Comments Sought on How to Teach Science in U.S. Schools

first_imgA panel of the U.S. National Academies today released its initial description of what U.S. elementary and high school students should learn in science. The goal of the conceptual framework for science education standards (pdf of draft) is to “identify and articulate the core ideas in science in the disciplines of life sciences, physical sciences, earth and space sciences, and engineering and technology, cross cutting ideas and scientific practices.” The academies’ Board on Science Education is seeking public comment on the draft framework through 2 August. The final document, to be released in early 2011, is expected to help local and state education agencies draw up their own standards for K–12 science education. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

A Swine Flu Virus Takes Off in Children at Midwestern Fairs But Makes Little Headway

first_img An unusual influenza virus has caught the attention of public health officials because it has rapidly spread from pigs at U.S. county fairs to children. The virus, a variant of an H3N2 strain that seasonally infects humans, has not caused severe disease. Scant evidence exists that it can spread between people, and the vast majority of cases are in two states.Epidemiologist Joseph Bresee of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta explained in a teleconference today that 145 cases have been confirmed since 12 July, a big jump from last week when CDC tallied only 16 confirmed cases since that date. “This is clearly a significant increase since last week’s total,” he said, adding that this reflects increased testing and the large number of county fairs now taking place. Bresee said that more than 90% of the cases occurred in children, most of whom had direct or indirect contact with pigs, and all but two were in Indiana and Ohio. “At this point, there’s no evidence of sustained, efficient, human-to-human spread in the community,” he said. “Our seasonal influenza systems are active and have not shown any signs in an increase in influenza activity. This is not a pandemic situation. But of course CDC is continuing to monitor the situation closely.” 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(*)H3N2v first surfaced in July 2011 and infected 12 additional people before disappearing this past winter. Researchers were intrigued because the virus has an internal “M” gene that matches one found in the pandemic H1N1 virus that rapidly infected humans throughout the world in 2009 and 2010. CDC virologist Michael Shaw says he suspects the M gene, which affects how well the virus grows in its host, plays a role in the current transmissions. “There’s something about that gene that gives it an advantage for circulating in pigs,” Shaw says. “And if it becomes more common in pigs, it gives more of a chance to jump into humans.” But Shaw says there’s no evidence that this M gene by itself leads to human-to-human transmission.Excluding this outbreak and the pandemic H1N1 virus, CDC has recorded only 35 total cases of influenza viruses stemming from pig-to-human transmission in the United States during the past 7 years.Bresee said that two people were hospitalized because of H3N2v infections but were released. He urged people who visit animals at county fairs to wash their hands frequently and to not eat or drink around pigs. Studies have shown that the current flu vaccine, which contains an H3N2 component, likely will not protect against this strain, but adults presumably have immunity from exposure to “wild type” strains of influenza and previous vaccines that provide some protection against the new variant.CDC plans to release an update about the outbreak tomorrow in its issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Muffet/Liz West Hands-off learning. CDC recommends that children wash their hands after being near pigs.last_img read more

The day Prime Minister Narendra Modi wore his name on his suit

first_imgThat Prime Minister Narendra Modi loves to pack a punch with his sharp taste in clothing and his love for colours is well known. On Sunday, there were more stories about the PM’s attire than even First Lady Michelle Obama, who is otherwise considered a fashion icon in her own right.However, Modi outdid himself on Sunday evening during his famous Hyderabad House interaction with US President Barack Obama when he sported a dark blue pin stripe suite with, hold your breath, his name stitched a thousand times across the fabric.Zoomed images of the suit, claimed to be worth 4000 pounds on Twitter, were being shared widely on the microblogging site. Have a look: But the Indian prime minister is not the first one to don his own name on the fabric of his suit. Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak had already accomplished the feat as per this photo.Some more photos of Modi in his unique suit.last_img read more

Premier cyclothon event organised in Odisha today

first_imgBhubaneswar, Feb 4 (PTI) Over 10,000 participants took part in the first of its kind premier Cyclothon event here that was flagged off by Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan.The idea behind this programme lay in Prime Minister Narendra Modis appeal to the people in his monthly radio show Mann Ki Baat about avoiding the use of petrol and diesel for one day in a week to conserve fuel and contribute towards nation building.While flagging off the event at Kalinga stadium, the minister said that benefits of cycling were not only limited to protect the environment or conserve fuel but it also carried huge health and fitness dividends.Pradhan appealed to all the citizens to join in the movement for conserving the finite petroleum resources through practicing simple, easily implementable ways and using petroleum products in cooking, transport, agriculture and industries.Based on the distance to be covered, the Cyclothon featured three categories? Saksham Elite Race (Men? 33 km/ women-22 km), and Saksham Green Ride (11km) from Kalinga Stadium to Khandagiri via Jaydev Vihar Chhak and back to Kalinga Statdium in the same route. Cyclist Rajesh from Tamil Nadu won a cash prize of Rs 1.25 lakh and Rutuja of Maharastra won Rs 1.0 Lakh in Odishas premier Cyclothon here today.Officials from various ministries, sports personalities, cine stars and personnel from the oil industry participated in the event. PTI AAM MMlast_img read more

OSU Sweeps Big 12 Weekly Honors

first_imgWhen you beat a top 10 team, you can imagine it was due to a concerted effort from every position group.Oklahoma State SWEPT weekly Big 12 honors this week, only the second time it has happened in Big 12 history…Rudolph, Whitener & Sinor sweep @Big12Conference weekly awards. That’s only happened 1 other time in Big 12 history.https://t.co/bkUyRccVTu— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) November 9, 2015 Offensive Player of the Week – Mason Rudolph352 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions.Defensive Player of the Week – Chad WhitenerWhitener had 12 tackles and 2 big interceptions, including a game-closing pick six.Chad Whitener with the ❗️ on @CowboyFB’s victory. https://t.co/ybGqgsOSO0— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 8, 2015Special teams Player of the Week – Zach SinorSix of his nine punts pinned the Horned Frogs inside their own 20. Only one of his punts were returned for more than 2 yards! If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Lallana sent off for attacking player in U-23s outing

first_imgAdam Lallana Lallana sent off for attacking player in Under-23s outing Matthew Scott Last updated 1 year ago 06:42 2/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Adam Lallana Liverpool Getty Images Liverpool Tottenham Hotspur U23 v Liverpool U23 Liverpool U23 Premier League 2 Division One Premier League The midfielder’s return to action from injury did not go to plan as he was dismissed playing for the Under-23s for attacking a Spurs player Liverpool star Adam Lallana was shown a red card on his return from injury for the Under-23 side on Monday.Lallana has not played since the defeat to Swansea City on January 22 after suffering a “little tear” in his thigh, and his comeback was cut short just past the hour when he reacted angrily to a challenge from Tottenham Under-23 captain George Marsh.After the pair went up for a header, a furious Lallana jumped on Marsh’s back and wrapped his hands around his throat, with referee David Rock issuing a straight red card. 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 Liverpool also had George Johnston dismissed in the 1-0 defeat, in which first-teamers Dominic Solanke and Danny Ings also featured.While the incident does carry a three-game suspension, FA bylaws seem to indicate it applies to only non-first team matches. That would mean Lallana would be available for selection for Jurgen Klopp over Liverpool’s next three Premier League games, which are against Southampton, West Ham and Newcastle. Injuries have limited the 29-year-old Lallana to just seven appearances this season across the Premier League and FA Cup and just two starts. Adam Lallana’s suspension should only apply to non-first team matches… #LFC pic.twitter.com/SkZlgGCLfP — Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) February 5, 2018 Liverpool currently reside in third place in the Premier League, one point above Chelsea in fourth and two above Tottenham in fifth.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

NCAA Bars DraftKings, FanDuel From Advertising During Championship Events, Including NCAA Tournament

first_imgA general view of the NCAA logo at center court.CHARLOTTE, NC – MARCH 20: A general view of the court before the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and Michigan State Spartans during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Anyone who has watched a live sporting event over the last few months has likely noticed the deluge of advertising for daily fantasy sites DraftKings and FanDuel, which have games for NCAA football and basketball. Today, the NCAA announced that it has barred the websites from advertising during championship events, including the NCAA Tournament next March.NCAA announces that #DraftKings and #FanDuel are forbidden from advertising during March Madness.— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) October 21, 2015ESPN has more on the announcement:The NCAA has informed daily fantasy operators DraftKings and FanDuel that they are barred from advertising during championship events, including television broadcasts, according to a letter obtained by ESPN on Wednesday morning. … The championship events include the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, according to the New York Times, which first reported the NCAA’s letter Tuesday night. NCAA bylaws include a long-standing section “that states we will not accept advertising from sports wagering entities” during championship events, the NCAA told ESPN. Leagues and organizations often have the right to approve potential advertising partners, just as the NFL has made Super Bowl broadcasters pass on ads in the past.As of now, the websites plan to continue their college sports games, but the airwaves will slightly less cluttered with tales of new millionaires. Instead, we’ll just have to sit through that commercial with Neon Trees a few thousand times.[ESPN]last_img read more

St. Thomas Residents Welcome Proposed Cow Bay Development

first_imgSt. Thomas residents are welcoming news of the proposed commodity port at Cow Bay, near Yallahs, as part of the Government’s proposed global logistics hub.Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, told residents that Cow Bay has one of the deepest harbours in the world, at a natural depth of 51 metres. This, he said, gives it an advantage in the role it will play in the global logistics hub.“Our focus on Cow Bay is that it should be a commodity port in which huge volumes of grain and wheat and energy, oil, natural gas can be stored or even processed,” Minister Hylton said. He was addressing business persons at a St. Thomas Chamber of Commerce forum on the Jamaica Logistics Hub Initiative, held at the Whispering Bamboo Cove Retreat, on March 14. The Minister sought to assure business persons that the parish will not be left behind when the hub is being developed, and they must begin to prepare themselves to participate in the discussions that will come soon. He advised the Parish Council to begin to organize, think and plan for the hub.Meanwhile, Chairman of the Logistics and Investment Task Force, Dr. Eric Deans, outlined the scope of the global logistics hub project and assured the business persons that opportunities will be created for everybody, both local and overseas, once they are willing to take up the challenge.The proposed Jamaica transshipment and logistics hub will have six separate but complementary elements that include dredging of the Kingston Harbour; expanding the port facilities at Fort Augusta and Gordon Cay; establishing a Dry Dock facility at Jackson Bay, Clarendon; establishing a transshipment commodity port facility near Yallahs, St. Thomas; developing the Caymanas Economic Zone; and developing an air cargo and passenger facility at Vernamfield, in Clarendon.Dr. Deans pointed out that Jamaica’s three strategic advantages in developing the hub are from a maritime perspective; its aviation capabilities and its telecommunications or digital infrastructure. These will separate Jamaica from other countries in the region, which are also seeking to do the same thing, he said.Citing the US$8 billion market that will open up as a result of the hub, Dr. Deans noted that, “it is not just about attracting foreign investments; it is about a refocus of local businesses to a larger market, so we can get our share of the pie.”He explained that by putting in place the infrastructure to tap into the market, “we are creating the environment to totally transform the Jamaican economy.”Dr. Deans further pointed to the need for Jamaica to develop its human capital, and noted that discussions are being held with the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI); HEART Trust; University of Technology (UTech) and other learning institutions, to revamp the curriculum, so that persons can be prepared to take full advantage of the job opportunities when they arise.He outlined that the Government has been working to revamp several international trade and open skies agreements to facilitate development of the hub.For her part, Custos of St. Thomas, Hon. Marcia Bennett, urged parishioners to unite to take advantage of whatever opportunities may come.“We do not want to be left behind. We need to look at our environment, we need to look at training, healthcare, housing, but more than anything else, we need to come together as a community,” she said.By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Section 375 will start a debate among viewers Akshaye Khanna

first_imgMumbai: Actor Akshaye Khanna, who is all geared up for the release of his forthcoming film “Section 375”, feels that, more than educating the audience, the film will start a debate and conversation among the audience. Akshaye Khanna was interacting with the media at the trailer launch of “Section 375” along with co-actors Richa Chadha, Rahul Bhatt, Meera Chopra, director Ajay Bahl and producer Kumar Mangat Pathak on Tuesday in Mumbai. “Section 375” is based on Section 375 of Indian Penal Code laws in India. In the film, Richa plays a public prosecutor fighting to get justice for her client, who claims she has been raped by a filmmaker (Rahul Bhatt), being defended by Akshaye in court. Akshaye accuses the victim of misusing Section 375 to falsely implicate his client. The film also explores the theme of whether a lawyer should defend a criminal or listen to his conscience. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Akshaye said the story of “Section 375” is very relevant. “I feel the story of this film is relevant because, no matter which year you are living in, it concerns what is happening all around. I feel this film gives a holistic view of a particular case, whether you are a part of defense or prosecution, whether you are the judge or a normal person viewing it on television and reading about it in newspapers. So, all these angles have been taken into consideration while writing (the film),” he said. The actor added that more than educating the audience, “Section 375” will start a debate among the audience about the issue. “I think more than educating the audience, there will be a debate and conversation about this issue, which is necessary,” he said. The courtroom drama is scheduled to be theatrically released in India on September 13.last_img read more

Canadas toughest border crossing

first_imgYou can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca. Not all Canada-US border checkpoints are created equal. Some are expansive ports of entry, designed to process tens of thousands of crossings each day. Those are located on major autoroutes, often between major cities.Others are smaller, more out of the way. Those crossings mostly serve communities. Some serve them quite well, but others exist in places that can make life inconvenient for those who cross, and simply miserable for those who have to do it every day.This is the story of one of those border crossings-the border that might be the toughest in Canada. And you’ll no doubt be shocked to learn who gets the worst of it.GUEST: Sonya Fatah, writer (the Walrus), editor of J-SourceAudio Playerhttp://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_01242019.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Olivia Wilde CoHosts Courage In Journalism Awards

first_imgOn Tuesday night, Olivia Wilde and Glamour Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Cindi Leive co-hosted the International Wome’s Media Foundation 2013 Courage in Journalism Awards honoring Najiba Ayub, Bopha Phorn, Nour Kelze and Edna Machirori (Lifetime Achievement Award Winner).In addition, Los Angeles Times National Editor, Kim Murphy, presented a tribute to “1998 Courage Award” winner Elizabeth Neuffer who died in Iraq in 2003.Additional celebrity presenters included Bo Derek and John Corbett (who presented to Bopha Phorn), Marcia Gay Harden (who presented to Nour Kelze), Maria Shriver (who presented to Edna Machirori) and Gayle Tzemach Lemmon (who presented to Najiba Ayub) with additional notable guests including Lubov Azria and Omarosa Manigault.The Courage in Journalism Awards honored women journalists who have shown extraordinary strength of character and integrity while reporting the news under dangerous or difficult circumstances.The 2013 honorees included: Najiba Ayubi, 45, a news director from Afghanistan who has spent more than a decade working under anonymous threats and attacks from government entities; Nour Kelze, 25, a Syrian photojournalist who occupies the front lines of the conflict in her country, documenting the human cost of the Syrian revolution and Bopha Phorn, 28, a Cambodian newspaper reporter whose coverage of crime, land rights abuses and human rights issues have led to attempts on her life. The IWMF Lifetime Achievement Award went to Edna Machirori, the first black female newspaper editor in Zimbabwe.Bank of America was the National Presenting Sponsor for the 8th consecutive year; with Chevron as the West Coast Presenting Sponsor. This year’s Media Sponsor was the Los Angeles Times.To find out more information about the International Women’s Media Foundation please follow the organization on twitter @IWMF or click here.last_img read more

Security Council voices full backing for work of UN arms inspectors in

After hearing a briefing from the chief United Nations weapons inspectors on the international probe into evidence of Iraq’s weapons programme, Security Council members today voiced their full support for the work of the arms experts.“They listened with utmost attention and interest to the update of the assessment by Dr. [Hans] Blix and Dr. [Mohamed] ElBaradei had made of the Iraqi declaration and to their report on the progress of inspection activities in Iraq since they resumed on November 27, 2002,” the current President of the 15-nation body, Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sablière of France, said in a statement to the press, referring to the Executive Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) and the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).Council members also “reiterated their full support for the work and action of Dr. Blix and Dr. ElBaradei and to the continuation of inspection activities of UNMOVIC and IAEA pursuant to resolution 1441 in order to achieve the disarmament of Iraq,” Ambassador de La Sablière added.Speaking afterwards in his national capacity, Ambassador de La Sablière said that France reiterated its full support to UNMOVIC and the IAEA in the fulfilment of their mandate, “with the view to achieve and verify the disarmament of Iraq through peaceful means, which is our common objective.””It implies that all relevant information related to Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programme be made available to UNMOVIC and IAEA, so as to ensure the full efficiency of the inspections, and to enable the Council to asses the facts,” Ambassador de La Sablière said. “It implies also, and above all, that Iraq comply fully in the implementation of resolution 1441, especially through an active cooperation with the inspectors. Iraq must in particular provide UNMOVIC and IAEA with additional information to answer the unresolved questions and lift uncertainty.”Ambassador Sergey Lavrov of the Russian Federation said the work of the UN inspectors was still in the early stages but that Mr. Blix and Mr. ElBaradei were encouraged with the access they had received to Iraqi facilities. “I do believe this should be seen as a professional exercise done by professional people presenting their views as they go, and that this should not warrant political agitation around briefings like this one and we will be supporting them,” he said. “We have full confidence in what they are doing, and it is up to them to decide how they implement 1441 on the basis of their mandate.”For his part, the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom, Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock, noted that the message to emerge from the briefing was that there is no doubt that the pro-active cooperation that the UK has been looking for on substance from Iraq has not been forthcoming. “I think Iraq is missing an important opportunity to clear up those remaining questions, which the declaration has failed to do, and a number of members of the Council were worried, as the UK is worried, by Iraq missing that opportunity,” he said. “As the days go by, the failure of Iraq pro-actively to cooperate, if that is continued, will become an increasingly serious matter.”Ambassador Gunter Pleuger said Germany made it clear that it is up to Baghdad to make sure that the disarmament of Iraq can be done in a peaceful manner, by cooperation. He said Germany found large parts of the Iraqi declaration needed improvement and that it contained many questions left open that have to be dealt with by the Security Council and by further questioning of Iraq by the weapons inspectors. He also said that Berlin subscribed to the recent statement by Secretary-General Kofi Annan that the inspections should continue “and for that reason alone there are no grounds military action.”United States Ambassador John D. Negroponte said that on the basis of both its own review of Iraq’s declaration and the first few weeks of inspections, there is still no evidence that Baghdad has fundamentally changed its approach “from one of deceit to a genuine attempt to be forthcoming in meeting the Council’s demand that it disarm.” He said the declaration represented a deliberate effort to deceive by material omissions “that in our view constitute a further material breach.” How Iraq responds and the evidence it provides are important indicators of their cooperation, Ambassador Negroponte stressed. “It is not, however, UNMOVIC’s or IAEA’s obligation to provide verifiable evidence of disarmament,” he said. “That is Iraq’s responsibility.”Syria’s Ambassador, Mikhail Wehbe, told reporters that his delegation reiterated its previous position that it did not participate in the discussion on the Iraqi declaration to protest the fact that the 10 non-permanent members of the Security Council did not receive the full text of the document and so could not evaluate it. “This is a great mistake being committed [and it] should be corrected,” he said. Syria also “would not share in any conclusion, in any outcomes that would come out of the discussion today as far as the declaration of Iraq” is concerned. read more

Cholera declines among Congolese refugees in Burundi UN says

The UN World Health Organization (WHO) said if the meningitis cases were confirmed it would launch a vaccination campaign.Meanwhile, some 500 Burundian refugees living in the DRC said they were ready for repatriation and some internally displaced persons (IDPs) returned home to the southern suburbs of the capital, Bujumbura, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. Others, however, expressed fear of an eruption of revenge attacks.In another development, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that of the nearly 1,000 children who had been separated from their families just north of Bujumbura, more than 600 have been reunited. Another 251 children were taken in by host families and 86 more were waiting to be placed, OCHA said.

Annan finds no grounds for disciplining former aide in OilforFood probe

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has found that there is no ground for disciplinary action against his former Chef de Cabinet, Iqbal Riza, who was criticized by the independent committee probing alleged misconduct and mismanagement in the United Nations Oil-for-Food programme for Iraq for imprudently shredding documents. The Independent Inquiry Committee (IIC) headed by former United States Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker found that Mr. Riza acted imprudently and did not follow his own directive, but it found no violations of staff rules, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told the daily news briefing in New York. “After reviewing the findings in the latest Volcker report and consulting with the Office of Legal Affairs as well as the Office of Human Resources, the Secretary-General has found there is no ground for disciplinary action against him,” Mr. Dujarric said. Mr. Annan has written Mr. Riza a letter informing him of the decision and accepting his apology for his actions, he added. In a preliminary report last month, Mr. Volcker said Mr. Riza had acted imprudently and in contravention of his own directives against shredding documents related to the programme when he granted an assistant’s request to shred three years of chronological files. “In light of the Secretary-General’s initiation of a formal investigation into the [Oil-for-Food] programme, Mr. Riza should have been aware, at the time he authorized the destruction, of his files’ potential materiality to an inquiry into the programme,” the report said. read more

Premier tours campus visits labs

Premier Kathleen Wynne was given insight into some of Brock University’s many research initiatives during a campus visit Friday, Jan. 13.Wynne spent the morning touring labs and talking with researchers in Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) as well as the Centre for Lifespan Development Research.Her stop in CCOVI included a discussion with Senior Scientist Jim Willwerth, who told the premier about Vine Alert and other research-based initiatives at Brock that work with and support Ontario’s grape growers and the wine industry.“We talked about the research we’re doing in our lab, how our Cold Hardiness programs are helping the grape and wine industry, and how we’re helping to prevent crop loss due to winter injury,” Willwerth said.He felt it was also an opportunity to showcase Brock’s engagement with the industry and its efforts to aid the sector through research and innovation.Having a prominent politician in the labs provides invaluable exposure not only for the University but also for the entire grape and wine community, Willwerth said.He credited the Ontario government for financially supporting research in the viticulture sector and efforts such as those as Brock aimed at improving the sustainability of the industry.Psychology Professor Teena Willoughby, co-director of the Lifespan Centre Transdisciplinary Hub, had an opportunity to walk Wynne through a new research project that looks at youth mental and physical health, and how it interacts with brain development.“Having the Premier here provides a lot of visibility” for the University and its researchers, Willoughby said, calling it a benefit, given Wynne’s heavy involvement with various agencies across Ontario.“It can really help us open doors… I do think the more people we make aware of what we’re doing here, the more people will know and support our research.”That exposure can be particularly important with projects, similar to the one now underway in Lifespan, that require many agency and community partnerships in order to be successful, Willoughby said.During her campus visit, Wynne also met with Experiential Education students, representatives from the Brock University Students’ Union and The Brock Press. read more

England Lionesses World Cup semifinal becomes mostwatched TV show of 2019

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. Almost 12million people tuned in to watch the England Lionesses’ dramatic semi-final against the USA in the women’s World Cup, making it the most viewed TV programme of 2019.Phil Neville’s team were dumped out of the tournament in cruel fashion after an equaliser was scrubbed out by VAR and an 82nd-minute was saved. During a five-minute second half period in Lyon, France, 11.7million people were watching the BBC’s coverage of the Three Lions’ 2-1 defeat. That peak figure meant the game had a 50.8 percent share of the audience. It beat the Britain’s Got Talent final by almost 2million viewers and eclipsed the Line of Duty final episode viewing figures of 9.1million. In comparison, more people watched the Lionesses than the men’s World Cup final last year when 10.4million – the same figure as the 2018 Bodyguard finale – watched France beat Croatia 4-2. But the Lionesses have still have some way to go to reach the following of their male counterparts. A total of 26.5million watched Gareth Southgate’s men lose to Croatia in the semi-final last year. Some 24million watched the group game against Columbia and 19.64million watched the quarter-final penalty shootout against Sweden, taking an 87.7 percent share of the audience.  read more

Sandvik joining CEEC organisation to collaborate on comminution ecoefficiency

first_imgSandvik has joined the Coalition for Energy-Efficient Comminution (CEEC), the organisation established by and for the mining sector to support knowledge sharing and change in an area of high energy consumption. Mining is an energy intensive industry and almost half of this energy is consumed by the comminution process which liberates the valued minerals for subsequent processing/beneficiation stages.Attempts have been made to reduce the amount of the energy consumed in comminution by setting up energy efficient comminution circuits. CEEC has made efforts to increase the rate at which more energy efficientcomminution data sets, processes and technologies are developed, demonstrated, shared and applied.“This is expected to contribute directly to the industry’s target of reducing the energy needed in comminution,protect the environment, and reduce operational costs while delivering shareholder value.”“By being a part of the CEEC organization, our objective is to take an even more active role in supporting anddeveloping eco-efficient comminution solutions for our mining customers globally and to collaborate with otherCEEC’s sponsors towards sustainability,” says Hamid-Reza Manouchehri, Global Manager, ProcessIntelligence and Development, Sandvik Mining. “Our sponsorship will also facilitate closer collaboration amongdifferent manufacturers and academics towards sustainability.”Billions of tonnes of ores, cement and aggregates are comminuted annually due to the increasing demand forsustainable development. To meet the rapid growth in demand, significant advances have occurred in thedesign and construction of equipment, mainly due to improvement in energy and materials technologies thatmust be adapted specifically for the comminution process.“As a leading supplier to the mining industry we offer safe, reliable and productive solutions to support thesustainable development of the industry,” Manouchehri says. As the comminution arm of Sandvik Mining, Ibelieve Sandvik crushing and screening has a lot of knowledge, experience and R&D heritage to stronglycontribute in improving energy efficiency in comminution. CEEC is an ideal platform to share the knowledge,ideas and experience.”last_img read more

Unemployment to hit 26 per cent in 2012

first_imgThe rate of real unemployment will reach 26 per cent next year, according to economics professor and director of the Labor Institute of the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE-ADEDY) Savas Robolis. Speaking on Skai TV this week, Robolis said that while statistical unemployment figures will reach 21 per cent in 2012, real unemployment will hit 26 per cent, a figure representing 1.3 million Greeks. This will lead to serious pressure on local social security services and loss of revenue for the state. The bleak figures do not take into account the recently announced civil servants’ labor reserve scheme, said Robolis, who also noted that although some economic recovery is expected in 2015, the slow growth rate will be unable to absorb the country’s high unemployment reserves. Meanwhile, a number of public sector employees are facing dismissals given it is unlikely that the target of absorbing 30,000 employees into the labor reserve scheme will be reached within the year. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Appel à la vigilance la vague de froid persiste

first_imgAppel à la vigilance, la vague de froid persisteLe Centre national d’information routière (CNIR) lance un appel à la vigilance. En Auvergne et en Rhône-Alpes, le verglas et la neige pourraient causer de fortes perturbations. Le Jura, la Lozère et la Saône-et-Loire sont également placés en vigilance orange par Météo France.La neige et le verglas pourraient causer d’importantes perturbations pour les usagers de la route. Le CNIR invite par ailleurs les chauffeurs poids lourds à éviter les régions placées en vigilance orange par Météo France ainsi que la vallée du Rhône et l’Auvergne. De leur côté, les garagistes ont du mal à fournir tous les automobilistes en pneus neiges.À lire aussiPourquoi on claque des dents quand il fait froid ?Dans d’autre départements, on note des records de froid comme à Orléans où le thermomètre est descendu jusqu’à -15°C ou à Mulhouse avec -13°C. Dans ce département (Loiret), 5.000 foyers étaient privés d’électricité et 1.500 autres dans le Loir-et-Cher, à cause des chutes de neige. Par ailleurs, lundi, la première alerte orange EcoWatt a appelé les citoyens bretons à modérer leur consommation d’électricité. Un pic de froid est également à prévoir entre mercredi et vendredi avec d’importantes gelées matinales sur le nord du pays.Météo France ne prévoit pas d’amélioration pour l’ensemble de la semaine et les centres Emmaüs ou la Croix-Rouge redoublent d’attention pour venir en aide aux sans abris. Les victimes sont déjà nombreuses à cause du froid (deux morts, à Marseille et à Ivry-sur-Seine).Le 30 novembre 2010 à 13:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more