Is a Full-Economy Cap-and-Trade Program Dead in the Water?

first_imgProgressive David Roberts of Grist argues that Senator Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) retreat on comprehensive energy legislation is the death knell for an economywide system that caps industrial carbon dioxide emissions from all sectors. The alternative would be a cap that covers only a portion of the electricity sector:Graham’s comments seem to point to an alternative that’s been much-discussed recently: a scaled-back cap-and-trade program that would cover only the electricity sector. That would be coupled with some version of the (pitifully weak) American Clean Energy Leadership Act passed by Bingaman’s Energy Committee last year, with additional subsidies for offshore drilling and nuclear power.Would the resulting bill be worth a damn? Put it this way: it would be possible to craft a good package of climate and energy legislation with a cap-and-trade system covering utilities, ambitious renewable energy mandates, stringent energy efficiency regulations, and a massive round of investments in clean energy.That’s not what will pass. My prediction is that whatever K/G/L come up with will look more or less like energy policy over the last 20 years: a hodgepodge of subsidies and tax breaks for favored industries. At this point there seems little hope left of anything better.Electricity generation makes up roughly a third of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Focusing on that sector alone with a cap-and-trade program would make reaching Obama’s Copenhagen pledge of a 17% cut in U.S. emissions by 2020 very difficult indeed.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Ind vs Aus 2nd T20 preview: India look to avoid T20 whitewash

first_imgStung by a prolonged losing streak in what has turned out to be a nightmarish tour, a hapless India will now look to avoid a Twenty20 whitewash when they lock horns with Australia in the second match here on Friday.Completely outclassed in the humiliating 0-4 Test loss against the hosts, India had hoped for redemption in the limited over format but they again succumbed to a 31-run defeat in the first Twenty20 on Wednesday.The young legs did show some energy on the field but at the batting crease, they were no different to their Test seniors and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has to do something to inpsire his team on Friday.In the bowling department too, the Indians failed to make early inroads in the Australian line-up and now that off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s card has been shown up to be blank by a rampant David Warner last night, Zaheer Khan’s return would be crucial to India’s chances.The wicket at the MCG also might not suit spinners on Friday so overtly as it did in the ANZ Stadium last night.It’s a batting wicket and the skills of the bowlers would be tested utmost.Dhoni believed it was the uneven surface which did his batsmen in and MCG might reflect their preparedness in a better light.As things stood though, Indians checked in at their hotel in Melbourne this morning and would stay indoors though there was a word that a few youngsters might visit the MCG later in the afternoon.advertisementIt’s better they do, for if Australia seizes an early momentum, they would be difficult to put down in the one-day internationals. The corresponding effect of despondency in Indian ranks would be palpable too.Australia, on the other hand, have been simply ruthless so far as after mauling India in the Test series, the hosts notched up a convincing victory in Sydney last night and they would now look to complete a twenty20 clean sweep against the visitors tomorrow.Australia would only go better once Daniel Christian, Mitchell Marsh and Clint McKay get an opportunity to show their wares and chances are they would in front of 90,000 strong fans who are likely to turn up at the MCG, home of Australian cricket.Christian has been on the fringes of selection in the Test side this summer and is viewed as one of the upcoming stars of Australian cricket.He was the top scorer in domestic one-day matches and was also the second highest wicket-taker. A powerful hitter, Christian didn’t get a chance to bat last night but picked up two for 35 with his fast deliveries.Marsh, younger brother of Shaun, has set the domestic stage ablaze with his powerful hitting. Just 20, Marsh likes expressing his talent both with bat and ball and is one of the many multidimensional cricketers who are coming up through the ranks in Australian cricket.McKay, a 194cm tall right-arm fast bowler, is renowned for his control and economy. The 28-year-old local boy is said to possess enough variety in his armoury.The fast bowler is a handy lower order bat too and has already represented Australia in all three formats?Tests, ODIs and Twenty20 internationals. More PTI AS ATK MRMThe variety and the options Australia has in bowling is equally befuddling. George Bailey, the home captain, said as much when he said he has quite a few bowlers who could bowl in the death overs.”It could be Lee, Doherty, Hogg or Faulkner -? anyone,” said Bailey.The hosts are well-served by explosive left-handed openers in David Warner and Matthew Wade and the two are likely to be top draw this whole summer.Squads:Australia: George Bailey (capt), David Warner, Travis Birt, Daniel Christian, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, David Hussey, Brett Lee, Clint McKay, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Matthew Wade and Brad Hogg.India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt.), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Parthiv Patel, Rahul Sharma, Zaheer Khan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Irfan Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja and Manoj Tiwary.The match will start at 2.05 p.m. IST.last_img read more

Robert Downey Jr debuts first image of daughter Avri

first_imgAvengers star Robert Downey Jr shared the first ever image of her baby daughter Avri.During his appearance on the “Late Show with David Letterman”, the proud father was all smiles as the photo of his cute little girl was projected on the show’s giant screen, reported Ace Showbiz.Five-month-old Avri could be seen on the snapshot having wide blue eyes. She was spotted sporting yellow hoodie as she stared into the camera.Daughter of Robert Downey Jr Avri. (Pics: CBS)During the interview, the 50-year-old actor also told host David Letterman about his recent birthday celebration that took place in an airplane hangar.The actor has two-year-old son Exton with his producer wife of nine years. He also has a 21-year-old son, Indio, from a previous marriage.The actor had earlier admitted he can’t stop taking pictures of Avri.He had written: “After 9 months of intensive development, Team Downey is pleased to announce our 2014 fall/winter project.””Principal photography commenced 11-14 and will continue until she says, ‘Dad! You are embarrassing me…I’m 30, this has gotta stop.'”Robert Downey JrRobert previously confessed he was nervous about raising a daughter.He said: “I’ve never had a daughter before, so I don’t know what really prepares a dad. I’m asking around. But I did my part and now I’m just going to show up and do what I’m told.”(With input from agencies)last_img read more

Jaunti village set to become Delhi’s favourite tourist jaunt

first_imgA beautiful and historically-rich village on the outskirts of Delhi is being developed as a major tourist hotspot. Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC), a body under the Ministry of Urban Development, is preparing a master plan for village Jaunti, nine kilometer from Kanjhawala in the northwest. This includes erecting ‘dwars’ (ornamental gates) to the hamlet bordering Haryana, charting heritage trails to its Mughal-era fort and talab, and streetscaping. Its traditional havelis (mansions) will also be an important feature in the tourist attraction plan.Jaunti is believed to have been established in the 17th century, during the reign of emperor Shahjahan. It is known far and wide for a ‘shikargah’ (hunting lodge) with an impressive brick pattern and a large adjoining talab (water tank).These are said to have been used by Shahjahan and successive Mughal kings on gaming expeditions when the village was densely forested and frequented by tigers and antelope. The village’s old core and by-lanes retain some havelis which have architecturally-rich facades. Jaunti also played a key role in the Green Revolution of 1960s when Dr MS Swaminathan planted the ‘Jounti Seed’ in the village.In 2014, Member of Parliament Dr Udit Raj adopted it under the Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana or Prime Minister’s Model Village Scheme. A team of town planners, heritage conservationists and village youth, led by the MP, have since been working on enhancing its physical features as well as uplifting it socially.Speaking to MAIL TODAY, Dr Raj said: “We chose Jaunti of all the villages in my (Delhi northwest) constituency as it is still a ‘rural village’, unspoilt by construction and pollution. Its small population size has also helped it remain beautiful.”advertisementDUAC Chairman Dr PSN Rao, who is now working on the ‘Mera Jaunti’ plan, said: “We have about three months at our disposal to complete the design. The aim is to finish it before November – the first anniversary of the launch of the Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram scheme.”A DUAC consultant, who is part of the project, said: “The village is highly inaccessible. One has to change buses twice even from the Rithala Metro station. We plan to put up ornamental dwars on all three approach roads to Jaunti – from Haryana, Nizampur and the main Kanjhawala Road. The heritage trails encompassing shikargah, pond, havelis and temples are being drawn. Streetscaping, developing lighting, signages and parking is also part of the plan.”Kiosks and camel rides are envisaged around the pond on the lines of Chokhi Dhani in Jaipur. Management of tourism around the pond could be handed over to Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC), Project Director Rekha Vohra said. “We have grand plans to empower the people of Jaunti. This area, which includes Nizampur village, has given the country an Arjuna awardee and gold medallist kabaddi player. An international sports academy will be set up. A 100-bedded hospital is coming up and agricultural education is being provided to farmers.””Embroidery training is being given to local women and they have been approached by international brands to work for them,” she added.last_img read more

Gig On! Freelancers Are Well-Compensated, Optimistic About Next Year

first_imgAre you getting paid as much as other freelancers? Are you the only one who has trouble finding clients? Does your city have a lot of freelancers, or are you the only one?Sometimes, as independents, it’s hard to get a sense of how other freelancers are faring. That’s why we love this great infographic from Anna at GraphicDesignDegreeHub, which gives us the answers to these and other important questions. We are happy to see that 90% of freelancers are happy working solo, but know that in the future, we’ll have to work together to figure out new systems that mitigate risk from all of the “cons” of the freelance life, like access to affordable benefits, the feast or famine cycle, and work/life balance.Source: The Pros and Cons of Being a Freelancerlast_img read more

India at CWG 2018 on Day 9: Boxers in focus as India eye more medals in Gold Coast

first_imgIndian wrestlers won four medals, including a gold each from Sushil Kumar and Rahul Aware, while Seema and Navjeet Dhillon clinched the silver and bronze medal respectively in the women’s discuss throw and Tejaswini Sawant continued the good performance from shooters with a silver as the country took its medals tally to 31.Women wrestlers also came to the party with Babita Kumari taking silver in the 53kg category while Kiran bagged a bronze in the 76kg division, even as the women’s hockey team lost in the semi-finals, while the shuttlers and paddlers continued to shine bright.At the end of Thursday, India remains in the third spot with 31 medals (14 gold, 7 silver and 10 bronze) behin Australia (156 medals) and England (31 medals). Canada is fourth, accumulating 60 medals (12 gold, 29 silver, 19 bronze).Following is India’s schedule on Day 9 of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast:ATHLETICS:Neeraj Kumar: Men’s Javelin Qualifying Round – Group 1 (05.30 IST)Purnima Hembram: Heptathlon (06.00 IST)MEDAL ROUND: (15.43 IST)Vipin Kashana: Men’s Javelin Qualifying Round – Group 2 (06.40 IST)Jinson Johnson: Men’s 1500m Round 1 – Heat 2 (07.16 IST)India (Jacob Amoj, Jithu Baby, Jeevan Karekoppa Suresh, Kunhu Mohammed Puthapurakkal, Arokia Rajiv, Muhammad Anas Yahiya): Men’s 4x400m Relay Round 1 – Heat 2 (07.45 IST)BADMINTON:Kidambi Srikanth vs Zin Rei Ryan Ng (Singapore): Men’s Singles Quarter-finalPV Sindhu vs Brittny Tam (Canada): Women’s Singles Quarter-finalIndia (Ashwini Ponnappa, Satwik Rankireddy) vs Malaysia: Mixed Doubles Quarter-finalsHS Prannoy vs TBD: Men’s Singles Quarter-finalsRuthvika Gadde vs TBD: Women’s Singles Quarter-finalsSaina Nehwal vs TBD: Women’s Singles Quarter-finalsadvertisementIndia (N Sikki Reddy, Pranaav Chopra) vs TBD: Mixed Doubles Quarter-finalsBOXING:Amit vs Juma Miiro (Uganda) Men’s 46-49 kg Semi-final 2 (08.47 IST)Gaurav Solanki vs MV Ishan Bandara (Sri Lanka): Men’s 52 kg Semi-final 1 (09.02 IST)Manish Kaushik vs James McGivern (Northern Ireland): Men’s 60 kg Semi-final 1 (09.32 IST)Naman Tanwar vs James Whateley (Australia): Men’s 91 kg Semi-final 1 (10.32 IST)Hussamuddin Mohammed vs Peter McGrail (England): Men’s 56 kg Semi-final 2 (15.17 IST)Manoj Kumar vs Pat McCormack (England): Men’s 69 kg Semi-final 2 (15.47 IST)Vikas Krishan vs Steven Donnelly (Northern Ireland): Men’s 75 kg Semi-final 2 (16.02 IST)Satish Kumar vs Keddy Agnes (Seychelles): Men’s 91 kg+ Semi-final 1 (15.02 IST)HOCKEY:India vs New Zealand: Men’s Semi-final (15.00 IST)LAWN BOWLS:India (Lovely Choubey, Rupa Rani Tirkey) vs Malaysia: Women’s Pairs Quarter-final (04.31 IST)India (Dinesh Kumar, Chandan Kumar Singh, Sunil Bahadur, Alok Lakra) vs Norfolk Islands: Men’s Fours Section B – Round 5 (04.31 IST)India (Dinesh Kumar, Chandan Kumar Singh, Sunil Bahadur, Alok Lakra) vs Wales: Men’s Fours Quarter-finals (08.00 IST)SHOOTING:Anjum Moudgil, Tejaswini Sawant: Women’s 50m Three Position Qualification (04.00 IST)FINAL (07.00 IST)Anish, Neeraj Kumar: Men’s 25m Rapid Pistol Qualification – Stage 2 (04.30 IST)FINAL (09.00 IST)Seema Tomar, Shreyasi Singh: Women’s Trap QualificationFINAL (11.25 IST)Kynan Chenai, Manavjit Sandhu: Men’s Trap Qualification Day 1 (05.00 IST)SQUASH:India (Joshna Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal) vs Canada: Women’s Doubles Quarter-final (06.30 IST)India (Vikram Malhotra, Ramit Tandon) vs England: Men’s Doubles Quarter-finals (08.30 IST)India (Dipika Pallikal, Saurav Ghosal) vs New Zealand: Mixed Doubles Semi-finals (13.30 IST)TABLE TENNIS:India (Achanta Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran) vs England: Men’s Doubles Quarter-final 1 (05.00 IST)India (Harmeet Desai, Sani Shankar Shetty) vs Australia: Men’s Doubles Quarter-final 3 (05.00 IST)India (Achanta Sharath Kamal, Mouma Das) vs Canada: Mixed Doubles Quarter-final 2 (06.10 IST)India (Madhurika Patkar, Sanil Shankar Shetty) vs England: Mixed Doubles Quarter-final 3 (06.10 IST)India (Manika Batra, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran) vs Singapore: Mixed Doubles Quarter-final 4 (06.10 IST)India (Sutirtha Mukherjee, Pooja Sahasrabudhe) vs Singapore: Women’s Doubles Semi-final 1 (07.20 IST)Harmeet Desai vs Quadri Aruna (Nigeria): Men’s Singles Quarter-final 1 (07.55 IST)Achanta Sharath Kamal vs Liam Pitchford (England): Men’s Singles Quarter-final 2 (08.40 IST)Sathiyan Gnanasekaran vs Samuel Walker (England) Men’s Singles Quarter-final 4 (12.00 IST)Women’s Doubles GOLD MEDAL MATCH (15.35 IST)WRESTLING:Bajrang vs Brahm Richards (New Zealand): Men’s Freestyle 65 kg Quarter-finalSemi-finalBronze medal matchFINAL (Time TBD)Divya Karan vs Gaelle Alakame Anzong (Cameroon); Women’s Freestyle 68 kg Group BMausam Khatri vs Alexios Kouslidis (Cyprus): Men’s Freestyle 97 kg Semi-finalBronze medal matchFINAL (Time TBD)Pooja Dhanda vs Emily Shaefer (Canada): Women’s Freestyle 57 kg Group BDivya Karan vs Daniella Lapage (Canada): Women’s Freestyle 68 kg Group BSemi-finalBronze medal matchFINAL (Time TBD)Pooja Dhanda vs Ana Moceyawa (New Zealand): Women’s 57 kg Group BSemi-finalBronze medal matchFINAL (Time TBD)last_img read more

Minister Encourages Nova Scotians to Take Advantage of Healthy Living Tax Credit

first_imgThe Healthy Living Tax Credit gives Nova Scotians of all ages an added incentive to get more active in 2009. Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection, hosted an event today, Dec. 16, in Dartmouth to encourage Nova Scotians to get active and take advantage of the tax credit, which has been extended to include adults who participate in fitness activities. “The expansion of the Healthy Living Tax Credit from children and youth to people of all ages is a critical step to help people make healthier life choices,” said Mr. Barnet. “I encourage all Nova Scotians, as they approach the new year, to make a personal commitment to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle.” The expansion was announced as part of the 2008-09 budget. Programs that qualify include any organized sport, physical recreation or physical activity program that is offered to the public by the government of Canada, the province of Nova Scotia or any municipal government within the province. A private or not-for-profit organization registered to do business in Nova Scotia is also eligible. This includes activities such as swimming lessons, dance classes, ski memberships, gym memberships, hockey registrations and many more. Adults and children who sign up for registered sport and physical activity programs in 2009 will receive a 8.79 per cent credit off registration fees. To get the credit, they must keep and submit the receipt as part of their 2009 tax returns. They will then receive a maximum tax reduction $44 per person. The maximum expenditure per individual will be $500. Registration fee receipts must be dated on or after Jan. 1, 2009 for an adult to get the credit. “Hockey is just one of many physical activities that people can register for and receive the tax credit,” said Darren Cossar, executive director of Hockey Nova Scotia. “We’re glad to see the government of Nova Scotia encouraging people to sign up and get more physically active.” A list of provincial sport organizations, member groups, organized sports and physical recreation and physical activity organizations that are registered for the tax credit is available at www.gov.ns.ca/hpp/HealthyLivingIncentive.html . The Nova Scotia Healthy Living Tax Incentive was introduced in 2005, providing a credit for registrations of up to $150 in registration fees for eligible children’s fitness activities. The maximum expense was increased to $500 in 2006. It is estimated the tax credit will generate a savings of more than $8 million per year for active Nova Scotians.last_img read more

Despite TikTok ban parent plans 1 bn India investment

first_imgNew Delhi: Unfazed by the ban on TikTok in India, the popular Chinese short video app’s parent ByteDance remains “very optimistic” and plans to invest $1 billion in the country over the next three years. ByteDance — touted to be among the world’s most valuable startups with investors like SoftBank, General Atlantic, KKR and Sequoia on board — also offers platforms like Helo and Vigo Video in India. Speaking to PTI, ByteDance Director (International Public Policy) Helena Lersch said the company has been strengthening its content moderation policies over the last many months. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”We are obviously disappointed by the current developments, but we are also very optimistic that we will resolve this issue. We remain committed to our Indian users. As a company, we are looking to invest $1 billion over the next three years in India, that is how bullish we will remain to be here,” she said. The company would also be increasing the number of employees in India to 1,000 people by the end of this year. TikTok, which allows users to create short videos and share them, has more than 120 million users in India and is popular among youngsters. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe Madras High Court on April 3 had directed the Centre to ban TikTok app, saying it was evident from media reports that pornography and inappropriate content were made available through such mobile apps. Following the Supreme Court’s refusal to stay the Madras High Court order, tech giants Google and Apple removed TikTok from their app stores in India to prohibit further downloads of the app. Those who have already downloaded the app would be able to continue using it on their phones. Lersch declined to comment on court proceedings as the matter is subjudice. The hearing of the matter is scheduled for April 22 in the Supreme Court and for April 24 in the Madras High Court. India is a critical market for social media platforms given the large population of 1.3 billion people. With increasing availability of affordable smartphones and cheap data plans, the country is also the largest mobile data consumer market globally — an opportunity that global tech companies are vying to tap into. “We, as a company, abide by local laws, but we also want to be culturally appropriate. We have a content moderation team in India. We increased the capacity of our content moderation team globally by 400 per cent last year because we were prepared for the growth,” she added. According to her, the company has a a two-step approach for content moderation. “First is a tech approach — a machine learning tool that filters content and then it goes to a content moderation team. In India, the team speaks 14 languages. I think, it is fundamentally important that the team is based in the country and speaks local languages to make culturally relevant decisions,” she said. Around six million videos have been taken off the platform for violating its community guidelines, she added. Besides planned $1 billion investment, Lersche said the company would be ramping up headcount to 1,000 people by December 2019. “(About) 25 per cent of that will be just content moderation, which means there is full-time moderation staff based in India…We have around 250 full-time staff (right now) but we are very growing that rapidly,” she added.last_img read more

Using art to inspire action on the environment – new UN campaign

7 May 2008Art can be a catalyst for environmental action – that’s the message today from a United Nations seminar and exhibit which are bringing together artists from around the world. Mia Hanak, Founding Executive Director of the Natural World Museum, which is co-sponsoring the events in New York, said that, “art is a vehicle for environmental action and social change. Our collective goal is to ignite people’s passion for being a part of the global solution and together inspiring people to take bold actions in finding new ways to embrace sustainable lifestyles.” The seminar and art exhibition are also sponsored by the UN’s Environment Programme (UNEP) and Department of Public Information (DPI), under the title, “art changing attitudes toward the environment.” Seven artists from different regions of the world are exhibiting photographs focusing on the environment at UN Headquarters in New York until the end of May. Indian-born photographer Subhankar Banerjee has photographed the Arctic region over the past eight years and said today that the area suffered from negative perceptions as a “hostile wasteland” and that its indigenous peoples had also suffered from intolerance. “I hope that my work would help unlearn many of these intolerances against a whole part of our planet and our indigenous friends who call this home,” he said. The events are part of the “Unlearning Intolerance Seminar Series” which was initiated by the UN in 2004. Eric Falt, Director of Outreach with DPI, said that the aim was to “examine intolerance, as well as to explore ways to promote respect and understanding among peoples.” “In previous years,” he said, “the series has focused on anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, genocide and the role of the media in promoting tolerance.” Ms. Hanak said, “We are sending out a call to action through the arts to break down our barriers and activate environmental and social transformation. We can each do our part in turning the tide in public awareness – and just remember one person can make a difference and together we can create change.” read more

More resources urgently needed for Pakistan flood relief efforts UN stresses

Martin Mogwanja, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Pakistan, has cautioned that emergency food supplies for flood-affected people will run out in December unless additional resources are received. With winter on the way, seven million people still do not have adequate shelter or quilts, blankets and warm clothing, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).The $2 billion appeal for aid for Pakistani flood victims, the largest-ever launched by the UN and its partners for a natural disaster, is currently 39 per cent funded. OCHA spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs underscored the need for more contributions to the appeal, noting that some key sectors such as food security, health and camp coordination and management were “seriously underfunded.” Humanitarian assistance, notably in Sindh province, where 7.2 million people remained affected by the floods, was vital ahead of the winter, she told reporters in Geneva. The water has receded in some places, but it might take more than six months before other areas dried up.She added that one million people are living in temporary shelters or in camps in Sindh, but the humanitarian aid pipeline is being restricted due to a lack of contributions, notably in the food sector. “The humanitarian response in Sindh must be stepped up,” she urged, while noting that this is very difficult to do given the lack of funding. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) believes tens and possibly hundreds of thousands of people will have to remain in camps throughout the winter, due to persistent standing waters in parts of Sindh and Balochistan. The agency’s spokesperson, Adrian Edwards, said those hardest hit by the flooding – people affected by extreme poverty, loss of livelihoods and other vulnerabilities – might need camp accommodation even longer. He added that shelter, household items, food and clean drinking water remained the biggest needs and, as winter approached, UNHCR is increasingly being asked to provide more blankets and quilts. Meanwhile, the head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has wrapped up a three-day visit to Pakistan, during which she visited health facilities in different parts of the country and met with health authorities, as well as Pakistan’s President, on the recovery efforts and the continuing health needs. Director-General Margaret Chan also launched a polio programme in northern Pakistan and visited diarrhoea treatment and nutrition centres in Sindh province while in the country, where the main health concerns are acute respiratory infections, suspected malaria, acute diarrhoea and skin diseases. WHO spokesperson Paul Garwood said that in response to the concerns around diarrhoeal diseases and cholera, more than 60 diarrhoea treatment centres have been established across the flood-affected areas.Dengue fever and new cases of polio are also appearing in some parts of the country, he added. 29 October 2010United Nations humanitarian agencies today called for urgent additional resources for the flood relief efforts in Pakistan, warning that millions are at risk of not having enough food, shelter and warm clothing as winter approaches. read more

Government says INTERPOL is looking for Udayanga

The International Criminal Police Organization, ICPO or INTERPOL is looking for Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga, the Government said today.Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva told Parliament that officers had visited the listed address of Weeratunga in Ukraine but he was not there. Udayanga Weeratunga is wanted in Sri Lanka over investigations being conducted into a MiG aircraft deal. Dr. Harsha de Silva also insisted that the diplomatic passport given to Weeratunga has been cancelled. He said that Weeratunga has been seen in photographs published on the internet in Malaysia but he is not travelling on a Sri Lankan diplomatic passport. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Zuckerberg urges Harvard grads to build a world of purpose

Facebook CEO and Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg delivers the commencement address at Harvard University commencement exercises, Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Cambridge, Mass., (AP Photo/Steven Senne) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Mark Zuckerberg returned Thursday to Harvard, where he launched Facebook and then dropped out, telling graduates it’s up to them to bring purpose to the world, fight inequality and strengthen the global community.“Change starts local. Even global changes start small — with people like us,” the Facebook CEO said. He shared stories about graduates such as David Razu Aznar, a former city leader who led the effort to legalize gay marriage in Mexico City, and Agnes Igoye, who grew up in conflict zones in Uganda and now trains law enforcement officers.“And this is my story too,” Zuckerberg added. “A student in a dorm room, connecting one community at a time, and keeping at it until one day we can connect the whole world.”Such lofty talk now comes naturally to Zuckerberg, a 33-year-old billionaire who has committed to giving away nearly all of his wealth. In February, he sketched out an ambitious, if vague, vision for Facebook that committed the company to developing “social infrastructure” that would help build a “global community that works for all of us.”But it also strikes a sharp contrast with the criticism Facebook has taken recently — not so much for connecting the world (a big chunk of it, anyway) as for failing to anticipate how vulnerable that connectedness could be to those who abuse it.JOURNEY BACKZuckerberg, who like the graduates is a millennial, started Facebook in his dorm room in 2004. What began as a closed networking site for Harvard students is now a global communications force with nearly 2 billion members. Facebook’s founding was the subject of a Hollywood movie, “The Social Network,” in 2010.Facebook’s effect has been profound. It has connected people who would have never met otherwise, letting them form supportive networks online and offline. And it has allowed people to communicate in developing countries even if they don’t have a phone number or a smartphone.But it has also served to spread misinformation bordering on propaganda, hateful views and bullying, reflecting the worst parts of humanity back to us.In his commencement speech, in interviews and in his February manifesto, Zuckerberg is decidedly optimistic about all that. He’s been saying he wants to make the world more open and connected for more than a decade now, and he doesn’t relent.HIGHER PURPOSEHe told the graduates how, when Facebook’s investors and executives wanted him to sell the company early on, he resisted. “You see, my hope was never to build a company, but to make an impact,” he said. But as a young CEO, he never explained this to his co-workers, and the subsequent fight “tore our company apart.”“I wondered if I was just wrong, an impostor, a 22 year-old kid who had no idea how the world worked,” Zuckerberg said. “Now, years later, I understand that is how things work with no sense of higher purpose. It’s up to us to create it so we can all keep moving forward together.”Later in the speech, Zuckerberg’s voice cracked with emotion as he talked about a high school student he mentors who is living in the U.S. illegally. When Zuckerberg asked him what he wants for his birthday, the student started talking about others he wanted to help, and asked for a book on social justice.“Here is a young guy who has every reason to be cynical,” Zuckerberg said, his eyes welling with tears. “He wasn’t sure if the country he calls home — the only one he’s known — was going to deny him his dream of going to college. But he wasn’t feeling sorry for himself. He wasn’t even thinking of himself.”If he can do this, Zuckerberg said, “then we owe it to the world to do our part too.”Zuckerberg isn’t all talk on this front. He signed the “Giving Pledge” commitment to donate the majority of his money in 2010; five years later, he upped that to 99 per cent. Together with his wife, pediatrician Priscilla Chan, he formed the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a philanthropic organization focused on advancing science and education.HONORARY DEGREEZuckerberg follows another famous Harvard dropout, Bill Gates, who spoke before its graduates a decade ago. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who dropped out of Reed College in Oregon, gave Stanford’s commencement speech in 2005, reminding students to “stay hungry, stay foolish.”In addition to delivering the speech, Zuckerberg received an honorary degree, 12 years after dropping out of Harvard, and was subsequently introduced to graduates as “Dr. Mark Zuckerberg.” Others receiving honorary degrees included the actress Judi Dench, the composer John Williams (known for “Star Wars,” ”Harry Potter” and many other scores) and Somali human rights activist and physician Hawa Abdi Dhiblawe.“If I get through this speech today it’ll be the first time I actually finish something here at Harvard,” Zuckerberg said. He did. by Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press Posted May 25, 2017 8:30 pm MDT Last Updated May 25, 2017 at 11:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Zuckerberg urges Harvard grads to build a world of ‘purpose’ read more

Autisme un documentaire révèle lapproche inadaptée de la psychanalyse

first_imgAutisme : un documentaire révèle l’approche inadaptée de la psychanalyseL’association Autistes sans frontières présente le documentaire “Le mur” qui permet de constater à quel point les conceptions des différents psychiatres et psychanalystes français s’opposent à celles de nombreux scientifiques et des familles.Le documentaire de 52 minutes intitulé “Le mur” et sous-titré “la psychanalyse à l’épreuve de l’autisme” a été projeté hier soir à Paris. Cette première présentation de l’association Autistes sans frontières intervient au moment où se termine la consultation publique ouverte en juillet par la Haute autorité de santé et qui visait à mettre au point des recommandations de bonne pratique de l’accompagnement et du suivi de l’autisme.Ce documentaire, essentiellement basé sur des entretiens avec des psychanalystes et des rencontres de familles d’enfants autistes, se veut une “véritable démonstration par l’absurde de l’inefficacité de l’approche psychanalytique de l’autisme”. L’association commence par rappeler qu’en 2000 la chercheuse de l’Inserm Monica Zilbovicius a vu dans l’autisme “un trouble neurologique entraînant un handicap dans l’interaction sociale”, correspondant à “des anomalies dans le sillon temporal supérieur” du cerveau.Par ailleurs, dans le film, la réalisatrice Sophie Robert rencontre une vingtaine de pédopsychiatres et psychanalystes français, pour qui “il y a beaucoup à voir entre autisme et psychose”, rapporte TV5monde. Même si certains d’entre eux ont estimé à d’autres occasions que l’autisme a des causes “multiples et variables” nécessitant des approches multidimensionnelles, incluant certaines techniques éducatives spécialisées.Des découvertes niées par les psychiatresÀ lire aussiLe festival Pariscience et Ushuaïa TV lancent la 3e édition du Prix du premier film scientifiqueAinsi, pour les psychanalystes interrogés, l’autisme pourrait être la conséquence d’un problème mère-enfant. Selon eux, cette maladie découlerait d’une dépression maternelle, d’une mauvaise relation avec l’enfant, voire d’un refus de l’apport masculin pour la conception. Certains parlent de mère “psychogène”, de “stade de folie transitoire” de la mère, voire de “désir incestueux”.La réponse de ces médecins face à ce type de pathologie est alors inquiétante. “J’en fais très peu, j’attends qu’il se passe quelque chose”, dit l’un. “J’essaie d’apprivoiser l’enfant, je me tiens en retrait”, dit un autre. En parallèle, des familles avec enfants autistes montrent les progrès réalisés en utilisant des méthodes éducatives et comportementales. Guillaume par exemple, autrefois diagnostiqué autiste profond, est aujourd’hui au collège, en 6ème, uniquement accompagné par une auxiliaire de vie.Le film sera disponible dès le 8 septembre sur le site de l’association Autistes sans frontières.Le 7 septembre 2011 à 16:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Les 8 actus science que vous devez connaître ce 30 mars

first_imgLes 8 actus science que vous devez connaître ce 30 marsUne galaxie qui intrigue les astronomes, un anticorps contre Alzheimer et le vrai visage de Toutânkhamon, voici votre concentré d’actualités scientifiques pour ce 30 mars. – Les astronomes ont découvert une galaxie surprenante. Nommée NGC 1052-DF2, elle est aussi grande que notre Voie lactée. Le problème est qu’elle est quasiment voire totalement dépourvue de matière noire. Une particularité que les spécialistes ne parviennent pas à expliquer et qui bouscule les théories sur la matière noire, cette substance mystérieuse normalement considérée comme un ingrédient essentiel des galaxies.- Un simple petit bonjour peut sembler anodin. Et pourtant, ça en dit long sur votre personnalité. C’est ce que révèle une étude menée par des chercheurs français. Grâce à un logiciel, ils ont démontré que nous utilisons, hommes comme femmes, des sortes de “codes” pour juger de la voix d’autrui.   – Une équipe chinoise pense avoir conçu le papier du futur. Leur invention est un écran à cristaux liquides aussi fin et léger qu’une feuille, flexible mais résistant. Grâce à ces capacités, il serait par exemple possible d’y télécharger quotidiennement le journal et de le mettre à jour autant que nécessaire. Le tout pour un coût modique : à peine 4 euros pour 13 centimètres d’écran. – De nouvelles espèces de grenouilles viennent d’être identifiées. S’ils sont restés si longtemps inconnus, c’est que ces batraciens vivent en un seul endroit sur Terre : une grotte calcaire de Thaïlande. Mais la découverte d’un spécimen a suffi aux chercheurs pour se rendre compte du caractère unique de l’animal. Une découverte qui amène à repenser l’histoire évolutive de ces amphibiens. – Un anticorps pourrait aider à lutter contre la maladie d’Alzheimer. Des chercheurs ont développé un anticorps capable d’éliminer les plaques amyloïdes caractéristiques de la pathologie chez des souris. Si les premiers résultats sont prometteurs, les recherches doivent être poursuivies avant d’envisager un potentiel traitement chez l’homme.À lire aussiInfection, gaspillage et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 29 août- Toutânkhamon n’était peut-être pas l’enfant chétif et maladif qu’on pensait. L’analyse d’une cuirasse ayant appartenu au pharaon a révélé des traces d’érosion et de combat. Des marques qui bousculent les théories et suggèrent que le souverain était plutôt un combattant aguerri.  – La mort subite du nourrisson pourrait être en partie d’origine génétique. Une étude britannique a mis en évidence chez des enfants décédés une mutation génétique rare d’un gène appelé SCN4A. Cette mutation serait associée à des problèmes neuromusculaires et des difficultés à respirer. Rare, elle n’expliquerait toutefois pas à elle seule tous les cas de mort subite du nourrisson. – Face à la pénurie de poissons, les dauphins ont trouvé la solution : ils déchirent les filets. Au nord de Chypre, des chercheurs ont constaté que ces équipements souffraient six fois plus de dommages lorsque ces cétacés étaient dans les parages. Un phénomène qui serait une conséquence directe de la surpêche menée en Méditerranée. Le 30 mars 2018 à 00:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Inslee signs bridge bill

first_imgWith a swipe of his pen, Gov. Jay Inslee made it official on Wednesday: Southwest Washington legislators will renew conversations around how to ease traffic on the congested Interstate 5 Bridge.With the implosion of the Columbia River Crossing project still fresh in legislators’ minds, Senate Bill 5806 treads lightly.As Inslee stated while signing the measure into law, it launches a process to start planning how to replace the 100-year-old bridge. The governor said he’s hopeful it will be a process that includes both Washington and Oregon.“I believe it’s important for both states to come together to figure out the next bridge across the river,” Inslee said.While Oregon lawmakers’ reaction to the bill has been tepid, the majority of the Southwest Washington delegation was pleased they were finally able to find common ground on one of the region’s most divisive issues.The measure calls on the Washington State Department of Transportation to take an inventory of what’s left of the Columbia River Crossing project, to see if anything is salvageable.It doesn’t name a project and lawmakers tried to avoid even uttering “Columbia River Crossing” while working on the bill.The measure also calls for creating a legislative action committee with Oregon and creates a regional bridge authority to consider the possibility of third or fourth crossings. It avoids any specific language about mass transit, averting discussions about light rail, which was a major reason behind why the original project proposal died.last_img read more