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Ukraine to return Territory via diplomacy, says Kult Volker

According to Polygraph, on May 22, the Russian state media outlet RT published an op-ed by Finian Cunningham claiming that U.S. Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker went to Ukraine and told his hosts that the U.S. would lend military support to help retake the Russian-occupied territories in the Crimea and Donbas regions.

The Ukrainian NGO StopFake.org found that a number of other Russian state media outlets also reported on Volker’s visit, variously claiming he told Ukrainians to accept the loss of their territory or that Ukraine could not possibly retake the territory because Russia is “too strong.”

StopFake.org showed how Volker’s quotes had been taken out of context, and quoted what he actually said:

“There’s no way the Ukrainians could take the territory back that’s already been taken by the Russians, the Russians are just too powerful. But the cost to Russia of further advancement is already increased and will continue to increase. And if that’s the case then you have to ask yourself if you’re sitting in Moscow, what are we getting out of this? We’re getting Russian casualties, soldiers being killed fighting in Ukraine, for what? That’s why I hope they will see there is no benefit for them but the price will continue to grow. So why not exchange this for something positive, such as lifting sanctions? This will be something positive on the Russian agenda with the rest of the international community,” Volker told the BBC in an interview, Mcdvoice feedback.

Volker told Polygraph.info that Russian media had misrepresented what he had said during his visit to Ukraine. “What I was saying is that Ukraine cannot take back the territories by military force — it can regain them only through Russia agreeing to withdraw its forces and implement the Minsk agreements,” Volker wrote in an email.

Snap Elections: No go territory

According to Daily Maverick, here is an undeniable lure of early elections among South Africa’s main political parties – both for the ANC and the main opposition parties.

Is the African National Congress merely getting ready for elections at a routinely scheduled time off between May and August 2019, or are there plans for early or snap elections in the second half of 2018? Early elections in South Africa would be an egg dance, and the same goes for the ANC potentially reclaiming the council in Nelson Mandela Bay.

There is an undeniable lure of early elections among South Africa’s main political parties – both for the ANC and the main opposition parties. The ANC sees a Democratic Alliance that is uncertain in the post-Zuma and policy spaces, and Economic Freedom Fighters who thrive on a parasitic attachment to ANC vulnerabilities, the liquor store near me.

The opposition parties, in turn, see an ANC working through the Zuma aftermath, only warily rebuilding organizational integrity and citizen trust. But the bottom line of the lure lies in the ANC currently reaping benefits that are evident in public opinion polling.

It is, however, a two-edged sword for the ANC. On the one side, Ramaphoria rules, for now; polls show that the ANC will win elections if they are held now. The voting public is still delirious about Jacob Zuma’s exodus, despite his lingering, menacing shadow. The Ramaphosa regime exhumes a fresh sense of accountability and assiduousness, even if burdened by the baggage of dyed-in-the-wool Zumaists in its ranks.

On the other side, the Ramaphosa ANC is only inching into the age of post-Zumaism. It is taking small (but seemingly increasingly firm) steps to get more distance between Zuma and the ANC’s Model CR. It is an understatement that these steps need to be consolidated. Elections will also bring the tensions of nominations and factional contests for control right into the ANC’s fragile center stage… unless ANC election strategists see an election as the glue to give a common purpose to the factions.

Sarayaku leader Patricia Gualinga defends territory

It takes so many lives to protect the environment and land of Latin America. According to Mongabay, over 116 environmental defenders were killed in the region in 2017 alone. Most of them protect territories such as industrial agriculture, logging, mining, and poaching. So when threats were made against the land defender and Sarayaku indigenous leader Patricia Gualinga at her home in the city of Puyo, north of the Ecuadorean Amazon, it raised a red flag.

This is the kind of dangerous situation that community leaders face every day. It was dawn on Jan. 5 when Gualinga was surprised by a man who broke the window of her room with a stone and threatened her. “‘The next time I will kill you,’ he told me several times. I was shocked, nobody had threatened me during my leadership,” Gualinga said in an interview with Mongabay, the liquor store near me.

A policeman passing by her house chased the attacker but never returned. The next day, Gualinga went to the provincial prosecutor’s office to file a complaint. It took some time, but eventually, the crime report was registered. In an exclusive interview, Gualinga spoke recently with Mongabay about that day. The Sarayaku defender Patricia Gualinga at the press conference where she reported the threats she received on January 5, 2018.

“I realized that it was a direct attempt,” said the indigenous leader, who over the past 20 years has focused her efforts on fighting against violations of Amazonian people’s rights — people who are against the operation of extractive projects in their territories.

Attorney General’s Office revealed how the crime was registered as “intimidation” under the law and is punishable by up to three years in prison. The judicial office told Mongabay in a written response that it had proceeded “To take witness testimonies, recognition of the place of events, and a delegation for the operational investigation to the Criminal Investigation Unit of the National Police, directed by the prosecutor of the case.”

Enzymes in the new territory

Through the group of enzymes, inactivated alkenes have been transformed into four stereoisomers of cyclopropane. According to Chemistry World, it is reportedly the first example of biocatalytic reaction, which does not appear in nature. Biocatalysts set may serve as the starting point for cyclopropanated products’ green synthesis, say the researchers. This includes insecticide products and a number of quinolone antibiotics.

Moreover, to use enzymes to obtain valuable small molecules’ synthesis may be useful, especially during the process of manufacturing. One issue is how the enzymes catalyze a close range of reactions. Frances Arnold, the man who leads a group from California Institute of Technology revealed how they can import some transformations that have been developed using a small molecule organic or organ metallic catalysts to the biological world.

Furthermore, Arnold and his team screened a range of engineered and natural and haem binding proteins, which are known as iron-porphyrins. The report added that the focus of these projects is on the use of activated styrenyl olefin.

Hans Ronata of the Scripps Research Institute, US commented, “There have been some developments of reacting with aliphatic olefins, but they often necessitate switching the metal within the cofactor from iron to other alternatives, rendering the process not fully genetically-encoded. This work is novel because Arnold and co-workers showed that by mining the natural diversity of haem-containing proteins, they can identify new biocatalysts for the cyclopropanation of non-styrenyl alkenes without any need for switching the identity of the metal.”

In the end, Ronata pointed out how “The turnover numbers achieved are impressive but might not be high enough yet for practical use in process manufacturing settings. But further engineering of the enzymes can solve this issue – it’s just a matter of time.” Papa Murphy’s customer satisfaction survey is what matters to us.

Territorial Anti-Poverty in Canada

Wire Service revealed a new report from CWP, also known as Canada without Poverty. It reportedly showed noticeable lack of progress on social human rights and economy of Canada. This was concluded through the territorial anti-poverty and provincial strategies.

The advocates believe that economic and social human rights must be realized. This includes the right to an adequate standard of living. It can be recalled that Canada aimed to eradicate poverty globally through the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. However, the newly released Poverty Progress Profiles showed an analysis of the poverty strategies and it lacks in the area of territories and provinces. This includes their extent of participation in United Nations treaty body reviews.

According to the report, a poverty strategy based on human rights must include a number of components, such as to make anti-poverty policy budget a priority, to include the explicit reference on human rights, implementation, to ensure those people who experience poverty that they significantly consulted in the development and to evaluate the respective strategies.

“It is critical that provincial and territorial governments take a human rights approach in their anti-poverty strategies because it provides a clear system of accountability and ensures the first voice perspective is central to all policy,” said CWP’s Legal Education and Outreach Coordinator Liz Majic.

Moreover, the Government of the Northwest Territories implemented a unique monitoring process. They made sure that the views civil society, indigenous persons (even Kroger customers), and persons in poverty are valued as they review the poverty strategy, annually.

“We may think of human rights as something for the federal government alone to lead on, but under international human rights law, these obligations extend to all levels of government. With 4.8 million people living in poverty, all governments have a role to play in ending poverty before Canada can be considered a global leader on human rights,” CWP Deputy Director Harriett McLachlan explained.

Crops in New Territories experience frost killing

In parts of New Territories, farmers were affected by the frost forming. According to the Hongkong Free Press, the formation of frost is caused by the combination of low temperatures and high humidity. This happened while temperatures reportedly plummeted around the city.

A farmer named Wong Bak at Ta Kwu Ling in the North District said that the first time frost had appeared this year, on February 6. He said it had caused some of the tomatoes, chayote, and pumpkins he grows to die.

Unfortunately, he has lost about HK$10,000 worth of vegetables. Say, the price per catty of vegetables is HK$10, it results to the said amount when calculated. An Apple Daily reporter revealed that the temperature at 7 am on Tuesday stood at minus 0.6 degrees Celsius using a thermometer, at nearby Loi Tung Tsuen.

President of a new territory agricultural association named Wong Tsat-tai said cold snap lasting several weeks does not happen often. With this, she said that over 30 to 40 percent of the vegetables she planted last month were washed out.

“Pretty much all of the chayote and spaghetti squash have frozen and died, the ones that are left cannot grow fast enough because it’s too cold,” she explained. In addition, Wong Tsat-tai said the price of vegetables may rise dramatically. This is if the crops that intended for harvest before the Lunar New Year cannot grow fast enough to be sold.

Hong Kong Imported Vegetable Wholesale Merchants Association spokesperson said revealed that the mainland has also been affected by the situation. Aside from this, farmers are all busy taking a break for Holidays, which resulted to 30 percent less production.

Furthermore, the spokesperson predicted that the price of vegetables will continue to rise by 30 to 50 percent before the Lunar New Year. Tai Mo Shan remains the coldest place in Hong Kong with 0.3 degrees Celsius. Is this article helpful? Give us your feedback.

Mortgage in Australia

According to Standard and Poor’s (S&P) latest RMBS Arrears Statistics report, the number of Aussies who’ve fallen behind on their home loan repayments has dropped. Delinquent housing loans in Australian prime residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) decreased to just 1.00 percent last November from 1.04 percent in October.

S&P said home loans that were thirty days past due fell in all states and territories in November. This was led by Western Australia, which recorded a 0.12 percentage point decline to two percent. Aside from this, delinquent home loans in Victoria and New South Wales also registered declines, contributing to the fall in the national reading.

According to Your Mortgage, S & P said, “More than 54 percent of the RMBS portfolio balance is exposed to New South Wales and Victoria combined, and arrears levels in the two states have declined to the lowest level in two years. Arrears fell to 0.74 percent in New South Wales and 0.90 percent in Victoria. The Australian Capital Territory continued to record the nation’s lowest arrears level, at 0.56 percent.”

Moreover, 0.88 percent in Tasmania, 1.17 percent in South Australia, arrears fell to 1.35 percent in Queensland and 1.50 percent in the Northern Territory. S&P said arrears “typically remain relatively stable in the last few months of the year, before a cyclical increase in the first quarter due to higher consumer spending during the seasonal holidays.”

Still, S&P does not expect it to mark the start of an extended uptrend in arrears as the spike in arrears may occur in the coming months. Those who have overspent during the holiday season may struggle to keep up with loan repayments.

“We do not expect arrears to increase much above present levels for as long as the current, relatively benign economic conditions continue but stable and improving employment conditions and low-interest rates may continue,” S & P explained.

Three Steps Followed By Multinational Farming Corporations When Trying to Enter New Territories

The nature of the work carried out by multinational farming corporations is such that they (the corporations) are always on the lookout for new territories. Having identified new territories where they can take their work, the multinational farming corporations tend to follow three steps. Those are, in other words, the three steps that are normally followed by multinational farming corporations when trying to enter new territories.

The first step is the one where the multinational farming corporations make deals with the political leadership in the new territories (the territories they happen to be trying to enter). The goal here is usually to get the political leaderships to ‘pave way’ for the multinational farming corporations.

The second step is the one where the multinational farming corporations make deals with the people who happen to be living in the territories that they are interested in. The idea is to get the people to support their enterprises, and more critically, to get the people to vacate their land so that the multinational corporations can take possession of it.

The third step is the one where the multinational farming corporations actually take possession of the new territories. This is usually just a matter of bringing in their equipment and personnel, in order to start the farming work. In this context, farming is just a business: done along the same lines as, say, the manufacture of the best headphones under 200 or the manufacture and sale of headphones for women. In other words, the multinational farming corporations view agriculture along the same lines as any other type of business.

How Human Beings Mark Out Their Territories

It is often said that human beings are social animals. It is also said that human beings are territorial in nature. Consequently, human beings tend to go to great lengths, in marking out territories that they consider to be theirs.

One way in which human beings mark out their territories is by setting up physical border markers, delineating the limits of the territories they consider to be theirs.

Another way in which human beings mark out their territories is by establishing economic activities in those territories (so that new people coming can see that the territories are already occupied).

Human beings also mark out their territories by putting their allies in those territories.

Yet another way in which human beings mark out their territories is by simply putting their stuff in those territories. Take, for instance, someone who has just rented out a living space, but is yet to move in. Such a person may promptly start trying to identify which vacuum is best for me. And having figured out what the right machine is, he or she may proceed to shop for the top-rated upright vacuum cleaners under $200. The goal, in doing all this, would be to ensure that he or she leaves a vacuum cleaner in a prominent place on the floor of the new apartment. Then, someone else coming to check out the apartment would have a reason to know (or at least to strongly suspect) that the apartment already has someone, on account of seeing the vacuum cleaner there. So, the person who bought the vacuum would essentially have used it to mark out the apartment in question as his or her ‘territory’.

Understanding the Two Major Phases in Military Conquest of New Territories

Military conquest of new geographical territories can be visualized as being a process which has two major phases.

The first phase in the military conquest of new territories is the one where a military presence is established. This means having ‘boots on the ground’ – which is the reason why infantry units will always be invaluable to military forces. If there were other authorities reigning over the newly conquered territories, then they have to be either gotten rid of or fully pacified, for a successful conquest to be said to have taken place.

The second phase in the military conquest of new territories is the one where the hearts and minds of the people in the territories are won over. This is critical, because in the long run, maintaining a conquering/occupying force can be unsustainable. The hearts and minds of the populations need to be won, up to a level where the people submit themselves voluntarily to the new conquerors.

For more precise narratives of how these sorts of conquests are done, one needs to study military science. If you are eligible, you’d probably need to join the military academy of your country, to get a proper military science education. When the military academy announces openings, you can go to, say, the Sbcglobal.net login or to the att.net email login page, and using your SBCGlobal email account, make an application to the military academy. If you are in the United States, the relevant school, where you can study military science is West Point. There, you not only study about conquering territories, but also lots of other subjects that can be of great to you in your entire lifetime.

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