Some parts of this page is not supported on your current browser version. Please upgrade the browser to the latest.
Noha, an Egyptian engineer, should feel lucky after winning a visa lottery that randomly selects people from a pool of more than 14 million applications for about 55,000 green cards that would let them live permanently in the United States. The State Department says no exceptions are made for those who do not yet have one in hand.
U.S. federal prosecutors are seeking to seize four tankers sailing toward Venezuela with gasoline supplied by Iran, the latest attempt to disrupt ever-closer trade ties between the two heavily sanctioned anti-American allies. The civil-forfeiture complaint filed late Wednesday in the District of Columbia federal court alleges that the sale was arranged by a businessman, Mahmoud Madanipour, with ties to Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization. “The profits from these activities support the IRGC’s full range of nefarious activities, including the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery, support for terrorism, and a variety of human rights abuses, at home and abroad,” prosecutor Zia Faruqui alleges in the complaint.
A Ukrainian Boeing 737 was struck by two missiles after take-off from Tehran. Iran initially denied shooting down the plane.
Home gardening is having a boom year across the U.S. Whether they’re growing their own food in response to pandemic shortages or just looking for a diversion, numerous aspiring gardeners have constructed their first raised beds, and seeds are flying off suppliers’ shelves. Now that gardens are largely planted, much of the work for the next several months revolves around keeping them healthy.Contrary to the Biblical adage, we do not necessarily reap what we sow. As researchers specializing in plant pathology and entomology, we have devoted our careers to understanding and managing plant pests and pathogens. We are also gardeners with varying levels of experience and have seen firsthand the damage these insects and disease-causing agents can inflict.Plant health is essential for seeing your garden succeed all the way to harvest. The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health to help bring needed attention to pests and diseases that threaten global food production. Thousands of pests and pathogens are known to target commercial crops, but a few usual suspects are routinely responsible for havoc in gardens across the U.S. Although each organism’s preferences vary, a few common tactics can help you detect them and protect your plants. Start with preventionJust as preventive steps like maintaining a balanced diet help keep humans healthy, home growers can take many actions to help their gardens thrive.One key step is assessing soil fertility – the ability of soil to sustain plant growth – which can vary widely depending on your location and soil type. Low soil fertility limits food production and predisposes plants to disease and pests. University extension soil testing labs can help evaluate the quality of garden soil and identify nutrient deficiencies and acidic soils, often at no charge.Suppressing weeds, either through mulching or weeding by hand each week, increases air flow and reduces humidity around garden plants, making it harder for pests and pathogens to thrive. Weed control ensures that nutrients are available for the plants you want to grow.Proper spacing between plants is also important. Crowding can contribute to disease and pest outbreaks, so check and follow recommendations on seed packs or online as you add and move plants throughout the season. You can always cull plants after they come up to help with spacing. In small gardens, fewer plants that are properly supported can produce a bigger harvest than many overcrowded plants. [You’re smart and curious about the world. So are The Conversation’s authors and editors. You can get our highlights each weekend.]And then there’s the weather. Frost, hail, drought and flooding all pose unique risks to plants. Inconsistent rainfall can kill thirsty plants more quickly than infertile soils. Both too little and too much water will stress plants and can make them more vulnerable to severe pest and pathogen outbreaks.A general rule of thumb is to follow a consistent daily watering regimen – preferably first thing in the morning – and to avoid over-watering, which can encourage root pathogens in soil. Diagnosing problemsCommon plant pathogens include viruses, bacteria, nematodes, oomycetes and fungi. All of these microorganisms, especially at an early stage of infection, are too small to see. But when they proliferate, they cause changes in plants that we can recognize. Unlike insects, which move around on six legs or on wings through the air, pathogens can move unseen and unchecked from leaf to leaf on the wind, through the soil or in droplets of water. Some microbes have even formed intimate relationships with insects and use them as vehicles to move from plant to plant, which makes these pathogens even more challenging to manage. Unfortunately, by the time some pathogens make their presence known, the damage is already done.We recently conducted a Twitter poll of gardeners nationwide to find out which culprits plagued their gardens. People named aphids, squash vine borers, squash bugs and flea beetles as the most problematic insect pests. Their most troublesome pathogens included powdery mildew, tomato bacterial wilt and cucurbit downy mildew. To manage such perennial challenges, the first step is to spend time closely looking at your plants. Do you notice any insects consistently hanging around, or molds colonizing leaves or other plant parts? How about symptoms such as blight, stunting, or leaves that are yellowing, browning or wilting? There are countless resources online for keen-eyed and curious gardeners looking to identify and manage pests and diseases. Try uploading a photo to the iNaturalist app or a Facebook gardeners group that can offer a community-sourced ID. Plant disease clinics in your state will also diagnose plant damage from diseases and pests for free or at low cost.Once you’ve identified a problem serious enough to intervene, the land grant extension system can provide solutions. Extension programs at land grant schools like West Virginia University and Penn State University offer critical information on agriculture and management of pests and diseases in multiple languages for commercial and home growers. Their resources include information on safe and proper use of pesticides as part of integrated pest management strategies. This approach employs pesticides in a targeted way along with non-chemical control methods and cultural practices, such as choosing native plants. Our professional societies, including the American Phytopathological Society, also offer a compendium series to help users diagnose and treat pests and diseases.Those who are serious about learning and sharing their experience with others may want to consider Master Gardener programs, which train and certify community members on the latest evidence-based gardening techniques, tailored to their growing area. Master Gardeners pay it forward by training new Master Gardeners and answering questions for any gardener.Plant pests are a daily reminder that gardens do not exist in a vacuum, and gardeners shouldn’t struggle alone either. Joining the gardening community takes attentiveness and time, but we believe the investment required to become an active member of your local gardening community is well worth it. With experience, the nervous tightrope act of keeping pests at bay and food on the table becomes a delicate dance that can help us appreciate where our food comes from – and ultimately, our place in the global ecosystem.This article is republished from The Conversation, a nonprofit news site dedicated to sharing ideas from academic experts.Read more: * The impulse to garden in hard times has deep roots * City compost programs turn garbage into ‘black gold’ that boosts food security and social justiceMatt Kasson receives funding from USDA and The Ohrstrom Foundation. Carolee Bull receives funding from the USDA and from the mushroom industry, and matching funds from seed companies for her research projects. Brian Lovett does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.
The White House says President Donald Trump was never briefed on intelligence that Russia had put a bounty on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan because there wasn’t corroborating evidence. Intelligence that may be on shaky ground today may foreshadow tomorrow’s calamity. HOW DO PRESIDENTS RECEIVE NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION?
A human skull, a pair of worn trousers and a shoe were among the remains unearthed from a mass grave discovered this week in northern Iraq, a remnant of the brutal rule of the Islamic State group, Iraqi officials said Thursday. The new mass grave was discovered on Monday in the village of Humeydat near the Badoush area west of the city of Mosul, six years after the IS group — at the height of its power — declared a caliphate that stretched across eastern Syria and much of northern and western Iraq. Forensics experts have carried out an initial investigation but the spread of the novel coronavirus has impeded excavations, medical officials in Mosul told The Associated Press.
Iran has agreed to compensate the families’ of the foreign victims of a Ukrainian passenger plane that was shot down by Iranian forces outside Tehran in January, Sweden’s foreign minister said on Thursday. “We have signed an agreement of mutual understanding that we will now negotiate together with Iran about amends, compensation to the victims’ next of kin,” Foreign Minister Ann Linde told Swedish news agency TT. Iran had denied for days its involvement in the plane crash but then announced that its military had mistakenly and unintentionally shot down the Ukrainian jetliner, a Boeing 737 operated by Ukrainian International Airlines.
Just a little over a month ago, the area around Richmond's iconic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was as quiet and sedate as the statue itself. The giant concrete pedestal of the statue is now covered by colorful graffiti, with many of the hand-painted messages denouncing police and demanding an end to systemic racism and inequality. Clashes between police and protesters gathered near the statue have become a regular occurrence.
The family of a Palestinian man with autism who was fatally shot by Israeli police said on Thursday that it took a month for authorities to confirm the existence of security-camera footage of the shooting. The existence of the footage had been in question throughout an investigation that the family says has been painfully slow. Rights groups say Israel has a poor record of investigating and prosecuting police violence against Palestinians.
Iran’s financial and military support for Shi’ite proxy paramilitary groups in Iraq, a linchpin of its regional foreign policy, has been dramatically disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic and U.S. sanctions, according to people familiar with the matter. Interruptions caused by the virus, including border closings to prevent the spread of the disease, have drastically cut Tehran’s cash supplies to the militia groups in recent months, said three Iraqi paramilitary group commanders and a regional official familiar with Iran’s activities in Iraq.
Acts of kindness may not be that random after all. Science says being kind pays off. Kindness “is as bred in our bones as our anger or our lust or our grief or as our desire for revenge,” said University of California San Diego psychologist Michael McCullough, author of the forthcoming book “Kindness of Strangers.”
Humans discarded more than 50 million tonnes of electronic waste last year -- an increase of 20 percent in just five years -- making tech refuse the world's fastest growing waste problem, the United Nations said Thursday. In its annual report on e-waste -- tossed away smartphones, computers, white goods and electronic car parts -- the UN said that materials worth more than $55 billion (50 billion euros) were being wasted every year. In 2019 only 17 percent of the year's 53 million tonnes of e-waste was recycled, with the rest ending up in scrapheaps or landfill.
European Union states must secure a deal over the summer on a recovery fund to help economies hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday, a day after Germany assumed the bloc's presidency. "There must be a deal in the summer, I cannot imagine any other variant so we will work very hard to show a sign of our resolve," she said.
The next six months under the German presidency of the European Union will be crucial for the bloc's future, the EU's chief executive said on Thursday, warning that delays on agreeing a recovery fund will cost jobs. Ursula von der Leyen, speaking alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel via video link, also said the pre-coronavirus problems have not gone away. "We all know that the challenges from before the crisis will be the same after the crisis," von der Leyen said.
President Vladimir Putin thanked Russians on Thursday for voting in favour of controversial amendments to the constitution that could extend his grip on power, as the opposition and Western leaders voiced criticism over suspected poll violations. Russia's Central Elections Commission announced early Thursday that nearly 78 percent of voters had cast their ballot in favour of the changes to the constitution that could see Putin, 67, remain in power until 2036. "Thank you very much for your support and trust," Putin said in televised remarks during which he also warned that modern Russia was still in the process of being formed.
The global hospital stretchers market is expected to witness a CAGR of 5.8% over the forecast period. The primary driving factors for the growth of the market are technological advancements in hospital stretchers coupled with the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases and hospitalization. According to World Population Ageing - the United Nations, the global population aged more than 60 and above were estimated 962 million in 2017 and it is more than twice compared to 1980. The rapid increasing older population around the world is increasing the demand for more number of hospital and hospital equipment further increasing the demand for hospital stretchers. Increasing investment in infrastructure in healthcare systems by the government and healthcare providers in developing and developed countries anticipated to fuel the market growth over the forecast period. Moreover, technological advancements and the advent of specialized stretchers for better healthcare is expected to boost the market growth. However, the high cost of specialized stretchers and increasing demand for home healthcare is expected to impede the market growth.Read the full report: https://www.reportlinker.com/p05917989/?utm_source=PRN Key Market TrendsBariatric Stretchers to Grow at Significant Rate- Bariatric stretchers are used in the transportation of patients in difficult areas. These stretchers have wider frames, oversized wheels, winch attachments and pull and push handles for safe transportation. These type of stretchers are used mostly for the transportation of obese patients.- Increasing prevalence of obesity and chronic diseases leading to hospitalization is increasing the demand for bariatric stretchers. According to the World Health Organization's 2016 report, approximately 13% of the world's population can be characterized as obese. Moreover, predictions state that these numbers are likely to increase exponentially in the near future.- Motorized stretchers are projected to have ample growth rate owing to the increasing investment in hospital infrastructure and advancements in motorized stretchers to improve patient care in hospitals.- Moreover, the growing number of hospitals and healthcare providers around the world due to the increasing disease burden is anticipated to boost the overall market growth over the forecast period.North America is Expected to have Significant Market ShareNorth America region is anticipated to have significant market share owing to well established healthcare infrastructure, a growing number of obese people and high investments in hospital infrastructure. The increasing prevalence of the chronic disease, favourable healthcare policies in the region are fueling the regional growth. The Asia Pacific region is expected to grow at notable growth rate owing to developing healthcare infrastructure couple with a growing prevalence of chronic diseases in the region. There is a significant gap in underdeveloped and developing countries of the region where market players are interested in expanding to gain the market advantage.Competitive LandscapeGlobal hospital stretchers market is moderately fragmented and competitive with local and international players. Market players are focusing on product innovations, new product launches and regional expansions to increase their market share. The key market players operating in the market include Stryker Corporation, Hill Rom Holdings, Gendron Inc., Invacare Corporation and Medline Industries Inc. among others.Reasons to Purchase this report:- The market estimate (ME) sheet in Excel format- 3 months of analyst supportRead the full report: https://www.reportlinker.com/p05917989/?utm_source=PRN About Reportlinker ReportLinker is an award-winning market research solution. Reportlinker finds and organizes the latest industry data so you get all the market research you need - instantly, in one place. __________________________ Contact Clare: firstname.lastname@example.org US: (339)-368-6001 Intl: +1 339-368-6001
The world's mountain of discarded flat-screen TVs, cellphones and other electronic goods grew to a record high last year, according to an annual report released Thursday. The U.N.-backed study estimated the amount of e-waste that piled up globally in 2019 at 53.6 million metric tonnes (59.1 million tons) - almost 2 million metric tons more than the previous year.
Michel Barnier accused British trade negotiators of a lack of respect after Brexit talks ended a day early on Thursday amid "serious divergences" between the UK and the EU. Mr Barnier, the EU's chief negotiator, blamed British intransigence and a refusal to engage in negotiations for the lack of progress in this week's round of talks, which had been meant to close on Friday. The EU and UK are divided over fishing rights, the future role of the European Court of Justice, Brussels' demands for "level playing field" guarantees and the governance of the future relationship treaty. "We want a deal but not at any price," said Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president, during a press conference with Angela Merkel. The German Chancellor, whose country holds the presidency of the EU, warned the bloc needed to be prepared for a no deal exit. "Our goal was to get negotiations successfully and quickly on a trajectory to reach an agreement," Mr Barnier said. "However, after four days of discussions, serious divergences remain." David Frost, the UK's chief negotiator, said: "The negotiations have been comprehensive and useful. But they have also underlined the significant differences that still remain between us on a number of important issues." Mr Barnier said the EU had "listened carefully" to Boris Johnson during his meeting with three EU presidents earlier this month. The Prime Minister said there could be no obligation on the UK to follow EU law, or for the status quo on fisheries or a role for the EU's top court after the end of the transition period on December 31.
British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested Thursday on charges she helped recruit three girls — one as young as 14 — to have sex with financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was accused of sexually assaulting dozens of girls and women over many years. According to the indictment, Maxwell, who lived for years with Epstein and was his frequent companion on trips around the world, facilitated his crimes by "helping Epstein to recruit, groom, and ultimately abuse" girls. Epstein, 66, killed himself in a federal detention center in New York last summer while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
New Jersey drivers are surprised that they never knew this. If you drive less than 45 miles a day, you better read this...
The Supreme Court is denying Congress access to secret grand jury testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation through the November election. The justices agreed on Thursday to hear the Trump administration’s appeal of a lower court order for the material to be turned over to the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. Arguments themselves might not even take place before Americans decide whether to give President Donald Trump a second term.
Rights activists on Thursday accused Danish officials of being unable to recognize racism after authorities said the killing of a biracial man by two white men was not racially motivated. A biracial man was killed last month on a Danish Baltic Sea island.
The United Kingdom and European Union concluded several days of "useful" face-to-face talks on a Brexit free trade deal on Thursday but London said significant differences remained. "The negotiations have been comprehensive and useful," UK chief negotiator David Frost said. "But they have also underlined the significant differences that still remain between us on a number of important issues."