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Science Moneyball: The Secret to a Successful Academic Career

first_img(After being alerted to differences between our widget’s prediction and that of the full model, Science consulted with the authors of the Current Biology study and discovered problems in the equations they had provided to us. We have fixed those issues, but stress that this version is a simplified version of their full model and the results will likely differ—this one depends on just six variables, while the original one draws on 50 variables from PubMed records. Still, we hope you will find this version useful as an exploratory tool, for seeing how getting more papers or citations improves your relative likelihood of becoming a PI.)For biomedical researchers who aspire to run their own labs, becoming so-called principal investigators (PIs), the secret is to publish frequently, as first author, and in top journals. That career advice may seem obvious, but this time it’s backed up by a new analysis of data scraped from PubMed, the massive public repository of biological abstracts.The study, reported today in Current Biology, uses the status of last author as a proxy for academic success. Those corresponding authors are likely to be running their own labs, the brass ring that young researchers are trying to grab. See what your chances are using Science’s PI Predictor graph.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 tool was dreamt up by David van Dijk, a computational biologist doing a postdoc at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. If “publish or perish” really is the main determinant of academic job success, then he figured that the publication records of scientists living today should reveal that slant. So he teamed up with Ohad Manor and Lucas Carey, computational biologists at the University of Washington, Seattle, and Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain, respectively, to look for statistical patterns in career trajectories.Drawing on 23 million abstracts in PubMed, the team focused on people whose full names are unique in the repository. They were also interested in gender as a hiring factor, so they used a database of first names to classify scientists as men and women, excluding those with ambiguous names. After all that filtering, they ended up with publication records of 25,604 scientists.Their analysis incorporated more than 200 variables, from the global rank of a scientist’s university, to the total number of papers, citations to those papers, and the impact factor of the journals in which they appeared. One revelation: The first few years of papers are enough to predict who will become a PI. Another is that impact factor isn’t everything. At least later in a career, a large number of publications in low-ranking journals can be just as good as a few in the big ones. That’s “perhaps the most interesting finding,” says Sam Gershman, a computational neuroscientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.The prestige of journals is still too strong of a determinant of career destiny, Gershman argues. “If impact factor eventually becomes less important than the number of citations, our relationship to journal publishers will profoundly change,” he hopes. “We might no longer need publication in prestigious journals to further our careers, as long as our publications are highly cited. For now, however, “impact factor is still the strongest predictor of becoming a PI.”Carey says that the tool could be expanded to include data about grants funding, tenure, and other career features. “This type of analysis might suggest candidates with a high probability of success that hiring committees might initially overlook,” he says. “I’m thinking of Moneyball and the Oakland A’s,” he says, referring to the book and film about using statistical analysis to build a better baseball team. Carey says that the role of Billy Beane, the general manager who applied the technique, could be played by “a very charismatic website to which hiring committees could submit CVs.”*Correction, 2 June, 1:20 p.m.: The affiliations for Manor and Carey have been corrected.*Update, 3 June, 9:20 a.m.: This article has been updated to define a PI (principal investigator).last_img read more

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Fire officials unhappy with safety norms at Wankhede stadium

first_imgExpressing displeasure at the non-compliance of fire safety norms at the revamped Wankhede stadium, venue of the 2011 World Cup final, the city fire brigade department on Friday said it will seek a reply from the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) in this regard.”We will soon write a letter to the MCA stating there is a need to comply with fire safety norms at the stadium. Once they abide by the terms we would again conduct an inspection,” Chief Fire Officer Uday Tatkare told PTI.On Wednesday, two fire officials, who visited the stadium for the second time to inspect the fire safety mechanism in place, found some lapses in the arrangements.”The team has found that the newly renovated stadium has many loopholes in its fire safety mechanism. The stadium must be in compliance with the fire safety conditions,” Tatkare said.”Among the mandatory fire apparatus are ring hydrant system, water hydrants, internal riser system for the stands, no-smoking indicators, fire alarms and extinguishers have to be installed. There are some lapses which they need to follow,” a fire officer said on condition of anonymity, but refused to elaborate on the lapses at the stadium.Meanwhile, MCA joint secretary Lalchand Rajput said the association had not received any sort of communication from the fire brigade department.”We have not received any sort of communication be it written or oral from the fire brigade department,” he said.Wankhede Stadium, that went into the redevelopment mode soon after the conclusion of the Indian Premier League on June 1, 2008, is to stage two other World Cup ties, apart from the summit contest on April 2.advertisementThe matches would be held on March 13 (New Zealand v Canada – a day match) and March 18 (New Zealand v Sri Lanka – a day/night match).-With PTI inputslast_img read more

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“Grateful to God” says Sreesanth on HC verdict

first_imgKochi, Aug 7 (PTI) Cricketer S Sreesanth today said he is “grateful to God” after the Kerala High Court lifted the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI in the wake of the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. Sreesanth said he has started preparations for playing the game and his aim was to find a place in the Kerala cricket team.The Kerala Cricket Association said it would take a positive decision on Sreesanths bid to play in state cricket tournaments.In his order, Justice A Muhamed Mustaque also set aside all proceedings against Sreesanth initiated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).”It is to be noted that there are no incriminating evidence to pinpoint Sreesanths involvement in sport fixing deal,” the judge said. All the 36 accused, including Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were let off in the spot-fixing case by a Patiala House court in July 2015.The BCCI, however, had refused to alter its disciplinary decision even after the verdict. PTI TGB BNlast_img read more

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PSG Becoming Champions League Specialists in Failure

first_imgPARIS (AP) — There really are no excuses left for Paris Saint-Germain.For the second time in three seasons, the cash-rich French club made the wrong kind of Champions League history in a competition it has never won.PSG became the first team to be eliminated after winning the away leg 2-0, losing to Manchester United 3-1 on Wednesday. In 2017, it was the first team to be eliminated after winning the first leg 4-0, losing 6-1 at Barcelona.Wednesday’s result was perhaps the most embarrassing.PSG defender Thiago Silva, right, and PSG forward Kylian Mbappe react end of the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, March. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)Barcelona’s attacking lineup in 2017 included Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, arguably one of the best of all time. United, on the other hand, was without two key midfielders in Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, and going forward it was missing Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Alexis Sanchez.United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was forced to select players out of position, some of them inexperienced. But United still found a way to win — or rather PSG contrived to somehow lose.All three of United’s goals stemmed from mistakes, two from defenders and one from PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. It underlined how — just like in Barcelona — the players were unable to cope with pressure.Thomas Tuchel was hired to replace Unai Emery as coach and tasked with leading PSG to at least the Champions League semifinals. Marseille is the only French team to have won the competition, back in 1993, while Monaco has reached one final and three other semifinals.But Tuchel has taken the club backward in terms of results.Emery and predecessor Laurent Blanc were fired for perceived failures in Europe despite winning a domestic treble, something out of Tuchel’s reach.PSG was eliminated from the League Cup following a humiliating home loss to Guingamp — the team in last place in the French league. In that match, PSG’s frailties were evident in conceding three second-half penalties. They were seemingly not addressed.PSG coach Thomas Tuchel speaks before the Champions League round of 16, second leg soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, March. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)DEFENSIVE ERRORSUnited’s opening goal in the second minute stemmed from a careless back pass from right back Thilo Kehrer.The injury-time penalty, awarded after a video review, was given after center back Presnel Kimpembe jumped with his back to the ball and hit it with his right arm.Buffon’s error, spilling Marcus Rashford’s long shot to striker Romelu Lukaku, was dismissed as a one-off error by the PSG coach.Tuchel denied PSG’s players lack composure and mental strength in pressure games, despite overwhelming evidence from the United game and the Barcelona rout in 2017.“We should not make the error to step into this trap, to build now a story out of it just to make our brain happy,” he said. “Because we all know as human beings, we love stories and we love logic. So for us it’s good to interpret it and good to understand the way that life goes.”GOALIE CHOICETuchel has not designated a clear No. 1 and No. 2 goalkeeper, alternating between Buffon and Alphonse Areola this season.His decision to choose Buffon against United backfired.While Buffon is one of soccer’s greats, at 41 his reflexes and agility are on the wane. In order to stay as sharp as possible he needed to be No. 1 all season, not swapping in and out with Areola.RABIOT OMISSIONPSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot, sidelined because of a contract dispute , was sorely missed against United.With PSG lacking midfielders, Tuchel has been using Marquinhos as a makeshift central midfielder alongside Marco Verratti. While Marquinhos is good enough to play there, he is also PSG’s best defender.PSG spent 402 million euros ($452 million) on forwards Neymar and Kylian Mbappe two years ago, missing the chance to strengthen other areas.TOO CASUALWhen Tuchel was told of Neymar’s Instagram rant against the video review officials who awarded the injury-time penalty against United, he smiled.“Don’t be too harsh on him … I wouldn’t over-interpret the use of his words in the heat of the (moment), Tuchel said. “It’s quickly typed into a smart phone.”The response was perhaps indicative of excessive leniency toward the club’s stars, already evident when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was allowed days off to go hunting back home in Sweden.After Wednesday’s loss, images circulated of Rabiot partying with a friend in a Paris night club.Those that played were reportedly given four days off from training because PSG does not have a league game this weekend.CULTURE OF COMPLACENCYIn 2017, two days before the return leg against Barcelona, the club released a video on YouTube called “Supper Club.” Four players sat around a table, eating pizzas and slurping soft drinks. Doubtless designed for online appeal, the casual tone smacked of taking Barcelona too lightly.Earlier this season, Mbappe and Neymar arrived for a home game against Lille each wearing a face mask from a television series. It had appeal on social networks, but it was a frivolous scene you would not expect to see at a big club.By: Jerome Pugmire, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Vidal: Sanchez to City was made up

first_imgTransfers Sanchez to Manchester City reports were ‘made up’, claims Vidal Jamie Smith Last updated 2 years ago 22:56 9/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) alexis sanchez - cropped Getty Images Transfers Manchester City A. Sánchez Liverpool v Arsenal AFC Bournemouth v Manchester City Arsenal Premier League Chile v Paraguay Chile WC Qualification South America World Cup The Chile midfielder believes reports linking his international colleague with a big-money deadline day transfer were fabricated Alexis Sanchez did not agree a deal to join Manchester City from Arsenal, according to Chile team-mate Arturo Vidal.Sanchez started in a World Cup qualifier for Chile against Paraguay on Thursday, but his side collapsed to a shock 3-0 home loss with Vidal scoring a spectacular own goal.Man City 6/4 to win the Premier League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Reports in Britain had suggested Sanchez had signed a contract with City on transfer deadline day on Thursday, with Arsenal moving for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar as his replacement, only for both deals to fall through.But Juventus midfielder Vidal suggested that was not the case and he also denied claims Sanchez had informed his international colleagues of an impending move.”To whom? No, no, to nobody,” Vidal told reporters after the match. “Not to me. I don’t think so.”I think it was all made up because he was very focused on today’s game.”Defeat to Paraguay leaves Chile in fourth place in World Cup qualification and Vidal denied Sanchez was distracted by talk about his future.”No, no. I don’t know. I don’t know,” Vidal said. “I think I have to see the game first before I can speak about that.”I think today’s result was undeserved. We were always in control, but in the end they got the three points.”last_img read more

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‘Man Utd will need four summer signings’

first_imgTransfers Man Utd to make four summer signings? Ince suggests Mourinho will be busy Chris Burton 20:23 1/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Jose Mourinho, Burnley v Man Utd, 2017/18 Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Premier League José Mourinho The former Red Devils star believes the Old Trafford ranks could need bolstering in several areas when the next window of opportunity swings opens Manchester United could be in the market for up to four players in the summer transfer window, claims Paul Ince.The Red Devils have moved to add Alexis Sanchez to their ranks in January, but Henrikh Mkhitaryan left for Arsenal in a swap agreement so Jose Mourinho does not have any more options at his disposal.It is expected that he will freshen up his squad again at the end of the 2017-18 campaign, with big-money deals having been done in recent years for the likes of Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic. 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 Ince believes additions will be essential, with it possible that United will need reinforcements at left-back, right-back, in goal and up front.The former Red Devils midfielder told the Manchester Evening News: “There’s a seriously big summer coming for Manchester United. When you’re a club like that, you’re always trying to improve. And sometimes, that means current players lose out, but that’s just how it goes.”Come summer, I’m expecting around three or four more players to come to Old Trafford. There are still issues to address, and it’s all Jose Mourinho forming his team.”He came out the other day and said he thought Luke Shaw was world class. I can see what he’s getting at, but he’s gone from slating him and refusing to playing him to saying he’s one of the best in the world. I know what he’s trying to do, give him a boost, but I’m not sure it’s right to go calling him world class.”It sounds brutal, but that left-back area will surely be one of Jose’s priorities. Matteo Darmian has been far from impressive, and I still don’t believe Mourinho thinks Shaw is the answer. Danny Rose is a name that keeps popping up, with him not getting a game at Tottenham, and he would be fantastic at United. If I was Mourinho, I’d be looking to sign him.”Another one you have to think about is how long is Antonio Valencia going to keep going? He’s been truly incredible this season, and he still looks strong and fit, but he’s 32 now and it would be good to have cover sooner rather than later for him.“No United fan likes to accept it, but the chances are those chats from Real Madrid about David de Gea will start rearing their heads again. So, if you’re Mourinho and you know they could be on the horizon, do you start looking out for a top class goalkeeper?”This one might shock people, but I reckon Mourinho will be on the lookout for another striker. A different kind of striker to Lukaku, more of a fox in the box. Obviously, it looks as though Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be on his way out unfortunately, so he could do with having a back-up option there. Someone who is lethal in front of goal is needed at the club, an out and out goal scorer.”If there’s one player that doesn’t deserve to lose out with Sanchez’s arrival, it’s [Anthony] Martial. He is one of the most talented players in the league, and probably still has 25 per cent worth of improvement to come. He’s frighteningly good.”last_img read more

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Keep Your Feet Happy with Muji’s Right Angle Socks

first_img The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 Editors’ Recommendations 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now It took the company a few years to reimagine the whole manufacturing process and remove that excess material, but in the end, they created a pair of socks so comfortable that they’re the only kind that Muji makes now. Patterns range from argyle and check, to solids and stripes; and materials range from a standard cotton/poly blend to a wool mix. In other words, the materials and patterns are ones you’re probably familiar with, but the construction is totally different. Check ’em out here How to Enjoy Your Campfires Responsibly center_img The angle your socks are manufactured with is probably something you’ve never thought about before, but it makes a world of difference in overall comfort. Most socks are made with a 120 degree angle, but our feet extend out at a 90 degree angle from our legs — so Muji decided to subtract that extra 30 degrees and see what happened. The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Are Whiskey Stones Better Than Ice? Breaking Down the Best Ways to Chill Whiskeylast_img read more

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PM Calls for United Effort to Fight Human Trafficking

first_img Mrs. Simpson Miller said Jamaica was proud to lead the efforts. Daily,young girls and boys are torn from the bosom of their families and forced to perform unspeakable acts. The Prime Minister also revealed that Jamaica is in support of the call for an international discussion on the question of reparations. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has called on countries to unite in their efforts to end human trafficking.Mrs. Simpson Miller, who was addressing the general debate of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, on September 28, said the issue is of paramount concern.She said she was particularly moved by the knowledge that daily, young girls and boys are torn from the bosom of their families, taken to strange lands, placed in sub-human conditions and forced to perform unspeakable acts.“We must unite in our efforts to eliminate this transnational scourge and bring an end to human trafficking, particularly among our women and children. We must ensure that in this modern time we do not have a re-enactment of slavery. We must stamp it out, wherever it exists, and bring the perpetrators to justice; we must protect the future generations. Never again should anything resembling slavery be tolerated anywhere,” Mrs. Simpson Miller told the General Assembly.In the meantime, the Prime Minister also revealed that Jamaica is in support of the call for an international discussion, in a non-confrontational manner, on the question of reparations.Mrs. Simpson Miller said Jamaica was proud to lead the efforts, in collaboration with CARICOM countries and members of the African Union, to have the Permanent Memorial to the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade erected at the UN.She noted that the unveiling of the winning design, which was done earlier in the week, “signals an important chapter in our journey to honour the memory of the millions of men and women who were subject to untold atrocities.”She thanked those who contributed generously to the project and urged the international community to continue to provide financial support for the initiative.last_img read more

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Fewer Jamaicans Denied Entry to T&T

first_img “According to the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), 63 Jamaican nationals were denied entry (to Trinidad) in the first quarter of 2018, and while we can’t predict what will happen by the end of the year, certainly, if this trend continues, then the reduction continues,” she said. Story Highlights Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, informed that 289 Jamaicans were refused entry by the twin-island republic in 2017, a reduction from the 416 persons in 2016. The number of Jamaicans being denied entry into Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) continues to decline. The number of Jamaicans being denied entry into Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) continues to decline.Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, informed that 289 Jamaicans were refused entry by the twin-island republic in 2017, a reduction from the 416 persons in 2016.“According to the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), 63 Jamaican nationals were denied entry (to Trinidad) in the first quarter of 2018, and while we can’t predict what will happen by the end of the year, certainly, if this trend continues, then the reduction continues,” she said.She was addressing journalists at a press briefing held on June 19 at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices.The Minister said that immigration officers’ training seminars implemented by T&T have also helped to reduce the number of complaints from Jamaicans about their treatment while in the country.Additionally, she informed that the Ministry has been sharing important travel tips to Jamaicans visiting CARICOM countries, “so that they could take responsibility when they travel”.“This cooperation between public information as well as training and governmental responsibility among member states will reduce some of the friction that exists,” she contended.The CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) facilitates hassle-free travel for all CARICOM nationals.The CSME is built on five core regimes: free movement of capital, free movement of goods, free movement of skills, the provision of services, and the right of establishment.Senator Johnson Smith said there is still a great level of disparity among CARICOM member states in the implementation of the five regimes.She noted that a protocol to treat with community nationals being denied entry at the borders is being finalised.last_img read more

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India Fines South Asia LPG for Anticompetitive Conduct

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license India’s Competition Commission has issued an order against South Asia LPG (SALPG) for abuse of dominant position for terminalling services at Visakhapatnam Port.The Commission has subsequently imposed a penalty of INR 190.7 million (USD 2.77 million) on the company, which is a 50:50 joint venture between Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) and Total Gas & Power India (TGPI).The case primarily concerned access to upstream LPG terminalling infrastructure, which comprises several components, at Vishakhapatnam Port. The infrastructure, being operated by SALPG, is used for handling imports of propane and butane and their blending into LPG.East India Petroleum (EIPL) filed an information with CCI alleging that while allowing it to use the blender, SALPG has been insisting on mandatory use of cavern. This resulted in paying significant charges to SALPG.Thus, the LPG terminalling services offered by EIPL were not economically viable and were constrained to avail the terminalling services offered by SALPG only.After a detailed investigation by the Director General, CCI conducted further inquiry in the matter and found SALPG enjoys dominant position in the market for upstream terminalling services at Visakhapatnam Port.SALPG justified its conduct on the grounds of safety as well as efficiency and business justification, however, the Commission held the impugned conduct of SALPG to be in contravention of the provisions of Section 4 of the CCI under Section 19(1)(a) of the Competition Act, 2002.last_img read more

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2 missing children reunited with parents at Delhi Airport

first_imgNEW DELHI: Two missing children who lost their way at Delhi Airport and got separated with their parents were reunited by the Delhi Police. On July 6, Woman sub-inspector Anita Kumari who was deployed at Multi Level Car Parking (MLCP), observed that two unattended children were wandering and crying loudly in the parking area. Anita responded proactively and after initial enquiry, the names of the children were revealed as Master Zennul aged — 5 years and Miss Tanno aged — 8 years and that of their parent’s as Istkar and Razia who were going to perform haj Pilgrimage. Thereafter, Anita took them along with her and went to the Haj Parking Area and searched for their parents. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsWhen the SI asked them to re-call some more details, they stated that they belong from Bulandsahar, UP and came at IGI airport in a bus with their parents and got separated from them in the crowd. After that Sub Inspector Anita reached bus parking and traced their parents and thus the children were reunited with their parents within half an hour. Both parents were full of appreciations to the young woman officer of Delhi Police for her alertness in reuniting their missing children.last_img read more

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Last Chance For Animals Launches New PSA Campaign With Kenya KinskiJones

first_imgLast Chance for Animals (LCA) announced today that model Kenya Kinski-Jones, daughter of music legend Quincy Jones, and supermodel/actress Nastassja Kinski will be featured in a PSA campaign for one of the international nonprofit’s key initiatives: raising awareness for the critically endangered mountain gorillas in Africa’s Virunga National Park.Video: Kenya Kinski Jones for LCA — Save the Mountain Gorilla!Currently a fashion “It Girl,” the 23 year-old Kinski-Jones is featured in designer Stella McCartney’s “POP” fragrance campaign, alongside other millennial role models including Madonna’s daughter Lourdes “Lola” Leon, actress Amandla Stenberg, and indie pop musician Grimes. Kinski-Jones has also appeared in a fashion campaign for Calvin Klein Jeans and has been featured in virtually every major fashion publication. Now, she’s forging a path as an animal activist to help raise awareness for severely endangered animals that are unable to protect themselves.“Kenya is an extraordinary young woman whose deep passion to protect animals combined with her rising celebrity status will help raise global awareness for the critical situation in Virunga facing the last remaining mountain gorillas on earth,” commented LCA Founder and President, Chris DeRose. “We are honored that she has chosen to collaborate with us on such an important issue.”Kinski-Jones is the latest celebrity to join in LCA’s efforts to advocate for animals. Other celebrity advocates include Kim Basinger, Pamela Anderson, Priscilla Presley, Randy Jackson, Kathy Griffin, Donna D’Errico and Josh Duhamel, among others.Watch Kenya’s PSA and learn more about LCA’s mountain gorilla campaign at www.LCASavingGorillas.org.last_img read more

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How The Draft Lottery Reshaped The NBA Landscape

natesilver: I mean, that’s how the system is supposed to work, right?neil: Well, I’ve always thought these tanking teams underestimated the luck involved in the lottery. Even under the old system.chris.herring: Last night’s outcome was probably about as solid as you could hope for from the league’s perspective if that’s the message you wanted to send. That being awful gives you a better chance but by no means guarantees you the very best — or even second-best — pick.tchow: Big win for Mr. Silver. (Adam, not Nate.)natesilver: And it’s not like the Knicks were categorically different than the Cavs, Suns or Bulls. They were just better at tanking. No. 3 is a comparatively good result vs. the rest of that group.BTW, someone should check the lottery ball codes to see what the results would have been under last year’s system.neil: Yeah, it’s weird to think of the Knicks as “winners” last night. But things could have been worse.chris.herring: The Knicks were the only team with the best lottery odds that didn’t fall out of the top four!natesilver: I really don’t get the losers talk, and I think it goes to show how people’s intuitions about probability aren’t very good.tchow: 14 percent means 100 percent, Nate!natesilver: People were treating it like 60 percent or something, I swear.neil: Knick fans’ expectations are always out of whack with reality, though… (This is a franchise that wins like the Mets but acts like it has the pedigree of the Yankees.)tchow: Neil, this is an NBA chat.chris.herring: I’m on record saying that I feel like the average Knick fan expects bad things to happen.neil: Maybe it’s more the New York media than rank-and-file fans, Chris.natesilver: This does leave open at least the tantalizing possibility of trading for Anthony Davis. If the Knicks do want to make a play for AD, this is one of the better scenarios for them. There’s no one who can trade Zion to the Pels since they already have him! The No. 3 pick is probably comparable to the best single asset that the Celtics and Lakers can offer. And if the Knicks get Kyrie Irving, maybe the Celtics don’t even try to get AD anyway.The Lakers do have the No. 4 pick, but at least based on the scouting consensus, there’s a big drop-off between 3 and 4. We’ll see if the Pelicans agree with that or not.chris.herring: I honestly don’t have a sense of what the Pelicans would prefer at this point.The Celtics would obviously be in play, based on their young talent and the draft picks they have. The Knicks just got the No. 3 pick and have two picks they got from Dallas in the Porzingis trade. Though those picks could end up being lower-end ones, depending on how the Mavericks are in the future. And then there are the Lakers, who just landed the No. 4 pick, plus all the guys they reportedly offered in February for Davis already.So it’s a combination of which players the Pelicans like, plus how they value the notion of future picks that would likely be lower in the draft, as opposed to higher ones they could make use of right now.natesilver: 🔥 Fun hot take: RJ Barrett could be the new Carmelo Anthony. High-volume, medium efficiency, good rebounder, mediocre effort on defense despite good athleticism. 🔥tchow: Looking at the different mock drafts, it does seem like there is a consensus on Top 3 (Zion, Ja, RJ in that order) and the fourth pick is immediately where you start seeing disagreements.neil: Which I think speaks to how few truly elite picks are in this draft class, Tony.chris.herring: Totally agreed.neil: But the Lakers can’t complain too much. They only had the 11th-best odds going on, so even moving up to fourth in a three-star draft is something.chris.herring: On Tuesday I walked past Gar Forman, from the Bulls’ front office, and he had a pretty grim look on his face after the team finished No. 7. Thought it was noteworthy that the Bulls’ John Paxson all but acknowledged that with a pick that low, the team was more likely to trade for a veteran as opposed to making it work with a rookie.It’s far more of a crapshoot outside of the Top 3.natesilver: We do know that the Pelicans didn’t like the Lakers’ pu pu platter back in February. And that was before Brandon Ingram’s DVT diagnosis. Although also before David Griffin took over, so maybe not as relevant now.chris.herring: There are a lot of options now for New Orleans. A lot of people were wondering out loud, too, whether getting Williamson might make the Pelicans more likely to find a deal for point guard Jrue Holiday, who could help a ton of teams as well.tchow: Chris, Paxson also had another pretty optimistic outlook on the results that I hadn’t thought of last night: neil (Neil Paine, senior sportswriter): So we just witnessed what our friend Zach Lowe called the “wildest lottery ever.” The Zion-Williamson-to-the-Knicks (or its less-heralded cousin, Zion-to-the-Lakers) hype train gained a ton of steam when both teams were revealed to be in the Top 4 … and then it crashed and burned on live TV as the Lakers ended up at No. 4 and the Knicks at No. 3.Guys, take me through each of your experiences and emotions as you saw what unfolded.chris.herring (Chris Herring, senior sportswriter): I think we saw right away how crazy this new lottery system has the potential to be. By flattening out the worst teams’ odds of winning, you get a higher probability of something like last night playing out. It was insane at the actual lottery here in Chicago. There were these enormous gasps when they announced that the Bulls were going to pick seventh, the Suns were going to pick sixth, and the Cavs were going to choose fifth.natesilver (Nate Silver, editor in chief): I was at a fairly nice Italian restaurant with a friend who doesn’t really like basketball, and I made him pull out his phone along with my phone just so we could see who had the faster livestream. Unfortunately, this restaurant had a lot of wood paneling or something that was causing the signal to be pretty weak. Anyway, the livestream cut out right when it looked like the Knicks might be shut out of the Top 4 entirely, then it came back on and they were in the Top 4, and then right after that they got the No. 3 pick. As dumb as it sounds, the experience of having my expectations lowered made the No. 3 pick seem a lot better as a quasi-Knicks fan.Also, we ordered pasta for dessert, which people should try.tchow (Tony Chow, video producer): My fingers and toes were crossed from the time Boston’s 14th pick was announced. I started jumping up and down on my couch and screaming sometime between Phoenix’s sixth pick reveal and Cleveland’s fifth. There was a moment during that window that I thought 14 percent really meant something like 98 percent, and I was ready to buy my Zion Knicks jersey.chris.herring: Hahahahaha. Brutal.neil: Our colleague Chad Matlin had a great experience as well that he granted me permission to share:“a small anecdote from brooklyn last night: I’m walking home from dinner down Flatbush Ave and a man appears half a block behind me and starts violently screaming something, but I can’t quite make out what. he keeps screaming. I only catch snippets. “FUCKING!!!” “ALL!!!” “LOSING!“”” this goes on for 90 seconds as he crosses street aimlessly, screaming the same thing over and over. I finally piece it together: “ALL THAT FUCKING LOSING FOR NOTHING!!”And that’s when I found out the Knicks didn’t win the lottery.”Suffice to say, emotions were running high here in New York.chris.herring: LMAOnatesilver: I had run the numbers beforehand, and the No. 3 pick — in a draft where there’s a clear drop-off between Nos. 3 and 4 — is slightly above the expected value for the Knicks pick. Even if you think Zion is going to be reaaaaaaaaaaaly good, a 14 percent chance just isn’t that high.chris.herring: On some level, the lottery process and unveiling is really, really challenging for the average person — even for me — to follow along with if you aren’t focused on a single team and where they’re ending up.tchow: Yeah, Chris, in the hysteria last night, the graphics on TV really played a trick on me: They had the Top 4 picks in individual blocks on top, while 5 through 14 were listed below as they were revealing the picks. As the blocks were getting filled in, you saw the Lakers, then the Grizzlies and then the Pelicans, and I went, “Holy shit, we got No. 1!”chris.herring: One team being slotted lower than you expect is useful information, but it’s hard to know exactly who it benefits until there are only two or three teams left.Rachel Nichols was explaining it in real time, but it still takes a hot second or two to register what it all means, because of the pick swaps and protections, etc.neil: It’s kind of incredible that so many of us devote time to watching the unveiling of the results of pingpong balls based on probabilities, which each have obscure caveats (protections, etc), and it actually makes for compelling TV. The NBA is amazing.natesilver: Maybe they should reveal it one pick per day at a time over the course of the playoffs, sort of like an advent calendar.Think of all the opportunities for #content.chris.herring: I’m still kind of shocked that New Orleans ended up getting it. Makes a huge difference for them going forward. All this time, analysts were suggesting that they make a deal with the team that wins the lottery for Anthony Davis. Now they have the No. 1 pick AND Anthony Davis.neil: And David Griffin said their big priority is convincing AD to stay now. Is that feasible?chris.herring: It doesn’t seem the most feasible to me. You’d love for him to change his tune on that, but reports suggest that he won’t. It’s incredibly risky to gamble on the hunch that he will.natesilver: I think Zion might make it more likely that AD is traded, if anythingBecause now the franchise has something to play for and sell hope/tickets for, even without AD. So any scenario where they’re just being super stubborn and desperate is probably off the table.chris.herring: You don’t know whether Zion alone would be enough for them to make a huge jump in the next year, which is what you’d need to feel better about letting Davis test free agency.natesilver: New Orleans was one of just three teams to win the lottery that was neither undeserving, nor boring, nor annoying. So that was a win in my book. neil: SO many people were looking at that!tchow: It must have meant something!neil: NBA conspiracies are the best.chris.herring: It seemed that might have been his preference.tchow: Can you imagine all the “it’s rigged” people if the Hawks did end up getting No. 1 after the logo double tap?chris.herring: Can’t remember too many people WANTING to go to Atlanta, but I actually hoped he’d end up there after that.neil: 😢tchow: Zion with Trae Young is really intriguing.But if we’re playing alternate universes and what-ifs, can we play “what if Zion did go to the Knicks?” Neil thinks owner James Dolan would have somehow messed it up anyway. I disagree.neil: Right, my take was always that he should be happy he didn’t go to the Knicks. Everything that franchise touches goes to ruin.tchow: But he could have changed that, Neil!chris.herring: ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was reporting pretty adamantly that the Knicks wouldn’t have traded him. So it seems like they would have moved forward with him, and then gone into free agency shooting for the stars.natesilver: I think it would have been dumb to trade him. Like, more dumb than people realize. When you consider the contracts, and that the Pelicans don’t rally have much leverage, I think you can even argue that Zion straight up is TOO MUCH for AD, without all the other assets that the Knicks were likely to have to throw into the deal. But, anyway, I guess we don’t have to worry about that now.chris.herring: I agree. You’re going to want and need cost-controlled contracts for when you get other stars, anyway. Having Zion would allow you to do that.tchow: Is it wrong of me to think that this is even more proof that the lottery was rigged? Like, the results were so much the complete opposite of what you thought a “rigged” one would look like that it’s almost too opposite. Am I making sense? Like, the results seemed to be what someone would produce to prove that something wasn’t rigged when it actually was.natesilver: Tony I think you’re overthinking this just a liiiiiiiiiiiiittle bit.chris.herring: LOLneil: Of course, they did invite some of this rigging speculation by having Patrick “Frozen Envelope” Ewing there to represent the Knicks.chris.herring: As someone who’s been in the room, it’s not rigged. They go to great lengths to let people watch it. And make the actual process available on YouTube shortly after.I think the variance is going to be really wild going forward because of how they’ve flattened out the odds for the worst few teams, though. And honestly, it will make it more fun and heartbreaking.tchow: I know it’s not rigged. But……Just kiddingneil: But yeah Chris, I wanted to ask about that. Did we see the death of tanking last night?Look at how much the results at the top differed from the ranking in order of worst records: tchow: Nate, I disagree with so much of that Venn diagram.natesilver: Hahaneil: As an Atlantan who also once worked for the Hawks, I guess I’ll take “basically OK.”chris.herring: Neil, I’m sure die-hard Hawks fans were disappointed last night. Basketball people seem to universally feel that would’ve been his best fit.Did you all see the video of Williamson hitting the Hawks logo twice before the lottery began? chris.herring: Yeah, that quote infuriated Bulls fans here. It read like something out of The Onion.tchow: LOLneil: Do the Pels have more or less leverage in an AD trade now than they did at the deadline?natesilver: Weirdly, they have less, because there’s no one who can trade them Zion!chris.herring: Exactly. Likely less leverage but more flexibility in terms of the path they take, since they can feel pretty comfortable about building their future around him.natesilver: Are people too confident that Memphis will take Ja Morant and not RJ Barrett? They both have one glaring flaw (Morant: defense, Barrett: shooting), and historically, you’d rather go with the guy who can fix his shooting than a guy who is probably too undersized to ever be a great defender. Barrett’s also almost a year younger.Just to show how much a year can matter, compare Morant’s stats this year vs. last year: neil: And how does either affect where Mike Conley goes? They were shopping him pretty aggressively at the deadline but didn’t find the right deal.natesilver: I don’t think Memphis has any business keeping Conley either way.chris.herring: I’m interested in that question, too.natesilver: And I’m not sure it affects their pick much. If you want Ja, you can keep him and use Conley as a mentor if you want.chris.herring: Memphis is one of the smaller markets in the league, and because of that, I think they maybe hold on to players a year or two longer than they should. Perhaps because of the ties those fans feel to certain players.Morant is seemingly good enough where you draft him and then figure out the answer to that question with Conley later.natesilver: The Grizzlies have historically been a bit allergic to high-usage-rate guys, and both Barrett and Morant use a lot of possessions, so in some ways neither one feels like a natural Grizzly.chris.herring: Morant is a great passer, too, though, and averaged a double-double with assists. So I’d hope they make an exception in this case.tchow: If I were the Grizzlies, I’d take RJ.chris.herring: Wow. Knick fans would love if you became the Grizzlies’ GM.natesilver: The thing that’s really hard to project with Barrett is his defense. A lot of the comparables are pretty unflattering because people want to typecast him as Andrew Wiggins 2.0, maybe just because they’re both Canadian. But Wiggins was thought of as a guy who was going to be a plus defender, and he’s been pretty darn terrible instead. If Barrett’s a good defender, though, you start getting into a whole different set of comps, more along the lines of Jimmy Butler (if he tamps down the usage rate a bit) or Victor Oladipo.neil: Just goes to show how much defense — which I think can go overlooked for prospects at times (and is difficult to predict out of college) — can really alter a player’s pro trajectory. This, from ESPN’s mock draft on Barrett, sounds like it’s ripped out of the Wiggins scouting report: “he wasn’t the defender his physical tools suggest he should have been.”chris.herring: In fairness, Morant’s defense isn’t all that great, either. That’s part of what makes the No. 1 pick so easy, among other things.natesilver: Barrett was a much better rebounder, which counts for something. A much better and more active passer. And he was using a ton of possessions, which sometimes yields lower effort on defense. And Duke played a very tough schedule.I don’t know. If Barrett had shot 38 percent from three instead of 31 percent, I think people would be talking about him and Williamson like it’s … I don’t know, the Kevin Durant/Greg Oden draft or something. And of course, you can’t just disregard the difference between 38 percent and 31 percent. But he’s a pretty spectacular prospect if he learns how to shoot.chris.herring: It’s so hard to tell in college. The shooting is somewhat predictive. But even if he had shot 38 percent this year, I think there would be room to ask whether it was completely real.I remember Justise Winslow shooting a pretty healthy percentage from out there during his lone year at Duke, but so many of the makes came with Jahlil Okafor being doubled in the post, which left Winslow wide-open a lot of the time. And then he initially struggled from three once he came into the league, which was what many folks predicted.natesilver: The low free-throw percentage is troubling for Barrett.Like, Jayson Tatum — a guy who’s been a much better 3-point shooter as a pro than people thought — shot free throws pretty darned well in college. Barrett didn’t.chris.herring: Completely agreed. That tends to have solid predictive value.neil: It’s also worth remembering that Barrett was actually the No. 1 prospect in that star-studded class going into their freshman seasons. But I’ve seen studies that indicate the weight given to even one year of college should far outweigh our priors for prospects coming out of high school.tchow: This chat is just becoming a conversation about how Duke players perform in the NBA.chris.herring: Seems fair to me: tchow: Out of RJ, Zion, Winslow and Tatum, who is the most likely to also believe the Earth is flat?natesilver: New Orleans is extremely flat, so I’m guessing it will be Zion after a few years.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Man charged with murder of 8yearold daughter who was stabbed to death

first_img 32,374 Views Mylee Billingham Image: West Midlands Police Mylee Billingham Feb 11th 2018, 10:56 AM WILLIAM BILLINGHAM HAS been charged with the murder of his eight-year-old daughter Mylee, West Midlands Police has said.Police were called to the Valley View area of Brownhills in the West Midlands at around 9.15pm on Saturday 20 January. The girl was found with knife wounds.Mylee was taken to hospital but she was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.A post-mortem examination confirmed that she died from a single stab wound to the chest.Her father was arrested following the incident. The 54-year-old had been taken to hospital where he received treatment for injuries he had received.Billingham was discharged from hospital on Friday 9 February, and taken into police custody to be interviewed.The 54-year-old has now been charged and is due to appear tomorrow at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court.West Midlands Police said: “Police are continuing to support Mylee’s family at this tragic time and are not seeking anyone else in relation to this incident.”Comments are closed for legal reasons.Read: ‘Absolutely tragic’: Man arrested after eight-year-old girl stabbed to death in England No Comments Short URL Share5 Tweet Email center_img Man charged with murder of 8-year-old daughter who was stabbed to death Mylee Billingham was found with stab wounds at her father’s home in Walsall on Saturday 20 January. http://jrnl.ie/3845996 Sunday 11 Feb 2018, 10:55 AM Image: West Midlands Police By Sean Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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People warned to not drink too much this weekend as surge of

first_img 28 Comments File photo Image: Shutterstock/Lordn Short URL Mar 15th 2019, 9:02 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Lordn https://jrnl.ie/4543486 By Órla Ryan File photo Share189 Tweet Email1 11,387 Views THE HSE HAS warned that the bank holiday weekend will be very busy for emergency departments due to an increase in the number of people presenting with alcohol-related injuries. The organisation said there is always an increase in such cases over a public holiday such as St Patrick’s’ Day, but particularly when it falls on a weekend.Dr Gerry McCarthy, the HSE’s Emergency Medicine Programme Lead, said all patients who present to EDs will be seen and treated, and “as always, the sickest and most urgent patients will be prioritised”.However, he added that patients presenting with non-urgent injuries “should be aware that they may face longer waiting times depending on the number of patients attending EDs and the severity of patient illnesses”.“There are lots of sporting events and leisure activities on this weekend that tend to drive traffic towards the health services,” he stated.McCarthy said alcohol is always one of the main reasons for the increase in numbers attending EDs over a long weekend. We see a lot of people presenting with injury or illness having had too much to drink and unfortunately that can put additional pressure on the system.“Our wish is for everyone to enjoy the weekend and we hope you won’t have to come and see us.“Unfortunately, as in previous years, we expect to see a significant number of patients presenting due to alcohol-related injuries and illness.We know that most of these cases could have been avoided so we are asking everyone to be mindful and if they are drinking alcohol to be aware of the dangers and consequences of too much alcohol.St Patrick’s weekend is a very busy time for the National Ambulance Service too. Martin Dunne, Director of the NAS, also encouraged people not to drink excessively.Dunne reminded people that just because they are brought to hospital in an ambulance, it does not mean they will be seen quicker at an ED.“Whilst we fully appreciate that this is a very special celebratory weekend in our national calendar and we appreciate that everyone will want to enjoy their weekend to its fullest, however we would appeal to everyone to do so in a safe and enjoyable way,” he said. The HSE also reminded people to never drink and drive, and for people on medication to consider the potential side effects of mixing it with alcohol. Friday 15 Mar 2019, 9:02 AM People warned to not drink too much this weekend as surge of alcohol-related injuries expected The HSE has said patients may face longer waiting times at emergency departments due to an increase in people attending. last_img read more

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Climat la Chine plaide à nouveau en faveur dune prolongation du protocole

first_imgClimat : la Chine plaide à nouveau en faveur d’une prolongation du protocole de KyotoLe 28 novembre prochain, s’ouvrira à Durban la troisième conférence des Nations Unies sur la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique. A une semaine de l’ouverture, la Chine, premier émetteur de gaz à effet de serre de la planète, a une nouvelle fois affirmé son intention de réclamer une prolongation du protocole de Kyoto. Ce mardi 22 novembre, à six jours de l’ouverture du sommet de Durban sur la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique, la Chine a réaffirmé sa volonté de voir cette conférence mener à une prolongation du protocole de Kyoto. Ce traité signé en décembre 1997, expirera en 2012. Or, il est le seul qui contraigne les pays riches à réduire leurs émissions, à l’exception des Etats-Unis, qui ne l’ont pas ratifié.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?”Le programme de réduction d’émissions pour les pays développés dans la deuxième période d’engagement du protocole de Kyoto doit être décidé de façon claire le plus rapidement possible”, a insisté le principal responsable chinois des questions climatiques, Xie Zhenhua, lors d’une conférence de presse rapportée par l’AFP.Si la Chine est le premier pays émetteur de gaz à effet de serre du monde, devant les Etats-Unis, elle refuse de porter une responsabilité historique qui incombe selon elle principalement aux pays développés. Xie Zhenhua souhaite voir le sommet de Durban, qui s’achèvera le 9 décembre, confirmer le principe des “responsabilités communes mais différenciées”. Il affirme que la Chine “est prête à prendre des engagements adaptés à son stade de développement”, à condition que les pays les plus développés acceptent une seconde période d’engagement du protocole de Kyoto.Cette prolongation est réclamée par la plupart des pays émergents. Mais le Japon, la Russie, comme le Canada, s’opposent à la signature d’un traité qui n’engagerait pas tous les plus grands pollueurs de la planète. L’Union européenne, elle, se dit favorable à ce projet. Toutefois elle rappelle qu’elle n’est à l’origine que de 11% des émissions de GES mondiales.Le 23 novembre 2011 à 11:16 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Une araignée individualiste mais… partageuse quand il faut éviter les conflits

first_imgUne araignée individualiste mais… partageuse quand il faut éviter les conflitsLes chercheurs d’une équipe internationale ont étudié les mœurs des araignées brésiliennes Parawixia bistriata, chez lesquelles l’individu qui n’a pas eu l’opportunité de construire sa toile peut ‘emprunter’ la proie d’une congénère plus chanceuse – et peu soucieuse, surtout, de risquer sa vie dans un affrontement.Des chercheurs de plusieurs universités du Brésil, de Belgique, du Royaume-Uni et de Pologne ont mené une campagne d’observation comportementale de l’espèce Parawixia bistriata, une grosse araignée des habitats semi-arides du sud du Brésil. Ces arachnides passent la journée dans des abris collectifs et sortent chasser au crépuscule. Alors, chaque araignée tisse sa toile pour piéger des proies.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais pas n’importe où : le long “d’échafaudages” permanents construits collectivement en fils de soie, tendus entre arbres et arbustes. Cependant, les places sont chères : tout individu qui a commencé à bâtir sa toile cherche à évincer tout congénère qui s’approche trop. C’est là que ces araignées, toutefois, se montrent ‘raisonnables’ : 93% de ces face-à-face se soldent par le départ de l’intrus, sans combat.Il y a mieux encore. À la fin de chaque nuit, certaines araignées (6,5%, environ) se retrouvent sans toile, faute d’avoir trouvé de la place où la tisser. Plutôt que de jeûner, ces individus ‘squattent’ alors délibérément la toile d’un congénère – avec plus d’insistance qu’en début de nuit, cette fois, puisqu’ils ne battent en retraite que dans 42% des cas lorsque survient le propriétaire des lieux, rapporte l’étude publiée dans la revue American Naturalist.Ce dernier, sinon, opte alors pour la solution pacifique, laissant tout simplement l’intrus lui chaparder une proie…(crédits photo : Francis Ratnieks) Le 29 juin 2013 à 15:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Nintendo Switch Lite Is Your Next Nintendo Handheld

first_imgStay on target When I went to check out Nintendo’s upcoming lineup a few weeks ago I joked “Y’all are releasing so many big games in the next three months it’s almost like you’re trying to promote a new piece of hardware.” From the end of June through September there’s Super Mario Maker 2, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, Fire Emblem Three Houses, Astral Chain, Daemon X Machina, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, and Dragon Quest XI. And not long after that there’s Pokemon Sword and Shield.It turns out I (and lots of other internet rumor mongers) were right. Nintendo is promoting a new piece of hardware coming out this September. Here’s your first look at the Nintendo Switch Lite.Ever since Nintendo finally quietly killed off the 3DS it seemed all but inevitable that the company would release a more portable-focused Switch to carry on its handheld legacy and unify their software development at long last. And that’s exactly what the Nintendo Switch Lite is.This is a lighter, cheaper, sturdier device meant for kids with smaller budgets who like to give out tougher beatings. The 5.5-inch screen is slightly smaller, the battery life is slightly longer, and the Joy-Con controllers are built into the device rather than being detachable. That means no motion controls, IR camera, Labo support, or HD rumble. But at least you get a better D-pad.However, despite having the Nintendo Switch name, the Switch Lite doesn’t actually switch into a console. You can’t connect it to a TV and there’s no kickstand for propping it up. It’s only for games that say they work in handheld mode. I never expected this device to come with a dock, but I am a bit disappointed it doesn’t work with them at all.Still, stripping out these features has reduced the price. The Nintendo Switch Lite launches September 20 (the same day as Zelda) for $200. You can get it in nifty yellow, turquoise, and grey colors as well as upcoming collector’s versions themed after Pokemon Sword and Shield. I’ll just wait for the Switch Pro next year, though. In the meantime, here are some cool Switch games you can play right now. ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President last_img read more

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Weather Eye Cool temperatures with light rain to follow Octobers mild start

first_img October got off to a mild start Monday with afternoon temperatures in the low 70s. As of late afternoon, there was no measurable precipitation in in Vancouver. It was raining in Southern Oregon and in points north of Clark County.We will see light rain or showers and then clearing Thursday, with overnight lows in the 30s and 40s around the county. Computer models show it to be rainy and cool Friday with highs in the upper 50s.We get a break over the weekend, but it appears the fall pattern is changing. We could see systems coming at us every day or two next week. Meanwhile, colorful leaves are beginning to tumble down on the streets.Roads will have a soapy residue and the thirsty earth will soak up nature’s bath. Kids will splash through puddles on the way home from school. Adults will dash between the showers, umbrella in hand.Gardens will wither as harvest ends, and thoughts of summer will linger in the minds of many as others look ahead toward winter’s chill. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.last_img read more

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100 Days Countdown to Birthday of Sir Durward Knowles

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 27, 2017 – Nassau – One Bahamas Foundation, powered by ALIV, announced the launch of 100 Days’ Countdown to Sir Durward Knowles’s 100th Birthday (July 24, 2017 – November 2, 2017), during a courtesy call with Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General (centre), at Government House on Monday July 24, 2017.Sir Durward, former Olympic sailor and enduring community benefactor,  and his wife, Lady Holly Knowles, are seated at right.(BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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