Animal Agriculture Alliance says it finds discrepancies in Meatless Monday campaign

first_imgAfter weeks of investigation, the Animal Agriculture Alliance claims that the Meatless Monday campaign is misrepresenting the campaign’s enrollment and prevalence among schools, restaurants, hospitals and colleges. Since the inception of the campaign, the Alliance has closely monitored its progress and tried to correct misinformation about the healthfulness of meat consumption and environmental impact of livestock production.In anticipation of the campaign’s 10th anniversary, the Alliance analyzed the overall effects of the campaign and gauged its effectiveness by individually surveying every participant listed on the Meatless Monday website. The Alliance found that the campaign has not been as popular as the movement claimed. Most notably:Out of the 56 K-12th grade schools listed as participating, 64.2 percent no longer or never participated in the programOut of the 155 colleges/universities listed as participating, more than 43.2 percent no longer or never participated in the programOut of the school districts listed as participating, more than 57 percent no longer doThe campaign also counts restaurants and food service providers among its allies, yet, more than 35 percent and 47 percent, respectively, no longer participate in the program.advertisementadvertisement“These results are truly astounding. When we started the project, we didn’t expect nearly as many organizations to not actually be participating in the program,” said Alliance President and CEO Kay Johnson Smith. “The Meatless Monday campaign tries to promote a reduction in meat, milk and egg consumption as trendy, but clearly it hasn’t taking off as strongly as they’d hoped.”Schools, restaurants and food service providers also echoed these sentiments, noting that adoption of the campaign was widely unpopular, led to food waste, and elicited complaints from parents worried about proper nutrition.At Monroe Elementary School in Utah, Lisa Larson told the Alliance that the students “didn’t like the choices they were given,” which apparently included peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and salads. April Young, a registered dietician with the Granite School District in Utah echoed these concerns, noting there was already a vegetarian option available in the local schools.“We made a conscious decision to end the program after participating for a little under two years,” Young said. “As a dietician I plan meals to accommodate students. Many students have their own dietary needs and those should be handled individually — not as part of a large-scale program.”Many of those interviewed by the Alliance maintained that they didn’t understand how they appeared on the campaign’s website in the first place.advertisementMeatless Monday is a campaign that seeks to eliminate meat from Americans’ meals seven days a week, beginning with Mondays. Organized through the Center for a Livable Future at John Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, the campaign, which is funded in large part by wealthy, long-time animal rights activists Sid and Helaine Lerner, pushes an extreme animal rights and environmental agenda by promoting false claims about animal agriculture.“Offering options is always better than alienating consumers by forcing a viewpoint —and diet — upon them,”said Johnson Smith. “At the Alliance we support consumer choice. People don’t like to be forced to do anything. If the Meatless Monday campaign was honest — they would see that their numbers are dwindling and that their extreme viewpoint will ultimately lead to the campaign’s demise.” PD—From Animal Agriculture Alliance news releaselast_img read more

2nd Annual Norman Yahey Memorial Rodeo takes place this weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 2nd Annual Norman Yahey Memorial Rodeo takes place this weekend at the Blueberry First Nations Rodeo Grounds.The rodeo will start at 1:00 p.m. on both July 29th and 30th.Events include Saddle Bronc, Bull Riding (19+), Bareback, Ladies Barrels, Ladies Breakaway, Steer Wrestling, Tie Down Roping, Team Roping, Jr. Steer Riding, Jr. Bulls, Jr. Barrels, Peewee Barrels and Calf Scramble.- Advertisement -Daily rate admission is $5 per person.Organizers are asking that you show your fight against cancer by wearing Green on Saturday and Purple on Sunday.For more information, contact Marvin Yahey at (250) 262-6613.Advertisementlast_img read more

Why cloud computing success hinges on power management

first_imgBetter instrumentation. The basis for intelligent power management in your data center is better instrumentation at the server level. This includes instrumentation for things like CPU temperature, idle and average power, and power and memory states. Your management capabilities begin with access to this sort of data. Cloud computing models are based on gaining maximum yields for all resources that go into the data center. This is one of the keys to delivering services at a lower cost. And power is one of the biggest bills in a cloud environment. Cloud data centers now consume an estimated 1–2 percent of the world’s energy.[1] Numbers like that tell you the cloud’s success hinges on aggressive power management.So let’s talk about some of the steps you can take to operate a more efficient cloud: [1] Source: Jonathan Koomey, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientist, quoted in the New York Times Magazine. “Data Center Overload,” June 8, 2009. Better power policies across your data center. Put in place server- and rack-level power policies that work the rest of the policies in your data center. For example, you might allocate more power capacity to a certain set of servers that runs mission-critical workloads, and cap the power allocated to less important workloads. This can help you reduce power consumption while still meeting your service-level agreements.center_img Better power management at the facilities level. There are lots of things you can do to drive better efficiency across your data center. One of those is better thermal management through the use of hot and cold server aisles. Another is thermal mapping, so you can identify hot and cold spots in your data center and make changes to increase cooling efficiency. Ultimately, the key is to look at power the way you look at all other resources that go into your data center: seek maximum output for all input. Better power management at the server and rack level. Technologies like dynamic power capping and dynamic workload power distribution can help you reduce power consumption and place more servers into your racks. One Intel customer, Baidu.com, increased rack-level capacity by up to 20 percent within the same power envelope when it applied aggregated power management policies. For details, see this white paper.last_img read more

Delhi Police unveil security plan for Commonwealth Games

first_imgDelhi Police on Monday unveiled its massive security plan for Commonwealth Games 2010, which includes deployment of heli-borne snipers and a four-layered protective cordon around the venues and Games Village.Announcing the security strategy, city Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal told reporters, “we are not only looking into the security aspects of the Games, each and every aspect of the city’s security will also be addressed.”We are working closely with several agencies connected with the Games. We assure you a safe and secure Commonwealth Games,” he said.According to the plan, the Games venues, Games Village, practice venues, parking lots and the Indira Gandhi International Airport will have a four-layered security cordon.Explaining aspects of the plan, Special Commissioner (Administration) Neeraj Kumar said the security at prominent Games-related venues will have “outer, middle, inner and exclusive” security zones.At the outer cordon, he said, the traffic will be stopped and access will be controlled. At the middle cordon, security personnel will channelise the spectators to their designated seats while in the inner cordon, the barcode reading of tickets will take place and the spectators’ photos captured.”There will be surveillance from the skies with the help of the Air Force. There will also be the deployment of heli-borne assault teams to thwart any attempts by terrorists,” Kumar said.last_img read more

10 months agoMan City defender Laporte stands by supporting Rabiot after World Cup snub

first_imgMan City defender Laporte stands by supporting Rabiot after World Cup snubby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City centre-half Aymeric Laporte has defended his support of PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot over his World Cup row.Laporte publicy backed Rabiot when he rejected a place on France’s standby list, which infuriated local fans.However, the City defender told Bein Sport: “People take it as they want. I did not necessarily support his act but the person. I spent a lot of years with him in the youth national team, I know he’s a very good boy. “I know a lot of things hurt him and I supported the person he is. This is not his gesture obviously, it’s not something I would do or applaud. I applaud the person that he is.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: USC AD Pat Haden Collapsed On The Sideline Prior To Tonight’s Game

first_imgPat Haden collapses on the field of the USC game.Pat Haden CollapseUpdate: Looks like Haden is fine and is headed back to California with the team. Good signs. Pat Haden checked out at local hospital and was OK. Is on his jet back to USC, per announcement.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) October 18, 2015Earlier: There was a very scary moment on the sidelines in South Bend just before tonight’s USC-Notre Dame game kicked off. USC AD Pat Haden took ill and collapsed on the field. NBC’s television cameras and media on the sideline captured the scary scene.Video of #USC AD Pat Haden on the sideline pregame from NBC. pic.twitter.com/J491No5BFZ— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) October 17, 2015#USC AD Pat Haden wasn’t feeling well on the sidelines before the game. Medical staff huddled around him. pic.twitter.com/NMzPb2R3yV— Daily Trojan Sports (@DT_Sports) October 17, 2015Reportedly, Haden is feeling better, which is a great sign. It’s unclear what exactly happened to him.Per USC- Pat Haden took a knee on sideline, felt light headed. Went with medical staff to locker area and is sitting up, appears to be OK.— Ashley Adamson (@AdamsonAshley) October 17, 2015He is stable and sitting up in locker room, spokesman said.— Gary Klein (@LATimesklein) October 17, 2015Haden has certainly been under a lot of stress lately. Hopefully he is okay.last_img read more