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Conservation may offer common ground in Afghan conflict

Posted in avadfeqk on February 10th, 2020

first_imgArticle published by Rhett Butler Animals, Archive, Biodiversity, Conservation, Featured, Interviews, Mammals, Protected Areas, Snow Leopards, Wildlife Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img War, drugs, corruption, and terrorism are terms Westerners are more likely to associate with Afghanistan than biodiversity conservation. But Alex Dehgan says conservation has the potential to offer a bridge toward a more peaceful Afghanistan.Dehgan lays out his case in a new book titled The Snow Leopard Project And Other Adventures In Warzone Conservation. The book follows Dehgan’s unorthodox career from a biologist and legal expert in Russia to his time with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) setting up Afghanistan’s first national park.Dehgan argues that there is “an implicit understanding” among Afghans “of the links between conservation of the natural environment and their survival”.Dehgan spoke about his adventures in conservation in Afghanistan in an April 2019 interview with Mongabay. War, drugs, corruption, and terrorism are terms Westerners are more likely to associate with Afghanistan than biodiversity conservation. But Alex Dehgan, a conservation technologist who runs the Washington D.C.-based Conservation X Labs and formerly served as the Chief Scientist at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), says conservation has the potential to offer a bridge toward a more peaceful Afghanistan.Camera trap picture of a snow leopard in Lower Wakhan-Badakhshan. Photo credit WCSDehgan lays out his case in The Snow Leopard Project And Other Adventures In Warzone Conservation, a book published this past January. The book, which traces Dehgan’s unorthodox career from a biologist and legal expert who helped craft environmental laws in Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union to his work with lemurs in Madagascar to his time with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) setting up Afghanistan’s first national park, argues that there is “an implicit understanding” among Afghans “of the links between conservation of the natural environment and their survival”.“Most people don’t realize that Afghanistan contains the western end of the Himalayan range, verdant coniferous and deciduous oak and cedar forests on steep hillsides, blistering red sandy deserts, Utah-like canyons and mesas, nor are they aware of its rich species diversity. Afghanistan is a country of brown bears, wolves, and caracals, hyenas, jackals and cheetahs, and elusive snow leopards, and at one point, tigers, and Asiatic cheetahs,” said Dehgan. “Eighty percent of the country is dependent on natural resources, and the fate of those resources affects wildlife, livestock, and humans alike. Moreover, the Afghans deeply identified with its spectacular wildlife. For a country where 20% of the population were refugees in Iran and Pakistan, protection of the Afghanistan’s unique species was a way to protect their identity.”Dehgan spoke about his time in Afghanistan and his career in an April 2019 interview with Mongabay.Alex Dehgan with a sifaka at Duke Lemur Center.Mongabay: What led you to write this book?Alex Dehgan: I felt that there was so much more to Afghanistan than the way it is portrayed on the evening news – a dusty, depressing landscape of pain, conflict, tribalism, and hopelessness. I wanted to show for both conservation, and for Afghanistan, that there could be optimism for the future of the country, for its people, and for its wildlife. I also wanted to portray the multilayered richness of the country, telling the stories from Afghanistan’s deep history, its amazing and gracious people, its incredible landscapes, ecologies, and geologies, and most of the incredible species that live in Afghanistan, representing a biological crossroads of Asia, Africa, and Indomalaya.Most people don’t realize that Afghanistan contains the western end of the Himalayan range, verdant coniferous and deciduous oak and cedar forests on steep hillsides, blistering red sandy deserts, Utah-like canyons and mesas, nor are they aware of its rich species diversity. Afghanistan is a country of brown bears, wolves, and caracals, hyenas, jackals and cheetahs, and elusive snow leopards, and at one point, tigers, and Asiatic cheetahs. This part of the world – Western & Central Asia, the Caucuses, the Levant, and North Africa have been largely ignored by much of the conservation community – but they are rich, important, and wondrous habitats that are deserving of our attention and effort. Finally, I wanted to tell the story because it is a great travel and conservation story, describing work done by many people and organizations, including those who came before and after me, that needed to be told.Little Pamir. Photo credit WCS/Don BedunahMongabay: What was one of your more harrowing experiences while working in Afghanistan?Alex Dehgan: We once drove into a mine field, and I am pretty sure I also walked into one, which was disturbing, but it wasn’t the single incident or experience that bothered me, it was the omnipresent danger underneath. In Afghanistan, my concern wasn’t just the active killers – like the risk of a car bomb, rocket, suicide attackers, kidnapping & murder (although I had lost friends and colleagues in Afghanistan and Iraq to these and they were real dangers) – it was also the hidden evils of war and conflict. These included the mines and unexploded ordinance – that have been irreprehensibly scattered across the landscape and forgotten, silently waiting across the decades to maim and kill. It was the fact that any earthquake could hit our poorly built office and could flatten it down as has happened in Iran and Pakistan, or that carbon monoxide would smoother us in our sleep or our water heaters would explode while we were exposed. It would be losing our way in the dark driving across rivers bloated by spring snow melt where the road would disappear in the rubble of glacial moraine. It was my teams who were far from help in extremely environments in rough and remote landscapes. It was ultimately the weight of was being responsible for the lives of all of the people who I sent into the field or into the city, the Afghans that worked for us who were threatened at home, that unsettled me.Member of WCS staff overlooks one of the travertine lakes that are part of Band-e-Amir National Park. Photo by WCS/Alex DehganMongabay: Conservation can be challenging under even the best circumstances. What were some of the unique issues in establishing Band-e-Amir, and the national parks in Afghanistan.Alex Dehgan: In some ways, Afghanistan was the easiest places for conservation that I had ever worked. We didn’t have the problems of corruption that I had seen with conservation work elsewhere, and we didn’t face the major bureaucratic challenges. We had incredible support and welcome from all levels of government and the Afghan people.There were still significant challenges. These came from the legacy of three decades of conflict. There was so little known for the last thirty years – we didn’t have good historical data that we could compare against. We needed to establish a set of rules and laws in a country that was just reestablishing the rule of law – this foundation was difficult to create in a place that had suffered from lawlessness for three decades.Security affected us in a multitude of ways. We had to be concerned not only by insurgent groups, but the drug trade, by mines and unexploded ordinance, by failed infrastructure, and planes that we would take labeled by the European Union as “flying coffins”, and by the threats to our staff and their families for collaborating with Americans. There was a risk WCS team members could be labeled as insurgents and killed by NATO and U.S. forces, or that we would be in the wrong place at the wrong time and get bombed or shot by either side of the (post)conflict.Finally, the remoteness of some of the areas we worked also required extraordinary logistics solutions. This remoteness cut two ways – it ultimately protected the wildlife, but it also required WCS teams to travel by Yak or horse for even weeks at a time through high elevation regions. Such remoteness that could be potentially fatal in an accident because it would take days to extract someone, even though we had contracted with teams of first responders with specialized high-altitude helicopters accompanied by soldiers to rescue our staff, and trained our team to self-rescue until help could arrive. We had tradeoffs we made in reaching our field sites – that we could put ballistic blankets under the cars to protect us from certain types of mines, but we couldn’t also support the weight of ballistic blankets or armoring on the sides of the vehicles which would protect us from gun fire since the vehicles would become too heavy to go into the field.Armed men in Nuristan. Photo credit: WCSRemnants of the war in Afghanistan. WCS/Alex DehganMongabay: And what are some of the similarities/cross-cutting issues between working in Afghanistan and other parts of the world?Alex Dehgan: Wildlife trade was a surprising issue in Afghanistan, but in this case, it was actually driven by the humanitarian community itself – the U.S. and NATO soldiers, the UN officials, the development NGOs and contractors. In some cases, wildlife and timber trafficking was linked to networks that were undermining the country’s security as well. Other issues were shared too – impacts of climate change, deforestation, and a lack of rule of law and effective environmental regulations.In Afghanistan, like other places in the world, a top-down approach to conservation wouldn’t work for people who have been fiercely independent for millennia. We needed to invest in and work with local communities to empower them to manage their own natural resources for their own survival and for that of the wildlife, and train them in the science and the consequences of their decisions – this was the genius of Peter Zahler at the WCS – who helped design the program. This is true whether you are working in Wyoming or the Wakhan Corridor. We had to reconcile economic interests of the local people and the wildlife, and create opportunities that would ultimately help both. Finally, we needed to tie the conservation of Afghanistan with the protection of Afghan identity, and create significant incentives to motivate others.Marco Polo sheep skull embedded in the soil with the Pamir mountains in the background, part of Afghanistan’s Wakhan National Park. Photo courtesy of WCS.Mongabay: Given the long-running conflict in Afghanistan, it seems like conservation would be a distant issue for most people. How was the case for Band-e-Amir made to decision-makers in the country? And how was Band-e-Amir received by the public in Afghanistan?Alex Dehgan: For westerners, the idea of conservation in Afghanistan was perhaps surprising. However, for the Afghans, there was an implicit understanding of the links between conservation of the natural environment and their survival. Eighty percent of the country is dependent on natural resources, and the fate of those resources affects wildlife, livestock, and humans alike. Moreover, the Afghans deeply identified with its spectacular wildlife. For a country where 20% of the population were refugees in Iran and Pakistan, protection of the Afghanistan’s unique species was a way to protect their identity. We were not significantly bothered by corruption when we started the program, but saw enthusiasm from members of parliament, from the national, provincial, and local governments, and for that, we are grateful.Afghan man carrying a stuffed leopard down the street in Kabul. The real driver of wildlife trafficking in Afghanistan was however international military forces, humanitarian NGOs, and development contractors. Credit WCS/Lisa Yook.Mongabay: How has wildlife fared in Afghanistan since you first arrived in 2006?Alex Dehgan: We believe better. The creation of new environmental laws, new environmental institutions, new protected areas, opportunities for revenue sources from tourism (which was the number two source of income in the country in 1979), and new cadre of environmental managers, from park guards to professionals, provide hope. However, I am most excited by the new leadership of Afghan conservationists, and this only comes because institutions like WCS, USAID, UNEP, UNDP, and others, have invested heavily into their education. They are the hope for the future.There are still serious concerns with wildlife trafficking, the number of weapons in the country as a result of decades of conflict, the security situation and the rule of law.WCS teams cross a small river in the Big Pamir, within the Wakhan Peninsula, which became part of Afghanistan’s second national park. Courtesy of WCS/Don Bedunah.Mongabay: What was you take away from the experience of working in Afghanistan? How did your time in Afghanistan inform or influence the work you do now at Conservation X Labs?Alex Dehgan: In the most fundamental sense, Afghanistan gave me a sense of profound optimism of our ability to address problems that are, upon first glance, seemingly impossible. If we could make conservation work in Afghanistan, we can address extinction and climate change.Many of the solutions we used in Afghanistan would also inform approach we would take at Conservation X Labs. In the WCS project, we would seek to understand and address the underlying drivers of extinction – from understanding the reasons behind the underlying degradation of the rangelands necessary to protect both Marco Polo Sheep and livestock – to creating programs to mitigate the persecution of snow leopards. We would also work to harness human behavior rather than fight against it. We used behavioral interventions such as social marketing by working through religious imams, and tying our work to the identity of the people itself, and changing perceptions and demands among the international community about acceptable behavior and how they saw Afghanistan. Much of our work at Conservation X Labs is about democratizing science and technology – to given anyone anywhere the tools to protect the environment. This was our work in Afghanistan too – to empower the local communities to protect their environment.Lastly, I was successful in Afghanistan because I worked to build a coalition of institutions and people – the successes we saw in Afghanistan weren’t due solely to me or even the WCS, but because many institutions and individuals – Afghan and international, including those that came before me and after me played a role in this effort. Conservation is too often competitive, and petty, but through our combined efforts – through partnerships – we can achieve much more.My experiences in Afghanistan would also profoundly affect my work with USAID later when I served as Chief Scientist. My insights into how USAID’s operations in Afghanistan were actually myopic and undermined U.S. overall strategic goals made me join USAID to reform the Agency itself. I found an agency that had significant deficiencies in how it measured impact, how it managed geospatial data, in the technical credentials of its staff, and their ability to create adaptive systems, in its procurement systems, that all influenced the reform efforts I developed and led under President Obama.WCS Rangelands Team next to an Alpine Lake in Big Pamir. Credit WCS/Don BedunahMongabay: How is the book being received so far?Alex Dehgan: The book has received exceptionally positive reviews so far, including by Nature, Science, NPR, and the trade press, and it has been selected as among the best new releases of the year to date by some environmental publications. What has been exciting is seeing the number of different book genres that the book has gotten traction in – from the expected – history and conservation – to the unexpected – entrepreneurship and innovation. Probably the best part of writing this book has been the total support I have gotten from people and institutions from my past and present, including the Wildlife Conservation Society and Duke University.Alex Dehgan, author of The Snow Leopard Project And Other Adventures In Warzone Conservation and founder of Conservation X Labs.last_img read more

Essequibo shines

Posted in avadfeqk on January 14th, 2020

first_imgPradesh Dwarka Pradesh Dwarka, a student of CV Nunes Primary School on the Essequibo Coast secured 522 marks at the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) examinations and was awarded a spot at Queen’s College in Georgetown. Pradesh, who copped the second spot in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), said he was very happy, excited and relieved when he heard the good news. He said he was confident of doing well since he was always consistent with his grades throughout his primary education. Pradesh said he felt rewarded for all his hard work and effort, staying up late at nights burning the midnight oil.Pradesh DwarkaHe gave praise and thanks to God for guidance when he felt like giving up and also all the teachers of CV Nunes, especially his teachers, Miss Binda  Ketwaru and  Sir Rezwan Persaud who played an important role in him achieving this feat. More importantly, he said he could not have done it without his mom who sat and studied with him late at nights. She would explain, in detail, whatever he needed more clarity on.One of the challenges he faced was preparing for the exams with time being an important factor. It was stressful since they had to complete assignments, extra lessons and study, but he managed and balanced this out by having some recreational time with family. He plans to continue his education at the Anna Regina Multilateral School (ARMS) and pursue a career in software engineering. His advice to future candidates is to study hard and be prepared.Gevasha HarpaulGevasha Harpaul, another student of CV Nunes Primary School on the Essequibo Coast, also secured 522 marks at the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) examinations and was awarded a spot at Queen’s College in Georgetown. Gevasha copped the third spot in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).“I am delighted to be placed third in my Region and gaining a place at my dream school at Queen’s College. The road to success was very challenging, as it required a lot of discipline and commitment. I had to let go of many things, but my parents ensured that I still had time to relax by watching TV, playing games and listening to music. They believed all work and no play would make me a dull girl. I owe my success firstly to God for his divine blessings; to my father, who studied with me; my mother, who prepared questions; my Nani (maternal grandmother), who cooked delicious meals when I needed; my Ajee (paternal grandmother), who gave me massages; and all other family members and friends who supported me, ” she said.“I also owe great gratitude to all the teachers of CV Nunes Primary School, particularly Ms Ketwaru, Mr Rezwan Persaud, Ms Doodmattie Doodnauth, Ms Raywattie Deonarine and Ms Nadiera Drikpaul. My advice to future NGSA candidates is to focus on your studies, revise your work, pay attention in class, have some fun, and always pray to God.”Gevasha Harpaullast_img read more

Driver released after night in hospital

Posted in avadfeqk on January 11th, 2020

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NewsLite: Gehry design set for singer Mariza

Posted in avadfeqk on January 6th, 2020

first_imgThe D’Amatos celebrate their third anniversary next week; his birthday is Aug. 1. – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Gehry said he met Mariza several years ago in Lisbon and was enamored by fado, Portuguese folk music that often has mournful lyrics. The music genre began in working-class neighborhoods and was performed in tavernas where people sat at tables singing and drinking wine. “It’s a very intimate setting and there is a dark ambiance,” said the 33-year-old Mariza, who is touring the United States this year. “It’s a huge privilege to have my own taverna directed by Mr. Gehry.” Ex-Sen. D’Amato to be dad at 70 Former Sen. Alfonse D’Amato is looking forward to a few big milestones – his anniversary, his 70th birthday and a baby. “If you had told me this prior to getting married, I would have said you’re out of your mind,” D’Amato joked Friday as he confirmed his wife, attorney Katuria D’Amato, 41, is due in February. Architect Frank Gehry will design a set for a performance by Portuguese fado singer Mariza later this year. Gehry, renowned for his stunning and daring urban visions, has agreed to create a taverna-inspired stage for Mariza’s performance in October at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The melding of the two arts Gehry promises will make for a very special evening in the building he conceived. “I want this set to enhance and support her,” Gehry, 78, said Friday. “It’s not going to be a Frank Gehry set. You won’t recognize it.” last_img read more

Calderon calling kettle black?

Posted in avadfeqk on January 3rd, 2020

first_imgMigrants from the Dominican Republic, where a quarter of the population is below the poverty line, pay smugglers to take them in small boats called yolas 80 miles across the treacherous Mona Passage to Puerto Rico – where, with 4 million people living on land less spacious than three Rhode Islands, illegal immigration is felt especially acutely. The overstuffed yolas face overwhelming currents, and smugglers will toss Dominicans into the sea if the weight in the boat is too much, or leave them on deserted islands to starve. That is, if the migrants survive the sharks teeming below the water’s surface. Fortunate Dominicans are plucked from the yolas by U.S. Coast Guard patrols before they can become shark bait, and, after photos and fingerprinting, are safely repatriated to their home island. On Saturday, the Coast Guard located a 35-foot yola with 31 hungry and dehydrated Dominican migrants after responding to a cell-phone distress call with 20 searches over four days covering 2,400 square miles. It’s a far cry from what happens on Mexico’s southern border. While President Felipe Calderon vowed in his state of the nation speech Sunday to mount “an energetic protest at the unilateral measures taken by the U.S. Congress and government which exacerbate the persecution and abusive treatment of undocumented Mexican workers,” Central American immigrants trying to cross into Mexico face real abuse. If they don’t fall prey to criminal gangs on the border, they’re subject to shakedowns or worse by notoriously nefarious Mexican authorities. The State Department cites “credible reports that police, immigration, and customs officials frequently violated the rights of undocumented migrants, including rape.” Ironically, according to the Center for Immigration Studies, many Mexican landowners claim that they prefer Guatemalans to work the fields because Mexicans won’t do the hard work on the banana and coffee plantations. And, making Calderon sound even more like the pot calling the kettle black, Mexican authorities regularly check IDs to locate illegal Central American immigrants and make about 200,000 arrests and deportations each year. I asked the taxi driver in Spanish to stop at Fort San Cristobal, but he brushed me off and continued to hurtle past the historic site and into San Juan’s rush-hour traffic. I considered my options for opening the door and diving onto the pavement just as the driver stopped in a cul-de-sac on the Isla Verde beachfront – decidedly the wrong spot, unless the colonial Spanish used tourist hotels and bars as fortifications. I shooed off the bad cabbie and got into the taxi of Marcos, a Venezuelan immigrant and decade-long Puerto Rican resident. “He was Dominican!” Marcos proclaimed of my previous, errant cab driver. “Don’t get a ride from a Dominican!” He proceeded to describe how migrants from the Dominican Republic illegally enter Puerto Rico, taking low-wage jobs and not integrating well. Later, a waiter bluntly told me, “How Mexicans are to the U.S., Dominicans are to us.” A recent Inter Press Service story said that Sin Fronteras (Without Borders) activists trying to defend Central American immigrants have been harassed and intimidated by Mexican authorities. “The activists accuse the authorities of double standards,” stated IPS writer Diego Cevallos, “because they vehemently protest the treatment received by undocumented immigrants in the United States while reacting much less vigorously to reports of abuses against Central American immigrants in Mexico.” Because the grass always appears greener on the other side of the border, migrants keep trying to cross. Everywhere. France has been trying for years to crack down on illegal immigration. Morocco has deported illegal immigrants to the middle of the Sahara. Turkey has accused Greece of throwing illegal immigrants into the sea. And everywhere there is illegal immigration, there are root concerns of security, economy and national identity. “Mexico does not end at its borders,” Calderon said Sunday. “Where there is a Mexican, there is Mexico.” Would he also agree that where there is a Guatemalan, there is Guatemala? Would Puerto Ricans agree that where there is a Dominican, there is the Dominican Republic? And is Mexico saving the migrants from the sharks or rescuing them from the brutal southwestern U.S. desert, or leaving them at the hands of Mara Salvatrucha, unscrupulous plantation owners and criminal officials? Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News and blogs at insidesocal.com/friendlyfire.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Hornaday returns to Southland

Posted in avadfeqk on December 27th, 2019

first_imgNASCAR announced its Truck Series schedule Tuesday. The Truck Series will make its only visit to California on Feb. 23, the second race of the season. It will be at California Speedway in Fontana the same weekend as the NASCAR Busch Series and Nextel Cup Series races. The eighth race of the season, at Dover International Speedway in Delaware, will mark the 300th race in Truck Series history. The Truck Series will be visiting the same 22 tracks as it did in 2006. There are 25 races scheduled, starting at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 16 and ending at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 16. Irwindale Speedway: Canyon Country’s Aaron Staudinger finished fourth in the NASCAR Late Model open invitational last Saturday night at Irwindale Speedway. Tim Huddleston of Agoura Hills won the open invitational, the last Late Model race of the season at Irwindale Speedway. Tom Rizzo of Acton was 14th. In other action, rookie Matthew Hicks of Santee won the NASCAR Super Trucks race. Mike Fortier of Santa Clarita was sixth; Logan Henson of Valencia was 10th; Pat Mintey Jr. of Quartz Hill was 17th and Brian Reed of Castaic was 22nd. Rick Crow of Simi Valley won the NASCAR Pure Stocks race and the division championship. Jim Shackleford of Indianapolis won the figure 8 world championship race. Steve Rogers of Riverside won the NASCAR Mini Stocks race. timothy.haddock@dailynews.com (818) 713-3715 2007 NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES SCHEDULE Feb. 16: Daytona International Speedway Feb. 23: California Speedway March 16: Atlanta Motor Speedway March 31: Martinsville Speedway April 28: Kansas Speedway May 18: Lowe’s Motor Speedway May 26: Mansfield Motorsports Speedway June 1: Dover International Speedway June 8: Texas Motor Speedway June 16: Michigan International Speedway June 22: The Milwaukee Mile June 30: Memphis Motorsports Park July 14: Kentucky Speedway July 27: O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis Aug. 11: Nashville Superspeedway Aug. 22: Bristol Motor Speedway Sept. 1: Gateway International Raceway Sept. 15: New Hampshire International Speedway Sept. 22: Las Vegas Motor Speedway Oct. 6: Talladega Superspeedway Oct. 20: Martinsville Speedway Oct. 27: Atlanta Motor Speedway Nov. 2: Texas Motor Speedway Nov. 9: Phoenix International Raceway Nov. 16: Homestead-Miami Speedway160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsHornaday squeaked past a last-lap crash at Talladega to finish 10th in the first Truck Series race at the biggest and fastest track on the NASCAR schedule. “It was actually pretty calm, it was calmer than I thought it would be,” said Hornaday, who is sixth in points in the Truck Series standings. “I will tell you what; you have to do a lot of driving here, a lot of lifting, a lot of gas. I just want to thank Kevin and DeLana Harvick, AES, Chevrolet to give me the opportunity to have this much fun racing at Talladega in our Silverado.” Mark Martin won the Truck Series race at Talladega and became the first driver to win a race in the three national touring divisions of NASCAR. Martin has won races at Talledega at the Cup, Busch and Truck series levels. “It was a really, really great race; a clean race,” said Martin, who started his Roush Racing F-150 from the pole with a qualifying lap of 182.320 mph. “The drivers did a spectacular job. They didn’t get over their heads or get too aggressive. They got to racing big on the last lap and there was an accident but other than that they really used their heads.” The Truck Series resumes its schedule Oct. 21 at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia. Fresh off a 10th-place finish in the first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, Ron Hornaday Jr. is returning to Southern California for a late model race tonight. Hornaday, a former Saugus Speedway champ from Palmdale, will be entered in a 100-lap super late model race at The Orange Show in San Bernardino. “I love racing at Orange Show,” Hornaday said. “It will be fun going back there.” Hornaday will be driving a car owned by Gary Stockman, whose son Danny is a crew member on Hornaday’s No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado team for Kevin Harvick Inc. last_img read more

French Research Unions Challenge Plan to Focus Science Funding

Posted in avadfeqk on December 3rd, 2019

first_imgMoney Versus égalité. France’s researcher unions take the country’s national motto—Liberty, Equality, Fraternity—to heart. It may sound ungrateful, especially given the difficult financial times facing Europe, but part of the French scientific community has brought legal action against the country’s new government in order to cancel €7.7 billion worth of funding agreements intended for the development of national excellence clusters. The reason? Such concentration of science funding apparently offends the researchers’ sense of égalité. At the heart of the fight is the Excellence Initiatives (IdEx) program, which France’s former President Nicolas Sarkozy launched in 2010 as part of a €21.9 billion boost to research and higher education. The IdEx program, which was allocated €7.7 billion, aims “to allow between five and 10 world-class multidisciplinary poles of excellence in higher education and research to emerge in France,” according to a recent press release. With the aid of an international jury, Sarkozy’s government selected 8 clusters of universities and institutions to receive an IdEx award: namely IdEx Bordeaux, the University of Strasbourg (Unistra), Paris Sciences et Lettres, Aix-Marseille University IdEx (A*MIDEX), the University of Toulouse (UNITI), IdEx Paris-Saclay, Sorbonne University, and Sorbonne Paris-Cité University. The IdEx awards consist of endowments of between €700 million and €1 billion, which the government holds onto but yields approximately 3.4% in interest for each cluster to use over the next 4 years. That’s “a small fraction of the total budget of the university,” but it is valuable for catalyzing new infrastructure and initiatives, says pharmacologist Alain Beretz, who is president of the Unistra and put forward its IdEx project. But the program has raised criticism from Socialist national unions, and the signing of IdEx agreements just before the French general elections in April set fire to the powder. France’s national researcher unions and other critics of the IdEx program contend that it threatens core principles—equality, democracy, and a collegial administration—dear to research and higher education in the nation. By concentrating the resources of the national financial boost on a selected number of clusters, “the call for IdEx projects accentuates the inequalities between staff, between students, between establishments, between territories, often even within the same territory,” the French National Trade Union of Scientific Researchers (SNCS-FSU) and the National Union of Higher Education Professors (SNESUP-FSU) jointly stated on 14 May. The speedy and pressured signature of IdEx “agreements furthermore aims to lock in some institutional transformations that scorn all the principles of collegial and democratic representation,” the unions added. They requested that the signed agreements be cancelled and all the funding programs created under the financial boost be reconsidered. 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SNCS-FSU presented two submissions to Higher Education and Research Minister Geneviève Fioraso for an out-of-court settlement regarding “the multiple violations of the statutes of public establishments” carried out during the “rushed” signing of agreements between the previous government and IdEx Paris-Saclay and A*MIDEX. SNCS-FSU also sent the tribunal dealing with internal disputes in the French civil service a request for a legal settlement against the commitment letter signed by the president of the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilization in Paris for the Sorbonne Paris-Cité IdEx. “These commitments have indeed been made without the consultation of the administration councils of the concerned establishments while these administration councils are, by law, the only ones to have such budgetary competence,” SNCS-FSU states. So far, six out of the eight IdEx agreements have been signed by the French government and relevant institutions, with only the Sorbonne Paris-Cité cluster and the UNITI project in Toulouse not yet officially settled. The newly elected presidents of three of the institutes involved in the UNITI project—the Paul Sabatier University, the University of Toulouse-Le Mirail, and the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse—have said that they first want to consult with the local academic community. Outside of changing the governance model so that the people in charge of the new IdEx cluster are elected rather than nominated, the new presidents want to broaden the so-called perimeter of excellence, the research themes and labs each IdEx plans to focus on, to more disciplines so as not to create “segregation,” says Bertrand Monthubert, a mathematician at Paul Sabatier University who is also the national secretary of higher education and research for the Socialist Party. “We want to build this [new] University of Toulouse,” Monthubert adds. But “we [must] find a way to do it so that the people feel involved with this project.” But as Beretz sees it, “the IdEx is a merit-based competition judged exclusively by a jury of international peers, with very little, if any, political interference. I do not know of any scientist that would oppose such a scheme,” he says. “Some of the other questions raised by the IdEx”—like the fate of smaller excellence centers, or the lack of geographical heterogeneity in the repartition of the winning sites—”are of [a] political nature, and thus should be answered by politicians, not scientists,” he adds. One adequate political answer to these issues, however, “cannot just be to give less to the excellence centers, because this will automatically lead to a reduced excellence and lack of competitivity of French science.” The new minister hasn’t responded to the legal actions, but in a recent interview (in French) with national newspaper Le Monde, Fioraso stated that the government will “reexamine the IdEx [projects] from every angle.” She reassured the scientific community that no brutal changes would be made. “We will not damage any good project,” Fioraso said, noting that the government will, however, modify the vision of the program by reequilibrating its geographical representation, since the North, West, and Rhône-Alpes regions of France did not win any of the original eight IdEx awards.last_img read more

Economics Nobel honors study of consumption differences between rich and poor

Posted in avadfeqk on December 1st, 2019

first_imgThis year’s Nobel Prize in Economics honors a scholar whose work has bridged the conceptual gap between the masses and the individual, injected data into the realm of conjecture, and developed tools to help fight global poverty. Angus Deaton, 69, a British-American economist at Princeton University, pioneered the study of consumption among poor families and individuals and how it differs from that of more affluent people.Deaton’s work has enabled economists to better model overall consumption and the effects of economic policies and has played an important role in the dramatic reduction in abject poverty seen globally in the past 3 decades. The $980,000 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, as the award is officially called, wasn’t established in Alfred Nobel’s will but created in 1969 with an endowment from Sweden’s central bank.”It’s long overdue,” says Oriana Bandiera, a labor and development economist at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), of Deaton’s prize. “Professor Deaton’s contributions to the field have been profound and transformative.” Diana Weinhold, an international development economist at LSE, notes that Deaton’s work is so foundational that many younger economists just take it for granted. “A lot of the contributions that Deaton pushed through now seem completely obvious,” Weinhold says.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(*)Deaton made seminal contributions in three areas, economists say. First, he studied so-called demand systems, essentially mathematical models of how consumption of goods depends on their prices and utility—the sort of stuff you’d find in an economics textbook. In 1980, he developed the so-called “almost ideal demand system” to model consumption at the individual, or microeconomic, level. That theoretical advance has now become part of bedrock economic theory and a standard tool for policymakers. “It completely revolutionized how we look at, measure, and understand consumption,” Bandiera says.Deaton then turned his insights to the collective, macroeconomic level, to identify and resolve a problem in the theory of consumption. In macroeconomic modeling, economists had generally focused on aggregate measures such as the average amount of consumption as embodied in a fictitious “representative agent.” “Poor households were presumed to behave in roughly the same way as rich households, only with less money at their disposal,” Tore Ellingsen, an economist at the Stockholm School of Economics, explained during the press conference to announce the prize today.But such models often produced incorrect results, a mismatch that became known as Deaton’s paradox. Deaton showed that to resolve the paradox economists had to examine how price changes, income changes, and other factors would affect consumption of diverse individuals, both richer and poorer, and then sum up the individual results.For example, suppose a government wishes to raise revenue by increasing the sales tax. The increase may hardly bother richer individuals who can easily afford it, but it may drastically alter the consumption patterns of poorer people who already have little to spare, Stockholm University economist Jakob Svensson, a member of the prize committee, explained at the same press conference. Only by accounting for such differences can economists and policymakers accurately predict the effects of a tax hike and determine its optimal size.Finally, Deaton has studied poverty around the globe and how best to fight it. Speaking on the phone at the press conference, the laureate explained that he had studied poverty in the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and, in particular, in India. He relied primarily on data collected by statistical office in various countries, which he praised as “great unsung heroes.” Deaton’s contributions include helping develop more consistent quantitative measures of consumption, Bandiera says.Deaton sounded jovial today. “Gosh, I was sleepy, so it’s hard to remember exactly how I felt” when the early morning call from the Nobel organization came, he told reporters. “Obviously like many economists I knew that it was a possibility. But in any given year the odds are very, very small. I was surprised and delighted.”But if Deaton seems like a bookish academic, he has not shied away from speaking up on real-world issues. For example, he has warned of the dangers of increasing economic inequality in the United States and has been critical of international aid as a means of combating poverty.Deaton’s peers say that his work has played an important role in reducing the worst poverty, the rate of which has fallen in recent decades. For example, according to data collected by the World Bank, in 2012, 896 million people lived on less than $1.90 a day, compared with 1.91 billion in 1990. Although the numerical definition of abject poverty remains controversial—the decrease is much more modest if the line is set at $2.00 per day—other measures such as literacy, health, and life expectancy show that the lot of many of the poorest has improved, Weinhold says, especially in China. Deaton’s efforts have contributed to such improvement, Weinhold says: “He’s got his mitts in everything.”Although abject poverty will likely continue to decrease, vast numbers of people continue to live in destitution, Deaton noted. “While things continue to get better, you have to remember that things are very, very bad for many people,” he said. “It’s not a good world, but it’s getting better.”*Update, 12 October, 10:57 a.m.: The story has been updated and expanded.*Update, 12 October, 1:12 p.m.: The story has been updated to include comments from Deaton’s peers.last_img read more

India route Lebanon 6-0 in AFC U-16 football qualifiers

Posted in avadfeqk on November 26th, 2019

first_imgTabriz City (Iran), Sep 20 (PTI) Suresh Singh struck a brilliant hat-trick as India thrashed Lebanon 6-0 to end their AFC Under-16 Qualifiers campaign in style here today. Suresh scored in the 29th, 71st and 89th minutes while Komal Thatal and Amarjit Singh found the net in the 77th and 80th minutes. Lebanon player Habib Baladi scored an own goal in the 75th minute as the Indian boys routed the opposition side in a one-sided Group E match at Yadegar Emam Stadium. With the win today, India ended at second place in the group with six points behind Iran, who thrashed Bahrain 6-0 in another match today to top the group the group by winning all the three matches. India had beaten Bahrain 5-0 before losing to Iran 0-3. India have already qualified for the 2016 AFC Under-16 Championships final round as the host country but still they took part in the qualifiers to gain experience. Eleven group winners and four best second-placed teams in the qualifiers will join India in next years finals, with the tournament hosts receiving an automatic qualification. The Indian boys took some time to settle down and they also missed a few chances in the initial minutes. They dominated the first half but could score just one goal. After the change of ends, the Indians continued from where they left in the first 45 minutes but still goals eluded them till the final quarter of the match. Suddenly the floodgates were opened once the second goal was scored in the 71st minute. Habibs own goal in the 75th minute was a result of incessant pressure applied by the Indians who pumped in three quick goals towards the end of the match. PTI PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Former Real Madrid forward Raul to retire in November

Posted in avadfeqk on November 26th, 2019

first_imgFormer Real Madrid forward Raul, the Spanish giants’ joint-record scorer, will hang up his boots in November after a stellar 21-year career as one of the game’s finest talents.Raul, who now plays for the New York Cosmos, won an impressive haul of trophies while at the Bernabeu, including three Champions League crowns and six La Liga titles.The 38-year-old will retire at the end of the North American Football League (NASL) season having made his debut in April for the Cosmos who play one tier below Major League Football.”When I signed for the New York Cosmos in December, I said I would evaluate how I felt towards the end of the year and assess whether I would continue to play,” Raul said in a statement.”My decision is to retire from playing at the end of this season. I am fully focussed on finishing the season strong and helping the New York Cosmos win the NASL Championship. In the coming months I will decide the next step in my career.”Also read: Champions League – Record for Ronaldo in another Madrid win Raul, who shares Real’s scoring record with Cristiano Ronaldo, having netted 323 times in 741 games, also serves as a technical adviser for the Cosmos youth academy and is expected to take over on a full-time basis after he retires.”Playing football has been part of my life for so long and the decision to retire is not an easy one but I believe it is the right time,” said Raul, who made his Spain debut in 1996 and scored 44 goals in 102 internationals over 10 years.advertisement”I’m thankful to everyone who has supported me throughout my career and I look forward to playing my final games with the New York Cosmos over the coming weeks.”After a spell in Atletico Madrid’s academy, Raul joined local rivals Real in the 1992-93 season. He made his debut for “Los Blancos” in October 1994 in a league game at Real Zaragoza.Also read: Unfair to compare Ronaldo with Messi, says football legend Pele He left Real in 2010 and joined Schalke 04, helping the Bundesliga side reach the Champions League semi-finals in 2011.He moved to Al-Sadd Sports Club of Qatar in 2012, before joining the Cosmos, who won the NASL’s spring season title and have lost only one home game in 18 months to sit third in the table with a place in the four-team Championship assured.Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese said: “Raul is one of the world’s most iconic players. I knew when we signed him what he would bring on pitch but his knowledge, passion, professionalism and commitment has exceeded my expectations.”last_img read more