Sugar helps fuel bitter nutrition debate in U.S., U.K.

first_imgEfforts are under way to convince both American and British consumers to eat healthier foods—and today, government-led proposals on both sides of the Atlantic are, predictably, generating much debate.In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today held a public meeting to discuss draft changes it proposed in February to its Nutrition Facts label, the cliff notes summarizing the amount of fats, protein, carbohydrates, sugars, and more found in food and beverages. FDA hasn’t overhauled the food label since 1993. Since then, obesity rates, eating patterns, and our understanding of various nutrients have changed substantially. “The evidence requires a rethinking,” said Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. That’s the one point upon which everyone seems to agree—but reaching consensus looks unlikely. FDA has received more than 4000 comments on its draft proposal and recently extended the comment period to early August.Like other nutritional advocates, Jacobson, who spoke at today’s meeting in downtown Washington, D.C., embraces FDA’s suggestion to include so-called added sugars—sugars that are added to foods—to labels. “Added sugars exert deleterious health effects beyond empty calories,” agreed Frank Hu, who studies nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard Medical School in Boston and who also spoke. There’s “compelling evidence,” he argued, that they contribute to obesity and diabetes as well as to other health problems. One question, though, was whether simply listing the amount of added sugars, as FDA proposes, is sufficient. Jacobson wants the agency to include the amount as a percentage of a recommended daily dose—after all, consumers are unlikely to deduce whether 1 gram, 5 grams, or 15 grams are problematic unless they’re provided context. 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It released a behemoth 366-page report earlier today recommending that the population as a whole have an average consumption of “free sugar” that’s 5% of the diet. (Free sugar includes added sugars, as well as sugars naturally present in honey, syrups, and unsweetened fruit juices.) In both countries, people consume far more added sugar than is considered healthy; in the United States, it makes up on average 16% of calories.Industry groups are not happy with some of the recommendations. “We believe certain aspects of the proposal lack some merit, particularly the addition of added sugar,” said Donna Garren, who was representing the American Frozen Food Institute at the FDA meeting. A BBC story about the U.K. proposal quoted the sugar industry saying that “demonising one ingredient” will not solve the epidemic of obesity.FDA is proposing numerous other changes to its nutrition label. Among them: dropping the requirement to list how much vitamin A and vitamin C are in foods, because evidence suggests deficiencies in those vitamins are rare. Instead, FDA wants manufacturers to list how much vitamin D and potassium their foods include, because of the importance of the first in bone health and the second in controlling blood pressure.As nutritional science advances and, in some cases, becomes increasingly nuanced, there’s concern that efforts to simplify labels so consumers can quickly understand them risk going too far. FDA, for example, wants to enlarge the calorie count in foods. Hu understands this instinct, but points out that calories aren’t everything—highlighting them risks sending customers to buy products with artificial sweeteners that are less healthy, rather than high-calorie foods such as nuts and seeds that are more healthy. FDA is proposing removing the “Calories from Fat” label, because more and more evidence suggests that certain fats are good for you.After lunch today, speaker after speaker stood up to comment on FDA’s plan, usually suggesting the agency was either not doing enough or going too far. Should sodium recommendations be lower? Should phosphorus be added to labels, as a useful guide for people with kidney disease who may need to keep an eye on phosphorus intake? Should FDA’s food labels try to reduce intake of saturated fat? The list goes on—along with the research parsing the many variables of our diets.last_img read more

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PH absorbs first loss in men’s water polo

first_imgView comments MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo from Kuala Lumpur SEA Games Website.After a blazing start in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, the Philippines yielded to host Malaysia 7-8, in day 2 of the men’s water polo Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur.The Filipinos turned a 1-4 deficit into a tied game at 7 in the fourth period on goal by skipper Roy Canete Jr., but the Malaysians got the last laugh as Tan Xi Yun scored the go-ahead with a little under two minutes left.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Alamara Mumar tried to knot the score anew for the Philippines, but his goal wasn’t counted.The Filipinos defeated Thailand, 9-7, last Tuesday to get the ball rolling for the PH delegation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThey need to beat Singapore on Thursday at 11 a.m. to keep their gold medal hopes alive. Celest Flores-Colina Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Molina hopes for positive end to PH’s AVC stint ahead of SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Blake Griffin still day to day with troublesome knee with playoffs coming up

first_imgGriffin played 75 games this season, his most since 2013-14, when he was with the Los Angeles Clippers. He averaged a career-high 24.5 points per game, along with 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists. He also made a career-high 189 3-pointers, shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Paul George could sit Game 1 of Thunder vs Blazers with sore shoulder Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin, second from left, sits on the bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Detroit. Griffin sat out for a third game with a sore knee. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey says star forward Blake Griffin is still day to day heading into the postseason.The NBA playoffs start Saturday, but Detroit opens its series against top-seeded Milwaukee on Sunday night. The extra rest was a bit of a break for the Pistons, who also get two days off before Games 2 and 3. Griffin, who has been dealing with a troublesome left knee, did not play in the regular-season finale Wednesday when Detroit wrapped up a playoff spot by winning at New York .ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View commentslast_img read more

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Indian Women’s Hockey Team Hold Great Britain to 1-1 Draw

first_imgMarlow (England): Indian women held hosts Great Britain to a 1-1 draw in the second match of their Tour of United Kingdom held here on Sunday.India’s Lalremsiami scored the equalizing goal in the 32nd minute after Great Britain had taken an early lead in the match. India were out of the blocks quicker, and earned a couple of penalty corners within the first two minutes. Britain’s custodian Maddie Hinch was at hand to ensure India didn’t get an early lead though.Soon it was Great Britain, who reciprocated, winning a penalty corner from a swift counter.Despite a smart save by the Indian defence, an infringement meant the hosts were awarded a penalty stroke, which was duly converted in the 8th minute, giving them a 1-0 lead. It was that slender lead they took into the first break.Much like the first quarter, it was India again, who took the initiative early in the second period, winning another short corner and Hinch pulled off another save.In the third quarter, India finally restored parity after Lalremsiami finished off a counter attack to draw the scores level. With both teams locked at a goal apiece and all to play for, the game opened up. Neither the defence caved though as the teams went into the final quarter tied at 1-1.Indian women are scheduled play their third game on Tuesday, October 1. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Great BritainIndian women’s hockey team First Published: September 29, 2019, 11:53 PM ISTlast_img read more

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I-League champions Aizawl FC threaten ‘fast unto death’ if relegated

first_imgSurprise I-League winners Aizawl FC have threatened to “fast unto death” after finding themselves in the bizarre position of staring at relegation next season despite winning India’s top division title on Sunday.Based in India’s northeast state of Mizoram, Aizawl pulled off a massive surprise when they upstaged century-old powerhouses Mohun Bagan and East Bengal to win their first I-League title in only their second season in the top flight.Of late, India’s national league has been steadily losing ground to the franchise-based India Super League (ISL), which is promoted by billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries and Rupert Murdoch’s Star India TV.The All India Football Federation (AIFF) plans to retain all eight ISL teams and add a handful from the I-League in a merged, expanded league and Aizawl FC, a club with a modest budget and a passionate fan following, are unlikely to make the cut.”Aizawl FC has submitted its formal claim to AIFF to continue in the top league even after proposed merger of the existing top league with ISL,” the club said in a statement.Aizawl would approach the prime minister and the Asian Football Confederation if the club did not get a “positive response” from the AIFF, they said.”If all these steps fail, the club … will resort to worldwide protests, sitting demonstrations near AFC/FIFA offices, picketing of AIFF Office, mass hunger strike/fast unto death protests,” the club added.AIFF secretary Kushal Das did not take call from Reuters, but he told the newspaper DNA that Aizawl may have to play in the second division in the new league next season.advertisement”Look, even if Aizawl FC do not play in the country’s top league, it doesn’t mean that the road ends for them,” Das said.”They can still play in the second division, and continue to grow their club there. We will show even the second division matches live on television, and not just the top league. So, Aizawl FC need not lose heart even if they are not part of the league,” Das added.last_img read more

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IAR releases dates and locations for IAR DevCon 2019 developers conference

first_img Continue Reading Previous Molex adds 8- and 20-circuit mid-power MultiCat power connector versionsNext Infineon introduces certified NFC type 4B tag IAR Systems is following up on the successful introduction of the developers conference IAR DevCon last year by presenting IAR DevCon 2019. This year’s IAR DevCon will offer a full day conference from 10am to 5pm, starting with a high-level keynote, sharing industry insights and market updates, followed by a two-track option and a lab session.Track 1 sessions will cover IAR Embedded Workbench as one toolbox, one view and one uninterrupted workflow with focus on performance and best practice for tuning code and requirements for safety certification.Track 2 sessions will focus on several different aspects of security in development, production and services to implement straightforward, scalable and sustainable security from inception. Secure Thingz will be sharing their view and expertise as well as suggesting concrete actions to ramp up security from any starting point.IAR DevCon dates and locations, with daily schedule 10am-5pm:Oct. 01 Austin TX, US Oct. 03 Boston MA, USA Oct. 08 Cambridge, UK Oct. 15 Stockholm, Sweden Oct. 17 Oulu, Finland Oct. 24 Seoul, South Korea Oct. 24 Munich, Germany Oct. 29 Tokyo, Japan Nov. 05 Santa Clara CA, USThe number of seats for each location is limited.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

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Florian Munteanu is unique: Sylvester Stallone

first_imgLos Angeles, Nov 23 (IANS) Florian Munteanu is unique, says actor-producer Sylvester Stallone, who cast the German-Romanian boxer in “Creed II”.”I had a feeling about Florian. It’s very hard to get the whole package when you’re casting a role like this. We could find big guys who could fight but couldn’t act. Or guys who looked great but couldn’t fight. Florian is unique, said Stallone in a statement to IANS.Florian was interviewed by Stallone on a Skype video. Recalling his interview moment, the 27-year-old boxer said he was “spellbound” to seeing Stallone.”It was absolutely surreal, doing a Skype audition with Stallone, who was a childhood hero of mine. Especially as a boxer, growing up with all the Rocky movies that I watched over and over again. I couldn’t really describe the feeling I had when that computer screen opened, and I saw Stallone in front of me and realized it was actually happening.”Florian plays Ivan Drago’s son Viktor in the movie. The film, being brought to India by Warner Bros Pictures, follows Adonis Creed training in order to defeat Viktor, the powerful athlete who killed his father in the ring more than 30 years prior.”Creed II” is a sequel to “Creed” and the eighth instalment in the “Rocky” film series. It also starsStallone, Tessa Thompson, Dolph Lundgren, Phylicia Rashad, Andre Ward, Wood Harris, Brigitte Nielsen and Milo Ventimiglia.The sports drama film, which was earlier scheduled to release in India on November 30, will now release a day earlier.–IANSsim/rb/sedadvertisementlast_img read more

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a month agoMan City midfielder Sterling relieved to score in Everton win

first_imgMan City midfielder Sterling relieved to score in Everton winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Raheem Sterling was relieved to score their third in victory over Everton having missed a chance not long before.The England forward bagged his eight goal of the campaign – and the 100th of his career – with a shot that struck the underside of the crossbar, sealing the points for the champions.“It was a really good moment, especially at 2-1 to make it 3-1- it was a really nice feeling,” said Sterling.“I had chance earlier on and didn’t know was onside until I dragged it wide – you just have to stay focused.“I was running into the box, but thinking Riyad couldn’t make that pass, but it went through the defender’s leg, I took it early and I didn’t get enough on it.“I knew another chance would come. I was waiting for an opportunity and it eventually came.“But you have to finish chances like that off because in the Premier League you can be punished.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Crowley Provides Its Services for Lucius Spar in Gulf …

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Print  Close zoom On the heels of the recent successful delivery of Olympus, the largest tension-leg platform ever to be developed for the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Crowley has once again shown support for the domestic petroleum industry by providing ocean towing and positioning support services for the Lucius spar in the Gulf of Mexico for Anadarko Petroleum.Three of Crowley’s ocean class tugs, Ocean Wind, Ocean Wave and Ocean Sun, towed the 605-foot long, 110-foot wide spar from Corpus Christi, Texas, through the Ingleside Channel and out to Keathley Canyon Block 875 some 300 miles offshore. Crowley tugs, Pilot and Warrior, towing heavy-lift series barges 455 5 and 455 9, followed the successful trio with 20,000 tons of dry ballast materials to help lower Lucius into the water during installation.As they did during the Olympus project, the Crowley ocean class tugs worked together in both nearshore and offshore waters to relocate the spar – a type of floating oil platform typically used in very deep waters and anchored to the seabed by way of a spread mooring system. During the first stage of work, the nearshore phase, the Ocean Wind and Ocean Wave provided assistance by towing Lucius away from Corpus Christi. The Ocean Sun was also available and equipped to provide assistance, if needed.Relocation to deeper waters marked the beginning of the second phase of work, the offshore stage. Here, the Ocean Wind and Ocean Wave maintained their positions and towed the Lucius to its final location. In the final stage, the positioning phase, the Ocean Wind, Ocean Wave and Ocean Sun helped hold the platform in its final location, and remained on site in a star pattern to provide support as the spar was connected to its moorings and made storm safe in 7,100 feet of water.The project continued with transport of the rig’s sub cellar deck, which is the lower of the two decks of the spar topside structure. This was transported aboard Crowley’s Marty J, the first of Crowley’s eight 400-foot by 105-foot-wide high-deck strength barges and towed by the Ocean Sun. Conclusion of the project will come as one of the ocean class tugboats tows Lucius’ 9000-ton topside module atop Crowley’s 400 foot by 130-foot wide, high-deck strength barge Julie B from Corpus Christie, Texas, along the same 300 mile route as its preceding parts.“This was another successful pairing of Crowley’s new ocean class tugboats and high-deck strength barges,” said Crowley’s John Ara, vice president, solutions. “With each project, our crews and customers gain a better understanding of the full potential of our new equipment. As a result, we’re now being awarded an increased scope of work with more intricate involvement in these major installations.”Crowley’s ocean class tugs are modern ocean towing twin-screw vessels with controllable pitch propellers (CPP) in nozzles, high-lift rudders and more than 147 MT bollard pull. The first two ocean class vessels, the Ocean Wave and Ocean Wind, are classed as Dynamic Positioning 1 (DP1) tugboats and are twin-screw, tugs with an overall length of 146 ft., beam of 46 ft., hull depth of 25 ft. and design draft of 21 ft. The second two tugs of the class, Ocean Sky and Ocean Sun, are classed as DP2 and are 10 feet longer. All four vessels are capable of rig moves, platform and Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit tows, emergency response, salvage support and firefighting.“Just as they did during the recent Olympus tow, these specialized tugboats are proving themselves as workhorses for our valued upstream energy customers and for companies and government entities needing long-range, high-capacity, ocean towing along with salvage and emergency response support,” said Crowley’s Todd Busch, senior vice president and general manager, technical services. “They continue to solidify our standing as an industry leader in ocean towing, salvage and offshore marine support.”Beginning in 2014, Lucius will produce oil and gas through a truss spar floating production facility. It will have a nameplate capacity of 80,000 barrels of oil a day (BOPD) and 450 million cubic feet of gas a day (mcf/d). Crowley, November 6, 2013last_img read more

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TNG Snares One More Newbuilding Resale

first_imgzoom Croatian tanker owner and operator Tankerska Next Generation (TNG) has snapped up another 50,000 dwt newbuilding resale currently under construction at South Korea’s SPP Shipbuilding.TNG has used proceeds from the recently completed capital increase to finance this transaction. The new tanker, acquired through the purchase of York Maritime Holdings IV, is expected to join TNG’s fleet in the fourth quarter of 2015.This is the second tanker that TNG has under construction at SPP Shipbuilding, with the first newbuilding -Dalmacija- expected to be delivered in the last quarter of 2015.  Dalmacija has already been chartered out to Trafigura for USD 17,750 per day for a minimum of three years.“The successful capital increase concluded in June this year, strengthened the financial position of the company and created preconditions for the expansion of the fleet to six vessels with a total capacity of over 300,000 dwt. As of this transaction Tankerska Next Generation Inc. continued with the implementation of its strategic goals and the expansion of the fleet in order to strengthen its own market position, thus enabling increased revenues and stronger cash flow from operations,” said John Karavanic, CEO at Tankerska Next Generation.TNG reported USD 2.7 million net profit for the first six months of 2015, driven by  USD 43.04 million vessel revenue, with the EBITDA of USD 18.2 million.last_img read more

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Citizen sleuth prompts cleanup in canal that supplies NL towns water

DEER LAKE, N.L. — Dozens of aging metal barrels are being pulled out of a canal that supplies drinking water to a Newfoundland town thanks to the efforts of a concerned citizen who first brought the issue to light.Deer Lake resident Richard Dewey used a GoPro camera in late 2016 to record video footage of the sunken waste.His efforts spurred the cleanup after years of speculation about debris at the bottom of the Humber Canal and possible related health risks.This week, about 55 barrels are being pulled from a 30-metre stretch of the canal in a cleanup effort by Kruger Inc., which owns nearby Corner Brook Pulp and Paper and Deer Lake Power.General manager Darren Pelley said the company expects to remove the last barrel today. It’s unknown how long the barrels have been in the canal and what their contents are, but Pelley said a scientific analysis of their contents will be made public.Pelley said two sunken barges known to be at the bottom of the canal are staying put because tests suggested removing them would lift sediment and pose a greater risk to the water supply.The Canadian Press read more

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Darfur UN African Union envoys hold talks with senior Sudanese officials

13 February 2007The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Darfur and his African Union (AU) counterpart have held talks with senior Sudanese Government officials and a prominent former rebel at the start of their joint five-day mission to try to re-energize the stalled peace process in the war-torn region. Jan Eliasson and the AU’s Salim Ahmed Salim met Foreign Minister Lam Akol and the presidential assistant Nafie Ali Nafie yesterday in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, according to a statement released by the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS).The envoys spoke today with Minni Minawi, the senior presidential assistant who is also chairman of the faction of the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) that signed last year’s Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) with the Government. They also met the presidential adviser Majzoub al-Khalifa and representatives of other movements which had signed the DPA.Tomorrow Mr. Eliasson and Dr. Salim are scheduled to travel to Darfur to hold meetings mainly with rebel groups that have not signed the DPA.Before departing on their visit, the envoys said they “will be delivering a strong message” on the urgent need for an end to the political and humanitarian crisis engulfing Darfur, where at least 200,000 people have been killed and 2 million others displaced from their homes since 2003.A cessation of hostilities is seen as the first priority so that humanitarian operations can take place and the suffering of civilians can be alleviated. An estimated 4 million people across the vast and impoverished region now depend on aid for survival.Mr. Eliasson and Dr. Salim have repeatedly emphasized that a tangible reduction in violence is vital to create the conditions necessary for serious and all-inclusive political dialogue that includes both signatories and non-signatories to the DPA.Last month Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described the situation in Darfur as “the largest humanitarian crisis in the world.”As the envoys began their mission, the acting Special Representative for Sudan, Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, briefed the AU Peace and Security Council in Addis Ababa yesterday on the latest political, security and humanitarian developments in Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR), especially the border areas between those two countries and Darfur.Mr. Zerihoun told the meeting that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has initiated the necessary steps to deploy an advance mission to Chad and the CAR, which would prepare for the possible multi-dimensional UN presence as foreshadowed in a Security Council presidential statement last month.A separate assessment mission has just concluded its visit to the region, and will deliver its final report – including details of the size, scope and mandate of the proposed UN presence – to the Council in the coming days. read more

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Pc tried to sabotage close female friends marriage by framing her husband

first_imgA police officer who had a close friendship with a married woman tried to make her split with her husband by attempting to frame him, a disciplinary panel heard.Pc Anthony Gillard struck up a relationship with Mrs H after the breakdown of his own marriage and they told each other their “deepest and darkest” secrets.But when she decided to give it another go with her husband he tried to sabotage their relationship.He used the force computer to track down Mr H and performed several “high-risk” checks on his car over six months in 2014 by pulling him over. He opened a log, recording the male had been drinking and taking drugs after a search of his vehicle – in the hope he would be arrested by another officer.The officer concealed his real motivations by failing to notify colleagues of his personal connection to Mrs H, a disciplinary panel heard on Friday, November 25.A panel ruled that the actions of Pc Gillard were outside of his extant policing duties and amounted to gross misconduct and he was dismissed without notice.Pc Gillard, of Avon and Somerset Constabulary, separated from his wife in May 2013 and confided in Mrs H over fears of losing his four-year-old child.Mrs H also told the officer of her own relationship woes and the claimed abuse and bullying at the hands of her husband, a disciplinary panel heard.But Mrs H reconciled with her husband and moved back in with him, much to the disgust of Pc Gillard.He was “desperate” for Mrs H to leave her husband and even tried to send her a photo of Mr H flirting with a blonde woman in a local pub, a panel heard.He used the force automatic number plate recognition system to track down Mr H and performed several “high-risk” checks from May 2014 to November 2014.Avon and Somerset Constabulary barrister Elliott Gold said Pc Gillard carried out the surveillance on Mr H in the hope he would drive a wedge between the couple.Mr Gold said: “It was not a moment of passion it was a relationship that developed and unfolded slowly between the two of them.”All of the searches and actions were primarily by this officer, firstly not for proper policing purposes and further to that they were for personal purposes.”Defending, Richard Shepherd dismissed claims that Pc Gillard was so consumed by the “special relationship” that he went out of his way to harass Mr H to earn her favour.But police bosses ruled that the searches carried out by Pc Gillard, who previously had a 20-year unblemished career, were not for a legitimate policing purpose.When approached, Pc Gillard declined to comment. It was not a moment of passion it was a relationship that developed and unfolded slowly between the two of themElliott Goldcenter_img 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.last_img read more

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Geith G3 quick coupler provides fully automatic double locking attachment system

first_imgThe new Geith Generation 3 (G3) hydraulic quick coupler provides operators with a safe, simple, proven and durable design by which to change attachments on site, decreasing downtime and increasing overall productivity. Geith is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of excavator attachments. With more than 50 years of proven engineering experience, the safety-first global attachment manufacturer provides reliable and cost-effective solutions in mining.Featuring four independent safety components, the double locking, fully automatic quick coupler configuration complies with the impending safety standards set forth by ISO/FDIS 13031:2013(E). The front safety lock retains the attachment in the event of improper link/rear pin connection, while the front safety lock and the mechanical secondary rear safety system — independently — retain the attachment in a working position should a loss of hydraulic power occur.Unlike gravity-type systems, both the front and the rear spring-retained safety locks maintain high functionality in severe and dirty environments. The quick coupler’s curved engaging plate, or pin seat, holds the attachment’s link/rear pin firmly in place upon losing hydraulic power.In addition, the new G3 quick coupler features a hydraulic cylinder check valve, as well as the Geith-patented “curl to release” control system, providing a safe process for attachment engagement and release.Manufactured using extra-high-strength steel to increase durability, the G3 quick coupler’s simple design consists of only a few replacement parts and lacks greasing requirements. Further, the compact design minimizes changes to the tip radius, reducing the loss of bucket breakout force in comparison to previous quick coupler designs.The variable pin centre design allows operators the versatility to easily pick up and change between a variety of different carriers’ attachments from the comfort and security of their cabs. Operators also have the ability to reverse bucket orientation when working in confined spaces, such as against walls or under pipes.In an effort to accommodate customer and regional demands for non-hydraulic systems, Geith will offer the new quick coupler configuration in mechanical form, as well. Both the hydraulic and mechanical versions of the Geith G3 quick coupler are covered by a limited one-year warranty.last_img read more

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Goussis loses final appeal

first_imgGangland assassin Evangelos Goussis will stay in prison for at least 27 years after he lost his final appeal for killing underworld crime patriarch Lewis Moran and gangland figure Lewis Caine.44-year-old Goussis gunned down Moran at the Brunswick Club in March 2004, following a hit ordered by Carl Williams, at the height of the Melbourne crime wars. Goussis was sentenced to life in prison to serve a minimum of 30 years. He will be eligible for parole in 2039. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Anacostia River Festival Official Closing Program of the National Cherry Blossom Festival

first_imgThe National Park Service and the 11th Street Bridge Park are scheduled to hold the second annual Anacostia River Festival, a premier event and official closing program of the National Cherry Blossom Festival on April 17 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event will take place at Anacostia Park, National Park Service, located at Good Hope Road and Anacostia Drive SE. This year’s Anacostia River Festival celebrates “connecting people to parks” in recognition of the National Park Service’s Centennial celebration. The event is free and open to the public. For more information and to sign-up for event updates, visit read more

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Introducing Android 9 Pie filled with machine learning and bakedin UI features

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