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Throne Speech Outlines Progressive Plan for a Stronger Nova Scotia

first_imgGovernment outlined a progressive plan for a stronger Nova Scotia today, Oct. 13, during the opening of the Third Session of the 62nd General Assembly of the Nova Scotia Legislature. Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant opened the session with the Speech from the Throne, which highlighted government progress, and outlined several new measures it will enact in the future. “Our goal is to advance our progressive plan so we can work together with Nova Scotians to make our province stronger,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “We are investing to help those who need it the most, working with businesses to create opportunities for youth, expanding programs that help seniors, and investing in education.” Government increased its investment in child care by $6.6 million. This investment will be used for things such as increasing the parent subsidy. “Investing in child care is a decision driven by the values of this government and the values of Nova Scotians,” said Premier McNeil. “It levels the playing field, supports Nova Scotian families, and it gives our children a fair start.” The province increased supports for seniors so they can stay in their homes longer. An additional 450 seniors get access to the Seniors Citizens Assistance Program every year and government increased the amount it spends on home care by $59.1 million. “Because of investments by government, more seniors can make needed repairs so they can stay in their family homes longer,” said Premier McNeil. “Our increased spending on home care and work with our partners helped us slash home-care wait lists across the province.” The Youth Employment Strategy helped more than 2,000 young Nova Scotians last year and the Graduate to Opportunity program helps Nova Scotian small businesses hire recent graduates. “Government is helping create thousands of opportunities for young Nova Scotians every year,” said Premier McNeil. “We are funding programs to help them get their first job. We are increasing the amount we invest in co-op education. And we are investing in skills and job training while modernizing our province’s apprenticeship system.” Government plans to increase its education investment by $65 million. “We are investing in education because that’s how we ensure our children have a stronger future,” said Premier McNeil. “Our approach to education means more teachers, smaller classes, and a greater focus on math and literacy skills.” Premier McNeil said government is staying with its plan. “We came to office and enacted our plan for a stronger Nova Scotia,” said Premier McNeil. “It provides improved supports to those who need them the most. It invests in creating opportunities for youth. It supports our seniors. And it invests in education. “We are committed to that plan and every day we deliver on our commitments to Nova Scotians.” New items in the Speech from the Throne include: expanding the domestic violence court beyond the current pilot project in Sydney additional investments to further reduce wait lists for affordable housing expanding the Graduate to Opportunity program launching a down payment assistance program for first-time home buyers removing the General Education Diploma testing fee to help adult learners enabling departments to purchase from small- and medium-sized businesses that need early stage customers creating Research Nova Scotia to better align research, and leverage funds from federal and private partners increasing investments for specialists in classrooms such as speech language pathologists and school psychologists expand school breakfast programs with community partners to ensure no children go to school hungrylast_img read more

Guy Ouellette steps away from Quebec Liberals following arrest

first_imgQUEBEC – A longtime Liberal member of the Quebec legislature stepped away from the party on Thursday following his arrest by the province’s anti-corruption unit.Guy Ouellette, 65, was arrested in connection with an investigation by the unit, known as UPAC, into an important information leak to the media last April, a government source told The Canadian Press.In a statement, the Liberals said Ouellette would step aside temporarily pending the outcome of proceedings involving the province’s director of criminal and penal prosecutions.Ouellette, a former organized crime investigator turned politician, has represented the riding of Chomedey, north of Montreal, since 2007.The anti-corruption unit explained it executed six warrants in an investigation targeting breach of trust and obstruction of justice.The unit said officers made an arrest “to secure evidence and to prevent the offences from continuing or recurring.”UPAC said it wouldn’t identify anyone implicated because no charges have yet been filed.Radio-Canada reported that UPAC investigators tricked Ouellette into a meeting by sending him a text from the phone of a retired police officer.Sources told the network the investigators seized the officer’s phone as part of the probe into the information leaks and contacted Ouellette, using the pretext the officer was getting ready to reveal what he knew to a local newspaper.Premier Philippe Couillard cancelled events in northern Quebec on Thursday to be at the legislature for a special caucus meeting and to attend question period.Couillard said Ouellette was right to step aside, but said he didn’t have any further details for the gaggle of reporters outside the Liberal meeting room.The premier said he was in a hotel room in Chibougamau on Wednesday when a staffer informed him of news of the arrest, which was first reported by Montreal La Presse.While Couillard hadn’t spoken to Ouellette directly as of Thursday morning, Liberal caucus chair Filomena Rotiroti said she was shaken when Ouellette told her he was withdrawing from caucus.“Guy has always been a team player and while light is shed on the matter, he took a decision to step aside,” Rotiroti said, standing alongside Couillard.Couillard said the shock extends to all political parties but added that Ouellette’s departure won’t destabilize his government.“It surprises us, it saddens us, but it doesn’t deviate us from the plan,” Couillard said.Ouellette’s arrest is allegedly linked to a UPAC probe called Machurer, which looked into suspected illegal financing within the Liberal party under former leader Jean Charest.UPAC has been investigating leaks from within its own organization.A leak last April revealed UPAC had been investigating the comings and goings of ex-premier Charest and Liberal fundraiser Marc Bibeau up until 2016.A news organization published emails dating from 2011 between Bibeau, Jean-Louis Dufresne, the former chief of staff to Premier Philippe Couillard, and Hugo d’Amour, a spokesperson for Charest. The emails showed the men discussed a contract to repair a Montreal-area bridge.Ouellette came out publicly in April to denounce the major information leak, which proved embarrassing to the Liberals.He said at the time he was “disgusted by the situation, disgusted by all these leaks, disgusted by all these conflicts of interest.”Ouellette was head of the legislature committee that recently held hearings into the leaks.The reactions from Quebec politicians were mostly measured.“I don’t know if there was an arrest or just questioning,” said Parti Quebecois public security critic Pascal Berube.“I saw the images that show police officers entering Mr. Ouellette’s residence in Quebec City.“Until I know what he’s accused of, I don’t want to speculate any further. I don’t want to condemn a fellow member.”Quebec solidaire member Amir Khadir expressed support for Ouellette, who he described as a possible whistleblower.“Guy Ouellette must know this morning that he has my respect and my support,” Khadir said. “I have no reason to doubt his integrity, his honesty.”UPAC should be focusing less on “hunting sources” and more on bringing down those responsible for the alleged illegal Liberal fundraising, Khadir added.last_img read more

Meeting on UN disability treaty to focus on impact of conflicts and

31 August 2010The needs of persons with disabilities in situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies will be the focus of a meeting set to begin tomorrow in New York that will bring together State parties to the landmark United Nations disability convention. “Incidence of disability increases during conflicts and disasters. Conversely, disability increases vulnerability to emergency situations,” said Akiko Ito, Chief of the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and UN Focal Point on Disability, in advance of the event.“Persons with disabilities tend to face added disadvantages and difficulties in having their needs met during the time of crisis when faced with a shortage of resources,” she added.The three-day meeting will include a panel discussion, organized in collaboration with the International Disability Alliance, on the issue against the backdrop of a growing number of armed conflicts and the occurrence of natural disasters such as the recent earthquake in Haiti, and the floods in Pakistan.Participants will also discuss ways to ensure that persons with disabilities are fully integrated in the life of their communities and that their educational needs are adequately considered. This will be the third meeting of the States parties to the Convention, which entered into force in May 2008 and has so far been signed by 146 countries and ratified by 90.The treaty is the culmination of years of global efforts to ensure that the rights of the world’s estimated 650 million persons with disabilities are guaranteed and protected. It asserts the rights to education, health, work, adequate living conditions, freedom of movement, freedom from exploitation and equal recognition before the law for persons with disabilities.The meeting is also expected to renew and expand the membership – from 12 members to 18 – of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, tasked with reviewing periodic reports from States parties, raise concerns, if necessary, and make recommendations. In April the Committee urged the Chilean Government and the international community to include needs of persons with disabilities in the reconstruction plans of areas affected by the earthquake that struck the country in February.The 8.8-magnitude quake claimed the lives of more than 480 people and triggered a tsunami that devastated several coastal towns in south-central Chile. read more

Conflict prevention successful only if root causes are also addressed Annan

“There is no cause more central to the work of the United Nations, no mission whose success is more important to fulfilling the vision of our Charter,” the Secretary-General said, according to the prepared remarks of his address this evening to the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.Mr. Annan noted that the speech had originally been scheduled to take place last September 11, a date that, in a very real though indirect way, marked a failure of prevention. “There is a clear, if complicated, trail from the absence of engagement with Afghanistan in the 1990s to the creation of a terrorist haven there to the attacks on the World Trade Center,” he said. “Today – it is surely beyond question that ignoring or neglecting prevention is a recipe for disaster.”Since becoming Secretary-General, Mr. Annan pointed out, he has made great efforts to focus the attention of Member States on the importance of preventing armed conflict, calling for the UN to move “from a culture of reaction to a culture of prevention.”He noted various measures the UN has taken in that regard, including Security Council visits to areas of potential armed conflict, the increased use of UN confidence-building missions, and the development of UN regional prevention strategies that deal with the root causes of conflicts. However, whether these kinds of practices were implemented depended on the political will of countries and on having adequate resources “for the complex tasks prevention entails.”The Secretary-General also stressed that it was essential to understand that “draining the swamp” of terrorism required more than attacking its sources of funding and support; instead, it needed to address those grievances which terrorists find useful to exploit for their own ends.Cultivating a “real sense” of international community, long-term investment, and taking a comprehensive approach to political, developmental, humanitarian, human rights programmes, could all go a long way towards preventing deadly conflicts, Mr. Annan said.”Where massive and systematic political, economic and social inequalities are found, and where no legitimate means of addressing them exist, an environment is created in which peaceful solutions all too often lose out against extreme and violent alternatives,” he said. read more

Ban spotlights UN partnership with Islamic bloc to prevent and resolve conflicts

“I am encouraged that cooperation between our two organizations has significantly increased in the socio-economic and political fields, particularly in the area of conflict prevention and resolution,” Mr. Ban said in a message to the 12th session of the Islamic Summit Conference held in Cairo, Egypt.“The Organization of Islamic Cooperation and United Nations have an important responsibility to address people’s aspirations, particularly by promoting democratization, good governance, the rule of law, and human rights, as well as socio-economic progress.”Mr. Ban said the two organizations should work together to address the humanitarian crises in Syria and Mali, and ensure all parties avoid any further militarization and engage in a political process. Working to advance the Middle East peace process through negotiations should also be a priority, he added.In his message, Mr. Ban thanked OIC members for their contributions to addressing long-standing issues in Afghanistan, where both organizations are working on peace and reconciliation efforts; Sudan and South Sudan, where both governments have taken positive steps to resolve their issues; and Somalia, where the OIC played an integral role in supporting citizens to complete the eight-year transition period.Mr. Ban noted that there is still much to be done to combat terrorism and called for intensified efforts to build States’ institutional capacities to effectively deal with this menace.“I share your concerns with rising intolerance and discrimination such as Islamophobia. Unfortunately, we have witnessed a rapid escalation of incidents, many of a brutal nature, involving people and communities from all religions,” he said, adding that later this month, world leaders will have a chance to address this issue at the Fifth Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations in Vienna, aimed at countering hatred and uniting people of different faiths and cultures. Mr. Ban also welcomed the commitment of OIC members to achieve sustainable development and deal with challenges on the social, economic and environmental fronts, and the impacts of climate change. “I encourage all of you to contribute your energy and ideas as we work to accelerate efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals and forge the post-2015 development agenda. Let us pledge together to do our utmost to achieve a sustainable future – and build the world we want.” The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015. read more

Multiple sclerosis New stem cell transplantation may freeze disease progression

first_imgPatients were given a drug which encourages stem cells to move from the bone marrow into the bloodstream, where they were removed from the body.High-dose chemotherapy was then administered to kill all immune cells, before the patient’s own stem cells were put back into the body to “reset” the immune system.Nearly three in four (73 per cent) patients with relapsing MS – where the disease flares up before symptoms improve – found their symptoms did not worsen for five years after having AHSCT, compared with one in three patients with progressive MS, the more severe variant of the disease. We previously knew this treatment reboots or resets the immune system but we didn’t know how long the benefits lastedDr Paolo Muraro, Imperial College London The disease is caused by the immune system malfunctioning and mistakenly attacking nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.It leads to problems with movement, vision, balance and speech.The treatment, autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AHSCT), was given to patients with advanced forms of the disease who had failed to respond to other medications.A similar approach has been trialed on people with certain forms of cancer, with encouraging early results.Dr Paolo Muraro, the new study’s lead author, said: “We previously knew this treatment reboots or resets the immune system but we didn’t know how long the benefits lasted.”In this study, which is the largest long-term follow-up study of this procedure, we’ve shown we can ‘freeze’ a patient’s disease – and stop it from becoming worse, for up to five years.”The researchers noted, however, that the nature of the treatment, which involves aggressive chemotherapy, carried “significant risks”.The chemotherapy deactivates the immune system for a short period of time, which can lead to greater risk of infection – of the 281 patients who received AHSCT, eight died in the 100 days after treatment.The treatment works by destroying the immune cells responsible for attacking the nervous system. A multiple sclerosis treatment which “resets” the immune system has been found to “freeze” progression of the disease in nearly half of patients, according to scientists.A study led by Imperial College London found that 46 per cent of patients who underwent the treatment did not suffer a worsening of their condition for five years.The treatment could give hope to the estimated 100,000 people in the UK who are affected by multiple sclerosis (MS), for which there is currently no cure. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Residents told not to ring 999 unless urgent after owl flies into

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Neighbouring forces also helped field calls. The problem was rectified around 13 hours later at around 4.15pm. A spokesman said: “We’re pleased to confirm that all systems are now back up and running and normal bank holiday service has been resumed.”We would once again like to thank everyone for their patience and support, whilst we worked to rectify matters and apologise for the inconvenience caused.” Engineers spent the Bank Holiday working to rectify the problem, which happened at 3.30am when the owl flew into a sub-station and took out most of the power at police HQ in Portishead.Becky Tipper, centre manager for communications at Avon and Somerset Police, told the BBC that staff were coming in on their day off to ensure calls could still get through.  We’ve got computer/phone problems. Genuine 999 calls only. Engineers working to Engineers working to rectify problems. Thanks for support.— Avon&Somerset Police (@ASPolice) August 28, 2017center_img We’re working to restore systems Power outage caused by owl flying into sub station Limited 999 service Thanks for your patience.— Avon&Somerset Police (@ASPolice) August 28, 2017 Residents Somerset were told not to ring the police unless it was “urgent” after an owl flew into power cables and broke the phone system. The force urged people to call 999 only if they had a genuine emergency on Monday after the bird caused serious problems for their computer and phone systems. They also told households to avoid using the non-urgent 101 service. last_img read more

A Kennewick boy had 2 brain injuries before age 3 His father

first_imgNicholas Torres was just 2 months old when he was treated in Spokane for a brain injury.The baby’s wounds healed and he eventually was given back to his parents.But 18 months later, he was back in the same hospital — with the same injuries.This time, Nicholas didn’t go home.Thursday, three years after the toddler died, Mario Torres took responsibility for the repeated abuse that killed his son.Torres, 35, was watching his son in December 2015 shortly before the boy became lethargic and somewhat unresponsive. He claimed the toddler accidentally hit his head on a bed frame.Nicholas died four days later.A medical examiner ruled it a homicide from ongoing abuse resulting in extensive brain trauma.Torres pleaded guilty in Benton County Superior Court to first-degree manslaughter, along with the aggravating circumstances of victim vulnerability and domestic violence.He’s already served nine months in the Yakima County jail for the earlier abuse after investigators re-opened the 2012 case after Nicholas died.The father also has served six months in the Benton County jail for encouraging an older son to “just make up lies” when investigators asked him what happened the day before Nicholas was hospitalized.Nicholas was living with his mother in a Kennewick apartment at the time.Now, Torres is facing a recommended 10-year prison sentence, though Judge Alex Ekstrom could order up to 13 years and two months. Sentencing is March 16.After Thursday’s hearing, Prosecutor Andy Miller and Deputy Prosecutor Emily Sullivan explained how “extremely difficult” it is to prove abusive head trauma cases.Typically, the person who causes the injury is with the child when they go into a seizure. But that didn’t happen in this case since hours passed before Nicholas was taken to the hospital to get checked, Miller said.last_img read more

San Diego City Council passes styrofoam and other polystyrene product ban 63

first_imgSan Diego City Council passes styrofoam and other polystyrene product ban 6-3 FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 2:37 PM KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council voted 6-3 Tuesday in favor of a controversial ban on the use of polystyrene foam within the city limits.The ordinance, authored by City Councilman Chris Ward, bans the use and distribution within city limits of products like egg cartons, food containers, coolers, ice chests, pool or beach toys, mooring buoys and navigation markers made fully or partially of polystyrene foam, otherwise known by the commercial Dow Chemical Co. designation, Styrofoam.“By passing this measure, the council supermajority has assured San Diego’s role as a national leader in pursuit of a safe, sustainable future and has made San Diego the largest city in California to ban Styrofoam,” Ward said. “The negative impacts of Styrofoam are permanent and threaten the health of San Diegans, wildlife, and industries critical to our region. The time has come for us to listen to community groups, nonprofits and businesses that have been advocating for this change for years and move away from Styrofoam and plastics in San Diego.”Small restaurant operators primarily opposed the ban, arguing that they cannot absorb the added cost of renewable alternatives like compostable paper. The San Diego Chapter of the California Restaurant Association said that small restaurants and food-service businesses could be forced to pay up to 145 percent more for products other than polystyrene.The ban’s proponents, such as environmental organizations like the 5 Gyres Institute and the Surfrider Foundation, argue that polystyrene’s environmental strain is not worth the convenience. Polystyrene products take hundreds of years to degrade and eventually break down into small particles called microplastics. Marine and terrestrial fauna often mistake polystyrene for food, as well.“We’ve found (polystyrene) alternatives to be comparable in quality and price, and in some cases, our costs have actually gone down,” said Mikey Knab, a board member of Business for Good San Diego and director of operations of Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant. “This ban levels the playing field for restaurants of all sizes, eliminating the opportunity for anyone to pass on the external cost of using Styrofoam that ends up in our oceans as micro-plastics to marine life and to future generations.”New council members Monica Montgomery, Vivian Moreno and Jen Campbell voted on the ban for the first time. During the 2018 mid-term campaign, all three said they support taking action against climate change. However, Montgomery and Moreno suggested the city needs to perform more outreach to restaurant owners who will face the brunt of the cost.The ban will take effect in 30 days. Restaurants with a gross annual income of fewer than $500,000 can also apply for a waiver of no more than two years. Posted: January 8, 2019 January 8, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics last_img read more

Must Have Hurricane Supplies

first_imgEggs Cazuela an easy to make on the grill breakfast dish courtesy of The Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami BeachCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Food SuppliesWater (one gallon per person per day for at least 3 days)CookiesCrackersSnacksCanned Meats and FishCanned Fruits and VegetablesCanned SoupsCanned PuddingsCanned, Powdered or Shelf-Pack MilkDried FruitsDrinksCerealCondimentsPeanut Butter and JellyInstant Coffee and TeaIce and Ice ChestPet FoodLooking for some hurricane friendly recipes ? Revisit some of these from Bite with Belkys:Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:36Loaded: 0.00%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:36 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMom’s Spaghetti Sauce from the former Director of the National Hurricane Center Dr. Richard Nabblast_img read more

Cardboard shampoo and conditioner bottles Do they survive in the shower

first_img 8 Photos Plastic packaging has long been the obvious choice for many liquid products you buy, such as juice, yogurt, body wash and lotion. Plastic is durable, inexpensive and — most importantly — doesn’t absorb liquids. After all, it’s not like you can use a cardboard bottle. Or could you?Hair and skincare company Seed Phytonutrients is rejecting plastic in favor of completely recyclable paper-based bottles, that won’t fall apart in your shower. I tested out a few of their products to see how well they withstand daily use and to better understand the future of sustainable packaging.To the Test is a series where we bring products into our everyday lives and share our experiences with them. 3 Share your voice The problem with personal care productsI’m ashamed of the ingredients list on my usual hair care products. I won’t name names, but the brand I’ve used since high school is inexpensive, easy to find and… full of parabens, sulfates and detergents. Some of these ingredients have been associated with skin irritation and endocrine disruption.Some cosmetic ingredients are also linked to toxicity in the environment, especially in aquatic habitats. Then, factor in the fact that most personal care products are often made of plastics that aren’t biodegradable or recyclable, and are a huge issue in our oceans. Seed addresses both of these issues — irritants to human health and toxicity to the environment — by using sunflower seed oil-based formulas packaged in their unconventional paper bottles. Watch this robot identify and sort recycled goods What is Seed Phytonutrients?Seed is a beauty and personal care startup with a focus on sustainable agriculture and product development. Leader Shane Wolf is a veteran beauty mogul whose roots are lodged in agriculture. Wolf grew up on a small farm in Kansas and now owns his own farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where he lives when he’s not in NYC. There, he rescues farm animals and grows organic flowers — how’s that for a founder who lives the mission of his company? Seed is actually an offshoot brand of beauty giant L’Oreal. Wolf put his sustainable company idea on the back burner for 13 years while he worked at L’Oreal until he and a few other L’Oreal execs made Seed a reality. Now, Seed operates as an independent venture funded by L’Oreal. The brand can do what it wants, but has access to experts in marketing, packaging and product development. Seed Phytonutrients uses 100 percent post-consumer paper and a thin plastic liner for its personal care product packaging Seed Phytonutrients Paper bottlesSeed operates on a slew of admirable values, such as promoting natural beauty and environmental sustainability. But the most intriguing thing about Seed is its cardboard packaging. When my products arrived in the mail, I thought, “No way will these last.” Seed partnered with the packaging company Ecologic based in Manteca, California. Together, Seed and Ecologic created the first paper-based shampoo bottles. Seed’s bottles are composed of post-consumer recycled paper on the outside, with a post-consumer plastic lining on the inside. The result is a bottle with 60 percent less plastic than an average shampoo bottle. Additionally, Seed partnered with TerraCycle to encourage customers to recycle their plastic pumps. You simply save the pumps from your bottles, request a prepaid recycling envelope and send your pumps off to TerraCycle.Another impressive value is Seed’s commitment to supporting independent American farmers. I love small business, and I shop locally whenever and wherever I can. Agriculture is a business like any other, so I was delighted to learn that Seed supports small organic farmers by funding their crops up front, regardless of what they produce, in an attempt to foster independent independent agriculture and organic crops.  How I used SeedSeed offers a handful of different shampoos, conditioners and leave-in hair products. Seed also offers a few facial cleansers and moisturizers, lip balm, body wash, body lotion and hand soaps. I used the moisture shampoo ($24), moisture conditioner ($24), superseed serum ($55) and lip balm ($12). I replaced my usual shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer and lip balm with these four Seed products for two weeks straight.I’d been using the same products for years on end, so I was nervous to outright switch them out without any sort of phasing or weaning. But, I figured the worst that could happen was a bad hair day, so I took the leap. seed-phytonutrients-2Seed Phytonutrients offers a wide range of shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers and other personal care products.  Seed Phytonutrients What I likedOverall, my experience with the products was pleasant. The aroma of all four products is earthy and soothing, and reminded me of the eucalyptus lotion I used to slather on during the hot summer months in the South to ward off mosquitoes.Seed’s packaging is its hallmark characteristic. Made of cardboard, I surely thought my bottles would droop and eventually break in the shower. I couldn’t have been more wrong. My Seed bottles were perfectly intact at the end of my two-week test, and I’m sure they’ll remain that way until I recycle them. The conditioner surprised me: My hair is fine and frizzy, and it tangles easily due to the corkscrew nature of my curls. I need a seriously heavy-duty conditioner to detangle my hair without pulling out chunks. Seed’s moisture conditioner did the trick, though I still employed my usual leave-in conditioner after my shower. The lip balm stole a spot on my favorites list — a hard place to come by, as I’m a lip balm junkie and have a drawer full of nearly 20 tubes. Seed’s lip balm is smooth and slightly watery compared to other brands, such as Chapstick and Burt’s Bees. What I didn’tOnly a few things about Seed threw me off, most of them minor. I was a bit put off by the lack of lather in the shampoo. Mid-wash during my first use, I wondered if I needed to add more, but then I remembered that sulfates, specifically the chemical sodium lauryl sulfate, are responsible for the lathering effect in most shampoos and soaps. So while I can’t say I enjoyed the lack of lather (bubbles just make everything feel cleaner), it’s something I could get used to for a product that would benefit my hair more in the long run.As for the Superseed Serum, I was a bit dismayed at the amount of product I needed to feel like I adequately coated my face. For such a small bottle, I thought a little would go a longer way. seed-phytonutrients-shane-wolfSeed Phytonutrients founder Shane Wolf was a L’Oreal executive before branching out with Seed, and L’Oreal now supports the sustainable brand.  Seed Phytonutrients What I learnedAfter testing out a few Seed products and researching sustainable beauty, I understand the level of difficulty present in independent and organic farming, as well as environmentally friendly product development. As much as I admire companies committed to sustainable beauty, I don’t think these kinds of products will ever fully replace what’s in my bathroom. I see myself mixing and matching environmentally friendly products with traditional products because, well, the traditional products work for me, despite questionable chemicals.  I occasionally ruminate about the ingredients in my supermarket-bought shampoo and conditioner, but the truth is, my personal care regimen is inexpensive and easy, and I don’t want to entirely give that up. Should you buy it?You should try Seed if:You admire and want to support sustainable companies and agricultureYou’re concerned about chemicals in your current personal care productsYou have the budget to spend more on personal careYou’re looking for a natural alternative to what you currently use I’m all for trying new things — you never know what you might love — but if none of the above apply to you, you’re probably OK to stick with what you have now. Just a heads up, you shouldn’t buy Seed if you’re allergic to sunflowers or sunflower seed oil, because sunflower seed oil is the base of all Seed formulas.  Tags Now playing: Watch this: 2:30 Comments Meet Daisy, Apple’s new iPhone recycling robot Personal carelast_img read more

UK calls for immediate release of Reuters journalists

first_imgReuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, are seen in a photo, released on 13 December 2017 by Myanmar ministry of information, after they were arrested. Photo: ReutersBritain called for the “immediate” release of two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar on Monday, saying the verdict had “undermined freedom of the media”.“We are extremely disappointed with this verdict and sentencing and we call for the journalists to be released immediately,” said a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May.Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, are accused of breaching Myanmar’s state secrets law while reporting on a massacre of Rohingya Muslims and were jailed for seven years, fuelling international outrage.Mark Field, Britain’s Minister for Asia and the Pacific, “said he was “extremely disappointed” by the verdict, calling it a “bad day” for Myanmar.“They provided valuable reporting on abhorrent human rights violations in Rakhine state, and I have consistently called for their immediate release, including directly with the Burmese government,” he said in a statement.“Journalists must be free to carry out their jobs without fear or intimidation,” he added.last_img read more

Scholarship Named For DC Del Eleanor Holmes Norton

first_imgEleanor Holmes Norton, the District’s delegate to the U.S. Congress, was honored with a scholarship and fundraising dinner bearing her name. (Courtesy photo)The D.C. Federation of Democratic Women announced that a scholarship and a fundraising dinner have been started in the name of the District of Columbia’s member of the U.S. Congress. “We have launched a scholarship in the name of Eleanor Holmes Norton in the fields of law, public policy and political science,” Hazel Thomas, the immediate past president of the federation, said at a reception held in Norton’s honor at the offices of the Reed Smith law firm in Northwest D.C. Thomas said the scholarship and the 2018 Eleanor Holmes Norton Legacy Luncheon are designed to have Black women in the political business achieve political power.“We have a lot of work to do,” Thomas said, referring to President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled congress.The federation was established in 1972 to help women become more politically involved in the District and to help them to run for political office as Democrats. It is a member of the National Federation of Democratic Women and several of its members and female politicians, such as Norton, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and then D.C. Council Chairman Linda Cropp, have been honored by the national body for their efforts in the District.Bowser, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) and D.C. Council members Anita Bonds (D-At Large) and Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) were among the 50 guests that attended on Sept. 20. Other notables included former D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt (D), former U.S. Labor Secretary Alexis Herman, former D.C. Council member Sandy Allen, Julianna Malveaux, former president of Bennett College for Women and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III.Norton, a District native who graduated from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in 1955, has served as the city’s sole representative to the Congress since 1991. Before her political career, she gained a solid reputation as a scholar and activist on African American and female rights, with her service as the head of the New York City Human Rights Commission by Mayor John Lindsay in 1970 and in 1977 President Carter appointed her as the head of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.Norton was a professor at the Georgetown University Law Center from 1981 until she became a member of Congress. While in Congress, she has distinguished herself as a fighter for the District and in the areas of constitutional and civil rights law.“Since I became mayor, the congresswoman and I have been together a lot,” Bowser said. “She takes calls from her constituents on every issue.”Bowser said “a lot has changed since November 8” the day Trump was elected president, but said “not in D.C.” She thanked Norton for her advocacy of women serving in public office.While Norton and Bowser possess two of the top four political offices – the others being D.C. Council Chairman and D.C. Attorney General – the council has four women out of 13 members and Bonds is the only Black woman.Scott Bolden is a partner at Reed Smith and a former chairman of the D.C. Democratic State Committee. Bolden presented an undisclosed sum of money to the scholarship fund and told the AFRO that the scholarship “will build young minds.”“To name a scholarship in my honor has a lot of personal meaning for me,” the delegate said. She said that as a Black girl growing up in the District in the 1940s and 50s, there were two primary barriers to full citizenship. “Washington, D.C. was a segregated city and it was a city with no democracy,” she said. “An un-elected Congress ran this city and they still try to do that but I stop them.”last_img read more

Tastemade Inks Hulu Distribution Deal for 24 Food and Travel Shows EXCLUSIVE

first_img What’s Coming to Hulu in September 2019 ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Tastemade signed a nonexclusive licensing deal with Hulu to deliver hundreds of episodes of original food, travel and lifestyle shows on the Disney-controlled streaming service.A total of 24 shows from Tastemade, which average 8-10 episodes each, will roll out on Hulu through the end of 2019. The companies declined to say how long the licensing pact will run.Launching over the coming months, Tastemade’s shows on Hulu are set to include: “Broken Bread,” hosted by chef and food activist Roy Choi, who explores social-justice issues in the broken food system; “Make This Tonight,” a how-to cooking show featuring up-and-coming chefs; “Just Jen,” with host Jen Phanomrat whipping up recipes to cope with different emotions or archetypal character traits; “Heritage,” profiling chefs who are defying traditional culinary rules; and “Basic v. Baller,” with Marko and Alex Ayling (aka The Vagabrothers) who travel the globe to explore popular travel destinations on vastly different budgets. Popular on Variety The shows will be available to all of Hulu’s subscribers, which numbered 28 million (all in the U.S.) as of the end of April.“As consumers shift from traditional to connected TV, partnering with their go-to platforms like Hulu allows us to connect with viewers at scale and provide them with easy access to our premium shows,” Tastemade CEO and co-founder Larry Fitzgibbon said.The Hulu expands Tastemade’s connected-TV reach. Last year it launched a linear-style TV feed with its shows that reaches 120 million viewers, available on platforms including the Roku Channel, Samsung TV+, YouTube TV, Comcast Xfinity X1, Apple TV Channels, Sony PlayStation Vue, Philo and Xumo.Founded in 2012, Tastemade claims to reach over 250 million monthly active viewers overall, delivering some 2.5 billion monthly views. Based in Santa Monica, Tastemade is funded by Redpoint Ventures, Raine Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Liberty Media, Discovery (via an investment by Scripps Networks Interactive), Goldman Sachs, Amazon and Mitsui.Pictured above: Roy Choi in Tastemade’s “Broken Bread” Streamers, Asians, V/R, Boost Industry Attendance As Venice Market Kicks Off Relatedlast_img read more

Lost Chess Piece Found in Drawer Could Fetch 13M at Auction

first_img Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KRare, ‘Legendary’ 1894 Dime Could Fetch More Than $1 Million… Stay on target A long-lost chess piece missing for almost 200 years was unknowingly kept in a drawer by a family in Scotland, and now it could fetch up to $1.3 million in an upcoming auction.The chess piece was purchased for $6 (£5) by the family’s grandfather, an antiques dealer, in 1964. Stored in a drawer for 55 years, the piece could now fetch up to $1.3 million (£1 million) at auction after the late owner’s family took it to Sotheby’s auction house in London for assessment.Family members had no idea that the object — one of the 900-year-old Lewis Chessmen — is one of the most famous chess pieces in the world, and among the greatest artifacts of the Viking area.(Photo Credit: Tristan Fewings / Getty Images for Sotheby’s)The Lewis Chessmen are intricate, expressive chess pieces in the form of Norse warriors, carved from walrus ivory in the 12th century.A hoard of 93 chess figures was dug up on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides more than 180 years ago, but five pieces have been missing for years.The 3 1/2-inch (8.8-centimeter) piece, which will be auctioned July 2, the equivalent of a rook, is the first of the missing chessmen to be identified. It was passed down to the family of the antiques dealer, who did not realize its significance.The Lewis Chessmen are among the biggest draws at the British Museum and the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, according to BBC News. They are seen as an “important symbol of European civilization” and have inspired everything from children’s show Noggin The Nog to part of the plot in Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone.“My mother was very fond of the Chessman as she admired its intricacy and quirkiness,” the family, who wished to remain anonymous, said in a statement obtained by the BBC. “She believed that it was special and thought perhaps it could even have had some magical significance.”“For many years it resided in a drawer in her home where it had been carefully wrapped in a small bag. From time to time, she would remove the chess piece from the drawer in order to appreciate its uniqueness.”Sotheby’s expert Alexander Kader, who examined the piece for the family, said his “jaw dropped” when he realized what they had in their possession.The Lewis Chessmen set includes seated kings and queens, bishops, knights and standing warders and pawns. Some 82 pieces are now in the British Museum and 11 pieces held by the National Museum of Scotland.From the British Museum’s collection: Five of the Lewis Chessmen, ivory chess pieces from a collection of 93 found at Uig on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. (Photo Credit: CM Dixon / Print Collector / Getty Images)Since the hoard was uncovered in 1831, one knight and four warders have been missing from the four combined chess sets.The newly-discovered piece is a warder, a man with helmet, shield and sword and the equivalent of a rook on a modern chess board, which “has immense character and power.”“There are still four out there somewhere. It might take another 150 years for another one to pop up,” Kader told the Independent.Kader estimates the warder could fetch up to $1.3 million (£1 million) when it goes up for auction next month at Sotheby’s. “We can safely say that a million pounds will transform the seller’s life.”He added: “There are still four out there somewhere. It might take another 150 years for another one to pop up.”More on Geek.com:Rare Apple-1 Computer Goes Up for Auction, Could Fetch Up to $650,000Instruction Manual Used for Apollo 11 Moon Landing Is Up for Auction‘Miracle’ Coin That Saved WWI Soldier’s Life When It Deflected a Bullet Goes Up for Auctionlast_img read more

CPIM leader visits agitating students of CMCH adds fuel to fire

first_imgKolkata: CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty has further fuelled the ongoing demonstration at Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) by extending moral support to the agitating students on Thursday.Some of the MBBS students from second and third year started protest a demonstration inside the hospital campus with a demand of a new hostel. Around six students have started a hunger strike to mount pressure on the CMCH authorities to fulfill their demands. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAround 20 interns have joined the movement on Thursday, while six students continue their hunger strike. The students have threatened to continue the agitation till their demands are met.Meanwhile, the Principal of the CMCH, Uchhal Bhadra, has been under treatment in SSKM Hospital after he was heckled by the agitating students on last Tuesday.The incident had drawn sharp criticism from a section of doctors. Many have, however, termed it as a politically motivated incident to hurt the principal with mala-fide intentions.last_img read more

Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels listed as potential witnesses in Aaron Hernandezs

first_img Advertisement Fresh of his most recent Super Bowl win, Bill Belichick may be headed directly for a murder trial to start the offseason.His former tight end – and homicidal maniac – Aaron Hernandez’s defense team has listed Belichick and Josh McDaniels on a pre-trial witness list filed in Suffolk Superior Court in Massachusetts. Belichick’s name officially appears as William Belichick. Pittsburgh center, and Hernandez’s former University of Florida teammate, Maurkice Pouncey also appears on the list.Obviously, Belichick and McDaniels are character witnesses and didn’t actually witness the crime.Click here to read the entire potential-witness-list. Hernandez faces two murder charges for killing Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu, and Safiro Teixeira Furtado in their car after a 2012 altercation in a night club. He’s already serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013.Hernandez last played for the Patriots in 2012.The list could change, and just because Belichick is listed as a potential witness doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be called. It’s hard to imagine it being a whole lot different than one of his typical press conferences.Here’s an example of how Belichick might perform on the witness stand:last_img read more

Master Compilation Of Giants Fans Angrily Reacting To Daniel Jones Pick Is

first_imgNew York Giants fans passionately love their team, but almost universally hated GM Dave Gettleman’s decision to take Duke QB Daniel Jones with the 6th overall pick in the first round of this year’s draft.Many of the furious reactions peppered social media in the days following the draft, but one YouTube video combined some of the best into a five minute master compilation that will make you cry laugh, unless you’re a Giants fan.Our favorite is rapper Joe Budden’s. If you look close enough you can actually see the moment all hope leaves his body and knocks him off his feet. Obviously there’s EXPLICIT Language. It’s New York. LOTS. Advertisementlast_img

5 Steps for Keeping Digital Data Safe When Traveling to China

first_imgApril 27, 2012 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now The Chinese market is huge and can be enticing for many business owners, but a visit to China can threaten your business if you aren’t careful.Your valuable intellectual property and other proprietary information could be vulnerable to electronic snooping. Entrepreneurs report incidents of laptops and other devices being tampered with in customs and when left in hotel rooms in China. They also have seen signs that email, Internet use and phone conversations may have been subject to surveillance.The spying is said to be part of a national Chinese policy to accelerate economic development and growth that condones, if not embraces, bareknuckle tactics such as cybertheft from foreign companies, according to a report to Congress by the U.S. Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive. The Chinese government has denied that it engages in cyber espionage.Nevertheless, you should take precautions. Here are five tips for making security a priority when working in China and other risky countries:1. Prepare your laptop.Install updates for your operating system and other software to plug known security holes and make sure your security software is up to date. Leave Bluetooth earpieces and keyboards at home and turn off your devices’ Bluetooth function, which can enable eavesdropping. Also, lock your device with a PIN or password, and use whole disk encryption to protect stored data.On a recent trip to China, Rich Mogull, chief executive officer of Securosis, a Phoenix, Ariz., security research and advisory firm, took along a MacBook Air because its built-in memory and lack of a Firewire port would make it difficult to crack should someone gain physical possession of it. To make physical snooping even harder, he set up FileVault 2, the whole disk encryption built into Apple’s Lion operating system. To catch any virtual snoops, Mogull set up a firewall that scrutinized traffic leaving his computer and programs trying to connect to the Internet.Related: Five to Follow for Doing Business in China2. Strip unneeded data from your devices before you travel.Companies in manufacturing and other industries that can be vulnerable to cyber espionage should consider using travel-only devices that contain a minimal amount of data and can be scrubbed aggressively once back home. That way, they won’t lose much if their devices are infiltrated.Employees at Miami-based financial services and advisory firm AEGIS FinServ Corp. take it a step further by taking blank laptops and flash drives, which are protected with a PIN and encryption and hold only the data they will need, says president Jim Angleton. After they use the drives on a laptop, AEGIS’s IT department immediately cleans the machine.3. Use a throwaway, pre-paid cellphone. Angleton and others recommend that business travelers turn off their mobile phones to avoid downloading spyware and taking it back home. Instead, use temporary devices in China that you purchase at home. Phones or PCs made for the Chinese market could have monitoring software built into them.Keep in mind that unless your calls are encrypted — by using Skype, for example — the government can monitor them, even if you’re using a U.S. cellular company’s service.As with laptops, keep smartphones and tablets in sight at all times. Respectfully but firmly decline to let customs officers take your devices to a backroom without you, and carry them with you when you leave your hotel room, Angleton says.Related: A Guide for Using Mobile Devices When Traveling Abroad4. Use a VPN while on the Internet.The Chinese government closely watches Internet traffic and often uses its so-called Great Firewall to block content it doesn’t approve of, such as discussions of politically sensitive topics.This digital blockade affects nearly every foreigner living or working in China. Michael Stanat, who recently opened market research firm SIS International’s Shanghai office, says he has had trouble accessing Dropbox, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook from China. Derek Capo, chief executive officer of Next Step China, a company that facilitates language study in China and is based in Miami and Beijing, has seen emails disappear from his Gmail inbox and has been unable to read certain emails or access Gmail at all.One way to avoid this is to use a VPN (virtual private network), which creates an encrypted tunnel for your Internet traffic so it can’t be read or tampered with by interlopers. A VPN can also make it appear that you are sitting in the U.S., which can help you access U.S. sites that block or put security roadblocks in front of visitors from China or other foreign countries.Related: Five Ways You Can Avoid IP TheftThere are number of easy-to-use VPNs, among them VPN4ALL (Windows and Mac $9.95-$19.95 a month, depending on data use; iOS, Android and Windows smartphones and tablets, $5.95 a month) and Anonymizer Universal (Windows, Mac, iOS devices, $79.99 a year; 14-day free trial). Another option is Strong VPN (Windows, Linux, Mac, iOS devices, Android, others, $55 a year, $21 for three months).5. Wipe or toss devices when you return home.Security experts recommend treating all devices as compromised after a trip to China. Wipe and reformat laptops and tablets before using them at home or work, or simply dispose of them. Remove SIM cards from cellphones and crush them underfoot or break them in half, and take the phones to a recycling center. last_img read more

Uber Picks Up Lyfts Former COO

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Uber and Lyft have reportedly been engaging in some shady competition for each other’s drivers, but now they are going after each other’s executives.Less than two months after leaving his post as Lyft’s COO, Travis VanderZanden has joined ridesharing front-runner Uber. The company indicated he would assist with Uber’s expansion into other countries.“We are thrilled to welcome Travis to Uber. After he left his previous employer, we talked to Travis and it was clear his experience and skills would help us strengthen our operations as we grow, expand and evaluate markets internationally,” Uber said in a statement.  Related: Lyft COO Exits, Says Controversial NYC Launch Isn’t the ReasonVanderZanden left Lyft in August shortly after the company’s controversial launch in New York City. He insisted his departure had nothing to do with the Big Apple rollout. His appointment at Uber comes as the company continues to eye new goals and markets. Just last week, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick talked about his vision for using Uber technology to take a million cars off the road. Kalanick was at the Institute of Directors Annual Conference in London, but the company’s blog post summarizing his speech hinted at Uber technology spreading to Rio and Singapore. And the company has said previously that it intends to be “everywhere.”Related: Lyft and Uber Trade Barbs Over Cancelled Rides 2 min read October 6, 2014center_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more