The Insider’s Guide to 2013

first_imgScienceInsider’s most read stories of 2013 make for an eclectic mix—Space Vikings and “invisible” drug trials, a fusion “breakthrough” that wasn’t, and a controversial effort to reshape grantmaking criteria at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Here’s the Top 10:1. U.S. Lawmaker Proposes New Criteria for Choosing NSF Grants: When Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), the chair of the House of Representatives science committee, suggested that NSF ensure its grants are in the national interest, researchers blew a gasket. The issue was also the topic of the year’s #8 story, NSF Peer Review Under Scrutiny by House Science Panel.2. Unmasking ‘Invisible’ Drug Trials: Fed up by the fact that only about one-half of all clinical trials are published, a group of researchers in June launched an unusual initiative called RIAT, Restoring Invisible and Abandoned Trials.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(*)3. Scientists Condemn Destruction of Golden Rice Field Trial: The August destruction of a field of experimental, genetically modified rice in the Philippines drew protests from scientists.4. Desert Farming Experiment Yields First Results: A project to “green” desert areas with an innovative mix of technologies—producing food, biofuel, clean water, energy, and salt—reached a milestone in November in the Gulf state of Qatar.5. Fusion “Breakthrough” at NIF? Uh, Not Really … : October media reports that the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California had passed a “nuclear fusion milestone” turned out to be a bit premature.6. ‘Space Vikings’ Spark NASA Inquiry: NASA researchers dressed up as Vikings for a photo shoot designed to promote space science. But a senior U.S. senator questioned whether taxpayer dollars were wasted.7. In ‘Insurrection,’ Scientists, Editors Call for Abandoning Journal Impact Factors: In May, more than 150 prominent scientists and 75 scientific groups took a stand against using impact factors, a popular measure of how often a journal is cited, to gauge the quality of an individual’s work.8. NSF Peer Review Under Scrutiny by House Science Panel: See #1.9. U.S. House Passes Bill That Would Head Off Massive Helium Shortage: Whew! In April, lawmakers passed legislation that would ultimately prevent scientists from losing easy access to a crucial gas in many laboratories.10. NIH Details Impact of 2013 Sequester Cuts: In May, officials at the National Institutes of Health began to tally how a 5% cut to their 2013 budget, triggered by a congressional mandate called sequestration, would affect grant numbers and research projects. The story added detail to a gloomy fiscal forecast.last_img read more

Mission Olympics: Indian boxers eye rich haul

first_imgBefore going to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Vijender Kumar was a little-known boxer. But he gave a good account of himself, clinched a historic bronze medal and shot into stardom. Four years later when he readies for the London Games, the expectation of his fans has increased manifold.Vijender acknowledges this and wants to live up to his fans’ expectations by striving for a bigger medal. “Last time it was a bronze; now I will try my level best to win either a silver medal or a gold,” Vijender said at the send-off ceremony for the Indian boxers here on Thursday.Seven men and one woman are headed to the Olympics. While the men’s team will have the likes of Asian Games gold medallists Vikas Krishan and young sensations Shiva Thapa and Sumit Sangwan, five-time world champion MC Mary Kom will be the lone woman.Vijender, who is like a mentor to his teammates, says he feels more responsible to win as the spotlight is on him. But he doesn’t feel much pressure as the attention will be shared by a few others.”I alone would have borne the burden of expectations had Mary Kom not be in the team. Then there are young talented boxers like Shiva, Devendro and Sumit, who are also in the reckoning. I think expectation is shared and that is giving me the time to focus more on my preparation,” he said.The Indian team will have a training camp in London before the Olympics start on July 27. Mary Kom, who will be playing in her first Olympics at 29, will have a small field of 12 in the 51kg category. For someone who was beaten in the pre-quarterfinals of the lone Olympic qualifiers – the World Championships – she booked her ticket to London by sheer luck.Mary Kom considers draw as a crucial factor in winning a medal. “I am preparing my level best but the draw will also play a role. I want to give 100 per cent and achieve my dream of an Olympic medal,” she stressed. National coach Gurbux Singh Sandhu says going by the boxers’ progress in the last four years, they should improve upon their Beijing tally of one bronze.advertisement”That one medal in Beijing changed the attitude of Indian boxers and now they are more eager to win. Even the youngsters have fared well in the Olympic qualifiers. They can do what no Indian has ever done at the Olympics and that is to reach the finals,” said Sandhu. Assistant coach Jaidev Bisht, who is accompanying the boxers, said the boxers can end India’s gold drought at the Olympics because they have the motivation and skill to deliver. “The best motivating factor they now have is fame and money, if they win a medal. Apart from that they are well prepared and have delivered in major events and that brightens their chances,” he said.Jai Bhagwan (60kg), who will make his Olympic debut in London, said the boxers have got individual attention and they can translate it into success. “During the camp, we were given the individual training which means we got more time to identify our mistakes and iron them out. It also gave us enough time to polish the best aspect of our game. Now the aim is to utilise that preparation and win a medal for the country,” he said.CASH INCENTIVESMonnet Ispat group, which is the main sponsor of the Indian Boxing Federation, announced a cash incentive for those who win Olympic medals. If someone wins the gold medal, he/she will get Rs 51 lakh, Rs 21 lakh for every silver medal and the bronze will be worth Rs 11 lakh.last_img read more

Sania Mirza reveals what’s sexy and what’s not

first_imgSania Mirza knows how to dazzle – on the court and off it. The tennis sensation recently received the Padma Bhushan from President Pranab Mukherjee for a sensational run in women’s doubles, that started with the Wimbledon and French Open last year.Sania along with Swiss partner Martina Hingis, went on to win 41 successive matches and also lifted the Australian Open earlier this year.The Indo-Swiss pair have been in the midst of poor form this year, winning only two out of their last five matches, but the 29-year-old Indian star is not too worried. She has been working hard on her fitness, toiling away at the gym, breaking sweat and ensuring she stays in shape for her next challenge.Sania said tennis needed her to be strong and even though she never looks muscular or bulked up, she is determined to keep up her strength through sheer hard work. For Sania, strong is sexy very skinny is hardly attractive.”Tennis requires me to have a certain level of fitness and strength, and I’ll do everything I can to get there. Strong is sexy. I don’t think very skinny is attractive. I think healthy, strong and muscular is extremely attractive,” she told the Times of India . “I think everyone has their own way of dealing with fitness, everyone has their own way of dealing with stardom, life and their career. I’m not the one who makes a call on what’s right or wrong.”I can only recognize what’s best for me. I know that if I don’t put in this work in the gym, heavy weights and all, I’m not going to stay at No. 1. This is the work that has gotten me to No. 1. This is the reason I’ve had the career I’ve had these 10 years, be it singles or doubles,” Saina said.advertisementSania, often photographed in stylish designer clothes, said she understood no one would be interested if she didn’t do well on the court. “I don’t think anyone wants to photograph me if I’m not playing well.”Sania and Hingis are the most dangerous doubles team in the world at the moment and despite their recent lean patch, the Indian remains confident that the pair will be able to bounce back soon.last_img read more


first_imgTyson Foods is recalling approximately 39,078 pounds of Weaver brand frozen chicken patty product that may be contaminated with extraneous materials.Morgan Watchous, Communications Manager, Tyson Foods, explains the recall:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….affected product. :15The frozen, fully cooked chicken items were produced on January 31, 2019 and were shipped to retail locations nationwide.The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-13456” printed on the back of the resealable plastic bag.26-oz. resealable plastic bags containing “Weaver CHICKEN BREAST PATTIES BREADED CHICKEN BREAST PATTIES WITH RIB MEAT” with a best if used by date of “Jan312020” and lot code 0319PBF0617, 0319PBF0618, 0319PBF0619, 0319PBF0620, 0319PBF0621, 0319PBF0622, 0319PBF0623, or 0319PBF0600 represented on the label.last_img read more

Kuju Coffee is Delicious Pour-over Coffee Anywhere, Anytime

first_img 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches Pourover coffee is delicious, and really satisfying to make, but it’s not exactly portable. If you’re on the road, or camping, or hell, even at work, you’re likely relegated to drinking instant coffee or overly expensive coffee shop stuff you have little control over. Kuju Coffee changes all that! They created the Pocket Pourover.The idea came from two brothers who are also Eagle Scouts: Jeff and Justin Wignua, who have a deep love of the outdoors. And coffee. They developed something so simple and so ingenious you’ll wonder why you haven’t been using it forever. Each light, slim package of Kuju Coffee contains the coffee and their small pour-over mechanism. With a bit of hot water and a few minutes, you have a freshly brewed cup of coffee with all the delicacy and control pour-overs allow.Kuju’s coffee comes in three varieties: Bold Awakening, Base Camp, and Angels Landing. The darkest is the Bold Awakening, which has low acidity and a full body, with flavors like dark cocoa and dried berries. It’s roasted in small batches and can handle even less than perfect water temperatures without sacrificing taste of consistency. Base Camp is the middle of the road for Kuju: it’s medium acidity with a full body and flavors like honey, chocolate, and surprisingly, oak. It’s made up of a blend of Direct Trade Arabica beans. And finally you’ve got their Angels Landing, which as the name suggests, is on the lighter, sweeter side. It’s floral, nutty, and citrusy, making it a great option if tea just isn’t cutting it for you at the moment.All of Kuju’s coffee is conscientiously sourced. They wanted their high-quality coffee to make a positive impact on the world, especially on the farmers growing our beloved coffee. A lot of times this means using farms that the coffee industrial complex has overlooked of various reasons. The Wignua brothers found a farm in Thailand that employs former sex trafficking victims where they get the majority of their beans.Our national parks also benefit thanks to Kuju. The outdoors is a passion for the Wignua brothers and is partly responsible for their invention, so it’s no surprise they’re working to protect it. One percent from each purchase of Kuju goes directly to the National Park Foundation.When you drink Kuju Coffee you’re not just getting a perfect, delicious pourover coffee literally anywhere– you’re helping people live better lives and protecting our vital national parks. How to Use a French Press Coffee Maker The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitters 5 Most Expensive Coffees in the World Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Online Sports Exhibit Launched

first_imgNova Scotians interested in the province’s history of amateur sport can take a step back in time with the latest virtual exhibit developed by Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management. The exhibit, called “Tom Connors: The Old Sport,” features almost 800 historical photographs dating from the 1860s to the 1940s. They show Nova Scotians hard at play or celebrating victories in more than a dozen different sports. “Nova Scotia has a strong tradition of producing exceptional athletes,” said Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “This virtual exhibit showcases the great athletes of yesterday and was assembled with photographs by Tom Connors, the province’s biggest sports fan of the time.” From regattas to the boxing ring and from the rugby pitch to baseball diamonds, the digitized photographs are vivid reminders of medal winners, record-breakers, star athletes of the day, and people just keeping active. Many of the photographs include Mr. Connors’s own handwritten notes, giving further context to the images. His deep-rooted personal connection with amateur sport is evident as he identifies “old-timer” heroes from “the good old days,” and proudly labels up-and-coming young athletes as champions. “We are proud to present this popular photo collection to our Internet audience,” said provincial archivist Brian Speirs. “A century ago, Mr. Connors’s specialty collection was regarded as the finest of its kind in Canada and the images are still just as powerful today.” Mr. Connors was born in Halifax in 1862 and competed as a youth in tug of war matches and boxing. His passion for sport drove him to train local athletes and support amateur athletics until his death in 1949. He was so well known in sporting circles throughout Canada and the United States that he was affectionately dubbed “The Old Sport.” Besides showcasing the history of amateur sport, Mr. Connors’s collection illustrates Halifax as a growing city and the scenic beauty of Nova Scotia. Images presented online include fire and police departments, parades and carnivals, businesses and streets, Halifax Harbour and the Northwest Arm, fishing villages and schooners. The exhibit is on the Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management website at . Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management acquires, preserves and makes available the province’s documentary heritage.last_img read more

Officials Meet to Discuss Cobequid Pass Storm

first_img While permanent signs are on order, temporary signs will be placed at each end of the Cobequid Pass, which will warn of adverse road conditions. CB radios are being placed in snow plows to allow better communication with truckers using the Cobequid Pass emergency kits will be stored in strategic locations in the area. A consultant with road-safety issue experience is being hired to conduct a safety review of the Cobequid Pass. The report is expected in mid-December. “We are going to look at whether we need to have different winter maintenance season start dates for areas like the Cobequid Pass that may experience winter conditions earlier than other areas of the province,” said Mr. Scott. “The co-ordinator put in place to oversee the response to last Friday night’s storm will be made permanent and expanded to other parts of the province.” “We have apologized to those who were on the pass that night, and want to do all we can to avoid a repeat of that experience.” The ministers of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and the Emergency Management Office met today, Nov. 24, with officials from various organizations to discuss a recent storm that stranded a large number of vehicles on the Cobequid Pass for several hours. The meeting included representatives from the RCMP, Emergency Health Services, volunteer fire departments and municipal police. “This was a productive meeting that looked at how we can prevent cars and people from being stranded in such situations, and if we can’t, how do we take care of the people there,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Murray Scott. “These road closure methods and emergency services exist, but we need to address communication and co-ordination issues so they can be called into action when needed.” “The safety of our citizens is paramount,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister of Emergency Management. “We are committed to working together to ensure effective response to any and all emergency events.” At the meeting, it was decided to develop a protocol that can be used for emergency closures on the Cobequid Pass, and anywhere these kinds of services may be needed across the province. Immediate actions include:last_img read more

IT body Nasscom seeks taxfriendly SEZ policy beyond the year 2020

first_imgNew Delhi: IT body Nasscom has urged the government to continue the tax incentives to units in special economic zones beyond March 2020, saying that such a move will provide industry with certainty and enable them to invest in long-term strategy.Nasscom, in its pre-Budget recommendations submitted earlier this week, said IT-BPM industry contributes 6.6 per cent to the country’s GDP, directly employs over 4.1 million skilled workforce and annually earns over USD 130 billion in foreign exchange. “It would be useful to build on this strength by laying out a Special Economic Zones (SEZ) policy keeping the next 20 years in perspective. This would provide industry with certainty and enable them to invest in a long-term strategy,” Nasscom Senior Director and Public Policy Head Ashish Aggarwal said. He said Nasscom has suggested that the new tax-friendly SEZ policy should retain existing tax benefits and provide concessional rate of 9 per cent Minimum Alternative Tax (MAT). Also, there should be exemption from dividend distribution tax (DDT). This would help in achieving the USD 5 trillion GDP milestone by 2024. “A new SEZ policy, on the proposed lines, would help generate further employment and increase earnings in foreign exchange. Such a policy would be a net contributor to the Budget kitty and contribute to inclusive growth through economic growth in tier II cities,” Aggarwal said adding that retaining the existing SEZ benefits will not result in any additional financial burden. He pointed out that growth of the sector was affected when MAT and DDT benefits were withdrawn from SEZs in 2011. “In the subsequent years, exports growth declined significantly to low single-digit rates, including negative growth in a year. Recently, the growth has again shown a promise to pick up…It is important that the hard earned gains are not lost, again,” Aggarwal added. He also pointed out that other countries provide significant tax incentives for exports and it is, therefore, important that India’s SEZ policy is as attractive, if not more. Citing China, he said that the country offers an incentivised tax rate of 15 per cent to companies in its specified zones. Moreover, Indonesia, Mexico and South Korea offer reduction of up to 100 per cent in income tax rate to companies in special zones. Nasscom has also urged the government to incentivise R&D for IT companies to support development of more technologies and patent creation as well as provide an initial budget for co-funding talent development and re-skilling in IT services. Besides, the industry body has suggested that long term capital gains arising from sale of shares of unlisted companies should be exempt from tax to encourage investment in startups, and that startups and small and medium enterprises with a turnover of less than Rs 50 crore be exempt from MAT. It has also urged the government to introduce a point-based reward system for E-waste Recycling Credits for formal organizations to encourage them to channel their e-waste through government-approved recycling centres. Nasscom has also pitched for providing co-funding incentives to metropolitan city governments to set up new recycling units through public-private partnerships with large e-waste companies.last_img read more

Nashville Star Charles Esten Brings Light to the Dark World of Cancer

first_imgEvery three minutes someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with a blood cancer. No one knows this better than “Nashville” star Charles Esten and his wife Patty. Esten’s 15-year-old daughter, Addie, was diagnosed with leukemia at age 2 ½.Charles Esten and leukemia survivor daughter Addie to join thousands across the country for Light The Night Walks to raise funds for cancer curesNaturally, their world was turned upside down. But, they quickly learned that there was hope, based on research to advance new treatments and cures for leukemia, much of it funded by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).Esten and his family Light The NightEsten and his family’s dedication to LLS has grown stronger each year and, today, LLS announced Esten is the 2015 National Light The Night Walk Honorary Chair. Since 1999, LLS has held Light The Night Walks in almost 200 cities across the country, to raise funds for its mission and pay tribute to those lost to blood cancers and honor those who are survivors.“It was a dark and scary day when we found out that our Addie had leukemia,” stated Esten. “The first ray of light was the reassurance from our doctor that there was hope – there were medicines and procedures that could help our little girl. All that hope, and all that help, came from research…research made possible with funds raised by LLS and other organizations. That’s why it’s so important for our family to participate in Light The Night, and to inspire people all over the country to join us.”LLS’s Light The Night walks have raised more than $495 million since they began 16 years ago, and have helped LLS invest more than $1 billion in research to advance lifesaving treatments for people with blood cancers.George Omiros, LLS executive vice president, chief campaign & field development officer, stated, “This year, with Charles Esten at the helm, along with his daughter Addie, and the rest of their family, we are aiming to increase the awareness for LLS and inspire more individuals, families and teams to join us. Addie is living proof that funds raised for research do result in lifesaving treatments and cures. We are extremely grateful that Charles and his family are helping us spread the word about the urgent need for patients with blood cancer.”LLS is set to maximize Esten’s role through a national Public Service Announcement, a Radio News Release and extensive educational materials to promote the Light The Night campaign, from early April through September. Esten and his family will lead the way at the Light The Night Walk in Nashville on October 9, 2015. Fans and those who want to donate to LLS can visit Esten’s personal donation page.“Walking in the Light The Night Walk, with thousands of people carrying lanterns, you can’t help but feel the support. To have all those people out there, together, holding lanterns, nobody there is alone,” Esten explained. “I know it’s The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s hope that every year there are fewer gold lanterns (commemorating those lost to the disease). Your lantern will make a difference. It will be a little brighter on that night because you and the team you created brought your lanterns. Start a team. Join a team.”Friends, families and co-workers form fundraising teams and millions of consumers help by donating at retail outlets. These efforts culminate in inspirational, memorable evening walks in nearly 200 communities across North America each fall. Participants carry illuminated lanterns – white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer. Anyone big, small, young and old can shine a light on the importance of finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients.Today, LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to finding cures for leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood cancers. Through its efforts it has invested more than $1 billion in cutting-edge research to advance therapies. Thanks to research, survival rates for patients with many blood cancers have doubled, tripled and even quadrupled since the early 1960s. Yet, despite these advances, about one third of patients with blood cancer still do not survive even five years after their diagnosis.To form a team or to learn more, call 877.LTN.WALK or visit read more

Drake just celebrated his birthday at Casa Loma

first_imgToday in “parties I wish I’d been invited to,” Drake just celebrated his 31st birthday with an intimate, yet lavish bash at Toronto’s Casa Loma.The Saturday night festivities started out with a Raptors game for Drizzy and his friends – some of whom sat court side and some of whom were on the court. Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, members of Drake’s OVO crew and other close friends then joined the hip hop mogul at Casa Loma’s fancy new BlueBlood Steakhouse for a private dinner. Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement READ MORElast_img

UN agencies unveil winners of Red Ribbon Awards in fight against HIVAIDS

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) announced the winners, which were drawn from 550 nominations submitted from 147 countries, today to coincide with the General Assembly’s high-level meeting on the scourge. Jeffrey Malley, the Director of UNDP’s HIV/AIDS Practice, said there were many “brilliant examples” around the world of community action and leadership on HIV prevention, care, treatment and support. “However, most of them are unheard and unsung,” he said. “The Red Ribbon Award is a way to recognize and honour them.” The laureates – which each receive $5,000 – were chosen by a technical review committee of experts in the field, and were selected for their innovation, impact, sustainability, strategic partnerships, gender sensitivity and social inclusion. Five of the 25 winners will be chosen by a jury of eminent persons at an international AIDS conference in Mexico City in August to receive special recognition in the following categories: providing access to treatment, support and care; supporting children orphaned by AIDS; promoting human rights; empowering women and girls; and providing HIV prevention programmes and services. Those winners will each receive an additional $15,000. The 25 winners comprise nine from Africa, seven from the Asia-Pacific region, five from Latin America and the Caribbean, two from Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and two from the Middle East and North Africa. The African winners are:Centre for Popular Education and Human Rights – Ghana; Coalition of Women Living with HIV/AIDS – Malawi;Consol Homes – Malawi;FIMIZORE (Fikambanana Miaro ny Zony Rehetra) – Madagascar;Mama’s Club – UgandaNtankah Village Women Common Initiative Group – Cameroon;Power Positive Support Community Based Organization – Kenya;Sanerela + – South Africa;Voice of Roses – Kenya.The Asia-Pacific laureates are:Empower Foundation – Thailand;National Federation of Women Living with HIV/AIDS – Nepal;People Like Us (PLUS) – India;Sanghamitra – India;Sankalp Rehabilitation Trust – India;Social Action for Women – Thailand;Yayasan Kesehatan Bali (Yakeba) – Indonesia.The Latin America and Caribbean winners are:ASONVIHSIDA – Nicaragua;Asociación Civil Amavida – Venezuela;Fortaleciendo la Diversidad – Mexico;Grupo De Amigos con VIH – Mexico;Promoteurs Objectif Zéro Sida (POZ) – Haiti.In Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the winners are the Estonian Network People Living with HIV (Estonia) and Orlovskaya Regional Non-profit Organization against AIDS, Phoenix PLUS (Russia).The Middle East and North Africa laureates are Morocco’s Association de Lutte Contre le Sida and Iran’s Mashhad Positive Club (Hamyaran Mosbat). 10 June 2008Twenty-five local organizations from around the world have received the Red Ribbon Award 2008, a United Nations laurel given every two years to celebrate outstanding community leadership and action in the fight against HIV/AIDS. read more

International Womens Day brings together two coop accounting alumni

Brock alumni Deborah Rosati and Omosalewa (Shalewa) Iaboni met at an International Women’s Day event.You can thank International Women’s Day for bringing alumna Deborah Rosati (BAdmin 84) and Omosalewa (Shalewa) Iaboni (BAcc 99) together.The two women, who both graduated from the co-op accounting program and are both CPAs, had never met.Iaboni, who graduated from the accounting program 15 years after Rosati had finished at Brock, pursued a career in public accounting at Crowe Soberman LLP. She now works as a partner in audit and advisory at the Toronto-based firm.Rosati’s world was in the private sector, and after selling the company she founded in 1999, she has gone on to sit on numerous boards and was named as one of the 100 most powerful women in business in Canada.But at the annual Celebration of Women as Business Leaders gala, hosted by the Canadian Association of Women Executives and Entrepreneurs on March 5, their paths finally crossed. Rosati was a speaker at the event when Iaboni realized that the speaker on stage was a fellow alumna. The two connected after the event, making this International Women’s Day celebration a particularly memorable one for both. read more

Welcome boost for doubledeck bus registrations in June

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Overall bus and coach volumes down 26.7% in the month and 21.4% for the rolling year to June.Coach volumes down 17.7% in June and down 2.5% for the rolling year to June.All big bus (>8.5T gvw) registrations rose 40% in June, but stayed firmly down, by 21% for the rolling year to June.“Demand for heavy buses and coaches received a welcome boost as buyers invested in the latest fuel efficient technologies across heavy bus and coach, double-deck and minibus sectors,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Despite this exceptional rise in registrations, underlying confidence remains weak with registration volumes typically 20% to 25% down of recent average volumes.”Big buses and coaches – rolling year registrations December 2006 to June 2011Click through to download the full June 2011 bus and coach registrations news release and data tables, which includes a more detailed analysis of the figures. read more

Dean sought for Faculty of Education

Brock University is seeking nominations and applications for the position of Dean, Faculty of Education to commence on July 1, 2017. The Dean’s Office provides academic and administrative oversight of the Faculty of Education, which is known for fostering scholarly excellence, diversity and innovation in action. The Faculty of Education is committed to collaborative leadership and planning with responsive and innovative programs in an empowering environment. Brock University is seeking a Dean who will represent, support and further the vision of this Faculty, through his/her academic accomplishments and leadership ability.Reporting to the Provost and Vice President, Academic, the Dean, Faculty of Education, will work with the Brock University community to enrich student experiences and build upon programming that offers advanced learning, research and scholarship opportunities.Strong collaboration and communication skills, combined with the ability to lead change and focus on the Faculty’s vision, will be key to the success of this role.The successful candidate shall be at the rank of, or be eligible for appointment to, Full Professor, and have:• A proven record of excellence in administration, teaching and service leadership, and faculty engagement• Scholarship in the field of education coupled with a proven record of impactful teaching, research excellence, graduate student supervision and faculty mentorship• Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills to foster and maintain positive relationships with faculty, staff and students• The ability to motivate and engage others, while sharing in the excitement about the status and progress of education in Canada and beyond• Previous leadership experience on relevant provincial/national committees• Proven experience in fostering and maintaining community engagement• A strong strategic and creative approach to leverage opportunities, identify and address challenges• Ability to lead impactful change, both operationally and strategicallyThe appointment, for an initial five-year term, will commence on July 1, 2017. Consideration of candidates will begin immediately, with a deadline for applications on October 26, 2016.All expressions of interest, applications and nominations, will be held in strict confidence and should be directed to Provost and Vice- President, Academic at here to view the posting. read more

Target to get Applebranded areas in 25 stores

first_imgWith its recent struggles to recover from the hits it took during the American recession, Target is looking for way to lure more consumers into some of its larger retail stores. According to a “source familiar with Apple’s plans”, the retail giant has struck a deal with Cupertino to launch 25 Apple store-within-a-store outlets. The deal is seen as a win-win for both companies as Apple can use the locations to expand into areas where the local economies are unable to support a stand-alone store. The advantage for Target is the additional consumers the uber-hip Apple outlets will bring through its doors. Before the recession hit, Target’s strategy was to get consumers to come through the door for necessities like milk and eggs, then entice them to larger purchases of clothing and home goods. Since the meltdown, customers have still been buying necessities, but not the premium goods that make up the majority of Target’s profit margin. The retailer is hoping that the same customers who have the resources to shell out $1,500 for an iMac will be willing to buy a $400 patio set as well.The move isn’t that big of a jump for Target, as it already sells iPhone and iPods as well as accessories for both. Tim Cook was one of the masterminds behind that original deal, so this can be seen as a progression of the relationship between the two companies. Of course, this isn’t the first time that Apple has forayed into pushing its wares in other retail outlets. Consumers are familiar with the Apple presence inside many Best Buy stores that are staffed by Apple consultants, and may remember the deals Cupertino use to have with Sears, Office Max, and Comp USA. Read more at Apple Insiderlast_img read more

Here Are the Biggest Announcements From Gamescom 2018

first_imgDICE came through with two Battlefield V trailers. The first focuses on the game’s campaign mode, while the second centers on the importance of squad building in multiplayer. Battlefield titles aren’t exactly known for their gripping narrative, but it seems DICE is really trying to create something memorable this time around. With that said, we know the real heart and soul of the game will lie in its multiplayer modes. It’ll be interesting to see how Battlefield does against the juggernaut that is Call of Duty this fall.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Gets New CharactersNintendo dropped a new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate trailer that shows off new characters: Dark Samus, Ridley, Chrom, and Lucina. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will no doubt be the biggest game for Switch this fall. It has nearly every character ever featured in the popular party brawler franchise. There isn’t really much more to say about this title. If you’re a Nintendo Switch owner you’ve probably already got this game pre-ordered. This latest trailer is no doubt just icing on the cake.Saints Row 3 Comes to Nintendo SwitchWe’re happy to announce that @SaintsRow: The Third is coming to #NintendoSwitch! More info to be revealed in due course #gamescom— Deep Silver UK (@DeepSilverUK) August 21, 2018While on the topic of Nintendo Switch, let’s talk about the system getting Saints Row 3. This is easily the best game in the franchise so it makes sense Deep Silver is bringing it to Switch instead of Saints Row 4. The biggest advantage this port has over previous iterations is the fact people can take it on the road. Well, that’s pretty much the biggest appeal of Switch, but my point still stands. This is also another game that proves Nintendo isn’t just a kid’s company.Jump Force New Characters RevealedIf you’re a fan of anime then I know you’re hyped as hell for Jump Force. At Gamescom, a new trailer revealed six new characters being added to the roster. These include Gon and Hisoka from Hunter x Hunter, Sanji, Sabo, and Blackbeard from One Piece, and Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z. We didn’t get an update on when the game is being released. All we know is that it is sometime in 2019. Seeing as how Jump Force brings together so many beloved anime characters, I’m sure the wait will be more than worth it. If they ever get Kenshiro from Fist of the North Star into the roster I’ll absolutely lose my mind.Shadow of the Tomb Raider Nvidia TrailerNvidia announced its fancy new GTX 2080 Ti graphics card. One of the games used to demonstrate what the card can do was Square-Enix’s Shadow of the Tomb Raider. If you’ve read my hands-on preview then you know it’s going to be another great entry in the franchise. Those who play it on PC will certainly get their money’s worth since the game looks absolutely gorgeous on high-end machines. With that said, console owners will still get a beautiful looking title. As someone who has been a fan of Tomb Raider since 1995, I’m super excited to play this upcoming entry. It’s going to be something special.Gamescom has had some pretty amazing trailers revealed. We can’t recommend the Plantronics’ RIG 300 and RIG 400 Pro Gaming Headsets that debuted there enough. Team Geek is also huge fans of Devil May Cry, especially now that you can play on PC.  And there’s plenty of PS4 news for you to follow. Let us know what like about Geek by taking our survey. These New Cyberpunk 2077 Concept Art Images Are Absolutely StunningDevil May Cry 5 Gets a Release Date and a Wild Gamescom Trailer Summer is a relatively dry time (pun intended) when it comes to major video game announcements. Thankfully, we always have the annual Gamescom convention to quench our thirst for big gaming news. This year’s reveals were particularly exciting as many of the industry’s largest publishers and developers delivered new trailers and updates for some of their upcoming titles. Whether you’re a fan of Nintendo, Sony, or Microsoft, there was something for everyone to get hyped about. It’s safe to say this was a very good year for Gamescom.Given the sheer number of reveals at Gamescom, it’s understandably difficult to sift through it all. That’s why we at Geek HQ compiled a list of the biggest game trailers and announcements from Germany’s gaming convention. You can check them out right down below.Devil May Cry 5 Trailer and Release DateFirst announced during this year’s E3, Devil May Cry 5 takes the series back to its roots with the return of Nero and Dante. At Gamescom, Capcom showed a new gameplay trailer filled with the over-the-top action the series is known for. You know this title isn’t messing around now that Dante can split his motorcycle in half and use it as a weapon. Along with the trailer, we found out the game drops on March 8, 2019. Fans disappointed by DmC: Devil May Cry will no doubt have this date saved on every calendar they own. Devil May Cry 5 looks like a hell of a good time indeed.Cyberpunk 2077 Concept Art and ScreenshotsCD Projekt Red is becoming like Rockstar Games with the way it teases people. The company actually showed Cyberpunk 2077 behind-closed-doors at this year’s E3. Unfortunately, fans did not get to see the footage for themselves. Like E3, Gamescom didn’t have any footage to show publicly. However, we did get a new set of screenshots and concept art to ogle at. We have absolutely no idea when we’ll actually see footage of Cyberpunk 2077, let alone find out the release date. We’ll just have to sit tight and wait for CD Projekt Red to bless us with something we can truly salivate over.Overwatch D.Va Trailer and New mapOverwatch fans got treated to another character trailer. This time, it’s for the ever-popular D.Va. The trailer (which technically made its debut at the Korea Fanfest), details the character’s time as a hero for a Meka team. Like other Overwatch character trailers, the latest video is awesome to watch, even if you’re like me and don’t know the first thing about Overwatch. Blizzard also revealed a new map set in South Korea. Pretty neat stuff overall!Shenmue III Release Date and TrailerIf you were hoping to play Shenmue III this year then you’re in for a bit of a disappointment. It was revealed that the long-awaited title will release on April 27, 2019. While that date isn’t exactly close, it is at least a proper date and not a release window. Or at least, we hope so. Along with the release date, we got treated to a brand-spanking new trailer. Those faces still look a bit suspect to me, but it’s clear the game has seen improvements since its first trailer dropped. Because we’re still a long way from April 27, it’s possible the game will see more improvements.Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice GameplayIf you’re a fan of the old Tenchu games then you’re no doubt excited to play FromSoftware’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Considering this is a FromSoftware title, we can assume Sekiro is going to be brutally difficult. Unlike other Souls-esque games on the market, I think we can trust Sekiro will at least be fair. FromSoftware said the title will have a deeper focus on character progression and story, which is something I personally appreciate. Expect Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice to release on March 22, 2019.Battlefield V Trailerscenter_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Judge blocks Trumps asylum policy but delays enforcement

first_img Posted: April 9, 2019 A U.S. judge decided Monday to block the Trump administration’s policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico as they wait for an immigration court to hear their cases, but the ruling is on hold for several days.Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco granted a request on behalf of 11 asylum seekers from Central America and legal advocacy groups to halt the practice while their lawsuit moves forward, but he held off on enforcing his decision until Friday to give the government a chance to ask an appeals court for a review.The policy lacks sufficient protections to ensure migrants don’t face “undue risk to their lives or freedom” in Mexico, the judge said. Seeborg also said a law that President Donald Trump’s administration cited as its authority to send back migrants does not apply to asylum seekers such as those who sued.It was not immediately clear whether the administration would ask an appeals court to put the ruling on hold. The U.S. Department of Justice declined to comment. Trump tweeted that the ruling was “unfair to the U.S.”The launch of the policy in January at the nation’s busiest border crossing — in San Diego — marked an unprecedented change to the U.S. asylum system, government officials and asylum experts said. Families seeking asylum typically have been released in the U.S. with notices to appear in court.The Trump administration says the policy responds to a crisis at the southern border that has overwhelmed the ability of immigration officials to detain migrants. Growing numbers of families are fleeing poverty and gang violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.The ruling came a day after Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned and as the administration faces repeated court setbacks on strict anti-immigration measures that were a signature campaign promise for Trump, including losses on such policies as separating families at the border and ending protections for young immigrants.The lawsuit says the Trump administration is violating U.S. law by failing to adequately evaluate the dangers that migrants face in Mexico.Under the new policy, asylum seekers are not guaranteed interpreters or lawyers and don’t get to argue to a judge that they face the potential of persecution or torture if they are sent back to Mexico, Judy Rabinovitz, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, said at a March court hearing.Seeborg said in his ruling that “further procedural protections would be required to conform to the government’s acknowledged obligation to ensure aliens are not returned to unduly dangerous circumstances.”The ACLU and other groups also argue in the lawsuit that a law allowing the return of some immigrants to Mexico does not apply to asylum seekers who cross the border illegally or arrive at a border crossing without proper documents.Seeborg agreed, saying the “plain language” of the law supported that interpretation.“Try as it may, the Trump administration cannot simply ignore our laws in order to accomplish its goal of preventing people from seeking asylum in the United States,” Rabinovitz said in a statement after the ruling.The administration hopes that making asylum seekers wait in Mexico will discourage weak claims and help reduce an immigration court backlog of more than 800,000 cases.Justice Department attorney Scott Stewart said at the March hearing that there was a process to protect immigrants who could face harm in Mexico. All 11 plaintiffs in the lawsuit are represented by attorneys, and 10 already have appeared for court proceedings, he said.Border Patrol arrests, the most widely used gauge of illegal crossings, have risen sharply over the last year but are relatively low in historical terms after hitting a 46-year low in 2017.The launch of the policy followed months of delicate talks between the U.S. and Mexico. Mexicans and children traveling alone are exempt from it.___ AP, AP Judge blocks Trump’s asylum policy but delays enforcement April 9, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News Tags: Immigration FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

545 pm UPDATE State Highway 14 westbound from Camas just reopened

first_imgEmergency repairs near the East Camas Slough Bridge have been completed earlier than expected and state Highway 14 westbound from Camas has been reopened, an official said about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday.In an earlier bulletin from the Washington Department of Transportation on Tuesday, officials said crews were repairing a “void” that developed under the north side of the highway Tuesday afternoon. They initially had thought repairs would take all night.WSDOT keeps people, businesses and the economy moving by operating and improving the state’s transportation systems. To learn more about what we’re doing, go to for pictures, videos, news and blogs. Real time traffic information is available at or by dialing 5-1-1.last_img

Dad beats up good Samaritan trying to help lost daughter

first_imgHowever, FOX 13 reported the good Samaritan temporarily left the area in order to ensure the safety of his family.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. LAKELAND, Fla. (WSVN) — Police are setting the record straight after a man was attacked for trying to help a lost girl find her parents.According to Lakeland Police, the incident took place Saturday, when Austin Strickland was attending a softball game with his 2-year-old daughter. It wasn’t until Strickland made it to the dugout that he noticed his daughter had wandered away.Strickland’s daughter was found by a good Samaritan who attempted to find the girl’s parents, Fox 13 reports. While doing so, Strickland saw the man and assumed his intentions were malicious.“I thought he was trying to take my daughter,” Strickland told WFLA over the phone.Strickland then went up to the good Samaritan and began punching him repeatedly.“I saw this man with my daughter in his hands walking toward the parking lot. What would you do?” Strickland told WFLA. “I wanted to kill him.”According to FOX 13, Strickland punched the man at least a half-dozen times. After the incident, images of the good Samaritan, along with his personal information, place of work, and photos of his own children started to spread across the internet. The posts were accompanied with warnings to watch out for him, saying he may pose a threat to children.Lakeland Police took to Facebook to clear up the matter, and said their investigation showed that the good Samaritan was simply trying to find the girl’s parents.“He saw that the child was in danger. She was wandering off and he did the right thing by going to her, getting her attention, trying to find the parents,” stated LPD Sgt. Gary Gross. “We had an independent eyewitness that saw him walking around, asking, ‘Is this your parents? Is that your father?’”Police also said the Samaritan had no criminal history and was simply trying to do the right thing. They warned the public about making accusations online.“Posting false information on Facebook could cause a defamation of character claim and those posting false information could be held liable,” they warned. “Be careful about what you post on social media so as to not victimize an innocent person.”However, Strickland doesn’t buy the man’s version of what happened. “No. Hell, no, I don’t. Not at all,” he told WFLA.Despite the attack, police said the good Samaritan will not be pressing charges against the father because, as a father himself, he says he understands the feelings of trepidation the other man may have been experiencing. last_img read more

Are Ad Page Figures Inflated

first_imgTime Inc. and Martha Stewart Living are mentioned in the MDN report, too, but this epidemic is widespread. We’ve pointed out numerous times, the Publishers Information Bureau’s revenue figures, given the steep discounts magazines often give advertisers, are bogus.Just how bogus? Roughly 40 to 75 percent, according to this report on the Media Daily News Web site. As Bob Sacks, consultant and noted futurist, notes, “That is a lot of smoke and mirrors for an industry with limited accountability.” (FOLIO: stopped paying attention to PIB’s rate card-reported revenue years ago, focusing, instead, on ad page counts.)One of the biggest discounters appears to be Meredith: “The company reported publishing ad revenues of $308 million in the first half of 2008, compared to PIB rate card revenues of $1.16 billion. This suggests that its 25 consumer magazines are collectively offering discounts of almost 75% off the official rates.”last_img read more