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Film asks why meat-industry pollution gets ignored

‘Cowspiracy’ challenges mainstream environmental groups to take on diet’s influence on the planet. Stop reading now. Don’t watch this film. If a powerful global industry has its way, that’s what you’ll do. Because if you keep reading or – worse yet – go to the theater and watch the documentary “Cowspiracy,” you’ll be exposed to a dirty little secret of modern environmental politics. In this new film, screening Thursday in South Portland and Oct. 20 in Bangor, filmmakers Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn begin their investigative journey with a simple question: Why do mainstream environmental groups such as Greenpeace, the Rainforest Action Network and the Sierra Club ignore one of the world’s worst polluters, the animal agriculture industry? Or more to the point: Why don’t these groups campaign against hamburgers and hot dogs? How come they don’t promote plant-based, vegetarian meals? Andersen, who narrates “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret” and conducts the on-camera interviews, told me by phone from his office in Santa Rosa, California, that before he and Kuhn decided to produce the film, he tried to find the answers as “an everyday citizen.” But he got nowhere. “I felt like the only way to ever get through to them was by saying, ‘I’m doing a film on sustainability,’ ” Andersen said. And although Greenpeace...  

Budget 2015: Aviation Industry Hopes For Support in Tourism Sector

Details Published on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:20 AviationKUALA LUMPUR -- Industry players in the aviation sector are optimistic the government would continue growing the tourism industry as it would have a positive spillover effect on the airline business. HLIB Research Analyst Daniel Wong said the 2015 Budget, slated to be announced on Oct 10, would likely focus more on the tourism industry as the government would want to push this sector forward against the backdrop of the MH370 and MH17 incidents. "There will likely be announcements of more grants or loans to boost the tourism industry, given the sector's strong Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contribution to the country," he told Bernama. However, he noted that the tourism industry and aviation sector's growth would go hand-in-hand. The Malaysia Economic Impact Report 2013 said the travel and tourism industry contributed RM158.2 billion or 16.1 per cent to the GDP and created 1,857,490 jobs, including those indirectly supported by the sector. Investments in the travel and tourism industry totalled RM20.7 billion or 7.7 per cent of total investments last year and was projected to rise by 5.1 per cent this year. Meanwhile, aviation tycoon, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said industry players have worked hard to build a thriving tourism industry and he hoped the government would continue to flourish the industry. "Whatever that can be done to aid tourism will be a good investment because the industry is a great job creator. "We h...  

Anderlecht vs. Borussia Dortmund, 2014 UEFA Champions League: Team news ...

Alex Grimm Dortmund can take control of Group D with a win over Anderlecht in Belgium. Borussia Dortmund are a walking M.A.S.H unit at the moment as they travel to Belgium to face Anderlecht. Jürgen Klopp is quickly running out of attacking players with Marco Reus, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Nuri Sahin  and Henrikh Mkhitaryan all sidelined with various injuries that will keep them all out for an extended amount of time. While BVB's depth has been virtually erased, they still remain a talented side with some dangerous attacking players at their disposal. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ciro Immobile and Shinji Kagawa are all likely to start on Wendesday, and assuming no one else gets hurt, it's a group that should give Anderlecht's defense problems. __6RodU0XGMqOpChhM_PAGE_CONTEXT_OPENX_AD_UNIT_563438__ The Belgians were not expected to be a factor in Group D, but thanks to their surprising draw against Galatasaray in their opening match, they are right in the mix early. If Anderlecht have any hope of escaping the group, or finishing third and moving on to the Europa League (a more realistic target), they need to take advantage of their home matches. Even a draw against Dortmund would be a great result for them. Key Player: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Dortmund) With Reus and Mkhitaryan sidelined, there is increased pressure on young Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to help be a creative force in the Dortmund attack. He's certainly capable of doing just that, along with scoring goals,...  

Forex - Dollar hits fresh 6-year peaks vs. yen

By Investing.comForexOct 01, 2014 06:47AM GMT Add a Comment Investing.comInvesting.com - The dollar rose to fresh six year peaks against the yen on Wednesday, and remained close to two year highs against the euro amid expectations that the Federal Reserve is on course to tighten monetary policy ahead of its peers in Japan and Europe.Dollar rises to fresh 6 year highs against weaker yen hit highs of 110.09, the most since August 2008, before retracing some of those gains to trade at 109.80, 0.16% higher for the day.In Japan, data on Wednesday showed that the Bank of Japan’s Tankan business confidence index ticked higher in September, but sentiment in the country’s service sector deteriorated.The report came a day after data showed that industrial output, consumer spending and salaries all fell in August.The weak data highlighted the diverging monetary policy stance between the Federal Reserve and the BoJ.The dollar has rallied against the yen and the euro in recent months, amid expectations that the Federal Reserve is growing closer to raising interest rates.The dollar shrugged off data on Tuesday showed that U.S. consumer confidence fell in September and another report showing that house prices rose less-than-expected in July.Investors were looking ahead to Friday’s nonfarm payrolls report amid expectations that it would show the U.S. economy added more than 200,000 jobs for a sixth successive month in August. was at 1.2622, not far from Tuesdayȁ...  

Foods That Destroy Your Immunity

A weak immune system can turn out to be a major problem. Constant viral attacks can make you weak from within and your immune system weaker. How constantly do you suffer from viral attacks? Do you get cold, cough and flu whenever the wind changes its direction? Does standing outside a water cooler and inhaling the cold air make your immune system go weak? All these are signs that you have a weak immune system.15 FOODS THAT BUILD IMMUNITYBut, is it natural to have a weak immune system or is it induced in some manner? For most cases, having a weak immune system is quite natural. You will see many people claiming they suffer from a weak immune system right from childhood.But, for some, it comes with the foods they consume and the atmosphere they live in. Yes, the environment does have a definite significance over your weak immune system. It does manage to harm your immune system.There are foods that tend to destroy your immune system as a whole. They are not just weakening it, but slowly getting it to the point of destruction. Here are some foods that destroy immunity. If you are consuming such foods, try to consume with caution. Take a look at these immunity bad foods. Sinful Indulgences for BreakfastWhile sinful indulgences are a complete no for your waistline, it is also a big no for your immune system. You may not believe this but having fatty and sinful indulgences like a caramel-based sweet pancake or something similar, that we take on as breakfast, can destroy your immun...  

Tap into Science

By: Sebastian Hedberg Grab a cold one, relax and learn something. Science on Tap is an event hosted at Blondies Food and Drink in Arcata on the first Wednesday of every month. It gives scientists a platform to speak on a variety of topics. Humboldt State professor C.D. Hoyle created Science on Tap in 2011 to encourage interaction between scientists and the local community. Hoyle is currently on sabbatical, so the event is managed by Christopher Harmon, an HSU chemistry professor. “It’s a lot of work to set up, but once I got use to it, it became much easier,” Harmon said. “The biggest problem is the fact I teach until 5 p.m. so I have to sprint to Blondies to set up.” With support from the community and Blondies owner Johanna Nagan, Science on Tap is now a Blondies staple. Despite the name, there is no age restriction. “We have people calling to ask when the next talk is. It is really exciting,” Hoyle said. On Wednesday Oct. 1, the event will host HSU professor Dr. Tyler Mitchell from 6:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m. Mitchell will discuss astrobiology and how it is more than a search for extraterrestrial life. “A lot of people have no idea of the subject or think it is only about finding extraterrestrial life. It’s about so much more than that,” Mitchell said. “It brings so many different fields together from biology to religion.” Mitchell received his undergrad at HS...  

New drug-delivery capsule may replace injections (w/video)

Posted: Oct 01, 2014 (Nanowerk News) Given a choice, most patients would prefer to take a drug orally instead of getting an injection. Unfortunately, many drugs, especially those made from large proteins, cannot be given as a pill because they get broken down in the stomach before they can be absorbed. To help overcome that obstacle, researchers at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have devised a novel drug capsule coated with tiny needles that can inject drugs directly into the lining of the stomach after the capsule is swallowed. In animal studies, the team found that the capsule delivered insulin more efficiently than injection under the skin, and there were no harmful side effects as the capsule passed through the digestive system. “This could be a way that the patient can circumvent the need to have an infusion or subcutaneous administration of a drug,” says Giovanni Traverso, a research fellow at MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, a gastroenterologist at MGH, and one of the lead authors of the paper, which appears in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences ("Microneedles for Drug Delivery via the Gastrointestinal Tract"). A schematic drawing of a microneedle pill with hollow needles. When the pill reaches the desired location in the digestive tract, the pH-sensitive coating surrounding the capsule dissolves, allowing the drug to be released through the microneedles. (Image: Christine Daniloff/MIT, b...  

Android L Build LRW87D on Nexus 5 in Action: Video Shows Enhanced ...

Android L build spotted running Nexus 5.Google Another day, another new build. The Chromium issue tracker has brought again a new build for Google's next Android iteration known as Android Lemon Meringue Pie (Android LMP). The build has been identified as LRW87D, which is freshly baked and spotted running on the fifth generation Nexus smartphone, codenamed hammerhead. The build was found from a thread of bug report about an issue of crashing videos. The video clip also shows Android L build LRW87D in action, reports Myce. Nav bar and status bar icons on Nexus 5 running Android L build LRW87D. Coming back to the build, the LRW87D is identified with a short build code, with the first letter of the code name standing for the Android release family. For example, the L in LRW87D stands for 'Lemon Meringue Pie'. The second letter is the branch code that allows Google to identify the code branch the build was made from. The next letter and the two digits, W87, represent the date code. The letter 'W' is Q3 2014 and two digits are the days within the quarter, so W87 is 25 September. The last letter of the code is the individual versions related to the same date code, hence 'D' is the fourth version of the day. The video with the leaked build in action shows the status and navigation bar of the Nexus 5. In the status bar there are icons and the smaller clock. In the nav bar there are navigation buttons.  These icons in Nexus 5 match with the ones we saw in the Nexu...  

WORLD'S BEST 'TIN-KOSONGS': Kit Siang slams Najib,Muhyiddin after M'sia ...

Malaysians woke up this morning to further and latest rebuttals to the Deputy Prime Minister and the Prime Minister's boasts of Malaysia as the “one of the world's best education system” and “world's best democracy”. Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's boast ...  

Jesuit takes control of Metro League volleyball race by sweeping Sunset

By Miles Vance | mvance@oregonian.com on September 30, 2014 10:58 p.m. BEAVERTON – There was little doubt that both the Jesuit and Sunset volleyball teams had Tuesday’s date circled in red ink.The top-ranked Crusaders entered the day – the date of its Metro League match against the Apollos at Jesuit High School – in sole possession of first place, while fifth-rated Sunset lurked close behind and still harbored hopes of winning at least part of the 2014 Metro crown.By day’s end, however, the Crusaders had turned that red ink into Jesuit green.Jesuit beat Sunset in three straight games, winning 25-20, 25-17, 25-8 to improve to 8-0 in league play (14-0 overall) and forge a two-match lead over both Sunset and Southridge.“Sunset’s always fun to play. It's always a challenging game,” said Jesuit sophomore middle blocker/outside hitter Kathryn Decker, one of her team’s kill leaders in the match. “I think we just really came together as a team, and every time we made a mistake, we just kind of regrouped and mentally got back together and played our game and focused on what we could do better.”“They’re a very talented team and we knew they were going to come out with energy and really want to try to beat us,” added Jesuit junior middle blocker Jasmine Gross, another of her team’s kill leaders against Sunset. “Once we got a feel for their blocking - which was really on point...  


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