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Duronto derails in Ratnagiri

first_imgPANAJI: The front trolley of the Ernakulam–Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Duronto Express derailed between Sawantwadi Road and Zarap stations in Ratnagiri around 3 p.m. on Thursday. No casualties or injuries were reported.An accident relief medical van and accident relief trains were sent t from Ratnagiri and Verna respectively. Konkan Railway officials left for the site too. Train traffic was affected, but restored at 7.20 p.m., an official said. Passengers can visit www.konkanrailway.com or call 022–27587939 for train inquiry.last_img

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U.S. Energy Department to make researchers’ papers free

first_imgThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today unveiled its answer to a White House mandate to make the research papers it funds free for anyone to read: a Web portal that will link to full-text papers a year after they’re published. Once researchers are up to speed and submitting their manuscripts, that will mean 20,000 to 30,000 new free papers a year on energy research, physics, and other scientific topics.Although the plan will expand public access to papers, some onlookers aren’t happy. That’s because the papers will not reside in a central DOE database, but mostly on journal publishers’ websites. Open-access advocates say that will limit what people can do with the papers.”The DOE’s plan contains some steps in the right direction, but has some serious holes. Most critically, it doesn’t adequately address the reuse rights needed for the public to do more than simply read individual articles,” says Heather Joseph, executive director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC). (The same gripes will likely apply to the National Science Foundation’s public access plan, which has not yet been issued but is expected to be similar to DOE’s.)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(*)DOE is responding to a February 2013 memo from the White House directing federal research agencies to come up with a plan for allowing free access to taxpayer-funded, peer-reviewed manuscripts within 12 months after the paper appears in a journal. That would put agencies in line with the National Institutes of Health, which since 2008 has required its grantees to submit their accepted manuscripts to its PubMed Central archive for posting within 12 months of publication.Many publishers dislike PubMed Central—they say it infringes on journal copyright and diverts readers from their websites, cutting into advertising revenues. With those concerns in mind, in its 2013 memo the White House didn’t mandate that agencies establish a central repository but instead allowed them to devise their own plans for providing access to papers.Under the DOE plan, people will find papers through a searchable Web portal called PAGES (Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science). The portal will contain each paper’s metadata—such as the title, authors, and journal issue—and will link to the full-text PDF. That PDF will either be on the publisher’s website, or if the publisher won’t share it after 12 months, at a repository run by the researcher’s DOE lab or university. Once the publisher is ready to make it freely available, the repository link will be replaced with a link to the paper on the journal’s website.In case papers disappear when a journal folds or a link breaks, DOE will also create a “dark archive” of the full-text papers. But this is only “an insurance policy” for individual papers; the dark archive will not be accessible to the public, says Brian Hitson, acting director of the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information. Linking to the final paper on the publisher’s site ensures that people find the “best version” with any revisions or corrections, DOE says. It also responds to the memo’s requirement that the plan be “as cost-effective as possible,” Hitson says.The beta rollout of PAGES contains about 6500 papers and abstracts only for some, Hitson says. As it grows, abstracts will be added. A requirement that DOE-funded researchers submit metadata and links for their papers goes into effect on 1 October. It will take some time to “socialize” scientists to the requirement and for papers to build up, Hitson says.Many journals will provide the link through CHORUS, a coalition of commercial publishers and scientific societies (including AAAS, which publishes ScienceInsider). CHORUS is tagging papers with the funding agency so they can be tracked.Open-access advocates such as University of California, Berkeley, biologist Michael Eisen slammed CHORUS when publishers announced the program last year. They prefer a full-text government archive like PubMed Central so it is possible to “text mine,” or search across the entire body of papers. “Under this [DOE] plan, the public’s ability to download, text/data mine, and digitally analyze these articles is severely limited,” SPARC’s Joseph agrees.But Frederick Dylla, executive director and CEO of the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and a board member of CHOR Inc., which runs CHORUS, says the group is “working towards” allowing full-text and data mining. At the same time, he says there is little demand for text mining. He says AIP has never gotten a request for its more than 1 million articles; Elsevier, the publishing giant, gets only about six requests a year, he says. Text mining journal articles is “a field that’s just beginning,” he says.last_img read more

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INDIANS ON FIELD

first_imgMEDAL WINNERSWEIGHTLIFTING Women’s (48kg): 1. Augustina Nwaokolo (NGR) 175 kg; 2. Soniya Chanu (IND) 167 kg; 3. Sandhya Rani Devi Atom (IND) 165 kgMen’s (56kg): 1. Amirul Hamizan Ibrahim (MAS) 257kg; 2. Sukhen Dey (IND) 252kg; 3. Srinivasa Rao (IND) 248kgWINNERSSQUASHMen’s singles (Rd I): Siddharth Suchde (IND) bt Michael Hopkins (JER); Harinder Pal Sandhu (IND) bt Shopon Pervez (BAN); Saurav Ghosal (IND x11) bt Ian Rukunya (UGA)BADMINTONMixed team pool (Gr D): India bt KenyaTENNISMen’s singles (Rd I): Rohan Bopanna (IND) bt Robert Buyinza (UGA) Women’s singles (Rd I): Rushmi Chakravarthi (IND) bt Pinki Monthla (LES) Mixed doubles (Rd 1): Leander Paes/Sania Mirza (IND) bt Stacey Nykita Roheman/Alberton Richelieu (LCA)TABLE TENNISWomen’s team event: India bt Sri Lanka Men’s team event: India bt VanuatuLAWN BOWLSWomen’s pairs: India bt Cook IslandsARCHERYQualifiers: Women’s individual recurve: Deepika Kumari; Dola Banerjee Men’s individual recurve: Rahul Banerjee; Jayanta TalukdarLOSERSSQUASHMen’s singles: Ryan Cuskelly (AUS x14) bt Sandeep Jangra (IND)LAWN BOWLSMen’s triples: Australia bt India Women’s pairs: Australia bt India SWIMMING Men’s 4x100m freestyle relay final: India finish 6th Women’s 200m freestyle: Surabhi Tipre; Arti Bajarang Ghorpade Men’s 50m backstroke: Balakrishnan M Badrinath; Praveen Tokas Men’s 400m freestyle: Anandrao Mandar; P Gagan Women’s 200m individual medley: Pooja AlvaARCHERYMen’s 400m freestyle: Jignas Chittiboma; CR Srither; Ritul Chaterjee Women’S individual compound: Gagandeep Kaur; Jhano Hansdah; Bheigyabati ChanuTABLE TENNISWomen’s team event: India lose to New ZealandDRAWHOCKEYWomen’s (Gr A): India 1 Scotland 1last_img read more

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Believe it! 76ers Roll with Meek Mill Past Heat in Game 5

first_imgPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons shined again in front of rapper Meek Mill, and the dominant duo ushered the nightmares-into-dreams Process of the Philadelphia 76ers into the second round with a 104-91 win over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.The 76ers, winners of 10 games just two seasons ago, are in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs for the first time since 2012.They await the winner of Milwaukee-Boston. The Celtics lead the series 3-2.The Sixers won the series 4-1 and turned the Wells Fargo Center into the wildest house party in the city. Embiid had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Simmons had 14 points and 10 boards, and the entire team had rappers, politicians, actors and kids dancing along for the ride.Mill made a dramatic return hours after Pennsylvania’s highest court ordered him freed while he appeals decade-old gun and drug convictions.WARRIORS 99, SPURS 91OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 25 points, Draymond Green led a smothering Golden State defense and the Warriors held off late-charging San Antonio to win Game 5 and advance to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs.Klay Thompson had another stellar shooting performance with 24 points, and Green contributed all over with 17 points, a career-playoff high 19 rebounds and seven assists. Golden State looked dominant until the fourth quarter even without injured two-time MVP Stephen Curry — and he could be back soon from a left knee injury.LaMarcus Aldridge converted a three-point play with 1:31 left that pulled the Spurs within 93-89, and then a pair of free throws at 57.2 to make it a two-point game. Green responded with a long jumper at the top of the key then two free throws with 9.1 seconds remaining.The Warriors will face New Orleans in the West semifinals beginning this weekend at Oracle Arena, having smoothly eliminated the Spurs aside from a brief Game 4 blip Sunday at San Antonio. New Orleans, coached by former Golden State top assistant Alvin Gentry, swept Portland in the first round.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Arsenal to heed ‘good warning’ from Rome before CSKA showdown

first_imgReuse this content Arsenal Read more Share via Email With the Europa League now the priority for Arsenal by virtue of the fact that winning the trophy is their only realistic chance of qualifying for the Champions League, Wenger will not take any chances in Moscow and is set to recall six players who were rested for the 3-2 win against Southampton on Sunday, even though his team are in a commanding position.“The best way to build on the advantage is to try to win the game, so we will play with our best possible team and have a positive attitude,” said the Arsenal manager, who revealed Granit Xhaka will be absent with flu.“We are in a position where I don’t think we are under threat of complacency. It is an important target for us to go as far as possible [in the competition]. Tuesday night [in Rome] may be a good warning for us but let us not go overboard as well. Yes, we have a big job to do but we are in a strong position and it is how we approach the game that will be vital.”For all their toils this season, Arsenal arrive in Moscow in good shape. Wenger’s side have emerged from the “negative spiral” Laurent Koscielny talked about before the game in Milan last month, when four successive defeats left them in a tailspin, to put together their best run of the season. The restorative victory at San Siro that followed Koscielny’s remarks heralded the start of a six‑game winning sequence that has delivered 18 goals, lifted confidence and put a few smiles back on faces.Yet there is still no getting away from the fact Arsenal’s season will be defined by what happens in the Europa League. Asked whether his own future also depends on success in the competition, Wenger did his best to avoid the question. “The Europa League is important for us, everyone knows that,” he replied. “We are at a stage where we focus on it because in the Premier League we have a very, very, very slim chance to move further up, so the Europa League is one of the big targets now.” Share on Twitter The game against CSKA, who have failed to win any of their past six home fixtures against Premier League opposition, takes place against a backdrop of political tension between the British government and the Kremlin, and only 300 or so Arsenal supporters have made the trip.“Sport can always play a positive role in life and between countries as well. That is why football is a good opportunity always to facilitate relations,” Wenger said, when asked about diplomatic relations. “I am convinced that [tonight] will be absolutely normal and the World Cup will be perfectly well organised. I have no problem about that. But maybe sport will have a more active role during this period than ever.”CSKA Moscow (3-1-4-2, probable) Akinfeev; V Berezutski, Ignashevich, A Berezutski; Natkho; Nababkin, Dzagoev, Golovin, Kuchayev; Musa, Wernbloom.Arsenal (4-2-3-1, probable) Cech; Bellerín, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal; Ramsey, Elneny; Özil, Wilshere, Welbeck; Lacazette.Referee Felix Zwayer (Ger). Arsène Wenger Share on LinkedIn European club football ‘A historic humiliation for Barcelona’ – Roma win stuns Spanish press CSKA Moscow news Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Mesut Özil given free ride by rusting hulks of Russian football past Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Read more Topics With Roma’s extraordinary comeback against Barcelona fresh in the mind, Arsène Wenger said there will be no complacency among his Arsenal players as they take on CSKA Moscow with a healthy 4-1 lead from the first leg and desperate to reach their first European semi-final in nine years.Wenger described the remarkable events in the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday, where Roma won 3-0 to go through on away goals, as a “good warning” for Arsenal, who find themselves in exactly the same position as Barcelona were in before the second leg and determined to avoid similar ignominy.last_img read more

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Arsenal in talks with Torreira as Adli snubs Gunners

first_imgPremier League Arsenal in talks with Torreira as Adli set to snub Gunners for new PSG deal Chris Wheatley Arsenal Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 01:36 6/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lucas Torreira, Yacine Adli Getty Premier League Arsenal Transfers The highly rated French youngster is set to sign an extension with his boyhood club after turning down Unai Emery’s side Paris Saint-Germain youngster Yacine Adli is expected to turn down Arsenal after being persuaded by PSG sporting director Antero Henrique to sign a new contract, Goal understands, though talks between the Emirates side and Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira are ongoing.The 17-year-old had initially agreed to join the Gunners upon the expiration of his contract at the Parc des Princes, with new Gunners head coach Unai Emery playing a significant part in persuading Adli to join the club.Adli was in London over the weekend to meet his agent who lives in the city, but Goal has learned that no talks with Arsenal took place during his short stay in the capital. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move However, Henrique is now understood to have offered Adli assurances which include the promise of further first-team opportunities.An attacking midfielder who has played for his country at Under-16, U-17 and U-18 level with France, Adli has scored 13 goals in 23 appearances at national team level.Despite a lack of first-team experience, he has been a regular in the PSG squad that competed in the UEFA Youth League, turning out alongside the likes of USA international Timothy Weah for the young Parisians last season.The Ligue 1 champions, meanwhile, have struggled to retain much of the best talent coming through their youth system in recent times, with their prospects frustrated by the lack of first-team opportunities on offer at Parc des Princes.As such, Claudio Gomes and Dan-Axel Zagadou have left for the likes of Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund in recent times. Lucas Torreira, SampdoriaArsenal meanwhile are in talks with Sampdoria over the signing of 22-year-old defensive midfielder Torreira. The Uruguay international has a €25m (£22m) release clause in his deal with the Serie A club and while the transfer fee is not likely to become a sticking point, the Gunners still need to reach an agreement with the player’s representatives. Torreira is one of several players identified to improve Arsenal’s spine this summer, with a new goalkeeper and defender also being targeted. Confirmation of Sokratis Papastaphopoulos’ arrival at Emirates Stadium looks set to come at the beginning of July as Borussia Dortmund do not want the transfer to go through until the next fiscal year. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Swill: Five Barrel-Aged Gins You Need to Try

first_imgSwill is our bi-monthly column dedicated to liquor, wine, beer, and every other delicious dram that falls under the broader umbrella of booze. But it’s more than just tasting notes scribbled on a cocktail napkin — Swill is about getting outside of your comfort zone, trying new things, and exploring the big, wide world of libations. One week you might catch us halfway through a bottle of single-malt scotch, and the week after that we might be buzzing on some Ugandan moonshine made from bananas. This column is just one big boozy adventure, so grab yourself a glass and join us for another round.If you’ve never had the pleasure of drinking gin that’s been aged in an oak barrel, you’re not living life to the fullest. Just as with other spirits –whiskey, rum, tequila, cognac, wine– barrel aging does something magical to gin. It mellows the spirit’s boozy bite, brings out certain botanicals, and depending on the type of barrel and style of aging, imparts the gin with wonderful new flavor notes you wouldn’t otherwise get.Lately we’ve been on a bit of a gin kick, and over the past couple months we’ve encountered a few bottles that have blown our socks off. Here’s what you should keep an eye out for during your next trip to the liquor store:Jasper’s Barrel Aged GinFirst of all, we’ve got to give props Charleston Distilling for reigniting our love affair with aged gin. They sent us this bottle of this stuff  to try out, and it was so good we’ve been “chasing the dragon” for the past two months trying to find something that compares. The gin spends 60 days in a six-year old bourbon barrel — just enough time to mellow and pick up the characteristic sweetness from the barrel’s previous occupant. Floral on the nose with heavy notes of lemongrass and anise, this gin is extremely approachable.Four Pillars Barrel Aged GinMade in Australia, this one is easily the most exotic of the bunch. Four Pillars makes it’s gin with a unique blend of botanicals, including whole oranges, lemon myrtle, and Tasmanain pepperberry leaf. This highly aromatic concoction is then sent to age in a solera of nine French Oak barrels for about three or four months, which mellows it out and makes it one of the best sipping gin’s we’ve ever encountered. It’s certainly a bit on the spendy side, but totally worth it.Citadelle Reserve GinThis is probably one of the easiest barrel aged gins to track down, and lucky for you, it’s also one of the best. Citadelle is known for it’s Cognac, so it knows a thing or two about barrel aging. This stuff is aged for six months in French Oak using the solera method — so the barrel is never fully emptied, and un-aged gin is added in periodically. The end result is a wonderfully complex, vanilla-kissed gin with a faint hint of cinnamon.Rusty Blade GinMade in the Bay Area, this gin is about as hyphy as they come. Unlike some of the others on this list, it’s aged for 13 months in French Oak barrels, so it goes hella big on flavor, yadidimean? It’s bold, spicy, and at 124 proof, will knock you on your ass if you’re not careful. In a lot of ways, it tastes like the missing link between gin and whiskey. Even if you think you “don’t like gin”, you might actually dig this stuff. It’s completely different than the boring, run-of-the-mill gins you’ve probably tried.Corsair Barrel Aged GinCorsair is a distillery full of madmen. They experiment more than any distillery we know of, and as such, regularly come up with wildly unique concoctions that defy categorization. Their barrel aged gin is aged for six months in barrels that once held spiced rum, giving the elixir a creamy, sweet, and sort of peppery flavor. Since this was a limited release, it’s pretty hard to track down a bottle these days but if you’re lucky enough to find one –be it online or in a brick-and-mortar establishment– buy it before somebody else does. The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour 10 Best Gins Under $20: Just Add Tonic The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less Editors’ Recommendations 5 of the Best Aged Tequilas to Drink When the Weather Cools Down 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damnlast_img read more

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Kate Moss Features In Hear The World Calendar

first_imgKate Moss, Lana Del Rey and Tobey Maguire are just three of the many celebrities to be pictured in expressive photographs for the 2014 Hear The World calendar.They have all been captured on camera by photographer Bryan Adams, posing with one hand behind the ear – the Hear the World pose synonymous with conscious hearing. The striking images help to raise awareness of the importance of good hearing and the consequences of hearing loss.All proceeds from the sale of the calendar will go to the Hear the World Foundation, which runs a global campaign to help people in need as a result of a hearing loss. The calendar will be available to buy in a limited edition from November 12, 2013 from www.hear-the-world.com at a price of USD 40.The non-profit Hear the World Foundation wants to create a world in which everyone has the chance to experience good hearing. As well as running a long-term campaign to raise awareness, the foundation primarily focuses on providing aid.In particular, it promotes projects that support children with hearing loss, to enable them to develop at an appropriate rate for their age. Since 2006, Hear the World has supported more than 50 projects across five continents and has already given countless people the chance to enjoy a better life.Anyone can make a contribution to the foundation’s work by buying the 2014 Hear the World calendar. The calendar would be a perfect Christmas present for anyone wanting to give something special and help a good cause at the same time. The striking collection of black and white photographs is not only a work of art but also serves to support people with hearing loss throughout the world.Actor Tobey Maguire, up-and-coming star and singer Lana del Rey and supermodel Kate Moss are just three of the highlights in this year’s calendar. A total of 13 stars – including Sergei Polunin, Ben Kingsley, Anne V and Charlotte Gainsbourg – are featured on the cover and on the pages for each month of the year.Special commitment to helping children with hearing lossOne key element of the Hear the World Foundation’s work is the provision of audiological care to children with hearing loss. This involves supplying hearing aids and organizing sustainable support in cooperation with local partners such as Ear-Nose-Throat doctors, hearing care professionals and speech therapists. This ensures that children with hearing loss receive professional care on an ongoing basis and are given the chance to enjoy a better quality of life.Order your copy of the limited edition 2014 Hear the World calendar now here.last_img read more

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Canadians should be outraged over stories of coerced sterilization says NDP MP

first_img(The woman above previously told APTN she was pressured into sterilization at the Saskatoon Royal University Hospital in 2008. APTN file photo.)Nation to NationIt’s completely unimaginable.You go to the hospital to give birth and leave never able to do so again.Over 100 women, mostly Indigenous, have come forward to say they were coerced, or forced, into sterilization.And mainly in Saskatchewan.“We should be outraged as Canadians that this is happening because this is about a value judgement about who gets to give birth in this country and who doesn’t,” said NDP MP Rachel Blaney Thursday on Nation to Nation.A class-action lawsuit was filed in 2017 against Saskatchewan and its health authority, as well as several doctors in the province, and the federal government.It began with two woman but lawyer Alisa Lombard said that number has grown since word began to spread. Each woman is seeking $7 million in damages.“You have women who are going into have children, in publicly funded hospitals, hoping for that beautiful experience, having a child is or ought to be. And they’re leaving unable to have any more, against their will,” said Lombard of the Saskatoon-based law firm Semaganis Worme Lombard.Any woman that has given birth knows the moment following delivery is likely the worst time to be making life-altering decisions but that’s what Lombard said women have told her.“It’s chaotic. It’s not a time when you can have these long, lengthy conversations about what you to do for the rest of your life,” she said.It is also alleged to have happened while in labour according to one of the women who previously told APTN that staff at the Saskatoon Royal University Hospital pressured her into sterilization during the birth of her second child in 2008.Watch the full episode of Nation To Nation While most of the cases date between 1990s to the early 2000s, Lombard said a woman came forward saying it happened to her just last December.And it could spread across the country.“We are examining the possibility of expanding and we will do so at a time and place that we think is appropriate,” she said.The Senate’s committee on human rights started looking at the matter last week to figure out the scope of the issue.It hasn’t become a criminal investigation, yet.“If people were having things done without informed consent that’s breaking the law,” said Cathy McLeod, Conservative shadow critic on Indigenous Affairs.While Canada is a defendant in the class-action, Liberal MP Marc Miller encouraged people to come forward.“The fact that it is happening to Indigenous women makes it even more so despicable. We encourage anyone that has had this happen to them to step forward and contact the RCMP or authorities and report it,” said Miller.N2N@aptn.calast_img read more

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Doubting Darija Why Its Still Controversial to Use Moroccan Language In

Rabat – Heated disagreements accompanied the new school-year start as Arabic dialect terms appeared in the official 2nd grade textbooks, reigniting controversy over the ailing education system.The Moroccan education system has been relentlessly striving for reform and empowerment since the closing decades of the last century. Today, the intellectual and the layman all know the troubles of the public school and the corruption crippling the colossal system of education and training.The organization of schools and vocational institutes, colleges, universities, and training bodies with both private and public ownerships under the control and supervision of delegations, academies, and councils is very complicated. They belong to either joint or independent ministries, making the education sector a complex fabric to figure out. Added to this is the constant change of high-ranking education officials, which automatically yields inconsistent and incongruent policies of education. The gloomy picture gets darker as corruption finds safe shelter and spreads like a contagious plague in an already critical state of affairs.The imperfections of Moroccan public education are many and varied. Yet, the question of language remains unaddressed seriously and unsettled over the reform attempts and the occasional policies. Language variation, supposedly an asset to any nation and source of pride and diversity, has become a blight on the path to re-innovating the system.Interestingly, however, after the serious argument over whether Arabic or French should take over as a means of instruction, another controversy surfaced due to the boom of the English language worldwide.  Some contended that English is undeniably the best medium of instruction and must be the first foreign language of any country.Moroccan debate over the past years has rested on whether French or English should be the channel of instruction in public schools and universities of the nation, as is the case in many private institutes. In this tense rivalry between powerful languages, a notorious voice appeared advocating for the integration of Darija (Moroccan Arabic), an unwritten dialect, in education.While most Moroccans overlooked the idea with sarcasm and underestimation in its early beginnings, the newly updated curricula for 2018 first primary school years have included Darija words with illustrative pictures in the midst of Arabic lessons. The words were written and pronounced as if they are common Arabic terms. The pictures and words of food items from Moroccan cuisine caused, first, surprise, before it grew, like a snow ball, into public outcry and indignation on social media.The “virtual” discontent was further provoked by more fabricated pictures and texts alluding to social degeneration and disrespect of Morocco’s cultural identity. One example included a girl taking off her pants to urinate in the open air; another had a boy and a girl initiate a relationship. The fake images and texts were later identified.Some social media users not only blamed the public for blind consumption and baseless accusations of the Ministry of Education, but also supported the insertion of such words in textbooks, claiming that Arabic is not a sacred language.  Despite the linguistic diversity in Morocco, in education at least, Darija has never been mentioned to be used or empowered in all the preceding official reform plans.Neither the National Charter for Education and Training nor the Emergency Plan nor, lately, the Strategic Vision 2015-2030 have endorsed any promotion of Darija, while all the main languages have been maintained with differing degrees and variable importance. Over the last years, the only tense debate following the monarch’s 2014 discourse on language-in-education review took place in the Higher Council for Education Training and Scientific Research (HCETSR) on whether French or English should be the first foreign language and medium of instruction in secondary and tertiary education’s scientific and technical streams.While some saw a probable radical shift to English, French has been announced to continue to be the medium of teaching in the advanced schooling phases. While many voices and bodies denounced the gradually eclipsing role of standard Arabic in schools, Darija was not even deemed worthy of discussion.Yet, subtle efforts for the promotion of dialects in educational use started decades ago in the era of foreign occupation, not only in Morocco, but in many comparable Arab and Muslim countries, such as Egypt, Tunisia, and Syria.It was primarily meant to undermine the Arabic language: the indispensable tool of Muslims’ religious practice as well as a symbol of historical and cultural unity and identity among Arabs and Muslims.Recently, the wave in Morocco advocating for Darija has been revived and is being fueled by notorious activist and businessman Noureddine Ayouch. He is a member in the HCETSR, a priceless opportunity for him to influence educational decisions of momentous eventual impact on education. Yet, claims that Ayouch is behind the insertion of dialect terms in the new curricula remain only plausible allegations.For academics and intellectuals, such as El Ouadghiri and El Aroui, the issue is unquestionable and Darija is not liable to fulfill education or scholastic roles, not only due to its nature, but also because the other languages, especially Arabic, being the prime tool of instruction in primary school, are far more adequate and useful.      Irrespective of the issue in question, the hustle and bustle which took place on social media reveals insightful indicators on the fabric and the mode of thinking of the Moroccan society. Lack of respect for opposing views, lack of critical thinking, and poor media savvy have imbued Facebook interaction in the opening weeks of September 2018.Mutual accusations among members of society, circulation of fake posts without ascertaining credibility, and imprudence to react were common traits among numberless Facebook users. This status quo prevented readers from finding objective and rational analyses and caused considerable doubt.The controversy, again, brought to debate the duality of public and private schooling in Morocco.Most of the discussion implied an endorsement of private schooling as a redemption for the masses, without regard to the degrading purchasing power of Moroccan households and the escalating private school fees. Quality teaching in private schools is not only becoming more and more unquestioned, but also unthinkably approved and recommended by the educated as well as the layman.Today’s poor public education, coupled with greedy private schools and thoughtless households sacrificing their basic needs for their children’s private schooling, renders the image dramatic and does not give any signs of an auspicious future. Citizens are becoming defenseless victims of inadequate education modes as well as their shallow thinking and irrational decisions. All the noise Darija caused is only a small aspect of education. Real education should overcome the imperfections of available offers to provide in-home education and parental scaffolding that seeks to make children into intellectuals, decision-makers, leaders, and, mainly, thinkers.  These skills cannot necessarily be built by any school irrespective of reputation or service, but only require educated wise parents who look farther than a few “strange” words in their child’s school book. read more

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Cyprus No golden passport to people rejected before

NICOSIA, Cyprus — Cyprus’ finance minister says his government is tightening rules for the country’s lucrative scheme granting passports to wealthy investors, making it ineligible to anyone who has already been rejected by another European Union country running similar plans.The EU last month warned Cyprus and other countries to beef up checks for the passports amid concern they could be flouting security, money laundering and tax laws.Harris Georgiades said Wednesday all applicants will be vetted by an international agency and will be required to hold a Schengen visa permitting travel within the EU. Applicants will also have to make compulsory contributions to affordable housing and research and development programs to boost economic growth.Georgiades said 1,864 investors have been approved since 2013, generating 6.6 billion euros.The Associated Press read more

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Maldives offers to work with Sri Lanka on security coordination

The Maldives has offered to work with Sri Lanka on security coordination.Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe this morning. The Maldives noted that in the era of global terrorism there are no borders and religion for these terrorists. (Colombo Gazette) He conveyed a message of solidarity from Maldives President Solih to the Prime Minister and the people of Sri Lanka. According to the Prime Minister’s office Abdulla Shahid had stated that the Maldives was impressed with the leadership shown in bringing the country together and pledged to work together with the Sri Lankan authorities in the region on security coordination.

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Fire in downtown Port Dover

PORT DOVER – A fire that destroyed two businesses in Port Dover Tuesday could’ve been a lot worse.The blaze at 217 Main Street seriously damaged the building that housed the Coldwell Banker real estate office and Darbishire Cabinets beside it. The flames broke out around 1:15 p.m. on the west side of Main Street across from the Port Dover Dairy Bar.The situation appeared touch-and-go until about 4 p.m. The building where the fire began is next to a block of storefronts, offices and second-floor apartments which includes the Lighthouse Festival Theatre, the head office of the Port Dover Board of Trade, Destination 13, On The Fringe, Re/Max Erie Shores, Trish’s Bakery and Schofield’s Bistro among other establishments.“Unfortunately, the fire got into the walls and into the attic,” Scott Pipe, Norfolk’s assistant fire chief, said at the scene. “It’s a hard fight but we’re winning. It’s a hot day and the firefighters are getting beat up.”As Pipe spoke, firefighters were in a defensive posture that included raining down a “water curtain” in the area where the destroyed building merged with Destination 13. The top corner of the latter caught fire but it appears the strategy worked. If it hadn’t, it could’ve been a long night for firefighters, affected residents and businesses, and the town of Port Dover in general.Pipe said one person was taken from the scene to hospital. Pipe was unable to confirm whether this was as a result of the fire. Const. Ed Sanchuk of the Norfolk OPP said the victim was a woman.As well, a matinee audience enjoying a performance of the curling comedy Hurry Hard at LFT up the street was evacuated as a precaution.Tuesday afternoon, LFT said the Tuesday night performance of Hurry Hard would go ahead as scheduled. As well, the theatre said it would be in contact with patrons who had to evacuate “to make arrangements” in response to the inconvenience.Until recently, the building where the fire began belonged to John and Betty Wells of Port Dover.Tuesday, the couple said the upper level was run as a boarding house when they owned it, one with an apartment unit and four furnished rooms which were rented by the week or by the month. Officials at the scene said the fire started in the upper-level apartment, which was badly damaged if not destroyed.Thick, acrid smoke drifted through downtown Port Dover for the duration of the fire. The smell was also general throughout the core. Police and fire officials edged the large crowd away from the scene and taped off the area because the fumes were so thick and toxic.“We’re trying to keep people out of the area,” Pipe said. “The smoke is bad and very bad for you.”Main Street was closed to through traffic between Park Street and Clinton Street. There was no word at press time of a suspected cause, a damage estimate, or whether the owner of the building was insured.MSonnenberg@postmedia.comNorfolk County Fire are working on putting out the blaze in the building that houses Coldwell Banker and DC Cabinets in Port Dover. pic.twitter.com/5Nads488cF— The Simcoe Reformer (@Simcoe_Reformer) July 16, 2019 read more

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Iraq UN refugee agency very concerned as people flee upsurge in fighting

Over the past three days, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has provided 3,500 blankets, 1,200 mattresses, five emergency health kits, 500 stoves and 500 plastic sheets for people fleeing Fallujah, west of Baghdad, to the capital, spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva. The supplies are being delivered by non-governmental organizations (NGOs), such as Intersos, Première Urgence and Islamic Relief, to the most needy displaced people and institutions, especially hospitals. Première Urgence will be conducting a mission to Najaf where health conditions are reported to be poor, Mr. Redmond said. In Baghdad, mosques are being prepared to shelter those fleeing Fallujah. People in villages located between the town and Baghdad reportedly have also been opening their doors to the displaced.Returnee convoy movements in the south from Iran have been suspended since last Tuesday, and all local staff are under instruction to stay at home. After the last convoy from Shiraz transported some 200 returnees, a limited number of people were given shelter in the UNHCR/Intersos transit centre in Basra, unable to return to their final destinations. It is unclear when they will be able to reach their homes.Most of the immediate assistance, such as repatriation support, responses to the flooding in the south and provision of support to affected families in the flooded areas has unfortunately been temporarily put on hold, Mr. Redmond said. read more

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Côte dIvoire UN sets up peace corridors to facilitate freedom of movement

As the parties work to reunify the divided country by implementing the Accra III agreement reached in late July, the UN mission is helping those displaced by the conflict which began in 2002. The corridors will serve to allow families separated by the fighting to travel between areas controlled by the Government and those controlled by the rebel Force Nouvelles.ONUCI says the travel should provide hope to the war’s victims that peace is returning to Côte d’Ivoire.

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Makers Mark reducing alcohol volume to stretch supplies of its bourbon amid

Maker’s Mark reducing alcohol volume to stretch supplies of its bourbon amid strong demand by Bruce Schreiner, The Associated Press Posted Feb 11, 2013 6:22 pm MDT LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The producer of Maker’s Mark bourbon is cutting the amount of alcohol in each bottle to stretch every drop of the famous Kentucky whiskey.The brand known for its red wax seal has been unable to keep up with demand that doubled in recent years.So the bourbon maker is lowering the alcohol volume from 45 per cent to 42 per cent — or 90 proof to 84 proof.Rob Samuels, chief operating officer for Maker’s Mark and grandson of the brand’s founder, says the change doesn’t alter the taste. He says the recipe and production process stays the same, except “a touch more water” will be added when the whiskey comes out of the barrel for bottling.He says the change is permanent and will increase volume by about 6 per cent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Alberta introduces bill to cap oilsands emissions at 100 megatonnes a year

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta introduces bill to cap oilsands emissions at 100 megatonnes a year by Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 1, 2016 2:53 pm MDT EDMONTON – The legal rubber has hit the road on Alberta’s promise to cap greenhouse gas emissions from the oilsands — the engine of the province’s economy.Environment Minister Shannon Phillips introduced Bill 25 in the legislature Tuesday that, if passed and enacted, will forbid oilsands industries from collectively emitting more than 100 megatonnes of greenhouse gases a year.Phillips said the legislation would help green the industry while spurring innovation and growth.“Alberta got the oil out of the sand. We can now get the carbon out of the barrel,” Phillips said at a legislature news conference.“Alberta can be an energy producer and a world leader on climate action, and Alberta must get the most value for our resources and find new markets for our products.“But we cannot do it unless we are taking credible action. This bill is a critical element of that story.”The bill is part of a multi-faceted plan being introduced in stages by Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP government to reduce the effects of climate change and to remake Alberta’s energy infrastructure into one that relies more on renewables such as wind, solar and hydro power.Alberta oilsands operators emit about 66 megatonnes of greenhouse gases a year. Government officials say that, without changes, those emissions will reach 100 megatonnes by 2030.Phillips said the province is investing in new emissions-reducing technologies and “we have faith in Alberta industries to deliver.”Under the proposed legislation, cabinet would be responsible for making sure that the 100-megatonne cap is not breached. It would do so by regulations and mechanisms such as financial penalties for companies that fail to bring emissions within reasonable limits. Large industrial emitters currently pay $30 a tonne above certain emissions intensity thresholds.There would be exceptions to the limit.Electricity used in co-generation would be exempt. New businesses or new upgrades operational as of this year would be subject to a separate 10-megatonne limit to recognize their role in creating new jobs and attracting investment.Cabinet could also create exemptions for low-level producers, experimental operations and enhanced recovery projects if deemed worthwhile.The rules are to take effect once the bill is passed and proclaimed, which is expected to happen in the current legislature sitting.They are to be crafted with help from the Oilsands Advisory Group, an 18-member panel struck in July.The advisory group is expected to report to the province early next year on the best ways to keep industry within the 100-megatonne limit, as well as suggest ways to innovate and advise on what the greenhouse gas landscape may look like after 2030.The province has also promised to end coal-fired electricity by 2030 and introduce incentives to expand wind, solar and hydro energy. Legislation in those areas is expected this sitting.Progressive Conservative Leader Ric McIver called the bill and Alberta’s climate plan ill-conceived and shortsighted.“The government has already made a decision to strand billions of dollars worth of coal in the ground, and now they’re looking at stranding billions of dollars of petroleum products in the ground,” said McIver.On Jan. 1, a new carbon tax kicks in, which will increase prices at the gas pumps and on heating bills. There will be full or partial rebates for low- and middle-income Albertans. read more

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UN reports one million children die on first day of life from

The 2014 Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed progress report – the second in a series intended to track progress on child survival and hold Governments accountable – indicates that many of these deaths could be easily prevented with simple, cost-effective interventions before, during and immediately after birth. “The data clearly demonstrate that an infant’s chances of survival increase dramatically when their mother has sustained access to quality health care during pregnancy and delivery,” said Geeta Rao Gupta, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director in a statement to the press. “We need to make sure that these services, where they exist, are fully utilised and that every contact between a mother and her health worker really counts. Special efforts must also be made to ensure that the most vulnerable are reached.”Since 1990, the number of under-five deaths has been slashed in half from 12.7 million to 6.3 million. But more remains to be done. The first 28 days of a newborn’s life are the most vulnerable and as it stands now almost 2.8 million babies die each year during this period.New analysis points to failures in the health system during the critical time around delivery as a significant contributing factor to these unnecessary deaths. It also shows that there is considerable variation – from country to country and between rich and poor –in the quality of health services available to pregnant women and their babies. Around half of all women do not receive the recommended minimum of four antenatal care visits during their pregnancy. Complications during labour are responsible for around one quarter of all neonatal deaths worldwide. In 2012, 1 in 3 babies (approximately 44 million) entered the world without adequate medical support. While evidence shows that breastfeeding the newborn within one hour of birth reduces the risk of neonatal death by 44 per cent, less than half of all newborns worldwide receive the benefits of immediate breastfeeding. Under-five mortality rate by region, 1990 and 2013. Source: UN IGME 2014. Credits: UNICEFAnalysis of 10 high mortality countries found that less than 10 percent of babies delivered by a skilled birth attendant went on to receive the seven required post-natal interventions, including early initiation of breastfeeding. Similarly, less than 10 per cent of mothers who saw a health worker during pregnancy received a core set of eight prenatal interventions. Those countries with some of the highest number of neonatal deaths also have a low coverage of postnatal care for mothers. Additionally, the education level and age of the mother has a significant bearing on the chances of her baby’s survival. Neonatal mortality rates among mothers with no education are nearly twice as high for those with secondary schooling and above. There is some good news, however. The report suggests that in every region, except sub-Saharan Africa, the proportion of under-five mortality among the poorest sections of society is declining faster than in the richest. “It is deeply heartening that the equity gap in child survival is continuing to narrow,” said Ms. Rao Gupta. “We need to harness this momentum and use it to drive forward programmes that focus resources on the poorest and marginalised households; a strategy which has the potential to save the largest number of children’s lives.”A Promise Renewed is a movement launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to intensify global action to improve the health of women and children and reduce preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths. Since June 2012, 178 Governments, members of civil society and the private sector have signed a pledge to redouble their efforts for the cause. read more

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Thesis defence in math and science Thursday March 10

The Faculty of Math and Science announces Keivan Noroozi’s (Computer Science) Master of Science thesis defence. His thesis defence is scheduled for Thursday, March 10 at 1 p.m. in PLZ600F. His thesis is titled, Properties and Algorithms of the KCube Interconnection Networks. His examination committee members are: Dr. Alan Castle, Chair; Dr. Babak Farzad (Brock University), External Examiner; Dr. Ke Qiu, Supervisor; and Dr. Sheridan Houghten and Dr. Michael Winter.

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Football AJ Alexanders career is over

Johnnie Dixon (1) is lifted into the air by A.J. Alexander (88) after Dixon’s touchdown during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Rutgers on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorRedshirt sophomore tight end A.J. Alexander’s playing career at Ohio State has come to an end after missing the entire 2017 season due to a knee injury, the university announced Tuesday.Alexander will be placed on a medical scholarship, according to a team release. This means that while he will no longer be on the team, he will still retain a scholarship after having his athletic career end due to an injury.It was revealed Alexander would miss the entire campaign due to season-ending knee surgery in June 2017. He played in all 13 games in 2016 and had four catches for 27 yards.He was expected to take on a bigger role in the 2018 season, following the departure of redshirt senior tight end Marcus Baugh. Ohio State will now need to find its starting tight end next season between redshirt freshmen Luke Farrell and Jake Hausmann, redshirt sophomore Rashod Berry, as well as incoming four-star recruit Jeremy Ruckert. Kierre Hawkins, another redshirt freshman tight end, transferred out of the program. read more

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