KATE MIDDLETON was pictured in a brand new outfit for the celebration of Hold Still 2020.
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KATE MIDDLETON was pictured in a brand new outfit for the celebration of Hold Still 2020.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to speak at a press conference at 5pm today.
But he will do it from his Buckinghamshire countryside residence, Chequers, where he is in isolation after Health Secretary Sajid Javid tested positive for Covid-19.
Meanwhile, scientists including Jonathan Van-Tam, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, will be taking part in the same press conference from Downing Street.
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Most Covid restrictions come to an end today, called “Freedom Day” by some people, but the Prime Minister has urged everyone to continue being cautious.
Issues the Prime Minister is likely to talk about include:
Mr Johnson is spending England’s so-called “Freedom Day”, with most legal restrictions now abolished, self-isolating at his official country residence at Chequers following a U-turn over an initial attempt to use an opt-out testing regime.
Mr Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak – who were both “pinged” by NHS Test and Trace after coming into contact with Health Secretary Mr Javid, who subsequently tested positive for the virus – initially tried to get round the requirement to quarantine by saying they would join a daily workplace testing programme being trialled by the Cabinet Office and No 10.
However, they were forced into a hasty reversal on Sunday amid widespread public anger at their “special treatment” while tens of thousands of people were being forced to miss work or school and stay home.
Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said the Government “don’t get every decision right” and admitted the Prime Minister had to rethink his initial decision.
Asked on ITV’s Good Morning Britain whether an error had been made in announcing that the Cabinet ministers would take part in the pilot, Mr Zahawi said: “Of course, and as soon as the Prime Minister realised that this would be wrong, he came out very clearly and said ‘We will self-isolate, that’s the right thing to do’.”
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said the Prime Minister had “done the right thing” by self-isolating and denied that it had been “damaging” for the Downing Street incumbent to have considered taking part in the testing scheme, which is not widely available to the public.
Mr Johnson will self-isolate until July 26, which will include the final Prime Minister’s Questions before the Commons goes into recess, and the two-year anniversary of him entering No 10, which is on Saturday.
The Prime Minister is having to bunker down on Monday while having given those in England some of their freedoms back following more than a year of restrictions.
Face masks are no longer mandatory in shops and on public transport, limits on gathering have gone and the work-from-home guidance has ended.
Nightclubs – with people queuing across the country to hit the dance floors at one minute past midnight – theatres and restaurants can fully reopen while pubs are no longer restricted to table service only.
The UK Government’s decision to ease restrictions on social distancing and mask wearing, and replace it with guidance, comes as the country has already hit 50,000 Covid-19 cases a day.
Mr Zahawi said he was “confident” the Government was “doing the right thing” in lifting the measures but urged people to “respect” businesses and public transport providers insisting on mask wearing continuing.
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South Korean Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki held talks with International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva on the sidelines of the Group of 20 (G-20) meeting in Italy, the finance ministry said Sunday, Trend reports citing Yonhap.
During the talks, Hong told Georgieva that nations need to flexibly respond to a sudden inflow and outflow of capital, according to the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
Hong’s remarks were seen as meaning the IMF needs to allow nations to take various measures as the U.S. Federal Reserve moves to taper its asset purchase programs.
The IMF plans to distribute the Special Drawing Rights (SDR), an international reserve asset, to member countries this summer. The SDR is an international reserve asset that was created by the IMF in 1969 to supplement its member countries’ official reserves
Hong supported the IMF’s plan to increase loans for its Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust, the ministry said.
BAKU, Azerbaijan, July 8
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The ADEX-2022 International Defense Exhibition is planned to be held in Azerbaijan, Trend reports on July 8.
The Turkish structures and companies will also be represented at the exhibition.
The products of the defense industry of the two countries will be demonstrated at the ADEX exposition, which is scheduled to be held on September 6-8, 2022.
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“No, it doesn’t interest me in the slightest, mainly because I’ve catered for so many weddings, really,” James told the Sunday People in 2019.
“I admire people who do it, that’s fine, but I’m quite happy. I don’t need to spend 60 grand on a day, no, I’m more than happy thanks.”
James also revealed that he and Louise are not planning to start a family, with the TV star instead preferring to focus on his work.
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TAYLOR, Texas (KXAN) — With the nation celebrating Pride Month for the LGBTQ community, Taylor is holding its own event for the first time ever.
We caught up with organizers setting up for Saturday’s event. It will be the first official Pride event in Williamson County.
The idea took off after organizers started a Facebook group during the pandemic.
With last year’s event in Austin put on hold, the idea to do something on their own gained momentum in Taylor.
“It’s a huge deal. I mean this is Taylor’s coming out party. The support has been amazing,” said Denise Rodgers, event organizer.
It all starts Saturday in downtown Taylor at 2 p.m. There will be live music and drag queen performances at four venues in downtown Taylor.
If you want to take part in Austin’s Pride event, that will happen this August.
Author: KXAN Staff
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The former US President will headline an event at Sarasota Fairgrounds in Florida on July 3. In recent interviews, Mr Trump has continued to deny he lost the 2020 election to Joe Biden and has hinted at a 2024 run for President.
Mr Trump’s appearance at 45 Fest takes place a day before Independence Day.
In a statement, a Trump spokesperson said: “President Donald J. Trump…will hold a major rally in Sarasota.
“This Save America rally is co-sponsored by the Republican Party of Florida and marks President Trump’s further support of the MAGA agenda and accomplishments of his administration.”
The statement added the event will feature a “HUGE fireworks show to celebrate America following President Trump’s remarks to conclude a full day event commemorating our Great Country”.
On Saturday, the former President will attend a rally in Wellington, Ohio.
Speaking to his followers on messaging platform Telegram, Mr Trump said: “Big crowds in the Great State of Ohio this weekend for the Trump rally.
“See you on Saturday night. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, AGAIN!”
He is expected to urge voters to rally around Max Miller’s bid to unseat fellow Republican Rep. Anthony Gonzalez in the primary election.
Mr. Gonzalez was among the 10 House Republicans that voted to impeach Mr Trump for allegedly inciting the January 6 US Capitol riots.
It comes after Mr Trump has teased another run for President in 2024.
He told The Dan Bongino Show “we’re going to make you very happy” when asked whether he is considering rerunning.
The former President also told the Christian Broadcasting Network he has not conceded the 2020 election to Mr Biden and the Democrats.
After results indicated Mr Biden would win, Mr Trump falsely claimed the election was “rigged” against him.
He said on Tuesday: “No, I never admitted defeat.
“No, I never, The word is ‘concede’ and I have not conceded.”
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BRUSSELS — President Biden joined with leaders of the world’s wealthiest nations on Sunday to take action aimed at holding down global temperatures, but failed to set a firm end date on the burning of coal, which is a primary contributor to global warming.
Mr. Biden and six other leaders of the Group of 7 nations promised to cut collective emissions in half by 2030 and to try to stem the rapid extinction of animals and plants, calling it an “equally important existential threat.” They agreed that by next year they would stop international funding for any coal project that lacked technology to capture and store carbon dioxide emissions and vowed to achieve an “overwhelmingly decarbonized” electricity sector by the end of the decade.
It was the first time that the major industrialized economies, which are most responsible for the pollution that is warming the planet, agreed to collectively slash their emissions by 2030, although several nations had individually set those same goals, including the United States and the United Kingdom.
But energy experts said the failure of the G7 nations, which together produce about a quarter of the world’s climate pollution, to agree on a specific end date for the use of coal weakened their ability to lean on China to curb its own still-growing coal use. It may also make it more difficult to convince 200 nations to strike a bold climate agreement at a United Nations summit in Scotland later this year.
The G7 leaders also declined to pledge significant new funding to help developing countries both manage climate impacts as well as pivot away from burning oil, gas and coal.
“It’s very disappointing,” said Jennifer Morgan, the executive director of Greenpeace International. “This was a moment when the G7 could have shown historic leadership, and instead they left a massive void.”
Scientists have warned that the world needs to urgently cut emissions if it has any chance to keep average global temperatures from rising above 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared with preindustrial levels. That’s the threshold beyond which experts say the planet will experience catastrophic, irreversible damage. Temperature change is not even around the globe; some regions have already reached an increase of 2 degrees Celsius.
Mr. Biden opened his first foreign trip as president last week by declaring that on issues like climate, “the United States is back.” After four years in which President Donald J. Trump mocked the established science of climate change, discouraged the development of clean energy while favoring fossil fuels and refused to cooperate with allies on environmental issues, Mr. Biden was once again part of a unanimous consensus that the world needs to take drastic action to prevent a global disaster.
“President Biden has committed to tackling the climate crisis at home and abroad, rallying the rest of the world at the leaders summit, G7, and beyond to reach for bold targets within the next decade,” said Daleep Singh, deputy national security adviser. “While the previous administration ignored the science and consequences of climate change, our administration has taken unprecedented actions to prioritize this on the global stage.”
In addition to rejoining the 2015 Paris Agreement that Mr. Trump abandoned, Mr. Biden has promised to cut the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent to 52 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, and to eliminate fossil fuel emissions from America’s power sector by 2035.
But it was the United Kingdom, along with some other European countries, that had pushed aggressively during the summit this year to stop burning coal for electricity by a specific date in the 2030s. Burning coal is the largest source of carbon dioxide emissions, and after a pandemic-year retreat, demand for coal is expected to rise by 4.5 percent this year, according to the International Energy Agency.
Instead, the final language of the leaders’ “communiqué” makes only a vague call to “rapidly scale up technologies and policies that further accelerate the transition away” from coal without carbon capture technology.
The debate at the summit over how quickly to abandon coal came at a particularly delicate moment for Mr. Biden, whose push for a major infrastructure package in a closely divided Congress may depend on the vote of one Democratic senator: Joe Manchin of coal-dependent West Virginia.
In a statement to The New York Times, Mr. Manchin noted “projections showing that fossil fuels, including coal, will be part of the global energy mix for decades to come” and praised the Biden administration for recognizing the need to develop clean energy technologies. But advocates for faster action said concerns about placating Mr. Manchin appeared to have prevented more aggressive steps.
“Once again Joe Manchin is casting a heavy shadow,” said Alden Meyer, a senior associate at E3G, a European environmental think tank.
The United States in particular had a chance to lead countries in strong language to move away from fossil fuels this decade, Ms. Morgan of Greenpeace said. But “it doesn’t seem like they were the ambition setters at this G7.”
Other leading climate change advocates and diplomats called the overall climate package a mixed bag.
Mr. Biden and the other leaders said they would deliver $ 2 billion to help nations pivot away from fossil fuels, in what leaders hope will be a global transition to wind, solar and other energy that does not produce planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions. And they agreed to raise their contributions and meet an overdue pledge of mobilizing $ 100 billion a year to help poorer countries cut emissions and cope with the consequences of climate change, though firm dollar figures were not on the table.
Laurence Tubiana, C.E.O. of the European Climate Foundation who served as France’s chief climate ambassador during the 2015 Paris negotiations, said she was pleased that nations would stop financing new coal projects without technology to capture and store emissions. It will mean an end to virtually all funding for new coal, since carbon capture technology is nascent and not widely used.
“That leaves China to decide now if they want to still be the backers of coal globally, because they will be the only one,” she said. But she said the financing package was lacking for developing countries, which are particularly vulnerable to floods, drought and other impacts of a climate crisis created by the industrialized nations.
G7 nations this week also backed Mr. Biden’s sweeping infrastructure plan to counter China’s multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative. As part of that, countries promised to help the developing world rebuild from the Covid-19 pandemic in a way that takes climate change into account.
Wealthy nations had agreed in 2009 to mobilize $ 100 billion in public and private funding by 2020 in order to help poorer countries move to clean energy and adapt to the most severe consequences of climate change. But they have delivered only about $ 80 billion on that promise, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. And most of that money is in the form of loans, not grants, making it difficult for poor countries to use, experts said.
“The G7 announcement on climate finance is really peanuts in the face of an existential catastrophe,” said Malik Amin Aslam, Pakistan’s climate minister. He called it a “huge disappointment” for his country and others that have had to spend more to cope with extreme weather, displacement and other impacts of global warming.
“At the least, countries responsible for this inescapable crisis need to live up to their stated commitments, otherwise the climate negotiations could well end in futility,” he warned.
A recent report from the International Energy Agency concluded that if the world is to stave off the most devastating consequences of global warming, major economies must immediately stop approving new coal plants and oil and gas fields.
At the summit, the seven countries addressed biodiversity loss, calling it a crisis on the same scale as climate change.
They said they would champion a global push to conserve at least 30 percent of the planet’s land and water by 2030 and would set up such protections within their own countries. These measures are needed, scientists say and the G7 reiterated, to help curb extinctions, ensure water and food security, store carbon and reduce the risk of future pandemics.
Today, about 17 percent of the planet’s land and 8 percent of its oceans are protected, according to the United Nations.
Environmental groups welcomed the inclusion of the 30 percent commitment but emphasized the need for action, which requires adequate financing. That’s the hard part, to be hammered out at a separate United Nations biodiversity conference that will be held in October in Kunming, China.
Because the world’s remaining intact ecosystems and biodiversity hot spots are unevenly distributed, scientists emphasize that it’s not enough for each country to carve out its own 30 percent. Rather, countries should work together to maximize the protection of areas that will yield the best returns on reversing the interdependent biodiversity and climate crises. Researchers have mapped suggestions.
The rights of local communities, including Indigenous peoples who have been better stewards of biodiversity, must be valued, advocates said. Protecting nature does not mean kicking people out, but rather ensuring that wild areas are used sustainably.
Robert Watson, a former chairman of two leading intergovernmental panels on climate change and biodiversity, praised the agreement for linking the two crises. But he said it needs to address the factors that are driving species loss, including agriculture, logging and mining.
“I do not see what actions will be taken to stop the causes,” Dr. Watson said.
Author: Michael D. Shear, Lisa Friedman and Catrin Einhorn
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Of the world’s 7,400 languages, over 30 percent are expected to be lost by the end of the century. With those languages, unique Indigenous plant medicinal insights are likely to be erased as well, according to a new study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
An analysis of 236 Indigenous languages in three of the world’s most biodiverse regions found that over 75 percent of 12,495 plant medicinal attributes documented in these areas are exclusive to a specific language.
“If these languages disappear, we’ll lose this index to the forest library,” says study co-author Rodrigo Cámara-Leret, a researcher studying biological and cultural diversity at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. “We can read the landscape thanks to the information compiled by native peoples,” he says.
The study authors mapped the links between the loss of languages and the loss of ecological knowledge. To do so, they identified medicinal plant species and their uses documented in three of the most biodiverse regions in the world—Amazonia, New Guinea, and North America. The researchers then grouped each recorded medicinal plant service by language into one of 20 broad categories of cures, from digestion problems to infections to poisoning. Unique knowledge was defined as a medicinal service cited exclusively by a specific Indigenous language.
They found that it wasn’t the species in these cures that are under threat—but the vernacular of the unique knowledge themselves. Since languages with unique knowledge are scattered throughout the linguistic phylogenetic tree, “It’s not enough to protect a family of languages [in one major branch], we need to look across the entire diversity of the linguistic tree,” says study co-author Jordi Bascompte, an ecologist at the University of Zurich in Switzerland.
Interestingly, high biodiversity regions, which cover 25 percent of Earth’s terrestrial surface, also contain roughly 70 percent of the world’s known languages, according to a 2012 study. Researchers debate whether this pattern occurs because competition for a bounty of resources generates greater linguistic diversity or if those diverse resources reduce the need to communicate and share with other groups.
However, only six percent of land-based plants have so far been evaluated for their medically relevant traits, such as anti-cancer or anti-microbial activity. At the same time, the growing global herbal medicine market—expected to reach a valuation of $ 411.2 billion by the year 2026—offers an economic incentive to preserve this knowledge.
Nokwanda Makunga, a medicinal plant biologist at Stellenbosch University in Capetown, South Africa, says there are around 5,000-6,000 species utilized as ethnobotanicals, or plants used as medicine by Indigenous cultures, in Africa. At least 60-70 percent of the South African population uses plants as a primary source of healthcare. “We haven’t gone deep enough to characterize the medicinal properties of plants,” she says. At the same time, she has witnessed the loss of traditional ecological information as regional dialects disappear. Exacerbating the loss, the South African government doesn’t even recognize the languages of some aboriginal people in the area.
Makunga says medicinal plant knowledge isn’t always shared with non-native speakers. “For a long time, the practice of traditional medicines in South Africa was totally outlawed. It was illegal to carry herbs. It was witchcraft,” she says. Further, she adds, the subtle details that maximize a plant’s medicinal qualities—such as preparation, when to harvest, which plant part is most efficacious—can easily be lost.
Unfortunately, linguistic studies don’t typically focus on botanical information. Zach O’Hagan, a postdoctoral scholar in linguistics at University of California at Berkeley, recently inherited a treasure trove of Amazonian audio recordings, field diaries, and notes of former Florida Atlantic University anthropologist Gerald Weiss.
O’Hagan says the high level of ethnobiological information captured in Weiss’s collection is quite rare in the documentation of Indigenous languages. For example, efforts were made to document common and scientific names for species and compare the information to other dialects of the Ashaninka language, the largest language family in the Amazon.
O’Hagan cautions, however, that the loss of ethnobiological knowledge can long precede the loss of language. “We can have language vitality with knowledge gaps,” agrees Carolyn O’Meara, who studies Indigenous languages at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City. “There’s a lot more subtlety at work, especially in areas where kids are still acquiring the language to some extent, but maybe no one’s using plants for medicinal purposes because they have a clinic in their village.”
Cámara-Leret hopes this study will trigger more in-depth, interdisciplinary research focused on endangered knowledge that simultaneously gives a voice to local communities. This sentiment is shared—the United Nations declared 2022-2032 the International Decade of Indigenous Languages to draw attention to the urgent need to preserve and revitalize these languages as a way to empower their speakers. “If [more research] could help to identify the most at-risk cultures, that would be really beautiful,” he says.
Author: Sara Kiley Watson
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