Legislators across the country have been struggling to find answers to the issue. Recently, San Francisco became the first major U.S city to ban oil-based plastic bags, requiring shoppers to use paper, biodegradable or canvas bags instead. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors also is considering a similar ban, an effort to deal with the 6 billion plastic grocery bags used in the county each year. “Consumers tend to think of plastic bags as being free, but they are really costly for the environment,” said Bryan Early, a policy associate for the environmental group Californians Against Waste. Early, who focuses on plastic waste, said AB 2449, passed in 2006, will go in effect July 1, forcing all major grocery stores to brand their plastic bags with the message, “Please reuse me.” Stores will also be bound to have reusable bags for sale. “The good thing about this legislation is that it’s taking this first step and really bringing to mind the idea of reusing bags,” Early said. “Hopefully, in the climate we are in of environmental awareness people, realize that these little things we can do really add up to make a difference.” Gail Swanlund, a CalArts faculty member and adviser to Jaster on his project, said graphic design artists have really begun to be more aware of their powers to create change. “Graphic design is a really powerful tool,” Swanlund said. “It’s very engaging on a personal level.” A year and a half ago, Jaster decided he wanted to combine his design skills with his desire for social change by placing bright yellow, blue and green “reuse” graphics on paper bags that he handed out at his local Ralphs market. Jaster’s efforts got him recognition in the art world, and got his work displayed in several art galleries. But he said as time went on, he felt he needed to do more. “I began to wonder what I really achieved. I wanted to prevent the project from becoming a one-liner.” This new tote bag project will bring Jaster back to his regular market. Growing up in communist East Germany until the Berlin Wall crumbled when he was 11, Jaster said his upbringing was definitely different than most Americans his age. “I was not deprived, but it was an environment where you made the most of every little thing you had,” Jaster said. Jaster remembers how amazed he was with the wealth in America when he came here as an exchange student at 16. Grocery bags in particular were always interesting to him because back home, both before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the sacks were washed and rinsed after every use. In most European countries, taxes on disposable bags are already levied. “That definitely makes people bring their own bag,” Jaster said with a smirk. As he prepped himself days before the bag event, Jaster admitted he was nervous, but said he’d be happy if just a few were moved by his message. “I am not trying to persuade anyone to change the law. I just want to talk to shoppers directly and let them know they have a lot of power to opt out of a crazy, wasteful habit.” firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “This is a gesture, a provocation for thought,” Jaster said. “Most conservation efforts go back to the same question, paper or plastic, but they are just confusing the issue with a choice when the real answer is: neither.” His idea is to give a small group of people “sexy bags” that they’ll look forward to using for shopping instead of disposable ones. By taking the bags, the shoppers must agree to use them for at least six months. “This is an ecological intervention that forces people to stop and consider what they are doing to the environment,” Jaster said. Every year, Americans consume more than 100 billion disposable shopping bags – that is 1 million bags a minute. While paper bags traditionally have been looked at as the more eco-friendly option – they are biodegradable and can be recycled, they are made from trees and once used, break down in landfills. Plastic bags are made with petroleum products and end up filling drains, or worse, washing up on ocean shores. VALENCIA – If you see him toiling away by the sewing machine, all this German-born graphic design student asks is that you stop by and chat. His message: Neither paper nor plastic. To celebrate Earth Day, Roman Jaster will be handing out 40 handmade sacks today to shoppers at Ralphs grocery in Valencia’s Granary Square. Jaster, a graphic design student at nearby California Institute of the Arts, said this living art project is his personal crusade against bag waste.
Renato Sanches announced himself to the professional scene in some style over the weekend.The Benfica star, dubbed the next Ronaldinho, struck an audacious strike during his side’s 3-0 win over Academcia to notch his first senior goal.The 18-year-old is tipped for big things and it’s easy to see why. Renato Sanches 1
REVEALED Roma only landed the 25-year-old, full name Alisson Ramses Becker, two years ago and he remains under contract until 2021.But the Serie A club are in line to make a colossal profit on the £7.2m they paid Internacional for him in 2016 and they now appear ready to cash in.However, a move to England is now looking increasingly unlikely with reports in Spain suggesting that an agreement to join Real Madrid is nearing completion.Marca has claimed that a deal which could reach up to £52.5m based on performances is close to being agreed, with Alisson ready to pen an initial five-year deal at the Bernabeu. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Latest transfer news on talkSPORT.com moving on Roma bought Alisson for £7.2million in 2016 from Internacional Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets RANKED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LATEST Real Madrid are closing in on a £52.5m deal to land Liverpool and Chelsea target Alisson from Roma.Both Premier League clubs have been heavily linked with the Brazilian, who has been very impressive since establishing himself as first choice with the Italian club during the last season. LIVING THE DREAM targets Should the move be rubber-stamped, the Brazil international will become the most expensive goalkeeper in football history, eclipsing Ederson’s £34.7m fee to join Manchester City last year. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 1 IN DEMAND Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti
Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REAL DEAL “He carries a lot on his shoulders that people on the outside won’t see, but he embraces that responsibility and that leadership. He is our ‘General’ and I trust him completely.“But the best thing is, I think – in fact, I know – he will get even better in these coming years. And this improvement will come from a very high base already.“Jordan is so important to us and we are very fortunate as a club to have this person commit to us as he has.“For Jordan and his wonderful young family I am really pleased they now know they are part of our Liverpool family for an even longer time.”He may have been the weak link in midfield against Chelsea, but he certainly has his boss’ backing. For now. Henderson took some criticism from fans on Twitter for his display against Chelsea huge blow silverware shining England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won no dice REVEALED Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 2 Klopp called Henderson Liverpool’s ‘General’ earlier in the season tense Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Jordan Henderson took some stick on the weekend, didn’t he?The Liverpool captain was substituted during the 1-1 draw with Chelsea and some supporters did not hold back in their critique of his performance, with one even labelling him a ‘fraud’. Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star gameday cracker Signed from Sunderland for £20million in 2011, the midfielder has slowly cemented his place in the first team squad and appeared to be a vital part of the squad last season that reached the Champions League final.Even other fans seemed to fall in love with him during the summer as England powered their way to the World Cup semi-final.However, the Reds strengthened in the middle of the park during the summer by bringing in Fabinho and Naby Keita, meaning it’s going to be tough for Henderson to start as regularly.But it was only in September when Jurgen Klopp, his manager, gushed over his ‘General’ after the 28-year-old signed a new five-year contract with the club.As well as calling him ‘perfect’ for the club he said: “Jordan embodies entirely what it means to be a Liverpool player in this modern era of football. You can tell through his actions on and off the pitch he treats representing our badge and our shirt as a privilege. He takes nothing for granted and strives to learn and be better for his team at all times. 2 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT deals Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Most popular Premier League news Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card
DDTV: GLENTIES singer Paddy Molloy is through to the live show on RTE’s The Voice of Ireland.The Donegal man won through on the final night of the Battles against Dagan as they performed “Radioactive” by the Kings of Leon.And it was imply no contest – as Paddy was superb….and Dagan wasn’t!Click the video to watch the performance. DDTV: GLENTIES SINGER PADDY MOLLOY THROUGH TO LIVE SHOWS OF ‘THE VOICE’ was last modified: March 9th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GlentiesPaddy Molloy
The lads launch the Naomh Conaill 5KNaomh Conaill GAA Club has launched their annual 5k run/walk which will take place on Wednesday 13th of August at 7pm.Present at the launch were Naomh Conaill and Donegal players Leo Mc Loone, Anthony Thompson, Dermot Brick Molloy and Leon Thompson. The lads fully endorsed the event and encouraged all serious and fun runners/walkers to come out for a very enjoyable evening.This is the 3rd year for the event and this year the club are hoping for another great turnout and you may even get a chance to test yourself against some of the local GAA stars. The course is off the main road and relatively flat, suitable for all types of runners young and old while a bouncy castle will be on site to keep the younger children entertained. The 5k will start at the Naomh Conaill clubhouse at 7pm sharp.Registration is from 6pm.There is ample parking and full changing/shower facilities. Tea and refreshments will be served after the run/walk. Entry is €8 for adults and €3 for under 16. For more information contact 086 8656312.ALL ROADS LEAD TO GLENTIES FOR NAOMH CONAILL 5K was last modified: July 31st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:5kNaomh Conaill
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We’d like weeds if we knew them better, says John Roach for National Geographic News, especially if we realized they may contain wonder drugs. “It’s often said that plants hidden in the tangle of the Amazonian rain forest may harbor an undiscovered cancer cure,” he writes; “John Richard Stepp thinks the same can be said for the world’s weeds.” Stepp, an ethnobiologist from U. of Florida, is combing the world’s small herbaceous plants for healthy ingredients. He also goes “bio-prospecting” among native peoples to see what plants they use for salves, ointments, and medicines. Usually far from doctors, many rely on natural remedies.Weeds are full of bioactive compounds. These are chemicals that weeds have evolved over thousands of years to compete against other plants and to prevent predators, such as insects, from munching their leaves. These compounds “are toxic to predators. But [when] used in the right dose, they have therapeutic benefits for humans,” Stepp said. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)There are about 8,000 plants worldwide classified as weeds – small non-woody plants that thrive in disturbed areas. Stepp says it makes more economic sense to look for health-promoting chemicals at our feet than trying to make them from scratch.This is an update on a story reported on 06/04/2004. We hope Stepp is making progress finding that cure for cancer in your lawn. John Roach is fogging up the discussion to say that plants “evolved” complex bioactive compounds. He makes it sound as if weeds had the ability to plan and invent things. Plants have no brains; they just sit there and run the program. They only look smart because they have a good Programmer.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Rooibos is indigenous to the Cedarberg region, north-west of Cape Town. This is the only place in the world where Rooibos grows naturally. (Image: SA Rooibos Council) The rooibos industry is a major employer in the Cederberg and surrounding areas. The industry is labour-intensive and provides about 4 500 jobs. (Image: SA Rooibos Council) MEDIA CONTACTS • Soekie Snyman SA Rooibos Council +27 21 552 8845RELATED ARTICLES • South Africa develops rooibos flavour wheel • Cookies with a cause in SA • South African olive oil is the best, study shows • Online ad help for small business • Amarula cream a global market leaderWilma den HartighThe South African Rooibos Council is participating in an international project to improve the export competitiveness of rooibos, one of the country’s most well-known products.The project is a combined effort between the SA Rooibos Council and the International Trade Centre – a joint agency of the World Trade Organisation and the UN. Funding for the project is provided by the government of The Netherlands.“We are delighted that international funders see the potential to take the rooibos product further,” says Soekie Snyman from the Rooibos Council.South Africa is the world’s only producer of rooibos, which is a unique selling point of the product. Classified as a herb, rooibos is part of the fynbos family of plants found in the Cape Floral Kingdom, one of only six recognised floral kingdoms of the world.Used mainly as tea but available in a wide variety of other products, rooibos is indigenous to the Cederberg region north-west of Cape Town and will only grow in this area. The region’s hot and dry summers, winter rainfall and coarse sandy soil provide ideal growing conditions for the hardy rooibos plant.According to the SA Rooibos Council, 72% of South African households buy rooibos tea and sales are increasing at about 5% a year. While the value of exported tea has increased by an average 26% year-on-year between 2005 and 2009, more than 90% of rooibos is exported in bulk, with little value added.In 2007 the world’s largest flavour company Givaudan named rooibos as one of the flavours to watch in its annual FlavourVision forecast. Since then, rooibos has gone from being a flavour to watch to a local and international beverage of choice.Thinking creatively about rooibosThe research initiative will help the industry to think more creatively about marketing the sought-after herb.“To sustain the growth we’ve achieved over the past 12 years we have to continue developing the domestic market as well as assess new opportunities to expand exports,” says Martin Bergh, chairman of the SA Rooibos Council.The research project will help the industry to better understand rooibos’s export potential, explore ways to increase current production, sustain jobs and boost the value of exported tea.Currently about half of the 12 000 tons of rooibos produced annually is exported, mostly to Germany. According to Snyman, Germany buys and sells the largest quantities of herbs such as rooibos. “It is the international herb trading capital of the world,” she says.Rooibos is exported to more than 30 countries. Germany, The Netherlands, Japan, the UK and US are the biggest importers.In addition to the opportunities for value adding, the rooibos industry is a major employer in the Cederberg and surrounding areas. The industry is labour-intensive and provides about 4 500 jobs.The South African government has recognised this as one of the focus areas in its Industrial Policy Action Plan – by promoting the exports of added-value rooibos products, jobs in the sector will be better protected.Taking these factors into account, the goal of the initial six-month project is to conduct an in-depth analysis of the structure and pricing of the German rooibos market. The findings will help the industry to identify new opportunities and market segments.In a statement Lilia Naas, programme manager at the International Trade Centre, explained that the research forms part of the inception phase of the project. Should the results prove encouraging, a second phase of the project would implement activities to improve the positioning of rooibos in international markets.Value adding potentialSnyman says that rooibos is a versatile product that is used extensively in the manufacture of products such as pet skincare ranges, alcoholic liqueurs, rooibos-smoked butter, salad dressings, yoghurt, jams, jellies and biscuits.Rooibos is also a favourite ingredient in experimental cuisine. At the Twelve Apostles Hotel in Cape Town, which recently made it onto the Condé Nast Traveler Magazine listing of the 80 best new hotels in the world, you can enjoy rooibos ice-cream as part of their fynbos-inspired menu.Although value adding is important, Snyman says that the main focus of the industry is still tea. “There is a growing market trend for speciality teas. In South Africa, the speciality tea market is still small, but it’s growing fast,” she says.South Africa’s unofficial national drinkBesides its sweet flavour, another reason for the increasing popularity of rooibos is the proven health benefits.The SA Rooibos Council has invested more than R2-million (US$252 000) in independent scientific research to determine the benefits of rooibos. It is funding six projects at several local universities and science councils, focusing on how rooibos can counter cancer and stress as well as the link between rooibos and exercise. A project on rooibos and obesity is also underway.A recent collaborative study by scientists at four international research facilities found the first clinical evidence that drinking rooibos tea significantly increases the antioxidant capacity in human blood, boosting the body’s natural defences.
3 February 2016 – Government is ready to welcome delegates to the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba to be held in Cape Town. The indaba will also showcase the country’s prowess in the areas of mining and related fields.• Download media advisoryThe Indaba, to be held from 8th to 11th February 2016 in Cape Town, is the world’s largest gathering of mining’s most influential stakeholders and decision-makers on the African continent.Government activities will commence with the Minister of Mineral Resources Mr Mosebenzi J Mosebenzi (MP) officially opening the Indaba on Monday, 8th of February 2016.The opening of the Mining Indaba by Minister Zwane will be followed by a media briefing.The media briefing is scheduled to take place as follows:Date: Monday, 08 February 2016Time: 10:00 – 12:30Venue: Westin Hotel, Marco Polo Board Room, Cape Town, Western Cape ProvinceMinister Zwane will thereafter, together with the Ministers of Trade and Industry Dr Davies, Economic Development Mr Patell, Communications Ms Muthambi, Monitoring and Evaluation Mr Radebe and Public Enterprise Ms Brown, host an Investment Dialogue under the theme: “Driving competitiveness and ensuring growth and stability”.Details of the dialogue are as follows:Date: Monday, 08 February 2016Time: 14:00 – 16:00Venue: Auditorium IIPLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY ACCREDITED MEDIA WILL ACCESS THE VENUE, to register log on: https://www.miningindaba.comKindly confirm attendance with Neliswa Chiloane by Friday, 5th of February 2016, at the following email address: Neliswa.Chiloane@dmr.gov.zaEnds-Issued by the Department of Mineral Resources