AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis is worth sharing with everyone you know as schools, hospitals and offices are distributing vast amounts of hand sanitizer gels to help prevent the spread of the flu virus or possibly the H1N1 virus.Look at the ingredients and be conscious of what you are using. If you are concerned about compromising your immune system – and you care about our environment – be wary of Triclosan. Food and Water Watch has a public education campaign to alert consumers of the possible side effects. There are enough products on the market that do not use Triclosan, to make it a simple choice. For example:* Seventh Generation* Mrs. Meyers* CleanWell* LUSH* Nature’s Gate* Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer* Weleda* Listerine Essential CareI recently tried CleanWell and was pleasantly surprised by not only the product but also the story behind the product. It is all natural and alcohol free. Joy, a grandmother and aromacologist, created a formula for the benefit of her grandson Connor, who was born with an immune system disorder. Using a formula of essential oils especially thyme and oregano, a team of scientists led the way for the creation of CleanWell products, which help kill 99.9% of the germs. Their packaging (photo, above) is also good for the environment.Regardless of the flu – this is a good reminder to know, at all times, the ingredients of the products you use. Triclosan is a known endocrine disruptor, which possibly affects male and female reproductive hormones and potentially increases the risk for breast cancer. After it flows into the water supply, frogs become deformed. (See GNN story about the latest scientific studies and learn which toothpastes and mouthwashes are made with the chemical.)Research shows that soap and water are enough to rid the hands of germs, but sometimes, we are not near enough to a faucet. In that case, when possible, use products that support your health instead of compromising it. Make educated decisions in what you purchase and what you use.By Keri Douglas, writer/photographer, Washington, DC: keridouglas.wordpress.comAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, Vermont Land Trust and the Intervale Center received a three-year, $546,000 grant from the USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program to help Vermont’s next generation of agricultural entrepreneurs access land and grow viable businesses. VHCB’s Viability Program is a nationally-recognized provider of comprehensive, one-on-one business and transfer planning services for established farm, food and forestry sector businesses. The Vermont Land Trust’s Farmland Access Program connects farmers with affordable farmland, helping 62 new and beginning farmers make the transition to farm ownership since 2009. The Intervale Center provides one-on-one business planning and technical assistance to about 80 farms throughout Vermont each year as well as specialized assistance in the areas of land access.These three organizations have been working together for over a decade on issues related to beginning farmers and land access and are excited to increase their impact together with these funds. Over the next three years, VHCB, VLT and the Intervale Center will provide business planning to 150 new and beginning farmers, help 70 farmers find affordable land that is suitable for their business model, and work with 70 retiring farmers to acquire the tools and assistance they need to transition their farmland to farmers, rather than non-farmers.Ela Chapin of VHCB explained, “We believe in the power of direct service as the most effective approach for improving farm viability. Farming is a complicated business that requires operators develop diverse skillsets. With one-on-one technical assistance, we are able to meet farmers where they are and leverage the specific resources they need.”The average age of a farmer in Vermont is 57 years old, which means that a significant amount of the state’s farmland will transfer hands in the next ten years. This grant will help transfer that land to new and beginning farmers who are the future of Vermont’s agricultural economy. For more information about the services provided by the Viability Program, Farmland Access Program and the Intervale Center, visit http://www.vhcb.org/Farm-Forest-Viability/(link is external).Source: Intervale Center, i(link is external)ntervale.org(link sends e-mail) 12.20.2017
FiveThirtyEight:Dear Joe,First up, let me try to look at faces.It’s generally accepted that people are better at remembering faces than names because a person’s mug is so rich with visual information (how many times have you seen someone and struggled to remember her name? how many times have you remembered someone’s name but struggled to remember what she looks like?). But studies haven’t tried to determine the exact number of faces people can remember. And to be fair, I really can’t imagine how any scientist could design an experiment that would do so reliably.Studies have looked at what makes some faces easier to remember than others. A 1999 paper published in the Psychonomic Bulletin & Review found that familiar faces (meaning faces that people had seen before) were easier to remember. That doesn’t sound too surprising, although considering the images that were used for the experiment — shown below — it’s kind of incredible that participants remembered any faces at all.…Maybe you’re not looking to remember people as much as you’re keen to remember their names, Joe. If so, I can offer you some advice, courtesy of Richard Harris, professor of psychology at Kansas State University. You can repeat the person’s name back to her while you’re talking to her, Harris says, “although the best strategy is simply to show more interest in the people you meet.”Read the whole story: FiveThirtyEight More of our Members in the Media >
More than eleven thousand people have signed a petition calling for the EC 225 Airbus Super Puma helicopter to be retired, following the fatal crash on Friday in Norway.The CHC-owned helicopter was on its way back from the Statoil-operated Gullfaks B platform, when its rotor loosened and detached mid-air, and the aircraft crashed into a small island in Turoy, near Bergen. All thirteen people aboard the ill-fated aircraft died. The petition at Change.org, is calling for all the aircraft of the same type to be retired.Below it the text of the petition as issued on Change.org:“This petition is for all North Sea Offshore Oil Workers and their families, and the public at large, to finally say enough is enough with the Super Puma airframe. In signing this petition you are asking for the Airbus 225 Super Puma to be permanently removed from service as its been involved in one incident too many, where yet again fatalities have occurred, and you wish to express a vote of no-confidence in the safety of this airframe. We call on the CAA to put the lives of Offshore Oil Workers and the pilots before vested interests, and revoke the air worthiness certificates for this aircraft. Failure to do this will result in more needless deaths.”Once the petition reaches 15.000 signature it will be delivered to Civil Aviation Authority.Meanwhile, civil aviation authorities both in Norway and UK have grounded all the helicopters of the type, except those used for search and rescue operations until further notice.Offshore Energy Today Staff
GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Top Japanese Nordic combined skier Daito Takahashi was absent from the championship along with other national team members competing on the World Cup circuit. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 NAYORO, Hokkaido – Yoichi Nagai overtook 14 skiers with a strong cross country run to win the Nordic combined national championship on Sunday. Nagai, who was 15th after the ski jumping portion Saturday, posted the fastest time in the 15-kilometer cross country race in Nayoro, Hokkaido, to defeat Yuta Okitsu by 7.6 seconds. Kohei Takao came third 11.2 seconds behind the winner.
GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES KEYWORDS Jockey Cristian Demuro stands with Danon Fantasy after the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies on Sunday in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture. | KYODO IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 TAKARAZUKA, HYOGO PREFECTURE – Top favorite Danon Fantasy scored a half-length victory over second-pick Chrono Genesis on Sunday to capture the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, a showcase for two-year-old fillies.Danon Fantasy, ridden by Italian jockey Cristian Demuro, claimed her first Grade One victory and ¥65 million (about $576,000) in prize money by crossing the line at Hanshin Racecourse in 1 minute, 34.1 seconds. The horse spent most of the race at the back of the pack but sprinted ahead from the outside in the final stretch for her third straight win in four starts this year.“I kept a relaxed pace, but she was good at the last corner. She responds very quickly,” Demuro said. “I think she will go to (next spring’s) Oka-sho and she has a very good chance because she is a very good horse.”Fourth-pick Beach Samba finished third, while third favorite Schon Glanz was fourth. Danon Fantasy, Hanshin Juvenile Fillies RELATED PHOTOS
Duncan Ferguson was appointed Everton’s caretaker manager following Marco Silva’s dismissal and helped the Toffees clinch a 3-1 victory over Chelsea on Saturday. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameBuild a City, Trade With Your Neighbors, Play With Your FriendsForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoSmart Tech TrendOver 50? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoInstant Voice Translator43 Languages Instant Voice Translator Flying Off Shelves in Hong KongInstant Voice TranslatorUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndo On December 4th, we covered claims made by Marca that Everton are interested in Marcelino, and Arsenal have also been repeatedly linked.The Spaniard is without a job since he was relieved from his duties at Valencia in September, just months after guiding the club to Copa del Rey success by beating Barcelona in the final.Super Deporte report the 54-year-old travelled to London on Sunday and that’s when Arsenal and Everton are edged forward as potential options.Freddie Ljungberg hasn’t had the best start to life in charge of the Gunners, and if it doesn’t quickly improve then his interim spell is likely to be a short one.Marcelino would prefer to wait until the summer for a new role, although a big offer could change his mind.
Ghanaian ace midfielder, Anthony Annan, at the week-end donated food items as well as other commodities worth 1,500 Ghana Cedis and some cash to the Padre Pio Rehabilitation Centre at Ahotokrom near Ankaful.The items comprising quantities of rice, sugar, bread, biscuits, washing and bathing soap and sachet water were received by Sister Patricia Pearson, Director of the Centre.Annan in making the presentation, said the donation was his personal contribution towards the welfare of the inmates of the Centre, which rehabilitates cured leprosy patients and the less privileged people from the area.The Centre was established in 1983 by the Catholic Church and has 183 inmates.Sister Pearson thanked Annan for the gesture and assured him that the items will be used in the interest of the inmates.Source: GNA
ANTHONY KNOCKAERT took a leaf out of Philippe Coutinho’s book as he ducked down behind Brighton’s wall for a Christian Eriksen free kick.If you were thinking the Frenchman, 26, was sneaking out of the line of fire, you would be mistaken.6 Anthony Knockaert knelt down behind Brighton’s wall to stop Christian Eriksen driving a low free kickCredit: Rex Features6 Philippe Coutinho made a similar manoeuvre with Liverpool last seasonCredit: Rex FeaturesThe Dane – who has a wand of a right foot – has a knack of being able to hit the ball exactly where he wants it, either over or under a wall.And Brighton manager Chris Hughton drilled his players not to take any chances during the 1-1 draw.Knockaert drew the short straw as he crouched down side-on to the wall with one knee out in front and one under his body.The defensive manoeuvre copies that of Coutinho, who did the same last season during Liverpool’s game against Spurs.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashPicturedMADD FOR ITPrem aces Dele, Maddison & Grealish enjoy hard-earned break in sun-soaked IbizaLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz deal LATEST, Willian move updatesPicturedSOR SUBJECTNeymar’s ex-girlfriend Soraja Vucelic almost pops out of dress in steamy selfie6 Referee Kevin Friend reminded Knockaert over the laws of the game ahead of the free kickCredit: Rex Features6 Anthony Knockaert has been a key member of Brighton’s squad this seasonCredit: AFP or licensors6 Harry Kane gave Tottenham the lead in the first halfCredit: Getty Images – Getty6 Brighton were able to smother the Tottenham free-kickCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdReferee Kevin Friend also had a word with the midfielder, but did not tell him he could not block the ball in a crouched-down position.The Seagulls’ tactic may have just done the job as well, as Eriksen, 26, laid the ball off to Harry Kane, who sent a lame effort at Maty Ryan.WINNING XI Aguero named in Team of the Year for the first time as De Bruyne and Salah get nodBrighton secured a much-needed point against high-flying Spurs at the Amex as the game ended in a 1-1 draw.Kane opened the scoring for the away side, before Pascal Gross equalised for the South Coast side from the spot.Brighton 1-1 Tottenham: Pascal Groß scores penalty moments after Harry Kane’s opener in great match at the AMEX