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  • Coronavirus: Madagascar minister fired over $2m lollipop order

    Coronavirus: Madagascar minister fired over $2m lollipop orderRijasoa Andriamanana said pupils would be given lollipops to mask the taste of a coronavirus "cure".




  • DC paints huge Black Lives Matter mural near White House

    DC paints huge Black Lives Matter mural near White HouseCity workers and activists painted the words Black Lives Matter in enormous bright yellow letters on the street leading to the White House, a highly visible sign of the District of Columbia's embrace of a protest movement that has put it at odds with President Donald Trump. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted aerial video of the mural shortly after it was completed Friday. The letters and an image of the city's flag stretch across 16th Street for two blocks, ending just before the church where Trump staged a photo-op after federal officers forcibly cleared a peaceful demonstration to make way for the president and his entourage.




  • North Korea threatens to shut liaison office with South

    North Korea threatens to shut liaison office with SouthNorth Korea on Friday threatened to permanently shut a liaison office with South Korea as it continued to condemn its rival for failing to prevent activists from sending anti-North Korean leaflets across the border. The statement by North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party came a day after the powerful sister of leader Kim Jong Un said the country would end a military agreement reached with South Korea in 2018 to reduce tensions if Seoul fails to stop the activists. Kim Yo Jong also said North Korea could permanently shut the liaison office and a joint factory park in the border town of Kaesong, which have been symbols of reconciliation between the two countries.




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  • UN agency: Iran violating all restrictions of nuclear deal


  • Officers suspended after man, 75, is shoved on video, bleeds

    Officers suspended after man, 75, is shoved on video, bleedsProsecutors investigated Friday after a television crew captured a police officer in Buffalo shoving a 75-year-old man who then falls and cracks his head, a confrontation that resulted in the suspension of two officers. The video from WFBO of Thursday night's encounter, which happened near the conclusion of race protests over the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, quickly sparked outrage. The mayor, Byron Brown, said in a statement that the man, who hasn't been publicly identified, was in serious condition.




  • Women's Lingerie Market Forecast to 2027 - COVID-19 Impact and Global Analysis by Type ; Material ; Distribution Channel ; and Geography

    Women's Lingerie Market Forecast to 2027 - COVID-19 Impact and Global Analysis by Type ; Material ; Distribution Channel ; and GeographyThe global women's lingerie market was valued at US$ 35,169.4 million in 2018 and is projected to reach US$ 77,894.8 million by 2027; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.3% from 2019 to 2027. The word lingerie is a term taken from the French language, meaning undergarments, and used specifically for more lightweight items of female undergarments. The original French word is derived from the old French word lingerie, meaning linen. The fast changing consumer preferences for fashionable and unique apparel products in today's day is driving the women's lingerie market globally.Read the full report: https://www.reportlinker.com/p05908676/?utm_source=PRN Lingerie is a category of women's clothing, including undergarments (mostly brassieres), sleepwear, and lightweight robes.The lingerie concept is a visually appealing undergarment, which was developed during the late nineteenth century.The word 'lingerie' is often motivated by an intention to imply the garments are alluring and fashionable.The fast development of information technology and globalization is leading the entire world by providing information about the latest and trending products available in the market.On account of this, shoppers associated with lingerie market are aware of the latest global fashion trends.Furthermore, the growing influence of social media is also accelerating the changes in consumer preference of apparel products such as lingerie items.As wide range of customers prefer buying products online to save their time, most of the market players display and sell their products in an online platform to increase their customer base. Branded apparel companies are also focused on introducing innovative lingerie items as per the changing fashion trend and consumer demands. These factors are positively impacting the women's lingerie market.Based on type, the women's lingerie market is segmented into brassiere, knickers or panties, shape wear, and others.In 2018, brassiere or bra held the largest market share.There are different types of bra available in the market that are suitable for different body and breast shapes, and also for different occasions.Manufacturers produce different variety of brassieres that serve a variety of purposes by using various kinds of materials such as cotton, satin, silk, nylon, and many others.Bras or brassiere can enhance the perceived shape of a woman's breasts, restrain breast movement during activities such as exercise, minimize or enlarge the perceived breast size, overcome breast sagging, and others.Most bras are particularly designed to be form-fitting, to lift the breasts off the chest wall if they sag, and to restrain their movement.Swimsuits, camisoles, and backless dresses have built-in breast support coupled with supportive bra cups. Nursing bras are designed for moms to facilitate breastfeeding. Availability of different styles of brassiere for different purposes is expected to drive the growth of women's lingerie market.Europe held the largest share of the global women's lingerie market.The trend of fancy and fashionable lingerie among female population is driving the market growth in the country.Additionally, the demand for comfortable and functional lingerie is growing among the customers, especially working females, thus encouraging manufacturers to innovate a new range of fabrics such as nylon, polyester, satin, lace, sheer, spandex, silk, and cotton for lingerie manufacturing.Consumers are more attracted to color, fabric, and style, which is encouraging the manufacturers to introduce trendy lingerie suitable for various activities.Lingerie designers are emphasizing on creating products with luxurious materials, embroidery, brighter hues, and lace which is expected to drive the market during the forecast period.Gap Inc., Triumph International, Hanesbrands Inc., Jockey International, Inc., Hunkemöller International B.V., MAS Holdings, PVH Corp., L-Brands, Chantelle Group, Hanky Panky are among the major companies operating in the global women's lingerie market. These market players focus on providing fancy and trendy women's lingerie products with various grades and superior properties. The companies have realized the immense potential pertaining to women's lingerie products and were highly involved in market initiatives, new product development, investment scenario and other strategies. For instance, in February 2020, Hanes Brands has added its successful DreamWire bra innovation into its third brand with the launch of Bali.Coronavirus outbreak first began in Wuhan (China) during December 2019 and since then it has spread at a fast pace across the globe.As of May 2020, China, Italy, Iran, Spain, republic of Korea, France, Germany, and the US are some of the worst affected countries in terms of confirmed cases and reported deaths.According to the latest WHO figures, there are ~ 5,728,642 confirmed cases and 353,692 total deaths globally.The COVID-19 has been affecting economies and industries in various countries due to lockdowns, travel bans, and business shutdowns.The global fashion and apparel industry is one of the major industries that is facing serious disruptions such as supply chain breaks, office shutdowns, shutdown of malls, shops, retail stores or brand stores etc. as a result of this outbreak. For instance, China is the global hub of manufacturing and largest raw material supplier for various industries and it is also one of the worst affected countries. The lockdown of various plants and factories in China is affecting the global supply chains and negatively impacting the manufacturing, delivery schedules, and sales of various goods including apparel. Various companies have already announced possible delays in product deliveries and slump in future sales of their products. Additionally, the global travel bans imposed by countries in Europe, Asia, and North America are affecting the business collaborations and partnerships opportunities. All these factors are anticipated to affect the fashion and apparel industry in a negative manner and thus act as restraining factor for the growth of various markets related to this industry in the coming months.Overall size of the global women's lingerie market has been derived using primary and secondary sources.The research process begins with extensive secondary research using internal and external sources to obtain qualitative and quantitative information related to the global women's lingerie market.Additionally, multiple primary interviews were conducted with industry participants and commentators to validate and analyze the data. The participants who take part in such a process include industry experts such as VPs, business development managers, market intelligence managers, and national sales managers, and external consultants such as valuation experts, research analysts, and key opinion leaders specialized in the women's lingerie market.Read the full report: https://www.reportlinker.com/p05908676/?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: clare@reportlinker.com US: (339)-368-6001 Intl: +1 339-368-6001




  • EU, UK to step up Brexit talks despite limited progress

    EU, UK to step up Brexit talks despite limited progressBrussels and London pledged Friday to step up the pace of Brexit trade talks to try to strike a deal by the end of October, after the latest round of negotiations ended with no major breakthrough. EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier accused Britain of backtracking on divorce terms agreed last year as he reported "no significant progress" in four days of talks held by videolink because of coronavirus. Britain left the EU on January 31 and is now in a transition period until December 31, when it will leave the bloc's single market and customs union -- with or without a trade deal.




  • Dubai: Dane involved in Sweden, Spain gang crime arrested


  • Iran daily virus cases drop back to under 3,000

    Iran daily virus cases drop back to under 3,000The number of daily new coronavirus cases in Iran has fallen back to under 3,000, the health ministry said Friday, a day after hitting a new peak. Authorities registered 2,886 new cases of infection, health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said, bringing the total number to 167,156 since the start of the outbreak in February. There has been some scepticism at home and abroad about Iran's official figures, with concerns the real toll could be much higher.




  • Last colonial Hong Kong governor calls on UK to defend the city from Chinese 'pressure'

    Last colonial Hong Kong governor calls on UK to defend the city from Chinese 'pressure'Lord Chris Patten, the last colonial governor of Hong Kong, called on the UK and like-minded nations to band together to defend against pressure from China and “reset” global relations with Beijing. The ruling Chinese Communist Party should not be allowed to “get away indefinitely with bullying and hectoring and breaking the rules,” Mr Patten said Friday. It sets “a very, very bad historical precedent if you allow the schoolyard bully to bully you one at a time.” Instead, nations should decide together that “we don’t deal with this nasty regime,” he said, denouncing leader “Xi Jinping and his mafioso” for shrinking freedoms in Hong Kong. But “it does mean we have to work together.” Mr Patten also urged the UK to review its policies in trade, investment, education and more and devise a plan “to make sure that in these areas China keeps its word, and also try to decide on those areas where we’ve gone too far in being dependent on China.” He has previously called for a United Nations special envoy to be appointed to defend human rights in Hong Kong.




  • U.S. Navy veteran released from Iran thanks Trump

    U.S. Navy veteran released from Iran thanks TrumpMichael White, a U.S. Navy veteran released after being imprisoned in Iran for nearly two years, has expressed his gratitude to President Donald Trump as he headed back to the United States. “I want to extend my personal thanks to President Trump for his efforts both diplomatically and otherwise,” he told Fox News on the airport tarmac in Zurich, Switzerland, on Thursday evening before heading on to the U.S. White’s release follows months of indirect communication between Washington and Tehran over American prisoners via the Swiss government, NBC News previously reported.




  • Chinese Hackers Target Email Accounts of Biden Campaign Staff, Google Says

    Chinese Hackers Target Email Accounts of Biden Campaign Staff, Google SaysWASHINGTON -- Chinese hackers are targeting the personal email accounts of campaign staff members working for former Vice President Joe Biden, Google said Thursday, while confirming previous reports that Iran has targeted President Donald Trump's campaign.In disclosing the attempts, Google's chief of threat analysis, Shane Huntley, who oversees the tracking of state-sponsored, sophisticated hacking, said there was no evidence yet that the Chinese hackers had pierced Biden's campaign. The attacks appear to be conventional spear-phishing attacks, similar to the Russian breach of John Podesta's personal emails in 2016, when he was Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman.But Google's announcement Thursday underscored the fact that during the 2020 election, Russian hackers, who combined hacking and disinformation in the last presidential election cycle, will not be alone. Even before Google's announcement -- posted on Twitter -- security experts warned that Russian hackers would be joined by those from other American adversaries.Biden's campaign said in a statement that "we are aware of reports from Google that a foreign actor has made unsuccessful attempts to access the personal email accounts of campaign staff."It added: "We have known from the beginning of our campaign that we would be subject to such attacks and we are prepared for them. Biden for President takes cybersecurity seriously, we will remain vigilant against these threats, and will ensure that the campaign's assets are secured."The motivations for such attempts could be many. China already has major espionage assets aimed at the Trump administration and other parts of the U.S. government, so going after the president's campaign infrastructure may be redundant -- and less interesting than anything that can be elicited from the Defense Department, the State Department or U.S. intelligence agencies.But Biden's views on China, which have evolved as tensions with Beijing have risen, are more of a mystery to Chinese intelligence.And if Biden wins, any success at piercing the emails of his top aides could be useful, especially during a transition of power. Google, Microsoft and other companies have offered campaigns help in securing both their official and their private accounts, and in enrolling staff members in security programs that are often used by journalists, aid workers or government officials.Google has alerted Gmail users to state-sponsored email threats with automated warnings in recent years, but in this case Google employees personally briefed Biden's campaign on what they called a "high priority" threat in virtual meetings Thursday, according to two people familiar with the discussions who were not authorized to discuss them publicly.The Chinese interest in campaigns is not new. In 2008, Justice Department and FBI officials approached Barack Obama's campaign -- at a time when Biden was chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and running for vice president -- and told the campaign it had been penetrated by Chinese hackers. The same hacking groups went after Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee.But this time far more is at stake. The relationship between Beijing and Washington has never been more tense since relations between the two countries opened nearly five decades ago. And Trump and Biden are in a match to declare which one will be tougher on Beijing over its failures to report quickly about the coronavirus, its new security laws in Hong Kong, its declaration of exclusive territory in the South China Sea, and its efforts to spread its 5G communications networks around the world.The announcement about Iran's attempts to get into accounts surrounding the Trump campaign was not new. In October, Microsoft disclosed that Iranian hackers, with apparent backing from that country's government, made more than 2,700 attempts to identify the email accounts of current and former U.S. government officials, journalists covering political campaigns, and accounts associated with a presidential campaign. While Microsoft did not name the campaign, those involved in the investigation said it was Trump's reelection effort. The attacks Google described on Thursday appeared to be along similar lines as to what Microsoft detailed.Russian hackers are also active this election season. In January, the same Russian hacking group that stole Podesta's emails in 2016 began a phishing campaign against Burisma, the Ukrainian company that formerly employed Biden's son and was crucial to Trump's impeachment.It is not clear what the Russian hackers were after, but cybersecurity experts surmised at the time that the hackers were looking for "kompromat" -- compromising material on the Bidens -- or hoping to support Trump's claim that Burisma was corrupt and that Ukrainian investigations into the company were warranted.In February, U.S. intelligence officials warned that Russia was once again actively meddling, although it was unclear whether the goal was simply disruption or support for Trump. This week he invited President Vladimir Putin of Russia to join a Group of Seven meeting scheduled for Washington in the fall, angering European allies and Canada given that Russia was thrown out of the group after it annexed Crimea in 2014.Biden has been far more critical of Putin and indicated he would not let up on sanctions against Russia, unlike Trump.And last month, the National Security Agency warned that Russian military hackers had seized on vulnerabilities in an email transfer program -- used by several congressional candidates, among others -- in yet another attempt to steal emails.Among those who would have been vulnerable to the Russian attacks were the campaign offices of more than 44 U.S. congressmen, including Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., and three members of the House Armed Services Committee: Jim Banks, R-Ind., Mo Brooks, R-Ala., and Tom Suozzi, D-N.Y. But there is no evidence their emails were stolen, according to a report by Area 1, a Silicon Valley cybersecurity firm.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company




  • Virginia city removes 176-year-old slave auction block

    Virginia city removes 176-year-old slave auction blockA 176-year-old slave auction block has been removed from a Virginia city's downtown. The 800-pound (363-kilogram) stone was pulled from the ground at a Fredericksburg street corner early Friday after the removal was delayed for months by lawsuits and the coronavirus pandemic, The Free Lance-Star reported. The weathered stone was sprayed with graffiti twice and chants of “move the block” erupted this week during local demonstrations over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, city officials said in a statement announcing the removal.




  • Venezuelan migrants face crime, conflict and coronavirus at Colombia’s closed border

    Venezuelan migrants face crime, conflict and coronavirus at Colombia’s closed borderMillions of Venezuelans fleeing their crisis-ridden country already had plenty to worry about on their journeys, from food to transport and shelter. Crime is also rampant along the border between Venezuela and neighboring Colombia, the destination for many migrants seeking a better life. Now there’s a pandemic, too – and its consequences for Venezuelan migrants go beyond health concerns. Criminal groups that operate in the border zones are capitalizing on the closure of all seven official border crossings to smuggle migrants in and out of Colombia illegally, extort this poor and vulnerable population and recruit new members. Risks to migrants and refugeesOil-rich Venezuela used to have one of Latin America’s most robust economies, but its fortunes have declined massively since the death of president Hugo Chávez in 2013. His successor, Nicolás Maduro, left with a steeply unbalanced budget and dropping oil prices, has led the South American country into the abyss. By 2019, hyperinflation in Venezuela had reached 10,000,000%, and 9 out of 10 Venezuelans lived in poverty. To date, 5 million people have fled persecution, poverty and political turmoil in Venezuela – a mass migration rivaling that of war-torn Syria. Around 1.8 million of them settled in Colombia. We have been monitoring this migratory crisis for years as part of our extensive research on the overlapping humanitarian and security crises in Colombia’s borderlands.Before the pandemic, up to 40,000 Venezuelans were crossing the porous 1,378-mile Colombia-Venezuela border daily. Most of them remained in the country for a short period of time before passing onto other countries or returned to Venezuela that day after buying food, medicine and other items that are extremely scarce in Venezuela. Goods purchased in Colombia and resold across the border are one way Venezuelans survive, and a major source of income for border-area residents. But, typically, about 2,000 Venezuelans would end up staying for good in Colombia each day, according to Christian Krüger, former director of Migración Colombia, Colombia’s customs agency. Despite efforts by international aid groups, the United Nations Refugee Agency and the Colombian government to assist the migrants, the situation along the border was “overwhelming,” a Bogotá official told us in February. Xenophobia, violence and victimizationThe border’s closure on March 14 due to the COVID-19 outbreak has only made a bad situation worse, our research finds. Transit across the border is now permitted essentially only for Venezuelans leaving Colombia – not the thousands still clamoring to get in to buy urgently needed food and medicine. But no government is entirely in charge of what happens at the Colombia-Venezuela border, which is nearly as long as the U.S.-Mexico border and runs through desert, dense jungles and the towering Andes mountains. An array of rebels, criminals and corrupt officials control informal border crossings, where they sneak Venezuelans into Colombia in exchange for “taxes” or forced sex. Human trafficking groups also prowl the region looking for potential victims, especially children, who are sold into prostitution.Venezuelans arriving further south in Colombia, to the Arauca region, may also be targeted for recruitment by insurgent groups like the National Liberation Army, Colombia’s largest active rebel group. The recent arrival of U.S. military troops in the border region, officially to support Colombian anti-drug efforts, adds to the tense climate. And, our research shows, the militarization of the border further increases the risks for vulnerable people on the move.Meanwhile, in the deserts of La Guajira, hundreds of homeless Venezuelan migrants are sleeping on the streets. This makes them extremely vulnerable not only to the coronavirus, a humanitarian worker in the region told us, but also to violent assault and harassment by criminal groups and youth gangs. Colombia is one of the many countries where criminals have been indirectly empowered by COVID-19 lockdowns. Some armed groups are imposing curfews to enforce quarantines and bringing in nurses to care for the sick in slum areas, strengthening their power over residents as a kind of shadow government. Other criminal organizations are using the climate of uncertainty to intimidate, displace or kill those who do not comply with their own arbitrarily defined “public health rules.” Our past studies on civilian behavior in such contested territory have found that Venezuelans who have only recently arrived in Colombia are particularly subject to harassment and exploitation because they don’t know the rules of the game. Return migrationLacking shelter, safety, health care and jobs in Colombia as the coronavirus surges, many Venezuelans have been driven to despair and have returned home. By late May, over 68,000 Venezuelans had returned to their country.Theirs is usually not a happy, or lasting, return. Some Venezuelan migrants come back with COVID-19, a Venezuelan primary teacher in the border state of Zulia told us. Her school, like many others in the area, now shelters newly returned migrants for 14 days, in accordance with Venezuelan government rules. The return migrants receive some assistance from local humanitarian organizations and the regional government – but not enough. And the sick are unlikely to get treatment or aid in crisis-stricken Venezuela. With the “regular” black market of Colombian products smuggled into Venezuela disrupted, a local social worker in the border regions explained to us, people are desperate for medicine and food. As we learned from a U.N. official working with migrants in the region, a recent U.N. survey found that 70% of Venezuelans who left Colombia because of the pandemic hope to return once the situation improves. The prospects for this are uncertain, to say the least. [You need to understand the coronavirus pandemic, and we can help. Read The Conversation’s newsletter.]This article is republished from The Conversation, a nonprofit news site dedicated to sharing ideas from academic experts.Read more: * What goes into the toilet doesn’t always stay there, and other coronavirus risks in public bathrooms * Uprisings after pandemics have happened before – just look at the English Peasant Revolt of 1381Annette Idler receives funding from Global Affairs Canada. She also receives funding from the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council and the Economic & Social Research Council through the Partnership for Conflict, Crime & Security Research.Markus Hochmüller receives funding from Global Affairs Canada.




  • Rain plays a surprising role in making some restored prairies healthier than others

    Rain plays a surprising role in making some restored prairies healthier than othersPrairies once covered an enormous area of North America, but today have been reduced to a small fraction of this historical range. Imagine an area the size of Texas, the second largest state, shrinking over the course of decades to an area the size of Massachusetts, the sixth smallest state. Prairie grasslands produce a lot of benefits, such as storing carbon in soil, providing habitat for wildlife and protecting the land from erosion. Government agencies, conservation organizations and homeowners are working to restore native prairie ecosystems in many parts of the central U.S., but it’s a daunting challenge. Often newly planted restoration sites end up covered with weeds.I am an ecologist and have worked with other researchers for a decade to find the most effective ways of restoring prairies in the midwestern United States. Our newest finding points to a reason why planted prairies can fail, one that few had considered earlier: the weather during the year they are planted. Restoring ecosystems to solve environmental problemsEcological restoration improves the health of ecosystems that have been degraded – for example, returning water to drained wetlands or replanting heavily logged forests. It’s an important strategy for tackling many of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.Research shows that repairing damaged ecosystems provides critical habitat for plants and animals. It slows the impacts of climate change by drawing down carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. It enhances crop pollination, prevents soil loss and keeps fertilizers out of waterways. For all these reasons, the United Nations recently declared 2021-2030 to be the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. But these projects can produce widely inconsistent results, even on similar sites where similar techniques have been used. Researchers are starting to understand that restoration success depends on multiple factors, but why some projects succeed and others fail is largely still a mystery. We want to predict outcomes so that agencies can direct scarce funding to sites where the work is most likely to succeed. Decimated prairiesBefore European settlement, prairies were the most expansive ecosystem in North America, covering much of the Midwest and Plains. Today, however, most of them have been converted largely to farmland, thanks to their fertile soil. Prairie grasslands are nearly extinct east of the Mississippi River. As a result, a huge number of plant and animal species that once thrived in those regions have little habitat remaining. Some, like Poweshiek Skipperling butterflies and prairie fringed orchids, are now at risk of extinction.By spreading the seeds of prairie plants onto old farmlands, land managers can restore these ecosystems. As new grasslands grow, managers periodically conduct prescribed fires and remove weeds with herbicides to promote the prairie plants. In time, insects and birds will return to restored prairies from nearby areas. I’ve been to hundreds of restored prairies. Strikingly, no two have been the same. Some are rich communities of prairie plants, while others are packed with weeds – that is, nonprairie plant species. This variation can be vexing to land managers who are seeking to restore prairies in particular ways, for particular species. In past studies, colleagues and I have identified a number of factors explaining why no two prairies are alike. They include specific soil type, the number of plant species spread as seed to initiate restoration and the frequency of prescribed fires. These findings show that although restoration outcomes vary, at least they do so for reasons that are either easily known or under land managers’ control. But our new research indicates that this isn’t always the case. Rainy planting years cause problemsLand managers widely acknowledge that planting-year weather can affect a restoration, but up to now, few scientists had tested this idea. Restorations planted during rainy years should be more successful, meaning that they will support a greater diversity and abundance of the native plants that we seed on the land. But it’s hard to test this hypothesis because it requires many study sites, planted under differing weather conditions.Our team worked at 83 restored prairies in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan that had been planted two to 19 years earlier. We recorded which plant species lived within each site, and then determined the weather conditions that affected each prairie during the year it was planted. Our results were surprising. We expected that rainy years would promote successful restorations, but instead they produced prairies with more abundant and diverse weeds. These effects were comparable to or larger than the influence of other important factors such as soil conditions, the length of time since the last prescribed fire and the age of the project. Weeds were more abundant in prairies that had been restored during rainy years as much as 19 years earlier. These sites also had relatively fewer native prairie plant species. Why would dry planting years ultimately lead to more successful restoration than wet years, even though native prairie plants perform better with more water, as we showed in a previous study? Unfortunately, weeds are super-responders to water. We suspect that this explains why they gained dominance and suppressed prairie plants during wet planting years. Working around the weatherOur results show that land managers need to guard against detrimental planting-year weather conditions – a challenge that is likely to become increasingly important in the future. Climate change is increasing springtime rainfall in the Midwest, which may particularly benefit weeds. To manage the weed burden during wet planting years, managers can mow frequently, repeat seed-spreading in a later year or even avoid planting during anticipated high rainfall years. Humans can’t control the weather, but understanding how weather affects restoration can help managers maximize projects’ chances of success.Anna Funk, a former graduate student at Michigan State University, was lead author of the study on which much of this article is based.[You’re smart and curious about the world. So are The Conversation’s authors and editors. You can read us daily by subscribing to our newsletter.]This article is republished from The Conversation, a nonprofit news site dedicated to sharing ideas from academic experts.Read more: * When dams cause more problems than they solve, removing them can pay off for people and nature * Animals large and small once covered North America’s prairies – and in some places, they could againLars Brudvig receives funding from the United States National Science Foundation.




  • Little progress on Brexit free trade deal, EU and UK say


  • UN says eastern Congo fighting has killed 1,300 civilians


  • Libya's Turkey-backed Tripoli forces take back another town

    Libya's Turkey-backed Tripoli forces take back another townForces allied with the U.N.-supported government in Libya’s capital said Friday they have retaken another key western town from rivals behind a year-long offensive on Tripoli. The development is yet another illustration of how Turkey’s support for the Tripoli government has turned the tide of war in the oil-rich country. According to Mohamed Gnono, the spokesman for the Tripoli-allied forces, the Turkey-backed units have entered the town of Tarhouna, 72 kilometers (45 miles) southeast of Tripoli.




  • UK says on Brexit: progress remains limited and talks need to speed up


  • Iran confirms talks "months ago" with Richardson over White's release


  • News agency: Iranian ship sinks in Iraqi waters, 1 dead


  • George Floyd has united the world — against America’s justice system and Donald Trump

    George Floyd has united the world — against America’s justice system and Donald TrumpThat’s right, Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin rank higher globally than Trump. Take a moment to grok that reality.




  • George Floyd has united the world — against America’s justice system and Donald Trump

    George Floyd has united the world — against America’s justice system and Donald TrumpThat’s right, Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin rank higher globally than Trump. Take a moment to grok that reality.




  • "It's not over until there is no virus anywhere in the world" - WHO


  • #WeAreTired: Nigerian women speak out over wave of violence

    #WeAreTired: Nigerian women speak out over wave of violenceThousands sign a petition and use the hashtag WeAreTired to protest against recent rapes and killings.




  • NYC mayor: Protests largely peaceful, curfew will continue

    NYC mayor: Protests largely peaceful, curfew will continueThe latest night of protests in New York over the death of George Floyd was largely peaceful, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday, while promising further reform of a police department that has faced criticism for the harsh tactics used by some officers enforcing this week's 8 p.m. curfew. “There are things we need to address, there are things we need to fix in the NYPD, but the overall restraint levels were clear,” de Blasio said at his daily briefing. De Blasio said the city curfew would continue through Sunday, as planned, despite some signs that the city was calming and it might no longer be necessary.




  • George Floyd’s death an American tragedy with global echoes

    George Floyd’s death an American tragedy with global echoesWhen black men died at the hands of U.S. police in recent years, the news made international headlines. The name of George Floyd has reached the world’s streets. Since his death while being detained by Minneapolis police last week, Floyd’s face has been painted on walls from Nairobi, Kenya to Idlib, Syria.




  • Electrolux Takes Action to Reduce Emissions From Cooling Products


  • Iran news agency head convicted for interviewee's spy remark


  • On sad anniversary, few to mourn the D-Day dead in Normandy

    On sad anniversary, few to mourn the D-Day dead in NormandySAINT-LAURENT-SUR-MER, France (AP) — At least the dead will always be there. All too many have been, for 76 years since that fateful June 6 on France's Normandy beaches, when allied troops in 1944 turned the course of World War II and went on to defeat fascism in Europe in one of the most remarkable feats in military history. “I miss the others," said Charles Shay, who as a U.S. Army medic was in the first wave of soldiers to wade ashore at Omaha Beach under relentless fire on D-Day.




  • Chief struggles to change Minneapolis police culture

    Chief struggles to change Minneapolis police cultureWhen Medaria Arradondo was tapped to lead the Minneapolis Police Department in 2017, he faced a public newly outraged by the fatal police shooting of a woman who had called 911 and still carrying deep mistrust from the killing of a black man two years earlier. Many hoped Arradondo, the city's first African American police chief, could change the culture of a department that critics said too frequently used excessive force and discriminated against people of color.




  • How Covid-19 Has Made Brexit Even Harder


  • Electrolux Takes Action to Reduce Emissions From Cooling Products


  • Electrolux Takes Action to Reduce Emissions From Cooling Products

    Electrolux Takes Action to Reduce Emissions From Cooling ProductsElectrolux today announces a plan to replace all high-impact greenhouse gases in all of its appliances by 2023 at the latest, as part of its commitments to the United Nations global Cool Coalition initiative. The plan, which helps Electrolux deliver on its objective to significantly reduce its climate footprint over the coming decades, is one of the actions taken under the company's Better Living Program.




  • Surgical or homemade, masks mark a major shift in thinking

    Surgical or homemade, masks mark a major shift in thinkingThink about Hannibal Lecter, the psychopathic cannibal in the “Silence of The Lambs." “I expected the government to develop reusable masks and gloves,” she said, disappointed by a perceived lack of commitment for sustainable mask production from Belgian authorities.




  • Sri Lankan cafe owner feeds and shelters stranded tourists

    Sri Lankan cafe owner feeds and shelters stranded touristsThe tourists came to see the magical waterfalls and mountain views of the lowland jungle and rainforest. When flights were canceled and the airports shut down, Darshana Ratnayake came to the rescue. Ratnayake, a cafe owner in Ella, a former colonial hill station in Sri Lankan tea country, organized free food and shelter for dozens of stranded tourists.




  • Court rules against planned Sydney protest due to virus fear

    Court rules against planned Sydney protest due to virus fearAn Australian court sided with police in ruling Friday that a Black Lives Matter protest planned for Sydney poses too much risk for spreading the coronavirus and cannot be held. Thousands of people were expected to rally in Australia’s largest city on Saturday afternoon to honor George Floyd and to protest against the deaths of indigenous Australians in custody. Fagan said he understood the rally was designed to coincide with similar events in other countries.




  • The Latest: Portland protest includes NBA star, some mayhem

    The Latest: Portland protest includes NBA star, some mayhem— Trump invokes Floyd’s name in trumpeting jobs report. — Minnesota considers changes to legal process for police-involved deaths. PORTLAND, Ore. — Thousands of protesters marched for the seventh consecutive night in Portland to decry the death of George Floyd.




  • UN chief: COVID-19 compounds dire situation in Mali, Sahel


  • Protests shift to memorializing Floyd amid push for change

    Protests shift to memorializing Floyd amid push for changeThe tenor of the protests set off by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police has taken a turn from the explosive anger that has fueled the setting of fires, breaking of windows and other violence to a quiet, yet more forceful, grassroots call for more to be done to address racial injustice. Many of the protests were more subdued for a second night as marches turned into memorials for Floyd, who was the focus of a heartfelt tribute Thursday in Minneapolis that drew family members, celebrities, politicians and civil rights advocates. At his service, strong calls were made for meaningful changes in policing and the criminal justice system.




  • Navy carrier sidelined by virus is back operating in Pacific

    Navy carrier sidelined by virus is back operating in PacificTen long weeks after a massive coronavirus outbreak sidelined one of the Navy's signature warships, the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt has returned to sea and is conducting military operations in the Pacific region. Lining the flight deck in their dress white uniforms, sailors wearing white face masks stood a virus-safe 10 feet (3 meters) apart in a final, formal thank you as the ship sailed out of port in Guam on Thursday and headed into the Philippine Sea. The Roosevelt pulled into Guam on March 27, with a rapidly escalating number of sailors testing positive for the virus.




  • Lauding 'force' against protests, Sen. Cotton raises profile

    Lauding 'force' against protests, Sen. Cotton raises profileFreshman Sen. Tom Cotton has risen to the ranks of potential 2024 Republican presidential contenders by making all the right enemies. “One thing above all else will restore order to our streets: an overwhelming show of force to disperse, detain and ultimately deter lawbreakers,” the 43-year-old Arkansan wrote this week in a New York Times opinion column. For good measure, Cotton lambasted the Times — a favorite conservative target — after it released a subsequent statement saying Cotton's essay did not meet its standards.




  • Trump defies governor, heads to Maine where protests wait

    Trump defies governor, heads to Maine where protests waitMaine’s Democratic governor urged President Trump to watch his tone during his Friday visit to the state to showcase a company that makes specialized swabs for coronavirus testing. The sheriff in the state’s most rural county is urging those expected to protest Trump’s visit — and those who support him — to behave themselves as demonstrations continue around the country over the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis. Trump has drawn criticism for urging governors to “dominate” protesters and toss perpetrators of violence in prison and for his administration's move earlier this week to forcibly clear out peaceful protesters near the White House so the president could walk to a nearby church to pose for photos holding up a Bible.




  • PRESS DIGEST- Wall Street Journal - June 5


  • Vladimir Putin shows some major 'tude in addressing massive Siberian fuel spill

    Vladimir Putin shows some major 'tude in addressing massive Siberian fuel spillThe Russian president employed a heavy dose of snark after learning secondhand about a massive fuel spill in the Siberian city of Norilsk. “So what, we are going to learn about emergencies from social media now?” Putin griped to the energy station operator and the area’s governor. One environmental group has called the damage “catastrophic” as the contaminant concentration in nearby waters has exceeded permissible levels tens of thousands of times over, according to Russian environmental agency Rosprirodnadzor.




  • Google says China and Iran tried to hack Biden and Trump's campaigns

    Google says China and Iran tried to hack Biden and Trump's campaignsGoogle has announced it has identified state-sponsored hacking attempts upon both Biden and Trump's campaign staff, originating from China and Iran respectively. "Recently [Google's Threat Analysis Group] saw China APT group targeting Biden campaign staff & Iran APT targeting Trump campaign staff with phishing," Google's threat analysis director Shane Huntley tweeted on Thursday.




  • Angela Merkel says she’s not seeking 5th term as German chancellor

    Angela Merkel says she’s not seeking 5th term as German chancellorAngela Merkel has adamantly shot down rumors that she’s seeking a fifth go as German leader. The chancellor had pledged as far back as 2018 to step aside when her current government leaves office in late 2021. No obvious Merkel successor has popped up yet, including Merkel’s party leader, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who proclaimed earlier this year that she would not make a run for chancellor, according to The AP.




  • Brazil overtakes Italy as country with third-highest coronavirus deaths

    Brazil overtakes Italy as country with third-highest coronavirus deathsBrazil registers a record 1,473 deaths in day, with Mexico also registering over 1,000, as Latin American countries seek to reopen * Coronavirus – latest updates * See all our coronavirus coverageBrazil has overtaken Italy as the country with the third-highest Covid-19 death toll after a daily record of 1,473 fatalities took its total tally to more than 34,000.The figure was published by Brazil’s health ministry on Thursday night and means only the United States and the United Kingdom have registered more deaths because of the pandemic. The official number of infections rose to nearly 615,000, second only to the US.In an online broadcast shortly before the numbers were released, Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro made almost no mention of the victims but continued to publicly attack efforts to slow the advance of coronavirus with quarantine measures and social distancing. “We can’t go on like this. Nobody can take it anymore,” Bolsonaro said of the shutdown efforts being implemented by state governors and mayors across Brazil. “The collateral impact will be far greater than those people who unfortunately lost their lives because of these last three months here,” Bolsonaro said.Brazil Covid-19 deaths graphThe numbers – which came after Mexico reported a record daily tally of more than 1,000 deaths on Wednesday – reinforced fears that Latin America’s two biggest economies, and other countries in the region, were facing a bleak few months.Mexico’s death toll now stands at nearly 12,000 with the number of infections rising above 100,000 on Wednesday. Chile is also grappling with a growing crisis, this week extending a quarantine of the capital, Santiago, as the country’s total number of fatalities rose to nearly 1,300.Despite the worsening situation, many parts of the region are moving towards reopening, against the advice of most medical experts.Miguel Lago, the director of Brazil’s Institute for Health Policy Studies, said reopening was a mistake that was likely to cause an explosion of infections and pile further pressure on hospitals that were already struggling to cope with the pandemic.“I am very worried … We are going to witness hospitals collapsing in almost every state,” Lago warned. “I think the worst is still to come.”Coronavirus cases have now been detected in more than 70% of Brazilian cities, with the south-eastern states of Rio and São Paulo particularly badly hit.Lago said Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, bore particular responsibility for the dire situation: both for the incompetence of his government’s response and for the political self-interest he believed had driven Bolsonaro to deliberately undermine social distancing in order to protect the economy – and his chances of re-election in 2022.“He doesn’t care about the lives of the Brazilians who will die because of his absolutely irresponsible behaviour,” said Lago.Lago described the rightwing populist’s reaction as even more lacking than those of Donald Trump and Boris Johnson, the leaders of the two countries with the highest Covid-19 death tolls.José Manoel Ferreira Gonçalves, a civil society activist who recently denounced Bolsonaro at the United Nations for alleged crimes against humanity, said the president’s “shameful” response had condemned Brazil to “carnage”.“We are adrift,” said Gonçalves, a member of the group Engineers For Democracy.On Thursday Mexico’s president, the leftwing populist Andrés Manuel López Obrador, urged his 129 million citizens not to allow the rising numbers of deaths and infections to condemn them to “psychosis, apprehension or fear”.“I think our strategy has been the right one,” he reportedly told reporters in the southern state of Chiapas which he is visiting after restarting his travels this week as part of what he calls Mexico’s “new normal”. “We were lucky enough the pandemic didn’t arrive here first, which gave us time to get ready.”López Obrador attacked media reports about Mexico’s record day of recorded deaths – the world’s second highest on Wednesday, after Brazil – as “alarmist and irresponsible”.Chile also suffered its worst day of confirmed deaths on Wednesday, with 87 reported fatalities.Despite their ideological differences, Bolsonaro and López Obrador, who swept to power in 2018 amid a wave of anti-establishment voter rage, have both positioned themselves as champions of the poor, determined to get their countries back to work in order to protect jobs and livelihoods.But their countries look set to suffer some of the world’s highest Covid-19 death tolls, with Mexico’s coronavirus tsar, Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez, this week admitting another 20,000 lives could be lost.“We are still a long way from the end of this epidemic,” he told the El Universal newspaper.





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