Image of the Day: USNS Yukon, USS America RAS

first_img Authorities View post tag: Naval Image of the Day: USNS Yukon, USS America RAS View post tag: Image of the Day The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Yukon (T-AO 202) departs after transferring fuel to the future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) during an underway replenishment-at-sea. October 6, 2014 Follow @navaltoday View post tag: News by topic View post tag: americascenter_img View post tag: Navy America is the first ship of its class, replacing the Tarawa-class of amphibious assault ships and is scheduled to be commissioned Oct. 11 in San Francisco.[mappress]Press Release, October 06, 2014; Image: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Huey D. Younger Jr. View post tag: RAS Back to overview,Home naval-today Image of the Day: USNS Yukon, USS America RAS View post tag: USNS Yukon View post tag: USS America Share this articlelast_img read more

Stage Version of 1984 Heading to Broadway

first_img 1984 Big Brother is coming to Broadway. The 2017-2018 Broadway season will kick off with the London production of 1984. Adapted from George Orwell’s chilling 1949 novel, Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s stage version is set to open at the Hudson Theatre on June 22.Following the 2016 election, the novel 1984 has recently skyrocketed on bestseller lists. The story is set in a dystopian future where critical thought is suppressed by a totalitarian government. There have been two film versions of the novel: one in 1956 that starred Edmond O’Brien and Michael Redgrave another in the year 1984 that starred John Hurt and Richard Burton. This production of 1984 was originally produced in the U.K. by Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse, and the Almeida Theatre, London. The stage adaptation has had four lauded runs in the U.K. Scott Rudin and Sonia Friedman will produce the Broadway transfer.The creative team for the Broadway production consists of scenic and costume designer Chloe Lamford, lighting designer Natasha Chivers, sound designer Tom Gibbons and video designer Tim Reid.Casting will be announced at a later date.Sunday in the Park with George, which begins performances at the newly refurbished Hudson Theatre on February 11, is scheduled to run through April 23.  View Comments Related Showscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 8, 2017 Andrew Gower in the London production of ‘1984’(Photo: Manuel Harlan)last_img read more

Croydon scheme shifts £350m to ethical fund as UK councils shun tobacco

first_imgThe pension fund of the London Borough of Croydon is switching all its equity assets of around £350m (€442m) to a Legal & General (L&G) global ethical investment fund to avoid exposure to tobacco, nuclear power and arms stocks.The decision to move equities investment to the L&G fund, and out of the four funds the allocation is now invested in, was made by the council’s pension committee last week.Chair of the committee councillor John Wentworth said: “Having a pension fund that invests in tobacco was very much at odds with our responsibility to protect and improve public health in this borough, and there were clearly a number of concerns about the ethics of doing that.“Ensuring the council is a socially responsible investor was a key manifesto pledge for the administration.” Councillor Simon Hall, cabinet member for finance and treasury at the council and vice-chair of the pension committee, said the council would be getting a better investment deal, as ethical funds were performing favourably against other schemes. “Tobacco is not the low-risk, high-profit investment it once was,” he said. “This really is in the best interests of the scheme’s beneficiaries and residents, both ethically and financially.”He said there was a balance to be struck for the committee in fulfilling its fiduciary duties and adhering to its ethical principles, and that the committee members had been satisfied they had achieved this balance.Meanwhile, members of Suffolk County Council yesterday voted overwhelmingly in favour of asking their pension fund to stop investing in tobacco companies.The council voted 49 to 10 in favour of a motion originally proposed by Labour Group leader Sandy Martin and seconded by Tory backbencher Michael Bond to ask the pension fund committee “to replace investments in tobacco with other holdings, which are considered comparable in terms of the balance of risk and return”.The motion began with a resolution by the council to be a signatory to the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control, as endorsed by the public health minister Jane Ellison.Martin told IPE the decision was now in the hands of the pension committee.The committee had a duty to act in the best interests of the beneficiaries, he said, but added that this did not simply mean achieving the highest financial returns.“Their best interests might very well be served by not seeing their grandchildren smoke,” Martin said.In a briefing prepared for the council, Martin said there was an estimated £2bn currently invested by UK local authorities in tobacco companies. He cited the London boroughs of Newham and Brent as examples where local authorities had changed their statements of investment principles to limit their exposure to tobacco companies.Brent had cited the risk that tobacco companies may face large liabilities from outstanding court actions as a reason for their exclusion, according to the briefing.However, Martin also noted in the briefing that Norfolk and Herefordshire county councils had tried and failed to divest their pension funds from tobacco stocks.last_img read more

Drinking Red Wine For Healthier Heart

first_imgFood & DiningHealthLifestyle Drinking Red Wine For Healthier Heart by: – October 4, 2013 Share Share Tweet Sharecenter_img 77 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Drinking red wine has been claimed by the media as a mean for curing heart disease. Does this claim have any real medical basis? In this article, it is examined the scientific studies that focus on how the molecular components of red wine benefits your heart health.The moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages, defined as one to two drinks per day increases overall survival rates. One standard drink is generally considered to be 5 oz of red wine. Combination of epidemiological studies’ data shows that the risk of coronary heart disease decreases by approximately 22% when two portion of red wine was consumed per day. Obviously healthy adults, people with a history of heart attack and those with diabetes all appeared to benefit. Drinking one to two drinks of red wine per day, three to four days per week decreases the risk of having a heart attack by as much as 35%. The formation of an occluding blood clot in an artery that supplies part of the brain can cause stroke. Light to moderate alcohol consumption was found to be associated with an approximately 22% reduction in the risk for ischemic stroke and can even be beneficial in preventing subsequent strokes.The regular drinking of red wine has been suggested as the explanation for the relatively low incidence of coronary atherosclerosis in France as compared with other Western countries, in spite of the generally high intake of saturated fat in the French diet. Some study analysis showed a 35% risk reduction of atherosclerotic disease with red wine intake that was greater than the 23% risk reduction for beer consumption.The chemical composition of red wine may explain its well known benefit. A series of scientific studies suggests that the polyphenolic compounds in red wine, such as resveratrol and flavonoids, may play a huge role in limiting the progression and even start of atherosclerosis.In addition to ethanol, the polyphenolic compounds found in red wine might play an active role in limiting the initiation and progression of atherosclerosis. Both the polyphenolic and alcohol compounds in red wine appear to favorably maintain healthy blood vessels by promoting the formation of nitric oxide called NO, which is the key chemical relaxing factor that plays a main role in the regulation of vascular tone. NO protects against vascular injury, slows the adhesion of inflammatory cells to the vessel wall and limits the activation of platelets, your blood cells that are responsible for blood clotting.One of the most important alterations caused by regular red wine consumption is increased levels of HDL cholesterol, or the good cholesterol. One to two drinks per day of red wine have been shown to increase HDL cholesterol by about 15%. This extra HDL cholesterol can then serve to remove some of the bad cholesterol or LDL cholesterol, from the circulation and reduce the amount of material available for fatty plaque formation. Plaque formation can be further hindered by the phenolic substances in red wine that possess antioxidant properties.Furthermore, red wine has been shown to reduce the expression of numerous important proteins that promote atherosclerosis. Both the polyphenolic and alcohol compounds found in red wine appear to have anti clotting or so called antithrombotic effect. When the plaque ruptures, a favor surface of clotting is exposed. To sum up, light to moderate consumers of alcohol have lower levels of proteins that promote clot formationlike fibrinogen, Willebrand factor and VII factor. The efficiency of platelet clumping also is decreased.By: Fitnaelast_img read more