Science Editor-in-Chief Marcia McNutt set to become first woman to lead U.S. National Academy of Sciences
Science Editor-in-Chief Marcia McNutt, a geophysicist who has served as editor-in-chief of the Science family of journals since 2013, today was nominated to stand for election as next president of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). If elected, as expected, McNutt would become the first woman to head the U.S. government’s premier science advisory organization, which was founded in 1863.McNutt is slated to take the helm at NAS on 1 July 2016, when current president Ralph J. Cicerone ends his second term, the Council of NAS said in a statement. Cicerone, an atmospheric scientist, has served as president since 2005. McNutt plans to remain at the helm of the Science journals until she formally takes the NAS post.In a statement, McNutt said she was “immensely honored” to be nominated to lead NAS, an organization that she said “represents the highest standards of scientific honesty, quality, and integrity.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The AAAS Board of Directors will soon launch an effort to recruit McNutt’s successor, said Rush Holt, AAAS CEO and executive publisher of Science.”Following a long line of outstanding editors of Science, Marcia McNutt has continued to raise the standards of this great journal,” he said.Prior to joining Science as its 19th editor-in-chief and the first woman to hold that position, McNutt served as head of the U.S. Geological Survey, where she played a pivotal role in the government’s response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Earlier, she was president and chief executive officer of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and a professor of geophysics at Stanford University. She began her faculty career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Under Academy’s bylaws, other candidates could be nominated by NAS members, but that has never happened. McNutt’s name will be presented to the full membership for formal ratification on 15 December, the council said.
There are bound to be some screamers among such a tally, but the one Ronaldo himself refers to as his favourite is also very well known to the Bianconeri faithful. The Portuguese striker boasts a great record in three of Europe’s five top leagues and with over 700 goals in all tournaments during an illustrious career, it might be hard to pick the best one. “At 19 or 20 years old, I understood that football was numbers, titles and records. Not just the performance or dribbling. If you want to win something, you have to score. “At first, I dribbled, I was showing off with my footwork. I realised that it was not enough. That I had to score goals.” Ronaldo agrees that he became obsessed with statistics at a young age and developed an eye for goal through some adjustments to his game. “It’s hard to say. The last is always most important. But if you ask me to choose, I would say the goal I scored against Juventus: the overhead kick,” the 34-year-old said in an exclusive interview with France Football. “Scoring is the most important thing in football, after the victory of your team. They are both linked, though, so I evolved in the way of playing and thinking about football,” the superstar added. Cristiano Ronaldo reveals his favourite of 701 goals was for Real Madrid against Juventus. “It’s one of the most beautiful overhead kicks ever scored.” “Look at the height I’ve got when I touch the ball. It’s over 2.40m. It’s incredible. For me, it’s one of the most beautiful overhead kicks ever scored and I don’t say that because I was the one who scored it.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/
Both Ashwin and Jadeja bagged a five-for in the first and Both Ashwin and Jadeja bagged a five-for in the first and second innings respectively and the spin troika, including Amit Mishra, bagged 19 wickets in the match. Kohli insisted that it was player skills and not pitch that played a role. “Like Ashwin pointed out that he never saw any hype when we went on overseas tours. And it should not happen here as well. If you are an international cricketer then you have to use that ability and apply it if you see the dismissal, then you wont find any dismissal where the ball has hit the batsmans glove or witnessed a square turn. There were edges and it were the mistakes of the batsmen. The wicket did not have much of a role in that.” Replying to a query on getting fast pitches for Indian pacers getting ready for foreign tour, Kohli said, “It all comes down to how many wickets the spinners get abroad. I dont think we should compare the two things. Fast bowlers should be better but for that we dont need to alter our home conditions. “We can prepare such wickets and hold camps, get those kind of tracks in first-class cricket, but that cant happen on a regular basis because when we talk of home conditions then in India we have a certain kind of pitches. “The bounce and pace of SA and swing of England cannot be replicated here. Eventually it becomes a batting wicket which is not result oriented. If you want to play and compete in Tests then the wickets should be result oriented. When we played in Sri Lanka the first wicket and the second wicket was turning, third wicket was seaming but were all result oriented. “So we dont have a problem with that. If a fast track can be prepared somewhere fine, it will be our decision that we want that kind of wicket, whether our pacers want to bowl on that kind of wicket.” PTI FK AH PDSadvertisement
Here’s something that went largely under the radar with the adoption of last year’s “Fix America’s Surface Transportation Act” (FAST Act): If you’re a “seriously delinquent” taxpayer, the Secretary of State is required to deny you a passport if you apply for one. The Secretary of State also has the power to revoke a passport that has already been issued to you if you are a certified “seriously delinquent” taxpayer.So, if you owe $50,000 or more in back taxes and penalties and you don’t want to have John Kerry as your vacation planner, or find yourself stuck in a foreign land with no passport to get you home, now’s the time to settle up tax debts with Uncle Sam.The “seriously delinquent” taxpayer—this is one certification that you do not want to earn!Under the FAST Act, the IRS must submit certifications of “seriously delinquent” taxpayers to the Secretary of the Treasury, who will then send these certifications to the Secretary of State. If your name is on the list, you’ll have to cancel any far-flung foreign travel plans because you may lose your passport privileges.This “grounding” by the Secretary of State also applies to U.S. citizens who are currently out of the country as well, which means if you skipped the country and have a big unpaid tax bill, you may not be able to get back to home soil. The Secretary of State is authorized to make exceptions to these rules for emergency or humanitarian purposes, but these are the only exceptions.1. How does the IRS define a “seriously delinquent” taxpayer?The “seriously delinquent” label a bit of a misnomer because in this case “seriously” really means that you’re taking a “casual” approach to rectifying your tardy tax payment situation.Under the FAST Act, you earn the “seriously delinquent” certification if you:Owe more than $50,000 in federal taxes (this threshold will be adjusted each year for inflation), penalties and interest;You have had a federal tax lien filed against you; orYou have received a final notice of intent to levy and let the period to file an appeal on the notice pass you by.The bottom line here is that in order to have your passport privileges revoked, you have to be ignoring the fact that you owe the IRS money and making no effort to pay them —which is never a smart strategy.If you do owe back taxes and you’re working on paying them, you can likely breathe a sigh of relief and still get on that flight to Fiji—passport in hand—thanks to some exemptions such as those for individuals who are making good on their current installment payment plans, those who have submitted an IRS offer in compromise, those who have an application pending for a collection due process hearing; and those with an application pending for innocent spouse relief.Join Freelancers Union for more expert tax tips (it’s free!)Become a memberHow do you know if you have made this unfortunate list?If you’re receiving regular correspondence from the IRS, it’s likely that you already know you should be doing something to correct your tax situation…so please open the envelopes—and then get an experienced CPA to help you resolve your problems.When you open your notes from the IRS makes sure you read them to see if you have made that unfortunate “seriously delinquent” list. The IRS is now required to list the revocation or denial of a passport as a possible result for not resolving a tax debt on the delinquency notices it sends. If you do receive confirmation of “seriously delinquent status, you can be sure that so has the Secretary of State’s office.How can you win back your passport privileges and get off the “seriously delinquent” list?The IRS will “decertify” you and notify the Secretary of State that you are no longer a “seriously delinquent” taxpayer if you:Make full payment of your tax debtEnter into an installment agreementHave an offer in compromise acceptedRequest relief through innocent spouse proceduresSo as you can see, there is hope for redemption—even with the IRS, but only if you live up to your end of the taxpaying bargain. To start, you may want to consider taking the funds you have allotted for foreign (or even domestic) travel this year and put them toward your delinquent taxes.It may not be as fun as a trip to Rio in the short-term but it will prevent you from losing your passport—or potentially being stranded in a foreign land—in the future.You can find a better travel agent than John Kerry—resolve your IRS tax bill.Of course, having your freedom to travel outside of the country curtailed is both annoying (and bad for business if you have foreign clients) plus, it can feel pretty overwhelming to face a large unpaid tax bill, but ignoring your delinquency only makes matters much worse. The good news is, there are many options to help you get back on track. A CPA with experience negotiating with the IRS can help you put a repayment plan in place so you can focus again on racking up frequent flier miles instead of the heavy burden of IRS debt.Jonathan Medows is a New York City based CPA who specializes in taxes and business issues for consultants across the country. His website, www.cpaforfreelancers.com, has a resource section with how-to articles and information for freelancers.
As an app-loading, tab-happy, pro-techno millennial, thoughtful technological consumption isn’t necessarily my MO. Like most city bound freelancers, I rely heavily on technology to get me around – whether it’s Yelping the perfect lunch place, reserving my ClassPass, or navigating the best subway route.So, when I picked up The Glass Cage by Pulitzer Prize finalist Nicholas Carr on how computers are changing us, and the way we work, I thought, “For the better… duh!”But Carr offers a counterpoint to my generation’s easy acceptance of shiny new devices, programs, and applications. He calls into question the dominant philosophy that automation will relieve workers of the mundane, and free us for more creative pursuits.Instead, Carr points out that it is only by doing the work that we achieve mastery of a skill. In problem-solving through the early stages of learning a new skill, we develop tacit knowledge which yields flow – that magical state where we’re at our most focused and creative. Sometimes, Carr argues, we need to do the menial in order to achieve the magnificent.But, as frictionless technology – or technology that prioritizes ease of use over all else – becomes more popular, it’s difficult to separate our tools from the work.For example, spell check used to be a handy function that helped people learn to spell better. Now, the advent of autocorrect has erased the learning process. The seamless intervention may seem benign and even helpful, but over-usage subtly erodes a writer’s intimate relationship with language. Try to write a poem in Word and you’ll find informal playfulness smoothed over or tattooed in squiggly lines.Nowhere is frictionless technology more invisibly apparent than in the Google search bar. This may come as a surprise, but as Google gets better at guessing our search queries, we’re all collectively getting worse. Presently, Google’s dominant philosophy drives towards a frictionless and invisible technological future. The company has already unironically announced its intention of knowing what we want to know before we even know that we want to know it.On the surface, that sounds kind of amazing. Decisions are hard – and it would be awesome if my computer gathered all the data points it has on me and spit out the perfect solution to my every query.But at what point do we lose the impetus to think? And if everything is based on prior information, how do we ever encounter those bursts of spontaneity that fan the creative and scientific flame? Typing in a search query that is just a little off or tangential to that which we want to ask may yield new ideas that a seamless Google algorithm will never deliver.As soon as we integrate with a tool to the extent that we no longer sense it, we have to begin to question whether we’re still in control. Sharp tools are well and good, but not in the hands of dull minds. Friction might slow work, but it’s also what makes sparks fly.In fact, Carr advocates using products with built-in friction. He points to video games as a prime example of a software program that challenges its users to build skills, advance and finally master a program. Games – not to be confused with gamification – promote a sense of flow.The idea of “ease of use” as the holy grail for technology hopscotches over many of the nuts and bolts of the creative process. It doesn’t have to be that way. We can choose tools that, rather than glide over the hard parts of work, challenge us to become more skilled workers in the process.As Tom Hanks says in the classic baseball movie, A League of Their Own, “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.”Technology has a lot to offer us. No one wants to go back to a world without Apple TV. But as craftspeople, creatives, and relationship experts, it’s important that we choose our tools, and ration our reliance on those tools, wisely.As any well-rounded freelancer can attest, when we gain a new skill we change our world. The tools we make have the potential to open a universe of opportunities, but our goal should not be to eliminate work. The means make us who we are, and, as Carr concludes, “An active soul is a light soul.”A new soul and media geek, Laura writes about community, poetry and pop culture. Find her @Pennyscientist or on Freelancers Union.
Lionel Messi Don’t worry about Messi renewal, Valverde tells Barcelona fans Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 01:24 11/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty Images Lionel Messi Barcelona Ernesto Valverde Leganés v Barcelona Atlético Madrid Primera División The coach has said that the Argentine isn’t worried about his future and suggests that fans take the same laidback approach Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde says fans should not worry about Lionel Messi’s contract renewal.The 30-year-old agreed a new deal in July but the La Liga leaders are still to announce the signing of the document.Messi hat-trick v Leganes – 11/2 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The delay in the process has led to increased speculation over Messi’s future, with the Argentina star available to hold talks with clubs in January over a possible free transfer next year, assuming the contract remains unsigned.However, Valverde has offered some advice to any supporters who are concerned about the prospect of Messi leaving Camp Nou.”I’d tell them not to worry, and to watch Messi play and realise that he isn’t worried. It’s a pleasure to watch him,” he told a news conference on Friday.Barca resume La Liga duties on Saturday with a trip to Leganes, who are in ninth place in the table after a strong start to the season.Valverde has warned his side not to underestimate their opponents as he believes this is the kind of fixture that cost them the title last term.”What worries us about Leganes is that they’re an opponent who have conceded few goals,” he said. “We have a lot to win because it’s an important game before the important run before Christmas.”We have to be alert for this kind of match. We lost points at these sorts of grounds last year and it cost us LaLiga. It’s not as glamorous to play against Leganes as it is against Atletico Madrid but we have to apply ourselves and know that it will be tough.”
Manchester City have suffered a major setback before their trip to Chelsea on Saturday after the club confirmed Benjamin Mendy has sustained a serious knee injury that leaves his chances of returning this season remote.After tests in Barcelona, it emerged that Mendy ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, the injury coming in a tackle with Andros Townsend in the first half of City’s 5-0 win against Crystal Palace last weekend. Kevin De Bruyne: the grand puppet-master who makes Manchester City tick Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger A statement from City said: “Manchester City FC can confirm that Benjamin Mendy has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. After initial tests in Manchester at the start of the week, Benjamin travelled to Barcelona to see a specialist doctor, where further examinations of the knee today confirmed the extent of the injury.“Benjamin will undergo surgery [Friday] in Barcelona, and everyone at the club wishes him a speedy recovery. Mancity.com will bring you regular updates regarding his rehabilitation.”Mendy tweeted: “Bad news guys. I will be joining Injury FC on loan for a couple months with ruptured ACL but will be back soon and stronger hopefully.”The prospect of losing Mendy for the rest of the season severely weakens Pep Guardiola’s strategy as the left-back was a key part of his summer squad rebuild, with City paying £52m to Monaco for him. Before the injury, Mendy’s ability to attack at pace along the flank, coupled with a dangerous delivery, had immediately made City a more potent proposition than last term.City are the Premier League leaders and have won eight out of nine in all competitions with Mendy featuring in five of the victories before being forced off after 29 minutes against Palace.Last season City lost both the home and away league fixtures against Chelsea, who became Premier League champions for a fifth time, while City finished third.Guardiola’s hope is that on Saturday he can take the team to Chelsea for the late game and lay down a marker that City are serious title challengers. That aim has been dented by Mendy’s injury and Guardiola’s problems in defence are compounded by Vincent Kompany having again been ruled out with a calf injury. Topics Share on Twitter Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Manchester City Share via Email news
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This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. US sports Before every tournament she plays and every move she makes, Bianca Andreescu sits down, closes her eyes and visualises exactly how the results will end in her favour. It has become one of the keys to her success, something she never fails to mention as people continue their attempts to make sense of one of the most astonishing breakthroughs in recent years, which culminated in the 19-year-old’s 6-3, 7-5 win against Serena Williams in the US Open final on Saturday.Such is the Romanian-Canadian’s commitment to thinking and speaking her successes into existence, she celebrated her triumph at the Orange Bowl in 2015, one of the most prestigious junior tournaments in the world, by writing herself a replica US Open prize-money cheque. Each year, she would update the cheque in line with the yearly prize money hike, refreshing her motivation for another season ahead. After she finally held the real thing, all $3,850,000 of it, she thought back to four years earlier and cried. features Read more Andreescu is also a combative extrovert, who screeches at her own support box and gets in her opponent’s face. From early on against Williams, she punctuated her successes with loud, ferocious cheers, a salute to her team but also a message across the court. Some older players are disgusted by her lack of respect and the confidence she wears on her sleeve, a sentiment made clear by Angelique Kerber’s infamous greeting in Miami. After losing for a second time to Andreescu within a week, the German brushed hands with the teenager at the net and addressed her with disdain: “You are the biggest drama queen ever.”At the end of Andreescu’s victorious press conference, the USTA organised a small ceremony to gift her coach, Sylvain Bruneau, with a trophy of his own. Bruneau grasped the silver trophy uncomfortably in his hands and laughed awkwardly: “I’m not used to this, holding trophies.”Andreescu, who by now has visualised all the slams she will win and all that she will achieve in the sport, simply shrugged. “Well, get used to it.” Read more Share on Facebook Bianca Andreescu stuns Serena Williams to win US Open final Tennis Topics US Open Tennis 2019 Rhythm is essential in tennis and players speak endlessly of the match play required to have mental clarity under pressure. Andreescu simply picked up where she left off and returned somehow even better than before, tearing through a new 14-match winning streak en route to titles at home in Toronto and then here. When asked if it really felt like she hadn’t lost a match since March, she smiled. “I mean, yeah. Facts are facts, right?”Even as her results have astounded, Andreescu’s tennis ability is even more impressive. Most top players tend to have a small selection of potent strengths, but her game is polished in every aspect. She is fast on her feet yet also blessed with solid, vicious ground strokes. She is one of the tour’s outstanding returners, but for much of the final her serve was also sublime. Despite being able to destroy any forehand she chooses, she is mostly known for the way she shatters her opponents with her arsenal of different spins, angles, drop shots and slice. Support The Guardian US Open tennis Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Serena Williams not giving up the fight to equal Margaret Court’s record Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter “After I won the Orange Bowl, a couple months after, I really believed that I could be at this stage. Since then, honestly I’ve been visualising it almost every single day. For it to become a reality is just so crazy. I guess these visualisations really, really work!”So much of Andreescu’s rise has been incredible. Last year Naomi Osaka seemed to set the standard for sudden breakthroughs after she started 2018 ranked 77th and finished it as the US Open champion. But one year before her victory, Andreescu had not even broken into the top 100. Ranked well outside the top 200, she lost meekly in the first round of qualifying here, hampered by a back injury and miserable off the court.“I wasn’t going through a good period in my life at that point,” she says. “I was having problems with some relationships in my life, with my body, and even my mind, too … But I’m glad I went through it because at one point you have to.”Andreescu is now 45-4 this year, she has a remarkable record of success against top-10 players and the last time she lost a completed match was on 1 March. Andreescu would spend four months out with a shoulder injury, playing only one match at the French Open before the injury relapsed and she was forced out again. 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CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 17: The Tiger, the Clemson University Tigers mascot, watches the game against the University of Miami Hurricanes at Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2005 in Clemson, South Carolina. Miami won 36-30. (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)The Texas Tech head coaching job is quickly becoming one of the most intriguing vacancies in college football. Among the many big name candidates for the job is Brent Venables, the Clemson defensive coordinator.On Monday morning, following a report that he had spoken with Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt, Venables admitted to having spoken with Hocutt – a personal friend of his – but would not comment on any potential moves.“Kirby and I, as everybody knows, were college teammates and fellow linebackers,” Venables said, according to 247Sports. “We’re very, very good friends. I’ve talked to Kirby a lot, and I’ve talked to him recently. But that’s all I’ll say.”Venables added that he has no intentions of leveraging any interest from other schools in his services against Clemson.“But I’ve got a great job. I’ve got great loyalty and appreciation for the people that are responsible for me being here, the players, coach Swinney, Dan Radakovich, our administration, our fellow coaches,” Venables said. “I would never compromise the integrity of my job for other opportunities. Ever. Ever. That’s not who I am…”Venables has been at the helm of Clemson’s defense since 2012.He has previous ties to the Big 12 though, having served as an assistant for Kansas State and Oklahoma.However, Venables has yet to receive a head coaching job.
The Centre of Excellence for Advanced Technology in Agriculture (CEATA) is breathing new life into the agricultural sector of Jamaica and other Caribbean countries. Funded by the Spanish Government, and operating out of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus, CEATA is a regional initiative, aimed at boosting competiveness and productivity in agriculture. It operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, and was launched in 2009. The principal objectives of CEATA are: to increase the agricultural production capacity (both in terms of yield and quality), in order to meet the demand for quality fruits and vegetables; and to lay the foundations, which will enable private initiatives for the increased exportation of these food items. “The aim of the project is to expand the depth of technical knowledge in the greenhouse sector in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean,” Lecturer at the UWI and Director of CEATA greenhouse project, Dr. Derrick Deslandes, tells JIS News in an interview. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by the UWI with the Ministry of Agriculture to manage the project. In the last year and a half, Jamaicans and other Caribbean nationals have had access to intense ‘Training the Trainers’ seminars at CEATA, which focuses on protected agriculture. The seminars are to enhance the knowledge transfer in advanced technologies throughout the region, and different techniques design, in how to build greenhouse structures. “In the first round (last October), we trained extension officers and agricultural staff attached to the Agriculture Ministries within the region. The second round of training was geared towards farmers, although some extension officers were also trained,” Dr. Deslandes points out. “Training is funded by the Spanish Agency of International Development (AECID), and the money comes through the CARICOM Secretariat. So, we are basically working with CARICOM and the Spanish agency to deepen our knowledge of greenhouse structures and greenhouse production systems,” he adds. Dr. Deslandes says that so far, two state-of-the-art greenhouses have been constructed, one in Elim, St. Elizabeth and the other in Coleyville, Manchester. “The idea is to use these state-of –the- art greenhouses as training tools to improve the knowledge and skills-set of greenhouse operators and also to train a cadre of young persons who will be able to obtain employment within the agricultural sector,” he notes. The technical knowledge gained by participants in these training sessions promote regional integration, as participants are able to make useful professional contacts and share opinions on the challenges experienced in their own countries. Dr. Deslandes says that one challenge that the centre faces is that there is not enough funding, so the primary focus in the last couple of years has been to secure additional funding. “We are in constant dialogue with different agencies to facilitate this process to keep the programme going,” he notes. “We are also in discussion with the Spanish Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentaries (IRTA), an institution which specialises in research and training. This institutional research centre identifies new crops, new ideas, new production systems with the goal of improving productivity and performance of the agricultural sector in countries,” he explains. The primary role of the CEATA is to co-ordinate and identify the development of new technology in the agricultural sector. Operatinglargely on a virtual basis,it aims to bring together the activities of critical agricultural institutions in Jamaica and the CARICOM region and help to transfer technology from those institutions to farmers, or from wherever in the world those technologies are located, and bring them into the region to be used to transform the region’s agricultural sector.
Residents of the Cheticamp area celebrated the opening of a service centre today, Aug. 14, that will create new employment opportunities in Inverness County. Premier Rodney MacDonald joined Marlene Usher, director general, Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation; Roland Klassen, president of Acrobat Research Ltd.; Angus LeFort, chair of the Cheticamp Co-operative Council; and Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc., for the official opening of Acrobat Research Ltd. “Acrobat is a great example of how technology is creating opportunity and growth in communities across our province,” said Premier MacDonald. “Technology is the equalizer, and our skilled and educated people continue to set Nova Scotia apart. “I know this venture will be a success because the citizens of the area have invested so much of themselves in this project. I thank the people of Cheticamp and Inverness County, along with Acrobat Research and the other partners, for making this day a reality.” The new Acrobat facility is the result of nearly three years of work by the community, led by the Cheticamp Co-operative Council, and supported by its development partners and the company. The co-operative council determined a contact centre was a good opportunity for the community. The council bought and renovated a former convent with support in the amount of $307,000 from the federal government through the Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation (ECBC). In May, Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) announced a maximum payroll rebate of $850,000 over six years for Acrobat Research Ltd. The rebate will be awarded annually as the company creates as many as 115 full-time equivalent positions over the term of the agreement. The Office of Economic Development also committed a $350,000 loan to help Acrobat with start-up infrastructure costs. “This grassroots effort is a testament to the strength of the community, the co-op council and its development partners,” said Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), and Minister responsible for Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation.”Canada’s government is committed to ensuring communities are given every opportunity to evolve and grow.” Acrobat has already hired and started training 17 area residents. “The high-quality and bilingual workforce was a factor in the decision to locate Acrobat Research in Cheticamp,” said Mr. Klassen. “The province’s assistance will enable us to grow our workforce and continue our success in another rural community of Nova Scotia.” “This is an excellent example of collaboration between the community and multiple levels of government,” said Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Economic Development. “Cheticamp is a model of community economic development in action.” NSBI provided a payroll rebate to Acrobat in April of 2003 to help it open a service centre in Canso, Guysborough Co. “Acrobat’s service centre brought jobs and opportunity to the Canso area, and Cheticamp decided it could support a similar operation,” said Mr. LeFort, chair of the Cheticamp Co-operative Council. “It took a lot of work and planning to develop our business case, but the community pulled together to make today’s official opening happen.” The new jobs created in Cheticamp complement existing seasonal and service sector positions, providing full- and part-time opportunities as well as a possible second income for many households. “NSBI is proud to be part of this community-led initiative to bring Acrobat to Cheticamp,” said Mr. Lund. “Technology and globalization are two of the key influencers that enable us to expand companies and reach the diverse workforces in rural locations.” Headquartered in Toronto, Acrobat was founded in 1994 to provide outsourced, outbound and inbound data collection services. The company has developed considerable expertise in operating and managing remote contact centre in a hub and spoke configuration. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps companies in Nova Scotia meet their growth potential through business advisory, export development and financial services.
Happy Holidays! The holiday season is upon us and that means parties are in full swing, family and friends will be making their rounds, and many of us will be busy preparing for a time of giving. One of the best things we can give ourselves, our friends and family this year is peace of mind that H1N1 won’t be a reason to miss out on a time of celebration. Christmas parties, staff celebrations and holiday dinners put us all in close proximity to each other. To keep our holidays healthy this year, keep a few simple holiday tips in mind: Stay home if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms and ask guests to do the same Cough and sneeze into your sleeve Wash hands often with water and soap or alcohol-based hand sanitizer Wipe down common surfaces such as door knobs and taps before and after your event Refrain from sharing drinks and food with others Do not share drinking glasses or utensils at parties And remember, no double-dipping! These basic steps will help prevent not just H1N1, but a whole range of viral and bacterial illnesses. While we can all do our part to reduce the spread of H1N1, there is no question about it — immunization is the best defence. H1N1 is a serious illness that affects all ages, so everyone is at some risk of getting it. We have heard the stories of otherwise healthy people coming down with severe and debilitating illness from H1N1, and some have even died as a result. A little preparation can go a long way. The time of year is about giving, so give some thought to how you can protect those closest to you. Spend the holidays with friends and family, not sick in bed with the flu — get immunized. Staying informed about H1N1 will also help keep you healthy this flu season. Visit our website at www.gov.ns.ca/h1n1 for current information on H1N1. You can also join us on our Facebook and Twitter pages at gov.ns.ca/facebook or twitter.com/nsgov . For questions related to illness care, please call HealthLink 811. -30-
Kolkata: A BJP MLA from Bagda in North 24-Parganas was suspended for the day by Speaker Biman Banerjee, as part of disciplinary action on Monday.Dulal Bar, who recently joined BJP from Congress, was forced out of the House by the ‘Marshal’, after he started protesting against the alleged attack on BJP MLA from Bongaon Biswajit Das, demanding raising a ‘point of order’. When the Speaker took his seat and was about to start the question-answer session in the state Assembly on Monday, Bar descended in the well and started shouting alleging that the ruling Trinamool congress is harassing the Opposition and jeopardising the political environment in the state. He even demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in this regard. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBar was first asked by the Speaker to go back to his seat but he didn’t pay heed to the same. The Speaker then warned him, stating that it was a case of gross indiscipline and went against the proceedings of the House. The BJP MLA continued his protest, leading the Speaker to order the ‘Marshal’ present in the House to take him out. Banerjee then said that he would be suspended for a day and will not be able to participate in the proceedings of the House. Soon after Bar was taken out as per orders, he along with two other BJP MLAs – Jewel Murmu and Neeraj Jimba, sat in demonstration at the gate outside the lobby of the Assembly. Bar alleged: “There is no law and order in the state. The leaders of the Opposition are being harassed by the police and coercive action is being taken against them.”
DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. is repackaging a previously announced manufacturing investment in the Detroit area and now says it will spend $900 million and create 900 new jobs over the next four years.Most of the new workers will build a new generation of electric vehicle at Ford’s existing factory in Flat Rock, Michigan, south of Detroit, which will see an $850 million investment. The company also plans a roughly $50 million autonomous vehicle manufacturing centre at an undisclosed site near Detroit that will add hardware to existing vehicles.The announcement comes just after a three-day string of venomous tweets by President Donald Trump condemning crosstown rival General Motors for shutting down its small-car factory in Lordstown, Ohio, east of Cleveland. Trump demanded that GM reopen the plant, criticized the local union leader and expressed frustration with GM CEO Mary Barra.Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of global operations, wouldn’t directly answer questions about whether Trump’s actions influenced the moves, but said Wednesday that the investment is part of the company’s plans to run its business more efficiently. The timing of the announcement was due to requirements that parts suppliers be notified of manufacturing plans, Hinrichs said.“We’ve been running our business this way for 10-plus years,” he said in an interview. Hinrichs said Ford is aware that auto manufacturing gets a lot of attention these days, and said he is proud that Ford employs more workers represented by the United Auto Workers union than any other manufacturer. A union spokesman confirmed that statement.In January of 2017, Ford announced that it would invest $700 million at the Flat Rock plant to make hybrid, electric and autonomous vehicles. Later the company moved an all-electric SUV to a factory in Mexico, freeing more space at Flat Rock to build future electric and self-driving cars and adding $200 million to the investment. At that time, it was promising 950 new jobs.Hinrichs said that company projections of electric vehicle sales made it clear that Ford needed more space to build them. “We had to change some of our plans,” he said, adding that the new plan is a better use of capital spending dollars.The company intends to add a second shift at Flat Rock to build an electric vehicle, which Hinrichs would not detail. Ford said production would begin in 2023.The Flat Rock plant now builds the Mustang muscle car and the Lincoln Continental luxury car, which has a murky future because Ford has announced it intends to stop selling all cars in the U.S. but the Mustang. Last November it transferred 650 workers from Flat Rock to other factories.Hinrichs said the new autonomous vehicle centre will start modifying existing Ford models with plans to deploy them in 2021, as previously announced.Tom Krisher, The Associated Press
The four-day UN gathering ended on 2 December with a declaration in which nations affirmed that the commitment made at the 2002 landmark global partnership agreement for development in Monterrey, Mexico, for developed countries to devote 0.7 per cent of their gross national product (GNP) to ODA must be maintained, despite the current financial crisis.“We must treat these crises as common rather than separate challenges,” said UNDP Administrator Kemal Derviş, noting that boosting public spending can simultaneously propel economic recovery and positive action on climate change.He is currently in Poznan, Poland, where the latest round of UN climate change talks seeking to reach agreement on a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol, whose first commitment period ends in 2012, are under way.“At the same time, a global climate deal that establishes an effective carbon market and price of carbon, as well as mechanisms for resource flows to developing countries would generate significant financing for green growth and poverty reduction,” the Administrator said.Emphasizing the UN’s role in helping countries address the interconnected crises, he said that UNDP, which “invests in the ‘how’ of development,” will carry on helping nations ‘green’ their economies, cope with uncertainty and take measures to slash poverty.Meanwhile, a UN independent expert said the Doha meeting missed a crucial opportunity to restructure the international debt framework and address the impact of development policies on human rights, a United Nations independent expert said today.“Financing for development is a matter of human rights,” which should supersede other agreements States enter into, said Cephas Lumina, Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights.The lack of political will is exacerbating the problem, he said, pointing out that creditor countries have spent hundreds of billions of dollars bailing out their banks which have acted irresponsibility, but have not found similar funds to tackle the debt crisis, which has impacted developing nations for decades.Mr. Lumina voiced regret that the Doha talks did not view economic policy making through the lens of human rights, as the two issues are “profoundly interconnected.” 4 December 2008The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has commended the resolve of the more than160 countries who met for a global finance meeting, which wrapped up recently in Doha, Qatar, to address the triple crisis posed by economic turmoil, far-reaching poverty and climate change.
Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said: “I was informed this morning by the Iranian authorities that a new date for the next round of IAEA inspections would be 27 March.”While voicing regret that this represents some delay, he said it was still within the Agency’s timetable for conducting a probe.Mr. ElBaradei also said that he hoped there would be no further postponement of any future inspections in Iran. “It is clearly in the interest of Iran to cooperate fully with the IAEA and adopt a policy of proactive cooperation so that the IAEA can clarify outstanding issues as early as possible,” he said.On Saturday the IAEA Board of Governors, meeting in Vienna, adopted a strongly worded resolution on Iran’s omissions in reporting its clandestine nuclear ambitions, calling on Tehran to take a number of steps to rectify the situation. Mr. ElBaradei is due to report back to the Board on the matter in May.
In Oslo (Norway), Secretary-General Ban speaks at the launch of the final report on the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), flanked by Norway’s Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, and President Paul Kagame, of Rwanda. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas This is according to the final assessment of the MDGs, which range from halving extreme poverty rates to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015. “The report confirms that the global efforts to achieve the Goals have saved millions of lives and improved conditions for millions more around the world,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the launch of the report in Oslo, Norway. “These successes should be celebrated throughout our global community. At the same time, we are keenly aware of where we have come up short,” he added. Data and analysis prove that even the poorest countries can make dramatic and unprecedented progress with targeted interventions, sound strategies, adequate resources and political will, says the report, which reflects the global and regional progress of the eight MDGs over the past 15 years that has been monitored and analyzed annually by data compiled by more than 28 UN and international agencies. “The MDGs worked at all levels – global, national and local, rallying not just diplomats and technocrats in conference buildings but communities gathering in village squares,” said Mr. Ban, who was joined at the launch by MDG Advocates Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, and Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda. ‹ › “The MDGs measured what mattered to people. As we look ahead, we must do more to reach those who are most vulnerable, are not counted and have not shared the improvements of the past 15 years.” The report – whose launch coincides with the opening in New York of the high-level segment of the 2015 session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the three-day Ministerial Meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development – found that the 15-year effort to achieve the Goals was largely successful across the globe, while acknowledging shortfalls that remain. “Enormous progress has been made towards achieving the MDGs. Global poverty continues to decline,” the report said. “More children than ever are attending primary school. Child deaths have dropped dramatically. Access to safe drinking water has been greatly expanded. Targeted investments in fighting malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis have saved millions.” “The MDGs,” it added, “prove that goal setting can lift millions of people out of poverty, empower women and girls, improve health and well-being, and provide vast new opportunities for better lives.” The report drew attention to climate change and environmental degradation that undermine progress achieved, and noted that conflicts remain the biggest threat to human development and the greatest obstacle to progress in achieving the MDGs. The emerging post-2015 development agenda, including the set of sustainable development goals that will be adopted at a summit at UN Headquarters in September, strives to reflect these lessons, build on the successes and put all countries, together, firmly on track towards a more prosperous, sustainable and equitable world. “As we reflect on the MDGs and set our sights on the next 15 years, I am confident that we can deliver on our shared responsibility to end poverty, leave no one behind and create a world of dignity for all,” Mr. Ban said at the launch. Breaking down the progress made on each of the eight MDGs, the report found that: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Prime Minister Erna Solberg, President Paul Kagame and members of the MDG Advocacy Group. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas
Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdallah, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-second session. UN Photo/Cia Pak “As partners, we can work together to preserve the security of the Gulf region, to combat terrorism and to provide protection for international navigation and commerce routes,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, addressing the world body in New York. He also urged compliance with international conventions and instruments to address the greatest challenge facing the international community – terrorism. “Terrorism is no longer confined to terrorist organizations that can be confronted and eliminated. Rather, that menace has become a tool in the hands of States determined to create crises in other countries in pursuit of their own agenda” he said, adding that it is no longer acceptable to allow rogue countries to occupy others’ territories, violate the sovereignty of States, threaten international peace and security, support terrorism and spread hate and anarchy.Full statement available here In his address, Foreign Minister Yousef bin Alawi bin Abdullah of Oman highlighted his country’s adherence to UN principles. “We call upon all states to exert more efforts to help the United Nations restore its pivotal role in international relations.,” he said.“The Sultanate of Oman invites the United Nations and the International Community to take up their responsibilities and strive to achieve peace, prevent conflicts and wars and settle difference, through dialogue and peaceful means. In this respect, my country renews its readiness to work with the United Nations to build a new world of security and stability.”Full statement available here
Dick Pfander, the collector of NBA box scores whom I wrote about this week, was integral to getting decades of statistics from the league’s early years into Sports-Reference.com’s database. So, too, was a man with little interest in the NBA but a knack for typing — really, really fast typing. Sean Wrona Courtesy of Sean Wrona After Pfander sold his trove of data to Sports Reference, the company had to figure out who would enter the data from the images of box scores it had acquired into its database. Who better than Sean Wrona, a champion speed typist and sports-data enthusiast who maintains his own auto-racing statistical site?To find out what it takes to enter historical sports data, and what you can learn by doing so, I interviewed Wrona by email. Wrona’s experience is also a reminder that the data we use comes from somewhere, and it’s often imperfect. Here’s an edited transcript of his responses:My experience with my auto-racing statistical archive race-database.com gave me abundant archival experience that I could apply to this. I had plenty of experience dealing with erroneous data sets, trying to guess the appropriate and most logical corrections that needed to be made to make the data as accurate as possible, and so on.I definitely picked up speed as I went along, too, both with my own archival work and my Sports Reference work. I entered 32 then-NASCAR Grand National (now NASCAR Sprint Cup) races in a single day once.While my typing speed gives me a big advantage, this has minimal similarity to competitive typing. In competitive typing, you don’t have to check or verify anything. Sometimes on some sites you will occasionally find quotes with incorrect spelling or grammar, so you have to adjust your correct instincts as you go, but that’s very rare. At my typing speed, competitive typing is a thoughtless pursuit.The priority with archival work is to go as quickly as you can while minimizing errors.Auto racing and college basketball are the only sports I’ve seriously followed, but I know enough about the core statistics of most sports so that I can understand a box score enough to archive it properly.I entered the complete box-score results from the 1979-80 to 1984-85 NBA seasons in reverse chronological order as a series of thousands of SQL queries from February 2012 to March 2013.It took about eight minutes to enter a box score and two minutes to enter the team-level data for the later seasons that had more information. But for the earlier seasons, which had a lot less information available, I could do it as quickly as four minutes per box score and one minute per team-level entry.Strangely, the earlier box scores seemed to be more legible than the later ones in the early ’80s. The later ones tended to have tons of smudges that obscured the data, while the earlier ones read much more clearly.Primarily I checked to make sure that individual players’ field goals made/attempted, free throws made/attempted and point totals added up to the overall team scores. Usually I subtracted each individual’s total from the overall team total and if the result differed from zero, I checked and usually double-checked by adding all the totals instead of subtracting to make sure I hadn’t made an arithmetic error.The box scores themselves had far more errors than I made — as on average maybe twice a week, there was a box score where the data didn’t properly add up — but I never tabulated an error rate (it might have taken me nearly as long as entering the games did!). This is understandable, because record-keeping was a lot more difficult in the ’70s before personal computers became ubiquitous. I’m also very good at feeling when I’ve made a typo and can correct it on the fly.I certainly noticed games that went into overtime, mainly because they kept my game-level data from displaying in a well-aligned fashion. I did notice some noteworthy stat lines where players had very high scores, rebound totals, etc.I came to have a deep respect for Bernard King, a player I had actually never heard of when starting this project. His Basketball Hall of Fame induction was clearly overdue, because he was dominant for a fairly long period despite not being a household name on the level of the Dream Team members. His peak years happened to perfectly coincide with the years I archived, but still …You’ll definitely learn some stuff when you archive, especially if you know very little. I certainly have learned a lot more about auto racing through my own site. However, I think with my applied statistics work at Cornell and my extensive archival experience, it isn’t necessary to have a deep knowledge to be a good archivist.
The story of the week in German handball is a detail from the DHB Cup 1/4 match between Rhein Neckar Lowen and THW Kiel, when the Danish star Rene Toft Hansen was knocked down by RNL captain Uwe Gensheimer in defensive action in the first half.Ater the match, THW Kiel captain Filip Jicha published an open letter to his colleague on his FB profileDear Uwe Gensheimer,yesterday it was a busy quarter-finals. A handball match, which was played with a lot of body contact. A game that had to electrify fans. And even after this encounter are as winners and losers. My congratulations to the Rhein-Neckar Löwen from Mannheim to entry into the Final Four for the DHB Cup in Hamburg.I accept my role as a loser, but I stand behind and beside my teammates – and I stand behind this sport that should be based on respect and fairness spread.When Handball happens a lot: you fight, you show emotions, you will encounter an opponent unintentionally in the face, some players get hurt badly in this game, which also means pure passion for each of us. Also, one is sometimes frustrated, but still: respect and fairness – also for the opponents – should come first. Especially with those who hold a so-called role models in our sport.Dear Uwe Gensheimer, that will not do! What did you do, you may take in your hand in this position, a role model simply will not allow. Out of respect for our sport and also because you – like me – wearing the captain’s armband in the club and the national team.In this cup match you win, and we are the losers. But you’ve lost a lot more in my eyes.Filip Jicha Filip JichaUwe Gensheimer ← Previous Story SSV Bozen win Italian Cup in Siracusa! Next Story → Lars Kaufmann leaves SG Flensburg next summer