Pelosi, Syrian president talk despite White House gripes

first_imgDAMASCUS, Syria – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her delegation said they had frank words with President Bashar Assad and other senior Syrian officials here on Wednesday, pressing the president over Syria’s support for militant groups and insisting that his government block militants seeking to cross into Iraq and join insurgents there. Delegation members said they sought to persuade Assad to distance himself from Iran, Syria’s ally in the growing confrontation with the so-called quartet of moderate Arab states – Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates. They also said Tom Lantos, the head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said he asked Assad how someone “of his intelligence and knowledge of the world could have common cause with President Ahmadinejad of Iran, who has denied the Holocaust and calls for the elimination of Israel.” Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Pelosi announced that she had conveyed a message to Assad from Israel’s prime minister, Ehud Olmert, that he was ready to negotiate for peace. Shortly afterwards, however, Olmert’s office issued a clarification of his message, insisting that, “although Israel is interested in peace with Syria, that country continues to be part of the axis of evil and a force that encourages terror in the entire Middle East.” To launch serious peace negotiations, the statement said, Syria must cease its support of terror, cease its sponsoring of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad organizations, refrain from providing weapons to Hezbollah and bringing about the destabilizing of Lebanon, cease its support of terror in Iraq, and relinquish the strategic ties it is building with the extremist regime in Iran. Members of the delegation said that among the issues they discussed was the case of the three Israeli soldiers being held by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, which is supported by Iran, and the Palestinian group Hamas. In addition to Lantos, the delegation includes Reps. Henry A. Waxman of Los Angeles, Louise M. Slaughter of New York, Nick J. Rahall II of West Virginia, and Keith Ellison of Minnesota, all Democrats, as well as David L. Hobson, Republican of Ohio. The lawmakers said they also sought to emphasize Syria’s importance in bringing peace to Lebanon, Iraq, and the Palestinian territories. “We came in friendship, hope, and determined that the road to Damascus is a road to peace,” Pelosi told reporters after her meetings. Her visit has been strongly criticized by the Bush administration and dismissed by some in the Middle East as a play for domestic politics. At the White House on Tuesday, President George W. Bush told reporters that he saw little point in talking to Syria now.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Durant and Green squabble: This isn’t first time disharmony has hit a Warriors championship team

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceI know what you’re thinking. The Warriors are too good, too talented, with too many prime years ahead of them to allow their dynasty to be imperiled by the animosity that exploded near the end of Monday night’s loss to the Clippers — an unseemly scene that resulted in the one-game suspension of Draymond Green and free agent-to-be Kevin Durant apparently muttering, “This is why I’m out.”Disharmony in the …last_img

Global whale watching workshop

first_img3 March 2004Deputy Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi will open the first International Whale Watching Workshop in Cape Town on Thursday.The workshop aims to develop international scientific advisory frameworks for the proper management of whale watching globally, to ensure that the negative impacts of eco-tourism are minimised.Department spokesperson Zodumo Mbuli said particular focus would be on coastal communities living within whale-watching spots, and their involvement in the management of such areas.The workshop is supported by the International Whaling Commission (IWC), and will see scientists and managers working together for the first time to try to find solutions to issues around sustainable whale watching.National and international participants include marine resource and conservation managers from both governments and NGOs, with approximately 12 countries attending the workshop.South Africa was chosen as host country because of its experience in shark cage tourism as well as whale watching both in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Take time to address challenges from spring this fall

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.The 2019 growing season has been one of the most challenging in recent memory and as harvest approaches this fall, Ohio’s farmers will continue to deal with the impacts of these challenges. Delayed planting, extreme rain events, and saturated field work performed in saturated soils are some of the challenges from spring of 2019 that will impact the crop as the growing season winds up.For much of the eastern Corn Belt, soils were excessively wet this spring and crops were planted into less than idea soil conditions. Compounded with continued wet weather throughout the growing season, the early wet conditions have resulted in restricted root development. Growers and agronomists who have spent time digging up plants this year have observed shallow root systems, poor soil penetration due to shallow compaction, and narrow, flat root systems that followed the seed furrow because they could not penetrate the compacted sidewalls of the seed trench. Poor root systems are a cause for standability concerns this fall. In areas where root development has been restricted, crops should be harvested in a timely manner to avoid root lodging.In addition to poor root systems, some of the corn crop’s nitrogen has been lost due to saturated soils and denitrification. Drought conditions throughout July and August in some areas stressed the corn crop during the critical periods of pollination and grain fill. In addition to reduced yield, a lack of nitrogen and stress during grain fill will result in the corn plant cannibalizing its stalk to complete the grain fill process. Stalk strength and quality may be a problem in fields with the potential for compromised stalk quality and should be harvested first to avoid losses to due stalk lodging.One common theme that has been discussed throughout the 2019 growing season is variability in both crop condition and growth stage. Yields will vary from field to field and will vary significantly within fields due to the stress caused by weather ranging from too wet to hot and dry. Scouting fields ahead of harvest is always a good idea to determine where problems areas exist and will help determine management decisions. Crop stage of development variability is also a concern for the very late-planted corn. Following a period of drought conditions, the extended forecast shows cooler conditions in late August and into early September. With a lack of heat units, there are some fields across the state at risk of an early killing frost before reaching maturity. Growers should assess these fields and consider the option of chopping them for silage if that is a possibility.With the many challenges this year has thrown at Ohio’s farmers, there will be some critical management decisions to make this fall. With root and stalk concerns, the corn crop should be harvested as early as possible to avoid lodging losses in the field. With later planted corn, though, growers will be facing higher harvest moistures and increased drying costs and a crop that will most likely not stand late into harvest. Field work performed in wet conditions has resulted in widespread compaction across the state. If this compaction is not addressed, it will significantly impact yields for years to come. In some cases, tillage may be the only option for alleviating compaction as soon as field conditions allow. For no-tillers, planting cover crops with penetrating root systems can help with breaking up compaction and minimizing crop root restrictions in the future. It has been a very challenging year many growers would rather forget and move on, however, those who use the rest of the season to manage existing problems will be the most successful in the coming years.last_img read more

Two Congress MLAs accuse Madhya Pradesh Health Minister of corruption

first_imgTwo days after a Cabinet Minister in the Congress-led Madhya Pradesh government alleged Digvijaya Singh was attempting to destabilise government, two of its MLAs accused Health Minister Tulsiram Silawat of corruption.“Whenever I ask him for help for a nurse or anyone poor, he sends them Indore where his son demands money in exchange for help. Then, I ask them to return and the work never gets done,” Gohad MLA Ranvir Jatav told The Hindu. “I have not seen such a level of corruption even in the BJP regime.”Asserting that he would stick to his statement, even as infighting within the State Congress rages on, as Mr. Silawat had created “an unfair system”, Mr. Ranvir said, “The position is so bad now that no one would give us votes in the name of Congress. We have not won the election on the back of the party. We won the seat based on the work we did in the area.”Ambah MLA Kamlesh Jatav said, “It’s not about the party but a personal matter. If Congressmen become middlemen, how will things work.”Alleging that Mr. Silawat had been taking money this way ever since the Congress came to power in the State, he said, “Whenever I seek help for a poor employee, Mr. Silawat says I am his younger brother, and the job will be done. But his son openly demands money sitting in Indore. I have been elected from my own seat after 35 years. If we are unable to work for the people, what is the use?“Once, My driver needed some help, and Mr. Silawat’s son demanded Rs. 50,000 openly,” alleged Mr. Kamlesh, who along with Mr. Ranvir, belongs to the Jyotiraditya Scindia camp. Even Mr. Silawat is considered close to Mr. Scindia.On Monday, Forest Minister Umang Singhar wrote to party president Sonia Gandhi alleging leader Digvijaya Singh was trying to destabilise the Kamal Nath government and establish himself as the power centre in the State.He even called Mr. Singh a “blackmailer involved in illegal mining and liquor trade” and demanded a CBI inquiry.Admitting there were fissures within the party, Mr. Scindia on Wednesday said, “It is the Chief Minister’s responsibility to resolve differences within the party after hearing all sides. There should be no interference in the government, there are no two ways about it.”last_img read more

FEU wins but loses Lycha Ebon to knee injury

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—Rookie Lycha Ebon sustained a right knee injury in Far Eastern University’s game against Adamson University in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Ynares Center here.FEU’s physical therapist Marilou Regidor said Ebon may have suffered a sprain on her medial collateral ligament or on the quad tendon after landing awkwardly in the fifth set of the game the Lady Tamaraws won 30-32, 25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 15-13.ADVERTISEMENT Johnny Dawkins faces his alma mater as UCF meets Duke “She’s doing a little bit better since I’ve put a brace on her right leg and it’s been stabilized but she’s still in pain,” said Regidor in Filipino. “According to my interview with her, she had planted her feet but she was in a squatting position when the knee twisted out.”“There was a recoil when the knee twisted but I’m not saying that this is a major injury.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsEbon managed to give FEU a 3-1 lead in the fifth set but she heard a pop when she tried to stand back up.“I can’t say how long she’ll be gone, but it has to be at least a week so she has to recover during that time,” said Regidor. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ebon, who’s set for an MRI on Monday, finished the game with 19 points and is still FEU’s leading scorer averaging 14.4 points per game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte has only scratches on elbow, knee after motorcycle accident — Go PLAY LIST 01:46Duterte has only scratches on elbow, knee after motorcycle accident — Go01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201301:22Thai court upholds death sentence for Myanmar men over Brit killings02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Google Philippines names new country director MOST READ Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snaglast_img read more

IPL spot-fixing: Delhi Police to challenge players’ acquittal decision

first_imgDelhi Police, on Friday, decided to challenge the judgement of lower court and will file an appeal in IPL spot-fixing case against discharge of the players involved, SN Shrivatsava, Special CP said.The Special CP added that the Delhi Police had already sought concurrence of law department(Government of Delhi) and approval of Police commissioner for the appeal.A trial court in Delhi dropped charges against the allegedly accused players Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila in July. The Rajasthan Royals trio were chargesheeeted by the Delhi Police for the IPL 2013 scandal.Also read: IPL spot-fixing, BCCI report by December, says Justice LodhaHowever BCCI stuck to the bans imposed on the three accused players saying that the evidence needed by the board was different from that needed by the court for punishment.Kerala State Association backed Sreesanth’s comeback and had written to BCCI asking the board to lift ban on their player.last_img