Minister of Foreign Affairs at CARICOM Caucus in Mexico

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMexico, June 21, 2017 – Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield (centre) participated in the CARICOM Caucus on Monday, June 19, 2017 in Mexico in preparation for the Meeting of Consultation of Ministers on the situation in Venezuela and the 47th OAS General Assembly.   Seated next to him is Chet Neymour, Charge d’Affaires, and behind (centre left) Director General Sharon Brennen-Haylock, and Foreign Service Officer Shagerra Edgecombe.Press Release: BIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

McConnell Presses Negotiating Partners to Reach Comprehensive TwoYear Budget Agreement

first_imgSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday he continues to seek a comprehensive two-year budget agreement that would lift the debt limit and set fiscal 2020 federal spending before the August congressional recess to avoid a potential mid-September government default and Oct. 1 shutdown.“We’ll be trying to reach an agreement soon because the House is only in for three more weeks and time is running out,” McConnell said at a news conference.Agreement by the Democrat-led House, the GOP-led Senate and the White House on a comprehensive deal is necessary to avoid the need for a stopgap funding measure and short-term debt relief.“It’s time to get serious on a bipartisan basis,” McConnell said.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday didn’t rule out a vote on a debt limit increase before the August recess, though she stressed raising nondefense spending caps for fiscal 2020 is still essential to negotiations, according to Roll Call.“Let’s see how the conversations go,” Pelosi said. “We certainly do not want any thought of default on the part of the full faith and credit of the United States of America.”The primary sticking point remains over Democratic calls for increased nondefense spending that Republican leaders oppose, according to the report.Democratic leaders have sought $647 billion for nondefense discretionary spending in fiscal 2020 while the White House has sought to abide by a 2011 deficit-reduction law which called for $543 billion in nondefense spending.The $100 billion nondefense spending difference and disputes over Democrats’ preferred $733 billion defense spending topline and Republicans’ preferred $750 billion topline has stymied negotiations for months.Timing for an agreement is compressing rapidly as Congress is scheduled to be in recess for the month of August and the first week of September.Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tia Dufour ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For May 31 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Thursday, May 31, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Light south wind increasing to 6 to 11 mph in the morning.In The Community: The Wilmington High School Baseball team is holding a fundraiser at Jake n Joes Bar & Grille (230 Mishawum Road) in Woburn on Thursday, May 31, 2018, from 11:30am to close (12:30am Friday). Bring this flyer and 20% of your bill will be donated to the WHS Baseball program. Applies to dine-in and take-out only, not delivery.In The Community: Do you like to sing? Do you enjoy performing? Come join the Merrimack Valley Chorus at one of its regular weekly rehearsals. You just might discover a passion for a cappella singing, and you’ll also make some great new friends! Open rehearsals are every Thursday at 7pm at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue).At The Library: Going Native: Low Maintenance Trees and Shrubs at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Computer Class at 9:15am. Art Class at 10am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Knitting/Crocheting at 11am. Ceramics at 1pm. Game Day at 1pm. Stress Management at 1pm. Mabel & Jerry Performance at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Town Museum: The Wilmington Town Museum is open from 10am to 2pm.Live Music: Larry Gilbert performs at Rocco’s Restaurant & Bar (193 Main Street) beginning at 6pm. … Pianist Ricky Lauria performs at Tremezzo (2 Lowell Street) at 8pm.Go Wildcats!: 3 WHS teams are in action today. See the complete schedule HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For August 23, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For August 16, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For January 11, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Sales of mosquito repellents up manyfold after surge in chikungunya dengue cases

first_imgAfter recent alarm bells over the cases of mosquito-borne diseases such as chikungunya, dengue and Zika fever with no available vaccines, consumers are queueing up to buy the latest mosquito repellents. Unofficial estimates suggest that the sales of such repellents are up by nearly 10 times compared to this summer.Creams, oils, gels, sprays, stickers and vapourisers, all forms of anti-mosquito products are disappearing of the shelves, prompting the manufacturers such as Dabur, Reckitt Benckiser and Godrej to introduce more innovative products and even wage price wars by offering products as low as Rs 1.While Godrej launched a paper-based mosquito repellent – the GoodKnight card – for just Rs 1, Dabur also launched its Odomos sachet for the same price.”We plan to launch an entire range of outdoor mosquito repellents, which will also include antimosquito stickers. We are present in the indoor mosquito repellent category but the diseases are spread by the aedes aegypti mosquito in the morning, when people are out of their home and working,” a company official of Godrej, makers of mosquito repellent brand Good Knight, was quoted saying to the Hindustan Times, as it plans to enter the outdoor repellent space.Aedes aegypti mosquito is the carrier of diseases such as Zika fever, chikungunya and dengue. The World Health Organisation said in a statement on Thursday that till date, there is no vaccine available to prevent dengue and chikungunya, although research is ongoing. “The only effective preventive measure is protection against mosquito bites and vector control,” it said.Not wanting to be left behind and with growing demand, Dabur, which makes the outdoor-mosquito repellent cream Odomos and a natural competitor of Godrej, is also planning to introduce newer innovative products. “We are working on two more innovations. We want to launch them soon but this will be decided only after checking their efficacy,” Praveen Jaipuriar, marketing head of personal care, Dabur India, said.Reckitt Benckiser (RB), which sells products under the brand name Mortein, is also launching products considering changing patterns of mosquito-borne diseases.”Due to changing climatic conditions, such as extended winters, summers and the delayed monsoon season — mosquitoes are showing signs of changing seasonality. RB is witnessing an increase in demand for liquid electric diffusers,” said a company spokesperson.German pharmaceutical company Bayer launched a new product in India in the form of tablets that control the breeding of mosquitoes in water. The product is used by local municipal corporations for community-based larva control in societies and homes.”As 80% of a mosquito’s life stage is spent in water, it is important to control the breeding of mosquitoes. In order to enhance the duration of control, we have launched an innovative larvicide called Barcelo Tab, to control the breeding of mosquitoes in water,” said a spokesperson of Bayer.According to a report by Euromonitor, India’s insect repellent market clocks Rs 4,400 crore in retail sales a year. The same report also mentions that coils are the top selling repellents with a 50% market share, although sprays are also gaining popularity.last_img read more

Rock weathering may have led to Snowball Earth

first_imgComparison of unweathered (left) and weathered Ordovician limestone at a roadcut on the State College Bypass, U.S. Route 322. Credit: Wikipedia. Meteorite study suggests Mars’ ancient atmosphere may be locked in its rocky terrain Scientists believe that the Earth has experienced many episodes of global glaciation—where the entire planet is covered in ice, resulting in what is loosely termed, a “Snowball Earth.” To better understand climate change heading into the future, scientists look to the past. In this latest effort, the research team looked at an event known as the Sturtian glaciation—after a billion years with no ice on the planet at all, suddenly, the Earth was covered with the stuff for 55 million years. Until now, why this happened has been a mystery.To find out more, the team traveled to the Mackenzie Mountains—a part of the planet that has been found to be useful for plotting the past due to its glacial history. The researchers collected sedimentary rocks left by glacial movement along with rock samples found above and below them.The rock samples were all taken back to the lab where the researchers tested them for osmium and rhenium levels—the latter breaks down to the former over time, offering a way to determine the age of the rocks. Using this technique, the researchers were able to conclude that the Sturtian lasted for approximately 55 million years. The team also tested the rock samples for isotopes of the same two elements and that led to the discovery that carbon dioxide had been sequestered in them. This led to the development of a theory that suggests that volcanic activity prior to the Sturtian also led to the absorption of so much carbon dioxide (weathering opens up rock causing it to be more absorbent) from the atmosphere that the planet cooled until it eventually became a Snowball Earth.Moving forward, the question of whether the Sturtian was truly one long event, or if it was actually a time of many glacial increases and retreats will be further studied to better understand the mechanism behind such global extremes. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2013 Phys.orgcenter_img More information: Re-Os geochronology and coupled Os-Sr isotope constraints on the Sturtian snowball Earth, PNAS, Published online before print December 16, 2013, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1317266110 AbstractAfter nearly a billion years with no evidence for glaciation, ice advanced to equatorial latitudes at least twice between 717 and 635 Mya. Although the initiation mechanism of these Neoproterozoic Snowball Earth events has remained a mystery, the broad synchronicity of rifting of the supercontinent Rodinia, the emplacement of large igneous provinces at low latitude, and the onset of the Sturtian glaciation has suggested a tectonic forcing. We present unique Re-Os geochronology and high-resolution Os and Sr isotope profiles bracketing Sturtian-age glacial deposits of the Rapitan Group in northwest Canada. Coupled with existing U-Pb dates, the postglacial Re-Os date of 662.4 ± 3.9 Mya represents direct geochronological constraints for both the onset and demise of a Cryogenian glaciation from the same continental margin and suggests a 55-My duration of the Sturtian glacial epoch. The Os and Sr isotope data allow us to assess the relative weathering input of old radiogenic crust and more juvenile, mantle-derived substrate. The preglacial isotopic signals are consistent with an enhanced contribution of juvenile material to the oceans and glacial initiation through enhanced global weatherability. In contrast, postglacial strata feature radiogenic Os and Sr isotope compositions indicative of extensive glacial scouring of the continents and intense silicate weathering in a post–Snowball Earth hothouse. (Phys.org) —A team of researchers conducting a field study in the Mackenzie Mountains in northwest Canada is suggesting rock weathering almost a billion years ago, may have led to the entire planet being encased in ice for 55 million years. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the multi-national team describes their field study and subsequent analysis of rock samples they retrieved and how doing so led to what they believe is an explanation of one of the most dramatic instances of climate change on record. Explore further Citation: Rock weathering may have led to ‘Snowball Earth’ (2013, December 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-weathering-snowball-earth.htmllast_img read more