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Chemicals released by bacteria may help gut control the brain, mouse study suggestsChemicals released by bacteria may help gut control the brain, mouse study suggests

first_img The more researchers look, the more connections they find between the microbes in our intestines and those in our brain. Gut bacteria appear to influence everything from depression to autism. Now, a study on how mice overcome fear is starting to reveal more about the mysterious link between gut and mind.“This work is amazing,” says Peng Zheng, a neuroscientist at Chongqing Medical University in China who was not involved with the research. The study, he says, could provide new insight into several mental disorders.The research used a classic Pavlovian test: Shock a mouse on the foot while playing a tone and the rodent will quickly learn to associate the noise with pain, flinching whenever it hears the sound. But the association doesn’t last forever. After several sessions of hearing the tone but not getting the shock, the mouse will forget the association, and the sound will have no effect. This “forgetting” is important for people as well; it’s impaired, for example, in those with chronic anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)David Artis, an immunologist and microbiologist at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City, wondered whether gut bacteria played any role in the learning and forgetting responses. He and colleagues treated mice with antibiotics to totally rid them of the bacteria in their gut, collectively known as the microbiome. They then played a tone and right after gave the mouse a mild shock, doing this multiple times.All of the animals quickly learned to associate the noise with pain, freezing when they heard the sound. But only mice with normal microbiomes eventually forgot the connection: By 3 days, the noise no longer affected them most of them, whereas the antibiotic-treated mice still reacted, the team reports today in Nature.In another set of experiments, the scientists looked at the dissected brains of the mice and studied the gene activity and shape of individual brain cells. They discovered that a region of the brain known as the medial prefrontal cortex was involved in the differences between the treated and untreated mice. Some of the region’s so-called excitatory neurons, which are involved in learning and memory, appeared to be key. When gut microbes were missing, these neurons failed to appropriately form and absorb spines that stick out of these cells, which help with learning and forgetting, the researchers report.In addition, the team identified substantial changes in the amounts of four chemicals produced by the gut microbes that may help keep the fear-forgetting part of the brain in shape. The mice with no microbiome made much less of these chemicals. Two of the four chemicals are associated with neuropsychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia and autism, suggesting this brain-microbe connection may be involved in these diseases, Artis says.The next step, adds Zheng, would be to prove these four microbial chemicals are causing the changes in the mouse brains. And it would also be helpful to wipe out specific microbes to pin down which microbial species are involved, says John Cryan, a neuroscientist at University College Cork in Ireland.Regardless, “This paper is spearheading where the field should go,” says Sven Pettersson, an experimental biologist at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. There is great interest in gut-brain connections, he explains, and too few studies that get at how they work. “The publication is helpful to a field full of phenomenology and overexcitement.” Gut microbes affect the function of nerve cells (green) important for overcoming fear responses. Chemicals released by bacteria may help gut control the brain, mouse study suggests By Elizabeth PennisiOct. 23, 2019 , 1:00 PM Christopher Parkhurst and David Artis (WCM) last_img read more

Writing Your Resume To Appeal To The Small Business MarketWriting Your Resume To Appeal To The Small Business Market

first_imgI witness it all the time: professionals and executives wanting to cast a ‘broad net’ for the job search in order to scoop up opportunities. This (generally) does not work because your ‘broad’ message will not sell you to a ‘specific’ audience.In defining your target audience, beyond the type of role (position title) and industry to which you wish to market your value, the size of company can be instrumental in narrowing your message.It’s widely purported that small companies do a majority of the hiring, and as such, I often recommend job seekers consider this market when aiming their job-search arrow.  The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA.gov) says that small firms represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms and have generated 64 percent of net new jobs over the past 15 years. A recent article at Entrepreneur.com cites stats from a study that says more than 40 percent of small businesses plan to hire in the next six months. In fact, the president’s jobs plan claims to focus on small business support because of this reputation for hiring.Over the years, I’ve worked with a number of careerists aspiring to un-suction themselves from the pull of large-company magnetism where pay and other benefits often reside but where employees feel lost and nameless in a sea of other employees. To adjust their career course, they look to the small-company market.In a recent resume writing collaboration with a senior operations executive working for a large, Fortune 500 enterprise, we deliberately, and with surgical strike prowess, transitioned his message from large- to small-company centered. One strategy we used was to create a headline tailored to his NEW, smaller audience’s needs, including the needs of non-profits and startups. Here is the resulting headline:Industry Changing Pioneer Intent Upon Impacting the Wider Community Through COO Skill Sets, a Personal Passion for Mentoring and Developing Top Talent, and a Keen Ability to Drive New Opportunities in a Growing Market such as ….Non-profit Entities | Green Energy Start-ups | Companies Poised for GrowthAdditionally, we scaled his achievements stories to resonate with the target (small-business owner’s) situation. Since small businesses typically have revenues below $5 million (although, I’ve heard small business defined as companies with revenues up to $50 million), spouting multibillion-dollar results and $200 million sales streams may turn off a small business owner. He may sense that you will not be satisfied with such low revenue and profit stakes that his small company offers.How do you scale large numbers? One way is to replace them with percentages, where feasible. A before and after example follows:Before: Boosted revenues from $75 billion to $100 billion, in one year.After: Boosted revenues 33%, in one year.Show HOW You Do What You Do To Show You Are a Small-Company Fit Keep in mind, as important as the numbers are, ‘how’ you made this revenue growth happen is equally critical. Articulate your leadership story, showing that you used skills in communications and trust building to remove barriers and create a community of team members working together for a common cause. Demonstrate your talent to nimbly effectuate change, and to do so with limited resources, since small companies often act on decisions more quickly and with fewer resources than do larger, more bureaucratic companies. SHOW, through custom-crafted stories, that you will fit into the small-business environment.To help you locate which companies to target and to understand their culture, other attributes and needs, you must conduct company research. First, go to Glassdoor.com and search by company name to find lots of good information related to that company, including reviews written by employees, providing insights as to the culture environment. As well, many of the Glassdoor company listings are enhanced to show the company website and size, so you can determine if they fit your target market.Another helpful research site, and one that specifically caters to the small-business market is Manta.com, a great destination to unearth small-company details. Moreover, consider researching companies on LinkedIn and the many online Business Journals published globally yet focused on location-specific reports in all the major US cities.Scoop up as much detail as you can, including areas of growth opportunity and your audience’s specific ‘needs.’ For example, local business journals often report on companies that are breaking ground for new office buildings, indicating a potential need for new staff – from business development, to accounting, to operations professionals, and more! By tapping into this repertoire of online resources (and of course, conducting online and in-person networking), and by adapting your resume content to the needs of a small business, you can create a tailored and compelling message that attracts the small-business market, helping you to land that next great job!last_img read more

Vintage Dhoni, Yuvraj shine as India A plunder 304/4 in first warm-up tie vs EnglandVintage Dhoni, Yuvraj shine as India A plunder 304/4 in first warm-up tie vs England

first_imgStar batsmen Shikhar Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni got some much-needed runs under their belt in the first warm-up match against England at the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai on Tuesday. Put into bat first, India A posted 304/4 in the allotted 50 overs.All the three batsmen who are in the Indian limited-overs side for the upcoming series from January 15, struck half-centuries while Ambati Rayudu top-scored for the home side with an unbeaten hundred in 97 balls.It was Dhawan who gave the Indian side a solid start with 63 off 84 balls. His knock included eight boundaries and a six. After which Yuvraj came to the crease and produced a vintage knock after some initial hiccups. He smashed 56 off just 48 balls with six boundaries and two towering sixes.Vintage @YUVSTRONG12! How’s that for a SIX! CCI at its feet in admiration. pic.twitter.com/VNN2F38cfx BCCI (@BCCI) January 10, 2017Dhoni, who is leading an Indian side for the final time in his career, came in to bat after Rayudu retired not out. The packed CCI stadium, which was growing impatient when Rayudu was at the crease, gave Dhoni a tremendous welcome and the captain made sure not to disappoint his fans.Enter MSD! CCI deafening and rise to welcome @msdhoni to the crease. pic.twitter.com/xq4mgqGeNb BCCI (@BCCI) January 10, 2017After a cautious start Dhoni started to express himself and played some of his trademark shots towards the end of the innings. Dhoni, who likes to open his arms in the final two overs, plundered 23 runs in the last over to remain unbeaten on 68 off 40 balls. His knock included eight boundaries and two sixes.advertisementHardik Panyda, who is also a member of the limited-overs squad for the England series, got a chance to bat as well but couldn’t really spend as much time at the crease as he would have liked.Brief Scores: India A 304/4 in 50 overs (Amabati Rayudu 100*, MS Dhoni 68*, Shikhar Dhawan 63, Yuvraj Singh 56, David Willey 2/55, Jake Ball 2/61).last_img read more

World Health Day: Signs to identify depression in your loved onesWorld Health Day: Signs to identify depression in your loved ones

first_imgDepression is an illness that creeps up on you without you even noticing that something’s different. It’s not like you wake up one day with no will to live; it’s a gradual process of one thing leading to another, to another, to another, and you getting so embroiled in sorting out each of them independently that you forget what the state of well-being feels like.But that’s depression in a nutshell, and at a mild degree. The peripheral repercussions of the mental illness are aplenty, and they become worse when the people you love and live with are not able to understand what’s going on inside of you, and sometimes end up making situations worse for you.So, if you don’t want to be the cause for your loved ones’ situation worsening, here are a few sure-shot signs you ought to watch out for in people you live with, as soon as you realise they’re not being themselves.1. Mood fluctuationsNoticed them being perfectly happy one moment and lose their cool like no tomorrow in a matter of seconds? Or caught them crying over little issues that don’t even deserve a second thought? These bursts of emotion are because of bottled-up emotions. So, instead of judging them or asking them to get a hold on themselves, calm them down subtly and talk to them, eventually, about what’s bothering them.2. Too much sleep or no sleepA depressed person either tries to sleep off his/her worries–and hence ends up sleeping a little too much–or just cannot sleep for even 6 hours a day because of everything that’s going on in their head.advertisement3. Loss of interestYou know what your loved ones love or hate–this could be anything to do with food or movies or sports or games, or pretty much any hobby. If you spot them not indulging in things/activities they’ve been fond of for all their life, it’s a sure-shot sign of them heading towards depression.4. Loss of appetite or overeating This could again swing in extremes. While some people might lose the will to eat, others might try to compensate for that sh*t feeling inside by indulging in their favourite foods on an everyday basis.5. Talking about death Sentences like “If nothing works out, I can always  kill myself” should not be taken lightly, even if they’re said in jest. When a person going through depression starts looking at suicide as an option, you should know it’s something serious.last_img read more

Aidan O’Brien team favouring Epsom bid with Derby favourite Sir DragonetAidan O’Brien team favouring Epsom bid with Derby favourite Sir Dragonet

first_imgJohn Gosden It was still some way short of a firm commitment, however, and O’Brien will also be mindful that Sir Dragonet won the Chester Vase on easy ground, which is more likely to prevail in France than it is in Surrey.Like Sir Dragonet, Telecaster has also recorded an impressive win in a major Derby trial within the last fortnight, but neither colt currently holds an entry in the Classic and will require an £85,000 supplementary fee in order to run. The deadline for supplementary entries is midday on Monday and, understandably, both trainers see no reason to rush to pay the money.Morrison’s main concern is that his colt will have had just 16 days to recover from his defeat of Too Darn Hot in last week’s Dante Stakes at York.“He had a very hard race last week at York and one has to be realistic about horses recovering,” Morrison said. “Often you don’t find out until about a week afterwards whether the adrenaline has come out, but we’re perfectly happy with him and he’s doing everything we’d like him to do after a race.“I haven’t really sat down with the owners to discuss it in detail. If the horse did run, I would not be able to put my hand on my heart and say he’s fully recovered. Sixteen days after a big race, you can’t really tell and he’s not the sort of horse you’d be working five days before the time because he doesn’t need a lot of work.“We’ll definitely push it until as late as possible on Monday. When you’re spending that huge amount of money, you leave it until five to 12.”One colt who will definitely be in the lineup if all is well is Andrew Balding’s Bangkok, who beat Telecaster in a maiden at Doncaster earlier in the season when Morrison’s colt was running for the first time in public. Share on Twitter Show Read more Share via Email Was this helpful? Epsom racecourse was bathed in sunshine for the annual Breakfast With The Stars event here on Tuesday to preview the Derby meeting next week, but the fog at the top of the ante-post betting for the Classic on 1 June scarcely lifted as both Aidan O’Brien and Hughie Morrison declined to firmly commit leading contendersSir Dragonet and Telecaster to the race.Sir Dragonet, perhaps, seems more likely to put his unbeaten record on the line in the Classic after O’Brien told the audience he expects to run “a good crew” of colts from his Ballydoyle stable on Saturday week. The trainer named Sir Dragonet on a long list of possible Derby runners – including Mohawk, Anthony Van Dyck, Broome, Circus Maximus, Cape Of Good Hope, Japan and Norway – in the Classic, with only Mohawk mentioned as possibly switching to the French equivalent at Chantilly.The trainer, who will be hoping to win the Derby for a record-equalling seventh time, also underlined the importance of the race to the Coolmore Stud syndicate which underpins his training operation. “Every horse [in the yard] is bred and raised to be there,” he said. “If I had to bet on it, I think the lads would prefer to go to Epsom [with Sir Dragonet] rather than France [for the following day’s French Derby]. We don’t have to make our mind up until the supplementary stage but we are favouring Epsom.” The Derby Support The Guardian Reuse this content The Derby 2019 Talking Horses: How much does Aidan O’Brien crave French Derby victory? Aidan O’Brien … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Quick guide Wednesday tips Share on WhatsApp Bangkok runs in the colours of King Power Racing, which was founded by the late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the former chairman of Leicester City, who was killed in a helicopter crash in October.“It’s all fallen into place this year after last year was very much a development year,” Alastair Donald, King Power’s racing manager said, “and it’s very sad that he’s not around to see the fruits of his investment coming to light. We largely bought three-year-old types, it would be a great acknowledgment if we could win but also very sad at the same time.”Balding has no concerns about heading into the Derby without a further run in a trial after Bangkok’s victory in the Classic Trial at Sandown in late April.“The reason we ran at Sandown was to give us the option to go again if things didn’t work out, but they did,” Balding said. “He’s a horse that gives generously in his work in the mornings, he’s very well balanced with a wonderful pedigree and he’s an ideal type for the race.”Morrison may be concerned about a 16-day gap from the Dante to a Classic for Telecaster, but Too Darn Hot, the runner-up at York, could yet line up for Saturday’s Irish 2,000 Guineas at The Curragh just nine days after finishing second to Telecaster at York.John Gosden, Too Darn Hot’s trainer, said on Tuesday morning that his colt will be left in the race to allow a final decision to be made later in the week. Since you’re here… Read more Hide Thank you for your feedback. news Share on Facebook Ayr 2.00 Mellad 2.30 Mr Shelby 3.05 Universal Gleam 3.35 Friendly Advice (nap) 4.05 Vivianite (nb) 4.35 Maulesden May 5.05 War Advocate 5.40 Betty GrableYarmouth 2.10 Molten Lava 2.45 Path Of Thunder 3.15 The Resdev Way 3.45 Nasee 4.15 Local History 4.45 Mubhij 5.15 Oud Metha BridgeWarwick 2.20 Yccs Portocervo 2.55 Kereman 3.25 Desert Sensation 3.55 Peruvien Bleu 4.25 Vosne Romanee 4.55 Marcle Ridge 5.25 Olly The BraveSouthwell 5.45 Jaboticaba 6.15 The Wicket Chicken 6.45 Twycross Warrior 7.15 Henrietta Bell 7.45 Global Tour 8.15 Taras Day 8.45 Amelia’s DanceKempton 5.55 Capofaro 6.25 Divine Messenger 6.55 Hotsy Totsy 7.25 Brazen Safa 7.55 Harbour Breeze 8.25 Diamond Reflection 8.55 Chloellie Horse racing Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share on Messenger Topicslast_img read more

India Women shot out for 2nd lowest T20I total as South Africa win 6th T20IIndia Women shot out for 2nd lowest T20I total as South Africa win 6th T20I

first_imgIndia Women shot out for 2nd lowest T20I total as South Africa win 6th T20IIndia Women succumbed to their 2nd-lowest T20I total after South Africa had posted a mammoth total of 175/3. However, the loss couldn’t prevent India from winning the series 3-1.advertisement Press Trust of India SuratOctober 4, 2019UPDATED: October 4, 2019 22:53 IST India Women were shot out for a mere 70 runs on Friday (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSIndia Women were shot out for a mere 70 runs on FridaySouth Africa rode on a trailblazing 84 off just 47 balls from Lizelle Lee to post 175/3Only 2 Indian batters could post double-digit scoresIndia put up a shoddy display to lose by a huge 105 runs to South Africa in the sixth and final women’s T20 International but still managed to clinch the series 3-1 here on Friday. India women’s lowest total in T20Is still remains 62 vs Australia at Billericay in June 2011.India cliched the six-match series 3-1 with two games being washed out due to rain.Electing to bat first, South Africa made a challenging 175 for three, riding on the batting heroics of openers Lizelle Lee (84 off 47 balls, 15x4s, 1×6) and Sune Luus (62 off 56 balls, 7x4s).The duo put on a sizzling 144-run stand for the opening wicket that came off 95 balls to set the tone for the challenging score.None of the Indian bowlers were able to trouble the South African batters with skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (1/5), Arundhati Reddy (1/28) and Poonam Yadav (1/34) sharing three wickets among them.Chasing 176 for a win, India never got going as South Africa produced a lethal bowling effort to reduce the hosts to 13 for six after 6.2 overs.Veda Krishnamurthy (26) and Reddy (22) showed some fightback, stitching 49 runs for the seventh wicket but once the duo departed, it was all over for India.India crumbled against the South African bowling attack as they were bowled out for 70 in 17.3 overs.For South Africa, Nadine de Klerk (3/18) was the most successful bowler. She was ably supported by Nondumiso Shangase (2/0), Shabnim Ismail (2/11) and Anne Bosch (2/13).The focus will now shift to the three-match ODI series between the two sides with the first game scheduled to be held in Vadodara on October 9.advertisementAlso Read | Harmanpreet Kaur beats MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma to become the most capped Indian in T20IsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow India vs South AfricaFollow India women cricket Nextlast_img read more

John Bishop And Lily Cole Crowned PETA UKs Sexiest VegetariansJohn Bishop And Lily Cole Crowned PETA UKs Sexiest Vegetarians

first_imgWhen you’re a beloved comedian or one of England’s top models, you don’t have to take time out in interviews and on social media to speak up for animals, but that’s exactly what John Bishop and Lily Cole did in 2013.And for the vegetarian stars’ efforts to promote compassion for animals – on top of demonstrating how fit plant-fed bodies can be – PETA UK has named the pair its Sexiest Vegetarians of 2013.Bishop, who starred in one of PETA’s most popular pro-vegetarian campaigns, “Chicks Love a Vegetarian”, has been meat-free for nearly three decades, which may account for his unflappable energy, both on stage and when completing the strenuous 290-mile Sport Relief challenge. This year, he got his Twitter followers thinking when he posted a photo of part of a mangled, cooked chicken corpse with the comment “People ask why I am vegetarian … give me a carrot any day”.Cole went vegan more recently after she dreamed about how great she would feel if she ditched meat, eggs and dairy products, and she decided to make her dream a reality. This summer, she used her prominent position in the fashion industry to speak out against manufacturers that use shark liver oil, or squalene, in moisturisers, conditioners and lipsticks without labelling where the squalene comes from. “When people are made aware of this and understand the issue they can then make informed choices”, she says, “and markets always follow consumers”.Previous title-holders include Leona Lewis, Anthony Kiedis, Eliza Doolittle, Jay McGuiness and Russell Brand.Bishop and Cole will each receive a framed certificate and a box of vegan chocolates. For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.last_img read more

Dolly Parton Awarded With Leadership AwardDolly Parton Awarded With Leadership Award

first_imgDolly Parton has been honoured with an award for her “transformational and selfless work to improve lives across” Tennessee.Leadership Tennessee has awarded the country music legend the inaugural Dolly Parton Excellence in Leadership Award for her charity work across the state, including her tireless work with her own Imagination Library, which gifts books to young children.“My dream was to make as many people happy as I could in this life, and I am grateful to Leadership Tennessee and First Lady Crissy Haslam for recognizing our work done to improve the lives of all Tennesseans,” Parton said. “Even more humbling is for decades to come the future leaders of Tennessee will receive an award with the Parton family name attached to it, and for that I am truly honored and thankful.”“Tennessee has many talented sons and daughters, but there are few who are as beloved as Dolly Parton,” added First Lady Crissy Haslam. “And while she may be most known for her music, she has undoubtedly proved to be an exemplar of leadership through her generosity, humility, inclusiveness, expertise, and passion. As a state, we are indebted to all that Dolly has done for Tennessee and its people; there is no one better suited for the very first Excellence in Leadership Award.”last_img read more

Fire rages in city and on outskirts no casualtiesFire rages in city and on outskirts no casualties

first_imgKolkata: Two separate incidents of fire were reported in the city and on the outskirts on Monday morning. No casualty or injuries were reported in these incidents.The first incident took place at Barasat in North 24-Parganas at a private nursing home and the other fire incident took place at a flat in Tollygunj when the occupants were not at home. According to the North 24-Parganas police, around 9 am the staff members of the Megacity Nursing Home situated on Jessore Road spotted smoke billowing out of a window on the first floor. The security staff members of the nursing home rushed to the spot and evacuated the floor. The patients, who were serious, were taken to a safe place. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAt the first, the staff members of the nursing home tried to douse the flames but they failed. Later, three fire tenders were pressed into action. The fire was brought under control within an hour. The incident triggered panic among the patients, doctors and nurses, who ran out of the building and stood on the road. Barasat Municipality Chairman Sunil Mukherjee rushed to the spot to supervise the rescue operation. Some of the patients were shifted to the nearby Barasat District Hospital. Mukherjee also ordered a probe in this regard. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”We had given a clearance to the nursing home authorities after examining various aspects. Another probe will be conducted to see if fire safety measures were in place. Perhaps the meter box caught fire. A major tragedy has been averted due to the prompt action by the police and fire officials,” Mukherjee said. However, the officials are yet to ascertain the exact cause of the fire. According to the preliminary investigation, an electrical short circuit might have led to the incident. The fire personnel are examining if there were adequate fire-fighting arrangements at the hospital. According to a fire department official, there were no major damages but some electronic gadgets reportedly got destroyed. In the second incident, a fire broke out inside a flat housed in a multi-storied building at Bijoygar in Tollygunj on Monday morning. The occupants of the flat had gone to a temple. Local residents found smoke billowing out of the flat and informed the fire brigade. The area was covered with black smoke. The occupants of other flats also evacuated the building following the incident. Two fire tenders doused the flames and brought the situation under control. They are yet to ascertain the cause of the fire and the extent of damage.last_img read more

Brock University names new Director Athletics and RecreationBrock University names new Director Athletics and Recreation

A Canadian Football Hall of Fame member with a long history of running successful sports teams and events has been named Brock University’s new Director, Athletics and Recreation.Neil Lumsden, who won three Grey Cups as an Edmonton Eskimos player and another championship as the General Manager of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, will start his tenure at Brock University Feb. 15.“As an athlete and in business, I’ve had the great fortune of being in and around people who care and are passionate about what they do and want to succeed. The Brock environment is exactly the same – people are motivated, want to excel and want to be the best,” says Lumsden.Brian Hutchings, Brock University Vice-President, Administration says Lumsden’s leadership will help make Brock a “preferred place to be when it comes to sports excellence and achievement.”“I think what you’re going to see under Neil is that we won’t be afraid to use the word win.”“But it’s about more than just varsity sports. We have recreation programs for all students. His leadership will benefit our 7,000 intramural athletes and our students at large,” Hutchings says.After Lumsden retired from professional football in 1985, he went on to a highly successful career in sport management. He worked for the Ottawa Rough Riders before joining the Tiger-Cats front office, and then served as president of a successful sport marketing agency.Lumsden was the COO and General Manager of the 2003 Road World Cycling Championships in Hamilton, and for the past 10 years has headed up sport marketing agency Locker City Sports, which is responsible for hosting the Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships, the largest outdoor hockey event in North America.Hutchings says Lumsden’s event management background will help lead Brock to host more large-scale sporting events.“We recently hosted the first basketball games ever at the Meridian Centre. With Neil on board, we can expect to see more Brock varsity events in these larger venues, including hockey, and a push to have Brock host large-scale national championship events and tournaments here in Niagara. Neil has great experience in these areas,” he says.Hutchings acknowledges hiring a CFL Hall of Fame member as the Director of Athletics and Recreation will likely lead to questions of Brock starting a football program. However, no football plans are in the works.“My answer is simple. I’m not coming to Brock to be involved in the development of a football program. I’m coming to Brock to be involved in varsity sports and recreation,” says Lumsden, who spent five years on the coaching staff of the Guelph Gryphons, winning a Yates Cup in 2015. He has now stepped down from his role as assistant head coach and running back coach there.Lumsden might also be a familiar face to those outside of the sports world. He competed in the third season of Amazing Race Canada along with his daughter, Kristin. Lumsden’s son, Jesse, is a former CFL player who is now a member of the Canadian Olympic Bobsled Team.Neil Lumsden, Brock University’s new Director, Athletics and Recreation. read more

Governments must do more to reduce the impact of natural disasters –Governments must do more to reduce the impact of natural disasters –

Salvano Briceno, Director of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), said that since the signing of the Hyogo Framework in January 2005, some 40 countries had put disaster risk reduction at the top of their political agendas. While this progress is essential, he called for further actions to strengthen prevention systems.“These are very positive steps forward but governments must accelerate their efforts. We cannot reduce the impact of natural hazards if policies and legislation are not in place,” Mr. Briceno said in a news release.The head of the Geneva-based ISDR praised new strategies and laws to make disaster risk reduction a priority in several countries, including Sri Lanka which was hit by last year’s devastating tsunami, but warned that with environmental degradation, global warming and other problems “the next natural hazard is just a matter of time.”“The current drought in Kenya and Ethiopia is a tragic yet preventable example of a natural hazard that has turned into a serious food crisis with some 11 million people across the region in desperate need of food aid,” said Mr. Briceno.The Hyogo Framework for Action, which runs from 2005-2015, calls on governments to invest in measures such as national and local risk assessments, early warning systems, public awareness and education, better urban planning and safer building construction codes. read more

UN agency and Chinese bikeshare firm team up to raise awareness aboutUN agency and Chinese bikeshare firm team up to raise awareness about

“This is an innovative partnership which will make real strides towards protecting our precious environment,” said Michael O’Neill, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director of External Relations at the UN Development Programme (UNDP).Ofo, which is recognized by yellow bicycles in China, Singapore and the United States, will also donate its income on the 17th of the month to celebrate the universally approved 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are a to-do list to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change by 2030. The funding will be used to provide financial support “to innovative projects that address urban environmental challenges,” according to a press release. The includes creating campaign messages about how each and every person can reduce CO2 emissions.UNDP and ofo have also said that they will establish a scholarship program for environment research and start-ups offering green products and technologies. In addition, ofo will share abandoned bikes with children in rural areas to improve their access to education. read more

Pakistan UN chief condemns suicide attack that killed dozens near polling stationPakistan UN chief condemns suicide attack that killed dozens near polling station

Despite the violence, news outlets reported that millions of Pakistanis showed up to cast their vote. The 85,000 polling stations closed on Wednesday by 7 pm, local time.The UN Spokesperson stressed that “the United Nations stands in solidarity with, and supports the efforts of the Government of Pakistan, in the fight against terrorism.”The President of the UN General Assembly, Miroslav Lajčák, also condemned the attack, which he called “despicable”.The suicide bombing in Quetta followed on from a series of terrorist attacks earlier in the month, including one in Mastung, in which 153 people lost their lives. The suicide bombing that killed at least 31 people and injured another 70 was claimed by the ISIL, or Da’esh terrorist group, according to news reports. The country has been witnessing outbursts of violence across the country in the lead-up to Wednesday’s parliamentary and provincial assembly elections.The elections mark only the second time that one civilian government has handed on power to the other, after serving a full term in office.“The Secretary-General condemns the suicide attack at a polling station in Quetta claimed by Da’esh,” said Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric in a statement. “He extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Pakistan.” read more

Computer science trio achieve perfectionComputer science trio achieve perfection

Kyle Van Grinsven and Peter Wilson accept their award at the Computer Science Games.Whoever said “practice makes perfect” might need to amend their statement.Recently at the Computer Science (CS) Games in Sherbrooke Que. a trio of Brock Computer Science students earned a perfect score and first place in the software engineering category. What’s even more shocking is that they had hardly practised together before the contest.Peter Wilson, Kyle Van Grinsven and Chris Kellendonk won the first major prize for Brock at any CS Games contest. “We didn’t do well last year so it was a big surprise,” Wilson said.Under a tight three-hour timeline, and having to share a computer, the three students had the performance of a lifetime.“We hardly knew each other going into the contest,” Kellendonk admitted.What they did know however, was what they were doing. Each member of the team stated that their real world experience and participation in co-op programs helped get the perfect score.“There was no room for mistakes,” Kellendonk said.The long-term effects of winning such a prestigious event were not lost on the trio. “This shows that our skills are comparable and good for jobs,” said Kellendonk.“It’s something to put on my resume,” Van Grinsven added.The trio are setting their sights on their careers with the keen knowledge that an accomplishment such as this gives them with the confidence they need to move forward.“The win was a big moral victory. I feel like I could give the big tech companies a shot,” Wilson said.“I didn’t know as much as I thought I did last year. Now I have lots of confidence.”It is with this confidence that the three will leave the University and represent Brock in an industry that they are prepared to thrive.All three emphasized the contributions of the many people who helped them attain such an achievement. They agreed that the influence of Computer Science lecturer Earl Foxwell was paramount in their achievement. They also stressed that the openness of all of the staff in the department has allowed for a great learning experience.With Computer Science students often maintaining a low profile, the three were proud to bring such prominence to their department. They noted that anyone interested in participating in the CS Games next year is invited to join the Brock Computer Science Club. read more

Buffalo Bills cut underperforming receiver Kelvin BenjaminBuffalo Bills cut underperforming receiver Kelvin Benjamin

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills have cut Kelvin Benjamin with four weeks left in the season in an indication of how poorly the receiver has underperformed during his 13 months with the team.Benjamin had just 23 catches on 62 targets for 354 yards and one touchdown, and knocked for several drops as well as running poor routes this season. That wasn’t the type of production the Bills were expecting from the 2014 first-round draft pick they acquired in a trade with Carolina on Oct. 31, 2017.The move made on Tuesday is also an indication of how Benjamin has been surpassed on the depth chart by Zay Jones, rookie Robert Foster and Isaiah McKenzie.Benjamin is in the final year of his contract.Buffalo also cut veteran receiver Andre Holmes, who was mostly used on special teams, and placed starting centre Russell Bodine on injured reserve. Bodine broke his leg in a 21-17 loss at Miami on Sunday.The Bills, who host the New York Jets on Sunday, filled two of the roster spots by promoting defensive end Mike Love and cornerback Denzel Rice from their practice squad.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLJohn Wawrow, The Associated Press read more

Kuleshov new Russia coachKuleshov new Russia coach

← Previous Story Mate Lekai two years in Celje PL! Next Story → Peter Tatai stays in Szeged until 2015 Kuleshovoleg kuleshovRussia handball After the end of the “Maximov era”, Russians chose their new coach. The choice fell on the young coach Oleg Kuleshov (38), who as a player was part of great successes for the Russian national team (European Champion 1996, World Champion 1997). He played 8 years for the German Magdeburg with which he won the Champions League in 2002.After the end of his playing career, he stayed in Germany where he gathered more coaching experience. Kuleshov probably was not the man with the “thickest” biography, but the commission led by Andrej Lavrov, the legendary Russian goalkeeper, decided that Kuleshov should be given a chance. read more

EHF CL Round 5 Historical match in Skopje – Lions waiting ZagrebEHF CL Round 5 Historical match in Skopje – Lions waiting Zagreb

EHF Champions League ← Previous Story PHOTO ROBOT OF A SUPER FEMALE HANDBALL PLAYER: Danish mind, Norwegian stamina Next Story → Who is the World’s Best Handball coach 2013? Three matches of VELUX EHF Champions League will be played tonight. The first historical Macedonian derby in Skopje is the first clash between two teams from the same city in EHF CL history:Dinamo Minsk vs FCB Handbol – 17:00 CETРК Металург vs RK Vardar – 20:00 CETRhein-Neckar Löwen vs RK Zagreb Croatia osiguranje 20:30 CETALL matches you can watch on EHF TV. read more

Noonan Theres no money tree out in the back gardenNoonan Theres no money tree out in the back garden

first_imgFINANCE MINISTER MICHAEL Noonan has insisted that there is no hidden source of funds that the government can tap through new taxation measures such as a third rate of tax.He was speaking to the Oireachtas sub-committee on finance yesterday during the committee stage of the Finance Bill when he insisted that Ireland has one of the most progressive taxation systems in Europe.He said there was “no money tree out in the back garden” and “no magic beans” that the government could tap for money that could go towards closing the deficit.“When I say money tree or magic beans what I’m really saying is that there isn’t any unidentified source that will yield an awful lot of tax in our country,” Noonan said, adding: “It’s not there, there isn’t this hidden source of tax.”Sinn Féin’s finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty told the Minister that a third rate of tax at 48 per cent would yield €365 million but Noonan claimed that this rate would increase the top rate of tax by 7 percentage points. He claimed that the effective tax rate would be 59 per cent for employees and 62 per cent for the self-employed as a result of such an increase.Noonan said that such levels of taxation would be “counter-productive” and would “cause people to do different things with their money, move out of the country, certainly it would be a tax on jobs”.The Minister agreed with the general principle that those who are better off should pay more but claimed that European Commission research had shown that Ireland had one of the most progressive tax systems of six countries it examined.“That’s the facts of the situation,” he said adding that Ireland’s system of taxation was “extraordinarily progressive and we can move much further in that direction.”Read: Noonan confirms Budget 2014 to be brought forward to Octoberlast_img read more