Chinese Academy in Climate Change Uproar

first_imgBEIJING—Every year, the National Science Library here, affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), coordinates the translation, rights, and publication of thousands of papers and books from other languages into Chinese. Usually this activity doesn’t cause a stir. Last week was the exception, when CAS released a Chinese-language edition of Climate Change Reconsidered, published by the Heartland Institute, which is a libertarian think tank in Chicago, Illinois, that disseminates research arguing that human activity is not driving climate change. Jim Lakely, Heartland’s director of communications, told the conservative online news site Breitbart News: “Translating and publishing nearly 1,300 pages of peer-reviewed scientific literature from English to Chinese is no small task, and indicative of how important CAS considers Climate Change Reconsidered to the global climate change debate.” (The Brietbart.com article featured a picture of a wincing Al Gore.) CAS sees things differently. Heartland’s characterization of the academy’s decision to translate Climate Change Reconsidered was “strongly misleading … implying that the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) supports their views.” A CAS official points out that the decision to translate Climate Change Reconsidered was made by the National Science Library. In his preface to the translated edition, Zhang Zhiqiang, the library’s deputy director, stated that the project was undertaken “to help Chinese researchers understand different points, opinions and positions in debates on climate change.” Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) Heartland’s spin has forced CAS to be more assertive. Before a release ceremony for the translation at the science library on 15 June, the CAS official says, the academy’s headquarters told Zhang to make explicit in his remarks at the ceremony that CAS does not endorse Climate Change Reconsidered’s findings. Heartland has since issued a statement acknowledging that the translation does not amount to an endorsement. *Clarification, 2:20 p.m., 18 June: The decision to translate Climate Change Reconsidered was made by the National Science Library, not by Zhang Zhiqiang, the library’s deputy director.last_img read more

Remembering Ferdinand Porsche with facts on the man who revolutionised the way we drove cars

first_imgFerdinand Porsche was born on September 3, in the year 1875. The automotive engineer is best known for creating the first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle, Lohner-Porsche.He designed the ‘people’s car’ Volkswagen Beetle, the Mercedes-Benz and Benz Tropfenwagen, which was the first racing car with a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout.Image courtesy:autowritetr.comLet us know some lesser-known facts about the world renowned automotive engineer:He founded the Porsche car company in 1931Ferdinand Porsche was born to German- speaking parents in Maffersdorf, AustriaAt the age of 18, Porsche landed a job at Bela Egger and Co, an electrical company in ViennaAfter only a few years at Bela Egger and Co, he was promoted from an employee to a management positionPorsche developed the Egger-Lohner electric vehicle C.2 Phaeton that was also known as the P1, which was the first electric carPorsche’s wheel-hub engine received wide acclaim at the World’s Fair of 1900In the year 1900, Porsche tested his engine in a race on the Semmering circuit, near Vienna.and wonIn 1902, he drove one of his own designs while serving as a reserve foot soldier in the k.u.k. and, subsequently, became a driver for Archduke Franz FerdinandThe Imperial Technical University bestowed fan honorary doctorate degree on Porsche for his accomplishments, in 1917In 1937, he was awarded the German National Prize for Art and ScienceDuring World War II, Hitler took help of Porsche and his son to produce a heavy tank for the Tiger ProgramHe designed the 1923 Benz Tropfenwagen, which was the first racing car with a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layoutadvertisementIn 1996, he was inducted in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.(Main image source:forums.pelicanparts.com)Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

FIFA World Cup a distraction, accepts Hamilton as F1 change race timing

first_imgFormula One pushed back the start time of Sunday’s French Grand Prix so as to avoid the clash with the match between England and Panama at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.Lewis Hamilton, though, accepted that he and his Mercedes engineers might still be distracted by the footballing action in Nizhny Novgorod.The four-times world champion said that he will try to keep an eye on England’s group game against Panama, which will kick off in Russia two hours ahead of the race at Le Castellet.”The game is on Sunday so it’s going to be a little bit harder to focus on the race,” the Briton, who is a point behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel after seven races, told reporters in the team hospitality.”The game will be on in here, I’m sure my engineers will be trying to keep an eye both things at the same time, as will I.”Also read – Canadian GP: Lewis Hamilton admits he struggled in qualifyingHamilton, the only British driver on the current F1 starting grid, was at school with England and Manchester United wing back Ashley Young although the two have not stayed in touch and Hamilton has always declared himself an Arsenal fan.”I remember seeing how he was an awesome player as a kid and to watch his success as he’s grown older, the ups and downs he’s had, and to see someone else come from Stevenage and doing well I think is really awesome,” he said.”Another inspiring character, again showing that you can come from nowhere…he came from nowhere just like me, almost the same street and now he’s representing the country which is great.”advertisementAlso read – Lewis Hamilton wants Mercedes to keep applying pressure on FerrariVettel’s Ferrari engineers are unlikely to have similar distractions in the coming weeks, with Italy failing to qualify for the World Cup finals, although the German — a keen soccer player — might struggle.In the World Cup, England edged out Tunisia 2-1 in their opening fixtures, courtesy a brace from captain Harry Kane. The team will look for a similar inspiration when they take on Tunisia on Sunday.On the other hand, Germany suffered a shock 1-0 defeat against Mexico in the first match of the defending campaign. They will next face Sweden next, who won their opener against Korea Republic 1-0.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Hazard & Ramsey lead PL Team of the Week

first_imgPremier League Premier League Team of the Week: Hazard and Ramsey star Goal Last updated 2 years ago 04:42 10/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Eden Hazard Chelsea Bournemouth Premier League Getty Premier League Chelsea AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea Arsenal v Swansea City Liverpool v Huddersfield Town Crystal Palace v West Ham United West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City Watford v Stoke City Swansea City AFC Bournemouth Arsenal Liverpool Huddersfield Town West Ham United Crystal Palace West Bromwich Albion Manchester City Stoke City Watford Both Arsenal and Chelsea recorded much-needed victories, while the likes of Fernandinho and David Silva kept up Man City’s imperious start JOE HART | WEST HAMJoe Hart West Ham Crystal PalaceAfter such a tough start to life back in the Premier League Hart looks like he is finally finding his feet – or should we say, his gloves. The shot-stopper made seven saves against Crystal Palace in West Ham’s 2-2 draw; two more than any other keeper in matchday 10. JOE GOMEZ | LIVERPOOLJoe Gomez, Liverpool 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 A clean sheet was a welcome treat for Jurgen Klopp’s charges after no end of trouble at the back in recent weeks, with their right-back one of the stars of the show. As well as keeping out Huddersfield, Gomez had 125 touches, made 102 passes and made two interceptions.DAVID LUIZ | CHELSEADavid Luiz Bournemouth ChelseaA starring performance from the Brazil international in a key game for the Blues. David Luiz helped Chelsea to a win and a clean sheet against Bournemouth; no Chelsea player had more clearances (3) or interceptions (3)..RYAN SHAWCROSS | STOKE CITYRyan Shawcross HDRyan Shawcross played in the middle of a back three for Stoke in their 1-0 win against Watford, making five blocks; two more than any other player in matchday 10..SEAD KOLASINAC | ARSENALKolasinacA force to be reckoned with at both ends of the pitch. Kolasinac has had a hand in more goals in all comps for Arsenal this season than any other player (3 goals, 3 assists) – grabbing a goal and assist against Swansea. AARON RAMSEY | ARSENALAaron Ramsey ArsenalAlongside Kolasinac, one of the stars of the show for the Gunners this weekend. Ramsey controlled the midfield in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Swansea; scoring the winner in the 58th minute, along with the most tackles for the Gunners (3). FERNANDINHO | MANCHESTER CITYFernandinho Kevin De Bruyne West Brom Manchester CityHis goal may have been a little fortuitous, but it was nothing less than he deserved. Fernandinho set up the opener in Man City’s 3-2 victory against West Brom, scoring himself just five minutes after providing that assist. DAVID SILVA | MANCHESTER CITYDavid Silva Manchester City WBAAnother imperious showing from City’s Spain star. David Silva put in an all-round performance against the Baggies; no Man City player made more tackles (3), created more chances (2) or had more shots on target (2). Man City -1 v Arsenal 21/20DEMARAI GRAY | LEICESTER CITYHD Demarai Gray Leicester CityDemarai Gray was instrumental in both Leicester’s goals in their 2-0 win over Everton, starting the attack for the first and scoring the second himself.ANDRE AYEW | WEST HAMDede AyewAfter scoring two goals midweek against Tottenham, Andre Ayew found the net in the Premier League against Crystal Palace. Only Andros Townsend (5) was fouled more times than the Ghanaian (4).EDEN HAZARD | CHELSEAEden Hazard ChelseaAlong with scoring the only goal of the game, Eden Hazard created seven chances for his teammates; two more than any other player in matchday 10. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

What Is a Float Tank? A Beginner’s Guide to Flotation Therapy

first_imgI can see why stepping naked into a five-foot-high windowless box filled knee-high with water might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Personally, the more offbeat an alternative health therapy is, the more eager I am to try it. I’ve meditated in the depths of a Himalayan salt cave. I’ve had brass bowls rubbed against the soles of my feet as a stream of sesame oil was poured into my third eye. I’ve lain supine on a table while a shaman danced around me sporadically beating a wooden drum.Peter Charlesworth/Getty ImagesBut even I hesitated when the attendant at the float tank spa gestured for me to enter the dark, windowless chamber. What got me over the threshold was remembering the claims I’d heard of what flotation therapy can do.Benefits of Flotation TherapyFlotation therapy was pioneered in the 1950s by neuroscientist and psychoanalyst John C. Lilly, who noted the effects of sensory deprivation on people suffering from anxiety disorders, addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In the decades since, studies have confirmed the beneficial brain activity that happens in a float tank results in hormone regulation, stress relief, pain relief, and improved sleep quality. Some of these benefits last for a few hours after a session, while others last for months.Further ReadingWhat’s a Salt Cave and Why Are They So Damned Relaxing?The Physical and Mental Benefits of Cold ShowersWhy Every Man Should Get a Pedicure (Really, It’s For Your Health) How does all this happen through floating on your back in a windowless tank of water? Some of the benefits come from sensory deprivation. It’s a concept that might sound a little scary, but it’s actually proven to minimize stress. As addicted as we are in this modern era to stimulus, spending an hour without feeling, hearing, or seeing anything turns out to be an amazing reset for the body and brain.Other benefits have to do with the water itself. The water in most flotation tanks is saturated with Epsom salt, also known as magnesium sulfate. Magnesium is a bit of a wonder chemical, especially because most of us don’t get enough of it. Absorbing magnesium through the skin inhibits the release of cortisol (the stress hormone) and coaxes the muscles to relax, which in turn allows for detoxification, healing, and pain relief. Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men Why Mental Health Matters (and Why It’s Time to Change Our Perspective) Eventually, my body returned to stillness and a tingly euphoria washed over me. As it began to fade, my brain slipped into theta state. This, for me, is the cool part. Theta brainwaves are the longest frequency waves and happen only during sleep or, if you’re lucky, in moments of profound meditation. While in theta state, the senses are able to focus on signals originating from within. It often brings active, highly lucid dreams, long-lost memories, creative visions, and intuitive epiphanies.It’s hard to describe what this state feels like — it’s like a place between sleep and wakefulness, where you can sort of feel things setting themselves right within your body and mind. Waking up out of it feels like being reborn.It’s no mystery why people come back for more. The attendant at the location I visited told me that he sees the same people in and out. Business people come in during their lunch breaks or after work. Athletes drop in on their recovery days. Artists visit during creative dry spells. People suffering from chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and other debilitating health conditions will come in multiple times per week.They all leave much like I did that afternoon: hair wet, back straight, shoulders open, with a walk that others might describe as — wait for it — floating. Why an Emotional Support Animal Is So Beneficial (and How to Qualify) center_img A Guide to Bodywork: Massage, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, and More Posted by Float On on Monday, December 31, 2018Finally, the floating position also offers the benefit of promoting blood flow to the brain, organ,  and limbs, as well as the release of lactic acid from the muscles. Both these effects minimize pain, promote recovery, and improve focus along with flexibility.What It’s Like Inside a Float TankA flotation tank is about 8 feet long and only 5 feet tall, which means you can’t stand up in it. (However, I have been in a tank that was essentially a walled-off, plastic-lined room within a bigger room, but just as dark.)The thick silence has a curiously comforting effect. There’s nowhere to be but where you are.Once inside, you lie back, lift up your feet, and let your belly rise. Achieving a back float is sort of a surprise in this small amount of water. You might find yourself trying to keep yourself above the waterline, but it’s not necessary — the body’s natural buoyancy and the density of the Epsom salt in the water ensure that you’ll float without effort.The water is motionless and the walls are thick, so you hear nothing except perhaps the beat of your heart reverberating in your ears. (If water in your ears bothers you, spas usually supply ear plugs.) The thick silence has a curiously comforting effect. You aren’t cold or hot; you aren’t seeing or hearing or smelling anything. There’s nowhere to be but where you are.In the absence of stimulus and sensation, you might find your body doing curious things. I found myself twisting and turning gently, the movement originating in my shoulders and lower spine. I would a position for a while, then release. It was as though I were being adjusted by an invisible and exceedingly gentle chiropractor. With each hold and release, I felt myself relax more deeply. Some deeply personal revelations accompanied these motions, as well, arising equally gently.Theta brainwaves are the longest frequency waves (around 4-8 Hertz) and usually occur during REM sleep or moments of meditation and daydreaming. Editors’ Recommendations How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Fasterlast_img read more

Ardmore Sells Two Outliers

first_imgzoom Irish owner and operator of mid-size product and chemical tankers Ardmore Shipping Corporation agreed to sell two of its 17,600 DWT IMO2 chemical tankers for a price tag of USD 38.5 million.The two vessels, namely Ardmore Calypso and Ardmore Capella, were built in 2010 at Samho Shipbuilding Co. Ltd, South Korea.“We are pleased to announce the sale of the Calypso and Capella at an attractive price, reflecting a positive outlook for the chemical sector. While these ships have traded well for us over the past five years and are excellent units on a technical basis, their small size at 17,600 Dwt makes them outliers in our fleet, no longer consistent with our strategy of focusing on vessels at or above 25,000 Dwt,” Anthony Gurnee, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, commented.“We expect to have the opportunity to redeploy the capital accretively to larger vessels when this sale is completed in early 2016,” he added.Ardmore expects to book a net gain of approximately USD 1.6 million including gains on vessel sales and deferred depreciation, and after prepayment of capital lease obligations and other sale-related costs when the vessels deliver to the buyers in April/May 2016.last_img read more

Right whale deaths Ottawa orders ships to slow down in the Gulf

first_imgPOINTE-DU-CHENE, N.B. – The federal government is ordering large vessels to slow down in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, as it tries to protect right whales who frequent the waters.Ten of the endangered mammals have died in the gulf since early June — at least some after colliding with ships.Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc and Transport Minister Marc Garneau went to Pointe-du-Chene, N.B., Friday to announce immediate temporary measures aimed at preventing further whale deaths.Garneau said vessels of 20 metres or more will be required to slow to 10 knots — or about 19 kilometres per hour — while travelling in the western Gulf of St. Lawrence, from the Quebec north shore to just north of Prince Edward Island. The limits of that zone are subject to change, he said.“These are reasonable measures to accomplish something very important,” Garneau said. “I think that Canadians and the shipping industry and the fishing industry recognize that this is something most unusual and we need to take measures.”The measure will be enforced by Transport Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard. Ships that don’t comply with the speed limit will be subject to a financial penalty of up to $25,000.Smaller ships are being asked to voluntarily abide by the speed limit, which will remain in place until the whales have migrated from the areas of the gulf that pose the most concern.The measure was designed in consultation with the fishing and shipping industries, who Garneau said have for the most part embraced the conservation effort.“We do realize that there is some impact, but I think the marine industry also recognizes that we are trying to achieve something extremely important,” he said.Garneau said cruising speeds typically hover around 15 knots, on average, but faster vessels can reach up to 25 knots.The speed limit is meant to reduce the frequency and fatality of ship strikes, he said.Federal officials did their “homework” before deciding on the measure, the minister said, including working with their U.S. counterparts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which implemented similar speed restrictions in right whale habitats in 2010.LeBlanc said the federal government has spent around $360,000 on performing necropsies, akin to animal autopsies, on six whale carcasses. He said the full results of these examinations are expected to be released next month.Early findings suggest some of the whales died of either entanglements with fishing gear, or from blunt trauma caused by ship collisions.It’s believed 80 to 100 right whales are currently in the gulf, LeBlanc said, and scientists expect the mammals to migrate south some time this fall.The Fisheries Department has already taken steps to prevent further deaths, including shortening the snow crab season and asking fishermen in the gulf to report any whale sightings.LeBlanc said the existing measures will be continuously reviewed based on aerial surveillance of the whales’ migration patterns. He said further steps may include temporary fishery closures, changes to fishing gear, and shipping lane adjustments.The speed restrictions could lead to up to seven-hour delays for some voyages, according to the Ottawa-based Chamber of Marine Commerce, but president Bruce Burrows said industry stakeholders are committed to protecting marine life.“These recent whale deaths are deeply troubling for our members too,” Burrows said in a statement. “It’s critical that industry and government continue to work closely together to develop solutions based on strong science that both protect marine wildlife and minimize economic impacts.”The chamber, which represents around 130 marine industry stakeholders, said ship owners are assessing how the measure will affect deliveries and passenger trips along Quebec’s north shore.Burrows said ship owners have hewed to voluntary protection measures when possible and urged the federal government to “accelerate” its analysis of the right whale deaths.A spokesperson for Oceanex, a Newfoundland-based shipping company, declined to comment on the matter Friday. But Oceanex’s Sid Hynes told CBC last week that speed reductions could have “huge” financial consequences for his fleet — and that cost would be passed on to consumers.Moira Brown, a right whale expert with the Canadian Whale Institute, said compliance will be key to preventing further losses, but industry has proved to be a willing partner in the past.“There’s a very positive reaction on the part of some (ship owners), and I’ve heard some things about feeling it was going to cost more money,” Brown said in an interview. “It’s going to take a little time to get used to this idea and adjust their voyage planning in order to compensate for it.”In a statement, the World Wildlife Fund Canada called the speed restriction a “good start,” but said permanent steps to protect the whales’ habitat are required.It’s estimated there are only about 500 North Atlantic right whales alive.—By Adina Bresge in HalifaxNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misstated the position of the World Wildife Fund Canada.last_img read more

Esther celebrity wonder pig diagnosed with cancer after CT scan

first_imgGUELPH, Ont. – A celebrity pig whose owners raised more than half a million dollars to bring an oversized CT scanner to Canada has been diagnosed with cancer.A post on the Facebook page for Esther the Wonder Pig says the nearly 300-kilogram porker was tested last week.Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter raised the money to buy Canada’s first large animal CT scanner for the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph.According to the Halton Hills Independent and Free Press, veterinarians discovered four tumours in the pig’s mammary glands when it was tested, one of which was cancerous.Jenkins says the cancer appears to be in its early stages and has not spread.In a Facebook post written about Esther, the owners say everything happens for a reason.“Thankfully, we found it early, and we’re going to fix it,” the post reads.last_img read more

China Sri Lanka vow to enhance legislative cooperation

Speaking highly of the sound relations between the two legislative bodies, Zhang said he hopes the two sides can expand exchanges and cooperation. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena visited China in March 2015 and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe visited China in April this year. China’s top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng also met with Jayasuriya on Friday. He said the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference hopes to expand exchanges with Sri Lanka at various levels and share governance experience.He called for the two countries to step up cooperation within the Belt and Road Initiative and promote bilateral ties to a new stage.Jayasuriya said Sri Lanka treasures its traditional friendship with China and is ready to enhance cooperation with China in various areas. (Colombo Gazette) He also encouraged the two countries to exchange governance experience and cooperate at various levels.Jayasuriya, who is leading a delegation to China from Oct. 10 to 15 at the invitation of Zhang, said it is the common aspiration of all parties in Sri Lanka to develop mutually beneficial cooperation with China.He said the members of the delegation, consisting of several important leaders of major Sri Lankan political parties, are eager to understand and learn from China through the visit. Chinese top legislator Zhang Dejiang held talks with the Speaker of the Sri Lankan parliament Karu Jayasuriya, calling for enhanced parliamentary cooperation between the two countries, the Xinhua news agency reported.Zhang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), hailed the profound friendship between China and Sri Lanka, saying the Sri Lankan leaders’ visits to China showed that the new government is committed to developing bilateral ties. The Sri Lankan parliament is ready to further cooperation with China’s NPC, he added. He called on both sides to implement the consensus reached by the two countries’ presidents, strengthen political mutual trust and support each other on issues regarding core interests and major concerns.Both sides need to provide stable legal and policy environment to support economic cooperation and personnel exchanges and help speed up negotiation of the China-Sri Lanka free-trade agreement, Zhang said. read more

Body found off Crystal Beach

(Updated) A body has been recovered from Lake Erie off Crystal Beach, hours after a search resumed for a missing swimmer.A man in his 20s had not been seen since yesterday afternoon, when the raft he and his friends were floating on overturned. Just after 11 o’clock this morning, the body of a 21 year old man from Caledon was found.Constable Phil Gavin of Niagara Regional Police told CHCH News the man was not wearing a lifejacket when he went out. “The waves were two to four feet and he went under the surface of the water and never resurfaced at that point.”There is no word yet whether alcohol was involved.The man’s family was there as his body was brought ashore. CHCH’s Kate Carnegie will have more on this story tonight on the Evening News at 6. read more

Chemical weapons treaty key to global efforts against terrorism UN agency says

In a statement issued last Friday, OPCW’s Executive Council unequivocally condemned the 11 September terrorist attacks in the United States and expressed its condolences to the victims, their families, as well as to the US Government. The 41-nation Council said it was convinced that the comprehensive implementation of the Convention would contribute to the reduction of the threat of chemical terrorism, thus assisting global efforts to combat all forms of terrorism. It appealed to all States to implement the treaty so that, in the words of OPCW’s Director-General Jose M. Bustani, “no safe haven could harbour terrorists contemplating the use of chemical weapons.” The Council also urged States to comply with their obligations under the treaty, including the destruction of chemical weapons, and the prevention of the diversion and illegal use of chemicals and chemical technologies. “The Council urges the States Parties to develop further means and measures to provide legislative support and assistance to States Parties in the enacting of enforceable, national legal provisions for the effective implementation of the Convention, which prohibits any natural or legal persons anywhere on their territory from undertaking any activity prohibited under the Convention,” the statement said. read more

Columbia man sentenced for child rape and assault

COLUMBIA, Ky. (WTVQ) – An Adair County man will be spending more than 23 years behind bars after pleading guilty to the rape and sexual assault of a child.Kentucky State Police say 36-year-old Joshua Gayde, of Columbia, entered a guilty plea to nine charges involving sex crimes against a child under the age of 12. They say the crimes occurred in June 2019. – Advertisement – Gayde was sentenced to 23 1/2 years after entering the guilty plea. Gayde will be required to register as a lifetime sex offender on the Kentucky State Sex Offender Registry after his release. read more

Croatia and France beat biggest rivals – First victory for Israel

← Previous Story Women’s EHF CL: Krim and Gyori close to the FINAL – “22:24 Saturday”! Next Story → EURO 2014 Quals: Spain qualify for EC 2014 in Denmark after superb win over Macedonia 15000 handball fansarena zagrebCroatian handball teamFrench handball teamIsraeli handball team Men’s EHF EURO 2014 qualification Round 4 began with all three victories of home teams. Croatia beat Hungary 30:26 in fantastic atmosphere in front of almost 15.000 fans in “Arena Zagreb”, where Slavko Goluza played after four years (WCH 2009 Final against France). France hadn’t problem with Norway 32:28, while Israel helped a lot to Czech Republic and Germany with a triumph against Montenegro 28:25, which is their first win on the road to Denmark. read more

PGE Vive Kielce routine win over Celje PL

7.Aalborg11218292:3155 8.Celje12219344:3775 5.Vive Kielce12435355:35111 3.Flensburg-H.12633348:33615 6.Meshkov Brest12327317:3458 1.Paris SG121101367:32022 ← Previous Story PSG Handball to quarter-finals after Coralles’ torture over Flensburg Next Story → Star studded CSM bring on three new stars PGE Vive Kielce made revenge on RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko 37:31 (21:17) for defeat in the first part of EHF Champions League season. The Polish champions stayed in the race for the place number 4 with THW Kiel two matches before the end of Preliminary Round.PGE Vive Kielce : RK Celje Pivovarna Laško   37:31 (21:17)PGE Vive Kielce: Szmal 2, Ivić 12 saves; Jurecki, Dujshebaev 2, Kus, Aguinagalde 4, Bielecki 4/2, Jachlewski 3, Štrlek 6, Janc 3, Lijewski 5, Jurkiewicz 2, Zorman 1, Mamić 4, Bombač 1, Djukić 2, RK Celje Pivovarna Laško: Lesjak 4 saves, Panjtar 4 saves; Vujović 4, Jurečič 2, Malus 3, Suholežnik, Marguč 3, Kodrin 2, Makuc, Anić 6, Dujshebaev 2, Mačkovšek 4, Mlakar 5, Ocvirk; STANDINGS: 4.Kiel11614281:28213 2.Telekom Veszprem12714347:32515 read more

Column Can new peace negotiations end Syrias threeyear nightmare

first_imgTHE PEOPLE OF Syria will this week hold their collective breath in the hope that negotiations held on European soil can help bring to an end their three-year nightmare.The Geneva II Peace Conference begins tomorrow, Wednesday (22 January), with diplomats from four continents coming together in an attempt to bring Syria’s civil war to a close. The global make-up of the conference reflects the reality of this conflict – although it is called a civil war, regional and global powers continue to pull the strings. In reality, this is a proxy war.After months of speculation, it now seems certain the conference will at least take place. Whether those in attendance will be the right people to achieve an end to the bloodshed is the big question.Geneva IGeneva I, the initial peace conference mediated by Kofi Annan, took place in June 2012. At that point, more than 10,000 people had been killed, 92,000 people had fled to other countries and 4.5 million were displaced.Opening Geneva I, Kofi Annan warned that time was running out for the Syrian people. Since then, 120,000 lives have been lost and over two million people have poured over the borders of neighbouring countries. Humanitarian aid agencies continue to face insurmountable difficulties and extreme danger to help the hungry and the injured.The war in Syria has created the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. Aid agencies and host communities in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey are struggling to meet the needs of refugees, while inside Syria, millions of people live with the reality of violence and hunger.This process must not be allowed to fail. For the first time, representatives of Bashar Al Assad will meet with the western-backed opposition. This presents an historic opportunity to end a war that threatens to engulf the wider Middle East in conflict.Stop double-speakMuch has changed in terms of the dynamic of the war since Geneva I. The credibility of the main opposition coalition on the ground in Syria has been weakened. Other powerful Islamist forces have rejected the talks before they even start. Meanwhile there remains an unhelpful focus on whether Al Assad should remain in place as part of a transitional arrangement. This is an area on which the talks could hinge. A real focus would be on how to end the bloodshed and create a vision for the future of Syria.There are few striding with confidence up the path to Geneva II, but at least with attendance there is hope, and that is a powerful thing.The only lasting solution to this crisis is a political one, yet there are those who still continue to provide military, logistical and diplomatic support to one or more parties to the fighting. The reality is that some countries are signing up to peace talks with one hand, while continuing to fund the war with the other. Stopping this double-speak is a precondition to peace.The good of the wider region and the worldThese negotiations must be underpinned by a deep sense of realism, courage and leadership. The humanity of the Syrian people must be the central focus, not counter-terrorism, not geo-politics, not religious or political ideology. The good of the wider region and of the world, will be served by this focus. We know only too well the atrocities that have taken place in this world when we forget our shared humanity.The diplomats who attend the conference have an onerous responsibility. The parties to this brutal conflict can only be held accountable if the international community accepts the collective failure to protect the innocent. The road to peace and healing for Syria will be long, even after the fighting ends.Let us hope that events this week in Switzerland will move all parties just one step closer toward peace and healing.Maurice McQuillan is Head of Humanitarian Programmes at Trócaire.Read: War crimes report accuses Syria of torture and 11,000 executionsRead: UN cancels Iran invite to Syria talks, Iran says they weren’t going to go anywaylast_img read more

Dead Rising 3 is an Xbox One launch game because Xbox 360

first_imgThere are a number of Xbox One launch day games that have captured our attention. One of those is the latest entry in the Dead Rising series–Dead Rising 3.The third Rising game is interesting not only because nobody minds a new entry in the series, but because it has been in development for such a long time. It turns out that’s because Dead Rising 3 wasn’t actually meant to be a next-gen game.The game is being developed at Capcom Vancouver, with all work being carried out on a PC development environment. But what the team discovered was their scope for the game didn’t fit with the ageing Xbox 360 hardware. It simply couldn’t handle the size and detail Capcom wanted in the game.With a choice between scaling things back or moving to a next-gen platform, Capcom Vancouver chose the latter and shifted its focus to Xbox One. What that means is we will get to enjoy much larger environments, a lot more zombies running around, and the removal of loading zones. For Microsoft it also means they are getting a solid launch title that has had a lot of extra time spent on it because of this platform shift. It also means another title supporting Kinect and SmartGlass.If you’re wondering just how big Dead Rising 3 is set to be compared to previous games, Capcom claims Dead Rising and Dead Rising 2 environments would fit into Dead Rising 3 many times over. We look forward to finding out just how big it is come November when the console and game launches.last_img read more

Omirou disappointed at UN progress

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Australia remains a valued friend of Cyprus. Greek Australians must not confuse Australia’s policy on Cyprus with the indiscreet, provocative actions of former minister for Foreign Affairs Alexander Downer. Speaking at a public gathering in Melbourne the leader of the delegation, speaker of the House of Representatives the Republic of Cyprus, Yiannakis Omirou, said “Cyprus owes a great deal of gratitude to Australia for its continuous participation in the peacekeeping force and its undiminished support for a just, viable solution of the Cyprus issue in accordance with the resolutions of the United Nations”. Mr Omirou added that “Greeks and Greek-Cypriots must not confuse Australian policy on Cyprus with the provocative thoughts and deeds of Alexander Downer, the UN Secretary’s special advisor on Cyprus, because of his Australian origin”. Recently the House of Representatives passed a motion of no confidence in Mr Downer, following his statement “the Greek-Cypriots, instead of the Republic of Cyprus, a full member of the European Union, will hold the six month rotating presidency of the European Council”. Responding to questions from the floor Mr Omirou remarked that “following his many indiscretions Mr Downer is no longer regarded a credible representative of the secretary of the United Nations. Unfortunately Mr Downer has digressed from the charter of the United Nations hence our calls to the Secretary General to take the necessary steps for the re-establishment of the credibility of his representative in Cyprus,” he said. Mr Omirou and his colleagues expressed the view, that the Cyprus issue has stagnated because of Turkey’s persistent stifling of the dialogue. “Turkey impedes the constructive dialogue by refusing persistently to discuss the key aspects of the Cyprus problem,” he said. “So, we are not at all optimistic about a speedy outcome of the direct negations between the President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eorglou, unless Turkey shifts ground and agrees to discuss all aspects of the Cyprus issue”. Mr Omirou said that the recent discovery of hydrocarbon reserves in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone is “a gift of God” that guarantees tremendous economic and political benefits to the island state and its people. As for the Cypriot economy he said that the current debt crisis in Europe has serious adverse effects on the economy. However, the government has taken drastic measures to prevent the economy from slipping into recession. From Melbourne the delegation travelled to the national capital for discussions with the Presidents of the Senate John Hogg and the Speaker of the House of Representatives Peter Slipper. Earlier, the delegation met with the members of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade and the Committee chairman, MP Michael Danby. Speaking after the meetings, Mr Omirou said the Australian side showed great interest in recent developments in the Cyprus issue, Turkey’s threats against the Republic of Cyprus and the last meeting on Cyprus, at Greentree, NY. The President of the Cyprus House noted that both Presiding Officers, as well as the House Foreign Affairs Committee were also interested in the recent discovery of hydrocarbon reserves, in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone and in its potential contribution to a Cyprus solution. On Turkey’s EU accession prospects, Omirou said he explained to the Australian side that the Republic of Cyprus does not object, but insists on Ankara meeting concrete requirements, set by the EU. Mr Omirou extended an invitation to both Presiding Officers to visit Cyprus, which was accepted. In the evening, Hogg and Slipper hosted an official dinner, in honour of the Cypriot delegation.last_img read more

US gasoline prices fall to 354 a gallon survey says

first_imgThe average price for regular gasoline at U.S. pumps fell 11.04 cents a gallon in the past two weeks to $3.5363 a gallon, according to Lundberg Survey.The survey covers the period ended April 19 and is based on information obtained at about 2,500 filling stations by the Camarillo, Calif.-based company. The average price has fallen 25.87 cents from its peak on Feb. 22, and 37.64 cents from the price on April 20, 2012, she said.The trend of lower gasoline prices may reverse soon because of rising worldwide demand and the cost of meeting U.S. renewable-fuel standards.last_img read more

National chain forces native Hawaiian to drop Aloha Poke from Anchorage restaurant

first_imgTasha Kahele is a native Hawaiian and owner of Lei’s Poke Stop in Anchorage. (Emily Russell/Alaska Public Media)An Anchorage restaurant owner has found herself in the middle of a national debate involving trademark infringement and cultural appropriation.Listen nowTasha Kahele is a native Hawaiian. In April, she opened Aloha Poke Stop. Then in May, she got a letter from a Chicago-based chain demanding she change her restaurant’s name.“I may be a little bias, but think we make some of the best poke in Anchorage here,” Kahele said, sitting at a table in her restaurant.In Hawaiian, the word poke means to dice, cube or cut. At Kahele’s shop, you can order cubed, raw fish with wasabi ginger, have it Hawaiian style with limu– the Hawaiian word for seaweed, even California style with avocado, crab, and cucumbers.Poke is a staple of the native Hawaiian culture.In Hawaiian, the word poke means to dice, cube, or cut. (Emily Russell/Alaska Public Media)“We have poke at our luaus, we have poke at our get-togethers,” Kahele explained.Another staple of that culture is the word Aloha.“When you walk into a business that has ‘Aloha,’ and you have a Native Hawaiian family working in [the business], you can expect that kind of spirit, that kind of food, that kind of experience when you walk in the door,” Kahele said.But just weeks after opening, Kahele got a letter. It was from a lawyer representing the Chicago-based Aloha Poke Company, which is owned and operated by non-Hawaiians.“Your use of ‘Aloha,’ and ‘Aloha Poke’ must cease immediately,” the letter read.Kahele was devastated, but knew she couldn’t afford the legal fees to fight it.“This is not our first business, so I understand the copyright [law], which is why we are so torn,” Kahele said. “We knew that we’d have to comply, but this is kind of different. [Aloha] was a word that they should never have been able to trademark or copyright, especially those two words [Aloha and Poke] together.”A letter similar to Kahele’s was made public after it was sent to another native Hawaiian business owner. It spread online, creating a massive, angry uproar.The Aloha Poke Company has since apologized on its Facebook page. To those who care about Hawaiian culture, it said, “we want to say to them directly how deeply sorry we are that this issue has been so triggering.”“It’s hard to accept an apology that doesn’t sound so genuine,” Kahele responded. “It leaves out a lot.”On top of that, the company is still insisting it owns ‘Aloha’ and ‘Aloha Poke’ when used in connection with restaurants, catering and take-out service.Tasha Kahele had to replace signs, menus, and advertisements after being forced to re-brand her poke shop. (Emily Russell/Alaska Public Media)Kahele said it’s not right for a company to try to take ownership of her people’s native language.“I know some people are like, ‘[Aloha] is just a generic word, everyone says it,’” Kahele said. “But not to our people, it’s not. Aloha encompasses everything,” Kahele explained. “We live aloha, we give it, we share it. It’s not to be restricted and I think that’s why it’s so triggering to people and it’s so offensive and it’s so hurtful. It’s hurtful– for our family it’s hurtful.”For native Hawaiian’s like Kahele, though, this appropriation of her culture is not new.“Hawaii has been commercialized and colonized and our culture has been appropriated in so many ways,” Kahele said.Like, Kahele said, associating any Hawaiian style food with pineapple. Customers will come into her shop and ask about her traditional style of poke.“They’re like, ‘Oh, the Hawaiian style poke– does that have pineapples in it? And I’m like, ‘No, it has a very traditional nut base–kukui nut base– that makes it Hawaiian.”Kahele’s restaurant shows off her traditional food and native culture. It’s also a family business, which is why Kahele chose to rename her shop Lei’s Poke Stop, after her daughter.“If at another time we have to fight anyone for the name ‘Lei,’” Kahele said, “good luck.”last_img read more