House Science Committee Drafts Controversial Bill on U.S. Research Funding

first_imgA key congressional committee is planning a hearing next month on legislation that could give several U.S. science agencies new marching orders. The details are still a secret, but expect fireworks.The legislation has been drafted by the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology in the U.S. House of Representatives. It would update the America COMPETES Act, which in 2007 committed the federal government to expanding research at the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as well as science education across several agencies. It also set government-wide science priorities to be managed by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.The 2007 law adopted many of the recommendations in a 2005 report from the National Academies on how to keep the country competitive in a global economy. In addition to authorizing large budget increases for those agencies, the bill advocated for a new energy technology effort at DOE, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. 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Bush, America COMPETES received broad bipartisan support in Congress. That bipartisanship had evaporated by 2010, however, when Democrats narrowly won approval to reauthorize the law despite persistent Republican attacks on the scope of the legislation and its spending targets.In the current divided Congress—Republicans took control of the House in January 2011 while the Democrats retained the Senate—the bickering over federal science policy has intensified. And this year, under its new chairman, Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), the House science committee has sometimes found itself at odds with the scientific community as well.One major bone of contention has been Smith’s proposal this spring to revamp peer review at NSF. Called the High Quality Research Act, it stressed the importance of economic payoffs from NSF’s research portfolio. The draft bill triggered an avalanche of criticism from the scientific committee, and it was never formally introduced. However, lobbyists for universities and science groups fear that similar language will find its way into the new bill.Simultaneously, NSF officials have been wrestling with a congressional mandate that limits funding for political science research to projects that promote economic development or address national security issues. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) in March inserted the language into a government-wide spending bill, and NSF has suspended making any awards in the field while it tries to find a way to apply the new criteria to its existing peer review process. In addition, the language is part of what many scientists see as a broader attack on NSF support of the social sciences, a topic that is expected to be covered in the draft legislation.Smith has declined repeated requests to discuss his proposed bill, dubbed the Frontiers in Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act. “The committee will be reviewing draft legislation this fall to reauthorize science agencies within the Committee’s jurisdiction,” says an aide to the committee. “No legislation has been introduced at this time.”However, ScienceInsider has learned that the committee expects to hold a hearing on 11 October, with a draft expected to be available a week earlier. The bill excludes DOE’s Office of Science, which may be covered in separate legislation.Science advocates are keeping their powder dry until they see the actual bill. But they are bracing for the worst. As one lobbyist puts it: “We’ve been told that we aren’t going to like it.”last_img read more

Guiao fined; players next

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFiery NLEX coach Yeng Guiao was fined P11,000 by Philippine Basketball Association officer-in-charge Willie Marcial for an obscene gesture but was cleared by the league on allegations of San Miguel Beer point guard Chris Ross that he uttered a racist remark in their Philippine Cup game on Friday night.But that will be peanuts compared to the fines and sanctions that Marcial will levy on three players, whom he summoned to appear early afternoon on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Stay calm and be sensitive MOST READ Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Raymond Almazan of Rain or Shine and Eric Camson of Kia Picanto, who exchanged elbows and punches in an upset Kia victory last week, are likely to be slapped at least one-game suspensions, apart from being meted out fines that could go as high as P50,000 each.Mike Miranda of NLEX, who kicked Ross in the groin during that rugged match won handily by the Beermen, will also have a conference with Marcial and, because of several infractions earlier, could also be facing a suspension and a hefty fine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe three players were slapped Flagrant Foul 2 penalties that carry at least a P20,000 fine and were ejected.But the Almazan-Camson scuffle was downright court hooliganism, and league sources said on Monday that the Office of the Commissioner will throw the full weight of the rule book on them. LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentscenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Ross was likewise slapped a P2,600 fine for incurring two technical fouls—the second after got into a confrontation with Guiao whom he accused of uttering a racist remark.Marcial said that they couldn’t find witnesses who could validate Ross’ claims.The San Miguel point guard refusing to comment.Guiao’s P11,000 fine was for flashing the dirty finger at Ross, clearly seen on television replays, and because he cursed the San Miguel point guard.“The Office of the Commissioner finds no sufficient basis to discuss the matter of an alleged racist remark uttered by coach Guiao,” a PBA statement read.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stinglast_img read more

Sport healthy and clear skin

first_imgWays to keep tanning at bay and tackle stretch marks.Shirin emailed to say that even though she used a sunscreen while swimming last year, she acquired a bad tan. She wants to know what she can do to prevent it this season.Exposure to the sun is the leading cause of wrinkled, rough and blotchy skin. Sunscreens are your best bet when it comes to protecting yourself from photo damage. When it comes to outdoor activities like swimming, it’s not just enough to use a sunscreen, it’s important to choose well and get the application right. Opt for a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 or higher and choose one that comes powered with UVA and UVB blockers. Also, make sure you apply the sunscreen at least 20 minutes prior to sun exposure. Use enough sunscreen for the face and neck, ideally, an amount equivalent to the size of a 50 paise coin. Also, you need to remember that no sunscreen is completely sweat proof or waterproof. This apart, always remember to apply a sunscreen, not just before but immediately after a swim.Suruchi emailed to say that she is left with stretch marks on her upper arms after losing weight. She wants to know if otc creams are effective cures.Stretch marks or striae are caused by sudden stretching of the connective tissue under intact skin and are generally associated with rapid growth or weight gain. Although stretch marks tend to diminish over a period of time, they never disappear completely. OTC creams containing Vitamin E, collagen hydrolase and retinoids help lighten stretch marks to a degree. However, now there are also a number of cosmetic treatments available for it. These include microdermabrasion and chemical peels like retinoid peels that help stretch marks merge better with normal skin. Radiofrequency has also been found to be quite effective. Fractional laser resurfacing which creates microscopic wounds and helps produce new collagen and epithelium is one of the newer treatments available. However, it is important you consult a qualified dermatologist who will guide you about your best treatment option.advertisementDr Rekha Sheth is a leading cosmetic dermatologist. She is the vice president of International Society of Dermatology, founder-president of Cosmetology Society (India) and also runs Dr Rekha Sheth’s Skin and Hair Care, a successful chain of skin clinics. Write to her at rekha.s@preventionindia.comlast_img read more


first_img“Against NorthEast United, we played a very “Against NorthEast United, we played a very low-intensity game. I didnt like the first part and the teams reaction after conceding two goals. We have to work together and play with a lot more intensity. We must have a good attitude for this game and also semi-finals. We should play like we know,” said Zambrotta. The Delhi coach said the team wanted to finish on top. “We want to win and try to be first in the league but its the same thinking that our opponents will have. We have done a good job until now and we are focused to finish the first part of the tournament in the best way. After that, we will prepare for the semi-finals and continue in the same manner,” said Zambrotta. PTI SSR DK PM PM SDMlast_img read more

Juve join race for Barca & Man City target De Ligt

first_imgJuventus have joined Barcelona and Manchester City in the race to sign Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt, Goal understands.The Netherlands international has become one of the most sought-after players in world football, with numerous elite clubs tracking his progress at the Dutch giants.Goal understands that both Barca and City have registered their interest in signing the 19-year-old, who would cost upwards of €50 million (£43m/$57m), and that the Premier League champions began laying the groundwork for a move towards the end of last season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Barca see the player as the next Gerard Pique, but De Ligt is under contract until 2021 – with Ajax having the option to extend that for a further year – and appears in no rush to make a decision over his future.Juve’s interest, however, may complicate matters for both Barca and City, with the club working alongside agent Mino Raiola to negotiate a price for De Ligt.The Serie A giants are keen to bolster their defensive ranks, with Andrea Barzagli set to leave the club at the end of the season, and Medhi Benatia and Daniele Rugani potentially expendable.Juve’s sporting director Fabio Paratici has thus identified De Ligt as the best possible purchase option in either January or next summer, though both the Italian side, and Barca, would struggle to match the financial muscle of Pep Guardiola’s City.De Ligt is highly-rated across Europe, and Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar, the former Manchester United goalkeeper, waxed lyrical about the potential of the defender earlier this year. “He looks like he’s been doing this for six or seven years,” Van der Sar said in an exclusive interview with Goal. “Matthijs is very mature for his age: he has the physique of a 24-year-old.”He is also strong with both feet, has an extremely good range of passing, can head the ball, scores goals and is a real leader at the back already at the age of 18.”He came into the first team last year and has never looked back.”De Ligt is already Ajax captain, and has played 14 games for the club this season, while he has also won 11 caps for the Netherlands.As reported by Goal, Barca and City are also going head-to-head for one of De Ligt’s Ajax team-mates, Frenkie De Jong, with both sides believing the other has the advantage in negotiations.last_img read more

Harmony Day a Success

first_imgClose to 50 young players attended the inaugural NRL in Harmony Touch Football Carnival in early November, bringing together individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds to take part in a day of Touch Football. The New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) and the National Rugby League (NRL) delivered the first event of its kind at the home of Parramatta Touch Association, Doyle Ground, in Sydney with teams including a combined Africa team, an Islamic team, a Middle Eastern team and two teams consisting of players from emerging nations including Vietnam, Egypt, Cambodia and Sri Lanka. Players were joined by NRL Multicultural Officer Hazem El Masri, 2013 Australian 18’s Boys assistant coach, Keith Rozairo, Australian 20’s Boys representative, Madalitso Masache and New South Wales Combined High Schools’ representative, Kai Simbolin. The players in the event all got involved through their schools and community programs, where they were able to represent their heritage and ethnicity.Masache was seven when he moved to Australia from Malawi, Africa. Masache says that being involved in the day meant a lot to him and he really enjoyed being part of the occasion. “It’s been a fantastic day. I’ve met a lot of young kids, they are great players as well. It’s been a lot of fun and I look forward to more events to come,” Masache said. “Coming from Africa with just your close family is very tough. Playing Touch Football has been a great sport for me, it’s been great to play a sport that I now love as well as meeting so many people who are now great friends on and off the field.”Simbolon says that he enjoyed being part of the occasion and is grateful for the opportunities sport has provided him. “Being involved in this day means a lot to me, being so young and being asked to come out here is a big privilege to me,” Simbolon said. “I don’t think I’d be where I am today without sport, I’ve travelled all around New South Wales, I’ve achieved so many things.”El Masri spoke about how much sport, and Touch Football, helped him in his younger days before he started playing in the NRL for the Canterbury Bulldogs. El Masri says that sport can be an ‘icebreaker’ for young people of all cultures, as was the case for him when he moved over from Lebanon in his youth. “Especially Touch Football played a major role in my life for myself, my parents didn’t want me to play Rugby League for a long time, I didn’t start playing League until I was 17.”Rozairo was full of praise for the initiative, saying he was glad to be a part of it. “I come from a Sri Lankan background, we grew up on Cricket and there was a bit of Rugby there. It was never promoted because it was a third world country because if you didn’t have money you didn’t have a chance to do it. So if you come here and see the varying nationalities that are given their chance, not so much just at Touch but at sport, and having people there to support you, I think that’s fantastic.”To view some photos from the day, be sure to visit the Touch Football Australia Facebook page – Related LinksHarmony Daylast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri admits plans to sign new winger

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri admits plans to sign new wingerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has confirmed he wants to make a new winger signing in January.Sarri says a wide player rather than a new striker is the priority.“I have the option with Hazard in this [central] position,” said Sarri. “We have Morata and Hazard who can play very well in this position as we have seen in the last two or three matches.“At the moment I don’t need another striker. Maybe another winger. “Now we are in trouble with the injuries of Pedro, [Callum] Hudson-Odoi, [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek, so I have the option for striker but have no option for wingers.” last_img read more

CFB Expert’s Metric Has Notre Dame Ahead Of Alabama, Clemson

first_imgAn extreme closeup of Brian Kelly wearing a Notre Dame hat and a head set.CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 07: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches his team play against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Kenan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Entering championship weekend, the top three of the College Football is pretty clear. Barring upsets, Alabama will be No. 1, Clemson will be No. 2, and unless the committee makes some wild change, undefeated Notre Dame football comes in at No. 3.All three teams are undefeated, and it seems pretty fair overall, based on how the teams have looked.Alabama has been a total wrecking ball this season. Clemson has been a bit more vulnerable, with close games against Texas A&M and Syracuse, but has come on strong. Notre Dame has been more shaky, more often than the other two, though that shouldn’t take away from the accomplishment of going 12-0 against a Power Five-level schedule.Notre Dame’s opponents have performed quite well this year too, which helps.ESPN contributor Phil Steele has a metric called “strength of wins,” which has Notre Dame football at No. 1.The stat is pretty simple: Steele calculates the total number of games won by every team that a given program has defeated.For Notre Dame, that comes out to 66. Here is the breakdown:Michigan – 10 Ball State – 4 Vanderbilt – 6 Wake Forest – 6 Stanford – 7 Virginia Tech – 5 Pitt – 7 Navy – 3 Northwestern – 8 Florida State – 5 Syracuse – 9 USC – 5While Alabama has faced some rough teams in the non-conference and bottom of the SEC, and Clemson got a very down ACC, Notre Dame faced very few horrible teams.Navy is surprisingly at the bottom of the list at just three wins, and Virginia Tech, Florida State, and USC are having historically down years. None are bowl eligible yet, though VT will try this weekend.Throw in a great Michigan team, surprising nine-win Syracuse squad, and division champions in Northwestern and Pitt, and Notre Dame’s 2018 schedule proved to have a strong middle.Steele crunched the numbers for all 130 FBS schools. Clemson is No. 2 with 63 wins, Alabama finished No. 3 at 59. Georgia (58), Ohio State (57), and Oklahoma (54), the other three main College Football Playoff contenders, come in at Nos. 4, 5, and 7 respectively.[Phil Steele]last_img read more

BPL 2019: Tamim Iqbal’s 61-ball 141 not out hands Comilla Victorians their 2nd title

first_imgBPL 2019: Tamim Iqbal’s 61-ball 141 not out hands Comilla Victorians their 2nd titleBangladesh Premier League 2019 final: Tamim Iqbal shone for Comilla Victorians as they defeated Dhaka Dynamites by 17 runs and win their second league title at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka on Friday.advertisement India Today Web Desk DhakaFebruary 8, 2019UPDATED: February 8, 2019 23:00 IST Bangladesh Premier League final: Tamim Iqbal scored his first BPL century in the big final for Comilla Victorians vs Dhaka Dynamites on Friday (BPL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTamim Iqbal hit his first BPL century in the big final in Dhaka on FridayComilla Victorians have won the BPL title for the 2nd time after their successful campaign in 2015Wahab Riaz starred with the ball for the Victorians as he finished with 3/28Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal came up with one of the most eye-catching T20 innings on Friday in the final of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2019. Tamim’s heroics with the bat in Dhaka helped Comilla Victorians beat three-time champions Dhaka Dynamites by 17 runs and win their second title.Tamim had been struggling for form in the lead up to the final but he stepped up on the big night and broke an array of records as he took the Dhaka Dynamites attack to the cleaners. Tamim hit an unbeaten 141 from just 61 balls, his first century in the BPL that had 11 sixes and 10 boundaries.Tamim’s 141 was the second highest score in a T20 tournament final and it helped the Imrul Kayes-led Comilla Victorians post 199. He also became the first Bangladesh batsman to hit more than 10 sixes in a T20 match.Even as his much-fancied teammates were struggling to put bat to ball on a tricky Mirpur wicket, Tamim was hitting the big ones at will. Tamim showed little respect to the likes of Andre Russel, Shakib Al Hasan, and Rubel Hossain as he scored heavily against the big boys of Dhaka Dynamites.Big guns fail as Dhaka implode after strong startDhaka Dynamites looked like they would render Tamim’s special knock in vain when Upul Tharanga and Rony Talukdar took on the Victorians’ bowling attack after Sunil Narine was run out in the very first ball of their 200-run chase.Tharanga and Talukdar stitched a 102-run stand in just 8.4 overs before Thisara Perera got the wicket of his Sri Lankan teammate with a slower ball. Once the big partnership was broken, the Dynamites imploded as the likes of Shakib, Andre Russel, and Kieron Pollard were dismissed cheaply.advertisementTalukdar looked to keep the Dynamites in the hunt but he was run out (for 66 off 38 balls) after a mix-up with Pollard in the middle.The Dynamites felt the pressure of chasing a big total in the final as their seasoned campaigners, including the likes of Shakib, Pollard and Russell, were unable to get going.Wahab Riaz shone for the champions with figures of 3/28 while Mohammad Saifuddin and Thisara Perera picked up two wickets each. There were a couple of costly run outs that brought the downfall of the Dynamites.Tamim had been a national hero in Bangladesh for quite some time but the veteran cricketer hadn’t featured in a final before Friday’s championship match in Dhaka. But when he got the opportunity, he made sure he made it an unforgettable outing for him. How Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, and Shakib Al Hasan reacted after the finalTamim: “Throughout the tournament I had starts, but I failed to convert them. So, I guess, I saved my best for the last. We planned the innings really well. They had 2 world class bowlers in the form of Narine and Shakib and we didn’t take chances against them. It was a terrific wicket and at one point even 200 was looking less but I always knew we will be back in the match once we take a couple of wickets. The wickets of Pollard and Russell were really important. “Imrul Kayes: “Tamim is a great player and he showed his character today. Everyone will remember his knock in the final. At one point I was worried as we didn’t bowl well in the powerplay. But we came back strongly in the middle overs. Riaz and Perera were brilliant for us in that phase.”Shakib Al Hasan: “It was a very good game of cricket. 199 was always going to be difficult but we got off to a great start. We lost the momentum after 11th over and kept losing wickets. Next couple of months will be really important for our cricket. Tamim played really well. We can take a lot of positives out of this tournament. We are grateful to our supporters, hopefully, they will keep supporting them.”Also Read | Wake up New Zealand Cricket #MeToo banner seen during India vs New Zealand 2nd T20IAlso Read | Yuvraj Singh reveals why MS Dhoni is crucial to India at 2019 World CupAlso Read | MS Dhoni’s helped Rishabh Pant bat well in Auckland: Harbhajan SinghAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Tamim IqbalFollow Comilla VictoriansFollow Bangladesh Premier LeagueFollow BPL 2019 finalFollow Dhaka DynamitesFollow shakib al hasanlast_img read more

10 Fine Fellows We Lost in 2018

first_img Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn Just as the new year brings us a renewed sense of hope and optimism for a better future to come, it also offers us a chance to reflect on the year gone by. As happens in any year (even these days) 2018 was punctuated by many milestones worth celebrating. Global poverty levels fell, as did infections rates of many diseases. In November, Americans elected many more women and people of color to the House of Representatives.As also happens every year, 2018 saw the deaths of many notable people, people for whom the world is richer to have had. Here are 10 gentlemen we lost in 2018 and who will be long missed.Stephen HawkingAFP/Stringer/Getty ImagesBorn on January 8, 1942 and dead at age 76 when he passed away on March 14, 2018, Professor Stephen William Hawking was one of the most brilliant men of our times — perhaps of all times. While severely physically disabled by ALS, Hawking’s mind remained both sharp and expansive throughout the course of his life, from his studies at Oxford University as a young man to his long career as a professor to his many books, TV programs, and public appearances. During his life, his work contributing to human understanding of space, physics, and time itself earned him more than a dozen honorary degrees and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom.George H. W. BushPortland Press Herald/Getty ImagesPresident George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st POTUS, defined the post-presidency role of elder statesman, commanding great respect and affinity from people across the political spectrum despite his single term in office generally being considered a disappointment. Bush served as an aviator in World War II, made a fortune as a Texas oilman, ran the CIA, and was the straight-laced vice president of the ebullient President Regan. When H. W. Bush’s own time in the White House began, he seemed poised to be a successful president. He remained steadfast as the Soviet Union fell and he moved swiftly to beat back the invading forces of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. But then he raised taxes after the whole “read my lips” quote and was bested in the 1991 elections by Bill ClintonStan LeeWithout Stan Lee, there would be no Avengers: Infinity War. Nor would there be a Captain America: Civil War. Or Ant-Man. Or dozens of other movies, thousands of comic books, and hundreds of the superheroes who populate them. Born in 1922, Stan Lee was just 17 years old when he began his career as a comic book artist. By the time of his death at age 95 on November 12, 2018, Lee had created some of the most iconic characters of the modern era, including Spider-Man and Iron-Man. He had also been married to his wife Joan for more than 69 years; she preceded him in death by less than 18 months.Burt ReynoldsMike Windle/Getty ImagesBurt Reynolds may be gone, having passed away at age 82 on September 6, 2018, but his mustache will live on in our hearts forever. As a younger actor, Reynolds never established a true A-list Hollywood career, but on TV he was a star, cast in such series as Riverboat and  Gunsmoke. His major hit while still a younger man was the film Smokey and the Bandit. Reynolds would not have another major success in a film role until his Academy Award-nominated role in the 1997 movie Boogie Nights. Throughout the course of his life, he was many times married and divorced, in and out of relationships, and went bankrupt several times, but through it all, he maintained a reputation as an affable, charming gentleman.John McCainWilliam Thomas Cain/StringerSenator John McCain was a lifelong fighter, first as a pilot flying attack missions over Vietnam in 1967. During one flight, McCain’s A-4E Skyhawk was downed by a North Vietnamese missile. McCain bailed out, was captured, and would spend the next five years as a prisoner of war. Returned home in 1973, McCain continued to serve in the Air Force unit the early 1980s, when he entered politics. He would serve in the U.S. House of Representatives for several terms, then was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986. There he would remain for the rest of his life, with a career generally celebrated for the maverick streak that saw him break from the GOP when he saw fit. A failed run for president in 2012 only briefly marred his generally successful time in politics.Anthony BourdainMike Point/Getty ImagesOut of a wild ride fueled by drugs, booze, and a passion for food came the celebrated world traveler and chef Anthony Bourdain. His 200o book Kitchen Confidential was both one man’s memoir and an exposé of the “underbelly” of many high-end restaurants. The bestseller rocketed Bourdain to fame, who soon had his own globetrotting TV shows, penned several more books and multiple essays and articles, and appearances on numerous programs and print works. The celebrated chef and celebrity tragically passed in June 2018.Tom WolfeDeborah Feingold/Getty ImagesTom Wolfe, along with a few of his contemporaries like Hunter S. Thompson and Truman Capote, formed the so-called school of New Journalism which, during the late 1960s and through the 1970s, changed the way much reporting was conducted. Wolfe penned multiple celebrated long-form nonfiction works that bridged the gap between reporting and storytelling, such as his books The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and The Right Stuff, which detailed the doings of author/provocateur Ken Kesey and the Mercury program astronauts, respectively. Beyond his insightful, adroit writing, Wolfe was also known for his signature white suits, which he wore almost daily from the early 1960s until his death at age 88 on May 14, 2018.R. Lee ErmeyGregg DeGuire/Getty ImagesThough perhaps best known as the seriously pissed off drill sergeant from the 1987 Stanley Kubrick film Full Metal Jacket, actor R. Lee Ermey was in fact an approachable and likable man in real life. He was indeed a Marine drill instructor in real life, and eventually a staff sergeant. He served in the military from 1961 to 1972, including a tour in Vietnam. His acting career came about almost by accident, as he was working as a technical advisor to Francis Ford Coppola during the production of Apocalypse Now, in which he also took on a minor role as a pilot. His star-making turn in Full Metal Jacket also came after he landed on screen time following what was to be only a consulting position.John YoungBettmann/Getty ImagesAstronaut John Young wasn’t the first man to walk on the moon, but as a club numbering only 12 (so far), his time on the lunar surface is still notable. He is also one of only three men to have flown to the moon twice. And he was the commander of the first Space Shuttle flight. And he was the only astronaut to fly in the Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle programs. Young would work for NASA for more than four decades, all told, retiring from the space agency at the age of 74. He died at age 87 in January 2018.Kofi AnnanSean Gallup/Getty ImagesKofi Annan was the first Secretary-General of the United Nations of Subsaharan African descent, a barrier he broke through in 1997, starting what would be a nearly decade-long role at the head of this august body. Born in Ghana in April 1938, Annan would dedicate much of his life to humanitarian causes, eventually earning a 2001 Nobel Peace Prize which he shared with the United Nations itself. Annan was 80 years old when he passed away on August 18, 2018. SNL’s Kyle Mooney Never Had a Real Job and He’s Cool With That Editors’ Recommendations NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Professional Climber Adrian Ballinger on the Savage Mountain, No-Oxygen Climbing, and YouTubelast_img read more

Can Malaysia Topple Qatar from LNG Top Spot?

first_imgzoom PETRONAS’ LNG complex in Bintulu, SarawakBy 2020, Malaysia has the potential to be the largest supplier of flexible LNG to the global market, larger even than Qatar, UK-based consultancy group Wood Mackenzie asserts. The supply capacity of Malaysia’s PETRONAS is growing through new capacity additions in eastern Malaysia as well as Canada, offtake agreements with other suppliers and projects such as GLNG in Australia.“Its supply potential could grow by over 55%, from 27 million tonnes per annum (mmtpa) in 2013 to 42 mmtpa in 2022. Some of this new capacity is committed to buyers, but some is not. In addition, some of its existing commitments to buyers will expire over the next 10 years,” Wood Mackenzie said.Wood Mackenzie’s analysis suggests that PETRONAS’s flexible LNG volume will grow from 2.5 mmtpa in 2013 to 26 mmtpa in 2022.By contrast Wood Mackenzie estimates that Qatar’s flexible LNG volumes in 2013 were 20 mmtpa. Whether Qatar or Malaysia will have the biggest flexible volume in 2022 will depend on their contracting strategy in the interim.Wood Mackenzie’s Asia gas research analyst, Chong Zhi Xin, said, “In addition to challenging Qatar, Malaysia’s growing volume of uncontracted LNG will provide strong supply competition for new LNG projects, such as from the US, Canada and East Africa.”PETRONAS could face challenges with its flexible LNG portfolio should we see a market oversupply. However, Wood Mackenzie recognises the unique advantage domestic markets offer PETRONAS.Zhi Xin said: “As a reliable LNG supplier, PETRONAS will likely secure contract renewals for a proportion of the volume under contract that expires. Also, PETRONAS has the ability to find a market for its LNG domestically, an option not available to its competitors.”According to Wood Mackenzie’s analysis, about 4 mmtpa of LNG is necessary to balance the Peninsular Malaysia market by 2022.However, PETRONAS’s management of indigenous pipe gas, both new supply and existing contracts, could enable some piped gas to be backed out in favour of LNG.This would enable PETRONAS to increase Peninsular Malaysia LNG imports to as much as 8 mmtpa by 2022.“Therefore, Peninsular Malaysia could be PETRONAS’s hidden trump card to accommodate ‘excess’ LNG,” Zhi Xin said. Press Release, August 27, 2014; Image: PETRONASlast_img read more

Traffic Advisory Annapolis County and Municipality of Digby

first_imgTRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Traffic Advisory, Annapolis Countyand Municipality of Digby MUNICIPALITY OF DIGBY: Marsh Road Marsh Road on Highway 101 to Route 217 is closed until furthernotice due to flooding. Motorists are advised to drive with caution. Staff are monitoringall roads as water levels continue to rise in brooks, rivers andculverts. -30-center_img ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: West Dalhousie Road and Northfield Road West Dalhousie Road from Spurr Road to the end of the pavement inWest Dalhousie, about 12 kilometres, is closed until furthernotice due to flooding. Northfield Road on Trunk 8 to the Queens County line has a one-lane closure due to flooding.last_img read more

Military assistance heading to NL for plane crash recovery

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness says the federal government will be sending assistance for the recovery efforts of the Air Saguenay flight that crashed in Newfoundland and Labrador earlier this month.Ralph Goodale announced on Friday that he and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan accepted a request from Newfoundland and Labrador’s government for help.The statement says the government will be sending personnel and equipment from the Canadian Armed Forces to help recover remains and other things in Mistastin Lake.A spokesperson for the Department of National Defence says the recovery effort is still being led by the RCMP but the CAF’s underwater search team is providing unique capabilities.The RCMP’s B Division will have military assistance from the Joint Task Force Atlantic to search for missing passengers under water between July 29 to August 6.The DND says six members of its Fleet Diving Unit from Halifax and special equipment to help find items under water consistent with the depths of Mistastin Lake will be sent.They say some of the equipment includes a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) portable inspection device, a sonar device, and an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) with an advanced tracking system and a deep-water ROV.Seven men, including the pilot, were on board the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver travelling from Three Rivers Lodge to Mistastin Lake when the plane crashed on July 15.The bodies of four men have been found and the search continues for the three others.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Meet Sting Backstage And Help Charity

first_imgLegendary rock musician Sting and have partnered together to offer one lucky fan the summer concert of a lifetime.Meet Sting with Omaze.comCredit/Copyright: Omaze.comFor the next four weeks, anyone can enter to win a chance to see Sting on his critically acclaimed world tour, Back to Bass, at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut on June 22nd. Not only will you and guest of choice get to spend the night singing along in prime seats, but you also get to meet Sting himself backstage before the show. The best part? It’s all for a great cause: Aid Still Required’s efforts to provide trauma relief for rape and PTSD victims in Haiti. Anyone can enter to win this dream day by visiting and making a $10 donation to Aid Still Required.How is this possible? Well, Omaze offers everyone the opportunity to engage in once-in-a-lifetime experiences with celebrities, athletes and the world’s greatest thinkers with the proceeds benefiting a social cause. The process works similar to a charity raffle. The user-friendly site allows anyone to enter to win an Omaze experience of their choice by donating just $5 or $10. Once the deadline to enter for the experience passes, Omaze collects all the entries and selects the winners through a third party computer-generated random selection process. The proceeds are delivered to benefit a specific social cause. The goal of the campaign is clearly quantified and they track the impact overtime so participants can see how their donations are impacting lives.Find out more here.last_img read more

Enoch Cree say Canada never mentioned bombs found on land returned to

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe leader of the Enoch Cree Nation announced there may be unexploded munitions on their land.Part of their land was used as a practice bombing range during the Second World War.On Tuesday, Enoch’s chief called on Canada to investigate.APTN’s Keith Laboucan has this story.last_img

Feds 3rd hike this year expected despite rising trade risks

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve is set this week to raise interest rates for a third time this year to prevent the economy from growing too fast. But with President Donald Trump’s trade fights posing a risk to the U.S. economy, the Fed may soon be ready to slow its hikes.Many analysts expect the economy to weaken next year, in part from the effects of the conflicts Trump has pursued with China, Canada, Europe and other trading partners. The tariffs and counter-tariffs that have been imposed on imports and exports is having the effect of raising prices for key goods and supplies and potentially slowing growth.An economic slowdown would likely lead the Fed to throttle back on its rate increases to avoid stifling growth. In that scenario, it might raise rates only twice in 2019 and then retreat to the sidelines to see how the economy fares.Compounding the effects of the tariffs and retaliatory tariffs resulting from Trump’s trade war, other factors could slow growth next year. The benefits of tax cuts that took effect this year, along with increased government spending, for example, are widely expected to fade.Still, some analysts hold to a more optimistic scenario: That momentum already built up from the government’s economic stimulus will keep strengthening the job market and lowering unemployment — at 3.9 per cent, already near a 50-year low. A tight employment market, in this scenario, will accelerate wages and inflation and prod the Fed to keep tightening credit to ensure that the economy doesn’t overheat.Any light the Fed might shed on those questions could come in the statement it will make after its latest policy meeting ends Wednesday, in updated economic and rate forecasts it will issue or in a news conference that Chairman Jerome Powell will hold afterward.The modest rate increase that’s widely expected reflects the continued strength of the U.S. economy, now in its 10th year of expansion, the second-longest such stretch on record. Most analysts also expect the Fed to signal that it plans to raise rates a fourth and final time this year, presumably in December. The Fed’s rate increases typically lead to higher rates on some consumer and business loans.Should neither Powell nor the Fed itself clarify expectations for the months ahead, it could be because the policymakers are sharply divided and are coalescing into two familiar opposing groups — “hawks” and “doves.”Doves focus on the Fed’s mandate to maximize employment and worry less about inflation. Hawks tend to concern themselves more with the need to prevent high inflation. One Fed board member, Lael Brainard, a leading dove, earlier this month surprised some with a speech that emphasized her belief in the need for continued gradual rate hikes.This week’s expected hike will be the Fed’s eighth since 2015, when it began tightening credit after having kept its benchmark rate at a record low for seven years beginning in 2008 at the height of the financial crisis.Even so, the Fed’s key short-term rate, a benchmark for many consumer and business loans, remains in a relatively low range of 1.75 per cent to 2 per cent. By its latest reckoning, the Fed estimates its “neutral rate” — the point where it’s thought to neither stimulate nor restrain growth — at around 2.9 per cent. Two more hikes this year and two in 2019 would lift the Fed’s benchmark rate to that level.In her speech, Brainard suggested that the Fed might eventually see a need to exceed the neutral rate — an unexpected observation from an official who has never been seen as a hawk. But Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, said Brainard’s suggestion doesn’t seem all that surprising given the economic circumstances.“She realizes that the economy is in a different place,” Zandi said. “We have had massive tax cuts and massive increases in government spending that were not even on the radar screen in early 2017.”The economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, is expected to grow 3 per cent for 2018 as a whole. That would mark the strongest full-year gain in 13 years. For the first nine years of the economic expansion, annual GDP growth averaged only around 2.2 per cent.The robust job market has helped make consumers, the main drivers of growth, more confident than they’ve been in nearly 18 years. Business investment is up. Americans are spending freely on cars, clothes and restaurant meals.All the good news has helped fuel a stock market rally. Household wealth is up, too. It reached a record in the April-June quarter, although the gain is concentrated largely among the most affluent.It’s that strength that has convinced economists that there will be little debate about raising rates this week.“For 2018, both the economy and the stock market are sizzling,” said Sung Won Sohn, chief economist at SS Economics, a consulting firm. “That means the Fed will stay with the four rate hikes they have indicated they will make this year.Next year is far less clear. Many economists worry that Trump’s combative trade policies could significantly slow the economy. Trump insists that the tariffs he is imposing on Chinese imports, to which Beijing has retaliated, are needed to force China to halt unfair trading practices. But concern is growing that China won’t change its practices, the higher tariffs on U.S. and Chinese goods will become permanent and both economies — the world’s two largest — will suffer.Powell has so far been circumspect in reflecting on Trump’s trade war. The Fed chairman has suggested that while higher tariffs are generally harmful, they could serve a healthy purpose if they eventually force Beijing to liberalize its trade practices.In the meantime, economists are divided over how many Fed rate increases are likely in 2019. Sohn foresees three. But Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton, said she thinks the Fed will slow its pace to two hikes next year.“I think the higher tariffs will start to impact the economy,” Swonk said. “But I don’t think the Fed will signal any changes in its expected pace of interest rates at this meeting. The Fed will want to wait and react to changes in the economy.”last_img read more

The Latest Germany preparing also for nodeal Brexit

first_imgLONDON — The Latest on Britain’s exit from the European Union (all times local):10:55 a.m.Germany’s finance minister says Berlin still hopes for a regulated British exit from the European Union but that the country is also prepared for the possibility of a Brexit without a negotiated deal.Olaf Scholz, who is also the vice chancellor, was quoted by the Passauer Neue Presse newspaper Friday as saying that an unregulated Brexit would be bad for everyone, and hit the British the worst.But, he says, “we are preparing ourselves very carefully for both variants, the controlled and the uncontrolled Brexit. Both present us with challenges, but we can and will manage them.”___10:00 a.m.European Union diplomats are meeting to finalize the draft divorce agreement between Britain and the bloc, amid a warning from Spain that it will oppose the deal if it isn’t guaranteed a say over the future of Gibraltar.Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted that Britain and Spain “remain far away” on the issue and “if there are no changes, we will veto Brexit.”Spain wants the future of the tiny British territory at the tip of the Iberian Peninsula to be a bilateral issue between Madrid and London.Spain doesn’t have a veto on the withdrawal agreement, which does not have to be approved unanimously. But it could hold up a future free-trade deal between Britain and the EU, which would require approval of all 27 EU nations.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Rain Strong Thunderstorms to Hit Several Moroccan Regions on Sunday

Rabat – The National Meteorological Directorate  (DMN) issued today a weather alert for Monday and Sunday, stating that rain and thunderstorms are likely to hit some regions, including the Rabat-Salé province.A warning for strong thunderstorms on May 6 and May 7 was issued for Khenifra, Khouribga, Ifrane, Beni Mellal, Fqih Ben Saleh, Azilal, Kelaa Sraghna, Al Haouz, Chichaoua, Marrakech, Rehamna, Settat, Berrechid, Benslimane and Khemisset.The note added that local strong thunderstorms will hit from Sunday 10:00 p.m to Monday 12:00 p.m. the cities of Kenitra, Larache, Rabat-Sale region, Skhirate, Temera, Mohammedia, Casablanca, Nouacer, Berrechid, Ben Slimane, Settat, Khouribga, Khemisset, Khenifra, Fqih Ben Saleh, Kelaa Sraghna, Rehamna, Youssoufia, Safi and Sidi Bennour. Stormy showers will sometimes be accompanied by hailstorms and gusts of wind in the said provinces and will persist, the afternoon of Monday, on the reliefs of the upper and middle Atlas and their western plains, according to the note.DMN forecast on Saturday cloudy and rainy conditions throughout the country. Yesterday’s statement forecasted low-level clouds and rain showers in the east, Rif, and High and the Middle Atlas, with moderate winds. read more

Dire economic potentially lethal impact of counterfeiting stressed at UN meeting

2 February 2011Illicit trade in counterfeit goods and piracy of intellectual property not only cost global economies more than $1 trillion each year and put more than two million jobs at risk but threaten the lives, health and safety of consumers worldwide, a United Nations-backed meeting was told today. Over 800 delegates from intergovernmental organizations, governments, enforcement agencies and business from more than 100 countries convened in Paris to address the problem at the Sixth Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy, hosted by France’s Industrial Property Office (INPI) and chaired by the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).The two-day meeting, co-organized by INPI, WIPO, the international police agency INTERPOL, and the World Customs Organization (WCO) in cooperation with the global business community represented by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), will discuss a full spectrum of issues ranging from pirated patents to potentially lethal fake medicines. “New research to be reported at the Congress will show that the total impact of this illicit trade in fakes is staggering, with more than $1 trillion in annual losses to global economies, governments and consumers and potentially more than two million jobs at risk,” ICC Secretary General Jean-Guy Carrier said, calling on all stakeholders to find new and creative solutions.“Counterfeiting and piracy continue to generate massive economic and employment dislocations at a time when governments are most hard pressed to maintain economic stability and create jobs,” he stressed.Highlighting the recent Operation Jupiter during which counterfeit goods worth more than $200 million were seized and nearly 1,000 people arrested, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble cited the benefits of combining public-private sector expertise. “INTERPOL has steadily increased its efforts and resource commitment to combat counterfeiting and piracy producing tangible results worldwide, not least in protecting the public from potentially lethal fakes and counterfeits,” he said. Opening the meeting, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said the Congress represents an outstanding opportunity for the public and private sector to come together and provide international leadership.“Under the theme of ‘Building Respect for Intellectual Property,’ this Congress addresses the overlapping social, economic and political dimensions of counterfeiting and piracy, and the need for targeted, integrated responses from a variety of actors,” he added.INPI Director General Yves Lapierre noted the devastating effects of the scourge both on the health and safety of consumers as well as the economy, while INTA President Gerhard Bauer said that in today’s interconnected world, these risks are no longer isolated to one country, region, demographic or economic class.“This is why the Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy is so important,” said Mr. Bauer.“It allows committed governments and organizations from all over the world to strengthen their coordinated efforts to combat counterfeiting, and to further educate the public on the economic, social and health risks posed by these crimes.”Overall, the Congress will seek to create a better understanding of the elements underlying the trade in illegitimate goods, and discuss sustainable solutions to end it. read more

President appoints committee to look into fuel issue

President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed a cabinet sub-committee to look into the fuel issue.Minister Duminda Dissanayake said that the sub-committee cabinet sub-committee will recommend solutions to address the issue. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament today that a petrol shipment from India is scheduled to arrive in the country on Thursday apart from the shipment expected tomorrow. (Colombo Gazette)