IranianCanadian professor Kavous SeyedEmami reportedly dies in custody

first_imgTEHRAN, Iran – The death of an Iranian-Canadian professor in Iran points to a pattern of the country’s judicial authorities targeting dual nationals, according to the head of a non-profit agency that promotes human rights in Iran.Kavous Seyed-Emami, a professor of sociology at Tehran’s Imam Sadiq University, was detained last month, according to Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran.He died in custody less than three weeks later, according a social media post from his son, who goes by the stage name King Raam.“The news of my father’s passing is impossible to fathom,” Raam wrote in a post on Twitter and Instagram Saturday morning. “I still can’t believe this.”In an email to The Canadian Press, a spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada said the department is aware of reports of Seyed-Emami’s death, and staff in Turkey are in contact with the family of a Canadian citizen.“Consular officials in Ankara are working to gather additional information and are providing assistance to the family,” Natasha Nystrom wrote.“Due to the provisions of the Privacy Act, further details on this case cannot be released.”Canada has not had an embassy in Iran since 2012, and the two countries have no formal diplomatic ties.Raam wrote in his social media post that his mother had been told his father took his own life in prison, but Ghaemi said the family is pushing for an independent autopsy.“The claim of a suicide is highly questionable,” Ghaemi said in a telephone interview, while admitting he had “no idea” how the professor may have really died.“I do know the interrogation tactics and psychological pressures are very extreme on the detainees — especially in the first few weeks,” said Ghaemi.“They’re isolated, they’re incommunicado. Their food intake is manipulated, and they are kept in psychological conditions that even a young, healthy person would find very difficult,” he added.“So given Kavous was 63 years old, I am very concerned.”Ghaemi said Seyed-Emami’s detention is part of a two-year trend of Iranian authorities accusing prominent dual nationals of espionage, but he noted the charges are “rarely backed up by any evidence.”The case recalls that of Homa Hoodfar, a 65-year-old retired anthropology professor from Montreal, who was detained in Iran in for several months in 2016 and indicted on unknown charges.In media interviews after her release, Hoodfar said she was threatened and psychologically tortured over dozens of interrogations.In addition to his role at the university, Seyed-Emami was the managing director of the environmental group the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation.According to a post on its website, the group “strives to ease the heavy strain on rare wildlife of Iran.”Ghaemi said Seyed-Emami was a founder of the group, which he called “the leading environmental NGO in Iran,” and he was detained along with nearly a dozen other members.last_img read more

Government funding cut a financial blow for Ontario midwives association says

first_imgTORONTO — The association representing Ontario midwives is “very disappointed” about the province’s decision to cut funding to the birth practitioners’ regulatory college, saying the already underpaid workers will likely see a jump in professional fees to help cover the shortfall.“Midwives really do shoulder a proportionally higher burden of professional fees through our regulatory college to begin with,” Elizabeth Brandeis, president of the Association of Ontario Midwives, said Friday. “So this cut of government support really does put that extra burden on midwives.”Brandeis was reacting to a statement by the College of Midwives of Ontario on its website Thursday that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care would no longer provide it with operational grants.The college said it has received annual grants from the ministry for 25 years and the loss of this funding creates a “significant” budgetary shortfall and will force it to operate with a deficit until at least 2021.In 2017-2018, the college received $799,415 from the Health Ministry — about one-third of its budget — and had requested an operational grant for the coming fiscal year of $750,553.On Nov. 8 the college was informed the grant was being cancelled.Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott was unavailable for an interview Friday to explain why the college’s funding was suddenly terminated.However, Elliott’s press secretary said via email that the Progressive Conservative government under Premier Doug Ford was elected to transform the health-care system “and put it on a sustainable path for the future.“Our government values the contributions of Ontario’s midwives and the care they provide to expectant families, and will continue to listen to patients and the people who plan and work on the front lines of our health-care system,” Hayley Chazen said.Along with cost-cutting measures, the college conceded that midwives will likely have to pay higher professional fees to overcome the funding shortfall. Currently, members pay about $2,200 annually. Any increase will be decided by the college council at its next meeting in March, with the fee due upon registration renewal in October.Despite the setback, the college maintained there will be no impact on women who use midwives for pre-natal, delivery and post-partum care, as midwifery services are mandated by law and cannot be reduced.Midwives work in about 100 communities across the province and deliver about 15 per cent of babies born in Ontario, the association says.But Brandeis said there is already far greater demand for services than the province’s 956 registered midwives can provide. “We know upward of 25 to 40 per cent of people who want to have a midwife can’t currently access a midwife.”Bumping up professional fees will mean an additional financial burden to midwives — a mostly female workforce — who are already considered inadequately paid, Brandeis said.  In September, her association won a landmark pay-equity case when the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal ruled the government had discriminated against midwives based on gender. The association had argued the gender pay-equity gap for Ontario’s midwives is at least 48 per cent, compared to other primary health-care providers who also provide low-risk pregnancy, delivery and post-birth care to women. The Canadian pay-equity average is 26 to 30 per cent.The Ford government is appealing the decision.  “So the combination of inequitable pay and higher professional dues really does create a tremendous stress on midwives,” said Brandeis, who’s also a practising midwife in Toronto.The loss of government funding in Ontario is in stark contrast to a boost for midwifery announced earlier this week by the Alberta government. Health Minister Sarah Hoffman said midwives who complete additional training will be allowed to broaden their scope of practice, including prescribing a wider range of prescription drugs and contraceptives, inducing labour and using ultrasounds to determine fetal position.Alberta has also increased funding for midwifery services by $11 million over the last three years, bringing the total to $49 million.Meaghan Grant, co-owner of Toronto Family Doulas, said she’s concerned that the extra financial burden caused by Ontario’s pullback of funding to the midwives’ college could drive some of her allied birthing practitioners from Ontario to other provinces, such as Alberta.Doulas, who are not regulated by the college, are non-medical birth companions who assist and emotionally support a woman before, during and after childbirth. They do not deliver babies as midwives do. “My concern is there will be an exodus, and we’re already in a situation where prenatal care is extremely difficult for people to get access to; it can be very hard to find an (obstetrician) even, and midwives are turning away clients because there are more people who want midwives than midwives can take,” said Grant.“We are running the risk of losing not only an obstetrical and maternity, labour and delivery need, but also the group that often focuses on the most disadvantaged and the most unsupported people in our society,” she added, referring to refugees, immigrants and low-income Canadians.— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Senior UN officials head to Nigeria for peace talks on Darfur

“The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, Jan Pronk, his Principal Deputy, Taye Zerihoun, and other senior officials of the UN mission will head tomorrow to Abuja, Nigeria. They will attend the talks between the Government of Sudan and the two rebel groups of Darfur, which are scheduled to start on Friday,” Stephane Dujarric told journalists today at UN Headquarters.The talks come in the wake of last month’s donor’s conference co-hosted by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Alpha Oumar Konaré, Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, which yielded nearly $300 million in pledges to scale up the AU’s peacekeeping mission in Darfur.At the same time, negotiations between the hostile parties has been stalled for six months, culminating in the past week in what Mr. Pronk called “serious violations of the N’Djamena Ceasefire Agreement” between the rebel groups – the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), which Mr. Pronk heads, reported security-related incidents during the past week in Darfur and in southern and eastern Sudan as the international community and the AU tried to assist all the parties achieve a breakthrough at Abuja.Earlier this week, Mr. Pronk discussed preparations for Abuja – especially the representation of the rebel groups – with Salim Ahmed Salim, the AU’s chief negotiator at the talks and the former Secretary General of the AU’s predecessor organization, the Organization of African Unity (OAU), Mr. Dujarric said.Meanwhile, the UN mission said at its weekly news briefing that the second Crude Mortality Survey in Darfur, conducted by the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the Sudan Ministry of Health, had started. The interviews and data processing should be completed by the end of this month, UNMIS said. read more

Redstone firm calls off CBS Viacom merger proposal

by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Dec 12, 2016 9:28 am MDT Last Updated Dec 12, 2016 at 3:07 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Redstone firm calls off CBS, Viacom merger proposal FILE – In this Oct. 1, 2012, file photo, Sumner Redstone attends the premiere of “Seven Psychopaths” in Los Angeles. Redstone’s National Amusements is abandoning a proposal that CBS and Viacom reunite after a 10 year split. National Amusements, which owns most of the voting shares of the two companies, had urged the companies to combine in September 2016. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File) ATLANTA – Media mogul Sumner Redstone’s National Amusements is abandoning a proposal that CBS and Viacom reunite after a 10 year split.The news comes as Viacom named acting CEO Bob Bakish as its permanent head.National Amusements, which owns most of the voting shares of the two companies, had urged the companies to combine in September, saying that a tie-up would help them compete better as technology and the entertainment industry rapidly evolve.Now, the company, run by Redstone and his daughter Shari, says that following management changes at Viacom and strength at CBS, which operates CBS, Showtime and other entities, it makes more sense for the companies to continue as separate entities.Viacom, which owns the Paramount Pictures movie studio and pay TV channels such as Comedy Central, MTV, BET and others, has been struggling to improve its profit as Paramount has struggled to produce hits and cable viewership declines.The company named Robert Bakish as acting president in late October and appointed him permanent president and CEO on Monday.The appointment caps off a management saga that culminated earlier this year, when longtime Viacom CEO Phillipe Dauman was pushed out following a legal battle with media mogul Sumner Redstone’s daughter, Shari Redstone, over control of the company. The fight ended with Shari Redstone as a Viacom director and president of National Amusements, which has a controlling stake in CBS and Viacom. At the time Tom Dooley was named interim CEO, but he announced unexpectedly he was leaving in October and Bakish was then named acting CEO.Meanwhile, as more people cut the cable cord, choosing instead to stream TV shows or movies online at places like Netflix, Hulu, iTunes and Amazon.com, CBS has found success under Les Moonves streaming its popular shows like “NCIS” and “The Big Bang Theory,” as well as its stand-alone, streaming Showtime channel.There would have been cost savings if the companies combined, but strategically, the positives weren’t as clear, said Instinet analyst Anthony DiClemente.“This allows CBS to continue to operate in a very nimble and autonomous fashion,” DiClemente said. “For Viacom, I think in terms of long term strategy, the verdict is still out.”Viacom said in a statement that it received the letter sent by National Amusements and will provide more updates later. CBS referred comment to National Amusements.Viacom Inc. Class B shares fell $3.01, or 7.8 per cent, to $35.61 in afternoon trading Monday. CBS Corp. Class B shares slipped 4 cents to $62.52. read more

Brocks record enrolment defies Ontarios shrinking pool

Call it reputation, call it success, but Brock University is starting the new school year with its largest incoming class in a decade, and its largest-ever enrolment.More than 5,000 new students started the Fall Term at Brock Wednesday, Sept. 5, marking a six per cent increase over last year’s incoming class. Brock’s 2018-19 total fall enrolment is projected to be more than 19,100 students — the largest in the school’s 54-year history.The incoming undergraduate class is the second largest since the double cohort year in 2003, when a massive influx of students headed to university as the result of the elimination of the fifth year of high school.Brock’s positive growth this fall can be seen across a number of major metrics:The number of high school grads entering Brock is up four per cent from last year, even though the Ontario-wide pool of high school grads declined by more than one per centOverall, the number of new undergrads is eight per cent higher than a year agoTwo per cent increase over last year in new graduate studentsMore than 900 new international grad and undergrad students from 68 different countries have confirmed their intentions to come to Brock — a remarkable 50 per cent spike from last year’s intake of new international students.“The positive enrolment numbers we are seeing this fall are a testament to the hard work and skills of our recruitment team at Brock and to our growing reputation for providing a welcoming and inclusive learning environment that offers great programs and courses taught by our engaged and committed faculty,” said Tom Dunk, Interim Provost and Vice-President, Academic.“Staff and faculty are dedicated to putting students first and this year’s numbers suggest that the word is getting out.”The positive news for Brock comes at a time when the provincial numbers are down from where they were at this time in 2017. While the average enrolment for domestic students is down about one per cent, that number is up four per cent at Brock. And while international enrolment is trending higher across the province, Brock’s numbers are more than three times the provincial average.James Mandigo, Brock Vice-Provost for Enrolment Management and International, said the international enrolment numbers are “off the charts.”“One of the factors is we’ve diversified the countries we’re focusing on with emerging markets such as Africa, Latin America and India,” Mandigo said. “And there has been a huge increase internationally in coming to Canada. It’s the fastest growing market because it’s known as a multicultural country that supports diversity and offers a great education at an affordable price.”But Brock University has also focused on its own backyard, with staff visiting Niagara secondary schools and encouraging students to experience Brock with campus visits.The result has been a significant increase in the number of Niagara students making Brock their choice for post-secondary education.“A lot of the strategy has been about getting out into the community and letting them feel what it means to be a student here at Brock. It’s all about making Brock more inviting and accessible to the community,” Mandigo said.He credited Brock’s faculty members with being approachable and willing to help tell the Brock experience story.“Brock’s reputation as being student-centred is really important,” he said. “Our faculty is very much engaged with our recruitment activities so students get to meet our faculty at various events.”While the 2018-19 numbers are extremely positive, Greg Finn, who will begin his term as Interim Provost and Vice-President, Academic on Oct. 1, said Brock has no intentions of resting on its laurels.“Yes, students are seeing the value in Brock and are choosing to come here, but we can’t rest on those numbers,” he said. “I think it’s important to build on the success. The word is out — Brock is a great place to come so we need to keep that momentum going.” read more

Crosby stars in return Penguins beat Stars 51

PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby returned from an upper-body injury to pick up a goal and two assists and the Pittsburgh Penguins drilled the Dallas Stars 5-1 on Wednesday night.The Pittsburgh captain missed three games after getting hurt last week, the latest setback during a forgettable early opening quarter of the season for the perennial Stanley Cup contenders.Crosby provided Pittsburgh with a needed spark. He set up Jake Guentzel for a goal less than 4 minutes into the game and provided a highlight-reel marker later in the opening period when he raced to the net and smacked in a rebound past Anton Khudobin to give Pittsburgh a three-goal lead.Evgeni Malkin, Patric Hornqvist and Tanner Pearson also scored for the Penguins. Two days after letting a 4-1 advantage disappear in a loss to Buffalo, Pittsburgh clamped down on the Stars. Casey DeSmith was rarely tested early and finished with 18 saves.Mattias Janmark spoiled DeSmith’s bid for a shutout with a third-period goal. Khudobin was pulled after Pearson beat him with a slap shot on the breakaway made it 5-0. Khudobin stopped just 11 of 16 shots. Rookie Landon Bow stopped 14 shots in his NHL debut.LIGHTNING 7, PANTHERS 3TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos had a goal and three assists and Tampa Bay beat Florida to reclaimed the top spot in the Eastern Conference.Nikita Kucherov and Ryan McDonagh each had a goal and two assists. Mathieu Joseph, Yanni Gourde, Adam Erne and Dan Giradi also scored, J.T. Miller had three assists, and Louis Domingue made 40 saves. The Lightning are 11-1-1 at home against Florida since the start of the 2013-14 season.Panthers left wing Mike Hoffman extended his points streak to 17 games (10 goals, 20 points) with a late third-period power-play goal. He is the fifth player in NHL history to have a points streak of at least 17 games in his first season with a franchise.Troy Brouwer and Aleksander Barkov also scored for the Panthers.RANGERS 5, ISLANDERS 0NEW YORK (AP) — Alexandar Georgiev stopped 29 shots for his first career shutout, Filip Chytil scored for the fifth straight game, and the Rangers beat the crosstown-rival Islanders.Chris Kreider had a goal and an assist, and Cody McLeod, Neal Pionk and Kevin Hayes also scored to help the Rangers win for the ninth time in 11 games (9-1-1). Kevin Shattenkirk and Mika Zibanejad each added two assists in the Rangers’ seventh straight win at home, now by a combined 26-10 margin.The Rangers ended an eight-game skid (0-7-1) to the Islanders, who had won 12 of the previous 13 meetings, including a 7-5 win at home last Thursday night.CAPITALS 4, BLACKHAWKS 2WASHINGTON (AP) — Tom Wilson, Andre Burakovsky and Michal Kempny scored to give Washington an early lead, and the Capitals held off Chicago.Devante Smith-Pelly also scored and Braden Holtby stopped 37 shots to help Washington win its third straight. Brandon Saad, Erik Gustafsson scored for Chicago.Wilson, playing in just his fifth game after sitting out the first 16 because of a suspension, scored his second goal of the season just 54 seconds in after upending Chicago goalie Corey Crawford.SABRES 5, FLYERS 2BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Evan Rodrigues had a goal and an assist in Buffalo’s four-goal first period, and the Sabres extended their NHL-best winning streak to seven games.Buffalo has its longest run since taking 10 games in a row to open the 2006-07 season.Jeff Skinner, Tage Thompson and Johan Larsson also scored in the opening period for the Sabres. Sam Reinhart added an empty-net goal in the third, and Carter Hutton made 23 saves.Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds scored for Philadelphia.HURRICANES 5, MAPLE LEAFS 2RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Trevor van Riemsdyk and Justin Williams scored 22 seconds apart in the first period, sending Carolina past Toronto.Curtis McElhinney made 30 saves to help Carolina snap Toronto’s four-game winning streak. Micheal Ferland, Sebastian Aho and Andre Svechnikov also scored for the Hurricanes.John Tavares and Kasperi Kapanen scored for Toronto. The Maple Leafs are 9-2 on the roadRED WINGS 3, BRUINS 2, OTDETROIT (AP) — Andreas Athanasiou tied it midway through the third period and scored 49 seconds into overtime to lift Detroit past Boston.Jimmy Howard stopped 34 shots and Tyler Bertuzzi also scored for Detroit. The Red Wings have won nine of 11 and are over .500 (10-9-2) for the first time this season.Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Chris Wagner scored for Boston.DEVILS 5, CANADIENS 2NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Pavel Zacha scored twice, Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist, and New Jersey beat Montreal.Kyle Palmieri and Nico Hischier also scored for the Devils, and Keith Kinkaid stopped 24 shots to end the team’s two-game skid. Jonathan Drouin and Max Domi scored for Montreal. Domi has a point in 11 straight games. Carey Price made 23 saves.___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/tag/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Davis scores 24 Houston beats BYU 7662

PROVO, Utah — Corey Davis Jr. scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half, Cedrick Alley Jr. had 19 points, six rebounds and six assists, and Houston beat BYU 76-62 on Saturday.Houston (4-0) pushed the lead into double digits for good with a 10-0 run early in the second half. BYU (5-2) had a 10-2 run to cut the deficit to 10, but Houston scored 11 straight for its largest lead at 76-55 with 2:59 left.Breaon Brady added 17 points and seven rebounds for Houston, which took the lead for good at 29-28 and led 37-32 at halftime.TJ Haws tied a career high with six 3-pointers and scored 25 to lead BYU. Yoeli Childs added 16 points and nine rebounds.Houston had a 36-28 advantage on the glass and outscored BYU 32-18 in the paint.The Associated Press

Suzy Lamplugh murder suspect complains of character assassination

The chief suspect in the disappearance of estate agent Suzy Lamplugh in 1986 has penned a letter from prison complaining about the “assassination” of his character.A letter purportedly from convicted killer John Cannan dated November 6 comes as a police search of the back garden of a house once owned by his mother continues into its 13th day.Cannan denies any involvement in the 25-year-old’s disappearance.In the correspondence sent to a female pen pal and passed to the Sunday Mirror, Cannan says he is ready to throw himself from the top of maximum security Full Sutton prison due to the latest investigation.It reads: “I was just about to throw myself off the building when your kind letter arrived. Many thanks. If I ever win the lottery I’ll buy you a villa.”Yes, this police and press assassination of me has upset me deeply. Worse, I am in no position to reply to it so I feel powerless. 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. “Strange really, the reality of my life is so much more interesting yet it has been buried.”It also refers to a video for a dating agency he made back in 1987 describing his perfect woman as – among other things – “somebody who’s easy and relaxed to be with”.The video is understood to have been made six weeks before he was arrested for abducting and murdering newlywed Shirley Banks in Bristol.He is serving a life sentence for her murder.In his letter, he says: “Well actually, I never asked to meet any woman from that agency. Suzy Lamplugh went missing in 1986 after leaving her west London offices Three days before she was last seen Cannan had been released from a hostel at Wormwood Scrubs Prison where he served a six-year sentence for rape.He was also connected to the case due to his strong resemblance to an e-fit of her abductor and, according to reports, he was nicknamed Kipper while serving his earlier sentence.The Met has been leading the search at the address on Shipton Road in Sutton Coldfield. Show more “It wasn’t quite what you think. Actually do not believe much of what you’re reading or seeing on the telly. A lot of it I dispute.”The Mirror said it has passed the letter to the police.Ms Lamplugh went missing after leaving her west London offices to meet a mystery client known only as Mr Kipper.Her disappearance has remained one of the UK’s most notorious cold cases and she was declared dead – presumed murdered – in 1994. Suzy Lamplugh went missing in 1986 after leaving her west London offices Credit:PA read more

Gunman opens fire in New Jersey shopping centre

first_imgPOLICE IN NEW Jersey are searching for a man who opened fire in a busy shopping centre last night.Authorities believe the shooter is still in the 2.2-million-square-foot mall. SWAT teams have concentrated the search operation in the northeast corner, near a Nordstrom store.Hundreds of law enforcement officers converged on the mall after witnesses said multiple shots were fired there at about 9.30pm (local time).“We are searching for a shooter,” the mayor of the town of Paramus, Richard Labarbiera, told reporters outside the Garden State Plaza Mall.“Everyone is safe. No one has been injured,” he continued.Julio Cortez/AP/Press Association ImagesThe mall is about 12 miles from Manhattan and is home to about 300 stores. Thousands of people were evacuated following the reports of gunfire. LAX gunman charged, carried note saying he planned to kill ‘multiple’ agentsBoy, 13, carrying replica gun shot dead by police in CaliforniaMore details of ‘horrific’ Washington Navy Yard shooting emergelast_img read more

Le piment un atout santé contre le cholestérol

first_imgLe piment, un atout santé contre le cholestérol ?Selon une récente étude menée par des chercheurs chinois, le piment serait une arme efficace contre le cholestérol et un atout pour doper la santé du coeur. Des résultats obtenus chez le rongeur et qui restent à valider chez l’homme.  Si les spécialistes recommandent de ne pas manger trop souvent épicé, on prête plusieurs vertus aux piments et aux autres épices. C’est néanmoins un nouveau bienfait que viennent d’identifier des scientifiques chinois. Au cours d’une étude publiée dans la revue European Journal of Nutrition, ceux-ci ont découvert que le piment aurait la capacité d’abaisser le taux de cholestérol et de doper la santé cardiaque.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Pour arriver à cette conclusion, l’équipe basée à Hong-Kong ont suivi pendant six semaines des rongeurs qu’ils ont divisés en cinq groupes. Chacun a reçu ou non une dose bien précise de capsaïcine, le composé qui donne aux piments leur “force”. Les résultats des analyses menées pendant l’étude ont ainsi révélé que les taux de cholestérol total, de triglycérides et de “mauvais” cholestérol dans le sang des rongeurs étaient réduits significativement avec l’ajout des composants du piment comparé au groupe témoin. Néanmoins, cet impact n’a pas pu être associé à une dose précise. Outre l’effet sur le cholestérol, les chercheurs ont d’ailleurs identifié un autre bienfait du piment.La capsaïcine a également été associée à une réduction des concentrations des substances impliquées dans les inflammations, un facteur qui favorise l’apparition de problèmes cardiaques. “Dans cette étude, le groupe LD a subi un régime contenant 0,010% de capsaïcine, ce qui équivaut à 7 milligrammes par kilogramme de leur poids par jour. Etant donné ces chiffres, la concentration de capsaïcine utilisée pourrait permettre de réduire le cholestérol et l’activité vasculaire dans des conditions physiologiques normales”, écrivent les scientifiques chinois qui tiennent toutefois à rester prudents.En effet, comme le souligne le site nutraingredients-usa.com, les résultats n’ont été obtenus pour l’heure que chez des rongeurs. Il reste donc à savoir si ceux-ci peuvent être extrapolés à l’homme avant d’envisager une quelconque utilisation de ces bienfaits. Le 3 mai 2012 à 12:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Names of female performers that took part in a tryout in the

first_imgFacebook Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Videos Articles Videos Articles Twitter Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WhatsApp Google+ Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problemscenter_img Videos Articles Kurt Angle Now Playing Up Next WWE held a three-day tryout at the WWE UK Performance Center in North London for 18 female WWE hopefuls, who came from the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, and as far as Australia.The camp was led by William Regal, who is WWE’s Head of Global Recruiting, with assistance from coach Sarah Stock, NXT UK referees Joel Allen and Chris Sharpe, NXT UK Superstar Jack Starz, and British wrestler James Mason.Here is the complete list WWE released:28-year-old Dubliner Karen Glennon, a seven-year veteran who competes under the name of Martina. Known for her irreverent behavior inside the ring, Glennon is currently a titleholder in Scotland and has toured the U.S. and Japan, in addition to throughout the U.K.Popular Londoner Candy Floss, 19, who has made many appearances in NXT UK. A freestyle wrestler in her youth, she began training for sports-entertainment at age 15.Six-year pro Bethany Jefferson, aka Shax, who has previously trained at the WAW Academy in Norwich headed by Paige’s parents, Saraya & Ricky Knight.Italian wrestler Sabrina Casiraghi, who’s gone by the aliases Jokey and Aivil. Casiraghi made her debut in March 2015 and is currently a champion in Italy. She has also competed regularly in Glasgow-based Insane Championship Wrestling.Professional bodybuilder and bikini model Heather Schofield of Manchester, England. Schofield began training at Marty Jones’ Squared Circle Wrestling Academy in Manchester last year.Ireland’s Valkyrie Marie Cusak, 22. After initially learning the ropes in Bray in 2014, she traveled to England to study at various wrestling schools. She holds the women’s title for Over The Top Wrestling in Dublin.Australia’s “Python Powerhouse” Steph De Lander. Before training for the ring, De Lander played soccer and danced in various styles, including ballet and tap.Jamie Hayter, from Southampton, England. The 5-foot-8 Hayter, who recently battled Piper Niven on NXT UK, has four years’ experience, including touring with Japan’s Stardom promotion.24-year-old Winona Makanji, better known as Kanji, a high-flyer who made her in-ring debut in December 2017.Philippine-born Gisele Mayordo, from Canada. Trained by Lance Storm, the 5-foot-7 Mayordo wrestles as Gisele Shaw. She wrestled in high school and was a competitive figure skater before turning to the squared circle.22-year-old “Rhio” Rhianna McDonnell. A two-time Preston City Wrestling Women’s Champion, McDonnell is a multi-sport athlete who has a background in karate and taekwondo.Former powerlifting champion Kaydell Joyce, from Dublin, better known as Debbie Keitel. She began her training three years ago and has since learned under the likes of England’s Marty Jones and Japan’s Emi Sakura.20-year-old Mariah May Mead, a wrestler and model from England. Training since January 2018, she made her in-ring debut earlier this year. While in high school, Mead ran track and field and cross country, including in national competitions.British wrestler Jade Noble, aka “Poison Princess” Jayde. The 5-foot-10 Noble held titles for APEX Pro Wrestling and HOPE Wrestling.20-year-old Emma O’Sullivan, aka Raven Creed, from Cork, Ireland. A black belt in karate, O’Sullivan has been wrestling for five years in Ireland and the U.K.Liverpool’s Hannah Simpson, aka Jessica light. The 25-year-old learned the ropes at the Fighting Spirit Wrestling School headed by NXT UK Tag Team Champions Grizzled Young Veterans.British wrestler Chloe Smyth, better known by the ring alias Dani Luna. Making her pro debut in late 2016, Smyth is the reigning women’s champion for the Wales-based Dragon Pro Wrestling.25-year-old Mercedez Blaze, an independent wrestler who competes on the U.K. indie scene.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Ask a Climatologist Chukchi Sea ice at record low

first_imgThe Chukchi Sea should be almost fully covered in sea ice by now. Instead, it’s mostly open water.Brian Brettschneider, with our Ask a Climatologist segment, says the ice coverage right now in the Chukchi is typical for mid-October, not late-November.Listen nowInterview Transcript:Brian: Normally by this date, it’s 88 percent covered in ice. This year, it’s only 46 percent covered in ice. And that’s dramatically lower than even the second lowest year, which would be 2014, so very, very low ice coverage for this region… unprecedented.Annie: And a record low by a wide margin…Brian: By a very wide margin. I should say we’re talking the satellite era, which would be 1979 through present. But it’s fair to assume, and we have historical data that goes out to the late 1800s. It’s not as complete as the satellite era, but there’s really nothing even in that data set that comes close to where the sea ice is for 2017 through the end of November.Annie: What does that mean for weather in Alaska?Brian:  Of course all the Arctic is very important, but because this area is adjacent to Alaska and because of the direction of the prevailing flow through much of the winter, it’s really important. Because that area, when it’s open water and it’s about 30 degrees, it’s providing a lot of warmth to the atmosphere. When it’s covered in ice, that warmth is locked in underneath it. So if you have a flow of air that’s moving from say the Northwest, as it’s crossing over that water it’s going to be a lot warmer, if it’s locked in ice, it’s going to be a lot colder. It’s also going to be picking up a lot more moisture as it’s moving over the open water. So there’s a lot of local, near term weather impacts from having that open water.Annie: Is there any ice near Utqiagvik?Brian: Looking at the Geophysical Institute sea ice web cam, at least this morning there was no ice. There’s been a little bit of ice here and there, at the very nearshore. But basically there’s no ice up there at Utqiagvik. And talking to Rick Thoman, from the National Weather Service office, he’s indicated that in the last number of decades, the latest that it’s taken for the ice to fill in there is mid-November. So at least for the past 30, 40 and probably more years than that, this is the latest it’s ever taken to fill in the ice there in the nearshore areas.last_img read more

Claiming two first ascents climbing group seeks to create more opportunities for

first_imgThe Wrangell-St. Elias Park doesn’t keep track of who’s climbing what within the park. The American Alpine Club does have a database of recorded first ascents throughout the country. The group summited peaks 3 and 4. Now a group of young women in Alaska is contributing to that change. Last month, an all-female group of mountaineers flew high into the mountains of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. After nine days, they claimed two first ascents of unnamed peaks. Gianotti and McCaffrey are just two of eight women on this trip. It also included Auri Clark and Kit Cunningham from Juneau, Beth Loudon from Bellingham, Wash., Ashley Klassen from Telleride, Colo., Casey Patten from Park City, Utah, and Sophia Walling-Bell from Fairbanks. Several obstacles prevented them from completing the Stikine expedition. But the group solidified. They go by the name Alaska Mountain Women. And this year, they took on the Wrangells, claiming first ascents on two peaks, both just under 10,000 ft. In mid-April, a plane dropped eight women off on the southeast fork of the Chisana Glacier. That’s way out in Eastern Interior Alaska, between McCarthy and Nebesna. Beyond the physical act of climbing, Gianotti says trips like this one demand kindness, selflessness, a healthy lifestyle and tolerance for some level suffering. Gianotti says the team did a lot of research, looking at trip reports, determining what has been surveyed, and which peaks are named. “We discovered that the storm trend was like three days storming and about one day clear skis,” climber Katie McCaffrey said. She’s 24 and grew up in Nome and Fairbanks. McCaffrey says, because of the weather, the team was limited in the number of days they could actually spend climbing. Sophia Walling-Bell, Katie McCaffrey, Kit Cunningham and Auri Clark in their tent. (Photo by Beth Loudon) The group wants to grow a community of women in the mountains. What Gruhn does know, is that historically, this area has not been well-climbed. Gruhn says he doesn’t keep track of every single peak in Alaska. So, he says it’s hard for him to say definitively that these were first ascents. But, he doesn’t have a record of anyone visiting these summits before. “This is not a popular area. So it’s intriguing that they went in there. They’re probably the third or fourth party I know of that went in there in recorded history. So it’s pretty virgin territory,” Gruhn said. “It felt really nice to just have space to be like ‘I am terrified right now, I’m really scared.’ And have people validate those feelings,” Gianotti said. “And I feel like sometimes in other climbing situations I’ve been in I’ve had to hide that, because it would be showing a weakness.” Sophia Walling-Bell, Kit Cunningham, Mary Gianotti, Katie McCaffrey, Auri Clark, Beth Loudon, Ashley Klassen, and Casey Patten stand in front of the plane that dropped them off on the Chisana Glacier (Photo by Beth Loudon). Gianotti says there are certain things about climbing with other women that she hasn’t experienced with the male dominated groups she’s gone out with. “This trip, this ongoing team effort is an effort try to engage more women in the outdoors and share with the community that it’s possible for us to do these trips,” McCaffrey said. Finding out whether a certain peak has already been climbed is not always easy. In mountaineering, far more men than women make first ascents. But the number of women who notch first ascents is growing. In the mountains, they faced stretches of storms, with strong winds and temperatures dipping below zero at times. He says, coincidentally, there were recent reports of climbers sumitting peaks in the same area. “We knew for sure they were the first all-female first ascents. But then it was pretty powerful to come to the realization that it was first ascents,” Gianotti said. “We only had about three days on our trip to get out of camp and try to summit things,” McCaffrey said. The team split into four-person rope teams to travel on the glacier. (Photo by Mary Gianotti) “I just never get the opportunity to just be with women,” Gianotti said. “Usually it’s just you and a sea of dudes. And I just thought it would be really nice to have that experience and see what that was like.” Gruhn keeps his own database, using information from climbing and mountaineering journals, magazines and blogs. Gianotti and McCaffrey want to continue to make the outdoors more accessible for female climbers. McCaffrey says that’s a big part of what these trips are all about. Steve Gruhn is somewhat of an Alaska mountaineering historian. He’s currently the editor of the Alaska Mountaineering Club’s newsletter, Scree. And, for more than 20 years, he’s been documenting the earliest recorded ascents of as many peaks in Alaska as he can. Part of the team heads out of camp to make a summit bid. (Photo by Auri Clark) Beth Loudon and Sophia Walling-Bell reach one of the summits. (Photo by Mary Gianotti) The team was entirely women, including Mary Gianotti. She’s 27 and originally from Juneau. A few years ago, Gianotti reached out to some of her female mountaineering friends. In 2018, they attempted to ski the Stikine Icefield. last_img read more

Home Ministry raises objection against Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

first_imgMinistry of Home Affairs (MHA) has raised apprehensions to a proposal submitted by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) to Reserve Bank of India (RBI), seeking a clearance to open the second branch in India. The development comes days after the RBI gave green signal to the Bank of China to open its inaugural branch in India.The Indian Express has reported that MHA objected to the ICBC hiring more than the sanctioned number of Chinese nationals at its branch in Mumbai. Although the authorised strength at the ICBC Mumbai branch is 3-4 Chinese nationals, the bank is employing around 11-12 Chinese nationals.The information has been communicated to the Finance ministry by MHA while scrutinizing ICBC proposal seeking permission to open a second branch in New Delhi.Last year, RBI received a request from the Bank of China and ICBC for a branch license.In its submission to the Finance Ministry, the MHA said that the only 3-4 Chinese nationals employed at ICBC, Mumbai ICBC are registered with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO). The other Chinese nationals, who are not registered with the FRRO, leave just before the completion of six months to evade the process of registration with the Indian administration. A police officer stands guard in front of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) head office in Mumbai, India, August 9, 2016.Reuters fileAccording to the rules laid down by the Home ministry, foreign nationals staying in India on visa duration of more than 180 days are required to be registered with respective FRRO.MHA is concerned about the fact that more than 3-4 Chinese nationals employed at the ICBC branch violate authorisation by the RBI and the Centre, and could be involved in objectionable activities in India.The Finance Ministry has apprised the RBI that it has not provided NoC to the Chinese bank, though the MHA is examining the security issues pertaining to this matter.Chinese lenders have been aggressively expanding their business operations with Indian companies. Reliance Power and Reliance Communication were among the early Indian private players to accept Chinese lending.last_img read more

UK may lift air cargo ban

first_imgUK foreign secretary Boris Johnson holding meeting with foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali at State Guesthouse Padma on Friday. Photo: UNBThe United Kingdom has indicated withdrawal of ban on direct cargo flights from Dhaka to London soon saying they are very pleased over the progress Bangladesh government and Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh made so far, reports UNB.Visiting British foreign secretary Boris Johnson came up with the UK’s latest stance on Friday night saying it is almost done.”The aviation authority in Bangladesh and the government of Bangladesh made huge efforts. We’re very pleased to see the progress that has been made,” Johnson said while talking to reporters at Sate Guesthouse Padma after his meeting with foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali.On 8 March 2016, the British government slapped the ban on direct cargo flights from Dhaka to London after Biman failed to pass the safety and security tests.Biman’s cargo business shrank 22.54 per cent last fiscal year on the back of the ban on direct freight flight from Dhaka to London.In fiscal 2016-17, Biman earned Tk 2.44 billion from its cargo business in contrast to Tk 3.15 billion a year earlier. The state-run carrier transported 33,542 tonnes of cargoes last fiscal year, down 18 per cent year-on-year.The British foreign secretary, now in city on a two-day visit, discussed various issues of bilateral, regional and Rohingya issues in the meeting with minister Ali that lasted for over an hour.State minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam, foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque, British high commissioner in Dhaka Alison Blake, among others, were present.Speaking to media after the meeting, the British foreign secretary appreciated success of Bangladesh in various areas and laid emphasis on free press and free, fair and democratic elections.”We want to intensify our bilateral relations,” he said, adding that the UK wants more trade with Bangladesh in the days to come.On Rohingya issue, he said the international community needs to work hard on how to solve the issue outside the border – in Myanmar.He said all want to see safe, dignified and secure returns of Rohingyas to Myanmar.Johnson said the plight of the Rohingya and the suffering they have had to endure is one of the most shocking humanitarian disasters of their time.”This is a man-made tragedy that could be resolved with the right political will, tolerance and cooperation from all those involved,” he added.The British foreign secretary said he wants to see and hear for himself the terrible things these people have been through, and he will be talking to state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and other regional leaders about how they can work together to resolve this appalling crisis.He began a four-day tour to Asia today, Friday where he will visit Myanmar and Thailand after visiting Bangladesh.This is the first official visit by a foreign secretary in ten years.He met prime minister Sheikh Hasina before coming to Padma.British high commissioner in Dhaka Alison Blake is accompanying the British foreign secretary in the meeting.The foreign secretary will also visit a refugee camp on the Bangladesh-Burma border near Cox’s Bazar on Saturday.The foreign secretary will see first-hand the conditions of the Rohingya who have fled Burma to refugee camps in Bangladesh and discuss with the Burmese government the steps needed to enable them to return to their homes.In Burma, he will hold talks with state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and visit northern Rakhine.The foreign secretary will travel on to Bangkok for talks with Thai prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and also meet the chair of the Advisory Board on the Rakhine Advisory Commission, Surakiart Sathirathai.last_img read more

LGBTI Sexuality Lates an adultsonly night at the Science Museum

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Sexuality Lates was this month’s evening event at the Science Museum in London | Photo: Kathleen Holman Visitors could stop by and then write their own LGBTI memories on a piece of paper and put it into a ‘Queer Memories Box’. All these shared stories will make an Instagram account at @queerstorylondon.‘There are so many historical LGBTI areas in London apart from Soho, such as Clapham, which was very popular in the 70s,’ said Scales.‘My idea is to collect people’s stories focusing on regional areas. LGBTI stories are often invisible and I want to preserve these stories from dying out.’What is your LGBTI story? Find out at @queerstorylondon.Sexuality Lates is all about representationInvolving the LGBTI community in activities and exhibitions is crucial for the Science Museum.Sexuality Lates was the joint effort of Science Museum’s Joseph Whitehouse, Emma Sareen, and Pride in London volunteers Helena Liszka and Ross Head. The four of them brought together the most diverse acts and talks for the night.‘The Science Museum always pulls out events involving the LGBTI community, so that naturally drove us to do a late event here.’Science Museum Director Scott McKenzie-Cook and Pride in London Events Director Simon Jones | Photo: Kathleen HolmanThe museum will host upcoming events appealing to all sections of the LGBTI community.‘2018 is the Year of Engineering, so we want to highlight some of the LGBTI engineers that are currently working on projects,’ said Scott, curator of Sexuality Lates.‘We’ll be looking at pulling out a medical gallery including sexuality issues and the often forgotten stories of LGBTI people.’Celebrating those stories is a mission for both the museum and Pride in London.‘We’re a queer museum and I do believe that there is a need to celebrate the community,’ he continued.‘I like to think one day there will be no need to do a pride parade. Perhaps at some point, there will be no need for people to be concerned about walking down the streets hand in hand with the person they choose to love. It seems to be a long way off for the moment. We’re still a marginalized community,’ Jones also said.Find out more about Science Museum Lates here.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The Science Museum in South Kensington hosted a special adults-only night yesterday (27 June) in collaboration with Pride in London. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img One of the monthly evening events at the museum, Sexuality Lates was among the over 100 events organized by Pride in London ahead of the big parade.Now in its second year, the partnership with the Science Museum is among the highlights of Pride Festival.The performancesThe night was just as inclusive as Pride Festival itself with a vast array of events spread across four floors.Lilac-haired drag queen Michael Twaits hosted a variety show especially for the Science Museum with some of the best Pride’s Got Talent acts.The usual Silent Disco in the Space Gallery saw Izzy Trixx and Jamie Bloomfield on the deck.Furthermore, Europe’s longest-running LGBTI choir Pink Singers stole the show on the ground floor with their repertoire of anthems, including What’s Up by 4 Non Blondes. The choir also performed outside of Parliament ahead of EU Withdrawal Bill vote earlier this month.A crowd gathered to listen to LGBTI choir Pink Singers | Photo: Kathleen HolmanPenises and vaginas artistsThe Genital Drawing workshop was one of the funniest bits of the evening. While it’s hard to believe someone who can’t draw a penis, it was interesting finding out that very few people were actually able to draw a vagina.The museum also hosted a makeup masterclass and history and math talks with a twist. A.I. Stands for… Artificial Intimacy’ was the thought-provoking talk given by Herb Enmarch-Williams to find out what it might actually be like to meet the kind of sex robot usually found in sci-fi. Blade Runner 2049 anyone?An LGBTI night at the museum | Photo: Kathleen HolmanQueerstory LondonThe brainchild of Southwark Archives employee Chris Scales, Queerstory London was inaugurated at Sexuality Lates. The project aims to explore the LGBTI community across all the London boroughs. GAYSTARNEWS- 7 queertastic highlights of Pride in London fest 2017London Pride Festival takes over the capital with more than 100 eventsInternational Mr Leather, Chicago Pride and other festivals to celebrate summer in IllinoisRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/sexuality-lates-science-museum-pride-in-london/last_img read more

Gay and bisexual men more likely to marry later in life

first_imgSame-sex attracted men most likely to marry later in life. | Photo: CityofStPete / Flickr GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The Office of National Statistics commissioned a four-part series on young people in the UK, entitled Being 18 in 2018.The series focuses on 18-year-olds since the start of the millennium.In the UK, people can marry as soon as they turn 18. But since 1970, couples are waiting longer on average to tie the knot.Single women marrying men are more likely to marry the youngest.For example, the average age for women marrying men in 1970 was around 22 years old. For men marrying women, it was around 24 years old.But since the introduction of same-sex marriage in the UK in 2014, we now have data on same-sex marriages.Photo: Krista Guenin / FlickrIn 2014, the average age for women marrying men jumped to 31, with men marrying women at 33.center_img But the average age of women marrying women was 35 and men marrying men was 38.This may be because older LGBTI people, who couldn’t marry before, can now tie the knot.In 2015, the average age of men marrying men jumped up to almost 40.The data also reveals 18-year-olds today are more likely to live two years longer than 18-year-olds in 2000.It also states drinking and smoking seem to be in decline for 18-year-olds today.See also:Neighbours aired its first gay wedding and it was so beautiful22 pics of cute same-sex couples celebrating their engagementsYouTuber Hannah Hart proposes to girlfriend Ella MielniczenkoGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Same-sex couples are more likely to marry later in life than opposite-sex couples, according to new data. Why do so many gay men get married to women in India?Gay men over 45 far more likely to be single – and these are the reasons whyHow to find love and sex as a gay or bisexual man after 50Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-men-marry-later/last_img read more

Task team needs help identifying murder victim

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Uthukela Cluster Task Team is appealing to the community to assist them in identifying a person who was fatally wounded during a shooting on July 10 this year.The deceased was shot at about 7pm on the N3 highway near the Colenso turn-off.He is described as being about 1.75m tall with a slim build. There is a small scar above one of his eyebrows. He was wearing a black and white jacket and grey pants at the time of the shooting.Anyone who suspects that they may know the identity of the deceased is requested to contact the investigating officer, Lieutenant Colonel van Straten, on 0366383410 or 0825581091. Crime Stop can also be contacted on 0860010111. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Etihad Airways perfect flight takes off

first_imgAs part of its ongoing commitment to minimise the environmental impact of its operations, Etihad Airways recently launched an Abu Dhabi Perfect Flight Program by conducting a fuel-optimised ‘Perfect Flight’ between Abu Dhabi and Washington, DC.The airline worked closely with more than 30 stakeholders including civil aviation authorities, airports, ground service providers and air navigation providers, along the entire flight of over 11,000 kilometres, which took 13 hours and 32 minutes – one of Etihad Airways’ longest routes.The UAE-based partners include Abu Dhabi Airport, Abu Dhabi Department of Transport (DoT), General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and Global Aerospace Logistics – ANS. International partners were Boeing, Eurocontrol, the US Federation Aviation Authority (FAA), Finavia, Irish Aviation Authority, Isavia, Jeppesen, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, NATS and NAV CANADA.This flight, the first of a series of perfect flights, was operated by Etihad Airways’ eco-efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliner and used a host of fuel and emission-saving measures in the air and on the ground. These include optimised ground handling at both ends of the journey and maximising efficiency opportunities in route and altitude selection.As a result, the airline saved an estimated eight minutes on the route, 4,100 litres of fuel and 10,700 kilograms of carbon emissions, compared to the same aircraft flying a normal flight plan.Other environmental best practices include reducing the use of the onboard auxiliary power unit (APU), minimising on-ground delays, utilising expedient taxi and preferential runways and conducting unimpeded climb and descent paths. Real-time updates of current weather and wind conditions also allowed the flight crew to optimise their flight path.HE Mohamed Hareb Al Yousef, DoT’s Executive Director – Aviation, said: “Reducing aviation emissions is a win-win for everyone. Etihad Airways’ Perfect Flight program is a prime example of how airlines, governments, manufacturers, technology providers and airports can work together to achieve that common goal.“Such initiatives are in line with UAE’s vision for sustainable aviation of reducing the industry’s carbon footprint, capitalising on existing technologies and developing shared performance metrics.” James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are always seeking opportunities to optimise our flights wherever we can, and working in collaboration is the only means to ensure effective, meaningful improvements.“We are very pleased to combine our efforts with several industry partners, to improve the efficiency and sustainability of aviation through the implementation of modern aircraft technology and smarter flight procedures, intended to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.”HE Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of the GCAA, said: “The General Civil Aviation Authority is proud to support the Abu Dhabi Perfect Flight program. The Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Centre provided necessary technical assistance to ensure the success of last week’s perfect flight. The significance of the environment to the aviation sector continues to grow, and there is every indication that this will continue. The Abu Dhabi Perfect Flight program offers a tremendous opportunity for more environmentally-friendly flights in the UAE aviation sector.”Eng. Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “We are delighted to be a part of this great initiative that plays an important role in reducing the aviation industry’s carbon footprint through the development of new operational procedures benefiting from the technologically competitive services and facilities we own. We believe it is very important to collaborate and align interests to achieve the goals of UAE’s green economy ambition.” Source = Etihad Airwayslast_img read more

Munich Airport again chosen as Europes Best Airport

first_imgMunich Airport Terminal 2 SatelliteMunich Airport again chosen as Europe’s Best AirportMunich Airport can again enjoy the title of “Europe’s Best Airport” in 2018. The Bavarian hub was selected for the honor in the annual World Airport Awards announced by the respected London-based aviation research institute Skytrax. The announcement was made in a special ceremony on the occasion of the international airport fair “Passenger Terminal EXPO 2018″ in Stockholm. This marks Munich Airport’s 11th first-place finish in this category. The World Airport Awards are based on a global survey of passengers. This year more than 14 million passengers from 100 countries helped Skytrax produce ratings for 550 airports around the world.In the global rankings, Munich took the number one position among airports handling 40–50 million passengers per year, and came sixth among all international airports. Munich Airport’s Terminal 2 achieved an outstanding result again this year, placing second in the World’s Best Terminal category. Among airport hotels, Hilton Munich Airport scored excellent ratings, ranking first in Europe and third worldwide. Munich Airport also placed among the global top 10 for the performance indicators “airport dining experience”, “baggage delivery”, “transit service”, and “entertainment”.Moreover, since 2015, Munich has boasted “Five-star Airport” status – as the only European airport to earn that honor. The five-star designation is awarded through audits conducted by aviation experts with Skytrax.“I’m delighted that our passengers hold Munich Airport in such high regard. These top rankings recognize the outstanding performance of all employees on the airport campus who are committed every day to ensuring that passengers have a very pleasant experience. We are proud of our airport and our staff who work so hard to earn and maintain our airport’s excellent reputation around the world,” said Dr. Michael Kerkloh, the President and CEO of Munich Airport, at the awards ceremony.Source = Munich Airportlast_img read more