Top stories: Immigrant bloodlines analyzed, illegal petunias destroyed, and superstar surgeon fired again

first_img(Left to right): AKG-IMAGES/NEWSCOM; ESO/M. Kornmesser; Sukho Song There’s no such thing as a ‘pure’ European—or anyone elseNew studies show that there is no such thing as “pure” European—or anyone else. Almost all of us are the children of repeated ancient migrations, according to researchers who study human origins. Using revolutionary new methods to analyze DNA and the isotopes found in bones and teeth, scientists are exposing the tangled roots of peoples around the world. Few of us are actually the direct descendants of the ancient skeletons found in our backyards or historic homelands. And only a handful of groups today, such as Australian Aborigines, have deep bloodlines untainted by mixing with immigrants.Superstar surgeon fired, again, this time in RussiaSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)After Paolo Macchiarini’s star fell in Sweden, the Italian surgeon still had a place to shine: Russia. The Karolinska Institute in Stockholm fired him in March 2016 for multiple ethical violations, including a breach of “fundamental values” and “scientific negligence.” But Russia had long showered Macchiarini with funding and opportunities to perform his experimental surgeries to implant artificial tracheas, and it allowed him to stay. Now, a year later, his Russian refuge has ended as well.Closest alien world to our solar system could be ripe for life, models suggestCould alien life reside close to our stellar neighborhood? Astronomers are taking that question a bit more seriously as new models increasingly suggest that the closest Earth-like planet to our solar system could be habitable. One research team predicted that it would be possible for the exoplanet Proxima b—orbiting our nearest neighbor star—to harbor liquid water on its surface. Now, another team has taken a climate model designed for Earth and pasted it onto Proxima b and found an even wider range of circumstances in which Proxima b could have liquid water than the earlier study.U.S. flower sellers rush to destroy illegal GE petuniasThe U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week that U.S. flower distributors have begun to destroy countless petunia plants after federal scientists confirmed that they were genetically engineered (GE) to produce vivid orange, red, and purple blooms. The agency says the flowers pose no risk to the environment or to human health, but GE organisms need special permits to be sold in the United States. Testing continues, but the agency says it has already confirmed nine unwelcome varieties, including ones called African Sunset, Trilogy Mango, and Sweetunia Orange Flash.Gecko-inspired gripper could help robots climb wallsIf you want a robot to pick up a coffee cup, a cherry tomato, or a bag of packaged food, you’ll have to deal with a lot of programming and quite possibly some cleanup in aisle 3. A child can handle all kinds of shapes and materials, and apply the right combination of force and delicacy when lifting them, but getting machines to reproduce these seemingly simple skills hasn’t been easy. Now, a team of researchers has developed a new way to pick up objects that solves many of these problems. Modeled on geckos’ toes, it could also help robots climb irregularly shaped walls. Top stories: Immigrant bloodlines analyzed, illegal petunias destroyed, and superstar surgeon fired againcenter_img By Ryan CrossMay. 19, 2017 , 1:30 PMlast_img read more

Miranda House Admission 2015: Paperless application procedure

first_imgThis year, Miranda House has begun with the paperless admission which only took five to seven minutes for the students to fill up the application form. The students were guided to  the ‘E-Resource Centre’ to fill up the online form. The Delhi University has published the first cut off list on the official website. The candidates who have been selected for admission needs to fill the Miranda House Pre- Admission form before they can be admitted to the college.According to a report in Times of India, the principal of Miranda House, Dr. Pratibha Jolly said, “Due to this process the paper component in the admission process has been reduced to less than 25 percent. The complete admission process including the manual verification of the documents which takes the maximum time gets over in less than an hour. We started the admission process at 9 am and I signed the first admission 45 minutes later.”She further added in a report, “The online form will automatically take many things like the pin code if you name the state and specific area of residence of the city. After filling up this form and completing the admission process, the outstation students will just need to come once to fill in their local residence address.”The fee structure for different programmes is different. The candidates can check the fee structure on the official website for which the link is available here: http://www.mirandahouse.ac.in/MirandaHouse/ProgramFile/InfoGallery/HomePage/Click.asp?LinkName=4.2&strLinkName=Application%20Process advertisementlast_img read more

Mailbag: How to raise money for “overhead”

first_imgA reader of this blog sent me an email in reaction to my post on making modules of your mission, and for today’s post, I’m going to reply to it. (In case you missed it, the post is here. I advocated breaking apart a broad mission into understandable pieces that appeal to different donors.)Here’s the question I received concerning an arts organization:Katya,For some nonprofits, one of the major expenses are salaries of employees. Any suggestions for how a nonprofit’s CEO can “make the ask” in a fundraising campaign, without sounding too self-serving?D.Dear D.,The most critical aspect of any organization is its people and what they make possible. Nothing wonderful happens without a creative, committed team.This is not about salaries. This isn’t about overhead. It’s about your heroic staff, creating amazing arts programs that transform the people you touch. The end results of your efforts is the story you tell in your fundraising pitch. That’s not self-serving! Your CEO talking about the lives you change is not self-promotion — it’s the beating heart of your mission. Say it loud and proud.If I were at your arts organization, I’d tell an incredible story about one child touched by a single performance. And I’d say what made it possible was my small, dedicated team. With a donor’s support, more of that magic can happen.You raise money by talking about the impact of your work — not about budget line items. If a donor demands to see the numbers and asks about pay, tell a great story about one of your staff to illustrate my point: that nothing wonderful happens without a creative, committed team. (I assume your staff isn’t being paid $1 million a piece — that’s something I can’t spin.)The bottom line: Don’t be afraid of talking about your people. They aren’t overhead – they are change agents. If they do great work, put them front and center in your stories of transformation. To use a theater term, they deserve center stage.You can do it! I once worked with an environmental organization on how to make their lawyers into heroes people would want to support. Surely this is easier! Katyalast_img read more

Madan Lal’s radical plans for DDCA include restoration of glory days

first_imgMadan Lal, who is fighting for the presidency of the controversy-ridden Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), has promised to bring about some radical changes.The elections are scheduled to take place on June 30.Lal, one of the heroes of India’s 1983 World Cup triumph, commands plenty of respect in the Delhi cricket fraternity. Many of his former teammates including Kapil Dev, Mohinder Amarnath and Krishnamachari Srikkanth have come out in his support.A former cricketer of great standing, Lal is known for his forthright views. As the race for DDCA presidency heats up, he revealed his roadmap if he wins the elections.Over the last few years, DDCA has seen its share of problems but Lal has some radical plans in place.Madan Lal recalls 1983 World Cup triumph: ‘We were all desperate to win’For starts, Lal concedes a huge challenge lies in front of him.”There is a very big challenge. For the last couple of years, the DDCA’s reputation has suffered,” Lal told indiatoday.in”Bringing the reputation back is the biggest challenge. There’s no system in place. Lot of people say it’s an honorary job. I’ll make sure they should work.”And then there’s the challenge of a cricketer stepping into the administrative domain. Sourav Ganguly has done remarkably well as president of the Cricket Association of Bengal and Lal reckons his experience as a former India cricketer could be of immense help to DDCA.”The biggest challenge for me is to prove that cricketers can become administrators. For out members, for fans.. they should be comfortable,” he said.advertisementAnd then are the pitfalls of working in a city like Delhi, known for its VIP culture. How does Lal manage to handle that kind of pressure?”Delhi is a VIP place.. I have to be very, very careful what I am doing. A good team will make it easier for me. The problem for me is if we get a hung decision. I can handle my group but handling egos will be difficult,” Lal said.Then the other problem that Delhi cricket has had to grapple with is age-fudging. Lal promises to be severe on cricketers who lie about their age.”We will be very strict about age fudging. Anyone found guilty will be banned forever. We will ask for age certificates. They will be scrutinized.”We have to be very strict with the new players. We can create the fear (so players do not indulge in age-fudging).”At the end of the day, Lal who played 39 Tests and 67 ODIs for India, is confident his experience as a top-level cricketer, coach and manager will come in handy.Besides, Lal is aware of the demands of the modern times and he is ready to adapt to modern administrative reforms.”These days, you can always take help from outside. I will always look for help. I was a professional cricketer. I played in England for 22 years. During my tenure, I learnt that you have to perform there. They told me I was supposed to win matches for our team..”I was a coach… A player. I’m a very professional person. I am still a student of the game and I am always willing to learn,” Lal said.The one thing that you always notice about Madan Lal is that everyone always has a nice word to say about him. Former cricketers who played with him or under him (as India coach) have plenty of respect for him.”All of my past colleagues have spoken about me. They are very happy that I have stood up. I’m opening the door for others also. Today I’m here, tomorrow someone would come up again.”As a cricketer, as an administrator, I have to listen to them. I have to makwe them (colleagues and other stake-holders) comfortable. It’s a very big challenge. I close my eyes and think about it. But this is not a bigger challenge than playing for India. I have taken the challenge.”God willing, everyone will be alright!”last_img read more

Klopp matches career low in City drubbing

first_imgManchester City v Liverpool Klopp suffers record-equalling career defeat as 10-man Liverpool crushed by Man City Last updated 2 years ago 21:54 9/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Jurgen Klopp, Manchester City v Liverpool, Sept. 17 Getty Images Manchester City v Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Manchester City Liverpool Premier League The Reds slipped to a heavy 5-0 Premier League loss at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, with the first-half dismissal of Sadio Mane costing them dear Liverpool’s 5-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City saw Jurgen Klopp suffer such a humbling for only the second time in his career.The German has enjoyed considerable success at Mainz, Borussia Dortmund and at Anfield.He has been able to make his teams competitive and difficult to break down, but the floodgates were blown open at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The first-half dismissal of Sadio Mane for catching City goalkeeper Ederson in the face with a high boot ended up costing the Reds dear, as they slipped to a crushing Premier League defeat.5 – This is the joint-biggest margin of defeat for Jurgen Klopp as a manager, level with Mainz 1-6 Werder Bremen (Oct 2006). Crushed. pic.twitter.com/WLhKOv8DLH — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 9, 2017 Mane’s red card unquestionably altered the course of the game, with Liverpool having looked threatening up until that point.They were, however, unable to contain a City side blessed with enviable attacking options once reduced to 10 men.Klopp’s side already trailed to Sergio Aguero’s opener when seeing Mane head down the tunnel, with Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane going on to bag a brace apiece to compound their misery.Liverpool are next in action on Wednesday when they open their Champions League group stage campaign at home to Sevilla, before welcoming Burnley to Anfield in domestic competition next weekend. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Lane Kiffin Has Message For Ohio State Fans Ahead Of Saturday’s Game

first_imgA closeup of Lane Kiffin.BOCA RATON, FL – SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach Lane Kiffin of the Florida Atlantic Owls looks on against the Bethune Cookman Wildcats during the second half at FAU Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Ahead of FAU’s match-up against the Ohio State Buckeyes, head coach Lane Kiffin met with the media to discuss their upcoming game. The interview went how one would expect.The game’s kick-off is set for 12 PM local time. Kiffin is hoping the earlier start will give his team an advantage, specifically from the crowd.“Your hope is, with an early kickoff, it is not quite as loud early on as a night game,” Kiffin said, via News Radio 610 WTVN. “Hopefully they arrive a little late and be nice to us.”The Owls know the caliber of the opponent they’re about to face. FAU tight end Harrison Bryant mentioned he felt Ohio State is probably the best team he will ever face.If that’s true, FAU could be in for a long game.FAU’s 2018 season opener against Oklahoma on the road didn’t turn out the way they hoped. The Owls managed to score just 14 points while allowing 63 to the Sooners.Kiffin and his team are looking for a different outcome on Saturday.But his plea for the Ohio State fans and players to ‘be nice’ won’t go as planned — especially in a season opener.Expect a typical, deafening crowd in Columbus on Saturday.last_img read more

Skrewball’s Peanut Butter Whiskey Begs the Question: Is Nothing Sacred?

first_img 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish Editors’ Recommendations You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone (aside from communists and people without mouths) who doesn’t love peanut butter and whiskey — separately, of course. They’re delectable, life-affirming treats that taste best first thing in the morning with breakfast. But, peanut butter whiskey seems like the answer to a question no one was asking. Regardless, Skrewball’s Peanut Butter Whiskey has answered that question.The self-described “world’s first peanut butter whiskey” is purportedly the first and only such whiskey on the market. Skrewball is taking a bold stance that their liquid novelty is not only good as a flavoring agent, but that it stands confidently on its own: as a shot, on the rocks, or neat. It’s a tall promise. Intense flavoring works in vodkas and rums. However, flavored whiskey — just as with, say, flavored tequila — is a whole other animal.After a neat sampling, our first impressions were mixed. The nose is earthy and slightly dusty, reminiscent of natural peanut butter. The taste is another matter entirely. The whiskey takes a backseat to the peanut butter notes, which are strong, rich, and sweet, almost cloying. This is a love-it-or-hate-it liquor.For serious peanut butter fans who like their cocktails on the syrupy, dessert-like side, it seems a perfect fit. Skrewball gets this, which is why their lineup of recipes includes peanut-butter-forward cocktails like the Skrew Putin (their take on a classic White Russian).Skrew Putin 1.5 oz Skrewball Whiskey0.75 oz Godiva Chocolate LiqueurMethod: Shake and strain. Serve with a caramel salt rim.Just as you might use amaro or bitters to punch up niche cocktails, Skrewball works well in small doses as a sweet flavoring agent. Of course, we expect it would also be perfect baked into homemade fudge, a fresh batch of brownies, or one of these peanut butter desserts.Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey is now available online for around $20 per 750ml bottle. 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider 1.5 oz Skrewball Whiskey.5 oz vodka.5 oz coffee liqueur1 oz cream of coconut1 oz heavy creamMethod: Allow all ingredients to collude in a mixing glass with ice. Shake. Pour into cocktail glass. Garnish with cinnamon and sugar (optional).Likewise, their Salted Caramel Pretzel is a straightforward liquid dessert.Salted Caramel Pretzel Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Makelast_img read more

UN convenes world tourism leaders to plan recovery after economic crisis

7 October 2009Some 360 delegates from 112 countries are meeting under United Nations auspices in Astana, Kazakhstan, to determine how the tourism industry can surmount the decline brought on by the economic crisis while responding to the twin challenges of climate change and poverty alleviation. Convened for the 18th session of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly, tourism ministers and senior officials from national organizations, as well as public, private and academic affiliate members, will discuss the agency’s Roadmap for Recovery, which calls on world leaders to place tourism and travel at the core of stimulus packages and the transformation to the Green Economy. Travel and tourism have the potential “to play an essential role in post-crisis recovery by providing jobs, infrastructure, stimulating trade and development and should be a key consideration at future global economic summits,” UNWTO said in a statement, noting that they are among the largest employers in most countries and a fast entry vehicle into the workforce, directly or through related services such as construction and commerce.Other key issues to be addressed include the facilitation of tourist travel, pandemic preparedness in the framework of influenza (H1N1), and technical cooperation to promote sustainable development through travel.On the recommendation of the Executive Council, UNWTO Secretary-General ad interim Taleb Rifai is expected to be appointed Secretary-General for 2010-2013. Overall, the tourism market is starting to indicate stronger prospects for recovery in 2010, with preliminary figures until August this year suggesting some moderation in the declining results of the first half of this year. International arrivals declined by 4 per cent in July, compared to decreases of 10 per cent in May and 7 per cent in June. In absolute terms, international tourist arrivals worldwide reached 500 million in the first seven months, down from 540 million in the same period of 2008. Arrivals in 2009 are currently between the levels of 2007 and 2006. The first seven months of the year generally account for roughly 57 per cent of the total annual number.“As the latest economic data and prospects indicate that the world economy may be starting to emerge from its most severe recession of the post-Second World War period, in tourism too there are signs that confidence is returning and that demand is improving for both business and leisure travel,” Mr. Rifai said.The economic conditions, combined with the uncertainties brought about by the influenza (H1N1), are expected to continue to affect tourism demand, at least in the short term. But as decline rates are anticipated to ease, international tourism is forecast to decrease by between 4 per cent and 6 per cent this year.Although many sub-regions might return to growth in the last months of 2009, this will not be enough to compensate for the losses felt so far. Growth for the full year is projected to be negative in all regions, except for Africa. “Long-term prospects remain positive if the sector is able to address its challenges in a coordinated and effective manner,” Mr. Rifai said. “Today, world leaders are working together in ways that would have been unimaginable at any time in the past, to coordinate and collaborate on economy, climate response and the development agenda. The tourism sector should do the same on the road to recovery and towards a more sustainable industry.” read more

Expressway to Jaffna with Chinese aid

President Mahinda Rajapaksa thanked Chinese President Xi Jinping for China’s continued support to Sri Lanka in a number of spheres. He also congratulated President Jinping, who took over as China’s new president in March of this year, and said his assumption to this high office is testament to the confidence that the Chinese people have in him. China has pledged to provide further funding to develop Sri Lanka’s transport sector that includes a number of expressways, road networks and railway lines, including a new Colombo-Jaffna expressway.The agreement was one of several others reached during bilateral meetings between Sri Lanka and China that took place in Beijing this afternoon. President Rajapaksa said that his many visits to the East Asian nation have helped him gain a deep and profound understanding of China’s political, economic and social dynamics, and that he looks forward to working closely with the new administration.President Jinping, recalling the long-standing ties between China and Sri Lanka, said that the fact that President Rajapaksa is visiting China for the seventh time is an indication of the strength of the relation between the two countries and said he looks forward to further strengthening bilateral ties during his tenure. As a part of the proposed Colombo-Jaffna highway, the Chinese government will also aid Sri Lanka in developing a Colombo-Kandy-Kurunegala expressway and extending the southern expressway from Matara to Kataragama. During the bilateral meeting, the two delegations also discussed trade and tourism. The two countries signed an agreement to establish two committees that would work towards a free trade agreement. This would give Sri Lankan products such as apparel, gems and jewelry, tea and rubber wider access in the Chinese market.In the area of tourism, Sri Lanka and China agreed to work towards the goal of attracting 100,000 Chinese tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka by 2015.China has also pledged support for a number of other projects: Water supply schemes in Attanagalla, Minuwangoda and Kurunegala, an international conference hall in Kandy, an arts theater in Anuradhapura and the development of the national hospitals in Colombo and Ragama. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Security Council urged to consider authorizing stabilization force for Liberia new report

Warning that the volatile situation in Liberia could deteriorate into a massive humanitarian catastrophe, Secretary-General Kofi Annan late last month urged the Security Council to mandate the deployment of a multinational force to the West African nation. At that time, the Council decided to postpone any decision until hearing the report of the mission. The report was released at UN Headquarters in New York today as the mission’s leader, Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom, and Ambassador Adolfo Aguilar Zinser of Mexico, briefed an open meeting of the Council on the 26 June to 5 July trip, which included stops in Guinea Bissau, Nigeria, Ghana, and Cote d’Ivoire.The mission had been scheduled to visit Liberia, but because of the intensifying conflict in the country – particularly in the capital Monrovia where fighting in the streets had left hundreds of civilians dead – it travelled instead to Accra, Ghana, where parties to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) – led Liberian peace talks had been gathered since 4 June. On 27 June, spiralling violence in and around Monrovia, violating a 17 June ceasefire, forced the ECOWAS to suspend the talks until 4 July.The report urges the Council to consider the deployment of a stabilization force on the basis of current ECOWAS plans – including that it be led by a State outside the region and be comprised of over 5,000 troops. It notes that while any decision will inevitably be linked with progress in the political negotiations, “plans for deployment should be drawn up rapidly, since delay will risk renewed breakdowns of the ceasefire.” It also says countries in a position to do so should consider rapidly providing financial and logistical support to ECOWAS and its member states to facilitate deployment of such a force.Overall, the report notes that the Council mission heard a highly consistent message throughout its visit regarding the causes of conflict in the troubled sub-region, including widespread poverty, poor governance, the proliferation of small arms and cross-border mercenary activities. There was a clear need for international action to address these and other persistent problems, including treatment of refugees, use of child soldiers and humanitarian access issues – all of which had been frequently identified but were not yet being tackled with enough political resolve or resources.Ambassador Greenstock reiterated that message in his oral briefing to the Council, stressing that that in spite of the considerable resolve displayed by West African Governments and ECOWAS, they had been constrained by limited resources. “West Africa can not be asked to sort out its problems without international funds and stronger links to the global community,” he said.For his part, Ambassador Zinser, who led the mission’s first leg in Guinea Bissau, said the Council delegation had aimed to send a clear message – that the political process had to move forward. For Guinea Bissau, where conditions for peace and security were closely linked to the political process and economic development, that meant elections must be held soon, in order to ensure solid post-conflict reconstruction and progress. He announced that the mission had left the country with assurance that the elections would be held in October, and that assurance had shortly been followed by the Government’s declaration that the ballot would be held on 12 October.Video of Security Council meeting read more

Prized Maine scallops surge to record price early in year

by Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press Posted Jan 14, 2017 8:08 am MDT Last Updated Jan 14, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Prized Maine scallops surge to record price early in year PORTLAND, Maine – Maine’s scallops have surged to a record high price at the docks this winter after several years of rising in value, according to fishing regulators in the state.Fishermen harvest Maine scallops with dragging boats or by hand while diving in frigid waters. The scallops are selling for about $13.50 per pound at the dock, the scallop manager for the state Department of Marine Resources said. In 2015, they sold for $12.70, which was a record, and more than three times the price in 2004.The state’s scallops are sought after in the culinary world and typically sell for about $20 to $25 per pound to customers, which is slightly more than other sea scallops.This year’s high prices are a boon to fishermen, who seem to be catching about the same amount as last year, said Dana Black, a fisherman out of Blue Hill. He said fishermen have been able to catch large, meaty scallops that are especially prized by buyers.“This year shouldn’t be any less than last year — in fact, it could be better,” Black said.Scallop season in Maine runs from December to April, with December often a busy month. But bad weather this December held back some of the fleet from getting on the water. The state is affording fishermen extra days at sea to compensate.Maine’s scallop fishery is a small piece of the worldwide industry based around the shellfish. The U.S. scallop fishery, based mostly in Massachusetts, Virginia and New Jersey, was worth more than $400 million last year.The fishery in Maine collapsed a little more than 10 years ago before rebuilding in the wake of conservation efforts. Fishermen caught more than 450,000 pounds of the scallops last year, the third highest total since 2001.One of the reasons price for the scallops is up is because dealers are offering more money by the pound for especially big scallops, which appear more plentiful this year, said Trisha Cheney, the scallop manager for the state marine department.“That’s really indicative of a healthy resource,” she said. read more

UN concern for civilians grows as fighting continues in eastern DR Congo

Fighters with the 23 March Movement (M23) – a rebel group composed of soldiers who mutinied from the DRC national army in April – occupied Goma, the capital of North Kivu, on Tuesday after launching a new wave of attacks over the weekend. Fighting has continued and the rebels are now said to have reached the town of Sake, which is 20 kilometres west of Goma. “The situation in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo remains alarming,” said UN peacekeeping spokesperson Kieran Dwyer. “The M23 are now present in Sake, with reports indicating that they may be on the move toward Masisi territory, which is their stronghold.”The UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) – which deployed attack helicopters in support of the national army, known by the French acronym FARDC, in the wake of the latest attacks – retains control of the Goma airport and continues active patrols throughout the city. “The Mission is also positioning itself to try to prevent further advances of the M23,” said Mr. Dwyer. “However, MONUSCO cannot act in substitute to the Congolese army and national security forces in directly confronting the M23.”The rebel advance has uprooted tens of thousands of civilians, and fuelled numerous allegations of human rights abuses by both the rebels and the national army. With fighting continuing in North Kivu, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said it is extremely concerned about the situation of displaced Congolese civilians, especially children and other vulnerable groups.Normally, UNHCR oversees 31 camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) hosting 108,000 people in North Kivu. “But the fighting has meant that we and our partners have not been able to access most of these,” spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva.The agency is also worried about the fierce fighting around the town of Sake, where Government troops and militia “appear to have put up stiff resistance to the M23 advance,” said Mr. Edwards. The World Food Programme (WFP) said today it has already begun assessing food needs in and around Goma, and is planning to provide emergency food assistance to IDP sites and camps in the area. Until this week, the agency had been providing food assistance to 447,000 IDPs and host families in North Kivu. While food distributions to IDPs have been interrupted, school feeding and nutrition activities are still going on in the rest of the province. “Prior to this recent upsurge in conflict, WFP was planning to assist about one million displaced people and host families in eastern DRC during the month of November,” said spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs. “It is not yet possible to assess how those needs might change, but we are already preparing to expand our response if needed, including identifying food stocks and transportation capacity elsewhere in the region that could be redeployed.”Meanwhile, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said that, because of the security situation in the wake of the fall of Goma, UN human rights teams in the area face considerable difficulties verifying alleged abuses.“Nevertheless, they have managed to gather information on a number of alleged incidents that reportedly occurred before, during and after the fall of Goma,” OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville said in Geneva.Alleged violations by the M23 include the killing of civilians, abduction, and looting and destruction, while those allegedly carried out by FARDC soldiers including wounding of civilians and the looting and burning of houses.MONUSCO has been actively monitoring and following up on reports of human rights violations in the context of the fighting, Mr. Dwyer noted. “Though access by investigation teams remains difficult due to the security situation, MONUSCO is verifying a number of reports of civilians who may have been wounded, some killed, due to the recent fighting in Goma and Sake.”The Mission is especially focused, he said, on the protection of children in the context of the military attacks and advances by the M23 group, and will, as part of its daily monitoring and reporting, continue to investigate and follow up on allegations of grave child rights violations. In addition, it is working to support the Government to address essential services for the population, in particular to urgently repair electricity infrastructure damaged during the M23 attacks in the Goma area.Also as part of its efforts to protect civilians, MONUSCO has airlifted some 76 people to safety to date. This includes individuals who were at risk of being targeted by the M23, many of whom sought refuge at MONUSCO bases, including Government authorities, magistrates, Congolese police, journalists and human rights defenders.MONUSCO has some 1,500 ‘blue helmets’ in Goma, and another 6,700 and 4,000 in the provinces of North and South Kivu, respectively, including, in some places, behind the M23 lines. read more

2019 Emery High Senior Prank Features Protective Row of Trailers

By Julie JohansenIn the wee hours of Monday morning, a group of 2019 senior boys from Emery High decided to block the reserved parking spots of faculty and staff. Borrowing, begging or maybe even rustling horse trailers and flat beds, a protective row was placed around the school in the spaces marked reserved.“Sure hope they are moved tonight,” school administration said. Every senior class seems to leave its mark as they venture on.

New staff representative elected to Board of Trustees

Brad Clarke has been elected as a representative of ongoing staff to Brock’s Board of Trustees.Clarke will serve a three-year term, from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022, and joins continuing staff representative Giulia Forsythe.  Gratitude was extended to Kristen Smith for her dedicated service on the Board of Trustees over the past three years. Her term on the board ends on June 30, 2019.A special thanks was also offered to those who allowed their names to stand for election.Eleven individuals ran in the election and more than 400 ballots were received.  The Board of Trustees recognizes the importance of having staff representation on the Board and is pleased to see such staff engagement in the process, both from those who stood in the election and those who voted.Full details about the election results can been viewed at:  brocku.ca/university-secretariat/2019-election-of-an-ongoing-staff-representative-to-the-board-of-trustees/ read more

Damien Hirsts £3m Cotswolds manor home left as heap of scaffolding as

first_img“Locals have asked if the scaffolding is going to be removed but he’s never approached the parish council. When Damien Hirst bought it… When Damien Hirst bought Toddington Manor, it was hoped that British art’s enfant terrible would restore the dilapidated Cotswolds estate to its former glory. Joe Humber, chairman of Toddington parish council, in Gloucs, said: “People with a view of Toddington Manor are a bit fed up. It is not illegal to cover a property with scaffolding, but it is not the best look.center_img But 13 years on, the Grade I-listed house still stands clad in scaffolding, and locals complain that little of Hirst’s estimated £270  million fortune appears to have been spent on refurbishment.last_img

Multotecs realtime interactive experience at Electra Mining Africa

first_imgA stalwart at Electra Mining Africa (EMA) for over 35 years, the Multotec Group will use EMA 2014 as a platform to showcase its entire offering in a participative and educational manner, to add to the customer experience. Exhibition visitors will be able to view scale working and static models as well as cutaway exhibits of Multotec’s equipment. In addition, real time data from condition monitoring and other measuring activities will be available for review. Experienced Multotec engineers will be on hand to talk customers through these processes in a truly interactive style.Since training forms such an integral part of the Multotec Group offering, the group’s skilled training personnel will be present to demonstrate this vital value add service for customers, given the critical skills deficit the world is currently experiencing.Multotec’s depth of technology expertise can be experienced first-hand on the group’s outside stand. Customers will have access to some of the 21st century technologies that position the group as a leader in its industry sector, such as aspects of 3D modelling used in research and development. Of particular interest is the 3D printer which will be used to print screening panels.One of Multotec’s exhibits will address predictive maintenance on screens. The human eye cannot discern the amount of wear on a screening surface and plant operation needs vary with regard to cut size or the wear rate on a specific panel type. Multotec’s solution makes it easier to determine cut size and the remaining panel life through the employment of the patented Wear Indicator.The production process starts by accurately moulding a series of small holes at predetermined and equally spaced depths below the screen’s wear surface. Once the panel is in operation and a hole is exposed through abrasion, it is simple to estimate remaining panel life because of the relationship between wear rate and depth. Managing screen downtime is simplified and the elimination of unnecessary panel replacement, because the system allows panel change-out to become predictive rather than reactive.Another innovative product is the TeePeeTM screening media panel, which is ideal for dewatering and slimes removal. It increases the screening surface, improving the panel open area, for a resultant increased screening capacity without any changes in the footprint. Multotec’s test rig will demonstrate the improved drainage of the TeePeeTM panel over conventional panels.A scaled model of various screening media panel options will be used to demonstrate the screen classification and efficiency capabilities when using Multotec panels. The company will also exhibit a cutaway of a scrubber/trommel combination showing the rubber scrubber liners and the different types of trommel panel solutions for SAG mill to scrubber applications. A static screening media display will show the wear lifecycle of screening panels.Mato belt fastening solutions will be on display with live demonstrations using a lacing machine. The MATO system consists of a lacer cutter and skiver, and is characterised by high static and dynamic strength, better scraper interaction, less wear and noise reduction on pulleys and idlers.A cutaway section of a 3 m diameter mill with a single ring of lifter bars and shell plates will be positioned on the outside stand and will be equipped with mill liner scanning technology. An operational scale model of a mill trajectory will be situated adjacent to this display.A demonstration of the MillTraj software utilised by Multotec Rubber to design mill liners will indicate how the trajectory can be modelled electronically. The Hawkeye display will demonstrate how readings from a mill liner scanner can be converted into easy to understand graphical displays of the wear of the lifter bars and the shell and head plates.Mill circuit specialists from Multotec will be available to demonstrate on-site circuit audits and provide suggested improvements to increase process plant performance.Multotec has an enviable reputation for its range of cyclones, and this year’s exhibits will include the well-known cast iron cyclone which provides maximised output and minimised downtime. There will also be an operational model of a cyclone, which will clearly demonstrate the vortex.Accuracy in sampling equipment is critical to the success of any mining operation and visitors will be able to view the actual sampling procedure. A cross stream sampler (belt end), available for all conveyor widths between 450 and 2,100 mm, will show the inherent strengths of this product. All units are custom designed to conform to customer requirements, as well as ISO and other relevant international sampling standards.Exhibits that cover gravity concentration will include 3D models of Multotec spirals and a 3D printed scale model of a pilot plant, together with a cross section of a pipe launder arrangement, will complement the new test rig on display, which can house any spiral in the Multotec range.Multotec’s Wet High Intensity Magnetic Separators (WHIMS) use electromagnetic coils to generate very high magnetic force that can be implemented to allow separation of para-magnetic minerals. This technology also employs unparalleled high gradients, within their exchangeable matrices, to allow recovery of fine material down to 15 micron.last_img read more

KGHM spearheads PolishChilean investment opportunities

first_imgThe dynamic growth of trade between Poland and Chile, which is largely an effect of the foreign expansion of Polish companies, creating the chance for domestic companies to enter and gain new markets. This was a point made by the representatives of KGHM, Polish and Chilean embassies as well as Polish Treasury and Foreign ministries during the Polish-Chilean Investment Seminar in Warsaw, Poland. “Natural resources and excellent conditions for agriculture and food processing, combined with a well-developed financial sector, a reasonable monetary policy, liberal business environment and openness to foreign investors, make Chile one of the most competitive economies in the world.”Traditionally, most investments are in the resources industry, mainly copper. The example of KGHM, which is carrying out its largest foreign investment project in Chile, shows that in the nearest future a clear potential for co-operation with Poland lies in mining and infrastructure. What is worth emphasizing, part of the Sierra Gorda project was developed by Polish contractors, who profited from KGHM’s presence on the Chilean market by gaining new commissions and increasing revenues.The seminar, which took place on July 17 at the National Stadium in Warsaw, was devoted to the investment opportunities of Polish companies in Chile. “I am glad to see the growth of interest in the Chilean market among Polish entrepreneurs. This is particularly important in the context of KGHM’s ongoing investment projects. They open a new chapter in the economic relations between Poland and Chile and create development opportunities to Polish businesses. We wish to share our experience and know-how with companies and academic institutions in order to facilitate their growth through international expansion and gradual development on new markets,” said Herbert Wirth, President & CEO of KGHM in his welcoming speech.Detailed information on how to bid for orders in international projects and examples of Polish suppliers were presented by Marek Bednarz, Executive Director of KGHM’s Central Purchasing Department. Zdzislaw Gawlik, Secretary of State at Poland’s Treasury Ministry, and Katarzyna Kacperczyk, Undersecretary of State at Poland’s Foreign Ministry were also among the speakers. “Sierra Gorda mine is a perfect example of international expansion of Poland. It shows that Polish companies both: should and are able to use the potential of development. Among them, there are also the businesses with the Treasury shares. If the business has a potential to cross the border, the Ministry of Treasury supports the company’s management board with the initiatives of that kind. In this way, we want to create a polish repute and give them the opportunity to gain the new competences and know-how as well” said Gawlik.Ambassador of Chile to Poland, Alfredo García Castelblanco, and Aleksandra Piątkowska, Polish Ambassador to Chile, spoke on the challenges in investments and trade between both countries. “For several years, we have seen the dynamic growth of foreign investment in the Chilean market. Last year foreign investments amounted to over $20 billion, while in the first quarter of 2014 this was over $7 billion. This result is impressive, but the economic potential of our country will certainly encourage more investors,” said Ambassador Castelblanco.In recent years, the trade volume between Poland and Chile has been gradually rising. The value of exports from Chile to Poland amounts to almost $258 million, while Polish exports to Chile is 0.13% of its total imports, with a value of more than $94 million. Polish-Chilean bilateral economic co-operation is regulated by the Association Agreement on Economic, Political Consultation and Co-operation between the European Union and Chile from 2002, as well as Polish-Chilean intergovernmental agreement from 2000 on the mutual promotion and protection of investments. The two countries also signed a bilateral convention on avoidance of double taxation. Thanks to efforts supporting the development of mutual trade, Poland profits from the zero duty rate. It is one of the reasons why a growing number Polish entrepreneurs begin to invest in the Chilean market.Chile is known for its vast natural resources that make this country a world class manufacturer and exporter. The geographical situation of the country, which extends for almost all climate zones, creates unique conditions for cultivation, farming and fishing. Currently, Chile ranks 17th in the world in terms of exports of food products, with the prospect of entry into the top ten in the next few years. “Chile is the undisputed leader in world’s exports of wine, fresh, frozen and dried fruits, dairy products and meat, as well as fish and seafood,” KGHM reports.The Polish-Chilean Investment Seminar was organised by KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. Co-organisers and Honorary Patrons were ProChile – an institution reporting to the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responsible for the promotion of exports, investments and tourism in Chile – as well as the Ministry of Treasury and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.last_img read more

Nenad Puljezevic stays in TSV HannoverBurgdorf

handball transferNenad PuljezevicTSV Hannover Burgdorf German Bundesliga Team, TSV Hannover-Burgdorf is satisfied with the performance of experienced goalkeeper, Nenad Puljezevic (39), who will celebrate his 40th Birthday in the German team after new contract until June 2013.Puljezevic came to Germany, Hannover in 2009 after one month spent in Serbian TOP team in that time, HC Kolubara Lazarevac. Before that, he became a legend of Hungarian Pick Szeged, also played for Hungarian National Team. He is from Belgrade, Serbia. Puljezevic won the medal at WCh 2001 with Yugoslav NT. ← Previous Story Allison Pineau is leaving Metz Handball Next Story → Cristina Varzaru is leaving Viborg after 7 years

Joe Schmidt should have been the Lions head coach Stuart Barnes

first_imgWhen I’m taking about Howley… I’m not knocking him. I think that Joe Schmidt is the most outstanding coach I’ve seen, in this hemisphere, in a long, long time. Leinster are a top team that play some beautiful, progressive rugby. Joe is the proof that you can play good rugby and win. It’s bullshit that you just have to bash people and bash people. Leinster played and passed their way past the best teams in European rugby in modern times. “Joe had Clermont doing that too. Why was Brock James there? It’s not by accident. The forwards could pass too and a lot of it went through Aurelien Rougerie.”Barnes added, “I said at the start of the season that he should have been the head coach. It’s nothing against Gatland but [naming his coach] was a very early call. Maybe with a bit of hindsight now, too, but I would stand by that call.”Paul Wallace, Stuart Barnes and Scott Quinnell will be off to Australia for Sky Sport’s Lions coverage. (©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)Barnes believes that Leinster, a team he considers only second to Clermont in European rugby at present, should remain competitive despite the huge blows of losing Schmidt, Jonathan Sexton and Isa Nacewa. “It’s been a bit hard for them this year; with Sexton out we saw what happened to them,” he said.[Recently signed outhalf] Jimmy Gopperth’s a good player but he’s no Jonny Sexton. Matt O’Connor is a good coach, but he’s not Joe Schmidt. They’ll be competitive because Leinster have grown this belief in Europe over the past five or six years. If they win the Amlin, the season will have been no disgrace. They went down to the best team in Europe with a few players missing.”Barnes told TheScore.ie, “A lot of people, especially in England, could see them trying a new style and they thought they were going to fall away; that it wasn’t going to last. Maybe it’s because I’m from Bath, and the West Country. We want to see great players but we also want to see a winning culture.“Leinster have that winning culture and so have Munster. That’s why Munster were in the semi-finals this year. It’s not about 1 to 15, personnel, it’s about something deeper. You’d like to think that the roots have laid down deep, as deep as they have with Munster.”*Stuart Barnes was at the Aviva Stadium today ahead of The Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, which will be live on Sky Sports HD and available on Sky Go, with the Heineken Cup final also in 3D.Lions hopefuls Ashton and Robshaw left out of England summer tour27 pictures that sum-up Alex Ferguson’s 27 years at Manchester Unitedcenter_img FORMER ENGLAND OUTHALF Stuart Barnes believes the Lions management missed two opportunities to get new Ireland coach Joe Schmidt involved on the upcoming tour to Australia.Barnes feels a decision to appoint Schmidt’s fellow Kiwi, Warren Gatland [last September] was made too far in advance of this summer’s tour. Schmidt, said the outhalf turned Sky Sports pundit, would have brought an attacking dimension to the British and Irish Lions’ game that the Wallabies would have struggled with.Barnes, who was in Dublin today to promote Sky Sports’ coverage of the Heineken and Amlin Cup finals, told TheScore.ie that, having overlooked Schmidt in favour of Gatland, Lions chiefs should have selected the New Zealander as backs coach. Wales’ caretaker coach Rob Howley, who led his countrymen to Six Nations success this year, has been tasked with getting the Lions backline into attacking shape Down Under. Barnes commented:last_img read more