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Fate of red wolves, endangered in the United States, remains uncertain

first_imgCan the red wolf survive outside of zoos? Is it really a distinct species? These are some of the questions that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) says it needs to answer before it can decide whether to continue managing the only population left in the wild. The agency announced today that it would spend the rest of the year evaluating its recovery efforts and conducting research on the controversial species, and won’t release any more animals into the wild for the time being.Advocates are concerned that the agency is winding down its efforts to protect the wolf. “The emphasis and tone have moved far away from the conservation and recovery of an endangered species and seems to be preparing the public for its eventual extinction in the wild,” says Sierra Weaver, an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.Red wolves were nearly hunted to extinction in the 20th century. Biologists established a captive breeding population in zoos, some of which FWS released back into the wild starting in 1987. Between 50 and 75 red wolves (Canis rufus) remain on a peninsula in North Carolina. The main threat is hybridization with coyotes, which have encroached on wolf habitat. Until recently wolves were being shot by hunters at night, but a court banned the practice in 2013. Many landowners were upset, and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) promptly demanded that FWS take a hard look at its wolf recovery program.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)After a review by the nonprofit Wildlife Management Institute (WMI), completed this past November, FWS decided it needs to learn more. “The scope of our feasibility review will be broader and focus on questions and issues related to whether the overall recovery of the red wolf in the wild is truly attainable in light of the challenges identified in the Institute’s evaluation,” according to a statement. The major hurdles flagged by WMI are the need for multiple wild populations, hybridization with coyotes, the integrity of the wolf genome, and land ownership patterns in wolf habitat.FWS is coordinating its research with NCWRC. Gordon Myers, executive director of NCWRC said in a teleconference that an important improvement would be upgrading the radio collars of red wolves that are captured on private land. This would allow researchers to identify wolves that repeatedly encroach and not release them again. FWS will convene a meeting of experts to try to come to consensus on the question of whether the red wolf is distinct species. Some scientists think it is a hybrid of red wolves and coyotes.The agency also said today that it would not release new wolves to the peninsula while the review is underway (although it hasn’t done that in a year or so). Also remaining on hold is a key management activity—the release of sterilized coyotes to prevent hybridization—that NCWRC had prohibited. In addition, Cindy Dohner, FWS southeast regional director, said that the agency will improve communication with landowners who object to the wolves and establish a stakeholder forum to work with state, landowners, and conservation groups.last_img read more

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US-CYBER 2 LAST

first_imgMeanwhile, Obama emphasised that “among states, there has Meanwhile, Obama emphasised that “among states, there has to be a framework that is analogous to what we have done with nuclear power because nobody stands to gain.And, frankly, although the Chinese and Russians are close, we are still the best at this.And if we wanted to go on offence, a whole bunch of countries would have some significant problems.” “And we dont want to see the Internet weaponised in that way.That requires, I think, some tough negotiations.That wont be a one-year process, but wed like to see if we can — if we and the Chinese are able to coalesce around a process for negotiations, then I think we can bring a lot of other countries along,” he said. In response to another question, Obama credited America for the success of China in the past three decades. “They were essentially riding on our backs for the last 30 years because we were underwriting peace, security, the free flow of commerce, international rules in the financial sector,” he said. “You cant simply pursue an export-driven strategy, because you are too big.You are not going to be able to grow your economy at the same pace over the next 20 years that you did in the last 20 years,” he said. “You have got to be concerned about environmental issues, because you cant breathe in Beijing.And that spills over for all of us.As a large country with a powerful military, you cant go around pushing your little neighbours just because you are bigger, but you have to start abiding by a basic code of conduct and a set of rules, because ultimately, you will be advantaged by everybody following the rules,” he noted. “I think in other areas, they still see themselves as the poor country that shouldnt have any obligations internationally.In some cases, they still feel that when we call them on issues like their behaviour in the South China Sea, or on intellectual property theft, that we are trying to contain them as opposed to us just wanting them to abide by the same rules that helped create an environment in which they can rise,” Obama said. PTI LKJ KISadvertisementlast_img read more

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Beth Mooney inspires Australian women to retain Ashes

first_imgAustralia ensured they would retain the Women’s Ashes after a conclusive six-wicket triumph over England in the first Twenty20 international in Sydney on Friday.Beth Mooney delivered a brilliant match-winning innings of 86 not out to guide the home side to victory with 4.1 overs to spare as they chased down England’s 132-9 at the North Sydney Oval with some comfort.The victory extended the holders’ lead to an unassailable 8-4 in the seven-match points-based series comprising one Test, three one-day and three T20 internationals.It meant England can only draw the series 8-8 if they win the final two T20s over the next week. Australia won the last series, which was staged in England, 10-6 in 2015.England, knowing they had to triumph to stay in the hunt to regain the Ashes that they had last won in 2013-14 in Australia, made a terrible start, slumping to 16-4 before Dani Wyatt’s 36-ball 50 helped them to a respectable total.Left-hander Mooney, though, played superbly, recording the highest score by an Australian on home soil in women’s T20 internationals, hitting 11 fours and two sixes in a dazzling 56-ball knock.Australia captain Rachael Haynes said afterwards: “It was so nice for the team to come out and play like that. For Beth Mooney to come out and make a statement like that was fantastic.”Her England counterpart Heather Knight conceded: “Credit to Australia. Beth Mooney played an outstanding innings and took the game away. Everything we tried, we couldn’t get her out.”last_img read more

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Ulstein to Design SunStones Expedition Ship

first_imgNorwegian ship designer Ulstein Design & Solutions AS confirmed it has been awarded a contract by China Merchant Group (CMG), which will build an expedition cruise vessel for Miami-based expedition vessels provider SunStone. As informed, the contract includes the design and equipment package for one and options for additional nine vessels.The Ulstein CX103 expedition cruise ship will be 104.3 meters long and 18.4 meters wide and will be able to accommodate 255 persons.The ship, to be constructed at China Merchants Heavy Industry yard, is planned for delivery in 2019, according to Ulstein.Ulstein said the hull will be built in accordance with polar class PC6 and that it would comply with the notation Safe Return to Port and Virtual Anchorage.“This is a strategically very important contract for us and we are very pleased that we were chosen for this project. The team effort and cooperation between the ship owner, interior designer, yard, broker, sub-suppliers and our employees has been very good. We look forward to making this project become a reality,” Eva Kristensen, Managing Director of Ulstein Design & Solutions AS, commented.last_img read more

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Brown v St Vincent De Paul Reach Settlement Agreement

first_imgA complaint sent to an independent Nova Scotia human rights board of inquiry has been settled by the two parties. There was no finding of discrimination. In her complaint against the St. Vincent De Paul Society, Mary Brown claimed she had been discriminated against on the basis of her disability, and that her employment had been terminated as a result. St. Vincent De Paul denies any discrimination occurred and that Ms. Brown had been advised by her doctor that she should no longer continue working. The two parties were able to come to a mutually agreed upon settlement which has been approved by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and board chair Benjamin Perryman. In accordance with the settlement agreement and the board chair’s consent order, Ms. Brown will receive $1,000 in general damages. In his decision, Mr. Perryman provided an analysis of the relevant sections of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act to determine the ability of a party to have their agreement enforced should either party not comply. This enforcement is possible through the issuance of a consent order by the board chair. For more information, or to read the full decision, visit http://humanrights.gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

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Make process for getting new water connections simpler Kejriwal to DJB

first_imgNEW DELHI: Chief Minister and Delhi Jal Board chairman Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday directed officials to make the process for getting new water connections “as simple as possible” and to restart more than 100 “non-functional” tubewells in Malviya Nagar to ensure adequate water supply in the area.At a meeting, attended by DJB CEO Nikhil Kumar and other senior officials, the chief minister was informed that people were facing problems due to the complex process of obtaining a new water connection. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkCM Kejriwal directed the officials to discuss the issue immediately and make the process as simple as possible. “Providing water to people is our duty. We should not have any complex rules for new water connections,” he said. Malviya Nagar MLA Somnath Bharati apprised the chief minister of the issues related to water supply in his area. He said the previous government had entrusted the Malviya Nagar Water Services with the responsibility of ensuring round-the-clock supply in the area, but it provides only three hours of water to the residents daily. Officials told Kejriwal that more than 100 tubewells were lying unused in the area. The chief minister issued directions to restart these tubewells and all the booster pumping stations in the area to ensure enough water supply to residents. The chief minister also directed that the work of road restoration after laying of sewer lines must be completed at the earliest. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThough the infrastructure of the water network like water pipeline & sewage network has got a major boost in the last four years, there are some issues of water supply which were focused during the meeting and resolution were sought at the earliest by the Chief Minister. Before the year of 2015, the whole area was dependent on tube-wells and no water from Sonia Vihar had reached the area, with the persistence of the present government under Sh. Arvind Kejriwal, water supply from Sonia Vihar has reached each and every household of the area. “We have worked hard and with the blessings of the Chief Minister we have been successful in making Sonia Vihar water reach each and every household of the area. What we need to solve now are issues of water supply in some of the pockets of the constituency,” said Somnath Bharti.last_img read more

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Canadian industry minister says wireless companies will lose unused spectrum

OTTAWA — Industry Minister James Moore says wireless companies could lose rights to certain spectrum next year if it’s not being used as intended.Moore says the government issued the licences to support fixed wireless services, which he says is the most affordable way to provide high-speed Internet in rural areas.He says the licence renewal policy outlined Thursday is consistent with the Harper government’s commitment to ensure consumers will have more choice, lower prices and better wireless service.“Beginning in March 2014, 2300 MHz and 3500 MHz spectrum licences will be subject to renewal,” Moore said in a statement.“Our government will only renew spectrum licences for those holders that have met all conditions of licence. Those that have not used the spectrum will lose it.” read more

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Translated versions of LLRC to be made public

This was one of the priority steps identified by the Committee, functioning under the Presidential Secretariat and headed by Weeratunga, to co-ordinate and supervise the implementation of the LLRC Report in accordance with a decision by the Cabinet of Ministers. The translation of the whole text of the LLRC Report, into Sinhala and Tamil, undertaken and completed by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, was handed over by the Governor of the Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabraal to the Minister of External Affairs Professor G.L. Peiris and to Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the President, at the Ministry of External Affairs yesterday. The translated version of the report of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) is to be made public soon, the External Affairs Ministry said.The Ministry said that the government has ordered the printing of the translations on a priority basis, and the printed versions will soon be available to the public. Minister Peiris and Secretary  Weeratunga, in their recent briefings to local and foreign media and to Ambassadors and High Commissioners accredited to Sri Lanka, said that the Sinhala and Tamil versions of the Report would be available shortly. read more

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Millennials are richer than their parents were at that age suggests BMO

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Millennials are richer than their parents were at that age, suggests BMO report by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted May 15, 2014 10:58 am MDT TORONTO – Many millennials may not be living in their parents’ basements after all.A new report by BMO Economics suggests that young Canadians, specifically those between 25 to 34 years old, are richer than their parents were at that age.Using Statistics Canada data, and other metrics, the study found that millennials today have more money than the generation proceeding them at the same age.Millennials had a median income of $34,700 in 2011, up from $33,900, when adjusted for inflation, among those in the same age bracket 30 years ago, says the report.“This means millennials can buy about two per cent more goods and services than their parents could in the mid-1980s,” writes BMO senior economist Sal Guatieri. “That doesn’t sound like much, but the difference adds up over time.”The report suggests young families are also wealthier than their parents were. Net median incomes for the head of a household aged 25 to 34 years old was $52,0900 in 2012, nearly double the $28,752 income of their counterpart in 1984.But although they may be richer, millennials also have more debt than their parents did when they were their age.BMO says 84.4 per cent of households headed by young people owe some form of debt, compared with 82 per cent of the same households in 1984. The number of millennials who have a mortgage, at 85.6 per cent, is also higher than those in the same age group, at 79.2 per cent, in 1984.“Though saddled with more debt and costlier homes, young people tend to be wealthier, have a little more spending power and enjoy better job opportunities than three decades ago,” wrote Guatieri.The report noted that one area that has worsened in the last 30 years has been the rising cost of housing, which has attributed to bigger mortgages and more debt.“Although earning slightly more than their parents did in the 1980s, millennials need to pay more to get their foot in the housing door,” he said, adding that the average house price in 2011 was ten times the median salary of a young family. In 1984, this ratio was only about five times more.“While many baby boomers prospered financially in the past thirty years, one could say that their children are starting new careers and families on an equal, if not firmer, footing in most regions,” concluded Guatieri.A number of reports have suggested that the wealth of millennials have been negatively impacted by a variety of factors including higher rates of unemployment and higher tuition rates.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more

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Motor Industry Facts 2016

From new UK vehicle registrations and production figures to the latest investment, environmental facts and even car colours SMMT Motor Industry Facts is a one-stop-shop covering all of the latest information about the sector. The 34 page guide contains vital data and background for journalists covering the entire automotive sector.As the industry body representing UK Automotive, SMMT holds all the most up-to-date statistics and has put them together in an ‘at a glance’ format to tell you:Which car is Britain’s best-seller?How many people work in UK vehicle production?Where in Britain do we build cars, vans, trucks and engines, and which countries do we sell them to?How many lives will connected and autonomous car technology save?For the answers to these questions and many more, SMMT Motor Industry Facts 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Tennis Has A Big ThreeAndAHalf

We wrote Monday that the Big Four of men’s tennis — Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray — dominate the sport despite the seemingly seismic upsets at the U.S. Open on Saturday. Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic upset Djokovic and Federer, respectively, in semifinals and will play the final Monday. But Djokovic, Nadal and Federer remain far ahead of those two upstarts and other younger challengers in the rankings.Murray, though, is a different story. He hasn’t reached a final in 14 months. He’ll fall out of the Top 10 if Cilic wins Monday.Murray has always been a bit of a different story — an awkward fit in the Big Four. It’s often seemed like a Big Three and Murray. The other three each have at least seven Grand Slam titles and have been ranked No. 1 for more than 100 weeks each. Murray has two Grand Slam titles and peaked at No. 2.Murray’s overall record at the biggest tournaments makes him mostly worthy of his Big Four status, but it also establishes how far behind the other members he is. Despite repeatedly and unfortunately having to face them, Murray trails only those three players in career success, among anyone whose Grand Slam career began in the past quarter-century.We compiled annual results for 19 players at the four Grand Slams and the nine Masters tournaments, the 13 events where nearly all the top players compete, pulling data from Tennis Abstract. Then we calculated the number of ranking points each player earned at those tournaments — using the current point distributions — and divided by the maximum number of points each could have earned. So, for example, to earn 100 percent of possible points, a player would have to sweep all 13 tournaments. We prorated this year’s numbers and split the 800 additional points Monday’s winner will earn between Cilic and Nishikori.Our 19 players are the Big Four, the second line of five players mentioned in the companion article — Cilic, Nishikori, Grigor Dimitrov, Ernests Gulbis and Milos Raonic — and their contemporary Juan Martin del Potro, and the nine non-Big Four male players who reached the No. 1 ranking and started playing Grand Slam tournaments in 1990 or later (1990 is when the Masters events began, under a different name): Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick, Gustavo Kuerten, Marat Safin, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Carlos Moya, Marcelo Rios and Patrick Rafter.What’s striking about Murray is how much his curve is dwarfed by those of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic — and yet how much his curve towers over almost everyone else’s. His peak season, in 2011, is better than the best season of each of the non-Big Four players we studied. Even Murray’s fifth-best season, in 2010, is better than the best season of four former top-ranked players: Roddick, Moya, Rafter and Kafelnikov. Or, if “better” isn’t appropriate for a season that doesn’t include a Grand Slam title, then Murray’s season in which he had the fifth-highest weighted average level at big tournaments was more consistently good than the career best years for four players who reached the No. 1 ranking.We concluded our earlier piece by saying the second line and del Potro should aspire to match Murray. That’s no small achievement — and it could be big enough to reach the No. 1 ranking he’ll probably never attain, because these younger players are less likely to have to contend with the likes of Federer and Nadal for the entirety of their careers. read more

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Juice cartons and smoothies may have to shrink in fight against childhood

first_img Show more Cartons of fruit juice and smoothie drinks may have to be made smaller to tackle childhood obesity, health chiefs have warned.Public Health England (PHE) is set to urge fruit juice and smoothie manufacturers to reduce the size of the drink cartons in order to cut the amount of sugar being consumed with each drink.The move would be part of the Government’s strategy to combat obesity in children and adults by reducing the amount of sugar contained in pre-packaged food and drink.Under the strategy it wants to see less sugar in milkshakes, flavoured coffees, yoghurt drinks, juices and smoothies.PHE, which has been meeting industry bodies and manufacturers to discuss ways of tackling the problem, says this could be achieved by either reducing the actual amount of sugar contained in the drink, or by cutting the size of the carton or bottle it comes in.Dr Alison Tedstone, PHE’s Chief Nutritionist, has told the industry that urgent action is needed, with a third of children now leaving primary school overweight or obese and a similar proportion suffering from tooth decay.She told industry representatives that “the amount of sugar in some milk-shakes and coffee drinks is indefensible”.Children currently consume around triple the recommended daily intake of sugar of five to seven teaspoons for two to over 11-year-olds, with juice alone accounting for more than 10 per cent of the sugar consumed by 4-to 18-year-olds every day.PHE is particularly concerned that many people are drinking entire cartons of juice intended for sharing – thereby massively increasing their daily sugar intake.Dr Tedstone said: “We all know there are some products that are marketing as to be shared, but are not really consumed that way.” In March PHE proposed a voluntary limit of 120 kilocalories (kcal) allowed in an individual yoghurt carton, with a maximum of 175kcal.“I could envisage this also going across fruit juices. That would be across all products, not just for children,” Dr Tedstone told The Grocer magazine.The Action on Sugar campaign group has already called for a ban on all fruit juice and smoothie products of over 150ml.Researchers at University of Liverpool last year found that almost half of the 203 fruit juices, fruit drinks and smoothies stocked by seven major supermarkets – Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Marks and Spencer, Waitrose, the Co-op and Morrisons – contained the entire recommended daily intake of sugar for under-6s of nearly five teaspoons.Juices, and smoothies with over 75 per cent natural fruit juice, escaped the Government’s sugar levy on soft drinks, introduce in December last year.The industry has been warned that if it fails to voluntarily cut the size of juice cartons, or cut the sugar content of drinks, legislation could be introduced to force through the measures.PHE stated: “The reduction in sugar levels can be achieved through reformulation, smaller portion sizes, or shifting consumers onto lower sugar alternatives.”A spokesman added: “These are voluntary targets which we expect the industry to take part in and if not enough progress is made other levers will be used.”But fruit juice manufacturers say they are worried that moves to cut carton sizes would make it harder for people to consume the recommended five portions of fruit or vegetables each day.Gavin Partington, Director General at British Soft Drinks Association, said: “As an industry we recognise we have a role to play in helping consumers reduce sugar intake. It is important to remember that 100% fruit juice is a natural product which can play a positive role in helping consumers get one of their 5-a-day.”center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Fr Flannery surprised and shocked at Vatican cardinals outspoken interview

first_imgFR TONY FLANNERY has expressed his surprise and shock at an interview given by the Vatican cardinal who led the investigation that led to his suspension from the priesthood.Speaking to TheJournal.ie following the publication of an article in the Irish Catholic, liberal Redemptorist priest said Cardinal William Levada’s decision to speak on the issue was “inappropriate”.“It was quite amazing. You’d wish that people don’t do things like that,” he said. “I don’t know why he would have a go at an insignificant Irish priest. I would have thought it was a foolish thing to do.”In the exclusive interview with the Irish newspaper, Cardinal Levada, who is now retired and living in the US, said that Fr Flannery was investigated because he “undermined” Catholic teaching about the priesthood and the Eucharist.It had been understood that the probe centred on his views on priests marrying.“He [Fr Flannery] likes to say ‘because I’m for married priests’. This is not the case: he wrote two articles in Reality magazine in which he questioned, undermined, the teaching of the Church on the Eucharist and on the priesthood.“If you hold these positions you are formally in heresy [in the Catholic Church]. For Martin Luther, or the Protestant reformers, they were key issues and they denied these doctrines of the Church,” the cardinal said.Fr Flannery argues that the former Vatican official – who served as Pope Benedict’s chief doctrine watchdog for seven years and is still a member of the powerful Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) – had already “put the issue of heresy to bed by accepting a statement on the matter”.He also disputed Cardinal Levada’s view that his teachings could confuse members of the Church.“I totally disagree with him on that,” he said. “All my experience points to the idea that what I am saying is much closer to people’s lives.”Cardinal Levada told the Irish Catholic that “priests, religious and theologians – people who have been given a charge, people who have been given the work of speaking with the authority of the Church behind them – cannot simply come out and say ‘I don’t accept this’ or ‘I don’t like this’. They have a responsibility, otherwise they use their role to produce confusion and people may hear them preaching from the pulpit or read what they write about something that’s contrary to the Faith.”Fr Flannery says he has all his dealings with the Vatican and its investigation into his book, A Question of Conscience, and added that he has been dealing with the issue of being silenced for the past 18 months.Read: Protest at Papal Nunciature over treatment of Fr Tony FlanneryRelated: Fr Flannery ‘couldn’t look in the mirror’ if he signed Church statementRead the full interview in the Irish Catholic herelast_img read more

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Man fined over plan to throw manure at Prince Charles and Camilla

first_imgAN ELDERLY NEW Zealand anti-royalist was fined today over a plan to hurl manure at Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla during their visit to Auckland last year, reports said.Sam Bracanov, 77, pleaded not guilty to preparing to commit an assault after his arrest on 12 November as the royals readied to meet crowds on the Auckland waterfront while touring to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee.Judge Anne Kiernan found Bracanov guilty in the Auckland District Court and ordered him to pay a NZ$200 fine plus NZ$132 in expenses, the New Zealand Herald reported.Fairfax Media reported that Bracanov, who police described as “a known anti-royalist”, was visited by officers ahead of Charles’ arrival and told them he intended to throw manure at the royals.When warned against the plan, he reportedly responded: “Royal family? I call them the smell family.”“He qualified with his body”After his initial court appearance in November, Bracanov told reporters he was protesting at Charles’ privileged position.“He didn’t qualify with his brain, he qualified with his body, and what (the) body produce(s) goes to toilet, so I would hit him with what goes to toilet,” he said.He reportedly attempted a similar action when Charles visited in 1994, trying to spray air freshener at him to “remove the stink of royalty”.In 1988, he threw a bucketful of horse manure at a car carrying King Juan Carlos of Spain on a state visit to New Zealand and was convicted of disorderly behaviour, Fairfax Media reported.Radio New Zealand said the pensioner would pay off his fine in weekly instalments of N$10.- © AFP 2013.last_img read more

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Rafa Benitez Aleksandar Mitrovic has no point to prove

first_imgNewcastle Manager Rafa Benitez says Aleksandar Mitrovic should not feel the need to prove himself when he returns to Newcastle with Fulham on Saturday.The forward spent two seasons at Newcastle before joining Fulham on loan in January and finalizing the deal in the summer.Answering questions on whether the forward will be looking to make a statement, Benitez told Skysports:“No I don’t think so.”“I think he is doing well. He is playing well, scoring goals for them. He is working very hard, so I think he will be happy at the moment.”“Obviously he will like to score as many goals as he can but I don’t think he has to prove anything because he is doing well.”Thibaut Courtois, Real MadridReport: Courtois’s agent arrested in money laundering case George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois agent has been arrested as part of a money-laundering investigation.The ugly word corruption is again staining the world of football. In…Mitrovic has scored seven goals from 17 appearances this season for Fulham, who sit bottom of the league with only two wins and nine points from 17 games.“He is a good player, we knew that before, and I wish him all the best after this game,” said Benitez.“I think he will give everything on the pitch because that is his style of play, and hopefully we can keep him quiet.”“My main priority is to be sure the team is in a good position in the table. I am not talking about every single player.”“You have to concentrate on what you have. I am happy with our strikers, they are doing well, but especially I am happy with our position in the table at the moment.”last_img read more