Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said the matter relating to reported objectionable message of a Minister to a woman government officer had been taken very seriously and, to the best of his knowledge, resolved to the officer’s satisfaction.“The matter was brought to my notice some weeks ago and I had asked the Minister to apologise and sort it out with the lady officer. I understand he had done so to the satisfaction of the officer and thus the matter was resolved,” said the Chief Minister in a statement.
BRUSSELS—A long-stalled proposal to let individual countries in the European Union ban genetically modified (GM) crops took a major step forward last night, when representatives of the European Parliament and the bloc’s member states agreed on a joint version. The bill is now very close to becoming law: It could come into force in the spring if the whole Parliament and member states formally endorse the proposal in the coming weeks.Regulatory decisions regarding GM crops are now made at the European level; the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in Parma, Italy, assesses which ones are safe to put on the market. In the past decade, however, divisions between pro- and anti-GM European nations have hindered authorization decisions following EFSA’s assessment.Countries favorable to growing transgenic crops, such as Spain and the United Kingdom, want to unlock approval processes that have been delayed for years and allow more crops onto European fields; the governments of countries like Germany, France, and Austria want to be able to ban products on their territory—even if EFSA deems them safe—without being challenged in court.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The proposal gives the latter group more power to do what they want, whereas the former hopes that the new rules will ease authorization procedures. Frédérique Ries, who negotiated yesterday on behalf of the Parliament’s committee in charge of environmental, public health, and food safety (ENVI) issues, says the deal is a “reasoned” solution that will allow the union to make a fresh start on this divisive matter.“This is not about opposing science and politics … or about opposing reason and emotion,” says Ries’s aide Patrice Audibert, but rather about unlocking an untenable situation and enabling governments to respond to strong public concerns.The text will “give the democratically elected governments at least the same weight as scientific advice when it comes to important decisions concerning food and environment,” said Vytenis Andriukaitis, the European commissioner in charge of health and food safety, in a statement today.But neither seed producers nor green groups are convinced. Biotech companies say the basic idea of the bill—an agreement to disagree among member states, at the expense of market harmony—is bad news for industry. “Rejecting modern technologies on non-scientific grounds sets a dangerous precedent for the internal market and sends a negative signal for innovative industries worldwide considering whether or not to invest and operate in Europe,” said Beat Späth, director for agricultural biotechnology at the industry association EuropaBio here, in a statement today.Some scientists have echoed this sentiment. “We make a science-based risk assessment [of a product], and if it’s safe we use it and if it’s unsafe, we don’t,” Stefan Jansson, a professor of plant cell and molecular biology at Umeå University’s Plant Science Centre in Sweden, told ScienceInsider when ENVI approved its draft last month. By allowing other grounds for banning a product, “we undermine the scientific basis of the whole system,” he added.Meanwhile, Greenpeace EU, which had praised the draft approved by ENVI 3 weeks ago, says the text has lost substance in the final negotiations. The bill mentions maintaining local biodiversity and ecosystems as reasons that member states could invoke to ban the crops, but Marco Contiero, agriculture policy director at Greenpeace EU here, says the wording is not enough to withstand legal scrutiny if seed producers challenge a ban in court. “It’s extremely difficult for a member state to [restrict the free movement of goods in the European Union] if it is not allowed to use public health and environmental motivations” to do so, Contiero says.Member states will discuss this issue on 10 December; the text will also be put to a vote at the ENVI committee on 15 December and at the European Parliament plenary in January.*Correction, 5 December, 12:17 p.m.: This story has been corrected to clarify EFSA’s role in the regulatory process. read more
Milan: Gonzalo Higuain scored the winner as Juventus inflicted a first Serie A defeat of the season on Inter Milan with a 2-1 victory which sent the defending champions top on Sunday.Substitute Higuain slotted home on 80 minutes after fellow Argentine Paulo Dybala had opened the scoring in the fourth minute at the San Siro. Another Argentine forward Lautaro Martinez pulled Inter Milan level from the spot on 18 minutes, but coach Antonio Conte lost in his first meeting against his former club since leaving Juve to take over the Italy national team in 2014.Juventus moved one point ahead of Inter after seven games as they target a ninth consecutive title, and first under Maurizo Sarri.”Overtaking at the top is insignificant right now,” said former Chelsea boss Sarri.”The important things is that we showed a performance of character and personality against a strong team in a high-tension environment. We deserved to win.”Sarri started with Dybala and Federico Bernardeschi up front alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.Higuain — who also scored in Juventus’s 3-0 Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen during the week — began on the bench.The champions got off to a blistering start with Miralem Pjanic setting up Dybala who took Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic by surprise.Ronaldo rattled the crossbar and then had a goal ruled out when Dybala was in an offside position.But Inter got back on level terms when Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt handled the ball, with Lautaro drilling past Wojciech Szczesny.The hosts were hit with Stefano Sensi going off injured with Sarri making a double substitution after an hour bringing on in-form Higuain and Rodrigo Bentacur.Ronaldo and Bentancur combined to send Higuain through for the winner, with Szczesny doing well to deny Matias Vecino as Inter desperately pushed forward for an equaliser.”Juve showed their heavy artillery,” said Conte, who coached the Turin giants to the first three of their current run of eight consecutive titles.”Congratulations to them, we’ll roll up our sleeves now,” added Conte whose side lost their midweek Champions League game to Barcelona 2-1.NAPOLI HELDGian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta celebrated moving back to the newly-named Gewiss Stadium with a 3-1 win over promoted Lecce that keeps the Bergamo side third on 16 points.But Serie A runners-up Napoli are now six points behind Juventus in fourth following a goalless draw at Torino.”We want to fight for the Scudetto, but our ranking makes us cry a little,” said Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti.Roma are fifth, a point behind Napoli, with their match against Cagliari at the Stadio Olimpico finishing 1-1 after Nikola Kalinic’s last-gasp goal for the hosts was disallowed.”Sick and tired of this crap costing us games. Too many times already this year,” said Roma owner Jim Pallotta on Twitter.Joao Pedro’s early penalty after a Gianluca Mancini handball was cancelled out by Luca Ceppitelli’s own goal before half-time.But what looked like a winner from Kalinic was disallowed without a VAR review for a foul on Fabio Pisacane which saw the Cagliari defender stretchered off.Roma were furious with coach Paulo Fonseca and his deputy both banished from the sideline before the final whistle.Roma stay a point ahead of city rivals Lazio, who drew 2-2 at Bologna with Serie A top scorer Ciro Immobile getting both goals for the visitors, to bring his tally to seven goals in as many games.Lazio’s Joaquin Correa missed a chance for the winner when he sent a penalty kick over the bar two minutes from time.Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic — a former Lazio player — was back on the bench after undergoing a second round of chemotherapy to treat his leukaemia.Both teams finished with 10 men after Lazio’s Lucas Leiva was sent off on the hour mark with Bologna’s Gary Medel following nine minutes later.In Tuscany, Nikola Milenkovic nodded in the only goal after 72 minutes to give Fiorentina their third consecutive win as Udinese fell to their fourth defeat in seven games.Fiorentina are eighth with Udinese a point above the relegation zone. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Antonio Contecristiano ronaldofootballGonzalo Higuain First Published: October 7, 2019, 4:40 PM IST read more
Mumbai Indians fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah said playing tennis-ball cricket in his formative years has helped him improve his ability to bowl yorkers with good control.”With only one ball you cannot be successful. I try to mix my pace and try to use yorkers. I used to play tennis ball cricket quite a lot before playing serious cricket. Over there you bowl yorkers. That could be the reason I bowl yorkers. But it’s difficult to bowl and I have to practice continuously,” said Bumrah.With an unorthodox bowling action, Bumrah has picked up eight wickets from 11 games this season and played a good supporting role to top wicket-taker Mitchell McClenaghan of New Zealand.The 22-year-old feels Mumbai Indians’ bowling attack has done well despite the absence of their pace spearhead Lasith Malinga, who is out of the tournament with a knee injury.”He’s a world class bowler. We will miss him. But as a bowling group, we have been doing well. Mitchell McClenaghan has been doing very well, Tim Southee too,” he pointed out.Bumrah, who grabbed the fans’ attention with his good show during India’s tour of Australia for the ODIs and T20s earlier this year, said the time he spent in the Indian dressing room was a good learning curve for him.”From the Australia tour I learned a lot, and from Sri Lanka (tour) and Asia Cup (in Bangladesh) too. I have learnt a lot from the Indian team. Many senior players were there with me. I look to learn from everyone. In T20 format I have played many international games and am trying to carry it into IPL.”advertisementBumrah said though there was a huge difference in the standard of cricket at the domestic first class and international level, he tries to maintain the same mind-set as it helps him to handle the pressure of playing for India.”The level of cricket is different from Gujarat and first class to IPL and international cricket. I try to maintain the same mindset. That way there’s less pressure on me and I can play freely,” said Bumrah.He also said MI’s bowling coach and former New Zealand pacer Shane Bond has been a great help to him.”I have learnt a lot from Shane Bond. We make plans. He’s a very experienced bowler and helps me in deciding what to do and not to do in certain situations. He’s been a helpful hand for me and other bowlers, spinners included, in the team.”My all-time favourite bowlers are Mitchell Johnson, Wasim Akram and Brett Lee. I used to watch their videos and learn from them. I have learnt a lot from Johnson, and Malinga too. I try to learn from any senior bowlers who have played international cricket,” the Ahmedabad-born player said.Meanwhile, Malinga’s replacement Jerome Taylor of the West Indies, has joined the squad and practiced with the team on Wednesday ahead of the game against KKR. read more
The Eiffel Tower was closed for safety reasons on Monday as workers cleared up the “fan zone” at its base amid official relief that the competition had ended without any serious security incidents. (Portugal prove they can flourish without Ronaldo)”The current situation does not permit us to open under adequate safety conditions,” said a spokesman for the company that operates the tower, one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions, and under which tens of thousands watched the final on giant screens on Sunday night. (Ronaldo shows why he is the undisputed boss of world football)French police arrested 40 people overnight after the Eiffel Tower fan zone reached its 90,000-capacity, leaving some frustrated at being unable to watch a match that France ultimately lost 0-1 to Portugal.FRENCH LOSS SPARKS FAN VIOLENCEPolice used tear gas and water cannon to disperse the crowd, and firefighters were called in to deal with a car and a scooter set ablaze during the trouble. (Ronaldo told me I would score the winner: Eder)Nevertheless, Interior Minister Barnard Cazeneuve told a news conference the month-long tournament, involving dozens of matches and millions of fans, had gone off smoothly despite some fan violence, notably battles between Russian and British fans in the port city of Marseille early on in the tournament. (Portugal breaks into jubilation after Euro win)France has been under emergency rule since Islamist militants killed 130 people last November in multiple attacks on Paris and outside the Stade de France stadium where the final match was played on Sunday night. (Also Read: Injured Ronaldo leaves Euro 2016 final in tears)advertisementFears of an Islamist militant attack on the competition prompted heightened security measures, but officials had resisted calls to ban the fan zones in Paris and elsewhere.”France was able to remain France,” said Cazeneuve, adding that the country nevertheless remained on maximum security alert.The security focus would now turn away from soccer to a Tour de France cycling race and the summer season of open-air festivals across the country of 65 million people, he said.In all, 1,550 people were arrested by police during the Euro 2016 soccer tournament, with 64 expelled from the country and 59 sentenced to jail or given suspended jail terms for various offences, he said. read more
Nebraska State Senator Bob Krist continues to talk about property tax relief as a main point of his campaign for governor of Nebraska.Krist, the Democratic candidate, spoke in South Sioux City Monday morning and says Governor Pete Ricketts has not prioritized property tax relief up to this point, plus ignored a source of revenue that could help provide that relief:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/KRIST5.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………is very low. ;13Krist also wants to restore cuts in education funding which he says the internet tax revenue would also help pay for:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/KRIST6.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..reduce the burden. ;19Krist says for that to work though, other local entities must participate to help bring property taxes down:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/KRIST7.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..at the local level. ;20Krist has been recently endorsed by the Nebraska Farmer’s Union and the Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska in the governor’s race. read more
Senior International Monetary Fund (IMF) Representative in Jamaica, Dr. Gene Leon, has commended the Government for displaying the vision to formulate a programme, aimed at resuscitating the country’s economy. Speaking at a Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (MSME) Alliance public forum at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) auditorium, New Kingston, on April 11, Dr. Leon said the programme represented a “blueprint” and a “map,” which presents opportunities for Jamaica going forward. “I think it’s a unique opportunity for Jamaica…in conjunction with (its) international partners, the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and a number of others, to start the process of getting the country out of where it is,” he said. Noting that the economic challenges have mainly resulted from consumption exceeding earnings, Dr. Leon underscored the need for a collective approach by stakeholders at all levels of the society to address this and other contributing factors, to enable Jamaica to effectively address the problems. “Self responsibility requires us to see our role in where we are, to see our responsibility in taking us out of where we are, and that’s the only way we can galvanize ourselves around the national consensus, the national responsibility and the national thrust that will get us into a different place,” he said. The forum, which focused on the theme: ‘MSMEs waiting to Exhale’, was jointly staged by the MSME Alliance, Jamaica Micro Finance Association (JaMFA), and the University of Technology’s (UTech) Joan Duncan School of Entrepreneurship, Ethics and Leadership (JDSEEL) By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporter read more
New Delhi: The full Election Commission on Saturday called on President Ram Nath Kovind and handed over the list of 542 newly-elected members of the Lok Sabha that will enable him to initiate the formal process of new government formation. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and the other two Commissioners, Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra, met the President at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and gave him a copy of the notification issued by the poll body in terms of provisions of the Representation of the People Act containing the names of MPs elected in the just-concluded polls. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC While the notification sets in motion the constitution of the 17th Lok Sabha, the list given to the President enables him to initiate government formation process. On Saturday evening, newly-elected MPs of the National Democratic Alliance are likely elect Narendra Modi as its leader. After this, a delegation of leaders of the BJP and its allies is expected to call on the President and convey to him their choice of Modi as Prime Minister following which he will be invited to form the government. The BJP has secured majority on its own in the elections by winning 303 seats. Elections were held in 542 of the 543 seats. The election in Vellore Lok Sabha seat was cancelled by the EC citing abuse of money power. A fresh date is yet to be announced. read more
MONTREAL — The company that owns Mac’s and Couche-Tard stores is making further advances in Europe with the acquisition of Ireland’s leading operator of gas bar and convenience store stations.The Quebec-based company says it has an agreement to buy the Topaz chain for an undisclosed price.Couche-Tard says Topaz is a good strategic fit within its European network.“It has an extensive and attractive convenience and fuel network, with good locations, quality forecourts and stores, an excellent food offering and very professional teams,” Europe group president Jacob Schram said in a statement.Topaz has a network of 464 fuel stations across the island of Ireland including its recently acquired Esso station network.Of these stations, 162 are owned by Topaz and 302 by dealers.Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc raises dividend as profit increasesHow long can the highs last for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc shares?The agreement also includes a commercial fuels operation, with over 30 depots and two owned terminals.Alimentation Couche-Tard is one of North America’s largest operators of convenience stores and gas bar retailing operations.In the United States, it operates mainly as Circle K which will eventually become its main global brand outside of Quebec.The Montreal-area company headquartered in Laval has been building its presence in Europe since the 2012 purchase of Statoil Fuel & Retail — which operates primarily in the Scandanavian and Baltic region.In English Canada, Couche-Tard is best known for the Mac’s convenience store chain which will be converted to the Circle K brand starting in May 2017. In its home province, the Couche-Tard banner will remain. read more
“What is important is that the democratic process is being followed,” Mr. Annan said to reporters as he entered the United Nations Headquarters in New York. “I hope that the kind of change taking place will remain peaceful, that it will be democratic and the nation will come together to get themselves out of this difficulty.”The Secretary-General also wished Ms. Megawati and the country every success. “Indonesia is an important nation for the region and the world,” he said.
On the first day of an official visit to Ecuador, the chief of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today praised the country’s new law aimed at improving the lives of boys and girls, and urged authorities to make the necessary budget allocations to enable its full implementation.“By investing in services for children, Ecuador’s government is making an investment in its future – one that will pay huge dividends. UNICEF applauds this commitment, and we hope it grows,” Executive Director Carol Bellamy said.Ms. Bellamy’s visit to Ecuador includes meetings with President Lucio Gutierrez, other senior officials and representatives of Congress to discuss a number of issues related to children and the implementation of the Ecuadorian Code for Children and Adolescents. The Code approved by the Ecuadorian Congress entered into effect at the start of this year. It encompasses social protection such as childhood disabilities, sexual abuse and physical mistreatment at home and educational institutions. It also covers children of incarcerated parents and those removed from their home environment. “The Ecuadorian budget must guarantee sufficient resources to allow fulfilment of social goals for children,” Ms. Bellamy said, calling for “tough budget decisions” that would enable the full implementation of the Code.Since the onset of a regional economic crisis in 1998, conditions for children and adolescents have gradually deteriorated, according to UNICEF. Ecuador has a population of 4.8 million children less than 18 years of age, which is about 40 per cent of the total population. read more
The Ministry of Defence (MOD), with support from the Afghanistan New Beginnings Programme (ANBP), kicked off the campaign in the capital Kabul, where ex-fighters of the 99th Rocket Brigade turned in over 60 of their surface-to-air missiles at a military site in nearby Qagarah, making the first time a military unit has turned in its missiles.Manoel de Almeida e Silva, spokesman for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) told a news briefing yesterday that as the programme rolls out some 800 soldiers from six units will be disarmed and demobilized.Two weeks later, they will begin the reintegration programme of their choice, according to Mr. de Almeida e Silva. The options are agriculture, vocational training, small business, de-mining, contracting teams or joining the Afghan National Army or Afghan National Police. read more
“The people of South Sudan are suffering beyond measure. [The famine] represents only the most extreme tip of the iceberg of needs in this country,” said Eugene Owusu, the Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, in a news release issued by the UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). On 20 February, famine was formally declared in parts of the country. A formal declaration means people have already started dying of hunger. “To avert further catastrophe, it is imperative that humanitarians are able to act swiftly and robustly,” Mr. Owusu underlined. The UN official’s call follows a series of recent events which have hampered humanitarian operations and placed civilians at risk. For instance, during clashes in Jonglei state, humanitarian compounds were looted by armed actors and community members; and 28 humanitarian workers were forced to relocate from Mayendit County, one of the two counties hit by famine in Unity State, due to insecurity. Aid workers were also denied access last week to key locations outside of Lainya town, in Central Equatoria, where tens of thousands of people in need have not been reached with aid in months. RELATED: Famine declared in region of South Sudan – UN“I implore all parties to this conflict to uphold their responsibilities under international humanitarian law, place the plight of the people first, give aid workers unfettered access, and protect civilians,” Mr. Owusu added. “Time is of the essence, and lives are in the balance, so it is critical that these words be translated into concrete actions on the ground immediately.” The news release also noted that President of South Sudan provided reassurances that all humanitarian organizations will have unimpeded access to needy populations across the country. According to OCHA, insecurity and lack of access have complicated an already worrying situation: more than 100,000 people face starvation in the famine-declared parts of the country, and a further one million are on the brink of famine. There are also fears that by the height of the lean season in July, some 5.5 million people could face severe food insecurity across the country. Additionally, since December 2013, about 3.4 million people have been displaced, including about 1.5 million who fled as refugees to neighbouring countries. Against this backdrop, humanitarian organizations have appealed urgent funds to respond to the escalating crisis, with $1.6 billion required to provide life-saving assistance and protection to some 5.8 million people across South Sudan in 2017. read more
“While the building blocks of stabilization are being put in place, we cannot lose sight of the challenges of reintegration,” Jean Arnault, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, told the Security Council, presenting the first quarterly report on the activities of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, which he heads up.The mission, which started its operations on 26 September 2017, was established to verify the commitments of the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) on reintegrating former FARC-EP members into society, and on ensuring security in territories most affected by the decades-long conflict, which was ended with a peace deal between the two sides in November 2016.Mr. Arnault said that the political reintegration of the former guerrilla organization is on course, noting that the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections this year and local and departmental elections in less than two years will be an opportunity for the new FARC party to gain seats.“But we continue to view with concern the socioeconomic reintegration of the 14,000 former combatants,” he said, explaining that many of them are still in prison and are extremely frustrated with the reintegration process.President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón has taken the important step of recognizing the need for access to landownership as a major incentive for reintegration.For their part, many FARC members have demonstrated on the ground that they are willing and able to engage in agriculture, environmental protection and crop substitution.These are promising developments, but only that. The next few months must be the opportunity to “turn the corner,” and make a fragile process more durable.Regarding a temporary ceasefire between the Government and the National Liberation Army (ELN), Mr. Arnault stressed that the clamor for the continued suspension of military action has been unanimous, and reiterated the need to preserve the lower level of violence as seen in the past three months, while also advocating for a clearer and more reliable ceasefire.“Unfortunately, it was just announced that attacks against pipelines by the ELN have just resumed. We will follow closely developments and keep the Council informed,” Mr. Arnault said.See Security Council press statement on Colombia hereMeanwhile, UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric told reporters in New York that the Secretary-General will be travelling to Bogotá, Colombia, on 13 January to support peace efforts.On Saturday, Mr. Guterres will meet with the President, officials of the Government and armed forces, as well as with the leadership of the FARC and the Catholic Church.On Sunday, the Secretary-General will travel to Meta Department, where his agenda will include a visit to a territorial area for training and reintegration of former FARC combatants.Asked if the UN chief will meet with the ELN, Mr. Dujarric said “we’re concerned by the incident this morning – an attack on an oil pipeline. We’re obviously following the developments very closely and we’re keeping the Security Council informed.” read more
Astronomers hunting for signs of intelligent alien life in the universe have recorded 15 mysterious radio signals coming from a dwarf galaxy three billion light years away.The team is part of the Breakthrough Listen project, set up by Professor Stephen Hawking and Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, to discover whether we’re alone in the universe.Although the latest fast radio bursts, or FRBs, are unlikely to have come from an alien civilisation, the researchers say it proves their equipment is working well, and ready to pick up signs of life if they exist.FRBs are radio signals from somewhere in deep space that last for just milliseconds. The new bursts came from an unknown source, dubbed ‘FRB 121102’, which was discovered in 2012. Yuri Milner and Prof. Stephen Hawking at the launch of the Breakthrough project on 20th July 2015Credit:Julian Simmonds Telegraph Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees, who chairs the project, told The Telegraph: “They looked at a source that was already known to the the most ‘active’ of the ‘fast radio burst’ sources discovered.“They have found even more frequent, fainter, bursts from this same object.“Some journalists have written that this is evidence for extraterrestrial intelligence. Nobody is claiming this. But it confirms that their equipment is working well.”The new results are reported as an Astronomer’s Telegram and will be described in further detail in an upcoming scientific journal article. Breakthrough Listen is a $100 million global astronomical initiative launched in 2015 by Hawking and Milner which has teams around the world using their telescopes to look for evidence of life.The initial 10 year programme will survey the 1,000,000 closest stars to Earth, scanning the entire galactic plane of the Milky Way. Beyond our galaxy it will listen for messages from the 100 closest galaxies at 10 billion different frequencies. “If some form of life would like to produce a signal that is detectable to another civilisation this could be a way to do it, but I don’t think they are coming from intelligent civilisations.“There are more theories than the number of sources. We have opened more questions than answers. As we do more study we find more weird things.” Dr Vishal Gajjar at UC Berkeley Research Centre said: “We really have no idea about where they come from. We currently know 30 to exist in the universe and only one is known to repeat which means we can look at it again and again. We looked at this one at a higher frequency. Researchers originally thought the bursts could be the remnants of a giant supernova Credit:Chris Heapy A readout of the signal showing a 300 microsecond pulse spikeCredit:UC Berkeley Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Announcing the project at the time at a press conference in London, Hawking said it ‘was time to commit to finding the answer to life beyond Earth.“Somewhere in the universe intelligent life may be watching the lights of ours aware of what they mean,” he said.The latest signals were picked up by Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, US. Nine million volunteers around the world are also donating their spare computing programme to search the data coming back from the telescopes. At first scientists thought the signals were the fallout from a catastrophic event in space, like a supernova, but then they repeated again in 2015 and 2016 suggesting the whatever object produced them was still there.In the new experiment, scientists from University of California, Berkeley, scanned the same galaxy at a higher frequency than which had been used to see the original bursts, and found 15 more.Explanations for the signals range from rotating neutron stars with extremely magnetic fields, to energy sources used by extraterrestrial civilisations to power spacecraft. Whatever they are they left their galaxy when our Solar System was just two billion years old, and life was just getting going on Earth. The Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia Credit:Chuck Garvin AP read more
SINN FÉIN PRESIDENT Gerry Adams today denied he had any involvement in the murder of Jean McConville and criticised the Boston Oral History project.Responding to media speculation that the PSNI may be interested in speaking to him in reference to the Jean McConville case, in which a 77-year-old man has been charged. Adams said:I can understand the McConville family’s anger and hurt given what they have been through and given what some anti-peace process former republican activists have been alleging.However, let me repeat. What happened to Jean McConville was a terrible injustice.I was not involved in any part of it. If the PSNI wish to talk to me on this matter I am available to meet them. I have asked my solicitor to contact them. US CollegeSpeaking about the project by the US college, in which a number of people with ties to the IRA were interviewed, describing it as “shoddy” and a “self-serving effort” by those involved.He said that some of the individuals interviewed have gone to “great lengths to attack the republican struggle,” he said.“The issue of the past needs to be dealt with and I and Sinn Féin are committed to this. We have argued for an independent, international, truth recovery process. However, if this cannot be agreed then we are seeking the implementation of the Haass compromise proposals,” Adams said.He said that this included” the right of families to choose whether to pursue legal action or to seek maximum truth recovery”.Read: Boston College testimony used to bring veteran republican to court over Jean McConville> Adams: Legacy issues best dealt with through “truth recovery process”> read more
France : 3.000 cas de rougeole ont été recensés depuis janvier 2010France – Entre janvier et août 2010, plus de 3.000 cas de rougeole ont été signalés. Un chiffre qui porte le nombre de personnes touchées depuis l’épidémie de janvier 2008 à 5.220 cas.Depuis janvier 2008, 5.220 cas de rougeole ont été observés, dont 3.094 entre janvier et août 2010, avec un pic observé en avril explique l’Institut de veille sanitaire. Ce dernier ajoute que sur l’ensemble des personnes touchées par la maladie depuis janvier, 34% ont été hospitalisées tandis que la rougeole est en importante augmentation chez les enfants de moins de 1 an.Et Le Parisien de préciser que si l’ensemble du pays est touché, quatre régions semblent l’être davantage, en l’occurrence les Pyrénées-Orientales, la Vienne, l’Aveyron et l’Ariège. Relaxnews précise de son côté qu’un plan d’élimination de la rougeole est effectif depuis 2005 en France.Le 28 octobre 2010 à 09:18 • Emmanuel Perrin read more
Les plantes s’activent dès le printempsLes chercheurs ont pu identifier le gène qui déclenche le processus de floraison chez les plantes, dès l’apparition des beaux jours. Comment un parterre de fleurs peut-il recouvrir votre pelouse en une seule journée, dès qu’il fait un peu plus chaud ? C’est la question que quiconque est amené à se poser en observant ce fantastique phénomène et qui trouve aujourd’hui sa réponse. Il y a quelques semaines, des scientifiques de l’Université d’Édimbourg ont découvert que l’horloge biologique des plantes était contrôlée par une douzaine de gènes. Ces derniers lui permettait notamment de ralentir son activité nocturne.Cette fois, des chercheurs anglais du John Innes Centre, ont dévoilé que le gène responsable de la floraison, le PIF4, ne s’activait qu’à une certaine température externe. Les résultats de l’étude ont été publiés dans le magazine Nature, dans lequel Philip Wigge, le co-auteur, explique que “l’on sait depuis des centaines d’années que les plantes fleurissent quand il fait plus chaud. La question qui se posait était plutôt de savoir comment elles contrôlent ce processus avec tant de précision”.L’étude a ainsi mis en évidence deux mécanismes qui permettent aux plantes de réagir à l’arrivée du printemps : la durée de la lumière sur une journée et le changement de température. Cité par la BBC, le docteur Wigge précise que “nous avons découvert le gène qui correspond au second mécanisme. Et il est remarquable, car il ne s’active que quand il fait plus chaud. Car si vous refroidissez l’environnement de la plante, il reste inactif. Dès que les températures augmentent, il déclenche la floraison”. Lumière du jour pour les unes, température pour les autresÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour leur étude, les scientifiques ont utilisé la Arabidopsis thaliana, l’Arabette de Thalius, qui se développe en Europe, en Asie et en Afrique du Nord, et dont le génome a été le premier a être séquencé. Ils ont aussi découvert que ces deux mécanismes variaient d’une plante à l’autre. “Certaines plantes fleurissent chaque printemps au même moment, alors que d’autres fleuriront plus tôt s’il fait chaud plus tôt. Ces dernières présentent un gène PIF4 actif”, explique Philipp Wigge. Ainsi, selon lui, “ces plantes seront capables de survivre à d’autres espèces qui ne répondent qu’à la lumière du jour, si le changement climatique s’accélère”. Certaines plantes sont ainsi en train de s’adapter au réchauffement climatique. Mais outre mieux connaitre le mécanisme de floraison des fleurs, cette découverte pourrait aussi permettre une avancée dans la recherche pour renforcer la résistance des récoltes au changement climatique. En effet, Philip Wigge a estimé que pour chaque hausse de la température d’environ 1°C, la production céréalière diminuerait de 10%. “La température a des effets très variés et complexes sur les rendements. Nous pensons que le même processus qui se déroule chez les plantes a également lieu pour le blé et l’orge”. “Connaître le rôle clé que joue la température dans le processus de floraison devrait être un outil majeur alors que le climat se réchauffe rapidement”, précise-t-il via Redorbit. Le 23 mars 2012 à 20:13 • Maxime Lambert read more
July 29, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsKUSI’s John Soderman was live at the Honor Flight San Diego Fundraiser where many World War II Veterans who were never officially thanked are raising money to support sending veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials built for their service and sacrifice. Honor Flight celebrates World War II vets who were never officially thanked John Soderman, John Soderman Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 29, 2018 read more
The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the homeless man found dead in downtown Vancouver as Charles Merrit Allen, 39.Allen’s body was found on May 13 when a passer-by pulled back a sleeping bag and found him dead.The cause of death has not yet been determined, but Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said there were no signs of foul play.