NPR:Why do some of us like to slather hot sauce or sprinkle chili powder onto our food, while others can’t stand burning sensations in our mouth?It probably has to do with how much we’ve been socially pressured or taught to eat chili, according to Paul Rozin, a cultural psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania who has studied attitudes toward food for decades.We first read about Rozin’s research on spicy food in Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat. It’s a new book by John McQuaid that’s been excerpted in the Wall Street Journal and was featured Sunday on Weekend Edition.We asked Rozin to tell us more about his work on spice tolerance. Here’s part of our conversation, edited for brevity and clarity.Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media >
Philip Hammond appears to have turned a deaf ear to the property industry – Source: Shutterstock/Inna SokolovskaWhile some individual measures, including additional infrastructure spending aimed at unlocking housebuilding, were welcomed, most commentators felt that the chancellor failed to go far enough to meet businesses’ concerns.This is particularly the case when it comes to business rates. At a time when companies, particularly in London, are still reeling from the publication of the draft 2017-18 rating list in September, Hammond offered little reprieve.The chancellor announced that transitional increases would be reduced from 45% to 43% in 2017-18 and from 50% to 32% in 2018-19, and reaffirmed the £6.7bn small business exemptions announced by the previous chancellor, George Osborne, last year. He also promised 100% rate relief on new fibre-optic installations for five years, as well as an increase of rural rate relief to 100%.So what do the property industry’s rating experts make of the situation?Jerry Schurder, head of business rates, Gerald EveJerry Schurder, head of business rates, Gerald EveThe chancellor’s flagship £6.7bn business rates package is in fact no more than a repetition of his predecessor’s proposals, and falls a long way short of the far-reaching reforms businesses have been calling for.While the permanent exemption of the smallest firms is most welcome, the government is offering no immediate benefit to medium and large firms that pay the vast majority of the £28bn business rates bill. Companies have made their dissatisfaction clear – highlighting the excessive nature of business rates, the highest property tax in the world – and it is now time to offer them a lifeline to defend them from the storm of increased operating costs and an uncertain post-Brexit trading future.It was a cynical ploy of the previous chancellor to promise to use the lower CPI measure of inflation to calculate rises only from 2020 – taking more than £1bn extra in tax revenues along the way. Philip Hammond needs to correct this and implement the change straight away, a move that would save firms £300m next year alone and show that the government can put its money where its mouth is when it talks about being pro-business.Alan Watson, head of rating, RapleysAlan Watson, head of rating, RapleysDespite the chancellor’s promise that his first and last Autumn Statement would be pro-business and pro-growth, once again businesses have been short-changed over rates. The recent proposals for a transitional business rates relief cap of 45% next year heralded much dismay among large property occupiers, and today’s decision to lower the relief cap to 43% just rubs salt in the wounds.While some businesses could see their rate liability reduce in 2017’s revaluation, there is a real risk that the punitive relief cap for larger operators could stymie prosperity and growth.The chancellor did confirm the previously announced scheme offering rate relief to the hard-pressed oil and gas exploration sector and a doubling of rural rate relief from 50% to 100%. The announcement that new fibre-optic broadband infrastructure will benefit from 100% relief for five years will benefit BT Openreach significantly, but hardly anyone else.Jason Tann, head of commercial real estate, Pemberton GreenishJason Tann, head of commercial real estate, Pemberton GreenishWhile the permanent exemption for small firms will no doubt be welcomed, the new transitional relief levels will offer little comfort to medium and large firms that pay the vast majority of the £28bn business rates bill.The biggest impact of the overhaul of the business rates system will be on large businesses in central London, with consequences not only for occupiers but also for landlords who are likely to find that significant increases in rates bills have a depreciating effect on rental income, especially at rent review.In a country with not only the highest property tax in the world but one that is also facing an uncertain post-Brexit trading future, it is not surprising that the property industry is disappointed that the chancellor did not announce a further rethink of business rates.John Webber, head of rating, Colliers InternationalJohn Webber, head of rating, Colliers InternationalIt is a disgrace that the chancellor has not taken this opportunity to accelerate business rates reductions in depressed parts of the country, which could desperately benefit from any reductions being brought forward.For London, there was a small softening in the scale of increase each year. But let’s be clear: a London firm that has doubled its rateable value will still be paying double business rates only 18 months from today. And taking into account inflation, this sop to the capital will offer little comfort.It is also clear that government does not intend to work with the mayor of London by providing a ‘Crossrail levy holiday’. This would provide much-needed breathing space, taking off a further 4% on top of rates bills for London firms with a rateable value of £55,000 or above.Has the government missed an opportunity to help out our high streets? – Source: Shutterstock/SixpixxKeith Cooney, national head of business rates, Knight FrankKeith Cooney, national head of business rates, Knight FrankThe government is risking a spate of corporate insolvencies by failing to significantly reduce business rate increases over the next two years.Following the rating revaluation, corporates face increases of up to 43% and 32% over the next two years, which will place the future of some in jeopardy.The government’s moves to support SMEs are welcome, but the commitment to keep business rates policy changes fiscally neutral is shifting the balance too far the other way, with 11% of businesses contributing 72% of the £29bn generated for the Treasury every year.Tim Beattie, head of rating, JLLTim Beattie, head of rating, JLLAcross the UK, and particularly in London, businesses will be very angry at the news that the government has ignored their demands to dramatically improve the transitional arrangements outlined in the government’s recent consultation paper.[The chancellor is] only reducing the year-one cap from a whopping 45% to an equally eye-watering 43%, when the equivalent figure for the three previous revaluations was far more manageable at 12.5%. Indeed, the chancellor has appeared to pre-empt his own government’s consultation where the alternative option under consideration was a year-one transitional cap of 33%.Business will, however, welcome the news that there will be a new 100% business rates relief for new full-fibre infrastructure for a five-year period from 1 April 2017, which will help to support the digital roll-out to more homes and businesses.Jon Neale, head of UK Research, JLLJon Neale, head of UK Research, JLLIn the capital, changes in business rates are likely to hit areas such as Shoreditch and Fitzrovia hardest – precisely the areas where innovative tech companies are located.Indeed, the impact will no doubt undermine government plans to boost tech investment under its ‘industrial strategy’.Meanwhile, office costs are high in London and post Brexit vote we need to minimise the risk that companies will see cheaper continental cities such as Berlin as better places to set up shop.James Thompson, head of business rates, Deloitte Real EstateJames Thompson, head of business rates, Deloitte Real EstateThe chancellor has made a welcome announcement of five years of business rates relief for new fibre-optic infrastructure. This will remove one of the major barriers to the roll-out of high-speed telecommunications infrastructure. It is, however, disappointing that similar relief will not be given to the roll-out of new wireless broadband in rural areas.Between 2010 and 2016, the total rateable value of telecommunications fibre and cable networks, excluding national networks that appear in the central list, increased from around £90m to over £141m due to new network roll-out.That £141m will increase to £421m as a result of the 2017 revaluation.The relief will be restricted to ‘full-fibre’ infrastructure, which qualifies as ‘fibre to the property’ (FTTP), and the Treasury predicts the value of the relief to rise from £10m next year to £25m by 2022.We would expect the speed of roll-out delivery to be increased as a result of this relief. This will provide a medium-term benefit and will help grow the business rates tax base in the longer term when the five-year relief has expired.
UK: Now undergoing trials at the Velim test track in the Czech Republic is a set of Mark 5A locomotive-hauled coaches destined for inter-city services across the north of England operated by TransPennine Express.Due to enter service later this year, the set is part of a 13-strong fleet of five-car push-pull trains. Built by CAF in Spain and financed by Beacon Rail, they will be hauled by Class 68 diesel locomotives also owned by Beacon Rail and leased by Direct Rail Services, which will sublease them to TransPennine Express.The trains will operate between Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, York, Scarborough and Middlesbrough. Maximum speed in commercial service will be 160 km/h, but the fleet has been designed to run at 200 km/h with electric traction in the future.TransPennine Express, owned by FirstGroup, has branded the new fleet as Nova 3. As part of a comprehensive fleet replacement programme, the operator has also ordered 12 five-car inter-city EMUs from CAF. To be known as Nova 2, they are being financed by Eversholt Rail and will operate from autumn 2019 on services from Manchester Airport and Liverpool to Glasgow and Edinburgh.TPE’s third fleet of new trains has been ordered from Hitachi Rail Europe with finance by Angel Trains. Intended for services linking Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Edinburgh, the 19 electro-diesel AT300 multiple-units will be branded Nova 1. They are due to enter service in mid-2019.
Pasternack, an Infinite Electronics brand and a provider of RF, microwave and millimeter-wave products, has launched a new series of high power, Class AB broadband amplifier modules that incorporate GaN, LDMOS and VDMOS semiconductor technology. Pasternack is offering a comprehensive selection of 18 new high power, class-AB amplifiers that cover frequency bands from 20 MHz to 18 GHz that feature saturated output power levels ranging from 10 Watts to 200 Watts and power gain up to 53 dB. The combination of high linearity and efficiency with low distortion over a wide dynamic range make these amplifiers ideal for a variety of applications including communications systems, military radio, radar, signal jamming, test and measurement, and base stations. These designs operate in a 50 Ohm environment and are unconditionally stable. The compact coaxial packages use SMA or N-Type connectors and have integrated D-Sub control connectors for DC bias, enabled with TTL logic control, current sense and temperature sensing functions. These rugged assemblies operate over a wide temperature range from -20°C to +60°C and can withstand relative humidity exposure up to 95% maximum. To ensure optimum baseplate temperature for highly reliable performance, Pasternack offers 2 new heatsink modules with DC controlled cooling fans that are specifically designed for these power amplifiers.The addition of these new high power amplifiers offers Pasternack’s customers more choices to address applications requiring a small form factor, high power, RF amplifier that utilizes leading-edge semiconductor technology, with the benefit of high linearity and efficiency, and wide dynamic range over a broad frequency range.Pasternack’s new class AB, high power amplifiers and heatsinks are in-stock and available for immediate shipping.
Pictured being presented with the award from left to right are Paddy McCarthy, Director, Golfer’s Guide to Ireland, Denis O’Kane, Connemara Golf Links Captain Brian Hughes, Charlie McCreevy and Lady Captain Collette McGrath the ceremony took place in the K Club. Connemara Golf Links voted Best Links Course in Connacht 2016 by the Golfer’s Guide to Ireland. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Nuig Mystics came through the Carlow It challenge on Sat in NUIG Kingfisher and get ready to face Oblate Dynamoes, their Cup Final opponants, in the league next Sunday.Nuig started Michelle Fahy , Siobhan Kilkenny, Ailish O’Reilly Marritta Gillcrease and Lauren Murray. In a high scoring and fast paced 1st quarter Mystics led 23-19 at the end with Marritta Gillcrease and Lauren Murray hitting 8 and 7 points respectively. In the second quarter Mystics asserted their authority with some strong offensive moves from O Reilly and Kilkenny. Catherine Connaire and Leah Cunningham came into the game in the second and Mystics pushed their advantage on double scoring Carlow IT 18-9 and at half time led 41-28. Mystics continued in much the same vein in the 3rd with Deirdre O’Shea replacing O’Reilly and Fahy and Gillcrease owning the boards and enabling Mystics running game.At the end of the 3rd Mystics increased their lead to 61-38. It was much of the same in the fourth with mystics running the bench, Emer Smyth and Suzanne McDonagh entered the game at this stage and with Gillcrease and Fahy still dominating the boards Mystics 10th win in 11 games was imminent. Rebecca Hansberry and Sarah Grealish also saw the floor at this stage and Mystics went on to run out winners on a scoreline of 72 46 with a great spread of scoring throughout the team.NUIG Mystics Team and Scorers: Catherine Connaire (3), Michelle Fahy (12), Marritta Gillcrease (18), Siobhan Kilkenny (19), Lauren Murray (9), Ailish O’Reilly (11), Suzanne McDonagh, Leah Cunningham, Rebecca Hansberry, Sarah Grealish, Emer Smyth,Deirdre O’Shea, Aoibhin O’Neill.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Nuig Mystics 72 Carlow IT 46
Craig Breen/Scott Martin (Peugeot 208 T16) will compete in Estonia this weekend in the latest round of the European Rally Chjampionship. Picture: Martin Walsh. Competitors vying for the title are expected to include European champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz, last year’s winner Craig Breen, Welsh driver Elfyn Evans, young Finnish competitor Max Vatanen and top French driver Robert Consani as well as local stars Keith Cronin and Alastair Fisher. Entries for this year’s Circuit of Ireland Rally officially open today (Friday 12th February), with organisers expecting an influx of entries for both the International and National events, including some of the world’s top names in rallying. Craig Breen is expected to defend his title. The 26 year old Irish driver already has two World Rally Championship class titles to his name and will be competing with PH Sport Citroen.Kajetan Kajetanowicz was the 2015 FIA European Rally Champion as well as last year’s FIA ERC Gravel Master and FIA ERC Ice Master. He was also Poland Champion four consecutive years from 2010 – 2014.Welsh driver Elfyn Evans is also in championship contention. Last month, he and his co-driver Craig Parry secured an epic victory in the WRC 2 Category at the Rallye Monte-Carlo in spite of two punctures.Three-time British Rally Championship winner Keith Cronin, who is from West Cork, is also set to compete at this year’s Circuit. Keith first competed in the World Rally Championship in 2013 and has been tipped as one to watch. County Tyrone driver Alastair Fisher, the nephew of the late Bertie Fisher who was a three-time winner of the event, will be hoping to follow in his late uncle’s success. Alastair recently secured second place in the Galway Rally.The 2016 Circuit of Ireland builds on last year’s hugely successful Rally which enjoyed a record number of entries as well as spectator numbers increasing by 7% to 78,000. It’s also more than doubled its global television audience from 15 million to 40 million.Event Director Bobby Willis said he was looking forward to welcoming local and international competitors to this year’s Circuit of Ireland; “In 2015, we had a record number of entries which spanned 20 nations worldwide and we hope to build on that success. It has been wonderful to see the Rally attracting growing international interest and we fully expect the sport’s best drivers to be competing in this year’s event. Spectators can look forward to outstanding rallying from some of the top names in the sport.”Now in its 85th year, the Circuit of Ireland Rally’s international status has grown significantly in recent years. The Circuit is now part of the prestigious FIA European Rally Championship and also features in the British Rally Championship, the Irish Tarmac Championship series and the Northern Ireland Rally Championship.The Rally will take place across County Down, County Antrim and Belfast from 7th – 9th April. For full details on this year’s Circuit of Ireland Rally, visit www.circuitofireland.net . Follow on www.facebook.com/circuitofireland or www.twitter.com/CircuitIreland .Entries for the 2016 Circuit of Ireland close on Tuesday 15th March.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
– Mazda Ireland continue as official car sponsor of Connacht Rugby ahead of 2016/17 season REPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE***Mazda Ireland continue to drive Connacht Rugby on their road to success, Galway 26/8/2016Mazda Ireland is pleased to announce the continuation of its sponsorship of Guinness Pro12 Champions, Connacht Rugby and that local hero, Captain John Muldoon has been appointed as the Official Mazda Brand Ambassador for the 2016/2017 season. Pictured at the announcement, alongside the Mazda3, Mazda6 and Mazda CX-5 are Mazda Brand Ambassadors John Muldoon, Kieran Marmion and Denis Buckley.Mazda is also delighted to announce that the successful Mazda & Connacht Rugby Clinic will return for a bumper one-day event in Carton House, Co Kildare on Sunday 9th October. All three brand ambassadors along with team management and a selection of fellow Connacht Rugby players will be on hand to pass their knowledge and skills on to younger generations of rugby stars. As well as getting the chance to meet with the current Guinness Pro12 champions the day will also feature prize give-aways and for parents, the complete 162 Mazda range will be available to test drive, including the current world car of the year – the Mazda MX-5.For further information on the upcoming Rugby Clinic in Carton House on October 9th, visit www.mazda.ie or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/MazdaIrelandPictured John MuldoonMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer – Galway born local hero Captain John Muldoon announced as official Mazda Brand Ambassador Mazda Ireland is pleased to announce the continuation of its sponsorship of Guinness Pro12 Champions, Connacht Rugby. Mazda has been a long standing partner of Connacht Rugby as both title and official car sponsor over the last six years and is truly proud of the well-earned success that Pat Lam and the team in Connacht Rugby have achieved so far in 2016.Mazda is delighted to confirm that local hero, Captain John Muldoon has been appointed as the Official Mazda Brand Ambassador for the 2016/2017 season. John joins fellow teammates Kieran Marmon and Denis Buckley as an official Mazda brand representative.Mazda is also pleased to announce that the successful Mazda & Connacht Rugby Clinic will return for a bumper one-day event in Carton House, Co Kildare on Sunday 9th October. All three brand ambassadors along with team management and a selection of fellow Connacht Rugby players will be on hand to pass their knowledge and skills on to younger generations of rugby stars. The Rugby Clinic, sponsored by Mazda Ireland, will be a fantastic opportunity for young rugby enthusiasts to practice and finesse their skills with some of Ireland’s top players. As well as getting the chance to meet with the current Guinness Pro12 champions the day will also feature prize give-aways and for parents, the complete 162 Mazda range will be available to test drive, including the current world car of the year – the Mazda MX-5.Speaking as the new official brand ambassador, John Muldoon said: “I am delighted to be an official Mazda brand ambassador for the coming season – I have worked closely with the brand over the last number of years and their support has been persistent since they came on board six years ago. This is a very exciting time for both us as a team and Mazda as we face a new season competing in both the European Champions Cup and the Guinness PRO12. I am really happy that Mazda’s Rugby Clinic will be returning to Carton House later this year – for young rugby fans, an opportunity to play and train with players that have been through it all offers them an invaluable learning experience the will enhance their enthusiasm and skills no end.”As official car sponsor, Mazda will work closely with Connacht Rugby during the 2016/17 season to develop marketing activities and fan engagement which will help drive support for Connacht Rugby across the province.Commenting on the renewed sponsorship, Avril Brophy, Senior Marketing & Communications Manager, Mazda Ireland added:“As long standing partners and supporters of Connacht Rugby, we are extremely proud of their fantastic achievement this year. Over the last 6 years, we have seen how hard the team and management at Connacht Rugby have worked to make the dream a reality and we know this is just the starting point for them. It is that very passion and drive which first resonated with us as a brand when we originally partnered in 2011 as it perfectly reflects our own passion and challenger spirit. We are thrilled to be continuing our support of Connacht Rugby and we are looking forward to an equally action packed rugby season ahead.”For further information on the upcoming Rugby Clinic in Carton House on October 9th, visit www.mazda.ie/rugbyclinic or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/MazdaIrelandprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email – Connacht All-Star Rugby Clinic confirmed for Carton House on Sunday October 9th 2016
History will be made in O’Connor Park in Tullamore tomorrow evening (Wednesday at 7.30pm) when Galway play Offaly in the quarter finals of the Leinster U21 Hurling Championship. It will be the first time ever that Galway will play in Leinster at U21 level, having always started the competition at All Ireland semi final stage. Offaly haven’t won a Leinster U21 title since 2000 and have never won an All Ireland at this level, while Galway were unlucky to lose out to eventual champions Limerick in last year’s All Ireland semi final by 2-23 to 2-19. Six of the Galway players who saw action in that U21 game last August are selected by Manager Tony Ward to start tomorrow evening, with no fewer than 9 of the All Ireland winning minor team of 2015 still involved with their county 3 years later. The Galway U21 team to play Offaly is: 1. Eanna Murphy – Tommy Larkins2. Ian O’Shea – Athenry3. Fintan Burke (Capt) – St Thomas4. Shane Bannon – Clarinbridge5. Caelom Mulry – Abbeyknockmoy6. Mark Hughes – Liam Mellows7. Sean Loftus – Turloughmore8. Thomas Monaghan – Craughwell9. Jack Grealish – Gort10. Sean Blehane – Ahascragh Fohenagh11. Brian Concannon – Killimordaly12. Ciannán Fahy – Ardrahan13. Evan Niland – Clarinbridge14. Ronan Murphy – Tommy Larkins15. Kevin Cooney – Sarsfields*Jack Coyne, Jack Fitzpatrick, Jack Canning (pictured above at the Championship launch) & Cian Sammon are on the injured list and Leaving Cert Students were not consideredGalway management: Tony Ward (Manager), Frannie Forde (Trainer), Cyril Donnellan, Fergal Healy, Stephen Creavan, Brendan Egan (Strength & Conditioning)Ahead of tomorrow night’s game, Galway manager Tony Ward has been speaking to Sean Walsh…Audio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/Tony%20Ward%20Before%20Offaly.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
The Ireland team in full is: Rob Kearney, Keith Earls, Garry Ringrose, Chris Farrell, Jacob Stockdale, Jack Carty, Conor Murray. CJ Stander, Josh van der Flier, Peter O’Mahony, James Ryan, Iain Henderson, Tadhg Furlong, Rory Best, Cian Healy.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Joe Schmidt has made four changes to his side to face hosts Japan at the Rugby World Cup on Saturday. Connacht’s Jack Carty has been selected to start at out-half with Jonny Sexton rested as he continues to nurse a muscle injury he picked up in their opener against Scotland. It’ll mark 27-year-old Carty’s only second ever start in an Irish jersey – just over six months on from his senior debut. Meanwhile, Rob Kearney has been passed fit to start at fullback, Keith Earls is back on the wing and Chris Farrell comes into the centre in place of Bundee Aki. Jack Conan was due to start but has picked up an injury training this morning and is no longer available.