How committed are we to monitoring human impacts in Antarctica?

first_imgUnder the Antarctic Treaty System, environmental monitoring is a legal obligation for signatory nations and an essential tool for managers attempting to minimize local human impacts, but is it given the importance it merits? Antarctica is a vast frozen continent with an area around 1.5 times that of Europe (14 000 000 km2), but the majority of its terrestrial life is found on multiple outcrops or ‘islands’ of ice-free coastal ground, with a combined area of ~6000 km2, equivalent to four times that of Greater London (Tin et al 2009). The biological communities of these ice-free terrestrial habitats are dominated by a small number of biological groups, primarily mosses, lichens, microinvertebrates and microorganisms. They include many endemic species, while birds and marine mammals use coastal areas as breeding sites (Chown and Convey 2007).last_img read more

BYU Invitational: Day 2

first_imgSpencer Williams of Beaver placed sixth overall (2:03.31) in the boys’ 800-meter run. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-Saturday, Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network athletes and schools made their final preparations for their respective region meets by competing against some of the best athletes throughout the Intermountain West at Robison Track to conclude the BYU Invitational. May 4, 2019 /Sports News – Local BYU Invitational: Day 2 Ronnie Walker of Juab took the girls’ 400-meter dash crown (25.89 seconds), Jade Wimmer of Gunnison Valley placed second (26.12) and Delta’s Megan Atkinson finished sixth (27.12). In the girls’ 100-meter hurdles, Savannah Nielson of Delta placed second (15.99 seconds) and Melissa Crane of Richfield finished third (16.10 seconds). Tags: Track For the girls, North Summit edged Delta for the team title, 65-64 points. Juab placed third with 39 points, Panguitch finished fourth with 38 points. Richfield placed seventh with 31 points and Millard tied Morgan for 10th with 23 points. Kambree Fuller of Panguitch placed sixth in the girls’ shot put (34-05) while Karlee Eyre of Panguitch finished fourth (106-10.75) in the girls’ discus. Hayden Harward of Richfield took the title in the boys’ 1600-meter run (4:18.41). In the girls’ long jump, Richfield’s Melissa Crane (17-08.50) won the crown, with Juab’s Ronnie Walker (17-07.75) and Emilia Anderson (16-06.50) placing second and fourth respectively. Kaitlyn Hemond of Beaver (16-07.50) finished third. Millard’s boys finished fourth in the medley (3:50.34). The Eagles were represented by Carson Brunson, Sam Marshal, Kaleb Dearden and Jaren Camp in this event. The Beaver boys placed fourth in the 4 x 400 relay (3:34.16). In this event, the Beavers were represented by Jaden Fails, Turner Williams, Spencer Williams and Hunter Carter. The Delta girls won the 4 x 100 relay title (49.28 seconds). The Rabbits were represented in this event by Jordyn Nielson, Savannah Nielson, Adi Nielson and Megan Atkinson. Delta’s Jaymen Brough (40.25 seconds) took the crown in the boys’ 300-meter hurdles. Finally, in the boys’ javelin, Juab’s Zac Cowan (174-11.25) finished second. For the boys, Beaver placed ninth with 29 points and Delta placed 12th with 24 points. The boys’ winner was Mountain View (Wyo.) with 75.5 points. In the boys’ 400-meter dash, Kade Jensen of Richfield (50.14 seconds) placed second with Oran Finlinson of Delta (51.73 seconds) and Cameron Franklin of Valley (52.83 seconds) finishing fourth and sixth, respectively. Written by Josh Blauer of Manti placed fifth in the boys’ 110-meter hurdles (15.80 seconds). Taylia Norris of Panguitch won the girls’ 1600-meter run title (5:13.36). Audrey Camp of Millard placed fourth (5:20.49) and Juab’s Marissa Hall placed eighth (5:32.07). Norris also won the girls’ 800-meter run crown (2:20.23). Millard’s Katy Kelly (2:23.58) finished fourth overall and Hall again placed eighth in this event for Juab (2:28.64). In the girls’ medley, Milford placed third, setting a new school record with a time of 4:29.05. The record-breaking Tigers were Alexa Walker, Teigyn Fields, Taylor Alger and Kinley Spaulding. North Sanpete’s Isabelle Hightower won the title in the girls’ 100-meter dash (12.78 seconds) edging Ronnie Walker of Juab (12.82). Valley’s Cameron Franklin placed fourth (11.59 seconds) in the boys’ 100-meter dash. Adi Nielson of Delta won the title in the girls’ 400-meter dash (57.71 seconds) besting Gunnison Valley’s Jade Wimmer (58.15 seconds). Millard’s Audrey Camp (59.71) and Katy Kelly (59.84) finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Nielson also won the girls’ 300-meter hurdles crown (45.52 seconds). Melissa Crane of Richfield placed second (47 seconds) and Savannah Nielson of Delta finished third (47.27). Brad James Cameron Franklin of Valley finished fourth (22.69 seconds) in the boys’ 200-meter dash. Braden Heaton of Valley tied for fourth in the boys’ high jump (6 feet).last_img read more

Exercise Foal Eagle Concludes

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Exercise Foal Eagle Concludes Training & Education Exercise Foal Eagle Concludes View post tag: Exercise View post tag: asia View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Foal Eagle View post tag: Koreacenter_img View post tag: USS Lassen View post tag: Navy Share this article U.S. and Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy ships concluded the maritime portion of exercise Foal Eagle, March 11.The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), and USS Lassen (DDG 82) operated with a total of 16 ROK Navy ships in port and at sea for seven days on both coasts of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) is the first littoral combat ship to operate as part of Foal Eagle’s maritime participants involved in the exercise.Michael Murphy, John S. McCain, and Lassen, each with a crew of about 300 Sailors, will continue patrols throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Fort Worth will remain deployed to the region as part of a 16-month rotational patrol. Each ship is equipped to conduct independent operations, with a carrier strike group, or with other partner navies to demonstrate U.S. commitment to security and stability across the region.[mappress mapid=”15405″]Image: US Navy View post tag: USS Michael Murphy March 16, 2015 View post tag: USS John S. McCainlast_img read more

Guide to First Night and First Day in Ocean City, NJ

first_imgFIRST DAY AT THE BEACH (Jan. 1, 2015)Boardwalk Run/Walk: A  5-kilometer run starts at 1 p.m. in front of the Ocean City Music Pier. Race-day registration begins 11:30 a.m. on the Boardwalk across from the Music Pier at Moorlyn Terrace. Shirts for all who pre-register and while supplies last. Refreshments are available after the race. Entry fee is $25 race day. Award categories include Male and Female first, second and third overall and first, second and third in the following categories: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over. Contact Race Director Mike Givens (609) 861-0674 or access [email protected] Plunge: The Ocean Plunge starts at 2 p.m. and is free to all. Participants should check in at registration tables in front of the Music Pier to sign a waiver and receive their complimentary BEACH NUT CERTIFICATE. The plunge is normally held at beaches on the south side of the Music Pier going towards 9th St. You will be advised the exact location when you sign waiver. Only plunge in the areas where bathers are lined up in front of ribbon. The waters in this area will be guarded by Ocean City Marine Police to ensure safety.HERO Campaign sponsorship: Members of the HERO Campaign will have a table in front of the Music Pier with information about its program promoting the use of designated drivers. The Hero Campaign was established in memory of Navy Ensign John Elliott of Egg Harbor Township. Elliott was killed in a head-on-collision with a drunken driver on July 22, 2000, two months after graduating with merit from the United States Naval Academy. He was driving home for his mother’s birthday celebration at the time of his death.“We are looking forward to partnering with Ocean City on these iconic First Day events which promote family fun and responsibility,” noted HERO Campaign chairman, Bill Elliott, John Elliott’s father. He added that the HERO Campaign has been proud of its ongoing association with Ocean City over the past 14 years through First Night, the Night In Venice Boat Parade, Miss Night in Venice Pageant and its annual HERO Walk. Michele Gillian, chairperson of the First Night/First Day Committee echoed Elliott’s comments saying that the HERO Campaign has been an important partner over the years for the City’s alcohol- free-festival and its emphasis on personal responsibility.Although the plunge has no entrance fee, participants who wish to contribute $20 or more, and sign a designated driver pledge and release form, will receive a long sleeve commemorative HERO Campaign shirt and membership certificate. Online registration is available at www.herocampaign.org or at (609) 626-3880.Shopping Extravaganza: Also on Jan. 1, there will be an all day SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA on Asbury Avenue from 5th to 14th Streets, voted the number one downtown in South Jersey. The annual First Plunge is scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 1, 2015 at Ninth Street Beach in Ocean City, NJ.Ocean City marks the 23rd anniversary of its popular nonalcoholic New Year’s Eve celebration this year on Wednesday, Dec. 31, and as many as 10,000 are expected to attend.All-inclusive admission buttons are good for about 70 entertainment programs at 16 different venues in Ocean City, and the evening ends with a midnight fireworks display visible from the beach and Boardwalk. First Day events on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, include a 5-kilometer run and a polar plunge.The two-day First Night/First Day celebration has become a highlight of Ocean City’s event calendar. Here’s what you need to know: How to purchase admission buttons:Buttons ($20) are good for all events. Children age 2 and under are free.By phone: Call 609-399-1412.In person: Buttons can be purchased at the Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway (9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily), at Stainton’s Square, Eighth Street and Asbury Avenue (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily) and at City Hall (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily).Online: Purchase First Night buttons online at firstnightocnj.com.Get tickets now: Sales are capped at 10,000 and buttons do sell out in some years.Angel Fund for those who can’t afford buttons: Call (609) 399-6111, ext. 9300 to request buttons or to support the fund.When: The First Night event schedule runs 4 p.m. through the midnight fireworks on Wednesday, Dec. 31.Events:See the full First Night entertainment schedule.See descriptions of the different programs. Highlights:Ice-skate on a temporary ice rink (skates provided) set up near Sixth Street and Boardwalk. Children will enjoy pony rides, inflatables, magicians, a Cat in the Hat performance, jugglers, magician Chad Juros and much more. There will be Broadway performances, comedians, a Mummers String Band, the Ocean City Pops and the fabulous Grease Band.Two legendary groups, the original Blue Notes and the Trammps, are scheduled to perform on the Ocean City Music Pier. The nation’s leading Abbott and Costello performers will amaze you, the Allo Puppets will charm you and the Hegeman String Band will have you dancing in the aisles. You can enjoy a view of the stars at the High School Planetarium. Fireworks ring in the New Year.Parking and transportation: All municipal parking lots and metered parking are free. Jitneys will provide free transportation from 5 p.m. until midnight for button-holders, operating continuously between sites starting at the Ocean City Transportation Center (Ninth Street and Haven Avenue) and Seventh Street Parking Lot (Seventh Street and Central Ave.). For a route map and complete information, visit the First Night website.Taste of the Shore: The Taste of the Shore at Ocean City High School offers samples from the city’s and region’s finest restaurants. Tickets are $21 Adults/$9 Children. Make reservations at eatinocnj.com. For information on other First Night food options, visit First Night website.   There will be light Boardwalk fare available at many locations.Sponsors: Primary sponsors include Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, Ocean City Home Bank, Ocean City Tabernacle and Ocean City Free Public Library. This year, the event introduces new sponsors: the HERO Campaign for designated drivers and Shore Orthopaedic University Associates. Proceeds from the event benefit charities, such as: scholarships for Ocean City High school students, the After Prom Committee, the Ronald J. Moretti Foundation, the HERO Foundation and Waves of Caring.History of First Night: First Night in Ocean City and was modeled after an alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration in Boston that marked the nation’s bicentennial in 1976. The first celebration in Ocean City included 25 entertainment acts in five different locations with admission buttons selling for $8 ($5 before Dec. 26). About 800 buttons were sold.last_img read more

Climate test for forests

first_imgHarvard scientists are taking a hard look at northeastern forests for evidence of a potential springtime scramble, one that could be triggered if age-old growth cues are disrupted by climate change.Researchers in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and the Arnold Arboretum are examining whether the earlier arrival of warm weather will clash with genetic programming tuned to lengthening days and the duration and depth of winter cold.Researchers led by Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Elizabeth Wolkovich and research fellow Dan Flynn gathered hundreds of cuttings from 28 different species in Massachusetts and Quebec and grew them under an array of controlled conditions in Arnold Arboretum growth chambers, tracking how each responded to varying levels of temperature and light.Blooming bud Related Time-lapse video of a rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) bud blooming. Correctly timing spring growth is critical to a plant. Credit: Tim Savas/Wolkovich Lab The most surprising early results are that species that had strong responses to light cues — about half of those tested — were generally the same ones with strong responses to temperature, said Wolkovich. This could create a conflict if those species were to leaf out earlier as the weather warms, and then reach a point when the days are too short to advance further.“Are things going to keep going? Is this a linear trend?” said Wolkovich. “Will spring just keep getting three weeks earlier every three decades? Or will there be a point where we will really have messed up the biology of these systems and the plants won’t be able to track with climate change because there’s this photo-period limit?” You call this spring? Endlessly waiting for ‘leaf out,’ flowering in Boston and beyond <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMRYV4Wk56I” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/PMRYV4Wk56I/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> Correctly timing spring growth is critical to a plant. Leafing out first means being first to the nutrients in the ground, first to spread a canopy that not only gathers sunlight but also shades competitors. But starting too early in the season — during a warm snap when the days are still short and winter has weeks to run — exposes tender leaf buds to frost, forcing a tree to re-leaf and putting it behind competitors.In preliminary results, cherry, birch, beech, honeysuckle, and blueberry were all sensitive to temperature cues, Wolkovich said. That means that as the climate warms, those plants will likely begin their spring growth earlier, while others less sensitive to temperature will remain on the same schedule. Blueberry and cherry also showed strong photoperiod limits, meaning there may be a limit to how early they will grow. If climate change pushes spring earlier than the limit, blueberry and cherry could end up out of step.“The preliminary results suggest that for some classic northeast species, they will keep advancing for a long time and then we don’t know what will happen, they might just stop advancing and be static,” Wolkovich said. “What I think is more likely, based on data from other labs, is their cues will get messed up and they might come out at the wrong time the following year or they might be screwed up for several years to come.”In the best case, Wolkovich said, ecosystems will stay roughly intact, though they’ll likely shift in time and space, growing earlier in the spring and expanding or contracting ranges. In the worst case, Wolkovich said, important species such as oak, maple, and beech won’t track the changing climate and leaf out late, failing to set seed and suffering major declines.“Which species will move in and replace these species?” Wolkovich said. “No matter what happens, the northeastern forest that you have today will not be the one your great-grandchildren will have.”Another key question, Wolkovich said, involves whether individual tree species contain populations sensitive to local conditions — whether oaks in southern Massachusetts, for example, are genetically tuned to warmer conditions and different day lengths than those in northern New Hampshire. If that is the case, it might restrict their ability to respond to rapidly changing climate.The work, conducted as a pilot study, is being expanded to two more sites and will seek more refined data on the cues by which species awaken in winter, Wolkovich said.last_img read more

The Key to a Best-in-class Customer Service Experience

first_imgAlong with the other members of the executive team, I spend a great deal of time talking with our customers and partners about the future of Dell and Dell EMC and they clearly understand the value we will bring to their businesses. They see our combined company as a more strategic IT provider, especially around the broader portfolio we can now offer and our combined scale in the marketplace. And this is consistent with what industry research firms are hearing from the customers and partners they have surveyed.For example, recent research reports, one from the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) and another from IDC, both validate the anecdotal evidence we are hearing – that customers and partners are excited about the merger and expect to do more business with our combined company than they did previously.Here are a few highlights from ESG:“Dell and/or EMC storage customers—and even non-customers—are overwhelmingly bullish about the possibility of a combined Dell-EMC in terms of more traditional data storage offerings, as well as increasingly appealing converged and hyperconverged infrastructure solutions…89% of the respondents expect to maintain or increase their storage spending with the combined entity over the next 24 months and overall, two-thirds of organizations that don’t currently purchase storage systems from Dell or EMC expressed more interest in buying from the new company, with 39% classifying this increased likelihood as significant.”1Similarly, IDC found that:“Customers and Partners are bullish on the Dell | EMC merger, and nearly half of respondents expect to spend more with a merged Dell | EMC…Most anticipate that the merger will create value for them…and the majority of partners view the merger positively as they see opportunities to offer new services.”2A September 2016 survey of 560 IT professionals conducted by 451 Research shows that more than 80% of survey respondents had a positive or neutral opinion of the Dell EMC merger, and more than one-third (37%) expressed a positive or very positive sentiment. Among those respondents who already purchased from Dell and EMC, nearly half (46.3%) viewed the merger as very positive or positive. Why? According to the report, “Customers are enthusiastic about the benefits that working with a single large organization can bring in terms of having a single entity for sales and support, having access to a broad technology portfolio and overall ease of management.”These third-party research findings confirm what we are hearing in our conversations with customers and partners. Clearly, we have enormous opportunity ahead of us. Yet, we also know that making the most of this opportunity requires us to bring the same maniacal execution to the way we sell to, service and support our customers, offering them the same — or even better — experience they expect when it comes to doing business with us. Customers say seamless support integration is critically important to them going forward. And according to the ESG survey, when asked about the most important criteria when selecting a Data Center Infrastructure Vendor; 59% of respondents said service, support and ease of implementation.The key to a best-in-class service experience is our ability to understand customers’ IT and business challenges, coupled with our experience and expertise to execute successful customer outcomes. Our newly combined portfolios allow us to bring “better together” solutions and deliver a differentiated service experience that enables customers to get the most value from their IT investments.While there will be no visible changes to our customers’ support experience right away, behind the scenes our teams are working diligently to make the combined Dell EMC Services experience seamless, effectively raising the bar on what customers’ consider to be “best in class.” Dell EMC’s first delivery of cohesive, consistent support across both Dell and EMC products is a new service, available October 18, that embodies our commitment to that goal, ProSupport One for Data Center.Designed specifically for joint Dell EMC enterprise customers, this new service provides a unified, best-in-class support experience across Dell and EMC data center products. And this is just the beginning. We are committed to the continued evolution of innovative IT services that enable our customers and partners to achieve their desired outcomes.A high-quality service experience requires a modern service portfolio, with comprehensive deployment services, transformational consulting capabilities, personalized support experiences, and proactive and predictive capabilities that leverage data-driven insights. Dell EMC Services will bring these things together into a single, integrated portfolio, driving transformations at scale, with personalized support that is predictive, proactive and consistent across the board. Our ultimate goal is to provide a seamless and consistent engagement across all of our products, while continually evolving our best-in-class service experience. We are committed to a customer-focused approach to innovation and excellence.For world-class companies, customers should influence their priorities and actions at every step along the journey and success should be measured based on the voice of the customer, especially customer satisfaction with support services. We heard our customers loud and clear when they said that service and support are critically important, and although they want to protect or preserve their existing service experience, they also expect consistency and a best-in-class experience across their full Dell and EMC installed environments, and we agree.I hope you will continue to share your feedback on what’s working and what we need to do better, and I invite you to join our annual Customer Experience Day virtual celebration on October 5 when you can learn more about our customer experience approach and capabilities, and hear from our customers, leaders and team members.1Enterprise Strategy Group, ESG Brief: Implications of Integrating the Dell and EMC Storage Portfolios, July 20162IDC, Customer and Partner Perspectives on the Dell-EMC Merger, doc# US41576516, July 2016last_img read more

Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda on Being in the ‘Eye of the Hurricane’

first_imgLin-Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarter Hamilton Star Files Related Shows Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton has become, as we all know, a gargantuan hit, and the Tony winner stopped by CBS This Morning on April 12 to discuss the tuner and the new book Hamilton: The Revolution, which he co-authored alongside Jeremy McCarter. “I’m really in the words of the show in the ‘eye of the hurricane,'” Miranda admitted. “For me the fun of writing this book was it actually gave us sort of a moment to reflect in the making of it.” There also came the question of how long the original cast will remain with the production; the show opened on August 6, 2015. “Everyone’s contracted for a year and everyone has the the option to re-up. We’ll see where we land,” said Miranda. Check out the interview below!center_img View Comments Lin-Manuel Miranda from $149.00last_img read more

The August Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is Live and On Stands Now

first_imgThe August issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine is one near and dear to our hearts. It’s also one of the annual favorites with you, our loyal readers. By the time August rolls around we are, to put it simply, hot. And that’s partly why our 12 Favorite Swimming Holes feature was so important to this issue.And, we’ve got our look at Blue Ridge region’s Top Adventure Colleges. Ah, college days. Don’t miss our contributors’ most memorable college experiences in the front of the mag when you pick it up on a newsstand near you.You’ll also find stories on the latest paddling trend, kayak fishing; the Paleo Diet; a summer reading list by editor Will Harlan; we take a trip up to West Virginia to see the Hillbilly Gypsies; and more news and features from around the South and Mid-Atlantic.And we’ve got the beta on new gear for summer and what you’ll likely want to have before you head back to school. Because just like the 16 alumni featured in our top outdoor colleges roundup, we are all lifelong students. Here’s to enjoying the last month of summer.featuresGET SCHOOLED Meet 16 alumni from the South’s top outdoor colleges, including the reader-selected winners of this year’s Adventure College Bracket.LOST A sea kayaker discovers new waters—and a surprising new appreciation for technology.12 SWIMMING HOLES OF SUMMER Our dozen favorite swimming spots are nestled beneath some of the most scenic and spectacular waterfalls in the South.BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Kayak fishing provides stealth and easier access to new water. Here are nine favorite spots for kayak anglers to wet a line.departmentsEDITOR’S NOTE A wild summer reading listFLASHPOINT The real Paleo diet — less hunter, more gatherer?QUICK HITS BMX in Brevard / Warrior hike marches on / Gauley land protection / Share the road lawTHE DIRT A fish-eye-view of wild Appalachia / Kentucky’s first ultra is more than a raceTHE GOODS Back to school gearTRAIL MIX Hillbilly Gypsies revive old mountain soundslast_img read more

Hispanic Bar of Central Florida sets Path to the Bench seminar for 28th

first_img October 15, 2005 Regular News Hispanic Bar of Central Florida sets Path to the Bench seminar for 28th The Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida will present its Fourth Annual “Path to the Bench” seminar October 28 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown OrlandoFeatured speakers include U.S. Middle District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington; Ninth Circuit Judge Jose R. Rodriguez; Ramon A. Abadin of the Third District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission; Roberto Martinez of the Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission, Southern District Conference; David Holbrook, chair of the Ninth Circuit JNC; James A. “Skip” Fowler, chair of the Fifth District Court of Appeal JNC; and Marcos R. Marchena, chair of the Florida Federal JNC, Middle District Conference.The cost of the event is $50. Make checks payable to the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida. Members of the organization may attend the seminar at no cost. Those who plan to attend may RSVP and send checks to Penelope Perez-Kelly, McClane Tessitore, 215 East Livingston Street, Orlando 32801. For more information please contact Perez-Kelly, the Judicial Relations Committee chair, at [email protected] Hispanic Bar of Central Florida sets Path to the Bench seminar for 28thlast_img read more

Moldova votes in presidential run-off vote

first_imgThe current leader, Igor Dodon, is openly backed by Moscow, which accuses the United States of planning a revolution in Moldova to oust him; his challenger, Maia Sandu, favours closer ties with the EU – and critics paint her as a puppet of the West, who’d usher in supposedly alien liberal values and allow a Nato base in the country. – Advertisement –last_img