Old Data Play Hard to Get, Study Finds

first_imgThe older the raw data, the harder it is to get your hands on. That’s the perhaps-not-unsurprising message of a new study by a group of ecologists and evolutionary biologists, who set out to track down the authors of 516 papers published between 2 and 22 years ago.Evolutionary biologist Timothy Vines, of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, in Canada, got the idea for the project after finishing up a paper late last year about how archiving policies at journals affected the availability of data. Vines began wondering about a broader question: How fast do data (or the people generating it) disappear?Vines and his colleagues focused on a type of data collection that hasn’t changed all that much, certain types of morphological studies of plants and animals. They focused on 516 papers published after 1990, examining only those that appeared in odd-numbered years to make their list more manageable. 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In 167 papers published before 2000, 38% had no working author e-mail; for the 349 papers published after 2000, the number dropped to 19%. For papers where an e-mail apparently got through, Vines and his colleagues received a response about half the time, regardless of when the paper was published.Vines suspects that some e-mails, particularly on older papers, didn’t go through. Authors of older papers were much more likely to admit that their data had been lost. Statistical analysis of results suggested that for every extra year a paper had been in circulation, the odds that its data were still around declined by 17%. In only two cases out of 26 from 1991 did Vines and his colleagues determine that data still existed; the number rose steadily to nearly 40% by 2011 (and would likely have been much higher if more authors had responded to their e-mails).Vines notes that the study, published today in Current Biology, has its limitations. Many authors might simply have ignored the e-mails requesting data. “If we had told them, ‘Your research funding will stop right now if you don’t give us your data,’ clearly we would have had a higher response rate,” he admits. Still, there’s no doubt that data are disappearing, whether because researchers become difficult to find or because, as Vines also found, older data are stored using obsolete technology such as on floppy disks.“Everyone sort of thinks this is happening and quietly acknowledges it, but I think it’s important to drag it into the light,” Vines says. Some data sets, such as fieldwork in ecology, are “irreplaceable,” he says. Some are costly to redo. Finally, “if your research is paid for by public money, in some sense the data doesn’t belong to the authors,” Vines argues. “It belongs to the people who paid for it.”last_img read more

Andy Murray pledges to make every ace count for refugees

first_imgAndy Murray has pledged 50 pounds ($77.59) to children’s charity UNICEF for every ace he hits for the rest of the year after being moved by television images of refugees fleeing to Europe.His sponsors Standard Life, along with tennis bodies the LTA and ATP, have pledged to match the world number three’s donations so that every ace will be worth 200 pounds.”Having seen the images broadcast on the news in recent weeks I felt I had to do something to help the millions of children and their families who have been forced to flee their homes and had their lives turned upside down,” the Scot said in a statement.”I’ll get that little bit more satisfaction from each ace I hit knowing that it will be helping UNICEF keep children safe.”Murray is playing for Britain in their Davis Cup semi-final against Australia in Glasgow this weekend, and is due to compete in Shanghai, Paris and the ATP World Tour finals in London in November.The British number one hit 64 aces in his four matches at the US Open earlier this month.last_img read more

Late Jordan Morris goal delivers U.S. their sixth Gold Cup championship

first_imgJordan Morris scored in the 88th minute to help United States to a 2-1 win against Jamaica in the Gold Cup final in Northern California on Wednesday as the Americans secured their sixth championship.His 14-yard strike came after a cross by U.S. midfielder Gyasi Zardes ricocheted off Clint Dempsy and landed perfectly for forward Morris, who sent the ball past the diving arms of replacement Jamaican goalkeeper Dwayne Miller.Jose Altidore had given the hosts the lead just before halftime when his perfectly judged free kick curled over the defensive wall and a diving Miller into the net.The goal was sweet redemption for Morris, whose defensive error in the second half allowed Jamaican midfielder Vaughn Watson to tie the game 1-1 in the 50th minute.”He made up for it,” U.S. coach Bruce Arena, who is undefeated in 14 games since taking the reigns in November, told reporters after the match.”It was a big step that he took tonight.”Morris, who graduated from nearby Stanford University, lost his man close to the goal and Watson responded by delivering a six-yard strike off an assist by Kemar Lawrence, the hero from Jamaica’s upset 1-0 win over Mexico on Sunday.The tone of the match had changed when Jamaican goalie and team captain Andre Blake was forced to leave midway through the first half after American Kellyn Acosta stepped on his hand while taking a shot on goal.Jamaica coach Theodore Whitmore said the injury to the standout 26-year-old may require stitches but insisted it was not serious.advertisementThe Reggae Boyz ran the Americans close during the entire match, playing tenacious defense and using their speed to push the tempo on offense.But the Americans, who had nearly 70 percent ball possession, were eventually able to wear the opposition defense down.The annual championship of North America, Central America and Caribbean played out before a half-full Levi’s stadium in Santa Clara, California, home to the state’s famed Silicon Valley.last_img read more

NBA Suspends Hornet’s Taylor

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. — The NBA has suspended Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor for 24 games without pay after he pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor domestic violence assault and malicious destruction of hotel property.Taylor will get credit for the 11 games he has missed, and will sit out an additional 13, which is slightly more than one-fourth of the league’s 82-game schedule.“This suspension is necessary to protect the interests of the NBA and the public’s confidence in it,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a release. “Mr. Taylor’s conduct violates applicable law and, in my opinion, does not conform to standards of morality and is prejudicial and detrimental to the NBA.”The suspension means Taylor will lose nearly $200,000 of his $915,000 salary this season.Taylor, 25, is in his third NBA season. He was sentenced to 18 months of probation. As part of his probation, he must complete 26 weeks in a domestic violence intervention program.The Hornets released a statement before the Nov. 19 game against Indiana, saying: “The NBA has informed us of its decision to suspend Jeffery Taylor. We understand and support the NBA’s position in this matter.”The NBA conducted an investigation into Taylor’s arrest in an East Lansing, Michigan hotel the morning of Sept. 25 following an altercation with a woman with whom he was having a romantic relationship.Taylor and the woman were drinking heavily and a loud argument ensued, prompting hotel guests to call security, the NBA release stated. The argument escalated and Taylor shoved the woman in a violent manner into the hallway, where she fell to the ground and struck her head on an opposite door.The release also said Taylor slapped her arm and punched a hole in the wall near his hotel room. The woman had marks on her upper arm and a bump on her head but declined medical treatment, the report said.Taylor was arrested by East Lansing police officers and according to NBA investigation was “belligerent and uncooperative.”Silver said Taylor also must enter an outpatient alcohol treatment program and perform alcohol sensor tests daily for 60 days. After that, he is subject to random testing by the probation department. He must also perform 80 hours of community service.The domestic assault charge will be dismissed if Taylor successfully meets the conditions of his probation. If Taylor fails to meet the conditions of his probation he could be subject to further punishment from the league.“While the suspension is significantly longer than prior suspensions for incidents of domestic violence by NBA players, it is appropriate in light of Mr. Taylor’s conduct, the need to deter similar conduct going forward, and the evolving social consensus — with which we fully concur — that professional sports leagues like the NBA must respond to such incidents in a more rigorous way,” Silver said in the statement.Taylor’s suspension comes at a time when domestic violence has dominated the sports landscape around the country, including Charlotte.Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy was convicted in July on two counts of domestic violence. He is appealing, but is not allowed to return until after the trial is completed.Hardy played one game for the Panthers, before a video was released of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiance in a hotel elevator, leading to the league changing out it handled domestic violence situations.Hardy was placed on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list three weeks into the season and continues to collect his $13.1 million salary from the Panthers.The Hornets learned of Taylor’s suspension before their game against Indiana Wednesday night.When asked if the suspension was too stiff, Hornets backup center Jason Maxiell said, “It’s hard to answer that one right now.”A second-round pick in 2012 out of Vanderbilt, Taylor missed most of last year with a ruptured Achilles tendon but is healthy now.The 6-foot-7, 225-pound Taylor has been competing for the past two seasons with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for a starting spot at small forward. He played in 26 games with eight starts last season before suffering his injury in late December.As a rookie in 2012, he played in 77 games with 29 starts. He has averaged 6.6 points and 2.0 rebounds for his career.___By Steve Reed. AP Sports Writer. AP Sports Writer Mike Marot in Indianapolis contributed to this reportTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Gomez: I would have liked to be a PE teacher

first_imgLiverpool defender Joe Gomez claims he would have liked to have been a PE teacher if he hadn’t made it in professional football, and says the subject taught him how to discover his talent at school.Speaking at an event in partnership with EA Sports to reward winners of a national Premier League Primary Stars competition, the England centre-back talked at length about the importance of the subject in terms of bonding and teamwork.The 22-year-old began his youth career with Charlton Athletic in 2007 at the age of just 10, and moved through the ranks at the south-east London club, making his debut for their Under-18 team at just 13. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare In 2014 he made his first-team debut at 17-years-old, and less than 12 months later he was in the red of Liverpool.On paper, his rapid rise from the playgrounds of Catford to the bright lights of Anfield looks like the stuff of dreams, but it was a love of physical education at school that played a huge part in his success story.“PE was my favourite subject in school,” says Gomez. “I wasn’t bad in school, but I wasn’t the smartest, so I think it was the time that I could just enjoy myself and purely have fun. “I think that fun and enjoyment is the main thing in school. If I wasn’t a footballer I would have liked to be a PE teacher.“I knew that I couldn’t let my school affect my football by behaving badly and getting detention and all that sort of thing, so I made sure my homework was done.“Obviously, at that age, your parents emphasise that it’s important that you do well in school, otherwise they might take away your hobby.“It’s really important, not just for the health benefits but just for having fun. Psychologically it’s important that children get a chance to express themselves and sometimes PE is the best way to do that.“I found my talents in PE and it gave me a chance to have fun and enjoy time with my friends, so it is definitely important.”Joe Gomez Liverpool 2018-19Gomez also talked about learning the basics of sports other than football, and the advantage that gave him as he learned his trade. And it was those skills that laid the foundations for his eventual success both domestically and internationally.“You need to have basic coordination, but having the confidence in yourself from that age – that you can do certain skills – is the main thing that helps you when you get older,” he says.“I loved sports day and all the races, so athletics and running were my other favourite sports.“But football is not an individual sport, and if there is no chemistry within the team, regardless of what talent you have, then you are not really going to succeed. “I think that shows within the team. Where you have got a good bond, you will all play for each other, play for the manager and play for the supporters.“I think it’s important that you are all one – not just within the team, but within the community and the supporters as well.“It’s important that we live our lives the right way, not only for performance but to be role models.“I think it’s important that we do our best to lead an example for the younger generation.“For any kids that want to achieve a dream I think you have just got to ask yourself, is it something you enjoy? That is the fundamental aspect.“If you don’t enjoy it, then you are not going to put that extra effort in to be the best that you can.”To find more information on the Premier League Primary Stars, click here.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

First official look of Redmi K20 is out, confirms three cameras and hints at in-display fingerprint sensor

first_img Sneha Saha New DelhiMay 23, 2019UPDATED: May 24, 2019 09:48 IST HIGHLIGHTSRedmi K20 will go official in Xiaomi’s home market, China, on May 28.The Redmi K20 is coming to India soon.Triple rear cameras setup for the Redmi K20 has been confirmed.Xiaomi is all set to launch the Redmi flagship killer aka the Redmi K20 next week. The company has confirmed that the Redmi K20 will launch on May 28. This is the day when the Redmi K20 will go official in Xiaomi’s home market, China. The Redmi K20 will come to India as well. Last week Xiaomi India confirmed that the Redmi K20 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 will launch in India very soon. The company has yet to reveal the India launch date of the Redmi K20, but we believe that the phone may be available in the country sometime around June. Ahead of the launch, Xiaomi India Managing Director Manu Jain has revealed the first look of the Redmi K20.Jain revealed the first look at the Redmi K20 via a Twitter post on Wednesday. In the photo posted by Jain the Redmi K20 appears in Red colour. We expect there will be other colour variants of the Redmi K20. The picture of the Redmi K20 also reveals some of the key details about the phone. The picture shows that the Redmi K20 will include triple cameras on the back panel followed by LED flash. The triple camera module is placed in the middle of the rear panel. The primary camera that is expected to sport a 48MP sensor is seen placed separately on the back, which is then followed by a dual camera setup placed inside the same module.Interestingly, the Redmi K20 doesn’t show a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. This hints at the under the display fingerprint sensor. As rumours also revealed the Redmi K20 will be the first phone from Redmi to come with in-display fingerprint sensor. Rumours and leaks suggest that the Redmi K20 will come with seventh generation optical in-display fingerprint sensor that will enable users to unlock the screen look at finger touch.advertisementAhead of the launch almost all the specs of the Redmi K20 have been revealed. Rumours suggest that two phones are going to launch under the Redmi K series on May 28. One will be the Redmi K20 that is said to be powered by Snapdragon 700 series processor. The second one will be the Pro edition aka Redmi K20 Pro that is said to be powered by Snapdragon 855 flagship processor.Let’s take a quick look at all the key specs of the Redmi K20: –The Redmi K20 will come with a 6.39-inch display with Super AMOLED panel on the top. The phone is said to offer 91.2 per cent screen to body ratio and screen resolution of 1080 x 2340p. The screen of the Redmi K20 will be protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5.–On the rear panel the Redmi K20 is expected to sport a 48MP primary sensor, 13MP secondary ultrawide lens, and third is an 8MP telephoto lens.–On the front the phone may include a pop-up camera that is supposed to include a 20MP sensor.–The Redmi K20 will come with a massive 4000mAh battery with up to 27W fast charging support.–The phone is said to run on MIUI 10 on top of Android 9 Pie.–The Redmi K20 is said to come with 6GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM and 128GB storage configuration.–The phone will include a 3,5mm headphone jack, USB Type C, 7th generation optical in-display fingerprint sensor.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S quick review: Redmi Note 7 with 48MP camera and extra price of Rs 1000ALSO READ | Redmi Note 7S vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: Which 48MP camera Xiaomi phone should you buy?ALSO READ | Redmi Note 7 vs Redmi Note 7S: How they are different, which Xiaomi is better buyGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow XiaomiFollow Redmi First official look of Redmi K20 is out, confirms three cameras and hints at in-display fingerprint sensorAhead of the launch, Xiaomi India Managing Director Manu Jain has revealed the first look of the Redmi K20. In the photo posted by Jain, the Redmi K20 appears in Red colour.advertisementlast_img read more

HMAS Darwin Performs Medical Evacuation of Sick French …

first_imgzoom While patrolling in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa, Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Darwin provided emergency medical assistance for a heart attack victim on a French fishing vessel.The French Fishing Vessel (FV) Cape Saint Vincent called for assistance late on the night of the 10th of April. The French Joint Headquarters requested Darwin’s assistance through the United Kingdom led Combined Task Force (CTF) 150.Darwin sailed overnight to rendezvous with FV Cape Saint Vincent which was approximately 390 miles off the coast of Tanzania. Darwin deployed her embarked S-70B-2 Seahawk Helicopter and medical team to provide an emergency aero medical evacuation (AME).The stricken French fisherman, who was suffering heart attack symptoms, was given initial medical assistance on board Darwin. The fisherman was conscious and able to walk. He was then air lifted to Dar Es Salam, Tanzania where he is now in hospital in a stable condition. defence, April 16, 2014last_img read more

Deloitte Phase Two Report Released

first_imgThe province has received the final report of the Deloitte review of Nova Scotia’s finances. The Province of Nova Scotia Financial Review – Phase 2 looks at technical questions related to accounting and budgeting in government departments and third-party agencies. The report completes the work of consultants from Deloitte, who released findings of the first phase of their independent review on Aug. 17. Areas studied in phase two include: — the feasibility of separating capital and operating budgets — accounting options for government operating grants or other funding to boards and agencies — options to resolve the Auditor General’s qualification and scope limitation related to budgeting of third-party revenues — options to improve the timeliness and approval processes for grants and business plans for district health authorities and regional school boards Deloitte consultants made recommendations on each issue. Overall, they said government accounting should continue to comply with generally accepted accounting principles as expressed by Public Sector Accounting Board guidelines. Finance Minister Graham Steele said government will consider the options presented as it moves forward with the next budget. The Deloitte Phase 2 report is available at www.gov.ns.ca/finance .last_img read more

Funding Supports Green Technology Development EnergySaving Initiatives

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter announced more than $2 million today, July 15, to help Nova Scotia move closer to a cleaner, greener environment The funding is part of the ecoNova Scotia Fund for Clean Air and Climate Change. “Investing in a greener economy is the right decision for Nova Scotia, and for the entire Atlantic region, as climate change is an issue that affects all of us,” said Premier Dexter. ” Government is showing genuine leadership by supporting the development of leading edge technologies that are good for the environment, and good for Nova Scotia’s economy.” The Lafarge cement plant in Brookfield received $670,000, helping it become the first in North America to produce lower carbon cement. Carbon Sense Solutions in Halifax received $467,000 to capture carbon dioxide in pre-formed concrete on an industrial scale. “The ecoNova Scotia fund has helped more than 140 businesses, municipalities and organizations reduce air emissions that contribute to climate change,” said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “We are making life better for families in every region by improving the health of our environment and our economy.” “The ecoNova Scotia program represents a dynamic partnership between government and industry,” said Scarth MacDonnell, plant manager at Lafarge’s Brookfield Cement Plant. “The funding allows Lafarge Canada Inc. to move forward installing new equipment to continue to make top quality cement using fewer raw materials and reducing fossil fuel demands. “This initiative extends the life of the Brookfield quarry, reduces fossil fuel consumption and plant emissions, and expects to reduce overall CO2 emissions by more than 70,000 tonnes a year.” Other businesses receiving funding include Scotian Windfields Inc., CADtech Innovations Inc., and N-Viro Systems Canada LP. Municipalities receiving funding include Colchester, East Hants, West Hants, Halifax Regional Municipality and the Town of Truro. The projects announced today are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 81,000 tonnes — equal to taking 18,000 cars off the road — and cut almost 350 tonnes of major air pollutant emissions. Projects funded by ecoNova Scotia help meet the objectives of the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act and the Climate Change Action Plan. The ecoNova Scotia fund administers funding from an original $42.5 million grant from the government of Canada. For more information on the fund, visit www.gov.ns.ca/ecoNovaScotia .last_img read more

AnnaLynne McCord To Host Life Is Love For Somaly Mam Foundation

first_imgAnnaLynne McCord will host a special red carpet cocktail event in West Hollywood to benefit the Somaly Mam Foundation this weekend.The Life is Love event will be held at a private residence and will feature a live musical performance and a live/ silent auction. Catering by Crustacean of Beverly Hills and specialty cocktails, including a signature drink created by POM Wonderful.Sex trafficking is the movement by force or coercion of men, women and children into the commercial sex trade. Here, they can be subject to rape, forced abortions, torture, starvation and threats to family members, and forced to cater to up to 30 clients in a day – with contraception optional. Through a combination of psychological, the victims are bound by their captors: they are modern-day slaves.Experts estimate that as many as two million women and children are sold each year, and that profits from sex slavery exceed $9.5 billion annually. This is not just a problem of the developing world: it is a global crisis, including the United States.Somaly Mam is a Cambodian survivor of sex slavery. She was sold at the age of 12. She doesn’t know her age, nor her real name, and she spent nearly a decade in the horrors of Cambodian brothels. But she escaped, and since has aided in the rescue of thousands of women and children. She founded an NGO that rescues, recovers and empowers victims and has become an advocate and global leader in the cause.The Somaly Mam Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to ending sex slavery and empowering its survivors, based on the vision and life of activist and survivor Somaly Mam.Guests expected to attend include AnnaLynne McCord (90210), Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars), Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars), Taylor Armstrong (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Matt Lanter (90210), Cassie Scerbo (Make It Or Break It), Shenae Grimes (90210), Hill Harper (CSI: NY), Serinda Swan (Breakout Kings), Jessica Stroup (90210), Jackson Hurst (Drop Dead Diva), Chloe Flower (Recording Artist), Renee Olstead (Secret Life of The American Teenager), Tiffany Hines (Nikita), Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Arrow), Jessica Parker Kennedy (My Secret Circle), Laura Linda Bradley (Iron Man 3), Briana Evigan (Step Up 2), Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Harry Shum, Jr (Glee) and more!last_img read more

Alberta First Nations look to make history mobilizing vote in upcoming federal

first_img(Attendees listen to candidate pitches at Maskwacis First Nation forum Wednesday. Brandi Morin/APTN photo.)Brandi MorinAPTN National News For the first time in its history an Alberta First Nation is going to take part in a federal election.The Tsuu T’ina Nation near Calgary established its first ever polling station at the Grey Eagle Resort.Tsuu T’ina spokesperson Kevin Littlelight said the momentum started to build when they decided to get engaged during the last provincial election. The motivating factor, he said, was because the previous Progressive Conservative government in Alberta was what he described as not very Aboriginal friendly.“We could smell change in the air,” said Littlelight. “The provincial election was the biggest turnout of Aboriginal voters ever. The push was for change for Aboriginal people and for Albertans, and we were a part of that change.”Across Alberta it appears First Nations are becoming more involved than ever and plan to show it on Monday before polls close.Maskwacis First Nation in central Alberta held its first ever federal candidates open forum at Samson Cree Nation’s Howard Buffalo Memorial Center earlier this week.Throughout the evening approximately 100 people showed up to listen to pitches from the Liberal and NDP candidates, the Conservative and Green candidates didn’t attend.Tara Cutarm, one of the event organizers, said she was impressed by the turnout and noticed a significant number of youth in attendance.“It made me feel hopeful,” said Cutarm. “And grateful seeing the youth be so interested in attending the forum. It gave me pride in the fact that there are youth caring at that young age not only for themselves, but for all of us…I am hoping First Nation’s youth storm the polls and take this country back because it’s their future that’s going to be impacted.”In Enoch Cree Nation, directly west of Edmonton, elder Irene Morin said they are also working hard to ensure high voter turnout there. Morin said she took the initiative to make arrangements with the nation’s transportation coordinator to use the local school buses to transport voters to the polling station at the local arena and is using a specialized bus for elders. The organizing of transporting community members to vote during an election is also a first for Enoch. “This time we want to make sure that the voters get out and vote,” said Morin who added that she’s never seen a push like this for Aboriginal engagement in a federal election before. “I think the main reason is that First Nations want to lend their support to a party other than the Conservatives…I think that’s the feel all over.”Morin plans to spend most of Monday volunteering at the polling station. Ermineskin Cree Nation Chief Randy Ermineskin said getting people to polling stations has been a problem in the past. This election has encouraged Ermineskin to be more innovative in finding ways around those kinds of challenges. Council unanimously agreed for the band to organize rides to and from the polling station with the community’s passenger van to those without transportation. This kind of action to help usher people to the polls is unparalleled.“If we want to engage them (community members) we need to provide access to transportation,” said Ermineskin. “It’s going to be a busy day for everybody that’s going to be involved and we’re working on the logistics of what that’s going to look like.”Ermineskin said he’s noticing something stirring in the community in regards to Monday’s election and there’s a sense of urgency being felt to participate in choosing Canada’s leadership.“I think because talk of our issues are falling on deaf ears,” said Ermineskin who will be encouraging other Maskwacis leadership to rally their members to vote in the coming days. “It’s time we start to rise up and let people know we need to participate.” bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

Chief doubts feds can fix Attawapiskats water woes

first_imgwfiddler@aptn.ca@willowblasizzo Willow FiddlerAPTN NewsCanada’s Indigenous services minister has a plan to bring safe drinking water back to a northern Ontario first nation.But Attawapiskat Chief Ignace Gull isn’t sure Seamus O’Regan can deliver a new water treatment plant.He says a ‘band-aid’ solution won’t work when the needs run into the millions of dollars.last_img

Liberals to face Senate as showdown looms over infrastructure bank plan

OTTAWA — The government’s plan to create a new $35-billion infrastructure bank is facing a rocky road as senators stand poised to rewrite the Liberals’ budget bill and delay creation of the financing agency.An independent senator will ask the Senate next week to separate out the legislation creating the so-called infrastructure bank from the larger budget bill to give the upper chamber more time to debate the proposal.Whether Sen. Andre Pratte has enough support is unclear, but he said there is interest from Conservatives, Liberals and independents who want more time to review the legislation.The Liberal government’s plan is to use public funds through the bank to leverage billions more from investors to pay for large projects, such as rail lines, bridges and transit systems that may be too expensive for governments, or too risky for private companies to handle alone.Morneau says new infrastructure bank to shield taxpayers from project risksNew questions about taxpayer risk in Ottawa’s infrastructure bank are being raised, documents showPratte said several senators remain unconvinced about the plan after a preliminary study of the proposal, citing concerns about the agency’s independence, transparency and the degree to which taxpayers will be exposed to financial risk.“In many senators minds, those hearings have actually pointed to more issues to be studied,” said the Quebec senator who was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.“There are issues and questions that have arisen that point to more concern, rather than less.”The Liberals say they see no reason to separate the bank from the rest of the bill that implements elements of the federal budget.Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi said the government wants to get the bank up and running by the end of the year, including appointing a chief executive and board of directors and can’t do that without parliamentary approval for the bill.“The Canada infrastructure bank is such an integral part of our overall infrastructure plan and it really ties into the budget process and that’s why it’s there,” Sohi said before Wednesday’s caucus meeting.“Having it … as part of the broader budget legislation makes sense so we can get on with delivering on the commitments that we made to Canadians.”The Liberals continued to face flak over the plan in the House of Commons on Wednesday amid concerns the government is putting taxpayer dollars at risk in order to lure private investment, details of which have been outlined in internal government documents obtained by The Canadian Press.The documents say taxpayers may bear significant risk in projects where the government takes an equity stake, provide a loss buffer to private investors in other instances, or invest on equal footing but at “concessionary terms” with ownership reverting to a city or province at the end of a term.The documents obtained under the Access to Information Act also show the bank could use innovative financing tools like derivatives and contributions that are repayable based on certain benchmarks.Finance Minister Bill Morneau defended the bank in an interview Tuesday, saying the agency would reduce the risk to taxpayers should there be cost overruns on projects. On Wednesday, Trudeau said Canadians were on side with the government’s overall infrastructure plan that included a “world-class infrastructure bank” to deliver more projects that communities need.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was unconvinced: “The leverage comes from using taxpayers money to guarantee profits for investors and that’s not right.”The Liberals plan to avoid overly risky projects. All proposals would require government approval before the agency could strike a financing deal and funding would flow on a project-by-project basis.That process left a Senate committee unconvinced that the government had struck the right balance between oversight of public funds and giving the agency the ability to make decisions on projects absent political interference. A report released Wednesday by the Senate banking committee also pointed to cabinet’s ability to hire and fire the CEO and chair of the board as issues that the government needs to address.“The whole idea of the infrastructure bank is to ensure good investments for Canadians and returns for Canadians, but as soon as you get cabinet involved in it, it becomes political,” said committee chairman Sen. David Tkachuk.The Canadian Press read more

Government briefs monks on process to draft new Constitution

The Minister recalled that even when Mahinda Rajapaksa was President an all party committee had submitted proposals for Constitutional amendments and several opinions were expressed. He asserted that everything that is being said are the views of individuals and is not part of the final document. Ranawaka said that the ideas put forward at present by several political parties, including the joint opposition, are being studied yet nothing is final. (Colombo Gazette) The Government today briefed the Chief Prelates on the progress of the process to draft a new Constitution.Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Champika Ranawaka said that misleading information is being spread about the Constitution drafting process. read more

Myanmar UNICEF warns children of Kachin face growing threats due to recent

An estimated 1,000 children are among those forced to leave their temporary homes amid the fighting between the Myanmar National Army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in areas of southern Kachin state, UNICEF noted in a news release.“The fighting and the associated displacement of families has increased the health risks that children face, including by reducing their access to safe, reliable water and sanitation facilities,” said Bertrand Bainvel, UNICEF Representative to Myanmar. In addition, Kachin and northern Shan are already among the most heavily mined areas in Myanmar, the agency noted. Landmines left behind or placed intentionally continue to cause harm to vulnerable populations, including children, as well as hamper humanitarian aid delivery.“It is an unfortunate fact that the heightened risk that children face does not disappear even after the fighting stops, because they face a significantly increased risk of falling victim to commonly used landmines and even to possible recruitment into the combatant’s armed forces,” said Mr. Bainvel.UNICEF is working with other UN agencies and international non-governmental organizations to help threatened children and their families. While support is being mobilised, the agency stressed that improved access to affected populations, particularly children, is needed. “We must provide urgent help,” said Mr. Bainvel. “But life-saving aid is not enough because children need peace and stability to grow and develop.” More than 75,000 people have been displaced since fighting between Government forces and Kachin rebels began almost two years ago. For many of those displaced in the latest hostilities, it is the second or third time that they have been uprooted in the past year.“For the sake of Myanmar’s children, all parties must immediately commit to do all they can to end the violence, to protect children from exposure to land mines and recruitment into armed forces, and to commit to peace,” Mr. Bainvel stressed. “This is absolutely essential if children in Kachin are to experience the same hope and improved prospects that are now being experienced by so many other children in Myanmar as a result of the recent reforms.” read more

LETTER An appeal to all patriotic Government Ministers… Put Guyana

Even with a small population as ours, the chance of one becoming a Member of Parliament is either slim or none. But if you’re fortunate in your lifetime to have this great honour bestowed upon you, nothing matters more than putting the interest of Guyana and her people above all… above self.Do the right thing and you will be forever respected as a patriot, a person of integrity, of high moral values, and a champion of the poor and downtrodden. But if you don’t, you become a Moses Nagamootoo and a Khemraj Ramjattan, despised by many for betraying everything they once stood for to cling to position and power.With few exceptions, the ruckus behaviour of government MPs that completely drowned out the entire speech made in the National Assembly by the Leader of the Opposition on the No-confidence Motion (NCM), clearly defines their characters and expose the lowness of those who serve in the highest decision-making forum in government.As a Member of Parliament, I am often embarrassed and appalled at the lack of decorum and unparliamentary language and behaviour displayed by some in the National Assembly. Some government ministers have no ethics and etiquette. Yet these are the people who represent us at international forums with world leaders and their representatives, and who are given the powers to implement laws that affect the lives of every citizen here.Then there are others like Nagamootoo and Ramjattan who now willinglybetray the principles upon which the AFC was formed and shamelessly defend the transgressions committed by this government to protect the grandeur and perks they now enjoy as members of Cabinet.Thankfully, not everyone fits this description. Some, I know, are genuinely concerned that Guyana is headed in the wrong direction, and would do a Charrandass if they weren’t so afraid for their own safety and the wellbeing of their families.Just yesterday, it was reported in a section of the media that Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge who is often above the fray, wrote in a letter to the Canadian High Commissioner that he was “unaware of any threat” to Charrandas Persaud that would have even required consular protection.Even this career politician who has now distinguished himself as an elder statesman after once presiding over the worst economic period that helped bankrupt the nation during his tenure as the PNC government Minister of Finance and Planning, seems afraid to condemn his PNC colleague Jennifer Wade, the Region 5 government MP, whose voice can be clearly identified saying, “Charrandas, you gon dead tonight.”Surely the Hon Carl Greenidge must have heard this distinct threat himself from the thousands of videos clips played over and over again in news reports and in the public domain on social media. But as decent as Greenidge is, he too must be afraid and too old to go up against the dangerous PNC to ruin his chances of becoming APNU’s Presidential Candidate to contest the upcoming elections. For despite the earlier pronouncements by Volda Lawrence and Joseph Harmon, I really don’t believe President Granger will ever run again.It is an undisputed fact that on that fateful evening of December 21, 2018, the Opposition motion was successfully carried and the government fell.Now, like a drowning man, they are desperately grasping at straws to cling to power. Since then, Government has been stubbornly and shamelessly defiant of the constitution, pursuing a series of frivolous actions to stop the inevitable: The resignation of the Cabinet including the President and new elections within three months according to Article 106 (6) of the constitution. One cannot simply change the rules in his favour after the game has been played and loss.The Charrandass vote in favor of the NCM has been totally ventilated. It is now time to move on. Regardless of which side of the political spectrum you’re on, the next few days will determine just how far one is prepare to go without compromising one’s integrity and political career. The intent of government ministers will be scrutinized and characters questioned.I am sure that if asked, every Guyanese would call themselves a patriot. But how many like myself, would willingly risk their lives for this country? And to a lesser extent, how many would sacrifice their jobs, insecure though it may be at this time, to prevent Guyana from turning into a pariah state?For selfish reasons, I wager not many would do it. But I’m equally confident there are still good patriotic men and women whose loyalty to Guyana and her people is above reproach.Both Nagamootoo and Ramjattan are too far gone, post-mortem don’t ever bring back the dead. But there are others in the AFC that should be concerned about their own political careers and the need to make amends for the betrayal inflicted upon their own supporters who once believed the AFC to have had noble intentions. It is not too late.It is to those and other government ministers that I make this appeal to put Guyana first. Save our nation from a constitutional crisis that will result in lawlessness, chaos, and the embarrassment of being the laughing stock of the Caribbean and the rest of the world. As an individual with a conscience, you can resign now to protect what’s left of your integrity, credibility and your political and professional career.In a few short months, this government will be forced to debit office and Guyana will be under new management. But you don’t have to go down like rats on a sinking ship to avoid being called a “traitor” and other derogatory names, you have a duty to put Guyana first. And with a clear conscience, justify your resignation from government as your patriotic duty to the pledge you took as a Member of Parliament.HARRY GILLPPP/C Member of Parliament Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related“Ramjattan’s accusations damages Parliament’s integrity” – Teixeira writes SpeakerSeptember 20, 2014In “Politics”Fmr Housing Minister denies $40M tax evasion on vehiclesAugust 23, 2015In “Politics”Speaker writes Commonwealth Head requesting intervention to resolve Guyana’s political crisisNovember 14, 2014In “Politics” read more

Creating a major new Canadian mining house

first_imgHudBay Minerals and Lundin Mining have agreed to a business combination that will create a new Canadian leader in global mining. After the combination, HudBay is expected to be the second largest base metals company in Canada measured by market capitalisation. It will have a broad portfolio of producing assets in Canada, Portugal, Sweden, Spain, and Ireland, along with a strong growth pipeline that includes the world-class Tenke Fungurume and Fenix projects, located in the DRC and Guatemala, respectively. The Transaction will be structured as a plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act. Highlights of the Transaction include:On completion, each Lundin common share will be automatically exchanged for 0.3919 HudBay common shares, and Lundin will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of HudBayThe consideration Lundin shareholders will receive pursuant to the Transaction represents approximately a 32% premium over Lundin’s 30 day volume weighted average trading price on the TSX based on HudBay’s 30 day volume weighted average trading price on the TSXOn completion of the Transaction, HudBay will have approximately 306 million common shares outstandingThe CEO of the resulting company will be Allen J. Palmiere.The boards of directors of both companies have approved the Transaction with all voting members in favour.Following the completion of the Transaction, the combined company’s profile will include:Combined 2007 actual metal production of 187,115 t of copper, 278,289 t of zinc, 44,560 t of lead, 3,270 t of nickel, 102,587 oz of gold, and 4,184,536 oz of silverCash on hand of approximately C$900 million and total debt of approximately $240 million based on reported amounts at September 30, 2008The financial strength to capitalise on opportunities arising from turbulent marketsA strong management team and an experienced board.“The combination of HudBay and Lundin creates a company that is financially strong, has excellent internal growth projects, and has the size and strength to take advantage of opportunities over the next 18 months,” said Phil J. Wright, President and CEO of Lundin. “This arrangement is in the best interest of Lundin shareholders, and I look forward to making a contribution toward building what has the potential to be a major new Canadian mining house.”“We’re excited to create a Canadian base metals company that we believe will be a major presence on the world stage,” added Allen J. Palmiere, CEO of HudBay. “We will continue to grow the company with discipline, and use its financial strength with a view to creating future value for all of our shareholders.”Following the completion of the transaction, HudBay’s board will be composed of Allen J. Palmiere, Philip J. Wright, Lukas Lundin, M. Norman Anderson, Colin K. Benner, Donald K. Charter, Ronald P. Gagel, R. Peter Gillin, and William A. Rand.In connection with the Transaction, HudBay and Lundin have entered into a loan agreement, pursuant to which HudBay will lend Lundin approximately C$135.8 million on a subordinated basis. Lundin will use the proceeds of the loan to fund capital investments and other general corporate purposes. HudBay and Lundin have also entered into a share purchase agreement, pursuant to which HudBay will acquire approximately 97 million common shares of Lundin, representing approximately 19.9% of Lundin’s outstanding common shares, at a price of C$1.40 per share in a private placement for total gross proceeds to Lundin of approximately C$135,800,000. The proceeds of the private placement will be used to repay the loan. Completion of the private placement of the Lundin common shares is subject to the satisfaction of certain regulatory requirements.HudBay is a leading base metals mining company with assets in North and Central America. The company is investing for the future in one of the most ambitious exploration programs in Canada, targeting its 400,000 ha exploration territory in the Flin Flon Greenstone Belt. An integrated mining company, HudBay operates zinc and copper mines, concentrators and metal production facilities in northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan, a zinc oxide production facility in Ontario, the White Pine Copper Refinery in Michigan, and owns the Fenix nickel project in Guatemala. In addition to its primary products, the company also produces gold, silver and zinc oxide.Lundin Mining is a rapidly growing, diversified base metals mining company with operations in Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Ireland, producing copper, nickel, lead and zinc. In addition, Lundin Mining holds a development project pipeline which includes the world class Tenke Fungurume copper/cobalt project in the DRC and holds an extensive exploration portfolio and interests in international mining and exploration ventures.last_img read more

Cimos Koper – Slovenian Champion

← Previous Story Jan Filip to be player-coach! Next Story → Wisla Plock wins 7th Polish Champion title! For the first time in their history, Cimos Koper have won the domestic championship. They have finally writtenclub history in the 2010/2011 season, by leaving Celje, Gorenje and the others behind. In the direct fightfor the title, they beat Gorenje in Velenje with 24:23, and have secured the title, as now they are with 55 points,while Gorenje are with 51 points, which shows us how surprising can the Slovenian league be this year, with manyups and downs for all the teams. We’re hoping for an even more interesting one next year!photo: siol.net read more

Star Wars hovering speederbike becomes a sort of reality

first_imgReturn of the Jedi wasn’t the best Star Wars film but it certainly did contain one of the coolest vehicles: the speederbike. Now a company called Aerofex seems to have replicated that legendary craft.The new speeder is not exactly the one from the 1983 film, but it does hover just like it. It’s called a rotorcraft and it uses the same dynamics as a helicopter in order to lift and carry itself and a rider above the ground. This isn’t completely new tech — they tested this vehicle in 2008 — unfortunately that flight ended in the rotorcraft crashing into a tumbleweed, which caught fire as a result. Luckily the pilot only came away with burnt hands.Since then they have been working on making the rotorcraft easier to control, therefore making the flight much more stable. The vehicle can hover up to 15 feet in the air and travel at 30 mile per hour.The people at Aerofex don’t want to recreate Star Wars speederbikes though, in fact in the future they don’t want these bikes to be manned at all. They want to create unmanned drones that are safe to be around humans.  The closed off rotors used in this technology would help them accomplish this (and prevent anything terrible from happening to small pets).It seems we’re still quite a few years away from speeding through Endor on these things. The video above does show what the rotorcraft can do and it’s fairly impressive. Sadly there’s no sound to the video, nor is the test pilot dressed like a Stormtrooper, so you’ll just have to use your imagination for now.More at Flightlog via Dvicelast_img read more

Geek Pick Withings Move Is an Intro to Fitness Wearables

first_imgStay on target Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls It’s healthy when a product category (in this case health products) is robust enough to support products at all kinds of price ranges in the market. Sure it’s nice to get a dedicated base to buy an expensive high-end model, but you’re really doing great if the mainstream latches onto your affordable, accessible, entry-level model. The Withings Move almost seems like the flip phone of fitness wearables. But at only $70 that compliment doesn’t have to necessarily be so backhanded.center_img At first glance the Withings Move just looks like a regular watch. There’s a mechanical face with clock hands and everything, no digital touch screen. This not only allows the watch to look more stylish but also last for 18 months on a single battery charge. The lack of onscreen stats even makes it harder for onlookers to snoop on your biometrics.There wouldn’t be much to see though because the Withings Move is fairly limited in what it can track. It’s basically just steps and sleep. Connecting to a phone also gets you distance and workout tracking. But there’s no heart rate monitor or phone notifications. And even the sleep-tracking wasn’t that accurate according to our reviewer.Still, even with that modest data the Withings Move can be plenty useful for your health. Sync and monitor its findings with the Health Mate mobile app. Here you can also manually log in more health information like blood pressure and BMI. And earning badges turns meeting your workout goals into a little game.For more on the Withings Move check out the extensive review on our sister site PCMag.com. And for more on fitness wearables check out our Geek Picks for products from Fitbit like the Fitbit Versa Lite and Fitbit Charge 3.More on Geek.com:Geek Pick: Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Is a Sleek Fitness SmartwatchGeek Pick: Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music Elevates Your Workout PlaylistsGeek Pick: Fossil Sport Is a Stylish Smartwatch For Everyday Uselast_img read more