9 farmers die in Yavatmal after spraying insecticide on crops

first_imgNine farmers have died after spraying ‘Profex Super’ insecticide on their Bt cotton plantations in Yavatmal district of Maharashtra. The Vasantrao Naik Shetkari Swavalamban Mission, Maharashtra government’s task force to deal with farm distress, has asked the Central government to intervene in the matter.Kishor Tiwari , VNSSM chief, said, “Nine innocent farmers fell ill and died in hospital after spraying toxic insecticides on their cotton produce to save it from pest attacks. Four other farmers have lost their vision and 70 farmers are undergoing treatment at the government medical college in Yavatmal after spraying the same toxic insecticide.”The VNSSM said in a statement: “Environmental changes have resulted in huge attacks of bollworm and whitefly on cotton, which forced these farmers to go for continuous uncontrolled insecticide and pesticide spraying to save their standing cotton crop. However, these innocent farmers failed to take requisite precautions and used the toxic insecticide without any knowledge of how to spray the toxic chemical, its timing, schedule, wind direction, which resulted in their tragic deaths.”The VNSSM claimed that ‘Profex Super’ insecticide was used by all the farmers who died. Mr. Tiwari blamed the lack of an Agriculture University and the Agriculture Department’s services in the area for the deaths.He said, “With over 40 lakh hectares under cotton cultivation, Maharashtra has the largest area of the crop in the country. The killer pesticide, Profex Super, is a combination of Profenofos and Cypermethrin. This is not very toxic generally and experts are failing to understand why its use has caused these deaths. When sprayed without covering the mouth and nose, the insecticide causes adverse skin reactions, burning sensation, dizziness, and headaches.” He added, “Experts say this is a result of faulty application or intake of the insecticide. Our farmers are not trained properly. We demand that all bereaved families be compensated and action be taken against all those who are responsible for the deaths.”last_img read more

The Religion of Whiteness Becomes a Suicide Cult

first_img“White men,” an obscure Australian academic named Charles Henry Pearson predicted in his 1893 book “National Life and Character: A Forecast,” would be “elbowed and hustled, and perhaps even thrust aside” by people they had long regarded as their inferiors — “black and yellow races.” China, in particular, would be a major threat. Pearson, prone to terrors of racial extinction while living in a settler colony in an Asian neighborhood, thought it was imperative to defend “the last part of the world, in which the higher races can live and increase freely, for the higher civilization.”Read it at New York Times Related Itemslast_img

Maria Sharapova faces four-year ban for failing drug test

first_imgMaria Sharapova will attend an International Tennis Federation anti-doping hearing in London on Wednesday, British media reported, with the Russian facing a possible ban of up to four years for failing a drugs test at the Australian Open.The five-times grand slam champion stunned the world in March when she said she had returned a positive test for meldonium, a Latvian-made heart medication which was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) banned list from January 1. (Also read: Maria Sharapova may never play again, says Russian tennis chief) Sharapova, the world’s highest-paid sportswoman, claimed to have been taking meldonium on doctor’s orders for 10 years and had failed to note that it had become a banned substance until hearing of her failed test at the first grand slam of the year.She was provisionally suspended on March 12 pending the hearing.Hundreds of athletes have tested positive for meldonium this year but WADA admitted last month that their bans might be overturned due to a lack of clear scientific information on how long the drug takes to be excreted from the body.The drug’s manufacturer said traces could remain in the body for several months depending on dosage, duration of treatment and sensitivity of testing methods.The ITF’s anti-doping programme calls for a four-year suspension for a failed test but it can be reduced in various circumstances, such as for first-time offences or if the player shows no significant fault or negligence.last_img read more

Ben Stokes believes in-form England can top ODI rankings

first_imgEngland will climb to the top of the one-day international (ODI) cricket world rankings if they can maintain their fine form in the format, all-rounder Ben Stokes said after the side completed a series victory in Bangladesh.Stokes played a key role with an unbeaten 47 as England won the deciding third match against the hosts in Chittagong on Wednesday to wrap up a third successive one-day series triumph, having beaten Sri Lanka and Pakistan at home earlier this year.England are currently fifth in the ODI rankings, behind Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and India.”It’s really exciting. If we carry on like this we’ll achieve our target of being world number one,” Stokes, who was named the man of the series, told Sky Sports. (Also read: England win ODI series to end Bangladesh’s home run)England’s loss to Bangladesh in Adelaide, which knocked them out of the 2015 ODI World Cup, spurred a string of changes to the national team set-up and Stokes felt the squad are starting to yield the dividends of the strategy.”The team we have had together for the last 18 months have been playing unbelievable cricket,” the 25-year-old added.With skipper Eoin Morgan sitting out the Bangladesh series over security concerns, wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler was tasked with leading a young and inexperienced squad against a side that had won their six previous home ODI series.”Me and Jos work quite well. We’re quite aggressive in how we want to play our cricket, not just with the bat and the ball, but with field placings,” Stokes, who was vice-captain for the series, said.advertisementMorgan and influential opening batsman Alex Hales are expected to return to the squad when England travel to India for their next three-match ODI series in January.last_img read more

Panathinaikos’ Gist Faces Dope Penalty

first_imgIt could also seal his fate for the team, which is reportedly already looking for a replacement. He has played for the Greens, one of the country’s two dominant teams, since 2012.The National Anti-Doping Council tested Gist, 29, after the final of the Greek Cup against Apollon Patras on April 5, finding the first sample positive for marijuana use.TweetPinShare0 Shares ATHENS – Panathinaikos’ American power forward James Gist, a team stalwart, is set for punishment after failing a doping test.The 6-9 Gist, who was born in Turkey and played for Maryland, likely will be hit hard after a second test showed he’s using marijuana because he had tested positive before.last_img

Former Clemson QB Kelly Bryant Took His 1st Transfer Visit On Saturday

first_imgKelly Bryant throwing the football in warmups.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers warms up before the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Furman Paladins at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant, who’s transferred out of the Tigers’ program, took his first transfer visit over the weekend.Bryant, who’s expected to have interest from several major programs, visited another ACC team on Saturday afternoon.The Tigers’ former starting QB was spotted at North Carolina’s game on Saturday.Former Clemson QB Kelly Bryant visiting UNC today. pic.twitter.com/mMS8Ht1zyc— Jonathan M Alexander (@jonmalexander) October 13, 2018North Carolina and Arkansas have both been mentioned as options for Bryant. He reportedly has a visit scheduled to the Razorbacks’ program later this season.West Virginia is another potential option, per reports.According to Matt Connolly of The State, former Clemson QB Kelly Bryant has interest in #WVU— Schuyler Callihan (@DVNCallihan) October 12, 2018Stay tuned.last_img read more

This tiny motor can ‘walk’ to perform and assemble complex tasks: MIT

first_img Next Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 6, 2019UPDATED: July 6, 2019 16:15 IST This tiny motor can ‘walk’ to perform and assemble complex tasks: MITA team of US researchers has developed a tiny “walking” motor that can move back and forth across a surface or turn the gears of a machine.The mobile motor could pave the way for robots to assemble complex structures — including other robots, said the team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).These tiny robots to work in confined spaces”One emerging application is to make tiny robots that can work in confined spaces,” said Professor Neil Gershenfeld.Langford’s initial motor has an ant-like ability to lift seven times its own weight.About this novel motorThe team assembled the novel motor that moves an appendage in discrete mechanical steps, which can be used to turn a gear wheel, and a mobile form of the motor that turns those steps into locomotion, allowing it to “walk” across a surface in a way that is reminiscent of the molecular motors that move muscles.These parts could also be assembled into hands for gripping, or legs for walking, as needed for a particular task, and then later reassembled as those needs change.The ‘digital materials’Gershenfeld refered to them as “digital materials,” discrete parts that can be reversibly joined, forming a kind of functional micro-LEGO.To build in the “brains,” Langford has added part types that contain millimeter-sized integrated circuits, along with a few other part types to take care of connecting electrical signals in three dimensions.The work was set to be presented at the ongoing “International Conference on Manipulation, Automation and Robotics at Small Scales” (MARSS) in Helsinki, Finland.advertisementRead: Education Budget 2019: National Sports Education Board to be set up under Khelo IndiaRead: New IIT-Guwahati Director T. G. Sitharam plans extension centres in NortheastGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byDivya Chopra Tags :Follow RobotsFollow MIT This tiny motor can ‘walk’ to perform and assemble complex tasks: MITLangford’s initial motor has an ant-like ability to lift seven times its own weight.advertisementlast_img read more

ENDOFA Successfully Completes Its First Year

first_imgzoom ENDOFA, a bunker supplier owned and operated by three Danish partners, Kenn Soendergaard, Mads Borggaard and Allan Frost, has completed its first year with a turnover of USD 235 mil between the company’s offices in Houston and Dubai, more than doubling the organization’s first-year turnover projections.“ENDOFA has been well received in the competitive market in general and that has helped put our name on the map,” says Soendergaard. “Plus, strong support in our three physical operations has added greatly to the turnover.”Soendergaard adds ENDOFA’s first-year success also can be attributed to stronger cooperation from larger players in WAF, the Far East and the Persian Gulf.The company’s first year in operation will leave it with a loss of close to USD $500,000, a figure ENDOFA’s management deems satisfactory for a first year in operation coupled with significant investments made in 2013.ENDOFA currently owns and charters seven vessels ranging from coaster to Pan-Max and expects to expand its current fleet in the coming year.With a stronger and proven name in the market, a new joint physical setup, owned vessels and an increase in traders in both offices, ENDOFA projects 2014 will generate a turnover of USD 350 mio.ENDOFA, January 14, 2014last_img read more

Nova Scotia Issues Budget Forecast Update

first_imgThe province of Nova Scotia’s first forecast update shows the government’s fiscal plan for 2005-06 is on track, with a budget surplus of $69.8 million — up $6.5 million from the estimate in April. Of that surplus, $57.1 million is legislated to be applied directly to the outstanding debt of the province. Nova Scotia’s updated budget forecast includes an overall increase of $8.1 million in provincial source revenues, savings in debt-servicing costs of $12.4 million, and accounting adjustments of $8.7 million. These positive variances are offset by a forecasted increase in net program expenses of $22.7 million. “We continue to keep the province in a surplus position, as we have in years past,” said Finance Minister Peter Christie. “At the same time, we have also been able to make a significant payment on the province’s debt this year, and are undertaking several key investments to contribute to the long-term growth of Nova Scotia’s economy.” Offshore royalties are forecast to increase by $8 million due to the strong price of natural gas. Corporate income tax revenues are higher than budgeted by $11.1 million as a result of updated information from the federal government. These increased revenues are offset by a forecasted $2.6-million drop in motive fuel tax revenues, as high prices at the gas pump affect consumption. Also, HST revenues are expected to drop by $8.4 million based on updated projections for Nova Scotia’s share of the federal HST pool. Strategic investments in economic development initiatives, worth $14.3 million, represent most of the increased spending this year. There are also a number of smaller budget pressures due to unforseen expenses in a number of departments. “We will continue to manage the province’s finances prudently,” Mr. Christie said. “While a slightly higher surplus is a good thing, we expect there will be a number of challenges as the year progresses.” As of Thursday, Aug. 25, the full $830 million received in July from the government of Canada under the Offshore Offset Agreement had been used to retire government debt. This debt retirement and lower interest rates will cause total debt-servicing costs to drop by $32.4 million this year, of which $20 million was included in the spring budget. Nova Scotia has been recognized for its progress in financial management by two major bond rating agencies this summer. Dominion Bond Rating Service and Moody’s Investors Service both changed the trend on Nova Scotia’s long-term debt to positive from stable, which will help reduce borrowing costs. A copy of the forecast update is on the website at www.gov.ns.ca/finance .last_img read more

UN Security Council Gives Tacit Approval to Moroccos Action in Guerguerat

Rabat – The UN Security Council meeting on Friday ended without any major decision on the status of Guerguerat giving Morocco tacit approval to continue with the construction on a road leading to Mauritania.Morocco has taken a police action on August 14th by sending in its security forces to stop drug smuggling and small arm dealers from continuing their business. It is also building a road to provide more security for the region.UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said last week that the construction has been met with resistance by Polisario Front fighters, who are separated from Moroccan troops by only around 120 metres. The Guerguerat regionThe Polisario Front protested the building of the road and had gone as far as to send 32 armed combatants with a purpose of stopping Morocco from building the road.  It also accused Morocco of breaking the 1991 ceasefire agreement.The UN is “actively engaging with the parties and key member states to urge restraint and identify options for an acceptable solution to the current crisis”, Dujarric said.The UN has also acknowledged that there was no violation of the ceasefire agreement from 1991 on the part of Morocco.“Morocco told the UN General Secretariat and the council that the work that leads to where to go or are eminently civil and limited in time, until the finalization of the construction of the road,” said the permanent representative of the Kingdom to the U.N. Omar Hilale.“This objective is strategically safe and Morocco is resolutely determined to achieve, said Hilale  in an interview with MAP.Morocco maintains that the Guergurat region was rife with nefarious trade and smuggling.Last week, Morocco’s Royal Armed Forces seized 500 kilos of cannavis at the 280-meter security wall near Boujdour.  Among those arrested was Majidi Hamim Ida Hamim, son of Ibrahim Ida Hamim, former wali of camp Es-Smara in Tindouf and present “Development Minister” in the “SADR.”“The cleansing of the area is eminently imperative for security reasons,” emphasized Hilale. read more

Baseless fear of economic hardship hampers efforts to curb climate change –

“Industrialized countries fear unwillingness on the part of their developing country competitors to act and are therefore reluctant to take the first step themselves,” the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Yvo de Boer, told this year’s Delhi Sustainable Development Summit in the Indian capital.“Developing countries fear that a new round of climate negotiations would impose on them obligations that would hurt their economic goals,” he added, stressing that the key to the problem is to provide incentives for economies to grow along a greener path, and to put in place mechanisms to ensure that the needed resources are available.He pointed to India as an example of a country which is already successfully making use of such incentives. “India is showing that economic growth and climate protection are far from being mutually exclusive. The country already has 155 registered CDM projects, with another 400 projects in the pipeline,” he noted, referring to the Kyoto Protocol treaty’s Clean Development Mechanism.This aims at enhancing sustainable development by allowing industrialized countries to generate emission credits or allowances through investment in emission reduction projects in developing countries.India’s CDM projects range from a biomass plant in Rajasthan state to a wind power plant in Karnataka state and are expected to generate some 300 million certified emissions reductions (CERs) by the end of 2012. Each CER represents a ton of carbon dioxide equivalent that can be traded on the international carbon market.Since 2005, the estimated potential of emission reductions to be delivered by the CDM pipeline has grown twelve-fold to more than 1.5 billion tonnes – equivalent to the combined emissions of Australia, Canada and the Netherlands.“Whilst it is clear that the CDM is working in India, it is also clear that more of these incentives are needed to have a significant impact on protecting the world’s climate,” Mr. de Boer said.Recent scientific findings suggest that much deeper emission cuts are required than the average of 5 per cent below the 1990 emissions of industrialized countries agreed under the Kyoto Protocol, with the European Commission calling for reductions in the order of 60 to 80 per cent by mid century.Under the UNFCCC, talks and negotiations are under way that need to result in a “global compact” to fight climate change by channelling green investment into the rapidly growing economies of the developing world, several of which, like India, are set to overtake developed countries within the next decades, Mr. de Boer said.Meanwhile, the business community is calling for assurances of continuity for the existing carbon market beyond 2012, the year the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol expires. “A post 2012 agreement is needed as soon as possible” Mr. de Boer added.“There would be a significant risk for the value of carbon beyond 2012 without a long term provision for the carbon market. Industrialized countries need to take the lead on this,” he said. 22 January 2007A lack of global leadership on climate change, stemming from an unwarranted fear of economic hardship, is seriously hampering efforts to combat global warming, the top United Nations official dealing with the issue has warned. read more

Myanmar UN human rights chief urges release of Daw Aung San Suu

“The release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners would demonstrate a willingness to abide by universally accepted human rights standards,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said in a statement released in Geneva. “It would also, I believe, facilitate national dialogue and free the Government and the people to focus on the need to unite the country and to allow the emergence of democratic structures to decide on the way forward.” The current detention term of Ms. Suu Kyi, the General-Secretary of the National League for Democracy, ends on 27 May. She has been held for 11 years without charge or trial since her party and its allies won the 1990 election with over 80 percent of the Parliamentary seats. She has been under house arrest for four years, and has spent 11 of the past 17 years in detention. Ms. Suu Kyi is one of over 1,000 known political prisoners held in prisons and labour camps across Myanmar. The High Commissioner also offered her Office’s support for the Government of Myanmar “in any efforts towards democratization by addressing the complex human rights crisis faced by the country, including the situation of political prisoners.” Earlier this month, over one dozen UN human rights experts joined their voices to urge Myanmar’s authorities to free Ms. Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners. “As of one of the world’s most acclaimed human rights defenders, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate is a major political and spiritual leader of Myanmar,” the experts said. “Her tireless commitment to non-violence, truth and human rights has made her a worthy symbol through whom the plight of all people in Myanmar may be recognized.” The stability of Myanmar, they said, “is not well served by the arrest and detention of several political leaders or by the severe and sustained restrictions on the exercise of civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights.” 21 May 2007As Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s term of detention nears its end, the top United Nations human rights official today called on the Government of Myanmar to unconditionally release the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and other political prisoners in the South-East Asian country. read more

Haiti Ban appeals for more funds to fight cholera sets up panel

At the same time, he announced the creation of an independent scientific panel to investigate the source of the outbreak amid widespread media reports that Nepalese peacekeepers from the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) are the likely source, with infected water spreading from their base into a nearby tributary of the Artibonite River.“We need more funding,” Mr. Ban told a news conference in New York, noting that a $164 million appeal is only 21 per cent funded. “Haiti needs more doctors, nurses, medical supplies, and it needs them urgently… Our first priority continues to be saving lives.” He said it was crucial to get the message “out, far and wide” that the disease can be managed through early treatment and some clear and simple steps, including washing hands with soap. Cholera is spread by contaminated food and water. Turning to the controversial issue of the origins of the outbreak, Mr. Ban noted there were several theories, and not all reports reached the same conclusion. MINUSTAH and the Government have conducted a number of tests, but all so far have been negative. “But there remain fair questions and legitimate concerns that demand the best answer that science can provide,” he added. “That is why, pursuant to close consultation with Dr. Margaret Chan of WHO [UN World Health Organization], I am announcing today the creation of an international scientific panel to investigate the source of the cholera epidemic.”The panel will be completely independent and have full access to all UN premises and personnel, he stressed, adding that further details will be provided when it is finalized. “We want to make the best effort to get to the bottom of this and find answers that the people of Haiti deserve,” he said.Earlier this week UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Anthony Lake visited a cholera treatment centre in an impoverished area of Port-au-Prince, the capital, where he pledged continued UN support and stressed that the most important partners in defeating cholera are Haitians themselves, who need to understand that the disease is preventable and treatable through proper hygienic measures.“As always, and without exception, children are the most adversely impacted by crises such as this cholera epidemic and the January earthquake. The responsibility we all share is to ensure that children and families are protected from these emergencies as well as from the recent political tensions,” he said, referring to last month’s disputed presidential and legislative elections He stressed that the current environment of uncertainty and insecurity in Haiti places children and families at even greater physical risk and also inhibits the efforts of humanitarian agencies such as UNICEF. 17 December 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed to the world for more funds to fight the cholera epidemic in Haiti that has already killed more than 2,400 people and infected nearly 110,000 others, 55,000 of whom had to be hospitalized. read more

TSX Dow suffer tripledigit drops as markets stumble on Chinese uncertainty Fed

TORONTO — North American markets were lower Wednesday amid persistent uncertainty over the health of the Chinese economy.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 157.24 points at 14,036.63, its sixth decline in the last seven sessions.Events in China continued to roil global markets amid fears the value of the yuan will continue to erode. Those fears prompted a wild ride on China’s Shanghai Composite Index, which plunged as much as five per cent before eventually closing up 1.2 per cent. The ripple effect was felt across several key commodities as oil prices plumbed multi-year lows, following an unexpected increase in U.S. crude inventories.October crude, which is now the heaviest traded contract, was down $1.85 at US$41.27 a barrel, while the September crude contract was down $1.82 at US$40.80 a barrel.Energy stocks were by far the biggest drag on the TSX, falling 4.3 per cent.In other commodities, natural gas edged up half a cent to US$2.71 per thousand cubic feet while copper lost a penny to US$2.28 a pound.Gold marched ahead $11 to US$1,127.90 an ounce, marking its biggest single-session rally in a week as the TSX gold sector rose 3.7 per cent.The Canadian dollar, which is sensitive to movements in key commodities, was down 0.31 of a U.S. cent at 76.28 cents US after having fallen below the 76-cent mark earlier in the session.In New York, markets were also off earlier lows as traders took in minutes from the latest policy meeting of the Federal Reserve Board for clues as to when the U.S. central bank may start to hike interest rates from current historically low levels.Minutes from the July meeting of the Fed showed a move closer to raising interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade, but there were concerns that a significant economic slowdown in China could pose risks to the U.S. economy.Policy-makers also expressed concerns that inflation remains too low to justify an interest rate increase.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 162.61 points at 17,348.73, while the Nasdaq dropped 40.30 points to 5,019.05 and the S&P 500 lost 17.31 points to 2,079.61.After the Fed minutes were released, the probability of a rate hike in September dropped to 36 per cent from earlier estimates of roughly 50 per cent, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.“Conditions were not quite ready at this stage for Fed liftoff,” said Todd Mattina, chief economist and strategist at Mackenzie Investments.He said rate hikes would indirectly boost the U.S. dollar as interest rate differentials widened, along with the possibility other countries may try to follow China’s lead by devaluing their currencies.“All of these tightening financial conditions in the U.S. would be negative for U.S. inflation and potentially U.S. growth,” Mattina added. read more

Women hold key to eradicating poverty UN officials tell commission

Addressing the Commission on the Status of Women, José Antonio Ocampo, the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, stressed the need to ensure gender equality in order to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set by a UN summit in 2000 to tackle global ills. “In order to reduce extreme poverty, enhance social integration and achieve gender equality, we must be able to reconcile economic growth, employment generation and social and gender equality policies,” he said. He noted that men must play an active role in this endeavour. “It is important to identify the positive efforts already made by men and boys in many contexts and to find ways to encourage and support other men to understand the value of gender equality and to become active in its promotion,” he said. Assistant Secretary General Angela E.V. King, the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, cautioned that despite growing awareness of the need for gender equality, in many countries women’s rights are still under threat. She cited a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicating that “depending on the country and the environment, between 10 and 69 per cent women around the world reported being subjected to some form of violence in their lives.” WHO research has also demonstrated that every day, 1,600 women die due to complications related to pregnancy or childbirth, she said. Ninety-nine per cent of these deaths, most of them preventable, occur in developing countries. “If we are to meet the related MDGs of reversing HIV/AIDS and reducing the rate of maternal mortality by three-quarters by 2015, concerted action is needed to fully finance women’s health programmes, incorporate a gender perspective into health care and ensure quality of care in childbirth,” she declared. She called on the Commission to tackle these and other pressing issues. “Our vision is a world where girls and boys have equal opportunities for education, where mothers and children have equal access to better health care and medicines, where women and men share decision-making and household chores equally, equally enjoy fundamental human rights and strive equally to achieve peace, democracy, good governance, and sustainable development for their families and nations.” read more

Unable to accept its decline West subverts international law to suit its

Sergei Lavrov was of the view that the reason for the world’s current state lies “first and foremost”, in the unwillingness of the self-proclaimed winners of the Cold War to reckon with “the legitimate interests of other States”.“It is hard for the West to put up with its weakening centuries-long dominance in world affairs”, even though new economic centres and political influences have emerged, he said.Mr. Lavrov maintained that “leading Western countries are trying to impede the development of the polycentric world, to recover their privileged positions” and impose their standards of conduct on others.Speaking now at the #UNGA General Debate: Tajikistan, Albania: @ediramaal, Hellenic Republic: @kmitsotakis, The Bahamas: @minnis_dr, Saint Kitts and Nevis: @pmharriskn, China, Russia, Algeria, Solomon Islands & Tunisia. https://t.co/WdhsaIZtek— United Nations (@UN) September 27, 2019 Moreover, he said that the West has been increasingly loathe to recall international law, saying that instead it “dwells on” a rules-based order aimed to position itself as the only “indisputable source of legitimacy”. Instead of working collectively, formats “outside of legitimate multilateral frameworks” are decided behind closed doors and declared multilateral agreements, he continued.“Attacks on international law are looming large”, the Foreign Minister stated, pointing the United States withdrawal from the UN-endorsed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known commonly as the Iran nuclear deal. And the US has “set a hard line” towards eroding UN resolutions on the international legal framework of the Middle East peace process.“It suggests waiting for some ‘deal of the century’, meanwhile it has taken unilateral decisions on Jerusalem and the Golan Heights”, endangering the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, he spelled out. Mr. Lavrov flagged, “the West also has its own ‘rules’ regarding the Balkans”, where it is pursuing “an open course” for undermining Security Council decisions on Kosovo and Bosnia.Russia’s Foreign Minister underscored that universal conventions together with the UN Security Council resolutions “are an integral part of international law”, and yet the West would like to substitute them for its own rules.“We’re seeing continued games played with conventions that commit countries to upholding linguistic, educational, religious and other rights of national minorities”, he argued. “Even here our Western colleagues are guided by their own rules – they turn a blind eye to the open denial of national minorities’ rights and abet the retaining of an ignominious phenomenon of statelessness in Europe”.Citing the UN Charter’s principle of non-interference in internal affairs, Mr. Lavrov said attempts are underway to add Venezuela “to the list of countries whose Statehood was destroyed before our eyes through aggression or coups inspired from abroad”.Other global issuesAccording to Russia’s Foreign Minister, the regulation of cyber space is “among the most critical tasks of the world community”.He recalled that last year, the Assembly endorsed the beginning of substantive work on discussing the responsible conduct of States in information space, noting that a resolution on Combating Cybercrime was adopted at Russia’s initiative. “It is important to work for achieving legally binding agreements on all aspects of international information security”, Mr. Lavrov underscored.He also saw a need to “step up efforts” to help settle crises globally, advocating as “the main point” to seek compliance with already existing-agreements and not to allow invented pretexts to refuse implementing already negotiated obligations. “This also concerns conflicts on the post-Soviet territory, including the need to strictly follow the provisions of the Minsk Package of Measures to settle the crisis in the East of the Ukraine”. read more

New Lash Program Offered at USU Eastern Cosmetology

Aajah Breinholt is in the first lash class taught at USU Eastern. USU Eastern Press ReleaseA popular indulgence among women is eyelash extensions. The process of applying extensions just got easier as the Utah State University Eastern cosmetology department already filled a class spring semester and another summer semester.“This is the first school to be certified by Borboleta to teach lash extensions outside of its Salt Lake City headquarters,” Debbie Prichard, associate professor, said. “The Eastern instructors believed the Borboleta education stands out in the industry with a reputation for outstanding work and professionalism. They are the top-lash-education provider in the world and that’s why Eastern instructor Jessie Lobato trained and certified in its program.  Lobato brought back the theory and fundamentals of lash artistry and techniques to use in the USU Eastern program.”With hands-on mentorship experience and the salon environment, Prichard is ecstatic to bring the classes to Price. The lash industry is growing rapidly and creating an education course on the campus adds more learning experiences to the cosmetology program.The financial assistance of Assistant Vice Chancellor Jamie Cano and Vice Provost Gary Straquadine helped bring the program to the Price campus. It will be housed in a state-of-the-art facility at the McDonald Career Center and taught every other Friday from 6-9:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The limited classroom size allows six students per class.A student must have a valid cosmetology or aesthetician license to apply for the program. Its foundation focuses on classic lashing techniques designed to help artists understand the fundamentals of becoming a lash artist. The program is structured around hands-on technical practice with a live model.The volume lashing focuses on the art of the fan including: the lonely fan, fan and grab, Borby Bubble and the pinch methods. Again, extensive hands-on experience practice and demonstration are included in the program.The final technique is the lash lifting, which looks like a “perm on the eyelashes.”Lobato will not only offer the well-rounded foundation courses in lashing, she will help student’s market, troubleshoot and navigate social media with their business. She wants the program’s graduates to have the necessary experience to be salon ready. “We have provided our students with appropriate time to develop and perfect their skills of lashing,” Prichard said.Borboleta raises the bar of quality and professionalism within the lashing industry and that’s what Lobato brought to the Eastern campus. The company is world-wide and provides an education experience designed for students to refine and perfect their artistry of lashing.The course takes 90 hours to complete during a 15-week period. Contact Kim Mortensen in Eastern’s One-Stop Service Building to register for the program, call 435-613-5462 or email at kim.mortensen@usu.edu. A $300 non-refundable deposit is required to secure a spot in the program.“Lashing is an expensive addiction that a lot of women want,” Prichard said. “And we are proud to offer it at USU Eastern.” read more

Former OSU football player honored with Gee award

As the 2009 football season rolls on, each player continues to learn his role on and off the field. Whether they are current athletes or former Buckeyes in the NFL, each finds a way to make an impact on the game.One Buckeye who has made a unique impression on the lives of his teammates won’t be returning to the roster this year, but his spirit and drive will be passed from those who know him to the first-year players who may only know of him.Former Buck’s receiver and 2009 graduate Tyson Gentry is being honored with the E. Gordon Gee Spirit of Ohio State Award on Friday at the annual Alumni Awards for this legacy of inspiration.“I am extremely honored for this,” Gentry said. “Knowing how respected Gee is within the university makes it even more special.”The award is considered for outstanding OSU alumni who make an effort to honor the university and its history with devotion and integrity.Previous winners of the Spirit Award include Gee, Jim Tressel, John T. Mount and the Student-Alumni Council, according to an Ohio State Buckeyes press release.“Tyson has shown exceptional perseverance and dedication in earning his college degree,” said Archie Griffin, president and CEO of Ohio State University Alumni Association. “He clearly has the ability to overcome significant obstacles in pursuit of the things that are important to him. He truly represents the best of the Buckeye spirit.”Gentry came to OSU in 2004 as a punter. In April 2006, he moved to receiver for spring practice. During one play, Gentry went up for the pass and after what would have been a routine tackle he remained motionless on the field. The tackle broke a vertebra in his neck, leaving him partially paralyzed. Though the setback was clearly not part of his plan, Gentry said the experience has allowed him to think of his life in a different perspective.“It has really helped me learn about myself and who I want to be,” he said.Despite not being able to play the game anymore, Gentry remained on the Buckeye roster until his senior season last year. His teammates made sure they honored his strength in more ways than one.Each player wore his number, 24, along with their own on their helmets. And he was always seen next to coach Jim Tressel during “Carmen Ohio.” In addition, he was honorary captain for OSU against Texas at the Fiesta Bowl in January 2009.In his book, “The Winner’s Manual: For the Game of Life,” Tressel writes about Gentry, saying “Tyson has shown us that it’s not what happens to you in life that counts. It’s how you handle it … There is no question in my mind that Tyson Gentry is a hero.”Gentry says his teammates and coaches played a vital role in getting him where he is today and any way he can motivate them in return is significant to him.While many were skeptical he would ever be able to feel anything below the neck, he has regained movement in his arm and has some feeling through all of his body, including his legs. This gives him and those close to him hope that he will one day walk again.Gentry graduated from OSU in June with a B.A. in speech and hearing sciences. He remains a part of the Buckeye community as a graduate student in speech and hearing. Though he has an ultimate goal in mind, he says he wants to focus on the present and make the best of what he can.“I am always going to be working on getting out of my chair,” Gentry said. “This experience has taught me to accept everything as it comes and I’m just going to worry about today and my short term goals and hope that everything else will follow as it is supposed to.”The 2009 Alumni Awards ceremony will take place at the Hyatt Regency Columbus on 350 N. High Street. read more

Barminco gets five year contract extension at AGA Sunrise Dam

first_imgLeading global hard-rock underground mining services provider Barminco announces it has been awarded a five-year contract extension at Sunrise Dam by AngloGold Ashanti Australia Ltd which, based on the current mining schedule, is worth approximately A$700 million.Barminco has partnered with AngloGold Ashanti at Sunrise Dam since the commencement of underground operations in 2003, when the first portal was cut, and plans are now in place to increase annual production well beyond the current rate of approximately 3 Mt/y.Barminco Chief Executive Officer Paul Muller said the Company had worked hard to fully optimise productivity and efficiency, and deliver industry-leading safety and operational performance at the Sunrise Dam mine.“This contract extension speaks volumes about our commitment to AngloGold, the relationship we have built with them and the results that have been delivered at Sunrise Dam over the past 15 years,” Muller said.“We are very pleased to extend our relationship and continue work to achieve our shared vision with AngloGold to further increase annual production using our latest equipment and cutting-edge technologies.”AngloGold Ashanti’s Senior Vice President Australia, Michael Erickson, said: “A culture of operational excellence drives the mining strategy at Sunrise Dam where we are targeting world- leading productivity to deliver a long-life operation with consistent cash returns.“This contract extension demonstrates the commitment and strong working relationship that AngloGold Ashanti and Barminco have built over many years of mining challenges while continuing to significantly improve safety and productivity.”last_img read more