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Daily Archives: December 24, 2019
Driving Tampa Bay Forward Pasco County’s Ridge Road Extension Project finally starting Erik Waxler 6:55 – ABC Action News
Posted: December 24, 2019 at 10:48 am
PASCO COUNTY, Fla. -- Ryan Becwar remembers hearing talk of extending Ridge Road when he was in high school.
Its just been a long time coming, he said.
And now its finally happening.
I was completely shocked and surprised after so many years it was such a relief that hey this thing is going to go through, Becwar said.
Becwar is part of the Citizens for The Ridge Road Extension group that pushed for the project for so long. And now, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finally issued the project permits.
It take Ridge Road in New Port Richey and extend it east to the Suncoast Parkway and eventually all the way U.S. 41 in Land O Lakes. Part of the reason it took decades to become reality were environmental concerns about what would happen to Pascos wetlands.
Officials say the four-lane road way will heave 16 bridges to designed to maintain the habitat below.
Supporters of the project say extending Ridge Road gives the county another much needed hurricane evacuation route, reducing evacuation times by nearly 30 percent. They say it will also help drive business, connecting New Port Richey to Land O Lakes and the booming Connerton area.
Its important for our citizens quality of life matters to our citizens and this is going to help make their daily commutes a little bit easier, said Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore.
The first phase from New Port Richey to the Suncoast is underway now. The section to US 41 will begin in late 2022.
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Cargill and Renmatix have agreed to jointly explore new approaches for upcycling plant materials into functional food ingredients. They will use a proprietary water-based technology from Renmatix called the Plantrose Process and Cargill's preferred feedstocks to develop alternatives for emulsifiers and hydrocolloids.
The six-month partnership will test this technology for processing unused plant materials and converting them into functional food ingredients to be used in baked goods, dairy, soups, sauces and meat products, according to Food Ingredients 1st. The process doesn't require any harsh solvents, acids or costly enzymes.
Renmatix CEO Mike Hamilton said in a release the food industry is turning more to plant-based ingredients in order to deliver taste, functionality and label-friendly appeal."Upcycling, the process of transforming unused feedstocks into new, higher-value materials, is the next step in creating a more sustainable value chain and generating exciting new product benefits," he said.
This joint development agreement could benefit both Cargill and Renmatix. The former has access to plenty of raw plant-based materials that might otherwise be wasted, while the latter has developed a patented process to break down biomass into more environmentally friendly ingredients using just water pressure and heat.
Because Renmatix's process is so different than the chemical-based ways of making such ingredients, it could appeal to consumers wanting cleaner labels and more reused materials.
Renmatix has already developed a product called Nouravant, which is made from upcycled maple fiber. It is used for emulsification and shelf life extension two sought-after qualities for CPG manufacturers in products including baked goods. The company said in a May releasethat its plant-based Nouravant isn't subject to price and supply volatility as animal-based ingredients, so it could save food makers 25% to 50% by using it instead of conventional ingredients, like using Nouravant to replace eggs in cookies.
Manufacturers may also be interested in potential savings from new ingredients developed through this joint agreement. More natural products might help avoid commonly used emulsifiers such as mono- and diglycerides and could help trim operational costs and improve product performance, Renmatix CEO Mike Hamilton told Food Ingredients 1st.
Cargill Global Texturizers and Specialties Strategic Marketing Lead Yusuf Wazirzada told Food Navigator the company had identified some raw materials it will focus on with Renmatix's water-based technology, but did not say what they are for competitive reasons.
Other ingredients companies are working on using upcycled ingredients and they're tapping into the growing market for sustainability.According to Future Marketing Insights, the food waste business is worth $46.7 billion in 2019 and could grow 5% during the next decade.
There are many startups and Big Food players getting into this trend.Planetarians has developed a protein flour from defatted sunflower seeds left over from oil extraction, AB InBev has invested in beverage startup Canvas on fiber-rich drinks using spent grains and ReGrained has used them in granola bars.
Besides a large supply of raw plant-based materials corn and wheat are two major ones Cargill also offers its significant influence and reach within the food and ingredients industry. This could mean a greater focus on reducing the problem of food waste and pushing upcycling into becoming an even bigger trend in 2020 and beyond.
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Our (if you consider SSS and South Side Hit Pen fam, and if you do, it would be nice if you could show us some familial love) James Fox dropped a bomb early Monday:
A Robert extension has been bandied about practically since the Cuban phenom was first signed in 2017, and his otherworldly 2019 season has made locking up the Center Fielder of the Future a priority.
Eight years would keep the 22-year-old on the South Side through the 2027 season. If Eloy Jimnezs 2019 preseason eight-year, $75 million extension is the model (presumptively the model James is using in his estimate), the White Sox offer to Robert is closer to $80 million than $90 million. But either grand total would take a player already set for life with a $26 million signing bonus and give his future children and grandchildren lifetime security.
One difference between the two phenoms statuses is Roberts bloated signing bonus, which Eloy did not match ($2.8 million). Robert already has some serious White Sox money in the bank, which is long given as a reason he (or Yon Moncada) would not need to jump at an extension.
On the other hand, Robert has averaged just 61 games per season in his career and his 122 in 2019 nearly doubled his previous career high. While that average is pulled down by both short Cuban National Series seasons and IL stints, Robert is not exactly immune to the injury bug; it might not be the silliest notion to cash in now, at the risk of being underpaid (see: Tim Anderson) in future years.
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As we enter a new year and the beginning of a new decade, theres no better time to make sure your digestive health aisle is well-stocked: Products that heal and nourish the gut are likely the helping hand your customers will need to achieve all their health resolutions in 2020. The composition of the gut microbiome influences every aspect of our physiology and regulatory processes, which affects not only digestive health but also systemic health and ones risk for developing diseases, asserts Samantha Ford, Business Development Director, AIDP Inc.
Indeed, over the past decade, study after study has uncovered new ways that the trillions of bacteria in the gut can influence everything from nutrition absorption to hormone balance to protection against pathogens like the flu virus. People typically consider probiotics for digestive health. However, based on scientific research it is becoming increasingly clear that they have other health benefits as well, notes Andrew G. Swick, M.S., Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Life Extension. A healthy gut microbiome promotes healthy immunity, metabolism, mood, heart, liver and other organ systems.
All told, this growing awareness of the microbiome has the digestive health market booming, and it stands to soar even higher in the coming decade: A report by Grand View Research Inc. projects global sales of digestive health products will reach $57.5 billion by 2025a big jump from the $31.2 billion of 2017 (1). Significant growth is anticipated in the digestive health category, affirms Hank Cheatham, Vice President, Daiwa Health Development. With the awareness of the connection between gut health, overall health and cognitive function as well as athletic performance, growth seems to be a sure thing. In addition, researchers have only just begun to identify methodology to define a healthy microbiome; as this investigation evolves, growth in the market will occur, not only in personalized medicine, but overall.
That said, its not just probiotics and other microbiome-nourishing supplements fueling the market. Theres also a big opportunity to gain loyal customers who are dealing with specific digestive complaints like IBS, GERD and leaky gut and want to avoid the side effects and costs associated with traditional OTC and prescription treatments. According to the Natural Marketing Institutes (NMI)/Nielsens recently published report Opportunities in Digestive Health, 37% of consumers consider themselves to be managing some type of digestive health issue, Cheatham notes. People look to digestive remedies to help with the side effects of unhealthy diets and stressful lifestyles.
To help you navigate this increasingly flooded market so you can point your customers in the right direction to optimize their health, we tapped leading industry insiders for the low-down on the most promising new trends and technological advances in probiotics and microbiome support, as well as the research-backed natural options for the most common digestive concerns.
A study published in the journal Frontiers in Pharmacology posited that if everyone in the U.S. took probiotics, health care payers would save an estimated $373 million in medical bills and sick days would be reduced by 54.5 million, saving the economy approximately $1.4 billion per year in medical costs and lost productivity (2). And thats just savings associated with probiotics immune-boosting ability to fend off respiratory tract infections that cause cold and flu-like symptoms in healthy individuals.
With recent scientific advances, probiotics for obesity, dental health, diabetes and even heart disease could become a reality over the next decade. A wide variety of probiotic strains are being investigated for viability in specific health areas, such as oral health, mood/cognitive support, cholesterol management and more, notes Sam Michini, Vice President of Marketing & Strategy, Deerland Probiotics & Enzymes. Condition-specific action and support is the future of probiotics.
Dr. Swick agrees. With advancing technology, scientists have been able to select specific strains of organisms to accomplish precise tasks. Here, just a few strains shown to deliver targeted benefits that are already on the market:
Immune support. More than 70% of your immune system is in your gut, says Dr. Swick. He recommends a probiotic blend like Life Extensions Immune Support that combines B. lactis BS01, L. plantarum LP01, L. plantarum LP02, L. rhamnosus LR04, and L. rhamnosus LR05, which have been demonstrated to promote a healthy immune response.
Mood support. Experts estimate that up to 90% of the bodys serotonin is produced in the gut. Clinical and pre-clinical studies indicate that gut microbes can support mood and behavior by affecting the gut-brain axis, a complex communication network that links your gut with your brain, explains Dr. Swick, noting that innovative probiotic strains, L.helveticus Rosell-52 and B. longum Rosell-17, which are found in Life Extensions Florassist Mood Improve, are particularly helpful here: In two randomized controlled trials, study participants given these strains reported significant mood, stress response and emotional balance support as compared to placebo.
Also of interest for women who are pregnant or have recently given birth: The probiotic strain Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 is backed by clinical data in mood and anxiety support post-partum, says Ford. AIDPs Actazin in combination with HN001 has been shown to fuel the growth by as much as 140% in-vitro.
Fitness performance: Our spore-forming probiotic strain, Bacillus subtilis DE111, has the science to show its viability in fitness and athletic achievement, notes Michini. He points to a recent study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research that showed DE111, in conjunction with adequate post-workout nutrition, produced statistically significant improvements in the reduction of body fat percentage, and a strong trend indicating improved performance of the deadlift exercise (3.) In a separate study, DE111 was also found to promote tissue recovery and reduce the likelihood of injury.Weight management.Studies have suggested that there is an association between gut bacterial diversity and body weight, notes Dr. Swick. While specific strains are still being investigated, L. rhamnosus and L. gasseri show great promise in preliminary studies.
Whether your customers are shopping for a general health probiotic or a benefit-specific one, its better to focus on getting a diverse mix of bacteria strains rather the quantity or number of live active cultures, advises Neil E. Levin, CCN, DANLA, Senior Nutrition Education Manager, NOW Foods. Diversity and variety are important for gut health. A healthy gut will have no fewer than 50 to 100 probiotic strains present and that amount is actually at the low end of whats required. He notes that NOW Foods generally provides between at least 8 to 10 strains in their probiotic formulas to help foster this diversity.
Diversity can also be achieved by combining targeted strains found in a supplement along with probiotic food sources like yogurt, kimchi, kombucha and kefir, as well as functional snacks enriched with heat-resistant microbes like Kerrys spore-forming probiotic GanedenBC30. Some experts also recommend changing up the brand or formula of your probiotic supplement every few months to introduce new strains to the microbiome.
Trisha Sugarek MacDonald, BS, MS, Sr. Director of Research & Development/National Educator, Bluebonnet Nutrition Corporation, adds that its also critical to understand the quality of the probiotic, and each strains specific applications. Genetic DNA identification is the only way to ensure that you are getting the most effective probiotic strains, she says, noting that all probiotic strains in Bluebonnets Advanced Choice SingleDaily Probiotic formulas have been genetically identified and characterized by the Pasteur Institute, the scientific non-profit foundation dedicated to the study of microorganisms. Depending on ones food sensitivities, dietary benefits, such as made with non-GMO ingredients and free of most allergens, may also be important to look for on the label.
Survivability through the GI tract is also a consideration, but Levin believes theres little need to sweat it. We all know that probiotic foods are often effective without special delivery systems, and fortunately for both consumers and manufacturers, many modern probiotics are robustly acid-tolerant. For example, acidophilus literally means acid loving, he notes. Acidophilus and other common strains such as bifidobacteria have been tested for their ability to survive stomach acid for an hour at body temperature, and are rated at over 90% survivability. That can eliminate the need for enteric coatings, which contain some controversial ingredients and add to costs.
Many of the health-promoting effects of a balanced microbiome come not from the probiotics themselves, but from the short-chain fatty acids that are produced when bacteria ferment indigestible fibers, dubbed prebiotics, as food. Fermentation of certain fibers leads to the production of short-chain fatty acids, other metabolites and some vitamins, explains Kyle Krause, Product Manager, Functional Fiber and Carbohydrates, Beneo. Science demonstrates that short-chain fatty acids, achieved through this prebiotic fermentation, can reach the brain and other organs directly through the blood, or indirectly via the stimulation of immune cells, the hormonal or nervous system and the release of messenger substances. As a result, the gut microbiota can influence digestive health, an individuals inner well-being and overall health.
These prebiotic fibers play a critical role in helping good gut bacteria to thrive and multiply. While its possible to get sufficient prebiotics from food sources (onion, garlic, artichokes, bananas, barley, oats, beans and apples are all good sources of inulin and other soluble fibers and resistant starches), Michael Bush, President and CEO, Prenexus Health and Executive Board Member of the International Probiotics Association (IPA), cautions that most people struggle to get enough through diet alone. Dietary fiber is great but only 5% of Americans consume the recommended amount of dietary fiber, so supplemental prebiotics are necessary to properly feed the good bacteria that is already found in the gut. Plus, notes Cheryl Myers, Chief of Scientific Affairs and Education at EuroPharma, Inc., Supplemental prebiotics have the benefit of being consistentwhich is exactly what probiotics need to thrive.
Fortunately, theres no shortage of ingredients on the market that are effective in small doses and can be easily snuck into functional food and beverage. For instance, inulin and oligofructose, such as BENEOs chicory root fiber-derived Orafti Inulin and Oligofructose, can be easily and undetectably added to food and drink products, and have been shown to contribute to better digestive health and inner well-being by first and foremost selectively promoting the growth of beneficial microbiota, notes Krause. Studies also show improvements in bowel regularity as well as in calcium absorption and thus bone health. BENEOs prebiotic fibers have been proven to support weight management. This all results in an improved quality of life.
Xylooligoscacharides, or XOS, found in AIDPs propeitary ingredient PreticX, also show promising health perks. PreticX selectively feeds beneficial bacteria, without feeding the bad bacteriacausing a favorable alteration in gut microbiome, notes Ford. This is a tremendous advantage over other, higher dose prebiotics, which tend to feed all the bacteria, without a meaningful impact in the gut ratio. She points to a clinical trial which found that a dose of 2 grams of PreticX daily significantly increased levels of the bacteroidete B. fragilis strain, without increasing the firmicutes strain Lactobacillus. This suggests that PreticX may foster a more beneficial Bacteroidetes/Firmicutes ratio, which has been linked to improved metabolic response and benefits to weight management.
Consumers who are sensitive to starch or fiber based prebiotics may want to consider emerging phage technology, advises Michini. Phages are minuscule bundles of DNA or RNA enrobed in a protein shell. Phages are diverse and abundant: there are 10-fold more phages than bacteria populations in the human body. The role of each type of phage is to overtake a specific bacterium. He explains that phages, like those found in Deerlands PreforPro, work as a dual action prebiotic. These compounds destabilize the cell wall of the bad bacteria, which then provides nutrients as well as space for the good bacteria to grow. Whats more, he notes, PreforPro is effective in a small dose (15 mg) and does not incur bloating or flatulence because it doesnt become fermented.
Also showing promise as a prebiotic: Antioxidants like anthocyanins from berries, notes Melanie Bush, Director of Science, Artemis International, Inc. Studies have shown that flavonoids essentially behave as prebiotics and modulate a healthy balance of good bacteria in the gut. Additionally, researchers studied how gut microbes can metabolize berry flavonoids into metabolites that have significant health benefits.
SOS for digestive distress
Chronic digestive issues, including inflammatory bowel disease, acid reflux and food intolerances, can be painful, frustrating and downright embarrassing. And often, the long-term side effects of the OTC and prescription treatments can be as troubling as the condition itself. Case in point: An alarming new study published in the BMJ found that extended use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which are routinely prescribed to treat heartburn, ulcers and acid reflux, was associated with a 17% increased risk of early death (4). No wonder so many Americans are trying to get off their PPIs. A new survey from the University of Michigan Medical School revealed that 79% of patients had at least some concern about PPI side effects, even if they couldnt necessarily name any specific side effects, and 83% had attempted to get off of the meds without a doctors recommendation (5).
If customers come in looking for a natural solution to digestive problems, be sure to advise them to talk to their healthcare practitioner about transitioning off meds, notes Levin. But there is natural help to be found for GERD and IBD, and its largely compatible with OTC meds, notes Myers. Some consumers choose to take their OTC and the natural product together for a week or two, then slowly wean off the OTC drug. Once inflammation (especially 5-LOX inflammation, seen in many inflammatory bowel diseases) is under control or eliminated with natural products, the digestive relief and symptom remission is going to be much more sustainablewithout the potential side effects of OTCs.
Help for heartburn, acid reflux or GERD. Myers notes that the PPIs typically used to treat reflux and heartburn shut down acid production, which may temporarily stop the pain, but used long term, it leaves users vulnerable to other problems, including increased susceptibility to food poisoning, bone density loss, and increased rates of other infections. Stomach acidity is a natural barrier against microbes entering the body along with food or liquids since the low pH discourages the growth or most organisms, explains Levin. If the acidity level is too weak, foods wont be properly digested and that immune barrier would be compromised.
Whats more, Levin notes, its been estimated that perhaps half of those taking antacids have insufficient stomach acid production to enable digestion (and provide a proper immune barrier). The clinical pearl that clinical nutritionists learn is to consider the timing of heartburn after a meal. Delayed onset heartburn is an indication to look at the probability of the acid being too weak to actually digest the food, especially protein. When this is the case, he recommends exploring a supplement with betaine HCl to supplement the stomachs own acid production and pepsin, the stomach main digestive enzyme.
Other reflux soothers: Two of the best ingredients to fight heartburn and GERD naturally are d-limonene and sea buckthorn, says Myers. D-limonene is a clinically tested component of citrus oil that appears to coat and protect the stomach walls and mucosa from the potential damage of stomach acid (without interfering with acid production), and supports healthy peristalsisthe muscle action of the intestines that moves food through the digestive system. In one study, she notes, 19 adults with a history of mild to moderate symptoms of heartburn or GERD were asked to discontinue their OTC or prescription medications and take d-limonene instead. By the second day of taking d-limonene, 32% of the participants experienced symptom relief. After 14 days, 89% of the participants were symptom free.
Seabuckthorn works another way, Myers continues. It has a protective effect on the stomach and actually helps prevent and heal gastric ulcers. It also soothes the mucosal in the digestive tract. Similarly protective of the esophagus is deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) extract, adds Levin. Licorice has been shown to support healthy concentrations of compounds that promote mucus production, which may provide an improved protective barrier between the delicate lining of the esophagus and the acidic stomach contents.
Help for inflammatory bowel disease. One of the most effective botanicals for dealing with IBS or other digestive issues is boswellia, says Myers. She notes that this botanical, found in BosMed Intestinal Bowel Support, fights 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX) inflammation. Inflammation through the small bowel and colon may be one of the physical causes and effects of IBS and other diseases. Because boswellia stops the 5-LOX cascade, it is a valuable ally. For example, in the case of Crohns disease, individuals were treated with either boswellia or the drug mesalazine (a drug commonly used to treat Crohns, ulcerative colitis, and IBS). Boswellia performed as well as the drug, but without the dangerous side effects.
Another smart supplement: Zinc L-carnosine offers a comprehensive approach to protect your stomach lining and promote gastric health, notes Levin. Several clinical studies showed that 150mg daily of zinc L-carnosine significantly reduced factors associated with gastric discomfort within eight weeks.
Help for food sensitivities or intolerances. A broad-spectrum enzyme blend can be a great solution for those who experience digestive discomfort when they eat, as it helps facilitate better digestion of the many components of a mealfats, carbohydrates and proteins, says Michini. But if a food sensitivity is claimed by your customer to be an issue, point them to supplements containing specific enzymes. Deerland makes a trio of targeted enzyme ingredients, ProHydrolase, Dairylytic and Glutalytic, that can help customers consume hard-to-digest protein peptides (like those in meat or protein powders), dairy and gluten with fewer digestive symptoms. Glutalytic is also clinically proven to reduce levels of IgA and CRP, supporting a proper immune response, he notes.
Help for leaky gut. Leaky gut is caused when inflammatory compounds (like gluten in people with gluten intolerances) and other toxins damage the digestive tract lining, creating microscopic tears that allow endotoxins and waste to leak out of the GI tract and into the bloodstream. This is notoriously difficult to treat, but Miles Sarill, National Educator, CV Sciences, sees big potential for a raw CBD component called cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) for speedier healing. He explains that this compound, which is found in CV Sciences new raw CBD oil, is a non-psychoactive precursor to CBD that has been shown in preliminary animal studies to actually facilitate healing of the digestive health tract. CBDA cant cross the blood-brain barrier, so it goes to work within the body along with 500 other anti-inflammatory compounds in a full spectrum oil, he explains. Full spectrum raw CBD oil can be deeply supportive for both inflammation response, as well as that gut barrier and the microbiome.
When it comes to growing your digestive health sales, Dr. Swick notes, It is important to educate consumers about the importance of probiotics and how they play a beneficial role within and outside the gut. Specifically, with respect to condition specific probiotic strains and how they can complement other interventions. For example if you are promoting mood support with traditional herbs or amino acids, also consider a probiotic product that has been studied and demonstrated to support the same health concern.
Myers agrees, Having printed materials that explain the connection between gut health and overall wellness are essential, too. It gives customers something to think aboutand ideally, some other lifestyle and supplemental optionsthat can encourage them to return to the store. Also, stores can invite guest speakers and experts to talk about the connection between gut health and well-being that may resonate in more direct ways than printed material.
Dont be afraid to make use of the complexity of the digestive health in illustrations or imagesthey can draw customers in, adds Michini. The gut is the bodys main manufacturing facilityit processes all the raw materials taken in from food, beverages, supplements to pharmaceuticals. This concept works well for visual storytelling, which can be used in store on a white board or other display, as well as in social media. Get the consumer involved in a way that rewards him or her. WF
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Jina Sawani, Many Americans Are Worried About Taking PPIs and Have Tried Stopping Them Without Doctor Approval, University of Michigan Health Lab. Published 5/22/19. Accessed 12/3/19. https://labblog.uofmhealth.org/industry-dx/many-americans-are-worried-about-taking-ppis-and-have-tried-stopping-them-without
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Doctor Kevin Cahill is one of the most highly regarded physicians in the US, a man who has treated popes and presidents and a hugely influential figure on humanitarian and refugee issues. In his latest book Labyrinths (Refuge Press New York) about his lifes work, he opens by discussing the powerful impact his Irish background and neighborhood had on his life decisions.
We are all influenced in infancy and childhood by genetics, by the mores and customs of family. In my instance, the story starts a generation before I was born, with all four grandparents emigrating from Ireland in poverty, but with dreams and determination. In those years they held a wake for the immigrant, as they might for the deceased, for when one left it was likely to be forever.
They survived in the new world by a basic system of mutual ethnic support, and by adhering to the universal code of the outsider in society. An old Irish relative, in his policemans uniform, warned me at the age of five, Never write what you can say, and never say it if you can nod your head. That was an immigrants way of avoiding conflict so that his children would have an education and a more secure life in America.
My fathers father came to the United States as a young man from rural County Kerry. He had listed himself on the ships roster as scholar. He came through Ellis Island, was befriended by his cousin, Denis, a policeman, and within a few years joined the NYPD. Gradually, through the mounted horse corps, and the street patrol, he became a Captain; he was NYPDs first Director of the Telegraph Center, proudly supervising a handful of Morse code operators in a single, sparse room. I have a picture of him in that room in my Fifth Avenue desk drawer, never forgetting from whence I sprung.
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Ellis Island. Image: Library of Congress.
His wife died in the childbirth of their third child, Catherine; and he raised his sons, Dan and John, and their daughter with devotion and skill, factors not uncommon in the American Irish immigrant. Since his sons went to a Jesuit scholarship school, it seemed natural to him, though in retrospect it must have been inordinately rare, that he learn Latin and Greek in order to check their homework. He died of diabetes four years before I was born, but his influence remained strong in our family.
My fathers brother, Dan, had just become a practicing lawyer when the Great Depression hit America. My father had, simultaneously, begun medical school and could not afford the tuition (one of the framed items in my office is a 1930 bill from Georgetown Medical School: $350 for the semester with a $10 rental fee for a microscope). Dan gave up his legal career to become a public school teacher in order to secure a regular salary that could pay Dads way through medical school, an act my father never forgot.
My mothers father and mother lived long enough for me to remember them as much as a five-year-old can recall the smells of an old man and woman. They moved into a house on the same block as us in the Bronx in order to be near my fathers medical care. I recall little of this subdued, introspective couple. He was a bookie, a person who set odds and accepted bets on horse races. Years later, I was proud to know he was remembered at the Saratoga Race Track as Honest Mike.
Kevin Cahill and the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins presenting the Distinguished Services Award for the Irish Abroad at Aras An Uachtarain in Dublin this evening. Photo: Sam Boal /RollingNews.ie
My maternal grandmothers sister and brother-in-law both died of the Spanish Flu in 1919 leaving behind nine young children. Honest Mike adopted the family, raising them with his own eight children in a large house in Brooklyn. Those were pre-welfare days, and immigrants protected their own, out of love, loyalty, and necessity. They didnt expect praise, and probably didnt get much. They did whatever was required to keep the family together. All seventeen children graduated from college, no mean feat in any generation.
My earliest memories at about age four, of our home, are of a gentle, colorful, seemingly endless flowing pattern of almost predictable household tasks, affected by the seasons, the sea, and Celtic fairy tales. There were deeply ingrained, but not oppressive, religious traditions in our Irish Catholic home nightly prayers, Saturday confession, Sunday Communion, First Fridays, Ash Wednesdays, with the symbolic markings of burnt palms on the forehead, Lenten sacrifices, Easter, the birth of the Baby Jesus, Sodality, the family rosary disaster all gave a particular rhythm to the calendar year.
The family rosary was promoted by a cape-waving cleric on early TV under the adage the family that prays together stays together. This particular spiritual exercise quickly collapsed in the Cahill home. Trying to keep eight young children on their knees after dinner, repeating prayers and counting beads, was doomed when my fathers pants fell to his ankles as he rose to discipline an inattentive, playful boy.
Laughter and shared joy replaced the mournful, repetitive attempts to reach God in a structured and forced way. That scene became part of family tradition. It reinforced the constant paternal reminder that we should have a healthy skepticism for those with power or position, even for those wearing the cloth, and that we should be suspicious of those who believed there was only one way to achieve success, whatever that was.
He wisely advised us to beware of the people who genuflect too much, noting that the external trappings of religiosity rarely matched the necessary love and compassion promoted by Christ or Mohammed, Buddha or other spiritual leaders.
The subtle, steady, lasting forces of childhood noted above were captured by my father in the poetry of Latin and Greek masters as well as Irish bards, recited repeatedly at our kitchen table. Those early years of childhood and adolescence were a privileged period of protected discovery. We were happy and secure as part of a loving family. Particularly before the identity of each emerges, ones self seemed but an extension of an already existing organism.
Other organisms certainly flourished in our home. The oldest four children were boys, then came four girls. When we were young, we were told we would lose our essential oils if we took more than one hot bath a week. Even then we strongly suspected that the basis for this argument lay in the difficulty (and cost) of getting adequate hot water from the coal-fired heater. To make matters worse, all the boys had to use the same water; it was then changed for the girls. There must have been some deep and hidden Irish Catholic logic at play here.
When I was six, I firmly believed that the Nazis might well land on the beach at our summer home in New Jersey had not my brother John and I watched, carefully, from the upstairs window of a shingled house on a sand dune. We tried to identify the size and shape and sound of American planes so we could detect invaders, and looked for any strange new lights in the sky that might indicate danger. We could then shout to the Coast Guard warden protecting the shoreline on horseback all before falling asleep at 8 p.m.
The interaction of God and State during the war was made very real to me, as a six-year-old who gave up jelly as his penance for Lent. That innocent gesture of sacrifice became inextricably linked, and importantly, allowed me to be involved with the American battle against the evil Japanese and Nazi empires. Having given up jelly I started to substitute butter on my morning bread. But, as my parents quickly noted, I was, in a period of butter rationing, really contributing to the fascist forces in the deadly global struggle, somehow being partially waged at our breakfast table by dietary restrictions. How confusing warfare was; I was soon ordered to resume my morning jelly.
In the Bronx I contributed to winning the war by dutifully collecting tin cans and newspapers that we were told would somehow be transformed into tanks, an evolution I never understood and would repeatedly question. I was also in charge of growing radishes in our backyard Victory Garden. Radishes, I later learned, will grow anywhere and need almost no attention. But being young, and innocent, and very proud of the leafy blossoms above the soil and the bright red, hard bulbs beneath, I was glad to do my small part in the fight for freedom.
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The lines are blurring, any which way you look. Thanks to the incredible pace of scientific progress, the very definition of what it means to be 'human' is becoming an increasingly open question.
In a world where living beings like genetically edited babies and human-animal hybrids are made to exist, the questions aren't only ethical, two biomedical experts argue in a new paper - they're legal, too.
The legal definition of what a 'human' being is has to adapt or expand somehow, they say, to recognise and protect whatever level of humanity, altered or otherwise, these lab-made life-forms actually possess.
"Bioscientific advances are nibbling away at classical legal boundaries that form the bedrock of the normative structures on which societies are based," authors Bartha Maria Knoppers and Henry Greely write in their new policy forum paper.
"Determining whether some 'thing' is now some 'one' carries with it profound implications for the rights and obligations the law recognises for 'humans'."
Knoppers and Greely two legal researchers who specialise in issues surrounding bioscience technologies say biotechnology advancements like revived brains being brought back to life from the dead, along with synthetic humans, chimeras, and the seemingly endless possibilities of CRISPR, all challenge existing legal definitions of 'human'.
The pair, who are respectively affiliated with McGill and Stanmore universities, say it's actually pretty hard to legally pin down what a human is, arguing that neither our genetic identity, species identity, nor 'neuro' identity (based on our brain and consciousness) can easily define us in ways that cannot be challenged, especially by new biotechnologies, which increasingly blur the lines even more.
But the solution, they write, it not to go back and seek to legally redefine what it means to be human, as such a course of action could potentially undermine the theoretical foundation of all human rights.
Rather, they suggest, we need to look at the level of substantiality in a being's right to be considered human analogous to the kinds of determinations we make when we recognise humanity in people every day, in more simpler circumstances.
"We care about living organisms that are human in their characteristics, but they do not always need to have exactly human characteristics," the pair writes.
"'Human beings' typically have two arms and two legs, but we recognise as human those without all those limbs, through amputation or congenital condition, as well as people with artificial limbs."
By an extension of that 'substantiality' metaphor, the researchers say we can identify humanity in tissue, where other forms of non-human tissue may be present, and in all other kinds of novel cases.
For that reason, if we retain our old understanding of what it means to be human but marry it to a legal concept of substantiality, we may be able to find a way of recognising humanity, to various levels, on a case by case basis.
It may not be a brilliant solution, the researchers acknowledge but it could give recognition and protection to life-forms in situations where, under traditional law, beings that are in fact 'substantially human' did not previously have any.
"Rules that include the word 'substantially' are never fully satisfying," Knoppers and Greely write.
"Nevertheless, in a Universe where things blend into each other and living organisms are not cleanly divided into Platonic natural kinds, they may be the best filter we can apply: a malleable term for contextual and proportionate evaluation."
The findings are reported in Science.
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Plant Hydrocolloids Market Expected to Grow at a Massive CAGR of over 6.7% by 2026 – News Cast Report
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Written by Dr Rakesh Sinha | Updated: December 24, 2019 12:29:46 pm In a democratic society, the formulation of a law apart from constitutional compatibility is expected to address two subjective issues. (Illustration: C R Sasikumar)
In a democratic society, the formulation of a law apart from constitutional compatibility is expected to address two subjective issues. The first is its social utility and the second, the moral consciousness of the people. It is in this context that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) should be examined. Its critics assert that it betrays our commitment to secularism, the very foundation of the Constitution. Is this objection valid?
The idea of the CAA was mooted and finally given shape in law to protect people from religious persecution in three neighbouring countries Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. All of them are Islamic states and the increasing radicalisation of society in these countries led to brute religious majoritarianism against minorities Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians. There has been consensus in India that such victims should be given dignity and protection. In fact, it constitutes a core ingredient of our social philosophy from time immemorial. Even before we framed our secular democratic Constitution, India provided shelter to people facing religious persecution. When Parsis and Jews faced threats to their right to worship and religious identity, they found dignity and space on our soil. According to the 1931 census, there were 1,09,752 Parsis and 24,000 Jews in India. Moreover, both these communities have shown little inclination to return to their respective nations. The CAA is consistent with this secular tradition of India.
The Indian state has never been antithetical to the cause of minorities in our neighbourhood, irrespective of the political party in power. Such victims have been accommodated during the Congress government in the past as well. Even the Left parties supported Indias active intervention to protect refugees from Bangladesh. The 20th party congress of the CPM in 2012 passed a resolution demanding an amendment in the Citizenship Act 2003 to give citizenship to Bengali refugees who were, according to the party, victims of historical circumstances. The unchecked atrocities on minorities in these states by fundamentalists, and the failure of the states to defeat such elements, gave rise to an abnormal situation.
There were over two lakh Hindus and Sikhs in Afghanistan before the 1990s. Their number has dwindled to a few hundred in the last three decades. Further, out of 64 temples and gurudwaras in the country, only three are functional.
The situation in Bangladesh is no less grim. The work of Abul Barkat of Dhaka University and statistics released by the Bangladesh Statistical Bureau revealed a situation beyond our imagination. Barkat, based on decades of research, establishes that 632 Hindus have gone missing everyday in Bangladesh since 1964 (East Pakistan till 1971). Both the sources confirm that no less than 11.1 million Hindus have gone missing in Bangladesh between 1964 and 2013. The Enemy Property Act was renamed as the Vested Property Act after the formation of Bangladesh. It affected more than 1.3 million Hindu households more than two lakh acres of land possessed by the Hindus was forcibly grabbed. The efforts of the state to safeguard Hindus remained abysmally ineffectual. In 2002, Bangladesh enacted the Vested Property (Return) Act and subsequently the Vested Property (Return) Amendment Act, 2011 with the intention to give back possession of their land to Hindus. But this was in vain.
The Jinnah Institute in Pakistan and other sources, including news reports in the international and national media, present a gloomy picture of the condition of Hindus and other religious minorities in that country. Attacks on the dignity of women, forcible conversions, grabbing of land and other properties of the Hindus and Christians have been a part of daily life.
It is thus urgent to address the existential threat to religious minorities in these three countries. And it is with this aim that the Narendra Modi government formulated the CAA. Contending that this humanitarian action is a betrayal of our commitment to secularism is a classic example of the peculiar absurdity of double think. The CAA is, rather, an extension of and commitment to the idea of secularism.
The Act also corrects the historical mistake committed in the Nehru-Liaquat pact. Then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had not engaged his cabinet colleagues and senior party leaders before signing the pact on February 8, 1950. The secular pretensions of Nehru, emanating from the Western variety of flawed modernity, led him to backtrack from the promises to the Hindus who lived in Pakistan. The Congress leadership had promised during Partition that their life and religion would not be in peril. The pact was a great retreat from that promise. Syama Prasad Mookerjee resigned from the Union cabinet on February 19, 1950, in protest against the Nehru-Liaquat Pact. A few months later, the world witnessed the protest by the Law Minister of Pakistan, J N Mandal, whose close friendship with M A Jinnah was well known. The undiminished atrocities on Hindus, particularly Scheduled Caste women, led him to resign from the government on April 29, 1950 and return to India. He wrote: I cannot bear the load of untruth and pretensions that Hindus live with honour and security of their life, religion and property in Pakistan.
On December 4, 1947, Mahatma Gandhi demanded that the Nehru government bring back Scheduled Castes from Pakistan due to the inhuman treatment meted out to them and their forced conversion. The CAA is a fulfilment of the historical responsibility to those people whom Partition made stateless. Indias secular democracy has historically been invested with moral force and this has been exhibited by the CAA. Earlier, governments used gradualism to provide protection to the Hindus and other minorities of these states. The Modi government has formalised the process to end the uncertainties and odds faced by these stateless and persecuted people.
In a democracy, dissent and doubts are important and logical dialogue is the only way to yield a constructive consensus. But the protests that emerged abruptly against the CAA seem to be explicitly driven by a prejudice against the government that it is pursuing Hindutva majoritarianism to exclude Muslims. This is based on an over-active imagination and conspiracy theories. How does giving humanitarian shelter to the victims affect Indian Muslims or any other citizen of India?
Importantly, Muslims in these countries do not face any crisis in pursuing their right to worship. India cannot meddle in the internal disputes among various sects of Islam, whether Ahmadiya or Shia or Sunni, who have been competing with each other for hegemony and over interpretations of the historical evolution of Islam. Religious persecution and aspiration for hegemony are two different things.
The concept of citizenship is not static or stagnant. It is a dynamic process and is intertwined with the nation state. It progressively expands and sometimes, unwillingly, shrinks according to circumstances.
There are two examples from our own historical experiences. Millions of Indians ceased to be citizens with the formation of Pakistan as fraternity mutated into unfriendliness between communities. The second example is reflected in a correspondence between two great Parsi leaders. Dadabhai Naoroji wrote the following to Dinshaw Wacha on December 20, 1888: We are Indias and India is our mother country and we can only sink and swim as Indians. If we break with it our fate will be that of a peacock feathers.
The CAA fulfils both the constitutional morality and civilisational ethos historically endowed to us. It is time for the Muslims to be part of this Indian tradition rather than being fed the delusion that the Modi government is anti-minority.
This article first appeared in the print edition on December 24, 2019 under the title A deluded dissent. The writer is a Rajya Sabha MP from the BJP
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The Court of Appeal (CoA) has upheld a decision extending for ten years, rather than five, the bankruptcy of a property developer over serious failure to co-operate with his bankruptcy trustee.
Mr Justice George Birmingham, president of the CoA, found the extension of Patrick A Dalys bankruptcy was not so severe or disproportionate it should be set aside. He dismissed Mr Dalys appeal over the extension decision.
Mr Daly, formerly of Ballinagore House, Ballinagore, Co Westmeath, was declared bankrupt in 2015 having consented, along with his wife Ann, to a 4.4 million judgment against them in 2012.
He failed to co-operate with the official assignee in bankruptcy, including not filing a statement of affairs or personal information, until High Court proceedings seeking to extend his bankruptcy were brought against him in 2017.
Mr Daly and his wife had been involved in construction and property development over a number of years, operating through a number of companies.
They owned Ballinagore House, a company which owned an adjoining equestrian centre on 50 acres, and a Spanish holiday apartment.
Mr Justice Birmingham said that, by 2012, when they were seriously insolvent, Bank of Ireland, which had already sued them, threatened further proceedings. As a result, they entered into transactions concerning their assets including the sale of their home. While their home property was valued at 550,000, that was reduced to 100,000 because they retained rights of residence.
The house was sold to what the judge said was a friend and business associate of Mr Daly, Devon Anne McNeill, otherwise Devon Anne Ralls, who lived in America. A substantial interest in the equestrian centre was transferred to Mr Dalys brother Brendan through a company, Jalpa Properties. The Spanish apartment was also, in a share transfer deal, given to his brother apparently in payment for debts due to Brendan Daly.
Bank of Ireland, alongside all this, had brought proceedings seeking 4.4 million against Patrick A Daly and judgment was obtained on consent in 2012.
The official assignee alleged against Mr Daly he had failed to co-operate in the realisation of the assets of his estate or had hidden them from creditors.
The High Court ruled in 2018 Mr Daly had failed to do so and extended his bankruptcy by ten years. The High Court found, while Mr Daly had participated in an interview with the official assignee, he was not forthcoming particularly with regard to the involvement of his American associate, Ms McNeill/Ralls, in a Panamanian investment consortium.
In his appeal, Mr Dalys core claim was that the High Court lacked jurisdiction to extend by ten years when the official assignee had initially sought a five-year extension.
Mr Justice Birmingham said the High Court found Mr Dalys approach to his bankruptcy was obstructive. He had made life difficult for the official assignee, for example, in refusing to clarify whether Ms McNeill/Ralls was the same person who was involved in the Panamanian consortium, which Mr Daly was also involved in.
The High Court correctly concluded the non co-operation was at the serious end of the spectrum and a very significant extension was inevitable, he said.
Soy extract Market- Forward-Looking Perspective on Different Factors Driving the Growth of the Industry – News Cast Report
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Soy Extract Market: Snapshot
Soy extract is mainly produced from soyabean. High protein and low fat properties of soy makes it a healthy constitute of food. Soy helps in mitigating night sweats and hot flashes for women going through menopause. Moreover, people with lactose intolerance issues may use soymilk as a substitute to buffalo or cow milk.
Soy extracts are used for making many food products. Additionally, manufacturers are further discovering new applications for soy extracts in variety of food products. The increasing number of food products using soy extract is likely to bolster the growth of the globalsoy extract market. It is further found that usage of soy in cosmetics may help in acting as an anti-aging product for the skin. Aging causes skin to lose suppleness, elasticity, and firmness which, in turn triggers the occurrences of wrinkles and fine lines. Proteins and nutrients in soy extract make it a perfect solution for addressing aging skin and it has been used in China for producing anti-aging solutions for centuries now. Furthermore, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of ginger help to reduce free radicals in the body.
Some new studies have stated that the health benefits of soy may be used to prevent or treat age-related diseases, osteoporosis, or even some types of cancers. However, it is very expensive and difficult to obtain the required amount of isoflavones and genistein from soy extracts. Soy extract also find applications in protein supplements attributing to its high protein content and other healthy vitamins. Some studies also claim that daily consumption of soy has increased the life of Asian people. The global soy extract market is poised to grow owing to all these applications and continuous research being conducted for discovering new medical abilities of soy extract.
Soy extract is obtained from soybean which is produced majorly in the United States during the year 2017-2017 according to SOPA. Soy extract is very beneficial for the women suffering from menopause as it helps in relieving the hot flashes and night sweats. Soy extract also helps to provide a relief to women who are expecting hormonal changes and provide nutritional support for healthy bones by inhibition of bone resorption. Soy has shown the super effect in Asian people who consume soy daily in their diet, it has increased the life of Asian people. Soy extract is perfect for people suffering from lactose intolerance as they can now have soymilk in place of traditional cow and buffalo milk.
Soybean production has increased by many folds according to the data provided by SOPA which is a clear indication that the demand for soy extract in the market is huge which a good news for the manufacturer is as strategies can be made to increase the revenues by the end of 2027. This market is expected to grow as more and more products enters the market.
Soy extract Market segmentation
Soy extract market is segmented on the basis of form as Beverages, Capsules, Crme, gel and powder. Soy extract is widely used as the ingredient for many products like it is used in the beverage industry for soy milk and soy drinks which are the nutritious and wonderful product for the people who are lactose intolerant. Soy extract capsules are available in the market which is very useful for women suffering from hot flashes due to menopause and are going through hormonal changes. Soy extract is also used in the cosmetic industry for making crme and gel for anti-ageing skin, to keep healthy and soft. Soy extract powder is used in protein supplements as soy is packed with high protein content and it is perfect protein supplement for vegans.
Soy extract market is segmented on the basis of application as in food market, pharmaceutical market, and cosmetics market. Soy extract has the wide range of application and can be used as the ingredient for the different-different market.
Soy extract regional outlook
Soy extract market is segmented in the key regions like North America, South America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia-Pacific region, Japan, Middle-east, and Africa. The United States is the leading producer of soybean globally since last 5 years, followed by Brazil, Argentina, Canada, Paraguay, Europe, China, and India.
Soy extract Market Drivers
Soy extract has the wide range of application in the different market, this ingredient is required in ample amount by the manufacturers to produce useful products for the end users. The end user product will shape the market of soy extract and will generate revenue for the manufactures of soy extract. Major driver of soy extract market is wide of products requiring this particular ingredient and the benefits linked with the consumption of soy extract by the end users. Soy contains 40% protein, 22% fat, 25% carbohydrates, and 8% fiber making it is demanded in the food, beverages, healthcare and cosmetic market.
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Soy extract market Restraints
Restraint for soy extract market is the risk factor involved in the consumption of soy extract. Phytates in soy extracts can down regulate the absorption of basic nutrients like zinc, calcium, magnesium and iron. Another concern with soy extract is that consumption of soy extract at the high rate by men can cause feminine characters in men. So if these factors are kept under control then soy extract can be boosted.
Soy extract market key players
The key players of soy extract market identified in this value chain are Natrol LLC, Beiersdorf Australia Limited, Novaforme, Alpro, WhiteWave Services Inc., and Life Extension. These players are making strategies to be on the top of Soy extract market by the end of 2027 and are forecasted to gain great revenues during the term of 2017-2027 keeping the high demand in mind.
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