Culling of birds begins in Puri district

first_imgThe Odisha government on Friday began culling of birds after confirmation of avian influenza outbreak in Krushnaprasad block of Puri district.Special teams went around Sanasahi, Maluda and Patharaganja in the block and looked for affected birds. As many as 400 birds in three poultry firms were culled and dumped in a pit on the first day.Bird culling would be undertaken within a one-km radius of the epicentre of bird flu. The State government also decided to take samples of migratory birds congregating in Chilika lake to ascertain if they were carriers of H5N1.last_img read more

Young Indian-Americans are shaming Trump’s desi allies like Ajit Pai

first_imgOn Dec. 15 last year, Washington DC-based civil rights activist Deepa Iyer sent out a tweet: “On this year’s #desiwallofshame, Ajit Pai tops the list for being on the wrong side of history, for choosing profit over civil rights, and for advancing the anti-immigrant, white supremacist agenda of the Trump Administration.”Iyer’s voice is one that the progressive South Asian community in the US is familiar with and reveres. For over a decade, she has been attempting to bridge the gaps within the diaspora and leading solidarity efforts with other immigrant communities and people of colour. Her book, We Too Sing America, is a vestibule to the post-9/11 experiences of south-Asian Americans and the attendant discrimination they faced. In Donald Trump’s America, the need for her work has intensified.Read it at Quartz Related Itemslast_img read more

BCCI bans Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf over fixing charges

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today banned Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf for his involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.Rauf was accused of being involved in fixing-related activities by the Mumbai Police during the 2013 IPL . However, that case was unrelated to the one which sent cricketers S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandela and Ankeet Chavan.Rauf has so far appeared in 49 Tests, 98 ODIs and 23 T20 internationals. His first appearance as an international umpire was in an ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.The BCCI ban means Rauf cannot be associated in any capacity in cricket tournaments organised by the Indian board or its affiliates. Rauf was a “wanted accused” in the chargesheet filed by the Mumbai Police but he left India during the IPL even before the police had the chance to question him in person. The controversial Pakistani umpire had been withdrawn by the ICC from the 2013 Champions Trophy England for his alleged role in the scandal.Rauf has had a history of controversies and in 2012 a small-time model named Leena Kapoor had accused him of sexually exploiting her for months before refusing to marry her.In the 2013 IPL, Rauf had on-field umpiring duty in 13 matches, the last one being in the game between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders in Hyderabad on May 19.last_img read more

IPL 2016: Glenn Maxwell reprimanded for showing dissent

first_imgKings XI Punjab batsman Glenn Maxwell was reprimanded by match referee Roshan Mahanama for showing dissent at an umpiring decision during his team’s crushing eight-wicket defeat against Delhi Daredevils in an Indian Premier League match on Friday.”In the VIVO IPL match in Delhi last evening, Glen Maxwell of Kings XI Punjab was reprimanded by the Match Referee for showing dissent at the umpire’s decision.Maxwell admitted to the level 1 offence (Article 2.1.5 of the IPL Code of Conduct for Players and Team Officials) and accepted the sanction,” a press release stated. (Zaheer Khan relieved with the victory)Maxwell had a particularly poor match as he was out without scoring and gave away 11 runs in the only over that he bowled.last_img read more

Iwobi set for £40m move to Everton

first_imgAlex Iwobi is on the verge of a dramatic record breaking move to Everton.The Toffees saw a £30 million ($36.4m) bid rejected by Arsenal for the winger on Wednesday, but returned with a new offer on Thursday ahead of the 5pm BST (12pm ET) summer transfer deadline.Arsenal accepted the bid, which Goal has been told could eventually total up to £40m ($48.6m), and paperwork has now been filed to the Premier League by the Goodison Park outfit asking for an extension to get the deal done. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The Premier League has stated that six deal sheets were submitted before the 5pm deadline and the clubs working on those deals now have until 7pm to get them over the line.Providing Iwobi’s move is finalised before 7pm, he will become Arsenal’s record ever departure, beating the previous record set by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s £36m move to Liverpool in 2017.Iwobi was a key player for Unai Emery last season, making 51 appearances in all competitions and scoring six gaols.But he was not a regular starter and his opportunities would have been limited further during the coming campaign following the arrival of Nicolas Pepe and the return of Reiss Nelson following his loan spell with Hoffenheim.The Gunners meanwhile still expect to confirm the arrival of David Luiz from Chelsea in an £8m ($9.7m) deal.Luiz has had a medical and spent the afternoon at London Colney putting the finishing touches to his switch from Stamford Bridge.David Luiz Chelsea 2018-19A deal sheet was submitted before the 5pm deadline, so the two clubs have until 7pm to finalise the transfer.Once confirmed, Luiz will join Kieran Tierney at the Emirates after the left-back completed his deadline day move from Celtic for £25m ($30.4m).The 22-year-old has signed a five-year contract and will wear the No.3 shirt.“It feels great,” said Tierney. “I’m delighted to be here.“Obviously I’m injured now, but I’m just looking forward to getting back on the pitch, training and getting involved with the squad.”On having to leave Celtic, his boyhood club, Tierney added: “It was the hardest decision in my whole life that I’ve had to make.“I had to speak to my family and my close friends and my agent as well because it’s a hard decision to leave a club that you love so much. People need to know that as well.“I feel Arsenal is a massive club and it’s a great opportunity for me as well. I’m delighted to be here.”last_img read more

Video Shows College Football Mascot Suffering A Horrifying Injury

first_imgcolorado mascot gets escorted off the fieldCollege football players aren’t the only ones who can suffer injuries on game days. Sometimes, the mascots go down.That’s what happened on Saturday during Colorado’s home victory over New Hampshire.Colorado’s mascot went down with a horrifying injury after a misfire with a T-shirt cannon.WARNING: This is kind of graphic.T-SHIRT CANNON TO THE DICK @CUBarstool pic.twitter.com/0a0top515u— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) September 19, 2018The mascot had to be carted off the field. Seriously. pic.twitter.com/h8w8RFnLNN— jac nickuemard (@jacnickuemard) September 19, 2018Hopefully everything is OK now.last_img read more

Clemson Veteran Makes Big Decision On Future With Tigers

first_img The tight end position is expected to be manned by former walk-on J.C. Chalk. Braden Galloway is listed as the co-starter there, but he is ineligible this season after being suspended due to a failed drug test ahead of last year’s College Football Playoff. He may be able to return to the post-season, but that is unclear so far.Behind them are freshmen Jaelyn Lay and Davis Allen, converted linebacker Luke Price, and Georgia Southern transfer J.L. Banks.Earlier this off-season, it was suggested that Garrett Williams could leave the program and join the military.His family has a long history of service, and Williams is recovering from a knee injury.Dabo Swinney is definitely not surprised by his absence. From The Post and Courier back in February:“He’s around this spring and is going to be out there helping us, but he’s dealing with his health issues. He’s getting his knee back right and he’s got a lot of things he’s dealing with. But he really wants to go into the military,” Swinney said, referring to Williams’ long-term goal. “Right now, he’s probably not going to be back.”[…]“Since I’ve gotten hurt, I’ve kind of gone back and forth on what I want to do,” Williams said. “I know there are positives to both.“If I could be an infantry officer, I think that would be an awesome career. It would be a cool opportunity and an honor to serve.”It’s hard to take any umbrage with that decision by Williams. It will be very interesting to see how Clemson looks to fill this pretty significant hole in the offense. Trevor Lawrence celebrates touchdown with Garrett Williams.TALLAHASSEE, FL – OCTOBER 27: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers hugs Garrett Williams #44 after he rushed for a two-yard touchdown in the second quarter of the game against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)For all of the talent on the team, Clemson has a serious issue at tight end. A new update to the depth chart amplifies that, as it appears that veteran Garrett Williams is moving on from the program.Williams was not much of a receiving threat for the Tigers, but was a solid blocker. If he was set to play this fall, he was probably set up for a big role in the offense.Instead, it looks like his football days are behind him. Williams is nowhere to be seen on the depth chart.#Clemson releases its 2019 depth chart.Some dude named Trevor Lawrence is starting at QB. @abc_columbia pic.twitter.com/xDAQBEqbAC— Mike Gillespie (@MikeABCColumbia) July 15, 2019last_img read more

Diana Containerships Disposes of Panamax Oldie

first_imgzoom Athens-based containership owner Diana Containerships has reached an agreement to sell one of its Panamax vessels for a price of USD 6.15 million.Under the Memorandum of Agreement, the company’s 2002-built vessel Doukato would be sold to an unaffiliated third party.The company informed that the 3,739 TEU ship is scheduled to join its new owner by June 16, 2017.Featuring 51,059 dwt, Doukato was constructed by South Korea’s shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries.From mid-February 2017, the vessel was chartered to Singapore-based VASI Shipping. The charter deal was for a period of two months, ending on April 17, 2017.Upon completion of the transaction, Diana Containerships’ fleet will consist of 11 container vessels, including 6 Post-Panamax and 5 Panamax ships.last_img read more

Pakistan rescues Canadian man and family held by Taliban

first_imgA Canadian man, his American wife and their three young children have been released after being held captive for years by a network with ties to the Taliban, U.S. and Pakistani officials said Thursday.Pakistan’s army secured the release of Joshua Boyle and his wife Caitlan Coleman, who were abducted five years ago while travelling in Afghanistan and had been held by the Haqqani network.U.S. officials had planned on moving the family out of Pakistan on a U.S. transport plane, but at the last minute Boyle would not get on, the official said.Another U.S. official said Boyle was nervous about being in “custody” given his background. Boyle was previously married to the sister of Omar Khadr, who spent 10 years at Guantanamo Bay after being captured when he was 15 in a 2002 firefight at an al-Qaeda compound in Afghanistan.A Canadian man, his American wife and their three young children born during the couple’s five years in captivity were freed in a Pakistani commando raid and shootout, authorities announced Thursday.The Pakistani military said Joshua Boyle, his wife Caitlan Coleman and their children had been freed in “an intelligence-based operation” after they’d crossed the border from Afghanistan, where they had been abducted by a group with ties to the Taliban.Tariq Azim Khan, the country’s high commissioner to Canada, said once the military received word of the family’s whereabouts from U.S. intelligence authorities, they acted quickly.Khan described a dramatic scene in which gunshots rang out as the family was intercepted by Pakistani forces while being transported by their captors in the trunk of a van.Intelligence officials in Pakistan said the confrontation happened near a road crossing in the Nawa Kili area of the district of Kohat in northwest Pakistan.“We know there was a shootout and Pakistan commandos carried out an attack and rescued the hostages,” Khan said from London.Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who has met with the Boyle family in the past, said they had endured an “absolutely horrible ordeal.” Freeland refused to describe the circumstances of the release, citing security reasons but said Canada had been working with the U.S., Pakistan and Afghanistan, whom she thanked.“We all have to really remember what a traumatic experience this family has gone through – really unspeakable,” Freeland said in Mexico City.Boyle and Coleman, who was pregnant at the time of the abduction, were held by the Haqqani network, a group U.S. officials call a terrorist organization.Boyle’s parents, who live in Smiths Falls, Ont., said their son and his family intend to come to Canada.“The family has chosen Canada,” Patrick Boyle said Thursday evening. “We’re hoping to know ourselves when we get to go pick them up.”The family were safe but exhausted, Patrick Boyle said.“We just spoke to them again recently, Boyle said. “He (Joshua) said they’ve all been up since Tuesday so he was very pleased, he’s running on empty.”In anticipation of the release, Canadian authorities had travelled to Smiths Falls and woke Boyle up early Thursday morning to give him the news.“They’d been in a hotel two minutes down the street for the better part of the day, waiting for approval to tell us they’d been released,” Boyle said.“We got a call at one a.m. saying ‘we’ll be at your door in five minutes and it’s not bad news.”‘He said he and his family were “over the top” Thursday at word of the release.“We struggled with every dark spot in the last five years, today that’s sort of parked,” he said.Joshua’s mother Linda had no doubt what the first thing she intended to do when she sees her son and family.“Hug them, slobber kisses all over them,” she said. Related content:Timeline: Captivity of Joshua Boyle and his familyColeman’s parents, meanwhile, posted a statement on the door of their Pennsylvania home saying they appreciated “all the interest and concern being expressed at the joyful news that Caity, Josh and our grandchildren have been released after five long years of captivity.”A U.S. national security official, who wasn’t authorized to discuss the case publicly, said the family were together in a safe location in Pakistan. American officials had planned on moving the family out of Pakistan on a U.S. transport plane but Boyle refused to board, the official said.Another U.S. official said Boyle was nervous about being in “custody” given that he was previously married to Zaynab Khadr, the sister of Canadian Omar Khadr, who spent 10 years at Guantanamo Bay after being captured when he was 15 in Afghanistan.Officials discounted any link between that background and Boyle’s capture and Freeland stressed that Boyle was not the focus of any investigation.Patrick Boyle suggested it was a matter of principle because his son was told the plane would have stopped at Bagram air base in Afghanistan, which American authorities had once used to ship detainees to its Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba where many languished for years under harsh conditions.“I just think he just saw it as unnecessary and philosophically he finds it offensive,” said Boyle, who added that his son was effusive in his praise of his rescuers and is eager to cooperate with authorities and bring his captors to justice.The release came nearly five years to the day since Boyle and Coleman lost touch with their families while travelling in a mountainous region near the Afghan capital, Kabul.The couple had set off in the summer 2012 for a journey that took them to Russia, the central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, and then to Afghanistan. Coleman’s parents last heard from their son-in-law on Oct. 8, 2012, from an internet cafe in what Boyle described as an “unsafe” part of Afghanistan.The couple appeared in a series of videos beginning in 2013, which were shared online. In one posted last December, the pair urged governments on all sides to reach a deal to secure the family’s freedom. Boyle’s parents had said the clip marked the first time they had seen their two grandchildren.They have said it was heartbreaking to watch their grandchildren observing their surroundings while listening to their mother describe how they were made to watch her being “defiled.”“It is an indescribable emotional sense one has watching a grandson making faces at the camera, while hearing our son’s leg chains clanging up and down on the floor as he tries to settle his son,” the Boyles said in a written statement at the time. “It is unbelievable that they have had to shield their sons from their horrible reality for four years.”The parents said their son told them in a letter that he and his wife tried to protect their children by pretending their signs of captivity are part of a game being played with guards.In the clip, Coleman said she and her family had been living a “Kafkaesque nightmare” since 2012. The Boyles had said their daughter-in-law could not have used a more accurate term.In commenting on news of the family’s release from captivity, U.S. Premier Donald Trump praised Pakistan for its willingness to “do more to provide security in the region.” Baldor reported from Tampa and Colvin from Washington. Associated Press writer Jon Gambrell in Dubai contributed to this report.last_img read more

Sri Lanka to import rice from neighbouring countries

The cabinet has also taken note that the Government of Indonesia will donate 10,000 MT of rice to Sri Lanka on a request made by President Maithripala Sirisena and it will arrive in Sri Lanka soon.It also paid attention to the need of importing rice from neighbouring countries such as Indonesia and Vietnam unless the price of rice is reduced. (Colombo Gazette) It further considered that though Lanka Sathosa has already processed the paddy and a kilogram of rice is being traded through Sathosa outlets at Rs. 76/-, private mill owners have still not issued them to the market. Sri Lanka is to look at importing rice from neighbouring countries, the Government information department said today.The cabinet has noted that the Ministry of Rural Economic Affairs has taken steps to issue 90,958 MT of paddy of the Paddy Marketing Board in district level to private paddy mill owners and Lanka Sathosa to be processed into rice. The cabinet has decided to appoint a cabinet subcommittee to issue the rest of the stocks in a suitable method and to take action against mill owners who have failed to issue rice stocks to the market. read more

Ukraine Sri Lanka exchange documents on transfer of criminals

The Ambassador for Ukraine to Sri Lanka, resident in New Delhi, Igor Polika, and Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka Prasad Kariyawasam exchanged Instruments of Ratification of the ‘Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters’ and the ‘Treaty on Transfer of Sentenced Persons’ this morning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo.These two treaties that will strengthen legal and judicial cooperation in criminal matters and transfer of sentenced persons between Ukraine and Sri Lanka were signed in June 2016, during the official visit to Ukraine by former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, Mangala Samaraweera. The two countries are also currently in the process of negotiating several agreements in the areas of promotion and protection of investments, merchant shipping, culture, education and sports with a view to further strengthening and expanding bilateral cooperation. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN independent expert concerned over reports of intimidation of judges in Sri

“I urge the Sri Lanka Government to take immediate and adequate measures to ensure the physical and mental integrity of members of the judiciary and to allow them to perform their professional duties without any restrictions, improper influences, pressures, threats or interferences, in line with the country’s international human rights obligations,” the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, said in a news release. According to reports she has received, most cases of attacks and interference against the judiciary in Sri Lanka are not genuinely investigated, and perpetrators are not held to account. “The irremovability of judges is one of the main pillars guaranteeing the independence of the judiciary and only in exceptional circumstances may this principle be transgressed,” Ms. Knaul said, while also expressing her uneasiness with the procedure of impeachment of the Chief Justice of the country’s Supreme Court, Dr. Bandaranayake, launched before the Parliament on 1 November. “Judges may be dismissed only on serious grounds of misconduct or incompetence, after a procedure that complies with due process and fair trial guarantees and that also provides for an independent review of the decision,” she said. “The misuse of disciplinary proceedings as a reprisals mechanism against independent judges is unacceptable.” According to media reports, on Wednesday Sri Lanka’s Parliament appointed 11 lawmakers to investigate an impeachment motion accusing Chief Justice Bandaranayake of misusing power and having unexplained wealth. She denies wrongdoing, and opposition parties and independent analysts reportedly say the impeachment attempt is aimed at stifling judiciary independence and concentrating power with Sri Lanka’s President. In the Special Rapporteur’s view, according to the news release from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the procedure for the removal of judges of Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court, set out in article 107 of the country’s constitution, allows the Parliament to exercise considerable control over the judiciary – and is therefore incompatible with both the principle of separation of power and article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. “I urge the authorities to reconsider the impeachment of Chief Justice Bandaranayake and ensure that any disciplinary procedure that she might have to undergo is in full compliance with the fundamental principles of due process and fair trial,” the Special Rapporteur added. Independent experts, or special rapporteurs like Ms. Knaul, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. read more

Libya Amid threat of renewed conflict UN envoy urges restraint

“I urge all parties to act with restraint and to resolve issues through peaceful dialogue,” said Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and the head of the UN Support Mission in the country (UNSMIL).According to UNSMIL, Mr. Kobler also emphasised the need for urgent renewed efforts to find solutions to political issues that will allow for the full implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement.Signed in December 2015, the Agreement contains four main principles: ensuring the democratic rights of the Libyan people, the need for a consensual government based on the principle of the separation of powers, oversight and balance between them, as well as the need to empower State institutions like the Government of National Accord so that they can address the serious challenges ahead, respect for the Libyan judiciary and its independence.However, its slow implementation has been noted as an issue of concern.In mid-December 2016, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon cautioned that “the road to peace is long” and the Libyan people have not yet achieved the stability and security they deserve. At the time, Mr. Ban also urged the parties that are not currently engaged in the process to join efforts to find a consensual solution to the ongoing crisis. read more

Volunteers set up mobile library for refugees in Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram While refugees in Greece’s refugee camps are provided with food, shelter, clothing and medical attention, one thing often missing is a sense of purpose. Having witnessed this firsthand, four volunteers including Laura Samira Naude and Esther ten Zijthoff set out to fill the void with the launch of Education Community Hope and Opportunity (ECHO) – a library on wheels.They shared their ambition with friends in England and Belgium, who assisted with fundraising and sourcing an old minibus, which they fitted out with shelves and computer points for internet access. They drove the minibus to Greece, where Naude and Zijthoff put a call out for books in Greek, English, Arabic, Kurdish, Farsi and French and managed to fill the shelves.Since launching in November, the response to the mobile library has been overwhelming. With 1,300 books, both on shelves and in storage, they welcome 115 readers of all ages each week.“We have also lost many books along the way, as they inevitably go missing, and sometimes, especially with language-learning books, we let people keep them and then make copies to keep up with the demand,” Zijthoff told The Guardian.“In the freezing winter we’ve had in Thessaloniki, the van was sometimes warmer than the tents, and people would come inside just to get warm.”The library on wheels has become a familiar safe space, giving refugees the chance to read in a peaceful environment and to learn English through informal classes. Run by Zijthoff and Naude full-time for no salary, along with the assistance of volunteers, they have had some challenges along the way, sometimes not being granted access to camps or being shut down without warning. But with ongoing positive feedback from users of the library, the pair remain positive about their initiative, and hope that it will spread to other countries with people in need. “When we started the project, we had a vision of duplicating the library setup in multiple regions in Greece,” Zijthoff said. “We are looking for people to hand over the project to, and many volunteers and organisations, not only in Greece but Serbia, Italy, Palestine and Lebanon, say the set-up could work very well. So, even if we are not the ones starting them, we hope that the concept will spread.”last_img read more

Alves reacts to losing Messi assist record

first_imgDani Alves is not happy about no longer being the player who provided Lionel Messi with the most assists in La LigaThe Brazilian’s record tally of 26 assists for the Barcelona star was overtaken by Luis Suarez in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Valencia.After Ezequiel Garay had put Valencia in the lead, Suarez traded passes with Messi before the Argentine then scored a 32-minute equaliser for Barcelona from 20 yards.Until then, nobody had provided Messi with more goals at Barcelona than Alves.Reacting to the news on Twitter, Alves seemed to take it in good humour by saying: “Nooooooo!!!” and including two tears of joy emojis.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Alves ended an eight-year spell with Barcelona in 2016 to sign for Juventus and now plays his club football at Paris Saint-Germain.Nooooooo!!! 😂 😂 https://t.co/qLt9JMlTp3— Daniel Alves (@DaniAlvesD2) October 9, 2018last_img read more

ASA President Calls for Improved Access to EU Market for Biotech Crops

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) President Mark Berg testified before the House International Relations Committee last week to present soybean producers’ views on trade issues with the European Union (EU) concerning agricultural products derived from biotechnology. Berg, a Tripp, South Dakota soybean grower, pointed to the rapid acceptance of biotech crops by U.S. farmers as an important factor for addressing EU delays in approving imports of these new varieties.”After many years of seeing the technology advance, and now with the commercialization developing rapidly, American farmers are very eager to take advantage of the benefits plant biotechnology offers,” said Berg.Berg reported that 30 percent of U.S. soybean acreage, 25 percent of corn acreage and 40 percent of cotton acreage—a total of 44 million acres—would be planted with genetically modified varieties in 1998. “This rapid expansion is possible not only because of the developments in technology, but also the regulatory system in the United States which efficiently evaluates the safety of genetically modified crops using science-based risk assessments.”The United States has approved the marketing of three soybean varieties and fifteen corn varieties since 1996. In contrast, the EU has approved the marketing of only one soybean variety and one corn variety. EU delays in approvals are beginning to disrupt marketing of U.S. commodities to European Markets, prompting Berg to make five recommendations.”First we need the EU to adopt a much more transparent and efficient process for approving new biotech varieties,” said Berg who cited frustration with the EU changing its approval process in midstream.The second action Berg suggested is for biotech and seed companies to seek clearances for new varieties in major U.S. export markets on a timely basis, and preferably before they are commercialized in the United States. To prevent trade sanctions against all U.S. soybeans, ASA has requested that each company currently in the soybean biotech arena not launch biotech varieties into commercial markets until the varieties are approved overseas as well as in the United States. ASA has received assurances for 1998 that companies will postpone their commercial launches of unapproved varieties.Berg’s third request was for the EU and other countries to accept that there is no scientific basis for requiring segregation or labeling of biotech varieties that have been determined to be substantially equivalent to conventional varieties in terms of safety, nutrition and composition.Fourth, the Clinton Administration needs to engage the EU in an effort to reach agreement to recognize each other’s procedures for approving and commercializing biotech crops and products.Berg’s final recommendation was that rules governing biotech should be included in the next World Trade Organization negotiations. “The language in the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement in the Uruguay Round Agreement must be clarified to apply to biotech crops and products, and to supersede the rules of any other international treaty or agreement,” Berg said.last_img read more

Washington to increase execution access

first_imgOLYMPIA — Washington state will allow witnesses to executions to see the entire process, including the insertion of intravenous catheters during a lethal injection, state officials told The Associated Press.The new witness protocol, currently a draft that is in its final stages of approval, includes the use of television monitors to show the inmate entering the death chamber and being strapped down, as well as the insertion of the IVs, which had both previously been shielded from public view. The new technology has already been installed, and officials say the protocol will be finalized within the next week. Through public disclosure requests, the AP had sought information about any potential changes to execution protocols. State corrections officials spoke with the AP about the new procedures this week. The change is in response to a 2012 federal appeals court ruling that said all parts of an execution must be fully open to public witnesses. That ruling was sparked by a case brought by the AP and other news organizations who challenged Idaho’s policy to shield the insertion of IV catheters from public view, in spite of a 2002 ruling from the same court that said every aspect of an execution should be open to witnesses.“We have been working on this for many, many months,” Dan Pacholke, assistant secretary of the prisons division at the state Department of Corrections, said Wednesday.Pacholke said they have been researching the technology needed to make the change and followed the process currently used by Arizona, which provides an overhead view via TV monitor of the IV insertion during an execution.last_img read more

AK What happens when a community gets running water People get healthier

first_img“I don’t need to heat water,” Xenia Black said, turning a faucet. “I just turn that on and there it is.” She laughs as clean, running water flows into a bucket. “It’s easier for me to do my chores, like doing more laundry and doing more dishes.”Black’s chore is cutting fish: fresh caught pike. She dunks the cut slabs in the water and lays them next to dozens of others glistening on the cardboard. Thin red veins streak the translucent meat. Pausing, she lays down her uluq and closes her eyes.“I can’t do as much as I used to,” Black said with a sigh. “I get tired really easily after I had pneumonia.”Black is 72 years old and has had running water for about a year, but she got sick before that. Pneumonia is more common in communities without running water. Lots of illnesses are, particularly respiratory, skin and gastrointestinal infections.“So when I do something I rest a lot,” Black explained.In Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskowkim Delta, 40 percent of the homes outside of Bethel, or 1,699 residences, do not have running water.The community of Eek, population 474, is working with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to install their new system using a combination of federal and state money. When running water and sewer is introduced to a community, infection rates drop. In one study of rural Alaskan communities, clinic visits for respiratory infections declined by 16 percent, skin infections by 20 percent and gastrointestinal infections by 38 percent.“Yeah, we use up a lot of water,” Seth Heakin said, taking off his gloves.Heakin is helping install the water system, and he’s seen the change firsthand in his five young children.“They’re not coughing as much, not getting sick as much,” Heakin shared. Before it seemed like one of them always had a cold. “It’s just the everyday hand washing and not reusing the water is the biggest thing for us.”Water quality is important, but so is water quantity.For many Eek homes, installing plumbing means building a bathroom in the house. Plumbers Nicholas Henry and Robert Sitton are pictured here on February 20, 2019. (Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – Bethel)Before pipes, Eek residents could get treated water from the community watering point, paying a quarter for every five gallons. Most homes also collected rain water in summer and river ice in winter.When people don’t have to haul every gallon of water they use to their house, they use more of it. Instead of everyone reusing the same basin of water to wash their hands, they can turn on a faucet. They can clean the house and wash dishes more often. They can also take showers and do laundry at home instead of going to the community washeteria.“Now that you have access to water, you can do whatever you like,” explained Stella Alexie, Eek Tribal Administrator and city council member, “mop, wash dishes right after you eat dinner.”Before plumbing, she couldn’t keep the house as clean. Because she was the first in her family to get running water, her sons, mother, and grand-kids would come over to bathe and do laundry in the months before their homes were retrofitted.“We were running our washer a lot more this winter, sometimes from morning to evening,” Alexie remembered.Rural Alaskan homes without running water tend to use about 1.5 gallons of water per person per day. The World Health Organization classifies this amount as a “very high” health concern. Meanwhile, the average American with running water uses 156 gallons of water per day. The largest use of American household water is flushing toilets.George Alexie is Eek’s Tribal Council President. He lives in the same house he grew up in, but now plumbing has changed the layout.“Right over there, where you see that couch, that used to be where the bathroom and the toilet used to be,” Alexie said, pointing to a corner near the front door.The bathroom consisted of a basin and a toilet. The toilet was a honey bucket: a five-gallon bucket with a seat and a trash bag. Having it near the door made taking it outside to dump easier. Now he has a bathroom in another part of the house. It’s complete with a sink, shower, bath, and flushing toilet. He no longer has to handle the waste and the house smells better.“So it’s a better, cleaner environment,” Alexie said, smiling.When asked if he could go back to the old system, Alexie replied, “No, I wouldn’t want to go back to taking out a lot of waste.”Growing up, Alexie’s Elders told him to conserve water and never to play with it. Now, he’s told to use as much water as he wants. He’s having no trouble getting used to that. ANTHC workers install a water and sewer system to an Eek home on February 21, 2019. (Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – Bethel)What’s it like to go from hauling all your water and sewer to one day being able to turn on the faucet and flush a toilet? In Eek, a multi-year project is wrapping up bringing running water to the community for the first time.last_img read more

Indias World Cup match venues in England What conditions to expect

first_imgLord’s would be the venue of 2019 World Cup finalTwitter/Lord’s Cricket GroundWith India’s World Cup squad now finalised, the focus turns to assessing their strengths and weaknesses. England is one of the most difficult places to predict the conditions. It takes just fifteen minutes for the weather to change and batting-friendly conditions to become severely testing. It’s helpful to look at the grounds which would be hosting India’s matches and the bowlers who may be key to their success on them.Indian begins their campaign on June 5 against South Africa at Hampshire Bowl. Their last round-robin game would be on July 6 against Sri Lanka. The nine matches India will compete in, before the semi-final stage gets underway, would be hosted by six grounds: Hampshire Bowl, The Oval, Nottingham, Old Trafford, Edgbaston and Headingley.It has to be remembered that, like most grounds around the world, pitches for ODI cricket in England too, have become very flat. So, the conditions will not be as challenging as they once would have been. Still, there are some unique qualities and challenges that each ground possesses. Let’s look at the six venues that will host India’s matches and their unique characteristics.Hampshire Bowl vs South Africa, AfghanistanIt’s very hard to predict what this venue will produce. It can be anything from a spin-friendly track to one assisting pacers. The nature of the pitch would be known only on the playing day. A well-rounded attack would probably be the best option.The Oval vs Australia This is usually a dry pitch, especially towards the end of the season. But since the World Cup is being played in mid-season, the pitch won’t be that dry. Still, it may help the spinners. India may well bring in Ravindra Jadeja as a spin-bowling all-rounder for this one.Nottingham vs New Zealand In Tests, this is the happy hunting ground of James Anderson. So, as you can understand, the ball moves around here. However, a lot would depend upon the overhead conditions. Since the ICC would be in charge of pitch preparation, it’s unlikely that there would be any grass on the wicket. Any cloud cover, though, may tempt India to bring in Hardik Pandya as the fourth seamer.Old Trafford vs Pakistan, Windies Old Trafford is one of the grounds that will host India’s matches in the World CupTwitter/Keaton JenningsAt Old Trafford, the ball may move around, but not in a conventional way. Reverse swing, rather than orthodox variety, can be a potent weapon which makes Mohammed Shami a good option to have. Additionally, bounce can be another factor as the pitch is usually quite hard. Jasprit Bumrah may play a key role for India here due to his ability of bowling a good bouncer.Edgbaston vs England, BangladeshQuite simply, one of the best batting pitches in England. Indian pacers will have their task cut out on this track. Spinners can be effective but they would have to bowl well. Kuldeep Yadav may be the man for India here.Headingley vs Sri Lanka In the old days, this pitch used to test a batsman’s technique as well as his mental strength. The ball will do something for the seamers, especially if there is cloud over. Shami and Bhuvneshwar will be the dangerous bowlers for the opposition.The final would be played at Lords. Traditionally, a decent batsman-friendly wicket and one that should be even more so without any grass allowed by ICC. The timing of the match in mid-season will also prevent it from being too dry.last_img read more