Rights activists protest ‘Human Rights Watch’

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Photo: Peoples Video NetworkJune 26 — Human rights activists marched from the New York Times offices to the Empire State Building — which houses Human Rights Watch — to protest both institutions as tools of the CIA, specifically in their role attacking the Bolivarian government of Venezuela.A delegation of human rights activists, including Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general; attorney Michael Tarif Warren; Suzanne Ross of the New York Free Mumia [Abu-Jamal] Coalition; William Camacaro of the Alberto Llovera Bolivarian Circle; and Sara Flounders of the International Action Center, accompanied the march and attempted to deliver a protest letter to the HRW.  The HRW refused it.Organizers said that HRW’s arrogance in refusing to accept the message is a further example of the fraudulent role they play by actually protecting U.S. corporate power and business/military interests in countries targeted by the U.S. for destabilization. Clark, Warren, Camacaro and Flounders then delivered the national petition to an appropriate stand-in for HRW, the inflatable giant rat often used to point out scab and union-busting work sites, but positioned today in front of the HRW office.The use of the rat for this protest of HRW’s role was an important sign of union solidarity with the people of Venezuela.The letter, with an impressive list of signers, chastised the organization for publishing “a series of reports by Human Rights Watch, which demean, malign, and slander the Government of Venezuela while constantly describing it as ‘repressive,’ and ‘dictatorial.’ …“These sweeping condemnations of the Venezuelan government consist largely of unsubstantiated claims by political opponents, examples taken out of context, gross exaggerations, and illogical arguments; it is a total usurp of your ethical and fact-finding standards.”The letter went on to “ask for the resignation of Kenneth Roth, Executive Director, [and] an end to your political anti-democratic agenda in Venezuela.”The letter also criticized HRW for waging a campaign against the Cuban Revolution and slandering that country, and, on the other hand, of ignoring serious human rights violations in Haiti, Honduras and other countries that are more closely allied with the U.S.A video of the demonstration can be seen at youtu.be/j7Std8u3tjQ.The full text of the letter with the more than 100 signers is posted at bolivariannyc.wordpress.comlast_img read more

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Eliminating GMOs Would Take Toll on Environment, Economies

first_img Higher food prices, a significant boost in greenhouse gas emissions due to land use change and major loss of forest and pasture land would be some results if genetically modified organisms in the United States were banned, according to a Purdue University study. Wally Tyner, James and Lois Ackerman Professor of Agricultural Economics; Farzad Taheripour, a research associate professor of agricultural economics; and Harry Mahaffey, an agricultural economics graduate student, wanted to know the significance of crop yield loss if genetically modified crops were banned from U.S. farm fields, as well as how that decision would trickle down to other parts of the economy. They presented their findings at the International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research in Ravello, Italy, last year. The findings of the study, funded by the California Grain & Feed Association, will be published in the journal AgBioForum this spring. “This is not an argument to keep or lose GMOs,” Tyner said. “It’s just a simple question: What happens if they go away?”The economists gathered data and found that 18 million farmers in 28 countries planted about 181 million hectares of GMO crops in 2014, with about 40 percent of that in the United States. They fed that data into the Purdue­ developed GTAP­BIO model, which has been used to examine economic consequences of changes to agricultural, energy, trade and environmental policies.Eliminating all GMOs in the United States, the model shows corn yield declines of 11.2 percent on average. Soybeans lose 5.2 percent of their yields and cotton 18.6 percent. To make up for that loss, about 102,000 hectares of U.S. forest and pasture would have to be converted to cropland and 1.1 million hectares globally for the average case.Greenhouse gas emissions increase significantly because with lower crop yields, more land is needed for agricultural production, and it must be converted from pasture and forest. “In general, the land use change, the pasture and forest you need to convert to cropland to produce the amount of food that you need is greater than all of the land use change that we have previously estimated for the U.S. ethanol program,” Tyner said.In other words, the increase in greenhouse gas emissions that would come from banning GMOs in the United States would be greater than the amount needed to create enough land to meet federal mandates of about 15 billion gallons of biofuels. “Some of the same groups that oppose GMOs want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to reduce the potential for global warming,” Tyner said. “The result we get is that you can’t have it both ways. If you want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture, an important tool to do that is with GMO traits.”With lower crop yields without GMO traits, commodity prices rise. Corn prices would increase as much as 28 percent and soybeans as much as 22 percent, according to the study. Consumers could expect food prices to rise 1-2 percent, or $14 billion to $24 billion per year.In the United States, GMOs make up almost all the corn (89 percent), soybeans (94 percent) and cotton (91 percent) planted each year. Some countries have already banned GMOs, have not adopted them as widely or are considering bans. Tyner and Taheripour said they will continue their research to understand how expansion of and reductions of GMO crops worldwide could affect economies and the environment. “If in the future we ban GMOs at the global scale, we lose lots of potential yield,” Taheripour said. “If more countries adopt GMOs, their yields will be much higher.” Eliminating GMOs Would Take Toll on Environment, Economies Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleOfficial Numbers Released Today Confirm Record U.S. Ethanol Production and UseNext articleSupreme Court Will Not Hear Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Case Hoosier Ag Today By Hoosier Ag Today – Feb 29, 2016 Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Eliminating GMOs Would Take Toll on Environment, Economies SHARElast_img read more

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The Skiff: March 2, 2017

first_imgThe Skiff by TCU360TCU Box 298050Fort Worth, TX [email protected] The Skiff The Skiff: Dec. 5, 2019 Linkedin Welcome TCU Class of 2025 The Skiffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/the-skiff/ + posts printFailed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infoVolume 115, Issue 23: Student refugee starts new programAlso: Diversity discussion, Track and Field races to the top, Med school on track and more. A fox’s tail: the story of TCU’s campus foxes The Skiffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/the-skiff/ Twitter Facebook Life in Fort Worth The Skiff: Nov. 7, 2019 Twitter The Skiffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/the-skiff/ Previous articleTCU suffers ‘devastating’ one-point loss against Kansas State, 75-74Next article“Get Out” is a hypnotically good horror film The Skiff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt The Skiff: Volume 115, Issue 23 cover Linkedin The Skiff: Nov. 14, 2019 Facebook The Skiffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/the-skiff/ ReddIt The Skiff: Nov. 21, 2019last_img read more

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Masjid Al Taqwa: On Purification

first_imgFaith Essays & Inspirations Masjid Al Taqwa: On Purification Published on Monday, February 13, 2012 | 11:12 pm Top of the News At-Taharah literally means purity and cleanliness It also refers to spiritual purification from spiritual filth. According to Islamic law it is the removal of impurities or an impure state with permissible resources. According to theevidences in the Qur’aan, Sunnah and Ijmaa’ (consensus of our scholars), it is considered an obligation.Evidence: Allah (SWT) said: “Indeed Allah loves those who are constantly repentant and He loves those who purify themselves.” (Al-Baqarah 2:222)“And purify your garments.” (Al-Muddaththir 4)The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “The key to praying is purification.” (Abu Dawud, Ahmed).“Allah does not accept a Salaah without purification.” (Muslim)“Purification is apart of faith.” (Muslim)Purity is of two types: purity from those things, which break ritual purity, and purity from filth. Moreover it is only pure and purifying water which can remove impurities. And this is water which has retained its original color, smell and taste and has not changed due to things that normally are not part of it such as oil, butter, grease or such things as dung, soap, filth and the like. There is no harm in such things as dirt, clay, salt marsh, backed brick and the like.Masjid Al Taqwa, 2181 N. Lake Avenue, Altadena, (626) 398-8392 or visit www.taqwamasjid.com. Make a comment Subscribe Community News Herbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Real Truth About The Pain Caused By MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPretty Or Not: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  14 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuffcenter_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Baker, Espinoza Shine Again, Women’s Hoops 2nd at IVC Tourney

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Business News Community News 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it For the second time this season, the Pasadena City College women’s basketball team lost to an Orange Empire Conference team in the finals of a tournament. Host Irvine Valley prevented the Lancers from a first-place trophy, defeating them, 84-66, Saturday in the championship game of the Irvine Valley Tournament. In November, Fullerton downed PCC for the Glendale Tournament title.The state’s 10th-ranked Lancers dropped to 6-3 while the 5th-rated Lasers improved to 9-1.Pasadena led 23-21 and was tied at 29-29 with 5:02 left in the first half. Irvine Valley went on a 14-4 run and took a 43-36 halftime lead. In the second half, PCC got as close as 53-47, but the team went cold offensively. Over an 8-minute stretch, IVC outscored the Lancers, 24-8, and put the game out of reach.Irvine Valley was led by tourney MVP Breanna Turner, who scored 27 points and tied a school record with 21 rebounds.PCC’s production has centered on the duo of point guard Judith Espinoza and forward Regerina Baker. They didn’t disappoint in this big game as Espinoza scored 25 points (10-for-12 from the free throw line) and Baker added 20 points and 15 rebounds. The two were named All-Irvine Valley Tournament. It was the second all-tourney selection for each player in the Lancers’ three tournaments played thus far.PCC’s offense is top-heavy in the Baker-Espinoza combo. They are averaging a combined 34 points a game. No other Lancer averages double digits although injured forward Ilianna Blanc had a 9.7 average in three games. She has missed the team’s last six games.Another area of concern is the team’s 3-point shooting. The Lancers made 10 treys in the three IVC games in 42 attempts while opponents were 24-for-56, a 42-point differential in outside shooting.[Editor’s Note: changes next opponents] The Lancers next play in the College of the Desert Winter Classic Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 18-20. PCC opens with a December 18 game v. Moorpark at 5 p.m.[Photo–Judith Espinoza (left) and Regerina Baker (right) go up for baskets during Saturday’s final of the Irvine Valley Tournament, image combo by Richard Quinton.] Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News Community News Make a comment Sports Baker, Espinoza Shine Again, Women’s Hoops 2nd at IVC Tourney By ROBERT LEWIS Published on Monday, December 15, 2014 | 5:26 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Herbeauty10 Female Celebs Women Love But Men Find UnattractiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThat Sale Made Kim A BillionaireHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

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Health Minister cancels St Patrick’s Day trip because of trolley crisis

first_img Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Homepage BannerNews Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty The Health Minister has cancelled his St Patrick’s Day trip due to the trolley crisis.Simon Harris was due to travel to Belgium and the Netherlands.He’s tweeted to say it wouldn’t feel right as Minister to travel when people across the HSE are ‘working extraordinarily hard to make progress in what is a difficult week’.Trolley numbers have eased slightly today after a record high of 714 yesterday.But health experts are warning that the three short weeks around St Patrick’s Day and Easter could compound the situation.President of the Irish Association of Emergency Medicine, Emily O’Connor, says increasing bed capacity in the short-term is essential…………….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/trolleys7.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Harps come back to win in Waterford Health Minister cancels St Patrick’s Day trip because of trolley crisis Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th center_img Twitter WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp By News Highland – March 13, 2018 Google+ Pinterest Previous articleMajor power outage in East DonegalNext articleProfessor Stephen Hawking has died aged 76 News Highland Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

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Historic WWII ship saved from San Francisco warehouse fire

first_imgThere is a massive fire at Fisherman’s Wharf right now —one of the piers #sf #SanFrancisco #sffire #SanFranciscoFire pic.twitter.com/rffAFUWuWA— Jack Hutton (@jackhutton) May 23, 2020 Carol M. Highsmith/Buyenlarge/Getty ImagesBY: LAUREN BOTCHAN AND ELLA TORRES, ABC NEWS(SAN FRANCISCO) — No injuries have been reported from a large warehouse fire in San Francisco that was still raging Saturday afternoon, hours after erupting, officials said.The blaze at Pier 45 at Fisherman’s Wharf initially threatened a historic World War II ship, but officials said they were able to save it.The SS Jeremiah O’Brien, one of just two remaining fully functioning Liberty ships that were launched during World War II and which stormed Normandy in the 1944 D-Day operation, suffered only paint damage, according to the San Francisco Fire Department. Officials said 150 firefighters had been called to the scene. The flames aren’t expected to spread to other structures, but officials have not yet declared the fire under control.No other boats were damaged, officials said.Three businesses were affected by the fire, all of which — blue and gold fleet offices, red and white fleet offices and Jeremiah O’Brien fleet offices — are ferry or vessel services.Officials haven’t determined the cause of the fire but are investigating. Because of the fire’s size, that’s expected to take some time, they said.The fire was first reported around 4:40 a.m., according to ABC San Francisco station KGO-TV.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Labour party to vote on nationalising significant parts of rental market

first_imgThe Labour Party is to debate several radical housing policies at its party conference this week that would bring seismic change to the property sector if Corbyn were to gain power.At 3pm tomorrow delegates at the party’s shindig in Brighton are to debate and then vote on adopting the housing measures.The most controversial, which has been proposed by local activists within the party, include privately-rented housing stock owned by housing associations, institutional landlords and management companies being brought into government ownership.Also, the motion calls for local authorities to be enabled to purchase empty homes compulsorily if they lie unoccupied for more than six months.It also calls for the capping of private rents across the UK at a third of local incomes and for ‘the worst’ privately rented properties, and unused building plots, to be compulsorily purchased.These proposals have the backing of Momentum, leader Jeremy Corbyn’s support group within the Labour party, as well as Labour’s youth wing and also the shadow housing minister John Healey.The motion, which has been made public prior to the debate on Tuesday, also calls the party to endorse the requisition of “unoccupied tower blocks in London”.In July the party also revealed that it would seek to introduce a ‘right to buy’ scheme for private renters. September 23, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Labour party to vote on nationalising significant parts of rental market previous nextLabour party to vote on nationalising significant parts of rental marketConference delegates to consider a motion that will introduce the compulsory purchase of empty homes and blocks owned by institutional investors and management firms.Nigel Lewis23rd September 201901,714 Viewslast_img read more

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Greensky Bluegrass Just Played An Entire Show Of Songs That Phish Covers

first_imgWith all of the hype leading into tonight’s Phish show, even Greensky Bluegrass is building the anticipation. The beloved bluegrass band played their second of two shows at the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas today, hitting the venue for a matinee performance ahead of Phish’s throwdown tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.Greensky took the opportunity and played off the energy from the Phish-y crowd assembled, deciding to play a full set of songs that Phish has covered. Whether it was regular covers like “Old Home Place” or “Funky Bitch,” or more rarities like “We’re An American Band” or “Time” by Pink Floyd, Greensky executed an excellent performance that won’t soon be forgotten. Check out the full setlist below for details, courtesy of Camp Greensky.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass at Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV – 10/31/16Set 1:Old Home PlaceBoogie on Reggae Woman >TimePaul & SilasFunky BitchA Day in the LifeNellie KaneLight Up or Leave Me Alone >We’re an American Band >Light up or Leave me AloneRock & RollRide Captain RideBeauty of my DreamsBallad of Curtis LoewBroke Mountain Breakdown (1) (2) (3) >Sweet Emotion >Walk Away >After midnight >Broke Mountain BreakdownEncore:Free Bird intro >Rocky Top(1) – w/ Simpsons Secret Language(2) – w/ While My Guitar Gently Weeps tease(3) – w/ Bathtub Gin tease[Photo via GSBG Facebook page]last_img read more

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Analyzing rainfall

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaJerry Walker thinks Georgia does a great job controllingemissions. And he should know. Twenty-five years ago he set up amonitoring site that analyzes chemicals in the state’s rainfallthat contribute to acidic rain.Now an emeritus professor with the University of Georgia, Walkerset up the first long-term wet-deposition monitoring site inGeorgia in 1978. The site was at a UGA College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences farm in Pike County.Now one of six in Georgia, the site is part of a 250-site networkrun by the National Atmospheric Deposition Program. Many sourcesfund the NADP, including state agricultural experiment stations,universities, industries and federal agencies.Analyzing the nation’s rainThe sites collect rain and snow samples across the nation.Scientists analyze them weekly for their chemical makeup. Thelower a substance’s pH, the more acidic it is.”By measuring and analyzing the rain, we can determine itslong-term effects on agricultural crops, forest and theenvironment,” Walker said. “The monitoring system allows us totrack the chemistry of storms and evaluate potential impacts ofnew sources of emissions.”John Melin, an engineering program specialist, has collected therain samples at the UGA site from the beginning. Every Tuesdaymorning, Melin and site operators across the nation collect,weigh and measure the pH of samples from their sites. Then theymail a subsample to the national office in Champaign, Ill., forfurther analysis.”Acid rain was a big concern in the 1970s,” Walker said. “But youhave to realize that normal rain has a pH level of 5.6, so it’salways a little on the acidic side. That’s because the carbondioxide in the air creates carbonic acid, which dissolves intothe rain.”Levels vary from state to statePure water has a pH of 7.0. In 2000, the most acidic rain in theUnited States had a pH of 4.3, according to the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency.In 2001, southwestern Ohio’s pH was 4.4. The Pike County, Ga., site’s pH was 4.8, Walker said. “It’s really hard to compare pHlevels, as they vary. It could be 4.3 in Pennsylvania and 5.5 inCalifornia.”Acid rain is worse in the Northeast and Midwest than in Georgia,he said.”That’s because of the emission of gases from the power plants… burning coal for fuel,” he said. “This creates a lot ofsulfur dioxide, which leads to sulfuric acid in the rain.”Scientists have confirmed that sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxidesare the main causes of acid rain. The EPA reports that two-thirdsof all sulfur dioxide and one-fourth of all nitrogen oxides inthe United States come from electric power generation.In Georgia, an estimated 26.7 percent of the sulfur emitted byutility units is returned through precipitation, Walker said.Plants benefit from the sulfur”Scientists have long recognized the importance of this elementto plant growth,” he said. “In some locations, sulfur is added todeficient soils.”Walker said he’s pleased with his 25 years of monitoringprecipitation in Georgia. “Our state panned out a lot better thanI thought it would in the beginning,” he said.”But that’s because we’ve made changes,” he said. “We’ve addedcontrols to our smoke stacks and decreased our auto emissions.Georgia’s a lot better off than some other states. So it’s notall doomsday like you often hear.”The goal of the national program is to pinpoint problems andrecord long-range trends.”The program’s data shows that, in general, things are better nowthan they were when the monitoring program was first started,”Walker said.To view the program’s findings, visit the NADP Web site(nadp.sws.uiuc.edu).last_img read more

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