Uh oh. Studies find little U.S. money to study ecological impacts of chemicals

first_imgU.S. government funding for studies of how synthetic chemicals affect the environment isn’t keeping pace with the rapidly expanding use of these substances, which include pharmaceuticals, pesticides, and industrial agents, two recent analyses conclude.There has been a precipitous decline since the 1980s in the amount of money available for external research grants at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is primarily responsible for regulating chemical use, four researchers noted last month in an opinion piece published in Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T). And relatively few journal papers or grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Environmental Biology (DEB)—the nation’s major funder of ecological research by academics—focus on the issue, finds a study published this week in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (FREE).One result: “[C]hemicals continue to be approved for commercial use, although their environmental impacts are unknown,” writes G. Allen Burton of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and colleagues in ES&T.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) The production of synthetic chemicals has increased dramatically since the 1970s, with millions of new substances created every year. And the accelerating pace of commercial chemical introductions now “exceeds that of most previously recognized agents of global change,” such as nutrient pollution and habitat destruction, note the authors of FREE study, led by Emily Bernhardt of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.But the ecological impacts of chemical introductions are getting relatively little attention from academic scientists, Bernhardt and her co-authors discovered after reviewing funding and publishing trends, and presentations at a major scientific meeting. Less than 1% of papers published in the most highly cited ecological journals over the past 25 years dealt with synthetic chemicals. At the largest-ever international conference of ecologists in 2015, just 1.3% of research presentations mentioned contaminants. And when they examined funding trends at NSF’s DEB, a major source of grants for ecological science at universities, they found that less than 3% of current grants (those active as of 1 January 2016) focused on the topic.NSF divisions other than DEB have funded studies of contaminants from time to time, notes Alan Tessier, DEB’s deputy director in Arlington, Virginia. But, in general, NSF and its peer-review panels that grade proposals have traditionally left more applied research on chemical impacts to other federal agencies, including EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, say those familiar with the issue.EPA has struggled with flat or declining budgets over the past few decades, note Burton and his co-authors, and funding devoted to its primary external granting program—called Science To Achieve Results—has dropped from about 1% of the agency’s budget at its peak in 2001 to about 0.5% now. As a result, “virtually no extramural research funding at the EPA exists for the ecological impacts of chemicals; rather, most funds are directed toward human health and, more recently, climate change,” they write.“It’s mind-boggling to think we can study the environment and ecosystems in the absence of chemicals,” Burton says, “because they are everywhere now.”One solution, Burton suggests, is for U.S. scientists to try to copy relatively successful efforts in Australia to create cooperative grant programs between industry, academia, and government.last_img read more

Indian scientist dies after Gandhi-style hunger strike to save the Ganges River

first_imgA boy searches for coins and gold in the polluted waters of the Ganges River in the city of Allahabad, India. The current prime minister, Narendra Modi, launched his 2014 election campaign from the banks of the Ganges in the city of Varanasi, saying he had been called on by “Mother Ganga” to restore the river, which is considered the holiest of rivers by millions of Hindus. “But in the past 4 years all actions undertaken by your Government have not at all been gainful to Ganga and in her place gains are to be seen only for the corporate sector and several business houses,” Agrawal wrote to Modi in August, in a stinging letter.Indeed, the Modi government has initiated a plethora of projects—including development of waterways, riverfront development, dredging, and interlinking of rivers—that has adversely affected the Ganges, says Himanshu Thakkar, a river expert and coordinator of the South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People, a nonprofit based in New Delhi. Commerce has taken priority over conservation, Thakkar says. purnapramati.in One of India’s leading environmentalists paid the ultimate price last week in his efforts to protect and restore the Ganges River, also known as the Ganga. Guru Das Agrawal, a former professor of environmental engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, died on 11 October following a 111-day fast that he hoped would compel India’s government to make good on its promise of cleaning up the Ganges.Agrawal, 86, was a former graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, and served as the first head of India’s Central Pollution Control Board. He became a Hindu ascetic in 2011, dedicating himself completely to revivifying the dying Ganges and taking on the name of Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand.Environmentalists have long deplored the state of the Ganges. Numerous hydroelectricity projects on the river and its tributaries have blocked the free flow of water; villages and cities are withdrawing ever larger amounts of water while releasing huge amounts of sewage into the river.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) Indian scientist dies after Gandhi-style hunger strike to save the Ganges River By Sanjay KumarOct. 16, 2018 , 3:15 PM Guru Das Agrawal, a former graduate student of the University of California, Berkeley, began his fast on 22 June. He died on 11 October. Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images Agrawal started his Mahatma Gandhi–style hunger strike on 22 June. Among his demands were an end to all hydroelectric projects on the Ganga and its tributaries and to sand mining activities, the constitution of an independent body to manage Ganges affairs, and legislation to protect the river.Earlier fasts by Agrawal had been successful. In 2009, for instance, then–Prime Minister Manmohan Singh decided to cancel a hydropower project on the Bhagirathi River, a source stream of the Ganges in northern India, and declared part of the river an “eco-sensitive zone.” Modi, by contrast, did not take action and didn’t respond to Agrawal’s letters. On 9 October, Agrawal, who until then had survived on a honey-water mix, decided to stop drinking water as well. He was picked up by the police and taken to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Rishikesh on 10 October to be force-fed, but he died the next day.Modi promptly sent out a tweet saying he was “saddened” by Argrawal’s demise, further upsetting environmentalists. “There was no response at all to Agrawal’s letters from Modi, which is what killed him,” Thakkar says. “Now, that man is sending an obituary tweet—how far can we go in hypocrisy?” Some were also angered that government spokespeople claimed on TV that Agrawal’s demands had been met.“The state of Ganga today is worse than what it was in May 2014 when the Modi government took over and is worsening,” Thakkar cautions. “Implementing Agrawal’s demands would help,” he says, but more is needed. The government needs to adopt a more transparent, accountable, and participatory approach toward cleaning and protecting the Ganges, Thakkar says, and needs to build more eco-friendly sewage treatment plants.last_img read more

Meghalaya CM hopeful of poverty eradication in 10-15 yrs

first_imgShillong, Jan 21 (PTI) Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma today expressed hope that poverty would be eradicated within 10-15 years as the programmes initiated are enough to transform the state.?After 10?15 years, there will be no reason for our people to be poor provided we execute the programmes already undertaken by the government,? Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said here.He also said, ?These programmes are enough to transform state and create opportunities for the people to come out of poverty.?Sangma was addressing a function organized to mark the 44th Meghalaya Day celebrations.He said poverty and backwardness are still the biggest challenges confronting the state and its policy makers. PTI JOP SUS SKlast_img read more

SheBelieves Cup takes on added importance for USWNT

first_imgThe U.S. women’s national team shouldn’t have much trouble getting out of their group at this summer’s World Cup in France.Thailand, Sweden and Chile will be the opponents in Group F. The top-ranked Americans are expected to breeze through and reach the tournament’s last 16, where the stakes and the competition will be raised considerably.For Jill Ellis’ team, the SheBelieves Cup, which kicks off Wednesday against Japan in Chester, Pa., won’t be the last test before the World Cup, but it will be the biggest and the most reminiscent of the tournament’s knockout stage. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And that’s why the SheBelieves Cup will take on added importance this time around in comparison to recent years, when it served more as three glorified friendlies.After taking on Japan, the U.S. will travel to Nashville to face England on Saturday before heading to Tampa to close out the tournament against Brazil on Tuesday.The variation in style and overall quality of all three teams the U.S. will face make this tournament an ideal tune-up.“It’s exactly how we want these teams in here because they’re so unique,” Ellis said at her press conference on Tuesday.“Each team has a unique skill set and obviously I think for us we’re going to take it one game at a time but I think what we also look at is what common things do these three teams have and what things do we need to sharpen.”1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ DAYS TO GORetweet to bless a timeline. pic.twitter.com/W3BDdAzjtB— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) February 27, 2019 If the U.S. wins Group F this summer, they’ll have a round of 16 match in Reims on June 24, before a potential quarterfinal in Paris four days later and then a possible semifinal in Lyon four days after that.The SheBelieves Cup, then, will be a very similar approximation of what the U.S. would face in terms of travel, recovery time between matches, and quality of opposition in the 2019 World Cup knockout phase.“You can kind of replicate from the travel and there’s a trophy on the line, albeit sort of a made-up trophy, but to try and replicate like every game matters and points matter and goals matter,” U.S. winger Megan Rapinoe said.“So I think [for] the players who haven’t had a lot of experience in tournaments, this is a good opportunity for them to at least try to replicate what it’s like to be in a World Cup, because it’s hard to do that any other way.”After the SheBelieves Cup, the U.S. will have just five games remaining before the World Cup kicks off and only one of those five opponents, Australia, is in the top 10 of FIFA’s world rankings.The chance, then, to play three top-10 teams in quick succession over the course of the next week is not one that the U.S. is taking lightly.Julie Ertz SheBelieves GFX“It’s been amazing to be able to continue and grow and get that experience against those kinds of teams, especially for the players who haven’t really been to a big tournament before, these are huge games to learn from,” midfielder Julie Ertz said.There is a chance, of course, that the U.S. could end of facing one of its SheBelieves Cup opponents in the World Cup knockout stage. It’s why, as Ellis said, all four managers likely won’t want to give too much away in terms of how they’ll look to exploit their opposition.“I think we take this tournament seriously every year in terms of good teams and wanting to win it, but I think every coach in here recognizes the opportunity here to probably not show their full hand,” Ellis said.Though she may not give everything away in terms of tactics, Ellis will still want to win all three games and lay down a marker, especially with the U.S. having seen a 28-game unbeaten run snapped last month with a loss at France, before bouncing back with a win at Spain a few days later.“This is only our third game of the year so we’re still putting some things together,” forward Alex Morgan said, “but these games are important, especially this first game against Japan because I feel like the first two games of the year against Spain and France we weren’t exactly 90 minutes fit.“I think this is the first true test for us with the training environment we put ourselves in this last week we all should be 90 minutes fit and prepared for this game.”It may be a few months before the real tests begin, but If the U.S. wants to lift its second straight World Cup this summer, there will be no better dress rehearsal than the three matches it faces over the next week.“Part of it is just going through and taking every day as it comes and using these games and realizing that they’re not the World Cup final, so there’s obviously a lot that we have to work on and can work on,” Rapinoe said.last_img read more

Which side is your city on?

first_imgCities all over the country are wrestling with how to deal with the sharing economy and its informal, peer-to-peer transactions. It’s so interesting to watch these things unfold.Last month, the California Public Utilities Commission passed new regulations legalizing ridesharing companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar. Last week, New York City regulators overturned a $2,400 fine against a guy who rented out his room on Airbnb—although short-term rentals are still illegal here. Some cities “get it.”Some cities “get it.” They see the sharing economy gaining momentum, and they realize it’s unstoppable.The smart ones realize that tons of their own residents are using these platforms—that people are generating real income with these activities. (More than 50% of Airbnb hosts in San Francisco rely on it to pay their mortgage.)Which regions will adapt their regulations to let these companies to grow, and which will try to clamp down on all this sharing?I’ve talked about my feelings before—the places that are early to recognize the importance of this economic movement will be the ones that create thriving local economies, full of micro-entrepreneurs and independent workers. 50% of Airbnb hosts in San Francisco rely on it to pay their mortgage.Here’s a report in that same vein: Shareable and the Sustainable Economies Law Center laid out a whole policy road map for creating “shareable cities.”California officials acted pretty quickly—we’ll see how long it takes other municipalities follow suit.last_img read more

Chelsea’s Miazga fined for grabbing opponent’s groin

first_imgMatt Miazga Chelsea loanee Miazga fined by Vitesse for grabbing opponent’s groin Ben Valentine Last updated 1 year ago 02:34 2/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Matt Miazga Vitesse Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images Vitesse Chelsea United States Premier League The defender was found to have inappropriately squeezed the groin of an opponent, while his team-mate was suspended for elbowing the same player Vitesse defender Matt Miazga has been fined by the club for inappropriate behavior in which he grabbed the private parts of an opposition player.The incident occurred on January 20 in a 1-1 draw between Vitesse and SC Heerenveen, with the U.S. national team defender’s low blow coming at the expense of Heerenveen right-back Denzel Dumfries.Dumfries was also the victim of an elbow by Vitesse forward Tim Matavz. That elbow has drawn a four-game suspension for Matavz by the KNVB with the club adding fines for both him and Miazga. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Vitesse’s appeal of the suspension to Matavz has been denied by the KNVB.The club explained the fines to both players, along with their decision to appeal the suspension, in a statement by technical director Marc van Hintum.”First of all, we regret the commotion that has arisen,” van Hintum said. “We have fined both Tim and Matt directly after the events because we do not fit the behavior they showed within the Fair Play concept of the club.“However, we found the punishment Tim received was not given in proportion. That does not mean that we approve the incident, on the contrary, as the imposed fine proves. The penalty, however, is by no means consistent with suspensions imposed after similar incidents.“That was the main reason to appeal against the verdict; a straight-line penalty. Perhaps we could have largely prevented the commotion by also communicating this immediately after imposing the fines.”While Matavz will be unavailable, Miazga, who scored for Vitesse this past matchday, is set to start for the club when they face off against ADO Den Haag in Thursday’s Eredivisie action.The on-loan Chelsea defender has appeared 20 times in league for Vitesse, with 17 starts, scoring two goals. He also started all six of the club’s Europa League contests, with Vitesse going out in the group stage of the competition.last_img read more

Shore Thing: 10 Beach Essentials Every Guy Needs

first_imgChanneyIsn’t summer just the best? As things keep warming up, like many people, we’re headed straight for the beach. Nothing is better than sand and sun, but it’s easy to get bogged down with too much gear. How can you pack everything you need without spending half your beach day making trips back to the car? Here are our top ten beach essentials for keeping things clean and concise without sacrificing fun.A Quality TowelDock & Bay Microfiber Beach Towels – $24As far as beach towels go, the best come down to three things: size, softness, and ease of cleaning. Dock & Bay’s beach towels tackle all three and manage to squeeze eye-catching designs into the mix as well. They’re made with smooth microfiber, so they repel sand and dry three times faster than cotton. They’re available in multiple sizes, including an XL that’s just right for spreading out on the sand, and they come with a compact carrying case for easy travel. We especially love the Festival collection.See ItKeep Your CoolClevermade Collapsible Cooler – $30You can hardly spend a day under the summer sun without ice-cold refreshments, so you’re gonna need a cooler. This design from Clevermade holds true to its branding: in addition to holding up to 50 cans of choice beverage (plus ice), it collapses flat for easy storage. Its leak-proof interior will keep drinks cold for up to 36 hours, and the material quickly wipes clean when you’re ready to tuck it away. Not into this one? There are plenty out there to choose from.See ItFun in the SunBocce Ball Set – $40Bocce is a classic beach game. It’s easy to learn, extremely portable, and lends itself perfectly to a sandy playing field. This set is simple, well-crafted, and comes with everything you need to enjoy the game – including a zip-up carrying case for easy transport.See ItBucketBall Beach Edition – $50In case you’ve never heard of BucketBall, here’s a rundown: it’s basically a giant, beach-friendly version of everyone’s favorite college classic, Beer Pong. Instead of solo cups, your targets in BucketBall are, unsurprisingly, large buckets. This set comes with 12 buckets, two game balls, a handy tote bag, and instructions on how to play (ha! As if you’ll need those!). Much like its tabletop counterpart, the game is surprisingly fun given its simple concept. Heck, it’s enjoyable even if you don’t use it as a means for getting drunk by the ocean. Plus, you can buy fun accessories, including floating bucket racks so you set them up in water.See ItHouse of Marley Chant Sport BT – $80House of Marley is dedicated to two things: superb sound quality and responsible products. Everything they make is constructed of sustainable materials, including this handsome Bluetooth speaker. Its waterproof and dust-resistant design make it a perfect beach day companion. It includes an attached carabiner clip for easy portability, and its shape and size are designed so it will fit conveniently into most cup holders. With 8 hours of playtime, you can enjoy your favorite summer jams all day long – and feel good about protecting the planet at the same time.See ItBeach BagOdyseaCo XXL Mesh Beach Bag – $29Ya gotta get all these beach treasures out to the sand somehow and we’d recommend doing so with OdyseaCo’s XXL Mesh Beach bag. For starters, it’s absolutely massive (24” x 18” x 08”) so it’ll fit just about anything you want to stuff in there. It also includes 7 large exterior pockets for essentials like sunscreen and flip-flops, with one interior pocket made with waterproof fabric and a hidden zipper to keep your electronics and other valuables safe. The base is waterproof, too, so no need to worry if the surf sweeps around it as the tide rolls in. An interior carabiner clip will save you the headache of digging for your keys amongst all the goodies you’ve got stashed inside and padded handles make it comfortable to carry even when it’s filled to the brim.See ItBeach ChairsOstrich Deluxe Beach Chair – $119What’s in a beach chair? Well, if you’re lucky, portability, durability, comfort, and clever design. And wouldn’t you know it, this Deluxe Chair from Ostrich has all four. Made with heavy duty polyester on an aluminum frame, the chair has five adjustable back positions and three adjustable footrest positions. It sits 12” off the ground so you can assume maximum lounge position and fit snugly under your favorite tent, umbrella, or canopy. It also has an attached pillow and an open/close face cavity and arm holes to let you enjoy the sun’s sweet kisses on your back without suffocating or wrenching your head awkwardly to one side. The wooden armrests are equipped with storage for small essentials, including a cup holder. To top it all off, an attached carrying strap makes it a breeze to tote to the beach and back.See ItCabanaCoolCabanas 3 – $119 – 139Although we like to think of beach days as time spent under a bright summer sun, a reliable shady respite is just as important. Umbrellas don’t always offer the coverage you’re looking for, and tents can be a frustrating hassle to set up. We recommend investing in the CoolCabanas 3 – a full, glorious beach cabana that pops open as easily as your classic umbrella. Just pop open the rig from the center stake and fill the four corner pouches with sand for stability. Then sit back and relax. When you’re ready to head home, pack it back into the carrying case and you’re on your way.See ItA Wagon for Your HaulMac Sports Folding Utility Wagon – $146If you’re going all out and a tote won’t cut it, pick up this handy utility wagon to transport your beachy haul. Its 36” x 21” x 25” interior can hold up to 150lbs of oceanside goodies, and the fold-out table has two cup holders to hold your tropical libations while you chill. Thick, heavy duty wheels and an adjustable handle make it easy for anyone to maneuver on sand and the durable fabric is easy to clean. The whole thing collapses into a neat little package for easy storage.See ItLeave the Sand at the BeachBeach Be Gone – $12When the summer sun sets and it’s time to pack it in, there’s just one more item you’ll want to have on hand. Olita’s Beach Be Gone is a gentle body powder you sprinkle over your skin to remove sand and keep it from coating the interior of your car. The powder comes in fragrances like Coconut, Tangerine, and Cool Surf to freshen you up a bit too (there’s also a fragrance-free version). As Olita says, “leave the sand at the beach, not on your seat!”See ItNow that you’re equipped with our top ten list of beach essentials, all that’s left to do is decide which ocean-side respite to visit next. Get out there and soak up some sun!Article originally published June 13, 2017. Last updated June 21, 2018. 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Toniclast_img read more

New UN food chief and Trump supporter lobbies Congress not to cut

first_imgOTTAWA – The new head of the United Nations World Food Program — and a Donald Trump supporter — says he is confident the U.S. president’s plans for massive foreign aid cuts will never come to pass.David Beasley took the helm of the UN agency last month, but spent several months before that working the halls of Congress to ensure there was enough bipartisan support to block any spending cut proposed by the White House.Beasley, a former South Carolina governor, told The Canadian Press he wasn’t interested in taking a new job that would see him “walk into a buzz saw” of budget cuts.Trump wants to slash U.S. diplomacy and foreign aid spending, while bolstering the defence budget by tens of billions of dollars. He has also questioned the need to continue the billions in annual U.S. funding for UN agencies.This comes in the face of the worst humanitarian crisis in 70 years, with an unprecedented level of war and famine in Africa and the Middle East. More than 16 million people face starvation in Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan, while the ongoing wars in Yemen and Syria are leaving millions more facing food security issues.All of this has Beasley deeply worried, which is why he said he was determined to take the pulse of U.S. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle before accepting his new appointment. He met officials in the new White House, as well those in the State Department.It was an effort Canadians are familiar with: Beasley’s approach mirrored the Trudeau government’s fact-based lobbying assault on all levels of U.S. government after Trump won power.Just as Trudeau and his cabinet ministers are trying to persuade Trump of the value of maintaining open Canada-U.S. trading relations, Beasley is making the case that it is simply not in America’s national security interest to essentially stop underwriting the international aid apparatus.“I explain it to them in their language, because I come from that side of the political dynamic,” he said.“If you are an America First type person, then you should support these programs, because if you don’t, the consequences are much graver.”Beasley said he won commitments from Republicans and Democrats after talking to “my friends in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House who are in key strategic positions.” His meetings included the heads of powerful committees such as appropriations and foreign relations.He also believes he can persuade Trump himself, advancing a version of the same argument the Trudeau Liberals are using to dial down the president’s protectionist trade rhetoric.“By the end of the day, when President Trump has received sufficient knowledge of the facts of the reality of the situation he too will be a great supporter of these humanitarian programs because it’s in the U.S. interest to support these programs.”But Beasley said he’s taking nothing for granted, which is why he will continue to be a periodic fixture on Capitol Hill as well as other foreign capitals such as Ottawa, where he visited this week. Beasley is reassured that the 2017 funding levels are safe.“There still is going to be a major fight in the United States Senate and House over the 2018 budget,” he explained.“I was on the Hill this week, on the Hill three weeks ago, I’ll be back on the Hill three weeks from now again, walking the halls, meeting with the leadership, talking with the White House, continuing to build a coalition of support.”The U.S. is the largest donor to major UN agencies, and provided $2 billion to the WFP last year, about one-quarter of its budget. Canada is the WFP’s current no. 2 donor a status that fluctuates in the top five, he said.One of Beasley’s fellow South Carolina Republicans, Sen. Lindsey Graham, has said Trump’s planned spending cuts will be “dead on arrival” when they reach Congress.Another prominent South Carolina politician, ex-governor Nikki Haley, now the U.S. ambassador to the UN, nominated Beasley to head the WFP at time of unprecedented demand for its services.“It’s a different political dynamic out there today. Look at the United States politics, look at Brexit, look at France,” said Beasley.“With different times, you need different styles of leadership. So here we are.”last_img read more

Suspicion surrounds boxing decisions at 2016 Rio Olympics report

first_imgParis: An internal investigation by amateur boxing’s world body AIBA has raised serious questions about the judging at the 2016 Rio Olympics, with particular suspicion falling on a French official, French newspaper Le Monde reported on Monday. France basked in the glow of six boxing medals in Rio, including golds for super heavyweight Tony Yoka and his now wife Estelle Mossely. But three days before the end of the Olympic tournament, boxing federation AIBA removed its then executive director Karim Bouzidi from his role because he was accused of favouring fighters from certain countries, according to Le Monde’s report. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Le Monde, which carried out the investigation with Bulgarian newspaper Bulgaria Today, said it had seen the internal AIBA report and emails that showed the body was concerned Bouzidi had influenced the decisions of so-called five-star judges in Olympic bouts. An email from AIBA’s then-president Wu Ching-Ko dated November 18, 2016 said the body suspected Bouzidi of acting with another senior official to influence the judges, in particular those featuring boxers from France and Uzbekistan. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Bouzidi did not reply to AFP’s request for a comment on Monday. Andre Martin, the head of the French boxing federation, told Le Monde: “The results in Rio were not ‘stolen’, they are honest. It’s true that we knew Bouzidi but we never blackmailed him.” AIBA’s internal investigation found that Bouzidi had the power to appoint the referees and officials for competitions, but added there was no direct proof that these changes influenced the results of fights. Bouzidi’s arrival in the senior AIBA ranks coincided with a campaign by France to try to improve its Olympic boxing results after disappointing performances at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games. One part of the strategy involved setting up a franchise to take part in World Series Boxing, an international competition aimed at swelling AIBA’s coffers. Kevinn Rabaud, the former coach of the French team in the WSB series, said they had done nothing wrong. “We always played by the rules… We organised events in France so that the athletes could become better known. If the fight was close, it might play in the boxer’s favour if they were better known. “In Rio, we got results thanks to our reputation and our previous results.” Boxing is already facing the threat of expulsion from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Its inclusion depends on the outcome of an investigation into AIBA by the International Olympic Committee, which has presented the body with a list of 41 questions via audit firm Deloitte, who will then report back to the Olympic body. Controversial Ukzbek businessman Gafur Rakhimov, who the US Treasury Department has linked to “transnational criminal organisations”, stepped down as AIBA president on Friday. Relations between the IOC and AIBA were hit hard at the 2016 Rio Olympics when 36 officials and referees were suspended amid allegations of bout fixing. Rakhimov insists the allegations against him are “politically motivated lies”. His emergence as amateur boxing’s head in 2018 was only made possible by a series of scandals and accidents of circumstance. Wu Ching-ko resigned in 2017 amid claims of multi-million dollar accounting fraud. Italian Franco Falcinelli then resigned the position just months after taking over, allowing Rakhimov — the next most senior vice president — to step up to become first interim and then permanent president.last_img read more

US slightly lowers Bombardier C Series duties to 29221 from 29945

MONTREAL — The U.S. Department of Commerce has slightly lowered the massive duties it plans to impose on imports of Bombardier C Series commercial jets.In its final determination released Wednesday, the department said it will impose duties of 292.21 per cent, down from 299.45 per cent in the preliminary phase.The change was caused by a reduction in the countervailing duty to 212.39 per cent, while the anti-dumping duty remains at 79.82 per cent.Bombardier’s five-year turnaround plan on track despite ‘unforeseen challenges’: CEOBoeing dealt another blow as Delta Air Lines picks Airbus for ‘generational’ 100-jet dealCommerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the decision was based on a “full and unbiased review of the facts in an open and transparent process.”Boeing launched the trade case in April, arguing that governments in Canada and Britain subsidized the plane’s development which allowed Bombardier to sell it at unfairly low prices.A final decision rests with the U.S. International Trade Commission, which is expected to decide in February whether Boeing was harmed by the C Series. read more