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Trump Could Cement Conservative Supreme Court

first_imgTrump Could Cement Conservative Supreme CourtIL for www.theindianalawyer.comDonald Trump will enter the Oval Office with the ability to re-establish the Supreme Court’s conservative tilt and the chance to cement it for the long term.Trump is expected to act quickly to fill one court vacancy and could choose the successor for up to three justices who will be in their 80s by the time his term ends.The court has been short-handed since Justice Antonin Scalia died in February, and Trump has said he would seek someone in Scalia’s mold from a list of 21 people, mainly conservative state and federal judges in their 50s.Trump’s victory was a vindication for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s strategy of refusing all year even to consider President Barack Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to take Scalia’s seat. McConnell announced on the night that Scalia died that the vacancy should be filled not by Obama, but by the next president. The Kentucky Republican was heavily criticized for his stance by Obama, other Democrats and even many legal scholars.Now Garland’s nomination is dead, if not officially.A fifth of voters nationwide said Supreme Court appointments were the most important factor in determining their presidential vote, and nearly 6 in 10 of them backed Trump, according to exit polls.“The people deserved to be heard yesterday, and their voice was unmistakable,” conservative activist Carrie Severino said in a statement that praised McConnell and Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa for standing firm on the Garland nomination.If Trump sticks to the names of potential nominees that he put out in the spring and added to in the fall, he could choose among several experienced appeals court judges, minority candidates and women. The list also is notable for its omission of some pre-eminent Republican judges and lawyers, including Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., and Paul Clement, who served as George W. Bush’s top Supreme Court lawyer.After getting a ninth justice on the court, the next big question will be whether liberal Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, and Justice Anthony Kennedy, the pivotal vote closest to the court’s center, will retire during a Trump administration or try to stay on the bench in the hope that Trump is not re-elected in 2020. Ginsburg is 83, Kennedy is 80 and Breyer is 78.“In the longer term, it is a question of how long Ginsburg, Kennedy, and Breyer can remain. Replacing any or all of them will tilt the Court in a much more conservative direction and can create a majority to reverse Roe v. Wade, eliminate affirmative action, strike down more campaign finance laws,” Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of the University of California at Irvine law school said in an email.The leader of the court’s liberal bloc, Ginsburg had been confident Hillary Clinton would win the presidency, telling The Associated Press in July that the next president, “whoever she will be,” would have several Supreme Court seats to fill. She, and to a lesser extent, Breyer, had rebuffed pleas from fellow liberals, including Chemerinsky, to retire while Obama was in office and Democrats controlled the Senate, which they did until 2015.Kennedy was appointed by Republican Ronald Reagan, but he has been the key vote in favor of gay rights and preservation of abortion rights, among issues on which he often sides with the liberals.Recent Supreme Court history offers two examples of Republican-appointed justices, David Souter and John Paul Stevens, who appeared to wait out Bush’s presidency and then retired after Obama’s election. Stevens was 90 when he stepped down from the bench.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Mayor’s Proposed Budget up for City Council Scrutiny Thursday

first_imgGillian has made roadway and drainage projects another top priority of his capital plan as the city continues to fight tidal flooding generated by coastal storms, including last month’s powerful nor’easter. City Finance Director Frank Donato is scheduled to give Council an overview of the mayor’s 2016 spending plan, which includes a proposed penny increase in the municipal property tax rate. Donato will focus on the city’s growing ratables base and its major sources of revenue, including beach badge sales, said city spokesman Doug Bergen. After Donato makes his presentation, the budget process calls for Council to introduce the spending plan in March, followed by a public hearing and final vote in April. Big-ticket items include $10 million this year for a major dredging program that would remove mud and silt from clogged lagoons and channels along the back bays. Some of the shallow lagoons are impassable for boat traffic during low tide. Gillian had hoped to keep the municipal property tax rate stable. However, an estimated $1.2 million decrease in library funding for the budget will force the city to raise the property tax rate by 1.1 cents. Gillian said the rise in ratables will help the city complete even more capital improvements without burdening taxpayers. The mayor gave a preview of the budget during his “State of the City” address on Feb. 11, but Council will get its chance to scrutinize the plan in greater detail during its meeting 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall. Ocean City’s property tax base has grown from $11.3 billion to $11.4 billion, ranking it third among New Jersey municipalities in terms of its combined real estate value. Meanwhile, the city pulled in a record $4.18 million in revenue from beach badge sales in 2015.center_img “I’m confident that the city team has delivered a budget that is fiscally responsible, without any fluff and fair to all taxpayers,” the mayor said in a statement posted on the city’s website. The bond ordinance up for Council approval would set aside $800,000 for design and engineering work on roadway improvements, the first step in the reconstruction of flood-prone streets. Click Here to Review the City Council Agenda The budget maintains all of the city’s “superior services” and includes an array of municipal improvement projects throughout town, Gillian said. Council is expected to vote Thursday on a $17.5 million bond ordinance to underwrite some of the projects that are centerpieces of the mayor’s proposed $98.5 million capital plan over the next five years. City Council ChambersBy Donald WittkowskiMayor Jay Gillian’s proposed $74.2 million municipal budget and a bond ordinance to finance an extensive dredging program for clogged lagoons along the back bays top the agenda for the City Council meeting Thursday. Despite his displeasure with the tax increase, Gillian said the spending plan is a “barebones” budget overall. For the owner of a typical home assessed at $500,000, the increase will translate into an extra $55 in municipal taxes in 2016.last_img read more

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OCPD Weekly Activity Report December 4 -10

first_imgCalls for Service: 559        Daily Average: 80 December 4, 2016: Sunday Calls for service: 65 Vehicle Stops: 16 Vehicle Accidents: 2 Property Checks: 28 Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 5 Fire and 8 EMS callsVehicle accident, Longport Bridge, at 8:09amFraud, 3600 block West Ave., at 10:50amVehicle accident, 14th St. & Ocean Ave., at 12:38pm December 5, 2016: Monday Calls for service: 90 Vehicle Stops: 39  Vehicle Accidents: 1 Property Checks: 38  Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 5 Fire and 6 EMS callsWarrant, W. Atlantic Blvd., one in custody, at 8:39amFraud, 5100 block West Ave., at 12:40pmFraud, 4600 block Asbury Ave., at 5;00pmVehicle accident, 8th St. & Wesley Ave., at 6:15pmTheft, 600 block Central Ave., at 7:26pmDecember 6, 2016: TuesdayCalls for service: 95 Vehicle Stops: 33   Vehicle Accidents: 0    Property Checks: 30      Alarms: 4The Police Department assisted with 5 fire and 7 EMS callsDomestic violence, 300 block Bay Ave., at 12:23amTheft, 1200 block Ocean Ave., at 10:23am December 7, 2016: WednesdayCalls for service: 65 Vehicle Stops: 17 Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 29  Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 2 fire and 0 EMS callsDomestic violence, Seaspray Rd., at 11:18amDecember 8, 2016: ThursdayCalls for service: 64 Vehicle Stops: 11   Vehicle Accidents: 0    Property Checks: 25       Alarms: 5The Police Department assisted with 10 fire and 5 EMS callsTrespassing, 100 block 8th St., at 8:06am December 9, 2016: FridayCalls for service: 79 Vehicle Stops:  17 Vehicle Accidents: 1 Property Checks: 37 Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 8 EMS callsVehicle accident, 10th St. & Ocean Ave., at 8:39amWarrant, 1200 block West Ave., at 11:08amTheft, E. Station Rd., at 9:37pm December 10, 2016: SaturdayCalls for service: 99 Vehicle Stops: 31 Vehicle Accidents: 0  Property Checks: 42  Alarms: 4The Police Department assisted with 7 fire and 6 EMS callsDWI, 34th Street, one in custody, at 3:02amCDS, Route 52, one in custody, at 11:20pmPUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year. City Ordinance 87-17sec.4-32 prohibits any Boat/Trailer over 22 feet in overall length from being parked on a city street. Any boat/trailer less than 22 feet in overall length can only remain on a city street for three consecutive days. Officers will be issuing summons and towing boats/trailers for any observed violations. Bicycle riders must obey all vehicle laws similar to that of a vehicle. They must stop at stop signs, traffic lights and ride with the flow of traffic.       Bicycle riders are not pedestrians and do not have the same right of way as a pedestrian when crossing the street at an intersection.last_img read more

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At Ed School, it’s easy being green

first_imgThis is one of a series of occasional stories on the measures that Schools at Harvard are taking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.The gleaming, 200-watt, photovoltaic panels crowning Gutman Library — which is just down the street from where George Washington first assembled his troops during the Revolutionary War — may be the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s (HGSE) most prominent monument in the battle against greenhouse gas emissions.What’s less evident, however, is the history of their placement, which reveals a particular zeal for going green by HGSE. Leading the School’s charge is a 12-member, all-volunteer task force that has dubbed itself “Mother Nature’s Posse” (also known as the HGSE Green Team).The back story of those six gleaming panels goes like this: In 2008, as part of a University-wide pledge sponsored by the Harvard Office for Sustainability, 45 percent of the HGSE community took a vow to improve the environment — both on- and off-campus — through simple, everyday measures, such as shutting off lights, hanging wet laundry, recycling, and even forgoing paper napkins. The average pledge rate at most other Schools wasn’t quite half of that.Owing largely to a full-bore campaign spearheaded by the School’s then 15-member Green Team, an effort that entailed emails, videos, posters, and word of mouth, more than 560 Ed School affiliates took the green plunge. For that, HGSE — one of the smallest Schools at the University — was awarded seed money toward a sustainability project. And though the funds didn’t pay for the solar panels outright, they did allow the Ed School to investigate and plan for implementation, marking HGSE’s first foray into renewable energy.Together with two other notable facility improvements — the natural-gas-fired boilers in the basement of 13 Appian Way (a conversion from oil that was coordinated with the Radcliffe campus) and the 2009 classroom renovations of Larsen Hall geared toward energy-efficiency (earning two floors of the 45-year-old brick building LEED Platinum Certification) — the 2010 photovoltaic project is expected to reduce HGSE’s annual carbon footprint by 8.6 percent.All told, these projects represent a calculable contribution on behalf of the Ed School toward the University’s overarching goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2016, including growth, based on 2006 levels. But here’s the kicker: Even as these physical improvements have come to symbolize the School’s commitment to reducing such emissions, they’re only part of the School’s overall sustainability efforts, which strive to keep a green ideology moving forward.“For every initiative, it’s important to not just ask people to do something,” said Jason Carlson, the HGSE director of operations who also directs the Green Team. “It’s important to understand what and how their piece can contribute to something great.” For a place dedicated to teaching educators, this is no small matter.Now in its fifth year, the Green Team is the main driver toward that something great, which has manifested in a range of green initiatives at the School. From a battery recycling program to an annual “freecycle” event to offering reusable mugs, the Green Team’s initiatives, according to Carlson, are “embedded in everything we’re doing.”The diverse team is made up of faculty, staff, and students, representing the varying insights and concerns of the HGSE population. For instance, team member Meghan Garrity, a catering manager with Table of Contents, the School’s catering and dining services provider, has spearheaded back-of-the-house composting stations at three HGSE kitchens. (Garrity was also one of two team members honored for individual achievement at the second annual Green Carpet Awards in the spring.) This arrangement allows the group, which meets monthly, to serve as informed liaisons for its constituents and HGSE’s operating entities. Upon honing in on an appropriate concern or issue, the team works closely with HGSE Facilities Operations; ironing out the kinks and details of implementation before firing off an electronic “green tip” to 1,200 HGSE affiliates.One of the team’s more involved initiatives was this past winter’s completion of a map outlining filtered water stations on the HGSE campus. An idea inspired by Harvard Law School, according to HGSE project manager and Green Team member Linda Kuczynski, the simple legend — which also includes signage above filtered water fountains — aims to entice thirsty people while reducing dependence on bottled water. Other targeted initiatives include a printer cartridge recycling program, a cosmetics drive, bike rack improvements, and, coming soon, single-stream recycling and public composting.In the end, the collective impact of all these sustainable efforts, some of them burgeoning and creative, others tried and true, is a 10 percent reduction of the School’s carbon footprint (inclusive of growth, and as measured through fiscal 2010). Numbers like that suggest that the mindset behind that 2008 pledge has permeated the School’s culture. According to Carlson, the challenge and thrill will come in carrying that attitude to the world beyond the campus.“What we get excited about is we’re educating educators,” said Carlson. “So what’s exciting to think about is the broader impact that we may be able to have if we leave our students with something when they go out into the sector to start educating people. If we can change them in just one way, the exponential impact that might have on our world is pretty inspiring and exciting.”last_img read more

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Mountain Mama: What’s the Deal with Yoga?

first_imgDear Mountain Mama,I’ve gone to a few yoga classes. But I just don’t get what the craze is about. Even my grandma is doing yoga these days.What am I missing?Yours,Inflexible——————————————————————-Dear Inflexible,I went to yoga classes on and off for 10 years before I really let myself be still enough to be present during the classes. Before, I was like you, only going through the motions. I kept glancing at the clock during the class and thinking ahead to what I’d cook for dinner during meditation.That all changed after I hurt my shoulder and bicep paddling the Upper Gauley this past fall. I’d been spending too much time behind a desk and holding my toddler and not enough time paddling. My upper back and neck held so much tension that my shoulders touched my chin. For me, paddling has always been a path back toward my best self. So even when I found out that the recent rain meant that the water was pumping at three times its normal flow, I put-on the Upper Gauley for my first time.The run went well until Sweet’s Falls rapid, when I plunged over the 10-foot drop into a wall of water folding around me. I braced into all that water, desperately fighting to stay upright. I let my arms get away from me and braced higher than I should have. When I paddled away, I knew I’d tweaked my arm.Ever since then I’ve been working with a physical therapist, who’s been alarmed by how tight and forward my shoulders are. He explained that by living my life so far forward, hunched over a computer all the time, I had reduced the amount of space that existed in my body. Without space, our muscles and tissues have nowhere to go when impacted, so they rip or tear. As he told me this, I thought how my body mirrored the chaotic state of my mind. Always rushing around meant that even small problems derailed me. I had no space to absorb anything new, physically, emotionally, or mentally.The physical therapist told me to stretch out in a doorframe like an eagle. He instructed me to press my hands into the doorframe and squeezing my shoulder blades back while taking a small step forward. Those two minutes opened up my chest and back, undoing my slumped-over-a-computer-posture. After a day, I felt the space inside my body. After a week, I felt the space within my mind too.  The physical movement of reaching helped me to become more open to the possibilities that existed all around me, where before I was too inwardly focused to notice. I began to look forward to those two minutes to stretch my perspective along with my back.Researcher confirms that we can change our minds by changing how we hold our bodies. Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist who teaches at Harvard Business School, showed that we can change the feelings we have about our status through physical positions. Standing in warrior pose or mountain stance at critical times can change our lives in big ways. Election outcomes, hiring decisions, and deciding who to ask out on a date hinge on body language. Our own self-esteem does too.Inflexible, if two minutes of standing a certain way can change how we feel about our lives, imagine what could happen during a 60-minute yoga class. The only barrier to becoming your best self is allowing yourself to be still enough to stretch into your own body and mind.Make 2014 the year you reach!Namaste,Mountain MamaGOT A QUESTION FOR MOUNTAIN MAMA? SEND IT HERElast_img read more

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Our Picks for Summer Camps + Experiential Learning Programs

first_imgLandmark Learning | Cullowhee, NCSince 1996, Landmark Learning has met its mission “to be the leading resource in education and training for the outdoor community”. Our classroom is ever-changing, as are standards in risk management and program operations. Landmark programs are committed to evolving and meeting these standards.Landmark proudly represents the nation’s leading certification providers of outdoor education and training, including NOLS Wilderness Medicine, American Canoe Association, Starfish Aquatics Institute, Leave No Trace and North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services. The Landmark Outdoor Educator Semester is the capstone course experience, eligible for college credit through a partnership with Western Carolina University.Visit LandmarkLearning.org to learn more. Passages Adventure Camp | Richmond & Midlothian, VAPassages Adventure Camp is Central Virginia’s premier outdoor experience teaching girls and boys ages 5-17 the fun of outdoor adventure which includes kayaking, rock climbing, rappelling, wilderness survival, zip-lining, mountain biking, trail-running, and stand up paddle boarding. Our mission is to help young people foster lifelong outdoor skills in a fun and challenging environment. We help each camper build leadership skills, develop teamwork, and improve their confidence. With day camps and fantastic overnight excursions to the New River Gorge and the Blue Ridge Mountains, your summer adventure starts here! Camps run June 10th – August 23rd.Visit PassagesRVA.com to learn more.Summer in the Smokies at Tremont InstituteGreat Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, TNCome with us on an awesome outdoor adventure! Imagine splashing around in an icy cold mountain stream, climbing ridges to an unbelievable view, or choosing from a variety of activities to discover nature through hands-on explorations, day hikes and crafts.Tremont offers an in-depth summer learning experience that fosters an understanding of the beautiful Smoky Mountains and encourages a lifelong appreciation and stewardship of the environment.Only Tremont offers unique outdoor experiences that include meals and housing.Visit gsmit.org/summer-youth to learn more. Summer programs have long been the jumping off point for young adventurers–and the first step towards a lifelong love of the outdoors, personal enrichment, and campfire camaraderie.  Here are our picks for some of the best programs in the Blue Ridge.Nature camp for teens and children! Hike, swim, garden, and hunt for butterflies, warblers, foxes and salamanders in a secluded WV mountain wildlife sanctuary, 2.5 hours from Washington, DC.Campers gather in small groups, design independent projects, and enjoy a relaxed,  high quality program. Through music, arts, games and laughter, as well as quiet reflection, the knowledgeable, dynamic, caring staff create a lasting community that promotes challenge and growth, supporting a lasting sense of wonder. A weekend for adults is tucked into the end of July. Campers return year after year: it’s our 57th season!American Camping Association accredited.Visit BurgundyCenter.org to learn more.Camp Chatuga | Mountain Rest, SCCamp Chatuga is a traditional summer camp for boys and girls ages 6 to 16. Owned and operated by the same family since 1956, Chatuga fosters lifelong memories and friendships in a wholesome, family-oriented community. Session options range from three days to four weeks. Campers choose from over 30 incredible activities including horseback, water-skiing, BMX bikes, arts/crafts, outdoor living skills, archery, animal care and sports. 4:1 camper:counselor ratio for safety and personal attention. Under the guidance of mature and caring staff, each camper thrives in our technology free, rustic environment; a perfect atmosphere for fun and personal growth through relationships and nature!Visit CampChatuga.com to learn more.Camp Hidden Meadows | Bartow, WVGreat summer camps exist in many places. At Hidden Meadows, we believe our small class sizes, range of activities, and spectacular setting make us stand out from the rest. Nestled in WV’s Allegheny Mountains, camp sits at 3000 feet elevation with outdoor adventures beckoning from all directions. High adventure, creative arts, and organic farming are some of our hallmarks. Our campers and staff come from all over the world, ready to experience exciting activities in the natural world. Here, you can leave your familiar routines behind and explore the outdoor and creative world in ways so few people have opportunity to do.Visit CampHiddenMeadows.com to learn more.center_img Virginia Outside | Multiple Locations, VirginiaVirginia Outside is entering its 15th season of offering outdoor adventures for youth! We offer a wide variety of outdoor activities including day and overnight conventional and fly fishing camps, mountain bike day camps, orienteering and leadership camps, and kayak touring and fishing camps.From catching trout in the cold waters of Southwest Virginia, to riding the urban mountain bike trails of Northern Virginia, we have a wide variety of outdoor adventures to choose from.Day camps are offered in Richmond, Northern Virginia, Charlottesville, Raleigh, and Stafford.We run overnight camps on the Chesapeake Bay, in Southwest Virginia, New York, Yellowstone, and Honduras.Visit virginiaoutside.com to learn more.Interested in seeing your summer camp or experiential program in our list?Contact Leah Woody:  [email protected]last_img read more

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In vino veritas: Bali governor issues new decree to promote traditional liquor

first_imgBali Governor Wayan Koster has issued a gubernatorial decree regulating the province’s traditional liquors in a bid to preserve and promote the drinks in the region.Wayan said that the decree on traditional Balinese fermented and distilled drinks, ratified on Jan 29, would promote local liquors such as arak, tuak – both distilled from coconut palm flowers – and brem, a traditional rice wine, as part of the region’s many unique cultural traits.“I also hope that with this regulation, traditional Balinese fermented drinks can be part of our new economic power based on local people and local wisdom,” he said on Wednesday, as quoted by Antara news agency. Koster said the new regulation would require Balinese traditional liquor producers to hold licenses and pass food safety tests from the Indonesian Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) to ensure that they met quality and hygiene standards.“This way, our traditional drinks can be served in hotels, sold at airports and served during dinner receptions at the governor’s official residence,” he said.He also encouraged the provincial research and innovation agency to safeguard farmers’ intellectual rights over the products. He added that he had also suggested to the Customs and Excise Office that the drinks receive tax incentives and even be excluded from export fees to support the industry’s development.Koster added that the new regulation could act as a “way out” from the government’s negative investment list that bars foreign investment in alcoholic drink manufacturing as it would regulate the promotion, branding and funding for the liquors’ production. Besides promoting and preserving the local drinks, the regulation also details the administrative sanctions for producers and sellers who violate its provisions.“We prohibit selling to underage children,” Koster said, adding that the administration also banned liquor sales among street vendors, on camping sites, around worship sites, schools, government offices and hospitals. (ris)Topics :last_img read more

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Australia moves to ban anti-racism protest citing virus

first_imgAustralian police on Friday moved to ban a Black Lives Matter protest planned in Sydney, citing the risk of spreading the coronavirus.Around 10,000 people are expected to march in Sydney on Saturday to express solidarity with US protestors and demand an end to frequent Aboriginal deaths in custody in Australia.On the eve of the protest, the police — backed by prominent local conservatives — launched legal action to ban the rally on health grounds. Several protests have already taken place across Australia and the planned march in Sydney is one among several due to take place on Saturday.Organizers hope to highlight the high levels of imprisonment for First Nations Australians and the large number of indigenous deaths in custody — more than 400 in the last three decades.The legal action was a U-turn for the police — who initially granted the Sydney event the green light — and follows heavy criticism of the protest in the country’s conservative media.Organizers were determined to go ahead, using a groundswell of public opinion to press for long-stalled reforms.”Tomorrow, we are going to march if they like it or not, because this is our land and nothing is going to stop any of us,” said Latona Dungay, whose son David died in prison in 2015.Green party parliamentarian David Shoebridge attacked the move as heavyhanded, calling for police to take a more nuanced approach.”This is not what’s needed. This needs cooperation and understanding, not force,” Shoebridge said.Protesters in Melbourne were similarly warned they could face fines for attending a rally in the city, with authorities urging people to stay home.Earlier on Friday, hundreds of protesters gathered in the nation’s capital Canberra even as Prime Minister Scott Morrison urged people to stay home.”Let’s find a better way and another way to express these sentiments rather than putting your own health at risk,” Morrison said.He admitted there was more to be done to address indigenous inequality but continued to reject parallels with the United States.”Australia is not other places, so let’s deal with this as Australians and not appropriate what’s happening in other countries to our country at this time.” Topics :center_img Australia has detected a sustained drop in the number of COVID-19 cases, but social distancing rules remain in force and mass gatherings are not permitted. The New South Wales Supreme Court was asked to declare the protest illegal.”We have commenced legal action on the basis that we don’t believe the protest can be conducted in a safe way,” NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said.Civil rights protests shaking the United States have resonated with many in Australia — a country that also wrestles with the legacy of a racist past.last_img read more

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Drones could help fight disease

first_imgHealthLifestyleNewsRegional Drones could help fight disease by: – July 12, 2018 36 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Share (Antigua Observer) The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) representative in Antigua and Barbuda, Paul Lucas, has offered advice to mitigate the spread and effects of the lethal yellowing disease afflicting coconut trees.In an interview on OBSERVER AM yesterday, Lucas discussed how CARDI and International Trade Centre (ITC) will be teaming up to develop the coconut industry across the Caribbean.“For the larger trees it would be difficult to go up and spray for mites and such. We have proposed the use of technology like drones. There are parts of the world where they are used to spray. It reduces the risk of persons involved in the industry. It might not be safe to climb these trees in bad weather. We are looking at more holistic ways to reduce risk,” Lucas said.He added that until drones become available, his advice would be for individuals to remove trees from the field immediately when they recognise that there is an issue with the plant so that it does affect surrounding plants.Lucas explained that these mitigation strategies are important in developing the coconut industry. He said the general public needs to first understand the potential of the coconut industry, and even though there are challenges right now, once those challenges are addressed, there is the possibility for large profits.He stated that with the right management team, the future benefits to the farmers, consumers, the nation and the region will be tremendous.One of the areas of focus for the project will be in Barbuda where 95 percent of the trees that once flourished in the 250-acre coconut tree plantation were destroyed by the passage of Hurricane Irma in September of last year. The remaining trees are said to be struggling or dying because of the extremely high concentration of salt in the ground.The four-year project is funded by the European Union as a part of the 10th European Development Fund, and it focuses on the CARIFORUM coconut-producing countries in the Caribbean.The objectives of the initiative are to improve marketing linkages, increase coconut production in the Caribbean, increase food security and reinforce the incomes of small-scale farmers in the coconut sector.last_img read more

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Neymar ‘wants PSG’ to sanction transfer return to Barcelona

first_img Neymar’s summer antics saw him become the pantomime villain in the French capital when he returned at the start of the season. The PSG Ultras booed him at the start of the campaign, despite him scoring a last minute winner in his first game back. PSG paid £200m for Neymar back in 2017 Read Also: Ligue 1: PSG commence talks with ex-Juventus manager PSG boss Thomas Tuchel is in his second year at the Ligue 1 outfit and has had to deal with the Neymar saga throughout his tenure. But, despite leading the club to the last eight of the Champions League, there are doubts as to whether the German will still be employed by PSG come next season. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Neymar has once again looked to force the issue as he plots his Barcelona return. The Brazilian is looking to quit PSG after three years having done his best to manufacture an exit last summer, only for the Parisians to stand firm. Neymar is desperate to return to Barcelona Neymar became the world’s most expensive player when he joined the French side, but his time in Paris has been largely underwhelming. Through his stay he has been linked with a return to Spain, initially Real Madrid looked his likely destination but his former club have since emerged as his preference. He is once again ready to pressurise the Parc des Princes hierarchy in an effort to seal a return to the Nou Camp, reports Sport.Advertisement Loading… center_img Promoted ContentLaugh, Cry, Or Just Relax With The Best Series Streaming On HBOBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Why Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Nowlast_img read more

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