A picture of Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh urinating in public with two armed security personnel guarding him has gone viral on social media, with trollers mocking the government’s Swacch Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi amid much fanfare. Mr. Singh is a fourth-term MP from Motihari in the East Champaran district of Bihar. In the picture, Mr. Singh is seen urinating against the pink-plastered wall of a building while two of his armed security personnel stand guard nearby. The date or the place, however, is not known but informed sources said the picture could be from Mr. Singh’s home constituency Motihari, which he visited recently on the occasion of Id. The Minister, however, could not be contacted for his reaction.The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) tweeted: Kadi suraksha ke beech kendriya krishi mantri sookha prabhavit kshetr mein sinchai yojna ki shuruwat karte hue. Unhone Swacch Bharat Abhiyan ko bhi gati di (‘amid tight security, Union Agriculture Minister kicking off irrigation programme in a drought affected area…he also speeded up the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan). This was later re-tweeted by party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav. His younger son and Bihar’s Deputy CM Tejaswi Yadav also posted the controversial picture, asking people to “search [for the] red beacon in the photo”.
Two new genetic studies of a parasite that causes malaria suggest that it may be evolving new ways to invade human blood cells. The development could make certain strains of the parasite more dangerous for populations who have some natural immunity. Now roughly 95% of people in sub-Saharan Africa—where the malaria burden is the highest—are thought to be resistant to the parasite in question, Plasmodium vivax. If the parasite were to overcome their genetic defense against the disease, it would potentially threaten hundreds of millions more people than it does today.Vivax malaria is widespread in Asia and South America. Although less deadly than its cousin Plasmodium falciparum, which causes most malaria deaths, P. vivax is starting to be recognized as an important cause of serious disease across the globe. To enter human blood cells, the parasite usually uses the so-called Duffy blood group protein, a protein on the surface of red blood cells. But because up to 95% of the population across sub-Saharan Africa lacks the protein—a genetic trait called “Duffy negative”—they have long been thought to be protected from infection. Yet reports have emerged in recent years of Duffy-negative people who are nevertheless infected with vivax malaria. Peter Zimmerman of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and his colleagues have found, for example, that nearly 10% of Duffy-negative patients in Madagascar who had clinical malaria were infected with P. vivax.Now, Zimmerman and his colleagues have found a genetic clue that might help to explain their clinical observations. They sequenced the genomes of several P. vivax strains from patients in Madagascar and found that they had two copies of the gene that codes for the Duffy-binding protein. The duplication occurred at higher rates in areas in which relatively more Duffy-negative patients have vivax malaria, the researchers reported this morning at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene annual meeting in Washington, D.C.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Because P. vivax can’t be grown in the lab, it is difficult to test how the extra copy of the gene might change the parasite’s behavior. But Zimmerman thinks that the duplication may be somehow helping the parasite to invade Duffy-negative blood cells. It’s still just an association, he says, but “two things are happening in Madagascar that are unusual in the rest of the world,” the Duffy-negative infections and the gene duplication. The genetic signature of the extra copy suggests it may be a relatively recent mutation, he says.In a second study presented at the meeting this morning, David Serre of the Cleveland Clinic’s Genomic Medicine Institute reported that he and his colleagues have found a previously unidentified gene in a P. vivax strain from Cambodia that seems to code for another protein that helps the parasite invade blood cells. The gene is present in strains from around the world—but is missing in the first strain of P. vivax to be sequenced—which provided the “reference strain” for the species. That was a strain that had adapted to infect lab monkeys, because the parasite can’t be grown in the lab. Serre says the lab-tamed parasite may have lost the gene, which is why it wasn’t found in the reference sequence. The gene may also be playing a role in Duffy-negative infections, he says.That is “biologically plausible,” says Kevin Baird of the Eijkman-Oxford Clinical Research Unit in Jakarta. But it’s not yet clear whether Duffy-negative infections are an emerging phenomenon or have been present, undetected, all along. “It is certainly worrying and deserves thorough investigation,” he says.
Less than a week after AAAS, Science’s publisher, announced the launch of its first open-access online journal, Science Advances, Britain’s Royal Society has done the same. Royal Society Open Science, slated for launch later this year, will “provide a scalable publishing service, allowing the Society to publish all the high quality work it receives without the restrictions on scope, length or impact imposed by traditional journals,” a statement issued today says. The journal will cover life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, engineering, and computer science.The Royal Society is the world’s oldest scientific society and publisher. Next year, it will celebrate the 350th anniversary of its Philosophical Transactions.There are several open-access business models, but the Royal Society, like AAAS, has opted for “gold,” meaning that scientists pay for submission and then published papers are available to everyone for free straightaway. Some publishers of traditional journals—for which submission is free but readers must pay a subscription—have shied away from open-access journals because it was not clear whether they would be profitable. But an increasing number are now going down that route and some journals are making a profit.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The society says that Royal Society Open Science will publish all papers that are scientifically sound, irrespective of their importance, and will encourage postpublication comments. Its editorial team will draw on the expertise of the society’s fellows and the journal will accept direct submissions as well as referrals from other Royal Society journals.“Philosophical Transactions was the first journal dedicated to scientific endeavour and introduced the concepts of scientific priority and peer review. Today more than 20,000 scientific journals around the world are based on these two key principles and it is difficult to imagine a research process functioning without them,” Royal Society President Paul Nurse said in the statement. “The publishing model is continually evolving and it’s important that the Royal Society’s own journal offerings do so too.”Not everyone agrees, however, that the Royal Society is following the best route. “The [Royal Society open-access] journal launch is welcome, but probably premature. While most of the established must-have journals are still subscription journals, paying to publish articles in an [open-access] journal is not only an additional expense for institutions that still have to pay their must-have subscriptions, but it is needlessly over-priced,” says open-access proponent Stevan Harnad of the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom.Harnad argues that institutions and funders should mandate that articles published in the subscription journals be made “green” open access by self-archiving them in the author’s institutional repository. Once this becomes common practice worldwide, such repositories will become the standard home for papers, subscriptions can be canceled, and journals can downsize to just providing peer review at a fair, affordable, sustainable price, he says.
NEW YORK — St. John’s has decided its basketball future rests with the best of its past.Chris Mullin, St. John’s all-time leading scorer and still the face of its basketball program three decades after his career ended, has agreed to coach the Red Storm, a person with knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press on March 30.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no formal announcement.Mullin, who led St. John’s to the Final Four in 1985, has never coached at any level. He replaces Steve Lavin who agreed to leave last week, after five seasons during which the Red Storm reached the NCAA Tournament twice.Lavin had an 81-55 record at St. John’s and the Red Storm went to the NCAA Tournament in his first and last seasons. His teams compiled a 2-9 postseason record in the Big East Tournament, NCAA and NIT. Lavin had one year left on his original six-year contract.Mullin, a New York native, was a five-time All-Star with Golden State, a member of the USA’s gold-medal winning Dream Team in 1992 and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011. He was presented for induction by his coach at St. John’s, Hall of Famer Lou Carnesecca.“This is a great day for St. John’s, the whole university,” Carnesecca said. “He has always represented St. John’s well and I’m sure he’ll do a fine job as coach. People seem to be worried about his lack of coaching experience but how many people have had the basketball education he has?”It was during Mullin’s years at St. John’s that the program enjoyed its greatest days. Mullin and Georgetown’s Patrick Ewing were the key parts of the early domination of the Big East Conference.In 1985 the Big East had three Final Four teams, St. John’s, Georgetown and national champion Villanova. The Redmen and Hoyas were both ranked No. 1 during the season.Mullin and his sweet left-handed jumper became part of the lore of New York City basketball. The agreement was first reported by CBS Sports Network.(JIM O’CONNELL, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
zoom Floating energy solutions provider Höegh LNG posted a profit after tax of USD 0.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, returning to black when compared to the same period from 2015 when a loss of USD 33 million was reported.EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2016 amounted to USD 31.2 million, compared with USD 25 million for the corresponding period in 2015.According to the group, the increase in EBITDA reflects the start-up of Höegh Grace under the long-term floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) contract with Sociedad Portuaria El Cayao S.A. E.S.P. (SPEC) in December 2016. The rise in EBITDA was also due to reduced operating expenses and the fact that all units were operated in accordance with their long-term contracts in 4Q 2016.During the fourth quarter of 2016, Höegh LNG signed a contract with Quantum Power Ghana Gas Limited to provide an FSRU for the Tema LNG import terminal located close to Accra in Ghana. Following this, the company’s capital was freed up by the partial sale of Höegh Grace to Höegh LNG Partners.Höegh LNG subsequently entered into a letter of intent for a new FSRU with Samsung Heavy Industries, before a new 20-year contract was inked with Global Energy Infrastructure Limited (GEIL) in Pakistan and an additional FSRU shipbuilding contract was placed at Hyundai Heavy Industries.Furthermore, Höegh LNG placed NOK 1,500 million (USD 179 million) in the Nordic bond market, with the proceeds being partially used to refinance a NOK 750 million bond which matures in October 2017.The company said it continues to operate in a positive market environment, since accelerating LNG exports are being mirrored by an increase in the number of FSRU contract awards.“With a solid operational and financial platform in place, and backed by a positive market environment, Höegh LNG continues to pursue additional business opportunities,” Höegh LNG said in its outlook for 2017.By placing new orders in 4Q 2016, the company moves forward towards its goal of 12 FSRUs by 2019. Currently, the firm has 10 FSRUs in operation or under construction.
A university professor is volunteering to lead Nova Scotia’sparticipation in the Canada Games. Joe MacDonald of Antigonish is the new chair of the Canada GamesManagement Group. The group is responsible for the management,preparation and participation of Team Nova Scotia in the CanadaGames. “I’m pleased to have Mr. MacDonald continuing his commitment toour Canada Games athletes in this new role,” said HealthPromotion Minister Rodney MacDonald. “His lifelong dedication tosport and physical activity make him an ideal candidate to leadthe many players involved in supporting Team Nova Scotia.” Mr. MacDonald holds a masters in physical education and has beena member of the education faculty at St. Francis XavierUniversity for 26 years. He served as the university’s assistantathletic director for 10 years. Mr. MacDonald volunteers with the Canadian Association forHealth, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. For two years,he chaired the finance committee of the Canada Games ManagementGroup before assuming his current position in March. “I’ve been involved with sport all my life and I see thisposition as an opportunity to broaden my efforts to help youngathletes achieve their goals,” said Mr. MacDonald. “Nova Scotiahas been recognized for its leadership and Games spirit, and Iaim to continue building on these strengths.” Nova Scotia is also the only province to win the Claude HardyAward for the best mission staff since its inception. The awardwas first presented in 2001 and again in 2003. Mission staff fromall provinces and territories voted on the recipient. The management group’s board members are mostly volunteers. Theyare appointed by, and accountable to, the minister. The group isunique in Canada in terms of its approach to supporting NovaScotia athletes. It is the first non-government group to manage the participationof a provincial team at the Canada Games; the first partnershipof government, the sports community and volunteers to support aGames team; and the first to form a fully volunteer missionstaff. The next Canada Games will take place in Regina, Sask. fromAugust 6 to 20, 2005. The 2011 winter Games will take place inNova Scotia. The bid process for hosting these Games will beginin 2006. Information for communities interested in preparing abid will be available this summer.
OTTAWA – Canada’s reputation as a nation with an open and optimistic world view that flies in the face of rising pessimism and nationalism elsewhere is being challenged by new research.Fewer than half of Canadians appear on the “open” side of an index devised by EKOS Research and The Canadian Press to gauge populist sentiment here.The remainder either have a closed-off view of the world or are on the fence — a potentially volatile swing group.The research aggregated polls involving 12,604 people to explore to what extent Canadians’ views are in line with voters who backed two of the most surprising manifestations of 21st century populism in recent years — Donald Trump’s campaign for U-S president and the exit of Britain from the European Union.Both were understood to be the results of rising discontent among those sideswiped by technological, cultural and economic transformation and seeking to regain some measure of control by eschewing the political status quo in favour of a dramatic new approach.Whether Canada could be facing a similar issue has been a question ever since.The results of the study suggest 46 per cent of Canadians are open-minded towards the world and each other, with the highest numbers found in B-C and the Atlantic provinces.But 30 per cent report feeling economically and culturally insecure, a sentiment found in the largest numbers in Alberta and Saskatchewan.The remainder — roughly 25 per cent — have a mixed view.To gauge where Canadians sit, EKOS Research and The Canadian Press aggregated responses to questions posed in two telephone polls between June and December about people’s perceptions of their economic outlook, class mobility, ethnic fluency and tolerance. Pollsters also asked whether they believed such movements were good or not.The results were in turn plotted on a spectrum from “open” to “ordered” — a new way of classifying people’s political viewpoints that goes beyond the traditional right-versus-left.The telephone polls had a margin of error of 0.9 per cent, 19 times out of 20.—
Over the 24-year history of the Camerimage Film Festival – one of the industry’s top events for celebrating the work of cinematographers and film artists – the festival has only awarded its producer’s award twice. Next week, Canadian producer Robert Lantos will become the third.Lantos, the Toronto-based producer behind such films as Barney’s Version, Eastern Promises and Sunshine, will receive the award at the opening night gala in Bydgoszcz, Poland, on Nov. 12.Until now, the honour has only been bestowed to producers Richard D. Zanuck (Driving Miss Daisy) and Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor). Lantos has a long, storied history with the Canadian filmmaking community, from producing such classic Canadian movies as Joshua Then and Now (1985), Black Robe (1991) and eXistenZ (1999), to serving as chairman and CEO of Alliance Communications Inc. The producer has also enjoyed an extensive collaboration with another Toronto-based filmmaker, Atom Egoyan, serving as producer for the director’s Calendar (1993), The Sweet Hereafter (1997), Felicia’s Journey (1999), Ararat (2002), Where the Truth Lies (2005) and last year’s Remember, which starred Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau. (Remember will also screen in competition at Camerimage). This past summer, Lantos received a Governor-General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement.The Camerimage Film Festival runs Nov. 12 to 19, and will also honour actress Jessica Lange.BY Barry Hertz LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitter Advertisement Advertisement
The Indian Customs Preventive Unit, after foiling an alleged smuggling attempt on the high seas, seized a Sri Lankan Fibreglass Plastic Boat (FPB) near the second island in the Gulf of Mannar region even as two persons onboard the boat escaped, The Hindu newspaper reported.Customs Superintendent M. Pugazhendhi, who was part of the team, said that acting on a tip-off about smuggling activity, a seven-member team, comprising three Superintendents and four Sea Crew, launched patrolling on a hired ‘vallam’ (country boat) in the Gulf of Mannar region on Wednesday night when they sighted the boat near the island. Pugazhendhi said that the officials brought him to the shore and when they sighted another boat and followed the signal, the “rescued” man escaped under the cover of darkness. During the brief interrogation before his escape, the Sri Lankan national said that they arrived to purchase fishing gear.After alerting the various security agencies, the Customs officials brought the FPB to the naval jetty here. They registered a case under the Customs Special Act after seizing 49,500 Sri Lankan currencies from the boat, he said. Customs Superintendents A. Sampathkumar and S. Raja were also in the patrolling team.Marine Police of Coastal Security Group (CSG), Q Branch police and the local police have launched a search for the two persons, who were suspected to be hiding in Danushkodi.Superintendent of Police N. Manivannan said that he had asked the Rameswaram Deputy Superintendent of Police to submit a report on the issue. (Colombo Gazette) He said that when they reached the second island, two persons onboard the FPB approached them, obviously mistaking their vallam for the ‘contraband supply’ boat. The Customs personnel surrounded the boat. When the team members questioned the two, they grew suspicious and jumped into the sea. While one escaped under the cover of darkness, the other called them for help as he could not swim, he also said.
PHOENIX — A federal judge has overturned the U.S. Forest Service’s approval of a Canadian company’s planned new copper mine in southeastern Arizona, ruling that the agency improperly evaluated and considered water use issues associated with the Rosemont Mine.Toronto-based Hudbay Minerals Inc. said Thursday the ruling blocks construction of the project in the Santa Rita Mountains on part of the Coronado National Forest southeast of Tucson.The company said U.S. District Judge James A. Soto in Tucson misinterpreted federal mining laws and Forest Service regulations and that it will appeal his ruling to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.Conservation groups that challenged the project hailed Soto’s ruling, saying it recognized that the Forest Service failed to protect public land and resources.Anita Snow And Paul Davenport, The Associated Press
António Guterres was speaking at the opening of the High Level Meeting on Financing the 2030 Agenda, at which he launched his Strategy to support Financing the 2030 Agenda.He was joined by Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), several Heads of State and Government, as well as senior representatives of leading companies – including the founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates – and philanthropic foundations.The financing needs of the 2030 Agenda, said Mr. Guterres, are immense, in the order of between $5 and $7 trillion per year.Whilst some progress has been made in mobilizing resources, he said that urgent action is needed to drive progress: “that means galvanizing political support across governments and local communities; building momentum for change in corporate boardrooms; and doing better in tapping resources that sit idle.”Mr. Guterres outlined three “essential action points” for developed countries: meeting the commitments made in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda; continued support for developing countries in creating good governance measures and fighting illicit flows of capital; and stepping up efforts in developing innovative financing and in mobilizing private investment.The Secretary-General’s new Strategy to support Financing the 2030 Agenda builds on existing efforts and proposes urgent action to achieve three objectives: aligning global financial and economic policies with the 2030 Agenda, enhance sustainable financial strategies at the regional and country levels, and exploit the potential of financial innovations, new technologies and digitalization to provide equitable access to finance.On this latter point, Mr. Guterres announced that he had tasked Achim Steiner, head of the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, with setting up a Task Force on the Digital Financing of the Sustainable Development Goals.Speaking on behalf of the IMF, Christine Lagarde said that the organization’s objective is sustainable development for all, “making sure that all girls and boys have a fair chance to thrive, to flourish, to develop their capacities no matter who they are or where they were born,” and that the “essence of sustainable development growth is to eradicate poverty, eliminate deprivation for a fairer world that respects the limits of nature.” UN Photo/Evan SchneiderBill Gates speaking at the High-Level Meeting on Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, at UN Headquarters in New York, on 24 September 2018.Bill Gates underlined the ways in which philanthropic organizations, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, play an important role in advancing the system, using innovative tools that allow them to invest in new technologies, make innovation less risky, and address market failures, and pointing out that the development finance system is key to achieving the objectives of the SDGs.Mr. Guterres concluded by reminding those present that, “by investing in the Sustainable Development Goals, we invest in the future, ensuring a world in which we strive for peace, stability and prosperity that leaves no one behind.”You can find out more about the financing of the 2030 Agenda here.
One of the most interesting statistical nuggets I ran into while researching a piece about NHL goalies was the improvement in leaguewide goaltending over the past 30 years. It hasn’t just been a small improvement — the league’s save-percentage leaders during the 1980s and early 1990s put up statistics that would rate below-average in recent seasons.Here’s the league’s average save percentage since the 1983-84 season, when the NHL began tracking shots against:Save percentage rapidly increased during the so-called dead-puck era of the 1990s and early 2000s. It’s no coincidence that over that period, the NHL’s rate of scoring also dropped sharply. A lot of fans blame strategies such as the neutral-zone trap and left-wing lock for triggering the dead-puck era, but more of the blame belongs to better goalies.As for why goalies are so much better now, well, that’s a subject of much debate in hockey circles. One of the most popular explanations is that the sheer size of goaltending equipment has exploded since the 1980s. That’s hard to argue when you look at how pads have grown over time. But since pad size first became a talking point in the mid-to-late 1990s, the league has gone to some lengths (no pun intended) to police the dimensions of puck-stopping technology — and it’s had scarcely any effect on save percentages.Instead, I think a bigger reason save percentages improved so sharply in the 1990s was a dramatic change in the goaltending techniques being employed.During the 1980s, the prevailing style was still the so-called stand-up method, in which a goalie largely remains upright on his skates while making saves, using his stick and skates to stop low shots. In the middle of the decade, though, goaltending phenom Patrick Roy made his NHL debut. Emboldened by recent advances in arm and chest protectors, Roy used a different technique — the “butterfly” — wherein the goaltender drops to his knees to make saves, effectively sealing off most shooting targets along the bottom third of the net.Using the butterfly, Roy was sensational — he backstopped the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup as a 20-year-old in 1986 — and it wasn’t long before the butterfly style spread throughout the league. The effect was profound. Stand-up goalies who were the mainstays of the mid-1980s were almost completely phased out of the game within a decade, replaced by a younger generation who used the butterfly or at least a hybrid technique featuring butterfly elements.In retrospect, this seems like an obvious tactic — it’s a goaltending truism that the majority of goals are scored on shots at or near ice level — but older equipment made dropping low a dangerous proposition. Once falling to the ice became safer, goalies no longer had to rely purely on reflexes, instead being able to stop a greater percentage of low shots on technique alone. It’s no surprise that save percentages skyrocketed when one of the most common subsets of shots suddenly became much tougher.One final note: Watch the Wayne Gretzky highlight reel below and pay particular attention to the goalies in the early portion of the video, when the Great One was with the Edmonton Oilers.Compared with today’s game, you can really see the difference in goaltending technique (notice how many of the goalies tried to stop Gretzky’s shots without dropping to the ice). Modern goalies are more athletic and mobile, and, yes, their pads are plainly bigger. But they’re also using a style much more grounded in the probabilities of where pucks are shot.
Then-redshirt junior wide receiver Parris Campbell (21) runs the ball downfield during the first quarter of the OSU-Maryland game on Oct. 7. Credit: Ris Twigg | Former Assistant Photo EditorThough the fate of head coach Urban Meyer remains undecided, one change is certain: Zach Smith will not return as wide receivers coach for Ohio State.Because of domestic violence allegations against his ex-wife, Smith was fired on July 23, and a replacement was named 10 days later.Smith ran the receivers through his “Zone 6” mentality, making the group into a unit and bringing together the position as a collective whole.The concept moved past Smith, with the receivers taking on the identity further, resulting in group interviews and creating a “Zone 6” Twitter account.Though Smith leaves, the culture he started with “Zone 6” won’t necessarily be changed immediately.Redshirt senior Parris Campbell could be in a position to lead the group with redshirt junior K.J. Hill, redshirt senior Johnnie Dixon, junior Binjimen Victor, junior Austin Mack and redshirt senior Terry McLaurin all returning to the team. The group will face added pressure this season given that it will be receiving passes from a quarterback who has never made a collegiate start.This receiving group will still remain a collective unit that does not rely on individual standouts, despite a change in coach. Campbell, Hill, Dixon, Victor, Mack and McLaurin combined for more than 2,600 receiving yards and 29 touchdown receptions last season, but no receiver broke 600 yards through the air. Dixon led the team with eight receiving touchdowns, but was eighth on the team in receptions.This balance makes the Ohio State receiving corps a unit by nature, and makes each of them potential tools for redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins to use, and that won’t go away with Smith’s firing.The new wide receivers coach should bring a lot of the same coaching mentalities that Smith leaves behind having coached under him.Brian Hartline was named the interim wide receivers coach for the season after Smith’s firing following a year as a quality control coach, and looks to bring his NFL experience to the position.Hartline, a former Ohio State receiver who helped the 2008 team reach the national championship, spent six years with the Miami Dolphins, breaking 1,000 receiving yards in back-to-back seasons in 2012 and 2013 before ending his professional career with the Cleveland Browns in 2015.Hartline will be coaching one of the most experienced groups Ohio State has had in recent memory, with every core member of the group returning from last year as, mostly, juniors and seniors.Smith leaves with a tarnished reputation, but Hartline has a chance to revitalize this group of wide receivers, and help an inexperienced Haskins find success.
“Can you please help me,” these were the words of a nine-year-old, who, along with his mother is appealing to the public for financial assistance to offset expenses to be incurred in his much needed live-saving liver transplant procedure.Jamal Williams of Lot 248, West Indian Housing Scheme, Bartica had, in January 2016, been diagnosed with a tumor on his liver, sustained when he was injured during an accident at school.Jamal Williams appeals for help to undergo life-saving surgeryIt was not until he was rushed to the hospital crying out in pain that a tumor was discovered on his liver. The nine-year-old has since been the object of a series of medical emergencies, forcing him to frequent hospitals.Natasha Williams, the mother of the ailing child, is now left jobless as she is occupied with caring for her child, who suffers with a swollen stomach and a series of medical complications that affect his daily life.The distressed mother explained her experience ever since Jamal was diagnosed. “He was a normal child, but since he was diagnosed with this tumor, it became a real difficulty for me,” she explained.She added, “It got times with Jamal take in you don’t know what to do, life don’t be easy for me. I does got to run up and down in hospital with him, because Jamal’s complains are very serious.”She has resigned herself to dedicating her time to caring for her one son, who is sickly. She related that the task is difficult, especially since it often results in the neglect of his five other siblings.Meanwhile, the nine-year-old, in his cry for assistance, outlined his plight brought on by the tumor. “Sometimes my belly start to hurt, I faint away, I can’t breathe, I get short of breath,” the young man said. His condition has caused him to not attend school for more than a year.As his condition continues to deteriorate, Jamal is in urgent need of surgery; but his family is unable to afford the costly procedure, especially since it cannot be conducted in Guyana.The cost of the surgery, which will be performed in India, is US$50,000. However, given that the organ sample needed for the transplant would most likely be donated by one of his parents, they now need to raise additional funding to cater for travel, accommodation and other expenses during the journey to India.As such, Williams is asking the public to assist in ensuring her son receives the surgery he needs to survive. “…I am a poor woman, so I am pleading with the public in Guyana so that they can see with me to just save a life. It could’ve been anybody’s child. Life is what matters…,” she declared.Adding to the appeals of his mother, Jamal is reaching out to citizens to aid in his fight to stay alive.“Can you help me? I want to live to grow up and see my mother get good, and I want to go back to school,” the child said as he seeks help for his surgery.Persons desirous of making a donation towards Jamal’s surgery can do so by depositing their contributions in Scotiabank account #175-441 or contact his family at +592-690-5092, +592-689-0957, +592-673-4238 or +592-661-6106 for further information. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related5-month-old baby in need of liver transplantFebruary 13, 2017In “Local News”Mother ecstatic as baby with brain exposed receives successful surgeryOctober 25, 2016In “Featured”GPHC probing death of 4 – year – old who visited hospital for stitches after biting his tongueDecember 11, 2013In “Crime”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related6 busted with guns, ammo in Grove likely to be charged soonApril 13, 2018In “Crime”Mason remanded on armed robbery chargeApril 9, 2019In “Court”Fish Depot robbery suspects remandedDecember 7, 2016In “Court” The six men who were reportedly found with a quantity of firearms and ammunition while traveling in a reportedly stolen vehicle moments after allegedly attempting a robbery on Tuesday last were today arraigned at the Providence Magistrate’s Court.From left: Nabadinghi Gobin, Edward Skeete, Steve HerculesAppearing before Magistrate Sunil Scarce were Mark Prince, 39, a taxi driver of Parfaite Harmonie, WBD, Nabadingi Gobin, 24, of Georgetown, Leonard Khan, 31, a fish vendor of Albouystown, Georgetown, Edward Skeete,30, from Albouystown, Marvin Blackman, 27, a fish vendor of South Ruimveldt and Steve Hercules.From left: Marvin Blackman, Leonard Khan, Mark PrinceOnly Hercules was charged with fraudulent conversion of a vehicle’s identification mark.It was alleged that on April 10, 2018, at Grove, East Bank Demerara, he changed the identification plates of a grey Premio motorcar registered as PVV 6204 to HC 4543.To this, Hercules pleaded not guilty.In an indictable charge that followed, all of the men, except for Hercules, were charged with conspiracy.In this case, on the same date and place, it was alleged that the five men conspired with Hercules to change the identification mark of the vehicle originally licenced as PVV 6204.They all plead not guilty.The accused as they made their way from courtThe police had detailed that the motorcar, with licence plate HC 4543, was stolen from a Princes Street, Georgetown resident on March 25, 2018.In the following charges, it was alleged that the six, at Grove, East Bank Demerara, had in their possession six live .32 ammunition, eleven 9mm ammunition, two 9mm black pistols, and a .32 black Taurus pistol, while all being unlicenced for same.Five of the men plead not guilty while the sixth, Hercules pleaded guilty.Another indictable charge was made out against them alleging that they had attempted to commit a felony on the same day mentioned.However, the complainant was not present in court and as such, the matter was not heard.Before receiving his sentence, Hercules sought to provide an explanation to the court.He stated that he would occasionally engage in providing taxi services to a few people. As such, a customer of his, offered him $50,000 to transport the said vehicle he was travelling in on April 10, 2018, to Georgetown from Soesdyke.Hercules said that he had been informed of what was inside of the vehicle before hand and still agreed to make the delivery.He explained that he also stopped along the way and picked up the five other men, as a “cover” if he was pulled over by police.The accused as they made their way from court“While I was coming down I decided to pick up couple passengers to cover me while I was coming down from there,” he told the court.Hercules’ sentencing was postponed to later this afternoon.Magistrate Sunil Scarce told the court that the Prosecution had applied for the case to be tried at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court. This application, he said has been granted.Bail was rejected on the grounds that the men were known characters who had pending matters in the courts.As such, the five other men were remanded to prison until May 10, 2018 for disclosures in the summary matter and statements for the indictable mater.Swift action by Police ranks of the A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) saw the alleged bandits being nabbed after they attempted to rob the Supply, East Bank Demerara (EBD) poultry farmer, Michael Chang Yuen.As they reportedly entered the man’s yard, an alarm was raised, which prompted the men to quickly enter a waiting motorcar, HC 4543, which was parked some distance away, and flee the scene.However, the Police were alerted, and a roadblock was set up in the vicinity of the Grove Public Road, which saw the four men, along with two others in the said car, being captured.A search carried out on the motorcar unearthed, in addition to the weapons and ammunition mentioned above, one sledgehammer, two pairs of latex gloves and traded plates. (Ramona Luthi)
A FORMER BRITISH MP and Cabinet minister has been sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to making nearly £13,000 (€15,500) in bogus expense claims.Denis MacShane, who served as Europe minister under former Prime Minister Tony Blair, admitted to filing 19 fake receipts for “research and translation” services between January 2005 and January 2008.The money from those claims was used to fund trips, including one to Paris to judge a literary competition.MacShane’s admission capped several years of scrutiny of his expenses, following the 2009 scandal that found UK politicians had billed the public for items such as pornographic movies and an ornamental duck house.He was sentenced today to six months in jail at London’s Old Bailey Court.Read: FG candidate defends no expenses pledge after party colleague calls him a ‘tosser’ > Read: TDs and Senators who lose their seats could face court action over unspent allowances >
30,692 Views 52 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3285068 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Garreth MacNamee Short URL Tuesday 14 Mar 2017, 6:10 AM Mar 14th 2017, 6:10 AM Image: Brendan Brennan Share Tweet Email3 ONE REFUSE COMPANY has started fining customers who frequently contaminate their wheelie bins with inappropriate rubbish.Greyhound has hired 25 new members of staff whose job it is to inspect bins to make sure the waste is properly segregated.Those deemed to be frequent offenders will be slapped with an average fine of in and around €30 every time they neglect to dispose of their rubbish properly.Households will be sent a warning letter stating that they have been improperly disposing of their rubbish. They will then be given around a four-week period to start using the service correctly. If not, they will then be sent a fine. The precise cost of the penalty will depend on exactly how much it costs to dispose of the contaminated waste.According to Greyhound’s updated terms and conditions, if collectors spot that your bin has contaminated waste, they will then be within their rights to not collect the rubbish. Customers will then have to pay for “a separate service to be arranged at a cost of €30″.If the contamination is identified after collection, “the customer may be charged a disposal/cleaning charge of up to €30″ in addition to usual charges.Green and brown bins for recyclable and food waste respectively are the ones which people have the most problems with, according to Greyhound.A spokesman for the company said: “This is the cost of disposing of the contaminated waste. It’s not about targeting people who make a one-off mistake, it’s about going after the repeat transgressors. But there’s a positive aspect to it as well. Once the household receives the warning letter, their behaviour changes very quickly.”A survey conducted by the firm last week found that only 30% of brown bins are being presented for collection – down from 50% two years ago. Food and other waste that should be disposed of in brown bins is being found in black and green bins.The firm’s managing director, John Brosnan, said: “We have introduced a fair usage policy to tackle the massive amount of inappropriate waste in green and black bins. The new policy has received an overwhelmingly positive response from customers. When letters are received from those who have contaminated their bins, brown bin usage immediately jumps to 70%”In the last year, concrete bricks, large household electrical goods and dead animals have been discovered in green bins by collection crews.Read: Woman who broke tooth on Centra ciabatta roll awarded €17,470 damages >Read: Watch Enda Kenny teach a US reporter how to pronounce ‘Taoiseach’ > Image: Brendan Brennan Putting rubbish in the wrong wheelie bin? It’ll cost you an average of €30 every time Greyhound said the reaction to the new measures has been positive.
KUSI Newsroom July 5, 2019 Flag retirement program begins across San Diego County SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The county and city of San Diego will begin a program Friday enabling residents to dispose of old U.S. flags in accordance with federal code.County Supervisor Greg Cox announced the County Flag Retirement Box program last month in honor of Flag Day and in advance of the Fourth of July, saying it will help residents “dispose of old or tattered flags with the proper respect they deserve.”Starting Friday, residents will be able to drop off their old flags in designated boxes at county libraries, as well as the city of San Diego’s public libraries. Local Boy Scout troops will frequently collect the boxes and deliver them to local American Legion posts and associated nonprofits that will conduct flag retirement ceremonies.“County Supervisor Greg Cox’s Flag Retirement Box program will give San Diegans the opportunity to retire their American flags with the dignity and respect they deserve,” City Councilman Chris Cate said. “The American flag is a symbol of our freedom, and it is wonderful that all city of San Diego libraries will be participating in this program.”The program is similar to one promoted by the National Association of Counties, of which Cox is president. According to the NACo, the program has distributed roughly 700 flag boxes to more than 500 counties around the country to ensure proper flag disposal. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom,
More than one-third (37%) of respondents report that stress-related absence has increased over the past year and only 8% have seen a decrease, according to research by Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and SimplyHealth. The Health and wellbeing at work report, which surveyed 1,000 HR professionals, also found that only 6% of organisations have a standalone health policy, however, 37% of respondents are raising awareness of mental health across the workforce.The research also found that:55% of UK organisations have seen an increase in the number of reported common mental health conditions over the last 12 months, compared to 41% in 2016.22% cite mental ill health as the primary cause of long-term absence from work in the UK compared with 13% in 2016.53% agree that their organisation encourages openness about mental health and is effective at supporting people with mental ill health.59% say their organisation has a supportive framework in place to recruit employees with mental health issues and 60% to retain people with a disability or long-term health condition. The report also found that the level of employee absence from mental health issues is on, average, 6.6 days annually, per employee.Rachel Suff, senior employment relations adviser at CIPD, said: “We’re seeing a significant increase in the number of reported mental health issues among employees in UK organisations. While it might be that more people are feeling that they can disclose a mental health issue, the links between increased stress at work and mental health issues cannot be ignored. It’s crucial that the right measures are in place to care for everyone’s mental health at work, and employers are proactive rather than reactive in their approach to supporting employee wellbeing as a whole.“In order to do this, line managers need to have the training and guidance to feel confident and ready to have conversations with employees about their mental wellbeing, and support them in the right way. Our research finds that organisations with managers who are able to effectively promote good mental health are less likely to have seen an increase in reported common mental health conditions, which shows how crucial that capability is. “It’s also vital that senior leaders are visibly committed to encouraging good mental well-being, acting as role models and champions throughout their organisation. Only by challenging any potential stigma and increasing awareness around mental health at work can we start to break the silence and start to build more open and inclusive workplaces.”