Multinational force can stem Middle East carnage open space for talks Annan

“I think the proposition that a force should be sent in there to create a secure environment, as well as provide space for diplomatic and political negotiations, can no longer be deferred,” the Secretary-General said during a press encounter in Geneva. “It is urgent; it is imperative. That capacity exists in the world today, we must now muster the will.”Elaborating on the concept later in the day, Mr. Annan said he was talking about a force that would help create conditions to allow assistance to reach those in need, to enable an end to the killing and to give the space for political and diplomatic talks. He also noted that he was not talking about a buffer zone. In New York, the UN Security Council held closed-door consultations on the situation in the Middle East, in part to discuss the Secretary-General’s comments on the force idea and to hear a briefing on it from the UN Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Kieran Prendergast. A spokesman for Mr. Annan told reporters at UN Headquarters that the Secretary-General was floating the concept of deploying a multinational force, not a UN force.”He’s hoping that the Council will keep in mind the experience of Bosnia, where the carnage was allowed to carry on for years before a meaningful international fighting force was put in place,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told a press briefing. “So he wants a force that’s strong enough not to be challenged, and one that can secure the environment so that negotiations can be conducted and the Palestinian Authority can rebuild its capacity to govern.”The parties, Mr. Eckhard noted, would have to cooperate with the deployment of such a force. “The Secretary-General does not have in mind a force that would go in over the objections of one of the parties,” he said. “In his judgment, an observer mission would not be up to the task, given how far the situation in the area has deteriorated.” The idea for the force was currently “only just a concept,” Mr. Eckhard stressed, noting that the Secretary-General did not yet have concrete plans concerning the composition of the force, “except that it should be a multinational, and not a UN, force.”A multinational force, Mr. Eckhard explained, “can be assembled quickly and deployed quickly; a UN force takes too long given the gravity of the situation that the Secretary-General is asking that we deal with immediately and effectively.” read more

UN forum to open 2003 session aiming to map way forward on

The eleventh session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development will kick off Monday morning and is scheduled to run through 9 May. Marking its first formal meeting since the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, the Commission aims to focus on its own future work in translating into reality the commitments made at that landmark conference.The 53-member Commission was established in 1993 by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to monitor progress in the implementation of “Agenda 21” – a blueprint for sustainable development agreed upon at the 1992 UN Conference for Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The WSSD decided that the Commission should continue to be the UN’s high-level organ on sustainable development, and the Johannesburg Implementation Plan contains provisions on how that mandate might be carried forward.During the Commission’s session, overall discussions will aim to provide sound political direction for the way forward – mapping out “who does what, when and how” – to realize the targets and goals agreed at Johannesburg. The WSSD outcome covered such issues as poverty eradication, changing unsustainable patterns of production and consumption, protecting and managing natural resources, health, and the special needs of small island developing States and Africa.The session’s first three days will be devoted to a high-level segment, which will feature ministerial statements and include interactive ministerial round tables broadly highlighting priority actions and commitments to implement WSSD outcomes. The session will also include regional implementation forums, a multi-stakeholder dialogue, with presentations by major groups on the future Commission work programme, and an interactive discussion of the major groups’ proposals.The Commission will also address the preparation for the 10-year review of the Programme of Action adopted at the Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States held in 1994 in Barbados. read more

FEATURE As climate talks heat up experts debate if natural gas fracking

A utility pole supporting electrical wires in Bac Ha, Viet Nam. According to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Report, 1.6 billion people the world over, or a quarter of humanity, live without electricity. UN Photo/Kibae Park“It happens most often in places that have not had that before and are not used to it, which has more to do with urban planning, education, and proper infrastructure, than with making sure people have the right valves and are monitoring the air quality properly,” Mr. Levi said.Mr. Levi pointed to evidence that many of the technical claims offered by Ms. Thomas were incorrect. “The telegenic risks are not necessarily the ones for policy makers to confront,” he said, referring to popular videos showing television reporters lighting fire to tap water contaminated by methane gas. Methane is believed to be found in the same area as natural gas and brought to surface in the extraction process. There is one more set of UN talks on the climate scheduled for this year. In early September, the UN will hold in Apia, Samoa, a conference on the challenges and opportunities of partnering with small islands. These sea-locked nations are among the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate-change, and also face unique energy challenges. Could fracking be an option for energy production there?“Fracking is not yet at the stage where it is being looked at by small island Governments,” said Ms. Thompson, is the former Minister for Energy and Environment in Barbados.“But it is exactly in places like that and in Africa where I would be very concerned about a raise and a demand or the use or spread of fracking simply because of a lack of capacity to oversee, regulate and supervise, and to deal with the technologies.“Can you imagine a small island developing State like Trinidad and Tobago using fracking? That huge volume of toxic chemicals just being flushed into the water – on the aquiferous, on the ground? It is very high risk for developing countries, particularly for small island developing States, so I would not support it. Not at all.”Yet, while fracking may not have a role in energy production in those countries, the senior UN official interviewed noted that natural gas does hold important possibilities for the future of energy production. Ms. Thomas represents the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative. Its three goals are to ensure universal access to modern energy services, and double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency and the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix, all by 2030.“If fracking and natural gas are being used as an end in themselves, then clearly there will be no transition to greener fuels,” said Ms. Thomas. Companies will maintain the status quo, using technology to access larger amounts of natural gas, using it alongside coal. “If, however, the larger policy roulette frames the issue in the context of the need to transition to a greener fuels as alternative technologies because fossil fuels, no matter what technologies we use, are finite,” she added, “then it could be potentially the bridge between the ‘brown’ economy we have now and the green economy of the future.“But we would have to go to the point where the UN is interested in seeing this – increased innovation, new technologies and greater efficiencies that allow energy to reach all people, become empowered, and enjoy an improved quality of life.” Technically recoverable shale gas reserves in trillion cubic metres (tcm) in the top 18 countries. Data source: Royal Society, 2012; cartography by UNEP/GRID-Geneva.In April, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a long-anticipated report stating that global greenhouse gas emissions are on trajectory to continue rising. To keep global mean temperatures within two degrees Celsius – the benchmark determined in the mid-1990s of what would constitute “dangerous” climate change impacts – the world would need to lower by mid-century global greenhouse gas emissions by 40 to 70 percent compared with 2010 levels. The goal is to achieve near-zero increases by the end of this century, according to the report, which featured input from more than 1,100 leading scientists and economists. According to the reportClimate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change, to aim for that goal, the use of fossil fuels, which is currently at more than 80 per cent, would need to be cut to as little as one-third.“Greenhouse gas emissions from energy supply can be reduced significantly by replacing current world average coal-fired power plants with modern, highly efficient natural gas combined-cycle power plants or combined heat and power plants, provided that natural gas is available and the fugitive emissions associated with extraction and supply are low or mitigated,” according to the report.Unconventional natural gas reserves, the authors added in Chapter 7, are estimated to be larger than conventional reserves and resources combined.The IPCC working group that compiled the survey was not endorsing a fracking boom, as some media sources claimed, but rather highlighting that that it would be possible to limit current warming, through political will and the use of existing technologies.In the same report, the authors noted that there is international opposition to fracking, and expressed concern about its potential risks to local water quality and public health.Fracking technology has developed over the past three decades or so, but moved to commercial scale in the last several years. It involves drilling – vertically and then horizontally – to create a well, then pumping millions of liters of chemically-infused water, and then sand, through the horizontal well to break fractures in the shale rock layers to release the embedded gas and force it to the surface. The combination of this mixture is considered a trade secret.In 2012, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) compiled a literature review of 353 commonly used chemicals, of which “more than 75 per cent of [which] could affect the skin, eyes, and other sensory organs, and the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems. Approximately, 40-50 per cent could affect the brain/nervous system, immune and cardiovascular systems, and the kidneys; 37 per cent could affect the endocrine system; and 25 per cent could cause cancer and mutations.”On average, Ms. Thomas said, each well that is “fracked” uses up to 8 million gallons of water, and a fracking fluid of 40,000 gallons that uses some 600 volatile organized compounds. The concern is that the concoction can seep into under-ground water supplies, as well as water that is at the surface level when the brine is not properly disposed of.There are also worries about deteriorating air quality because of how technologies are used and managed. The sudden shift underground, sometimes caused by explosives, has also been found to cause earthquakes.In addition to disposal of waste water from the wells and air quality, communities can have a negative reaction to the sudden, intensive industrial development. Schematic representation of infrastructures and potential impacts. Source: UNEP/GRID-Geneva, 2012In the fight against climate change, natural gas is increasingly being eyed as a potential ‘bridge’ fuel to a carbon-free economy. It is believed to be less harmful to the environment than coal or oil because it emits less carbon dioxide. What’s more, it is abundant, especially when fracking provides access to unconventional reserves of gas, particularly in the United States, where the technology has been developed and where it has created about 1.7 million jobs.Opposition around the world to the environmental and health risks associated with fracking has been loud but hardly unanimous. South Africa is currently debating the practice. In a reversal of a ban earlier this year, the European Union approved some fracking activities. China and Russia are supporters, so much so that recent media reports actually accuse Russia of funding anti-fracking campaigns in Europe in order to undercut the competition. Argentina is keen but lacks resources and technology, according to media reports, and in the United States, policies on fracking vary state to state.Given these divides, the UN is proposing to use its reach to develop expertise and literature to educate decision makers. “The UN does not intervene in State or country business. We will wait for countries to make decisions, supporting them in making the correct policy decisions,” Ms. Thomas stressed.Michael Levi, an expert on energy and the environment at the Council on Foreign Relations, who also participated in the panel discussion, said the UN’s role could be to facilitate the spread of technical understanding and regulatory experience, building networks among regulators, rather than promoting its own set of rules.“The best way the UN can play a role here is in helping countries set a direction that allows them to take advantage of a variety of low-carbon energy sources, including natural gas, if that’s what they think is appropriate,” he told the UN News Centre. “And in facilitating the relationships and the connections that allow regulators and planners to better handle development.”The UN is pushing to finalize by next year an international treaty to tackle climate change, in time for a meeting in Paris of States parties to the world body’s framework Convention on climate change. Ahead of those talks, Mr. Ban is hosting a summit this September, and has asked participating world leaders to come with concrete action plans. Could fracking for natural gas be included in those plans? “I don’t think fracking should be the focus of the climate talks, just like nuclear energy or solar power isn’t the focus,” Mr. Levi said. “The focus is on reducing emissions and for a long time, it’s been on setting the right direction, putting the right framework in place and then letting countries figure out the best way to cut emissions.”“So it strikes me that a good outcome to the climate negotiations can help set countries in a lower-carbon direction, which many might decide includes a substantial role for natural gas.” The answer to this question is especially relevant for developing countries. Nearly half the world’s population lacks reliable access to modern energy services and more than 20 per cent of the global population – 1.4 billion people – remains without access to electricity, according to a recent UN Development Programme (UNDP) report. Household air pollution from the use of biomass fuel is expected to cause more than 1.5 million deaths a year by 2030.Could natural gas, whose production is boosted by hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” – the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside – be a bridge to greener economies and to new, more-efficient energy technologies?“Is fracking, by providing natural gas, giving us a cleaner energy source? The answer is yes, perhaps, if you regard natural gas as a cleaner energy source,” said Elizabeth Thompson, senior advisor for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative. She spoke at a panel organized by the UN Academic Impact. “However, if the methodologies used are dirty, or environmentally harmful, then some of the beneficial impacts are significantly eroded.” read more

Music in the Hallway on Friday April 1

The Music Ed Plus co-curricular program will be concluding the semester with their annual Music in the Hallway concert extravaganza on Friday, April 1 from noon to 3 p.m. in the hallway outside of the Sankey Chamber.Three chamber music ensembles – a vocal group, jazz ensemble, and woodwind trio – will be performing a wide variety of musical styles and repertoire coupled with soloists on a variety of instruments.Over the past year, Zoltan Kalman and Deborah Linton have coached these ensembles to prepare them for the numerous concerts which were given this semester.As part of the mandate of Music Ed Plus’s community engagement both within Brock University as well as in the Region, this three-hour concert will also be a fundraiser for the “Brock Sponsors Refugees” initiative. Eighteen Brock employees have come together to officially sponsor a Syrian family through Lifeline Syria- Ryerson University. All donations will be gratefully accepted.Please come by and pause to enjoy the music on your way to your next meeting or class.Music Ed Plus is a partnership between the Department of Music and Career Services. For further information please visit: read more

I like to shock First gay royal to marry but what does

The 56-year-old cousin of the Queen is preparing to celebrate his first wedding anniversary with James Coyle, who works as senior cabin crew for an airline. As the first member of the Royal Family to marry someone of the same sex, it is perhaps fortuitous that Lord Ivar Mountbatten likes to shock. But he has admitted he has no idea how his decision to separate from his wife and become the first member of the extended royal family to come out as gay was received in royal circles. At home though, the younger son of the 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven, is enjoying a new lease of life;… “They don’t really talk about it,” he told Tatler magazine. “I mean, the royals, they don’t communicate very well.” 

The 60yearold company buying Irelands best horses for Chinese billionaires

first_img Share13 Tweet Email4 Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Saturday 25 Mar 2017, 8:35 PM Short URL 27,578 Views Image: Arthur Ellis By Fora Staff Take me to Fora Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Photo Call Source: BBA IrelandHopes and fearsBusiness from across the Atlantic is also showing good signs of recovery for the first time since the recession, according to Murray.During the global economic downturn, the bloodstock industry was crippled. In 2008, auction sale prices more than halved.As a commission-based business that usually takes a 5% cut of the price for a horse, BBA Ireland’s revenues were also hit by the recession.“It’s not a repeat business, year-on-year, with the same people turning up willing to spend the same money. You could have a new client base every year in the purchasing and sourcing end of the business,” Murray said.The next hurdle on the immediate horizon is the fallout from the UK’s decision to leave the EU – although the BBA Ireland boss is notably less concerned than others in the local bloodstock industry.“There is no point in worrying about it, but there is potential for it to be destructive. Will there be tariffs on trade between Ireland and the UK, who knows? I highly doubt it, I just don’t see how there could be.“I could see it having huge implications for the transport end of our business. A lot of exports out of Ireland are done from UK airports. You might send a horse across England to Amsterdam to fly to China or Singapore. If it’s a hard border, we will have a lot of problems.”Murray said his main concern, however, was the performance of the latest crop of horses his firm had secured for buyers.Clients want winners – and having a track record of winners to show potential clients is what drives business.“At this time of year, the flat season is about to start and our clients have something in the region of 125 two-year-olds that hopefully will get to a racetrack this year – and all are potential future champions.“At this point in the year we are all full of hope. The bloodstock game is one built on optimism. If you’re not an optimist, you wouldn’t get involved.”Written by Killian Woods and posted on The 60-year-old company buying Ireland’s best horses for Chinese billionaires BBA Ireland helps well-heeled buyers around the world find the top racing talent. Mar 25th 2017, 8:35 PM “We can manage our clients’ affairs for them. We can source a particular type of horse, manage their racing stable for them, manage a band of broodmares and everything that goes along with it.”These services can involved handling some major sums of money for clients. While Murray said €20,000 could buy a thoroughbred with the chance of winning a few races, the true champions tended to change hands in seven-figure deals.One of the biggest deals the firm has brokered was for a horse with a final auction price of €6 million.However, possibly its biggest success to date was Photo Call, which won a Group One race and ran fifth in the Breeders Cup. The horse was subsequently sold by a partnership of clients for $3 million. Source: Arthur EllisChinese marketThe UK market has traditionally been the biggest money-maker for the company, but interest has been growing for its services – and for Irish horses – from many different corners of the world.Earlier this year, BBA Ireland airlifted 76 horses purchased at sales in Goffs from Ireland to China for billionaire buyer Zhang Yuesheng.Collectively the cargo was worth €2 million – and was the biggest-ever single movement of Irish thoroughbreds abroad.Murray said most of BBA Ireland’s business has been done with China this year, but government policies in the world’s most populous nation were holding back further growth.“China is doing proper business lately and there is serious spending power coming out of there.“It’s a huge country and it needs to be populated with horses, but the reality in China is that there is a governmental ban on gambling, which is what limits the degree to which the industry can develop.“I don’t think there is ever going to be legalised gambling there, so it may well remain on a small scale. But a small scale in a huge country like China can still be lucrative.” Image: Arthur Ellis 9 Comments IRELAND’S REPUTATION AS the ‘land of the horse’ – not to mention its thoroughbreds’ records on the track – means the country’s racehorses are always in high demand.And where there is demand, there’s usually a buck to be made.Over 60 years ago, Tom Cooper and Tim Vigors saw a business opportunity and, as experienced bloodstock sales agents, started to offer their services as middlemen.For a commission-based fee, they began offering their expertise to help well-heeled racehorse buyers.However many of those clients were only looking for the ‘race-day experience’ and didn’t want to deal with paperwork for issues like insurance as their prized assets were shipped around the world.So in 1956, the pair incorporated their business, BBA Ireland, to offer the complete suite of services.The firm’s current managing director, Declan Murray, said the company is effectively a “one-stop shop” for anyone who wants to get into the industry.“The concept was new to everyone then, and these guys had the jump on a lot of other people and kept adding new strings to their bow.last_img read more

Bientôt un système anti malwares dans Chrome

first_imgBientôt un système anti malwares dans ChromeLe navigateur Internet de Google va bientôt se voir équiper d’un système de blocage des sites malveillants aux téléchargements.Google veut renforcer la lutte contre les sites malveillants. Pour cela, le géant américain a décidé d’équiper son navigateur Chrome d’un système de protection permettant d’avertir les utilisateurs lors d’un téléchargement suspect, explique Challenges. Un système qui complète le dispositif “Google Safe Browsing”, un système similaire pour bloquer les sites considérés comme dangereux, déjà utilisé par Chrome et Firefox. Il sera donc étendu à la fonction de téléchargement du navigateur, un message d’avertissement s’affichant avant que l’internaute ne télécharge un fichier suspect. Ce procédé est à l’état de test à l’heure actuelle sur la version de développement de Chrome mais devrait être disponible avec la prochaine version stable du navigateur.Le 7 avril 2011 à 18:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Microsoft épingle Google et sa nouvelle politique de confidentialité

first_imgMicrosoft épingle Google et sa nouvelle politique de confidentialité Microsoft épingle une nouvelle fois la politique de confidentialité de Google en parodiant l’intrusion de Gmail, la boîte mail de son concurrent, dans la vie privée de ses utilisateurs. Le géant de Redmond ressort alors de ses cartons le Gmail Man, facteur qui passe toujours deux fois : d’abord pour lire les mails, puis pour envoyer des publicités personnalisées aux internautes !Microsoft signe le retour de Gmail Man, le facteur que la firme avait déjà utilisé pour épingler le service mail de Google et vanter les mérites du sien. Sur YouTube, plate-forme de partage de vidéos de son concurrent, Microsoft a mis en ligne une publicité parodique mettant en scène ce fameux personnage, qui lit consciensieusement tous les courriers des utilisateurs de Gmail avant de le déposer dans leurs boîtes aux lettres.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Vos mails sont vos affaires. Google en fait les siennes. Microsoft Office 365. Une meilleure solution pour vos affaires” conclut la vidéo. Et la publicité du géant de Redmond pour ses services de messageries ne s’arrête pas à ce spot diffusé sur le web. Microsoft a également publié dans le New York Times, le Wall Street Journal et USA Today, une page dans laquelle l’éditeur dénonce la nouvelle politique de confidentialité de Google, et vante les mérites de son service mail, beaucoup moins intrusif, assure-t-il. En réaction à cette offensive, Google dément les accusations de son concurrent et affirme que l’analyse des mails est réalisée dans le soucis de préserver ses utilisateurs des spams et malwares. “Personne ne lit vos emails sauf vous. Comme la plupart des fournisseurs d’emails, nos ordinateurs analysent les messages pour se débarrasser du spam et des malwares, ainsi qu’afficher des publicités qui sont pertinentes pour vous” se défend le géant de Mountain View. Et de promettre : “Vos données privées le resteront, et nous ne les vendrons toujours pas aux annonceurs”.Retrouvez cette parodie mettant en scène Gmail Man sur cette page.Le 3 février 2012 à 17:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Camas looks to make Crown Park a jewel again

first_imgCAMAS — When Randy Curtis received a call about a problem at the Crown Park pool, he feared the worst.“You have to wonder if it’s a 24-hour problem, or is this it?” said Curtis, a member of the city’s parks and recreation commission. “That is a threat hanging over our heads.”It ended up being a 24-hour problem, as the pool had to be closed one day because a leak in one of the pool lines dripped onto an electrical panel, which shorted out and caused the main pump to stop working, according to Camas Parks & Recreation Department Director Jerry Acheson.While closing down a pool in the midst of a string of rainless summer days isn’t ideal, Curtis was relieved the closure was only for a day. The Crown Park pool is on its last legs, and city officials are working on a new master plan to update the park, either replacing the pool or removing it from Crown Park, where it’s been located since opening in 1954, Acheson said.“Crown Park tugs at the heartstrings of a lot of citizens, especially those who have lived here their whole life,” Curtis said. “There’s a lot of emotion surrounding the park, especially the pool.”City officials put a survey online this year asking residents about Crown Park, and they received 1,400-plus responses. It was the largest response to a city survey Curtis or Acheson can remember seeing. A different survey sent out by city officials to 3,000 Camas households asking for their satisfaction with various city services received 705 completed responses this spring.last_img read more

ASA Showcases Popularity of Soyfoods on Capitol Hill

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) hosted a luncheon today on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to demonstrate why soyfoods are becoming increasingly popular in the United States and overseas. Themed “Soy Good: Kids and Adults Love It!,” the event highlighted the benefits of soyfoods for U.S. and international consumers of all ages. ASA held the event in cooperation with Archer Daniels Midland Company, Monsanto, QUALISOY, The Solae Company and The Soyfoods Council.Award-winning chef and owner Jeff Buben of Washington, D.C.’s popular Bistro Bis and Vidalia restaurants premiered his new Green Soybean Tartine “Provencale” at the event. Fresh Start Catering at D.C. Central Kitchen provided a wide array of soy foods that are appropriate for events ranging from fine-dining menus to U.S. and global school meals.”America’s soybean growers are pleased to host this event to let policymakers and their staffs experience how great soyfoods taste in addition to being good for them,” said ASA President Ron Heck, a soybean grower from Perry, Iowa. “This was also an opportunity to showcase the benefits and flexibility of soy in school meal programs for kids in the United States, as well as in Africa, Asia, Latin America and many other places.”Soy can play an important role in meeting the nutritional needs of children who cannot drink cow’s milk. That is why ASA supports the inclusion of fortified soymilk as a reimbursable option in U.S. federal child nutrition programs, including the national school lunch and breakfast programs.Likewise, soy has much to offer global school lunch initiatives because it is easily blended into foods that children already like, and it provides an important boost to the protein content of foods that children need to grow. Global hunger-fighting organizations have already started using high-protein soy products in stews, breads and many other foods.ASA supports $150 million in 2005 Congressional appropriations for the George McGovern-Robert Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program.U.S. soybean growers saw a key role for soy in fighting hunger when they launched the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) Program that works with private voluntary organizations, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and others to combat hunger and improve human health in developing countries.”Through WISHH, soybean growers have played an enormous role in helping hunger-fighting organizations learn about the potential of high-protein soy to meet the nutritional needs of people in diverse countries,” Heck said. “ASA is pleased that representatives from the United Nations’ World Food Programme could join us today at our soyfoods luncheon to highlight their new ‘19 Cents a Day’ awareness campaign.”Announced earlier this month, WFP’s new “19 Cents a Day” school feeding campaign is designed to raise awareness about child hunger in the poorest countries and give Americans an opportunity to help. The “19 Cents a Day” campaign is so named because that is the average daily cost of feeding a child in school in a poor country. WFP seeks to feed 32 million school children by 2005, twice the number fed today. For more information, see 2003, nearly nine out of 10 U.S. consumers were somewhat or very concerned about the nutritional content of food, according to the 10th annual nationwide survey of consumer attitudes conducted by an independent research firm for the United Soybean Board. The survey showed that 74 percent of U.S. consumers perceived soy products as healthy while 62 percent agreed that consuming soy-based foods can play a role in reducing obesity.last_img read more

ASA Joins Committee Opposing Maui County Farming Ban

first_imgASA recently joined Citizens Against Maui County Farming Ban, a committee opposing the proposed November ballot initiative that would ban certain types of farming, including use of genetically modified crops in Maui, Molokai and Lanai.According to the committee, the initiative is billed as a “temporary moratorium,” but would permanently criminalize farming genetically engineered crops, leading to the complete shutdown of many farms that have operated in Maui County for decades, without any scientific justification.“It could eliminate nearly 600 well-paying jobs and the incomes that many families depend on,” the group states on its member form. “This would send a devastating ripple effect through the local economy, harming not just the workers themselves, but the businesses that support them.”On the Citizens Against Maui County Farming Ban website, the group states farmers on Maui, Molokai and Lanai want to be able to take advantage of future advances in agricultural technologies that can protect their crops from pests and disease, or promote conservation, but this initiative could impose criminal and civil penalties for doing so.Maui County is home to extensive soybean, corn and other crop breeding and seed multiplication activities important to U.S. soybean growers. ASA stands with the Maui County Farm Bureau, the Molokai Farm Bureau, local farm employees and their families and other citizens of Maui, Molokai and Lanai who oppose this harmful initiative.last_img read more

European car sales turn a corner

first_imgEuropean car sales turn a corner78 viewsEuropean car sales turn a corner78 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00European car sales turn a corner78 viewsBusinessEuropean car sales have shifted up a gear. New vehicle sales rose robustly by 6.2 percent in January. JP Morgan’s Kerry Craig thinks pent-up demand is in play. (SOUNDBITE) (English): JP MORGAN,Ventuno Web Player 4.50European car sales have shifted up a gear. New vehicle sales rose robustly by 6.2 percent in January. JP Morgan’s Kerry Craig thinks pent-up demand is in play. (SOUNDBITE) (English): JP MORGAN,last_img

Raudha committed suicide Fresh autopsy

first_imgMaldivian medical student and model Raudha Athif, found dead at a dormitory of Rajshahi Islami Bank Medical College Hospital on 29 March, committed suicide, according to the second autopsy report, says UNB.In the postmortem report, it was mentioned that the actual reason behind the death could not be found as the body got decomposed, Inspector of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the investigative officer of the case Asmaul Haque said, adding, “But the suicidal incident can’t be ignored.”As soon as the report of the test of Raudha’s mobile phone, and laptop are available, the final report will be submitted to the court, he said.The IO also said they are conducting in-depth investigation to ascertain whether it was a suicide or a murder.Earlier on 29 March, police recovered the body of Raudha, an MBBS second year student of Rajshahi Islami Bank Medical College Hospital, from its female hostel.The medical college authorities filed an unnatural death case with Shah Makhdum police station on that day.The following day, a three-member physician committee of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital conducted an autopsy on the body of Raudha and reported that the Maldivian student committed suicide.On 10 April, Raudha’s father Mohammad Athif filed a murder case with a Rajshahi court against victim’s coursemate Sirat Parveen Mahmud, 20, alleging that Raudha was strangled.Later, the case was transferred to the CID on 13 April.On 18 April, a court ordered Raudha’s body to be exhumed for a fresh postmortem.last_img read more

Cooks Resilience Leads To Shot on NBAs Biggest Stage

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, mgray@afro.comGolden State Warriors guard Quinn Cook has already become something of a legend in Prince George’s County.  There is a story that he caught the eye of a prominent former college basketball coach as a freshman at DeMatha, who knew he would be a can’t miss, NBA prodigy.The parent of an upperclassmen, who didn’t want to be identified, was investing in his son’s development with a private trainer as he thought his son was a major college prospect heading into his senior year.  The former coach supposedly told the father, “Your son can play mid-major college basketball, but that youngster is going to the NBA.”D.M.V. native Quinn Cook, who instantly became a legend and phenom when he began playing at DeMatha in Hyattsville, is now one of the players keeping the Golden State Warriors alive in the NBA Finals. (Courtesy Photo)That youngster with the greater upside proved to be Cook.He took a circuitous route to the Association and may never become the star that his teammate Kevin Durant is; however, when it comes to being a legend of the P.G. hardwood there is no doubt.  Cook was “a bad man” which is the highest praise that a basketball player can get from peers.Freshmen who play at DeMatha normally have to wait their turn to get minutes, but Cook took his and never looked back.  He was able to earn his playing time on a team loaded with talent, not only because of his skill, but because of his personality.“He has always been good with people,” Ron Bailey, owner of, a local website and blog that covers amateur basketball in the D.M.V. area told the AFRO.  “Stars have always liked being around and playing with him.”However, that never diminished the fact that his confidence in himself was ever lacking.  Despite being what would be considered an undersized guard by today’s standards, Cook was never a player that would back down from a challenge.  Whether it was at Dematha, while playing in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, or at Duke University when he played for a team that would ultimately win a national championship, Cook would find a way to make plays that would help his team win.“He played with a moxy from the first time he stepped on the court and played bigger than his size,” Bailey said.  “He’s a guy that figured out how to put the ball in the basket and faced up to every challenge.”Cook’s three year run at Dematha was one of the great eras in the rich history of their basketball program. The Stags were 85-18 during that stretch and were ranked number one after his junior year.  That season he earned all-Met honors from the Washington Post and was the first underclassmen in three decades to earn that award.However, there were still doubts about his size and whether he could really play major college basketball.  Cook vindicated himself after transferring to Oak Hill Academy for his senior year. Oak Hill gave him another stage to prove himself, while playing with phenomenal talent that he would ultimately blend with.  He led the Oak Hill Warriors to a 31-4 record, averaging 19.1 ppg, 10.9 apg and 2.5 steals.Cook worked hard to find his niche at Duke before and didn’t play starter’s minutes until he was a senior. He was a co-captain for a team that won a national championship, yet he wasn’t drafted.  He could’ve gone overseas and capitalized on that success but chose the NBA G-League, before getting his NBA shot.In 2018 his resilience paid off as he earned his first world championship ring.  Had it not been for his virtuoso effort in game two of this year’s NBA Finals, the injured world champions would have probably gotten swept.last_img read more

Plasticizers Market Projected to witness a Single Digit CAGR during 2018

first_imgChapter 6 is about production, consumption, export, and import of Plasticizers in each region. Chapter 11 prospects the whole Plasticizers market, including the global production and revenue forecast, regional forecast. It also foresees the Plasticizers market by type and application. The major market players operating in the industry are UPC Group, Bluesail, Exxonmobil, Henan Qing’an Chemical Hi-Tech, Nan Ya Plastics, Aekyung Petrochemical, Evonik, Hongxin Chemical, Anqing Sheng Feng Chemical, Basf, Eastman, LG Chem, Perstorp, Sinopec Jinling, Guangdong Rongtai, Zhejiang Jianye Chemical, Deza Chapter 12 concludes the research findings and refines all the highlights of the study. Chapter 5 focuses on the application of Plasticizers, by analyzing the consumption and its growth rate of each application. Chapter 8 concentrates on manufacturing analysis, including key raw material analysis, cost structure analysis and process analysis, making up a comprehensive analysis of manufacturing cost. Chapter 10 provides clear insights into market dynamics. Chapter 9 introduces the industrial chain of Plasticizers. Industrial chain analysis, raw material sources and downstream buyers are analyzed in this chapter. Chapter 4 gives a worldwide view of Plasticizers market. It includes production, market share revenue, price, and the growth rate by type. The report segments the global Plasticizers market based on factors such as type, application, and region. For the historic period, extensive insights on value, market share, production, growth rate, and price analysis for each sub-segment is offered by the report. Additionally, the report also delves into regional production, consumption, export, and import for the historic period. The regions analyzed in the research include North America, Europe, China, Japan, Middle East & Africa, India, and South America. Finally, the current market status and SWOT analysis for each region are elaborated, which would assist market players to gain a competitive edge by determining the dominant segments. Plasticizers The report performs an industry chain analysis, focusing on upstream raw material suppliers and major downstream buyers. The data is highlighted through the use of tables and figures, which also include manufacturing cost structure and market channel analysis. Major players involved in the Plasticizers industry are also delineated, along with their market share and product types. Plasticizers are the most commonly used additives in the global plastic market. The global plasticizer market exceeded 8 Mn metric tons by 2014 end. The most dominant application areas of plasticizers are plastics and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Efforts are in progress by different regulatory authorities to promote environmentally friendly products which have led to an increase in the demand for bio-plasticizers in developed regions. Phthalate-based plasticizer was prominent and represented more than 75% share in the global plasticizers market. However, stringent government regulations and increasing health concerns of the consumers, stimulated the demand for bio-plasticizers which is currently a significant trend in the market. Download Sample Copy of this Report @ Chapter 13 introduces the research methodology and sources of research data for your understanding. The report begins with a brief introduction and market overview, in which the Plasticizers industry is first defined before estimating its market scope and size. Next, the report elaborates on the market scope and market size estimation. This is followed by an overview of the market segmentations such as type, application, and region. The drivers, limitations, and opportunities are listed for the Plasticizers industry, followed by industry news and policies. Avail Discount on Report @ The research extensively analyses the key market players involved in the global Plasticizers industry. With the help of tables and figures, valuable insights on production, value, price, and gross margin of each player are offered. We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us. Chapter 3 provides a full-scale analysis of major players in Plasticizers industry. The basic information, as well as the profiles, applications and specifications of products market performance along with Business Overview are offered. Chapter 7 pays attention to the production, revenue, price and gross margin of Plasticizers in markets of different regions. The analysis on production, revenue, price and gross margin of the global market is covered in this part. Chapter 2 is about the market landscape and major players. It provides competitive situation and market concentration status along with the basic information of these players. Table of content:Chapter 1 provides an overview of Plasticizers market, containing global revenue, global production, sales, and CAGR. The forecast and analysis of Plasticizers market by type, application, and region are also presented in this chapter. About Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for. Buy Now @ Contact us: 5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland, OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail : help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Get your copy of the Ladysmith Gazette newspaper today

first_imgThe Ladysmith Gazette newspaper is out today, so you can keep abreast of all the latest news in town!Read on our front page about the chairman of the Sizwe Taxi Association being gunned down, the latest incident in what appears to be an escalating taxi war. Also read about the sad passing of prominent businessman and sporting enthusiast Mr Ismail (Lighty) Hansa.On page 2 and 3, we have plenty of hard news stories.We have all the action of the Ultra Glow Run at Ladysmith Country Club on page 10 (lots of photos), which was a first for Ladysmith, as well as many other community stories.If you are looking for a job or want to buy / sell items, then check out the vacancies and classifieds pages!Many of our stories are “PRINT ONLY”, so you have to purchase a copy of the Ladysmith Gazette to read these stories, as they will not appear online. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Not forgetting our school news, sport, letters page with all your opinions, and entertainment page.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

A Christmas Carol warms hearts at Espressivo

first_imgNo related posts. “A Christmas Carol” began as a novella, but it has since transformed into movies, plays, musicals and animated specials. Jim Carrey has starred in “A Christmas Carol,” as have Kermit the Frog and Mickey Mouse. You’ve seen nearly every reimagining possible, so what is left to do with this tired holiday tale?Well, you could tell it in Spanish – which is exactly what Teatro Espressivo is doing in Curridabat. The ever-inventive performance space presents its own version of the Charles Dickens classic, “Un Cuento de Navidad,” adapted by Paul Stebbings and Phill Smith. Under the direction of José Pablo Umaña, “A Christmas Carol’ should be the perfect way to usher in the holiday season.(Meanwhile, the theater doubles as a coffee bar, so remember to pick up something warm and sweet. There may not be snow at the Momentum Pinares shopping complex, but you can still pretend over a steaming cup of mocha).While the Spanish title translates as “A Christmas Story,” the play is not about leg-lamps or BB guns, but a greedy Victorian businessman who is visited by three temporal spirits on Christmas Eve, thereby rediscovering his own humanity.With “Carol,” Teatro Espressivo finishes a very ambitious year. Some 2013 productions included stage adaptations of Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” and Isabel Allende’s “The House of the Spirits,” as well as recurring comedy shows and cabarets, proving that Espressivo is among the most innovative outfits in town. “Un Cuento de Navidad” continues through Dec. 22 at Teatro Espressivo, Momentum Pinares complex, Curridabat. Fri., 8 p.m., Saturdays 7 p.m, Sun. 3 & 7 p.m. Tickets: ₡5,000-10,000 ($10-20). Info and reservations: Facebook Commentslast_img read more

CFPB TRID HMDA and Servicing Rules Updates

first_img Share CFPB: TRID, HMDA, and Servicing Rules Updates CFPB HMDA Servicing Rules Updates TRID 2017-01-09 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Servicingcenter_img January 9, 2017 653 Views Three of the initiatives by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that have had the biggest impact on the mortgage industry—the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule (a.k.a. the Know Before You Owe, or KBYO rule), the updated Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) rule, and the August 2016 updates to the mortgage servicing rules were highlighted in a report on the Bureau’s activities from Q4 2015 to Q3 2016.In its recently-released fourth report to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations coving October 1, 2015, through September 30, 2016, the Bureau laid out some of the materials and helps it provided during that 12-month period to assist institutions implement those three initiatives.“As the Bureau has issued regulations to implement Dodd-Frank Act requirements, it has focused intently on supporting the implementation process for these rules with both industry and consumers,” CFPB stated in the report. “The Bureau has provided substantial implementation support for these regulations, including engaging in public outreach, speaking at conferences, and publishing guides, summaries, charts, webinars, and other resources.”The implementation of TRID, which went into effect on October 3, 2015, caused no small amount of consternation among mortgage lenders and other stakeholders in the industry. Among the helps the CFPB has provided are several implementation resources that include a plain-language guides containing an overview of TRID’s key aspects, illustrated instructions on how to complete the new Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure Forms. The Bureau has also conducted several public webinars on TRID to answer specific questions on the implementation and/or interpretation of the rule’s requirements the Bureau has received since the rule went into effect.In July 2016, the Bureau proposed updates to TRID aimed at providing greater clarity and certainty surrounding the rule.“The proposed changes would augment implementation of the KBYO rule, which took effect in October 2015, and further help to facilitate compliance within the mortgage industry,” CFPB stated. “Bureau staff continues to engage in outreach and market monitoring activities to identify implementation issues as they arise, and provide informal oral guidance in response to interpretive inquiries from a myriad of stakeholders.”The CFPB issued its updated HMDA rule in October 2015 along with resources to help industry stakeholders understand and implement the new rule, including a summary and overview of the final rule, a timeline of the rule’s effective dates, coverage charts for financial institutions to determine if they are HMDA reporters, a summary of reportable data explaining the HMDA data points that are to be collected, recorded, and reported per the updated rule, a compliance guide with a plain-language explanation of the rule, a webinar with an overview of the final HMDA rule, and a number of data submission resources for HMDA filers available on the CFPB’s website.“In addition to publishing implementation resources, the Bureau continues to engage in extensive outreach activities, including speaking at conferences and other events, to support the implementation of new HMDA mortgage lending data reporting rules and to identify and address implementation issues,” the Bureau said.The CFPB published a number of resources along with the August 2016 updates to its mortgage servicing rules, including a summary of the new rule, a fact sheet, and a table summarizing how the rule affects small servicers, and a fact sheet explaining the definition of “delinquency” under the new rule and how the new rule applies to TILA-RESPA requirements.“The Bureau plans provide additional support to facilitate implementation and compliance with the August 2016 amendments to the mortgage servicing rules, and to update the existing compliance guide to reflect the August 2016 amendments,” the CFPB wrote in the report.Click here to view the CFPB’s full report.last_img read more

airlinescall centresalesSamoa Airlines

first_imgairlinescall centresalesSamoa Airlines Samoa Airlines’ Australian and New Zealand Call Centre has just transitioned to a 24-hour operation. The Call Centre may be reached on 1800 359 726 in Australia and 0800 359 726 in New Zealand. Customers in Samoa can continue to contact 23097 for after-hours support.In other news for the airline, its newest walk-in travel centre has opened for business in Liverpool NSW. The walk-in sales office is situated within the Samoa Consulate at Suite 1, Ground Floor 45–47 Scott Street, Liverpool and operates Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm.“The Liverpool office is part of our strategic development plan and the outlet will allow us to more effectively engage with our customer-base in a region that is growing rapidly and is easily accessible for our community,” said Samoa Airlines ceo Tupuivao Seiuli Alvin Tuala.last_img read more

But the love I saw the most was the love he had

first_imgBut the love I saw the most was the love he had for his wife, Cindy, and his children. I heard him speak about him often and the love always came pouring through in every word.Senator McCain, it’s been a true honor to call you friend. Your toughness and bravery inspired us, your sacrifice enriched our lives.Your devotion to the people of Arizona, our nation and your convictions won our admiration. Your love set an example for all of us to follow. Jackie Robinson once said, “A life is not important except in the impact that it has on other lives.”Senator McCain, we will miss the blessings of being in your presence. But we will never forget the impact you had on the world and more importantly, on each of the lives that you touched.We are all better for having known you. Rest in peace, my friend. Larry Fitzgerald, wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, gives a tribute during memorial service at North Phoenix Baptist Church for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York, Pool) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald spoke at the Arizona memorial service Thursday for the late Sen. John McCain. Read the full text of his tribute below:“I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else’s.”Senator McCain spoke these heartfelt words as he accepted the Republican nomination for president in 2008. They were the words of an authentic American hero.We all know how the story goes: A fiery Navy pilot shot down by the North Vietnamese over a lake near Hanoi. As his plane spun out of control, he bailed out just in time to plunge into the lake below. That pilot, a young John McCain, was taken hostage as a prisoner of war, where he spent more than five and a half years, almost 2,000 days, he would endure countless beatings, torture, solitary confinement, and mental and emotional anguish that none of us will have to endure. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Related LinksGonzalez, Doan honored to be pallbearers for John McCain’s serviceCardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald to speak at Phoenix tribute of John McCainAfter getting to know Senator McCain, I felt compelled to visit Vietnam. I wanted to see the places where the will of John McCain was tested and forged. I saw the lake. I walked the steps. I sat in the cell. And the ordeal that my friend survived became all the more real.Many people might wonder what a young African-American kid from Minnesota and a highly-decorated Vietnam War hero turned United States Senator might have in common.Well, I thought of a few.I’m black, he was white. I’m young, he wasn’t so young. He lived with physical limitations brought on by war, I’m a professional athlete. He ran for president, I run out of bounds. He was the epitome of toughness, and I do everything I can to avoid contact. I have flowing locks, and well, he didn’t.How does this unlikely pair become friends? I’ve asked myself the same question. But you know what the answer is: That’s just who he is.Over the several years I had the privilege of spending time with Senator McCain, sometimes it was just a visit to our practices, other times it was him texting us saying, “You need to pick it up this Sunday.”I’m thankful that through these moments, the opportunity that we had to share our lives, and more importantly, our stores. While from very different worlds, we developed a meaningful friendship. And this highlights the very rare and very special qualities of Senator McCain that I came to deeply admire. He didn’t judge individuals based on the color of their skin, their gender, their backgrounds, their political affiliations or their bank accounts. He evaluated them based on the merits of their character and the contents of their hearts. He judged them on the work they put in and the principles they live by.It was this approach to humanity that made Senator John McCain so respected by countless people around the world, including me.His accomplishments were many: US Senator. Presidential candidate. Statesman. Warrior. And hero.His work ethic: tireless. His fight: legendary.But what made Senator McCain so special was that he cared about the substance of my heart more so than where I came from. While some might find our friendship out of the ordinary, it was a perfect example of what made him an iconic figure of American politics and service to fellow man. He celebrated differences, he embraced humanity, championed what was true and just, and saw people for who they were.Yes, ours was an unlikely friendship. But it’s one that I will always cherish.I have had the honor of attending several of The Sedona Forums hosted by Senator McCain and his remarkable wife, Cindy.There were world leaders in politics, business, science and education to discuss the most pressing matters of our time. Issues like healthcare, global warming, technology and human trafficking. These leaders gathered to find real solutions, and they gathered because Senator McCain asked them to be there. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Top Stories Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires His devotion to making Arizona, the United States and the whole world a better place for everyone has inspired countless leaders, like those at The Sedona Forums.I’m confident his legacy of devotion and to the common good will continue to inspire people around the world long after today.A few years ago, he was kind enough to take me on a personal tour of the US Senate. It was obvious that Senator McCain was highly-regarded. He believed to be right and what’s good regardless of what political side of the aisle his opinion fell on.I saw how respected he was and how much admiration he commanded from people from across the political spectrum. But that admiration wasn’t surprising, because Senator McCain was known as a man of integrity and conviction; a man who at times, just as he sacrificed himself for his fellow POWs in Vietnam, willingly chose to sacrifice his own political gains in order to accomplish what he believed was best for all.As a result of this type of sacrifice, he may have lost the support of a political ally here and there, but he gained the respect of admiration of an entire nation.In closing, I’d like to honor the love I saw in Senator McCain. He loved the people of Arizona, serving them passionately and diligently for decades. He took that same love to Washington and boldly advocated for the freedoms and liberties he had grown to love as a young Navy pilot. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more