Food as Medicine: The Growing Significance of Culinary Medicine

first_imgPolak, Rani, et al. “Credentialed chefs as certified wellness coaches: call for action.” Eating behaviors19 (2015): 65-67. Author: Christian Maino Vieytes, B.S. Nutritional Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park, M.S. Candidate, Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Why What We Eat Matters The power of food to promote healing and a general sense of well-being has long been a known commodity in different cultures.  Eastern cultures, in particular, have harnessed the potential of food as a modality for healing.3, 23 Dietary strategies, dichotomized into either yin or yang, make up an integral part of traditional Chinese and Eastern Medicine and its quest to treat a myriad of ailments.23 Even in Western cultures, we have seen an acknowledgment of the healing potential of food. After all, it was the Greek physician, Hippocrates, who once famously declared, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”.28 Yet, we have also realized how destructive diet can be to our health and to the health of a nation as a whole, as a consequence of less nutritious choices and over-eating.  Rising health-care costs, plateauing life-expectancy figures, and escalating rates of chronic illnesses like cardiovascular disease and cancer are a reflection of this. In order to foster a fruitful discussion about culinary medicine and its practical applications into the modern context of healthcare we must acknowledge the successes it has had in historical contexts.What is Culinary Medicine and Who is it For?Lifestyle approaches to preventing and treating common chronic illnesses are becoming increasingly popular. Culinary medicine can be thought of as an arm of the integrative model of medicine and well-being. It places an emphasis on modifying nutrition practices to fit within the needs of the individual.5 This can take many shapes and forms. For instance, an individual with rheumatoid arthritis can implement an anti-inflammatory diet to enhance their control over the disease state.17 Another individual without any current illness may adopt a Mediterranean Diet in order to prevent the onset of cardiovascular disease, cancer, or Alzheimer’s later on in life.19The successful implementation of these lifestyle changes requires close attention and guidance from a healthcare professional. Unfortunately, medical doctors receive very limited education on topics involving nutrition, although younger physicians are realizing the need to seek additional training on culinary coaching and nutrition.2, 4 Counseling with a dietitian is one feasible alternative. Most dietitians possess experience and training in culinary skills and practices that they can pass on to their patients.A key component of culinary medicine programs is the focus on promoting cooking in the home. With the rise of fast and convenience-food chains and products, we have slowly divorced ourselves from the ceremonial and cultural traditions associated with consuming food and have, as a result, paid the price with our health.14, 15 The scientific literature supports the idea that eating at home is good not only for promoting a healthy well-being but also has the added benefit of reducing expenditures on food.9, 11, 12, 14, 21, 22  Some programs have even demonstrated a capacity to fight food insecurity in low-income households.26 Culinary coaching programs also focus on enhancing grocery shopping and food storage skills.The effects of culinary coaching have been documented.1, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20 Culinary programs targeted at managing type 2 diabetes and blood sugar levels are demonstrating success, especially those that address and provide solutions to known barriers to home cooking.11, 13 These barriers include limited time, limited cooking skills, and low confidence in cooking.10, 21 A recent study also showed that eating at home is associated with a decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the first place.13 Clearly, there is a lot of potential for these culinary medicine programs. Nevertheless, we should be wary of services offered by uncredentialled individuals and should only take culinary advice from trained health professionals and credentialed chefs.8, 9Sooner or later, we can expect food prescriptions to become a norm and practitioners to doodle foods on their prescription pads in order to facilitate their patients’ health-related goals.16To learn more about Culinary Medicine please tune in Jan 24, 2019, at 11:00 am ET.  for a free webinar Culinary Medicine: Where Health Meets Food.  Dietitians earn 1.0 CPEUWorks Cited Choi, Evan Y et al. “A plant-based diet and heart failure: case report and literature review” Journal of geriatric cardiology : JGC 14,5 (2017): 375-378. Polak, Rani, et al. “Improving patients’ home cooking–A case series of participation in a remote culinary coaching program.” Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism8 (2017): 893-896. Peters, Nancy Champe, et al. “Adherence in a 1-year whole foods eating pattern intervention with healthy postmenopausal women.” Public health nutrition12 (2014): 2806-2815 Skoczyńska, Marta, and Jerzy Świerkot. “The role of diet in rheumatoid arthritis.” Reumatologia4 (2018): 259 Kris-Etherton, Penny M et al. “The need to advance nutrition education in the training of health care professionals and recommended research to evaluate implementation and effectiveness” American journal of clinical nutrition vol. 99,5 Suppl (2014): 1153S-66S. La Puma, John. “What Is Culinary Medicine and What Does It Do?” Population health management 19,1 (2016): 1-3. Wolfson, Julia A., and Sara N. Bleich. “Is cooking at home associated with better diet quality or weight-loss intention?.” Public Health Nutrition8 (2015): 1397-1406. Reicks, Marla et al. “Impact of cooking and home food preparation interventions among adults: outcomes and implications for future programs” Journal of nutrition education and behavior 46,4 (2014): 259-76. Polak, Rani et al. “Innovation in medical education: a culinary coaching tele-nutrition training program” Medical education online 23,1 (2018): 1510704. Massera, Daniele, et al. “A whole-food plant-based diet reversed angina without medications or procedures.” Case reports in cardiology 2015 (2015). Jiang, Sandy and Cassandra L Quave. “A comparison of traditional food and health strategies among Taiwanese and Chinese immigrants in Atlanta, Georgia, USA” Journal of ethnobiology and ethnomedicine 9,1 61. 27 Aug. 2013, doi:10.1186/1746-4269-9-61 Ridberg, Ronit A., et al. “A Pediatric Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program Increases Food Security in Low-Income Households.” Journal of nutrition education and behavior(2018). Polak, Rani et al. “Health-related Culinary Education: A Summary of Representative Emerging Programs for Health Professionals and Patients” Global advances in health and medicine 5,1 (2016): 61-8. Polak, Rani, et al. “Preventing Type 2 Diabetes with Home Cooking: Current Evidence and Future Potential.” Current diabetes reports10 (2018): 99. Reicks, Marla, Megan Kocher, and Julie Reeder. “Impact of cooking and home food preparation interventions among adults: a systematic review (2011–2016).” Journal of nutrition education and behavior2 (2018): 148-172. Polak, Rani, et al. “Innovation in diabetes care: improving consumption of healthy food through a “Chef Coaching” program: a case report.” Global advances in health and medicine6 (2014): 42-48. Smith, Richard. “Let food be thy medicine…” BMJ : British Medical Journal 328,7433 (2004): 0. Taillie, Lindsey Smith, and Jennifer M. Poti. “Associations of Cooking With Dietary Intake and Obesity Among Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participants.” American journal of preventive medicine 52.2 (2017): S151-S160. Tiwari, Arpita et al. “Cooking at Home: A Strategy to Comply With U.S. Dietary Guidelines at No Extra Cost” American journal of preventive medicine 52,5 (2017): 616-624. Sofi, Francesco, et al. “Adherence to Mediterranean diet and health status: meta-analysis.” BMJ337 (2008): a1344. Danek, Robin L., et al. “Perceptions of Nutrition Education in the Current Medical School Curriculum.” Family Medicine 10 (2017): 803-806. Wu, Qunli, and Xiaochun Liang. “Food therapy and medical diet therapy of traditional Chinese medicine.” Clinical Nutrition Experimental18 (2018): 1-5last_img read more

Only 2% turnout in repoll in Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency

first_imgSrinagar – Only 2% turnout was witnessed in repolling in 38 polling stations in Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, officials said.Repolling had been ordered at these polling stations by the Election Commissin following large scale violence during Sunday’s polls for the prestigious seat.The bypoll result will be declared on April 15.Barring a stone pelting incident at Soibagh area in Budgam district, the situation was peaceful in the areas where the polling was held, the officials said.Miscreants pelted stones at polling station at Soibagh, but they were chased away by the security forces, they said.There was an altercation between Opposition National Congress and ruling PDP workers at Badran in Beerwah area over allegations of bogus voting, the officials said.The issue was later resolved with the intervention of the polling staff and security personnel posted on duty there.Eight people were killed in firing by security forces as unprecedented election-day violence marred the bypoll for Srinagar Lok Sabha seat which saw the voter turnout plunge to an all-time low of 7.14%.Rampaging mobs took to streets in scores of places across the Lok Sabha constituency straddling Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal districts, perpetrating wanton violence and arson, even setting ablaze a polling station and attempting to set on fire two others, amid a boycott called by the separatists.last_img read more

Heena aims to improve consistency

first_imgBoosted by her gold and silver-winning performances at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, pistol ace Heena Sidhu is confident of doing well in the May 22-29 ISSF World Cup in Munich, but said she needs to work on her consistency.Heena, 28, won a gold in the 25m sports pistol while creating a Commonwealth Games record at Gold Coast in April and a silver in the 10m air pistol event.“I will be training in Pforzheim from May 8 to 21 and will also play a practice match on May 13. And then we have the World Cup at the end of this month,” Heena said ahead of her departure for Germany.“My main focus is on being consistent. I did well at the Commonwealth Games and also the World Cup in Korea after that. “In fact, if you look at the scores, there was an improvement from the Commonwealth Games, but I could not get any medal in Korea,” Heena said. “I have noticed that I have been having one or two good series and then it is followed by a bad series. So I have to naturally work on my consistency.“Shooting as a sport has changed now and we shoot seven to eight days in a row so being focused and consistent is important.” Heena started her career in 10m pistol but also took up the 25m in 2017 and has since been training with coach and husband Ronak Pandit.“It is difficult doing three categories, 10m air pistol, 25m sport and team event and all of them require time and a lot of focus.“Earlier I had two to three day’s rest between my events but now I shoot almost all the days of the tournament,” Heena said.She is aiming at top scores in the run-up to the Asian Games and the World Championship in August and September.last_img read more

The Alternative To Chinese Debt For Africa From Japan And India

first_imgChina’s sprawling Belt and Road Initiative has made developed nations anxious about losing influence in the developing world. The U.S. and the EU are each advancing their own new strategic initiatives to support development in emerging economies.Meanwhile, in a development that has so far attracted little publicity, Japan and India have been gradually fleshing out their own joint program to support African development — the Asia-Africa Growth Corridor plan — which offers real potential to bring economic benefit to Africa.Read it at Asia Nikkie Related Itemslast_img read more

Kings enjoy blowout win over Magic to stop 4-game skid

first_imgIs Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READ LATEST STORIES Getting a little swagger back after blowing fourth-quarter leads in all four of those defeats, the Kings went ahead by double digits in a dominant second period and led by 28 entering the fourth.“We’ve given a few games away, so it’s good to come out and control the whole way,” Fox said. “It’s great to have a game like this.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPlaying in their somewhat frenetic offensive style, the Kings were running at every opportunity, especially early when they established the tempo. They outscored the Magic 24-12 in fast-break points and were even more dominant in the paint, owning a 64-24 edge.“The ball was moving and everyone was sharing it,” said Buddy Hield, who had 13 points. “The ball has been really moving lately, even in the games we lost. When we are moving the ball well it’s really hard to stop us.” TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Anthony Davis explodes with 36 points, 13 boards as Pelicans rout Grizzlies Behind a strong effort from their bench, the Kings opened the second quarter on a 20-2 run. Fox had 11 points, helping Sacramento take a 58-42 lead into halftime.Orlando shot under 37 percent, committed 16 turnovers and was outscored 29-17 in the decisive second quarter.“We just struggled to score. We have to find a way to where we have enough shooting on the floor all the time to create spacing. It’s a problem,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “There’s not a lot of room with some of the lineups out there for anybody to have a place to go. It makes it hard.”BAGLEY IS BACKAfter missing 11 games with a knee injury, Sacramento rookie Marvin Bagley III had eight points and six rebounds in 20 minutes.Prior to the injury, Bagley had stepped up his play and was a key figure off the bench. He entered averaging 12.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.“(The knee) feels great. After a couple of times down the court I got a little tired,” Bagley said. “But as the game went on I felt a lot like I did before I was hurt. It will take some time, a game or two to get back in the flow of things.”TIP-INSMagic: Shot a dismal 12 of 39 (31 percent) in the opening half. … Vucevic had his 27th double-double this season. … Aaron Gordon shot 3 of 13 and had 10 points.Kings: Had a 13-27 record last year after 40 games. This season, Sacramento is 20-20. … Starting guard Iman Shumpert missed his second straight game with an injured right index finger. … The bench produced 48 points. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Orlando Magic forward Jonathon Simmons (17) defends against Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Randall Benton)SACRAMENTO, California— After four excruciating losses, the Sacramento Kings savored a rare blowout victory Monday night.De’Aaron Fox had 20 points and the Kings snapped a four-game skid with a 111-95 win over the Orlando Magic.ADVERTISEMENT Bogdan Bogdanovic had 15 points and seven assists for the Kings, and his 32 minutes marked the most by any starter. Willie Cauley-Stein added 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Justin Jackson also had 11 points.Terrence Ross hit five 3-pointers and scored 20 points and Nikola Vucevic had 18 points and 13 rebounds for Orlando, which has dropped three straight and eight of 11. Evan Fournier hit four 3s and scored 15 points.“It’s a tough situation for us and it’s disappointing the way we’ve been playing,” Vucevic said. “We have to keep working and find a way to turn things around.”The speedy Fox shot 9 of 14 and directed the Kings’ offense with precision, committing only one of Sacramento’s nine turnovers. He exited late in the third quarter and never returned, playing 22 minutes.An Orlando turnover led to an acrobatic fast-break dunk by Fox, putting the Kings ahead by 25 late in the third quarter. They led 90-62 after three.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue UP NEXTMagic: Conclude their six-game road trip Wednesday against Utah.Kings: Play at Phoenix on Tuesday in the second game of a back-to-back. 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Easter bombings in Lanka likely to be NIAs 1st case post amendment

first_imgNew Delhi: The Easter Sunday bombings case in Sri Lanka is likely to be the first case for the NIA to probe after Parliament amended an Act empowering it to investigate terror cases abroad, officials said on Sunday.Over 250 people were killed when nine suicide bombers carried out a series of blasts in Sri Lanka on April 21. With Parliament giving its nod to the the National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill on July 17 and the Law Ministry issuing a notification in this effect on July 25, the first case to be investigated abroad is going to be Sri Lanka blasts, a Home Ministry official privy to the development said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’A two-member team of the NIA had visited Sri Lanka in May and had held discussions with authorities there about claims that some terrorists, owning allegiance to the dreaded terror group ISIS, had travelled to India, including Kashmir. However, so far the NIA has not been able to register any case due to lack of its jurisdiction. But with the amended law, the agency can probe the case, the official said. The amended Act gives powers to the NIA to probe terror attacks targeting Indians, Indian interests abroad and having links with India. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe latest amendments will enable the NIA to additionally investigate offenses related to human trafficking, counterfeit currency, manufacture or sale of prohibited arms, cyber-terrorism, and offenses under the Explosive Substances Act, 1908. A special court in New Delhi will preside over such cases, according to the amendments. Before the Easter Sunday bombings, India had alerted the island nation that ISIS terrorists were planning to carry out strikes there. India had been regularly sharing intelligence inputs about a possible terror attack in Sri Lanka targeting the Indian High Commission and religious places there, officials said. The inputs to Sri Lanka were sent through diplomatic channels. Earlier, the NIA had stumbled upon videos of National Thowheed Jamaat (NTJ) leader Zahran Hashim during the investigation of a terror case and the videos were indicative of a terror attack on religious places as well as the Indian High Commission in Colombo, officials said. Hashim was among the nine suicide bombers who carried out the series of blasts in Sri Lanka. The videos showed Hashim asking youths from Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala to establish an Islamic rule in the region. After the blasts in Sri Lanka, the NIA had arrested 29-year-old Riyas A, also known as Riyas Aboobacker or Abu Dujana, a resident of Palakkad in Kerala.He is alleged to be in touch with Hashim on social media platforms, the officials said. The accused had disclosed during investigations that he had been following speeches of Hashim for more than a year and has also followed the speeches delivered by controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, currently based in Malaysia.last_img read more

TransCanada going ahead with 24billion expansion of NGTL system

first_imgCALGARY – TransCanada Corp. is investing $2.4 billion to expand its NGTL natural gas system in Western Canada as growing production in the region has filled existing capacity and battered prices.The company said Thursday that the decision to expand NGTL comes after it recently completed an oversubscribed open season, with shippers committing to one billion cubic feet per day of expansion capacity for an average of almost 29 years.“The successful open season shows strong industry support to significantly expand transmission capacity out of the basin and improve market connectivity for Canadian natural gas production,” said company chief executive Russ Girling in a statement.The NGTL system is a dense web of pipeline that covers much of Alberta and runs into northeastern B.C., acting as a gathering system for producers in some of the richest natural gas basins on the continent.Producers in the region have, however, been victims of their own success in unlocking the shale gas in areas like the Montney and Deep Basin, as pipeline constraints and lack of demand in some markets have hit prices that have even strayed into negative territory.“If you imagine Alberta today as a sink and the tap’s on, right now the sink is filling up faster than it can drain,” said Brook Papau, managing director of RS Energy Group.Traditional export routes to California and the U.S. Midwest, as well as using the gas in province, are full-up, said Papau, leaving producers to look to Eastern Canada to find better prices.TransCanada said its investment in the NGTL system will help link more production to its Mainline system that runs to Ontario and which still has significant untapped capacity.The expansion program will include approximately 375 kilometres of large diameter pipeline, compression facilities, meter stations and other associated facilities.The company has already alleviated some pressure in the region after reaching long-term fixed price agreements last year with shippers on its Mainline, and said Thursday it continues to look at the potential of further expanding natural gas shipping on the pipeline.“We continue to work diligently with industry to facilitate economic access for their natural gas to key export markets, including access to Eastern Canada and the U.S. Northeast through TransCanada’s Canadian Mainline and downstream systems,” said Girling.TransCanada would have to invest some capital to restore the extra capacity in the Mainline, but another open season on the pipeline would be well-received, said energy analyst Ed Kallio, principal at Eau Claire Energy Advisory, Inc.“I have no doubt that if they do an open season it will be very highly subscribed.”Producers have been scrambling to find alternatives after West Coast liquefied natural gas projects have failed to emerge, said Kallio, while producers haven’t cut back on production because the shale formations are also yielding valuable liquids used to dilute thick bitumen.“Those high value liquids are driving activity, and the natural gas comes along with it.”TransCanada said it expects to file a project description with the National Energy Board by the second quarter of this year to start the review process and hopes to begin construction on the NGTL expansion in 2019.The Calgary-based company reported net income attributable to shareholders of $861 million or 98 cents per share in the fourth-quarter of 2017, compared to a loss of $358 million or 43 cents per share in the same period a year earlier.Fourth-quarter earnings were boosted by a number of one-time items, including an $804 million recovery of deferred income taxes as a result of U.S. tax reform.The company said it continues to make progress on its Keystone XL pipeline project after announcing sufficient shipper support in January but has still held back on officially sanctioning the project.TransCanada has said it is however working on construction preparation as well as new landowner agreements in Nebraska and general permitting.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRP)last_img read more

Expedite auction of mines with explored mineral reserves Ficci

first_imgNew Delhi: Industry body Ficci has called for expediting auctions of mineral blocks with known or explored reserves, highlighting that the average of such sales has nosedived to around 15 mines per year after the amendment in the Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation Act. The chamber in a presentation to Niti Aayog stated that “around 300-400 minerals concessions per year used to be allotted prior to 2015 which has reduced on an average to around 15 per year post-amendment in the Act (MMDR Act in 2015)”. It recommended that auctions should “be expedited for areas with known/explored mineral reserves.” According to sources, officials from Rio Tinto, Tata Steel, Vedanta and apex mineral body Federation of Indian Mineral Industries (FIMI) among others who were part of the presentation. However, for areas with no or minimal known/explored mineral reserves, it said the first-cum first-served system must be adopted with the provision of first right of refusal for granting mining lease, Ficci said. To ensure transparency in the mineral sector, the Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill was passed by Parliament in 2015.last_img read more

Couscous and Sardines Main Moroccan Exports to Israel

Rabat – Couscous and sardines are the most Moroccan products exported to Israel, reported the Moroccan daily, Al Massae, on Wednesday, August 31.The trade exchanges between Morocco and Israel have increased in recent years. In 2015, the trade balance between the two countries reached 145%, the same source said according to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics.The same source reported that “Israel’s chemical and mechanical equipment products are the most goods exported to Morocco,” adding, “Israel’s products export to Morocco through other countries, since there is no official relations between Morocco and Israel that allow Morocco to import Israel’s products directly.”Although dates are one of Israel’s main exports, “Moroccan traders boycott Israel’s date,” according to Al Massae. Meanwhile, Moroccan government claims that there is no trade between the two countries. As quoted by the same source, Mohammed Abbou, Minister Delegate of Foreign Trade, said “There is no trade relation between Morocco and Israel.”“The government has not given any authorization for the traders to import date or other Israeli products,” he added. read more

Man dead from injuries in singlevehicle crash

A 38-year-old Woodstock man has died following a single-vehicle crash on Haldimand Road 3 in Nanticoke on Aug. 31.Police said Jesse Milner died from his injuries Sept. 10 in hospital.Police said the vehicle Milner was driving left the road and rolled into a pond, landing on its roof.His eight-year-son and five-year-old daughter, who were passengers in the vehicle, were not injured.A family member, following in a separate vehicle, as well as other motorists, stopped at the scene and were able to pull from the vehicle the two children and driver before first responders arrived.Police said their investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-888-310-1122. read more

UN reports over 2 billion in pledges for the tsunami relief effort

That was more than all of the pledges to all humanitarian appeals in 2004 combined, Jan Egeland, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, told a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York. The international compassion had never ever been like this, Mr. Egeland said, noting that Japan’s extremely generous pledge of $500 million was the biggest so far. There were also huge pledges from the United States and the World Bank for the recovery and rehabilitation phase, as well as from the Asian Development Bank, the United Kingdom, Sweden, China, the European Union, and many other partners.He said that the United Nations was coordinating efforts now with hundreds of relief organizations, in addition to the half dozen or so big UN humanitarian agencies involved.Highlighting some of the most urgent needs of the relief effort, Mr. Egeland repeated his plea for very concrete assistance, such as helicopter carriers for use outside the coasts to prevent clogging the inland airstrips, and five air traffic control units to assist in making small, damaged airstrips some of the busiest airports in the world. Mr. Egeland said the hardest-hit places were Sumatra and Aceh, possibly accounting for three fourths of all casualties, even though it was impossible to give a total casualty figure. His estimate today was over 150,000 dead, but he stressed it would never be known how many people had been washed to sea and would never be found. However, it was clear, he said, that as a result of the disaster millions of people had lost their “near and dear” ones. read more

BP drilling manager didnt see deepwater drilling as highrisk activity before Gulf

BP drilling manager didn’t see deepwater drilling as ‘high-risk’ activity before Gulf spill NEW ORLEANS – BP’s head of drilling engineering for the Gulf of Mexico at the time of the Deepwater Horizon disaster testified he didn’t believe deepwater drilling was a “high-risk” activity before the April 2010 blowout of the company’s Macondo well, according to newly released court documents.Jonathan Sprague’s March 2011 testimony is contained in a batch of more than 100 depositions that plaintiffs’ lawyers submitted Thursday to the federal judge presiding over a trial for litigation over the massive Gulf oil spill.During his pretrial deposition, Sprague said he recognized the risks associated with deepwater wells but thought they could be eliminated.Plaintiffs’ lawyers and government attorneys claim BP and its contractors ignored risks in a rush to finish drilling the well.Conrad Williams, one of the lead lawyers for Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim the spill cost them money, asked Sprague if the Macondo project “constituted a high-risk operation.”“At the time, I did not believe it to be high risk,” Sprague said.“Sir, isn’t it true that a failure to appropriately appreciate and analyze risk can result in catastrophic consequences?” Williams asked.“I don’t know that to be true in all cases,” Sprague said.“Well, risk wasn’t appropriately analyzed on the Deepwater Horizon during the five days before that rig was lost, was it?” Williams asked.“I don’t agree with that statement,” Sprague said. “I think at the time the individuals involved, which included BP, service companies and contractor personnel believed that they understood all the risk.”Sprague isn’t expected to testify in person at the trial that started Monday. However, the depositions submitted this week could be evidence for U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to weigh if he ultimately decides how much more money BP and the other companies involved in the Macondo drilling project owe for their roles in the disaster.The raft of documents also includes a June 2011 deposition by Henry Thierens, who was BP’s wells director for the Gulf of Mexico until December 2009.Thierens said he didn’t know that BP had to submit a regional oil spill response plan to federal regulators from an agency that was known as the Minerals Management Service at the time of the April 20, 2010, blowout.“So BP submitted this to the MMS for the Gulf of Mexico without clearing it through its Wells Director?” a lawyer from Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange’s office asked.“Yeah, I don’t recall having seen this,” said Thierens, who added that he didn’t look at the plan while working on the spill response, either.Thierens, who has since left BP, had described his job responsibilities as including “accountability for all aspects of MMS regulatory requirements. But he could only recall having direct contact with MMS once during his three-year tenure as wells director and couldn’t recall if he ever looked at any of the regulations governing Gulf drilling.Alan Huffman, a well design expert who testified at the trial earlier this week as a witness for the federal government, said BP continued drilling in dangerous deep water conditions without keeping the Minerals Management Service fully informed.Huffman said his review of internal BP documents and MMS records showed the oil giant engaged in a “consistent pattern of misreporting” to the federal agency and gave it a “very false impression” of what was happening on the drilling project. by Michael Kunzelman, The Associated Press Posted Mar 1, 2013 7:48 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ohio State womens volleyball to continue streak of road games

OSU sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe (10) and freshman outside hitter Luisa Schirmer (5) go for a block during a game against FGCU on Sept. 5 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team is set to hit the road to continue a series of 10 consecutive away games.The Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to Oxford, Ohio, this weekend to compete in the Miami (Ohio) University Invitational.OSU (6-3) is scheduled to play the University of Alabama-Birmingham (3-8) on Friday at 4 p.m., followed by a doubleheader on Saturday with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (5-7) at 10 a.m. and tournament host Miami (Ohio) (5-4) at 7 p.m.Once the Buckeyes finish the final non-conference tournament of the season, they’ll be set to start Big Ten play. However, the Buckeyes aren’t scheduled to play a Big Ten opponent at home until Oct. 8 against Illinois.But senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger said she’s grown to like playing on the road throughout her career.“We look at it as road warriors,” Sekinger said. “It’s a different atmosphere and you get the crowd chanting against you, which gives you more motivation to play better.”Sophomore setter Maggie Heim added that playing more road games in front of “brutal” away crowds at the beginning of the year helps the team prepare for the season.OSU coach Geoff Carlston said the women are getting more comfortable with their offensive and defensive performances, but they cannot make the small errors like they did last weekend in the Millennium Hotel Invitational. OSU finished the tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio, with two wins split by a loss to the Ohio Bobcats.“We made some untimely errors against Ohio, but we made some really great, really big plays against (Syracuse and Xavier),” Carlston said. “You can’t give points away. Teams are too good to be missing serves.  We have to be aggressive, so we’re going to miss some serves, but we’re not missing back-to-back serves and serves at the end of games.”Once the Buckeyes conclude non-conference play, they are set to head to Minnesota and Wisconsin to open the Big Ten season. The Minnesota match is scheduled for Wednesday at 8 p.m., while the Wisconsin match is set for Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. read more

Ohio State womens lacrosse heads to Rutgers after first loss since February

OSU senior attacker Cian Dabrowski (14) fires a shot in a game against Penn State on April 9. OSU won, 16-13. Credit: Courtesy of OSUA short memory often one of the keys to any successful athlete. The No. 9 Ohio state women’s lacrosse team will have to put that skill to the test as it regroups from a blowout loss and travels to Rutgers for a Thursday evening matchup.The first setback OSU (11-2, 2-1) faced in 55 days was a 15-5 loss at No. 1 Maryland last weekend which ended its nine-game winning streak. If they’re able to bounce back with a win over Rutgers (3-11, 0-3), the Buckeyes would end being no worse than the No. 2 seed in the 2016 Big Ten tournament. Rutgers is coming off a 20-9 loss to Northwestern. The Buckeyes are 3-1 all-time against the Scarlet Knights, as they beat Rutgers 17-7 in the 2015 Big Ten tournament quarterfinals, as well as twice in conference play.A closer look at OSUOSU has decorated players all over the field that play a huge role in the team’s success.Sophomore attacker Molly Wood ranks 13th in the country with 4.7 draws per game and is on track to set an OSU single-season record. Wood is also second on the team with 30 goals, and is one of only two Buckeyes to score a goal in every game this season.Senior attackers Cian Dabrowski and Rainey Hodgson rank in the top five in the Big Ten in almost every offensive category. Dabrowski leads OSU and ranks second in the Big Ten with three goals per game and leads with 4.1 points per match. Hodgson ranks second in the Big Ten with 3.8 points per game and is first with 1.9 assists per contest.Defensively, senior goalkeeper Katie Frederick is 11-2 as a first-year starter. Frederick is third in the conference with 6.46 saves per game.As a team, OSU ranks second in the Big Ten in shot percentage and goals against, and sits third for goals, assists, draw controls and saves.Game time against the Scarlet Knights is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday in Piscataway, New Jersey.Up nextThe Buckeyes are set to return home and get back on the field quickly when they welcome No. 6 Notre Dame to Ohio Stadium at 3 p.m. on Saturday. read more

Dints implements its new VMI model to drive efficiencies within the supply

first_imgLast year Dints secured a Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) contract with a prominent African mining client, Gold Fields Ghana. Already live at the Tarkwa mine-site, Dints’ new VMI model tackles inefficiencies within the procurement, supply chain and inventory management functions. Combined with a tailored payment plan, Dints says it “is able to deliver client savings of 20-25%.”With financing backed by the UK Government, Dints can offer this new service to all geographies and product lines. The benefits of Dints’ VMI model and services include:Improved payment terms on operational and capital expenditure‘Pay as You Use’ minimises capital tied up in inventoryInventory management control reduces obsolete stock holdingStreamlined procurement and warehouse managementLower procurement costsA reduction in equipment total cost of ownershipPrice transparency and fixed pricesDeferred payment terms improving the cash flow can be flexed in either of 3 ways. The first, buyers credit is more appropriate for large Capex spends. Suppliers credit uses bills or promissory notes. The third is structured receivables financed – through the Dints contract – providing balance sheet efficiencies.Each can be structured as a revolving facility and given the UK government support provides the buyer with:Low cost funding (funding costs are priced against the UK Government risk)Low cost of carry-financing used as and when procurement takes placeAdditionality of exposure – these facilities do not impinge on your existing bank appetiteAbility to scale as facility is utilisedMatch currency of contract with currency of supplySimple loan documentation (LMA Standard) or against Bills of Exchange/Promissory NotesStructured repayment terms that provide positive cash flowDints is now in a position to offer new and established clients the VMI service, which can be tailored to suit specific client requirements.last_img read more

PHOTO No points no tooth for Luka Šebetić

← Previous Story Andrea Lekić between Skopje, Ljubljana and Bucharest! Next Story → Petr Hrachovec to lead Alpla Hard Croatian NT right back, PPD Zagreb member Luka Šebetić will keep in memory his last match at EHF Champions League against MVM Veszprem. Hungarians won with the decisive goal by Momir Ilić only 10 seconds before the final buzzer – 27:25, but young 22-years old lefthander has lost something more than two points.Šebetić lost control during landing and failed directly on knee of Veszprem’s defender Mirsad Terzić… Luka Šebetić read more

VIDEO The best kids talent show of all time ever ever

first_imghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jEEGyDjKM4YouTube/RentistoodamnhighARE YOU READY for the Zach Attack?You better be. Because he is literally walking on sunshine.There are several contenders for our favourite moment in this. For example:The bit at 2.26 where his dancers tie themselves in knots for no obvious reasonPretty much everything aroun 3.35.The finishing slide (4.10) where Zach tries to decide whether to play the air guitar or not, and comes up with ‘maybe’.Giving props to his dancers (Lacey and Shelby!) at the end.It’s worth watching all the way through. We are now ready for the Zach Attack.VIDEO: This toddler is the best liar of all time>VIDEO: This baby is fast asleep… until her favourite song comes on>VIDEO: Little girl is adorably excited about riding a train>last_img read more

How Shenmue Paved the Way for Modern Gaming

first_imgStay on target The Sega Dreamcast was the company’s last grasp at the hardware market, and it demonstrated some of Sega’s best qualities. Although it certainly had its share of Madden NFL games and 3D platformers, it also hosted innovative and bizarre software like Seaman and Rez. These weren’t games designed to grab a mass market audience, but rather experiments in new kinds of interaction and design.Sadly, they weren’t enough to keep the console afloat against Sony’s PS2 juggernaut, and the Dreamcast only lasted a few years. Yu Suzuki’s Shenmue was released in 1999, with the second coming installment in 2001 after hardware production had ceased. At the time, it was the most expensive video game ever made. With a remaster of the first two games hitting Steam and modern consoles this week, as well as the third game coming in August of 2019, we decided to look back on how this oddball adventure was ahead of its time and influenced tons of popular genres.Free RoamingOne of the biggest trends of the PS2 era was the rise of Grand Theft Auto and similar free-roaming adventure games. The idea that players could be given their own agency to move through a sandbox world, taking care of plot-centric missions as well as other activities, came directly from Shenmue. Even though protagonist Ryo Hazuki is supposed to be solving his father’s murder, he wasn’t forced into anything. You could spend time playing classic Sega arcade games like Out Run, buying capsule toys from vending machines, or just aimlessly walking around.One of the most notable game series that capture that balance also comes from Sega – the cult hit Yakuza games. Those titles are very Shenmue-esque in their combination of street brawling and aimless wandering, with tons of side activities that are often more fun and memorable than the main plotline. Those games also treat their settings much like a character, with lots of attention paid to architecture and local flavor.Walking SimulatorAlthough Shenmue has plenty of action – lead designer Yu Suzuki was the mastermind behind Sega’s Virtua Fighter series of fighting games – what most people remember about it was the experience of Ryo wandering around his Yokosuka neighborhood talking to people. Players weren’t “on rails,” being led from one plot beat to another. They had free reign to pet cats, play arcade games, or just kill time. Instead of players feeling always on edge, the experience was more restful. A lot of Suzuki’s work was making it feel like you were a real person in a real place – Ryo could open drawers and cupboards and walk down blind alleys and dead-ends, none of which yielded any gameplay benefit.That kind of environmental storytelling would find roots in games like Gone Home and Dear Esther, where the combat has been completely removed in favor of exploration and discovery. Those titles hearken back to the earliest scenes of Shenmue, where you’re poking through Ryo’s house, opening drawers and looking at photographs to immerse yourself in his life. As games outgrew their arcade heritage, they stopped rushing players through and let them linger at leisure to appreciate the hard work designers and artists put into the product.QTEsThe limits of a video game controller definitely are tested when you’re creating a game like Shenmue, which required Ryo to do all kinds of actions throughout his quest, from driving forklifts to opening mail. One catch-all control system wouldn’t work for everything, so Suzuki pioneered “Quick Time Events,” where players had to input specific joystick motions and button presses in a limited window of time to successfully complete the task. Some of them could be failed without incident, while others would bring Ryo’s journey to a halt.QTEs have become an integral part of many modern adventure and action games. The best example is probably David Cage’s titles like Detroit: Become Human and Heavy Rain, both of which owe a tremendous debt to Shenmue. Some titles use them to bridge cinematic sequences and player-controlled parts like Resident Evil, while others like God of War use QTEs to trigger brutal combat finishers. While Shenmue wasn’t the first game to use the system, it made QTEs a significant part of the experience.Living WorldsUnlike most contemporary adventure games, non-player characters didn’t just stand around waiting for you to pump them for information. Everybody in Yokosuka had their own schedule to follow, and if Ryo wanted to meet up with them for a chat he had to figure out when they’d be home. A lot of the game’s most interesting content was locked to certain times of the day at certain locations, making it feel like a vibrant, living world. In addition, the “Magic Weather” system used actual weather patterns from Japan in the 1980s to model a random schedule of rain and clearing throughout the day.This kind of attention to world detail would become more and more common in open-world RPGs throughout the next decade. Games like Bethesda’s Morrowind and Lionhead’s Fable would use those kind of schedules and individual NPC routines as a major selling point, and now it’s rare to find an adventure that doesn’t have AI pathing and timetables for its supporting characters. Realistic, changing weather is also part of the package, as designers have learned how it can enhance drama and change up the visual environment. This kind of stuff had been done before, but it took Shenmue to put it all into one package.Big BudgetsAt this point, it’s not unusual for AAA games to run into the tens of millions of dollars, but back at the end of the 1990s it was a massive financial gamble for Sega to sink $70 million into Shenmue. The development process And, let’s be frank, it was a gamble they were guaranteed to lose – to make back the development cost, every single Dreamcast owner would have to buy two copies of the game.Needless to say, that didn’t happen. But instead of being an outlier, Shenmue was prophetic. Suzuki realized that video games were getting to the point where they had to compete with movies and TV in the market, and the way to do that was with fully voiced characters, engrossing storylines and rich environments. It wasn’t going to be good enough to coast on the storytelling methods that games used in the past – static screens, non-interactive cutscenes and limited agency over the world. As the medium grew, it had to also grow in ambition, and Shenmue was a huge step forward.We’re very curious to see what Shenmue 3 will look like when it releases next year. Will it be as progressive as the first two installments, or will it further advance video game storytelling and design? Either way, we’ll be there on day one playing it to find out.The Dreamcast is a beloved console for many at team Geek, but there are others that we equally adore. If you are looking for a great recommendation of QTEs see our hands-on of Detroit: Become Human. Our God of War playthrough might be the best example of the year though. If you are in need of further picks, watch all of Geek’s livestreams here. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Geek Plays: Call of Duty Black Ops IIIIGeek Plays: Nintendo Switch Online NES Games last_img read more

Parks Foundation of Clark County gives $73K to programs

first_imgThe important role that parks play in our communities and the people who support them were honored at Tuesday’s Parks Foundation of Clark County annual luncheon and membership meeting at the Hilton Vancouver Washington.The nonprofit foundation supports a variety of parks and recreation programs, and has presented nearly $1 million in contributions over its 20 years. Another $73,401 in grants were presented Tuesday, funding everything from a new Spin Max Tower at Vancouver Lake Park’s playground to summer camp scholarships for kids.Outgoing board member Dan Clark of Banner Bank was thanked with a special award for his 15 years of volunteer service.As always, a major part of the luncheon was presenting the Florence B. Wager Awards.This year’s Wager Awards winners are:• Laura Hoggatt, an administrative assistant with Clark County Parks, was presented with the Tributary Award recognizing contributions by parks and recreation professionals. She was honored for her work in overseeing elements of the parks fee program, coordinating monthly park advisory board meetings, providing outreach and coordination for the Lewis & Clark Trail project, helping with grant administrative support and assisting the parks manager with daily needs.• Jerry Acheson received the Leading Eagle Award. Acheson has been Camas’ parks and recreation manager for nearly 30 years, and has led the Legacy Lands project to acquire 140 acres on the north shore of Lacamas Lake for recreational use; to date, 70 acres have been donated or acquired, and purchase of the remaining land is underway. Acheson has also worked with Georgia-Pacific to gain city control of the two dams that create Lacamas Lake, plus the Mill Ditch.• Cassi Marshall, one of two recipients of the V-Formation Flyer Award, has served on the Camas Parks and Recreation Commission since 2010, and organizes the Ivy League, a group of volunteers who regularly pull invasive ivy in Fallen Leaf Lake Park that would otherwise kill the trees. She’s also a volunteer and helped raise money for various parks and recreation projects.last_img read more

Carrick has praised Jose Mourinhos youth policy

first_imgMichael Carrick has praised Jose Mourinho attitude of sticking to Manchester United’s long-standing tradition of bringing through young players.United are well known for giving young players a chance to showcase their talents with the famous ‘Class of 92’ and the ‘Busby Babes’ experiencing great success.However, Mourinho’s adaptation to the ‘United way’, in regard to youth, has surprised many – with Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Scott McTominay becoming regular fixtures during his tenure.“He does get the history,” said Carrick according to Sky Sports, now part of the first-team coaching staff since retiring as a player.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“For the manager to put him [Rashford] in and play him… and Scott [McTominay] last year… and give them games, big games as well.“The manager has to take a lot of credit for that. That’s the constant challenge though, isn’t it? That’s what everyone wants to see, that next one.“They say it’s getting harder. But that’s a challenge for us as a club and for English football – you might not get tens and twenties, you might get five or six players – but it’s got to keep happening.”last_img read more