Catastrophic loss of wild bamboo threatens pandas mountain gorillas – UN

As many as half the world’s 1,200 woody bamboo species may be in danger of extinction, according to the most comprehensive study ever undertaken on the subject released today by the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) and the UN Environment Programme’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). “This new report highlights how vital it now is for the international community to take a far greater interest in these extraordinary plant species,” UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said. Millions of people use wild bamboo, one of the world’s most ancient life forms, for construction, handicrafts and food. International trade in bamboo products, mostly from cultivated sources, is worth more than $2 billion annually – a trade Mr. Toepfer said is worth as much as bananas or beef from the United States. Some 250 woody bamboo species have less than 2,000 square kilometres of forest – an area the size of London – remaining within their ranges. The study shows locations of high forest bamboo diversity and the areas where deforestation risks are highest, creating a valuable planning tool for conservation action. The extraordinary life cycle of bamboos – individuals of each species flower once simultaneously every 20 to 100 years and then die – make them especially vulnerable to rapid deforestation that is restricting the areas in which they can survive. The report identifies unique and endangered species, whose fates are intimately linked with those of bamboos, in every region where bamboos occur. In Asia these include the red panda and Himalayan black bear, and perhaps best known, the giant panda of which only 600 are left in the wild. In Africa, mountain gorillas, of which less than 700 still remain in the wild, depend on bamboos for up to 90 per cent of their diet in some seasons. In Madagascar, the critically endangered greater and golden bamboo lemurs depend on bamboo for much of their diet, and the rarest tortoise in the world, the ploughshare tortoise, is also intimately connected with bamboos. In South America, the spectacled bear, the mountain tapir and many endangered bird species are connected with bamboo in the Andes, Amazon and Atlantic forests. read more

Inclusive equitable and quality education at the heart of highlevel UN event

“Inclusive, equitable and quality education goes to the heart of the 2030 Agenda as a key enabler of sustainable development,” said Peter Thomson, President of the General Assembly, in his opening remarks at the High-level SDG Action Event on Education.Mr. Thomson pointed out that education taps the Earth’s greatest asset, namely the inherent potential of the world’s people. “Access to quality education is not only a goal in itself, but a fundamental building block to creating a better world of sustainable peace, prosperity and development,” he underscored.He went on to explain that education holds the key to fuelling sustainable growth, building social cohesion and stability, and promoting human rights and equality – calling it “the golden thread that runs through all 17 SDGs.” Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed addresses the General Assembly High-level Action Event. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), addresses the General Assembly High-level Action Event. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe VIDEO: At a General Assembly high-level event, top UN officials called for greater efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4 and ensure inclusive, quality and equitable education for all children, youth and adults throughout their lives.UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed dubbed education as “the cornerstone of sustainable development.” Ms. Mohammed maintained that the world can only be shaped by quality and relevant education, stressing the importance of investments to ensure a strong framework.“We know when we deliver education to a young person, we’re not only delivering the knowledge and skills they will need to chart their own future — we’re preparing them to lend their hands, their mind, and their heart to shaping a more peaceful, prosperous future for their society, and indeed, for the world,” she said. The UN deputy chief focussed specifically on the five interrelated areas of finance, innovation, girls’ education, lifelong learning, and education in humanitarian contexts.Noting that the wealthiest children enjoy up to 18 times more public education financing than the poorest, she exhorted, “This injustice must be reversed.”“There is no better investment in the future peace and resilience of a society than in the education of its citizens,” she stated.For her part, Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), emphasized education as a basic human right and the foundation for inclusive sustainable development. “Education is a transformational force that cuts across all of the Sustainable Development Goals, making progress sustainable across the board,” said Ms. Bokova.Citing UNESCO’s regular global monitoring reports, she noted that 264 million children, adolescents and youth were out of school – most of them girls. “Girls and women face the steepest challenges. Two-thirds of the more than 750 million illiterate adults in the world are women,” stressed Ms. Bokova, adding that they are often discriminated against, prevented from enrolling or continuing their education, dropping out of secondary education and facing strong barriers.“If we do not move these barriers away… we will not achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4,” she underscored. “If all adults completed secondary education, 420 million people could be lifted from poverty, reducing the number of poor people by more than half globally, by almost two-thirds in Sub-Saharan Africa, in South Asia… and yet, aid to education has fallen for the sixth consecutive year,” Ms. Bokova indicated. “This can simply not go on.”As experts discussed how to advance SDG 4, the event also highlighted innovations in education through a panel discussion and a “marketplace” that showcased solutions to delivering low-cost or free learning resources to students and educators. Today’s event, which also featured musical performances, was the last in a series of SDG action events convened by the Office of the President of the General Assembly. Others focussed on sustainable peace, climate action, financing and innovation. read more

Earth Day contest winners announced

We asked for green, and in doing so we returned the favour.More than $200 in prizes were recently handed out for winning entries in Brock’s Earth Day contest, which asked students to send photos and videos that best depicted the spirit of Earth Day.Brock Eco Club* won a $100 Visa gift card for its photo collage showing how its members raise awareness of environmental issues and promote environmental sustainability at Brock. It was a busy year for the club, which hosted community cleanups, educated students on why they should not purchase plastic water bottles, participated in National Sweater Day, promoted fair trade products, crocheted handmade mug sleeves called Ecozies, and held the first environmental conference at Brock.Students Maddy Wassink and Brianna Gilmore won a $50 gift card for their commitment to carpooling to the University.“Since we live in an area that doesn’t offer public transportation, we cut down the gas emissions in the air by cruising to school together,” Maddy said in the duo’s submission posted to Brock’s Facebook page. “If everyone that commutes carpools with someone that lives near them, imagine how much we could cut down on pollution! Grab a friend and some good tunes and start carpooling BrockU!”Third-year Therapeutic Recreation student Jessica Will won a $50 gift card for using her “awesome” Brock water bottle.“I find it important to go green because we have the resources available to do so,” Jessica said. “People tend to shy away at the initial higher cost, however, in the long run green products end up saving you money while helping maintain a sustainable environment. Something as simple as a reusable water bottle can reduce your footprint. It’s time we stop turning a blind eye and really work towards going green. The steps I’ve seen at Brock over the years are amazing and I’m very proud of their initiative to create a greener campus.”Staffer Amanda Smits – who’s known as the ‘Queen of Green’ in Recreation Services – won $25 for labelling the recycling bins behind the Walker Complex welcome desk.“You come to realize very quickly that most office trash is paper that can be easily recycled!”* Brock Eco Club members include: President: Istafa Sufi, vice president of internal affairs: Kaitlyn Daw, vice president of external affairs: Elise Lee Lai, volunteer coordinator: Jon Chessum. Brent Barron, Dipika Singh, Elizabeth Angotti, Tyler Crowe, Elisabeth King, Haley Duckworth, Anneka Bosse, Kedar Patel, Lindsay Vollick, Emma Musclow, Laura Gemmel, Charissa DiMarco, Alyce Soulodre, Alexander Quattrociocchi, Gregory Periera, Kathleen Doxtator, Ambika Sangaran, Sarah Hirtle, Allison To, Joey Rotella, Nona Bader, Alexis Varsava, Mike Fortaleza, Kristen Dafoe, Nicola Ferguson, Shirley Lee, Nyssa Lawson, Nicole Joseph, Nicole DeCosta, Brandon Vrysen, Samantha MacAndrew, Leanne Wilton, Tolubi Ruth Bamigbade, Matt Richard, Franzi Vonhier, Kushan Azadah, Nick Burrows, Precious Niko, Kate MacDonald and Rebecca Hunt. read more

Tuesday Take Ohio State struggles carrying momentum game to game need consistency

Ohio State sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle running the half-court offense against Wisconsin on Feb. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Assistant Sports DirectorNo one expected the Ohio State men’s basketball team to defeat then-No. 16 Wisconsin on Thursday night. All the more reason fans don’t know what to expect come Tuesday night at Penn State.One of the most notable struggles for the Buckeyes (16-13, 6-10 Big Ten) this season is stringing together two consecutive performances that end in victories. OSU hasn’t won two in a row since Feb. 4 and Feb. 8 when it won at Michigan, then nearly suffered a catastrophic defeat to Rutgers.OSU’s win over Michigan was equally surprising to Thursday’s win over Wisconsin considering how poorly the Buckeyes have performed on the road this year, especially in conference. Just four days following the surprising win in Ann Arbor, Michigan, OSU was trailing in the later stages of the second half against last-place Rutgers at home.OSU is currently tied for 10th in the Big Ten with two games left against two teams that are also 6-10 in conference — Penn State and Indiana. To avoid another setback in the conference standings, the Buckeyes will need to put together two cohesive games for the first time all season.“I think we’ll find out tomorrow night,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “It’s a different opponent. It’s a completely different style of play. Matchups are not even close to what they were from Thursday night’s game. But hopefully we’ve got a good way about us going into the game.” A bid to the NCAA Tournament is likely out of the picture for the Buckeyes without a miraculous run to the Big Ten tournament title in Washington D.C. However, that goal — as far reaching as it might be — is all the more attainable without having to play on the first day of the tournament.The bottom-four seeded teams in the Big Ten play on the tournament’s opening day on March 8. OSU can nearly guarantee themselves the extra day off with wins over Penn State and Indiana in the final two games of the season. A loss in either one and the Buckeyes are likely playing on Wednesday.“I mean it would just help our bodies,” sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle said. “You got guys playing, 28 to 34 minutes per game. Hopefully, we can get these two and hopefully everything works in our favor.”A big part of Thursday’s victory was the play of Lyle and sophomore guard C.J. Jackson who both played point guard and scored 17 and 18 points, respectively. Jackson hit a career-high four 3s and Lyle was 10 for 10 from the free-throw line.Lyle has been one of several OSU players whose nightly production has been difficult to predict. Since moving to the bench following an ankle injury before the Michigan game, Lyle said he’s able to see how other teams operate on defense, which helps his game.When Jackson is playing at his best, similar to as he did in Thursday’s game, the guard duo can be difficult to stop. However, neither of them has pieced together consecutive consistent performances.“For me and C.J., just getting the ball and pushing (is important),” Lyle said. “I think we’re at our best in transition and on dribble drives, and with him spotting up and hitting shots and me spotting up and hitting shots, I think that’s big for us.”Penn State hosts its own dynamic guard duo with junior Shep Garner and freshman Tony Carr who leads the team with 13.2 points per game. Garner averages 11.9 and is one of four guys that average double figures.Penn State is also fighting to stay above the Wednesday cut line of the Big Ten tournament with games against OSU and at Iowa.OSU hasn’t had much leeway since it began a 0-4 slide to start the conference slate, and a big reason for that was inconsistency from the team’s production. Now riding with momentum following the team’s first win over a ranked opponent, that consistency will need to show.“I think that it’s (a) now-or-never type of mindset,” Matta said. “Just in terms of how we have to play and what we have to do.”Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. read more

The Cubs Beat The FrontRunning Indians At Their Own Game

During their 5-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday, the Chicago Cubs did something no team has consistently been able to do this postseason: get ahead of the Indians and stay there.Cleveland was 8-1 in the postseason heading into Wednesday’s game, so you wouldn’t expect them to have spent much time trailing. But they were notable front-runners even by the standards of a team with such a great record. Before Game 2 of the World Series, the Indians and their opponents had completed 81 innings during this postseason. Of those 81, Cleveland led through 57 of them — 70 percent — and was either leading or tied through 73, a staggering 90 percent rate of success (or at least, nonfailure) in the scoreboard battle. In games they won, they trailed in just one inning.1Seven of the eight innings they trailed came in one game — Game 4 of the ALCS against the Toronto Blue Jays.Going back to the advent of the wild card in 1995, both of those figures were the highest any team had ever carried through Game 1 of the World Series, and it wasn’t especially close. Even the 1998 Yankees — who won 114 regular-season games and then turned the playoffs into their own personal victory lap — only led or were tied through 85 percent of their innings through Game 1 of the World Series. And the oft-forgotten 2005 White Sox, who basically perfected this formula, checked in at 83 percent. These Indians have been the most front-running team in modern postseason history. 92007Red Sox10160212059.480.2 72012Orioles6118321129.582.0 102014Giants10952352247.779.8 62014Royals8940331644.982.0 YEARTEAMTOTALLEDTIEDTRAILEDLEDLED OR TIED 81995Braves8535341641.281.2 42007Rockies7445161360.882.4 32005White Sox8153141465.482.7 Top front-running playoff teams through World Series Game 1 21998Yankees9361181465.684.9 12016Indians815716870.4%90.1% Includes all postseason games since 1995, when the wild card was introduced, but excludes teams who only played in the wild card gameSources:, Retrosheet NUMBER OF INNINGS% OF INNINGS 52015Mets9557211760.082.1 The key to front-running is a versatile, opportunistic offense (check), good starting pitching (check) and — most importantly — a lights-out bullpen (um, check). Cleveland is custom-built for winning that way, and they’ve shown just how effective it can be in the small-sample gantlet of the playoffs. You can bet other teams will think about how to copy that style going into next season and beyond.But on Wednesday night, the Cubs beat the Indians at their own game. It was Chicago who struck first, claiming a 1-0 lead within the game’s first 15 pitches; it was Chicago who nickeled and dimed an extra run in the third and tacked on insurance in the fifth; and it was Chicago who kept their lead secure with dominant pitching, including six strikeouts from Mike Montgomery and Aroldis Chapman in three and one-third relief innings. Against the Cubs in Game 2, the Indians trailed in more innings (nine) than they had in the entire playoffs combined heading into the game. It was a win right out of Cleveland’s playbook.As the series shifts to Chicago on Friday, it should be interesting to see how Cleveland responds. Aside from overcoming a brief 1-0 deficit in the first inning of Game 1 of the ALDS, we haven’t really seen the Indians mount any comebacks this postseason. Of course, the Cubs hadn’t been an especially strong front-running club themselves before Game 2 — until Wednesday, they’d led through less than half of their postseason innings — instead showcasing a variety of other ways to win. But given Chicago’s great starting rotation and the apparently rust-proof hitting of Kyle Schwarber, Cleveland might need to prove they can win from behind, too. read more

Growing demands on childrens social services not understood by Government despite £872

Soaring demands for children’s social services are not understood by the Government despite an £872 million overspend last year, Whitehall’s spending watchdog has warned.Around 91% of local authorities strayed above budget for children’s social care in 2017-18, a trend the Department for Education has “not yet done the work” to unpick, according to the National Audit Office.The lack of detailed analysis comes despite wild variations in spending from one council to the next in recent years, along with astronomical rises in certain care requirements.While referrals to children’s social care stayed roughly in line with population growth at 7% between 2010-11 and 2017-18, child protection assessments jumped 77%, it was found.Children being taken into care by authorities – the most expensive cases handled – similarly escalated at almost triple the rate of population growth, rising around 15% during the same period.Meanwhile, spending by local authority ranged from as little as £566 per child to £5,166 in different parts of the country each year, the NAO found.The absence of a “well-informed pathway” may mean the Government falls short of its target to provide every vulnerable child with access to high-quality care by 2022, the watchdog’s analysis concluded.The report said: “Unless adequate and effective children’s social care is in place, children in need of help or protection will be exposed to neglect, abuse or harm.”Carrying out its own analysis, the NAO said a “high degree of autonomy” enjoyed by councils in the sector meant noticeably different approaches were being pursued in different regions –  with varying levels of expense.But no link was found between local authorities’ spending per child and the quality of services, with the report pointing out that some services rated “good” by Ofsted had seen spending of £570 per head, while others with the same rating had a spending of £4,980.Costs associated with looking after children in care are also continuing to rise, with local authorities budgeting £4.2 billion for 2018-19, an increase of £350 million since 2017-18.Councils called on the Government to heed “consistent and increasingly urgent warnings that children’s services are now at a tipping point”, while Public Accounts Committee chairman Meg Hillier said the Government has “got to grasp the nettle”Nadhim Zahawi, minister for children and families, said: “As the report acknowledges, we are currently working across government to improve our understanding of demand for children’s services.“We know there are pressures on councils, which is why we are providing an additional £410 million in the Budget for adult and children’s social care and an extra £84 million to expand innovative practice to support vulnerable families across a further 20 councils.” 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. read more

Manolo Cadenas after Zagreb Refeeres were bad for Wisla and handball

← Previous Story PPD Zagreb beat Wisla Plock in front of 10.000 fans! Next Story → Women’s EHF CL: Gyor revenge for Vardar in Skopje! Orlen Wisla Plock coach Manolo Cadenas was deeply dissapointed with the level of referees’ performance (Horacek and Novotny) in defeat of his team in Zagreb 29:25 at VELUX EHF Champions League Round 5:-It’s hard to say something after these kind of match. I want to congratulate Zagreb, especially to Vujovic, which team always fighting on 100%. I told this to my players before the match. We fought well, tried everything, but I have to express dissapointment with referees. They were bad for us and handball in total in the crucial moments.His colleague Veselin Vujovic said:– I feel sorry why Manolo was so angry during the match. One moment, one ball is decisive in these kind of matches. We began bad, played too slow, goalkeepers weren’t on necessary level, but in the last 12-13 minutes we were brilliant.Sandro Obranovic showed extra-class in situation 5 on 6. Wisla is strong team with one of the best world’s coaches.. read more

Belfast primary school evacuated after partially exploded bomb found

first_imgPUPILS FROM A Belfast primary school and residents from homes nearby were evacuated today after a partially exploded pipe bomb was found close to the school in the Summerhill Drive area.According to the PSNI, it’s thought the device may have detonated elsewhere before being left in the area.Investigating officers are appealing for anyone with information to come forward, and say that they would particularly like hear from “anyone who believes they may have heard a loud bang or explosion possibly during the early hours of this morning”.Local PSNI commander, Chief Inspector Darrin Jones, has condemned those responsible:“Whether or not this device was left intentionally in this area or abandoned here, those who left it showed absolutely no regard for this community.” “Leaving a viable explosive device in a built up area is reckless enough but to potentially endanger the lives of small children is beyond callous.”Anyone with information is being asked to contact Lisburn CID offices by calling 0845 600 8000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.Read: Four arrested in connection with Carlow and Kilkenny burglaries >last_img read more

EA bows to pressure iPhone Rock Band to remain playable

first_imgEA has seen sense, or maybe they became worried about the growing anger aimed in their direction from the gaming masses yesterday. Either way, Rock Band on iPhone will no longer become unplayable at the end of the month if the message above is to be believed.Yesterday there was uproar when iPhone gamers started seeing a message stating that Rock Band would become unplayable on May 31. That’s despite having to pay $5 to play it, and despite the fact EA was still selling it on the App Store.Further frustration was caused because there was no explanation given. It couldn’t be a server shutdown as the game doesn’t require one to function. My best guess at the time was a music license was expiring, but that didn’t explain why existing owners couldn’t continue to enjoy the game.At the time of writing the app is still available to purchase in the App Store, so we have to assume EA will continue to offer the game as well as allow existing users to continue playing. Alternatively, the app may disappear on May 31, but remain playable for anyone who buys it before then.Whatever the case, EA remains silent on the reason for the initial message popping up on iPhones and their reasons for performing this U-turn. One thing it does make clear: if the masses make their feelings clear in great enough numbers online, even a big publisher like EA can’t fail to notice and react.via Redditlast_img read more

Political outrage over Senator Annings final solution speech that praised White Australia

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The crossbench senator Fraser Anning caused uproar across the political spectrum with his maiden speech on Tuesday, in which he called for a return to the White Australia policy and used the term “final solution”, regarding immigration.The Senator from Queensland replaced One Nation’s Malcolm Roberts in the chamber last November, after the latter was found ineligible due to his citizenship status. However, he chose to sit as an independent until June 2018 when he joined Katter’s Australian Party as its first senator.In a speech that included praise for Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s reign as Queensland premier (which Senator Anning claimed was the state’s “golden age”), critique for Gough Whitlam’s policies and influence on Australia, and an attack on “cultural Marxists” who undermine Australia espousing the ideals of philosopher Antonio Gramsci, as well as a call for a cultural counter-revolution to restore traditional values and redefine national identity.Senator Anning even mentioned Greece, issuing a warning on the risks of an unsustainable welfare state, “Unless we are going to follow the path of Greece, we need to stop finding new ways to give handouts and start increasing workforce participation,” he said.Describing Katter’s Australian Party as “the only political force that seeks a return to the pre-Whitlam consensus,” Senator Anning said that he wants “to see the defeat of the cultural Marxists, their ilk, and a rolling back of the subversion of Australian culture and values that they have wrought.”But it was his ideas on immigration, multiculturalism, and particularly muslims, that sparked outrage, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Labor, the Greens and even One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, condemning him.Outlining his political goals Senator Anning said he aims “to reduce immigration levels and restrict entry to those who will best assimilate;” he then went on to single out Muslim migrants as a threat, saying: “While all Muslims are not terrorists, certainly all terrorists these days are Muslims” […] “So why would anyone want to bring more of them here?”Calling for a plebiscite on who comes to Australia, in order to allow people to decide whether they want “wholesale non-English speaking immigrants from the third world,” Senator Anning deemed this “popular vote” as “the final solution to the immigration problem,” echoing a phrase associated with Nazi Germany’s views on the Jewish population.“Anyone who knows a thing about history will have felt a shiver up their spine upon learning of Fraser Anning’s words,” Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane said. “This is a deeply disturbing intervention. The use of such language risks inciting the most serious kind of hatred and violence against Muslims.”SENATOR ANNING’S INFLAMMATORY STATEMENTSIn particular, Senator Anning made lengthy references to immigration policy, in regards to his ideas of what constitutes an Australian national identity.“We as a nation are entitled to insist that those who are allowed to come here predominantly reflect the historic European Christian composition of Australian society and embrace our language, culture and values as a people,” he said.“In order for us to remain the nation that we are now, those who come here need to assimilate and integrate. Those who are most similar to the mainstream majority in terms of ethnicity, culture, language and values most readily do so.[…]“I believe that the reasons for ending all further Muslim immigration are both compelling and self-evident. The record of Muslims who have already come to this country in rates of crime, welfare dependency and terrorism is the worst of any migrants and vastly exceeds any other immigrant groups. A majority of Muslims in Australia of working age do not work and live on welfare. […]“We have black African Muslim gangs terrorising Melbourne. We have ISIS-sympathising Muslims trying to go overseas to fight for ISIS and, while all Muslims are not terrorists, certainly all terrorists these days are Muslims. So why would anyone want to bring more of them here?”[…]“The final solution to the immigration problem is, of course, a popular vote. We don’t need a plebiscite to cut immigration numbers; we just need a government that is willing to institute a sustainable population policy, end Australian-job-stealing 457 visas and make student visas conditional on foreign students returning to the country they came from. What we do need is a plebiscite to decide who comes here. […] We need a plebiscite to allow the Australian people to decide whether they want wholesale non-English speaking immigrants from the Third World and, in particular, whether they want any Muslims or whether they want to return to the predominantly European immigration policy of the pre-Whitlam consensus.”TURNBULL: “THERE IS NO PLACE IN AUSTRALIA FOR RACISM”Senator Anning’s maiden speece attracted immediate ire from all parts of the political spectrum. In his response, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that “there is no place in Australia for racism. We are the most successful multicultural society in the world. We are a migration nation. Our immigration program is non-discriminatory.“The White Australia Policy was abolished by my predecessor as Prime Minister and Liberal Leader, Harold Holt. Senator Anning’s remarks are appalling. I condemn them and I reject them in their entirety”.The PM also added that “We are a nation that does not define its nationality, its identity, by reference to race or religion or cultural background or ethnic background.“We define ourselves by commitment to shared political values of freedom, of democracy and the rule of law. People from every corner of the earth, from every religion or of none and every race can connect, be inspired by, be part of those values.“That is Australia.“So, we reject, we condemn racism in any form. The remarks by Senator Anning are justly condemned and rejected by us all.”In a sign of bi-partisanship, Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten shook hands across the table, to a round of applause, during debate on a motion that effectively condemned Senator Anning’s statements. Photo: AAPMINISTER FOR CITIZENSHIP: “WE WILL ALWAYS MAINTAIN A NON-DISCRIMINATORY IMMIGRATION PROGRAM”Senator Anning’s views were expressively dismissed by Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, Alan Tudge, who said that his views “are not views shared by the Government, the Opposition nor any fair-minded Australian”.“We will always maintain a non-discriminatory immigration program,” said the Minister. “The rest of Australia welcomes with absolutely open arms people who want to come to Australia to adopt those values and make a contribution, regardless of where they’re from, their racial background, their religious background, their heritage or anything else.”The Minister went on to point out several factual errors in Senator Anning’s speech, such as the 457 visas, abolished last year, the student visas, the family reunion program and, the rights of migrants to welfare.“Many of Senator Anning’s comments were factually ignorant, but there were other comments that he made that were deeply divisive. […]“Then there was his final comment which was not just deeply divisive but very, very offensive and hurtful, particularly to members of the Jewish community—that is, the use of the phrase ‘the final solution’. That is a phrase which should never be used when discussing immigration matters or citizenship or any such other matters. It should never be used in that context,” he said, calling Senator Anning to apologise, specifically for that “final solution” comment. “Even if he didn’t mean it in that way he should clarify, apologise and move on.”Echoing the same sentiment, Energy and environment minister Josh Frydenberg, who is of Hungarian-Jewish heritage, called Senator Anning to retract his comments and “go and visit a Holocaust museum”.OPPOSITION: “THIS PARLIAMENT SAYS ENOUGH”Senator Anning’s speech received an immediate reponse from the Opposition. Addressing the chamber, Tony Burke MP, Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Australia, warned about the risks of “another speech wanting to incite debate.”“Don’t give them what they want. That’s a question that you always ask when there is an appalling speech,” he said.“Don’t give them what they want. They want to incite a debate and the debate when it happens, when you hit back, is exactly what they might have hoped for.“But there has to be a point when this Parliament says enough.“If we haven’t reached that point tonight then for some of us there is apparently no limit at all.”Speaking about Senator Anning’s speech, the Shadow Minister said that it was “belittling Australians” and “dividing the nation.”“Those who have thought that maybe the best thing is to not give them what they want? I say if we continue to hold back they got exactly what they want,” he said. “Muslim Australians, African Australians, Chinese Australians, when you invoke the Final Solution Jewish Australians in the same way as in years gone by Greek Australians and Italian Australians have been the subjects of prejudice the bigotry of today is no different to the bigotry of yesterday.“The words that happened in the other place are not the words of a proud Australian. They are the words of people who hate modern Australia, people who hate who we are as Australians.“Our diversity is nothing to be afraid of but the silence that has come from those opposite is everything to fear because the fight for modern Australia when it’s under attack in this way is only going to be won when we get to the point of bipartisanship again and be in no doubt we are not there right now,” he added, holding the government responsible for allowing for such rhetoric to emerge.“We had the Immigration Minister stand right there and refer to Australians not as second and third generation Australians but as second and third generation Lebanese Muslims and then described them as a mistake,” he said.“We had the Government introduce university level English test but you didn’t have to read university level English if you were immigrating from the five English speaking nations that are predominantly white.“Don’t apologise for racism, don’t imitate it and don’t preference it,” he concluded.VAMVAKINOU: “A DELIBERATE SPEECH”Responding to Senator Anning’s speech, Labor MP Maria Vamvakinou said: “There will always be Fraser Annings amongst us; they certainly were amongst my community when I was growing up in the ’60s. Fraser Anning has to be condemned for the speech that was given in the Senate last night. It was a deliberate speech – it was intended to divide the community.“As the Federal Member for Calwell, I just want to reach out to my own constituency first and say to them, like them I am too, and my family, have been a part of the great nation building program that was instituted by Arthur Calwell. Australia has a migrant history; migrant Australia has been the bedrock of our nation building. It was so when it began 70 years ago and it will continue to be so well into the future – a non-discriminatory immigration program has served this country at its best.“And to my very large Muslim community, can I thank you for the great contribution that you are making, not only to our community, but to the broader Australian community”.GCM: “UNACCEPTABLE, RACIST AND BIGOTED VIEWS”Weighing in on the debate, the Greek Community of Melbourne issued a statement, demanding Senator Fraser Anning to retract his comments and apologise to all those who he offended.“There is no place in Australian politics for statements such as those made in senator Fraser Anning’s maiden speech which in plain English seeks a return to the White Australia policy,” reads the statement.“Comments regarding Muslim Australians are highly offensive and racist and must be withdrawn.“Also, Senator Anning’s calling for a ‘final solution’ on immigration was appalling and an insult to the Jewish community.“The Senator’s anti-Semitic and Islamophobic views are unacceptable, racist and bigoted.“Australia has benefited immensely from the contribution of migrants over the past century and we are all proud of our multicultural way of life.“The Greek Community of Melbourne demands that Senator Fraser Anning retracts his statement and apologise immediately to all those who he offended.”Senator Anning refused to apologise in a round of media interviews, claiming he was exercising free speech. “It was never meant to denigrate the Jewish community and it’s two words and if that offends anyone unfortunately that’s the way it has to be”. As for Bob Katter, he backed the comments and called for cuts to Australia’s migrant intake, including from the Middle East and Africa. “It was a magnificent speech. It was solid gold”, Mr Katter said.last_img read more

ATT Celebrates Game of Thrones By Giving Away Iron Throne

first_imgStay on target ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… I dunno if you’ve heard, but the final episodes of a little TV show called Game of Thrones start soon. And AT&T is getting in on the promotional action.The telecom giant is running a series of fan-focused campaigns ahead of the highly anticipated final season, premiering Sunday, April 14, on HBO.“This is the biggest television event in recent history, in large part due to the show’s passionate, loyal, and committed fan base,” Valerie Vargas, AT&T’s senior vice president of advertising and creative services, said in a statement.“In celebration of that fandom, and as fans ourselves,” she continued, “we have created unique experiences across all of our platforms that only AT&T and HBO can offer.”Visit AT&T flagship stores across the country for a glimpse into the “Game of Thrones” world (via AT&T)Like the chance to own a part of GoT history.Download the AT&T Thanks mobile app to enter a sweepstakes to win a full-size replica of the iconic Iron Throne (which carries a hefty retail value of $18,000, Variety reported).A physical chair upon which the King of the Andals and the First Men sits, the Iron Throne is a metonym, referring to the monarchy that rules the Seven Kingdoms. But who will claim the throne once and for all?You’ll have to wait at least another 12 days to find out.“There’s no better way to celebrate the finale of this epic HBO show than to give its devoted, passionate fans opportunities to immerse themselves in the Game of Thrones world leading into the final season,” according to Zach Enterlin, executive vice president of program marketing at HBO. “We are committed to giving superfans a fun, memorable way to experience Westeros and the characters they love so much.”Visit AT&T flagship stores across the country for a glimpse into the “Game of Thrones” world (via AT&T)Flagship AT&T locations across the country have transformed into the familiar world of Game of Thrones, featuring limited-reveal video content, custom digital games, and virtual and augmented reality experiences.Some stores even offer an exclusive look at memorabilia and costumes from different GoT houses: House Stark (Chicago), House Lannister (New York City), House Targaryen (San Francisco), and the warring Targaryens vs. Lannisters (Boston).Visitors can even confront a White Walker “and lead the fight for the living” in Magic Leap VR game “The Dead Must Die,” available at Chicago’s Michigan Avenue shop on Wednesday (April 3), and 1 Powell St. in San Francisco this Saturday (April 6).Step into a physical representation of King’s Landing, which instantly transforms into an ominous, icy scene that begs investigation (via AT&T)Never heard of Westeros, Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister, Arya Stark, Dothraki, or the Mother of Dragons? There’s still time to catch up on all seven seasons of Game of Thrones, available via DirecTV On Demand, DirecTV Now, the DirecTV app, HBO Go, and HBO On Demand.Want to relive each battle, betrayal, sacrifice, and death? Tune into the Game of Thrones Challenge, a free set-top-box application (DirecTV channel 512) that tests your knowledge with in-depth trivia questions to unlock videos.“With this campaign,” Vargas said, “we aim to celebrate the show’s superfans and its permanent place in pop culture.”More on‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunners Reveal the Night King’s Dark Motives‘Game of Thrones’ New Season 8 Art Shows Mysterious Iron ThroneAdidas Announces ‘Game of Thrones’ Sneaker Collaborationlast_img read more

ASA Lauds Presidents Action on West Coast Port Dispute

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) thanked President George W. Bush for his action to move toward settlement of the West Coast port dispute. Yesterday, the White House created a board of inquiry that is to report to the President today about the economic damage resulting from the shutdown.”ASA has asked President Bush to do everything in his power to resolve this shutdown, and this action is an important first step,” said ASA President Dwain Ford, a soybean producer from Kinmundy, Illinois.The board of inquiry is the first step in the process to invoke the Taft-Hartley Act, which could order both sides back to work and implement an 80-day cooling-off period.In 2001, 12 percent of U.S. soybean exports moved through West Coast ports. Also of great concern to soybean producers, 50 percent of U.S. pork exports and 25 percent of U.S. poultry exports depend on West Coast ports. Swine and poultry feed account for 75 percent of U.S. soybean meal consumption.”Soybean producers are hopeful that the shutdown is in its final days, and we will continue to work with the White House and Congress to urge both parties to negotiate a final resolution to this ongoing dispute,” Ford concluded.last_img read more

Illinois raises minimum wage to 15 an hour

first_imgOn 19 February 2019, Governor of Illinois JB Pritzker signed legislation to increase the state’s minimum wage from $8.25 (£6.31) an hour to $15 (£11.48) an hour by 2025.The SB 1 minimum wage legislation is set to benefit 1.4 million employees.Illinois last increased its minimum wage nine years ago, and is the first US state in the Midwest and the fifth state nationally to commit to deliver a $15 an hour minimum wage.Pritzker has further confirmed that small businesses and not-for-profit organisations will be supported with this pay increase via a state tax credit.He said: “[This] is a great day for Illinois’ working families, and it has been a long time coming. It’s been nine long years since [employees] got a raise. And even nine years ago, the raise amounted to 25 cents an hour.“Businesses large and small, from local restaurants to Amazon, made it clear that hardworking employees should be fairly compensated. Even when we didn’t agree on everything, they were willing to be part of the negotiations to make the minimum wage work in our communities.“This is a monumental day for our state, a day that redefines what it means to live and work in Illinois. We are making it clear that if [employees] work hard in this state, [they] deserve to be able to afford the goods and services [they] produce. We are saying that the right to a fair wage does not end at Chicago’s border.“We boldly declare that Illinois is a state that welcomes working families, setting a high standard for [employees’] rights, economic opportunity and economic justice.”Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, senior chief deputy whip, added: “For the last 40 years, American [employees] have not gotten their fair share of economic growth, despite increasing productivity.“Raising the minimum wage is one part of Democrats’ commitment to get [employees] and middle-class families a long overdue raise. Illinois is leading the way, and I look forward to Congress [doing] its job and [raising] the minimum wage to a uniform amount across all 50 states.“I applaud my friend, Governor Pritzker, and state legislators in Springfield, for their efforts to give working families in Illinois a much-deserved raise.”last_img read more

Qualcomm Apple make closing arguments in patent trial

first_img Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tech Industry Now playing: Watch this: Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 2:13 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Post a comment Apple Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? $999 See it $999 Apple vs. Qualcomm: Court battles explained Qualcomm Intel Apple The patent dispute is just the latest in a wide-ranging legal saga. Two years ago, the Federal Trade Commission, aided by tech companies Apple and Intel, accused Qualcomm of operating a monopoly in modem chips. The FTC argued that Qualcomm’s high royalty rates stopped competitors from entering the market, harming consumers. That trial took place in January, and the parties are currently waiting for a decision. The two companies will also meet in court next month, to argue over royalties.Qualcomm is seeking $31 million in damages, or $1.40 per allegedly infringing iPhone. The damages are for iPhones sold from July 2017, when the lawsuit was filed, that contain chips from Intel. In 2016, Apple started using Intel modems in some models of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Now Intel has replaced Qualcomm in iPhones altogether.On Wednesday, Nelson argued in closing remarks that Apple didn’t object to the damages request because the company didn’t make any dispute in testimony. Apple said that’s not true. “Let me be clear, we owe Qualcomm not one penny.” A jury of eight people will now decide on a verdict.Originally published March 13, 2:01 p.m. PT.Update, 3:55 p.m. PT: Adds more details from trial. Boost Mobile Best Buy See It reading • Qualcomm, Apple make closing arguments in patent trialcenter_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See All See It Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See It Sprint Share your voice “This case started when we started using Intel as a second source,” she said. “Qualcomm went into a drawer, dusted off some old patents, and threw them against the wall to see if they’d stick.” She said Qualcomm was supplying chips to the rest of the mobile industry during that time. “We … should also be able to date somebody else,” Brooks said.In his rebuttal, Nelson denied the claim. “It doesn’t have anything to do with that,” he said, adding, “We’re entitled to get return on our intellectual property.” Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple iPhone XS 0 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 • $999 Tags $999 Apple and Qualcomm are fighting over alleged patent infringement. James Martin/CNET Qualcomm and Apple on Wednesday wrapped up arguments in a contentious patent infringement trial in San Diego. The trial, just the latest skirmish in a long-standing legal feud between the two companies, centers on three Qualcomm technology patents that Qualcomm alleges Apple used without permission on some versions of the iPhone. One patent allows a smartphone to quickly connect to the internet once the device is booted up. Another deals with graphics processing and battery life. The third lets apps on your phone download data more easily by directing traffic between the apps processor and the modem.In closing arguments, Qualcomm zeroed in on the boot-up patent. Apple has argued that its former engineer, Arjuna Siva, co-invented the technology when he was working for the iPhone maker. But Qualcomm counsel David Nelson pointed out on Wednesday that Siva testified he wasn’t “claiming to be an inventor.” Siva also said he hadn’t read the language of the patent.”What were they trying to hide?” Nelson said in his closing remarks, referring to Apple’s defense. “Why not show him those things?”In Apple’s closing remarks, its counsel, Juanita Brooks, opened with a broader argument: that the lawsuit isn’t about patents at all. She said the “real motivation” for the complaint is that Qualcomm was upset Apple started to also use Intel chips in iPhones in 2016, after Apple and Qualcomm had previously had an exclusive relationship since 2011. This case started when we started using Intel as a second source … Qualcomm went into a drawer, dusted off some old patents, and threw them against the wall to see if they’d stick.  Juanita Brooks, Apple counsellast_img read more

6 killed in road crashes across country

first_imgRoad accident logoAt least six people, including a schoolboy, were killed in separate road accidents in Habiganj, Thakurgaon, Satkhira and Dhaka districts on Friday, reports UNB.In Dhaka, two motorcyclists were killed after a bus hit a motorbike on Dhaka-Aricha highway in Aminbazar truck stand area around 7:30am, said Savar model police station officer-in-charge Mohsinul Quadir.The deceased are Sujat, 25 and Shafiq Ahmed, 26, hailing from Pabna district.On information, police recovered the bodies and sent those to Dhaka Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy.In Habiganj, a schoolboy was killed as a battery-run auto-rickshaw ran over him in Richi village of sadar upazila in the morning.The deceased is Joy, 10, son of one Akbar Miah, a resident of the area.Witnesses said the auto-rickshaw ran over Joy while he was playing in front of his house in the morning, leaving him critically injured.He was rushed to Sadar Adhunik Hospital where the doctors declared him dead.In Thakurgaon, two people were killed and 14 others injured in a head on collision between a bus and a covered van on Thakurgaon-Dinajpur highway in sadar upazila in the morning.The deceased are covered van driver Sazzad, 50, and a passenger of the bus Masiur, 35.On information, police recovered the bodies and sent those to Rangpur Medical College Hospital, said Abdul Latif, officer-in-charge of Thakurgaon sadar police station.Three of the injured were sent to Rangpur Medical College Hospital as their conditions deteriorated and others released after giving treatment, said Thakurgaon Sadar Hospital emergency section physician Jinnat Perveen.In Satkhira, a man was killed as a truck ran over him, leaving him dead on the spot in Debhata upazila around 1:00pm, said sub-inspector Yamin Ali of Debhata police station.The deceased is Monirul Islam, 32, son of one Abul Hossain of Parulia Fulbari village in the upazila.last_img read more

Trump slams Democratic obstruction on health reform

first_imgTrump lashed at Democrats accusing them of `obstruction` over the bill. AFPAs Republicans scrambled Sunday to wrangle enough votes to pass health care reform legislation, US president Donald Trump lashed at Democrats accusing them of “obstruction” over the bill.Senate leaders last week unveiled a revamped health care plan aimed at fulfilling Trump’s pledge to repeal Obamacare, the landmark reform of his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.But the measure so far has failed to garner enough support to pass with only Republican votes — although the party has a majority in the Senate — after a handful of GOP lawmakers revolted.”The health care bill would be so great if the Democrats and Republicans could get together, wrap their arms around it so that everybody is happy with it,” Trump complained on the “Fox and Friends” program, in a previously taped interview broadcast early Sunday.”But we won’t get one Democratic vote — not one,” he said. “Their theme is resist. It is obstruction,” Trump said, as he singled out top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer for attack: “I saw Senator Schumer criticizing the bill a couple weeks ago and he had no idea what was in the bill.”Democrats have formed a united front against the controversial health measure, criticizing it as a “war on Medicaid,” the health care program for lower income Americans, and calling it a worse plan than one that passed the House of Representatives in May.Schumer said the Republicans shouldn’t expect any support from the opposition.”As Democrats, we’re doing everything we can to fight this bill. It’s so devastating to the middle class,” he said on ABC, putting the Republicans’ chances of passing the current bill at “50-50.”For the past seven years, Republicans have worked to repeal Obamacare.Senate Republicans are painting the new plan as less austere than the House bill which, according to a forecast by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), would leave 23 million fewer people insured than under current law.”Right now, we’ve got premiums going through the roof, deductibles are sky-rocketing. Folks with health coverage cards but no care because they can’t afford the deductible,” Health Secretary Tom Price said on CNN, making the rounds on Sunday morning news shows to promote the Senate Republican plan.Deductibles refer to the amount consumers must first pay out of pocket — which can be thousands of dollars — before their insurance benefits kick in.”The status quo is unsustainable, completely. We’ve got to act. Action is absolutely vital,” Price said.last_img

Jenkins Brothers Hope Sinners Wanted Speaks To Their Generation

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comFilmmakers Jimmy and Joshua Jenkins grew up as children of a successful Black pastor of a church in the most affluent African American county in the United States.  From their seats near the front of the pulpit of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden, they listened intently for years as their father Pastor John K. Jenkins preached many sermons based on stories from the books of The Bible.  As they grew, so did their faith and through a labor of love and the power of their passion they’ve brought the book of Hosea to life through their first major movie project.Filmmakers Jimmy and Joshua Jenkins recently premiered their new film “Sinners Wanted,” which combines the biblical story of Hosea with a modern tale.  (Courtesy Photo)“Sinners Wanted,” which now has a three-day waiting list for those who want to tickets, is the story of a young vibrant minister from Atlanta, Georgia, who relocates to Washington, D.C., for an opportunity to become pastor of a church.  He learns the lessons of unconditional love by falling in love with a prostitute who drops into his life when she bursts through the church doors on the first night of his installment.  These millennial filmmakers hope that by interpreting this story with an ensemble cast of actors from the D.M.V. and a compelling story told in a way that speaks to younger audiences, they can bring a generation back to church.“We have a natural yearning to tell this generation about God’s work,” Jimmy Jenkins told the AFRO.  “Seven of 10 millennials don’t have any connection to church and this is a story that shows what unconditional love is all about.”“Sinners Wanted,” is a new film by the Jenkins brothers, which combines the biblical story of Hosea with a modern tale. (Courtesy Photo)This project took five years from inception to become a niche market success.  Jenkins left his job at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta following a brief tenure with Black Entertainment Television to focus on launching his path to the silver screen.  After being inspired to read the biblical passage that his friend suggested he go deeper into, his creative and spiritual passion were united. Jenkins knew then this would be the project that would allow him to blend a faith-based storyline with the realities of today’s world to impact his generation.“It’s important to identify your target audience and to reach them,” Jenkins adds.As independent filmmakers, the Jenkins Brothers have the flexibility and freedom to explore alternate distribution outlets. Locally, the only theatre where it can be seen is the Magic Johnson Theatre in Largo.  However, over its first two weekends at the Prince George’s County cinema, 18,000 fans have paid to see the movie.  According to Jenkins those figures are better than more heavily advertised films such as Disney’s “Dumbo” and the Captain Marvel spoof “Shazam”.Since they aren’t tethered to a major studio they can explore subjects that may push corporate cinema’s political correctness.  The Jenkins Brothers creative control allowed them to bring an ensemble cast featuring a strong group of actors from the D.M.V. together to bring a greater reality to the project by giving it a feel of this community.D.C. native Clifton Powell, whose credits include appearances in “Ray” and the “Best Man,” plays the role of Peters.  Lamman Rucker, a product of the Duke Ellington School for the Arts, plays Elder Roberts.  Traci Braxton, is featured as Nana.“We wanted to make it a hometown project, something we can hold onto,” Jenkins adds.While the film’s explicit subject matter may have caused some churches to pull away.  However, the first local screening was at the church the Jenkins Brothers grew up in and their father was instrumental in helping to bring the project to life.“My parents are supportive and they understood this movie’s biblical message so he [my father] gave me the money to make it happen.”last_img read more

Hubble team finds male led teams still getting more telescope time than

first_img © 2014 PIs are typically listed as the lead on proposals and when they are male, the researchers report, the chances are greater that their project will be approved. In their paper uploaded to the preprint server arXiv (soon to be published in Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific) the researchers note that efforts have been made to get rid of gender bias, but there still appears to be room for improvement.It’s not easy getting time on Hubble, researchers must form teams and then come up with something relevant and interesting to study. After that, they have to write a proposal and submit it to STScI—after review the proposal is accepted or rejected—only a quarter of those submitted wind up getting telescope time. Unfortunately, it seems that the odds are diminished even further if the PI is female. Not by much, the researchers report, just by four or five projects each proposal cycle—but that’s enough to cause concern, especially in light of the fact that program officials have been trying to eliminate such perceived bias. They’ve tried giving talks to reviewers, to explain the problem in the hopes it will cause them to be less biased, they’ve tried moving team members name to the back page—and even using just an initial for the first name of the PI. None of its worked, and the researchers don’t know why. They acknowledge that it’s possible that female led proposals are simply not as interesting or as well thought out or written, in some cases, but also point out that very few if any proposals are written by only female teams—they’re all filled with both men and women. Gender appears to only play a role for the PI.The researchers have been studying the problem for two years, and are still mystified by the lack of change—they note that the problem is more pronounced when the PI is more senior—the difference is smaller for recent graduates, suggesting that the problem may solve itself given time. They also note that Hubble isn’t the only program with the problem—some small studies have suggested that female led proposals meet with less success on other observatories as well. Gender bias found in how scholars review scientific studies Explore further Citation: Hubble team finds male led teams still getting more telescope time than those led by females (2014, September 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Full paper: This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Researchers at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) which runs the Hubble Space Telescope program, have found that there continues to be a gap between the number of projects given the go-ahead by male principle investigators (PIs) versus those headed by females. Journal information: arXivlast_img read more

100 Rio buildings risk collapse official says

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Guerreiro said his statistics were based on an exhaustive 2003 study, updated with the findings of the agency’s inspectors as they visit building sites to certify the presence a qualified engineer. Crea does not have the right to order its own building inspections, he said.After the January tragedy, some critics lashed out at what they called a lack of oversight by local authorities, saying it creates a culture of impunity that leads to accidents.Guerreiro pointed to the private sector, which is largely behind the renaissance in Lapa, as a possible solution to the dangerously dilapidated buildings.“Happily, the technology is at a point where most of these buildings could be fully recuperated, especially if there’s an entrepreneur who’d continue to invest in their maintenance,” he said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Agostinho Guerreiro, president of Crea, a public entity representing members of the engineering profession, urged authorities here to act before other buildings tumble down.“These buildings aren’t necessarily going to fall down next week or next month _ I don’t want to cause public panic _ but these 100 or so buildings are definitely in bad enough shape that action is required,” Guerreiro told The Associated Press. “We need a public planning strategy that takes these buildings into account and takes concrete steps to preserve them.”About half the at-risk buildings are rambling bourgeois homes from the turn of the 20th century or even earlier, while about 20 were built as recently as the 1980s and abandoned because of money, legal or other problems, he said.He said that like the buildings in the Tuesday and January incidents, most of the at-risk structures are concentrated in the historic downtown, where gutted, once-grand bourgeois homes are wedged between modern towers.Other areas of concern are the neighborhood around the legendary Maracana soccer stadium, where the World Cup final is to be held, and the popular nightlife hotspot Lapa, he said. But he added that vast renovation projects under way in and around Maracana should make any risk negligible for the soccer tournament, while bar and nightclub owners’ renovation of many old buildings in Lapa had substantially reduced the risk in that area. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Associated PressRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – More than 100 abandoned buildings in Rio de Janeiro are in such poor condition they are at risk of collapsing, the head of a regional engineering agency said Wednesday, a day after part of a two-story building crumbled in the Olympic city’s colonial downtown.No one was injured in Tuesday’s incident, but it was a chilling reminder of the January collapse of three other downtown buildings, which left 17 people dead and five missing and raised questions about Rio’s readiness to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more