MEXICO CITY — A second round of NAFTA negotiations gets underway Friday in a country that has long served as Donald Trump’s political whipping boy. Increasingly, there are indications Mexico is willing to whip back.After quietly, calmly working with Trump, the centrist governing party has declared a red line: if the president starts to withdraw from NAFTA as he’s threatening, the Enrique Pena Nieto government says it’s leaving the negotiating table.Its domestic critics want more.Trump’s unpopularity in Mexico practically defies the laws of political science. A Pew survey puts his support here just north of the margin of error for zero, with a mere five per cent of Mexicans expressing confidence in the U.S. president.With an election looming next year, lots of politicians are pining to counter-punch. That includes a famous left-wing lawmaker touted as a possible recruit for the new party that’s leading presidential polls.There’s a picture of revolutionary fighter Emiliano Zapata hanging on Dolores Padierna’s office wall. She lauds him as the hero of a generations-long, unfinished battle for labour rights and higher wages, which haven’t risen under NAFTA.The Senate leader of the old left-wing party, the PRD, would respond to Trump’s threats to pull out of NAFTA by pulling out first.“It’s an embarrassment,” Padierna said in an interview in Spanish.“When Donald Trump and (U.S. trade czar) Robert Lighthizer — or however you pronounce his name — mistreat, offend our country, we have a government that is very docile, that does not know how to defend the dignity and sovereignty of Mexico.”Padierna wants to see a NAFTA with stronger labour standards, unionization rights and worker mobility. But barring that, she says, she’d rather see Mexico plan for a future with new trading partners to take up some U.S. slack.The impulse to fight extends beyond leftist trade-skeptics.One Mexican diplomat referred to Trump as a “fool” and a “Nazi moron” on his personal Twitter page this week. A recent Mexican ambassador to China, Jorge Guajardo, tweeted this week, “People in (the) U.S. aren’t considering… how little political appetite there is in Mexico to partner (with) Trump’s U.S.A.”A plane filled with Mexican businessmen was grounded by bad weather this week while returning from the U.S. During the ensuing impromptu midnight dinner at a rain-soaked taco stand near Leon, Mex., talk turned to how best to handle Trump.“Respond with fire,” said one businessman. The other cupped his hands in a crude, universally recognized gesture, suggesting the Mexican government needed to grow some testosterone.On Friday, American negotiators will see numerous unflattering Mexican newspaper headlines about their president. In the news this week are Trump’s NAFTA warnings, ramped-up deportations, pardoning of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and threatened government shutdown to fund his border wall.An opinion piece Wednesday in the regional newspaper in Leon was headlined: “Trump, Arpaio and dogs.” On Thursday, the national newspaper El Universal also ran a column on Arpaio, titled: “Exoneration of racism — another Trump policy.”One syndicated columnist suggested Trump was merely bluffing in threats to cancel NAFTA. But he wants Mexico to fight back.“The only way to unmask this bluff is to be ready to terminate,” Sergio Sarmiento wrote in his regular column. “Otherwise, the bully will impose his conditions.”One Mexico-watcher says the government has done well.Duncan Wood says Pena Nieto’s team has skillfully juggled various roles since Trump took office Jan. 20, staying constructive but firm. He cited a recent statement in which Mexico said it wouldn’t pay for a wall; described fighting drug-trafficking as a shared duty; said it would not negotiate NAFTA through the media; and offered neighbourly help for flood-stricken Texas.“The Mexican president and Mexican government have been very effective,” said Wood, director of the Mexico Institute at Washington, D.C.’s Wilson Center.“They’ve learned how to handle the inevitable tweet or inflammatory statement from the U.S. president…. The government is drawing red lines so that Mexico is respected. And it’s saying, ‘By the way, we’re here to help.”‘As for the Mexican public, Wood summed up their attitude as: “‘Look, we’re not against the American people — we just don’t like Donald Trump. We’re not anti-American. We’re anti-Trump.”‘As for the likely election winner, while surveys currently show the new left-wing Morena party, led by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, in first place, Wood cites a variety of reasons why the polls are likely to tighten.He believes constructive dialogue can prevail, NAFTA can survive, and politicians can get elected here without bashing Trump.But lingering hostilities are making it more difficult, he said, for the current government to agree to a NAFTA deal, and get the necessary ratification votes in Congress: “It makes it a lot more complicated.”
Although an estimated 3 million girls in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East still suffer genital cutting every year, the age-old ritual could be eliminated within a single generation through open public discussion and legal action, according to a new report by the United Nations Children’s fund (UNICEF).“Real and lasting change is possible,” said Marta Santos Pais, director of UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, which issued the report, Changing a Harmful Social Convention: Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting. “Change will happen when communities – including girls, boys, men and women – are empowered by knowledge to make choices that are healthy and empowering to individuals and societies,” she added.Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is a traditional practice believed to enhance a girl’s beauty, honour, marriageability, social status and chastity. Parents encourage cutting so that the family honour and the girl’s best interest are protected. In the 28 countries where female FGM/C is performed, prior estimates suggested that 2 million girls undergo the procedure yearly. The new estimate of 3 million does not reflect an increase, but improved data gathering, UNICEF said.Although there is evidence that in some countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Yemen), the practice is declining, eliminating FGM/C on a large scale will require far greater efforts by governments, civil society and the international community, the report states. The report looks at some of the most promising strategies that are helping communities to abandon the practice, such as UNICEF-supported initiatives in Egypt which guide communities to engage in non-judgmental public discussions to openly confront the issue, support them in the public commitment to abandon the practice, and spread their message to neighboring communities. The involvement of opinion leaders, including traditional and religious leaders, can play a decisive role in stimulating public debate, the report found — if health personnel, traditional healers, social workers and teachers are trained and supported to discourage the practice. From country to country, the percentages of the female population that is cut, the types of cutting carried out and the age at which it begins varies widely. In addition to causing severe pain, FGM/C can result in prolonged bleeding, infection, infertility and death. Many girls and women suffer in silence. Because of the private nature of the infliction, it is impossible to estimate the death toll.
Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak said in a statement today that the Russian Government had invited him to carry out a fact-finding visit, with a particular focus on the North Caucasus Republics of Chechnya, Ingushetia, North Ossetia and Kabardino-Balkaria, from 9 to 20 October 2006.“However, at a very late stage in the preparations, he was informed by the Government that certain elements of his Terms of Reference for carrying out visits to detention facilities would contravene Russian Federation law, particularly with respect to carrying out unannounced visits, and holding private interviews with detainees,” the statement said.“Since these issues could not be resolved prior to the visit, he regrets to announce that he is not in a position to proceed as planned,” it added.Mr. Nowak said he had been assured by the Government that “a mutually agreeable solution will be arrived at to ensure that this important mission is carried out in the near future.” In February, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said after a visit that she had “very serious concerns” about Chechnya’s law enforcement system, and was particularly disturbed by the use of torture to extract confessions and information, and the intimidation of people who make complaints against public officials.Special Rapporteurs are unpaid and serve in a personal capacity, reporting to the UN Human Rights Council.
The principal aim of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact is “to ensure that the United Nations system can have a better impact and provide stronger and more efficient counter-terrorism capacity-building support to Member States,” said a statement issued on Friday by UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric.The Compact, which is an agreement between 36 UN entities, is to be signed by the heads of these entities, as well as INTERPOL and the World Customs Organization, as a symbol of their commitment to coordinating activities at the Headquarters and in the field.Last year, Mr. Guterres created the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism with the aim of enhancing coordination and coherence of the UN activities on the subject.
Sean Payton, the suspended New Orleans Saints coach who had his contract voided, is allowed to negotiate a new contract with the team, according to a report by the New Orleans Times-Picayune.The newspaper reported that, while Payton’s suspension for his involvement in the bounty scandal forbids him from speaking with the organization, he and the Saints are permitted to speak in regards to his contract situation.ESPN Sunday reported that a previous contract extension between Payton and the Saints was voided by the league. Should the two sides be unable to reach agreement on a new deal, Payton would be a free agent.Saints quarterback Drew has no doubt he’ll be reunited with Payton in 2013.“I absolutely believe he’ll be back,” Brees said after Monday night’s win over Philadelphia.Saints interim coach Joe Vitt said he hadn’t seen or heard Sunday’s report and didn’t want to comment, but added, “This team loves Sean, and Sean loves this team. This city loves Sean, and Sean loves this city. I think that’s a tough combination to beat.”New Orleans safety Roman Harper said he sees no reason for Payton to leave New Orleans, especially after being linked to the bounty case.“Why would he not come back? He’s got something to prove,” Harper said. “There’s nothing like having a man with a chip on his shoulder. This is just another way the NFL is trying to get at us. We just have to keep our minds on things we can control, and that’s playing football.”With Payton’s earlier ties to the Cowboys and close relationship with owner Jerry Jones, there has been speculation he could replace Dallas coach Jason Garrett.Jones denied such talk Sunday while Garrett said his sole focus remains on getting his 3-5 Cowboys to the playoffs.“There’s a lot of stories that circulate around our game,” Garrett said Monday afternoon. “So certainly some people bring those kinds of things to my attention, but again, we’re (focusing) on what we need to do. We had heck of a challenge (Sunday night) in Atlanta, trying to play an undefeated team, so that’s where our attention was.”
WARNING DISTRESSING IMAGES BELOWTHE DUBLIN SOCIETY for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) is calling on the public to provide more information about a horse that was found mauled to death yesterday in Dublin.Lorna Swift call-coordinator with the DSPCA told TheJournal.ie that they believe the dark brown horse (pictured below) may have been attacked by dogs.In distressing scenes, its mauled body was found in the Darndale area of North Dublin yesterday evening.Meanwhile, another horse was also found dead in Darndale yesterday.The black and white animal was found roaming unattended on a road when it was hit by a car.The driver of the car, which was badly damaged, called the DSPCA and the an inspector later found the horse had died from its injuries.“People cannot leave horses unattended in public areas. They can be attacked, hit by cars, bitten by dogs, fall down holes, basically anything can happen to them. There are so many hazards,” Swift said. “They should be on private land.”(All images: FM104 Phoneshow)Read: Six cases of horse cruelty seen by DSPCA this week >
Anyone who has watched the film Back to the Future 2 and has seen Marty McFly ride his hover board around Hill Valley has probably been dreaming of doing the same. Of course, movie magic aside, it was known that the world was a long way off from having this dream become a reality.Well, today the dream has got one step closer. Students and professors at the Universite Paris Diderot in France have created a very rough version of a hoverboard, using liquid nitrogen, a superconducting disc, and something called the Meisnner effect to glide the board along a rail.The Meisnner effect, simply put, is the result of putting a magnet on top of superconductor that has been cooled down close to absolute zero. When the superconductor gets that cold, it loses all electric resistance, meaning that the magnet placed on top cannot force its current into the superconductors field. As a result, the magnet is repelled away from the superconductor, creating the hovering witnessed in the video below.Now, before you go racing to lace up your brand new Nike Mag sneakers that you scored recently, there are some severe limitations to this hoverboard when it comes to making it work. First and foremost, the temperature that is needed to create the Meisnner effect is terribly cold, -346 degrees Fahrenheit cold, which is why the liquid nitrogen is needed. If you have ever seen Terminator 2, it is the liquid that causes the terminator to freeze in place and shatter.So we have a dangerous liquid you’d need to carry in a backpack somehow, but that’s only half the problem. The hoverboard also requires there be metal rails everywhere for travel, turning it into less of a go anywhere hoverbaord, and more of a train on rails with limited destinations.So, while Marty’s hoverboard was an independent levitation unit, this current model needs a lot of help to function and ends up being way too expensive to be practical. Still, it makes for a cool experiment and video:via Popsci.com
By AFP 38 Comments Image: Steven Paston Source: Steven PastonWilly Caballero stood tall to repel Mbappe’s crisp early strike as he knifed through the City defence, but the Argentine goalkeeper was helpless as the teenager poked home Bernardo Silva’s driven low cross just a minute later.City recovered from twice falling behind in the first leg, but the opening goal emboldened Monaco as Germain unleashed a searing strike from distance that zipped not too far over.Guardiola had emphasised the best form of defence would be attack for City, yet the visitors struggled to settle and Monaco grabbed their second goal in not dissimilar fashion on 29 minutes.Lemar fed the ball into the overlapping run of Benjamin Mendy, a reported target of City’s this summer, and the left-back picked out Fabinho to side-foot beyond Caballero. Source: Steven PastonMbappe’s electrifying pace posed a constant threat for City, but the Premier League side gradually began to pose Monaco problems as well although Raheem Sterling’s hesitancy allowed the hosts to clear as the England winger looked to tee up Sergio Aguero.The Argentine striker then skied over from close range after Sane skipped past Andrea Raggi down the the left-hand flank, before Danijel Subasic thrust himself superbly in the way after Aguero was picked out by David Silva inside the area.Sane broke in behind the Monaco backline once more but steered his effort the wrong side of the near post with Subasic charging off his line, but City finally broke through with 19 minutes left. Source: Steven PastonSterling broke in from the right and his low shot was palmed away by Subasic, but Sane reacted quickest to thump the rebound into the roof of the net and change the complexion of the tie.However that merely drew an immediate response from Monaco as Lemar whipped in a devilish free-kick that Bakayoko expertly planted into the far corner to consign Guardiola to a first-ever last 16 European exit.– © AFP 2017As it happened: Monaco v Manchester City, Champions League‘It is not Paul’s fault that some pundits are in trouble and need every penny to survive’ http://the42.ie/3290439 Wednesday 15 Mar 2017, 10:20 PM Image: Steven Paston Mar 15th 2017, 10:20 PM 16,884 Views Pep Guardiola suffers more Champions League misery as Monaco march to the last eight The side from the principality went through on away goals after a 3-1 victory in France. TIEMOUE BAKAYOKO’S SUPERB header fired Monaco into the Champions League quarter-finals as their 3-1 victory condemned Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to a painful exit on away goals.Trailing 5-3 from the first leg in England, teenage starlet Kylian Mbappe put Monaco ahead on the night after just eight minutes at the Stade Louis II and Brazilian midfielder Fabinho converted the home side’s second just before the half hour.Leroy Sane’s 71st-minute goal handed City a 6-5 advantage on aggregate, but Bakayoko turned home Thomas Lemar’s free-kick 13 minutes from time as Monaco claimed a famous win.Monaco go through to Friday’s draw for the last eight in Nyon carrying French hopes following Paris Saint-Germain’s shock elimination, while Guardiola suffered his earliest Champions League exit as a manager.“It’s an immense joy to score in the Champions League. I didn’t expect this,” said Bakayoko.Over two games we deserved to qualify. Now we want to keep going.”The French league leaders suffered a blow before kick-off as Radamel Falcao, who scored twice in the first leg, failed to recover from a hip injury in time and was replaced by the versatile Valere Germain.Jemerson returned in place of the suspended Kamil Glik in defence, while Guardiola, who took charge of his 100th game in Europe, made two changes with Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov given the nod ahead of Nicolas Otamendi and Yaya Toure.Coach Leonardo Jardim had challenged Monaco to draw inspiration from the side which dumped out Real Madrid en route to the 2004 final, recovering from a 4-2 defeat in the first leg of that year’s quarter-finals before knocking the Spanish giants out on away goals.And the hosts were inspired by 18-year-old Mbappe, who has emerged as one of Europe’s most promising talents amid Monaco’s thrilling pursuit of the French title this season. Share Tweet Email Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Striving to be clean and green isn’t some sweetly vague principle for today’s all-natural gardeners.Real, immediate concerns about health and safety — not just for people but also for pets — drive their organic gardening practices, according to several who participated July 23 in the annual Natural Garden Tour, sponsored by Clark County Public Health.The self-guided tour of 15 open gardens used to be sponsored by the county’s Environmental Services Department — back when there was one — but putting it under the auspices of Public Health makes serious sense, coordinator Sally Fisher said.“We believe it’s incredibly important to reduce the use of chemicals on people’s yards,” Fisher said.Just ask Sara Mae Egli, whose tight organic landscape in Orchards is motivated by memories of Baby, a beloved dog who suffered from Evans syndrome, a rare autoimmune condition. Just ask Pam and Marty Almandinger, whose two Scottish Terriers both died of cancer.“They would get onto people’s lawns” in the local homeowners association, which is tightly governed to ensure that everything looks as orderly and perfect as can be, Marty Almandinger said. But orderly and perfect usually requires heavy-duty herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers, and science is always catching up with the long-term effects such chemicals may have on environmental and animal health. (In recent months the popular herbicide Roundup, long marketed as safe for people, was classified as a known carcinogen by the state of California — joining several other jurisdictions and foreign nations.)“There’s nothing green about the homeowners association,” Marty said.But fertilizer is fine when you whomp it up yourself out of natural ingredients, said Pam Almandinger — who does exactly that with banana peels, coffee grounds and eggshells. She uses her kitchen blender to reduce that stuff into “a real ugly brown slurry,” she said. “Our tomatoes love it.”
Have a unique “cover” story? Contact FOLIO: Associate Editor Vanessa Voltolina. In order to add authenticity to the board, editorial director Bethany Lohmeyer created landmarks, clay models of people, spray painted matchbox cars and made a clay replica of Hammonsfield Ballpark (top left of cover), a popular Springfield, Missouri baseball field. “The clay figurines only took about 10 minutes each to make,” she says. To make the board game, Darst estimates a total cost around $30, which included the modeling clay, paint and supplies. “We asked the staff if someone had LIFE at home that we could use, and they did, so we didn’t even need to buy the game,” says Darst. 417 expanded this cover concept throughout the issue, with the staff creating many elements on the fly: “We didn’t scan anything; we literally recreated everything by hand.” DESIGNERS’ COMMENTS“The ‘417’ cover possesses very little in the way of hierarchy and there is a fight for dominance between the logo and the main headline. This then takes away from the rest of the cover lines. It is a convoluted cover where there is simply too much going on. Knowing when to stop may have been prudent here. There is no place where one’s eye can rest to then experience what the cover should offer the reader.Also, an obstacle in using an icon such as the ‘Game of Life’ board game is to question ‘what did the designer do to the art to make it his/hers?’ Not to mention the question of copyright or patent infringements. However, I do like the brightness of the color palette and the fact that there are a lot of ‘numbers’ on the cover. Readers love numbers. On a lighter side, I would be interested in knowing if the designer is making a social commentary on American society. Did the peg people gain weight? This demonstrates a very good sense of humor.”Todd J. Gast | Art Director | JCK“Love the idea—very clever! The colors work well, however my only concern is the readability of the main cover headlines on the top of the layout, as they all seem to fight for attention or they simply get lost in the background. I would get rid of the top line “The 64 Greatest Things in 417 Land,” or possibly place it somewhere else. Overall, very nice!”Adana Jiménez | Art Director | Scholastic Marketing Partners Issue: February 2009Frequency: Monthly Launched: 1998 (Whitaker has owned since 2001)Circ: 17,000Editor: Katie PollockPublishing Company: Whitaker PublishingArt Director: Cassie DarstEditorial Director: Bethany LohmeyerRegional magazine 417, covering the southern Missouri area, created a “best-of” issue that parodies Milton Bradley’s 1960’s LIFE (aka, The Game of Life). “In years past, we’ve branded our logo and done cool openers to display this category breakdown. But this time we decided to take a concept—The Game of Life—and transfer it into ‘The Game of 417,’” says art director Cassie Darst. While ultimately it was decided to stick with all of the categories integrated into a LIFE game board, “Our original plan was to create a different board game for each category; the ‘best of’ food category would be a take on Candy Land, ‘best of’ shopping a play on Mall Madness, etc.”To create a game board mock up, Darst says that 417 “literally created from scratch a replica of LIFE—double the size.” The board, which is larger than seen on the magazine’s cover, includes all of the five sections of the “best of” winners, including Services, Food, People, Places and Shopping, with creative categories brainstormed by editorial. “The name corresponds to an actual action,” adds Darst. “For Best Charity Event, for example, the board says ‘Spice things up at the Sertoma Chili Cook-Out.’”
The four-minute psychedelic video montage hints at the breadth and depth of the sonic landscape that will comprise White’s third solo albumBrian HaackGRAMMYs Dec 12, 2017 – 5:34 pm GRAMMY winner and 2017 Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing honoree Jack White has finally resurfaced with details on his long-awaited third studio album, titled Boarding House Reach.By way of announcing the new album’s title, White dropped a four-minute sonic mashup video titled “SERVINGS and PORTIONS from my BOARDING HOUSE REACH,” ostensibly containing choice clippings and fragments from the forthcoming record.The video itself is a wild ride, but what’s even more interesting is the breadth and depth of sonic palette that it displays — a tall statement when one considers such a musically diverse source as White.Even while switching effortlessly from moments of classic fuzz rock to balladic crooning, to an Akai MPC1000 tapping out crushed drum samples, to aggressively shaped bursts of static and harsh noise — at times reminiscent of the types of schizophrenic psychedelic stylings preferred by MadLib or Flying Lotus — the elements of the project still all come off as strangely consistent, a testament to White’s inimitable production aesthetic.Hinting that this album would be a departure of sorts, even for him, White commented back in November, “It’s a bizarre one. I’ve just got to let it settle. I need to listen to it by myself. I haven’t been able to listen to it by myself for a while.”Details on an official release date for Boarding House Reach are still forthcoming.Apple Pledges $1 Million For Southern California Fire ReliefRead more Jack White’s Mind-Melting New Album Teaser jack-white-unveils-first-teases-new-album-boarding-house-reach Twitter News Jack White Unveils First Teases Of New Album, ‘Boarding House Reach’ Email Facebook
Royal Dutch Shell’s second Arctic drilling ship, the Noble Discoverer, is on the move from Washington state to Alaska.KIRO-TV reports the massive oil drill rig was escorted from the harbor in Everett by two tug boats and two Coast Guard vessels.The Noble Discoverer started its move around 4 a.m. and is moving about 7 miles per hour.Protesters say they plan to put kayaks in the water to meet the ship along it route out of the Puget Sound.The Nobel Discoverer’s sister ship, the Polar Pioneer, left Seattle in May, after hundreds of environmental activists in kayaks and other vessels tried to block its progress toward the Arctic Ocean.
Mansoorabad: TRS party activists review meeting was organized at Kebir Convention Hall in Mansoorabad division on Monday. Division corporator KoppulaVittal Reddy attended as chief guest. He said, “Activists have to explain the welfare programmesinitiated by KCR and TRS government and conduct membership drive on large scale.All those who get registered with the party will get due recognition.” Ward area committee members, activists and others participated in the programme.
India’s NSA Ajit DovalTwitter [Representational Image]The fifth and current National Security Advisor (NSA) to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Ajit Doval, has been given a cabinet rank for his contributions towards national security.The appointment for his role as the union cabinet minister rank has been declared for 5 years. The 74-year-old Doval will continue as NSA. He has played many crucial roles in leading India’s security problems, including the safe return of the 46 nurses who were trapped in Iraq, following the capture of Mosul by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in June 2014.Doval has held some major credits including the Director of the Intelligence Bureau (2004-05). He was also the mastermind behind the Balakot airstrike carried out in Pakistan on 26t February 2019.
Sentu Kumar Hajong (L) and Mir Abdul Aziz. Photo: Prothom AloSentu Kumar Hajong and Mir Abdul Aziz are farmers from two corners of the country. One among them stays at the remote area of Nalitabari upazila in Sherpur, while the other at Patharghata in Bogra. Both of them are agro-inventors. Inventing new species of rice is their passion.The yards of these two farmers are now their laboratories. Different kinds of rice saplings and seeds are labelled and preserved there.They are coming up with new species of rice and distributing these among the local farmers. They invented these new species through hybrid means and pollination on different kinds of paddy. They also hybridised different high productive popular species with the local species, producing new characteristics.Experts said these kinds of experimentations by the farmers have a tremendous and positive impact. Though the production quantity is less and the harvest time lags behind, these kinds of local inventors contribute greatly for the survival of the local species.House yard cum laboratorySentu Kumar Hajong, 47, from Kutubakura village of Nonni union at Nalitabari upazila in Sherpur invented 19 species of rice over 12 years.Seven of these species are named while the rest are not named as yet. He also cultivated and preserved seeds of 35 native extinct species through hybridisation. More than hundreds of local farmers planted the invented seeds and succeeded. He also trains local farmers regarding the development of new species.Mir Abdul Aziz, 58, from the remote village of Pahtarghata, Borguna, invented two new species of Aman and Aush, over a period of eight years. The locals call it ‘Mir Dhan’ (Mir rice) while the coarse one is ‘Mir Mota’ and the finer other is ‘Mir-1’.Sentu Hajong of Nalitabari hybridises paddy first and later plants the seeds in earthen pots. When the saplings are mature and seeds grow, he collects and preserves them. During Aman season he plants the paddy in small seedbeds.An insurance company organised a reception in his honour last year and awarded him.Sentu Hajong could not continue his studies after SSC. In 2005 a non-government organisation organised a workshop to on inventing new species of paddy. This brief training inspired him to breed new types of paddy.New speciesSentu hybridised BINA-7 with Pyjam and named it Sentu-1 Sunalo. Dudhbinni and Markabinni have been hybridised to breed Sentu-4 Bishalibinni. Chinishail, Tulshimala, Chapal, Pyjam, Baishmuthhi, Hori, Swarnolota, Ranjit paddy are hybridised to grow new species.Chinishail, a local species, grow in 30 to 35 quintals per hectare while Sentushail grow in 50 to 56 quintals. Chinishail is 160 centimetres high while Sentushail is not more than 120 centimetres enabling it to survive easily in wind.Sentu Hajong said, “I heard the Philippine farmers invent and cultivate new kinds of paddy. So why can’t we? But it requires a lot of patience.”Upazila agriculture officer Sharif Iqbal said, Sentu is continuing his research on his own, using the hand pollination and selection process.Mir rice, without any fertiliser or pesticide, yields one and a half times more in quantity than the local varieties. This has led to its spread in villages of Patharghata, Bamna and Mothhbaria upazila.Foreign varieties hybridised with unrecognised onesMir Abdul Aziz from Patharghata told Prothom Alo, after cyclone Sidr in 2007 the saline level in the soil of of Patharghata increased, leaving the farmers in a fix about farming. He founded the Madartoli farmers’ organisation with around 50 local farmers to raise awareness about the new species.He found the still unknown kind of Mir rice sapling while weeding and later discovered it was highly productive.Abdul Aziz was invited by the Nepal government to attend an international conference of farmers in 2009 as the sole Bangladeshi participant. A Philippine farmer gave him some M-74-1 rice seeds there. He hybridised it with the local Bogi Aush species and thus developed a new species.The local agriculture department officials and the local farmers at Patharghata said, Sada Mota, Lal Mota, Motha Mota, Kajolshai rice grow at a rate of 1.80 to 2 tonnes per hectare while Mir Mota and Mir-1 yield at 3 to 3.20 tonnes per hectare.Mirza Moffazzal Islam, chief scientific officer at Bangladesh institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA) told Prothom Alo, inventions of local farmers like Sentu Hajong and Mir Abdul Aziz have great importance in developing local species of rice. And local rice is tastier than the high-yield varieties, he added.*This piece originally published in Prothom Alo print editon has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin.
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News | October 29, 2010 Philips to Display MR Products at RSNA 2010 Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. 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The open scan environment allows for scanning of patients in a treatment position, as well as MR guided biopsy taking, brachytherapy and other minimal invasive procedures. Additionally, the company will showcase the Achieva 3.0T TX. The scanner is the world’s only truly patient-adaptive 3T with MultiTransmit RF technology. This enables healthcare clinicians to achieve high-quality results across a wide range of applications, including optimizing body and breast imaging. The multi-channel RF transmission technology automatically adjusts its signal to each patient’s unique anatomy. It delivers enhanced image uniformity and consistency, with up to 40 percent faster imaging. The world’s first Mobile 3.0T MRI system with MultiTransmit, the Achieva 3.0T TX Mobile MRI, will also be on display at RSNA. The mobile system brings advanced MRI diagnostic capabilities to patients who previously may not have had access otherwise. 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LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Leonardo DiCaprio will present his friend and collaborator Martin Scorsese the inaugural Robert Osborne Award for his contributions in keeping classic film relevant.Turner Classic Movies says Tuesday that DiCaprio will present the award on the opening night of the TCM Classic Film Festival on April 26 in Hollywood at the TCL Chinese Theater.DiCaprio has starred in five of Scorsese’s films starting with “Gangs of New York” in 2002. Their other collaborations include “The Departed,” ”The Aviator,” ”Shutter Island” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”The TCM Classic Film Festival is now in its ninth year. The event kicks off with the Robert Osborne Award presentation followed by a special screening of “The Producers,” which Mel Brooks will be on hand to introduce.___Online: http://filmfestival.tcm.com/ by The Associated Press Posted Apr 17, 2018 12:01 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 17, 2018 at 1:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DiCaprio to present Scorsese with award at TCM Film Festival FILE – In this Dec. 9, 2013 file photo, Leonardo Di Caprio, left, and director Martin Scorsese arrive for the screening of their film, “The Wolf of Wall Street”, in Paris. DiCaprio is stepping out to give his friend and collaborator Martin Scorsese the inaugural Robert Osborne Award for his contributions in keeping classic film relevant. Turner Classic Movies says Tuesday, April 17, 2018, that DiCaprio will present the award on the opening night of the TCM Classic Film Festival on April 26 in Hollywood at the TCL Chinese Theater. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)
Director Jason Reitman, right, and his father Ivan Reitman arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of “Tully” at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on April 18, 2018. There’s something strange in the Canadian entertainment neighbourhood. The Reitman family, headed by Toronto-raised movie maker Ivan Reitman, is making headlines for some major film and TV projects — further solidifying their status as a homegrown entertainment dynasty. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Invision – Chris Pizzello AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A look at the Reitmans’ movie-making dynasty ahead of new ‘Ghostbusters’ film by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 16, 2019 12:03 pm PDT TORONTO — There’s something strange in the Canadian entertainment neighbourhood.The Reitman family, headed by Toronto-raised movie maker Ivan Reitman, is making headlines for some major film and TV projects — further solidifying their status as a homegrown entertainment dynasty.The “Ghostbusters” director is the father of fellow filmmaker Jason Reitman, a Montreal-born, four-time Oscar nominee who just announced plans to carry on his dad’s torch with the supernatural comedy film franchise.On Tuesday, Jason Reitman confirmed via Twitter that he will direct a new instalment in the “Ghostbusters” series for Sony Pictures, with a release set for summer 2020.Meanwhile, comedy star Catherine Reitman, who is Ivan Reitman’s daughter, announced last week that her Toronto-shot CBC TV series “Workin’ Moms” is being picked up by Netflix in the U.S.Here’s a rundown on the Reitmans:IVAN REITMANBorn in Slovakia, his family came to Canada in 1950 when he was four. He studied at Hamilton’s McMaster University, where he started directing several short films before moving to Los Angeles.Reitman has been a director and producer, for the screen and stage, and co-owns the Montecito Picture Company.He rose to prominence producing 1978’s “National Lampoon’s Animal House” and then directing a string of other comedies, including “Meatballs,” “Stripes,” the first two “Ghostbusters” films, and “Kindergarten Cop.”Reitman’s other producing credits include the 2009 drama “Up in the Air,” which was helmed by Jason Reitman and got six Oscar nominations, including best picture and best director.The elder Reitman, who is married to Quebec actress Genevieve Robert, also produced a 2016 female-led “Ghostbusters” reboot.Reitman was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2007 and has been nominated for an Emmy and BAFTA, among other honours.JASON REITMANWhere his dad is known for slapstick comedy, Reitman has directed more contemplative fare.Born in Montreal and raised in Los Angeles, he studied creative writing at the University of Southern California and got his start on short films and commercials.His hit 2005 feature debut, the satirical comedy “Thank You For Smoking,” was nominated for two Golden Globes, including best picture.Reitman was on a roll after that, directing the teenage pregnancy movie “Juno,” which won an Oscar for Diablo Cody for best original screenplay and a Grammy for best soundtrack. It also got three other Oscar nominations, including best director for Reitman and best actress for Halifax native Ellen Page.Then came the 2009 corporate downsizing dramedy “Up in the Air,” which Reitman directed, co-wrote and co-produced. It got six Oscar nominations, including best picture and best director.Since then Reitman has racked up the directing credits — from “Young Adult” and “Labor Day,” to “Tully” and “The Front Runner.”CATHERINE REITMANThe younger sister of Jason Reitman, she is an actress, comedian, producer, writer and director.Born in Los Angeles, she was a member of the Sunday Company at the Groundlings improv and sketch comedy theatre and school.Reitman has had roles on series including “Blackish,” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and in films including “I Love You, Man” and “Knocked Up.”She is also the creator and star of CBC’s parenting comedy “Workin’ Moms,” which debuted in 2017 and has been nominated for several Canadian Screen Awards and an International Emmy.In 2016, Reitman formed Wolf and Rabbit Entertainment with her actor-husband, Philip Sternberg, who also co-produces and stars in “Workin’ Moms.”Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press
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