‘Severe lack of sunshine’ to blame for low Vitamin D levels in Donegal – GP

first_imgDonegal people have significantly lower levels of Vitamin D due to a lack of sunshine in the county, according to new findings.Sun levels are lower in Donegal than the rest of the country due to its northern location, which is causing low levels of the vitamin which is crucial to bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.Donegal GP Martin Coyne, who has a special interest in osteoporosis, told the Irish Times that his results from tests at Letterkenny University Lab were “frightening”. He found that 75% of 10,000 vitamin D test results in Letterkenny had insufficient vitamin D levels and 12% were extremely low.The findings were so low that they had to be rechecked to ensure the machines were working properly. ‘Severe lack of sunshine’ to blame for low Vitamin D levels in Donegal – GP was last modified: August 14th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

SA to spend billions moving commuters from road to rail

first_img12 August 2014 The government will invest billions of rands in South Africa’s transport infrastructure over the next three years in a bid to reduce road deaths and traffic congestion in the country, says Transport Minister Dipuo Peters. Addressing a seminar on road safety at the Southern Sun Hotel in Cape Town on Tuesday, Peters said that commuter rail infrastructure, widely identified as the safest mode of transport, would receive the lion’s share of the allocation as the Department of Transport moved to shift passengers from road to rail. Peters said R51-billion would be spent on commuter rail infrastructure and new rolling stock over the next three years, while a further R14-billion will be channelled towards bus subsidies in the 2014/15 financial year in order to encourage a shift from private cars to public transport. A total of R9.3-billion will be spent in 2014/15, and a further R9.9-billion in 2015/16, to upgrade the country’s ageing road infrastructure in order to ensure quality and safer roads. “The National Development Plan (NDP) diagnostic report states that the commuter rail fleet needs to be renewed,” Peters said, adding that commuter rail “provides the lowest-cost service in metropolitan areas and is safer than cars”. Statistics South Africa’s National Household Transport Survey for 2013 showed that the percentage of car ownership in South Africa rose from 22.9% in 2003 to 32.6% in 2013. Peters noted that various information communication technology initiatives – including the introduction of mobile applications and the use of social media platforms such as Twitter – had contributed to reducing road congestion and promoting safer mobility on the country’s roads. “For instance, the South African National Roads Agency has deployed the Freeway Management System in three large metros. The system enables monitoring and communication of real-time traffic condition. It allows for the early detection of road incidents and subsequent deployment of emergency services. It empowers drivers to anticipate road incidents and avoid congestion.” An hourly traffic update by SABC radio channel SAfm had also played an important role in reducing congestion and hence promoting the safety of drivers. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Lab-Produced Meat on Rise

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — In March 2017, Australian real estate mogul Tim Gurner advised millennials to quit wasting money on expensive avocado toast and coffee if they struggle to buy their first homes.The avocado market suddenly surged and continues to thrive.In the food business, consumer preferences and demand can change at the speed of light in the internet age.Responding to sudden changes in consumer demand is something farmers — by the nature of the business — find difficult to do.For example, Arlington, Nebraska, farmer J.P. Rhea seized opportunity in organics, but completely remaking his 11,000-acre farm didn’t happen overnight.“Dad always said you have to adapt to survive,” Rhea told an audience at the Food and Ag at the Intersection symposium in Omaha, Nebraska, on Thursday.“The main lesson is, as farmers we have to adapt. Going to organics is completely changing everything I’ve ever done. We’ve got to dramatically rethink risks if we want farmers to dramatically change production systems.”The growing development of a cell- and plant-based meat industry is attempting to respond to market demands from millennials. Many millennials want food produced with certain attributes — environmentally friendly, made with animal welfare in mind, and so on.TAKING NOTICEJarrod Sutton, vice president of domestic marketing for the National Pork Board, said the milk industry’s 14% loss of sales to alternatives such as almond milk, is a reason the pork industry should take notice of the alternative meat industry.“The lesson for us is to be aware and understand how consumer trends are changing,” Sutton said. “There’s going to be jabbing back and forth. It is the new reality. Meatless Monday is a thing. We have to stay in the dialogue and make sure the facts are presented.”Sutton said the cell-based and plant-based protein markets are “about saving the earth.”“They’re pouring a lot of money into this,” he said. “It’s Silicon Valley. It’s about failing slow.”Jayson Lusk, distinguished professor and head of the ag economics department at Purdue University, said although news stories don’t feature a lot of good news for the meat industry, there continues to be rising demand for animal proteins.His research shows beef demand is highest among conservative Republicans, but as education levels grow the divergence increases.“Beef demand is becoming increasingly polarized over time,” Lusk said. “Conversation about meat consumption are going to become more difficult over time.”In addition, he said when consumers have the same price points for real beef and beef alternatives, demand for beef doesn’t really change.“Even if real beef is more expensive, demand for real meat stays over time,” Lusk said.GROWING INDUSTRYBruce Friedrich, executive director of theGood Food Institute, said plant-based and cell-based meats have a $3.7 billion market. Currently there are more than 25 companies operating in the space.Friedrich told DTN in an interview the market provides some opportunity for traditional row-crop and livestock farmers.“Obviously … there are quite a few cattle ranchers who are making an excellent living, but there are not a lot of chicken farmers or pig farmers that are making an excellent living,” he said.“And slaughterhouse jobs are not exactly coveted. This is a net advantage for those sorts of folks. It should be a net advantage for people who are farming crops, because it will allow them to get higher prices for other legumes, primarily. Pea protein, chickpea protein and lupine are being turned into plant-based meat. So you end up with a situation where you can go to more crop rotation, less mono-cropping, basically turning back the clock. The plant-based stuff should end up with a lot of opportunities for farmers.”More traditional food companies are launching plant-based segments in their businesses in an attempt to respond to the market quickly.For example, Tyson announced plans this year to launch vegan plant-based products. Archer Daniels Midland is entering the plant-based protein space with its pea-based proteins.On Thursday, Beyond Meat launched its initial public offering, raising about $240 million in selling 9.6 million shares at $25 each. The company is valued at about $1.5 billion. The plant-based burgers and sausages company based in El Segundo, California, faces competition from the likes of Tyson and Burger King.Earlier this week Burger King announced plans to launch the plant-based “Impossible Whopper.” In addition, Tyson was an original investor in Beyond Meat, but sold its shares to launch its own business.Friedrich said the question remains about how fast Beyond Meat can scale up production. It could take five to 10 years, he said.FOOD COMPANY INVESTMENTSWhen it comes to cell-based meat companies, the likes of Tyson and Cargill have invested in a company called Memphis Meats. Tyson also has invested in a company called Future Meat Technologies.Cell-based meat companies are working feverishly to scale up the technology. That involves using a cell from a single animal and essentially immortalizing the animal through growing meat in a laboratory at a rate far faster than livestock producers who raise animals.“So that one cell can lead to the production of millions and millions of pounds of meat,” Friedrich told DTN.“For farmers who are treating animals well, and for farmers who are focused on regenerative agriculture, our hunch is that you’ll see more of a market for that. The market for that is pretty small at the moment. There are significant opportunities for farming. It’s the nature of any changing economy. Families are changing how they feed their families, it is a market that is growing more and more and more. It will be extremely lucrative, and should be something farmers should be looking at.”Steve Lerch, founder of Story Arc Consulting, said the food system is moving toward a benefits-driven system, because consumers have more information at their fingertips.Food companies and farmers face a challenge to keep up with changing consumer preferences.For instance, Lerch said consumer are beginning to lose interest in the GMO debate, while companies began responding five years ago by moving toward offering GMO-free products.“There are quick, simple things [you] can do to catch waves,” he said.“Companies don’t have to create waves. There is value in telling consumers something. If Burger King today created a message that there is no rubber in our hamburgers, they get benefits from this. Some people may then begin to think, ‘Does McDonalds put rubber in its hamburgers?’”Todd Neeley can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(BAS/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

When it Comes to Spam, Everything Old is New Again

first_imgRelated Posts frederic lardinois Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#news#NYT#web Google released some interesting data about the volume and types of attacks its spam detection software identified over the last quarter. According to Google, overall spam levels in the second quarter of 2009 were 53% higher than during the first quarter, and 6% higher than a year ago. Even though the total volume of spam dropped by 70% after the the takedown of the infamous McColo ISP, it only took four months for spam levels to get back to normal. Last month, 3FN, an other large ISP spam source was also shut down, but spam volume only dropped by about 30%, and chances are that the spam market will simply rebound within a few months, as new spammers get into the market.The Return of Image SpamInterestingly, Google also notes that image spam, which is generally filtered out quite well by modern spam detection software, has seen a major resurgence. Amanda Kleha, a member of Google’s message security and archiving team, theorizes that this might be due to new spammers getting into the market after the shutdown of McColo and 3FN, and these new players are starting out with well established methods, even if they are not very effective. Kleha also notes that spammers might just be testing how well the current generation of spam filters handles these messages in order to perform statistical analysis based on which subject lines and content make it into users’ inboxes.Google also notes that one of the largest spam attacks in the last quarter was based on an old school “newsletter” template (with malevolent links and images thrown in there for good measure). This attack unleashed about 50% an average day’s spam volume in only 2 hours. So while it might not have been highly sophisticated, there was surely a massive network behind it that was able to send out this huge amount of spam in such a short time. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Pakistan Cricket Board threatens to sue BCCI for not honouring MoU

first_imgPakistani cricket authorities have threatened to sue Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for not playing bilateral series, causing them huge financial losses. (BCCI isolated at International Cricket Council: Sources to India Today)Najam Sethi, Chairman of PCB’s Executive Committee tweeted on Wednesday night that they have conveyed it to the BCCI officials on then sidelines of ICC Executive Board meeting in Dubai.”PCB has told BCCI it is suing for compensation against BCCI’s refusal to play bilateral series as per Agreement signed in 2014,” he tweeted. (Also Read: BCCI inclined to call an SGM, will mull over Champions Trophy pullout)PCB has told BCCI it is suing for compensation against BCCI’s refusal to play bilateral series as per Agreement signed in 2014.- Najam Sethi (@najamsethi) April 26, 2017Sethi, who is tipped to take over as Chairman of the PCB once again, had signed the MoU with the BCCI officials in 2014 on the sidelines of an ICC meeting.Under the MoU, Pakistan and India were to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023 but India so far has refused to play even one series on the grounds that it s government has not given it clearance for bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan. (Also Read: BCCI loses both revenue and governance vote at ICC meet)The BCCI refusal has come despite Pakistan agreeing to host its home series at neutral venues including Sri Lanka.Pakistan claims it has lost nearly USD 200 million because of India’s refusal to play two home series of Pakistan. (BCCI rejects ICC chief Shashank Manohar’s offer of additional USD 100 million)advertisementIndia has not played a full bilateral series with Pakistan since 2007 and the PCB since last year has been insisting it will be pursuing all legal avenues to seek compensation from the Indian board.The first legal course it has said it will announce will be to approach the ICC disputes resolution committee. (BCCI not to take “extreme position” against ICC’s revenue sharing model)He also announced that Giles Clarke, Chairman of the ICC s Task Force on Pakistan cricket, has reviewed the security report of ICC experts and has agreed to hold three Twenty20 matches in Pakistan.Sethi said the matches are scheduled for end of September 2017 and a team of ICC’s “top current players” will play the matches.last_img read more