Egypt: Train crew detained following Friday’s fatal collision that killed dozens

first_imgTwo train drivers and their assistants have been detained following Friday’s fatal accident that killed at least 41 people and injured more than 140 others in Egypt’s coastal city of Alexandria, state news agency MENA reports.The crew is to be held for 15 days as investigation into the fatal collision is conducted. Blood and urine samples were taken from one driver to ascertain if he was under the influence of drugs.Transport Minister Hesham Arafat told President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in a meeting that the accident was the result of human error, though he did not elaborate.The Egyptian Railways Authority said that a train traveling from Cairo hit a train waiting at a small station in the district of Khorshid, at about 2:15 p.m. local time. The idle train had recently arrived from the Mediterranean city of Port Said.It did not however say what caused the accident, but said that experts would investigate.Transport ministry officials said the crash could have been caused by a malfunction in one of the trains that caused it to stop on the tracks.Images of the crash site broadcast on state television showed several carriages had derailed as a result of the collision and that one train had partly keeled over. The footage also showed bodies covered with bed sheets lying near the tracks while medics worked to move the dead and injured to ambulances. Locals also rushed to the tracks to help the crash victims.last_img read more

Oil prices shoots up after an attack on Saudi oil facilities

first_imgSAUDI ARABIA – JUNE 01: Yanbu Al Bahr – An industrial city to the north of Jeddah – A unit of the Saudi Aramco Mobil Refinery (Photo by Yves GELLIE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) The Aramco Oil Refinery in Dahran, Saudi Arabia, Middle East. [Photo by MyLoupe/Universal Images Group via Getty Images]Oil prices surged on Monday, with Brent crude posting its biggest intra-day percentage gain since the Gulf War in 1991, after an attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities on Saturday shut over 5% of global supply.But prices came off their peaks after U.S. President Donald Trump authorized the use of the country’s emergency stockpile to ensure a stable supply.Brent crude futures, the international benchmark for the global oil market, rose by as much as 19.5% to $71.95 per barrel, the biggest intra-day jump since Jan. 14, 1991.By 0633 GMT, the front-month contract was at $66.31, up to $6.09, or 10.1%, from its previous close.Saudi Arabia is the world’s biggest oil exporter and the attack on state-owned producer Saudi Aramco’s crude processing facilities at Abqaiq and Khurais has cut output by 5.7 million barrels per day.According to a source close to the matter and speaking to Reuters, the return to full oil capacity could take “weeks, not days.”“We think the attacks would be a wake-up call for investors, who have failed to price in risk within the price of crude. Although global supply will contract in the near term, the United States has the ability to supply this contraction,” said Hue Frame, managing director at Frame Funds in Sydney.Countries which are major importers of Saudi crude, such as India, China and Indonesia, will be the most vulnerable to the oil supply disruption, Frame said.Meanwhile, South Korea said on Monday that it would consider releasing oil from its strategic oil reserves if circumstances around crude oil imports worsen in the wake of Saturday’s attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities.The attack on plants in the heartland of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry, including the world’s biggest petroleum-processing facility at Abqaiq, came from the direction of Iran, and cruise missiles may have been used, according to a senior U.S. official. Russia is adapting to the new climate of low oil prices Related IMF chief visits Nigeria amid decreased oil prices Nigeria informal sector booming amid slumping oil priceslast_img read more

BPA & UK Chamber of Shipping respond to new Brexit deal

first_img(Image Courtesy: BPA) Author: Baibhav Mishra British Ports Association on Thursday stated that it “cautiously welcomed” the news of a withdrawal agreement between the UK and EU. “We recognise that much still needs to be agreed through part of any future trade deal. We will continue to work closely with the UK Government, and the EU, to ensure our world-class shipping industry can continue to trade freely with our European partners.” In a press communique issued on Thursday, the Chamber stated, “We broadly welcome the agreement reached by the European Union and UK Government. This deal provides the basis for a negotiated settlement with a transition period, something we have long called for. “The trade between the island of Ireland and Great Britain is important and particularly that between Northern Ireland and Britain,” said Ballantyne.center_img Chief Executive of the British Ports Association, Richard Ballantyne said that BPA cautiously welcomes the withdrawal agreement although there remains some fundamental issues for ports across Britain and Ireland to manage. On the other hadn the UK Chamber of Shipping has welcomed the new Brexit deal. Sea News, October 18 “We have repeatedly warned that a no-deal Brexit would be unacceptable and we now look forward to a more orderly process and reiterate our view that a future relationship should prioritise the flow of trade at our frontiers.”last_img read more

What’s the real story behind aspartame in milk?

first_imgThe way some consumer advocates see it, the dairy industry is up to no good.The reason: The industry’s desire to change federal rules regarding milk labeling and artificial sweeteners.advertisementadvertisement SumOfUs.org – a consumer watchdog group – went so far as to run advertisements on 15 metro buses in the Washington, D.C. area for a three-week period this spring.The mobile billboards pictured a mouth-watering glass of chocolate milk with the message: “Got aspartame in your kids’ milk?”Aspartame is one of the most common artificial sweeteners now in use.It can be found in thousands of different food products – everything from diet soda to fat-free yogurt. It also seems to be the product that opponents of artificial sweeteners love to hate the most.The ad went on to read, “Hey FDA, if the dairy lobby gets its way, milk marketed to our kids will become more of an artificially sweetened junk food. We don’t want that.”advertisementIn 2009, the International Dairy Foods Association and National Milk Producers Federation jointly filed a petition with the FDA seeking to change the “standard of identity” for milk.One of the primary reasons for the move was the industry’s concern about the decline in milk consumption in schools. Studies have shown that school-age children are more likely to drink flavored milk than regular milk.One way to increase milk consumption in schools without adding to childhood obesity concerns might be to make low-calorie flavored milk a more appealing option.But labels such as “reduced calorie” or “no sugar added” are a turn-off to kids, the petition claims. The industry wants to be able to market artificially sweetened flavored milk without any qualifiers and simply call it “milk.”But is it true that qualifying statements such as “reduced calorie” discourage children from consuming those products?“That’s what we were hearing anecdotally from people in the industry in 2009,” says Peggy Armstrong, vice president of communications for IDFA.advertisement“Since then we have heard from consumers who say they do rely on those kinds of titles to help them know what is in the product. A lot of consumers have said, ‘please don’t change that,’ so we’re listening.”It was only recently that the FDA opened the petition to public comment. It’s gotten an earful. More than 30,000 comments were filed before the public comment period closed on May 21.SumOfUs.org started a petition drive in opposition to the industry’s proposal. So far, it’s received more than 116,000 signatures.The bus ads might lead some to believe that the dairy industry is seeking approval to put aspartame and other artificial sweeteners into flavored milk.It isn’t. Processors can already put artificial sweeteners in flavored milk, but they’re reluctant to do so because of the restrictive labeling requirements.So what’s the industry up to? Is it really lobbying to allow unlabeled aspartame in flavored milk as consumer groups claim?Well, not really.Nothing about the proposal would change the requirement that aspartame and other artificial sweeteners must be listed as ingredients on the label.What would change is that flavored milk containing an artificial sweetener could be marketed without any qualifying statement on the product’s main display panel. So it would not be readily apparent that the product contained artificial sweetener.“If we granted the petition, a carton of chocolate milk made with non-nutritive (artificial) sweeteners would simply say ‘chocolate milk,’ the same as a carton made with nutritive sweeteners, such as sugar,” said Felicia Billingslea, director of FDA’s food labeling and standards staff.“You would need to read the ingredient list, which is typically on the back or the side of the product, in order to tell the difference between the two,” she said.Billingslea’s comments were posted on the FDA’s website (www.fda.gov) in mid-April as part of a consumer update. The agency was receiving a flood of comments, not all of them well informed.You can’t fault consumers or consumer advocacy groups for taking an interest in the issue. After all, milk is widely regarded as one of the most wholesome and healthful food products around, and children are often the target market.“This is a very emotional thing when people start talking about milk because the first thing that comes to mind is children,” says Ruth Kava, senior nutritionist at the American Council on Science and Health.Aspartame was approved as a food additive in 1981. It’s sold under the brand names NutraSweet, Equal and others. It’s about 200 times sweeter than sugar, so much less of it can be used to give the same amount of sweetness.Aspartame is composed mainly of two amino acids, aspartic acid and phenylalanine. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and are found naturally in many foods.Rumors claiming that aspartame causes a host of health problems, including cancer, have circulated for years on the Internet.But consumers can be assured that artificial sweeteners that have been approved by the FDA are safe, Kava says.“As far as I can see, it’s reasonable to use artificial sweeteners. They’ve been shown to be safe. If you can get children to drink more milk as opposed to drinking something else with no nutritional benefit, I’m all for it,” she says.According to the American Cancer Society, studies have shown that aspartame is not linked to an increased risk of cancer.A person weighing about 165 pounds would have to drink about 21 cans of diet soda a day to exceed the daily intake amount of aspartame that the FDA considers safe.While most of the opposition has focused on aspartame, it’s just one of many artificial sweeteners that have been approved by the FDA. Others include sucralose, saccharin and acesulfame potassium.The industry petition seeks the use of any “safe and suitable,” sweetener as an optional ingredient.“We really wanted to update the standards to allow our industry to use innovations that may be coming online,” IDFA’s Armstrong says. “So if something is deemed a safe and suitable sweetener down the road, we would be able to use it.”The controversy underscores the lofty position that milk enjoys in the minds of consumers.“One of the takeaways that we have heard loud and clear from consumers is that milk is different,” Armstrong says. “It’s held to a higher standard by consumers.”The FDA said it will review the comments and then “further evaluate the need for, and appropriateness of, the amendments requested by IDFA and NMPF and decide what further actions are appropriate.”The agency did not indicate when a decision might be made, but considering that the original petition was filed more than four years ago, it probably won’t be anytime soon. PDWilkins is a freelance writer based in Twin Falls, Idaho.last_img read more

Contactless Payment Paling Cocok Untuk Mass Transportation

first_imgSumber: media.viva.co.id Perkembangan sistem pembayaran sarana transportasi umum di hampir seluruh dunia bisa dibilang sudah mengalami kemajuan yang cukup signifikan. Ini terlihat dari para pengguna angkutan massal di London yang sudah tidak lagi menggunakan “tiket tradisional” dan mulai menggunakan kartu debit hingga kredit untuk melakukan pembayaran sarana transportasi dalam kurun waktu beberapa tahun ke belakang.Baca Juga: Seabreg Tantangan Implementasi E-Ticketing Pada Transportasi MassalSemenjak kejadian itu, beberapa wilayah di Britania Raya lalu menerapkan sistem pembayaran menggunakan kartu debit dan kredit masing-masing, terutama dengan menggunakan contactless Europay, Mastercard, dan Visa (contactless EMV). Dilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari masstransitmag.com (6/7/2017), ternyata demam metode pembayaran elektonik ini juga telah merambah negeri Paman Sam yang diketahui sudah terlebih dahulu menggunakan sistem pembayaran semacam ini. Hingga salah satu perusahaan yang melayani insutri transportasi bawah tanah, bus, dan kereta api, ISV menyatakan ini merupakan sebuah kesempatan untuk memperkenalkan sistem pembayaran baru tersebut. Sebenarnya, sebagian otoritas transportasi memiliki sebuah kartu khusus yang diperuntukkan untuk melakukan transaksi tiket moda transportasi yang dinilai sudah cukup baik, namun masih memiliki beberapa kekurangan, diantaranya pengguna kartu tersebut wajib melakukan administrasi dan bukanlah menjadi pilihan yang mudah diakses oleh para pengguna yang berasal dari daerah lain.Oleh karenanya, kebanyakan otoritas transportasi yang mengambil pelajaran dari London yang memanfaatkan penggabungan kartu debit dan kredit sebagai metode pembayaran baru sebagai bentuk pembayaran sekunder. Sistem pembayaran menggunakan kedua kartu ini dinilai akan memudahkan para penggunanya karena akan lebih menghemat waktu ketimbang harus menyediakan uang receh untuk membeli tiket tradisional tersebut. Selain itu, para pelancong juga akan merasakan dampak positif dari penggunaan metode pembayaran ini.Baca Juga: E-Ticket, Antara Mempermudah Atau MemperkeruhDalam pengaplikasiannya, sistem pembayaran elektronik ini terbagi menjadi dua kubu, Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) dan Near Field Communication (NFC). RFID merupakan sebuah metode identifikasi dengan menggunakan sarana yang disebut transponder untuk menyimpan dan mengambil data jarak jauh.  Sedangkan NFC adalah metode komunikasi antar dua perangkat dengan cara menempelkan atau menyinggungkan dua perangkat tersebut.Terbukti, penggunaan sistem transaksi ini dapat menekan laju perputaran penumpang di beberapa moda transportasi seperti bus dan kereta. Para penumpang dapat dengan cepat melakukan transaksi dan bisa segera berangkat ketika moda tersebut sudah tersedia. Antrean mungkin hanya akan terlihat ketika sarana transportasi  tersebut mengalami keterlambatan, setidaknya, tidak ada antrean yang terjadi di loket pembelian tiket.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedKetahuan Mondar-Mandir di Gate, Dua Penumpang MRT Ternyata Ikut Uji Coba SimplyGo29/05/2019In “Darat”Cina Adaptasi Sistem Pembayaran Tiket Kereta Bawah Via Smartphone Android18/08/2017In “Basis Aplikasi”Bus Pertama dengan Smart Ticketing Hadir di Greater Manchester Minggu Depan22/09/2018In “Bus dalam kota”last_img read more

UWF athletic communications adds two graduate assistants for 2015-16

first_imgPENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida athletic communications office has added two graduate assistants for the 2015-16 academic year. Murphy Powell, a UWF graduate, will remain with the staff in an expanded role, while Martin Foley will start at UWF this fall after graduating from Southern New Hampshire. Powell, a 2014 UWF graduate, was a member of the athletic communications game day staff from the fall of 2010 through spring 2015. He worked as a copy editor for UWF’s student-run newspaper, The Voyager, in the spring of 2013, and acted as the paper’s sports editor in the 2013-14 school year. Powell has also been on staff at Pensacola’s local ESPN Radio affiliate as a producer, has graduated from Bleacher Report’s Advanced Program for Editing and Content Management, and has written for Beyond the Box Score. During the summer of 2015, Foley worked in the marketing department for the Boston Red Sox while covering minor league baseball, college baseball, and mixed martial arts for Mill City Sports. Foley spent summer of 2014 with the Lowell Spinners, a minor league affiliate of the Red Sox as a Media Relations and Promotions Associate. He started his career in sports with Combat Zone MMA in July 2013 as a Marketing and Promotions Intern until being promoted to Director of Marketing and Communications in April 2014. While a student at SNHU, Foley was the sports editor of the school newspaper, an on-campus writing tutor, the vice president of the Sport Management Club, and a member of Public Relations Student Society of America. He also interned with SNHU athletic communications during the 2014-15 academic year. Foley was named SNHU Sport Management Department’s Norton “Tuffy” Phelps Scholarship recipient, recognizing him as the top sport management student for the 2014-2015 school year. In the community, he volunteered for The Jimmy Fund and served as assistant coach for the Methuen Rangers Senior Babe Ruth Baseball team. Both Powell and Foley will enroll at UWF this fall in the Strategic Communications and Leadership master’s program in the Department of Communication Arts. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Keystone Clinches The First Lorain County League Title; Wildcats Top Wellington 41-7

first_imgBy Asa Haslage LAGRANGE, OHIO – The visiting Wellington Dukes came to battle the Keystone Wildcats in a game where lots of implications were at hand. Keystone battling for a top playoff spot, Wellington also looking for a playoff spot, and Keystone for the inaugural Lorain County League title. Both teams‘ fans filled up the stands very well, despite the very cold weather. Keystone scored on their first offensive drive, with a Dylan Naylor rushing TD, his 6th of the year, making the score 6-0 Keystone. Wellington wasn’t too far behind, scoring on a 10 yard Nick Laposky TD making the score 7-6 Wellington. Keystone then scored again, this time a Shackleford brother connection, a 52 yard passing TD. The score now 13-7 Keystone, a back and forth matchup early in the game. To start the second quarter, Keystone put together a 5 play 79 yard drive ending with another Naylor rushing TD making the score 20-7 Keystone. As we approached halftime, Keystone kept rolling on offense, with once again, Naylor scoring a rushing TD, making the score 28-7 Keystone after a 2 point conversion. Keystone altogether looked very good in the 2nd quarter, with a Dominic Torok interception giving Keystone even more momentum than they already had. Not too long after the first interception, this time it was Ryne Shackelford intercepting another one of Wellington QB CJ Polen’s passes. As we entered the 2nd half, it was obvious what Keystone’s game plan was, feed Naylor the ball and run the clock out, Keystone owned time of possession in the 3rd quarter. Jacob Shackleford ran the score up even further, with a 20 yard TD run, stretching the Keystone lead to 34-7. Dylan Naylor, with 1:41 left in the 3rd, intercepted Polen’s pass and almost took it to the house, but was brought down inside the 5 yard line. As the 4th quarter started, Wellington showed they weren’t going down easy, forcing turnovers to try and get something going for them offensively. But eventually, Keystone got the ball back, and it was Naylor scoring number 4 on the ground making the score 41-7, insuring the running clock rule. Dylan Naylor had an incredible game, 4 TDS, and 1 INT, along with his 6th 100 yard rushing game of the season, and with Clearview’s 20-19 win over Black River, Keystone clinched the first ever Lorain County League title. Related TopicsKeystone WildcatsWellington Dukes NEO HS Stafflast_img read more

Highlights: Bristol City 2-1 QPR

first_imgWatch the highlights as City overcame QPR in the Sky Bet Championship to secure their ninth straight win in all competitions and extend their unbeaten run to 15 matches.last_img

Lowe, Sheppard help West win LHSBCA All-Star Game

first_imgFormer Airline pitcher Andrew Lowe and former Benton pitcher Aaron Sheppard helped the West defeat the East 7-1 in the Louisiana High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game on Saturday in Denham Springs. Lowe and Sheppard were among six West pitchers that combined for a two-hitter, according to The Baton Rouge Advocate. Lowe, an Ole Miss signee, pitched the final two innings. He faced seven batters, striking out three and walking one. “Lowe was very dominating,” West coach Glenn Cecchini of 5A state champ Barbe told The Advocate. “He’s going to be a big leaguer one day.”Sheppard, a Louisiana Tech signee, pitched one inning.— Staff Reports, newsroom@bossierpress.comPremier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond Boutique|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more