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Fishermen from Lanka India want talks to resume

“We are totally against the killings or harassment of fishermen, irrespective of whether they are Indian or Sri Lankan. There should be some patrolling so that Indian and Sri Lankan sides keep to their own maritime boundaries.” Explaining the reason behind the deadlock, Mr. Kumara contended that it was because Indian fishermen wanted to fish for 83 days in Sri Lankan waters each year for a period of three years. Though Sri Lanka had accepted it as a livelihood issue, the problem is that there has been not been a clear of indication of reduction of over-fishing from the Indian side, he said. W. Herman Kumara, convener of National Fisheries Solidarity Movement, Sri Lankan, told The Hindu , “Talks should be commenced and at same time government should take the dialogue seriously. It should not drag any further. There should be immediate agreements respected by governments and fishermen on both sides.” Leaders of Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen have called for a resumption of the conciliatory dialogue which has been deadlocked since April last, The Hindu newspaper reported.“We appeal to the External Ministry to facilitate the resumption of dialogue between fishermen representatives immediately to find a lasting solution as early as possible,” said M. Ilango, Chairperson , National Fishworkers’ Forum. Both fishermen camps had arrived at a written agreement in 2010 under which Indian fishermen agreed that they would fish only up to 70 days in Sri Lankan waters a year. They had also stated that after one year, they would phase out from Sri Lankan waters and go for deep sea and tuna fishing. But, it never happened.“Now in 2015, they bargained for 83 days . We wanted to come to agreement at that time. However, Sri Lankan fishermen declined to commit to an agreement in the absence of a concrete assurance,” said Mr. Kumara.Claiming there is no serious consideration by the governments on the issue, Mr. Kumara said the Joint Fisheries Working Committee was not functioning properly. According to Mr. Kumara, around 2,000 boats cross the border from Mandapam and Rameswaram to the Sri Lankan side.“When the trawlers come in, the nets and boats of Sri Lankan fishermen are affected. Fishermen on the northern Sri Lankan side are more concerned about their sustainability and resources. There are so many internal conflicts because of this,” he said. read more


October 8, 2019 0

Annan takes strong disciplinary measures after probe reveals security failures in Iraq

Video of the press briefing [1hr. 12mins] Secretary-General Kofi Annan today announced a series of disciplinary measures, including calls for the resignation of senior UN officials, following the release of a critical report by a panel that identified institutional and individual failures in assessing the security situation in Baghdad prior to the terrorist attack last August that killed 22 people, including the UN’s top envoy in Iraq.The official in charge of overall staff security, Security Coordinator Tun Myat, was asked to resign from the United Nations, while Ramiro Lopes da Silva, his proxy on the ground in Iraq, known as the Designated Official, was asked to immediately step down from his current post as an Assistant Secretary-General in the United Nations and return to his senior post in the UN World Food Programme (WFP).Future assignments for Mr. Lopes da Silva, who also served as the Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, will no longer include any responsibilities for security matters, a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in making the announcements on the disciplinary measures.The Secretary-General established the Security in Iraq Accountability Panel late last year to carry out an independent probe into the responsibilities of all individuals and UN entities involved in the security of the UN operation in Iraq, which might have prevented or mitigated the effect of the 19 August attack, or diminished the loss of life and injury to UN personnel. The panel focused in particular on the actions or omissions of the UN headquarters in Baghdad and its staff.The blast destroyed the UN offices at the Canal Hotel, killing 22 people, including Mr. Annan’s top envoy, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and injuring more than 100 others. A second, smaller attack in September prompted the Secretary-General to eventually withdraw all international UN personnel.The recommendation to return the UN to the country was ultimately made by the Steering Group on Iraq (SGI) – a high-level body composed of senior UN officials and the heads of UN entities operating in Iraq that provided policy advice to the Secretary-General. Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette, who chaired the SGI, tendered her resignation to Mr. Annan after the panel’s findings were made known.Mr. Annan declined to accept it, spokesman Fred Eckhard said, “taking into account the collective nature of the failures attributable” to the SGI as a whole. A letter addressed to Ms. Fréchette, in her capacity as SGI Chair, and shared with all members of the Steering Group, “expressed the Secretary-General’s disappointment and regret with regard to the failures identified by the panel which are attributable to the SGI,” the spokesman said.A letter has also been sent to each head of a UN fund or programme that had staff in Iraq from the date of the UN’s return to the country on 1 May to 19 August, critical of their management and lack of respect for staff ceilings and security clearances applicable in Iraq.Meanwhile, the Chief Administrative Officer of the Office of the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq (UNOCHI) and the Building Manager of UNOCHI were each charged with misconduct and their cases referred to the UN personnel management office to initiate disciplinary proceedings against them.The Secretary-General also immediately reassigned the Field Security Coordination Officer from the office of the UN Security Coordinator to an appropriate post not involving any functions related to security matters, Mr. Eckhard said.In addition, a letter of reprimand has been sent to the Security Management Team in Iraq, an advisory body to Mr. Lopes da Silva.”The Secretary-General regretted the failures identified by the Panel and expressed his determination to take all corrective measures, within his authority, to enhance the safety and security of all UN staff, especially those deployed in dangerous conflict areas,” Mr. Eckhard said.Mr. Annan also paid tribute to the staff who lost their lives or were injured in the 19 August attack, the spokesman said, and “renewed his confidence in the staff of the Organization for their devoted service and unflinching dedication to the United Nations.” read more


October 6, 2019 0

UK car production rises in October as exports pass 11 million but

Meanwhile, production for the UK continued to reverse, falling -2.9% and making October the ninth month of decline at home this year. 28,178 cars were produced for domestic buyers, as lower business and consumer confidence, combined with confusion over government policies towards diesel, continued to dent orders. Year-to-date figures show production for the home market decreased by -6.8% or almost 22,000 units. Exports have fared better, broadly stable so far in the year at -0.1%, while overall output is down -1.6%.The latest independent production forecast is also published today, which revises the expected UK output for 2017 down to 1.73 million, lower than previous SMMT expectations of around 1.8 million. The revision is due in part to the decline in domestic demand, but also because of lower than expected production levels of certain models as some approach the end of their lifecycles.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,It’s encouraging to see positive growth in exports this month and a slight increase in overall output. Production for British consumers, however, has continued to fall as domestic demand for new cars decreased for the ninth month this year amidst continued uncertainty over both Brexit and the government’s air quality plans.It’s important that confidence is restored to the new car market, as sales of the latest cleaner, greener cars not only address air quality concerns but speed up activity on factory lines across the UK.The latest independent UK forecast report is worrying news for the sector, predicting annual output which is, at best, static compared with last year. The industry needs stability and a clear roadmap for Brexit if we are to encourage investment and arrest the decline in both the market and business confidence. Notes1. The Production Outlook is an independent forecast of UK vehicle manufacturing commissioned from AutoAnalysis. It is updated up to four times a year reflecting market and production cycle fluctuations. The latest report, produced in November, forecasts 1.73 million units for 2017.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) UK new car production increased in October, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 157,056 units left UK factories last month, a 3.5% rise compared with the same period in 2016.The growth was driven by exports, which rose 5.0% in the month, boosted by demand for new models in overseas markets. 82.1% of all UK-built cars were shipped abroad in October – the highest proportion this year – with the bulk going to our biggest trading partner, Europe. UK car manufacturing rises 3.5% in October with 157,056 cars rolling off production lines.Exports up 5.0% – but domestic demand falls -2.9% as lower consumer confidence continues to impact market.Year-to-date, more than 1.1 million cars made for overseas markets but overall output down -1.6%.Independent forecast report1 revises UK production for 2017 down to 1.73m units. read more


October 2, 2019 0

Giants QB Eli Manning Rode Out Storm in Hoboken

Even football superstars get affected by superstorms, as Giants MVP quarterback Eli Manning had to hunker down in his Hoboken condominium with his wife and young daughter and hope that Sandy didn’t come crashing through the windows.Manning, who grew up in New Orleans and saw his share of hurricanes, said he was surprised by how quickly the Hudson River rushed into Hoboken.“I saw water coming over the Hudson River into the streets. Very quickly a car is completely covered with water, so it can be scary,” Manning said after returning from Dallas, where the Giants had a narrow win. “The wind was blowing, the windows were shaking. You hope everything holds up, the windows don’t crack.”Manning said the storm came so quickly that he didn’t have time to “get out of Dodge.”There was a picture of Manning spreading across the Internet, standing in the lobby of his building, watching water rush into the building.Manning said the windows held up and that the water now was “back where it should be.” His home and family were all fine when the storm settled.After his building lost power, Manning moved to a hotel along with most of the rest of the team.“When you have a young child, it’s kind of different. You have to make sure she’s well-kept,” Manning said of his toddler. “We have gotten out of Hoboken and are at a hotel where we have power and some other things.”Manning wisely planned ahead  prepare for Sunday’s game against the Steelers.“I had a feeling the storms would be bad, so I came in Monday morning and got my film on my computer,” Manning said.  “I had time [Tuesday] to watch a bunch and I feel caught up. I feel like I am right where I need to be, getting started, getting game-planned and getting back out to practice.” read more


September 30, 2019 0

KSB announces 125th Anniversary for GIW Industries Inc

first_imgGIW Industries Inc, the global designer, manufacturer, and application specialist of heavy-duty, centrifugal slurry pumps, is in its 125th year in operation. “The evolution from a local, family-owned business to a global supplier has spanned decades. Over the years, the company focus on supporting customer success has made GIW’s engineers, hydrologists, metallurgists, and foundry and manufacturing professionals the world’s leading slurry experts.”GIW began as a small foundry and machine shop in Augusta, Georgia, in 1891 under the name Georgia Iron Works. “When GIW employees began building slurry pumps in 1914, they dove headfirst into their clients’ most demanding applications, using available technology to build the best equipment for their customers’ varied and complex environments. As the company has grown, this hands-on approach has taken employees around the globe to wherever leaders of mining, dredging, and industrial companies demand systems that expand the limits of moving slurry.”GIW experts developed many products when clients came to them with their most challenging requests. In the late 1940s, a phosphate company received a directive from its home office to use slurry pumps constructed with components of “hard” or “white” iron, instead of the conventional gray iron. GIW engineers began experimenting with Ni-Hard. Many early castings were scrapped, but through trial and error, GIW metallurgists produced the Gasite® family of white irons. “This registered trade name is recognised around the world. It also serves as a great example of the lengths GIW employees will go to solve customers’ problems.”One of the major changes in the history of GIW was when KSB purchased 100% ownership in 1996. GIW continued to operate under the name GIW Industries until 2014, when its slurry products were officially rebranded as GIW® Minerals. Today, KSB and GIW offer single-source solutions for both water and slurry pump customers worldwide. GIW has a standard catalogue of pumps, which range in price from $10,000 to $500,000, but company experts can design and build custom pumps using a testing laboratory that is one of the most sophisticated in the world. Each year, GIW conducts about 150 in-house tests and about 75 tests for customers from all over the world.Today, GIW has manufacturing locations in Thomson and Grovetown, Georgia, and service centres in Georgia; Lakeland, Florida; and Fort McMurray, Canada. Located in Columbia County, it is one of the county’s largest employers with over 600 people employed at the Grovetown facility. Recently, GIW expanded with the addition of a new foundry and distribution centre. Both will be fully operational this year.last_img read more


September 24, 2019 0

Shoe thrown at Iranian President following historic Obama phonecall

first_imgA SHOE WAS thrown towards Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s car today as he arrived home to a mixed reception following his historic call with Barack Obama.Some 60 hardline Islamists chanted “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” as Rouhani’s motorcade drew out of Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport.But they were outnumbered by 200 to 300 supporters of the president who shouted: “Thank you Rouhani.”A small police contingent separated the rival demonstrators.The shoe missed the car and Rouhani stood up through the sunroof to acknowledge the crowds.Before leaving New York, where he attended the UN General Assembly, Rouhani had a 15-minute telephone conversation with Obama — the first contact between leaders of the two countries in more than three decades.The throwing of a shoe is considered a major insult across the Middle East.© AFP, 2013Read: US and Iranian presidents speak by phone in first direct contact since 1979last_img read more


September 22, 2019 0

Archdiocese postpones vote on patronage of Dublin schools citing confusion about Church

first_img Image: Shutterstock/BlurryMe By Stephen McDermott 13,647 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 5 Apr 2019, 6:35 PM Apr 5th 2019, 6:35 PM Share347 Tweet Email2 Archdiocese postpones vote on patronage of Dublin schools, citing ‘confusion’ about Church celebrations It was claimed earlier this week that pupils would not celebrate Christmas at Educate Together schools. Image: Shutterstock/BlurryMe A VOTE ON the patronage of a number of north Dublin schools has been postponed after the Archdiocese of Dublin cited “confusion” over what divestment would entail.Earlier this week, it was reported that eight Catholic primary schools in the area could have their patronage transferred – or divested – to multi-denominational schools.The process forms part of the Department of Education’s efforts to provide greater diversity in schools and to reduce the dominance of the Catholic Church in education.However, opposition to the plan reportedly emerged in at least two of the schools in the parish of Portmarnock, Malahide, Kinsealy and Yellow Walls areas of Dublin ahead of the vote.Staff in at least one of the schools are alleged to have told parents that Christmas fairs, carol services, nativity plays, St Patrick’s Day, St Brigid’s Day and Easter would no longer be celebrated if the patronage of the school was transferred.It was also claimed by one gaelscoil in the group that Irish greetings such as dia duit – meaning ‘God be with you’ – would no longer be allowed. In a letter to the schools in the parish today, Monsignor Dan O’Connor of the Archdiocese of Dublin confirmed that a vote on the divestment of the patronage of the schools which was due to take place next week had been postponed.He said that following a consultation process on divestment, “confusion and misinformation” had arisen about what the process meant “in a practical sense” for parents, pupils and schools involved.O’Connor said that the archdiocese recognised that the “prospect of change can be difficult and that it is vital that all stakeholders are fully informed of what a change in patronage entails”.He said it was therefore opportune to postpone the planned vote until a survey conducted by the Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board into the preferences of pre-school children in the area was published and made available.He added that the archdiocese was committed to working with the Minister for Education, officials, and other patron bodies to provide choice the education of pupils.“The diocese has successfully divested schools in four other areas and is currently working with two schools who have expressed an interest in changing from Catholic patronage to an alternative patron body,” O’Connor said. Following this week’s reports, an Educate Together statement said the group had no interest in “taking over” schools and “imposing an ethos against the will of any local school communities.”“At the core of Educate Together’s equality-based ethos is that pupils in our schools are exposed to different beliefs and perspectives in a respectful way that encourages critical thinking,” it said.“Religious aspects of these festivities are approached from a learning perspective, rather than from a promotional perspective.”The group was formed in Dublin in 1978, and is currently the patron of 84 primary and 13 second-level schools around Ireland with a total of 28,000 students.With reporting from Christina Finn and Cónal Thomas. 68 Comments Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4579417 last_img read more


September 21, 2019 0

La tuberculose régresse en France

first_imgLa tuberculose régresse en FranceA l’occasion de la Journée mondiale de la tuberculose, l’Institut de veille sanitaire a révélé des chiffres qui semblent indiquer que la maladie est en régression en France. Hier, se tenait la Journée mondiale contre la tuberculose. Comme chaque année, celle-ci célèbre  l’anniversaire de la découverte du bacille, une bactérie responsable de la maladie présentée en mars 1882 par Robert Koch. A cette occasion, l’Institut de veille sanitaire (INVS) dévoile les données nationales de surveillance de la tuberculose. Cette année, les chiffres ont montré une régression de la maladie avec 5.276 cas enregistrés en 2009 contre 5.758 en 2008.”Cette baisse pourrait être liée au renforcement des mesures de contrôle de la tuberculose, notamment la recentralisation des activités de lutte antituberculeuse en 2006 et la mise en place du programme national de lutte contre la tuberculose en 2007″ indique dans un communiqué l’INVS. Selon les données, les principales personnes touchées résident en Ile-de-France (Seine Saint-Denis et Paris) et en Guyane, respectivement 15,8 cas et 23,9 cas pour 100 000 habitants. Le niveau socio-économique et les conditions sanitaires dans lesquelles vivent les personnes touchées sembleraient jouer un rôle important.Par ailleurs, l’INVS a indiqué que leur étude révélait également une insuffisance des couvertures vaccinales chez les enfants “pour lesquels la vaccination BCG est fortement recommandée”. En effet, depuis 2007, ce vaccin n’est plus obligatoire mais les chercheurs de l’Institut n’ont pas noté “d’impact significatif” de cette mesure sur l’épidémiologie de la maladie. Selon l’Organisation mondiale de la santé, la France reste tout de même un pays à faible incidence de tuberculose.9,4 millions de nouveaux cas en 2009 dans le MondeDans d’autres pays, les chiffres sont moins optimistes. Ainsi, l’OMS estiment à plusieurs millions le nombre de nouveaux cas recensés par an alors que 2 millions de personnes mourraient chaque année de la maladie.Hier, se tenait justement à Beyrouth au Liban une conférence destinée à faire le point sur la maladie. Organisée par l’OMS et le ministère libanais de la Santé, cette réunion a évoqué les succès obtenus ces dernières années et les futurs défis à relever pour tenter d’éradiquer la maladie.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Si la tuberculose a fortement diminué depuis les années 50, des souches multi-résistantes ont fait leur apparition. Ainsi, une étude a semblé montrer que le vaccin contre la tuberculose (BCG) n’était que peu efficace contre la maladie. Réalisée sur 260.000 personnes en Inde, elle a révélé qu’aucune différence significative n’apparaissait entre le groupe vacciné et le groupe qui ne l’était pas, comme le rappelle l’AFP. Une seconde étude portant sur 366.625 Indiens a quant à elle démontré que le BCG n’exerçait pas d’action préventive.L’AFP indique toutefois que l’OMS, le Fonds mondial de lutte contre le sida, la tuberculose et le paludisme et le Partenariat Halte à la tuberculose espèrent voir 900 millions de dollars alloués, d’ici 2015, pour traiter un million de malades.Le 25 mars 2011 à 17:31 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


September 20, 2019 0

Ruben LoftusCheek has shin injury says Sarri

first_imgAccording to Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, Ruben Loftus-Cheek sustained a shin injury on international duty with England and will not feature in tomorrow’s match against Cardiff.Loftus-Cheek limped off in the second half during England match against Switzerland on Tuesday night, and Sarri has confirmed he will miss Chelsea’s Premier League game against Cardiff on Saturday.Maurizio Sarri also gave updates on the condition of fullbacks Emerson Palmieri and Davide Zappacosta who could also be sidelined with Fever and sore throats.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“So yesterday there were some problems, fever and sore throats for Emerson and Zappacosta and a little problem after the match with the national team for Loftus.” Sarri told Sky Sports.“The right tibia, but today I don’t know the situation with the doctor, I don’t know if tomorrow he will be able to play.“I have to speak with the doctor and I have to see the last training session.”last_img read more


September 18, 2019 0

We must be disciplined against Nurnberg – Hecking

first_imgBorussia Monchengladbach Dieter Hecking insists his team must be tactically disciplined when they face Nurnberg on Tuesday night.Monchengladbach, who are currently second in the Bundesliga, host Nurnberg as they seek to close the gap on first place Borussia Dortmund.“It’s important that we bring our A-game and we’re disciplined when we don’t have the ball on the day.” Hecking said, according to the club’s official website.“This should be the same every game, regardless of the opponents. We want to be solid at the back and be creative when we have the ball. The team has done this very well in our previous home games, so there’s no reason to doubt that we’ll manage it again tomorrow. However, we saw in Hoffenheim last weekend that a team who play well at home aren’t guaranteed to win.”Patrick HerrmannHerrmann talks all things Monchengladbach Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 The Borussia Monchengladbach footballer, Patrick Herrmann, spoke about the upcoming derby against Koln and his excitement for the Europa League.On the players available for Tuesday’s game, Hecking said:“Matthias Ginter, Tony Jantschke, Raffael, Mamadou Doucouré and Julio Villalba are all definitely out. Christoph Kramer and Jonas Hoffman are on the brink of rejoining the team.”“Both of them, along with Lars Stindl, are doubts for the game tomorrow. We’ll train again on Tuesday afternoon so we’ll decide after that whether it makes sense to put them in the squad against Nürnberg.”last_img read more


September 17, 2019 0

ASA Welcomes White House Biotechnology Initiatives

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) supports today’s White House biotechnology initiatives to reinforce the strength and transparency of science-based regulation and enhance information access for farmers and consumers. While ASA has complete confidence in the current regulatory oversight of biotechnology conducted by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Association has advocated that the government should assess the review process to reassure consumers about the safety of agricultural biotechnology.”Last year, ASA presented the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee with a list of suggestions on what the Federal government could do to strengthen the commercial environment for biotechnology crops and products,” said ASA President Marc Curtis, a producer from Leland, Miss. “ASA finds that the initiatives announced today by the White House support recommendations advanced by the Association.”On October 7, 1999, ASA called for a biotech labeling policy that would provide voluntary guidelines for non-biotech claims, similar to what is done for the labeling of organic products. ASA does not support mandatory labeling of products made from biotech crops that have been declared substantially equivalent to conventional crops in terms of safety, composition, nutrition, and allergenicity. Today’s announcement that FDA is charged with developing guidelines for voluntary efforts to label food products as containing or not containing bioengineered ingredients is consistent with ASA’s position.Last November at an FDA public hearing, ASA expressed confidence in the current regulatory oversight of biotechnology conducted by FDA, EPA and USDA. At that time, ASA also said it would endorse replacing the voluntary process with a mandatory approval process if that would strengthen FDA’s ability to reassure consumers regarding the safety of these products.”Since there has already been a high level of voluntary consultations with FDA prior to the introduction of new biotech varieties, ASA supports requiring 120 days notification before new agricultural biotechnology crops or products are introduced into the food supply,” Curtis said. “I think that making available to the public the information submitted by the company, along with FDA’s conclusion, should help instill greater confidence that the system is working.”Ever since soybeans derived through biotechnology were first commercially harvested in 1996, ASA has been one of the lead organizations engaged in educational efforts to inform customers here in the U.S. and in export markets about the composition, nutritional profile, and safety of biotech-derived soybeans and soybean products. ASA is pleased that the Administration is directing USDA, FDA, EPA, and the State Department to enhance domestic and foreign public education and outreach activities to improve understanding of the nature and strength of the U.S. regulatory process.ASA is a long-time advocate of crop research and supports an expanded program by USDA, FDA and EPA to competitively award peer-reviewed research focusing on current and future safety issues for biotechnology.”People should realize that farmers want to know that the products they grow are safe to eat and safe for the environment,” Curtis said. “Most farmers live and raise their children on the same land where they farm, and we eat the same food as everyone else.””One of the biggest challenges farmers face is making the right planting decision in view of the current controversy surrounding biotechnology,” Curtis said. “Since the introduction of biotech soybean seedstock in 1996, ASA has offered advice to producers about the market for both biotech and non-biotech soybean varieties. ASA welcomes USDA’s involvement in this effort to provide farmers with reliable information to help them make informed decisions.”As part of its educational efforts, the ASA hosted a series of town hall meetings to help producers make well-informed planting decisions. ASA also mailed a printed guide titled, “Planting Decision 2000,” to more than a quarter-million soybean producers in January. That information is also available to the public on ASA’s web site at www.amsoy.org/biotech.ASA also welcomes the participation of USDA to work with farmers and industry to facilitate the creation of reliable testing procedures and quality assurance programs for differentiating non-bioengineered commodities. Uniform standards for testing will better meet the needs of the market and will help both farmers and end-users.”The ASA is a strong advocate of agricultural biotechnology as a tool that can help farmers produce safer, more nutritious food more efficiently and more abundantly,” Curtis said. “The White House has made clear that these initiatives reaffirm the federal government’s confidence in its independent, science-based regulatory approach to agricultural biotechnology and that as a result of these additional measures, Americans will be in a better position to realize fully the enormous promise that biotechnology has to offer.”last_img read more


September 16, 2019 0

Push Continues for Increased Annual Funding for Waterways Programs

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) was among 22 agricultural groups that signed letters to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders urging increased funding in Fiscal Year 2018 Appropriations for programs supporting inland waterways, ports and harbors.Funding for these programs administered by the Army Corps of Engineers and delivered through the annual Energy & Water Appropriations bills have seen increases over the past several years pursuant to policy changes and agreements enacted in the 2014 Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014. The agricultural sector has led advocates for increased funding levels to support inland waterways navigation and ports.In addition to the annual appropriations requests, ASA along with other industry partners have cited waterways infrastructure as a top priority for funding in a major infrastructure investment package that is expected to be considered this year.The letters can be viewed here.last_img read more


September 16, 2019 0

Pokemon Detective Pikachu digital Bluray release details confirmed

first_imgMeet the castRyan Reynolds as Detective PikachuJustice Smith as Tim GoodmanKathryn Newton as Lucy StevensBill Nighy as Howard CliffordKen Watanabe as Lieutenant Hide YoshidaChris Geere as Roger CliffordSuki Waterhouse as Ms. NormanJosette Simon as GramsRita Ora as Dr. Ann LaurentKaran Soni as JackOmar Chaparro as SebastianThis piece was originally published on May 1, 2019, and is updated as news rolls in. What we know about the plotHelping Tim in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokemon partner, Detective Pikachu — described as “a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself.”The film is a mix of CGI Pokemon creatures and live-action humans. Pokemon creatures and humans live together side by side. In addition to Detective Pikachu, the movie includes beloved Pokemon characters Lickitung, Growlithe the fire pup, Bulbasaur  and Psyduck.posterThe Detective Pikachu poster gives a glimpse of all the Pokemon creatures that will be in the movie. Warner Bros. Pictures TV and Movies New Detective Pikachu movie trailer is overflowing with cute Pokemon Get ready for Pika-Two: Detective Pikachu movie sequel on the way Ryan Reynolds shares behind-the-scenes peek at Detective Pikachu 2019 movies to geek out over 0 Pokemon Go Target Post a comment More Detective Pikachu Share your voice Tags Ryan Reynolds voices the furry, yellow sleuth in Detective Pikachu. Warner Bros. Not all detectives are hard-boiled sociopaths with excellent observation skills. Some detectives aren’t even human, as is the case with Pokemon: Detective Pikachu.In the film, Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds lends his voice to the beloved yellow main character, Detective Pikachu. Actor Chris Geere (You’re The Worst) plays the character Roger Clifford. The movie centers on the search for a human detective named Harry Goodman who goes missing, prompting his son Tim to find out what happened.The digital release of Pokemon: Detective Pikachu will be available on July 23 in the US on various platforms including Google Play and Apple TV, among others. The film will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in the US on Aug. 6 and in the UK on Sept. 16. Who’s making it?Directed by Rob Letterman, Detective Pikachu is a spinoff from the Pokemon gaming franchise, which includes the Detective Pikachu game. The movie is co-written by Letterman with Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit and Derek Connolly, from a story by Hernandez, Samit and Nicole Perlman.The film is also a Japanese-American joint venture produced by Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures and The Pokemon Company, in association with Toho.pokemonduckDetective Pikachu gets a Psyduck hug in the latest trailer. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET When did the movie debut in theaters?Pokemon: Detective Pikachu opened in theaters worldwide on May 10.On May 7, though, Reynolds decided to have some fun with fans online and he retweeted a fake account that claimed to have leaked the entire film, when actually it was a video of looped footage of Detective Pikachu dancing.When will it come out on Blu-ray and digital?The digital release of Pokemon: Detective Pikachu will be available on July 23, on various platforms including Google Play, Apple TV, Vudu, Fandango Now and more. The film will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on Aug. 6. Preorders are available here on the official site. Um…. Attn @DetPikachuMovie @warnerbros https://t.co/UF7qYtKOYV— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) May 7, 2019 77 Photoslast_img read more


September 10, 2019 0

New Municipal Act to usher in speedy development CM

first_imgHyderabad: Now, Telangana will have a unique Municipal Act which promotes the State as one of the fast-growing urbanised States in the country. With an objective to promote every municipality a distinct local body in the area of development, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, who also holds the Municipal Administration and Urban Development portfolio, prepared the Act before going for municipal elections in August. Advertise With Us The State Cabinet has approved the much-hyped draft “Telangana State Municipal Bill” to be adopted in the two-day Assembly session beginning from Thursday and also ratified Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s decision to reduce the age limit to avail the State sponsored pension schemes to 57 from the present 65 years. KCR on Wednesday held four-hour long Cabinet meeting at Pragati Bhavan and discussed in detail the draft Municipal Bill which aimed to bring radical reforms in the administration of Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and municipal corporations. Under the Act, the government proposed an exclusive urban policy for the comprehensive development of the municipalities and special powers to the urban development authorities to ensure environment-friendly development. Sources said that the existing rules in the GHMC (Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation) will also be altered under the new municipal Act. Advertise With Us The Cabinet decided to disburse the enhanced pension amount to the beneficiaries, including old-aged, single women, poor weavers, beedi workers, physically challenged and AIDS patients from June this year. Before depositing the pension amount in the bank account of the beneficiaries, ministers, MLAs, MLCs and Zilla Parishad Chairpersons will hold meeting and distribute the proceedings to the beneficiaries. The cabinet also ratified the extension of pension scheme to all beedi workers.last_img read more


September 6, 2019 0

Cong names candidates for 3 West Bengal assembly seats

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Thursday named three candidates for three assembly seats in West Bengal where bypoll will be held on May 19. The Congress has fielded Alhaj Muzaffar Hussain from Islampur, Rejina Murmu from Habilpur (ST) and Khwaja Ahmed Hussain from Bhatpara. Bypoll to five assembly constituencies of West Bengal will be held on May 19 and votes there will be counted along with those of all Lok Sabha seats, the Election Commission had said. The five assembly seats – Darjeeling, Islampur, Kandi, Habibpur (ST) and Bhatpara – fell vacant after the sitting MLAs resigned following their nomination to contest Lok Sabha elections.last_img read more


August 31, 2019 0

How to secure your computer

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite We all want to feel secure and oftentimes we picture a threat to our security as a thief that comes in the middle of the night and steals our valuables.So we put up security cameras, gates and alarm systems.However, many do not think that the threat could simply be lurking behind a computer.Threats may include malware, hackers or people trying to scam you through email.Here are 5 things you can do to keep your computer secure:Make sure your computer or device has a decent firewall Install decent anti-virus software Keep your computer up to dateOnly visit secure sites (the url will have the word ‘secure’ with a lock next to it )Keep your password safe and difficult to guess There are plenty of other ways to keep your computer secure, but the above are the easiest ways to ensure your cyber security.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more


August 28, 2019 0

United inaugurates new nonstop flights from Chicago and Washington to Costa Rica

first_imgUnited Airlines on Saturday kicked off new weekly year-round service between its hub at Washington-Dulles International Airport, in Washington, D.C., and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to San José.New flights on Boeing 737 aircraft with a capacity of 154 passengers each will join the airline’s schedule to Costa Rica from Houston and New York, the company and the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) said in a joint press release.Tourism Minister Allan Flores said the new flights to Washington and Chicago “allow the country support strategies to attract tourists, not only from the United States but also from Europe and Asia.”Salvador Marrero, United Airlines executive director for Central America, said that Costa Rica also benefits from the new destinations for commercial and industrial reasons, since “headquarters of several major companies based in Costa Rica are located in the four destinations that United has from San José.”In 2012, Costa Rica recorded 2.34 million visitors and $2.2 billion in income from tourism, both record figures for the country. Facebook Comments Related posts:Avianca drops San José-Miami nonstop flight Germany’s airberlin announces biweekly flights to Liberia Delta adds new direct flights to the Liberia Airport Nature Air adds direct flights to Nicaragualast_img read more


August 19, 2019 0

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires That’s why what happened after Fitzgerald caught a two-point conversion pass from Josh Rosen late in the game, thousands said “huh?”After crossing the goal line, the 15-year veteran full-on Gronk-spiked the ball into the turf at State Farm Stadium.A Fitz spike?!?!@LarryFitzgerald said that’s the first he could remember spiking the ball. 😂 pic.twitter.com/n0EFWK2TTa— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) October 29, 2018“I never spiked a football before in my life,” Fitzgerald explained after the Cardinals’ 18-15 win. “I was a little frustrated, I had a heavy heart today. My oldest son Devin didn’t want to come to the game today, so my feelings were a little hurt.“I was carrying that around all day, so when I got in there, I let it all out.”Related LinksRapid Reactions: Josh Rosen gets first comeback victory for CardinalsRosen, Fitzgerald lead Cardinals to comeback win vs. 49ersCardinals Larry Fitzgerald moves up NFL record list with touchdownFitzgerald then turned the explanation for his emotion into an apology.“To all the kids that were watching, I’m sorry, I set a bad example today,” he said with a smile.His teammates didn’t seem to mind.“That’s cocky Larry right there,” left tackle D.J. Humphries said. “That’s a fresh sighting. I like it, though. I haven’t seen that in 15 years. I was like, ‘Nobody has seen that Larry.’ I was really excited to see it. GLENDALE, Ariz. — Act like you’ve been there before.You’ve heard that saying countless times when it comes to post-touchdown celebrations in the NFL.Some, in fact most, it seems, choose elaborate hey-look-at-me-type gyrations after finding the end zone. That’s one of the reasons why Larry Fitzgerald stands out.Only six receivers in the history of the NFL have scored more touchdowns than Fitzgerald (he scored his 112th Sunday), yet it’s always a flip of the ball to the official and a jog off the field. 2 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Top Stories 49ers Cardinals FootballArizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) celebrates his two point conversion as San Francisco 49ers defensive back K’Waun Williams (24) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 18-15. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) “Then to watch him dog somebody on the goal line, I told you he doesn’t need a gold jacket, he needs a gold suit.” – / 39 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more


August 11, 2019 0

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November 23, 2018 0

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November 22, 2018 0