VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – With grocery bills constantly rising, a new poll suggests nine out of ten Canadians are worried about food prices in the lead up to the fall federal election.The Abacus Data survey, commissioned by Food & Consumer Products of Canada, also shows a majority of Canadians think prices will continue to rise if the next government doesn’t strengthen Canada’s food industry.Abacus CEO David Coletto says “affordability anxiety” is a defining issue in the upcoming election, with Canadians worried about keeping up with the cost of living.He says the survey found cost of living concerns spanned demographics and political bents.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Dec 2014 – It is World Volunteers Day (IVD) and a great day to join one of over 40 organizations in the country; today see who you can help in making your country better! IVD was established by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly through Resolution 40/212 on 17 December 1985. Since then, governments, the UN system and civil society organizations have successfully joined volunteers around the world to celebrate the Day on 5 December. Related Items:dee, IVD, United Nations, world volunteers day VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING TO RECEIVE HELP Recommended for you CARICOM welcomes Ban Ki Moon at Barbados conclave Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Mrs. Tishka Francis of The Bahamas assumes Vice Chairmanship of UN Second Committee read more
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Pentagon spending will rise more than 3 percent this year to $573 billion, including both the base budget and the overseas contingency operations (OCO) account, under the fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill unveiled Wednesday.The modest increase follows a drop in DOD spending in four of the last five years, reported CQ Roll Call. The year’s spending increase arrives courtesy of the $33 billion in relief provided by the recent two-year budget accord. As a result, FY 2017 defense spending is slated to rise slightly as well.Further increases in the out years — and possibly in FY 2017 — may be on the way, as lawmakers respond to growing demands on the U.S. military due to the rise of the Islamic State and other global crises.Taking the 60,000-foot view, the defense spending cumulatively has declined 23 percent over the past five years — measured in constant dollars — but the department’s annual spending power remains 84 percent higher than it was in FY 2001.The FY 2016 omnibus’ defense spending title includes $514.1 billion for the base budget and $58.6 billion for the OCO account. The measure allocates $213.6 billion for operations and maintenance, including $608 million to reduce readiness shortfalls, a critical concern within the Pentagon, reported Defense News.The bill provides a 1.3 percent across-the-board pay raise for service members, as President Obama had sought. It also provides $300 million above the request for housing allowances. The bill continues the existing prohibition on using any funds to close the Guantánamo Bay detention facility. read more
State-run insurer Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) would pip many Indian IT, oil and banking firms listed on stock exchanges to emerge as the most-valued entity if listed, according to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.”If LIC is listed, it would be the most valued company in the country with the highest valuation as well as one of the largest across the world,” he said while speaking at the diamond jubilee celebrations of India’s largest financial institution in Mumbai on Thursday, reported PTI.But Jaitley did not say if the government was planning to list the life insurer on the stock exchanges.The subject of LIC going public has been speculated by the media since June 2014 when it was valued at Rs. 5 lakh crore, based on its assets under management (AUMs). In an editorial on June 12, 2014, the BusinessLine had argued in favour of the company’s listing. “With 27 crore individual investors and an investment kitty of over â‚¹14 lakh crore (last annual report), LIC is by far the largest domestic institution and its operations cannot be conducted in a black box closed to public scrutiny,” the daily said.LIC at a glanceLIC commands a market share in excess of 70 percent in the life insurance space. “During FY 2015-16, the market share of Life Insurance Corporation of India in total first year premium has gone up from 69.21 percent to 70.44 percent,” the insurer in its 2015-16 annual report. The insurer collected Rs. 1,38,657 crore in 2015-16 by way of total first year premium, marking a growth of 22.55 percent over the previous fiscal.In July this year, LIC collected Rs. 10,737 crore out of Rs. 13,854 crore by 24 life insurance firms in India (including LIC) as first year premium, representing almost 77 percent. LIC earned Rs. 11,000 crore from its stock market investments in 2015-16 and has been a “bailout agency” for many stake sale programmes of the government when response from other investors was weak. For instance, in the Rs. 5,000 crore disinvestment of state-run power utility NTPC in February this year, the LIC ended up picking a little over 60 percent, ensuring that the stake sale did not falter. Its investments in equity was Rs. 65,000 crore during 2015-16, according to Pravin Kutumbe, executive director for investment operations at LIC, as reported by PTI in April. read more
A Jessore court on Tuesday sent 97 leaders and activists of BNP and its front organisations to jail in different cases filed against them, reports UNB.Senior district and session judge of Jessore Aminul Islam passed the order after they surrounded to the court, said Rafiqul Islam Pitu, public prosecutor (PP) of the court.There are nine cases in nine police stations against them, said the PP. “They were granted interim bail for six weeks by the High Court that was ended on Tuesday,” he added.The BNP men including president of Sharsha upazila unit Khairuzzaman Madhu, Chaugachha upazila unit president Jahurul Islam, district unit executive member Moshiar Rahman Moshi, Abhaynagar upazila unit general secretary Golam Haider Dablu, Jatiyatabadi Juba Dal (JCD) president Ehsanul Haque Munna, JCD general secretary Tamal Ahmed, district unit JCD president Nazmul Hasan Babul and Faruk Hossaian, president of JCD Jessore town unit were sent to Jessore Central Jail in fabricated cases as part of the government’s repression on BNP men, said Syed Saberul Haque Sabu, general secretary of Jessore district unit of BNP.“We demand immediate release of the BNP men,” he added. read more
“Bitter cold” is gripping a broad swath of the U.S., the National Weather Service warns, with dangerous wind chills and other hazards. Freezing temperatures are common across the Southern U.S. this week; in the North, multiple states report subzero conditions.States are declaring emergencies and cities are working to extend their shelter capacity. And at all levels, officials are telling people to stay inside unless they absolutely must be outdoors.If you insist on seeing the outdoors, you may want to rely on photos — like the images of sea smoke, steam devils and pancake ice from the edge of Lake Superior that Minnesota Public Radio is featuring.As the station’s Derek Montgomery writes, “The frigid temperatures had an upside in Duluth this week, bringing spectacular waves of sea smoke to the harbor. Sea smoke forms when colder air moves over warmer water, the same principle leads to lake-effect snows.”Sure it’s cold but LOOK, sea smoke! https://t.co/Jf4JpXGqcz pic.twitter.com/t9kq7XmzDZ— MPR News (@MPRnews) December 28, 2017In Vermont, where it was 10 degrees below zero Thursday morning in Burlington, member station Vermont Public Radio asked the Reddit community for tips on staying warm.The highlights, as listed by VPR, range from a reminder that shoveling snow can cause heart attacks to advice for avoiding frostbite and hypothermia and preventing carbon monoxide poisoning.The highest-ranked response to VPR’s Reddit callout was simple: “Add merino wool to your layers.”Among other suggestions: Try flannel-lined pants.“Starting around -25 you might want to think about covering your eyes, especially if it’s windy. Use a wool scarf,” a Reddit user named TaoistInquisition wrote. “Layer but don’t let yourself sweat, if you are stuck outside and you are sweaty, you are at a high risk!”Another person wrote, “Aside from the valuable information already posted here, use matches not lighters. It seems silly but if your pilot goes out in February and you wake up freezing your lighter will not work.”And then there’s the way we feel about the cold. Acceptance helps, says a Redditor called thisguyisahippy:“My best tip is to embrace it, be cold and enjoy it. You are generally not in any real danger as long as you made good preparations. Exercise in the morning while the fire is catching, stretch a lot and occasionally go out in the cold at night and experience the complete darkness and quiet which many will never get the chance or seize the opportunity to take.”He added, “Wool socks are a must.”For anyone driving in the intense cold, the suggestions included preparing your car as if it will break down: Keep a pair of winter boots in the car and pack it with a sleeping bag and hand warmers.While it’s a good idea to let a car warm up before driving, Wisconsin Public Radio says that you should stay in your vehicle when you warm it up in the city of Eau Claire — or face a fine of more than $200.“In October, two vehicles were stolen in Eau Claire after being left running while unattended,” WPR reports, adding that “in both cases the owners were cited.”In Wyoming — the most dangerous U.S. state to drive in the snow, according to a Wyoming Public Media report — drivers should be particularly careful. An analysis from the SafeWise website found the chance of a snow-related crash was 1.5 out of 100,000 people.To help avoid accidents, drivers should maintain a 20-second gap with other vehicles and listen for the quiet that could signal black ice rather than snow under a car’s wheels, Safewise’s Sage Singleton tells WPM.New Hampshire Public Radio has more suggestions for drivers:Motorists: Keep your gas tanks at least half full to avoid a gas line freeze-up. Pack blankets, gloves, hats. Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Make sure your exhaust pipe is not clogged with snow or ice. Drive slowly. These are a few of the cold-weather tips provided by AAA. The National Association of Realtors maintains a list of ideas to winterize homes and prepare for cold weather. Public safety leaders remind people to also check on their supply of fuel oil and wood.In Montana, where the city of Malta’s low on Christmas morning of -31 degrees was 99 degrees colder than the 68 posted by Key West, Fla., on the same day, a key question is how much more snow people there can expect.Montana Public Radio says it will be heavy and could last through Sunday, depending on the behavior of a “plume of warm, moist, subtropical air known as ‘the Pineapple Express’ ” that’s moving across the area.The deep chill will last for days across much of the Northern half of the U.S. — including in Nebraska, where high temperatures might not rise above zero degrees this weekend, as Mike Tobias of member station NET News reports.High temps below zero possible this weekend #newx https://t.co/dr3tdRz5qA— Mike Tobias (@mtobiasNETNews) December 28, 2017The National Weather Service office in North Platte is telling folks in Nebraska, “Enjoy the ‘warm-up’ today, bitter cold temperatures return to the area this weekend.” The office predicts dangerous wind chills from -15 to -45 degrees on Sunday and Monday mornings.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Beware of black ice. Roads may look clear, but they may still be slippery. “You get much below 10 degrees and salt is somewhat ineffective,” says Bill Boynton, spokesman for N.H. DOT, who recalled the flannel-lined jeans advice from one of his co-workers. If one experiences an automotive issue while driving, pull off to a safe place. FEMA has a winter weather toolbox. Its recommendations include keeping tabs on the latest forecast and having an extra emergency kit for the car. It also warns people to be careful not to overexert themselves when shoveling snow or pushing a vehicle out. Make sure windows are defrosted and clear. And be sure to clear snow and ice from the top of the vehicle. State Police continue to remind people of this, part of the negligent driving statute known as Jessica’s Law. Share read more
Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Team develops method of identifying impact of gut microbes Humans (and other animals) have known since they first evolved that once fruit (and other food) begins to go bad, it also begins to taste awful—the usual response is to toss the fruit rather than eating it. And that, according to Daniel Janzen in a paper he had published back in 1977, is just what microorganisms are hoping for. By eating fresh fruit and leaving behind chemicals that taste bad, they are ensuring that other animals won’t happen by and take the food away from them. Other scientists over time have looked into proving that what Janzen hypothesized was true, but none have been able to do so.In 2006, a team of researchers came close by building a mathematical model that would show how Janzen’s theory works, if it were true. But, in so doing, they found a flaw. In a paper they published, they noted that if some microbes put extra work into making food taste bad to larger animals, it would open the door to other microbes that didn’t bother—giving them an advantage. In the end, they decided the awful taste of rotting food was simply the result of food going bad and being eaten by microbes.In this new effort, the research team revisited the efforts of the team in 2006, but added a new variable—time of arrival by microbes. In the first effort, the researchers assumed that all microbes arrived on the scene at the same time, which would give them all equal footing. But, what if some arrived earlier than others? That would give them a distinct advantage, especially if they left behind chemicals that not only put off larger animals, but other microorganisms who may not be willing to put in the effort to make food taste bad.This is all still just theory of course, someone still needs to figure out a way to test whether some microbes find food and begin adding chemicals to it before the competition arrives. © 2014 Phys.org More information: Why fruit rots: theoretical support for Janzen’s theory of microbe–macrobe competition, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Published 11 March 2014 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2013.3320AbstractWe present a formal model of Janzen’s influential theory that competition for resources between microbes and vertebrates causes microbes to be selected to make these resources unpalatable to vertebrates. That is, fruit rots, seeds mould and meat spoils, in part, because microbes gain a selective advantage if they can alter the properties of these resources to avoid losing the resources to vertebrate consumers. A previous model had failed to find circumstances in which such a costly spoilage trait could flourish; here, we present a simple analytic model of a general situation where costly microbial spoilage is selected and persists. We argue that the key difference between the two models lies in their treatments of microbial dispersal. If microbial dispersal is sufficiently spatially constrained that different resource items can have differing microbial communities, then spoilage will be selected; however, if microbial dispersal has a strong homogenizing effect on the microbial community then spoilage will not be selected. We suspect that both regimes will exist in the natural world, and suggest how future empirical studies could explore the influence of microbial dispersal on spoilage. Citation: Biologists revisit Janzen’s theory of microbe-macrobe competition with new variable (2014, March 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-03-biologists-revisit-janzen-theory-microbe-macrobe.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org) —A team of biologists from the U.K., Germany, and Canada has adapted a theory that suggests that microbes cause food to spoil so that larger animals won’t eat it. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, the team describes how changing one variable added more support to the theory overall. Explore further Credit: Andrew Dunn/Wikipedia read more
Advertisement Lenovo will be constructing a special statue in a campaign to mark the launch of its Android tablets A1000, A3000 and S6000 in Africa.The campaign seeks a name for the next Android version, despite rumors the next official version will be called Key Lime Pie after a traditional American dessert.On social media Lenovo has created a competition that will see Android and Lenovo fans from South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya name the statue, with the best and most creative name receiving the PC manufacturer’s product worth US$2,000. – Advertisement – The competition winner will be unveiled at the same time as the statue in October this year.Graham Braum, country manager for Lenovo Africa, said the company is increasing its focus on the continent with its latest products created to match the market needs.“We are thrilled to create Africa’s first ever Android statue to celebrate the launch of our new range of tablets,” said Braum.“We are confident that our Android family will appeal to customers across Africa as we’ve made them highly accessible and flexible to serve multiple needs, styles and budgets.”He added the 7-inch tablets will be attractive to young, active users always on the go.The new statue will add to the ones created by Google and located in the corporate headquarters in Mountain View, California, and have been named after versions of Android’s mobile operating system such as Cupcake, Eclair, Frodo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream and Jelly Bean.To participate in the competition;Enter on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LenovoAfrica/app_611771168867182Or Enter on Mobile: www.winlenovo.co.za read more