The past five decades have witnessed a significant rise in food production, but in many places the better yields have been associated with agricultural practices that have degraded the land and water systems, according to FAO’s State of the World’s Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture (SOLAW) report.Farming systems “face the risk of progressive breakdown of their productive capacity under a combination of excessive demographic pressure and unsustainable agriculture use and practices,” says the report.Competition for land and water is increasing – including competition between urban and industrial users – as well as within the agricultural sector between livestock, staple crops, non-food crop, and biofuel production.Climate change is expected to alter the patterns of temperature, precipitation and river flows upon which the world’s food production systems depend, according to the report, which also notes that the problem could be more acute in developing countries, where quality land, soil nutrients and water are least abundant.“The SOLAW report highlights that the collective impact of these pressures and resulting agricultural transformations have put some production systems at risk of breakdown of their environmental integrity and productive capacity,” said Jacques Diouf, the FAO Director-General.“These systems at risk may simply not be able to contribute as expected in meeting human demands by 2050. The consequences in terms of hunger and poverty are unacceptable. Remedial action needs to be taken now,” he added.Between 1961 and 2009, the world’s cropland grew by 12 per cent, but agricultural production expanded 150 percent, thanks to a significant increase in yields of major crops, the report says.One of the warning signs pointed out in the study is that rates of growth in agricultural production have been slowing in many areas and are currently only half of what they were at the height of the ‘Green Revolution’ – the period between the 1940s and the late 1970s when the world’s agricultural productivity rose dramatically.Overall, the report paints a picture of a world experiencing an increasing imbalance between availability and demand for land and water resources at the local and national levels.The report for the first time provides a global assessment of the state of the planet’s land resources.A quarter of the land is highly degraded, while another eight per cent has moderate degradation, 36 per cent is classed as stable or slightly degraded and 10 per cent ranked as “improving.”The rest of Earth’s land surface is either bare (around 18 per cent) or covered by inland water bodies (around two per cent).Large parts of all the continents are experiencing land degradation, with particularly high incidence noted along the west coast of the Americas, across the Mediterranean region of Southern Europe and North Africa, the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, and throughout Asia.The greatest threat is the loss of soil quality, followed by biodiversity loss and water resources depletion, the report notes. 28 November 2011Global food production is being undermined by land degradation and shortages of farmland and water resources, making feeding the world’s rising population – projected to reach nine billion by 2050 – a daunting challenge, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a report unveiled today.
The Foreign Ministry said he assured that Germany would fully support and encourage these efforts both at the bilateral level as well as in its capacity as the current chair of the Human Rights Council.Foreign Minister Samaraweera briefed the German delegation on the four tiered structure proposed by the Government to address post conflict issues which includes a truth seeking structure, a permanent office for missing persons, a special domestic mechanism to look into accountability issues with international assistance, reparation for victims and measures to ensure future non recurrence.Pledging support for economic development, Foreign Minister Steinmeier undertook to encourage German businessmen to invest in Sri Lanka and in this context welcome the recent announcement by Volkswagen that it proposes to open an automobile assembly plant in Sri Lanka. Both sides agreed to actively work towards enhancing bilateral trade. It was noted that total trade last year amounted to US$ 824 million and that two sides would seek to enhance trade to reach the US$ 1 billion mark in the next few years. The delegation at the talks included Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha De Silva, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Chitranganee Wagiswara and other senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Minister Steinmeier also visited the construction site of the German Technical Training Institute in Kilinochchi.At the official talks, the two sides agreed to renew, revive and strengthen relations between Germany and Sri Lanka. Foreign Minister Steinmeier welcomed the very responsible manner in which the Government has taken steps to bring about reconciliation and to look into accountability issues by building political consensus through the formation of a National Unity Government. Germany has assured its support to Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.The Foreign Ministry said that the assurance had been given by German Foreign Minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, during talks he held with the Sri Lanka Government. Addressing the press, Minister Steinmeier commended the Government and the people of Sri Lanka for the decisions taken to strengthen democracy and assured that Germany will stand by Sri Lanka. He referred to the continued assistance Germany would provide in the areas of skills development, protection of culturally significant monuments and sustainable energy. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier who visited Sri Lanka at the invitation of Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera concluded his one day visit to Sri Lanka on Tuesday night. In a statement issued today on the conclusion of his visit, the Foreign Ministry said that during the visit which was the first official visit by a German Foreign Minister in 11 years, Foreign Minister Steinmeier called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, had a meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Temple Trees and held official bilateral talks with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and later the same evening was hosted to dinner. After the conclusion of talks, Minister Samaraweera and Foreign Minister Steinmeier addressed the media at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
A plane was forced to make an emergency landing in a field after losing power during takeoff from the Tillsonburg airport.Three crew members were on-board a Cessna 172 when it took off from the airport on Friday at about 6 p.m. for a training mission with the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) when the engine failed, the association said.OPP officers and firefighters responded after the crew contacted police following the emergency landing of the single-engine aircraft in a field off the end of the runway. Nobody was injured and the aircraft wasn’t damaged, said CASARA, a volunteer organization that supports the Canadian air force in search-and-rescue missions.
In his final report on the UN’s International Civilian Support Mission in Haiti (MICAH), which ended on 6 February, the Secretary-General says it is “regrettable” that the various opportunities to reach a political compromise before the November 2000 elections were not seized, and that impediments to the resumption of much-needed international assistance remained in place.”Concern has been growing that actions of some organizations and political leaders associated with the Fanmi Lavalas party [of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide] have undermined the democratic process,” Mr. Annan writes. “While hopes were revived by the resumption of political dialogue in the final days prior to President Aristide’s inauguration on 7 February, doubts persisted that either side was ready or able to make the necessary concessions.”According to the report, there was widespread concern among the opposition that President Aristide’s goal in entering the dialogue may have been to draw a few opposition and civil society figures into his Government, in order to regain access to international assistance. Mr. Annan notes that development assistance and constructive engagement by the international community could reinforce the more moderate, modernizing currents within Fanmi Lavalas and increase the likelihood that respect for political freedoms and human rights will become institutionalized, while withholding aid could have the undesired effect of pushing political personalities into taking more extreme positions. The report further states that in order for the UN to continue helping Haiti in projects related to the rule of law, it will be necessary to devise new forms of technical assistance. “To this end, UNDP [the UN Development Programme] has crafted a comprehensive post-MICAH transition programme and I call on the Friends of the Secretary-General for Haiti and other Member States to contribute to this next phase of peace-building in Haiti.”The countries that make up the Group of Friends of the Secretary-General are Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, the United States and Venezuela.
“I wish the problems of this region could be easily solved, but the reality is that many millions of people will face extreme difficulties even if there are better harvests this year,” said James Morris, who Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s humanitarian envoy in the region and heads the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP).“A better harvest will not reduce HIV/AIDS rates, or provide education or supply clean water to an orphaned child, or ensure kids get vaccinated against simple childhood diseases,” he said, urging attention to the deeper issues facing the region. Southern Africa is in the acute phase of a long-term emergency due to a combination of HIV/AIDS, food insecurity and the governments’ weakened capacity for delivering basic social services, according to WFP, which calls this trend the “Triple Threat.”Countries in southern Africa have nine of the 10 highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in the world, forcing many families to choose medicines over seeds and fertilizers.The region also has endured a four-year drought, broken last month by heavy rains in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe that have brought on flooding, displacing thousands of people, exacerbating cholera and malaria outbreaks, and washing away newly planted crops.While recent good rainfalls could mean better agricultural yields in some countries, Mr. Morris cautioned that this could hinge on the amount of seeds and fertilizer distributed during the planting season and on future weather patterns. Mr. Morris is currently on a five-day trip ending on Saturday, he is scheduled to talk to the authorities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and visit projects that involve humanitarian aid. It is his sixth trip to the region since he became Special Envoy in July 2002. “Every time I come to southern Africa I am heartened by the progress being made by governments, the UN, NGOs and other partners to improve the livelihoods of the poorest people in the region. At the same time I am staggered at the length of road we still need to travel to ensure every man, woman and child has access to basic needs and services,” he said. WFP assists up to 9.2 million people in six southern African countries through the annual hunger season until April. The agency, asking for cash donations, said it has a funding shortfall of $63 million for operations lasting till June.
Rhein Neckar Lowen ← Previous Story Christian Dissinger to RK Vardar Skopje Next Story → 6/6: HBC Nantes and Chambery Savoie keep 100% record Rhein Neckar Lowen had routine job in victory over IFK Kristianstad 36:27 (18:14) in the opener of the Round 5 at VELUX EHF Champions League 2018/2019.Bogdan Radivojevic was TOP scorer in the winning squad with nine goals.Rhein-Neckar Löwen – IFK Kristianstad 36:27 (18:14)Löwen: Appelgren, Palicka – Schmid (6/4), Lipovina (5), Sigurdsson, Radivojevic (9), Tollbring (3), Abutovic, Mensah (4), Fäth, Groetzki, Taleski (2), Guardiola (1), Petersson (2), Nielsen (3), Kohlbacher (1)Kristianstad: Larsson, Kappelin – Hansson, Nyfjäll (1), Arnarsson (3), Henningsson, Nilsen (5), Canellas (2), Larsson, Gudmundsson (5), Freiman (3), Ehn (2), Einarsson (2), Jurmala Aström, Chrintz, Halen (4/1)
Now that the holidays are over, it’s time for everyone to shift their focus onto the next big thing: the iPad 3. In the last week, we’ve already heard a (probably false) rumor that two new iPads will be launching in January, and another that has an iPad with upgraded cameras launching in March. Now we have yet another report: that a Retina display iPad 3 will launch in March, with an upgraded iPad 4 (or iPad 3 Pro?) launching in October.The rumor — to be taken with many grains of salt — says that the iPad 3 will sport a Retina display (2048×1536, double the resolution of the first two iPads) and an extended battery. It also, however, says that other upgrades won’t be as exciting as many are expecting. What does that last part mean? It could mean that it won’t get an A6 processor (harder to believe than the other details), or that the form-factor won’t be much different from that of the iPad 2.According to the report, the October iPad will be the one to truly behold. It says that the real battle for market share will take place among 2012’s second iPad, Windows 8 tablets, and Intel’s Clover Trail-W platform. The description of the alleged iPad 4 is vague: it merely says that it will have “much upgraded hardware specifications” and “integrated applications” (Siri, perhaps?).Would Apple release two iPads in one year? It’s possible, but keep in mind that the same trade publication that ran this rumor also predicted a second iPad in 2011. That obviously didn’t happen. It sounds more likely in 2012, as there is expected to be tighter competition (from Windows 8, a Google tablet, and perhaps a larger Kindle Fire) than there was in 2011.Yes, we’re getting into the season where iPad rumors fly in from all angles, with no indication of what’s plausible and what isn’t. Within the next month or two, it will build to a feverish pitch that will take us all back to last summer; that was when iPhone 5 rumors covered the entire gamut of possibilities. Prepare for exhaustion.via DigiTimes
Thursday 15 Feb 2018, 12:05 AM Cork City – Q4 2014Average monthly repayments on a mortgage for a three-bed were €790Average monthly rent payments were €914A difference of 16% What does this mean? Outside of the housing bubble of the noughties, renting was always the more expensive per-month option. So when that bubble burst, a certain amount of correction was seen. And now, as house prices rise again, so do their rent prices.However, what we now know is that the gap between mortgage payments and rent asks is widening in areas where demand is high and supply is low.Today, the amount paid in rent as a percentage of its value hasn’t really budged when you look at three+ bedroom houses or in low-demand areas. But it’s a different story for one- and two-bed properties, showing us that there is more pressure at the ‘smaller household’ end of the market servicing working single people and couples without dependents and places where smaller houses are more useful – like city centres. Census 2016 showed that the average household size in Ireland is now 2.75 persons (it was 3.1 in 1996).Let’s set out those yields then four our three areas.Dublin North City Yields on a One-Bed Apartment2007: 3.4%2014: 7.2%2017: 8.6% Finally and, perhaps obviously, monthly repayments aren’t the full story when looking at the price of a mortgage.With a mortgage comes the necessity of putting together a deposit, as well as the fees associated with purchasing such a large asset. It also ties a person to a house and area and burdens them with maintenance responsibilities, on top of paying mandatory life insurance, home insurance and property tax. You also have to find someone willing to lend you money – which is often harder than finding someone willing to lend you property (at a price).And, in turn, the cheapest option might not be the best one. Ronan Lyons advises that people should look at what suits them better, and what they have access to: renting money or renting property.”If you rent long-term, then you need to also save or invest so that you have a nest egg when you retire. The choices are not necessarily should I rent or buy. It is buy versus rent-and-save.”Conclusion: No matter where you are in the country, it is cheaper to have a mortgage than to rent a property on today’s average house and rent prices when looking at one, two or three bedroom properties. However, it may not always be the most suitable option – and it may not always be possible. That situation is how it has always been – except for the years of the property boom – but the difference in price in the ‘smaller household’ sector of the market is now much more stark, up to 90% in high-demand areas.*Editor’s note: If mortgage rates rise by two percentage points on the 3.75% variable rate used in the examples here, we still have a situation where renting is the more expensive option right across the country for one, two and three beds. However, you can find exceptions in two-beds in expensive areas of the capital – Dublin 2, 4, 6 and 6w and for three-beds in most areas of Dublin. TheJournal.ie’s FactCheck is a signatory to the International Fact-Checking Network’s Code of Principles. You can read it here. For information on how FactCheck works, what the verdicts mean, and how you can take part, check out our Reader’s Guide here. You can read about the team of editors and reporters who work on the factchecks here. By Sinead O’Carroll Is it cheaper to have a mortgage than rent in Ireland?IT’S A QUESTION that’s being asked in rental properties across the country today.Daft.ie’s quarterly rent report showed on Tuesday that in the last three months of 2017, landlords asked for higher monthly sums from tenants than ever before – and not just in Dublin.In Cork and Galway cities, rents are 17% and 30% above levels recorded a decade ago. Average rent in Leitrim is €542 per month – and that’s the lowest out there.So, we’ve started to hear people say, ‘Sure it’s cheaper to get a mortgage than rent?’Is that just pub chat though? Or is it really true? And, has it actually always been that way?Here, TheJournal.ie will examine the options available if you were to either rent a property or obtain a mortgage today.Let’s look at the headline figures in a select number of areas based on a 3.75% variable mortgage, for a term of 30 years, with a 85% loan-to-value ratio.* To buy or to rent? graphic from the Q4 2017 Daft.ie report Source: Daft.ieClick here for a larger image.In Dublin 7, where there is a mix of housing options, the average monthly repayments on a mortgage for a one-bed are €782. However, to rent a similar property, tenants are paying €1,432 – an 83% difference. Source: The commuter counties: Daft.ie Q4 2017 Rental ReportMoving further out to the commuting belt, a similar situation is found.A two-bed home in Kildare will have mortgage repayments of €534 a month attached to it, while rent prices are 90% higher at €1,015 for the same type of property. Source: The cities: Daft.ie Q4 2017 Rental ReportAnd, the scenarios outside of the Pale tell the same story.Average monthly repayments on a mortgage for a three-bed house in Cork City are €914 with corresponding rents running 32% higher at €1,203.By that, across the board, mortgage repayments by the month are cheaper than rental payments per month. Are there exceptions?Yes, but only if you’re looking at bigger, four to five bedroom homes where potential owner occupiers will mostly outbid potential investors.And is this any different to how it’s always been?A simple way to look at it, according to economist Ronan Lyons, is that it is generally more expensive to rent property than to rent money. It has always been thus, except for during the years of the property boom/bubble.If we look at the yields on houses i.e. the amount paid in rent as a percentage of its value during the housing bubble, there was an anomaly then. To signal a healthy market, those yields should be about 5 to 7% but back in 2007, they were all the way down at 2% to 4%. That switched the maths a little bit and the smart people were renting – and not buying. https://jrnl.ie/3849316 49,641 Views Feb 15th 2018, 12:06 AM FactFind: Is it cheaper to have a mortgage than rent in Ireland? We’ve all heard it in the pub, but is it actually true? Commuter Counties, including Kildare, Yields on a Two-Bed House2007: 3.5%2014: 7.5% 2017: 9% Snapshot of yields across the country during the first quarter of 2007 – the peak of the Celtic Tiger housing bubble Source: Daft.ie Q1 2007 Rent ReportClick here for a larger image.So, if we skip those crazy years and have a look at 2014, yields were running at between 4.5% and 8%. Source: Daft.ie Q1 2014 Rent ReportClick here for a larger image.And here’s what we found happening in our three areas in terms of rents and mortgage payments.North Dublin City – Q4 2014Average monthly repayments on a mortgage for a one-bed were €634Average monthly rent payments were €922A difference of 45%Commuter counties, including Kildare – Q4 2014Average monthly repayments on a mortgage for a two-bed were €555Average monthly rent payments were €733A difference of 32% Journal Media Ltd has shareholders in common with Daft.ie publisher Distilled Media Group. Short URL Cork City Yields on a Three Bed House2007: 3.6%2014: 6.3% 2017: 6.2% 66 Comments Share358 Tweet Email9 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram State Member for Perth, Ms Eleni Evangel MLA, is calling on the Perth community to get behind the best local businesses by nominating them for the 2014 Telstra Australian Business Awards. For 22 years this prestigious national award program has celebrated the brilliance of Australia’s small and medium businesses, and helped entrepreneurs grow and establish sustainable and successful businesses. “Small and medium businesses are at the heart of our community. Residents of the Perth electorate know this best, with small businesses contributing to the vibrancy and livelihood of our suburbs with major hubs within Leederville, Mount Hawthorn, Highgate and many more,” said Ms Evangel. “The Telstra Australian Business Awards are an opportunity for us to thank them, celebrate their success and recognise the contribution they make to local jobs and commerce,” added Ms Evangel. Every entrant will also receive a Business Health Check, a free 70-page report that evaluates individual businesses performance across seven areas against international benchmarks. Nominations are now open, with entry submissions open from 3rd February to 31st March 2014. The 2014 Telstra Australian Business Awards includes categories for Start-Up businesses, MicroBusinesses, Small Businesses, Medium Businesses and the most outstanding Regional business. Winners of state and territory Awards go onto the national Telstra Australian Business Awards in Melbourne on 7th August 2014, with the overall Business of the Year from each state and territory in the running to be named the 2014 Telstra Australian Business of the Year. To nominate or enter the Awards, go to www.telstrabusinessawards.com or call the Telstra Australian Business Awards on 1800AWARDS for further information.
La Méditerranée et les dangers qui la menacent exposés à MonacoDans le cadre de l’année internationale de la biodiversité, et à l’occasion de son centenaire, le Musée océanographique de Monacoaccueille jusqu’au printemps 2012, une exposition sur le Méditerranée, sa biodiversité, et les menaces qui pèsent sur elle. Inaugurée le 20 novembre dernier, cette exposition se poursuivra jusqu’au 20 mai 2012. Dévoilant les richesses de la Méditerranée, elle s’intéresse aux dangers qui menacent cette mer, et ce via quatre thèmes principaux : la prolifération des méduses, l’acidification des océans, les espèces venues d’ailleurs, et les menaces d’extinction qui pèsent sur le thon rouge. À lire aussiBiodiversité, Game of Thrones et Mars, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 8 mai”Mer au milieu des terres”, la Méditerranée couvre seulement 1% de la surface des océans, mais abrite 10% des espèces marines connues à ce jour. Elle abrite plus de 12.000 animaux et végétaux. Mais l’activité humaine affecte le trésor de biodiversité qu’abrite la Méditerranée, dégradant les habitats naturels de nombreuses espèces, et menaçant nombre de ces dernières, telles que le Rorqual commun, le plancton, ou le thon rouge, de disparition. L’exposition “Méditerranée” vise à sensibiliser le public aux richesses que recèle cette mer, et aux dangers que l’Homme fait peser sur elles. Elle a pour but d’amener le public à “s’engager pour protéger ce patrimoine naturel”, souligne le Musée dans un communiqué. De nombreuses conférences et ateliers sont par ailleurs organisés par le Musée afin de permettre aux visiteurs d’approfondir leur découverte de la Méditerranée et des dangers qui la menacent.Le 26 février 2011 à 12:59 • Emmanuel Perrin
Messy floors could be a pain to clean because you’ll most likely need a clunky vacuum or a heavy mop to get the job done. Thankfully though, there is an easier way to keep your home clean without the hassle: The Neato Botvac D4 Connected, a robot vacuum that has customized cleaning maps, powerful suction capabilities, and easily fits in tight spaces.According to our sister site PCMag.com, the Neato Botvac D4 Connected is a high-tech cleaning solution if you want to keep your home free from allergens, crumbs, dust, mold, gross pet hair, and other nasty messes. At $498, the Neato Botvac D4 Connected isn’t cheap, but it delivers a powerful clean and offers customizable, smart-home friendly tidying that some conventional vacuums aren’t capable of doing. The Neato Botvac D4 Connected is available to buy on Amazon.AdChoices广告Unlike standard vacuums, the Neato Botvac D4 Connected features a compact D-shape, which enables it to fit in most nooks and crannies around your home. Its dimensions are 3.9 inches x 13.2 inches x 12.6 inches and it only weighs 7.4 pounds, so you won’t have to worry about getting a strength training workout if you need to gently pick it up.Setting up the Neato Botvac D4 Connected is easy: First, download the Neato app for your Android or iOS smartphone, register for an account, and follow the directions to connect to your 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network, since the vacuum doesn’t work with 5GHz. What’s cool about this vacuum is that you can hook it up with your voice assistant via the Neato skill in the Amazon Alexa or Google Home app. Once this is done, you can issue commands to start/stop cleaning, check the vacuum’s battery level, and return the vacuum to its charging dock.Convenience is one of the main perks of this robot vacuum: Using the Neato mobile app, you can see the battery level, go through cleaning options, and view cleaning maps and stats after the Neato Botvac D4 Connected completes a cleaning mission. From there, you can also schedule automatic cleanings, so you can binge-watch TV or hang out with loved ones and let it do the dirty work for you.Cleaning-wise, the Neato Botvac D4 Connected has multiple benefits. It can map your home and give a mini summary of its cleaning tasks via the Neato app. Laser navigation makes it gently clean in a back and forth motion, while its powerful suction enables it to pick up a lot of dust, hair, and more debris. One downside is that the Neato can sometimes bump into furniture, but you can set up no-go boundary lines to help it avoid your dining room table or mountain of laundry.For more tech specs on the Neato Botvac D4 Connected, head over to PCMag.com to see the full review. And, if you would like to see other robot vacuums that will keep your home looking spic and span, read our Robot Vacuum Showdown: Neato Versus Roomba roundup.More on Geek.com:Robot Vacuum Showdown: Neato Versus RoombaGeek Pick: Alienware Area-51m Is an Interstellar Gaming Laptop Geek Pick: LaCie Mobile Drive Offers Big Beautiful Storage Geek Pick: Ikea Sonos Symfonisk Is A WiFi Bookshelf SpeakerGeek Pick: Fi Smart Dog Collar Sniffs Out Your Pet Stay on target
In the 1920s American writers F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway were living in Paris amongst a group of like-minded artists known as ‘The Lost Generation.” The young men were friends, sharing a love of literature and drink, though from the outside they appeared very different. Fitzgerald was a more artful type, whereas Hemingway had a comparatively action-packed background and enthusiasm for sports. According to Biography.com when he “wasn’t writing, Hemingway spent much of the 1930s chasing adventure: big-game hunting in Africa, bullfighting in Spain, deep-sea fishing in Florida.”Ernest Hemingway’s 1923 passport photograph.Writing for The Atlantic in 2009, the author Christopher Hitchens recalls Hemingway’s own description of Fitzgerald, saying he “looked like a boy with a face between handsome and pretty. He had very fair wavy hair, a high forehead, excited and friendly eyes and a delicate long-lipped Irish mouth that, on a girl, would have been the mouth of a beauty.”The article reviewed a reissue of Hemingway’s memoir A Moveable Feast, published three years after his death in 1964, which gave readers an insight into his time in the French capital.F Scott Fitzgerald, 1921.This heady social scene was shown in the Woody Allen 2011 movie Midnight In Paris, where Corey Stoll played Hemingway and Tom Hiddleston, Fitzgerald.Hemingway was rugged, whereas Fitzgerald arguably had more in common with the “café society” culture. The former wrote novels such as The Old Man and the Sea and the latter’s most famous work was The Great Gatsby. However there was much that united them, not least depression.In fact their closeness resulted in an infamous and intimate exchange that Hemingway chose to commit to the page in the chapter of A Moveable Feast called ‘A Matter of Measurements.’American novelist Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (1896-1940) and wife Zelda sitting on the lawn at her mother’s home. Photo by Time Life Pictures/Mansell/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty ImagesHemingway’s friend had married Zelda Fitzgerald in 1920, a relationship that took a tragic turn when her own issues led to a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Years earlier, the men were sitting in a Parisian restaurant when F. Scott made a startling confession to his no-nonsense pal.Hitchens quotes Fitzgerald’s lament: “Zelda said that the way I was built I could never make any woman happy and that was what upset her originally. She said it was a matter of measurements.” They were within range of the Eiffel Tower, but it was another structure that was preoccupying the writer’s thoughts.The Eiffel Tower, Paris, France.Fitzgerald went on to say “I have never felt the same since she said that and I have to know truly.” It was a remark that would unsettle any man, and he looked to Hemingway for guidance on the matter.What unfolded next was a fairly typical male scene, albeit given a bizarre dimension by its legendary participants. Going into the men’s room, Hemingway gave his honest assessment of Fitzgerald’s situation.Hemingway (left), with Harold Loeb, Duff Twysden (in hat), Hadley Richardson, Donald Ogden Stewart (obscured), and Pat Guthrie (far right) at a café in Pamplona, Spain, July 1925. Twysden, Loeb, and Guthrie inspired the characters Brett Ashley, Robert Cohn, and Mike Campbell in “The Sun Also Rises.”The news was good for the young scribbler — everything seemed perfectly normal. Hemingway went on to comment that the problem was more a question of Fitzgerald’s angle of examination rather than anything else.F. Scott Fitzgerald and wife Zelda September 1921.The Atlantic piece goes on to suggest that Hemingway was flattering his friend somewhat to cover any embarrassment, though this was really one of those cases where you had to be there at the time. Whether someone would have wanted to be there at the time is another thing entirely.Fitzgerald and Hemingway went on to make their mark on the printed page. The latter was acknowledged during his lifetime, especially with a Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea.Read another story from us: Unpublished Hemingway War Story Finally Sees the Light of DayFitzgerald wasn’t so fortunate. He had his triumphs, but true recognition only came after his death with a reappraisal of The Great Gatsby and its depiction of the times. Times he drew upon from his days spent in Paris alongside Hemingway and company.
Related posts:Two dead in Nicaragua protest violence as Ortega calls for ‘peace’ Nicaraguan student leaders meet with former President Oscar Arias Threats against independent journalists in Nicaragua continue Daniel Ortega’s regime has twice as many political prisoners as Nicolás Maduro’s Nicaraguan journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro, a critic of Daniel Ortega’s government, announced on Sunday that he has decided to leave Nicaragua and seek refuge in Costa Rica, citing “extreme threats” against him.“In the face of extreme threats, I have had to take the painful decision of going into exile to protect my physical safety and my freedom,” said Chamorro on his program Esta Semana, which airs on channel 12 in Nicaragua.Chamorro, 62, reaffirmed his commitment to independent journalism and announced changes to his Esta Noche programs that will now be broadcast once a week instead of Monday through Friday.Chamorro, the son of ex-president Violeta Barrios de Chamorro (1990-1997), reminded his audience that since five weeks ago, the facilities of the Confidencial digital newspaper and television programs Esta Semana and Esta Noche, owned by him, have been occupied by the police.The journalist, who has criticized President Daniel Ortega as a “bloodthirsty dictator” and accused him of maintaining power through terror, joins more than 55 journalists who have left Nicaragua citing threats to their safety. Most have moved to Costa Rica and the United States.The Violeta Barrios de Chamorro Foundation has recorded some 500 physical or verbal attacks and equipment seizures against journalists since anti-government protests began April 18 and left more than 320 dead, among them journalist Angel Gahona. This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Carlos Fernando Chamorro, a journalist who fights Ortega’s regime in Nicaragua
By Peter MichaelForeign Minister Nicos Christodoulides said on Saturday he would take the initiative to find a solution after his ministry sent out a note verbale to foreign embassies in Cyprus regarding visits to ancient sites in the north, which reports said sparked anger among the diplomatic community.A note verbale is a diplomatic letter prepared in the third person and unsigned, usually to protest something. The one in question was issued by Christodoulides own ministry but on Saturday he said he would resolve it.Politis reported on Saturday that the note verbale was sent to the foreign embassies in Cyprus at the request of the antiquities department, regarding visits to sites in the north. It said the note was issued on June 4 along with letters from the antiquities department. The missive reminded embassies that only the latter had the authority over monuments and sites in the north as the competent authority of the Republic of Cyprus.“The aforesaid letters refer to the illegal use of monuments in the occupied areas… as well as the illegal use of the logo of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018,” the note verbal said.“The ministry of foreign affairs takes this opportunity in order to reiterate its position pertaining to the illegal use of monuments and archaeological sites.”It then cites UN Security Council resolutions relating to the sovereignty of Cyprus and non-recognition of the Turkish Cypriot breakaway state in the north.A letter from the antiquities department was attached to the note verbale, which stated that illegal events were being held at monuments and archaeological sites, Politis said. A senior official at the department told the newspaper that the department filed this report with the ministry, as they regularly do. Asked by the daily which events they were referring to, the official, the paper said, asked for more time to respond adequately.The missive caused anger from some of the recipients, Politis said. Specifically, the EU Representation in Cyprus, which has an information office in the north, said that the note was against the EU itself. It said that the EU funds the maintenance of sites in Cyprus in the north, such as the Othello tower in Famagusta.Politis reported that the note verbale sent to ambassadors was the second, with the first having been sent on October 30, 2017. At that time, an ambassador from a European country had said that they were obliged to visit the sites, so they can inform their home governments on the funds used to maintain them.Following the outcry from diplomats, Christodoulides said he would undertake the initiative to find a solution. “There is a state law in place, which was made after 1974, with a goal of dealing with the issues regarding the destruction of cultural heritage,” he said.He added that there was an irregular state of affairs caused by the occupation, which necessitated the restoration of cultural heritage. Christodoulides said the government was taking the appropriate steps in that direction.“Taking into account the facts… I can tell you that I have already informed some that I am taking the initiative to find the appropriate solution,” he said. Politis later on Saturday reported that the note verbal had been sent by a ministry official without the minister’s knowledge. You May LikeC2 seriesC2 – Create Your Own Hype.C2 seriesUndoThe Travel Breeze15 Cities Well Known For Their Street ArtThe Travel BreezeUndoNCH SoftwareGet More Done in you Day. Speed your Typing with FastFox.NCH SoftwareUndo Widowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoLicences for ENI and Total to explore block sevenUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
Categories: News State Rep. Earl Poleski stands with Jackson Mayor Jason Smith and the mayor’s wife, Ashley, on the House floor today prior to Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address. Poleski invited Mayor Smith and his wife as his special guests for the address. Snyder delivered his key goals for the year during the speech. 16Jan Poleski invites Jackson mayor to State of the State address
Categories: Featured news,Hughes News,News 08May Rep. Hughes invites all area residents to 4th Annual Veterans Job Fair Tags: #SB Event to feature 65 local employers looking for talented employeesState Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, vice chair of the House Military and Veterans Committee, encourages veterans and non-veterans alike to attend the 4th Annual Veterans Job Fair on Friday, May 15 aboard the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum in Muskegon.The event was started in 2012 by Rep. Hughes and Dave Eling, director of the Veterans’ Center of Muskegon County. The Veterans’ Center of Muskegon County has helped matched hundreds of potential employees with employers since its inception. Last year, over 90 employers from various industries were on hand to meet with prospective employees.“Returning veterans face many challenges, including higher rates of unemployment,” said Rep. Hughes. “This event is designed to be a one-stop shop for bringing together our talented veterans and local workers with our wonderful area employers in a relaxing and stress-free environment. Last year, of those seeking employment a third were veterans.”The Veterans Job Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, 560 Mart St. in Muskegon.For more information, contact Rep. Hughes at 877-633-0331, via email at HollyHughes@house.mi.gov or the Veterans’ Center of Muskegon County by calling (231) 724-7143 or visiting www.muskegonveterans.com.###
State Representative Daniela R. García of Holland today highlighted an upcoming week-long event that emphasizes buying Michigan-made products.Purchasing goods and services locally leads to a positive ripple effect on the region, encouraging small business growth and more job opportunities while strengthening Michigan’s economy.“We get more money infused back into the state when people buy local. On average, 50 cents of each dollar spent locally stays within the community,” said Representative García, who serves as vice chair of the House Commerce and Trade Committee. “West Michigan has so many different industries to offer and people are working hard within those industries to provide for themselves and their families. Investing in these products and services is an investment in our communities and our state, and we can ensure that West Michigan continues to grow.”In October, Representative García also supported “Buy Nearby” in Michigan – a promotion for shopping at local retail outlets instead of alternatives via the internet. The Buy Nearby project estimated that if Michigan residents made a concerted effort to buy locally, an additional $9 billion in economic activity would follow and nearly 74,000 jobs could be created.Buy Michigan Week will run from July 28-Aug. 5. 27Jul Representative García invites residents to think local during Buy Michigan Week Categories: Garcia News,News
Plan extends open record requirements to governor, LegislatureState Rep. Pauline Wendzel today voted to approve a bipartisan plan to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan.Michigan is one of just two states that still exempts its governor and the Legislature from open records laws. The bipartisan solution approved today would end these exemptions and increase transparency in state government. The House unanimously approved the multi-bill proposal.“How can we trust our government if it is not totally transparent?” Wendzel said. “This legislation will affect my personal office, and I support it because people need to be able to hold us accountable for our actions.”The proposal will subject the governor and lieutenant governor to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and hold state representatives and senators to the same high standard by creating the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA).While LORA mirrors FOIA in many ways, there are exemptions for constituent inquiries to ensure that personal information is protected and kept private. Other types of communications – including those lawmakers have with state departments and lobbyists – would not be exempt. House Bills 4007-13 and 4015-16 now advance to the Senate for consideration.### 19Mar Rep. Wendzel votes for more government accountability Categories: Wendzel News
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesMarch 7, 2014; MLiveWhat may be a recognized nonprofit at the federal level may not meet the standards of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty is a nonprofit think tank that, according to its website, organizes “seminars aimed at educating religious leaders of all denominations, business executives, entrepreneurs, university professors, and academic researchers in economics principles, and in the connection that can exist between virtue and economic thinking.”According to Grand Rapids city assessor Scott Engerson in a rejection letter to the Institute, Acton “does not meet nonprofit charitable requirements according to case law.” Expanding on Engerson’s comment, Grand Rapids city attorney Catherine Mish stated in an online comment, “Acton does not qualify as a nonprofit educational institution under state property tax law because it’s not part of educational system that’s provided by the state and supported by public funds.”Acton’s executive director, Kris Mauren, said in a statement, “We are disappointed with the city assessor’s ruling, but we are confident that our appeal will be successful. Not only has Acton been successfully operating as a nonprofit since it’s founding in Grand Rapids in 1990, but our local educational, research and community outreach during these nearly 25 years has been extensive and growing.”As the issue became heated, the Grand Rapids Board of Review decided to ban the presence of recording devices in the hearing regarding the exemption. (According to Michigan Capitol Confidential, “the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation plans to file a complaint about the Board of Review’s ban under the Open Meetings Act.”)While the Acton case is the only nonprofit complaint to surface in Grand Rapids this year, according to David Thompson, vice president of the National Council of Nonprofits, state and local governments that are hurting financially are starting to look at the denial of property tax exemptions to nonprofits as a new tactic toward meeting budget concerns. In tracking tax exemption denials as well as fees imposed by government on nonprofits, Thompson states that “local government has been turning to nonprofits as a new source of revenue.”—John BrothersShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share54Tweet25ShareEmail79 Shares“Young protester against Donald Trump,” Fibonacci Blue.July 8, 2018; New York TimesSuperficially, it seems that the current US presidential administration has it in for babies. Even as it searches—under court order—for a group of more than 100 children under the age of five (among 3,000 children altogether) who were separated from their mothers unnecessarily in this country and then quickly lost to them in the system, it threatens World Health Assembly delegates as they introduced a resolution encouraging breastfeeding over formula where possible at its meeting in Geneva last week.Decades of research indicate the clear multiple benefits of breast milk. The New York Times cites a 2016 Lancet study which determined that 800,000 child deaths a year could be prevented through universal breastfeeding. This means that growth in the baby formula industry depends on selling it to developing nations, as sales have flattened out in wealthier countries. Activism on the issue dates back to the ’70s and the launch of the Nestlé Boycott, which quickly spread across the US and Europe as well as Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. At some point, the issue was declared resolved but was revived when formula purveyors reverted to their usual marketing targets.The resolution, which calls for an end to inaccurate or misleading marketing of formula, was expected to pass easily at the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly in Geneva. But not only did the United States block the resolution on, one assumes, the behalf of the lobbyists for a $70 billion industry who were quietly present at the meeting, but according to more than a dozen delegates, it openly threatened Ecuador, which was to have introduced the measure, with punishing trade measures and a withdrawal of military aid. During the deliberations, some American delegates even suggested the United States might cut its contribution the WHO, several negotiators said. Washington is the single largest contributor to the health organization, providing $845 million, or roughly 15 percent of its budget, last year.“We were astonished, appalled, and also saddened,” said Patti Rundall, the policy director of the British advocacy group Baby Milk Action, which now manages the Nestlé boycott. “What happened was tantamount to blackmail, with the US holding the world hostage and trying to overturn nearly 40 years of consensus on best way to protect infant and young child health.”The Assembly scrambled to find another sponsor, but the schoolyard intimidation tactic rippled out to the many other poor nations whose populations had been the targets of the marketing campaigns. In the end, the Russian delegation stepped in to introduce the resolution, at which time the US stood down. The bizarre incident finally yielded the following bit of nonsense:A Russian delegate said the decision to introduce the breast-feeding resolution was a matter of principle.“We’re not trying to be a hero here, but we feel that it is wrong when a big country tries to push around some very small countries, especially on an issue that is really important for the rest of the world,” said the delegate, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the media.The babies separated from their parents at the border do have something in common with the ones who were to be sold a bill of goods in the form of formula in developing countries—for the most part, they are black and brown. Maybe it is not about hating all babies, after all. But, though it’s tempting to indulge in self-righteousness, some worry that this wave of support for issues that disproportionately affect black and brown people owes more to hatred of Trump than to a persistent commitment to equity and justice.Lucia Allain, who organizes among undocumented immigrants for Cosecha, says, “I’ve been in this movement for 13 years, and we’ve been trying to engage allies for years. We’ve been saying, ‘Look, we need folks to come out. We need you to come out for us.’ But we really didn’t see it…Now we’re seeing allies come out with their children, allies come out and put their bodies in front of ours, putting themselves at risk for arrest, and that’s huge. I’ve never seen that before.”“This is not a new problem,” she continues, “but I feel like now people think, ‘Oh, Trump’s a bad guy, so of course he’s mistreating immigrants,’ but this happened when Obama was in office…this happened [under] George W. Bush…we can go back and back. The struggle is making sure these allies, who can go home and not worry about it in the way immigrant communities have to, don’t forget that.”“On the one hand, I’m really happy we have more allies and we have more people getting fired up about this,” said Abel Nuñez, executive director of the Central American Resource Center. “On the other, I’m concerned that immigration has become the flavor of the month, and it’s already losing some steam. If it’s not your community, you can walk away from it. We can’t.”“If they’re really interested in sticking with this fight for the long term, they need to partner with organizations that have been doing this work. Only then can you understand the contextual history of what we’re going through today,” he said. “But when I start talking about this in this way—about policy changes and the history and all that wonky stuff, it’s not about kids at the border. It’s not about this emotional scene. And people start to disengage. But that’s what we need: a long-term plan.”—Ruth McCambridgeShare54Tweet25ShareEmail79 Shares