Salty soil is no problem for these tomatoes, thanks to some microbial helpers

first_imgEyal Bartov/Alamy Stock Photo By Elizabeth PennisiOct. 8, 2019 , 2:15 PM Salty soil is no problem for these tomatoes, thanks to some microbial helperscenter_img There’s no better way to eat a fresh tomato than by adding a little salt. But when growing these sumptuous fruits (or vegetables, depending on your perspective), salt in the soil or salty irrigation water has been a big no-no. Until now.Plant scientists in the Middle East have discovered that adding a desert root fungus, Piriformospora indica—first isolated in India—to the soil protects the tomato from salt’s damaging effects. They planted tomatoes in a greenhouse similar to how a commercial grower might, half in soil with fungi in it. For 4 months, they watered about half the tomatoes with and without fungus in the soil with water about one-third as salty as seawater. The tomato’s leaves from infected plants made more of an enzyme that removes harmful sodium from cells. What’s more, the plant was better able to maintain proper levels of potassium, which is necessary for growth, the team reports this month in Scientia Horticulturae.In plants irrigated with salty water, fungal infection of the roots boosted the yield of tomatoes 65% compared with uninfected plants. Even infected tomatoes irrigated with nonsalty water did better, with a 22% increase in yield. Others had shown this fungus improved the growth of barley and rice grown in salty conditions. And another fungus had proved beneficial in low salt conditions.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(*)These boosts are important, the plant scientists say, because by 2050, half the cultivated soil in the world will be salty. And the addition of fungi to soil may be a low-cost way of coping with that change.last_img read more

Virat Kohli called for a review even after third umpire said “NOT OUT”. And India won

first_imgVirat Kohli does everything on the cricket field. Almost everything unless you expect him to start rolling his arms over and pick five-wicket hauls.Kohli has been in outstanding form this season. In nine Test matches at home, he has smashed three double hundreds and a breathtaking 167. He now has the most runs in a season in home Tests in the history of the game. (Also read: Stats: Virat Kohli most successful Indian captain after the first 23 Tests)The 28-year-old has also overseen series wins over New Zealand, England before trumping Bangladesh in the one-off Test in Hyderabad, where he hammered an aggressive 204, made some smart decisions on the field, showed his growing expertise with the DRS and then smashed a quickfire 38 in the second dig. (Also read: Virat Kohli breaks Virender Sehwag’s record for most Test runs in home season)On the final day, India needed seven wickets to seal victory over the Tigers, who had shown plenty of resilience on a flat surface. R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma struck some crucial blows right through the day to leave Bangladesh nine down at the stroke of tea. (Also read: Virat Kohli made 2016 a year to remember)The second last session was therefore extended by 30 minutes. Ashwin, bowling to Taskin Ahmed, went up in appeal, the on-field umpire Marais Erasmus, referred to the TV umpire for caught dismissal and indicated through the soft signal that the batsman was out. But here’s how it all unfolded in what turned out to be the final ball of the innings.advertisement100.3: WICKET! R. ASHWIN TO T. AHMEDVery full on leg stump, Taskin looks to flick but is struck on the pads. Big appeal for lbw and the close-in fielder has taken it as well. Erasmus thinks there is an inside edge and so denies the appeal. However, as the fielder has taken it, he has to go upstairs to confirm if it was a bump ball. The soft signal is OUT. Replays show that there was no bat involved. So, it is a not out regarding the catch. Kohli then nonchalantly opts for the review, which was obvious. Impact is line and that’s hitting leg stump.last_img read more

Sarachan: USA’s World Cup failure not a ‘dire situation’

first_imgUnited States Sarachan: USMNT’s World Cup failure not a ‘dire situation’ in big picture Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 2 years ago 06:56 11/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Dave Sarachan USA Kyle Terada United States Portugal v United States Friendlies The interim coach downplayed talk of blowing up the American system ahead of the U.S. national team’s first match since failing to qualify for Russia Interim coach Dave Sarachan has downplayed talk that the U.S. national team needs an overhaul after failing to qualify for the World Cup, saying “big picture I don’t think it’s a drastic or dire situation.”The U.S. is set to play its first match after last month’s surprising loss to Trinidad & Tobago eliminated the Americans from contention for Russia 2018, with Sarachan leading an experimental squad against Portugal on Tuesday in Leiria.Sarachan, who took over as U.S. coach on a temporary basis after Bruce Arena resigned last month, told reporters Sunday that the program remains strong despite the substantial setback. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I think wherever there is success too, but also failure, it’s a time for reflection, time for discussion, time to take a broad look at what we can do better,” Sarachan said, via ESPNFC. “I would also tell you that there’s certain cycles that every national program goes through, good and bad. I think we hit a little bit of a bump, no question, but we still think the foundation of our pool of players is strong, and we will be better for this in big picture.”In the short term it’s very difficult, but in the big picture I don’t think it’s a drastic or dire situation.”More than half the players named to Sarachan’s 21-man roster to face Portugal are 24 or younger, with uncapped teenagers Cameron Carter-Vickers, Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie and Josh Sargent making the cut.Although Arena leaned on a veteran-heavy squad during World Cup qualifying, Sarachan indicated some of the younger players would have had a chance at breaking into the squad ahead of the World Cup had the U.S. qualified.”I don’t have a crystal ball, but I would tell you that the players that we brought in here, specifically the younger players, we wouldn’t have brought them if we didn’t feel that they had a future,” he said. “I would have liked to have projected that if we did qualify and began in 2018 that there would be some newer, younger faces in our team.”last_img read more

National Gallery of Canada sets sights on buying Saint Jerome with Chagall

first_imgOTTAWA – The National Gallery of Canada says a plan to sell a Marc Chagall painting “was not made lightly” and would allow it to buy an Old Master painting key to bolstering its collection of French art.Director and CEO Marc Mayer says the gallery is pursuing Jacques-Louis David’s neoclassical masterpiece, “Saint Jerome Hears the Trumpet of the Last Judgment,” painted in 1779.The purchase would be funded with proceeds from the sale of “The Eiffel Tower” by Marc Chagall, which is hitting Christie’s auction house in New York on May 15.That painting, purchased in 1956, is estimated to fetch between US$6 million and US$9 million (C$7.5 million to C$11.3 million).Mayer says the Chagall ended up on the auction block after more than 150 art museums across Canada were first offered the sale, and failed to respond.He also says the gallery knows of a foreign museum that was “very interested” in purchasing “Saint Jerome,” spurring it to act.“We then understood that the risk to Canada of losing this national treasure was real, adding urgency to the matter. We began to explore other options, such as selling a high-valuation work of art,” Mayer said Monday in a statement.But at least two Quebec museums are also interested in the painting.Stephan La Roche, director of the Musee de la civilisation in Quebec City, says his museum is working with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts on a joint bid.He says his museum has until June 11 to match or exceed the National Gallery’s offer because they have right of first refusal.“Saint Jerome” has been in Quebec City since about 1917 and was donated to the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Quebec in 1938. The painting was displayed in the cathedral until 1986.The parish then entrusted it to the Musee de la civilisation where it remained in storage until the National Gallery requested to display it from 1995 to 2013, after which it returned to Quebec City.La Roche says his museum is approaching patrons, seeking government grants, and is open to working with other partners, including the National Gallery, to buy the work. In that case, the painting would rotate between the institutions.“It’s a major piece in the history of art. There aren’t many David paintings on the planet — there are a few at the Louvre, there are few in very large museum collections, there is only one in Quebec and it’s that one,” says La Roche.“It’s important to preserve it because no matter where it might be on the planet, that painting has a huge artistic value.”He says it’s also important to keep “Saint Jerome” in Quebec because two French sisters brought it to the province with the rest of their art collection when they immigrated in the early 20th century.La Roche says he would like to see their entire collection stay together in Quebec.As for the owner, Monseigneur Denis Belanger says the parish offered “Saint Jerome” for sale in July 2016.He says proceeds of the sale will create a fund in the sisters’ names and that the interest will serve the parish “over the decades and over the centuries.”While Mayer says the Ottawa gallery touts several major French works from the 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, he says “a glaring exception is an important picture by David.”He adds that the gallery’s board of trustees voted in December 2017 to sell the Chagall.— With files from Cassandra Szklarski and Paola Loriggio in Torontolast_img read more

DR Congo displaced people resume return to their homes in north with

21 July 2008Displaced people today began returning to their homes in the north of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with the help of the United Nations refugee agency. Five boats chartered by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) ferried the first group of 712 people – from a settlement for internally displaced persons (IDPs) at Tchomia – across Lake Albert to the town of Gobu in the Ituri district of DRC’s Orientale province. A further 1,800 IDPs are expected to return by this route in the coming weeks.“Now, I can have a real roof and not live any more under plastic sheeting,” one 52-year-old returnee told a UNHCR protection officer.UNHCR was also scheduled to resume on Monday another IDP return operation in the province. The refugee agency hopes to assist the return of almost 7,000 people from Beni and Eringhety to Komanda and the Ituri capital, Bunia, starting with a first group of 220 people.Some 3,000 IDPs have returned home under this operation, which was suspended by UNHCR in December for security reasons amid clashes between rebel fighters and troops of the DRC armed forces.Some 600,000 displaced Congolese remain in the Ituri region, living in settlements or with host families. Many fled their homes during the DRC’s wider civil war between 1996 and 2002, which left 50,000 civilians in Ituri dead, while thousands more left their homes when inter-ethnic clashes erupted in 2003 all over the district. UNHCR and other humanitarian agencies are now in a recovery and reintegration phase, helping to reconstruct homes, schools and health centres, and providing seeds and agricultural tools to farmers in Ituri. Those retuning on Monday were each given a return package that included blankets, mosquito nets, kitchen sets, jerry cans, plastic sheeting and construction tools. They also received food aid from the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and agricultural assistance from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).UNHCR believes that some returnees are likely to face land disputes when they get home – a problem throughout DRC. The agency is supporting dispute resolution mechanisms aimed at tackling the issue.Despite sporadic outbreaks of violence in the Ituri region, significant progress has been made since 2004 in restoring lasting peace, disarming and demobilizing rival military forces, and reintegrating fighters into society. UNHCR says it now plans to wrap up the assisted return programme by the end of this year. read more

Paul Ahyi of Togo joins roster of UNESCO Artists for Peace

Togolese artist Paul Ahyi is the newest member of the roster of renowned personalities who use their influence, charisma and prestige to help promote the message and programmes of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura designated Mr. Ahyi as a UNESCO Artist for Peace at a ceremony yesterday in Paris, in recognition of his “contribution to the promotion of UNESCO’s ideals through his artistic activities.”Mr. Ahyi, who obtained a degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (National School of Fine Arts) in Paris, creates ceramics, tapestries and jewelry, and designs interiors and household objects. Several of his monumental sculptures are on display in buildings in Togo, as well as in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Nigeria, the Republic of Korea and the Vatican. Among UNESCO’s other Artists for Peace are the award-winning Philippine Madrigal Singers; Manu Dibango, a Cameroonian musician; Sumi Jo, a Republic of Korea soprano; and Gilberto Gil, a Brazilian musician. 11 September 2009Togolese artist Paul Ahyi is the newest member of the roster of renowned personalities who use their influence, charisma and prestige to help promote the message and programmes of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). read more

Human rights key to successful elections says UN official in West Africa

Patrice Vahard, a senior human rights adviser with the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), told the UN News Centre that it was vital that the protection of human rights be made a priority in planning for an election.“With no less than 17 elections coming up this year [in the region], human rights are going to be key to those elections being peaceful,” he said. “We need to insist on the centrality of human rights in the electoral process.”UN human rights officers from across West Africa wrapped up a two-day meeting today in Dakar, Senegal, issuing a communiqué in which they expressed concern over rights violations during recent elections in the region, such as in Côte d’Ivoire.Mr. Vahard cited the Ivorian experience, where hundreds of people have been killed since incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo refused to leave office after his UN-certified defeat by opposition candidate Alassane Ouattara in last November’s presidential ballot.“These bad examples could serve as a lesson to be proactive in mainstreaming a culture of human rights,” he said, citing practical steps such as introducing training for political parties, security forces and electoral officials and staff on human rights whenever an election approaches.Mr. Vahard said monitoring of human rights violations should also continue for a month beyond the proclamation of final results, as violations often occur in the aftermath of a poll.The UN also has a critical role to play, he noted, in disseminating messages of tolerance and human rights awareness before, during and after a poll. 17 March 2011Promoting and upholding human rights before, during and after an electoral process is critical to whether or not that election is ultimately a success, a senior United Nations human rights official said today. read more

Asian shares lower on jitters over US policy toward China

BANGKOK — Shares were mostly lower in Asia after talk of limits on U.S. stock listings by Chinese companies undermined optimism over progress in trade negotiations.Chinese manufacturing data was slightly better than analysts’ estimates, but Friday’s downbeat mood on Wall Street carried over into Monday’s trading.Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index lost 0.6% to 21,755.84 and the Shanghai Composite dropped 0.9% to 2,905.19. India’s Sensex declined 0.8% to 38,506.97. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.4% to 26,056.60, while Sydney’s S&P ASX 200 gave up early gains, losing 0.4% to 6,688.30. The Kospi in South Korea advanced 0.6% to 2,063.05. Shares also fell in Indonesia and Thailand.Hong Kong got a boost from reassuring comments by the chief executive of its monetary authority.Norman Chan Tak-lam, who is stepping down, said that despite the past several months of increasingly violent political protests, “the monetary system that means the exchange rate, the banking system and the financial system, have remained stable, and they have been continue to function normally and smoothly.”In other upbeat news, two gauges of Chinese factory activity improved in September ahead of a round of trade talks with Washington.Surveys released Monday by an industry group and a business magazine both showed improvement, though the gains were small.Demand for Chinese goods has been hurt by weakening domestic and global economic growth as well as U.S. tariff hikes in a fight over trade and technology. Negotiators are due to meet next month in Washington but there has been no sign of progress toward ending the dispute.Wall Street capped a choppy week with a second straight weekly loss for the S&P 500 Friday as worries about a potential escalation in the trade war between the U.S. and China erased early gains.Technology companies led the broad slide as investors weighed a report saying the Trump administration is considering ways to limit U.S. investments in China. Bloomberg cited unnamed people familiar with the administration’s internal discussions.Uncertainty over the long-running trade war has fueled volatility in the market and stoked worries that the impact of tariffs and other tactics employed by the countries against each other is hampering U.S. economic and corporate profit growth.The possibility that the U.S. is weighing another way of applying pressure on China dampened investors’ already cautious optimism that the world’s two biggest economies might make progress in next week’s negotiations.The S&P 500 index fell 0.5% on Friday to 2,961.79. The benchmark index finished the week with a 1% loss. Even so, it remains 2.1% below its all-time high set in July.The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 0.3% to 26,820.25. The Nasdaq, which is heavily weighted with technology stocks, lost 1.1% to 7,939.63.Investors also shifted money out of smaller company stocks, pulling the Russell 2000 index down 12.85 points, or 0.8%, to 1,520.48.Benchmark crude oil fell back, losing 20 cents to $55.71 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It lost 50 cents on Friday to $55.91 a barrel.Brent crude oil, the international standard, also declined, shedding 26 cents to $60.78 a barrel.The dollar slipped to 107.84 Japanese yen from 107.97 yen. The euro strengthened to $1.0937 from $1.0934.Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press read more

Search for Top 100 Great British Women in the car industry launches

The nationwide search is on for the UK Automotive industry’s most successful women, as nominations are launched on International Women’s Day.Now in its third year, Autocar’s Great British Women in the Car Industry event seeks to recognise and celebrate the top 100 women in one of Britain’s most exciting sectors.In partnership with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the initiative demonstrates the vast range of career opportunities available within the sector, highlighting the achievements of the 100 women shortlisted, which will see one overall winner crowned.The nominees will be selected from 10 areas of the industry: design; vehicle development; manufacturing; purchasing; sales (brand); sales (dealership and retail); marketing; communications; HR/personnel; and executive; in addition to a category awarding the brightest apprentices in the industry.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,There has never been a more exciting time to join the motor industry, or so many opportunities across such a wide range of careers. To maintain the UK’s position as a global centre of excellence for automotive innovation, we need to attract the best talent across all backgrounds and genders. Highlighting the successful women driving our sector today will help inspire the next generation to design, engineer, manufacture and market the vehicles of the future.Haymarket Automotive Managing Director Rachael Prasher, who heads up the initiative’s judging panel, said:This year more than ever, the importance of empowering and inspiring female professionals has been brought to the fore in the news agenda.The automotive industry has historically been considered male-dominated but, as our event proves, there has been a significant change in recent times. We are seeing more and more women climbing the ranks and enjoying highly successful careers.We are proud that there are so many fantastic female role models to look up to in today’s British automotive industry. With our event, we look to showcase the vast range of jobs and opportunities available and to highlight the large numbers of women achieving success and having huge influence on the industry. This provides great inspiration for young people entering or looking for jobs in the automotive sector, ensuring that the pool of female talent will continue to grow and flourish for generations to come.The top 100 shortlist will be chosen based on their seniority and level of influence, with a winner selected from each category. The overall winner is then selected from the list, announced at a ceremony during the Autocar’s Great British Women in the Car Industry event on the 20th June. Backed by Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan and Toyota, the day includes two presentations from keynote speakers (to be announced soon), a panel debate and networking session.Individuals can put themselves forward for consideration for the full shortlist of 100 women, or can be nominated by friends, colleagues or employers. Those applying/nominating must supply evidence of their/the nominee’s influence.The judging panel will be chaired by Haymarket Automotive’s Managing Director, Rachael Prasher, joined by Jim Holder, Mark Tisshaw, Steve Cropley and Rachel Burgess from Autocar’s editorial team, plus the SMMT’s Chief Executive, Mike Hawes and Director of Communications and International, Tamzen Isacsson.There is no limit on the number of nominations and they must be registered by 23:59 on Friday, 6th April 2018. Please send nominations to Autocar’s editorial director, Jim Holder, at jim.holder@haymarket.comFull details of the 2018 Autocar Great British Women in the Car Industry event can be found at now.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Jim Tressel interviewed for Indianapolis Colts head coaching position

Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel has interviewed for the Indianapolis Colts’ head coaching job and will learn next week if he is hired, according to multiple reports. Colts owner Jim Irsay has reportedly met to discuss the position twice with Tressel, who served as a game-day consultant for the team this past season. From his Twitter account, @JimIrsay, Irsay tweeted Saturday at about 11 a.m.: “The #1 pick debate will rage on,what a great year to have it..the HC search is wide ranging n thorough,decision by mid 2 late next week.” The Colts did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s request for comment regarding the team’s head coaching position. Tressel opted to postpone his term of employment with the Colts until Week 7 of the NFL season due to concerns about current and former OSU players who were suspended in both the NFL and NCAA. In Tressel’s final game coaching the Buckeyes, he led the team to a 31-26 victory against Arkansas in the 2011 Sugar Bowl in the Louisiana Superdome. That game, along with the entire 2010 season, was later vacated by OSU as part of its self-imposed penalties for violating NCAA policies. Tressel resigned from his post with the Buckeyes on May 30. This past season, the Colts posted an NFL-worst 2-14 record. read more

Expect some notsosubtle election promises as Fine Gaelers land in Wexford

first_img Leo Varadkar at the Fine Gael National Conference in 2017. Share105 Tweet Email1 By Christina Finn Friday 22 Mar 2019, 6:00 AM 15,154 Views ‘LET’S TAKE IRELAND forward together’ – that is the theme of Fine Gael’s National Spring conference, which kicks off in Wexford today.Fine Gael loves a tagline. Remember the ‘Republic of Opportunity?’ And no one can forget the ‘Keep the Recovery Going’ line. That one came back to bite them in the end. But party sources believe the real theme of this year’s national conference is the “importance of the female voice across all political levels”, which is why there will be a sea of Fine Gael women at White’s Hotel this weekend who are running in local and European elections. This year’s conference is all about highlighting the party candidates for the local, European and (perhaps not that far off) general election, with candidates like veteran TD and former Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, as well as former Rose of Tralee winner, Maria Walsh, making appearances across the schedule. Women for electionThe party is keen to highlight that four of the seven European election candidates it is running are women, while so far, Fine Gael has 109 women booked in for the local elections – the highest number achieved by any party, according to a spokesperson.They added that no party has ever exceeded 100, and the latest figure puts them on 28% representation. The party expects to reach the 30% quota for female candidates. There will be no member votes at this event, just seminars and debates on issues such as ‘prioritising women’s health’, as well as ‘protecting children on and offline’.  Election candidate Frances Fitzgerald and Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee. Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ieOther discussions will be held on the party’s rules in relation to dispute resolutions. At the Fine Gael Ard Fheis in November, Gerry O’Connell, chairman of the national executive, said the rule change would allow the party to avoid litigation in the courts and ensure there are “better standards of due process whereby investigations of disputes and adjudication on disputes are separated”. The party members were told that the new disciplinary rules would put Fine Gael in line with the disciplinary system operated by the GAA. This year, Leo Varadkar will return to the tradition of giving his speech on Saturday night, and it will be televised. In his first Fine Gael conference as party leader in 2017, the Taoiseach delivered his speech at the opening of events due to the scheduled Saturday speech clashing with the Ireland versus Denmark football game. Expect some not-so-subtle election promises as Fine Gaelers land in Wexford ‘Let’s take Ireland forward together’ is the theme of the Fine Gael’s National Spring conference, which kicks off today in Wexford. Image: Eamonn Farrell Mar 22nd 2019, 6:01 AM Leo Varadkar at the Fine Gael National Conference in 2017. Image: Eamonn Farrell 42 Comments Leo Varadkar met newly married couple Owen and Arlene McClusker from Omagh at the last FG conference. Source: Eamonn FarrellTwo years ago, he promised to reduce taxes for middle-income earners by raising the standard cut-off point.He hit out at “critics and cynics” who claimed the housing crisis would not be solved. (Varadkar has since said he understands why people might be skeptical that Fine Gael can solve the homeless crisis).“I don’t believe them. Yes, there are major challenges with housing and homelessness, and no, they won’t be solved overnight. But we have a plan, the plan is working, and we won’t stop until we succeed. Because we believe that everyone should have a home. And we believe that every working person should be able to aspire to own one,” he said.At the time, the latest figures showed that there were 5,250 adults and 3,124 children staying in emergency accommodation – giving a total of 8,374.The homeless emergency accommodation figures for January 2019 show that there are now a combined total of 9,987 people homeless and living in emergency accommodation in Ireland, a significant rise of 234 people from December.The mention of the crisis in 2017 did little to appease Fr Peter McVerry who tweeted his astonishment that homelessness did not feature on the conference’s agenda.The Taoiseach later caused a media whirlwind when he told that Ireland has one of the lowest levels of homelessness. Leo Varadkar, at the media doorstep, at the last conference. Source: Eamonn FarrellThis year, there is again no explicit mention of homelessness on the agenda, though there is a seminar titled: “Vibrant communities across Ireland – housing, urban and rural regeneration.”This will be attended by Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy and Rural and Community Development Minister Michael Ring, so the issue of homelessness surely will arise. While local and European elections might be the focus of the conference this year, the elephant in the room is the threat of a general election this year.Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil agreed to extending the confidence and supply deal, with leaders of both parties committing to a 2020 election date. But the Taoiseach has acknowledged since that no one knows what is around the corner, or who (or what) might bring this government down. This weekend’s conference will be about showing that Fine Gael is election ready. So expect big promises, talk of tax cuts and more money in your pockets. One problem for Varadkar making such promises is that no one knows what Brexit might bring for the Irish economy.Varadkar has said at previous party conferences he was told to shut up and keep his head down. Rather than being quiet, this year, the Taoiseach will be keen to make some subtle, and some not-so-subtle election promises.  Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Magician David Blaine denies sexual assault allegations

first_img Image: Evan Agostini AP/PA Images Apr 2nd 2019, 7:59 PM Tuesday 2 Apr 2019, 7:59 PM Magician David Blaine denies sexual assault allegations Two women have come forward alleging they were assaulted by the magician. 25 Comments By Associated Press Share32 Tweet Email Image: Evan Agostini AP/PA Images 21,202 Views MAGICIAN DAVID BLAINE denies sexual assault allegations under investigation in New York City and intends to cooperate with authorities, his publicist said in a statement today.New York police confirmed yesterday that the magician is under investigation, following a Daily Beast report that the department had taken statements from two women accusing Blaine of sexual assault.Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea, speaking at an unrelated news conference, declined to discuss any details about Blaine’s case and wouldn’t say whether police had sought to interview him.“David denies the accusations that have been reported and he takes these allegations seriously,” the statement from Blaine’s publicist said. “He intends to cooperate with any investigation.”The Daily Beast, citing unnamed sources, said one of Blaine’s accusers alleges he attacked her inside his Manhattan apartment in 1998, which may fall outside the statute of limitations.The Daily Beast had previously reported that a former model alleged Blaine raped her in London in 2004, an allegation he denied. Scotland Yard detectives later declined to take further action after investigating her claim, the news website said.Blaine, 45, is known for stunts like being buried underground for a week without food or water in New York in 1999. He also lived in a plexiglass case suspended 9 metres above the Thames River in London for more than 40 days in 2003.Blaine is scheduled to start a tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland in June, according to his website.In a separate statement about the New York City case, the NYPD said yesterday it “takes sexual assault and rape cases extremely seriously, and urges anyone who has been a victim to file a report so we can perform a comprehensive investigation, and offer support and services to survivors”. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Suspects to be arraigned in court for recent murders

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, February 26, 2017 – Nassau – Excellent police work and overwhelming support from members of the public has resulted in police charging several suspects in connection with a number of recent murders. The suspects will be arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court, Nassau Street on Monday 27th February 2017 at 12:00 noon, to be formally charged.They are: A 16 – year old male and a 24 – year old male for the Murder of Leonardo Sweeting, the attempted Murder of Robert Munroe, Philip Rolle and a 1 – year old infant girl that occurred at Scott Street on 23rd February 2017.Two adult males for the Murder of Kurt Arista and the Attempted Murder of Dino Lorflus that occurred at Durham Street on 3rd February 2017.An adult male for the Murder of Clarence Gibson and the Attempted Murder of Shannahan Sweeting that occurred at Knowles Drive off Tonique Darling Highway on 19th February 2017.Press Release: RBPF#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Only homeless shelter in Kodiak fights through the cold

first_imgBrother Francis Shelter in Kodiak is the only shelter available to members of the homeless population, and therefore the only escape from the town’s recent nighttime drops in temperature.Listen nowBrother Francis director Monte Hawver said the key to keeping everyone alive during cold winter nights is flexibility. He said the current policy is that if a person has been at the shelter for 30 days, they must be sober to use the shelter facilities. But, if the weather is bad enough, the night supervisor may allow the person to enter.“Basically, what I tell my guys is I can fix a lot of things, but I can’t fix dead,” Hawver said. “So our goal for the last 26 years, we’ve been blessed to have not have somebody dies because of exposure. Our goal is to make sure that we don’t lose anyone due to the elements.”Hawver said that staff may isolate an intoxicated person or, if their behavior calls for it, turn them over the police, who can give them shelter from the bitter wind in the local jail. That’s standard wintertime policy, he said.last_img read more

S Sreesanths house catches fire family rescued safely

first_imgIANSFire broke out at the Kochi residence of Indian cricketer Shathakumaran Sreesanth on Saturday, August 24 at around 2 AM in night time. Sreesanth wasn’t at his home at the time but his wife and children were there along with two domestic helps. Thankfully, none of them were hurt as the firefighters managed to rescue all in time. While the fire engulfed the hall and bedroom at the gound floor, all the members of the household were on the first floor. The information regarding the fire was conveyed to two nearby fire stations by the neighbours, as per reports in the media. Sreesanth was in the news recently due to the BCCI reducing his ban for the spot-fixing scandal to seven years. Once a star of Indian cricket known for his leading role in India’s first ever Test match victory in South Africa, in 2006, the right-arm pacer ended up getting caught in a sting operation by the Delhi police where he, allegedly, bowled no-balls as per an agreement with bookies. However, the cricketer has continued to protest his innocence and even tried his hand at politics, fighting the 2016 Assembly elections in his state on a BJP ticket.last_img read more

10 troops killed at Niger border

first_imgMap locating Maradi in Niger, a border town where ten soldiers were killed. Photo: AFPTen troops have been killed on Niger’s border with Nigeria in a joint operation by the two countries against “bandits”, Nigerien defence minister Kalla Moutari said on Monday.”Five Nigerien and five Nigerian” troops and 11 enemy fighters were killed in the operation, launched against gangs in the Maradi region at the weekend, he told AFP.”The Nigerian defence and security forces are identifying the bodies of the bandits,” Moutari also said, according to a TV report from Maradi, where he went to attend the funeral of the dead Nigerien troops.Niger is one of several countries in the impoverished Sahel region to be hit by jihadist violence.Officials often call Islamist attackers “bandits” but a security source said the joint operation targeted criminal gangs that plague the Niger-Nigeria border, holing up in dense forests.The fighting “began on Saturday in the middle of the morning,” the source said, adding that several troops from both countries were also wounded.The groups are blamed for kidnapping, theft and cattle rustling.The troubled region lies on part of Niger’s southern-central border abutting the northwestern Nigerian state of Zamfara.In August, Niger sent reinforcements to the area, and in September began a three-week operation with Nigeria that led to the death of at least 30 “bandits,” the interior minister, Bazoum Mohamed, had said on 16 October.The authorities were now “fully in control” of the region “and are in the middle of mopping-up operations,” he had maintained.last_img read more

Houston To Get New Public Mental Health Hospital — The First In

first_imgAlex Proimos/Flickr To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share center_img 00:00 /13:10 Houston’s getting its first new public mental health facility in more than 30 years. That’s because UTHealth is receiving its first portion of state funding for such a new hospital.Dr. Jair Soares joins Houston Matters to tell us how this new hospital will be different from what already exists in Greater Houston and how it will affect the mental health needs of area residents. Soares is the chair of UTHealth’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and he’s the executive director of the UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center.Soares says, under the current model, psychiatric patients requiring long-term treatment are sent to state hospitals far away. The new facility will allow many of them to be treated close to home.Plans call for building the new hospital next to the Harris County Psychiatric Center. This will allow the new center to admit patients discharged by HCPC who need long-term care.The state’s Health and Human Services Commission approved the first $6 million portion of funding for this new facility, which will be spent on the architectural planning and design phase of the building. The funds were part of some $119 million expected to be received for the facility over the next two years as a part of money approved by 2017 Texas Legislature for mental health projects statewide, Soares said.He says he hopes to break ground on the project by early 2019 and to begin admitting patients by 2021. Listenlast_img read more