Cora Marrett steps down as NSF deputy director

first_img Cora Marrett has been a jack-of-all-trades administrator at the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a good part of the past 2 decades, including two stints as acting director of the $7 billion agency. Yesterday, the 72-year-old sociologist announced she will retire next month, before the end of her term as NSF’s deputy director, and return home to Wisconsin.“I’m been commuting for 7 years, with my husband [Louis Marrett] in Madison,” she told ScienceInsider today. “As you know, the past year has been very challenging, with the shutdown and the effects of sequestration. And having seen that NSF was moving along and that the prospects looked very good, I thought this would be a good time to go home, as I had planned.”Marrett’s decision to leave on 24 August comes 4 months after France Córdova took up the reins as NSF’s 14th director. In addition to dealing with the government-wide funding crunch, NSF has spent the past year battling Republican legislators over how it manages its grants portfolio, including its funding of the social sciences. 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The NSF director also credited her deputy with helping the agency navigate the 12-month gap at the top between the departure of Subra Suresh and her arrival. “On a personal note, Cora’s deep knowledge and insights were pivotal to my smooth transition to NSF Director. I cannot thank her enough for her advice and friendship.”A career academic, Marrett first came to NSF in 1992 to lead its newly formed social and behavioral sciences directorate—disciplines that have long been targets for legislators from both parties. After a decade as a university administrator, she returned to NSF in 2007 to head NSF’s programs in education and broadening participation, two long-standing areas of interest. At the start of the Obama administration she was promoted to deputy director, and since then she has served either in that capacity or as acting director. Cordova’s arrival marked the first time women have held both Senate-confirmed posts at NSF. The deputy director serves at the pleasure of the president, and Marrett acknowledged that rule means she is leaving more than 2 years ahead of schedule. “Technically, the deputy is co-terminus with the term of the president,” she said. “So it is early, since the president’s term isn’t over yet.Previous NSF directors were unanimous in applauding the job that Marrett has done at NSF. “She has performed magnificently, and I’m sorry that she’s leaving,” says Arden Bement, who served from 2004 to 2010 and who recommended that the incoming Obama administration tap her as his deputy. “The deputy runs the agency internally, so that the director can focus on dealing with Congress, the White House and other executive agencies, and international issues.”Adds Neal Lane, NSF’s director during Marrett’s first stint at the agency and a longtime friend, “I cannot think of anyone who’s done a better job of protecting the integrity of the agency and retaining the trust of the scientific community. And that trust is essential for the NSF to do its job.”Although the White House makes the final selection, the NSF director traditionally plays a major role in choosing the deputy director. Córdova may have already signaled her preference with the recent appointment of Richard Buckius as a senior science adviser within the director’s office. Buckius was head of NSF’s engineering directorate when Córdova, as president of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, recruited him in 2008 to be the school’s vice president for research.In a May interview with ScienceInsider, Córdova explained his role thusly: “I want to be everywhere at the same time. And so Richard will help me with that, keeping his eyes and ears to the ground. He understands how both NSF and universities work. And he’ll be a welcome sounding board for questions about how the university community might respond to a particular idea and an opportunity.” Photo by Sandy Schaeffer last_img read more

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Chelsea verdict due mid-December in FIFA transfer ban case

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ The month-long trading window for English clubs opens Jan. 1. Chelsea already served half its one-year ban on registering new players during the offseason.Chelsea is challenging verdicts by FIFA’s disciplinary and appeal committees that the club had 150 violations of rules protecting minors from trafficking. Those cases involved about 70 players.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceChelsea also broke rules prohibiting third-party influence on players. FIFA imposed a fine of 600,000 Swiss francs ($608,000).The club has denied wrongdoing. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? The timeline of this transfer of minors’ case is similar to Barcelona’s appeal in 2014 when CAS upheld a transfer ban on Dec. 30, almost four weeks after a hearing.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Rice industry paralysis Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his sides first goal during their English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LAUSANNE, Switzerland—Chelsea can expect a verdict within three weeks in its appeal to overturn a FIFA transfer ban for breaking youth transfer rules.The Court of Arbitration for Sport said after a hearing Wednesday its ruling is expected in the first half of December.ADVERTISEMENT Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Priority legislation in the 18th Congress LATEST STORIES MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Globe leads send-off ceremony for PH Volcanoes before the 2020 Olympic Qualifying Tournamentlast_img read more

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PV Sindhu flooded with offers to endorse big brands

first_imgThere are companies lining up to snap up the new poster girl of badminton in India. After her Silver in Rio, Sindhu is being flooded with offers to endorse various brands. Although Sindhu is in line to announce some brand endorsements soon, her management firm prefers to go slow as it will allow her brand valuation to rise further.Some endorsements were signed before the Olympics itself but they were not announced due to the hectic schedule of the city-based badminton players for the preparation for the event, confirmed Ramakrishnan R, co-founder and director of Baseline Ventures managing Sindhu’s brand marketing that manages the ace shuttler. (Also read: My life has changed a lot: Rio Silver medallist PV Sindhu to India Today)”They are major endorsements at the national level. There have been couple of brand signed before Olympics. We could not announce them because of the Olympics preparation. So, we did not want to promote her more before Olympics. We may be announcing them during the second week of September,” Ramakrishnan told PTI. (Also read: ‘Rustom’, Hyderabadi biryani await Sindhu after Silver in Rio)Sindhu’s brand value touched the sky after she became the youngest Indian woman athlete to grab an Olympic Silver in the just-concluded event when she lost a close final clash against world No.1 Carolina Marin of Spain. (Also read: Life for PV Sindhu after Olympic Silver: Cash, cars and land)”We are pouring with requests for endorsements by Sindhu. That is not what we think would be credible and grand association. We want to last long. Building brand takes years. So we want to start slowly and add value to Sindhu which is very important. And also Sindhu is excited to work with us. Our intention is the brand valuation of Sindhu to go up,” he further said.advertisementEven Kidambri Srikanth is managed by the same company as Sindhu’s.(With PTI Inputs)last_img read more

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Matos all praise for Kolkatas passion for football

first_imgKolkata, Dec 29 (PTI) Indian Arrows coach Luis Norton de Matos today thanked the Mohun Bagan supporters for giving them a standing ovation after a 1-1 stalemate in their I-League football fixture here today.Playing at their home ground for the first time in I- League, Mohun Bagan squandered chances galore and played with a numerical advantage in the last 25 minutes but only to be held one-all by the spirited Indian colts.This was a historic occasion for Kolkata Maidan as I- League made its debut but Mohun Bagan registered their third successive draws, and all of them coming in home matches.A capacity crowd staged demonstrations outside the venue and shouted slogans against their coach Sanjoy Sen, club officials and foreign players.The crowd, however, gave a standing ovation to Indian Arrows, leaving the Portuguese coach overwhelmed.”I want to say that in my whole life as a footballer and coach, I never saw these kind of demonstration of passion of the people for the sport.”I was also very emotional when all the crowd supported our boys. Thank you very much Kolkata,” he said at the post- match news conference.Mohun Bagan went ahead through a dubious penalty decision and the 64-year-old was critical of the decision.”I have some doubts about the penalty. But the team responded very very well.””The game had two phases — before and after the redcard. We could have fought for a victory if we had 11 players. The game was very very similar.”advertisementAt halftime it was a 1-1 stalemate but Mohun Bagan seemed to be under pressure and they got the advantage after Indian Arrows midfielder Amarjit Singh Kiyam was sent off in the 65th minute.”We can win this game if we believe in ourselves, I told them at halftime. But after the redcard the game changed completely and Mohun Bagan looked for a victory. I told the boys never lose concentration. Im happy with the boys,” Matos said.Indian Arrows came into the match after winning against Shillong Lajong at home on December 26 and Matos pointed out the hectic scheduling of the tournament.”We played three days ago, but they (Mohun Bagan) were playing with 10 days rest,” he said referring to Mohun Bagans last match against Neroca FC on December 19.The AIFF developmental outfit had another setback when Ashish Rai sustained a head injury.”I dont know the nature of injury exactly but he has a strong concussion in head,” he said.The Indian Arrows coach further said the players had some difficulties with the pitch.”Pitch was not very good, had some difficulties in playing,” he said.The venue will further host a second I-League match when Mohun Bagan take on Chennai City here on January 2. PTI TAP ATK ATKlast_img read more

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Razer Phone 2 launched with Chroma RGB lighting, IP67-rating and wireless charging

first_imgThe Razer Phone 2 is official. After having sparked a revolution of sorts in the smartphone industry, with the industry’s first top-tier gaming phone aka the Razer Phone last year, Razer is back with the second iteration of the device. While the Razer Phone had its moments and a screen that was capable of refreshing twice as often as a regular smartphone, it was certainly not without its flaws. The Razer Phone 2 tries to correct most of them while retaining all the things that made the original a gaming enthusiast’s delight.While it still looks exactly the same as the original Razer Phone, the Razer Phone 2 adds custom Chroma RGB lighting into the mix. Something which was lacking on the original Razer Phone, and was perhaps one of the most requested features, should Razer launch a second device. The custom Chroma RGB lighting on the back of the Razer Phone 2 is not only unique in terms of looks (not so much if you’re invested into the Razer ecosystem) it is also pretty useful. The Razer Phone 2 will allow users to choose from over 16.8 million colors of lights, so they can tweak the effect as they like. The phone will also allows users to select custom lighting effects for individual notifications, so on and so forth. The best-selling feature of the Razer Phone was its display and its one-of-its-kind 120Hz refresh rate although it was also criticized for its less than adequate brightness levels. The Razer Phone 2 tries to correct that by bumping up the brightness all the way to 580 nits, which is an improvement of nearly 50 per cent over the Razer Phone. The panel is still LCD and it is also home to some chunky bezels like the original.advertisementThe Razer Phone 2, to add to the grand scheme of things, is also IP67-rated and supports wireless charging.Razer’s new phone also comes with upgraded cameras although on paper it would seem like the Razer Phone 2 has the same hardware as the original. This means the Razer Phone 2 comes with a dual camera system on the rear consisting of one 12MP wide-angle lens (f/1.7 aperture and OIS) and another 12MP telephoto lens (f/2.6 and 2X zoom). On the front, it packs an 8MP camera. While the first-generation Razer Phone shipped with Samsung sensors, the Razer Phone 2 uses Sony IMX sensors.Rest of the hardware specs are pretty top-notch too. The Razer Phone 2 comes with a 5.72-inch IGZO LCD display with a 1440×2560 pixel resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with 8GB RAM and 64GB storage, Android 8.1 Oreo software and a 4,000mAh battery. The Razer Phone 2 does not have a headphone jack but sports dual stereo speakers.The Razer Phone 2 has been launched at a price of $799 and it will be available for buying in two colours: a glossy Mirror version and a matte Satin version.ALSO READ: Razer Phone goes official with 8GB RAM, 120Hz refresh rate for gaming enthusiastslast_img read more

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Ronaldo’s most memorable haircuts

first_imgWTF Cristiano Ronaldo haircuts: The Real Madrid star’s most memorable styles Oli Platt Last updated 2 years ago 05:30 9/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo Getty Images WTF Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Primera División From his early days at Manchester United to the modern superstar at the Santiago Bernabeu, Goal takes a look back at the Portuguese’s different looks From his spaghetti blonde highlights to his signature short cut, Cristiano Ronaldo’s many hairstyles have been copied by fans across the world.Much like another former Manchester United No.7 who went on to join Real Madrid, the Portugal star has become a worldwide celebrity for his fashion and personal grooming as well as his football skills.Galacticos 13/2 to beat Levante 3-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Having now spent a decade and a half in professional football, Goal runs through the most memorable Ronaldo haircuts we have seen over the years.THE CLASSICCristiano Ronaldo Real MadridThis has been Ronaldo’s go-to look for several years now.There are minor variations of it – the image at the top of this article, for example, shows how Ronaldo will sometimes part his hair more distinctly – but the fundamentals are always the same.Short on the sides, longer on top and swept back and across from left to right, usually with some kind of wet-look product to add shine.RETURN OF THE BLONDECristiano Ronaldo Real MadridThis one is much the same in terms of shape and length as the classic cut, but with some blonde highlights infused.Ronaldo was well-known for those highlights during his time at Manchester United and brought them back for the tail-end of the 2016-17 season as Real Madrid swept all before them.He adopted a messier, curlier look on top here to accentuate the colour contrast.BUZZCUT SEASONCristiano Ronaldo PortugalRonaldo surprised everyone earlier this summer by shaving most of his hair off following Real Madrid’s Champions League win over Juventus.He did it himself, in actual fact – apparently as some kind of bet.”It was a promise,” he told Real Madrid TV. “I’d promised that if we won the Champions League and I scored a goal, I’d do it. I did it and I shaved myself.”There’s not much to explain with this one, though once the top had grown out a bit Ronaldo had a curved line shaved down the parting again.EXTRA HEIGHTCristiano Ronaldo Real MadridWe haven’t seen this for a while, but previously Ronaldo has let his hair grow out a little and adopted a spikier look.With this style he uses product to push his hair up instead of across his head, splitting it into three sections. He also had longer sideburns than normal, though they were still thin.A LONGER LOOKCristiano Ronaldo Manchester UnitedRonaldo’s hair is usually pretty neat and tidy these days, but during his Manchester United years he was more experimental.His hair got so long and wavy at one point that he simply slid an Alice band into it to hold it in place. Don’t hold your breath on seeing this one make a comeback any time soon.PARTY IN THE BACKCristiano Ronaldo Manchester UnitedThis looks pretty normal on top… but what’s going on at the back?!Ronaldo strayed into mullet territory for a period around the World Cup in 2006, letting the rear end of his mop fall on to the back of his neck.Again, we wouldn’t expect to see this one make a return in the near future.’THE SPAGHETTI’Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester UnitedBefore he tried on a couple of questionable alternatives, though, Ronaldo arrived in England with the iconic ‘spaghetti’ blonde highlights.The young Cristiano grew his hair to medium length, left it curly and had some blonde dyed into the top – nothing too unusual there.But the standout feature of this style was the two or three strands of longer blonde hair that fell down his face, which were compared to spaghetti.This was mimicked by kids who quickly came to idolise Ronaldo all over the UK and probably resulted in more than of a few of them being sent home from school to wash it out.last_img read more

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Report: Manchester United 2 CSKA 1

first_imgManchester United 2 CSKA Moscow 1: Rashford completes comeback to seal Group A top spot Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 05:37 12/6/17 marcus rashford - cropped Getty Images Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford got the goals as Manchester United sealed top spot in Group A and sent CSKA Moscow into the Europa League. Manchester United went into the last 16 of the Champions League as winners of Group A after a 2-1 win over CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford.Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford secured the win for Jose Mourinho’s side on Tuesday after Alan Dzagoev had put the Russian side ahead.A 1-0 defeat at Basel on matchday five meant United were not certain of a place in the knockouts heading into the encounter, although it would have taken a sizeable win for CSKA and a victory for Basel in Benfica to see them miss out on the top two. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Mourinho made six changes to the side that beat Arsenal on Saturday, with Luke Shaw handed his first start of the season as the United boss kept one eye on the looming Manchester derby, and it looked as though the weakened team could be heading for only a fourth loss of the season when Dzagoev fortuitously gave the visitors the lead.However, Lukaku and Rashford made the most of two sublime passes from Paul Pogba and Juan Mata in the space of two second-half minutes to complete the comeback and seal top spot in the group, with CSKA forced to settle for a Europa League place.United’s focus now turns to the top-of-the-table clash with neighbours Manchester City on Sunday, before they learn which team they will face in the last 16 at Monday’s draw in Nyon.6 – Paul Pogba has provided six assists in his 12 games in all competitions for Man Utd this season, as many as he did in his 51 games for them last term. Selfless. pic.twitter.com/V4yloNJoJD— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 5, 2017United nearly had the lead in only the fourth minute, as a lightning counter-attack involving Mata and Lukaku ended with Rashford rattling the base of the right-hand post from close range.It needed Igor Akinfeev to deny Rashford from his second attempt of the match, the goalkeeper getting down swiftly to his left to claw away the forward’s effort after Mata had set him up quite superbly.Shaw had looked bright in the early exchanges and it was soon his turn to test Akinfeev, his rasping volley from Antonio Valencia’s cross stinging the keeper’s hands before he just managed to stop Lukaku netting the rebound.United’s standards slipped in the latter stages of the half and they paid the price in injury time, albeit in controversial fashion. Mario Fernandes burst clear down United’s left, his low cross was fired towards goal by Vitinho, and the ball hit the back of Dzagoev and went into the net, with the officials unmoved by the home side’s appeals, presumably given that Daley Blind had slid inadvertently out of play and was therefore considered to be on the goal line.The hosts injected a bit more pace into their play as they chased an equaliser, with Rashford again testing Akinfeev after a strong run before whipping a free-kick over the bar via a deflection.United had CSKA pegged back in their half and the pressure finally told in the 64th minute, as Pogba’s delightful delivery from 30 yards out was prodded past Akinfeev by the stretching Lukaku.Sixty-six seconds later, the turnaround was complete. Mata’s exquisite touch and lobbed pass was drilled into the bottom-right corner by Rashford, who had been allowed time to watch the ball bounce into the penalty area.@JuanMata8 played a delightful ball over the top, which @MarcusRashford latched onto, and finished in style! #MUFC #UCL pic.twitter.com/8RRW4joUgT— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 5, 2017Mourinho handed Anthony Martial a run-out from the bench, along with youngsters Scott McTominay and Axel Tuanzebe, as Ander Herrera, Valencia and Lukaku were given a welcome rest before the meeting with City.Dzagoev had a chance to level the scores seven minutes from time, but Sergio Romero stuck out a foot to deny the Russia international and ensure United finished a satisfactory group phase with five wins from six games.Key Opta stats:- Manchester United are now unbeaten in their last 40 home games in all competitions, their joint-longest run on home soil.- Marcus Rashford has been directly involved in 14 goals in all competitions for Man Utd this season (8 goals, 6 assists) – just one fewer than he was in 53 games in 2016-17 (11 goals, 4 assists).- The Red Devils have conceded more home goals in their four EFL Cup and Champions League games combined (2) than they have in their seven Premier League games at Old Trafford (1).- CSKA have conceded in each of their last 17 Champions League away games, shipping 40 goals in total since a 0-0 draw in Trabzonspor in November 2011.- Man Utd have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time since 2013-14. read morelast_img read more

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ESPN’s 2nd Half Prediction For Alabama-South Carolina Game

first_imgTua Tagovailoa looks to throw a pass for Alabama.SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to pass against the Clemson Tigers in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)We have an early candidate for the best game of the weekend as Alabama and South Carolina are putting on an offensive clinic. The score might seem lopsided in the Crimson Tide’s favor, but the Gamecocks have held their own in this matchup.Tua Tagovailoa and Najee Harris have been very impressive in this game for the Crimson Tide. They’ve both made highlight-reel plays in the first half.On the other sideline it’s been all about Ryan Hilinski, who is showing flashes of potential against a talented Alabama defense. He’s thrown for 175 yards and a touchdown while playing turnover-free football.South Carolina has missed multiple chances to make this a closer game. During the end of the first half the officials ruled Rico Dowdle down toward the goal line, but upon further review it appears he may have broke the plane. Will Muschamp was heated during his brief conversation before heading into the locker room because of the official ruling on that play. It could be the difference in this game.According to ESPN’s FPI, the Crimson Tide have a 95.2 percent chance of defeating the Gamecocks. That percentage most likely would have dropped if Dowdle scored that touchdown in the closing seconds.ESPN's second half prediction for the Alabama-South Carolina game.Barring a comeback for the ages, Alabama should defeat South Carolina this afternoon.CBS is broadcasting this SEC showdown.last_img read more

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DBJ Targets $26.4 Billion in Investments for 2019/20

first_imgStory Highlights Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) programmed initiatives for 2019/20 are projected to facilitate investments totalling some $26.4 billion and engagements targeting 220 new companies. Engagements being embarked on during 2019/20 are consistent with the DBJ’s continued focus on aligning its activities with the Government’s economic growth targets. As stated in the 2019/20 Jamaica Public Bodies Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, the entity’s activities are expected to yield loan disbursements totalling about $7.6 billion, as against $3.8 billion for the just-concluded financial year. Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) programmed initiatives for 2019/20 are projected to facilitate investments totalling some $26.4 billion and engagements targeting 220 new companies.As stated in the 2019/20 Jamaica Public Bodies Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, the entity’s activities are expected to yield loan disbursements totalling about $7.6 billion, as against $3.8 billion for the just-concluded financial year.Engagements being embarked on during 2019/20 are consistent with the DBJ’s continued focus on aligning its activities with the Government’s economic growth targets.The entity will focus on three main pillars in executing its mandate.Emphasis will be placed on developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem, correcting market failures in the financial sector, divesting government assets, and facilitating public-private partnerships.The DBJ will, in 2019/20, specifically seek to improve the number of loans provided to the micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), by providing financial and non-financial products, and policy advocacy.The entity will also implement a digital strategy to improve brand awareness in the market by, among other things, conducting a business process review aimed at aiding in the restructuring and redesign of systems to digitise processes and procedures.It will also increase efforts to divest the Government of non-core assets; and improve the utilisation of current State assets to reduce the Administration’s expenditure through public-private partnerships, while benefiting from private investment.The DBJ forecasts a net operational surplus of $412 million, nearly doubling the $238.1 million generated in 2018/19.Additionally, the entity plans to increase its staff complement by six persons to 133.The DBJ provides financing, privatisation services and technical support solutions to the Government and businesses, as it seeks to fulfil its mandate to facilitate and promote economic growth and development.Appropriate financing solutions are channelled to large projects, as well as MSMEs, through partner-approved financial institutions and other financiers such as microfinance institutions.last_img read more

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Navis Installs First DP Simulator on Chinese Language …

first_imgzoom Finnish-headquartered Navis has installed and commissioned the first dynamic positioning (DP) simulator with Chinese language interface, at the renowned Dalian Maritime University, one the world’s largest training facilities for seafarers.“The successful implementation marks a major step forward in China for maritime training programmes for future DP operators and watch-keeping officers alike, and the training course for the DP system will be made available to all students studying the purpose and functions of this kind of Vessel Motion Control system,” says Sergey Paramashkin, Navis training officer, chief mate, DP-O.“Installation and commissioning was a challenging task and involved input from a number of professional mariners.”Dalian Maritime University was founded in 1909 and it is the only key maritime institution under China’s Ministry of Transport. It has an unrivalled reputation internationally as a centre for maritime education and training and, among others, is recognised by the International Maritime Organization.Facilities include maritime training and research units including a survival training centre, harbour basin, library, swimming pool and planetarium. The university has a training dock and over 40 laboratories for teaching, training and research that also include a full mission ship-handling simulator and an engine room simulator. The university also owns and operates two ocean-going training vessels.To date more than 60,000 people have been educated and trained at the university, of whom, most have formed the backbone of China’s shipping industry. Print  Close Navis, December 6, 2013 My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img read more

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Scotline Orders New Ship at Royal Bodewes

first_imgzoom Essex-based shipping company Scotline has decided to expand its fleet as it ordered a new coaster at Royal Bodewes Group in the Netherlands.The contract for the construction of the 4,785 dwt Bodewes Trader-type vessel includes an option of a second sister vessel.The vessel, to be named MV Scot Carrier, will have a length of 89.98 meters, a beam of 15.2 meters and a maximum sailing draft of 5.68 meters.It will be sailing under the British Flag and will be classed by Lloyds Register, the company said.The hull is expected to be launched in September and the newbuild is slated for delivery in November 2018.As informed, Scot Carrier will be fully container fitted, with Swedish ice class 1B and will be built to comply with all the latest legislation including provisions to be ready for the ballast water treatment system.Scot Carrier will be the most recent addition to Scotline’s fleet of eight owned vessels. Last year, the company took delivery of Scot Navigator as part of its efforts to renew some of its older tonnage.The company runs a fleet of coasters serving Northern Europe with regular routes between Sweden, Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Norway, the Baltic States, the Netherlands, France and the UK.last_img read more

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We havent invested in coaches Gopichand worried about Indian badmintons future

first_imgHyderabad: India might be celebrating a world champion in P V Sindhu right now but national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand feels there are reasons to be worried about the future as the country has not “invested enough in coaches”. Sindhu, who is also an Olympic silver-medallist, became India’s first world champion in the sport with a straight-game triumph over Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the summit clash on Sunday. She returned to a frenzied welcome on Monday night. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh However, Gopichand feels the country needs to wake up to the fact that there aren’t enough coaches to handle the talent that is rising. “…we have not invested enough in coaches,” he said here with Sindhu by his side at a press conference on Tuesday night. Gopichand, a Dronacharya awardee, is credited with grooming not just Sindhu but also the trail-blazing Saina Nehwal and K Srikanth among others. “We actually have a big vacuum in terms of producing coaches of quality and it’s not a training program. It’s an ecosystem issue. So, we need to work harder to bridge that gap,” he said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Gopichand said although there are some foreign coaches like South Korean Kim Ji-Hyun on board, more are needed to deal with the talent that is coming up. He said more coaches are required to strategise for matches against seasoned international players like Lin Dan. “That we have not achieved. Hopefully, when this generation of people retire, we will actually get these people. If these people get back into coaching, then we’ll actually get back numbers which are required,” he said. “It’s a question without an easy answer and till that time, foreign coaches need to support,” he said. The former All England champion said the hectic calendar of the sport is also the reason why a larger pool of coaches and physiotherapists is required. “It’s also our own doing. Because, we have grown too fast and the infrastructure around us hasn’t grown enough. “That’s a big problem we have and we need to sort it out. We need to talk about it and collectively find an answer,” Gopichand said.last_img read more

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Oilpatch recovery to boost Alberta growth says Conference Board

first_imgCALGARY – The Conference Board of Canada says a slow recovery in the oil and gas sector will allow Alberta and Saskatchewan to emerge from recession and lead the provinces in economic growth this year.In its spring provincial outlook, the board says Alberta will have the fastest growing economy this year after two years of contractions. Real GDP is forecast to increase by 3.3 per cent, thanks to startup of a new oilsands refinery near Edmonton and efforts to rebuild Fort McMurray after the 2016 wildfire.Saskatchewan and British Columbia are expected to tie for second place at 2.5 per cent this year, based on stronger drilling numbers and labour markets in Saskatchewan and slower housing and forestry sectors in B.C.The board says all provinces will grow this year except Newfoundland and Labrador which will shrink by 3.0 per cent before bouncing back in 2018 on new oil production at the Hebron offshore project.Ontario is forecast to slow to 2.3 per cent in 2017 thanks to a slowing housing market in the southern part of the province, while Quebec will advance by 1.8 per cent on consumer spending boosted by tax cuts and job creation. Manitoba is to post 2.1 per cent growth.Nova Scotia’s outlook is forecast to advance by just 0.5 per cent this year, while New Brunswick’s GDP growth is expected to hit 1.0 per cent and Prince Edward Island is to rise to 1.8 per cent on tourism and manufacturing sector.“The difficulties in the resources sector are slowly dissipating and helping Alberta and Saskatchewan emerge out of recession. However, the turnaround is still in its early stages and a full recovery will take time,” said Marie-Christine Bernard, associate director of the provincial forecast for the board.“Economic prospects are also improving across the country, but continued weakness in business investment—both in and out of the resources sector—could hurt economic growth in all provinces down the road.”At the Alberta legislature Monday, Finance Minister Joe Ceci called the forecast “good news.”“It shows that jobs are returning, confidence is returning to this province (and) recovery is in process,” said Ceci.It was a sharp contrast to last week, when the Alberta government was hit with another credit downgrade. S&P Global Ratings reduced Alberta’s rating two notches, from AA to A-plus.S&P cited concerns with provincial debt it expects will reach $94 billion by 2020.Ceci said S&P’s recommendation for tax hikes or billions of dollars in cuts would not serve Albertans well as it digs out from financial problems caused by low oil prices.“I like our plan,” said Ceci. “I think Albertans like our plan.”last_img read more

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Under Liberal changes hearings for refugees just glorified interview NDP

first_imgOTTAWA — NDP immigration critic Jenny Kwan says she is dismayed by newly published guidelines for asylum seekers who fall under a controversial new admissibility law — guidelines she believes show some refugees will not get a fair chance to plead their case for protection in Canada.The guidelines, published on the Immigration Department website in June, say refugees subject to the new law cannot use their oral hearings to make legal representations or present arguments, but can only lay out facts of their case and answer questions.Legal arguments and testimony from witnesses supporting their refugee claims can only be submitted in writing.Kwan said she believes that amounts to nothing more than a “glorified interview” and is accusing Border Security Minister Bill Blair of misleading Canadians when he said publicly in the spring these asylum seekers would have access to a full and robust oral hearing.“The guidelines are actually quite contrary to those promises,” she said in an interview this week.“While they say there will be mandatory hearings, those hearings are really extremely limited…. Basically it’s a glorified interview based on very restricted items that can be brought up.”In April, the Liberals made changes to refugee admissibility to prevent asylum seekers from making refugee claims in Canada if they have made similar claims in certain other countries, including the United States — a move Blair said was aimed at preventing “asylum-shopping.”Lawyers and human rights groups condemned the move, saying it would strip human-rights protections from vulnerable asylum seekers, including their right to a full hearing.In response, an amendment was added to ensure all refugees subject to this new law would be guaranteed an oral hearing as part of their ‘pre-removal risk assessment’ — a process undertaken for every refugee claimant in Canada before they are removed from the country to ensure they are not returned to a place where they would face danger.The new guidelines, which outline the rules for those hearings, are the first in series, with additional guidelines to be posted in the coming week.“It is not appropriate for the applicant or counsel representing the applicant to raise issues or submit evidence at the hearing that does not relate to those issues signalled in the notice. It is also not appropriate to use the hearing to make legal representations or present arguments,” the guidelines state.“It is not a forum for adjudication of the application … the hearing is an informal process restricted to raising issues of fact with the applicant, affording the applicant an opportunity to answer questions raised by the officer with, if needed, the assistance of counsel.”Kwan has sent a letter to Blair and to Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen expressing concern about the guidelines.“Effectively what this means is that a person will not be able to present their case to seek protection. In a normal hearing, a person would have the opportunity to present their case, call witnesses, present evidence to establish their case of why they are seeking safety in Canada,” she said.“But under this very restrictive set of guidelines, a person would not be able to do that.”Blair’s spokesperson, Marie-Emmanuelle Cadieux, defended the new rules.“Contrary to Ms. Kwan’s comments, asylum claimants will still have access to a robust oral hearing, subject to appeal, whereby they will receive Canada’s protection if found to be at risk,” Cadieux said in a statement.“We reiterate that no person will be turned away if they are deemed to be at risk and nobody will be removed without an opportunity to be heard.Kwan says she doesn’t believe these procedures in keeping with a landmark 1985 Supreme Court ruling that found asylum-seekers have the right to full oral hearings of their refugee claims.She is calling on Blair and Hussen to immediately withdraw the current guidelines and allow all asylum applications to be adjudicated by the Immigration and Refugee Board, the body responsible for all other asylum claimants not covered by the new law.Teresa Wright, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Eby cancels tax town hall in Point Grey riding over safety blames

first_imgVANCOUVER – British Columbia Attorney General David Eby says he cancelled a town hall meeting on a property-tax increase amid security concerns ignited by the leader of the Opposition.Eby said he became worried about safety and security issues connected to the event in his Vancouver-Point Grey riding after Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson and others working in the real estate industry encouraged people without tickets to attend.The meeting on Tuesday evening was set to discuss the government’s plan to increase school taxes next year on homes assessed at above $3 million.“The frustration for me is Mr. Wilkinson is totally capable of hosting his own events and his own rallies, but he was inviting people, along with a couple real estate agencies, to attend this event even if they didn’t have tickets,” Eby said. “We had no capacity and no ability to deal with that.”Wilkinson rejected Eby’s concern that having an overflow crowd at a community gathering posed a security risk and warranted cancelling the event.“Almost all the people involved are seniors and pensioners, and so it’s difficult to contemplate how someone in their 70s represents a security risk to David Eby,” Wilkinson said.Eby said the event was scheduled to be held in a former church in the Kitsilano neighbourhood and the 300 tickets sold out quickly. He said organizers considered holding a telephone town hall to accommodate more people, but decided to keep it as scheduled.Organizers did not have enough time to find a larger venue, said Eby, whose riding has some of Canada’s highest-priced homes, including that of Lululemon Athletica founder Chip Wilson, who owns a house assessed at $78.8 million.Eby said that in the days prior to the meeting, a letter from the Liberals urging people to attend the town hall without tickets was circulating in his riding. He said he didn’t want students and seniors who volunteered to work security to face an overflow crowd of potentially uninvited guests.“I was no longer able to ensure the security of the event,” he said. “I’ve never had to cancel an event before in my whole career. I couldn’t ask seniors and high school students to try and hold the line at the front door.”Wilkinson said Eby had enough time to book a larger venue to accommodate the many concerns of his constituents, who are primarily seniors on pensions.“The question goes back to Mr. Eby: Are you prepared to be accountable to your constituents or not?,” Wilkinson said.He signed a letter from the Liberals urging homeowners, including those in his neighbouring riding, to attend the meeting “whether you have a ticket or not.”The New Democrats introduced several tax measures in last February’s budget to dampen property speculation and increase the supply of affordable housing opportunities in British Columbia.The school tax would be set next year at 0.2 per cent on the portion of property valued above $3 million. It would increase to 0.4 per cent on properties above $4 million.— By Dirk Meissner in VictoriaCompany in this story: (Nasdaq: LULU)last_img read more

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RBU to confer D Litt on Sanjib Chattopadhyay

first_imgKolkata: Rabindra Bharati University (RBU) will confer D Litt on noted author Sanjib Chattopadhyay at its 44th convocation that will be held on Wednesday. Apart from Chattopadhyay, noted classical dancer Sonal Mansingh and tabla maestro Swapan Chaudhuri will also be awarded D Litt by the university.The convocation will also see some other awards being handed over to the recipients. Kalabati Debi will be conferred the West Bengal State Akademi Award for dance, while Maya Ghosh will receive the same award for drama, noted sitar player Manilal Nag for music and Wasim Kapoor for visual arts. Acharya Dinesh Chandra Sen Memorial Award will be presented to Shubhendu Maity for folklore research. RBU Vice-Chancellor Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury said that Professor V N Jha will deliver the convocation address and Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, who is also the Chancellor of the university, will also grace the occasion. The convocation programme will be held at the Jorasanko campus of the varsity. 99 students will be handed over their PhD degrees while medals and endowments will be handed over to 138 students. Rabindra Bharati University was founded on May 8, 1962 under the Rabindra Bharati Act, to mark the birth centenary of poet Rabindranath Tagore at his residential house at Kolkata, for the advancement of learning and culture particularly in the branches of music, dance and drama.last_img read more

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Moroccan Chef Receives Michelin Star in Germany

Rabat – Moroccan Chef Faycal Bettioui has received the world’s most coveted award that every chef aspires to receive, a Michelin Star.Bettioui received the award at the 2019 Michelin Star Ceremony held in Berlin on Tuesday 26th.The 36-year-old Moroccan studied computer sciences in the U.S before opting for dentistry. While preparing for his bachelor in Biology at Florida International University in Miami, Bettioui then switched his direction again to pursue his passion for cuisine. The Moroccan chef earned the award after a long journey of 20 years of practicing his passion by taking the command of two restaurants in Miami, and one in Germany, Zur Krone- one of the most ancient food houses in the city of Neupotz.Bettioui has been the chef and owner of Zur Krone restaurant since 2015. read more

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Hardhit Alberta may qualify for federal cash relief Saskatchewan takes note

by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 29, 2016 9:52 am MDT Last Updated Jan 29, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Alberta could be in line for financial relief from an obscure, seldom-used federal program in order to help ease the economic pain caused by falling commodity prices.The Alberta government could be eligible for payments under the 50-year-old fiscal stabilization program, designed to compensate provinces that suffer steep drops in revenues from one year to the next, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Friday.Now Saskatchewan, Alberta’s resource-producing neighbour, has taken notice.The Prairie province has also been walloped by the commodity slump, but its finance minister acknowledged Friday it doesn’t quite meet the criteria to receive cash through the fiscal stabilization program — yet.“I can’t foretell right now what’s going to happen next fiscal year, but we may get to a point where we might be eligible,” Saskatchewan Finance Minister Kevin Doherty told The Canadian Press in an interview.Doherty, who hadn’t heard of the program until very recently, suggested the formula behind fiscal stabilization could be ready for an update because of the severity of the resource-related shock in several provinces.It also has the potential to drag on, he added.“Maybe now is the time to take a look at some type of a stabilization fund or re-tweaking of that legislation such that it recognizes the significance of those downturns in those provincial economies,” said Doherty, whose province has particularly felt the squeeze of low prices in oil, potash and uranium.“We’re kind of being hit by the perfect storm in commodities right now.”He did acknowledge, however, that Alberta is facing a considerably bigger financial challenge than Saskatchewan.Last fall, Alberta projected large revenue declines for 2015-16. Since then, resource prices have slipped even further.Provinces can make claims under the program when economic shifts cause their revenues to tumble by more than five per cent from one year to the next. Declines in resource revenues of more than 50 per cent are also accounted for.They can receive up to a maximum payment of $60 for every provincial resident, an amount set in the late 1980s.Morneau said Alberta, which has a population of about 4.1 million, could receive up to $250 million from Ottawa.Doherty estimates Saskatchewan would receive as much as $70 million if it qualified.“Which is not a great deal of money on a $14-billion-plus budget, but it certainly would be helpful,” said Doherty, who’s also calling on Ottawa to expedite its promised infrastructure spending.Doherty said he hadn’t had a close-enough look at the formula to specifically suggest whether its eligibility requirements or the cap should be re-examined.For his part, Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci said Friday that he didn’t have any problems with the $60-per-person maximum.Ceci did confirm that he spoke with Morneau and that a decision on the fiscal stabilization could be made in the coming days.“We’ve had some discussion about the difficulties Alberta is in right now and the support federal assistance would mean for this province,” Ceci told reporters in Calgary.“Anything would be helpful. As a population, as an economy, as an industry it is challenging right now for all Albertans.”Morneau said Friday that Ottawa would work “expeditiously” to move forward on any claim made by Alberta.Alberta’s situation has become a priority for the federal government.A senior federal government source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a fiscal-stabilization payment was just one of several possibilities Ottawa is exploring as it scrambles to find ways to help the hard-hit province.In preparation for the spring budget, the federal government has also instructed bureaucrats across many departments to generate “innovative ideas” that could help provide specific relief for the Alberta economy, said the source, who wasn’t authorized to disclose details publicly.Alberta’s woes are “dragging down the entire Canadian economy,” the source warned.Potential solutions include fast-tracking infrastructure spending and tweaking the usual, per-capita infrastructure funding disbursement formula to reflect economic need, the source noted. Another idea being examined is a boost to direct transfers to individuals, perhaps through modifications to the employment insurance program.Trudeau is scheduled to visit Alberta next week.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter Hard-hit Alberta may qualify for federal cash relief, Saskatchewan takes note read more

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At UN Finnish leader calls for continued efforts to agree on treaty

“Conventional weapons trade clearly needs better global regulation. It is regrettable that the negotiations on an Arms Trade Treaty ended without the desired outcome. The goal is in sight, however. It is important that the process continues within the UN context,” President Niinistö said in his statement at the Assembly’s General Debate, at UN Headquarters in New York.“As one of the co-sponsors, Finland continues to reach out for a substantive and as nearly universal treaty as possible,” he added. At the four-week long Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), held in New York in July, representatives of the 193 UN Member States failed to reach agreement on a treaty that would have set common standards to regulate the international trade in conventional arms. The treaty was seen as the most important initiative ever regarding conventional arms regulation within the United Nations. According to media reports, some countries had indicated they needed more time to consider the issues.In his statement, President Niinistö also drew attention to other types of weapons – nuclear and chemical – noting that weapons of mass destruction remain an existential threat to international peace and security. “Non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, disarmament and the right to the peaceful use of nuclear energy are all necessary parts of the whole,” he said, adding that Finland is prepared to host a conference on the establishment of a Middle East zone free from nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction this year. “The task has been described as difficult but rest assured, we will do our utmost to fulfil it. Nuclear material cannot be allowed to fall into the wrong hands,” the President said. “National measures and international cooperation are both needed to stop nuclear terrorism. As a user of peaceful nuclear energy, Finland is strongly committed to continue the process.”The Finnish President noted that while chemical weapons were banned some years ago, the relevant treaty is not yet universal. He offered the expertise of the Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention, or VERIFIN, to the international community should the need for it arise in the Middle East.At the same time, the Finnish leader recognized that poverty reduction is the “ultimate means to secure the peace in many parts of the world,” and that, above all, economic growth and a level playing field for all are required for this. “Development cooperation can assist, especially in the least developed countries. Those countries that already suffer the effects of climate change are particularly vulnerable and in need of our support,” President Niinistö said, adding that despite budgetary pressures within the Eurozone, Finland has increased its outlay for development assistance over the past years to an annual level of around $1.5 billion. read more

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