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Brazil offers resettlement for Palestinian refugees from Iraq UN agency says

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today welcomed an offer by Brazil to resettle an estimated 100 Palestinians formerly living in Iraq starting in mid-September.The agency is “grateful for a generous offer by the Government of Brazil” to help roughly 22 Palestinian families settle in Sao Paulo state and 18 families in the Rio Grande do Sul, spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told a press briefing in Geneva.Apart from Canada and New Zealand, in recent years Brazil has been the only country to offer resettlement to Palestinian refugees from Iraq, according to UNHCR, which has been spotlighting their plight.Since 2003, most of the Palestinian refugees have been living 60 kilometres from the Iraq border in Ruwayshed, Jordan. “There, they have faced extremely harsh conditions in a dusty and scorpion-infested desert camp with nowhere to go,” Ms. Pagonis said.More than 1,450 Palestinians from Iraq remain stranded along the Iraq-Syria border in “deplorable conditions,” with another estimated 13,000 Palestinians affected by violence and harassment in Iraq, she noted.As part of the resettlement, Brazil is also focusing on successfully integrating the Palestinians into Brazilian society. Prior to departing, each group of roughly 30 people will be extensively briefed, culturally sensitized and given Portuguese languages lessons by Brazilian UNCHR staff presently working in Jordan that will continue for up to 12 months upon arrival in Brazil.Bilingual (Arabic-Portuguese) UNHCR staff in Brazil will be trained in Palestinian cultures and traditions to facilitate the process.All of the refugees will receive accommodations, furniture and material assistance for up to 24 months, with unaccompanied elderly refugees being settled in homes where medical treatment will be provided, according to UNHCR.Last week, the agency appealed for the medical evacuation of at least 12 Palestinians – mostly young children – with serious medical problems from the Iraqi-Syria border and from Baghdad. Today, Ms. Pagonis reported that two European countries had provided “positive indications” in response, and voiced hope “that they will speed up their decision in order to save their lives before it is too late.” 3 July 2007The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today welcomed an offer by Brazil to resettle an estimated 100 Palestinians formerly living in Iraq starting in mid-September. read more

Security Council sanctions panel updates list of individuals linked to bin Laden

A United Nations Security Council committee has named four additional persons associated with Osama bin Laden who are subject to international sanctions.The four – Ummah Tameer E-Nau, Majeed Sultan, Bashir-Ud-Din Mahmood and Mohammed Abdul Tufail – go by various aliases which are detailed in a list published by the Security Council committee on Afghanistan yesterday. The new entries supplement a consolidated list issued by the panel late last month.Under Security Council resolution 1333 (2000), States must “freeze without delay funds and other financial assets of Osama bin Laden and individuals and entities associated with him as designated by the Committee.”Also yesterday, the Security Council committee on Liberia issued a revised list of persons affected by the sanctions imposed on that country by Council resolution 1343 (2001). According to that text, all States are expected, among other measures, to prevent the entry or transit through their territories of the persons named on the list. read more

Indonesia from food and vaccinations to saving historic sites UN steps up

The UN World Food Programme (WFP), which has so far received over 300 metric tonnes of noodles and biscuits with more expected, said its immediate efforts cover feeding 100,000 people in June and July, about 80 per cent of them women and children. It needs $5.36 million to cover emergency food needs over the next six months. WFP has taken a lead role in coordinating logistics, facilitating the smooth flow of food to survivors by setting distribution centres. Meanwhile the UN World Health Organization (WHO) is developing an emergency plan with the Indonesia Health Ministry to provide pre-emptive immunization of a booster dose of Tetanus-diphtheria (Td) to the entire over-15 population of some 1.3 million people in the affected areas. This is extremely important since many people have been exposed to minor cuts and open wounds, and also because communities have started clearing rubble from damaged houses which would expose many more to cuts, injuries and possible infection with tetanus. This campaign has begun in some districts and will be extended to all districts shortly. Simultaneously, one dose of measles vaccine will be given to 130,000 children aged six months to five years. Over 11,000 patients have been treated for minor and major injuries, and WHO is concerned that, given the pressure of the sheer numbers, it is now important to screen all such patients for follow-up treatment and care both in hospitals and for those who have been discharged. Ideally, to prevent hospital-based infections, WHO recommends that patients be discharged at the earliest, followed by post-operative care at home, but for many there are no homes to return to. The UN Office of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said 85,000 homes had been completely destroyed and a further 323,000 damaged. Estimates of the homeless range from 200,000 to 650,000. For its part, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is to provide emergency heritage preservation, education and post trauma support for children, as well as communication equipment. The UNESCO plan, costing nearly $1 million, aims to assess damage and remaining risks to the 10th century Prambanan temple compounds, which were inscribed on the UN World Heritage List in 1991 and set up summer camps for 1,000 children to help overcome the trauma of the quake. It will also strengthen local radio coverage by training journalists and distributing radio receivers, benefiting 5,000 people in aid centres, 60 broadcasters, and 20 radio stations. read more

AP Interview McConnell rejects Trumps foreign aid cuts

WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday shot down prospects for major parts of President Donald Trump’s budget, rejecting proposed cuts to foreign aid and medical research.“Every president sends up a budget, and with all due respect to the current president, I can’t recall any time in which we have been sort of dictated to by either a Republican or a Democratic president,” McConnell said in an interview with The Associated Press. “We’ll put our own imprint on it, particularly with regard to overseas.”Trump’s budget, which would boost military spending while slashing funds for the environment, the National Institutes of Health, public broadcasting and development projects like the Appalachian Regional Commission, was widely panned by fellow Republicans last week.McConnell once headed the Senate panel responsible for foreign aid and stressed the importance of U.S. spending overseas. He also was a major force behind last year’s Cures Act, a law that boosts spending on medical research, and he opposes any proposed cuts.“America being a force is a lot more than building up the Defence Department,” McConnell said. “Diplomacy is important, extremely important, and I don’t think these reductions at the State Department are appropriate because many times diplomacy is a lot more effective — and certainly cheaper — than military engagement.”On another spending issue, McConnell said the politics of the moment mean Republicans controlling Washington won’t touch benefit programs like Medicare and Social Security, known as entitlements.On another big issue, in the interview McConnell warned fellow Republicans of political consequences if they oppose the GOP health care legislation coming up for a vote in the House this week.“I would hate to be a Republican whose vote prevented us from keeping the commitment we’ve made to the American people for almost 10 years now” to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law, the Kentucky Republican told AP reporters and editors.“I think the American people would be deeply disappointed that we were prevented from keeping our commitment by Republicans who in the end, in effect, voted for the status quo.”McConnell sounded confident that the bill will pass the House and come over to the Senate, where it is currently short of votes. He made clear the legislation will be changed in the Senate so it can pass, though he declined to predict what the final product will look like or guarantee ultimate success.He indicated he expects Trump, who was on Capitol Hill Tuesday to lobby reluctant House members, to lean on wavering Senate Republicans and bring them in line.“The president has been very effective in helping in the House with the health care bill,” said McConnell, who was with Trump in Kentucky Monday night at a health care rally. “And we intend, once it comes over from the House, to have the president weigh in with our folks as well.”The GOP legislation would repeal the Obama law’s requirement for nearly everyone to carry insurance or face fines, while phasing out an expansion of Medicaid and reducing tax credits that help consumers buy coverage. House GOP leaders are pushing toward a vote Thursday despite opposition from both left and right, and announced a package of changes overnight Monday aimed at luring wavering lawmakers with promises of more money for older Americans and other changes.Several Republican senators have been loudly critical of the bill, including Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah. Combined with opposition from a couple of other lawmakers, McConnell does not presently have enough votes for the bill in a Senate split 52-48 between Republicans and Democrats. Democrats are unanimously opposed.But McConnell attributed some of the turmoil to a “learning process” as Republicans turn to governing after spending years as the opposition party. And he said, “I’m optimistic that none of my members in the end want to be responsible for the status quo on Obamacare.”McConnell also addressed the Supreme Court, with the Senate Judiciary Committee in Day Two of hearings on Judge Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s nominee to fill the 13-month high court vacancy.He criticized Democrats who might oppose Gorsuch, saying “This is a futile gesture, it’s playing to the mob, saying resist to everything.”While saying he hoped Gorsuch would get Democratic votes in the end, McConnell seemed ready to change Senate rules, if necessary, to confirm him with a simple majority rather than the 60 votes now required to move forward. “Gorsuch will be confirmed; I just can’t tell you exactly how that will happen, yet,” McConnell said.___Associated Press writers Alan Fram and Andrew Taylor contributed. AP Interview: McConnell rejects Trump’s foreign aid cuts Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. answers reporters questions during a newsmaker interview at the Associated Press bureau in Washington, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. (AP Photo/J. David Ake) by Erica Werner, The Associated Press Posted Mar 21, 2017 8:15 am MDT Last Updated Mar 21, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN rights chief urges Egypt to halt clampdown on civil society groups

“This looks like a clampdown on sections of Egyptian civil society and it must stop,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said yesterday in a press release. “NGOs who have played a valuable role in documenting violations and supporting victims will see their activities completely crippled if this continues. This will stifle the voices of those who advocate for victims,” he added,Today, a court is expected to rule on the asset freeze ordered against two prominent human rights defenders, who are accused of illegally receiving $1.5 million in funding from a foreign government. Their prosecutions are part of a case that dates back to 2011, when 43 staff from international NGOs were charged with receiving funds from a foreign government without a license.“Everyone has the right to receive funds to promote human rights through peaceful means,” said the High Commissioner, urging the Egyptian authorities to stop all prosecutions targeting legitimate human rights activities. In particular, they must terminate the cases against those two men, who by international standards have clearly not committed any crime, he added.Many organizations have been dissolved under Egypt’s 2002 NGO law. Many other NGOs have also been dissolved because of their alleged links to the Muslim Brotherhood which is considered a terrorist organization by the Egyptian courts. On just one day this month, at least 20 NGOs were dissolved in the Delta Governorate and other NGOs elsewhere in the country had their activities frozen pending investigation.Human rights activists, journalists and political activists have also been subjected to travel bans. According to Egyptian sources, hundreds of people have been prevented from entering or leaving the country, in many cases without any judicial order.Restrictions like these contravene Egypt’s obligations under the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights to provide freedom of association and freedom of expression. They also violate the Egyptian Constitution, he said.“Egyptian civil society activists should be lauded for their dedicated efforts to promote human rights under such difficult circumstances,” Mr. Zeid said, emphasizing that laws that impose undue restrictions on NGO registration and funding – as well as freedom of expression and association –must be amended to create a more tolerant atmosphere. read more

Can We Play NBA Jam … With MLB Teams

It takes an entire 25-man roster to make a winning baseball team — just ask the defending-champion Boston Red Sox. Sure, Boston had plenty of top-line talent at its disposal, but it also got key playoff contributions from the likes of Steve Pearce and Nathan Eovaldi, neither of whom was especially heralded when the Red Sox picked them up in midseason deals. Postseason history is littered with similarly unsung heroes from down the roster who step up in big moments.But what if teams didn’t need to rely on all of those non-star contributions? Instead, we want to find the opposite: teams that are too top-heavy, with lots of star power but few quality role players to help fill out the rest of the roster. These are teams who lack for diamonds in the rough — though the stars sure do shine brightly.For instance, if there was an NBA Jam for baseball, where teams could only use two players (let’s say a pitcher and a hitter), which club would come out on top? Here are the best team hitter-pitcher tandems in MLB this season,1Through games on July 23. according to the sum of the wins above replacement2Using JEFFBAGWELL (Joint Estimate Featuring FanGraphs and B-R Aggregated to Generate WAR, Equally Leveling Lists), our custom average of the WAR versions found at FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference.com. per 162 games across both players: 2NationalsAnthony Rendon5.9Max Scherzer9.014.9 17YankeesDJ LeMahieu6.7Masahiro Tanaka3.19.8 22Blue JaysEric Sogard3.2Marcus Stroman4.37.6 5AngelsMike Trout10.5Ty Buttrey2.613.1 In terms of two-man teams, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ combination of Cody Bellinger (10.1 WAR per 162) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (6.1) is easily the best in baseball this year. The former is having one of the best seasons in baseball history, and the latter has been the surprising pillar of one of baseball’s best rotations. Bellinger’s ability to play three outfield positions plus first base also helps in this hypothetical universe where he has to field all of the balls hitters put in play against Ryu. (In related news, no, I didn’t completely think through the mechanics of how MLB Jam would work.)Of course, the Dodgers are also arguably baseball’s best team in the real world. So that doesn’t do us much good here; we are, after all, looking for the teams whose fortunes would change the most depending on whether we look at their stars or the entire team. To that end, let’s break down the teams with the biggest differences in WAR ranking between their top hitter-pitcher duo and their full roster.According to that method, the team that would most benefit from an MLB Jam-style roster construction is the Chicago White Sox, whose top pairing of pitcher Lucas Giolito (6.2 WAR/162) and third baseman Yoan Moncada (5.2) is ninth among pitcher-batter combos. That placement for Giolito and Moncada is much higher than the White Sox’s overall team ranking in WAR (No. 26), making them baseball’s top-heaviest team in terms of leading twosomes. The Pale Hose edge out the Texas Rangers, whose top combo of pitcher Lance Lynn (7.6) and Joey Gallo (5.1) ranks seventh in MLB despite the team sitting only 15th in WAR overall.The Tampa Bay Rays, meanwhile, are on the opposite end of the spectrum to the White Sox and Rangers. Their leading duo of pitcher Charlie Morton (5.8 WAR/162) and second baseman Brandon Lowe (4.2) ranks just 16th among MLB’s top 1-2 hitter-pitcher punches, but Tampa as a whole is fourth in WAR on the basis of its impressive depth. Eleven different Rays are on pace for at least 2.0 WAR — the mark of a solid season — and, perhaps more importantly, only 10 Rays have 0.0 WAR or fewer (which is tied for the fewest of any team). Although Tampa Bay lacks star power, it has been able to build its 47 percent playoff probability by avoiding what Jay Jaffe calls “replacement-level killers”: players who produce little or no value in substantial playing time.Expanding the scope to the top five players on each team — and now looking at the ranking irrespective of positions — the Colorado Rockies emerge as another markedly top-heavy team. Colorado has four players on pace for at least 4.0 WAR — shortstop Trevor Story (6.0), third baseman Nolan Arenado (5.2), and pitchers German Marquez (4.7) and Jon Gray (4.0) — which helps to drive a top five tally that ranks 14th in the league. However, the Rockies also have 22 players producing at or below the replacement level. Several of those players were expected to have much better seasons (most notably Kyle Freeland and Daniel Murphy), but their actual performances have left Colorado ranking 22nd overall in spite of its productive core. 4DiamondbacksKetel Marte7.4Zack Greinke5.613.1 28MarlinsMiguel Rojas3.2Caleb Smith2.96.0 20RedsEugenio Suarez3.1Luis Castillo5.48.6 15BravesRonald Acuna Jr.5.8Mike Soroka4.710.5 9White SoxYoan Moncada5.2Lucas Giolito6.211.3 6AstrosAlex Bregman7.0Gerrit Cole5.912.9 16RaysBrandon Lowe4.2Charlie Morton5.810.0 21PhilliesJ.T. Realmuto4.1Aaron Nola3.87.9 27CardinalsPaul DeJong4.4Jack Flaherty2.26.6 7RangersJoey Gallo5.1Lance Lynn7.612.6 19PadresFernando Tatis Jr.5.5Kirby Yates4.09.5 14RockiesTrevor Story6.0Jon Gray4.610.7 12Red SoxXander Bogaerts6.7Chris Sale4.311.0 3BrewersChristian Yelich9.3Brandon Woodruff4.313.6 18IndiansCarlos Santana4.9Shane Bieber4.69.5 11TwinsJorge Polanco6.7Jose Berrios4.611.3 10AthleticsMatt Chapman7.3Frankie Montas4.011.3 30GiantsEvan Longoria2.5Madison Bumgarner3.15.6 29MarinersEdwin Encarnacion*2.9Marco Gonzales3.05.9 23TigersNicholas Castellanos2.4Matthew Boyd5.17.5 8MetsPete Alonso6.1Jacob deGrom5.711.8 13CubsKris Bryant6.3Cole Hamels4.410.7 A similar top-heavy split applies to the Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Nationals. Milwaukee‘s top five is led by reigning National League MVP Christian Yelich (9.3 WAR/162) and rounded out by Brandon Woodruff (5.0), Mike Moustakas (4.6), Yasmani Grandal (4.3) and ghost-ball master Josh Hader (2.8). Given that group, it would seem impossible that the Brewers are merely an average team (14th in MLB) according to overall WAR. Milwaukee’s problem isn’t even that the team uses a ton of replacement-level scrubs — it’s just that the Brewers lack solid role players beyond their top handful of stars. (In no small part due to down years from Lorenzo Cain, Jesus Aguilar, Jhoulys Chacin and Travis Shaw.)The Nationals are in a comparable situation. In terms of star-level production, you’d take Washington’s top-line group — Max Scherzer (9.0 WAR/162), Stephen Strasburg (6.8), Anthony Rendon (5.9), Patrick Corbin (5.1) and Juan Soto (3.6) — against just about anybody’s in baseball. By WAR, only the Dodgers have a better top five than the Nats, and only the Dodgers and Houston Astros have a better top 10. Yet Washington only ranks 10th in total WAR because the supporting cast has largely failed to meet expectations. (Trea Turner counts among that group, though his recent hot streak — highlighted by hitting for the cycle Tuesday — could at least signal another top performer reemerging in Washington’s galaxy of stars.)Finally, you have the New York Yankees who, like the Rays, consistently show up as a better overall team than their top performers would indicate. For instance, New York leaders DJ LeMahieu (6.7 WAR/162) and Aaron Judge (4.2) only rank 15th in tandem WAR — and the team’s top 10 also ranks just 15th — despite the Yankees ranking fifth in overall WAR. Some of that is a bit misleading because of the Yankees’ injury problems: Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Didi Gregorius, Aaron Hicks and Miguel Andujar have all missed significant playing time this year, among others. But it also speaks to how deep the Yankees’ roster truly is, with lesser-known contributors such as Luke Voit, Mike Tauchman and Gio Urshela keeping the team afloat in the face of so many star absences.If you had the choice, clearly it’s ideal to be a team like the Dodgers, who have the best star power and the best supporting cast. But teams like the Rays and Yankees prove that a deep stable of contributors can outperform more star-powered teams such as the Nationals, Brewers, Rockies, White Sox and Rangers — even if the latter group of teams would be a lot better if we could just play baseball using “NBA Jam” rules.Check out our latest MLB predictions. RkTeamTop Batter (WAR/162)Top Pitcher (WAR/162)Sum Major League Baseball’s most dynamic duos of 2019MLB teams with the best combination of a top hitter and top pitcher, according to the sum of both players’ WAR per 162 games 1DodgersCody Bellinger10.1Hyun-Jin Ryu6.116.2 25RoyalsWhit Merrifield4.5Brad Keller2.67.1 * Player is no longer with club. Data through July 23.WAR is based on JEFFBAGWELL — the Joint Estimate Featuring FanGraphs and B-R Aggregated to Generate WAR, Equally Leveling Lists.Source: FanGraphs.com, Baseball-Reference.com 24PiratesJosh Bell4.1Joe Musgrove3.17.2 26OriolesTrey Mancini2.7John Means4.37.0 read more

Uptempo music helps people to keep exercising for longer

first_imgThe study found that people who did no exercise were 44% more likely to suffer from depression than those who did an hour or two per week  The study included 127 people  Credit:Martin Persie / Alamy Stock Photo “Our findings reinforce the idea that upbeat music has a synergistic effect in terms of making you want to exercise longer and stick with a daily exercise routine,” he said.”When doctors are recommending exercise, they might suggest listening to music too.”The study, being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 67th Annual Scientific Session, involved participants with an average age of 53.  Much of it was Latin-inspired, reflecting the fact the majority of participants were Hispanic. They were asked to keep working out for as long as they could, while the speed and gradient on the treadmill was increased.The study, by Texas Tech University Health Sciences, found that those who were asked to listen to music managed to keep going for almost eight and a half minutes – nearly a minute longer than those who were pounding the treadmill in silence.The group listening to music was also found to have expended more energy during their session.Dr Waseem Shami, lead researcher, said researchers had suspected that music would help keep participants motivated, given its impact on mood. He said: “At least on a small scale, this study provides some evidence that music may help serve as an extra tool to help motivate someone to exercise more, which is critical to heart health.” Listening to uptempo music helps gym-goers to work out for longer, research suggests.The study found that those listening to energetic tunes were able to sustain exercise for more than 10 per cent longer than those working out in silence.Researchers said doctors should consider prescribing music when they were trying to encourage patients to take more exercise.  The US research randomly assigned 127 participants to listen to music or have no music played, while undergoing a “stress test” used to check fitness levels. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Best Android antivirus apps revealed by AVTEST Labs

first_imgThere have been several Android Market malware scares in the recent past. Google responded by introducing Bouncer a while back, but it never hurts to add a good Android antivirus app for extra protection. But which apps offer the best protection?Independent testing authority AV-TEST Labs has just posted the results from its most recent Android security rundown. Of the 41 apps they tested, 7 posted detection scores above 90%: Avast!, Dr. Web Antivirus Light, F-Secure Mobile Security, IKARUS mobile.security LITE, Kaspersky Mobile Security Lite, Lookout, and Zoner Antivirus Free.Other big-name apps performed well, too, but couldn’t break the 90% barrier. They include Norton, ESET, AVG, BitDefender, Trend Micro, and the Vipre Mobile Beta. Perennial security whipping boy McAfee failed to detect more than 65% of malware samples, leaving them surrounded by lesser-known apps in the middle of the pack.The jury is still out on whether or not Android malware is a genuine problem. Most malicious apps appear in third-party stores, and Trojanized impostor apps on the Android Market haven’t exactly become a regular occurrence. Either way, the AV-Test report is still good news for Android users because it clearly shows that top-notch Android antivirus and anti-malware apps are up to the challenge. Better still, some of the best protection you can get for your Android device is totally free.Whether or not you’re convinced you need to worry about getting an infection on your Android phone or tablet, there’s certainly no harm in downloading one of the free apps AV-Test ranked. If you’d like to dive deeper, you can check out their PDF for full results.More at AV-TESTlast_img read more

Company ditching Facebook after finding 80 of ad clicks come from bots

first_imgFacebook has been taking a real beating in the business world as of late. Some high-profile advertisers have backed out, and the stock price has taken a dive. Amid all this, one startup has been investigating what Facebook’s ad platform really offers. In a Facebook post, Limited Run explained that its testing convinced the team to ditch Facebook for good.Limited Run specializes in deploying e-commerce systems for musicians, artists, and labels to sell physical and digital goods. As Limited Run was preparing to release a new version of its platform a few months ago, it bought some Facebook ads. Oddly, its analytics tools were only able to verify about 20% of the clicks Facebook was charging the company for. Clearly, this warranted further investigation.After developing its own analytics software, Limited Run discovered that the 80% of clicks that it could not verify were coming from clients that had JavaScript disabled. Since only 1-2% of users actually have JavaScript turned off, this was very unusual. Limited Run then built its own page logger software, and discovered that this mysterious 80% consisted of bots. The company does not speculate on who owns the bots, or what the purpose of driving up ad spending could be, but it’s suspicious.Limited Run also related the tale of trying to get its Facebook page name changed. When the page was set up, the company was called Limited Pressing, and it was understandably interested in changing that. Facebook responded to the request, saying that the change could be made — for a price. Limited Run would have to commit to spending at least $2000 per month on ads. They refused.Limited Run hasn’t provided data for others to verify its claims, so take all this with a grain of salt. Still, it’s not the only business that has been dissatisfied with Facebook ads.via Facebooklast_img read more

Couche dozone une journée internationale pour la protéger

first_imgCouche d’ozone : une journée internationale pour la protégerCe jeudi 16 septembre est célébrée la Journée internationale de la protection de la couche d’ozone. Une date que l’ONU n’a pas choisi au hasard, mais parce qu’elle est le jour de l’anniversaire de la signature, en 1987, du Protocole de Montréal relatif aux substances appauvrissant la couche d’ozone.En cette journée de protection de la couche d’ozone, les États sont invités à encourager le développement d’activités concrètes et conformes aux objectifs du Protocole de Montréal. Né en 1987, cet accord compte aujourd’hui 196 pays signataires, qui se sont engagés à supprimer tous les chlorofluorocarbures (CFC) et autres substances appauvrissant la couche d’ozone. La vie sur Terre serait impossible sans cette ozonosphère, qui absorbe la plus grande partie du rayonnement solaire ultraviolet mortel pour les organismes vivants.Aujourd’hui, le Protocole de Montréal couvre 96 produits, dont la production et l’utilisation sont interdites ou limitées. Il est reconnu dans le monde entier comme le traité international sur l’environnement le plus efficace jamais mis en œuvre.”La Journée internationale de la protection de la couche d’ozone est l’occasion de mettre en lumière le rôle central d’une bonne gouvernance dans la réalisation des objectifs environnementaux” souligne dans un communiqué le secrétaire général de l’ONU, Ban Ki-moon. “Grâce à un strict respect de ces dispositions aux niveaux national et international, les Parties au Protocole de Montréal ont réduit de plus de 98% la production et la consommation de ces substances chimiques nocives.  En outre, les substances appauvrissant la couche d’ozone étant également des gaz à effet de serre, le Protocole contribue grandement à la lutte contre les changements climatiques” explique-t-il. Selon l’ONU, ce sont 135 milliards de tonnes de dioxyde de carbone qui ont ainsi pu être évitées.Le 16 septembre 2010 à 15:21 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Murray Cantwell sign antiharassment letter

first_imgAll 22 female U.S. senators signed a letter Wednesday calling on Senate leadership to reform congressional sexual harassment and discrimination rules. Signees include Washington’s Democratic Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray.“Everyone deserves to work in an environment free from harassment and discrimination,” the letter reads.The senators write they are disappointed that no “meaningful” reform has occurred to the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995.In November, the Senate passed Senate Resolution 330. The resolution requires anti-harassment and discrimination training for Senate staff and senators once a session.“While this training requirement was a significant step to address workplace harassment, there was broad, bipartisan agreement at that time that more had to be done to support survivors,” the letter continues.The CAA, however, “continues to require survivors to endure an antiquated dispute resolution process, including a monthlong counseling session, forced mediation and a 30-day ‘cooling off’ period before a victim can make a decision whether to pursue justice in a courtroom or continue with administrative procedures,” the senators write.Meanwhile, the U.S. House approved mitigating legislation in February, which includes the elimination of a waiting period before victims can seek a court case, more transparency surrounding awards and settlements and requiring House and Senate members to pay an award or settlement related to sexual harassment or discrimination they commit.A survey cited in the letter states that four out of every 10 congressional staffers think sexual harassment is a problem — and one out of every six women say they are victims of sexual harassment.last_img read more

ASA Welcomes Lighthizer to USTR

first_imgFollowing a vote by the Senate today to confirm Ambassador Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), American Soybean Association (ASA) President and Illinois farmer Ron Moore expressed congratulations and cited Lighthizer’s understanding of the important role trade plays in the U.S. economy and agriculture community.“Lighthizer’s confirmation to USTR is an encouraging step in developing trade policies that continue to promote U.S. food and agriculture production,” Moore said.ASA, along with many food and agriculture trade associations and companies, has continuously been supportive of Lighthizer’s confirmation, highlighting the need for more officials who understand the impacts and importance of trade.“As we urge prudence on any trade negotiations or renegotiations, Lighthizer’s confirmation will allow the U.S. to engage on trade negotiations that will benefit all Americans though economic growth and job creation,” Moore added.last_img read more

Arctic sea ice minimum continues downward trend with implications beyond the Arctic

first_imgThis NASA Blue Marble image shows Arctic sea ice on September 23, 2018, when sea ice reached its minimum extent for the year. Sea ice extent for September 23, as well as on September 19, averaged 4.59 million square kilometers (1.77 million square miles)—the sixth lowest in the satellite record, tied with 2008 and 2010. (National Snow and Ice Data Center/ NASA Earth Observatory).Arctic sea ice has reached its minimum extent for 2018, according to scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center.Listen nowAt 1.77 million square miles, it ties with 2008 and 2010 for the sixth lowest minimum in the nearly 40-year satellite record.“It’s a fair amount above our record low, which was a really extreme year in 2012, but it’s much lower than what used to be normal conditions in the ’80s and ’90s,” said Walt Meier, who analyzes sea ice for the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado.The Arctic used to be cold enough that huge portions of the ice on the Arctic Ocean would remain throughout summer, creating what’s called “multi-year ice.”“We’re taking an area that was basically the size of the Lower 48 United States that was continuously ice-covered even through the summer,” Meier said. “Now we’ve lost basically about half of that ice cover… half that’s open ocean at the end of summer.”That’s a striking image: an ice country on the scale of the Lower 48 that’s been cut nearly in half as the Arctic has warmed. The borders of that country are essentially what the “ice minimum” is a measure of.Meier says the Arctic has been losing upwards of 13 percent of that area each decade.Ice reflects most of the energy that reaches it from the sun, while water traps and holds it. So the more ice is replaced by open water, the more heat is added to the Arctic. And what happens in the Arctic, doesn’t stay in the Arctic says Meier.“The Arctic’s like an air conditioner or refrigerator for the global climate,” Meier said. “And as the Arctic warms, partly because the sea ice is going away, it’s like you’re opening that refrigerator door… we’re losing that cooling ability.”Meier says that some scientists also see indications that a warming Arctic is affecting the polar jet stream, a current of wind above the earth that can affect seasonal weather patterns. He says it could be part of what explains increasing frequency and severity of certain weather events like droughts, heat waves and heavy rains.When NSIDC does its final analysis in a few months, the sea ice minimum could change slightly. Meier says that they generally see the number in the final analysis change by less than 0.05 million square kilometers, but since the 2018 number was so close to 2008 and 2010, it’s possible it could change the ranking.last_img read more

Cops nab thief with help of CCTV footage in Kamareddy

first_imgKamareddy: District police had arrested a regular thief and sent him to remand. One tola gold, two tolas silver, Rs 35,550 cash and one bike were recovered from the accused.Speaking to the media at his office here on Wednesday, Deputy Superintendent of Police Lakshmi Narayana said the police has nabbed Mohammed Shahid, a thief who had committed several thefts in Kamareddy and Nizamabad districts, with the help of CCTV camera recordings. There are 30 cases booked against Shahid in Kamareddy and Nizamabad districts, he added.last_img read more

Shinzo Abe Cruises to Victory in Japan Snap Elections Abenomics will Prevail

first_imgJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) cruised to a big win in the snap elections on Sunday, which shows that his economic policies dubbed “Abenomics” are here to stay.LDP and its junior party Komeito party won 326 seats in Sunday’s election. A party requires 317 seats to maintain majority in the 475-memner lower house of the parliament and Abe’s part managed to surpass the mark significantly.The LDP also won 75% of the seats in single-member districts, which account for 295 seats in the lower house. Though Abe’s party won by a good margin, the voter turnout was disappointing. Turnout hit new post-war lows at 53.3%, well below the 59.3% recorded in the 2012 elections.Prime Minister Abe told local news outlets that he was “relieved the ruling party coalition has won a majority and the government has been maintained.”The premier also acknowledged the low turnout saying:”We need to improve voters’ trust in politics. The economy is our priority — we will ask business leaders to raise wage in April and make sure the recovery spreads to the whole economy.”Shinzo Abe called for a sudden round of elections on November 18 and dissolved the lower house of the parliament a few days later. The snap elections were supposed to be a referendum on “Abenomics” – Abe’s three point economic policies of structural reforms, public investment and cheap credit to revive the economy, which has slipped into recession under his watch.Many questioned the mid-term elections and the effect of Abenomics on Japan’s economy too. Some lost faith, some were confident but as the world watched the orient’s faltering growth, Abe felt the need to validate his power.”My priority is economic recovery and Japan’s proactive contribution to peace. We hope to create laws that help protect the security of the Japanese people, Shinzo Abe was quoted by The Guardian.Analysts say that the result of the elections would be good for shares in the near future but bad for the currency at the same time as Abe sticks to his “Three Arrows” strategy.”…medium-term, investors will be watching to see if Japan is changed structurally,” Tsuyoshi Ueno, senior economist at NLI Research Institute told Reuters.Experts also added that they don’t expect big, old moves from the Abe government.”My expectation is that we will get pretty much more of the same. I don’t expect any big, bold moves,” Gerry Curtis, professor at Columbia University was quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald.last_img read more

How to Open a Port on Windows Firewall

first_imgIn the right pane, click New Rule. Type Firewall in the search box on the taskbar, clicking the Windows Defender Firewall to open it. Click Advanced Settings from the left sidebar in the next window. In the left pane, click Inbound Rule. How to Reset Your Windows 10 PCHow To Repair Windows 10How and When to Defragment Your Hard Drive in Windows 10 Select any network type you are OK to allow the connection over. Firewall is an essential security feature for any PC that works alongside antivirus software to shield your computer from worms and hackers. But sometimes a program has to communicate with an outside network, which requires you to open an inbound or an outbound port. Windows Firewall wizard allows you to create rules against which it checks permissions for a program to communicate over a specific port. Once these rules are created, you’ve essentially whitelisted this application from triggering your firewall — so long as it’s connecting to this port. Here are a handful of fairly simple steps to follow in order to use this feature. MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/open-port-windows-firewall?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 How to open a port on Windows Firewall Click Next. Click Next. Click Next. Type a name for the rule. Select Port under What type of rule would you like to create? Click Next. Click Finish. Credit: Microsoft  Type a port number for Specific local ports. Select Allow the connection. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoCBS NewsDeadliest Highway In Every StateCBS NewsUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

Gay marriage health care among last 7 Supreme Court cases

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The right of same-sex couples to marry and the ability of low- and middle-income Americans to receive subsidies to help them afford insurance under the health care overhaul are the two biggest cases among the seven still to be decided by the Supreme Court.The justices will meet again Thursday to hand down more opinions and almost always finish their work by the end of June.In rare instances, the court will put off decisions and order a case to be argued again in the next term. The vital role family plays in society Sponsored Stories –Housing discrimination: The court is weighing the legality of a key enforcement tool used by the Obama administration and civil rights groups to fight housing bias. At issue is whether housing or lending practices that harm minorities can still be considered illegal even without proving an intent to discriminate. The Justice Department has used so-called “disparate impact” lawsuits to win more than $500 million in settlements from companies accused of bias against black and Hispanic customers.— Independent redistricting commissions: Roughly a dozen states have adopted independent commissions to reduce partisan politics in drawing congressional districts. The case from Arizona involves a challenge from Republican state lawmakers who complain that they can’t be completely cut out of the process without violating the Constitution.— Mercury emissions: Industry groups and Republican-led states assert that environmental regulators overstepped their bounds by coming up with expensive limits on the emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from power plants without taking account of the cost of regulation at the start of the process. The first-ever limits on mercury emissions, more than a decade in the making, began to take effect in April. Top Stories This is also the time of the year when a justice could announce a retirement. But no justice, including 82-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has given any hint that retirement is imminent.A look at the cases that remain:— Gay marriage: Same-sex couples want the court to declare that gay and lesbian couples can marry anywhere in the United States. Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee are asking the court to uphold bans on same-sex marriage and allow the political process, not the courts, to handle major societal changes. Same-sex couples can marry in 36 states.— Health care subsidies: Opponents of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul are back at the Supreme Court for another major challenge to the law. At issue is whether subsidies that 8.7 million people receive to help pay for their insurance are available in all 50 states, or only those that set up their own health insurance exchanges.— Lethal injection: Death-row inmates in Oklahoma are objecting to the use of the sedative midazolam in lethal-injection executions after the drug was implicated in several botched executions. Their argument is that the drug does not reliably induce a coma-like sleep that would prevent them from experiencing the searing pain of the paralytic and heart-stopping drugs that follow sedation. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day — Repeat offenders: The court is considering whether a catchall provision of the Armed Career Criminal Act, which gives longer prison terms to people with at least three prior violent felony convictions, is so vague that it sweeps in relatively minor crimes.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

The Rees Hotel Queenstown earns Wine Spectator Award

first_imgThe Rees Hotel Queenstown earns Wine Spectator AwardThe Rees Hotel Queenstown earns Wine Spectator AwardThe Rees Hotel Queenstown’s True South Dining Room, one of New Zealand’s top multi-award-winning, fine-dining restaurants, has been awarded a 2018 Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence. This is the seventh consecutive year the hotel’s restaurant has won a Wine Spectator award for its wine program from the US bestselling wine and hospitality magazine, Wine Spectator. Formerly achieving the Award of Excellence each year, this is the first time True South has earned this next level, even more prestigious award and it is the only restaurant in Queenstown to achieve a Wine Spectator award in 2018.The Wine Spectator awards recognises outstanding wine lists, with recipients hailing from 70 countries. The awards are designed to elevate wine selection and service around the globe and encourage programs that complement a variety of cuisines, settings and prices. The Best of Award of Excellence seeks wine lists which display “excellent breadth across multiple winegrowing regions and/or significant vertical depth of top producers, along with superior presentation. Typically offering 350 or more selections, these restaurants are destinations for serious wine lovers, showing a deep commitment to wine, both in the cellar and through their service team.True South Dining Room has a comprehensive collection of Bordeaux and Burgundy wines with vintages selected from many of the great houses. Wines from world-renown chateaux such as Romanee Conti, Chateau d’Yquem, Latour, Margaux, Mouton Rothschild and Lynch Bages along with some of the best offerings from Central Otago, New Zealand, Australia and Italy in the professionally-managed, temperature-controlled wine cellar servicing the hotel and restaurant’s Bordeau Wine Lounge.The Rees Hotel Queenstown’s General Manager, Mark Rose, says it’s the restaurant’s ability to match superb wine with fresh, locally sourced dishes in addition to a holistic wine programme – which includes tastings, wine pairings and the True South Culinary Winemaker’s Culinary Series Dinner – that distinguishes the restaurant internationally for it to achieve this award. True South Dining Room gives ongoing support to local vineyards through their Winemaker’s Culinary Series dinners throughout the year. The award is important as it gives recognition to the effort put into building and maintaining a first-class cellar while confirming True South Dining Room as one of New Zealand’s best dining experiences.“To receive the higher Best of Award of Excellence this year and to be recognised again for the 7th year in a row, by one of the most prestigious and well known international reviewers for our wine selection is a remarkable achievement and yet another excellent outcome for The Rees in 2018,” says Mr Rose.True South Dining Room’s other awards include a prestigious 2 Stars – World’s Best Wine Lists for 2017 from the World of Fine Wine for the 3rdconsecutive year, The Beef and Lamb Excellence Award in 2018 for the 4thconsecutive year and Best Hotel Chef won by Executive Chef Ben Batterbury at the prestigious 2017 HM Awards for Accommodation and Hotel Excellence.Along with The Rees Hotel’s regular exclusive Winemaker’s Culinary Series Dinners, it also offers Heli Wine Tasting Experiences hosted by Mark Rose. Guests can enjoy 180-degree panoramic views of Queenstown from a six-seater helicopter, a gourmet lunch and sample a variety of award-winning wines from local regions. Source = The Rees Hotel Queenstownlast_img read more

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first_img FILE – In this March 20, 2019 file photo Tamara Lanier attends a news conference near the Harvard Club, in New York. Lanier, of Norwich, Conn., is suing the Harvard University for “wrongful seizure, possession and expropriation” of images she says depict two of her ancestors. Descendants of a Harvard professor who commissioned a series of 1850 photos of slaves say they’re backing the lawsuit against the university. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File) Woman suing Harvard over slave portraits gets key support by The Associated Press Posted Jun 20, 2019 9:31 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A woman suing Harvard University over 19th century images of slaves she says were her ancestors has received the backing of descendants of the professor who commissioned the images in his attempt to prove blacks were inferior to whites.Dozens of descendants of professor Louis Agassiz have signed a letter saying it’s time for Harvard to recognize Agassiz for the racist he was and calling on the Ivy League school to hand over the images to Tamara Lanier.The Agassiz descendants as well as Lanier have scheduled a news conference Thursday.The Norwich, Connecticut, woman wants Harvard to give her the images and pay unspecified damages.A Harvard spokeswoman in an emailed statement Thursday said while she cannot comment on pending litigation, the school takes great care of the images.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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