Eight to receive honorary degrees

first_imgMichael R. Bloomberg, Doctor of LawsMichael R. Bloomberg, an entrepreneur, politician, and philanthropist, served as New York City’s 108th mayor, ending his third term in 2013.Bloomberg was elected shortly after the September 2001 terrorist attacks in New York. As mayor, he balanced the city budget, reformed education, and boosted economic development. He also led high-profile campaigns to improve New Yorkers’ health, expanding anti-smoking regulations and proposing a ban on “super-size” sugary beverages, which was ultimately struck down in court. He took action to fight climate change, reducing New York’s carbon footprint by 19 percent and taking a leadership role among global urban leaders on the issue.Bloomberg was born and raised in Massachusetts, growing up in Medford before attending Johns Hopkins University and then Harvard Business School. In 1966, he was hired by the Wall Street firm Salomon Brothers, where he rose through the ranks, overseeing equity trading and sales and then information systems.Bloomberg left Salomon after the company’s 1981 sale. He launched Bloomberg LP in a one-room office as an information technology company with a vision of bringing transparency and efficiency to financial information. Today, Bloomberg LP is a global financial information and media company with 15,000 employees in 73 countries.After leaving office earlier this year, Bloomberg returned to his self-named firm and also focused his efforts on philanthropy through Bloomberg Philanthropies, a data-driven charity with five areas of focus: public health, arts and culture, the environment, education, and government innovation. Earlier this year, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed him U.N. special envoy for cities and climate change.Among his causes, he has supported his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University, where the School of Hygiene and Public Health was renamed the Bloomberg School of Public Health in recognition of his support. All told, he has donated more than $2.4 billion to a variety of causes.Isabel Allende, Doctor of LettersFrom her debut novel in 1982, “The House of the Spirits,” author Isabel Allende’s work has been a savory charquicán of history, fable, politics, passion, and family that embodies the ethos of magic realism.Since then, Allende’s 20 books reflect her unstoppable work ethic (she starts a new novel every Jan. 8) and sample from a broad palette of literary influences and styles, from the tragic romance “Of Love and Shadows” to “Paula,” a memoir, to her most recent, the mystery “Ripper.” Allende’s work has been translated into 35 languages and has sold more than 60 million copies.The daughter of diplomats, Allende was a noted television and magazine journalist in Chile during the late 1960s and early 1970s. She fled Chile in 1975, living in exile in Venezuela following the brutal military coup by Gen. Augusto Pinochet. The uprising led to the death of her cousin, Salvador Allende, then the nation’s first socialist president. Now a U.S. citizen, Allende lives in Northern California with her husband, the writer William C. Gordon.Long one of Latin America’s most prominent feminist voices, Allende formed the Isabel Allende Foundation after the death of her daughter in 1992. The foundation works with nonprofits in Chile and the San Francisco Bay Area to protect and empower women and girls.For decades, she told The Guardian last year, Allende has sustained a daily letter writing exchange with her 93-year-old mother who still lives in Chile.“The most important things about my life happened in the secret chambers of my heart and have no place in a biography,” she once wrote. “My most significant achievements are not my books, but the love I share with a few people, especially my family, and the ways in which I have tried to help others.”President George H.W. Bush, Doctor of LawsThe Honorable George Bush was 41st president of the United States, serving from 1989 to 1993. During his White House tenure, the Cold War ended with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Soviet Union; Germany was reunified; and the Gulf War — involving an unprecedented coalition of 32 nations — was executed to liberate Kuwait after it had been invaded by Iraq.In a lifetime of public service dating to 1964, Bush, a Republican whose father had served in the U.S. Senate, was also the 43rd vice president of the United States from 1981 to 1989 under President Ronald Reagan. Before that he was a congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, chairman of the Republican National Committee, chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in China, and director of the Central Intelligence Agency. At 89, he is the oldest living former president and vice president. During World War II, he piloted a U.S. Navy torpedo bomber, starting at age 18. Bush married the former Barbara Pierce in January 1945 and then completed an accelerated program at Yale, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1948 with a bachelor’s degree in economics.Bush was born on June 12, 1924, in Milton, Mass., grew up in Greenwich, Conn., and in 1948 began his oil business career as a sales clerk in West Texas. George and Barbara Bush have five children, 17 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Son George W. Bush was 43rd president of the United States; son Jeb was governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007.In 1990, Bush signed into law both the Clean Air Act and the Americans with Disability Act. He also started negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement, which became law in 1994, during the Clinton era. Since leaving office, President Bush has raised millions of dollars for charity and lent his name to relief efforts after catastrophic hurricanes, earthquakes, and other disasters. The aircraft carrier USS Ó (CVN 77) was commissioned in 2009. In 2011, President Obama awarded Bush the Medal of Freedom.Aretha Franklin, Doctor of ArtsHer famous voice has vaulted her into the select realm of superstars known by only one name: Aretha.An amazing vocal range and flexibility and unmatched musicianship are the trademark talents that have led Aretha Franklin, “The Queen of Soul,” to a career spanning more than five decades and encompassing myriad styles. A musical chameleon, Franklin made her first recording as a gospel singer at age 14. She captivated crowds with R&B hits through her teens and early 20s. By the late 1960s and early 1970s Franklin had redefined the sound of soul with chart-topping classics including “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Loved You).” Her iconic version of the Otis Redding song “Respect” became a musical sensation and an anthem for the feminist and civil rights movements. In the 1980s Franklin’s career was marked by a string of hit duets with artists such as George Michael, Elton John, and Whitney Houston.Other career highlights: her unforgettable turn in “The Blues Brothers,” a last-minute appearance in place of Luciano Pavarotti during the 1998 Grammy Awards when she sang the ailing tenor’s signature Giacomo Puccini aria “Nessun Dorma,” and her inspiring version of “My Country, ’Tis of Thee” during the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama.Aretha Louise Franklin was born in Memphis, Tenn., in 1942. She moved to Detroit with her family as a young child. Her love for music blossomed in New Bethel Baptist Church where her father was the minster and where she sang in the choir. She began her career in gospel music as a teen, later making the switch to secular music as singer, songwriter, and accomplished pianist.Franklin’s list of awards is a long as her list of hit songs. She was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1987. She received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1994, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. She is the winner of 18 Grammy Awards.Patricia King, Doctor of LawsPatricia A. King, J.D. ’69, an expert in medical ethics and family law, is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Medicine, Ethics, and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center. From 2005 to 2012 she was a member of the Harvard Corporation, the University’s top governing board. King is a pioneer in the legal realm of bioethics related to both stem cell research and experimentation involving human subjects.A longtime trustee of her undergraduate alma mater, Wheaton College (Mass.), King had arrived there in the fall of 1959 as a 17-year-old scholarship student from the segregated South. After college, King worked at the U.S. State Department before arriving at nearly all-white and all-male Harvard Law School in 1966.Early in her career, King was a lawyer in the federal government. She served as special assistant to the chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, deputy director of the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW), and deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Division of the Department of Justice. Today, King is a member of the American Law Institute and the Institute of Medicine and a fellow of the Hastings Center.Related to bioethics and the law, King served on the HEW’s Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee, the President’s Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research, the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, and the Ethics, Legal, and Social Issues Working Group of the Human Genome Project.King and her husband, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Roger Wilkins, live in Washington, D.C., where he is the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of History and American Culture Emeritus at George Mason University.Peter H. Raven, Doctor of SciencePeter H. Raven, a botanist who created the concept of coevolution and whose hand guided the noted Missouri Botanical Garden for more than 39 years, is the George Engelmann Professor of Botany Emeritus at Washington University in St. Louis.Raven is a staunch advocate of conservation and biodiversity. His early career focused on the biology of Onagraceae, known broadly as evening primrose, as well as on biogeography, folk taxonomy, and pollution studies. He published an influential paper in 1964, co-authored with biologist Paul Ehrlich, in the journal Evolution, which first introduced the term and concept of “coevolution.”Coevolution is the process through which changes in one species — or a unit at another level of biological organization — influence the evolution of another. An example would be the ongoing evolutionary partnership between flowering plants and pollinating insects.Raven was born in Shanghai in 1936 and raised in San Francisco. He received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1957 and a doctorate in botany from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1960.He became the director of the Missouri Botanical Garden in 1971, gaining the title of president and director in 2006. Over the course of his tenure, he guided the institution as it became a world-class center for botanical research, education, and horticultural display.He has written numerous books and papers, including the popular textbooks “Biology of Plants” and “Environment,” both with co-authors. He is the recipient of many awards and honors, including a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” in 1985 and the National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest scientific honor, in 2001. He was named by Time magazine a “Hero for the Planet” in 1999 and has held leadership positions in numerous scholarly societies, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Sigma Xi, and the American Institute of Biological Sciences.Seymour Slive, Doctor of Arts         Art historian Seymour Slive understands the brilliance of 17th-century Dutch masters like Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Jacob van Ruisdael — along with their rich landscapes and evocative portraits. He is Harvard’s Gleason Professor of Fine Arts Emeritus and former director of the Fogg Art Museum.Among Slive’s publications are “Rembrandt and His Critics: 1630-1730” (1953), “The Rembrandt Bible” (1959), “Frans Hals” (three volumes, 1970-74), “Jacob van Ruisdael: A Complete Catalogue of His Paintings, Etchings, and Drawings” (2001), and “Rembrandt Drawings” (2009).This son of Russian immigrants was born in Chicago in 1920 and received both his bachelor’s degree (1943) and his Ph.D. (1952) at the University of Chicago. He put his graduate studies on hold to serve in the Pacific Theater with the U.S. Navy during World War II.Before his arrival at Harvard in 1954, Slive taught at Oberlin College in Ohio and later at Pomona College in California, where he served as assistant professor of art and chair of the department. Slive became an associate professor at Harvard in 1957 and a fine arts professor in 1961. He was appointed chair of the Department of Fine Arts in 1968 until 1971. In 1973, Slive was appointed Gleason Professor of Fine Arts at Harvard. He was the director of the Fogg Art Museum from 1975 until 1991.During his directorship, Slive helped establish the Arthur M. Sackler Museum to house Harvard’s collections of ancient, Asian, Islamic, and (later) Indian art in 1985.During his career, Slive was also an exchange professor at the University of Leningrad (1961) and Slade Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Oxford (1972-73.) He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a corresponding fellow of the British Academy and of the Dutch Society of Sciences.Joseph E. Stiglitz, Doctor of LawsBy the 1940s, the once-proud steel town of Gary, Ind., had been beset by poverty, discrimination, and unemployment, prompting a young Joseph E. Stiglitz, whose parents were born and spent most of their lives there, to ask why and what could be done about it.Now, as one of the world’s leading economists and economic educators, those questions still remain sharply in his focus. In his 2012 book, “The Price of Inequality,” Stiglitz posits that the nation’s growing wealth disparity is the deliberate-but-reversible result of a political system that rewards a rich and powerful elite, not an inevitability caused by technological advances or social change.Stiglitz helped develop a new area of study, the “economics of information,” that considers the broad effects of decision-making in transactions where one side has better information than the other, work that led to his 2001 Nobel Prize in economics.Stiglitz attended Amherst College in 1960, but left after just three years at the urging of faculty who had arranged for him to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a modest fellowship. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in economics in 1967. Later, Stiglitz was awarded an undergraduate degree and an honorary doctorate from Amherst College.During the Clinton administration, he was a member of the Council of Economic Advisers from 1993 to 1995, and then served as the council’s chairman from 1995 to 1997 before moving on to the World Bank, where he was the senior vice president and chief economist from 1997 to 2000.Stiglitz is currently a University Professor at Columbia University and has held professorships at Princeton University, Oxford University, Stanford University, Yale University, and MIT. The author of several influential textbooks and best-sellers, he has received numerous honors, including the John Bates Clark Medal for economics and France’s Legion of Honor.last_img read more

Gayle snubbed by Pakistan Super League

first_imgHARD-hitting left hand opener, Chris Gayle, arguably, the best T20 batsman of his era, has not been picked from a draft to play in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).Gayle, who will form part of the Windies World Cup 2019 qualification bid, became unattractive because he would have to be with the regional side from March 1 to April 14 in Zimbabwe.However, the availability of Gayle may not have been the only reason six franchises passed on his services, since the PSL, slated to take place in the United Arab Emirates, Lahore and Karachi, had a tentative set of dates, running from February 23-March 24.“We were told that Gayle is partially available so that was one of the reasons, but even if he was available we would not have picked him because he is no more the Gayle force he once was,” read a quote from an unnamed owner in an article published on the Wisden, India website.That quote, along with Gayle’s abysmal PSL outings to date, tell a story.Gayle scored just 103 runs in five matches for the Lahore Qalanders in his first season in Pakistan before doing just as badly in a longer run last season, scoring 160 runs from nine matches.Gayle also struggled in the Indian Premier League over the last two seasons, a fact the PSL franchises may have taken note of.The unavailability argument also fails to hold much water when it is considered that a number of other Windies players, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Darren Bravo, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Samuel Badree, and Carlos Brathwaite all found homes with other franchises.last_img read more

Will a Spike in COVID-19 Cases lead to another Lockdown in Florida?

first_imgA record rise in the number of positive coronavirus cases in Florida has many fearing another statewide stay-at-home order.Saturday was the third consecutive day the state reported a staggering amount of new infections.The increase in cases could be fueled in part by protestors marching in mass gatherings following the death of George Floyd, and businesses gradually resuming their reopenings.An additional 2,581 coronavirus cases were reported statewide on Saturday, setting a new daily record, according to the Florida Department of Health.This includes 214 new cases among Broward County residents and startling 576 new cases in Miami-Dade.“It does concern me to see these numbers going up, particularly when I’m looking at hospitalizations, as they go up,” said Dr. Aileen Marty from the Florida International University College of Medicine.Doctor Marty studies infectious diseases at FIU and attributes part of the rise to the recent protests.“That brought a lot of people together, some of whom were not careful and got too close together, and of course were shouting, which helps the virus,”While many beaches and businesses are also reopening, Dr. Marty said it may be too soon to know if that is also contributing to the alarming, statewide spike.“We want to have the economy open, but we can only do that if we’re all recognizing that there is this incredibly dangerous virus,” said Dr. Marty.It’s a trend Miami Mayor Francis Suarez is also watching closely.“There are major concerns as the cases continue to rise,” said Mayor Suarez.“We have been data driven since the first day, and we are going to continue to be data driven,” he said. “We may have to make some decisions after this weekend.”last_img read more

Get mouth-watering Easter specials at Kelly’s American Diner

first_imgKelly’s Supermarket and American Diner at Mountain Top in Letterkenny has long been renowned for its quality and amazing value for money.And this Easter, Mairtin Kelly and staff have gone the extra mile to make sure their loyal customers are well and truly looked after.As well as offering amazing choice and value at Kelly’s American Diner, the Centra supermarket runs daily offers that just won’t be beaten. The award winning complex renowned for its unbeatable offers is open from early until late daily.Here are just a few mouth-watering offers over the Easter holidays that will ensure you’ll never go hungry if you call into Kelly’s American Roadside Diner.* Fish & Chips €9 all day on Good Friday – And we aren’t codding!! *Serving their famous Early Bird Breakfast daily at only €5 which includes tea & toast*Saturday Steak Special – Sirloin steak and ALL the trimmings an unbelievable €10 all day every Saturday*3 Course Easter Sunday Lunch €14.95 with Kids 3 course lunch at only €9.95*Daily Lunch Specials from only €6.50*The home of Jake’s Famous Burgers – simply the biggest and best burgers in townKelly’s award-winning Centra and American Diner  – whether it’s stopping off for a quick bite, a full meal or some much-needed shopping at the right price have got it covered! Get mouth-watering Easter specials at Kelly’s American Diner was last modified: April 13th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:EasterKelly’s American DinerKellys of Mountaintoprestaurantlast_img read more

Leakey Manipulated His Apelike “Skull 1470” toLook Human

first_imgThe skull of an alleged human ancestor Richard Leakey made famous in 1972 was poorly reconstructed, claims a paleoanthropologist who specializes in craniofacial biology.  According to Dr. Timothy Bromage of New York University, Leakey employed nonstandard principles while assembling the bones of his “Skull 1470”, giving the face a flatter, more human-like profile.  Many at the time of the discovery were stunned to find such a human-like face dated to 3 million years ago.  (This date was later revised downward to 1.9 million years.  The skull was later dubbed Homo rudolfensis and considered an ancestor in the direct line leading to modern man, Homo sapiens.)    Employing rules that the eyes, ears and mouth of mammals must bear a precise relationship to one another, Dr. Bromage did his own reconstruction and found the skull “looked more apelike than previously believed.”  The computer-aided reconstruction reduced the brain size to less than half that of a modern human.  He said that the corrected skull has a “surprisingly small brain and distinctly protruding jaw, features commonly associated with more apelike members of the hominid family living as much as three million years ago.”  Dr. Bromage criticized the famous paleoanthropologist, judging that “Dr. Leakey produced a biased reconstruction based on erroneous preconceived expectations of early human appearance that violated principles of craniofacial development…. Dr. Leakey produced a reconstruction that could not have existed in real life.”  The erroneous interpretation, the article states, has been “widely accepted until now.”Source: EurekAlert.  A larger image with caption can be found on Science Daily.OK, let’s see if Leakey will recant.  Let’s see if the textbook publishers will fix the mistake.  His Skull 1470 raised quite a stir at the time and gained Leakey international fame.  Now, it comes out that Leakey’s personal bias dictated how he put the puzzle pieces of bone together.  How much does this go on in the dubious practice of paleoanthropology?  What other instances are out there right now with built-in bias?  Here it is 25 years after the discovery before the truth comes out.  Remember this next time this crowd trumpets some new missing link.  Today’s kids may not know it’s phony baloney till 2032.    Bromage, for all his efforts in exposing Leakey’s bias, is still biased himself.  He still thinks man evolved from apes – just 300,000 years later than the current consensus timeline.  He still tosses around the millions of years and pictures Homo ergaster and Homo erectus belonging to some mythical pathway to man.  He still calls the apes Australopithecus and Paranthropus “hominids” and accepts the Darwin Party premise that we are evolved apes.  Let’s encourage him to keep exposing the bias in Leakey’s skulls.  This should get Leakey mad enough to counterattack by finding the bias in Bromage’s work.  The public will get the message: the tale of human evolution is all bias, all the time.(Visited 54 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Cargill Faces Fire Over Amazon

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — One of the areas feeling an impact from fires across the Amazon rainforest is the headquarters for Cargill Inc., just outside Minneapolis.The agricultural giant — the largest private company in the U.S. — was already under constant criticism from a relatively new environmental group, Mighty Earth, over Amazon deforestation before the fires became global news last month. In July, Mighty Earth dubbed Cargill “the worst company in the world,” accusing Cargill of making sustainability pledges while continuing to source soybeans from deforested areas of Brazil and Bolivia.Mighty Earth, which was founded by former U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., increased its pressure last week with a protest rally against Cargill at the Minneapolis Art Institute, a museum the Cargill family has helped support.Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro has championed economic development over the environment and critics argue Bolsonaro’s views have helped spur a push for clearing land by burning that sparked more Amazon fires over the summer.“We have many people, including the big media, interested in criticizing President Bolsonaro for anything,” said Ricardo Arioli Silva, a farmer in Mato Grosso who also has a radio program on agriculture in the state, told DTN in an email. “The fires in the Amazon was a great opportunity.”On Friday, the presidents of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana and Suriname all signed the “Amazon Pact” to increase cooperation in the Amazon. Bolsonaro did not attend the event, but did issue a video for the event and sent Brazil’s foreign minister to the conference. Some environmental groups complained the pact doesn’t go far enough.Silva was in the U.S. last week with other Brazilian farmers. He noted he heard several times that farmers were using the fires to clear more land and plant soybeans to sell to China because of the trade war. “That’s ridiculous,” he said.Silva notes there are no soybeans in the Amazon rainforest, because it’s too complicated to grow them there. It’s too expensive to convert the land to soybean production and too far away from roads and elevators to sell the beans. There are also complications in trying to sell beans from those areas specifically because of a moratorium.Still, agribusiness is tied to the Amazon fires. Twice during a CNN event last Wednesday on climate change, audience members asked Democratic presidential candidates what they planned to do to control agribusinesses causing Amazon fires and deforestation.Cargill has come under increasing criticism on social media and is associated with the deforestation. Climate activist Bill McKibben tweeted last Tuesday, “Glad to see people standing up to @Cargill for their role in Amazon fires.”In an interview with DTN last month, Cargill’s vice president of global sustainability for business operations and supply chain, Jill Kolling, said Cargill and other companies have been able to drastically reduce deforestation around palm oil production, but the challenges are more complex with soybeans in Brazil. And while Cargill is taking the heat, Kolling said it’s really an issue for the entire soy trade operating in Brazil.“We were saying that, when it comes to soy, the sector is not going to make that goal. It’s been a much more complex problem than palm oil where the industry has made really good progress working to eliminate deforestation there,” Kolling said.RAINFOREST OR CERRADO?Part of the challenge for the grain trade is a broadening of Amazon deforestation to include Brazil’s Cerrado, the country’s savannah, a large swath of which has been cleared over the past decades for farming, especially in the state of Mato Grosso. Brazil has sought to restrict further clearing of the Cerrado, but it continues.“The progress in the Cerrado has been a little different and we don’t think the solutions that worked elsewhere are going to work there,” Kolling said. She added, “As conservation groups have evolved their thinking, they believe that the Cerrado area — they will call it an upside down forest, because of the roots in the ground and the native vegetation are a really important carbon sink. The soil is sequestering carbon and it became a native vegetation sort of goal.”Mighty Earth and others want no conversion of native vegetation. Yet, while the world condemns the Amazon fires, Brazil has also become the biggest soybean and beef exporter to China. A Chinese state-owned oilseed and food company, COFCO, just last month announced it would buy 25% more soybeans from Brazil over the next five years and spend $60 million to help Brazilian farmers expand. Chinese officials have rejected ties between Amazon fires and agricultural exports to the country.Kolling noted the environmental challenges of deforestation, whether in the rainforest or the Cerrado, are pitted against the economics of rural poor areas in Brazil.“Some of those areas are some of the poorest areas of Brazil and they are really looking to agriculture as an economic lever, just like we did 100 years ago here,” Kolling said. “That’s the challenge we are facing as Brazil sees agriculture as a key to their future.”Cargill’s action plan came as the company sent a letter to Brazilian soy producers that it would not sign on a new soy moratorium in the Cerrado. Cargill, Bunge, ADM and others have been part of a pact to avoid soy production in the Amazon, but Cargill came out in June telling farmers it would not join a similar ban in the Cerrado. Cargill executives also met multiple times with leaders from Mighty Earth, but were unable to reach any agreement on deforestation and sustainability issues.“We agree on the importance of protecting the environment and protecting native lands in key areas,” Kolling said. “We absolutely agree on that. It’s the how that we really disagree on. We believe we need to consider that economic piece for the farmer and for the rural communities of Brazil, in addition to looking at the environment. And that’s part of sustainability and what makes it challenging.”Kolling added, “We really view it as a balance of environmental, economic and social. Sometimes if you are somebody who is really passionate about a single issue, you forget about the other side of it and unintended consequences that can happen.”Instead of joining a ban on Cerrado development, Cargill released a soy action plan that includes listing the Matopiba region in the Cerrado as a high-priority area for risk assessments and restricted sourcing. Among other actions in the plan are suspensions for suppliers who violate protected areas or appear on government lists regarding forced labor practices. “We recognize that as a leading company in food and agriculture, we must use our influence to help enact change. We take this role seriously,” Cargill stated.As part of its soy action plan, Cargill committed $30 million in June to a fund to protect the rainforest and Cerrado, but at the same time, Cargill acknowledged the company and the larger food industry as a whole, would not meet a goal to end deforestation in the soy industry by 2020.“Some Brazilian farmers from Matopiba are mad at them also, just because they announced a $30 million budget to promote sustainable production,” Silva said.Cargill, Bunge and three Brazilian companies were fined in May 2018 a combined total of $6.5 million following an investigation dubbed “Operation Soy Sauce” by the Brazil Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resource, which charged the companies with buying soy grown on land in the Matopiba region of Brazil without deforestation licenses. Matopiba is made up of four Brazilian states and the undeveloped areas are largely Cerrado.ADM and Bunge have issued statements about the Amazon fires, stating they do not source commodities from deforested areas and are using satellite images to enforce that. ADM told DTN it has joined a ban on Cerrado development.DRY SUMMER OR DEFORESTATION?A study released by the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM) in August blamed deforestation, not drought, as the main driver for the summer fires, which now top more than 90,000 across the Amazon. IPAM stated moisture levels in the Amazon were higher this year than in the past three years, but fires for 2019 are higher than any of the last four years across the Amazon. In its recommendations, IPAM stated, “Considering that deforestation is a direct driver of forest fires, the fight against illegal deforestation must be intensified, and producers must be supported to adopt better practices and quit using fire to prepare the land.”Click on this link to view the study: https://ipam.org.br/…Using numbers from the IPAM study, Brazil’s Vegetable Oil Industry Association — ABIOVE –pushed back on the argument that soy production was a driver for the fires and current deforestation in the Amazon. ABIOVE released a report showing the 10 areas with the most fires over the first six months of the year only accounting for about 30,000 hectares (74,000 acres) of planted beans. Brazil planted 36 million hectares (nearly 89 million acres) of soybeans last year.Yet, Reuters reported 17,000 hectares (42,000 acres) of soybeans grew in one area hit hard by fires, Novo Progresso in Para state, where an investigation is taking place over fires started intentionally on lands along a major farm highway in the country, BR-163. Allegations claim as many as 70 people coordinated “fire day” on the social media platform WhatsApp to burn off more land for development.Click on this link to view the investigation:https://www1.folha.uol.com.br/…PAY FOR DEFORESTED SOYWhile groups clamor for agriculture to do more to help reduce deforestation, there are questions about broad commitments. Consumers, for instance, are not making major demands of companies on their soy purchases.“We don’t see consumers across the world saying, ‘I am willing to pay for deforestation-free soy.’ Some people are, but that’s not mainstream,” Kolling said.Commercially certified deforestation-free soy is available today, but that leads to higher costs because of the segregated supply chain and getting farmers certified for such a program.“We have these commercial options available today and we would like to see demand for those products grow. Because that sends a signal to the farmers too that this is what consumers want,” Kolling said.Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(BAS/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Abhinav Mukund responds to trolls on his skin color with power-packed Twitter message

first_imgIndian cricketer Abhinav Mukund has slammed racial abuse on social media, saying that he has himself been at the receiving end of insults and ridicule for his skin tone.In a statement posted on his Twitter page, Mukund, who featured in the first Test against Sri Lanka in the ongoing series and scored 81 in the second innings, expressed his disappointment at some of messages sent to him targetting his skin tone.The left-handed Tamil Nadu batsman, however, made it clear that his statement had nothing to do with any member of the Indian cricket team.”I am writing today not to garner sympathy or attention but with the hope to change the mindset of people on an issue I feel strongly about. I have been travelling a lot within and outside our country since I was 15. Ever since I was young, people’s obsession with my skin colour has always been a mystery to me,” his statement, posted last night, read.”Anyone who follows cricket would understand the obvious.”I have played and trained day in and day out in the sun and not even once have I regretted the fact that I have tanned or lost a couple of shades.”It is simply because I love what I do and I have been able to achieve certain things only because I have spent hours outdoors. I come from Chennai probably one of the hottest places in the country and I have gladly spent most of my adult life in the cricket ground.”advertisementFurther, the 27-year-old said that he has been subjected to this abuse for long and it has not ended.”I have been subjected to a lot of name calling and I have laughed and shrugged it off because I had bigger goals! Affected young, I toughened up because this was never something that would pull me down.”There were many times when I chose not to dignify these insults with responses. Today I am speaking up not just for me but for many from our country who experience ridicule based on the colour of one’s skin. Obviously with the rise of social media, it has gone to magnitude that I see people hurling abuses left, right and centre at something I have absolutely no control over!”Fair is not the only lovely or handsome guys! Stay true, stay focussed and be comfortable in your own skin,” he concluded.pic.twitter.com/bdeSj3Bm9c- Abhinav mukund (@mukundabhinav) August 9, 2017His statement evoked strong response from his fans, who praised him for sharing his thoughts on the subject.Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin replied to the tweet by saying, “read and learn, don’t make it a headline cos its someone’s emotion.” All-rounder Hardik Pandya also came out in support of his teammate.Read and learn, don’t make it a headline cos its someone’s emotion. https://t.co/AnN9EMofj2- Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) August 10, 2017Muk on point ??????????????? I love ???? https://t.co/s6e4Xb5H7t- hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) August 10, 2017Bengal cricketer Manoj Tiwary, replying to him, tweeted, “Well said ABHINAV.”In his latest post this morning, the 27-year-old Mukund made it clear that his statement has nothing to do with Indian team.”Guys please don’t turn this into something else,it has absolutely no connection to anyone in the team. It is mainly targeted at people Who have been posting abuses about colour and saying absolutely derogatory things about the tone of my skin. That s all !,” he tweeted.He further appealed,”Please don’t turn this into something political,I just wanted to make a positive statement hoping to make a change. That’s all.”Mukund has played seven Tests for India and is yet to make his ODI debut.Guys please don’t turn this into something else,it has absolutely no connection to anyone in the team. It is mainly targeted at people 1/2- Abhinav mukund (@mukundabhinav) August 10, 2017Who have been posting abuses about colour and saying absolutely derogatory things about the tone of my skin. That s all !- Abhinav mukund (@mukundabhinav) August 10, 2017Please don’t turn this into something political,I just wanted to make a positive statement hoping to make a change. That s all.- Abhinav mukund (@mukundabhinav) August 10, 2017last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,034.53, down 31.08 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 18 cents, or 1.61 per cent, to $11.33 on 25 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down 48 cents, or 4.87 per cent, to $9.37 on 9.3 million shares.BioAmber Inc. (TSX:BIOA). Chemicals. Down 12.5 cents, or 52.08 per cent, to 11.5 cents on 8.1 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down seven cents, or 2.19 per cent, to $3.13 on 7.3 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Up $1.02, or 3.76 per cent, to $28.17 on 6.9 million shares.Lundin Mining Corp. (TSX:LUN). Miner. Up nine cents, or 1.16 per cent, to $7.87 on 6.7 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Aecon Group Inc. (TSX:ARE). Engineering and construction. Up one cent, or 0.05 per cent, to $19.50 on 258,808 shares. The Calgary-based company is pushing back against criticism of the sale of the company to Chinese state-owned firm CCCC International Holding Ltd. The proposed $1.5-billion sale, which shareholders approved in December, has prompted calls for a formal national security review and still requires clearance through the Investment Canada Act. The security concerns stems in part from Aecon’s work in the nuclear industry.last_img read more

Buffon apologises to Juventus fans

first_imgJuventus captain Gianluigi Buffon has apologised to the club’s supporters after their 1-0 defeat to title rivals Napoli last weekendThe Bianconeri were handed their second home defeat in the Serie A this season against a Napoli side aiming to win their first Serie A crown since 1990 with the legendary Diego Maradona.At the end of the match at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, some sections of the home crowd criticised the players for a lack of personality on the pitch by chanting “Tirate fuori I coglioni”.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“It’s important for us to have you here”, Buffon told the fans, as reported on Calcio Mercato.“You were right to come here, if we are stuck in this situation it’s because we did something wrong. We want you to be proud of us, until the end.”“We didn’t stop to greet you against Napoli because we were too angry, we went to talk with our opponents because it is our habit to it, either we win or lose. We didn’t stop close to the ‘Curva’ because we were very disappointed and we didn’t realize.”last_img read more