Food Producers Urged to Become Certified

first_img Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda, is urging food producers, especially those involved in exports, to initiate work to become certified. “This will enable our food-producing businesses to access export markets. Lack of certification could constitute non-tariff barriers to our exports. Our food-exporting businesses, therefore, have an obligation to the country to become certified,” Mr. Samuda said. Mr. Samuda said that by becoming certified, these businesses will be able to increase access to markets, and thereby increase employment in agriculture. Story Highlights Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda, is urging food producers, especially those involved in exports, to initiate work to become certified.He cited the international standard, Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) certification, as relevant to the food industry.“This will enable our food-producing businesses to access export markets. Lack of certification could constitute non-tariff barriers to our exports. Our food-exporting businesses, therefore, have an obligation to the country to become certified,” Mr. Samuda said.The Minister’s message was read by ISO Ambassador/Consultant at the ISO Quality Systems Division in the Ministry, Reginald Budhan, at the launch of the Quality Systems Solutions and Initiatives (QSSI) Training Institute on June 14 at the Pegasus Commerce Centre, Upper Waterloo Road.Mr. Samuda said that by becoming certified, these businesses will be able to increase access to markets, and thereby increase employment in agriculture.“We must rise to global standards in terms of the goods and services we produce for both the domestic and export markets,” the Minister stressed.In addition, Mr. Samuda said his goal is to have ministries and agencies of government modernised by becoming ISO 9001:2015 certified.The Minister said he expects his Ministry, as well as five other agencies, to become certified by the end of the 2017/18 financial year.The ISO 9000 is a series of standards developed and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) that define, establish and maintain a quality assurance system for the manufacturing and service industries. They deal with the requirements that organisations wishing to meet the standard must fulfil.“In terms of the productive sector, the Bureau of Standards, under the chairmanship of Mr. James Rawle, will be increasing its work to help more businesses to become certified to ISO 9001:2015, HACCP and other relevant standards,” Mr. Samuda said.He added that as a small island developing state, Jamaica has to ensure that its products and services are of the highest quality, in order to compete in the international market.“The sustainable production of high-quality products and services will, therefore, lead to increased efficiencies, better employee morale and international recognition,” Mr. Samuda said.Meanwhile, the Minister congratulated QSSI on the launch of its institute, which will enable micro, small and medium-size enterprises to access affordable internationally certified training, thus enabling them to become internationally competitive.“In light of this likely increased demand for ISO 9001 consultancy service, we need more companies like yours with qualified and experienced personnel. Your training institute is well positioned to help in increasing the pool of trained personnel in the relevant standards,” he said.For her part, Managing Director, QSSI, Sheryl Anderson, said the launch of the training institute is in response to requests made by clients over the years.“You have been talking to us, you have been giving that feedback, and, in response, we are giving you the QSSI Institute,” Mrs. Anderson said.The newly launched QSSI Training Institute provides training courses designed to improve competence and support the quality management or food-safety systems in organisations.The Institute aims to provide training for quality professionals of all skill levels, fostering a culture of quality and building capacity and expertise in Jamaica and the Caribbean.last_img read more

Rahul Gandhis follower count on Twitter crosses 10million mark

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s follower count on Twitter has crossed the 10-million mark and on Wednesday, he thanked all his followers on the social media platform for the “milestone”. Gandhi had gone past Shashi Tharoor as the most followed Congress leader on Twitter last year. He has now notched up as Tharoor has over 6.9 million followers. However, he is still well behind Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has more than 48 million followers on the micro-blogging site. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! “10 Million Twitter followers – thank you to each and every one of you!” Gandhi tweeted. “I will celebrate the milestone in Amethi, where I will be meeting our Congress workers & supporters today,” he said. Gandhi is visiting Amethi first time after losing the parliamentary constituency to Union minister Smriti Irani in the recently-held general election. He represented the Amethi Lok Sabha seat since 1999. He is currently a Member of Parliament from Wayanad constituency in Kerala. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Gandhi last Wednesday publicly announced his resignation as the party’s president, taking responsibility for the Lok Sabha polls debacle, and called for “hard decisions” to rebuild the party and making people accountable for the “failure” of 2019. The 49-year-old leader –who has been adamant on his decision to quit as party president since May 25, two days after the results in which his party won 52 seats — also stressed on the need for the Congress to “radically transform itself”. He succeeded his mother Sonia Gandhi as Congress president in December 2017 and his major success at the helm of the 133-year-old party was winning three Assembly elections in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh in December last year.last_img read more

Overdose Awareness Day being held in Delhi

The Penington Institute of Australia has marked Aug. 31 as International Overdose Awareness Day for the past couple years.Haldimand and Norfolk are taking part this year by hosting the area’s first overdose awareness event at the Delhi Tobacco Museum at Quance Park.From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit’s harm reduction team will provide information about preventing overdoses as well as distributing free naloxone kits. Naloxone is the go-to antidote of choice when someone is suffering an opioid overdose.The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a life-altering injury due to overdose.An overdose occurs when the body is overwhelmed by exposure to a toxic amount of a substance or a combination of substances. While street drugs often come to mind, an overdose can happen with many different types of substances — from alcohol to prescription drugs — in all segments of the Canadian population.In Haldimand and Norfolk between April of 2017 and December of 2018, there were 13 opioid-related deaths, most of which were caused by fentanyl.The majority of these deaths were accidental and occurred in the individual’s home.Naloxone — a life-saving medication used to temporarily reverse opioid-related overdoses — was only used in 25 per cent of these deaths. That means that most of these deaths could have been prevented if someone had been there to administer the antidote.If you or someone you know uses drugs, whether prescribed or not, remember the 4Cs to safer drug use:* Careful use: Don’t use alone. Go slow and start with small amounts.* Carry naloxone: Pick up a free naloxone kit from any health unit office or participating pharmacy.* Call 911: For every overdose even when naloxone is used. If you are hesitant to call 911, remember that the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act protects bystanders from basic charges such as possession when they alert authorities.* CPR: Push hard, push fast.While it can be scary or upsetting to think about overdosing, the good news is that education and preparation can help prevent it from happening.The Health Unit, in collaboration with many local agencies and community members, formed the Harm Reduction Action Team (HRAT).The goal of HRAT is to raise awareness of opioid-related harms in our communities, discuss emerging issues, host community education events, and promote harm reduction services and resources.Members of HRAT will attend the overdose awareness event in Delhi to provide information about supports and resources in our community to better assist anyone who, themselves, struggles with substances or who may know someone who is. Talking about overdose could save a life. read more

Deputy SecretaryGeneral hails exhibition celebrating work of UN Population Fund

“The photos in ‘Family of Woman’ speak more eloquently than I ever could about the – literally – vital work of the United Nations Population Fund around the world,” Ms. Fréchette told participants, voicing hope that “as this exhibition makes its way around the United States, that message will resound loud and clear among all those who come to see it.”In July, the United States Government decided not to grant the agency $34 million that had been appropriated by Congress – a move which UNFPA warned would cost thousands of women and children their lives.In her remarks, the Deputy Secretary-General underscored the importance of UNFPA’s mission to ensure “that every child is a wanted child, that every pregnancy and birth is healthy, that every woman and young person can remain HIV-free, that the rights and freedoms of every girl and woman are respected, and that every family has the hope of a strong and stable future.”Ms. Fréchette also praised the partnership between the agency and the US Committee for the United Nations Population Fund, which produced the exhibit, saying it was an example of the kind of collaboration needed to meet the Millennium Development Goals set by world leaders attending a UN Summit in New York in 2000. read more

Sudan UN mission reports calm in Khartoum south ahead of Garangs funeral

The Mission’s confirmation of easing tensions in Khartoum comes after repeated calls from Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the Security Council for the people of Sudan to unite in their sorrow at Mr. Garang’s death, and to finalize a January peace deal between the Government and southern rebels that was his legacy.For more than two decades, Mr. Garang headed the southern-based Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). He signed a power-sharing peace deal with the Khartoum Government in January, which ended a 21-year civil war and led to his swearing in as Sudan’s first Vice-President only three weeks ago.UNMIS chief Jan Pronk will be travelling to the southern city of Juba tomorrow to attend Mr. Garang’s funeral on Saturday. Mr. Pronk announced yesterday that the Mission has offered its assistance in the expected investigation into the helicopter crash.In other news, UNMIS said that harassment of aid delivery vehicles continues in western Sudan’s troubled Darfur region, where conflict between the Government, allied militias and rebels that has killed at least 180,000 people and driven 2 million more from their homes in the past two and a half years.In one incident, a UN World Food Programme (WFP) truck was stopped by armed men and the contents of the truck, including significant quantities of wheat and sugar, were looted, the Mission said. read more

Group led by Essar shareholders says its bidding for US Steel Canada

Group led by Essar shareholders says it’s bidding for U.S. Steel Canada HAMILTON – A consortium led by Essar Global shareholders is making an offer to buy U.S. Steel Canada, formerly known as Stelco, which has been seeking a buyer under a lengthy court-supervised process.The Ontario Steel Investments group hasn’t announced what it would pay for the business, which has its operations in southern Ontario at Hamilton and Nanticoke.However, Ontario Steel says it’s offering to assume $954 million of employer liabilities under Stelco’s pension plans and a commitment to contribute $25 million per year towards “post-retirement” benefits for both active and retired employees.The same group has also offered to buy Essar Steel Algoma Inc. in Sault Ste. Marie, in northern Ontario.Both offers would require an agreement with the United Steelworkers, which has current and retired members at both Ontario steel companies.U.S. Steel Canada has been operating under protection from the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act since September 2014. One of the biggest issues is the cost of U.S. Steel Canada’s legacy pension obligations for unionized employees. by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 9, 2016 8:28 am MDT Last Updated Aug 9, 2016 at 11:42 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Womens volleyball Ohio State to play homeandhome with Notre Dame after Hurricane

Members of OSU women’s volleyball team celebrate after a point during a match against Nebraska on Oct. 14 at St. John Arena. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Former Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team was meant to compete in the Coastal Carolina Classic in Conway, South Carolina, this weekend. However, the tournament has been cancelled due to severe weather warnings of Hurricane Irma which may affect the area over the weekend.Ohio State will instead be hosting Notre Dame on Friday at 7 p.m., who will then host the Buckeyes on Sunday at 1 p.m., due to Hurricane Irma threats in South Carolina.The Buckeyes and Fighting Irish were two of the four teams scheduled to take part in the South Carolina tournament. Florida International and Coastal Carolina, the host, were the other two teams in the tournament.Although admission to both matches will be free, Ohio State will be collecting cash donations at Friday night’s game for the Red Cross hurricane relief fund. read more

Atlas Copco launches Green Line electric load and haul range

first_imgAtlas Copco is launching a unified range of underground loaders and trucks with electricity as the primary power source. The new range, introduced as ‘The Green Line’, includes seven products: two electric underground trucks, four electric underground loaders and a new portable generator. The statement said: “The underground mining industry is currently facing numerous challenges regarding energy efficiency, carbon emissions and environmental footprints. To help meet these demands, Atlas Copco is now offering a complete ‘green’ range of underground electric trucks and loaders, making the company the world’s leading supplier of low-emission underground mining equipment.”“With these new products, we are ready to be part of the global solution for reduced environmental impact”, said David Shellhammer, President, Underground Rock Excavation division at Atlas Copco. “We are especially proud to be the only supplier of underground electric trucks, and I believe this development marks the beginning of a change in the mining industry.” The range of electric underground loaders consists of two new loaders – the Electric Scooptram EST1030 and EST14 – in addition to the existing Electric Scooptram models EST2D and EST3.5 – all 100% diesel emission-free. “By replacing a 10 t diesel loader with the Atlas Copco Electric Scooptram EST1030 you can actually lower your annual emissions equal to 140 cars”, said Erik Svedlund, Product Manager at Atlas Copco. “Besides the fact that the electric loaders don’t consume any diesel, they require a minimum of ventilation.”Built on the successful Atlas Copco Scooptram platform and driven with highly efficient electric motors, the new loaders consume less energy, generate less heat and have a lower noise level than diesel loaders. The result is lower running costs, less environmental impact and a better working environment, says the group. A new portable generator, the Gentrail GT325, simplifies transportation of the electric Scooptram loader, which becomes a one-man-job. With a tramming capacity ranging from 3.6 t up to 14 t, there is a size for every application.The new electric underground trucks, Electric Minetruck EMT35 and EMT50, with a load capacity of 35 and 50 t respectively, are about twice as fast as any diesel truck in that capacity range, said the company. Erik Svedlund explained: “Looking at the cost per tonne, using an electric underground truck can almost double the productivity while decreasing the total cost of ownership by up to 50%.” At the same time, the electric trucks reduce energy consumption by up to 70%. High efficiency electric motors drive the axles directly, minimising transmission losses. Regenerative braking returns the energy to the grid meaning that about 30 % of the energy consumed up the ramp is regenerated going back down.last_img read more

Kristjan Andresson to replace Jacobsen on RNLs bench in 2019

Kristjan AndressonRhein Neckar Lowen The Swedish national team head-coach Kristjan Andresson will replace Nikolaj Jacobsen in Rhein Neckar Lowen at the start of the season 2019/2020.The 37-years old Icelander will join German team at the end of Jacobsen’s contract with the Lions in summer 2019. He will work in dual function until summer 2020, when his contract with Sweden will come to an end.Andresson signed three years contract which will keep him in Mannheim until 2022. ← Previous Story NO MERCY FOR DAGUR: Germany with two convincing wins conclude Japanese journey Next Story → Two Serbs joins Istres and Cesson Rennes

Plan sida un dépistage généralisé et volontaire peutêtre mis en place

first_imgPlan sida : un dépistage généralisé et volontaire peut-être mis en placeParis, France – La ministre de la Santé a révélé la deuxième mouture de son Plan sida 2010/2014. Celui-ci propose notamment la généralisation du dépistage volontaire de la séropositivité.C’est au quotidien Libération que Roselyne Bachelot a exposé les premières pistes de son Plan sida pour les années à venir. Ainsi, pour la première fois dans le pays, les autorités sanitaires pourraient bien dès décembre 2010 proposer directement à la population de passer un test afin de lui faire connaître son statut sérologique. Et Le Parisien de noter que jusqu’à aujourd’hui, les professionnels de santé ne proposent le test qu’aux individus ayant eu un comportement dit “à risque”. En l’absence de risque, il incombe à chaque personne de mener à bien la démarche du dépistage.La mise en place d’un tel dispositif a été imaginé après que le nombre de personnes contaminées sans le savoir a été estimé à 50.000. Le gouvernement pourrait consacrer un milliard d’euro sur 5 ans à la mise en place de cette nouvelle mesure. Pour Marie-George Buffet, cette annonce est une bonne nouvelle. Elle a d’ailleurs déclaré à ce sujet : “Je me félicite de cette mesure qui intervient après plusieurs années de déficit de prévention. Porté par l’ensemble des associations de lutte contre le sida, le dépistage généralisé va permettre de faire reculer la contamination induite par les personnes qui ne se savent pas porteuses du virus”. Du côté du Conseil national du sida, on est plus réservé, pointant du doigt les contradictions du texte. Le 7 octobre 2010 à 09:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

People urged to construct IHLs in Mahbubnagar

first_imgMahbubnagar: District Collector Ronald Rose took part in the Swachh Bharat programme at Boinpally village of Midjil mandal on Friday. Later, he visited the Mandal Parishad High School in Indiranagar Colony in Jadcherla and distributed books to school students sponsored by an NGO Ananth Venkatram Reddy Seva Samithi.Speaking on the occasion, the District Collector said, “State government is providing all necessary facilities in government schools and the students must utilise them.” Earlier, the Collector, who participated in the Swachh Bharat programme urged people to construct Individual household Latrines (IHHLs) for which the State and Central governments were providing financial aid. He said by keeping the surroundings clean and green, people can lead a healthy life and keep the diseases at bay.last_img read more

Laura Jude Gardner Pioneering Engineer and Businesswoman Dies at 72

first_imgLaura Jude Gardner, the second Black woman hired as a systems engineer at IBM in Baltimore and one of the founding members of the legendary Gatsby’s nightclub, died Jan. 5 at her Sutton Place home in Bolton Hill of natural causes. She was 72.Laura Jude Gardner was a scientist, pioneering engineer and nightclub owner. (Courtesy Photo)Gardner was born May 13, 1945 to George L. Jude, a former advertising manager at the AFRO and Vashti M. Jude, a Baltimore City Public Schools teacher.After Gardner graduated from Morgan State College in 1967 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mathematics, and subsequently obtained  her Master’s degree in Physical Science at Morgan. After graduating from Morgan, Gardner went to work for IBM, where she was the second Black woman hired at the company as a systems engineer. But, despite the prestigious position, she found herself seeking more.“She was a very interesting person, she lived a very eclectic life,” said Elise Jude Mason, Gardner’s sister. Early on during her career at IBM, she connected with two colleagues at the company and the trio decided to venture into another career; the entertainment business.“I think for them, they had been at IBM for a while. They were making good money, but they weren’t passionate about it. That’s when they did it…that’s when Gatsby’s was born,” said Mason, alluding to Gardner and her partners pooling their resources and starting the legendary Gatsby’s disco and supper club in the early 1980’s. On the first floor of the club was the disco, where some of the top DJ’s in the city performed and upstairs was a supper club. Gatsby’s attracted some of the top music acts of the era including Gloria Gaynor and Phyllis Hyman.“Her first love was that Gatsby’s experience,” Mason said.Gardner and her partners also were owners of the Ritz nightclub, which occupied the old Playboy club on Light St., in downtown Baltimore, which attracted partygoers from Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and other locations in the Mid-Atlantic. “After disco died, it (ownership of Gatsby’s and the Ritz), became financially unsustainable,” according to Mason.After Gatsby’s and the Ritz closed, Gardner moved to Jamaica for a period of time. Years later, in 1998 she obtained a second Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.She later began another career, this time as an educator teaching in the Baltimore City Public Schools for 17 years. Gardner taught science to students at the Laurence G. Pacquin School, as well as Booker T. Washington Middle School until her retirement in 2015.Gardner was an accomplished graphic artist, a skilled writer, she enjoyed travel and was a member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.She leaves to mourn: her sister Elise Jude Mason, an attorney; her nephew Fred D. Mason, III, an architect; two grand nephews and many first and second cousins.last_img read more

2 held with 32 kg charas from IndoNepal border

first_imgDarjeeling: Two persons, including a citizen of Nepal were arrested from the Indo-Nepal border and Charas recovered in a joint operation by Sashastra Seema Bal, 41st Bn and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).In another incident, a similar joint operation by the SSB, 17th Bn and the NCB in Falakata two persons were arrested and Ganja seized from their possession.Based on a tip off, two persons were apprehended from Dudhghat area under the Khoribari police station area on Thursday night. Ganesh Tamang, a Nepali citizen and Luka Sherpa, a resident of Kalimpong were arrested. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life3.2 kg of Charas was seized from them along with four debit cards, three mobile phones and Indian, Nepali and Bhutanese currency were recovered from their possession.During the interrogation, it was revealed that the Charas was being smuggled from Nepal to Kolkata through Siliguri. Police have initiated an investigation.In another incident, NCB and SSB apprehended a Bolero pickup van at Falakata in the Alipurduar district on Friday morning. 322 kg of Ganja was recovered from the vehicle leading to the arrest of one Naren Dutta and Namal Saikia, both from Assam.The consignment was being brought from Senapati district of Manipur and was to be delivered in Siliguri.last_img read more

Dell Laptops Now Do More with iPhones Than Even Macs Do

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Oscars producers say the show is in good shape f

first_imgOscars producers say the show is in ‘good shape’ for Sunday “Hollywood|Academy Awards|entertainment|film|oscars AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Leading up to the renowned show, the Oscars and the Academy have been under immense scrutinyOrganizers say they are ready for Sunday’s show, despite criticism from the public and peers by LINDSEY BAHR, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Posted Feb 21, 2019 8:24 pm PDT FILE – In this Feb. 21, 2015, file photo, an Oscar statue appears outside the Dolby Theatre for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Academy Awards producers Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss say that the 91st Oscars are in good shape for Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. In an interview with The Associated Press Thursday, both said they are feeling confident about the look, the flow and the presenters, which include A-listers and legends like Barbra Streisand, and even a few from outside of the movie business, like Serena Williams. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Academy Awards producers Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss have been hearing the same question a lot recently: Are you OK?It’s an understandable query. Producing the Oscars is guaranteed to be a stressful job, but the road to the 91st Academy Awards, which will take place on Sunday, has been unusually bumpy, and public.RELATED: ‘Roma’ producer could make history at the Oscars“We’re good! We’re good!” Gigliotti said while laughing Thursday afternoon. “Did we look like cadavers yesterday?”Both have been working out of the Dolby Theatre, where hundreds of people are making sure everything is ready by Sunday night when the show airs live in more than 225 countries and territories.But beyond the physical preparation, in the months leading up to the renowned show they and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have been under immense scrutiny from the public and even peers for basically everything : The choice of a host, the choice to go host-less, the plan for which songs would be included in the broadcast and which awards categories would be aired live.Even the announcement that Queen and Adam Lambert would open the show was met with snark and sarcasm from some: They were worried about the excess time it would take for the cinematography winner to get to the stage and now there’s going to be a potentially six-plus-minute Queen performance of a song that isn’t even nominated?Oh, and they’re also on the hook to save the show from declining ratings (last year’s hit a record low of 26.5 million people, down 20 percent from the previous year) and keep the ABC broadcast to a trim three hours. No pressure, right?RELATED: At the Oscars, some songwriters are left in the darkBut Gigliotti and Weiss, who is also directing the show, aren’t sweating.“I think that the show is in very good shape,” Gigliotti said. “We feel good about the way it is flowing, looking (and) our presenters.”The film academy has announced a massive roster of celebrity talent that will be joining the show: Barbra Streisand, Michael B. Jordan, Tina Fey, Charlize Theron and Michael Keaton are just a few of the confirmed presenters. They’re also bringing out well-known figures from outside the film world, like Serena Williams, Congressman John Lewis and chef Jose Andres to help present some of the best picture nominees.One thing that’s given them confidence is how successful many of the eight best picture nominees have been this year. Conventional wisdom is that the more popular the nominated films are, the more viewers will tune in (one of the highest-rated years was when “Titanic” won).″(The nominations) kind of go to the heart of what we were trying to do with this show, which was put a spotlight on films with worldwide success that have had a cultural impact,” Gigliotti said, noting “Black Panther,” ″Bohemian Rhapsody,” ″BlacKkKlansman” and “Green Book.”Getting Queen to perform on the show was also something they said they discussed very early on.“We thought it was an exciting way to open the show with a lot of energy,” Gigliotti said.Also, “Bohemian Rhapsody” was a massive hit worldwide, earning over $100 million in Japan alone. It just made sense for a show hoping to attract a global audience.They aren’t looking to set a host-free Oscars precedent, and say that big picture, not much has changed for their overall vision for the show.“As with any other show, moments change along the way,” Weiss said. “But the big overlying arc of where we’re going is pure to when we first met months ago.”Winners are still going to have a 90-second clock running from the time their name is called to the time the orchestra is signaled to start playing them off, but Gigliotti says that they’ll make judgment calls if something extraordinary is happening on stage that lasts a bit longer.RELATED: What will win best picture? It’s a maddeningly close raceWeiss said there’s a misnomer that they want to cut people off.“Nobody wants to do it,” he said. “Our job, make no mistake about it, is to honor them, not antagonize them. We hope that everybody works toward that same end.” And also to try to let an east coast audience go to bed by 11 p.m. knowing what the best picture winner is.They’ve been aware of the chatter on social media, but say they’re not ruffled by it.“Everybody’s got an opinion,” Gigliotti said. “It’s interesting. You sort of listen to people. But my doorman, I tell you, he’s got an opinion. And he thinks it’s a good thing that we’re going without a host.”As for what a successful show will look like, Weiss confidently said, “Watch Sunday night.”After the show is finished, Gigliotti has offered to help plan Weiss’ honeymoon (the two live three blocks away from one another in New York). Weiss famously proposed to his girlfriend at the Emmys last year while accepting an award — which, incidentally, clocked in at nearly three minutes and was also easily the most memorable moment of the show — but hasn’t had time to focus on much but the Oscars.“You’re not the only woman in my life who thinks that,” Weiss joked.___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahr___For full coverage of the Oscars, visit: https://apnews.com/AcademyAwards Related Stories ‘Roma’ producer could make history at the OscarsAt the Oscars, some songwriters are left in the darkWhat will win best picture? It’s a maddeningly close race’Black Panther’ designer Ruth Carter on her start, Spike Lee Summarylast_img read more

Electricity price hikes highest in the EU

first_imgCyprus household electricity prices rose 22 per cent rise in the 12 months to June, the biggest increase in the EU, according to the EU’s statistical agency, Eurostat.Across the EU member states, the highest increase in household electricity prices in national currency between the first half of 2016 and the first half of 2017 was registered in Cyprus followed by Greece at 12.8 per cent.Belgium was third with 10 per cent, followed by Poland, 6.9 per cent, Sweden, 5.5 per cent, and Spain, 5.1 per cent.Across the EU, household electricity prices fell slightly, -0.5 per cent on average, between the first half of 2016 and the first half of 2017, reaching €20.4 per 100 kWh.The most noticeable drops were observed in Italy, -11.2 per cent, Croatia, -10.2 per cent, and Lithuania, -9.3 per cent.Household electricity prices in the first half of 2017 ranged from below €10 per 100 kWh in Bulgaria, to more than €30 per 100 kWh in Denmark and Germany.Expressed in euro, average household electricity prices in the first half of 2017 were lowest in Bulgaria, €9.6 per 100 kWh, Lithuania, €11.2, and Hungary, €11.3. The highest were recorded in Denmark and Germany, both €30.5, followed by Belgium, €28.0. In Cyprus it was €18.6.The average electricity price in the EU was €20.4 per 100 kWhYou May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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