first_img Read Full Story A new report released by Harvard’s FXB Center for Health and Human Rights on January 13, 2014 documents the dire conditions faced by Syrian refugee children in Lebanon. Released in conjunction with a United Nations-sponsored donor conference on Syria taking place in Kuwait on January 15, the report urges increased funding and a long-term humanitarian response to meet the needs of these extremely vulnerable children.More than half of the one million Syrians seeking refuge in Lebanon since the outbreak of hostilities in their home country in March 2011 are under age 18. In addition to stressful living conditions and a lack of basic needs, they face limited access to education and increased vulnerability to forced labor and sexual exploitation.Report authors Susan Bartels, fellow and visiting scientist at the FXB Center, and Kathleen Hamill, fellow at the FXB Center, conducted their assessment over a 10-day period in Lebanon in November 2013.last_img read more

first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia’s best 4-H’ers gathered to champion their program during the 64th annual State 4-H Congress in Atlanta this week. And 49 individuals emerged as state project competition winners.”This week, 251 young people showcased their outstanding efforts in the ultimate project competition of Georgia 4-H,” said Roger C. “Bo” Ryles, head of the state 4-H education program of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.The 4-H members prepare portfolios and presentations of their research and service in 49 project areas such as public speaking, history, wildlife, horticulture and human development. Expert judges evaluate their work and interview them on their presentations and portfolios.State winnersHere are this year’s state winners, projects and project donors, listed by their home counties. Bartow: Caleb Griner, outdoor recreation, White Water; and Jacquelyn Forte, dog care and training, Georgia Veterinary Medical Association.Bulloch: Jarrett Fail, companion animal science, Monroe Veterinary Clinic, the Georgia 4-H Foundation, and Bill and Edna Sell.Burke: Spencer Dixon, power and energy, Chevron.Carroll: Cassie Littleton, flowers, shrubs and lawns, Georgia Development Authority.Clarke: Charles Felton, conservation of natural resources, Georgia Water Wise Council.Clinch: Jennifer Flesher, bread, Georgia 4-H Foundation.Colquitt: Rebecca Loftis, target sports, Callaway Foundation and the family of Col. James Boddie.Columbia: Anna Borke, performing arts (general), Six Flags Over Georgia; and Hema Kondur, textiles, merchandising and interiors, Georgia 4-H Foundation.Coweta: Danielle Landrein, consumer education, Sarah L. Huff Fund.Crawford: Nate Harris, plant and soil science, Georgia Plant Food Educational Society.Crisp: Kathryn Leigh Buford, international, Equifax.Emanuel: Rebekah Bowen, pork production, Georgia Pork Producers Association.Evans: Abbey Mayfield, health, Ms. Ellinore Nicholason, Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Martin, North Fulton Regional Hospital and Greater Atlanta Association of Diabetes Educators.Fayette: April Ford, housing and environment, Bucky Cook.Gordon: Matthew Salmon, food safety and preservation, Tom and Mildred Coleman, Elizabeth Andress and Gary and Rhonda Keve.Gwinnett: Joelle Freeman, performing arts (piano), Six Flags Over Georgia.Glynn: Nathan Potts, environmental science, Georgia 4-H Foundation.Haralson: Amanda Turner, work force preparation and career development, Randstad North America.Hart: Jessie Frye, forestry and wood science, Mr. Bill Lott.Jackson: Caroline Black, beef, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, the Georgia 4-H Foundation and the Homeport Farm Mart.Jones: Brittny Smith, arts & crafts, Marion Fisher and Brandie Rucks Park.Lincoln: Kitty Ball, sports, White Water.Lowndes: Monica Glasscock, festive foods for health, Publix SuperMarkets Charities; and Matt Tucker, dairy foods, Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Milk.Morgan: Shelby McLeod, general recreation, Georgia Recreation and Parks Association; and Katie Wibell, wildlife and marine science, Georgia Power.Newton: Richie Knight, history, Arch Smith and the Georgia 4-H Foundation.Oconee: Rob Hibbs, sheep and meat goats, Dr. and Mrs. James Williamson; Juanita Fair, safety, Georgia 4-H Foundation; Leanna Brown, fashion review, Georgia Master 4-H Club; and Patrick Savelle, dairy and milk science, Mrs. Angela Broder Nemeth and the Georgia Department of Agriculture.Oglethorpe: Jenna Saxon, communications, Georgia 4-H Volunteer Leaders Association; and Jennifer Paul, fruits, vegetables and nuts, Meadows-Knox Family Fund.Pickens: Hamilton Buchanan, poultry and egg science, Georgia 4-H Foundation.Putnam: Ashley Cobbs, resource management, Georgia Cooperative Council.Rockdale: Nick Macie, entomology, Georgia Pest Control Association and the UGA Entomology Department.Tattnall: Latoya Coker, human development, GAE4-HA.Taylor: Corey McCants, performing arts (vocal), Six Flags Over Georgia.Tift: Al Janelle, performing arts (instrumental), Six Flags Over Georgia; and Drew Richardson, computers, Georgia Power.Toombs: Christopher Earls, physical, biological and earth sciences, Georgia EMC.Union: Beth Fox, horse, Georgia Horse Council.Wheeler: Cody Thomas, public speaking, Georgia Farm Credit Association.Wilcox: Kayla Rountree, food fast and healthy, M.K. Curly Cook family.Wilkinson: Erica Asbell, photography, GEORGIA Magazine; and Andy Moseley, veterinary science, Georgia Veterinary Medical Association.(Faith Peppers is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

first_imgCotton and peanut research will be showcased on the University of Georgia Tifton Campus on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Scientists from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ commodity teams will discuss their latest research during the annual UGA Cotton and Peanut Research Field Day. The field day will start at the Gibbs Farm at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at the Lang-Rigdon Farm at 12:30 p.m. Farmers, consultants and industry experts are invited to attend the field day session, which will highlight agronomics, entomology, plant pathology, soil fertility, engineering, breeding, diseases and economics. “The growers will get to see first-hand where their research dollars are going,” said Guy Collins, a UGA Extension agronomist. The field day is sponsored by the Georgia Cotton Commission and the Georgia Peanut Commission. Members of the UGA cotton and peanut teams will share research findings, which is supported by the producer-funded commissions. According to the 2011 Georgia Farm Gate Value Report, cotton and peanuts are ranked No. 2 and 3 respectively in the state in farm gate value. Cotton generated $1.5 billion, while peanuts earned more than $586 million. “We want (producers) to understand that we know how important it is to them that their money is spent wisely. We’re cognizant of the fact that they want to see a great return for what they invest,” said John Beasley, a UGA Extension peanut agronomist. “We also want ideas. If they’re there and we’re working on something that a grower says, ‘Have you tried such and such?’ Certainly, we want that kind of input.” Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. at the Blackshank Pavillion. For more information about the UGA Cotton and Peanut Field Day, see the website, read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Asian Power:A tender launched by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) to set up 1.2GW of interstate transmission (ISTS) connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects across the country was oversubscribed by 900MW, a report by Mercom India revealed.According to a SECI official, bids totalling 2.1GW were submitted, against the tendered capacity of 1.2GW. Azure Power, SB Energy, Ayana Renewables, ReNew Power and UPC Solar reportedly bid for 300MW each, whilst Mahindra bid for 250MW and Avaada bid to set up 350MW of grid-connected solar PV projects, a market source was quoted.The tender was launched in February 2019 under tranche-IV with a tariff ceiling capped at approximately $0.038 (INR2.65)/kWh.The country is at risk of falling short of its 175GW renewable energy target due to its sluggish solar installations. Data from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) showed that whilst India has installed a total of 28GW of solar capacity, representing a fourfold increase in less than three years, it has only achieved 10% of its 40GW rooftop solar target.SECI had also issued two other tenders for the development of solar PV power projects totalling 1.4GW in Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. In March, it also said it would soon launch another tender for 1GW of solar PV capacity that will be developed in the states of Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Tripura, Nagaland, and Assam with a ceiling tariff fixed at $0.042/kWh.More: SECI’s 1.2GW solar tender oversubscribed India gets strong response for latest solar tenderlast_img read more

first_img Naval forces from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States kicked off the Atlantic Phase of UNITAS, an annual multi-national exercise, in Key West, on September 17, hosted by Rear Admiral Sinclair Harris, Commander of the U.S. Fourth Fleet. Thirteen warships will conduct operations in the Western Caribbean through Sept. 28, 2012. UNITAS is designed to train participating forces in a variety of maritime scenarios to test command and control of forces at sea, while operating as a multinational force to provide the maximum opportunity to improve interoperability. Observers from France, Jamaica, Panama and Peru are also participating this year. UNITAS develops and sustains relationships to improve the capacity of our partners’ maritime forces. This annual exercise fosters friendly, mutual cooperation and understanding between participating navies. “While the overarching goal of the exercise is to develop and test command and control of forces at sea, training in this exercise will address the spectrum of maritime operations,” Commander U.S. Fourth Fleet, Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris said. “Specifically, there will be high end warfare scenarios addressing Electronic Warfare, Anti-Air Warfare and Air Defense, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Anti-Surface Warfare, and Maritime Interdiction Operations,” he said. By Dialogo September 17, 2012last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York As the calendar turned to spring Sunday, winter decided to hang around for at least one more day by rudely blasting the Island with an unwelcome chill and sprinkling the region with a couple of inches of wet snow.In what Long Islanders can only hope was a last hurrah, Mother Nature forced commuters to clean off their cars and perhaps bundle up more than they would’ve liked, given the change in season.But when it was all said and done, snow accumulation for western and central Long Island was minor, while the East End was expected to get a few more inches.At around 9:30 a.m., the National Weather Service’s Upton office canceled its winter weather advisory, noting that the storm was just tapering off.As for the morning commute, the Long Island Rail Road was running mostly on schedule and roads appeared to hold up well.If you were slightly annoyed by winter’s last gasp (we hope), well, there’s good news on the horizon. Monday’s forecast calls for clouds to give way to sunny skies, with the temperature rising to 47 degrees. But Monday evening will feel brisk thanks to potential 20 mph wind gusts, forecasters said.Meteorologists predicted Tuesday will be mostly sunny with a high of 47 degrees, but wind chills early on could make it feel more like 25.The weather will only improve from there, with the NWS predicting a high of 61 on Wednesday, followed by a high of 53 on Thursday.For those planning to spend time with the family on Easter Sunday, the early forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high near 53.last_img read more

first_imgThe latest decisions of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, which define epidemiological measures and restrictions with the aim of preventing and protecting against the spread of COVID-19, include a ban on public events and gatherings, without a clear date for how long it will last. Also, the same announcements are made by other European governments about the ban on public gatherings in the coming months and the international travel bans that are in force, which is why this decision was made. However, the organization of large events requires a lot of people, partners as well as investments and great financial risk. Of course, as for any organizer of a congress, festival or any event – cancellation after hard work, closing the financial structure, organization…. is the worst mighty sea. I have personally experienced this on my own this year by canceling the DayOne conference as well as other projects. Certainly a difficult decision and a feeling of helplessness for any organizer. However, in the current situation, it is simply not realistic to expect that this year a mass gathering of people will be allowed in one place, either outdoors or indoors. Unfortunately. Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, the festival season at The Garden Resort in Tisno is postponed until 2021, the organizers announced today, so Tisno is left without as many as seven festivals at The Garden Resort this year. We will have to get used to various changes and a new “normal”, at least until a vaccine or medicine is found. Only then can we expect the start of recovery. Thus, the world’s largest beer festival Oktoberfest has already been canceled, while the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs just yesterday extended until further notice the recommendation to German citizens not to travel abroad, at least until mid-June. This year, there will be no festivals and events that bring together a large number of people, both indoors and outdoors – that is unfortunately the current reality. Relaxing the measures does not mean returning to the old. And it certainly won’t mean that it will be possible to organize events that bring together a large number of people in one place – such as festivals, events, concerts, sporting events, etc.…  Photo: Ultra Europe All seven events at The Garden Resort – Hospitality On The Beach, Love International, SunceBeat, Outlook Origins, Defected Croatia, Dimensions and Dekmantel Selectors are being postponed, and new dates have already been reserved for next year, he points out. Nick Colgan, host of The Garden Resort in Tisno and added: Interestingly, Ultra Europe (July 10 to 12) in Split and the Sea Star festival (May 22 and 23) in Poreč have not yet been canceled, so ticket sales are still active. Thus, new dates have already been set for the next summer season in 2021 for all seven festivals: Hospitality On The Beach: July 8-12, 2021, Love International: July 14-20, 2021, Suncebeat: July 22-28. July 2021, 29, Outlook Origins: July 2 – August 2021, 5, Defected Croatia: August 10 – 2021, 12, Dimensions: August 16 – 2021, 26, Dekmantel Selectors: August 31 – 2021. August XNUMX This year, unfortunately, practically all festivals, events and congresses have been canceled or postponed, and those that have yet to take place are waiting and monitoring the situation day by day. However, it is not realistic to expect that any major events, ie gatherings of people in one place, will be allowed at all this year, primarily for epidemiological reasons.  “We have to announce with heavy hearts that the events of this summer at The Garden Resort in Tisno will be postponed to 2021 due to the current impact of the coronavirus pandemic. We have all been watching the situation closely over the past few weeks, hoping there is a chance for a return to normal life in July. However, it has become clear that the measures of local governments, bans on international travel and large gatherings will continue in the coming months, which is why we have no choice but to make this difficult decision. We take the safety and health of our community, staff and guests very seriously and will follow public health guidelines to prevent the spread of a global pandemic. ” Even if it is possible to organize them, in an optimistic scenario, the question is the cost-effectiveness of the same, because the question is how many visits will be. The question is if and when the borders will open, as well as who will travel at all? Cover photo: The Garden Tisno / Tim Ertllast_img read more

first_imgTwo-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka reached the US Open final for the second time in her career with a thrilling 7-6(1) 3-6 6-3 victory over American hope Jennifer Brady on Thursday.Brady arrived at her first Grand Slam semifinal without having dropped a set in New York and did not show any nerves but Osaka’s firepower allowed her to get by the 28th seed.Fourth seed Osaka, who won the first of two consecutive Grand Slam titles two years ago in New York, fired 35 winners and had 17 unforced errors as steady rain pounded on the roof of an otherwise quiet Arthur Ashe Stadium. Osaka will play former world number one Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the final.”I really love the atmosphere even though there’s sadly no people here,” said Osaka. “This court really suits me well.”Osaka set the tone early when she served out to love to open the match but she soon learned she had a battle on her hands as a composed Brady came out swinging in a contest that featured just six break-point opportunities.Japanese world number nine Osaka turned aside a break point while serving at 3-3 in the first stanza, held at love to get ahead 5-4 and then ran away in the tiebreak to close out a set in which she made just four unforced errors.Brady, however, was not rattled and dropped only four points through her first four service games of the second set before securing the first break of the match for a 5-3 lead that she would consolidate to force a decider.From there it was all Osaka, who built on an early break to lead 4-1 before going on to seal the match as Brady, whose previous best Grand Slam performances came in 2017 when she reached the fourth round in Melbourne and New York.Osaka’s victory sends her back to the Flushing Meadows final, where in 2018 she beat Williams in a match that saw the American become involved in a series of confrontations with the chair umpire.Topics :last_img read more

first_imgImage courtesy of WärtsiläFinnish technology group Wärtsilä said Tuesday it recently started site work for a new 378 megawatt power plant in El Salvador to be fired by liquefied natural gas (LNG).This facility, ordered by Energía del Pacífico, is being supplied by Wärtsilä on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract won back in 2015.The power plant will be the largest in El Salvador, and one of the first in Central America to be fired by LNG, according to Wärtsilä.The installation will feed electricity to the national grid. A dedicated floating LNG import terminal will be built at the same location.This new terminal represents an important addition to El Salvador’s energy infrastructure with cheaper and efficient power generation in the country, the Finnish company noted in its statement.The power plant will operate on nineteen Wärtsilä 50SG engines and a steam turbine in combined cycle, reaching a net plant efficiency of close to 50 percent.Wärtsilä will also provide operation and maintenance services.“This project marks an important milestone in the development of the country’s energy mix by utilising clean natural gas, and through the highly reliable, efficient, and flexible power offered by Wärtsilä’s multi-unit Flexicycle solution,” said Alejandro Alle, Managing Director of Energía del Pacífico.The ground breaking ceremony took place on December 21, 2018 and was attended by the Vice President of El Salvador, Óscar Ortiz, the Mayor of Sonsonate, Roberto Aquino, as well as local officials and executives from Energía del Pacífico.last_img read more

first_imgNZ Herald 12 Oct 2012Former Police Commissioner Howard Broad has been chosen to lead a new independent inquiry into Child, Youth and Family’s complaints process.Social Development Minister Paula Bennett made the announcement at Rotorua today, in the first of a series of talks on the newly-released White Paper to address child abuse and neglect.Mrs Bennett said the review would look at whether complaints regarding cases – which are currently handled by Child, Youth and Family – could be handled independently outside of the agency.She told a public meeting she was “concerned enough” about the process to order the review and was keen to get “the right advice” on whether it should be changed. read more