The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have carried out assessment missions and are working in support of the country’s Ministries of Health, Education, Agriculture and Family.On Tuesday, Nicaragua’s National Emergency Committee convened a meeting with representatives of the international community to present the situation and call for help. According to the Committee, more than 18,000 people in 54 communities have been affected, 25 have died and over 2,000 acres of crops have been damaged.
“You need roots in the reality of the tremendous challenges that our world faces and wings to seek imaginative solutions to those challenges,” UN General Assembly President Jan Eliasson told the youth delegates as they assembled last week to plan their support for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the internationally agreed-upon set of targets to reduce poverty and other ills by 2015. “You also need passion to mobilize your generation in support of the MDGs and the search for peace and compassion for those suffering from poverty and injustice,” he added, volunteering to facilitate an inter-generational dialogue between global leaders and youth at the Summit. Two representatives aged 18 to 30, one man and one woman, from each of the 191 Member States of the UN will be nominated to attend the summit by their UN country offices, according to the UN New York Office of Sport for Development and Peace, which organized the planning meeting along with the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a New York-based non-governmental organization (NGO).Leaders attending the summit, which follows a series of regional summits, are expected to use the themes of sport, culture and peace as entry points to reach out to youth worldwide about the goals, the Sport and Development Office said.According to that Office, the Summit has received a strong pledge of support from private sector sponsors, including Mohan Lal Mittal, Founder and Chairman of Ispat Group of Companies of India, John Gage, Vice President and Chief Researcher of Sun Microsystems and Hiroshi Matsumoto, President of Inner Trip Reiyukai International, a Japanese foundation.The three sponsors have agreed to form a Council of Mentors that will bring together prominent international leaders to advise the youth leaders on Summit preparations and implementation of activities decided on at the event.
HALIFAX – The Conservative government has formally accepted the first six of the long-delayed CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopters.Public Works Minister Diane Finley and Defence Minister Jason Kenney made the announcement Friday at the Shearwater air base in Nova Scotia in front of three of the Cyclones, which have been on the base for testing purposes.Finley said she realizes the arrival of the first helicopters in the $5.7-billion project has taken far too long.“In fact this procurement has had a torturous history, but in 2013 we brought in external experts and we committed to fixing this problem,” she said.“We announced last January we would put a plan in place to ensure the delivery of initial capability helicopters in June 2015 and through a lot of hard work and dedication we’ve kept that promise.”The original contract signed by the Paul Martin Liberal government in 2004 called for the Cyclones to be delivered in November 2008, with deliveries of all 28 helicopters completed by early 2011.The Harper government signed a deal a year ago to amend its contract with Sikorsky Aircraft — the U.S. manufacturer of the helicopter — after repeated delays and problems meeting the original specifications.As part of the renegotiation, the Royal Canadian Air Force revisited its list of expected capabilities, and was asked to spell out clearly what aspects were essential as opposed to what they would like to see in the aircraft.Finley told reporters the helicopters that had been accepted were capable of being used on missions on warships, but she added work remained to be done on the aircraft.“They’re in accordance with amendments to contracts that were made, but we’ll be continuing to work with Sikorsky on upgrades.”Evaluators of the Cyclones have previously raised questions about the helicopter’s ability to stay airborne in the event of an oil loss. The so-called “run-dry” capability has been a concern since it was determined to be a factor in a fatal crash of the Cyclone’s civilian version off Newfoundland in 2009.When asked if the new Cyclones have the ability to fly without lubricant for 30 minutes, Kenney said yes.Kenney said that 43 air crew and maintenance staff have been trained to operate the new helicopters, and that by 2021 the full contingent of 28 Cyclones will be operating on ships.He said the new helicopters will be far more capable than the aging Sea Kings, which will begin to be retired.The aircraft will be capable of flying up to 450 kilometres without refuelling, and will have a secure data link that allows it to exchange information with NATO allies.“In short, the Cyclone is bigger, faster and more efficient and will increase the future effectiveness of Canadian military operations,” he said.A senior defence official told reporters after the announcement that the first group of helicopters will not initially be used for deployment, but for testing and other purposes such as transporting cargo.He said the new helicopters will continue to be upgraded over the next few years and their capabilities will be expanded.A second group of Cyclones with further upgrades is expected to arrive in 2018, he said, but those still won’t meet the full military capability expected by 2021.The Ottawa Citizen has reported that Department of National Defence documents express concern that the helicopter’s engine does not have sufficient power for military use.The defence official told reporters on Friday that the manufacturer is still working on upgrading the aircraft’s power output. A CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopter is seen during a training exercise at 12 Wing Shearwater near Dartmouth, N.S. on March 4, 2015. 2015. The Conservative government has formally accepted the first six of the long-delayed CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan Six new Cyclone maritime helicopters accepted by Ottawa after years of delays by Tim Callanan, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 19, 2015 7:14 am MDT Last Updated Jun 19, 2015 at 10:23 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
In a report detailing alleged violations in Myanmar over the last year, the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission, insists that many of the conditions that led to “killings, rapes and gang rapes, torture, forced displacement and other grave rights violations” by the country’s military, that prompted some 700,000 Rohingya to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh in 2017, are still present.#HRC42 Presentation of oral update by SR, Ms Yanghee Lee, on the situation of #humanrights in #Myanmar, followed by statement of concerned country and interactive dialogue. @YangheeLeeSKKU live on https://t.co/6PWCTAjxDN @UNgeneva #Rohingyas pic.twitter.com/bDvu5fmnT3— HRC SECRETARIAT (@UN_HRC) September 16, 2019 Citing the lack of accountability for the perpetrators of these alleged crimes, as well as the failure by Myanmar “to investigate genocide and to enact effective legislation criminalizing and punishing genocide”, the UN-appointed independent panel concludes “that the evidence that infers genocidal intent on the part of the State…has strengthened, that there is a serious risk that genocidal actions may occur or recur”.Echoing those findings, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee told the Human Rights Council earlier on Monday that Myanmar had “done nothing to dismantle the system of violence and persecution” against the Rohingya who live in the “same dire circumstances that they did, prior to the events of August 2017”.Citing satellite imagery of destroyed Rohingya villages, Ms. Lee questioned Myanmar’s assertion that it rebuilt areas affected by the violence, given that there were “six military bases that have been built on the site of destroyed Rohingya villages”.Of nearly 400 Rohingya villages apparently destroyed, “there has been no attempt to reconstruct 320 of them”, the Special Rapporteur noted, and four in 10 villages had been “completely razed to the ground”. Some of that demolition occurred in 2018 and some even in 2019 “and all of this is completely antithetical to the claim that Myanmar is ready to receive the refugees (back from Bangladesh)”, Ms. Lee insisted.600,000 Rohingya ‘remain the target’ of Myanmar authoritiesAccording to the International Fact-Finding Mission’s near 200-page report, the abuses it found were not on the same scale as the “clearance operations” conducted against Rohingya communities in the summer of 2017.Nonetheless, the 600,000 mainly-Muslim Rohingya still in Myanmar “remain the target” of Government efforts to remove them from the country, the expert panel insisted.The threats the Rohingya minority face include a “continuation of hate speech” and discrimination that affects their ability to work, attend school, seek medical care “or even pray and congregate”, the report notes.Ongoing gross rights violations still occurring, says rights investigatorEchoing those comments, Ms. Lee insisted that Myanmar “continues to be a State that commits ongoing gross violations of international law”.Humanitarian access remains severely restricted by the State, she went on, and all those involved in the violence – among them, the Tatmadaw State military and the Arakan separatist army – have been responsible for “indiscriminate…heavy artillery fire, gunfire and landmines in civilian areas” linked to the displacement of some 65,000 people across northern Rakhine and southern Chin states since January.Highlighting information about “reprisals, surveillance and harassment” of people in Myanmar and outside the country who have cooperated with international human rights mechanisms, Ms. Lee urged the international community to continue to scrutinize events in Myanmar.“The parties to the conflict must end their hostilities – the people of Rakhine have suffered enough,” she insisted.In addition to reports of up to six villages being burned deliberately since the end of June, the Special Rapporteur also noted with concern that the Government-imposed internet blackout has been in place for nearly three months in Kyauktaw, Minbya, Ponnagyun and Mrauk-U, “where the worst fighting is happening”.Conflict escalated on 15 August when separatists launched attacks in northern Shan and Mandalay, Ms. Lee explained, “killing and injuring soldiers, police officers, and civilians”. This sparked intense fighting between the Tatmadaw State military and the ethnic armed organizations in northern Shan which led to the death of a farmer killed when Tatmadaw “reportedly fired mortars into his village as people were fleeing military helicopters conducting air strikes nearby”.Ceasefires welcomed but peace talks still in doubtWhile welcoming the separatists’ unilateral ceasefire declared last week ahead of peace talks with the Government’s National Reconciliation and Peace Commission scheduled for Tuesday, Ms. Lee questioned whether the Tatmadaw were serious about bringing about peace after launching operations against Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) separatists – despite also saying that they were laying down their weapons.In a related development, UN-appointed independent human rights experts expressed serious concerns on Monday about new restrictions at Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, following a massive “Genocide Day” protest last month.In a statement, the six Special Rapporteurs said that some 200,000 refugees had gathered for the rally in Cox’s Bazar to mark the second anniversary of their exodus from Myanmar. Demonstrators called for Myanmar citizenship rights and other guarantees before they would agree to return. “Since the demonstration at Cox’s Bazar on 25 August, a number of the protest organisers have been questioned and subjected to intimidation,” the experts said. A curfew is also being strictly enforced on those in the camps, they added, while mobile phones have been banned and confiscated. Myanmar respondsIn response to the allegations, the delegation for Myanmar maintained that the country faced development and human rights challenges, which were one and the same thing.The Myanmar constitution prohibits the targeting of minorities, Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun insisted, before adding that there had been only temporary internet shutdowns in Rakhine and Shan states in response to insurgents’ alleged use of wireless technology to detonate bombs.Blaming separatists for the Rohingya exodus in 2017, the Ambassador maintained that the tragedy had been exploited for political purposes.“It is crystal clear” that there are people who want to return to Myanmar, he added, before rejecting any attempt by the international community to prosecute State military figures allegedly responsible for grave rights violations against the Rohingya unless all national remedies had been exhausted.
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OMAHA, Neb. — Zach Jackson scored a career-high 33 points, making six 3-pointers, and Omaha cruised to an 89-65 victory over Montana State on Saturday.Jackson was 10-for-14 shooting, including 6 of 9 from deep, and made all seven free throws for the Mavericks (3-3). JT Gibson added 14 points, making four 3-pointers, and Omaha was 14-for-29 from behind the 3-point arc with flurries of 3s opening distance from Montana State.The Bobcats (1-6) were 7 of 26 from distance and finished the game shooting 42 per cent overall, 24-for-57, with 14 turnovers that led to 18 points for Omaha.Tyler Hall scored 20 to lead Montana State but was 9-for-20 shooting. Harald Frey added 16 points.Gibson’s early 3s pushed the Mavericks out front 12-11, leading to a 13-2 run over the next four minutes. Jackson hit back-to-back 3s early in the second half. Omaha went on an 11-0 run late in the game and led by as many as 29.The Associated Press
20 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 12 Mar 2019, 7:11 PM THE DECISION ON whether or not to charge British paratroopers over the deaths of innocent protestors on Bloody Sunday will be made on Thursday and the UK government announced today that it will foot the bill for any defence.The UK’s Ministry of Defence has sent a circular to MPs informing them that the Northern Ireland Public Prosecution Service will announce on Thursday “whether there will be criminal charges in relation to Bloody Sunday”.The statement from the Ministry of Defence states: “In terms of legal support, veterans are all represented entirely at the Ministry of Defence’s expense. They are represented by independent firms of solicitors, instructed by veterans themselves.”On 30 January 1972, British soldiers fired into a crowd of unarmed civilians who were taking part in a civil rights march in the bogside in Derry.In all, 28 people were shot. 13 died while another person succumbed to injuries sustained a number of months later. The shootings intensified the armed conflict during the Troubles, leading to a surge in anti-British sentiment in Ireland and boosting recruitment for the IRA. A mural in the Bogside area of Derry depicting Dr Edward Daly as he led injured civil rights protestor Jackie Duddy away from gunfire on Bloody Sunday. Image: PA Wire/PA Images UK government will fund any defence if British soldiers charged over Bloody Sunday killings Fourteen innocent people died on 30 January 1972. 13,697 Views Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4538171 Mar 12th 2019, 7:11 PM Image: PA Wire/PA Images A mural in the Bogside area of Derry depicting Dr Edward Daly as he led injured civil rights protestor Jackie Duddy away from gunfire on Bloody Sunday. By Garreth MacNamee Share876 Tweet Email
The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington has received a $20,000 grant from the Jay and Diane Zidell Charitable Foundation.The funds will help provide urgent medical care services for low-income, uninsured people in Clark County, according to a press release. The Zidell Charitable Foundation, which is based in Portland, “supports programs that promote the community and cultural vitality,” the press release states.It’s the 10th gift Zidell Charitable Foundation has made to the Free Clinic.“This generous gift helps ensure that the most vulnerable members of our community receive the care they need,” said Ann Wheelock, executive director of the Free Clinic. “The clinic’s urgent medical services keep people healthy before they develop more serious illnesses and need expensive emergency room care. We’re so grateful to the Zidell Charitable Foundation for their generous support.”
Flower Fields in Carlsbad open Thursday through May 13 Allie Wagner Allie Wagner, Posted: March 1, 2018 March 1, 2018 Updated: 1:25 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsKUSI’s Allie Wagner was live at the Flower Fields in Carlsbad which open Thursday and run through May 13.For over sixty years, Mother Nature has transformed the rolling hills of North San Diego County into one of the most spectacular and coordinated displays of natural color and beauty anywhere in the world.The nearly fifty acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that make up The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch® in Carlsbad, California, are in bloom for approximately six to eight weeks each year – from early March through early May – literally bringing the famous fields back to life.This annual burst of color, which has become part of the area’s local heritage, also is one of nature’s official ways of announcing the arrival of spring here in Southern California.The Flower Fields are an alcohol and tobacco-free environment, smoking and alcoholic beverages are not permitted onsite. No Bicycles, hoverboards or drones are permitted. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
LOS ANGELES — The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says it does not see a threat of powerful waves along the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska or Hawaii due to a powerful earthquake off South America.Two earthquakes struck off Chile’s Pacific coast Sunday afternoon, with the U.S. Geological Survey reporting the first, larger one at preliminary magnitude of 7.0.Chilean authorities called for a precautionary evacuation along a stretch of shoreline.The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center later said there did not appear to be a threat of a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami.
CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – The City of Coral Springs held a Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Town Hall meeting after two Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students took their own lives.Anxious parents piled into the 6 p.m. meeting at City Hall following the recent tragedies that have struck the community, Wednesday.Nineteen-year-old Sydney Aiello, who lived through the massacre at MSD, died in an apparent suicide on March 17 after losing her friend, victim Meadow Pollack, during the shooting.Aiello’s family said she had been suffering from survivor’s guilt.On Saturday, 16-year-old Calvin Desir, a sophomore at MSD, also took his own life.“Someone out there is feeling so much pain that they don’t know there’s support for them,” said Francisco Isaza with the Broward 211 crisis hotline.The recent tragedies sparked a renewed response and effort to provide mental health services for those struggling and searching for reassurances. “We came out with an action plan that we’re calling, ‘Just Ask and Just Listen,’” said Sarah Franco, executive director of the Jewish Adoption and Family Care Options.The Eagles’ Haven Wellness Center, a safe space for shooting survivors, also opened its doors to the MSD community, Wednesday.Leaders want to assure anyone with concerns that help is available.“Not everybody is going to want the same kind of help. It’s not one size fits all,” said mental health professional Patrice Rotolo at the town hall meeting.Professionals at the meeting emphasized to parents that communication and access to help were some of the core principals.“There is a direction in that there’s some control in this chaotic situation,” said Cindy Arenberg Seltzer with the Children’s Services Council.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, July 26, 2018:Police assisted with escort of the Moving Wall from Woburn. (8:59am)State Police and Fire Department responded to accident in high speed lane on 93 South, under the Woburn Street overpass. (9:08am0Eric P. Tolley (37, Plymouth) was arrested on a warrant. Police were called to Dunkin’ Donuts on Middlesex Avenue after a disturbance involving Tolley. (9:43am)Kyle D. Walker (26, Billerica) was arrested for Receiving Stolen Property (-$1,200), Shoplifting ($250+) By Asportation; and 4 Other Charges Of Shoplifting By Asportation. Police responded after a Target employee reported a white male just stole a quantity of baby formula and left the store. Police caught up with Walker south of Exit 39 on Route 93. (2:21pm)A caller reported a hawk was trapped in the high school’s batting cages. Hawk was able to free itself. (6:51pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 26: 2 Missing Teens; OUI Arrest; Main St. Shut Down Due To Crash; Road Rage IncidentIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 29: 2 Men Arrested On Warrants; Tree Falls On 5 Cars At Town Hall; Highway CrashIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 13: Woman Arrested After She Quits Her JobIn “Police Log”
Washington: Former first lady Michelle Obama added her voice Friday to the Democratic outcry following President Donald Trump’s attack on four ethnic minority congresswomen, saying “there’s a place for all of us.” “What truly makes our country great is its diversity… Whether we are born here or seek refuge here, there’s a place for all of us,” Obama tweeted, without mentioning Trump. Also Read – Prominent Hong Kong activists targeted in wave of arrests Advertise With Us “We must remember it’s not my America or your America. It’s our America.”What truly makes our country great is its diversity. I’ve seen that beauty in so many ways over the years. Whether we are born here or seek refuge here, there’s a place for us all. We must remember it’s not my America or your America. It’s our America.— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) July 19, 2019 Also Read – Weak European inflation bolsters case for stimulus Advertise With Us Trump has come under intense fire after he attacked four first-term Democratic congresswomen known as the “Squad.” In a rare move, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives on Tuesday rebuked Trump for “racist comments” after he said the four should “go back” to their countries of origin if they are not happy in the United States. But chants of “Send her back!” directed at Somali-born congresswoman Ilhan Omar broke out at Trump’s “Make America Great Again” rally in Greenville, North Carolina on Wednesday night. Advertise With Us Trump claimed to reporters in the Oval Office the following day that he was not pleased by the taunts and attempted to cut them short. Television footage, however, showed he let the chant continue for more than 10 seconds before he resumed speaking. “Those are incredible people. Those are incredible patriots,” Trump told reporters outside the White House on Friday when asked about the chants. “She’s lucky to be where she is, let me tell you,” he added about Omar. The first-term lawmakers — all but one of whom, Omar, were born in the United States — are of Hispanic, Arab, Somali and African-American descent. Some Republicans have urged Trump to tone down the rhetoric, but the president has made it clear that attacks on the “Squad” will be a centrepiece of his 2020 re-election strategy — despite the risk of inflaming racial tensions and widening the partisan divide. Omar responded to the chants by condemning Trump’s “racist remarks” and branding him a “fascist.” The president’s “nightmare is seeing a Somali immigrant refugee rise to Congress,” she told supporters when she returned home to Minnesota Thursday night. “We are going to continue to be a nightmare to this president because his policies are a nightmare to us,” she said through a megaphone to the cheering crowd at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Huawei Technologies, the maker of smartphones and smartwatches, shipped more than 100 million smartphones in calendar year 2015, the first Chinese company to do so.The upbeat performance was driven by sales in China and Western Europe, enabling the company to post an increase of 44% over 2014.The company said its consumer business group comprising smartphones and tablets, recorded a 70% growth in revenues to $20 billion in 2015 on a year-on-year basis.The performance needs to be seen in the context of a report by research firm IDC that expects worldwide shipments to grow at a lower clip of 10.4% in 2015, down from 27.5% in 2014.Huawei Technologies shipped 108 million devices in 2015 even as industry leaders Samsung Electronics and Apple are facing tough competition accentuated by a weakening global economy.Samsung has said that it “expected a difficult business environment in 2016″, while Apple Inc is reported to be planning to cut production of its latest iPhone models by about 30% in the first quarter this year to reduce increasing inventories.However, analysts do not see Huawei Technologies posing a significant challenge to Samsung and Apple, given that other Chinese vendors such as Xiaomi and Lenovo are engaged in a price war with Huawei.”In China it’s true that Huawei grew tremendously over the past six months, but it’s a bit of a dog fight within the Android ecosystem,” Kantar Worldpanel ComTech analyst Carolina Milanesi said, reported Reuters.”Huawei’s going after Xiaomi and all the other smaller Android players,” he added.In the third quarter of CY 2015, Huawei trailed Samsung and Apple with a market share of 7.5%, according to IDC. Samsung led the industry with 23.8% share followed by Apple at 13.5%.Samsung is expected to declare its October-December quarter growth figures on Friday, Reuters said.At the CES 2016, Huawei said that it will continue its collaboration with Google to launch a new gold version of Nexus 6P. “Through the different types of devices Huawei creates, we are convening a new mobile ecosystem of partners that bring together the best in technology and lifestyle design,” said Richard Yu, CEO, Consumer Business Group.It also announced the Huawei Watch for Lady, designed in partnership with Swarovski AG, according to a media statement issued by the company on Wednesday.
India’s prime minister Narendra Modi heads to Sri Lanka on Thursday on a charm offensive as New Delhi seeks to reassert its influence on the island amid signs of a Chinese comeback.Sri Lanka’s president Maithripala Sirisena came to power in January 2015 promising to loosen ties with China after a decade of hefty funding by Beijing under his predecessor.When Modi visited the island shortly afterwards, he promised to “script a golden chapter in the history of India-Sri Lanka relations”.Just two years later, analysts say Beijing’s influence is on the rise again as Colombo struggles to find alternative sources of foreign capital.For India, which wants to keep Sri Lanka within its sphere of influence, that is a worrying sign.”For Modi to visit again so soon is clearly an expression of India’s concerns about China’s deepening economic roots in Sri Lanka and the potential strategic,even military, advantages this might ultimately bring,” said Alan Keenan of the International Crisis Group.Sirisena halted all Chinese-funded infrastructure projects when he swept to power in 2015, ousting the island’s strongman leader Mahinda Rajapakse, who had aggressively courted Beijing.Now these projects, which included new highways, railway lines and a telecommunications tower, are back on track.A $1.4 billion Chinese-funded land reclamation project outside Colombo harbour has also been relaunched.New Delhi has long been nervous of a Chinese presence at the Colombo port, a key transshipment point for Indian cargo.Even more controversially, Colombo is trying to sell a controlling interest in a strategically-located deep-sea port in the south to China.Shortly after hosting Modi, Sri Lanka’s prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will travel to China, where he is expected to try to finalise that sale.- Black flags -Experts say India simply doesn’t have deep enough pockets to take over China’s place as the country’s main financial backer.”The new government realises that its Western allies have not delivered and only China has the deep pockets to invest,” said Sri Lankan political analyst Kusal Perera.”The new government has understood this reality and they are wooing China while keeping India on board.”Last time Modi visited Sri Lanka, he made a highly symbolic trip to the war-ravaged north in a demonstration of support for Sri Lanka’s mostly Hindu Tamil minority, who share close cultural and religious ties with counterparts living in southern India.This time, he will be guest of honour at a major Buddhist festival — a move seen as aimed at winning the support of the Sinhalese majority, many of whom are suspicious of India.Former leader Rajapakse’s political allies among the Sinhalese community this month called for a black flag protest during Modi’s visit.Manoj Joshi of the Observer Research Foundation think tank in Delhi said Modi would likely use the visit to deepen economic ties with Sri Lanka.But he cautioned against overly high expectations.”Everyone in New Delhi has realised that the new Colombo government isn’t going to abandon China just like that. It has certain big infrastructure investments,” he told AFP.”When confronted by a big neighbour like India, they can leverage China, just like other countries in the neighbourhood like Nepal and Bangladesh.”
Citation: Horsetail spores found able to ‘walk’ and ‘jump’ (w/ Video) (2013, September 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-09-horsetail-spores-video.html 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 reveal which London Underground lines are mouldiest More information: The walk and jump of Equisetum spores, Published 11 September 2013 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2013.1465AbstractEquisetum plants (horsetails) reproduce by producing tiny spherical spores that are typically 50 µm in diameter. The spores have four elaters, which are flexible ribbon-like appendages that are initially wrapped around the main spore body and that deploy upon drying or fold back in humid air. If elaters are believed to help dispersal, the exact mechanism for spore motion remains unclear in the literature. In this manuscript, we present observations of the ‘walks’ and ‘jumps’ of Equisetum spores, which are novel types of spore locomotion mechanisms compared to the ones of other spores. Walks are driven by humidity cycles, each cycle inducing a small step in a random direction. The dispersal range from the walk is limited, but the walk provides key steps to either exit the sporangium or to reorient and refold. Jumps occur when the spores suddenly thrust themselves after being tightly folded. They result in a very efficient dispersal: even spores jumping from the ground can catch the wind again, whereas non-jumping spores stay on the ground. The understanding of these movements, which are solely driven by humidity variations, conveys biomimetic inspiration for a new class of self-propelled objects. Prior to this new research, it was known that the spores produced by horsetail plants (their method of reproduction) moved some distance from the plant that created it. Some accounts even suggested that the spores walked along the ground after being released by the plant. Intrigued by such stories, the researchers with this new effort decided to take a closer look.To find out what was really going on with the microscopic spores, the researchers put them under a microscope and filmed (using a high-speed camera) what they found. The spores, they saw, which have a central bulb surrounded by four independent elaters, are heavily impacted by the amount of moisture in the air. During times of high humidity, the elaters curl up, much like human hair—when the air dries out, so too do the elaters, allowing the curls to relax. It was this curling and relaxing that caused the spores to move in their environment—as the elaters unfurled against the ground, it caused the entire spore to move. More intriguingly, they found that on some occasions, the elaters uncurled so fast that it caused the entire spore to be pushed up into the air. Such jumps, the researchers noted, sometimes reached heights of centimeters—more than enough to allow the spore to leap into passing air currents, carrying them to a far flung locale.The researchers also uncovered the mechanism behind the curling—the elaters are made of two different types of materials—one hard layer and one soft layer. The discrepancy between the ability of the two layers to absorb moisture causes the curling and uncurling. Explore further (Phys.org) —A trio of researches working at University Grenoble in France has discovered that spores produced by horsetail plants are able to move around using “legs” known as elaters. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the researchers describe the types of movement exhibited by the spores when subjected to changing humidity conditions. © 2013 Phys.org This video shows the walk and jump of Equisetum spores. Because of the simplicity of the mode of transport for the horsetail spore, the research team is now looking into ways that man-made objects might be made to move in the same ways. They envision self-spreading seeder devices or tiny probes that move themselves around crops testing for moisture or fertilizer levels. Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B
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The Latest: San Diego wins ‘comic con’ trademark battle by The Associated Press Posted Dec 8, 2017 4:24 pm PDT Last Updated Dec 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN DIEGO – The Latest on a court battle between rival pop-culture conventions over the phrase “comic con.” (all times local):5 p.m.A jury is siding with San Diego Comic-Con in a court battle with a rival pop-culture convention in Utah over naming rights to the phrase “comic con.”Salt Lake City-based KUTV reports the jury decided Friday Salt Lake Comic Con used the trademark without permission. They awarded the California event $20,000, far less than the $12 million they’d sought.Utah organizer Dan Farr says they plan to appeal.San Diego lawyers argue Salt Lake City stole their name to benefit from their work. Utah organizers contend the phrase is generic and used by 140 different events nationwide.San Diego Comic-Con, considered the flagship of the popular convention circuit, filed the trademark violation lawsuit in 2014 against the rapidly growing Salt Lake convention. Both are known for guests elaborately costumed as superheros and movie villains.__4:15 p.m.A jury is deliberating in a court battle between rival pop-culture conventions in California and Utah who are battling over the phrase “comic con.”The Deseret News reports the panel weighed the case for a second day Friday. Lawyers for the San Diego convention argued at trial the upstart event in Salt Lake stole their name to benefit from their decades of hard work.Salt Lake, though, maintains the phrase is a generic shortened form of “comic book convention” that’s used by 140 different events around the country.San Diego Comic-Con, considered the flagship of the popular convention circuit, filed the trademark violation lawsuit in 2014 against the rapidly growing Salt Lake convention. Both are known for guests elaborately costumed as superheros, movie villains and more. FILE- In this Sept. 4, 2017, file photo, Jessica Nowan, left and Caitlin Grandstaff, right, stand in line for the Salt Lake Comic Con at the Salt Palace Convention Center, in Salt Lake City. There is a court battle between rival pop-culture conventions in California and Utah who are battling over rights to use the phrase “comic con.” (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
Nielsen’s top programs for Sept. 17-23 by The Associated Press Posted Sep 25, 2018 2:18 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 25, 2018 at 3:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Sept. 17-23. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. NFL Football: New England at Detroit, NBC, 19.46 million.2. “NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 13 million.3. “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 12.99 million.4. “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), NBC, 12.88 million.5. NFL Football: Seattle at Chicago, ESPN, 11.89 million.6. “The OT,” Fox, 11.55 million.7. “Emmy Awards,” NBC, 10.22 million.8. “911,” Fox, 9.83 million.9. “Football Night in America,” NBC, 9.13 million.10. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 8.99 million.11. NFL Football: N.Y. Jets at Cleveland, NFLN, 8.69 million.12. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 7.26 million.13. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 6.31 million.14. “NCIS,” CBS, 6.07 million.15. “I Feel Bad,” NBC, 5.72 million.16. “Big Brother” (Thursday), CBS, 5.7 million.17. “Big Brother” (Wednesday), CBS, 5.57 million.18. “Bull,” CBS, 5.48 million.19. “Big Brother” (Sunday), CBS, 5.44 million.20. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 4.91 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal.
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