Backgrounder: Clues to a Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria

first_imgThe United States is weighing a military strike against Syria after concluding that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is responsible for an “undeniable” chemical attack that killed hundreds of people. This week, U.N. investigators are interviewing survivors and collecting samples in the area near Damascus where the 21 August attack allegedly occurred. The team includes experts from the World Health Organization and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Judging from videos and other accounts of the attack, chemical weapons specialists say that the investigators are likely to focus on suspicions that the attack involved the nerve agent sarin. It is an inhibitor of the enzyme acetylcholinesterase, which controls the body’s levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. More background:Q: Why do experts suspect that sarin was used, not another nerve agent or different chemical weapon such as mustard gas?A: The fact that victims apparently had symptoms such as paralysis and convulsions, but didn’t suffer from skin blistering, points toward a nerve agent, not mustard gas, says Amesh Adalja, an expert on disaster medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Center for Health Security in Baltimore, Maryland. Sarin is more likely than the deadlier nerve agent VX because that chemical is much less volatile and would leave contamination on equipment that could harm soldiers, according to chemist Carlos Fraga of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington. 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Sarin might be delivered in bomblets like those in this Wikipedia image, he says. Although each country may have its own way of packaging the agent, “people in the [Department of Defense] have a pretty good idea what Syrian weapons look like,” Coyle says.When they interview survivors of the alleged attack, experts may test their blood for acetylcholinesterase using an assay (something like this) that is commonly used to screen for pesticide exposure. Even days after exposure, victims could still have abnormally low levels of the enzyme in their red blood cells and serum, Adalja says. But if survivors received atropine, an antidote to sarin, as has been reported, this may have restored their enzyme levels, so the test would not be useful.Another key piece of evidence may be videos that show that victims’ pupils became very small when they were exposed, Adalja says. This is a telltale sign of exposure to high levels of acetylcholine, because it causes muscles to contract, including those that control the size of the iris.Finding direct evidence that sarin was used will be difficult because the compound degrades quickly, particularly in warm weather, and does not persist in the body. But a breakdown product created when sarin is hydrolyzed (reacts with water), called isopropylmethylphosphonic acid (IPMA), has a much longer half-life and may still be present in soil or water samples, a swipe from a rocket, or even something like a paint chip. IPMA residues can linger for weeks or months, says chemist Armando Alcaraz of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. The chemical is specific to sarin and its precursor chemicals. “If it was sarin, that’s what we would find,” Alcaraz says.IPMA is also a metabolite of sarin in the body. It may be present in blood and urine samples from those who died in the bombing and from survivors; in the blood, it binds with acetylcholinesterase to form an adduct that may persist for 2 or 3 weeks.Q: Where will the tests be done? A: The U.N. inspectors may do initial tests in Syria if they have brought with them mobile instruments—gas chromatographs coupled to a mass spectrometer, Alcaraz says. Samples would then be sent to the OPCW center in The Hague in the Netherlands, which may distribute them to its network of 20 or so certified labs in the United States, Europe, and Asia for confirmation. (Livermore’s Alcaraz heads one of these labs.)Q: How long will it take for the inspectors to complete their findings?A: Alcaraz says if his lab receives samples, his team has up to 15 days to analyze it. It may take several weeks for a final report from the inspection team, Coyle says. But as he notes, the United States may not wait for the U.N. investigators’ report to launch a strike.last_img read more

Spurs extend streak to 9 straight, stun Warriors

first_imgCareer night for Dirk Nowitzki but Pelicans slip past Mavericks in OT “We’re just trying to get wins, man, that’s all,” Spurs forward Rudy Gay said. “We’ve had wins, we’ve had big wins, we’ve had some bad losses, (too). It just feels good to win the games we think we should.”San Antonio won its 11th straight at home and moved into fifth in the Western Conference following the Thunder’s loss to Miami. The Spurs also clinched a winning record for the 22nd straight season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsStephen Curry had 25 points after a slow start and Kevin Durant added 24 for the Warriors, who entered the game having won two straight. Golden State dropped into a tie with Denver for first place in the West with matching 47-22 records.“That’s the hottest team in the league and obviously really well-coached,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “They were executing and I thought they outexecuted us, outcoached us. They deserved to win.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Curry and Klay Thompson opened the game a combined 0 for 11, but the Warriors’ defense allowed them to tie the game at 25 when Curry threw in a 61-footer to close the first quarter.Curry finished 9 for 25 from the field and Thompson finished with 14 points on 5-for-18 shooting. Thompson said the “Splash Brothers” struggles were their own rather than anything the Spurs did defensively.“Just missed shots,” Thompson said. “That’s all it is. Shots that we normally hit, too. Yeah, they’re a smart disciplined team but it’s not like we weren’t getting to our spots and getting good looks. Just didn’t go in.”After trailing by 11 in the third quarter, the Warriors’ offense awoke to silence the sold-out crowd with a 16-5 run to forge a 75-all tie. The run included a shakedown, step-back 3-pointer by Curry and a pair of quick passes from Curry to Draymond Green to Shaun Livingston for an emphatic dunk. Curry had eight points in the run.“Every time we made a run, they countered and they made a run,” Green said.DeRozan scored 10 points in the final quarter, including a pair of pull-up jumpers over Thompson, to seal the victory.Gay added 17 points for San Antonio and Derrick White had 12.TIP-INSWarriors: Cousins sat the game out with a sore right foot and Iguodala missed the game following dental work. … Andrew Bogut started the game after signing with the team March 6 after playing this season in Australia. Bogut spent four seasons with Golden State before rejoining the team as a free agent. … The Warriors have won at least 23 road games in six straight seasons. They lost for the fifth time in 24 games away from home. … Golden State defeated San Antonio by 39 points in their previous meeting, Feb. 6 at Oracle Arena. It was the largest winning margin over the Spurs in franchise history.Spurs: Aldridge has 18,854 career points, moving past Glen Rice for 69th all-time in league history. Rice had 18,338 career points over 15 seasons beginning in 1989. … DeRozan is the first Spurs guard to make 300 free throws in a season since Manu Ginobili in 2011. .. The Spurs won 13 straight in 2016. WELCOME BACK, MATEBogut picked up a foul on an illegal screen 9 seconds into the game.“That was a welcome to the league, for sure,” Bogut said. “Just like, we know you set some hard screens so we’re just going to blow one early.”Bogut finished with seven points and seven rebounds in 19 minutes as he reunited with Curry, Thompson and Green. His points included an alley-oop dunk from Curry.“It was fun,” Curry said. “It’s been what three years (since he last played with Bogut). I came in transition and besides probably (Damian Jones) early in the year, I haven’t thrown a lob like that to somebody. It just felt like second nature at that point. He went up and finished it.”UP NEXTWarriors: At Minnesota on Tuesday night.Spurs: Host Miami on Wednesday night. View comments Read Next San Antonio Spurs guard Marco Belinelli, third from left, celebrates with teammates DeMar DeRozan (10), Patty Mills (8), LaMarcus Aldridge (12) and Davis Bertans, back right, after scoring against the Golden State Warriors during the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Monday, March 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs aren’t concerned with making statements. They just want to pile up as many victories as they can late in the season.DeMar DeRozan had 26 points and nine rebounds, LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 points and 13 rebounds and Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors 111-105 on Monday night for their ninth straight win.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event MOST READ Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Google Philippines names new country director Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES San Antonio’s winning streak is second only to Golden State’s 11 straight wins earlier this season. Remarkably, the Spurs’ longest winning streak since 2016 comes directly after they went 1-7 for their worst Rodeo Road Trip ever.San Antonio has beaten Golden State, Denver, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, Portland and Detroit during its streak. All of those clubs are among the top six teams in their conference.“Guys are playing better,” Aldridge said of the turnaround. “We’re trying to be better defensively. Communication has been better and it’s just winning time. I think everyone senses that.”Golden State was without DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Iguodala, who both sat with injuries, but remained within two possessions in the final minute.The Warriors had to rally in the second half after a sluggish start.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparclast_img read more

Gasquet Beats Kyrgios, Wins Estoril

first_imgESTORIL, Portugal — Richard Gasquet of France won the Estoril Open final in straight sets on May 3, beating Australian Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 6-2.Fifth-seeded Gasquet, who broke seventh-seeded Kyrgios three times on the clay court, won in just over an hour for his 12th career title and second of the year after also winning at Montpellier.This was their first meeting since Kyrgios saved nine match points on his way to beating Gasquet in the second round of Wimbledon last year.Gasquet was playing in his first tournament since hurting his back at the BNP Paribas Open two months ago.With 12 titles, Gasquet is tied with countryman Gilles Simon as the most successful French player in the Open Era after Yannick Noah’s 23.“I am really happy with the victory,” Gasquet said. “To feel no pain, it’s a good thing for me.”It was Kyrgios’ first final, and he failed to impose his serve or convert any of the three break chances he had.“There was definitely a bit of pressure out there,” said the 20-year-old Kyrgios. “He was way too good for me and I need to get better.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Spurs Overcome Leonard Injury, Harden to Beat Rockets in OT

first_imgSAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) — Danny Green scored seven of his 16 points in overtime, and the San Antonio Spurs overcame an injury to Kawhi Leonard to beat James Harden and the Houston Rockets 110-107 in overtime on Tuesday to take a 3-2 lead in their second-playoff series.Leonard had 22 points and 15 rebounds in 38 minutes before leaving with an injured right ankle. Leonard stepped on Harden’s foot with 5:37 left in the third quarter and then played limited minutes before sitting out overtime.Harden had 33 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He had a chance at potential tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of overtime, but was blocked from behind by Manu Ginobili.RAUL DOMINGUEZ, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Spalletti: I like Milan, I’m happy here

first_imgInternazionale ‘I like Milan, I’m happy here’ – Spalletti confirms he’ll be Inter coach next season Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 02:52 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Luciano Spalletti Fiorentina Inter Serie A Getty Internazionale Internazionale v Hellas Verona Hellas Verona Serie A The former Roma boss is confident in his future at Inter, although he is sorry to have seen Walter Sabatini leave his role Luciano Spalletti insists he will be Inter coach next season, despite the departure of technical co-ordinator Walter Sabatini.Sabatini left his role with the Nerazzurri and owners Suning Group this week amid reports he had grown frustrated with the financial constraints imposed on the club.His departure has also cast some doubt on the future of Spalletti, whose contract at San Siro expires at the end of next season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, the 59-year-old is adamant he will be at the club for 2018-19, during which he hopes to be involved in Champions League football.”The renewal issue doesn’t interest me. I know I’ll be here next year. I don’t see any problem,” he told a news conference ahead of Saturday’s Serie A clash with Hellas Verona.”I like Milan as a place, I like Inter. I’m happy to keep working here. If we don’t reach our objective this season, we’ll always carry that with us.”I’m very sorry for Sabatini because I know his human and professional qualities, but Inter are still at the forefront of everything and we have to continue working for the future with a common goal.”| #Spalletti : “San Siro is our home. When Inter are playing, the 60,000 expected tomorrow must help.” #InterVerona pic.twitter.com/1FaH9fd5Fd — Inter (@Inter_en) March 30, 2018 Sabatini’s departure came after a mixed review of his recruitment policy, with shrewd loan deals for Rafinha and Joao Cancelo undermined by the struggles of big-money signings Geoffrey Kondogbia, Joao Mario and Gabriel Barbosa.Spalletti, though, says he is monitoring the future of those three players with a view to bringing them back at the end of the season if they impress in their loan spells.”Judgements are being made in the transfer market,” he said. “We have some players in the squad that we don’t own and there are others that we do own who aren’t here. There’s a lot to evaluate.”One [we’re looking at] is Kondogbia, who is doing very well. If they [Valencia] don’t exercise the purchase option… it depends on them.”[Yuto] Nagatomo and Joao Mario have played some very interesting matches. Gabigol has scored, when it was said he couldn’t.”He added that Rafinha has made it clear he would like to extend his stay in Italy, where he is on loan from Barcelona.”Rafinha wants to stay here,” he said. “There are a lot of signs to confirm that. When I’ve asked him if he likes Inter, and Milan, he’s said ‘yes’.”last_img read more

Only 1 Big Ten Team Lost Its Non-Conference Game This Week

first_imgJim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines runs onto the field prior to the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines run onto the field prior to the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)Week 1 was a good week for the Big Ten conference. The league had impressive showings in several games.Maryland, for example, took down Texas at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. This is the Terrapins’ second-straight season-opening win over the Longhorns. There’s reason for optimism in College Park, Md.Ohio State and Wisconsin, meanwhile, very much looked like the College Football Playoff contenders they’ve been hyped to be. Penn State and Michigan State mostly didn’t, but the Nittany Lions and the Spartans were able to escape with victories.In total, only one Big Ten team lost a non-conference game this weekend.That team: Michigan.The Wolverines had the toughest game of any team in the league – a road game at Notre Dame – but still, that’s pretty tough for Jim Harbaugh’s program.“After being the only Big Ten team to lose a bowl game last season, Michigan was the only Big Ten team to lose a nonconference game this week,” Kyle Rowland tweeted.After being the only Big Ten team to lose a bowl game last season, Michigan was the only Big Ten team to lose a nonconference game this week.— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) September 2, 2018Welp.Michigan obviously has time to righten the ship, but it’s desperate times in Ann Arbor, Mich. right now.last_img read more

Tories attack plan for temporary housing at Quebec border crossing

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government is planning to build temporary housing for up to 520 people at a Quebec border crossing that has seen an influx of asylum seekers.The move comes as tens of thousands of Hondurans lost temporary protected immigration status in the United States. There are concerns some of them they may look northward for refuge.Public Works and the Canada Border Services Agency say in a notice that the housing units are for Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle — the municipality where the majority of RCMP interceptions of irregular migrants in Quebec take place.The Opposition says the Liberal government is effectively setting up a refugee camp at the Canada-U.S. border.“I’m not sure any Canadian would think that this is an acceptable response,” Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel said Friday.Rempel said there is a frustrating lack of information from the government about the makeup and needs of asylum seekers:“How can I say how much money they should be needing when we don’t even know what their needs are? And that is the result of having no plan for immigration. It’s bananas.”In a statement, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale called Rempel’s reference a refugee camp “misleading”, adding that “most irregular crossers do not spend long in custody before being released.”The housing notice currently calls for “heated, ventilated and illuminated canvas shelters” for three-season use that must include areas for sleeping, security, reception and warehousing.The government is also looking for other units to serve as quarantine space, toilets and showers as well as systems for drinking water and drainage.It is not known how many tents are needed at this time, but the border agency says that combined with winterized trailers, the shelters can support up to 700 asylum seekers.Goodale said the short-term accommodations would be installed to ease pressures on Quebec’s resources while making sure Canada follows its international obligations. The majority of irregular crossings currently take place in the province.“These tents are part of the government of Canada’s contingency planning,” Goodale said. “While they cannot predict what volumes will come next, we are prepared to manage an increase in asylum seekers in an orderly way.”On Friday, the Trump administration ended a program granting temporary protected status for Hondurans in the U.S. A similar revocation of status for Haitians and El Salvadorans is blamed for triggering last year’s influx of border crossers. The decision gives more than 57,000 Hondurans with temporary protected status a year and a half to leave the U.S. or obtain legal residency in other ways.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday the government would use the intervening time to target American communities, including Miami and southern California, with an ongoing message that Canada may be compassionate and welcoming, but it still has a rules-based immigration system.“Just because you come to Canada irregularly does not give you a free pass to this country,” he said.As Trump has taken aim at the protected status of various communities in the U.S., he and his supporters have said the protections were never meant to be permanent.However many of the migrants have put down roots in the U.S. That includes giving birth to children who have no knowledge of their parents’ homeland.“We work hard and do not have criminal records. I own a home and business with my family and every year I pay my taxes,” Orlando Lopez, a Honduran living in Miami, said in a statement.Last August, dozens of tents were set up at the Lacolle crossing, but many were dismantled when numbers of border crossers slowed. Those tents were provided by the Department of National Defence, rather than the private sector supplier the border agency is now seeking out.Goodale says the structures that remain are not enough to meet the demand.“There is currently limited bed capacity on-site, which is hard for children if they need to remain more than a day.”The minister also noted that while the crossing typically processes asylum claimants within a day, a large influx could spell longer processing times. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada equipped the official port of entry with a mobile processing unit last fall to help speed up intake.About 2,500 asylum seekers crossed into Canada from the U.S. in April, Mike MacDonald, a senior Immigration Department official, told the House of Commons immigration committee on Thursday.last_img read more

After 40 years federal government removes barriers to disabled immigrants

first_imgOTTAWA – After four decades, the federal government is getting rid of rules that turned away would-be immigrants with intellectual or physical disabilities, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said Monday.The government will no longer be allowed to reject permanent resident applications from those with serious health conditions or disabilities.Most of those impacted by the policy have been economic immigrants already working and creating jobs in Canada, but whose children or spouses may have a disability, Hussen said.“The current provisions on medical inadmissibility are over 40 years old and are clearly not in line with Canadian values or our government’s vision of inclusion.”He cited the case of a tenured professor at York University who was denied permanent residence because his son had Down syndrome, and another case of a family that came to Canada and started a business, but were rejected because of a child with epilepsy.“These newcomers can contribute and are not a burden to Canada,” the minister said. “These newcomers have the ability to help grow our economy and enrich our social fabric.”The changes will amend the definition of social services by removing references to special education, social and vocational rehabilitation services and personal support services.Ottawa is also tripling the cost threshold at which an application for permanent residency can be denied on medical grounds.That will allow immigrants with minor health conditions that have relatively low health and social services costs to be approved for permanent residency, such as those with hearing or visual impairments.Of the 177,000 economic immigrants admitted to Canada every year, about 1,000 are affected by the medical inadmissibility policy. The changes are expected to dispense with a majority of those cases.There have been calls to repeal the policy entirely, including from the House of Commons citizenship and immigration committee, which studied the issue last year.Liberal MP and committee chair Rob Oliphant said he had hoped government would announce a full repeal. But more work must be done to determine the full cost implications to the provinces, he said.“We at committee could not get good cost data,” Oliphant said.“Right now (Hussen) is going to have to look at this, the minister of health will have to look at this, the provinces and territories are going to have to look at this and hopefully in a year or two they are going to recognize that this is not a significant cost.”But Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel says she believes the costs could indeed be high. She was critical of government’s decision to move ahead with changes before any concrete data has been developed to determine the costs to the provinces and territories.“My concern is that the federal government is downloading costs to the provinces without a real plan to deal with that and that seems like something they should have done and considered before they made this announcement.”Hussen said Ottawa will pay the costs of the changes announced Monday, but remained unclear about whether that would mean additional money in health or social services transfers.“We will reflect on these changes to see the impact that they will have. We have to wait and see what the numbers will be before I can answer that question, ” Hussen said.Meanwhile groups that have been advocating for a full repeal of the policy are expressing disappointment over the changes, which they say don’t go far enough.James Hicks, national director of the Canadian Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), called the changes mere “tweaks.” His organization wanted a full repeal of the medical inadmissibility provisions.“While today’s announcement should make it easier for some persons with disabilities to come to Canada, it falls far short of legislative reform that we had expected.”Felipe Montoya, the university professor whose case was cited by Hussen, welcomed the changes, but added he feels they fall short of what many advocates and individuals have pushed for:“We recognize this timid move in the right direction, but will be relentless in calling for what should have been done today and not in some indefinite future — full elimination of this discriminatory policy.”The changes are expected to come into effect June 1.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the changes would take effect immediately.last_img read more

The Handmaids Tale Season 2 Premieres Spring 2018

first_imgAdvertisement Exactly when The Handmaid’s Tale was due to return has remained a mystery, up until this point. Now, Hulu has confirmed a release window for the second season of the show.The news was revealed by Hulu via the official The Handmaid’s Tale Twitter channel. The announcement was made alongside a brief teaser video, confirming that season 2 is currently in development as well as hinting that there is “no turning back.” The video, and the announcement, can be seen below.Exactly what will come with the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale has been the topic of much debate. The first season built upon the core story of Margaret Atwood’s original novel to great effect, and fans have been confident about the success of season 2 after it was revealed that Atwood is working on Handmaid’s Tale season 2 in a creative capacity.Although there are some changes between The Handmaid’s Tale novel and series, the largest obvious differences are generally to do with the scope of the show. The first season covered the main plot of the novel, and perfectly matched with Atwood’s overall themes, but exactly how the story can be propelled forward without the assistance of source material has been an intriguing question for fans. Given that some key characters will be returning for Handmaid’s Tale season 2, it’s clear that the second season of the show is going to be full of surprises.Whatever season 2 has in store, fans will likely be happy as long as the quality of the show’s first season carries over into the second. The Handmaid’s Tale was a standout success when it came to viewer reception and critical reception alike, and the show made history by gaining Hulu the honor of being the first streaming service to win the Outstanding Drama Series Emmy. Although continued success is never guaranteed for any show, expectations are high for The Handmaid’s Tale season 2.The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 arrives next spring.By Rob Gordon with files from Hulu Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 is set to premiere on Hulu in the spring of 2018. The show’s first season was one of the standout television moments of 2017, and fans have been eagerly awaiting news about the future of the dystopian series. The show reportedly gained the largest viewership figures of any Hulu original program, resulting in Hulu renewing The Handmaid’s Tale for a second season.No turning back. Season 2 of The #HandmaidsTale returns April 2018, only on @hulu. pic.twitter.com/yPcPQY8hxJ— The Handmaid’s Tale (@HandmaidsOnHulu) November 14, 2017 Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Middle East Quartet backs substantive and serious meeting set for later this

23 September 2007The international meeting on Israeli-Palestinian peace scheduled for later this year in Washington should be “substantive and serious” so that the two sides can finally end their conflict and devise a durable two-state solution, members of the Middle East diplomatic Quartet said today after a meeting at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Following a briefing by their recently appointed Representative, the former British prime minister Tony Blair, on the latest developments in the region, the Quartet issued a statement in which they expressed support for the Washington meeting proposed by United States President George W. Bush. “Principals discussed the meeting and agreed that it should be substantive and serious, providing support to the parties in their bilateral discussions and negotiations in order to move forward urgently on a successful path to a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza that will unite all Palestinians,” the statement said. The statement from the Quartet – which comprises the UN, the European Union, Russia and the US – noted that the aim of the Washington meeting is to bring together key members of the international community, especially in the Middle East, to mobilize their support behind recent peace moves. “The Quartet expects the meeting to affirm its support for the two-state solution based on a rejection of violence and its support for progress by their parties in their bilateral discussions. The meeting should also review progress that has been made toward building Palestinian institutions and discuss innovative and effective ways to support further Palestinian reform.”Speaking to the press after today’s Quartet meeting, Mr. Blair said there was a feeling in the region that “things are moving again,” although he stressed that it was tempered by recognition that it was important to not be overly optimistic. Nevertheless, “there is a reinvigoration of the political process.” The statement noted the ongoing talks between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the formation of teams on the two sides “to discuss the core issues that are essential to progress,” and the parallel steps by the parties to build confidence and improve conditions on the ground. Mr. Blair briefed the Quartet on his two recent trips to the region, focusing in part on the need help develop a functioning Palestinian economy and institutions of governance that could form the foundation of a formal state. Quartet members agreed Mr. Blair should work closely with the Palestinian Authority to develop a multi-year agenda for economic and institutional development, and they called on the international community to provide the necessary financial support. The Temporary International Mechanism was extended until 31 December and the statement voiced hope that before then a mechanism would be set up to provide for direct international assistance to the Palestinian Authority. It also expressed urgent concern over the humanitarian conditions inside the Gaza Strip, where major crossing points into the small territory – which is home to 1.4 million people – have been largely closed for months. Last week Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who hosted today’s meeting, called for Israel to overturn its decision to interrupt the provision of essential services, such as electricity and fuel, to Gaza, saying it contravened its international humanitarian and human rights obligations towards the civilian population. In response to questions today, Mr. Ban reiterated his concerns about the situation in Gaza and said it was crucial that UN humanitarian agencies continue their work without hindrance. Quartet members today also noted their grave concern over the continued rocket fire from Gaza into Israel and “recent efforts by Hamas to stifle freedom of speech and the press.” Today’s meeting was attended by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana, EU Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner and Portuguese Foreign Minister Luis Amado (representing the current Portuguese presidency of the EU). After the meeting, the Quartet members held an iftar – the evening meal for breaking the fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan – with members of the Arab League follow-up committee for the Arab Peace Initiative to consult on the next steps in the process. read more

Green investments a legal responsibility say UN and top asset managers

14 July 2009‘Green’ investments are no longer just a luxury, but are now a legal responsibility, according to a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and a powerful group of asset managers controlling some $2 trillion in assets. ‘Green’ investments are no longer just a luxury, but are now a legal responsibility, according to a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and a powerful group of asset managers controlling some $2 trillion in assets.The 120-page publication released today argues that if investment consultants and others do not incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into their services, they face “a very real risk that they will be sued for negligence.”It also stressed the central role that the world’s largest institutional investors – including pensions funds, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds and mutual funds – have in easing the transition to a low-carbon and resource-efficient green economy.“ESG issues are not peripheral but should be part of mainstream investment decisions-making processes across the industry,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.Further, he noted that creative market mechanisms and other incentives can help to ensure that as investors return to markets after the current financial turmoil ends, they will put their funds into a greener economy and not the “brown economy of yesterday.”The new report, entitled “Fiduciary Responsibility: Legal and Practical Aspects of Integrating Environmental, Social and Governance Issues into Institutional Investment,” was produced by Asset Management Working Group of the UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), a partnership between the agency and more nearly 200 financial institutions around the world.It was launched on the eve of the annual Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) event in Sydney, Australia, which will draw many of the largest institutional investors.Almost 600 institutions, representing over $18 trillion in assets, have signed up to the PRI, a joint effort between the UNEP FI and the UN Global Compact, a voluntary initiative to promote corporate citizenship which currently involves over 5,000 companies across 130 countries. read more

Actress Felicity Huffman gets 14 days behind bars in US college scandal

BOSTON — Actress Felicity Huffman, the first parent sentenced in a wide-ranging U.S. college admissions cheating scandal, was given a 14-day prison term on Friday and made a somber apology in federal court for paying to rig her daughter’s entrance exam.U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani also ordered Huffman, the former star of the popular television series “Desperate Housewives” and one-time Academy Award nominee, to pay a $30,000 fine, undergo a year of supervised release and complete 250 hours of community service. Huffman, 56, pleaded guilty in May.“My first apology is to you,” Huffman, wearing a black dress, told the judge immediately before being sentenced.“I realize now as a mother that love and truth must go hand in hand, and love at the expense of truth is not real love,” the actress said. “I will deserve whatever punishment you give me.”Huffman was released from court after the judge ordered her to report to prison on Oct. 25. Her husband, actor William H. Macy, who had been seated in the courtroom and is not charged in the scheme, immediately approached her after court adjourned and rubbed her shoulders.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The scandal cast a spotlight on the advantages of wealth in college admissions and the lengths to which some rich Americans have gone to get their children into top universities at the expense of other applicants.Huffman was among 51 people charged in a vast scheme in which wealthy parents were accused of conspiring to use bribery and other forms of fraud to secure for their children admission to prominent U.S. universities. These schools included Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, the University of Southern California, the University of Texas and Wake Forest.After the sentencing hearing, Huffman issued a statement expanding on her apology.“I especially want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices supporting their children,” Huffman said in the statement.“My hope now is that my family, my friends and my community will forgive me for my actions,” Huffman added.Prosecutors had recommended a sentence of one month behind bars after Huffman tearfully entered a guilty plea to conspiracy related to her payment of $15,000 to have someone secretly correct answers her daughter Sophia provided on the SAT standardized test used for college admissions.Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Rosen said incarceration was the only way to punish a wealthy person like Huffman whose real currency is fame.“In prison there are no paparazzi. It’s the great leveler,” Rosen said.Huffman’s lawyer, Martin Murphy, said the actress and particularly her daughter Sophia had suffered enough and urged the judge to limit the punishment to probation. In the days after Huffman’s arrest, her daughter’s top choice college rescinded its acceptance of her.TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES“There are consequences. Her daughter is not going to school. Consequences are likely to continue,” Murphy told the judge.More than 30 parents were charged in the investigation dubbed Operation Varsity Blues, also including actress Lori Loughlin, who starred in the TV series “Full House,” and her designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, as well as a host of corporate executives, financiers and lawyers. Unlike Huffman, Loughlin and Giannulli pleaded not guilty.Prosecutors said the accused parents acted with the help of William “Rick” Singer, a California college admissions consultant who pleaded guilty in March to helping bribe university sports coaches to present clients’ children as fake athletic recruits. Singer’s sentencing is set for later this month.Huffman, who won an Emmy award for “Desperate Housewives” and was nominated for an Oscar as best actress for her role in the 2005 film “Transamerica,” said the cheating scheme was proposed by Singer.Huffman said her daughter was unaware of the scheme until the actress was arrested on March 12.“I find Motherhood bewildering,” Huffman said in a letter to the judge before sentencing.“My daughter looked at me and asked with tears streaming down her face, ‘Why didn’t you believe in me? Why didn’t you think I could do it on my own?’ … I have compromised my daughter’s future, the wholeness of my family and my own integrity,” Huffman said in her letter.Macy, 69, said their daughter “certainly paid the dearest price” when her desired school – which remained unnamed in court documents – rescinded its acceptance of her after Huffman’s arrest.(Additional reporting by Barbara Goldberg in New York; Editing by Bill Berkrot and Will Dunham) read more

Treatment alone will not win war on cancer prevention is crucial UN

“More commitment to prevention and early detection is desperately needed in order to complement improved treatments and address the alarming rise in the cancer burden,” said Dr. Christopher Wild, Director of the specialized UN cancer agency in launching a new report ahead of World Cancer Day on Tuesday. The report warns that the global battle against cancer won’t be won with treatment alone and urgently needs effective prevention measures to curb the disease.As an example of preventive strategies the report highlights the need for adequate legislation to reduce exposure and risk behaviours, citing the first international treaty sponsored by WHO, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, as critical to reducing tobacco consumption, a major contributor to lung and other cancers, through taxes, advertising restrictions, and other regulations and measures to control and discourage its use of tobacco. Similar approaches need to be evaluated in other areas, notably consumption of alcohol and sugar-sweetened beverages, and in limiting exposure to occupational and environmental carcinogenic risks, including air pollution, it stresses, noting that about half of all cancers, whose total annual economic cost is estimated to reach approximately $1.16 trillion, could be avoided if current knowledge was adequately implemented. “Adequate legislation can encourage healthier behaviour, as well as having its recognized role in protecting people from workplace hazards and environmental pollutants,” said Dr. Bernard Stewart, who co-edited the report with Dr. Wild. “In low- and middle-income countries, it is critical that Governments commit to enforcing regulatory measures to protect their populations and implement cancer prevention plans.”The study, World Cancer Report 2014, issued by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a specialized agency of the UN World Health Organization headed by Dr. Wild, stresses that the cancer burden is mounting at an alarming pace. Due to growing and ageing populations, developing countries are disproportionately affected, with more than 60 per cent of cases and 70 per cent of deaths occurring in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America.“Despite exciting advances, this report shows that we cannot treat our way out of the cancer problem,” Dr. Wild said, noting that the situation in the developing world is made worse by the lack of early detection and access to treatment.Access to effective and affordable cancer treatments in developing countries, including for childhood cancers, would significantly reduce mortality, even in settings where health-care services are less well developed, the report notes. But the spiralling costs of the cancer burden are damaging the economies of even the richest countries and are way beyond the reach of developing countries, as well as placing impossible strains on health-care systems, according to the report, compiled with the collaboration of over 250 leading scientists from more than 40 countries.“The rise of cancer worldwide is a major obstacle to human development and well-being. These new figures and projections send a strong signal that immediate action is needed to confront this human disaster, which touches every community worldwide, without exception,” Dr Wild said.Many developing countries continue to be disproportionately affected by the double burden of high infection-related cancers, including those of the cervix, liver, and stomach, and the rising incidence of cancers linked to industrialized lifestyles, such as those of the lung, breast, and large bowel.Yet the implementation of effective vaccination against hepatitis B virus and human papillomavirus can markedly reduce cancers of the liver and cervix, respectively, the report says, stressing that preventing the spread of tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries is crucial to cancer control. Likewise, in rapidly industrializing countries, measures to promote physical activity and avoid obesity should also be prioritized in relation to cancers such as those of the large bowel and breast. In addition, low-tech approaches to early detection and screening have proven their efficacy in developing countries. A prime example is cervical cancer screening using visual inspection with acetic acid and cryotherapy or cold coagulation treatment of precancerous lesions. This type of “screen-and-treat” programme has been successfully implemented in India and Costa Rica, for example. “Governments must show political commitment to progressively step up the implementation of high-quality screening and early detection programmes, which are an investment rather than a cost,” Dr Stewart said. Globally, in 2012 the most common cancers diagnosed were those of the lung (1.8 million cases, 13 per cent of the total), breast (1.7 million, 11.9 per cent), and large bowel (1.4 million, 9.7 per cent). The most common causes of cancer death were cancers of the lung (1.6 million, 19.4 per cent), liver (0.8 million, 9.1 per cent), and stomach (0.7 million, 8.8 per cent). read more

Rene Toft Hansen injured out at least for a month

ahlmhansenKielTHW Kielwiencek ← Previous Story Men’s EHF EURO 2014 (Round 2): Balkan and Middle European derby matches Next Story → EC 2014 quals: Disgraceful Macedonia lose in Portugal, 25-32 THW Kiel has a new injury worry. Rene Toft Hansen who celebrated his 28th birthday on Nov 1st, got injured yesterday in the friendly game that Denmark played against Argentina. The diagnose says that a fracture of the left collarbone and a rib occured after he got a blow in the back. The first examinations says that this might mean at least six weeks out for Rene Toft Hansen, but will be re-examined again on his return to Kiel. This would mean that Ahlm and Wiencek will have to close the gap that has been created now with his absence. read more

Column We lack the empathy and support for people going through divorce

first_imgRELATIONSHIPS ARE SO important to our lives. From birth, and some would contend prior to it, we are part of a relationship; part of the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of another – or perhaps part of the disappointment, fear or regret of another. Whatever first relationship we find ourselves in with this other – this mother figure – it will have a profound effect on all of our relationships throughout our lifetime.We come into this world naked, vulnerable and helpless. Like Blanch Du Bois we are dependent on the kindness of strangers. Some get lucky, some don’t.For the lucky ones, this first relationship provides nurture, care, comfort security and love. Wrapped in its warmth we thrive in it, revere in it, survive in it. Yes, our very survival is dependent on the success of this relationship. This goddess who takes us in, feeds us, clothes us, holds us, attends to our every whim, makes us feel safe, protected, secure, loved. Better form a very tight bond for without her we would be lost! And so we grow and thrive.From this warm, loving, secure base we explore new and different relationships: siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, teachers, friends, girlfriends and boyfriends, partners, husbands and wives. And one day we meet our significant – other. We fall in love and all is right with the world. We feel safe, warm, secure, loved. Our every whim is attended to for a time. We have met our soul mate and we want to celebrate this. We celebrate through ritual, song and dance. We want the world to know how happy we can be.The end of a relationshipWhen a relationship ends we are catapulted into the very antithesis of this blissful state. We are lost in that swirling, bottomless ocean of blackness; the one the goddess kept us safe from, the one we believed our soul mate would continue to keep us safe from.We are lost. We have lost that love that fills us up.The end of a relationship can be experience like a death. The death of all that is good in our life, the death of our past and the death of our future, our hopes and our dreams. We find ourselves in the depths of despair and grief. This grief can take the form of many phases and stages from denial to anger, bargaining, guilt, rejection, loneliness, depression to (hopefully) acceptance and letting go.In our grief, we can become angry and enraged with the world and with each other. In our pain we want to lash out at our partner, punish them for hurting us so much; wreak havoc upon their lives;seek revenge, justice, retribution, anything to blunt the pain. And we don’t care who we hurt in the process for, after all, we have been wounded to our very core.Separation and deathThe difference between separation and death is that sometimes it seems like death plays a fairer game. With death there is public acknowledgement, outpouring of empathetic grief, sympathy, support and most importantly a ritual to contain our grief. With separation, the other person is still walking about, perhaps even with someone else and perhaps a lot happier.According to Lisa O’Hara in her book ‘When a Relationship Ends’ we Irish deal with death very well, but we are not that good at dealing with separation. There is still a lot of stigma attached to separation and separated people can feel quite ostracised from a society where they enjoyed the status of being ‘a couple’.Recently I have had to attend far too many funerals for my liking. All were reminders of the one certainty of life and the indiscriminate nature of that certainty. A stark realisation of the ultimate separation and loss. A final loss, a final separation – no mediation, no settlement, no divorce.One funeral in particular was a great celebration of this much loved person’s life. His wife and adult children honoured him through the sacred rituals of wake, funeral and burial. They celebrated his life through laughter, tears, stories and songs. The deep love, respect and gratitude they held in their hearts was clear and strong. They mourned the loss of this loving husband and father.EmpathyThis couple had been married for over 40 years and separated for the past 18. Even though their relationship had ceased to work for them, and through all of the pain that that entailed, they never lost sight of what they meant to each other. They never lost sight of their shared past, their shared family and their shared friendship. They never lost sight of each other as two human beings grappling with the trials and tribulations of this journey we call life. Their relationship went through many stages and challenges but they never lost faith in the relationship and worked through its many forms.Yes, relationships can and do end. The pain of separation and loss is very real for all involved. Divorce is becoming a fact of life in Ireland. But we seem to be in denial of this. Our court services are severely lacking in any sort of empathy or support for couples and families going through this traumatic time. As a society are we afraid to face up to the reality of its impact?As a nation we do ritual so well. Is it time to initiate a new one and embrace the reality of separation and divorce with the dignity and respect that all involved deserve?Rest in Peace, dear brother-in-law.Bernadette Ryan is a counsellor for Relationships Ireland. Relationships Ireland offers confidential counselling and currently has a special introductory offer for an initial consultation. They also offer a ‘Separation Support’ service for people who are going through separation. For more information or to book a consultation you can contact 1890 380 380, email info@relationshipsireland.com or visit www.relationshipsireland.com.last_img read more

Spondylarthrite ankylosante symptôme traitement définition causes questce que cest

first_imgSpondylarthrite ankylosante : symptôme, traitement, définition, causes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?La spondylarthrite ankylosante est une maladie rhumatismale touchant la colonne vertébrale. Elle peut survenir chez des sujets jeunes, en bonne santé, et particulièrement les hommes. C’est pourquoi elle nécessite un traitement précoce, ainsi qu’un accompagnement. Explications sur ce rhumatisme et ses complications.Définition : qu’est-ce que la spondylarthrite ankylosante ?La spondylarthrite ankylosante (SA), est une maladie rhumatismale qui touche principalement la colonne vertébrale et le bas du dos. La maladie peut cependant aussi toucher d’autres parties du corps, telles que les chevilles ou les genoux. Comme tous les rhumatismes, elle se caractérise par une perte de souplesse dans les articulations ainsi qu’une douleur.La SA est une maladie chronique et évolutive, elle conduit à un enraidissement (rigidité) progressif des articulations, d’où le terme ankylosante. A terme, la SA peut conduire au soudage des vertèbres, c’est pourquoi il est nécessaire de la traiter le plus tôt possible. Cependant, de nos jours les spondylarthrites ankylosantes graves se font de plus en plus rares, c’est pourquoi les médecins tendent à ne plus employer le terme “ankylosante”.Causes : à quoi est due la spondylarthrite ankylosante ?La SA commence chez des sujets jeunes, le plus souvent chez des sujets de 15 à 40 ans, en bonne santé généralement. Elle est environ 3 fois plus présente chez les hommes que chez les femmes. La cause exacte de la SA n’est pas connue, cependant les recherches ont permis d’identifier deux facteurs importants. Le premier est un facteur génétique. La SA surviendrait notamment chez les personnes possédant le gène HLA-B27, c’est pourquoi on la constate plus fréquemment dans certaines populations ou famille.Dans une seconde mesure, les facteurs extérieurs pourraient aussi jouer un rôle. Des chercheurs pensent que certains bactéries responsables d’infections digestives ou génitales pourraient favoriser le déclenchement de la maladie chez les personnes génétiquement prédisposées.Symptômes : comment reconnaître la SA ?La SA se manifeste généralement au début par des douleurs dans la colonne vertébrale, du bassin et des fesses. Des douleurs qui s’accentuent notamment après une période d’inactivité. Surviennent ensuite une raideur et une limitation de la flexibilité du dos. Sa durée varie et elle peut diminuer après une période de déverrouillage lorsque les articulations réchauffent.Éventuellement, la maladie peut aussi commencer par une douleur à une articulation de la jambe, ou par le gonflement d’un doigt ou d’un orteil. Plus rarement, la SA débute par des symptômes n’étant pas forcément en rapport avec les articulations, une inflammation de l’œil par exemple.La spondylarthrite est une maladie chronique, donc qui évolue par poussées. C’est pourquoi même en cas de rémission totale, les rechutes sont très fréquentes. Les symptômes peuvent alors évoluer en une diminution de la capacité de mouvement du dos et du thorax pouvant gêner la respiration. Les articulations sont ensuite atteintes. Les épaules, coudes, genoux et les chevilles gonflent et deviennent douloureux. Le sujet ressent une fatigue, perd l’appétit, du poids, et sa posture se rigidifie ou se voûte. Enfin, peut survenir une inflammation de l’œil, ainsi que de l’intestin.Traitement : comment soigner la spondylarthrite ankylosante ?Il n’existe malheureusement pas de traitement définitif à la spondylarthrite ankylosante, cependant de nombreux médicaments permettent d’en contrôler les symptômes en diminuant l’inflammation et les douleurs. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?La spondylarthrite évoluant par poussées, certaines personnes n’ont besoin que d’un traitement temporaire lors de pics des symptômes, tandis que d’autres dont la maladie est plus active, nécessiteront un traitement de fond, à long terme. Le traitement de base comprend des anti-inflammatoires, qui permettent de réduire la douleur et l’inflammation, ainsi qu’éventuellement des injections de corticoïdes en cas de douleur intense. Le traitement de fond, lui, comprend la sulfasalazine lorsque les articulations sont touchées, ainsi que des médicaments anti-TNF alpha, très utilisés pour le traitement des rhumatismes inflammatoires. Ils permettent de réduire rapidement la douleur, la raideur matinale ainsi que de diminuer l’inflammation.Ces traitements sont souvent complétés par de la rééducation qui va chercher à prévenir l’installation d’une raideur en faisant bouger correctement les articulations. Enfin, lorsque la SA est grave et que les articulations sont trop endommagées, il est possible d’envisager une opération chirurgicale. Le 2 décembre 2016 à 11:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

OFFICIAL Andre Silva sent on loan to Sevilla

first_imgAC Milan and Sevilla have agreed on a loan deal for Portuguese international Andre Silva.Andre Silva is heading out on loan to Sevilla, and the Spanish club will have the option to buy the player at the end of the loan deal. Sportskeeda reports.Andre Silva joined AC Milan last year for a reported fee of €38million.But his first season in Italy was poor. He scored just 2 goals in 24 Serie A appearances.He managed to earn a place in Portugal’s World Cup squad scoring eight goals in 14 Europa League matches.Sevilla via Twitter confirmed his arrival.? We’re delighted to confirm an agreement with @acmilan for the loan of @andrevsilva19! ?Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….➡️ https://t.co/griEBIoq3X#vamosmisevilla #silvamos pic.twitter.com/RS9zRcr0wK— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) August 11, 2018Bas Dost, Vincent Aboubakar, Nikola Kalinic and Michy Batshuayi were all strongly linked with the Andalusians, but they couldn’t manage to sign any of them.Sevilla will be delighted with the arrival of Silva, 22, who will compete with Wissam Ben Yedder and Luis Muriel for a starting spot.If Andre Silva impresses this season, Sevilla can buy the forward outright.last_img read more

Government Commits 70 Million to Help Trelawny Farmers Transport Sugar Cane

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, February 16, 2018 – Montego Bay – Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda, says the Government has committed another $70 million to assist farmers in Trelawny with the transportation of sugar cane to the Appleton Estate and Worthy Park factories this year.Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 63rd Hague Agricultural and Industrial Show in Trelawny on Wednesday (February 14), Mr. Samuda said the Government is cognisant of the challenges being faced by farmers since the shutdown of sugar production at the Clarks Town-based Long Pond Factory in the parish a few years ago.“I have been able to support you, so far, and I could never turn my back at this stage when things are so difficult.   And, that is why I said to the Permanent Secretary, only two days ago, that we cannot leave the farmers of Trelawny to suffer the consequences of not having the resources to transport the cane,” Mr. Samuda pointed out.“And so, we decided that we are going to provide the same amount that we provided last year, which was $70 million.  I had said $50 million, but I told him, add $20 million to it, so that we can be assured that all the farmers’ cane will be transported to the factory,” he added.The Minister recounted that the Government had kept the Long Pond Sugar Factory open in the first year of assuming office, but noted that he had indicated, at the time, that this could not be continued, as the “cost of keeping it open was too great for the Government to underwrite”.As a consequence, he said, the Ministry had moved to provide money to assist small farmers in particular, to transport the sugar cane from Long Pond to Appleton Estate in St. Elizabeth and Worthy Park in St. Catherine.Mr. Samuda said he remains highly optimistic that the sugar cane industry will continue to thrive in Trelawny, despite the various challenges, noting that there are forthcoming developments that will give rise to an even greater demand for the produce.  He said that Everglades, owners of Long Pond, continues to pursue its objective of trying to restructure the plant, so that it can produce energy to supply the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) Company.  This, he noted, will require increased cane production.“I have great hopes… . I have expectations for the expansion of cane in Trelawny, not the contraction.   And even if there is a shift in the kinds of crops, the employment must be maintained and expanded upon, and I will do everything within my power to see to that,” Mr. Samuda said.Release: JIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Solari Im very happy for Isco

first_imgReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari was pleased with Isco’s response after scoring a brace in his first start under the ArgentineAfter a seven-game absence, Isco was restored into starting line-up for Real’s Copa del Rey fourth-round clash with UD Melilla on Thursday.And the Spanish playmaker scored two second-half goals to help Real claim a convincing 6-1 win over Melilla with Marco Asensio (twice), Vinicius Junior and Javier Sanchez also getting on the scoresheet.The result enabled Real to progress to the next round with a 10-1 aggregate win.“I’m very happy for Isco, I was very sorry that he missed the one played in the first half, because it would have been a great goal,” said Solari, according to FourFourTwo.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I’m also very happy for Asensio, who scored two goals, and for Vinicius, who did another.“This game let us see many players who are well and committed.We have been solid and good in attack. Melilla are very good, the leader of Segunda B.“I’m happy for what the veterans did, the youngsters of the first-team squad and the homegrown players who debuted.“I was delighted with the debuts of [Alvaro] Fidalgo, Francisco Garcia and the goal from Javi Sanchez.”Real will next travel to bottom side SD Huesca in a La Liga game on Sunday.last_img read more