French lawmakers debate ban on wild animals in circuses

first_imgPARIS (AP) — French lawmakers are debating an animal welfare bill that would ban using wild animals in traveling circuses and keeping dolphins and whales in captivity in marine parks. Circus workers held a protest against the bill outside the National Assembly on Tuesday, saying the measure would cause circuses and jobs to vanish, if it becomes law. The wild animal ban would not apply to permanent shows or to zoos, but it would extend to outlawing the use of wild animals in television shows, nightclubs and private parties. The bill would also require new pet owners to obtain certificates guaranteeing they have the specific knowledge needed to care for their animals.last_img

PSG set to face old foes Marseille early in French season

first_img Read Also: Premier League: Man Utd break record for most penalties in a season Despite the early end to the last league season in France, the two domestic cup finals, postponed in April, will still go ahead. PSG will face Saint-Etienne in the French Cup final on July 24, and the capital club will then take on Lyon in what will be the last ever French League Cup final on July 31. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 That is two weeks later than had initially been planned before the coronavirus pandemic forced French football authorities into a rethink, despite the controversial decision to end the last season early in late April with 10 rounds of matches unplayed. PSG were declared champions for the third year running having been 12 points clear of Marseille at the top, with a game in hand, when the season was suspended in mid-March. Thomas Tuchel’s team are due to kick off their defence of the title with a home game against Metz before visiting newly-promoted Lens on the weekend of August 29 and 30. However, the Metz match will have to be rearranged if Paris make it to the final of the Champions League, which is scheduked to go ahead in Lisbon on August 23. PSG have qualified for the final eight of the competition to be staged in the Portuguese capital and will find out on Friday who their opponents will be in the quarter-finals between August 12 and 15. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoGreatest Movies In History Since 19825 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceled Loading… center_img Champions Paris Saint-Germain will play host to fierce rivals Marseille in their third game of the new Ligue 1 season in mid-September as the French fixture calendar was unveiled on Thursday. The match at the Parc des Princes is due to be played on the weekend of September 13, but the 2020-21 campaign is set to begin on the weekend of August 22 and 23. Lyon are also still alive in the Champions League, although they must still play the second leg of their last-16 tie against Juventus having won 1-0 at home in the first leg in February. The seven-time champions, who were a disappointing seventh when last season was suspended, are due to begin their season at Montpellier. Lyon will visit PSG in mid-December and will host the capital side in late March. Back in the Champions League group stage for the first time since 2013, Andre Villas-Boas’s Marseille will begin their season at home to Saint-Etienne. Rennes, whose third-place finish was their best ever, will go to Lille on the opening weekend. The Brittany side are due to go into the Champions League third qualifying round in mid-September, although they could still be parachuted into the group stage of Europe’s elite club competition depending on who wins the Europa League in August.last_img read more

Alumnus and student launch sock line

first_imgAs the weather heats up, athletes and couch potatoes alike are facing a common fear: sweaty socks.Two members of the Trojan family are working to curb this inconvenience by creating a line of odor-repelling socks.Dubbed the SilverAir Sock, the foot accessories were developed by USC alumnus Sam Mazumdar, a 2011 Marshall graduate, and current USC undergraduate student, Waiz Rahim, a junior majoring in industrial and systems engineering.The socks are made from silver and Merino wool. Mazumdar and Rahim selected wool as the primary material because it has odor-resistant qualities and can sustain long periods of activity.“We tried and tested a ton of materials and selected the finest Merino wool for its ability to wick moisture and regulate temperature,” Mazumdar said. “It’s a custom blend that’s unique to our product and is guaranteed to keep your feet super comfortable and happy.”The company was funded through the crowdsourcing website Kickstarter. Within three hours of launching their odor-repelling socks, Mazumdar and Rahim received more than half of their target Kickstarter goal of $35,000 to launch the SilverAir Sock. They currently have raised nearly $70,000.The sock is being introduced through their company Y Athletics. the idea for the company came from an idea Mazumdar had to create an athletic apparel brand that used the best products in every category. With that concept, Rahim used his marketing knowledge to spread the word about the company.In addition to the SilverAir Sock, Y Athletics also sells its odor-repelling SilverAir shirt, which was launched in 2013. The company’s SilverAir shirts have been sold on its website and used by thousands of customers in all 50 states and more than 70 different countries. Through the popularity of their shirts, Mazumdar and Rahim were inspired to create the sock version of the product line.“We love and wear our shirts every day, and they’re so popular that we have a difficult time keeping up with their demand,” Mazumdar said. “It just made sense to be able to offer the same performance in another piece of clothing that would benefit from the convenience.”Now, they hope to let investors know that the socks are designed to be versatile and perfect for any situation, whether it be exercising or going out.In terms of development, Mazumdar and Rahim have been working with their sock manufacturer for almost a year to test dozens of prototypes and designs before they came up with their final product to demonstrate to potential backers. Different athletic backers heavily tested their socks over a series of nine months in order for Mazumdar and Rahim to engineer a better odor-eliminating product.“Our goal is to get as many people as we can get to experience this product because you don’t realize how amazing it is until you’ve used it. It makes living easier,” Mazumdar said.Despite exceeding their financial goal, Mazumdar and Rahim are still accepting backers for their SilverAir Sock campaign on Kickstarter until May 2015. The company expects to start sourcing and producing the socks in June and shipping them to potential customers by August 2015.last_img read more

Canfor announces further curtailments for Taylor Pulp Mill

first_imgWard says the company regrets the impact the extended downtime will have on its employees, their families and the local communities. TAYLOR, B.C. – Canfor has announced that it will be extending curtailments at its Taylor Pulp Mill until the end of September.In late July, Canfor had announced that the bleached chemi-thermomechanical pulp mill would be shut down for an extended curtailment of five weeks and was expected to resume operations by September 9, this following curtailment announcements made in June.According to Michelle Ward, Director of Corporate Communications for Canfor, the curtailments will continue until September 30 as they continue to build the residual fibre inventory.- Advertisement -“Canfor is prepared to bring the Taylor Pulp Mill back up on September 30. This will allow us to build the residual fibre inventory in advance of restarting the mill.”The Taylor Pulp Mill produces an annual capacity of 220,000 tonnes of pulp.According to Canfor, the extended summer curtailment has cut production by roughly 50,000 tonnes.Advertisementlast_img read more