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  • BJP banks on Modi factor as Kanhaiya perks up fight in Begusarai

    first_imgUjiarpur/Begusarai: An energetic campaign boosted by his image of being a trenchant critic of the Modi government has propelled CPI’s Kanhaiya Kumar into the centre stage of electoral contest in Begusarai seat but many see his rising graph posing a bigger threat to the opposition RJD than the ruling BJP.The BJP supporters in Begusarai and other Lok Sabha seats in the region, which will vote on April 29, assert that the appeal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi remains a big draw for voters, while the opposition’s alliance is hoping to counter it with its social arithmetic at several places. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’If the Modi factor is powering the BJP’s campaign, the alliance of the Lalu Prasad’s RJD, Upendra Kushwaha’s RLSP and the Congress is betting on a formidable social equation in these seats, including Ujiarpur, where Kushwaha is taking on Bihar BJP chief Nityanand Rai to make the going difficult for the saffron party. Both Ujiarpur and Begusarai were won by the BJP in 2014. In the 2014 polls, BJP’s Bhola Singh, who died in October last year, had defeated Lalu Prasad-led RJD’s Tanveer Hasan, who is again in the fray, with a margin of 5.4 per cent votes (more than 58,000). The JD(U)-backed CPI had finished a distant third with near 93,000 votes. Singh had got over 4.29 lakh votes. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KCPI has fielded Kumar, former JNU students union leader, this time, while BJP has brought in union minister Giriraj Singh, who had won from Nawada last time. However, for most BJP leaders and supporters Prime Minister Modi is the main draw and even Singh has said that it is Modi himself who is the NDA candidate on all seats in the state and the leaders fighting the elections are only his “symbols”. “Giriraj Singh will win. Our vote is for Modi. He has done a lot. ‘Aur option kya hai Dilli mein’ (What other option we have for the central government),” said Sanjay Kumar, who hails from an extremely backward community. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) is now a BJP ally, boosting the saffron party’s prospects but the 32-year-old former JNU student union president Kumar is threatening the traditional social equations with his high-pitched electioneering. The fact that a number of public figures like actor Prakash Raj and lyricist Javed Akhtar, vocal critics of the Modi government, have come to the town to campaign for him, has strengthened the perception that he poses a better challenge to the BJP than Hasan, a soft-spoken leader who many believe lacks Kumar’s appeal and connect. Villagers in Bachhwara, where Yadavs — the backbone of RJD’s support — hold sway, display open sympathy for Kanhaiya and many say they will vote for him while several others insist that they cannot help but support “our leader Lalu when he needs us the most”. “Kanhaiya takkad de sakta hai BJP ko (Kanhaiya can challenge the BJP),” Rambadan Rai says. Arvind Kumar, another local, claims the CPI leader is the voice of people and deserves to be in Parliament. Many anti-BJP voters say they will wait till the day of polling to decide whom to back between Kumar and Hasan. Shakeel Ahmed, an RJD worker, says Muslims have sympathy for Kumar because of his strident stand against the BJP and the RSS but the community may end up backing the RJD candidate. “You need anywhere between 4 to 5 lakh votes to win. How can the Left get so many votes just because their candidate is Kanhaiya,” he asks. Kumar’s critics have also cited his alleged links to anti-India protests in the JNU and incidents of his supporters beating up protestors showing him black flags to corner him. The BJP watchers feel the party’s tactic of making the election a contest about Modi is working, with most of its supporters asserting their vote is for the prime minister and not for the candidate and lauding his government on issues like national security and strong leadership. In Ujiarpur, even some BJP supporters express their anger at Rai, the saffron party’s candidate, for his “dismal presence” in the constituency and due to concerns over poor availability of drinking water. Kushwaha, who was a BJP ally in 2014 but switched over to the opposition camp last year, appears to have succeeded in winning over a big chunk of his community, who are present in large number in the seat. Vinod Chaudhary, a BJP supporter in Dalsingh Sarai, says “a strong Modi wave” is needed for Rai to win from here. Asked if such a wave is there, he says reflectively, “There is a current but who knows how strong it is.” PTIlast_img read more

  • Egyptian Woman Allegedly Kicked Out of Beach Resort for Wearing Burkini

    Ghita El HafidiRabat – A group of people allegedly forced a Hijabi woman out of the “Hacienda Bay Resort” in Egypt, for wearing a body-covering burkini.The incident has prompted many people to take to social media networks to share pictures taken to expose the reality of “the regressive and bigoted religious conflicts.” Sarah El Amry, a Facebook user, who witnessed the entire incidence, shared a post about it on Sunday, saying that she found it “outrageous how people reacted when they spotted the woman swimming in a burkini at beach resort.”“A group of people forced her out of the beach and wanted to check the material of her burkini because they worried it was ‘unhygienic,” El Amry wrote. “Some of them even beat the woman’s husband and her young son,” she added.Soon after she shared it, El Amry’s post went viral and thousands of people worldwide took advantage of the platform to comment on the incident.While many were irritated by the way the woman was treated, others shared comments stating there was more to the story, saying the woman was forced out because she was taking pictures of other women in bikinis.Other Facebook users who claimed to witness the incident, however, said that the event was “true” and confirmed El Amry’s post.The dramatic episode is only the most recent incident of its kind to be shared on social media in the past year. Over the Eid El-Fitr holiday, a Lebanese Muslim woman shared her own experience of being forced out of a beach resort for wearing a burkini. A video was also uploaded on YouTube last August showing a woman in Egypt forced to leave a swimming pool due to her swimsuit.Designed to help Muslim women enjoy the beach without compromising their modest dress code, the burkini has stirred controversy all over the world in the past couple of years.In 2016, several towns in France decided to ban full-body swimsuits. The country’s highest administrative court, however, later ruled that the “burkini ban” is illegal and a violation of fundamental liberties. read more

  • Possible food crisis looms over DPR Korea warns UN agency

    16 April 2008The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is facing a potential food crisis owing to a low harvest resulting partly from last summer’s heavy floods. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is facing a potential food crisis owing to a low harvest resulting partly from last summer’s heavy floods. “The food security situation in the DPRK is clearly bad and getting worse,” said WFP’s Regional Director for Asia, Tony Banbury. “It is increasingly likely that external assistance will be urgently required to avert a serious tragedy.” It is estimated that more than 6.5 million people in DPRK suffer from food insecurity, and that number is expected to increase unless the growing food shortages are addressed. In addition to the poor harvest, DPRK, like many other countries around the world, is trying to cope with the recent surge in food prices. The prices of staple foods such as rice and maize have doubled in the capital, Pyongyang, over the past year and are now at their highest recorded levels since 2004. “The rapid rise in the real price of food for persons living in the DPRK confirms WFP’s fears that the DPRK may suffer deeper and more widespread hunger this year,” said Jean-Pierre de Margerie, WFP Country Director in Pyongyang. “Now it takes a third of a month’s salary just to buy a few days worth of rice. Families and especially vulnerable persons will suffer from lack of access to food, eat fewer meals and have a poorer diet, increasing their vulnerability to diseases and illness,” he stated.The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has predicted a food shortfall of 1.66 million metric tons in the country this year – almost twice the 2007 deficit and the highest since 2001. Until 2005, WFP was assisting over six million people in DPRK – some 25 per cent of the population. Since 2006, following a DPRK government decision to reduce its operation, WFP has been assisting 1.1 million of the most vulnerable persons, mainly women and children. The agency plans to distribute 45,000 metric tons of food in 50 of the DPRK’s 203 counties until August, when its food aid programme is scheduled to end. “WFP stands ready to do its part to help the people of the DPRK meet their minimum food needs, and avoid a possible return to the tragic circumstances of the past,” said Mr. Banbury. “But WFP cannot solve the problem on its own. The DPRK government needs to provide the necessary operating conditions for aid agencies so that donors have confidence that their donations will be used for the intended purposes. And donors need to do their part to ensure that the people of DPRK do not go hungry, or worse.” read more

  • Annan congratulates Bill and Melinda Gates on Africare award

    He was congratulating the couple on being selected as the recipients tonight of the 2003 Bishop John T. Walker Humanitarian Award from Africare, a 33-year-old Washington, D.C.-based, Africa-focused aid organization founded by former Peace Corps official C. Payne Lucas. The late Bishop Walker was the long-time chairman of Africare and the first African-American Episcopalian bishop of Washington.”Bill and Melinda Gates have helped set new standards in philanthropy and partnerships,” Mr. Annan said in a message to the award dinner. “Time and again, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has demonstrated its visionary approach to the use of wealth for the greatest public good, in areas from education to public health in this country and the developing world.”Nowhere has this approach been more important than in the global fight against HIV/AIDS – an issue which I have made my personal priority.”The leadership they have contributed to that fight “not only serves as a powerful example to other donors and to governments, in its own right, it is also helping to save millions of lives.”Previous award recipients included former South African President Nelson Mandela, former South African Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, lawyer-activist Sargent Shriver and entertainer-activist Harry Belafonte. read more

  • No Pixar film planned for next year as Walt Disney Pictures bumps

    No Pixar film planned for next year as Walt Disney Pictures bumps ‘The Good Dinosaur’ to 2015 NEW YORK, N.Y. – Walt Disney Pictures has pushed the release date of the Pixar film “The Good Dinosaur” to November 2015, leaving the Pixar cupboard bare for next year.The 3-D film had been planned to hit theatres in May before Disney’s announcement Wednesday. It means that 2014 will be the first year since 2005 to go without a new Pixar movie.“The Good Dinosaur” imagines a world if dinosaurs never became extinct. The production has been rocky, with director Bob Peterson exiting the film last month. A replacement hasn’t been named.Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” sequel, “Finding Dory,” has been pushed from November 2015 to June 2016. Planned for summer 2015 is “Inside Out,” a film set inside a young girl’s brain. by The Associated Press Posted Sep 18, 2013 4:13 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

  • Wet weather and report of planting delays send corn futures higher Soybeans

    AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Wet weather and planting delays for this year’s crop are sending the price of corn higher.Corn for July delivery rose 8 cents to $5.22 a bushel Tuesday. Corn has been rising steadily since the beginning of the year and is up 24 per cent so far.Wheat and soybean futures also rose. The July wheat contract rose 8 cents to $7.17 a bushel and soybeans for delivery in the same month rose 17 cents to $15.17 a bushel.A report released Monday afternoon by the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed that planting for this year’s corn crop is going much more slowly than normal, said Brandon Marshall, a commodity analyst with Northstar Commodity in Minneapolis.Metals prices ended mixed. Energy futures rose slightly. Wet weather and report of planting delays send corn futures higher; Soybeans also rise by The Associated Press Posted Apr 29, 2014 2:13 pm MDT read more

  • Apples Tim Cook says Apple Pay had 1 million activations in first

    Apple’s Tim Cook says Apple Pay had 1 million activations in first 3 days AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. – Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple’s new mobile payment system had over 1 million activations in the first three days after it became available, and is now more widely used than any competing payment system.“We’re already No. 1. We’re more than the total of the other guys,” Cook boasted Monday during a tech industry conference, “and we’ve only been at it a week.” He said Visa and MasterCard officials have told Apple that the Apple Pay system is already seeing more use than similar “contactless” methods of paying for purchases.While Apple has partnered with major banks and large retail chains including Macy’s Inc., Walgreen Co. and McDonald’s Corp., critics have noted that it’s not accepted by a number of other large chains. Among them are the drugstore chains CVS Caremark Corp. and Rite Aid Corp., which belong to a retail coalition working on a rival system.Cook also said he plans to talk with Jack Ma, executive chairman of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, later this week about a possible partnership, although he offered no details. Ma told the same audience earlier Monday that he would be “very interested” in teaming with Apple to bring Apple Pay to China.Ma and Cook spoke during separate appearances on an outdoor stage on the opening night of a three-day tech conference organized by The Wall Street Journal.Responding to questions, Cook also said he expects Apple’s iPhone will continue to be the company’s biggest-selling product, contributing the majority of Apple’s revenue and profit, for the next few years. But he boasted that sales of Apple’s Mac computers are growing faster than the overall personal computer industry, which has struggled in recent years.He also touted the upcoming release of an Apple smartwatch and dropped broad hints about Apple’s work on a new television product, which has been rumoured for years.Today’s televisions haven’t advanced much technologically in the last 30 years, Cook said. “So I think there’s a lot to be done here.”Cook didn’t offer specifics, but he said, “It’s an area where I’m optimistic that there is something great that can be done in the space.”Apple started operating its new digital payments service last week, offering it only in the United States to start, and only for users of its newest models of iPhones and iPads. The company has touted the privacy and security features of its service, which uses a sophisticated encryption system to let users charge purchases on credit card accounts without having to show their card or account number.Repeating a favourite dig at competitors such as Google and Facebook, Cook said Apple doesn’t collect user data or purchase information. “We don’t want to know what you buy. We’re not Big Brother; we’ll leave that to other people.”Speaking earlier, Ma said he is looking for a variety of U.S. partners for Alibaba Group, the Chinese firm that held a record stock market debut on Wall Street earlier this year. Ma said he is visiting Hollywood film studios this week to discuss potential deals, because “China will be the largest movie market in the world” in the next 10 or 15 years.Alibaba operates several Internet services, including retail sites, online payments and streaming video. Ma said Alibaba is also helping U.S. food producers, including cherry farmers from Washington state and fishermen from Alaska, sell their harvests in China. by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press Posted Oct 27, 2014 11:37 pm MDT read more

  • South African rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen dies aged 45

    first_img Follow us: the42.ie Source: Brian O’Driscoll/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 6 Feb 2017, 12:42 PM 34 Comments We wish to express our sincere condolences to the family of Joost Van Der Westhuizen. An inspiration to us all in so many ways. #RIPJoost pic.twitter.com/PGVJhTSmjh— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) February 6, 2017 http://the42.ie/3225226 RIP Joost van der Westhuizen. An incredible player and fighter to the end. The first of the new age 9’s.— Brian O’Driscoll (@BrianODriscoll) February 6, 2017 Van der Westhuizen meeting Ireland’s Paul O’Connell, Peter O’Mahony, Les Kiss, Mike Ross and Tommy Bowe at Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel in 2014. Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO – © AFP 2017The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Source: Irish Rugby/Twitter All Blacks lock Tuipulotu suspended after failed drugs test‘There’s still a championship there for us’ – Jackson eyes Italian job after Scottish defeat 39,561 Views Feb 6th 2017, 12:42 PM Source: South African Rugby/Twitter Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO RIP Joost van der Westhuizen, 1971-2017. Condolences to the family and friends of a true Springbok hero. pic.twitter.com/ZZ7IBEBcyE— Springboks (@Springboks) February 6, 2017 Van der Westhuizen meeting Ireland’s Paul O’Connell, Peter O’Mahony, Les Kiss, Mike Ross and Tommy Bowe at Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel in 2014. By AFP South African rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen dies aged 45 The World Cup-winning Springbok scrum-half had been battling motor neurone disease since 2011. SOUTH AFRICAN RUGBY legend Joost van der Westhuizen has passed away after a battle with motor neurone disease.The 45-year-old was rushed to hospital in a critical condition on Saturday and his own JD Foundation confirmed the sad news this afternoon.It is with great sadness that we confirm the passing of Joost,” read a short statement on Facebook. “He passed away in his home surrounded by his loved ones. He will be sorely missed xx.”The former scrum-half, a Springboks captain who won the 1995 World Cup, was diagnosed with the condition in 2011. In action for the Springboks in 1994. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesVan der Westhuizen scored 38 Test tries in 89 appearances in the green and gold by the time he retired in 2003.The iconic rugby player set up the J9 Foundation to promote awareness around motor neurone disease. Short URL Share371 Tweet Email last_img read more

  • There isnt an openly gay professional player in this country

    first_img Subscribe By Murray Kinsella Short URL Apr 21st 2019, 10:00 AM 84 Comments 46,288 Views https://the42.ie/4600572 center_img Sunday 21 Apr 2019, 10:00 AM Share Tweet Email ‘There isn’t an openly gay professional player in this country’ The Emerald Warriors will host the Union Cup in Dublin this summer. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article AS WITH MOST rugby clubs around Ireland and the rest of the rugby-playing world, the Emerald Warriors’ Whatsapp groups have been discussing Israel Folau in recent times.The Warriors, an inclusive rugby club based in Dublin’s LGBT community, understand the negative effects of the homophobic post that Folau shared on Instagram – and Billy Vunipola’s subsequent defence of it – better than most.Major progress has been made in Irish rugby becoming more inclusive and the Warriors are thrilled to be hosting the Union Cup – Europe’s biggest LGBT+ inclusive tournament – in Dublin on 8 and 9 June this summer, in conjunction with the IRFU. Emerald Warriors players with Lindsay Peat and Nigel Owens at the recent launch of the Union Cup. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHOBut comments like those from Folau are damaging to the efforts around the world to ensure that gay people feel comfortable getting involved in rugby. They’re also simply damaging to the LGBT community in general.“Massively so,” says Richie Fagan, a player with Emerald Warriors and the chair for the 2019 Union Cup.“It’s scary because we feel at times that we’ve come so far, particularly here in Ireland with the marriage referendum and the work we’ve done there, then you realise how much work there still is to be done.“It was upsetting to see those comments and it’s scary some of the players that liked his post, but it does reassure you when you see that the reaction from the majority is that it’s not good enough. We’re extremely grateful to see the reaction.“We welcome the actions of Rugby Australia and thankfully this is not something we experience every day. However, it does exist and there have been plenty of times where we have experienced that kind of carry-on on or off the pitch.“The level of skill that Folau has, the professional type of player he is on the pitch, it’s hard to put the two together. It’s hard to think that guy would have a side to him that’s stuck in the dark ages. We’re in 2019 and that mindset is somewhere in the dark ages.”Fagan cites figures from a Sport England paper in 2016 to underline why homophobia is such a danger to rugby and other sports.Just 17% of people within the LGBT community surveyed were members of sports clubs, while the paper highlighted a study showing that 84% of gay men and 82% of gay women had experienced the use of homophobic slurs such as ‘faggot’ or ‘dyke’ in their sports.“It’s even about the language that people use and making sure there’s no micro-aggression,” says Fagan. “It’s at the forefront of my mind now, around those words that are used around slagging even from a small level. Source: Emerald Warriors/Facebook“Zero tolerance to homophobia is what’s needed and that’s what we’re working hard to show with the work we do.”Fagan stresses that Irish rugby has come very far in terms of being inclusive and welcoming to the LGBT community, but clearly there is much more to be done.“There isn’t an openly gay professional player in this country,” says Fagan.“We do know of other [gay] players that are at club level who come on tour with us but play for different clubs during the season.“So rugby in Ireland is quite inclusive but the success of our club nearly shows that there is a need for more inclusivity.”Emerald Warriors, who also welcome heterosexual members, have made real growth since they were founded in 2003, taking pride in their 90% retention rate of players.Membership numbers have developed to a current 150, with the club now fielding two teams in the Leinster Metro Leagues. Fagan, who joined the Warriors in 2012, says his involvement with the club has changed him as a person.“I never thought I’d be coming up to this level of engagement in bringing the Union Cup over but it’s taught me so much personally and instilled amazing inner strength. I developed from quite a shy personality and it’s helped me character build.“There’s no doubt it helped me hugely. The sense of community in our club is phenomenal and my team-mates are friends for life. The friends you develop on any rugby team, that’s quite special.” Fagan, centre, at the Union Cup launch. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHOFagan came through the Warriors’ pathway programme, which has seen many complete newcomers to rugby developing into important players for the club. The Warriors now make presentations to other clubs within the IRFU and Leinster Rugby to highlight their work and Fagan says “the support has blown me away.”Unfortunately, despite the progress, the Warriors have been discriminated at times over the years.One opposition club even refused to share showers with the Warriors after a game.“We’d never got that before and haven’t since, so it was very difficult to explain that day,” recalls Fagan. “It would scare you at times because you’re thinking, ‘How is this still a problem?’ It’s just ridiculous.”There has been an element of homophobic slurring on the pitch very occasionally too, which the Warriors have always tried to rise above.On the whole, however, Fagan is positive about where inclusivity in Irish rugby is going. He hopes to see more female and LGBT representation on club committees and boards, as well as at higher levels of the game, to bring more balance to decision-making. Securing hosting rights to the Union Cup was a huge deal for the Warriors and with the IRFU and partners like Bank of Ireland, Vodafone and Guinness on board, there is major excitement for the tournament at DCU in June.The Warriors are keen to showcase a “modern, changing Ireland” to the visiting international teams. For the first time, there will be a women’s tournament in the Union Cup, which has been running since 2005.“We’ve learned that it’s not until you diversify something that it can grow and that’s what we felt with the Union Cup,” says Fagan. “We felt we had to bring women into the tournament and it’s been really successful. Our partners are as excited about that as us.” Source: Emerald Warriors/FacebookFagan and his fellow organisers are pushing to sell-out tickets for the Union Cup, feeling that it is “important to bring the public in to see the serious level of LGBT rugby.”Looking further into the future, Fagan has high hopes for the Emerald Warriors and the LGBT community in rugby.“We want to play our part in what the government have been talking about, getting people more involved in sport by 2027,” he says. “We have a serious part to play in that.“We want to change that stat of 17% of the LGBT community being involved. We want to do our own body of research, which we will do, in the LGBT community and sport, and we want to come back with recommendations on how to change that.“Also, we don’t have our own grounds yet. We’ve been lucky to be taken under the wing of a number of Dublin clubs but we have a serious need to have our own home club and that’s the ambition.”Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here:last_img read more

  • 55 will stay with an employer due to pensions provision

    first_imgMore than half (55%) of respondents who receive a workplace pension that will provide them with a comfortable retirement income say this is a key reason to stay with their current employer rather than look for a new position, according to research by Reed.Its survey of 2,129 UK employees also found that 51% of respondents cited salary as the primary motivation to look for a new job. Meanwhile, 38% would move for a better work-life balance and 33% for a better working environment.The research also found:53% of respondents have received a pay rise from their employer in 2016.61% of respondents aged 18 to 24-years-old would move jobs for a better salary.45% of respondents aged between 18 and 24 would move jobs for a better organisational culture.Tom Lovell (pictured), UK managing director at Reed, said: “As technology changes roles and creates new jobs with new skills, gaps in the market are opening and new opportunities are created. The next generation is looking to the future to train and keep pace with these exciting changes.“We believe that if employers can offer young, talented [employees] the opportunity to learn and help this eager generation hone their skills, then [organisations] will attract the right talent; continuing this trend of optimism into a post-Brexit world.”last_img read more

  • Hollywood animal hospital hosts Santa photo shoot

    first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Has your your precious pet been naughty or nice this year?The VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital didn’t play favorites when they hosted a free photo shoot with Santa, Saturday.Dogs of all shapes and sizes stood in line alongside their owners for the chance to meet jolly Old St. Nick at the facility located along the 2800 block of Hollywood Boulevard.The photogenic pups were all given a chance to sit on Santa’s lap, as well as share what they want for Christmas, of course.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

  • Quote Us and Well Buy an Ad

    first_imgI give our sales team a lot of credit. They’re hitting budget, breaking new accounts and serving our longtime advertisers at a time when marketers feel the pinch in their own businesses, and are looking for measurement-oriented marketing solutions. The overall pool of magazine marketers has been consolidating for years. However, FOLIO: still has 80-plus percent of all advertisers serving the magazine market. And the sales team is doing it without asking the edit team for favors (think a blog calling out advertisers would ever appear on one of our competitors’ sites?). We blew a recent advertorial by including a cover line that said, “Brought to You by the Editors of FOLIO:” even though FOLIO: editors had little to do with it. But it was still clearly marked as advertorial and nobody got any extra love in the main magazine.   Those requests are out there and they’re getting bolder. But when it comes to crossing the ad/edit line at FOLIO:, they will continue to fall on deaf ears. “Let me know if we’re quoted and we may buy an ad.”That’s a conversation cropping up more and more between magazine industry advertisers and FOLIO:. As budgets shrink, they’re understandably looking for more bang for their buck. But requests for edit coverage, previously never voiced, are now becoming upfront demands. It’s something most publishers deal with on a daily basis. But to come from advertisers who serve the magazine industry and support what it’s about, is especially disturbing. last_img read more

  • Apple Google Microsoft blast UKs ghost plan to spy on encrypted chats

    first_imgTech giants call out the proposal in a letter published Thursday. James Martin/CNET Call them the ghost-busters.Apple, Google, Microsoft, WhasApp and 43 security experts and privacy advocates have signed an open letter to the GCHQ, calling out the UK spy agency’s “ghost proposal.” Tech companies have been at odds with governments and law enforcement that want to break encryption for investigations. Apple fought the FBI extensively when the agency demanded the tech giant unlock a terrorist’s iPhone in 2016. When messages are encrypted end to end, it means that the platforms themselves don’t have access. Governments like Australia’s have passed laws that give law enforcement access to encrypted messages even as tech giants fight back. The GCHQ’s proposal, which was introduced in November, offered a way for police to read private messages without breaking encryption. The proposal suggested secretly adding law enforcement officials into conversations, so they could view messages while hidden in the background. “It’s relatively easy for a service provider to silently add a law enforcement participant to a group chat or call,” GCHQ technical director of cryptanalysis Crispin Robinson and National Cyber Security Centre technical director Ian Levy said in the proposal. “You end up with everything still being end-to-end encrypted, but there’s an extra ‘end’ on this particular communication.” The National Cyber Security Centre is part of the GCHQ.  On Thursday, the coalition of tech companies, security experts and civil rights groups published a letter arguing that the proposal would “pose serious threats to cybersecurity.” The letter was sent to the GCHQ on May 22. The proposal would introduce new vulnerabilities and increase risks for people who use encrypted messages, the letter stated. To even comply with the proposal, the letter continued, encrypted platforms would need to change how authentication works. If encrypted platforms started adding “ghost” users, the letter said, it would completely undermine the trust of people using those messaging services. “Currently, the providers of end-to-end encrypted messaging applications like WhatsApp and Signal cannot see into their users’ chats,” the letter said. “By requiring an exceptional access mechanism like the ghost proposal, GCHQ and UK law enforcement officials would require messaging platforms to open the door to surveillance abuses that are not possible today.”The letter also raised concerns about oppressive governments using this kind of access, as well as potential hackers and law enforcement abusing it to spy on people. Levy said that the GCHQ encourages feedback on the proposal and looks forward to continuing discussions. “We welcome this response to our request for thoughts on exceptional access to data — for example to stop terrorists,” Levy said in a statement. “The hypothetical proposal was always intended as a starting point for discussion.” You can read the full letter here:  Comment Tags Security Politicscenter_img 1 Share your voicelast_img read more

  • 49 Voices Fia Ape of Anchorage

    first_imgThis week we’re hearing from Fia Ape in Anchorage. She moved here from Hawaii and just started 10th grade at West High.Listen nowAPE: To be honest, school in Hawaii… it’s different. It’s not like up here. It’s, I should say, it’s like low education. Comparing to up here, there’s more education and there’s more things for me to learn.First I was thinking of joining choir cause I love to sing. I learned that friends come and go all the time. Friends when they come and go it’s like they wanna be with you at first but then they leave you.Being up here, I already feel like I’m home. There’s so much people who care and who makes you feel so important than, to be honest, being down there. I mean, I know I have family down there, but I learned that to be honest, I have nothing there.I’ve actually been going out with friends and stuff. Like we’ll go to the movies or we would have parties at like, Golden Corral or whatever.I just like it up here. I just like it more than back at home. It’s like when I’m here I feel more free. Like I could do things I used to want to when I was back home.last_img read more

  • Houston Rental Growth Highest In Suburbs – But Not By Much

    first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share 00:00 /01:10 PexelsRental growth is slightly higher in Houston’s suburbs but significantly more renters live in the city.The suburbs used to be where people moved to buy a house with a big backyard. But census data show that’s changing: A growing number of suburbanites rent.A study released by RentCafe shows between 2011 and 2015, the number of Houston’s suburban renters grew by 13 percent – compared to 12 percent of renters in the city.In total numbers, Houston’s urban areas gained 33,000 more renters than suburbia did in that timeframe.Nadia Balint, a real estate writer for RentCafe, said suburban rental growth in Houston is among the highest in the country.But so is urban growth.“In the Houston metro area, only a quarter of them choose the suburbs, while three-quarters live in the city,” she said, “which is the smallest share of suburban renters of the 20 largest metros studied.”Why is that?Balint says one reason might be that rent isn’t significantly lower in the suburbs here. The difference is only $10 on average. “For example, in New York metropolitan area, suburban renters save on average $1,600 a month,” she said. “In Boston metro, they save about $800 a month. In Chicago land about $500 a month.”What should be taken into consideration is that suburban apartments are generally high-end and more spacious than those in urban areas – which will be reflected in the price. Xlast_img read more

  • Extraction of clean coal Poland to help with insight

    first_imgKolkata: Poland has shown immense interest to provide technical knowhow to the Bengal government in extraction of clean coal. State Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay along with Additional Chief Secretary Sunil Gupta visited Poland recently to explore the possibilities of cooperation in the power sector and held a meeting with Krzysztof Tchórzewski who is the Minister of Energy in Poland. A senior official in the state Power department on conditions of anonymity said the meeting was fruitful with exchange of opinion regarding the functioning of the power sector in both the countries. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”They are known for their technological expertise in the mining and power sectors. We are planning to use this technology to extract clean coal which may eventually be used for generating power. If we find that their technology is cost-effective, we are ready to embrace the same,” the official said adding that the developments of the meeting will be shared with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee next week.According to the official, the minister had urged his Polish counterpart for cooperation in the solar sector in which the Bengal government is progressing by leaps and bounds. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”Apart from talking elaborately on the functioning of the power sector, the minister also exhibited various projects initiated by the power department,” the official added.However, it is learnt that Poland is keen to invest in the coal segment to begin with. Bengal is rich in coal reserves and is developing the country’s largest coal mine in Birbhum district with the Centre already allotting the development rights for the Deocha-Pachami coal block to the state under the government route. The state has plans to invest Rs 12,000 crore to develop the block, which would create one lakh jobs and usher in rapid economic development in the area. The block is expected to produce coal worth Rs 2.10 lakh crore and attract total investments worth Rs 22,000 crore. Both the governments’ power sector have formed committees to examine the possibilities of cooperation. The state Power department had signed a Memorandum-of-Understanding (MoU) with the Poland government at the Bengal Global Business Summit held in January this year to build cooperation on issues like clean coal technology, coal mining, technology transfer etc.Adam Burakowski, Ambassador of Poland in India, had held a meeting with Chattopadhyay and state Finance and Industry minister Amit Mitra in this subject in April. Poland has also proposed to offer scholarships to the youth from Bengal who want to gain knowledge of mining engineering in their country.last_img read more

  • Clayton Kershaw MadBums the Dodgers into the NLCS to face the Cubs

    first_imgAfter Chris Helsey’s two run pinch-hit home run pulled Washington within a run, at 4-3 with no outs in the bottom of the 7th, Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts went with his closer Kenley Jansen, who preserved the 1-run lead through the 7th and 8th.But, after back-to-back one out walks in the 9th, and playoff assassin Daniel Murphy coming to the plate, Roberts smashed the emergency glass and hit the red button for Kershaw to secure the final two outs.Kershaw induced Murphy to pop out, and then proceeded to strike out pinch hitter Wilmer Difo to end the game and clinch the Dodgers’ birth in the NLCS, where they will face the Cubs. Advertisement The save was Kershaw’s first relief appearance since 2009, and his first save since 2006, when he was in Vero Beach in the Florida Gulf Coast League. His catcher on that occasion….Dodgers closer, and then minor league catcher, Kenley Jansen. Mind blown.center_img Clayton Kershaw channeled his inner Madison Baumgarner to secure the final 2 outs of the 9th inning of the Dodgers 4-3 series clinching Game 5 win over the Nationals in D.C. last night. The Dodgers will now face the Cubs in a made-for-TV NLCS.Kershaw’s 2-out save came only two days after he pitched 6 innings and allowed 5 runs in the Dodgers Game 4 win. He entered the game with the Dodgers clinging to a one run lead with two runners on base, on the road.The Dodgers were shut down by Nat’s starter Max Scherzer through the early innings, and held a 1-0 lead through 6.Joc Pederson’s solo bomb to lead off the 7th tied the game for the Dodgers, ended Scherzer’s night, and ignited a 4-run inning for L.A.last_img read more

  • Why Your Innocent Office Printer May Be a Target For Hackers

    first_img 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » January 31, 2018 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Most of us hadn’t even had time to violate our New Year’s resolutions when, three days into 2018, the bombshell news broke of a major security flaw found inside Intel processors, affecting millions of computers. As CEO of a software solutions company supplying corporations and government agencies alike with on-premises and cloud-based solutions, I took notice.Related: Here’s How Taking Cybersecurity Very Seriously Enhances Your BrandFour independent research organizations had just revealed that 100 percent of my clients faced a new security risk. This is the new normal for every one of us.On one hand, this story demonstrates the benefits of cloud computing. Our cloud-service provider was already aware of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities — the two actual flaws in Intel processors that led to the story’s breaking. Having proactively prepared the patch for their servers, the CSP was able to handle the issue quickly and without further trouble.The implementation of that fix, throughout our four cloud instances serving thousands of customers worldwide, was completed within 48 hours, and with no down time.Protecting this many individual customers so quickly and completely would have been impossible had the servers been on site.But the Meltdown and Spectre flaws remind us that security threats can emerge from unexpected places and that they can have far-reaching impact. Hackers and data thieves are adept at finding creative entry points within the expanded attack surface that our digital world creates. So, while special training, data encryption, multifactor authentication and strong passwords have become a priority these days, risks persist.And organizations may still be overlooking key weak points in their network. The reality, then, is that there are two types of companies: those that have discovered security breaches and those that don’t yet know they’ve been breached.Why protecting your data is so criticalA data breach can cause you to lose your customers’ trust. According to a study by Gemalto, 66 percent of consumers surveyed said they wouldn’t do business with a company that had had sensitive information exposed due to a data breach. After all, the costs of such a breach can be extraordinary, as the recent Equifax cyberheist demonstrsated. But that’s not the only risk.The other problem is that, just as they are finding unique ways to steal data, hackers are also finding ways to use it against business owners. If your competitors get their hands on your stolen data, or if hackers hold it for ransom, you can lose valuable proprietary information. This was demonstrated by the Sony Pictures attack in 2014 and the more recent WannaCry ransomware virus. So, there is a strong business case for improving every aspect of network security.Of course, the threat isn’t limited to large enterprises. Entrepreneurs and business owners can learn a lesson in security from patent trolls. Medium-sized businesses are the ideal target: They’re big enough to be worth the effort, yet small enough to lack the resources to protect their patents and to fight flimsy but effective infringement lawsuits. Security follows the same pattern.Three attack targets that are often overlookedSome aspects of network and data security receive more attention than others, such as mobile and internet of things devices, making it easier for hackers to gain access through lesser-known avenues.Here are three attack vectors you probably haven’t considered, along with ways to mitigate the risks they pose.1. Monitor your company’s social media accounts. Every organization should be vigilant about protecting its brand’s social media presence. A study by Proofpoint revealed that social media phishing scams increased by 150 percent in 2016, making them the fastest-growing active threat to social media accounts.In one high-profile example, Russian hackers breached the computer of a Pentagon official through a tweet about a vacation package from a robot account. Hackers use social media because employees, while often trained to watch for suspicious emails, aren’t as cautious about social media activity.Related: The Dos and Don’ts of Cyber Security Measures to Help You Protect Your Business and AssetsThat’s why you should always be on the lookout for fake accounts; and why, if you find one, you should report it immediately. Consider writing a post or tweet to alert customers and contacts. This will help establish your business as a trustworthy company that prioritizes security. Also, limit the number of people with publishing rights on your official social media channels, just as you do with server admin rights.2. Secure your printers, the forgotten entry point. Data-loss prevention solutions put a digital wrapper around a business, but paper can sometimes escape that wrapper. Office printers are not only potential sources of data loss and confidentiality issues, but attack vectors that hackers can exploit.Last year, for example, a hacker called “Weev” accessed “every publicly accessible printer in North America,” including those on several college campuses, and printed anti-Semitic and racist fliers, the New York Times reported. The exploit was possible because many printers ship ready to “plug and play”; this makes them easy to integrate into a network, but they’re not secure. Modern printers are essentially advanced, specialized network hosts, and as such, they should be given the same level of security attention as traditional computers.Lock down all network printers by using firewalls, changing their default passwords and disabling any unnecessary protocols. Also, be sure to keep up with firmware updates when manufacturers discover and report security flaws. Check back regularly to ensure that any “hard resets” haven’t reintroduced open ports and default passwords.Finally, implement secure pull-printing technology. In a secure pull-printing environment, employees print to a secure queue and then use their ID card or log-in credentials to release (or “pull”) their documents at any network printer. The old way is to send print jobs directly to a specific printer for immediate output,but that introduces risk.How many “confidential” documents have you seen left unattended near a shared printer at work? There’s too much at stake to allow documents to be printed and then forgotten. Don’t let sensitive information fall into the wrong hands: Secure your printing workflows.3. Educate your employees — continually.Protecting against data breaches isn’t just your IT department’s concern. Employees pose both the biggest risk and the best defense. Train all employees about security risks and best practices, and empower security staff to make decisions to improve your IT infrastructure. Educating employees about the massive damage a data breach can inflict should convince them to take their role in company-wide security efforts seriously.Related: Don’t Put Your Profits at Risk by Ignoring This Crucial Protection for Your BusinessYou can also work with security services to test employees with fake phishing attempts. Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Investigations report showed that employees studied opened approximately 30 percent of phishing emails, even after they had been warned about them. Showing how many employees opened even a fake phishing attempt can prove that the company is susceptible to an attack if employees aren’t vigilant.Training should entail more than bulletins or informational emails. Make every department aware that security is a top priority, and make sure everyone understands the company’s security policies. As the world continues to progress toward an even more digital society, choosing not to prioritize security in all its many facets is risky business. You don’t want to lose your customers’ trust or let valuable information fall into the wrong hands. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

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    first_imgVideo Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more June 25, 2012 — Among six large integrated healthcare systems between 1996 and 2010 there was a substantial increase in the use of advanced diagnostic imaging, including approximately a tripling of the use of computed tomography (CT) and nearly a quadrupling of the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), as well as a substantial increase in estimated radiation exposure, according to a study in the June 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).”The use of diagnostic imaging in the Medicare population has increased significantly over the last two decades, particularly using expensive new technologies such as CT, MRI and nuclear medicine positron emission tomography (PET). The development and improvement in these advanced diagnostic imaging technologies is widely credited with leading to earlier and more accurate diagnoses of disease using noninvasive techniques,” said the article.The authors note that CT and nuclear medicine examinations deliver much higher doses of ionizing radiation than conventional radiographs, and evidence has linked exposure to radiation levels in this range with the development of radiation-induced cancers.”Most studies that have evaluated patterns of diagnostic imaging have assessed insurance claims for fee-for-service insured populations where financial incentives encourage imaging. No large, multisite studies have assessed imaging trends in integrated health care delivery systems that are clinically and fiscally accountable for the outcomes and health status of the population served. Understanding imaging utilization and associated radiation exposure in these settings could help us determine how much of the increase in imaging may be independent of direct financial incentives,” the researchers wrote.Rebecca Smith-Bindman, M.D., of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and colleagues conducted a study to estimate trends in imaging utilization and associated radiation exposure among members of integrated health care systems. The study consisted of an analysis of electronic records of members of six large integrated health systems from different regions of the United States. Review of medical records allowed estimation of radiation exposure from selected tests. Between one million and two million member-patients were included each year from 1996 to 2010. Enrollees underwent a total of 30.9 million imaging examinations during the study period, reflecting an average of 1.18 tests per person per year, of which 35 percent involved advanced diagnostic imaging (i.e., CT, MRI, nuclear medicine and ultrasound).The researchers found that use of radiography and angiography/fluoroscopy rates were relatively stable over time: radiography increased 1.2 percent per year, and angiography/fluoroscopy decreased 1.3 percent per year. “In contrast, the utilization of advanced diagnostic imaging changed markedly. CT examinations tripled (52/1000 enrollees in 1996 to 149/1000 in 2010, 7.8 percent annual growth); MRIs quadrupled (17/1000 to 65/1000,10 percent annual growth); ultrasounds approximately doubled over the same period (134/1000 to 230/1000, 3.9 percent annual growth). Nuclear medicine rates decreased (32/1000 to 21/1000, 3 percent annual decline), although after 2004, PET imaging rates increased from 0.24 per 1,000 enrollees to 3.6 per 1,000 enrollees, 57 percent annual growth.”The authors also found that the increase in the utilization of CT was associated with an increase in estimated exposure to radiation, with the average per capita effective dose increasing from 1.2 mSv in 1996 to 2.3 mSv in 2010. The percent of enrollees who received high (> 20-30 mSv) or very high (> 50 mSv) radiation exposure during a given year also approximately doubled across study years. The researchers also estimated that by 2010, 2.5 percent of enrollees received a high annual dose of greater than 20 to 50 mSv, and 1.4 percent received a very high annual dose of greater than 50 mSv. By 2010, 6.8 percent of patients who underwent imaging received a high dose of more than 20 to 50 mSv and 3.9 percent of patients received a very high dose above 50 mSv during this single year.The researchers write that the “increase in imaging use over this period was likely driven by many factors, including improvements in the technology that have led to expansion of clinical applications, patient- and physician-generated demand, defensive medical practices and medical uncertainly — all factors that would be expected to influence utilization across all systems of medical care.””The increase in use of advanced diagnostic imaging has almost certainly contributed to both improved patient care processes and outcomes, but there are remarkably few data to quantify the benefits of imaging. Given the high costs of imaging — estimated at $100 billion annually — and the potential risks of cancer and other harms, these benefits should be quantified and evidence-based guidelines for using imaging should be developed that clearly balance benefits against financial costs and health risk.”Editor’s Note: This study was supported by the National Cancer Institute-funded Cancer Research Network Across Health Care Systems and grants from the National Institutes of Health. All authors have completed and submitted the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest and none were reported.For more information: http://jama.jamanetwork.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Videos | AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting … read morelast_img read more

  • Brazils Bolsonaro completes cabinet with rightist environment chief

    first_imgRelated posts:Far-right former army captain Jair Bolsonaro elected president of Brazil Brazil’s Lula stays in prison as top judges tussle over release World Bank: Zika will cost Latin America $3.5 billion in 2016 Zika crisis to get ‘worse before it gets better,’ WHO says Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro, a longtime climate-change skeptic, has named a rightist lawyer with a contentious background to be environment minister in the country whose Amazon rainforest is under threat.As with all his major announcements, Bolsonaro used Twitter to appoint Ricardo de Aquino Salles and fill the final vacancy of his 22-member cabinet.Comunico a indicação do Sr. Ricardo de Aquino Salles para estar à frente do futuro Ministério do Meio Ambiente.— Jair M. Bolsonaro (@jairbolsonaro) December 9, 2018About one-third of the ministers are from the armed forces.Brazil’s incoming leader, who takes office on Jan. 1, 2019, had earlier reversed a decision to combine the Environment Ministry with the Agriculture Ministry, after strong resistance from ecologists and the farming sector.Salles was environment minister of São Paulo state from 2016 to 2017, but left accused of altering plans for an environmentally protected area to favor private companies, the local press reported.Salles, 43, has denied the accusations but he stepped down from office in August 2017, barely a year after his arrival.Affiliated with the rightist Novo party, he ran for a seat in the National Congress in October but was defeated.In late November the Brazilian government canceled plans to host next year’s COP25 United Nations global climate conference, a follow-on to this year’s UN conference in Poland that has underscored the severity of climate change.In announcing the cancelation, Brazil’s foreign ministry cited “financial and budgetary restrictions” and the government transition. Brazilian lawyer Ricardo de Aquino Salles on July 19, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (AFP Photo / Sao Paulo state government)But Bolsonaro, who has long questioned the value of the Paris climate agreement to cap global warming, later admitted “taking part” in the decision to withdraw its offer to host COP25.An ex-military man of 63, he vowed during his election campaign to weaken environmental enforcement in order to boost commercial ventures in the Amazon and elsewhere.Brazil had long been a leader in the global struggle to limit climate change, setting ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and slowing the deforestation of the Amazon.Still, Greenpeace warned in late November that deforestation in Brazil has reached such epic proportions that an area equivalent to one million football pitches was lost in the year to July 2018.The Amazon rainforest is under threat from illegal logging as well as farming, in particular from soybean plantations and pasture land for cattle.Bolsonaro’s pick for foreign minister, Ernesto Araujo, has hit out at “climate scare-mongering.”The president elect’s appointment of Tereza Cristina as agriculture minister also caused concerns as she heads the agribusiness lobby in Congress and is a supporter of clearing more forested area to make way for pasture land and agriculture.Thanks for reading The Tico Times. We strive to keep you up to date about everything that’s been happening in Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we need your help. The Tico Times is partly funded by you and every little bit helps. If all our readers chipped in a buck a month we’d be set for years. Support the Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more