Monday, 9 January 2017

Drive to bring more international students to Ireland

Drive to bring more international students here -
Fee-paying schools are expected to enjoy a Brexit bounce, as well as benefit from a new drive to recruit international second-level students to Ireland.

Major financial corporations, such as banks and insurance companies, are turning their eyes to Dublin as an EU base in anticipation of the UK's departure from the EU.

Children's education is high on the list of priorities for executives who are being asked to relocate with their families, with school fees a typical part of the remuneration package.

"This is happening anyway, but a lot more is expected post-Brexit," said one source in the financial world who is already dealing with such queries.

Typically, HR personnel from the companies involved come to check out what's available, with a focus on the fee-paying sector.

Meanwhile, there is a growing international market in second-level students, similar to what happens at third-level, from families in central and south-east Asia who want an English-speaking education for their children...

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Sugar is the ‘alcohol of the child’, yet we let it dominate the breakfast table | Robert Lustig | Opinion | The Guardian

Sugar is the ‘alcohol of the child’, yet we let it dominate the breakfast table 

Breakfast is considered by most nutrition experts, including Public Health England, to be the most important meal of the day. It gets your brain and your metabolism going, and it suppresses the hunger hormone in your stomach so you won’t overeat at lunch. But in our busy lives, it’s easy to turn to what is quick, cheap, or what you can eat on the go. Cold cereal. Instant oatmeal. For those die-hard “I’m gonna serve something hot for breakfast” types, it’s microwaveable breakfast sandwiches. Gotta get out the door now? Granola bars. Protein bars. Yoghurt smoothies.

Children consume half of daily sugar quota at breakfast – study

Read more

Sadly, as the National Diet and Nutrition Survey found, what you’re really doing is giving your children a huge sugar load while sending them on their way: half of their daily intake on average. There’s a reason that the World Health Organisationand the United States Department of Agriculture have provided upper limits of sugar – because dietary sugar fries your kids’ liver and brain; just like alcohol.

Alcohol provides calories (7kcal/g), but not nutrition. There’s no biochemical reaction that requires it. When consumed chronically and in high dose, alcohol is toxic, unrelated to its calories or effects on weight. Not everyone who is exposed gets addicted, but enough do to warrant taxation and restriction of access, especially to children. Clearly, alcohol is not a food – it’s a dangerous drug, because it’s both toxic and abused.

Dietary sugar is composed of two molecules: glucose and fructose. Fructose, while an energy source (4kcal/g), is otherwise vestigial to humans; again, there is no biochemical reaction that requires it. But fructose is metabolised in the liver in exactly the same way as alcohol. And that’s why, when consumed chronically and at a high dose, fructose is similarly toxic and abused, unrelated to its calories or effects on weight. And that’s why our children now get the diseases of alcohol (type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease), without alcohol. Because sugar is the “alcohol of the child”. Also similar to alcohol, sugared beverages are linked to behavioural problems in children...

Monday, 2 January 2017

A Month Without Sugar - The New York Times

A Month Without Sugar

By: David Leonhardt
Op-Ed Columnist 

It is in chicken stock, sliced cheese, bacon and smoked salmon, in mustard and salad dressing, in crackers and nearly every single brand of sandwich bread. It is all around us — in obvious ways and hidden ones — and it is utterly delicious.

It’s sugar, in its many forms: powdered sugar, honey, corn syrup, you name it. The kind you eat matters less than people once thought, scientific research suggests, and the amount matters much more. Our national sugar habit is the driving force behind the diabetes and obesity epidemics and may be a contributing factor to cancer and Alzheimer’s.

Like me, you’ve probably just finished a couple of weeks in which you have eaten a whole lot of tasty sugar. Don’t feel too guilty about it. But if you feel a little guilty about it, I’d like to make a suggestion.

Choose a month this year — a full 30 days, starting now or later — and commit to eating no added sweeteners. Go cold turkey, for one month.

I have done so in each of the last two years, and it has led to permanent changes in my eating habits. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it. It reset my sugar-addled taste buds and opened my eyes to the many products that needlessly contain sugar. I now know which brands of chicken stock, bacon, smoked salmon, mustard and hot sauce contain added sugar and which donot.

I know that Triscuits and pita bread are our friends. They have only a few ingredients, and no sugar. Wheat Thins and most packaged sandwich breads, on the other hand, have an ingredient list that evokes high school chemistry class, including added sugars.
How Much Sugar Can You Avoid Today?

See if you can stay under a healthy limit.

If you give up sugar for a month, you’ll become part of a growing anti-sugar movement. Research increasingly indicates that an overabundance of simple carbohydrates, and sugar in particular, is the No. 1 problem in modern diets. An aggressive, well-financed campaign by the sugar industry masked this reality for years. Big Sugar instead placed the blame on fats — which seem, after all, as if they should cause obesity.

But fats tend to have more nutritional value than sugar, and sugar is far easier to overeat. Put it this way: Would you find it easier to eat two steaks or two pieces of cake?

Fortunately, the growing understanding of sugar’s dangers has led to a backlash, both in politics and in our diets. Taxes on sweetened drinks — and soda is probably the most efficient delivery system for sugar — have recently passed in Chicago, Philadelphia, Oakland, San Francisco and Boulder, Colo. Mexico and France now have one as well, and Ireland and Britain soon will.

Even before the taxes, Americans were cutting back on sugar. Since 1999, per capita consumption of added sweeteners has fallen about 14 percent, according to the Agriculture Department.

Yet it needs to drop a lot more — another 40 percent or so — to return to a healthy level. “Most public authorities think everybody would be healthier eating less sugar,” says Marion Nestle of N.Y.U. “There is tons of evidence.”

A good long-term limit for most adults is no more than 50 grams (or about 12 teaspoons) of added sugars per day, and closer to 25 is healthier. A single 16-ounce bottle of Coke has 52 grams.

You don’t have to cut out sugar for a month to eat less of it, of course. But it can be difficult to reduce your consumption in scattered little ways. You can usually find an excuse to say yes to the plate of cookies at a friend’s house or the candy jar during a meeting. Eliminating added sugar gives you a new baseline and forces you to make changes. Once you do, you’ll probably decide to keep some of your new habits...

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Boldmethods Top 10 Stories Of 2016

Boldmethod's Top 10 Stories Of 2016, According To You | Boldmethod

2016 was a quite a year at Boldmethod, and we have readers like you to thank for it (thanks!). So to wrap up 2016 and get ready for 2017, here are our 10 most popular stories of the year. Enjoy, and Happy New Year!

10) Pitch For Airspeed, Power For Altitude? Or The Other Way Around?
You're high on the glideslope. How do you correct? Do you pitch down, or do you reduce power?
Read story...

9) How To Fly An IFR Departure Procedure With A "Climb Via"

ExpressJet gave us a flight crew and a jet for the day (how cool is that?). So we went out and flew one of the more confusing things in instrument flying: a departure procedure with a "climb via".


8) How To Survive An Engine Failure Immediately After Takeoff

An engine failure is always something that will get your blood pumping, but there's one place where it can be particularly pulse-pounding... Read story...

Sunday, 18 December 2016

SW 4 ‘Solo’ remotely piloted helicopter begins test campaign in Grottaglie airport

SW 4 ‘Solo’ remotely piloted helicopter begins test campaign in Grottaglie airport

With the first flight of the innovative remotely piloted helicopter SW-4 ‘Solo’ yesterday at the Taranto-Grottaglie Airport, Leonardo-Finmeccanica begins the test campaign in order to verify the aircraft’s operational characteristics and validate flight procedures, in both normal and emergency conditions.

Mauro Moretti, CEO and General Manager Leonardo said: “The SW-4 ‘Solo’ is testimony of Leonardo’s industrial commitment and innovation in unmanned aircraft, a sector of increased global competition and is part of a portfolio of solutions making Leonardo the only European company able to provide a complete ‘unmanned’ system. When presented with an advancement of technology, the winning regions are those who can adapt to market needs. Grottaglie is an example of this.”

Yesterday’s activity was part of a collaboration started in 2015 between Leonardo, Aeroporti di Puglia (AdP) and the Distretto Tecnologico Aerospaziale Pugliese (DTA) for the “Grottaglie Test Bed,” which is a candidate to become the Italian solution to the national and European industry demand for the testing of unmanned aircraft. The flight campaign, carried out in collaboration with the DTA and Ente Nazionale Aviazione Civile (ENAC, the Italian Civil Aviation Authority), will continue during the first few months of 2017. The validation of procedures and regulations for the use of unmanned aircraft are among its key objectives.

The ‘Solo’, derived from the SW-4 helicopter produced by Leonardo in Poland and equipped with advanced systems and sensors also made by the company in Italy and the UK, is designed to operate with or without pilot on board. The ‘Solo,’ recently returned from a successful demonstration campaign in the UK, is an innovative solution for activities such as hydrological and critical infrastructure monitoring, firefighting, search and rescue, patrol, and disaster relief activities...

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Opinion Today

Opinion Today
Many of the things that keep our democracy healthy don’t appear in the Constitution or any federal law. President Obama made this point Monday when talking about an orderly transition from one presidency to the next:

“It’s not something that the Constitution explicitly requires but it is one of those norms that are vital to a functioning democracy, similar to norms of civility and tolerance and a commitment to reason and facts and analysis.”

The last few words of that sentence were the ones that caught my attention, and I started thinking about them again after reading an Op-Ed by Zeynep Tufekci.

Tufekci, a University of North Carolina professor, makes the case that Facebook is in denial about its role in spreading misinformation. During the presidential campaign, Facebook helped spread falsehoods — the Pope endorsed Trump! — to millions of people. Those falsehoods appeared in fake news articles, and Facebook did nothing to inform their users that the material in them was simply made up.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, has said it’s “pretty crazy” to believe that fake news influences people in any significant way, but Tufekci persuasively lays out evidence to the contrary. Multiple studies have shown — and common sense backs up — that Facebook influences opinions and behavior.

“These are not easy problems to solve, but there is a lot Facebook could do,” Tufekci wrote. “When the company decided it wanted to reduce spam, it established a policy that limited its spread.” The step that Facebook announced Monday— refusing to display advertisements in fake stories — isn’t sufficient.

The media is in the midst of a historical transition right now. Some old news sources are shrinking or disappearing, and others — many of which rely on Facebook — are rising. There is nothing wrong with this change. Our country has survived the fading of news powerhouses, like the Saturday Evening Post, Life magazine and live radio broadcasts, before.

But whatever forms the new information sources take, they do need to provide “reason and facts,” neither of which is partisan. A healthy democracy depends on it. As Thomas Jefferson said, the people need “full information of their affairs.” Zuckerberg, by believing that Facebook is staying neutral, has in fact made a damaging choice.

The full Opinion report from The Times follows, including Geoff Dembicki on generational war and climate change.

David Leonhardt
Op-Ed Columnist
NY Times.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Cessna 152 Multiple Spins Recovery

When it comes to spin recovery, this is how it's done.

This is spectacular... Thank you Cheesecake Ninja for sharing

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

US election pollsters get predictions wrong by underestimating white turnout in rural areas | Daily Mail Online

US election pollsters get predictions wrong by underestimating white turnout in rural areas |
 Daily Mail Online
The ABC News/Washington Post poll showed Clinton with a four-point lead the day before America casts its ballots

How did the pollsters get it so wrong? They underestimated white turnout in rural areas and overestimated black and millennial voters
Until the eleventh hour predictions were that Hillary had an 85 percent chance of winning the election
Even Tuesday's exit poll had Clinton winning almost everywhere at 5 p.m.
Trump supporters claim the speculators got it wrong because of partisan bias after the Republican won a stunning victory
'People have been told that they have to be embarrassed to support Donald Trump, even in a telephone poll,' says consultant Frank McCarthy
Of all major national surveys, the LA Times and IBD/TIPP tracking polls were the only two to call a Trump victory
Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight - which correctly called the last two elections - forecast a 66 per cent likelihood that Clinton will take the White House
CBS, ABC/Washington Post, Bloomberg, Rasmussen, Monmouth University and NBC News/Survey Monkey all got it wrong

Read more:
Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Pundits and Pollsters — Wrong again!!!

The Trump Era Dawns -

The Trump Era Dawns -

Today, Nov. 9, is the 18th of Brumaire by the French Revolutionary calendar — the day in 1799 when Napoleon Bonaparte led a coup against the revolutionary government, established himself as First Consul, and set about redirecting world history as few men have done before or since.

Donald Trump is not Napoleon, but for those of us who have cast him as merely a comic-opera authoritarian, a parody of a world-historical figure, his very own 18th Brumaire is a time to reconsider. He has won a truly astonishing victory, and won it in spite of polls and experts and all the data nerds and get-out-the-vote consultants who labored tirelessly for Hillary Clinton … in spite of the opposition of the Republican Party’s past presidents and presidential nominees and most of conservatism’s intelligentsia … in spite of the media that had gleefully lifted him up in the G.O.P. primary and then believed (reasonably, but wrongly) that it had torn him down … and finally, in spite of his own acts of self-sabotage, which seemed egregious but turned out to be insufficient to keep him from his destiny.

So here he is, soon to be the most powerful man on the face of the earth, with no popular mandate but a Republican majority nonetheless awaiting his direction, a court of hacks and flatterers around him, a bureaucracy and deep state unsure how to respond to him, an unstable world regarding his ascent with apprehension (or, in Moscow and Beijing, satisfaction), and none of the preparation that even the most inexperienced of modern American presidents have brought to their lofty office.

What happens next promises (and threatens) to make history as nothing has in America — not even the trauma of Sept. 11 or the election of the first black president — since the Cold War ended almost 30 years ago, or since the social crises of the 1960s and 1970s further back than that.

On the global stage Trump’s populism and nationalism makes him very much a man of his times,...

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Why It's So Hard To Start An $80,000 Aircraft Engine | Boldmethod

Why It's So Hard To Start An $80,000 Aircraft Engine | Boldmethod

Why is it so hard to get an airplane engine going? It's definitely not as simple as starting a car, that's for sure.

It's not always hard to start up a piston airplane, but it can be when the conditions are right. And those conditions are different for carbureted and fuel injected engines.

Carbureted Engines: Tough In The Cold

You've probably experienced this before: you hop into a carbureted aircraft on a cold day, prime then engine, and start cranking. And crank some more. And some more. And the engine still doesn't want to start for you.

For the majority of carbureted engines, cold starts are the most difficult. And it's because of the way a carbureted engine is primed.

When you prime a carbureted engine, fuel is sprayed into the intake manifold for one cylinder (sometimes more than one cylinder). Which is part of the problem...


Fuel Injected Engines: Tough In The Heat

Where carbureted engines fall short in the cold, fuel injected engines have their problems in the heat. And it's because of something called vapor lock.

Avgas is fairly volatile, which means when it's heated up, it changes from a liquid to a gas.

When that happens, the fuel pump isn't able to do its job (it's hard to pump vapor through a tube, and much easier to pump liquid through).


‘1 in 4 children’ victims of sexual violence in Africa

‘1 in 4 children’ victims of sexual violence in Africa

By Addis Getachew


‘1 in 4 children’ victims of sexual violence in AfricaOne in four children in many countries in Africa experience sexual violence, a document presented at the "International Policy Conference on the African Child" in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa said Monday.

The two-day conference on the premises of the UN Economic Commission for Africa brought together policy makers, academics, civil society organizations and nongovernmental organizations.

According to the conference booklet titled “Crimes and Extreme Violence against Children in Africa: A Glimpse Into Our Hidden Shame,” too many children in Africa face violence, often fatal, while the problem remained largely hidden from public attention.

“In many countries in Africa, one in four children, experience sexual violence,” it said.

Children accused of witchcraft were being subjected to exorcism and other so-called purification rituals that involve the deadly use of force or the forced ingestion of toxic substances.

Infanticide was also rife in many places in Africa. “In South Africa, out of 100,000 live births, 27.7 children under one year are victims of infanticide,” it said.

Albino children were being killed in what the document described as “medicine murder” -- a practice involving the killing children born without color pigmentation for their body parts to be used as “magical medicine”.

Graca Machel, chair of the conference organizer African Child Policy Forum’s board of trustees and widow of the late Nelson Mandela, said: “Our agenda cannot be more critical.

“Children are the future of our continent. And the future will judge us as much by our treatment of the vulnerable as by our development.”

The forum's Executive Director, Theophane Nikyema, said: "We hope that this report would trigger public anger and contribute to an Africa-wide dialogue and engagement to bring this shameful practice to a quick end."

Syrian families take court action in Ireland | Irish Examiner

Syrian families take court action in Ireland | Irish Examiner

Members of two Syrian families detained in Greece after fleeing the besieged city of Aleppo have taken an unprecedented action in the Irish courts against the European Council, EU, and Ireland over alleged breach of their human rights.

The core claim of the families is that the EU-Turkey deal on migration, agreed on March 18 by the European Council (EC) — the 28 EU heads of state, including Taoiseach Enda Kenny — was made outside the powers of the EC and breaches EU law. The deal allowed Greece return to Turkey “all new irregular migrants” arriving there since March 20.

That deal, and Ireland’s sanctioning of it, is incompatible with Ireland’s obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights and breaches various EU treaties, including the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU, they claim.

The plaintiffs are a married couple, Mr and Mrs D, their two daughters, aged 10 and 15 (a son is in Germany), and Mr S and his 13-year-old daughter (whose wife and other child are in Germany)...