What does the future hold for science funding in the United States? And can politicians get along when it comes to research spending? Today on ScienceLive, we chatted with two veterans of the federal science policy wars—Michael Stephens, director of policy at the Association of Schools of Public Health, and Joel M. Widder, a partner at The Oldaker Law Group, a Washington, D.C.-based law and government relations consulting firm—about these and other issues. If you missed the chat, you can check out the full transcript here.
A new report by GQIndia suggests that the alleged Tonino Lamborghini 88 Tauri smartphone will be launched in January via Luxury Quotient. There is however no word yet regarding the pricing of the said device.The Tonino Lamborghini 88 Tauri smartphone will reportedly feature a 5-inch full-HD touchscreen display that comes with a protective oleophobic coating along with 10-point multi-touch support. The alleged device is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC alongside 3GB of RAM. It reportedly sports a 20MP rear camera along with an 8MP front-facing snapper. The device will be reportedly available in limited quantities and will run Android 4.4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box. It is touted to be backed by a 3400mAh battery which is rated to deliver about 1,000 hours of standby time. The dual-SIM device will reportedly come with support for LTE connectivity. It can be recalled that Canadian handset manufacturer, BlackBerry recently collaborated with Porsche Design to come out with the Porsche Design P’9983 luxury smartphone. The luxury smartphone market in India is a budding one at that, however, the segment is slowly picking up steam owing to such collaborations.Tonino Lamborghini is the son of Lamborghini founder FerruccioLamborghini and runs a merchandising company under his name that isknown to come out with luxury items from time to time.
National coach Stephen Constantine today announced a list of 28 probables for India’s forthcoming 2018 World Cup preliminary joint qualification match against Iran.Iran, as per the July 2015 FIFA rankings, stay the highest Asian team on 38.Also read: ISL: Mumbai City FC sign Tunisia’s Selim BenachourThe match is slated to be played at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on September 8, 2015 and would be telecast live on Sony Six.The 28 probables would be assembling for a preparatory camp in Pune on August 23.The match against Iran will be preceded by an international friendly against Nepal on August 31, which will be played at the Balewadi Stadium in Pune.ProbablesGoalkeepers: Subrata Paul, Karanjit Singh, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Arindam Bhattacharya, Sanjiban Ghosh.Defenders: Arnab Mondal, Sandesh Jhingan, Aiborlang Khongjee, Dhanachandra Singh, Lalchhuanmawia, Narayan Das, Rino Anto, Pritam Kotal.Midfielders: Dhanapal Ganesh, Eugenson Lyngdoh, Cavin Lobo, Sehnaj Singh, Jackichand Singh, Pronoy Halder, Brandon Fernandes, Francis Fernandes, CK Vineeth, Rowlin Borges, Romeo Fernandes.Forwards: Holicharan Narzary, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Robin Singh, Sunil Chhetri.
Bangladesh made a winning start to 2016, cruising past Zimbabwe by four wickets in the first of their four Twenty20 internationals on Friday. Zimbabwe rode a 101-run partnership between Hamilton Masakadza and Vusi Sibanda, their highest opening stand in T20s, to pile up 163 for 7. Bangladesh eclipsed it with 166 for 6 and eight balls to spare.”We could have finished the game in 17 or 18 overs had we not lost the wickets at the start, and then Mushfiqur and Sabbir in quick succession, but Shakib played his part nicely,” Bangladesh captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza said.Bangladesh had 31 up in the fourth over when Soumya Sarkar, back in after missing the last series against the same opponent, was run out after a mix-up with Tamim Iqbal. Tamim shook it off and plundered the bowlers with 29 off 24 balls before he was out in seventh over. Sabbir Rahman then took the anchor role, and was supported by Mushfiqur Rahim, who made 26 off 19, sending the ball across the rope three times.Zimbabwe raised hopes of clawing back, dismissing Sabbir after he hit 46 off 34, with four boundaries and one maximum, at 118-4. But Shakib Al Hasan held his nerve to seal the victory with an unbeaten 20 off 13, with two fours.Legspinner Graeme Cremer returned 2 for 32. Zimbabwe put up a decent total thanks to Masakadza, who smashed 79, equaling his highest score in T20s. He clobbered two sixes and nine fours. Sibanda added 46.”I thought we missed out on 15, 20 runs in the end. We were looking at least 180,” Masakadza said. “At the end, you can look at little things like that but I thought if we were defending 180 it would have made a big difference.”advertisementShakib Al Hasan made the breakthrough for Bangladesh, removing Sibanda, who survived a catch in the preceding delivery. On the boundary, Soumya Sarkar did well to catch out Sibanda, but video replays showed his foot touched the boundary rope. Sibanda earned a six, but he sliced the next delivery to Tamim.Sibanda’s dismissal stemmed the run flow for Zimbabwe, which faltered near the end, losing five wickets for only 31 runs in the last five overs. Malcolm Waller (14) and Masakadza were run out in quick succession, and Bangladesh pacers Mustafizur Rahman and Al-Amin Hossain choked Zimbabwe with superb fast bowling. They took two wickets each.The second match is on Sunday.
With these three simple questions you can manage the interview, take off the pressure from the interviewer, and ensure that you get across what you wanted to achieve. Ask up front: “What’s the most important thing you would like to learn about me today?” This ensures that even if the interview wanders the interviewer will have gotten from you what they really wanted to achieve. Ask at the end: “Is there anything you didn’t learn about me today that I didn’t give you?” This question ensures that if the interviewer lost track of their subject and their time, you have given them a way out to figure out how to go back to a prior subject that now feels awkward to follow up on their own. Truth be told, an interviewer is never paying full attention to you in an interview. He/she has many other things on their mind as they work their way through their own set amount of interview questions within a set amount of time and have to manage all of that with someone sitting across the table from them who is eager and ready to go.Yesterday I conducted three interviews with candidates for a CEO position and none of the three addressed the concerns I had about managing the time, keeping the day on schedule, or being able to gather the information I needed. Why didn’t they? Because they weren’t thinking about that aspect of the interview. But had they, they may have found that their time and mine was much more productive.Here are three easy ways to take control of the interview and at the same time take the burden off of the interviewer so they can pay more attention to you:Start the interview with this question: “How much time do you have for me today?” This sets the stage so you now know that what you thought was going to be a full hour is really 45 minutes (or better what you thought was an hour can really be 90 minutes if it goes well). After hearing how much time the interviewer has you can then follow up with, “I really appreciate you taking this much time with me and I promise I will get out of here right on time.” Once this is said, the interviewer feels like the pressure is off and you have given them the license to later close the interview gracefully. If within the interview you feel like time is being wasted and drifting, you can always follow up with a glance at your watch and say, “I want to be respectful of your time and it appears we only have XX amount of minutes left”. This gives him/her a gentle reminder to get back on track.
Dozens of hearses carrying the coffins of those killed when a plane flying Brazil’s Chapecoense soccer team crashed into a Colombian mountain will leave Medellin for the airport on Friday to be flown home. (Colombia and Brazil football teams join in tribute after plane crash)The disaster on Monday night killed 71 people and shocked soccer fans the world over. It appears that the LAMIA Bolivia BAe146 airliner ran out of fuel, lost electrical power and was preparing for an emergency landing as it smashed into the mountains in central Colombia. (Bodies of Brazilians killed in Colombia crash expected back on Friday)Only six on board the flight survived, including three members of the soccer squad en route to the biggest game in their history: the Copa Sudamericana final. (Colombia crash: Plane carrying Chapecoense players was running out of fuel)The tragedy plunged Latin America’s largest nation, Brazil, into mourning as it reels from a deep recession and political crisis. Video footage of the team seated before takeoff showed them laughing and pulling faces at the camera.The bodies and ashes of five Bolivians will leave shortly on a Hercules aircraft and those of a Venezuelan on a commercial flight. The remains of a Paraguayan victim left Colombia late on Thursday. (From Wayne Rooney to Neymar, soccer world sends condolences to Brazil’s Chapecoense after air crash)A convoy carrying the dead Brazilians will leave the funeral home in Medellin later on Friday for the journey along a mountain road to Rionegro airport, where the victims will be flown back to Brazil. (Rivals rule out final league game against Chapecoense)advertisementIn the club’s small farming hometown in southern Brazil, workers erected temporary structures in the stadium to shelter the coffins of 51 victims – players, staff and journalists – expected to arrive at night for an open-air wake on Saturday.Some 100,000 fans, about half the city’s population, are likely to attend, as is Brazilian President Michel Temer and Gianni Infantino, president of world soccer governing body FIFA. (Brazilian clubs offer to loan players to Chapecoense after plane crash)Roberto Di Marchi came to Colombia to escort the body of his cousin Nilson Folle Junior, 29, a director of Chapecoense, back home.”He always travelled with the team, to every game, he was a fantastic person, he was so dedicated and loved the Chapecoense,” Di Marchi said at the funeral home, adding Folle’s father was one of the team’s founders.Two of the Bolivian flight crew and a journalist also survived along with the three players. They remain in hospital.”Authorities are working on the diplomatic paperwork around the clock to ensure that by 10 at night all the bodies are returned to their families,” Colombian police commander Colonel Jose Contreras.Two black boxes recovered from the crash site on a muddy hillside in wooded highlands near the town of La Union are due to be sent this week for examination by experts in Britain, where the jet was manufactured.Colombian aviation officials said the absence of fuel at the crash site and in the plane’s tubing indicated it had completely run out of fuel.
Week 6 of the college football season is officially here. Sure, there were games on Thursday and Friday nights, but the real action starts in just a few hours.There are several huge matchups this weekend, with three games featuring ranked matchups. Among those games this weekend, No. 6 Notre Dame heads to No. 24 Virginia Tech in what could be one of the day’s best games.Saturday night’s game in Blacksburg promises to deliver one of the most-difficult environments in college football this weekend. The Hokies haven’t won a home game against a ranked opponent since 2009, but one ESPN college football analyst thinks they will.Desmond Howard picked Virginia Tech to take down Notre Dame on Saturday night.Desmond Howard just said #NotreDame is better than #Clemson.Then picked the Irish to lose to Virginia Tech tonight.— Irish Sports Daily (@ISDUpdate) October 6, 2018Is this just hate from the Michigan Man towards a rival program?Notre Dame and Virginia Tech kick off Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ABC with Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit calling the contest.Stay tuned.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field alongside his wife Shelley after his team won 45-24 against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)On Saturday afternoon, the Florida Gators and Michigan Wolverines met for the first time since the Wolverines took down the Gators in the 2017 season-opener. Michigan claimed that game with a 33-17 win, but that was without new Gators head coach Dan Mullen on the sideline.Mullen led his Gators in to the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl on Saturday with hopes of ending the season with one more win.After nearly three quarters of play, Florida is close to attaining its goal. The Gators hold a 27-10 lead entering the fourth quarter.Florida fans are loving the game, but so too, are Ohio State fans. Shelley Meyer, Urban Meyer’s wife, loves the game from two perspective – as the wife of a current head coach of the Buckeyes and former head coach of the Gators.Meyer said she’ll always be part Gator.I JUST checked and yelled out score update to bunch of OSU people. Go Gators! ?? #IWillAlwaysBePartGator ??❤️ https://t.co/skdD4oZMOx— Shelley ❌eyer (@spinnershells) December 29, 2018Michigan has 15 minutes to get its act together, or the Wolverines will head into the 2019 season with a two-game losing streak.
The Move-In Bundle – From $488For a total bedding overhaul, spring for the Move-In Bundle, which comes with a flat sheet, fitted sheet, duvet cover, 4 pillowcases, 2 plush pillows, a comforter, and The Laundress Signature Detergent – all in a crisp, classic white that won’t clash with your décor. Choose from Classic or Luxe weave for the sheets, and select from 4 different comforter weights to cater to your comfort. Take good care of this set using the tips above, and you’ll be snoozing in style for a long, long time. The Best Sheets for Your Bed, from Cotton to Hemp to Linen Hardcore Sheet Bundle – From $189If you’re looking for something a little more serious, consider upgrading to a Hardcore Sheet Bundle, which includes a duvet cover and 2 extra pillowcases in addition to everything that’s included in the Core Sheet Sets. Hardcore Sheet Bundles are available in Classic (with a 270 thread count and a 100% long-staple cotton percale weave), Linen (which are cool, lightweight, and perfect for warm summer nights), Twill (with a special finish that reduces shrinkage and gives them an incredibly soft feel), and Luxe (with a 480 thread count sateen weave and 100% long-staple cotton). Duvet covers are equipped with handy internal corner ties and button closures, and you can mix and match colors and patterns in your bundle to create your own custom bedroom oasis. $488 from Brooklinen Editors’ Recommendations Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini How Often Should You Wash Your Hair? We Asked the Experts Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts The Best Latex Pillows for Neck and Back Pain $99 from Brooklinen Let’s just get it out there: Most of us are monsters who are sleeping in our own filth. That’s right — almost none of us are taking proper care of our sheets. Sure, pounding cereal in your PJs sounds like a much more enjoyable Saturday-morning task than a weekly washing routine, but you have to do something for your health once in a while.Clean sheets don’t just look better, they’re also much healthier to sleep on (not to mention the fact that ain’t nobody gonna want to cuddle with you in those crusty, wrinkled sheets that have been on the bed since you moved in). To take your sheet-iquette from hot mess to on-point, we’re going to need a little advice from the pros. That’s why we enlisted the help of Vicki Fulop, CCO and co-founder of Brooklinen, to give us the dirt on keeping your sheets clean, soft, and sparkling.How to Wash SheetsIt seems fairly obvious that you should wash your sheets, right? I mean, who wants to sleep in a tepid mess of sweat, dead skin cells, and dust every night? Not only do all of those things build up, breed bacteria, and create unpleasant odors on unwashed sheets, but they’re quite frankly just nasty as hell. And yet, most of us probably aren’t washing our sheets nearly as often as we should. “We recommend a week, or two at most to keep your sheets properly clean,” says Fulop. “That way you can prevent bacteria-induced breakouts and odors from building up, and keep your bed properly clean and fresh.”You may be experiencing some minor annoyance if you’ve already worked out a solid once-a-year bed-cleaning routine, but the good news is that your sheets might be the easiest things you’ll have to tackle come laundry day. “Our sheets are low-maintenance,” Fulop explains. “Just throw them in the washing machine on a cool or warm cycle, and choose a low heat and a low tumble cycle for drying.” If you’ve got a little extra space, Fulop suggests going the extra step and line-drying them naturally “to minimize wrinkling and better preserve colors, fibers, and elasticity.” Whatever detergent you’re used to should do the trick, but a gentle, eco-friendly formula like the one used by Laundress Signature Detergent can be a nice extra touch.If your once-sparkling white sheets have started to fade, you may be tempted to bleach them back to their original sheen, but you should think twice about that. “Oddly enough, bleaching can actually cause yellowing over time, so we recommend you avoid it,” Fulop advises. “If you’re feeling like your bright whites are starting to yellow, soak them for an hour in the tub [in hot water] with OxiClean instead, and follow that up with a regular cycle in the wash. If the soaking is too much, try a wash cycle with OxiClean, followed by another with your regular detergent. You may need to do a couple of OxiClean soaks or wash cycles if your sheets have really yellowed, but this trick should get them back to good as new!”How to Store SheetsOnce your sheets are spick and span, you’ll hardly want to wad them up in a big ball and chuck them haphazardly into your linen closet. Even if you’ve already got a good storage solution going, it could be hurting your sheets more than protecting them. According to Fulop, “the most important thing is to store your sheets in a way that allows them to breathe. This helps preserve their fibers and color, and adds to their longevity.” So, how can you make sure your spiffy new sheets stay fresh for the long haul?“Our favorite way is to place the folded sheet set inside of one of the pillow cases that goes with the set,” says Fulop. “This way you are guaranteed to keep them neat and tidy wherever you keep them, and you keep your sets from getting mixed up.” You should steer clear of storing your sheets in airtight plastic boxes, which causes yellowing over time. Instead, “store your linens in a breathable, cotton bag. This way, the linen is protected from bugs, spills, and dust, but is [also] protected from yellowing.”So you’ve got your cleaning tips, and you know how to keep your sheets nice and fresh in storage, but we couldn’t very well leave you hanging on one of the toughest bedding-related questions, could we? We all remember the first time (and maybe all the following times) we tried to fold a fitted sheet with no guidance and realized that there was darkness in the world.Thankfully, Fulop is one of those fabled few who can actually manage to wrangle those elastic-y bastards into something presentable, and she has graced us with her knowledge. Check out Fulop’s step-by-step instructions below (you can also watch a handy video by Real Simple above):Place your right and left hands on each corner of the length-wise side of the sheet.Bring one corner across and tuck it into the corner seam closest to you. You’re sticking the corner of one sheet into the other to form a sort of pocket.Repeat this “tucking” process on the other (shorter) side.Now you have two corner “pockets.” Bring one corner pocket over to the other, so that the “points” meet, and tuck them again so that you are left with one corner pocket.Next, fold the long side with the pocket and gathered edges over towards the middle to make a straight edge.Now you should have all straight edges, and can fold your fitted sheet into a rectangle, then a square.Upgrade Your SheetsNow that you know you shouldn’t be sleeping on those same sheets all year, you might be in the market for a new set. Here are a few of our favorites from Brooklinen that will set you up with everything you need for cleaner, healthier sleep:Core Sheet Set – From $99Brooklinen’s Core Sheet Sets include, well, the core of what you need in a good sheet set: a flat sheet, fitted sheet, and 2 pillowcases in the color of your choice. We love the brand’s new menswear inspired patterns like the Graphite Grid and Oxford stirpe, along with the Luxe Core Sheet Set, which boasts a 480 thread count and a heavenly soft sateen weave. $189 from Brooklinen
zoom Ship owner and operator GoodBulk is selling its shares to collect up to USD 80 million, which may be used to finance the acquisition of six CarVal dry bulk vessels.Namely, the company said it would carry out a rights offering of up to 5.25 million new common shares at a subscription price of USD 15.23 per share directed towards existing eligible shareholders as per December 8, 2017, registered with the Norwegian Central Securities Depository on December 12, 2017.The proceeds from the rights offering would be used to finance the acquisition of the Capesize vessels and for other general purposes, GoodBulk informed.The subscription period for the rights offering is expected to end on December 18, 2017. The company has received pre-commitments from certain existing eligible shareholders to subscribe for a minimum of USD 18 million in the rights offering.In late October, GoodBulk signed a deal to purchase 7 to 13 Capesizes from entities managed by CarVal Investors.At the time, the company said that funds managed by CarVal Investors will receive up to 10.5 million common shares in GoodBulk for the initial 7 vessels, with USD 61 million of existing borrowings expected to be refinanced under GoodBulk credit facilities.Upon completion of the base transaction of 7 Capesize vessels, GoodBulk will control a fleet of 19 vessels with an average age of 9 years, consisting of 16 Capesize, 1 Panamax, and 2 Supramax vessels.GoodBulk will have the option to acquire up to an additional 6 Capesize vessels.
OTTAWA – Just hours before Bombardier Inc. was to unveil a dramatic plan to escape its latest crisis, Jerry Dias was summoned to Montreal to meet with Alain Bellemare, the beleaguered firm’s chief executive.There, the head of Canada’s largest private-sector union was told that after months of searching for partners to help finance its sleek new C Series jet, Bombardier would be teaming up with European manufacturer Airbus, which would take on much of the responsibility for building and selling the aircraft.The deal would give Bombardier a way around the sky-high U.S. tariff prompted by a complaint from American rival Boeing. But it also put Dias — national president of Unifor, a union that represents more than 315,000 Canadian workers, many of them at both companies — in a tight spot.It is not unusual for a big business to let big labour know about a big deal, but that would be especially important when it involves Dias, who is not afraid to make a lot of noise on issues — be they corporate or political — that matter to his membership.Dias, 59, wasn’t thrilled. But to his mind, Bellemare had little choice.“If I’m faced with a similar situation, where it’s life or death, I’m choosing life,” Dias said in a recent interview.A Bombardier spokesman characterized their meeting as giving a heads-up to a trusted stakeholder. But Dias said his pragmatic conclusion likely came as a relief to Bellemare. After all, there was nothing stopping Dias from trashing the deal to anyone who would listen.“He’s a pretty straight shooter,” said Peggy Nash, a former New Democrat MP who worked with Dias in the 1980s at the Canadian Auto Workers union, which merged with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada to form Unifor in 2012.“If you’re looking for somebody that filters out a lot of what he’s thinking, that’s not Jerry.”Dias said he knew something big was on the horizon. A former aerospace worker himself, he knew Boeing’s anti-subsidy complaint to the U.S. Commerce Department had left the Montreal company between a rock and a hard place.Sooner or later, it would have to do something drastic to wriggle free.“There was no way that Bombardier was going to go under,” said Dias, likening the prospect to the Avro Arrow, an advanced Canadian fighter jet that was scrapped in 1959. An expedition team recently found a prototype on the bottom of Lake Ontario.“There was no way that Trudeau was going to put the C Series into Lake Ontario. No chance. None.”Dias talks to the people around him often enough, and with enough confidence, to know where the prime minister and his cabinet stands on a number of issues of major importance to the Liberal government.“There’s a lot in play right now and I’m glad to be in the middle of it.”That includes the negotiations of the new North American Free Trade Agreement, where Dias has been at every round and is trusted with many of the details.“We talk to him all the time,” says a senior government source who interacts regularly with Dias.The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity since they were not authorized to speak publicly, said the Liberal government reached out to Dias on trade early on and has kept him in the loop ever since — although they don’t agree on everything and don’t speak for each other.“I’m not invited to participate with the Canadian team in NAFTA to shut up,” Dias said. “I mean, they know who I am.”At the same time, Dias knows he has a different relationship with this government than he did with the Conservatives under former prime minister Stephen Harper, who he describes as having viewed the labour movement as an enemy.“Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government view us as a stakeholder — a legitimate stakeholder with a voice.”Unifor, Dias noted, is one of the most politically active labour organizations in the country, including when it comes to third-party election spending, and represents workers in more than 20 economic sectors.“They’re viewing us as a group that has a heck of a lot to add.”Like the CAW before it, Unifor urged its members to vote strategically against the Conservatives in the 2015 federal election, rather than endorsing the New Democrats, the traditional allies of the labour movement, said Christo Aivalis, who researches Canadian labour history.“It underpins their political strategy of, ‘We can find friends in any party except the Conservative party’,” says Aivalis, a post-doctoral fellow with the department of history at the University of Toronto.Lisa Kelly, director of the women’s department at Unifor, said Dias has a talent for understanding where power lies around him.“Anyone who knows Jerry knows that he thinks the rules do not apply to him — and nor should they,” said Kelly, because those rules were not written with the best interests of working people in mind.Dias is quick to point out the NDP have never formed federal government, but he also recognizes the Liberals can credit at least some of their success in the 2015 election to having shifted to the left.“They have done a lot of things that I will argue they took right out of the NDP play book,” he said. “For me, it’s not a question of who does it. I just want it done.”— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitter
Government delegates from 160 countries and representatives from business and industry, environmental organizations and research institutions are attending the one-week meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).The Accra meeting is part of a series of UN-sponsored talks in the run-up to the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009. The aim of the negotiations is to create a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol, with first-round commitments ending in 2012, on greenhouse gas emissions reduction.“Parties meeting under the Kyoto Protocol must swiftly reach agreement on the rules and tools that will be available to developed countries to meet future emission reduction targets,” said UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer. “This is essential because the toolbox will in turn determine the level of ambition of developed countries when setting their new targets,” he added.At the Accra meeting, which was opened by Ghana’s President, John Agyekum Kufuor, participants will discuss, among other things, policies and incentives to reduce emissions from deforestation – which accounts for 20 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions – and forest degradation in developing countries.Also, for the first time, there will be a joint discussion on both the finance and technology needed to limit emissions and adapt to climate change. “Parties will look not only at what is needed in terms of funding, but also at how funding should be generated in the context of a new international deal, and precisely what technologies are required,” said Mr. de Boer. “The debate will also give an indication of the infrastructure needed to implement a shared vision in the areas of finance, technology and capacity building,” he stated. The previous round of UN-sponsored negotiations was held in Bonn, Germany, in June. Another set of talks is scheduled to be held in Poznan, Poland, from 1 to 12 December. 21 August 2008The latest round of United Nations-sponsored global climate change negotiations began today in Accra, Ghana, bringing together more than 1,600 participants to discuss future greenhouse gas emission reduction targets ahead of a major summit set for 2009.
However COPE chairman Sunil Handunneththi said that the report will be presented to Parliament this week. The opposition today told Parliament the report by the Committee On Public Enterprises (COPE) on the Central Bank bond scam must be presented to Parliament this week.Joint opposition Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa said that there was an attempt to prevent the report from being discussed in Parliament this week. Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran said the report must be presented with the Tamil and English translations, giving the Parliamentarians time to study the report and then discuss it in Parliament. Handunneththi had walked out of the COPE meeting yesterday after accusing the UNP members in the committee of attempting to intimidate the report on the Central Bank bond scam. (Colombo Gazette)
LONDON – A botched cyberattack aimed at unmasking Syrian dissidents has experts worried that the Islamic State group is adding malicious software to its arsenal.Internet watchdog Citizen Lab says an attempt to hack into systems operated by dissidents within the self-styled caliphate could be the work of hackers affiliated with the Islamic State group.Citizen Lab analyst John Scott-Railton said there is circumstantial evidence of the group’s involvement, and cautioned that if the group has moved into cyberespionage, “the targets might not stop with the borders of Syria.”The Nov. 24 attack came in the form of a booby-trapped email sent to an activist collective in Raqqa, Syria, that documents human rights abuses in the Islamic State group’s de-facto capital. The activist at the receiving end of the email wasn’t fooled and forwarded the message to Bahaa Nasr of Cyber Arabs, a project which provides online security training.“We are wanted — even just as corpses,” the activist, whose name is being withheld to protect his safety, told Nasr. “This email has a virus; we want to know the source.”The message eventually found its way to Citizen Lab, based at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. There, Scott-Railton and malware researcher Seth Hardy determined that it could act as a kind of electronic homing beacon by revealing a victim’s Internet Protocol address.Citizen Lab regularly dissects rogue programs from the region, but Scott-Railton said this sample was different from previous attacks blamed on the Syrian government.“We think we are looking at a different actor,” he said — an opinion echoed by malware scientist Thoufique Haq at California-based FireEye, who wasn’t involved in the report.The activists are convinced the “different actor” is the Islamic State group, whose supporters have publicly vowed to hunt the collective down.Islamic State has previously expressed interest in electronic surveillance. Last week, a post to a pro-Islamic State forum carried a proposal for a project named “Eye of the Caliphate” that would task a team of computer experts with hacking into the caliphate’s enemies, according to the SITE Intelligence Group. British news media reported this year that Islamic State had recruited a British hacker.Attempts to reach an Islamic State representative were unsuccessful. U.K. authorities have declined comment.Scott-Railton said various bugs in the malware’s code suggest an author “with basic skills, but perhaps without a lot of ‘professionalism’ … or quality control.”Security consultant and former Scotland Yard detective Adrian Culley said that’s no reason to write the hackers off.“They will evolve and they will learn,” he said.___Zeina Karam in Beirut contributed to this report.___Online:Citizen Lab’s report: https://citizenlab.org/?p=24386Cyber Arabs: https://www.cyber-arabs.com/___Raphael Satter can be reached at: http://raphae.li AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Botched cyberatttack on Syria group could be work of Islamic State: Toronto-based group WITH STORY MIDEAST ISLAMIC STATE CYBERATTACK BY RAPHAEL SATTER – In this photo dated Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, Lebanese Bahaa Nasr of Cyber Arabs checks his email from his office in Beirut, Lebanon. Cyber Arabs is an online safety project run by the London-based Institute for War and Peace Reporting and Nasr is among those who recently helped uncover a botched cyberattack suspected of having been carried out by the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein) by Raphael Satter, The Associated Press Posted Dec 18, 2014 1:41 pm MDT
THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION has published a report that has shown that although 13 Irish citizens were suspected of being involved in human trafficking between 2008 and 2010, none were prosecuted.As well as this, the report found that only four identified or presumed victims of trafficking were Irish citizens. These were all identified in 2010 and were all male.The report identified 23,632 people as being potential victims of trafficking in the EU – 6,309 in 2008, 7,795 in 2009 and 9,528 in 2010.These figures represented an 18 per cent increase over the three-year period.Despite this increase, however, the number of traffickers who were convicted dropped by 13 per cent over the same period.EU breakdownWhen broken down by gender and age, victims were found to be: 68 per cent women 17 per cent men 12 per cent girls three per cent boysWhen broken down by reason for trafficking: 62 per cent were trafficked for sexual exploitation 25 per cent were trafficked for forced labour 14 per cent for “other”, which includes trafficking for the removal of organs, for criminal activities or for selling of childrenIrelandIn compiling figures over the three-year period, Ireland was one of only three countries, along with Spain and the UK, that was unable to provide data for 2008. In 2009, there were 66 identified and presumed victims, and 78 in 2010.Of those believed to have been trafficked for sexual exploitation in Ireland in 2009, there was one male and 40 females. In 2010, there were five males and 51 females.Of those believed to have been trafficked for forced labour in Ireland in 2009, there were five males and 13 females. In 2010, there were 11 males and 8 females.Of those believed to have been trafficked for “other” reasons in Ireland in 2009, there were three males and four females. In 2010, there was one male two females.Read the full report here >NationalitiesApproximately 45 per cent of those identified in the report had EU citizenship, with the majority of those trafficked coming from Bulgaria, Romania, Germany and France.Of the remaining 55 per cent with non-EU citizenship, most were African or Asian, with Nigeria, China or Turkey featuring most often.Most victims detected in EU Member States are from Romania and Bulgaria. Most victims who were non-EU citizenswere from Nigeria and China.ReactionThe chief executive of the Immigrant Council of Ireland, Denise Charlton, said that the report found that member states were “slow to respond” to the crime of trafficking.“The failure to identify victims is highlighted and this is a shortfall which we have been repeatedly asking the Government here to address,” she said, including Ireland’s conviction rate as one of these shortfalls.This report is very welcome and should be studied carefully not just at EU level but also by Minister for Justice Alan Shatter and the Government.EU Commissioner for home affairs, Cecilia Malmström, said that it was “difficult to imagine that in our free and democratic EU countries tens of thousands of human beings can be deprived of their liberty and exploited, traded as commodities for profit.”“Trafficking in human beings is all around us, closer than we think,” she said.Read: New report on human trafficking highlights low number of prosecutions >
A recount is in effect for the legislative race for District 118 of the Florida House of Representatives.Ballots are being recounted in the race between Democrat Robert Asencio and Republican David Rivera.Tuesday’s unofficial results had Asencio leading by 68 votes, merely a tenth of a percentage point.State law requires a recount when results are within a half of a percentage point.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have given the all clear after two Hollywood schools were evacuated due to a bomb threat, Wednesday.Driftwood Elementary and Driftwood Middle schools were both evacuated after a bomb threat was made to the elementary school.The elementary school had already been in the process of dismissal when they were evacuated. The middle school, which is adjacent to the elementary school, was evacuated as a precaution.Police gave the all clear just after 3:50 p.m., allowing the middle school students to be dismissed by 4 p.m.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Stay on target Legacy sequels released years (or decades) after the original are all the rage these days, from big budget blockbuster revivals like Star Wars and, to somber, meditative, and mature revisitations of childhood cartoon classics like Samurai Jack.Digimon Adventure Tri, the six-movie anthology that serves as the continuation of the early 2000s anime, is surprisingly closer to the latter. Strong storylines always made the original series more than just a Pokemon clone, and Tri pushes things even further with heady themes about the adult consequences of childhood monster battling. In many ways, it’s even better than the first two seasons.As a fan of the original series, I enjoyed returning to the digital world with Tri. But I wasn’t the only one happy to make this reunion. The English dub of the first Digimon Adventure Tri film is coming soon (May 16), and it stars many of the original English voice actors. We talked to one of those voice actors, Joshua Seth aka Tai Kamiya himself, about his life before and after Digimon as well as what it was like to come back to this digital home.AdChoices广告How Did You First Become Involved With Digimon?Joshua Seth: It was an audition like any other audition. I knew some of the people involved in the project from other series I had worked on, which helps, walking into a friendly room as an actor with people you already have a relationship with. But I didn’t know anything about the project other than the people involved with it.When I booked it, I felt like it was something special. But I had no idea that it would extend so far beyond the original recording, not until it first came out on TV. The first season took off like wildfire. Then we had a sense that people were gravitating to what we were doing. But initially when I auditioned it was just a day like any other, walking into a recording studio like any other, laying down a read like any other.The only difference was because I felt like Tai was an aspect of my own personality I just decided to do the voice as me but pitched up a little bit younger.Why Do You Think People Connected So Strongly to the Original Digimon Series?JS: Because it was good! And it had a story arc. Back then there wasn’t a lot of new anime on the air. The kids anime that did exist took the approach of making each episode an isolated world unto itself, whereas on Digimon the plot progressed and the character’s relationships to each other evolved. I think all of that contributed to its success.Why Do English Anime Adaptations Rely on the Same Voice Actors?JS: It’s a small world of people who have the technical to do it and do it quickly, plus the temperament to get along with each other and take direction, do the read in the way it needs to be done and not necessarily the way you want to do it. There are some restrictions with voicing anime because of the length of time you have to record each line.People also like to work with people they know and trust in every industry. Anime and animation are no different. The more you work with one another, the more you feel their energy levels and know their shorthand mode of expression the easier it becomes to get the job done.You’ve Mostly Moved on From Voice Acting. What is Your Career Now?JS: Around ten years ago I was at a crossroads in my life. I had become very successful as a voice actor to the point where I was spending all day every day in recording studios. I had also become successful as a psychological illusionist, now commonly referred to as a mentalist. I would spend every night and weekend performing live shows in Vegas or celebrity events in Los Angeles or at The Magic Castle, which is a private club for magicians in the Hollywood Hills.I determined after a few years of this that I would have to make a choice and go down one road or the other. Either fully commit to being a voice actor or fully commit to being a touring live variety entertainer. And I felt like I had already done the voice actor thing in Hollywood for a number of years. I knew what that life was like so I wanted to do the thing that was more adventurous and unknown.So I left that whole life and world behind and moved out. I began performing at colleges and on cruise ships and theaters and at corporate events and on television. I ended up going to about 40 different countries. I got to see the whole world. That continues to this day. A show I just did in DC helped raise a million dollars for families undergoing pediatric research through the National Institute of Health. So it’s been a great experience, a new chapter in my life, to go on tour with these live shows. I see it continuing for a long time to come, even as I return a little bit to the voice acting.What Was It Like Returning to Digimon After So Many Years?JS: It was really unique because I never thought I would do it. When you leave a stage of your life, you don’t think you’re going to go back. But Digimon has always been unique. So I wanted to keep the integrity of Tai’s character intact and voice him for these new movies. I thought what’s the worse that could happen? Maybe I won’t be as smooth in the recording booth. Maybe it’ll take me a little longer because it’s been a number of years.But I’ll tell you, immediately it was like riding a bicycle. We blew through that recording session. It sounded great, and everybody was happy, and we just kept going. Honestly, it feels like I never left.Will You Be Voicing Tai in the Future Digimon Adventure Tri Films?JS: I don’t think I’m at liberty to discuss that yet. However, I will tell you that I’m having a great time voicing Tai and being involved with Digimon again. As long as the fans want me to do it and the producers ask me I’ll be happy to stay involved.Purchase Digimon Adventure Tri: ReunionPurchase Finding Focus In a Busy World: How To Tune Out the Noise and Work Well Under Pressure by Joshua SethLearn More About Joshua Seth ‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting…Casio G-SHOCK Unveils ‘Akira’-Inspired ‘Neo Tokyo̵…
No related posts. From the print editionMANAGUA – Nicaragua plans to carve out a $30 billion alternative to the Panama Canal, in what analysts say is a large, financially untenable project, aimed primarily at detracting from crushing poverty.The proposed Nicaragua Canal “represents the summit of Nicaragua’s historic aspiration of profiting from its geography” to create the continent’s second inter-oceanic shipping route, said presidential adviser Jaime Incer.The canal was first conceptualized in the early 1800s, but was stalemated by U.S. investors’ concerns about poverty and political instability.Now, international investors from Japan, China, Russia, Venezuela, Brazil and South Korea have expressed interest in contributing funds, project director Edén Pastora told local television reporters.The canal would take 10 years to build and would cover more than 200 kilometers across six possible routes, according to a congressional draft bill submitted by President Daniel Ortega’s administration earlier this month.The shipping route is expected to breathe life into a floundering economy, and the Nicaraguan government plans to conserve 51 percent of shares and tenders in the joint venture.Since the United States returned the Panama Canal in 1999, the waterway has brought well over $6 billion into that country.In the 2010-2011 fiscal year alone, the canal raked in $1 billion for Panama. Some 5 percent of international commerce moves through the Panama Canal, which covers a total of 80 kilometers.A behemoth project like the Nicaragua Canal is an “illusion” that policymakers may hope will deflect from poverty, said analyst Carlos Tuennerann.In Nicaragua, the second poorest country in the Americas after Haiti, it is estimated that half of the total 5.8 million inhabitants live below the poverty line.Project analysts remain doubtful it will survive short-term considerations, largely because of the international economic crisis and Nicaragua’s own political instability.“It will be difficult to see this project come to fruition in the next few years. Europe is in a recession, Japan too. China has slowed its growth, and Russia [considered by Nicaragua to be the biggest investor in the project] is economically depressed,” former lawmaker José Pallais told AFP.Still, if the project is completed, it would “improve the economic conditions of the country,” Pallais added.Ideally, Nicaragua’s conduit would be “larger and deeper” than the Panama Canal, currently the only man-made shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific, said project director Pastora.Local authorities have argued the Panama Canal, inaugurated in 1914, is currently “insufficient” to address global demand.But the Panama Canal is currently undergoing a $5.25 billion enlargement project and remains unfazed by Nicaraguan competition.“We aren’t too worried. Our competitiveness is good. … Infrastructural projects in the region are a good thing,” said Panama Canal’s administrator, Alberto Alemán.Territorial disputes between Nicaragua and its perennial adversary to the south, Costa Rica, may represent another barrier in the ambitious canal project.In late 2010, Nicaragua sparked a diplomatic row with Costa Rica when it began dredging the San Juan River, which divides the two nations, leading Costa Rica to accuse it of invading a small island in the river. Costa Rica last week demanded an explanation over the plans, with the Foreign Ministry saying Nicaragua was free to develop infrastructure projects on its own territory, adhering to relevant border treaties.Nicaragua is pushing on with its efforts. Last week, a government delegation traveled to Brussels to present the project to an international conference on trans-oceanic canals. Facebook Comments
in Origination Mortgage Applications Fall Under Weight of Lower Refi Demand May 15, 2013 493 Views Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Purchase Loans Refinance Service Providers 2013-05-15 Tory Barringer Mortgage application volume turned down for the first time in more than a month as refinance demand plunged, according to data from the “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:http://mbaa.org/default.htm (MBA).[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]According to MBA’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey, applications dropped 7.3 percent for the week ending May 10. On an unadjusted basis, applications were down 7 percent compared to the previous week.MBA’s Refinance Index fell 8 percent week-over-week, the group reported, though the refinance share of total applications was constant at 76 percent.Purchase loan activity also declined. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index fell 4 percent on a weekly basis. The unadjusted index was also down 4 percent but was 10 percent higher than the same week last year.While applications tumbled, mortgage rates picked up after seven straight weeks of declines. According to MBA’s measure, the average contract interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 3.67 percent last week, up from 3.59 percent the week prior.