NSF’s new budget reflects White House priorities on climate and environment

first_imgThe National Science Foundation (NSF) would get a 5.2% increase, to $7.7 billion, in the 2016 budget that President Barack Obama sent to Congress this week. But it’s hard to find the fingerprints of NSF’s new director, France Córdova, on the document.Instead, NSF’s splashiest initiatives for 2016 reflect the priorities of the Obama administration, especially in the areas of climate and the environment. One new effort would spend $75 million to study the strains on the world’s food, energy, and water systems from a growing population and a changing climate. A second would nearly triple, to $58 million, the size of a program begun this year to make the nation’s infrastructure more resilient to outside threats.“This is something that the administration cares very deeply about,” Córdova said, referring to the two initiatives during a media briefing Monday at NSF headquarters after she unveiled the agency’s new budget. At the same time, those proposals could leave NSF open to attack from a Republican-led Congress that has been pushing it to focus on core, disciplinary activities and that dislikes most of what the administration wants to do on energy and environmental policy.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(*)NSF’s budget—$7.3 billion this year—is an intricate mosaic of programs within NSF’s seven directorates that serve its core audience of academic researchers across all nonmedical disciplines. A few, notably NSF’s graduate research fellowships, date from shortly after the agency was created in 1950. Others, like one aimed at making cyberspace more secure, reflect problems that have only recently come to the forefront.In trying to fund the best science, the agency seeks to strike the right balance between supporting individual investigators and large teams, as well as funding the facilities and infrastructure they require. Any director who wants the agency to grow—and all do—must also persuade both the White House and Capitol Hill that NSF is uniquely positioned to respond to new scientific opportunities. That requires hatching new programs—or at least putting old wine into new bottles.Córdova came on board last March as NSF’s 14th director, giving her plenty of time to insert her own ideas into NSF’s 2016 budget. She was mostly reluctant to do that, however, and her approach may reflect a deliberate style of leadership that seeks consensus before taking action. That’s a sharp departure from her predecessor, Subra Suresh, who rode NSF staffers hard to implement his ideas before departing less than halfway through his 6-year term.Suresh took the helm in late 2010 and in his first year rolled out half a dozen new initiatives. He branded them as OneNSF, a phrase meant to capture both the popularity of multidisciplinary research and the agency’s solid reputation among policymakers.Despite his advocacy and the backing of the Obama administration, they met a mixed fate in Congress. The biggest hit is Innovation Corps (I-Corps), a program that teaches academics how to commercialize the fruits of their research. It would get a 14% bump in 2016, to $30 million—a significant amount of money for a program whose core element is a 10-week training program for three-person teams.“This is something everybody wants to do,” Córdova said Monday in presenting NSF’s budget, noting that other federal agencies—and even Mexico—have crafted their own versions of I-Corps. “So I see it as a very positive program that has generated a lot of entrepreneurial energy.”But another Suresh initiative, one that funds unorthodox ways to tackle fundamental research challenges, would languish in the 2016 budget. Suresh billed the INSPIRE program, a clunky acronym for Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education, as a way to counter the perception that NSF was too conservative in its choice of research projects. It created a fast track for proposals that would be judged by program managers, not expert panels. Given the recent attacks by Republicans on NSF’s peer-review system, however, those factors are no longer a major concern for most policymakers. And Córdova is using that shift in the political landscape to rethink the issue.“Obviously, [INSPIRE] has a noble purpose—to do bold, high-risk things that couldn’t be done in another way,” she said. “But the question is, has it accomplished that goal? Or could those proposals been funded through collaborative efforts by all of the directorates?”Córdova said she is awaiting the results of two assessments, due at the end of the year. In the meantime, she explained, “we will keep funding it at the same level”—which, at $28 million, is a far cry from the $120 million figure that Suresh envisioned for the program by 2016.Córdova’s political skills will be put to the test this spring as she defends the two environmental initiatives. Both give NSF’s geosciences directorate a prominent role: A major component of the risk and resilience program, for example, would study what drives geohazards such as hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes, and why they vary. Social scientists are also expected to be major contributors.That could be a problem for some influential Republicans, however. In December, Congress gave NSF an extra $173 million as part of the government-wide 2015 spending bill passed in that month—and told NSF which directorates should receive the largess. The list pointedly snubbed the geoscience and social science directorates, which are both heavily involved in the proposed 2016 initiatives.Córdova said that NSF has followed that appropriations language to the letter in allocating its 2015 funds. But that restriction hasn’t stymied the agency’s plans for 2016, she noted. And her comments to reporters made it clear what she thought about the congressional attempt to single out certain disciplines.“All of our directorates are interdisciplinary and very diverse, and it’s complicated to not fund one discipline,” she said. “Let me give you a good example. In December, I took 10 members of Congress to Antarctica, and they were captivated by the science we were doing there. In fact, one of them said, ‘Why don’t you take the extra $173 million in 2015 and do more of this stuff?’ ”“And I said, without batting an eye, ‘This work was supported by geosciences, and that didn’t get plussed up.’ And they stopped and thought, ‘Oh my.’ ”NSF’s new budget contains one initiative that does bear Córdova’s imprint: A $15 million effort to attract more women and non-Asian minorities into the so-called STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines. Córdova, the first NSF director of Hispanic descent, says NSF has fallen so far short of the goal of full participation that a fundamental rethinking of existing efforts is needed.“We have a lot of work to do in this area,” she declared. “We already invest a lot. So, why do we still have this really big problem? Maybe there’s something in our approach that needs a complete overhaul.”The money will be used to hold workshops for science educators and do outreach to groups NSF is trying to reach. Córdova thinks that one promising approach would take what she calls “boutique” activities at individual campuses and communities and scale up those that are working well. “The problem now is that the next state over doesn’t know anything about them,” she said. “You may as well have built a wall around your university. There are no communications between the nodes.”Other highlightsAlthough these major initiatives dominate the 2016 budget, here are some additional nuggets that might interest researchers.Major new facilities: NSF has a separate account to finance new construction of large facilities, like ships and telescopes, and Congress has tacitly agreed to put roughly $200 million a year into the account. So once one project is completed, another one can begin. Next year, NSF projects it will have $113 million available for a new start as it completes construction of a national network of ecological stations, and the competition is expected to be fierce.Two marine projects are already well into the design stage. Ocean researchers have long pushed for a trio of new regional-class research vessels. But last month a National Academies report recommended that NSF build only two out of concern for the cost of operating them. There are also plans to extend the life of the polar research vessel Nathaniel B. Palmer, commissioned in 1992, the icebreaking capacities of which allow it to operate in the Antarctic. A third proposal involves a range of upgrades to NSF’s Palmer and McMurdo Antarctic research stations. And astronomers would like NSF to invest in one of two 30-meter ground telescopes already under construction, one in Hawaii and one in Chile.Ongoing programs: NSF’s budget made sure that a handful of programs that are traditionally favorites of Congress were treated well in its 2016 request. The CAREER (Faculty Early Career Development) program for young scientists would grow by $9 million, to $232 million. It would support 400 5-year awards to advance the research and educational activities of promising scientists. The EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) program, for states that receive relatively few NSF awards, would grow by $10 million, to $169 million. The Noyce Teacher Scholarship program would remain level, at $62 million.Graduate fellowships and traineeships: NSF plans to award 2000 Graduate Research Fellowships in 2016, the same number as this year. The number of 5-year fellowships was doubled 5 years ago, meaning that the program is now at its new capacity. The National Research Traineeship (NRT) program, a successor to the IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) awards, would also remain at its 2015 level of $62 million. But Córdova hinted that changes are coming. “I think you’ll see more of an emphasis on NRTs because of the growing concern about graduate education and whether they are being trained for opportunities outside the professoriate,” she told reporters. “The NSB [National Science Board] is about to put out a white paper on this. So I think the NRT has come along at just the right time, to look at how to modernize graduate education.”Virtual reviews: NSF hopes that the percentage of panels that meet virtually rather than convening at its Arlington, Virginia, headquarters will rise from the current 31% to 40% by the end of fiscal year 2016. It will also reduce the amount of money it spends on reimbursing those virtual reviewers for their expenses, from $280 a day to $200 a day.“We want them to participate, so we didn’t want to drop the number to zero,” explained Michael Sieverts, NSF’s chief budget officer. Those who come to NSF will continue to receive $480 for each day they serve on a panel, plus $280 for each travel day.Staffing: NSF wants to add 15 people to its IT staff to handle the growing workload required to maintain websites that are publicly accessible. That would bring its regular workforce to 1325 full-time equivalent positions. It also hopes to increase the number of rotators—those who come from academia to work for a few years as scientific program officers and managers—from 191 to 196. Congress has pushed NSF to lower its costs by recouping more of the rotators’ salaries from their home institution and limiting their travel.Relocation: NSF is scheduled to move into a new headquarters building in Alexandria, Virginia, by the end of 2017. It has asked for $30 million in 2016—double what it received in 2015—to prepare for the move.Click here to see all of our Budget 2016 coverage.last_img read more

Match moments in England vs South Africa match

first_imgWhen England scored just 171 runs in their allotted 50 overs it seemed as if the South Africans would walk away with a win and become the table-toppers in Group A. But, that was not to be as the England bowlers struck thick and fast beat the Proteas by 6 runs in an edge of the seat encounter.At one stage South Africa were cruising along with 124-3 on board.But, England managed to have their way in the game as South Africa lost 3 wickets in quick succession and from 124-3 at one stage they slumped to 124-6.Stuart Broad was the pick of the England bowlers. He finished with impressive figures of 6.4 -0-15-4.Man-of-the-Match         England batsman Ravi Bopara won the Man-of-the-Match for his sturdy 60 on board.last_img read more

Mumbai: Youth drowns in sea near Nariman Point

first_imgA youth was swept away by strong waves at Mumbai’s Nariman Point on Friday morning. Even as Coast Guard launched a rescue operation, the man could not be saved.Incidents of drowning increase in the choppy sea during monsoon. So an alert Coast Guard was quick in deploying a chopper to rescue the man.The operation ended after about an hour after the man could not be seen on the sea surface. However, the search for his body was on.The deceased was yet to be identified.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Former Test cricketer Arvind Apte dead

first_imgFormer India opener Arvind Laxman Apte, who was suffering from prostate cancer, died in Pune on Tuesday evening. He was 79.Apte, who would have turned 80 on Oct 24, is survived by a daughter and son-in-law.Apte went on the tour of England in 1959. Incidentally, after that tour, it is only for the second time that India, currently touring England, are playing a five-Test series.The third opener of the team, captained by Dattajirao Gaekwad, Apte opened the innings with Pankaj Roy in the third Test at Leeds, coming in for injured Nari Contractor, and was dismissed in both the innings for 8 and 7 by fast bowler Alan Moss.He played 58 first class matches – 14 for Bombay and 13 for Rajasthan and the rest for various other teams – and scored 2,782 runs with six centuries and 15 half centuries.His elder brother Madhav Apte also played seven Tests for India.A keen follower of cricket, Arvind and Madhav took time off their textile business to go and watch the Lord’s Test with a couple of their friends every year for the last two decades.last_img read more

Worms, bugs found in oats packet; samples taken for checks

first_imgSalem (TN) Sep 15 (PTI) Worms and bugs were reportedly found in a packet of oats purchased by a customer here today, following which health officials have taken samples for analysis. District Health and Safety Officer Dr Anuradha took samples from a retail store after the customer filed a complaint stating that he had found the worms and bugs in one of three packets he had purchased from there. He also alleged that staff at the shop had abused him and tried to assault him when he showed it to them and asked them to give another pack. Anuradha said the samples would be sent for chemical analysis. If tests are positive, action would be taken against the store, she said Health department officials also took samples from various shops, she said. PTI COR APR AAR DKlast_img read more


first_img“During 10 years of the UPA rule, Sonia (Gandhi) and”During 10 years of the UPA rule, Sonia (Gandhi) and Manmohan (Singh) government was there (at Centre). And during these 10 years, scam to the tune of Rs 12 lakh crore took place.”But during two-and-half years of Modi regime, our opponents cannot level any allegation pertaining to corruption against the Centre. The countrys money is now being used for providing gas stove for poor mothers,” Shah claimed.The BJP chief also underlined Haryanas “feats” in the field of sports and agriculture.”I have come after two years here and Haryana is treading the path of development. It is a land of brave people, farmers and sports persons. It has given a lot to the country. It has contributed towards foodgrain stock, sending people in the Army and bringing medals like Sakshi did,” he said while adding that the states development commenced from the land of Jind.He also praised the states efforts in improving its skewed sex ratio after Prime Minister Narendra Modis clarion call of Beti Bachao, Beti Padao.”I want to thank the people of Haryana that in the last one year, the sex ratio of the state has crossed 900 (against 1,000 males),” he said.Shah also congratulated Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for committing towards making the state kerosene-free.”Khattar has committed to make kitchens smoke-free for which I want to congratulate him,” he said.Listing out the achievements of Modi-led government at the Centre, Shah said the Prime Minister has set a target to double the income of farmers by year 2022.advertisement”It is not on papers. People were cane-charged for fertilisers in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Have you seen any person being cane-charged for fertilisers now? This is the government of Modi and fertiliser stocks are full,” he claimed.”The BJP government has reduced the prices of fertilisers by Rs 200-250 per bag in the interest of farmers. Modi brought the e-mandi concept to ensure remunerative prices to farmers. In next 3-4 years, farmers will start getting remunerative rates for their produce because of e-mandis,” he said.Modi had also fulfilled his promise of One Rank One Pension which was announced in a rally in Haryana– land of brave, he said.The BJP chief said the Centre was taking steps to boost the performance of Indian sports persons during next Olympic games.”Not just one Sakshi (Malik), but more Sakshis will bring laurels for the country by winning gold medals at Olympic games,” he said while referring to Haryana native Sakshi Mallik, who won bronze medal in women wrestling at the recent Rio Olympics.To create employment opportunities for youth, initiatives like Start-up India and Mudra yojna were kick started which are giving good results, Shah said. PTI CHS AKA SRY RT SRYlast_img read more

Swansea fire Francesco Guidolin, hires Bob Bradley as manager

first_imgBob Bradley has become the first American manager of a Premier League club after being hired by Swansea.The club in south Wales tweeted the hiring of the former U.S. national team coach while announcing it had fired Francesco Guidolin.Guidolin has only been at Swansea since January but has lost his job after the team opened the season by winning only one of its seven league matches. (Also read: EPL: Tottenham Hotspurs end Pep Guardiola’s perfect EPL start by beating Manchester City)Bradley coached the United States at the 2010 World Cup. His most recent role has been at second-tier French club Le Havre.last_img read more

Kangana Ranaut plays showstopper for Manish Arora’s quirky collection at Blender’s Pride Fashion Tour

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Sensirion: evaluation kit for environmental sensors with new modular approach

first_img Continue Reading Previous Cadence: full-flow digital and signoff tools optimized for new 7nm Arm Cortex-A77 CPUNext ADI: new impedance & potentiostat AFE for biological & chemical sensing Sensirion relaunches the evaluation kit SEK-Environmental Sensing with a new modular approach. The SEK-Environmental Sensing allows engineers to evaluate sensors and develop innovative sensor applications even more quickly and easily. The kit combines plug-and-play hardware with an easy-to-use viewer software, the ControlCenter, enabling in-depth evaluation of all Sensirion environmental sensors.Each evaluation kit can be customized individually now. Get a SEK-SensorBridge, choose your SEK-Evaluation-Sensors, download Sensirion’s SEK-ControlCenter viewer software and start evaluating. The SEK-SensorBridge features two independent I2C channels that allow simultaneous evaluation of two environmental sensor samples. The SEK-ControlCenter viewer software makes it possible to display and log the sensor signals for multiple sensors connected to several SensorBridges on the same PC.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Benchmarks address AI inference power, performance

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology So far, 17 organizations expressed interest in submitting inference results on a total of 196 combinations of different models and scenarios that range from a single stream on a handset to a batch job on a server. The vision benchmarks use the ImageNet dataset and MS-COCO widely used in robotics, automation, and automotive. The translation test leverages an existing English-German benchmark.MLPerf provides both the benchmarks specs and reference code implementations in ONNX, PyTorch, and TensorFlow frameworks to run them. The code defines the problems, models, and quality targets, and provide instructions to run the benchmarks.The specs and tools were developed over 11 months by the group that included members from Arm, Cadence, Centaur Technology, Facebook, Futurewei, General Motors, Google, Habana Labs, Harvard University, Intel, MediaTek, Microsoft, Nvidia, and Xilinx. So far, the group has “had very minimal discussions about the v0.6 version,” that will form its next step, said Vijay Janapa Reddi, an associate professor at Harvard who is the inference group’s other co-chair.“We downsized the original batch of models we had in mind to meet the current v0.5 timeline,” said Reddi. “In the v0.6 version, we will have more models and likely update some of the models for the existing tasks,” he said.“Other questions we always ask ourselves is ‘How can we get a larger universe of submitters,’ and ‘How can we make submitting easier,’” said Kanter, adding that future versions may also be capable of running on more constrained embedded systems.MLPerf is a collaboration among more than 40 companies and universities. Last year, the group rolled out its Training v0.5 benchmark suite. So far, Google, Intel and Nvidia released scores of their chips using it.>> This article was originally published on our sister site, EE Times: “AI Gets Inference Benchmarks.” Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. SAN JOSE, Calif. – The MLPerf consortium released benchmarks to measure inference tasks on servers and client systems. Tools to run MLPerf Inference v0.5 are available on the group’s Web site, but vendors are not expected to start posting results using the metrics until October.Initially, MLPerf Inference includes five benchmarks to measure performance and power efficiency of tasks run on a smartphone, PC, server and some embedded systems. They consist of two tests for image classification, two for object detection and one machine translation, each with a defined model and data set.The metrics target “many, but not all embedded systems,” said David Kanter, the inference group’s co-chair. “Our load generator is written in C++ (instead of Python), which enables running on much more resource-constrained systems,” he said.“However, there are probably some platforms that are so small or specialized for cost/power reasons that they will not be able to run our load generator or our networks. For example, we don’t have a suitable benchmark for a system which only does wake-word detection,” Kanter added.The benchmarks will measure average active power consumed during inference and active idle power when the system is waiting for inference queries. It includes several metrics to describe raw performance specific to different scenarios along with rules for applying them.For example, for a single stream it measures responsiveness based on 90th percentile latency to answer a query. It can also report the number of simultaneous inference streams a system can sustain. Two other metrics measure throughput for online and offline batch systems. Table: The first version of the inference spec defines five benchmarks.  (Source: MLPerf) Continue Reading Previous IBASE: fanless and highly compact 3.5” disk-size SBCNext Identifying requirements for enhancing privacy in embedded designslast_img read more

ABVP winners celebrate victory, NSUI alleges cheating

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 13 (PTI) The ABVP candidates who won the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections Thursday celebrated their victory and vowed to fulfil the promises made in their manifesto even as the sole NSUI winner alleged cheating in the results. ABVP’s Ankiv Basoya, who won the president’s post is pursuing MA in Buddhist Studies. He has been associated with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad since 2015. “Our election manifesto said we would dedicate 50 per cent of the DUSU budget to women safety, so I will now work towards making the campus safer for women,” he said. “Our party has worked for the welfare of students and we will continue to do so,” Basoya added. ABVP’s Shakti Singh, who won the vice-president’s post, is a national-level boxer and he was the only candidate to have not done his graduation from the varsity. He completed his graduation from MIT Pune and is studying law at the Delhi University’s Faculty of Law. “Since I am a sportsperson, I will work towards promoting sports culture in the university. We’d also mentioned about promoting sports in our manifesto. This win indicates the country’s students are with the ABVP,” he said. The Congress-backed National Students’ Union of India’s (NSUI) Aakash Choudary, who won the post of secretary, was the union president of Sri Aurobindo College where he did his graduation. He is currently pursuing law. “This victory has been possible because of the students’ love for me. I was also the president of Aurobindo College due to the love of students,” he said.advertisement About the loss of his party on the other posts, he alleged, “There has been cheating on the other posts and we will fight against the unfair treatment meted out to us.” “Seven EVMs were not taken into consideration while counting and we want them to reveal the data of those EVMs,” he said. ABVP’s Jyoti Chaudhary, who won the post of joint secretary, completed her graduation from Vivekananda College and is currently pursuing MA in Buddhist Studies. PTI SLB AARlast_img read more

Trent Boult and Mahmudullah fined for breaching ICC Code of Conduct during 2nd ODI

first_imgTrent Boult and Mahmudullah fined for breaching ICC Code of Conduct during 2nd ODITernt Boult used audible obscene words twice when his side was bowling, while Mahmudullah, when leaving the ground after being given out during Saturday’s match, struck the picket fence with his bat.advertisement Asian News International DubaiFebruary 17, 2019UPDATED: February 17, 2019 17:22 IST Trent Boult has been fined 10 per cent of his match fees for using obscene words (@ICC Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe pair have been banned for separate incidents during the second ODI in ChristchurchTrent Boult and Mahmudullah have been fined 10 and 15 per cent of their match feesMahmudullah struck the picket fence with his bat, while Ternt Boult used audible obscene wordsBangladesh all-rounder Mahmudullah and New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult have been fined 10 and 15 per cent of their match fees, respectively, for breaching Level 1 of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct in separate incidents during the second ODI in Christchurch on Saturday.Mahmudullah was found guilty of breaching Article 2.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during an international match,” while Boult was found to have violated Article 2.3 which deals with “use of an audible obscenity during an international match.”In addition, one demerit point each has been added to the disciplinary records of both players, for whom it was their first offence since the introduction of the revised Code in September 2016.Mahmudullah, when leaving the ground after being given out during Saturday’s match, struck the picket fence with his bat, while Boult used audible obscene words twice when his side was bowling. Both players pleaded guilty to the offences and accepted the sanctions proposed by match referee Steve Bernard and, as such, there was no need for formal hearings.The charges on Mahmudullah were levelled by on-field umpires Marais Erasmus and Shaun Haig, third umpire S. Ravi and fourth official Wayne Knights, while the charges on Boult were levelled by on-field umpires Marais Erasmus and Shaun Haig, and third umpire S. Ravi.Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.advertisementAlso Read | 2nd ODI: Martin Guptill century gives New Zealand unbeatable series lead vs BangladeshFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Trent BoultFollow MahmudullahFollow ICCFollow FineFollow ICC code of conductFollow 2nd ODIFollow New Zealand vs Bangladeshlast_img read more

Public Financial Management of Jamaica’s Diaster Risk Policy

first_imgStory Highlights Prior to the end of the Precautionary Stand-By Arrangement with the IMF Jamaica will develop, with the technical assistance of multilateral partners, a Public Financial Management Policy for Natural Disaster Risk combined with a ten-year operational plan for its implementation that takes into account fiscal space and other limitations. The Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. Nigel Clarke stated whilst delivering the keynote address at the 32nd Annual Sales Congress of the Caribbean Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (CARAIFA). The Minister noted that in achieving and maintaining economic independence we must take account of our realities and taking ownership means taking responsibility. A part of this reality is that, based on our location, we are subject to natural disasters and the incidences of these have been increasing over time. Prior to the end of the Precautionary Stand-By Arrangement with the IMF Jamaica will develop, with the technical assistance of multilateral partners, a Public Financial Management Policy for Natural Disaster Risk combined with a ten-year operational plan for its implementation that takes into account fiscal space and other limitations.The Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. Nigel Clarke stated whilst delivering the keynote address at the 32nd Annual Sales Congress of the Caribbean Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (CARAIFA).The Minister noted that in achieving and maintaining economic independence we must take account of our realities and taking ownership means taking responsibility. A part of this reality is that, based on our location, we are subject to natural disasters and the incidences of these have been increasing over time.“Today, and for the next 18 months, Jamaica is in a Precautionary StandBy Arrangement with the IMF. Within the context of this program with the Fund, we have access to significant resources should we need them. As we move towards the end of this program relationship with the IMF with the commensurate stand-by line of credit that it offers, it is important that we consider measures that can moderate the fiscal impact of natural disasters”Dr. Clarke made the point that natural disasters have a fiscal cost which can result in unplanned public expenditure along with a reduction in budgetary revenues. Whilst noting “that we won’t be able to insulate ourselves completely” Clarke stated that “Natural disaster can set small countries back for years. Jamaica has done too much, made too many sacrifices to leave us completely exposed in a post-Program environment”The Public Financial Management Policy for Natural Disaster Risk will consider Jamaica’s fiscal realities, our natural disaster related fiscal exposure, the pros and cons of various solutions available, our resource envelope and existing literature.The policy will improve understanding of fiscal risks of natural disasters, and recommend appropriate public financial management for natural disaster risk including the implementation of various financing strategies. The Minister gave potential examples such as Contingent Credit Facilities with multilateral institutions, Catastrophe Bonds, the development of a Natural Disaster Fund, and accessing Climate Financing for adaptation and mitigation purposes.last_img read more

Opponents of 60s Scoop settlement arent giving up after judge OKs deal

first_imgA woman who has spent months informing ’60s Scoop survivors about Ottawa’s class-action settlement says she’ll continue advising people to object to the deal, even after a federal judge approved the agreement.“The biggest problem for me is this entire process was set up to make sure that we as adoptees could not object,” said Coleen Rajotte, who is one of the survivors who spoke at federal court hearings on the settlement in Saskatoon last week.Rajotte says it took her months to get a copy of the agreement after it was struck last fall, and that survivors believed they would get two days in Saskatoon to tell their stories of being taken from their Indigenous homes as children and adopted out to non-Indigenous families.But one of the two days ended up focused on the lawyers’ cut in the deal. Survivors who wished to object got just three minutes and some who went over their time were cut off, in tears, by Justice Michel Shore.“Basically to us this looks like a complete sham, that they put on this day of hearings so they could say, ‘Well we listened to those survivors,’” Rajotte said.Shore ruled Friday that the settlement, which includes $750 million for the survivors, $50 million for an Indigenous healing foundation and $75 million for legal fees, could go ahead.Last October, the federal government said the proposed settlement was for about 20,000 survivors who were moved between 1951 and 1991.Survivors are each expected to receive between $25,000 and $50,000.Shore said he will issue his reasons for his ruling in a month or longer.Lawyer Tony Merchant, whose firm represents some of the victims, said after Friday’s decision that most of the people affected by the ’60s Scoop want to move on after nine years of fighting for compensation.But Doug Racine, another lawyer who also represents survivors, said the 90-day deadline for opting out of the deal is too short and that anyone who doesn’t opt out will be considered to have accepted it.Critics argue that accepting the deal could mean waiving the right to sue for sexual and physical abuse that some adoptees experienced.The clock will start ticking soon, which Racine said doesn’t leave much time for his clients to decide.“In order to advise your client, you would have to have their social services record. You’d want to determine whether or not when they were taken as a child whether or not it was legal, because if it wasn’t legal, then you want them to opt out because you have a good lawsuit,” Racine explained.“I would think you’d want a year. I mean, our law firm is having difficulty tracking down the adoption records,” he added.Opponents say there is a clause in the agreement that if 2,000 people agree to opt out it can be declared void.Rajotte, who was taken from her community in Saskatchewan when she was a baby and raised by a Manitoba family, said that she’s travelled to reserves across Canada and found many survivors who had no knowledge of the settlement.She said the government should have mailed information to every First Nation, and that survivors deserve an adjudication process for compensation similar to what residential school survivors received.“The Liberal government when they got voted in said that they wanted to form a new relationship with us. This is horrible the way they’ve treated us,” Rajotte said.Racine said his firm is considering an appeal and will be examining options this week.The deal is also under fire for leaving out Metis survivors. The federal government has argued that Metis weren’t recognized as having Indigenous rights at the time, so Ottawa can’t be held responsible for those children.last_img read more

UNbacked tribunal gives Rwandan exminister found guilty of genocide 30 years

April 1994 saw the beginning of a slaughter in the tiny East African country in which more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and Hutu moderates died, mostly by machete, during a period of less than 100 days.The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) today said that on 23 April 1994, Callixte Kalimanzira, former Acting Minister of Interior, lured thousands of Tutsi refugees to Kabuye hill in Butare prefecture, where they were attacked and killed.The Tribunal’s Trial Chamber found that Mr. Kalimanzira substantially contributed to the overall attack, finding him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt that he aided and abetted genocide at Kabuye hill.Further, it said that the defendant was guilty of direct and public incitement to commit genocide on several occasions, including at the Nyabisagara football field, in April 1994.Mr. Kalimanzira, the ICTR said, used his prominent status in Butare as well as his position in the Interior Ministry to get others to follow his example. “Most significantly by encouraging Tutsi refugees to gather at Kabuye hill where he knew they would be killed in the thousands, he abused the public’s trust that he, like other officials, would protect them,” the Tribunal said in a press release.The former official surrendered voluntarily to the Arusha, Tanzania-based ICTR in November 2005 and his trial began last May. 22 June 2009The United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the mass killings that engulfed Rwanda in 1994 has found a former Government minister guilty of genocide and sentenced him to 30 years in prison. read more

Proton beam failure leaves hundreds of child cancer patients at risk

They announced this year that the child remains cured of the disease.Mr Colin Hopper, a maxillofacial cancer surgeon at University College London, said: “We should be told why things are moving slower than expected at the Christie centre. NHS patients are being denied.“Children will benefit and shouldn’t have to go to other countries for this treatment.”Costing a projected £250 million in total, the new proton beam centres are arguably the most complex technological projects ever undertaken by the NHS.The Christie machine alone requires 10km of servicing pipework and 20,000 cubic metres of concrete, meanwhile engineers at UCLH are attempting to embed a similar design into one of the most crowded sections of subterranean London.Dr Karol Sikora, former chief of the World Health Organization’s Cancer Programme, who now runs a private PBT provider in Wales, Proton Partners, said that while the larger £125 million Varian system selected by the NHS can be more comfortable for children, the health service should have opted for a greater number of simpler machines costing around £20 million each.“I think they have simply got the wrong machine,” he told The Telegraph. “They should have got smaller machines and disseminated them round the country.”Since 2008 the NHS has paid for around 200 patients to be sent abroad for PTB each year, mainly to Florida. Hundreds of children with cancer are resorting to inferior treatment because of a failure to open two flagship specialist centres, experts have warned.NHS officials have admitted that no patient has yet received state-of-the-art proton beam therapy (PBT) at either its new London or Manchester sites, despite a Government pledge to be treating 1,500 a year by 2018.Leading oncologists have called for transparency after two promised opening dates at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust were missed this year and the deadline quietly pushed back.The centre represents the best hope for more than thousand patients denied funding to be treated abroad, as delays at the sister site at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Trust mean that will not be ready until at least 2020.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––A type of radiotherapy, proton beam uses a precision high-energy beam of particles to destroy cancer cells while leaving healthy tissue unaffected. It is particularly valuable for children, who face higher risks of permanent side effects such as hearing loss and reduced IQ from conventional methods.The technology came to public attention in 2014 when the parents of a five-year-old cancer sufferer, Ashya King, were briefly jailed after removing him from an NHS hospital where he was due to receive chemotherapy and taking him abroad for proton beam treatment. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Documents obtained by Freedom of Information suggest that only one in five patients have their application approved.Last month a 20-year-old student, Sabina Makaranga, whose GP mistook her pelvic cancer for a vitamin D deficiency, revealed she had been denied funding despite doctors believing PTB could improve her survival chances by 80 per cent.While the NHS in Wales is beginning to pay for patients to be treated at a handful of private PTB clinics, English commissioners have preferred to continue sending patients abroad while they wait for their two flagship centres to come on line.A spokesman for the Christie said: “The Christie proton beam therapy centre has been operational from 20th August 2018 and is running patient selection and assessment, treatment planning, scanning and clinics to prepare patients for their treatment.”The trust said that the first patients would begin their PBT before the end of “autumn”, but refused to define autumn due to “patient confidentiality”. NHS England told The Telegraph that autumn ends on December 21. read more

Severstal upping Yakovlevsky underground DSO iron ore mine production x5 in massive

first_imgSpeaking to IM at the 2018 Capital Markets Day in London, Severstal CEO Alexander Shevelev said the company is upping production by five times at its Yakovlevsky DSO iron ore mine, which is unusual for that commodity in being an underground operation. The aim is to reach 5 Mt/y by 2023 from the current capacity of just over 1 Mt (2018 estimated full year production is 1.3 Mt).The mine uses underground stoping so the investment includes substantial new fleet from loaders to conveyors and both development and production drilling equipment.The mine is a long-standing supplier of quality iron ore to Severstal’s Cherepovets steel mill and the investment mirrors planned increases in Severstal’s steel output. Yakovlevsky mine is located in Yakovlevo, 40 km north from Belgorod in the Kursk Magnetic Anomaly basin. The total resource base of the Yakovlevsky deposit exceeds 9.6 billion tonnes. The operational scheme includes underground mining and surface crushing without beneficiation (DSO). The ore has an iron content of 61.4% and beyond crushing can be shipped as DSO without beneficiation beyond crushing due to the high grade. The mine has direct access to the main railroad via a private 28 km long rail line.The company expects that the economies of scale will see the mine cash cost fall from the current $41/t to about $18/t. Severstal has always benefitted from haivng its own integrated high quality iron ore and coking coal production, and this move shows its continued commitment to its vertically integrated business model.last_img read more

Qatari Al Rayyan with the new coach – Nenad Kljaic

← Previous Story EX PSG LEFT BACK WENT HOME: Rok Praznik is back to Celje PL! Next Story → Nenad Vuckovic is back after head injury! Asia Handballhandbal coachhandballhandball transfersnenad kljaicqatar handbal Former head-coach of RK CO Zagreb and Saudi Arabia NT at the WCh 2013 in Spain, Nenad Kljaic is the new coach of Qatari team – Al Rayyan. Team from Doha defending title at the Asian Champions League in November and for that purpose, Management obviosly wanted “fresh blood” on the bench. Al Rayyan didn’t achieve semi-final at IHF Super Globe 2013 which was the goal, but team’s officials still have a faith in Croatian coaches. Ilija Puljevic left, Neno Kljajic is coming, former Olympic champion with Croatia from Atlanta 1996, when he was a line-player. read more

EU leaders signed a declaration of unity today Theresa May wasnt there

first_imgEU leaders signed a ‘declaration of unity’ today. Theresa May wasn’t there. The EU is marking the 60th anniversary of the union’s founding today. Short URL 10,494 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article We have to start again and we have the strength to do that. Taoiseach Enda Kenny signing a declaration during today’s EU summit meeting. Source: Alessandra Tarantino AP/Press Association ImagesEUROPEAN UNION LEADERS renewed their vows at a special summit in Rome today, celebrating the bloc’s 60th anniversary with a commitment to a common future without Britain.Meeting without British Prime Minister Theresa May, the other 27 member countries signed a declaration of unity on the Capitoline Hill where six founding states signed the Treaty of Rome on March 25, 1957.With the EU facing crises including migration, a moribund economy, terrorism and populism, as well as Brexit, EU President Donald Tusk called for leadership to shore up the bloc.“Prove today that you are the leaders of Europe, that you can care for this great legacy we inherited from the heroes of European integration 60 years ago,” Tusk said in a speech.The Rome Declaration that the leaders, including Taoiseach Enda Kenny, signed proclaims that “Europe is our common future”, and sets out the path for the next decade in a rapidly changing world. Mar 25th 2017, 12:05 PM Share168 Tweet Email Saturday 25 Mar 2017, 12:05 PM http://jrnl.ie/3306409 center_img Jean-Claude Juncker, second left, addressing leaders. Source: Alessandra Tarantino/AP/Press Association ImagesThe leaders had the words of Pope Francis to ponder, after the pontiff warned on the eve of the summit that the crisis-ridden bloc “risks dying” without a new vision.The White House meanwhile congratulated the EU overnight on its 60th birthday, in a notable shift in tone for President Donald Trump’s administration, whose deep scepticism about the bloc has alarmed Brussels.“Our two continents share the same values and, above all, the same commitment to promote peace and prosperity through freedom, democracy, and the rule of law,” the White House said in a statement.Security was tight with snipers on rooftops, drones in the skies and 3,000 police officers on the streets following an attack this week in London claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group.May’s absence, four days before she launches the two-year Brexit process, and a row over the wording of the Rome declaration have underscored the challenges the EU faces. The Taoiseach was greeted by the prime ministers of Italy and Malta upon arrival. Source: Andrew Medichini/AP/Press Association ImagesProtests plannedPolish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo only agreed to sign the declaration at the last minute, after bitterly opposing a reference to a “multi-speed” Europe favoured by powerhouse states France and Germany. Donald Tusk speaking to EU Leaders. Source: Alessandra Tarantino AP/Press Association Images“It is it a bit of a tighter squeeze in the room today” than when the original six states signed up, joked Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni after welcoming the leaders to the Renaissance-era Palazzo dei Conservatori for a ceremony long on pomp and short on real politics.“We have had 60 years of peace in Europe and we owe it to the courage of the founding fathers,” Gentiloni said, acknowledging that a string of crises had combined to bring the process of European integration to a standstill.“When the iron curtain fell in 1989 we thought their dream had been realised but (recent crises) have shown us that history is anything but finished. 44 Comments ‘Shoulders of giants’European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker also insisted the EU could ride out recent storms.“Daunting as they are, the challenges we face today are in no way comparable to those faced by the founding fathers,” he said, recalling how the new Europe was built from the ashes of World War II.“We are standing on the shoulders of giants,” Juncker said, voicing confidence that the EU would still be around to celebrate its 100th birthday. By AFP Source: Gregorio Borgia/AP/Press Association ImagesPoland, central Europe’s largest economy, is concerned that as one of nine of the EU’s current 28 members outside the eurozone, it could be left behind should countries sharing the single currency push ahead with integration.The aim of the summit was to channel the spirit of the Treaty of Rome that Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and West Germany signed six decades ago to create the European Economic Community (EEC).The treaty was signed in the Horatii and Curiatii hall of the Palazzo dei Conservatori, one of the Renaissance palaces that line the Michelangelo-designed Capitoline Square, and the political and religious heart of the Roman Empire in ancient times. Source: Gregorio Borgia/AP/Press Association ImagesPolice in the Eternal City were on alert not only for attackers in the wake of the British parliament attack on Wednesday, but also violent anti-Europe demonstrators.Around 30,000 protesters are expected to take part in four separate marches – both pro- and anti-Europe – throughout the day.© – AFP, 2017Read: ‘All women live under the male gaze, but the European hijab ruling feels like the eye of Sauron’Read: The EU is 60 this weekend, but it wasn’t the first vision of a united Europe Along with 26 other EU leaders I signed the Rome Declaration this morning as we mark 60 years of the founding treaty pic.twitter.com/8q8wAXt61P— Enda Kenny (@EndaKennyTD) March 25, 2017 Source: Enda Kenny/Twitterlast_img read more