Moscow rally supports Ukraine anti-fascists

first_imgYouth were among those who rallied in Moscow against fascism, March 22.Photo: Kolomna BushHundreds of communists and other leftists turned out for a rally and concert in Moscow entitled “Ukraine without Fascists or Oligarchs” on March 22. The event was initiated by Red TV to establish an “Antifascist Resistance Center” in solidarity with those organizing against the U.S.-backed coup in Ukraine.The action grew out of a “Statement of Communist, Left and Anarchist Forces of Russia on Events in Ukraine,” previously reprinted by Workers World newspaper. Many of the signing organizations were represented on the speakers’ platform, including the Russian Communist Workers Party, ROT Front, Left Front, Kolomna Bush and the United Communist Party.While these organizations present differing views on the role of Russian capitalism in the current crisis, all agreed with the slogan “Fascism is a product of capitalism” and expressed their solidarity with the anti-fascists in Ukraine. For these reasons, organizers said, they believe the rally was a step forward toward building a united anti-fascist front of the Russian left.A message of solidarity from the Union Borotba (Struggle) and Antifascist Resistance Center of Ukraine stressed: “Today, the leftist movement in Ukraine suffers from systematic pressure from the Kiev junta, and is in dire need of international support. With the victory of the coup, the left are forced to work illegally in many areas — including in Kiev, where the offices of Borotba and the Communist Party of Ukraine were destroyed.“We thank you for your solidarity and support, which is crucial today to the Ukrainian left and for Ukraine’s future. We feel it, and it helps us to maintain morale and strengthen our political work.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Harvard Horizons symposium showcases work of GSAS students

first_imgThe 2016 Harvard Horizons Symposium will take place on April 5 at 6:00 p.m. in Sanders Theatre. The symposium features brief talks by Harvard Horizons Scholars, highlighting the scholarship of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ Ph.D. students across the disciplines.The 2016 Harvard Horizons Scholars and their subjects are:Ashley Anderson, GovernmentGoing Political: Institutions, Labor Mobilization, and Democratic Unrest in the Middle EastCharrise Barron, African and African American StudiesThe Platinum Age of Gospel: Contemporary Gospel Music since the 1990sHenry Bowles, Comparative LiteratureAnatomy of “Decadence”Phoebe DeVries, Earth and Planetary SciencesTime-Dependent Stress Transfer and Earthquake Triggering along the North Anatolian Fault in TurkeyChen Liu, East Asian Languages and CivilizationsLasting Ephemera: The Culture of Marginalia in 12th Century ChinaCarolina Salguero, Molecular and Cellular BiologyTo Be, or Not to Be a Knot: The Basis of Translational Recoding in Viruses like SARS and HIVAriel White, GovernmentVoter Behavior in the Shadow of Punitive PoliciesThomas Wisniewski, Comparative LiteratureThe Rhythm of ProseThe event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Memorial Hall transept.last_img read more

Tomato leaf roll

first_imgUniversity of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents, like myself, are getting several phone calls about the leaves on homegrown tomato plants curling and rolling inward. Curling or rolling of tomato leaves can be caused by various factors including environmental stresses, a virus or herbicide damage. To determine which factor is causing the problem, it pays to take a close look at the plant. Which leaves are rolling – old leaves, new leaves or all leaves? What direction do the leaves roll – upward or downward? Are any other parts of the plant, including fruit, exhibiting symptoms? Physiological leaf rollExcessive moisture and nitrogen, heat, drought, severe pruning, root damage and transplant shock are some of the environmental factors that can cause the leaves to roll in tomatoes. Initial symptoms are usually noticed in the lower leaves with an upward cupping of the leaves and are followed by an inward lengthwise rolling of the leaflets toward the midvein. Affected leaves tend to become thick and have a leathery texture, but retain a normal, healthy green color. Over time, all of the leaves on the plant may be affected. The symptoms on tomatoes are very similar to those of a viral potato disease known as leaf roll, but the leaf roll of tomatoes is not often caused by virus infection. Indeterminate tomato varieties tend to exhibit physiological leaf roll more often than determinate tomato varieties. Some varieties are more sensitive to leaf roll than others, but none are completely resistant. While this condition can occur at any time in the growing season, it usually occurs in late spring or early summer. The good news is that the condition has little impact on tomato fruit production and plant growth. Following these control practices may help avoid or reduce leaf roll in tomatoes: Plant tomatoes in well-drained soil. Fertilize according to soil test recommendations and do not over fertilize (especially with nitrogen). Avoid deep and close cultivation (especially in dry weather). Maintain uniform soil moisture by watering plants during dry periods and mulching around the plants. Viral infectionWhile not as common as leaf roll caused by environmental factors, viral infections can also cause leaf roll. There are no treatments for virus-infected plants. Removing and destroying the plant is recommended. Herbicide injuryTomatoes are very sensitive to the herbicide 2,4-D. When tomato plants are exposed to 2,4-D, typical symptoms include downward rolling of leaves and twisted growth. In addition, stems may split and fruit may be misshapen. Plant survival depends on the level of exposure. Always be very careful when spraying an herbicide as it may drift much further than anticipated. For more information on growing tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables, search UGA Extension publications at read more

Labour blasts non-binding ‘debt truck’ legislation

first_imgOneNews 8 June 2015Labour says new laws introduced to crack down on lenders exploiting people with exorbitant loan contracts doesn’t go far enough.New laws were introduced and came into effect on Saturday which require lenders to explain the terms of their loans fully to clients.However, Labour Consumer Affairs spokesperson David Shearer said the new Responsible Lending Code does nothing to regulate the “debt trucks” which travel door to door in lower socio-economic areas.“Bizarrely, the code is non-binding,” he said in a statement.Mr Shearer said New Zealand was one of the only Western countries which did not put a limit on interest rate charges.

Stormy start to Winter session of UP House; Q Hr casualty

first_img(EDs: Updating with washout of Q Hr in both Houses)Lucknow, Dec 14 (PTI) The Winter session of the UP Legislature began on a stormy note today with a determined opposition disrupting the proceedings on issues like hike in power tariff and law and order, leading to washout of the Question Hour in both the Assembly and Council.As soon as the Assembly met for the day, Opposition members, especially those from Samajwadi Party and Congress trooped into the Well with placards in their hands. Leader of the Opposition Ram Govind Chowdhury said due to power tariff hike undue burden has been put on farmers and domestic consumers and the issue needed immediate discussion. The SP members, donning red cap and displaying placards reading “Corruption in the name of pothole-free roads” and “Take back power tariff hike” raised slogans against the government. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was present in the House.Congress members too joined their SP colleagues sporting Gandhi cap and were heard raising anti-government slogans. Speaker Hriday Narain Dixits appeal to members to resume their seats went unheeded. At one point, he asked the Leader of the Opposition if there was any rule that permitted bringing of placards inside the House. “You have come to the House will full preparation”, the Speaker noted. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna said the SP was “discarded” by the people of the state in 2014 Lok Sabha, 2017 Assembly and the recently held civic polls due to which it was disrupting the proceedings of the House. Later, the Speaker adjourned the House for 15 minutes and extended it for 30 minutes and then for the entire Question Hour. In the Legislative Council issues related to law and order, alleged shortage of fertilisers and seeds and EVM malfunctioning in the recent civic polls in the state were raised by the opposition.advertisementSP members sported caps with slogans written on them and displayed banners despite repeated appeals from the Chair to maintain order.All the while, the BSP members kept shouting from their seats adding to the din. Amid uproar, Chairman Ramesh Yadav adjourned the House for half an hour. When the House re-assembled, similar scenes were witnessed again and it was adjourned till noon. Questions listed for the day could not be taken up in the din. PTI ABN NAV SMI DVlast_img read more

Engineers Board Ensuring Industry Standards Are Maintained

first_img The Professional Engineers Registration Board (PERB) is taking steps to make sure that the local industry’s high standards are maintained and are on par with international benchmarks. Story Highlights This is the word from the newly appointed Chairman of the body, Omar Sweeney, who tells JIS News that this is being pursued through stakeholder collaboration and legislation relating to training and retraining of professionals. He notes that the objective is to protect the professional standards of the industry. The Professional Engineers Registration Board (PERB) is taking steps to make sure that the local industry’s high standards are maintained and are on par with international benchmarks.This is the word from the newly appointed Chairman of the body, Omar Sweeney, who tells JIS News that this is being pursued through stakeholder collaboration and legislation relating to training and retraining of professionals.He notes that the objective is to protect the professional standards of the industry.“In so doing, this will go a far way in ensuring that an engineer in Jamaica is considered on the same level as an engineer in the United Kingdom, Canada or the United States. This is how you ensure that the standard is maintained, or what the industry stakeholders call reciprocity,” he outlines.PERB is the government body that regulates the engineering profession. Members and their firms must register, and re-register annually, in order to be able to legally practise in Jamaica.The Board collaborates with the University Council of Jamaica and other academic institutions to ensure that persons meet the qualifying standards.Mr. Sweeney, who is also the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) Managing Director, points out that a key area for PERB is ensuring that registered practising engineers have access to or avail themselves of ongoing Continuing Education Unit (CEU) training.A CEU is a unit of credit equal to 10 hours of participation in an accredited programme designed for professionals with certificates or licences to practise various professions.It is a measure used in continuing education programmes to assist a professional to maintain his or her licence.“We want to ensure that when they (engineers) re-register, they would have been keeping themselves up to date on the latest techniques… because it’s an ever-evolving industry… [so] that when they offer their services, the public is really getting the highest standard of service,” the Chairman points out.Institutionalisation of continuing education is one of the key components of proposed regulations for the Professional Engineering Registration Act (PERA) that governs the local industry.Mr. Sweeny informs that drafting of the regulations has been completed and they are slated to be piloted in Parliament.He explains that the regulations will establish the parameters for acknowledging engineers participating in continuing education programmes consistent with global standards.These parameters, the Chairman outlines, include scoring and assessment systems, as well as grading of persons or institutions offering or facilitating CEU training.Mr. Sweeny tells JIS News that this is necessary to ensure the degree of uniformity that enables local engineers desirous of working in other countries to do so without having to necessarily qualify through local exams or interviews in those jurisdictions.“So, just as how engineers from overseas are now able to come into Jamaica and practise, we want our engineers to be able to go, for example, into mainland Europe, the United Kingdom or NorthAmerica and be able to practise, based on the standards that we have here. Of course, this will redound to the further upliftment of our industry and infrastructure, which are of a very high standard,” he explains.He says that an important aspect is the facilitation of a process that enables persons to log on to the PERB’s website and register CEUs, which will count towards their re-registration.Mr. Sweeney tells JIS News that significant work was done by the Board to develop the regulations, noting that the provisions cover the wide-ranging disciplines in the engineering field, including the chemical, civil and mechanical components.He points out that the PERA and its regulations will complement the Building Act and its proposed regulations, noting that when the latter is passed and fully implemented, “it is going to properly structure the roles and responsibilities of the different professionals in the built environment”.These professionals include architects, contractors and draftsmen.Meanwhile, Mr. Sweeney is hailing the positive developments in education and training of engineers, citing the recent launch of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus’ Engineering Faculty, and establishment of the Festo Authorised and Certified Training (FACT) Centre at the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), which offers global training and certification in industrial automation, mechatronics, and pneumatics.“To compete globally, you’re going to need state-of-the-art infrastructure and state-of-the-art systems. But you also have to have persons who can apply science and mathematics to solve some of today’s problems,” he notes.“The training institutions have to be upgraded… . You have seen that… our infrastructure has to be upgraded and you have seen where that is being upgraded. Now, we have to ensure that the engineering industry is properly regulated [and] properly structured to ensure that as people move around and attempt to do things, there are not obstacles and roadblocks,” the Chairman adds.Other members of the PERB are Glaister Ricketts, Colin Porter, Dr. Nicholas McMorris, Gary Walters, Orette Parker, Christopher Burgess, Nicole Burgher, and Professor Nilza Aples.The Board’s Secretariat, which is located at 11 Leinster Road, Kingston 5, is headed by Registrar, Heather Clarke, who is ably supported by a competent administrative staff.last_img read more

Yukon opposition parties chomping at election bit

first_imgAPTN National NewsOpposition parties in the Yukon are biting at the bit to get their territorial elections started.The territory is soon to follow Ontario, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and the Northwest Territories in electing a new government.But right now it’s a guessing game when the current government will drop the writ.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has this story.last_img