UN agency calls for action to promote sustainable diets and food biodiversity

“Regardless of the many successes of agriculture in the last three decades, it is clear that food systems and diets are not sustainable,” says the Principal Officer of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Nutrition and Consumer Protection Division, Barbara Burlingame, in the preface to the book, Sustainable Diets and Biodiversity. “While over 900 million people in the world suffer from hunger, even more – about 1.5 billion – are overweight or obese, and an estimated two billion suffer from micronutrient malnutrition including vitamin A, iron, or iodine deficiency,” she added, highlighting the link between poor diets and non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.The book notes that high-input industrial agriculture and long-distance transport have made refined carbohydrates and fats affordable and available across the globe, leading to an overall simplification of diets and reliance on a limited number of energy-rich foods. However, these foods lack nutrient quality and have heavy carbon and water footprints.According to FAO, only three crops – corn, wheat and rice – currently provide 60 per cent of the dietary energy from plants at a global level. In addition, as the income for people in developing countries increases, they are more likely to abandon traditional plant-based foods in favour of diets rich in meat, dairy, fats and sugar.This shift in diet and the overreliance on certain crops has had a significant role in shrinking plant and animal genetic diversity, the book argues, noting that out of 47,677 species assessed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, 17,291 are currently threatened with extinction.The Director-General of Bioversity International, Emile Frison, stated that there is an urgent need for societies to move beyond major staple crops, and look at underutilized plant and animal species that could be rich in nutrients and help achieve a sustainable diet.In Kenya, for example, Bioversity International, which specializes in research for development, has helped to reinstate a number of leafy green vegetables – until recently considered to be poor people’s food – into local diets and markets. The demand for traditional plants, including African nightshade, cowpea and pumpkin leaves, spider plant and vine spinach, has increased both within households and in the market benefiting smallholder farmers. “Our food systems need to undergo radical transformations towards a more efficient use of resources and more efficiency and equity in the consumption of food and towards sustainable diets,” Ms. Burlingame said. “Sustainable diets can address the consumption of foods with lower water and carbon footprints, promote the use of food biodiversity, including traditional and local foods, with their many nutritionally rich species and varieties.” read more

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BREE report points to continued influence of Australian coal

first_imgA report just released by Australia’s Bureau of Resources and Energy (BREE) underscores the coal sector’s ongoing value to the Australian economy as the country’s second most valuable export industry. BREE’s quarterly September 2013 forecasts that the value of Australia’s metallurgical coal exports will grow by an average annual rate of 3.2% to reach A$35 billion in 2017-18. The value of thermal coal exports is predicted to rise by an annual rate of 6.3% to exceed A$24 billion.BREE states: “These results will be achieved off the back of continued growing demand from emerging economies, including China. New projects in New South Wales and Queensland’s Galilee Basin are forecast to support annual increases in thermal coal exports of 8% a year to a total of 271 Mt in 2018.”  The BREE report points to the increased energy demand of emerging economies concluding that the “low cost and reliability of coal-fired electricity generation capacity will continue to make it appealing.”BREE forecasts continued demand growth from South Korea, India and China where it predicts more rapid growth in the use of gas, nuclear and renewables in the energy mix are expected to lower coal’s share of China’s energy mix rather than a decrease in coal consumption. For metallurgical coal, China’s imports are forecast to rise to 107 Mt by 2018, an average annual growth rate of 7%. Demand from Brazil and India is also expected to record strong annual growth of 6% and 3.7% respectively. Australia’s exports of metallurgical coal are forecast to reach 196 Mt in 2018 with an annual growth rate of 4.5%. BREE concludes that even stronger results are possible if producers in Australia can reduce their operating costs and lower their positions on the global cost curve.The BREE analysis verifies coal’s continued contribution to the national economy and the significant potential for new investment and growth. BREE’s analysis also underscores the need to tackle the structural competitiveness problem which will determine if Australia secures maximum returns from future minerals resource development. Abolishing the carbon tax – which adds more than A$1.2 billion in deadweight costs to the mining sector – and the Minerals Resources Rent Tax will also lift some of the burden off Australia’s coal sector.last_img read more

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Hans Lindberg is close to leave Hamburg

← Previous Story SEHA GSS with 10 teams in season 2014/2015 – Veszprem IN, Lovcen OUT! Next Story → Landin and Dolk to KIF Kolding Kobenhavn! handball transfersHans LindbergHSV Handball Danish right wing Hans Lindberg is close to leave HSV Handball after seven years. Despite positive signals from DKB Bundesliga, who have the license for the team who stayed without main sponsors and some of the TOP players, Lindberg is aware of dificult situation in Hamburg, which is described the best with three unpaid salaries…– Yes! Basically, the contract ready for signature, but now I guess I’ll just wait for the situation to see how it all lands in Hamburg. You can not say more than that it is positive that the club have now been given a deadline further – but there has to still generated a lot of money. Partly for the rest of this season, largely over – and a bank guarantee before the next, says Hans Lindberg to eb.dk.Lindberg spent seven fantastic seasons in Hamburg, winning Bundesliga and EHF Champions League, but also became TOP scorer of two biggest competitions.HSV Handball is his only team abroad since he played for Helsinge and Viborg HK before…Source: hbold.dk read more

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Donations pour in for charity of runner who died after Dublin Marathon

first_imgIf Uefa are serious about fighting racism, they need to start docking points off guilty clubsDoes this picture confirm Paul O’Connell as Ireland captain? THE ONLINE FUNDRAISING page of the runner who died following Monday’s Dublin Marathon has received huge support in the past 12 hours.27-year-old Ricki Savage collapsed on Merrion Square having suffered a heart attack after finishing the race and despite the best efforts of St John Ambulance and St Vincent’s Hospital staff, passed away yesterday.Savage, a member of Thanet Roadrunners Athletic Club in Kent, England, was taking part in his first marathon with the aim of raising money for the British Heart Foundation.Through JustGiving.com, people have been donating to the cause and, since his untimely death, the total has rocketed from £180 to £3,250 where it currently stands.Along with the 232 donations so far, dozens of messages have also been left on the page:To donate, visit Ricki’s JustGiving page here last_img read more

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Geek deals 50 off Sony Bluetooth wireless keyboard

first_imgWhenever a new technology is introduced, the hype is incredible. “It will revolutionize the way you ________ !” “Forget your ________, the _________ will make it obsolete!” “___________ will make you rich, successful, and extremely attractive to the opposite sex!”Maybe not as much with the last part, but companies do love to talk up the new tech that will make their products stand out. We’re seeing this with NFC (Near Field Communication) now, on smartphones, and we have heard similar stories over the last 15+ years regarding Bluetooth. Bluetooth was supposed to replace a lot of data and communication standards, but alas it has soldiered on as an alternative wireless solution for peripherals and not much more.The good news is that Bluetooth works much better than it did several years ago, with native support integrated into enough devices and operating systems that you no longer need a Master’s Degree in Computer Science to set a BT device up. It also offers great range over standard RF wireless systems, which is a nice bonus for devices like keyboards and mice.We’ve also found that in cheap Bluetooth devices, you really do get what you pay for. That’s why this deal from Sony is such a steal: for a limited time you can snag a high end Sony Bluetooth keyboard for a full 50% off. The VGP-BKB1 sports a chiclet-style design and is only 1.2″ thin.The included AA batteries will last for around 4 months according to Sony and there is even a convenient on/off switch. This will connect to nearly any Bluetooth-enabled device, including your Playstation 3.Visit LogicBuy for the Sony Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard (VGP-BKB1) deallast_img read more

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Pope revives lapsed sex abuse commission following criticism over Chilean bishop

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3858802 10,256 Views Feb 18th 2018, 3:56 PM Image: Alessandra Tarantino via PA Images Image: Alessandra Tarantino via PA Images Short URL Sunday 18 Feb 2018, 3:56 PM Pope revives lapsed sex abuse commission following criticism over Chilean bishop Pope Francis came under criticism in Chile for defending Bishop Juan Barros. By Associated Press POPE FRANCIS HAS revived his lapsed sex abuse advisory commission by naming new members, after coming under fire for his overall handling of the scandal and his support for a Chilean bishop accused by victims of witnessing and ignoring their abuse.The announcement of the new members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors came on the same day that a Vatican investigator took the testimony in New York of one of the main whistleblowers in the Chilean cover-up scandal.Francis tasked Archbishop Charles Scicluna with the fact-finding mission into Bishop Juan Barros after he came under blistering criticism in Chile for defending Barros and calling the victims’ cover-up accusations against him slander.The initial three-year mandate of commission members had lapsed two months ago, on 17 December. Francis named nine new members today and kept seven from the initial group. A Vatican statement said survivors of abuse are included, but didn’t identify them to protect their privacy.None of the most outspoken lay advocates for victims from the original group returned, but a statement stressed that the commission’s work would be imbued throughout with the experience of victims.Commission members are to open their April plenary by meeting with victims privately, and discussions are continuing to create an “international survivor advisory panel” to advise the commission and make sure the voices of victims are heard in all its deliberations, the statement said.The new members are noteworthy for their geographic representation, hailing from Tonga, Brazil, Ethiopia and Australia, among other places.“The newly appointed members will add to the commission’s global perspective in the protection of minors and vulnerable adults,” said Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the commission’s president.‘Zero tolerance’Francis has insisted he has “zero tolerance” for abuse and had pledged to hold bishops accountable when they botch cases. But there have been several well-known cases where he and the Vatican sided with the accused over victims, calling into question whether he shares the “victims first” policy that guides his own commission’s work.The Barros case is the most prominent example. Victims of Chile’s most notorious predator priest, the Reverand Fernando Karadima, have for years accused Barros of witnessing their abuse, ignoring it and defending Karadima.En route home from Chile, though, Francis insisted he had no “evidence” against Barros to warrant removing him. The Associated Press, though, reported that he received a letter from a Karadima victim, Juan Carlos Cruz, in April 2015 detailing the abuse he suffered and Barros’ presence while it happened.Francis’ defiant defence of Barros suggested that he find Cruz or the other victims credible, and believed instead Barros’ ecclesial supporters in Chile and at the Vatican.Cruz testifies today before Scicluna, who was the architect of the Vatican’s get-tough approach to sex abuse in the early 2000s. Several recent cases, however, indicate that the Vatican under Francis doesn’t favour the “one strike and you’re out” approach adopted by the US bishops, for example, after the scandal exploded there in 2002.Francis himself has admitted that he opts to give offenders the benefit of the doubt, especially when solid proof — often hard to come by in decades-old sex abuse cases — is lacking.“As must be done in good jurisprudence, always in favour of the offender,” he told reporters on 21 January, while en route home from South America.Read: Pope Francis warns against ‘fake news’ and compares it to the story of Adam and EveMore: Pope Francis enrages Chile sex abuse victims as he accuses them of slander 44 Comments Share23 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

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Apple renforce la sécurité sur iTunes

first_imgApple renforce la sécurité sur iTunesÉtats-Unis – Après le buzz qu’a provoqué le piratage de comptes sur iTunes, Apple réagit. Les utilisateurs seront davantage sollicités pour taper leur code de carte bancaire.Le piratage de comptes iTunes a mis Apple dans l’embarras. Après avoir laissé passer la tempête, la firme à la pomme annonce de nouvelles mesures pour ne plus être pris en défaut sur l’App Store.Le géant américain, qui précise qu’aucun serveur de sa plate-forme n’a été touché, demande à ses clients de proposer des mots de passe plus recherchés. De plus, les utilisateurs devront taper plus souvent le code secret de leur carte bancaire lors d’éventuels achats ou de changement d’ordinateur. Phénomène curieux : à la recherche d’un spécialiste informatique afin de veiller sur iTunes, Apple a décidé d’enlever son annonce…Le 8 juillet 2010 à 15:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Pourquoi vous ne jouerez pas au loto ce vendredi 13

first_imgPourquoi vous ne jouerez pas au loto ce vendredi 13Si l’on ne joue pas, on ne gagne pas. Mais on ne perd pas non plus. Ceux qui ont déjà joué seraient moins enclins à retenter l’expérience, et ce, même si elle s’est avérée couronnée de succès. Une étude américaine révèle que généralement, nous serions réfractaires à nous lancer dans une seconde aventure risquée, quel que soit le résultat de la première.”Vous ne m’aurez pas deux fois !” Non, on ne vous aura pas deux fois. Et d’ailleurs, même si vous avez obtenu le billet gagnant du jour, vous aurez de la peine à imaginer pouvoir gagner une seconde fois. En ce vendredi 13, nombreux sont ceux qui ne rejoueront pas, qu’ils aient perdu, ou gagné une grosse somme d’argent au cours d’un précédent tirage. Mais la perte de son goût pour le risque ne s’arrête pas là.S’engager dans une nouvelle carrière, partir à l’aventure, bref, prendre un véritable risque :  ce n’est pas commun pour tout le monde. Si certains se complaisent désormais dans la sérénité et la continuité, c’est qu’ils ont peut-être vécu un événement imprévu dans le passé, agissant comme un “traumatisme”. On peut imaginer facilement qu’une expérience négative provoque une certaine retenue, en revanche les études admettaient jusque-là que l’euphorie d’un succès pousserait à reprendre un risque. Et pourtant…On ne peut être gagnant à tous les coupsUne étude de la Case Western Reserve University de Cleveland, affirme que les personnes ayant dernièrement connu des surprises, bonnes ou mauvaises, seraient plus prudentes que les autres. Pour Heath Demaree, responsable de cette étude, il n’y a rien de surprenant : “on sait que face à un événement inattendu, un animal stoppe son action, s’immobilise et regarde vers le stimulus surprenant pour remettre à jour ses connaissances sur la façon dont le monde fonctionne, décrypte le psychologue. Notre travail montre qu’une situation impromptue pousse également les gens à réduire leur prise de risque”.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Avant d’arriver à ces résultats, les scientifiques se sont posés la question suivante : l’état émotionnel d’une personne est-il déterminant dans sa prise de risques ? Pour y répondre, les chercheurs ont procédé à une expérience sur un échantillon de personnes volontaires. Ils ont commencé par créer trois jeux vidéos “d’argent” : le premier proposait de grosses sommes d’argent en cas de victoire, mais n’était gagnant que dans 13% des cas. Le second n’était rentable que 50% du temps, avec des sommes moyennes et le troisième donnait vainqueur 87 fois sur cent, en ne rapportant que de petits montants. Les scientifiques ont donné ensuite 50 dollars fictifs à chacun des candidats, ce qui leur permettait de jouer 25 fois cette somme d’argent dans les trois jeux.Succès ou échec, le risque ne paie pas deux foisBien que les dollars ne soient que fictifs, les participants se sont montrés très coopérants. Ils ont d’abord été séparés en deux groupes. Le premier groupe, composé de 59 personnes, était face au premier jeu avec la plus faible probabilité de succès : il avaient parfois la bonne surprise de toucher le pactole. Le second, dont les 85 membres testaient les deux autres jeux, subissaient de lourds échecs inattendus.Après chacun de leurs essais, les joueurs étaient soumis à un questionnaire destiné à révéler leur état émotionnel, leur humeur et leur envie de prendre des risques. Les volontaires ont alors déclaré préférer jouer la carte de la prudence, tant après avoir subi de cuisants échecs, qu’après avoir touché le jackpot. Les scientifiques en ont conclu que c’est la répétition d’événements surprenants, tant positifs que négatifs, qui refroidit le goût du risque.Le 13 juillet 2012 à 14:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Portlands funniest returns to Ridgefield

first_imgShe may have been crowned “Portland’s funniest person,” but can she crack up Clark County?Comedian Susan Rice doesn’t usually edit her show depending on the location and the audience. “I’ve got a lot of years under my belt. My show is my show. It’s geared toward everyone,” she said. It’s even clean. Not necessarily squeaky, she said, but clean.On the other hand, the last time she stopped at the Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield she noted a few Trump campaign signs around town and “got the pulse of the place,” she said. “I might have curtailed a few opinions. But that’s about all.”Rice, who returns to the Old Liberty at 7:30 p.m. Saturday as part of Stage Left Entertainment’s “Laughing on Last Saturday” series, grew up not far from there. She’s a Longview native who remembers sneaking down the hall as a kid to catch Jonathan Winters and other comedians cracking up audiences on “The Tonight Show.” But she still didn’t connect that to her own life, she said; when she got older, she went to drama school, moved to Portland and worked as an actress for nine years. But the writing was on the wall that whole time, she realized later.“I was always funny. I was always cast as the funny one, in every show, ever,” she said. She noted the popularity of a live, one-woman show onstage in Portland back then and started writing one of her own, she said; then she noticed a humble advertisement for a comedy open mic and went for it.“I didn’t even know what a comedy open mic meant,” she said. “I just stepped onstage and did some of my material.” That was March 1983 at the Leaky Roof Tavern. Thirty-four years later — after moving to Los Angeles and appearing on tours and television shows — she’s back in the region where she grew up, and considered a queen of comedy in the Pacific Northwest.last_img read more

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GOVERNMENT GETS FAILING GRADE FROM THE OPPOSITION

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, NOVEMBER 19, 2013- The PDM party has graded the government and has given the PNP Administration seven F’s, and an overall failing grade as government for this first 12 months in office. There were two extremely high scores for the Rufus Ewing led government, two A pluses as a matter of fact. One for increasing taxes and the other for travelling. The PDM pulling no punches in that post convention press conference yesterday where they blasted the government for being out of touch and falling way short of their manifesto promises. Also critical of the PNP in the house of assembly, one elected member for the People’s Democratic Movement expressed his frustration. Hon Edwin Astwood said there… as for what the Opposition plans to do, they say the party will turn up the heat and will launch perhaps as many as two radio shows next week in a campaign to hold the government more accountable. Related Items:last_img read more

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ANSEP tripling enrollment in middle school program

first_imgStudents and staff at a 2013 ANSEP Middle School Academy (Photo courtesy ANSEP)The Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program is tripling enrollment in its Middle School Academies after receiving a $6 million state grant.Download AudioThe free academies were founded in 2010 and last 10 to 12 days. The program hopes to get middle school students—especially Alaska Natives—interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The curriculum includes experiments and engineering challenges. Students live on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus to get a feel for college.Seventy-seven percent of academy students take Algebra I by the end of eighth grade; the national average in 2011 was 47 percent, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.Last year, there were four Middle School Academies in the spring and summer, each with 54 students between grades six and eight. Next year, they will have 12 sessions held all year round.The grant money will be split over three years. Michael Bourdukofsky is ANSEP’s chief operations officer. He says the grant will go toward housing for students at UAA, travel, academic materials and staff support, among other things.Bourdukofsky was a participant in ANSEP’s university program, but feels that students coming out of the Middle School Academies have an early advantage.“With the exposure that we’re providing students with now to college life, to campus life, to the expectations of students once they get to college, I didn’t have any of that and I kind of went in blind,” Bourdukofsky says.He graduated with an engineering degree from UAA and says ANSEP was critical in keeping him on track.Bourdukofsky says ANSEP accepts about half of academy applicants and there are never enough slots for interested students. Students can only go to the program once, but are encouraged to participate in other ANSEP initiatives afterward.Jules Mermelstein is only 15 but is set to graduate next year from West Valley High School in Fairbanks. He says that ANSEP encouraged him to set his goals higher and graduate early.“I definitely wouldn’t have been doing a three-year track, had it not been for ANSEP’s initial push to get me interested,” he says.Mermelstein originally wanted to be an archaeologist, but became fascinated with mechanical engineering when he attended an academy in sixth grade.“We built a balsa wood bridge and while my group may not have done the best ‘cause there were many, many different groups competing, it was still really interesting and fun to learn how to build stuff, because that’s like nothing that’s really introduced in school other than like, a candy cane house,” Mermelstein says.He hopes to continue along the ANSEP track in college, going to either UAA or University of Alaska Fairbanks. When he graduates, he says he would like to work on in-state renewable energy projects.The grant to expand the Middle School Academies came through House Bill 278 championed by Gov. Sean Parnell.last_img read more

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Indias gold imports fall 30 till November in FY201617

first_imgGold bars are seen at the Kazakhstan’s National Bank vault in Almaty, Kazakhstan, September 30, 2016 (representational image).Reuters fileIndia is not only the world’s fastest-growing economy currently, it is also the world’s second-biggest consumer of gold, after China. However, the country’s gold imports have remained subdued for most part of the financial year beginning April and picked up momentum only in October and November, when compared with imports in the previous financial year.Gold imports rose 23.24 percent to $4.36 billion last month (from $3.54 billion in November 2015), after the 108.3 percent spurt to $3.5 billion in October 2016 (from $1.67 billion in October 2015), according to government of India data. The cumulative value of gold imports by India for the April-November 2016 period was $15.72 billion, down 30.5 percent from $22.62 billion in the corresponding period last year. Gold prices closed Rs 500 down to Rs 27,750 per 10 gm on Thursday in the Delhi bullion market.The current import duty rate on gold is 10 percent even as there have been demands to bring it down; the duty was raised to 10 percent in August 2013 by the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram to stem rising imports that were affecting the current account deficit.The Modi government denied any proposal to reduce the import duty. “There is no such proposal under consideration at present,” Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State for Finance, informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply early this month.Gold demand for the three months ended September 2016 was estimated at 194.8 tonnes, down 28.2 percent from 271.2 tonnes in the quarter ended September 2015, according to World Gold Council (WGC). Meanwhile, there have been large-scale seizure of gold at various places in India since demonetisation. The ministry of finance tweeted that jewellery worth Rs 76 crore has been seized, besides Rs 316 crore in cash, out of which Rs 80 crore is in new notes.In order to discourage people from investing in physical gold, the government introduced the sovereign gold bond scheme (SGB) last November. In five tranches, the government collected about Rs 3,050 crore, while details of the sixth tranche (October 24 to November 2) are awaited.The interest rate in the sixth tranche was reduced to 2.50 percent from the 2.75 percent fixed for the earlier tranches. The issue price of the gold bond was fixed at Rs 2,957 per gram, net of Rs 50 discount.Seized cash of more than 316 crore, out of which new currency is about 80 crore, & jewellery worth 76 crore: CBDT Chairman— Ministry of Finance (@FinMinIndia) December 16, 2016last_img read more

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Scanning for skyrmions Scientists directly image skyrmion cluster state transitions in irongermanium

first_img Citation: Scanning for skyrmions: Scientists directly image skyrmion cluster state transitions in iron-germanium nanodisks (2016, May 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-05-scanning-skyrmions-scientists-image-skyrmion.html While LTEM is a powerful tool for imaging magnetic structures with nanometer-scale resolution, and has been used to image skyrmions by Dr. Xiuzhen Yu1, Tian notes that direct imaging of individual skyrmions in nanodisks with a size on the order of ~ 100 nm is still challenging due to the influence of Fresnel fringes at the sample edge. “By utilizing a top-to-down method with FIB technique, we fabricated nanodisks of various diameters from bulk FeGe enclosed with amorphous PtCx composite in order to enhance the mechanical strength and thereby precise manipulation of the nanodisk. “We’re very lucky that edge coating with conducting PtCx composites was found to greatly weaken the Fresnel fringes near the edge boundary, and that by so doing enables us to extract the magnetic information in nanodisks smaller than 180 nm.”The scientists state that the team’s results have immediate implication for designing future skyrmion-based devices, such as multibit memory cells. “We give the direct proof that single skyrmion can exist in nanostructured elements,” Tian says. “Given the similarity between the skyrmions and magnetic vortices in soft magnetic nanodisks, the observed individual skyrmions will provide a viable alternative to spin-torque vortex-oscillator devices, and be a potential candidates for microwave signal-processing applications.” The paper points out that the theory-predicted target skyrmion in chiral magnets was not observed in the present experiment due to weak magnetic contrast and Fresnel fringes. “Target skyrmions, a concentric helicoidal undulation predicted previously by Dr. Du, may spontaneously exist in small size nanodisks without an external magnetic field, which is more suitable to skyrmion-based devices,” Tian tells Phys.org. “It shows that target skyrmion stability will increase as nanodisk size decreases. However, at sizes below 100 nm, the weak artificial contrast from the edge will diffuse the real magnetic structure though the PtCx coating, and so significantly reduce the edge effect. Therefore, to realize the observation of target skyrmions, other magnetic microscopy techniques such as electron holography should be considered to avoid Fresnel fringe interference.”Moving forward, says Tian, by cooperative research between his nanomagnet physical properties team and Che’s structural characterization team, the researchers will target several important issues in future, including searching for target skyrmions by varying disk size, thickness or other conditions by using electron holography, as previously noted; studying the current-driven motion of skyrmions in confined geometries; performing manipulation and electrical detection of skyrmions; and developing new techniques to fabricate nano-sized samples that are more controllable and more efficient for large-scale production.In closing, Tian tells Phys.org that other areas of might research benefit from their study. “The techniques used in our study, such as our focused ion beam patterned procedure and transport intensity equation analysis, can be applied to other micromagnetics research. Moreover, since skyrmions have many features in common with Abrikosov vortices in superconductors, our results may provide some inspirations in this field.” , Nature Fig. S2. Underfocused Lorentz TEM images of a 330-nm FeGe nanodisk at 220 K under an external magnetic field. At zero field, the ground state consists of four helical periods. With the increase of the external field, some skyrmions were nucleated from the helix at 0.45 kOe, and the skyrmions eventually occupied the whole disk at 0.47 kOe. After the number of skyrmions Ns reaches the maximum of 11, i.e., eight skyrmions circle around the edge of the disk, with three inside the circle. Further increasing the external field, the number of the inner skyrmions, in turn, merges to 2 at 0.81 kOe and 1 at 0.98 kOe. It’s worth noting that, at 0.98 kOe, the eight circumambient skyrmions begin to rotate around the center one, leading to a ring-like structure (see Movie S3). Red circles in the white plate at the corner of each panel point out the position of skyrmions and helixes. All images are extracted from a video captured at a defocus value of −288 μm and an exposure time of 0.2 s. Credit: Xuebing Zhao, et al. (2016) Direct imaging of magnetic field-driven transitions of skyrmion cluster states in FeGe nanodisks. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 113 (18) 4918-4923. Fig. 1. Variations of spin texture with magnetic field in a 270-nm FeGe nanodisk at T = 100 K. (A) TEM image of the FeGe nanostripe surrounded by an amorphous PtCx layer. (B) The intact magnetic contrast in ground state under underfocused conditions of Lorentz TEM with a defocus value of −192 μm. The magnetic field is applied perpendicular to the stripe plane. (C–L) Magnetic-field dependence of the spin texture at (C) 0 kOe, (D) 1.42 kOe, (E) 1.62 kOe, (F) 1.96 kOe, (G) 2.76 kOe, (H) 3.04 kOe, (I) 3.40 kOe, (J) 3.70 kOe, (K) 3.91 kOe, and (L) 3.98 kOe. The color wheel in L indicates the direction and strength of inplane magnetization at each point. For clarity, some typical spin textures in C, D, and I are zoomed in M, N, and O, respectively. (P) A single skyrmion. The white arrows represent the in-plane magnetization at each point. (Q) The phase diagram in H space. Ns, skyrmion numbers. Credit: Xuebing Zhao, et al. (2016) Direct imaging of magnetic field-driven transitions of skyrmion cluster states in FeGe nanodisks. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 113 (18) 4918-4923. Observation of skyrmions in a ferromagnet with centrosymmetry Prof. Mingliang Tian (Chinese Academy of Science) and Prof. Renchao Che (Fudan University) discussed the paper that they and their colleagues published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. One of the main challenges the team encountered, Tian tells Phys.org, was demonstrating the direct visualization of skyrmion cluster states of in nanodisks fabricated from iron-germanium. The scientists accomplished this, he adds, by using high-resolution Lorentz transmission electron microscopy to report the magnetic field-driven dynamics of individual skyrmions in nanodisks with diameters on the order of several skyrmions. “Real-space imaging of skyrmions is essential for addressing the dynamic behaviors of individual skyrmions,” he explains. “However, the real implementation is highly challenging because of limitations in spatial resolution, sensitivity and the edge effect of the nanostructure on the recorded contrast of Lorentz transmission electron microscopy.” Lorentz transmission electron microscopy (LTEM) is used to study a material’s magnetic domains by imaging the deflection of electrons caused by the Lorentz force in magnetic fields. “The latter issue seriously affects the visualization of individual skyrmions in nanostructures with sizes below 200 nm due to the presence of Fresnel fringes, formed at the edge of the nanostructure,” adds Prof. Renchao Che, director of Fudan University’s LTEM lab. “This is because LTEM imaging requires an out-of-focus condition that causes the Fresnel fringes to smear out the recorded magnetic signal in the vacuum/sample interface.”As described in the paper, Tian’s team members and co-authors, Dr. Haifeng Du and doctoral student Chiming Jin, developed a technique to reduce the interfacial Fresnel fringes in the Lorentz TEM images by using a focused ion beam (FIB) to encircle the outer size-tunable nanodisks with a layer of amorphous platinum-carbon alloy (PtCx). “This significantly reduced the size range of the artificial magnetic contrast,” Tian explains, “thus leading to the direct image of the skyrmion cluster states in 100 nm scale disks.” Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Play A video captured in Lorentz TEM showing that the eight circumambient skyrmions begin to rotate around the center one, as soon as the two skyrmions in the center merged into one, in a 330-nm FeGe nanodisk at 0.98 kOe, T = 220 K. The defocus value is −288 μm. Credit: Xuebing Zhao, et al. (2016) Direct imaging of magnetic field-driven transitions of skyrmion cluster states in FeGe nanodisks. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 113 (18) 4918-4923. More information: Direct imaging of magnetic field-driven transitions of skyrmion cluster states in FeGe nanodisks, PNAS May 3, 2016, vol. 113 no. 18 4918-4923, doi:10.1073/pnas.1600197113Related1Real-space observation of a two-dimensional skyrmion crystal, Nature 465, 901–904 (17 June 2010), doi:10.1038/nature09124 © 2016 Phys.org. All rights reserved. Another issue the researchers encountered was determining the relationship between temperature, magnetic field, and disk size. “The real challenge in building this relationship comes from nanofabricating small disk samples,” Tian notes. “We address this by using a top-down method to directly and controllably fabricate varied-size nanodisks.” He adds that their results contrast significantly with the current expectations in bulk or two-dimensional films, where the skyrmions form closely-packed lattice arrangements. “We found that, at low temperatures – below ~200 Kelvin for FeGe nanodisks – the skyrmions form cluster states with maximum skyrmion number proportional to the disk diameter. This differs from skyrmion lattices at higher temperatures with the maximum skyrmion numbers proportional to the square of the disk diameter.” Moreover, he adds, the magnetic field transition interval of skyrmion cluster states decreases with ascending temperature. “I was very excited when I directly observed, for the first time, the cascading transition and the fluctuations of skyrmion cluster states driven by the magnetic fields.” Fig. 2. Evolution of spin texture with magnetic field in a 270-nm FeGe nanodisk at temperature T = 220 K. (A–L) Magnetic-field dependence of the spin texture for (A) 0 kOe, (B) 0.44 kOe, (C) 0.47 kOe, (D) 0.51 kOe, (E) 0.52 kOe, (F) 0.56 kOe, (G) 1.01 kOe, (H) 1.11 kOe, (I) 1.37 kOe, (J) 1.41 kOe (Ns = 2), (K) 1.41 kOe (Ns = 1), and (L) 1.43 kOe. The bright spots represent skyrmions obtained by direct Lorentz TEM imaging, and dotted circles in J and K are used to guide the eye. (M) The quantized phase transitions between Ns = 6 and Ns = 5 cluster states. (N) The transitions between Ns = 2 and Ns = 1 cluster states. (O) The phase diagram in H space. The indicator “Ns = 6/5” represents the jumping state between Ns = 6 and Ns = 5 states, and so forth. Credit: Xuebing Zhao, et al. (2016) Direct imaging of magnetic field-driven transitions of skyrmion cluster states in FeGe nanodisks. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 113 (18) 4918-4923. Magnetic skyrmions, or noncoplanar swirling spin textures, are particle-like spin configurations with an integer topological charge that promise faster, denser memory storage. The hurdle to overcome in creating such devices is being able to understand single skyrmions in patterned nanoelements – but despite theoretical progress, real-world experimental studies of these entities have remained elusive. Recently, however, scientists at Chinese Academy of Science, Hefei, Fudan University, Shanghai, Nanjing University, Nanjing, and University of New Hampshire, Durham have demonstrated the direct visualization of skyrmion cluster states having different geometrical configurations in iron-germanium nanodisks. (Iron-germanium, or FeGe, is a complex alloy whose magnetic properties can vary considerably at nanoscale dimensions.) The researchers conclude that their results have an immediate implication for designing future skyrmion-based devices. Fig. S1. Schematic procedure for fabricating FeGe nanodisks by using the FIB-SEM dual-beam system (Helios NanoLab 600i; FEI) equipped with a GIS, and Omniprobe 200+ micromanipulator. The whole process is shown schematically in eight steps for A–I: (A) Following the standard TEM specimen preparation procedure (40), a thin FeGe sheet with a thickness of ∼1 μm was carved on the surface of a polycrystalline FeGe bulk using the FIB milling technique. (B) The FeGe sheet was cut into circular columns with different diameters by FIB using annular patterns. (C) Using the GIS system, a layer of amorphous PtCx was deposited on the FeGe columns by the electron beam-assisted chemical vapor deposition technique. This PtCx coating works as protection of the FeGe nanocolumns for nanomanipulation processes and also reduces the Fresnel fringe at the edge of the disk for the Lorentz TEM study. (D) Further deposition of amorphous PtCx layer by ion beam-assisted chemical vapor deposition to fasten the samples. (E) A U-shaped cut was made from the sheet by FIB milling. (F) The sheet of FeGe nanocolumns surrounded by amorphous PtCx was transferred to a clean surface of silicon and laid down by an Omniprobe 200+ micromanipulator. (G) Using the standard TEM specimen preparation procedure, a slice consisting of FeGe nanodisks in various sizes was fabricated by FIB milling. (H) The slice was transferred to a TEM Cu chip using the micromanipulator, and then was thinned to the desired thickness. (I) TEM image of the nanodisk sample depicted in the dashed box in H. (Scale bar, 200 nm.) Credit: Xuebing Zhao, et al. (2016) Direct imaging of magnetic field-driven transitions of skyrmion cluster states in FeGe nanodisks. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 113 (18) 4918-4923.last_img read more

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Obesity speeds up puberty onset in boys

first_imgBoys with obesity, or excess belly fat, enter puberty at an earlier age than average, scientists have found. Researchers from the University of Chile conducted the study on 527 Chilean boys ages four to seven years. They found that both total body obesity and central obesity, or excess belly fat, were associated with greater odds of starting puberty before age nine. “With the increase in childhood obesity worldwide, there has been an advance in the age at which puberty begins in girls,” said Maria Veronica Mericq, the lead investigator of the study. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”However, in boys the evidence has been controversial,” said Mericq. Some studies have found that obesity delayed puberty, whereas another study showed that only overweight but not obesity induced earlier puberty in boys. Early puberty — called precocious puberty — is linked to possible problems including stunted growth and emotional-social problems, researchers said. The team found that the prevalence of total obesity increased with age, from 22 per cent of boys ages 6 to 7 years to 28.6 per cent at 11.4 years, the average age at onset of puberty for this group. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveCentral obesity also increased in that timeframe, from 11.8 per cent to 17.4 per cent. Precocious puberty reportedly occurred in 45 boys, or nine per cent. Total obesity and central obesity from ages four to seven raised the odds of early puberty compared with having a healthy weight. For instance, among boys age five or six, those with obesity had nearly 2.7 times the odds of starting puberty early, and those with central obesity had almost 6.4 higher odds of puberty before age nine, Mericq said. She explained that central obesity more closely relates to fat mass, because a higher BMI may reflect increased muscle, especially in athletes. “Early puberty might increase the risk of behaviour problems and in boys could be related to a higher incidence of testicular cancer in adulthood,” Mericq said.last_img read more

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Tsuyama Chuo Proton Beam Center Treats First Patients With RayStation

first_img News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Related Content The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Treatment Planning | August 27, 2018 Tsuyama Chuo Proton Beam Center Treats First Patients With RayStation Japanese center using Raystation treatment planning with Mitsubishi Electric proton therapy system for pencil beam scanning August 27, 2018 — Tsuyama Chuo Hospital in Okayama Prefecture, southwest Japan, has commenced clinical use of RayStation to plan pencil beam scanning (PBS) treatments at its Proton Beam Cancer Center. On May 15, the center carried out the world’s first patient treatment using RayStation together with Mitsubishi Electric’s proton therapy system, with a plan created in RayStation 6.The proton center opened in 2016 and is run jointly with Okayama University. It is equipped with Mitsubishi Electric’s proton therapy system, featuring the Selectbeam nozzle, which supports both PBS and uniform scanning (US). Tsuyama Chuo Hospital has also expressed an interest in starting PBS treatments using multi-leaf collimator (MLC), following market clearance of Mitsubishi Electric’s MLC technique by Japanese authorities.Yuki Tominaga, medical physicist at Tsuyama Chuo Proton Beam Center, said, “We are very pleased to have started PBS treatment safely using RayStation 6. In the future, we would like to establish comprehensive treatment combining PBS, US and photons with high-precision RayStation features such as multi-criteria optimization and deformable image registration.”Johan Löf, CEO of RaySearch, says: “We are delighted by this first clinical treatment with RayStation at Tsuyama Chuo Hospital. Proton therapy is a key focus area for RaySearch, and our goal for RayStation is to support as many treatment delivery platforms as possible. I look forward to a long and successful clinical cooperation.”Tsuyama Chuo Hospital opened in 1951 and was the first general hospital in northern Okayama Prefecture. The Proton Beam Cancer Center opened in 2016 and is jointly operated with Okayama University Hospital. Both organizations have central roles in proton beam therapy, clinical research and education at the new facility.RayStation integrates all RaySearch’s advanced treatment planning solutions into a flexible treatment planning system. It combines features such as multi-criteria optimization tools with full support for 4-D adaptive radiation therapy. It also includes functionality such as RaySearch’s algorithms for intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) optimization, and highly accurate dose engines for photon, electron, proton and carbon ion therapy. The system is built on the latest software architecture and features a graphical user interface with state-of-the-art usability, according to the company.For more information: www.raysearchlabs.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

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Former Nicaragua Contra leader Adolfo Calero dies

first_imgHe also was the key contact with senior U.S. officials during the Iran-Contra affair, when Reagan administration officials secretly arranged the sale of weapons to Iran to finance the Central American rebels, bypassing Congressional restrictions.Calero attended the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and told a U.S. congressional committee in 1987 the experience awakened him to the value of freedom.He said he returned home in the mid-1950s as “a knight in democratic armor, in my own country,” opposing first the right-wing Somoza dictatorship that ruled Nicaragua for 43 years and later the leftist Sandinistas, who ousted the Somozas in 1979 with broad public support.“When Somoza was driven from our country, we had a right to expect that our dreams of democracy would be fulfilled. Instead, we got the Soviet totalitarian regime, an oppressive dictatorship operated by the Soviet Union and its proxy, Cuba.”Calero was a prominent figure in Nicaragua’s Conservative Party and worked against Anastasio Somoza, even meeting in 1978 with Sandinista leaders to overcome differences in the struggle against the dictator.But when the Sandinistas pulled the government sharply left, Calero, who had headed the local Coca Cola bottling company, went into exile in Florida. By 1983 emerged as the political head of the Nicaraguan Democratic Force, the largest of the Contra groups, organized with U.S. aid. It claimed to have 22,000 men under arms at its height.The conflict killed thousands and added to economic chaos in the country. It eventually led to international mediation and the Sandinistas agreed to accept free elections if the Contras demobilized. The resulting vote removed the Sandinistas from power in 1990, though another election returned Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega to the presidency in 2007.Ortega’s brother Humberto, who led the military during the 1980s, recalled dealing with Calero during peace talks that helped lead to the 1990 election.“We broke the tension with cordiality and then there was fluidity to the negotiations,” Ortega said in an email to The Associated Press. He sent condolences to Calero’s family.Calero denied knowing that any funds donated to the rebels had come from the Iranian weapons sales, but acknowledged in 1987 that three former U.S. military officers had helped them buy more than $18 million in military equipment at a time when direct U.S. arms aid was suspended. Another $14 million in donations were used to buy food, clothing and other supplies, he said. Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Associated PressMANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) – Adolfo Calero, who led the largest force of U.S.-backed rebels against Nicaragua’s Sandinista government in the 1980s and found himself entangled in the Iran-Contra scandal, has died at age 80.Calero died Saturday of lung problems in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua, his aide Julio Romero confirmed on Sunday.As leader of the Nicaraguan Democratic Force, Calero helped pressure the Marxist Sandinistas toward the elections that pushed them from power in 1990. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments   Share   center_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Sponsored Stories Some of that money was turned into travelers checks and he told congressional investigators that he had given then-White House aide Oliver North about $90,000 of that to help in the liberation of U.S. hostages in Lebanon.“I used to tell Col. North, frankly, everything. I had no reservation. I had full confidence and trust in him,” Calero testified.After the Sandinistas left power, Calero returned to Nicaragua, recovering the home the leftist rulers had confiscated from him, and practiced law.Conservative U.S. Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida issued a statement of condolences on Saturday, calling Calero “the symbol of a country struggling to regain its freedom.”As he was buried Sunday in Managua, relatives showed a photograph of Calero with Ronald Reagan, who had signed it: “For Adolfo Calero. Our fight for justice and democracy in Nicaragua will prevail.”He is survived by his wife, Maria Ernestina Lacayo de Calero, as well as a daughter and three grandchildren.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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Thousands in HK protest China patriotism classes

first_imgSunday’s demonstrators carried placards and banners and shouted slogans calling for the government to withdraw its plan to introduce the Moral and National Education curriculum.The government has stood firm and plans to make the subject compulsory in primary schools starting in 2015 and in secondary schools the year after, although schools are encouraged to start using it earlier.According to the curriculum guidelines, students will learn about China’s political leaders, the efforts and contributions they have made and the difficulties and challenges they face, as well as how to “speak cautiously,” practice self-discipline and get along well with others in a rational and respectful manner.Police estimated 32,000 people turned out for Sunday’s protest. Despite blazing heat, many parents were there, pushing infants and young children in strollers. A group of young girls chanted, “We want the truth, we don’t want brainwashing.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths HONG KONG (AP) – Tens of thousands including teachers and parents pushing strollers took to Hong Kong streets Sunday to protest the upcoming introduction of Chinese patriotism classes they fear will lead to brainwashing, the latest sign of growing discomfort over Beijing’s influence in the semiautonomous territory.Students and pro-democracy activists were among those who marched to the Hong Kong government’s headquarters to protest the new curriculum, which authorities are encouraging schools to begin using when classes resume in September. Comments   Share   5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Sponsored Stories Top Stories They fear the classes will be used to brainwash children into supporting China’s Communist Party. The government has denied that and says they are aimed at building Chinese national pride.The controversy flared up after reports emerged that pro-Beijing groups published a booklet for use in classes that extolled the virtues of one-party rule.“China wants Hong Kong’s next generation to know how great it is and not know the bad stuff,” said Chan Yip-Long, a 9-year-old primary school student. “The booklet is very biased, so I am opposing it.”The protest is the latest sign of growing discontent in Hong Kong over mainland China’s increasing influence 15 years after the freewheeling financial center was returned to China by Britain following more than a century of colonial rule. Tensions have also been stoked by growing economic inequality and as well as an influx of free-spending wealthy Chinese, who are seen as driving up property prices and shop rents.Hong Kongers are also angry about stunted democratic development. Beijing has pledged that Hong Kong can elect its own leader in 2017 and all legislators by 2020, though no roadmap has been laid out. On July 1, tens of thousands of people protested over the city’s new leader, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, who was chosen by an elite pro-Beijing committee and is widely suspected of having close ties to the Communist Party. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

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Hijacked Malaysian oil tanker rescued pirates flee

first_img 0 Comments   Share   The ship is sailing to Malaysia’s northern Kuantan port, escorted by a naval ship, he said.Abdul Aziz said Vietnam had arrested eight men on a life raft who claimed to be from a fishing boat that sank, and that Malaysian authorities are investigating whether they are the hijackers.The tanker, carrying 7.5 million liters (2 million gallons) of gasoline worth 21 million ringgit ($5.7 million), was headed to Kuantan when communications were lost June 11. The crew consists of 16 Malaysians, five Indonesians and a Myanmar national.The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said earlier that the ship was located in waters off southern Vietnam late Wednesday and had been repainted black from blue. Abdul Aziz also tweeted pictures of the tanker, showing some letters of the name of the ship painted over to give it a new name, “Kim Harmon.”Abdul Aziz said the pirates had warned the navy ship tailing the tanker to stay at a distance or they would harm the crew. He said the captain of the tanker waited for five hours to inform the navy ship after the pirates fled because they took his family’s home address and threatened to harm them.He said the pirates were armed with pistols and machetes and spoke with Indonesian accents. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Pirates who hijacked a Malaysian oil tanker last week have fled on the ship’s lifeboat after being pursued by a Malaysian navy ship, an official said Friday.Navy chief Abdul Aziz Jaafar said the eight pirates, believed to be Indonesians, abandoned the MT Orkim Harmony late Thursday. All 22 crew members are safe except for an Indonesian cook who was shot in the thigh, Abdul Aziz tweeted. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Men’s health affects baby’s health too Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy The maritime agency said the hijacking was believed to be the work of a syndicate targeting vessels for their cargos of fuel. It said this was the fifth theft in waters off southern Malaysia this year.It was the second tanker hijacked this month. Another Malaysian tanker carrying diesel fuel was hijacked June 4 in the same area and was released after its fuel was siphoned off.Maritime officials have said it is more difficult to steal gasoline because it is highly flammable and requires special safety equipment.The International Maritime Bureau says attacks against small tankers off Southeast Asia’s coasts have been rising since last year.Pirates have been particularly active near Indonesia’s Bintan island and in the South China Sea, where 11 vessels were hijacked last year, the bureau said.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

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Budget carrier Ryanair is one of several airlines

first_imgBudget carrier Ryanair is one of several airlines coming under fire for reportedly sidestepping employment legislation in its French operations.Scara, the French union of autonomous airlines, singled out the Irish airline alongside AirFrance subsidiary CityJet, US company NetJets and Switzerland’s Global Jet, accusing them of ignoring French law and achieving savings as a result.Alerting the French government to what it claims is an unfair competitive advantage, Scara said that the airlines were cutting costs by paying employees only according to their own national laws – avoiding the additional social benefit payments that French workers should legally receive.The French transport minister, Dominique Bussereau, has been called upon to investigate company employment practices at the relevant airlines, with the application of sanctions a possible outcome.A spokesman for the French transport ministry said: “Scara has already alerted the State to the issue of the application of regulations by companies based in France and work inspectors regularly carry out checks.”But whether cutting costs on employment or not, Ryanair has claimed today that its profits are likely to fall next year as consumer spending tails off and oil prices keep fuel costs soaring.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedRyanair seeks French revolution with first domestic flightsRyanair has launched into unknown territory with plans for domestic flights within France and Germany.Ryanair chief announces plans for low-cost transatlantic carrierMore passengers could soon be flying to the US after Ryanair announced their intention to set up a low-cost transatlantic carrier.Budget airlines ramp up French connectionsFrance has seen its status cemented as a popular flight location with a host of new low cost routes getting under way.last_img read more

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The posters have been issued by Delhi Police It is to be noted that the Supreme Court had on October 23 refused to put a blanket ban on the sale of firecrackers saying only green firecrackers (less polluting and eco-friendly) will be sold in the markets Only green firecrackers with permissible decibel sound limits will be allowed to be sold in the market the top court said in its order Judge Arjan Kumar Sikri said only licensed traders would be allowed to sell ”safe” firecrackers as he banned the online sale of the same The top court passed the order while responding to a number of petitions seeking a direction to ban the sale of firecrackers The Supreme Court in its order also banned the online sale of firecrackers and put a stay on the e-commerce portals like Flipkart Amazon and others from selling firecrackers which are beyond the permissible limit ”E-commerce websites will be hauled up for the contempt of court if they don’t adhere to the court’s direction the top court warned The top court also fixed the duration for bursting crackers On Diwali and other religious festivals it allowed bursting of firecrackers between 8 PM and 10 PM Meanwhile on Christmas and New Year the bursting of crackers will be allowed only between 1145 PM and 1245 AM However the top court later modified its order and allowed the states to fix timings for bursting firecrackers in morning and evening with a rider that the total timing must not exceed beyond two hours in a dayGeneral Officer Commanding (GoC) of Srinagar-based Army’s 15 corps Lieutenant General AK Bhatt on Saturday spoke on the present situation in Jammu and Kashmir and said that the overall situation is a little fragile but alright The GoC of Army’s 15 corps said the main aim of the Army has been to neutralise terrorists Bhatt’s statement comes a few days after the killing of BJP state Secretary Anil Parihar and his brother on Thursday night in Kishtwar district Refusing to speak on Kishtwar which is in Jammu Bhatt said he wouldn’t want to talk about it but said in Kashmir the situation is under control? Obasanjo and his ‘grandchildren’ in the legislature ought to bury the heads in shame. The Chairman," a determined Marinje told reporters on Thursday.The BJP had made the land deals during the Congress regime a major poll issue in 2014. "He just loves the environment,twitter.Alaska State Troopers received a report around 6:30 ptwitter. “As a leader.

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