first_imgEarly freezes or severe cold can damage apple trees, a possible cause of later, rapid deaths. The decline is more common among densely planted trellised orchards (above right). Young apple trees died rapidly in this high-density orchard in Pennsylvania. Kari Peter MELISSA DOBERNIGG/The BX Press Cidery Six years ago, an unpleasant surprise greeted plant pathologist Kari Peter as she inspected a research orchard in Pennsylvania. Young apple trees were dying—and rapidly. At first, she suspected a common pathogen, but chemical treatments didn’t help. The next year, she began to hear reports of sudden deaths from across the United States and Canada. In North Carolina, up to 80% of orchards have shown suspicious symptoms. “Rows of trees collapse for what seems like no reason,” says Peter, who works at the Pennsylvania State University Fruit Research and Extension Center in Biglerville.Now, as their trees prepare to blossom, North America’s apple producers are bracing for new losses, and scientists are probing possible causes. Apples are one of the continent’s most valuable fruit crops, worth some $4 billion last year in the United States alone. Growers are eager to understand whether rapid or sudden apple decline, as it is known, poses a serious new threat to the industry.Weather-related stress—drought and severe cold—could be an underlying cause, researchers reported this month in PLOS ONE. Early freezes are becoming more common across the eastern United States, for example. But that doesn’t appear to be the whole story, and scientists are examining an array of other factors, including pests, pathogens, and the growing use of high-density orchards. “There are a number of things going on that are going to be really difficult to sort out,” says David Rosenberger, a retired plant pathologist who worked at Cornell University.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)One common symptom in trees struck by rapid decline is dead tissue at the graft union, the part of the trunk where the fruit-bearing budwood of an apple variety is joined to hardy rootstock to create new trees. The union is vulnerable to late-season freezes because the tissue is the last to go dormant.A team led by plant pathologist Awais Khan of Cornell found dead tissue just below the graft union in trees from an affected orchard in New York. They suspect the cause was the extremely cold winter of 2014–15, which was followed by a drought. The dying tissue could have weakened the trees, allowing pests or pathogens to invade. But Khan and colleagues could not locate any known culprits in the affected trees or nearby soil, they reported in PLOS ONE.Observations from other apple-growing regions suggest extreme weather isn’t entirely to blame. In Canada, rapid decline “exploded” in British Columbia in the summer of 2018, after a string of unusually mild winters, says Tom Forge, a soil ecologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Summerland. These orchards are irrigated, suggesting drought was not a factor.Some scientists wonder whether certain rootstocks or exposure to herbicides might make trees more susceptible. Decline seems to be more common in trees with a popular rootstock, called M9, which can be slower to go dormant in fall, Peter says. Rosenberger has noticed that decline appears to be more common in orchards with fewer weeds, leading him to suspect herbicides play a role.center_img Meanwhile, the search for new pathogens is accelerating. Last year, a team that included Peter and plant pathologist Ruhui Li of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, Maryland, reported in Virology Journal that they had found a previously undescribed luteovirus infecting dead trees. Scott Harper, a plant pathologist at Washington State University in Prosser, has also found undescribed viruses in dead trees. Li’s group has already infected young trees to see whether its virus is harmful, and Harper is planning similar greenhouse experiments. But getting an answer could take up to 5 years. “In the meantime, people are biting their nails,” Rosenberger says.In hard-hit North Carolina, researchers have found ambrosia beetles infesting the graft union of dying trees. These stubby insects burrow into weakened trees and cultivate fungus for their larvae to eat. Those fungi or stowaway fungi might harm the trees, an idea that Sara Villani, a plant pathologist at North Carolina State University in Mills River, and colleagues, will start to test in June. Researchers there will also test way of boosting the trees’ immune systems.Modern apple farming methods could also be a factor. Rapid decline is most common in dense orchards, which are increasingly planted because they are efficient to manage. Instead of about 250 trees per hectare, high-density orchards can have 1200 or more. Tightly packed trees must compete for nutrition and moisture. They also have shallow roots, which make them easier to trellis but more vulnerable to drought. “I’m not criticizing the system,” Khan says, “but it’s not robust for these kinds of fluctuations.”As studies proceed, researchers remain vigilant. “It wouldn’t surprise me,” Villani says, “if we get more reports of apple decline.” Something is rapidly killing young apple trees in North American orchards. Scientists are stumped By Erik StokstadMar. 21, 2019 , 2:45 PMlast_img read more

first_imglucky-photographer/iStockPhoto Budget deal raises hopes for U.S. research agencies By Jeffrey MervisJul. 23, 2019 , 10:40 AM The new spending level for civilian agencies, which fund all nonmilitary research, is only a bit less than the amount Democrats used earlier this year in allocating money for each of the 12 appropriations bills in the House of Representatives. (The full House has since passed nine of the bills.) However, none of those bills has been taken up by the Senate, whose Republican leaders decided to wait until an overall budget deal was struck before crafting individual bills.That has now happened. The new agreement could add weight to the spending choices by the House and force the Senate to play catch-up. And that’s good news for almost every federal research agency.President Donald Trump had asked Congress to impose deep cuts in 2020 to many of those agencies. But House appropriators uniformly reversed that pattern in their spending bills. For example, they have approved a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health rather than a $5 billion cut, and a $565 million boost rather than a $1 billion reduction for the National Science Foundation. Similarly, science programs at the Department of Energy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology are in line for increases of 4.3% and 5.6%, respectively, rather than the double-digit cuts that were part of Trump’s budget request.The new agreement allows legislators to boost defense spending by $22 billion, to $738 billion, and civilian spending by $27 billion, to $632 billion. (The House had raised the spending cap by $34 billion for its appropriations panels.) That near parity between civilian and defense increases is designed to appeal to both progressive Democrats, who wanted more funds for domestic programs, and conservative Republicans, who had sought even higher military spending with cuts in domestic programs as an offset.The House is expected to vote on the budget agreement this week before it goes on a 6-week summer recess, meaning Democratic leaders will need to rally support quickly. The Senate is scheduled to be in session next week, giving Republican leaders a bit more time if they need it. A new budget deal between the White House and congressional leaders means U.S. research agencies could receive increases on the order of the 4% to 5% that Democrats have already proposed for next year.Yesterday’s agreement, which must be approved by both chambers of Congress, governs spending for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. Under the existing law aimed at reducing the federal deficit, Congress would have had to reduce total discretionary spending in 2020 by $125 billion, or roughly 10%. But the agreement removes that requirement and thus avoids dreaded mandatory across-the-board cuts, called sequestration, that would have been imposed if no such reductions were made.“A budget framework for the next 2 years that moves us past the threat of future sequestration is a win for American science,” the Science Coalition, a Washington, D.C.–based lobbying group representing dozens of U.S. research universities, wrote in a statement. “We urge Congress to appropriate the necessary funding to demonstrate America’s commitment to this endeavor.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

first_imgCook said the vast experience Anderson has of Indian Cook said the vast experience Anderson has of Indian conditions will be very handy.”His experience of these conditions and the number of wickets he has got in all types of conditions will only help the other guys.”Asked about lack of match practice for the 119-Test veteran as he heads to India straightaway to take part in a gruelling series, Cook conceded it was not a perfect scenario.”Its certainly not ideal. But hes well aware of the challenge. He needs to get some overs and get some miles in his legs,” said the England opener.Teams head coach Trevor Bayliss also felt Andersons arrival will boost the team.”To get anyone back with that experience and that many wickets will be very good for everyone. He has the experience of bowling in these conditions,” said Bayliss.For the record, Anderson has toured India in 2006, 2008 and 2012 to play Test matches and he has taken 22 wickets in seven games combined during those visits at an average of 29.81, as against his career average of 28.28 per victim.He grabbed 12 wickets in four Tests in Englands previous tour when they bounced back after losing the opening Test and defeated India 2-1. PTI SSR RSY PDS PDS SRElast_img read more

first_img The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 When it comes to Canadian whisky, not many people can claim to know more than Davin de Kergommeaux (if they do claim it, they’re probably wrong). He did, after all, literally write the book on the stuff. Canadian Whisky was such a success when it was first published that was brought back for a second round (and blurbed by the Great One himself in the process); the new edition was published in October 2017.That’s why, when we had the chance to sit down with de Kergommeaux — a certified Malt Maniac and trained sommelier who has been drinking, talking, and writing about whisky for around two decades — we jumped at it faster than you can say “two minutes for cross-checking.”During our conversation, we found out what you need to know about Canadian whisky if you know nothing about it (and where to start when you’re looking to buy some!).How did you get into whisk(e)y?At my annual physical many years ago my doctor told me that small amounts of alcohol were good for my cardio-vascular system. I loved whisky — Scotch first then all the rest — and by 1998 I was writing about it on the Maltmaniacs original website. People loved the site and we got lots of positive feedback, so I just kept going.Is there an overall flavor/taste that you would say can be said of Canadian whisky? If so, can you explain it? There are three flavor touch points for Canadian whisky: butterscotch first, spice in the middle, and a pleasing citrus bitterness on the finish. In a couple of words: elegant, refined, complex.What are three lower-end whiskies a Canadian whisky beginner should check out? Canadian Club 100% Rye: A robust, full flavoured whisky for a very good price.Forty Creek Barrel Select: The quintessential entry-level Canadian whisky.Wiser’s Triple Barrel Rye: Whisky of the year territory for under $20.Same question, but three higher-end whiskies?Lot No. 40: All rye-grain whisky with a wallop.Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye: The very essence of blending artistry.Masterson’s 10-year-old Rye: Yes, it’s Canadian, and killer good.Is there a Canadian whisky equivalent of the hubbub around Pappy?Yes. Canadian Club 40 Year Old was $215-$250 when released last month. There was Wal-Mart-sale-style competition as people fought over it in the stores. It sold out instantly and already is going for $800 on the gray market.Which smaller Canadian distillery (or two) do you think is/are primed to be the next big thing?Still Waters in Toronto makes a great 100-percent rye and decent single malt whisky. They were the first of Canada’s new generation microdistilleries and have been very intelligent and strategic about how they make and market their whisky. I think it is just a matter of time before a larger distiller buys them out.Anything else a newbie to Canadian whisky might want to/should know before buying their first bottle?Yes. Don’t buy the cheapest or you will likely be disappointed. Spend just $5 more and you will be amply rewarded.Want to know more about Canadian whisky? Check out this list of some of our favorites under $20, then go pick up Canadian Whisky and enjoy both together. Editors’ Recommendations The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make last_img read more

first_imgQUEBEC – Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said Thursday he is fully aware there is currently little appetite across the country to re-open the Canadian Constitution.His government is nevertheless going in that direction anyway, the premier told reporters.“I’ll make a bet, If you go and ask any of the premiers across the country I don’t think anyone would want to open the Constitution right now,” Couillard said.He said there is the impression in Canada that citizens shouldn’t talk about the fact Quebec never signed the Constitution when it was patriated from the U.K. in 1982.Or speak about the failed constitutional accord attempts that led to the 1995 referendum, which the sovereigntists narrowly lost.“The signal I’m sending is that the issue is still here and it won’t go away,” Couillard said. “It’s about co-existence and having an allegiance to Quebec as well as a belonging to Canada.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau let his feelings known with a curt answer on his way to a cabinet meeting in Parliament Thursday morning.“You know my opinion on the Constitution,” Trudeau said. “We’re not reopening the Constitution.”Couillard said the goal of his government’s proposal is to “start a dialogue” about Quebec’s place in the country, which he hopes will lead to the eventual reopening of constitutional negotiations and to Quebec finally signing the 1982 document.The government’s thinking on Quebec’s place within Canada was released Thursday — a 200-page founding document entitled, “Quebecers: Our Way of Being Canadians.”He said concrete examples of how his government plans to do that will be released in the coming months.It states his government plans on ensuring “a stronger presence on the Canadian stage by using the structural and substantive means at its disposal.”Couillard said his government will do so by working with other provinces to increase the number of French speakers outside Quebec as well as “financially support the participation of Quebec academics presenting their research at symposia.”Pundits, opposition politicians and journalists were quick to jump on Couillard’s announcement.Some said the Liberals were trying to deflect attention away from corruption scandals.Others suggested the Liberals were using the time-tested strategy of focusing voters’ attention on Constitutional issues before a 2018 provincial election, in order to divide the population along federalist-sovereigntist lines.Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee said Couillard’s move suggests that all is not well between Quebec and Canada.“I want to salute the fact that he recognizes the problem,” Lisee said. “He’s been in denial for the last three years, saying that there was no problem with Quebec within Canada. And now, he says the problem is so great that we have to change — and I’m quoting here — ‘so that Quebecers do not feel like exiles in their own country.’”Lisee said he wants to hear what Couillard will propose.“If you want to fix a problem, the first thing to do is to recognize its existence. And today, at last, he recognizes the problem,” he said.last_img read more

Rabat – French telecoms operator Orange is planning to sell shares in its Egyptian unit Mobinil to bring in new investors and increase its stake in Meditel.Chief Executive Stephane Richard told Reuters that Egyptian mobile telecoms operator Mobinil, which is 99 per cent owned by Orange, would offer 10 to 15 per cent of its shares on the Cairo bourse or sell a stake to a local partner in 2016.Richard also said that Orange would increase its stake in its Moroccan subsidiary Meditel to 49 per cent from 40 per cent as soon as possible. The company’s strategy has been to create a separate unit to regroup the African and Middle Eastern operations to make them more visible to investors and to run them more efficiently.According to Reuters, Chief Executive Stephane Richard sees Africa and the Middle East as key to the French company’s growth, especially since it sold its mobile operations in Britain and Switzerland.Orange has about 100 million subscribers in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal and Mali among other countries, and they brought in nearly 10 per cent of group sales last year.Their revenues rose by 7 per cent to reach 4.29 billion euro on operating profit of 1.4 billion euros.“I am thinking of Tunisia. I am thinking of Morocco, for instance. So there is an organic growth which is still an engine for us,” Richard said. “We will try to be very active including in terms of M&A to expand our footprint in Africa.” read more

At present only resolutions of the 15-member Security Council, on which the five permanent members have veto power, are legally binding.“The authority of the General Assembly is the world,” Dr. Treki told his final news conference as president of the Assembly’s 64th annual session. “We have 192 members of the General Assembly, we have only 15 countries in the Security Council and we are looking forward to reform of the Security Council.“And if you’re depriving the 192 from their right, let us say that is not justice. We need the United Nations to play a role. Only that can happen if the General Assembly is strong, which represents the total majority of the world.”He gave no specifics of the reforms he desired but his comments echoed his inaugural speech on assuming the presidency of the Assembly’s 64th session in September last year.He declared then: “The General Assembly, which represents the entire world, has been hampered by the obstacles in its path. It has been unable to implement or enforce its resolutions. The General Assembly must be reformed to regain its international legitimacy by ensuring that its voice is heard and respected and its resolutions implemented.” Dr. Treki has repeatedly called for Security Council reform, noting that none of Africa’s 53 States is a permanent member, a position held only by the major Allied powers in the Second World War – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and United States. Such is the case, too, of Latin America and the Forum of Small States, which account for over half of the world’s inhabitants, he said in his speech last year.The Council has not changed for decades, with 10 non-permanent members holding no veto and elected for two-year terms, and talks to reform it have been under way for more than 17 years. Some countries have argued that this structure does not represent the realities of today’s world. Key issues under discussion are the category of membership, the question of veto, regional representation, the size of an enlarged Council, and the Council’s working methods and its relationship with the General Assembly.“If we want the United Nations not to be at the periphery of the main challenges of today, its working methods should be improved,” Dr. Treki said today. “The role and authority of the General Assembly should be reinforced to its full potential in line with its Charter.”Dr. Treki is a Libyan. His successor is Joseph Deiss of Switzerland, who will preside over the Assembly’s 65th session, extending until September 2011. 13 September 2010General Assembly President Ali Treki wrapped up his year in office today with the same plea with which he began it – that the 192-member body be given more power beyond its current authority to issue non-binding resolutions. read more

The displaced, especially the young, lacked adequate food, medicine and clothing, Olara Otunnu, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, told a press conference yesterday following his meeting with the Angolan Minister of External Relations, João Miranda. He noted that he had given guarantees to the Angolan authorities of the UN’s readiness to help with the situation.While acknowledging the efforts being undertaken by the Angolan authorities to cope with the crisis, he stressed that they were not enough to deal with the dimension of the present problems. During his audience with the Angolan official, Mr. Otunnu discussed, among other matters, a donors’ conference that the government is planning to host and the country’s urgent social matters and its reconstruction. Mr. Otunnu said the UN is ready to engage itself in the success of the humanitarian initiatives, which in the short term will contribute to the social reintegration of former rebel soldiers, and in the long term will help the national reconstruction of the country. Next month, UN Assistant Emergency Relief Coordinator Ross Mountain is scheduled to lead an inter-agency mission to assess the emergency needs of the country. read more

UNDP, Canada, Switzerland and the United Kingdom are providing $3 million for each of the two five-year initiatives launched recently in Hanoi.The first initiative will support the Assembly in preparing legislation and managing parliamentary affairs. Leadership training will be provided to 350 newly elected deputies, especially women. In addition, the use of information technology will be accelerated and seminars with parliamentarians from donor countries and the International Parliamentary Union will also be organized.The second project will help the Assembly and the Councils to play a full role in the country’s crucial fiscal decentralization process and provide technical support to the Ministry of Finance and the State Audit. It will focus on strengthening economic research and budget analysis and oversight, including the use of information technology.”This is a unique opportunity for UNDP and the international community to support the rule of law by empowering the highest legislative body and local elected bodies,” UNDP Resident Representative Jordan Ryan said, adding that the projects could foster transparent and accountable institutions and policies that are vital for economic growth and human development. read more

“Green economy indicators provide a mirror on the journey to an environmentally stable, economically sound and equitable society,” said UNEP’s Executive Director, Achim Steiner.“This publication is intended to help policy-makers understand how useful such measurements are for informing policy decisions and advancing their green economy agendas at a national level,” he added, referring to the report, ‘Measuring Progress towards an Inclusive Green Economy.’ The report comes as experts from major institutions and governments meet in Geneva at the first major gathering since the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Brazil in June, which called on the UN and its partners to advance the work on developing methodologies to evaluate green economic policies. The three-day Geneva meeting aims to learn from countries and businesses that have developed green economy/green growth-related indicators, and provide advice on how to harmonize these approaches, as well as identify the knowledge gaps and research priorities to advance this work. According to UNEP, indicators can be used at all stages of policy interventions: identifying the key environmental issues; assessing the potential cost and performance of various policy options to understand which investment will yield the highest return in environmental, social and economic terms; and tracking the impact of the policies on human well-being and equity. “When we put in place a framework to account for and value environmental goods and services, we are making the contribution of nature to our collective well-being more visible, and acknowledging the fact that investing in natural capital is necessary for our continued economic prosperity,” said the Chief of UNEP’s Economics and Trade Branch, Steven Stone. UNEP pointed out that currently, most countries concentrate too heavily on gross domestic product (GDP) as a measure of economic performance, and policy-makers do not factor in depreciation of fixed assets such as forests, clean air or water resources. “The idea is to supplement GDP, which monitors macroeconomic activity, with other measures that better reflect the multidimensional nature of human well-being and quality of life,” said a UNEP Economic Affairs Officer and co-author of the new report, Sheng Fulai. The report details a range of indicators that policy-makers can use to formulate, focus and track the impact of their green economy policies, including in the areas of climate change, resource efficiency, green investment, employment, and health.The report notes there are already several indices and indicators available for countries interested in promoting sustainable development, such as the new UN System of Environmental and Economic Accounting (SEEA), which sets new statistical standards for collecting and integrating economic and environmental data. Government officials from Barbados, China, Denmark, Ecuador, Germany, Ghana, Indonesia, Morocco, Thailand and Uruguay, all of whom are engaged in developing a comprehensive set of indicators to inform their national green economic policies, are attending the Geneva meeting.Also participating are representatives from academia, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the World Bank, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations. read more

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. “The gynaecologist John Rock devised [the break] because he hoped that the Pope would accept the pill and make it acceptable for Catholics to use,” Professor… New guidelines from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH), who set key national guidelines for the safe prescription of contraceptives, highlight that there is no health benefit to the traditional seven-day break in taking the combined contraceptive pill and scientists say the change will prevent more unwanted pregnancies. The contraceptive pill can be taken every day of the month, new guidance says as scientists have successfully dismissed the original seven-day break brought in so “the Pope would accept it” as natural. –– ADVERTISEMENT –– read more

first_imgLe Service Pack 1 de Windows 7 pourrait sortir à la fin de l’annéeAlors qu’il n’était à l’origine pas attendu avant deux ans, le premier Service Pack de Windows 7 pourrait sortir dès la fin de l’année.La version finale du Service Pack 1 (SP1) de Windows 7, première mise à jour du dernier système d’exploitation de Microsoft, devrait être disponible au cours du dernier trimestre 2010. C’est du moins ce que révèle le site TechArp.Si le géant de Redmond avait prévu 22 mois pour développer ce premier correctif, il devrait finalement suivre le même calendrier qu’avec ses deux précédents OS, Windows XP et Vista dont les SP1 sont respectivement sortis 10 et 12 mois après leur lancement. C’est suite à l’apparition de problèmes affectant sérieusement les performances de son dernier-né que Microsoft aurait décidé d’accélérer les choses.Windows 7 a pourtant été particulièrement bien accueilli après l’échec de Vista, aucune plainte importante n’ayant été exprimée par ses possesseurs. Qui plus est, d’après un analyste cité par Computerworld, en avançant la date de sortie de cette première mise à jour, Microsoft prend le risque de casser la dynamique des ventes de Windows 7. L’OS s’est en effet déjà écoulé à plus de 90 millions d’exemplaires depuis sa sortie en octobre dernier, mais les acheteurs potentiels pourraient préférer attendre la sortie du SP1 pour l’acquérir.Le 10 mars 2010 à 16:19 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img Michaels would be the perfect backer/manager for Undisputed. Cole is much like a young Michaels and if he was to side with them it would be epic! Pinterest 1 COMMENT WhatsApp Google+ Facebook WWE.com is reporting that WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels will act as the special guest referee for an upcoming NXT live event on November 17 in San Antonio, Texas.HBK will referee the scheduled main event that night featuring Drew McIntyre defending the NXT Championship against Adam Cole during Survivor Series weekend.You can check out a clip of Michaels hyping his appearance below courtesy of WWE.On Friday, November 17, @ShawnMichaels will officiate an #NXTTitle match between @DMcIntyreWWE & @AdamColePro in #NXTSanAntonio! pic.twitter.com/oAh3R8yCtH— WWE (@WWE) October 19, 2017 WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Twitter October 20, 2017 at 7:42 am Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mat Thompson 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Comments are closed. NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action last_img read more

first_img Ed Lenderman, KUSI Newsroom, Ed Lenderman, KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 7, 2019 Gov. Gavin Newsom talks border issues in San Ysidro March 7, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Gov. Gavin Newsom visited San Diego County today to host a roundtable discussion with local residents on President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration and what it’s like to live in a community on the U.S.-Mexico border.Newsom sat with a group of San Ysidro residents at the El Rincon Restaurant as participants talked how San Ysidro is a vibrant community and how they hope the federal government can become more compassionate in its enforcement of immigration law.When asked what solutions can be found to humanize the local and national immigration debates, Newsom gestured to the residents flanking him.“I think the solutions are sitting around this table,” Newsom said. “It’s folks that have the courage to express themselves against those in power and, as I suggested, put a human face on this discussion.”Participants also spoke about the economic toll they face when cross-border commerce is interrupted, as it was in November when U.S. Customs and Border Protection shut down the San Ysidro Port of Entry for nearly six hours due to a group of Central American migrants attempting to cross the border.The closure was estimated to have affected $5.3 million in economic activity in San Ysidro alone.Newsom’s appearance comes as the San Diego Rapid Response Network — a coalition of humanitarian, service and faith-based organizations that offers aid to asylum-seekers — moves into its new shelter facility in Bankers Hill.The first bill Newsom signed in office provided $5 million to the county to assist groups like the SDRRN in finding shelter and transportation resources for recent immigrants and asylum-seekers who may lack a support network.The county Republican Party accused Newsom of playing politics with his visit.“We remind Gov. Newsom that San Diego had a border crisis decades ago and built a border barrier which no sane person today is arguing should be torn down,” said party Chairman Tony Krvaric. “We challenge the governor to make his arguments to the faces of angel families and those whose children have been trafficked or hooked on drugs due to the criminal gangs which use ourborder for their evil deeds.”Federal officials also continue to insist that there is a security crisis at the border. The New York Times reported Tuesday that border crossings reached their highest point in 11 years last month, a sign that hardline federal immigration policies may not be having their intended deterring effect.According to the Times, migrant families have taken to crossing in remote border areas with few federal immigration resources rather than scaling border barriers in more populated areas like San Diego County. More than 76,000 migrants crossed the border last month without permission.Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, reacting to the data, steered blame away from the federal government’s immigration policies.“Activist courts, congressional inaction, and criminals intent on breaking our laws stand in the way of confronting illegal and uncontrolled migration threatening our safety and security,” Nielsen said. “What was a crisis, is now a full-fledged emergency.” Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgIntellect Design Arena shares rose sharply on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Friday, almost 7 percent in response to a brokerage upgrading the stock, citing bullish prospects for the company.The Intellect Design Arena stock was trading at Rs. 216.05, up 6.01 percent at around 12.15 p.m. after rising to an intraday high of Rs. 217.50.Intellect Design Arena was hived off as a separate company by Polaris in December 2014 to operate as a product company focussing on the BFSI space.HDFC Securities said in a note issued on Thursday that Intellect Design Arena is likely to see its revenues rise 26 percent to Rs. 1,022 crore in the current fiscal from Rs. 810 crore in the previous financial year. The IT company offers a range of products such as iGTB, iGCB, iRTM and iSEEC, which are digital-ready, highly flexible, scalable and deployable on existing CBS, the brokerage said.Prospects bright for BFSI-focussed IT playersHDFC Securities listed a slew of factors that are likely to create opportunities for companies such as Intellect Design Arena. Banks worldwide spend more on IT services and solutions when compared to other businesses, with the typical expenditure about 8 percent of their total revenues,  the brokerage said.Listing out factors that drive banks to embrace IT in a big way, HDFC Securities said that regulatory changes, changing customer approach and technology compel financial institutions to spend a lot to remain relevant in a business that is also marked by intense competition.”Globally, banks are transforming their IT systems owing to declining profitability, changing customer behaviour, rising competition from fintechs and regulatory pressure,” the brokerage said.The competition that banks are facing is essentially coming from non-banking players who are using technology to pip traditional banking firms. “Banks are facing intense pressure from nonbanks players such as Apple Pay, Google Wallet, Paytm…(who) are finding ways to efficiently process large amounts of data to make customer-merchant transactions easier, cheaper and more secure,” said HDFC Securities.”As a result, banks are spending more on transforming their legacy systems to drive agility, develop competitive differentiation and improve time to market. Banks are left with no choice but to spend more on third-party software IT vendors to withstand such intense competition,” the brokerage added.Intellect Design Arena well positioned to benefitWith its suite of diversified offerings, the company is well-placed to reap the benefits from increasing spending by global banks.”Intellect has a well-diversified, technologically advanced digital-ready portfolio of products, which are divided under four broader categories to cater to all the major segments of the BFSI sector. It provides core banking and digital-ready products for corporate banking, retail banking, risk & treasury management and insurance under iGTB (global transaction banking), iGCB (global consumer banking), iRTM (risk and treasury management) and iSEEC (insurance platform),” said HDFC Securities.”iGTB is the highest contributor to revenue (~45%), followed by iGCB (~25%). The company expects iGTB and iRTM to be major growth drivers, led by new product launches and strong deal wins,” the brokerage further said.last_img read more

first_imgActor SushanthTwitterTen months after the release of Chi La Sow, actor Sushanth has finally announced his next project. He says that he is super excited to work with Allu Arjun and Trivikram Srinivas in AA 19.Sushanth took to Twitter last night to inform his followers that he has an update on his next film. He tweeted, “Thank you for being patient with me about what’s next… as usual I have a couple of updates / announcements coming up this week & the next! Do stay tuned.”This morning, Sushanth revealed on Twitter that he will be seen in Allu Arjun’s 19th movie tentatively known as AA 19. The actor tweeted, “And with all your good wishes, here goes the first update! #AA19! #Trivikram Sir, @alluarjun #Tabu @hegdepooja @MusicThaman @haarikahassine @GeethaArts Here goes the first update! My first day on the sets of #AA19!”Sushanth also tweeted a detailed note in which he said that he said that he can’t reveal much about her role in AA 19, but he is super excited to work with Trivikram Srinivas, Allu Arjun, Tabu, Pooja, PS Vinod and Thaman. The actor also thanked the producers of the film for having me on board.I can’t reveal too much about the film but I’m super excited to work with one of my most fav directors Trivikram Srinivas Sir & the Stylish Star Allu Arjun (Bunny = ), who I’ve always admired right from Arya, the power house Tabu garu, my friend Pooja, PS Vinod Sir, Thaman and the rest of the stellar cast n crew that I’ve yet to meet, and of course Haarika & Hassine and Geetha Arts! Thank You for having me! After ChiLaSow, another new adventure for me and I’m sure I will get to learn a lot from this amazing team while having an absolute blast along the way!,ifia).A1,,,1Haarika & Hassine Creations tweeted, “All the best to you @iamSushanthA. Your ever charming smile makes you a pleasant person to interact on the sets. Welcome aboard #AA19. Let’s try to entertain audience the best @alluarjun #Trivikram @hegdepooja @MusicThaman #PSVinod @GeethaArts @vamsi84”last_img read more

first_imgThe Historical Ebenezer AME Church is celebrating 180 years on April 24 at the Calvin & Tina Tyler Ballroom at Morgan State University at 5p.m. Dr. Ruth Travis is the pastor. Please contact Ms. Matlida Barckely at 410-768-3408 for additional information.last_img

first_imgSculpting requires intricacy, creativity and minute detailing, and artistes are able to spin magical creations with the help of acquired skill. To showcase the artistic talent of the sculptors, Janus Art Gallery is going to present a group art exhibition titled-‘Melange’ in the national Capital.The exhibition, which begin on April 12, will be presented at Sridharani art gallery. Six contemporary sculptors from Bengal will unveil their selected figurines that are strikingly experimental and exploratory in nature. This show will present sculptures that has the unique artistic touch of participating sculptors such as Animesh Mahata, Arindam Sarker, Kaushik Halder, Pankaj Panwar, Srikanta Banerjee, Surajit Sarkar, Suvajit Samanta, Tapan Barui, Tarun Maity, Vijay Kowshik, Debabrata Sarkar and Saurav Roy Chowdhury. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Curated by Soma Bhowmik, the exhibition features the experimental and exploratory presentation of modern sculpture making by the sculptors from Bengal. The artists, who are mostly born in the 60s or later (Vijay Kowshik is the senior-most sculptor in this show) either residing in Bengal or outside, are all trained in Bengal and have a deep rooted connection with the legacy of Bengal. One of the most striking features in the works of these artists is an experimental and exploratory approach to their work. The thematic range is wide and open to various ideas and concepts; and so is the material use.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe younger generation of sculptors do not shy away from being experimental, inviting the non conventional and exploring the possibilities of the medium. The theme, in itself, is highly celebrated in many of these artistes’ works showcased here.When: April 12- 21Where: Sridharani Art Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, 205 Tansen MargTimings: 11 am to 7 pmlast_img read more