Drug trade violent crime threatening Caribbean nations says Ban

He said he was struck by the beauty of the islands and the warmth of the people when visiting the Caribbean two years ago, but “these natural assets stand in stark contrast to some of the region’s ills,” he noted in an address to the opening of the fifth general meeting of the United Nations and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and its associated institutions in New York.“You know all too well that geopolitical realities leave the region vulnerable to destructive forces,” Mr. Ban said.The Caribbean is the midway point between illicit drug producers in the South and consumers in the North, he said, with profits from the drug trade often dwarfing the legal economies of CARICOM countries.“With that trade comes violent crime,” the Secretary-General pointed out. The region is said to have the highest per capita murder rates in the world and drug trafficking also undermines the rule of law and democratic governance.“We must address this scourge while paying special attention to those who are vulnerable to getting caught in the web of drug crimes,” he said, adding that collaboration between CARICOM and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) will be crucial.Mr. Ban’s address today also touched on the impact of global warming on Caribbean nations which threatens “not only their economic viability but even, in some cases, their very existence.”Experts predict that hurricanes will become both more frequent and severe, threatening the tourism industry, which comprises up to half the gross domestic product of many small island developing States.“The link between achieving economic prosperity and preserving ecosystems and natural resources is obvious to all Caribbean countries,” the Secretary-General said, urging CARICOM nations to continue pushing for action on sustainable development. 9 February 2009Despite the Caribbean region’s natural assets, it is beset by ills such as drug trafficking and violent crime, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. read more

UN responds to malaria outbreak in floodaffected Pakistani provinces

12 October 2010Nearly 300,000 suspected malaria cases, including some confirmed cases of a severe form of the disease, have been recorded in flood-affected areas of Pakistan since the end of July, with the overall incidence slightly above the average seasonal outbreak, the United Nations health agency said today. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting the Pakistan health ministry’s malaria control programme, as well as aid agencies working in the health sector, to control the epidemic. The agency is coordinating the deployment of preventive and curative measures.Malaria is endemic in rural areas of Pakistan where there are two seasonal peaks – in August, when the milder vivax-malaria is mostly seen, and October, when the potentially fatal falciparum-malaria is common.More than one million malaria cases are registered annually, but 12 per cent of people living in rural areas are infected by malaria parasite without showing symptoms of the disease.Balochistan province has recorded the largest number of consultations for suspected malaria, while an increasing number of cases are also being reported in Punjab and Sindh provinces, according to WHO’s Disease Early Warning System and the ministry of health.The rising number of cases is the result of the floods that have displaced millions of people, forcing many into poor shelter where they are exposed to mosquito bites. Pools of stagnant water are ideal breeding sites for Anopheles mosquitoes, the malaria vector.“The total number of suspected malaria cases reported in flood-affected districts is only slightly higher than at the same period in previous years. However, falciparum-malaria needs special consideration as it is responsible for severe cases and it can be fatal,” said Guido Sabatinelli, the WHO Representative in Pakistan.Communicable disease surveillance of all epidemic-prone diseases has been strengthened and malaria experts are currently visiting Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan provinces to assist the health ministry in conducting outbreak investigation, training and other malaria control activities.The United States Agency for International Development has donated $5 million, through WHO, for malaria prevention and control activities in flood-affected districts of Pakistan.As part of its response, WHO has provided 320,700 rapid diagnostic tests kits and procured 145,000 long-lasting insecticidal nets. The agency last week dispatched 55,000 Arthemisine-based combination treatments (ACT) for falciparum-malaria and 30,000 primaquine tablets to treat vivax-malaria. read more

UN against death penalty but understands desire for justice in Hussein case

Reacting to the imposition of the death sentence against Saddam Hussein, who ruled Iraq with terror for nearly a quarter of a century until his ouster in 2003, the senior United Nations envoy there voiced understanding about the desire for justice among many people but reiterated the world body’s longstanding opposition to capital punishment.“The United Nations stands firmly against impunity, and understands the desire for justice felt by the many Iraqis,” Special Representative Ashraf Qazi said through a spokesman.“Based on the principle of respect for the right to life, however, the United Nations remains opposed to capital punishment, even in the case of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.” read more

GuineaBissau Ban appeals for utmost restraint after killing of former navy chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the Government and political leaders of Guinea-Bissau to exercise utmost restraint and focus on development and reconciliation amid heightened tensions following the killing of the small West African country’s former Navy Chief. “He is particularly distressed by the loss of life that occurred following the intervention of the security forces during protests against the killing,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, Michele Montas, told the daily briefing at UN Headquarters in New York.“He urges the people of Guinea-Bissau not to take the law into their own hands. And he strongly encourages all national stakeholders to find negotiated solutions to their differences, and to avoid allowing impunity to prevail,” she added.Last month, the Security Council extended the mandate of the seven-year-old UN Peacebuilding Support Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS) for another year in an effort to prevent a relapse into the bloodshed that marred much of the last decade when a civil war in which thousands were killed, wounded or forced from their homes.The Forrmer Navy Chief, Commodore Lamine Sanha, was killed on 4 January. read more

UNs Afghanistan envoy hails naming of new police officials as step towards

The senior United Nations envoy to Afghanistan has welcomed a Presidential decree confirming the appointment of 40 new police officials to the country’s national force as a step towards stability.“Strengthening the rule of law across Afghanistan needs to be a priority for all our efforts in 2007, reform of the Afghanistan National Police is central to this if we are to build a police force able to serve the people of Afghanistan with professionalism and integrity,” Tom Koenigs said in a statement released in Kabul on Saturday.All of the officials had been selected based on “merit, integrity and experience,” he said, voicing confidence that “their skills, experience and commitment to public service will serve them well as they continue the work of cementing much needed peace and stability across Afghanistan.” Mr. Koenigs heads the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), a political operation with some 1,000 personnel. The vast majority of those staff members – 80 per cent – are Afghan nationals, reflecting UNAMA’s focus on building capacity within the country rather than hiring expatriates. read more

Big single deckers figures stable big changes elsewhere

· Strong trend for big buses holds, due to resilient revival in double deckers. · Big fall for big coaches in key September month as strong growth trend ends. · Growth of 3.5 to 5 tonne buses deepens the structural shift in the sector. “September’s results were a mixed bag,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “Double deck bus registration growth continued, coach growth stopped and medium mini-buses overtook light models. Coach registrations slowed since June and were well down this September, reflecting the effects of the credit crunch. Bus registrations could be in for a rough ride too, despite increasing bus use offering more stable demand in the medium to long term”.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Big single deckers figures stable; big changes elsewhere read more

Leinster call foul after late penalty denies OConnor first home win

first_imgYouTube credit: RaboDirect PRO12O’Connor told TheScore.ie: “How you can pull one bloke out of that mess and sin-bin him is very interesting. We’ll have to talk to the powers-that-be during the week. It’s a potential game-changer and I’ll be seeking clarification on that. I don’t know if we’ve made any progress on that, to be honest. LEINSTER COACH MATT O’CONNOR cut a frustrated figure in the post-match briefing room as he tried to explain how his side twice gave away leads to Ospreys.The Australian was denied his first home win as Blues coach by a Dan Biggar penalty, which made it 29-29, in the 80th minute.“We went to sleep a little bit [at the start of the second half],” O’Connor conceded. “They got the ball and got their tails up. They looked a lot fresher in the second-half and our little bits of inaccuracies, which are possible early in the season, with new combinations, let us down.”Leinster found themselves seven points behind the 2012 league champions with 15 minutes to play and the situation worsened when Sean Cronin was sent to the sin bin. Under the new scrum laws, the hooker has greater responsibility for making the initial bind and, following three re-sets, referee Leighton Hodges eventually vented his frustration on the Leinster man. “From my end, it seems to be a greater frustration for the players and the coaches. I don’t know what it is like to watch as a spectator but I think we’ve got some serious issues that need to be rectified really quickly.”Leinster managed to score 10 unanswered points on Ospreys whilst at the man disadvantage. The turnaround looked to have given them the points before a late offside call resulted in Dan Biggar tying up the game with the final kick.Having conceded a penalty at the end of the first half too, the Biggar penalties ultimately gave the Welsh side two valuable points. “I don’t know if it’s a discipline issue,” O’Connor argued. “It’s an interpretation issue and an early season issue, to be honest. I think the boys worked, and tried, really hard inside the system that we’re trying to put in place. There was inaccuracy but I don’t know if it was ill discipline.”The reigning RaboDirect Pro12 champions got off to a flying start as they led 10-3 after 12 minutes. The home side could not be accused of struggling at the scrum but they did give up a silly free and penalty as the word ‘bind’ had them in an early tizzy. Biggar’s accuracy from penalties kept Ospreys within reach all evening.“It looked pretty positive, early in the first half,” said O’Connor. “I thought we were doing some really good things with the ball and they were under a lot of pressure trying to deal with us. We probably didn’t get enough opportunities at their end to capitalise on that.” Another “interpretation” upset the former Leicester Tigers coach:By and large, we were accurate with the ball but the breakdown was our issue. The interpretation is always an issue early in the season and it was hard to get continuity there. We had a lot of ball, a lot of opportunities but they seemed to get around to stifle the 9, lie on the back of it, and we didn’t deal with it, which probably cost us.”O’Connor lamented the lack of set-piece ball his team could fashion in danger areas. The Australian highlighted how much damage they made when they got lineouts and scrums deep in the Ospreys half.McGrath’s try and a late Gopperth penalty looked to have given Leinster their second win of the season but those darn interpretations, and that man Biggar, came back to haunt them.As it happened: Leinster v Ospreys, RaboDirect PRO12Kearney flies in for stunning Superman try against Ospreyslast_img read more

Hes hurting our country Thousands protest against Trump on US Presidents Day

first_img By AFP 60 Comments Share475 Tweet Email1 SHOUTING “NOT MY president!” about 3,000 anti-Trump protesters marched in New York today, joined by others in cities across the country as it celebrated its Presidents Day holiday.In a festive mood, demonstrators of all ages and ethnicities gathered in Columbus Circle, in front of Trump International Hotel and near Central Park to voice their dismay with President Donald Trump.The protests aim to show grassroots opposition to the Republican president remains fervent one month after his 20 January inauguration.Anti-Trump activists took advantage of the federal public holiday, dedicated to US presidents, to organise “Not My Presidents Day” rallies in a number of cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Washington.In New York, where the unofficial crowd estimate was 3,000, Rima Strauss, a retired psychotherapist, wore a jean jacket with a button “Not my president” and another one of Putin holding a baby Donald in diapers.“He’s hurting our country. We’re losing our country if we don’t do something,” Strauss said.Trump won’t listen to us, but if ordinary people march in the streets, maybe we’ll have some kind of revolution against Trump, I hope.Qamar Khan, a 26-year-old medical school student from Pakistan, said he wanted to voice disagreement with Trump.“We are not protesting. We are Muslims. We want to spread the message of peace and love, true Islam. I do obey President Trump as our president, but I don’t have to agree with his policies.”Meanwhile, over in London Trump opponents protested outside UK parliament while its members debated POTUS’s proposed visit to the UK. Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3250012 Feb 20th 2017, 10:02 PM 14,826 Views Demonstrators at a rally today. – © AFP, 2017Read: ‘When you are in a hole, stop digging’ – Swedes have taken issue with Trump’s latest tweet> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘He’s hurting our country’: Thousands protest against Trump on US Presidents Day ” I do obey President Trump as our president, but I don’t have to agree with his policies,” said one protester. British Parliament #TrumpProtest Right Now #London Debates on going to block Trump’s visit. Anti-Trump pic.twitter.com/5NRQUrL3GQ— Raphael Elliot (@RafaelElliotPR) February 20, 2017 Demonstrators at a rally today. Image: Rick Bowmer/AP Monday 20 Feb 2017, 10:02 PM Source: Raphael Elliot/Twitter Image: Rick Bowmer/APlast_img read more

Huis clos sur le net  bilan de lexpérience

first_imgHuis clos sur le net : bilan de l’expérienceFrance – La semaine dernière, cinq journalistes francophones issus de différents médias s’isolaient durant cinq jours dans une ferme du Périgord, afin de tester la fiabilité des informations disponibles sur les réseaux sociaux Twitter et Facebook. Bilan. L’expérience a porté ses fruits. Après une semaine cloîtrés dans un gîte rural, coupés du monde, privés de toute source d’information traditionnelle, les journalistes font le point sur “Huis clos sur le net”, cet événement qui a passionné les internautes.À lire aussiL’effet terrible et inattendu de la 5G sur les insectesAprès une semaine de dur labeur et plus de dix-huit heures quotidiennes de recherches, d’analyses, d’études et d’enquêtes, une chose est certaine : “le travail des agences de presse, chargées de trier l’information et de trouver des sources fiables” a manqué aux cinq cobayes explique Anne Paul Martin, l’une d’entre eux. “Sur Facebook, on manque de matière, l’info apparaît brute!” confie Nicolas Willems, son confrère. Lorsque l’on est coupé de toute source traditionnelle, il est difficile de recouper l’information. Le bilan est que les réseaux sociaux tels que Facebook et Twitter ne sont pas toujours fiables à 100%. Ce sont néanmoins des outils utiles pour sélectionner l’information, “filtrer ce qu’il y a d’intéressant pour constituer la Une” dans les médias. Ils ont également confiés que si ces réseaux sont fiables pour se tenir au courant de l’actualité, leur défaut est que l’information transmise est sélective, et n’est intéressante que grâce à la publication de liens sur la toile. Le 8 février 2010 à 11:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Une solution contre la famine le super riz vert

first_imgUne solution contre la famine : le super riz “vert”Les scientifiques sont en train de développer un nouveau type de riz, plus résistant aux maladies et nécessitant moins d’eau et de pesticides pour sa production.Avec l’augmentation de la population mondiale, les besoins alimentaires n’ont jamais été aussi importants. Mais le problème est que jamais notre planète ne pourra satisfaire les besoins de ces milliards d’individus au moment même où il faut se préoccuper de sa survie. Un véritable casse-tête qui devrait pousser nombre d’occidentaux à changer leur mode de consommation. La recherche scientifique essaye elle aussi de surmonter ce problème. Une des solutions pourrait s’appeler le super riz “vert”, explique le site Voanews. Ce projet de l’Institut de Recherche Internationale sur le Riz (IRRI) a ainsi pour but de créer une variété de riz capable à la fois de s’adapter aux changements climatiques, sécheresses, inondations, mais aussi aux attaques d’insectes tout en nécessitant moins d’eau et de pesticides pour une production aux rendements bien supérieurs à ceux des variétés actuelles. Comment est-ce possible? Tout simplement en réussissant à allier les gènes de différentes variétés présentes à travers le monde, qui possèdent chacune un avantage spécifique, en une seule, par croisement. Seize pays, huit asiatiques et huit africains, participent au projet dont les premiers test devraient débuter dans deux ans. Le 11 février 2011 à 11:53 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Mark Maselli Is Such A Great Guy Who

first_imgDear Editor,My name is Maura Sullivan, an employee and family friend of Mark Maselli. I am writing to you on behalf of his candidacy. I am writing this letter to inform voters about the wonderful qualities that Mark puts forth not only in the workplace, but on an everyday basis.Mark has a passion for what he does. He is the owner of Dandilyons Ice Cream in Reading, MA. I have been an employee of his for over a year now, and I can say with great confidence that he is the boss that everybody wants. The countless times that I have messed up an order or forgotten how to make something, I have always known that Mark is there to help me learn. He is kind, funny, and makes scooping ice cream the best job to have. Mark has always shown our customers that he cares about them and their personal lives, and he has never had a problem taking a minute or two to catch up with them at the window. Mark has given Dandilyons such a great reputation and has made people feel at home when they are there. Most importantly, as an employee, I have always felt cared for by Mark. When you’re having a bad day, he’s there to make everybody smile. He helps me fix my mistakes and learn from them. If I am going to be late to work, Mark understands. He treats people the way that they want to be treated.Above all, just like he does at Dandilyons, Mark makes choices that are for the benefit of everybody, and I know that as Selectman, Mark would do the same exact thing. Mark is a fresh voice to the town which is exactly what it needs. A new perspective, and a new way of running things. If anything, I want to tell voters that Mark is the type of person that you would be proud to have your town associated with. He is what a Selectman should be.To all Wilmington residents, April 27th is the day to express your right to vote. So, get out there, and vote for somebody who is really going to make Wilmington a place that you would be proud to call your hometown. Mark has my full support, and I hope that he will have yours, too.Sincerely,Maura SullivanLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Maselli Speaks From The Heart And Is Genuine, Transparent & RealIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A Letter In Support Of Mark Maselli From The Person Who Knows Him BestIn “Letter To The Editor”A VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Mark MaselliIn “Government”last_img read more

Cuts to universities could threaten Alaskas unified library catalog

first_imgThe Sitka Public Library is among the more than 80 local systems that share collections statewide. (KCAW photo/Bill Foster) To be clear, the governor’s vetoes wouldn’t automatically doom the Alaska Library Catalog. But Juneau librarian Robert Barr – who pulls double duty as president of the Alaska Library Association – says its days would likely be numbered.“I have a hard time seeing UAA and UAF and UAS continuing to support that service with cuts of this magnitude,” he said Monday.As it stands, patrons in Talkeetna can request a book in Wasilla. But cuts to the universities could take Alaska’s public libraries back a couple decades. University officials warn that will mean more than a thousand job losses unless the legislature overrides the Governor’s veto. That has Robinson and Barr worried about the three support staff that help run the catalog at the University of Alaska Anchorage.“Once the belt start tightening, it could be easy to get in a hole where the whole system gets underfunded,” Robinson said. “If you live in Juneau and there’s an item that you want is not owned locally in Juneau but it is in Fairbanks, we’ll get it for you and vice versa,” he said. The materials are couriered on the road system. If the libraries aren’t in roaded communities, they go by mail. It’s a free service available to more than 90 percent of the state population. Before the statewide catalog, Barr said, “you would instead only have access to a library catalog per your local community.”The Legislature is slated to review this and 181 other line item vetoes this week. It takes 45 votes to override the governor and lawmakers have only until Friday to do so. Juneau’s library director Robert Barr explains how the Alaska Library Catalog works. The network links more than 80 libraries run by municipalities, school districts and university campuses.“It’s been a vision of libraries for a long time to figure out a way to create a statewide system to do something like this,” said university librarian Mike Robinson, who helped build the system at the University of Alaska Anchorage.“But it was very hard to sit down on paper and plan it, you know from scratch,” he told CoastAlaska. “Who was going to come up with the money? How are we going to do it? So it evolved organically over time, which is great, but it’s housed within the UAA infrastructure.”Much of this “infrastructure could soon face the chopping block.With a stroke of a pen, Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s veto eliminated $130 million from the universities budget. Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s cuts to Alaska’s university system could dismantle a statewide library system that allows patrons to easily request more than 3 million titles from libraries across the state.last_img read more

Nibiru UFO or lens glitch Strange planetlike object spotted near Sun sparks

first_imgYouTube: MavixxxConspiracy theorists all across the world and doomsday mongers have long been claiming that Nibiru, an alleged killer planet will soon collide with the earth causing massive destruction everywhere. Adding heat to these outlandish claims, popular conspiracy theory YouTube channel ‘Mavixxx’ has uploaded an eerie video that shows a strange planet-sized object near the Sun.The object spotted in the video is spherical in shape, and at first glance, it looks like a giant planet. In the video, the uploader revealed that the strange sighting was shot on July 23 from Nevada.The video soon went viral, and spectators started sharing their thoughts to explain the mysterious sky sighting. Most of the conspiracy theorists who watched the video claimed that killer planet Nibiru has appeared in the skies, which indicates the arrival of an imminent doomsday. These conspiracy theorists also alleged that governments, with the help of space agencies like NASA, are spraying chemtrails in the skies to hide the existence of Nibiru from the general public.”I have a pic, I took 3 yrs ago, the same thing, now much bigger, closer, and nothing can stop it, they will only be able to hide it, for a short time, then it will be obvious, too big to hide and, too late for the unprepared,” commented Ed Connor, a YouTube user.”Whatever it is it is getting closer. My first guess was that it is Jupiter. But how can Jupiter be traversing so far out of its orbit through Earths orbit, in between Earth and Venus? I’ve been watching this object since it could be seen as a very small out of place planet. Early video’s show the planet to have similar markings as Jupiter,” commented Great Scott, another YouTuber.Some other conspiracy theorists argued that this object could be an alien mothership. As per these alien enthusiasts, extraterrestrial life is a reality, and these advanced beings from deep space used to visit the earth to monitor human activities.However, sceptics believe that it is a glitch in the camera lens that has caused this visual anomaly on the image.last_img read more

Trump opens door to N Korea talks

first_imgDonald TrumpUS president Donald Trump appeared to strike a more conciliatory tone on North Korea as he got down to business Monday on an Asian tour that will be dominated by the nuclear crisis with Pyongyang.Trump’s high-stakes visit to the region was overshadowed by what the president described as a “horrific shooting” in Texas, where a gunman killed at least 26 people and wounded 20 more during Sunday services.”Our hearts are broken,” he told business tycoons in Tokyo.Trump began his marathon trip in belligerent form, warning on Sunday that “no dictator” should underestimate US resolve, a clear swipe at North Korea and its young leader Kim Jong-Un.However he then appeared to open the door for talks with Pyongyang, saying in an interview broadcast on US TV that he would “certainly be open” to meeting Kim.”I would sit down with anybody,” he said. “I don’t think it’s strength or weakness, I think sitting down with people is not a bad thing,” he said on the “Full Measure” show.”So I would certainly be open to doing that but we’ll see where it goes, I think we’re far too early.”The president arrived in Asia with tensions over North Korea at fever pitch, as US bombers fly sorties over the Korean peninsula and concerns mount that Pyongyang might stage another nuclear or missile test.- ‘Really extraordinary’ relationship -Hawkish Abe and Trump are closely allied on the North Korea issue, with the Japanese prime minister sticking firmly to the US line that “all options” are on the table to deal with the rogue state.”The closeness of the relationship is unprecedented. And the degree to which US and Japanese strategies are aligned, both on the Korean Peninsula but also throughout the Indo-Pacific, is also unprecedented,” a senior Trump administration official said Sunday.That closeness was demonstrated on the first day, when the two golfing buddies hit the course within hours of Trump touching down on Japanese soil.Both leaders later tweeted images of their nine-hole encounter, with Abe saying the “relaxed” nature of their game allowed them to have “candid” discussions on some “difficult” issues.However, that did not stop Trump lashing out at the trade relationship with Japan on Monday, saying it had been “winning” for decades at the expense of the United States.”We want fair and open trade but right now our trade with Japan is not fair and open,” Trump told business leaders.”The US has suffered massive trade deficits with Japan for many, many years. So we will have to negotiate and we will do this in a friendly way.”- Focus on human rights -Trump will on Monday meet families of civilians kidnapped by North Korea to train their agents in Japanese culture and language — an emotional issue that still angers Tokyo.North Korea has admitted to kidnapping 13 Japanese civilians but Japan believes the regime took dozens more, including a 13-year-old girl abducted on her way home from school.”You are going to see some focus on the often overlooked question of human rights conditions in NK,” said the White House official.Trump stressed US military power and resolve while wearing a bomber jacket in front of service personnel when he landed in Japan, but speaking to reporters on the plane, he reserved some warm words for the North Korean people.”I think they’re great people. They’re industrious. They’re warm, much warmer than the world really knows or understands. They’re great people. And I hope it all works out for everybody,” he said.However, he described North Korea as “a big problem for our country and for our world and we want to get it solved”.Trump also announced that he would hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his trip, as the global community scrambles for a solution to the North Korean crisis.”We want Putin’s help on North Korea,” he said.After meeting the Emperor and Empress of Japan, Trump holds talks with the prime minister and will brief the media before a final banquet with his “friend” Abe.But Trump’s Asian tour is set to become more testing as he flies to South Korea, then on to China.Trump has a cooler relationship with South Korean President Moon Jae-In, whose dovish approach to the crisis he has denounced as “appeasement”.The president will address the parliament in Seoul but will not visit the Demilitarized Zone dividing the Korean peninsula — a visit derided in Washington as a bit of a “cliche.”From Seoul, Trump travels to Beijing to meet his counterpart Xi Jinping who has solidified his grip on power after being handed a second term.last_img read more

Good governance new govts priority FS tells US

first_imgForeign secretary Shahidul Haque with USAID administrator Mark Green.In an apparent bid to secure Washington’s support to the new government after ‘questionable’ 30 December elections, foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque on Tuesday met some senior officials of the US administration.The United States has not yet issued any message of felicitation to the new government in Dhaka and rather a US official reportedly said they are “concerned” that election-day “irregularities” prevented some people from voting, which undermined faith in the electoral process.The foreign secretary, during his meetings, told the US officials that immediately after the formation of the new cabinet, the priority identified by the prime minister for the new government is good governance, primarily zero-tolerance against corruption, according to a press release.Haque was quoted to have said since the USA is Bangladesh’s “great friend and development partner”, the present government looks forward to expanding the existing friendly ties in a multi-sectoral context.The US officials were appreciative of the present government’s commitment and various initiatives to tackle corruption, combat terrorism and prevent trafficking in person, said the press release signed by the press minister at the Bangladesh mission in Washington, Shamim Ahmed.The foreign secretary held talks, among others, with USAID administrator Mark Green and US under secretary of state for political affairs ambassador David Hale.Referring to the Rohingya crisis, Shahidul Haque noted that the recent internal situation in northern Rakhine is aggravating the prolonged problem.He insisted that it is the responsibility of Myanmar authorities to create the right atmosphere so that all the Rohingyas currently staying in Bangladesh feel safe to go back home.He sought US support in resolving the crisis. The US officials lauded the generosity and tolerance of prime minister Sheikh Hasina for providing shelter to the Myanmar nationals who fled persecution by the Myanmar military.The US officials were said to have termed Bangladesh as a partner that highly matters to them and assured full support towards the solution of the Rohingya crisis.The visiting foreign secretary also had meetings with ambassador Alice Wells, principal deputy assistant secretary, South and Central Asia Bureau; ambassador Michael Kozak, office chief, Bureau of Democracy, Rights and Labour; acting assistant secretary Carol Thomson O’Connell, Population, Refugee and Migration Bureau; ambassador at large John Cotton Richmond, office chief, Trafficking in person and ambassador at large Nathan Sales, Counterterrorism  Bureau and Counterterrorism Coordinator, said the press release.Bangladesh ambassador to the USA Mohammad Ziauddin and senior officials from the foreign affairs ministry and Bangladesh embassy in Washington DC accompanied the foreign secretary during the meetings.last_img read more

The Midwests Farms Face an Intense CropKilling Future

first_imgThe flooding that devastated the Midwest this spring damaged infrastructure and prevented farmers from getting crops planted on time. Though scientists can’t say if one storm or one wet season is the result of climate change, so far this year’s heavy rains are a perfect illustration of what scientific models of climate change predict for the region. And it’s only going to get more intense.Those models warn that it’s going to get hotter, and that rain will continue to arrive in increasingly intense spring bursts, leaving long dry patches in the summer. “We’re fighting it at both ends in the Midwest right now. Too much too early and not enough late,” says Evan DeLucia, a professor of plant biology at the University of Illinois.During the summer, the Midwest will see drought conditions similar to what California, Greece, or Italy have. A mediterranean climate seems nice, as a concept: temperate winters and warm, dry summers, guaranteed to get you an even tan. But, according to a report that DeLucia coauthored appearing in the journal Ecosphere today, if you’re a farmer trying to grow corn it means something very different: You need more water. Because the warmer the air is, the more water plants require.It boils down to basic plant biology. Water works its way up a plant from root, to stem, to leaf. Because water molecules are attracted to one another, they stick together, creating a continuous thread throughout the plant, with each water molecule essentially holding hands with its neighbors. Once the water reaches the leaf, it evaporates, pulling more water up from the ground. This process is called transpiration and it speeds up when temperatures rise. In fact, this cycle is already hastening. “For every fraction that we warm the atmosphere, we’re going to get a little more water loss from plants,” DeLucia says. Right now, in Illinois and other states in the eastern part of the Midwest, most farmers don’t need to irrigate their crops. But according to DeLucia’s study, which analyzed how warmer temperatures would affect how much water plants will need, rainfall won’t be enough to maintain today’s yields as the planet heats up. DeLucia’s study focused on corn but the concept applies to any crop. If DeLucia and his coauthors are right, farmers will have to start irrigating using sources like lakes, rivers, or underground aquifers. Hellmann says that infrastructure is something many small- and medium-sized farmers in the Midwest just can’t afford. “Because commodity prices are low, there’s not a lot of economic flexibility among these farmers,” she says. “Where would that money come from?”According to DeLucia and his coauthors, the extra water will most likely come from aquifers. Right now, however, municipalities rely on aquifers to supply drinking water. Irrigation will put those municipal needs in direct competition with farming, the region’s major economic engine. “You know how that argument is going to go,” says DeLucia. “You want food or you want water? That’s kind of the battle.”The risk lies in draining those aquifers at a rate that exceeds their replenishment. “We don’t want to be in a position where we are using a nonrenewable resource to produce the food that we need because once that resource runs out, you can no longer produce the food you need,” Fitzpatrick says.To plan for such an outcome, Midwesterners could use those extreme spring floods to their advantage and pump excess water back into the ground. Or they could leave those fields fallow, so that when torrential rain storms come, the fields become basins that collect water and let it seep into the ground, naturally percolating back into the aquifer. These techniques are already being used in dozens of countries and across the United States. Over the last 30 years, global demand for food has grown, and by 2050 there will be about 9.7 billion people to feed. “It’s not just the number of people, but also what they want to eat,” says Jessica Hellmann, director of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment. “The trend of human dietary shifts to more meat consumption is very worrying.”That puts an additional pressure on farmers in the Midwest to produce grain that will feed all those animals. So far, our crop yields have kept pace, but that’s getting harder and harder. If trends continue, some estimates predict that by 2050 crop yields might need to be double what they were in 2005. But that’s not taking into consideration the pressures of a changing climate.Increasing the amount of food that’s grown often comes down to securing the water to do so: Where that water will come from, how it’s stored, and who and what will get access to it. For ecologists, it can be useful to think of food as a vessel. “One way you can think of food is that you’re moving water around. It just happens to be inside of a tomato,” says Matt Fitzpatrick, a professor of environmental science at the University of Maryland. More Great WIRED StoriesThe Cold War project that pulled climate science from iceiPadOS isn’t just a name. It’s a new direction for AppleHow to stop robocalls—or at least slow them downEverything you want—and need—to know about aliensHow early-stage VCs decide where to invest🏃🏽‍♀️ Want the best tools to get healthy? Check out our Gear team’s picks for the best fitness trackers, running gear (including shoes and socks), and best headphones.📩 Get even more of our inside scoops with our weekly Backchannel newsletter The other solution is to engineer the plants themselves to decrease the amount of water they need. The modern farming industry has already produced rice that photosynthesizes more efficiently, cotton that’s resistant to pests, and lettuce that can grow in warehouses, their tender leaves never touched by the sun. But designing an extreme weather-resistant plant is in many ways trickier, says DeLucia, because the traits you’d need to amplify are somewhat contradictory.Plants that are bred for flood conditions, such as rice, can survive even if submerged for long periods of time. Some rice varieties grow particularly quickly so they can get their leaves above the flood waters. Others have a dormant period, to give the waters a chance to recede. But crops that can handle drought conditions, such as newly designed varieties of maize, need very different traits: an extensive root system or a metabolism that can convert water into biomass more efficiently than most plants.A lot of researchers and companies are working on developing plants that will be resilient enough to survive our changing climate. But tweaking genes is a complicated process. You might create a strong root system, say, but decrease the plant’s yield significantly. It’s hard to predict what the consequences of changing one part of a plant’s genetic code will be, so developing new plants is a long and tedious process.In the short term, farmers could use corn plants that are designed for a shorter growing season. They mature more quickly but they also don’t produce as large a yield as other varieties. The best approach is both more complicated and more global than any of these options. “The most promising solution is that we decarbonize our economy very, very rapidly,” says DeLucia. “That’s the real solution.”last_img read more

How To Sell Ideas Without Hard Selling Dave Birss Vlog 2

first_imgTranscript:Hello, I’m Dave Birss. And today I’m going to be telling you how you can sell ideas more effectively.So first of all welcome to my new video series. For those of you who have no idea who I am, my name is Dave Birss. I write books like this one here: How To Get To Great Ideas.And I’m planning to bring out videos on a regular basis to be able to explain to you how you can have better ideas, how you can make these ideas happen, how you can have a company that properly innovates and actually makes the most of innovation. And I’m going to get started with this series by talking about how you can actually sell ideas.Now, I spent 20 years in the advertising industry and there was a myth that I heard again and again and it used to really annoy me. People would say:“You know, a great idea sells itself.”That is such bullsh*t.They used that as an excuse not to prepare for presentations.There was a computer pioneer called Howard H. Aitken, who in the 1960s said:“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If it’s original, you’ll have to ram it down people’s throats.”So that’s what I want to talk about today. I want to talk about how you can ram your ideas more effectively down people’s throats. No, no, no! It’s about how you can be more persuasive. How you can have a better chance of actually getting people to believe in your ideas, to understand your ideas, even, and to be able to go “Yeah, I’m going to get behind that.”This is the first part of three videos on this. This is going to be talking about the preparation: how it starts at the very beginning before a job begins. The second part is about how to actually plan and prepare a presentation itself. And the third part’s going to be about how to deliver the presentation. Each of these videos will have, maybe, three tips in it. So let’s get started with this video.Here’s tip number one:DEFINE THE CRITERIA FOR JUDGEMENTI recommend that you define the criteria that you’re going to judge things by at the very beginning together with the decision makers. One of the things it helps to do is it helps to set realistic expectations about the project. I’ve found that over the years a lot of people can have incredibly unrealistic expectations. As a writer, people seem to expect that I could almost write a magical combination of words that persuade people to want to buy their product. Of course, that’s nonsense because we don’t live in Narnia.So what you need to do at the beginning of the project is to find three to five criteria. And these criteria come in useful throughout the process. So at the beginning in helping make sure that the client is actually realistic about what it is that you can deliver. Then threw the idea-generation process to keep people on track – to make sure they know that they’re actually solving the problem that needs to be solved. And then at the end, most importantly, when it comes to presenting your ideas to the client you’re going to use these criteria.You’re going to remind them of the criteria that you agreed at the very beginning of the process. And that is going to help them see that you have knocked out the park yet again.BE SPECIFIC BUT NOT TOO SPECIFICThe second point I want to talk about is ‘be specific but not too specific’. There’s a happy middle ground here. So you need to be specific in terms of “this is the problem and this is the outcome that we would like”. So this is ‘State A’ and this is ‘State B’. But don’t go so far as to define how you want the problem solved, if you can.I know that there are certain things, certain industries – if you’re a PR agency, then that’s the way you’re going to solve it – with PR. If you’re a design agency you’re going to use design. If you’re a digital building company you’re going to use digital.So I know there is a certain amount of that – but don’t over-define how you want the problem solved. You’re unlikely to get good results unless you do this (get your definition just right).UNDERSTAND THE DECISION-MAKERSAnd the last point I want to make is to make sure you understand who your decision makers are. And by that, it’s not just what their name is and what their job title is. I mean what motivates them.Understand what they would hate. Understand what it is that would make them go “Yeah, that is great”. If you understand what their agendas and motivations are you’ll have a far better chance of actually selling your ideas to them.Because when you’re selling ideas it’s not about saying “Here’s what we’ve got. Do you want to buy it.?” It’s about going “We understand what you need and we have delivered on that”.That’s what good selling is. So don’t skimp on this. The better you understand the decision makers the bigger chance you have of meeting their needs and having them buying your ideas.OOOOOOH! CHECK THIS!This is the part where I point to some stuff that I think will help you with your ideas. It might be something I’ve created. It might be something someone else has created. And this week I want to introduce you to ‘The Game Of Creativity’ that was created by Matt Vojacek in Columbus, Ohio.He’s got a new version on its way but this is the first one; this is Volume 1. These are absolutely beautiful, gorgeously designed. Now Matt is a filmmaker. He creates videos – brand videos – and he was using these himself to help him with ideas. So here we go. These are just gorgeous pieces of design. What you do is you work out what the problem is you’re trying to solve – so what your brief is – and then you pick two random and you see what it is that these help you with.So wood and solid colours. So what would they help us with when we’re trying to solve a problem?Well done Matt. These are very enjoyable. I use these from time to time myself. You can pick up your own copy of these at thegameofcreativity.com. The URL is in the information below.Thanks for watching. If you like this then please give it the thumbs up. If you’re not subscribed already, please subscribe. There’s plenty more of these videos coming. And if you’ve got any comments on this please put them below. I want to read them – I want to hear what you have to say about this. I’m going to be back with part two of this series of videos which will be explaining more about how you can sell your ideas more successfully.But that’s all from me for just now. Big love to your beautiful brain.Dave Birss is an author, public speaker and consultant who specialises in demystifying creativity and innovation. You can find out more about him at davebirss.com and buy his last book, How To Get To Great Ideas on Amazon.See more by Dave here.How Travel Improves Your Creative Abilities, If You Let It, Dave Birss podcast How To Sell Ideas Without Hard Selling, Dave Birss Vlog #2 I’m delighted to announce that @Irish_TechNews is putting out a series of my YouTube videos. You can see the first one here on the value of travel: https://t.co/Dabz7KKhvh Thanks @simoncocking!— Dave Birss (@davebirss) August 6, 2019More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Homecenter_img If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCockinglast_img read more

Taliban demand India return Mumbai gunmans body

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix India has complained that Pakistan is not doing enough to crack down on the militants responsible for the Mumbai attack. Seven people including Lashkar-e-Taiba’s chief military commander, Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi, are facing trial in Pakistan for suspected links to the attack. But the proceedings have moved very slowly.____Associated Press writer Ashok Sharma contributed to this report from New Delhi.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help India secretly hanged Mohammed Ajmal Kasab on Wednesday and buried his body at the jail in the city of Pune where he was executed.Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said Wednesday that the government would consider any request from the Pakistani government or Kasab’s family to hand over his body, but no such request had been received.Kasab was the lone surviving gunman from the three-day attack in Mumbai, India’s financial capital, which targeted two luxury hotels, a Jewish center, a tourist restaurant and a crowded train station. The nine other gunmen were killed during the siege.The attackers entered Mumbai by boat on Nov. 26, 2008, carrying cellphones, grenades and automatic weapons. Their rampage through the city was broadcast live on television, transfixing the nation and the world. It severely damaged relations between Pakistan and India, nuclear-armed neighbors who have fought three major wars against each other.After Kasab was captured, an Indian judge sentenced him to death in May 2010 for waging war against India, murder and terrorism, among other charges. Kasab confessed that the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba was behind the Mumbai attack. The gunmen were in regular phone contact with handlers in Pakistan during the siege. Check your body, save your life Top Stories center_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Indian officials accuse Pakistan’s intelligence agency of working with Lashkar-e-Taiba to plan the attack _ an allegation Islamabad denies.Lashkar-e-Taiba was formed with the help of Pakistani intelligence over two decades ago to put pressure on India over the disputed territory of Kashmir. Pakistan has since banned the group but has seemingly done little to crack down on the militants. Many analysts believe they still enjoy state support.Unlike Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistani Taliban have focused their fight against the Pakistani government, not India. The group has rarely spoken out about issues related to India, making its comments about Kasab unusual.Ahsan, the Taliban spokesman, said the group was unsure whether Kasab was working on behalf of Pakistani intelligence, as the Indians claim, which would make him suspect in the eyes of the Taliban.“If he was used by someone, then it was between him and God,” said Ahsan. “If he did all this to please God and was not used by someone, we will complete his mission.”India offered no official comment on the Taliban’s threat. However, an Indian government official said it will be a test for the Pakistani government to see whether it will allow its soil to be used again for an attack on India. The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to reporters. Associated PressPESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) – The Taliban threatened revenge Thursday unless India returns the body of a Pakistani man executed for his role in the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people.Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan demanded that Mohammed Ajmal Kasab’s body be given back to his family or handed over to the Taliban.“If his body is not given to us or his family, we will, God willing, carry on his mission,” Ahsan told The Associated Press by telephone from an undisclosed location. “We will take revenge for his murder.”last_img read more

Top UK Agents Love A Little Paradise

first_img10 top sellers from boutique tour operators in the UK were on Rarotonga and Aitutaki last week.The group’s programme provided the opportunity for agents to get a real feel of different product offerings that could enhance their clients experiences when selling the Cook Islands.Highlights of the visit include the genuine hospitality of Cook Islanders, the fresh food and the amazing snorkeling in both Rarotonga and Aitutaki.They all raved how special our little paradise is and cannot wait to send more of their clients our way. Meitaki Ma’ata to our industry partners who continue to support our familiarisation programme.For any questions around marketing product in the United Kingdom or Nordic markets please contact Ian Griffiths.The post Top UK Agents Love A Little Paradise! appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more