Good Things Come in Threes for Michigan Faculty

first_imgThe University of Michigan is offering trios of faculty members the chance to make interdisciplinary connections and get a quick start on high-risk, high-reward research projects. The $15-million program, announced earlier this week, is called MCubed. Beginning this fall, each professor in a department with a research component will receive a token for $20,000. Professors can then discuss project ideas with colleagues. Once a minimum of three researchers—at least two of whom must be from different disciplines—decide to work together, they will register their project online and immediately receive $60,000 to hire an undergraduate, graduate student, or postdoctoral researcher. The collaborations and funding can scale up, but only by factors of three tokens. The program aims to fund about 250 projects during its first-year pilot phase. The goal is to help faculty members gather the type of preliminary data that are typically needed to submit a competitive grant proposal to a federal research agency or other funding source. 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Larger groups run the risk of being dominated by a single discipline, he says. And groups of three are small enough to allow everyone’s voice to be heard, he says. In addition to giving faculty members a chance to explore potentially fruitful ideas, MCubed will allow researchers to get moving more quickly than is ordinarily possible through more traditional funding mechanisms. “Imagine a model where I go look at Science magazine and I notice, ‘Wait, there’s some huge opportunity here,’ ” Zurbuchen explains. “Then I realize I have a colleague over in liberal arts, and one in medicine, and that together with an engineering professor, we have the team to go take the next leap based on that new knowledge.” A larger university initiative aimed at fostering interdisciplinary research will provide $5 million in core funding for MCubed. That amount will be supplemented by $10 million from departments, schools, and colleges. In some cases, investigators may be asked to contribute as well, according to university Provost Philip J. Hanlon. Nicolai Lehnert is a University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, chemistry professor who is looking forward to cashing in his token. “This could be a major mechanism to fund new ideas and get new interdisciplinary projects off the ground,” he says. “Government funding agencies usually expect extensive preliminary results, which require resources and time that are not always available.”last_img read more

Photos – The Lolo Jones Story

first_imgAdvertisementLori Susan “Lolo” Jones (born August 5, 1982) is an American hurdler and bobsledder who specializes in the 60 meter and 100 meter hurdles.She won three NCAA titles and garnered 11 All-American honors while at Louisiana State University.She won indoor national titles in 2007, 2008, and 2009 in the 60 meter hurdles, with gold medals at the World Indoor Championship in 2008 and 2010.She was favored to win the 100 meter hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but tripped on the penultimate hurdle, finishing in seventh place.She went on to win gold at the 2008 World Athletics Final, beating the newly-crowned Olympic champion Dawn Harper with a time of 12.56.Jones is the American record holder in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 7.72.Jones also competes as a brakewoman on the U.S. national bobsled team.She won a gold medal in the mixed team event at the 2013 World Championships.She represented the U.S. at the 2014 Winter Olympics, making her one of the few athletes who have competed in both the Summer and Winter Olympic games.At the 2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Jones advanced to the finals. Image Courtesy –  Lolo Jones (Instagram)Advertisementlast_img read more

Dangal box-office collection day 13: Aamir’s film beats Dhoom 3, Sultan becomes next target

first_imgWhile it remains to be seen if Aamir Khan’s Dangal can trump Salman Khan’s Sultan at the box office, according to latest reports, the wrestling-based sports drama is already the 4th highest-grossing film of all time.Ahead of Dangal is PK with a lifetime gross of Rs 792 crore, Baahubali: The Beginning with Rs 650 crore, Bajrangi Bhaijaan with Rs 626 crore, Sultan with Rs 584.15 crore.Dangal has now a lifetime worldwide gross of Rs 570 crore with Rs 410 crore coming from Indian theatres and Rs 160 crore coming from international theatres.Here is the day-wise breakdown of Dangal’s box-office collection so farDay 1 (Friday) – December 23: Rs 29.78 croreDay 2 (Saturday) – December 24: Rs 34.82 croreDay 3 (Sunday) – December 25: Rs 42.35 croreDay 4 (Monday) – December 26: Rs 25.48 croreDay 5 (Tuesday) – December 27: Rs 23.07 croreDay 6 (Wednesday) – December 28: Rs 21.20 croreDay 7 (Thursday) – December 29: Rs 20.29 croreWEEK 2Day 8 (Friday) – December 30: Rs 18.59 croreDay 9 (Saturday) – December 31: Rs 23.07 croreDay 10 (Sunday) – January 1: Rs 31.27 croreDay 11 (Monday) – January 2: Rs 13.45 croreDay 12 (Tuesday) – January 3: Rs 10.46 croreTotal collection (12 days) – Rs 295.14 crore (NETT)Total domestic collection (GROSS) in 12 days: Rs 410 crore (NETT + taxes)Dangal, directed by Nitesh Tiwari, is based on the real-life story of Haryanvi wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his struggle to raise his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari as world-class wrestlers.MOVIE REVIEW: DangalALSO WATCH: Dangal vs Sultan – Aamir Khan or Salman Khan, who did what betterGeeta Phogat would go on to become a gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in women’s wrestling (55 kg category) and Babita would win Commonwealth Games’ gold four years later.advertisementActors Fatima Sana Shaikh/Zaira Wasim and Sanya Malhotra/Suhani Bhatnagar have been appreciated by critics and audiences alike for their portrayal of Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari.Owing the film’s themes of patriotism and women’s empowerment, Dangal has been declared tax-free in the states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The film is expected to beat Sultan’s all-time box-office collection very soon.ALSO WATCH: Dangal review – Aamir Khan surpasses all expectations with this filmlast_img read more

BJP mum after Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah unveils state flag

first_imgIn a move seen by many as a masterstroke by Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah to silence the Opposition on issues like deteriorating law and order and attack on the Lokayukta, the state government unveiled the new state flag on Thursday.This was proposed and designed by the 9-member committee which was constituted in 2017. Siddaramaiah met a delegation of pro-Kannada activists who initially were not happy with the change in the design but have now given their nod.Sa Ra Govindu, President, Karnataka Film Chambers of Commerce was elated with the decision taken by the CM.He said, “We are all happy with the CM’s decision and so are the citizens of Karnataka.”The new flag is a tricolour – yellow, white and red.It also sports the ‘ganda bherunda’ or the two headed eagle in the middle. The flag committee at the meeting explained the meaning of the colours to the activists and writers.Yellow stands for forgiveness, white for peace and red for bravery along with the state emblem.On the white, there is the Sarnath lion and below it is a shield with the ganda bherunda. On either sides are two lion-elephants – a mythological 8-legged creature possessing the strength of lions and elephants combined.The committee decided not to use the unofficial yellow and red flag that has been in vogue since the 1960s. It was Kannada writer and activists MA Ramamurthy who designed the first flag for a political party. Since then it has been used by various pro-Kannada organisations as a symbol of cultural pride.advertisementThe committee has informed the CM that there is no provision in the Constitution that disallows states from having their own flags.The CM while addressing the media said, “Now that there are no hurdles, the recommendation will be sent to the Government of India”.Taking a dig at the BJP which has decided to stay mum on the issue, he added, “I am hoping that the BJP will tell the Centre to get this work done quickly with all the required approvals.”The Congress has understood that it would be tough for the BJP to oppose such a move that is seen as Kannada pride by many. Along with the fight against Hindi imposition, this new flag has put the BJP in a quandary.The BJP in the state has for now decided to stay away from commenting on the Karnataka flag.Last year, when the committee was set up, many leaders lambasted the CM saying the move is against the integrity of the country. They stated that the BJP always fought for one nation, one flag.But after receiving flak from the citizens of the state then, this time they have decided to not say anything lest they offend either their party high command or the people of the state.Exclusive: Siddaramaiah on Cauvery verdict, farmer suicides, Karnataka elections and morelast_img read more

Mexicans Abroad: Moreno’s goal earns plaudits

first_imgMexico Mexicans Abroad Minute: Moreno goal earns plaudits, mixed bag for PorTri Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 06:06 9/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Hector Moreno Mexico Adam Nurkiewicz Mexico World Cup The center back is getting back in good form as El Tri’s March friendly matches approach, while it was a bittersweet week for Porto’s Mexican legion Hector Moreno earned real-life and virtual recognition this week.The Mexico center back scored his debut goal for Real Sociedad and turned in a quality defensive performance against Alaves to earn a spot in EA Sports’ FIFA 18 Ultimate Team of the Week. Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio will be happier to see Moreno on the actual field, considering the left-footed player had suffered an injury that had his status in doubt for Mexico’s friendly matches later this month. Now, it appears Moreno will be ready to give his best in the last games ahead of World Cup camp convening.Porto exited the UEFA Champions League this week with Diego Reyes starting at center back and Jesus “Tecatito” Corona also in the starting lineup at Liverpool. A scoreless draw at Anfield was a much better result than the 5-0 thumping the Dragons took in the round of 16 first leg. While the midweek news was sour, Hector Herrera joined Reyes and Corona on the field earlier in the week for a rivalry win against Sporting. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Frankfurt has been a bright spot for Mexicans Abroad, but this week the spotlight dimmed. Carlos Salcedo wasn’t in Niko Kovac’s squad in a 1-0 win over Hannover. Marco Fabian, back from the injury that has kept him off the field most of the season, was in the 18 but didn’t get off the bench in the victory.Click above for a one-minute recap of how Mexicans playing in Europe performed during the week as El Tri’s friendly matches against Iceland and Croatia draw closer.last_img read more

4-Star DE Khris Bogle Flips From Alabama To Florida

first_imgAn interior view of the Florida Gators football stadium.GAINESVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 10: A general view as the University of Florida Gators takes on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 10, 2005 in Gainesville, Florida. Florida defeated Louisiana Tech 41-3. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Florida scored a major recruiting win over Alabama on National Signing Day this morning with the news that four-star defensive end Khris Bogle had flipped his commitment and was now going to sign with the Gators.Bogle, who hails from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons, had been committed to the Crimson Tide for a month. However, he took an official visit to Florida two weeks ago and Dan Mullen was able to reel him in.Bogle also officially visited Miami last week and considered the Hurricanes. He made his final decision known in a ceremony at his high school this morning.Cardinal Gibbons star defensive lineman Khris Bogle picks the Florida #Gators. pic.twitter.com/8HbsPOwf5m— (((Adam Lichtenstein))) (@ABLichtenstein) February 6, 2019The 6-foot-4, 212-pound Bogle is the No. 3 weak-side defensive end and No. 71 overall recruit in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He’s also the No. 10 player in Florida.With Bogle in the fold, Florida’s 2019 recruiting class now sits at No. 10 in the national rankings.National Signing Day in February has lost some of its luster in the last two years, as many elite prospects now choose to sign during the early period in December. However, there will still be plenty of news emerging from the recruiting world today.Stick with The Spun to stay on top of all of it.last_img read more

We let ourselves down in the field, says R Ashwin after KXIP’s 8-wicket loss vs RCB

first_img Rohan Sen MohaliApril 14, 2019UPDATED: April 14, 2019 08:49 IST IPL 2019: Kings XI Punjab became the first team to lose to Royal Challengers Bangalore in the ongoing season ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSKings XI Punjab suffered their 1st defeat at home in IPL 2019 on SaturdayKXIP posted only 173 in good batting conditions despite Gayle hitting an unbeaten 99KXIP were sloppy in the field, missing a few important catches and leaking extra runsKings XI Punjab captain Ravichandran Ashwin blamed the poor fielding as the reason behind his team’s defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Mohali on Saturday. The win was Bangalore’s first this season after seven matches.Bangalore rode on half-centuries from captain Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to chase down 174 at the IS Bindra stadium. Punjab’s poor fielding made matters worse for them as their seven-match unbeaten streak at home came to an end.”We tried with wrist spinners and even I came to bowl, but they were smart enough to knock around and not take any chances. We let ourselves down in the field. We drooped catches and let a lot of balls go through us. The dew helped the wicket on.”It was really dry in the first half. It gets better to bat in the second half. With 38 needed off 3 overs, I had to back my best bowlers to do the job, didn’t quite work out today,” Ashwin said at the post-match presentation.Virat Kohli (67) in the company of AB de Villiers (59 not out) scripted a superb run-chase, sharing a 85-run stand to lay the foundation.The India skipper blasted eight boundaries, while de Villiers clobbered two sixes and five hits across the rope in his 38-ball innings.With this victory, RCB also avoided the ignominy of most successive losses for a team at the start of an IPL season.With everything moving in Bangalore’s way on Saturday, Mohammed Shami bought some relief to the Punjab camp after picking the crucial wicket of Kohli in the 16th over with the visitors’ score reading 128 for 2.advertisementThe Punjab bowlers however, were denied to make any further inroads in the Bangalore batting line-up as de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis (28 not out) joined hands and played sensibly before fetching 14 runs in the second last over off Shami.In the final over, Ashwin handed the ball to former Bangalore player Sarfaraz Khan to defend six runs. However, there was no stopping the Bangalore pair as Stoinis hammered a four in the first ball before picking the required couple of runs in the next to hand a comfortable victory to his side.When asked why Sarfraz Khan was chosen to bowl the final over, Ashwin said,”There was only 6 runs to go and the ball was sliding on nicely. I thought the best way against AB and Stoinis was to try and go with a leggie, not that Sam can’t defend.”Kings XI Punjab remain in fifth position with 8 points from 8 games while Royal Challengers Bangalore are still languishing in last place with 2 points from 7 matches.Also Read | Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers end Royal Challengers Bangalore’s losing streakAlso Read | Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers thrilled after RCB finally win one this yearAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh We let ourselves down in the field, says R Ashwin after KXIP’s 8-wicket loss vs RCBKings XI Punjab were on a seven-match unbeaten streak in Mohali which was broken on Saturday as Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 8 wicketsadvertisementlast_img read more

Eric Decker Steps Up To Help Service Dogs For Veterans With Disabilities

first_imgIn honor of National Pet Parent’s Day on April 27, Deckers Dogs is teaming up with Veterinary Pet Insurance to raise money to help fund the rescue, care and training of service dogs for our military veterans returning home with disabilities.NY Jets’ Eric Decker and Deckers Dogs Team with Veterinary Pet Insurance to Celebrate Pet Parent’s Day.From April 22 through Memorial Day (May 26), VPI will donate $5 (up to $10,000) to Deckers Dogs for every free pet insurance quote generated on petparentsday.com.New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker and his wife, singer Jessie James Decker, established Deckers Dogs in September of 2013 to provide support to Freedom Service Dogs’ Operation Freedom. Operation Freedom was developed to help returning war veterans and military personnel transition from active duty and combat to civilian life. Active duty service members and veterans with disabilities are placed with highly specialized service dogs that help them find a new level of independence in their post-combat life.For a typical service dog, the journey from shelter to service costs approximately $25,000. With the help of the public’s support, Deckers Dogs has already funded the care and custom training for three service dogs in just six months.“Pet Parent’s Day recognizes the human-animal bond and the commitment pet owners give to their furry family members,” said Eric Decker. “We’re proud to partner with VPI to help build new bonds between those rescued service dogs and our wounded warriors as we free a hero to save a hero.” Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

IfOnly Partners With ACLU of Southern California To Help Raise 500000

first_imgEver dreamed of visiting the set of House of Cards? How about going as a VIP to a star-studded movie premiere and after-party with the cast? The ACLU of Southern California is making this possible on IfOnly, with more than 25 unique celebrity experiences that will be auctioned to benefit ACLU’s vital work.The campaign starts with an Independence Day Shop launching today through Friday, July 21st to round out the celebration of our Independence and honor the importance of protecting civil liberties across America.This is a critical year for our country, and the ACLU of Southern California has been focusing on raising funds for important issues to us all such as racial and religious discrimination; immigrant rights; law enforcement practices and, of course, free speech. The ACLU SoCal has been in the courts, airports and detention centers. The lofty fundraising goal of $500,000 is the largest yet for the ACLU’s annual auction.Fans are invited to bid-on and buy one-of-a-kind experiences starting at $150 per person. Auctions on IfOnly will be live at www.IfOnly.com/ACLUSOCAL through July 21st.“ACLU’s work to promote civil rights and civil liberties is more important now than ever,” said Sheryl Crow. “I’m proud to be part of this campaign – a great way to marry my work with one of today’s most important organizations.”“The services of the ACLU are more in demand than ever in its nearly 100-year history,” said Hector Villagra, executive director of the ACLU SoCal. “Luminaries from the worlds of film, television, music, theater and other arts have been astonishingly generous in offering so many great items, services and experiences to put up for bid. We are always grateful for donations from the public. Through this auction, we can offer them something profound, entertaining or just plain fun in return.”“I’m thrilled to offer this experience to benefit the important work that the ACLU of Southern California is doing to protect civil rights for all,” said Robin Wright.For the duration of the Independence Day Auctions, fans can bid-on and buy over 25 experiences such as:1 Meet & greet with Robin Wright on the set of House of Cards 2 VIP tickets to ’The Late Show with James Corden’ and ’The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ 3 Film premieres and after-parties plus actor meet & greets for top films such as Felt and Wonderstruck 4 Exclusive MTV Movie awards show access 5 Backstage at the Broadway hit Waitress 6 Private meditation session with Russell Simmons at Tantris 7 Coffee with Blake Cooper Griffin or Kyle PatrickPlease visit ifonly.com/ACLUSOCAL to view all campaign offerings, including concert tickets, celebrity encounters, memorabilia and more. Bidding via IfOnly ends in three phases at 11:59 p.m. Pacific on July 17, 19 and 21 based on the experience.last_img read more

Notley unhappy no appeal on Trans Mountain willing to let process play

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she’s not happy with Ottawa’s decision to let stand a court decision that has stalled the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.The federal government has instead appointed former Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci to oversee a new round of consultations with Indigenous communities.Notley says she understands Ottawa’s view that this is the best way to break the logjam over the multibillion-dollar project aimed at getting more Alberta oil to tankers on the B.C. coast.The Federal Court of Appeal put a hold on the expansion in August and said the government needed to assess the project’s impact on marine life and further consult with Indigenous groups.Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi says the government does not intend to start the consultations over again, but will use them to address the weaknesses the court identified.Notley says the government should keep all options, including an appeal, open.“Our government does not agree with the decision of the federal government to not pursue an appeal of the original decision,” she said Wednesday.“We understand that pursuing an appeal is a longer-term path towards a solution, and we understand that the path that they are pursuing right now is one that is likely to be more effective and faster.“Nonetheless, until that path succeeds, as far as I’m concerned their job is to keep all options open.”Notley said she welcomes the renewed consultations, because they need to be done, and understands arbitrary timelines can’t be imposed on them — even if that means further delays on resuming construction on the pipeline expansion.“We expect that there may well be a delay past this summer coming up,” said Notley.“I’d like to see construction resume next year at some point, but at the end of the day we know that the constitutional obligation to consult with Indigenous people is such that it must be defined by the consultations.”last_img read more

Amit Shah’s Bengal rally cancelled

first_imgKolkata: BJP President Amit Shah’s scheduled rally in West Bengal’s Baruipur on Monday was cancelled after the landowner who had rented out his property withdrew his consent, a party spokesperson said here. “The rally at Baruipur stands cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances,” the Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson said. The land was rented out for the rally as well as for setting up a helipad. Apart from the Baruipur rally, Shah was supposed to hold public meetings at South 24 Parganas’ Canning and North 24 Parganas’ Rajarhat. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The timings of the other two meetings remain unchanged. “The landowner who had rented out the land for the meeting and also for the helipad, withdrew his permission citing that the property was earlier rented out to another political party for organising a rally,” said sources privy to the development. However, the saffron party alleged that they were forced to cancel the meeting due to the autocracy of the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool government. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen “Mamata Banerjee is running autocracy in Bengal. Today (Monday) Amit Shah was supposed to hold a rally in Jadavpur (Baruipur is in the Jadavpur Lok Sabha constituency) for which we sought the permission 4-5 days ago. That time we were given a hope, but it was suddenly denied yesterday (Sunday) at 8.30 p.m.,” the party said in its Twitter handle. “This is a murder of democracy. The Election Commission must take action against it,” it said. Party’s National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said: “The District Magistrate is simply working on the behalf of Trinamool. He took a dilly-dallying approach for giving permission for the rally and eventually, the permission was denied last night. The permission for landing of helicopter was initially given and then, it too was withdrawn.” He accused the official of not following the Election Commission’s direction. “He does not deserve to hold his post and the polls would not be free and fair if he stays at his post. We will raise the issue before the commission,” he added.last_img read more

Four missing AUUN peacekeepers remain unaccounted for in Darfur

“Despite an all-out effort on every front, the peacekeepers and their vehicle remain unaccounted for,” said Ibrahim Gambari, Joint Special Representative of the AU-UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID).“Our concern is that that we are now facing a carjacking and abduction situation,” he said in a statement released yesterday. “Notwithstanding recent media reports, we have not been contacted by any party nor have we received any claim or demand of any sort,” added Mr. Gambari, who has been in constant contact with Sudanese Government officials over the incident.The unarmed police advisers’ last movement was reported at 16:00 local time on Sunday. The group, consisting of two women and two men, had just departed their team site outside Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state, on a seven-kilometre journey back to their private quarters.UNAMID has continued to mobilize all its resources in the region and is working in close cooperation with the Sudanese Government and local authorities in the search for the missing peacekeepers. 15 April 2010Four South African peacekeeping serving with the joint African Union-United Nations force in the volatile western Sudanese region of Darfur who went missing on Sunday remain unaccounted for, the mission said, adding that they could have been seized by kidnappers or carjackers. read more

Financials and telecom weigh on stocks in Toronto US markets mixed

TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index fell in late-morning trading, weighed down by losses in the financial sector and telecommunications stocks.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 29.37 points at 16,870.32.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 3.24 points at 26,938.31. The S&P 500 index was down 1.21 points at 2,990.86, while the Nasdaq composite was down 10.53 points at 8,107.14.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.34 cents US compared with an average of 75.33 cents US on Friday.The November crude contract was up 27 cents at US$58.36 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was down 1.1 cents at US$2.54 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$17.50 at US$1,532.60 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 0.35 of a cent at US$2.60 a pound. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 23, 2019.Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X)The Canadian Press read more

UN health agency releases draft treaty aimed at curbing global tobacco epidemic

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today released the draft text of a treaty – set for negotiation later this year – that aims to curb what the agency terms a global “tobacco epidemic.” The draft Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which was put together by the chief negotiator, Ambassador Luiz Felipe de Seixas Correa of Brazil, details points of potential agreement on such key issues as tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, the illicit trade in tobacco products, taxes, and international cooperation in such areas as agricultural diversification. Ambassador de Seixas Correa called the draft “a basket of best options” for nations seeking to curb tobacco use and voiced confidence that it would be adopted early next year. “As in any negotiations, there is a process of give and take, and it is my firm belief that this text will meet the target date of May 2003 for adoption,” he said. The FCTC will be considered by WHO member States meeting in Geneva from 14 to 25 October. According to the agency, that round aims to be the penultimate negotiating session before the text’s adoption by the World Health Assembly when it meets next May. read more

Prosecutor decries Belgrades unsatisfactory cooperation with UN tribunal

Speaking at a press conference in The Hague, Carla Del Ponte recalled that on Wednesday the UN Security Council issued a statement reminding all relevant States, “and Yugoslavia first of all,” to cooperate fully with the ICTY.”The [Council’s] presidential statement stresses the obligation of Yugoslavia to comply with the requests of the Tribunal for arrest and transfer of indictees, to make witnesses available and to assist in ongoing investigations,” Ms. Del Ponte said.She also highlighted the Council’s point that “dialogue or lack of dialogue between the Tribunal and the Governments must not be used by the States as an excuse for failure to discharge their obligations to co-operate fully with the Tribunal as required by the UN Security Council resolutions.”Ms. Del Ponte noted that her complaints today were triggered by the fact that the Yugoslav Foreign Minister and President of the National Council for Co-operation, Goran Svilanovic, refused to speak to her yesterday exactly on the issues of cooperation. “So much for a dialogue,” she said.The Prosecutor also divulged that yesterday she sent a letter to the Yugoslav authorities in regard to Milan Milutinovic, President of the Republic of Serbia, to ensure his surrender to the custody of the ICTY and his transfer to The Hague immediately upon the expiry of his term of office. read more

UN staff union leaders in Geneva voice full confidence in SecretaryGeneral

A statement issued after an extraordinary meeting of the Executive Bureau of the Staff Coordinating Council in Geneva expressed alarm at the media’s incorrect interpretation of the New York Staff Union’s position last week concerning the issue of integrity and accountability related to recent incidents involving senior officials.The Council also expressed its “full confidence in and support of the Secretary-General.”Asked whether the Secretary-General would resign following last Friday’s Staff Council resolution expressing dissatisfaction with senior management, Mr. Annan’s spokesman, Fred Eckhard, said, “Let’s not get ridiculous,” adding that a resignation was “out of the question.”The Secretary-General, he said, is the chief executive officer of the United Nations and will have to deal with complaints about management. “Does the buck stop with him? Of course it does,” Mr. Eckhard said, but the Secretary-General will not resign.Responding to questions at the daily press briefing about the Friday vote, Mr. Eckhard said that it had been misreported by some media. The draft resolution had said that the Staff Council wanted to draw the Secretary-General’s and General Assembly’s attention to their lack of confidence in management, not that they lacked confidence in the Secretary-General.Furthermore, the spokesman said, the resolution that was adopted deleted all of that language, and the President of the Staff Council, Rosemarie Waters, later told a television crew that she had the utmost confidence in the Secretary-General. Today’s statement from the Geneva staff offered a similar sentiment, he noted.Asked whether the resolution had been watered down because of pressure from UN management, the spokesman said that allegation was false. Chef de Cabinet Iqbal Riza spoke to Ms. Waters on Friday about discussing the Staff Council’s grievances, and there was no pressure on her to change the resolution.Asked whether Mr. Riza would meet with the Staff Council this week, Mr. Eckhard said that management would provide people to meet with the Council if they wanted a meeting this week. He noted that Under-Secretary-General for Management, Catherine Bertini, would not be available this week. read more

RTÉ releases recording of controversial God Slot show in advance of broadcast

first_imgAN RTÉ RADIO show which was at the centre of controversy last night has been made available to listen to in advance of its broadcast on Radio One tonight.A tweet send out from The God Slot’s Twitter account yesterday evening read:Can gays be cured of being gay? Try The God Slot Fri. 17/01The tweet caused immediate backlash on Twitter and saw whoever was manning the account appeal to people to listen in to the show in order to understand the context of the tweet.An RTÉ spokesperson also told TheJournal.ie that the tweet was intended to promote the show, which features a report by an undercover journalist who met with and exposed a ‘conversion therapy’ group which claims homosexuality could be cured.The show is now available on the Radio One website in advance of tonight’s 10pm broadcast.RTÉ says ‘curing gays’ tweets was taken the wrong way>Part of The Saturday Night Show removed from RTÉ Player over ‘legal issues’>last_img read more

The search is on to appoint a new Archbishop for the Archdiocese

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Patriarchate of Constantinople is seeking a new leader for the Archdiocese of Australia. Church sources state that there will still be a religious leader appointed to overlook all of Australia, even if there are metropolitan divisions created within the area.His eminence Archbishop Stylianos died on 25 March, aged 83, leaving a lasting legacy behind after 44 years at the helm of the church.READ MORE: What’s next for the Orthodox Church in Australia?The Rethymno-born cleric was Archbishop of Australia since 1975.Athens Archbishop Ieronymos spoke of a charismatic church leader. As head of the church in Australia, he had helped build up the Orthodox education system, opened dialogue with other religions and has left behind a legacy. Hundreds attended his funeral last month..READ MORE: Game of Thrones for the Greek Orthodox Church of Australialast_img read more

GJ 504b une exoplanète rose découverte à 57 annéeslumière de la Terre

first_imgGJ 504b, une exoplanète rose découverte à 57 années-lumière de la TerreEn utilisant le télescope Subaru installé à Hawaï, des astronomes ont observé une planète géante rose et orbitant autour d’une étoile appelée GJ 504. Ce nouveau monde est la planète la plus légère jamais observée autour d’un astre semblable à notre Soleil.Une planète géante colorée d’un étrange dégradé de rose. C’est ce qu’une équipe internationale d’astronomes a découvert et photographié grâce au télescope Subaru installé à Hawaï. D’après les informations divulguées, la nouvelle exoplanète se trouverait à 57 années-lumière de la Terre, dans la constellation de la Vierge. Là, elle orbiterait autour d’une étoile appelée GJ 504, assez lumineuse mais un peu moins chaude que le Soleil.  Le système stellaire aurait approximativement 160 millions d’années, estiment les astronomes. Mais là n’est pas l’aspect le plus remarquable de la découverte. D’après l’équipe, la planète GJ 504b serait l’exoplanète la plus légère jamais détectée autour d’une étoile semblable à notre Soleil. En effet, le corps est environ quatre fois plus massif que Jupiter (qui équivaut déjà à plus de 317 fois la masse de la Terre). Mais sa couleur a aussi de quoi étonner.”Si nous pouvions voyager jusqu’à cette planète géante, nous pourrions voir un monde brillant encore de la chaleur issue de sa formation, avec une couleur rappelant des fleurs de cerisier foncées, un magenta sans éclat”, a expliqué Michael McElwain, membre de l’équipe de découvert du Goddard Space Flight Center. Néanmoins, “notre caméra observant dans le proche infrarouge révèle que sa couleur est bien plus bleue que d’autres planètes photographiées, ce qui pourrait indiquer que son atmosphère possède moins de nuages”. Une planète qui défie la théorie D’après la description à paraitre dans la revue Astrophysical Journal, GJ 504b orbite assez loin de son étoile, à une distance équivalant à environ 44 fois celle qui sépare la Terre du Soleil. Elle est donc très loin de sa zone habitable mais les températures à sa surface atteignent tout de même 230°C, estiment les chercheurs. Or, ceci pose quelques questions vis-à-vis du modèle communément admis concernant la formation des planètes géantes.En effet, selon la théorie la plus largement admise, appelée modèle d’accrétion de coeur, les planètes comme Jupiter ont commencé leur existence sous la forme d’un disque de débris riche en gaz entourant une jeune étoile. Puis un coeur s’est formé par l’intermédiaire de collisions entre des comètes et des astéroïdes qui ont fourni une “graine”. Lorsque le coeur a atteint une masse suffisante, sa force gravitationnelle a alors attiré rapidement les gaz du disque pour former la planète. Ce modèle fonctionne pour les planètes se trouvant à des distances relativement réduites de leur étoile. Néanmoins, la chose est plus problématique pour les mondes se trouvant plus loin de leur astre tel que GJ 504b. Elle “figure parmi les planètes les plus difficiles à expliquer dans le cadre traditionnel de la formation des planètes”, a expliqué Markus Janson, de l’Université de Princeton. Ceci suggère “que nous avons besoin de considérer sérieusement des théories de formation alternatives, ou peut-être de réévaluer quelques unes des hypothèses basiques de la théorie d’accrétion du coeur”. Une technique d’observation délicate La découverte de GJ 504b fait partie d’un projet plus vaste appelé Strategic Explorations of Exoplanets and Disks with Subaru (SEEDS) et visant à observer directement des planètes extrasolaires et des disques protoplanétaires autour de plusieurs centaines d’étoiles proches en utilisant le télescope Subaru. L’imagerie directe est une des techniques les plus importantes pour observer les planètes mais c’est aussi une des plus délicates.  À lire aussiDes chercheurs auraient découvert l’origine de la mystérieuse lumière verte observée par la NASA”L’observation directe fournit des informations sur la luminosité, la température, l’atmosphère et l’orbite de la planète, mais les planètes sont tellement pâles et proches de leurs étoiles hôtes que c’est comme essayer de prendre une photo d’une luciole à côté d’un projecteur”, a relevé Masayuki Kuzuhara, du Tokyo Institute of Technology cité dans un communiqué de la NASA. Les systèmes de jeunes étoiles sont les meilleures cibles pour l’imagerie directe car leurs planètes n’existent pas depuis assez longtemps pour avoir perdu la plupart de la chaleur émise lors de leur formation. Cette chaleur augmente donc leur luminosité à l’observation infrarouge. “Notre Soleil se trouve environ à la moitié de sa vie de production d’énergie, mais GJ 504 b n’en est qu’au tiers de son âge”, a relevé McElwain avant de conclure : “étudier ces systèmes c’est un peu comme voir notre système planétaire dans sa jeunesse”. (crédits photo : NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/S. Wiessinger)Le 8 août 2013 à 17:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

This Giant Vending Machine Dispenses Supercars

first_img Here in the States, our vending machines are pretty tame, really. For the most part, they cater to your snack cravings or help you quench your thirst. In airports, you can maybe score Beats cans or that cable you forgot to pack. In Singapore, they’re a little more adventurous.The Hong family, owners of Autobahn Motors, would like you to introduce you to their pride and joy: a concrete, steel, and glass giant of a vending machine that stands 15 stories tall and spits out supercars and other fine automobiles.There’s something for everyone… provided you’ve got the credit to back up your selection. Fancy a real supercar? Take your pick from a 2014 McLaren 650S, 2012 Lamborghini Aventador, or a pair of 2008 Ferrari F430 F1s.Coke? A Snickers bar? Ear buds? Hold my beer.Maybe vintage wheels are more your thing. Autobahn Motors certainly hasn’t forgotten about classic car lovers. They’ve listed a stunning 1954 Morgan Plus 4, a 1967 Mercedes 250 SL Pagoda, and a 1977 Ferrari Dino GT4 in an eye-popping chartreuse. Feast your eyes on this one:TechCrunch reports that the Hongs’ “dealership” can stock up to 60 vehicles at a time. So how do you buy one? Not by swiping your platinum card through a magstripe reader on the side of the building. This is 2017, so naturally, there’s a mobile app that walks buyers through the purchase process.As crazy as Autobahn Motors looks from the street, it’s a very creative solution to a very real problem. Prime real estate is hard to come by in Singapore, so a traditional dealer’s lot just isn’t a good fit. Similar creations have sprung up in other countries with extremely dense urban areas, though they’re typically used to park large numbers of cars efficiently. Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysAston Martin Will Build You Your Very Own Supervillain Lair Stay on targetlast_img read more