Podcast: Time-Tripping Bees, Eavesdropping on the Brain, and One Big Pile of Bird Poop

first_imgWhat can honeybees tell us about the effects of anesthesia? How might brain implants give hope to paralysis patients? And how can a 2-meter-high pile of bird poop reveal clues about a disappearing species? Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm chats about these stories and more with Science’s Kerry Klein. (Listen to the full Science podcast and more podcasts.)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(*)last_img read more

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Massive bleaching killed 35% of the coral on the northern end of the Great Barrier Reef

first_imgTeams found that the southern reaches of the reef were largely spared, with an average of 5% mortality. They also reported that reefs off Australia’s western coast had suffered from extensive bleaching, with at least 15% of the corals dead already. Corals that bleach but survive will gradually recover their color over several months, but the bleaching negatively affects growth and reproduction. This year’s bleaching is over as waters have cooled with the approach of the Southern Hemisphere winter. Hughes says the team will resurvey the reefs in October or November to verify their findings and gauge recovery. “But we don’t expect [mortality] to increase from what we recorded,” he says.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(*)Hughes says this is the worst of three major bleaching events that have occurred in the last 18 years. The increasing frequency of bleaching expected to accompany global warming will give the reefs less and less chance to recover. “We’re rapidly running out of time to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” he says. Researchers have confirmed the grim toll of an unusually hot summer on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef: Mass bleaching has killed 35% of corals on the northern and central sections of the 2300-kilometer-long system. On 24 of the 84 reefs surveyed, 50% of the corals have perished, including specimens that were 50 to 100 years old. “They can’t recover in anything less than that period, certainly not in 10 years,” says Terry Hughes, director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies in Townsville.Aerial surveys earlier this year found extensive and severe bleaching on the northern two-thirds of the reef. A combination of global warming and the ongoing El Niño, a periodic phenomenon that brings unusually warm water to the equatorial Pacific, warmed coastal waters. In reaction to hot water, corals lose the colorful symbiotic algae called zooxanthellae they host and turn white. The white coral skeletons are visible from the air. But brownish algae soon smother dead corals, after which the reef’s condition can only be determined by close-up inspection. Hughes and his colleagues, who previously conducted aerial surveys, announced the results of their in-water confirmations in a media release today.last_img read more

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‘Revolution based on evolution’ honored with chemistry Nobel

first_imgGregory Winter, George Smith, and Frances Arnold (left to right) shared the 2018 Nobel prize in Chemistry. The other two winners, Smith and Winter, also found ways to harness evolution and microorganisms to produce desired proteins—in their case, antibodies instead of enzymes. Antibodies are proteins the immune system produces to recognize foreign invaders and mark them for attack. Scientists use them in a huge variety of ways to recognize and identify specific proteins.In the 1980s, Smith described a way to use phages, viruses that infect bacteria, to make pieces of specific proteins and “display” them on their surface. This enabled scientists to screen for antibodies that specifically bind to key proteins. It also allowed scientists to identify exactly which proteins key antibodies recognize. This was especially useful for scientists working with monoclonal antibodies, artificially produced antibodies that are carbon copies of each other.Winter found a way to turn the tables on the process: He used the technique developed by Smith to make phages display key pieces of antibodies on their surface. This was a huge breakthrough because it allowed scientists to directly screen for genes that make antibodies to almost any protein. (Traditionally, scientists produced antibodies by injecting proteins into experimental animals and then purifying the antibodies from the animals’ blood. But that produces a mix of different antibodies, some of which bind more tightly than others to a given protein.)Winter’s technique has allowed researchers to produce, for example, a very specific human antibody to a protein called TNF-α, which plays a role in several autoimmune diseases. The antibody, called adalimumab, is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and inflammatory bowel disease.“I didn’t have any idea [the technique] would be so commercially successful,” Winter said at a press conference in Cambridge today. “In the 1990s, the pharmaceutical industry was run by chemists. To them, a drug was a chemical. They didn’t believe antibodies would be therapeutics.” The field is still advancing rapidly, he added; his own team is now studying smaller antibody mimics based around peptides, called bicycles. “They have different pharmacological properties from antibodies. But they can permeate deep into tissues and cancers,” Winter said.The award “wonderfully recognizes the power of harnessing protein evolution to solve a wide range of problems in the molecular sciences,” says David Liu, a chemist and directed evolution expert at Harvard University. “My hat’s off to Smith, Winter, and Arnold for their contributions to this multidisciplinary field that beautifully integrates chemistry, molecular biology, and protein science.” “At first glance, it may seem that the chemistry Nobel has been ‘biologised’ again. It is sometimes hard to see how an enzyme, or a phage, are ‘chemistry’—but they are!” Oliver Jones, a chemist at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, said in a statement distributed by the United Kingdom’s Science Media Center. “Chemistry underpins so many things in our lives, even if it is not always immediately obvious and it is great that these discoveries are getting recognised.”Arnold was scheduled to give a lecture at a Texas university this morning when she got the Nobel call. Science reached her at an airport where she was catching a flight back to California, after the school graciously canceled the talk. “I’m going to go home and see my children. And I’m going to go over to Caltech and party with my students.”Winter said he had “absolutely no inkling” that he might win a Nobel, despite having been nominated in the past. When he got the call from Stockholm this morning, “I was recovering from a college feast so I had had some aspirin and had a coffee,” he said. “Hence I was a bit numb and thought, ‘Is this real?’” The next feast will be later today at LMB: “They’ve already told me the champagne bill will be £2793 and could they have my credit card number.”With reporting by Robert F. Service, Lila Guterman, and Daniel Clery. S. B. J. Kan et al., “Directed evolution of cytochrome c for carbon–silicon bond formation: Bringing silicon to life,” Science 354, 6315 (25 Nov 2016) F. H. Arnold et al., “Engineered metal-binding proteins: purification to protein folding,” Science 252, 5014 (28 Jun 1991) J. K. Scott et al., “Searching for peptide ligands with an epitope library,” Science 249, 4967 (27 Jul 1990) Related content from Science K. Chen et al., “Enzymatic construction of highly strained carbocycles,” Science 360, 6384 (06 Apr 2018) G. P. Smith, “Filamentous fusion phage: novel expression vectors that display cloned antigens on the virion surface,” Science 228, 4705 (14 Jun 1985) M. Verhoeyen et al., “Reshaping human antibodies: grafting an antilysozyme activity,” Science 239, 4847 (25 Mar 1988) S. C. Hammer et al., “Anti-Markovnikov alkene oxidation by metal-oxo–mediated enzyme catalysis,” Science 358, 6360 (13 Oct 2017) Our laureates have applied principles of [Charles] Darwin in the test tubes, and used this approach to develop new types of chemicals for the greatest benefit of humankind. Claes Gustafsson, Nobel Committee for Chemistry G. P. Smith, “Mouse Immunoglobulin Kappa Chain MPC 11: Extra Amino-Terminal Residues,” Science 181, 4103 (07 Sep 1973) F. K. Balagaddé et al., “Long-Term Monitoring of Bacteria Undergoing Programmed Population Control in a Microchemostat,” Science 309, 5731 (01 Jul 2005) Related content from News from Science R. F. Service, “Researchers take small step toward silicon-based life,” News from Science (18 Mar 2016) Three scientists who put evolution to work in the lab have won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.Frances Arnold of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena was awarded half of the $1 million prize for her work on the “directed evolution” of enzymes, proteins that catalyze specific chemical reactions. The enzymes that resulted from her research have made it possible to develop new ways to make key pharmaceuticals and more environmentally friendly processes for making industrial chemicals. George Smith of the University of Missouri in Columbia and Gregory Winter of the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) in Cambridge, U.K., share the other half of the award for their research on the directed evolution of antibodies, proteins the immune system uses to recognize invaders. Their findings enabled large-scale production of specific antibodies, which have made new treatments possible for autoimmune diseases, cancer, and other conditions.“This year’s prize in chemistry rewards a revolution based on evolution,” Claes Gustafsson, chair of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry, said this morning. “Our laureates have applied the principles of [Charles] Darwin in the test tubes, and used this approach to develop new types of chemicals for the greatest benefit of humankind.”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(*)In the 1990s, Arnold was the first to demonstrate how to use directed evolution to produce new enzymes. Her team would start with an enzyme that exists in nature and isolate the gene that encodes it; then, they used different techniques to introduce mutations into the gene and reinsert the new variants into bacteria. The bacteria would produce a variety of new enzymes, which the researchers screened for the qualities they desired, such as the ability to work faster or under challenging conditions, such as high temperatures or the presence of chemicals. They collected the bacteria that produced the desired enzymes and started the process over again, looking for an even better enzyme.Arnold, a chemical engineer, says many scientists didn’t immediately embrace the idea of making huge numbers of new randomly changed protein variants. “The industrial people, the people who had to make better proteins, said, ‘Yeah, this makes total sense.’ The people who wanted to understand proteins were aghast. They said, ‘That’s not science.’ I said, ‘Well, I’m an engineer!’ The paradigm at the time was, you get a structure of a protein, you use your big brain to figure out what mutations to make, you go and make those, you see it doesn’t work. … Only engineers would do something like random mutagenesis.”Using this method, researchers have been able to produce enzymes that catalyze reactions that don’t exist in nature. That made it possible to develop, for example, new kinds of fuels derived from plants, new processes for making industrial chemicals without toxic metals or organic solvents, and new pharmaceuticals. Many of these useful variants likely would not have been found without the random mutagenesis strategy, says Arnold, the first woman, and eighth living scientist to be elected to all three of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. “We found beneficial mutations [that made better proteins] immediately. When we went and mapped those to the protein structures, we realized nobody could predict them. … Beneficial mutations that affect function were spread out all over the protein. We couldn’t even explain them much less predict them. That’s unfortunately still true today.” (left to right) MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, University of Missouri; Caltech ‘Revolution based on evolution’ honored with chemistry Nobel P. S. Coelho et al., “Olefin Cyclopropanation via Carbene Transfer Catalyzed by Engineered Cytochrome P450 Enzymes,” Science 339, 6117 (18 Jan 2013) By Gretchen VogelOct. 3, 2018 , 5:00 AMlast_img read more

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Duke University settles research misconduct lawsuit for $112.5 million

first_img Duke University settles research misconduct lawsuit for $112.5 million uschools/istockphoto “This settlement, which results primarily from willful misconduct that took place in one laboratory, but which affected the work of many more researchers, should not diminish the life-changing and life-saving work that takes place at every day at Duke,” said Duke University President Vincent Price in the statement. “Our difficulties in ferreting out and ending such misconduct remind us that important work remains to be done.”Duke’s new Advisory Panel on Research Integrity and Excellence, to be chaired by pediatric microbiologist and former research dean of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, Ann Arvin, will examine ways of “improving the structure and function of research administration, with a focus on promoting research integrity,” the statement says. It is expected to provide its recommendations to Price by 30 June. By Science News StaffMar. 25, 2019 , 1:50 PM Duke University will pay $112.5 million to the U.S. government to settle a lawsuit brought by a former employee who alleged that the university included falsified data in applications and reports for federal grants worth nearly $200 million. The university will also take several steps “to improve the quality and integrity of research conducted on campus,” including the creation of a new advisory panel that will provide recommendations to the president, the Durham, North Carolina, institution said in a statement released today.Late last year, ScienceInsider reported that Duke and federal prosecutors had moved to settle the case, but no details were available. It had drawn close attention from other universities, in large part because it involved a federal whistleblower law, the False Claims Act, that has rarely been used to address scientific misconduct. Under the law, Duke biologist Joseph Thomas, who filed the lawsuit in 2014, could receive as much as 30% of any settlement reached between the United States and the university. (RetractionWatch has reported Thomas will receive $33.8 million.)Thomas alleged that Duke biologist Erin Potts-Kant—a co-author on numerous papers that are now retracted—included fraudulent data in 60 grant reports and funding applications to U.S. agencies. “Duke discovered the possible research misconduct in 2013 after [Potts-Kant] was fired for embezzling money from the university, which also occurred over the same period,” the university noted in a statement released today. Potts-Kants “eventually pled guilty to two counts of forgery and paid restitution to Duke.”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(*)last_img read more

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Santiago-Manabat impressive in return from ACL injury

first_imgSEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais MOST READ Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe PSL: Stalzer steers Petron past Sta. Lucia in opening win Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 “It was okay. Of course, I’m happy because I was able to come back,” said Manabat in Filipino on Saturday.“I’m satisfied. It’s only the first game and I hope I can elevate my game more and it starts in training.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe 24-year-old Manabat had 14 points, including five service aces, and six excellent digs as she backed up American import Brooke Kranda, who fired a game-best 21 points in her professional debut.Foton head coach Rommel Abella liked what he saw from Manabat as he had no concerns over his team captain’s return after a long layoff following surgery. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Dindin Manabat of Foton vs Angeli Araneta of Generika-AyalaIt was almost a year ago when Dindin Santiago-Manabat suffered a season-ending knee injury.Manabat, however, put the past behind in her first game, helping Foton start its campaign with a win over Generika in the season opener of the 2018 Philippine Superliga.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES View comments PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid “For Dindin, it’s just all about the mindset. I asked her and the PT and they said she’s 100 percent healed. Good thing she stepped up today,” said Abella, who made his head coaching debut in the PSL after replacing Serbian mentor Moro Branislav in the offseason.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Indian athletes start arriving in batches in Rio

first_imgRio de Janeiro, Jul 28 (PTI) With little over a week left for the beginning of Rio Olympics, the Indian athletes have started arriving in batches here for the sporting extravaganza. Most of the disciplines have begun sending their teams in batches and others are expected over the next few days. At the dining hall during breakfast today, Chef de Mission of the Indian contingent, Rakesh Gupta had a short and pleasant meeting with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, who was there to see the Olympic Village. While meeting Gupta, the IOC President inquired about the preparation of the Indian athletes. “How is the Indian team shaping up? I am expecting some good performances. It is nice to see Indian athletes among the early arrivals. I wish them all the best for the Games,” Bach said. Earlier, the IOC chief attended the morning meeting of all Chef de Missions and was given a report of all the preparations on the eve of the Games. Speaking about the accomodation facility and food at the Village, Gupta said: “There are lots of vegetarian dishes and more are expected to be added in the next few days, as the number of athletes arriving increases. The rooms are alright but some last minute work is still going on and is expected to be fine over the next couple of days.” “The Indian team has been housed next to hosts Brazil at the Village, which overlooks a lovely mountain. The common facilities are excellent with a swimming pool right next to our building. The Olympic Plaza and the Gym are close enough. The athletes have just arrived and will have enough time to acclimatise themselves and get ready for the main competition,” he added. The early arrivals have begun settling down into the spanking new Olympic Village, which is still getting finishing touches. Among the early arrivals have been shooters, including Jitu Rai, Prakash Nanjappa, Gurpreet Singh, Kynan Chenai, Manavjit Sandhu, Apurvi Chandela and Ayonika Paul; walkers Khushbir Kaur, Sapana Punia, Sandeep Kumar, Manish Rawat; shotputter Manpreet Kaur; boxers Shiva Thapa and Manoj Kumar. Many of the coaches and the doctors have also arrived. “Since many athletes are competing or training abroad, they are arriving in batches,” Gupta said. “Some of the athletes, whose events are later on will arrive in the first week of August.” This is the largest contingent to leave Indian shores for an Olympic Games and will participate in 15 disciplines. India won six medals, two silver and four bronze for its best-ever haul at the 2012 London Games. PTI SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

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India vs England: Dhoni’s knock reminded Gavaskar of his infamous 36 not out

first_imgFormer India captain MS Dhoni was booed at Lord’s during the second ODI against England as he played an innings of 37 from 59 balls.India were behind the asking rate when Dhoni walked into bat but he struggled to score quickly as India succumbed to a 86-run loss. The crowd wasn’t happy with Dhoni’s slowish knock and they made their displeasure clear as the wicketkeeper-batsman’s dismissal was applauded.Talking about Dhoni’s innings, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar wrote in his column for the Times of India that the innings reminded of his infamous 36 not out against England at the same venue.”Dhoni’s struggle was understandable because when confronted with an impossible situation, the options get limited and the mind becomes negative. Dhoni’s struggle reminded me of my most infamous innings at the same venue,” Gavaskar wrote.India vs England 3rd ODI: Middle-order woes remain as India look for series winGavaskar was talking about the inaugural match of the 1975 world Cup, when he scored an unbeaten 36 off 174 balls chasing a target of 335. India lost the match by 202 runs.The former cricketer also added that India’s defeat in the second ODI highlighted their dependability on Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah as England posted a total 322 at Lord’s.”Without Bhuvaneshwar and Bumrah, the final overs are generally a free for all for the opposition batsmen and David Willey played some bold strokes to take England to 322 when they should have been restricted to under 300,” Gavaskar said.Virat Kohli needs to work out the MS Dhoni conundrumadvertisementDespite all the criticism, captain Virat Kohli had defended his teammate Dhoni after the match.”This thing comes up again and again when he is not able to play the way he does. It is very unfortunate that people just jump to conclusions very quickly. When he does well people call him best finisher ever. And when things don’t go well people pounce on him. We all have bad days in cricket. Today was I think a bad day for everyone, not just for him alone. And just as a batting unit we could not click,” Kohli said.India’s assistant coach Sanjay Bangar also came out in support of Dhoni on the eve of the series decider. “With the combination we are playing, we do not have the depth at numbers 8, 9 or 10 (the lower order), and when you lose couple of wickets, it becomes really difficult to bat with that sort of freedom. Due credit to the England bowlers, they didn’t allow us to score any boundaries in that period and that was the reason the run rate kept climbing up,” Bangar said.With the three-match ODI series level 1-1, India will take on England on Tuesday at Headingley on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Ozil shows Wenger where to play him

first_imgMesut Özil Ozil’s Germany performances show how Wenger should use him Chris Wheatley Last updated 2 years ago 19:35 9/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(15) Mesut Ozil Arsene Wenger Getty Mesut Özil Arsenal Germany v Norway Norway Germany WC Qualification Europe Premier League Opinion The midfielder will always provoke an array of opinion, but his performances for Germany show he can perform better than he has shown at Arsenal COMMENT Actions speak louder than words and no one knows that better than Mesut Ozil. People will always have an array of opinion on the best players in world football and the German international’s huge social media presence and fame makes him an easy win for ex-players, pundits who look for someone to criticise when things are going wrong.Ozil 6/1 to score first v Bournemouth The negativity surrounding Arsenal at the moment has been brought on by years of frustration at the Gunners inability to maintain a consistent challenge for a major trophy. There have been big victories, terrible defeats and, somewhere in between, major signings, with Ozil arriving in north London for a then-club record fee of £42.5m four years ago. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The 28-year-old has always sparked debate on how good he really is. It’s clear that someone who has made the most final third passes completed (3015), created the most chances (409), made the most successful crosses (229) and recorded the most assists (42) in the Premier League since joining in 2013 is undoubtedly a world class player whose statistics cannot be argued with.OzilThe main focal points of the criticism stem round Ozil’s body language and ‘lack of leadership qualities’ when Arsenal are going through a bad patch. His performances for the national team rarely get questioned and his two assists and goal against the Czech Republic and Norway showed exactly what he is capable of. Ozil tracked back, made an excellent assist for Thomas Muller in the first game and proved to be the main threat in an attacking midfield position.The former Real Madrid man insisted in an interview with Goal  near the end of last season  that people should accept him for who he is. His recent Instagram statement which told ex-players and pundits to ‘stop talking and start supporting’  was perfectly timed as Arsene Wenger’s side need everyone behind them going into the new campaign. Ozil has created 10 chances in the league so far – no player has created more.“You’re not going to tell me Mesut Ozil is not a leader? You’re not going to tell me Alexis Sanchez is not a leader? You’re not going to tell me Petr Cech is not a leader,” former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira recently told Mail Online .Mesut Ozil GermanyMesut Ozil Germany“I believe there are different types of leaders on the field. You have the technical leader, you have the vocal one, you have the one who doesn’t talk but shows it in his desire and how he competes.“I’m more like that: the one who isn’t as vocal as Tony Adams but will show it how he competes on the field. And you have the type of leader who will want to take a penalty in the 95th minute — this is part of being a leader as well.”Wenger’s main problem in getting the best out of Ozil is refusal to bring in a player who can offset some of the German’s weaknesses. He would be more effective if a central midfielder with defensive qualities could play behind him, but the Frenchman continues to stick with the vulnerable midfield pivot of Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey – neither of whom are defensive midfielders.Let’s not forget that this is a player who topped the league’s assist chart two seasons ago with 19 – one short of Thierry Henry’s record for most in one season.. Wenger certainly knows how to utilise his strengths but there is the fact that Arsenal’s defensive side has been neglected in the past couple of seasons which saw them finish fifth in the last campaign.OzilHe’s been forced to play from deep in recent games due to Arsenal’s defensive deficiencies and failure to get the ball in the final third quickly enough. That isn’t an issue for the German national team where they play with two holding midfielders and possess a defensive unit which rarely concedes goals.Ozil has consistently shown what he can do for club and country. He creates an abundance of opportunities for his team-mates, opens up the pitch with his intelligent runs and pin-point passing while he showed last season that he isn’t afraid to score a goal – recording his best goalscoring tally at club level during the previous campaign.He will always provoke, excite, entertain and frustrate, but that’s what makes Ozil so enigmatic. Those who feel this will be his last season at Arsenal should appreciate what they have before it’s gone because once the No.10 leaves Emirates Stadium they will almost certainly be worse off as a team and overall attacking unit. His critics say he doesn’t work hard enough while the player himself wants them to ‘stop talking and start supporting’. They could provide the extra motivation to prove everyone wrong and remind them who the best No.10 in world football is.last_img read more

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Regina man accused of helping to smuggle Nigerians across CanadaUS border

first_imgSASKATOON – A man who pleaded guilty in the United States for his part in a human smuggling operation has been arrested and charged in Canada.RCMP say Victor Omoruyi of Regina was picked up at the Saskatoon International Airport on Tuesday.He is charged with one count of human smuggling and one count of aiding or abetting under the Immigration and Refugees Protection Act .Omoruyi was granted bail during a hearing in Saskatoon provincial court Wednesday. He is to appear in Estevan provincial court on Dec. 4.Police say the charges stem from an investigation into nine Nigerian citizens and asylum-seekers who were intercepted while crossing into Canada from North Dakota last April.Omuruyi was deported from the U.S. where he pleaded guilty in a North Dakota district court last spring to transporting an illegal alien. He was sentenced in August to six months in jail.He could face a fine of up to $500,000 or up to 10 years in jail for a first offence if convicted of the human smuggling charge in Canada.His wife, Michelle Omoruyi, also faces charges of human smuggling and conspiracy to commit human smuggling.Court documents signed by border agents say Victor Omoruyi was arrested April 14 after an SUV was stopped south of the North Dakota-Saskatchewan border.The documents say Omoruyi entered the U.S. that afternoon and told border officers he was going to meet friends and shop in Minot N.D. He said he planned to return to Canada the next day.They say authorities started watching him because they allege he was identified “as a human smuggler that has previously provided transportation … for individuals who have then entered into Canada illegally.”The affidavit details how border agents followed Omoruyi for several hours.At one point, five adults and four children left a hotel and got into Omoruyi’s vehicle, the documents say.The SUV stopped for gas before heading north toward the border, at which point a U.S. border agent called the RCMP.The documents say photos of Omoruyi, his vehicle and his passengers were captured by border patrol surveillance cameras in an area of open farm fields near the border.The documents say an RCMP officer saw the nine passengers walk north, through an open field, to Canada and make it to a vehicle waiting to pick them up.Authorities say the SUV then met with a sedan before officers stopped the SUV and arrested Omoruyi, along with another Canadian and a Nigerian citizen.The Canadian is identified as a woman named Tosin Johnson, who was born in Nigeria. The Nigerian citizen is a man named Success Okundia. They were both charged by U.S. authorities with illegal entry.Michelle Omoruyi was also charged last spring.RCMP said at the time that a woman was stopped April 14 on the Canadian side of the border between the North Portal and Northgate crossings, the legal entry points into Saskatchewan from North Dakota. Police said nine people from West Africa were in her vehicle.They were processed by the Canada Border Services Agency and were released into Canada. All nine made refugee claims.last_img read more

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JUST FOR LAUGHS 2017 MONTREAL FESTIVAL – DAY 1 IN PHOTOS

first_img Twitter Hanging outside Big Jay’s WYFD, we found Michael Che, Ron Bennington and Dan Soder. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Facebook The following is a recap of Day Just for Laughs MontrealWednesday at Just for Laughs Montreal was a half day. After a long day of travel, there was just enough time to catch a very special edition of Big Jay Oakerson’s What’s Your Fucking Deal?, and a quick lap around the Netflix Party before calling it a night.(courtesy of The Interro Bang) The streets of Montreal are lit up with giant lanterns and lights everywhere, and it’s quiet for now, because it’s Wednesday night, but when the weekend comes, the streets will be packed. Hanging outside Big Jay’s WYFD, we found Michael Che, Ron Bennington and Dan Soder. The crowd at Wednesday night’s WYFD show got a gigantic surprise. Saturday Night Live Weekend Update anchors Michael Che and Colin Jost took the stage, worked the crowd and killed, with Impractical Jokers star Sal Vulcano working the audience mic like a pro. Sal Vulcano gets the crowd involved. Comedy 101! Friday night at the MainLine! Two comics a lot of people are talking about. Ramon Rivas who will be hosting Cleveland’s Accidental Comedy Fest in a few weeks, and one of the New Faces that everyone’s already buzzing about- Sam Jay at the Netflix Party Wednesday night. Chris D’Elia hanging out with Robert Kelly at the Netflix Party. Annie Lederman giving some kind of sign. What does that mean? Is she hungry? Free Grilled Cheese!? And potato chips. Everyone eats at Just for Laughs. last_img read more

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Scheer to visit oil-services company in Edmonton as Singh lingers in B.C.

first_imgThe NDP’s Jagmeet Singh is to make a transit announcement aboard a ferry from Victoria to Vancouver on the fifth straight day he’s spent in British Columbia.After that, he’s sitting down for a public talk with the popular Indian-Canadian poet Rupi Kaur.Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is taking a day off from the campaign trail, and both Green Leader Elizabeth May and People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier are at local events in their home ridings in B.C. and Quebec.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 28, 2019.The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Andrew Scheer takes his Conservative election campaign to an Edmonton oil-industry company today.He’s visiting FourQuest Energy, a firm that specializes in nitrogen cooling and cleaning services, where he’s promising to make a policy announcement.Alberta is very friendly ground for the Conservatives but Edmonton has a few seats the Tories don’t hold and would love to grab: two won by Liberals in the last election, and one by retiring New Democrat MP Linda Duncan.last_img read more

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Congress fields Ajay Rai from Varanasi, ends speculation on Priyanka

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Thursday fielded Ajay Rai from Varanasi to take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ending speculation on a possible blockbuster electoral duel between Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and the PM in the temple town of Uttar Pradesh. The ‘will she, won’t she’ suspense finally ended in a sort of anticlimax with the nomination of Rai, who unsuccessfully contested against Modi in 2014 and finished third in the contest after the BJP leader and Aam Aadmi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The Congress also fielded Madhusudan Tiwari from Gorakhpur against BJP’s Ravi Kishan, a popular Bhojpuri film star. Speculation on Priyanka Gandhi making her electoral debut from Varanasi had been rife for the past few weeks and was fuelled after Congress president Rahul Gandhi, to a question on whether he planned to field his sister against PM Modi, said last week, “I will leave you in suspense. Suspense is not always a bad thing.” Priyanka Gandhi herself added to the buzz by saying on Tuesday that she would abide by her party’s decision on the matter. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The Samajwadi Party on Monday declared Shalini Yadav, who joined the party Monday evening, as its candidate from Varanasi. After years of working in Congress backrooms, Priyanka Gandhi joined full-time politics in February as in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, hoping to change the party’s fortunes in the ongoing Lok Sabha election. Varanasi constituency will go to the polls in the last phase on May 19. With the announcement of the two seats, the Congress has named candidates for 424 seats in all. Prime Minister Modi will file his nomination papers for the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat on Friday in the presence of senior NDA leaders, including JD(U) president Nitish Kumar and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. In 2014, Modi won the seat by a margin of over three lakh votes against Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal. While Modi got over 5,81,000 votes, Rai managed about 75,000 votes.last_img read more

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Transcripts of Vijayakalas controversial speech sought

The Colombo Chief Magistrate today ordered the Commissioner of the Department of Official Languages to provide Sinhala and Tamil transcripts of the controversial speech made by former State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaren.The Police Organised Crime Prevention Division (OCPD) had sought a court order to obtain the transcripts. Following an uproar over the speech, Maheswaren resigned from her Government post. (Colombo Gazette) The Colombo Chief Magistrate issued the order after a motion was filed by the OCPD.In her recent speech, Maheswaren had said that there was a need for the LTTE to be in control in the North and East to prevent crimes from taking place.

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US not invited to Canadas savetheWTO summit of 13 likeminded countries

Carr said efforts to persuade the Americans to see that point would have been “a lot harder” if Canada hadn’t preserved dispute resolutions mechanisms in the newly renegotiated continental free trade pact, renamed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.“You want your major trading partners to admit that you need a dispute settlement mechanism.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told an Edmonton radio station last month that independent dispute resolution mechanisms, which the U.S. wanted to scrap, needed to be preserved because Trump “doesn’t always follow the rules as they’re laid out.”Canada is inviting Australia, Brazil, Chile, the European Union, Japan, Kenya, South Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore and Switzerland to two days of talks on the WTO starting Oct. 24 in Ottawa.The Canadian discussion paper lays out three broad themes for the discussion: safeguarding and strengthening the dispute settlement system; improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the WTO monitoring function; and modernizing trade rules for the 21st Century.On the latter point, the paper acknowledges that “aging trade rules need to be updated urgently to respond to the needs of the modern global economy,” but notes “there is a divergence about the priorities.”The paper doesn’t single out the U.S. by name, but it makes clear that international trading institutions are “increasingly fragile.”“The challenges facing the multilateral trading system cannot be attributed to any single cause or any single country,” the document says.“However, the combination of disruption and paralysis has begun to erode respect for rules-based trade, and the institutions that govern it, paving the way for trade-distorting policies.” OTTAWA — Canada has not included the United States in an upcoming meeting aimed at saving the international trading system because it doesn’t share the views of the 13 invited countries, says the new Canadian trade minister.Canada will host senior ministers from 13 “like-minded” countries for a two-day discussion in Ottawa later this month to brainstorm ways to reform the World Trade Organization, said Jim Carr, Canada’s newly appointed international trade diversification minister.Carr said the group of countries he’s convened ultimately wants to persuade Washington of the continued usefulness of the WTO, but for now the best way forward is without the U.S. in the room.Canada unveils plan to strengthen WTO in face of U.S. protectionismHow Trump split Mexico and Canada in NAFTA talks to cut the one-on-one deal he wantedThe U.K. will join Canada in leading a new free-trade alliance: Britain’s trade chief“We think that the best way to sequence the discussion is to start with like-minded people, and that’s whom we have invited and they’re coming,” Carr told The Canadian Press.“Those who believe that a rules-based system is in the interests of the international community will meet to come up with a consensus that we will then move out into nations who might have been more resistant.”Asked what his message to Americans is in the meantime, Carr replied: “That a rules-based system is good for them too.”The WTO is one of a long list of international organizations and agreements derided by U.S. President Donald Trump and his protectionist administration. Trump’s top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, has at times branded the WTO as ineffective and simply “brokenIn the case of the WTO, the U.S. has moved beyond hostile rhetoric and blocked the appointments of new judges to its dispute settlement body, which is threatening to paralyze the organization and prevent it from making decisions.“The impasse of the appointment of the appellate body members threatens to bring the whole dispute settlement system to a halt,” says an eight-page Canadian discussion paper that has been circulated among the 13 invited countries.The Canadian Press obtained a copy of the paper, which has not been publicly released.Carr said Canada is keeping an open mind on finding new ways to settle international trade disputes.“But the main point is, we believe the WTO, reformed and refreshed, is the best way to re-establish a rules-based system.”We believe the WTO, reformed and refreshed, is the best way to re-establish a rules-based systemJim Carr read more

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Opinion 2016 NFL draft will be loaded with Ohio State talent

Then-sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa (97) chases after then-redshirt senior Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner (98) during a game against Michigan on Nov. 29 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28.Credit: Lantern file photoFive former Ohio State football players heard their names called throughout the seven rounds of the 2015 NFL draft. The 2016 edition could very well see five Buckeyes announced, as well — in Round 1.The first 32 picks this year were devoid of OSU talent, with wide receiver Devin Smith being the first player selected at No. 37 overall.For the Buckeye faithful, this might have come as a disappointment, as they suffered through dry draft analysis and endless commercial breaks just to witness a mostly scarlet and gray-free weekend.Well, have no fear, because OSU could very well be taking over the NFL rookie landscape a year from now.Of course, much is contingent on several eligible players leaving early. Redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones, junior defensive lineman Joey Bosa, redshirt sophomore linebacker Darron Lee and junior running back Ezekiel Elliott could stack the 2017 NFL draft if they so choose to stay for an extra season.But with a national championship and a likely premier spot on the draft board already at hand, why wouldn’t they leave?As it stands right now, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be uttering the words “Ohio State” quite often throughout the first round next spring.If healthy, Bosa will most likely go No. 1 overall. While there are a couple of other contenders for the coveted spot, such as a pair of Ole Miss stars in offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil and defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche, Bosa’s combination of speed and power have already wreaked havoc on the college scene — and he will still be just 20 years old when the season kicks off Sept. 7.With an absurd 21 sacks and a unanimous first-team All-American honor already under his belt in just two seasons, the race is on for the Bosa sweepstakes.He could be followed closely behind by Jones, who could be a top 10 pick — if the quarterback even manages to see the field this season, that is.Should redshirt senior Braxton Miller  — though the possibility of him slotting in front of Jones seems unlikely at this point — or redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett nab the starting spot, Jones could elect to stay for his fifth year, in which case he could be the potential No. 1 overall pick in 2017.But should the Glenville High School product start and thrive as he did in his three 2014 starts, his upside and natural talent will likely make him the first quarterback taken off the board in 2016, with only a fellow Big Ten quarterback — Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg — coming close to Jones’ prestige.Then there’s Elliott, who will likely come in as the top running back prospect in the draft, safely ahead of the next-best prospect, Alabama’s Derrick Henry.Senior offensive lineman Taylor Decker — the only OSU 2016 first-round prospect who does not have any remaining eligibility after this season — should go in the top 20, as well.Finally, Lee — a converted quarterback — is the least likely to leave, as it would be after just three years of experience — two in games — playing on the defensive side of the ball. But should he leave, his pass-rushing abilities could have him fit in at the end of the first day — making him the fifth Buckeye off the board.So, to recap, five Buckeyes could be taken on day one of the 2016 NFL draft. Five Buckeyes were taken overall in the three days of this year’s edition.And those five aren’t the only Buckeyes who will flood the NFL ranks next year.Senior linebacker Joshua Perry ranks as one of the top outside linebacker prospects and should go in the second round — with a shot at being OSU’s sixth first-round prospect.Defensive lineman Adolphus Washington will also likely be called on the second day, with a chance to move up to the first with a strong senior campaign.And don’t forget Miller, who should be drafted in some way, shape or form. It could be as a quarterback, or it could be a completely different position, depending on how coach Urban Meyer elects to use him this season.Now in Meyer’s fourth year in Columbus, the NFL is starting to see the fruits of his recruiting labors loom on the horizon.OSU has only had two players chosen in the first round in the last four years — both in 2014. An offensive player from OSU has not been selected in the first since running back Beanie Wells in 2009.Next year, all of those marks will assuredly be forgotten. If everything goes as expected, OSU’s record of five first-round picks, set in 2006, could be a thing of the past, as well. read more

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Gold Fields makes progress but has gold peaked

first_imgRestoration by year’s end of an annual production of 4 Moz of gold has been set by Gold Fields – whose assets include Western Australia’s St Ives mine – under what the company today described as the compelling fundamentals of the current strong gold price. Addressing the first day in Perth today of the Paydirt 2009 Australian Gold Conference, Gold Fields’ Executive Vice-President, Exploration and Business Development, Tommy McKeith, said the gold price had trended upwards since July 2005 and was now maintaining a position in the high $900s an ounce.“For a gold miner, that near four year upwards price trend, combined with the current strong price, delivers strong upside potential,” McKeith said. “As a result, and under our strategy launched last year to release further value from our global gold operations, we have targeted achieving the 4 Moz annualised rate from low of 3.5 Moz, by the end of this calendar year – and we are on track for that currently,” he said.“This has, however, required enhancements in how we operate including step changes in safety, completing a rehabilitation of some our mining infrastructure, delivering capital growth projects, sweating the assets and investing more heavily in exploration. As a result, Gold Fields has recently achieved its best year-to-date safety figures since 1999, rehabilitation work was completed on schedule on our Kloof, Drifontein, and South Deep Ramps operations – and expansion projects running into the hundreds of million dollars were completed by December last year at Tarkwa, Cerra Corona and the two new underground mines at St Ives. St Ives is producing significantly higher grades and it is our belief this mine has from our perspective, finally turned a corner.”As a result of the changes, Gold Fields’ cash costs have now come down to around $470/oz compared McKeith says, to “about $600/oz a couple of quarters ago”.“With the completion of our major capital cost projects, we are now settling down to capital expenditure of around $180 million a quarter compared to a high of $330 million a quarter in calendar 2008 – so we are starting to release true value from our operations.”McKeith said Gold Field’s was not going to enter into “any merger and acquisition heroics” as “it is not a good time to be buying gold assets and you won’t get a lot of value from the opportunities presenting. Instead, we will be using our improved cash flow position to invest more heavily in exploration.”However, at the same conference, the perception that a retreat to gold is a sound value decision and a safe haven against commodity and equity market collapses globally, was questioned by a senior bank economist. Westpac Economic research Senior Economist, Justin Smirk, said gold had a good future “but was close to its peak price. It will continue to do well but it will be outperformed by other rebounding commodities which will move faster as economies recover.“Gold is a good buy now as a hedge but perhaps not for much longer in terms of comparison against other metals. The world deflationary spiral has and is currently keeping gold below $1,000/oz and I don’t expect it to get back above that, or not by much, for about two years.“In real terms and looking at the past 100 years, gold’s value in Australia has not returned to inflationary levels of the 1980’s which is around the equivalent of $1,600 an ounce. The metal will need an outbreak of inflation to have a strongly positive future – but that means other commodities will also be benefiting at the same time and I would expect, outperform gold in every way – so on that basis, we question the perception of its true value.”Smirk said Westpac’s forecasting suggested a gold price of around $914/oz in 2010, rising to $1,063 in 2011 and $1,150 in 2012 – but the bank’s own parallel forecasts for copper suggested the copper price performance would outperform gold over that period on a percentage basis. He acknowledged that the current rush to gold was hardly surprising as cashed up China and European economies – which would have invested a large share of their funds in the US – had turned away from that due to the American economic downturn – and gold has been a short-term benefactor.last_img read more

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Trial begins of South African man accused of murdering family

first_img By AFP Henri Van Breda arrives at the High Court in Cape Town, South Africa, today. Image: AP/PA Images No Comments Apr 24th 2017, 9:42 PM 27,288 Views http://jrnl.ie/3356705 Image: AP/PA Images Share Tweet Email center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Trial begins of South African man accused of murdering family Henri van Breda has blamed the murders on a masked intruder. Monday 24 Apr 2017, 9:42 PM IN A CASE that has gripped South Africa, the 22-year-old son of a wealthy family pleaded not guilty today to slaughtering his parents and brother in a frenzied axe attack.The trial, which opened in Cape Town after several delays, has attracted international interest as police failed to arrest anyone for the grisly killings until Henri van Breda handed himself in to police.Van Breda is alleged to have killed his brother Rudi and parents Martin and Teresa, and left his sister Marli struggling with near-fatal injuries to her head, neck and throat.The events took place on 27 January, 2015 at the family’s luxury home at an exclusive golf estate in Stellenbosch outside Cape Town, where they lived after returning from several years in Australia.At the Western Cape High Court, van Breda, dressed in a suit and tie, quietly said “not guilty” to three counts of murder and one of attempted murder.In a statement read out by his lawyer Pieter Botha, van Breda said that a masked intruder had entered the house and attacked his family with an axe in the early hours of the morning.The accused said he could “make out the silhouette of somebody” attacking his brother in the high-security property.“I shouted for help, shouting to attract attention,” he said.Van Breda said his father came into the room “trying to tackle the attacker”.My father was struck as he lunged towards the attacker. He was hit a number of times… I also recall the attacker was laughing.Van Breda said he heard his mother’s voice, and then the intruder left the room.According to media reports, Rudi, a 21-year-old engineering student, was found on a blood-soaked bed next to his father (54).Both were killed by savage blows from the axe.His mother (55) was found with a gaping head wound on the bedroom’s balcony.Sister in coma Marli, then 16, was left in a coma after the attack and suffered memory loss, but she may give evidence during the trial.Van Breda only suffered minor bruises and scratches, which some experts say may have been self-inflicted.Believing he was about to be arrested, van Breda handed himself in to a local police station 18 months after the killings.Today he said in his statement that he had passed out after disarming the attacker, who then fled the house.“I later woke lying on the stairs. I was unsure how long I was unconscious… I could see it was light. I then saw Marli moving. I could also hear what sounded like Rudi making gurgling sounds,” he said.Adrian Kleynhans, the first police officer on the scene, told the court he had found van Breda covered in blood.Kleynhans said there no sign of forced entry at the house, and he identified a small axe presented in evidence.Van Breda said he was in the toilet playing games on his phone when the intruder broke in.He described his family as “fairly close-knit” who enjoyed boating and shark cage diving together.Before the attack, they had spent the evening watching a Star Wars movie, while their mother spoke on the phone.The run-up to the trial generated fevered interest over a privileged son allegedly unleashing a savage attack on his family, whose fortune has been estimated at $16 million.In a leaked tape of van Breda’s call to emergency services, he said his family members were “bleeding from the head” before he appeared to giggle briefly.Since his arrest, Breda, who was then a student, has been on $8,000 bail while living with his girlfriend.There is a continuing legal battle over whether court proceedings can be broadcast live on television.The trial continues tomorrow with a visit to the house.Comments have been disabled for legal reasons- © AFP 2017Read: Love Parade organisers to face trial over stampede deathsRead: US blacklists Syrian chemists over deadly sarin gas attack Henri Van Breda arrives at the High Court in Cape Town, South Africa, today.last_img read more

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Refugee children at risk of sexual abuse and exploitation in Greece

first_imgOne of the darkest aspects of the current refugee crisis in Europe was brought to light, when a Harvard University report found that “a growing epidemic of sexual exploitation and abuse of migrant children” is taking place in Greece. According to the Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights’ report Emergency Within an Emergency, many unaccompanied child refugees came to the country fleeing conflict zones (including Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan) and hoping to get to northern and western European countries. Stranded in Greece, and indebted to the people smugglers who charged them thousands of dollars to facilitate their journey, they are thus forced to sell their bodies in central Athens and other locations. The largest group of children forced to sell sex are Afghani, Syrian, Iraqi and Iranian boys. The majority of customers are older men aged 35 and over. The phenomenon occurs in both urban and rural areas, in equally high frequency. The report found that the average price of a sexual transaction with a child is €15 (A$21.40). It also found that some of the children selling sex become addicted to drugs making it even less likely that they will be able to afford to pay smugglers and leave Greece to continue with their journeys.Greek child protection agencies received referrals for 5,174 unaccompanied migrant children in 2016, but at the end of that year only 191 had been transferred to other European countries. Almost 50 per cent of them are still stranded awaiting relocation to specialised, child-friendly accommodation. Greek authorities have made efforts to provide for these extremely vulnerable children, but there are still many who have no access to safe facilities and are at risk of exploitation and violence. The report calls for an end to the detention of child migrants in Greece, more specialised shelters for children who have been abused, an improved legal guardianship system, better data collection relating to child refugees, independent translators and separate areas in the refugee camps for children and families. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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iPad 2 et iPhone 4 pénurie de main doeuvre et de composants

first_imgiPad 2 et iPhone 4 : pénurie de main d’oeuvre et de composants ?A partir de l’été, les livraisons d’iPad 2 et d’iPhone 4 risquent d’accuser de sérieux retards. La raison à cela ? Le Chinois Foxconn, principal fournisseur d’Apple, affirme être touché par une pénurie d’ouvriers et aussi de pièces, rapporte le Digitimes.Où sont passés les ouvriers de l’usine Foxconn de Chendu, en Chine ? Depuis quelques jours la firme à la pomme est confrontée à un sérieux problème. L’un de ses principaux fournisseurs souffre d’un manque de main d’oeuvre. Deux faits qui pourraient affecter sérieusement les livraisons d’iPad 2 et d’iPhone 4 au second trimestre 2011. Sans oublier que cette pénurie vient s’ajouter à la rupture de stocks de certains composants suite au séisme qui a frappé e Japon le 11 mars dernier.À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Apple souhaitait pourtant accélérer la cadence pour atteindre ses objectifs de 35 à 40 millions d’iPad pour 2011. La firme de Cupertino aurait ainsi demandé à ses partenaires de lui livrer plus de 10 millions d’iPad 2 au deuxième trimestre. La société veut rassurer et affirme qu’elle fera tout son possible pour aider ses clients à répondre aux besoins du marché. Toutefois, le pari est risqué vu la masse salariale disponible à ce jour dans l’usine.Si l’on ne sait pas quelles sont les causes de cette pénurie de personnel, celle-ci ravive les questionnements sur les conditions de travail dans les usines de Foxconn. Le 13 mai 2011 à 17:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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