Gundula Azeez, policy manager for the Soil Association

first_imgWe breathed a sigh of relief at the Chief Medical Officer’s recent intervention to stall the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) proposal to fortify bread with folic acid.The move was triggered by a review in the British Journal of Nutrition. This found it was wrong of the FSA to assume folic acid would behave the same as the natural form of the B vitamin, folate.It turns out that unmetabolised folic acid appears in the body after eating just one slice of fortified bread and then accumulates as more is eaten. This is a huge concern, as many negative effects are associated with unmetabolised folic acid: cancer, mental decline in the elderly, more multiple births among women having fertility treatment (which have higher health risks), and reduced success of anti-folate drug treatment.These surely outweigh the tiny predicted reduction in neural tube defects (NTD) – 22-36 fewer NTD births each year, plus up to 110 fewer terminations – that was the sole objective of fortification.It is worrying how the FSA’s ’science-based’ proposal was actually based on assumptions. This seems to be a repeat of the situation with other vitamins, where natural and artificial nutrient sources were wrongly assumed to have the same effects.last_img read more

Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic: Free live YouTube stream from Ladies European Tour | Golf News

first_imgThe stream will offer three hours of live coverage from each round from 3pm through to 6pm, getting under way on Wednesday and concluding on Friday evening.Sky Sports subscribers are able to sign in here to watch all the action.Click on the video above to watch our free live stream from the LPGA Drive On Championship! – Advertisement – – Advertisement – November 4, 2020, 3:00pmLive on Live Ladies European Tour Golf – Advertisement – The tournament takes place over the Faldo Course at The Emirates Golf Club, which was redesigned under the expertise of the six-time major winner and reopened in 2006.A feature of the event is that much of it will be played under floodlights, increasing the emphasis on good course management for the 56 players in the field.center_img Sky Sports YouTube channel offers live coverage from one of the biggest events on the Ladies European Tour, with former world No 1 Lydia Ko competing against the likes of Georgia Hall and Charley Hull. By Sky Sports GolfLast Updated: 04/11/20 2:20pm The Ladies European Tour heads to warmer climes this week, with a strong field assembled for the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic, and live coverage is available for free via Sky Sports’ live YouTube stream.Former world No 1 Lydia Ko headlines the field which also includes a host of Solheim Cup stars, including Georgia Hall, Charley Hull, Bronte Law, Celine Boutier and Alison Lee. – Advertisement – England's Georgia Hall is also in action this week England's Georgia Hall is also in action this week

FIFA report details spending of Blatter era

first_imgThe former president largely used the money in his account to fund the “Blatter Foundation” in his home town of Viege, Switzerland.“There appears to have been little oversight over these accounts though they were accounted for in FIFA’s financial records,” says the report.Between 2006 and 2014, “a high-ranking FIFA official”, who was Blatter, gave “over $2.5 million to numerous institutions, charitable organisations, and his home town.”The report also highlights black-market sales of match tickets and the possibility of abusing the unsupervised funding of FIFA’s global development programmes.The report welcomes a series of measures recommended by the reform committee on which Infantino served before his election, adopted by FIFA in February 2016.“Considerable improvements have been made, or are in the process of being made, in the areas of governance, committees, compliance, finance, compensation policy, commercialisation of rights, funding for global football development, selection of the FIFA World Cup host, and ticketing operations,” the report says.Yet FIFA still faces criticism from outside after replacing the leaders of its ethics in committee, Hans Joachim-Eckert and Cornel Borbely, and sacking Miguel Maduro just eight months after he was appointed chairman of the governance committee.Maduro told a British parliamentary committee that Infantino interfered with the committee’s work, ignored rules and ultimately sacked him in order to maintain power.On Wednesday, the Council of Europe in Strasbourg was debating sports governance and a report by MEP Anne Brasseur from Luxembourg, chair of it sports committee, which asserts that FIFA has not changed under Infantino.The BDO report was more optimistic.“These reforms and improvements are still being completed, even though a wide range of measures has already been implemented. Many of the reforms described herein are unique in the world of sports governance and may also serve as a model for other sports organisations,” the report said.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Sepp Blatter looks on with fake dollars note flying around him thrown by a protester during a press conference at the football’s world body headquarter’s on July 20, 2015 in Zurich. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINILausanne, Switzerland | AFP | A copy of a report seen by AFP into the state of FIFA commissioned by Gianni Infantino after his election as president shines a light on the murky ways of the old regime at world football’s governing body.The 98-page “Progress at FIFA – Status Report” gives details of lavish spending, particularly by Sepp Blatter, the former president, and Jerome Valcke, his Secretary General, who had a taste for private jets and unjustified expenses.The report covers the period from 2006 to 2015, the year the FIFA corruption scandal exploded, and was put together by Swiss audit company BDO who submitted it in October last year, though it has remained confidential.BDO highlighted the lack of “a clear set of rules and regulations concerning expense reimbursement” resulting in payments “that would not be permitted under today’s guidelines.”Without giving any names, the report says “two former members of the FIFA Executive Committee were reimbursed for expenses in the aggregate amount of over $780,000 (632,000 euros) and $390,000, respectively, incurred during only one year.”Over a five-year period, “a former high-ranking FIFA official was reimbursed for travel expenses in the total amount of over $300,000.” According to a source close to the report who was interviewed by AFP, that official was Worawi Makudi of Thailand, who has been suspended for five years for other misdeeds.The late Chuck Blazer, an American member of the FIFA Executive Committee until he was accused of corruption in 2013 and turned FBI informer, is also singled out.Even though he was skimming millions of dollars from television rights contracts as a US court heard last year, Blazer did not scorn smaller scams. Having attended two FIFA events at the same venue a few days apart, Blazer was reimbursed for two return flights even though he had only made one. The non-existent extra tickets cost $13,000.The son of a former member of the Executive Committee obtained $15,000 in compensation and expenses for a FIFA event which his father did not attend. The source identified the father as the late Isaac Sasso Sasso, from Costa Rica, who, according to FIFA, had one son, Alfredo.– Millions on jets –The audit also highlights the lack of any “approval process for the use of private jets,” particularly by Valcke, who has since been suspended by FIFA.FIFA spent an average of US $4.9 million per year on jets 2010 and 2014, and $7.9 million in 2014 alone.In 2016, the first year of Infantino’s reign, “spending on private jet flights dropped by 88 percent” compared to 2010-14, said the report.Until 2014, Blatter and Valcke each had sole control of an account into which FIFA paid money for them to donate to charities and organisations of their choice.last_img read more

Pogba pushing for Man Utd start after France starring role

first_imgAnd that game also featured an assist from the Manchester United man, something he has failed to provide for his club for two-and-a-half months.At the heart of Pogba’s problems with United lies the issue of which system favours the Frenchman, with the player himself known to prefer a 4-3-3 approach that allows him to focus on his attacking, ahead of his defensive, talents.However his club manager has been reluctant to adopt that formation, on a regular basis at least, with Pogba usually used in front of his back four, a fact that explains why he has scored just three times this season and has not hit the net for United for well over four months.Mourinho possibly has bigger issues with which to contend after United players returned from the international break this week to prepare for their first club fixture in two weeks against Swansea.The United manager launched an astonishing verbal tirade against his players after the FA Cup tie, accusing them of showing “a lack of personality, lack of class and lack of desire” despite a comfortable 2-0 win.Only midfielders Nemanja Matic and McTominay, playing in place of Pogba, were spared Mourinho’s wrath and the United boss faces a stern test of his man-management skills to ensure there is no residual effect from that public humiliation of his stars.Former England left-back Luke Shaw, substituted at half-time of the Brighton game, bore the brunt of Mourinho’s anger and the United manager will be hoping Ashley Young recovers from the knee injury he sustained playing for Gareth Southgate’s team against Italy on Tuesday in order to replace his team-mate against Swansea.Share on: WhatsApp Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Jose Mourinho’s strained relations with Manchester United’s record signing Paul Pogba will again come under close scrutiny when the Premier League returns from its international break this weekend.Mourinho’s side, out of action for two weeks since winning an FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton, face struggling Swansea at Old Trafford on Saturday, with the United manager forced to decide whether to recall the French international to his line-up.Pogba has been left out of the starting XI by Mourinho for United’s past three games, a shocking turn of events given that run has included a cup quarter-final, a vital Champions League tie against Sevilla and a high-profile Premier League meeting with fierce local rivals Liverpool.But the 25-year-old’s struggle to find consistent form, plus an obvious difficulty on Mourinho’s part to fit him into a system that suits his style of play, has seen Pogba reach what appears to be a crossroads in his career under the Portuguese manager.Should Mourinho retain his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation against Swansea, the decision about his starting line-up may be aided by the fact that young Scotland international Scott McTominay, who has played in Pogba’s position for two of those past three fixtures, has returned from international duty with a calf injury.Pogba strengthened his claims for a recall, turning in an impressive performance for France in their 3-1 friendly victory against World Cup hosts Russia in St Petersburg in midweek.In keeping with the inconsistent nature of his season, however, he had been left out of the previous World Cup warm-up game, against Colombia.– Pogba goal –The win in Russia included a free-kick goal from Pogba, the first time he has hit the net since scoring for United in the 4-1 Premier League win over Newcastle in mid-November.last_img read more

Broward County firefighter murder suspects linked to attempted murder in Lantana

first_imgThree men linked to the murder of an off-duty firefighter are expected to appear in court on Saturday.The Broward County Sheriff’s said the suspects were also involved in an attempted murder, which occurred the same evening.BSO worked closely with the Lantana Police Department to identify the suspects and link them to each crime.The suspects have been identified as Torrey Holston, 19, of West Palm Beach, Marco Rico, 32, of Royal Palm Beach, and Jose Garcia Romero, 20, of Greenacres.Holston was taken into custody on Thursday, according to BSO.Marco Rico, 32, of Royal Palm Beach, and Jose Garcia Romero, 20, of Greenacres, were arrested Friday on an attempted murder charge.BSO identified Holston as the alleged shooter and Romero and Rico as suspected accomplices in the murder of 39-year-old firefighter and paramedic Christopher Randazzo.They are facing multiple charges, including first-degree murder, armed robbery, and conspiracy.It is unclear what charges the suspects will face in the separate attempted murder case at this time.Related content:Arrests Made in Murder of Broward County Firefighterlast_img read more

Mother of missing 5-year-old arrested

first_imgThe Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has announced that they have arrested Brianna Williams, the mother of a 5-year-old girl who was reported missing on November 6th.Williams was arrested Tuesday afternoon, several hours after officials located human remains in a wooded area in Alabama.The remains were found between Demopolis and Linden, Alabama, where Williams is known to have family and friends.Officials say Williams initially told them that she woke up in their home in Jacksonville around 7:00 am on the 6th and found the backdoor was unlocked and that her daughter, Taylor was nowhere to be found.Shortly after giving her statement, Williams stopped cooperating with investigators and eventually was named a suspect in her daughter’s disappearance.While the human remains have not yet been identified as the 5-year-old girl, authorities say there are many clues that lead them to believe it is her.Human remains found in search for missing 5-year-old Jacksonville girl During the press conference, it was announced that Williams has been arrested for child neglect and making false statements.Williams is currently being held at a hospital after an overdose. She is said to be in serious condition.Officials say it appears that the 27-year-old ingested something, however, it is unclear if it was intentional.last_img read more

Execution of Rodney Reed delayed indefinitely

first_imgThe execution of the Texas man convicted of brutally raping and murdering 19-year-old Stacey Stites in 1996 has been delayed indefinitely.Rodney Reed, 51, will no longer be put to death by the state on November 20.The news was confirmed by Reed’s legal team, the innocence project on Friday.Reed’s legal team argued investigators failed to disclose crucial information that could have proved their innocence.The court determined the claims need to be reviewed and remanded the case back to the trial court.Reed, who maintains his innocence has been on death row for 21 years.Reed’s semen found inside Stites, which led to his arrest and appeared to be the ‘smoking gun’ in his 1998 murder trial.Reed initially denied knowing the victim to police but later said the two were involved in a secret affair and that he had sex with her the day before she died.Reed said he did not disclose the affair initially because he was afraid of Stites’ fiancé, Jimmy Fennell, who was a police officer at the time.Reed’s former attorneys listed Stites’ fiancé as an alternative suspect during his trial in 1998.But a jury which consisted of all-white men and women did not find it credible and opted convict Reed.Fennell, who has denied any involvement in Stites murder, served ten years in prison on unrelated charges of improper sexual conduct and kidnapping.New DNA forensics and 11 witnesses have come forward with alleged evidence that not only links Fennell to the murder but prove Reed’s innocence.Despite this, Stites’ family members still believe Reed is responsible for her murder.Just days before Reed’s granted stay of execution, the victim’s sister, Crystal Hefley, sat down for an exclusive interview with CrimeOnline, where she reiterated her family’s beliefs.“With no doubt, Rodney Reed murdered my sister, Heftley said.Heftley also told CrimeOnline that her sister never mentioned Reed and that she was obsessed with her upcoming wedding to Fennell.Reed’s story has gained national attention, and he has gained support from celebrities, including Beyonce, Meek Mill, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian-West, and more.Kardashian-West met with Reed on Friday and was with him when he learned an appeals court granted him an indefinite stay of execution.It is unclear at this time what is next for Reed.last_img read more

Puerto Rico Hit By Another Strong Earthquake

first_imgA 5.2 magnitude earthquake rattled Puerto Rico Wednesday morning. It’s the latest of a series of constant earthquakes that have struck the region this month. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the latest earthquake occurred near Guanica. Seismologists in southern Puerto Rico are studying recently buried sensors they hope will reveal answers behind the constant and unusual shaking in the region that has terrified residents.More than 1,280 earthquakes have hit Puerto Rico’s southern region since Dec. 28, more than two dozen of them magnitude 4.5 or greater, according to the USGS.Among them is a 6.4 magnitude quake that hit on Jan. 7, killing one person and injuring nine others.last_img

Governor DeSantis Touts New Education Standards, as Unemployment Decreases

first_imgThe West Palm Beach area’s unemployment rate is even lower, at 2.7 percent.About 198,200 private-sector jobs were created in the state over the year, according to the governor’s office. The state’s annual private-sector job growth rate of 2.5 percent also continues to exceed the national average at 1.5 percent. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced new education standards last week, a year after vowing to eliminate the remainder of the controversial Common Core standards.“The new plan is done. It is going through the final editing process,” the governor said during a news conference in Naples.He did not offer details about the new plan, which will be called the BEST Standards. However, according to a summary document released by the Florida Department of Education, the standards include changes to the way in which students will learn math and American history moving forward. It also reduces the amount of testing.In addition, the standards will eliminate “crazy math” that DeSantis says is currently an obstacle for parents who wanted to help students with homework. Civics will be “embedded” into language-arts lessons at all grade levels, and the document says a “civics book list” will be used across all grades.“I wanted to make sure we had a renewed emphasis on American civics and understanding the principles that make America great,” DeSantis added.The Common Core standards, which were developed by officials in 48 states, have been criticized by Republican voters.Six years ago, the State Board of Education adopted the “Florida Standards,” which involved making changes to Common Core.DeSantis’ BEST Standards, which stands for Benchmark for Excellent Student Thinking, still needs approval from the State Board of Education. When it is adopted, the language-arts curriculum is expected to be updated for the 2021-2022 year, while the math curriculum would be updated for the 2022-2023 year, according to the Department of Education.Meanwhile, DeSantis also announced on Friday that the Sunshine State’s unemployment rate is as at a record low, decreasing to 3 percent in December.In addition, 220,000 Floridians have entered the workforce over the past year, according to a news release from the governor’s office.last_img read more

Man arrested after disturbing video shows him abusing a dog in elevator

first_imgA 21-year-old man was caught on video abusing his friend’s dog in a Brickell elevator.Surveillance video footage showed Karim Ellaisy getting into the elevator with the 6-month-old Siberian Husky, shortly after the dog appeared to have had an accident and that’s when Ellaisy grabbed the dog by its leash and slammed him into a wall before throwing punches repeatedly.Ellaisy was arrested during the last week of January, and is being charged with animal cruelty.According to reports Ellaisy bonded out, and is expected back in court on Feb. 28.last_img