Reparations for Bahamian climate refugees

first_imgThe callous, white-supremacist response of Trump to the plight of tens of thousands of Bahamians was recently recognized by one of today’s most high-profile athletes.  Klay Thompson is considered one of the greatest shooters in the history of the National Basketball Association and is a three-time NBA champion with the Golden State Warriors.  Thompson’s father, Mychal, a two-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, migrated from his native Bahamas to the U.S. in the late 1970s.  Klay Thompson wrote the following on his Instagram thread Sept. 13 regarding Trump’s racist response to the total devastation that Hurricane Dorian caused in the islands: “[S]hame on our current administration for not welcoming our Bahamian neighbors in their greatest time of need. I’ve been so lucky to visit my family in Nassau since childhood, and in those times I’ve seen countless Americans use the Bahamian islands as their playground for letting loose and vacationing.  And now we turn our back on the people who welcomed us with open arms, when they’ve lost everything?! There’s no excuse for this … and if you have one you’re a real piece of shit.”Thompson is referring to Trump’s public labeling of Bahamians as criminals and his declaration that no U.S. borders will be opened to these islanders who have lost their homes, loved ones and livelihoods.  Even before the hurricane, the vast majority of Bahamians, a large number of them Haitian migrants, lived below the poverty line. Out of a total population of over 403,000 people, 70,000 Bahamians have lost everything due to the Category 5 storm, another of an increasing number of climate catastrophes. (CNN, Sept. 12) The official death toll is 50, but it’s expected to rise significantly, since at least 1,300 people are still missing. The cost of damage to tourist-industry-dominated Bahamas is an estimated $7 billion. The people of the Bahamas deserve reparations not only for what they are going through now, but for decades of super-exploitation of their labor and resources.  Over the past year alone, the Bahamian tourist industry raked in revenues of $5.7 billion, half of the gross domestic product of the Bahamas. (Reuters, Sept. 15) It is long overdue for corporate investors, made rich off of this suffering, to pay off this debt. As for the racist U.S. administration: Open the borders now!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Species versus guild level differentiation revealed across the annual cycle by isotopic niche examination

first_imgSummary 1.Interspecific competitive interactions typically result in niche differentiation to alleviate competition through mechanisms including character displacement. However, competition is not the sole constraint on resource partitioning, and its effects are mediated by factors including the environmental context in which species coexist.2.Colonial seabirds provide an excellent opportunity to investigate the importance of competition in shaping realized niche widths because their life histories lead to variation in intra- and interspecific competition across the annual cycle. Dense breeding aggregations result in intense competition for prey in surrounding waters, whereas non-breeding dispersal to larger geographical areas produces lower densities of competitors.3.Bayesian hierarchical models of the isotopic niche, closely aligned to the trophic niche, reveal the degree of segregation between species and functional groups during both time periods. Surprisingly, species explained far more of the variance in the isotopic niche during the non-breeding than the breeding period.4.Our results underline the key role of non-breeding dynamics in alleviating competition and promoting distinctions between species through the facilitation of resource partitioning. Such situations may be common in a diverse range of communities sustained by ephemeral but abundant food items.5.This highlights how consideration of the hierarchical grouping of competitive interactions alongside consideration of abiotic constraints across the complete annual cycle allows a full understanding of the role of competition in driving patterns of character displacement.last_img read more

Fake Oxford degree minister sacked

first_imgThe President of Iran is due to face a vote of no confidence following a ministerial scandal over a forged Oxford University degree.The turmoil follows the sacking of the Government’s Interior Minister this week, after revelations over the summer that his Law degree was in fact a fake.Ali Kordan was officially dismissed from his cabinet post last Tuesday on charges of dishonesty and lying about his educational record, after months of political wrangling. He had initially denied the allegations of forgery and copies of the degree were even released onto the internet in an effort to prove its legitimacy.However Iranian political blogs soon exposed that the diploma was indeed a crude fake, riddled with spelling mistakes and grammatical errors.An official statement released by Oxford University later confirmed that the Interior Minister had never received any type of commendation from the institution, leading to 20 Iranian Government ministers to call for Kordan’s impeachment after he admitted the degree was indeed a forgery. An overwhelming majority of Iranian MPs subsequently voted to dismiss Kordan, with just 45 of 247 members voting that he should keep his job.President faces vote of confidenceThe affair could have additional consequences for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who now faces a vote on his own future after Kordan became the tenth government minister to be sacked during his tenure in office.According to Iran’s constitution, the expulsion of ten ministers should trigger a vote of confidence in the President – which would make Ahmadinejad the first President in Iranian history to ever face such a vote. However, the Iranian sumpreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei condemned the attempts to undermine his country’s government.He told the BBC, “This careless atmosphere of talking against the government is not to be easily forgiven by God.” His remarks appear to be directed against those who have impeached Kordan and came as implicit support for Ahmadinejad’s government.Inflation at a highThe controversy comes at an especially bad time for Ahmadinejad as Iran is to hold a presidential election in just eight month’s time. The country is currently experiencing its own version of the international economic crisis as inflation is at a high of 30% and oil prices are continuing to drop.The Iranian President, who defended Kordan when the allegations against him emerged last August, has refused to speak further on the issue and did not attend the vote to impeach the Interior Minister.A spokesperson for Oxford University said this week that they would not be commenting again on the matter. They had previously confirmed that the academics who ‘signed’ the diploma had all held Oxford posts, but never in the field of Law, and they would never have signed degree diplomas either.last_img read more

John Abry earns EcoBroker designation

first_imgFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDate: 09.05.08Contact: John AbryREMAX North ProfessionalsPhone: 802.861.3278Fax: [email protected](link sends e-mail) is external)LOCAL REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFIED TO ADDRESS AND ENCOURAGE THE BENEFITS OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND GREEN FEATURES IN HOMESColchester, VT — 09.05.08 John Abry, of REMAX North Professionals in Colchester has earned the EcoBroker Certified® designation, having successfully completed a unique and informative training program on the energy and environmental issues that affect real estate transactions. John joins the movement of professionals pushing the real estate market toward energy-efficient, sustainable, and healthier design/features in homes and buildings. The performance home movement is getting a boost thanks to this type of high quality real estate professional earning the EcoBroker designation. EcoBrokers®, like John, throughout the country are forging this market and creating competitive advantages for their customers. With national surveys indicating that 80% of consumers consider themselves green-minded, real estate professionals with the EcoBroker designation are in a better position to serve the real estate consumer. Im always looking for the best ways to offer my clients the best value. My EcoBroker training helps me ensure customer satisfaction, my number one priority, John explains. From windows to moisture control to energy savings, I now have more resources at my disposal to help my buyers and sellers make better real estate decisions. The EcoBroker designation doesnt make me an energy and environmental expert, but it allows me to better understand the issues and to convey this understanding to my buyers and sellers.EcoBroker Internationals education and designation program is designed exclusively for real estate professionals who care about the environment and want to help their clients benefit from the energy-efficiency, green, and healthier features of homes and buildings. EcoBroker provides a complete curriculum of energy and environmental training to licensed real estate agents. Real estate professionals must complete the extensive EcoBroker curriculum and training and fulfill additional program requirements to become Certified EcoBrokers®. John is an example of the quality real estate professional the EcoBroker designation continues to attract, explains EcoBroker Internationals CEO, Dr. John Beldock. These real estate professionals are not only distinguishing themselves in a competitive market place, but they are really giving back to the community in very constructive and meaningful ways. Chittenden County needs more contributors like John. The planet and our grandchildren need them too, Dr. Beldock said.From his Colchester office, John explains, With EcoBrokerÒ training, I have broadened the range of real estate opportunities I offer my clients. Whether the transaction involves environmental assessment and mitigation (mold, radon, etc.) or the opportunity to reduce utility bills, Im in a position to help. The real estate industry is changing, and to best serve my clients I need to understand the newest designs, technologies, and environmental issues. My EcoBroker designation helps me stay ahead of the game.John earned his EcoBroker Certified® designation in August, has been a real estate broker for over 5 years and lives in Colchester with his wife & son.For additional information please contact: John Abry REMAX North ProfessionalsPhone: 802.861.3278Email: [email protected](link sends e-mail) is external)EcoBroker International provides a unique energy and environmental curriculum to licensed real estate professionals, leading to the EcoBroker Designation. EcoBrokers mission is to broaden and improve the base of training and continuing education for real estate professionals and in doing so, encourage improvements to the quality of buildings, while reducing their impact on natural resources and the environment. EcoBroker is a BuildingÒ America and Built GreenÒ Colorado Education Partner; the most successful green-building program in the United States. EcoBroker provides state-approved continuing education courses to licensed real estate professionals in states throughout the U.S. EcoBroker can be reached by phone at 1-800-706-4321, online at is external), and by email at [email protected](link sends e-mail).# # #last_img read more

Not all face masks equally effective in curbing COVID-19 transmission: Health Ministry

first_imgHowever, he noted that it was highly advisable to add an extra layer inside of a cloth mask to ensure a higher degree of protection.Furthermore, a cloth mask may only be used for a maximum of three hours, at which point the wearer must replace the mask, given that the material tends to absorb droplets from the mouth, he added.Read also: Government to step up mask-wearing campaign amid rising COVID-19 casesAchmad went on to advise the public against wearing masks made of neoprene fabric – often marketed as “scuba” masks – as well as multifunctional headwear or buff masks. “[Scuba and buff masks] do not meet the [health] requirements.”According to the ministry, the chance of COVID-19 contagion might be reduced to as low as 1.5 percent when both the virus carrier and a healthy individual wear masks.The ministry’s mask-wearing policy has previously become a major point of contention, however, when Minister Terawan Agus Putranto initially only advised sick people to wear masks amid the rush of panic-buying at the onset of the pandemic.At the time of writing, the ministry’s office in Kuningan, South Jakarta is the largest virus cluster in the capital.Topics : The Health Ministry has called on the public to use only masks that actually protect them against the coronavirus, explaining that not all masks are made equal.The ministry’s disease control and prevention general director, Achmad Yurianto, said in a statement issued on Monday that three types of masks were specifically designed to prevent the wearer from transmitting and contracting diseases, including COVID-19.“One is the N95 mask, a standard-issue mask typically worn by health workers who directly handle viruses in the laboratory. The others are the surgical mask and cloth mask,” said Achmad.last_img read more

Cricket News 6 wickets, 4 runs and 15 balls: Watch how Trent Boult ripped apart Sri Lanka

first_imgNew Delhi: Trent Boult produced a spell for the ages as he decimated Sri Lanka on day 2 of the second Test in Hagley Oval, Christchurch to give New Zealand a crucial 74-run lead as Kane Williamson’s side looked to create a record and win their fourth consecutive series in 2018, something which New Zealand have never achieved in their history. Boult’s spell came in a space of one devastating passage of play in which he picked up all six wickets in just 15 balls to usher a dramatic Sri Lanka collapse. In the process, he just conceded four runs as Dinesh Chandimal’s side had no answer to the left-arm bowler’s reverse swing.Sri Lanka resumed on 88/4 and seemed to be in a strong position after they had bowled New Zealand out for 178, with Suranga Lakmal taking a five-wicket haul. After conceding a boundary in the first over, Boult and new ball partner Tim Southee bowled three consecutive maidens as New Zealand eyed more wickets. However, Boult struck when Roshen Silva edged a full and swinging delivery to Southee at third slip and New Zealand had gotten the opening. What followed afterwards was absolute carnage.Read More | Steyn breaks Shaun Pollock’s record, becomes most successful SA pacerIn the 39th over of the innings and Boult’s 14th, the left-armer tore through the Sri Lankan lower order. Niroshan Dickwella was lured to drive a full ball and the edge flew to third slip where Southee pulled off a stunning one-handed catch. On the fifth ball, Dilruwan Perera shouldered arms to a delivery that swung back in and in the very next ball, Boult trapped Suranga Lakmal  (0)  LBW with an inswinging yorker to finish with a triple-wicket maiden.Read More | Ricky Ponting formally inducted into ICC ‘Hall of Fame’Although Boult missed the hat-trick, he managed to get Dushmantha Chameera (0) LBW with another inswinging yorker and the 29-year-old wrapped up the innings by trapping Lahiru Kumara (0) in front as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 104, giving New Zealand a healthy lead. Boult’s spell of 2.3-1-4-6 proved his class and his 6/30 was his best figures in Tests, beating his previous mark of 6/32 which he achieved against England in the Pink Ball Test in Auckland at the start of the year when New Zealand bowled England out for 58. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Rangers Begin Hunt for Continental Honours in Algeria

first_imgDuro IkhazuagbeFour years after Rangers International were disqualified at the quarter final playoff round of the CAF Confederation Cup for fielding an ineligible player in the first leg against eventual winners, CS Sfaxien of Tunisia, the Nigerian league champions are back in the hunt for a continental diadem.Today in Bechar, Algeria, the Flying Antelopes will be looking to gain advantage against hosts JS Saoura in the first leg of the preliminary round of the CAF Champions League. The match will kick off from 5pm Nigerian time.The only time Rangers won a continental trophy was in the defunct CAF Winners’ Cup in 1977 after a 5-2 aggregate win over Cameroonian side, Canon. And the man who led the Pride of the Old Eastern Region to lift the trophy as captain, Christian Chukwu, is the one that led the Enugu team on the trip to Algeria. Imama Amapakabo who led Rangers to end their 32-year wait for a Nigerian trophy is surely banking on the sharp reflexes of Ghanaian shot stopper, Nana Bonsu with the defensive experiences of Senegalese import, Pape Ousmane Sane, Orji Kalu, Ugwu Uwadiegwu, Mathew Etim, Chidiebere Okolie and Chizoba Amaefule to curtail the host.Of course, Christian Madu, Godwin Aguda, Obinna Nwobodo, Charles Henlong and Chiamaka Madu will be saddled with the task of screening the middle of the pack as Bobby Clement, Osas Okoro and Ocheme Edoh probes the rear guard of the Algerians for the needed goals to stay safe in the competition.Although tiff over the paltry allowance of $190 (about N95,000) handed out to each of the players before leaving Lagos has been resolved, the Flying Antelopes appear determined to make bold statement of returning to the summit of the game in the continent.Team Captain, Matthew Etim, revealed before leaving Lagos for Algeria that the entire squad is upbeat and ready for the task against JS Saoura, who are not regular campaigners in the continental club championship.“We are indeed very glad to be selected to defend the colours of Rangers on the continent and hopefully we shall not disappoint. Victory is what we are targeting and I believe that we have all it takes to achieve our target in Algeria.“We know that they are a good side but we are better”, stated the defender who only had his first game in the 1-0 loss to neighbours, F.C Ifeanyiubah in a Match-day six encounter of the Nigerian Premier Football League (NPFL).Team Manager, Amobi Ezeaku, said, “Rangers is physically, mentally and psychologically prepared for this encounter and victory is our target in Algeria. We are fully motivated for this battle.“We are in Algeria with the bulk of players that helped us broke a 32-year trophy jinx last season and that will work in our favour. Also the quartet of Uwadiegwu Ugwu, Daniel Etor, Chizoba Amaefule and Charles Henlong, all seasoned continental campaigners will bring their experience to the table,” stressed the team manager.Saoura, runner-up to USM Alger in last season’ campaign are not also in the best of shapes. They are placed seventh on the standings after managing seven wins, six draws and six losses from 19 games.The second leg will take place on 19 February 2017 with winner facing Egyptian giants, Zamalek at the 1/16th round.Meanwhile, Nigeria’s other representatives in the CAF Champions League, Rivers United arrived Mali yesterday ahead of their first leg preliminary round CAF Champions League clash with Real Bamako on Saturday.Media Officer of the team, Sammy Wejinya, confirmed that the contingent which comprised of 20 players and 13 officials left the country via the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos at exactly 9.40am and arrived at Houphouet Boigny International Airport, Abidjan at 10.20am Nigerian time.FIXTURES*CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUEFRIDAY, 10 February 2017JS Saoura (Algeria) vs Enugu Rangers (Nigeria)SATURDAY, 11 February 2017AS Real (Mali) vs Rivers United (Nigeria)*CAF CONFEDERATION CUP (Sunday)FC IfeanyiUbah (Nigeria) Vs Al Masry (Egypt)Royal Armed Forces (S’Leone) Vs Wikki Tourists (Nigeria)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more