A Shutdown Veteran Can’t Believe It’s Happening Again

first_imgGo home. For the second time in 17 years, an impasse in Congress has shut down the National Science Foundation. A sign on its Arlington, Virginia, headquarters says it all. Andrew Lovinger had just arrived at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the fall of 1995 when he was furloughed for 3 weeks because of a budget fight between the Republican Congress and President Bill Clinton that shut down several federal agencies. Now the longtime director of NSF’s polymers program finds himself once again at home, the victim of another bitter feud between Congress and the president. “I was very much hoping that a shutdown could be avoided,” he told ScienceInsider yesterday.Lovinger thinks that an extended shutdown will be more disruptive this time around. “It was probably easier back then because everything was done on paper. Things just sort of waited,” he says. “Now, everything arrives electronically. 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I had to tell them that the meeting was postponed until further notice.”Unless Congress acts quickly, Lovinger will also have to miss the annual meeting of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in Washington, D.C., which starts on Sunday. That’s because NSF paid for his registration. And although the meeting is only a subway ride away from his home, his attendance would violate the no-work provision of the shutdown. “So I’ll probably have to miss it,” he says.Nearly 2 decades ago, Lovinger told Science that “what happened was unique, and I don’t think it will occur again.” Reminded of that comment, he chuckles before turning serious again. “I’m saddened that it has come to this,” he says. “It does not reflect well on our capacity to be a global leader in science.” Jeffrey Mervis/Science last_img read more

Rain or Shine flaunts depth, rips debuting Alaska

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss It wasn’t exactly the kind of tournament debut that the Aces were hoping for, but coming into the game without four key players–who more often that not are starters–Alaska was easy picking for Rain or Shine.Rain or Shine now has victories over three of the tournament heavyweights, the other two being San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Mindanao leg of Batang Pinoy more than winning medals, says PSC chair Butch Ramirez SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ PBA IMAGESPacking a depth in manpower that the enemy couldn’t match, Rain or Shine on Sunday night broke away early from Alaska and went on to post an 85-72 triumph that kept the Elasto Painters within a breath of the PBA Philippine Cup pace at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.The Painters won a second straight game and rose to 4-1 to stay tugging at the coattails of the unbeaten Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more

Euro 2016: Germany’s Mats Hummels suspended; Sami Khedira, Mario Gomez in doubt for semis

first_imgGermany’s football team received a big blow ahead of the European 2016 semifinals as central defender Mats Hummels remained suspended after seeing two yellow cards, while midfielder Sami Khedira and striker Mario Gomez could also miss through injury.Bayern Munich player Hummels was booked late in regulation time of his side’s 6-5 shoot-out victory over Italy, after their clash here on Saturday finished locked at 1-1. (Also read: Euro 2016: Germany sink Italy 6-5 on penalties to enter semis)For Hummels, it marked his second yellow of the tournament, ruling him out of Thursday’s meeting with either France or Iceland.”The second yellow card is hurting, to be suspended because of those two situations. But my body can rest two or three more days,” Hummels was quoted as saying by goal.com after his team’s historic win over Italy. (Also read: Mournful Antonio Conte bids farewell to Italy after Germany loss)Germany head coach Joachim Loew was unable to predict whether or not Khedira or Gomez would be available for his side’s Euro semi-final match.”Sami – it’s not too positive to have to bring him off after 15 minutes in such a game, he had a problem with his hamstring. I don’t know if he will heal before Thursday,” Loew said.”Gomez has a problem as well but I don’t know much about that,” the coach added.While not writing off Iceland, Low expected to face hosts France in Marseille on Thursday. France battle Iceland on Sunday in the last quarter-finals match.advertisement”France are the favourites. They are the hosts and they have a great side with individual quality. Iceland have surprised us, they are well organised in defence. It won’t be easy for France against such enthusiastic opposition but I think if France put their quality on the pitch they will get to the semi-finals,” Loews said.”If you’re in the semi-finals, the goal is to reach the final so I think now we have to focus on recovering. A game like this affects the body, we have to make sure to recover the players and we want more.”last_img read more

Asus ZenFone AR with Android 7.0 Nougat, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage will go official this summer

first_imgAsus ZenFone AR will be coming this summer. Earlier last month, rumours were such that Asus ZenFone AR will be launching this June 14. However, Asus in an email statement to India Today Tech the company revealed that they will only showcase the ZenFone AR on June 14 in Taiwan, and will not launch it. Earlier, Dinesh Sharma, Director and Mobile Product Centre of ASUS India in an exclusive interview with India Today Tech revealed that the upcoming Asus ZenFone AR will come to India in the coming two months, which is sometime around August.”ASUS will be having an event in Taiwan on June 14th, and while the ZenFone AR will be a part of it, it will not be launching then, nor has ASUS publicly specified a launch date for the upcoming smartphone. We are, however, happy to share that consumers will be able to get their hands on the ZenFone AR this summer,” states Asus in an email statement.Also Read: Asus ZenFone AR will be unveiled on June 14 in Taiwan, likely to come to India in AugustRumours were such that the upcoming ZenFone AR will come packed with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. But, that’s not going to be the case. Asus ZenFone AR is set to launch this summer with Android 7.0 Nougat operating system coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Asus in the email statement noted, “The ZenFone AR will come with the Android 7.0 Nougat OS with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.” The company also said, “The ZenFone AR is the world’s first Tango enabled and Daydream-ready phone, meaning it will provide high-quality virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experiences. With its powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and brilliant WQHD Super AMOLED display, the ZenFone AR is engineered to deliver optimal performance for VR and AR.”  This bit is confirmed about the upcoming ZenFone AR.advertisementAlso Read: Exclusive: Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom, ZenFone AR coming to India within two monthsFurther, rumours surfacing the web suggest that the ZenFone AR will sport a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED QHD with 1440×2560 pixels resolution and will be backed by a 3300mAh battery. While, on the camera front, the upcoming Asus ZenFone AR will come packed with a 23-megapixel Sony IMX318 module coupled with features like — TriTech+autofocus system, dual-PDAF, second-gen Laser Focus, and continuous-focus. The rear camera of the upcoming Asus device also supports 4-axis OIS (optical image stabilisation), 3-axis EIS (electronic image stabilisation) for video recording and is also capable of recording 4K video. On the front, the device will feature an 8-megapixel selfie shooter which comes coupled with an f/2.0 aperture and an 85-degree wide angle lens as well. However, for now, these specs should be taken with a pinch of salt.Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom is also coming soon. Dinesh Sharma, Director and Mobile Product Centre of ASUS India said while speaking exclusively with India Today Tech. He further says, “We’re going to be shortly launching the ZenFone 3 Zoom and the ZenFone AR in India. A fair time frame would be within two months.” However, Asus may not launch the ZenFone 3 Zoom and ZenFone AR together in one go though and could announce it one at a time. “These products are ready so they could come one after the other. Which one comes first and which comes second, is something I cannot precisely confirm as of this moment,” Sharma adds.last_img read more

Film Study: How Spreading the Field Helps the Run

first_imgThis week we’re going to take a look at three plays. They are all positive plays, weren’t many negative plays this week.First, I’d like to offer my condolences to the victims and families affected by Saturday’s homecoming tragedy. When I put my three year old to bed Saturday night and we said our prayers, I made sure for her to include the community of Stillwater. I’m not an aspiring writer, my grammar is terrible and I have poor sentence structure. I do this because I love talking OSU football, more importantly I love my OSU family. You are all family to me.I know I will never meet the majority of you, but we all share a special connection. I truly miss my time at OSU and cherish the memories of the great times I had in college. That’s why when I found out what happened, my heart sunk. I hate for my family to hurt, but I know Stillwater will pull through and the community will rally together.That’s what we always do, that’s who we are. The only silver lining in all of this is that when tragedy strikes, you get to see how truly wonderful people can be. I’d like to tip my hat to OU, Texas, Tech, Thunder, and the many other universities and people who’ve shown support and class towards OSU. #StillwaterstrongOnto the film breakdown, here OSU is lined up with trips left single receiver to the right. Notice how few defenders are in the middle of the field? It’s almost like Mike & Mike are reading my posts. Seriously though, this is what OSU is built for. If that safety starts to creep up towards the LOS, you have single coverage on the outside with no safety help over the top. Give me a post corner route for six, please.(FS1)(FS1)The play they run is a draw. The linemen are pass blocking with the receivers all running routes.Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 3.37.07 PMThanks to the fine gentleman in the comment section for showing me how to properly use paint, my graphics look like they weren’t done by a kindergartener. The delayed handoff freezes the safety circled next to the Big 12 logo.This opens up a free running lane for Carson. The linemen do a nice job of holding their blocks, another thing I love about this play and the alignment is it doesn’t rely on every lineman making their block.Notice the circle up top? Because of play design, OSU has taken all of those players out of the play. Kansas has to stay honest, because if they don’t Rudolph can audible out of run and throw the ball.Ideally, Carson needs to bounce it outside. He already has the safety committed one way, if he bounces to his right he’ll have the safety turned around and have one on one WR blocking a corner. He bounces it outside, good chance he scores. I can understand though, Carson’s eyes probably lit up when he didn’t have a defender hitting him five yards deep. Ultimately, this play is a success, OSU is now facing second and short.We will look at two more plays tomorrow.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Gallery Mein Schiff 6 Handed Over to TUI Cruises

first_imgGerman cruise line TUI Cruises celebrated the delivery of its new cruise ship Mein Schiff 6 on May 9, 2017. The ship was constructed by Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku.Featuring a length of around 294 meters, Mein Schiff 6 has 15 decks with around 1,267 staterooms and the capacity to carry approximately 2,534 passengers. It is the fourth ship in a series of vessels built in Turku for TUI Cruises.“We are very happy about the delivery of Mein Schiff 6 in time and excellent quality,” Wybcke Meier, TUI Cruises CEO, said.“With Mein Schiff 6 our goal was to improve further from previous ships with a few fine tunings based on passenger feedback and at the same time build it with fewer hours than before. At the same time we are ramping up our production volume to meet the demands of our long and stable order book,” Jan Meyer, CEO, said.With an order book reaching until 2024, Meyer Turku shipyard is facing a gradual ramp up of production in the coming years.“We are rebuilding the shipyard with heavy investments exceeding 100 million euros for a further increase in output,” Meyer added.Image Courtesy: Meyer Turkulast_img read more

Province Accepts All Nunn Commission Recommendations

first_imgThe province is taking action on recommendations from the Nunn Commission to improve community safety, prevent crime and enhance services for young people. The government announced today, Jan. 10, that all 34 recommendations made by Commissioner Merlin Nunn have been accepted and it will invest an initial $3 million to begin implementation. “Two years ago, all Nova Scotians were saddened at the tragic and senseless death of Theresa McEvoy, and we called the Nunn Commission to learn how similar tragedies can be prevented in the future,” said Justice Minister Murray Scott. “We are acting on this opportunity to set a course for a brighter future for youth in need, and improved safety for our communities.” Mr. Scott was joined by the ministers of Community Services, Health, Education, and Health Promotion and Protection to announce $1 million in funding to hire a senior official responsible for youth, to develop the youth strategy and to create a new family and youth services division; $461,000 to hire more mental health professionals to reduce delays in completing court-ordered assessments and $300,000 to hire two new Crown attorneys specializing in youth crime. As well, $1.3 million has been committed to support the new attendance centre and bail supervision program in Halifax Regional Municipality. Further investments for 2007-08, and for future years, will be guided by the consultation that Commissioner Nunn recommends with justice partners, and in the development of the provincial youth strategy. “Progress will not get lost in process,” said Mr. Scott. “To meet our accountability to Nova Scotians, we will issue a progress report on all recommendations within six months, by June. “Perhaps the clearest signal of our commitment is that more than half of Commissioner Nunn’s recommendations have already been completed or are underway,” he said. The Department of Community Services will lead in developing the comprehensive strategy for children and youth services in Nova Scotia. “We recognize that we can achieve the most success by supporting families and children in the early years,” said Community Services Minister Judy Streatch. “We will immediately begin work on a provincial strategy that focuses on the needs of children and youth. Our new family and youth services division will enable us to increase our support for families, particularly in the areas of early intervention, family counselling and youth at risk.” Recommendations on youth criminal justice will also be addressed. Commissioner Nunn made several recommendations to shorten the time it takes a youth’s case to proceed through the courts, and encouraged the province to continue advocating for improvements to the federal Youth Criminal Justice Act. “We need to ensure strong enforcement measures are in place, while looking at ways to speed up court processing times,” said Mr. Scott. “Today’s investment in court ordered assessments will help in the short-term, while we work with Justice partners to identify other solutions.” Mr. Scott has also met several times with the former federal justice minister to discuss Nova Scotia’s call for improvements to the Youth Criminal Justice Act, and spoke with the new minister earlier this week. “On behalf of this government, I want to extend my appreciation to Commissioner Nunn and Ms. McEvoy’s family for their unwavering commitment to ensuring that this inquiry leads to strengthened services and support for Nova Scotia’s youth and communities, said Mr. Scott. “We are committed to meeting this challenge, in memory of Theresa and for the benefit of all Nova Scotians.”last_img read more

March Break Activities at Museums

first_imgNova Scotia Museum sites are offering unique activities for families and visitors during March Break, March 12-20. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax is hosting 20,000 Leagues Under the Museum! Learn about Morse code, visit aquatic stations, and examine curious sea creatures. For more information, go to http://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca . The Museum of Natural History in Halifax will have live animals from Little Rays’ Reptile Zoo, Dinosaur Discovery: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas and a variety of hands-on activities. For more information, go to http://naturalhistory.novascotia.ca/ . The Museum of Industry in Stellarton is hosting Sportstastic for kids who like to move. Sport stations will be set up for kids to try basketball, soccer and mini golf. There will be an obstacle course, and a quieter space for younger children. Kids can build and decorate their own cut-out sports jersey and view lots of local sports memorabilia like vintage goalie masks, trophies, baseball gloves, and photos of athletes from the past. For more information, go to http://museumofindustry.novascotia.ca . Ross Farm Museum in New Ross is offering an outdoor winter experience, with a different theme for each day related to the farm. Weather permitting, there will be sleigh rides. For more information, go to http://rossfarm.novascotia.ca/ . The Firefighters’ Museum in Yarmouth is inviting visitors to discover the history of firefighting in Nova Scotia and see antique hand-drawn and operated engines. For more information, go to http://firefightersmuseum.novascotia.ca/. Hours of operation and schedules for March Break activities are available on each museum’s website. For a list of events happening at all museums visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/notes/nova-scotia-museum/march-break-at-the-nova-scotia-museum/10156524184210184 . -30-last_img read more

Government Establishes Independent Commission on Effective Electoral Representation

first_imgGovernment has established an independent commission to consult with Acadians, francophones and African Nova Scotians to determine what effective electoral representation could mean. The Commission on Effective Electoral Representation of Acadian and African Nova Scotians will travel across the province to consult with individuals and groups and make recommendations to government by Nov. 1. “As a proud Acadian, I greatly respect the commitment and passion that the Acadian and African Nova Scotian communities have shown on the issue of electoral representation,” said Michel Samson, Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie. “This commission will go beyond looking at electoral boundaries and help determine the ways minority groups could be engaged in and represented in the electoral process.” The commission will help determine what would encourage minority representation and what effective representation could mean for Acadians, francophones and African Nova Scotians. “The voice of African Nova Scotians is important and needs to be heard,” said Tony Ince, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. “I’m very pleased that the work of this commission will include both the Acadian and African Nova Scotian communities. Being more inclusive of both minority groups will no doubt provide extremely valuable insights.” Doug Keefe, independent consultant and former deputy minister of Justice with the province, will chair the commission. He is a lawyer and has been involved in a number of judicial public inquiries including those on the Marshall wrongful conviction, the Westray mine explosion and the Nunn youth justice report. The commission’s Acadian member is Kenneth Deveau, a vice president at Université Sainte-Anne. Mr. Deveau has done extensive research on the overall vitality of Acadian and francophone minority communities in Canada and co-authored a book on school and cultural autonomy. Sharon Davis-Murdoch is the African Nova Scotian member. She is co-president of the Health Association of African Canadians and the health lead for the local immigrant partnership. A social justice champion, Ms. Davis-Murdoch was a public servant for more than 20 years and helped to develop the first Provincial Guidelines for Culturally Competent, Primary Health Care. The final report and recommendations will inform the next Electoral Boundaries Commission which will be established by Jan. 31, 2018.last_img read more

George Brown launches sustainable fashion program to capitalize on reshored manufacturing

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “There’s no question that we feel responsible,” says George Brown fashion studies chair Marilyn McNeil-Morin. “We can’t just stand by and not do something. We want to be part of making a change.”As of fall 2017, George Brown is kicking off a sustainable fashion production grad program to train a skilled workforce attuned to sustainability.Whether they’re doing production here in Canada or overseas, brands are feeling mounting pressure to clean up their supply chain. Says McNeil-Morin, “There’s a science behind it. You’ve got to understand the whole textile production cycle: What chemicals are used? How is the dyeing done? Are companies you’re working with using ethical and sustainable practices or are they leaching pollutants into the earth?” Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement As bad press continues to plague mainstream fashion and more brands come home to avoid overseas headaches, George Brown College’s new sustainable fashion production program may be just what the Canadian apparel industry needs.What do you do when you learn that your dream job is contributing to one of the most destructive industries on the planet? The fashion world has been rocked by deadly factory collapses, damning documentaries and report after report detailing the industry’s devastating impacts on workers, waterways, you name it.But was it ancient philosopher Sun Tzu or an HSBC ad that once said, “From chaos comes opportunity”? Either way, one Toronto fashion school says all that bad press is opening a door for industry pros who know how make clothes ethically. Login/Register With: Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Humanitarian situation continues to crumble in northern Yemen – UN refugee agency

13 October 2009With fighting between Government forces and rebels showing no signs of letting up and stores having run out of basic supplies in northern Yemen, the United Nations refugee agency said today that the humanitarian situation in the area continues to deteriorate. Street battles continue to rage in Sa’ada city, while electricity is only available for six hours a day and water just twice a week, Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva.Some 150,000 people have been driven from their homes by fighting between Government forces and Al Houthi rebels that first erupted in 2004.UNHCR expressed its serious concern over the security situation of the camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Kaiwan, Amran governorate. Because of incidents that have taken place over the past three days, the agency has “requested the Government to suspend further development of the site and not to move the new IDPs there,” Mr. Mahecic said, also appealing to authorities to allow the UN to assist uprooted people outside the camp.A second site is urgently needed in Hajjah governorate, as IDPs continue fleeing to the area, he noted.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today that thousands of people – including many women and children – affected by the clashes have yet to be reached with humanitarian assistance.“The humanitarian situation is getting worse by the day,” cautioned Aboudou Karimou Adjibadé, the agency’s Representative in Yemen.According to UNICEF, thousands of children have limited access to safe water, food and hygiene over the past weeks, while malnutrition levels are on the rise.Thanks to cooperation with the Governments of Saudi Arabia and Yemen, a cross-border convoy loaded with enough UNHCR aid – including tents, blankets and hygiene items – for 2,000 people stranded near the border between the two countries crossed into Yemen over the weekend.“According to a recent Government assessment, there are between 3,000 and 4,000 displaced people in the border area, most of them in need of assistance and in a desperate situation after fleeing from the northern districts of Sa’ada province,” Mr. Mahecic, the UNHCR spokesperson, noted.The agency, he said, welcomed the call issued in recent days by John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, on all sides in the conflict to ensure that aid workers can reach those in need, noting that insecurity is hampering access to several areas.“I urge all involved in the conflict to ensure the protection of civilians in line with international humanitarian law, to allow us to reach those who need assistance, rapidly and without hindrance, and to enable civilians to leave insecure areas,” he said on Sunday, as he concluded his mission to Yemen.Humanitarian agencies have been able to reach some areas through local partnerships and the help of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), but continued insecurity, including attacks on aid convoys, still severely hampers access. “The humanitarian situation is serious,” said Mr. Holmes, who met some of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) during a stop in Hajjah governorate on Friday.“Without immediate assistance the humanitarian situation is bound to deteriorate and further endanger stability,” he warned.A $23.7 million Flash Appeal was issued in early September to provide life-saving support to the IDPs and tens of thousands of others who have been indirectly affected by the conflict, of which only 16 per cent has been covered, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today. read more

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif orders officials to send help to Sri Lanka

“Pakistan offers condolences to the Government and people of Sri Lanka over the loss of more than 200 precious lives and the displacement of more than 400,000 people due to the devastating floods and the record rainfall in Sri Lanka,” a statement by the Foreign Office said. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed his officials to send all the necessary assistance to the Government and people of Sri Lanka, as required for the rescue and relief operations, SAMAA TV reported.The Pakistan Government also extended condolences to Sri Lanka after the devastating floods and heavy rainfall killed more than 200 people and left thousands of others homeless in the island nation. “Pakistan expresses solidarity with all those who have suffered due to these rains,” it said. “The people of Pakistan stand with the brotherly people of Sri Lanka at this time of grief,” it added. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Losses in energy sector offsets other gains on TSX in latemorning trading

Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) The Canadian Press TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index was little changed in late-morning trading as losses in the energy sector were offset in part by gains in the industrial and materials sectors.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 4.69 points at 16,379.80.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 52.86 points at 26,309.39. The S&P 500 index was down 8.56 points at 2,916.02, while the Nasdaq composite was down 50.67 points at 7,922.72.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.20 cents US compared with an average of 75.21 cents US on Thursday.The October crude contract was down US$1.89 at US$54.82 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was down 2.2 cents at US$2.274 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$1.40 at US$1,538.30 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 1.10 cents at US$2.5665 a pound. read more

Leaders must integrate young people more closely into fight against HIV Annan

“National leaders must make programmes for young people a priority,” he said yesterday in a message to the second annual YouthAIDS benefit gala in New York. “We must maximize the participation of young people in prevention and care. We must work for a massive increase in education programmes and services for young people – especially for girls, orphans and other vulnerable children.”Half of today’s new HIV infections are among the young, but young people also have been at the forefront of successful prevention programmes, he said.”Wherever they have been empowered with the knowledge, skills and means to protect themselves, they have succeeded in battling HIV. They can bring to their peers convincing messages about safe sexual behaviour. And, in the most affected parts of the world, young people are compassionate and responsible caregivers to sick patients,” he said.In a video message Sunday to the 11th international conference of people living with HIV/AIDS, Mr. Annan said the people who were affected had learnt that treatment had to be part of any successful response to AIDS and had shown how effectively they could devise and carry out strategies for prevention and care.The people living with AIDS also had stood up admirably as “leaders in the struggle against stigma, silence and discrimination,” he told the conference in Kampala, Uganda.”The good news is, governments are starting to understand all this, too,” Mr. Annan said. “All governments have now declared their commitment to engaging people living with HIV/AIDS as full partners in their struggle against it.” read more

An outrage to Italian cuisine Nigella Lawson angers Italians with her controversial

first_imgBeloved chef Nigella Lawson is known for her sumptuous, indulgent yet easy recipes and never shies away from luxuriantly pouring in cream. This is a fact well-known about our national treasure – but Italians appear to be unimpressed by her excess.The cook has upset Italians to the point of outrage after posting her popular carbonara recipe on her Facebook page.She has been told that her cookery is a “disgrace” and she may as well “make it with turkey twizzlers” after posting her recipe which contains nutmeg, wine and cream on her page.Ms Lawson wrote: “I think spaghetti carbonara is what Meryl Streep cooks for Jack Nicholson in the film version of one of my favourite books, “Heartburn”, and it is so right, for that chin-dripping, love-soaked primal feast, the first time someone actually stays through the night.”  He wrote: “I love Nigella more than any Michelin starred chef. I tried almost every recipe of hers. And of course this one also.”It is dee-licious, really. Heavy but heavenly tasting. But it is not Carbonara. Using a name of a well known recipe, adjusting the original ingredients to one’s own taste and even adding others just creates confusion and wrong taste expectations. Yes, we take food very seriously.”Another Italian fumed: “This is a recipe of yours, it’s not Carbonara. No wine, no cream and egg yolks only in Italian real Carbonara”. 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. And another said: “The cream in the Carbonara is an outrage to Italian cuisine”.Nigella Lawson is known for putting a British twist on Italian recipes; she has said one of her favourite dishes is Marmite spaghetti.This isn’t the first time a British chef has caused outrage with a pasta recipe.Mary Berry angered viewers by putting cream and white wine instead of red in her bolognese sauce. However, it turned out this was actually close to the traditional recipe.center_img Italians flocked to her Facebook page to express their disgust at her choice of ingredients.One Italian raged: “Nigella you are a wonderful woman but your recipes are the DEATH of Italian recipes,literally!NO CREAM IN CARBONARA NEVER,only eggs.”Another instructed: “Uova, Pecorino, Guanciale,  Pepe, Arte.”L’arte della cucina Italiana non è un modo di pensare.”The art of Italian cooking is not a way of thinking.” One fan was saddened one of his favourite chefs did not follow the traditional Italian recipe.last_img read more

Blatant abuse of taxpayers dollars …as Govt business

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNo “widespread abuse” of State resources for political campaign – PresidentMarch 21, 2016In “latest news”Ramjattan admits govt using public funds for campaigningJune 22, 2019In “Local News”Opposition to Diplomats: Government has fallen, it cannot be business as usualDecember 29, 2018In “latest news” The Cabinet ministersThe A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition is campaigning heavily on State resources; and some observers have noted that this a blatant abuse of taxpayers’ money and a possible violation of the law.What was labelled as ‘Government business’ turned out to be a massive elections campaign, when a large ministerial convoy ventured to Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) at the weekend.Nineteen Ministers spent three days visiting various communities, making grand promises in exchange for votes.At the community of Tiger Pond, Minister of Citizenship Winston Felix made it clear that he was there simply to garner votes.“You understand why it is important for us to come and convince you that you should vote for this coalition,” Minister Felix remarked.He added: “If I wanted to go to church, I’d go to church in Georgetown. I wouldn’t come here for Sunday school. While I wouldn’t mind worshipping with you, but I come here to ask for your vote, let’s understand that clearly. Vote coalition!”Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan recalled that only 39 residents voted for the APNU/AFC coalition at the last General and Regional Election in 2015. He urged that, this time around, more residents vote for the coalition.“To the approximately 96 persons who did not support us on that occasion but rather cast their votes for the then Government, I’d like to ask you… to do the same this time, which is to give their support to the Government because this time around, we are the Government,” Minister Bulkan said.The coalition Government has been accused by many, including Opposition members and independent political commentators, of using taxpayers’ money to fund its elections campaign.Minister of State Joseph Harmon recently denied that these outreaches are part of the coalition’s elections campaign strategy. He insisted that it was strictly Government business.But the outreach in Region Nine, which was branded ‘Government business’, shows that APNU/AFC is campaigning on State resources.Both APNU and AFC, when they were in Opposition, strongly criticised the use of State resources for campaigning – a practice they are openly engaging in today.The coalition has also been accused of forcing State agencies, such as the Guyana Revenue Authority, to attend party sponsored events.Christopher RamOnly recently, outspoken Attorney Christopher Ram blasted the Government for misusing public money and reiterated the need for modern campaign financing laws which will prevent this kind of abuse from happening.However, he noted that there are existing laws which can be enforced to penalise defaulters.In Chapter 1:03 Part XIII of the Representation of the Peoples Act titled “Election Expenses”, a limit is placed on personal campaign expenses to GY$25,000 per candidate and a maximum sum of GY$50,000 multiplied by a maximum number of 53 from a total number of 65 candidates for each contesting political party.And according to Section 120 (1) of the amended Act, following elections, political parties’ election agents have 35 days in which to submit financial returns to the Chief Elections Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Elections Commission, disclosing on behalf of candidates and their parties, all payments made by the party’s election agent, amounts of personal expenses paid by each candidate, all disputed and unpaid claims, all monies, securities, and those received for the conduct of the elections, the names of donors and contributors, among others.However, since the enactment of these regulations (Act 24 of 1990) they have neither been observed by contesting political parties nor enforced by the CEO. read more

Uros Zorman about Szegeds clash It wont be easy

Polish champion Vive Targi Kielce will meet Hungarian vice-champion PICK Szeged in the VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 16 phase. As group winner team of Bogdan Wenta had a chance to “pick” team from the weakest “pot 4”, but still that won’t be easy job for the Polish champion:– There was a draw of 16 best European teams, so there isn’t easy rival in this phase. As group winner, we are favorites in clashes with PICK Szeged – good team, who is especially dangerous in front of noisy domestic fans.I know that they have two good Hungarian goalkeepers, but also some Balkan players. Larholm playing in Szeged since the last summer and also there is Frantisek Sulc. PICK is good team who can play good defense – said Slovenian playmaker Uros Zorman. Pick SzegedPolish handball championVive Targi Kielce ← Previous Story EHF CL: Silkeborg – Barcelona “sold-out” in three hours! Next Story → Bundesliga (Round 22): Fuchse Berlin unable to prevent defeat in Kiel read more

CEC to meet president 1 Nov

first_imgAbdul Hamid and KM Nurul HudaChief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda and other election commissioners will meet president Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban on 1 November.The president is scheduled to meet the CEC and other election commissioners around 4:00pm, said president’s press secretary Md Joynal Abedin while talking to UNB.last_img

The Entrepreneurs Behind This Multibillion Dollar Company Share Why Success Is Nothing

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. June 14, 2018 Editor’s Note: Entrepreneur’s “20 Questions” series features both established and up-and-coming entrepreneurs and asks them a number of questions about what makes them tick, their everyday success strategies and advice for aspiring founders.Managing money and making it grow can be a confusing and expensive proposition.Baiju Bhatt and Vlad Tenev started their investing platform Robinhood to try and make even the most novice investor feel comfortable and figure out a system that works for them — whether they are going for more traditional stocks or working in the world of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Etherium.Rather than make a commission on those investments, Robinhood’s business model is based around a monthly premium service Robinhood Gold, which allows users to increase their buying power and gain access to after-hours trading. It also brings in revenue by collecting interest on the cash and securities in user accounts, similar to how banks treat cash deposits.Since launching the platform in in 2013, the company has grown to a user base of more than than 4 million users and over $100 billion in transaction volume. To date, they have also raised $539 million in funding, valuing the business at $5.6 billion.We caught up with Bhatt and Tenev to ask them 20 Questions and find out what makes them tick.Related: This Successful Entrepreneur Shares the Simple Mantra That Helps Her Take Big Risks1. How do you start your day?Baiju Bhatt: I’m usually out of bed by 7am and try to get to the office early, which gives me a couple of uninterrupted hours to work on my individual projects. Tinkering with, and building the products Robinhood ships brings me joy.Vlad Tenev: I wake up at around 6:30 am and spend some time with my wife, Celina, and our 1-year-old daughter, Nora, who enjoys crawling around the house as I get dressed and ready for work. Spending time with my family before I get to work is an essential part of my morning routine, and gets me motivated and ready to tackle the work day.2. How do you end your day?Bhatt: Most nights of the week I make it a point to get home in time to have dinner with my wife. It’s a simple routine to maintain my work-life balance.Tenev: I try to come home around 7:30 pm, in time for Nora’s nightly bath. Sometimes, I come back to the office around 9 pm, or work a bit more from home until I go to bed, usually around 11:00 pm.3. What’s a book that changed your mind and why?Bhatt: Brighter Than a Thousand Suns by Robert Jungk and Surely You’re Joking, Mr Feynman! by Richard Feynman were both books my father purchased for me when I was in high school. Both left a lasting impression on me, because they chronicle the lives of some of the most creative scientists of the 21st century.Tenev: I recently read Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, who is probably better known for writing The Black Swan. This book discusses systems that actually improve as a result of volatility and external stressors. The general concept is applicable to many fields beyond biology, for instance finance, economics and monetary policy.4. What’s a book you always recommend and why?Bhatt: The Case for Mars by Robert Zubrin. I’m fascinated by the privatization of the space industry, and Zubrin’s literature provides an inspiring perspective on what the colonization of Mars could look like.  Tenev: I like the classics such as The Republic by Plato and The Art of War by Sun Tzu. I think there is something special about books that have stood the test of time and been read by millions of people over millennia.5. What’s a strategy to keep focused?Bhatt: I limit how often I let technology interrupt my day, which given my line of work, isn’t always easy. So, for example, I turned off all notifications on my phone a few years ago. I also prefer taking notes with a notebook and pen rather than in an app.Tenev: Over the past few years I’ve become much more deliberate about how I spend my time. At work, this involves scheduling time in advance to prepare for important meetings and also just to think. Outside of the office, I rarely stay up late or go out at night. I make sure I am well-rested and at the top of my game, even on weekends.6. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?Bhatt: I wanted to be a physicist. When I was growing up, my father worked at NASA and he would buy me science books for my birthdays.Tenev: My childhood dream was to be a writer. When I was in sixth grade I remember being very upset by the ending of Animal Farm by George Orwell. I wrote a full-length sequel [to the book]l in which a group of kind and just animals take back control of the farm.7. What did you learn from the worst boss you ever had?Bhatt: I’ve only had one real job in my life before I started my first company with Vlad, so I haven’t had a bad boss experience. Hopefully, it stays that way.Tenev: I never had an actual boss because I mostly did research prior to starting my first finance company. I wish I had a lot more hands-on mentorship from the research supervisors that I worked with.8. Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work?Bhatt: Vlad. He’s persistent, creative and cool-as-a-cucumber in the most stressful of situations.Tenev: Baiju is probably the person I’ve spent the largest amount of time working with, and I try to emulate whenever possible. I admire Baiju’s strong product intuition and ability to drive us to build products that customers really love.9. What’s a trip that changed you?Bhatt: I’ve taken quite a few road trips across the country as an adult, and each time I’m reminded of the diverse backgrounds and experiences of Americans, and the abundance of our natural resources.Tenev: When I was in high school I went on a school trip to the Galapagos Islands. I learned that there are places in the world that are basically untouched by humans, and I yearn to return.10. What inspires you and why?Bhatt: I’m inspired by those whose creativity has changed the world —  from Alexander Hamilton, to Richard Feynman and Steve Jobs. Tenev: I’m inspired by great entrepreneurs, scientists and creative builders who have changed the world they inhabit through grit and determination.Related: Health and Beauty Mogul Bobbi Brown Shares The Biggest Time Sucker — and What You Can Do About It11. What was your first business idea and what did you do with it?Bhatt: Before we launched Robinhood, our first joint startup business was offering tools for hedge funds and banks to build automated trading strategies. This was the precursor to Robinhood, and inspired us to bring existing technology to the retail brokerage market.12. What was an early job that taught you something important or useful?Bhatt: The summer after my senior year of high school I worked on a particle accelerator at Jefferson Lab. I learned the importance of being able to figure out how to get stuff done even though I had jumped into the deep end.  Tenev: When I was in elementary school my friend and I set up a stand in the neighborhood to sell household tools. Selling is a basic skill that unfortunately isn’t taught in schools.13. What’s the best advice you ever took?Bhatt: Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford commencement speech. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”Tenev: Choose a great life partner! True for both my co-founder and my wife; they make me better with each passing day.14. What’s the worst piece of advice you ever got?Bhatt: In the context of Robinhood, we’ve gotten advice on the rate at which we should grow our team. Robinhood has been able to scale by hiring the right people, not the most people.Tenev: When we first started the company, we got turned down by about 75 investors. If we had listened to most of the advice we were given then, Robinhood wouldn’t be what it is today.15. What’s a productivity tip you swear by?Bhatt: Take lots of notes. Details matter.Tenev: Write everything down.16. Is there an app or tool you use in a surprising way to get things done or stay on track?Bhatt: Maybe it’s not that surprising, but having a notebook and a pencil handy is all I need.Tenev: I’m not really answering the question here, but for the past several months I have been keeping my phone in a different room when I sleep. Also, when I have my phone with me I keep it on Do Not Disturb mode. There’s nothing worse for my productivity than constantly being interrupted.17. What does work-life balance mean to you?Bhatt: Having the mental space to focus just on work at the office, and just on family and relaxing at home.Tenev: I try to optimize my life around working and spending time with my wife and daughter, which is what I enjoy the most. Everything else I put on the backburner.18. How do you prevent burnout?Bhatt: Daily exercise and spending time in nature.Tenev: Try a scene change — go to the gym, on a hike, or take a vacation.19. When you’re faced with a creativity block, what’s your strategy to get innovating?Bhatt: I like debating and challenging my assumptions, especially on tough problems. I like working with people who come to different conclusions, and seek to understand their thinking.Tenev: Ignore the problem for a few days, get the subconscious mind working on it. When you’re doing something totally unrelated, the solution might just pop into your head.20. What are you learning now?Bhatt: I’m learning to be a better public speaker and leader of people. As the organization and headcount at Robinhood has grown to over 150 employees, it’s a fascinating new challenge.Tenev: I have been learning the Irish Whistle and trying to teach my daughter how to play it. It’s a small, recorder-type instrument, and it should be easy to play. I’m excited about teaching my daughter the joy of music. Register Now »center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 10 min readlast_img read more