NIH Fact Sheet Lays Out Sequester Impact

first_imgThree months after Congress approved mandatory across-the-board 5% budget cuts due to sequestration, the National Institutes of Health today described in grim detail how it is absorbing the loss of $1.55 billion. “NIH must apply the cut evenly across all programs, projects, and activities (PPAs), which are primarily NIH institutes and centers. This means every area of medical research will be affected,” a fact sheet states. It lists several figures, some of which were described earlier in agency budget documents and notices. The agency will make around 700 fewer grants; it will freeze training stipends; and it expects to admit 750 fewer patients the NIH clinical center. About one in six grant proposals will be funded, or 17%. Already awarded, ongoing grants will be cut by an average of -4.7%. Intramural research must absorb the 5% cut in less than 6 months, a “substantial” impact, the fact sheet says. However, NIH does not expect to furlough employees but will find savings by freezing hiring and reducing service contracts. 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(*) As ScienceInsider previously reported, exactly how these cuts will affect labs will unfold over months and may be difficult to disentangle from the effects of over 10 years of flat NIH budgets.last_img read more

Brazil-born history-maker vows to take China to Fifa World Cup

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lippi has long complained about a dearth of attackers and on Wednesday moved to plug the gap with Elkeson, who will use the Chinese name Ai Kesen and take up a Chinese passport.The move, which could start a trend of Brazilians playing for China, has divided football fans in the world’s most populous country.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotelBut the Guangzhou Evergrande striker vowed to win over the doubters, saying in an open letter: “Having Chinese nationality allows me to contribute to the national team once again playing in the World Cup.“I want to tell the world: I have officially begun a new journey, I am Chinese, I want to return all the love and care you have given me over the years. “I hope to get your support, as always.”China similarly gave a passport to London-born midfielder Nico Yennaris earlier this year, although unlike Elkeson the former Arsenal reserve is half-Chinese.Although many other nations, notably 2022 hosts Qatar, call up players born in other countries, China had resisted doing so until now.Elkeson, who has scored more than 100 goals in about 150 games in the Chinese Super League, qualifies for China because he has played in the country since 2013.Calling it “a gamble”, the forward nevertheless said that he wants to “leave my mark” on Chinese football.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Gilas’ Final 12 for Fiba World Cup to be revealed after 36ers friendlies Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC LATEST STORIES ‘Ghost guns’ are untraceable, easy to make, more prevalent Renovation of old sports venues not just for SEA Games use UK thanks PH for rescuing Brit, Filipino wife abducted in Sulucenter_img ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics BREAKING: A day after being fired, Robredo asks: ‘Ano bang kinatatakutan ninyong malaman ko?’ View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss What a relief! Paris show lifts taboo on historic outdoor loos Shanghai SIPG’s Elkeson celebrates after scoring during the AFC Champions League group stage football match between China’s Shanghai SIPG and Australia’s Sydney FC in Shanghai on April 23, 2019. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUTBrazilian-born striker Elkeson said he wants to fire China to the World Cup after he became the first footballer without Chinese ancestry to be named in the national squad.The recently naturalized 30-year-old will make more history when — as widely expected — he lines up for Marcello Lippi’s side in a 2022 World Cup qualifier away at the Maldives on September 10.ADVERTISEMENT “I want a new challenge, I want to see where my limits are,” he wrote.“I want to repay the love of the Chinese people in these seven years.“I accepted this challenge without hesitation,” he added.China, currently ranked a lowly 71st in the FIFA rankings, have reached the World Cup only once.In 2002 they exited football’s biggest stage without scoring a goal or earning a point.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

VVS Laxmans NGO to be officially launched on May 5

first_imgHyderabad, Mar 31 (PTI) Veteran cricketer VVS Laxman?s NGO VVS Foundation, which helps underprivileged children in areas of education and sports coaching, would be officially launched on May 5.Cricketers David Warner, Yuvraj Singh and other prominent personalities will be present for the launch.The foundation has been in existence for the last two years and it is currently supporting 90 children and four IIT students, Laxman told reporters here today.A black tie-dinner (fund raiser) would be organised on May 5, he said. “The whole idea of this launch and fund-raiser on May 5 is to build a corpus and to support more (children),” he said.There will be two panel discussions on May 5 on the themes ?Future of Sports coaching in India? and ?Power of Dreams?.The discussion on ?Future of Sports coaching in India?, to be moderated by cricket commentator and writer Harsha Bhogle, would be participated by Yuvraj Singh, David Warner and Pullela Gopichand.The second debate on ?Power of Dreams? would be attended by Telangana IT minister KT Rama Rao and south Indian actress Samantha. PTI SJR RS RMTlast_img read more

WATCH: USYNT’s Weah nearly scores on PSG debut

first_imgPSG VIDEO: U.S. youth international Weah nearly scores on PSG debut Ben Valentine Last updated 1 year ago 02:27 4/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Timothy Weah PSG Troyes Getty Images PSG Ligue 1 Troyes v PSG Troyes United States The 18-year-old came on for the final 15 minutes of the Ligue 1 leaders victory over Troyes United States youth international Timothy Weah has made his first-team debut for Paris Saint-Germain, as he came on a substitute in the club’s 2-0 victory over Troyes.With PSG missing star attackers Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, and Unai Emery deciding to rest other attackers with the club’s second leg against Real Madrid happening midweek, the 18-year-old forward was named to the bench for the Ligue 1 leaders.And with PSG leading 2-0 in the 79th minute, Weah was given his first run out with the senior team, coming on for Giovani Lo Celso. 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 George Weah’s 18-year-old son, Timothy, has come on for PSG against Troyes The future is bright #USMNT pic.twitter.com/Tx0aMaMnb5— Goal USA (@GoalUSA) March 3, 2018Weah nearly secured a dream debut as well, as he was put in 1v1 against Troyes goalkeeper Erwin Zelazny just before the final whistle. Coming in at an angle, Weah but a hard shot into Zelazny, before a scramble in the area lead to a goal for Dani Alves that was ruled out due to offside.It could’ve been the dream start for PSG’s Timothy Weah!A good save, or should he have done better there? pic.twitter.com/tR3iRD9iew— Goal USA (@GoalUSA) March 3, 2018The son of former FIFA Player of the Year, and current president of Liberia, George Weah, Timothy has featured for PSG youth and reserve teams over the past few years since departing the United States after representing the New York Red Bulls developmental academy. His debut came over 22 years after his father’s last appearance for PSG, which came in May 1995 after four seasons with the capital club.Tim Weah has represented the U.S. at the youth national team level, scoring a hat trick at the under-17 World Cup against Paraguay in 2017.last_img read more

Princess Cruises Adds Its Third Royal Princess

first_imgImage Courtesy: FincantieriItalian shipbuilder Fincantieri delivered Majestic Princess, the third Royal Princess class unit constructed for Princess Cruises, a brand of the Carnival Group, at the Monfalcone shipyard on March 30.The Bermuda-flagged Majestic Princess is the first ship specifically designed and built by Fincantieri for the Chinese market.Built on the basis of the successful project of the Royal Princess and Regal Princess sister ships, realized and delivered in the same shipyard in 2013 and 2014, the new 145,000 gross tons unit, which also is the largest ship ever built in Italy, is able to accommodate 4,250 passengers on board in 1,780 cabins and 1,350 crewmembers.As its sister ships, Majestic Princess represents “a new technological benchmark in Europe and worldwide for its innovative layout, outstanding performances and top quality of its state-of-the-art technology,” according to Fincantieri.Princess Cruises earlier said that it plans to deploy the vessel to Europe for the 2017 cruise season before sending it to cruise in the Asian waters.The company added that the vessel was scheduled to set sail from Civitavecchia, Rome, on April 4 for a five-day Maiden Adriatic Sea roundtrip voyage visiting Kotor and Corfu.last_img read more

Containerships Viasea Join Forces on New Route

first_imgzoom Shortsea vessel operators Containerships and Viasea Shipping have partnered up on a new route to Norway.As explained, the partnership will enable the two shipping companies to offer “highly competitive” shortea solution between Norway, Poland and the Baltic countries.The service will be a fixed weekly schedule with end of the week sailings from Klaipeda and Gdynia and the arrival in Oslo on Monday morning. The first departure from Klaipeda will take place on April 5, 2018.“Containerships has invested to a strong growth path with new LNG-vessels and trucks. The other focus has been to open new services in its main market area in the Baltics. Opening a new service in Norway with a strong player like Viasea enables us to offer competitive solution to our customers right from the beginning,” Kari-Pekka Laaksonen, CEO of Containerships, commented.“Although our companies are different in terms of size and age, we are quite similar in which services we offer. Both companies focus exclusively on the shortsea market… By combining our strengths and existing networks, we can offer a new alternative for our customers, as well as open up for new opportunities,” Morten Pettersen, Managing Director of Viasea, said.Containerships and Viasea are operating within each company’s segments and areas. Containerships is operating in the Baltic Sea, whilst Viasea is mainly connecting UK and continental Europe to Norway. Ambition to develop their services in new regions is said to be the main reason for this cooperation.last_img read more

Certain Pacific oysters recalled due to threat of paralytic shellfish poisoning

first_imgThe Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced a recall of certain Pacific oysters due to a marine biotoxin which causes Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning.The oysters were processed by Union Bay Seafood Ltd. and Intercity Packers Ltd. with a harvest date of July 14, 2019.They were sold in five dozen packages in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.Consumers who purchased the oysters should either return them or throw them out.No reports of illness have been linked to the product, however, in severe situations Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning can cause difficulty walking, muscle paralysis, respiratory paralysis and even death.last_img read more

Update – Stolen Range Rover located in Edmonton

first_imgThe investigation is still ongoing in this matter.To view the original story, CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – UPDATE, RCMP are thanking the public for their assistance in sharing information which has helped locate a stolen Range Rover.A media release put out on April 17, 2019, was shared by media outlets and the following day, a member of the public updated that they believed they had observed the vehicle at an address in Taylor, BC.The vehicle was eventually located in Edmonton, Alberta by Edmonton Police Services on April 21, 2019.  Efforts are being made to return the vehicle to the rightful owner.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,355.58, up 74.36 points):Potash Ridge Corp. (TSX:PRK). Miner. Up half-a-cent, or 2.22 per cent, to 23 cents on 5.4 million shares.Red Eagle Mining Corp. (TSX:R). Miner. Down 2.5 cents, or 8.93 per cent, to 25.5 cents on 5.36 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 11 cents, or 0.99 per cent, to $11.27 on 5.1 million shares.Western Forest Products Inc. (TSX:WEF). Up 12 cents, or 5.45 per cent, to $2.32 on 5.08 million shares.Sandvine Corp. (TSX:SVC). Telecommunications. Up 35 cents, or 8.95 per cent, to $4.26 on 4.8 million shares.Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. Down 22 cents, or 5.93 per cent, to $3.49 on 4.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up four cents, or 1.66 per cent, to $2.45 on 3.4 million shares. The Quebec-based company may have to wait an extra two months to find out if its CSeries commercial jets will be hit by punishing U.S. duties. Boeing has requested that the U.S. Commerce Department delay its preliminary determination on its petition until Sept. 25 from July 21. In April, Boeing alleged Bombardier has been selling CSeries planes in the U.S. below cost thanks to public subsidies in violation of trade rules.Obsidian Energy Ltd. (TSX:PWT, OBE). Oil and gas. Down eight cents, or 4.60 per cent, to $1.66 on 2.6 million shares. Two days after changing its name and vowing to put its scandal-tainted past behind it, the former Penn West Petroleum is being hit with charges by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC charges allege the Calgary-based oil and gas firm and three of its former finance executives participated in a “multi-year accounting fraud” where hundreds of millions of dollars were mislabelled to improve the appearance of its operating metrics. None of the allegations against the company — which officially changed its name to Obsidian Energy Ltd. on Monday — have been proven in court.Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B). Telecommunications and media. Down 10 cents, or 0.33 per cent, to $30.14 on 1.3 million shares. The company’s third-quarter revenue was $1.31 billion, up 2.8 per cent from last year. Net income was down 81 per cent to $133 million or 27 cents per share, mostly because of gains Shaw received last year from asset sales. Shaw said the rollout of a new generation of cable services has gotten off to a strong start, and helped the company to deliver its first growth in video subscribers in nearly seven years. read more

Maple syrup groups seek action on questionable food labels

Maple sugar producer Burr Morse, left, is joined by U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., center, and Roger Brown, of Slopeside Syrup, right as they talk about a request by maple producers that the Food and Drug Administration crack down on food producers who use “maple” in their labeling when there isn’t any syrup in their products, during an event Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, in Richmond, Vt. In a letter to the FDA, Vermont producers were joined by maple associations from Maine to Wisconsin who want the FDA to take enforcement action to either remove the maple branding from the products or have the companies add maple syrup to them. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke) MONTPELIER, Vt. – In the maple-rich areas of New England and the upper Midwest, producers don’t approve of fakers.Last week, industry groups from Vermont to Michigan sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration protesting food labeled as maple that doesn’t contain the real thing.They say products ranging from oatmeal to ice cream are misbranded in violation of FDA regulations because they don’t contain maple syrup, derived from heating sap from maple trees.They want the FDA to take enforcement action to either remove the maple branding from the products or have the companies add maple syrup to them.The FDA said it is reviewing the letter and will respond directly to the petitioners. by Lisa Rathke, The Associated Press Posted Feb 16, 2016 12:45 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Maple syrup groups seek action on questionable food labels read more

How FiveThirtyEights March Madness Bracket Works

In contrast to the parity of the recent past, this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament has a clear front-runner: the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats. FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness Predictions give the Wildcats a 41 percent chance to win it all and finish 40-0. Kentucky’s chances are well ahead of a group of teams — Villanova, Arizona and Wisconsin — that have about a 10 percent chance each.I’ll have a longer take on the Wildcats and this year’s top-heavy bracket on Monday morning. But for now, we wanted to be sure you saw our numbers as soon as they were ready. You can find our interactive here, including the probability of each of the 68 teams invited to this year’s dance advancing to each round of the tournament.The methodology behind our forecasts is largely the same as in past years. Our forecasts have done reasonably well — “calling” the winner of the tournament correctly in two of the past three years. And they’ve been well-calibrated historically, meaning the teams we’ve listed as (for instance) 70 percent favorites have in fact won about 70 percent of the time. We don’t see a lot of reason to mess with our system.At the core of the forecasts is a power rating for each team estimated from a composite of five computer-generated power rankings and two human rankings. By nature, our rankings are pretty conservative since they blend information from several different systems together.1You might consider deviating from them when filling out your bracket so as to have less duplication with others in your pool. These are the five computer systems we use:ESPN’s Basketball Power Index (BPI). (Specifically, we use the variant of BPI called PVA, which translates team ratings into point spreads.)Ken Pomeroy’s pythagorean ratings.Jeff Sagarin’s “predictor” ratings.Joel Sokol’s LRMC ratings.Sonny Moore’s power ratings.The two human rankings are:The selection committee’s 68-team S-curve — that is, how it ranked the teams from 1 to 68 before placing them in the bracket.Preseason rankings from the Associated Press and the coaches poll.2The AP and coaches polls are weighted equally. The seven systems are weighted equally and adjusted to be on a common scale.3Specifically, they’re normalized to have the same mean and standard deviation. Here are how the various systems rated the North Carolina Tar Heels as of Sunday evening,4The Sonny Moore power ratings had not been updated to reflect Sunday’s play as of our publication deadline on Sunday night. We used Saturday’s ratings instead and adjusted them to reflect Sunday’s games based on the change in each team’s Sagarin rating from Saturday to Sunday. for example:While all of the Tar Heels’ ratings are pretty close, their worst one is from where the committee placed them on the S-curve, 13th, suggesting that they were slightly underseeded. Their best rating comes from their preseason ranking, by contrast. We know it might seem unusual to blend preseason rankings with six other systems that rank a team’s current form, but there’s a long history of teams reverting to preseason expectations in the postseason. That included last season, when UConn and Kentucky, who were rated highly before the season, overcame a middling regular season to meet each other in the national championship as No. 7 and No. 8 seeds. Maybe North Carolina can do something similar this year.The ratings are then adjusted for two factors:Injuries and other player absences. For instance, Louisville’s rating is harmed by the absence of Chris Jones, who was dismissed from the team after police charged that he raped two women. (He has pleaded not guilty.) Teams will also get credit in our system if they have key players back for the tournament who missed part of the regular season. (The adjustments are based on Sports-reference.com win shares.)Travel distance from the team’s home campus to the tournament site. A team that has to travel across the country to play a tournament game can face the equivalent of a 2- or 3-point disadvantage against one playing close to home. Essentially, it’s playing a road game.We’ll be updating the bracket at the conclusion of every batch of games. You may also see some minor changes before the First Four tipoff in Dayton, Ohio, on Tuesday night, based on the availability of new injury information and power ratings.Teams’ power ratings also change at the end of each game. If a No. 13 seed upsets a No. 4 seed, that’s a sign the team was underestimated originally, and our program will boost its rating for the rest of the tournament. If a No. 2 seed needs overtime to get by a No. 15 seed despite being a 30-point favorite, its rating will go down.However — this is a new feature this year — you’ll be able to “rewind” the bracket to see what our forecast said about each team at the conclusion of each day of play.Anything else new this year? The big news is that we’re going to be forecasting the women’s tournament for the first time. Those numbers will go up Tuesday morning.On the men’s side, there are a couple of methodological changes, but they’re very minor:In calculating the effect of injuries, win shares are now adjusted for a team’s strength of schedule. So our program won’t assume a player was a monster just because he was scoring 20 points a game against the likes of Abilene Christian and Austin Peay State.If a team wasn’t ranked at all in the preseason poll, we now estimate its strength using last year’s Sagarin rating, regressed to the mean.5Specifically, we regress to the mean of unranked teams. It almost always helps a team to have been ranked somewhere — even in the “also receiving votes” category — instead of receiving a mean-reverted Sagarin rating instead. Much more to come Monday and over the next three weeks. Happy bracketing!Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions.CORRECTION (March 16, 2:20 p.m.): An earlier version of this article misidentified ESPN’s Basketball Power Index as the “basketball percentage index.” read more

Ponting slams Kohli boos as disgraceful

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAustralia and India play down Kohli v Paine banterDecember 17, 2018In “latest news”Virat Kohli achieves double honour as Wisden 2019 is publishedApril 10, 2019In “latest news”How Virat Kohli rules T20 cricketMay 6, 2016In “Sports” Virat Kohli wore colours fitting of the Pink-day Test (Getty Images)Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has slammed the reaction Virat Kohli got from the Sydney crowd as “disgraceful”. Kohli walked out to a mix of cheers and loud boos from the SCG crowd on Thursday. He was subject of “Kohli is a w***er” chants in Melbourne, and was booed in Perth.“If it was booing then it’s absolutely disgraceful,” Ponting said on Seven. “I said that in the Perth Test as well. Show some respect.”Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts wasn’t too happy with it either: “I don’t like seeing that,” he told SEN Radio. “We talk about making Australians proud, we talk about the fact our goal is to win but our non negotiable expectation is to compete with honour and I’d urge our fans to support the game with honour. It’s bigger than all of us, respect our visitors, give them the best possible experience of our country, hopefully beat them on the field, but in all seriousness we need to go about this with respect whether we are a player, administrator, fan, broadcaster. Respect is a really core foundation of the game and hopefully we can see that evident.”Commentator Tim Lane was more scathing of the crowd. “I must say I thought the reception he was given as he came out was poor and it was graceless in that he is the captain of a visiting team,” Lane said on Macquarie Sports Radio. “To welcome a visiting captain like that … is classless. He has not done anything wrong, he has just been too good…“We should be better than that as a nation. I didn’t like it. All Kohli has been guilty of is leading his country in Australia and winning. If the people don’t like it, they should at least recognise it and applaud it.”Kohli has always polarised opinion, in Australia more than any country. On his first tour of the country, Kohli was photographed flipping the bird to someone in the crowd, which led to an ICC sanction. On his last tour of the country, he won over the crowds with four centuries and as co-captain of a side that gracefully made last-minute adjustments to schedules in the wake of Phillip Hughes’ tragic death. Even in this Test, Kohli was so supportive of the Glenn McGrath foundation that he wore pink gloves; his bat had a pink grip on to go with the pink MRF sticker as well.Kohli, though, has also been mindful of the crowds in Australia. In the lead-up to the Test, he spoke of how much they get behind the home team. “It’s not only the team you are playing against, it’s the whole nation because they get behind the team so well,” he said. “When you walk in to bat, you feel there are 40,000 people who want your wicket, not just the 11 guys on the field. So we understand as cricketers how difficult it is and purely just to take that challenge on, we want to win here.” (ESPNCricinfo) read more

Germans give revenge to Poland

← Previous Story Danish disappointment as Argentina steals a point! Next Story → Swedish defensive power, Kim Andersson: A lot of good things could happen… germanQatar 2015qatar handballg In the very first game of group D Russia beat Saudi Arabia 27:17. Saudi Arabia was able to keep up with Russia only at the beginning; Russian team struck and left their opponents behind leading 17:9 at the halftime. In the second half Russia kept their distance and in the end won 27:17.In the second match Germany defeated Poland 29:26. The game began quite tightly; the teams did not have the best time in defence but in attack they hardly failed. After 10 minutes Germany took 2-goal-lead and coach Biegler called for a time-out. When in 20. minute Pekeler was sent for 2 minutes on the bench, Poland managed to equalize at 10:10. However, the Polish joy was short-lasting as Germany got on the lead again. Poland stopped with 5 minutes to go and let their rivals left the court with 4-goal-lead (17:13).Poland took the better start in the second half but even though Germans started making mistakes, they were unable to catch up. In 36. the situation of Poland seemed to be quite bad when both Grabarczyk and Rojewski ended up with 2-minute- suspensions almost in the same time and Germany played in a double powerplay. Surprisingly, mostly thanks to Wyszomirski in the goal, they reduced the gap by 1 goal during this period. Polish defence started working better than in the first half and Poland again managed to equalize (20:20, 42, minute) but the scenario was the same as before – Poland equalizes but Germany soon takes back the lead. The second half was much better for the goalkeepers – Carsten Lichtlein replaced Heinevetter and became one of the heroes of the German team; Wyszomirski also did much better than Szmal, he was able to save much more throws, including Gensheimer’s penalty throw. Polish hopes got up once again in 54. minute when Michał Jurecki scored for 25:25 but wasted chances in attack allowed Germany to get back. By the end of the game atmosphere on the court heated up when during one of Poland’s scoring attempts Gensheimer, upset about Michał Jurecki’s actions, jumped on him with pretension. The quarrel was soon brought under control but both were sent off for 2 minutes, together with Bartosz Jurecki. Germany maintained the lead until the end and won by 3 goals.Third game of the group D between Denmark and Argentina ended with quite a surprising result as Argentina stood up to the favourite and gained 1 point after the 24:24 draw.TEXT: MARTYNA USNARSKA read more

Michal Jurecki two months out

← Previous Story BYE BYE Tomasz Rosinski Next Story → Pick Szeged win Kanjiza Cup 2016 Bad news for Vive Tauron Kielce and Polish national team as well. The EHF Champions League winners announced that their best scorer Michal Jurecki will be out for next two months due injury of peroneal tendon of right leg. The powerful shooter has to go on surgery which will keep him out from the first actions of the season 2016/2017.Jurecki will be out in the first couple of matches of the EHF Champions League, while depends on reha-process, he will or not will be able to help his team-mates at the start of qualifications for the Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia.Poland will play in early November against Serbia in Gdansk and Romania (away).Jurecki got injured during match against Egypt at Men’s Olympic tournament in Rio, where his team-mate Kus felt on his foot… Michal JureckiVive Tauron Kielce read more

Launch of project to involve communities in emergency response

first_imgA COMMUNITY RAPID response project is to be launched today, with volunteer medical professionals attending the scenes of serious, life-threatening incidents to support emergency services.Irish Community Rapid Response (ICCR) has been operational in West Cork for five years and more recently in East Cork and today marks the commencement of a national expansion of the service.Local communities fundraise to provide the necessary equipment and training required for the project. Medical professionals then volunteer their time to support the cause and work alongside frontline state services such as the Ambulance Service, Fire Service and gardaí at the scene.ICRR teams have responded to over 300 call-outs, dealing with approximately 500 patients to date.CEO John Kearney said that the value of these services has been proven and the project has “developed a model through which skilled medical professionals can help members of their local at their times of greatest need”.“The project involves human and financial resources, but also encompasses medical governance and oversight, communications, partnership and team-work,” he said.Earlier this month, the project was honoured in the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards, receiving a €200,000 prize.As part of the launch today, a number of activities and workshops will take place at Nemo Rangers GAA pavillion in Cork from 2.30pm today.Read: Blood Bikers zoom in to help patients in the West>Read: Warm summer saw RNLI lifeboats launched 571 times>last_img read more

Apple Opening Mac App Store January 6th

first_imgApple will be kicking off the new year in style, with the launch of its much anticipated Mac App Store, a desktop-based counterpart to its ultra-successful iPhone and iPad stores. The new storefront will be available in 90 countries and will feature applications from a wide variety of categories, including Games, Productivity, Utilities, Education, Design, and Lifestyle.Said CEO Steve Jobs in an announcement that went out this morning, “The App Store revolutionized mobile apps. We hope to do the same for PC apps with the Mac App Store by making finding and buying PC apps easy and fun. We can’t wait to get started on January 6.” Note the use of the word “PC.” Aw, how the times have changed.The Mac store will offer most of the familiar features, including download charts, ratings and reviews, and one-click purchasing. Once downloaded, apps can be run on multiple Macs when signed into your account. The store is available as a free update to Mac owners with Snow Leopard installed.Apple is offering up 70 percent of download revenue to developers.last_img read more

ASA Shares Farmers Concerns with EPA Administrator and USDA Secretary

first_imgFarmer leaders of the American Soybean Association (ASA), the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), the National Sorghum Producers (NSP), USA Rice Federation, and National Cotton Council met with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack at EPA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., to discuss recent court and EPA actions that cause ASA and soybean farmers concern.”ASA is concerned by recent court and EPA actions that could negatively affect U.S. farmers’ competitiveness, hinder their ability to produce safe and abundant food, add needless regulation, and expose farmers to increased liability,” said ASA Chairman Johnny Dodson, a soybean producer from Halls, Tenn.The meeting was a result of discussions by ASA, NCGA, NAWG and NSP farmer-leaders with Secretary Vilsack at Commodity Classic earlier this month in Anaheim. In response to that discussion, Secretary Vilsack offered to put together a meeting of commodity group leaders with EPA Administrator Jackson and himself to further explore the concerns being expressed. Leaders representing the nation’s cotton and rice farmers also participated in today’s meeting to collectively express concerns on issues that would impact more than 90 percent of the crop planted area in the United States.”ASA appreciates both Secretary Vilsack’s and EPA Administrator Jackson’s interest in understanding farmer concerns,” said Dodson. “We also are very appreciative of Secretary Vilsack’s efforts to facilitate this meeting to allow USDA, EPA, and commodity group leaders to engage in discussions on how EPA regulations and procedures can affect farmers and their ability to produce safe food using modern farming practices.”Among the topics discussed at today’s meeting was the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling [National Cotton Council vs. EPA], that held that agricultural pesticide applicators, state pest controllers and others who spray pesticides on or near water will no longer be exempted from having to obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, even if they follow all label and application requirements. EPA estimates that the ruling will apply to some 5.6 million annual pesticide applications for 365,000 applicators. The court granted EPA a two-year stay to April 2011, to give it time to develop a permitting program. EPA is expected to propose a rule in April 2010, and finalize it in December 2010.”ASA believes that EPA must take great care in crafting a rule to minimize needless regulation and avoid forcing farmers to obtain permits for applying fully-approved crop protection products according to label directions,” commented Dodson. “Adding new regulatory and permitting steps would decrease the ability of U.S. farmers to produce safe and abundant food. This entire direction taken by the court also opens up the possibility that producers would incur huge costs defending against nuisance citizen suits.”ASA and other commodity group leaders also expressed concern about EPA’s proposed regulation that would add new language to pesticide labels. Current pesticide labels include the statement, “Do not apply this product in a way that will contact workers or other persons, either directly or through drift.” The EPA’s Draft Pesticide Registration Notice of Nov. 4, 2009, would add new language to pesticide labels stating, “In addition, do not apply this product in a manner that results in spray [or dust] drift that could cause an adverse effect to people or any other non-target organism or site.””EPA should maintain FIFRA’s risk-based standard of ‘no unreasonable adverse effects’ and remove the vague, unenforceable, and unmanageable concepts of ‘could cause’ or ‘may cause’ adverse effects or ‘harm’ from the Drift Pesticide Registration Notice,” Dodson said. “The agency should also continue to acknowledge that some small level of pesticide drift is unavoidable in many common application situations, and does not pose an unreasonable adverse effect.”A final key topic that was discussed was the pesticide re-registration and review process carried out by EPA.”ASA and the agricultural industry strongly believe that the process must be governed by sound science, including science-based assessments and decisions,” said Dodson. “Additionally, there must be certainty that once a science-based review is completed, another review won’t be arbitrarily initiated. Farmers and the crop protection industry need increased confidence and certainty that the re-registration process and decision-making will be based on peer-reviewed science.”last_img read more

EU upholds that employees are entitled to 50 of pension if employer

first_imgThe Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has upheld a ruling by its Advocate General, confirming that all employees are entitled to at least 50% of the total value of their accrued workplace pension savings in the event that their employer becomes insolvent.The case, Grenville Hampshire v The Board of the Pension Protection Fund, concerns Grenville Hampshire, who worked for manufacturing organisation Turner and Newall between 1971 and 1998, and was a member of their supplementary occupational pension scheme. In 1998, at the age of 51, Hampshire retired with a pre-tax annual retirement income of £48,781.80, with an annual increase of at least 3%.Turner and Newall became insolvent in 2001. In 2006, the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) opened its assessment concerning the takeover of the organisation’s pension scheme. This assessment found that Hampshire was entitled to £19,819 of PPF compensation a year before tax, as he had not reached the normal age for Turner and Newall’s pension scheme in 2006, and was therefore subject to the statutory compensation cap. This amount was also not predicted to be adjusted for inflation, because Hampshire’s employment was primarily before April 1997. If the organisation had not become insolvent, he would have received £60,240 a year in 2006.Therefore, Hampshire’s pension entitlement was reduced by 67%.Hampshire and 15 other former employees sought application of the review mechanisms for the PPF valuation under the Pensions Act 2004. They subsequently appealed against the decision ruling in favour of the valuation, citing the EU’s Article 8 of Directive 2008. This directive requires all EU member states to take necessary measures to protect the interests of employees in respect of their rights to retirement benefits in the event of the insolvency of the employer.The Court of Appeal referred questions to the CJEU in July 2016. These include whether the aforementioned directive requires member states to ensure that every individual employee receives at least 50% of the value of their accrued pension savings in the event that the employer becomes insolvent, and whether it is sufficient for a member state to have a system of protection where employees usually receive more than 50% of the value of their accrued pension, but where some employees may receive less than 50% if they are subject to a financial cap, or to rules limiting the annual increases in compensation paid or the annual revaluation of their entitlements prior to pension age.The Advocate General handed down an opinion in April 2018, which stated that the directive was to be interpreted that every individual employee is entitled to compensation of at least 50% of the total value of their accrued retirement savings if their employer becomes insolvent. The Advocate General further ruled that it was therefore insufficient to have a system of protection that facilitated employees to receive less than this required 50%.The CJEU yesterday (Thursday 6 September 2018) published its consequential ruling, which concurred with the Advocate General. It further stated that the directive has a direct effect and may be invoked before a national court by an individual employee in order to challenge a decision of a body, such as the board of the PPF.The Court document stated: “Member states have considerable latitude in determining both the means employed for purposes of that protection and the level of protection provided, which does not include an obligation to guarantee in full. However, the Court has held that provisions of domestic law that may, in certain cases, lead to a guarantee of benefits limited to less than half the entitlement accrued cannot be considered to fall within the definition of the word ‘protect’ used in that provision.“The purpose of that directive, which is to provide each employee with a minimum level of community protection in the event of their employer’s insolvency, would be seriously undermined if, in the absence of any abuse of rights by the employee within the meaning of article 12 of that directive, the member states could discharge their obligations under article eight of the directive without granting each individual [employee] such minimum protection.”A spokesperson at the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) said: “The vast majority of PPF and Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS) members will already receive compensation in excess of 50% of their accrued old age benefits and we expect the number of members affected by this ruling to be very small.“We have been working with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) about the changes that may result from this judgment. For those members affected, we will work to implement the judgment as quickly as possible.“We now need to consider the ruling carefully to understand what action we can take prior to legislative change and/or the conclusion of UK court proceedings. For FAS, this will involve working particularly closely with DWP colleagues. We will update on our approach in due course and will write to affected members as soon as we are able.”Tom McPhail, head of policy at Hargreaves Lansdown, added: “For now at least, the European Court continues to exert control over the UK, something for which some pension scheme members may now be grateful.“It is to the credit of successive UK governments that we have a robust and reliable lifeboat scheme in place to protect pension scheme members in the event of their employer going bust. The PPF’s healthy surplus means it can take this hit without materially weakening its funding position.”last_img read more