Tree planting remains one of the most cost-effective ways to address climate change. Trees and forests play a vital role in regulating the climate since they absorb carbon dioxide. Deforestation, in turn, accounts for over 20% of the carbon dioxide humans generate, rivaling the emissions from other sources. Trees also play a crucial role in providing a range of products and services to rural and urban populations, including food, timber, fibre, medicines and energy as well as soil fertility, water and biodiversity conservation. In terms of geographic distribution, Africa is the leading region with over half of all tree plantings. Regional and national governments organized the most massive plantings, with Ethiopia leading the count at 700 million, followed by Turkey (400 million), Mexico (250 million), and Kenya (100 million). The two billionth tree was put into the ground as part of an agroforestry project carried out by the UN World Food Program. It has now planted 60 million trees in 35 countries to improve food security. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSince meeting its goal in 2007 of planting 1 billion trees, a grassroots effort to green the globe has announced that it is raising its target to 7 billion new trees. The Billion Tree Campaign, founded in 2006 by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Kenyan Green Belt Movement founder Professor Wangari Maathai and Prince Albert II of Monaco, also announced last week that in 18 months it has seen two billion trees planted, double its original target. In a worldwide concerted effort to respond to global warming, the campaign is operated by the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said: “Having exceeded every target that has been set for the campaign, we are now calling on individuals, communities, business and industry, civil society organizations and governments to evolve this initiative on to a new and even higher level by the crucial climate change conference in Copenhagen in late 2009.”
The New York Times:After studying thousands of couples, the psychologist Eli Finkel has an explanation for the decline in people’s satisfaction with their marriages over the past four decades: It’s a matter of emotional supply and demand.Many people are looking to their partners to replace the companionship and emotional support once provided by extended families and local institutions like churches, bowling leagues, bridge groups, fraternal lodges and garden clubs. Meanwhile, though, many couples are so busy with their jobs and parenting that they’re actually spending less time together by themselves.What to do? Unless you’re willing to reduce your demands, the only solution is to increase the supply. You can devote a lot more effort to satisfying your partner, and Dr. Finkel tells you how to do that in his new book, “The All-or-Nothing Marriage.”Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >
Share on Facebook The study, led by Chiao‑Yun Chen of the National Chung Cheng University, involved 15 male sex offenders and 15 control participants, and looked for abnormal cortical and subcortical white matter integrity (Fractional anisotropy) using diffusion tensor imaging. The results revealed a number of key findings.Firstly, sex offenders had reduced integrity in the posterior cingulum. The posterior cingulum connects a number of key regions linked to conditioning, and thus this may suggest impairments in fear conditioning, known to predispose individuals to criminal behavior.Secondly, they found increased integrity in brain areas involved in the reward system (caudate, globus pallidus, and thalamus). Previous research has suggested this could contribute to over-activation of brain areas related to sexual arousal.Thirdly, decreased integrity was found in white matter near the angular gyrus, the posterior cingulate, and the medial frontal pole. Previous studies using functional imaging have reported these regions to be involved in moral decision-making, as well as to be dysfunctional in violent and psychopathic criminals.Finally, the results revealed increased integrity in several regions of the internal capsule, when compared with the control group. Previous research has linked obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) to this region, and the researchers suggested that this could contribute to obsessive thinking on sexual themes.The study was the first to report white matter abnormalities in rapists. The findings highlight important differences in areas relating to poor fear conditioning, a tendency for sexual over-arousal, heightened sensitivity to reward and obsessive thinking on sexual themes. These areas may potentially contribute to an increased risk for committing rape. Share on Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Share Email The first evidence of white matter abnormalities in rapists have been reported in a study published this July in BMC Neuroscience. Diffusion tensor imaging findings highlighted important differences in areas relating to poor fear conditioning, a tendency for sexual over-arousal, heightened sensitivity to reward and obsessive thinking on sexual themes.As the rate of sex crimes and number of sexual offenders continue to grow, much effort has been devoted to understanding the nature of these crimes, as well as the characteristics of the offenders. Some have proposed that heterosexual rapists may be over-responsive to sexual stimuli. Others have hypothesized an association between the construct of moral judgment and sexual offenses.Recent research has documented structural brain abnormalities in various criminal offenders related to sexual arousal and behavior and moral decision-making.
On this first day of summer, officials are looking ahead a few days to the middle of the week, when Long Island is expected to move into Phase 3 of reopening after the COVID-19 shutdown.“This week we are getting closer, and closer to taking that next step forward in reopening our economy, which is a very good thing, a very important thing,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said in his daily briefing Saturday. “We have to get the economy moving, we have to get more businesses open that are struggling.”In the next phase, restaurants will again be able to seat diners inside and personal care businesses that offer services such as places massage therapy, spas, nail salons, tanning, waxing, and tattoo parlors may resume. Hair salons already reopened under Phase 2.Both restaurants and personal care businesses will be limited to 50 percent occupancies and employees must wear face coverings when interacting with customers, unless a physical barrier is in place. Recommended practices include “by appointment only” policies to limit walk-in customers who may congregate.Bellone said there is nothing in the numbers that would indicate anything other than continuing to move forward with the reopening process on the island.The infection rate in Suffolk is at about one percent, he said. The state’s figures show Long Island’s infection rate at 1.10 on Friday, up a little from the .70 percent and .80 percent from Wednesday and Thursday. In Suffolk, there are a total of 40,908 people who have tested positive for the coronavirus, with an additional 44 in the last 24 hours. In Nassau County, 41,443 people have tested positive with an additional 56 in the last 24 hours.Meanwhile, New York City is on track to enter Phase 2 of the reopening on Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Saturday. A total of 212,061 people in the city have tested positive, 391 in the last 24 hours. The governor announced Saturday — in a call with the media, one day after he ended his daily televised updates — that the Yankees and Mets baseball teams will hold delayed spring training in New York this year, as long as the Major League Baseball decides to resume its delayed season. With coronavirus infections spiking in other parts of the country, including in Florida and Arizona where the spring trainings mainly take place, the MLB closed training sites. The Yankees will be at Yankee Stadium, and the Mets over at Citi Field. The teams will work with the State of New York to ensure proper health and safety protocols, the governor said.Bellone said the announcement was exciting, and that county officials are working with the Long Island Ducks on a plan for baseball to resume on the island. “We’ll be renewing our ask of the state to give approval of that plan. We want to see the Ducks out there on the field defending their Atlantic League championship.”[email protected] Share
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInThe Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people to switch off before they go on holiday.When making a list of what to pack for your holiday, take a moment to list what you need to switch off and unplug.Prevent a fire in your home by turning off all non-essential appliances and remove plugs before leaving your property.Make sure not to leave glass items in the windows of your home as the sun can be magnified through these and start a fire when you’re not there.In case there is a fire, reduce the spread by closing all internal doors and check that smoke alarms are working so that neighbours will be alerted as soon as possible.Let your neighbour know you’re going to be away and if you can, leave a key with them.Read our safety advice and enjoy your holiday – /your-safety/safer-summer.aspx
Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share Lauretta Xavier, Herbert Xavier and Manuela Williams (file photo)The three Soufriere siblings Herbert Xavier, Loretta Xavier and Manuela Williams whose murder conviction was been quashed by the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court are expected to appear in court in January 2015.It is anticipated that during the January 2015 Criminal Assizes, a decision regarding whether the matter will be retried o discontinued by the director of public prosecution Evalina Baptiste.Attorney for the siblings, Dawn Yearwood Stewart informed Dominica Vibes on Tuesday 23 December that the siblings have all been re-indicted. “At those Assizes I imagine they will fix a date or the DPP will indicate what she is going to do with this matter,” Ms Yearwood said.The siblings were found guilty of murdering their brother Harrison Williams in Soufriere in September 2010.They were sentenced to serve 15 years in prison, minus 17 months already spent on remand, in March 2012.The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court of Appeal squashed their murder conviction on 12 November 2014 and ordered a retrial. LocalNews Soufriere siblings awaits decision on retrial by: Dominica Vibes News – December 23, 2014 Share 273 Views no discussions
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