Nowaste grocery stores not a garbage idea to help tackle food waste

VANCOUVER — Customers at a boutique Vancouver grocery store won’t find racks of individually packaged goods or rolls of plastic bags in which to lug their food home.The missing plastic and packaging isn’t an oversight. A carefully constructed supply chain allows Nada to sell hundreds of food products without single-use packaging and add little waste to landfills.The store’s owner is part of a wave of environmentally conscious entrepreneurs who are opening no-waste markets across Canada in an effort to help Canadians and the grocery industry reduce waste amid a global garbage glut.“There’s absolutely a huge demand for this type of shopping,” said Brianne Miller, founder and CEO of Nada, which opened its doors to the public about seven months ago.The roughly 215-square-metre shop stocks colourful produce; bins of bulk items like flour, confectionery and spices; vats of oils and vinegars; and other goods that customers can buy in any amount. Single eggs and sprigs of herbs? Sure.The shop encourages customers to bring clean, reusable containers from home to box the food. Shoppers who arrive unprepared can rifle through bins of free miscellaneous containers or purchase reusable packaging.Patrons weigh and label their container the first time they bring it, and that weight is deducted at check out.The few products from other companies sold in containers, like Earnest ice-cream or Avalon Dairy milk, charge a deposit fee. Those made in-house charge a high deposit fee, like $4 over the more typical $1, to encourage returns.Nada started as a pop-up to test the market and Miller soon determined it could be a viable business model in Vancouver. The shop is now on track to break even in the coming months, she said.She has already expanded the product offering and added a cafe that diverts what could otherwise become food waste from the market’s produce section to an ever-changing menu featuring soups and other dishes.Miller plans to open a few more stores in B.C.’s Lower Mainland in the next few years, but recognizes she faces some challenges.While the business model is a natural complement to the plastic-free trend that hit the mainstream last year with a widespread movement against single-use plastic straws, it seems to run counter to convenience culture. Time-strapped consumers are increasingly buying groceries and takeout meals online.One customer who stopped by Nada on a weekday morning said while she shops there every couple weeks, it requires some forethought. She must remember to clean her containers and bring them along, but that’s not an insurmountable obstacle.“It definitely means that you don’t necessarily have the same spontaneous shopping,” said Michelle Genttner, co-owner of soon-to-be opened Unboxed Market in Toronto.But the stores do their best to accommodate first-time shoppers or forgetful regulars.Customers will be able to rent or purchase containers from Unboxed, for example, or use available paper bags in a pinch.Miller hopes Nada helps to dispel what she calls the myth of inconvenience. People who often cook for themselves could likely purchase 90 to 100 per cent of their weekly grocery haul at the store, she said, rattling off a long list of what’s available including freshly baked bread and frozen perogies. Though the store doesn’t yet sell meat aside from some occasional frozen seafood.There’s also the added complexity of finding producers willing and able to work with a no-waste grocer’s standards.Many of Miller’s suppliers send their goods to the store in reusable containers. Some, like one local ice-cream maker, even changed their packaging to suit Nada’s ethos.But it’s not yet perfect and Miller plans to spend the next several months fine-tuning the system.One such no-waste store already closed after receiving much fanfare when it opened on B.C.’s Salt Spring Island in 2016. The Canadian Press was not able to contact Green’s former owner, but others in the zero-waste community said they’d heard the store struggled due to its remote location.However, that doesn’t seem to scare other entrepreneurs from joining the zero-waste movement.Linh Truong operates The Soap Dispensary in Vancouver, where she’s sold bulk beauty and household products into reusable containers for nearly eight years.About a year and a half ago, she expanded into the storefront next door with Kitchen Staples, which uses the same concept but with bulk foods. Consumers can stock up on condiments, beans, jams, dairy and more.At least one person a week contacts Truong for advice on opening their own no-waste market or asking to franchise her model, she said. She’s got no plans for expansion, but believes there’s room for entrepreneurs to create their versions in other communities and even buy-in from major grocers and brands.Some big companies are taking note of the trend. Loop, which will launch this spring in the U.S. and France, is an online shopping platform that will deliver products in reusable packaging rather than their typical single-use containers. It counts Haagen-Dazs, Tide, Crest, and Dove among its partners.“There’s a real blossoming of refill stores right now,” said Truong. Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press read more

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Cyprus top UN political official cautiously optimistic about chances of progress

Speaking to reporters after briefing the Council, B. Lynn Pascoe said he was looking forward to next week’s start of substantive talks among the working groups set up under the agreement signed by the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities on 21 March.Mr. Pascoe, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, said his discussions last week with senior officials in both Athens and Ankara also left him “really optimistic” about the outlook for Cyprus and the chances of ending the long-running dispute.“I think the entire world would be delighted to see Cyprus move forward on its negotiation,” he said. “We would like to see this settled as soon as possible.”In response to a journalist’s question, Mr. Pascoe said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon would consider appointing a special envoy on the issue in the months ahead if the working groups make progress in the first phase. 15 April 2008The United Nations political chief told the Security Council today that he was optimistic that Cyprus could soon be reunified, but he also cautioned that the upcoming negotiations between the two communities on the Mediterranean island would not be easy. read more

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Bombardier Inc set to formally hand over first CSeries plane to Swiss

MIRABEL, Que. — After years of delay and big cost overruns, Bombardier’s CSeries program is finally getting off the ground with the delivery of its first aircraft to Swiss International Air Lines.The CS100 plane will officially be handed over to the European carrier at a ceremony later today at Montreal’s Mirabel airport attended by government ministers, suppliers and Bombardier employees.The aircraft, the first of 30 firm orders for CSeries aircraft by Swiss International, will leave for Zurich on Thursday morning and begin regular service July 15.Air Canada seals deal to buy 45 Bombardier CSeries passenger jets, worth $3.8 billionBombardier Inc slams Moody’s downgrade as Quebec investment is finalizedThe CSeries is slated to make its first passenger flights in North America on Wednesday with members of the news media as well as suppliers and guests invited aboard two one-hour flights around the airport.A similar flight took place June 3 between Dublin and Zurich. A test aircraft will also conduct passenger flights next month at the Farnborough Air Show near London.The 110- to 160-seat CSeries is two years late and about US$2 billion over budget. The first of the larger CS300 version is slated to be delivered later this year to Air Baltic.Montreal-based Bombardier has struggled financially as the CSeries ran into headwinds as the company began building its largest plane ever from scratch.It has finalized an agreement with the Quebec government on a US$1 billion investment in exchange for a 49.5 per cent stake in the CSeries. The province will make two US$500 million payments, on June 30 and Sept. 1.Bombardier is also seeking a similar contribution from the federal government. However, Ottawa has reportedly pushed Bombardier to change its voting structure, something the founding family that controls the company through multiple voting shares insists it has no intention of doing.Government financial support has attracted the ire of Brazilian rival Embraer, which threatened to launch a challenge at the World Trade Organization after Bombardier signed large orders for the CSeries from Delta Air Lines and Air Canada.The company has secured 370 firm orders and 252 options and purchase rights for the two aircraft sizes. read more

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Hamilton girls aged 14 and 16 rescued in human trafficking investigation

Two Hamilton teenagers have been rescued by police following a human trafficking investigation in Brantford.Community Patrol Officers say they went to a hotel on Colborne St. and spoke with two young girls, aged 14 and 16, on Monday.“The officers identified the two young women as victims of Human Trafficking, being forced into the sex trade. An investigation, including officers from the BPS Child Abuse and Sexual Assault (CASA) and BPS Major Crime Units began,” said Brantford police in a news release.Police say the girls were being recruited and advertised to provide sexual services. Police allege a man and woman received cash in exchange for the services provided by the teens.Twenty-year-old Same Alemu, of Toronto, and 18-year-old Deja Clarke, of Brantford, were arrested at the motel and are facing several charges including human trafficking, and advertise sexual services.Both accused were held in custody for a bail hearing.Anyone with information regarding this investigation or if you are a victim or believe you may know of a victim of human trafficking is asked to contact Detective John Allan of the Brantford Police Service CASA Unit at 519-756-0113, ext. 2264.Ontario’s Strategy to End Human Trafficking has provided the following tips to help identify victims of human trafficking.Possible signs that someone is being groomed for sex trafficking include changes such as:Withdrawing from family and friendsBeing secretive about their activitiesHaving a new boyfriend, girlfriend or friend who they won’t introduce to friends and familySuddenly spending time with an older person or peopleStaying out more often and laterAbsences from school or a decline in school performanceWearing more sexualized clothingHaving new clothing, jewelry etc. that they can’t afford to buySuddenly having a new or second cell phone with a secret numberSigns someone is being ‘Recruited’ or ‘Groomed’The person is not allowed to speak for themselves and their activities are controlled by someone elseThe person is under 18 and involved in prostitution or sex workThe person is unpaid or paid very little to work, and seems to be treated poorly (long or unusual hours, not allowed breaks, forced to live in poor conditions, etc.)The person is repaying a large debt through labour or sexThe person seems fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid. They may avoid eye contact, seem fearful around police, etc.The person shows signs of abuse, such as bruising, cigarette burns, fractures, etcThe person has tattooing or branding symbols, particularly namesThe person doesn’t have their own things or money, and doesn’t control their own passport or other documentsThe person seems malnourished or lacks medical careThe person is moved frequently and may not know their surroundings wellThe person has been reported missing read more

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UN report spotlights ways to reduce potential devastation of natural disasters

From building terraced fields in the Indonesian mountains to reduce the severity of floods to constructing earthquake-resistant buildings in Japan to producing a radio soap opera in Central America with storylines about hurricane awareness, the UN’s disaster reduction arm hopes the report’s examples will serve as an inspiration and as a guide.More than 70,000 people died last year as a result of 700 separate natural disasters, such as earthquakes, floods and cyclones, around the world, according to the Inter-Agency Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR). Its new report is called Living with Risk: A global review of disaster reduction initiatives.These hazards cost $65 billion collectively and affected at least 600 million people – seven to 10 times’ more than the number of people affected by wars.Launching the report today, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland said the number of disasters is increasing – and the disasters are becoming more severe – because of the impact of human civilization on the earth.The amount of people at risk is also rising because population growth means more and more of the world’s largest cities and conurbations are located in prime hazard areas.But Mr. Egeland said the scale of human losses and damage to infrastructure and livelihoods has been reduced because countries are getting better at protecting themselves from disasters.He said the monsoonal rains that have caused deadly floods and landslides across South Asia this week have had a much smaller impact – while still extremely serious – than they would have had a few decades ago, when the region was less prepared.This is “for the simple reason that we now have enormously better preventative programmes” in place, he said.Mr. Egeland stressed, however, that international donors and aid agencies lag behind in recognizing the devastating impact that disasters have compared to conflicts.”The Bam [in Iran] and Algerian earthquakes [last year] killed 30,000 people in seconds – many more than” some wars have killed in a decade, he said, adding “it is much easier to get, unfortunately, assistance the day after an earthquake than it is to fund some preventative work” before a disaster strikes.The report also sets out strategies and priorities for countries and communities to consider when planning how to reduce the impact of natural hazards. These include setting up early-warning systems for disasters, managing land use more responsibly to reduce potential erosion and landslides and increasing construction of disaster-resistant buildings.A global conference on disaster reduction, to be held next January in Kobe, Japan, to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the deadly earthquake there, is expected to further discuss these issues. read more

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Customers with all of Canadas five big banks can now use Apple

Customers with all of Canada’s five big banks can now use Apple Pay TORONTO – Customers with all five of Canada’s big banks are now able to use Apple Pay.The mobile payment service works with certain models of the Apple iPhone 6, iPad tablets and Apple Watch.The Apple tap-and-pay system was first launched south of the border in 2014 and introduced in Canada last November, but without support from the big banks until last month.Royal Bank (TSX:RY) and CIBC (TSX:CM) began offering the system for their Visa, MasterCard and Interac card clients on May 10.Scotiabank (TSX:BNS), TD Bank (TSX:TD) and Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) launched their Apple Pay systems for credit and debit cards Wednesday. by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 1, 2016 4:41 am MDT Last Updated Jun 1, 2016 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Valeant to sell its Obagi skincare business for US190 million to HK

Valeant to sell its Obagi skin-care business for US$190 million to H.K. group by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 17, 2017 5:40 am MDT Last Updated Jul 17, 2017 at 6:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LAVAL, Que. – Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (TSX:VRX) has a deal to sell its Obagi skin care business to a Hong Kong-based group for US$190 million in cash.The Quebec-based company, headquartered in Laval, estimates its Obagi Medical Products unit will generate about US$85 million of revenue in 2017.The buyer is a fund managed by a limited partnership that includes China Regenerative Medicine International and Haitong International Securities Group, both headquartered in Hong Kong. read more

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Teens to take deep dive into world of science during Brock event

There’s no better way to get a taste of science at the university level than to get into the labs and experiment.And that’s just what dozens of students from Ontario high schools will do during the annual Scientifically Yours conference being held at Brock University Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10.The signature event will mark its 30th year by welcoming teens to campus to participate in hands-on activities meant to showcase potential post-secondary pathways and future careers in science-related fields.About 60 Grade 10 and 11 students from southern Ontario are expected to attend the two-day event, presented by Brock’s Faculty of Mathematics and Science.They will participate in fun and immersive projects that touch on various aspects of science. Past favourites will have students exploring what makes juice and pop drinks so tasty, building their own space invaders game through basic computer programming and creating a genetic profile of themselves to learn about DNA fingerprinting.New to this year’s lineup of experiences is a blood typing project that will have students learning about how blood is classified into different types, and how that information is used to solve forensic mysteries and identify donors during medical emergencies.The scenario-based activity will see students act out two different roles: the first as a detective who must use only science skills to analyze a crime scene and attempt to solve a murder, and the second as a hematologist who must find compatible blood types for a life-saving transfusion.Students will also get the chance to meet and mingle with a variety of scientific mentors during dinner Thursday night to learn more about their various careers and scientific fields, including environmental sciences, medicine, statistics, neurosciences, computer science and psychology.“For the past 30 years, Scientifically Yours has been sharing with youths the fulfilling and rewarding paths science can take you on,” said Senior Lab Demonstrator Christene Carpenter-Cleland, who co-ordinates the conference alongside Senior Lab Demonstrator Poling Bork. “The conference helps show high school students that pursuing an education and future career in science is within reach and that the staff and faculty at Brock are here to help them along the way.”More information on the event is available on the Scientifically Yours website. read more

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Accidental text from coachs 4yearold son among 47 Ohio State selfreported Big

Ohio State self-reported 47 minor Big Ten and NCAA rules violations in 2014, including one as the result of an accidental text sent by a football coach’s 4-year-old son.OSU wide receivers coach Zach Smith’s son picked up his father’s cell phone when a recruit called on May 27, and accidentally sent an automatic text message in return. The university sent a letter of education to the football coaches after the incident in regards to NCAA texting rules and phone security.The NCAA did not review the case as part of its interpretations philosophy, which allows for flexibility when reviewing rule violations.This information is the result of three separate public records requests submitted by The Lantern.The most recent request spanned from Sept. 1 through Jan. 18. The records request showed 19 self-reported NCAA and Big Ten violations in the final four months of the year.Of those 19 violations, only two involved the OSU football program, and none involved the men’s basketball team.Apart from the accidental text message from Smith’s son, the only other football violation was for “impermissible on-campus contact,” submitted to the NCAA on Sept. 25. That incident involved coach Urban Meyer having “inadvertent contact with a junior college non-qualifier.” That junior college athlete was on campus without the knowledge of the OSU staff, according to the records request.OSU declared the athlete ineligible until he was reinstated by the NCAA. The records did not specify any actions by the NCAA.Eighteen of the final 19 violations of 2014 were for NCAA rules, and only one prompted punishment from the NCAA beyond what was handed down by the university. As reported by The Lantern on Oct. 14, the NCAA imposed two $500 fines on OSU after an ineligible men’s soccer player competed in two matches.Apart from the soccer violation, three violations had monetary consequences.A member of the field hockey team took part in 17 games during the 2013-14 school year even though she was ineligible. The school paid $5,000 in fines and declared the student-athlete ineligible for field hockey going forward.One member of the OSU wrestling team inadvertently received school books during Fall Semester because his name “incorrectly appeared on the institution’s book list.” The NCAA reinstatement staff said the student-athlete must repay the value of the books before being reinstated, which was the same decision made by the university in the case.Members of the women’s tennis team were required to repay $28 after the program provided them with impermissible per diem on two occasions.Since Sept. 1, 12 different OSU programs self-reported violations, with football, men’s soccer, wrestling, field hockey, men’s gymnastics and women’s volleyball reporting two each. The OSU athletics communication staff also self-reported a violation of its own for “impermissible publicity of voluntary summer workouts.”Through Jan. 18, OSU athletics had only self-reported one NCAA violation and no Big Ten violations.The NCAA violation was for impermissible text messages and phone calls, reported by the football program on Jan. 7. The violation was the result of six accidental one-minute phone calls and five text messages over a span of 10 months. The university prevented the football coaching staff from making phone calls for one week as a punishment, and the NCAA decided not to impose any further sanctions.The three records requests submitted by The Lantern showed eight total football violations in 2014, along with the first OSU violation of 2015.The first request was submitted July 8 and fulfilled Aug. 11, the second was submitted Sept. 23 and fulfilled Oct. 14, and the third was submitted Jan. 18 and fulfilled Thursday evening. read more

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Mike Tindall reveals garish Christmas suits he wears at Sandringham have Queens

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. Mike Tindall, husband of Zara, wears garish suits to Christmas at SandringhamCredit:JOE A garish, red patterned suit may not spring to mind as the first choice of what to wear to Christmas with the Queen at Sandringham, but Mike Tindall has said his festive attire has her stamp of approval.The former professional rugby player, who is married to Zara Tindall, the Queen’s granddaughter, said the monarch loves bright colours and encourages the family to wear them in happy times.”This year we opened presents on Christmas Eve – I wore one of these. “And just to give a little punch on Christmas Morning I came down in a different little set up.”The queen loves bright colours it’s why she wears all those amazing colours that she does wear, she thinks that dark colours are for sad times.”Speaking to website JOE, he also revealed that two years ago, when the Queen was unwell and he and his wife were recovering from a miscarriage, the three spent Christmas morning together. He explained: “Christmas, two years ago, [the Queen]wasn’t feeling very well so she didn’t go to church. We’d obviously been through what we’d been through with our pregnancy, which we lost, so we did our own little private just as a three. Mike Tindall, husband of Zara, wears garish suits to Christmas at Sandringham “I had a suit on like this and thought ‘maybe I should be wearing something a little bit different today’ but  I was trying to raise the mood.”Christmases at Sandringham are a world away from the festive celebrations he enjoyed in Otley, West Yorkshire, when he was growing up, he said.Mr Tindall revealed: “It’s quite a strange day as if you’re from up north…I usually spend the whole day in my boxer shorts or my tracksuit so by the time I’d have normally got up I’ve been to church twice, which is quite strange for me.”It’s completely different – I’ve never had to take as many outfits anywhere.”The Royals celebrate Christmas with presents and a turkey feast on Christmas Eve, because the Queen likes to give her staff the day off on the 25th.Mr Tindall added: “Basically she loves all the staff that she has working for us so she would give as many the day off that she can.”He also said the Queen watches her own speech on Christmas Day with her family. read more

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Dáil over TDs finish early for the week after opposition fail to

first_imgAs a result of the early finish on that bill, deputies were able to run through the rest of their business for the day and the week, adjourning until next Tuesday afternoon just before 3pm today. The sitting had originally been scheduled to run until 5.30pm.Afterward’s Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan said: “This is an important piece of legislation dealing with the redrawing of constituencies for the upcoming European elections, yet not one member of the Opposition saw fit to show up.”He accused the opposition parties of “hypocrisy” over their complaints about the government’s use of the guillotine when he said “the opposition benches are left completely empty for debates on important pieces of legislation”.Opposition parties have regularly complained about the government’s use of the guillotine on other legislation with all but a few non-government deputies staging a walkout last December when ministers proposed to curtail debate on the bill to establish Irish Water.Note: This story has been amended to include comment from a Technical Group spokesperson. First published 3.43pm WATCH: Fianna Fáil lead Dáil walkout after row over water services legislationRead: Absent TDs and unansweredquestions leave Micheál Martin criticising Dáil reforms‘The elephant in the room’: Government’s Dáil reforms do little to appease opposition Updated 4.35pm THE DÁIL ADJOURNED over two-and-a-half hours earlier than planned this afternoon leaving the government accusing the opposition parties of having failed to show-up for debate on four stages of the bill to redraw the European Parliament constituency boundaries.The Parliament Elections Amendment Bill – which redraws Ireland’s European constituencies in light of the loss of one seat in the Brussels parliament – passed through four stages in the Dáil without a vote or a single member of the opposition present in the chamber. After the bill passed without a vote, Fine Gael TD Derek Keating asked where the opposition is, but was told by Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett that there was no way of raising such an issue on a point of order.This led Keating to suggest that maybe there should be a way of raising the matter. “Maybe so,” Barrett agreed.A spokesperson for the Technical Group took issue with the government’s characterisation of the issue, saying the coalition parties had failed to fill their own speaking slots, meaning if opposition had shown they would be “speaking into a vacuum”. “We’ve said on a number of occasions we’re not going to keep the show on the road for the sake of it. The government, with a two-thirds majority, were unable to provide speakers for their speaking slots,” the spokesperson said. last_img read more

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LUE met fin aux publicités mensongères sur les produits alimentaires

first_imgL’UE met fin aux publicités mensongères sur les produits alimentairesLa Commission européenne a limité à 222 le nombre de produits alimentaires autorisés à afficher des allégations de santé sur leurs emballages. Cela devrait limiter les affirmations destinées à tromper le consommateur.L’union Européenne, a répondu à la demande des associations de consommateurs, qui souhaitaient que soit répertoriés les produits alimentaires qui faisaient ou pas de la publicité mensongère sur leurs emballages. En effet, les vertus affichées des produits sont devenues des arguments de vente qui trompent le consommateur.Après étude, l’UE a autorisé 222 allégations et les producteurs non autorisés à en user disposent de six mois pour adapter leurs étiquetages et leurs publicités. La Commission européenne indique s’être basée sur des preuves scientifiques solides pour déterminer qui pouvait ou non utiliser ces termes.La chose n’a pas été simple puisque les allégations santé soumises à l’étude, en 2008, étaient au nombre de 44.000. Une première fois réduite à 4.600, il aura encore fallu attendre de nombreux mois avant que cette liste de 222 allégations santé soient retenue. Par ailleurs, 1.600 affirmations ont été rejetées et 2.200 autres restent à l’étude (il s’agit des produits à base végétale).À lire aussiLes spammeurs exploitent le raccourcissement d’URL dans DropboxRomandie.com rapporte les propos du commissaire européen à la santé, John Dalli, pour qui cette « décision marque une étape importante dans la réglementation des allégations de santé accompagnant les denrées alimentaires ». Il précise que « la liste des allégations autorisées pourra être consultée en ligne et permettra aux consommateurs, où qu’ils se trouvent dans l’UE, de faire leur choix en connaissance de cause. »Cette liste est déjà disponible sur http://ec.europa.eu/nuhclaims/ , en anglais uniquement, pour le moment.Le 18 mai 2012 à 15:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Local observances set for Memorial Day

first_img Memorial Day observances in Clark County include two services today at Vancouver Barracks.The back-to-back Memorial Day events at the Barracks will commemorate local service members, as well as a big swath of American history, as the Army transfers the remaining barracks property to the National Park Service.Vancouver’s Memorial Day ceremony will be at 11 a.m. at the Clark County Veterans War Memorial, on Fort Vancouver Way in the barracks, just east of Interstate 5 off Officers Row, which also is known as East Evergreen Boulevard.The memorial, dedicated in 1998, recognizes more than 575 service members who died in conflicts ranging from the Spanish-American War in 1898 to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.The keynote speaker is U.S. Army Col. Peter Norseth, commander of the 2nd Brigade, 95th Division, which is based at the new Armed Forces Reserve Center in east Vancouver.Other featured speakers include U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas; State Sen. Craig Pridemore, D-Vancouver; and Tracy Fortmann, superintendent of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.Participating units include the 204th Army Reserve Band; 6th Marine Support Battalion; 2nd Brigade, 95th Division Color Guard; 146th Army National Guard Artillery; Buffalo Soldiers; Patriot Guard Riders; Lewis & Clark Young Marines; and the Fort Vancouver Pipe Band. Test Captionlast_img read more

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Twofifths of UK staff would leave their current job for better worklife

first_imgApproximately two-fifths (39%) of respondents cite achieving better work-life balance as the main reason to leave their existing job, according to research by Robert Half UK.The survey of 2,000 office-based staff in the UK also found that employees would leave their current positions in order to gain higher remuneration (38%), flexible working hours (32%) and the ability to work from home at least once a week (14%).Others factors causing employees to exit their current organisation included better organisational culture (14%) and unlimited annual leave (11%).Respondents aged between 16 and 24 are more likely to leave their existing job in search of better work-life balance (41%) and career advancement (40%), compared to respondents aged between 35 and 55 or over.Although older employees still view work-life balance as important, they also seek higher remuneration; this is true for 42% of 35 to 44-year-olds, 48% of 45 to 54-year-olds and 38% of those aged 55 or over. On the other hand, 40% of staff aged between 25 and 34 are also focused on furthering their careers.Matt Weston, managing director at Robert Half UK, said: “The skills that [are] driving demand are highly specialised and they are unlikely to attract top candidates without offering a competitive benefits package. Our research shows that this must include non-salary benefits, such as flexible working and training and development opportunities.“With the talent dilemma showing no signs of slowing down, [organisations] need to act fast to secure their preferred candidates. Having a strong employer brand and offering candidates ways to work happy will prove vital to winning the way for talent.”last_img read more

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Tesoro settlement resolves alleged Clean Air Act violations

first_imgAs part of a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice, the Tesoro refinery in Nikiski will spend millions of dollars to reduce emissions that are potentially harmful to public health and the environment.Tesoro’s Kenai refinery in Nikiski.(Photo by Jenny Neyman – KBBI, Homer)In a settlement agreement announced Monday, Tesoro and Par Hawaii Refining will pay fines and institute mitigation measures totaling $425 million to address pollution problems at six refineries.The alleged violations occurred over several years. At the Tesoro Kenai refinery, the oldest alleged violation was from 2002.“The violations were fairly numerous,” John Keenan said. Keenan is a Clean Air Act enforcement officer with the EPA in Seattle, speaking about problems at the Kenai refinery. He said there were two main sources of violations. One is leak detection and repair.“There are requirements under the Clear Air Act that the facility go through the refinery with a handheld device and look for leaks in various pieces of equipment in the piping,” Keenan said. “And when they find leaks to repair them as expeditiously as they can. We found a number of instances where they were not following the requirements for that program.”The other main problem is with flaring, which is done to burn off excess gas the facility wasn’t using, or as an emergency safety measure.“We allege that they made changes to the refinery that increased the volume of gas that’s going to the flare that should have undergone permitting,” Keenan said.Under the settlement, the Kenai refinery must comply with the leak detection program, checking lines, seals and other equipment, and repairing any leaks found as soon as possible.To remedy emissions from flaring, the refinery has begun installing $60 million worth of equipment that will capture and reroute the gasses going to the flare back into the refinery’s fuel system, Keenan said.He says that another required project has already been completed. Equipment that handles wastewater was replaced a few years ago.All that work should result in a reduction of emissions totaling around 289 tons of volatile organic compounds a year. About 6 tons of that is estimated to be hazardous air pollutants.He said he can’t quantify the public health risk posed by the emissions violations.The EPA complaint does cite several volatile organic compounds and hazardous air pollutants in emissions and leaks identified at the refinery that can adversely affect health and the environment. They include nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide and benzene.Under the settlement, Tesoro Kenai will undergo two independent facility audits to check for compliance. The first has already been completed, Keenan said, with the second due years from now.The refinery also is required to utilize “next-generation compliance tools,” specifically, a $100,000 infrared camera.Keenan said the settlement is the culmination of a long process.“The company expressed an interest in not pursuing this through the courts, due to the time and expense of that effort, and, so, we’ve come to this agreement of what the company will do in order to resolve those allegations,” Keenan said.In all, Tesoro and Par Hawaii must spend more than $400 million in mitigation measures. Tesoro will spend an additional $12 million on environmental projects, and pay just about $10.5 million in fines.Tesoro did not respond to a request for an interview Wednesday.last_img read more

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Will Karnataka CM Yediyurappa balance out an equation to induct ministers without

first_imgBS YediyurappaTwitterKarnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa is combating a hard struggle to maintain peace in his latest stint as the state head, as he needs to have a clear equation on the cabinet ministry and portfolios to keep disgruntlement at bay.Yediyurappa has to perpetuate a clear strategy to keep his government strong as he has two groups to inculcate in the newly-formed ministry. With the disqualified MLAs on one side and senior party leaders on the other, it will be a hefty task for the CM to maintain the balance.Karnataka headed by the BJP government is looking at the face of rebellion as the rebel MLAs who paved way for the saffron party wants strong positions in the new ministry. The 17 ministers allocated to the ministry wants topmost posts and the disgruntled legislators want ministerial berths.As several saffron party leaders have displayed their displeasure for not getting ministerial posts, CM Yediyurappa flew to Delhi today to meet the party high command and to solve the puzzle with the help of Union Home Minister Amit Shah and finalise the portfolios. He also met the disqualified MLAs at a private hotel in Delhi, where they have reportedly demanded BSY to meet Amit Shah and resolve the issue.Senior leader Renuka Acharya has questioned the appointment of Laxman Savadi as a minister, even when he is not a member of the Assembly. Savadi had to resign from his post in 2012, during the previous BJP government after he was caught by media for watching pornography during the state assembly proceedings.Yediyurappa is expected to meet Amit Shah and party’s working President JP Nadda and finalise the portfolios. The disqualified MLAs are also worried about their future as the Supreme Court has not yet decided a date for the hearing over reversing their disqualification.According to the reports, 7-8 seats will be kept vacant to induct the rebel leaders, who resigned from the Congress-JD(S) coalition. BJP leader KS Eshwarappa said that the party needs to accommodate the rebels who resigned from their parties. He said that some seats will be given to them and the rest will be allocated for the BJP leaders.last_img read more

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Agueros late strike rescues Man City

first_imgSergio Aguero  (in pic) spared Manchester City another embarrassing defeat as the Argentine striker’s late equaliser salvaged a 2-2 draw against QPR on Saturday. Aguero netted his second goal of a dramatic encounter with just three minutes left at rain-lashed Loftus Road, but this was another alarmingly sloppy display from the struggling Premier League champions.Manuel Pellegrini’s team were well below their best again just three days after suffering a shock home defeat against CSKA Moscow that left them in danger of elimination from the Champions League. Charlie Austin had given QPR a deserved early lead and it needed an Aguero equaliser tinged with controversy to level the score before half-time. A Martin Demichelis own goal in the closing stages put second bottom QPR back in front, but Aguero remains the one bright spot in a difficult campaign for City and he came to their rescue in the final moments. Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaAguero’s heroics couldn’t hide the latest in a growing list of underwhelming City displays and they need to improve quickly to catch leaders Chelsea. The champions looked bedraggled and befuddled as QPR ran riot in the early stages. Austin had the ball in the net in the eighth minute when he headed home from close-range, but the QPR forward had strayed yards offside.Remarkably Austin was denied again in bizarre circumstances from the restart. Joe Hart hit his free-kick straight to Austin, who fired home and wheeled away in celebration only for referee Mike Dean to disallowed it because the City goalkeeper had broken the rules by accidently kicking the ball twice. Also Read – Endeavour is to facilitate smooth transition: ShastriYet City failed to heed the warning of their fortunate escapes and Austin finally made them pay for some more shoddy defending in the 21st minute. Eduardo Vargas tricked his way past Clichy and cut in from the right before sending over a low cross that Austin, played onside by the ponderous Mangala, met with an emphatic strike past Hart.City drew level in ruthless fashion in the 32nd minute. Once again QPR had a grievance with the officials as Aguero made a run from a marginally offside position to brilliantly control Mangala’s long pass with a deft touch as it looped over his head. Aguero then used the slightest touch off his arm to knock the ball down for a cool finish past Robert Green. QPR then were gifted their second goal in the 76th minute. Austin whipped over a cross and when Demichelis challenged with Zamora, the Argentine defender headed into his own net. But Aguero levelled in the 83rd minute with a typically clinical finish. Toure clipped a pass through to Aguero and he showed great composure to jink around Green before cutting back to make space for a powerful shot into the corner.last_img read more

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VIDEO Seahawks draft call to Shaquem Griffin that reunites him with his

first_img Advertisement UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin had to wait all the way until the 5th round of the NFL Draft to hear his name called, but it was well worth the wait.Griffin, who dominated in college despite having his left hand amputated due to a childhood genetic disorder, received the call from Seattle GM John Schneider informing him that Seattle was taking him with the 141st pick. The selection also meant Shaquem would be reunited with his brother Shaquill, who just finished his rookie year for the Hawks. Pete Carroll also jumped on to give his congrats.Shaquem’s raw emotion on the call is about as pure of a moment as it gets. If you don’t get emotional watching this you don’t have a soul. Moments like these are why we love the draft.What a moment, @Shaquemgriffin is officially a Seahawk! #SeahawksDraft pic.twitter.com/7BGA8SPgmt— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) April 28, 2018last_img read more

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US imports more beer from Mexico than any other country

first_imgMexico City, Mexico — Mexico has become the number one supplier of beer exported into the United States in 2017 say officials.According to a report by Bloomberg, two out of every three beers imported by the United States comes from Mexico with Corona and Dos Equis being the most popular brands.The report says that according to the Beer Institute, during 2017, approximately 2.7 billion liters of Mexico’s brew headed across the US border, making it the number one beer importer for Americans.The Netherlands came in as the second most imported, exporting some 549 million liters to gain a market share of almost 14 percent. Belgium, Canada and Germany followed behind with single-digit market share figures.The most popular Mexican brands include Corona Extra and Modelo Especial, both manufactured for the US market by Constellation Brands as well as Dos Equis and Tecate, produced by the subsidiary Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma de Heineken.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Australasian airlines awarded accolades

first_imgBest Low-Cost Airline: jetBlue (Americas), flydubai (Middle East and Africa), Jetstar (Asia Pacific) and Norwegian (Europe). “We found that there is absolutely no doubt that it is world’s best [domestic economy class offering] – and by a wide margin,” AirlineRatings.com editor Geoffrey Thomas said. “Importantly the Qantas lounges have robust broadband internet access that can handle demand – something lacking in many other airline’s lounges.” Regional Airline of the Year: Silk Air (Singapore) Aviation industry website AirlineRatings.com revealed the highest-achievers across a range of different categories, bestowing the esteemed ‘Airline of the Year’ award to Air New Zealand. While Jetstar was heralded best low-cost airline in Asia Pacific, jetBlue took out the Americas title, flydubai won in the Middle East and Africa, while Norwegian bested the competition in Europe. “These airlines may not always offer the lowest fare but what they almost always do is deliver by far the best value.” Source = ETB News: P.T. Qantas, Jetstar and rival Air New Zealand have been recognised as world leaders in aviation, all receiving acknowledgement and a variety of accolades at the 2014 Airline Excellence Awards. Best Business Class: Cathay Pacific 2014 Airline Excellence Awardscenter_img Best Long-Haul Airline: Air Canada (Americas), Emirates (Middle East and Africa), Singapore Airlines (Asia) and Swiss (Europe).  Qantas Airways was awarded ‘Best Economy’ and ‘Best Lounges’, while budget subsidiary Jetstar took home the title of ‘Best Low-Cost Airline Asia Pacific’. Best Premium Economy: Air New Zealand Best Economy: Qantas Airways See below for the full list of award recipients. Best In-Flight Entertainment: Emirates Best Lounges: Qantas Airways Best First Class: Emirates Airline of the Year: Air New Zealandlast_img read more

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