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Veganism could save the world, new study argues

first_imgHow can we grow enough food to feed a skyrocketing population, while still leaving some room for nature? To find out, researchers ran hundreds of food production simulations under different conditions—like organic versus high-yield farming, and plant-based versus meat-based diets. They recorded whether each combination of strategies was “feasible”—whether enough food could be produced to feed the estimated 2050 world population without expanding the area of farmland people already use. Diet was the biggest determinant of success, the team reports today in Nature Communications. Of the scenarios that included everyone in the world eating a diet consisting entirely of plants, 100% were feasible. But because of the amount of land it takes to raise animals for meat—about twice as much as for crops—only 15% of the scenarios with typical meat-heavy Western diets were feasible. No other factor had that large of an effect, not even switching to farming practices like extra fertilizer use to make land more productive. The study does have lots of assumptions built in, like totally free trade between countries, which would mean that food can always get to where it’s needed. Plus, the research can’t say anything about the political and cultural challenges involved with getting people to change their diet. But it does show that, in theory, it’s possible to keep feeding the world without cutting down more forests for new farmland.last_img read more

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Korean thaw raises hopes for scientific cooperation

first_imgA handshake between North Korea’s Kim Jong Un (left) and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in (right) could open the way to scientific ties. By Dennis NormileMay. 1, 2018 , 4:45 PM Korean thaw raises hopes for scientific cooperation South Korea’s scientists are welcoming the outcome of last week’s historic summit with North Korea, which has raised hopes for a permanent peace treaty between the longtime foes. The joint statement signed by North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in calls for “more active cooperation, exchanges, visits and contacts at all levels.” It does not mention science. But researchers are confident that the sentiments apply to research, too.“Surely the agreement between Mr. Moon and Mr. Kim creates an opportunity to restart talks over cooperative research,” says Ryu In-Chang, a geologist at Kyungpook National University in Daegu, South Korea. Nascent collaborations have been cut short in the past. But given the dramatic shift from confrontation to diplomacy, including an upcoming summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump, “I think the current situation is different,” says computer scientist Park Chan-Mo. Park, a former president of South Korea’s Pohang University of Science and Technology and a veteran of North-South scientific exchanges.One area of potential cooperation is public health. At an 18 April forum sponsored by the Korea Federation of Science and Technology Societies in Seoul, Shin Hee Young, a Seoul National University Hospital pediatric oncologist, described an analysis of North Korean scientific publications indicating that the north is struggling to contain multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and parasitic diseases rarely seen in the south. 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Paektu unleashed a massive eruption 1000 years ago, and seismic rumblings beneath the mountain in the mid-2000s led North Korea to reach out to geologists in the south and elsewhere for help in analyzing the threat. After several false starts, a pair of researchers from the United Kingdom visited Paektu in 2011. But South Korean geologists were not invited on that trip.Over the past year, scientists from South Korea and five other countries have been developing a proposal for installing a monitoring array in deep boreholes on Paektu to capture physical and chemical signals that might presage an eruption. So far, North Korean scientists have not taken part in the planning, says Lee Youn Soo, a geologist at the Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources in Daejeon, South Korea. But in late March, with the help of AAAS (which publishes Science), the group approached a Pyongyang-based nongovernmental organization (NGO) that works to arrange scientific exchanges with North Korea. Lee hopes joint research on Paektu will be a priority in negotiations to follow the recent summit.There is one place where scientists would like closer ties to keep things just as they are: the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between the two adversaries. Off-limits since the armistice ending hostilities in the Korean War was signed in 1953, the DMZ has become a 250-kilometer-long, 4-kilometer-wide biodiversity hot spot. It hosts an estimated 3500 plant and animal species, including endangered red-crowned cranes and rare Asiatic black bears. “Both war and peace could make this accidental paradise a zone of total destruction or a zone of overdevelopment,” says Seung-ho Lee, a co-founder of the East Meadow, New York–based DMZ Forum, an NGO that hopes to turn at least part of the zone into a nature conservation area.Hall Healy, an American conservationist who coordinates activities on the Korean peninsula for the International Crane Foundation, based in Baraboo, Wisconsin, says joint ecological studies in the DMZ could later be extended to other areas of the north. And optimists think North Korea is already showing signs of an interest in conservation: Last month the East Asian–Australasian Flyway Partnership—a network of governments and NGOs that works to preserve habitat for migratory birds—announced that North Korea will be its newest member.With reporting by Ahn Mi-Young in Seoul. 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Rahul Dravid’s experience guiding India U-19 team, says Avesh Khan

first_imgIndia’s Under-19 pacer Avesh Khan said on Friday the team’s coach, batting legend Rahul Dravid is sharing his vast experience trying to optimise their performance in match situations.Khan’s impressive bowling figures of 4 for 4 helped India bundle Bangladesh out for 76 and aided the hosts to an 82-run win on Friday.”Dravid told me to bowl stump to stump and that is what I tried to do. He is sharing with us all his experiences. He is telling us bowlers what to do from a batsman’s point of view. When we got out for 158 today morning, he did not say anything about winning or losing. He told us to go out there and give our hundred per cent,” Khan said.Also read: India U-19 register first win against Bangladesh The right-arm pacer said that defending such a modest total of 158 was tough.”The total was a small one, so it was tough defending it. It was necessary to take early wickets, otherwise we would have been in trouble,” Khan said.Speaking about his delivery which castled opener Saif Hassan in the very first ball of Bangladesh’s innings, the talent who hails from Indore said: “It was a normal delivery. I did not try to do much, did not want to give him room.”Khan also credited former India cricketer and his coach Amay Khurasiya for his success.”Whatever I am today, it is all because of him (Khurasiya),” said the 18-year-old.Bangladesh captain Mehidy Hassan Miraz rued his batsmen’s dismal performance.advertisement”As a bowling and fielding unit we were very good today. We started off really well with the ball to get them out for 158. But then we lost early wickets. We were also in a bit of a rush it seemed from the shot-making. Our batsmen just failed to produce runs today,” Miraz said.Miraz also said the wicket was good and had some life for both spinners and fast-bowlers.”It is a very good wicket. It has something in it for the spinners and the pacers as well.””We have been playing well in the last few games. But this was a new pitch and new ground so we had problems adjusting in the first game. It was, however, a very poor batting display,” he said.last_img read more

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Report: Inter 5 Chievo 0

first_imgInter 5 Chievo 0: Spalletti’s men go top of Serie A for first time in nearly two years Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 00:01 12/4/17 perisic-cropped Getty Images A brilliant performance helped Inter to a 5-0 win over Chievo which puts them top of Serie A for the first time in almost two years. Ivan Perisic grabbed a hat-trick as Inter crushed Chievo 5-0 to move to the top of Serie A for the first time since January 2016.Luciano Spalletti’s men were hoping to take full advantage of Napoli’s slip-up at home to Juventus on Saturday and did so in style, cruising to a third successive league victory.Although the home side wasted several good chances early on, they never looked back after taking the lead through Perisic’s 23rd-minute strike. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Mauro Icardi effectively put the game beyond Chievo with a powerful finish seven minutes before half-time, taking his tally to 16 in 15 league appearances this season.The hosts were far from done, however, with a quick-fire double early in the second half giving the scoreline a rather more impressive look, Perisic and Milan Skriniar getting the goals.Perisic completed the rout, and his treble, with a left-footed finish late on as Inter moved on to 39 points, one clear of Napoli.Inter looked every inch a side determined to put themselves top of the table, attacking Chievo relentlessly from the outset.They went close twice inside the first six minutes, with Andrea Ranocchia – playing in Serie A for the first time since mid-September – heading just over, before Antonio Candreva forced Stefano Sorrentino into a save from a tight angle.But Inter’s dominance paid off midway through the first half – Perisic blasting home on the rebound after Sorrentino had parried a Davide Santon effort into his path.It should have been 2-0 soon after, but Joao Mario failed to finish after being fed in the area by Icardi on the break.They did double their lead just before half-time, though, as Icardi raced on to Marcelo Brozovic’s through pass and found the net from an acute angle, with Sorrentino likely to be disappointed after getting a touch to it.16 – Inter have fired 16 shots in the first half, their joint-record in this season. Aggressive. #InterChievo— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) December 3, 2017Little changed in terms of the flow of the match after the break and Inter got their third just before the hour mark, Perisic pouncing on a poor pass and then drilling a left-footed effort across Sorrentino and into the bottom-right corner.And they scored another with their very next attack.Brozovic released Candreva with a wonderful pass up the right flank and the wing-back picked out Skriniar with an inch-perfect cross for an easy headed finish.WHAT A SHOW AT SAN SIRO @MauroIcardi, #Skriniar and a #Perisic hat-trick got the job done!A big week starts here, #InterIsComing pic.twitter.com/kmxH73Y7vd— Inter (@Inter_en) December 3, 2017Inter looked eager to score as many goals as possible and crafted another couple of chances in the final 10 minutes, with Perisic and Brozovic both going close from long range.And they did eventually add further gloss to the scoreline with a fifth, as Perisic dragged a left-footed effort into the bottom-right corner from the edge of the box to complete his hat-trick in stoppage time and wrap up a brilliant win. Key Opta stats: – Mauro Icardi has scored 16 goals in Serie A this season, the last player to have scored so many goals after the first 15 Serie A matchdays was Luca Toni in 2005/06 when he played for Fiorentina.- Inter have collected 39 points in Serie A, the last team to have taken so many points after the first 15 Serie A matchdays were Juventus in 2013/14 (40 points in that case).- Ivan Perisic scored his first hat-trick in the top 5 European Leagues.- The 39 shots attempted by Inter in this match is a record in this Serie A season.- Davide Santon made his 100th appearance for Inter in all competitions.  read morelast_img read more

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18 days agoMan City keeper Zack Steffen happy proving Bundesliga doubters wrong

first_imgTagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City keeper Zack Steffen happy proving Bundesliga doubters wrongby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveZack Steffen is delighted to be back in the Bundesliga with Fortuna Düsseldorf.The USA goalkeeper is on-loan at Fortuna Düsseldorf this season from Manchester City, having made the move this summer.The 24-year-old had once previously tried his luck in Germany. Between January 2015 and the summer of 2016, he was at SC Freiburg under contract. But he never made an appearance.”It felt right to take another step towards Europe,” Steffen told Kicker.”Now I’m more mature and I know what football is like in Germany.” last_img read more

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ACC Game Officially Moving Locations Due To Hurricane Florence

first_imgCHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – SEPTEMBER 25: The Virginia Cavaliers play host to the Syracuse Orangemen during NCAA football at Scott Stadium on September 25, 2004 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Virginia and Ohio will play this weekend, despite the impending arrival of Hurricane Florence. However, the game has been moved from Charlottesville to Nashville.Virginia announced the news moments ago. A report from the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the game would be moved surfaced earlier today.“Our top priority is the safety of everyone involved and I appreciate the understanding of our fans,” said Virginia AD Carla Williams in a statement.”We’re extremely grateful to Vanderbilt University and vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletics director David Williams for graciously supporting our efforts. We look forward to returning to Scott Stadium for the Louisville game on Sept. 22.”Because Vanderbilt is on the road at Notre Dame, Vanderbilt Stadium is available.Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. ET.Saturday’s @UVAFootball game against Ohio has been moved to Nashville due to Hurricane Florence. Details: https://t.co/H0B69qEq5B #GoHoos pic.twitter.com/NQwXr77Tok— Virginia Cavaliers (@VirginiaSports) September 11, 2018The television info for this game is still in the works, given the location change. It will be released in the coming days.Virginia is 1-1 on the season after losing last week to Indiana.last_img read more

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Algoma Welcomes 2nd Equinox Lake Bulker into Its Fleet

first_imgzoom Algoma Central Corporation has taken delivery of the second of eight new Equinox class lake bulk carriers from Nantong Mingde shipyard in China.The ship, named the Algoma Harvester, is being prepared for the long voyage to Canada and is expected to leave China shortly.When it arrives in Canada this summer, the Algoma Harvester will join its sister ship, the Algoma Equinox, as part of Algoma’s 32-vessel Canadian flagged Great Lakes fleet.The 2014 shipping season is off to a late start following the very harsh winter weather and record ice conditions on the Great Lakes. The addition of the Algoma Harvester will provide much needed capacity to help meet the needs of Canadian grain farmers to get last year’s record crop to market.Algoma is investing $300 million to construct six state of the art Equinox class vessels and CWB Inc. is constructing an additional two Equinox class vessels that will be managed by Algoma as part of the fleet operating in and around the Great Lakes / St. Lawrence Waterway.The Equinox Class represents the next generation of Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Waterway bulk cargo vessels. The ships have been designed to optimize fuel efficiency and operating performance thus minimizing environmental impact.A 45% improvement in energy efficiency over Algoma’s current fleet average is expected, resulting from the use of a modern Tier II compliant engine, increased cargo capacity, and improved hull form.In addition, a fully integrated IMO approved exhaust gas scrubber will remove 97% of all sulphur oxides from shipboard emissions. The use of exhaust gas scrubbers represents the first application of an IMO approved integrated scrubber on a Great Lakes – St. Lawrence vessel class.Algoma, May 15, 2014last_img read more

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Seaenergy Takes First of Seven Secondhand Bulkers

first_imgzoom Greek dry bulk specialist Seanergy Maritime Holdings has taken delivery of the first of seven second hand bulkers the company had arranged to buy for around USD 183 million in total back in August.The first dry bulk carrier in the series is the 170,024 dwt Capesize, which has been renamed M/V Premiership.M/V Premiership was built in 2010 by South Korea’s Sungdong SB and has been employed in the spot market.Seaenergy financed the purchase through a senior secured loan agreement and through a funding arrangement with its sponsor.The acquisition of the remaining vessels is expected to be completed by November 30, 2015.After the delivery of the remaining six vessels, Seaenergy will have a fleet of a total of eight dry bulk carriers, six Capesizes and two Supramaxes, with a combined cargo carrying capacity of approximately 1,145,553 dwt and an average fleet age of about 7.1 years.last_img read more

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Romelu Lukaku racially abused in Italy

first_imgCagliari: Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku was subjected to racial abuse during his side’s 2-1 victory against Cagliari in Serie A. The Belgian striker was on Sunday was targeted with monkey chants from the home crowd at the Sardegna Arena as he prepared to take the decisive spot-kick which sealed the match for Inter Milan. The 26-year-old former Manchester United striker looked in anger towards the stands before confidently converting his second goal in as many games for the Italian side. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe fans’ actions were condemned by Inter defender Milan Skriniar in a post-match interview. “There are things that must not be in football,” BBC Sport quoted Skriniar as saying. “Cagliari have a history for this,” said European football’s anti-discrimination body Fare. It should be noted that former Juventus forward Moise Kean was also on the receiving end of racial abuse by Cagliari fans at the same stadium last season. When asked about the chants, Inter boss Antonio Conte, however, said: “I really didn’t hear anything from the bench. However, it is true that more education is needed in Italy in general.” Cagliari was heavily criticised on its social media channels but the club has not yet addressed the incident which took place on Sunday.last_img read more

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Harper says no to renewed calls for public inquiry into missing and

first_imgAPTN National NewsSpeaking in Whitehorse Thursday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper again explained why his government would not call an inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women.There are renewed calls for a public inquiry after Tina Fontaine, 15, was pulled from the Red River in Winnipeg wrapped in a bag. Police say she was killed before she went into the river.APTN”s Shirley McLean now with more.last_img

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Two faith leaders arrested in Kinder Morgan protest

first_img(RCMP officers stand over Emilie Smith moments before the Anglican priest was arrested. Photo: Lucy Scholey/APTN)Lucy ScholeyTina House APTN NewsEmilie Smith knelt on the pavement with her head bowed, as if in prayer, listening while a police officer told her she risks arrest.The Anglican priest was among several faith-based leaders blocking the gate to Kinder Morgan’s Westridge Marine Terminal on Friday, defying a court-ordered injunction banning anti-pipeline protesters from standing within five metres of the property.Smith said she was more concerned about the Earth than the consequences of her arrest.“We stand with the First Nations people who have been so harmed by colonialism and by the church and by the state,” said Smith, the sounds of drumming and singing following her to the cruiser parked nearby. She was one of two women peacefully arrested that morning.Watch Tina House’s story on the arrests here: The gathering of roughly a dozen religious representatives was the latest in a series of anti-pipeline protests, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley figure out how to forge ahead with the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline project.If completed, it will triple the flow of diluted bitumen from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.Here at the Westridge terminal, Kinder Morgan is planning an expanded dock complex that will be able to accommodate three oil tankers that will be fed from the Burnaby Terminal.Mark MacDonald, the National Indigenous Anglican Bishop, said the project is lacking the free, prior and informed consent of Indigenous people. This is an issue that has been lost in the national and international coverage of the pipeline issue, he said.“This is, we feel, at the heart of reconciliation and at the heart of the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People and at the heart of a liveable future for all of us,” he said.‘They’re dangling carrots’The project has divided First Nation communities along the pipeline route. While many are camped out on the frontlines of the Burnaby Terminal, Kinder Morgan has said 43 other communities have signed mutual benefit agreements in favour of the deal.A number of other First Nations communities, including Tsleil-Waututh Nation, are still waiting to hear back from the Federal Court of Appeals on a legal challenge.Tsleil-Waututh Chief Reuben George said they will take it to the Supreme Court if the decision does not rule in their favour.“Bottom line: Tsleil-Waututh Nation will do what it takes,” he said.Musqueam First Nation, a small reserve tucked beside the University of British Columbia, backed out of that judicial review process last fall. Councillor Wendy Grant-John said the band council has not signed a deal with Kinder Morgan, but is taking a different approach to a costly legal challenge.The band council is in the process of negotiating a new framework with the federal government that, according to Grant-John, will aim to better protect the First Nation’s rights and title. Grant-John said she believes this is a better solution to protecting the community’s rights, including land and fishing.“We want to be at the table talking about how we’re going to protect the waterways right out here,” she said.“We just felt that it’s time that the general public understand there are more than one or two voices here with Indigenous people. They need the complete picture.”But Mike Sparrow, a commercial fisherman from Musqueam First Nation, said the federal government is “going from chief to chief and they’re dangling carrots.” He thinks the band should take a stance against the Trans Mountain project.Mike Sparrow, a commercial fisherman from Musqueam First Nation, says he’s worried about the and increase in oil tanker traffic from the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Contributed/Mike Sparrow“I would never, ever support that pipeline. It has no benefit for us at all,” he said, noting the extra oil tanker traffic that’s expected as a result of the pipeline expansion.While out on his 40-foot-long boat one day, he said he went up to Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby Mountain plant and observed the current tanker traffic.“It was pretty sketchy. A tug and barge was coming the other way and that is a very tight spot,” he said. “It’s gonna happen. There’s gonna be an accident. There’s no way around it.”lscholey@aptn.cathouse@aptn.calast_img read more

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Unemployment rate continues to decrease in June for Northeast BC

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Provincial unemployment data for the month of June has been released.The unemployment rate in Northeast B.C. saw a decrease last month of 1.7 percent, down to 6.6 percent when compared to May’s rate of 8.3 percent.The estimated number of people working in Northeast B.C. for June is up 600 to 38,300 when compared to May’s number of 37,700. Last year, in June 2018, the unemployment rate was 7.0 percent with an estimated 39,700 people working.Overall for B.C., unemployment remained low in June 2019 at a rate of 4.5 percent; the lowest unemployment rate in Canada for the past 23 months in a row.According to Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, within the past year, B.C. was able to add over 109,000 new jobs in sectors such as technology and retail.“Over the past year, 109,100 new jobs were created across a variety of sectors in B.C., including retail, real estate and tech, which have some of the highest gains in employment.”last_img read more

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There is commercial pressure with Kalank Varun Dhawan

first_imgNew Delhi: Varun Dhawan has deftly balanced his career between commercial and small scale projects, but the actor says a mega-budget multi-starrer like “Kalank” comes with a lot of pressure. His last two releases — “October” and “Sui Dhaaga” — had small budgets but a lot is on stake with “Kalank”, which he says is his most expensive film till date. “My last two films had really small budgets and the reach was bigger… There was no pressure of them doing well that much in monetary terms. In this film there is commercial pressure. This is a film for which I had prepared a lot … So I am more on the edge,” Varun told PTI in an interview. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “A lot of eyeballs are there on this film because it is an ensemble and all this attention is making me anxious. Everyone is going to watch and and all I wanted to do is be good in it. Fear of failure makes me anxious.” Besides Varun, the Abhishek Varman-directed movie features Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit Nene and Kunal Kemmu. The actor said he believes in preparing a lot before taking on a role but this time Varman guided his performance. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna “For me, preparation is very important. But with this, Abhishek didn’t let me prepare too much. He doesn’t like that. I am playing a blacksmith in the film… So I knew I had to work on my body… But when I came on the set, he asked me to get the look in my eyes which shows I am in 1940s. He is a very fine director,” Varun said. Every film, Varun said, is like a baby and as an actor one feels responsible for its well-being but there is life beyond the box office. The actor said he feels secure because he has people to fall back upon. “Me being secure comes from my personal life. They give me the security and the confidence. I know if someday things do not work the way I want them to, they are going to have my back. “Initially, in my career, my priorities were my films but as you grow old, things change. But then, sometimes when my film is coming it becomes my priority. I take it as my responsibility to take my film to the finishing line. It is like a child, whom you are teaching to walk. You can’t leave it midway. It will fall.”last_img read more

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Abbas meets Egypts defense minister

first_imgCAIRO – The meeting was attended by Palestinian presidential secretary Al-Tayeb Abdel-Rahim, chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, and Palestinian intelligence chief Maged Farag.Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, currently in Cairo, met on Sunday with Egypt’s Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.The meeting, held at the Defense Ministry’s headquarters, touched on the Palestinian reconciliation file and the developments in the Palestinian territories, Palestinian Ambassador in Cairo Barakat al-Farra told Anadolu Agency. The meeting was attended by Palestinian presidential secretary Al-Tayeb Abdel-Rahim, chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, and Palestinian intelligence chief Maged Farag.Abbas arrived in Cairo on Saturday for a three-day visit, during which he is also expected to meet interim President Adly Mansour and Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi.The Palestinian leader is also expected to meet Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi and Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb.He is due to brief Egyptian officials on developments in the Palestinian territories, Israeli aggressions against the occupied holy city of al-Quds and al-Aqsa Mosque and the outcome of his recent talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry.The Palestinian Authority and Israel resumed direct peace talks in July after a three-year hiatus.By Mustafa Youssef – Anadolu Agencylast_img read more

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Moroccos Ruling PJD Party Punishes ScarfScandal MP Amina Maelainine

Rabat – Morocco’s ruling Justice and Development Party (PJD) party has finally decided to punish Amina Maelainine, a female PJD MP at the heart of a party scandal since January for appearing to wear “un-Islamic” clothing.During a party meeting on Saturday, April 14, the party’s majority spoke in favor of stripping Maelainine of her relatively influential position as seventh vice-president of the House of Representatives, PJD’s deputy Secretary General Sliman El Amrani announced on the party’s website.The move is set to complicate the MP’s political fate. Maelainine has also subtly been distanced from her previous party visibility. She will be restrained to her seat at the Parliament as the PJD MP for the Hay Hassani district in the Casablanca-Settat region. Meriem Boujemaa, a member of the PJD secretarial general, will replace Maelainine. Boujemaa is known to support Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani. Barring an unforeseen intra-party leadership reshuffling, there are indications that Maelainine will not be considered as a PJD candidate when her current tenure as MP comes to an end.El Othmani vs. Benkirane?Maelainine, a philosophy graduate and teacher whose articulated defense of PJD’s Islamist discourses and trenchant criticism of Moroccan liberals opened her door after door in PJD’s leadership world, recently came under fierce scrutiny after photographs of a recent Parisian holiday showed her without her traditional veil.The scandal divided the party for weeks. Abdelilah Benkirane, former PJD head and known “protector” of Maelainine, defended her within the party leadership.He argued that she deserved a second chance and forgiveness in line with the Islamic teaching of mercy. Benkirane said the PJD should not leave their own MP “helpless and defenseless” as she faced critics.However, as Maelainine was seen as a Benkirane protegee, the former PJD leader’s intervention in her favor has been interpreted as a desire to keep an influential pro-Benkirane faction within the party’s highest echelons.Benkirane’s plea for his “protegee” came along more as a subtle defiance of El Othmani, the PJD leader who was adamant from the beginning that defending Maelainine ran counter to PJD’s identity.“We must set an example, especially those at the forefront of public opinion,” El Othmani said. He appeared to refer to PJD critics’ labels of “hypocrisy” challenging the party’s commitment to its professed Islamist values.But the PJD’s choice of Meriem Boujemaa, an El Othmani loyal, to replace a Benkirane protegee is set to be interpreted as a rebuttal to Benkirane.Benkirane has recently taken aim at El Othmani on several occasions. He has questioned El Othmani’s ability to lead both the party and the government. Benkirane has also requested that El Othmani resign instead of surrender to external pressures hurting Morocco’s national pride.In response, El Othmani has said that his government’s fate should be the least of Benkirane’s concerns and that only the King has the legitimate authority over whether his government should stay.“As long as the King is satisfied with my government’s performance, I will not resign,” El Othmani has been quoted in Moroccan news outlets as saying. read more

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Succeed in style Five insider tips for upandcoming fashion startups

“When you’re at these networking events you have a captive audience,” said Ashlee Froese, owner and editor of canadafashionlaw.com and board member of Fashion Group International.“Everyone’s there for the same purpose — to hear your story and to get their story across. It’s not as intimidating as new designers maybe think it would be.”Chatto also recommends designers consider giving their time.“It’s not always about the money … that will always come afterwards. But definitely it’s about volunteering because it’s about the networking, it’s about the connections that you make with the people.” said Chatto. “By doing that, it will help establish your business. I’m so happy that in the last 26 years my networking has actually kept me going.”2. Be versatile.“In order for you to figure out what you’re good at, you have to be able to figure (it) out by trying it all out,” said Chatto, who credits his ability to diversify as a key to his career longevity.“Costuming for a film or for the theatre might actually open other streams and allow you to create something that doesn’t necessarily sell, so you can play around with your creativity. And then with that, you have the experience.“When you come to sell it, it makes it easier (to say): ’He’s done this or she’s done that,”’ he added. “You have credibility and you have stamina behind your name and brand.”3. Boost your brand.Before getting potential shoppers to sport their styles, one expert suggested designers start off by being their own model.“I met … the head buyer (from Holt Renfrew) while wearing one of my coats. And I was sweating in fashion shows and I did not take my coat off — ever,” recalled Marissa Freed, president and creative director of Winnipeg-based Freed & Freed International Ltd. during the DHL panel.“If you’re going to put yourself out really put yourself out. Wear your stuff, own your brand and be your brand. It’s really important.”4. Protect your brand.“One of the mistakes new designers make is they don’t think of themselves as a successful business in the making,” said Froese.As an intellectual property and branding lawyer with a focus on the fashion industry, she advised panel attendees planning to launch brands to do their “due diligence ahead of time” when it comes to protecting their labels.“Not every trademark is going to be protected. Not every trademark is going to be viable in the marketplace,” said Froese, partner at Toronto-based firm Gilbert’s LLP.Dealing with lawyers ahead of time helps determine what is and isn’t viable and exploring potential issues that may arise, she noted.“It’s going to save you a lot of headache and heartbreak in the long run — and a lot of money.”What’s more, designers can also move forward and create an intellectual property portfolio that best protects their creativity, noted Froese. Then, when they’re running up against counterfeiters or fashion design pirates, they’ll be better able to assert their rights, she added.“It’s something that the designer has to do ahead of time to be on a better platform when things don’t go as well.”5. Get involved in all aspects of the business.Langdon said while creativity is key to forging a career in design, embracing the business side is essential if it’s to be a person’s livelihood.“It’s not just about the pretty drawings and the samples that you create. If you’re not good at business, then find someone you can trust that can bring that component and help you out,” she said.“It’s very, very important that you treat it like something that’s going to live forever because a lot of heart and soul and money will go into your business, and it will be all for naught if you don’t approach it this way.”Chatto also encouraged designers to be immersed within all aspects of creating goods.“You need to be involved in the factory, you need to be involved in the shipping production, you have to be involved in the actual marketing and retailing as well and product design. It’s key. It’s important.”Shawn Hewson, creative director of Canadian sportswear label Bustle, said despite the business demands, individuals still need to have a passion for the work.“I don’t think about: ’What’s going to be hot now? What’s going to sell?”’ he said during the panel.“I start from: ’What do I feel? What do I want to make? What do I want to create? What speaks to me? What inspires me?’ And then of course … it has to be tempered with concerns about consumer viability.”The Canadian Press TORONTO — Sewing since he was 10 and in business for 26 years, Farley Chatto has experienced his share of triumphs and challenges within the ultra-competitive fashion industry.Chatto recently returned to the runway with his own solo showcase at Toronto’s World MasterCard Fashion Week last month.In addition to his role as designer-in-residence at Four Seasons Fur in Toronto creating looks worn by homegrown hip-hop star Drake, the 44-year-old style stalwart shares his expertise with students as an instructor at the Academy of Design.“A lot of people are trying to get into the business because they think it’s a quick way to make a quick buck and to get famous,” Chatto said during a recent interview. “I think fame will come eventually, but the truth of the matter is if you don’t work hard, you put in as much as you get out.”Chatto and other Canadian insiders share five tips for up-and-coming designers seeking to enter the fashion industry.1. Forge connections.At the recent DHL: The Business of Fashion panel discussion held during Toronto’s Fashion Week, participants emphasized the need for emerging talents to reach out to those already established within the industry.“If you want to make sales, you need to be where buyers are,” said Susan Langdon, executive director of the Toronto Fashion Incubator, a non-profit business centre that has fostered numerous designers and style entrepreneurs.“One idea is to participate in trade shows, to come out to Fashion Week, network and put yourself out there. Don’t just hang out with your friends or your colleagues. If you see a store you want to get into, go out there and hand them a business card.”THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn read more

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Brock raises nearly 14000 for Japan

The Brock community has raised $13,850 for relief efforts in Japan.The University’s fundraising campaign benefited the work of the Canadian Red Cross in Japan, a country ravaged by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11. The country continues to suffer from earthquakes and problems with its nuclear power stations.John Kaethler, director of International Services and Programs Abroad, is pleased with the efforts.“It’s brought us together for a common cause, and we’ve learned a lot more about Japan,” he said.Fundraising efforts included:students selling origami faculty members busking donation jars around campus read more

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