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Reunion Troy firms up plans for city’s bicentennial celebration

first_img Published 3:00 am Saturday, July 15, 2017 The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Skip The City of Troy is seeking to unite the community in many and varied ways during the three years of Alabama’s Bicentennial Celebration, 2017, 2018 and 2019.The Reunion Troy committee met Thursday to begin to firm up plans for the city’s Alabama Bicentennial Launch Party in the early fall.“The city will host a communitywide party that will bring everyone together in an effort to generate interest and excitement about the three-year celebration of Alabama’s history and to provide information about upcoming events,” said Isaiah Scott, City of Troy Tourism/Public Relations administrative assistant.     Latest Stories By Jaine Treadwell Reunion Troy firms up plans for city’s bicentennial celebration Print Article Suggestions for Bicentennial celebrations included erecting historical markers, arts and cultural events, musical events, city tours, and reunions for various schools, clubs, organizations and teams.Scott said a unique way to share stories and photographs is through participation the state’s podcast, “Greetings for Alabama.”“Those who are interested can send pictures and information about places in Troy to me either by posting on Facebook or by email at [email protected] and tag them the ‘Reunion Troy’ page,” Scott said. “The Alabama Bicentennial Reunion Committee will determine which places around the state to visit. Hopefully, Troy will have one or more of those places.”The next meeting of Reunion Troy will be at 5 p.m. on August 17 at the Johnson Center for the Arts. The public is invited to attend and participate in the meetings. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Book Nook to reopen The plan for Reunion Troy is to celebrate the city’s many historic and interesting places in 2017, its people in 2018 and the city’s stories in 2019. Scott and Tessa Paul, graphic artist for the city, designed the Reunion Troy logo for Troy’s Bicentennial Celebration.“The Reunion Troy logo will be used throughout the three-year Bicentennial celebration and will be used to designate places of historical significance and interest around the city,” Scott said. “It may also be used for specific events.” By The Penny Hoarder Sponsored Content Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day You Might Like SINGIN’ BLUES: Lenny Trawick to perform at Brundidge Brown Bag Lenny Trawick, a popular award-winning Blues singer, will be the featured artist at the Brown Bag event at the Tupper… read more Troy Council Member Stephanie Baker said, while the city is taking the lead in Reunion Troy during the early months of the celebration, the Bicentennial Celebration is an opportunity for churches, schools, clubs, organizations, etc. to share their histories and recognize the people who have made significant contributions to their successes and their longevity. The Troy Public Library has commissioned a Bicentennial mural, which may be viewed in the genealogy department of the library.“William White, library director, has plans for a Civil Rights exhibit, a decades party, blog submissions and quarterly genealogy sit-ins,” Baker said. “The Johnson Center for the Arts and Troy University will write and produce a musical titled ‘The Day the Train Came to Troy.’ The musical will be performed in 2019.” Scott said the City of Troy would be remiss if Georgia Congressman and Pike County native John Lewis were not honored during the Bicentennial Celebration. The city has tentative plans to honor Lewis during the month of February 2018. Email the author Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Oxford “animal experiment capital” of the UK

first_imgAnti-Vivisection group Cruelty Free International has described Oxford as the “animal experiment capital of the UK,” after it released figures showing that the University carried out more tests involving animals than any other institute.Oxford University tops a list compiled by the organisation. The University used 226,739 animals in experiments in 2014, a figure obtained through a Freedom of Information request. Cruelty Free International claims most of the experiments seem to be “driven more by curiosity” than a focused attempt to address any particular illness.Dr Nick Palmer, Director of Policy at Cruelty Free International, told Cherwell, “According to the figures, Oxford conducted more animal experiments in 2014 than any other university in Britain. Despite more and more universities recognising this isn’t the way to do research and reducing the number of animals on which t h e y test, the stats we have obtained show that Oxford University’s figures are increasing – up by 19 per cent from the previous year.“While the University spokesman asserts that they are seeking ways to reduce the numbers, this appears to be failing spectacularly, and in the absence of a coherent government strategy to reduce the numbers of animals used in experiments, it is difficult to see how this trend will sustainably reverse.“Universities rarely need to conduct experiments for legal reasons and the majority of experiments take place because they are considered ‘interesting’. While universities often present their research as important strides in understanding what might help future medical research, most experiments appear to be driven more by curiosity than by a focused attempt to address any particular illness, as our example shows. This flies in the face of public opinion, which is very sceptical about causing suffering to animals in laboratories.”Cruelty Free International released an example experiment from Oxford University in which monkeys were anaesthetised and head-holding devices were surgically implanted in their skulls, then restrained in chairs and “deprived of water before each test session” so that they had to work for small juice rewards. The experiment aimed to reveal more about how the brain makes rewardbased decisions. Mice, rats and fish were the animals most experimented on, with pigs, monkeys and guinea pigs also on the list. A spokesperson for Oxford University said, “Oxford University is determined to carry out research using animals to the highest standards. Each researcher is trained and examined before being able to request a Home Office license. Each trial is designed to minimise the number of animals used and is reviewed and approved in a very similar way to a clinical trial in people. Animal care, including veterinary care, is provided around the clock. We are clear that no procedure using animals should be undertaken lightly and staff will challenge any behaviour that risks falling below the high standards we set ourselves.“We are committed to replacing and reducing the use of animals wherever possible and to refining procedures to reduce the pain caused. We are not yet at a stage where animal research can be replaced altogether. Research using animals continues to provide important insights, whether into the effects of heart disease or the development of vaccines for major global diseases like malaria. Work with non-human primates has given us vital information about how the brain works, allowing us to understand better the effects of sudden damage like stroke and degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.”Jennifer Clements, President of Oxford University’s Animal Ethics Society, commented, “I don’t speak for the whole society, but I suspect very few members were surprised by the findings of Cruelty Free International. There are regular student protests outside various labs in Oxford, and whilst the society is academic in nature, we are regularly asked about protest opportunities at our Freshers’ Fair stall. I personally know several students in Bio-medicine and Psychology who are committed to minimising the use of non-human animals and are practising vegetarians and vegans. I’ve made these points in order to emphasise that many students reject the University’s unethical practices regarding non-human animals.“I do not know the truth about the claim that most non-human animal experiments are designed for intellectual reasons, rather than direct medical benefit, but I have found from experience that claims that non-human animals are only experimented upon for medical discoveries are often thrown out as a way to stall intellectual debate on the topic.“Such tactics are often used to present animal activists as extremists who do not care about human suffering, and so undermine their credibility rather than rationally challenging their arguments.“Oxford University has many terrible legacies, and unfortunately its appalling treatment of animals continues to this day.”last_img read more

Basset Hound Olympics Open Doo Dah Weekend Festivities

first_img__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter“Like” us on Facebook Hannah Knapp, 8, of Newtown, Pa., and Emily enjoy the Basset Hound Olympics in Ocean City, NJ.Some of the region’s stubbiest and stubbornest athletes descended Friday on Ocean City for the Basset Hound OlympicsThe annual event provides a light-hearted start to Ocean City’s annual celebration of humor — the Doo Dah Parade, which is scheduled for noon Saturday.More than 500 hundred hounds are expected to march in the parade Saturday, but they started a weekend of fun with a little friendly competition on Friday.The dogs competed in obstacle course, the “oxymoron event” — the basset hound high jump, the 10-meter hurdles, a 10-meter sprint and a general “basset-tude” event.The event draws hundreds of basset owners to Ocean City and is sponsored by Tri-State Basset Rescue, which charges a small entry fee for parade participants to raise money for its nonprofit work in placing bassets in homes.Mindy and Matilda walk Angie Pentz of Lehighton, Pa.Fred looks up at Donna Miller of Southampton, NJ.Jack is a hometown hound from the Ocean City Humane Society owned by Joan McDonald of Ocean City.last_img read more

West African cable on track for 2010

first_img9 May 2008The South African government has identified the Broadband Infraco-led African West Coast Cable (AWCC) project as a lead initiative to create a sustainable, competitive international bandwidth market in the country.This view emerged during a meeting held between the office of the Presidency, Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin and Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri over the weekend.“The decision is in line with President Thabo Mbeki’s statement in this year’s State of the Nation address to complete the licensing and the operationalisation of Infraco as well as the completion of the process to launch undersea cables in partnership with other governments on the continent and the private sector,” read a statement by the Department of Communications this week.The AWCC is a 3.8 terabit cable that will stretch from Melkbosstrand, outside Cape Town in the Western Cape province, to the United Kingdom with capacity terminating in London.The project, which is expected to be functioning in the middle of 2010, will have branching units to at least 10 countries along the west coast of Africa and have a design length of 13 000 kilometres.Costing about US$600-million (about R4.5-billion), the project has brought together 40 nations and some of the world’s most influential telecommunications players in a joint effort to use state-of-the-art technology in linking more people more efficiently than ever before.The project will also use revenue generated to spur economic development on Africa as a whole. As it lies between 1 000 and 8 000 metres below the ocean’s surface, the system will also be able to withstand bad weather and vandalism.“It is anticipated that the system will enter the service by mid 2010 in time to meet the bandwidth requirements for the 2010 Soccer World Cup,” the department said.The cable will also support South Africa’s science super-projects, such as the Square Kilometer Array Telescope, for which the country is competing against Australia to host it.The South African government created Broadband Infraco as a new state-owned enterprise to deliver affordable broadband to South Africans on an open access basis.The AWCC model will own 26% of the cable while a broad base of private sector participants, including incumbent communications operators, will own the remaining 74%.The project is reported to be well advancing, while a Memorandum of Understanding has been agreed upon with prospective private sector participants.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Let the World Cup party begin!

first_img On the field, South Africa is finally showing real signs of life. Twelve matches have now passed without defeat, and the Bafana Bafana strike-force – Siphiwe Thabalala, Surprise Moriri, Bernard Parker, Katlego Mphela and Siyabonga Nomvethe – are hitting the net at last. And coach Carlos Parreia has finally put the Benni McCarthy issue to bed. Love him or loathe him, there’s no denying that the fading star has long been a divisive factor in the Bafana camp. But the most pleasing aspect of the build-up to the 2010 Fifa World Cup is how the event is uniting a nation that is still showing divisions 16 years after democracy. South Africans are learning the verses of their multi-lingual national anthem sung in languages other than their own and they are united in their determination to see their beloved Bafana – the most unfancied host nation in the history of the World Cup – succeed. Four years ago, a similar scenario played itself out in Germany – the hosts of the previous edition of the World Cup. Like South Africa, Germany had been through enormous social upheavals as a result of the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the unification of East and West. But for one glorious month, the greatest sporting event on the planet provided the glue that united that nation and changed international perceptions of Germans – and their country – overnight. And so it will be over the next month as South Africa deservedly takes its place as the centre of the universe and is presented with an opportunity to showcase all that is good about this beautiful land and its extraordinary diversity. Let the party begin! Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010 8 June 2010 South Africa is now just days away from the party of a lifetime. The signs are there for all to see – the millions of flags, the enormous Word Cup-themed murals draped around buildings, the clatter of helicopters, the droning of vuvuzelas, the scramble for tickets, round-the-clock roadworks, and the orderly chaos as millions of people gear up for global football’s showpiece event. Fifa president Sepp Blatter last week stamped his approval by saying: “All the work has been done here”. last_img read more

Prime minster Manmohan Singh speaks at India Today Conclave 2007

first_imgManmohan SinghMANMOHAN SINGHPRIME MINISTER I am happy that the Conclave began with the opening remarks of His Excellency, the former president of Iran, Mohammad Khatami. I have the highest regard for his wisdom, his scholarship and his statesmanship. He is a great citizen of the world, a great leader of,Manmohan SinghMANMOHAN SINGHPRIME MINISTER I am happy that the Conclave began with the opening remarks of His Excellency, the former president of Iran, Mohammad Khatami. I have the highest regard for his wisdom, his scholarship and his statesmanship. He is a great citizen of the world, a great leader of the Iranian people and a great friend of India. I recall his words at the UN”Conference on Dialogue amongst Civilisations” in September 2000. “The ultimate goal of dialogue among civilisations is not dialogue in itself, but attaining empathy and compassion.” I fully endorse these sentiments of our distinguished guest and today his sentiments have acquired renewed relevance in international affairs and we in India appreciate them more than any other people. Such a dialogue among civilisations has been the living reality for more than a millennium. India is home to all the great religions of the world, home to scores of languages, hundreds of dialects, dozens of cuisines, a medley of races, colours, landscapes and cultures. The idea of India is shaped by this notion of “unity in diversity”. That is why I often say that the success of the Indian experiment is vital to the survival of mankind as a whole.PEOPLE SAY INDIA IS AN OPEN SOCIETY WITH A CLOSED MINDSET. WE HAVE TO BE OPEN TO IDEAS FROM ACROSS THE WORLD. The Conclave theme this year is: “Challenges for the Brave New World: Can India Take the Lead?” I believe India is one of the forerunners in showing the world a way forward in dealing with one of the biggest challenges facing humankind in the modern world. This is the challenge of preventing the so-called “clash of civilisations” and enabling not just a “dialogue” between civilisations but creating a “confluence of civilisations”.India is indeed a confluence of civilisations. In building an open and pluralistic society within the framework of a liberal and secular democracy, we have shown the world a way to deal with the complex heterogeneity of the modern societies. Every nation must endeavour to be an open society in which the plurality of the human experience can find full and free expression. I am not talking of majorities tolerating minorities. I am talking of all groups, big and small, living together in harmony.advertisementIn seeking to build a democratic society, the leaders of our freedom movement grappled with the challenge of a brave new world they were forced to confront. Ours is an ancient civilisation, but we are a very young nation. The survival, growth and vibrancy of our nation has vindicated the faith of our founders in the democratic values of pluralism, liberalism and secularism. It has enabled us to show many embattled corners of the world a practical way forward in “enabling the confluence of civilisations”.If India has a message for the world, it is this: Humankind must shun all extremes and all forms of extremism. We must reject all ideologies of exclusion for nature’s way has been to be inclusive. Nature of course had willed the survival of the fittest, but human societies have come to accept the idea of live and let live. Our concept of an inclusive society is based on this very principle.This conference wishes us to focus on the challenge of dealing with a “brave new world”. Every generation would like to believe that it is entering a “brave new world”. That spirit is natural and welcomed. It inspires each generation to seek new horizons and find new answers to problems old and new. Many, however, will rest content reinventing the wheel and pouring old wines into new bottles. But some will strike out and truly find new paths. A society that encourages creativity, enterprise, innovation, and risk taking will be a vibrant society and the future belongs to such a society, which will be capable of dealing with the challenges of a brave new world. I believe we must do all that is possible to allow the full expression of such human creativity and ingenuity to flourish in our country. This we can do best within the framework of an open society. But such a society will have to be a literate and educated one. It will have to be healthy and caring. It will have to be a knowledgeempowered society. A free and egalitarian society functioning within the parameters of the rule of law and civilized conduct and discourse. Above all, it will have to be an inclusive society. It has been our endeavour to make ours such an inclusive society.advertisementBut we have a long way to go, there are unfortunately no shortcuts in history. The management of human affairs requires patience as well as effort, not just vision and leadership. Humanity has often been led astray by those who claimed a unique vision and offered bold leadership. We live in a highly interdependent and complex world where dialogue and patient consultation are required to deal with the challenges humanity faces today. To appreciate and participate in a honest and constructive dialogue is the most effective way to deal with the challenges we face today.I WANT OUR NEIGHBOURS TO FEEL SECURE AND CONFIDENT…..WE SEE THEIR PROSPERITY AS A GUARANTEE OF OUR PROSPERITY.I have often said, both in the context of domestic politics and international conflict that there is no issue that cannot be resolved through dialogue and discussion. The approach of seeking an eye for an eye, as Mahatma Gandhiji taught us, can only leave us all blind. Violence and force have never offered lasting solutions to human problems. This consultative and consensual approach is what has kept our diverse nation together.My friend Amartya Sen has written about the “Argumentative Indian”, but our real strength has always been our willingness to live and let live. It is not our argumentative nature that we must celebrate, but our assimilative nature, our consensual nature, our accommodative nature. That is what has contributed to the richness of our composite culture and durability of our civilisation. This is why I also believe that India can bring to the global high table, to institutions like the United Nations and its Security Council, it can bring a new approach in dealing with global challenges whether these be challenges of environment, energy security, food security or empowerment of the under privileged sections of society.Much is often made of our attitude to globalisation. Let me say that I sincerely believe that we Indians have always opened global influences and that ours will always be an open society. Even in the economic sphere, we are today as open as any free market democracy in the world. The numbers of course are there to tell the story. The share of foreign trade in our national income is today comparable to that of many developed market economies. But our openness is not just about these numbers. Our openness is defined by our attitudes and our confidence in ourselves. Our media is free and open. Our popular culture has always been welcoming of outside influences. Yet, we have stood securely on our feet. As Mahatma Gandhiji used to say, we have our doors and windows open to the free flow of ideas, yet we have confidence in ourselves that we will not be overwhelmed by any of them. I want more of our citizens to appreciate this reality. I am often surprised by the insular outlook of some of our political and intellectual leaders. Their narrow-mindedness betrays a lack of self-confidence. It is an attitude I do not associate with being an Indian.advertisementWe must make better use of the opportunities the world offers us. We must be more open to our own neighbourhood. India will be hosting the SAARC Summit on April 3-4 in Delhi.I want India to be more open to all our neighbours. I want our neighbours to feel secure and confident that in India they have a well-wisher. We see their prosperity as a guarantee of our own prosperity. The destiny of the people of South Asia is interlinked and inter-dependent.I see a similar mutually beneficial inter-dependence between India and the wider neighbourhood of the Indian Ocean and the Asia-Pacific regions. For centuries our forefathers sailed westwards and eastwards-as teachers and traders, as merchants and monks. That is how we should once again approach the world at large.We must rekindle this interest in the world outside and be willing to deal with the opportunities and challenges it presents. I do believe, however, that to be able to do so with greater confidence we must invest much more in our capabilities. This is the real challenge before us. We need a new revolution in education. It must equip us better to deal with an ever-changing world. We must harness the full potential offered by development in modern science and technology. We need world class academic and research institutions and infrastructure. We need a more competitive industry and a more dynamic agricultural economy.If we need to learn from each other and tread into unknown territory, we need an open mind. I am troubled when I hear people say that India is an open society with a closed mindset. That is not the India I know. The India I know and I cherish, has been open to ideas from across the world. The India I know values knowledge and creativity, respects learning and scholarship. If we can approach the world and our future with that self-confidence, we can also regain the glory of our wondrous past.I hope your Conclave and other such gatherings encourage us to be more open minded, more willing to learn, to be more creative, more enterprising and more courageous. In that lies the road to a brighter future for our children and our grandchildren.DiscussionQ. Mr. Prime Minister, you are in many ways the father of reforms in this country. But the economy has grown in areas where the government has nothing to do, be it telecom, civil aviation, IT industry. So my question is this: while politicians are accountable to the electorate, businessmen are accountable to the shareholders, the bureaucracy is not accountable to anybody. Do you have any plans of making the bureaucracy more responsive and more atuned to public needs? Manmohan: I do not want to claim that everything is right with our bureaucracy but having been a bureaucrat for a large part of my life, I sincerely believe that our bureaucracy is often unnecessarily maligned. What impresses me is that despite low salaries, they have such great commitment to national goals, national ethos in our bureaucracy. A year ago, I had appointed the Administrative Reforms Commission and they are in the process of looking at our administrative system, our administrative structures and I sincerely hope that before long we will have a blue print of action.Q. Two months back, at a conference on infrastructure, you had stated that we are going to spend in our next Five Year Plan, starting from April 1, about $350-360 billion. I think the growth of India is dependent on infrastructure. But our worry is that how you are going to finance it and will the policy framework of this infrastructure be made public as soon as possible. I would also like to ask you, since you talked about SAARC, can Asian countries create a Asian currency which could finance Asia? Manmohan: I do not believe that the time is right for an Asian currency like the Euro. I think, having a common currency requires a degree of coordination of domestic economic policies which is not clearly in sight in Asia today, but that is a dream, that is an ambition we all should have. As for your first question, a lot of good things are happening. Five years ago I could not have imagined that our investment rate would rise to 34 per cent of our GDP, that our savings rate would rise to about 32 per cent of our GDP. I am confident that if we continue to create an environment conducive to promotion of risk taking, lack of resources is not going to be a problem for financing the needs of infrastructure. I am hopeful that whether it is roads, telecommunications, airports, seaports or our Railways, there will be new experiments of private public participation.Q. The policy on Special Economic Zones (SEZ) was supposed to take India to the brave new world where we could take on the manufacturing might of China. But today there is a lot of controversy over it. Are there flaws in the SEZ policy and would you be overhauling it? Manmohan: Well, let me say that the SEZ, as an instrument of economic policy has come to stay. But its implementation has brought certain problems which cannot be dismissed. Our strength is that we have the mechanisms to correct those. There have been inadequacies in compensation for land acquisition. We will redress these concerns. India is a democracy, democracy sometimes seems to be fickle minded. But I do believe that it is our strength. These are the decisions which are in many ways irreversible and therefore it is very important that before we move on, we should check if there are any gaps in performance, gaps in design and implementation, we should halt a little bit even though it takes time but the cost of delay is going to be much less than the cost that would arise if wrong headed policies are bulldozed regardless of the social and economic consequences.Q. My question pertains to the demand for demilitarisation, troop reduction in Jammu and kashmir. How do you look at this? Secondly, we would like to have your assurance that professional advice on such matters will not be marginalised for political expediency. Manmohan: Let me say very unambiguously, professional advice, wherever relevant, will be given full scope. We are in the process of discussing these matters with Mufti saheb. He has come at my invitation and I would not like to conduct a dialogue with him through the media or a public platform.last_img read more

Policymakers benefit from expertise in addressing Climate Change

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #MagneticMediaNews Recommended for youcenter_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, December 19, 2016 – Local policymakers are benefiting from the expertise of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to better understand the risks and implications of the weather-related phenomenon in order to more effectively mitigate its effects.  Set up in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the IPCC provides governments with regular assessments of the scientific basis of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and options for adaptation and mitigation.In November, regional representatives of the IPCC journeyed to Jamaica to participate in activities to mark Climate Change Awareness Week from November 29 to December 3.  The activities, spearheaded by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, which is responsible for the climate-change portfolio, engaged IPCC representatives from Cuba, Suriname, Haiti and other members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).Focus was placed on raising awareness among policymakers and the scientific community from across the region about the IPCC’s role and activities, demonstrate how climate change is affecting the region, and highlight solutions to the challenges.  Activities included a media workshop and a two-day symposium at the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Regional Headquarters at Mona.Head of Communications for the IPCC, Jonathan Lynn, in his address at the media workshop, explained that the entity was set up in response to the need to provide governments with advice and information on “what we know about climate change, what we know about the causes, its impact, the future risks and the possible options for dealing with it”.Thousands of scientists from all over the world contribute to the work of the IPCC on a voluntary basis as authors, contributors and reviewers.  The panel consists of climatologists, biologists, botanists, social scientists, economists, political scientists, and philosophers, among other experts.   “The IPCC is neutral.   Governments have asked us to tell them what is going on and this is what we do… . There may be a need for further research to clarify a particular problem, but we do not have a particular agenda that we are pushing but rather, just telling it like it is,” Mr. Lynn informed.“We do not conduct our own research, we do not do our own measurements of the climate or the weather, we do not produce our own climate models… . Our job is to assess the science that is out there, the science that is published,” he further clarified.  He argued that with the thousands of scientific publications on climate change released every year, it would be impossible for any one individual or government to interpret, understand or keep track of everything; therefore, the IPCC’s role is extremely important and critical.“So, the IPCC looks at the thousands of research and pulls it together and outlines where the scientific community agrees, where there are still some uncertainties, where there is a need for further research on the subject, and that gives governments a scientific foundation (so) that they can build their policies,” he pointed out.He explained that the IPCC’s main audience is not the general public, civil society or the media, but rather “government policymakers and the people who have to respond to climate change, those who need to know what are the hard sciences when they take decisions about building a road, or a city, or preparing to deal with disasters… . They need to have a firm basis of knowledge so that they can take some decisions”.Mr. Lynn said the IPCC’s findings are also used for international negotiations related to climate change, including the Paris Agreement that was reached in 2015.  The Paris Agreement brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support for developing countries.   “There are no borders to climate change; it is a global phenomenon, so to deal with it, the world has to come together,” Mr. Lynn noted.“So when an IPCC report is produced it is incredibly powerful, because it reflects both the views of the scientific community and that of the policymakers and governments,” he said.  To communicate IPCC assessment findings and methodologies and to explain the way the organisation works, the IPCC organises various outreach activities and presentations at national and international meetings.It also works with the media to convey relevant and accurate information to the public on IPCC assessments and activities.  Lauding the efforts of the IPCC in the local activities, Chief Technical Director in the Ministry, Lieutenant Colonel (ret’d) Oral Khan, told JIS News that the entity’s   engagement was quite impactful.  “They shared with our policymakers, academic community, media, students and other interested persons the state of the science on climate change.  The information would confirm that the climate is indeed changing in a very significant way and, because of this, policies must be found to build our resilience in order to be spared the worst impacts of climate change,” he said.The Chief Technical Director noted that the intention is to enlist the participation of the local science and research community in climate research, and encourage regional participation.  The media workshop, he said, was aimed at fostering a better understanding of climate science, solutions to climate change and the IPCC process among members of that group.  “So we had a rich exchange of ideas, sharing of information, and at the end, the information will go out across the Caribbean,” he told JIS News.The IPCC is organised in three working groups and a task force, which are assisted by technical support units (TSUs).  Working Group I deals with the physical science basis of climate change; Working Group II focuses on climate-change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability; while Working Group III addresses mitigation.Participation in the IPCC is open to all member countries of the WMO and United Nations. It currently has 195 members.last_img read more

Iwobi helps Nigeria seal AFCON qualification

first_imgAlex Iwobi helped Nigeria seal a place in next year’s African Cup of Nations to be hosted in Cameroon.The Arsenal midfielder played 90 minutes as the Super Eagles claimed a 1-1 draw against South Africa away from home to secure qualification for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, according to Arsenal’s official website.Gernot Rohr’s side took an early lead after South African defender Buhle Mkhwanazi turned the ball into his own net with a headed clearance, but less than 20 minutes later Lebo Mothiba leveled the score for the hosts.Al-Nassr striker Ahmed Musa then thought he had restored Nigeria’s lead in the 83rd minute, but his effort from close range was wrongfully ruled out for offside.Alex Iwobi, Everton, Premier LeagueAlex Iwobi: “I feel like an Evertonian now” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Alex Iwobi is pleased with how quickly he’s adapting at new club Everton following his prolific start to his Merseyside career.However, a single point proved sufficient for Nigeria to seal qualification for next year’s showdown in West Africa.The result also means the Super Eagles seal a return to Africa’s prestigious competition, after missing out on the last two editions since becoming champions in 2013.Nigeria next face Uganda in a friendly game on Tuesday.last_img read more

Three teens detained after breakin at Chula Vista High School

first_imgThree teens detained after break-in at Chula Vista High School January 13, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, CHULA VISTA (KUSI)- Three teens were detained for an apparent break-in at Chula Vista High School today, a police officer said.A staff member at the high school called police about 7 a.m. to report seeing three teenage boys lighting a small fire in a trash can outside one of the school’s buildings, Chula Vista police Lt. John Autolino said.The three ran off when the employee tried to approach them, police were told.Officers heading to the high school spotted three people matching the descriptions of the suspects, Autolino said.Meanwhile, the staff member noticed that a classroom door was open and some desks inside were turned over. It wasn’t clear if anything was taken. Two of the suspects were identified as 16- and 17-year-old boys, and were turned over to the custody of their parents.The other suspect, an 18-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of burglary. Posted: January 13, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more