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first_imgRobert Neubecker Determining the gender of authors required estimation because some first names, such as “Taylor,” are used by people of all genders. The researchers ran the first name of each author through an online database, Gender API, which predicts the probability that a first name belongs to a man or woman based on known associations between first names and gender in various countries as shown by government data and social media profiles. The researchers applied those probabilities to calculate the share of all papers published each year by women. The analysis counted all authors equally, regardless of what order each was listed.The study’s conclusion—that publishing parity in computer science will be reached only around the year 2137, a few generations from now, and perhaps even later—is an extrapolation from past growth rates.“We hope that these findings will motivate others in the field to … consider ways to improve the status quo,” Etzioni and his colleagues write in their study.They also examined the extent of cross-gender collaborations in authorship of computer science articles, and found reason for pessimism: These collaborations are not increasing as quickly as the data indicate they could, given the growing number of women in the field, they said. “Although both men and women are more likely to collaborate with authors of their own gender, the degree of same-gender preference is declining among female authors but increasing among male authors,” the study found.The findings are consistent with those reached by a similar study published in 2018 in PLOS ONE, which examined many more fields of science, 115 in all. In the large majority—87—women comprised significantly fewer than 45% of authors, according to the analysis by Luke Holman and colleagues at the University of Melbourne in Australia.They found that changes in author gender ratios tended to be slowest in disciplines with large numbers of men, among them computer science and physics. A possible explanation, they said, was that such fields have biases that affect the relative publication rates of men and women. By Jeffrey BrainardJun. 21, 2019 , 11:00 AM It could be well into the 21st century before female computer scientists annually publish as many research articles as their male counterparts, an analysis published today concludes. If current trends in publishing continue, women in biomedical research are likely to reach parity sooner, possibly by 2050. The study, which appears on the preprint service arXiv, used a large data set and statistical methods to estimate the portion of papers published by women in those fields, yielding a measure of progress in efforts to eliminate historical patterns of gender inequality. “Although gender balance is improving, progress is slower than we had hoped,” write Oren Etzioni and co-authors at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Seattle, Washington.Using a tool called Semantic Scholar, developed by the institute, the researchers examined nearly 3 million journal and conference papers in computer science published between 1970 and 2018. They also analyzed more than 11 million biomedical papers that appeared during that period in the 1000 most-cited journals in the Medline database maintained by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) It could take 118 years for female computer scientists to match publishing rates of male colleagueslast_img read more

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first_imgMurali Vijay was unbeaten on 55 at stumps on day two. (AP Photo)Murali Vijay brought up his fourth half-century of the series as India reached 108 for 1 at stumps in reply to Australia’s daunting first-innings 530 after Steven Smith fell eight runs short of a double century on the second day of the third Test on Saturday.Smith snapped up the catch of Shikhar Dhawan at third slip off Ryan Harris (1 for 19) for the only wicket of the third session after the Australia captain earlier smashed an imperious 192 for his highest first class score, his third century of the series and seventh of his Test career.Vijay was 55 not out with Cheteshwar Pujara unbeaten on 25 at the end of play.The Indian batsmen made a watchful start to their chase, content to leave the ball rather than risk a wicket before stumps. However, Pujara got a lucky escape while on 12 when an edge carried to Brad Haddin, who fumbled the catch.Smith was earlier ably assisted by Brad Haddin (55) and fast bowler Harris (74), who brought up entertaining half-centuries to help the Australians add 271 runs to their overnight score.With India’s field ranged against the boundary, Smith was the last Australian out, bowled middle stump playing at an Umesh Yadav (3 for 130) ball to usher tea. Smith’s knock came off 305 balls with 15 boundaries and two sixes.Harris scored his third Test half-century in style with eight fours and a six before he was trapped lbw while attempting a big sweep off Ravichandran Ashwin (3 for 134).advertisementNathan Lyon added 11 and was bowled by Shami. Smith and Haddin turned an evenly poised match in Australia’s favour with an aggressive start to the morning, sharing a 110-run, sixth-wicket partnership until Haddin (55) offered a bottom edge to India wicketkeeper MS Dhoni off Mohammed Shami (4 for 138).Smith added another 50 runs with Mitchell Johnson, who scored 28 before being stumped off Ravichandran Ashwin (3 for 134) shortly before lunch.After resuming the day on 72 with Australia at 259 for 5, Smith brought up his century with a four down the leg side off Shami, raising his bat and helmet in celebration before an appreciative Melbourne Cricket Ground crowd. The Australia captain’s 100 came off 191 balls with nine boundaries and a six.Haddin proved an able partner at the other end, seeing off a barrage of short balls from the Indian pacemen to reach his half-century off 75 balls with seven boundaries and a six.Smith’s previous highest first-class score was 177 scored for New South Wales against Tasmania. He has now scored 1,132 Test runs this year, eclipsing Warner’s 1,096. Australia can clinch the four-Test series and reclaim the Border-Gavaskar trophy with a win or draw in Melbourne after a 48-run win in the first Test and a four-wicket victory last week in the second Test at Brisbane.last_img read more

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first_imgI speak a lot about the connection between behavioral economics and our work, and after every speech I get asked for reference materials. People also often email me for a list of my writing on the topic. So I thought I’d pull together in one post all the resources I’ve created. Here’s a mini library on understanding how people really think – and adjusting our marketing, communications and fundraising strategies accordingly.Plus, as a bonus, I’m including this hour-long video from the Science of Communication speaker series run by the Communications Network and Spitfire Strategies. In this video, Harvard behavioral economist Sendhil Mullainathan provides a great overview of how his field applies to you. Speaker Series: The Science of Communication Featuring Sendhil Mullainathan from Communications Network on Vimeo.The Mini LibraryThe best place to start are the two ebooks I’ve written on the topic with Mark Rovner and Alia McKee of SeaChange Strategies:Homer Simpson for Nonprofits: The Truth about How People Think and What It Means to Your CauseLisa Simpson for Nonprofits: What Science Can Teach You About Fundraising, Marketing and Making Social ChangeI also wrote a series of blog posts reviewing the latest research on what compels generous behavior and giving. Here are the best of them:How giving makes you happyWhich makes people happier – giving or receiving?The relationship between giving and painHow pledging eases the pain of parting from our moneyThe power of social norms in givingHow do social norms, price & scrutiny affect what people give?The role of personal connections in fundraising successHow the power of one (the singularity effect) prompts givingThe effect of mood on giving – and who we choose to helpWhat happens when you try to making giving less emotionalSea monkeys and the case for tangibilityInterview with the Science of Giving authorsThe time-ask effectNeuromarketing tips for nonprofits from Roger DooleyBrain tricks to sell your causeYour gut is more generous than your brainEnjoy!last_img read more

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first_imgNicolas Otamendi praised Argentina for struggling through their torrid early form at the Copa America to book a semi-final showdown with bitter rivals Brazil.Lautaro Martinez’s instinctive early finish and a 74th-minute tap-in from substitute Giovani Lo Celso secured a 2-0 quarter-final win over Venezuela at the Maracana – the scene of La Albiceleste’s World Cup final defeat to Germany five years ago.The best performance Lionel Scaloni’s side have managed in the tournament to date secured a meeting with the hosts in Belo Horizonte next Tuesday and Otamendi reflected on their improvements from a shambling start to the group stage. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “We knew it would be difficult from the beginning. It took time to take off, we got better,” the Manchester City centre-back told reporters.”Now we are in the semi-finals against an opponent where it is a clasico and we hope it will go in favour of Argentina.”Otamendi came out on top in an absorbing duel with Venezuela striker Salomon Rondon as a previously porous Argentina backline showed signs of finding their feet.”We knew it was going to be a difficult, hard and very intense match,” he said.”The important thing was to keep discipline, with very strong players like Rondon who hold [the ball up] well. “We controlled the game very well for most of the time. Maybe from dead balls the opponents had a few chances. “The goal in the second half gave us a cushion. We were attacking and we knew how to keep organised well. It’s a great victory for us.”@CopaAmerica 40′ PT  @Argentina  1 (Lautaro Martínez) – #Venezuela  0¡#VamosArgentina! pic.twitter.com/x02C1WWR1Y— Selección Argentina  (@Argentina) June 28, 2019Otamendi’s club team-mate Sergio Aguero, whose shots led to both Argentina goals, was similarly fired up by the prospect of taking on Brazil.”We will try to do our best, as we have been doing, to work for the shirt,” he said.”Argentina-Brazil is not played every day, especially in a competition like this. It generates a lot of expectation, not only in our country but in the world.”We knew that this match was not going to be easy but we are happy to have gone to the semi-finals. Little by little we are getting better.”last_img read more

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first_img Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Guinness Shoots For the Moon With a New Beer Sci-Fi lovers from all over the world gathered in Anaheim, California last week for the Star Wars Celebration convention. Billed as “the ultimate fan experience,” this tenth official gathering of the Star Wars faithful featured panel discussions, live shows, vendors galore and more cosplayers than Tattooine has womp rats.The Star Wars films live on because the themes presented in the movies have become part of our daily lives, influencing a generation of thinkers, artists and craftsmen. That distinguished group includes everyone from NASA scientists busy in their lab building “droids,” to your friendly neighborhood craft brewer.Star Wars themed beers have filled a popular niche in the brewing community because of the associated nostalgia factor, as well as the collectability of Star Wars-related paraphernalia. It crosses boundaries and goes outside of the core niche of beer nerds into the equally obsessive realm of movie fandom.Related Post: The Illustrated Dictionary of BeerWhile wines from George Lucas’ Skywalker Vineyards are fully licensed alcoholic memorabilia for collectors and connoisseurs, there are no officially sanctioned Star Wars beers. The brewers who choose to incorporate the themes of Jedi and Sith in their branding do so under the banner of parody and the chagrin of their lawyers. Many of these have limited availability due to the inevitable threat of a lawsuit, looming like an Imperial Star Destroyer overhead.Imperial Stout TrooperNew England Brewing Co.A delicious Russian Imperial Stout, the Dark Side is strong with Imperial Stout Trooper. After receiving a cease-and-desist letter, New England Brewing responded by adding a pair of Groucho Marx glasses to the Stormtrooper visage on the label. That graphic design change made first editions even more rare and collectible on the beer trading market.OB-1Snake River Brewing Co.Officially representing the term “Organic Brown Ale”, OB-1 is a sessionable English-style Brown with a name that harkens back to the wise old hermit originally made famous by Englishman Alec Guiness.Strikes BockEmpire Brewing Co.This German style Mai-Bock was the most recent Star Wars themed brew to draw the unwanted attention of Lucasfilm. The small brewery officially refers to it as Strikes Bock, by Empire, and doesn’t recognize the resemblance to the release title of Episode V in the Star Wars saga.The Dark SideTerrapin Beer Co.Athens, Georgia’s Terrapin Beer Co. released a beer early in its Side Project series named for the all-compassing evil in the Star Wars universe. Described on the label as “black as the underside of Vader’s cape,” this Belgian Style Imperial Stout is a formidable brew.Dark HelmetWestbrook Brewing Co. and The Brew Kettle Production WorksSince parody is ultimately how these brewers are able to use recognizable trademarks in their beer names, beers inspired by the ultimate Star Wars parody, Space Balls, should also be included in this round up. Two breweries have created beers named Dark Helmet. The Brew Kettle’s is (appropriately) a schwarzbier while Westbrook’s is a black rye lager.With a new sequel film set for release in December and a yearly release schedule for additional films planned for the foreseeable future, Star Wars isn’t going anywhere. And as long as breweries keep making Star Wars related beers, that galaxy doesn’t have to seem so far, far away. The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. The McMenamins Effect: How 2 Brothers Helped Start Beervana Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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first_imgMinister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, is commending the police force for achieving a significant reduction in all categories of crimes in 2012, including murders.He said 1,087 murders were recorded last year, and while the numbers are still “unacceptably high,” they were the lowest in nine years.In an open letter to Police Commissioner, Owen Ellington on Tuesday (January 1), Minister Bunting lauded the work of the officers and rank and file members, stating that the nation is encouraged by the progress made. He said the momentum should carry into 2013.Citing information from the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) Statistics and Data Management Unit, he informed that there were seven per cent reductions in violent crimes, sexual offences and acquisitory crimes. Fatal police shootings also declined by seven per cent.The seven police divisions also recorded significant reductions in murders, with St. Catherine North reporting a 34 per cent decline; St. Catherine South, 21 per cent; Trelawny, 26 per cent; St. Mary, 17 per cent; Portland, 10 per cent; St. Elizabeth, 16 per cent; and St. Thomas, 38 per cent.There was also a sharp increase in the recovery of firearms and ammunition of 18.5 per cent and 14 per cent respectively, over 2011.Statistics also revealed that cases of sexual assault against minors fell 16 per cent in 2012 when compared to 2011. There was also a downward monthly trend during 2012, from 108 reported offences in January, to 18 in December.The Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division (TCND) also reported an increase in ganja seizure and eradication, with the haul of cured marijuana up by 41 per cent from 36.7 thousand kilograms in 2011, to 51.9 thousand kilograms in 2012. Minister Bunting also acknowledged the support given by Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Antony Anderson; Permanent Secretary, Dr. Ann Marie Barnes and the team at the Ministry, and “all the citizens of courage and goodwill in communities across Jamaica.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe street crime unit of the Cape Breton Regional Police is being applauded by Attorney General and Justice Minister Cecil Clarke for seizing $700,000 in Oxycontin. Two men — one from Montreal, the other from Halifax — are facing charges of possession for the purpose of trafficing oxycontin following an investigation by the street crime members in a downtown Sydney parking lot Friday, Nov. 7. As part of the government’s safer communities initiatives, police officers have been hired to form street crime units to combat particular crimes. Ten officers work in the Cape Breton Regional Police unit, which has been making historic drug busts. “This shows once again that the street crime units are working. We are having great success getting drugs off the street before they can do damage,” said Mr. Clarke. Cape Breton Regional Police acting Chief Myles Burke told Mr. Clarke the drugs have a street value of $700,000 and were destined for the streets of Cape Breton. About 25,000 tablets were seized. “This was a major seizure. Certainly one of the largest we’ve seen,” said Mr. Burke. “The officers are making a huge difference in our community.”last_img read more

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first_imgMONTREAL – Ten years to the day that a young Quebec girl named Cedrika Provencher disappeared from her home and was later killed, her grandfather is trying to ensure other children aren’t the victims of similar attacks.The young girl was just nine when she vanished in 2007 from near her home in Trois-Rivieres, halfway between Montreal and Quebec City.More than eight years later, her remains were found in a wooded area in December 2015.To date, there have been no arrests in her disappearance and slaying.Cedrika’s grandfather, Henri Provencher, unveiled plans Monday to create a non-profit research centre aimed at preventing child abduction that will be linked to a foundation he helped set up in his granddaughter’s name several years ago.The independent centre will follow up on projects of the separate Cedrika Provencher Foundation, but will be open to suggestions from other organizations or individuals interested in submitting their ideas on preventing the abuse of children.“The foundation seeks to innovate and find new tools for prevention, intervention and research for children, and it is within this framework that we have chosen to start a new research organization,” Provencher said.“I think it will be a rather special research centre because it will ask the public and all companies to work together in the same research centre.”Various events were planned in her hometown to mark the anniversary of her disappearance — a family picnic, a concert and the formation of a human chain to symbolize the blocking of child predators.Cedrika’s parents also granted interviews to the province’s major French TV networks to mark the grim date, suggesting an arrest in the case will bring true closure.But the centre was the key announcement, with Provencher inviting the public, specialists and companies to get involved financially with the end goal of developing new tools that could help avoid having to play catch up after a disappearance occurs.According to RCMP statistics from last year, child abductions by a stranger, as is believed to be the case in Cedrika’s disappearance, remained quite rare amid thousands of disappearances and runaway events.And numbers provided by the Mounties show 59 per cent of disappearances involving children in 2016 were solved within the first 24 hours, with the figure climbing to 92 per cent within a week.As for abductions that ended with a slaying, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection documented those cases.Their figures show 155 young Canadians aged 16 and under were slain in this manner between 1970 and 2010, including 31 from Quebec.The centre also analyzed the circumstances surrounding the abduction of those victims:— 41 per cent occurred in the summer;— 45 per cent occurred on a Friday or Saturday;— 67 per cent of the cases involved the child walking or cycling to a destination such as a park or a friend’s home.Pina Arcamone, director of the Missing Children’s Network in Quebec, said missing children figures have been stable for 30 years.“Criminal kidnapping is still an extremely rare occurrence, and we are talking about less than one per cent of all disappearances of children here in Quebec and Canada,” she said.But because it is so rare, it captures the public’s attention because, for a parent, it’s the worst-case scenario, she added.— with files from Stephanie Marin and Vicky Fragasso-Marquis in Montreal.last_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA — The head of the Canadian Forces’ sexual-misconduct response centre says the military needs more information about perpetrators in the ranks if it wants to eliminate such behaviour.Denise Preston says she’s planning to spearhead efforts to fill in that critical information gap.The Forces has spent the past four years wrestling with ways to eradicate sexual assaults and inappropriate behaviour by establishing new support services for victims and promising severe consequences for perpetrators.But Preston says the response has been largely reactive and the focus should shift toward prevention, which means better understanding who is responsible for such behaviour and why they do it.That includes whether there are certain aspects of the Forces’ culture that either encourage certain military personnel to misbehave or put others in vulnerable situations.Preston’s comments coincide with the release of the response centre’s most recent annual report, which says the number of people who contacted the centre for support or information last year increased by 20 per cent to 484.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. -The B.C. prosecution service says it does not have enough evidence to pursue charges of criminal contempt against 14 people who were arrested in January when RCMP enforced an interim court injunction at a pipeline blockade on the Wet’suwet’en First Nation’s traditional territory.The prosecution service says in a statement submitted to the B.C. Supreme Court in Prince George that the cases were referred to it for potential prosecution of criminal contempt on Feb. 4.After a review, it says it is not satisfied there is enough evidence for a substantial likelihood of conviction. It says those charges are separate from Criminal Code charges arising from the same events and it has approved a charge of assaulting a police officer with a weapon against one of the 14 individuals arrested.Police made the arrests on Jan. 7 as they enforced an injunction obtained by Coastal GasLink, which is building a natural gas pipeline from northeastern B.C. to Kitimat.The company says it has signed agreements with all 20 elected First Nation governments along the pipeline path, but some members of the Wet’suwet’en have said it has no jurisdiction without the consent of its hereditary chiefs.In the statement, Crown counsel Trevor Shaw says the decision not to pursue the charges relates to whether information was available on the injunction.“One element of criminal contempt relates to knowledge (whether direct, inferred or otherwise) of the terms of the injunction,” he said.“After a review of the evidence at this point, the BCPS is not satisfied that there is the necessary evidentiary basis for a substantial likelihood of conviction.” The injunction originally included a term requiring that a copy of the order be posted on the company’s website, as well as near a bridge where the pipeline opponents and members of the First Nation had established a gate on the logging road that Coastal GasLink needs to access for its project.But the prosecution service says the required posting at the bridge was deleted by order of the court on Jan. 4.The events on Jan. 7 were also dynamic and did not include various steps or actions relating to notice that might have arisen in a different context, the statement said.last_img read more

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Rabat- Morocco placed 123rd, with a score of 26.1 percent, in the 2017 Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index (QNI), issued by the Henley and Partners, the world’s leading resident and citizenship planning firm. The index ranks the quality of nationalities worldwide, covering 168 countries, on the basis of both the internal factors, such as economic strength, human development, and peace and stability, as well as external factors, including visa-free travel and the ability to settle and work abroad without cumbersome processes. In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, the index shows that Morocco came second in North Africa after Tunisia, which scored 28.3 percent and occupied the 110th ranking globally. While the kingdom ranked seventh in the Arabic-speaking region’s list, the UAE came in first, displacing Israel for the first time on the QNI and clinching the 46th place globally. According to the QNI report, the Emirati nationality made a significant leap forward, as its holders received visa-free travel access to the Schengen Area in 2016. Like the previous editions of the QNI, the European countries maintain the top spot in this ranking. The French nationality topped the list as being the world’s best nationality, earning a score of 81.7 percent out of a possible 100 percent, fractionally ahead of Germany, which was knocked off the top spot for the first time in seven years, with a score of 81.6 percent, with Iceland following closely with a score of 81.5 percent. The QNI also divides the nationalities of the world into five quality-based tiers — Extremely High Quality, Very High Quality, High Quality, Medium Quality, and Low Quality — giving a very clear picture of the standing of each nationality in the world based on a percentage scale. The Moroccan nationality features in the Medium Quality category, among other nationalities such as the Algerian and Egyptian nationalities, with a score between 20 percent and 34.99 percent. read more

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Companies in this story: (TSX:MFC)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Manulife Financial Corp. says its first-quarter earnings surge was fuelled by strong growth in Asia, particularly in Japan where sales among corporate clients jumped ahead of potential tax changes.Canada’s biggest insurer says sales of its corporate-owned life insurance product in Japan are temporarily suspended until the tax changes are further clarified.However, executives told a conference call today that it expects to be able to pivot its offerings in Japan and still anticipates growth to come from other markets in Asia, such as Hong Kong.Manulife chief executive Roy Gori also says it is ahead of schedule on its plan to free up $5 billion in capital by 2022, as initiatives now in place are expected to hit $4 billion once fully executed. The Toronto-based insurer reported that its net income attributable to shareholders during its first quarter surged by 59 per cent to $2.18 billion or $1.08 per diluted share, up from $1.37 billion or 67 cents per share a year earlier.Manulife’s core earnings rose 15 per cent to $1.55 billion or 76 cents per share for the three months ended March 31, beating the 70 cents per share expected by analysts polled by Thomson Reuters Eikon. read more

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Wikipedia Roman Waschuk, Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine The Canadian Forces and Global Affairs Canada are facing criticism after honouring members of Ukrainian organizations that helped the Nazis in the Second World War.Canada’s Ambassador to Ukraine Roman Waschuk spoke at an Aug. 21 ceremony that unveiled a monument in Sambir to honour members of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), two groups that are linked to the killing of tens of thousands of Jews and Poles.The event has been condemned by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre and the Ukrainian Jewish Committee who warn the memorial whitewashes the role of Ukrainian collaborators in the Holocaust.“All Jews of Sambir were murdered by Nazis and their collaborators from OUN and UPA,” Eduard Dolinsky, director-general of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee based in Kiev, told Postmedia. Russia blacklists Canada-based Ukrainian World Congress, declaring it ‘undesirable’ After returning from Ukraine, ex-foreign minister warns Russian disinformation will be factor in Canadian election Ukraine asks Canada to send message to Russia by extending military mission The monument, which is at the edge of a cemetery holding the remains of more than 1,200 Jews murdered by the Nazis and Ukrainian collaborators, is a desecration and “double murder of the Jewish victims,” Dolinsky said. “It’s like putting a monument to killers on the top of the graves of their victims.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Global Affairs Canada said the Sambir event was intended to assist efforts by the Jewish community in Canada and Ukraine to build public support to create an eventual memorial for the Jewish cemetery in the town. That was the reason for Waschuk’s attendance and to suggest otherwise would be false, the department said.The memorial is to 17 members of the OUN who the Ukrainians say were killed by the Nazis. Waschuk, in his speech at the ceremony, paid tribute to the murdered Jews, Ukrainians who tried to help them and “those Ukrainians who fought against the Nazi regime as members of OUN-UPA.”Members of the OUN-UPA supported the Nazis and helped round up and execute Jews after the Germans invaded Ukraine, according to Holocaust historians. At one point, they broke away from their support of the Nazis, but later joined forces again with Germany. In 1943 the UPA started massacring Polish civilians, killing an estimated 100,000 men, women and children, according to historians.All Jews of Sambir were murdered by NazisThe Canadian Forces said in a statement that military personnel were requested by the Canadian embassy in Ukraine to attend. The attendance was “part of a whole government effort to champion tolerance in a democratic Ukraine and reiterate that totalitarian regimes (in both past and contemporary times, and under all guises) have done injustices to Ukrainians,” the statement said.Jewish organizations have been trying for years to erect a memorial at the Jewish cemetery. But Sambir locals have resisted that, removing the Star of David at the site and instead erecting three large Christian crosses on the Jewish cemetery. A compromise was eventually reached; in exchange for removing the crosses, a memorial to the dead OUN-UPA would be erected.Waschuk called the memorial “a monument of love to one’s motherland. And a motherland must know how to defend itself so that it does not suffer again from waves of inhuman totalitarian terror as happened during World War 2.”It’s not the first time that Canadian actions in Ukraine have raised concerns.In June 2018 the Canadian government and military officials in Ukraine met with members of the ultranationalist Azov Battalion, which earlier that year had been banned by the U.S. Congress from receiving American arms because of its links to Neo-Nazis The Canadians were photographed with Azov battalion members, images which were shared on the battalion’s social media site.In a statement to Postmedia the Canadian Forces noted the meeting was planned by Ukrainian authorities and Canadian representatives had no prior knowledge of those who would be invited. The Azov battalion has been connected to war crimes by the United Nations.Various Jewish groups have warned about efforts to whitewash Nazi collaborators in eastern European countries, portraying them as heroes instead of those who aided in the Holocaust. Earlier this year, the Canadian government added its voice to those condemning an annual parade in Latvia’s capital honouring members of the Nazi SS, saying it opposes any such event glorifying Adolf Hitler’s regime.Around 1,000 people marched in the parade in Riga on March 16 in honour of the Latvian SS divisions which fought for the Nazis in the Second World War. Some in the parade wore swastikas and other Nazi insignias.• Email: dpugliese@postmedia.com Twitter: read more

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by The Associated Press Posted Oct 10, 2014 9:10 am MDT Nissan’s worldwide recall of Altima midsize cars includes 10,049 in Canada AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – Nissan is recalling more than 238,000 Altima midsize cars worldwide, including 10,049 in Canada, because a secondary latch can fail and allow the hoods to fly open while the cars are in motion.Only Altimas from the 2013 model year are covered by the recall so far, but Nissan is investigating whether other models could be involved, according to documents posted Friday by U.S. safety regulators. It appears the problem is limited to Altimas, but Nissan is checking other latches with similar designs, spokesman Steve Yaeger said.On the Altima, Nissan’s top-selling vehicle in the U.S., debris and rust can combine with interference between the secondary latch lever and the hood, causing the latches to bind. That could keep them unlatched when the hood is closed. If the primary latch is inadvertently released, the hood could open while the cars are being driven.Nissan says dealers will modify the latch lever, as well as clean and lubricate the secondary latch joint. The latch assembly could be replaced. The company hasn’t come up with a schedule to notify owners.The problem was discovered when Nissan received reports of a small number of hoods coming open and damaging the cars. No injuries have been reported to Nissan, Yaeger said.Just over 219,000 Altimas are affected in the U.S., with 10,049 in Canada, 5,267 in Mexico, 2,042 in South Korea and a small number in Latin America, Guam and Saipan, he said.As long as owners don’t release the main hood latch and drive cars, there won’t be any problem, Yaeger said.Owners with questions can call Nissan at (800) 647-7261. read more

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NEW YORK, N.Y. – A Fox News Channel executive fired because of a sexual-harassment case has proclaimed his innocence in a lawsuit, saying he was tricked into signing an agreement to keep quiet about the case.The network announced earlier this year it was paying $2.5 million to settle an assault claim by former contributor Tamara Holder. But fired executive Francisco Cortes says he had a consensual relationship with Holder.Cortes says in a lawsuit filed Tuesday he couldn’t defend himself at the time of the settlement because he had signed an agreement he believed compelled all sides not to talk. He says he was made a scapegoat in Fox’s effort to seem responsive to assault claims.Cortes is seeking more than $36 million from Fox parent Twenty-First Century Fox.Fox calls the lawsuit’s allegations frivolous and without merit. by The Associated Press Posted Jul 25, 2017 3:32 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 26, 2017 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fired Fox News executive proclaims innocence in lawsuit read more

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Current radio frequencies permit the use of front-end and rear-facing sensors such as those used in automatic cruise control and parking sensors. The new frequency will allow sensors to detect, and react to, objects around the whole vehicle. Short-range radar – or SRR – will be used to develop new technologies to alert drivers, to mitigate and avoid collisions at highway speeds, to aid parking and reduce the impact of blind spots. This new frequency allocation is part of the Commission’s eSafety programme, which aims to reduce European traffic fatalities by 50 per cent by 2010. The European Commission has agreed that specific radio frequencies will be allocated for use by the automotive industry to help improve road safety. Commission agrees to use of short-range radar The short-range automotive radar frequency allocation group, known as ‘SARA’, represented by Hogan & Hartson, has been working with the Commission to ensure that the new system would not cause interference to other radio spectrum users. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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first_imgGardaí arrest two men after armed robbery and car chase through Rathfarnham The two men are believed to have carjacked a woman in Saggart earlier in the day. 11 Comments 21,241 Views By Sean Murray Short URL Friday 16 Jun 2017, 12:37 PM Jun 16th 2017, 12:37 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie GARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED two men in connection with the hijacking of a vehicle and two robberies in south Dublin yesterday.A car chase ensued between the men and gardaí yesterday evening through the Rathfarnham area before they were finally apprehended in Saggart.Both men – in their 30s – are currently being detained at Tallaght Garda Station.Armed robberyThe first robbery linked to the men occurred at around 7.20am yesterday morning when two men entered a service station on Kennelsfort Road in Palmerstown.Armed with a crowbar and screwdriver, they threatened staff and made off with a small amount of cash.At approximately 9.15am, two men entered a shop in Killinarden, Tallaght armed with what appeared to be garden shears and a hammer. They threatened staff but did fled empty-handed.No one was injured in these incidents.The vehicle believed to have been used in the robberies – a silver hatchback – was found burnt out near the area of a hijacking of a car in the Shankill area later that day.Car chaseA female motorist was stopped by two men on Old Connaught Drive at approximately 4pm on 15 June 2017. While they took the car, she was uninjured.Gardaí then identified this car – a black hatchback – driving recklessly in the Rathfarnham area at around 5pm.They gave chase, with assistance from the Armed Support Unit and Air Support.The driver lost control of the car in the Saggart area and the two men fled on foot before being apprehended by gardaí.Both men are currently being detained at Tallaght Garda Station under section 4 of the criminal justice act.Read: Gardaí identify man who was discovered unconscious in Swords apartment complexRead: Graham Dwyer takes case to the High Court over use of mobile phone records in his trial http://jrnl.ie/3447806 Share142 Tweet Email last_img read more

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first_imgChristian de Duve, ancien prix Nobel de médecine, est décédé par euthanasieLe médecin et chimiste belge Christian de Duve, prix Nobel de médecine en 1974, a pris la décision de mourir à l’âge de 95 ans.C’est un grand médecin qui s’est éteint samedi dernier, relançant le débat sur le droit de mourir. En effet, le chimiste belge Christian de Duve, prix Nobel de médecine en 1974 n’est pas mort de façon naturelle : il est devenu la deuxième personnalité belge à choisir de mourir par euthanasie (après l’écrivain belge Hugo Claus, en 2008). Il a ainsi bénéficié de la législation belge qui depuis 2002 autorise l’euthanasie sous certaines conditions. Le 8 avril dernier, dans une interview au journal belge Le Soir, Christian de Duve, 95 ans, avait déclaré “la mort, ce serait beaucoup dire qu’elle ne m’effraye pas, mais je n’ai pas peur de l’après car je ne crois pas. Lorsque je disparaîtrai, je disparaîtrai, il ne restera rien”. Ce scientifique de réputation mondiale a choisi l’euthanasie après avoir été victime d’un malaise. Il a néanmoins souhaité attendre la venue de son fils (qui vit aux États-Unis), début mai, pour pouvoir s’en aller entouré des siens. Au cours du mois précédant sa mort le scientifique a écrit à ses amis et anciens collègues pour leur faire ses adieux, indique Le Soir, qui publiait hier son interview posthume. “Il nous a quittés dans une grande sérénité, refusant la prise de calmants précédant l’injection décisive. Il est parti en nous disant Adieu et en nous souriant”, a raconté sa fille Françoise.Un scientifique inquiet de l’avenir À lire aussiCes instruments médicaux de l’ancienne époque vont vous effrayerChristian de Duve, spécialiste de la biologie cellulaire, diplômé de médecine en 1941 et de chimie en 1946, avait obtenu le Nobel de médecine 1974 avec le Belge Albert Claude et l’Américain George Palade pour leurs recherches sur le cancer. Par la suite, le scientifique a écrit de nombreux ouvrages d’abord scientifiques puis de plus en plus teintés de philosophie. Il a également rédigé son autobiographie, “Sept vies en une”, en 2013.Il se disait inquiet de l’avenir, craignant que l’humanité se dirige vers la “catastrophe” à force de cultiver l’égoïsme, raconte l’AFP. Pour autant, et bien que né dans une famille de la noblesse catholique, Christian de Duve s’était éloigné de la religion. Il expliquait : “Je ne puis rationnellement me rallier à ce concept d’un être immanent”. Il critiquait également ouvertement le Vatican, estimant qu’il s’agissait d’un “petit cénacle autoperpétué de vieillards célibataires et misogynes, souvent d’une intelligence brillante, mais engoncés dans leur pourpre, leurs rites, leurs certitudes et leur prétention de légitimité”, selon le quotidien La Libre Belgique.Le 7 mai 2013 à 14:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgIt’s good to be an incumbent.Just look at the numbers: In most Southwest Washington legislative races where a political newcomer is facing a current lawmaker, the dollar bills are stacked in favor of the incumbent.Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, has raised more than $315,800 as of Friday.Her Democratic opponent in the 18th Legislative District race, Eric Holt, has brought in just shy of $10,000.In a statewide legislative race, incumbents have about an 85 percent chance of being re-elected, said Jim Moore, a political science professor at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore.That’s a pretty good rate of return.“It’s not just, ‘I support the incumbent,’ it’s, ‘Oh, they are going to be elected and what committees will they be on’ … that brings out the supporters,” Moore said.Money is a key for politicians to distribute their message and boost name recognition.• Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, has raised about $183,600 more than her Republican opponent, Lewis Gerhardt, in the 49th Legislative District.• Rep. Brandon Vick, R-Vancouver, has brought in $122,820 to Democratic opponent Justin Oberg’s $3,467 in the Position 1, 18th Legislative District race.• Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, is up nearly $72,000 on Democratic challenger Kathy Gillespie in the Position 2, 18th Legislative District race.• Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver, has brought in more than $100,000 in the Position 2, 17th Legislative District race. His opponent, Democrat Martin Hash, is reporting zero contributions.• Rep. Sharon Wylie, D-Vancouver, has nearly $57,000 to her one-time opponent Kaitlyn Beck’s zero reported contributions in the Position 1, 49th Legislative District race. Candidates can raise up to $5,000 without reporting. Beck dropped out of the race on Friday.last_img read more

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first_imgA Woodland teen was injured and the 20-year-old driver was blamed after a crash on Interstate 5 south of Chehalis.The Washington State Patrol said the crash occurred just before midnight Friday near Milepost 59, 17 miles south of Chehalis.A Kia Soul driven by Brenden K. Banta, 20, of Kalama, rear-ended a tractor-trailer rig as both vehicles were driving northbound.The Woodland teen, whose name was not released, was taken to a hospital for examination and treatment of unspecified injuries.Banta, who also was injured, was accused of drunken driving and vehicular assault. The trucker, Ronald Britton of Spanaway, was not injured.last_img

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