Foundation Pledges $90 Million for Physics Research

first_imgThe foundation launched by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore announced yesterday that it will spend $90 million over a 5-year period to support basic research in condensed matter physics. Citing a need to make up for flattening federal funding for basic research, as well as new opportunities provided by nanotechnology, the foundation says that their funds will back the investigation of materials in which the collective behavior of electrons and other components lead to novel emergent behavior such as superconductivity.“In condensed matter physics, quantum materials—the materials and engineered structures in which interactions between the constituent particles show strong quantum-mechanical effects—present largely uncharted ground for study and immense opportunity for discovery,” said Cyndi Atherton, program director for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, who will lead the new program.“New fascinating phenomena have emerged from complex electronic materials every few years, and some of them have become valuable technologically,” said Marc Kastner, a condensed matter physicist and the dean of the School of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, as well as a science adviser to the Moore Foundation. “However, they come from very long-range basic research, which is increasingly difficult for industry or even government agencies to support adequately. 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Every year the foundation spends approximately $250 million on efforts to promote environmental conservation, improving patient care, and scientific research, including a focus on marine biology, astronomy, and biological imaging. The new funds will go to grants that will support advances in theory and experiment, materials synthesis, instrument development, and community-building activities.last_img read more

Kiefer Ravena joins 2017 PBA Draft

first_imgView comments In a post on his Twitter account, Ravena made the announcement short and sweet.“#PBADraft. Here we go,” he wrote.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Confusion looms as Owens survives Hell in a Cell Read Next The former Ateneo star last saw action for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions cup where he averaged a team-best 20.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.3 steals in close to 30 minutes of play.He also had a memorable collegiate and amateur career going back to his days in the UAAP, where he netted 16.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.9 assists in five seasons.Ravena has had vast playing experience elsewhere. He even tested his luck in the NBA and was signed to contract in the NBA Developmental League with the Texas Legends, while also seeing action in numerous leagues with Mighty Sports and Alab Pilipinas.He has also won a record of four Southeast Asian Games gold medals while also representing the country in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup in Nantes, France.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games #PBADraft2017 Here we go. 🙏🏽— Kiefer Ravena (@kieferravena) October 9, 2017 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Photo from Fiba.comKiefer Ravena has finally made the jump to the pros.The two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player has decided to face a new challenge as he declared himself eligible for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The 23-year-old’s inclusion further bolsters the depth of this year’s pool where Ravena is expected to be a sure-fire top two selection.He joins an already loaded cast which features Fil-German big man Christian Standhardinger, La Salle swingman Jeron Teng, and FEU bruiser Raymar Jose.last_img read more

Photo of the Day: Aamir Khan meets Phogat sisters on the sets of Dangal

first_imgAamir Khan, who will play wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat in his upcoming film Dangal, met Geeta Phogat and Babita Phogat during the shooting of the film. A picture of Aamir Khan, his on-screen wife Sakshi Tanwar and the Phogat sisters is doing the rounds on social media.ALSO READ: Aamir Khan’s muddy avatar in Dangal first look Clad in a white kurta-pyjama, the actor has already stepped into the shoes of the legendary wrestler for his film Dangal. Aamir essays the role of the Mahavir Singh Phogat who trained his two daughters Geeta and Babita in wrestling. The two girls went on to win the gold and silver medal in the sport at the 2010 Commonwealth games held in India.  Sakshi Tanwar and Aamir Khan pose with the Phogat sisters on the sets of DangalKnown to be Bollywood’s Mr. Perfectionist, the 50-year-old actor underwent rigorous training to get into the body of a wrestler. From salt-and-pepper look to beefed-up physique, Aamir Khan has been in the news ever since the announcement of the film. And the first look of the film has also grabbed eyeballs. Aamir, who recently released the first look of the film on micro-blogging site Twitter, has begun shooting for Dangal in Ludhiana.ALSO READ: A beefed up Aamir Khan begins shooting for Dangal in Ludhiana Newcomers Fatima Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra have been roped into play the role of Aamir’s daughters in the film. The film is slated to hit the screens in Christmas 2016.last_img read more


first_imgMirpur, Feb 24 (PTI) Scorboard of the opening match of Mirpur, Feb 24 (PTI) Scorboard of the opening match of Asia Cup Twenty20 cricket tournament between India and Bangladesh here today: India: Rohit c Sarkar b Al-Amin Hossain 83 Dhawan b Al-Amin Hossain 2 Kohli c Mahmudullah b Mashrafe Mortaza 8 Raina b Mahmudullah 13 Yuvraj c Soumya Sarkar b Shakib Al Hasan 15 Pandya c Mahmudullah b Al-Amin Hossain 31 Dhoni not out 8 Jadeja not out 0 Extras: (B-1, LB-2, W-3) 6 Total: (for 6 wickets in 20 overs) 166 Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-22, 3-42, 4-97, 5-158, 6-158 Bowling: Taskin Ahmed 3-0-22-0, Al-Amin Hossain 4-0-37-3, Mustafizur Rahman 4-0-40-0, Mashrafe Mortaza 4-0-40-1, Mahmudullah 2-0-9-1, Shakib Al Hasan 3-0-15-1. More PTI AH AHlast_img

ICC World Twenty20: Shahid Afridi hints at retirement after Australia game

first_imgPakistan skipper Shahid Afridi, on Tuesday, said he would retire frominternational cricket after the ICC World Twenty20 game againstAustralia on Friday.”It might be the last game of my career against Australia. Let’s see how things go,” Afridi said at the presentation ceremony after Pakistan lost to New Zealand by 22 runs at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium in Mohali yesterday. (Also read: New Zealand smash Pakistan, enter semis)The PCB had on Monday said that the board had reached an understanding with Afridi that he will retire after the tournament. Pakistan had earlier lost their crunch tie against India at the Eden Gardens on Saturday after winning their opening clash against Bangladesh. Afridi failed to inspire his team with the bat falling for eight against India on a rank-turner in Kolkata.Reports also said that the Pakistan Cricket Board was planning to sack him irrespective of the team’s performance in the remainder of the tournament.The dashing all-rounder had come under fire from several people back in Pakistan including former captain Javed Miandad for professing his love for Indian fans after the team landed in Kolkata amidst a lot of controversies earlier this month.Afridi, who has played, 27 Tests, 398 ODIs and 97 T20Is for Pakistan, had earlier said he would bow out of international cricket at the end of the World Twenty20.The 37-year-old has stormed into international cricket back in 1996 slamming the then fastest ODI hundred off only 37 balls.last_img read more

Were you wearing a bra on Thursday? Anonymous writer asks Canadian MP, asks her to cover up or not be taken seriously

first_imgCanadian Member of Parliament, Michelle Rempel recently took to her official Twitter account and shared a picture of a letter she happened to receive.The letter was strange at many levels. Strange in terms of its content and in terms of how common this very content is.”No one will notice your bare neck and your decolletage if you wear a blouse and necktie as do your male counterparts. If we can see it, you know we can see it, so don’t be surprised if hetero males will look,” the letter reads as its anonymous, “creepy”  writer further mentions how Rempel should “hide the skin” because that is when and how “people will look you in the eyes.”Thinking it his/her ‘responsibility’ to lecture Rempel on her wardrobe choices, the writer of the letter also had the audacity to question whether or not she was “wearing a bra on Thursday?”Also Read: Stanford Campus Assault: Rapist’s father thinks jail too harsh a punishment for ’20 minutes of action’ As disturbing as the letter is, Rempel mentioned this isn’t the first time she’s faced something like this.She recently told Buzzfeed about being at the receiving end of death and rape threats in the past but the latest leaf managed to get “under [her] skin.”Also Read: Yes, covert sexism in the workplace hampers a woman’s self-esteem But she isn’t the only woman politician who’s faced something like this. Mansplaining, objectification, misogyny and sexism are just some occupational hazards women in politics–and in professions generally dominated by men, including sports journalism–face on a regular basis. Let’s not even start about Hillary Clinton’s Presidential candidacy.advertisementAccording to a report in The Telegraph, November 2016 had Alberta MLA Sandra Jansen, read out some of the comments hurled at her.”Sandra should stay in the kitchen where she belongs”, “What a traitorous b*****” and “Now you have two blond bimbos in a party that is clueless,” were just some things she was told.A recent roundtable discussion by CBC had several women politicians discuss the issue of sexism–and the picture was borderline disturbing.While Rempel might’ve spoken up about the letter, there are many who’ve established normalcy around the whole phenomenon considering how common it is.last_img read more

U-17 WC: Goel disappointed with lack of progress in Kochi

first_imgKochi, Apr 28 (PTI) Sports Minister Vijay Goel today expressed disappointment over the delay in completion of works at the main stadium and training grounds here for the FIFA U- 17 World Cup. “We are much behind the schedule. We were supposed to complete the work by March 31,” he said after reviewing the preparations works at Jawaharlal Stadium, one of six venues selected for hosting matches, and the training grounds. FIFAs inspection team had last month expressed deep concern over the pace of work at the stadium, and set May 15 as deadline for completing work. “Though I am disappointed over delay in completion of various works, the officers have promised me that most of the works, especially that at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, will be completed by May 15,” Goel told a press conference here. The Local Organising Committee of FIFA U-17 World Cup had earlier this month asserted that Kochi was on its way to complete preparation work by May 15. “I have told them that I am going to play football after May 15 in this ground. So you have to be ready, we will have a demonstration football show there (Kochi),” Goel said. The ministers visit was necessitated due to delay in preparation. “Because of the delay, the minister (Goel) is here.So that I pushed the panic button that the Sports Ministry is very serious about the preparations of this FIFA World Cup venue,” he said. He said he was “very much worried” about the delay. “My Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) wants world class arrangements for hosting the international event. So I am taking personal interest in the arrangements and the preparations of FIFA World Cup,” the Minister said.advertisementHe said May 15 is the deadline for completing works at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium and all the training centres. “They wanted May 31 as deadline for completing works at training centres. Now I have shifted the date to May 15 except for one or two things which they might not be able to put up before May 15. That relaxation is there,” Goel said.The minister dismissed apprehensions that the venue could be dropped due to the delay.Asked about it, Goel said, “That is not needed. I have full confidence in them that they will complete by May 15.”The review meeting chaired by the minister was attended by members of the tournaments local organising committee and representatives of state sports federations. The meeting also paid a tribute to legendary Kerala footballer T K S Mani, who passed away in Kochi yesterday. Mani was captain of Keralas first ever Santosh Trophy winning team in 1973. He had scored a hat-trick in the final against Railways. PTI TGB APR AH AHlast_img read more

India vs New Zealand: India batsmen hate getting out, says Mitchell Santner

first_imgNew Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santner has insisted that the Black Caps have come up against a “very good” Indian side in the ongoing five-match ODI series. India have already sealed an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the series.Santner, who recently returned to the New Zealand side after recovering from an injury, conceded that New Zealand bowlers’ inability to strike early and get into the Indian middle order early has cost them the ongoing series. However, Santner added that the problem is not with the planning but the execution of those plans in the first three ODIs.”We are playing a very good side … I do think we’re not too far off,” Santner told the press in Hamilton on Wednesday.He added: “I think the plans have been pretty solid – maybe the execution’s been off at times. I guess the key for us is to keep taking wickets through the middle, keep being aggressive.”They obviously hate getting out – just got to find ways to try and get wickets.”With Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma leading the charge, India’s top order has scored heavily in the first three matches. The likes of MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu have chipped in with some crucial knocks as well.Virat Kohli though will not play any part in the remainder of the tour as he has been rested for the last two ODIs and the three T20Is. In his absence, Rohit Sharma will lead the team.Snapshots from #TeamIndia’s training session ahead of the 4th ODI against New Zealand #NZvIND (@BCCI) January 30, 2019Meanwhile, Santner also conceded the India bowlers have hardly given the New Zealand batsmen anything to work with. However, the 100-plus stand between Ross Taylor and Tom Lathan in their defeat in the third ODI will give the Black Caps the confidence to build partnerships and give the big hitters a platform in the end overs, according to the left-arm spinner.”With the bat, it’s trying to build those partnerships throughout. We saw a good one between Ross [Taylor] and Tom [Latham] last game, then we lost a couple and we fell over a bit,” Santner said.”They’ve bowled very well in the top 10 and we haven’t really got away so if we can get through the first 10 [overs] with wickets in hand then set up the back-end where we’ve got some power hitters that we can get to a pretty good total.”India and New Zealand will play the fourth of the five-match series at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on Thursday.Also Read | MS Dhoni spotted at nets after missing out third ODI vs New ZealandAlso Read | India most successful ODI team since 2015 ICC World Cup: Tracing Team India’s journeyAlso Read | An enjoyable dressing room makes a lot of difference, says ShamiAlso See:last_img read more

Handmade in Portland: Mana Chocolates Lead the Bean-to-Bar Scene

first_img When to Take Your Suit in for a Cleaning, According to the Experts Editors’ Recommendations The Manual Podcast Throwbacks: Revisiting our 50th Episode and Portland, Oregon The Manual Is Hiring! The Best Best Big and Tall Men’s Clothing and Brands Kicking It With Timber Joey of the Portland Timbers Soccer Team Portland has often been at the forefront of culinary revolutions in this country. From farm-t0-table restaurants to the IPA craze, Portland is arguably ground zero when it comes to food trends. And while most astute readers can spot these trends as they happen, one that is still a bit under-the-radar is the bean-to-bar scene. We’re talking chocolate here. Handmade chocolate, crafted in small batches that is sold at specialty stores and bars, to a discerning clientele. Portland has several top-shelf chocolatiers but Mana Chocolate is often cited as the best of the best. Proprietress Holly Hukill crafts dark, rich chocolates in her small kitchen in SW Portland.What makes Mana so special? Hukill does everything by hand. From the sorting to the roasting to the tempering and molding. Much of the cacao is from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Peru. She also only sources the finest ingredients and if you look at the back of the bar, you won’t find the usual fillers and emulsifiers. It’s just cacao and cane sugar with a batch number attached, so you know it’s an artisanal product. What’s the end result? Chocolate that is deep and rich and coats the tongue. That offers hits of caramel, citrus and coffee, among other flavors.“I started making chocolate in 2010, and continue to meticulously handcraft my chocolate from bean to bar. I’m one of the first female chocolate makers and am excited to see more women gradually coming onto the scene,” Hukill says.Mana is available at Barrique Barrel, Cacao, Cork, Foster & Dobbs and Portland Bottle Shop in Portland. Californians can get the sweets at Blackmarket Bakery in Costa Mesa, Chocolate Covered in San Francisco and The Curious Palate in Los Angeles. New Yorkers can find them at The Meadow in the West VillageCacao sourced from Venezuela is a Mana Chocolate staple.last_img read more

Smallfoot Inflatable Snowshoes

first_img Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms If snowshoeing is your thing, these probably won’t be of interest to you. But if you’re anything like me and snowshoeing is simply a means to an end – a way t0 get out to some backcountry terrain that nobody’s touched all season – then you’ll want to check this out.Rather than being made from “lightweight” materials like aluminum and carbon fiber, these badboys are made up of a slim, tube-shaped layer of puncture-proof fabric. When inflated, they boost the surface area of your foot and keep you on top of the snow just like a traditional snowshoe, but with the added benefit of being collapsible. If at any point you don’t need them, just roll em up, store them in the included pouch, and keep going. Weighing in at just 485 grams apiece, they’ll hardly even slow you down.“Our main idea is to provide a high tech product to those of you who practice extreme sports in the winter,” Small Foot’s website reads. “The snowshoes can be used for reaching the spots for practicing your winter sport, for recreation, children camps, and team building, but also for emergency situations, mountain rescues, and military services.”You can snag yourself a pair right now on the company’s website for around $260 bucks. Find out more here. 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn Editors’ Recommendations Alcohol Brands and B-Corp Certification: Who Is Doing It and Why? An Honest Review of Smartwool’s New Intraknit Base Layer Hops and Terroir: Why the Beer World is Embracing the Wine Termlast_img read more

Wear More, Wash Less: Fight The Funk With Polygiene

first_img Editors’ Recommendations It seems that one constant of every outdoors sport is the ever present threat of that funky, lingering body odor smell that lingers in almost every synthetic fabric after a while.Whether you’re wearing your ski baselayers for a few days back to back, or dealing with a mountain bike jersey that has sat in your trunk for an extra long weekend, you know that stench we’re talking about. It used to be that once your gear had that unique smell, it was relegated to days on the trail when you were alone, or at the very least, with friends who became accustomed to that little extra aroma. However, Polygiene, a new anti-microbial and anti-stink technology, is taking the outdoors market by storm. Their unique silver chloride nano treatment not only neutralizes odor causing bacteria, but it lasts for the life of your gear, making sure you get the most out of each piece of treated apparel, while having to wash it less often. We’ve picked our favorite Polygiene equipped apparel for every season, so you can keep charging hard on all your adventures this year.Mountain Equipment Eclipse Hooded Zip Shirt $180We originally picked this mighty baselayer up at this winter’s Outdoor Retailer Show, with plans for ski touring around our Wasatch Mountains home range. Since wearing on a few ski resort days, backcountry ski tours, and winter camping, we can say the Eclipse Hoody is easily the best baselayer for any mountain sport on the market right now. The grid fleece is Polygiene treated; we put it to the test wearing it more than ten times without washing it. Conditions ranged from snowy Utah mountains to blustery days in Joshua Tree, California. The next to skin fit, scuba style hood, and asymmetric zipper all contribute to make the Eclipse our favorite next-to-skin layer for all conditions.Dakine Thrillium Jersey $50For long days ripping bike park laps, the Thrillium is the perfect option. A not-too-snug fit fits well over pads (we all wreck sooner or later), and the wicking material and Polygiene treatment ensure that you won’t be smelling like the trail when you hit the bar after a day on your bike.UV Buff $25In all of our outdoors apparel collection, there isn’t anything quite as versatile as a Buff. From ski day face mask to desert sun guard, our UV blocking Buff goes everywhere. The Coolmax fabric wicks moisture faster than anything else we’ve tested. Since they’re constantly around our necks (or occassionally on the dog), this is an important factor, as its almost always sweaty. After pulling extended duty on bike rides and blocking glare fly fishing, ours is still stink free. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The Best Labor Day Deals on Outdoor Gear from REI, Backcountry, and More The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Is Calisthenics Right For You? A Guide to Bodyweight Workouts last_img read more

Another song and dance Moncton realtors sales video gains traction online

first_imgA New Brunswick realtor opted to think on his feet in a bid to sell a four-bedroom home near Moncton, dancing around the house to the 1980s classic “Take On Me” in a sales video that’s gaining traction on Facebook“I’ve always had creative ideas when it comes to marketing houses,” said Dylan Mahaney, 27. “I don’t think anyone in my office is surprised that I’m the one to do this.”Wearing a deadpan expression, Mahaney moves through the rooms of the house performing a dance colloquially known as “The Floss” — fists clenched, his arms swing from side to side, one in front of his body and one behind, as he sways his hips in the opposite direction.Though he has no formal training, Mahaney said he learned the dance relatively quickly, though some who are less co-ordinated may have difficulty picking it up.“It’s all in the hips,” he laughed as he described the technique. “People tend to start with the hands, but you have to start with the hips and add in the hands afterwards.”Mahaney said he got the idea from another realtor in San Diego who had made a similar video, though the dance move has been an internet meme for quite some time.“Flossing” exploded onto social media within the past year after a dancing, backpack-clad boy upstaged pop star Katy Perry during a Saturday Night Live performance of “Swish Swish” in May 2017.Mahaney said he was surprised by the attention the video garnered, after it received tens of thousands of views in a matter of days.“There are some less-than-nice comments out there, but that’s not what I’m focused on,” he said. “I’m focused on the people that are understanding it, and who are saying that not only is this a great house, but that I’ve made them feel good as well.”The success of Mahaney’s video has inspired him to continue making videos in the future, and he said that he already has two shoots planned for next week.While he already has the songs and the dance moves picked out for the planned shoots, he said he intends to up the ante for subsequent videos.“At some point, I’ll probably need to hire a choreographer,” he said.Mahaney said he has not yet received any offers for the Upper Coverdale, N.B., house — which is on the market for a cool $319,900 — though he hopes the video will get the attention of prospective house hunters.“Ultimately, my goal is to sell the house,” he said. “As silly as it is, my client will never be able to say that I didn’t try.”On the web: read more

Northern Development to assist local businesses affected by mill closures and curtailments

first_imgNorthern Development Initiative Trust CEO, Joel McKay, says this program will help to offset the impacts from mill closures.“The Trust is very aware of the potential economic impacts mill closures and curtailments may have on communities and businesses in our service region. This program seeks to help offset those impacts and sustain our communities during this difficult time.”For more information on the rebate program, you can visit Northern Development’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Development has announced on Monday that it will be stepping in to help local businesses affected by the mill closures and curtailments.According to Northern Development, through the Forestry Affected Business Rebate, they now are offering a consulting rebate, of up to 75 percent or $15,000, to small and medium-sized businesses in its service region for the cost of hiring a consultant to assist with business efforts.Northern Development says this newly introduced program is an offshoot of the Competitiveness Consulting Rebate program, which offers rebates to businesses in the industrial supply and services sector.last_img read more

The air we breathe

first_imgMonday evening showers brought respite to the National Capital Territory which has been enduring the scorching summer heat. Mercury dipped and a cool breeze blew past the streets as millions cherished the occasional summer chill. But more than heat, the respite, though not evident, was regarding the air quality. While the statistics still portray the Air Quality Index (AQI) as poor, if not very poor, rains definitely settled the dust which only adds to the problem. AQI has been specifically poor during winters with Delhi experiencing a blanket of smog and health complications in locals. Graded Response Action Plan was constituted to tackle alarming levels of AQI but the city required a cure anyway. Preemptive measures will yield tremendously but less has been done regarding those. While worsening AQI was largely restricted to winters, spiked AQI in summer is a cause of worry. AQI on Monday was “very poor”, aggravated by westerly winds bringing dust from neighbouring states, stubble burning in parts of Punjab and Haryana, and forest fires in Uttarakhand. The debate regarding meandering levels of AQI, though between poor and very poor and not average or good, has done its rounds with National Green Tribunal and neighbouring states over their unintended contribution into Delhi’s air pollution. Authorities have taken up the issue several times and activists have mentioned how stubble burning and westerly winds are a cause of trouble bringing in dust and smoke in the NCR atmosphere. However, vehicular emission has still not been adequately addressed though it remains to be one of the top air polluters. Even if we put the mark at one crore vehicles, which is an understated figure, the emissions from one crore vehicles are finding its way into the atmosphere, making us breathe poor air while we tend to other imminent events – elections. Also Read – A strong standpointGeneral elections have definitely swung the mood of the nation which has 14 of its cities in the list of top 15 most-polluted cities in the world as per a UN survey released in 2018 which also states that Air pollution contributes to hundreds of thousands of premature deaths each year in India. People do actually die of complications caused due to PM 2.5 particles which enter the respiratory system. It is not a fluke. But it has not been able to reverberate as an alarming issue across masses simply because minimal awareness has not let it. Discourses on nationalism have been more prevalent than Air Quality and that alone shows the mood of the nation. It is because of additional emphasis paid on the entire national security issue since Balakot Air Strike that environment, though present in manifestos of political parties, could not be as vehemently discussed as nationalism and national security were. And, that, is just pitiful. It makes us sad humans with narrow mindsets and depleted humility. It is often said that people’s thoughts reverberate across the corners of the nation which are often steered by politicos who run the government on our behalf. They utter what matters to us. And, if they have been uttering a lot of nationalism and national security, then that is only because it matters to us. Only a fool would incessantly speak of an agenda which anyone seldom supports. How, then, can we blame our politicians or leaders for lack of environmental concern when we ourselves are less concerned about the same. Today we have the liberty to discuss air pollution with ease since it has not wreaked havoc yet. Human tendency, somehow, has always been to ignore unless forced to walk the precarious line. Rubbishing reports of deaths due to air pollution is only in line with that mindset as was done by the Union environment minister Harsh Vardhan who argued that “No death certificate has a cause of death as pollution” despite the Lancet Commission’s report on Pollution and Health which said that 25 lakh Indians died from pollution-linked ailments in 2015, the highest in any country. Also Read – Development misconstruedWe protest whenever we see the water going above the head. And, why not since protests are very much part of a healthy democracy. Be it for reservations, justice, government support, corruption, et al, the agenda has been clear that masses are capable of influencing government machinery. Why not then have masses reached a consensus to protest regarding the failed attempts in tackling the rising air pollution? It is because worsening AQI has not yet impacted the masses. Public Interest Litigations (PILs) have surely made it to the apex court over environmental concerns but even those have failed to garner grand attention towards this perpetual, and now a perennial problem. IIT Delhi has put in concerted efforts through The Centre of Excellence for Research on Clean Air (CERCA), stressing on the need of data gathering, raising awareness and role of democracy and law to resolve the issues related to air quality. AAP government’s odd-even rule for regulating vehicular traffic in the city was also a novel idea towards controlling and curbing air pollution but residents still lie in wait of another run, which, in fact, should be made a norm for NCR. Pollution is not just a local problem but a global one and cities across the globe have initiated measures and undertaken activities to curb it. London’s congestion charge levied on drivers entering the city centre, has been around since 2003. Madrid’s selective entry to city areas for cars apart from environmental labels on cars is a method to check the polluting cars and deal appropriately. Paris’s norm to make public transport free of cost during peak periods, encouraging people to use public transport and leave their cars at home is a good incentive to bring down vehicular emissions. But classic Indian argument would be whether Delhi can emulate these cities owing to its own logistical challenges amidst a humongous populace. Well, efforts in this direction will yield answers and all we need to do is urge the authorities to act. Waiting for them to wake up might cost us. The city evidently chokes with vehicular emissions. And, with raised metro fares are not helping. A person traversing from the metro and paying 100 rupees might as well take out his bike or car and utilise 100 rupees in petrol. Convenience is always attractive. And, not to forget that it is the convenience of travelling, of slow impact on health through air pollution, of waiting for authorities to do something about pollution and of not being directly responsiblefor the rising pollution that has spiked the average AQI to “very poor” quality in the first palace. When UN adamantly advocates for SDGs and environmental activists speak up on environmental degradation, only then it is brought to our notice that our environment is suffering. A budget for the environment would have been a remarkable way to showcase one’s concern for the same but Kisan budget suited the current appetite more this election season. Promises are aplenty but none speak of an issue whose proximity covers every living thing. Maybe someday, some election will see the pollution concerns and bring it up strongly in their manifestos and promises. And, maybe then, some concrete action will be taken to repair what could have been prevented long ago i.e., today!last_img read more

Standard and Poors Affirms Moroccos BBB Rating

Rabat – Standard and Poor’s Ratings confirmed Morocco’s credit rating BBB-/A-3 last Friday due to forecasted improvements in the kingdom’s external and fiscal deficits, according to a new report by Reuters.The agency said its outlook for the economy looked “stable” as the net-energy importer continues to benefit from two years of low oil prices – unlike its fellow North African petrostates.S&P also said it was optimistic that public finance reforms would proceed and that current account deficits would see sizeable reductions. The biggest point of concern remained the economy’s vulnerability to volatilities in the agricultural sector, which employs nearly 40 percent of the Moroccan workforce.Last month, Moody’s released a report that stated it expected Morocco’s banks to remain profitable due to stable funding and the country’s “sound” economy, despite the high credit risk they face.“Nonperforming loans (NPLs) for Moroccan banks have increased to 7.7% of gross loans as of Q1 2016, but we expect them to stabilize,” says Olivier Panis, a Vice President and Senior Credit Officer at Moody’s. “Retail sector NPLs have already stabilized at around 8.1% as of Q1 2016 and reducing share of doubtful and watch list loans points to a slowing trend in NPL formation.”Cheap sources of fuel, as well as a growing reserve of hard currency, a rise in foreign direct investment, and a marked increase in remittances, have prevented the national budget from tanking in 2016, despite troubles in the agricultural sector in the first half of the year.In April, weak agricultural output caused by the absence of rainfall led S&P to halve its expectations for economic growth in Morocco for 2016 from 4.5 percent to less than two percent. read more

Afghanistan UN agency seeks 255 million to fund alternatives to poppy crops

The five-year initiative will finance agricultural development projects in four main poppy producing provinces – Badakhshan, Helmand, Kandahar and Nangarhar – targeting some 1.5 million people. “Rural poverty and the lack of income are the main reasons why farmers produce opium,” said Angelika Schückler of the FAO Agricultural Management, Marketing and Finance Service. “The project aims to rehabilitate agricultural infrastructure in some of the main poppy producing areas and to boost horticulture, livestock and cash crop production in order to create alternative livelihoods for small farmers, landless workers and vulnerable groups.” While cutting the production of poppy, the project will bring environmental and economic benefits to war-ravaged Afghanistan by restoring tree nurseries, building small irrigation dams and improving animal health services.Afghanistan is the world’s largest opium producer, providing almost three-quarters of global opium production. According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), poppy production amounted to 3,600 tonnes last year. Around 1.7 million Afghans are directly involved in the process. With an average price for raw opium now at $283 per kilogrammes, poppy cultivation is much more profitable for farmers than the production of other commodities. In 2003, poppy cultivation generated a gross income of around $1 billion – around $3,900 per opium-growing family. “Opium production offers immediate and stable incomes in an environment which is often very hostile to agricultural production,” Ms. Schückler said. “Only if poppy production is seriously cut back through strong law enforcement and if the overall production environment improves significantly will farmers finally switch to alternative crops.” read more

Dieye UN veteran appointed senior development programme official on Africa

Mr. Dieye will take over as Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa at UNDP, replacing Tegegnework Gettu, who has taken up his new appointment as Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly Affairs and Conference Management. A veteran of UNDP, Mr. Dieye most recently held the post of Chief of Staff and Director of its Executive Office. He also oversaw UNDP’s programme portfolios in Northern Africa, the Middle East and the Gulf Countries within the Regional Bureau for Arab States.In addition, Mr. Dieye has held various leadership positions within the UN system, including as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General with the UN Operations in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI). While in Senegal, Mr. Dieye held a series of senior level positions including in his country’s Ministry of Planning and Cooperation. Among Mr. Dieye’s new responsibilities, he will oversee UNDP’s programmes in support of the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). read more