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In Full Interview, John Holdren Eschews New Nukes, Hints at Space Flight Delays

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first_imgThree weeks into his job as head of the White House Office of Science and Technology, presidential science adviser John Holdren has laid out clear positions on myriad issues facing the Obama Administration.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(*)Speaking this morning with ScienceInsider, Holdren discussed why he thinks the United States doesn’t need to design and build any new nuclear weapons. He warned of likely delays beyond 2015 in replacing the space shuttle after its 2010 retirement and the possibility that U.S. astronauts, in the interim, might arrive at the international space station aboard a Chinese vehicle. He shared his concerns that reporting requirements for spending stimulus money could shackle U.S. scientists. And he lamented the recent decision by the Texas state school board to modify science standards in ways that might undermine the teaching of evolution, warning that it was a “step backwards.” A nuclear physicist with broad expertise in climate, energy, and nuclear proliferation, Holdren conducted a series of interviews today with the media, breaking a self-imposed silence following his confirmation by the U.S. Senate on 19 March. In his conversation with ScienceInsider, he also expressed his plans for filling senior vacancies, described a “downsized” and “energized” President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and explained his role in the Administration’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and foster energy independence.See below for the full interview.ScienceInsider: Are you concerned that reporting requirements for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the $787 billion stimulus package) will hamstring U.S. scientists? Or is that the price that scientists have to pay for the additional support?Holdren: There’s clearly a tension there. When you do something as big as the recovery package, there’s tremendous pressure to make sure that money’s not wasted, that you don’t just push the money out the door without any attention to assessment and evaluation to make sure it’s well spent. But the other side of the coin is that you don’t want to burden people who are doing good work with a degree of reporting requirements that impair their productivity in any significant way. So it’s a fundamental tension, and I’m not sure that we’ve got it exactly right. But it’s something we’ll be looking at with [the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB)].ScienceInsider: Will there be any distinction in reporting requirements between spending on research and, say, highway construction?Holdren: We’re in the early stages of the conversation, and there’s been no decisions made. It’s something that I’m going to be watching. I share the concern that if you overburden researchers with reporting requirements, then you have a problem and you’ve done a bad thing. And we’ll try to avoid that. I have a good working relationship with [OMB Director] Peter Orszag, we’ve known each other for years. And we’ll certainly do our best to get this right.ScienceInsider: Has the National Science Foundation (NSF) been too conservative by just dipping into the pot of existing proposals, while the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced several competitions?Holdren: Again, there’s a natural tension between the need to get the money out the door under the terms of the stimulus package. And you have this large batch of reviewed proposals that has already met your standards but you didn’t have enough money to fund. That’s an easy way to ensure that the money will be well-spent, quickly. So obviously, you can get a chunk of the money out the door that way. Now, the balance between how NSF and NIH is doing it is a little different. I don’t have a judgment at this point of which will be more successful. They are both struggling with this tension between getting it out the door quickly, with confidence, and trying to do completely new things. Now one of the things that is happening is that in addition to the stimulus package, the budgets of these agencies are going up as part of the normal budget process. So there’s a certain rationale in funding already-approved proposals with the stimulus money and doing the more creative things with money from the ensuring budget cycles.ScienceInsider: Will you play any role in how that is resolved, or have most decisions already been made?Holdren: There’s an interaction, particularly with agencies like NSF and NASA that don’t report to a Cabinet secretary. But my inclination is to not interfere with what those agencies think they need to do, unless I think for some reason that they’re not thinking of some obvious and wonderful thing they could be doing. Of course, I work closely with OMB on guidelines for their budget submissions, and Peter and I are working on that document now for the 2011 document. And there is some attempt to try and make sure that those priorities are also being addressed in the stimulus funding.ScienceInsider: Who do you contact if there’s an issue you think deserves the attention of the president?Holdren: I go to the president. I’m an assistant to the president. I request an appointment with the president. Naturally, it is prudent to talk to the stakeholders in the White house before one does that. But then I request an appointment.ScienceInsider: Have you done it?Holdren: Yes, and I’ve met with the president multiple times.ScienceInsider: What were the topics?Holdren: I’m not going to discuss the details. But in general terms, we have talked about initiatives that the Administration could take in science, technology, engineering, and math education. We’ve talked about issues related to energy and climate policy. We’ve talked about national security issues. We’ve talked about stem cells. The portfolio of this office is very broad. Basically, we’ve got science and technology’s interaction with the economy, with health, with energy and environment, with homeland security, with cross-cutting research, with space program, information technology, the strength of fundamental research within our university system. It’s a big agenda, and my responsibility is to make sure the president has the advice he needs on every topic in which S&T interacts with his priorities.ScienceInsider: Do you expect OSTP to play a bigger role in national security?Holdren: Actually, I don’t yet have the associate director for national security and international affairs. Steve Fetter is assistant director at large, so I can deploy him on energy, climate change, and nuclear weapons. Steve has very similar background to my own, and Steve has a portfolio similar to mine, and when I can’t be in two places at once, I have complete confidence that Steve will be bringing the same things to the table that I would have brought. We will ultimately have an associate director who will be dual-hatted in the [National Security Council]. But I also have a role in the NSC. Whenever science and technology are on the table, I’m there. And we have a substantial role in homeland security, too, by statute and by a series of executive orders, relating to biodefense and nuclear defense and counterterrorism, cybersecurity. In fact, about a quarter of the floor space for OSTP falls in the classified domain, and a quarter of our people work in that domain.ScienceInsider: Will we need to build a renewable replacement weapon in order to win Senate approval of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT)?Holdren: My personal view—I don’t make the policy, but I provide advice—is that we do not need a new warhead. I led a [National Academies’] study at the end the Clinton Administration and the beginning of the Bush Administration on technical issues relating to ratification of the test ban treaty. It was a very high-powered committee. And we concluded that the safety and effectiveness of the current nuclear stockpile could be maintained indefinitely without developing new warheads but by monitoring the situation and making modifications if necessary. My personal view is that designing a nuclear warhead and deploying it would throw out a good part of the baby with the bathwater. It negates a substantial advantage to ratifying the test ban treaty because it would send a message to the world that the United States still thinks that it can and should design and deploy new warheads when circumstances require it. If that’s the case, what have you accomplished with CTBT?ScienceInsider: Do you foresee new priorities for the nuclear weapons labs?Holdren: In reality, they have always been multimission labs, and the proportion of weapons’ work [to the whole] has varied over the years. The challenge is how to maintain a highly motivated and trained and capable work force that understands weapons so that we can respond to circumstances. I think that the scientific challenge of stockpile stewardship is adequate to that task, and I believe that can be done without new weapons.ScienceInsider: Will we need additional shuttle missions to complete the space station?Holdren: The current plan is to get an additional shuttle mission to the space station within the 2010 framework, and during the campaign the president said that he was open to the possibility of at least one more mission. The current thinking is that that can be done within 2010. If that can’t be done and things slip, then consideration will be given to going beyond that date. And that would be the last shuttle mission. There will be a gap in our capacity to put people in space with U.S. vehicles, because we will not have a follow-on to the shuttle ready before 2015.ScienceInsider: Will it be only 5 years?Holdren: I wouldn’t want to speculate. It’s going to be at least that long. I don’t see any way we can do it before 2015, and if things go as they often do, it might be a little later than 2015. And what we’ll have to do in that interim period is rely on our international partners, which means the Russians. It might also be the Chinese, depending on how our relationship develops.ScienceInsider: Do you have confidence in China’s ability to launch our astronauts?Holdren: I think it’s possible in principle to develop the required degree of confidence in the Chinese. I put it out there only as speculation, but I don’t think it should be ruled out.ScienceInsider: Will your review of scientific ethics include a review of conflict-of-interest policies at each agency?Holdren: I think it has to look at that. I wouldn’t prejudge what we’re going to say. But the question is, ‘What are the appropriate boundaries?’ScienceInsider: What about full disclosure for all NIH grantees? Holdren: I don’t feel comfortable prejudging that. It’s not a domain with which I’m closely familiar. I would be interested in the views of Harold Varmus and Eric Lander on that. They are co-chairs of PCAST, which has not yet been fully constituted.ScienceInsider: How soon will its members be named?Holdren: I hope within a month. And since I have as co-chair of PCAST the former director of NIH, and one of the smartest people I know, I’m not going to go on record on that issue without talking first to Harold.ScienceInsider: Do you talk to him?Holdren: Oh, yeah. I talk to Harold and Eric and we see each other regularly. We were all announced on the same date [20 December], and they are both terrific assets to the Administration’s science team. I haven’t asked Harold that question, but I will. He’ll certainly be involved as we develop those guidelines.ScienceInsider: What areas will the associate directors handle? Will it be science, technology, energy/environment, and national security/international affairs?Holdren: Yep. Although when you say energy, the title will be environment, and how energy will be handled remains to be seen. It depends in part on who we recruit for technology. Right now, the only associate director who has been nominated is Shere Abbott, for environment. We have a couple in the pipeline that haven’t been announced.ScienceInsider: How soon will that be?Holdren: I’m hoping that we have them all announced by the time we announce PCAST. The most important thing is to get the right people. The second most important thing is to get them here, so that they can relieve me of some of my load.ScienceInsider: So you haven’t decided where energy will go?Holdren: Well, energy is one of my big things. I’m going to pay a lot of attention to energy. Energy is one of Steve Fetter’s big things, who’s on board as assistant director at large. And we have Kevin Hurst, a senior policy analyst who’s been working on energy. So right now we have a strong energy team, and we’ll be bringing even more energy capability on board. But I’m not a big believer in stovepipes. I’m a believer in assembling teams that consist of the right people to do particular things. So while each associate director will have a domain, there will be several activities across domains, and I would expect energy to be an issue that engages folks in the environment directorate, in technology, and in international affairs. International cooperation with other countries will be a big deal, so the people doing international affairs will certainly have a piece of that action.ScienceInsider: Given the Administration’s energy team—Steve Chu, Carol Browner, Lisa Jackson, among others—what special expertise and perspective do you bring?Holdren: Number one, of the people you just named, the only other scientist is Steve Chu. And Steve Chu and I, in the interagency working group on energy and climate, represent the science and technology side. Steve and I are both knowledgeable about a wide variety of energy technologies, and we are very close partners. We both know a fair amount about climate science, and we have others working for us who know even more. Carol Browner, the former EPA director, is a brilliant analyst of policy and regulation. And we have at the table Larry Summers, Christina Romer, and Peter Orszag, who cover the economic side. We also have cabinet secretaries who have big stakes in the energy issue, and they bring to the table important constituencies. And we all collaborate, we’re not competing. ScienceInsider: Do you have any plans to restructure the interagency National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) as principals only, or at some higher level than at present?Holdren: Well, NSTC was initially set up to be a deputies’ activity—deputy secretaries, deputy agency heads—who are empowered to speak for their principals. And when issues cannot be resolved at that level, then they go to the principals, which is standard practice at the White House. I plan to invigorate NSTC, which was not terribly active during the previous Administration. My impression was that it was sufficiently inactive that the deputies designated lower-level people to go. I plan to reinvigorate it as a deputies-level operation, with a serious role of reconciling and integrating the agencies of the various agencies. It will have more frequent meetings and address some important issues. Obviously, energy and climate, space, innovation for economic prosperity—these are all important issues, and we will be standing up NSTC panels to address them. And we will make it meaningful again because there’s an active channel to the president. Remember, this is a president who means what he says, that science and technology are back in the center of things. He means it, and it’s happening. And that is energizing people in this office, and in NSTC, and in PCAST. We’re downsizing PCAST to about 20 people, to make it more agile and responsive.ScienceInsider: What’s the relationship between NSTC and the new space council?Holdren: The space council is not yet fully articulated. One model is that it would be co-chaired by NSC and OSTP because of civil and military aspects of space. But it might sit as a committee within PCAST or be freestanding. In a previous time, it reported to the office of the vice president. There are different options that are being considered. But there will be a space council. And again, it will be meaningful because, where ever it sits, its conclusions will propagate to the president. We’ve got a president who cares about these issues and who has a huge capacity to absorb complex issues, and we’re going to use that capacity.ScienceInsider: The president also cares a lot about education. How will OSTP handle science education?Holdren: It’ll be within the associate director for science. Everybody has a stake in it, however. And we will have an associate director for science who is known for his or her commitment to strengthening science, technology, engineering, and math education. That’s already clear.ScienceInsider: So you have somebody in mind?Holdren: I do. And this is a big deal for the president. His commitment to education is clear, and it’s shared by the Education Secretary, Arne Duncan. We’re going to do a lot in that domain.ScienceInsider: Staying with education, do you think that the Texas state school board’s recent decision to add a skeptical view of the study of evolution and the fossil record weaken the state’s science standards and weaken national efforts to improve science education?Holdren: Well, I have not reviewed that decision carefully. But my impression from reading about it is that it was not a step forward but rather a step backward. Of course, all science needs to be skeptical. It’s hard to be against skepticism. But when you get into the domain of promoting particular views about the basis for skepticism of evolution, and those views are not really valid, then I think we have a problem. I think we need to be giving our kids a modern education in biology, and the underpinning of modern biology is evolution. And countervailing views that are not really science, if they are taught at all, should be taught in some other part of the curriculum.ScienceInsider: Is there anything you can do?Holdren: I’m not aware of any leverage we have, at OSTP or within the federal government, over the science curriculum in Texas, other than exhortation. We can argue and we can beg and we can try to educate. But we have no authority to act.ScienceInsider: Do you foresee a bigger role for NOAA [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] in NPOESS [National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System]?Holdren: I think NOAA will play a bigger role. It has an exceedingly well informed and able leader in Jane Lubchenco, and we should take advantage of that. But we are going to take a look at the relationship between NOAA, the Department of Defense, and NASA, and try to get that right. It is one of our roles, to coordinate activities among agencies. But it’s a challenge, when you have three agencies, one of which is an 800-pound gorilla, to get the collaboration right.ScienceInsider: Were you troubled by the recent National Academies’ report that one in six life scientists say they have self-censored some of their research because of security concerns, and is there anything you can do?Holdren: That is a tough one. I think security concerns in the biological domain are real, and we cannot be cavalier about the propagation of findings that could be used by terrorists to harm us. But what the right approach to managing those risks is, is something we’ll continue to struggle with. There was self-censoring within the nuclear physics community in the late ’30s and ’40s, when it became clear to scientists that there was potential for weapons of vast destructive power. And I think that was a good thing.ScienceInsider: Do you think bioterrorism is of the same magnitude?Holdren: I’m not qualified to judge. But it is something we have to look at closely and think hard about.last_img read more

Delhi and Haryana players disappointed with SG balls

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first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) might have a contract with Sanspareils Greenlands (SG) when it comes to providing cricket balls, but the players in the Ranji Trophy match between Delhi and Haryana at the Roshanara Cricket Ground are unhappy with their quality.The pacers, especially, feel that the balls are splitting easily and movement is minimal.”It is really disappointing when the ball behaves the way these SG balls are. Not only are they losing shape easily, but also splitting sooner than expected. The quality seems to have really deteriorated and when the wicket is as dead as the one here, it doesn’t help matters.”The new ball provided in the final session of the opening day was the only one that looked to be of some quality and the result showed immediately as we picked up four wickets giving away just 15 runs even as though the Haryana batsmen looked settled,” a Delhi bowler told MAIL TODAY.The fact that three balls were changed in just 97 overs in the Haryana first innings bears testimony to the fact that the quality has been unsatisfactory. Match referee Sanjay Patil feels that it could be a case of an old stock from last season being used this season. “It is true that the quality of balls is bad, but I haven’t heard this complaint from any other centre. I guess this is a case of last season’s stock being used this season because I haven’t seen these balls lose shape so easily. Even in the agegroup tournaments like the u-19s or u-22s, there have been no such issues,” he told MAIL TODAY.advertisementBut another bowler refused to agree with the match referee, saying that the balls provided in the u-22 level were just as bad.”There was a lot of complaint over the poor quality of SG balls provided even at the u-22 level,” he said.last_img read more

Big 3 Durant, Curry, Thompson lead Warriors to 128-111 win over Atlanta

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first_imgJudiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe Another case filed vs Cardema LATEST STORIES “The X-rays were negative,” Prince said. “We’ll have an MRI tomorrow.”For Golden State, Draymond Green missed his ninth straight game with a sprained toe on his right foot. He’s expected to miss at least the last two games of a five-game road trip, which ties the longest of the season.TIP-INSWarriors: Improved to 31-3 when Curry, Thompson and Durant all reach 20 points. … Golden State has won nine in a row over the Hawks, including four straight in Atlanta. … Thompson has scored at least 20 points in nine straight games, the longest streak of his career. … Kevon Looney scored a season-high 14 points . … Quinn Cook picked up five fouls in only 11 minutes.Hawks: Jeremy Lin returned after missing two games with a sprained left ankle, scoring 14 points and converting a couple of three-point plays after drawing fouls on drives to the basket … DeAndre’ Bembry didn’t have much luck trying to guard Durant, picking up four fouls. … Atlanta had 18 turnovers and went 5 of 26 from outside the 3-point stripe. “We’ve got to value the ball a little bit better than we have,” coach Lloyd Pierce said.CURRY’S FOULSThe Warriors star went to the bench after picking up his third foul with 2½ minutes left in the first half.Kerr strolled over near center court, where Vince Carter was checking into the game for Atlanta.“A lot of people paid good money to see him play,” Kerr said, referring to Curry.Carter smiled. Despite the win, Kerr said he’s not pleased with his team’s performance.“We’re not where we need to be by any stretch of the imagination,” Kerr said. “We’ve been kind of uneven to this point.”John Collins led Atlanta with 24 points , and Trae Young added 20.But it was a tough night for Young, the rookie guard who the Hawks are hoping to turn into their Curry-like centerpiece. He had seven turnovers and missed all five of his 3-point attempts.“I really don’t listen to or care about the comparisons,” Young said. “All I’m thinking about are my teammates and putting them in the best position to win.”The youngster is struggling with his shot, especially from long range. He’s only connecting on 23.9 percent of his 3-pointers.“They’re picking me up full court,” Young said. “They’re not going to just sag off and let me have open 3s. I’ve got to find a way to knock them down. I will.”INJURY REPORTHawks forward Taurean Prince could be out for an extended period after spraining his left ankle when he came down on Shaun Livingston while shooting.Prince hobbled to the locker room in the fourth quarter. Afterward, he headed for home on crutches. MOST READ Read Next Canadian boxer Stevenson still in induced coma Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim SEA Games: PH dancesport looking to sweep golds Curry picked up only one foul the rest of the way, playing a little over 29 minutes.ROOKIE OF THE MONTHYoung was named Eastern Conference rookie of the month for October and November after averaging 15.6 points and 7.6 assists in the first month and a half of the season.Despite the accolades, he isn’t satisfied with his performance.“Personally, I haven’t played the way I wanted to,” he said. “I know I haven’t.”UP NEXTWarriors: Continue their road trip at Cleveland on Wednesday.Hawks: Host the Washington Wizards on Wednesday. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Fossil launches its newest generation smartwatch: The Gen 5 All three stars have scored more than 50 points in a game this season.This time, they spread the wealth .FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“Our defense set the tone,” Curry said. “Everybody gets to touch the ball.”With Curry scoring 18 points in the opening quarter, this one was never in doubt. Hotel management clarifies SEA Games footballers’ kikiam breakfast controversy Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts from the sideline during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Atlanta. Golden State won 128-111. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA — Golden State’s Big Three went for balance.Stephen Curry scored 30 points, Kevin Durant had 28 and Klay Thompson chipped in with 27 as the Warriors cruised past the Atlanta Hawks 128-111 Monday night, snapping a six-game losing streak on the road.ADVERTISEMENT View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Golden State raced to a 34-17 lead in the first 12 minutes — Curry outscored the Hawks by himself — and the defending NBA champions won for only the fourth time in 10 games.Playing for the second time since missing 11 games with a groin injury, Curry hit his first six shots, four of them beyond the arc . He finished 6 of 10 from 3-point range“I think he’s now back in the groove,” coach Steve Kerr said. “He looked great handling the ball.”The Warriors led 61-47 at halftime and stretched the margin as high as 24 points, sending the rebuilding Hawks to their third straight loss.“We needed a win on the road,” Curry said. “We kind of didn’t want to give them life.”ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PHlast_img read more

SPORT-EASTBENGAL 2 LAST

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first_imgThe Chief Minister, in her usual style, called on theThe Chief Minister, in her usual style, called on the stage a bunch of football trainees aged around 10 to 12 years, who greeted her with flowers, and got them to sit there among soccer stars like former India team players Baichung Bhutia, Shyam Thapa, Surajit Sengupta and Syed Naeemuddin while delivering her address.”We are going to host matches of the Under-17 World Cup football tournament in 2017. This is will be a matter of pride for the people of India as well as Bengal,” she said.Flying Sikh Milkha Singh, who could not be present owing to ill-health, was awarded the Bharat Gaurav Award carrying a cash component of Rs two lakh and life membership of East Bengal Club.In his absence, Singhs representative received the award from Banerjee and read out an address by the Indian track and field legend wherein he recounted the love of Kolkatans for sports and sports persons, of which he was also “a beneficiary.”The Chief Minister, who said the state government would plan grand celebrations to mark the clubs 100 years in 2019, also gave away life time achievement awards to former East Bengal players Shyam Thapa and Shyamal Ghosh.A first day cover to mark the occasion was also released by Banerjee in the presence of West Bengal Postmaster General Arundhaty Ghosh. PTI AMR DKB BS BSlast_img read more

Ball-tampering: Did South Africa players tip off broadcasters to catch Australia red-handed?

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first_imgAustralian cricket has been hit hard by the ball-tampering controversy that erupted in the Cape Town Test against South Africa, that has seen skipper Steve Smith bearing the brunt of the ire from the cricketing community. But the punches keep coming.Former South African fast bowler Fanie de Villiers has said that some of the South African players had taken note of the malpractices of their Australian counterparts and brought it to the notice of the broadcasters of the series.De Villiers, who is working for a South African broadcaster, insinuated that the visitors must have been using underhanded tactics to gain unfair advantage regarding reverse swing that too even before the 30th over.WATCH”I said earlier on, that if they could get reverse swing in the 26th, 27th, 28th over then they’re doing something different from what everyone else does,” de Villiers was quoted as saying by RSN radio.Steve Smith and David Warner quality players, sad if they do not play IPL: Ashish Nehra”We actually said to our cameramen…go out have a look boys. They’re using something. They searched for an hour and a half until they saw something and then they started following Bancroft and they actually caught him out at the end,” he added.Steve Smith, David Warner step down as Australia’s captain and vice-captain”It’s impossible for the ball to get altered like that on cricket wickets where we knew there was grass on, not a Pakistani wicket where there’s cracks every centimetre. We’re talking about grass covered wicket where you have to do something else to alter the shape, the roughness of the ball on the one side. You have to get the one side wetter, heavier than the other side.”advertisementAustralia ball-tampering scandal: How Steve Smith & Co. planned the coupThe young Australian opener was caught on camera trying to change the condition of the ball with a foreign object. He was fined 75 per cent of his match fee.Watch: A ball-tampering demoSteve Smith on the other hand was suspended for one Test match and fined 100 per cent of his match fee by the International Cricket Council.David Warner emerges as chief conspirator, may miss next TestAs Smith awaits Cricket Australia’s judgment, another video of Bancroft has surfaced on social media, which shows the maligned Australian opener allegedly trying to put a spoon of sugar in his pocket.How sugar can be used to alter the condition of a cricket ballIn the video Bancroft can be seen taking a spoon of sugar wit his right hand and then palming it with his left and in a slick movement pocket the sugar.last_img read more

BCCI hasn’t marketed Test cricket very well: Gautam Gambhir

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first_imgIndian cricketer Gautam Gambhir feels that BCCI has not done “enough” to promote Test cricket.”I don’t think BCCI has marketed Test cricket as well as they have done with ODIs and T20Is. Fans will only come and watch Tests if we market it well. They have got a lot of options nowadays, there’s IPL and ODIs,” Gambhir said at Boria Majumdar’s book launch in New Delhi on Thursday..Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said BCCI should take Test cricket to tier-2 cities to make it more popular.However, Gambhir disagreed with Harbhajan and reiterated that the game needs better marketing.”I don’t know but they have messed it somewhere. May be cut down on T20s and ODIs.”I remember a Test match at Eden Gardens against West Indies (in 2011). India batting on the first day and there were 1000 people. Imagine Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman playing and there are only 1000 people,” the left-handed batsman added.Gambhir also said that India’s decision to play T20Is and ODIs in England before playing the Test series against the hosts will not make much difference.India will play three Twenty20 and three ODIs before the five-Test series against England during their upcoming tour.”White-ball and red-ball cricket is completely different. I don’t think playing limited-overs cricket before Test is going to make a huge difference unless you prepare for Tests also,” Gambhir said.”The difference in ball is going to have a huge impact. You need to prepare with red ball as well along with playing white-ball cricket. Test cricket in England will be completely different that limited-overs cricket,” Gambhir added.advertisementAfter losing the five-match Test series 3-1 in 2014, India are determined to put up a better show this time around in 2018.Skipper Virat Kohli, who endured a forgettable Test series in 2014, has already announced that he will be playing county cricket with Surrey in June to prepare for the upcoming tour.Meanwhile, Cheteshwar Pujara is already playing in County Championship with Yorkshire to acclimatise to the conditions.India is to tour England, from late June, for a full tour comprising T20Is, ODIs and then Tests. The series will begin with a T20 on July 3. The Test series begins on August 1.last_img read more

4 Barriers to Overcome in Achieving Corporate Environmental Sustainability

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first_imgDownload Our New ReportWhile powerful forces like population growth, resource scarcity, and economic austerity are creating the need for transformative changes in business practices, the question remains: Why aren’t “win-win” results for companies and the environment getting to scale? WRI’s Aligning Profit and Environmental Sustainability: Stories from Industry report explores that question with the help of insights from sustainability managers from a cross-sector sample of multinational companies. Improved environmental sustainability is not valued in internal capital allocation decisions. Companies often lack the internal mechanisms to properly value the benefits of managing environmental sustainability, such as reduced exposure to energy price volatility, water risks, and other environmental impacts of operations and supply chains.The goals of corporate sustainability teams and financial teams are not well aligned. Divergent priorities mean that sustainability teams and financial teams often do not effectively engage each other. As a result, sustainability teams are brought into project planning too late to influence project design and cannot make an effective case to financial decision makers.Companies lack metrics to account for external environmental costs. Without a clear method to price external costs—such as the risk of climate change to society— companies can’t factor these “expenses” into their traditional decision making. Companies may find they are not fully cognizant of the real costs and risks associated with their investments over time.Environmental factors—such as climate change and water scarcity—are not being fully integrated into long-term business strategy. As a result, companies often miss opportunities to improve financial performance through environmental improvements in processes and product lines.Overcoming Corporate Environmental Sustainability BarriersThe good news is that businesses are finding ways to overcome these barriers—in many cases, by adapting strategies and techniques already at their disposal. Over the next month, we’ll outline ways corporations can better integrate sustainability into their everyday decision making through our blog series, Aligning Profit and Environmental Sustainability. Tune in every Thursday to learn how multinational companies like AkzoNobel, Alcoa, Citi, Greif, Johnson & Johnson, Natura, and Siemens are tackling these challenges. This post also appears on Greenbiz.com.This is Part One of a five-part blog series, “Aligning Profit and Environmental Sustainability.” Each installment will offer solutions for businesses to better integrate environmental sustainability into their everyday operations. Look for these posts every Thursday for the next four weeks.Implementing corporate environmental sustainability strategies is increasingly becoming standard practice. For example, more than 300 of the S&P 500 report their greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories each year to the Carbon Disclosure Project, and companies from the Fortune 100 and S&P Global 100 are investing billions of dollars to reach renewable energy procurement targets. Some companies are going further and taking steps to reduce the environmental impact of their products, services, and supply chains.Despite this encouraging progress, a confluence of global environmental challenges is putting more pressure on corporate environmental sustainability strategies to get to scale quickly. Not enough global businesses have integrated environmental sustainability into their long-term decision making. And, as it stands today, existing practices are not enough to protect the natural resources that society and businesses depend on.WRI examines this gap between existing corporate sustainability practices and the environmental protection needed for the 21st century in our new report, Aligning Profit and Environmental Sustainability: Stories from Industry. We interviewed sustainability managers from AkzoNobel, Alcoa, Citi, Greif, Johnson & Johnson, Mars, Natura, and Siemens to better understand why strategies that are good for both business and the planet are not getting to scale.We identified four barriers in these discussions, as well as ways companies can overcome them:last_img read more

Where Are They Now: Nathan Peterson

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first_imgby: Matt AmilianTwenty-two years ago I didn’t realize I was teeing it up with a future OSU defensive standout. After reading this entire post, you’ll realize why I’d brag about playing tee ball with former Cowboy defensive end, Nathan Peterson. As a general rule of thumb when catching up with former Cowboy athletes, I have some random, nonsensical questions to get out of the way before getting to the principal material.Let’s get started…Matt: Who was meanest person that you played with on defense during your time at OSU?Nate: I’m not sure who you could call the meanest but I’d be willing to bet everyone would tell you that I was the grumpiest.Matt: What is your favorite non-OSU stadium in which you played?Nate: We played in a lot of great places, but my first game ever we beat UCLA in the Rose Bowl Stadium. I played 7 snaps and was terrified.Matt: I know you didn’t watch OSU this past season, but if you saw the new uniforms, what is your favorite combo?Nate: Never got to see any games. We didn’t have electricity or anything in our little platoon mud compound, but I saw some pictures, I liked the white helmets with black OSU stickers. I would like those with white jerseys and black pants.Matt: Of all your OSU teammates, who was most likely to cheat you in a card game?Nate: I don’t think any of them would really cheat, but I’ll say a toss up between Paul Duren and Jerry Don Bray. They’re sharks.Matt: What is your best memory from your playing days in Stillwater?Nate: So many. I could say something like the Nebraska game but in reality all my best memories come from the weight room. Down there is where we would kill ourselves year round with Coach Glass. There’s nothing like playing a game in Boone Pickens Stadium for the fans, but it’s all those tough days in the weight room and running sprints in the summer where you build a solid bond with your boys.For some reason something about pain and misery brings guys together. I really miss it. I’m looking forward to moving on after my service is up and I’m going to give coaching a shot. Maybe if I’m lucky someday I’ll have more great memories in Stillwater. Where Are They NowJason SkaerA former terror of a defensive end turned Marine coming back to coach our defense? I’m in.You might remember him mostly because of his fumble return TD that sealed the victory against Nebraska when the Huskers visited Stillwater in 2006. Don’t. Nathan Peterson was an amazing talent on the field but talent doesn’t make a Marine. And since I’m not writing this post to pose as a talented writer, I asked Nate to give me an overview of his experiences overseas and I’ll let him tell the story.Nate: I just returned two weeks ago from a region called Kajaki District in the upper Helmand Province of Afghanistan. I deployed with 1st Battalion Sixth Marines and held the billet of infantry platoon commander. The first 5 months of the deployment went pretty smooth and without incident for the most part. Our battalion was operating on the East side of the Helmand River along a vital road known as the 611.With 2 months left in the deployment our battalion deemed that we needed a presence on the west side of the river. So on Dec 1st my platoon alone was tasked with helo inserting in the middle of the night. The last two months of the deployment were very active for us. It was really rough in December and my platoon suffered 3 casualties, one was killed in action and the other two were both double amputees. I don’t mind talking about them because I want people to know about my Marines and what they did. I saw all of them do absolutely incredible things. I returned today from Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland visiting my guys and they are getting better every day.It was an honor to serve with these guys and be their platoon commander. I am so proud of them and just want people to know what these young guys are doing over there.The Marine Corps put together a video that covered moments of his platoon’s time after they crossed the Helmand River. Watch this and try to tell me Desmond, Weeden and Blackmon are your heroes.Nate: This video is from a bad day we had. Cpl Brown, the second Marine who is being interviewed, he was one of my squad leaders. A few days after he was interviewed for this he was wounded by an IED and lost both of his legs. He is getting better every day and staying motivated. Prayers requested. He is a hero.Matt: Wow dude that’s intense. What was your platoon’s objective? Was there a shot of you in that video?Nate: Yea that is the platoon I was in charge of, 34 Marines. I’m not sure I think I might be in the video somewhere. That video is only from a few instances of many we had. Our objective was to insert basically into the backyard of Taliban in the Azan River Crossing area of Kajaki and secure the river crossing from the West side. My platoon was the only one that crossed the river and we could only be resupplied with food and water by helicopter drops.Matt: How would you compare being on the D-line to what you experienced as a Marine? I mean, I know football doesn’t come close but that’s the point I’m trying to make.Nate: My experiences as a Marine in Afghanistan have some similarities to football and many differences as well. Being a platoon commander is much like being a coach. I’m ultimately responsible for everything that happens and fails to happen in my platoon, which could be a little overwhelming at times. At the same time, I do like that pressure in a way. These experiences do relate to football in that sense and have led me to seriously consider getting into coaching at the end of my service obligation.You often hear athletics and team sports being compared to combat in some sense. You do develop a strong bond with teammates, there is no doubt. But bond among Marines is something that cannot be matched by any team sport. It’s only something you can experience in combat. The love I have for my Marines is greater than I ever thought was possible. Again, I just want people to know about all the amazing things I saw my guys do. They were fearless.Matt: Is there anything else you want to add about your Marines experience? What were the names of the guys in your platoon who lost their lives or were injured in action?Nate: As far as the Marines in my platoon, they are as follows:Lance Corporal Christopher Phoenix Jacob Levy – Killed in Action Dec 10, 2011Corporal Christian Brown – Wounded in Action Dec 13, 2011Lance Corporal Cody Evans – Wounded in Action Dec 15, 2011Also we had a Sniper team supporting our platoon:Corporal Josh Sams – Scout Sniper team leader, Wounded in Action Jan 15, 2012All three of the above wounded are still at Walter Reed in Bethesda, Maryland and have a very long road ahead of them. Corporal Brown has a special story I’d like to share.On Dec 7, 2011, Lance Corporal Levy was wounded from a gun shot wound. Corporal Brown was the squad leader on scene and was helping coordinate the medical evacuation. The gunfire from the enemy was so heavy, that when the helicopter tried to land, it took fire and had to pull off and was unable to land. At this time Corporal Brown placed LCpl Levy on his back and carried him over 400 meters under fire to the new landing zone, all while still running his squad. Three days later Lance Corporal Levy died in Germany, but thanks to Corporal Brown’s actions that day, his family was able to be by his side. It is not official yet, but Corporal Brown is being submitted for the Navy Cross, which is one step below the Medal of Honor, the highest award in the military.I’m not trying to tell war stories, I just want people to know how great these guys are and the amazing things they did.What do you think Nate reflects on more often: running from gunfire to take cover or running from the Nebraska O-line for 6 points? They didn’t get a timeout from war in Afghanistan for the medical team to attend to the injured or for trainers to bring them water.Remember that the next time you’re about to throw your 3rd place fifth-grade peewee football league trophy at your 50” LED flatscreen after Chelf throws a pick-six late in a crucial moment. I love Cowboy football as much as anyone that visits this blog, but when you compare collegiate sports to the military, they get exposed for exactly what they are.Games.A huge thanks to Nathan for sharing these stories with us. I’m sure I speak for all PFB followers when I say thank you, your platoon, the Marines, and all other military members for laying your lives on the line for the citizens of our great country.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Fan of the Week: Spurs relish beating Liverpool

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first_imgFan of the Week Fan of the Week: Spurs make light work on flailing Liverpool defenders Last updated 2 years ago 02:00 10/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Harry Kane Tottenham Liverpool Premier League Getty Fan of the Week Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool Tottenham Hotspur Liverpool Premier League Videos Tottenham supporter Ben Kahan was part of a record-setting crowd at Wembley and came away thrilled with the 4-1 victory over the Reds Follow Goal on Twitter and Instagram  for more Fan of the Week videos and extensive Premier League coverage for the new 2017-18 season.last_img read more

ASTEP not Meeting Needs – Thwaites

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first_imgEducation Minister, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, says that the Alternative Secondary Transitional Education Programme (ASTEP) has not “done what it was supposed to do.” Speaking on the Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) Issues and Answers programme with Ian Boyne, the Education Minister said that several of the students in the programme have severe emotional and cognitive problems and their needs are not being catered to. He said the Ministry is working to address the situation and come September 2013, every student in the teachers’ colleges will have to complete a module in special education. “Also, the compulsory development programme for all serving teachers must include a course on special education that would be required for you to get licenced, because 30 per cent of our children fall somewhere on a spectrum of between mild and severe (in terms of learning deficiency). If the teachers can’t pick it up all you are doing is escalating a problem,” Rev. Thwaites said. ASTEP is for students, who have not qualified to sit the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) for placement in secondary school. A two-year transitional programme, it offers a modified secondary education syllabus with a focus on literacy, so that they can make the transition to the full secondary programme. Currently, there are 163 operational ASTEP centres across the island. Each centre has a trained specialist teacher and a maximum class size of 25 students to cater to the child’s individual needs. Meanwhile, the Education Minister reiterated that the Ministry is working to have the alternative high school diploma in place next year. The programme is for persons, who, for various reasons, were unable to complete secondary school, and so did not receive a certificate. “This is for the girl, who dropped out of school and the fellow on the street corner. It doesn’t matter where you are,” the Education Minister said. The Jamaica Library Service (JLS) and the Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLLL) have been charged with coming together to offer the diploma.last_img read more

Shell Shareholders Back Merger with BG

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first_imgzoom Royal Dutch Shell’s shareholders have today voted in favour of the recommended combination between Shell and British rival gas producer BG Group Plc.The announcement comes following today’s General Meeting held in The Hague, The Netherlands.“Shell shareholders expressed their support for the recommended combination with BG Group plc by carrying the resolution to approve and implement the transaction”,  Shell said, with 83 percent of shareholders backing the deal.“I am delighted with the positive shareholder vote and the confidence that shareholders have shown in the strategic logic of the combination of Shell and BG. Our immediate focus is on the successful completion of the transaction and we now await the results of tomorrow’s BG shareholder vote,” Ben van Beurden, CEO of Shell, said.The approval follows suit of nine months of regulatory hurdles, as the deal needed to be cleared by five regulatory bodies.The deal is yet to be approved by BG shareholders on Thursday and would need court approval before it can enter into force in mid-February.Once approved, the USD 70 billion merger with BG will make Shell the largest Brazilian offshore foreign operator.Shell expects the deal to accelerate its growth strategy in global LNG and deep water, as well as to add some 25% to its oil and gas reserves and 20% to production, each on a 2014 basis.This combination will also create the world’s largest LNG producer.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Race between Bellegarde and Picard for national chief wasnt close after all

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first_imgAPTN National NewsGhislain Picard is a 30-year veteran in First Nations politics.Heading into the election for national chief it was too close to call.Rumours didn’t stop swirling Wednesday as chiefs and proxies cast their votes.But at the end of the day it was not close after all.APTN’s Trina Roache has the story.last_img

Former Rwandan camp commander transferred to UN tribunals detention facility

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Lt. Idephonse Hategekimana, former commander of the Ngoma Camp, was arrested on Sunday by authorities in the Republic of the Congo acting on an arrest warrant issued by the ICTR two weeks earlier.According to the Tribunal, Lieutenant Hategekimana allegedly ordered, transported and led soldiers and militiamen to carry out attacks against Tutsi civilians. He is also said to have watched an attack while preventing his soldiers from intervening and conducted meetings to incite massacres. In addition, he is accused of deploying soldiers to stop escaping Tutsi civilians and bring them to the camp for slaughter.Lieutenant Hategekimana is the third of nine principle genocide suspects named by the United States Government in its “Rewards for Justice programme” to be arrested. The programme is supporting the Tribunal’s efforts to apprehend high-ranking fugitives from justice. read more

House prices on the rise in Calgary

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House prices on the rise in Calgary Stock photo AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Chris Bowen Posted Jun 1, 2017 12:22 pm MDT For the fourth month in a row, home prices went up in Calgary.The Calgary Real Estate Board says improved demand and easing supply last month created balanced conditions and modest price gains for single-family homes.In fact, for the first time since June 2015, the price for a detached home did not decline on a year-over-year basis.“We can really see a slow but sure recovery in the housing market,” CREB president David P. Brown said. “Demand for detached product is driving a new sense of optimism for consumers as we move further into spring.” The average price is around $509,000, up one per cent from the year before.However, the prices for multi-family homes, including condos, fell another two per cent compared to last year — even as the market returns to more balanced conditions.“With the change in market dynamics, people no longer feel like they may need to settle for a second choice in a property,” Brown said. “There are lots of housing choices in every segment of the market and that made for a good situation in an already active spring market.” Calgary|YYC read more

Being counted makes children visible says UNICEF in new datadriven report

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Urging greater efforts to identify and address the gaps that prevent the most disadvantaged of the world’s 2.2 billion children from enjoying their rights, the United Nations released an innovative new report today spotlighting the importance of data in targeting funds and action to reach those who need it most. “Data have made it possible to save and improve the lives of millions of children, especially the most deprived,” said Tessa Wardlaw, Chief of UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Data and Analytics Section on the launch of the agency’s new flagship report, The State of the World’s Children 2014 In Numbers: Every Child Counts – Revealing disparities, advancing children’s rights. “Further progress can only be made if we know which children are the most neglected, where girls and boys are out of school, where disease is rampant or where basic sanitation is lacking,” she added, indicating the aim of the report,which highlights the importance of data in making progress for children and exposing the unequal access to services and protections that mars the lives of so many. Education for the most vulnerable children in the worldTremendous progress has been made since the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was signed in 1989 and in the run up to the culmination of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015, the UNICEF report reveal. Among other examples of progress, it shows that due to improvements in water and sanitation, some 90 million children who would have died before reaching the age of 5 if child mortality rates had stuck at their 1990 level have, instead, lived. Further, improvements in nutrition have led to a 37 per cent drop in stunting since 1990 and primary school enrolment has increased, even in the least developed countries: whereas in 1990 only 53 in 100 children in those countries gained school admission, by 2011, the number had improved to 81 in 100. Even so, the statistics in the report bear witness to ongoing violations of children’s rights, including the deaths of some 6.6 million children under 5 years of age in 2012 mostly from preventable causes, in violation of their fundamental right to survive and develop. Other troubling data show that 15 per cent of the world’s children are performing work that compromises their right to protection from economic exploitation and infringes on their right to learn and play. Making data count, for childrenThe report notes that “being counted makes children visible, and this act of recognition makes it possible to address their needs and advance their rights.” It adds that innovations in data collection, analysis and dissemination are making it possible to disaggregate data by such factors as location, wealth, sex and ethnic or disability status, to include children who have been excluded or overlooked by broad averages. The report urges increased investment in innovations that right the wrong of exclusion. Data do not, of themselves, change the world, stresses UNICEF. They make change possible – by identifying needs, supporting advocacy, and gauging progress. “What matters most is that decision-makers use the data to make positive change, and that the data are available for children and communities to use in holding duty-bearers to account,” the report says. read more

Grotesque rape chants expose campaign of terror in Burundi – UN rights

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AUDIO: Scott Campbell of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) explains to UN News who the militia members are. In a news release issued today by his office (OHCHR), UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said that it was particularly worrying that instead of putting a stop to such events, senior Government officials continue to take part in such rallies.“The grotesque rape chants by the young men […] are deeply alarming – particularly because they confirm what we have been hearing from those who have fled Burundi about a campaign of fear and terror by this organized militia,” said High Commissioner Zeid.The news release mentions a chilling video, circulating on social media of a rally in the Ntega commune, Kirundo province (northeast Burundi), in which more than 100 Imbonerakure members are seen repeating dozens of times their call to “make opponents pregnant so that they can give birth to Imbonerakure”.In the same video, another group then repeats a chant – audible some 19 times – “he or she should die”.The UN human rights wing noted that the ruling CNDD-FDD party, on 5 April, issued a statement condemning the chanting. OHCHR, however, added that recent reports indicate that similar, larger rallies have been organized across the country by officials from the Government and the President’s party.“[The] condemnation is meaningless if, instead of a putting a stop to such events, senior Government officials continue to take part in such rallies,” stressed Mr. Zeid, adding: “The Government needs to stop pretending that the Imbonerakure are nothing but a community development group. Such blatant and brazen hate speech and incitement to violence must not be tolerated, nor encouraged.”Condemnation is meaningless if, instead of a putting a stop to such events, senior Government officials continue to take part in such ralliesIn the news release, the UN rights chief also voiced concern over continuing reports of serious human rights violations in the African country, including “systematic use” of torture by security forces, increasing cases of enforced disappearance, nightly raids by the Imbonerakure militia into homes of people who refuse to join the ruling party, and people targeted due to their ethnicity.According to UN estimates, more than 400,000 people have fled the African nation over the last two years fearing for their safety.“Those responsible for human rights violations, regardless of their position or rank, must be held accountable,” said Mr. Zeid, underlining that the authorities in Burundi must send clear, unequivocal instructions to the police, security, intelligence and military officers to operate in line with international human rights law.“Impunity for human rights violations by security forces and the Imbonerakure must be brought to an end.”The High Commissioner also asked the Government to grant OHCHR unfettered access, to be able to monitor the human rights situation throughout the country, to be able to independently verify allegations of grave violations and to support the authorities in bringing the perpetrators to justice. read more

Mother and son new photo of Queen and Prince Charles reveals tender

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first_img Show more A photograph of the Queen and the Prince of Wales has been released to mark the end of the monarch’s 90th birthday year.The previously unseen picture, taken by fashion photographer Nick Knight in May, shows the mother and son in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle before the final night of the Queen’s celebrations at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. The full-length photoCredit:© 2016 NICK KNIGHT Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Prince of Wales and Queen in photo marking the end of Her Majesty's 90th birthday year She thanked well-wishers but said: “How I will feel if people are still singing Happy Birthday to me in December remains to be seen.”Mr Knight said: “It was a great pleasure and an honour to photograph Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales at Windsor Castle.”I wanted to create a modern portrait that showed warmth and humanity as well as strength and tradition.” Charles, wearing a black dinner jacket, appears to be smiling at the Queen – dressed in a sea green and dove grey brocade dress by Angela Kelly – who is looking directly ahead in the photograph.The Queen turned 90 in April and marked the milestone with a series of events – including a private black-tie banquet at Windsor Castle with her friends and loved ones.In June, she celebrated her official birthday with a service of thanksgiving and a picnic on The Mall for 10,000 revellers.last_img read more

Amazon Warriors Govt sign stadium agreement

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The Government of Guyana and the Amazon Warriors on Thursday signed an agreement for the use of the Providence National Stadium to host matches for the upcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL).Amazon Warriors operations manager, Omar Khan and Assistant Director of Sports Melissa Dow-Richards signing the contract on Thursday. Also in photo are Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton (left) and Director of Sports, Christopher JonesThursday’s official signing saw Social Cohesion Minister with responsibility for Sport, Dr George Norton, and Guyana Amazon Warriors Operations Manager, Omar Khan inking the deal at the Ministry of Social Cohesion’s Main Street, Georgetown office.Amazon Warriors operations manager, Omar Khan and Assistant Director of Sports Melissa Dow-Richards signing the contract on Thursday. Also in photo are Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton (left) and Director of Sports, Christopher JonesAlso present at the signing was Director of Sports, Christopher Jones; Assistant Director of Sports, Melissa Dow-Richards; and media operatives from the local media houses. However, while the Providence stadium agreement has been signed, CPL is still to confirm the fixtures for Guyana.With Guyana set to host the most matches ever at Providence since the birth of CPL, Minister Norton has said the increase of matches at the local venue is a “big deal” for the cricket-loving nation. “Well, of course, if you judge from last year, all matches we had sold out crowds; so we are hoping (that) for all matches, we have sold out crowds.” CPL will be held in the Caribbean in August and September. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL 2019: The Deal is sealed! …All set for hosting of home gamesAugust 29, 2019In “latest news”Guyana gearing to host warm-up matches for ICC Women’s T/20 World Cup -Minister Norton welcomes tournamentFebruary 20, 2018In “latest news”GTT ‘bringing the heat’ to CPL 2017 as main sponsor of the Guyana Amazon WarriorsJune 20, 2017In “Entertainment” read more

Kazatomprom production cuts to address uranium oversupply

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first_imgWestern Uranium Corp (WUC) has highlighted the positive uranium news released out of Kazakhstan this morning. Subsequent to the 2008 Global Financial Crisis and 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident, global uranium demand has stagnated causing oversupply which has depressed market prices. Uranium production cuts have been anticipated and in this fourth quarter these have been put in place by a number of major uranium producers for 2018.Today Kazatomprom, the world’s largest uranium producer announced its intention to reduce planned production by 20%. According to the Kazatomprom announcement, this action will remove over 8 Mlb from the market in 2018 and approximately 24 Mlb of uranium over a three year period. In making this announcement, Kazatomprom cited the goal of better aligning its production levels with market demand. This follows the Honeywell announcement on November 20 that its ConverDyn conversion facility would be immediately idled. The diminished production of uranium hexafluoride (UF6) from this last operating conversion facility in the US removes approximately 15 Mlb of uranium from the market. Honeywell put forth similar rationale noting that the current oversupply has caused a downward trend in uranium markets.Furthermore, on November 8 in a Cameco announcement production was suspended at McArthur River mine and the Key Lake mill (shown). It was stated that this would start January 2018 and remove some 1.2 Mlb per month of uranium production from the global uranium supply. Cameco, North America’s largest uranium producer, took these actions in response to uranium price weakness.“In total,” says WUC, “as a result of these major announcements, approximately 37 Mlb in aggregate can be calculated to be removed from 2018 uranium supply. Consequently, the aggregate effect of these production cuts, if implemented as announced, will eliminate a large portion of oversupply.”last_img read more

Man appears in court in connection with 2015 fatal robbery

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first_imgAiliana Siufanua A Renton man allegedly involved in the 2015 robbery and shooting death of a Vancouver precious metals shop employee appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court but refused to say anything.Thomas Phillip Leae, 24, is facing charges of first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the Nov. 25, 2015, slaying of 58-year-old Bentley Brookes of Camas. Brookes worked at Pacific Bullion Precious Metals, 701 Main St., in downtown Vancouver.Leae’s girlfriend, 18-year-old Ailiana Siufanua of Des Moines, allegedly shot Brookes in the face during the robbery, while Leae acted as the getaway driver, court records state.The couple fled and were on the lam for days before the stolen silver Honda Civic they were driving was spotted Nov. 30, 2015, on Interstate 5 in Glenn County, Calif., by a California Highway Patrol officer. A 40-mile, high-speed pursuit ensued, which ended when the stolen car left the road and struck a tree killing Siufanua, according to The Davis (Calif.) Enterprise.In October, a California jury convicted Leae of second-degree murder, evading police and vehicle theft in connection with the fatal crash. He was sentenced to 25 years, eight months to life, The Davis Enterprise reported.last_img read more