Folic acid looks more likely to be compulsorily added to bread after Food Standards Agency (FSA) research found that 50% of the population backed the move.The FSA will decide in the next week whether to recommend that the Department of Health introduces folic acid as a mandatory additive; the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition and the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food and Nutrition Policy have already reported that this would reduce the number of babies born with spina bifida.Federation of Bakers’ director Gordon Polson said the decision to fortify bread should be a medical one but added there would be a number of considerations if the move got the go-ahead. “The most practical way of adding folic acid would be at the flour mill rather than at a manufacturing plant – it wouldn’t be something we’d want to do,” he said. “It wouldn’t be practical.”
Seaport Global analyst: U.S. thermal coal ‘could be a disaster zone in 2020’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):In the second quarter of 2019, average quarterly U.S. coal mining employment declined to the lowest level since the first quarter of Donald Trump’s presidency as production in the first half remains significantly lower than the first or second half of 2018.Average employment in the sector fell by about 2.7% from the first to the second quarter of 2019 while coal production held roughly flat in the same period, S&P Global Market Intelligence analysis of federal data shows. Employment and production figures could look even starker in the next quarter. Blackjewel LLC sent hundreds of miners home and operations were idled in the wake of the company’s bankruptcy early in the third quarter while export markets that propped up the industry in recent periods are showing signs of weakness moving forward.Seaport Global Securities LLC analyst Mark Levin recently wrote that there are few new metallurgical coal projects in the pipeline worldwide as “producers continue to struggle to offset depletion, particularly because geology is getting more difficult, and a lot of excess cash is being returned to shareholders rather than reinvested in new projects.” Domestic thermal coal in the U.S. has long been in decline, but “could be a disaster zone in 2020” based on an expected drop in demand, Levin wrote.Coal production and employment trends vary significantly by location. The nation’s most productive coal region, the Powder River Basin, produced significantly less coal in the first half of 2019 than in the first or second half of 2018. The area produces thermal coal and has limited access to export markets, making it particularly susceptible to a secular decline in U.S. utility coal consumption.Unless other coal producers pick up the slack, quarterly coal production could take a significant dip in the third quarter as Blackjewel’s Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines remain closed since July 1 after initial financing for the company’s bankruptcy fell through. The mines accounted for 7.9 million tons of coal production in the second quarter, roughly 11.1% of the 71.4 million tons of coal produced in the period. Contura Energy Inc. is currently negotiating with federal officials to resolve issues with Contura’s proposed purchase of the mines, which it sold to Blackjewel in 2017.Despite a significant amount of production going offline due to the closures, Peabody Energy Corp. President and CEO Glenn Kellow reported that even a month after the Blackjewel mines stopped producing, prices did not change due to ongoing competition from low-priced natural gas and renewables. Peabody and Arch Coal Inc. recently announced they are working toward a joint venture of their operations in the Powder River Basin and Colorado.More ($): U.S. coal employment, production slides as market poised to get even tougher
Eric Ayala scored 19, Jalen Smith had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Aaron Wiggins added 15 points for the Terps. Cowan, a senior guard, went 7 for 11 from the floor and hit six free throws in the final minute.Maryland moved into a first-place tie with Wisconsin, and Michigan State had a chance to make it a three-way deadlock by defeating Ohio State later on Sunday. If two or more teams tie atop the standings at the end of the season, it is a shared championship.Immediately after the game, Maryland was presented a Big Ten championship trophy, its first since joining the league in 2014. However, Wisconsin is assured the top seed in the conference tournament this week by virtue of owing the best record in games involving the first-place teams.In other top-25 games Sunday:— Fabian White Jr. had 18 points and 14 rebounds, Quentin Grimes added 17 points and No. 21 Houston defeated Memphis 64-57. Grimes had 15 second-half points, which led a 17-2 run for the Cougars. Nate Hinton had 13 points for Houston, which shot 34% overall including 48% in the second half. The Cougars will finish at least in a tie for second in the American Athletic Conference. Precious Achiuwa had 25 points and 15 rebounds and Lester Quinones added 10 points for Memphis. March 8, 2020 Associated Press The Bahraini organizers’ decision comes as the wider sporting world battles turmoil caused by the new coronavirus. Soccer, golf, skiing, marathons and Olympic qualifying tournaments have all been disrupted.Japan’s Spring Grand Sumo Tournament started Sunday without spectators, and with wrestlers arriving in face masks.One of Italian soccer’s biggest games was being played Sunday in an empty stadium.The Alpine skiing World Cup Finals, Italian cycling races and the women’s ice hockey world championships have all been canceled.WORLD CUP-MEN’S SUPER-G Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditT25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULENo. 9 Maryland tops No. 25 Michigan 83-70UNDATED (AP) — Anthony Cowan Jr. had 20 points and eight assists in his final home game at Maryland, and the ninth-ranked Terrapins beat No. 25 Michigan 83-70 to earn a share of the Big Ten regular-season title. MLB-NEWSOrioles claim RHP Hector Velazquez on waivers from Red SoxUNDATED (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles claimed right-handed pitcher Hector Velazquez on waivers from the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. The 31-year-old was 11-7 with a 3.90 ERA in 89 games in the last three seasons with Boston, including 19 starts.Velazquez will compete for a spot on the Orioles’ staff. One candidate, right-hander Evan Phillips, will begin the season on the injured list due to right elbow soreness.In other MLB news: — New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez said his sore back is improving, but he’s still out of the lineup. Sanchez didn’t take batting practice Saturday or Sunday. He isn’t on the travel roster for Monday’s road game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSBahrain Grand Prix, world soccer among events hit by virusSAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) — Formula One’s Bahrain Grand Prix on March 22 has been closed to spectators due to the global virus outbreak, but it won’t be postponed like the Chinese round of the championship.The F1 season is set to begin with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15. China was scheduled to hold the fourth race of the season on April 19, but that was postponed due to the virus outbreak and no new date has been set. Update on the latest sports Canceled ski race sets up 3-way fight for World Cup titleKVITFJELL, Norway (AP) — A tight, three-way fight for the men’s World Cup overall title was ensured Sunday when a super-G race was canceled due to weather conditions.Sunday’s cancellation in Norway handed the season-long super-G title to Mauro Caviezel, whose slender lead in the standings could not be challenged.Just two races — and a maximum 200 points to be won — remain in an early finish to the season next weekend in Slovenia. The scheduled March 18-22 finals meeting in northern Italy was cancelled Friday due to the spreading coronavirus.The giant slalom and slalom races in Kranjska Gora next weekend promise the closest finish since the now-retired Marcel Hirscher won the first of his eight straight overall titles in 2012.
Coming Out: Young Donegal man Ayrton Kelly begins his column series with DonegalDaily.com giving an insight into his journey in the LGBTI+ community and life in Donegal.Ayrton (20) from Letterkenny came out as gay in 2016 during his final year at St. Eunan’s College. He is now studying Business and French in UCD and has a keen interest in equality and social justice. Ireland has come a long way in the acceptance of LGBTI+ people, says Ayrton, but there are still times when he has felt different from his peers. In this ‘Coming Out’ series of columns for Donegal Daily, Ayrton will be giving an insight into life as a young gay person in a small town and will look at what the future holds for rural communities. Ayrton Kellyby Ayrton KellyDuring the week running up to Dublin Pride and the launch of the National LGBTI+ Youth Strategy, I wrote a piece for the Journal.ie on growing up gay in Donegal and the difference the strategy would make to the young people of Donegal. But when I was asked to write a piece for Donegal Daily about the same thing, I was a lot more hesitant. I worried that bringing attention to myself at a concentrated local level would mean my work colleagues could look at me differently; I might get stares in the gym or walking around town or that it might even leave me more liable for a beating walking on Main Street after a night out. In truth, these are irrational fears and worries. The probability of such things happening is slim – but not impossible. Ireland has come a long, long way in the past few decades when it comes to human rights, equality and justice but this does not mean that Ireland is exempt of any injustice, bigotry, homophobia, transphobia or racism. I was recently told ‘but LGBTI+ people have all the same rights as everyone else’. This is true but legislation does not change attitudes, or at least it doesn’t overnight. On Saturday, I went out to Voodoo for the first time since Christmas and while I was met with support from 99% of the people there around the Journal article, it just took one experience to dampen the entire night and make me put Emergency SOS on, on my phone, just in case. If you’re young and LGBTI+, you always have to look over your shoulder and mitigate any risks. In the words of Rory O’Neill (a.k.a. Panti Bliss), that felt like oppression.I love Donegal and it’s not my intention to put it down but being LGBTI+ and expressing your sexuality, gender and sexual orientation in urban areas like the Greater Dublin Area is vastly different to expressing yourself in rural areas in Ireland like Donegal, Offaly, Wexford, Kerry, etc.Many years ago, when I was a baby gay, the extent of visibility of the LGBT community in my life was Daffyd Thomas in Little Britain, my older sister’s one gay friend and Boy George. Transgender people were only ever described negatively with words like tranny, transvestite and so on (point of information: transvestite is not the same as transgender). The impact of this is thinking of yourself as inherently different, abnormal and an embarrassment. I went through primary school knowing I was different, but was unable to identify what that difference was until secondary school where I remained in the closet until sixth year. I now know that I am ‘normal’, valued and important. To paraphrase Shakespeare (The Merchant of Venice resonates with me from my Junior Cert English days): [LGBTI+ people] have hands, bodily organs, a human shape, five senses, feelings, and passions. We eat the same food, get hurt with the same weapons, get sick with the same diseases, get healed by the same medicine, and warm up in summer and cool off in winter just like a [straight cisgender person]. If you prick us with a pin, don’t we bleed? If you tickle us, don’t we laugh? If you poison us, don’t we die?Check back next week for more from Ayrton, as he shares his own ‘Coming Out’ story.Ayrton Kelly is 20 years old and from Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. He is studying Business and French in UCD and before that attended St Eunan’s College. By working with Donegal Youth Service, UCD Students’ Union, Foróige, Youth Work Ireland, BeLonG To and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs has become interested in equality and Social Justice. Most recently, he was on the Youth Advisory Group and Oversight Committee for the National LGBTI+ Youth Strategy. BreakOut is a project for young LGBTI people, LGBTI Allies and young people that believe in social justice aged 12-30, and is operated by Donegal Youth Service. Currently there are groups meeting up regularly in Letterkenny, Ballybofey, Glenties and Moville offering information, training, one-to-one support and guaranteed craic. If you would like to come along and see what BreakOut is all about contact Sinead Murray on 074 91 29630/086 124 7968, pop in to 16-18 Port Road, or find BreakOut on Facebook.Coming Out: Growing up Gay in Donegal was last modified: July 12th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:Ayrton Kellycoming outLGBTI