first_imgNews January 13, 2021 Find out more November 7, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Explanation demanded of visa refusal for British journalist Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial July 29, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Sri Lanka Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Sri LankaAsia – Pacific to go further News Newscenter_img Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) today criticised the Sri Lankan government’s refusal to renew the visa of Paul Harris, of the British Daily Telegraph, who is being forced to leave the country after a campaign of intimidation.The organisation regretted that the authorities had given no reason for their refusal and called on foreign minister Tyronne Fernando to renew the visa without delay.  Harris, who is also correspondent in Sri Lanka for the geopolitical magazine Jane’s Intelligence Review, said he was leaving the country on 8 November on the advice of the British embassy.He has worked in Sri Lanka since last November and had routinely applied for an annual visa renewal on 30 September.  The government did not respond and has since refused to explain its attitude.Harris told Reporters Without Borders he was being targeted for his critical reporting of peace negotiations between the government and the Tamil Tiger separatists, who he said may have pressured the government not to renew his visa.He was asked to speak publicly to opposition members of parliament after he wrote an article in Jane’s Intelligence Review in May.  He was subsequently called an “agent of the British MI5 intelligence service” by minister Rajitha Senaratne.A week later, the government ordered a secret investigation of him, Harris said.  Staff at his hotel were questioned, his room searched and his movements closely watched. For the past week, he had been intimidated and harassed by armed men. RSF_en Organisation News Sri LankaAsia – Pacific July 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! President Bush’s campaign to convince Americans that the government’s eavesdropping program is essential to the war on terrorism has made an impact: Last month, people disapproved, 56percent to 42percent. Now it’s basically 50-50. Bush has been particularly successful at making his case to core supporters, including Republicans, white evangelicals and suburban men. Support in each category grew more than 10 percentage points in the last month. The AP-Ipsos poll findings came as the White House relented and provided some new details to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees about the program. At Bush’s direction, the National Security Agency has been monitoring communications between people overseas and in the United States when links to terrorism are suspected. – Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgA lichen is a symbiotic organism comprised of an alga and a fungus.  PNAS1 reported a study that showed that “antioxidant and photoprotective mechanisms in the lichen Cladonia vulcani are more effective by orders of magnitude than those of its isolated partners” (emphasis added in all quotes).  Kranner et al. found:Without the fungal contact, the alga tolerates only very dim light and its photoprotective system is only partially effective; without the alga, the glutathione-based antioxidant system of the fungus is slow and ineffective.  In the lichen, this mutually enhanced resistance to oxidative stress and, in particular, its desiccation tolerance are essential for life above ground.  This lifestyle, in turn, increases the chance of dispersal of reproductive propagules and ensures their joint evolutionary success.1Kranner et al., “Antioxidants and photoprotection in a lichen as compared with its isolated symbiotic partners,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0407716102, published online before print February 14, 2005.Take out the word “evolutionary,” because the findings only show reproductive success.  Survivability does not necessarily imply advancement in complexity; it could just as well reflect good design.    Lichens are often the pioneer organisms in a new habitat.  They contribute to the breakdown of rock and formation of soil.  Mosses, ferns and other organisms follow sometimes, and before long, a whole community of plants and animals can come to town.  In the fjords of New Zealand, for example, this happens on sheer cliff faces of rock.  After some years or decades of initial colonization by lichens, large trees can take root in the near-vertical cliffs.    Lichens show tremendous variety in form and structure.  Some are beautifully colored.  The Dec. 2004 Creation Research Society Quarterly has a photo essay about lichens and their microscopic structure.  The internet has some nice photo galleries like this one at lichen.com.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now The people with concerns tend to always have concerns. For them, it’s not you, or your company, or your solution that concerns them. They are concerned about almost everything.The people who are grouchy aren’t grouchy because you called them. They were grouchy before you called them, and they’ll be grouchy the next day, and the day after that. They are grouchy people.The people who are cheap aren’t just cheap when it comes from buying what you sell. They’re always cheap, refusing to believe that anything else equals value. When cheap things fail cheap people, they buy the next cheap thing. The thing that makes cheap people is that they are cheap.The people who are skeptical don’t believe what you are saying. They don’t believe what anyone says. To the skeptic, everything is suspect—and so is everyone. The skeptic doesn’t trust you because they don’t trust anyone.The people who already know everything can’t take on any new information. There is no room for new ideas, even if they are valuable. They don’t know everything about their business or your business or some other thing. They know everything about everything. This is what makes them the people who already know everything.The people who are fiercely loyal can always be counted on to be fiercely loyal. They’re not just loyal to your competitor. They’re loyal to all the people to whom they are loyal. You hope someday they are loyal to you.The people who don’t have time now never have time. It’s not that they don’t perceive value in what you are offering to trade for time. They don’t value anything more than being the people who don’t have time.The people who go dark to avoid conflict and fear being sold avoid having to tell people no and choose instead to disappear. You are not the first person they have avoided. They avoid everyone who might require they say yes or no.The people who are perpetually unsatisfied are never satisfied. That’s what makes the perpetually unsatisfied. If they could ever be satisfied, they wouldn’t be who they are.The people who refuse to change even in the face of overwhelming evidence that they need to change. They still have a fax machine next to their desk because it’s worked perfectly well for more than two decades. If they were willing to change, they would not be the people who refuse to change.It’s easy to believe that how a person appears to you is their response to you. But often, maybe most of the time, the person is who they are, and how they appear has nothing to do with you.last_img read more

first_imgKendall JennerKendall Jenner walks the runway at Chanel fashion show Kendall Jenner has hit the runway once again… and people are loving it.Katie Holmes talks dating after Tom Cruise, focused on motherhoodKatie Holmes talks to Glamour magazine about dating after Tom Cruise, and says that she’s more focused on motherhood.Kristen Stewart’s whole new lookKristen Stewart was sporting a whole new look at the Chanel Fashion Show that really had heads turning.Kourtney Kardashian flaunts her baby bump in a bikiniKourtney Kardashian is proving just because she’s pregnant doesn’t mean she can’t still rock a bikini.Stars Shine at the Christian Dior fashion showCelebrities descended in Paris for the 2014 Christian Dior Fashion show at Paris Fashion Week.last_img read more

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first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 7, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – County Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Greg Cox will launch a program Wednesday to help mitigate the use of high-polluting vehicles around the county.Fletcher and Cox will hold a news conference to launch the County Air Pollution Control District’s “Clean Air for All” campaign, which will allow businesses, nonprofits and government organizations to replace their high- emission vehicles with more climate friendly options.Officials with the California Air Resources Board will also present the county with roughly $28.5 million in state grants to fund the program. Earlier this year, the CARB also awarded $2.5 million to the Air Pollution Control District to monitor air quality in Barrio Logan, Logan Heights, Sherman Heights and parts of National City.The news conference and check presentation will be held at the County Administration Center at 1600 Pacific Highway. The launch event is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter County to Launch High-Emission Vehicle Replacement Campaign August 7, 2019last_img read more