Govt must rethink VAT hike on food supplements following Vitamin D revelations – IAHS

first_imgHealth Stores Ireland has today reiterated its call on the Government to halt plans to impose VAT on food supplementsThe calls come after a Donegal GP has said vitamin D test results coming from Letterkenny University Lab have been so low scientists first thought the machines were not calibrated properly.VAT at 23 per cent was due to come in from March but that has been deferred to November to allow the Minister for Finance to examine options. A public consultation in Ireland over April and May received 121 submissions, most of them calling for the retention of the zero rate.Speaking today Matt Ronan of Health Stores Ireland said: “The report from Donegal reinforces the need for many people to take food supplements to help with health concerns and prevent illness.“Imposing VAT on food supplements, such as vitamin D, would mean food supplements will become more expensive to consumers and may compromise their health as a result.“We would like 0% VAT maintained on all health food supplements so that they are affordable to all.  Many people take a range of supplements to help maintain their health and vitamin D is particularly important in the fight against osteoporosis. “The reports today highlight how important food supplements are for many looking to maintain their health.”Govt must rethink VAT hike on food supplements following Vitamin D revelations – IAHS was last modified: August 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Koertzen still in the game

first_imgKoertzen retired after a distinguished career in local and international cricket. (Image: Cricinfo)South African cricket umpire Rudi Koertzen, who retired as a match official in July 2010, is still in the game – as the newly appointed International Cricket Council’s (ICC) regional umpire performance manager for Africa.The vastly experienced and well-liked Koertzen, nicknamed Slow Death because of his tendency to think long and hard before raising his finger to dismiss a batsman, stood in his last test match in July.He officiated in the second and final test between England and Pakistan at the Headingley Carnegie cricket ground in West Yorkshire, UK.Koertzen started his international career in a one-day game at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth, in 1992 and made his test debut at the same venue a few weeks later. He became a full-time umpire in 1997 and his decision to retire was motivated by the wish to spend more time with his family in the small town of Despatch, also in the Eastern Cape province.In the 13 years of his professional career he has seen great advances in technology, with the result that umpires now have any questionable decisions scrutinised by the entire cricket world through lengthy action replays on big screens in stadiums, monitors in officials’ rooms and televisions at home.“Technology is there and will probably get worse, so to be successful in this game you just have to be more alert and get your decisions right,” he said.The veteran said he was honoured to have the chance to still make a difference in international cricket and share his vast experience and knowledge with umpires at all levels.“I look forward to contributing to the improvement of officiating in the region and working alongside all those involved in this. I am delighted to be given this opportunity of continuing to be part of this wonderful game and the wonderful profession of umpiring.”He named the opening game of the 1999 World Cup at Lord’s as the highlight of his career, and Australian leg-spin wizard Shane Warne, a master craftsman loved and hated equally by fans, as the most challenging bowler to umpire. Koertzen’s cricket memoir is titled Slow Death.Development of emerging umpires in AfricaKoertzen’s new duties will see him coaching, supporting and managing the performances of the ICC’s Elite and International Panels within the Africa region.The Elite Panel of ICC umpires is a group of top-level officials appointed to stand in one-day internationals (ODIs) and test matches around the world, thus ensuring that umpiring standards in these important events are of the highest. Elite Panel umpires are regarded as the best in the world, and each officiates in about 15 ODIs and 10 tests annually.The panel was established in 2002 with Koertzen and Dave Orchard representing South Africa, and at the moment includes lone South African Marais Erasmus from the Western Cape. Koertzen was still a member when he retired.Umpires from the International Panel, which currently features South Africans Brian Jerling and Johan Cloete, usually officiate in ODIs in their home country.Koertzen will also interact with visiting umpires to the Africa region, and is expected to play a vital role in the development of budding umpires in Africa through close cooperation with Cricket South Africa and Zimbabwe Cricket, and the ICC Africa regional office.The ICC’s umpires and referees manager Vince van der Bijl, also a former South African player, said the organisation was looking forward to working with Koertzen in his new role.“He has umpired through the technology changes of officiating and is the ideal candidate to use all that experience to help the up and coming umpires move forward into the international arena.”Distinguished careerAt the close of his distinguished career Koertzen had stood in 108 tests, a record 209 one-day games and 14 Twenty20 games. Only West Indian Steve Bucknor has officiated in more test matches, with 128 appearances to his name.ICC CE Haroon Lorgat, a South African chartered accountant, paid tribute to Koertzen on his retirement: “He is one of the most highly respected umpires of the game and we wish him the best of luck in his final test. It is somewhat fitting that Rudi’s final appointment before retiring from the Elite Panel is to officiate in the pinnacle of our great sport, test cricket.”Lorgat added that the council owed a debt of gratitude to Koertzen for his invaluable contribution to the sport as an international umpire.last_img read more

Utilizing Remote Grades in DaVinci Resolve

first_imgUse Remote Grades is a simple but powerful feature that remains a bit hidden in Resolve’s current form. Let’s learn how to access and use it.Some Clarification First: Use Remote Grades is different than Remote Grading. Use Remote Grades allows us certain workflow shortcuts that will make grading many projects quicker. Remote Grading allows you to control a Resolve suite in another part of the world, enabling your clients to tweak from afar. In this article we’ll be talking about the former. Yes, it’s confusing that both features share the same name yet refer to two different things inside the same software.Utilizing Use Remote GradesStep One: Load a sequence. In the Color tab, right-click any shot and select Use Remote Grades. It’s important to do this at the beginning of the session before performing any grading. If you don’t, any grades you’ve performed will seem to disappear. They haven’t. You’ve just been working in the local grading mode which will not ripple to any other sequences. If you right-click a shot again and select Use Local Grades, your local work comes back.Right-click any shot in the timeline to access the remote grading feature.When you enable remote grades, the timeline changes in subtle ways. You may have gotten used to grouping clips together that share the same setup. In remote grading, some grouping has already been done for you. This may or may not be what you want based on how tightly the material was shot.For an indoor interview, you may be fine if the shooter hasn’t tweaked the exposure during the shot’s duration. If shooters were running and gunning around the set of a reality show, the grade you have for one section of a clip may not apply to another. When you want to apply different grades to shots that have been rippled together, you can unlink the dailies by creating a new version of the shot you want to treat differently.Remote grades are denoted with “(R)” below the thumbnail. You can see when several clips share the same dailies by the red box arrow icon above the shot’s thumbnail. When grading one of these clips, the thumbnails for all joined dailies update like grouped clips. I’ve used this feature for longer-form projects to reduce the number of shots needing grading.Shot 09, 10, and 11 share the same piece of media, denoted by the red arrow icon. The same grades will ripple to the other two shots when one is graded. You can tell you’re in remote mode by the “(R)” underneath the shot’s thumbnail.Remote grades can be powerful in a commercial workflow. It’s common to work on a 30-second ad and a 15-second cutdown of the same material. The client may ask you to play the :15 once the :30 has been graded. Even though both ads exist in different timelines, the grades will ripple across and the :15 will be graded and ready to play. Grouping doesn’t work across multiple timelines, so managing grades would otherwise be a manual process when addressing the cutdown.Remote grades can speed up workflow and grade management. Applying the steps found in this tutorial will allow you to focus on the more interesting creative aspects of the job. Looking for more Resolve tips and tricks? Try these links:Color Grading: Bleach Bypass Looks in DaVinci Resolve Sunkissed and Sepia Looks in DaVinci ResolveThe Isolated Color Look in DaVinci ResolveGot any obscure DaVinci workflow advice that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comment section.last_img read more

Expand definition of human rights: Amit Shah

first_imgThere was a need to expand the definition of human rights beyond the international standards as it was not sufficient in the Indian context, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Saturday. Addressing the National Human Rights Commission’s 26th foundation day celebration here, Mr. Shah said India would not be as successful in furthering the cause of human rights if it did not go beyond the international standards. “India and the world have different concepts and situations regarding human rights. If we evaluate it with the world’s standards, then perhaps that is not right,” he said, adding that the protection of human rights of women and children was “in-built in the social fabric and family system”. Referring to NHRC chairperson Justice (retired) H.L. Dattu, he said: “I request Mr. Dattu to go beyond legal boundaries and give space and a platform to the many people working for human rights protection on their own, as a matter of duty.” He added there was a need to combine the “new concept” of human rights with the traditional.“I know when I say human rights, people see the meaning as police atrocities and custodial deaths, which is a fact. We have no objections. Every citizen should get the Constitutionally-guaranteed protection. There is no dispute. “But there are so many other dimensions, which we have to see with different perspectives,” he said.last_img read more

Ryan Reynolds leaks entire Detective Pikachu movie online

first_imgWarner Bros. Pictures Ryan Reynolds, world class troll and part-time actor, just posted the entire Detective Pikachu movie on the internet. Nice try, Reynolds. (-_^)  Um…. Attn @DetPikachuMovie @warnerbros— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) May 7, 2019 Pokemon: Detective Pikachu is scheduled to open in theaters worldwide on May 10.CNET’s Sean Keane contributed to this report.First published May 7 at 3:43 p.m. PT.Update May 9 at 7:29 a.m. PT: Adds dancing Pikachu Twitter account. Not gonna lie — this kinda rules.The best part: the account that leaked the “film” seems to have been created solely for this purpose this month. What an OBVIOUS PLANT, Reynolds. Come on, we all know you can troll better than that. It’s inspired a Twitter account too — you can watch Pikachu getting down to Lady Gaga, Smash Mouth, the Game of Thrones intro music and a spoilery moment from Avengers: Infinity War. Of course, one really stands out from the crowd. Comments Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick AstleyRequested by: @_EmmaLoves_— PKCHU DANCING TO (@PKCHUDANCING) May 9, 2019 Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 2:24 Pokemon Go Game of Thrones The Avengers New trailer drops for Detective Pikachu Tags 6 Surely he’ll claim he was just retweeting the account that leaked the movie to boost visibility, but the fact remains the world has now seen the Pokemon movie — and can likely confirm it’s more adorable than expected. Here, check it out for yourself: 2019 movies to geek out over TV and Movies Online 77 Photoslast_img read more

EC unable to go beyond govt instructions BNP

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday urged the government to take steps for finding out an effective way for holding a fair and acceptable election through discussions with opposition political parties, reports UNB.Speaking at a protest rally, he alleged that the government is trying to keep top BNP leaders away from politics ahead of the next general election through convicting them in ‘false’ cases filed against them.”We would like to call upon the government to do positive politics for the welfare of people coming out of negative politics. Engage in talks to work out a way for a credible election where people will be able to exercise their franchise,” said the BNP leader.”Come to senses and take steps for the talks with the opposition parties to protect democracy, Bangladesh, and its future and ensure its economic progress,” he further said.Dhaka south city unit BNP arranged the programme at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh as part of the party’s countrywide protest programme against the issuance of a warrant for the arrest of its senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman in a sedition case.The BNP leader alleged that the government is desperately making various evil efforts to hang onto power as it has lost earth beneath its feet.Fakhrul voiced doubt whether the election commission will be able to hold a reliable and acceptable election following its talks with political parties and different stakeholders.”The nearly three-month dialogue of the election commission is mere eyewash… most of the parties, civil society members and ex-election commissioners joined the dialogue said a credible election is not possible if it is not held under an election-time neutral administration. Now the nation is waiting to see what it (EC) does?” he said.The BNP leader thinks the commission will not be able to do anything good as it has no capability to work ignoring the government’s instructions. “Even, after that we’re observing their activities to know whether they can hold a fair election. We want the commission to work independently to hold a neutral election.”He said the current government has failed to deliver on all fronts though it always talks about huge development.”The mega projects were taken for massive plundering. Most of the roads have now become unfit for traffic.”Fakhrul criticised the government for what he said its failure to arrest the soaring prices of essentials. “The prices of all types of vegetables have gone beyond the buying capacity of common people. The government is hiking the tariffs of gas, power and water to make their pocket heavier. History says people won’t tolerate such sufferings for a long time. You won’t be able to resist them even with cannons when people will wake up.”last_img read more

Nextgeneration cameras inspired by fruit flies and moths

first_img Citation: Next-generation cameras inspired by fruit flies and moths (2006, May 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further Today’s digital micro-cameras and other optical devices use lenses based on human-type single aperture eyes. These lenses, which are manufactured with macroscopic technology, do not get thinner than about 5 mm. However, insects such as fruit flies and moths have a completely different type of eye called compound eyes to accommodate the animals’ small size and low brain processing capabilities. Compound eyes consist of up to tens of thousands of tiny sensors called “ommatidia” that detect light and sometimes color. Flies and moths see images made of a combination of inputs from the ommatidia that point in different directions, forming a large field of view while the total volume consumption remains small. To fabricate the first type of compound eye, called an apposition compound eye and found mainly in diurnal insects such as flies, the scientists used photolithography to arrange a microlens array on a thin silicon wafer. Acting as ommatidia, the microlenses could be specially tuned to improve homogenous resolution over the entire field of view. Further, the scientists found that the large focal depth of apposition compound eyes cancels the need to adjust lens focus for distant or near objects.The second type of compound eye, found mainly in nocturnal insects such as moths and deep water crustaceans such as shrimp, have greater light sensitivity than apposition compound eyes. Comprised of an array of microtelescopes, these eyes are known as superposition compound eyes or simply cluster eyes. Using reactive ion etching to transfer the microlenses onto fused silica, the scientists fabricated cluster eyes whose individual lenses also improved resolution homogeneity. Compared with apposition compound eyes, cluster eyes require thicker objectives but offer higher resolution. Both types have potential for use in tiny cameras.“Deciding between the apposition and cluster eyes depends on the required resolution vs. compactness vs. price,” said Duparre. “The apposition eye will be cheaper and smaller but have lower resolution. It thus will more work like an imaging optical sensor, while the cluster eye could actually be used to present images directly to a customer, but is more complex.”These advantages of artificial compound eyes were discovered despite one major technical drawback: both types of compound eyes were arranged on a flat surface, while the curved base of natural insect eyes offer several advantages. Hopefully, a special type of laser beam writer currently being developed could fabricate compound eyes on curved surfaces.Citation: Duparre, J. W. and Wippermann, F. C. Micro-optical artificial compound eyes. Bioinspiration and Biomimetics. 1 (2006) R1-R16.By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 The fruit fly has apposition compound eyes, which scientists have fabricated using photolithography to arrange and tune an array of microlenses. The microlenses act as “ommatidia,” the insect’s tiny eye sensors. Photo credit: IOP. Inspired by the way that nature has evolved the eyes of small insects, scientists have fabricated artificial compound eyes that could make camera lenses tiny enough to fit on credit cards or stickers.center_img “While human eyes use a spherical volume, compound eyes use only a spherical shell, so that much of the space and weight is saved for the brain,” Jacques Duparre, coauthor with F. C. Wippermann of a recent paper in Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, told “The arrangement allows for a large field of view, but does not require large signal processing.”Although single aperture eyes have advantages in resolution and sensitivity in large lenses, compound eyes have the potential to make more compact, robust and cheap vision systems. At the micro level, compound eyes’ individual viewing channels on curved lenses have minimal aberrations, or focusing errors that cause blurring. Cameras with compound eye lenses could have applications in many tight spaces, such as those encountered in automotive engineering, security and surveillance, and medical technology.“Thin lenses might have applications in flat panel displays, and we’re also working on another arrangement for minimal invasive surgery,” said Duparre, who is currently working on a patent for this arrangement.Scientists have studied optical lenses based on natural compound eyes for more than a hundred years, but classical macroscopic technology has not provided the necessary fabrication and assembly accuracy. For the first time, Duparre and Wippermann have fabricated and tested two different compound eye lenses using state-of-the-art micro-optics technology. Scientists fabricated an artificial apposition compound eye (center) that is significantly cheaper and smaller than a traditional 20-mm single lens objective (left) with the same magnification; and much smaller – though not quite as cheap – as a Euro cent (right). Photo credit: IOP. Researchers develop liquid-crystal-based compound lenses that work like insect eyes This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Rep Vaupel office hours will be held Aug 22

first_imgState Rep. Hank Vaupel invites residents to join him for this month’s district office hours.Rep. Vaupel, R-Fowlerville, says office hours will be held on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Uptown Coffee, located at 102 East Grand River in Howell.“I encourage all to attend,” said Rep. Vaupel. “It’s a great opportunity for me to hear thoughts, ideas, questions and concerns from residents in our district.”No appointments are necessary. Those who are unable to attend are encouraged to contact Rep. Vaupel’s office by phone at 517-373-8835 or by email at 14Aug Rep. Vaupel office hours will be held Aug. 22 Categories: Vaupel Newslast_img

Rep Sheppard elected to vital Michigan House leadership position for 201920

first_img Categories: News,Sheppard News 08Nov Rep. Sheppard elected to vital Michigan House leadership position for 2019-20 State Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance today was named to a key leadership role by his Michigan House colleagues for the 2019-20 legislative session.Sheppard will serve as the majority caucus whip, a job of critical importance in communicating key information among legislators. Sheppard will inform colleagues about important issues and decisions coming up on the House floor to continue moving Michigan forward. He will also serve as a liaison between caucus leaders and other members, tracking votes and assisting legislators with policy-related questions.“I am honored and humbled by the faith shown in me by House colleagues,” Sheppard said. “Importantly, this role will have benefits for Monroe County as we continue to move Michigan forward. It gives our community a seat at the table as key decisions are made about what’s best for Michigan’s families and hard-working taxpayers.”Sheppard will be serving his third term representing a House district including much of Monroe County.Sheppard also will serve on committees in the upcoming legislative session. Appointments are yet to be announced.###last_img read more

Mark Harrison The BBCs director of transformation

first_imgMark HarrisonThe BBC’s director of transformation for design and engineering, Mark Harrison, is stepping down to lead the Digital Production Partnership (DPP).Harrison is due to leave the BBC on March 31 to devote more time to the DPP, where he has been seconded part time from the BBC since April 2015 to work as its managing director.Harrison will continue to act as MD of the DPP, while upping his work around strategic leadership, authorship and presentation of the DPP’s insights, membership growth and international relationships.The DPP is a membership-based, not-for-profit company, founded by its shareholders – UK terrestrial broadcasters ITV, the BBC and Channel 4.The DPP defines itself not as a standards body, but as an organisation that aims, through its membership, to bring the understanding of business needs and requirements to make common standards and specifications effective.Its three areas of work revolve around generating insights, enabling change and creating market opportunities.“We are thrilled with the success of the DPP to date and want to build on this in a way that will keep pace with ever-accelerating industry demands,” said DPP chair and ITV’s director of broadcast operations, Helen Stevens.“Having more of Mark helps us do just that – he is a great leader for the DPP and has been instrumental in our achievements so far. We are delighted to have more of his time and look forward to delivering in 2017”.last_img read more