Loi sur la réforme de léducation

first_imgLe gouvernement déposera une loi sur la réforme de l’éducation (Education Reform Act) plus tard aujourd’hui, 1er mars, à l’Assemblée législative. La loi renforcera le système d’éducation et jettera les bases pour d’autres améliorations, y compris la Commission sur l’intégration en éducation. « Nous entendons depuis plusieurs années que notre système d’éducation doit changer. Nous procédons maintenant à une réforme essentielle qui nous permettra de concentrer nos efforts sur la réussite des élèves » affirme Zach Churchill, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Pour unifier le système, les sept conseils scolaires élus anglophones seront éliminés à compter du 31 mars. La somme de 2,3 millions de dollars correspondant aux appointements et aux dépenses des membres des conseils sera réinvestie dans les écoles. Selon la loi proposée, les bureaux des conseils scolaires seront renommés centres régionaux d’éducation. Ils continueront de prendre les décisions régionales et locales qu’ils prennent à l’heure actuelle. Les directeurs généraux des conseils scolaires deviendront des directeurs généraux régionaux et relèveront de la sous-ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Le Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) demeurera en place. Une loi concernant le CSAP sera déposée plus tard au cours de la session. Pour la première fois, il existera une loi distincte pour le CSAP afin de protéger les droits culturels et linguistiques des Acadiens et des francophones. Un nouveau Comité consultatif provincial de l’éducation sera formé. Il comptera jusqu’à 15 membres, y compris des représentants de toutes les régions, de divers horizons et de diverses communautés, ainsi qu’un représentant ayant des connaissances ou de l’expérience en matière d’intégration en éducation. Deux nouveaux postes de directeurs généraux représentant les communautés afro-néo-écossaise et mi’kmaw seront créés au ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Le ministère collaborera avec ces communautés pour renforcer leurs voix. Les directeurs d’école, les directeurs adjoints et d’autres superviseurs passeront du Syndicat des enseignants de la Nouvelle-Écosse (NSTU) à une nouvelle association, soit l’Association des administrateurs d’écoles publiques. Cela signifie qu’ils ne seront plus membres de l’unité de négociation du syndicat, mais ils continueront d’être affiliés au syndicat. Cette affiliation assure la protection de l’ancienneté et de la rémunération, et fait en sorte que les directeurs d’école et les directeurs adjoints auront les mêmes avantages sociaux et le même régime de pension qu’ils ont à l’heure actuelle. Le gouvernement souhaite également appuyer l’excellence en éducation, mais il adoptera une approche différente de la recommandation formulée par madame Avis Glaze dans son rapport concernant un Collège des éducateurs. Le gouvernement collaborera avec les enseignants et le syndicat pour élaborer des normes en matière d’enseignement et de leadership. Le gouvernement a également accepté de collaborer avec le syndicat sur plusieurs recommandations qui mettent l’accent sur certains domaines tels que les activités parascolaires, le perfectionnement professionnel, les stratégies de recrutement des enseignants, l’éducation en milieu rural, l’éducation des nouveaux immigrants, l’éducation en français, les élèves qui vivent dans la pauvreté et les enfants pris en charge. Les comités d’école consultatifs seront appuyés pour leur permettre de promouvoir les priorités de leurs collectivités. Des consultations avec les membres actuels auront lieu au printemps afin de déterminer des détails tels que la structure, les membres et les mesures de soutien nécessaires pour les membres. En plus des mesures législatives, les enseignants auront maintenant une voix plus forte en ce qui a trait au choix des ressources pédagogiques et des manuels scolaires pour leurs classes. Les spécialistes du soutien à l’enseignement passeront moins de temps dans les bureaux régionaux et plus de temps dans les écoles où il travailleront de plus près avec les enseignants et les élèves. « Notre vision pour les élèves est de leur donner le même bon départ et les mêmes chances de réussir après l’obtention de leur diplôme, souligne M. Churchill. Les changements inclus dans la loi sur la réforme de l’éducation renforceront notre système pour faire en sorte que tous les partenaires puissent concentrer la totalité de leurs efforts sur nos enfants. » Pour obtenir plus d’information sur les changements apportés au système d’éducation, consultez le https://novascotia.ca/educationsystem (en anglais seulement).last_img read more

School looks to fill job openings in Northwest Territories

first_imgAPTN National NewsFinding a job is easy in the Northwest Territories.But finding people to fill those jobs is another story.The mining sector ships workers in to fill the void.But as APTN’s Wayne Rivers reports one area school board has taken it upon themselves to provide area students with the right training.last_img

Renault probes gift from Versailles chateau to exCEO Ghosn

PARIS — Carmaker Renault has alerted French authorities to a 50,000-euro gift from the chateau of Versailles to its former chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn.French newspaper Le Figaro reported that the chateau allowed Ghosn to host his wedding reception on its grounds in exchange for Renault’s donations to the Versailles estate, resplendent home to France’s last kings.Renault said in a statement Thursday that a company investigation found that Ghosn personally benefited from “an exchange worth 50,000 euros in the framework of a philanthropic accord” with Versailles. Renault said it was alerting French judicial authorities.French prosecutors and the Versailles chateau did not immediately comment.Renault started investigating Ghosn’s past activities after he was arrested in November in Tokyo, where he has been charged with falsifying financial reports and breach of trust. Ghosn denies wrongdoing.The Associated Press read more

Haiti UN reconstruction and recovery projects win approval

19 August 2010United Nations projects in health, education, job creation, rubble removal, reproductive health and improving access to food have been approved for Haiti as the poor Caribbean country continues its effort to rebuild after January’s catastrophic earthquake. The Interim Haitian Recovery Commission (IHRC), which was set up in April to coordinate and oversee the recovery and reconstruction campaign, announced yesterday in Port-au-Prince, the capital, that it will back $220 million worth of UN projects. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) reported that it has received approval for a $65 million project to rehabilitate infrastructure, building on earlier cash-for-work projects that have given more than 120,000 jobs since the quake. The new project, which will be carried out in conjunction with the World Food Programme (WFP), the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), is expected to provide temporary jobs for 300,000 people over the next 12 months. It will focus on training Haitians and giving them work in constructing new roads, bridges and trails, rehabilitating damaged shops and community centres, cleaning and recycling rubble, demolishing severely damaged buildings and maintaining public infrastructure. The project will also provide jobs in soil conservation and stabilization efforts and agricultural production. A $17 million debris-removal project, to be jointly run by UNDP, the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), will be implemented in six neighbourhoods of Port-au-Prince. Other initiatives include a World Health Organization (WHO) project that aims to boost access to health care, a food security project run by FAO, a UN agency effort to strengthen reproductive health services and a joint school feeding project of WFP, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank. The IHRC is co-chaired by Haiti’s Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive and the former United States president Bill Clinton, who is now the UN Special Envoy for Haiti. The UN participates in the commission as a voting member, and this week it was represented by Rebeca Grynspan, the Associate Administrator of UNDP. read more

Most of worlds 200 million migrants denied basic right to housing –

22 October 2010With most of the world’s estimated 200 million migrants facing discrimination in housing, a United Nations independent expert today called on nations to view the issue through the lens of human rights. Raquel Rolnik, the Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, told reporters that in her work, she has seen first-hand the “situations of migrant workers living in metal containers without electricity or water or services,” as well as others sleeping in bathrooms, closets or the kitchen.They are also oftentimes subject to violence, sexual harassment and forced confinement, she told reporters in New York after briefing the General Assembly on her latest report.Migrants are sometimes obliged to live in unserviced, unplanned settlements within or on the outskirts of cities because of the impossibility of accessing public housing or due to discrimination they face in the private market, the expert said.The “inadequate and often appalling” housing conditions migrants face can only be redressed through a “truly human rights-based approach which is based on international human rights law that protects the rights to adequate housing of international migrants and prohibits discriminatory, unfair and degrading treatment,” she stressed.Migration, Ms. Rolnik said, is seen as a security issue by government and is handled by law enforcement agencies. Barriers on the free flow of people “don’t contribute to reduce the number of migrants, but they certainly contribute to increase their vulnerability to discrimination” and other crimes, such as smuggling and trafficking.Also speaking at the same press conference today was Abdelhamid El Jamri, who chairs the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.He told reporters that to date, the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families has been ratified by 43 States.However, Mr. El Jamri, who also briefed the Assembly today, voiced regret that to date, no country of receipt has ratified the pact.The Committee, he said, “has seen that there is a move from considering only the economic dimensions of migration towards a more rights-oriented approach to migrant workers.” read more

India tells Lanka Navy not to attack fishermen

The submissions were made in a counter affidavit filed on behalf of the Ministry and the Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka in reply to a habeas corpus petition (HCP) filed to produce three Rameswaram fishermen who had been missing since August 25 last year. Deputy Secretary K.M.P. Sharma had filed the affidavit stating that the three fishermen were not in the custody of the Sri Lankan authorities and hence neither the Ministry nor the High Commissioner could be made accountable with respect to their production in court. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs has informed a Madras High Court Bench that it has impressed upon the Sri Lankan Navy to act with restraint, not to fire on Indian fishermen and to treat the fishermen in a humane manner, The Hindu newspaper reportedIt also said: “During India-Sri Lanka bilateral meetings, including those at the highest levels, India has reiterated its position that the use of force could not be justified under any circumstances and that all fishermen should be treated in a humane manner.” Pointing out that the fishermen had gone missing while fishing near Delft Island on the Sri Lankan side of the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL), Sharma said that the Sri Lankan Navy could not trace them despite carrying out an extensive search and rescue operation.He also said that the names of the three fishermen J. Wilson, J. Daniel and L. Essron did not find place in the list of Indian fishermen who had been detained by the Sri Lankan Navy on charges such as crossing the IMBL. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Concerned about Liu Xiaobo UN rights office urges access to jailed rights

“We are very concerned at reports that Liu Xiaobo’s health has seriously deteriorated over the past 24 hours,” a spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Liz Throssell, told reporters in Geneva.She said OHCHR has been engaging with Chinese authorities about the situation of Mr. Liu and his wife, but has not received further information from the Government for more than 24 hours. “The welcome request for medical support for Liu Xiaobo should be responded to urgently, and amid these latest reports of the deterioration of his health, we believe the UN should be granted access to both Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia,” Ms. Throssell said.She added that given the urgency and seriousness of the situation, High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein will continue to closely follow developments in the situation.Mr. Liu was jailed in 2009 after calling for political reforms in China. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 for “his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.”He is reportedly in grave medical condition and has been diagnosed with liver cancer. read more

Nearly 900 children released by northeast Nigeria armed group

“Today, 894 children, including 106 girls, were released from the ranks of an armed group called (the) Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in Maiduguri, north-east Nigeria as part of this group’s commitment to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children,” said Spokesperson Christophe Boulierac.According to the UN agency, the children of the troubled region “have borne the brunt of years of conflict”, linked to an insurgency led by armed extremist opposition groups.Youngsters ‘witnessed horrors’“They have been used by armed groups in combatant and non-combatant roles and witnessed death, killing and violence,” UNICEF said in a statement, noting that the CJTF was formed in 2013 to protect communities and help the Nigerian military fight against separatists.Hope at last! 🙏🏾894 children were today officially separated from the ranks of an armed group in #Borno. They will access reintegration support which includes #education, psycho-social support & vocational skills, thanks to support from @EUinNigeria @noradno @SwissMFA & partners pic.twitter.com/EnnHxyqKVw— UNICEF Nigeria (@UNICEF_Nigeria) May 10, 2019 Friday’s mass-release in regional capital Maiduguri, follows the CJTF’s commitment in September 2017 to end and prevent recruitment and use of children, as part of a UN-led action plan. In total, 1,727 children and young people have now been released by the CJTF, and UNICEF says that it has not recruited any more children since then. Between 2013 and 2017, the UN agency believes that more than 3,500 children have been recruited and used by non-state armed groups in north-east Nigeria.Others have been “abducted, maimed, raped and killed”, it says, amid ongoing clashes, mass displacement and alarming levels of food insecurity.Highlighting the scale of need in a report released earlier this week, UN humanitarian coordinating office OCHA, said that the organization and its partners reached more than 1.2 million people with food security assistance across Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states in March. Nearly 20,000 children under the age of five were treated for severe acute malnutrition, OCHA said in a statement, adding that humanitarians provided protection services to 87,000 people, while more than half a million people gained access to sanitation facilities.Released youngsters need training, education to reintegrate“The children and young people released today will benefit from reintegration programmes to help them return to civilian life and seize new opportunities for their own development,” Mr. Boulierac told journalists in Geneva. “Without this support, many of the children released from armed groups struggle to fit into civilian life as most are not educated and have no vocational skills.”At least 9,800 people formerly associated with armed groups, as well as vulnerable children in communities, have accessed rehabilitation services between 2017 and 2018, the UNICEF spokesperson added.Speaking in Nigeria, Mohamed Fall, UNICEF Representative and Co-chair of the UN Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting on Grave Child Rights Violations (CTFMR) reaffirmed his commitment to liberating and helping youngsters caught up in the conflict.“We cannot give up the fight for the children, as long as children are still affected by the fighting. We will continue until there is no child left in the ranks of all armed groups in Nigeria,” he said.’Finally put an end to recruitment and use of children’ – GambaThe UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, welcomed the latest release from the CJTF.“Today, hundreds of freed children will get to go home with their family and will begin a reintegration process that will enable them to fully regain their place into their communities”, she said.”I call on the CJTF to continue to take tangible measures to better protect children and to release all children from its ranks and finally put an end the recruitment and use of children, as per its commitment with the United Nations”, she added. Ms. Gamba also called on the international community to provide the necessary resources to UNICEF and its partners “for the reintegration of these children, so they can benefit from comprehensive reintegration services.” read more

Tyrann Mathieu Headed To NFL Draft

In the end, the embattled Tyrann Mathieu, who said he was entering the NFL Draft next year, had no other recourse that would have made sense. He could have sat out another season and transferred somewhere else or played next year at a smaller college.But those would have been opportunities that would not have advanced his career. He had been kicked off the LSU team before the season for failed drug tests. Sports Illustrated brought his eligibility into question because of his likeness being used on an advertisement for a party. And then he was arrested and charged with simple possession of marijuana in October.So it was of little surprise when Mathieu announced, “it is time for me to move forward.“I am sorry that I was not able to complete my journey at LSU, but I will always support LSU in any way I can. To my teammates, you are my brothers. You have kept me going. I will do my best to make you all proud of me,” he said.Mathieu, known as the “Honey Badger,” was a Heisman Trophy finalist known for his knack for making plays last year. But the 20-year-old Mathieu was suspended for this season due to a substance abuse issue he has continued to work on.Mathieu was arrested last month on a possession of marijuana charge. He also was dismissed from the football team in August for failing a drug test and entered a treatment program run by former NBA player John Lucas.Instead of transferring to another lower-division school to play this season, Mathieu re-enrolled at LSU but is not playing football.“I am committed to tackling my personal issues and will work to better myself every day as a man first and only then as a football player. I will always consider myself an LSU Tiger,” he said. read more

Redevelopment of South Africas rare earths mines gathering pace

first_imgGreat Western Minerals Group (GWMG) has provided a progress report on the drill program at its Steenkampskraal rare earth mine site in South Africa. Some 26 coreholes totaling 2,307 m have been completed, including 19 holes dedicated to metallurgical mini-bulk sampling and seven for geological resource delineation. The former-producing Steenkampskraal mine is located approximately 70 km north of the town of Vanrhynsdorp in the Western Cape, approximately 350 km north of Cape Town. The mine is held by Steenkampskraal Monazite Mine (SMM), a 74%-owned subsidiary of Rare Earth Extraction Co (Rareco) which is a 100%-owned subsidiary of GWMG.Jim Engdahl, President and CEO of GWMG stated: “Our drilling and sampling program will continue to mid-December, 2011. This moves us toward completion of two goals at Steenkampskraal – first, to provide information in support of a fully compliant National Instrument 43-101 resource estimate report and second, to expand the resources at Steenkampskraal through testing the down-dip extension of the main structure as well as investigation of the encasing host rock mineralisation.” For metallurgical testing, clusters of drillholes with a variety of bearings and inclinations were situated around a central resource definition corehole on selected locations to collect representative samples of monazite mineralisation. Intersections of mineralisation in metallurgical holes ranged from a few centimetres to 3.55 m along core length. These holes will be logged in detail, measured for bulk density, and sampled for assay. In addition, a representative selection of the resource definition core has been identified and sampled for ongoing mineralogical and textural studies. Resource definition holes encountered a comparable range of true vein thicknesses,The second major objective of the drill program is the step-out designed to test the on-strike and down-dip extension of rare earth mineralisation of the Steenkampskraal deposit. So far approximately 185 kg out of a proposed 600 kg of underground monazite sample has been collected by underground channel sampling. Upon completion, this material will be submitted for characterisation studies. Mintek has been selected to conduct the metallurgical characterisation necessary for development of design criteria for ore beneficiation and rare earth extraction at Steenkampskraal. Approximately 630 kg of mini-bulk metallurgical sample from the surface tailings dam and 730 kg from the rock dump were submitted to Mintek in early November 2011.An additional 276 samples were collected by shallow tube sampling on a 10 m grid pattern covering the historic tailings dam onsite. Assay samples from the resource definition coreholes are continuing to be collected through to mid-December. All assay results will be reported as they are received from the laboratory with the priority use of the data being for incorporation into the metallurgical characterisation of the potential ore, as well as resource modelling report, which is contracted to SRK Consulting South Africa.last_img read more

Lhémophilie cette maladie génétique qui empêche le sang de coaguler

first_imgL’hémophilie, cette maladie génétique qui empêche le sang de coagulerAujourd’hui, 17 avril, se tient la Journée mondiale de l’hémophilie. Une maladie génétique rare qui affecte essentiellement les hommes et perturbe la coagulation du sang, conduisant à un risque élevé d’hémorragie.Connue depuis des millénaires, l’hémophilie affecte en France entre 5.000 et 6.000 personnes. Mais il existe plusieurs types, et donc plusieurs niveaux de sévérité de cette maladie. En effet, l’hémophilie est due à une mutation d’un des gènes codant pour les facteurs qui interviennent dans la coagulation du sang. En fonction de la mutation, il peut s’agir d’hémophilie A (la plus courante), d’hémophilie B ou d’hémophilie C. Les modifications génétiques provoquent un déficit de production du facteur touché et conduit donc à une perturbation de la coagulation. La maladie affecte essentiellement les hommes dans la mesure où les gènes en question se trouvent sur le chromosome X (excepté pour l’hémophilie C). Les femmes peuvent également être porteuses d’une des mutations qui ne les affecteront pas puisqu’elles disposent de deux chromosomes X mais qu’elles pourront transmettre à leur progéniture. En fonction du type de mutations et du facteur affecté, les symptômes peuvent donc être plus ou moins sérieux et se manifester plus ou moins tôt. Si l’hémophilie est mineur ou modérée, il existe des risques de saignement prolongé dans certaines circonstances mais les hémorragies restent rares.En revanche, si elle est sévère, le malade peut saigner sans raison évidente et présente un  grand risque d’hémorragies au niveau de blessures mais aussi au niveau des organes, des articulations ou des muscles. Ces dernières peuvent alors avoir de graves conséquences organiques, affectant grandement le quotidien des malades.  Une thérapie génique prometteuse À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?A ce jour, il n’existe aucun traitement qui permet de guérir de l’hémophilie au vu de son origine génétique. Mais la connaissance de la maladie qui s’est affinée depuis les années 1960 a permis de mettre au point des traitements contre les symptômes. Ceux-ci consistent à pallier le déficit en facteur de coagulation par l’intermédiaire d’injection d’intraveineuse dès le plus jeune âge. Cela permet de rétablir une activité coagulante suffisante pour limiter les hémorragies voire les prévenir. Néanmoins, en décembre dernier, des chercheurs ont présenté une technique de thérapie génique qui pourrait permettre de rendre inutile ces traitements. Au cours de leurs travaux, ceux-ci sont parvenus à provoquer la production de facteur IX durablement chez six patients atteints d’hémophilie B, en administrant par intraveineuse une version normale du gène endommagé. Quatre des six patients ont ainsi pu se passer de leur traitement habituel. Pour en savoir plus sur la maladie, rendez-vous sur le site de l’Association française des hémophiles. Le 17 avril 2012 à 10:25 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Burst of late buying leaves market indexes mixed

first_imgU.S. stock indexes stemmed an early slide Friday, finishing mostly higher and nudging the benchmark S&P 500 index to its second weekly gain in a row.Gains in technology and consumer goods companies outweighed losses in financial stocks and retailers as investors continued to size up the latest batch of quarterly corporate snapshots.Prior to a late-afternoon flurry of buying, the market had been on pace to finish lower as investors hit pause following a tumultuous two months where the index followed up its worst December since 1931 with its best January in three decades.“Earnings are coming in good — we’re seeing over 15 percent growth — but there are some concerns about the next quarter that growth is going to be pretty close to zero,” said Karyn Cavanaugh, senior markets strategist at Voya Investment Management.The S&P 500 rose 1.83 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,707.88. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 63.20 points, or 0.3 percent, to 25,106.33.The Nasdaq composite added 9.85 points, or 0.1 percent, to 7,298.20. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies picked up 0.77 point, or 0.1 percent, to 1,506.39. Major stock indexes in Europe finished lower.last_img read more

Sarri confirms HudsonOdoi will remain at Chelsea

first_imgChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri revealed that he has been assured by the club board that Callum Hudson-Odoi will not be going anywhere this month.The 18-year-old winger has been strongly linked with a switch to Bayern Munich after the German club’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirmed their interest earlier this month.Chelsea have reportedly turned down three bids from Bayern and a transfer request from Hudson-Odoi himself.The youngster is understood to be frustrated with his role at Chelsea this season with just 61 minutes of Premier League action under his belt, despite starring in cup games.But a delighted Sarri is confident now that Hudson-Odoi will be going nowhere and expressed his satisfaction with the young star’s development.“The club told me in this window he will remain with us for sure, and very probably also in the next,” said Sarri on the club website. “I am very happy with this.“I don’t have the power to sign new contracts here. On the pitch, I am really very happy with him. He is improving. He will be the future of our club, and the future of English future.“I am not frustrated. As I said before, on the pitch he is doing very well, in training and in matches.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I am very happy with him, I’m not very happy with the situation, of course, but I know very well every big team here in England has the same problem.He added: “It’s not easy to keep these young players.“He is, of course,e one of the best 18-year-olds in Europe, so it’s very difficult, but the club told me he is out of the market for sure [now], and probably he will be out of the market in July.“I don’t know if he is happy with that, but I can say what I see on the pitch. And on the pitch at the moment he is fantastic.”The Blues will next take on Bournemouth in a Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday night.Tomorrow, the Blues head to Bournemouth! 👊 pic.twitter.com/AcbLeeCKJa— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 29, 2019last_img read more

ASA Welcomes President Trumps Decision to Focus on NAFTA Modernization

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomed an announcement from President Donald Trump late Wednesday that the United States would remain a member of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The announcement came following reports that the White House was readying an executive order to withdraw from the agreement, prompting significant concern and swift action from ASA and other farm groups that recognize the importance of NAFTA and agreements like it. Instead, the White House announced that it will engage with Canada and Mexico in a renegotiation of the major trade pact, which has significantly benefitted soybean producers.“We are relieved by the president’s decision that the United States will work on improving the NAFTA rather than withdrawing from it, and we will continue to closely monitor negotiations as they move forward,” said ASA President Ron Moore, a soybean farmer from Roseville, Ill. “When you’re talking about $3 billion in soybean exports a year, any threats to withdraw from agreements and walk away from markets makes farmers extremely nervous. We remain supportive of efforts to modernize NAFTA and further expand access for U.S. soy in Mexico and Canada, and we look forward to working with the administration to realize these goals.”Moore used the situation to underscore the importance of having key administration personnel like Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in place, and called on the Senate to swiftly confirm Ambassador Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative.“It is clear that Secretary Perdue clearly sees the link between increased access to global markets and success for American farmers,” said Moore.   “We are grateful that he was sworn in this week and had the opportunity to provide advice on the NAFTA decision.  As we move forward, it is key Amb. Lighthizer be in place at USTR. We applaud the Senate Finance Committee for its approval of his nomination, and look to the full Senate to confirm him as quickly as possible.”last_img read more

Facebooks Zuckerberg Sandberg reportedly to skip hearing in Canada

first_img Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. 7 Boost Mobile Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $999 Turo Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $6 at Tidal Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Post a comment See It See at Amazon An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Best Buy Read the AirPods review Read DJI Osmo Action preview DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Share your voice $999 Angela Lang/CNET Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg won’t attend an international meeting in Canada this week to discuss misinformation and election interference, CNN reports. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg don’t plan to attend a hearing in Canada, later this week, CNN reported Monday, despite being subpoenaed by a Canadian Parliament committee.The Facebook executives were invited earlier this month to appear before the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy in Ottawa on May 28, but neither responded. Zuckerberg also ignored requests to address a Canadian committee looking into election meddling and disinformation on Facebook.Not attending the hearing could result in the executives being held in contempt of parliament, but the subpoena can only be enforced if Zuckerberg and Sandberg go to Canada.Lawmakers from about 210 countries are expected to attend the meeting, which is scheduled to be held in Ottawa on Tuesday. Zuckerberg also declined to attend a joint international hearing in London last year to investigate disinformation and election interference.Facebook told CNN that instead of Zuckerberg and Sandberg, it’s sending to the meeting Kevin Chan, its head of public policy for Facebook Canada, and Neil Potts, its director of public policy.Last year, Zuckerberg testified before Congress following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which data from as many as 87 million Facebook users was improperly shared with the political consultancy.Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Read the Rylo camera preview $59 at eBay DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Rylo $299 at Amazon $210 at Best Buy Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sarah Tew/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Tags Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go.center_img See It Apple iPhone XS Sarah Tew/CNET What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Sarah Tew/CNET Sprint Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Sheryl Sandberg,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $999 0 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Tags $520 at HP Chris Monroe/CNET Share your voice $155 at Google Express Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See It $60 at Best Buy Comments Tech Industry Sarah Tew/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See it The Cheapskate HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) See at Turo Read Google Home Hub review I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Amazonlast_img read more

Why you should use dark mode on the iPhone

first_img See It Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 1 See it Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? $999 Are there any negatives? Not that we know of — not any real health consequences, anyway. A few potential downsides to inverted color schemes include: Very small text and long blocks of text may be harder to readPeople with certain kinds of color blindness may find it harder to useMay be hard to see in dimly lit environments  Should you use it? If you look at your phone screen for a substantial amount of time each day, there’s a chance you could benefit from using dark mode. For the best results, try enabling Dark Mode and Night Shift (Settings > Display & Brightness > Night Shift) to reduce as much blue light as possible. There are no real consequences from using Dark Mode, but a few great benefits to consider, so when Apple rolls it out for iPhone in September, give it a shot and note any differences in your vision, sleep or headaches.  2:45 Apple iPhone XS Dark Mode comes to Apple iOS CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple The benefits of dark mode Apple introduced dark mode for Mac in 2018. At the time, creative professionals raved about the feature, as it’s sleek and makes photos and text pop on the black background. But aside from creative potential, the obvious benefit is that dark mode helps protects your eyes from the traditionally blinding whiteness of computer and phone screens. Even with features like Night Shift, which softens harsh blue light and wearing blue-light blocking glasses, bright white tech screens can still cause blurry vision, headaches and watery eyes. For many, dark mode may alleviate those symptoms. Reducing the amount of blue light you come into contact with throughout the day may also help you sleep better. Additionally, dark mode for iOS might increase your iPhone’s battery life. It takes less power for OLED screens to emit dark colors than a bright ones, so while Apple hasn’t yet made any claims that Dark Mode saves battery, there’s a good chance that it will give you more time before you need to plug in again. However, this is only true for OLED screens (organic light-emitting diode) and not LCD (liquid crystal display) screens. In OLED screens, every individual pixel lights up to create an image. So when you turn on Dark Mode, your phone just shuts off the pixels it doesn’t need — versus an LCD screen, which uses a backlight regardless of color scheme. Only the newest iPhones use OLED, so this trick won’t work for you if you use any model from the 8 Plus or earlier. More iPhones with OLED screens are expected to come out next year. See It 9 Photos Share your voice Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean itcenter_img See It Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sprint reading • Why you should use dark mode on the iPhone Dark Mode in the calendar app James Martin/CNET Apple announced at WWDC 2019 that it is bringing Dark Mode to iOS to give anyone with an iPhone the chance to use the alternative color scheme. Until this year, Dark Mode was only available with MacOS on Mac computers. The new feature is currently in Apple’s beta iOS and should be available with iOS 13, which will come out with the newest iPhone in September. What is dark mode? Like its name implies, dark mode darkens the user interface on Apple devices. Basically, the appearance is inverted so that instead of black text on a white background, you see light or white text on a black background. The feature is system-wide, so all native Apple apps will support dark mode, and so will your notifications and widgets. Plus, Dark Mode will be available for third-party developers to make it part of their app. The effect is most noticeable on apps where the majority appears white, such as Apple Health and Calendar. Read more: Dark mode is coming to iOS 13, but these iPhone apps have it now Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Tags Boost Mobile Comment • See All $999 Wellness $999 Dark mode for iOS 13: iPhone’s dark side never looked so good Best Buy Applelast_img read more

How Alaska seismologists detected North Koreas nuke test

first_imgThe suspected North Korean nuclear test as recorded on seismic stations across Alaska. (Courtesy of AK Earthquake Center’s Twitter)A North Korean nuclear bomb test was detected in Alaska. State seismologist Michael West said Alaska Earthquake Information Center seismometers clearly registered the underground blast Saturday.Listen now“An explosion of magnitude 6.3 is something that can be viewed or recorded, really all around the globe,” West said.West says the center seismometers, which regularly detect earthquakes, also pick up other disturbances, like landslides and detonations at mines. He says signals from explosions like the underground North Korean nuke test, are completely different from those of an earthquake.“During an earthquake, the Earth sheers in very complicated ways and that creates a whole mix of very different looking seismic waves that propagate out in all different directions,” West said. “An explosion is actually a much, much simpler source. It has one very simple motion. Everything is outward from the source.”Wests notes that the nuke test, although significant at magnitude 6 point 3, was not strong enough to effect the balance of tectonic plates.last_img read more

State airquality regulators invite public to review PM25cleanup plan documents

first_imgThe documents made available for public review by the state Air Quality Division show several measures that state and local air-quality regulators are considering including in the State Implementation Plan that will help reduce air pollution in the Fairbanks-North Pole area, which can become especially hazardous during cold winter days. (Patrick Cotter/PDC Engineers)State air-quality regulators are inviting people who live in and around the borough’s air-pollution-plagued Non-attainment Area to take a look at a series of draft documents that outline the problem and proposed solutions. A local air-quality advocate says it’s important residents read the documents, to understand more about what’s being proposed to help clean up the area’s air — and to participate in finding solutions to the problem.Listen nowState Air Quality Division Director Denise Koch says the documents made public by her agency Thursday are drafts that when completed later this year will form the basis of the so-called State Implementation Plan, or SIP, that will lay out how the Fairbanks area can reduce its PM2.5 emissions.“These are the building blocks, if you will, of the SIP,” Koch said.Koch says agency officials posted the documents to promote a two-way of exchange of information between them and the public. She says some portions of the documents are incomplete and require information they hope area residents will help them fill in.“There are data gaps,” Koch said. “And we’re asking the public for additional information.”The documents dozens of references to those gaps, such as how much Number 1 and Number 2 fuel oil is used locally, broken down in to residential and non-residential use. Koch says the agency also wanted to make the documents available to inform people about how it will oversee local efforts to reduce PM2.5 emissions to attain federal air-quality standards in what’s now called the Serious Nonattainment Area.“We want complete transparency,” Koch said. “We know that this is a very important issue to the community, and we want people to be able to look at our early thinking.”Longtime local air-quality advocate Jimmy Fox says he’s already reading through the documents, and he urges all other area residents to give them a look, so they can appreciate the complexity of the problem and understand the measures the Air Quality Division is planning and considering.“This is the chance to kind of kick the tires on these draft documents and help the state come up with an implementation plan that we can live with,” Fox said.Fox says it would behoove residents to get to know the many different strategies that’ll be employed under the SIP to clean up the air in the nonattainment area – and that are sure to raise eyebrows. They include such measures as requiring installation of emissions-control technology on so-called stationary sources such as powerplants, which would boost the cost of electricity for ratepayers. Also, possible requirements on the use of ultralow-sulfur heating oil, a costlier but cleaner-burning fuel.“What I’m reading here is that preliminary estimates is that switching to that (fuel) to help address the problem would cost the average household and extra three to four hundred bucks a year in heating oil costs,” Fox said.Fox says the locals can help the state understand more about the situation here in Fairbanks, and could provide information to regulators that would help them develop a better plan that would work for this area.“What makes this plan successful is our ownership of that,” Fox said, “And I hope that all the citizens in the borough don’t shy away from this opportunity.”Fox says some portions of the documents are fairly technical and can make for dense reading. But he says overall, they should be pretty understandable to most folks.Koch says the Air Quality Division wants comments on the documents before May 23. They can be found on the division’s website, which is accessible off the state Department of Environmental Conservation homepage.last_img read more

Harveys Biblical Rainfall Is Getting More Likely

first_imgBrien Straw | Houston Public MediaHarvey flooding in KingwoodThe chances of a hurricane flooding parts of Texas, like Hurricane Harvey did, have soared sixfold in just 25 years because of global warming and will likely triple once again before the end of the century, a new study says.Study author Kerry Emanuel, a meteorology professor and hurricane expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, found that what was once an extremely rare event — 20 inches of rain over a large area of Texas — could soon be almost common.From 1981 to 2000, the probability of 20 inches of rain happening somewhere over a large chunk of Texas was 1 in 100 or even less, Emanuel said. Now it’s 6 in 100 and by 2081, those odds will be 18 in 100, he said.“The changes in probabilities are because of global warming,” Emanuel said.The study was released Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Emanuel said he hurried the study to help Houston officials think about what conditions they should consider when they rebuild.Texas state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon said he was struck by the potential for much higher rainfall that Emanuel’s simulations predict for the future and how important it is for the design of critical structures like dams and nuclear facilities.“If the worst-case precipitation scenario is getting worse, as Kerry’s study and other evidence implies, that safety margin is shrinking,” Nielsen-Gammon said in an email, highlighting Emanuel’s results that also show the worst-case storms becoming wetter and more common.Gabriel Vecchi, a climate scientist at Princeton who wasn’t part of the study, said the study confirms what scientists have already thought: “that the most extreme rainfall events will become more likely as the planet warms.”“These results highlight the importance of finding ways to incorporate our understanding of climate change in long-term urban planning, storm water management and in flood mapping,” Vecchi said in an email.To do the study Emanuel had to use some innovative modeling techniques. Global climate models used for future warming studies aren’t detailed enough to simulate hurricanes. Hurricane models don’t say anything about the larger climate. So Emanuel combined the models and then created thousands and thousands of fictional storm “seedlings” to see what would happen.Emanuel’s calculations used the 20-inch (half a meter) rainfall total because that was the initial figure discussed as the storm was dying down.Later measurements showed that Harvey’s rain was far heavier — and far rarer — than initially reported. After Emanuel had started his work, records showed Harvey’s Houston-wide rainfall ended up closer to 33 inches (84 centimeters). And in individual areas pit peaked at 60 inches (1.5 meters).Emanuel called those numbers “biblical.”“By the standards of the average climate during 1981-2000, Harvey’s rainfall in Houston was ‘biblical’ in the sense that it likely occurred around once since the Old Testament was written,” Emanuel’s study said.While several scientists praised the study’s technique, Christopher Landsea, science operations chief at the National Hurricane Center, had some reservations. He said Emanuel’s results don’t fit with other climate change model projections which do show higher rainfall totals but also show a decrease in the number of storms. Sharelast_img read more