Asian otters gain protection from the pet trade

first_imgArticle published by Erik Hoffner Animals, Cites, Conservation, Environment, Illegal Trade, Mammals, Pet Trade, Wildlife, Wildlife Trade The smooth-coated otter and the Asian small-clawed otter are now on the CITES list of animals with the highest level of protection from the wildlife trade.Asian small-clawed otters are particularly sought after as domestic pets and for ‘otter cafés,’ where wild otters are forced to interact with paying customers.Conservationists say that a trade ban was vital for the survival of the two species, whose numbers in the wild have fallen by at least 30% in the past 30 years. Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) voted to place the smooth-coated otter and the Asian small-clawed otter on the list of animals with the highest level of protection from the wildlife trade.The recent CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP18) in Geneva, Switzerland considered many proposals and issued new protections for numerous species including giraffes, sharks and rays, and many more. CITES does not determine the risk of extinction of species, which is the domain of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and its Red List of Threatened Species, but rather CITES’ role is to ensure that international trade in wild animals does not threaten their survival in the wild.Conservationists insisted a trade ban was vital for the survival of the two species, whose numbers in the wild have fallen by at least 30% in the past 30 years.When asked how important the actions are, Paul Todd, Senior Attorney for the Nature Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), told Mongabay, “The Appendix I listings for small-clawed and smooth coated otters were a vital step in reversing the decline of these species throughout their range. The range countries will have to take added measures to reduce poaching and enforce against illegal trade in the species, and the listing sends the right signals to the marketplace that these species are in trouble and are not available for use as pets or for other reasons.”A formerly wild otter in a Tokyo café bites its tail, a sign of stress. Image by Aaron Gekoski for World Animal Protection.The pet trade that supplies phenomena like ‘otter cafés’ in Japan, where customers can handle otters plucked from the wild as pups, is the most visible reminder of these animals’ plight. In these establishments, otters can be heard whimpering, shrieking and making distress calls while customers are interacting with them.Aaron Gekoski, one of the filmmakers behind the recent investigative documentary “Pet otters: the truth behind the latest wildlife craze,” told Mongabay, “During our investigation it became evident quite quickly that otters do not make good pets.” [See that interview and Gekoski’s sobering images here.]Good pets or bad ones, do these actions protect these species being trafficked for otter cafés and for the pet trade?“Yes,” says NRDC’s Todd. “Asian small-clawed otters in particular are taken as pups for use as pets and attractions, in large part because they are the smallest of the otter species and their range is nearest to where the demand is highest, especially Japan.” But, he continued, “Smooth-coated otters and even the rarest of all otters, the hairy-nosed otter, have been found in trade, including trade in live animals.”Despite these truths, the conservationist is hopeful: “The Appendix I listing will help increase enforcement attention and ensure that any trade in captive bred specimens is from legitimate sources, not from the wild.”That remains to be seen, but it’s certain that these Asian otters need all the help they can get.Banner image: Internet star Takechiyo lives in a private home and here takes a rare break from play. His owner warns against keeping otters as pets. Image by Aaron Gekoski for World Animal Protection.center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

U-turn from Barton as he heaps praise on Newcastle regime

first_imgJoey Barton has praised the Newcastle board for their running of the club.The former Magpies midfielder, currently on loan at Marseille from QPR, had previously been outspoken in his criticism of the regime at St James’ Park.But in an interview shown on his website, Barton said: “Newcastle are one of the most forward-thinking clubs in the Premier League.”Referring to the controversial deal with short-term loan company Wonga, he added: “As much as it hurts the Geordie faithful because it’s their club and they love it, you’re saying ‘Look, we’ve got to just move with the times’.“I’ve been really vocal about certain things they’ve done in the past but you have to take your hat off to them.“Two years ago they were the laughing stock of football – not so much now.” YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTE2OTIyMzMiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoxMzA6IlRoYW5rIHlvdS4gUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cyBpdCBtYXkgYmUgaW4geW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Sheldon Neuse forces his way onto Athletics’ roster; Matt Chapman sits and Sean Manaea stands by

first_imgKANSAS CITY — Sheldon Neuse should make his major league debut with the Oakland A’s sometime this week. The team’s No. 8 prospect’s contract was selected from triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday morning.Neuse’s performance with the Aviators was hard to ignore. In 126 games, Neuse has a .317 average with 27 home runs and a .939 OPS.“Look at the numbers it’s a really good season,” manager Bob Melvin said. “Kind of similar in what we’re seeing with (Seth) Browny.”Neuse primarly playes third base, …last_img read more

The Evil that Men Do: How Bad Governments Create Poverty

first_img(Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Ideas have consequences.  When societies deny that all men are created equal, the masses suffer, even when surrounded by rich resources.The silent, staring orphans:  Science Magazine tells a chilling account of the aftermath of Nicolas Ceaucescu’s communist regime in Romania.  The dictator wanted to increase the population, so he rewarded childbirth – but not parenting.  Women with fewer than five children were taxed, whether or not they could afford to care for their babies.  As a result, 170,000 newborns were confined to orphanages in a dreadful “experiment in zero parenting,” Eliot Marshall writes.  When U.S. scientists visited an orphanage in Bucharest, they were shocked at what they saw: “many children rocking back and forth while sitting or on all fours, turning their head from side to side, or repeatedly bringing their hand to their face, often slapping themselves.”The “creepiest thing” about the Romanian orphanages and other places where young children suffer chronic neglect is that “they’re quiet,” Pollak says. In most U.S. elementary schools or child care centers, he says, “you hear talking and screaming and crying … it’s just raucous.” But in “an environment where children are not being attended to, there is this kind of dead silence. … Children are learning: ‘Why should I cry, or gesture, or make eye contact if no one is responding?’”Even though many Americans rushed to adopt some of them, the effects on Romania’s youth continue to this day.  Neglected children often develop chronic mental and physical problems, further stressing service organizations.  On the flip side is China, where the decades long forcible “experiment” (its one-child policy) has left a society with an imbalance of restless young men unable to find brides.Pharoah, let my people go:  How did ancient Egypt become a land of slaves building fantastic monuments to dictatorial leaders?  The land of Egypt was rich and fertile, a seeming paradise for egalitarian living.  Stephanie Pappas writes in Live Science about how despots “evolved” in ancient societies, but that’s a misleading use of the term; it actually was a series of bad choices by free people.  She writes how Simon Powers at the University of Lausanne came up with a mathematical model to explain the shift from egalitarianism to despotism.  Whether it actually explains them could be disputed, but he posits that people gradually yielded up their rights to strong leaders who promised them benefits.  As population density grew, he thinks, people had fewer options; a “feedback loop” ensued, that led to more yielding of power for more promises.  In Egypt, surrounded by desert, the people had nowhere else to go; in Peru, leaving the dictator would have required climbing mountains.  Still, those obstacles have not hindered other people groups throughout history, while nations with plenty of space and resources (Russia, China) have also given in to despots.Violence in the bones:  Examination of skeletons from precolonial natives of Colorado shows that the pueblo people went through a period of “brutal fighting” and “cataclysmic levels of violence” about 800 years ago, “with almost every person in the ancient society affected,” according to new research reported by Live Science.  This is strange, considering that “ancient inhabitants further south in New Mexico lived relatively peacefully.”  Anthropologists can only guess why.  Was it population density?  drought?  lack of specialization in social structures?  Whatever happened, the settlements were completely abandoned, leaving scarred bones in the empty houses at Mesa Verde for modern tourists to wonder about.Outside exploitation:  Environmentalists for decades have worried about the loss of Brazilian rainforests, calling for united global action to stop it.  Fred Pearce has a different idea: on New Scientist, he recommends, “Give forests to local people to preserve them.”  He has data to back up the idea that local control increases conservation, because local people have more interest in preserving the resources.  Outsiders, like large logging conglomerates, often enter from the outside to plunder the land, leaving the local people destitute.The best way to protect rainforests is to keep people out, right? Absolutely not. The best way to keep the trees, and prevent the carbon in them from entering the atmosphere, is by letting people into the forests: local people with the legal right to control what happens there.Given the chance, most communities protect rather than plunder their forests, says a new study by the World Resources Institute and Rights and Resources Initiative, both in Washington DC. The forests provide food, water, shelter, medicines and much else….But community-owned forests are often the best-protected. In the Amazon rainforest, deforestation rates in community-owned areas are far lower than outside….“No one has a stronger interest in the health of forests than the communities that depend on them for their livelihoods and culture,” says Andy White of the Rights and Resources Initiative. “It is tragic that this has not yet been fully adopted as a climate change mitigation strategy.”Voting with your feet:  Sid Perkins in Science wrote about other models that try to capture the transition to despotism.  In “The Benefits of Inequality,” he mentions that people can make choices that cannot be reflected in mathematical models:But to be more realistic, the duo’s simulation may need to include more factors, says Kim Sterelny, who studies the evolution of social behavior at Australian National University in Canberra and wasn’t involved in the current work. For example, the benefits of being a leader almost ensure that there would be strong competition (and possibly even conflict) among group members for power. “The [team’s] model idealizes away the costs and inefficiencies of politics,” he suggests. Plus, he notes, the model doesn’t seem to consider the notion that egalitarian members of a group could band together into an “antielite” coalition.One nice aspect of the team’s simulation, Sterelny notes, is that dissatisfied individuals within a group can, in essence, vote with their feet and leave the group: “If dispersal is relatively low cost, leaders cannot afford to be greedy.” Yet the team’s model also helps explain how despots can rise to and retain power: When the costs of switching allegiance to another group or striking out on one’s own are unacceptably high, Powers says, individuals in the group are essentially stuck in the group, left to make the best of a bad situation.Both views seem simplistic.  The cost to America’s founding fathers was high: death.  Yet in pursuit of their ideals that all men are created equal, and endowed by their Creator with unalienable rights, they mutually pledged to one another their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor.Terror on a goldmine:  Having local control of resources is not enough.  The right belief system must give the people incentive for peace and prosperity.  For decades, Afghanistan has been a land of blood, terror and inequality toward women and non-Muslims.  It’s tragic, considering how the people there could have a healthy, wealthy society: why? they are sitting on a gold mine of mineral wealth in those cave-ridden, barren mountains: rare earth elements and other resources the world is clamoring for.  Marcia McNutt, Editor-in chief of Science Magazine, thinks science could bring lasting peace by showing the Afghans were the resources are and teaching them the technology to extract them:Data collection was just the start. The Afghan Geological Survey (AGS) was an empty shell of a building. The USGS set about rebuilding the AGS, teaching staff and students modern techniques such as remote sensing, digital data processing, and geophysical techniques through distance-learning methods. With this mentoring, the first woman Afghan scientist joined the ranks of the AGS employees. Together, the USGS and the reconstituted AGS interpreted the hyperspectral data and verified the discoveries with ground truth, converting the information to “treasure maps” for what eventually might be a trillion-dollar payday for Afghanistan.Other resource-rich countries, such as Botswana, Chile, and Norway, provide good models for Afghanistan to emulate in order to avoid the social unrest, graft, corruption, and environmental degradation that can often accompany natural resource development. Important factors contributing to peace, prosperity, and improved quality of life are equitable redistribution of revenues; strong public institutions; and investment in local capacity-building, environmental planning, and transparency.But what if the radical Muslims who control (or strongly influence) the government refuse to be be influenced by these enticements?  What if they don’t want “peace, prosperity, and improved quality of life” but rather make as their primary aim the imposition of Shariah law on everyone?  What if they don’t value transparency, and hate Western science?  By promoting “equitable redistribution of revenues” and “investment” (read: taxes) for “environmental planning” and “strong public institutions,” McNutt has already stepped way outside of science, and has revealed her personal socialist bias (ignoring the fact that the richest country on earth built its institutions—the envy of the world,—on free-market capitalism, natural rights and the rule of law).  The contrast could not be more stark: on one side of the world, entrepreneurs create wealth out of thin air (e.g., information).  On the other side of the globe, a nation sitting on a gold mine languishes in the 7th century, its corrupt political leaders stifling freedom, its religious leaders brandishing machine guns, its teachers teaching hate.Examples could be multiplied: North Korea, Zimbabwe, Cuba – countries where ideology, corruption or false religion starve the people of their God-given rights.  It’s the Christian west, with its Protestant work ethic, moral values, and fundamental belief in God-given rights, that created the wealthiest, most prosperous societies on earth.  These societies did not “evolve” according to some academic egghead’s mathematical model.  They were intelligently designed by rational and moral beings with the right world view.  Rodney Stark’s books have a lot to say about this.  Sadly, human potential has been corrupted since sin entered the world, and violence has been the lot of man since the firstborn child, Cain, murdered his brother.It’s interesting to watch leftist PC bias pop up in the science journals.  McNutt clearly let her slip show on her left leg, with references to “equitable redistribution of revenues” and “strong public institutions.”  In the article on Romania, Eliot Marshall had a lot to say about the importance of “parenting” but you can look in vain for the words mother or father.We end with a quote from the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”  For those in China, Romania, Afghanistan: take the blinders off, and let these self-evident truths burn in their brilliance in your mind’s eye.  You don’t have to suffer under dictators any longer.  You were created equal to Bill Gates or Donald Trump.  You were given gifts in your body and mind.  You’re walking on a treasure chest of a planet.  You have a God who loves you, and a Savior who died for you.  You don’t need a scientist with a mathematical model.  You need a Reformation of your world view, and then the Spirit of ’76.last_img read more

Press release: Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part Wins a Gold Award at the Loeries

first_imgBrand South Africa’s Play Your Part won the Gold award for its non-English radio advert at the 39th annual Loeries awards, which took place in Durban ICC. (Image: The Loeries, Facebook)Johannesburg, Monday 21 August 2017 – Over the weekend the 39th annual Loeries awards, took place in Durban ICC. The Loeries are Africa and the Middle East’s premiere initiative that recognise, reward, inspire and foster creative excellence in the brand communication industry.Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part is proud to be a recipient of a Gold award for its non-English radio advert. The radio advert was created as part of the Play Your Part mandate to encourage active citizenship towards contributing to positive change in the country and raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving.“The accolade has enhanced Brand South Africa’s reputation as an organisation, as well as driven the awareness of the Play Your Part programme.“We are delighted to have been recognised for our work and encourage continuous conversations of active citizenship and taking responsibility for one another in order to build a country we all can be proud to call home,” said Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer: Ms Linda Magapatona- Sangaret.Listen to the advert (or read the subtitles) here:Following this successful achievement, the Play Your Part television series hosted by Play Your Part ambassador Kabelo Mabalane will return to the screens on Saturday, 26 August 2017 on SABC 2 at 18h00pm.The Play Your Part television series will offer viewers an inspirational insight into the world of active citizens and volunteerism, by profiling South Africans doing extraordinary things to change people’s lives for the better across the country.Media is invited to a sneak preview of the first episode on Wednesday, 23 August 2017.RSVP details as follows:Date: Wednesday 23 August 2017Time: 09h30 – 11h30Venue: SABC Auditorium, Radio Park, Cnr. Henley Rd & Artillery Rd, Auckland Park.RSVP with Ntombi Ntanzi.Tel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 81 704 1488Email: [email protected] more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Ntombi NtanziTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 81 704 1488Email: [email protected]: www.brandsouthafrica.comNotes to the EditorAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young. It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.Join the conversation at:Follow BrandSouthAfrica on Twitter: @Brand_SA.Tell us how you Play Your Part: @PlayYourPartSA.Follow us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.last_img read more

Major research development to help honey bees

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A new honey bee testing service will allow beekeepers to more effectively identify and address diseases plaguing bee colonies, according to the National Agricultural Genotyping Center (NAGC).NAGC conducted the research and developed the testing panel with the support of the National Corn Growers Association and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture. The testing service called “Bee Care” will launch in February 2017.“It’s the first time we have a panel of the most common honey bee diseases in North America all in one test,” said Pete Snyder, president and CEO of the NAGC. “So we can diagnose problems, get results in 30 days and allow beekeepers to pursue the right treatment.”NAGC has begun contacting beekeeper groups nationwide with information on the BeeCare testing service and how to submit samples for testing.“Supporting this research work at the NAGC is just part of Corn Growers overall effort to assure healthy bee populations. BeeCare is an important tool that will allow beekeepers to evaluate and address health issues in a timely manner,” said Carson Klosterman, a farmer from Wyndmere, North Dakota and member of NCGA’s Stewardship Action Team. “We are also actively engaged in the Honey Bee Health Coalition (HBHC) which has the goal of reversing recent declines in honey bee health and ensuring the long-term health of honey bees and other pollinators.”HBHC, comprised of beekeepers, researchers, government agencies, agribusinesses, growers, conservation groups, manufacturers and consumer brands, seeks to improve and sustain honey bee health at all levels of beekeeping, identifying and implementing novel and proven solutions to major honey bee health challenges, enhancing effective communications, and collaboration among diverse private and public sector stakeholders with interests related to beekeeping, pollination, and agriculture production.“American agriculture relies upon healthy pollinators.  Recent problems like Colony Collapse Disorder are very complex and have a multitude of possible causes.  Unfortunately, some groups are quick to blame row crop farmers and immediately attack crop protection products,” Snyder said.The BeeCare disease panel has been validated through test samples from Central North Dakota and Eastern Missouri. It includes testing for:Acute Bee Paralysis VirusBlack Queen Cell VirusChronic Bee Paralysis VirusDeformed Wing VirusIsraeli Acute Bee Paralysis VirusKashmir Bee VirusLake Sinai Virus #1Lake Sinai Virus #2Slow Bee Paralysis VirusAmerican Foulbrood BacteriaEuropean Foulbrood Bacteria.last_img read more

Two Poems for Christmas 2018

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. How many leaks must a contractor seal Before you can call him a man? How many coils have to be cleaned To stop all the mold in the pan? Yes, ’n’ how many times should you come back to test Your house with a blower door fan? The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind The answer is blowin’ in the wind.Yes, ’n’ how many times must the neighbors protest When wind turbines rise to the sky? How long will it be, in the East and the West, Till wind power’s easy to buy? Yes, ’n’ how much more carbon needs to escape, Till we all give windmills a try? The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind The answer is blowin’ in the wind.Yes, ’n’ how many storms will New Orleans face Before it is washed to the sea? Yes, ’n’ how many years will it take to erase The homes on the Florida Keys? Yes, ’n’ how many times can Republicans blink, And pretend that they just do not see? The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind The answer is blowin’ in the wind._______Henry Petrossian, a builder in Watertown, Massachusetts, is the current owner of a family construction company founded in 1916 by his great-great-grandfather, also named Henry Petrossian. Henry, a prominent Watertown citizen, is affectionately known there as Henry the Fifth. In the fall of 2017, Henry and his crew were hired to build a Passive House in Newton. Since his crew had never before achieved the ambitious airtightness goal of 0.6 ach50, Henry knew that his employees would have to perform as never before. On the morning of December 24, 2017, he assembled his workers for a jobsite meeting, where he gave the following memorable pep talk.If we are mark’d to fail,… This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

MRI and low back pain

first_imgDefinitionBack pain and sciatica are common health complaints. Almost everyone has back pain at some time in their life. Most of the time, the exact cause of the pain cannot be found.An MRI scan is an imaging test that creates detailed pictures of the spine.InformationDANGER SIGNS AND BACK PAINBoth you and your doctor may be worried that something serious is causing your low back pain. Could your pain be caused by cancer or infection in your spine? How does your doctor know for sure?You will likely need an MRI right away if you have warning signs of a more serious cause of back pain:Cannot pass urine or stoolsCannot control your urine or stoolsDifficulty with walking and balanceBack pain that is severe in childrenFeverHistory of cancerOther signs or symptoms of cancerRecent serious fall or injuryBack pain that is very severe, and not even pain pills from your doctor helpOne leg feels numb or weak and it is getting worseIf you have low back pain but none of the warning signs just mentioned having an MRI does not lead to better treatment, better pain relief, or a quicker return to activities.You and your doctor may want to wait before having an MRI. If the pain does not get better or becomes worse, your doctor will likely order one.Keep in mind that:Most of the time, back and neck pain are not caused by a serious medical problem or injury.Low back or neck pain often gets better on its own.MRI scans create detailed pictures of your spine. It can pick up most injuries that you have had in your spine or changes that happen with aging. Even small problems or changes that are not the cause of your current back pain are picked up. These findings rarely change how your doctor first treats you. But they can lead to:advertisementYour doctor ordering more tests that you may not really need.Your worrying about your health and your back even more. If these worries cause you not to exercise, this may can cause your back to take longer to heal.RISKS OF MRI SCANIn rare cases, the contrast (dye) used with MRI scans can cause severe allergic reactions or damage to your kidneys.The strong magnetic fields created during an MRI can cause heart pacemakers and other implants not to work as well. It can also cause a piece of metal inside your body to move or shift. Before having an MRI, tell the technologist about any metal objects that you have on your body.ReferencesChou R, Qaseem A, Owens DK, Shekelle P; for the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians. Diagnostic Imaging for Low Back Pain: Advice for High-Value Health Care From the American College of Physicians. Ann Intern Med. 2011;154:181-189.Review Date:8/12/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

Trump to play golf with Abe during Japan visit

first_img(Eds: Repeating after correction in 9th para)By Lalit K JhaWashington, Nov 3 (PTI) US President Donald Trump will use golf diplomacy to further strengthen his personal rapport with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his upcoming visit to Japan.Japan is the first stop of Trump on his maiden five- nation Asia trip as the US president.Trump, 71, will embark on a 12-day trip to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Hawaii from today till November 14.On Sunday afternoon, the US president and 63-year-old Abe will play golf with Japanese professional golfer Hideki Matsuyama, Takehiro Shimada, Minister of Communications and Cultural Affairs at the Embassy of Japan said here ahead of Trumps visit to Japan.Notably about 60 years ago, 1957, in June, Abes father, Prime Ministers Nobusuke Kishi, played golf with then US President Dwight D Eisenhower at the Burning Tree golf course.”And they had very nice time and I heard that at that time, the president hit the – almost like 72 or 74, and prime minister Kishi only 99,” Shimada said.Asked by the president, Eisenhower then said golf is a kind of sports that you cannot play with whom you dont like.”That is his comment. So I hope that even the Prime Minister Abe would have good time and whatever the score he may hit to deepen – to make use of this opportunity to deepen his personal tie with the president,” the Japanese diplomat said.Trump would spend two nights and three days in Japan during which he will hold a wide range of talks with top Japanese leaders, including his sixth meeting with Abe in less than a year.advertisementAbe and Trump have had six meetings since the latters election and the two have spoken over phone as many as 16 times.While North Korea is expected to dominate the talks, Trump is likely to reiterate his iron-clad commitment to Japan, officials here said.”The most important part of the two leaders to discuss is how to strengthen the ironclad US-Japan alliance and this alliance covers almost everything, from the security issues to the economic issues…I am sure that he will discuss almost every aspect of the Asian region challenges,” he said.Trumps visit to Japan, he hoped, will enhance peace and stability in Asia-Pacific region.”Japan-US alliance is the cornerstone of that peace and stability, and alliance is stronger than ever,” he said, adding that Abes success in reinforcing Japans strong ties with United States was one of the factors that led to his overwhelming electoral victory last month.Trumps visit to Japan comes at an opportune moment for them to discuss issues facing international community and demonstrate the world the strong bond between the two countries amidst the increasingly severe security environment surrounding the Asia-Pacific region, he said.Noting that Japan remains deeply concerned about the threat posed by North Korea, he said Japan fully supports the US position, that all options are on the table when it comes to North Korea.”Now is the time to exert utmost pressure. We especially appreciate the new sanctions the United States imposed against North Korea last week. We will explore how we can strengthen and reinforce the UN-backed sanctions regime during President Trumps visit,” he said. PTI LKJ UZMlast_img read more

Trudeau calls election neglects to mention Indigenous peoples in campaign speech

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau launched the 2019 federal election campaign on Sept. 11 with a speech that did not mention Indigenous peoples.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsJustin Trudeau called the fall election Wednesday and set out a host of priorities in a speech that did not specifically include Indigenous relations.In his speech the prime minister appealed to middle class Canadians, single parents and families, workers, recent graduates, seniors and pensioners and new Canadians, but did not mention Indigenous peoples before concluding with the statement, “I’m for moving forward for everyone.”The Oct. 21 election is poised to be among the most important in the country’s 152-year history.Despite Trudeau’s omission of Indigenous peoples from his speech Wednesday, the writ drops following a political mandate that many consider brought unprecedented progress on Indigenous rights and issues.The election also comes amid a growing SNC-Laval scandal, and perhaps most crucially with only a decade remaining to achieve strict carbon emission reductions to avert the worst of the climate crisis.Since 2015 the Liberals have attempted to rebuild relations with Inuit, Métis and First Nations via ambitious policy and legislative reform — some of it successful, some not.Earlier this summer the government passed legislation intended to protect Indigenous languages and transfer jurisdiction over child welfare to Indigenous communities.The legislative wins came after the Liberals failed to develop an Indigenous rights and recognition framework that would have represented the most sweeping overhaul of policy and legislation guiding the Crown’s relations with Indigenous peoples.The framework promised a pathway for First Nations out from underneath the Indian Act, and for Métis, First Nations and Inuit toward self-determination.But First Nations largely rejected the framework, saying the principles guiding the government’s engagement were not co-developed and that the government’s actions during bilateral discussions didn’t match its public statements.Some also argued the framework had an end goal of making Indigenous nations and communities fourth-level governments with Indigenous laws superseded by municipal, provincial and federal laws.The Trudeau government also failed on a key 2015 election promise to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).After, Cree NDP MP Romeo Saganash introduced a private members’ bill in April 2016 that would have compelled Canada to align its laws with UNDRIP, former Justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould called the declaration “unworkable”.The Liberals later did an about-face on UNDRIP and supported Bill C-262 in the House of Commons, but ultimately didn’t see the legislation through to royal assent.Conservative Senators killed the bill before Parliament adjourned in June.Now Trudeau is promising to legislate the declaration if re-elected.The NDP and Green Party are also promising action on UNDRIP.Wilson-Raybould is at the centre of Trudeau and the Liberals’ biggest impediment to re-election.On Wednesday the Globe and Mail broke news that Ottawa is blocking the RCMP on an investigation into potential obstruction of justice in the SNC-Lavalin scandal.According to the Globe, the Liberals say the Clerk of the Privy Council did not offer the federal police—or Parliament’s ethics commissioner—a broad waiver of cabinet confidentiality.Last month Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion found Trudeau breached the Conflict of Interest Act after the prime minister and senior officials pressured Wilson-Raybould to instruct the director of public prosecutions to help SNC avoid a trial over its fraud and bribery charges.Wilson-Raybould laid out in a lengthy testimony before the house of commons justice committee last February allegations of how she was inappropriately pressured by senior officials.She was later removed by Trudeau as justice minister and attorney general, from the highest office ever held by an Indigenous person in federal politics.Trudeau then removed Wilson-Raybould and former Indigenous Services minister Jane Philpott from the Liberal caucus.Both Wilson-Raybould and Philpott—who stood by Wilson-Raybould’s side through the scandal—are seeking re-election as independents.Former ministers Jane Philpott and Jody Wilson-Raybould were kicked out of the Liberal caucus last spring. APTN file photo.Recent polls show the Liberals and Conservatives neck and neck just five weeks out from the election.During her final days as minister of justice and attorney general, Wilson-Raybould issued a directive on how Canada will handle civil litigation involving Indigenous peoples, such as class action lawsuits.The Liberals have already made changes to civlil litigation involving Indigenous peoples.Trudeau’s government settled with Sixties Scoop survivors, Indian Day School survivors and residential school survivors in Newfoundland and Labrador.It is now expected by Indigenous leaders to accept the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s recent ruling ordering billions in compensation to tens of thousands of Indigenous children taken from their families and made wards of the state in what is widely regarded as the Millennium Scoop.At a press conference Monday, AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde said it would be “crazy” for government to appeal the tribunal’s ruling.Bellegarde laid out his organization’s election priorities, citing the protection of Mother Earth and the fight to limit climate change as the most pressing issue.While the parties have yet to release their full platforms, some have indicated where they’re heading on Indigenous peoples and reconciliation.The NDP are promising to co-develop with Indigenous peoples a National Action Plan for Reconciliation, and to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action, Jordan’s Principle, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ calls for justice.They say the party will also end the mould and housing crisis in Indigenous communities.The Greens have vowed to “support Indigenous peoples and follow their lead as they implement their own strategies for rebuilding Indigenous nations and measures to reclaim Indigenous nationhood.”That includes “ending the provisions of the Indian Act” in “full partnership with First Nations,” according to the Green Party website.Conservative leader Andrew Scheer was booed at an AFN meeting in Ottawa last December because he didn’t have any concrete ideas or proposals to offer First Nations leaders.To date Scheer hasn’t offered an Indigenous policy and legislative platform. The former Harper Conservative government was accused of ignoring and disrespecting Indigenous rights and eventually triggered the grassroots Idle No More movement, which saw sustained protests across the country.The Trudeau government has committed to lifting all long-term drinking water advisories on public on-reserve systems by 2021.The Liberals say they have lifted 87 since November 2015, while 56 remain.In April 2017 federal and Métis leaders signed the Canada-Métis Nation Accord.This past June Métis leaders presented Trudeau with the Order of the Métis Nation, the highest honour for those who’ve made significant contributions to the Métis.National Indigenous leaders have said they’ve made unprecedented progress on key issues working with the Trudeau government. They’ve also said there’s a lot yet to accomplish. APTN file photo.When news of the SNC scandal broke in February, Métis Nation President Clement Chartier came to the Liberals’ rescue, saying “more than any other government in Canada’s history, the Trudeau government has striven to bring the Métis people into the federation and as full participants into the social life and economy of our great country. We stand with the Prime Minister and his government in maintaining and building on this relationship and expanding opportunities for our people to have a better life in Canada.”Earlier this week Canada unveiled its long-awaited Arctic Policy Framework, the first policy framework of its size to be co-developed with provincial, territorial and Indigenous partners.The plan sets out a long-term vision to guide Canada’s activities and investments in the Arctic through to 2030—the year scientists have set for significant carbon emission reductions—and beyond.The feds purport the framework “will better align Canada’s national and international policy objectives with the priorities of Indigenous peoples and Arctic and Northern residents,” according to a news release on Tuesday.Responding to the announcement, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) President Natan Obed said the framework “must be leveraged to bring Inuit Nunangat into Canada as a nation building exercise, helping to create prosperity for Inuit that in turn benefits all Canadians.”The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion remains at the fore among Indigenous peoples watching the 2019 election.Last week the Federal Court of Appeal agreed to hear six applications from First Nations appealing the government’s decision to proceed with the controversial pipeline despite claims from First Nations with unceded territories who say they have not consented to the project and its environmental and health risks.At the government’s Trans Mountain announcement in June, Trudeau defined free, prior and informed consent—an UNDRIP principle—as “engaging, looking with [Indigenous communities], listening to the issues they have, and responding meaningfully to the concerns they have wherever possible.”In a 2015 interview days before he was elected prime minister, APTN News asked Trudeau on the issue of consent, “Would no mean no under your government?” — to which he replied, “Absolutely.”“Ultimately,” he said, “even though governments grant permits, only communities grant permission.”[email protected]@justinbrakenewslast_img read more