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NIH proposal to create grant for aging scientists hits a nerve

first_imgA seemingly innocuous idea from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for nudging aging scientists to retire is being blasted in the blogosphere. NIH’s proposal—an “emeritus” award that senior scientists would use to pass their work on to younger colleagues and wind down their labs—is unnecessary and could take funding away from younger and midcareer scientists, many commenters argued. A few, however, see it as a reasonable idea.NIH has been worried for years now about the aging of the pool of investigators it funds—the portion over 65 is now 7%, more than those under 35 (see graph). In a 3 February post on her Rock Talk blog, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research Sally Rockey explains that while NIH has programs aimed at helping young investigators, “[w]e want to explore how we can help senior investigators who wish to transition out of a position that relies on funding from NIH research grants, and facilitate the transfer of their work, knowledge and resources to junior colleagues.” The “emeritus award” would “permit a senior investigator to form a partnership with a junior faculty member in order to hand off his or her line of research inquiry in an efficient and cost-effective way,” according to a notice seeking comments. 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A sampling from Rock Talk:Joseph Cantor on 5 February 2015 at 2:33 p.m. said:This has the potential to become another cash source for basically semi-retired PI’s who are waiting a few more years for pension and retirement to accumulate.Cynthia Wolberger on 4 February 2015 at 8:58 p.m. said:This sounds like a well-intended but poorly thought-out attempt to get more aging scientists to close their labs and free up money for younger investigators. The NIH already has a mechanism to “facilitate laboratory closure,” namely not renewing a grant. … I don’t see how the NIH could craft a grant program aimed just at senior citizens or have the legal standing to bar recipients of an “emeritus award” from obtaining funding in the future.Ellen Vitetta on 4 February 2015 at 9:09 p.m. said:Not everyone wants to retire. Not everyone becomes non- productive on his/her 65th birthday !But a few scientists voiced support:Thomas Hughes on 4 February 2015 at 9:05 p.m. said:What if you offered senior PIs 75K a year for 5 years IF they would not apply for any more grants during or after the award? AND the only eligible PIs would be those already NIH funded. Old guys like me would love a chance to slow down, work on just one project, and get our last people out the door.Richard Weinberg on 5 February 2015 at 8:56 a.m. said:It’s not uncommon to see a very effective lab led by someone almost ready to step down. At present no obvious mechanisms are available to achieve a smooth transition. … [T]his sort of program could add an uncharacteristic level of humane graciousness to a fundamentally cruel system.Midcareer hoping for early retirement on 5 February 2015 at 3:02 p.m. said:I took this idea as a way to gently, legally ease senior folks into taking retirement.Jeremy Berg, former director of the NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences and the voice behind Data Hound, commented on Rockey’s blog that he too worries about “an entitlement for senior investigators.” He argued that it’s already possible for an older investigator to transfer their grant to a younger colleague, and it’s the role of institutions, not NIH to encourage such transitions. “There is absolutely no need to create a new mechanism,” wrote Berg, who is now at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.Berg told ScienceInsider that although encouraging senior scientists to retire “is a reasonable thing to do, I don’t think this is the right way to do it.” He thinks an emeritus award will inevitably lead aging scientists to keep their labs open longer than they otherwise would. “I’m skeptical that it would have the desired impact.”Yvette Seger, director of science policy at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology in Bethesda, Maryland, which recently released a report endorsing the idea of a “transition award for senior investigators” to free up grant funding for younger researchers, thinks part of problem may be the connotations of the word “emeritus.” That sounds like “a forced retirement,” Seger says; perhaps it should simply be described as an award for established investigators who want to move out of research.NIH’s Rockey said she’s not surprised by the negative responses. “In tight budget times, any proposed new award creates angst that it will have an impact on the rest of the pool” of investigators seeking grants. She adds that nothing has been decided: The notice “was truly to get an idea of the temper of the community.” She encourages scientists to submit formal comments to the request for information on questions such as how the award could be used and how many years of support it should cover.last_img read more

Novak Djokovic maintains top spot in ATP rankings

first_imgWith 16,790 points, Serbian Novak Djokovic held on to his top rank in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world singles rankings released on Monday.Spain’s David Ferrer fell to eighth place following his elimination from the Rio Open quarterfinals by Austrian Dominic Thiem. Japan’s Kei Nishikori rose one spot to sixth while Czech Tomas Berdych advanced to seventh.Serena maintains lead in WTA rankingsUnited States player Serena Williams kept her lead in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings with 9,245 points while Polish Agnieszka Radwanska went up to third.The Pole came in third behind German Angelique Kerber after the defeat of Romanian Simona Halep, who dropped to fourth in Dubai. Swiss Belinda Bencic jumped to seventh while Italian Flavia Pennetta went down to ninth.In this week’s rankings, Italian Roberta Vinci joined the top-10 list.Men’s top-101. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 16,790 points2. Andy Murray (Scotland) 8,8553. Roger Federer (Switzerland) 8,7954. Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) 5,8705. Rafael Nadal (Spain) 4,8806. Kei Nishikori (Japan) 4,2357. Tomas Berdych (Czech) 3,9908. David Ferrer (Spain) 3,9159. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) 2,95010. Richard Gasquet (France) 2,760.Women’s top 101. Serena Williams (USA) 9,245 points2. Angelique Kerber (Germany) 5,7003. Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) 5,2104. Simona Halep (Romania) 4,7455. Garbie Muguruza (Spain) 4,6426. Maria Sharapova (Russia) 3,6727. Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) 3,5058. Petra Kvitova (Czech) 3,4789. Flavia Pennetta (Italy) 3,42210. Roberta Vinci (Italy) 3,325.last_img read more

Not just India, our own batsmen would have struggled against us: James Anderson

first_imgEngland paceman James Anderson said it was the ideal conditions for him bowl after his 26th five-wicket haul helped the hosts bundle India out for 107 in their first innings of the second Test at Lord’s on Friday.After the entire first day was lost to rain, further wet conditions forced a delayed start with England captain Joe Root eventually winning the toss and putting India in to bat.Root was clearly hoping that the lingering damp and overcast conditions would benefit Anderson and the 36-year-old took full advantage with some outstanding swing bowling to finish with 5/20.”With the experience we’ve had of bowling on flat decks and the ball doing nothing, when you get the opportunity like that you lick your lips and try to show off your skills. We exploit those conditions as well as anyone in the world,” Anderson told reporters after second day’s play on Friday.Rohit Sharma, Amitabh Bachchan want fans to support Team India in tough timesAnderson said he believes even the home team’s batting line-up would have struggled against the England pacers.”I think if we were bowling at our batsmen, we’d have the better of them [too]. We exploit those conditions as well as anyone in the world. I don’t think it’s just the Indian batsmen that would have struggled.”I’d have been so disappointed if I’d messed up today because they were the ideal conditions to bowl in, the rain yesterday certainly made the decision for us at the toss but we didn’t think it’d do that much. It looked a good pitch, dry with a bit of green grass on top, but not too much. It wasn’t particularly warm, but warm enough, and that moisture that’s in the ground just helped it move around,” he said.advertisementIndia vs England: Virat Kohli’s cheeky act at Lord’s Long RoomAnderson said he feels a bit “unfortunate” to not get the better of Virat Kohli yet in the ongoing Test series. Anderson made Kohli his bunny when India toured England in 2014, dismissing him four times in 10 innings.”For me, I love playing against the best players in the world, testing yourself and seeing whether you can get the better of them. It’s a really thrilling thing to be a part of and unfortunately I’ve not got the better of him [Virat Kohli] yet, but I’ll continue to try my hardest throughout the rest of the series.”Kohli’s important because he’s captain, a leader and he’s their best player – No.1 in the world. But 90 percent of their top seven have scored runs against us in the past, so we can’t look just at Kohli as a big wicket,” he said.Virat Kohli’s mistake costs Pujara his wicket minutes before rain stoppageAnderson, who had generated movement off the seam as well as an impressive amount through the air, said he is happy to be delivering the goods for England even at this age.”All I think about is getting my body in as good a condition as it can be to cope with bowling out in the middle. I was delighted with how many overs I bowled at Edgbaston. For my body to get through that at this age I’m really happy with. I think I mean I’m doing the right stuff off the field.”But I don’t think about numbers or my age, I feel like, I won’t say 28, but 32. I don’t feel old, I feel like I can still throw myself around in the field as well as anyone else so as long as I feel like that I’m just going to keep playing as long as possible. Hopefully the wickets will keep coming as well and I can help this team keep winning,” he said.India vs England 2nd Test Day 2 at Lord’s: HighlightsEngland lead the five-match series 1-0 after a thrilling 31-run victory at Edgbaston last week in Birmingham. The third Test will be played at Nottingham from August 18.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Farokh Engineer impressed with Rishabh Pant’s confidence on Test debut

first_imgRishab Pant’s second ball six on Test debut at Trent Bridge has won him more fans than any of his IPL pyrotechnics.Not for his bravardo, but for showing zero nerves in Test initiation; an occasion that leaves the best frozen. So much so that India’s original dashing keeper batsmen Farokh Engineer was left amazed.”My first three balls in Test cricket were three fours but out of sheer nervousness. Pant hit the second ball for a six and I am not sure, I have got to ask him whether it was out of nerves or confidence. If it is confidence, then hats off to him,” said Engineer.READ – India aim to level series at Rose Bowl after all-round Trent Bridge showFor the record Pant said, “I was nervous. But when I see the ball, I don’t think much. I just see the ball and react to it.”Pant has been pressing for India selection with some impressive performances over the last couple of years but most thought his game behind and in front of the stumps would be more suited to white ball cricket. Dhoni’s continued presence in Indian limited overs team and the void left by his absence in Test cricket hurried Pant’s Test debut.The other name from the Indian wicket keeping list Syed Kirmani is equally impressed by Pant’s confidence.REAd – England field 2 spinners, recall Sam Curran for 4th Test against India”I have been following him since his IPL days and the confidence on his face and in his approach, I haven’t seen in a young player,” he told India Today.advertisementExperts find it heartening that the Delhi youngster was not a let down with his primary task of glove work in challenging English conditions.”He showed immense promise and his reflexes are very very good, specially the catches he took behind with how much the ball moves in England; both in the air and off the pitch,” Engineer said.Pant benefited from his India A stint to English shores just before the current series where coach Rahul Dravid spoke positively of his career progress.Pant took seven catches behind the stumps in the Trent Bridge Test, dropping one. His didn’t look out of place in his first innings knock of 24 against seam and swing. Both Indian keeping greats think Pant is here to stay.READ – India give it back to Stuart Broad for Rishabh Pant sendoff”Dhoni reminded me of my younger days, Rishabh Pant also reminded me of my younger days. He a very very bright future,” thought Engineer.”He has to keep his head on the shoulders. I see him being in for the long haul,” said Kirmani.last_img read more

ESPN Releases Its New Heisman Trophy Poll

first_imgDede Westbrook of the Oklahoma Sooners, Deshaun Watson of the Clemson Tigers, Jabrill Peppers of the Michigan Wolverines, Baker Mayfield of the Oklahoma Sooners and Lamar Jackson of the Louisville Cardinals pose for a photo with the Heisman trophy during a press conference prior to the 2016 Heisman Trophy Presentation.NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 10: (L-R) Dede Westbrook of the Oklahoma Sooners, Deshaun Watson of the Clemson Tigers, Jabrill Peppers of the Michigan Wolverines, Baker Mayfield of the Oklahoma Sooners and Lamar Jackson of the Louisville Cardinals pose for a photo with the Heisman trophy during a press conference prior to the 2016 Heisman Trophy Presentation at the Marriott Marquis on December 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)There was a major shakeup in the Heisman Trophy race this past weekend.As leading candidate Tua Tagovailoa was struggling, Kyler Murray was dominant for his team – and the results have trickled from the field to the Heisman voting.ESPN’s new 2018 Heisman Watch Experts poll has Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray edging out Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa by 46-44 points. Murray had six first-place votes, while Tagovailoa had four.Murray and Tagovailoa were over 15 points ahead of third-place ranked QB Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State, which seems to indicate the Heisman trophy voting is now a two-horse race.Led by Kyler Murray, Oklahoma secured a comeback win over Texas in the Big 12 Championship Game, while Tagovailoa was bailed out by Jalen Hurts to beat Georgia in the SEC Championship Game after suffering an injury.Murray finished his game 25-34 for 379 yards and three TDs.Tagovailoa, on the other hand, went 10-25 for 164 yards and a TD with two INTs.ESPN’s full Heisman Trophy top four heading into Saturday’s ceremony is:Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray – 44 pointsAlabama QB Tua Tagovailoa – 42 pointsOhio State QB Dwayne Haskins – 29 pointsWest Virginia QB Will Grier – 16 pointsYou can view the full voting here.last_img read more

Drink to Your Health with these 3 Healthy Cocktail Recipes

first_img 6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master Acorn/FacebookNo matter how much you love drinking (and we here love it), there is one thing we can all agree on: It isn’t the healthiest thing to be doing to our bodies. That doesn’t mean that you should give it up entirely, though. What fun would that be?Instead, it is possible to find a middle ground. You will have to say goodbye to pounding Long Island Iced Teas (if that’s your thing), but you don’t have to say sayonara to all the potent potables in your life. The beautiful middle ground are what you might call healthy cocktails. No, they’re not healthy in the way that a kale smoothie is, but they are made with high-quality ingredients and less alcohol — a combination that provides a satisfying amount of flavor from first sip to last.One of the men that is in favor of these sorts of cocktails is Bryan Dayton, beverage director and co-owner of the upscale Colorado restaurants Acorn and OAK. Dayton was a bartender for more than 15 years and holds his sommelier certification, but he’s also a sponsored ultra-marathon runner.“I’ve always been a big proponent of low-alcoholic or even non-alcoholic cocktails,” says Dayton.At night, Dayton works behind the bar; come morning, he trains — a schedule that has placed Acorn and OAK on the map for their ingenious recipes and Dayton on the podium for multiple 50k trail races. He seems to have single-handedly mastered the art of boozy balance.And yes, Dayton drinks when he’s training, although he’s what we would consider an endurance athlete. Apart from taking into consideration his performance on the trail when he orders a drink, Dayton also indulges with consideration of high performance on the trail and the knowledge that he’s getting older, so recovery takes longer than it used to.Maybe give this a try in the coming months: Instead of ordering your boozy go-to, mix up these three healthy cocktail recipes (plus one bonus mocktail) courtesy of Dayton. His concoctions go to show that you can have your martini and drink it too.Rosie’s ReturnA dash of gin paired with earthy rose flower water, citrus orange bitters and lemon juice, plus a zing of fruit gives this cocktail a boost of Vitamin C, which we could all use more of during the winter. The use of flower water and sparking rosé means the gin doesn’t overpower or wear down your immune system. Cheers!0.75 oz gin (Dayton prefers Leopold Brother’s Gin)0.5 oz lemon juice0.5oz simple syrup2 oz muddled raspberries2 drops orange bitters (Dayton prefers Cocktail Punk Bitters)2 drops rose flower waterSparkling rosé to topFresh raspberries to garnishMethod: Combine all ingredients, except sparkling rosé, in a cocktail shaker. Shake and pour into a Champagne flute. Top with sparkling rosé. Garnish with fresh raspberries. Along the Beeten PathOne of Dayton’s bartenders at Acorn was playing around with healthy cocktail recipes and created this Mezcal and beet creation. “Making use of beet and nutmeg syrup, you get the attributes of the beet’s antioxidants plus an earthy herbal note,” he says.1 oz Bols Genever1 oz Beet and nutmeg syrup0.75 oz Caprock Pear Eau De Vie0.75 oz Caprock Colorado Bitter1 dash Cocktail Punk Cherry BittersMethod: Combine ingredients together and serve over ice in an Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with lemon peel.Monk’s Garden“We use cucumber and chartreuse— originally touted as a medicine when it was first made by the Carthusian Monks — which has 130-plus different herbs and spices,” says Dayton. “It’s an elixir for getting over a cold, similar to a hot toddy for ‘treating’ sickness. We also infuse vodka with tarragon and basil. The clear liquor is also better for you than a dark. It brings forward all these fresh, garden elements.”1 oz. basil- and tarragon-infused vodka (Dayton prefers Death’s Door)0.5 oz Green Chartreuse0.75 oz lime0.5 oz lavender simple syrup0.3 oz cucumber juiceCucumber to garnishMethod: Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and shake. Pour over ice in a Collins glass. Garnish with angle-cut cucumber wheel. Bonus: The Rehydrator MocktailAccept that invitation to your third, fourth, even fifth party and hold a glass to toast with this non-alcoholic mocktail that looks and tastes like the real thing. “This is my favorite non-alcoholic drink, using aloe water, a little fresh cranberry juice (not Ocean Spray, but unsweetened, keeping all the powerful antioxidants), then a splash of grenadine and fresh lime,” Dayton says. “You get a vibrancy through the drink and it looks gorgeous.”2 oz aloe juice1.25 oz cranberry juice (no sugar)0.75 oz. honey syrup0.5 oz lime juice0.25 oz cherry syrup (or grenadine, if cherry not available)Method: Shake and strain all of the ingredients into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel and serve.Digging the morning-after feeling of drinking mocktails? Here are five more mocktail recipes … or you can keep the booze in your cocktails and follow our tips for avoiding a hangover.Feature image courtesy of Acorn/Facebook. Editors’ Recommendations 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Homelast_img read more

PPPs will be Pivotal for Airport Infrastructure Developments Globally – AAJ President

first_imgAirports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) President, Audley Deidrick, says public-private partnerships (PPPs) will be pivotal in generating an estimated US$78 billion in additional investments needed for airport infrastructure developments globally over the next four years.Mr. Deidrick said data from a recent Airports Council International (ACI) research conducted in 50 countries indicate that planned airport investments from 2018 to 2022 total US$355 billion, as against the required US$433 billion, based on forecasts for increased passenger traffic.He was speaking at the opening ceremony for the second annual two-day aviation seminar, jointly hosted by the AAJ, Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) and Aeronautical Telecommunications Limited (AEROTEL), at the Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston, on Thursday (December 6).Mr. Deidrick said the ACI, which represents airports globally, expects passenger traffic through these hubs to peak at 8.7 billion by the end of 2018.Additionally, he said that at the current average annual growth rate of 4.5 per cent, “traffic is expected to double every 15 years, hence is expected to reach a staggering 17 billion passengers by 2033”.The AAJ President noted that airports, by nature, require expansive and extensive infrastructure developments at intervals rather than incrementally, to meet passenger growth forecasts.“Capital intensive infrastructure, such as airports, seaports and highways, can only be adequately funded with the help of private capital [as obtains with] public-private partnerships,” he pointed out.Jamaica’s two major international airports, Norman Manley in Kingston and Sangster in Montego Bay, currently operate under the PPP framework, through arrangements forged between the Government and Mexican entity, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico S.A.B. De C.V. (GAP).“This is not just a Jamaican scenario. It is a worldwide phenomenon that has taken on increasing importance and practice over the last 30 years. Jamaica has simply joined the game early, to our benefit,” Mr. Deidrick added.Public-Private Partnerships was among the topics for discussion during the two-day seminar, held under the theme ‘Air Transport as an Engine of Economic Development in Jamaica and the Caribbean’.The event formed part of Jamaica’s observance of International Civil Aviation Day on December 7, in commemoration of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s establishment in 1944.last_img read more

Dispatches from Charleville

first_imgThe highlight of the week-long 26th Joint Civil-Military Program (JCM) at the Academy was the keynote address by Union Minister for Petroleum and Steel, Dharmendra Pradhan on India’s energy policy in the context of National Security and global geopolitics. The Academy which trains the ‘Steel Frame of India’ was indeed privileged to have the Steel Minister address the distinguished cohort of 45 officers drawn from all the defence and civil services of the country, many of whom were the alumni of this institution. Also Read – A special kind of bondIn a comprehensive commentary on global geopolitics and its impact on India’s economic development, more so in the context of energy security, Dharmendra Pradhan pointed out that if India had to become a $5 trillion economy by 2024 and continue with this trajectory, India would be the world’s largest energy consumer by 2035, and this certainly could not be based on imported fossil fuels–both from the point of ecological sustainability as well as the economic parameters. In fact, the current mix of India’s energy–coal contributing 55 per cent, oil and gas 35 per cent and renewables at 10 per cent–had to be reversed. Renewables and fuels derived from biomass had to play a major role not just from the point of ecology but also equity. Livelihoods for farmers had to be transformed from annadatas–providers of food–to urjadatas–providers of energy–not just through the setting up of solar panels on every available strip of land but also on account of bioethanol, jatropha, conversion of paddy straw into energy units, and other ‘state-of-the-art’ innovations. Moreover, the next spurt of energy demand is likely to come from the rural and semi-urban sectors as young people move from cycles to motorcycles, which is why for the first time in several decades, the growth in consumption of petrol is rising faster than that of diesel. Over time, both will give way to EVMs but the point to note is that we have to take a look at ‘energy’ and not examine petroleum, coal, hydro, thermal and renewables in separate silos, which indeed has been the dominant practice in the current discourse. In fact, while India was not as well endowed with conventional fuels, it had abundant sunshine and a very large coastline–both of which should be factored in our strategic dialogues. Thus, India could become the global leader in solar energy and spread the shine and cheer across Asia and Africa which were endowed with good sun. Our coastline gave us a natural advantage on the High Seas–our navy can certainly provide the logistical support for our trade and commerce with the Middle East and Africa. India could not lose out in the next Industrial Revolution and the minister explained quite succinctly how in the first, our contribution was that of our plantation labour and as supplier of raw materials; in the second, we provided supervisory level support; in the third we were content to pride ourselves in import substitution and later in capturing exports in which we had a competitive advantage on account of our raw materials, cheap labour and geographical location. However, as we’re on the cusp of the fourth industrial revolution, we had to look at technologies in which we were in the forefront, and our energy policy had to play a critical role in this. In fact, wars were also becoming very energy-intensive and the quest for energy itself was a causative factor in war. Also Read – Insider threat managementPrior to this, we had sessions on India’s neighbourhood in which both Pakistan and China were discussed threadbare. The Pakistan sessions were by Tilak Deveshar and TCA Raghavan, who has just brought out his third book on Pakistan in which he covers the history, the despair and the disaffection in energy-rich Balochistan, which is the terminal part of the CPEC. However, the Baloch, which constitutes 6 per cent of the population occupying 44 per cent of the country with a tenuous border is in a state of continuing insurgency for the same reason that affects all of Pakistan: the domination of the Army, and within it the Punjabi elite. TCA Raghavan explained that almost all engagements with neighbours were problematic, and though there was cynicism on both sides, there was also a sense of realism, even in Pakistan that they were in an asymmetrical position vis a vis India, just as in many ways, India understood that this was their position with respect to China. One must also make a mention of a brilliant engagement which Gen PJS Pannu, Deputy Chief of Staff had with the JCM participants on Fighting War: A National Effort. He explained quite candidly that wars were not just fought on the frontiers but they were fought in the mind, and that the economic, diplomatic, academic and soft power of a nation also played a crucial role. He also explained the subtle but certain differences between Doctrine, Strategy and Tactical Operations, and his frank engagement with the participants on an entire range of issues made it a very interesting session. Before closing, its important to share with readers the fact that the JCM had been conceptualised on recommendations of the Kargil review committee which suggested that the Academy should organise a program of the key stakeholders in the government system on national security; not just to understand the myriad dimensions of national security but more importantly to foster a sense of camaraderie and mutual appreciation of the myriad roles that each one–from field commanders on the LAC to captains on the high seas, diplomats projecting India’s soft power and the bureaucrats manning mysteries ranging from home to finance to energy–has to perform to perfection to ensure that India is secure from all possible threats–both internal and external.(Dr. Sanjeev Chopra is Director, LBSNAA, Mussoorie, and Honorary Curator, Valley of Words: Literature and Arts Festival, Dehradun. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Founder of Canada Jetlines takes helm as CEO of rival Flair Airlines

first_imgKELOWNA, B.C. – The founder of Canada Jetlines is taking over as chief executive of Canadian discount carrier Flair Airlines Ltd.Jim Scott replaces Flair founder and former president Jim Rogers, who will remain an adviser until 2019 after selling his shares in the Kelowna-based company.Scott is a former airline pilot who led Canada Jetlines between 2012 and last year.He will be joined by Jerry Presley, who represents the majority owners, as executive chairman. He was previously an adviser to Canada Jetlines.The changes come more than six months after Flair’s purchase of NewLeaf Travel Company’s assets.Flair Airlines currently flies from seven Canadian cities: Toronto, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Abbotsford, Kelowna and Vancouver. It has plans to soon announce an expansion of its fleet and route network.The airline faces the prospect of competition with the launch next summer of WestJet’s discount Swoop airline and Canada Jetlines.Flair operates seven aircraft and plans to add two Boeing 737-800 aircraft later in 2018. Four more planes are slated to be added to the fleet in 2019 to accommodate nearly 1.5 million passengers.last_img read more

Sudan UN strengthens helicopter fleet for logistical work in referendum

19 October 2010The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Sudan now has 24 helicopters, an increase of eight, to help move 120 tons of material for the January referendum that will decide whether southern Sudan declares independence from Africa’s largest country, a senior official said today. “We have a large mission support capability here in the south as well as other parts of Sudan to carry out the referendum,” the Regional Coordinator for Southern Sudan in the UN mission known as UNMIS, David Gressly, told a news briefing in Juba, the southern capital.“Our aviation assets will undergo a substantial expansion to meet the challenge of reaching some of the more remote polling and registration centres that will be established between now and next January,” he said.Two referenda will be held on 9 January, with the first, on self-determination in Southern Sudan being the final stage in the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended two decades of warfare between the northern-based Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A). The second in the oil-rich Abyei region will decide whether it is to be part of northern or southern Sudan.Yesterday, citing critical issues still outstanding and reported troop build-ups by both sides, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Haile Menkerios told a news conference in Khartoum, the capital, that the UN would increase its capacity as needed to prevent confrontations that could derail the entire peace process.“The main challenge is what everybody in southern Sudan faces, the logistical challenge,” Mr. Gressley said today. “It’s very difficult still to move around, even with some of the road construction and de-mining that have gone on, so logistics will be a major challenge and that’s one of the major support elements that we will provide.” The other challenge is the very tight deadline with less than three months to go. UN Integrated Referendum and Electoral Division (UNIRED) Officer-in-charge Meaghan Fitzgerald told the briefing that the 120 tons to be distributed include multiple types of materials, ranging from office equipment and furniture for state- and county-level offices to training materials for the registration, to vehicles and motorbikes to the actual registration materials themselves in terms of the books and the kits.“When we get closer to the referendum, they will also include the actual referendum polling materials as well,” she said. “So it’s a lot of materials.”The north-south civil war killed at least 2 million people, uprooted 4.5 million more, and forced some 600,000 to flee to neighbouring countries. read more

Son charged with attempted murder of mother in Burlington

A 20-year-old Burlington man has been arrested after his mother was found outside lying on the ground with multiple stab wounds.Halton police were called to Bunkerhill Place in Burlington around 3 p.m. last Friday after receiving reports that a man armed with a knife was chasing and stabbing a woman. Police found a 51-year-old woman lying on the ground across the street from her home with multiple stab wounds all over her body.Officers immediately arrested the man and seized a knife.Investigators say the woman had lost a significant amount of blood and was transported to Hamilton General Hospital where she underwent emergency surgery. She remains in hospital but is expected to be okay. Dorian Nicolaou has been charged with attempted murder.

WFP to start emergency operation for thousands of malnourished in Guatemala

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today approved an emergency operation in Guatemala to help 155,000 people, including nearly 60,000 children under the age of five, who are suffering from acute malnutrition.“Working jointly with the Guatemalan government and the international community, we can help these malnourished children avoid further suffering – particularly the 6,000 children who are at risk of dying if we do not help them immediately,” Francisco Roque Castro, WFP Latin American and Caribbean Regional Director, said of the $4.8 million emergency operation, which will require 8,553 tons of food to help 154,985 people for six months.Guatemala – like other Central American countries – was hard-hit last year by a severe drought that affected 31,000 families who lost their harvest. The families’ livelihoods depended exclusively on their subsistence crops and occasional day labour in neighbouring farms.According to WFP, Guatemala has the highest rate of chronic malnutrition in Latin America, affecting 47 per cent of children under five years of age. Already, 126 children have died from malnutrition since the drought.In this emergency operation, WFP said it will focus its assistance on 88 of the 102 municipalities most affected by the drought, chosen via an evaluation and nutritional census carried out by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Guatemalan Ministry of Health and the agency’s Vulnerability Assessment and Mapping unit. The remaining 14 municipalities will be covered by international non-governmental organizations. read more

Kenya UN official stresses need for peaceful and transparent elections

“Kenya’s elections will be watched closely around the world,” Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman said during a visit to Nairobi, the capital.“Let me take this opportunity to appeal to all Kenyans to exercise their democratic right and participate actively – but peacefully – in the elections,” he said. “Let me also underscore the responsibility shared by leaders at all levels to abide by legal mechanisms and to send a clear message to supporters that violence of any kind would be unacceptable.”Mr. Feltman, who oversees UN support to elections globally in his capacity as Focal Point for UN Electoral Assistance, commended the electoral authorities for their preparations and underscored the readiness of the UN to continue providing financial and technical assistance to the electoral process.During his visit, Mr. Feltman met the Chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission of Kenya and praised the Commission’s successful conduct of the registration of voters in record time, as well as efforts to avoid any violence.The previous general elections were held in December 2007, and were followed by post-election violence in which more than 1,100 people were killed, 3,500 injured and up to 600,000 forcibly displaced. read more

Parris Campbell among young players to catch Urban Meyers eye at Ohio

Redshirt-freshman wide receiver Parris Campbell (21) caught the eye of coach Urban Meyer during OSU’s annual Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 18.Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern PhotographerIn a scrimmage that featured 75 passing attempts and just 12 rushing attempts by running backs, a 17-14 final score might seem underwhelming.But Ohio State’s Spring Game on Saturday at Ohio Stadium wasn’t about showing how much the team has improved. In fact, after the quasi-game, coach Urban Meyer said the Buckeyes were worse than they were in January when they won the College Football Playoff National Championship.Regardless of that regression, Meyer said he was looking for certain young players to stand out. Some didn’t make the grade, but others — like redshirt-freshman wide receiver Parris Campbell — put on displays that could earn them playing time going forward.Meyer said he called on Campbell to score from four yards out with Campbell’s Scarlet team trailing Gray, 10-7.“He looked at me, like, ‘Heck with this, man.’ He took the ball, put his left foot in the ground and drove in, made a great cut and scored,” Meyer said of the play. “And I saw his celebration in the end zone. That’s one I remember from the Spring Game. That’s going to help him get into the rotation.”Redshirt-freshman wide receiver Parris Campbell (21) caught 5 passes for 38 yards and a touchdown during OSU’s Spring Game on April 18 at Ohio Stadium.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern PhotographerBut the fourth-year OSU coach added that not every player he called on to step up succeeded in the same fashion as Campbell.“I asked a couple guys to make a play and they didn’t do it,” Meyer said. “Now I have to find out why when I meet with them next week and just get into the psychological impact of playing in the stadium has on a player.”While players like Campbell used the Spring Game to make their final strides toward the rotation, others simply cemented their spot after a strong spring overall.Redshirt-freshman defensive lineman Sam Hubbard had the coaching staff raving throughout the 15-practice slate, and built on that with two sacks and a fumble recovery in the scrimmage. Meyer said Hubbard has locked up a spot in the rotation, but the former safety and tight end said he still has more room to improve.“I have a long way to go before I’m one of the guys that’s routinely in the rotation,” Hubbard said after the Spring Game. “It’s only been a few months at defensive end and to be in the position I am, I’m very thankful.”Regardless of how far he feels he has to go, Meyer confirmed that Hubbard will rotate along with redshirt-sophomore defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis, as the duo helped replace Steve Miller opposite junior defensive lineman Joey Bosa.As for Campbell, receiver might be the position where OSU took the biggest hit, with Devin Smith and Evan Spencer turning their focus to an NFL future. Like Hubbard, Campbell has a chance to find his way on to the field next season after catching his coach’s eye on Saturday.But for now, the Buckeyes have some time off before returning to fall camp, and ultimately opening the 2015 regular season against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va. read more

Israeli Prime Minister calls for early elections

first_imgISRAELI PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu began his re-election bid today after calling snap polls that he is tipped to win, presenting himself as the only hope of facing Iran and the global economic crisis.Following his announcement late yesterday that the election was to be brought forward, Netanyahu fired the unofficial starting gun to a campaign expected to see Israelis go to the polls in January or February.The move ended weeks of speculation about whether he would call an early vote in order to capitalise on his popularity, with newspapers unanimous that Netanyahu was in the enviable position of being the only realistic contender.“The election campaign begins with Netanyahu being perceived as the only one who fills the prime minister’s seat naturally,” wrote Nahum Barnea in the top-selling Yediot Aharonot daily in a piece headlined: “The Usual Candidate.”Although Netanyahu gave no date for the election, which had been due in October 2013, most commentators suggested the vote was likely to take place on either January 22 or 29.The date is likely to be set next week when the Knesset, or parliament, reconvenes for its winter session.National interest“My duty as prime minister is to put the national interest before everything, and so I’ve decided that for the good of Israel we must go to an election now as quickly as possible,” Netanyahu said yesterday.Barnea said with no realistic opponent in the field, and the outcome largely known to both politicians and voters alike, parties would focus attention on the only variable — the make-up of the next coalition government.“In terms of Israeli democracy, this is an unfortunate reality. Many voters feel that not only is there no one to vote for, there is no one to vote against: Everyone (except for the Meretz) dreams of serving in the next Netanyahu government,” he said, referring to a leftwing party.Writing in the left-leaning Haaretz newspaper, commentator Ari Shavit said Netanyahu’s policy of doing little had served him well.Stability“All he offered Israelis was stability: security stability, economic stability and political stability. But since Israel is surrounded by the stormy world economy and stormy Arab world, Netanyahu’s make-no-progress stability turned into a political gold mine,” he wrote.“It allowed its leader to take no real steps and score no real achievement, and turned him into what seems today to be virtually the sole candidate to head the government of Israel.”Netanyahu said the move to bring forward the election was sparked by a coalition deadlock over the 2013 budget, which includes a fresh series of harsh austerity measures.In his address, Netanyahu was quick to burnish his government’s security and economic credentials, presenting himself as the only guarantee in the face of the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear programme, regional insecurity sparked by the Arab Spring, and the economic crisis.AusterityOpinion polls indicate Netanyahu, who heads the rightwing Likud party, is well placed to stay in power, although his ratings hit a low point earlier this year after he pushed through an initial series of austerity measures.The measures, which came on the back of mass protests over the rising cost of living, sparked public anger and saw Netanyahu’s popularity slump to its lowest level since he came to power in March 2009, with 60 percent saying they were unhappy with his performance.But according to a poll published in Haaretz at the end of September, Netanyhau’s popularity has recovered from its summer low.Likud, along with the other rightwing and ultra-Orthodox parties, would take 66 of the 120 seats in parliament if the election were held immediately, the poll found.By comparison, the centre-left bloc would take only 54 votes in any general election.Netanyahu’s existing coalition, which groups rightwing, nationalist and ultra-Orthodox parties along with the centre-right Independence party led by Defence Minister Ehud Barak, currently holds 66 seats.Read: Israeli embassy security incident in Dublin confirmed as false alarm>last_img read more

Germany not accepting more refugees and migrants from Italy and Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram According to the most recent announcement coming from the German government, the country will put a halt to accepting more refugees and migrants under the EU’s relocation scheme. Germany is currently resettling the last groups of populations it has received from Greece and Italy, a process that will continue in the coming weeks, however, Germany has only taken one third of the initial number it agreed to receive.As the European Union’s migrant relocation program draws to a close Germany’s Interior Ministry said on Monday that “far fewer people had fulfilled the necessary criteria for relocation than first expected”.“The relocation scheme ended in September 2017, meaning all applicants arriving after that date will no longer be eligible for resettlement,” Annegret Korff, a speaker for the Interior Ministry added, clarifying that in order to qualify, “applicants had to be from a country where the chances of asylum are at least 75 percent”.Germany’s Interior Ministry claims that they largely completed all outstanding relocation cases by the end of 2017 and therefore Germany will only carry out the odd resettlement case that was left outstanding from last year.Meanwhile, Greece and Italy insist that the program to relocate migrants landing on their coasts was launched by the European Union in the wake of the 2015 migrant crisis.EU member states had reportedly agreed to relocate some 160,000 refugees between them, a number that last year had been revised to just under 100,000 after officials found most applicants to be ineligible under the EU relocation scheme. Moreover, Germany was expected to take in 27,000 refugees and migrants yet it has only accepted 10,000 migrants.At the moment, and based on the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) statistics, more than 170,317 people made the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean Sea in 2017 of whom over 60,000 are trapped within Greek borders as the rest of Europe refuses to take them in.last_img read more

Windows 7 devance Vista en un temps record

first_imgWindows 7 devance Vista en un temps recordAlors que Windows 7 n’est effectif que depuis neuf mois, et que Vista est sur le marché depuis 2 ans, StatCounter révèle que le dernier système d’exploitation de Microsoft a d’ores et déjà dépassé le précédent.Ainsi, Microsoft aurait vendu 175 millions de licences Windows 7 depuis octobre 2009 : de quoi prouver le succès du dernier système d’exploitation de la firme de Redmond. Un succès confirmé par StatCounter qui mesure régulièrement la “part de visite” des OS face à plusieurs milliers de sites et qui révèle qu’au mois de juillet 2010, Windows 7 était déjà à 19,56% de parts, un niveau que Vista n’est parvenu à atteindre qu’après deux ans d’existence, ce qui confirme le non succès commercial de cet OS. Et ZDNet de préciser que ce bon résultat est également dû à la reprise du marché des PC depuis fin 2009, la marge semblant encore très importante lorsque l’on sait que 75% des ordinateurs d’entreprises tournent encore sous Windows XP, le prédécesseur de Vista. En comparaison, Linux ne représente aujourd’hui que 0,74% de parts de visite. Le 4 août 2010 à 12:55 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

GTA Onlines Deadline Update Turns the Game Into Tron

first_img Grand Theft Auto Online is constantly getting new updates, and this latest one is a huge love letter to a certain 80’s sci-fi movie. The Deadline update introduces the Nagasaki Shotaro: a motorcycle that looks like it comes straight out of Tron.The Shotaro is the centerpiece of the Deadline Adversary Mode. In this 4-player arena deathmatch, players must use the light trail left behind by their bikes to destroy their opponents. The arena is littered with power-ups that will either help or hinder players.The bike as well as the Deadline Outfit is unlocked for purchase after playing Deadline for the first time. For a limited time only, purchasing the Shotaro will get you an in-game Nagasaki logo T-shirt. Players who participate in this mode from now until November 21 will receive double the money and RP.I would be remiss in my duties as a full-time nerd if I didn’t point out that these bike races aren’t exactly like the ones in Tron. Unlike that movie where riders could only make sharp 90 degree turns, players are allowed a full range of movement here. While not one hundred percent faithful to the movie, this does bump up the challenge. The power-ups are certainly a nice addition and should make what is already a chaotic deathmatch even crazier.On top of the double money and RP in Deadline, players will get a boost to their Biker Business with 25% off Business supplies and resupply and an extra 50% GTA money and 2X RP from Biker Business Sales. Players can also take advantage of discounted weapons and tactical vehicles from now to November 21. The weapons and vehicles are listed below.PropertiesBiker Businesses – 25% VehiclesKarin Technical – 25% (Heist completion requirement waived)Savage – 25% (Heist completion requirement waived)MTL Brickade – 50% WeaponryBullet Ammo – 25%Throwables and Explosives – 25%Body Armor – 25%Drum & Box Magazines – 25% GTAV Short Film Stars the Real TrevorRockstar ends GTA Online content updates for PS3 and Xbox 360 Stay on targetlast_img read more

San Diego gun owners take action to save Del Mar Gun Show

first_imgSan Diego gun owners take action to save Del Mar Gun Show Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 1:51 PM Posted: May 22, 2018 Carlos Amezcua May 22, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsTuesday, Carlos Amezcua interviewed Michael Schwartz, Executive Director of San Diego County Gun Owners, about the Crossroads of the West Gun Show and what they are doing to make sure it continues.Schwartz showed his stack of 3,000 letters that were collected at the gun show this past weekend, all voicing support for continuing the show.Schwartz says the key points made in the letters are:— Please renew the gun show contract with Crossroads of the West with no new restrictions or limitations.— The gun show is a safe and legal place for enthusiasts to attend and learn more about firearms, firearms safety and firearms training.— The gun show event is a great place for couples and families to spend time together learning more about an American sport and tradition. The educational and entertainment value is immeasurable.— Do not ban this resource for the public, which helps keep San Diegans law-abiding and safe.— Do not villainize my family and discriminate against us, it is nothing short of bigotry.— To blame me for crimes involving guns is insulting to hundreds of thousands of gun owners in Southern California. We resent the uninformed opponents to the gun show painting gun owners as dangerous. Carlos Amezcua, last_img read more

Solar power tariff at all time low Power Minister

first_imgIn what has emerged as an all-time low tariff for solar energy, US-based Sun Edison has won a bid to sell power at the rate of Rs.4.63 per kilowatt-hour (kW.h).The renewable energy made the bid for its 500 megawatt plant in Andhra Pradesh under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission.”Delighted that an all time low solar tariff of Rs 4.63 (a kW.hr) has been achieved during reverse e-auction conducted by National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC),” Power Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted on Wednesday.”Delighted that solar tariff in India has broken Rs 5/kW.h level. NTPC has received bids of Rs 4.8/ kW.h through ongoing reverse e-bidding,” he added.Goyal made the announcement on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in New Delhi on Tuesday, following the bidding earlier in the day.The previous lowest solar tariff was about Rs.5.05 per unit offered by Canadian company SkyPower’s for a 150 MW project in Madhya Pradesh.Of the 28 companies that qualified for the second round of bidding, nine including Italy’s Enel Green Power SpA, Reliance Power Ltd, ReNew Power Ventures Pvt Ltd, Solar Arise, Acme Solar and Orange Renewable Power offered bids under Rs.5 per unit.Other bidders included Welspun Renewables, Trina Solar and First Solar.last_img read more