Fighter jet sale may depend on US trade ruling expected next month

first_imgOTTAWA – Defence officials and fighter-jet makers have circled a date in late September as the make-or-break moment for the Liberal government’s plan to buy interim Super Hornets fighter jets from U.S. firm Boeing.The purchase has been largely in limbo since the Liberals threatened to cancel the planned purchase in May because of Boeing’s trade dispute with Canadian aerospace company Bombardier.Industry sources say there has been no contact between Boeing and the government for several months, and most now believe any purchase will be contingent on what happens on Sept. 25.That is when the U.S. Commerce Department will present the findings of its investigation into whether Bombardier sold its CSeries passenger jets at an unfairly low price with help from federal subsidies.A guilty finding could result in fines or tariffs being imposed on Bombardier, but could also prompt the Liberal government, which has criticized the investigation, to pull the plug on any deal with Boeing.Some of Boeing’s rivals are already positioning themselves to pounce if the government does back away from buying Super Hornets, and begins looking for other options.The president of defence giant Lockheed Martin, Marillyn Hewson, recently wrote to several Liberal cabinet ministers promising a good price and quick delivery of its F-35 stealth fighters.“We respectfully request the government of Canada consider the F-35 aircraft … that it can acquire for the same price and within the same schedule as (a Super Hornet),” Hewson wrote.Several other fighter-jet makers have made similar pitches in recent months.While the government has so far refused to offer any formal response to Boeing’s rivals, it has also left the door wide open should it decide to head in a different direction.“We continue to explore many options to provide an interim solution to supplement the CF-18s,” said Mary-Rose Brown, a spokeswoman for Jim Carr, the acting public procurement minister.“We have not yet made a decision. Discussions must demonstrate that the interim fleet is appropriately capable and can be obtained at a cost, schedule, and economic value that are acceptable to Canadians.”Work on a potential purchase of interim Super Hornets hasn’t ground to a complete halt, despite the lack of contact between Boeing and the government.Any sale of Super Hornets would actually go through the U.S. government, which has been collecting information from Boeing about how much the planes would cost and when they could be delivered.But while American officials were expected to provide that information to their Canadian counterparts by the end of next week, sources say that has been delayed until late September or early October.Neither Brown nor a U.S. State Department spokeswoman would not comment on the delay Friday.The Trudeau government announced in November its plan to purchase the planes to temporarily fill a critical shortage of fighter jets until a full competition to replace Canada’s aging CF-18s.The government said at the time that the Super Hornet was the only aircraft able to meet its immediate requirements, including being a mature design compatible with U.S. fighters.Many defence experts, including 13 retired air force commanders, have criticized the Liberals’ plan to purchase interim Super Hornets and called for an immediate competition to replace the CF-18s.last_img read more

US Air Force set to launch 1st nextgeneration GPS satellite

first_imgDENVER — The U.S. Air Force is about to launch the first of a new generation of GPS satellites, designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile.The satellite is scheduled to lift off Tuesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It’s the first of 32 planned GPS III satellites, all being built by Lockheed Martin outside Denver. They’ll replace older satellites now in orbit.The program is months behind schedule, and the Government Accountability Office says costs have increased.GAO says some of the satellites’ most highly touted features won’t be fully available until 2022 or later because of problems in a companion program to develop a new ground control system for the satellites.The Air Force estimates that 4 billion people worldwide use GPS for everything from navigation to time-stamping bank transactions.Dan Elliott, The Associated Presslast_img

Modi a serial liar Cong on PMs INS Viraat allegation

first_imgNew Delhi: Hitting back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for alleging that the late Rajiv Gandhi used INS Viraat as “personal taxi” on a family vacation, the Congress on Thursday said, “He (Modi) is a “serial liar” who does not have the courage to fight elections on issues such as unemployment and demonetisation.”Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said that retired Indian Navy Vice Admiral Vinod Pasricha has clarified that the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was on an official visit on INS Viraat and not on a vacation. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”But facts don’t matter to Modi. He doesn’t have anything to talk about his own achievements. Rahul Gandhi has been challenging him for the last six months now to debate on Rafale deal, demonetisation, unemployment, but Modi does not have the courage to speak,” Khera said while talking to reporters at a press conference. Taking a swipe at Modi for making allegations against Rajiv Gandhi who is no more, Khera said has anyone read about former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru saying that his next election will be against Mughal emperor Humayun or Indira Gandhi making her entire campaign against Queen Victoria.last_img read more

In Rome Ban says refugee and migration crisis is a defining moment

‹ ›While applauding the global solidarity shown by these countries in bearing more than their share of responsibility, he went on to emphasize: “proximity does not equal final responsibility. All countries have the same duty no matter how close they are to a crisis.”“The war in Syria is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis,” he continued, adding that his Special Envoy, Mr. Staffan de Mistura, a former Deputy Foreign Minister of Italy, is leading the effort “to forge a lasting political solution.”The Secretary-General also noted the threat to peace posed by violent extremists across the Middle East, North Africa and beyond.“We must stop the atrocities, especially the attacks against women and girls,” he said. “We must also end the destruction of cultural heritage.”He went on to recall the scores of Italians who have lost their lives in the cause of peace and stability. “We thank the thousands of sons and daughters of Italy who have served under our blue flag of the United Nations over the years,” he said, noting the murder of 13 Italian peacekeepers in the Congo in 1961.“Today – out of all the western nations – Italy is the top troop contributing country to United Nations peacekeeping operations,” he continued. “Italian support has been especially valuable for the United Nations mission in Lebanon. The fighting in Syria is putting intense pressure on Lebanon – and the United Nations is doing everything possible to respond, with Italy’s critical support.”He also welcomed Italy’s renewed commitment to foreign aid and its goal to become a top donor among G7 nations, and praised its backing for preventive diplomacy and conflict resolution.Turning his remarks to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, he called on Italy “to lead on this bold agenda” and welcomed its Government’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) on climate change, which had been submitted in the context of the European Union. In his concluding remarks, the Secretary-General noted that “the UN is now facing, like all members of the UN Member States, many crises: security and peace crises, humanitarian crises and the abuse of human rights,” adding that what was needed was “global solidarity, global support.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) is welcomed by Pietro Grasso, President of the Senate of Italy, on arrival at the Palazzo Montecitorio. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Paolo Gentiloni, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Chamber of Deputies and Senate of Italy on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Italy’s accession to the United Nations. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with President Sergio Mattarella of Italy. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Chamber of Deputies and Senate of Italy. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas “Italy has always been a bridge across cultures and continents,” he told the Chamber of Senate and Deputies in Rome in an address kicking off his three-day official visit to the country.“Today, you have drawn on this experience to forge a strong, courageous and compassionate response to the biggest refugee and migration crisis since the end of the Second World War. I commend highly the men and women of Italy who have saved tens of thousands of lives.”He thanked Italy for its “resources, energy and empathy for the thousands of desperate people arriving here in search of safety,” noting that Italy was a leader in European rescue efforts.“These are urgently needed to stop the thousands of needless deaths that are turning the Mediterranean into a sea of tears,” he said. The UN chief stressed that millions of forcibly displaced people from Syria are being hosted by its neighbours, such as Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq and some in Egypt and North Africa. Like those countries, Italy’s shoreline makes it a frontline state for refugees from the Middle East and Africa, he stressed. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) is welcomed by Pietro Grasso, President of the Senate of Italy, and Laura Boldrini, President of the Chamber of Deputies, on arrival at the Palazzo Montecitorio to address the Italian Parliament. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) is welcomed by Laura Boldrini, President of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy. Pietro Grasso (right), President of the Senate, looks on. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas read more

Win a £50000 dream car with the Motor Show and Shell

Motor Show has teamed up with leading fuel retailer Shell to bring motorists a fantastic competition and the chance to win a new car worth up to £50,000.Starting on 4 July, fifteen million Motor Show Top Trump cards will be distributed from more than 950 participating Shell forecourts around the UK to fuel-hungry motorists.Every time a customer buys Optimax Unleaded fuel from a participating Shell forecourt they will be given a packet of six special Motor Show Top Trump cards. Each card features a different car and there are 18 different cards to collect in all. The lucky winner who collects them all will be able to select their £50,000 prize model from more than 700 cars on show at this year’s British International Motor Show.This great give-away from the Daily Telegraph sponsored Motor Show and Shell lasts until 4 September, which means there’s plenty of time for all the family to start collecting cards. But those who struggle to collect all 18 on their own should remember that Top Trumps is about winning cards from other people too. If you can’t get them at the forecourt, you still might win them from friends and colleagues in the playground or work place!Chief executive of Motor Show organisers’ Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Christopher Macgowan, said: ‘Top Trumps are great fun and we’re pleased to be working with Shell on such an exciting promotion. With the prospect of winning a £50,000 car, we think there will be queues of drivers waiting to fill up with Shell Optimax in the run up to this year’s Motor Show.’Noel Kubala, Promotions and Communications Manager for Shell UK Retail added, ‘Shell is delighted to be fuelling the biggest Motor Show promotion ever. Shell Optimax Unleaded is the market leader in quality performance fuels and the British International Motor Show is the country’s biggest consumer exhibition, representing the best the industry has to offer. As a partnership deal, this is about as natural as it gets.’Notes to editors: For visitors without access to the Internet, tickets are available through the Motor Show box office ticket line on 0870 906 2002. Lines are open 9am – 8pm on weekdays and 10am – 8pm at the weekend. The British International Motor Show 2002 takes place from 23 October to 3 November at Birmingham’s NEC with public access from 24 October. Discount tickets for the Show are now on sale for those who book in advance through the web site at Visitors can save £3 by booking on-line, with adult tickets priced at £12 for public days. On the door, tickets are priced at £15. For the exclusive public preview day on 24 October, tickets cost £25 in advance but £40 on the door, an on-line saving of more than a third. Motor Show Top Trumps is a card game, based on Winning Moves’ successful format. Each card features a car with a list of specifications corresponding to the model. This includes, top speed, power and economy. In a two-player game, one player names a specification for his car and compares it with that of player two’s. The player holding the card with the higher specification wins his opponent’s card. During the Show, doors will open from 9.30am to 7pm on all public days, closing at 5pm on the final day. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ohio State mens tennis looking to ace another season in 2014

Then-redshirt-sophomore Hunter Callahan bats a ball away during a match against Minnesota April 7 at the Varsity Tennis Center. OSU won, 7-0.Credit: Caitlin Essig / Managing editor for contentEven though classes were just canceled because of cold weather, things are starting to heat up at the Varsity Tennis Center as the Ohio State men’s tennis team looks to begin another championship season.Despite losing five players, including 2013 NCAA Singles Champion Blaz Rola, the Buckeyes find themselves ranked No. 5 to start the season in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll. There might be lofty expectations for a young team looking to continue a historic run of success, but coach Ty Tucker said fans shouldn’t be surprised if the talent overcomes the inexperience.“We have some work to do,” Tucker said. “We definitely have the chips, but we just have to figure out the best way to use them.”When asked who could fill the open spots from last year’s team, Tucker first pointed to true freshman Herkko Pollanen and redshirt-freshman Ralf Steinbach, along with redshirt-juniors Kevin Metka and Hunter Callahan. Pollanen, who came to Columbus by way of Helsinki, Finland, reached No. 16 in the junior rankings before making his way to campus.Perhaps Tucker’s most valuable chip, though, is senior Peter Kobelt.After flipping between No. 1 and No. 2 singles with Rola last year, Kobelt looks to have that spot all to himself in 2014. He has momentum heading into the season from helping the U.S. capture the gold medal at the Master’U BNP Paribas international collegiate team competition in Aix-en-Provence, France.“It was a great opportunity to play in a high quality tournament against the best all over the world.” Kobelt said. “We played high quality tennis for four days, represented the USA and won.”The team’s high ranking should be put to the test all season as there are seven teams ranked inside the top 30 on OSU’s schedule.“At Ohio State, we try our best to play the greatest and best in the country,” Tucker said.Even with a treacherous schedule and four of the starting six being first-time starters, the goal for the team remains the same.“The goal is to win the Big Ten title,” Tucker said.Considering the team has won seven titles in eight years, anything less could be viewed as a letdown, Kobelt said.“Our goal is to always win the Big Ten. The Big Ten is ours,” Kobelt said, “I don’t want to lose it in my last year.”The Buckeyes begin play Jan. 22 against Butler and Xavier in Columbus. read more

Fire damages Fishers Landing building

first_imgTwo units in an apartment building in the Fisher’s Landing neighborhood were damaged in a fire on Saturday morning.According to Vancouver Fire Department Capt. Pete Adams, the occupant of a ground floor unit in one of the buildings at the Slate Ridge apartment complex, 3100 S.E. 168th Ave., called the fire department at 10:33 a.m. to report discoloration on the walls and ceiling around the fireplace in his unit.Firefighters arrived at the scene and detected high heat behind the walls using a thermal camera. They removed a portion of the wall and noticed significant charring of the wood on the inside. They investigated the unit directly above the caller’s unit and found a similar situation, Adams said, with charring and some active fire in the space behind the walls near the fireplace.The fire appeared to have spread along the length of the wooden chimney chase through both floors and up to the roof of the two-story building, Adams said. The chimney itself was a metal pipe, he said, but enclosed in the wooden chase.“(The chimney chase) is that wooden structure that hides the chimney,” he said.The 10 firefighters at the scene opened up additional wall sections and sprayed water inside to extinguish the fire, then stayed at the site for an additional half hour to assess the damage and help the homeowners salvage belongings.The two units were rendered uninhabitable, displacing a total of three occupants. Adams said the apartment complex management told the fire department that they were looking into relocating the occupants to other units.last_img read more

Sarri Its time for Hazards future to be decided

first_imgChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri wants a solution on Eden Hazard’s future now, amid the constant speculation linking him with a switch to Real MadridThe Belgian winger is yet to commit his long-term future at Stamford Bridge with his contract set to expire in June 2020.This has prompted reports of a transfer to Real with Hazard doing little to deny the rumours by claiming it would be a dream for him in October.On Wednesday, the 27-year-old announced he intends to just stay focused on his football after scoring both goals in Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Watford.But Sarri believes now is the time for answers on Hazard’s Chelsea future.“I don’t know but it’s time to decide,” said Sarri on the club website, when asked if Hazard will stay at the club.“I am the coach. I am not the president, I am not in charge of the market, I am the coach. I want to speak to him only about the position on the pitch.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“I think we have to solve the problem.”The Blues will take a trip to Selhurst Park this Sunday to take on Crystal Palace in the Premier League.And Sarri is expecting a stern challenge from the Eagles, who defeated Manchester City 3-2 last week.“It’s a very difficult match because in the last three matches at home they were able to not concede a goal to the opponent, then they are very dangerous on the counter-attack,” said the Italian.“We have to play against a very dangerous team, especially with it being away.”Pedro will be unavailable for the league match against Palace on Sunday, which begins at 13:00 (CET).last_img read more

Tourism Month launched with Stakeholders in Turks and Caicos

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:amy avenant, kenrick neely, KPMG, Portia smith, stakeholders, tourism month Residents can still do more to prevent mosquito breeding Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Nov 2015 – Over half a dozen stakeholders turned out for the launch of National Tourism Environmental Month which this month celebrates the country’s #1 industry; Tourism. For the Ministry of Tourism and its partners, the thrust this year will be on escalating national pride and encouraging domestic tourism. “On this day we officially launch the start of Tourism Month, with the theme, Tourism is Key: it starts with me.”Minister Porsha Smith officially opened the month which will be peppered with activities including a district challenge for best kept settlements; a new hospitality initiative centered on enhancing and highlighting good service led by the Hotel and Tourism Association, “and this year we are launching for the first time a program called ‘Hello Tourist’ that caters to the young children in the school communities where they will have the opportunity to experience or have a day in the life in the average tourist here in Turks and Caicos.”The National Tourism Symposium where the KPMG’s Tourism strategy will be rolled out to the public. Minister Smith: “Because we know in order for our product to stay, number #1 island, number #1 destination we have to make sure that everyone is involved.”Environmental officials were also on hand, Kenrick Neely of the Environmental Health Department underscored the theme for this year, Tourism is Key and it begins with me. “Just remember that it starts with you, not with TCIG, not with the Government but with us, each and every one of us.”While Amy Avenant of the Department of Environment & Maritime Affairs or DEMA said for the TCI tourism and all habitats are inextricably linked. “It is a very encouraging initiative that DEMA endorses and likes to promote. We’ll certainly be actively involved both during the Tourism Symposium and conducting a number of school visits.” TCI: Savory favors investor residency status, heralds KPMG economic report, says Caicos link is economic lifeline Beautiful girls on Beautiful beaches, Turks and Caicos scores with Sports Illustrated Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Vancouver man guilty in attempted murder kidnapping case

first_imgA Clark County jury Wednesday found a Vancouver man guilty in the kidnapping, robbery and shooting of a Beaverton, Ore., man in November 2012 near Vancouver Lake.The jury of seven women and five men convicted Pedro “Junior” Godinez Jr., 20, of first-degree attempted murder with a firearm enhancement and aggravating factors. The jury also found him guilty of kidnapping, robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 26.Godinez kidnapped, robbed and repeatedly shot Freddie Landstrom, 39, on Nov. 28, 2012, after Godinez’s then-girlfriend, Joanna Speaks, lured Landstrom to her apartment in east Vancouver.“I appreciate the jury coming out and making justice swiftly,” Landstrom said in a phone interview Wednesday. “I look forward to the opportunity to see that the judge does something that puts something evil away.”The jury found that Godinez committed crimes with deliberate cruelty and lack of remorse, both aggravating factors, either of which could bring a potential sentence above the state’s standard range. The firearm enhancement adds a mandatory five years to any sentence.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time C.A.R.E.S. Site Coordinator at Boutwell Early Childhood CenterPart-Time C.A.R.E.S. Social/Emotional Mentor at Wilmington Public SchoolsFull-Time Long-Term Substitute Emotional Assistant at Wilmington Public SchoolsFull-Time Supervisor (GEMS Breed) at Charles River LabsFull-Time Maintenance Worker at Janis Research CompanyPart-Time Track Operator at K1 SpeedFull-Time Event Producer at Art Of The EventFull-Time Management-Customer Service at Watson Marlow, Inc.Full-Time Merchandise Handler Customer Service at Crate & BarrelPart-Time Entry Level Package Handler at UPS Warehouse(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

Shimul Biswas asked to surrender within two weeks

first_imgShamsur Rahman Shimul Biswas. UNB File PhotoThe High Court on Monday directed Shamsur Rahman Shimul Biswas, special assistant to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, to surrender within the next two weeks before the lower court in a case filed for obstructing law enforcers from discharging their duties, reports UNB.The HC bench of justice Jahangir Hossain and justice Md Riaz Uddin Khan passed the order after Shimul Biswas sought bail in the case. He filed the bail application on 7 July.Senior lawyer Khandakar Mahbub Hossain and Masud Rana stood for Shimul Biswas and deputy attorney general Jahid Sarwar Kajal represented the state.The case was filed on 16 November, 2017 with Shahbagh police station on charge of obstructing the law enforcers from discharging their duties while the BNP chairperson was on her way to a Dhaka court in a case filed against her.Lawyer Masud Rana said the name of Shimul Biswas was included in the charge-sheet of the case on 20 November, 2018.last_img

Will Texas Have Enough Workers For LongTerm Recovery After Hurricane Harvey

first_img X – / 3One of the big workforce issues after a hurricane is purely practical, and that’s having places for recovery workers to live so they won’t have to drive in from long distances.Port Isabel City Manager Jared Hockema was one of the officials testifying before the House Business and Industry Committee at a hearing held on South Padre Island. “We already don’t have housing for our existing workforce right now,” said Hockema. “And so if you look at the people working in these hotels and restaurants, they don’t live here because we do not have adequate affordable housing.”Hockema said one thing the state can do is give counties more authority to establish building and floodplain regulations. That could lead to more storm-resistant housing.“Those tools are what allow you to establish a resilient, robust housing stock that can withstand a hurricane,” explained Hockema. “So you don’t lose such a large percentage of your housing and you have that housing available for your workforce.”Also testifying was South Padre Island City Manager Susan Guthrie, who said affordable housing is also an issue in her community. Guthrie said most of their city workers don’t even live on the island and commute from nearby communities.“Getting workforce, just the general workforce here post-storm, much less the relief workers, is really a challenge,” added Guthrie. “And especially when you’re talking about one way on, one way off this island.”The committee will hold another hearing Thursday in Brownsville. Share 00:00 /00:47center_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Minecraft developer Notch creates Minicraft in 48 hours

first_imgMarkus Persson, the independent developer who more commonly goes by the name of Notch, is best known for creating the game Minecraft and founding Mojang AB.As well as developing and releasing one of the best games of 2011, he’s also someone who clearly loves making games whenever he can. Evidence of this comes from the fact he has just participated in the latest Ludum Dare accelerated game development competition.The rules of Ludum Dare are quite simple. Participants are told what the theme is just before the competition starts and then have 48 hours to create a game based around it. For Ludum Dare #22 that theme was “Alone” and Notch took it as an opportunity to create what looks to be a Zelda-like mini Action RPG.The game is called Minicraft and tasks the player with killing the Air Wizard–the only other sentient being in the world. In so doing, you will be completely alone thus fulsilling the theme requirements. Along the way you will fight a variety of enemies and can collect food and items by chopping down trees and killing things. There also seems to be a range of useful items other than food to collect in your inventory.The good news is you can play the game right now in your web browser. It should keep you entertained for anything from a few minutes to the best part of an hour.We’ll have to wait and see is Minicraft is good enough to win Ludum Dare, but it is a fairly polished game for just 48 hours of work.Read more at and Ludum Darelast_img read more

Diet lacking soluble fibre can lead to weight gain

first_imgA diet missing soluble fibre promotes inflammation in the intestines and poor gut health, leading to weight gain, suggests new research. Moreover, incorporating soluble fibre back into the diet can restore gut health, the research conducted in mice showed.Foods rich in soluble fibre include oatmeal, nuts, beans, apples, and blueberries.“If our observations were to prove applicable to humans, it would suggest that encouraging consumption of foods with high soluble fibre content may be a means to combat the epidemic of metabolic disease,” the researchers said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The research team at Georgia State University examined the effects of diets varying in amounts of soluble and insoluble fibres, protein and fat on the structure of the intestines, fat accumulation and weight gain in mice.The researchers found that mice on a diet lacking soluble fibre gained weight and had more fat compared with mice on a diet including soluble fibre. The intestines of mice on the soluble fibre-deficient diet were also shorter and had thinner walls. These structural changes were observed as soon as two days after starting the diet. Introducing soluble fibre into  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflixthe diet restored gut structure. Supplementing with soluble fibre insulin restored the intestinal structure in mice on the soluble fibre-deficient diet. Mice that received cellulose, an insoluble fibre, however, did not show improvements. The data suggest a difference in health benefits between soluble and insoluble dietary fibres, the researchers stated. The study was published in the journal American Journal of Physiology.last_img read more

3 new border outposts to come up at Doklam

first_imgDarjeeling: Three new Border Outposts (BOPs) are all set to come up at Doklam, the trijunction between India, Bhutan and China. Along with this, the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) will be creating 73 BOPs in border areas throughout the country in the next calendar year.”The army guards the Doklam trijunction. There is presence of the SSB as well. The army feels that there is need for three new BOPs. At present, there is joint patrolling by the army and SSB in the Doklam area. Meetings are being held between the two forces at the highest level, to decide on the location of these 3 BOPs,” stated Shrikumar Bandopadhyay, IG, SSB. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIncidentally, during the monsoon of 2017, the Chinese and Indian troops had locked horns during a 73 day standoff in the strategically located Doklam area, which is still seen as a sensitive issue. The SSB guards both the Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan borders. The Indo-Nepal border, guarded by the SSB on all frontiers, boasts of 105 BOPs. Out of this, the Siliguri Frontier of the SSB guards 315 km and 6 battalions are deployed on this stretch. The Indo-Bhutan border under the SSB is a 655 km stretch, with 58 BOPs. The Siliguri Frontier guards 215 km of the Indo-Bhutan border and 5 battalions are deployed there. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedApart from guarding the borders, the SSB performs a number of key duties. As the Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan borders are open and friendly, they are highly vulnerable to human trafficking and smuggling. 10 traffickers were arrested and 19 victims were rescued by the SSB this year. The SSB had also intensified drive against smugglers and was highly successful. They recovered Indian currency, foreign currency, fake Indian currency notes, antique idols, narcotics, timber, animals and their body parts and products like venom and cattle. “Contraband worth more than Rs 61,27,29,160 was seized and 629 smugglers were apprehended this year,” stated the IG. 7 arms, along with a large quantity of ammunition and explosives were also recovered. “Since Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan borders are open borders, it is very difficult to fully curb smuggling. However, with help of a strong intelligence network, Siliguri Frontier has been successful in minimising it. However, we have given a clarion call to the people living in border areas, to become more proactive in guarding their own borders,” said Bandopadhyay. The SSB has installed x-ray machines and cameras in Jaigaon on the Indo-Bhutan border and at Panitanki on the Indo-Nepal border, to keep track of the movement of vehicles and people across the borders. The SSB will be celebrating its 55th Raising Day on December 20 at the Teesta Stadium, SSB Campus, Ranidanga. The day will be marked by a parade and IG Bandopadhyay will take the salute. 5 officers from the Siliguri Frontier will be receiving the Director General’s Golden Disc award and 23 will be awarded the Silver Disc.last_img read more

NZ Southern Lakes tops sites to see

first_imgQueenstown landscape The Rugby World Cup will not be the only reason visitors will be flocking to New Zealand after the Southern Lakes region was selected as one of the Top Ten Region to visit next year.Sitting at Number Eight on Lonely Planet top attractions list, New Zealand’s Queenstown, Lake Wanaka and Fiordland are the only NZ based regions to be selected to feature in book alongside Borneo, Sicily, Northern Kenya and Coastal Wales.Lonely Planet New Zealand spokesperson said the new is not a shock to anyone who knows the region enough to recognise its “breathtaking” beauty. “Words like breathtaking, jaw-dropping, exhilarating and stunning are grossly overused in the tourism industry but the Southern Lakes region has a right to them all,” the spokesperson said.While Destination Queenstown chief executive Tony Everitt added that the top ten spot is likely to benefit the area which experience a slight down fall in arrivals after the Christchurch quake. “To receive this kind of endorsement by Lonely Planet is priceless for Queenstown and the Southern Lakes as well as New Zealand,” he added.Renowned for its diversity and tranquility, an excerpt from the book highlighted that the region has a wide-range of activities as well as locations to relax.“There isn’t a bad time to turn up in the world’s top adventure playground,” the book read. “There’re nonstop outdoor activities year-round in the resort towns of Queenstown, Wanaka and Te Anau, as well as the surrounding mountains, lakes and parks… Where else can you ski in the morning and golf or water ski in the afternoon? “Add excellent wineries and superb restaurants and what more is there to say?”What do you think of the selection? Is the Southern Lakes on your list of things to do next year? Wanaka landscape Fiordland Mitre Peak reflection at Milford Sound Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Man arrested over suspicious wads of cash and gun

first_imgPolice in Limassol on Wednesday evening arrested a man in possession of a large sum of money and a Doko gun.Around 11.10pm, officers spotted a vehicle moving around suspiciously in a car park in Limassol.They stopped the car and searched the vehicle and its 29-year-old driver.During the search they found a package containing €30,930 under the seat and arrested the driver as he could not explain how the money came to be in his possession.His home was searched after his arrest and a Doko gun was found for which he had no permit.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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