voiced concerns.Carbon offsets are expected to cost the airline industry between about US$9 billion and US$25 billion a year by 2035, largely depending on the cost of carbon. In the worst-case scenario, the costs represent about one per cent of airline revenues. Airlines spent US$181 billion on fuel last year.Each airline will determine, based on its cost structure, how much of this will be passed on to passengers. But Garneau said ticket prices could rise by up to 1.5 per cent.The association representing international airlines said years of effort has resulted in an effective solution for airlines to manage their carbon footprint.“This agreement ensures that the aviation industry’s economic and social contributions are matched with cutting-edge efforts on sustainability,” said Alexandre de Juniac, director general of the International Air Transport Association.A last minute change to the aviation emissions agreement stripped out language that would have aligned the agreement with the goal of keeping global warming below a two degree rise.“This deal was the world’s first opportunity to test whether the new Paris Agreement would change the way we do business and rally the world toward its new goals. Yet just hours after celebrating the Paris Agreement’s early entry into force, countries at ICAO are sending mixed signals about their ambition to reduce emissions by weakening the link between the aviation mechanism and the long-term goals set in Paris,” said Lou Leonard, the World Wildlife fund’s senior vice-president for climate and energy.— with files from The Associated PressFollow @RossMarowits on Twitter.
Source: Zara King/Twitter WE’VE HEARD IT all now.Gerry Adams singing Garth Brooks. GERRY ADAMS SINGING GARTH BROOKS. Finally, someone is illustrating Gerry Adams’ tweets>‘It’s a privilege’: Adams told there’ll be no changes to how the Dáil regulates the Dáil bar> Source: DailyEdge.ie/SoundCloudCan’t play the clip? Try here.Adams sang the few lines to Newstalk 106-108 journalist Zara King earlier today. She’s the brave soldier helping him out with the lyrics. Just been serenaded by @GerryAdamsSF who’s sang #GarthBrooks If tomorrow never comes. #randomtweet— Zara King (@ZaraKing) July 5, 2014
Grotte de Lascaux : une visite officielle mal perçuePérigord, France – À l’occasion des 70 ans écoulés depuis sa découverte, la grotte de Lascaux a reçu dimanche 12 septembre la visite du président de la République, de son épouse et du ministre de la Culture. Un geste qui ne rassure pas forcément les spécialistes, inquiets de la lente détérioration du site par un champignon.Évoquant “la fraîcheur, la grâce, le charme, le mystère qui émanent de ce sanctuaire”, Nicolas Sarkozy ne s’est pas ému des pancartes brandies par quelques citoyens au sortir de sa visite de la véritable grotte de Lascaux (Dordogne). Celle-ci, découverte fortuitement par des adolescents en 1940, est en effet fermée au public depuis 1963 pour éviter la propagation des algues vertes qui commençaient alors à en contaminer les parois. Les manifestants présents sur le site évoquaient ainsi un “privilège”. À lire aussiL’Homme préhistorique aurait-il inventé le dessin animé ?Malgré cette (presque) absence de visiteurs, qui doivent se contenter de la reproduction Lascaux II installée en 1983, le site original souffre depuis l’an 2000 de la présence d’un nouveau parasite – un champignon – qui tache de blanc et de noir les précieuses peintures rupestres, créées il y a 17 à 18.000 ans par l’homme de Cro-Magnon. Laurence Léauté-Beasley, directrice du comité international pour la préservation de Lascaux à Oakland (Californie, États-Unis), précise que la cause du mal reste inconnue. Elle déplore que les “sauveteurs” de la grotte, lors de la première contamination de 1963, ne soient pas consultés par le conseil scientifique du site, pourtant inscrit au patrimoine mondial de l’Humanité par l’Unesco. Le 13 septembre 2010 à 12:51 • Emmanuel Perrin
Néandertal a t-il disparu à cause de son incapacité à chasser le lapin ?Selon certains scientifiques, la disparition des Hommes de Néandertal pourrait notamment être imputée à leur incapacité à chasser le petit gibier, tel que le lapin. La disparition de nos lointains cousins les hommes de Néandertal fait l’objet d’un vif débat parmi les scientifiques qui peinent encore à en définir la cause exacte. D’après eux, plusieurs facteurs auraient pu précipiter ces hommes vers leur fin, mais des chercheurs viennent d’identifier un coupable plutôt inattendu : le lapin !En effet, John Fa et son équipe du Durrel Wildlife Conservation Trust à Jersey, ont fouillé trois sites archéologiques du sud de la France et d’Espagne. C’est ainsi qu’ils ont découvert que jusqu’à il y a 30.000 ans, les Hommes de Néandertal et les Hommes de Cro-Magnon se nourrissaient de gros gibiers, comme en attestent les restes de cerfs qu’ils ont retrouvés. Ils ont également constaté que par la suite, pour une raison inconnue, les petits gibiers comme le lapin sont devenus plus fréquents que les gros.Sachant que les Hommes de Néandertal ont disparu il y a environ 25 000 ans, les scientifiques ont alors fait le lien. Selon John Fa, ceux-ci n’auraient pas été capables d’attraper de petits animaux. Peinant à se nourrir, ils auraient donc fini par s’éteindre. Les Hommes de Cro-Magnon, eux, se seraient mieux adaptés en réussissant à piéger les animaux à l’aide du feu ou de chiens, explique le New Scientist. Une hypothèse qui reste à confirmer À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Néanmoins, il faudra attendre de nouvelles résultats pour confirmer ou non cette hypothèse. D’après les chercheurs, analyser les isotopes des os des hommes préhistoriques pourrait permettrait d’en apprendre plus sur leur alimentation et donc de savoir s’ils arrivaient à se nourrir de petites gibiers. En attendant, cette hypothèse s’ajoute aux nombreuses autres qui ont déjà été étudiées pour expliquer la disparition des Néandertaliens parmi lesquelles un changement climatique ou une “guerre” contre nos ancêtres. Reste que l’hypothèse de John Fa est loin de convaincre tout le monde et notamment pas Bruce Hardy, du Kenyon College de Gambier dans l’Ohio. Selon lui, Fa a poussé l’interprétation un peu trop loin : les humains ont peut-être mangé plus de lapins que Néandertal mais comme il le souligne, il n’a jamais été dit que ces derniers ne mangeaient que de la viande. Etant omnivore, Néandertal aurait donc pu se nourrir d’autres aliments en absence de gibier. Le 7 mars 2013 à 11:25 • Maxime Lambert
Luxury events for Chicago’s leading travel and media professionals hosted by #TeamTCI Turks and Caicos invited to the World Gourmet Summit in Singapore Related Items:star awards, TCHTA Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Feb 2016 – What a time was had by the hotel and tourism ambassadors of the country during the 8th Annual Star awards last night held at the Tropicanna Show and Supper Club. There were 18 winners from the various resorts and allied members of the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association who staged the event where scores of nominees were fielded. Winners included Villa Del Mar as Hotel of the Year; Housekeeper of the Year & Fan Favorite, from Beaches Resort – Elliot Talbot; Junior Bishop also from Beaches won Bartender of the Year; Grace Bay Club’s, Godfrey Williams earned Ambassador of the Year; Edwin Gallardo of Seven at Seven Stars is Chef of the Year; Tiersa Hall (say of the Hartling Group got Shining Star; it was a tie for Restaurant of the Year – Hemingways at the Sands and Lotus of Parrot Cay and Entertainer of the Year winner was named as Barbara Johnson. Stephen Wilson, QC at Graham Thompson and Co co-hosted with Magnetic Media’s Deandrea Hamilton, where sponsors included KPMG who processed winners, Gilley’s Enterprises, RBC Royal Bank, the Do it Center, LIME, Kishco/Kostco, FedEx, FortisTCI, ScotiaBank and InterCaribbean Airways who gave round trip vacations in the raffle including hotel to the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and British Virgin Islands. More winners, more highlights, more sponsors of the Star Awards next time. TCI: Hard work happens each day, says new President of TC Hotel and Tourism Association; Strategic Action Plan unveiled
On the announcement that the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) will require by January 2006, the labeling of trans fat content in packaged foods, the American Soybean Association (ASA), a trade group representing 26,000 U.S. soybean farmers, is advising consumers and food companies not to substitute saturated fats for trans fats, which are produced when vegetable oil is partially hydrogenated.”Our biggest concern is that oils higher in saturated fat may be substituted by some companies who wish to remove trans fat content from their products,” said ASA President Dwain Ford, a soybean producer from Kinmundy, Ill. “However, it is important to remember that trans fats are a small part of the diet compared to saturated fats, so consumers would not be well served if saturated fats replaced limited trans fats. Additionally, if companies want to totally avoid trans fats, there are alternative processing methods available.”Soybean oil is the world’s leading vegetable oil and represents more than 80 percent of all the edible oil consumed in the United States. Soy oil and soyfoods in and of themselves do not contain any trans fats. Vegetable oils are hydrogenated in order to make them more solid and useful for certain food industry applications such as frying and baking. Trans fats also occur naturally in meat and dairy products, accounting for about one-fifth of the trans fat in our diets.Instead of partially hydrogenating soy oil, food companies may be able to meet some of their specific needs by using a process called interesterification that rearranges the oil’s fat molecules without adding hydrogen molecules, producing a product with few trans fatty acids. These alternative ways to process soy oil may slightly increase the cost of the finished product, but soy oil is relatively inexpensive and produces a healthy product that’s low in saturated fat.”Limiting fat intake is one element of a healthy diet,” said Professor Barbara Klein, Director of the Illinois Center for Soy Foods at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. “It’s important to understand that trans fats are a very small part of the diet compared to saturated fats. Trans fats contribute about 2 to 3 percent of total calories. This is relatively small when compared with saturated fat, which represents 12 percent of total calories.”Hydrogenated vegetable oils were first introduced into processed foods and food service applications to meet the American public’s demand to replace the saturated fat found in lard, beef tallow, and tropical oils like those made from palm and coconut oils.While oil that is hydrogenated will contain trans fat, liquid, non-hydrogenated soybean oil, such as that used for salad dressing and mayonnaise, does not contain any trans fat. Soybean oil also offers one of the few non-fish sources rich in omega-3 fatty acids essential for various body functions.”Hydrogenated oils contribute desirable characteristics in foods without providing dietary cholesterol or high levels of saturated fat, which we know are harmful for the heart,” said Professor Klein. “Consumers are encouraged to limit their intake of both saturated and trans fats as part of a healthy diet.””Research funded by the soybean producer checkoff is developing new varieties of soybeans with improved functional and nutritional benefits,” Ford said. “Two such varieties are already being grown in the United States.”One of these new varieties is a soybean that is even lower in saturated fat than traditional soybeans. With just one gram of saturated fat per 14-gram serving, zero saturated fat product label levels can be reached in formulations for salad oil blends, sauces, salad dressings and other applications.The other relatively new soybean variety is called low linolenic. These soybeans produce oil that has half the linolenic acid level of commodity soybean oil, thus reducing the need for hydrogenation. In some instances, low linolenic soybean oil can be used to replace hydrogenated oils completely.These new soybean varieties are now being grown in limited quantities, however, production is expected to increase in the next four to five years as genetics continue to improve crop yields.”Now that trans fat content will be listed on food packaging, it’s even more important for consumers to remember that healthy eating is about reducing total fat, eating lots of fruits and vegetables, and eating heart-healthy products,” Professor Klein said.In November 1998, FDA approved a petition to allow health claim labels on products containing soybean protein stating that soy protein in a healthy diet reduces serum cholesterol and may reduce the chance of heart disease.
HONOLULU — An Oregon tourist who vanished on Oahu has been found dead.The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s office has identified the body of a woman found along the Waianae coastline on Monday as Ivanice “Ivy” Harris.Her body was found on the west side of Oahu.Hawaii NewsNow reports that the medical examiner says the cause and manner of death are pending further investigation.Honolulu police said last weekend that Harris was last seen Thursday talking to a man outside a bar in Waikiki.She traveled to Hawaii from Portland with friends to celebrate her 29th birthday, which was Saturday.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. — A woman who was critically wounded in last week’s Santa Monica shooting rampage died Sunday, bringing the total number of victims killed by the gunman to five.Marcela Franco, 26, died of her injuries at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, according to Santa Monica College spokeswoman Tricia Ramos.Franco had been a passenger in a Ford Explorer driven by her father, campus groundskeeper Carlos Navarro Franco, 68, who also was killed in Friday’s attack.Investigators trying to determine why the gunman planned the shooting spree were focusing on a deadly act of domestic violence that touched off the mayhem.The heavily armed man’s attack against his own family at their home led to the violence in Santa Monica streets, lasting just a matter of minutes until he was shot to death in a chaotic scene at the college library by police.Investigators were looking at family connections to find a motive because the killer’s father and brother were the first victims, an official briefed on the probe who requested anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly told The Associated Press.
Members of 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, Alaska Army National Guard, conduct hoist training near Knik and Colony Glaciers. (Photo by Capt. Amy B. Slinker, Alaska Army National Guard / Flickr)The Alaska National Guard is trying to recruit more Alaska Native soldiers.Listen nowColonel Wayne Don was in Kodiak last week along with other members of the National Guard in order to reach out to locals.The National Guard says it already has an armory and 17 soldiers in Kodiak, but they’re working towards a number of Alaska Native participants that are more representative of the state population.Don says about 8 and a half percent of the entire Army Guard and 3 to 4 percent in the Air Guard is Alaska Native.“Over a period of time, since the end of the Cold War, the participation of Alaska Natives has diminished and, with that, a lot of the able-bodied young men who would otherwise provide assistance during local emergencies and state emergencies,” Don said. “So, we lack a presence out in some of our communities there.”Don says the Rural Guard Initiative, which they established a few years ago, is focused on bringing in Alaska Native soldiers, especially to the Army Guard.“As is going on in the rest of the country, there are entrance barriers for a lot of young men and women in terms of medical and academic or entrance scores, and so with our initiative, we’re able to waive some of those initial entry requirements to increase the number of participants,” Don said.Don says, ideally, they’d like soldiers stationed in every community, but they just don’t have enough qualified people to serve yet. He says they hope to build to at least 50 members in these first few years.