first_img In what appears to be a first, a U.S. court is forcing a journal publisher to breach its confidentiality policy and identify an article’s anonymous peer reviewers.The novel order, issued last month by a state judge in California, has alarmed some publishers, who fear it could deter scientists from agreeing to review draft manuscripts. Legal experts say the case, involving two warring fitness enterprises, isn’t likely to unleash widespread unmasking. But some scientists are watching closely.The dispute revolves around a 2013 paper, since retracted, that appeared in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. In the study, researchers at The Ohio State University in Columbus evaluated physical and physiological changes in several dozen volunteers who participated for 10 weeks in a training regimen developed by CrossFit Inc. of Washington, D.C. 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CrossFit also claims that the journal’s publisher, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) of Colorado Springs, Colorado—which is a competitor in the fitness business—intentionally skewed the study to damage CrossFit. NSCA in turn has countersued, accusing CrossFit executives of defamation. Amid the legal crossfire, the journal first corrected the paper to reduce the number of injuries associated with CrossFit, then retracted it last year, citing changes to a study protocol that were not first approved by a university review board.CrossFit suspects the paper’s reviewers and editors worked to play up injuries associated with its regimen, and it has asked both federal and state judges to force the publisher to unmask the reviewers. In 2014, a federal judge refused that request. But last month, Judge Joel Wohlfeil of the San Diego Superior Court in California, who is overseeing NSCA’s defamation suit against CrossFit, ordered the association to provide the names.That order is an outlier, attorneys familiar with such disputes say. They note that over the past 3 decades at least three other parties have unsuccessfully asked courts to unmask reviewers, going up against publishers including the American Physical Society, Elsevier, and the Massachusetts Medical Society, which publishes The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).Academic publishers can’t claim special protections for information provided in confidence, unlike journalists who can protect confidential sources under state shield laws. But judges have generally agreed with journals that unmasking reviewers would do more harm than good. In one notable 2007 case, pharma giant Pfizer subpoenaed NEJM for information about peer reviewers as part of a class action lawsuit related to the marketing of its painkillers Bextra and Celebrex. In an affidavit submitted on behalf of NEJM, Donald Kennedy, former president of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, who was then the editor-in-chief of Science, stated that were Pfizer to win, “I have no doubt whatever that … scientists would think twice about the next reviewing assignment, and that many would decide not to help.” The judge quashed Pfizer’s request.Despite such high-profile decisions, journals are constantly defending reviewer confidentiality, says Paul Shaw, an attorney at Verrill Dana in Boston who has represented NEJM for 17 years. Over that time, Shaw estimates he has fielded 30 to 35 subpoenas asking for information about a peer-reviewed article—usually one related to drugs or medical devices at the center of class action lawsuits. “Invariably,” he says, “one of the requests will be for the identity of and memoranda done by the peer reviewers.” Usually, Shaw responds by sending a standard objection letter that puts the matter to rest.So why did the CrossFit case take a different turn? One reason is that this time the publisher is the plaintiff, not the defendant, says Joshua Koltun, an attorney based in San Francisco, California, who has reviewed the case. Another is that the identity, conduct, and motivations of the reviewers could be key to CrossFit’s defense. NSCA, he notes, “is saying: ‘I’m going to sue [CrossFit] for saying I committed fraud, but I’m not going to let you see info that might prove [CrossFit’s claim].’ You can’t have your cake and eat it, too.”Shaw, for one, believes the case is so unusual that it won’t have broad ripple effects. “I don’t think it has any precedential value whatsoever,” he says. “For lack of a better legal descriptor, the facts seem very messy.”This story is the product of a collaboration between Science and Retraction Watch.center_img By Andrew P. Han Jan. 31, 2018 , 10:35 AM A paper reporting injuries associated with a popular fitness regime has sparked a yearslong court battle.last_img read more

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first_imgThe official Xinhua news agency reported that USs move to send a warship close to the Zhongjian Dao has generated angry outcry from Chinese on the Internet.”The Chinese people have every reason to feel offended,” it said, noting that many comments were “much more radical than the official response”. “If this is the US way of being objective, fair and reasonable, there must be serious doubts about its sincerity to settle the issue and maintain regional peace,” the article said. “Freedom of navigation and flyover in the South China Sea has never been a problem and will not be a problem,” it said. “More than 100,000 vessels of various countries sail through the South China Sea with no incident every year. There is no logic that sending a warship to challenge Chinas sovereignty and security will help to the situation, unless, peace and stability in the South China Sea is not the US objective,” it said. “The South China Sea is decidedly not US waters. The US claims to be a bystander, but judging from its recent warship and aircraft activities, it is a bystander too eager to become involved,” it alleged. The US has been “accustomed to hegemony and power politics, but the times have changed. Compromising sovereignty and security of another country under the name of freedom has lost its facade,” the article said. As long as Washington stops operating under a “Cold War mentality and stops manipulating the issue to inhibit Chinas development”, China will welcome its constructive role. “With such provocation, the US will find itself alienated from extensive public opinion in China, and its commitment to peace and stability will be seriously eroded. People around the world have sharp eyes for that,” the article concluded.advertisement The US yesterday said it sent a naval ship near a contested island in the South China Sea to challenge the “excessive maritime claims that restrict the rights and freedoms of the United States and others.””This operation challenged attempts by the three claimants, China, Taiwan and Vietnam, to restrict navigation rights and freedoms around the features they claim by policies that require prior permission or notification of transit within territorial seas,” Urban had said.”The US takes no position on competing sovereignty claims between the parties to naturally formed land features in the South China Sea. The US does take a strong position on protecting the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea and airspace guaranteed to all countries, and that all maritime claims must comply with international law,” he had said. PTI AKJ AKJlast_img read more

first_imgWe’ve all been through it. You’re going strong, connecting with donors, effective campaigns in place, and then…one of your fundraising team members leaves. Just like another one left nine months ago. Ugh!Donors need consistency—we all do. It boosts instant recognition tenfold. So helps drive immediate recognition, sharing with friends and family, and, naturally, ups the potential for action (i.e. donations). But it’s hard to stay consistent when your fundraising team (frequently including volunteers) is turning over all the time.Network for Good wants to provide you with some ways you can keep donor and prospect engagement consistent, despite the ebbs and flows of your fundraising team:Use a reliable donor management system (DMS): A DMS makes your information easy to search, analyze, and utilize with dashboards, reports, reminders, and mobile accessibility. Without it, your crucial donor relationship data can leave in a flash, leaving you empty (and your organization’s pockets too).Ensure you can track progress against goals, no matter who’s in the driver’s seat: One of the toughest things about fundraiser turnover is that the system in place typically goes with the employee or volunteer. With a cloud-based DMS, all of your donor data is in one place, accessible and easy to analyze from anywhere—desktop, tablet or mobile device. You’ll never have this problem again.Automate donor communications to keep donors and prospects close, interested, and loyal: Doing this manually is horrific, a total time and energy drain that you can never perfect. But setting up your DMS to reach out to donors and prospects at timed intervals—with the message that’s right for each of them—that’s golden. You’ll see the results within a week.Future-proof your donor relationships: When a colleague leaves your organization you’ll know who, when, and what to say to each and every donor and prospect. That’s a guarantee you can’t say no to.But here’s the thing—not just any DMS will do the job for your organization. A great donor management system, like Network for Good, stands out. It’s:Designed specifically for nonprofit organizations like yours, so it’s good to use right off the shelf. No need to customize.Easy to learn and use. The Network for Good solution is designed to be user-friendly with built-in guidance, so you can spend your time cultivating must-have donor relationships rather than figuring out the twists and turns of your DMS.Works with what you’re already doing, integrating with existing donation pages, event software, and donor forms. No extra effort. No do-overs. A complete solution.Supports you with help from real people, right there when you need them. Phew—Nothing like it. You’ll see!Let us know how you do! We’re here to help.Download Build a Case for Change, a step-by-step guide to getting decision-maker buy-in for the DMS you need to attract new donors, keep current donors close, and boost donations!last_img read more

first_imgTest cricket is called Test cricket for a reason and there is also a reason why all but two teams have lost their inaugural Test match.Ireland found that out the hard on Day 3 of their inaugural match against Pakistan at the Malahide in Dublin on Sunday.After Day 1 ended with no play possible and Day 2 saw honours being shared relatively evenly, Pakistan stamped their authority on Day 3, as Ireland find themselves following on after being bowled out for a paltry 130 in the first innings.DAY 3: HIGHLIGHTSPakistan had declared their first innings on 310/9, but the pair of Mohammad Abbas and Mohammad Amir wrecking havoc in the Irish ranks.Stumps Day 3- Ireland: 64/0 (26 ov). Ireland trail by 116 runsScorecard: https://t.co/eMBVfXKKYp #IREvPAK pic.twitter.com/X0EBwfh6M7PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) May 13, 2018Leg-spinner Sadab Khan joined in on the fun as the most of the Ireland batsman were chasing shadows, apart from Kevin O’Brien whose fitting 68-ball 40 including five fine stokes to the boundary ropes. Gary Wilson showed exemplary courage and grit as he batted with an injured arm and made a gutsy 33 not out.Abbas was the pick of bowlers as he took four wickets at the cost of 44 runs and Sadab finished with figures of 3/31. Amir too pitched in with two wickets of own.Pakistan enforced the follow-on after for the first time in 16 years, but Ireland though seemed to have learned their lesson.With the help from the Pakistani fielders, both Ireland openers, Ed Joyce (batting on 39) and skipper William Porterfield (unbeaten on 23) being dropped off Mohammad Amir’s bowling.advertisementIreland will resume their second innings at 64-0 and trailing Pakistan by 116 runs.last_img read more

first_imgArsenal return to Premier League action on Saturday when they face West Ham at London Stadium.After a promising start to the season under new coach Unai Emery, the Gunners have managed to register just two wins in their last five Premier League fixtures, losing two, with their last defeat a shell-shocking loss to table-topping Liverpool a fortnight ago.The north London side sit three points behind Chelsea, who occupy the last remaining Champions League spot, and are now positioned just three points above a rejuvenated Manchester United side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Arsenal Injuries Henrikh Mkhitaryan (broken metatarsal), Rob Holding (knee) Danny Welbeck (ankle) are all unavailable for the fixture.However, Arsenal are bolstered by the return of six players to full training; Hector Bellerin, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil, Nacho Monreal and Shkodran Mustafi are all available again after their respective injuries.Henrikh Mkhitaryan ArsenalArsenal Suspensions Arsenal have no suspended players for this match. Possible Arsenal Starting Line-UpEmery can welcome back some fresh faces into the line-up with Mustafi likely to start alongside Sokratis in defence.Bellerin could return at right-back while Mesut Ozil is another player who will be hopeful of starting in the attack, with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both firing on all cylinders.Alex Iwobi could start on the flank while Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira are expected to be the central midfield partnership.Arsenal XIWest Ham Team News Samir Nasri is expected to make his first Premier League appearance since August 2016 against his former club.The Hammers have received a bid in excess of £35 million for Marko Arnautovic, although the Austrian is still likely to be involved even if his agent urged West Ham to accept the offer from an undisclosed Chinese club.Pellegrini will be without Jack Wilshere (ankle), Andriy Yarmolenko (achilles), Winston Reid (knee), Manuel Lanzini (knee), Fabian Balbuena (knee), Ryan Fredericks (ankle) and Carlos Sanchez (knee).TV Coverage & Kick-Off Time The game will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK when it kicks off at 12:30pm GMT (7:30am ET) and will be available to be watched live on television in the US with NBCSN and Universo.Best Opta Match Facts West Ham United have won one of their last 21 Premier League matches against Arsenal (D4 L16), a 2-0 win at the Emirates in August 2015.   Arsenal are unbeaten in 11 away matches at West Ham in all competitions (W8 D3) since losing 0-1 in the Premier League in November 2006.   15 of the last 17 goals scored in Premier League matches between West Ham and Arsenal have been scored in the second half.   Arsenal manager Unai Emery has never won away from home against Manuel Pellegrini in all competitions during his managerial career (P6 W0 D2 L4).   Andy Carroll has scored four times in his last two home Premier League appearances for West Ham United against Arsenal, scoring a hat-trick in April 2016 at Upton Park and a consolation goal in a 1-5 defeat at London Stadium in December 2016.   Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored in each of his last four Premier League London derby matches, netting six goals in total while also providing two assists. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_img 6 Classic Tequila Cocktail Recipes You Need to Know Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind Maestro Dobel Diamante Blends 3 Tequilas Into One The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: Redux 5 of the Best Aged Tequilas to Drink When the Weather Cools Down It seems like everyone wants to get into the spirits business these days, whether you’re looking at George Clooney’s über-successful Casamigos Tequila or Matthew McConaughey’s role with Wild Turkey or one of the many other celebrity-owned/created/endorsed brands out there. Now, even the tech world wants a piece. Elon Musk, founder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, recently filed a patent application to trademark a Tesla-branded tequila.TED ConferenceDubbed Teslaquila, the patent application to trademark the spirit was submitted on October 8, 2018. The trademark is for both “distilled agave liquor” and “distilled blue agave liquor,” so it seems that Musk is looking to create a legit tequila brand (or, because he filed for both agave and blue agave liquor, it also begs the question if Musk plans to do another type of agave spirit, such as mezcal).Elon was found passed out against a Tesla Model 3, surrounded by "Teslaquilla" bottles, the tracks of dried tears still visible on his cheeks. This is not a forward-looking statement, because, obviously, what's the point?Happy New Month! pic.twitter.com/YcouvFz6Y1— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 1, 2018The trademark was in the “intent to use” category, which means that while the company isn’t currently using it, they have legitimate intentions of doing so in the future. While this could just be a preemptive measure against anyone else trying to register the name and make Teslaquila themselves, it isn’t as if Musk hasn’t made products that aren’t super spiffy cars before. Musk’s The Boring Company has previously offered hats and, oh yeah, the 20,000 freaking Not a Flamethrowers that sold out in just six days (watch one in use here).The idea of Teslaquila didn’t come out of the blue (agave). Earlier this year, Musk hinted at his intentions with an April Fools tweet. After reporting the worst month for Tesla Inc. sales in more than seven years, Musk joked about the company going bankrupt and Tweeted a photo of himself with the caption, “Elon was found passed out against a Tesla Model 3, surrounded by ‘Teslaquilla’ bottles, the tracks of dried tears still visible on his cheeks.”While we’re always a bit skeptical about celebrities getting into the spirits game — especially in a market as saturated as tequila is currently — we think Musk has the smarts to make Teslaquila a quality product (or at the very least, find the right people who can). Only time will tell if the bottle top will pop up when you reach for it. Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

first_imgThe start of construction to replace the Indian Sluice Bridge, also known as Surettes Island Bridge, on Route 308 in Yarmouth County has been moved up in the province’s 5-Year Highway Improvement Plan. “A consultant’s study showed some repairs were needed on the bridge now and more would be needed in the future,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Bill Estabrooks. “Rather than keep repairing a bridge we were planning to replace it makes more sense to advance the start of construction from 2013 to 2012.” The cost of the new bridge is estimated at between $12-million and $15-million. Construction should take about 18 months. The existing bridge will be kept in service while the new bridge is being built. A tender for the design of the new bridge has been called and a tender for the bridge itself will be called next year. Repairs to the existing bridge will begin this week and will require some temporary closures of the bridge during weekdays for the next two weeks. The province’s 5-Year Highway Improvement Plan supports the goals of government’s jobsHere economic development plan by creating jobs and improving the highway infrastructure relied on by Nova Scotia businesses and industries. A complete list of this year’s projects is included in the 5-Year Highway Improvement Plan (2011-2102 edition), available at www.gov.ns.ca/tran .last_img read more

first_imgGreater Noida: Gautam Buddh Nagar police have made another arrest in the infamous multi level marketing Ponzi scheme ‘Bike Bot’ which duped lakhs of investors to the tune of Rs 1500 crores by offering them lucrative profits and double returns in one year. Cops said that an additional director of the company was arrested on Tuesday while the owner of company and a franchise head have already been arrested by police.According to police, the arrested accused had been identified as Vinod Kumar Chauhan, a native of Meerut district and was one among the 12 additional directors of the Garvit Innovators Private limited, the company under which ‘Bike Bot’ was launched. “The arrest was made from Dadri area of Greater Noida by a team of Noida Economic Offences Wing (NEOW),” said a senior police officer. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkSheelesh Kumar, an inspector at the NEOW said that the accused confessed to have been one of the additional directors of the company and earned lucrative profits under the company’s schemes. “Upon sustained interrogations, the accused told police that he was one among the 12 additional directors of the company. The company was owned by Sanjay Bhati while Vinod was associated with the company since 2017 and was hired to attract investors from Meerut and nearby districts. While working with the company he had earned a profit of nearly Rs 20 lakhs and a Fortuner car as an incentive which were also given to the other additional directors of the company,” said Kumar. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe officer further said that the scheme was launched three years ago and the company sought Rs 62,100 as investment on a motorcycle taxi and assured monthly returns, besides doubling the investment amount in one year. “The company has procured nearly 10,000 petrol bikes and some e-bikes also against which they promised an investor a fixed monthly return and a profit share. The company also assured some extra bonus if they connect others to the scheme. However, the complaints started coming since January when the company officials stopped all communications with the investors and also stopped paying the installments of the interest,” added Kumar.last_img read more

first_imgWINNIPEG – A teacher who came to Canada from Bangladesh eight years ago says a man who claimed to be a Nazi launched racist verbal attacks at her for wearing a hijab during a visit to Manitoba this summer.Kaniz Fatima of Calgary posted video of the encounter on social media this week and says women who wear hijabs need to be prepared for such comments.She says she was with relatives on July 2 near Pinawa, about 95 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg. They were driving around looking for scenic spots and asked a man in a parking lot for directions.Fatima says the man quickly became abusive and told her he was a Nazi, then ordered her to take off her hijab and go back to her country.Two women who were passing by heard the exchange and told the man that Fatima had just as much right to be in Canada as he did.In the video, the man can be heard telling Fatima: “I’m a Nazi. Do you know what a Nazi is? Take your head towel off in this country.”The teacher calls him a racist and tells him she can dress any way she wants, but the man tells her: “It (the hijab) supports Muslims” and moments later he says: “Go back to your country.”“This is my country,” Fatima replied.“No, it’s not,” the man said.One of the two passersby can be heard telling Fatima: “You don’t even have to explain yourself. You’re just as much Canadian as he is.”Fatima says she was shocked and scared for herself and her family, but there was no physical confrontation.Global News said Thursday that it spoke to a man who confirmed he was the man from the video.Nick Wadien said during the phone interview that he isn’t a Nazi.“The turbaners wouldn’t leave me alone so I got mad. I didn’t want to talk to them. That’s it,” Wadien explained.“They wanted to know where they were. I told them, and I told them to use Google.”“They kept f—ing talking, like I don’t want to talk to you.”Alysha Goertzen, meanwhile, told Global that she was one of the passersby and was shocked by the incident.“As I approached, I could hear him screaming racial slurs at her, degrading her. She was a little spitfire herself, standing up for herself,” Goertzen said in an interview from Edmonton.Helmut-Harry Loewen, a retired University of Winnipeg sociology professor who monitors hate groups, said the encounter seems to be part of a trend.“We’ve certainly seen here in Manitoba a rise … in open expressions of racism, or Islamophobia in particular,” Loewen said Thursday.“There’s an increased willingness, I would venture to say, on the part of some critics … of refugee and immigration policy, to be much bolder and to break certain taboos around racial discourse which we haven’t seen in many, many years.”Loewen said while many people argue the election of Donald Trump as United States president has emboldened some people in Canada and the U.S. to speak more overtly about racist feelings, the reaction to immigration policies in Canada also paints a disturbing picture.“I would also add that the election of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has also unleashed a storm, a torrent, of hate aimed against Trudeau because of his migrant policy,” Loewen said.“If you look at a whole range of websites and also statements made by individuals … Trudeau is cast as a terrorist sympathizer. In other words, proponents of a refugee policy of welcoming migrants to Canada are being cast as terrorists.”There have been expressions of support for Fatima on social media.“This is not Manitoba, and this is not Canada. This kind of hate and vitriol have no place here,” Winnipeg South Liberal member of Parliament Terry Duguid posted on Twitter.RCMP say they did not receive any complaint and are not actively investigating.“Get ready to face those racist filthy comments if you have a hijab on,” Fatima warns in her social media post. “If it happened to me, it might happen to you.”— With files from CTV and Globallast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO — Premier Doug Ford accused student unions of getting up to “crazy Marxist nonsense” as he appealed for donations to his Progressive Conservative party in a fundraising email sent Monday.Ford’s claim was made as he highlighted his government’s move to make some fees paid by Ontario college and university students optional instead of mandatory.“Students were forced into unions and forced to pay for those unions,” Ford said in the email sent by the Progressive Conservatives. “I think we all know what kind of crazy Marxist nonsense student unions get up to.”The message sparked condemnation from students groups and opposition politicians who said the premier’s language confirms what they’ve suspected — that the fee changes announced last month are politically motivated.The fundraising email — which bore the subject line “How broken was education?” — also mentions the government’s decision to scrap free tuition for low-income students and impose a 10 per cent across-the-board tuition fee cut.   “It’s little things … but they add up,” Ford said in the email Monday, before asking for a donation to the party. The Progressive Conservative party and Ford’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the message.The Canadian Federation of Students said the message suggests the government’s changes to certain student fees were made for political purposes.“It’s really just taking away resources from student groups,” said Nour Alideeb, chairwoman for the group’s Ontario branch, adding that the fees are used to fund things like food banks and campus women’s centres. “A lot of these are basic necessities that students need to succeed.”Alideeb said student unions are non-partisan, student politicians have diverse views, and all work to improve life for their classmates.NDP colleges and universities critic Chris Glover criticized Ford’s message on Monday.“Doug Ford is attacking student unions because he doesn’t want students to be able to organize to fight against not only this round of cuts, but the next round as well,” he said in a statement. “He is downloading billions of dollars of debt onto students who already face the highest tuition and student debt levels in the country.”Liberal finance critic Mitzie Hunter said Ford’s message shows he doesn’t know what student unions do and doesn’t understand the impact his government’s grant changes will have on postsecondary education.“Doug Ford is wrong on student unions, he is wrong on tuition and he is wrong to defund universities and colleges at a time when we should be investing in them,” she said. The Ontario government has said some fees will remain mandatory including those for walksafe programs, health and counselling, athletics and recreation and academic support.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

“Road traffic deaths and injuries are preventable,” Mr. Ban stressed to participants at the First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, which began in Moscow yesterday. In a message delivered by Sergei A. Ordzhonikidze, Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva, Mr. Ban noted that the vast majority of those killed every year in road accidents are in low- and middle-income countries. In addition, some 50 million people are severely injured, costing governments 1 to 3 per cent of their gross national products. “Behind these staggering statistics lie the enormous suffering and grief that road accidents inflict on families and communities,” stated Mr. Ban. “Our lives have come to depend on mobility. But mobility should not come at such a high price.”He highlighted UN efforts in raising awareness, mobilizing support and fostering cooperation to address what he said should be regarded as a “crisis.” At the same time, he called for greater efforts to limit the economic and emotional devastation caused by poor road safety, while creating sustainable transport systems that protect the environment from climate change. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) released a study in June, assessing some 178 countries on implementation of road safety measures, including limiting speed, reducing drunk driving, and use of seatbelts, child restraints and motorcycle helmets. The “Global Status Report on Road Safety” found that about half of the 1.27 million people killed in traffic accidents ever year are not in cars, but are pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists. In addition, only 57 per cent of countries have laws that require all car occupants to wear seat-belts, and less than one third meet basic criteria for reducing speed in urban areas. “I call on Governments, vehicle manufacturers, public and private donors, NGOs [non-governmental organizations] and experts to work together towards tangible goals such as safer roads and vehicles, and greater investment in preventing road traffic injuries,” said Mr. Ban. 20 November 2009With traffic accidents causing the deaths of more than one million people every year, more than malaria or diabetes, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged greater efforts to better protect the millions upon millions who travel the world’s roads every day. read more

“He was left paralysed down the left side of his body as a result of this violent assault.“I would like to thank the local community, in particular the two women who entered the shop shortly after the incident and provided first aid to Rushatharan.“I would also like to thank all the staff and officers who have helped during this investigation, as well as the Crown Prosecution Service for bringing the case to court and securing justice for Mr Asok.” But while Asok was leaning forwards to help he stabbed him in the neck with a knife he had earlier bought from Ashco in the High Street. “Rushatharan has spent a substantial amount of time receiving medical treatment and remains in hospital. Without speaking, he rushed out of the shop, getting a taxi back to the hospital where officers tracked him down around 45 minutes later.Senior investigating officer, Det Ch Insp Mark Glover, of Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime unit, said: “The victim in this case was a young man who had recently come to this country to start a new life and was going about his day-to-day business at work in Aylesbury.“Clarke had never met his victim before that day and his unprovoked actions inflicted injuries so severe upon Rushatharan that they affect his quality of life every single day. The 63-year-old entered the shop on September 8 and asked the Sri Lankan, who had only just arrived in the UK, for assistance. The court heard how on the day of the attack on September 8 the greying pensioner walked out of the Whiteleaf Centre mental health facility in Bierton Road. After buying the knife for £5, he walked into an off-licence and bought several cans of lager, which he drank on a street corner, and then some KFC chicken.Shocking footage shown to the court showed Clarke inside Bab’s, reaching into his jacket to pull out a kitchen knife and plunging it into the back of Mr Asok’s neck with great force. A statement released on behalf of Mr Asok’s parents said: “We would like to thank the doctors who saved our son’s life.“We will be forever grateful to them.“We would also like to thank the police and everyone in the community for helping us.“We had nothing and knew no one when we arrived from Sri Lanka, it was very scary and we were told our son would die.“We are so grateful to everyone who prayed for him.“Rushatharan came to England to study and to make a better life for himself.“His life has now been changed forever and he will always need to be cared for.“It is good to know the man who did this cannot hurt anyone else, but we get no satisfaction from the court result.“This will affect our family for the rest of our lives.”Clarke was remanded in custody to be sentenced at the same court on June 29. A British man has been convicted of wounding with intent after stabbing a shop worker from Sri Lanka in the neck and causing him life-changing injuries, bucksherald.co.uk reported.David Clarke was found guilty of stabbing Rushatharan Asok, 25, at Bab’s Food and Wine in Buckingham Street, Aylesbury. read more

SP Gunasekara warned that the Police will also act against candidates who are accompanied by drunkards and individuals with a record of violence to polling and counting centers as aiding and abetting is a criminal offence.He said that although such candidate, if elected, could lose their electorate if found guilty of any election related offence. He said that such individuals could be arrested in accordance with the provisions in the Local Authorities Elections Ordinance and the Penal Code. “This will also be applicable to persons who behave badly and engage in violent activities at polling centers,” the Government information department quoted Police Media Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara as saying. SP Gunasekara added that the police and other law enforcement authorities deployed in and around polling stations and counting centers would be asked to keep a close eye on the conduct of candidates and voters alike and requested all persons concerned to help to hold a peaceful LG election. (Colombo Gazette) Liquor shops have been ordered to be closed on February 10 as a result of the Local Government Elections, the Excise Department said.Meanwhile, the Government information department said that legal action will be taken against anyone caught under the influence of liquor when casting their vote at the upcoming Local Government election. read more

OSU then-redshirt sophomore pitcher Adam Niemeyer (43) pitches during a game on April 14, 2016 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State baseball team (6-8) was probably hoping to carry momentum over from its previous series win into this matchup against a red hot Florida Gulf Coast team that had won eight straight, including two against No. 2 Florida in a midweek series.But the Buckeyes got off to a slow start in this series, dropping the first two games against the Eagles. After blowing a five-run lead in the first game of the series and suffering a blowout in the second game, the Buckeyes needed some help to avoid being swept. An early output of runs from the offense and solid pitching at the beginning helped give OSU the early lead and stave off a late comeback attempt from FGCU in the final game of the series.The Buckeyes lineup was inconsistent over the weekend, with big performances coming from different players each night, but one bat who remained consistent was junior center fielder Tre’ Gantt, who rose his on-base streak to 14 games. Gantt had three hits and two RBIs in Game 3 of the series. He is currently the only player in the regular lineup batting over .300.Game 1The Buckeyes led the game late, but the Eagles snatched a victory away from the jaws of defeat thanks to a six-run ninth inning that propelled them to the 10-9 win.OSU started the game in a hole early. Through the first four innings, the Scarlet and Gray were trailing the Green and Blue 3-1.But then the fifth inning came around and the Buckeye bats roared to life. They strung together five hits in the inning and scored a whopping four runs to take the 5-3 lead. The Eagles would get one back in the bottom half of the inning, but would still head to the latter half of the game trailing 5-4.Another big inning came up quick, though, for OSU as the Buckeyes, again, got right back to crushing the Eagles’ pitching in the top of the seventh inning. With one away, junior second baseman Noah McGowan launched his second home run of the season on the third pitch he saw to expand the lead to 6-4. Later in the inning, junior left fielder Tyler Cowles came to bat with runners on the corners and he laced a line drive into left center that scored a pair and brought the lead up to 8-4. The Buckeyes scored once more in the top half of the eighth inning to jump out to a commanding 9-4 lead. Then the ninth inning came rolling around and things started to unravel for the Buckeyes. A walk and back-to-back hits started the inning off with bases loaded for the Eagles. The next batter was walked, bringing the runner in from third. At this point, redshirt junior closer Yianni Pavlopoulos came in to pitch and try to get the Buckeyes out of the jam.A hit-by-pitch scored the next run before Pavlopoulos finally registered a strikeout in the inning for the first out. Then the defense started to collapse. A fielder’s choice that registered no outs and a throwing error plated two more runs for Florida Gulf Coast. A single from the Eagles tied the game up at nine before redshirt junior center fielder Gage Morey rolled a fielder’s choice to the shortstop who attempted to turn a double play to get the Buckeyes out of the inning, but McGowan overthrew the first baseman and the winning run came around to score for the Eagles, delivering them the 10-9 victory.Despite the losing effort, sophomore catcher Jacob Barnwell turned in his second-straight three-hit game. Barnwell got off to a slow start, going 0-8 in the team’s first four games with only two walks, one run scored and no RBI while striking out five times. But since then, he has hit .440 (11/25) with two walks, five runs scored, two RBI and only six strikeouts.Game 2Unlike the first game of the series, this one was all Eagles almost from the beginning as they went on to win by a decisive final score of 13-1.Though the bulk of the scoring was done by the Eagles, it was the Buckeyes who were the first to jump out on the scoreboard. With a runner on second and one away in the top of the second inning, Cowles reached on a fielding error by the shortstop, allowing the first run to cross the plate and give OSU the early 1-0 lead.From that point on, however, it was all Florida Gulf Coast. They answered with three runs on four hits in the bottom half of the inning. An inning later, they added to their total, scoring three runs on three hits and one error by the shortstop.All was quiet in this game until the bottom of the seventh when a triple by Morey scored the Eagles’ seventh run of the game.Then the eighth inning rolled around, and the Eagles completely buried the game. On the strength of five hits, two walks and an error, Florida Gulf Coast exploded for six runs, capped off by junior second baseman Matt Reardon’s bases-clearing double. Reardon finished the game with four hits and eight RBIs, while falling a home run shy of the cycle. Gulf Coast’s junior starting pitcher Kutter Crawford also turned in a sterling performance, as he held the Buckeyes in check, allowing only one unearned run on three hits and three walks across six innings of work. He struck out eight batters. Game 3Trying to avoid the three-game sweep, the Buckeyes jumped out to an early four-run lead and narrowly escaped another ninth-inning comeback attempt from the Eagles and held on for the 5-4 victory.OSU struck first in this game. After a leadoff single, senior shortstop Jalen Washington lined a triple into the left-center field gap to plate the game’s first run. Two batters later, junior first baseman Bo Coolen stepped up to the plate and launched the 3-1 pitch over the right field wall to give the Buckeyes the early 3-0 lead.The Eagles had a difficult time getting their bats going, but they eventually put one run up on the board. In the bottom of the third inning, redshirt senior right fielder Corey Fehribach crushed a 1-2 pitch over the right-center field fence for Florida Gulf Coast’s first run of the game to bring the score to 3-1.OSU added two more runs later in the game, but the real drama picked up again in the bottom of the ninth. Pavlopoulos entered the game, given a four-run lead and immediately allowed three consecutive doubles that brought the score to 5-3.Washington then committed his eighth error of the season to put runners on the corners with nobody out and the winning run coming up to bat. A sacrifice fly brought the game to within one, though it did allow Pavlopoulos to register the first out of the inning. Finally, the OSU closer forced a pair of groundouts to retire the side and end the game.Redshirt junior starting pitcher Adam Niemeyer delivered the shutdown performance the Buckeyes needed in Sunday’s game. He allowed only one run on three hits and three walks in five innings of work while striking out two batters.Up NextThe Buckeyes will hope to keep that Game 3 momentum rolling when they travel to Port Charlotte, Florida, for a pair of midweek games before coming back for their first home series of the season. OSU is scheduled to play Lehigh and Bucknell on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively in Florida. First pitch of the Lehigh game will be at 2:30 p.m. read more

Earlier this month, the Department for Education (DfE) updated their staffing and employment advice for schools document to remind teachers that it is inappropriate to share “political views” with pupils. It came after headteachers were criticsed during last year’s general election, which saw thousands of leaders write to parents over the state of school funding.Dr Bevan said heads were not trying to be political, but felt compelled to act out of a sense of public duty.He said there are a series of “classic symptoms” of struggling schools: first, there is a reduction in support staff and next comes larger classes.”We have increased class sizes in the GCSE years by about 15 per cent and at A level by 30 per cent,” he said. Heads have been told to dress well for the event with the march’s organisers reminding them: “We should maintain our relentlessly reasonable approach and even things like dressing formally on the day are important.” Show more Jules White, headmaster of Tanbridge House School in Horsham, west Sussex, who organised the march said the scale of revolt is “unprecedented”, and is a last resort after years of their pleas for funding falling on deaf ears. Describing himself as an “average middle aged, middle class headteacher”, Mr White insisted that the heads protesting this Friday are “not some group of politically motivated radicals”, adding that no unions or organisations were involved in planning the protest. He said the idea initially gained traction with fellow home counties headteachers, and then with heads around the rest of England. He said that headteachers across England are “fundamentally hamstrung”, and told of his frustration when ministers claim that “we’ve never had it so good” yet schools across the country have faced years of real terms cuts. He said that after years of writing to Education Secretaries and holding meetings with local MPs and ministers, headteachers feel they have not got any closer to securing adequate funding. In December 2016, the then Education Secretary Justine Greening unveiled a New Funding Formula, which gave hope to rural schools after it promised to end an “unfair, opaque and outdated” funding system that favoured children in London over those in the countryside. Hundreds of “hamstrung” headteachers are to march on Downing Street this Friday in what one has termed an “Arab spring” style revolt emanating from the home counties. They will deliver a letter to Philip Hammond, the Treasurer, warning him not to treat them as “fools” by insisting that schools are receiving ‘”more money than ever before” and that there are “more teachers being recruited than ever”.They say that the reality is “an entirely different situation” where swingeing cuts to school budgets are leading “wholly unacceptable” consequences.These include swelling class sizes, axing subjects and extra curricular activities, laying off support staff, and using Pupil Premium funds – which are meant to be earmarked for supporting the most vulnerable pupils – to prop up the school’s overall budget. All of this is compounded by difficulties in recruitment and retention of teaching staff, they add. “We respectfully request that you do not take us for fools and reply by using partial information and half-truths in order to avoid taking the remedial actions that are so urgently needed,” the letter says. “Our concerns are so serious that headteachers have travelled in massive numbers from all over England to deliver our message in person.” Justine Greening, the former education secretaryCredit:JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP “The step after that – which is beginning to happen – is you see subjects disappearing, first at A level and then at GCSEs. Its subjects like music, art and languages which tend to have small classes.”A Department for Education spokesperson said: “There is more money going into schools than ever before, rising to a record £43.5 billion by 2020 – 50% more in real terms per pupil than in 2000. According to the OECD the UK is the third highest spender on education in the world, spending more per pupil than countries including Germany, Australia and Japan.“Every school attracts more funding per pupil through the National Funding Formula, high needs funding has risen to over £6 billion this year and the 3.5% pay rise we announced for classroom teachers on the main pay range is backed by £508 million government funding.“We know that we are asking schools to do more, which is why we are helping them to reduce the £10 billion spent each year on non-staffing costs, providing government-backed deals for things like printers and energy suppliers that are helping to save millions of pounds.”  Dr Robin Bevan, headmaster of Southend High School for Boys, a grammar school, said he and his colleagues are “deeply infuriated”. “These are not heads who are used to going on protest marches, or who are accustomed to striking,” he said. “These are heads from respected suburban schools, you have a form of activism coming out of middle class home counties.”It is the headteacher equivalent of the Arab Spring, the same kind of awakening – we have used all the modern technologies that make getting in touch very easily.” But since all funding was capped at three per cent, it later transpired that this formula did little to lift struggling schools out of financial problems, Mr White said.  Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip HammondCredit:Simon Dawson/Reuters Justine Greening, the former education secretary Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDespite denying, Govt did receive signing bonus from ExxonMobilDecember 8, 2017In “latest news”Jagdeo calls on Gov’t to resign over ‘oil bonus’ scandalDecember 8, 2017In “latest news”ExxonMobil signing bonus: TIGI says confirmation is a “shock” to anti-corruption advocates, GuyanaDecember 9, 2017In “latest news” One week after making a commitment to enquire from ExxonMobil whether a multi-million-dollar signing bonus was indeed paid to the Government, Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo says he has information that can reasonably confirm the allegation despite several Government Ministers having pleaded ignorance to this particular issue.Jagdeo noted that while he does not have any documents to support his claims, he has enough information to confirm that the Government received the money.Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo“They received this money it seems almost a year ago. Now if this turns out to be true then I believe that the entire Government should resign,” he said during a press conference on Wednesday.The Opposition Leader asserted that Government resigning would be the most appropriate thing to do since they would not be deemed transparent, especially when Guyana is seeking membership from the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).“So if this turns out to be true and the Government has received the money and Winston Jordan did not know about this then where did the money go? If Winston Jordan, who is the finance Minister doesn’t know about it?”In another scenario, Jagdeo said if Finance Minister Winston Jordan claims he is not aware of it and it turns out that he was lying, then that is just as bad as hiding the truth. “…And how many other persons in the Government know of this? Definitely the Minister of Natural Resources should know about this payment” the Opposition leader remarked.The Parliamentarian promised to place this issue on the front burner until the truth is revealed, noting that the issue has languished in the media because no one felt that any Government official would make such a deceptive move.The allegation about Government receiving this bonus was first made by prominent Chartered Accountant and Attorney Christopher Ram.Ram had said that this payment may be one of the reasons why Government was not disclosing the new contract between itself and the US-oil giant.“The Government of Guyana used the excuse of a new licence to extract a signature bonus — a payment made by a contractor on the signing of an agreement to take up any given number of blocks. The figure I have been told is twenty million United States dollars,” Ram had said in a column.Government’s Petroleum Advisor Dr Jan Mangal has said he had told the coalition Government to release the contract in the interest of transparency.Finance Minister Winston JordanAsked by the media, the Finance Minister declined to confirm or deny whether Government was paid the sum of US$20 million by ExxonMobil when it granted the oil giant a production licence.“I cannot confirm anything. Somebody said we have received US$20 million,” Jordan said. “I will check and see whether we did receive US$20 million. I will check and see whether we received any bonus of any kind, signature or otherwise; and how much it was, if at all.”In June 2017, Exxon was granted its formal production licence. Before that, reviews were done of the technical and environmental aspects of the Liza Project Development Plan submitted by Esso Exploration and Production (Guyana) Ltd in December 2017.As per the agreement the coalition Government made with Exxon, there will be a two per cent royalty per barrel of oil and a 50/50 share of profits. This 2 per cent is, however, below the global average.The Government has justified the two per cent royalty by contrasting it with the 50/50 share of the profits; an arrangement that the Government has said is a reasonable one, arrived at through the advice of experts. Some had opined that a revenue-sharing arrangement would be a better option than a profit-sharing one.There has been a flurry of activities in the Stabroek Block, since ExxonMobil’s 2015 oil find in Guyana. In May of that year, Exxon confirmed that more than 295 feet of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs had been encountered at its Liza 1 exploration well.In late June 2016, Exxon’s drilling results at Liza 2 revealed more than 58 metres of oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs in Upper Cretaceous formations. The well was drilled to a depth of 5,475 metres at 1,692 metres water depth. Drilling results confirmed recoverable resources to be between 800 million and 1.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent. Data from the Liza 2 well test is being assessed.Stena Carron harsh environment drillshipThe company has announced that it had made its third significant discovery in its drilling explorations offshore Guyana. Its partner, Hess Corporation, had noted that the Liza 3 exploratory well’s net value could be US$6.2 billion based on calculations from the Bank of Montreal (BMO) Capital Markets.Drilling on Payara well began on November 12, 2016, with initial total depth reached on December 2, 2016. In January of this year, the oil giant had announced it had struck oil in its Payara-1 well, targeting the same type of reservoirs as the well’s Liza counterpart.The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres. Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (Exxon’s subsidiary) is the operator, and holds a 45 per cent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. holds a 30 per cent interest, and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds a 25 per cent interest. read more

first_imgAustralia’s top hip hop artists, including hip hop legend Hau of Koolism and international award winning slam poet and rapper Omar bin Musa, have come together to speak out against the recent attacks on multiculturalism.In a hip hop video specially recorded in support of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA), the four artists of diverse cultural backgrounds (Greek, Malaysian, Indian, and Tongan Australians) expressed their personal take on the recent issues. FECCA, the national peak body representing multicultural Australians, has been inundated with responses from communities and leaders across Australia about recent articles in the mainstream press declaring the failure of multiculturalism. In calling for a change in attitudes, Greek Australian rapper and poet Lesson MC says, “change is much more than the coins in your pockets. It takes a new way to see the world through your sockets.” Omar Bin Musa says in his piece “everyone look in my eyes, being patriotic doesn’t mean I can’t criticize system that I live in.” The artists are accompanied by star beatboxer, Kodak.FECCA, which ran a national campaign last year “Reclaim Multiculturalism” attracting wide support, has a current campaign called “Advancing Multiculturalism” which the video is released in support of.FECCA Chair Pino Migliorino said in times when multiculturalism comes under attack, we need to hear the voices of Australians for whom this is not a choice anymore. “Young Australians model for us the innovative richness of cross cultural interactions. We have to stop the blame game on religions and cultures and get on with the task of building the structures of our new multicultural policy,” Mr Migliorino said.The video is one of many strategies FECCA will use to support the cause of multiculturalism in its current campaign. To view the video visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_h9arg2j3g Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgOLYMPIA — Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin is urging a change to a Washington state law on the ability to prosecute officers who use deadly force.Baldwin testified Monday before a state task force that is studying the statute that says police can’t be charged with a crime for using deadly force unless it can be proved they acted with “malice” and without “good faith,” the News Tribune of Tacoma reported.Baldwin, the son of a police officer, said that the malice standard should be removed. No other state uses the requirement.Most on the task force agree “malice” should be removed from state law, and a “good faith” standard” is under debate as well. Some police groups object to any change.The task force is expected to adopt recommendations to the Legislature, which will ultimately decide whether or not to move forward with them.last_img read more

first_img Google Defends Letting Humans Listen to Virtual Assistant QueriesMacaulay Culkin Is Home Alone Again With Google Assistant Stay on target Facebook is reportedly developing a voice assistant to rival Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant.The social network has been working on this initiative since early 2018, according to CNBC.Citing “several people” familiar with the matter—including two former Facebook employees—the news site revealed that Ira Snyder, director of AR/VR and the so-called Facebook Assistant, is leading a team out of Redmond.AdChoices广告And that’s all we know for now.It’s anyone’s guess exactly how the firm envisions people using its voice service: Facebook’s Portal smart displays and Oculus headsets are obvious platforms, as well as its mobile apps.“We are working to develop voice and AI assistant technologies that may work across our family of AR/VR products including Portal, Oculus and future products,” a company spokeswoman told Geek in an emailed statement.Whether the unnamed program will make its way into subsidiaries like Instagram and WhatsApp remains to be seen.Zuckerberg & Co. don’t exactly have a reputation for digital assistants.Back in 2015, Facebook introduced M for Messenger, powered by artificial intelligence and human “trainers.” Two years later, it rolled out a completely automated version that made suggestions in conversations.Virtually untouched by users, M was retired in January 2018—around the same time CNBC tipped the dawn of a new product.Add to that the network’s slew of privacy scandals, and Facebook will be lucky if anyone actually agrees to talk to its voice assistant.Facebook did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.More on Geek.com:Amazon Alexa Launches HIPAA-Compliant Medical SkillsWorld’s First Genderless Voice Assistant Needs Your HelpWalmart Launches Voice-Enabled Grocery Shopping With Google AssistantEditor’s Note: This article was updated on April 23 with comment from Facebook.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre Wednesday evaded a direct reply on whether the National Registrar of Citizens (NRC), currently being updated in Assam, will be undertaken in neighbouring West Bengal too. Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai did not give a reply to a question in this regard asked by Ritabrata Banerjee, an independent Rajya Sabha MP from the state. In a written reply, Rai said, “The NRC is being implemented at present in the state of Assam only as per the provisions of the Citizenship Act, 1955 and the provisions contained in the Schedule framed under Rule 4A(4) of Citizenship Rules, 2003.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Banerjee had asked if the NRC updation is going to be carried out in West Bengal also. The Supreme Court-monitored NRC exercise, aimed at identifying illegal immigrants, was carried out only in Assam which has faced an influx of people from Bangladesh. The draft NRC published on July 30 last year excluded of 40.7 lakh people from it leading to a huge controversy. The draft included names of 2.9 crore people out of the total 3.29 crore applicants. The final NRC list for Assam will be published on July 31, 2019.last_img read more