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U.S. lawmakers propose scaling back Pentagon science cuts—slightly

first_imgWhen President Barack Obama proposed a hefty 6.9% cut to the U.S. military’s basic research programs earlier this year, many academic science lobbyists winced. Today, the Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives passed a spending bill that wouldn’t cut quite as deep—just 6.4%—but that’s not doing much to dull the pain.“We are dismayed by the House Appropriations Committee’s Defense bill,” said Hunter Rawlings, president of the Washington, D.C.–based Association of American Universities (AAU), in a statement. “We criticized the President’s budget for its 6.9-percent cut; this bill provides only a modest improvement.”Universities receive some 10% of their federal research dollars from the Department of Defense (DOD). In particular, academic scientists get about one-half of the roughly $2 billion the Pentagon spends on basic research, known as the “6.1” budget line in DOD parlance. 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But the White House signaled that wasn’t going to be possible in the 2015 fiscal year that begins 1 October. It proposed cutting overall DOD spending on science and technology 5.5%, to $11.51 billion, with basic research taking a bigger hit. It’s “not that we don’t like university research. We love university research,” Alan Shaffer, a top DOD research official, told Congress earlier this year. “But given the constraints … we wanted to push more money” into more applied projects that are closer to fruition, he said.Shaffer estimated the proposed $150 million reduction in DOD’s core basic science budget “will cut about 1500 grants nationwide, give or take,” assuming an average of $100,000 per grant. “That’s a lot of university grants that are coming out.”Today’s House panel vote doesn’t offer much relief, which leaves AAU’s Rawlings and others hoping the full House or the Senate will intercede to cancel more of the cut. They warn that national security could be at stake. “The basic research DOD has conducted since World War II has consistently made our nation’s military the world’s best equipped, most technologically advanced force,” Rawlings said. “Congress should approve this kind of cut only if it wishes to erode our armed forces’ future technological advantages.”The research funding is part of a larger $491 billion measure funding all Pentagon programs. The bill must still be approved by the full House and reconciled with the U.S. Senate’s version. No final action is expected until after the November elections.last_img read more

Concessions on Indian student immigration could give UK a post-Brexit boost

first_imgWhen I arrived from India as a 19-year-old student in the early 1980s, the UK was a very different country. In many ways, it was less open than now, but several institutions in London – such as the Indian YMCA, founded in 1920, and the India Club, which has stood on the Strand since the 1940s – testified to the welcome that Indian students had received going back a century.Read it at Times Higher Education Related Itemslast_img

U.P. govt. slammed for law student’s arrest

first_imgOpposition parties slammed the BJP and Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday for arresting the law student from Shahjahanpur who has accused former Union Minister Swami Chinmayanand of rape.Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra slammed the Yogi Adityanath government, saying that police deliberately delayed the arrest of the “accused BJP leader” and acted only after public pressure.Mr. Chinmayanand was yet to be booked for rape, Ms. Vadra said. “Wah re BJP ka nyay (This is the BJP’s justice?),” she tweeted in Hindi.Ms. Vadra also compared the case to the Unnao episode.Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said the BJP had shown its “true face” by sending to jail the student who “displayed courage” and raised her voice against the former BJP MP.CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat, who met the student in Shahjahanpur jail on Thursday, said she appeared “terrified”. The law student’s counsel Anup Trivedi on Thursday applied for her bail in a district court but the judge scheduled the hearing for September 30. (With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Pragmatic Portugal shatter France’s summer dream

first_imgThe smell of teargas floating in the air near the Eiffel Tower proved an ominous sign on the night when France’s dream of a perfect soccer summer turned sour.The clashes at the Paris fan zone, where supporters trying to force their way in were pushed back by riot police, were relatively minor.But such distractions were not part of a script which was then shredded on the pitch where Portugal gave a spirited rearguard performance to deny France their happy ending. (Also read: Ronaldo shows why he’s the undisputed boss of world football)The French were desperate for some light relief when the tournament kicked off a month ago after strikes and violent protests against a labour law, with a state of emergency still in place after Islamist attacks that killed 130 people in the French capital in November.France started the tournament in sluggish fashion but improved match after match, advancing to the final with a convincing 2-0 win over world champions Germany.In the final, Portugal suffered a blow when their most dangerous player, Cristiano Ronaldo, was carried off on a stretcher during the first half.That adversity seemed to encourage the Portuguese to battle even harder for their first major title. The hosts, who had burned up a lot of energy in their win over Germany on Thursday, ran out of steam and dropped their guard deep in extra time when substitute striker Eder fired home the only goal.GRIEZMANN SAD BUT PHILOSOPHICAL”We’re all sad and unhappy, but that’s football, sometimes it gives and sometimes it takes away,” said forward Antoine Griezmann, who scored six goals in the finals but failed to find the back of the net when it mattered the most.advertisement”We’ll just have to bounce back stronger to prove that this team have a great future.” (Also read: Euro 2016: Losing to Ronaldo again sucks, says Griezmann)Coach Didier Deschamps, who has been given the credit for turning France back into a tight, cohesive unit rather than a loose collection of big egos, will now switch his mind to the qualification campaign for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.The pragmatic manager has a team with arguably more talent up front than ever before and two exciting 20-year-olds to call on in Kingsley Coman and Anthony Martial.The rise of centre back Samuel Umtiti, 22, who won his first three caps in the tournament and showed maturity beyond his years, is another reason for Deschamps to hope for great things to come.”We didn’t get the reward, but we have an exceptional group and that let’s us think that we will have better days,” Deschamps said.It was cloudy in Paris on Monday, the Eiffel Tower was closed and many fans woke up with a nasty hangover but still in love with their team despite its stumble at the final hurdle. (Also read: Euro 2016: Eiffel Tower shut, France fetes end to Euros security test)”We have regrets, but there’s also pride,” said midfielder Blaise Matuidi.”We have reunited the French people and created a craze around this team. We gave joy and happiness to those who like football, and even to those who liked it less … We can be proud of this.”last_img read more

Still an open game for India at Eden Gardens: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgThe Eden Gardens pitch for the second Test was not flat and posed lot of challenge for batsmen with India 239/7 at stumps on day one. New Zealand pacers Matt Henry and Trent Boult made good use of the morning conditions by picking up early wickets, until Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane steadied things for India.It was a see-saw day with neither of the teams dominating a full session. The surface was tough for batting on the opening day and Cricket Association of Bengal President and former India captain Sourav Ganguly told India Today that batting will get tougher once the game progresses.  But he feels if India managed to post 300 runs on the board, it is still an open game for the hosts. Moreover, Ganguly added that from day three onwards spinners will get turn. (Kolkata Test, Day 1: India lose initiative despite Pujara, Rahane fifties)STILL OPEN GAME FOR INDIA”I think the fast bowlers will have a role to play… the new ball is doing a bit on the surface specially with the bounce. The first 20 overs will be crucial with the new ball, spinners haven’t got any help yet but will start turning from day three,” Ganguly said.”It’s still an open game for India if they get to 275-300. If Ravindra Jadeja and Wriddhiman Saha take India’s total to 300 runs then the hosts will be in the driver’s seat. It will not be easy as the game progresses and batting will get tougher,” he added.CAPTAIN KOHLI STRUGGLINGadvertisementHowever, the former India batsman is not worried about Virat Kohli’s form and said such a slump while captaining is normal. (Virat Kohli still struggling for answers in ‘Testing’ home conditions)”I don’t think so Virat is under any pressure with captaincy and he has scored lot of runs as captain. I too have struggled as captain in 2001 and all captains go through this slump. I don’t think it is a problem for Virat Kohli, its just a minor blip, three or four innings which has gone by and he will again score runs.”TIME RUNNING OUT FOR SHIKHAR, ROHIT”I think he has to get runs very quickly and get big runs because I think time is running out for Shikhar Dhawan in Test cricket and the same with Rohit Sharma as well. I think these two players are under pressure in holding their place as Test batsman. Their Test career hasn’t taken off like in the one-day format and in Test they desperately need to get runs and find form quickly,” Ganguly also said. (Eden Test: Ravi Shastri slams Virat Kohli for poor shot selection)’PUJARA A MUST AT NO.3′”He batted exceptionally well on a difficult surface in the morning session with the ball seaming around. I have said before and I reiterate again that he is a must in this Indian side. Pujara is a must at No. 3 in the Indian side and at that position you don’t want someone to play shots all the time.”On tough pitches he is a much much important player in this side than anybody else. When the ball was swinging around and batting was tough, Pujara stood up and did the hard bit,” Ganguly said.last_img read more

Barcelona pip Roma to sign Brazilian Malcom from Bordeaux

first_imgBarcelona swooped in at the 11th hour to sign Brazilian forward Malcom on a five-year deal from Girondins Bordeaux for an initial 41 million euros ($47.89 million) in a surprise move after AS Roma had struck a deal with the French club.The 21-year-old was set to join the Italians this week after Roma on Monday said they had reached agreement with Bordeaux for the player but media reports in Spain and Italy said Barcelona’s 11th hour offer had changed Malcolm’s mind.He did not take a flight scheduled for Rome on Monday evening, having been due for a medical in the Italian Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 24, 2018Media reports said Malcolm’s change of destination came after Barcelona’s move for fellow Brazilian attacker Willian broke down when they were unable to agree a transfer fee with Chelsea, leading them to turn to Bordeaux’s fleet-footed wide forward.”The Brazilian will undergo a medial on Wednesday morning and then directly join the FC Barcelona US Tour,” read a statement from the Spanish champions, whose deal for the player includes an extra one million euros in variables.Malcom joined Bordeaux from Brazilian side Corinthians in January 2016 and scored 23 goals in 96 games for the club.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

I have no words, really very proud: PV Sindhu after gold at World Tour Finals 2018

first_imgPV Sindhu was ecstatic after winning her maiden gold medal of 2018 by defeating Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-19, 21-17 in the women’s singles final of BWF World Tour Finals 2018 at Guangzhou, China. Sindhu had lost at this very stage last year when she was up against another Japanese – Akane Yamaguchi, she had lost a World Championships final to Okuhara last year but on Sunday, Sindhu showed excellent mental fortitude and great skills to win the title.”I feel really happy and I think I have no words because this is my first win in this year and everytime I have been coming to the final and losing. This will be the most memorable this year because I think it was a good game and I’m really very proud. I think the year has ended on a beautiful note.”I would like to thank each and everybody who have supported me and showed me their love. The fans here in Guangzhou have been fantastic. I would also like to thank my coaches, my physios and my sponsors,” Sindhu said after the match.PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara Final, BWF World Tour Finals: HIGHLIGHTSAs Sindhu won the last point, she dropped to her knees and clutched her face, much in relief and happiness. She had won silver medals at Rio Olympics, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, two World Championships, BWF Super Series Finals (last year) but they were all silver and her mental fortitude was questioned every time. This time she had gone all the way to gold and said she would now say it out loud.advertisement”Somewhere everyone has been asking me the same question and I think the question won’t come to me again that why all the time coming to the final and losing the final. In fact I think now I would say I have won a gold and I am really very proud about it.”I am the winner. No one can say I don’t win in finals, I have won the gold and this win is really special to me.”Watch the Rio 2016medalist @Pvsindhu1 speak on her #BWFWorldTourFinals win#IndiaontheRise #badminton BAI Media (@BAI_Media) December 16, 2018″It’s a very beautiful tournament I would say, even Nozomi played really well and BWF World Tour Finals, I would say last to last time I lost in the semi-finals, last time I was a runner-up and this time I’m the winner so I think it’s definitely a beautiful tournament for me. Every point today was very important and there were long rallies so overall has been fantastic,” Sindhu further said.After her semi-final victory over Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon on Saturday, Sindhu had said, “I have improved a bit [in mental fortitude] because sometimes, couple of times before if I was leading and say she would fight back and take the lead, I would get nervous but now I have been comparatively much more stronger. In that case, I tend to think and lose crucial points.” She surely showed that improved mental strength on Sunday to win gold and bring up her 300th career win.”Even though I was leading, she came back and fought hard. Sometimes I was actually remembering about the last Finals but I just thought that’s not the time and focussed again. Otherwise it’s been very good.Astonishing. Simply astonishing rally #badminton #HSBCBWFbadminton #HSBCBWFGuangzhouFinals #HSBCBWFWorldTourFinals (@bwfmedia) December 16, 2018″Whenever I play against Okuhara or Yamaguchi, I don’t think it’s going to be easy but every time we go on court, it’s going to be tough. Even though today it was two games but each point was very important, we had like 30-40 strokes. So, I think talking about the Japanese, it’s not easy to play against them but I gave my 100 per cent and I just played all out today.”Sindhu said she she might just go around Guangzhou and relish her victory as she did not get the time to see the place earlier. She then said that she is looking forward to playing in the Premier Badminton League (PBL) back home.”Not really [have not really got the time to go out] but I think I will enjoy the moment till I am here. May be go out for some time and enjoy my victory.”We have an Indian league [PBL] so I will directly go there and I hope I do well there as well. I think that’s about it for the year.”advertisementSindhu said next year was the Olympic qualification year and she would sit and plan out the year with her coach later.”Next year I think it will be the Olympic qualification year so we have to be fit and strategise and know what tournaments to play, we need to discuss and think about it.”Also Read | PV Sindhu 1st Indian to win gold at BWF World Tour FinalsAlso Read | BWF World Tour Finals 2018: Mentally prepared, says PV Sindhu after reaching finalAlso See:last_img read more

Lab Series Partners With a Pair of Surfers to Introduce its New Gel Skincare

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About How to Shave With a Straight Razor If this early spring is anything to go by, hot temperatures will be here way before the official start of summer. You could be breaking out the shorts and mandals sooner than you think (unless you’re shorts guy and you’ve pretty much been wearing this outfit all winter). As you strip off the layers of clothing, you’ll also need to lighten up your grooming routine. Set aside all those heavy creams and oils and get into serums and gels. Lab Series is offering you two reasons to get into the latter now.Introducing the weightless wonders of PRO LS All-In-One Face Cleansing Gel ($18) and PRO LS All-In-One Face Hydrating Gel ($30), with light-as-air textures that literally take the weight off your grooming routine. They also streamline it by doing the work of a multitude of products, which works well for the season when you’d probably rather be doing anything other than staying inside making yourself look pretty. They also impart upon your face a cooling sensation that is sure to be a welcome bonus when the temps take a turn for the steamy or you forget to practice safe sunning. “These gels are lightweight enough that after you clean your skin in the morning, you can apply your sunscreen on top of the gel moisturizer without it feeling like too much on the skin,” says Jodie Boland, Lab Series Ambassador and Grooming Expert.Start your summer time shaving routine by washing up with PRO LS All-In-One Face Cleansing Gel. It goes deep to get all the grime and residual SPF out of your pores, cleans facial hair, and sloughs off any unsightly dead skin cells. And it contains conditioning ingredients so it does all that without robbing your skin of hydration.After you’ve cleaned up nice, slather your face with PRO LS All-In-One Face Hydrating Gel. Unlike most moisturizers, it won’t just sit there making you feel uncomfortable. It absorbs in an instant to moisturize and help maintain hydration levels without feeling sticky when you get sweaty. But on that note, oil-absorbing powders will prevent your sweaty face from looking like a grease spill.Who knows better about what it takes to save face in the summer than surfers? So Lab Series wrangled a couple of pros—Luke Davis and Mike Reinhardt—to be the ambassadors for the brand in time for the launch. “I like the All-In-One Face Cleansing Gel because it feels really light, really fresh, and helps to clean the skin, especially when you’ve been surfing all day and exposing your skin to all of the elements,” says Davis. While it’s just the thing for après surf, when salt water and the hot sun have sapped skin of moisture, it also does the job for après pounding the pavement. Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits The Best Men’s Grooming Essentials to Survive the Summer Heat What is Toner, Why Should You Use it, and What are the Best Toners for Men?last_img read more

Prime Minister Receives Leadership Award

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, was presented with the ‘Distinguished Leadership Award’ by the New York-based Jamaica Independence Foundation on Saturday, August 26.Also honoured by the Foundation were former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, who received the ‘Nation Builder Award’; and Jamaican-born basketball legend, Patrick Ewing, who was given the ‘Son of the Soil Legacy Award’.The awards were presented at the Jamaica 55 Independence Grand Gala, held at the New York Hilton Hotel by the Foundation.Accepting the award, Prime Minister Holness paid tribute to fellow awardee, Mr. Seaga, whom he described as his personal hero and mentor.He reminded the audience that Mr. Seaga was “one of the framers of the Jamaica Constitution, a father of the nation, a social engineer extraordinaire and a patriot”.“Jamaica is forever indebted to you and the countless contributions you have made to our country’s development,” the Prime Minister told Mr. Seaga.Turning to Mr. Ewing, the Prime Minister said he embodies the spirit of the Jamaican people, who have excelled in their endeavours.“Your stellar contributions to sports/basketball have further cemented Jamaica’s reputation as a sports powerhouse. We acknowledge your leadership in this area, and for your ambassadorship in showcasing the talent that is present in Jamaica,” the Prime Minister said.Proceeds from the gala will go towards Jamaica 55 Legacy Project – ‘Woman Inc.’, Jamaica’s women’s crisis centre, as well as the Garvey Elementary School in Bronx, New York, named in honour of Jamaica’s first National Hero, The Rt. Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey.The Prime Minister commended the organisers for channeling the proceeds to the centre and the school, emphasising that the Government will not relent in its efforts to get Marcus Garvey’s name cleared of criminal charges in the United States.Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (second left); Patrick Ewing Jr. (third left), representing his father; and former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, display their awards presented by the Jamaica Independence Foundation at its Grand Gala on August 26 at the Hilton Hotel in Manhattan, New York. At left is Jamaica’s Consul General to New York, Trudy Deans. The awards were presented at the Jamaica 55 Independence Grand Gala, held at the New York Hilton Hotel by the Foundation. Story Highlights The Prime Minister commended the organisers for channeling the proceeds to the centre and the school, emphasising that the Government will not relent in its efforts to get Marcus Garvey’s name cleared of criminal charges in the United States. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, was presented with the ‘Distinguished Leadership Award’ by the New York-based Jamaica Independence Foundation on Saturday, August 26.last_img read more

JCA to Host Traders Forum

first_img The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) plans to further deepen its engagements with clients and stakeholders through a special traders forum that will be held annually, beginning in the 2018/19 fiscal year. “I’m really pleased about the concept. You are now charting a formal course to communicating better with your importers and all of your (other) stakeholders. I commend you on that because we need it now more than ever (based on) what (the Government has) on the drawing board,” he indicated. The strategic initiative, which was launched by Finance and Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, on January 26, is designed to facilitate improved medium and long term efficiency within Jamaica’s trade environment through effective service delivery by the JCA. Story Highlights The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) plans to further deepen its engagements with clients and stakeholders through a special traders forum that will be held annually, beginning in the 2018/19 fiscal year.It will bring together interests involved in the wide spectrum of trade, inclusive of export, import, logistics, warehousing and haulage to educate, sensitize and heighten their awareness of the various processes and procedures involved along the supply chain.The strategic initiative, which was launched by Finance and Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, on January 26, is designed to facilitate improved medium and long term efficiency within Jamaica’s trade environment through effective service delivery by the JCA.Mr. Shaw, who welcomed the forum, said it opens up a new avenue for effective communication.“I’m really pleased about the concept. You are now charting a formal course to communicating better with your importers and all of your (other) stakeholders. I commend you on that because we need it now more than ever (based on) what (the Government has) on the drawing board,” he indicated.Among these, the Minister said, are the construction of 14,000 new hotel rooms over the next four years, 3,000 of which he noted have already been built; the creation of the Caymanas Economic Zone; construction of Government Circle around National Heroes Park as part of broader plans for downtown Kingston’s redevelopment; the proposed divestment of Norman Manley International Airport; and the establishment of a logistics centre at Vernamfield in Clarendon.“All of these things (require) an efficient and well-comported customs that operates with integrity and high levels of efficiency and mobility. I therefore commend you on this initiative (which aims to) improve communication and get things done in a speedy and efficient (manner),” Mr. Shaw stated.For her part, JCA Chief Executive Officer and Commissioner of Customs, Velma Ricketts Walker, said the forum is a continuation of initiatives by the agency to better engage with its clients and stakeholders on its services.She said the others included: the Customs Business Partnership Forum, launched in January 2017, that entails the JCA’s engagement of stakeholders, particularly in the logistics; and the ‘Customs meets the Community’, which the Commissioner said took the agency’s members across the island where they engaged a wide cross section of persons in discussions on how the JCA can further improve service delivery.Mrs. Ricketts Walker said through the custom traders forum, “we want to ensure that we entertain, engage and interact with all levels of the sector so that we can show how we impact (them) and we can deliver or services better”.“The JCA continues to place emphasis on its trade facilitation mandate with the aim of further building our capacity and improving our regional and global competitiveness as a customs administration. The role we play in this area, is very critical to national development and indeed, we take it seriously,” she underscored.last_img read more

DU opens its dashboard panel for teachers alumni experts feedback

first_imgNew Delhi: The University of Delhi curriculum revision committee on Wednesday opened its dashboard panel to accumulate the suggestion and feedback on the revised undergraduate courses syllabus from the stakeholders, teachers, experts and alumnae of the varsity. The revised syllabus is expected to be implemented for seven lakh students during the upcoming academic session of 2019-20.The varsity is revising the curriculum of all the undergraduate programmes to be aligned with the University Grants Commission’s learning- outcome based framework . “The process of revision of undergraduate course began on March 11 by inviting all deans and heads for a detailed consultative meeting,’ an official said. Moreover, a consensus emerged on the need to revise the curriculum and participation of students in the curriculum revision process has also been ensured. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThe “Under Graduate Curriculum Revision Committee” has developed a dashboard to facilitate the process. The dashboard has been developed to enable concerned teachers to work collectively and to share their inputs simultaneously. The revision schedule explicitly states different stages of involvement and approval of the revised curriculum from different statutory bodies of the University of Delhi. A member of the standing committee said that revised curriculum will have only 30 per cent weightage of state boards, meanwhile, for the first time curriculum will be similar for the regular colleges, School of Open Learning (SOL) and Non-Collegiate Women Education Board (NCWEB). Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThe revised curriculum will be expressed in terms of outcome related to knowledge, understanding, and communication skills. It will be aimed to foster quality higher education in academic research, and contributing to society, states the varsity. Standing Committee and curriculum revision committee member, Dr Rasal Singh said, its an appreciable step to do amendment in curriculum occasionally. “Time to time revision of curriculum is an appreciable initiative. By ensuring broader participation of all stakeholders, such initiatives become more meaningful, enriching and democratic. Students directly get benefitted by Learning based curriculum and the university also gets international recognition.”last_img read more

Alberta justice minister shocked angry with treatment of sex assault victim

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley is demanding answers after it was revealed a sex assault victim was shackled and jailed during her case and was even forced to ride in a prison van with her attacker.Ganley announced Monday she has launched two investigations into the case.“The facts of this case are disturbing and tragic, and when you add in the treatment of the victim in the system, they are almost incomprehensible,” said Ganley. “What is clear is that both policies and people failed in this case.”Ganley said she wants to know if the fact that the woman was indigenous and living on the street played a role in how she was treated by the justice system.“One of the questions that keeps me up at night is whether it would have been the case that if this woman was Caucasian and housed and not addicted, whether this would have happened to her,” Ganley told a legislature news conference.The 28-year-old woman, who was from central Alberta, was forced to spend five nights in the Edmonton Remand Centre during her testimony at a 2015 preliminary hearing for Lance Blanchard, the man who attacked her.Court heard the woman was homeless and sleeping in an apartment stairwell when she was attacked and dragged into Blanchard’s apartment. She suffered stab wounds to her temple and hand as she attempted to fight off the sexual assault.Court documents indicate the woman had trouble focusing and answering questions, so the hearing judge agreed with a Crown prosecutor’s request to have her spend the weekend in custody.The complainant was forced to testify about her June 2014 assault in Edmonton while she was shackled and handcuffed and, on at least two occasions, she had to travel in the same prisoner van as her attacker.A different judge — who found Blanchard guilty of aggravated assault, kidnapping, unlawful confinement and aggravated sexual assault — noted the woman’s treatment in his decision last December.“She was clearly distraught and, using her word, ‘panicking.’ She was somewhat belligerent,” Justice Eric Macklin wrote. “Concerns were expressed as to her behaviour and whether she would voluntarily reattend on the following Monday to continue her testimony.”Macklin expressed regret that the young woman was kept in custody.“She was remanded into custody on the mistaken belief that she was ‘a flight risk’ and that she was simply incapable of participating properly in the court proceedings,” he wrote. “Her treatment by the justice system in this respect was appalling. She is owed an apology.”That apology never came as she was killed in an unrelated shooting six months after her testimony.Macklin noted the woman, whose name is protected under a publication ban, was never missing and had never failed to appear in court.“Nevertheless … she remained in shackles,” Macklin wrote. “(She) emphasized again that she was the victim and not surprisingly, said the following: ‘I’m the victim and look at me. I’m in shackles. This is fantastic. This is a great … system.’”Ganley has hired Manitoba criminal lawyer Roberta Campbell to investigate what happened. A separate committee made up of representatives from police, the Crown prosecutors office, court services and victim services will make recommendations to fix gaps in policy.Ganley said she has already apologized to the victim’s mother.She also noted that any prosecutor who decides to use a section of the Criminal Code that allows for witnesses to be held in custody for refusing to testify must have the decision approved by the chief Crown prosecutor.“I don’t think it’s too strong to say that this is a horrific situation,” said Kim Stanton, legal director for LEAF, Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund. “I hope that it is unusual because it’s beyond appalling.”Stanton said the woman’s treatment highlights how the justice system continues to fail victims of sexual assault.“It’s beyond belief,” she said. “It’s just egregious that she had to spend the weekend there and subsequent nights. Surely somebody in that courtroom could have come up with an alternative solution.”— With files from Bill Graveland in Calgary.last_img read more

Def Leppards Phil Collen Auctions Guitar For Charity

first_imgPhil Collen, lead guitarist for the iconic rock band Def Leppard, has announced plans for a charitable auction of “Wings”, a custom Jackson PC1 guitar that Collen has played throughout this summer’s Rock of Ages tour.Phil Collen with GuitarThe auction, taking place exclusively on eBay, began on September 5th and will end September 14th, the last date of the tour. The winner will be announced in November which is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and all proceeds from the auction will benefit the Gerson Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the Gerson Therapy, an alternative treatment for cancer and other degenerative diseases.In early 2012, Jake Willoughby, a guitar and music store owner, asked Collen if he would assist in helping to raise money towards the fight against cancer with Jake’s mother having just passed away from pancreatic cancer after a courageous 13-month fight. By tragic coincidence Phil’s own father, Kenneth succumbed to the same disease in 2004. Jake donated a Collen signature guitar, the Jackson PC1 from his music store. In the spirit of hope it was named “Wings”. Mike Learn, a noted artist whose graphics are well known in the guitar world, donated the graphic custom paint job on the guitar. Ironically, Mike lost two family members to the same disease.Phil began researching companies that were not only looking to prevent cancer, but also reverse its devastating effects. He initially had heard about The Gerson Institute located in San Diego, CA from Jeni Cook, a raw foods chef and the wife of Sex Pistols and Manraze drummer, Paul Cook. As Phil watched “The Gerson Miracle” DVD he was incredibly moved by their cause wishing he would have known about them before his father passed. The Gerson Institute is a non-profit organization in San Diego, California dedicated to providing education and training in the Gerson Therapy – an alternative, non-toxic treatment for cancer and other chronic degenerative diseases. The Gerson Therapy, developed by Dr. Max Gerson in the 1920s, activates the body’s extraordinary ability to heal itself through an organic, vegetarian diet, raw juices, detoxification, and natural supplements. Since this powerful, natural treatment boosts the body’s own immune system, it is an effective method for treating not only cancer, but a variety of degenerative diseases including arthritis, heart disease, allergies, and skin tuberculosis.Dr. Gerson began developing the Therapy while looking for a way to manage his own debilitating migraines, a path that lead him to a holistic understanding of medicine that is finally gaining growing acceptance.This year marks a number of anniversaries for Collen, namely the 30th anniversary of his joining Def Leppard as lead guitarist making his debut on the 10x platinum (in the USA) album Pyromania. In addition, this year marks the 25th anniversary for the 13x platinum (USA) album Hysteria, as well as the 20th anniversary of its 5x platinum (USA) follow-up Adrenalize.The auction can be accessed here.last_img read more

Brazil funds UN local food purchase projects in five African countries

Brazil is providing more than $2.3 million to support a new local food purchase programme to be set up by two United Nations entities for the benefit of farmers and vulnerable populations in Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger and Senegal, the UN agencies reported today.Under an agreement signed in Rome, Brazil will fund the project to be set up by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP).The programme will also draw expertise from Brazil’s own national Food Purchase Programme, known as PAA, which buys agricultural products from smallholders and delivers them to vulnerable groups, including children and youth through school feeding programmes. The PAA is a cornerstone of the country’s Zero Hunger strategy.Under today’s agreement FAO, which is to receive $1.55 million will look after the production side of the new project, providing seeds and fertilizer and boosting the capacity of small-scale farmers and farmers’ associations to grow, process and sell their produce. FAO will also mobilize Brazilian expertise in support of local purchase initiatives.WFP, which will receive $800,000, will be responsible for organizing the purchase and delivery of the food to schools and vulnerable groups.WFP already purchases food locally for its programmes and is running a pilot called “Purchase for Progress” (P4P) to find ways to buy more directly from smallholders. The Brazilian-funded programme will give a new impetus to purchases from local farmers and home-grown school feeding schemes.Besides helping supplement diets, the project is designed to strengthen local food markets, ultimately helping to improve food security and preventing future food crises.Food purchase programmes provide a new perspective on agricultural development and food interventions, according to FAO.The traditional emphasis on technology transfer, aid and assistance is replaced with an effort to secure the social and institutional conditions required to ensure that populations at risk of food insecurity have access to quality food produced through the participation of smallholders in the market. 21 February 2012Brazil is providing more than $2.3 million to support a new local food purchase programme to be set up by two United Nations entities for the benefit of farmers and vulnerable populations in Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger and Senegal, the UN agencies reported today. read more

UNCTAD hails increase in developing countries foreign direct investments

Pointing to China’s Hong Kong – which now has a larger outward foreign direct investment (FDI) position than Sweden – as an example of the phenomenon, UNCTAD said: “Its transnational corporations – along with those from Singapore, the Republic of Korea, Mexico and, more recently, South Africa – figure prominently among the developing world’s TNCs.”Ranking FDI by developing continents, UNCTAD said Asia, led by the south, east and southeast, was by far the largest outward investor in the developing world, followed by Latin America.UNCTAD said overall, it was predicting that the share of developing countries in outward FDI could be expected to rise as developing-country businesses become more competitive and their governments allow or even encourage outward FDI, thereby strengthening the “emerging new geography of investment.” read more

Nationalized Dutch bank ABN Amro says reprivatization set to start on Nov

Nationalized Dutch bank ABN Amro says re-privatization set to start on Nov. 20 by Mike Corder, The Associated Press Posted Nov 10, 2015 12:36 am MDT Last Updated Nov 10, 2015 at 1:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Nationalized Dutch bank ABN Amro announced Tuesday it is beginning its re-privatization Nov. 20 with an initial public offering of 20 per cent of its shares.The bank, which was saved from collapse by the Dutch government seven years ago, said the price of its shares would be between 16 and 20 euros ($17.19-21.48), putting the value of the first tranche to be sold at between 3 billion and 3.76 billion euros ($3.2 billion to $4 billion). The total value of the bank once privatized would be 15-18.8 billion euros ($16.1-20.2 billion)ABN Amro managing board chairman Gerrit Zalm called the listing “a logical step” for the bank, which has aggressively reorganized and slimmed down in recent years.“Our business case is solid, we have a moderate risk profile and are able to offer our clients a broad range of services,” he said. “With our capital position, comfortably exceeding regulatory requirements, we are convinced to present a solid and sound investment case.”The sale price means a loss for the Dutch state, which spent 21.7 billion euros to nationalize the bank in 2008 together with the Dutch operations of one of its would-be acquirers, Belgium’s now-defunct Fortis NV, in a takeover bid that went wrong.ABN Amro on Monday announced that its underlying net profit rose 13 per cent in the third quarter from the same period a year ago to 509 million euros ($547 million).Operating income rose 5 per cent to 2.1 billion euros ($2.25 billion).The bank said that the offer and subscription period begins Tuesday and is expected to run through Nov. 18 for retail customers and a day later for institutional buyers. The share price will then be set on Nov. 19 and the first trading on Amsterdam’s Euronext exchange is expected to start Nov. 20. read more

UN special envoy Angelina Jolie wraps up visit with displaced Syrians

On the last stop of a tour of countries neighbouring conflict-ridden Syria, United Nations special envoy Angelina Jolie on Sunday hailed the Iraqi Government’s willingness to host those who have fled the violence and said she hoped that all Syrians seeking asylum would be welcomed. “I want to highlight the noble efforts of the Iraqi Government and the people of Iraq to support Syrian refugees,” said the Hollywood actress, who is also a special envoy for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “At this juncture, it is critical that Iraq receives urgent international support and continues to welcome refugees across its borders,” she added. More than 260,000 Syrian refugees have been registered in neighbouring countries since the conflict began in March 2011, according to UNHCR. Earlier this week, Ms. Jolie visited Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey with High Commissioner António Guterres, with both of them pledging continued support and emphasizing the life-saving importance of maintaining open borders and hosting Syrians in need. More than 18,000 people, mostly civilians, have died since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began last year. Amidst reports of an escalation in violence in recent weeks in many towns and villages, as well as the country’s two biggest cities, Damascus and Aleppo, UN agencies now estimate that some 2.5 million Syrians are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. Ms. Jolie spent Sunday meeting with Syrian refugees in the Domiz camp in northern Iraq. She also met officials of the Kurdistan Regional Government, including the prime minister, the interior minister and the governor of Dohuk. Many of the officials she met were former refugees. While in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Saturday, the special envoy met with senior government officials and spent time with Iraqis, until recently refugees in Syria, who have returned to Iraq after fleeing violence in their places of former refuge. read more

Brock prof provides insight into bullying

Brock Prof. Tony Volk says bullies pick on certain children to gain a reputation. Shock waves continue to reverberate following last week’s suicide of a British Columbia teenager who had been bullied for years. Drawing upon his and others’ research, Tony Volk, one of Brock University’s bullying experts, weighs in on why bullying happens and what should be done about it.Brock News: What is the definition of “bullying” and how common is it?Tony Volk: The traditional definition of bullying is when somebody deliberately and repeatedly targets another individual. One of the tricky things in the definition is, how many times does it have to occur to be considered bullying? Without getting into all the nuances, one-a-week bullying happens to about 10 to 15 percent of all students, and about 10 to 15 percent of students are bullies in any given year. If you look at over the lifespan how many kids are actually bullied once in their school years, then it’s much higher: about 40 to 50 percent. We see it peak around the age of 14. We think it’s a combination of puberty and a switch from junior high to high school, where the hierarchy is re-shuffled and then the fighting starts over to re-set the hierarchy.BN: What are people being bullied about?TV: The most common form of bullying that we see is bullying done publicly – for the student body to know about it – as a sign of dominance. Bullies pick on certain kids to get a reputation. Having that reputation gives you a lot of benefits that you can then cash in to get the seat you want, to scare off your competitor from asking that person out on a date, to have only the cool kids come to your party and shut out the kids you don’t want to. Another reason for bullying is to get access to resources. Somebody has something – you want it and you aggressively go and get it. That’s literally bullying for lunch money. The other one that’s more common occurs in dating relationships: many boys and girls will bully their partner.BN: The common belief is that, deep down inside, these bullies are insecure, or that they come from broken homes, or they’re abused themselves. What does your research say about that?TV: Ninety percent of bullies are not victims. These kids score average or better on things like social skills, intelligence, mental health, popularity, physical health. These are the head of the cheerleading squad, the captain of the football team – they have perfectly good social skills when they want to use them. They are simply using those social skills to target other kids, and they know that it’s hurting the other child. That’s part of the message they want to send out: You mess with me, you’re going to get hurt. They are very strategic in who they pick. They pick kids who can’t harm their reputation. They’re really very good at managing their image, which is what they’re trying to do.BN: What can educators, parents, and others do to address the problem of bullying?TV: We have to recognize that bullies have goals and get lots of benefits out of bullying. Telling them to stop bullying because it’s not nice is not necessarily going to work. We have to find another way to let them get those benefits without the bullying.An example I like to use is Grade 12 students who pick on Grade 10s. What these bullies can do is that, instead of picking on Grade 10s, they can stand up to Grade 11s who are picking on Grade 10s. They’re still showing that they’re dominant, they’re still making a big public display of how big and strong and tough they are, but they’re doing it in a way that doesn’t hurt anybody and it protects people. So, it’s about re-channeling their behaviours to meet the goals of dominance and social standing better.Every kid wants to be popular and wants to fit in. Rather than saying, give up that big goal, let’s find a better way to do it. I’m not for coddling them and saying don’t punish them, but at the same time give them another set of tools they can use to get what they want.Another strategy is to focus on the bystanders. What you do is to tell these kids who aren’t involved in the bullying, “Stop thinking it’s cool. Stop supporting the bully.” If bullies are doing this to get status, they will look at it and say, wait a second, this isn’t getting me what I want, I’m going to try something else.For kids who are being bullied, we don’t want to focus on the idea of, “Let’s toughen them up so they can stand up to the bully.” Bullies have specifically targeted this kid. If the bullies want to team up on you, there’s not much you can do about it. We need to focus on helping kids who are being bullied to understand that it’s not their fault – really make sure that we don’t put the blame on them, like, this is happening because you’re not strong enough, you’re a weak target. read more

Prison survey report submitted under review to be made public soon

The prison survey, which is being facilitated by the Citizen Security Strengthening Programme’s (CSSP) Component Three and the University of Guyana, has been submitted.This was disclosed by CSSP’s Project Manager, Clement Henry during an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI).CSSP’s Project Manager Clement HenryHenry said that the report was submitted on October 27, 2017 and is currently being reviewed by the Guyana Prison Service and CSSP’s project team. He explained that before the report’s recommendations can be taken on board, they must fit all terms of reference and be carefully analysed by the stakeholders. He pointed out, however, that the recommendations and findings of the survey will soon be made public.The sum of US$74,200 has been allocated for the survey. Faculty members from UG’s Turkeyen and Tain campuses, including medical and legal personnel, mathematicians, criminologist and social workers comprised the core team that led the survey. Additionally, 30 students from the university were trained in data collection to assist the team in conducting the survey.The survey is part of Component Three of the CSSP, which seeks to:finance sustainable re-entry initiatives by assessing rehabilitation and reintegration needs across the prison system,develop a rehabilitation and reintegration model based on the needs assessments and the outputs of the survey,develop a case management programme to support and track inmate progress and offer training to Guyana Prison Service (GPS) staff on delivering rehabilitation and reintegration services.According to the DPI, the CSSP is a five-year programme that aims to contribute to a reduction in crime and violence in Guyana, especially in targeted communities and among youths, by increasing their human and social capacity. The specific objectives of the project are to: the improve behaviours for non- violent conflict resolution in targeted communities; increase the Guyana Police Force’s effectiveness in crime prevention and crime investigation; and improve the Guyana Prison Service’s effectiveness in reducing offender recidivism. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNationwide prison survey to commence next monthAugust 23, 2016In “latest news”Contract signed for major prison surveyJanuary 19, 2017In “Crime”Forensic lab to eventually do DNA, gun residue testsAugust 30, 2016In “Crime” read more

An examination of Chinas mining equipment sector

first_imgChina’s mining equipment manufacturing sector has expanded rapidly in recent years due to very high domestic demand from its coal and metal mining industries. Industry revenue is expected to reach $59.0 billion in 2013, with annualised growth of 21.4% over the past five years, says IBISWorld in a new report Mining Equipment Manufacturing in China: Market Research Report. Rising demand from China’s manufacturing and energy sectors is driving growth.The mining equipment manufacturing industry in China mainly provides mine excavation equipment, underground transportation equipment and mineral washing and screening equipment to coal mines, nonferrous metal mines, ferrous metal mines, non-metallic mines and other mines. As China’s economy is heavily reliant on manufacturing and the energy sector, demand for natural resources drives the need for mining equipment, says IBISWorld.“The industry has a low concentration level with revenue spread across a large number of industry participants. The top four manufacturers – Zhengzhou Coal Mining Machinery Group, China Coal Technology & Engineering Group, Northern Heavy Industries Group, and China National Coal Mining Equipment – are expected to account for 9.4% of industry revenue in 2013,” says IBISWorld. “Firms tend to focus on particular equipment or markets, and the majority of enterprises manufacture single products or machine parts. Only some larger firms are able to manufacture a full and extensive range of mining equipment.“Although the industry concentration level is low on the whole, it is comparatively high for some of the industry’s products, with some manufacturers specialising in certain products developing rapidly. For example, market share for the top four companies in China’s hydraulic support market was estimated at 55.0% in 2010, the coal tunneller (sic) market at 79% and the coal cutter market at 71%.“In recent years, several large companies in this industry, such as China Coal Energy Co, Sany Heavy Equipment International Holdings Co, Zhengzhou Coal Mining Machinery Group and International Mining Machinery Group, have raised funds in capital markets by publicly listing in Shanghai and Hong Kong. This will help them to increase production capacity and operational funds, and therefore market share,” says IBISWorld.last_img read more