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Big Fight Over Small Business Research

first_imgThe U.S. Congress is scrambling to reauthorize a $2 billion program that supports research by small high-tech businesses before it expires next month. And although all sides agree that start-up companies are an important engine in fostering innovation, there are some big disagreements about the program’s impact on academic research funding and the kinds of companies eligible for support. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which began in 1982, is funded by taxing the research budgets of 11 federal agencies. The current 2.5% set-aside would grow to 3.5% by 2020 under a bill (S.1233) passed last week by the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. (The portion spent on a younger sibling that targets university start-ups, the Small Business Technology Transfer program, would grow from 0.3% to 0.6%.) The House version (H.R.2965) of the reauthorization, to be taken up on Wednesday by the science committee and possibly Thursday by the small business committee, provides for no such increase. That’s fine with the biomedical research community, which isn’t thrilled at the prospect of a bigger bite being taken out of federal support for basic research at the National Institutes of Health, which runs the second largest SBIR program after the Department of Defense. It’s also the position taken by the Obama Administration as outlined in a 2 June letter to Senator Mary Landrieu (D–LA), chair of the Senate panel. A last-minute change in the Senate bill, however, includes NIH in the expansion, possibly a reaction to a decision by Congress in February to exclude NIH’s $10 billion boost in the stimulus package from the SBIR set-aside. 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The real battle is likely to be over how to ease a controversial restriction on participation by venture capital firms imposed by the Small Business Administration in 2002. That change blocked companies receiving a majority of their funding from venture capital firms from applying for grants on the grounds that the program was designed to help the proverbial entrepreneur in his garage, not a spinoff from some giant company or a gamble by deep-pocketed financiers. The biotech industry and NIH officials disagree. They say that the exclusion is counterproductive and has prevented the agency from funding those companies most likely to hit the jackpot. The House bill attempts to restore the status quo by lifting the restriction but adding a proviso that no single venture capital firm could hold a majority stake in a start-up. The Senate bill, in trying to strike a balance, would allow NIH to spend up to 18% of its money on grants to such firms, with other agencies limited to 8%. (The numbers are based on a 2006 report by the General Accounting Office that found 18% of NIH’s SBIR awards in 2001–-04 went to companies that had received money from venture capitalists. The DOD figure was 7%.) The White House waffles on the issue, telling Landrieu that small businesses “should not be crowded out of the program” but that it’s also important that “the most promising small companies are not arbitrarily restricted or excluded because of their capital structure.” A neutral party in the debate, the National Research Council of the National Academies, says in a new report out this month that the provision is trying to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. Its survey of companies that had received Phase II grants (up to $750,000 after a $100,000 proof-of-principle Phase I award) found that as few as 12%—and perhaps only 4%—of companies that rely on venture-capital funding received SBIR awards. (The study covered awards made from 1992 through 2002.) It argues for a return to the pre-2002 status quo, saying that “the impact of the ruling falls disproportionately on the most promising firms—those repeatedly selected by NIH for their promising technologies and venture investors for their commercial potential.” Both bills would raise the current guidelines on the size of the typical awards, now $100,000 for Phase I and $750,000 for Phase II, to keep up with inflation. The House is more generous, going up to $2 million for Phase II and $250,000 for Phase I. (The Senate levels are $1 million and $150,000, respectively.) The House would extend the program for 2 years, whereas the Senate’s bill runs until 2023. The clock is ticking on a compromise. The programs expire on 31 July, and although all sides say they want to finish work by then, it’s more likely that Congress will need to approve an extension into the fall so legislators can keep plugging away.last_img read more

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Back to drawing board for Team Lakay after 2017 letdown

first_imgView comments Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netBANGKOK —It hasn’t been the best year for Team Lakay.With a string of losses to end the year, none more painful than Eduard Folayang losing his ONE Lightweight Championship last November, it’s easy to assume that Benguet-based stable has lost its winning touch.ADVERTISEMENT Top lightweight contenders Folayang and Honorio Banario, flyweights Danny Kingad and Geje Eustaquio, bantamweight Kevin Belingon, and strawweights Joshua Pacio, April Osenio, and Gina Iniong are all looking to recover from the funk and put themselves in a position to challenge the champions in their respective weight divisions next year.However, the first step in getting back on the saddle is pinpointing the problem, and Sangiao admitted that his fighters fell to the trap of complacency.“I think we relaxed a bit, that’s why you can’t deny those results. We need to focus more on our training and the skills we need to develop on our fighters,” said Sangiao.ADVERTISEMENT But it’s not the first time that Team Lakay has experienced a skid like this, and coach Mark Sangiao is more than confident that his Igorot warriors will bounce back in 2018.“We’ve been here before, so we’ll go back to basics and study where we lacked,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSangiao cited the disastrous 2015 campaign for Team Lakay, which prompted his fighters to focus on their weaknesses that led to their glory run in 2016.“We’ll do individual assessments on what we need to work on,” he said. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES Malditas save PH from shutout Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claimscenter_img Horn wants to show Pacquiao win was no fluke MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Watch: Funniest arrest video of all time

first_imgThe video opens with a police officer chasing after a dwarf with bow legs who is trying to escape but eventually gets caught.A policeman’s life, no matter which town he is an officer in, is never easy.Every once in a while when peace seems to have finally settled in, some crackpot ends up ruining that perfect cup of tea or coffee.Here is one such video of a Los Angeles police officer making an arrest. The only difference is that the video is likely to leave you with a stomach ache thanks to laughing too loud. In his bid for freedom, the man even tries to climb up a streetlight pole.The nearly two-minute-long video opens up with a police officer chasing after  a dwarf-ish man with bow legs. Interestingly, the man is wearing nothing but a pair of sparkly white shorts with a beret and sports shoes.And like every criminal resisting arrest, the man does his token bit of protests and makes life somewhat miserable for the police officer. At one point, when the officer lets go of his arms, the man tries to climb up a streetlight pole in his bid to escape the law.Tired of the man’s antics, the officer is finally forced to handcuff him.As a last resort, when the police officer arrests him, the man shouts,But that doesn’t stop the man, who screams, “I can break these cuffs!”Can he and did he? Watch the video (and laugh your heart out):advertisementlast_img read more

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We are ready for India in World T20 clash, says Shahid Afridi

first_imgPakistan’s T20 captain Shahid Afridi is prepared for a tough World T20 campaign in India after the ICC announced the draws of the biennial event in March-April.”It is a tough draw for us and we are looking forward to the second match against India in Dharamasala,” he told the media on Thursday.”We have little time left to prepare for the World T20 and we need to finalise our combination when we tour New Zealand next month,” he said.”I say it is a tough draw for us because in T20 cricket they are no second chances. We have been making too many mistakes in recent matches and we need to leave that behind us now,” he said.The flamboyant allrounder, who has said he plans to retire after the World T20 in India, said the match against the hosts would be a big one.”Everyone is excited about this match and I know we have never beaten them in a World Cup or World T20 match. So it is a big challenge for us and I hope it also motivates the team to do well and try to win the title once again,” he said.Pakistan, who won the World T20 in 2009 in England, are placed in Group 2 of the Super Ten round in the sixth edition of the World T20 to be held from March 9-April 3 2016, along with hosts India, Australia, New Zealand, and a yet to be decided qualifier.Pakistan also lost to India in the final of the inaugural World T20 in South Africa. Pakistan were also beaten by India in the World Cup earlier this year and have lost to them six times in the 50-over event since 1992.advertisementAfridi said he was not someone who lived in the past.”Results can be changed by playing well at any time so what has happened in the past is history. I can tell you we are already pumped up for the India match.”Asked if he was hopeful that Pakistan would be playing India in a bilateral series soon and whether Pakistan would go to India for the World T20, Afridi said these were areas concerning the cricket board not players.”What the PCB decides we will follow but as cricketers we know a Indo-Pak clash is followed all around the world and that pumps up the competition level for everyone.”last_img read more

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Japan and Punjab University organised seminar: Indian students are welcomed in Japan

first_imgAs many as four ministry departments of Japan and Panjab University on Monday organised a seminar on the topic “Higher Education and Research in Japan – 2017” at the Panjab University.Various ministries from Japan include, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.At the seminar were officials from the Japan’s embassy, and two participating universities from Japan – Ritsumeikan University and The University of Japan.What happen at the event?Students attending the seminar and participants were enlightened about the accrue research opportunities available in the Island nation. Specifically, research opportunities are available at Japan’s leading universities and several other companies.The Director of the University of Tokyo India Office, Hiroshi Yoshino deliberate about the various research fields such as robotic, aerospace, high speed railways, Physics, Chemistry and also the positions available in these fields.At the event, Daisue Kodama, First Secretary of Embassy of Japan in New Delhi, spoke of how Japan’s universities are quite welcoming and friendly towards international students and shows extreme welcoming spirit especially to Indian diasporas.Guidelines for post-graduate enrollment and research programmes in various disciplines were thoroughly laid down besides explaining the various government and local sponsored scholarships for the Indian diasporas.While ensuring Japan as a safe country for foreign students, Director Ritsumeikan India Office, Shozo kitamura applauded the students and academic staff for ensuring successful event.Read: How educated is VK Sasikala?Read: 14 out of 20 IIMs are running without a director: HRD Ministry Click here for education related news.For more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.com.advertisementlast_img read more

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South Africa vs Australia: Nathan Lyon charged for dropping ball on AB de Villiers

first_imgAustralia’s Nathan Lyon has been charged by the International Cricket Council (ICC) with a Level 1 breach of ICC’s Code Conduct for dropping the ball on AB de Villiers after the South African batsman was run out.On Day 4 of the Durban Test, De Villiers was run out for a duck after being involved in a mix-up with Aiden Markram. ABD tried to make his ground with a dive but failed after some brilliant fielding from David Warner and some sharp work by Lyon. However, in the moment of joy, Lyon didn’t notice De Villiers’ position and dropped the ball on him while he was lying on the ground. The Australians, without realising it, went on with their wild celebrations led by Warner.After the day’s play and reviewing the incident, match referee Jeff Crowe decided to charge Lyon with conduct contrary to spirit of cricket — a level one offence. He is expected to be fined a certain per cent of his match fee.However, reports say Lyon spoke to the South African and apologised to him and the spinner also accepted the charge and no hearing was required. The Australian vice-captain Warner however, got away with any charge for his celebrations. (Durban Test: Starc, Marsh script Australia’s 118-run win over South Africa) South Africa vs Australia: David Warner celebrated wildly after AB de Villiers fell for a duck (Reuters Photo)News of Lyon’s charge arrived as Cricket Australia continues to investigate a confrontation between Warner and Quinton de Kock during the tea break on day four.advertisementLyon is not the only Australian, who could be fined as Warner can still be called upon to explain his actions after video footage of his charging at Quinton de Kock was released. The incident took place during tea time on Day 4 and the video shows Warner being restrained by Australia batsman Usman Khawaja and Lyon as he directs a verbal barrage at De Kock, who exited the field as South Africa’s not-out batsman at the same time as the Australians.Australia wicketkeeper Tim Paine also moves in to block Warner before his captain Steve Smith ushers the opening batsman away.Cricket Australia has said it is looking into the matter.”CA is aware of reports of an incident between players in Durban,” a CA spokesperson said.”CA is working to establish the facts of what has occurred and will not be commenting further until that has been done.”This @davidwarner31 & @QuinnyDeKock69 incident at tea time yesterday. Not the first time a similar incident like this has occurred. And some calling for Warner to be captain one day. Not with this behaviour. Let’s see what the @ICC do about this?? #SAvAUS pic.twitter.com/hxsqi80FvaSuleman Modan (@Figjamfan) March 5, 2018Speaking about the incidents, former Australia captain Adam Gilchrist said that Australians don’t need to be so aggressive all the time.”As an outside observer, I think you would find that a little bit off-putting at times, a little bit bad taste at times and the question may even come over all those eras as a general statement. Australian teams have generally been at the top of the pile, not every minute of those times, but generally they’re a very competitive, world class team and some would say they don’t need to do that.”Why do you need to present that somewhat ugly look if you’re playing such good cricket? And they’re not good images and it’s hard to know, to comment specifically about this incident overnight, and any other time, unless you’re there and know the ins and outs of what was said and what sparked it and the verbal volleys that would have been thrown around,” Gilchrist told SEN Radio.”Very hard to comment on the detail of it but no denying that some of the parts of the celebration of the run-out of De Villiers and then obviously this incident that I’m sure you’re getting to, of this leaked dressing room footage, it’s not a very good look. I think it needs to be considered how to react in certain scenarios and learn from the scenarios,” he added.The visitors however were on point in the field as they beat the hosts by 118 runs to take 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series.Smith’s men, who struggled for majority of the second and third session on Day 4 and almost gave the match away to the Proteas, rode on a fiery Mitchell Starc over to come back into the game. After Mitch Marsh broke the 147-run stand between Markram and De Kock, Starc removed Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj and Kagiso Rabada in the 80th over to turn the game on its head.advertisementHowever, De Kock and Morne Morkel saw off the spinners on Sunday but the resistance didn’t last long on Day 5 as Josh Hazlewood sent De Kock packing to seal the win for the Baggie Greens.last_img read more

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‘Cristiano please stay’: Real Madrid fans react to Ronaldo’s exit hint

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo shocked the football fraternity when he hinted at a possible exit from Real Madrid moments after lifting their third straight Champions League trophy in Kiev.From club president Florentino Perez to coach Zinedine Zidane and captain Sergio Ramos, nobody seemed to have any idea of the developments and the fans were thrown into a horror show amidst a historic moment and absolute elation.As the team came back to Madrid to celebrate the win with fans in an open-top bus parade, Real Madrid supporters chanted the name of Ronaldo even as Ramos and Marcelo lifted the trophy in celebration.Right after the parade, when the celebrations shifted to the Santiago Bernabeu, fans were still behind Ronaldo.Also read – Bale’s genuis, Karius’ bloopers highlight UEFA Champions League finalThe Portuguese, who once again finished as the top scorer in the Champions League with 15 goals, was given a hero’s welcome at the Bernabeu with fans chanting and singing “Cristiano please stay”. Cristiano Ronaldo was given a hero’s welcome by the fans, urging him to stay at Real Madrid. (Photo: Reuters)Ronaldo responded to the supporters optimistically. Unlike his comments in Kiev on Saturday, it seemed Sunday had the sun smiling at him.Real Madrid’s all-time top scorer lifted the spirits of the fans by declaring “See you next year” and then went on to say, “I feel proud to play at the biggest club in the world. I’m very comfortable here. With these players it’s impossible not to win.”advertisementFriendship goals! SIIIIIIIIIUUUUU!@MarceloM12@Cristiano#CHAMP13NS pic.twitter.com/we2Ona6vyh#CHAMP13NS (@realmadriden) May 27, 2018While Ronaldo’s words after the Champions League victory came as a shock, Gareth Bale’s statement was rather on expected lines.Bale revealed that he was fit the whole time after the first six months and “I need to playing week in, week out. Will sit with my agent in the summer and discuss future.”He also expressed his disappointment over not starting the match and said, “Very difficult not to start the game. When I come on, I want to make an impact. I had to make an impact and I did that.”While Ronaldo’s words for fans in Madrid must have turned their shock into feeling of jubilation, Bale’s exit looks inevitable. It remains to be seen though of who wants him and can afford him — Manchester United being most likely.Madrid’s celebrations on Sunday were similar to their trophy parade last year and yet again, thousands of supporters turned up to greet and celebrate alongside Zidane’s historic-making side.The team began their celebrations with a service at the Almudena Cathedral before visiting the city chambers and later the city hall, addressing gathered fans in the Plaza del Sol.#ZIDANE#CHAMP13NS pic.twitter.com/82z6m5CqWA#CHAMP13NS (@realmadrid) May 27, 2018″Fortunately, this is turning into a routine for us,” said Real captain Sergio Ramos of his team, who became the first side since Bayern Munich in 1976 to win the competition three years in a row.”The team received support when we needed it the most and this also belongs to you. Now we have to think about winning number 14, because that’s what this club obliges us to do.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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Dubai likely to host Kabaddi World Cup in 2019

first_imgDubai, Jun 25 (PTI) Dubai is all set to host the fourth edition of the Kabaddi World Cup in 2019. This will be the main agenda of discussion in the International Kabaddi Federation’s annual general body meeting that will take place here on June 29, on the sidelines of the six-nation Kabaddi Masters Dubai. The IKF president Janardan Singh Gehlot told PTI here that their main objective to organise the one-off Kabaddi Masters here was to organise the World Cup in 2019. He however refused to confirm that Dubai has been confirmed as the venue. “All the three World Cups have taken place in India. We want the sport to spread so we have arranged this preparatory tournament. Dates and venue are yet to be announced. We are assessing the pros and cons here,” Gehlot said. Pressed further, he said: “I am not here to speculate. I will only declare (the venue) when it’s made official.” The six-nation Kabaddi Masters is being held at the Al Wasl Sports Club which hosted legendary Diego Maradona during his 2011-12 stint with its football team. Argentina Kabaddi Federation president Ricardo Acuna also hinted that Dubai has “high possibility” to host the World Cup. “The idea has been mooted now there will be discussions and IKF will also seek feedbacks from the six participating nations (India, Iran, Pakistan, Korea, Argentina and Kenya). It’s definitely possible but will only be confirmed on June 29,” Acuna, who brought kabaddi to the football-obsessed country in 1999, told PTI. Acuna further said there would be three Latin American teams in the next World Cup.advertisement “We will have Mexico and Colombia joining in the meet. It will definitely give a great push for the sport. Hopefully we will be able to taste our first victory at international level,” Acuna said. The Kabaddi World Cup was founded in 2004 in Mumbai while Panvel hosted the second edition in 2007. The last edition of the meet witnessed 12 nations including Kenya and Argentina and was held in Ahmedabad. “It’s part of our preparation to get the sport into Olympics. England, Poland, Italy have organised a championship. We have a federation in Denmark. “It’s a slow process. I don’t have a magic wand. We don’t have a vote in Olympic council. There are certain norms and we are trying our best to fulfil the criteria to get recognised by the Olympic council. It’s my dream to see kabaddi in Olympics. We will keep trying but it’s not up to me,” Gehlot signed off. PTI TAP BS BSBSlast_img read more

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Sylvanvale have a ball at clinic

first_imgThe 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Junior Clinic on Friday, 16 January at Remondis Stadium, Cronulla included a number of special guests, none more important than the group from the Sylvanvale Foundation. The group comprised of adults and young adults with different forms of physical and intellectual disabilities, all of whom had a great passion for learning about Touch Football and having as much fun as possible whilst doing so. With assistance from Touch Football Australia, New South Wales Touch Association and Cronulla Sharks staff, the group were provide a unique experience, by having a run around on the home ground of the Sharks as well as going home with a number of special gifts.Steve, a mad Cronulla Sharks fan, had an amazing time, and showed off all of the skills that he had learnt as part of the clinic, including trick passes and touchdowns.The Sylvanvale Foundation’s Operations Manager, Marti Travers, said the group have not stopped raving about their time at the clinic and are looking forward to using their new found skills.The group also had a chance to meet and speak with Australian Touch Football representatives, as well as members of the Cronulla Sharks NRL side, and made sure they got plenty of gear signed to keep as a memory of this special day.The Sylvanvale Foundation works with children and adults with disabilities to provide them with experiences as well help them to successfully live in their communities.More information on the Sylvanvale Foundation can be found at – http://www.sylvanvale.com.au/index.php To view photos from the day, head to the TFA Facebook page – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia and stay tuned to the TFA YouTube channel for the highlights – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus. Related LinksSylvanvale Cliniclast_img read more

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Festival Organisers Receive Cultural Skills Training

first_img Organisers of festivals have benefited from a training seminar aimed at strengthening their capacity to stage such events.The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) partnered with the British Council to host the one-day seminar, dubbed ‘Festival X’, at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on Wednesday (June 13).The event was held in response to the demand for cultural skills development and training locally.The objective is to improve execution of local festivals through data gathering, knowledge dissemination, planning and monitoring, in order to boost the festival and experience economy sectors.Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, in her remarks at the opening session of Festival X, said the initiative is in line with the Ministry’s mandate to ensure that opportunities are made available for industry practitioners to be exposed to best practices, thereby improving Jamaica’s cultural product.She noted that local festival organisers participated in the British Council’s International Festivals Academy (IFA) programme held in Edinburgh, Scotland, in April.“It is very appropriate that we are all here today to discuss, collaboratively, how Government, international partners and the private sector can strengthen the Jamaican economy through the creative industries,” she said.Miss Grange said the seminar is timely, as preparations are under way for two of the country’s biggest festivals – the Emancipation and Independence celebrations.Country Director for the British Council, Olayinka Jacobs-Bonnick, said the training will serve to build capacity in creative and cultural skills and support policy dialogue, thereby enhancing the professionalisation of the cultural and creative industries in Jamaica.“It is important that festival managers and professionals have the knowledge to increase sustainability and growth of festivals worldwide,” she pointed out.Interim Executive Director for the JCDC, Orville Hill, for his part, said that Festival X “is making a contribution in the process to improve brand Jamaica”. The objective is to improve execution of local festivals through data gathering, knowledge dissemination, planning and monitoring, in order to boost the festival and experience economy sectors. The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) partnered with the British Council to host the one-day seminar, dubbed ‘Festival X’, at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on Wednesday (June 13). Organisers of festivals have benefited from a training seminar aimed at strengthening their capacity to stage such events. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Premier Congratulates de Jonge for Olympic Bronze Medal

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter congratulated Mark de Jonge of Halifax for his exciting bronze-medal win in the men’s K-1 200m final today, Aug. 11, at the Olympic Games in London. The Maskwa Aquatic Club kayaker narrowly missed silver, with a photo finish needed to determine second and third place. De Jonge took the bronze in a time of 36.657 seconds. “A bronze medal is a fantastic accomplishment for Mark, especially considering he hasn’t competed in a major national event this year,” said Premier Dexter. “His hard work and determination after returning to the sport has made Nova Scotians extremely proud.” Mr. De Jonge broke a finger in training during the spring and missed the entire World Cup season. He had also taken more than two years off from competition after the last Olympics before returning to the sport. Mr. De Jonge won his heat and semifinal Friday. This is the debut of the 200-metre events at the Olympics, replacing the 500-metre events. The bronze was Canada’s 18th medal at the London Olympic Games, equalling the number Canada won in Beijing in 2008.last_img read more

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Front line officers felt outgunned Moncton massacre trial told

first_imgMONCTON, N.B. – A senior RCMP officer says he warned superiors about the lack of firepower for front line officers long before the 2014 Moncton shooting rampage that left three Mounties dead.Supt. Troy Lightfoot told the RCMP’s trial on labour code charges Thursday he became concerned about officer and public safety after various active shooter incidents including the 2005 attack in Mayerthorpe, Alta., that killed four Mounties.“We felt at the time that we were basically outgunned,” Lightfoot said of active shooter incidents. “I felt that we needed new tools.”The allegations against the RCMP stem from its response to Justin Bourque’s shooting rampage in Moncton, N.B., in which he killed three officers and wounded two others. Bourque was armed with a semi-automatic rifle.Police use of C8 carbine rifles became a central focus in the fallout from the shootings, with some Moncton officers complaining they were outgunned because they did not have carbines. The high-powered weapons have a greater range than the officers’ standard-issue pistols.Lightfoot told Moncton provincial court Judge Leslie Jackson he contributed to a briefing note in 2006 that recommended looking at carbines for Mounties, and was told his team should continue researching the issue.But Lightfoot said the RCMP then became focused on the public backlash stemming from the 2007 Tasering death of Robert Dziekanski in Vancouver, and he expressed concerns about the lack of resources being put towards progressing the carbine file.“It was unattainable to address it alone, or without other resources,” said Lightfoot, an expert in tactical operations and use of force.Lightfoot — who in 2006 was in charge of the RCMP’s operational policy section — said an independent researcher was eventually hired in 2009 to look at carbines for the force.Lightfoot said the researcher’s report the following year recommended the RCMP pursue a carbine program, but it was rejected by senior management. He testified that he did not know why.The national police force ultimately approved the C8 carbine rifles in September 2011, but the rollout took time.Earlier this week, Supt. Bruce Stuart testified that the carbine purchasing, training and rollout was a highly complicated process with many people involved, and one that was not to be rushed.Stuart, a use of force expert who worked with Lightfoot, agreed when asked by defence attorney Ian Carter on Wednesday if he had attempted to ensure carbines were adopted in timely way, while also making sure the process was done appropriately.Crown prosecutor Paul Adams has said the majority of the Moncton officers who responded to the active-shooter call on June 4, 2014, lacked full training.In his opening comments, he said some of the fatalities could have been avoided had the force complied with labour laws.Alphonse MacNeil, a retired assistant commissioner with the RCMP, has said the carbines should be rolled out faster. His 2015 report on the Moncton shootings concluded the high-powered weapons could have made a difference in that incident.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

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BEING ABLE TO TELL OUR OWN STORIES MOLLY OF DENALI BRINGS INDIGENOUS

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Molly of Denali follows the adventures of feisty and resourceful 10-year-old Molly Mabray, an Indigenous girl living in Alaska. (CBC) Creative producer, Princess Daazhraii Johnson (who is Neets’aii Gwich’in from Alaska), said the chance to tell Indigenous stories attracted her to the show, which is a co-production between CBC Kids and PBS. Advertisement Molly of Denali, a new animated children’s TV series, is breaking new ground by putting young Indigenous characters front and centre in starring roles — and by giving Indigenous creators the opportunity to tell their own stories.The lead character Molly Mabray is a 10-year-old with Gwich’in, Dena’ina and Koyukon heritage who lives in Alaska. She’s voiced by Sovereign Bill, who brings her own Muckleshoot and Tlingit heritage to the role. Twittercenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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Business Highlights

first_img___Brexit, Italy, trade: Risks piling up for Europe’s economyFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe’s long-running economic rebound is facing a mid-life crisis as it copes with worries including a potential debt explosion in Italy, an escalating US-China trade war and a potentially disruptive British exit from the European Union. How those risks play out will decide whether the expansion — now completing its fifth year, ages gracefully for several more — or meets an early demise.___US industrial production ticks up 0.1 per cent in OctoberWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industry expanded for a fifth straight month in October, as manufacturing growth offset declines in mining and utility production. The Federal Reserve says that industrial production rose a modest 0.1 per cent last month following a 0.2 per cent advance in September. The economy has been growing at a solid rate this year. But there are concerns that the strong dollar and rising trade tensions could hurt future growth.___Beloved toy store FAO Schwarz makes its comebackNEW YORK (AP) — FAO Schwarz is returning to New York three years after it closed its beloved toy store on Fifth Avenue. A new FAO opens Friday in Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center, about 10 blocks from its former home near the southeast corner of Central Park. Although smaller, the new version will have familiar attractions including a musical clock tower and the giant piano keyboard mat on which Tom Hanks danced in the film “Big.”___CNN’s Acosta back at White House after judge’s rulingWASHINGTON (AP) — CNN’s Jim Acosta is back at the White House after a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to immediately return his press credentials, though a lawsuit over the revocation is continuing. The White House revoked Acosta’s credentials last week after he and Trump tangled verbally during a press conference following the midterm elections. CNN sued and asked the judge to issue a temporary restraining order.___VW wants to storm car market with cheaper electric modelFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Automaker Volkswagen says it will invest 44 billion euros ($50 billion) in developing autonomous and electric cars. It’s also moving to expand the appeal of battery-powered cars by selling its upcoming ID compact for about what a diesel-powered Golf costs. Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch told a news conference Friday that the company’s plans for the next five years aim to make Volkswagen “a worldwide supplier of sustainable mobility.”___California utility shares rise as regulator calms investorsSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Shares of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. soared Friday after California’s top utility regulator said his agency will help the company deal with potentially crippling liability costs from wildfires. Stock prices soared 36 per cent in midday trading after plunging 60 per cent and losing $15 billion in valuation in the week following the Northern California wildfire that is the nation’s deadliest in a century. No cause has been determined, but speculation has centred on PG&E.___Hong Kong economy cools as trade tension mountsHONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s economic growth slowed in the latest quarter and the government warned it will face headwinds from U.S.-Chinese trade tension and higher interest rates. The Chinese territory’s economy expanded by 2.9 per cent over a year earlier, down from the previous quarter’s 3.5 per cent. The government said the impact of U.S.-Chinese trade tension has ‘begun to surface’ and is ‘likely to become more apparent in the near term.’___Trump says will name EPA’s acting chief to post permanentlyWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says EPA agency’s acting head, Andrew Wheeler, will become permanent at the agency. Trump made the announcement almost in passing Friday at a White House ceremony for President Medal of Freedom honorees. The nomination would require Senate confirmation. Senators approved Wheeler as the agency’s deputy administrator in a 53-45 vote last April.___Health care, energy companies power US stock market higherNEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street capped a day of volatile trading with a late-afternoon buying spree that sent U.S. stock indexes to a mostly higher finish Friday. Despite the 11th-hour rally, the benchmark S&P 500 index ended with its second weekly loss in four weeks. Gains in health care and energy companies powered the market higher. Energy companies rose. The market got a brief boost after President Donald Trump expressed optimism that the U.S. and China will reach a deal to resolve their costly trade dispute.___The S&P 500 index rose 6.07 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,736.27. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 123.95 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 25,413.22. The Nasdaq composite slid 11.16 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 7,247.87. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies picked up 3.41 points, or 0.2 per cent, to $1,527.53.Benchmark U.S. crude oil was unchanged at $56.46 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, gained 0.2 per cent to $66.76 a barrel in London. Natural gas added 5.8 per cent to $4.27 per 1,000 cubic feet, heating oil held steady to $2.07 a gallon and wholesale gasoline jumped 1.3 per cent to $1.58 a gallon.The Associated Pres, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Kyrgyzstan takes steps to cut numbers of stateless people – UN refugee

The Central Asian country agreed to the move yesterday following a conference on statelessness in Bishkek, the capital, which was co-hosted by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Kyrgyz Government.UNHCR reports that more than 20,000 stateless people are estimated to be living in Kyrgyzstan – mostly people who hold expired Soviet or other foreign passports, or who have no documents at all.Their statelessness means they lack access to some basic rights, although the conference heard how they have a close connection to Kyrgyzstan, either from being born in the country, having lived there for many years, or from being married to a Kyrgyz citizen.Under the plan of action, UNHCR will help draft new instructions and by-laws, including one that defines the status of a stateless person, and a public awareness campaign will begin to promote the issue.The UN agency has already been working with authorities in Kyrgyzstan to find a solution to the stateless issue, including by encouraging the improved processing of applications for citizenship.Kasidis Rochanakorn, the director of the Asia bureau at UNHCR, said the action plan could set an example for other countries in Central Asia, where large numbers of stateless people also exist. 23 September 2009Kyrgyzstan has agreed to adopt an action plan to try to reduce the large number of stateless people within its borders, the United Nations refugee agency has reported. read more

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New directives issued when arresting under the PTA

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has issued directives to be followed by designated officials arresting persons under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).The directives are being issued to ensure the fundamental rights of persons arrested or detained are respected and protected, and such persons are treated humanely. The directives are based on the directives on arrest and detention issued by previous heads of state and binding international human rights law standards. The receipt should be issued in the language that the arrested person ordinarily uses. The arrested or detained person should also be allowed to communicate with a family member, relative or friend to inform of his whereabouts if person is arrested when not in presence of family or relatives. (Colombo Gazette) The person making the arrest should identify himself/herself by name and rank and show identification to the person being arrested or a relative or friend of such person; every person arrested shall be informed of the reason for the arrest and the person making the arrest or detention should issue to the spouse, parents, or relations, an arrest receipt acknowledging the fact of arrest.The name and rank of the arresting officer, the time and date of arrest, and the place at which the person will be detained should also be specified. The receipt should be attested by the person to whom the receipt is issued, and be counter signed by the arrestee, whose name, address, identity card no and reason for arrest should also be stated in the receipt. Under the directive, no person can be arrested or detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act No. 48 of 1979 except in accordance with the law and proper procedure, and by a person who is authorized by law to make such an arrest or order such detention read more

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UN appeals for 172 million in relief aid for Angola

In a mid-term review of the consolidated inter-agency appeal for Angola, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that the strategy for relief agencies until the end of 2002 is to continue to expand access to populations in distress, stabilize these populations through integrated emergency interventions, and support normalization by providing assistance to populations returning to their areas of origin or resettling.”The situation until then will remain precarious,” OCHA warns. “If humanitarian assistance is withdrawn, or slows substantially during the next year, a quarter of the country’s population is likely to slip into deeper crisis.”According to OCHA, 250,000 Angolans were displaced from their homes during the closing stages of the civil war, while government figures show that more than 30 per cent of the overall population – or some 4 million people – have lost their homes, the majority by force.Since the start of the year until early August, the UN has received 46 per cent of the funds needed to carry out relief projects, up from only 13 per cent in May. The infusion of funds enabled relief agencies to rapidly expand programmes and consolidate pipelines of key commodities, including food, non-food items, and seeds and tools.By the end of July, the situation of some 750,000 people had been stabilized and some form of assistance provided to 1.8 million others, OCHA reports. read more

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Solihull murder victim was attacked while on the phone to police

Police forensic tents outside a property on Northdown Road in Solihull Janbaz Tarin, 21, who is being is being sought over the killings of his former partner, Raneem Oudeh, 22, and her mother, Khaola Saleem, 49 A woman who was stabbed to death along with her mother was attacked while on the phone to police, it was revealed last night.Raneem Oudeh, 22, and Khaloa Saleem, 49, were killed outside their home in Solihull, West Midlands, in the early hours of Monday.It emerged last night that the mother of one had contacted police several times in the hours before her killing and was on the phone with officers when she was attacked.Police are now hunting Ms Oudeh’s former boyfriend, Afghan shopkeeper, Janbaz Tarin, 21, in connection with their deaths.West Midlands Police has referred itself to the police watchdog over the murder, after it emerged that Ms Oudeh, who is Syrian and has a two-year-old child from another relationship, first rang police on Saturday morning while she was at work, saying that Mr Tarin had threatened her.She spoke to police several times on Sunday, the force confirmed yesterday. On both accounts she had posted a message saying: “A strong woman will automatically stop trying if she feels unwanted. She won’t fix it or beg, she’ll just walk away”West Midland Police is the second largest force in the country, but it has lost more than 2,300 officers since 2010 and last month its chief constable said that increasing demand means the public do not always get the service they expect.Dave Thompson apologised and said budget cuts meant that police were “drawing the bar higher” as to what would be investigated.Additional reporting by Wayne Francis Police forensic tents outside the property Shahida Mahmood, 45, said: ‘The family were originally from Afghanistan but lived in Pakistan for a bit and he had a wife there as well before moving here.“He would laugh and joke about having two wives and brag about it quite a bit because he said they didn’t know about each other.“I told him it wasn’t funny to laugh about that but he thought it was hilarious for some reason.”West Midlands police appealed directly to Tarin to hand himself in last night, as it emerged that his former partner had maintained two Facebook accounts, one of which said: “I have cancelled all my friendships with all my friends because my account has been hacked”. Any Independent Office of Police Conduct investigation will focus on whether police ignored pleas for assistance from the mother and daughter, who is believed to have recently broken up with Mr Tarin, and how its call handlers accessed the seriousness of the threat.“They had recently split up and he kept coming around. They were worried enough to call the police a few times but they weren’t taken seriously,” one neighbour said.Neighbour Sarah Hollis said that Ms Oudeh was a “lovely women” but that the couple argued “near enough every day” before they separated. Police taped off the sceneCredit:Aaron Chown/PA A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “There were a number of calls from Miss Oudeh to police on Sunday evening and we tried to physically locate her but were unsuccessful.”Contact was being made to arrange to see Miss Oudeh and it was during this conversation that the situation quickly escalated and the call handler immediately dispatched officers to the location in Northdown Road where they arrived within minutes.” It’s not clear why police were unable to immediate locate her. However, it is understood officers had arranged for Miss Oudeh to be visited by one of the force’s so-called “diary cars”.Manned by neighbourhood police officers, these vehicles attend meetings that have been arranged with victims of crime, as part of an attempt to make it easier for members of the public to speak to police officers.The Telegraph also understands that Ms Oudeh had contacted the police when she lived with Mr Tarin at a flat in the Kingshurst area of Birmingham. This came after neighbours reported hearing screams outside the property.A large-scale policing operation continued last night to trace Mr Tarin. Ms Hollis said she could sometimes hear Ms Oudeh “shouting for help” in her quarrels with Mr Tarin. “It sounded like she was getting whipped or something. You could hear the little boy crying on the balcony,” she said.Residents near the Tarin family home in the Sparkhill area, where the suspect’s family own a convenience store, said that the 21-year-old had been recently been on “probation” for driving offences and that he had often joked about having two partners – one in Britain and one in Pakistan. Police forensic tents outside the propertyCredit:Aaron Chown/PA Janbaz Tarin, 21, who is being sought over the killings of his former partner, Raneem Oudeh, 22, and her mother, Khaola Saleem, 49Credit:West Midlands Police/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Vukasin Rajkovic in Wisla Plock

← Previous Story Romania won World Cup 2010! Next Story → Barna Putics in VfL Gummersbach Vukasin RajkovicWisla Plock Right back of Serbian national team, Vukasin Rajkovic (27) signed one year contract with third team of Polish League, Wisla Plock. Even they didn’t qualifed for Play Off final in Polish Super League last season, Wisla is still the biggest rival of the champion, Vive Targi Kielce. Rajkovic, who played for Metaloplastika Sabac, FA Goppingen and FCK Handbold, this summer was in negotations with Vardar Skopje, Pick Szeged and one of the options was also Rhein Neckar Lowen. read more

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Troika visit next week due to be brief

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Top officials from the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund are expected to spend only four days in Athens next week, when they will be briefed by the government on the measures it plans to take, before producing their report for Greece’s eurozone partners toward the end of August.The officials from what is collectively known as the troika are due in Athens on Tuesday and are expected to leave by Friday. Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras is due to meet with the visiting representatives on Thursday, July 26, to outline the measures the coalition plans to take over the next two years to save 11.5 billion euros.Apart from that, Stournaras is also expected to assure the troika officials that no more measures beyond the 3 billion euros of cuts set out earlier this year will be needed in 2012.The finance minister will also attempt to convince the technocrats that cuts to so-called special salaries in the civil service, which mainly relate to those serving in the armed forces and police, will not be needed as the savings can come from other areas. Using the argument that Greece is experiencing a bigger economic contraction than expected this year, Stournaras may also argue that some measures, such as the increase on value-added tax at hotels and restaurants, need to be reversed.Troika technical staff will remain in Athens until the end of the month and are due back in Greece a couple of weeks later to wrap up the review of the Greek program, which is expected some time after August 20 and will form the basis for discussion at the September Eurogroup meeting, when Stournaras is likely to put Greece’s case for at least an extension to the fiscal adjustment period, which is due to end in 2014. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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