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A Look to the Future of IT

first_imgManaging the Changing IT Landscape: Future of IT We know that IT is changing, but do we know by how much? CIO Insight recently looked ahead to 2020 with data collected from A.T. Kearney from more than 150 CIOs. Not surprisingly, there are huge changes on the horizon.According to the research, “85 percent of CIOs are seeing IT requirements increase significantly, with more support needed for apps that enable multiple channels, including mobile.” Here are just a few key insights from the research findings that could affect IT projects and spending in future years:Data analytics will become a top priority.More than two-thirds of companies plan to invest in customer relations tools.Companies will need to balance advanced solutions with standardized packages.Nearly 75 percent of respondents indicated that time-to-market is a key performance indicator.Accelerating the paceWhen I moderated the Intel IT Center Webinar on mobility, the need to customize, simplify, and standardize became clear as objectives to accelerate the pace of innovation. In the midst of these challenges, the Intel IT team articulated a responsibility and a new approach to enable both personal productivity (solution choice) and business productivity (enterprise standards) across an expanding set of devices and operating systems.Cloud is keyAnd to enable this flexibility, cloud computing investments are equally important—cloud technologies are evolving as fast as devices are. By 2015, Intel expects more than 3 billion connected users and 15 billion connected devices  will be driving more than 1,500 exabytes of cloud traffic. To succeed in this new future of IT, CIOs must move quickly to adopt flexible cloud solutions and SaaS-based models for even greater standardization and customization.The success of any organization going forward will depend on the use of innovative technologies to meet business needs in less time. And from my perspective, meeting business needs starts with true collaboration. It’s even listed as the first of five qualities of an effective CIO in a recent blog from CIO Insight.Do you agree that collaboration is key to business success? What planning tips do you have for preparing for the future of IT?Chris Peters @chris_p_intel #ITCenter #FutureofITlast_img read more

DevOps is more than tools and automation

first_imgTechnical people tend to look towards technology to solve most problems. We all assume that if it can be done manually, then we can probably find some “bot” use for automation. Since that step involves tools, let’s just jump in and pick one to use — all right? DevOps dictates that you focus differently from the start. We must change the way we think, interact and ultimately work, in order to truly embrace the value that Agile and DevOps can deliver.Corporate ValuesMost evangelists for Agile and DevOps practices start by transforming the values that people and the team works with. Call it a cultural shift or a paradigm change. It is paramount that everyone is working off some base values so that there is little impeding the transformation that DevOps promises.Inside Intel we have a robust culture focused on the valuesOpens in a new window of quality, risk-taking, great place to work, discipline, customer orientation and results orientation. This culture has changed very little over the years, and I remember when I started over 21 years ago, we did a whole “Back to Basics” kick off. This campaign was aimed at ensuring that our rapidly growing company continued to embrace the core values that helped make Intel great.We are Embracing Agile & DevOpsOur successes moving forward is tied to being consistent while delivering the products of the highest quality. This means we are driving out technical debt to ensure that our solutions maintain relevance, all while delivering value to the customer in everything we do. Some of the items we have began embracing include:Focusing on outcomes instead of outputs.Deliver high quality solutions. We need ensure we are testing the right things while reducing the need to do testing manually.Increasing our own confidence in our quality measures, so we can constantly innovate and experiment.Learning that it is alright to fail. Just do it fast and recover faster, so that work can continue. Learn from every failure.Be aware of the fragility that exists and put in place concrete plans to reduce that technical debt.Be respectful, open, honest, direct and always focused on improving the team and your relationships with your mates.Shift towards full product accountability instead of delivering only your tasks defined inside the project.This is merely a subset of the challenges we have set for ourselves. Transforming the way that a company works, especially one that is nearly 50 years old, will take time. We are focused on improving the value we can return to our customers by embracing our core cultural values and applying them to all the products we create, deliver and support.How is your journey going? Have you made the decision to jump all-in for Agile and DevOps?I’m curious to hear of successes, failure and how we can help to provide visibility in our own multi-year journey.last_img read more

Embattled Max Planck neuroscientist quits primate research

first_imgBERLIN—A neuroscientist who has been the target of animal rights activists says he is giving up on primate research. Nikos Logothetis, a director at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany, says he will conclude his current experiments on macaques “as quickly as possible” and then shift his research to rodent neural networks. In a letter last week to fellow primate researchers, Logothetis cites a lack of support from colleagues and the wider scientific community as key factors in his decision. In particular, he says the Max Planck Society—and other organizations—should pursue criminal charges against the activists who target researchers.Logothetis’s research on the neural mechanisms of perception and object recognition has used rhesus macaques with electrode probes implanted in their brains. The work was the subject of a broadcast on German national television in September that showed footage filmed by an undercover animal rights activist working at the institute. The video purported to show animals being mistreated.Logothetis has said the footage is inaccurate, presenting a rare emergency situation following surgery as typical and showing stress behaviors deliberately prompted by the undercover caregiver. (His written rebuttal is here.) The broadcast triggered protests, however, and it prompted several investigations of animal care practices at the institute. Investigations by the Max Planck Society and animal protection authorities in the state of Baden-Württemberg found no serious violations of animal care rules. A third investigation by local Tübingen authorities that led to a police raid at the institute in late January is still ongoing.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(*)Logothetis’s letter is addressed to about 20 fellow members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences who had written statements of support for him to the Max Planck Society. In it, he says he contacted local animal care authorities on 22 April to discuss a plan for ending his macaque work while still caring for animals that have been involved in the research, including those that have received neural implants.The society is “one of the best scientific organizations worldwide,” Logothetis wrote, but it has failed to take concrete steps against the activists. “I am no longer willing or able to accept the never-ending stream of abuse from animal activists toward myself and my co-workers while seeing them encouraged to increase their aggressive activities by the tolerance and very slow reactions of scientific organizations. There is a clear lack of consequences for illegal actions such as infiltration, violation of privacy, theft of documents, and even intentionally caused distress to animals in order to film supposed animal torture or abnormal behavior,” the letter states.Logothetis’s letter also faults his scientific colleagues in Tübingen for distancing themselves from the controversy. The neighboring Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology posted a disclaimer on its website emphasizing that there are no monkeys at the institute, he notes, and colleagues at the nearby Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research refused to issue a declaration of support.The letter was not intended to be made public, Logothetis told ScienceInsider, and he regrets that it has been circulated beyond the people to whom he addressed it. He stresses that the problem of inaction is not specific to the Max Planck Society. “In my view organizations worldwide must change strategy immediately. Filing charges against infiltrators should be a ‘must’ whether or not radical activists manage to escape consequences in the first trials. In our case, there was more than enough evidence to support a number of accusations,” he says.Max Planck did consider pressing charges against the undercover former employee, a spokesperson wrote to ScienceInsider, but “experienced external experts strongly advised against taking such a step given that the chances of success in a case like this are very low.” Instead, the society focused on “communication of the real facts, an informed public debate, transparency in what we are doing at the Institute and de-escalation—considering the poisoned atmosphere, the Max Planck Society did not want to fire up the situation.”The society issued a statement on 1 May saying that it regrets Logothetis’s decision. “The Max Planck Society and its president has at all times fully supported the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen,” the spokesperson adds, including hiring “an experienced conflict manager who provided guidance and support to Nikos Logothetis over the past few months.”*Correction, 6 May, 10:55 a.m.: This item has been corrected to clarify that Logothetis is not German.last_img read more

Microbe-linked solar panels are better than plants at converting sunlight to energy

first_imgPlants are exceptional sunlight sponges. But they store only about 1% of the energy they soak up, locking it into the sugars and other organic molecules they use to build their cells. Scientists have boosted that number by a few percentage points with light-absorbing microbes and genetic engineering. But now, researchers have taken a more sizable jump with solar panels, creating a hybrid device that uses a combination of catalysts and microbes to convert 10% of the captured solar energy into liquid fuels and other commodity chemicals.I’m a big fan of the work,” says Chris Chang, a chemical biologist and solar fuels expert at the University of California, Berkeley, who was not involved in the study. “It provides a really nice demonstration that you can get high efficiency [in solar chemical conversion], which is a key step.”The new fuels could also solve another crucial problem: renewable energy storage. As solar and wind power grow in use, researchers have begun looking for ways to store the excess energy such systems produce. Batteries are too expensive for storing more than nominal amounts. But energy-rich chemicals, which can be piped around and kept in chemical tanks, could store much more at a manageable price.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(*)The new work got its start in 2011, when researchers led by Dan Nocera, a chemist at Harvard University, created an artificial leaf that used energy from sunlight to split water into oxygen and hydrogen gas (H2). H2 can then be run through a device called a fuel cell to produce electricity. But because its energy density is so low—thanks to its vapor state—any fuel produced requires massive storage tanks or high pressures to compress it into smaller, more manageable volumes.Several research teams followed up by combining the H2 with the carbon in carbon dioxide (CO2) to produce energy-dense liquid hydrocarbons. Last year, for example, Nocera’s group reported that it developed a hybrid system that used bacteria and electricity to “stitch” together H2—generated from splitting water—and the carbon from CO2 into a liquid alcohol called isopropanol. But the setup had a problem. The catalyst used to split water was made from a nickel alloy that generated a form of highly reactive oxygen that killed the bacteria. The only solution was to use an unusually high voltage of electricity, which produced fewer reactive oxygen molecules. It also sharply reduced the efficiency of converting the energy in the electricity to chemical bonds in the fuel. In the end, the system converted only 3.2% of the input energy into chemical fuel.Now, Nocera and his colleagues have replaced the nickel catalyst with a new cobalt-phosphorous alloy version, which does not make reactive oxygen species. That allowed the team to lower the voltage, leading to a “dramatic increase in efficiency,” Nocera says. Their new hybrid setup can convert 10% of the energy in sunlight to a variety of chemicals and fuels, far above the efficiency of plants, they report today in Science.As tantalizing as it seems to produce fuel merely from the starting ingredients of sunlight, water, and CO2 in the air, Nocera cautions that the solar fuel approach still has a long way to go before dethroning oil as the king of fuels. “It’s very hard to make this competitive with digging [oil] out of the ground,” Nocera says. Even so, he adds, solar fuel setups may one day help provide fuels and chemicals to the billions of people in developing countries who lack access because of poor infrastructure. His team is already taking a shot in India, where he is negotiating with researchers to pass along the intellectual property for the new method.last_img read more

In wake of Trump’s fetal tissue clampdown, scientists strain to adjust

first_imgRenewals of two diabetes grants held by Megan Sykes (right) of Columbia University could be held up by a new federal policy scrutinizing fetal tissue research. In wake of Trump’s fetal tissue clampdown, scientists strain to adjust By Meredith Wadman, Jocelyn KaiserJun. 11, 2019 , 3:00 PM Many biomedical researchers were stunned, noting that the tissue, which would otherwise be discarded, has properties that make it valuable for research. It is less specialized than adult tissue, for instance, and readily adapts to new environments. “These new restrictions have no scientific or ethical basis and will roll back decades of consensus in the U.S., delaying the development of new treatments,” said Doug Melton, president of the International Society for Stem Cell Research in Skokie, Illinois, and co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.“The whole point here is to so wrap the research in red tape that it’s impossible or at least unlikely to be feasible for many researchers,” says bioethicist Alta Charo of the University of Wisconsin in Madison.A 1993 law formalized rules for using fetal tissue donated after elective abortions in U.S.-funded research. Last year, NIH spent $115 million on roughly 173 projects that rely on the tissue; about 160 were run by university scientists. One-third of the 173 grants focus on HIV/AIDS, many using humanized mice to probe, for example, how HIV hides out and evades the immune system, and what drugs might defeat it. Others tackle other infectious diseases, eye disease, and fetal development as well as toxic exposures during pregnancy.NIH says its scientists are conducting just three projects affected by the new rules; all will stop. “This decision is devastating. It effectively ends our studies looking into new approaches for an HIV cure,” says Warner Greene, director of the Gladstone Institutes Center for HIV Cure Research in San Francisco. Greene is a partner in one of the projects, run by retrovirologist Kim Hasenkrug of NIH’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana.At universities, the policy allows existing projects to continue until their current NIH funding expires. Nearly half of these extramural grants will expire within the next 18 months, and scientists will need to apply for a renewal if they want to keep the work going. Grantees are now grappling with what the new review process might mean.It has already caused at least one researcher to change course. HIV scientist Jerome Zack last week told colleagues at UC Los Angeles (UCLA) that he had decided to remove his work using fetal tissue to develop humanized mice from a renewal application, due at NIH in August, for a large grant supporting the university’s long-standing Center for AIDS Research. “The grant covers way more than mouse work, it covers all HIV research on campus,” he says. “I don’t want to jeopardize that.”Scott Kitchen, a Zack collaborator who directs mouse production at UCLA, says that in the past year his group provided humanized mice for more than 70 scientists on campus and nine at other institutions, as well as performing multiple large projects for several companies. “All of this has been critical in scientific and therapeutic development,” Kitchen says. “And all of it may now be derailed.”At Columbia, Sykes is worried about the one-third of her 15 staff who are funded through two NIH grants. She recently submitted a renewal proposal for one grant and planned to submit the other in July. HHS hasn’t said when the policy will kick in. But when Sykes asked NIH officials how it might affect her proposals, the response “wasn’t reassuring,” she says.Much could depend on whom the HHS secretary appoints to the ethics review boards. Under existing law governing HHS ethics boards, one-third to one-half of a board’s members must be scientists, and each must include at least one theologian, one ethicist, one physician, and one attorney. The law “absolutely” would allow HHS to pack the boards with members who oppose abortion, Charo says.Critics of the new policy also say it will undermine a goal of opponents of fetal tissue research: to find and encourage the use of alternatives. In December 2018, NIH Director Francis Collins noted that his agency was putting up to $20 million over 2 years into research on such alternatives. But scientists say that those alternatives need to be tested for validity against human fetal tissue itself. For the time being, Collins said in December 2018, fetal tissue would “continue to be the mainstay” for certain kinds of research.The new rules could remove that mainstay. But Charo notes a new president could reverse the policy, which is not codified in law.center_img Megan Sykes, an immunologist at Columbia University, has spent years using human fetal tissue to develop a mouse with a humanlike immune system, which mimics how type 1 diabetes develops in humans. The tissue is donated after elective abortions, and the mice are testbeds for potential diabetes treatments. But last week, she learned that President Donald Trump, acting on a priority of advocacy groups opposed to abortion, had issued a new policy that is likely to cause lengthy delays the next time she seeks U.S. government grants for her work—and could even choke off federal funding for all studies that use fetal tissue. The policy “is incredibly disappointing,” Sykes says, because it is a “politically motivated decree” that could derail numerous disease research efforts.The new Trump policy, issued 5 June after a 9-month review led by officials at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has three major components. One kills a long-standing contract between the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, and the University of California (UC), San Francisco, under which the university used fetal tissue to develop humanized mice for HIV drug testing. Another ends research using fetal tissue conducted by any scientist directly employed by NIH. The third and widest-reaching provision adds a lengthy and uncertain step to NIH’s process for awarding new or renewal grants to university scientists, such as Sykes, for studies that use human fetal tissue. It requires HHS to appoint a separate 14- to 20-member ethics advisory board to review each proposal that NIH reviewers have found worthy of funding. The review of up to 6 months will result in a funding recommendation to the HHS secretary, who can accept or reject the advice.Enacting the new policy “was the president’s decision …. to protect the dignity of human life,” Judd Deere, deputy White House press secretary, told Science. It was applauded by antiabortion activists, whose lobbying prompted HHS to launch its review of U.S.-funded fetal tissue research in September 2018. “This is a major pro-life victory,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List in Washington, D.C.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(*) Michael DiVito last_img read more

Sonakshi Sinha all set to don sexy new look

first_imgAt a time when going ultraglam seems to be the only ‘talent’ required to be heroine material in Bollywood, Sonakshi Sinha is naturally going all out to change the desi girl image she acquired in her debut film Dabangg.In her new film Son Of Sardar (SOS), a romantic thriller, which Sonakshi signed recently opposite Ajay Devgn, the actress has decided to go sexy and westernised with vengeance and also lose weight to fit into trendy attire.And so, ace designer Manish Malhotra is all set to chalk out a hip-and-happening wardrobe for Sonakshi’s look in the film, which also stars Sanjay Dutt and Juhi Chawla, and is directed by Atithi Tum Kab Jaaoge? maker Ashwini Dhir.Sonakshi, in fact, recently made it clear that she will only have Manish design her wardrobe for the film – or for any other film that she does in the future, for that matter. That was also the reason why Ajay and his co-producer of the film, N.R. Pachisia, wasted no time in signing Manish as the costume designer as soon as Sonakshi was finalised for the project and even before the rest of the crew was decided.”It’s good to look different in every new photo shoot or film. All my filmmakers want me to wear the sari after Dabangg but I will try and mix it up,” Sonakshi recently said.While details are yet to be drawn out on Sonakshi’s wardrobe for the film, the buzz is that Manish might give her lots of casual attire, including tees, denims, capris and short dresses.advertisementShatrughan Sinha’s 24-year-old daughter took the industry by storm with her debut act as a smalltown girl in Dabangg last year and drew applauds for the way she matched superstar Salman Khan’s screen presence. She has been flooded with offers since then. SOS apart, biggies starring Sonakshi that are scheduled to release over the next year include Joker and Rowdy Rathore opposite Akshay Kumar, Dabangg 2 and Kick opposite Salman, and Lootera opposite Ranveer Singh.Although she goes for a westernised makeover in SOS, Sonakshi has, however, made it clear that she will not be seen sporting a bikini on screen.While Sonakshi will go all out with glamour in SOS, co-star Ajay is all set to don a turbaned Sikh look in the film.Sonakshi, however, isn’t giving up her desi USP totally. “I am proud of my ‘desi-ness’ and that is the image I am being asked to play out on screen in most of my upcoming films. But it is always good to keep scope for change,” she said.The shooting for SOS, a remake of the 2010 Telugu hit, Maryada Ramanna, starts in Patiala this week.last_img read more

Agenda AajTak 2014: Who will win World Cup 2015?

first_img(Left to right) Gautam Gambhir, Shoaib Akhtar, Virender Sehwag and Mohammad Azharuddin.Former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin, Indian batsmen Virendra Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, and Pakistan’s former pacer Shoaib Akhtar gathered on a stage during ‘Yeh Cup Humara Hai’ session of Agenda AajTak in New Delhi on Saturday. The cricketing legends discussed the condition and problems relating to cricket. The players also talked about their favourite teams for World Cup 2015.1. Which team will win World Cup?Virendra Sehwag: Mercurial opener Virendra Sehwag said Australia and South Africa are his favourite teams. These teams have pretty good chance to win.Gautam Gambhir: Australia plays well in their home country, so they have better chances to win the Cup.Shoaib Akhtar: Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said Pakistan comes under tremendous pressure due to expectations when it plays in World Cups.Mohammad Azharuddin: Former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin said India can win the world cup if they work towards it.Wasim Akram: Pakistani player Wasim Akram said South Africa is being seen as a strong team, chances are there that they might win the world cup.2. Pressure in matchesGautam Gambhir:  Gambhir said in any match, the pressure of match itself is more than that of fans.Virendra Sehwag: Sehwag said his main role was to make runs and not to bat for 50 overs. In 2011, before every match I use to say that we will lose but still at the end we won.Wasim Akram: Pakistani cricketer Wasim Akram said that former captain Imran Khan use to say that we will win the match which somehow increased the morale of the players.advertisement3. Are there any memories relating to cricket between India and Pakistan?Mohammad Azharuddin: Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni are eminent players for Team India.Wasim Akram: Supporting his teammate Shoaib Akhtar,  Akram said Shoaib was right in saying that there is pressure on players during match.Shoaib Akhtar: India’s batting line up is very strong and that is the reason why Indian team wins.4. What do you want to say on 2015 World Cup and teams?Wasim Akram: It is difficult to predict who will win world cup between India, Pakistan.Virendra Sehwag: Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers are my favourites.Shoaib Akhtar: 2015 World Cup will be the world cup of fast bowlers. 5. Were you afraid of any players?Shoaib Akhtar: I was afraid of Wasim Akram.Wasim Akram: Shoaib, it was necessary to make you afraid.Mohammad Azharuddin: I was afraid of Sunil Gavaskar.last_img read more

UK PM Theresa May says FIFA ban on poppy armbands is “outrageous”

first_imgBritish Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday it was “utterly outrageous” that soccer’s governing body FIFA will not allow English and Scottish footballers to wear armbands featuring poppies during their World Cup qualifier on Nov. 11.The Scottish FA said on Tuesday that FIFA had rejected a request by England and Scotland for their players to wear the armbands in commemoration of the armistice that ended World War One.FIFA rules forbid players from wearing poppies as they are perceived as a political statement. “I think the stance that’s been taken by FIFA is utterly outrageous,” May said in parliament when asked about the ban. “Our football players want to recognise and respect those who have given their lives for our safety and security. I think it is absolutely right that they should be able to do so.”She added: “It is for our Football Association, but I think the clear message is going from this House (of Commons): we want our players to be able to wear those poppies.”FIFA is trying to recover from the worst graft scandal in its history which has seen 42 people, including former FIFA executive committee members, indicted in the United States since May last year.”I have to say to FIFA that before they start telling us what to do, they jolly well ought to sort their own house out,” said May.last_img read more

TMC MP Tapas Pal arrested by CBI in Chit Fund scam, Mamata

first_imgcalls it pol vendetta Kolkata, Dec 30 (PTI) TMC MP Tapas Pal was today arrested by CBI for his alleged involvement in Rose Valley Chit Fund scam, drawing angry condemnation from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who called it “political vendetta” by the Centre over the partys opposition to demonetisation. BJP on its part said that finally law has caught up with Pal and that CBI is following the process of law even as it asked Banerjee not to give a political twist by questioning the timing and calling it political vendetta. “We have arrested Tapas Pal for his alleged involvement in the Rose Valley Chit Fund scam. We had placed a few questions before him and he could not give any proper reply over the amount of money he had taken and on what basis,” a senior CBI official told PTI. “Pal was interrogated for four hours. As he failed to give proper reply to any of the questions on his appointment as director to one of the Rose Valley companies or his involvement in the firm investing in bengali film industry, the CBI decided to arrest him,” the official said.The probe agency is likely to take the Lok Sabha MP from West Bengal to Bhubaneswar for further questioning.CBI had issued summons to Pal on December 27 in connection with the alleged scam, which is one of the cases of the chit fund scams being probed by the investigating agency. He was asked to appear before the agency at its office in Salt Lake today. “They (Centre) can arrest all of us. This is nothing but vendetta politics,” Mamata said reacting to Pals arrest. Strongly reacting to the arrest, Trinamool Congress(TMC) said BJP was resorting to “political atrocities” against those opposed to demonetisation.advertisement”So now political atrocities against those opposed to Note Bandi and with the movement. We will fight it out,” TMC national spokesperson Derek OBrien said claiming that the party and its leaders were being targeted by BJP-led NDA government at the Centre for protesting against note ban.”What about BJP MP and Union Minister who performed for Rose Valley and was associated with them? Are you arresting him tonight or tomorrow?” asked OBrien without naming anyone in a series of tweet messages following Pals arrest by CBI this afternoon.”Many film stars, directors, sports persons are brand ambassadors. So what next? Those from BIP (sic) who are brand ambassadors will also be? Right?,” OBrien, who is TMCs leader in Rajya Sabha, said. Pals arrest incidentally comes on the 50th day of demonetisation of high value currency notes. “Finally, law has caught up with TMC MP Tapas Paul. CBI is following the process of law and Mamata ji should not give a political twist by questioning timing and calling it political vendetta . We have seen in past that she tried to web a conspiracy theory of plane crash and army coup but nobody bought them,” BJP National Secretary Sidharth Nath Singh said.Singh, who is also the partys co-incharge for the state, said the TMC chief should know that “sins” of her rule are being exposed by the law now.”Why your (TMC) leaders are involved in all chit fund scams? Sins of her misrule are being challenged by the law of land and she must accept arrest of Tapas Paul,” he said in Delhi. PTI PNT AMR KK KR GSN GSNlast_img read more

Indian Wells: Rafael Nadal withdraws from semi-final vs Roger Federer with knee injury

first_imgRafael Nadal withdrew of the BNP Paribas Open due to a right knee injury on Saturday, shortly before his the semi-final match against Roger Federer. It would have been the first meeting between the pair since 2017.Spaniard Nadal had required treatment on the knee during his hard-fought quarter-final against Russian Karen Khachanov 7-6(2) 7-6(2).”I warmed up today and I felt that my knee was not good to compete at the level I needed to compete in semifinals. It’s tough for me to accept all these things that I’m going through in my career. Sometimes I feel sad because I’m in a disadvantage to all my opponents,” Rafael Nadal said after pulling out of the tournament.”[I need to] be positive and grateful for all the things tennis has given to me. I feel fortunate for all the things I’ve done in my life and the world of tennis,” Nadal added.Good morning, @RafaelNadal #BNPPO19 #Fedal pic.twitter.com/9atdTnaUswBNP Paribas Open (@BNPPARIBASOPEN) March 16, 2019Nadal had actually walked out to practise on Saturday and that too without any on his knee, before withdrawing from the BNP Parivbas Open.Federer advances to the final by walkover, where he will looking to win his record sixth BNP Paribas Open title. The 37-year-old Swiss will play either Milos Raonic or Dominic Thiem in the final, bidding for his 101st career titlelast_img read more

Luis Suárez earns a point but Barcelona’s winning start ends at Atlético

first_imgShare on Messenger Ter Stegen would be beaten in the 21st minute when Saúl unleashed an unstoppable attempt beyond him from 25 yards. The 22-year-old drifted off Ivan Rakitic to collect Yannick Carrasco’s pass and fired a right-foot shot that swerved past Ter Stegen and into the net.Suárez, who had left for international duty having scored just twice, did not initially seem buoyed by his midweek double for Uruguay as he pulled out of a header from a Messi free-kick when unmarked.Diego Simeone, the Atlético coach, said of Messi: “He certainly wasn’t as tired as most people thought he would be because he played a tremendous match. We defended well, just couldn’t put the game away on the counterattacks.”This was an Atlético side who had conceded just once in the league since August and their defensive resolve was evident when Stefan Savic blocked a Suárez shot just before the break.The former Liverpool forward had the best chance of the early second-half exchanges when he breezed beyond Diego Godín and rifled in an effort that Jan Oblak was behind.Home fans inside the Wanda Metropolitano feared the worst when Messi won a free-kick 25 yards out. However, Barcelona’s No10, so often Atlético’s nemesis, curled his dead-ball effort on to the outside of the post.Suárez wanted a set piece inside the box when the ball may have come up and struck Savic’s arm, though the referee was disinterested and the replays were inconclusive.Messi fired just wide as Barcelona’s confidence grew and Suárez nearly levelled when free inside the box only for a poor first touch to precede a weak attempt at Oblak.Yet opportunities continued to come his way and Suárez peeled away from Savic to reach Roberto’s cross and nod down past Oblak and in.André Gomes almost reached Suárez again and the final kick of the game was Messi’s free-kick from the edge of the box which Oblak managed to hold on to. Read more Share on WhatsApp Atlético Madrid Share on Facebook Cristiano Ronaldo’s late winner spares sluggish Real Madrid’s blushes Topics La Liga match reports Share on Twitter Barcelonacenter_img Share on LinkedIn European club football Atlético Madrid 1-1 Barcelona: La Liga – as it happened Luis Suárez’s 82nd-minute header denied Atlético Madrid a first La Liga win over Barcelona in seven years. Barça’s perfect start to the league campaign ended with a 1-1 draw in the capital, though they were on course to leave empty-handed when Saúl Ñíguez fired home after 21 minutes. Atlético have knocked Barcelona out of the Champions League twice in recent years but a success over them in their domestic division has proved elusive since Valentine’s Day 2010, and so it proved again as Suárez rose at the back post to head in substitute Sergi Roberto’s cross.The visitors nearly went ahead inside 30 seconds, when Saúl made his first key contribution in front of his own goal.Lionel Messi cut in off the right flank, played a one-two with Suárez and shrugged off Filipe Luís only for Saúl to poke the ball behind as Barcelona’s key man prepared to pull the trigger.Atlético woke up and dominated the rest of the first period, with Marc-André ter Stegen brilliantly denying Antoine Griezmann on two occasions.The first was a fine one-handed save at his near post after Andrés Iniesta gave away the ball and Ter Stegen thwarted Griezmann again, this time with his left leg, after the Frenchman had driven into the box by nutmegging Gerard Piqué. Share on Pinterest The Observer Read more Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

There Are 5 Major Bowl Games Today – Here’s The Schedule

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The College Football Playoff semifinals are set to take place later today, but they’re not the only major bowl games on tap for this afternoon.There are five major college football bowl games taking place today.Here’s a look at the full schedule for today’s games.Peach Bowl: Michigan vs. FloridaKickoff time: Noon E.T.TV: ESPNBelk Bowl: South Carolina vs. VirginiaKickoff time: Noon E.T.TV: ABCArizona Bowl: Nevada vs. Arkansas StateKickoff time: 1:15 p.m. E.T.TV: CBS Sports NetworkCollege Football Playoff at the Cotton Bowl: Clemson vs. Notre DameKickoff time: 4 p.m. E.T.TV: ESPNCollege Football Playoff at the Orange Bowl: Alabama vs. OklahomaKickoff time: 8 p.m. E.T.TV: ESPN***Which game are you most looking forward to watching today?last_img read more

Giveaway: 2 Pairs of Duer Water-Repellent Pants (For You and a Friend)

first_imgSome features of the pants:Water repellency using Duer’s biodegradable Rainshield treatment Invisible seat gusset, allowing free-range of motion while preventing “crotch blow-outs”Slim cut, but not tightTriple-stitch seams for long-lasting durabilitythe Stay Dry Denim is 30% lighter and stronger than traditional denimOdor-neutralizing Silvadur treatmentFor your chance to win a pair of Duer Stay Dry 2.0 Denim and Live Free Adventure pants for yourself and for a friend, fill out the form below and tag a pal on social media. And, if your friend enters and tags you, you just doubled your chances at walking away looking brand new.If you just can’t wait for the contest to run its course, though, you can always check out Duer’s website or read more about their ultra-cool shirts and Nature 2X fabrics.Featured Image Credit: Josh Vertucci How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide Editors’ Recommendations To get you, our faithful reader, into a pair of water repellent pants sooner rather than later (and for free), we’ve partnered up with Vancouver, British Columbia-based Duer to giveaway a pair of their fantastic Stay Dry 2.0 Denim Jeans ($139) and a pair of their Live Free Adventure Pant ($142) to one lucky winner and a friend. Yes, not only do you have a chance to win two pairs of high-end water-repellent pants, but you also get to call the shots on the who gets a second set. Maybe you want to reward a good friend, a nephew, son, or even your hip-as-hell dad–the choice is yours. If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Josh VertucciJosh VertucciBefore the spring rains set in to soak North America from Atlanta to Albany and Tallahassee to Tacoma, you should outfit yourself for the forthcoming foul weather with a pair of water repellent pants.The reasons for doing so are many: including the most obvious–staying dry in the rain–but there are additional benefits to water repellent pants, including the ability to also repel oil and dirt. Which means, whether you’re a cyclist pounding puddles on your way to work or a pedestrian who happens to get a splash-back from a thoughtless motorist, you’ll remain dry, warm, and presentable through it all. 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Makelast_img read more

System to Improve Human Resource Processes in Public Sector Being Acquired

first_imgStory Highlights RFP for the technology’s acquisition was issued in August The Ministry of Finance and Planning is currently in the process of acquiring a human capital management enterprise system, which will assist in streamlining human resource processes and procedures across the public sector.Deputy Financial Secretary in charge of the Ministry’s Strategic Human Resource Management Division (SHRMD), Wayne Jones, says efforts to secure the requisite technology to support enhanced management and other improvements to the public sector human resource framework, are “well advanced”.Speaking at Tuesday’s (September 17) SHRMD organized workforce adjustment and human resource process standardization conference, at the Institute of Jamaica, in downtown Kingston, Mr. Jones informed that a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the technology’s acquisition was issued in August, and that two bidders conferences have been convened to date.“We are in the process of responding to comments and questions of clarification from prospective bidders. That is being driven by Fiscal Services Limited, our information technology partners,” he outlined.Mr. Jones explained that the move is intended to ensure that “all of us are doing things (relating to human resource management) the same way, because all of us are supposed to be using the same platform.”“The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is our financing partner, and things are going well. We are highly confident that we are going to get a robust and effective information technology solution for human capital management in the Jamaican public sector,” he added.Over 100 public sector human resource directors, managers and officers participated in Tuesday’s conference, which featured presentations on a range of human resource processes earmarked for incorporation in the civil service, and strategic policies being developed within the context of a programme of workforce adjustment and development being pursued within the sector.Focus areas in the presentations included: redeployment and selection; grievance, and leave entitlements and management; voluntary separation (encompassing training/re-training and early retirement); performance management; succession planning; recruitment and selection, promotions, and transfers; pensions management; and the motor vehicle duty concession process. The Ministry of Finance and Planning is currently in the process of acquiring a human capital management enterprise system Efforts to secure the requisite technology are “well advanced”last_img read more

Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Plots USD 153 Mn Share Placement

first_imgzoom Chinese shipbuilder Yangzijiang Shipbuilding is launching a private placement of 137 million shares setting sights at around SGD 209 million (USD 153.8 million) of cash from the sale.Singapore-listed Yangzijiang revealed it intends to use up to 50% of the net proceeds to fund new investments and business expansion through acquisitions, joint ventures and/or strategic alliances as and when opportunities arise.The shares will be placed to institutional and other investors at a price of SGD 1.53 per share, a discount of approximately 4.07 % to the volume weighted average price of SGD 1.5949.The remaining amount of the proceeds is set to be used for working capital and general corporate purposes, including the repayment of bank borrowings and loans.“The company will make periodic announcements on the use of the net proceeds as and when they are materially disbursed, and provide a status report on the same in the company’s annual report,” the company said.As World Maritime News reported earlier this week, the shipbuilder has won an order for up to six Panamax bulkers from Greek shipowner Angelakos Hellas.The order, placed on August 25, includes four firm 82,000 DWT bulk carriers and options for two additional newbuilds, data from VesselsValue indicates.The Panamaxes, the price of which was not disclosed, are scheduled for delivery in 2019.During the second quarter, the company received six effective orders totaling in USD 133 million.The six contracts included three 1,800 TEU boxships that were exercised from the existing options, while the remaining three were new shipbuilding contracts for 82,000 DWT bulk carriers.Yangzijiang Shipbuilding said in July that it had secured a total of nineteen shipbuilding contracts with an aggregate value of USD 450 million.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Parliament Hill security greets Sayisi Dene during visit to Indian Affairs ministers

first_img(Photo: Parliament Hill security outside the office of Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan. APTN/Photo)By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsThe Sayisi Dene delegation took the elevator down to Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan’s Parliament Hill office and planned to stay until they received a commitment the government would finally deal with their longstanding grievance over their forced relocation in the 1950s that plunged them into misery and death.There was only one woman in the office when they arrived. She said she just did scheduling. The elders sat on the couches.“If you can’t go and wait in the hallway I am going to have to call security,” she said. “I can’t have all of you sitting in my office…You are trying to intimidate me.”Sayisi Dene Chief Jim Thorassie said they wouldn’t leave.“We want a response from the minister. I think it’s a bad faith kind of response now. What we really need is a firm commitment that we are here to address this long outstanding issue, 55, 56 years, that is a long time to study a report,” said Thorassie. “How much more time do we need to wait.”But he was cut off by the scheduler, who said she couldn’t reach the minister, who was in Iqaluit.“Here is security,” she said.The Parliament Hill security guards first asked the media to leave and then they escorted Churchill NDP MP Niki Ashton out of the office along with one of the Sayisi’s lawyers.Inside, Thorassie calmly told APTN National News that the delegation wouldn’t leave until the elders said it was time.“Whatever the elders say, if they say to stay, then we are forcibly removed,” said Thorassie. “Why is it so hard to get a firm commitment? We are not breaking any laws. We came a long ways. These human rights have to be addressed. People are dying from cancer and tuberculosis and they are waiting for that all the people to pass away…We are willing to sacrifice to get at least some positive response from Canada.”There have been few positive responses from Canada for the Sayisi Dene.In 1956, under then Liberal prime minister Louis St. Laurent, government officials decided they had to move because a nearby trading post had closed and a caribou herd was at risk.The Sayisi Dene were forcibly relocated from their traditional lands at Little Duck Lake in northern Manitoba to the shores of Hudson Bay, on the fringes of Churchill, Man., to live in shacks and tents, forage through garbage for food and slowly die.They died in fires. They died by drowning. They froze to death.By 1973, 86 of the 300 community members had died, including 32 infants before they reached the age of two.They then relocated to Tadoule Lake in a “back to the land” movement that could not free them from their misery.In August 2010, the Manitoba government apologized for its role in the relocation.Every single Inuit and First Nations community which faced relocation, as defined by the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, has been compensated by Ottawa except the Sayisi Dene.Their claim has been 14 years caught in the machinery of Indian Affairs.Former Indian affairs minister Chuck Strahl commissioned a report which is now complete. The Sayisi Dene say they write letters, but it’s like writing into a “black hole,” according to Harris.And this brought them to Ottawa this week.They held a vigil Tuesday, reading out the name of community members who died waiting for a federal apology and a settled claim. The names included Mina Jones, Johnny Yassie and Charlie Kithithee.On Wednesday, they decided to walk to Duncan’s office from Ashton’s ninth floor office, down the elevator, to the sixth floor.Then the guards came.An obviously agitated David McArthur, Duncan’s chief of staff, arrived soon after. He quickly arranged a meeting with Ashton, Thorassie and Arne Peltz, one of the community’s lawyers.While they talked, at least 14 security guards emerged from the halls and elevators leading to a lobby near Duncan’s office. The guards ordered the assembled media to stop video recordings and photography, saying they were not allowed to shoot in the halls.One guard tried to grab a reporter’s camera and twist off the lens. The media were herded into an elevator and told to leave the building, which sits in the Parliamentary precinct.RCMP vans and cruisers were parked outside. RCMP officers waited inside the main doors.In Duncan’s office, McArthur promised the minister would meet with them in “weeks” and make their file a “priority,” said Harris.When the meeting ended, security guards escorted the Sayisi Dene to Ashton’s office to gather their belongings and then back down to the main floor and out the door.“I was ready for whatever came for us, but everything seems to have turned out alright,” said band Coun. Tony Powderhorn. “They could get pretty hostile in here…Intimidating-wise, I guess they had to do their job and that. I don’t know if that’s their law.”Powderhorn said they will now wait to see if this latest promise comes through.“He said he’d get back to us in a few weeks,” said Powderhorn.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

A giants demise

first_imgA eulogy to India’s longest-serving chairman who was a different class of visionary is only befitting. It is not just his career or his achievement in life that count post his demise but his ambition to project ITC as a facilitator of sustainable livelihoods and a sizeable contributor to the country’s economy. Yogesh Chander Degeshwar passed away in Delhi on Saturday morning at 72 but he left a legacy that outlines pure passion for the proliferation of business as well as his hunger for creation of sustainable value chains which would aid society and enrich the environment. YCD, as he was popularly known, has ITC’s expansion from a tobacco company into a multi-retailer to his credit. His influence in ITC’s steps towards FMCG sector, hotels, paper and packaging, branded apparel and lifestyle retail, agarbattis, packaged foods, personal care and agri-businesses, is instrumental and rarely matched. An alumnus of IIT Delhi and Havard Business School, YCD joined ITC way back in 1968. Just sixteen years into his profession, he joined ITC board in 1984. Though he took a break from ITC and served as Chairman and Managing Director of Air India between 1991 and 1994, YCD returned to ITC to become its Vice-Chairman before becoming its Chairman two years later in 1996. Since then, ITC has made unprecedented strides towards being a diverse and global Indian conglomerate with a focus on social development. Genuinely interested in having his firm’s great contribution to India’s economy, YCD had some time back said that “the mission to create world-class brands in India must, therefore, assume the fervour of a national movement” and “such world-class Indian brands will help create, capture and retain larger value for the economy.” YCD’s impetus to ITC has greatly influenced the company which has been building successful Indian brands in an FMCG market dominated by multinationals. It has created more than 50 popular brands, such as Aashirvaad, Sunfeast, Classmate, Fiama Di Wills and Bingo. His ambition to grow ITC’s non-cigarette FMCG business revenue to Rs 1 lakh crore by 2030, in the process becoming the largest FMCG firm in the country beating Hindustan Unilever will now be a priority target for ITC to value and respect his legacy. As of last year, ITC’s gross sales value expanded to Rs 67,081 crore with the non-cigarette FMCG business revenue being Rs 11,328 crore or 59 per cent of total revenue. Clearly, YCD’s outlined vision for shifting ITC’s traditional tobacco reputation towards other sectors yielded in all glory. Words of acknowledgement for his success echoes around and people across both industrial as well as political spectrum offered their tributes to the person whose patriotic call for ‘putting India first’ will forever motivate those he inspired. With Yogesh Deveshwar at the helm, ITC was accorded recognition for creating sustainable communities in rural India on both national as well as the global front. ITC’s keen interest in sustainable growth under him was also evident through its carbon positive, water positive, and waste recycle positive approach for more than a decade. With all of ITC’s luxury hotels being LEED Platinum certified and renewable energy constituting about 48 per cent of ITC’s total energy consumption, YCD’s ambition regarding a sustainable model of growth was pretty clear. And, with that was the ambition for creating livelihoods with ITC having created 6 million jobs in the country. Few of his achievements listed as case studies at Havard business school only glorifies his success. Conferred the Padma Bhushan in 2011 and ranked the seventh best-performing CEO in the world by Harvard alongside Apple CEO Steve Jobs in 2012, YCD’s journey elicits acknowledgement from even his adversaries. British American Tobacco’s chairman Richard Burrow’s tribute to Deveshwar, acknowledging his leadership which brought ITC to where it is, especially with the famous battle ITC had to fight off with British American Tobacco, stands testimony to his audacious outlook to catapult ITC towards a bright future. In a statement, ITC Managing Director Sanjiv Puri said that Deveshwar had “passionately championed the cause for sustainable and inclusive growth as well as the transformative role businesses could play in creating larger societal value”. Given his progress on fronts of sustainable livelihoods and the environment with respect to his company and country, Puri’s words only commemorate Deveshwar’s extraordinary vision. His legacy stands firm for all entrepreneurs, managers, businessmen, industrialists to take note and emulate if they may. But Deveshwar’s stint as the top brass of ITC also tells a lot about how a traditional tobacco company transformed into a conglomerate with multinational status and arms in diverse sectors. His decisions are what brought ITC where it stands today and serves as a proper reminder of how erratic decisions, withstanding hinderances, is what marks a great leader. Be it his handling of mid-nineties control crisis with British American Tobacco, the largest shareholder or a section of old management behind bars for FERA violations, or for that matter, Centre’s retrospective excise duty demand of 803 crores, situations posed an immense challenge and Deveshwar was always up to the job. Even his decision on ITC Sonar to be set up on the eastern fringes of the city with nothing around was a gamble only Deveshwar understood in his head but today his foresight has brought real estate and hospitality industry sprawling to around ITC Sonar. So what did the tall visionary leader in Yogi, as fondly called by people close to him, left us with? While his managerial prowess stands as an inspiration for many, his foresight urges other leading businesses to pick up sustainable development as an eco-friendly alternative to their current roadmap. And, not just that but YCD’s push for sustainable livelihoods is an equally important ambition which, if realised by the leading business houses of the country, would catapult India’s employment graph and yield a greater and committed workforce. What Deveshwar foresaw but could not realise due to his mortal limits is something others can realise. He wanted ITC to be responsible for the creation of sustainable livelihoods. Imagine, if not just ITC but other leading businesses decide to pursue his ambition. While livelihoods will boom and eco-friendly alternatives will provide sustainability, the economy will boom as the real winner. And, in all likelihood, that is what Yogesh Chander Deveshwar desired with his ‘Let’s put India First’ calls.last_img read more

Los Angeles Clippers trial put on hold until after Tuesdays deadline for

Los Angeles Clippers trial put on hold until after Tuesday’s deadline for $2 billion sale AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Linda Deutsch, The Associated Press Posted Jul 10, 2014 6:48 pm MDT LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A trial that could determine the fate of the Los Angeles Clippers was delayed Thursday until after a deadline to conclude a $2 billion sale — and a scheduled NBA vote on the deal — but there is hope for more time.Donald Sterling has vowed never to sell the team and he’s trying to block his wife’s single-handed deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Attorneys for Shelly Sterling have accused his side of stalling tactics.Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas put off the next hearing until July 21 because two of Sterling’s lawyers had plans for a vacation and a wedding anniversary. He set closing arguments for July 28.That’s well past the expiration of Ballmer’s offer next Tuesday — the same day that the NBA is supposed to vote on it — and there is no deal without the judge’s approval of the sale.Ballmer’s lawyer, Adam Streisand, said outside court that there’s a provision to extend the deadline another month as long as progress is being made in court.However, it leaves the team’s future dangling.If the sale isn’t completed by Sept. 15, the league has said it could seize the team and put it up for auction.Shelly Sterling testified Thursday that she took on the role of selling the Clippers because the NBA had banned her husband from the league for life for making racist remarks.Sterling said she believed that her husband wanted to sell in order to keep the NBA from confiscating the team.“Every day, he would ask me, ‘Who did you interview? What did they offer?’ I would give him a report every day,” she said.Ballmer’s offer — which would be a record for an NBA team — was the highest of four offers she obtained.“I thought it was fabulous,” she said.Donald Sterling told her “he was very happy and proud of me,” she said.But what it came to signing off on the deal at the end of May, everything changed.“He started screaming and cursing at me,” she said. “He said he’s not going to sell the team. He’s going to sue the league.”Mrs. Sterling also said she feared players and sponsors would boycott if her husband held on to the team.Donald Sterling contends that his wife had no right under a family trust that owns the Clippers to single-handedly make the deal. Mrs. Sterling contends she had the authority.In earlier testimony, two doctors hired by Mrs. Sterling to examine him declared that the 80-year-old had Alzheimer’s disease and was mentally incapable to act as administrator of the trust.In his own testimony Tuesday, he alternately declared his love for his wife of 58 years with tears and then demeaned her as a woman intimidated by the “bad NBA” and incapable of handling such a large financial transaction. Before taking the witness stand, he kissed her.But on Wednesday, he yelled “get away from me, you pig!” when she tried to approach him after her first day of testimony. read more

At UN Assembly Uzbekistan cites links between 2030 Agenda climate action

“As the Interim President of the [Uzbekistan], Shavkat Mirziyoev has stated, [we] will continue [to strengthen] friendship and constructive cooperation with all foreign countries on the basis of principles of mutual respect, equality and consideration of interests of one another,” said Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov in his address to the UN General Assembly. He also stated that Uzbekistan would remain a supporter of the principles of non-interference and in addressing emerging conflicts by peaceful and political means. Drawing particular attention to Afghanistan, the Minister said instability in that country remains a cause of concern for the region and also for the globe. Noting that it is extremely important that donor countries and international institutions continue their commitment to the country, he underlined that peace in Afghanistan would bring all countries in the region “colossal” and tangible benefits. Further underlining that protection of the environment will play a major role in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as illustrated through the challenges brought on by the Aral Sea “tragedy,” Mr. Karimov highlighted the need to preserve the environment. He also underlined that Uzbekistan notes the need to strengthen the entire UN system and enhance the Organization’s role in addressing regional and global security challenges as well as progressing the sustainable development agenda. In his address, the Minister also expressed appreciation all world leaders and to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on their messages of condolences and their solidarity with Uzbekistan on the passing of its first President, Islam Abduganievich Karimov. read more

October 2017 new car preregistration figures

SMMT released figures for October pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of by vehicle manufacturers in October 2017 that were defined as pre-registrations.CLICK HERE: Download the October 2017 release.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)