Chef in school kitchens helps students eat healthier

first_img Read Full Story With one in three U.S. children considered overweight or obese, food served in schools is being scrutinized closely. For many low-income students who eat free breakfasts and lunches at school, the cafeteria offerings may represent more than half of their daily calories.The Chef Initiative, featured July 18, 2012 in a Boston.com article, “Healthier School Lunch?,” was a two-year pilot program which brought a professional chef into the school kitchens of several Boston public schools. The initiative was developed by Project Bread, a nonprofit anti-hunger organization; Boston Public Schools (BPS); the Boston Public Health Commission; and Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).The researchers, headed by lead author Juliana Cohen, research fellow in the Department of Nutrition at HSPH, and senior author Eric Rimm, associate professor in the departments of epidemiology and nutrition at HSPH, found when cafeteria staffs are trained by a chef in ways to create meals that are both nutritious and tasty, students eat more whole grains, vegetables, and other healthy foods.“One of the big messages that we found is that it does take kids a little while to acclimate,” said Cohen said in a WGBH radio interview July 17. “Research often finds that kids need to taste something ten times before it becomes familiar and something that they really like. So these changes don’t happen overnight.”last_img read more

HSPH researchers support petition for limits on added sugars in beverages

first_img Read Full Story The amount of added sugars in soda and other sweetened beverages needs to be regulated, according to a Washington, D.C.-based nutrition advocacy group—and many Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers agree.The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) filed a petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration calling for the agency to set limits on added sugars in beverages. The petition was signed by 10 public health departments, a variety of medical organizations, and 42 highly respected nutrition researchers—including seven from HSPH.While the FDA considers sugar to be a “safe” food at the recommended level of consumption, “Americans are consuming two to three times that much,” CSPI Executive Director Michael Jacobson said at a February 13, 2013 press briefing about the petition. People shouldn’t consume more than eight teaspoons of sugar a day, according to the American Heart Association. But surveys show that people in the U.S. consume an average of 18 to 23 teaspoons a day. A typical 20-ounce bottle of soda has about 16 teaspoons of sugar. Research suggests that Americans’ growing intake of sugary drinks has contributed to the current obesity epidemic and a rise in related diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers.last_img read more

Lecture examines U.S. foreign policy

first_imgA Cornell University political science professor critiqued the lack of foreign policy progress of both the former Bush and current Obama administrations in a lecture Tuesday in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies.Professor Matthew Evangelista’s lecture, titled “A ‘War on Terror’ by any other name … What has Obama changed?” was partly based on Evangelista’s book “New Wars, New Laws? Applying Laws of War to 21st Century Conflicts.”The lecture examined “how policies regarding the war on terror … have changed or not changed under the Obama administration,” Evangelista said.Much of the lecture focused on controversial topics like Guantanamo Bay, military torture and targeted killing using drone aircrafts.Evangelista compared statements made by former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld — like his description of Guantanamo Bay detainees as “the worst of the worst” — with CIA statements that classified most detainees “noncombatants.”“[Only] 8 percent of the detainees at Guantanamo were Al Qaeda,” Evangelista said.The treatment of detainees was one of the main focus areas of Evangelista’s examination.Evangelista quoted excerpts of Article 5 of the Geneva Convention, which calls for a determination of detainee status by “a competent tribunal.”Evangelista said that vague term typically implies a committee of officials from the military force itself.“The people who decide … are the people who capture them,” Evangelista said. “There is no right of appeal.”Evangelista said under these policies, officials often fall short of adhering to acceptable standards of treatment of prisoners.“Of course, we know their human rights are being violated,” he said.Torture, especially waterboarding, has become an especially hot topic, Evangelista said, as it has been contested on both legal and ethical bases.“The only time it wasn’t considered a form of torture was during the Bush administration,” he said.Targeted killings, like those initiated with the use of remote-controlled aircrafts to target presumed hostiles, have also come under fire in recent years.Evangelista noted a problem in the inefficiency of the practice.“The people being targeted … [are] not soldiers,” he said. “Civilians are protected under the Geneva Conventions.”The U.S. Supreme Court subsequently ruled that the U.S. had indeed violated the Common Article 3 of the Conventions, which states during armed conflicts, noncombatants and civilians should be treated “humanely.”“The Bush administration responded by making legal many of the things the Supreme Court had declared unconstitutional in the Military Commissions Act of 2006,” Evangelista said. “So, how would we recognize if things have changed?”He established three standards for evaluating the Obama administration regarding war practices: whether former policies were discontinued, whether the illegal practices were stigmatized and whether the crimes and perpetrators were investigated.Evangelista said Obama’s initial language on the subject was vague, as he said detainees would either be released, detained in the U.S. for trial or handled in a manner categorized as “other.”“This language worries people,” he said.Furthermore, Obama’s failure to follow through with the closing of Guantanamo Bay, Evangelista said, falls short of the first qualification of change: discontinuing practices.Evangelista said the shortcomings of the Obama administration, especially with regard to investigating the crimes, are associated with issues that date back to the Bush administration’s Justice Department.The current administration has, however, succeeded in stigmatizing the practices, Evangelista said, referencing a statement by Attorney General Eric Holder that called waterboarding torture.Evangelista offered a simple response as to why the administration has failed to identify and thwart policies deemed immoral and illegal by many.“The politically attuned advisers got scared, I think,” Evangelista said. “The answer is politics.”last_img read more

When Coal Companies Fail, Who Pays for the Cleanup?

first_imgWhen Coal Companies Fail, Who Pays for the Cleanup? FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Leigh Paterson for NPR:For decades massive, open-pit coal mines have been feeding the country’s appetite for energy. Once coal companies are done with the land, they’re supposed to restore it. But as America’s coal industry declines, it may not have the funding to keep its cleanup promises.Restoring a mine to its original state is an elaborate and expensive process, one that some say makes the land better than before. The coal companies, however, often don’t have to set aside money for future cleanup processes thanks to a provision called “self-bonding” — an assurance for companies to pay for reclamation based only on their financial health.Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources, a coal company with mines in Appalachia and Wyoming, declared bankruptcy in August. Operations still continue at the company’s Wyoming mines, and regulators estimate it would cost over $400 million to clean up those sites once mining is complete. But Alpha was approved to ensure its cleanup costs with self-bonds.“A self-bond isn’t much more than a wink and a promise,” says Clark Williams-Derry, director of energy finance at Sightline Institute, a Seattle-based think tank that focuses on sustainability. “A promise that … when the time comes, you’ll be good for it.”But some of these companies may no longer be good for it. Federal regulations require that a company pass a test of financial strength to qualify for self-bonding, although some companies have been approved despite their questionable financial status.In September, a second major company, Arch Coal, was reapproved to self-bond and filed for bankruptcy four months later.“So then that raises the question, who is going to pay for cleanup? Is it going to be you and me? It is going to be the general public? Is it going to be adjacent landowners?”These questions extend far beyond the Powder River Basin. Three-quarters of Wyoming’s cleanup costs are self-bonded. In Colorado, North Dakota, Indiana and Texas — in each state — it’s more than half.When Coal Companies Fail, Who Pays For The Cleanup?last_img read more

Cops: 2 Men Found Dead Inside SUV in Hempstead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County Homicide Squad detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of two men found lifeless inside a vehicle in Hempstead early Saturday morning. Detective said Hempstead residents Jordan Lopez Juarez and Arliny Velasquez, both 22, were found on Elm Avenue sitting inside a running 1999 Toyota 4Runner. They were last seen alive six hours earlier. Both victims were pronounced dead at 8:15 a.m., police said.Relatives last saw the pair listening to music inside the vehicle at 1:40 a.m., police said. Police said they suspect no criminality at this time. The Nassau County medical examiner’s office is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death.last_img read more

McDonald’s slapped with sexual harassment lawsuit at OECD

first_img“Because McDonald’s has neglected to act to create a safe workplace, the Dutch government should make use of this complaint to empower workers to effectively address the rampant harassment they face under the Golden Arches,” she said.The lawsuit also targets two investment banks, APG Asset Management of the Netherlands and Norges Bank of Norway, which together have holdings worth $1.7 billion in the food giant.The plaintiffs noted that the OECD’s own guidelines “require due diligence by institutional shareholders in companies to ensure responsible business conduct.”The unions said the suit was the “first-ever complaint brought to the OECD to take aim at systematic sexual harassment at a multinational company.” An international group of labor unions said Monday it has filed a lawsuit against McDonald’s for “systemic sexual harassment” at the fast food chain’s restaurants around the world.The suit, filed at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)’s offices in the Netherlands, was the first of its kind to target a multinational company, the plaintiffs said.”McDonald’s workers have sounded the alarm about sexual harassment and gender-based violence for years, but a company with a culture rotten from the top has failed to take meaningful action to address the problem,” said Sue Longley, general secretary of the International Union of Foodworkers, in a statement. Topics :center_img The legal action cites witness testimony of “attempted rape, indecent exposure, groping, and sexual offers.” It said the victims, some as young as 16, “said they were ignored, mocked, or punished when they reported it. Some had their hours cut back and others were fired.”It also cited cases of “groping, touching, forced kissing and other forms of unwanted bodily contact” in branches of the food chain in numerous countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, and others.In France, it cited a case in which a McDonald’s manager allegedly “installed a cellphone camera in the women’s changing room, and secretly filmed young women changing their clothes.””Gender-based violence and harassment is part of McDonald’s culture,” the complaint alleged.The suit will be examined by the Dutch government, which has up to three months to decide whether to launch a process of mediation with the company.The unions, which include the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions and the Service Employees International Union of the United States and Canada, said they brought the case in the Netherlands because in the United States, where the company is headquartered, McDonald’s “insists it has no responsibility for employment conditions, employment relations, or workplace abuses in the more than 90 percent of its stores operated by franchisees.”The unions chose the Netherlands because it is the “nerve center” of the fast food giant’s European operations, and also the headquarters of APG bank last_img read more

How Arsenal chiefs responded to BATE Borisov defeat as pressure grows on Unai Emery

first_imgHow Arsenal chiefs responded to BATE Borisov defeat as pressure grows on Unai Emery Unai Emery’s side slipped to an embarrassing defeat against BATE Borisov on Thursday (Picture: EPA)Arsenal’s hierarchy were unable to hide their shock in the wake of perhaps the most embarrassing defeat in the club’s European history.Having beaten the Belarusian minnows 10-2 over two games during the Europa League group stages last season, Arsenal were expected to make short work of the same opposition on Thursday, despite the difficult playing conditions and injuries to several key players.Instead, Stanislav Dragun’s first half header secured an unlikely first leg win for a side which cost just £200,000 to assemble and one which hadn’t played a competitive fixture in nearly two months. According to football.london the watching trio of Rahul Sanllehi, Vinai Venkatesham and Huss Fahmy struggled to comprehend what they had witnessed as the final whistle blew with the recently appointed managing director sat slumped in his chair.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEmery signed a three-year contract in the summer but one which included a break clause at the two-year mark and with results having taken a significant downturn since Christmas, his position is already under scrutiny.Champions League qualification remains the Spaniard’s primary objective and although Arsenal are currently only one point adrift of fourth placed Manchester United and expected to comfortably overturn the deficit against BATE, performances on the pitch are starting to concern fans. Comment Arsenal were beaten by a team that was assembled for around £200,000 (Picture: Getty) Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 16 Feb 2019 12:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link310Sharescenter_img Alexandre Lacazette will miss the second leg through suspension (Picture: Getty)Speaking after the defeat in Borisov, Emery said: ‘I trust in our players and I trust in our stadium and supporters. There are two matches. Tonight’s match is important but we can’t [be knocked out in it], we are going to play a second match next week.‘I trust in our work to prepare for the next match and to have a different result at Emirates Stadium.‘I respect [BATE] and I know about them because we watched matches they played. An organised team, defensively a good team and good at transitions. We worked to stop them in these actions but they scored one goal and in the transitions we worked well to stop another situation defensively for us.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors  Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Gov. Wolf Celebrates Success of PhilaPort Investments at Vehicle Processing Center Ribbon Cutting

first_img October 29, 2019 Press Release Philadelphia, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf joined state and local leaders in celebration of Philadelphia’s first new port terminal in more than 45 years during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Southport Auto Terminal.“The new vehicle processing center is just one step in my Port Development Plan, which is generating long-lasting economic growth in southeastern Pennsylvania by making Philadelphia the best place to ship and receive goods on the East Coast,” said Gov. Wolf. “This terminal alone will stimulate an estimated $124 million in economic activity, as well as create as many as 2,500 good, family-sustaining jobs.”Four years ago, Gov. Wolf released his Port Development Plan, which outlined a strategy to redevelop underutilized areas of PhilaPort with more than $300 million in investments. Since then, five new super post-Panamax cranes have been installed and the port’s container capacity has been doubled, allowing PhilaPort to set a record for its highest ever monthly total cargo tonnage. Also underway is an overhaul of Tioga Marine Terminal, which includes the construction of a 100,000 square foot on-dock warehouse.Southport Auto Terminal increases PhilaPort’s daily auto processing capability from 600 to 1,000 vehicles, with space for 350,000 autos per year. The 155-acre site was raised above the 100-year flood plain using fill, and features two car washes, heated floors, a state-of-the-art body shop and access to rail lines serviced by multiple rail carriers. Vehicle manufacturers Hyundai and Kia currently process vehicles at the port through facilities operator Glovis America, Inc. Gov. Wolf Celebrates Success of PhilaPort Investments at Vehicle Processing Center Ribbon Cuttingcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Gordonvale home bound to bring joy to another family

first_imgTHE soothing sounds of children playing, laughter and music have brought the best out of this handsome Gordonvale home.David and Gail Wallis have lived at their beloved Corcoran St property since building was completed in 1990, two years after they bought a picturesque 4000sq m block.“We were one of the original builders in this subdivision and have loved it since day one,” said Mr Wallis, a former farmer and teacher aide. “I had my eye on this spot for a while and we grabbed it straight away.“It’s among the mountains, quiet and in a really good neighbourhood – we’ve never had any trouble.”Just southwest of the Gordonvale town centre, the property’s expansive gardens have been perfected over time.The house was designed for maximum comfort and, according to Mr Wallis, “never fails to capture the breeze”.“We wanted something that had nice big windows from which we could see the mountains around us, so we’ve got good ventilation throughout the home,” he said.Mr and Mrs Wallis’ fondest memories included watching their two daughters grow up playing in the sprawling yard and honing their music talents inside.“We’ve always had music in this house and both of our daughters are now qualified music teachers,” Mr Wallis said.“We would hold little concerts and everyone had a great time.”About 15 years ago they built a “sparkling” swimming pool next to the home’s outdoor entertaining area.A pool has been an invaluable addition to the homeOther features include a three-bay shed, built-in wardrobes and airconditioning.With their daughters and three young grandchildren now living in Brisbane, the Wallises have decided to move south.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“Our girls have lovely memories from being here and really didn’t want us to sell,” he said. I wish we could pick up this home and take it with us – we will both be very sad to go.”Mrs Wallis, who worked at Catholic Education for about 20 years, said she couldn’t imagine living in a better neighbourhood.According to CoreLogic, the average selling price for Gordonvale houses was $340,000 during the 12 months to January.With Cairns’ Southside set to expand drastically over coming years, the slice of Gordonvale acreage really is an opportunity not to be missed.Selling agent for 49-51Corcoran St, Therese Plath, of Ray White Cairns South, said the property oozed class.“Homes of this quality do not last (long on the market) and are just perfect for families wanting easy lifestyle living in such a picturesque and tranquil setting,” she said.The four-bedroom property is listed for offers in the mid $700,000s.Inspections can be arranged by appointment.last_img read more

Goldman Sachs fined £34m for MiFID reporting breaches

first_imgAccording to the FCA, Goldman Sachs “failed to take reasonable care to organise and control its affairs responsibly and effectively in respect of its transaction reporting”. It did not provide accurate reports for roughly 213.6m transactions, and reported 6.6m transactions to the FCA that were not reportable.“These failings related to aspects of [Goldman Sachs’] change management processes, its maintenance of the counterparty reference data used in its reporting and how it tested whether all the transactions it reported to the FCA were accurate and complete,” the regulator said.Mark Steward, the FCA’s executive director of enforcement and market oversight, added: “The failings in this case demonstrate a failure over an extended period to manage and test controls that are vitally important to the integrity of our markets.“These were serious and prolonged failures. We expect all firms will take this opportunity to ensure they can fully detail their activity and are regularly checking their systems so any problems are detected and remedied promptly, unlike in this case.”In its statement regarding UBS earlier this month, the FCA said the Swiss investment bank failed to provide accurate data relating to approximately 86.7m reportable transactions, and mistakenly reported 49.1m transactions to the FCA that were not reportable. The UK’s financial services regulator has fined Goldman Sachs £34.3m (€40m) for transaction reporting failures that lasted almost a decade.In a statement published today, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said Goldman Sachs had failed to “provide accurate and timely reporting” for more than 220m transactions between November 2007 and March 2017.The fine follows a £27.6m penalty imposed on UBS on 19 March, relating to more than 135m transaction reports over a similar timeframe. In total, the FCA has fined 14 companies for similar offences, charging them more than £94m collectively.The breaches related to reporting requirements brought in under the first Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID), which came into force in late 2007.last_img read more