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Spain needs ‘major cultural change’ to do better in science, international panel says

first_imgBARCELONA, SPAIN—More cash and many profound structural changes—that, according to a panel of European experts, is what Spain’s national science and innovation system needs to become more competitive.A full report will be issued later, but on Thursday, the group released a six-page document containing its key messages. It says the Spanish government should raise its contribution to science and innovation to 0.7% of the gross domestic product (GDP) and argues for the creation of a national funding agency that gives out merit-based grants, more autonomy for the universities, and a major overhaul of Spain’s national research centers. Above all, what is needed is a stronger culture of evaluation and accountability, even if it means increasing inequality between universities, the document says.The report was put together at the request of the Spanish government by a peer-review panel of the European Research Area and Innovation Committee (ERAC), chaired by Luke Georghiou, vice president for research and innovation at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The report acknowledges “islands of excellence” in Spain, in particular a fleet of recently created research institutes that enjoy greater autonomy. But it deplores the “low” performance of the Spanish science system as a whole. The system’s main ills, it says, are fragmented governance, insufficient mobility of people and knowledge across institutions, a lack of effective science policies and research performance evaluations, and the private sector’s meager R&D contribution.At the top of the panel’s recommendations is to increase public spending for research to 0.7% of GDP over the next 3 years; now, according to a recent report from the Foundation for Technological Innovation, it stands at 0.61%, compared with 0.72% on average in the European Union and 0.97% in Germany. But the increase must come with a sustainable 10-year national spending strategy, so that institutes can plan their activities ahead; the institutions in turn must see the increase as an incentive to meet predetermined targets and implement structural changes.”The most pressing problem,” according to the group, is the human resources pipeline. Due to a near-total freeze on hiring, staff members at Spain’s research institutions are aging. To give young talent a career path, Spain could provide incentives for the retirement of senior researchers and introduce the tenure-track positions that were promised in the 2011 science law and again in the 2013 to 2020 science strategy. (Amid Spain’s economic crisis, they never materialized.) The report also calls for a “radical change” in the civil service to foster staff mobility, reward excellence, and promote the best researchers to leadership positions quickly.The panel says there is “an urgent need” to create a national research agency that distributes competitive grants and fellowships based on independent and international peer review—another unfulfilled government promise. National research organizations should be reorganized by merging some of them with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), and some CSIC institutes should be relocated to universities, the panel says. Research institutions and universities should have more autonomy and become more accountable. The panel suggests that Spain initiates such “a major cultural change” by allocating 10% of its national funding on the basis of institutional assessments through international peer review.“Some hard choices may be needed here,” the panel acknowledges, “including a review of international commitments … and accepting that funding may concentrate in the best performing institutions.” The former would likely raise eyebrows elsewhere in Europe, where Spain has repeatedly gotten in trouble for not paying what it had pledged for international projects. Tying core funding to institutional performance would also likely be met with resistance.Spanish science secretary of state Carmen Vela welcomed the recommendations, Europa Press reported on Thursday. Raising public spending to 0.7% of GDP is “ambitious but reasonable,” she said. When it asked ERAC for the review, the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, which oversees science, pledged to incorporate the recommendations in the government’s 2015 reforms. But on Thursday, Vela revealed little in the way of concrete new measures.Spanish scientists are skeptical that true change will come. “The suggested reforms require stable investment and political will, and both are lacking,” writes astrophysicist Amaya Moro-Martín of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, in an e-mail to ScienceInsider. “Many of the recommendations in this report were already made by the science community in an open letter that ended up taped to the closed gates of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness,” says Moro-Martín, who recently returned to the United States after spending several years in the grassroots movement to improve Spanish science. Moro-Martín, who would like to see even more sweeping changes herself, notes that all parties in the Spanish Congress of Deputies signed an agreement in December to implement several of the panel’s prescriptions—except the ruling Partido Popular.“The good news for the Spanish government is that even in a crisis context, these reforms can be done,” writes Joan Guinovart, the director of the Institute for Research in Biomedicine in Barcelona, in an e-mail. “No more words are needed, now … is the time to apply the recommendations.”last_img read more

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March of Hindi in the US of A

first_imgLanguages once confined largely to India and surrounding countries have started spreading around the world including the United States of America, along with their speakers. People from India have steadily migrated to the United States in the past half a century in search of economic opportunities, and in so doing carried Indian languages with them.Read it at National Herald Related Itemslast_img

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President addresses scholars invited to Rashtrapati Bhawan

first_imgOn Thursday, June 23, 2016, President Pranab Mukherjee met scholars from IITs, IISc’s and IISERs in Rashtrapati Bhawan in an in-residence program for the first time. Such programs are organised not just for top level scholars but also writers, artists, grass root innovators, NIT students and inspired teachers.Inputs from the President while addressing his audience:The president asked students to contribute to the nation and make significant efforts to make India greatHe urged students to face challenges that the country facesHe described them as those with tremendous talent, expertise and skillThe President also asked those present and the ones of their level, to repay the society for investments made in them through research, development and innovationHe described youth as the leaders of the new generation and said they should demonstrate the indomitable spirit of youth to bring about change in the countryHe also reminded each one of the major contributions made by young men and women in the freedom struggle of the country.Purpose of the program according to the president:Democratisation of the Rashtrapati Bhavan and opening it up for people of the countryThe president said that each individual has the right to know the Rashtrapati Bhawan better and should be there once in a lifeHe urged for students and those educated in India to remain fresh, energetic and creativeSecretary to the President Omita Paul said engineers, scientists, doctors, lawyers and other professionals of India add to the growing pool of talent of India every yearThe secretary also stated that it is the sign of aspiration for India, a nation that is finding its rightful place in the comity of nations.Read: Girl from Trichy defines friendship, gives up her seat for childhood friend advertisementRead: Seats of private engineering colleges in Madhya Pradesh remain vacant Click here for more updates from India Today Educationlast_img read more

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Iran suspended from world judo over Israel boycott policy

first_imgIn this photo taken Sept. 12, 2019, Iranian judoka Saeid Mollaei poses for a portrait photo at an undisclosed southern city of Germany. Saeid Mollaei has been in hiding since he left the Iranian judo team last month, saying he had been ordered to withdraw from the world championships on political grounds. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Iran has been suspended from international judo competitions because it boycotts bouts with Israeli athletes.Less than a month after world champion Saeid Mollaei walked off the Iranian team in protest at the boycott policy, the International Judo Federation says Iran is suspended ahead of a full hearing.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UAAP women’s basketball: NU posts 85th straight win, Adamson rallies past UST This jewelry designer is also an architect Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35Official: Iran to enrich as much uranium as needed00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers View comments MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES Iran’s judo federation is accused of discriminating against Israeli athletes and breaking rules over manipulating competition results.Mollaei has said he was repeatedly ordered by Iranian officials to lose matches or withdraw from competitions, including last month’s world championships, so as not to face Israelis. He is currently in hiding in Germany.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Iran does not recognize Israel as a country, and Iranian sports teams have for several decades had a policy of not competing against Israelis. Becoming his own manlast_img read more

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Heat Burn The Nets, 95-91

first_imgNEW YORK – Dwyane Wade had a stomach virus and missed Miami’s shoot-around on Dec. 16. He wasn’t sure if he would be able to play against Brooklyn. Once the game started, the star guard looked just fine.Wade scored 28 points to lead the Heat to a 95-91 victory over the Nets. He was 12 for 24 from the field and also contributed five rebounds and four assists.“I had three pieces of toast and two bananas,” Wade said. “That’s all I had to eat today, but it got me through. If I’m going to be out here I might as well do something. Otherwise I might as well have stayed in the hotel.”The Heat had five players score in double figures, including three reserves. Starting forward Luol Deng had 18 points, and rookie Shabazz Napier scored 11. The game was delayed for 29 minutes in the first quarter when the installation of a new green roof at Barclays Center led to a water leak.“I didn’t even know it was raining outside,” said Joe Johnson, who scored 16 points for the Nets. “I was like ‘How the hell we got a leak if it ain’t raining.’”Mason Plumlee had 21 points and nine rebounds for Brooklyn, and Deron Williams added 15 points and 11 assists.The Heat led by as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter, but the Nets closed to 93-91 on Bojan Bogdanovic’s 3-pointer with 35 seconds left. After a Miami timeout, Wade missed a long 3, but Bogdanovic was called for a loose ball foul on Deng.“When I turned around there was only six on the shot clock, so I knew I had to get it up,” Wade said. “I just wanted to hit the rim and give ourselves a chance, and we got something positive out of it.”Deng made both foul shots to lift Miami to a 95-91 lead. “The biggest thing is to make the first one,” he said. “To me it wasn’t two free throws, it was just worry about this one. Once I made it, my mindset was make this one and it’s now a two-possession game.”Following a Nets timeout, Jarrett Jack missed a wide-open layup and neither team scored again.Wade scored Miami’s first 10 points of the game and had 17 at intermission. The Heat extended their lead to 15 points on several occasions in the second quarter before settling for a 55-45 halftime lead.The Nets then opened the second half with a 12-3 run, pulling within one on Johnson’s layup with 8:15 left in the third. But Wade then scored for the Heat, who put together an 18-8 surge to increase their advantage to 11.“I don’t wish anything bad on Dwyane Wade. I just hope he’s sick again tomorrow,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He played with tremendous energy and was our best bail out when in doubt.”(JEFFREY BERNSTEIN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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10 months agoReal Madrid players enjoy open training session

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid players enjoy open training sessionby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid players enjoyed Monday’s open training session with fans.Sergio Ramos was pleased to have a rare opportunity to train in front of the supporters on Monday, a unique way of closing out the calendar year.”It gives us great satisfaction that the fans always embrace us. We are saying goodbye to the year with them alongside us, training with the Madridistas,” he said.”It is a day for everyone to enjoy and for kids to get the chance to see their heroes up close.”For his part, Karim Benzema also echoed the sentiments of his captain and insisted the side are focused on winning further titles.”It is a holiday for everyone but we are at Real Madrid to win titles so I hope that we can keep winning,” he concluded. last_img read more

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Unstable exchange rate may put businesses in dire straits Mitra

first_imgKolkata: State Finance minister Amit Mitra said on Thursday that an unstable real exchange rate due to borrowing of foreign money may jeopardise the businesses in the country.Mitra also urged the businessmen to be careful while borrowing foreign money. He was speaking at the inauguration of the new Integrated Leather Complex at Bantala on Thursday. He said that if any foreign banks hike the interest rates, it will affect the borrowers. Sharing some Bengal-specific data, Mitra said planned expenditure in the state has increased six times in last eight years, while the capital expenditure in the state has increased 11 times. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAccording to Mitra, the physical infrastructure in the state has also increased five times. The Bengal government has increased the allotment in agriculture as well. During his speech, Mitra has given a detailed account of how the Centre has reduced budgetary allocation in different schemes in the current financial Budget, pointing out the 1.8 percent reduction in allotment under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Centre has also slashed the budgetary allocation for the umbrella schemes for scheduled castes by 28.4 percent. Mitra, during his recent speech on the Union Budget, had said that where unemployment rate of the country stands at 6.1 percent, the figure in Bengal at 4.6 percent is much lower than the national average. It may be mentioned that the Narendra Modi government often claims that it is carrying out development projects for the people belonging to the scheduled castes category. Many have since raised questions on the implementation of the schemes.last_img read more

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NDPs Singh says his caucus is united after backlash to punishment of

first_imgBURNABY, B.C. – Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says his caucus is united behind him, despite recent discord over his decision to punish a veteran member of Parliament.After a backlash, Singh reversed his decision to oust Hamilton Centre MP David Christopherson from his role as vice chair of the procedure and House affairs committee.“We’re New Democrats. People are going to have different opinions. It’s not a big deal,” Singh said Thursday after touring a steel fabrication company in Burnaby, B.C.“Many New Democrats are activists. They are used to speaking truth to power. I’m not so arrogant as a leader to believe that once I make a decision, that’s it.”Singh dumped Christopherson from his position last week after the MP voted against the New Democrats on a Conservative motion. The motion — defeated by Liberal and NDP members — condemned the Liberal government’s new policy requiring groups that apply for funding under the Canada Summer Jobs program to affirm their respect for abortion rights.Ontario MP and former leadership rival Charlie Angus publicly chastised Singh for the decision and the leader reinstated Christopherson this week.Singh insisted on Thursday that he had the full support of his 44-member caucus. Unlike “other leaders,” he said, he doesn’t shout members of his caucus down or tell them to “shut up” and toe the party line.“We’ve got a strong caucus. It’s a united caucus,” he said. “My style is to listen to folks and to hear them out. I think that’s what Canadians want.”The 39-year-old former Ontario provincial politician still does not hold a seat in the House of Commons after winning the federal leadership in October. He said he’s “comfortable” where he is.“If an opportunity does present itself, I’ll still keep an open mind to that. But right now, I’m comfortable with the fact that I’ll spend this time touring the country and meeting folks and hearing their concerns.”Before speaking with reporters, Singh toured architectural steel manufacturer George Third & Son. He said he wanted to meet with workers who stood to be affected by potential U.S. tariffs.“We’ve got a strong and vibrant industry … that needs to be protected.”last_img read more

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India will push for 13A in full

“India’s position on the 13th Amendment is very clear. We want it’s full implementation,” he said. India says it will push for the implementation of the 13th Amendment to the constitution in full.Speaking to the Jaffna based ‘Uthayan’ newspaper, Indian Union Minister V. Narayanaswamy said that India wants the accord signed between former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and former Sri Lankan President J.R. Jayawardena implemented. He said that this message was also conveyed to Minister Arumugam Thondaman when he visited India last week. The Indian Minister said that only through the full implementation of the 13th Amendment can the Tamil issue in Sri Lanka be resolved. read more

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Brock alum hopes to serve up wheelchair tennis gold

Joel Dembe (foreground) heads to the Paralympics in London next month to compete in singles competition and with his tennis partner Philippe Bedardin (right) in wheelchair tennis. Dembe is ranked first in Canada in the sport and 36th in world. Wearing the red and white, 80,000 people screaming at the top of their lungs – Joel Dembe can’t wait for either to happen.As the Paralympic Games in London near, the Brock alumnus will experience both in a few weeks when he takes to the courts to compete against the world’s best in wheelchair tennis.“It’s going to be really exciting,” Dembe said about his first Paralympics. “Your first Paralympics is special. It’s going to be awesome.”Dembe, 28, has spent the past 16 months getting ready for this level of competition.In March 2011, he quit his marketing job in Toronto’s financial district to pick up his racket full-time. At the time, Dembe was the fourth-ranked player in Canada but hadn’t cracked the top 100 in world.By that July, a determined Dembe netted the top player ranking in Canada and worked his way comfortably into the middle of the pack among the top players in world. Today, he is ranked the 36th best wheelchair tennis player in the global pool.As quick as his ascent to the top was, it certainly wasn’t easy. Those early months were marked by self-doubt, particularly when Dembe didn’t get the nod to attend the World Team Cup – the Davis Cup of wheelchair tennis – in South Africa in May 2011.“I was pretty upset at that but it was probably a good thing because it allowed me to focus on my training,” he said.That training includes 15 to 20 hours a week with his coaches. There’s also time with trainers, doing basket and fitness training, cardio, physiotherapy, trips to the chiropractor and “everything that revolves around letting me be the best at my discipline,” Dembe explained.It has been time well spent.In May, he handily worked his way to the World Team Cup in South Korea where he was served up a glimpse of the competition he’ll see in London. He’ll likely face some of the same players at the Paralympics.In the past year, Dembe has competed in 20 events on four continents.“In hindsight, (leaving my job) doesn’t seem like a tough decision now,” he said. “For me to make the decision at the time was definitely something I was thinking about or worried about.”Dembe will take to the court in London starting Sept. 1. Though he’s focused on the competition at hand and improving his world standings, Dembe is also thinking about life after the Games.He said he’d like to focus on working in sports, using his bachelor’s degree in sport management that he received at Brock in 2007.“There were so many opportunities for me to grow at Brock,” Dembe said. “It was definitely one of my best experiences in life. It definitely allowed me to become more independent.”Motivational speaking, medalling at the 2015 Parapan Am Games in Toronto in front of friends and family before possibly competing at the Paralympics in Rio in 2016 are all on his to-do list, too, Dembe said.“There’s always going to be something in tennis for me.” read more

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Côte dIvoire UN refugee agency voices concern at rising hostility towards foreigners

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today voiced concern about the increasing hostility towards foreigners, particularly refugees, in Côte d’Ivoire resulting from last week’s coup attempt.More than 400 refugees whose shelters were burned in the aftermath of the uprising have now sought UNHCR assistance in Abidjan, a spokesman for the agency said in Geneva. Between 30 and 40 refugees – mainly from destroyed shantytowns in Agban, Deux-Plateaux, Adjamé and Cocody – continue to arrive daily at the UNHCR office. More than 250 refugees are currently being housed in a rented shelter in Koumassi, while more than 140 are in the International Organization for Migration transit centre in Deux Plateaux.”UNHCR has appealed to the local community for additional sites to house the refugees,” spokesman Kris Janowski said, noting that a third centre was identified yesterday at a Catholic school, which offered to take in and care for 100 refugees for free. “But this site will quickly fill up and we urgently need more accommodation centres. The local community has shown a lot of solidarity. People have come to the office offering clothes and food for the refugees.”An estimated 5,000 people in Abidjan alone have been affected by the recent burning of the shantytowns, Mr. Janowski said, including refugees, other foreign nationals and Ivorians. Outside Abidjan, the situation reportedly remains very tense in Bouaké and Korhogo; among those evacuated by French troops from Bouaké were 50 refugees and family members of a UNHCR staff member. read more

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UN chief condemns attack targeting international forces in northern Mali

Some personnel from the French military operation, Barkhane, were also wounded in the suicide attack that took place on Sunday.In a statement by his spokesperson, Mr. Guterres reiterated the “determination of the United Nations to continue to support, together with international forces operating under relevant Security Council mandates, the tireless efforts of the Malian authorities and people toward the stabilization of their country.”The Secretary-General also expressed his condolences to the families of the victims as well as to the Malian Government and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.On Friday, several people were killed in an attack on the headquarters of the G5 Sahel joint force in Mopti, about 560 kilometres (about 350 miles) west of Gao. The G5 Sahel joint force is a military task force composed of armed forces of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger set up to combat terrorist groups in the region. read more

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Opinion 2015 Ohio State football team draws comparisons to 03 defending champs

Ohio State quarterback Craig Krenzel scores a touchdown against Miami during the second quarter of the Fiesta Bowl on January 3, 2003.Credit: Courtesy of TNSAfter last season’s nearly improbable run to the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship, the 2015 Ohio State Buckeyes opened camp on Aug. 10 with the goal of repeating as national champions — something that was last accomplished by the 2011 and 2012 Alabama squads.The last OSU team that tried to meet this achievement fell short with an 11-2 record and a win in the Fiesta Bowl. Like the 2003 squad, this year’s Buckeye team is loaded with potential NFL talent and is considered by many to be the early favorite to win the national championship.How does this year’s unit compare to those ’03 defending-champion Buckeyes as they entered camp?To give some perspective, when the 2002 Buckeyes defeated a Miami (Florida) team chock-full of future NFL stars in the national championship game, OSU, virtually, was not given much of a chance. That ’02 team seemed to overcome adversity and doubt time and time again, much like the 2014 national title-winning Buckeyes.Going into camp in 2003, OSU fans had much excitement for the upcoming season. Starting quarterback Craig Krenzel was returning for his senior season alongside his go-to, playmaking wide receiver and future NFL first-round pick, Michael Jenkins. In total, OSU was returning 13 starters: seven on offense and six on defense. Two of the new starters in 2003, linebacker A.J. Hawk and offensive lineman Nick Mangold, became all-Americans quickly; and are still competing in the NFL.Fourteen players were drafted the following spring, and 19 total starters were drafted from the 2003 team. To look at some of the losses from the 2002 national championship team, Mike Doss and Matt Wilhelm played huge parts on the defensive side, but there was no greater loss than running back Maurice Clarett. The running back from Youngstown proved he was one of the best backs in the nation in 2002 as a freshman and scored the game-winning touchdown in the national championship game.However, the potential Heisman Trophy winner and first-round pick was reported to have stolen $10,000 out of a borrowed car from a dealership. In September 2003, Clarett was suspended for the season and never returned to play for the Scarlet and Gray. With a massive quandary at running back, and most of the offensive production from the previous year gone, it is easy to see why the Buckeyes finished 93rd in the country in total offense. The 2003 Buckeyes started at No. 2 in the polls but lost on the road to Wisconsin and Michigan.Fast forward to 2015, where the Buckeyes knew Monday entering the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for camp they would open the season at No. 1 in the polls and travel to Virginia Tech to face a Hokies team on Sept. 7 that handed the Buckeyes their lone loss last season. The biggest question mark on the team — and maybe in the country — is who will start at quarterback for the Scarlet and Gray come Sept. 7. Maybe a “question mark” is not the best way to describe the quarterback controversy, though, because if we know one thing, it’s that the Buckeyes are skilled at almost every position.The two competing quarterbacks in redshirt junior Cardale Jones redshirt sophomore and J.T. Barrett are Heisman candidates along with their teammate in the backfield, junior running back Ezekiel Elliott. The Buckeyes return 15 starters in 2015 — eight on offense and seven on defense — compared to 13 in 2003.Like the 2003 team that was 10th in the country in total defense, the 2015 edition of the Scarlet and Gray is stacked on that side of the ball as well, led by junior defensive end, and possible first-overall NFL selection, Joey Bosa. Linebackers Joshua Perry and Darron Lee are relentless run-stoppers who pace the defense known as the Silver Bullets. OSU also returns all of its quarterbacks and its leading rusher from a year ago. The team even added a major weapon in redshirt senior Braxton Miller at the H-back position, along with a healthy junior Dontre Wilson to give the Buckeyes the threat at wide receiver they needed to replace departed senior wide receivers Devin Smith and Evan Spencer.The offseason gives us a chance to reflect on past teams including great ones like the 2003 Buckeyes at the helm of coach Jim Tressel. Now under the command of Urban Meyer, the defense is just as good as Tressel’s, but quicker. The offense is faster, as well, and more suited for Meyer’s spread offense rather than Tressel’s ground-and-pound style. Similar to the 2003 team, this OSU team has several future NFL picks and first-rounders on the roster.As Meyer’s team looks to climb the mountain once again and capture OSU’s first back-to-back championships, with three Heisman-hopeful players in Jones, Barrett and Elliott, the Buckeyes stand the best chance to repeat since the two Alabama squads. Coaches have changed and styles of play have changed, but if there is one constant from 2003 all the way to 2015, come Sept. 7 at Blacksburg, Virginia, the Buckeyes will be ready to play and contend for the school’s ninth national title. read more

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Hospital admissions for flu triple and 111 phoneline overwhelmed by deepening NHS

first_imgAnd more than one in four of the cases were found to be suffering from the A (H3N2) strain of flu – dubbed “Aussie flu” after it fuelled the worst outbreak in the continent for more than two decades.The strain is of particular concern, because of fears that current vaccinations are not providing effective protection to the elderly.Separate figures from NHS England revealed record strain on 111 services, as ambulance services became overwhelmed by demand in the week ending on New Year’s Eve.The statistics show the number calling NHS 111 rose by 21 per cent in a week, with 480,400 calls – up on 396,300 the previous week.  The figure is the highest number of calls in a week since the service was created.On the busiest day, December 30, the service received  112,098 calls, the statistics show. Of those, 22,548 were abandoned – 20 per cent of all calls. And just 30 per cent of calls were picked up within 60 seconds, against a 95 per cent target.Meanwhile, GPs said surgeries had become “horrendously pressurised” with some out-of-hours services reporting a 200 per cent rises in demand at peak times.Dr Kieran Sharrock, a GP in Lincolnshire told Pulse magazine that practices in his area have been “flooded with winter related illnesses and are finding it hard to cope”. “Reports of patients waiting in reception for hours are not unusual. I heard from some practices that reception staff and GPs have not been leaving their surgeries for up to two hours after official closing.” Rates of flu hospitalisations have gone from 2.33 cases per 100,000 people to 6.82 in the past week, according to Public Health England. The 2.9-fold rise suggests total numbers with flu in hospital have gone from 1,280 to 3,750 in a week. Out of hours services regularly had over 100 calls waiting to be assessed, he said.Dr Richard Vautrey, chairman of the BMA’s GP committee, said he and other GPs in Leeds had just received a message “highlighting the pressures the local ambulance service are under and encouraging patients to make their own way to hospital where possible”.Dr Eamonn Jessup, a GP in North Wales, said patients were being put at risk because GPs were under pressure to keep them out of hospital.He said: “There are patients who you would normally like to go into hospital who you are trying to keep at home and taking more of a risk than you normally would. It’s a tragedy.”An NHS England spokesman said:  “Hospitals, GPs, ambulances and other frontline NHS services have been extremely busy between Christmas and New Year, reporting higher levels of respiratory illness and some indications of increasing patient illness severity and flu. These increased pressures were mirrored in the NHS 111 service.”Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said: “The entire NHS is currently facing intense winter pressures and NHS staff in all areas of the service are working incredibly hard to deliver the best care possible for their patients. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img “Although we are reaching peak flu season, we want to reassure patients that the influenza vaccine remains the best protection against flu this winter period. It is not too late for patients to receive their vaccination, and we would encourage patients, particularly those in an at-risk group, such as those with long-term conditions and pregnant women, to have a flu jab from their GP practice or pharmacist. The number of people hospitalised by flu has tripled in a week, according to new figures showing the full scale of a deepening NHS crisis.The statistics show one in four patients admitted to hospital with influenza is suffering from the deadliest strain – dubbed “Aussie flu” – heaping pressure on intensive care units.GPs last night said they were “flooded” with cases of flu, with patients “waiting in reception for hours” and queues continuing long into the night.And the statistics show the NHS 111 service became overwhelmed in the approach to new year – with one in five callers – more than 22,000 patients – giving up in despair on the busiest day.Meanwhile, the number of patients stuck in ambulances outside hospitals for at least an hour doubled in one week, while almost 17,000 faced delays of at least half an hour.Health officials last night urged all those eligible for flu vaccinations to come forward.The latest statistics suggest around 4.5 milllion people in England are suffering “influenza-like symptoms”.But medics are particularly alarmed by the rise in cases being taken to hospital. Last week, 24 people died from flu – half the total of 48 killed so far this winter, with a 70 per cent rise in cases in intensive care. Saffron Cordery, from NHS Providers, which represents hospitals, said: “These figures confirm what trusts have been telling us about the increasing pressure they are experiencing as a result of flu. The growing impact of flu comes as services are already at or beyond full stretch.”Professor Paul Cosford, Medical Director at Public Health England, said: “As we would expect at this time of year, flu levels have increased this week.  “Our data shows that more people are visiting GPs with flu symptoms and we are seeing more people admitted to hospitals with the flu.”last_img read more

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Pastor accused of rape granted 350000 bail

A Diamond, East Bank Demerara pastor was on Tuesday charged with rape when he appeared before Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.Accused: Pastor Joseph PersaudJoseph Persaud, 37, of Diamond New Scheme, East Bank Demerara was not required to plead to the charge of rape allegedly committed on a 23-year-old female on November 8, 2017.Persaud was granted $350,000 bail with conditions that he surrender his passport, stay 50 feet away from the victim, make no contact with the victim, her relatives or any other witness in the matter or cause anyone to do so.He is also required to report to Ruimveldt Police Station every other Friday until the matter is concluded.The pastor is expected to reappear in court on January 18, 2018.Persaud, 37, who officiates at a church in Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara, turned famous overnight after he was arrested and taken to the Grove Police Station and informed that a rape allegation had been made against him.He was accused of inviting a member of the church, with whom he shared a relationship outside of his marriage, to his home and performing the act.The victim on national television admitted that she and the identified pastor, shared a relationship, but after his wife reportedly found out, it turned sour.On the night of the incident, the victim, who alleged that she aborted three babies for the pastor, said that after she arrived at his house, he reportedly stripped her and had sexual intercourse with her against her will.A report was made to the police and Persaud was arrested.Since his arrest, several recordings of phone conversations allegedly between the two were leaked to the media.On one of the recordings, the voice of a male, purportedly that of the pastor, was heard begging for the victim to drop the case and that he was willing to let her go without making attempts to contact her.Since this accusation, several other victims have reportedly come forward accusing the pastor of sexual molestation.After an initial file was compiled on the matter and sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Shalimar Ali-Hack, it was recommended that Persaud be released.The DPP also requested additional information from the police pertaining to several aspects of the case, and the file was subsequently resent.The final advice was for the pastor to be charged. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPastor accused of rape: DPP requests additional information from PoliceNovember 15, 2017In “Crime”Bible college student slapped with rape charge; granted $200,000 bailFebruary 18, 2019In “Court”$350,000 bail for Taxi Driver accused of $1.1M fraudFebruary 6, 2014In “Crime” read more

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Venizelos seeks new course for PASOK

first_imgLacking ideological direction since its shattering experience at the polls this summer, PASOK has been searching for new purpose over the last couple of months and its leader Evangelos Venizelos attempted to provide a basis to work from Tuesday.Speaking to PASOK’s main bodies, including its parliamentary group, Venizelos set out four elements that will define the party’s philosophy over the next few months. He said it would have to remain a “stabilizing factor” in Greece, continue working closely with coalition partner Democratic Left, strongly oppose leftist SYRIZA, which he accused of “political arrogance,” and to “confront fascism and Golden Dawn” head-on.Venizelos had wanted to hold a party conference this year to give PASOK a new direction but those plans have been shelved until early next year as the coalition government tries to agree on the new package of austerity measures with the troika before preparing to vote on them in Parliament.Venizelos called on PASOK members to put aside personal grievances, or “strategies,” and back the party’s position on the latest cuts. “The situation has changed, the scope has changed, the roles have changed,” he said.It was agreed during Tuesday’s meeting that the finalized package would be put before PASOK MPs for debate and approval before being submitted to Parliament.There has been no indication so far that any of PASOK’s 33 MPs would vote against the measures but the same cannot be said of Democratic Left. MP Odysseas Voudouris said Tuesday that he would not support the new cuts, arguing they went against the leftist party’s pre-election pledges.He said the party should discuss the measures more openly before deciding whether to back them in Parliament.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Church to curb debt

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Church of Greece is drawing up a three-year financial plan in an effort to determine the size of its debt and to exploit its assets Archbishop Ieronymos told a session of the Holy Synod this week. “The situation today is dire,” Ieronymos told clerics, saying that the Church’s debts and the general economic situation “have brought us to our knees.” A three-year program would “present a picture of our debts and our reserves as well as outlining the impact of a new legislative framework on the exploitation of our assets,” he said. Emphasizing that “without assets we will never have autonomy,” Ieronymos also set the scene for a discussion about a possible change in the relationship between the Greek Orthodox Church and the state. “Will we let events overtake us?” the archbishop asked and called for the creation of a committee of clerics and independent experts to discuss a likely constitutional revision and its implications for the Church.Source: ekathimerinilast_img read more

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Governor asked to rescind Phillips appointment to HOA

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting #MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 29, 2016 –  The Governor is being asked to rescind one of his choices for Appointed Member to the House of Assembly; not because of the man’s character but on principal.  Former Premier, Michael Misick echoes the sentiments of some in the country that Hon John Phillips should not have been reappointed to the House of Assembly, that the honour of a second and pensionable term of service to the people should be earned through an election, not given by an appointment.   In a media statement issued on Wednesday, Misick said,:  “While I don’t agree that the governor should be appointing any person to our parliament, while he has that power, he should exercise it responsibly and in the wider public interest.  I have nothing against Mr. Phillips personally.   I have known him for a very long time and believe that he has made a significant contribution to parliament over the last four years.   However I believe there are other citizens that are equally as capable of making a contribution and should be given a chance.”  Misick continued, “If you are going to serve parliament two consecutive times and be pensionable, you should run for office.   I call on the governor to review and rescind the appointment of Mr. John Phillips to Parliament.”  Philips, originally from Scotland is a near 30 year resident of the islands, a business owner and Belonger; he will serve for a second time as a Governor appointee and was a member of the Consultative Forum, a group of Islanders which functioned in Parliament during the suspension of the TCI Constitution between 2009 to 2012.center_img The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTlast_img read more

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Diving for answers Will blue king crab come back in the Pribilofs

first_imgJared Weems dives near St. Paul Island. His two-year research project is focused on the overfished blue king crab population around the Pribilof Islands. (Photo courtesy Jared Weems).In the Pribilof Islands, no one’s gotten an accurate count of blue king crab since the population crashed hard in the 1980s. This summer, a marine biologist is trying to change that, with the species’ first in-depth study in more than 30 years. His ultimate goal: determine if blue crab can make a comeback — or if it’s gone for good.Listen nowIt’s a foggy day on St. Paul Island and Jared Weems is itching for the weather to clear up. He wanted to get out on the water and back to work.“There’s so much life up here in the North Pacific,” Weems said. “Just amazing, spectacular diving.”Weems is a scientific diver and fisheries Ph.D. student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. But this summer, whenever the weather’s good, he’s something like a diving detective.Weems’ research has him combing the sea floor around St. Paul, searching for the elusive blue king crab. By diving in nearshore waters, deploying drop cameras and setting collector traps, he’s hoping to find the crab that sweeping trawl surveys tend to miss.A juvenile blue king crab in Weems’ lab in Juneau. This summer, he’s tracking them in the wild by diving in St. Paul’s nearshore waters. (Photo courtesy Jared Weems)At this point Weems said it’s important to count as many as possible, because the species’ outlook seems pretty bleak.“Blue crab has pretty much flat-lined right now in the Pribilof region,” Weems said.But the population around St. Matthew Island, a few hundred miles north, had a similar collapse before rebounding enough to support a handful of commercial openings in recent years.Is that a sign the Pribilof stock could also recover? Weems isn’t sure yet. He’ll have a better idea after he completes his population estimate — when he knows how many crab are in the water, how many are surviving to adulthood, and how much habitat they have to work with.With that data, Weems said he’ll gauge if the blue crab population can rebuild naturally, if it needs some help from scientists or if there’s just not enough stock to rebuild.Whatever the final answer may be, Weems said now is the time to take advantage of each clear day.“This might be one of the last opportunities to really understand this stock before we have to move on or before it’s gone completely,” Weems said. “This should serve as a foundational study as to where blue king crab goes in the future.”The preliminary results will be out in January with final data released in 2019.Weems’ project is supported by The North Pacific Research Board, the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island, the Central Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association, the Bering Sea Fisheries Research Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Alaska King Crab Research, Rehabilitation, and Biology Program.last_img read more

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Woman delivers baby in hospital corridor in Uttar Pradesh probe

first_imgFARUKKHABAD: Delivering babies outside the hospital or on way to the hospital has become a common occurrence in Uttar Pradesh. In the latest incident on Sunday night, a woman was forced to deliver her child in the corridor of Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, in full public view, after the doctors refused to admit her, saying there were no beds available. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us The newly-born baby was lying in one end of the corridor, on what appears to be a piece of red cloth. A woman relative later picks up the baby. According to reports, the woman was taken to the labour room in the hospital by the doctors on duty after she gave birth to her baby. Monika Rani, the District Magistrate of Farukkhabad, said she has already ordered a probe into the incident. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us “I have taken suo motu cognizance and ordered an enquiry. We will try and ascertain the truth behind the incident. If anyone is found guilty of negligence, we will take strict action,” she said. The Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital is the only specialised government hospital in Farukkhabad. It was in the news in 2017 too, when 49 babies died in a month there, just days after reports of child deaths at a hospital in Gorakhpur due to lack of oxygen. Advertise With Us Parents had blamed a shortage of medicine and oxygen for the Farukkhabad hospital deaths too. The state government, however, had denied it. India has seen a 20 per cent fall in neonatal deaths — deaths within the first month after birth of a child — between 2011 and 2016, according to the World Health Organisation. There has also been a 33 per cent improvement in survival rate among children between the first month and a year after birth, referred to as post-neonatal. But despite the improvement, 1 in 40 babies die during birth in India.last_img read more

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