New funding matchmaker will cater to NIH rejects

first_imgLast year, U.S. researchers received about 42,500 pieces of bad news from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Their grant proposal had been rejected; they wouldn’t be receiving a piece of the agency’s roughly $30 billion federal funding pie. For many, the next step is to cast around for slices of smaller pies—grants from nonprofit disease foundations or investments from private companies that might keep their projects alive.Now, a new program aims to play matchmaker between these researchers and second-chance funders. The Online Partnership to Accelerate Research (OnPAR), a collaboration between NIH and the defense, engineering, and health contractor Leidos, lets researchers upload rejected NIH proposals to an online portal where potential funders can review the scores received from reviewers, and decide whether to put up cash.The program, launched as a small pilot at the beginning of March with the participation of seven nonprofit disease foundations, is likely to meet a warm reception in the research community. “It’s novel and it’s clever,” says Ray Dorsey, a neurologist at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York who studies funding trends in biomedical research. “NIH [applications] are just brutal to put together, and this is a chance to at least derive additional value from these things that otherwise kind of just die on people’s computers.”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(*) Beyond the convenience for researchers, though, Dorsey and other experts say the success of the project will hinge on whether private funders see value in using OnPAR in addition to their existing grant review process. A lack of commitment from foundations derailed a similar project, launched in 2011 by the National Health Council (NHC). The year-long OnPAR pilot, described by its creators at Leidos today in Science Translational Medicine, will be a new test for the matchmaker model.Leidos researchers conceived of OnPAR based on an observation about the research foundations that were among their clients. “They all highly regard the NIH peer review process,” says James Pannucci, director of the life sciences operation in Leidos’s health division. To enable those private funders to see proposals that didn’t make the cut at NIH, the agency will encourage researchers with relevant proposals scoring in the 30th percentile to submit their abstract to the OnPAR website. For now, those uploads will be curated by Leidos; the foundations can request that a researcher send the full NIH application, including scores from reviewers. The first seven participants are foundations that focus on specific diseases, including the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the type I diabetes foundation JDRF. Pannucci says he hopes to expand the pool of funders to include pharmaceutical companies and venture capital firms.The model had obvious appeal for NIH, says Sherry Mills, director of extramural programs at NIH’s Office of Extramural Research, who helped develop the program. “There are more meritorious applications than we can fund. This would keep the science going and offer the applicants an opportunity to continue doing the research important to us.” NIH funded the setup of the online portal, but won’t fund the project going forward—Pannucci expects the participating sponsors to keep the project afloat after the full-scale launch.This isn’t the first time NIH has collaborated on a matchmaking effort for its unfunded applicants. The agency worked with the NHC on an online portal called, which amassed a database of 42 patient organizations and 600 peer-reviewed research proposals, but never led to a funding agreement. “Though there was great interest in the research community, [the pool of] nonprofit organizations that had the extra capital to invest in this research wasn’t as large as we had hoped,” says Nancy Hughes, NHC’s vice president of communications and marketing. In 2012, NHC and NIH abandoned the project.Mills says the new partnership takes that experience to heart by seeking a firmer commitment from participating organizations. The foundations in the pilot haven’t committed to spending a certain amount on projects discovered through OnPAR, but “they have at least assured me that if they find the appropriate science that matches their mission, that they are willing to put money behind it,” she says.It’s not yet clear whether other funders will see value in OnPAR. Many large research foundations tend to have well-established grant review procedures, and they aren’t hurting for worthy proposals, says William Chambers, senior vice president of extramural research and training at the American Cancer Society. “On our end—and this may well be the case for a lot of folks—we have more applications that we view as outstanding that we would like to fund than we have resources for.” He says this matchmaker model would be valuable if it also facilitated partnerships between organizations to co-fund a project. Pannucci says Leidos plans to accommodate such arrangements, but that will likely have to wait until after the pilot, once more investigators and sponsors sign on.In the meantime, even small grants from little-known foundations could prove valuable to needy researchers, says geneticist Donald Bowden of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, who received crucial support from the American Diabetes Association before winning a series of lab-sustaining NIH grants. If young investigators don’t have the preliminary data to woo reviewers, “that’s where a foundation with a modest amount of money … would get them over the hump.”That’s also the endgame for NIH, Mills says, and will be one measure of OnPAR’s success: “We’re hoping at the end of the process, when the funds have been expended, those applicants will come back to the NIH pool having advanced the science.”last_img read more

Ousted from BCCI, Jagmohan Dalmiya fights for his last patch of turf

first_imgPrasun Mukherjee, Commissioner of Police, Kolkata, looked confident but a little conscious at the Calcutta Sports Journalist Club in Maidan among his allies with whose help he intended to become the president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). Another “friend” present, though only looking down from the wall, was Sourav,Prasun Mukherjee, Commissioner of Police, Kolkata, looked confident but a little conscious at the Calcutta Sports Journalist Club in Maidan among his allies with whose help he intended to become the president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). Another “friend” present, though only looking down from the wall, was Sourav Ganguly in a jubilant picture.What should be a routine state cricket election has turned into a political wrestling pit. On one side is Mukherjee backed by Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. And on the other is the incumbent president, the man synonymous with cricket and Kolkata – Jagmohan Dalmiya. Jagmohan DalmiyaPrasun MukherjeePOLLS APART: Jagmohan Dalmiya and Prasun MukherjeeOusted from power in the BCCI, this is Dalmiya’s last stand. If he loses CAB, he loses his foothold in cricket. Bhattacharjee’s decision to have a say in the matter by “advising” Dalmiya not to file his nomination for the post of president gave the hardboiled administrator an inkling of what lay in store for him.But the unkindest cut probably came when former Indian captain Ganguly sent a stinging email, accusing the CAB officials of ‘ruining’ cricketers’ careers. The email has cost the already beleaguered former Indian captain more than a few supporters in Maidan. “He must be really desperate,” says a member of a first division club. The Maidan-the city’s hive of cricket clubs-was abuzz with rumours that the BCCI’s current regime had struck a deal with Ganguly.By aligning himself with Mukherjee, the alleged payoff for Ganguly was a place in the Indian team so he could have a proper farewell from the game. Playing county cricket these days, Ganguly has not been in the kind of form that merits a recall. Mukherjee, however, denies talk of any deal. He is confident of wearing a fourth hat: Mukherjee is already the state athletics federation head for the past three years and the president of an environmental NGO.advertisementBuddhadeb BhattacharjeeSaurav GangulyDespite Bhattacharjee’s approval, Ganguly has been criticised for his email that cost him significant support amongst the public.In his two decades as a CAB administrator, Dalmiya has never been so challenged. Samar Pal, an anti-Dalmiya camper for the past seven years says, “Members are gradually coming out of Dalmiya’s camp. This is going to be his toughest fight ever.” Some in Bhattacharjee’s Cabinet like PWD minister Kshiti Goswami and sports minister Subhas Chakraborty have said they did not approve of the Government’s direct involvement in a sports election.Despite the chief minister’s role, the CAB is not the state election where the CPM rules. Dalmiya has always commanded more than the majority of the 121 votes in the fray. In last year’s election against Dalmiya, even with the chief minister’s blessing, former police commissioner Dinesh Vajpai had managed to get just 13 votes.The Maidan has done its maths and does not believe Dalmiya’s days are done. The 36 government-affiliated votes will surely go to Mukherjee. It is the rest-first and second division clubs-which will decide Dalmiya’s fate. Many have kept their loyalties secret and the future of Bengal cricket currently remains uncertain.last_img read more

Tiger Woods sneaks into weekend with closing birdie

first_imgView comments He took an unplayable lie, then missed the green. His chip rolled through the putting surface.Solid turnaroundWoods responded with four birdies coming home.He gave his massive gallery — sent scampering several times by his errant drives — something to cheer about for the first time all day when he rolled in a 50-foot birdie bomb at the first hole.“It was nice to get one to fall in there and get something positive going into the back nine,” Woods said.He got back to even par with a birdie at the fifth, a short par-five, where a solid drive trickled into the first cut of rough and his second shot left him off the green. A stellar chip left him an easy birdie.He got up and down for birdie at the seventh, but was back outside the cut line after a bogey at the par-three eighth.“I was just trying to get under par for the day,” he said of his inward push. “I thought that would be a good, solid turnaround from being two-over at the turn.“It was tough out there,” added Woods, who was 10-shots off the 36-hole lead held by American Ryan Palmer, who carded a five-under par 67 on the North Course for an 11-under total of 133.Spain’s defending champion Jon Rahm, who could seize the world number one ranking from Dustin Johnson with a victory, carded a six-under 66 and was alone in second on 134. He nestled a long first putt a few feet from the cup and made that for birdie, capping a 71 for a total of 143.“I was grinding my way around the golf course today,” said Woods, who hit just three of 14 fairways and nine of 18 greens in regulation. “I didn’t hit it quite as good as I would like to. I fought hard. I was trying to post a number, which I was able to do.”Woods, who opened the tournament with an even-par 72 on Thursday, struggled off the tee all day.t was a harbinger of things to come when he sent his first tee shot at least 50 yards left. He laid up in the rough and two-putted for par from about 40 feet.Then came a disastrous double-bogey six at the par-four 13th, his fourth hole of the day, where another tee shot went left into a scrub hazard.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the 15th hole on the North Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course during the second round of Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)LA JOLIA, United States — Tiger Woods birdied his final hole on Friday to make the cut on the number in his return to the US PGA Tour at the Farmers Insurance Open.The 14-time major champion wrestled four birdies from his last nine holes on the North Course at Torrey Pines, carding a one-under par 71.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Federer hails Chung as future top 10 player Woods was looking forward to testing his game under pressure over two more rounds.“It’s one thing to do it at home, it’s totally another thing to do it out here,” he said. “These guys are all going low and I haven’t done that in a long time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto MOST READ That was just enough to make the cut — his first since the Wyndham Championship in August of 2015 where he finished tied for 10th.Since then Woods has battled back trouble that sidelined him for all of 2016. He is playing his first official tournament since missing the cut here last year in an abortive comeback bid that ended with spinal fusion surgery in April.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingWoods was one shot outside the cut line when arrived at his final hole, the par-five ninth.He was in the right rough off the tee and his second shot left him on the edge of the green, 75 feet from the pin. PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

5 Ways to Show Your Business Some TLC

first_imgIf you look past its commercial ickiness, Valentine’s Day is just a nice reminder to devote some extra time to what you love.Since you’re no longer a child, there’s no need to spread the love equally and handwrite a card to every kid in class. You get to choose what’s important to you, whether that’s your significant other, your family, yourself, or (wait for it)…your business!Here are a few ways you can show your freelance biz a little tender loving care this Valentine’s Day.Fix up, look sharp. Put yourself in your customers’ shoes. If you have a brick-and-mortar shop, an online store, or a portfolio, look at your business with a fresh set of eyes. Is anything out of date or unappealing? At first glance, are you able to immediately grasp what your business’s focus is? Use this time to spruce up your space and make potential clients feel more welcome.**Refine your pickup lines. **With the amount of competition out there, it’s important to make sure your brand can cut through all the noise. Start with the ‘About’ section of your website. Is everything still accurate? Have you developed more skills or worked with any big name clients that might boost your appeal? Try this lesson on how to get better at explaining who you are and why you rock at what you do.**Always use protection. **This is perhaps the most valuable business (and Valentine’s Day) advice I can offer. Luckily, this is an area where a Freelancers Union membership really comes in handy. Need a contract? You should get on the same page as your client before you start working. Our Contract Creator makes it easy to design a custom contract for every gig.Let’s talk about liability insurance. Not only is it becoming a must-have before clients will hire you, it’s also just a good thing to have in place when you’ve built your own business. FU partnered with Hiscox USA to offer professional liability coverage that’s tailored to freelancers.Practice the lost art of letter writing. These days, my mail consists of bills, credit card offers, and unwanted takeout menus. When I get a letter from an actual human being, I get more excited than I’d like to admit. Sending a sweet note to an old client can serve as both a nice gesture and a friendly reminder of your freelance skills.Share the love. It’s nice to be nice. Give your business good karma by promoting up-and-comers on your blog and social media accounts. If your store is booming or you have more work than you can handle, be a peach and refer askers to a qualified newbie. And remember: we were all young once. This year, make it a goal to take a budding entrepreneur under your seasoned, smart wing.Hey, freelancers! What other ways can you give your career TLC?last_img read more

TFA Coach Advisory Panel Applications

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Michigan Basketball Star Rips Michigan State After Attending Football Game

first_imgJordan Poole of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates after 82-72 win over the Michigan State Spartans at Breslin Center.EAST LANSING, MI – JANUARY 13: Jordan Poole #2 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates after 82-72 win over the Michigan State Spartans at Breslin Center on January 13, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)Michigan clearly isn’t finished rubbing its recent win over Michigan State into the Spartans’ faces yet.Following a week of back-and-forth between the respective head coaches and a $10,000 fine handed down to Michigan State, a new voice has emerged to add some fuel to this rivalry’s fire.Michigan basketball guard Jordan Poole, a friend of Wolverines stars Tarik Black and Donovan Peoples-Jones, attended last week’s game and had some harsh words for the rival school.“I had never been to Michigan State before, and their campus was awful – it’s trash,” Poole said, per WolverinesWire. “It was just dry.”Michigan dominated Michigan State to the tune of a 21-7 win. The Wolverines held the Spartans to just 79 passing yards and 15 rushing yards.“Beating them at Michigan State and seeing how wild their fans are, how good it feels to be on the winning end right now and successful – it’s huge,” Poole added.With the win over Michigan State, combined with Ohio State’s loss to Purdue, the Wolverines now control their own destiny for a spot in the Big Ten Championship and the College Football Playoffs.last_img read more

Airplane Hotels: 4 Destinations Where You Can Sleep in a Grounded Plane

first_img Editors’ Recommendations For the majority of travelers who aren’t flying first class, the idea of sleeping on a plane is less than appealing. But, it’s hard to argue the unique charm of sleeping in a beautiful vintage airplane repurposed into a proper — even luxurious — hotel suite. Here are four of our favorite airplane hotels throughout the world.Hotel Costa Verde (Costa Rica)Even in a country known for one-of-a-kind beach and rain forest accommodations, Costa Rica’s Hotel Costa Verde stands out. The property offers standard hotel rooms and bungalows, but its pièce de résistance is the aptly named 727 Fuselage. The unique suite consists of a classic 1965 Boeing 727 fuselage perched atop a 50-foot concrete pedestal with stunning views of the Costa Rican rainforest and the Pacific Ocean. The interior was thoroughly gutted and reworked from nose to tail with locally sourced teak and hand-carved Indonesian furnishings.Jumbo Hostel (Stockholm, Sweden) World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked center_img 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App At the entrance to Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport sits Jumbo Hostel Stockholm — a repurposed Boeing 747 that’s home to 29 rooms. While most feature economy class accommodations (that’s code for “like a dorm room”), a single cockpit suite offers legitimate first class lodging. The room provides a pilot’s view of the airport through the large, panoramic windows at the nose of the plane. There’s even a 24-hour cafe/bar in place of the First Class cabin and the hotel offers wedding ceremony services on the wings of the aircraft.Vliegtuigsuite Teuge (The Netherlands)The Netherlands’ Vliegtuigsuite Teuge offers a bit more vintage charm and a lot more luxury than any other “hotel” on this list. The single luxury suite is housed in a meticulously renovated 1960 Soviet Ilyushin 18 turboprop plane. The interior was gutted down to the frame and outfitted with sleek, Scandinavian-inspired furniture and all the amenities typical of a five-star hotel suite. A minibar, multiple flat-screen TVs with DVD players, a Jacuzzi hot tub, and even an infrared sauna are all included.Woodlyn Park (New Zealand)Woodlyn Park boasts a list of accommodations that’s as rustic and unique as New Zealand itself. Every “room” on the property centers around recycled and repurposed materials, including underground “hobbit-style” units, a steam train, and a five-suite vintage navy patrol boat. But aviation enthusiasts will love the 1950s-era Bristol Freightor plane which the owners bill as “one of the last allied planes out of Vietnam”. The aircraft hosts just two units — Tail and Cockpit — with the latter featuring much of the original instrumentation and a private entrance that’s only accessible by ladder. Amenities are thin but, if you’re visiting New Zealand, we imagine you won’t be spending much time indoors anyway. last_img read more

Bio Turbo from Miatech Finds Application at Sea

first_imgzoom Miatech, a company responsible for keeping produce fresh across the US and around the world, recently learned of a potentially ground-breaking application for its Bio Turbo 100 ethylene and pathogen control system. Polarcus, a company widely regarded for its sustainable Arctic exploration work, recently employed the Bio Turbo 100 on the Polarcus Asima, one of its seismic mapping vessels. The system has allowed the crew to enjoy fresh produce for far longer than ever before.“We will run out of fresh fruits and vegetables prior to them going bad. This is the FIRST time that has happened,” reports Edward Barr, Ship’s Medical Officer aboard the Asima. “Our Chief Cook now is altering his ordering method to allow for enough to last between expected resupply times, instead of based on expected discard times.”Prior to the deployment of the Bio Turbo 100 aboard the Polarcus Asima, a full 50% of on-board produce would have been relegated to only cooking and meal prep after two weeks at sea, with 25% being thrown away. Since the system has come online, both numbers have shrunk to the single digits. “We were thrilled to learn that our Bio Turbo 100 was being installed on a ship at sea because of the tremendous potential of the system to maximize produce shelf life for the crew” explains Costas Iconomou, Chairman, President and CEO of Miatech. “The results reported so far match our projections, and will to the addition of the Bio Turbo system to the food storage facility of any vessel operating away from port for a week or more at a time.”The Bio Turbo 100 cleans ethylene and airborne bacteria from store rooms or coolers of up to 100 cubic meters in size, with the Bio Turbo 300, 1000 and 6000 units covering facilities of up to 300 cubic meters, 1,000 cubic meters, and 6,000, respectively. This paves the way for applications across a broad range of vessels, from smaller ships with around 60 crew members such as the Polarcus Asima to naval vessels to cruise ships.Miatech, November 26, 2013last_img read more

China demands Canada release Huawei executive arrested in Vancouver

first_imgVANCOUVER — Chinese officials are demanding that Canada release Huawei Technologies’ chief financial officer, who was arrested in Vancouver over the weekend and faces possible extradition to the United States.Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters today that the Chinese government also wants Canadian officials to reveal the reasoning behind Meng Wanzhou’s arrest in transit on Saturday. Geng also says Meng’s legal rights must be ensured, adding that neither Canadian nor American officials had so far responded to China’s concerns.The comments come after China’s embassy in Ottawa said Wednesday night that Meng hasn’t violated any Canadian or American laws and called the arrest a serious violation of human rights.A clerk at the B.C. Supreme Court says Meng appeared in court Wednesday and a bail hearing is scheduled for Friday.Canadian Justice Department spokesman Ian McLeod says the U.S. is seeking Meng’s extradition, but couldn’t provide further details about the case because a publication ban is in effect at Meng’s request.In April, China appealed to Washington to avoid damaging business confidence following a Wall Street Journal report that U.S. authorities were allegedly investigating whether Huawei violated sanctions on Iran amid spiralling technology tensions.— With files from The Associated PressThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

Aamir Khan Spotlights Battle Against Malnutrition In Bhutan

first_imgAfter a visit to Bhutan last week, actor and director Aamir Khan, a UNICEF Regional Goodwill Ambassador, praised the country’s progress to end malnutrition and recognized young mothers’ efforts to safeguard their children’s health despite high levels of stunting.Aamir Khan in Bhutan to help advocate against malnutritionCredit/Copyright: UNICEFROSA/2016/PBrown“While Bhutan has made amazing progress in areas of health and nutrition, there’s still work to be done and every child is yet to be reached,” said the Goodwill Ambassador.A 2015 National Nutrition Survey revealed that although 98 per cent of households in Bhutan have access to food, 88 per cent of children between the ages of six and 23 months are not receiving the nutrition that they need. Throughout South Asia, an estimated 38 per cent, or 64 million children under the age of five are affected by stunted growth, which leads to cognitive and physical limitations. In Bhutan, one in five children is stunted.Mr. Khan met with women and their children at the Drukgyel Basic Health Unit in Paro, including Namgay Zam, who gave birth 20 days before. His visit brought attention to the efforts of the UN Children’s (UNICEF), the Royal Government of Bhutan, and their partners to improve nutrition among young children and women throughout their pregnancies.“We are delighted that Aamir Khan is here in Bhutan to help us shine a light on the impact of undernutrition and to show how by working together we can reduce stunting in children across the country,” remarked UNICEF Bhutan Representative Rudolf Schwenk.In a press release, UNICEF called South Asia the “epicentre of the global child stunting crisis, compromising the future of the whole region.”Stunting is caused by poor diet during the first two years in life, as well as inadequate nutrition before and during pregnancy, and poor sanitation conditions in households and communities. It has long-term effects on a child’s wellbeing and is an important indicator of social inequalities.South Asian countries have endorsed global targets to reduce the number of stunted children by 40 per cent by 2025. In order to achieve this goal, UNICEF urges South Asian governments to invest in programs specifically designed to target childhood stunting.last_img read more

Idaho lab protects US infrastructure from cyber attacks

first_imgIDAHO FALLS, Idaho — The United States is rushing to catch up with what cybersecurity experts say are threats to critical infrastructure control systems by hackers to energy pipelines, hydroelectric projects, drinking water systems and nuclear power plants.The Idaho National Laboratory’s cybersecurity labs and offices next year will move into a massive cybersecurity building, and another building will house one of the nation’s most powerful supercomputers at a total cost of about $85 million.Lab officials are also teaming with Idaho universities and others to produce cybersecurity workers to help fill an estimated worker shortage of more than a million.Experts say current cybersecurity efforts mostly involve “bolting on” cyber protections to decades-old infrastructure control systems amid concerns they’ve already been infiltrated by malicious entities waiting for the opportune time to strike.Keith Ridler, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Witness grandeur of Hungary’s Parliament in Delhi

first_imgAt a time when the nation is busy chosing its own parliamentarians, the breathtaking architecture of the Parliament building of Hungary, a UNESCO World Heritage site built in the neo-gothic style from 1885-1902, will soon be seen in an exhibition in the national capital. The exhibition, titled ‘The Hungarian National Assembly’, will showcase photographs capturing the splendour of the heritage building. Arranged by the Museum of the Hungarian National Assembly, the exhibition will run from May 18-27 at the India International Centre here. Also Read – The Puja carnivalLocated on the banks of the Danube river in Budapest, Hungary’s Parliament is one of the largest in the world. To throw in some facts, the 265 metre long and 123 metre wide building has a total of 29 gates allowing entrance into 262 numbered rooms. “A contest was held in the 1880s to find an architect for a new Hungarian Parliament which would represent the nation’s sovereignty.” “Drawing inspiration from London’s Houses of Parliament, the winner was Hungarian architect Imre Steindl who designed the grand, neo-Gothic building which stands today,” the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre said. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraIt took 17 years to construct the Hungarian Parliament. Sadly, Imre Steindl went blind before his grand design was completed, and died in 1902. Standing tall, the building has seen two World Wars, a number of uprisings and revolutions, and a shifting urban landscape in the landlocked European country. Housed inside the detailed exterior are 242 full-figure statutes, window glass art, ceiling paintings, goldsmith art and vaulted ceilings, wall panels, gothic style doors and windows and furniture made mainly from Slavonian oak. Architectured in the Gothic Revival style with a Renaissance Revival style dome, the century-old building is an emblem of Hungary.last_img read more

New US Embassy Compound In Rabat Officially Inaugurated

Rabat  –  The new compound of the US embassy in Rabat was officially inaugurated, on Tuesday, in the presence of HM the King’s advisors Zoulikha Nassiri, Taieb Fassi Fihri and Omar El Kabbaj, head of government Abdelilah Benkirane, several cabinet members and representatives of diplomatic corps accredited to Morocco.Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Benkirane lauded the close and long-standing relations between Morocco and the USA. He also underlined the importance of the strategic dialogue between the two partner countries and the results of the royal visit to Washington (Nov. 2013) which was crowned by the summit meeting at the White House by HM King Mohammed VI and President Barack Obama. The head of government reiterated Morocco’s keenness to further bilateral ties on the basis of a far-sighted vision seeking to promote peace and stability in the world.  US ambassador in Rabat Dwight Bush said that this project reflects the historical friendship and the privileged relations between the USA and Morocco. He added that the Kingdom was the first country to recognize the independence of the States in 1777.Planned as a 3-year building project with a total project budget of 181 million dollars, the construction of the new embassy finished 4 months ahead of schedule and under budget (181 mln dollars). The project created around 2,000 jobs and workers performed over 3 million hours of skilled and unskilled labor.With MAP read more

CEBs long term generation expansion plan gets approval

The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), the electricity sector regulator, granted approval to the alternate Least Cost Long Term Generation Expansion Plan (LCLTGEP) 2018- 2037 of the Ceylon Electricity Board’s (CEB), with the view of ensuring energy security and continuous supply of electricity in Sri Lanka.The LCLTGEP has been compiled based on the results of the latest electricity expansion planning studies conducted by the CEB for the planning period of 2018-2037 which includes several optional plans.CEB recommended the base case plan under least cost principals to be implemented for the next 20 years. PUCSL held a public consultation on the LCLTGEP 2018-37 where stakeholders were given an opportunity to raise concerns over the plan. In these studies, PUCSL accommodated the adjustments of updated fuel prices, the cost of externalities (social and environmental costs) to identify the least cost plant addition sequence based on the most sustainable technology to avoid electricity shortfalls in the country.PUCSL approved 242MW of Major Hydro, 215MW of Mini Hydro, 1389MW of Solar, 1205MW of Wind,85MW of Biomass, 4800MW of Natural Gas, 330 MW of furnace oil based power and 105MW of Gas Turbine power to be added to the electricity generation system in 20 year period. The same plan was studied and proposed as an alternate plan in the LCLTGEP 2018-37 by CEB. However, it was not proposed as the base case plan by CEB under least cost principals, considering the cost of investment which was USD 15,607.70 million (LKR 2,323.67 billion- without updated fuel prices and externalities costs).But, after adjusting the updated fuel costs and externalities PUCSL derived at the same alternate plan under least cost principals with the investment cost of USD 13,336 million even lower than the proposed base case plan of CEB.The investment cost of the proposed base case plan of CEB stood at USD 14,894.64 million (without updated fuel prices and externalities costs). “CEB has based its fuel cost assumption from Lanka Coal (coal price for Puttlam coal plant), Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (oil prices) and Japanese Crude Cocktail (JCC) basis (NG prices). However, those costs are not fully reflected in the published Platts (Singapore), JCC and NEWC indexes (Australian coal index published by at the end of the year 2016. During the presentation on the draft LCLTGEP by CEB, it was revealed that it relied on two years (2015 and 2016) average market prices for fuel cost estimates. Using such long term (2015 and 2016) average, when the current prices are substantially different appears to misrepresent the actual pricing at the time of preparation of the plan. Most notably, they have used the existing market prices for oil products (which is with taxes, etc and excessively higher than the border prices),” PUCSL said in the decision. PUCSL stressed that the proposed generation expansion plan 2018-38 has also not considered the externalities costs, thus as stressed by many stakeholders does not reflect the true economic costs of power generation.“Ideally, externalities depend heavily on the site specific environmental conditions, plant technology and fuel used. Thus, site specific studies are required to reliably determine the figured on externality cost for a particular technology. Lack of such data in Sri Lankan context is the main shortcoming. Yet it is not recommended to fully ignore such costs, just because accurate, specific data is not available.” PUCSL said.All the renewable addition that CEB suggested in the proposed plan remained same, but with updated fuel prices and cost of externalities under least cost principals coal power plants were not qualified for the 20-year plan. In total, the Indian Ocean Island plans on 8371MW of new additions (including the committed power plants) to the national grid in the period of 20 years from 2018.Sri Lanka expects a 5.0% energy demand growth and a 4.5% peak demand growth rate for the period 2018-2037.PUCSL stated fast implementation of the approved plan to avoid an electricity shortfall or procuring emergency power in the future. (Colombo Gazette) PUCSL also undertook lengthly studies on all the optional and recommended plans that CEB submitted. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 8, 2013 5:36 pm MDT TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,835.61 up 9.10points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Up 12 cents, or 2.98 per cent, at $4.15 on 18,910,556 shares.Iamgold Corp. (TSX:IMG). Miner. Up 35 cents, or 5.47 per cent, at $6.75 on 9,789,871 shares. The Toronto-based company announced a $100-million reduction program earlier in the week.Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. Down six cents, or 0.61 per cent, at $9.78 on 7,289,397 shares. The gold sector was up 0.06 per cent to 251.77 points, as the price of the bullion closed US$1.80 higher to US$1,576.90 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Kelt Exploration Ltd. (TSX:KEL). Oil and gas. Up 69 cents, or 12.02 per cent, at $6.43 on 7,094,676 shares. The junior oil and gas company announced a $61.05-million brokered private placement. The money raised will be used to pay down existing debt, fund ongoing exploration and development activities, potential asset acquisitions and for general working capital purposes.Uranium One Inc. (TSX:UUU). Miner. Down two cents, or 0.72 per cent, at $2.75 on 6,668,937 shares. Shareholders of the company approved a deal Thursday that will see the its largest shareholder take the company private.Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM). Oil and gas. Down seven cents, or 0.56 per cent, at $12.44 on 5,779,900 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,117.85 up 1.62 points):Northcore Resources Inc. (TSXV:NCR). Mine developer. Unchanged at two cents on 7,955,900 shares.Canadian Overseas Petroleum Ltd. (TSXV:XOP). Oil and gas. Down a penny, or 4.35 per cent, at 22 cents on 4,914,905 shares.Companies reporting major news:Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (TSX:BAM.A). Money manager. Down 13 cents, or 0.33 per cent, at $39.65 on 1,543,829 shares. Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Brazilian operations of Brookfield Asset Management are under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over allegations that it used bribes to get approval for construction deals.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Up $1.19, or 6.19 per cent, at $20.42 on 2,916,929 shares. The Vancouver-based company said it has received regulatory approval under the Investment Canada Act for its $5.1-billion hostile takeover offer for Inmet Mining Corp. (TSX:IMN). Inmet has rejected the offer and recommended shareholders reject the bid, but has waived the application of a shareholder rights plan after a review of strategic alternatives.SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC). Engineering. Down $2.84, or 6.19 per cent, at $43.01 on 2,097,892 shares. The engineering and construction firm raised its quarterly dividend by a penny to 23 cents per share as fourth-quarter profits increased to $94.6 million or 63 cents per share versus $76.13 million or 50 cents per share while revenue increased 15 per cent. SNC-Lavalin’s former chief executive is facing accusations of fraud. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets read more

Correction TVFox NewsKelly story

Correction: TV-Fox News-Kelly story NEW YORK, N.Y. – In a July 2 story about Megyn Kelly of Fox News Channel moving to prime time, The Associated Press incorrectly reported that the agent for Fox News host Greta Van Susteren did not return a call seeking comment. Van Susteren is not represented by an agent. The AP incorrectly called telephone numbers that turned out to be not associated with Van Susteren, who has said she has a long-term contract with Fox News for programming in prime time.A corrected version of the story is below:Fox News says Megyn Kelly will move to prime timeFox News says popular daytime host Megyn Kelly will move to prime-time lineupBy DAVID BAUDERAP Television WriterFox News Channel said Tuesday that Megyn Kelly will soon move into prime time, and the palace intrigue about who — if anyone — she will displace on cable news’ most popular and stable lineup begins.Kelly, a former lawyer, has been a rising star at Fox. She has hosted the two-hour news program “America Live” at 1 p.m. Eastern since 2010 and co-anchored convention and election night coverage with Bret Baier during the last election season.Fox Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said Kelly will move into prime time when she returns from maternity leave. It’s not clear when that will be: She announced in February that she is due to give birth to her third child this summer, but it’s unknown how long she will be off.“Megyn is an exceptional talent who has successfully filled and surpassed each role we have given her at the network,” Ailes said. “Her ability to command the screen, delve into the facts and lead a debate is what makes her one of the most sought-after anchors in the business.”Fox also said Tuesday that it has signed long-term deals with its biggest stars: Bret Baier, Shepard Smith, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren.The prime-time lineup of O’Reilly at 8 p.m., Hannity at 9 p.m. and Van Susteren at 10 p.m. hasn’t changed in more than a decade, except when Hannity’s former liberal foil, Alan Colmes, left the show after the 2008 election. Baier hosts an hour-long newscast at 6, and Shepard Smith does his own news program at 7.“Roger Ailes hired me nine years ago when I was new to this business and he had little other than instinct to suggest it might work out,” Kelly said. “I was grateful to him then, remain so today, and am excited for this next opportunity.”Fox said a new schedule will be announced later and gave no other details.Fox’s announcement came one day after news website Mediaite reported that Van Susteren had met with new CNN boss Jeff Zucker this spring about a return to the network where she had once worked. CNN would not comment on that.Ailes is known not to take kindly to perceived acts of disloyalty. When he learned in 2001 that one of his prime-time hosts, Paula Zahn, had received an offer from CNN, he immediately fired her. Ailes minimized Zahn’s ratings success at Fox in a news article, saying a “dead raccoon” could have done just as well.Of Fox’s prime-time hosts, Van Susteren’s show is the only one where viewership has declined this year from 2012, down 4 per cent to 1.57 million, according to the Nielsen company. All of the hosts have lost viewers among the 25- to 54-year-old demographic that is key to advertising sales, but Van Susteren’s 23 per cent decline was the steepest.Still, Ailes made it a point to say that Van Susteren, one of the Fox’s busiest presences in social media, has a new long-term deal with the network. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jul 14, 2013 9:56 am MDT read more

Some McDonalds restaurants have stopped selling burgers

first_imgMCDONALD’S OUTLETS IN Beijing and Shanghai have yanked their flagship burgers off the menu after a key US supplier recalled products made by its Shanghai factory, which is alleged to have used expired meat.Authorities in Shanghai just over a week ago shut a plant owned by privately-held OSI Group for mixing out-of-date meat with fresh product and later detained five officials from the OSI subsidiary which operated it, Shanghai Husi Food Co.The factory’s customers in China included McDonald’s, KFC, Pizza Hut, coffee chain Starbucks, Burger King, 7-Eleven convenience stores and Papa John’s Pizza, according to the companies.An operator from the McDonald’s national delivery hotline said that beef and chicken items were unavailable in the Shanghai area, though fish and pork could be ordered.“We have stopped selling all products related to Husi for food safety. Products affected mainly used beef and chicken,” he said.At a McDonald’s in central Beijing, counter staff told customers that the branch only had the Filet-O-Fish sandwich.At every cash register, there were signs in both Chinese and English reading: “We regret to let you know that currently we will only be able to provide a limited menu at our restaurant.”It was unclear how wide the shortages are. By the end of April, McDonald’s had more than 2,000 restaurants in China, according to its website.McDonald’s China could not be immediately reached for comment.OSI Group, based in Aurora, Illinois, announced over the weekend that it was withdrawing all products made by the factory in Shanghai.“We are compelled to withdraw all products manufactured by Shanghai Husi from the marketplace,” OSI said in a statement dated Saturday.The parent company was conducting an internal investigation and had installed a new management team in the wake of the incident, it said.“Should any misconduct be uncovered, we will take swift and decisive action against those responsible, including all relevant disciplinary and/or legal measures,” the statement said.State media said last week that authorities had confirmed allegations aired by a Shanghai television station, that the factory used expired meat and mis-labelled products.The “bad meat” scandal, as it has been called by Chinese media, has spread to Japan and Hong Kong – a special administrative region of China.McDonald’s said Friday that its more than 3,000 restaurants in Japan had stopped selling products made with chicken from China, regardless of supplier. Japanese convenience store giant Family Mart stopped selling chicken sourced from the Shanghai plant.In Hong Kong, McDonald’s suspended sales of chicken nuggets and several other items including chicken burgers, salads and lemon tea after admitting it imported food from the problem factory.- © AFP, 2014More: China detains five over expired meat sold to McDonald’s, KFClast_img read more

Mass Effect 3 story and beta gameplay leak

first_imgIt’s been a very leaky few days for BioWare: over the weekend, both the full story and a playable beta of Mass Effect 3 leaked to the public.Internal story files were leaked, according to producer Jesse Howard in a post on BioWare’s official forums. He claimed that the data was out of date and doesn’t reflect the final experience, but obviously you shouldn’t read them if you want an untainted ME3 experience.The files may not be easy to come across, as discussion of spoiler-level detail is apparently attracting the wrong kind of attention. Gaming forum NeoGAF was sent a cease and desist letter from BioWare, for example.As for the playable beta, the cat is totally out of the bag. Players beta testing the upcoming Xbox 360 dashboard refresh were invited to a private beta download of the game over the weekend. Weighing 1.8 GB, the demo covers roughly the first 10 minutes of gameplay, which has already been shown to press writing previews. The file has since been taken offline.Videos of the beta are all over YouTube, and one can be found below. This is a true beta: there are plenty of missing textures, placeholder spaceships, dialogue sounds in rough states, and gameplay bugs including long load times and the inability to make some jumps. Fans of the series will probably be even more excited to see what the game looks like before it’s fully baked.While not spoiling any story elements – it’s not hard to guess what happens in the game’s start anyway – the biggest surprise is a gameplay change to allow the game to be played in one of three modes. Action Mode focuses on the combat scenes and skips much of the narrative guessing and calculations by automating conversation replies. Story Mode does the opposite: it reduces the combat difficulty and allows manual replies to conversations. Purists will lean toward RPG mode, which has the series’ familiar combination of combat and conversation. Each setting can also be altered manually in the options menu.Howard, still in damage-control mode, posted again on the forums to confirm the leak. The code is in a “rough, unfinished state” and was not meant for public release, he wrote.Mass Effect 3 releases in March 2012 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, unless the whole game leaks by then.via BioWare Forums (1, 2)last_img read more

Washougal Motocross traffic faces detours

first_imgConstruction crews prepared for the removal of the Cougar Creek Bridge along Washougal River Road outside of Washougal on Thursday. The $1.4 million replacement project has completely closed a section of Washougal River Road until this fall, forcing drivers onto one of several detours set up by Clark County Public Works. The closure also means thousands of spectators heading to this weekend’s Washougal MX National motocross event will have to navigate a different route to reach the track on Northeast Borin Road. Information about the project and detours is available at