Worlds poor need action on climate change UN official tells Bali meeting

A senior United Nations official told the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali today that any delay in addressing the issue of adaptation could be called “an attack on the poor.”“Our hope is that the meeting here will agree that more developing countries should be provided with the resources to really be able to assess properly how they are likely to be affected by the impacts of climate change,” said Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate ChangeNegotiators at the Conference are working to frame a successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol, which contains binding targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions but is set to expire in 2012.Adaptation has emerged as a major issue in the talks as projections indicate that rising sea level, river flooding, droughts and a scarcity of water will affect more people. The latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicates that between 75 and 250 million people in Africa could be affected by increased water stress by 2020. In Asian megadeltas, such as the Ganges-Brahmaputra, large populations are at risk due to and high exposure to sea-level rise, storm surge and river flooding.Mr. de Boer said that governments in Bali have clearly indicated that the time for concrete action on adaptation has come and that to carry out this action will require increased financial resources. These resources could come from the Kyoto Protocol’s Adaptation Fund, which already generates $36 million a year, and could potentially deliver about $1.5 billion in the period 2008-2012 if projects still in the pipeline are taken into account. “There’s this quite strong feeling that a number of commitments in those areas, commitments from the past, have not been met and will be conveniently forgotten when we switch to a new agenda item called the future,” he said, voicing hope that this would change.Overall, Mr. de Boer said progress at the Bali Conference was “looking good” as a negotiating group on ways of reaching a future climate change agreement held its first meeting in Bali. He stressed that the Conference will not finalize a post-2012 climate deal, but can “put in place a two-year process to work towards such a deal.” 5 December 2007A senior United Nations official told the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali today that any delay in addressing the issue of adaptation could be called “an attack on the poor.” read more

Ensuring child rights still a challenge 20 years after treaty – UN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the Convention, which has been ratified by 193 States, has inspired new approaches and advances in child survival and education, as well as increased awareness of children’s specific problems.“But realizing the rights in the Convention remains a huge challenge,” he told a special event in New York, just one of over 160 events taking place worldwide to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the landmark treaty by the UN General Assembly.The Convention articulates a set of universal children’s rights, such as the right to an identity, a name and a nationality, the right to an education, and rights to the highest possible standards of health and protection from abuse and exploitation.The Secretary-General noted that millions of children still die before their fifth birthday from largely preventable causes. Millions more lack access to clean food, water and education, and are victims of violence and exploitation. “That is why children should always have the first claim on our attention and resources,” stated Mr. Ban, who met earlier in the day with youth activists, including from Brazil, Kenya and Pakistan. However, this is especially true now, at a time when multiple crises threaten the poorest people, particularly in developing countries, he added. “Children must be at the heart of our thinking on climate change, on the food crisis, and on the other challenges we are addressing on a daily basis.” The head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) also stressed that much more remains to be done, despite all that has been achieved during the past 20 years. “That an estimated 8.8 million children continue to die before they celebrate their fifth birthday is simply unacceptable,” Executive Director Ann M. Veneman declared.She also shared the stories of some of the children she has met during her travels, such as the girls in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who have been subject to sexual violence, the boys who were abandoned by their families as witches in central Africa, and children abducted from their families and forced to serve as child soldiers or sex slaves. “As we mark the 20th anniversary of the Convention, let us remember the unspeakable violations of rights that occur almost daily to the most innocent of innocents, children,” she told the event, which was emceed by UNICEF’s Advocate for Children Affected by War, Ishmael Beah, a best-selling author and former child soldier from Sierra Leone.“The world must build on the progress achieved to ensure that stories such as theirs become part of the past.”Earlier this week, as part of its commemoration of the Convention’s anniversary, UNICEF launched a special edition of its flagship The State of the World’s Children report, tracking the impact of the treaty and the challenges that remain.Among other things, the report stressed that the rights of girls still require special attention, noting that the majority of children not attending primary school are girls, and girls are more likely to suffer sexual violence, be trafficked or forced into child marriage. In many regions they are also less likely to receive essential healthcare. 20 November 2009The Convention on the Rights of the Child has become the most widely accepted human rights treaty in history, but 20 years after its adoption, much more remains to be done to turn its promises into reality for millions worldwide, top United Nations officials said today. read more

In meeting with Serbian official Ban welcomes easing of tensions in northern

9 February 2012The situation in northern Kosovo and the ongoing process of European Union-facilitated dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade topped the agenda during talks today between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Serbia’s Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic. In the meeting, held a day after a Security Council debate on the work of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Mr. Ban voiced satisfaction with the recent reduction of tensions and the progress made in restoring freedom of movement in northern Kosovo, his spokesperson said.Mr. Ban commended the positive contribution of Belgrade to the lowering of tensions and encouraged its continued constructive engagement.The Secretary-General also asked Mr. Jeremic for Belgrade’s close cooperation with UNMIK and others to ensure that tensions would not escalate as a result of the upcoming referendum being organized by the Kosovo Serbs in the north.In the Council yesterday, Edmond Mulet, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told the meeting that a resumption of dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo had eased tensions on the ground, but other significant political challenges persisted. read more

Brock lore Sculpture causes controversy

Coined by Brock employees and students as the Rhino, the Cannon, and most popular, the  Bullet, over the years the She Wolf sculpture has acted as a central meeting place for student lovers, friendly hangouts, and at times, drunken debauchery. It’s also been the source of heated controversy.She Wolf arrived on Brock’s campus in 1992 as part of The Teutloff Collection. In 1988, Lutz Teutloff, director of a commercial art gallery in Germany and collector of works by international artists, along with then-president Terry White, developed a plan by which Brock would accept 12 works of art as a loan from Teutloff. The works would be carefully chosen by Teutloff – works that he felt were particularly “open” and accessible to students and other viewers in an educational context like a university.Upon its arrival, She Wolf was met with controversy and outrage. Members of the Fine Arts Committee and other members of the Brock community were unhappy they were not consulted about the acquisition.“The Fine Arts Committee was mandated to help Brock create and follow through with a vision for what the institution should collect – Canadian art,” said Lesley Bell (BA ’88, BA ’90), visual resources librarian at Brock University. “Which this sculpture and others immediately arriving at Brock were decidedly not.”People were also upset at She Wolf’s appearance. “Without interpretation,” said Bell, “the appearance of the work gave it a sinister, cartoonish meaning.”What’s more, according to a Brock Press article dated Dec. 2, 1992, “Pat Wilson said the term ‘She Wolf’ in Latin means prostitute, and Stella Slade stated that the Women’s Studies department wants the statue removed.”But once the controversy cooled and explanations about the work’s meaning circulated, the Brock community began to appreciate its campus artworks. “It seemed a new piece was arriving on a yearly basis,” said Bell. “The community came to anticipate a new arrival with curiosity. The university even produced a small brochure that invited people to take a walking tour of the sculpture collection.”Facts about She Wolf:Brock University Visual Arts professor Derek Knight coordinated an informative illustrated book about the Teutloff Collection in 2002. In the publication, essayist Mark Daniel Choen, director for the Drew University Semester on Contemporary Art, explains the sculptor Ilan Averbuch’s intentions. “She Wolf is the head set on its side — dislocated, thrown off its kilter, positioned to permit a view of its interior, which is hollow, without substance, empty. The form also resembles a missile, a weapon of destruction, as well as the she wolf of the title — a clear reference to the legend of Romulus and Remus, sons of Mars, the god of war, who were raised by a she wolf and who became the founders of ancient Rome, and thus of civilization.”Wasps love the cozy wood interior of She Wolf and students congregating in and/or around the artwork risk being stung.She Wolf was a target of graffiti once, which presented a real headache. Bell said “the sculpture is clad in copper that forms its own protective oxide, turning blue-green. In stripping the paint, the oxide would be stripped as well. Brock’s Department of Facilities Management had to consult with a conservator and they did a great job without noticeable harm done to the work.”To see what other Brock grads had to say about She Wolf, check out December 16th’s Facebook thread at you have any rumours, tales or Brock lore to share about She Wolf? Do you have any suggestions for future Brock lore topic? If so, please comment on this article. read more

Did Facebook data help Trump Great Hack explores scandal

NEW YORK — The new documentary “The Great Hack” captures how Facebook’s cavalier handling of user data in the Cambridge Analytica scandal posed a threat to democracy.But it doesn’t prove the filmmakers’ claims that the ill-gotten data helped elect Donald Trump.The movie, out on Netflix and some theatres Wednesday, follows former Cambridge Analytica executive Brittany Kaiser around the world, from the Burning Man festival in Nevada to a pool at a hideout in Thailand to a flight from New York to testify in Robert Mueller’s investigation on 2016 election interference. She reveals internal emails, calendar entries and video sales pitches, although the movie doesn’t quite connect the dots on what the documents really say.Instead, the movie is mostly a recap of what’s already been reported in various news outlets. If you’ve never heard of Cambridge Analytica, or you aren’t steeped in all the details of the scandal that landed Mark Zuckerberg in front of Congress and his company under major federal investigations, “The Great Hack” provides a good overview on way companies like Facebook collect and use data to influence your thinking. It’s also worth watching for a reminder of the tremendous power and threat of Big Data.Cambridge Analytica drew data through a Facebook app that purported to be a psychological research tool. Roughly 270,000 people downloaded and shared personal details with the app. Under Facebook’s policies at the time, the app was able to draw information from those users’ friends as well, even though those friends never consented. Facebook said as many as 87 million people might have had their data accessed.The app was designed by then-Cambridge University psychology professor Aleksandr Kogan. Cambridge Analytica, whose clients included Trump’s 2016 general election campaign, paid Kogan for a copy of the data, even though the firm was not authorized to have that information. Cambridge Analytica shifted the blame to Kogan, who in turn accused Facebook of trying to deflect attention from what he called its own negligent and systematic exposure of user data. The scandal broke in March 2018 after newspapers reported that Cambridge Analytica still had data it had promised to delete after learning of its questionable origins.Listening to Kaiser, a self-described whistleblower, you might think Cambridge Analytica won the election for Trump. Kaiser, who was the firm’s business development director, explained that the data helped Cambridge Analytica identify “persuadable voters.” She said the firm targeted blogs, websites, articles, videos and ads specifically at them “until they saw the world the way we wanted them to.”David Carroll, a Parsons School of Design professor who is also heavily featured in the movie, said that given how close the election was in certain states, just turning a “tiny slice of the population” was enough.Federal election records show that the Trump campaign paid Cambridge Analytica roughly $6 million. Cambridge Analytica said it never used Kogan’s data in its work for Trump. The Trump campaign also denied using the firm’s data.Experts say Cambridge Analytica’s influence was plausible but inconclusive.“They had the data, (but) it’s not quite clear how it was fully rolled out,” Jennifer Grygiel, a Syracuse University communications professor, told The Associated Press. “It looks like they did take some kind of action. We just don’t have enough detail to see what kind of impact it had.”But she said Cambridge Analytica’s work cannot be taken in isolation.Not until 12 minutes before the credits roll does the movie mention other factors at play, including a Russian-led misinformation campaign centred on fake posts and ads to sow discontent in the U.S. electorate. It was then that Kaiser expresses doubt: “Maybe I wanted to believe that Cambridge Analytica was just the best. It’s a convenient story to believe.”Kaiser told the U.K. Parliament last year that Cambridge had also worked with Brexit supporters. Among other things, “The Great Hack” shows footage of Kaiser on stage during the Leave.EU campaign launch. It also shows Leave.EU’s online statement on hiring the firm. But Cambridge Analytica has denied involvement in the campaign for the U.K. to leave the European Union.It’s not surprising that Cambridge Analytica’s marketing pitches, as disclosed by Kaiser and through undercover footage captured by Britain’s Channel 4, would boast of the company’s capabilities. And it’s not surprising that the company would seek to minimize its role once caught. The truth is likely somewhere in between — but just where, the movie doesn’t explore.The original Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, Chris Wylie, told the U.K. Parliament that it doesn’t really matter whether the firm succeeded.“When you’re caught in the Olympics doping, there’s not a debate about how much illegal drug you took, right? Or, ‘Well, he probably would have come in first anyway,’” Wylie said in a snippet included in the movie. “If you’re caught cheating, you lose your medal.”He was discussing the potential role Cambridge Analytica played in Brexit, but his sentiment could have easily applied to Trump. In other words, it’s bad enough that this was going on, irrespective of whether it worked.The movie could have left it there. Instead, it tries to suggest a larger influence, without fully exploring those dynamics.British investigative journalist Carole Cadwalladr, who broke the initial stories on the scandal for The Guardian newspaper, noted in the movie that Cambridge Analytica “actually points to this much bigger, more worrying story, which is that our personal data is out there and being used against us in ways we don’t understand.”The movie tries to illustrate that through Carroll’s quest to get information on what Cambridge Analytica had on him. His efforts were ultimately rebuffed, and the filmmakers didn’t learn more on their own. Nor did the movie explore Facebook’s own attitudes toward data or what Syracuse professor Grygiel described as a fake news environment for Cambridge Analytica to exploit.“If I were to make a movie today, it would not be about Cambridge Analytica,” Grygiel said. “It would be about Facebook Inc. and the depth of their influence.”Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press read more

UNs Rwanda and exYugoslav tribunals flag challenges as mandates near end

Theodor Meron, President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, told the Security Council that the health of accused individuals and staff attrition had caused delays in some cases. The so-called Residual Mechanism is mandated to take over and finish the remaining tasks of both tribunals once their mandates expire. But Mr. Meron said: “By the end of this year, the forecasts provided by presiding Judges indicate that the ICTY will have completed its work on all but two trials and two appeals.”“While various cases have suffered delays, these can each be counted as a matter of months, and the last cases are still expected to be completed in 2017, as predicted in the ICTY’s previous forecasts,” he said.Mr. Meron also reassured Council members that ”when the history of the ICTY is written, it is this legacy, not limited delays in projected delivery dates, that will be remembered and, I believe, celebrated.”ICTY Prosecutor Serge Brammertz said the countries of the former Yugoslavia continued to cooperate with the Office and to respond, as needed, to requests for assistance. This included, on high-profile cases, joint arrest operations conducted by the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.Mr. Brammertz also said the trial judgments of former Serbian leader Vojislav Seselj and former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic are “estimated to be delivered later this year.”The President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), Vagn Joensen, said the Appeals Chamber had completed its work with respect to all appeals from the trial judgments, with the exception of Nyiramasuhuko et al. – or the Butare case – concerning six persons and that the formal closure of the Tribunal is still expected to occur before the end of 2015. He also drew attention to “the very troubling issue of relocating the acquitted and convicted released persons still residing in Arusha,” the Tanzanian city where the Tribunal is based.“The issue of relocation remains a daunting one and the challenges that the ICTR has faced with relocating these persons, some of which have been residing in a UN safe house for over a decade, have been brought to this Council’s attention on numerous occasions,” he said.Hassan B. Jallow, the Prosecutor of the Rwanda Tribunal and of the International Residual Mechanism for both courts, said the Mechanism Office of the Prosecutor continued to take over functions from the Rwanda and former Yugoslavia Tribunals. read more

Heidi Loke to join Storhamar

← Previous Story CLOSED-CYCLE: Hendrik Pekeler to THW Kiel in summer 2018! Next Story → HBC Nantes to keep line-player Senjamin Buric! Legend of this game, Heidi Loke (35) won’t back to Hungarian Gyor after she will give a birth to her second son, but to Norwegian Storhamar handball!Three-times World’s Handball Player of the Year (2011, 2013 and 2014) by decided to join ambitious team which is currently on the fifth place in Norwegian League.Heidi Loke spent the most fruitful part of career in Gyor since 2011, where she came from Larvik HK (2008-2011).

I dont see any possible future 15000 people left homeless by Italys

first_img Image: AP Photo/Sandro Perozzi A view of a damaged house in the village of Pieve Torina, Italy. Monday 31 Oct 2016, 11:40 AM By AFP 12,351 Views A view of a damaged house in the village of Pieve Torina, Italy. Image: AP Photo/Sandro Perozzi “I don’t see any possible future” – 15,000 people left homeless by Italy’s most powerful earthquake in 36 years Experts said it was remarkable that the quake had not resulted in any more fatalities. Share20 Tweet Email Oct 31st 2016, 11:40 AM We have always bounced back after other earthquakes but we’ve never had to deal with one as strong as this.Much of Italy’s land mass and some of its surrounding waters are prone to seismic activity with the highest risk concentrated along its mountainous central spine.Just over 300 people perished when a quake struck in 2009 near the city of L’Aquila, just to the south of the region affected by the most recent tremors.In 1980, a quake near Naples left 3,000 dead and an estimated 95,000 died in the 1908 Messina disaster, when a powerful quake in the waters between mainland Italy and Sicily sent massive tsunami waves crashing into both coasts.© – AFP, 2016Read: 14th century basilica reduced to rubble after Italy’s most powerful quake in 36 yearsRead: Two separate earthquakes within two hours hit central Italy 6 Comments ITALIAN AUTHORITIES SAID they were taking care of more than 15,000 people left homeless by the country’s most powerful earthquake in nearly 40 years.Although Sunday’s 6.6-magnitude tremor did not result in any deaths, the third powerful quake in just over two months has left thousands of homes in ruins or structurally unsafe and emptied a string of villages and small towns across the country’s mountainous central regions.The majority of residents of the devastated villages and towns have taken refuge with friends and family as they anxiously await a green light to return to their homes.But the national civil protection agency said today it was providing assistance to 15,000 people affected by yesterday’s quake, which was so powerful it caused cracks in buildings in Rome, some 120 kilometres (75 miles) away from the epicentre near the Umbrian town of Norcia.Some 4,000 people from the worst-hit area around Norcia have been sent to hotels on the Adriatic coast with another 500 taken by bus to the inland Lake Trasimeno.More than 10,000 are being put up in converted sports halls and other temporary facilities, including tents, across Umbria and the neighbouring Marche region, the protection agency said.Rome basilica crackedA further 1,100 people are still in Adriatic coast hotels as a result of the 24 August Amatrice earthquake, which left nearly 300 dead.Given the strength of yesterday’s new quake, experts said it was remarkable that it had not resulted in any more fatalities. A firefighter steps over cracks in a road in Norcia, central Italy. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIt did however take a heavy toll on the country’s rich architectural heritage with the 14th Century Basilica of St Benedict and the 13th Century Civic Tower in Amatrice among the buildings unable to resist yet another reminder of how vulnerable much of Italy is to seismic shocks.Nearly all schools in Rome were closed today for structural checks and there was traffic chaos in the east of the capital because of the closure of a key flyover for assessment by engineers.A large crack appeared in the facade of one of Rome’s four principal papal churches, the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls.The quake was Italy’s biggest since a 6.9-magnitude one struck the south of the country in 1980, leaving 3,000 people dead.It has been followed by hundreds of powerful aftershocks feared to have further compromised the safety of buildings in the affected area. A damaged facade of an elementary school is seen in Caldarola, near Tolentino, central Italy. Source: AP Photo/Sandro Perozzi‘I see no future’With many roads blocked by landslips or huge boulders dislodged by the quake, civil protection chief Fabrizio Curcio and reconstruction supremo Vasco Errani were surveying the damage by helicopter.Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was vowed that every damaged house will be rebuilt and that communities he described as part of “the soul of the country” would not be abandoned. A couple walks away with their belongings outside the partially collapsed historical walls of Norcia, central Italy. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesBut after the trauma of three major quakes in such quick succession, the future of the already sparsely populated affected areas looks bleak.“At the moment I don’t see any possible future,” evacuated Norcia resident Antonella Ridolfi told AFP.“Everything here will have to be rebuilt. There is nothing really solid left in the centre. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Pet rescuers seek help from community after van breaks down

first_imgThe group is hoping good karma comes their way — in the form of a new van to transport the cats.“We’re really looking for some help from our community. Unfortunately, our transport vehicle just isn’t reliable,” said Morales.The van would have to be able to comfortably take dozens of crates of kittens up to Vermont and Connecticut, and it all has to be done in a week.“We only have seven days to get the cats to Connecticut and Vermont, as their health certificates expire then, and they cost us $1,200 to complete,” said Sofia Morales of Good Karma in an email to 7News.Information on the group and how to help can be found on the group’s website, Facebook page and PayPal account page.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida pet rescue organization made a “cat-call” to the community for help, Wednesday night, after their van broke down.The van, belonging to Good Karma Pet Rescue of South Florida, broke down about three hours into its journey from Fort Lauderdale.“Fifty cats and kittens were on their way to our rescue partners, where they have a cat shortage, where down here, we have a cat surplus,” said Sofia Morales with Good Karma.“When we went to go from Daytona [Beach], the van just completely shut down. Luckily, it was before we got on [Interstate 95], and we were able to pull over to the side,” Maria Medina, a volunteer driver.Once the van was able to start, the group returned home in case the vehicle couldn’t make the trip. It later turned out that they were right to do so.“We pulled in this morning at 7 in the morning, and one of the breaks started smoking,” said Medina.Now 50 felines are back at a packed foster home until transportation is resolved. last_img read more

State Will Answer Most Of FERCs Questions By June

first_imgAmong the information FERC still needs from the state for the project’s environmental review:Further analysis of alternative sites for the proposed natural gas liquefaction plant and LNG marine terminal.More details on AGDC’s mitigation plans for reducing impacts on fish and wildlife.More detailed wildlife habitat mapping. The AGDC has been working the past year to provide missing information and further details about the $43 billion project’s proposed construction and operation plans. The AGDC told FERC on April 6 that it will have answers by mid-summer to their latest round of questions for preparation of the Alaska LNG project’s environmental impact statement. FERC presented its latest round of information requests to the state in back in February. FERC anticipates to have the EIS by Alaska LNG project updates prepared by former Kenai Borough chief of staff Larry Persily: “What we’re seeing is the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation nearing the end of responding to questions from Federal regulators for information that needs to be included in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).”  According to Persily, most of the remaining questions will be answered in April, May and June, AGDC reported to FERC in a 24-page listing April 6. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation has released a timeline for responses to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissions most recent questions on the AK LNG project.last_img read more

3 dead 4 injured after roof collapsed in Karnatakas Kalaburagi

first_imgKalaburagi roof collapsetwitterThree people have been confirmed dead and four injured in Kalaburagi after the roof of a house collapsed over people during the wee hours of Saturday, June 1.The incident took place at Mangalgi village of Chitapur Taluk in Kalaburagi. The injured people have been shifted to a hospital and are under critical conditions.The police have registered a case over the incident.last_img

DC Preps For Pope Francis Visit

first_imgMigdalia Root has dreamed of seeing the pope since she was a girl attending St. Ephraim Catholic Church in the Dyker Heights area of Brooklyn.  A devout Catholic, Root visited Vatican City hoping to catch a glimpse of Pope John Paul II, without any luck.  Now, a grandmother and retired District of Columbia civil servant, the St. Vincent de Paul parishioner has joined other anxious adherents praying their names are selected to attend a D.C. mass to be led by Pope Francis.Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)Root said it is imperative that all Catholics accept the Pope as a direct connection to God and God’s expectations, especially in times of social crisis. “There are many issues in life that require a spiritual response rather than a political one, or a popular one,” Root said.  “As we turn against one another more and more over racial and political differences, a spiritual authority is needed to anchor us. That is the Pope.”According to Catholic historian and Benedictine monk Cyprian Davis in The History of Black Catholics in the United States, the needs of Black Catholics are of the upmost concern as “Black and Brown” membership now outnumbers that of Whites. “Go to Rome and about every third person in religious garb or collar is Brown skinned or Black, Davis wrote. “Asians and Africans have made our church, in its very center, a truly universal church.”While Pope Francis is expected to address topics including forgiveness for women who have had abortions, race or racism isn’t among them.  Still, if the climate at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops held in June is any indication, race could unexpectedly take center stage.At the St. Louis gathering, the organization’s president, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz offered a statement directly challenging the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, which said in part, “Racism is an evil which endures in our society and in our church.  . . . We must address root causes of these conflicts – a violent, sorrowful history of racial injustice, accompanied by a lack of educational, employment, and housing opportunities.”For Marcus Spicer, a long-time congregant of St. Augustine’s in Northwest, the pope’s visit will help redirect some of his energy to God’s purpose for his life. “It has made me take stock in my fears about being a young, Black man in a world that is often unkind and judgmental,” Spicer said. “Since the bishops started the ball rolling, I pray the Pope picks it up and helps this nation heal.”If Pope Francis wants to heal Catholics in America, his first visit to the U.S. is his chance. He will be in the District of Columbia from Sept. 22-24. Later, he will travel to New York City and Philadelphia.While in Washington, he will visit President Obama at the White House on Sept. 23, and will become the first pope to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Sept. 24. Religious events in the District include a Sept. 23 mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception; prayer meetings with Catholic bishops at St. Matthews Cathedral, a stop at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and visiting charities associated with the Archdiocese of Washington.Pope Francis will be the third pontiff to visit Washington. Pope John Paul II came to Washington and met with President Carter, among others, in 1979, and President George W. Bush greeted Pope Benedict XVI April 15, 2008, at Andrews Air Force Base, a first for a U.S. president.In 1979, then D.C. Mayor Marion Barry and his wife, Effi, met Pope John Paul II and in 2009, then D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty escorted Pope Benedict XVI around the city. It’s not clear at this point whether D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser will have an opportunity to meet Pope Francis.Franklin Garcia, the District’s statehood U.S. representative, is a member of the Catholic Church and can’t wait for the pontiff’s arrival. “This is a historic visit because this is the first pope from Latin America and the Washington area has a large Hispanic population,” Garcia said. “It is really special that he will hold the Sept. 23 mass in Spanish and that means he recognizes the magnitude of Hispanics in this nation.”Garcia said his position as an elected official in the District doesn’t give him special access to the pontiff. “I will have the best seat because I will be watching him on television,” he said.His colleague, D.C. Council member LaRuby May (D-Ward 8), said she wants Pope Francis to come to her ward for a tour. The pontiff is very compassionate toward the poor and May notes, ironically, that he is not scheduled to visit the city’s low-income and working-class neighborhoods.“Ward 8 needs resources and his presence could have brought that out,” May said. “We have Catholic institutions in the ward like Lady of Perpetual Help Church and Saint Teresa Avila Catholic Church and we have a number of Ward 8 residents who are Catholic. It would have been great for the ward if he could have come here but that wasn’t my decision to make.”last_img read more

New data from PAMELA provides better measure of positrons

first_img Physicists create tabletop antimatter ‘gun’ Citation: New data from PAMELA provides better measure of positrons (2013, August 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further PAMELA is launched onboard a Resurs-DK1 Russian satellite by a Soyuz rocket in June 2006. Journal information: Physical Review Letters More information: Cosmic-Ray Positron Energy Spectrum Measured by PAMELA, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 081102 (2013) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.081102AbstractPrecision measurements of the positron component in the cosmic radiation provide important information about the propagation of cosmic rays and the nature of particle sources in our Galaxy. The satellite-borne experiment PAMELA has been used to make a new measurement of the cosmic-ray positron flux and fraction that extends previously published measurements up to 300 GeV in kinetic energy. The combined measurements of the cosmic-ray positron energy spectrum and fraction provide a unique tool to constrain interpretation models. During the recent solar minimum activity period from July 2006 to December 2009, approximately 24?500 positrons were observed. The results cannot be easily reconciled with purely secondary production, and additional sources of either astrophysical or exotic origin may be required.center_img Experiments conducted over the past several years have shown that under certain conditions there are more positrons striking the Earth than theories have predicted. That has led to new theories to explain the seeming anomaly, such as suggestions that they come from pulsars, or more exotically, from collisions between dark matter particles. More specifically, researchers have found a continuous rise in the number of positrons relative to electrons at energies of 10 GeV and above. According to everything astrophysicists know, that just shouldn’t be happening. The new data from PAMELA doesn’t offer any hard evidence of why the number of positrons increase or where they are coming from, rather it provides a more detailed, clear picture of what is occurring.Up until now, measurements of positrons—taken from research balloons, planes and even from PAMELA—have used a method to count positrons called the positron-electron fraction, which is a ratio obtained by comparing the number of positrons observed over a period of time relative to the number of electrons. All have confirmed the rise in positrons at high energies. The new data from PAMELA (collected over the period 2006-2009) offers a more detailed assessment of the number of positrons, called absolute numbers—which are the actual number of positrons observed over a given length of time. The new numbers have been made possible by using new technology that not only measures positrons observed, but accurately measures the ones that are missed due to less than perfect measuring instruments. The researchers report that 24,500 positrons were observed by PAMELA over the course of the experimental run.The research team suggests that the new data, because it is more accurate, should help to cull the various theories that have cropped up to explain what is occurring with the positrons and might perhaps quash suggestions that they come about due to dark matter events. © 2013 ( —A large team made up of researchers from several European countries (Italy, Russia, Sweden and Germany) has published, in the journal Physical Review Letters, the latest findings from the Payload for Antimatter/Matter Exploration and Light-nuclei Astrophysics—PAMELA—satellite project. In addition to publishing raw data, the team offers an interpretation of findings as they relate to the excess of positrons (electron antiparticles) observed at high energies. 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.last_img read more

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first_imgArun Pandit’s last show at the Visual Arts Gallery in Delhi was described as a milestone in the evolution of a sculptor who uses personal experience to create sculptures that speak in the rhythm of the human metaphor. Looking at Pandit’s works in this show he recalls the words of Harold Rosenberg – ‘A contemporary painting or sculpture is a species of centaur—half art  materials half words’-  as he creates images that are blurred in the light of the internet frustrations and experiences that happen when we are faced with the kinetic words, what he describes as – Error 404. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Arun explains his experience and his journey, ‘For me the internet experience is a kind of disorientation which is the beginning and end and in that way it’s like  a closed question, that operates  in a basic perceptual textbook in the human psyche, which also tells the  reader, “You see the image one way, and if you turn it in space then it becomes different experientially.” But in my work I also have a peculiar kind of  disorientation that comprises the entirely of the invitation  to the viewer because it  engenders in him or her a level of curiosity like never before.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixPandit’s work is about analysis. He doesn’t want the sculptural pieces to be an act of analysis by themselves. He wants the pieces to be the collective conscious  clump that his art  is analyzing. Whether it be the couple reading the newspaper, or the mirrored bull he  wants all the aspects that he is juxtaposing  to be pushing against each other at once and as a unit. Pandit  says: ‘ I’m not interested in taking things apart, I’m interested in what happens when they stay together, when they are together.’The power of this show lies in its ability to draw the viewer into its maw. Pandit also draws our attention to  the image of art as a tool-because sculpture  is part of the larger question of what that tool of thought  is used for.last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories GLENDALE, Ariz. – Two days prior, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians announced all players, with the exception of linebacker Kareem Martin, would be available for its season-opening showdown against the New England Patriots.In other words, there would be several healthy scratches.The same cannot be said of the Patriots.The Cardinals’ inactives included Martin plus safety Marqui Christian, running back Stepfan Taylor, guard Cole Toner, as well as defensive tackles Olsen Pierre, Ed Stinson and Xavier Williams. Martin is expected to miss another week, maybe two, due to a knee injury. He suffered a sprained MCL in the preseason finale against Denver.That same game, Taylor hurt his knee. His injury, however, is not considered serious.For the Patriots, who were already minus quarterback Tom Brady and defensive end Rob Ninkovich because of suspension, they arrived in the Valley without tight end Rob Gronkowski and a pair of offensive linemen, Jonathan Cooper, the former Cardinals first-round draft pick, and Nate Solder.All three were ruled out due to injury.Gronkowski is dealing with a hamstring issue as is Solder, while Cooper remained in Boston with a foot problem.The others not in uniform for New England are tight end Clay Harbor, linebacker Elandon Roberts, cornerback Eric Rowe and running back D.J. Foster, the former Arizona State Sun Devil.The Cardinals open their 11th season at University of Phoenix Stadium. All 107 games played in the building, including this week, have sold out.“Oh gosh, we’ve won a lot of close games because of our fans,” Arians said. “I think we might lead the league in fourth quarter wins the last few years, or close game wins, and I think a ton of it is due to our fan base and how great they are in the stadium.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Follow Craig Grialou on Twittercenter_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington (38) makes a sliding catch in front of linebacker Kareem Martin (96) during practice at the NFL football teams training camp, Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

Turkish Cypriots cross to mark Kokkina bombing anniversary Update 2

first_imgTurkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on Wednesday called on the Greek Cypriot side to “exercise common sense” and to work with him for a better and brighter future on the island.Akinci was addressing over 1,100 Turkish Cypriots who crossed in the morning by bus through Limnitis or went by boat to the former Kokkina enclave to mark the 54th anniversary of the bombing of Tylliria by the Turkish air force in 1964.Over 50 people were killed in total during the three-day standoff, including 19 civilians. The Greek Cypriot victims of the bombing will be commemorated at a memorial this coming Sunday.Following the outbreak of intercommunal violence in December 1963, Turkish Cypriots had established a bridgehead at Kokkina in 1964, being provided with arms, volunteers and materials from Turkey.Seeing the incursion as a major threat, the Cypriot government launched an attack leading to the Turkish retaliation. It only ended after an UN-backed ceasefire was called.In his speech on Wednesday, Akinci lauded “the martyrs” who sacrificed their lives at Kokkina.“Turkish Cypriots, unlike the Greek Cypriots, have never had aspirations to impose their authority, rule or control over the other community,” he said, calling on the Greek Cypriot side to “to exercise common sense” and to work with him for a better and brighter future on the island.The root cause of the intractable Cyprus issue, he said, was the desire of the Greek Cypriots to be the sole owners of the island.“The only thing the Turkish Cypriots wanted and want is to live freely and peacefully on this island without being forced under the domination of the other community,” he added.Akinci also said there were numerous domestic problems that could be solved in the north, even absent a settlement, but that did not mean the Turkish Cypriot side would not continue to work for a peace deal. Cyprus talks collapsed last summer in Switzerland and the UN chief is to decide in the Autumn whether there is any point launching a new effort.He said the conflict of the past had had a cost for both Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots and called on the Greek Cypriots “to abandon their intransigence” and acknowledge that the island belongs to both the Turkish Cypriot people and the Greek Cypriot people.Akinci also touched on the hydrocarbons issue, repeating that any natural resources discovered off the coast of Cyprus was the property of both sides. He warned that failure to share the resources could ignite new tensions and conflicts in the region.Earlier in the day a convoy of 61 mini buses carrying 1,131 Turkish Cypriots crossed at the Limnitis checkpoint on the island’s north-west to reach Kokkina. Others travelled by boat from Kyrenia, as was done in the past, before Limnitis was opened, while Akinci was flown in by helicopter.  You May LikeHealth & Human Research10 Ways You Never Knew You Could Eat AvocadoHealth & Human ResearchUndoLilAnswer7 Practical Uses of Lemon You Should Know!LilAnswerUndoAmazing PagesBest Caribbean Beaches For You To VisitAmazing PagesUndo Rouhani hopes British PM Johnson’s “familiarity” with Iran will help improve relationsUndoFour dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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