Daily exercise may cut heart attack risk even in polluted areas: Study

Posted On Nov 17 2019 by

first_imgLondon, Jul 21 (PTI) Regular physical activity may reduce the risk of heart attack, even in areas with moderate-to-high levels of traffic pollution, a study claims. “While exercise is known to reduce cardiovascular disease risk; pollution can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks, asthma and chronic obstructive lung disease,” said Nadine Kubesch from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.”Currently there is little data on whether poor air quality cancels out the protective benefits of physical activity in preventing heart attacks,” said Kubesch, lead author of the study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers in Denmark, Germany and Spain evaluated outdoor physical activity levels (sports, cycling, walking and gardening) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2 pollutant generated by traffic) exposure in 51,868 adults, aged 50-65. Over a 17.7-year period, there were 2,936 first heart attacks and 324 recurrent heart attacks. Higher levels of pollution were associated with more heart attacks, however, the risk was lower among those who were physically active, the researchers found. Moderate cycling for four or more hours per week cut risk for recurrent heart attack by 31 per cent; and there was a 58 per cent reduction when all four types of physical activity (together totalling four hours per week or more) were combined, regardless of air quality. Those who participated in sports had a 15 per cent lower rate of initial heart attacks and there was a 9 per cent risk reduction associated with cycling, regardless of air quality, the researchers said. Compared to participants with low residential NO2 exposure, those in higher risk areas had a 17 per cent increase risk in first heart attack and 39 per cent for recurrent heart attack, they said. PTI SAR MRJMRJadvertisementlast_img read more


Rain washes out 1st ODI between Sri Lanka and England in Dambulla

Posted On Nov 17 2019 by

first_imgThe first ODI of the five-match series between Sri Lanka and England was abandoned following heavy rains in Dambulla on Wednesday.After being asked to bat first, England made a positive start to their innings as Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy raced to 49 within eight overs. Both hit four fours while Roy smashed a maximum as well.Roy kicked off proceedings with a perfectly timed leg-side clip in the first over before picking up consecutive boundaries off Lasith Malinga.Sri Lanka vs England, 1st ODI: HighlightsNot to be outdone, Bairstow nailed two drives through the off-side in one Nuwan Pradeep before slamming a cut off Malinga through point. After Roy advanced down to Pradeep and lofted him through long-on, Sri Lanka were forced to turn to mystery spin in the form of Akila Dananjaya.To start, he received similar treatment, Bairstow smashing a full ball over long-on for six before carving the over-correction through point, but Dananjaya soon had his scalp, Roy holing out to mid-off four balls after Bairstow had edged a drive through to Niroshan Dickwella of Pradeep.Joe Root and England captain Eoin Morgan started nervously. Morgan played and missed at his first ball, while Root edged through a vacant slip before surviving a huge caught behind appeal. They soon found their stride, each picking off the leg-side-straying Malinga to get going. A gorgeous back-foot drive from Root off Dananjaya was followed by a brutal smash by Morgan off the same bowler.When Root clubbed Malinga through square leg to leave England 90/2 after 14 overs, they were motoring. But six balls later the rains came, and though there was some hope late in the day when the downpour ceased and the covers were removed, the outfield was judged too wet to support play.advertisementIt meant an uneventful international debut for England quick Olly Stone, handed his cap by Darren Gough before play, and also an uneventful second ODI for Liam Dawson, his first 50-over international in more than two years.England will be encouraged by the fact that they seemed able to pick Dananjaya and to take him for runs, while that Sri Lanka curbed England’s rampant opening duo to less than 50 between them will count as success.The second ODI, for which there is a reserve day, will take place at the same venue on Saturday, October 13.last_img read more


Sitting for more than 9 hours a day could kill you earlier!

Posted On Oct 25 2019 by

first_img Next Press Trust of India LondonAugust 22, 2019UPDATED: August 22, 2019 18:27 IST Sitting for 9.5 hours or more a day — excluding sleeping time — is associated with an increased risk of death, a study recently found.Higher levels of physical activity — regardless of intensity — are associated with a lower risk of early death in middle-aged and older people, a study claims. The findings, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), also show that being sedentary, for example sitting for 9.5 hours or more a day — excluding sleeping time — is associated with an increased risk of death.The World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity each week for adults aged between 18 and 64 years.However, these are based mainly on self-reported activity, which is often imprecise. So exactly how much activity — and at what intensity — is needed to protect health remains unclear.How did the researchers conduct the study on sitting hours contributing to early death?Researchers led by Professor Ulf Ekelund at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in Oslo, Norway analysed observational studies assessing physical activity and sedentary time with death.Studies included in the research used accelerometers — a wearable device that tracks the volume and intensity of activity during waking hours — to objectively measure daily activity levels.Examples of light intensity activity include walking slowly or light tasks such as cooking or washing dishes. Moderate activity includes any activities that make you breath harder, such as brisk walking.Data from eight high quality studies involved 36,383 adults aged at least 40 years with average age of 62.Activity levels were categorised into quarters, from least to most active, and participants were tracked for an average of 5.8 years.advertisementDuring follow-up, 2,149 (5.9 per cent) participants died.After adjusting for potentially influential factors, the researchers found that any level of physical activity, regardless of intensity, was associated with a substantially lower risk of death.How does physical activity level compare with potential death risk?Deaths fell steeply as total volume of physical activity increased up to a plateau of about 300 minutes (five hours) per day of light-intensity physical activity or about 24 minutes per day moderate intensity physical activity.At these levels the risk of death was halved compared to those engaging in little or no physical activity.”These results are fantastic. It has previously been widely assumed that more is better in terms of physical activity for health,” said Tom Yates, a professor at the University of Leicester in the UK.However, this study suggests health may be optimised with just 24 minutes per day of brisk walking or other forms of moderate-intensity physical activity.”Another important finding was that spending 9.5 hours or more each day sedentary — which essentially means sitting was associated with a statistically significant increased risk of death, with each hour more above this threshold increasing the risk of death further.”This highlights the importance of avoiding spending most of the day sitting, as well undertaking purposeful physical activity,” said Yates.Limitations of the researchThe researchers point to some limitations. For example, all studies were conducted in the US and western Europe, and included adults who were at least 40 years old, so findings may not apply to other populations or to younger people.They said the large sample size and device-based measures of sedentary time and physical activity provide more precise results than previous studies.”These findings really reinforce the saying ‘Doing something is better than doing nothing’,” said Charlotte Edwardson, an associate professor at the University of Leicester.”Also, a large risk reduction was seen between the least and the second least active group suggesting that incorporating some time doing physical activity, light or moderate intensity, in daily life is associated with a big health benefit,” said Edwardson.Read: Long sitting hours can decrease your life span! 5 health hazards of sitting you didn’t knowRead: Prolonged sitting is bad for health even if you do lots of physical activity in the dayRead: 10 tips to prevent back pain in children and teens from long hours of sitting or studyingRead: 22 tips to get rid of desk job related health problems at your workplaceGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? 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Students Celebrate Agriculture Literacy Week

Posted On Oct 22 2019 by

first_imgFarmers are heading back to class to help elementary school students learn about agriculture in Nova Scotia during Agricultural Literacy Week, May 2-6. More than 80 volunteers will visit grade 2 and 3 classrooms across the province to read books on a variety of agriculture themes and talk to students about the industry. The books, with suggested activities to help the teachers and students explore the science and culture of farming, will stay in the classroom. “Students need to understand the significant role agriculture plays in our province’s economy and appreciate the wide variety of employment opportunities that exist in this industry,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Agriculture. “Agricultural Literacy Week makes farming more real to our students as they meet and talk to farmers and others who are connected to the industry.” Mr. MacDonell will visit Maple Ridge Elementary School in Lantz, Hants Co., on Monday, May 2, to read from Wild Ones: The Tough Little Delicious Lowbush Blueberry, a book about blueberry production in eastern North America. Wild blueberries are native to Nova Scotia and the top fruit crop in export sales. It won official distinction as the provincial berry in 1995. The Wild Ones book is also shortlisted for the Hackmatack prize for 2011-12 in the English non-fiction category. “Agricultural Literacy Week brings Nova Scotia farmers right into the classroom so that students can learn more about life on the farm,” said Rick Hoeg, agricultural education liaison. “Teachers say students love to see something from the farm. A farm tool that kids might not recognize provides a good way to get questions going.” The discussion that follows the reading offer opportunities to bridge the gap between food and local agriculture. “Every year, Agricultural Literacy Week provides the farm community with a great opportunity to focus on agriculture with teachers and students,” said Beth Densmore, president of Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. “Sharing stories with students about how food is grown and where food comes from is an important lesson for us all.” Agricultural Literacy Day is sponsored by the Department of Agriculture and the Nova Scotia Agricultural Awareness committee.last_img read more


Education dept clears confusion regarding closure of schools

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgKolkata: The state Education department on Friday issued a fresh notification declaring that all government, government-sponsored and non-government-aided schools in the state will remain closed on May 3 and May 4, due to the prediction of severe cyclonic storm Fani.The notification states that all these schools will also remain closed from May 6 to May 20 until commencement of summer vacation, due to the prevailing heat wave. It further states that schools will remain closed till June 30 due to anticipated extreme weather conditions. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe notification issued on Thursday declaring that classes will remain suspended in all government, government-sponsored and non-government-aided schools from primary to higher secondary level from May 3 to June 30 due to Fani and heat wave, had created some confusion among a section of teachers and guardians. State Education minister Partha Chatterjee said: “There was some confusion regarding Thursday’s notification. Hence, we have issued a new one.” He also posted the new notification on his Facebook page. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMeanwhile, Jadavpur University postponed all its examinations scheduled in the second half on Friday and Saturday. The final examination of engineering and some practical examinations of science were scheduled to be held in these two days. A notice by the Controller of Examinations was put up on the varsity’s website, declaring postponement of the examinations till further notification. Regular classes were held at Calcutta University and Rabindra Bharati University, even though student attendance was feeble. CU has no examinations scheduled before May 23, when the results of the Lok Sabha elections will be announced.last_img read more


Argentinas treasury minister resigns senior official says

Posted On Oct 7 2019 by

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A senior official in Argentina’s presidential office says the country’s treasury minister resigned Saturday.The resignation comes three days after President Nicolas Macri announced his conservative administration is temporarily increasing the minimum wage, reducing payroll taxes and implementing other steps to help Argentine workers as the country struggles to overcome sizzling inflation, high unemployment and other economic problems.That move came after a leftist presidential slate that includes Macri’s predecessor, Cristina Fernández, turned in a powerful showing last Sunday in primary voting for candidates going into October general elections. Macri’s slate did poorly, and the already weak Argentine peso slumped and stock prices fell sharply as investors reacted in worry about the vote results.Hernan Alvarez, The Associated Press read more


Chinas trade rebounds in sign of recovery exports jump 14 per cent

Posted On Oct 4 2019 by

China’s trade rebounds in sign of recovery; exports jump 14 per cent AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Jan 10, 2013 1:47 am MDT BEIJING, China – China’s trade growth rebounded strongly in December in a positive sign for the gradual and still uncertain recovery of the world’s second-largest economy.Export growth more than quadrupled from the previous month to 14.1 per cent while imports — which failed to grow at all in November — rose 6 per cent in a sign of increasing domestic demand, data showed Thursday.The trade figures add to evidence China is gradually emerging from its worst economic downturn since the 2008 global crisis. Factory output and other activity improved in the final quarter of 2012, but analysts say a recovery is still shaky and will be too weak to drive a global rebound without a turnaround in the United States and Europe.The World Bank and private sector forecasters expect growth of about 8 per cent in 2012 and about 7.5 per cent this year. That would be stronger than the West and Japan but China’s weakest performance since the 1990s.Analysts on Thursday questioned whether China’s recovery can maintain its current pace.Societe Generale warned there still is a chance of a “hard landing” this year, with growth dropping below 6 per cent — dangerously low for China.“China could still land harder than the market thinks,” said Societe Generale economists in a report.The modest economic improvement comes as a new generation of Communist Party leaders who were installed at a congress in October take power.Beijing is pinning its hopes for recovery on government-driven investment and domestic consumer spending that is rising but not as fast as authorities want. Officials warned last year that global demand was so weak that trade would contribute little or nothing to overall economic growth.The country’s global trade surplus nearly doubled over the same month in 2011, rising 90 per cent to $231.1 billion, according to the General Administration of Customs. For the full year, the global trade surplus rose 49 per cent to $231.1 billion.For the full year, The United States temporarily overtook debt-troubled Europe as China’s biggest trading partner. Exports to the United States totalled $351.8 billion while those to the 27-nation European Union were $334 billion.Beijing’s politically sensitive trade surplus with the United States was $18.7 billion in December and $218.9 billion for the year.In November, Chinese export growth plunged to 2.9 per cent while exports were flat. That was in line with analysts’ warnings that a trade rebound that started in August was unsustainable due to weak European and U.S. demand.Reliance on trade has declined as domestic consumption growth but export-driven manufacturing still employs millions of workers and any weakness raises the risk of job losses and unrest. The commerce minister, Chen Deming, warned in November that exporters face “relatively grim” conditions in coming months and “many difficulties” in 2013.The government set a 10 per cent target for trade growth in 2012 part of its recovery plan but growth in total imports and exports weakened steadily throughout the year. It fell to 5.8 per cent for the 11 months through November before December’s rebound.“We have reason to believe that year-end momentum will not carry over into the New Year,” said IHS Global Insight analyst Alistair Thornton in a report.“With our projection for continued contraction in the Eurozone and continued slowdown in the U.S. economy, we believe China’s export sector will face another uphill battle this year — an even tougher one than 2012.”Import growth has been depressed by government curbs aimed at cooling a boom in construction and industrial investment that have cooled demand for foreign iron ore, copper and other raw materials.Communist leaders want to shift the basis of economic growth to domestic consumption and services, a strategy that promises smaller but more sustainable gains. That could hurt commodities suppliers such as Australia, Brazil and some African economies, where Chinese spending has fuelled an economic boom. read more


Afghanistan Shortterm emergency can derail years of progress warns UN official

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

Speaking to the press at the UN Headquarters, in New York, Toby Lanzer, the Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan, highlighted major achievements in the country, including economic progress for the third year in a row as well as upcoming parliamentary elections in October and presidential elections in April next year.However, alongside these Afghanistan also saw the killings of 13 journalists on the job – the highest number in the world, 23 aid workers lost their lives, 37 were badly injured and 74 abducted, he added“Afghanistan is undergoing a terrible drought, the worst in many, many years and now over 5.5 million people are in in need of emergency relief,” said Mr. Lanzer, noting that in the past few weeks alone, more than a quarter million people have been fleeing their homes, “looking for any way to get by.”“Winter is on its way, and in Afghanistan, winter bites hard,” he added.Of particular concern is the serious shortfall in funds for relief work, said Mr. Lanzer, urging the international donor community for immediate resources.“I am here to ring alarm bells because if we do not engage more on the short-term emergency relief requirements, the development gains that we have achieved over the past years … could be lost,” he warned.Earlier this month, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowock, and Filippo Grandi, the High Commissioner for Refugees, visited the country and called for an urgent increase as well as sustained support for the humanitarian response.According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the 2018 humanitarian appeal for Afghanistan is only a third funded, with all humanitarian response sectors lacking vital resources. read more


Olivia Colman admits playing the Queen is hard as everyone knows what

Posted On Sep 25 2019 by

Olivia Colman, the actress, has admitted she is finding the role of Queen Elizabeth II “harder” than that of Queen Anne because the monarch’s voice and mannerisms are so well-known.The Broadchurch star, who replaces Claire Foy as the Queen in the third series of Netflix drama The Crown, said she felt anxious about the public’s perception of her performance.It follows her turn as Queen Anne in forthcoming film The Favourite, in which she stars opposite Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz.Colman said: “It could not be more different.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––”I find the harder is Queen Elizabeth because everyone knows what she looks like, everyone knows what she sounds like, everyone has an opinion on whether the casting is right.”And I am loving the job, I am loving trying to play her, but I find her harder. Olivia Colman and Josh O’Connor film a scene at Caernarfon CastleCredit:Wenn.com Olivia Colman as Queen Anne in The FavouriteCredit:Atsushi Nishijima/Fox Searchlight Films via AP “The difference between the two, playing different people is what I went into this job for, that’s the whole point of being an actor, so I am having a lovely time.”She added: “I want to do it justice and do it well and be respectful and all of those things – and the writing is incredible so that helps.”Colman even suggested that the anticipation surrounding the next series, in which the entire cast has been replaced, made her wish that no one would have to see it at all. Colman said she was relieved that The Favourite, a costume drama released in cinemas on January 1, had received such critical acclaim.“It’s like our baby going out into the world and I hope people like it,” she added.”The fact that people have loved this (The Favourite) as much as I have loved it just fills my heart with such joy and makes me so happy.”And it’s sort of a litmus (test). If somebody goes, ‘No, I didn’t like it’. I sort of think I wouldn’t like them.”‘Well OK we’re never going to get on’, which is a little bit narrow-minded of me, but I love it so much that I love it when people love it.”Colman said the new film, which stars three actresses in the main roles, is evidence that things are improving with regards to roles for women, but added: “There’s still plenty of way to go, but things like this or Bridesmaids or Thelma And Louise – that was a while ago – it’s all there.”We just need to do it a bit more often; a bit more so it’s 50-50 would be great. That’s all we’re asking.” “There’s still whispers about, ‘Oh what’s it going to be like in The Crown’, so that makes it harder,” she said.”I love doing the work so much it’s almost a shame that people have to see it, because people who weren’t there get to say what they think about it, which is quite hard.”Colman has big shoes to fill, taking over from Foy who won an Emmy award for best actress in a drama for her portrayal of the Queen in her younger years.She has previously admitted she found it difficult to convey the Queen’s steady composure because she has a tendency to “emote” too much. Olivia Colman and Josh O'Connor film a scene at Caernarfon Castle As such, the producers had to give Colman an earpiece into which they play the shipping forecast during certain scenes, forcing the actress to switch off and hold back the tears.The new season of The Crown is due to be released some time in 2019 and will cover the period from 1964 to around 1970, likely taking in the decolonisation of Africa and the Caribbean, the birth of Prince Edward and the coronation of Prince Charles as the Prince of Wales in 1969.It will also see the introduction of Camilla Shand, the future Duchess of Cornwall. 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. Olivia Colman as Queen Anne in The Favourite read more


Linn Jorum Sulland prepares comeback to the top with Gyor

Posted On Sep 22 2019 by

← Previous Story VIDEO: Save by Benjamin LEE Buric! Next Story → SLOVENIAN FINAL 2015: Gorenje to play against Celje PL for the title GyorLinn Jorum Sulland One of the best world’s lefthander in the last decade, the 30-years old Linn Jorum Sulland signed contract with Hungarian TOP team Gyor for the upcoming season. The member of the legendary golden Norwegian national team suffered a lot of problems due injury in the last two years and lost domination in Larvik HK, but also NT on her position where Nora Mork showed a great progress.The next season could be a real come-back for her, but also Hungarian team who lost the European title by losing matches against ZRK Vardar in EHF CL quarter-final, but also domestic trophy against FTC. read more


Stories from the Bakehouse

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Nick Dimitrokallis’ working day starts at 5am. That’s seven days a week. Before dawn, when Nick opens the door of the Melbourne Bakehouse, the business he has owned and managed for the past six years, the cooks have been in since 4.30, and the bakers, who have worked overnight, left an hour before. As the sun rises, the tradies, builders and business-types appear, eager for coffee and a breakfast-bite. By 8am, the Bakehouse is buzzing. The regulars rarely need to give their order, Nick knows just what they want. It’s that kind of place: a cafe right smack bang in the heart of a community in more ways than one. Though most will know the Bakehouse as their favourite cafe, with great coffee and the best-value selection of cakes and pastries on Port Melbourne’s Bay Street, Nick Dimitrokallis’ bakery business which employs a 20 person staff, is also one of Melbourne’s most successful producers and wholesale suppliers of fine cakes. With distribution of its products into country Victoria, and city-wide across Melbourne (including a daily supply to David Jones), the investment Nick made in 2005 is paying dividends big time. There’s an easy-going but determined approach to life which shines out from the articulate Dimitrokallis as he tells me about the origins of the business. “It was originally further down the street,” says Nick, who was born and bred in the neighbourhood. “It was run down. I thought if I can turn it around, I’d look for another premises. Luckily this site came up and I transferred the whole business here, with a different vision of what I wanted.” The son of a lithographer, Nick was born on Christmas Eve 1965 in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria hospital. Nick’s family story is typical of his generation: “My mother came off the ship here in 1962 when she was 18. Dad came out in 1964. In those days, Greeks came off the ship at Station Pier and they needed a job the next day, so they all ended up either in Tom Piper – a big food processing plant, or General Motors, Kraft Foods or Chrysler.” “50 per cent of the neighbourhood were Greek. There were thousands here. I remember there were four kafeneia nearby. Dad went to work at Kraft first, then later got a job as a printer, mum worked at Repco.” Nick remembers Port Melbourne in his childhood as a very different place from today. “You learned about life very quickly here in the sixties and seventies, it was a rough area. There were wharfies and a lot of criminals, but being a large Greek community we all stuck together, so it was quite safe, but you still had to toughen up.” Nick attended the local schools until he was 12, at which point the family headed back to Europe, to give Greece another go. “It was a culture shock for sure living in Greece after coming from Middle Park,” says Nick, “but it was a very valuable experience for me. You matured quickly, you became aware of politics, everything and anything that was happening around you. Today, you see young people’s only concerns are if they’re going to watch MasterChef on TV, or play with their DS. In Greece at 13 you were a man.” Nick lived in Pireaus for three years, before moving back to Australia in 1981. “My parents saw Greece was still a very difficult country to bring up children. We were able to come back and start over again.” Back at school in Middle Park, in Year 12, Nick wrote an essay called ‘Who am I?’ “I got an ‘A’ for it – I wrote about my time living in Greece where everybody called me ‘Skippy’. I was an Aussie to them, yet here I was an ethnic wog. ‘Who are you? You’ve got a Greek name, but you’re not an aussie,’ they’d say.” Nick sums up his early experience caught between two cultures as “character building” and still talks of the enormous gratitude he feels to his parents for the path they took. “I’m grateful that I’ve gone through all this in life.” Shortly after returning from Greece, Nick got his first job in the evenings, working as waiter in an Italian Restaurant in Melbourne’s Fitzroy Street. “It was very hard street back in the 80s, the hookers, the drugs, and there I was 17 years-old, wide-eyed, earning $300 for three nights work. I was on top of the world, it was great.” On leaving school, Nick began a batchelor of arts degree at La Trobe University, whilst continuing to work in the restaurant. “I didn’t believe in living off my parents, I’d rather be independent. But Nick admits, he soon found academic life wasn’t his forte, and rather than fall asleep in lectures, working his way up in a profession was the way to go. He got a job at Coles Myer working in distribution, and spent seven years working his way up the first rungs of the company’s management ladder. But the corporate life also wasn’t for Nick: “I could see it was shark’s territory.”Finally Nick Dimitokallis found his vocation: running his own business. The first of his own commercial ventures were Charcoal Chicken outlets, where Nick honed his management skills. In 2004 the Melbourne Bakehouse was for sale. “I took a chance and it’s grown from there,” says Nick, who puts down his commercial success to a tip an Italian trader on Sydney Road gave him way back. “He said, ‘a business is like a new-born baby, you have to look after it. If you neglect a new-born baby it’s going to die.’ And that’s it: you have to nurture your business. And if you do the right thing, it will all come back to you.” Nick’s day ends around 8pm. By then the bakers are back, preparing the 140 savoury and sweet product lines the Bakehouse has become famous for. Tomorrow the regulars will be back early as usual and Nick, as always, barista and businessman, will be ready and waiting to welcome them. By the way, at the Bakehouse, you’ll also find some of the finest Kourabiedes in Victoria. Hardly surprising. Kaliorexi! The Melbourne Bakehouse, 210 Bay Street, Port Melbourne ,Vic 3207. www.melbournebakehouse.com.aulast_img read more


MP VamvakinouDamousi discuss Australian identity and cultural policy

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The  Australian Academy of the Humanities met with Victorian MP Maria Vamvakinou this week to discuss the research they are conducting into arts and cultural policy. The Federal Member for Calwell was joined by the Academy’s President Joy Damousi where they discussed Australian identity and its importance in creating robust cultural policy in Australia.Established by Royal Charter in 1969, the Australian Academy is an independent, not-for-profit organisation with an over 600-strong Fellowship of leaders and experts in the study of human cultures, beliefs, values, experiences and expressions. The group promotes excellence in the humanities through annual events and workshops, and invests in the future through grants and awards.The Academy represents eleven fields of humanities research and teaching. The institution’s fellows are leading scholars and practitioners in the areas of archaeology, Asian studies, Classical studies, culture and communication, English, European languages and cultures, history, linguistics, philosophy and history of ideas, religion and the arts.last_img read more


Nokia aurait vendu plus dun million de Lumia

Posted On Sep 20 2019 by

first_imgNokia aurait vendu plus d’un million de LumiaIl semblerait que Nokia redore son blason grâce à son Windows Phone, le Lumia, qui aurait déjà trouvé 1,3 million de preneurs à la fin 2011.Selon le cabinet Bloomberg, ces chiffres auraient été atteint entre le lancement du produit, en novembre dernier, et la fin d’année 2011. Ces chiffres, non officiels, rapportent le nombre de livraisons faites aux revendeurs ou aux opérateurs mais pas aux utilisateurs finaux (le client). Ce qui sous-entends que sur ces 1,3 millions, certains Lumia sont encore en boutique. Quoi qu’il en soit, la firme finlandaise semble retrouver petit à petit sa gloire d’antan grâce à ce Windows Phone, pour le moins agréable. Toujours selon Bloomberg, le Lumia 800 pourrait dépasser les 3,2 millions d’unités au premier trimestre 2012 avec l’ouverture aux marchés asiatiques. De plus, selon une autre étude, de iSuppli cette fois, Nokia viendrait même à devenir le leader du marché en 2015 et les Windows Phone seraient les terminaux les plus vendus, derrière ceux Android.Mais seul l’avenir nous le dira…Le 25 janvier 2012 à 09:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


Faraday Future is back again this time with new investors

Posted On Sep 10 2019 by

first_img Electric Cars Car Industry 3 2020 Volvo XC90 first drive: An improvement worth subscribing to More From Roadshow 2019 Mercedes-Benz S560e: Luxury cruising with an electric edge Share your voice 43 Photoscenter_img Tags Faraday Future FF 91 gets a high-speed shakedown Comments Enlarge ImageFaraday Future once again has funding as it hopes finally to get the FF91 into production. Faraday Future Faraday Future is back. Maybe. Probably? Well, kind of. Anyway, that’s what it said in a press release on Monday.Faraday has had a rough few years of late, and this latest round of investors, coupled with some serious restructuring has the company talking about finally sending its FF91 electric minivan supercar thing into actual honest-to-gosh production.Who would be crazy enough to invest in a company with the history that Faraday has? And the reputation that its founder has? Well, a few companies. First, there is The9. The9 entered into a joint venture agreement with FF in which it will provide up to $600 million in cash and Faraday will kick in some Chinese land use rights which the two will use to build electric cars.Next, Faraday Future — with the help of a valuation advisor — got its IP valued at $1.25 billion and has used that to attract other funds in the form of bridge investments. Those bridge investments are worth an additional $225 million and are being facilitated by a merchant bank called Birch Lake Investments.”Birch Lake is pleased to partner with FF at this critical juncture and is looking forward to assisting FF toward becoming a leading manufacturer of EVs in the United States, China and beyond,” said Birch Lake CEO Jack Butler in a statement. “FF’s technology, product strategy and unwavering commitment to its early 2020 production launch of the FF 91 are impressive.”Faraday Future is also working with a group called Stifel Nicolaus on an equity capital-raising program.What is all this money going to go toward? Primarily paying suppliers, finishing the design and development of the FF91 and beginning development of a volume-production model which FF is calling the FF81. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything betterlast_img read more


District 40 election results under scrutiny from legisltors

Posted On Sep 9 2019 by

first_imgLegislators called on state elections officials today to delay certifying the results in a district that covers North Slope and Northwest Arctic boroughs. Those calls are based on concerns about how the recent primary election was handled in some precincts.Listen nowBut Division of Elections Director Josie Bahnke said a state election review board would certify the results for District 40 today, due to the closeness of the race there.At a Senate State Affairs Committee meeting in Anchorage, Anchorage Republican Senator Lesil McGuire said the Division of Elections should correspond with the U.S. Department of Justice about federal Voting Rights Act concerns.“If this is certified and the person it is certified in favor of ultimately does not prevail in a future special election, or future audit, I think the impact on voter morale and confidence is devastating,” McGuire said.Legislators focused on three precincts. In Shungnak in District 40, voters were allowed to vote in both the Republican primary and in the primary for all other parties, in violation of state law. In Newtok in District 38, there was a discrepancy between the number of ballots counted and a separate tally that election officials wrote down. State officials say this was a data entry error, and didn’t affect the ballots. And in Chefornak in District 38, a somewhat similar discrepancy occurred.The difference between the candidates in District 38 is too large to be affected by the precincts in question. But in District 40, a recount is likely and any change could affect the outcome. Dean Westlake of Kotzebue was leading incumbent Representative Benjamin Nageak of Barrow by 21 votes, before the certification.Division of Elections Director Josie Bahnke said the division’s core mandate is to ensure that every qualified voter has a meaningful opportunity to cast a ballot and have his or her  vote count.In Shungnak, the election official didn’t attend election training. State law doesn’t penalize those who miss training.“We as a division, really need to do a better job educating our voters about the two-ballot system,” Bahnke said.Some residents who attended the meeting at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office say they’re concerned about the results. Luke Welles of Barrow said he wanted to vote in the open-ballot primary for Democrats and other non-Republicans, but election officials told him and other Republicans that they could only cast a questioned ballot in the open-ballot primary.“It seemed as if the Republicans were being – the focus was on not letting them vote the open ballot in this situation,” Bahnke said.Senate President Kevin Meyer, an Anchorage Republican, questioned whether it’s appropriate to certify the results.“How do you certify an election that was not legal?” Meyer asked.Alpheus Bullard, a lawyer for the legislature, said that if a challenge to the District 40 election results occurs, it’s not clear what the outcome would be.“It’s a violation of our statutes and what ballots need to be provided,” Bullard said. “I don’t know whether the necessary bias is there, or what a court would find. This is not a situation the specifics of which have been addressed by an Alaska court before.”The defeated candidate or 10 local residents can request a recount within five days of the completion of the state review. It’s not clear what day the review will be finalized.last_img read more


Xi calls on Chinese army to be battleready

Posted On Sep 3 2019 by
first_imgSoldiers of the Chinese People`s Liberation Army (PLA) take part in a combat training in the Gobi desert in Jiuquan, Gansu province, China, on 18 May, 2018. — Photo: ReutersSHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s armed forces must strengthen their sense of urgency and do everything they can to prepare for battle, President Xi Jinping told a meeting of top brass on Friday.China is keen to beef up its armed forces amid territorial disputes in the South China Sea and escalating tension with the United States over issues ranging from trade to the status of Taiwan.The official Xinhua news agency said Xi told a meeting of the top military authority that China faced increasing risks and challenges, and the armed forces must work to secure its security and development needs.Xi, who is also chairman of the Central Military Commission, said the armed forces must devise strategies for the new era and take on responsibilities for preparing and waging war.“The world is facing a period of major changes never seen in a century, and China is still in an important period of strategic opportunity for development,” he was quoted as saying.He said the armed forces needed to be able to respond quickly to emergencies, needed to upgrade their joint operations capabilities and nurture new types of combat forces.Xi’s comments followed his remarks on Wednesday that China still reserved the right to use force to achieve “reunification” with Taiwan and prevent the island’s independence.Xi’s Taiwan speech came just days after U.S. President Donald Trump signed the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act into law, reaffirming the U.S. commitment to the island’s security.last_img

And the award goes to

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_imgThe award aspires to create a benchmark that custodians of Indian cultural forms will value, carrying forward global legacies.Lakhia is a distinguished disciple of renowned traditional Kathak gurus like Shambhu Maharaj, Birju Maharaj, Pandit Sunder Prasad, Radha Lal Mishra and Ashiq Hussain.She is credited for moving away from the solo form of Kathak starting in the 60s’, by turning it into a group spectacle and also innovations taking away traditional stories, adding contemporary story lines to the repertoire.Some of her most famous choreographies include Dhabkar (Pulse), Yugal (The Duet), and Atah-kim. She was also a choreographer in the Hindi film, Umrao Jaan (1981) with Gopi Krishna. She will be presented the award by Lalit Mansingh, vice president of ICCR.WHEN: 17 November, 6:30 pmWHERE: Kamani Auditoriumlast_img read more


Weaving love and warmth

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_imgDastkar, in partnership with Delhi Tourism, presents The Winter Mela – a heart-warming celebration of winter textiles, crafts, food and more. The exhibition brings together the best of the rich regional textiles, beauty products, food and more from across India, with a special focus on the crafts of Kashmir, a special section showcasing the crafts and culture of Kashmir and Painted Fables: Panchatantra Chitra exhibition of paintings depicting stories created by craftspeople and artists under the guidance of the Crafts Council of India. The exhibition will be held at Nature Bazaaar Venue, near Chattarpur from December 11 to 22. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Dastkar Winter Mela brings you an exquisite range of clothing to warm up your wardrobe with beautiful tussar silk weaves from Chattisgarh and Bihar, the rare and intricate dana-weaving or tangalia textiles from Gujarat. Lovely kullu and kinnauri wool shawls from Himachal Pradesh etc. All will be present alongside a wide and vivid selection of Kutch shawls and stoles by several expert weavers from the Vankar community. Hand-embroidered and patchwork quilts will be available, as well as knitted sweaters, capes, gloves and socks. The exhibition of paintings Painted Fables: Panchatantra Chitra depicts stories from the Panchatantra, narrated through different painting and craft styles – Madhubani of Bihar, Patachitra of West Bengal and Odisha, Sanjhi paper-cutting from Uttar Pradesh, Sikki grass, Santhal painting from Odisha, Phad painting of Rajasthan, Gond tribal painting of Madhya Pradesh and Kalamkari of Andhra Pradesh. Created under the aegis of Gulshan Nanda (former chairperson of Central Cottage Industries Emporium) and the Crafts Council of India, the painting exhibition will bring the Nature Bazaar Exhibition Gallery to life and introduce visitors to the rich artistic traditions of story-telling in India. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixA special feature within the Dastkar Winter Mela, brings together some of the crafts and craftspeople most affected, highlighting the tragedy. The floods  swept away not only karigars and  their family members, but workplaces, equipment, raw material and stock. In no other state is such a high percentage of the population dependent on craft – for livelihoods, earnings and economic growth. The impact has been catastrophic.“The exhibition is a small start in helping Kashmir and its craftspeople make new roots and flower and flourish again. It also draws attention to how much needs to be done.  I hope the people of Delhi come forward and support it.” says Laila Tyabji and founder trustee of Ctok.With cultural performances brightening up the bazaar, and hot regional snacks and beverages at the Winter Mela Food Court, enjoy a crisp and wintry 12 days with Dastkar celebrating arts, crafts, culture, nature, and regional cuisine!Where: Nature Bazaar Venue, Andheria Modh, Delhi (Near Chattarpur metro station) When: December 11-22last_img read more


Dissenters voice doubt over John Paul II sainthood

Posted On Aug 19 2019 by

first_imgVATICAN CITY – A much-loved pope will be declared a saint on Sunday but not everyone in the Catholic Church agrees.John Paul II also alienated many left-wing Catholics and has been blamed for hushing up child sex crimes.“Not all the people of God agree about canonisation,” the International Movement We Are Church said in a statement ahead of the canonization ceremony in St Peter’s for John Paul II and his Italian predecessor John XXIII.The group accused the late pope of “spiritual authoritarianism” and of putting too much emphasis on “hierarchical control” — two traits it said left little room for victims and investigations of abuses.“Pope John Paul II was a pope of great contradiction. His tragedy lies in the discrepancy between his commitment to reform and dialogue in the world and his return to authoritarianism,” it said.The pontiff credited with helping to bring down Communism in Eastern Europe – and whose canonization was made possible by a supposed miracle in Costa Rica – was accused of backing right-wing dictators in Latin America including Augusto Pinochet in Chile during the Cold War.At the same time, the Vatican cracked down on the Liberation Theology movement of pro-social justice clergymen which it saw as being too Marxist.Bishops accused of being leftists were replaced by ultra-conservatives and dissident priests were banned from teaching, while more conservative Latin American movements were given favorable treatment.Even moderate clergymen were shocked, including the Archbishop of San Salvador Óscar Romero, who was said to be “shaken” after meeting John Paul II and being told to “find an agreement with the government” over the issue of landless farmers, according to an account from Italian theologian Giovanni Franzoni.Romero was killed by members of a right-wing death squad in 1980.One of the groups favored by John Paul II was the “Legion of Christ” founded by Marcial Maciel, a Mexican priest found to be a sexual predator who abused male seminarians and also fathered at least three children whom he also allegedly abused.Allegations about Maciel were widely known under John Paul II but nothing was done and the Vatican approved a series of secrecy bylaws for the “Legion” that included a ban on criticism of its founder.Critics say the example of the “Legion” showed a wider indifference to thousands of cases of abuse by priests that only began to be properly investigated under John Paul II’s successor Benedict XVI.The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, a victim support and campaign group in the United States that has led criticism of the Vatican said that John Paul II’s canonization was “hurtful.”“Under him, the U.S. bishops’ grudging, belated and weak abuse policy was delayed and further weakened,” it said.‘Centre of attention’John Paul II’s pontificate also marked a murky period for the Vatican bank, the Institute for Religious Works, which was embroiled in the collapse of another bank that laundered money for the Mafia.The Italian bank’s chairman, Roberto Calvi — known as “God’s Banker” — was found hanged on scaffolding under Blackfriars Bridge in London in 1982.The Vatican bank’s president at the time was Monsignor Paul Marcinkus, a Machiavellian U.S. clergyman who was effectively shielded in the Vatican City from repeated requests from Italian prosecutors to speak to him.That kind of siege mentality is something that critics have pointed to as another damning trait of John Paul II, leading to excessive centralization and even mismanagement of the Roman Curia, the central administration of the Catholic Church.A top clergyman who voiced criticism of Wojtyla after his death was Italian Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, who said the pontiff had his “limits,” according to a book by historian Andrea Riccardi.Martini reportedly said Wojtyla made “unfortunate” appointments and put himself at the “centre of attention” with his travels “as if he was bishop of the whole world to the detriment of local bishops.”Some traditionalists also have voiced doubt about the radical acceleration of the canonization, which normally requires a would-be saint to have been dead for five years before a candidacy can be launched.The usual Vatican justification for this is that it has been the result of pressure from the faithful when groups in the crowd at his funeral in 2005 were heard shouting: “Santo Subito!” – Sainthood Now. Facebook Comments Related posts:Pope Francis declares John Paul II, John XXIII saints El Salvador unites behind martyr Romero, 35 years on To conserve the Amazon, the forest must become an economic ‘asset’ US opens greater channels for trade, air links with Cubalast_img read more


Tax on Costa Rica corporations is unconstitutional says court

Posted On Aug 19 2019 by

first_imgRelated posts:Only 35 percent of Costa Rican corporations will pay taxes on time Lawmakers look to reinstate corporate tax law Restaurant owners say 2 percent bank charge on credit, debit transactions could cause problems Finance Ministry could lower Costa Rica income tax brackets The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, on Wednesday evening ruled three articles of the country’s Corporate Tax Law unconstitutional, and as a result, collection will be suspended starting next year.The Sala IV ruling notes that taxpayers still are obliged to pay the relevant taxes for the current period by this Saturday’s deadline.According to the ruling, a procedural error occurred in the approval of the law, which created the tax in question in 2011. A version of the approved bill was published in the official newspaper La Gaceta, but lawmakers amended several articles and the changes were never published, the Sala IV stated.Justices found the drafting of articles 1, 3 and 5 unconstitutional. Those articles outline the implementation of the tax, its rates and sanctions for tax dogding.Modifications also included the adding of new sanctions that were not included in the original drafting of the law.Sala IV’s ruling also states that in order to avoid problems or misinterpretations, taxes for the fiscal year 2015 must be paid. Tax collection will be suspended from 2016.The Corporate Tax Law was approved on Dec. 23, 2011, and up to 95 percent of funds are supposed to be invested in public security programs.Before the ruling, the tax had to be paid every January by all corporations registered in the National Registry. This month, active corporations must pay ₡201,700 ($380) per year, and inactive corporations, or those that do not earn a profit, pay ₡100,850 ($190). All payments must be made at Banco de Costa Rica branches. Banco de Costa Rica customers can pay the tax online at the bank’s website.According to the National Registry, 545,000 corporations are registered in Costa Rica. A Jan. 14 report stated that fewer than 6 percent of taxpayers had paid it. Facebook Commentslast_img read more