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Fresh Foods fined again

first_imgThe Hayes sandwich manufacturer has been issued with a £15,220 fine for breaching hygiene regulations, for the second time. Fresh Foods (UK) Limited, which produces sandwiches for distribution across the UK, repeatedly breached hygiene regulations and was found guilty of four food hygiene offences last week.The company was made to pay a fine of £15,220, with further costs of £5,000. Company director, Sukhwinder Singh, was also personally fined £3,300 for neglecting to maintain good systems. This included his inability to trace ingredients back to registered suppliers.The previous owners of the sandwich manufacturing company, First Choice Deli Supplies Ltd, were heavily fined in 2013, before the company changed hands and became Fresh Foods.First Choice Deli Supplies pleaded guilty to eight breaches of food hygiene regulations on 3 December 2013. It was fined £8,000, and ordered to pay £100 as a victim surcharge and £5,000 costs.last_img read more

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Info evening on Ballyness Bay protest to be held in Letterkenny

first_imgA public information event is to be held at Letterkenny Shopping Centre to raise awareness of a proposed shellfish production plant at Ballyness Bay in Falcarragh.Members of Grúpa Gníomhaíochta Bhá Bhaile an Easa/Save Ballyness Bay will host the event on 30th November, 2019.A spokesperson said “The intention is to raise public awareness of the threat posed to this beautiful, pristine environment by proposals to use it for industrial shellfish production. “The proposals threaten local employment, the future economic development of the area, several protected wildlife species, and the health and wellbeing of the local community which is totally opposed to the proposals.”More information on the “Save Ballyness Bay” campaign is available on our Facebook page and our website at https://saveballynessbay.comEmail:- [email protected] contactSave Ballyness Bay Action Group, Killult, F92N6X6Info evening on Ballyness Bay protest to be held in Letterkenny was last modified: November 25th, 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

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The Evolution of Irresponsibility

first_imgEvolutionists at the University of Minnesota have developed a theory for the evolution of impulsive behavior, reports EurekAlert.  They say that because our ancestors were hunter-gatherers, they had to grab what they could without thought of future reward or punishment:When psychologists study kids who are good at waiting for a reward, they find those kids generally do better in life.  It looks as though this is a key to success in the modern world, so why is it so hard for us to accept delays?  The answer may be because we evolved as foragers who encountered no penalties for taking resources impulsively.Surprisingly, experiments with blue jays show that the birds cannot learn to bypass a small immediate reward for a bigger deferred prize, “even after a thousand repetitions.”  Evolutionists had thought that the birds could figure out that a seed in the hand was worth two in the bush.  One researcher, puzzling over this, said, “I think we were asking them the wrong question.”  Further experiments seemed to show that the impulsively-acting birds ended up with just as much reward as they would have had they learned to wait.    The paper to be published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society claims this might help explain addiction and other compulsive, impulsive human behavior.That’s all Dad needs, another excuse for Johnny to explain why he can’t help being an irresponsible jerk.  Here is another example of evolutionary theory rationalizing the worst in human behavior: humans can’t help themselves, because they evolved that way.  If so, whatever is, is right, so why let modern society get in the way of our own evolution?    The scientists are asking the wrong question, not of the blue jays, but of themselves.  Why do humans understand the value of delayed rewards?  Why do they feel guilty after acting impulsively?  Why do the scientists agree that delaying reward is essential for success in the modern world?  Why would the modern world care?  Why do only humans have a conscience?  Why would anyone show no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends?(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Cape Town launches meat-free day

first_imgCutting down on red meat is good not onlyfor arteries, but also the planet, ascommercial farming is a major causeof greenhouse gas emissions.(Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library)MEDIA CONTACTS • Tozie ZokufaAnimal Voice+27 21 852 8160Janine ErasmusThe City of Cape Town has launched a campaign to encourage people to eat less meat – at least once a week – for the sake of the environment and the welfare of humans and farm animals.Cape Town executive mayor Dan Plato made the official announcement at the end of July 2010.The Meat-free Day initiative puts Cape Town at the forefront of other African cities in this regard, as it is the first on the continent to officially throw its weight behind the cause. There is only a handful of other cities in the world that have taken the step, among them Ghent in Belgium.Capetonians are asked to put aside their carnivorous tastes for at least one day every week, which can be of their own choosing. On this day they’ll eat only vegetables, fruit, legumes, grains and other non-meat foods such as soya and eggs.Cape Town was recently named as South Africa’s unhealthiest major city, with the highest numbers of heavy drinkers, smokers and overweight people, as well as the lowest level of physical activity.According to a survey released earlier in 2010 by wellness and financial services company Discovery Holdings, Johannesburg is the country’s healthiest city. Discovery Vitality, working with the Sport Science Institute of South Africa, conducted the research.Despite these motivating factors, however, South Africans’ well-known love of red meat, especially on the braai, or barbeque, may pose an initial stumbling block.Meat-free Day is backed by the city’s Health Portfolio Committee, the members of which were unanimous in their support.Committee chair James Vos said they would leave it up to residents to choose the most convenient day to go meat-free. “”We need people to eat more healthily and then there are also environmental benefits.”Harming the planetThe UK-based Compassion in World Farming organisation is driving the campaign. According to the organisation, the sheer scale of modern factory farming is causing untold harm not only to people and animals, but to the planet too.Not only is the industry responsible for an estimated 18% of carbon dioxide emissions – more than all the cars in the world – but cultivation of the vast amounts of animal feed needed to sustain it results in deforestation and pollution, and excessive use of precious water. About a third of the global grain harvest is allocated to animal feed.The organisation argues that keeping less livestock will free up land for crops, which in turn will mean more food for those who currently struggle to get enough. The UN has said that a billion people go hungry every day.Small-scale farmers won’t have to compete with the large farming concerns. Also, human health will benefit from a diet richer in vegetables than in meat.About 18 000 unnecessary deaths could be prevented each year, said the British government’s chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson in March 2010, just by eating 30% less red meat.Helping animalsCompassion’s local representative Tozie Zokufa, a former meat-hygiene specialist and now deputy editor of the organisation’s magazine Animal Voice, said that animals on commercial farms often live in miserable conditions.“I believe that factory farming, whereby thousands of animals are crammed into spaces where they can hardly move, and die without ever having seen the sun, the soil or a blade of grass, is unethical and unAfrican,” he said at the campaign’s launch.Zokufa spoke from experience, with some nine years’ of experience working in abattoirs and on farms around the country before joining Compassion in World Farming on his résumé.“This is a triumph,” he said. “We started negotiating with the City Health Committee last December. Their decision yesterday to work with us on this issue is not only a triumph for human health, but also for the planet and animal welfare too.”If people choose to eat less meat, he added, the saving could be used to buy free-range meat, which is considered a healthier and more humane [email protected] e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it 021 852 8160last_img read more

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National cohesion ‘up to all of us’: Zuma

first_img4 July 2012 Promoting social cohesion, nation building and a sense of national identity are high on the list of South Africa’s priorities, says President Jacob Zuma, but will require a joint effort from all sectors of society to achieve. Speaking at the Social Cohesion Summit at the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication in Kliptown, Soweto on Wednesday, Zuma said the summit itself was confirmation of the importance the government placed on these issues. However, Zuma pointed out, while the government was embarking on a number of programmes to promote national unity and reconciliation, this was a continuous two-way process, particularly in a society that had emerged from three centuries of colonialism and apartheid. “As we gather here to develop a national strategy on social cohesion and nation building, we felt that this was not a strategy that government should design alone,” Zuma said. “It is a national effort that requires the views of many sectors and stakeholders.”South Africa ‘a nation that finds solutions’ South Africans had on many occasions proven to be a nation that finds solutions to difficult problems through dialogue, discussion and reaching out to one another, the President said. However, there were bound to be challenges along the journey to social cohesion. “We are under no illusion that it is going to be easy. The South African nation is a product of many streams of history and culture, representing the origins, dispersal and re-integration of humanity over hundreds of years. “We have to build one national identity out of multiple identities based on class, gender, age, language, geographic location, and religion.” While there had been progress in institutionalising the principle of an inclusive citizenship since 1994, certain matters still caused “divisions and frustrations”. “The challenges of poverty, unemployment, homelessness, landlessness, and the divisions around race, class and gender make it difficult to arrive at a socially cohesive and united society as fast as we would want to,” Zuma said. The government’s responsibility was to lead South Africans toward a national, democratic society. “This is a society that is united, non-sexist, non-racial, democratic and prosperous. It is a society with a value system that is based on human solidarity and ubuntu, which promotes a society which prioritises caring for and respecting others.”Socio-economic transformation Zuma noted that the socio-economic transformation programme was a primary tool of national reconciliation, nation building and social cohesion. Continuous programmes of democratic transformation as well the expansion of basic services and improving the performance of the economy to create jobs, were all designed to create a united, cohesive society. In addition, heritage transformation projects helped promote reconciliation, unity and nation building. The government, through the Department of Arts and Culture, had identified 28 heritage projects. “Through the upgrading and declaration of historic sites, we will ensure a more representative and inclusive South African history and heritage. More importantly, this will also contribute towards shared values and a common national identity in the country.”Power of sport to unite Zuma also noted the power of sport as a social cohesion tool. “As a result of the value of sports in nation building, government is now investing in school sports more than ever before. The school sport budget has been increased from R27.3-million in the previous year to R42.6-million.” The ongoing process of geographical names change and standardisation was also one of the tools to bring South Africans together, to promote a common nationhood and craft a new and inclusive narrative for the country. In addition, the government had developed the Use of Official Languages Bill as part of promoting social cohesion. The Bill is in response to the provisions of Section 6 of the Constitution that not only identifies 11 official languages, but also obliges the state to take practical and positive measures to elevate the status and advance the use of indigenous languages. He noted that the languages spoken by the majority were marginalised, and this should be corrected. Another important part of promoting social cohesion was the protection and promotion of indigenous knowledge systems, which included promoting formal indigenous knowledge education and assisting indigenous communities to establish cooperative structures to organise themselves, Zuma said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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5 Cloud Startups to Watch in 2011 #1: ClearDB

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King Khan turns boss on the sets of Ra.One

first_imgShah Rukh KhanShah Rukh Khan is secretive about a lot of things about Ra.One . This, apparently, started ever since he learnt about the film’s similarities of script and use of special effects with that of other films such as Toonpur Ka Superhero and Robot . SRK is so particular about not letting out the secrets that he attends to almost all the calls on the sets himself. Director Anubhav Sinha says he feels virtually jobless with so little responsibility on him. He claims to be having a gala time, though.Anubhav was once, not even aware of what was happening on the sets. According to a source, when Shah Rukh was talking to Anubhav about the film, the director appeared to be totally clueless about the project. The source added: ” Sinha’s been coming on the sets, chilling out and seeing the work in progress, and says ‘ action’ at times when he is told to. SRK, has been working on everything including the script and direction.” Anubhav Sinha has in his kitty a long list of box office duds such as Dus , Aapko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha Hai , Cash and Tathastu .last_img read more

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