Day: September 12, 2020

Reversal of pesticide ban sparks criticism of French government

France has moved to reverse a ban on a class of pesticides only weeks after it came into force, reigniting a bitter dispute between environmentalists and farmers and embarrassing politicians who have championed ecological causes under President Emmanuel Macron. 

The French cabinet’s approval on Thursday of a draft law allowing sugar beet growers to use neonicotinoids was portrayed by ministers as essential to save the country’s sugar industry, the EU’s largest.

“I don’t want to abandon the sector and have my children eating only Belgian or German sugar,” Julien Denormandie, agriculture minister, said in a television interview. Viruses spread by aphids have severely damaged this year’s sugar beet crop in northern France. 

Environmentalists, however, are up in arms. Delphine Batho, a centre-left MP and head of Génération Ecologie, a green NGO, rejected the reintroduction of the pesticides as “ecocide, an ecological catastrophe”. Scientific studies have shown that neonicotinoids kill bees

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CAPPA scholars honored by Texas Society of Architects

Two University of Texas at Arlington architecture educators recently won 2020 Honor Awards from the Texas Society of Architects.

Bradley Bell, associate professor and director of the School of Architecture in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, won the award for Outstanding Educational Contributions in Honor of Edward J. Romieniec.

Kathryn Holliday, professor and founding director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture, won the award for Excellence in the Promotion of Architecture through the Media in Honor of John G. Flowers.

Holliday is an award-winning architectural historian, researcher and teacher who is focused on the built environment. She has written numerous articles and essays, as well as her acclaimed book “The Open-Ended City: David Dillon on Texas Architecture,” published in 2019 by the University of Texas Press.

“This award is welcome recognition for the work of the Dillon Center and its mission to connect

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Tulsa World editorial: America depends on the U.S. Postal Service; undercutting it for political reasons is outrageous | Editorial

Election 2020 Postal Service

Rebecca Slisher of Groveport, Ohio, holds a sign while rallying with others during a Save the Post Office Rally on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, in Whitehall, Ohio. (Joshua A. Bickel/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

The current controversy over the U.S. Postal Service has brought out one clear point: America still depends on the mail.

Recently, President Donald Trump said he wasn’t interested in emergency funding for the Postal Service because he doesn’t want to aid vote-by-mail efforts. Ironically, Trump mailed in his own ballot for the Florida primaries last week.

Meanwhile, we have seen reports of significant mail delays, a problem postal workers and Democrats have attributed in part to operational changes imposed by Trump’s postmaster general, Louis DeJoy.

Under pressure, DeJoy announced last week that he was suspending Postal Service changes until after the election to “avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail,” but that hasn’t

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heroic South African human rights lawyer with a macabre duty to represent the dead

Advocate George Bizos, who has died at the age of 92, stands in the pantheon of South African human rights lawyers and anti-apartheid activists.

Throughout his lengthy lifetime, he doggedly used the courts as his chosen terrain to fight back against a police state that blatantly violated the rule of law. His lifelong commitment to human rights left a legacy in South Africa’s constitution and bill of rights. He knew that democracy is not a destination but a lifelong quest: eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

Bizos was among a number of young white people who arrived in South Africa as refugees from Europe, only to find themselves forced to align themselves with the oppressed black majority against apartheid. This company includes Joe Slovo, Lithuanian by birth, and also an advocate by training, who became leader of the South African Communist Party.

Bizos was born in 1927 in the

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