Call for justice reiterated in Paris and Abidjan on sixth anniversary of journalist’s disappearance

first_img October 29, 2020 Find out more April 16, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for justice reiterated in Paris and Abidjan on sixth anniversary of journalist’s disappearance Receive email alerts November 27, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News conferences were held simultaneously in Paris and Abidjan today to mark the sixth anniversary of Franco-Canadian journalist Guy-André Kieffer’s disappearance in Abidjan. His brothers, Bernard and Eric Kieffer, and his daughter, Canelle, gave a news conference at Reporters Without Borders headquarters in Paris together with the press freedom organisation’s secretary-general Jean-François Julliard, and French lawyer Alexis Gublin, while the Ivorian Guy-André Kieffer Truth Collective gave a news conference at the Abidjan Press Club.At the same time, large (4mx3m) posters were put up on billboards in several busy parts of Abidjan. The posters, which will be displayed for two weeks, carry this legend: “16 April 2004 – 16 April 2010: six years have passed since our friend and colleague Guy-André Kieffer disappeared in Abidjan.” The Guy-André Kieffer Truth Collective and Reporters Without Borders have also arranged for the same message, together with the words “Where is he?”, to be published as an announcement in six Ivorian newspapers – Soir Info, L’Inter, L’Intelligent d’Abidjan, Le Nouveau Réveil, L’Expression and Le Patriote – from today.Tomorrow, the anniversary of Kieffer’s abduction, a commemorative event will held in the Dapper Museum in Paris, with the screening of Guy Deslauriers’ film “Aliker” and a debate on the subject of “Journalism, a dangerous profession.” It will start at 7:00 pm.Speaking at today’s news conference in Paris, Julliard said he was “concerned to see the case bog down” and insisted that “the obstacles could be overcome with more political will on both the Ivorian side and the French side.” Hailing the efforts of the French judge who is investigating the case, Bernard Kieffer said he regretted that the French authorities had not requested anything in exchange for the improvement in relations between the two countries.“Why did the authorities agree at the end of 2009 to restructure Côte d’Ivoire’s public debt to France and reduce the debt service payments by 90 per cent until 2012 without at the same time negotiating the least legal concession in the Kieffer case?” he asked. “We wrote to President Sarkozy but he did not reply.”Gublin, who represents the Kieffer brothers, argued that Jean-Tony Oulaï’s provisional release, due to take place on 16 April, was a positive development because “it gives Judge Ramaël more time and should therefore give a new impulse to the French judicial proceedings.”Canelle Kieffer called on the French and Ivorian presidents to help the family finally find out what happened to her father.Ivorian First Lady Simone Gbagbo’s lawyer, Rodrigue Dadjé, invited himself to the news conference and made an intervention. He insisted that the Ivorian authorities were not blocking the French investigation and had cooperated fully with all of Judge Ramaël’s requests. Dadjé also said he did not understand why the French investigation had not explored the so-called “French hypothesis,” by which he meant the possibility that Kieffer’s disappearance was the result of a dispute between French citizens.“Quite simply because there was never the least evidence to support the French hypothesis,” Bernard Kieffer replied. Julliard added: “Neither Judge Ramaël nor Reporters Without Borders, which is civil party to this case, had any prior assumption as regards a hypothesis. If the French hypothesis has been ruled out, it is because it did not seem serious and because nothing came to light to support it, unlike the other hypotheses.”Kieffer was kidnapped from an Abidjan supermarket parking lot on 16 April 2004 after been lured there by Michel Legré, the brother-in-law of President Laurent Gbagbo’s wife, Simone Gbagbo. French investigating judge Patrick Ramaël indicted Legré on 21 October 2004 on a charge of “abducting and holding” Kieffer.After 18 months in an Abidjan detention centre, Legré was supposedly placed under house arrest in Abidjan but in fact he is moving about the city freely and has even been abroad.Jean-Tony Oulaï, an Ivorian citizen who claims to have been a captain in the Ivorian army, was placed under investigation while in France on January 2006. Arrested in France in late 2007 on the same charge of “abducting and holding” Kieffer, he is due to be granted a provisional release on 16 April, after two and a half years in detention.The French investigation has been handicapped by the fraught nature of relations between France and Côte d’Ivoire, the difficulty of conducting enquiries in Abidjan and the code of silence observed by those involved, who are all close to President Gbagbo.The chronology of the Guy-André Kieffer case (in french): [http://fr.rsf.org/cote-d-ivoire-enlevement-de-guy-andre-kieffer-a-15-04-… Côte d’IvoireAfrica Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News to go furthercenter_img Reports Organisation RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire October 16, 2020 Find out more News Côte d’IvoireAfrica Newslast_img read more

Assemblymember Chris Holden Announces the Capital Fellows Program

first_imgHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyJennifer Lopez And Alex Rodriguez’s Wedding DelayedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Signs You Want To Stay With Your Girlfriend ForeverHerbeautyHerbeauty 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe For those who have a passion for public service, the Capital Fellows program may be just the ticket. The Capital Fellows programs offer a chance to prepare for a career in public service while working under a seasoned mentor. Fellows work for 10-11 months as full-time, paid staff members in the California State Assembly, State Senate, Executive Branch or California Judiciary.Addison Peterson, a recent graduate of Cal State University Los Angeles, has been named an Assembly fellow in the office of Assemblymember Holden. Peterson was very involved in student government and served as board chair for the Cal State LA student union. He also lobbied on behalf of the California State Student Association and says his dream has been to be involved in legislative government.The Capital Fellows Program has been rated one of the top internships in the country, and includes a very competitive selection process. Many alumni of the program have gone on to prominent positions in courts, state and national government, as well as many elected offices. Recent college graduates, graduate students and mid-career applicants with a desire for public service are welcome to apply.The online application deadline is February 10, 2014. For further details visit www.csus.edu/calst/programs or call the office of Assemblymember Holden at (626) 351-1917. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Government Assemblymember Chris Holden Announces the Capital Fellows Program From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, January 6, 2014 | 12:51 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

JPL Technologist is Building a Better Gear, Making for Graceful Robots

first_imgScience and Technology JPL Technologist is Building a Better Gear, Making for Graceful Robots From JPL/NASA Published on Monday, November 28, 2016 | 4:51 pm Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe Herbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhy Luxury Fashion Brands Are So ExpensiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWho Was The Hollywood ‘It Girl’ The Year You Were Born?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment Bulk metallic glass, a metal alloy, doesn’t get brittle in extreme cold. That makes the material perfect for robotics operated in space or on icy planets. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechThrow a baseball, and you might say it’s all in the wrist.For robots, it’s all in the gears.Gears are essential for precision robotics. They allow limbs to turn smoothly and stop on command; low-quality gears cause limbs to jerk or shake. If you’re designing a robot to scoop samples or grip a ledge, the kind of gears you’ll need won’t come from a hardware store.At NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, technologist Douglas Hofmann and his collaborators are building a better gear. Hofmann is the lead author of two recent papers on gears made from bulk metallic glass (BMG), a specially crafted alloy with properties that make it ideal for robotics.“Although BMGs have been explored for a long time, understanding how to design and implement them into structural hardware has proven elusive,” said Hofmann. “Our team of researchers and engineers at JPL, in collaboration with groups at Caltech and UC San Diego, have finally put BMGs through the necessary testing to demonstrate their potential benefits for NASA spacecraft. These materials may be able to offer us solutions for mobility in harsh environments, like on Jupiter’s moon Europa.”Recipe for the perfect gearHow can this mystery material be both a metal and a glass? The secret is in its atomic structure. Metals have an organized, crystalline arrangement. But if you heat them up into a liquid, they melt and the atoms become randomized. Cool them rapidly enough –about 1,832 degrees Fahrenheit (1,000 degrees Celsius) per second — and you can trap their non-crystalline, “liquid” form in place.This produces a random arrangement of atoms with an amorphous, or non-crystalline microstructure. That structure gives these materials their common names: “amorphous metals,” or metallic glass.By virtue of being cooled so rapidly, the material is technically a glass. It can flow easily and be blow-molded when heated, just like windowpane glass. When this glassy material is produced in parts greater than about four tenths of an inch (1 millimeter), it’s called “bulk” metallic glass, or BMG.Metallic glasses were originally developed at Caltech in Pasadena, California, in 1960. Since then, they’ve been used to manufacture everything from cellphones to golf clubs.What makes these gears perfect for space?Among their attractive qualities, BMGs have low melting temperatures. That allows parts to be cast using injection-molding technology, similar to what’s used in the plastics industry, but with much higher strength and wear-resistance. BMGs also don’t get brittle in extreme cold, a factor which can lead to a gear’s teeth fracturing. This last quality makes the material particularly useful for the kinds of robotics done at JPL.Hofmann said that gears made from BMGs can “run cold and dry”: initial testing has demonstrated strong torque and smooth turning without lubricant, even at -328 degrees Fahrenheit (-200 degrees Celsius). For robots sent to frozen landscapes, that can be a power-saving advantage. NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover, for example, expends energy heating up grease lubricant every time it needs to move.“Being able to operate gears at the low temperature of icy moons, like Europa, is a potential game changer for scientists,” said R. Peter Dillon, a technologist and program manager in JPL’s Materials Development and Manufacturing Technology Group. “Power no longer needs to be siphoned away from the science instruments for heating gearbox lubricant, which preserves precious battery power.”Gears that turn smoothly while cutting costsThe second paper led by Hofmann looked at how BMGs could lower the cost of manufacturing strain wave gears. This type of gear, which includes a metal ring that flexes as the gear spins, is tricky to mass produce and ubiquitous in expensive robots.Not only can BMGs allow these gears to perform at low temperatures, but they can also be manufactured at a fraction of the cost of their steel versions without sacrificing performance. This is potentially game changing for reducing the cost of robots that use strain wave gears, since they are often their most expensive part.“Mass producing strain wave gears using BMGs may have a major impact on the consumer robotics market,” Hofmann said. “This is especially true for humanoid robots, where gears in the joints can be very expensive but are required to prevent shaking arms. The performance at low temperatures for JPL spacecraft and rovers seems to be a happy added benefit.”The paper published by Advanced Engineering Materials looked at designing and testing BMG gears for planetary gearboxes. It included collaborators at Caltech and UC San Diego. The paper published in Scientific Reports examines how BMGs can be used to reduce the cost of strainwave gears. It also included Caltech collaborators.The Bulk Metallic Glass Gears project is funded by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate’s Game Changing Development Program, which investigates ideas and approaches that could solve significant technological problems and revo¬lutionize future space endeavors.Caltech manages JPL for NASA.For more information about Hofmann’s research, visit http://scienceandtechnology.jpl.nasa.gov/metallurgy-facility Business Newscenter_img Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Competition winner

first_imgWhatsApp Twitter Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” TAGScinemacompetitionlimerickOdeon CinemaOdeon Limerick WELL done to Caroline Keogh from Ballinacurra Weston who is the lucky winner of one pair of tickets and two large combo meals for a film of her choice at the Odeon Cinema in Castletroy.The answer to our film competition in last week’s Limerick Post was Papa Smurf.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up More tickets to give away to the Odeon Cinema in this Thursday’s edition. Printcenter_img Previous articleAlcohol was involved in 30 per cent of 2016 Limerick road deathsNext articleLimerick FC and Martin Russell ‘part company’ Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Email NewsLocal NewsCompetition winnerBy Alan Jacques – April 3, 2017 741 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live last_img read more

Reproductive biology of the loliginid squid, Alloteuthis subulata in the north-east Atlantic and adjacent waters

first_imgA study of the reproductive biology of the loliginid squid, Alloteuthis subulata in the North Sea, Irish Sea and Portuguese waters was carried out. A predominance of small squid (<50 mm ML) during autumn was observed in all three areas. Multi-modal size-frequency distributions were apparent in both sexes. The greatest complexity was observed in Portuguese waters, with males exhibiting possibly four or more modal size classes. Sexually mature squid were found throughout the year, with generally more mature squid in spring-summer and fewer in autumn-winter. In Portuguese waters, maturity in both sexes peaked in spring, whereas maturity in the other areas peaked in summer. Similar sizes-at-maturity were observed, with male squid maturing over a greater size range (40-125 mm ML) than females (30-50 mm ML). An apparent secondary peak in male maturity at 65 mm ML suggests two different size-maturation patterns in Portuguese waters. Estimates of potential fecundity in the Irish Sea ranged from similar to 2200-13 500 eggs per female. Mean egg diameters of 0.45 mm and 1.55 mm were recorded for developing oocytes and mature ova, respectively. Three to four modal size classes of oocytes were apparent in each ovary. There was some indication of latitudinal effects on growth, maturation and reproduction of A. subulata across its geographic range. The greater complexity of size-structure in warmer waters suggests that water temperature may be the main factor involved, possibly through shorter incubation times, faster growth and maturation rates and extended spawning periods.last_img read more

Shearwater secures Asia Pacific 4D seismic contract from Woodside

first_imgThe campaign is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2019 Image: Shearwater GeoServices awarded largest-ever 4D campaign in the Asia Pacific region by Woodside. Photo: courtesy of Shearwater GeoServices. Shearwater GeoServices Holding has secured a contract from Woodside for 4D seismic campaign in the Asia Pacific area covering up to six fields in Australia.The Norway-based marine geophysical services company said that the campaign is spread across new 4D acquisition over the Pluto, Brunello, Laverda, Cimatti and Vincent fields with an option for one more field.The 4D seismic programme will enhance Woodside’s understanding of the fields’ production performance during the course of time and offer data to guide future field developments.The campaign is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2019.Shearwater GeoServices CEO Irene Waage Basili said: “By using Isometrix, the world’s most advanced multi-sensor seismic acquisition technology, Woodside will get high-quality 4D seismic data to support future field activities.“Our Isometrix equipped vessels have been the 4D towed-streamer technology of choice through the North Sea summer season, and we are very pleased to see Woodside choose this platform for their extensive 2019-2020 North West Australia 4D campaign.”The seismic programme will be carried out using the Amazon Conqueror, one of the world’s most advanced seismic vessels, purpose-built for environmentally friendly seismic acquisition, and equipped with Isometrix, a multi-component multi-sensor seismic streamer system.It is the second 4D seismic project awarded to Shearwater by WoodsideThis is the second 4D seismic project awarded to Shearwater by Woodside following the baseline 4D programme in Senegal earlier in 2019.In November, Shearwater had been given a conditional letter of award for a 2D seismic acquisition and fast-track processing project by Total E&P South Africa.The survey at block 11B-12B would be Shearwater’s first project offshore South Africa.Prior to that in September, Shearwater was awarded a 3D Isometrix seismic survey by Colombia’s Ecopetrol.The survey covers 2,000km2 of 3D seismic offshore Colombia on Ecopetrol’s Block COL-5.last_img read more

ASSISTANT OR ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR (CT)

first_imgWorking Title: Diana Avila [email protected] Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS:800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for furtherinformation. ) 89421-AS Anticipated Begin Date: Successful completion of residency in General Dermatology.Candidates for Associate Professor (CT) rank must meet criteria forappointment at rank per UW School of Medicine and Public Healthguidelines for appointment and promotion on the CT track. Additional Information: Applications Open: Jan 19 2017 Central Standard TimeApplications Close: Please apply directly to the website by clicking on “” and upload aCV and cover letter referring to the Position Vacancy Listingnumber.The deadline for assuring full consideration is December 15, 2017,however positions will remain open and applications may beconsidered until the position is filled. Employment Class: Hiring Department: Additional Link:Full Position Details Official Title: Job no: 89421-ASWork type: Faculty Full or Part Time, Faculty-Full Time,Faculty-Part TimeDepartment: SMPH/DERMATOLOGY/DERMATOLOGLocation: MadisonCategories: Health Care, Medical, Social Services, Research,Scientific Position Vacancy ID: JANUARY 01, 2022 Minimum number of years and type of relevant workexperience: Assistant or Associate Professor (CT) FTE: This position will primarily see patients in outpatient clinics,Dermatology and Primary Care, and will also be involved in ateaching component in the Department of Dermatology. NegotiableANNUAL (12 months) A534300-MEDICAL SCHOOL/DERMATOLOGY/DERMATOLOG Term: Contact: Advertised Salary: Degree and area of specialization: CLINICAL ASSOC PROF(D52NN) or CLINICAL ASST PROF(D53NN) License or Certificate: This is a renewable appointment. Instructions to Applicants: Wisconsin medical license, DEA certifications, credentialed with UWHealth managed care plans, credentialing and staff privileges at UWHospital, Meriter Hospital and VA Middleton must be completed bystart date. Academic Staff-Renewable Position Summary: 50% – 100% The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity andAffirmative Action Employer.The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campussafety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safetypolicies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years.UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contactthe University ofWisconsin Police Department . NOTE: A Period of Evaluation will be Required This vacancy is being announced simultaneously with PVL# 89411;please note that only one vacancy exists. Having two positionvacancy listings allows the School of Medicine and Public Health toconsider clinical teacher faculty candidates with or withoutresearch credentials for this non-tenure-track position. MD, Board Certified or Board Eligible in Dermatology.last_img read more

County’s homeless hotline AGAIN doesn’t pick up when we call —…

first_imgHUDSON COUNTY — Eight days after construction workers in Union City found a homeless man’s body in a local port-o-potty, the county’s homeless hotline is again not working. Two reporters called the number for two hours in the middle of a cold, snowy day, and listened to the phone ring more than eight times with each call, or on two occasions got a busy signal.This is the third time in two years the Hudson Reporter — in the course of routine reporting on the homeless situation — tried the 24-hour emergency line and got no answer.Each time, we called county officials, resulting in apologetic responses and promises to fix the line — which homeless people are supposed to call in winter if they need shelter. While the county’s three regular shelters are often filled up, the county operates another shelter if there is overflow in winter, and picks up people by shuttle who need it.It’s hard enough to call a number for two hours from a warm office — it might be much harder for a person who is homeless, cold, and desperate.Want to check the hotline? Call it at 800-624-0287 any time.Stories by the Reporter (hudsonreporter.com) back to 2016 showed problems with the line, with various county officials saying it was another department’s responsibility.On Jan. 9, local workers discovered the man’s body in a port-o-potty at a construction site near a church in Union City, according to Police Chief Richard Molinari.The construction site is the location for the Sts. Joseph and Michael Church, severely damaged in a fire last March. A company is currently performing repairs to the church, located at 1314 Central Ave.According to Molinari, the man was Hispanic and in his late 20s. The chief believes that he used the port-o-potty to escape the freezing temperatures.“The weather was certainly a factor in causing his death,” Molinari said. “If someone’s going to seek refuge in a port-o-john, that does not protect you from the low temperatures.”Based on preliminary information given to Union City police by a medical examiner, Molinari believes the body was only there for a few days.No foul play is suspected, according to the chief. Any further investigations are closed, he added, barring any new information from the medical examiner.Got a story or reaction for the reporter? Email [email protected] and [email protected]last_img read more

Speech: UK statement to ICC Assembly of States Parties 17th session

first_imgMr President, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates.It is a great privilege to address this Assembly on behalf of the Government of the United Kingdom.We are grateful to His Excellency President O-Gon Kwon for leading the work of the Assembly, and to the Court’s principals – the President, Registrar, and the Prosecutor – for steering the Court through this landmark year of the twentieth anniversary of the Rome Statute.While we remember the historic origins of the ICC, and the atrocities that preceded it, there has never been a more important time to reflect on the Court and its work. The United Kingdom over the last 20 years has been, and continues to be, a supporter of the Court. We are not just a supporter with words, but also practical assistance. We are one of the highest contributors to the Budget and to the Trust Fund for Victims, to which we have donated over 4 million Euros since its inception. We have also donated to the Trust Fund for Family Visits and we continue to provide practical cooperation and assistance to the Court, including in active Investigations and Preliminary Examinations.We do these things to strengthen the Court in the execution of its mandate agreed in Rome, twenty years ago. We believe in the vital importance of the rule of law and of accountability for gross violations of human rights and the laws of war. That will always be our position. The United Kingdom is determined to see the perpetrators of atrocities brought to justice; it is vital for lasting peace. That is why we are playing a leading role supporting justice and accountability efforts in Syria, Iraq, and Burma.But as a State that supports the Court, it is important that we also speak plainly about the concerns we have. A founding principle of the Court is complementarity. The Court is not there to second guess, still less to review, the decisions of competent, functioning national systems of justice. Justice should in principle be done at the state level. The Court should step in only where States are genuinely unable or unwilling to do so themselves. We believe the Court must reaffirm and apply the principle of complementarity in all it does.And similarly, the Court has no mandate, and no jurisdiction, nor will it ever have nearly enough capacity, to act as a human rights monitoring organisation for the whole world. It must focus on its core and essential task, set out under the Statute.If it acts otherwise, it risks eroding the confidence States have in the Court and the integrity of the system. It adds to the Court’s ever-growing backlog of cases. And it increases the length of time taken for Investigations and Preliminary Examinations – some of which are as old as the Court itself. This situation is not sustainable. The Court must urgently adopt a closure strategy for its cases, including timelines and targets for preliminary examinations, investigations and trials. We strongly encourage the continuation, and expansion, of the Performance Indicators project, an essential management and governance tool.Mr President,Moreover it surely goes without saying that the Court must act in accordance with the highest possible standards of good governance and professionalism. So we welcome the steps taken by the Prosecutor to investigate the media allegations surrounding the former Prosecutor that surfaced twelve months ago. We urge her to complete speedily a comprehensive and transparent investigation and to report fully to the Assembly. This will be crucial to the credibility of the Office of the Prosecutor and the wider Court.Mr President,The Court’s credibility also depends on budgetary discipline. At a time of fiscal prudence across many States Parties, we urge all organs of the Court to exercise budgetary discipline. The Court needs to generate greater efficiencies, strictly prioritising and redeploying resources where they are needed most and can result in concrete progress – prioritisation is not a dirty word! We want to see money spent on the right things. The Court is in danger of spending more money on internal litigation, including litigation on salaries, than on victims. This will do nothing to enhance the reputation of the Court outside its walls.Finally, Mr President,The Court has many critics, including in States which are not Parties to the Statute. Some of their criticism is strident and in our judgement, misplaced, and we do not share it. But there are also thoughtful and measured critiques of the Court which are offered with the best interests of the Court at heart. That is where we are. The United Kingdom strongly supports the aims of the ICC and believes there is an essential role for an international institution like the Court in delivery of justice at the international level.But as an Assembly of States Parties to the Statute, we cannot bury our heads in the sand and pretend everything is fine when it isn’t. The statistics are sobering. After 20 years, and 1.5 billion Euros spent we have only three core crime convictions. As others have said, and I quote “it is undeniable that the Rome project still falls short of the expectations of the participants at that ground-breaking conference in Rome”. The time has come for States to take a fundamental look at how the Court is operating. We need to work together to address the challenges, for the future health of the Court, a Court that we care about deeply. The United Kingdom stands ready to play a leading role as a friend of the ICC.last_img read more

Alternaria blight and head rot

first_imgA new multistate project will bring together researchers from the University of Georgia and partner universities to fight Alternaria leaf blight and head rot in broccoli, a plant disease that thrives in warm temperatures and humidity.The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded a $2.7 million Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) grant to UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty to study the Alternaria pathogens’ biology, population structure and fungicide resistance.Due to developing fungicide resistance, Alternaria blight and head rot have severely impacted brassica production, according to Bhabesh Dutta, an associate professor of plant pathology and UGA Cooperative Extension vegetable disease specialist who is leading the multistate project.The team’s research will build on previous surveillance work done in finding fungicide alternatives. Previous efforts to limit losses in fields have not been successful, possibly as a result of recent shifts in pathogen population and increasing resistance against fungicides.The disease is a long-term threat that affects all brassica crops, which include cabbage, collards, kale and mustard greens. The fungus causes water-soaked spots on the head of the vegetable and dark, sooty, circular spots whose centers can fall out, leaving a shot-hole appearance.The team of research and extension faculty will work to triangulate the disease by characterizing the pathogen or pathogens, host and environment. They will also develop diagnostic tools for identifying Alternaria sp., screen commercial varieties, and evaluate production practices including nitrogen levels and irrigation, which is how the disease spreads. The team will use what they learn to conduct economic assessments.“The ultimate goal is to give a practical management option to stakeholders, ultimately limiting losses to this disease,” said Dutta.Broccoli is a high-value crop that can be affected by a number of diseases. Head rot has been a particular concern in Georgia since late 2015, but it has been reported up the East Coast since 2013. Economic losses of up to 20% have been reported in some cases.“Growers tend to overuse fungicides that are effective and, more often, that leads to the development of resistance,” explained Dutta. “Efforts to limit losses in fields and storage have not been successful, likely due to recent shifts in pathogen population and potential resistance development to ‘Quinone outside inhibitor (QoI)’ fungicides. This project will aid in developing molecular diagnostic tools for detecting QoI resistance in Alternaria, understanding the population structure of the pathogens, and developing management strategies that will reduce losses in broccoli across the production chain, maximizing productivity and profitability.”Other UGA faculty members working on the grant are Pingsheng Ji, professor of vegetable diseases and applied microbiology; Andre da Silva, assistant professor of horticulture and Extension vegetable specialist; Tim Coolong, professor of horticulture; and Greg Colson, associate professor of agricultural and applied economics. Researchers from Virginia Tech, Cornell University and University of Nebraska-Lincoln will collaborate with the group.An advisory panel of industry professionals, growers and other experts will provide guidance to the project, reinforcing the Eastern U.S. brassica industry as a team.The production of brassica crops is a profitable industry for Georgia farmers. According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, the state farm gate value for cabbage alone was nearly $42 million in 2018. Colquitt County is the largest producer of brassicas in the state, followed by nearby counties including Thomas, Grady, Echols and Tift.For more information on the UGA Department of Plant Pathology, visit plantpath.caes.uga.edu.last_img read more