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first_imgWait until next year.That’s what the National Science Foundation (NSF) has told benthic ecologist Stacy Kim, who later this month was expecting to assemble her 13-member research team in Antarctica to study its intricate food web. Although the U.S. Antarctic program that NSF runs is back in business, fears that the 16-day U.S. government shutdown would squeeze out research on the frozen continent have become reality for some scientists.The bad news for Kim came this past Friday morning, only 24 hours after her program manager and the rest of the NSF staff had returned to work. “He said my project was unsupportable because the resources won’t be available in time,” says Kim, a researcher at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in northern California, a part of the California state universities. “So the project is being delayed until next year.”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(*)Kim has an NSF grant to study how the foraging habits of the continent’s top predators—Adélie penguins and minke and killer whales—affect distribution of their prey, mainly krill and silverfish. The project is based at a field camp set up on the sea ice outside McMurdo Station, the biggest of the three U.S. Antarctic outposts. It includes a remotely operated submersible equipped with environmental sensors as well as divers. This year, her second and final field season of the 4.5-year grant, Kim had also arranged a one-time only collaboration with scientists at nearby Italian, New Zealand, and Australian bases to expand the geographic scope of her project.The research requires considerable logistical support. Researchers need snowmobiles early in the season to carry ice cores and water samples back to the station. Once the ice becomes too unstable, the ferrying is done by helicopter. Kim doesn’t know why her project was pulled out of the lineup, nor the criteria that NSF is using. But she understands that both NSF and the contractor, Lockheed Martin, are being forced to make some hard choices.“It’s a tough job to coordinate everything, and I sympathize with what they are going through,” she says. “But the fact that it happened so quickly makes me think that NSF has created some rules that it is applying without actually looking at individual projects.”Kim said the contractor, based in Denver, asked her the day after NSF announced the stations would be going on caretaker status if it would be possible to scale back her research. The contingency plan she submitted reduced the number of samples to be collected “to the minimum needed to still be able to carry out the work we had promised to do,” she says. “But the international collaborators are only available this year, for one month, so I didn’t want to eliminate them.”Although NSF has promised her that the project will be supported in the 2014 to ’15 season, Kim isn’t sure that she’ll be able to retain her team. “Some of the engineers and technicians will have to go on unemployment, because if they can’t go to Antarctica they can’t work,” she says. “I have two grad students finishing a master’s program, and a 1-year delay will be a big blow to them. My postdoc is in his last year. I’m also concerned about the future of my new Ph.D. student, because delaying her start is not good.” The rescheduling also creates a logistical nightmare. “Everybody has sublet their places,” Kim explains. “Now that they won’t be going to Antarctica for 3 months, they’re going to have to figure out where to live.”On Friday, the U.S. Antarctic Program issued a “Dear Colleague” letter to the community on its plans for rebounding from the shutdown. The letter, from Scott Borg, head of the Antarctic Sciences Section, included this description of how projects would be scheduled:“NSF decisions about priorities for restart are conditioned by factors such as continuity of long-term data sets, time-criticality of observations or studies, impacts on young or early career investigators, and international or interagency partnerships. Our deliberations have been, and will continue to be, informed by input provided by the potentially affected Principal Investigators.”*Updated, 21 October, 9:40 a.m.: This article was updated to include information on a “Dear Colleague” letter that the U.S. Antarctic Program sent to researchers on Friday, 18 October.last_img read more

first_imgSharkskin is as rough as high grain sandpaper thanks to millions of small toothlike scales called denticles. Grooves along these denticles smooth the flow of passing water, giving swimming sharks a boost and inspiring a team of researchers to produce its own sharkskin-inspired material. The team first created a detailed denticle computer model by scanning the skin of a shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) purchased at a local fish market. Using a 3D printer, the team studded thousands of identical 2-millimeter denticles onto both sides of a flexible foil, as pictured above. The researchers then attached their newly formed faux sharkskin to a robotic arm, allowing the material to either remain stationary in flowing water or flap fishlike through stationary water. In slow-flowing water, the denticles reduced drag on the foil by 8.7%, the researchers report online today in The Journal of Experimental Biology. The benefits were even more pronounced when the robotic arm mimicked a swimming motion, the team reports, with a 6.6% increase in swimming speed and a 5.9% reduction in energy expenditure. The researchers believe the material could one day be used in speed-boosting swimsuits, though they admit major manufacturing challenges could leave the idea dead in the water.last_img read more

first_imgA wrist splint can relieve symptoms that can occur from overuse of the hand and wrist.Review Date:6/4/2011Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.last_img

first_imgA new poster of Hollywood film Baywatch featuring Priyanka Chopra and Dwayne Johnson is making the rounds of social media.ALSO READ:  Priyanka Chopra’s photo with Salman Khan’s nephew Ahil is the best thing you’ll see todayThe poster also features other stars of the film: Zac Efron, Kelly Rohrbach, Alexandra Daddario, Jon Bass and Ilfenesh Hadera.The first poster of Baywatch released earlier this month, but the Mary Kom star was missing from it. The poster had Johnson, Efron and classic red bikini-clad crew of Alexandra Daddario, Ilfenesh Hadera and Kelly Rohrbach.In the new July 4-themed poster, the entire cast is covered in stars and stripes, except Priyanka who sports an all-white ensemble and a pair of shades.Johnson shared the poster on his Instagram page. He captioned it: “On MAY 19th, 2017 you will witness these amazing women Kelly Rohrbach, Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra, Ilfenesh Hadera save lives, Jon Bass steal the show, Zac Efron’s ripped 28 pack abs and some big, brown, bald tattooed guy just kinda standing around.”  Priyanka, who will be seen playing a negative character named Victoria Leeds in the film, retweeted Johnson’s post and replied: “All Victoria will Save is herself The Rock lol! Central intelligence looks awesome Baywatch”.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgBy Bharat SharmaAlbany (Bahamas), Nov 29 (PTI) Tiger Woods doesnt know how long he is going to play but is fully motivated to show his kids that he can be a lot more than the Youtube golfer they have seen in their grown up years.Woods, who has undergone multiple back surgeries in his long and illustrious career, is set for his latest comeback at this weeks Hero World Challenge here after a nine-month absence from the sport.He is just happy being pain-free after a long time and wants to be back on the course with his friends, whom he will be up against during the week.He also hopes that his kids — daughter Sam and son Charlie — see him play a lot on the tour and may be one day carry his bag in a tournament.Ahead of the Hero World Challenge, Woods was asked what Sam and Charlie thought of him as a golf player and whether they know that he was the Lionel Messi of his sport. The legendary golfer recently had an interaction with the star Argentine footballer.”Its more Charlies, thats his idol. He plays FIFA all the time and its always Messi, so its pretty neat to see my kids kind of in awe like that. I thought it was really neat for them to have us back in the locker room just to meet (Luis) Suarez and a few other guys on the team. It was really a surreal moment for me to step back and watch my kids just really appreciate it,” said Woods.advertisementDo they know that their 14-time major winning father is considered one of the greats of the game?”Thats what I was referring to about the quote that my daughter said. I said, Isnt it neat to be a living legend? She said, Yeah, we live with one. I never thought my kids have understood what Ive been able to do in the game of golf because they always think Im the YouTube golfer. Theyve never seen me in action.”So most of the stuff theyve watched has been on highlight packages. Theyve never seen what I can do on a golf course, and then when I started coming back for this event, Sam wanted to go out on the golf course with me.”She just thought it was so cool I was hitting it where she couldnt see it. Charlies the same thing, he wants to compete, he wants to play with me, those are things that are special,” said the 41-year-old in his first interaction with the media on his return.Woods now wants his kids around whenever he is playing.”I want them to see what Ive been able to do my entire career. Ive been fortunate enough to play tournament golf for 37 years and I want them to experience some of that, have a better understanding of it.”I dont know how long Im going to be playing but I want them to come to a few events, I want them to feel it, I want them to understand it a little bit more. It would be neat to have one of them carry the bag in a tournament,” said a relaxed looking Woods as he answered the barrage of questions in detail.The last edition of the Hero World Challenge was also a comeback event for him but he could not continue for long and withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic in February.Woods insists this time his body feels much better.”You know, Im not going to be dunking a basketball anytime soon, but Im able to live without any lower back pain or any kind of zinging down my leg or have foot drop. I dont have any of those issues anymore. Thats why it is very different.”Woods further said his future will depend a lot on how his body behaves in competitions.”You know, I hate to be so mundane on this one, but honestly, Im just looking forward to getting through these four rounds and having an understanding, a better understanding of where Im at. I dont know where Im at. What I mean by that is I dont know how hard I can hit it, what shots can I play.”I dont know what the future entails in that regard because Im still learning about this body and once I get a better understanding I can give you a better answer,” he added. PTI BS CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgATHENS — IOC President Thomas Bach says the torch relay for this year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will include a stop at a refugee camp in Athens.Bach has also promised to build sporting facilities on the island of Lesbos that has been hard hit by the migrant crisis.Bach visited a refugee camp in Athens on Thursday and met potential candidates who could compete for the first time as part of a stateless refugee team at the games in Rio.Bach said the athletes will attend the opening ceremony, marching behind the Olympic flag before host team Brazil enters last.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgParis, Oct 16 (IANS) French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday named Christophe Castaner, one of his main backers, as the new Interior Minister, replacing Gerard Collomb in his latest Cabinet reshuffle.In a statement, the President’s office said that “following the proposal of Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, the President of the Republic … named Christophe Castaner as Interior Minister”.Castaner had been Macron’s spokesperson during his campaign for the presidential election in 2017, before being appointed Secretary of State for parliamentary relations, Xinhua news agency reported.In Macron’s first Cabinet after the election, 52-year-old lawyer Castaner was named leader of the ruling camp “Republique En Marche” party. He also served a few months as the government’s spokesman.The nomination of Castaner came after Collomb announced in September that he would quit the government in mid 2019 to run for the Lyon municipal elections in 2020. He served as Lyon’s Mayor from 2001 to 2017.On October 3, Macron accepted Collomb’s resignation after initially refusing it and asked the Prime Minister to handle the interior portfolio until a successor was announced.In the latest Cabinet reshuffle, the fourth since he took power in May 2017, Macron had brought in new names with different political views with which he hoped to regain his footing and inject fresh impetus into his ruling camp.Among the newcomers, socialist Didier Guillaume was named Agriculture Minister, replacing Stephane Travert. Marc Fesneau, President of the centrist MoDem group at the National Assembly, will take charge of parliamentary relations.Meanwhile, Macron kept the main figures of the ministerial team in place for 16 months with Jean-Yves Le Drian still overseeing the Foreign Affairs Ministry and Bruno Le Maire remaining in charge of the Economy Ministry.Dogged by opponents for having a vertical, monarchical way of governing and a reputation for arrogance, Macron suffered a further setback after a series of resignations that put his political craftiness into question.Collomb was the third minister to step down in five weeks after the resignations of Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot and Sports Minister Laura Flessel.A BVA poll released in September showed 32 per cent holding a favourable view of Macron, down by two percentage points for the third consecutive month.The new Cabinet will hold its first meeting on Wednesday.–IANSsoni/sedadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgRanji trophy 2018-19, which is the 85th season started on November 1, 2018. A total of 37 teams participated this year. Ranji trophy is hereArunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Puducherry, Sikkim and Uttarakhand are the new entries this year.In the opening round of the tournament, a total of 94 players made their first-class cricket debut.Here are 12 things about Ranji Trophy you must know:1Ranji Trophy was previously named The Cricket Championship of India. It started in 1934.2The first-ever Ranji match was played between the then Madras and Mysore at Chepauk on November 4.3Mumbai has won the Ranji Trophy for the highest number of times – 42. The closest second is Karnataka with eight titles.4Bengal has been the runner-up for the most number of times – 11, followed by Tamil Nadu (10).5Mumbai has set another record of the longest streak of winning the title. The 42-times winners had bagged the Ranji Trophy for 15 consecutive years from 1958-59 to 1972-73.6Apart from regional cricket associations, services such as railways and army also have their Ranji teams. Railways have won it twice.7The first ball of Ranji Trophy was bowled by M. J. Gopalan of Madras to N. Curtis of Mysore.8The tournament is played in a round-robin format. There are four groups divided into two tiers. 9Group A and Group B have nine teams and Group C has 10 teams. 10The newly added groups are added in plate group. 11Five teams of group A and B will qualify to the quarter-final, while only the top two teams of group C and plate group will join them. 12Vidarbha’s Wasim Jaffer becomes the first batsman in the history of Ranji trophy to score 11,000 runs in the third round between Vidarbha and Baroda. Follow the LIVE scores of the Ranji Trophy matches on Here’s the link of the Haryana vs Mumbai scorecard (@BCCI) October 27, 2013Also read: This Indian is the first to become VP of the International Shooting Sports FederationInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

first_imgTransfers Man Utd flop Memphis Depay eyes Real Madrid move Harry Sherlock Last updated 2 years ago 17:33 10/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Memphis Depay Lyon 2017 Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Olympique Lyonnais Manchester United Ligue 1 Primera División Premier League Memphis Depay The Netherlands international struggled to impress at Old Trafford before being offloaded to Lyon, but he hopes to one day play for Los Blancos Memphis Depay has set his sights on a move to Real Madrid from Ligue 1 club Lyon.The Netherlands international joined the French outfit from Manchester United in 2016, following a tumultuous period at Old Trafford.Depay struggled for form in England, scoring just seven goals in 53 appearances, but has improved in France, scoring three goals and providing three assists in nine appearances for Lyon thus far this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. And the 23-year-old has now revealed his dream of playing at the Santiago Bernabeu, insisting the ambition is a “realistic” one.Memphis Depay, Netherlands“I think I’m going to Real Madrid. Yes, that’s a serious goal,” he told Dutch magazine The PSV Supporter.”What’s happened so far, that’s God, He helps me and brings me here.”The attacker initially thrived at PSV in his native Holland, and he maintains that the club remains close to his heart.He added: “I had very nice times at PSV, but I wanted to reach higher goals in my career. At Lyon I’m very happy. The club is in a way comparable to PSV.”last_img read more

first_imgWatford midfielder Chalobah seeks to help crocked Crichlowby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah is helping one of the club’s injured Under-23 players by offering him accommodation and transport.Kane Crichlow, who joined Watford from AFC Wimbledon on a two-year contract in the summer, suffered a broken ankle in first-team training last month after going in for a tackle with defender Daryl Janmaat.The London Evening Standard says Chalobah is aware that Crichlow is far from his home in Bermuda so has invited him to stay with him in Hertfordshire, while the midfielder has also been providing the youngster with lifts to training.Chalobah is also able to offer support when it comes to recovering from long-term injuries after damaging his knee cap two years ago. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgNova Scotia’s first Accessibility Act has been proclaimed, part of government’s commitment to a more inclusive province. Premier Stephen McNeil announced the proclamation today, Sept. 18, at the East Preston United Baptist Church. “We want to make Nova Scotia more accessible and reduce barriers for persons with disabilities,” said Premier McNeil. “The proclamation of this historic legislation is an important part of our commitment to make the province more inclusive for all Nova Scotians.” Under the Accessibility Act, passed earlier this year, Nova Scotia has a goal to be accessible by 2030. The legislation, which comes into effect today, puts in place a process to establish and meet standards for accessibility and to remove and prevent barriers for persons with disabilities. “The proclamation of this act is a historic day for people with disabilities,” said Gerry Post, the new executive director of the Accessibility Directorate. “I’m also pleased to see the commitment in the grants and work that is underway already.” Also today, Community Services Minister Kelly Regan announced funding support for Halifax-area organizations under the province’s accessibility grant program. The Community ACCESS-Ability Program offers grants for accessibility-related capital improvements, like renovations making entrances, doorways and washrooms accessible or building ramps. “An accessible province is good for everyone,” said Ms. Regan. “We want Nova Scotia to be a province where everyone can live in an environment that is inclusive, welcoming and fulfilling. These grants will help local community groups make their organizations more accessible to the people they serve.” One grant recipient is the East Preston United Baptist Church which will receive $ 4,600 to build an accessible washroom. “Full accessibility is important to Pastor Porter and the East Preston United Baptist Church,” said Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard, East Preston United Baptist Church. “Upgrading the washrooms in our church hall to make them fully accessible means that all members of the church and community can participate in the many spiritual and social programs and activities that we host there.” In addition to grants for community organizations, government has also committed to create a $1 million Small Business ACCESS-Ability Program to help small businesses with accessibility projects. For more information, visit: read more

first_imgRome: Italian powerhouses Juventus are on the hunt for star Dutch defender and Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt and are reportedly prepared to pay more than 70 million euros, according to De Telegraaf newspaper Saturday. The teenage centre-back has previously been linked to a possible transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, but Juventus “are seducing the Ajax defender with a contract almost impossible to refuse, and star player Cristiano Ronaldo’s charms”, the paper reported. It comes after television cameras picked up a short, but genial conversation between Ronaldo and De Ligt after the Netherlands lost 1-0 against Portugal in the Nations League final earlier this month. Asked by the Dutch public broadcaster NOS at the time whether Ronaldo wanted to know if De Ligt, 19, would join him at the Turin-based Juventus, De Ligt said: “That could well be, yes.” “I didn’t understand him at first. I was a little shocked, so I laughed. But I didn’t say anything,” De Ligt pointed out. Should De Ligt decide to move to the Italian club he could rake in between 15 to 20 million euros ($17 to $22 million) annually, the NOS added, saying the contract would last five years.last_img read more

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s highest court has upheld the convictions of a former teacher who sexually abused two teenage students.Amy Hood of Stellarton, N.S., was found guilty in April 2016 of sexual touching, sexual exploitation and luring minors for a sexual purpose.Hood admitted she abused the male students, aged 15 and 17 at the time, but argued she should be found not criminally responsible because she was suffering from bipolar mood disorder at the time.She was given a 15-month conditional sentence by provincial court Judge Del Atwood, who found the mandatory minimum sentence of one year in jail to be grossly disproportionate in this case.The former Grade 6 teacher at Thorburn Consolidated School in Thorburn, N.S., appealed her conviction on several grounds, including that Atwood neglected to consider all the relevant evidence from defence witnesses.In a decision released Thursday, a panel of Nova Scotia Court of Appeal judges rejected her appeal, saying Atwood did not neglect that evidence.“He was careful and thorough in his analysis,” Chief Justice Michael MacDonald and Justice Duncan Beveridge wrote for the three-judge panel.They said Atwood accepted expert evidence from psychiatrists that Hood suffered from bipolar mood disorder, but rejected defence arguments that the disorder made her incapable of knowing that her behaviour was morally wrong.“The fact is, the trial judge was simply not convinced by the defence experts’ insistence that the appellant could intellectually know that her acts amounted to professional misconduct and were legally wrong, yet be unable to ‘access this insight’ over many months to know her conduct was morally wrong,” the decision said.“The experts here acknowledged that a person who is affected by (bipolar mood disorder) can become psychotic, including the presence of delusion. But they were unanimous: There was absolutely no evidence the appellant was at any time psychotic.”The panel noted a text message exchange with one of the complainants, which showed Hood had concerns about the legal ramifications of her actions.“I picture a (expletive) cop car showing up at the school or my house all the (expletive) time. It’s sad how much it consumes my day, and yet I try and convince myself that I’m not that (expletive) up, but I must be, because I can’t say no to you,” the text message said.The Crown had also sought to appeal Hood’s sentence, but the appeal court dismissed that application.“These were serious offences that must be denounced and deterred,” the decision said.“At the same time, Ms. Hood suffered from mental illness which does not pardon her, but was a legitimate factor for the judge to consider on sentencing. She has already paid dearly; for example by losing her teaching career along with the inevitable public humiliation. Her sentence is punitive. It adequately addresses deterrence and denunciation.”Hood had apologized for her actions during a sentencing hearing in October 2016.“I truly believe in my heart that without the onset of bipolar disorder, none of these events would have ever occurred,” she said at the time.“I want to reiterate my deep and immeasurable remorse for my actions that led to these charges and the lasting effects they have had on (the victims’) lives as well as their families. It is something I will feel regret for every day for the rest of my life.”last_img read more

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Trump administration and coal industry allies are insisting that a federal black lung trust fund will continue paying benefits to sick miners despite a drastic cut in funding. But the expected shortfalls will be covered by taxpayers instead of coal companies.In January, a tax rate coal companies pay to support the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund was cut in half, leaving sick miners and their advocates fearing future benefit cuts. The fund is about $4 billion in debt.The trust fund offers medical coverage and cash payments to black lung patients.The Department of Labor told the Associated Press on Wednesday that it is obligated to continue to pay benefits to sick miners. The agency says any shortfall would be covered by borrowing from the U.S. Treasury.Dylan Lovan, The Associated Press read more

LONDON — Official figures show that average earnings in the U.K. increased in the three months to April while unemployment remained at its lowest level since the end of 1974.The Office for National Statistics said Tuesday that average weekly earnings excluding bonuses were up 3.4% in the three months to April compared with the year before. That’s up from the 3.3 per cent recorded in March and points to building inflation pressures in the economy.Elsewhere, the statistics agency said the 3.8% unemployment rate is the lowest since December 1974 after another 34,000 people came off the jobless register, taking the total out of work at 1.3 million. The employment rate of 76.1% was also the joint-highest since records began in 1971.The Associated Press read more

The United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Climate Change, Han Seung-soo, today in Bangkok called on countries in the region to pursue sustainable growth.“We can turn the crisis of climate change into a new economic opportunity,” Mr. Han told a committee of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).Mr. Han applauded ESCAP for its Green Growth initiative, which the Commission said calls for a paradigm change in thinking of growth and argues for ecological costs to be fully reflected in market prices.The envoy’s remarks came as Asia prepares to host a conference in Bali next month aimed at hammering out a legally binding agreement capping greenhouse gas emissions to succeed the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.Mr. Han said that the new mechanism would work only if all countries participate, especially the world’s 15 major emitters. 19 November 2007The United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Climate Change, Han Seung-soo, today in Bangkok called on countries in the region to pursue sustainable growth. read more

The International Development Association (IDA) and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) of the World Bank has shown interest to mobilize its funds through a credit of USD 100 mn for the Accelerating Higher Education Expansion and Development (AHEAD) Operation.Accordingly, the proposed programme aims to increase enrolment in higher education programs that are important for aspiring upper middle-income countries and to develop the higher education sector in areas of vital importance for future economic development such as modern teaching and learning that blend academic achievement with good socio-emotional skills and a vibrant research and innovation culture that supports the expansion and growth of higher-value industries and services. The project will be implemented by the Ministry of Higher Education and Highways throughout the period of 2017 – 2022.The Financing Agreement and Loan Agreement were signed today at the Ministry of Finance by Dr. R. H. S Samarathunga, Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka and Ms. Idah Z. Pswarayi – Riddihough, Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, on behalf of the World Bank. (Colombo Gazette) Depending on the availability of the World Bank funds to Sri Lanka, it has been proposed to obtain two financing facilities from IDA and IBRD such as a Credit of Special Drawing Rights (SDR) being the equivalent of USD 33 mn from the International Development Association (IDA) and a credit of USD 67 mn from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) of the World Bank. AHEAD focuses on three areas, namely increasing enrolment in higher education in priority areas for economic development, improving the quality of higher education and promoting research and development and innovation. read more

Tories want Ontario public sector pensions changed to defined contribution TORONTO – Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives say taxpayers can no longer afford what they call “gold-plated pension plans” for public sector workers.Opposition Leader Tim Hudak says Ontario faces a $100-billion funding liability for about 90 public sector pension plans that will only get worse if the rules aren’t changed.Hudak says it’s time new nurses, teachers and civil servants were given defined contribution pension plans instead of the more lucrative _ and costly _ defined benefit pensions those workers currently have.He says there’s a dramatic unfairness in the system when some taxpayers with no workplace pension have to pay more to fund generous pensions for public sector workers.Hudak also wants pooled pension plans for private sector workers who don’t have a pension, which would not require employers to make any contributions.The New Democrats called the Conservative idea “reckless and unworkable” and said it would push more retirees into poverty and cost the government millions of dollars in court battles.The Liberal government says it would prefer a “gradual, moderate” increase in the Canada Pension Plan over a pooled plan. by News Staff Posted Nov 19, 2012 1:26 pm MDT read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PAGE, Neb. – The dollars are flowing for Nebraska landowners who are willing to sign quickly to allow the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on their property.Landowners say they’ve received written offers from pipeline builder TransCanada in the last few weeks offering considerably more money than initially promised.But it’s on the condition that they agree soon.The U-S government has yet to indicate when it will decide whether to give the project the green light, but proponents hope to start building this year.One family said it was initially guaranteed $8,900 dollars in 2012, to allow the pipeline through its farm.According to an offer sheet dated Jan. 13, the figure has now surged to nearly $62,000 dollars.Included in the figure is a $27,000 signing bonus that shrinks the longer landowners wait.The pipeline would carry Alberta crude to Gulf coast refineries and has been a flashpoint for environmentalists and others who oppose it. by News Staff Posted Jan 26, 2014 12:32 pm MDT TransCanada offering huge cash payouts to build on Nebraska property: landowners read more

“The profile of the new head of state of the transition could help restore hope,” UN Special Representative, Babacar Gaye, told journalists via telephone from the capital, Bangui. In his first direct briefing to the press since President Michel Djotodia and Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye stepped down on Friday, Mr. Gaye added that the international community would have to accompany this new team on the road “to free, credible and democratic elections”. The country’s Parliament and its new interim leader, Alexandre Ferdinand Nguendet, who headed the National Transitional Council (CNT) prior to the flare-up of violence, could begin the process of selection a new transitional president as early as tomorrow, he said. Under its charter, the CNT has 15 days to organize election of the new head of state of the transition. “We are confident that these timelines will be respected,” Mr. Gaye said. “We may even deliver in less time.”The space for elections will be made possible through the expected reinforcement of the African-led International Support Mission to CAR (MISCA) with a contingent from Rwanda and the continued engagement of French troops, known as SANGARIS.“Hope is within grasp, but not yet in our hand,” said Mr. Gaye, who is also the Head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the country (BINUCA).The conflict in CAR erupted nearly year ago when attacks by mainly Muslim Séléka rebels forced then President François Bozizé to flee. In recent weeks, the fighting has escalated further with ex-Séléka and Christian anti-balaka militias fighting each other.Relative calm has returned to Bangui, according to media reports. However, 100,000 people continue to gather around the national airport, and one in five people in the country are believed to be displaced, Mr. Gaye said.“Today, people in Bangui can die because of their religious beliefs, because of their clothing style or just because of their physical appearance,” he said.One of the main items on the agenda of the next Government, noted Mr. Gaye, will be “to…try to start reconciliation between the communities”.Speaking last week to the extraordinary summit of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) in Chad where transitional leadership stepped down, Mr. Gaye, delivering a message to the event on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, warned that the past year’s events have profoundly damaged the relationship between Muslim and Christian communities and pose a long-term danger to the country.In a message, Mr. Ban commended the ECCAS Heads of State for proposing an inclusive national conference to provide all national actors with the opportunity “to share their concerns, agree on common challenges, and collectively find a way out of this crisis”, including through the preparation of elections.He also expressed concern about “widespread human rights abuses”. The UN is working to establish an International Commission of Inquiry to document the violations, in line with a resolution adopted by the Security Council in early December.UN officials have been calling for urgent protection and increased assistance to the growing number of persons displaced by the violence. About half of the population, or some 2.2 million people, are estimated to be in desperate need of humanitarian aid. A donors conference for CAR is set for 1 February in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the African Union has its headquarters. read more