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Anderijn Peeters will never forget the first time she saw the
When she arrived at the Dutch nature reserve just miles from Amsterdam last winter, dozens of gaunt horses and cows slowly wandered toward her behind a tall fence, looking for food.
The hungry animals had already eaten the grass down into barren gray patches of dirt, and stripped the bark from all the trees within reach.
They looked like walking skeletons.
Credit: Annemieke van StraatenThey were starved to death, Peeters, a horse trainer and animal advocate living in Holland, told The Dodo. Their ribs and bones were showing. The earth was gray and dusty. Everything had been ripped off the trees. It looked like an enormous bomb had gone off.
Credit: Annemieke van StraatenBut with no natural predators inside to control the population, due to the high fence surrounding the park, the land has gradually become overpopulated and overgrazed over the years and last winter, more than half of the reserves animals starved to death as a result.
Kerfalla Yansan became the 21st ambassador of Guinea to the United States at the beginning of 2018. Appointed on November 24, 2017, he presented his credentials to President Donald Trump on January 24, 2018. Guinea was the first country in Francophone sub-Saharan Africa to establish diplomatic relations with the U.S., following its independence from France in October 1958. He succeeds Mamady Cond, who served in Washington from 2015 to 2018.
Born in 1942 in Conakry what was then French Guinea, Kerfalla Yansan earned a State Doctorate (PhD) from University of Paris-Sorbonne, Faculty of Economics and Law, and a Diploma of Finance from the Institute of Political Sciences of Paris.
A lawyer by training, Yansan started his career not in his native Guinea, but in neighboring Senegal, as a law professor at University of Dakar (since 1987, Cheikh Anta Diop University), which was the largest and most prestigious university in French West Africa.
Despite his legal background, most of Yansans government experience has been with economics and finance. He served as governor of the Central Bank of Guinea from 1986 to 1996.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Yansan was a development consultant with a number of institutions, including the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa, the NEPAD Secretariat, the African Development Bank, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.
Yansan served as minister of economy and finance from February 2010 to December 2013. Serving President Skouba Konates Transition Government at first, he retained the post after elections in 2010 resulted in a win for Alpha Cond. As minister, Yansan carried out negotiations with the International Monetary Fund regarding Guineas debt that led to economic reforms allowing the country to carry out a program of debt relief. Those efforts led African Banker magazine to name him as African finance minister of the year in May 2012.
Nevertheless, that same year, Yansane was accused of signing a secret $25 million loan agreement with Palladino Capital, owned by Walter Hennig of South Africa, allowing Palladino to take ownership of a 30 percent share of the country's official mine holdings in the event of default. Yansane disputed the facts, but announced on June 21, 2012, the repayment of the loan in full.
After a cabinet reshuffle in January 2014, Yansan became minister of mines and geology, where he oversaw his specialty: contracts for oil...
According to a recent report created for the Prince of Wales Sustainability Institute, there are now more than 470 companies with commitments to ensure their company is not linked to deforestation. These are commonly known as Zero Deforestation Policies (ZDPs). With increased small-scale deforestation in Amazonia, approximately 4,000 hectares recently cleared in Indonesian Papua for palm development, and increasing pressure on forests in Sub-Saharan Africa attributed to palm oil expansion, it is clear these policies are not (yet) having their intended impact. A recent investigation into the role of commercial, company, personal, and environmental values in ZDPs explores a less frequently considered contributing factor to why this is the case: the values of the corporate decision-makers who are responsible for implementing ZDPs. Why look at the role of values in ZDPs? Because there is a mismatch between rate of forest loss and pace of policy, regulation, and technological developments to protect forests, and this discrepancy suggests it is worthwhile to consider more fundamental drivers of change in order to end deforestation. Values, commonly defined as the metrics we use to choose and rationalize actions and to appraise people and events, might be just such a fundamental driver. Often-cited policy tools such as national forest preservation laws and reforestation programs, the UNs REDD+ program, and laws to minimize illegal logging are slow, according to a 2017 study, and non-binding with limited impact, as a 2014 study found. Even when the policy, legislation, or regulation mechanism to stop deforestation is sound, effective
ALTO INAMBARI, Peru There are some places that we always remember better than others. That is what David Aranbar says when he thinks about the district of Alto Inambari, seven hours away from the city of Puno in Perus Sandia Province. Aranbar, the director of Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, grew up in that area of the rainforest and still remembers seeing catfish racing downstream in the Inambari River, alongside otters who would run beside the catfish trying to trap them. Many years have passed since the last time Aranbar has seen an otter in the area. The area around the Inambari River, which has long been the otters preferred route to travel, is now filled with heavy machinery and barrels of mercury. It is an area that has been transformed by illegal mining. As the otter population decreases, the number of illegal stands selling fuel continues to climb. The fuel is there to facilitate mining in the area. An inspection by the provincial attorney specializing in environmental matters in Puno in late 2017 identified 36 points of illegal mining in the Inambari River Basin. Of those, 18 were in Alto Inambari. A large number of those illegal mines are located in the buffer zone of Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, just a little over one mile from the protected area. It seems like just a matter of time before illegal mining makes its way into the park itself. The illegal mining that takes place in the southern part of Bahuaja-Sonene National Park
JAKARTA Puan, the worlds oldest living Sumatran orangutan, has died at an Australian zoo after a lifetime spent in service to the conservation of the critically endangered species. Officials at Perth Zoo, where Puan had lived for the past 50 years, euthanized her on June 18, citing age-related health complications. She was 62 years old. Her death left an incredible legacy of 11 children and a total of 54 descendants in Australia, Europe, the United States and in the jungles of Sumatra, accounting for nearly a tenth of the global zoo population of Sumatran orangutans (Pongo abelii), according to a statement from Perth Zoo. Due to her genetic legacy, Puan played a vital role in ensuring the survival of the heavily threatened species. Of the nine existing wild populations of Sumatran orangutans, only seven each with an estimated 250 or more individuals have prospects of long-term viability, according to WWF. Only three of those population groups have more than 1,000 orangutans each. Some 29 of Puans descendants are still alive, including daughters Puteri and Pulang; grandchildren Utama, Teliti, Sekara and Lestari; and great-grandson Sungai, all of whom are also at Perth Zoo. At 62, Puan exceeded the usual life expectancy for her species. In the wild, female orangutans would rarely live past the age of 50, assuming they succumb earlier to a number of threats such as poaching. Puan is the total exception to the rule, Holly Thompson, a primate superviser at Perth Zoo, said in a
Das geilste ist ja, dass wir Jogi Lw dankbar sein mssen, dass sie so frh aus der WM rausgeflogen sind.
Sonst wre Axel Voss mit seinem Internet-Kaputtmach-Gesetz voll im WM-Burying untergegangen.
Tja, liebe Leser, es war eine schne Zeit hier mit dem Blog.
Aber jetzt ist wohl vorbei dann. Ein marodierender Einzeltter namens Axel Voss (CDU, natrlich) hat es geschafft, auf EU-Ebene den ganzen desinteressierten Abgeordneten das verkackte und in Deutschland zu Recht gescheiterte Leistungsschutzrecht aufzuschwatzen.
Das heit: Uploadfilter ("eine Zensur findet nicht statt", my ass), und Lizenzgebhren fr Links und Snippets.
Damit wre eine Linksammlung wie dieses Blog natrlich tot. Ich mag euch und mein Blog, aber ich werde nicht irgendwelche Verleger fr das Privileg bezahlen, kostenlos fr ihre Inhalte Werbung machen zu drfen. Die haben ja wohl ne Macke!
Ich bin langsam berzeugt, dass die Verlage alle pleite gehen mssen, und zwar so richtig mit Wucht und ganz vielen Arbeitslosen, bis hier wieder was besser werden kann. Also, liebe Verlage. Wenn es euch nichts ausmacht: Beeilt euch ein bisschen.
Oh und wenn hier irgendjemand mitliest, der CDU gewhlt hat: WHAT THE FUCK DU ELENDER VOLLIDIOT?!
Ich erwarte eine Welle an freiwilligen Selbstverpflichtungen von Verlagen, auf Link-Gebhren zu verzichten. Und zwar pronto. Sonst knnt ihr ab jetzt auf euch selber linken.
Immerhin kann ich noch kostenlos auf den ffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunk linken.
Hier berichtet eine "Tutorin", die gegen Geld anderen ihre akademischen Papers und Arbeiten geschrieben hat. Mit einigen faszinierenden Einsichten. Erstens: Sie kriegte $20 pro Seite. Das htte ich viel hher getippt. Zweitens: Der Laden, wo sie arbeitete, richtete sich hauptschlich an reichen Scheich-Nachwuchs aus Saudi-Arabien. Alle Vorurteile besttigt. Drittens:
Most of the full courses I handled were business or marketing ones; science students tend to want to do their own work.Alle Vorurteile besttigt.
Und Viertens: Sie hat jetzt einen richten Job. Das Knowhow fr den richtigen Job hat sie beim Paper-Schreiben fr andere gelernt. Ich habe noch nie Papers fr andere geschrieben, das die Grundidee kann ich besttigen. Ich habe meine libc auch nicht geschrieben, damit ich eine libc habe (obwohl das ein schner Seiteneffekt ist). Ich habe die geschrieben, damit ich das Problemumfeld verstanden habe. Und das habe ich jetzt. Genau so mit dem Webserver und dem LDAP-Server. Du merkst, ob du etwas verstanden hast, wenn du es jemand anderem erklren konntest. Und Programmieren ist ja am Ende wie jemand anderem was erklren, nur dass derjenige sehr maschinenlesbare Erklrungen braucht. :-)
Ich treffe immer wieder Leute, die denken, man programmiert Open Source-Software, um Teil einer Community zu sein. Oder um am Ende die Software zu haben. Nein. Du programmierst, damit du am Ende das Problem verstanden hast.
Ich habe in meiner Karriere ein-zwei Mal Quellcode bei Plattenausfllen oder versehentlichem Lschen verloren. Das fhlt sich an wie eine Katatstrophe, ist es aber nicht. Wenn du fr die erste Version ein Jahr brauchtest, geht das nochmal hinschreiben in 1-2 Monaten. Denn diesmal hast du ja das Problemfeld verstanden. DAS ist die eigentliche Whrung im Leben. Problemfelder verstanden haben.
Der Text lohnt sich aber in Gnze, da jagd ein Kracher den nchsten.
Die Top Story, "Why Women Don't Code", lohnt sich auch.
PJ Media, by Tyler ONeil, June 19, 2018: No fewer than 60 organizations branded hate groups or otherwise attacked by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) are considering legal action against the left-wing smear factory, a Christian legal nonprofit leader Continue reading
A public school program gives girls as young as 13 years old access to hormone-altering drugswithout their parents' consent.
The post School Approves Program to Give 13yo Girls Hormone-Altering Drugs Without Parents Consent appeared first on The Free Thought Project.
(CD) After weeks of spreading the outright lie that Congress alone can stop his administrations cruel practice of separating children from their families at the border, President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that he will sign an executive order drafted by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen that will end family separations by locking kids 
Luego de las mltiples crticas por la separacin de familias en la frontera sur de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump tendr que echar para atrs es poltica. Regeneracin, 20 de junio de 2018.- Ante el escndalo nacional e internacional al que se enfrent Trump por la separacin de nios de sus padres migrantes en la 
La entrada Trump forzado a echar atrs separacin de familias, alista orden ejecutiva para impedirlo se public primero en Regeneracin.
Ricardo Monreal difundi un video en sus redes sociales en donde aclara que l no esta pidiendo ninguna cantidad de dinero, esto ante llamadas que han realizado suplantando su identidad solicitando dinero. Regeneracin, 20 de junio de 2018.- El coordinador regional de Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador, Ricardo Monreal, a travs de sus redes sociales difundi 
La entrada Monreal denuncia que suplantaron su identidad para pedir dinero a travs de llamadas (VIDEO) se public primero en Regeneracin.
Bethan McKernan Beirut
Electronic receptors mimic the ability of human skin to sense pain and pressure Courtesy of Osborn et al
By mimicking the natural abilities of our skin, a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University has enabled a prosthesis to perceive and transmit the feeling of pain.
But why would anyone want to feel pain? Study author Nitish Thakor, a professor of biomedical engineering at Hopkins and IEEE Fellow, has been getting that question a lot.
In the most practical sense, pain sensors in the skin help protect our bodies from damaging objects, such as a hot stove or sharp knife. By the same token, an amputee could rely on the perception of pain to protect his or her prosthesis from damage, says Thakor.
But he also gives a more holistic, almost poetic answer: We can now span a very human-like sense of perception, from light touch to pressure to pain, and I think that makes prosthetics more human.
In a study published today in Science Robotics , Thakor, along with graduate student Luke Osborn and their colleagues, describe the design and initial test of their e-dermis system. Its the latest in a ongoing effort to add a sense of touch to prosthetics, la Luke Skywalker feeling a needle prick the fingers and palm of his bionic hand.
The Hopkins team was inspired by the way biological touch receptors work in human skin, says Thakor. Real skin consists of layers of receptors. Similarly, the e-dermis has numerous layersmade of piezoresistive and conductive fabrics, rather than different types of cellsthat sense and measure pressure. Also like real skin, those sensing layers react in different ways to pressure: some react quickly to stimuli, while others respond more slowly.
The pressure information from the e-dermis is converted into neuron-like pulses that are similar to the spikes of electricity, or action potentials, that living neurons use to communicate. That neuron-like, or neuromorphic, signal is then delivered via small electrical stimulations to the peripheral nerves in the skin of an amputee to elicit feelings of pressure and, yes, pain....
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson, June 19, 2018: ARLINGTON, Va. ISIS fighters have tunneled into a large swath of territory in the Middle Euphrates River Valley, popping up in small groups and presenting challenges to forces trying to wipe Continue reading
I believe all people, all of us, all of our brothers and sisters, all of our fragile globe, whatever their ethnicity or religion or nationality, deserve the same basic human rights under the law, Roger Waters told the crowd at a Munich concert last week.
Waters performed in Munich following a campaign to cancel his concert backed by the citys mayor, Dieter Reiter, who accused Waters of anti-Semitism. An attorney for Waters asked Reiter to retract his statement, according to the Jerusalem Post, and Waters addressed the row himself from the stage at Munichs Olympic Hall and later posted to social media. The musician explained that the mayor was championing a petition that alleged Waters is anti-Semitic because he endorses the Palestinian movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.
Munich passed a law last year that prohibits the use of public facilities to persons who support the BDS movement.
Heres the video of Waters in Munich:
Google researcher has discovered a severe vulnerability in modern web browsers that could have allowed websites you visit to steal the sensitive content of your online accounts from other websites that you have logged-in the same browser. Discovered by Jake Archibald, a developer advocate for Google Chrome, the vulnerability resides in the way browsers handle cross-origin requests to video
El agua cae y se agota, nos la roban, nuevamente la jugada maestra del poder y la oligarqua, viejas maanas para aoranzas permanentes, el agua se privatiza, lo ms vital para la vida del planeta incluida la de los seres humanos. Por Cristbal Len Campos I El agua cae y se agota, nos la roban, 
Washington Free Beacon, by David Rutz, June 20, 2018: White House National Security Adviser John Bolton said Wednesday the U.S. decision to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council was decades in the making and clearly the right decision. Continue reading
On June 21, Jon Lansman, chair of Momentum (UK) and senior member of the UK Labour Party, will deliver a lecture in Tel Aviv on Corbyn, Labour and Israel-Palestine. The event will take place at the office of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, affiliated with the German Die Linke (The Left) party. The invitation poster features the logos of the UK Labour Party, Momentum and Standing Together (Hebrew Omdim BeYahchad)), an Israeli NGO supported by the New Israel Fund.
If this tripartite alliance seems encouraging to supporters of the Palestinian cause, the impression is probably mistaken. Lansmans lecture in Tel Aviv should be viewed against the backdrop of the war which is raging within the UK Labour party. The Palestinian issue is arguably the main reason for this war. Since Jeremy Corbyns election as Labour leader in September 2015, the Israeli government and leaders of the Jewish establishment in the UK, who falsely claim to represent all UK Jews, have been running a vendetta against him. The prospects of a future UK prime minister who demands an immediate end to Israels 1967 occupation and does not subscribe to Zionist ideology must be terrifying (and US activists may also find interest in all of this as a harbinger of a future battle for the Democratic Party). Corbyn has even been vilified as hold[ing] anti-Semitic views by Jonathan Arkush, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jewry.
Unfortunately, strong elements within the UK Labour Party also stand on Israels side. While solidarity with the Palestinian people runs deep in the party, especially among grassroots activists and trade unions, a powerful sector of Labour supports Israel. The Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) caucus has recently defended Israels mass-killing and injuring of Palestinian civilians in Gaza. Israels supporters within the party have also participated in a witch hunt against dedicated Labour activists who stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people, with the strategic goal of toppling Corbyn. Many of these activists have been persecuted and even expelled in a McCarthyite manner. In addition to Labour Friends of Israel, the astroturf, faux-socialist Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) campa......
Filipinos have achieved yet another milestone after contacting with the International Space Station, even interviewing an astronaut on board the habitable artificial satellite.
By Dhel Nazario
Filipinos have achieved yet another milestone after contacting with the International Space Station (ISS), even interviewing an astronaut on board the habitable artificial satellite.
A mix of Grade 11 and college students from the from the University of the Philippines Integrated School (UPIS) and electronics engineering students from the Holy Angel University (HAU) made the historical feat at the Department of Science and Technology Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) last May.
Digging deep for answers: "Democracy is a verb" (c). Exploring some possibilities to work back toward it. All ages are of course qualified to chip in, but today I focus on youth.
Google has added a Guest app to its emergent and currently open source Fuchsia OS to enable Linux apps to run within Fuchsia as a virtual machine (VM). The Guest app makes use of a library called Machina that permits closer integration with the OS than is available with typical emulators, according to a recent 9to5Google story.
Last month, Google announced a Project Crostini technology that will soon let Chromebook users more easily run mainstream Linux applications within a Chrome OS VM. This week, Acers Chromebook Flip C101 joined the short list of Chromebooks that will offer Linux support later this year.
More than 100 Microsoft employees have protested against the companys work with US immigration, following a zero tolerance policy that resulted in children being sep...
Trump is now planning to end child isolation by permitting children to stay in the same prison as their accompanying parent. This is a huge victory for the children affected while still being entirely inadequate.
Now is not the time to back down. Now is the time to press both the administration and congress. Trump should still be impeached, in my view, for various important reasons from his refusal to safeguard US elections to his blatant violations of two vitally important treaties (one on torture, the other on refugees) to his deeply corrupt campaign. He probably wont be impeached until Mueller releases more info because impeachment is a political exercise and no matter how definitive is the evidence that congress can see, if they cant yet show it to the public I doubt it will count as admissible evidence (metaphorically, if you understand my meaning here) for congress impeachment efforts.
Call your Rep and Senators and tell them you expect Trump to be impeached for violating the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, domestic laws protecting children, the Flores-Reno settlement, and the 8th Amendment to the US Constitution.
Whether or not Trump is immediately impeached, simultaneous and continued pressure must be applied on immigration issues so long as refugee claimants are being jailed. That they will soon be jailed with their children is better than the current catastrophe, but still illegal and still unethical.
By Eli Clifton | LobeLog | June 19, 2018 Over the past month, two mainstream news outlets have done in-depth reporting on the grip that Sheldon Adelson, President Donald Trumps and the GOPs biggest donor, holds over U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. LobeLog has closely followed this important story, so its heartening to 
La secretaria de Seguridad Nacional, Kirstjen Nielsen, estaba en un restaurante mexicano cuando fue escrachada. Regeneracin, 20 de junio de 2018.- Un grupo de manifestantes, le agriaron la comida a Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretaria de Seguridad Nacional de Estados Unidos, principal responsable de la poltica migratoria que separa a nios de sus padres al cruzar 
La entrada Increpan a Secretaria de Seguridad de EU mientras coma; si los nios no comen paz, t tampoco se public primero en Regeneracin.
The number of refugees, asylum seekers and people with no citizenship in Greece totaled 58,000 in early June, according to figures released by the Greek chapter of the UNHCR on Wednesday, World Refugee Day. Sabine Wahning, head of the Thessaloniki office, says that there is a rising trend in the number of refugees in the
The post Greece hosts 58,000 refugees and migrants in early June, says UNHCR appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.
21 June 2018 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general