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Annan expects full Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon by midApril to midMay

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Video of press briefing [21mins] In a statement issued after he was briefed by his Special Envoy for the implementation of Security Council resolution 1559, which calls for withdrawing all foreign forces from Lebanon, disbanding all militias and extending Government control over the whole country, Mr. Annan “stressed the great importance that these elections be free and fair and take place as scheduled.”The envoy, Terje Roed-Larsen, briefed Mr. Annan on his recent meetings in Europe, Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, in particular outlining the details of the understanding reached between the UN and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on 12 March in Aleppo, Syria.Mr. Roed-Larsen told reporters after the briefing that he would return to the region in the first week of April to finalize the report that Mr. Annan is to deliver to the Security Council on 19 April.Asked whether he had reached any conclusion in his talks with Syrian and Lebanese leaders on disbanding the militias, including Hezbollah, he replied that there was an ongoing dialogue and no conclusions had yet been reached.He said the understanding he reached with President al-Assad involved two phases: first, the withdrawal by 1 April at the latest of all Syrian troops and intelligence assets to the eastern Bekaa Valley, with two thirds on the Lebanese side and one third in Syria; secondly, the convening by 7 April at the latest of a joint Syrian-Lebanese military committee to decide the precise timelines for the complete and full withdrawal.The UN envoy noted that there was now a movement of military equipment into the Bekaa Valley and “we have been observing over the last few days that intelligence offices have been closed down, including the intelligence headquarters in Beirut.”Asked whether he told Mr. al-Assad that he would face sanctions if he did not comply, Mr. Roed-Larsen said the topic was not on the agenda. read more

Canadas troubled asbestos industry gets a 58 million lifeline

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ASBESTOS, Que. – Canada’s beleaguered asbestos industry, which has been a target of activists who link its product to cancer, has been given a $58 million lease on life by the Quebec government.While the industry has appeared on the brink of collapse, Friday’s long-rumoured provincial loan will cover more than two-thirds of the cost of renovating and reopening the Jeffrey Mine in Asbestos, Que. — a move that could keep production going for another 20 years.Critics here and abroad have called it immoral for Canada to be exporting the substance to developing countries where safety standards are suspect.One of the last two remaining asbestos facilities in Canada, Jeffrey Mine suspended production last year due to financial problems. The other mine, Lac d’amiante du Canada in nearby Thetford Mines, shut down shortly afterward but some proponents hope it can be revived as well.At its peak, the once-mighty Canadian asbestos industry helped create entire towns and dominated international production of the mineral used in fireproofing and insulation.The deal to refurbish Jeffrey Mine will see private investors, led by Balcorp Ltd., kick in another $25 million. The owners will have to provide royalties along with annual fees that, over time, will see $7.5 million put aside to diversify the region’s economy.The announcement, which was made before an applauding crowd of around 700 townsfolk, had been expected for some time. Speculation about the reopening has drawn attention in international media including the New York Times, which last year ran a long feature on, “a town called Asbestos.”Balcorp president Baljit Chadha also indicated last year he was close to securing the necessary funding from an international consortium of investors.“This is excellent news for the city of Asbestos and for the region,” said Yvon Vallieres, the local MNA and cabinet minister who is retiring from provincial politics.“The reopening of the mine will not only create 425 full-time jobs, especially for young people, but it will also contribute to development in Asbestos, a one-industry town.”He cited predictions that worldwide demand for asbestos would increase — especially in India — while the supply would drop. He said an external audit with a respected firm would monitor whether the material was being handled safely by Jeffrey’s foreign customers.The announcement came as rumours swirled about a possible provincial election in September. Vallieres, the long-time Liberal legislature member for the area, has announced he is not running.Industry proponents insist asbestos can be used safely if it is handled properly and say the chrysotile asbestos manufactured at the Jeffrey Mine is not as dangerous as other forms of the material.But not everyone hailed the news.Dr. Yves Bonnier Viger, president of an association of Quebec medical specialists, criticized the move.“It makes me very sad,” said Dr. Yves Bonnier Viger, president of an association of Quebec medical specialists in public health.“It shows an insensitivity to the scientific data and a lack of respect for the health and well-being of the population.”The doctor said he and his colleagues will lobby the government to reverse its decision.Attempts to restart the Jeffrey Mine have been pummelled by an international anti-asbestos campaign led by physicians, activists and asbestos victims who insist the material is linked to cancer.A senior official of the World Health Organization says it stands by its estimate that asbestos-related diseases, such as certain forms of lung cancer, kill more than 107,000 people around the world each year. The figure relates specifically to people exposed to asbestos fibres at work.Ivan Ivanov, a team leader in WHO’s department of public health and the environment, said earlier this year the estimate in based on data from published scientific research.However, Bernard Coulombe, the president of Jeffrey Mine, has challenged the data, calling it an exaggeration based on unfounded evidence.He said in a news release Friday that the product produced at Jeffrey will be used safely — principally as a component in cement for infrastructure like aqueducts, wells, and buildings that are mostly agricultural.The news release noted that the Quebec government recently signed an agreement with India on the safe use of mining materials.“We have taken all necessary measures to ensure that chrysotile be used safely by all our clients,” Coulombe said.-With files by Nelson Wyatt and Sylvain Larocque Canada’s troubled asbestos industry gets a $58 million lifeline AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 29, 2012 6:42 pm MDT read more

Grain futures mixed beef prices fall

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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Apr 2, 2013 11:00 am MDT CHICAGO – Grains futures were mixed Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for May delivery rose 6.75 cents to $6.7075 a bushel; May corn fell 2.75 cents to $6.3950 a bushel; May oats fell 8.75 cents to $3.6750 a bushel; while May soybeans rose 3.25 cents to $13.94 a bushel.Beef fell, while pork prices rose on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.June live cattle fell 1.28 cent to $1.2282 a pound; May feeder cattle fell 0.57 cents to $1.4710 a pound; June lean hogs added 0.28 cent to 91.85 cents a pound. Grain futures mixed, beef prices fall read more

Malaysia rejects US claims over assets said stolen from 1MDB

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – A Malaysian sovereign wealth fund has rejected U.S. Justice Department allegations over money laundering and alleged theft of a treasure trove of assets including diamonds, a yacht and private jet and penthouse apartments.The Malaysian government-controlled fund known informally as 1MDB and other officials in Kuala Lumpur insisted Friday that there was no proof linking the fund to such crimes.On Thursday, the U.S. Justice Department filed a civil case seeking recovery of $540 million in assets that it says were stolen from 1MDB, a fund intended to promote economic development projects. Overall, the Justice Department alleges that more than $4.5 billion has been stolen from the fund.In a 250-page filing for the U.S. District Court in Central California, the Justice Department outlined in detail the allegations of a complex money laundering scheme intended to enrich top-level officials of the fund, including some close to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.The 1MDB case is the largest single action the Justice Department has taken under its Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative, which seeks to recover foreign bribery proceeds and embezzled funds. Several other countries including Singapore and Switzerland are conducting probes.Last summer, prosecutors moved to recover more than $1 billion diverted from the fund to pay for properties in New York and California, a $35 million jet, art by Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet and other wealth used to help finance the movies, “Dumb and Dumber To” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which was produced by Red Granite Pictures, a studio co-founded by Najib’s stepson.The Justice Department filing drew vehement objections from Malaysia, where Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali said there was no evidence that money was misappropriated from 1MDB.Apandi also expressed “strong concerns” over suggestions Najib, who has not been named in civil cases related to 1MDB, engaged in criminal acts. The attorney general said Malaysia will uphold the “rule of law” and take action if there is sufficient evidence of wrongdoing.1MDB likewise said there was no documentary proof or witnesses’ statements to support the Justice Department’s claim.“1MDB highlights that it is not a party to the civil lawsuit nor has it been contacted by the DOJ in relation to this matter,” the fund said in a statement.Najib’s press secretary Tengku Sariffuddin separately voiced concern that the Justice Department didn’t seek co-operation from the Malaysian government or 1MDB.“We are also concerned by the unnecessary and gratuitous naming of certain matters and individuals that are only relevant to domestic political manipulation and interference. This suggests a motivation that goes beyond the objective of seizing assets,” he said, without elaborating.The Justice Department’s court filing shows much of the wealth in question was moved through offshore dealings and bank accounts in Singapore, Switzerland, Luxembourg and the U.S. The evidence cited includes details of wire transfers of hundreds of millions of dollars.It says the wife of an unnamed person identified as “Malaysian Official 1,” who has been widely inferred to be Najib, received a 22-carat pink diamond necklace worth $27.3 million in 2014 purchased with from funds stolen from 1MDB.Other assets included diamonds given to Australian model Miranda Kerr, movie posters and artwork given to Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as rights to the movies “Dumber and Dumber To” and “Daddy’s Home” from Red Granite.Some of the items at issue were provided to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation for a charity auction. A DiCaprio spokesperson said that those items and an Academy Award won by Marlon Brando which was given to Mr. DiCaprio as a set gift by Red Granite to thank him for his work on ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’” were voluntarily returned.Red Granite released a statement saying it is trying to resolve the case and is fully co-operating with the Justice Department.In announcing the Justice Department’s filing, Sandra R. Brown, acting U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, said the wealth alleged to have been stolen “should have been used to help the people of Malaysia, but instead was used by a small number of individuals to fuel their astonishing greed.”“We simply will not allow the United States to be a place where corrupt individuals can expect to hide assets and lavishly spend money that should be used for the benefit of citizens of other nations,” she said. by Eileen Ng, The Associated Press Posted Jun 15, 2017 2:06 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 16, 2017 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Malaysia rejects US claims over assets said stolen from 1MDB FILE – In this May 14, 2015 file photo, construction workers chat in front of a billboard for state investment fund 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) at the fund’s flagship Tun Razak Exchange development in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The U.S. Justice Department is seeking to recover $540 million in assets, including penthouse apartments, paintings by Vincent Van Gogh and a yacht known as the Equanimity, that it says were stolen from Malaysia’s troubled sovereign wealth fund, prompting objections from Malaysian officials who said Friday, June 16, 2017 there was no evidence of such crimes. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul, File) read more

High school science program leaders visit Brock

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The Faculty of Mathematics and Science, led by academic adviser Heather Bellisario, welcomed District School Board of Niagara high school science program leaders to campus this week.About half of the 25 teachers who attended were Brock alumni. Dean Syed Ejaz Ahmed spoke to them about the benefits of passing on their experiences at Brock to their current students to encourage them to study at Brock.Associate Dean Hichem Ben-El-Mechaiekh along with Doug Bruce and Fiona Hunter from Biological Sciences, Santo D’Agostino from Physics, and Dorothy Levay and Neil Marshall from Mathematics participated in a panel discussion regarding what students need to be successful as they enter a post-secondary science program.The panel also presented the teachers with observations of Brock science professors on the strengths and weaknesses of first-year students. read more

Ohio State football reunion doesnt rule out Tressel Clarett

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The guest list for the Ohio State’s 2002 national championship team reunion consists of three or four names, but it won’t stay that short for long.The defensive captain of the 2002 Buckeyes, which secured its place in OSU football lore with a 31-24, double overtime win against Miami (Fla.) in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, isn’t ruling out appearances from former OSU coach Jim Tressel or tailback Maurice Clarett.OSU’s 2002 national championship squad will reconvene at Ohio Stadium for the Buckeyes’ Nov. 24 game against Michigan where they it will be recognized by the university and conduct other celebratory activities on its own.Former OSU safety Mike Doss, the defensive MVP of the 2002 national championship game, told The Lantern Thursday that he has been planning the event on behalf of the entire team. Former quarterback Craig Krenzel, safety Donnie Nickey and cornerback Dustin Fox have been “in constant communication to make everything go.”Doss told The Lantern that he, Krenzel, Nickey and Fox might be the only four players committed to the event for now, but more members of the 2002 team are expected to join in the festivities.Tressel could be among the attendees too, Doss said.“I don’t think it would be an issue with coach Tressel coming back and reuniting with his players of the past knowing that he was our coach,” Doss said. “Knowing what kind of impact he had on us. What kind of impact we had on him and his career, I don’t think that would feel uncomfortable for him at all because we love coach Tressel, we support him as OSU supports each and every one of us.“Right now you’ve got three or four guys … Just the little bit of hints that we’ve reached out, that I think everyone would be committed and involved as much as they can.”OSU athletic director Gene Smith shared similar sentiments during a radio interview on WBNS-FM 97.1 about a possible return to Ohio Stadium for Tressel, saying it wouldn’t be awkward at all if Tressel came back.Tressel was forced to resign as OSU coach May 30 after it was discovered he was aware of players violations that occurred during the 2010 season, failed to report the violations and fielded ineligible players during the 2010 season, which was later vacated.Tressel did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s Thursday request for comment.Doss said he and his three teammates planning the event wouldn’t accept a celebration of their national championship that didn’t include Tressel, as well as Clarett.Clarett ran for 1,237 yards and 16 touchdowns during the Buckeyes’ championship run. After the season, Clarett sued the NFL in an attempt to declare for the 2004 NFL Draft.Later, Clarett pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a concealed weapon and served three-and-a-half years in a Toledo prison.Doss said Tressel and Clarett’s transgressions are separate issues from the on-field accomplishments of the 2002 championship team.“Coach Tressel was a part of that team. He was the nucleus,” Doss said. “Maurice Clarrett – one of the best tailbacks to play at Ohio State for one season and a career. You know, he was a phenomenal player for us that year. We would not accept anything presented to the university if both of those guys weren’t included.“We all communicated to ourselves that anything that was going to be organized has to include each and every one that was involved. Period. If that was going to be an issue then we would have respectfully declined. But the university embraced coach Tressel and Maurice.”Clarett did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s Thursday request for comment but indicated he would attend the reunion on Twitter.From his account, @ReeseClarett13, Clarett said, “indeed my friend….,” in response to a question regarding whether he would attend the event.Clarett said in a later tweet: “me and Tress have been cool since before I went to prison. A lot of ppl don’t know that. I couldn’t do it (without) him.”Doss said the timing for a reunion is right for several reasons, but most of all because the 2002 championship is the university’s only one in the last 10 years, as well as for nearly 40 years prior to that.Aside from university recognition, Doss said he, Krenzel, Nickey and Fox are working on preparing a dinner reception and a tailgate prior to the noon kickoff against the Wolverines.There is also interest in returning to show support for the current team, as well as first-year coach Urban Meyer and his staff, Doss said.The Buckeyes’ opponent that day was a factor too.“It’s coach Meyer’s first Michigan game,” Doss said. “It’ll be an opportunity for a lot of support to be there for the coaching staff and it’s Michigan – that’s all you have to say.” read more

National College of Ireland staff to undertake industrial action

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first_imgUpdated 30 October 21.15AROUND 100 MEMBERS of staff are to undertake industrial action at the National College of Ireland due to what SIPTU describes as a “unilateral breach by the college management of an agreement reached with union members two years ago”.SIPTU sector organiser, Louise O’Reilly, told TheJournal.ie that the industrial action could become a strike, as staff were balloted on this and said they would undertake a strike if necessary.O’Reilly said the union had spent months negotiating with management before reaching an agreement on the restoration of pay and pensions for NCI members. The negotiation has involved two meetings with the Labour Relations Commission.“This was unilaterally withdrawn by the college without consultation and with less than 24 hours notice,” she said of the agreement. “Our members co-operated with pay cuts and a pension freeze two years ago in order to ensure the long-term financial stability of the college. This two-year period concluded on 31 July and we were informed that pay and pensions would be restored to previous levels.”She said that their members had an agreement with the NCI “but it is refusing to honour this”, so SIPTU has been left with no option but to undertake industrial action.She said that the industrial action is designed to maximise the effect on the college administration and minimise the impact on students.Around 100 members of staff will be taking part, and will be adhering to a ban on meetings and on the use of personal phones for college business as well as a targeted non-answering of phones during the industrial action.There will also be a protest by SIPTU members at 3pm tomorrow in NCI.O’Reilly said they will be monitoring the situation and deciding whether there will be a need to progress to strike action.A spokesperson from the NCI said that the industrial action followed lengthy negotiations. They added:The planned industrial action results from the rejection by SIPTU of an offer by college management to restore the pay reduction and pension scheme with effect from August 1 2013. This offer was made on the understanding that further negotiation would then take place around a new model of pay progression to replace the existing incremental scales.Management believe that there is support amongst staff for this overall offer, but said it was rejected by SIPTU, who represent less than half of all NCI staff.The college has requested that all matters of pay, pension and pay increments be referred to the Labour Court and are urging SIPTU to reconsider its decision not to partake in this process.The current situation is that college staff and management have made progress through a difficult economic period.  The college is now in a position to restore the pay reduction to staff and to restore the defined benefit pension scheme at a time when many such schemes are being closed.The NCI said that the implementation of this is being halted “because SIPTU is insisting that annual pay increments are immediately reinstated as well, while refusing to negotiate on any link between pay increases and performance”.  The college believes this “to be a wholly unrealistic position in the current environment”.Lectures are planned to continue as normal for all students and management of the college has urged that no action be taken that will impact on students’ academic progress. It said it hopes the dispute is resolved as soon as possible.Read: Dublin Bus to implement cost-cutting plans as unions split on proposals>last_img read more

Controversial bullying app SimSimi goes offline in Ireland

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first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Sean Murray Source: CyberSafeIreland/Twitter Short URL The #SimSimi app has been suspended in #Ireland (for now). #Parents can get advice on talking to their child here: https://t.co/mLo7OTS8Xt pic.twitter.com/30yMLZShCz— Webwise (@Webwise_Ireland) March 29, 2017 Schools are believed to have written to parents in recent days and weeks to warn them over the use of the app.According to CyberSafe Ireland, the children’s internet safety charity, parents in Ireland are overwhelmed with efforts to keep their children safe while using the internet, and SimSimi was another method whereby children could be bullied online.In reviews on both the Google Play and the iOS store, users criticise the app for promoting bullying.One parent who said that she had seen “vile comments” about her daughter on the app told TheJournal.ie that the company had said it would take 15 days to deal with her request but offered three alternative methods whereby words could be deleted from the system if they had become associated with vile language.The app is still trending in Ireland this morning. A CONTROVERSIAL MESSAGING app that some had claimed was vile and promoted bullying has gone offline in Ireland.SimSimi is an automated chat bot, which is programmed to respond after a user types in a message. It is programmed by other users to make certain responses to the phrases that are typed in.The app is still available to download, but any message sent to it is now responded to with the message: “I do not talk in Ireland for a while”.Speaking earlier this week, Cybersafe Ireland’s Cliona Curley told Newstalk Breakfast that it was a “quite nasty app” and that parents should be aware of their children using the app, which has become popular among secondary and primary school students.She said: “There’s definitely scope for it being used for bullying and I can see that it is being used for bullying already. What you can do is, you can teach this app if it doesn’t recognise a particular phrase (such as someone’s name).I could go in there and I could associate that name with another phrase. I could say absolutely anything about you, and everybody would see it as soon as they mention your name. Controversial ‘bullying’ app SimSimi goes offline in Ireland The bot now replies “I do not talk in Ireland for a while” after every message it receives. Read: ‘We just couldn’t keep up with what the phone could do’ – The trouble of keeping kids safe onlineRead: Three challenges of being an exceptionally gifted child – cyberbullying, underachieving and money 30 Comments Share71 Tweet Email7 Delighted Simsimi no longer seems to work in Ireland. Lots of apps present risks to children. It’s vital to know what your child is using! pic.twitter.com/jsyChi8aIJ— CyberSafeIreland (@CyberSafeIE) March 29, 2017 27,308 Views Thursday 30 Mar 2017, 8:30 AM Image: TheJournal.ie http://jrnl.ie/3314458 Image: TheJournal.ie Mar 30th 2017, 8:30 AM Source: Webwise/Twitterlast_img read more

Trump denies wanting to drop nuclear bombs on hurricanes to stop them

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first_img Image: Nicholas Kamm/AP/Press Association Images https://jrnl.ie/4782103 By AFP Updated Aug 26th 2019, 2:35 PM US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has denied a report that said that he wanted to drop nuclear bombs on hurricanes. Trump labelled “ridiculous” a story by the US news website Axios, which reported that Trump asked if it would be possible to disrupt hurricanes forming off the coast of Africa by dropping a nuclear bomb in the eye of the storm. According to an anonymous source, Axios said that meeting attendees left the briefing thinking, “What do we do with this?”Axios did not say when this conversation took place.Trump slammed the story on Twitter, calling it “fake news”.  Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter“The story by Axios that President Trump wanted to blow up large hurricanes with nuclear weapons prior to reaching shore is ridiculous. I never said this. Just more FAKE NEWS!” he tweeted.The White House declined to comment on the report earlier, but Axios quoted a senior administration official as saying Trump’s “objective is not bad”. Axios said the president had previously made a similar suggestion in a 2017 conversation, asking a senior official whether the administration should bomb hurricanes to prevent them making landfall.Trump did not specify in this conversation that nuclear bombs be used.Trump’s idea is not new. The suggestion was originally made by a government scientist in the 1950s, under President Dwight Eisenhower.The idea continues to pop up, even though scientists agree it would not work. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has a web page dedicated to the concept.“During each hurricane season, there always appear suggestions that one should simply use nuclear weapons to try and destroy the storms,” the NOAA said.Not only would a bomb not alter a storm, the winds would quickly spread radioactive fallout over nearby land, NOAA added.“Needless to say, this is not a good idea,” said NOAA.The US is regularly pummeled by hurricanes. In 2017 one named Harvey became the strongest hurricane to make landfall in 12 years.Twitter lit up with reactions to Trump’s suggestion, under the hashtag #ThatsHowTheApocalypseStarted“Not ‘The Onion,’” one user wrote, referring to the satirical news publication.“What could possibly go wrong?” asked another.Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris weighed in as well, tweeting, “Dude’s gotta go”.© – AFP 2019 129,515 Views Donald Trump called reports that he wanted to bomb hurricanes “fake news”. Image: Nicholas Kamm/AP/Press Association Images Short URL Share507 Tweet Email5 center_img Donald Trump called reports that he wanted to bomb hurricanes “fake news”. Monday 26 Aug 2019, 2:35 PM Aug 26th 2019, 7:18 AM 98 Comments Trump denies wanting to drop nuclear bombs on hurricanes to stop them Trump said the story was “fake news”. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Les forêts tropicales des puits de carbone encore plus absorbeurs

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first_imgLes forêts tropicales, des puits de carbone encore plus absorbeurs De nouvelles estimations de chercheurs américains du centre de recherches de Woods Hole et des universités de Boston et du Maryland, ont montré que la capacité de stockage des forêts tropicales serait 20% supérieure à ce qu’avaient estimé les calculs scientifiques antérieurs. Ce n’est plus un secret : les forêts sont de formidables puits de carbone qui jouent un rôle essentiel dans l’écosystème. Mais si ce patrimoine forestier a fait l’objet de nombreuses recherches, il semblerait qu’on ne sache pas tout sur lui. En effet, des chercheurs américains du centre de recherches de Woods Hole et des universités de Boston et du Maryland se sont penchés sur la question et affirment que les forêts tropicales seraient 20% plus bénéfiques dans l’absorption du dioxyde de carbone présent dans l’air que ce qu’on avait estimé jusqu’ici.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon ces travaux publiés dans la revue Nature Climate Change, ce serait ainsi près de 228,7 milliards de tonnes de carbone qui seraient stockés à l’intérieur des plantes de ces régions tropicales. Et l’Indonésie et le Brésil représenteraient les plus grandes quantités séquestrées avec respectivement 53,2 et 18,6 milliards de tonnes, soit environ 31 % du total. Mais pour parvenir à ces résultats, les chercheurs ont travaillé minutieusement : ils ont ont déterminé la capacité de stockage de carbone de chacun des carrés de 500 mètres de côté qui composent la surface occupée par la végétation tropicale d’Amérique, d’Afrique et d’Asie. Une étude qui s’est faite sur les données fournies par les pays et aussi sur le terrain. De là, l’équipe a mis au point un outil servant à calculer la capacité de stockage de CO2. Un outil qui permet donc également d’évaluer l’impact de la déforestation à l’échelle nationale. D’après l’étude, la déforestation serait responsable de l’émission de un milliard de tonnes de carbone par an en moyenne, sur la période 2000-2010. Elle représenterait ainsi entre 6 et 17% de l’ensemble des émissions de CO2 d’origine humaine dans l’atmosphère.Découvrez en images l’extraordinaire patrimoine forestier que recèle notre planète Le 4 février 2012 à 14:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

New Wasp Species Named After Aussie Action Hero Chocolate

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first_img One of the perks of discovering something new is giving it a name—a task Jose Fernandez-Triana and Caroline Boudreault took very seriously.The pair—from the Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids, and Nematodes—recently published a paper detailing 17 genera and 29 species of parasitoid wasps.But it’s not the taxa’s “unusual morphological traits” (atypical skull modifications, tarsal claws, ovipositor teeth) that will turn heads. It’s their etymology.Meet Qrocodiledundee, found in the Australasian region, and named after the “iconic” 1986 action comedy starring Paul Hogan—one of Fernandez-Triana’s favorite films. (The first author even carried the nickname “Crocodile Dundee” when he caught and was bitten by one of the large reptiles.)The only known member in the genus carries the full title Qrocodiledundee outbackense, referring to the Australia’s Outback, “the vast and remote interior” where the specimen was collected.“It also happens to be that the Outback is an important part of the ‘Crocodile Dundee’ movie,” according to the official monograph.Fernandez-Triana also dubbed a Vietnam-based wasp Tobleronius for—you guessed it—his favorite chocolate brand.“The shape of T2 looks like one of the triangles that compose Toblerone bars (if one has enough imagination and love for chocolate),” Fernandez-Triana wrote in the study. “Here is hoping that someday a wasp-shaped chocolate bar is produced.”It’s not uncommon to inject a bit of personal commentary into the naming process: Agupta danyi, Agupta jeanphilippei, Agupta raymondi, and Agupta solangeae all refer to members of Boudreault’s immediate family (husband, brother, father, and mother).Others are references to various experts for their contributions to entomology.The full findings were published Monday in the open access Journal of Hymenoptera Research. Last year, when a University of Vermont professor uncovered 15 new species of “smiley-faced” spiders, he let participating students christen the arachnids—some for beloved family members, others for revered politicians, actors, and musicians.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on targetlast_img read more

Butler Turner vs McCartney in he said she said

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 10, 2017 – Whatever it is that Loretta Butler Turner is reportedly trying to build, seems to be crumbling or at least stalled, as a new report surfaces of a political ally being at odds with the vociferous Long Island, MP. This time it is her own appointed Senator, DNA leader Branville McCartney, a fellow FNM defector who talks tough to Butler Turner and speaks frankly to the Nassau Guardian in a one on one.  Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting The confusion has elicited this from Minister Glennis Hanna Martin in the House of Assembly this week,  “I’m one of those people I don’t explain much in him, and I sat and, you in Long Island, take a break man, you’ve got your hands full, don’t get in my business, don’t get in my business, you’ve got your hands full, sort out your business man, you’ve got a complicated life right now.” McCartney in reference to some comments made by Butler Turner that she was thrown under the bus by him, said that he reached out to her about the statement made in the House of Assembly.  It appears to be some mix up over what he said and then what she said, after he reportedly said whatever it is that he said… not the kind of interactions Bahamians need to see so close to a General Election.  Earlier this week it was reported that Neko Grant and Dr. Andre Rollins are both at odds with Loretta Butler Turner, who formed a political coup, many call it, to have Hubert Minnis removed as Opposition Leader of Business in the House of Assembly; it worked.   Butler-Turner has since December 11, 2016 been Opposition Leader in the House. #MagneticMediaNews We pulled that audio (quote) from a 20-second video of Hanna Martin which is in wide social media circulation, where the Minister appears to be shutting down comments from across the aisle from the Long Island Member.  Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Local Democratic caucuses draw 400

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first_imgThe Columbian asked some in attendance at one Democratic precinct caucus to name the key issues the party should focus on. Here’s what they had to say:Ed Barnes: Take the U.S. House of Representatives back, build the Columbia River Crossing and make sure Republican Rob McKenna does not win the gubernatorial election.George Davidson: “The economy is a problem. If we spend so much money, we need to raise taxes.”Daniel DeGrandpre: Taxes, the economy and raising awareness about the dangers of pollution and climate change. “Half the population now thinks it’s all phony,” he said of climate change.Dr. Zora DeGrandpre: “Women’s health. Health care for all.”Kay Ellison: Improving the economy, and “for my son to have a job.”Mike Kasner: Education and employment.Michele McDermid: Reform the tax code to make it fair and create stricter rules to prevent businesses from polluting the environment. She also said that “corporations having personhood (for campaign funding) is completely ridiculous.”Christine Munson: The economy, and to make sure President Barack Obama is re-elected.John van der Burgh: “Defeat the Republicans. Don’t let their policies take hold. There’s no such thing as trickle-down economics.”Steven Van Vranken: “Beat the Tea Party. They scare me. I don’t like their religious agenda.”Clark County Democrats attending Sunday’s precinct caucuses said creating jobs, protecting the environment and ensuring victory this election season are among their top goals.last_img read more

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first_imgWith the IPL coming to a close, all the focus will now shift to the World Cup. As such, there are growing concerns with the involvement of overseas coaches as it could lead to plenty of know-how about several of the marquee Indian players.For instance, Ricky Ponting, who is the coach of the Delhi Capitals, will also be the assistant coach for Australia and hence, there are concerns over him nullifying the Shikhar Dhawan impact.”Imagine the extent to which they understand Dhawan the cricket. What clicks for him… what doesn’t… It’s clearly unhealthy. Rishabh, Prithvi, Shreyas – see the amount of analysis they’re being able to gather,” Times of India quoted Team India’s take on the matter.South Africa’s Chennai-based analyst Prasanna Agoram is with KXIP KL Rahul, Shikhar DhawanReutersAlso, Cricket South Africa’s Chennai-based analyst Prasanna Agoram, who has been with the South African team for a very long time is working with the Kings XI Punjab and hence, will know all about KL Rahul and Mohammed Shami, two of India’s critical players in the World Cup.”The amount of work Prasanna has put in with the South African national team is tremendous. We got to know about it first hand when we visited South Africa last year. Now, this guy gets to spend two months right here in the Indian domestic circuit just weeks before he’ll accompany South Africa to the World Cup. This just doesn’t sound correct,” some members of the Indian cricket team had to say.As per a TOI report, there are concerns with the involvement of overseas coaches and analysts with the Indian team, that too so close to a World event where strategies and tactics will be very crucial. It adds that although the IPL is a free market, a line has to be drawn. Former Australia skipper Ricky PontingReutersAlso, it states that a number of junior cricketers have expressed surprise over the fact that while Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, and VVS Laxman have been slapped with a conflict of interest notice, the likes of Ricky Ponting, who are directly involved with the Australian national team continue to get a free hand.”If players like Dravid, Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman are not associated with IPL, whose loss is it? Look at Pravin Amre. He’s one of India’s finest batting coaches. Just because he wants to keep his IPL job, he can’t work with any other state team or NCA. But Tom Moody can coach Sunrisers and head the Caribbean Premier League too,” the players added.last_img read more

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first_imgNo electronics? Jordanian airline suggests analyzing the meaning of life Tags: LOL, social media Posted by Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img AMMAN — Royal Jordanian Airlines is using the electronics ban brought in earlier this week from the United States and United Kingdom to get some LOLs on Facebook.Just a few days after the ban the airline posted ’12 things to do on a 12-hour flight with no laptop or tablet’, a tongue-in-cheek list with suggestions like ‘analyze the meaning of life’ .They also suggested starring at each other.They also broke out some poetry. Friday, March 24, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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