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FIFA banned from public rooms at Regent’s

first_imgNot all voices were so positive however. Thomas Fawcett, who opposed the motion, dubbing it “fascist”, told Cherwell, “The ban on Regent’s PlayStation 3 represents a saddening concession to ignorant populism. I did my very best to offer a spirited defence of the console’s importance to our enjoyment of university life here at RPC, but the outcome of the vote was apparent before debate even began.” “With the right games and the right attitude towards the games they can be used to encourage people to get together and participate in activities, rather than them isolating themselves in their rooms. Perhaps an allocated time and day for when group gaming sessions could take place would overcome this problem of so-called ‘anti-social behaviour.” Although the motion has little to do with this previous incident, the JCR believes that episodes such as this are indicative of the divisive and anti-social nature of having a PlayStation, FIFA and other games. Indeed the game has proved so dominant that the bar room is colloquially referred to as the ‘FIFA room’ within the Permanent Private Hall. The motion bluntly states that “all electronic games consoles connected to a television are to be removed from the JCR and that any future additions of a similar nature be voted upon by the JCR”. It was argued that the presence of the PlayStation meant that four people could, and did, dominate the TV and the bar, making it a less sociable environment. A further point of contention was that, whereas the installation of a darts board in the JCR had required a motion, the PlayStation and FIFA had been put there, without a vote, and somehow allowed to stay for two years. Even a self described “FIFA addict” declared his support for the PlayStation’s removal stating, “Whilst I am certainly addicted to FIFA, I’m even more addicted to having a congenial atmosphere in the bar room so I am all for the motion.” Although many other colleges have games consoles in their JCRs and bars, students seem unconcerned that such a measure could spread. Emilia Demetriades, a first year law student from Jesus, which has an Xbox and PlayStation, declared herself in opposition to any similar action stating that, “In the same way that FIFA and other PlayStation games create anti-social behaviour they also encourage those members of college that would not enter the JCR except for the PlayStation, to come and socialise within the common room, surrounded by their fellow peers. Opinion within the PPH is generally receptive to the measure, with one student commenting, “For me, although it regrettably means I can’t hone my frankly enviable FIFA skills and spend my days dominating the pitch, it does mean I finally get to watch real men running around on the screen instead of fake ones, which really don’t have quite the same appeal.” Another anonymous FIFA-playing member of the college similarly welcomed the motion commenting, “We have a particularly sociable JCR and the absolute priority is to keep it that way. If banning the PlayStation means more people in the common room, then I am very happy with that – besides, I might get some work done!” FIFA has previously had a stormy relationship with the Permanent Private Hall’s authorities. The College Valediction Dinner, attended by parents and the principal, was interrupted two years ago by shouts of “you f***ing f**k I can’t believe you f***ing won” from gamers in the bar, after a particularly competitive match. last_img read more

SHIVERS, KATHLEEN M. (nee: Harrington)

first_img85; passed away, after a variety of illnesses, on December 23 at home, surrounded by those who loved her dearly. Kathleen was born in Jersey City and resided in Bayonne and Lake Mary, FL. She was a parishioner of St. Andrew’s RC Church, where she was a member of the Rosary Society, Parish Council, and a Scout Leader. She was also very active with the Kidets and Bayonne Bridgemen Drum Corps. Kathleen worked at Steve’s ShopRite (4th Street) as a cashier and clerk over the years. She enjoyed her time there until her retirement. In 2015, Kathleen was diagnosed with dementia. As a result, she moved to Lake Mary, Florida to live with her son Tom and his family as her caregivers, and enjoyed her last few years there. Mother of Wayne Shivers, Jim Shivers and his Wife Christine, Tom Shivers and his Wife Patty, Susan Smith and her Husband Terry. Sister of Mickey Harrington. She is also survived by many Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren. Funeral arrangements by G. KEENEN O’BRIEN Funeral Home, 984 Avenue C.last_img read more

Gluten sufferer Gammell joins Genius

first_imgGluten-free brand Genius has appointed Sir Bill Gammell as a new non-executive chairman to its board.The chairman of Cairn Energy joins the manufacturer of gluten-free products succeeding corporate financier Edward Murray, who will remain a non-executive director alongside former Marks and Spencer senior group executive Ernie Finch. Gammell, who himself is gluten-intolerant, invested in Genius in 2009 after being given a loaf of bread made by the company’s founder Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne. He said: “At the time, Lucinda was looking for financial backing to commercialise her gluten-free bread. As a long-suffering coeliac, I was over the moon to be able to tuck into tasty bread once again and it was an easy decision to invest in Lucinda’s vision.“Since then, Lucinda and her team have grown Genius into a rapidly expanding international food group and I am delighted to be able to join the board at this exciting time in the company’s development.”Roz Cuschieri, chief executive of Genius, said: “Sir Bill brings a wealth of international experience to Genius and we are incredibly fortunate to have him on board as we strive to create a truly global food business. I should also like to thank Janice Gammell for her tireless efforts in developing this business since the very early days of the company.”Janice Gammell, director of Figured Ltd, will step down from the Genius board after serving on it for three years.Genius, whose gluten-free products are stocked in UK supermarket chains and independent high street grocers, recently announced a deal with Carrefour to supply to its Spanish stores. The firm also broke into North America last year through a manufacturing partnership with US food group Glutino.Last year Genius recorded retail sales of over £23m – less than three years since the company was founded.last_img read more

Which? calls for clearer front-of-pack labelling

first_imgAn investigation by Which? magazine has highlighted the need for clearer front-of-pack nutrition labelling including ‘traffic light’ colour-coding, which not every retailer supports.The research reveals that some sandwiches contain three-times as much fat and double the amount of salt as the same sandwich bought elsewhere, with only six out of the 15 retailers compared by Which? currently using the traffic light system.Richard Lloyd, executive director at Which?, said: “With obesity levels reaching epidemic proportions, it’s more important then ever that consumers know exactly what they are eating.”Highlighting discrepancies, researchers also found that fat and salt content varied widely and inconsistent labelling across stores meant that healthier sandwich options were not always obvious.Examples included Morrisons’ chicken salad sandwich containing 11.7g fat (amber/medium), compared with a similar product from Waitrose, which contained 6g fat (green/low) and uses the traffic light system on its packaging.Boots, which also uses the same colour-coded nutritional labelling system, has 1.5g salt (amber/medium) in its BLT sandwich, compared to Lidl’s version containing 3.36g salt at a red/high level.Lloyd added: “We want to see the government insist that all food companies use traffic lights on their labels, so there is a clear consistent system.”last_img read more

Bernie Worrell’s Wife Shares Seething Rant Condemning George Clinton

first_imgJust a few days ago, funk fans everywhere mourned the loss of the great keyboardist Bernie Worrell. Among the many updates provided by Worrell’s wife, Judie Worrell, was a recent story claiming that George Clinton had not properly paid Worrell for his many years of work in Parliament Funkadelic.Today, Judie Worrell took her ire to the next level with a public rant against Clinton. The rant was seemingly stemmed by Clinton’s post memorializing the late great keyboardist, in which the P-Funk leader said “The world is a little bit darker and a little less funky without Bernie in it.” Judie Worrell, however, had a different story to tell.The rant talks about how Bernie Worrell asked for some of the money he was owed to help with his cancer treatment, and that Clinton never returned the call. Judie Worrell then goes on to talk about how the keyboardist essentially ignored Clinton at the recent fundraiser concert, and that a lawsuit is underway to try and reclaim those lost royalties.You can read Mrs. Worrell’s statement below.Somebody just sent this to me cause apparently george clinton has opened his lying yap again:“The passing of Bernie Worrell is a time of “sadness” for George Clinton, the founder of Parliament Funkadelic. “This is a huge loss,” said Clinton in a statement released late Friday, June 24. “The world of music will never be the same. Bernie’s influence and contribution — not just to Funk but also Rock and Hip Hop — will forever be felt. Bernie was a close and personal friend and this is a time of sadness for me personally. P-Funk stands with his family and fans alike in mourning this loss. The world is a little bit darker and a little less funky without Bernie in it.”FIRST of all, george, Bernie was a personal and close friend to YOU. YOU were never that to Bernie. Friends don’t lie and steal from friends. When he called you in January and left a message that he’d like just SOME OF THE MONEY YOU STOLE FROM HIM for his cancers, you NEVER even returned his call. So, *I* call you out on YOUR lies. Bernie left you standing on the stage at Webster Hall and walked off hand-in-hand with Falu to send YOU a message. (and, no, for once, I didn’t orchestrate that though I applauded his decision). Readers, know this: george clinton doesn’t “stand in mourning” with Bernie’s family, friends and fans because not a one of us wants anything to do with him. His time to make peace with Bernie was when Bernie was dying and reached out to him. I have no more time for george clinton’s lies and obfuscation. At Bernie’s request, when we finished “WOOniversal Truths” by Bernie & Judie Worrell, I am done with george. Once you read the 3rd and final installment — coming soon, YOU can make up your own mind as to who is telling lies. Cause, guess who has the bankruptcy papers that george pretends are “fictitious”. Why do I have them? Because Bernie and I sued george for the monies he owed Bernie. The only thing Bernie and I asked of you is this: don’t buy anything more from george clinton (CDs/DVDs etc.) because NOBODY BUT GEORGE GETS PAID — ever!!!!! george, prove me wrong: show us the payments you made to Bernie and the others over the years. As you can’t do that — go away cause, as I’ve told you before: Karma is a bitch and she’s coming for you.last_img read more

Edible Films.

first_imgWith names like hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, edible foodcoatings may not sound very appetizing. But Manjeet Chinnan’sresearch is making them much more appealing.Lasts Longer, Less Fattening, Tastes BetterA University of Georgia food science and technology professor,Chinnan has shown that edible films keep fruits and vegetablesfresh longer. His research proves they can increase the shelflife of foods like roasted peanuts by as much as 60 percent.And for the growing number of Americans fighting the battleof the bulge, the news is even more appetizing.In two studies to be published later this year in the Journalof Food Science and the Journal of Food Engineering,Chinnan’s research team has shown that edible films can reducethe amount of fat in fried foods.In tests on fried chicken strips, Chinnan tested a varietyof coatings, all derived from plants. He found that some reducefat absorption by more than a third. The coated chicken was moister,too.Other Uses, TooChances are good that you’ve already eaten some of the coatingingredients Chinnan tests. They’re used to thicken, coat, bindor gel everything from sausage and salad dressing to ice creamand beer.”People in Asia have been using rice and soybean starchesand proteins for centuries,” Chinnan said. “They usewrappers made from such ingredients to hold the shape of jelliedcandies as well as to prevent stickiness.”But Chinnan isn’t just working with centuries-old films. He’sdeveloping and characterizing new films and coatings, too, withfurther functional properties.Many of the transparent coatings Chinnan uses in his researchhave little or no taste of their own. They don’t interfere withthe flavor of the foods they protect.And because the coatings usually are made from plants, theycould lead to more environmentally friendly packaging of foodproducts, Chinnan said.Meats Are a Challenge”The biggest challenge has been working with meats, becausethe films are in a (water-based) solution, and it takes time forthem to evaporate,” he said.”We don’t want to leave the meat at room temperature formicrobial reasons,” he said. “And meats don’t dry aswell when cold.”So it was a boon when Chinnan’s team discovered that for fryingmeats like chicken, edible coatings work best when mixed with the batter instead of being applied beforehand.For this project, Chinnan leads a team of UGA College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences postdoctoral fellows, graduate studentsand visiting scientists from other nations.Extends Shelf LifeThe team is finding ways to use coatings to keep frying oilsfresher, too. When food is fried, fat and acids in the food orits marinade — things like vinegar and lemon juice — mix with the oil, causing it to break down. The edible coatings createa barrier that keeps the fat and acid out of the oil and extends the oil’s shelf life.Chinnan’s group is also testing a peanut-protein coating theymake in their lab. “It’s not very easy to make because ofthe nature of protein,” he said.”Proteins are not easy to handle,” he said. “They’refragile. But maybe by combining them with some other material,we can increase their stability and enhance their physical properties.”The UGA food scientists are working on engineering films withproperties that could deliver other benefits, too. These filmsmay be able to:* Transfer flavors to foods.* Add health-promoting vitamins.* Reduce surface contaminationof produce.Future research will be devoted to determining which filmsare most cost-effective, Chinnan said.”We’re trying to optimize films and coatings, not onlythe types of films but also the quantity to apply,” he said.”Ultimately, my goal is to have increased food choices withadded value and safety for consumers.”last_img read more

Iberdrola secures $903 million financing package for new renewable energy projects in Spain

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:Spanish utility Iberdrola has landed €800 million (US$903 million) in funding from the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Instituto de Crédito Oficial (ICO) to spearhead new renewable energy deployment throughout Spain.The financing package will be put towards the construction of more than 20 solar and wind projects in Spain with a total capacity greater than 2GW.Iberdrola has signed a green energy loan worth €600 million with the EIB, while the financing issued by the ICO – Spain’s state-owned bank and lending institution – is the third such loan it has granted to Iberdrola for the development of renewables.Part of the combined financing package will be used to support Iberdrola’s 328MW Cáceres solar farm, located in the Ceclavín and Alcántara municipalities in Spain’s Extremadura, a hotbed of solar PV activity. The project itself will supply power to telecoms giant Orange, it was confirmed earlier this year. Additional wind and solar projects in various regions in Spain have been identified to be constructed between now and 2023.Ignacio Galán, president at Iberdrola, said a green recovery from the pandemic is the “perfect opportunity to generate sustainable growth and massive future employment. With the agreement we are signing today with the EIB and ICO, we are moving forward with our commitment to accelerate investment and put 3,000 MW of new capacity into service in Spain by 2022 and up to 10,000 MW by 2030,” he said.Iberdrola has been on the charge in Spain, bringing forward a number of significant utility-scale projects – including Europe’s largest to date – as it looks to take leading role in Spain’s solar resurgence. In April, the utility promised to accelerate planned investments in renewables to stimulate economic recovery in the country.[Liam Stoker]More: Iberdrola pockets €800m to drive renewable growth in Spain Iberdrola secures $903 million financing package for new renewable energy projects in Spainlast_img read more

Former state senator admits to $74 million check-kiting scheme

first_img continue reading » A plea agreement revealed a former Rhode Island state senator admitted that through his businesses he passed $74 million in worthless bank transactions in a check-kiting scheme using a credit union and bank accounts he controlled, federal prosecutors said last week.When James E. Doyle II, 46, of Pawtucket was initially charged with bank fraud in August, prosecutors reported he ran a $550,000 check-kiting scheme that victimized three financial institutions, the $33.3 million Alliance Blackstone Valley Federal Credit Union in Pawtucket, Bristol County Savings Bank in Taunton, Mass., and Santander Bank in Boston.Doyle, who resigned his Senate seat in January, pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Providence to thirty-one counts of bank fraud and one count each of filing a false tax return and failing to file a tax return. He is the owner of Doyle Respiratory LLC and Doyle Sleep Solution LLC. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Coronavirus takes this boomer where his iPhone has never gone before

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » The coronavirus — not to make light of perhaps the most widespread, devastating disease to sweep the planet since the Spanish Flu of 1918 — has finally gotten me to go where this boomer has never gone before: I’ve made my first remote check deposit.That seems ironic, considering I’ve been writing about financial services technology since long before remote deposit checking (RDC) was introduced, much less widespread.But like I said, I’m a boomer. Born in 1956, that puts me right in the not-so-sweet spot where health experts advise staying at home and keeping your distance.I’m not a tech-averse dinosaur, really, I’m just a creature of habit and have been depositing checks in person at the teller line or in the drive-through since getting my first paycheck now nearly 50 years ago.last_img read more

Kingston and Richmond Tight supply spells opportunity

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