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An Ample Harvest for Agricultural Research in Farm Bill

first_imgFood and agricultural research advocates are celebrating today’s passage by the U.S. Senate of the long-delayed “Farm Bill.” It provides $512 million for science over 5 years and kick starts new fundraising for research at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The bill, which the House of Representatives approved last week, now heads to the White House for President Barack Obama’s signature.“I’m really pleased and excited,” says Tom Van Arsdall, who heads the National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research in Washington, D.C. “We appreciate how tight money is.” Aspects of the $956 billion bill are controversial. It cuts nutritional benefits for the poor and some subsidies to farmers. There’s also some political heat in the research arena: Some advocates are upset about what they see as an unfair bid by state land-grant universities to get an advantage in competitive grants.The farm bill is especially important because it provides so-called mandatory funding, which does not have to be approved by Congress each fiscal year. On an annual basis, the new Farm Bill provides 3.8% less funding than its predecessor. 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Although many kinds of crops are included in this category, lawmakers stipulated that nearly one-third of this funding must be spent on addressing citrus diseases. Money for organic farming research and outreach also increases, to $100 million. Biofuels and bioproducts research was slashed.As a new way to raise funds for research, the bill creates a nonprofit Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, modeled on similar charities that benefit the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The independent foundation will get up to $200 million in federal funds, to be matched by outside donations. “The foundation is the biggest win for us in the farm bill,” says Karl Anderson, director of government relations for the “tri-societies”—the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America. “It’s an exciting new opportunity.”The bill also includes a controversial policy provision regarding competitive grants awarded by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Applicants will be required to show that they can provide matching funds from their institutions when applying for NIFA grants. This is an unusual requirement, says Bethany Johns of the tri-societies. But what rankles some stakeholders is an exemption for land-grant universities. (The secretary of USDA can also waive the rule for grants judged to be a national priority.)The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, on their blog, calls it “a discriminatory provision to prohibit federal and state agencies, private labs, and NGOs from even applying for certain competitive grants. This is part of a worrisome trend of land grant universities and colleges trying to exclude others.”“If we’re trying to support basic research in agriculture, then we can’t be having these caveats,” Johns says. “You fund the best science.”Ian Maw, of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities in Washington, D.C., says many kinds of USDA grants already required matching funds, but not competitive grants. To standardize practices, Congress extended the matching requirement to competitive research grants, but then waived the requirement for land grants. That is an advantage, he conceeds, but notes that other institutions can avoid the matching requirement simply by partnering with a land grant.last_img read more

Barcelona Fined Paltry 300 Euros for Tapping Up Griezmann While Still at Atletico Madrid

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Madrid: Barcelona have been fined a mere 300 euros ($328) after the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) found the club guilty of tapping up Antoine Griezmann last season while he was still attached to Atletico Madrid.Barca signed Griezmann after paying his 120-million-euro buyout clause in July, prompting Atletico to claim the Catalan club had negotiated with the Frenchman without their permission. The RFEF published its decision on Thursday, in which it said Barcelona were guilty of holding talks with Griezmann but insisted it was not possible to prove a formal contract was signed.The RFEF also acknowledged the insignificance of the fine, which represents only 0.000045 percent of Barcelona’s 671.42 million-euro salary budget this season.The RFEF’s statement read: “Taking into account the economic capacity of the club and the amount of the fine, this committee is aware that the payment of 300 euros, beyond its merely symbolic character, will not damage the sanctioned club and, probably, will not persuade other clubs in the same situation in the future to adjust their conduct to the regulations.”But the RFEF said that was “not a sufficient reason” to impose the other possible sanction of closing Camp Nou for a match, which it says would be to punish “infractions of a different nature”.Barcelona had come close to signing Griezmann in 2018, only for the striker to decide to stay and sign a new contract at Atletico Madrid.But Griezmann announced his decision to leave Atletico in May, explaining that he wanted to seek a new challenge away from the club where he had spent five successful seasons.The RFEF said Barcelona “initiated and maintained negotiations with the player without prior written notice to Atletico Madrid”.But concluded that “it has not been demonstrated that the contract between Antoine Griezmann and Barcelona was formally signed”.The statement added that the decision “attaches no disciplinary responsibility whatsoever to the player”.Griezmann has played seven times so far this season for Barcelona and scored three goals. Antoine Griezmannatletico madridbarcelonafootball First Published: September 26, 2019, 9:37 PM ISTlast_img read more

Sachin A Billion Dreams movie review: A trip down memory lane

first_imgSachin: A Billion Dreams takes a look at the highs and lows of Sachin Tendulkar’s life. Here is our Sachin: A Billion Dreams movie review.Sachin A Billion Dreams Cast: Sachin Tendulkar, Anjali Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Sunil Gavaskar, Arjun Tendulkar, Shane Warne and othersSachin A Billion Dreams Direction: James ErskineSachin A Billion Dreams Rating: (4/5)Director James Erskine does not try much in his film Sachin: A Billion Dreams. The content is already explosive. It is the stuff of blockbusters, the life of Sachin Tendulkar, that is. Throughout the two-hour-plus running time, most of the film consists of footage from Sachin’s pivotal moments on the 22 yards, occasionally punctuated by Sachin’s commentary in the present day. Rest of the time, other players or family members are looking back, eyes glowing, and speaking of Sachin Tendulkar in the superlative. There was no way this could go wrong and it did not.In India, Sachin Tendulkar is considered a god. Others might be Dada, Mahi, the Wall, sure, but, they are mortals. Sachin is not. As such, there was no way for the film to not be hagiographic. But be that as it may, the docudrama never feels boring or tedious. Especially because the intended audience for the film is already in love with the hero. The heroism of Sachin Tendulkar has been established in public consciousness for over two decades. Cricket-watching Indians who grew up with Sachin Tendulkar know his entire cricketing history by heart. Those who are not into cricket but still stand in front of the television while India plays know what Sachin means.advertisementTherefore, for the viewers, Sachin Tendulkar, the man at the centre of the film, Sachin: A Billion Dreams, is already a superhero, and everybody knows his story. There is nothing that is unheard of, such as in the case of, say, Indian boxer Mary Kom whose biopic released in 2014. There is no untold story here, unlike the case of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whose biopic came last year. Generations of Indians have been witness to the Sachin story and his tales have been repeated again and again for years, in articles, sports programmes, among you, your father, your uncle and the eldest in the family discussing his records, his centuries, his hits and misses an infinite number of times. In such a case, all that Sachin: A Billion Dreams could do, and did do, is that it repeated the story just one more time. And that worked.A young Sachin Tendulkar, his parents, his coach Ramakant Achrekar are played by actors for the first 15 minutes. This stretch feels like one of those ‘dramatisation’ sequences of real events that you see in news channels. Right around the time Sachin Tendulkar makes his debut in international cricket, the film switches to documentary-mode and from thereon, it never stops to take a breath.(L to R) Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Mohammad Azharuddin during the 1989 Indian tour of Pakistan Sachin: A Billion Dreams covers Sachin Tendulkar debuting against Pakistan in 1989, then him rising through the ranks to become one of the most talented batsmen in the world. The film shows how Sachin’s maddening popularity led to the spread of cricket-mania across the country which directly profited BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) and the sports channels. Sachin’s father, Ramesh Tendulkar, dies in the middle of the 1999 World Cup and within a couple of days, he is back on the field. The film shows Sachin Tendulkar feeling uncomfortable with captaincy and how it affected his batting. It gives a look at Sachin trying to cope with the match-fixing scandal in 2000. After that, Sachin picks himself up and with a new captain, Sourav Ganguly, the team appears to have a shot at the World Cup in 2003. Then, tennis elbow, Greg Chappell, 18 centuries in three years, the World Cup win in 2011, finally retirement…. you know how it went.Certain events, that had the potential to portray Sachin Tendulkar in an ambiguous manner, such as the Mike Denness-ball tampering incident or the Harbhajan Singh-racism controversy during the 2007-08 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, are not touched. His friendship with Vinod Kambli which trod rough waters is left out. All in all, there is nothing about Sachin Tendulkar in Sachin: A Billion Dreams that you did not already know. That there are no grey areas in the film can be an issue to only one of two kinds of people in the world. The rest don’t need to read the review.ALSO READ: Virat-Anushka join Sachin Tendulkar and Anjali for a Billion Dreams premiereadvertisementWATCH: Fans will get to see my romance with Anjali, Sachin Tendulkar tells India Today about his filmlast_img read more

PSG gives Barcelona some major payback with 4-0 thumping

first_imgPARIS (AP) — Two years after being humiliated by Barcelona in the Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain turned the tables on the five-time champions with a relentless display of skill, energy and determination.Angel Di Maria scored two superb goals and top scorer Edinson Cavani grabbed his 34th of a prolific season, with both players scoring on their birthdays as PSG battered Barcelona 4-0 in the first leg of their Round of 16 contest on Tuesday.Newly-signed winger Julian Draxler got the other one as PSG’s irrepressible front trio — a mixture of constant movement, power and pace — tormented Barca.“We couldn’t have imagined a better night. Winning 4-0 against Barcelona on the day of my birthday is incredible,” Di Maria said. “It was the perfect match.”Barcelona has grown accustomed to handing out football lessons, thrashing PSG 5-1 on aggregate when they met in the quarterfinals two years ago, but this was a PSG masterclass.Dreams of a sixth European crown should be put firmly on hold, because Barcelona has a massive task ahead in the second leg on March 8.In Tuesday’s other match, German side Borussia Dortmund missed several chances and a second-half penalty in a 1-0 defeat at Portuguese side Benfica.That result won’t grab the headlines like this emphatic result — one that sends a clear message that PSG is a serious contender this year.Di Maria, totally out of form for much of the season, celebrated his 29th birthday in style, rifling in an 18th-minute free kick and then skipping past two weak challenges before curling in a superb second from 25 meters (yards) out, 10 minutes after the break.Continuing his fine form since joining from Wolfsburg last month, Draxler smacked in the second goal late in the first half.Cavani, celebrating his 30th birthday, drilled home the fourth in the 72nd minute.“The understanding between the three of them was very high,” PSG coach Unai Emery said.The noise level at Parc des Princes reached deafening proportions as Barcelona cracked under waves of incessant pressure.“We played a great game individually and collectively,” Emery said. “But I still have a lot of respect for Barca and 90 minutes is long. We must keep our concentration for the return match.”Perhaps he was being diplomatic.Because although Barcelona was supposed to be the favorite, the night turned into a damage limitation exercise, the way it does when weak sides are totally outclassed.“They were better than us from the start and put us under pressure,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said. “We couldn’t get out of it. We were obviously inferior.”The way Barca lost its shape and composure was completely unbecoming of such a proud club.Luis Enrique’s side was destroyed by a PSG side playing with feverish determination, desperate to prove it belongs among Europe’s elite after falling at the quarterfinals in the last four seasons.This time it looks like the mighty Barcelona won’t even reach the last eight, after equaling its worst ever Champions League defeat.“I’m responsible for this,” Luis Enrique said. “We might need to change our shape (for the return leg) but it wasn’t really the shape that was to blame.”Emery vowed that his players were not scared of Barca’s famed MSN attack of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, and would impose their game.How right he was.Tonight was all about the CDD, as Cavani, Draxler and Di Maria ran the show.“Di Maria in particular was very, very good,” Luis Enrique said. “They have a big attacking potential, work hard in defense and are incredible on the ball.”It was an unforgettable night in PSG’s European history. The side reached the semifinals only once, in 1995, the year before it won its only trophy, the now defunct European Cup Winners’ Cup.One PSG banner in the stadium read “Jouez comme des guerriers, vos soldats sont derriere vous” (Play like warriors, your soldiers are behind you).The players certainly responded.Led by the indefatigable running of midfielders Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi, and the craft of Adrien Rabiot, PSG closed down incessantly and caused havoc down both flanks.PSG took the lead when Di Maria spotted a gap in the wall and sent a fizzing free kick past flat-footed goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.The high tempo and constant switching of play disrupted Barcelona’s shape, enabling a spare man to constantly dart in behind the back four.It was like watching Barcelona putting PSG to the sword two years ago.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

It’s alive! It’s alive! (The schedule for ESC Boston 2017)

first_imgI feel the urge to run around shouting “It’s alive! It’s alive!” , just like the mad scientist, Henry Frankenstein, in the classic 1931 movie. Sometimes when you get an urge, all you can do is scratch it, as it were, so if you will excuse me for a moment… Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry …Ah, that feels a lot better. Now, where were we? Oh yes, I remember — the reason for my exuberance is that I just discovered that the Full Schedule for the forthcoming Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in Boston, May 3-4, 2017, is now available online.I have the schedule up on one of my monitors as I pen these words. I’m still at the very beginning and right from the get-go I can see some problems. Just looking at the first time-slot, 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, I discover that I want to attend all three presentations: Bootloader Design Techniques for Microcontrollers (to be presented by my chum, Jacob Beningo), Combining OpenCV and High-Level Synthesis to Accelerate your FPGA/SoC EV Application (to be given by my old friend, Adam Taylor), and Native Floating-Point Code Generation for FPGAs/ASICs (to be presented by my soon-to-be friend, Kiran Kintali, from MathWorks).Ooh! There’s a good one at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday — Advanced Technologies for 21st Century Embedded Systems. This little beauty is all about cognitive (thinking / reasoning) systems, artificial neural networks, deep learning, machine vision, virtual and augmented realities, and how all these technologies are coming together. My mother says that this presentation is going to be the talk of the town, but that’s because I’m the one who is giving it and she’s somehow managed to convince herself that I know what I’m talking about (bless her little cotton socks).Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! I just saw another one I want to attend — Eureka!: Clever Items and their Origins — which is to be given by Denny Daniel, Curator and Founder of The Museum of Interesting Things . This is a traveling interactive demonstration / exhibition of antiques and inventions. Among myriad tempting items, Denny promises “much ephemera.” Well, if there’s one thing Tiggers Maxes like best, it’s ephemera (and bacon, and beer, of course).But you don’t need me to tell you all this — you can bounce over to the schedule, peruse and ponder it at your leisure, and then post a comment below to tell me which of these presentations tempt you the most. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Continue Reading Previous Just because machines can talk, doesn’t mean they’re smartNext Reducing loss in high-speed signals: Cables vs PCB traceslast_img read more

Poco F1 selling with up to Rs 4,000 flat discount, but for a limited period

first_imgTo commemorate the Diwali season, Xiaomi sub-brand Poco has announced to sell the 6GB/128GB storage model of the Poco F1 with Rs 3,000. After the discount, this model of the phone will be available for a price tag of Rs 21,999. Interested buyers will be able to buy the phone with the discount on Flipkart, and Mi Home store. It is worth noting that this isn’t a permanent discount, hence will be available starting today, November 1 and until November 5.Update: Xiaomi has now announced that the 8GB+256GB storage variant will be selling with a flat discount of Rs 4,000. After the discount, the price of this model of the phone drops to Rs 26,999.On Flipkart, the Rs 3,000 discount offer on the Poco F1 will be available as a part of the Big Diwali sale which has started today and will continue until November 5 midnight. As per Xiaomi’s announcement, the offer will be applicable only on the 6GB RAM with 128GB storage model.In India, the Poco F1 is available in four variants — 6GB RAM/64GB storage, 8GB RAM/ 256GB storage, 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage, and special Armoured Edition 8GB RAM/ 256GB storage with Kevlar back cover. The MRP of the 6GB RAM/64GB storage version is Rs 20,999, the 8GB RAM/ 256GB storage version is priced at Rs 28,999, the 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage comes for Rs 23,999 and lastly the special Armored edition of the Poco F1 with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage comes at Rs 29,999.For the Big Diwali sale, Flipkart has partnered with State Bank of India (SBI) to offer customers 10 per cent instant discount to buyer shopping with their SBI credit and debit cards. Considering all the offers on the Poco F1 across e-commerce platforms, buying the Poco F1 6GB/128GB model from Flipkart makes more sense. On Flipkart, you can get the phone for a discounted price of Rs 19,800. This offer is inclusive of the SBI 10 per cent instant discount offer.advertisementThe Poco F1 has been in news for quite sometime now. The smartphone is said to receive MIUI 10 update by the end of this week. Meanwhile, a new report states that the Poco F1 has started receiving close Android 9 Pie beta update. Going by the rumours, all Poco F1 users are expected to get the stable build update by the end of this year. In addition to this, Jai Mani, Poco’s product head has confirmed to a Twitter user that the Poco F1 will be upgraded to Android 9 Pie and also Android Q. Currently, the Poco F1 runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 9.6 software with a customized Poco launcher out-of-the-box.ALSO READ: Poco F1 starts receiving Android 9 Pie beta update, stable build roll out expected by end of 2018As far as the specifications are concerned, the Poco F1 sports a massive 6.18-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display with a 1080×2246 pixel resolution and aspect ratio of 18.7:9. It is the first smartphone powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor to be available under Rs 20,000 in India. On the camera front, the Poco F1 comes with a dual camera setup on the rear panel and a single sensor on the front. On the back, the smartphone comes with a primary camera of 12MP with f/1.9 aperture and a secondary camera of 5MP for depth shots. The dual rear camera setup of the Poco F1 comes with several AI-based camera features like scene recognition, among others. On the front, the Poco F1 sports a 20-megapixel selfie shooter paired with soft LED flash and AI features. The phone includes a massive 4,000mAh battery and supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 and USB Type-C.last_img read more

10 months agoLeicester winger Gray understands fans’ jeers

first_imgLeicester winger Gray understands fans’ jeersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City winger Demarai Gray admits he understands the fans’ jeers after defeat to Cardiff City.Before Christmas there had been reports manager Claude Puel had lost the support of many of his players, but Gray said they were united.“Yes, of course [we understand],” said Gray. “But sometimes things don’t always go our way.“We’ve put in two fantastic results so we’re going to get moans and groans. We expect that, but it happens – it’s football and everyone is at different fitness and fatigue levels.“On the day we didn’t get the result. We stick together in the dressing room and fight our best every week for the fans. We’re together and we have to keep moving forward.“It is disappointing after dominating a game like that. We were on the back of two good results and I think we deserved another one today but lost it on the last kick of the game.“It hurts but we’ve got another game around the corner so we’ll try and turn it around. Things like that happen. It was a quality goal.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

20 days agoMan Utd legend Cole tells Rashford: Choose!

first_imgMan Utd legend Cole tells Rashford: Choose!by Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Andrew Cole has told Marcus Rashford to settle on his best position.Rashford, who has scored three goals so far this season, has received a considerable amount of criticism for some of his recent performances. Cole told The Sun: “He doesn’t really enjoy it with his back to goal and he wants to pick it up and run at the defender.”He is a super talent but he has to decide now what he wants to be.”Does he want to be a goalscorer or does he want to play off the left or right?”He’s 21 so I’d like to believe he knows what his strongest position is.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Chinese Boxship Sinks

first_imgChinese container ship Tao Yan sank following a collision with another container ship Gang Tai Tai Zhou on August 25 some 10 nautical miles off Tianjin port, the Bohai Sea, China.Tao Yan’s side cargo holds under the waterline were breached by Gang Tai Tai Zhou’s bow,  allowing for water ingress and causing the vessel to list heavily and subsequently sink.Gang Tai Tai Zhou is reported to have suffered minor damages to its bow.Nearby vessels managed to rescue 22 members of the containership’s crew. No injuries have been reported.Gang Tai Tai Zhou pursued to Tianjin port on its own power, where it docked.The cause of the collision is under investigation.Gang Tai Tai Zhou  is owned and operated by the Chinese company Hongsheng Gangtai.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

MOL Novatek JBIC Sign Russian LNG Complex Deal

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Novatek Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines has signed a cooperation agreement with Russian natural gas producer Novatek and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) related to marine LNG transshipment complexes in Russia.The deal confirms the parties’ intentions to implement projects for the construction of the complexes in the territory of Kamchatka and Murmansk region, including possible acquisition of participation interest and potential financing of the projects.“We have already started successful cooperation with Japanese companies in large LNG projects, including Yamal LNG and Arctic LNG 2, and, accordingly, we see great potential in expanding further this mutually beneficial cooperation,” noted Leonid Mikhelson, NOVATEK’s Chairman of the Management Board.“The construction of the Kamchatka and Murmansk transshipment complexes will help to optimize logistics and maximize the efficiency of LNG deliveries from Yamal and Gydan to LNG key markets of the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan, the largest global LNG consumer.”Mikhelson said that final arrangements for these projects could be reached by year end.last_img read more

NCLAT asks Jet IRP to cooperate with Dutch Court Administrator

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) has directed the Resolution Professional of Jet Airways to cooperate with the Dutch Court Administrator, which is also conducting insolvency proceedings against the debt-ridden carrier. A three-member NCLAT bench headed by Chairman Justice S J Mukhopadhyay has asked the Interim Resolution Professional (IRP) to place before it a draft agreement with terms of condition between him and the Dutch Court Administrator in next two weeks. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalDuring the proceedings, the Committee of Creditors (CoC) informed NCLAT that it was ready to cooperate with the Dutch Court Administrator. “IRP has to collate the claims of the all financial creditors and operational creditors, domestic or internationally,” said NCLAT. It also said,” IRP is bound to take control of assets.” NCLAT also said IRP may consult the CoC before finalising the draft. It listed the next hearing for September 20. On August 21, NCLAT had asked the CoC of Jet Airways whether it would cooperate with the Dutch Court Administrator. It had then listed next hearing for September 4.last_img read more

October home sales down 16 per cent compared with September CREA

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — Canadian home sales fell in October, as the number of transactions dropped in more than half of all local markets led by dips in Montreal, Edmonton and the Hamilton-Burlington, Ont., area.The Canadian Real Estate Association says national home sales through its MLS system dropped by 1.6 per cent last month compared with September.Compared with October 2017, sales last month were down 3.7 per cent as lower sales in the Vancouver region and the B.C. Fraser Valley more than offset gains in the Greater Toronto Area and Montreal.The drop came as the average price for a home sold last month fell 1.5 per cent from October last year to $496,800.Excluding the Greater Toronto Area and the Greater Vancouver area, two of the country’s most expensive markets, the average price of a home sold was just under $383,000.The number of new listings also dipped 1.1 per cent in October, led by declines in the Greater Toronto Area, Calgary and Victoria.last_img read more

Amnesty International responds to Jason Kenneys criticism of its open letter

In the battle of the open letters, here’s how it unfolded:Amnesty International’s Canadian branch wrote on Sept. 10, 2019, to Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, “highlighting serious human rights concerns with his aggressive approach to defending the oil and gas industry.” Kenney responded: “I understand it must be hard for you.”And, now, Amnesty’s response to Kenney’s response …———Jason Kenney has made it abundantly clear, including in a lengthy letter published in this paper, that he sharply disagrees with the concerns Amnesty International raised in our Open Letter this week. We had noted that his government’s Fight Back Strategy, energy “war room” and public inquiry into foreign funding of environmental campaigns pose threats to the freedoms of speech and association, undermine the urgent work of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, set back efforts to address the climate crisis and expose human rights defenders to intimidation and threats.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Premier Kenney is derisive and mocking in his response, including frequent suggestions that we have lost our moral compass and are imagining human rights concerns where there are none. He instead remembers fondly the Amnesty International from his high school days, which campaigned to free prisoners of conscience. (We still do – every single day. In fact many of today’s prisoners of conscience are jailed because of their defence of the environment and Indigenous rights.)But here are three grim human rights realities that Premier Kenney fails to acknowledge in his attacks on Canadian civil society.First, the backdrop to all of this is the rapidly mounting global climate crisis. Earlier this week, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet — who as a political prisoner during the Pinochet years in Chile knows human rights abuse only too well — put it starkly at the UN Human Rights Council. She noted that, “Climate change is a reality that now affects every region of the world. The human implications of currently projected levels of global heating are catastrophic. The world has never seen a threat to human rights of this scope.”Never seen a human rights threat of this scope. That is why Amnesty International is speaking out. And why we all must do so, particularly our political leaders. Instead, Premier Kenney gives the climate crisis only passing reference as he talks of “several more decades of strong oil demand,” which the world is going to “get from somewhere”. Yet Canada has committed to an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050. These necessary reductions are simply not consistent with growing oil production for decades. That is why we need a robust public dialogue on these issues, rather than a “war room” attempting to single out and silence environmentalists and rights defenders who raise such critical concerns.Second, when considering the realities of oil and gas production, pipeline construction and the climate crisis anywhere in Canada, we must confront our ongoing abject failure truly to respect the rights of Indigenous peoples.Without a doubt, Indigenous Nations must have the opportunity to participate as full partners in an economy in which they have long been marginalized and exploited. But full partnership includes the freedom to raise concerns and ultimately to say no when proposed projects would cause unacceptable harm to cultural heritage, traditional economies and other values.Beyond the “war room,” Premier Kenney’s signature policy is opposition to new federal impact assessment legislation that would require the decision-making process around resource development projects to consider the implications for the constitutionally protected rights of Indigenous peoples and impacts on the communities that host such projects. His apparent goal is to revert back to the Harper-era assessment process where Indigenous rights concerns were routinely excluded, provoking conflict and lengthy court battles.Third, in recent years there has been a staggering upsurge in the frequency and severity in attacks against human rights defenders around the world. The most vulnerable have included women, Indigenous land defenders and environmental campaigners, many of whom have paid with their lives. The danger often begins with the tone set by politicians and, around the world, growing numbers of authoritarian leaders feel free to vilify human rights defenders, disregarding the peril that is unleashed. Words matter.Premier Kenney showed that exact tendency in a speech this week when he brought up the case of Greenpeace activists who were jailed in Russia back in 2013, chillingly noting that while he wouldn’t recommend such action be taken in Canada, the case was “instructive”. Instructive of what and to whom?We did not suggest that the oil and gas industry in Alberta should be shut down.We did not seek, directly or indirectly, to boost oil sales for Saudi Arabia, Russia or Venezuela; three countries where Amnesty International actively exposes and campaigns for an end to atrocious human rights violations.We did not champion the cause of foreign billionaires who the Premier seems to imagine could only be motivated by greed and power rather than, perhaps, an urgent shared worry about our global climate that should be upper mind for all of us.We also did not say that Premier Kenney should refrain from defending the oil and gas industry; in fact, we noted that is his prerogative.What we did say is that human rights must be front and centre, for the same reasons that inspired us when the Premier was in high school. “Universal human rights” means all people, all rights, and all countries (including our own).We will continue to press that demand. There is too much at stake not to.Alex Neve is the secretary general of Amnesty International Canada read more

Calm along KosovoFYR of Macedonia border slows flow of refugees UNCHR

UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond told the press in Geneva that the rate of arrivals in Kosovo has slowed “to a trickle” after a record 25,000 new arrivals over a 10-day period beginning 22 June. At the same time, renewed peace talks and reports that reservists were disarming in Skopje have prompted the return of refugees to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Redmond said, estimating that some 3,500 refugees went back over the weekend. “While these returns are regarded as a positive development, UNHCR and its partners remain extremely cautious and continue to be on alert,” he said.Also over the weekend, 500 people from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia crossed the border into Kosovo, according to UNHCR. Since fighting began in February, 73,818 people from the country have arrived in Kosovo, while another 34,546 people have been displaced within the country. read more

UN agency fears sailing tragedies at start of smuggling season in Bay

According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 1,500 people boarded boats in northern Rakhine, the site of inter-communal violence since June 2012, with clashes between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims.“UNHCR believes the Myanmar Government and international community needs to redouble efforts to promote reconciliation and economic development in the Rakhine state for the benefit of all communities, and pursue practical measures to ensure basic rights so that the Rohingya could lead normal lives where they are,” spokesperson Dan McNorton told journalists in Geneva.The UN agency is also continuing to advocate for States in the region to strengthen regional cooperation and ensure that the humanitarian and protection needs of all people moving irregularly were properly met.In response to a question, Mr. McNorton said the people leaving seemed to be drawn by worries over general instability in the Rakhine state, and the difficulties in accessing health and other basic services. The exact number of boat departures is now known due to the clandestine nature of those movements, the spokesperson said. Unverified reports suggest that from June to December 2012, more than 14,000 people had left on boats from Myanmar and Bangladesh. In addition, over 24,000 people are believed to have left in the first eight months of 2013, according to UNHCR figures. Those numbers are “dramatically” up since June 2012, when the inter-communal violence broke out.“For the Rohingya in particular, leaving by boat was sometimes the only way for them to flee Myanmar,” Mr. McNorton said. “Without citizenship or valid travel documents, they faced difficulties in crossing overland due to a fear of arrest and detention by Myanmar authorities.” read more

Brocks Alumni Field officially opens

The new artificial turf athletics field at Brock University officially opened Saturday, and it now has a name.Alumni Field is a regulation-size artificial turf athletics surface with a full lighting system for night use. The 69 x 109 metre field has lines for lacrosse, rugby and soccer, as well as a massive Badgers logo at midfield along with ‘Brock’ and ‘Badgers’ written in the end zones.While Brock’s varsity teams will use the field for their home games, Alumni Field was built as a home for the University’s nearly 7,000 students who participate in intramural sports ranging from soccer to ultimate frisbee and flag football.“The name Alumni Field is a tribute to the contributions made by past and present students,” said Brian Hutchings, Vice-President, Finance and Administration. “This field is about enhancing the student experience. It’s about allowing more students to get involved in athletics and to give them another facility they can be proud of.”It was current and former students who paid for the project. The $1.5 million construction cost was covered by the Brock University Students’ Union, a generous donation from an anonymous Brock alumnus, and contributions from other alumni and friends of the University.“It’s the combination of students coming together with the University administration as well as the Brock community and alumni to make this a reality,” said BUSU President Kyle Rose. “It’s something students have expressed that they wanted and deserve. I’m most happy at the meaning behind it, which is the power of the students and the power of the Brock community. We came together around something that initially didn’t have a ‘how’, we only had a ‘why’. It’s awesome that we can figure out the ‘how’ if the passion behind the ‘why’ is strong enough.”After a grand opening ceremony Saturday, the Brock Badgers men’s and women’s lacrosse teams became the first student-athletes to use the field when they played home games at Alumni Field.Women’s lacrosse player Sarah Paton said the field will be a big benefit to her team.“Our team has faced many challenges, specifically finding field space and facility time,” said Paton, adding that the team often had to practise before the sun came up in the morning. “Brock’s new turf not only benefits our team by providing a lit area where we can practise safety, it allows our men’s and women’s teams to host home games.”Brock University’s Alumni Field.Brock University Alumni Field Quick factsSize: 69 metres x 106 metresPainted lines: Soccer, rugby, lacrosseCost: $1.5 MillionStudent athletes: 7,000 playing intramural sportsBuilder: Davan Group, (Puslinch, ON) read more

Ohio State ranked second in latest AP poll

OSU center Pat Elflein wraps his hand around the football during the first game of the 2016 season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 in Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditFollowing a 45-24 victory over the No. 14 Oklahoma Sooners, Ohio State rose to the No. 2 spot in the weekly Associated Press Top 25 Poll. They had previously been ranked third, but a loss from No. 13 Florida State (formerly ranked No. 2) opened up a spot in the top two, allowing the Buckeyes to move up a spot.Alabama remains in the top spot this week following its dispatching of then-No. 19 Ole Miss, and Louisville checked in at No. 3 after a 63-20 victory over the Seminoles. Michigan is ranked No. 4 and Clemson rounds out the top five.Nebraska advanced to No. 20 after defeating previously-ranked No. 22 Oregon 35-32.Despite Iowa dropping out of the top 25, the Big Ten still has five teams in the latest AP poll. Along with OSU, Michigan and Nebraska, Michigan State moved up to No. 8 after slaying Notre Dame on the road, and Wisconsin comes in at No. 11, dropping two spots.The Buckeyes received four first place votes. read more

Wisla Plock player Marin Sego denied entry in Russia

← Previous Story VELUX EHF Champions League: HSV Hamburg and Chekhovski win, advance to L16 Next Story → VIDEO: Wisla Plock’s hosts Sungul Snezhinsk, atmosphere, opinions, moments of the game Marin SegoPlocksegosnezhinsksungul snezhinskWisla Plock Wisla Plock is to play Sungul Snezhinsk in the return leg of the EHF Cup, but an incident occured to one of their players. The Croatia Marin Sego was denied entry in Russia at the airport in Yekaterinburg despite having all documents, the club announced. Therefore has been sent back to Poland via Helsinki. Wisla Plock is angry at this denial of entrance, and has announced that they will lodge a complaint to the European Handball Federation.source: