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Trump has little power to restart US economy

first_imgUS. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he wants the US economy to reopen by Easter Sunday, April 12, despite the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus in some US states and a rising death toll from the disease.Legal experts say a US president has quite limited power to order citizens back to their places of employment, or cities to reopen government buildings, transportation, or local businesses. Here is why.What does the Constitution say about who makes decisions about public welfare? The United States is a federalist system, meaning power is shared between a national and state governments.Under the 10th Amendment of the US Constitution, state governments have power to police citizens and regulate public welfare. In the country’s early years, it was up to state and local authorities to lead the response to the yellow fever epidemic, not the federal government.Reflecting these principles, “disaster response and aid is typically state-led and federally supported,” said Steve Bunnell, the former top lawyer at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and a partner at O’Melveny & Myers.This bottom-up, rather than top-down, approach to disaster relief makes sense from a policy perspective, said John Cohen, a former DHS official who teaches at Georgetown University. “Usually, state and local officials on the ground have the best understanding of the issues affecting people in their states,” Cohen said.Can a US president override state-mandated “shelter in place” orders?No. The Trump administration can issue nationwide guidance, but it would be unconstitutional for the president to override stay-at-home orders from governors, said Robert Chesney, a professor of national security law at the University of Texas. Mayors or county commissioners are on the same footing as governors, he said.The social distancing policies Trump announced on March 16 for slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus over 15 days were merely guidelines, and the same goes for any newer, less restrictive policies he unveils, Chesney said.”Those are guidelines. He can change his advice,” Chesney said. “He is free to advocate. And that is an important part of the presidency — the bully pulpit.”Bunnell said many people look to the president for guidance, so Trump’s advice will still affect the economy.”The federal government has a role to play in setting recommendations, and the daily press briefings obviously have an effect on how people react,” Bunnell said. “But in terms of legal authorities to override health and safety measures, I’m not sure there are any direct tools that would accomplish that.”Can a US president order a business to stay open?A federal agency that’s a subset of DHS deemed some businesses “essential” on March 19. But the federal memo itself notes that state and local authorities are “ultimately in charge of implementing and executing response activities in communities under their jurisdiction.””That means the president really has no authority to ‘order’ anyone who doesn’t work directly for the federal government to do anything by Easter,” said Anthony J. Oncidi, a partner with the law firm Proskauer Rose.The Defense Production Act, which lets the president “expedite and expand the supply of resources from the US industrial base,” will be used to procure more tests and other medical equipment from companies, an administration official said on Tuesday. But that represents a fraction of the US’s consumer-driven economy.What about a US president’s emergency powers?A federal law known as the National Emergencies Act (NEA) gives the president broad powers to respond to national emergencies, including the authority to redirect funds and suspend laws.Trump invoked the Stafford Act and the NEA on March 13, as he declared a national emergency.But the NEA is a poor fit for a president trying to encourage business as usual, Cohen said.”It tends to give the president the authority to be more restrictive, not less restrictive,” Cohen said. “It does not let the president say ‘disregard the restrictions of your state and local leaders.'”Topics :last_img read more

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Anthony Joshua Looks Beyond Ruiz Rematch

first_imgIt could make for a lesser spectacle but Joshua, in their final press conference on Wednesday, said: ‘I’m not here to put on a show, I’m just here to win.’He added: ‘It is interesting being on this side of the table. In my 16th fight I challenged and I challenged for a title against Wladimir Klitschko and I challenged against Alexander Povetkin. It is my fourth title challenge in a short space of time. I am used to this. You need to have a challenger mindset. I had that when I had the belts around my waist and I have it now.‘I have been boxing a while now. When I came in I didn’t come to take part – I came to take over, full force, fully committed. I never had the chance to reflect on all that. Olympic title, European, world – boom, boom, boom.Looking at Ruiz, who has come in a shade a lighter than the 19st he weighed for the first fight, Joshua said: ‘Andy and I are very different. But we have time in common. As soon as I got back from New York I didn’t lose any heart or fire and I started punching the heavy bag at Finchley and looking forward to this chance.‘I was asked if winning would be special but I said no because I know I belong there. When I regain those belts I will stay cool and keep my focus and keep that challenger mindset for the next one. Ruiz is just my next target.’On fighting in Saudi Arabia, which has drawn vocal opposition, Joshua bizarrely said: ‘It is the Mecca of boxing. The real Mecca of boxing. We have put together a great undercard, great venue, perfectly designed, I said my prayers and I want everyone to feel the confidence I feel.’Ruiz, in a New York Knicks jersey, was calm. He said: ‘It has been a long three months in camp. I made history and the important thing is to do it again.‘There is not much to say other than I am ready to rock and roll. He is motivated and that has given me an edge. He has lost weight and will box around but I am ready for anything that comes my way.‘I don’t want to let these beautiful belts go away. I have been doing this since I was six and it is finally paying off so I am going to die trying. I no way I am going to let these go.’Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Anthony Joshua issued another broad hint that he will spare the fireworks in favour of a functional win when he embarks on his rematch with Andy Ruiz on Saturday.Joshua has appeared considerably more slender in Saudi Arabia than he was when he suffered a monumental upset loss against Ruiz in New York on June 1.That first fight developed into a thriller with Ruiz dropping Joshua four times before the seventh-round stoppage and the Brit flooring his opponent once – but all indications this time suggest Joshua will strike and move as he attempts to regain his IBF, WBA and WBO titles.last_img read more

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My Donegal – with restaurateur Aidan Friel

first_imgAidan Friel runs the trendy new eaterie in Kerrykeel – the Narrow Quarter. The popular cafe – run with business partner John McDaid – has been enjoying a good summer; one of a number of new businesses to pop up in the village over the past year or so. Here’s Aidan’s My DonegalWhere is your favourite place in Donegal and why?Anywhere in the Fanad peninsula, it’s beautiful. Where in Donegal do you call home?KerrykeelWhat do you think is Donegal’s best tourist attraction?Fanad light house without a doubt. I never get tired of it. Rain hail or shine! Fanad Lighthouse is always a must see when I have friends visiting the county. Summers or winters?Summers. Is there anywhere more beautiful than Donegal (when the sun shines)Ideal day out in Donegal?A trip to Dunfanaghey, A walk on marble hill, coffee from the shack followed by a pint in Patsy Dan’s.Favourite Donegal product? Our tweed products are amazing. McNutts in Downings or Orwell & Browne. (check them both out on Instagram. Stunning products that make great gifts.)Who is Donegal’s best ambassador and why?She might not be known world wide just yet but I really think Erin McGinty is doing a wonderful job promoting Donegal. She has a strong online presence with her Instagram account @coolestplaceontheplanet. She is really showing off the county in all its glory. Her clever posts and busy lifestyle are catching the attention of thousands of online users both from inside the county and further afield.Who is Donegal’s most successful business person? This is a difficult one …. Exactly how are we measuring success?Favourite Donegal sports person?Barry McNamee who hails from ‘the wee toon’ Ramelton, #25 Derry City MidfielderFavourite Donegal restaurant?The Lemon Tree Letterkenny. If you haven’t been you don’t know what your missing.Change one thing about Donegal what would it be?I’d like to see a bigger push for real environmental changes and sustainability.Favourite Donegal expression or saying?“I’m foundered” I spent my whole life thinking that this was a perfectly normal everyday expression. Until I went to Carlow to study. Where I quickly realised it must be just a Donegal thing.Biggest challenge facing Donegal people of today?One of the biggest challenges and perhaps one of the most overlooked facing the people of Donegal is mental health. Many people struggle at some point with their mental health and sadly it seems more common that young people appear to be affected. For the younger generation, social media has transformed their daily lives. However, Online, we are constantly being bombarded with other people’s lives and their perceived success. It can be very easy to begin to question your own circumstances and question your individual successes in life. Also, I feel like work pressures in Donegal has increased, with an increase in corporate employment in the county. I also think the elderly are suffering from mental health challenges such as isolation and loneliness. We don’t visit our neighbours like we used to and this has created a real detachment in the community.Favourite Donegal food?Where do I even start with this one. Honestly, I can’t just choose one. Donegal has some of the finest produce around. The Haven Smokehouse has the best smoked salmon out there without a doubt. Hugh Wilhare and his team from Mulroy Bay Mussels grow such an excellent product. We have some of the best seafood in the country coming in fresh from Killybegs. Ballyholey Farm Shop produce fresh and tasty veg and our local butchers all around the county including Kerr’s butchers in Kerrykeel. If there’s one thing for certain we are spoilt for choice when it comes to good fresh produce.Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?Not a thing. After living away for a while I’m just so grateful that I am able to live and work in Donegal.Favourite local bandIn Their Thousands.If you had a million euro in Donegal to improve something what would it be?I’d love to see rural transport links further improved. But I’m afraid sometimes in Ireland, a million euro wouldn’t even cover the cost a feasibility study costs.Daniel O Donell or Packie Bonner?“Wee” Daniel, my grandmother wouldn’t allow any other answer to this one.Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?Yes, I am exceptionally proud of the local people of Kerrykeel and surrounding areas. Whether they realise it or not without them our business, The Narrow Quarter wouldn’t be a success. The local support we have received since we opened in April 2018 has been over whelming. To think in such a small village it would be possible to employ so many people and remain open all year round, It’s amazing and humbling to say the least.My Donegal – with restaurateur Aidan Friel was last modified: August 1st, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Aidan FrielCarrigartdonegalMY DONEGALThe Narrow Quarterlast_img read more

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“Political” Science Threatens Historic American Values

first_imgTake any issue on the political scene, and you will find the scientific elites cheering for the left side.One would think that science should be politically neutral as the PhDs in white lab coats study germs under the microscope. Not so. Here’s a sampling of political bias in the science news, showing how the Big Science community enables the agenda of the Progressive left, whatever the issue might be.Brexit: Conservatives hailed the English for voting to leave the European Union, exercising their national sovereignty and liberty instead of letting unelected bureaucrats in Brussels run every aspect of their lives. But PLoS Blogs (see Medical Xpress copy) immediately worried about the impact on science, immigration and the environment. Medical Xpress scared readers about threats to “global health” and immigration. Nature fretted about changes to funding (see also earlier Nature reaction to the “Brexit shock”). American science institutions joined the anxiety fit; Science Magazine worried that “Brexit vote casts a pall on future of UK science.”  New Scientist, unabashedly against the majority who voted to leave, says that scientists now need to “reassert their value to society.” With elitist snobbery, the editors disdained the unwashed masses who didn’t know what was good for them, suggesting they must be treated like children. “For reason to triumph, scientists need to learn to engage with emotion.”Immigration: Republican candidate Donald Trump can’t seem to get the mainstream press to understand that he is all for immigration, just “legal” immigration. He wants proper vetting of who is coming in, especially from nations where terrorism is a threat. For that, the press often labels him a “racist.” But why do science reporters get involved in this question anyway? Immigration is about policy and national sovereignty, not science. Medical Xpress published the following advocacy headline: “Europe: Don’t adopt Australian style immigration system, warn ethicists.” Why? Because of its “emphasis on deterrence.” The article smacks of favoritism for open borders, aided by emotional appeals about the migrants in war-torn Syria. But what if a compassionate country just wants a way to separate the needy from the terrorists? Ignoring the issue of a sovereign nation’s right to control its borders and to protect itself from terrorism, New Scientist mounts a pulpit to preach to its readers a half-truth, “Why we all need to fight the irrational fear of outsiders.”Abortion: Pro-life conservatives are happy when abortion rates fall, but leftist scientists get alarmed. Medical Xpress reported that Texas abortions fell sharply under the Texas regulations overturned by the Supreme Court, as if that was a bad thing. The article quotes only pro-abortion spokespeople, concerned about how the rules interfered with abortion providers’ businesses. Another Medical Xpress article, decorated with a photo of pro-abortion demonstrators celebrating, worried that the pro-abortion ruling may not open the door to new abortion clinics in Texas. Medical Xpress reported cheerfully about the federal judge who blocked restrictions in Florida that were due to go into effect; “Planned Parenthood officials praised Hinkle’s ruling,” one subheading reads (that’s the same Planned Parenthood stung by revelations that it sells baby body parts). A third Medical Xpress release gives the last word to abortion advocates who are happy that the ruling “imperils abortion laws” in many states. One additional article on Medical Xpress did give the last word to Alliance Defending Freedom, but failed to point out Obama’s broken promise that his healthcare plan would not fund abortions.Rachel Rettner cheerfully announced on Live Science what the Supreme Court decision means for “women’s health,” advertising how safe the procedure is (it sure isn’t for the human being destroyed in the process). She totally ignored the reasons for state restrictions that were prompted by the exposure of Kermit Gosnell’s house of horrors in Philadelphia. Conservatives were distraught by the SCOTUS ruling. To allow unregulated, unhygienic abortion is “clinically insane,” the conservative Family Research Council reacted, noting that Gosnell was not an isolated case. How does this protect “women’s health”? Rettner ignored the fact that veterinarians are more regulated than abortion clinics. And she completely ignored the strong dissenting opinions from the three conservative justices who denounced the court’s unconstitutional legislating from the bench. Few tears were shed in the liberal media for the Stormans, who lost everything when the Supreme Court refused to hear their case about being forced to sell abortifacient drugs against their convictions at their pharmacy (Family Research Council). Dissents by Thomas, Roberts and Alito warned of a dangerous trend against religious freedom that the refusal to hear the case portends.Transgender: Despite their earlier protestations for peace and acceptance, LGBT activists are now seeking tyrannical power. They are working through courts and legislatures to punish anyone who disagrees with their agenda. Right now in California, the leftist majority legislature is seriously considering a bill that would punish Christian colleges who take a traditional position on sex roles, forcing them to accept transgenders into their dorms and bathrooms or lose Cal Grant scholarships (California Family Alliance). You’re not likely to hear about that kind of coercive government discrimination in the secular science press. Instead, you will hear all about “hate crimes” against transgenders (e.g., Medical Xpress), implying that anyone who believes in God-given sex roles is a bigot. You will hear praise for Obama’s lifting of restrictions against transgenders serving in the military (e.g., PhysOrg), without any mention of how this affects military readiness and morale, or whether it is constitutional for a President to bypass Congress and single-handedly conduct social experiments with our armed forces. Science Daily ignores the huge issue of religious freedom by focusing on victimization of a “marginalized” group: “Transgender rights critical for the health of 25 million transgender people worldwide.”In fact, though, the gender-confused have accomplished a political coup with astonishing rapidity, despite representing 0.02% of the population. The marginalized today are conservatives who support traditional sex roles and marriage between one man and one woman. PhysOrg joined the pity party about “anti-LGBT bias” and how it might translate into violence. The violence is not coming from Christians, however. LGBT activists have stooped to violence and coercion themselves, disrupting Catholic worship services and conservative political events. The activists don’t seek dialogue or understanding. Even when the Pope bowed a little to the LGBT community with a weak apology, it wasn’t enough. Breitbart News says they are calling on the church to change its teachings. That would amount to rewriting the Bible itself! To see how this is about power, not dialogue, turn the situation around: what if the Pope insisted that the LGBT community change its teachings or its behavior?Ironically, Medical Xpress listed some of the many health problems (physical and mental) suffered by LGBT people, but attributed it all to “discrimination” even though being gay or transgender is trendy these days. LGBT people who “come out” get sparkling coverage in the media. They launch “pride parades” in every western country (even Israel) with no interference, often with the active support and participation of mayors and other political leaders. There’s even a Gay Pride Month (June). Nevertheless, the article preaches to the guiltless that they need to be even more “inclusive” and “tolerant.” Why are they not preaching that to Muslim countries who kill homosexuals, throwing them off buildings or stoning them? Incredibly, after the Muslim attack on the gay nightclub in Orlando, the liberal press jumped to the conclusion that Christians had created a “climate of intolerance” against gays that led to the horror, even though the perpetrator openly shouted, texted and phoned that he pledged allegiance to ISIS while mowing down 49 people (The Stream). The Obama Justice Department only permitted full transcripts of his rants to be released after a public outcry over redactions in Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s first release that downplayed the Islamic motivations (Fox News).Sharia: Classical liberalism would support women’s rights around the globe, so why are serious violations of women’s rights in Muslim nations given a pass? This is a huge discussion among conservatives these days, but you would never know about it from the left-leaning secular press. Astonishingly, Science Daily posted an opinion from the American Psychological Association in support of Muslim men’s domination of women by forcing them to cover up. “Veils, Headscarves May Improve Observers’ Ability to Judge Truthfulness,” says the headline, effectively rationalizing Islamic subordination of women over concerns that judges, jurors and attorneys cannot gauge facial expressions of Muslim women on the stand when they cover up. PhysOrg notes that conservatives and liberals have different reactions to Osama bin Laden’s death. Who, would you predict, is portrayed in the article as more open-minded? “Liberals tend to be more malleable, so their beliefs can change, whereas conservatives are sort of always on guard.”Assisted dying: The Hippocratic Oath “Do no harm” was thrown out the window when assisted-dying laws were passed in the Netherlands, Belgium and most recently in Canada and California. Conservatives are appalled at the rise of the “culture of death” in western countries (see articles by Wesley J. Smith at Evolution News & Views), but secular liberals—the same ones who love Darwin—are all for it. True, Medical Xpress worried about the ethics of killing psychiatric patients, who might be vulnerable, but not about the policy itself. Here’s the shocking conclusion of a recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal: “Perhaps those who advocate for extending access to people with psychiatric disorders may be willing to tolerate a number of potentially avoidable premature deaths as acceptable because access to assisted dying is felt to be so important in principle. However, that argument must be made explicit and debated publicly.” Just tell the public, in other words, that you have to break some eggs to make an omelette.Tyranny: America outwardly celebrates the “land of the free and the home of the brave” on July 4, but leftists prefer government control over liberty. As pointed out above, some Christian conservatives have already suffered great loss for conscience’s sake, just for having convictions about traditional marriage, sex roles or abortion. The threat of government coercion is gaining momentum with California’s bill to force Christian colleges to adopt the LGBT agenda or go out of business (hear Al Mohler’s clarion call about the danger of SB 1146 on The Briefing, June 30). California is also considering a bill to threaten skeptics of global warming (source) with prosecution. PhysOrg, reporting on climate scientists telling Congress that climate change is a real threat, promoted in another PhysOrg article the views of Renee Cho who advocates pricing carbon—not products made from carbon, mind you, but the element itself. In a touch of conscience, Science Daily realized that “Climate scientists are more credible when they practice what they preach: People are more willing to take advice from climate researchers who reduce their own carbon footprint.” (What the article didn’t point out is the number of private jets and jumbo jets flying elitist scientists and politicians to climate summits each year.) Science Magazine gave favorable press to a book by George Woodwell who, in the tradition of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, advocates more government control of business to save the ecology. Leftists look to governance as the solution, and individual liberty as the problem. Increasingly, they look to global governance. Ronald Reagan, by contrast, famously said, “Government is not the solution to our problems. Government is the problem.” Whether the Brexit vote and Trump’s popularity portend the beginnings of a fundamental shift back toward liberty, or instead the 1984-style statism is arriving 32 years later than George Orwell predicted, remains to be seen.This means war: Institutional science (as a political and cultural force) presents itself as the champion of Reason. But instead of arguing propositions, considering fairly the arguments and evidence for and against each issue (as Darwin suggested), in these days Big Science presents The Consensus. One must bow to the consensus as if to an oligarchy; dissenting worldviews (such as theism) are not allowed (6/22/16). In a book review in Science Magazine, reviewer Peter R. Reczek, working for the AAAS, says “The Battle Lines are Drawn.” Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Shawn Otto, author of The War on Science Who’s Waging It, Why It Matters, What We Can Do About It, he lumps “religious groups” in with other bogeymen (tobacco companies, climate skeptics and large corporations), portraying them at war with science. Resurrecting the old warfare thesis that was roundly debunked by historians of science, Otto and Reczek, with the help of the AAAS, draw their line in the sand to oppose The Enemy, including creationists, intelligent design advocates and those captive to “entrenched religious dogma.” Using the Association Fallacy, they portray those “anti-science” people in the same corral as anti-vaccinators, climate skeptics and Greenpeace activists. Igor Juricevic even lumps them in with flat earthers (The Conversation). Both Juricevic and Reczek, incidentally, use the Galileo Affair to promote their causes, despite well-studied corrections to the popular myths about what happened in 17th-century Italy. But no matter; the battle lines are drawn now, and the nonconformists—including intelligent design advocates—must be opposed. The progress of science depends on it!The reason for this entry is to motivate our readers to pray. These violations of God’s laws are making us ripe for judgment. Isaiah warned, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:2). Judgment often begins at the house of God (I Peter 4:17). We are at the verge of losing religious liberty in America, National Review warns, and if evangelicals don’t act now, we will lose our freedoms. Al Mohler’s briefing is very alarming; America could be at the tipping point. Knowing the danger we are in—the loss of our freedoms and threats to our national security—the Family Research Council has urged Christ followers to join the annual ‘Call 2 Fall‘ on our knees in prayer this Sunday, the day before America’s Independence Day. Voting or any other political involvement, though important, takes a back seat to seeking God with all your heart. (Hear Washington Watch for July 1).Our founding fathers recognized in 1776 that the source of freedom is the Creator of our unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 240 years later, the America of 2016 is becoming an enemy of those values. But the solution to the current darkness is not just voting for the right candidate or enacting more laws. Unless people’s hearts change, even a good government cannot restrain evil. As Solzhenitzen said, the reason for the great disasters that fell on his country of Russia in the 20th century was that they had forgotten God. Tyranny haunts the horizon of every age; more Lenins and Hitlers lurk in the shadows, waiting for their chance. The path to liberty and blessing is clear in Scripture: “If My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sins and heal their land” (II Chronicles 7:14). (Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Countries commit to COP 17 outcomes

first_img7 May 2012Representatives from the 32 countries in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), meeting in Bonn, Germany this weekend, expressed their determination to build on the strong momentum of the UN climate talks in Durban.The representatives looked at what needed to be done to ensure that key decisions that came out of the Durban conference were effectively implemented. They also made a commitment to intensify the curbing of greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change.The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, which took place in Durban in November/December 2011, delivered a comprehensive package of decisions that advances the global effort to address climate change.One of the central outcomes of the meeting in South Africa was to pave the way for a legally binding agreement under the UN Climate Convention applicable to all parties, to be completed by 2015 and to come into effect from 2020.‘Implementation and implementation now’Speaking at the two-day Bonn meeting, South Africa’s international relations minister and COP 17 president, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, said the Durban conference had resulted in one of the furthest reaching, most encompassing outcomes in the history of the climate change negotiations.She reiterated that equity needed to be a central component of any future global climate change regime.“Let me also remind you that as we build towards the future, we must remain seized with implementing the agreements that have been made on the Green Climate Fund, finance, adaptation, technology and capacity building,” Nkoana-Mashabane said.“The key focus area must still remain: implementation, implementation and implementation now.”Keeping the Kyoto Protocol aliveNkoana-Mashabane said political guidance was needed in several areas to make progress this year. This, she pointed out, included the amending the Kyoto Protocol in Doha at the end of the year so that it could continue at the beginning of 2013.She said there was a need to clarify emission reduction pledges and accounting arrangements outside of the Kyoto Protocol for the period up to 2020. This would then lead to the completion of the final steps to operationalize the adaptation and technology institutions to help enhance developing country action.The other step, Nkoana-Mashabane told the participants, would be to advance on long-term climate finance; and finally to define the path for a new global climate change agreement.UNFCCC executive secretary Christiana Figueres, who addressed the informal meeting, also stressed that governments needed to act urgently, decisively and tangibly to reduce emissions.Raising levels of ambitionNoting that this was economically feasible and technically attainable, Nkoana-Mashabane said success would, however, depend on ambitious reduction efforts in industrialised countries, and on a sufficient level of ambition to support action by developing countries.At COP 17, governments noted with “grave concern” the significant gap between countries’ current pledges to curb emissions and what was required to limit the increase of global average temperatures to, at the most, 2 degrees Celsius.Because of this, they had agreed to undertake a work plan to close the gap between what had already been pledged and what was required to meet this goal.The launch of the new negotiations to shape the new global climate change agreement, and first discussions on how to raise ambition, will take place at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn from 14 to 25 May, a meeting which is designed to prepare decisions for adoption at the UN Climate Change Conference in Qatar from 26 November to 7 December.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Orange you ready for Christmas?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Thanksgiving has whizzed by and the smells, tastes and sights of the season are beginning to infuse throughout homes across Ohio. Oranges, tangelos and grapefruits have always been a played vivid role in my Christmas memories. We found oranges in the toe of our stockings, in Grandma’s orange apricot balls (last Christmas edition) and in Christmas morning orange salad. One Christmas, Grandma even had us making a child’s worst craft nightmare — orange clove pomanders. They smelled great but if memory serves me correct, it was the most tedious and boring craft poking whole cloves to cover an entire orange!The FFA plays a huge part in my Christmas citrus memories. I am not sure when The FFA began providing the logistics for December fruit delivery to Ohio. My Dad doesn’t remember selling fruit during his high school years in the 1950s. But by the 1970s our family excitedly waited for the Naval and Pink grapefruit to arrive shortly after Thanksgiving from the local FFA boys. Nothing could beat the taste of those sweet juicy Navels. By the 80s, fruit sales were in full swing when Paul remembers selling 112 cases and receiving a plaque as Top Citrus Salesman. Years later our own sons Jake and Luke joined in and our house was filled with cases of fruit waiting to be delivered during the holiday season. The sale hasn’t changed much over the years except now selections include add-ons such as strawberries, apples, cheese, nuts and even barbecue sauce.More important than providing fruit for my Christmas memories is the significance of the fruit sales as a fundraiser. Melissa Bell of Ohio FFA states that the fruit sale is vital to chapters and the Ohio FFA. Chapters raise multiple thousands of dollars — one chapter even raised enough to build a greenhouse. Ohio FFA receives nearly $50,000 in rebates from fruit sales that help fund special state FFA projects, state officer projects and the State FFA Convention and awards program. One of their biggest suppliers is the Florida Farm Bureau. An interesting ag factoid is that Florida and California combine to produce 97% of orange production, with Arizona and Texas filling in the remaining 3%. Thanks this year to Northeastern and Fairbanks FFA for filling our Christmas citrus order.Thanks to the FFA logistics Santa could always put an orange in my stocking for Christmas. Paul and I passed the tradition of putting oranges in our boys’ stockings. It never crossed our minds to the reason we did it, we just did. My parents both said as kids they didn’t have stockings at Christmas. They admitted they put oranges our stockings because they were healthy, plus they took up a lot of room so my parents didn’t have to put much else in the stockings.Other friends of all ages responded in overwhelming numbers that the folklore and traditions about the Christmas orange were not known. Oranges were put in stockings primarily because they were inexpensive and took up a lot of room in the stocking. I am sure I appreciate that reason more as a parent then I did as a child. It will be interesting to see if the availability of year-round fruit will decrease the excitement to receiving a piece of fruit Christmas morning. Still without answers about the origins of the orange tradition, I hoped that Google could help me. Here is what I found.In 16th century Britain, it became all the craze to build “orangeries” which were greenhouses where oranges were grown in pots. This being an expensive venture, oranges were primarily enjoyed by the wealthy. The poor enjoyed them only as a rare treat. Oranges were enjoyed during the 12 days of Christmas.Another folktale tells a story of a man in Turkey that was so poor he didn’t have money for his three daughters’ dowries. St. Nick threw 3 bags of gold down the chimney, which landed in the three daughters’ stockings hanging by the fire to dry. The Christmas orange symbolizes the gold coins left in toe.By the late 19th century, transportation made oranges more available nationwide during the Christmas season. During the Depression, oranges became a treasured commodity to children with stories of filling stockings with treasured fruit and nuts. Laura Ingalls Wilder even retells a story of receiving a Christmas orange in her stocking.My favorite story of all is that the slices of the orange represent the ability to share what you have with others. It’s a great reminder that that giving and sharing can cost no more than that of an orange. Bottom line: Stock up on your citrus from the FFA, buy small stockings and have a citrus filled Christmas! Christmas Citrus Salad 1 pink grapefruit, peeled3 Navel oranges, peeled2 tangelos, peeled2-3 Tablespoon powdered sugar½-1 tsp. Cinnamon1/3 c cranberries¼ c walnuts  Cut Citrus in half and then chop in bite sized pieces. Stir in powdered sugar and cinnamon. Serve. Five Spice Appetizer Meatballs Floridacitrus.org 1 slightly beaten egg white 3/4 cup soft bread crumbs 1/4 teaspoon five-spice powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 pound lean ground beef 1-1/2 cups Florida Orange Juice* 3 tablespoons honey 4 teaspoons cornstarch 4 teaspoons soy sauce 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1 medium red and/or green sweet pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces *May substitute Florida Orange Juice from Concentrate  In a large bowl combine egg white, bread crumbs, five-spice powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add beef; mix well. Shape into 48 1-inch meatballs. Place in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until no pink remains in center of meatballs. Drain.Meanwhile, in a large saucepan stir together orange juice, honey, cornstarch, soy sauce and ginger. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Add sweet pepper and meatballs in saucepan; cook and stir until heated through. Keep warm in a fondue pot or chafing dish. Serve with toothpicks. Yield: Makes 48 Broiled Grapefruit marthastewart.com1 blood orange2 Pink grapefruitsPowdered sugar, for dusting Preheat oven to 250°. Wash and dry blood orange, then use a serrated knife to slice off four thin rounds. Arrange on a baking sheet lined with nonstick baking mat; dust with powdered sugar. Cook until completely dry flipping halfway through about 45 minutes. Let cool completely.Heat broiler, with rack 6 inches from heat. Halve grapefruits; loosen segments from membranes with a knife, keeping halves intact. Broil until browned in spots on top 2-3 minutes. Top each half with a blood orange slice and dust with powdered sugar. Serve immediately. Tangelo Pork Stir-Fry eatingwell.com 4 servings, about 1 1/4 cups each2 tangelos3 teaspoons toasted sesame oil, divided1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into thin strips2 medium shallots, thinly sliced2 cloves garlic, minced2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper2 red bell peppers, thinly sliced2 stalks celery, thinly sliced2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce1 tablespoon rice vinegar2 teaspoons cornstarch  Using a vegetable peeler, remove zest from tangelos in long strips. Cut the strips lengthwise into very thin pieces. Cut the tangelos in half and squeeze enough juice from them to get 1/2 cup.Heat a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Swirl in 2 teaspoons oil, then add pork and cook, stirring, until just cooked, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil to the pan along with shallots, garlic, ginger, crushed red pepper and the zest. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add bell peppers and celery and cook, stirring constantly, until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in the tangelo juice and soy sauce; bring to a simmer. Cook for 1 minute.Whisk vinegar and cornstarch in a small bowl, then pour it into the pan along with the pork and its juices. Cook, stirring often, until thickened and bubbling and the pork is heated through, about 1 minute. Makes 4 servings: Nutrition Per serving : 222 Calories; 6 g Fat; 1 g Sat; 2 g Mono; 74 mg Cholesterol; 16 g Carbohydrates; 26 g Protein; 3 g Fiber; 346 mg Sodium; 665 mg Potassium Clove Orange Pomander1 orangecolored ribbonClovesWrap the ribbon around the orange, twisting at the base, to divide the orange into quarters. Feed the ends under the piece of ribbon at the top of the orange. Tie a simple overhand knot to secure the ribbon in place.Now start pressing cloves into your orange. If the skin is tough pre-poke holes with a wooden skewer. Fill in between the ribbon with cloves or make pretty patterns on your orange with cloves. Try making stars, hearts and more! Use a citrus scorer to increase the fragrance by removing strings of peel. Once you are finished, hang the clove orange on your tree by tying it on with the extra ribbon, and enjoy the spicy Christmas aroma!last_img read more

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Super Salah bags two in victory over Southampton

first_imgLiverpool 3 Southampton 0: Record-breaking Salah blows Saints away Iain Strachan Last updated 1 year ago 00:53 11/19/17 mohamedsalah - cropped Getty Images Mohamed Salah surpassed a long-standing Robbie Fowler achievement to fire Liverpool to a comfortable 3-0 win over Southampton. Liverpool defeated Southampton 3-0 in the Premier League to seize on Tottenham’s north London derby defeat, as Mohamed Salah broke a Robbie Fowler record and Philippe Coutinho shone on his return to the starting XI.Egypt international Salah struck twice in the space of 10 first-half minutes to put the hosts firmly in charge against the lacklustre Saints.In doing so Salah, signed from Roma for a club-record fee in June, notched the ninth goal from his first 12 Premier League appearances on Merseyside, surpassing Liverpool’s previous best of eight from 12 set by Fowler in 1993. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The ex-Chelsea attacker’s exploits have helped to disguise the defensive failings of Jurgen Klopp’s side, although they were not at risk of being exposed by the toothless away team at Anfield on Saturday.Coutinho, named in the side from kick-off after recovering from a thigh injury, set up Salah’s second and scored the third himself in a performance that demonstrated the continuing importance of a player targeted heavily by Barcelona in the off-season.And the victory, Liverpool’s fourth in succession in all competitions, means they are just one point behind fourth-placed Champions League qualification rivals Spurs, who lost 2-0 at neighbours Arsenal earlier in the day, as Klopp’s attention turns to the crunch away match against Sevilla on Tuesday.Three goals, three points.A pleasing return from the international break for the Reds! pic.twitter.com/kF6GX94Kdu— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 18, 2017The visitors almost gifted Liverpool the lead in the ninth minute, as Virgil van Dijk’s mistake, Cedric Soares’ missed clearance and a Fraser Forster fumble saw the ball fall to Salah, but the Egypt international’s shot was deflected wide.Another error prompted Liverpool’s opener to arrive in the 31st minute and this time Dusan Tadic was to blame, the Serbia international losing possession after attempting to dribble the ball clear following a corner.A quick exchange of passes after the turnover saw Georginio Wijnaldum tee up Salah, who curled a brilliant strike into the top left corner from 20 yards.Southampton’s defence were found badly wanting for the second goal 10 minutes later.Coutinho glided forward unopposed and prodded a clever pass into the area, which Salah raced on to and slid between the legs of the helpless Forster.The current #PL top scorer… pic.twitter.com/zns1R3t9Er — Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 18, 2017 Southampton enjoyed a rare sight of goal six minutes into the second half, Sofiane Boufal cutting into the area from the left but seeing his shot blocked by the massed ranks of the Liverpool defence.Coutinho went close four minutes later, dribbling directly at goal and shooting narrowly wide with Forster scrambling.The England international shot-stopper was left with no chance five minutes later. He did well to parry a fierce Roberto Firmino strike from a tight angle on the right side of the penalty area, but the rebound fell kindly to Coutinho, who steered home a cool finish to put the result beyond any doubt. Key Opta stats:- Liverpool have won three consecutive Premier League games for the first time in 2017, having last done so in December 2016 (a run of four wins).  – This was Jurgen Klopp’s first victory over Southampton in the Premier League (W1 D3 L1), meaning he has now won against 21 of the 23 teams he has faced in the competition – only against Manchester United (4) and Newcastle United (3) has he failed to win.- Mohamed Salah has netted nine goals in the Premier League this term; the most by any Liverpool player in their first 12 appearances in the competition.- Southampton have scored only nine goals in the Premier League this term; their fewest after 12 games of a top-flight campaign since 1998-99 (also nine), when they finished 17th and avoided relegation by just five points. – Philippe Coutinho has been directly involved in 14 goals in his last 15 appearances for Liverpool in the Premier League (10 goals and four assists). – Indeed, the Brazilian (31) is now the player with the third-most assists for Liverpool in Premier League history, with only Steven Gerrard (92) and Steve McManaman (58) having made more. read morelast_img read more