India asks Pakistan for unimpeded consular access to Kulbhushan

first_imgNew Delhi: India has asked Pakistan to provide “unimpeded” consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav in an environment free from the “fear of intimidation” and reprisal, in sync with the ruling by the International Court of Justice in his case, official sources said on Friday. Earlier this week, Pakistan sent India a proposal offering consular access to Jadhav on Friday. On Thursday, India sent a communication to Pakistan making clear its position that the consular access must be “unimpeded” and should be in the light of the judgement by the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Official sources said Pakistan’s response to India’s communication is now awaited. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The External Affairs Ministry on Thursday said it was evaluating Pakistan’s offer of granting consular access to Jadhav in the ICJ judgement in the case. There were reports that Pakistan had put some conditions to grant consular access to Jadhav. One of the conditions reportedly was the presence of a Pakistani official when the Indian prisoner is allowed to meet Indian officials as part of the consular access. Jadhav, 49, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” in April 2017 following which India had moved the ICJ. Following the ICJ order, India has asked Pakistan to grant full consular access to Jadhav at the earliest in “full compliance and conformity” of the world court’s verdict. In its 42-page order, the court, while rejecting Pakistan’s objection to admissibility of the Indian application in the case, held that “a continued stay of execution constitutes an indispensable condition for the effective review” of the sentence of Jadhav. The bench, however, rejected some remedies sought by India, including annulment of the military court’s decision convicting Jadhav, his release and safe passage to India.last_img read more

Ontario to create safe zones around abortion clinics homes of those who

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario will create safe zones around abortion clinics to protect women who seek their services and the health-care workers who perform them, Attorney General Yasir Naqvi said Wednesday.Naqvi said the zones, which will extend 50 to 150 metres around Ontario’s eight abortion clinics, are designed to protect women who choose to access the services. The zones are spaces where advising a person to refrain from getting an abortion, anti-abortion protests and intimidation or interfering with a woman’s ability to access the services will be banned, he said.The ban will also automatically apply to 150 metres around the homes of abortion staff and health professionals who provide the services. Anyone who violates the safe zones would faces up to $5,000 in fines and six months in jail for a first offence. For a second or subsequent offence, fines range from $1,000 to $10,000 and up to a year in jail.Naqvi introduced the legislation to create the zones Wednesday.“Our government firmly believes that the choice to access abortion services is a deeply personal one,” Naqvi said. “Patients have the right to access abortion services safely and securely with their privacy maintained, free from any intimidation or interference.”Naqvi said over the past several months, the government has heard reports that anti-abortion protests have increased across province. In Ottawa, staff at the Morgentaler clinic and police have reported escalated protests which have prevented women from accessing the clinic.Those activities can’t jeopardize the safety and privacy of patients and workers, Naqvi said.“While I strongly support everyone’s fundamental right to freedom of expression, our laws must balance that right with keeping people safe,” he said.Naqvi said the government began preparing the proposed legislation this summer after looking at similar laws in British Columbia, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador.Sarah Hobbs Blyth, executive director of Planned Parenthood Toronto, said the safety zones will help women access safe and legal abortion services.“The safe access zone bill protects choice no matter what comes of anti-abortion tactics now or in the future,” she said. “Health equity cannot be achieved within the four walls of a clinic alone. It begins first with getting to the clinic.”Anti-abortion group Campaign Life Coalition said the proposed bill tramples free speech protections entrenched in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.“Bubble zone legislation isn’t about protecting women and abortion staff workers from violence, because there is no evidence of such violence,” said Jim Hughes, National President of Campaign Life Coalition in a statement. “This is about silencing peaceful pro-life witnessing and preventing women from having access to alternatives.”Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown issued a statement before Naqvi made his announcement Wednesday, declaring that he is pro-choice but he also accused the government of wanting to re-open divisive social debates.“Kathleen Wynne has an agenda,” Brown said. “That agenda is to re-open debates about divisive social issues. No one wants this. I don’t want it. … Let me be very clear: I am pro-choice. That includes protecting women exercising their rights from intimidation or harassment.”Naqvi said the proposed law is about safety, not opening up a divisive social debate.“Let me be very clear, ensuring women’s safety is not a divisive issue,” he said. “It may be a divisive issue in the Conservative caucus but you can ask any of these advocates, unfortunately women are being harassed, are being threatened, are being intimidated, for merely exercising their right to get health care services.”last_img read more

Judge finds Ali Omar Ader guilty in Amanda Lindhout kidnapping case

first_imgOTTAWA – Ali Omar Ader has been found guilty in the kidnapping of Amanda Lindhout in Somalia.The verdict was handed down today by Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Smith, who presided over Ader’s 10-day trial.Lindhout was a freelance journalist from Red Deer, Alta., when she and Australian photographer Nigel Brennan were seized by armed men near Mogadishu in August 2008, the beginning of 15 months in captivity. They were released upon payment of a ransom.But the saga then entered a new phase: a complex, multi-year police investigation involving a scheme to elicit a confession from Ader, the man suspected of making ransom-demand calls.Ader, who speaks some English, developed a business relationship through phone calls and emails with a man who promised to help publish his book about Somalia.They met face-to-face in 2013 on the island of Mauritius, where the business agent — actually an undercover Mountie — says Ader freely spoke of helping the hostage-takers in return for US$10,000 in ransom money.A book contract signing came two years later in Ottawa with the officer and a supposed publisher, all secretly captured on a police video. Again, Ader tells the RCMP he was paid to assist the kidnappers. He was arrested the next day.As the lone defence witness, Ader told the court that he, too, was abducted by the gang and forced to be a negotiator and translator.Ader described being held by the gunmen in an apartment for several months, as well as getting orders from the gang about what to say during calls to Lindhout’s mother, Lorinda Stewart. He told of being beaten, escaping and later surrendering when the hostage-takers made serious threats against his family.Ader said that in Mauritius, he tried to tell the man he believed to be his business agent that he was coerced into helping the kidnappers. But the man wasn’t interested, so he told him what he wanted to hear.Prosecutor Croft Michaelson said Ader’s testimony was “riddled with inconsistencies” and should be rejected.Ader told the true story of his role in the kidnapping in Mauritius, not in the courtroom, Michaelson said. The prosecutor suggested it simply wouldn’t make sense for Ader to confess to something he did not do.Trevor Brown, one of Ader’s lawyers, said it was important to remember the Somalia of 2009 was a chaotic country with no sense of order or security, a place where those with weapons wielded power.The gang that kidnapped Lindhout and Brennan were cruel and unpredictable people “eminently capable” of ordering Ader to help them, Brown told the court.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

Politics eclipses green issues

first_imgAs Articles 370 and 35A generate considerable heat as Jammu & Kashmir wades through the summer of General Elections, crucial issues of ecology and environment remain conspicuously absent from the hustings. The state votes in five phases of the total of seven. In Kashmir, elections in Baramullah were held on April 11, 2019; Srinagar voted on April 18; and Anantnag which voted on April 23 and 29, will vote again on May 6. Not that the region doesn’t face environmental challenges. In fact, some of them can have geopolitical fallouts. Shrinking glaciers tops this list. Through summer, these glaciers charge the Valley’s water bodies, like streams and canals used in irrigation and rivers that flow into Pakistan. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe state also witnesses two of its major lakes — Dal and Wular — become smaller. Dal, the mascot of Kashmir’s famed natural beauty and a major tourist puller, has shrunk around 36 per cent in almost four decades. According to a study by Srinagar’s Directorate of Environment, Ecology and Remote Sensing, it has shrunk to 1,620 hectares in 2008 from 2,547 hectares in 1971. Wular, which is the largest freshwater lake in Asia and was designated a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention in 1990, is worse than Dal. Since 1911, the overall water spread and marsh areas have shrunk by more than 50 per cent. The water-holding capacity of the lake that helps prevent floods and drought is fast diminishing. Also Read – Insider threat managementA government study has also revealed that more than 50 per cent of water bodies in and around Srinagar have disappeared during the past century. Over the past three decades, Kashmir has also witnessed a steady conversion of farmland into ones used for non-agricultural purposes. As a result, food grain deficit, which in 1950-51 was 32 per cent, has now shot up to 81.5 per cent. But water still is the most contentious issue. Recently, India threatened to stop J&K rivers from entering Pakistan after the Pulwama attack. According to the Indus Water Treaty (IWT), Pakistan gets water from three J&K rivers — Jhelum, Sindh, and Chenab — and India gets the right to completely divert water from Punjab rivers — Satluj, Ravi, and Beas. Shrinking glaciers threaten to reduce the discharge in J&K rivers, which will reduce the distribution of waters between neighbours. If there is less water available to meet J&K needs, even lesser will flow to Pakistan. This may impact the country’s agriculture and its economy. Another related issue is hydro-power generation, again a politically touchy issue. Under IWT, the Valley can only generate electricity from run-of-the-river power projects. So, the depleting discharge in rivers will mean a progressive decline in generation capacity. But, as of now, J&K faces a severe shortage of electricity, an irony for a state that exports power to the rest of the country. According to an estimate, around 84 per cent of the 3593 megawatts of energy generated in J&K goes to the northern grid and the state buys a chunk of it back for its consumption at a hefty cost of Rs 7,000 crore annually. But that is still not enough to meet its needs. Can the state do much? The state doesn’t even have an agency to address its water problems as IWT already takes care of the larger issue — the rivers. J&K had long ago sought the return of power projects the NHPC Limited had constructed on its rivers but the Centre declined. This is when Salal project, the 1975 ownership order for which clearly says that it had to be reverted to J&K following payment of the depreciated cost. About receding of glaciers, the state can hardly do anything. One of the factors that may be accentuating the shrinkage, apart from Climate Change, is Amarnath Yatra. It is a two-month pilgrimage to the holy cave shrine high up in the Himalayas. Every year, more than half a million people travel on foot along a mountainous trail alongside glaciers to reach the shrine. But regulating pilgrimage to protect the fragile environment is politically too sensitive an issue to be addressed. “There are different yardsticks for the way the pilgrimages like Amarnath and Kedarnath are organised,” says Shakeel Ramshoo, head of the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Kashmir. “While the latter is regulated well, the former is not.” Why no focus on the green state? J&K also faces mass unemployment, an underperforming economy (as the state imports 96 per cent of goods) and dwindling tourism. But these issues barely reflect in the routine political discourse of the state, let alone during an election campaign. And there are reasons for this. In popular perception, the accent in public discourse on development and environment issues is perceived as a motivated digression from the ongoing Azadi campaign. “Not that these issues don’t perturb people but the violence and turmoil in J&K over the past three decades has relegated development and environment-related issues to the background,” says Naseer Ahmad, a local columnist. “People see these secondary to the political issues of existential nature confronting the state.” Besides, Ahmad added that issues like water, power and development are seen as a consequence of the political conflict in and over the state and are hence not considered addressable unless the conflict itself is resolved. Ramshoo warned that neglecting green issues in public discourse and the consequent lack of effective administrative redressal can cost not only J&K but the entire region heavily. “J&K is important for environmental stability of the subcontinent,” says Ramshoo. “So the issues of the state’s disappearing water bodies, receding glaciers needs to be openly discussed on their merit unencumbered by the political and religious sensitivities and the interests. This is in everybody’s favour.” (The author is a freelance journalist based in Kashmir. Views expressed are personal)last_img read more

How BlackBerry transformed from a basket of parts into a moneymaking cybersecurity

SAN RAMON, CALIFORNIA —  BlackBerry Ltd.’s purchase of Cylance Inc. for US$1.4 billion in November wasn’t exactly a blockbuster deal in the tech industry, where the big boys post billions of dollars in quarterly profits, and A-list IPOs are valued in the tens of billions.Heck, the deal wasn’t even the biggest cybersecurity acquisition of 2018: Cisco Systems Inc. bought Duo Security Inc. for US$2.8 billion just a few months earlier.But make no mistake, Cylance was a big deal for BlackBerry. For one thing, it was the biggest acquisition in the company’s history, and buying the Irvine, Calif.-based cybersecurity company made a strong statement about where BlackBerry is at today.BlackBerry bought a cybersecurity company because these days, BlackBerry is a cybersecurity company.And when the deal closed in February, BlackBerry paid cash. BlackBerry timeline: From rags to riches to rags to … BlackBerry gets $40M boost from Ottawa to build primary operating system for connected vehicles ‘I’ve been wrong, but this feels right’: BlackBerry CEO’s bet on security pays off in privacy scandal age “We didn’t have to borrow a dime. We just sat down and wrote a cheque for $1.4 billion,” chief executive John Chen said during an extensive interview with the Financial Post from BlackBerry’s San Ramon, Calif., office, where Chen is based.“The fact that we were able to write a cash cheque for $1.4 billion — that’s not a trivial amount of money — to buy a company, all cash, should tell everybody that the turnaround is definitely more than over.”In some ways, the deal is the culmination of the business strategy put in place by Chen when he took over in 2013, a time when BlackBerry’s future was very much in doubt and the company was in desperate need of a “turnaround artist” at the helm — an artist who clearly feels like he’s succeeded to this point.The all-cash deal is a point of pride for Chen. In public appearances since the deal was announced, he has said BlackBerry probably owed people $2 billion with no ability to pay it when he became CEO.BlackBerry CEO John Chen at the company’s California offices. For 15 years after its founding, the company wandered in relative obscurity, dabbling in various technologies and experimenting with wireless data systems until the company hit a grand slam with the BlackBerry pager in 1999.What followed was a classic rags-to-riches-to-rags tale, as Apple Inc., Google LLC and other global behemoths took over the smartphone market, forcing BlackBerry to call in a turnaround expert, John Chen.Chen has drastically reduced the company’s size and changed its course. BlackBerry’s revenue now comes almost entirely from software, services and licencing intellectual property. In December, while releasing Q3 financial results, BlackBerry reported no revenue from the sale of handset devices for the first time this century.There’s still a BlackBerry-branded device on the market — the BlackBerry Key2 — but the company licenses its brand to TCL Communication Technology Holdings Ltd., a Chinese manufacturing company.BlackBerry Key2 is displayed at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on February 27, 2019. These days, they’ve got some walking-around money.“Next year, especially together with Cylance, our software revenue will top over $1 billion,” Chen said. “There are not too many security companies at $1-billion revenue. We make money.”That’s a big change from just a few years ago when, if you were being unkind, BlackBerry wasn’t much more than a basket of parts: old patents, brands and products left over from the company’s high-flying days after it invented the global smartphone market.Today, BlackBerry executives would have you believe the company is drawing on years of secure communications expertise to position itself as a global cybersecurity leader in a burgeoning new market.“We’re not a basket of parts,” said chief technology officer Charles Eagan. “We’re a bunch of ninjas that are preparing to fight the war that’s coming.”To buy a company, all cash, should tell everybody that the turnaround is definitely more than overJohn Chen, BlackBerry CEO QNX has been one of the bright lights for BlackBerry during its transition over the past few years. The QNX operating system, acquired by BlackBerry in 2010 as part of a failed strategy to reinvent the smartphone, has become a successful operating system for automotive infotainment systems.More than 120 million cars on the road now use BlackBerry QNX software, and the project that Chen and Trudeau announced last month aims to expand the operating system so that it becomes a secure platform for future cars, with a wave of highly computerized, highly connected vehicles entering into the market — not to mention fully autonomous, computer-driven cars looming just over the horizon.“It’s gotta be rock solid, and we’re the best in the world at it,” said John Wall, a senior vice-president at BlackBerry and head of the QNX division.“Our play in it is to be that safe, secure, robust foundation, and the advantage that we have here is that we’re not competing with our customers. If I’m Mercedes, I want to develop features that look like Mercedes. I don’t care about the plumbing.”But QNX is for more than just cars. It can be an embedded operating system for all sorts of things that have computers inside them, though they may not look like computers.“It’s used everywhere. It’s used in washing machines. We have robotic vacuum machines that use QNX,” Wall said. “The lights in Ottawa — the traffic lights — are all QNX. When you do a Visa transaction, QNX is involved in that Visa transaction. The space station is using QNX.”Wall said even the Russian military pervasively — and illegally — uses QNX in its equipment.QNX signage at the Ottawa headquarters. If QNX is the secure, solid operating system that will run on just about anything, and Spark is to be the secure communications system that will connect IoT devices, Cylance’s AI threat detection is what will make those secure systems smarter and more proactive in handling cyber attacks.Cylance was one of the pioneers in building artificial intelligence threat detection systems, using machine learning to find patterns of malicious behaviour and block attacks before they happen.“I’m building an engineering team, actually based out of Ottawa  … that will help port some of the Cylance technology over onto to our endpoint management solutions, our enterprise solution (Unified Endpoint Management), as well as on QNX to kind of provide the next generation of safety on the car,” Chen said.The cars are part of Chen’s strategy, but it goes well beyond that.In his presentation announcing Spark, Chen said BlackBerry expects 75 billion connected devices by 2025 — medical equipment, industrial systems, transport systems and consumer products of all kinds — and it wants to be the secure, trusted software provider holding all these devices together.For example, BlackBerry last fall announced a smart cities security certificate product, signalling that the company is interested in IoT for urban data systems. The blockchain health-care project it’s working on signals it’s ready to dabble in the medical sector. It also has a product called Radar, an internet-connected device for tracking shipping containers, which gives BlackBerry a presence in the transportation sector.In a way, BlackBerry now looks a little bit like it did in the early years of Research In Motion, when the company was wandering in search of a hit product while dabbling in all sorts of different wireless data technologies before finding success with the BlackBerry pager, with its email capabilities and iconic physical keyboard.But Chen rejects the idea that they’re dabbling in search of a hit.“We are going to make $1 billion in software that’s related to security, okay? If you call that wandering around, okay, I wander around with $1 billion,” he said, with a smile.“I would say that we’re more waiting than wandering. We know that this hit in IoT communication is real. I mean, the needs are there. There’s no turning back.”BlackBerry CEO John Chen has drastically reduced the company’s size and changed its course. For BlackBerry to succeed, Goodness said it will need to partner with consulting companies such as Accenture or Cognizant to bring them in on large IoT projects.On the plus side, as Chen points out, BlackBerry is in the black. It has revenue coming in and money in the bank. The one thing it might continue to lose is consumer visibility.Building the connective tissue behind the scenes, deep in the guts of connected cars and smart speakers might be lucrative, but it’s unlikely that Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey will be raving about BlackBerry software like they did about its devices.Former U.S. president Barack Obama with his BlackBerry in 2014. Michael Short for National Post Eagan said BlackBerry’s long history of working on secure mobile communications gives it an edge as it repositions itself as a cyberscurity company since security is embedded in the DNA of the company, which on March 7 celebrates its 35th anniversary.Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin in 1984 founded BlackBerry, née Research In Motion Ltd., in office space above a bagel shop in Waterloo, Ont., and the anniversary caps off a busy six months that serve something as a corporate inflection point.A BlackBerry pager in 2003. Although BlackBerry does not make the device, Chen still uses it as his personal smartphone, but he’s publicly said he turns off the GPS because he doesn’t want to share his location information.With that in mind, Chen’s personality perhaps better fits in with the careful suspiciousness of a stereotypical cybersecurity CEO than an enthusiastic, gadget-pushing smartphone manufacturer exec.In practice, he and BlackBerry have already made the transition to software and services.The Cylance acquisition, with its big price tag, was BlackBerry’s most eye-catching announcement recently, but it was just the cherry on top of a busy period for the company, which kicked off in September when BlackBerry first announced something called Spark.Though details about Spark are still a little vague, it’s being billed as a secure communications platform for connected devices, that is, the Internet of Things (IoT).“The strategy of this is to become the standard secure communication platform for IoT for all endpoints. That’s the dream that we have, and we’re applying everything in here,” Chen said, describing Spark at the BlackBerry Security Summit in New York in October. “In here is all the embedded technology that we know, all the secure technology that we know, and we’re taking it to the next level.”Spark hasn’t been released yet, but Chen in October said it will probably be ready for the market “within the next 12 months or so.” In the meantime, the company has announced a trial project to integrate Spark with blockchain health-care technology involving sensitive records for children with rare diseases. Chen also announced the company is working with Amazon.com Inc.’s Alexa smart speaker platform to do something with Spark.“We’re very excited to be able to sit down and work with Amazon on how to bridge enterprise to consumer,” he said at the New York event.Fast-forward to February and Chen was in Ottawa alongside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to announce a $310.5-million project to expand the BlackBerry QNX operating system, with the federal government kicking in $40 million, based on a commitment that the company will create 800 new jobs.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and John Chen before a press conference in February. Michael Short for National Post Norm Betts/Bloomberg files Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images Yuri Gripas/AFP/Getty Images files Chen clearly still holds some nostalgia for the glory days, and fondly remembers wearing an original BlackBerry pager on his hip — a status symbol in its day — but said the BlackBerry name still holds enough cachet to help him get meetings.“The power of the brand is that virtually anybody that I’d like to meet — in business and in politics — has been a customer,” he said.But he admits the company’s future business strategy is not likely going to be seen as cool as it was in the past. Maybe one day people will take comfort in a logo on their car that says “BlackBerry Secured,” but Obama won’t be talking about it on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.“What you’re referring to is whether you’re a consumer company or an enterprise company. Coca-Cola is cool. But the people who provide the bottles to Coca-Cola, nobody cares — although they’re probably very successful,” Chen said.“Well, for today, that’s where we need to be.”Financial Post• Email: jmcleod@nationalpost.com | Twitter: David Kawai/Bloomberg David Kawai/Bloomberg But if Chen makes it sound like an inevitability, Eric Goodness, an analyst at global research firm Gartner Inc. focusing on IoT, is a lot more skeptical about BlackBerry’s chances.“I think it’s a strategy being pursued by hundreds upon hundreds upon hundreds upon hundreds upon hundreds of other companies,” he said. “It is a gold rush, no doubt about it.”Moreover, Goodness said the IoT transformation is still very much in the early innings, and the marketplace is crowded with all sorts of different players trying different strategies to own a share of the market.Some IoT device makers are writing their own software to create a closed ecosystem and won’t necessarily want what BlackBerry is offering. And some telcos and network providers are trying to assert their own dominance, too.Goodness said BlackBerry indisputably has a gold-standard legacy for secure digital communications, but nearly every service provider claims its platform is ultra-secure, whether it actually is or not.“From a market perspective, I just don’t see BlackBerry out there very aggressively positioning themselves as an IoT leader. I just don’t,” he said. “And in the IoT marketplace, visibility is everything.”Goodness said he doesn’t hear major players in the industry talking about BlackBerry very often.“We should be hearing Verizon and AT&T and Sprint and Vodafone and Telefonica and Telstra talking about BlackBerry as being part of their portfolio,” he said. “None of those companies talk about BlackBerry.”From a market perspective, I just don’t see BlackBerry out there very aggressively positioning themselves as an IoT leader. I just don’tEric Goodness, analyst, Gartner Inc. read more

Georgia Walsh to be laid to rest

A funeral will be held today for a 7-year-old girl hit by a minivan in the Toronto neighbourhood of Leaside last week.Georgia Walsh was the daughter of Conservative Party of Canada president John Walsh. She died after being struck by a vehicle on July 16.The funeral will be held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church on Bloor Street East at 2:00 this afternoon. Her family is asking that instead of flowers, donations be made in her memory to the Sick Kids Foundation.No charges have been laid against the van’s driver.

Climate change threatens agricultural trade in Pacific Rim economies UN agency warns

“Many APEC [Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation] economies have already felt the full force of agricultural losses from natural disasters in recent years, with the vast majority of these being climate related,” said Kundhavi Kadiresan, Assistant Director-General and FAO Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific. Geographically, the negative impact of climate change on agricultural output could result in lower yields of rice, wheat, corn and soybeans in countries with tropical climates, compared with the impacts experienced by those in higher latitudes. Fisheries could also be affected by changes to water temperature, warned the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today. “The annual tally runs into the billions and billions of dollars in losses. So, the time to act is now. Policy makers need to prepare for changes in supply, shifting trade patterns and a need for greater investment in agriculture, fisheries, land and water management, that will benefit smallholder farmers and others that produce our food,” Mr. Kadiresan added. It is imperative that we start thinking now about the hard decisions and actions that the [Asia Pacific] economies, and others, will need to take FAO Regional Representative Kundhavi KadiresanMany vital agricultural regions in Asia are at risk of crossing key climate thresholds that would cause plant and animal productivity to decline, according to a meeting in Viet Nam of Agriculture Ministers of APEC member economies. Based on the findings of the global research community, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) anticipates that these trends are expected to worsen in the future with the projected impacts of anthropogenic climate change. Much can be done to increase the efficiency of agriculture and land-use activities in Asia, according to Mr. Kadiresan. A changing environment The agriculture sectors account for at least one-fifth of total emissions, mainly from forest to farmland conversions; livestock and paddy production; and application of synthetic fertilizers. Estimates show that 70 per cent of the technical potential to reduce agriculture emissions occurs in tropical developing countries, which characterize much of Asia. “It is imperative that we start thinking now about the hard decisions and actions that the APEC economies, and others, will need to take. Governments will need to consider greater social protection measures. Industry and trade will need to adapt to shifting supply and demand. There is no quick fix but there is every reason to act,” Mr. Kadiresan stressed. FAO has been working with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Viet Nam to assess potential emission reductions the System of Rice Intensification and improved livestock management. In Cambodia, Papua New Guinea and Mongolia, FAO, has partnered in developing programmes to measure, monitor and report emissions and adaptation actions in the agriculture and land-use sectors. In the forestry sector, avoiding deforestation, increasing the area under forest, and adopting sustainable forest management will create invaluable carbon sinks. FAO has been supporting national programmes for reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. The meeting made clear that more upfront support is essential to increase farmers’ productivity, build capacity to adapt to climate change and reduce the emissions related to production. A second area requiring financing is also needed to support capacity-building of appropriate institutions and policies. Climate funds could become an important catalyst for climate change adaptation and mitigation if they are used to build the enabling environment essential for climate-smart agricultural development, while ensuring that public agricultural investment is also climate-smart, and to leverage private finance. read more

St Vincent jurist to head CCJ

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Prominent St Vincent and the Grenadines jurist, Justice Adrian Saunders will become the third person to head the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) that was established in 2001 to replace the London-based Privy Council as the region’s final court.Justice Adrian SaundersOutgoing CCJ President, Sir Dennis Byron, who is due to leave office in July, made the announcement at the 10th Annual CCJ International Law Moot Competition in Trinidad over the weekend,Earlier this month, Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley confirmed that the issue had been discussed at the CARICOM Inter-Sessional summit in Haiti and that the regional leaders had agreed to the nomination of Justice Saunders.Trinidad and Tobago jurist, Michael de La Bastide was the first person to head the CCJ, which also functions as an international court interpreting the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs the 15-member regional integration movement, CARICOM.Justice Saunders, who has been a judge with the CCJ since its inception, is a graduate of the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill) and was called to the Bar of St Vincent and the Grenadines in 1977.He remained in private practice as a barrister and solicitor until 1996 becoming also the senior partner in the firm of Saunders & Huggins.In 1996, Saunders was appointed as a judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) and in 2003, he was confirmed as a Justice of Appeal of the ECSC. One year later, he was appointed to act as Chief Justice of that Court.  In 2005, Saunders was sworn in as a judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice.During the period of his tenure as a judge in the Eastern Caribbean, Saunders was deeply involved in judicial education and judicial reform issues. He chaired the committee established to introduce court connected mediation in the Eastern Caribbean.As chairman of the Ethics Committee of the ECSC, he presided over the production of a code of ethics for judges of the Eastern Caribbean.He also served as chairman of the Judicial Education Institute of the ECSC from 2001 to 2004.He regularly participates in judicial education programmes for judges from throughout the Commonwealth as a faculty member of the Halifax-based Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute.Justice Saunders has written and published several legal articles and he is a Consulting Editor of The Caribbean Civil Court Practice. He is married and is father to two boys. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCCJ president says C’bean people need more info about regional CourtFebruary 9, 2019In “latest news”First graduate from Caribbean legal education system becomes President of CCJJuly 4, 2018In “Court”Trinidadian becomes newest Judge at CCJJuly 11, 2019In “latest news” read more

TerexFinlay new C1554 tracked mobile cone crusher

first_imgThe C-1554 cone crusher is the latest addition to the Terex/Finlay range of tracked mobile cone crushers. Positioned at the top end of its cone crusher range the C-1554 is the ultimate mobile solution for any producer looking for a high output capacity machine that provides large reduction ratios and an excellent cubical shape in surface ore mining. This aggressive machine incorporates the proven Terex® MVP450x cone crusher that can accept an all in feed and features direct variable speed clutch drive and hydraulic closed side setting (CSS) adjustment.Inside and out, the advanced engineering of the MVP cone crusher sets industry benchmarks, featuring a patented Rollercone® roller bearing design and the hydro-pneumatic tramp iron relief system that has proved a great boon in the industry. These features all combine to give operators an efficient and aggressive crushing action, high performance and low cost per tonne, the company says.The large hopper/feeder on the plant features an automated metal detection and a purge system designed to protect the cone and reduce downtime by removing metal contaminants via the purge chute.“We knew that this new model would be a game changer in terms of production capacity. The increased productivity, functionality and serviceability of the MVP450x chamber have consistently impressed operators of the machine during testing. The results have been outstanding and ultimately will deliver significant revenue streams and profitability for our customers” remarked Alan Witherow, Terex/Finlay Product Development Manager.Additional benefits include, rapid set up time, ease of maintenance, high reduction ratio, advanced plant electronic control system, high output capacity and telemetry system.Key Features of the plant:Fully Hydraulic CSS Adjustment with electronic monitoring system ensures ease of operationFuel efficient direct drive transmission through wet clutchHydraulic Tramp Relief System with automatic reset protects the chamber and minimises downtimeMetal detection system on feed belt with ‘auto-stop’ protects the cone from tramp metal and the purge system removes contaminants from the machine.last_img read more

Womens WCh 2015 PlayOff Serbia and Germany out

← Previous Story WCh 2015 Play Off: German girls want surprise in Astrachan Next Story → Brazilians win “Four Nations” Cup by beating Tunisia Hungary, France, Russia, Serbia and Netherlands are the first five teams from Europe who will compete at the Women’s World Championship 2015 in Denmark next December alongside the home Danish team and the European title holders from Norway.The reigning World’s vice-champions Serbia didn’t qualified despite great second game and win in Cluj against Romania wizhout four best players Lekic, Cvijic, Damnjanovic and Tomasevic who decided to boycot the head-coach Sasa Boskovic.Germany also stayed under the line after second defeat in Russia.Hungary – Austria 41:24 (first match – 33:20)Slovenia – France 21:27 (20:27)Russia – Germany 27:26  (22:20)Romania – Serbia 24:28 (32:26)Czech Republic – Netherlands 25:23 (23:33)SUNDAY:Poland – Ukraine (24:18)Iceland – Montenegro (19:28)Slovakia – Spain (19:25)Sweden – Croatia (24:23) read more

Une nouvelle espèce de papillon minuscule découverte à la Jamaïque

first_imgUne nouvelle espèce de papillon minuscule découverte à la JamaïquePubliant leurs travaux dans la revue Tropical Lepjidoptera Research, des chercheurs américains ont récemment découvert une nouvelle espèce de papillon minuscule à la Jamaïque, île où l’on pensait toutes les espèces de ces insectes déjà connues.Sa taille : celle d’un ongle, avec une envergure d’à peine plus d’1 cm. Sa couleur : un brun très foncé uni, avec une bande jaune pâle sur l’aile postérieure. Son habitat : le pays Cockpit, un enchevêtrement de végétation tropicale inaccessible sur l’île de la Jamaïque. Et son nom : Troyus turneri – un nouveau genre, Troyus, du nom d’une localité proche du lieu de la découverte, et une nouvelle espèce, turneri, du nom d’un spécialiste jamaïcain des papillons, Thomas Turner.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ce minuscule lépidoptère a été découvert par les entomologistes du Centre McGuire pour les lépidoptères et la biodiversité du Muséum d’histoire naturelle de l’Université de Floride. En vérité, les chercheurs avaient déjà capturé une femelle en 2011 mais ils avaient souhaité attendre la capture d’un mâle, en 2012, pour décrire officiellement cette nouvelle espèce de papillon. Et pour cause, la nouvelle est un évènement puisqu’il s’agit de la première recensée depuis 1995 sur cette île qui compte 135 espèces, dont 35 endémiques (comme l’est T. turneri).”Mes [collègues,] co-auteurs de cette étude, le Dr Vaughn Turland et le Dr Delano Lewis, sont très excités parce qu’ils pensent que ce papillon a le potentiel d’être un nouveau type d’espèce phare [ou emblématique] pour la conservation des habitats jamaïcains, parce que c’est un papillon noir et or vivant dans un habitat vert : (…) les couleurs nationales jamaïcaines”, a déclaré le Dr Andrew Warren, gestionnaire principal des collections du Muséum de Floride, co-auteur de l’étude.(crédits photo : Jeff Gage / Florida Museum of Natural History) Le 8 décembre 2012 à 16:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

10 éléphants sauvages vraisemblablement empoisonnés en Malaisie

first_img10 éléphants sauvages vraisemblablement empoisonnés en MalaisieSelon la BBC, en quelques semaines, une dizaine d’éléphants d’une sous-espèce rare ont été retrouvés morts dans la partie malaisienne de l’île de Bornéo. Les pachydermes auraient pu être empoisonnés.L’éléphant pygmée de Bornéo (Elephas maximus borneensis) est une sous-espèce de l’éléphant d’Asie en voie de disparition, vivant dans le nord de l’île de Bornéo, un territoire rattaché à la Malaisie. C’est plus précisément dans la réserve forestière de Gunung Rara (état de Sabah) qu’en l’espace de 3 semaines, 10 de ces animaux au total ont été retrouvés morts, victimes d’hémorragies internes.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”C’était vraiment un spectacle très triste de voir tous ces éléphants morts, en particulier l’une des femelles, qui avait un très jeune nourrisson d’environ trois mois, lequel essayait de réveiller sa mère morte sur place”, a déclaré Sen Nathan, vétérinaire en chef à la réserve. Celle-ci a précisé que les dommages évidents et “très suspects” subis par l’appareil digestif des animaux suggéraient une intoxication aiguë.L’analyse d’échantillons envoyés en laboratoire devrait bientôt dire si les pachydermes ont été délibérément empoisonnés. Cependant, les animaux avaient encore leurs défenses, ce qui indique qu’ils n’ont pas été tués par des braconniers. Selon le WWF, il resterait moins de 1 500 éléphants de Bornéo à l’état sauvage. “(…) Les coupables seront traduits en justice et payeront”, a déclaré le ministre local de l’environnement, Masidi Manjun.Le 30 janvier 2013 à 19:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Comment nos ongles fontils pour repousser

first_imgComment nos ongles font-ils pour repousser ?Grâce à une nouvelle étude, des chercheurs ont réussi à comprendre quel était le processus permettant à nos ongles de repousser. A long terme, la découverte pourrait peut-être permettre un jour, de faire repousser des membres amputés.Comme les cheveux, les poils ou encore les os, nos ongles montrent une remarquable capacité à se régénérer. Qu’ils soient cassés, arrachés ou tombés, ils peuvent retrouver un aspect intact en quelques mois. Un phénomène qui restait jusqu’à aujourd’hui relativement mystérieux. Mais des chercheurs du NYU Langone Medical Center ont réussi à percer le secret des ongles des mammifères : ceux-ci cachent une population de cellules bien particulières.”Tout le monde sait que les ongles ne cessent de pousser, mais personne ne sait pourquoi”, explique le principal auteur, Mayumi Ito, professeur associé en dermatologie. Pour en savoir plus, ce chercheur et ses collègues ont donc observé les griffes des souris et ont constaté que celles-ci ne repoussaient pas toujours : lorsque le tissu présent sous l’ongle, l’épithélium, partait avec ce dernier, la griffe n’était pas capable de repousser. Ceci leur a permis de mettre en évidence dans cet épithélium un petit groupe de cellules souches. Ce sont elles qui vont se transformer en d’autres cellules afin de donner naissance à un nouveau ongle lorsque l’autre est abimé ou a été perdu. Le mécanisme serait alors semblable, bien que moins avancé, à celui existant chez certains animaux comme les salamandres qui sont capables de faire repousser un membre perdu. “J’ai été ébahi par les similarités. Cela suggère que nous retenons partiellement le mécanisme de régénération qui s’opère chez les amphibiens”, précise Mayumi Ito. Des protéines indispensables à la repousse Toutefois, les chercheurs ne sont pas arrêtés là. Pour mieux comprendre le fonctionnement de ces cellules souches, ils ont poussé l’étude jusqu’à trouver le mécanisme moléculaire incitant cette régénération. Selon les résultats publiés dans la revue Nature, il s’agirait d’une famille de protéines appelée “Wnt” qui jouerait déjà un rôle crucial dans la croissance des cheveux, des tendons et des os. “Lorsque nous avons bloqué la voie de signalisation des Wnt chez des souris avec des bouts de doigts amputés, l’ongle et l’os n’ont pas repoussé comme ils auraient dû le faire normalement”, indique le Dr Ito cité dans un communiqué. Plus intriguant et intéressant encore, les chercheurs ont montré qu’il pouvait manipuler la voie des Wnt pour stimuler la régénération des os et des ongles, en cas d’amputation importante et au-delà du bout du doigt.D’après les chercheurs, ceci indique non seulement que ces protéines sont indispensables dans la régénération mais aussi que leur action pourrait peut-être être permettre de faire repousser des membres amputés, à la façon des salamandres. Faire repousser des membres amputés ?”C’est encourageant car les similarités nous donnent l’espoir que nous pourrions être capables d’induire une régénération humaine dans un futur pas si lointain”, commente Ken Muneoka, biologiste à la Tulane University de New Orleans. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cependant, tous les spécialistes ne sont pas si optimistes, émettant des doutes sur le pouvoir de régénération de l’homme. “Les amphibiens peuvent régénérer un doigt complet avec n’importe quel niveau d’amputation et ils n’ont pas d’organe au niveau de l’ongle”, relève de son côté Ashley Seifert de la University of Kentucky. Selon lui, les humains et les amphibiens “ont développé indépendamment la capacité de régénérer leurs bouts de doigts” à travers des mécanismes différents qui dans notre cas, est dépendant de l’organe présent sous l’ongle. Faire repousser un membre amputé en faisant appel à ce processus pourrait donc être bien plus compliqué que chez la salamandre… Le 17 juin 2013 à 16:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

CWC18 Team Wellington wants international experience

first_imgThe New Zealander club has won the OFC Champions League for the first time ever and they want to prove they can do well in the FIFA Club World CupFounded recently in 2004, New Zealand’s Team Wellington is looking to get more experience when they take part in the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.As part of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC), they will face United Arab Emirates’ Al Ain F.C. on December 12th for a chance to be in the Quarterfinals.Known as TeeDubs, this team is based in the city of Wellington in New Zealand.The club only boasts six trophies in their short history, having won the New Zealand Football Championship twice.videoOFFICIAL: Qatar will host the next two Club World Cups Manuel R. Medina – June 3, 2019 FIFA has announced today that the next two competitions will be played as planned, after meeting today in Paris.They won the OFC Champions League once, and this is the first time they have qualified to the FIFA Club World Cup.Wellington’s strengths lay with striker Angus Kilkolly, who scored 36 goals in eight Champions League matches in Oceania.#CWC18: Get to know @TeamWelly – The New Zealander club has won the OFC Champions League for the first time ever and they want to prove they can do well in the @ClubWorldCups. pic.twitter.com/iSCVangJNA— Ronaldo.com (@ronaldocomint) December 8, 2018last_img read more

Northstar Travel Media Makes a Data Play with Your Travel Insider Acquisition

first_imgB-to-b travel media and event company Northstar Travel Media has made a move into the consumer travel market with the acquisition of Your Travel Insider, a news and information provider for  travel enthusiasts.YTI publishes about three newsletters which, says the company, reach more than 1 million subscribers—and it’s that subscriber database that was a particular attraction for Northstar.Terms of the deal were not released, but Northstar Travel Media CEO and chairman Tom Kemp says that while there was a small outlay of cash up front, the company plans significant investment over the next three years, and there will be performance-based payouts during that timeframe, including this year. Roy Weiss, who founded Your Travel Insider in 2003, will become group publisher and report to Bob Sullivan, executive vice president of Northstar Travel Media.Northstar already targets the business travel industry with a variety of magazine and information brands and a group of 35 events and the deal provides the company with an instant footprint in the consumer travel market.”More and more the travel industry is going through a number of different channels [to target consumers], online and offline, and we were missing an important channel,” says Kemp. “We’re one of the few b-to-b media companies that has a natural segue into b-to-c.”Suppliers are using traditional sales channels through travel agencies and big corporate buyers, but are increasingly looking for more direct-to-consumer channels and that’s where YTI can help Northstar, says Kemp. “The thing we really like [about the deal] is Your Travel Insider owns a large database of consumers. We have access to about 40 million records and from that they’ve been able to pull behavioral appends for about 2 million and they have about 1 million active subscribers,” he says.In other words, that information provides Northstar with both a database marketing and direct-to-consumer sales opportunity. “Having that database gives you an advantage over having to build one from scratch and go direct to the consumer,” adds Kemp. “This was a big data play.”Going forward, Kemp says that there will be a significant investment in the YTI platform, with more product spin-offs and new developer, editorial and audience development staff to be hired. The plan is to double the one million active subscribers within six months. See Also: Northstar Travel Media Acquired by Wicks GroupThis is the first acquisition Northstar has made since it was acquired by the Wicks Group last July and Kemp says there are more to come. “We expect this to be the first of other direct-to-consumer acquisitions that we do,” he says. “We also have a number of deals in the pipeline in b-to-b travel as well.  We expect to do several deals over the next couple of years.” More on this topic Northstar Travel Media Expands into Asia With Acquisition Northstar Travel Media Takes Majority Stake in Inntopia Wasserstein Partners Acquires Northstar Travel Group Northstar Travel Media Buys PhoCus Wright Inc. NorthStar Travel Media Launches Event in China Northstar Travel Media Acquired by Wicks GroupJust In TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the MovePowered bylast_img read more

Update APD says officer ambushed and shot officer in surgery suspect dead

first_imgAPD police vehicles (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Update: 11:20 a.m.Listen Now Anchorage police said that one of their officers had been “ambushed” and shot multiple times early Saturday morning. At a ten a.m. press conference, Anchorage Police Chief Christopher Tolley said that the officer is undergoing surgery for serious “but non life threatening wounds.” APD said the suspect, who has not been identified, was shot and killed by responding officers.Tolley said the officer, whose name will not be released for a “few days,” was trying to identify a theft suspect near 5th Avenue and Cordova Streets at 4:36 a.m., Saturday morning when the man approached the officer and began shooting.“It was a clear and intentional ambush,” Tolley said. “But it will take a while to sort through the information and conduct interviews of those involved and other potential witnesses, as well as collecting other evidence.”Tolley said that he had seen video footage of the shooting, but said that police would be releasing few details about the incident.“It wouldn’t be fair to put too much information out there right now because we don’t want witnesses to be swayed by the information that is put out there,” Tolley said.”Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz joined Chief Tolley at the press conference.“It’s a reminder that when we hear sirens someone’s heading into danger, and they are doing it to make sure the entire community is safe.  The response of the police department reflects a tremendous amount of, not just professionalism, but courage,” Berkowitz said.The Anchorage officer is the second Alaska police officer in less than a month to be ambushed and shot. Fairbanks Police Sergeant Allen Brandt was shot multiple times by a theft suspect he was attempting to contact on October 16. Brandt died twelve days later, from complications from his wounds.Original story:A suspect is dead and a police officer has been hospitalized in a shooting early Saturday in downtown Anchorage.In a press release, the Anchorage Police Department wrote that an officer was responding to a report of a theft in the area of 5th Avenue and Cordova Street when a man brandishing a gun approached the officer’s patrol car and started shooting.The officer was struck multiple times and was able to return fire. Another APD officer arrived at the scene as the the gunfire erupted and also shot at the suspect, according to the release.Additional officers responded to the scene, rendering aid to the both officer and the suspect.The suspect was shot multiple times and was declared dead at the scene.The injured police officer was taken to a local hospital for emergency surgery and is expected to survive.The State Office of Special Prosecutions will determine if the officers’ use of force was justified and APD’s Office of Internal Inspections will determine if their use of force was within department policy.Both officers who fires their weapons have been placed on administrative leave for four days, per department policy, and their names will be released within 72 hours.The Anchorage Police Department will be holding a press conference about the shootings at ten a.m., Saturday.This is a breaking story. It will be updated with more information as it become available.last_img read more

Will fulfil Navaratnalu in a year Anil

first_imgNellore: Our government would fulfil assurances of Navaratnalu within a year, said the Irrigation Minister Dr P Anil Kumar Yadav. He participated in various programmes in the city on Monday. The Minister stated that despite many financial hurdles they had increased pension amout from Rs 2,000 to Rs 2,250. Anil conveyed sincere thanks to the people for supporting Jagan Mohan Reddy for forming the government. He said they would increase the pensions at Rs 250 per annum for the next four years. He also said they had reduced eligibility for pension scheme from 65 years to 60 benefitting many people. The Minister assured people of starting payment of new pensions from next month onwards. Also Read – Astrologer refutes charges against him Advertise With Us Anil Kumar also said the village volunteers are being recruited now and they would personally hand over pensions to the beneficiaries from October visiting every household. They need not worry about collecting ration from the dealers as hereafter volunteers take the responsibility of supplying the essential commodities. The majority of people were earlier facing difficulty in consuming PDS rice and they are going to supply quality rice from October 2 to the beneficiary, he added. The Minister mentioned that children studying in government or private schools would get the support of Rs 15,000 which would be handed over to mothers on January 26. Also Read – Jasti bags 16th rank in NEET Super Specialty Entrance Advertise With Us Further, he said, they would give the same amount in every June from next year. Anil said they are preparing a plan of action for implementing Arogyasri programme in the coming two months allowing treatment in cities like Chennai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad. He also said they would handover Rs 75,000 to the eligible women who are between 40 and 45 years in four instalments. Advertise With Us The Minister informed that 90 per cent of belt shops in the State were removed and total prohibition will be implemented within the next four years. Anil Yadav warned that they would respond seriously in case of corruption of the village volunteers and remove them from the activity within one hour in case of the allegations were proved. Anil distributed cycles to the students at BVS Girls High School. He also participated in meeting with the sanitary staff and distributed two pairs of clothes to them. He informed that the State government had increased wages of the workers from Rs 11,000 to Rs. 18,000 and had lunch with them. Municipal Commissioner Alim Basha, former Deputy Mayor M Dwarakanath and others were present.last_img read more

Four More Local Zika Cases Confirmed In Texas

first_imgCopyright 2016 KSTX-FM. To see more, visit KSTX-FM. No mosquitoes that were trapped have tested positive for Zika, but officials admit, finding infected insects is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Ironically, the news of four more Texas cases comes on the same day Florida declared all areas of that state free of active Zika transmission. Sharecenter_img WENDY RIGBY / TEXAS PUBLIC RADIOTexas is the second state after Florida to record local transmission of the Zika virus from mosquito to human.Four more cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus have been confirmed in Texas, in the same Brownsville neighborhood where the first cases were pinpointed last month. Containment efforts are still underway.The Cameron County Health Department reports that since the first local case of Zika was pinpointed at the end of November, four more cases of the virus transmitted from mosquito to human have been verified by an Austin state health lab.CREDIT WENDY RIGBY / TEXAS PUBLIC RADIOOn Nov. 29, 2016, teams of workers from the Cameron County Health Department went door to door in a neighborhood where a locally-inquired Zika case was identified.Last week, teams of county health workers went door to door in the southwest Brownsville neighborhood where the health threat made its first local appearance in Texas. The first set of tests from urine samples taken from that area yielded these latest positive results, which may not be the last. Cameron County Health Administrator Esmeralda Guajardo says the City of Brownsville is stepping up mosquito control.“They already had enhanced their vector control activities,”Guajardo explained.”But they are, of course, going to kick it up a little higher and they’re going to be a little bit more proactive in making sure that people understand and get rid of the places where mosquitoes breed.” WENDY RIGBY / TEXAS PUBLIC RADIOPeople who live in the southwest Brownsville neighborhood where five local cases of Zika have been detected are taking mosquito control into their own hands in some cases.last_img read more

Hotel Toilet in Japan Asks You to Carry Your Used TP

first_img How AMC’s ‘The Terror’ Uses American History to Delive…33 Killed in Suspected Arson Attack on Kyoto Animation Studio in Japan Removing used toilet paper from a restroom is probably one of the last things you’d want to do, especially in a hotel. That’s why this weird Japanese translation is such a strange request. This Tokyo hotel’s instructions seem to suggest that you should “Please carry away the toilet paper to the restroom without putting it in a garbage can.”Uh, okay? So I’m supposed to take my toilet paper out of the restroom and put it in another restroom, but not put it in a garbage can there? Huh? SoraNews24 has the scoop on this weird translation, which isn’t exactly what it seems. First, this is simple a strange case of “Engrish” with some funny connotations. The picture isn’t actually telling you to take your toilet paper out of the bathroom with you and put it somewhere else, thank goodness. 驚いてはいけない!これが2018年東京のド真ん中の安くはないホテルの言語レベルです。幸いおいらは英語でなく日本語で読めたので正しくトイレを使うことが出来ました。多分。 pic.twitter.com/td9kkcQDAn— hiroshi ono (@hiroshimilano) August 18, 2018Instead, it’s basically telling you not to put your toilet paper in the trash can, and instead to flush it as a normal person would. Apparently, there’s a lot of folks out there who like to stuff garbage cans with toilet paper, used or otherwise, and it was pertinent to put out this sign to keep people from doing just that. It’s pretty weird, yes, but people out there are strange, as you all know. It happens in public restrooms all the time: People just let trash cans overflow with disgusting toilet paper, even though it’s meant to be flushed. Bizarre.The translation is still pretty hilarious, even though we know that’s not exactly what it means in the first place. It’s a funny thought to consider, being asked to take your toilet paper from one room to another. At least you don’t have to worry too much since this is just a simple case of mistranslation. Still, though, it’s probably pretty confusing to guests who don’t know enough about the translation to mentally correct it!Japan is a fascinating country with weird and wonderful ongoings, like the Sailor Moon theme played on traditional Japanese instruments. They’ve even got a real-life Transformer that you can visit. And if you’re traveling there soon try Three Different Kinds of Alcoholic Cokes. Keep cultured right here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Go minimal and rock the navy suit look

first_imgThere is a reason for the navy blue suit to be the next big thing. Already touted as one of the ‘IT’ trends for Fall-Winter 2018, Navy Blue has made its presence felt across shows for Fall-Winter 2017, as well as Spring-Summer 2018. What is so exciting about the Navy Blue suit? “It’s dark, but it’s not black. It’s a stable colour, and can be used either as a neutral or as an accent. So before you decide how to wear the navy suit, it’s important to know when to wear it,” says Rohan Khattar, Founder – Minizmo. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHere are some ways to rock the navy blue suit: Keep it smooth: Stick to 100% virgin wool fabrics, as they work well with navy. Excessive matte finishes or very smooth suits can actually make a navy suit look too shiny. Make the attire classy by adding simple black cuffs. Flaunt the formals: When in doubt, you can always pair a navy suit with a plain white stiff shirt for a formal look, but use it for specific occasions. A lighter coloured tie can add life to the entire ensemble. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveContrast: Play the contrasting game, with a lighter blue shirt. This is an ultra-conservative look, and perfect for the board room power play. Add some relief to it with a solid contrasting tie in red or maroon. Keep it casual: If you are looking for a more casual look, wear a pin-striped shirt under it, and let go of the tie. This look is perfect for a business casual dinner. One can also accessorize it with smart cuffs or a quirky brooch. Minimal is more: Day-wear suits, especially for lunch, and weddings are perfectly paired with a simple light-pastel coloured shirt, and a tie in neutral tones. This adds elegance to the entire outfit, while keeping it less formal.last_img read more