U.S. legislators back larger facilities budget for NSF

first_img The National Science Foundation (NSF) in Alexandria, Virginia, is in line for a budget increase of 4% to 5% next year. That assessment is based on bills approved recently by the spending committees in both chambers of Congress. Lawmakers have also signaled support for growing the account that NSF uses to build major new scientific facilities.It could be months before Congress passes a final NSF spending bill for the 2019 fiscal year, which starts on 1 October. So agency officials aren’t banking on either the $8.175 billion approved by the House of Representatives appropriations committee last month nor the $8.069 billion budget adopted last week by its Senate counterpart. Competition from other domestic programs also could chip away at the amount NSF receives.Still, if ultimately enacted, an increase in the range of $300 million to $400 million over NSF’s current $7.767 billion budget would be the second straight vote of confidence in the agency from Congress. And it would mark the second year that lawmakers have rejected President Donald Trump’s plans for the agency, which called for deep cuts in 2018 and flat funding in 2019. By Jeffrey MervisJun. 18, 2018 , 1:40 PM U.S. legislators back larger facilities budget for NSF Large Synoptic Survey Telescope center_img A rendering of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope being built in Chile Big tools for scienceThe most interesting wrinkle in the congressional spending bills for NSF is a huge boost to its Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction (MREFC) account. That account was created a quarter-century ago so that the agency could build costly new facilities—telescopes, ships, and various types of observatories—without bankrupting its bread-and-butter support for individual investigators. The account typically supports three to five projects at a time; as one big instrument nears completion, NSF slides a new one into the mix.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)This year, NSF asked for $94 million to complete work on two midsize research vessels and the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope in Hawaii, as well as continuing construction of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) in Chile. That’s the smallest MREFC request since 2002, and roughly half what it received this year.Legislators decided NSF should be thinking bigger. House appropriators have boosted the MREFC account to $268 million, whereas their Senate counterparts have approved $249 million. Instead of $29 million to finish two ships, the House would give NSF $127 million to pay for most of a third ship. It also added $75 million to the LSST’s request for $49 million. The Senate, which has long advocated building three new vessels, was slightly less generous, adding $60 million for the third ship.But senators made another adjustment to the MREFC account that, in effect, frees up almost $100 million for ongoing research across disciplines. NSF requested $103 million to start upgrading its science operations at McMurdo Station in the Antarctic. Agency officials housed the 8-year, $355 million Antarctic Infrastructure Modernization for Science (AIMS) program within the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) because they felt it aligned better with ongoing activities on the continent.But Senate appropriators decided AIMS belonged in the MREFC and shifted $95 million of the request to that account. Luckily for scientists, they didn’t take an equivalent bite out of the budget of the geosciences directorate, which manages OPP.As a result, the Senate mark of $6.556 billion for NSF research programs, including the geosciences, matches the House’s mark of $6.651 billion available for NSF’s six research directorates. The House figure represents a 5% boost over the current $6.334 billion for research.“It’s a hidden bonus … a subtle but significant move,” says research lobbyist Joel Widder of Federal Science Partners in Washington, D.C. NSF officials declined to comment on the shift, but expressed appreciation for what they called “strong” support for NSF by legislators in both chambers of Congress.last_img read more

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Rooney scores from his own half as Everton thrashes West Ham

first_imgEverton’s Wayne Rooney, left. celebrates scoring his side’s third goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England, Wednesday Nov. 29, 2017. ( Byrne/PA via AP)LIVERPOOL, England — Wayne Rooney claimed his first-ever hat trick for Everton with a stunning goal from his own half in a 4-0 thrashing of West Ham on Wednesday in the Premier League.Hammers goalkeeper Joe Hart unintentionally set up Rooney’s wonder strike in the 66th minute after racing out on the right-hand side of his area and sliding to end Everton’s attack. Or so he thought. Hart’s angled clearance went to Rooney who was still inside the center circle. Rooney blended control with power to send the ball traveling the entire West Ham half and over the heads of West Ham’s defense with Hart still stranded.ADVERTISEMENT After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads “It’s one of, if not, the best goal(s) I’ve scored. I hit it as well as I’ve ever kicked a football. To make it my first hat trick for Everton, I’m delighted,” Rooney told BT Sport.Asked if he has ever scored a better goal than the one which clinched his treble, Rooney said: “I don’t think so.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe strike brought back memories of Rooney’s famous goal against West Ham for Manchester United in 2014, when he unleashed a shot from just inside the opponents’ half. Rooney rejoined Everton in the summer after 13 years with United where he scored a club record 253 goals.Former England manager Sam Allardyce was among those applauding in the stands at Goodison Park ahead of his approaching appointment as Everton manager, replacing temporary boss David Unsworth. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 LATEST STORIES Malditas save PH from shutoutcenter_img Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH MOST READ Bulls’ Niko Mirotic accepts Portis apology over fight Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay It was a losing return to Goodison Park for West Ham manager and former Everton boss David Moyes, whose team stays in the relegation zone two points from safety ahead of its next match on Sunday at Premier League leader Manchester City. Everton hosts Huddersfield on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hart also played a role in Rooney’s 18th-minute opener after bringing down Dominic Calvert-Lewin to give away a penalty. Rooney stepped up and sent the ball low to Hart’s right. The England goalkeeper did well to save it, only for the ball to loop back up for Rooney to easily head in an empty net.Rooney added a second goal 10 minutes later when the ball fell to him unmarked in the area and he calmly swept in a right-footed shot.West Ham had a chance to get back in the game after 58 minutes when Ashley Williams carelessly gave away a penalty after hacking Diafra Sakho down but Jordan Pickford did well to save Manuel Lanzini’s spot kick.Like Hart, Pickford dived low to his right. Unlike Hart, Pickford pushed the ball away from any danger.Ashley Williams headed in a fourth in the 78th.Everton is up to 13th with 15 points from 14 games. While Allardyce is adept at turning clubs around, Everton’s situation may not be as bad as feared by many fans.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Afghanistan to host Bangladesh for three-match T20I series in Dehradun

first_imgAfghanistan will host Bangladesh for a three-match T20I series in Dehradun next month ahead of their historic Test debut against India in June.Afghanistan, who usually use cricket stadium in Noida as their home ground, will play Bangladesh at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in three day-night fixtures on June 3, 5 and 7.Confirming the news, ACB chairman Atif Mashal said, “ACB is delighted to host Bangladesh for the T20I series in Dehradun in early June which will be a good opportunity for both sides to play competitive cricket. Similarly, cricket fans have also previously enjoyed games between the two sides and this will be yet another opportunity for them to witness their sides play against each other.”Afghanistan to host @BCBtigers for a three-match T20I series in DehradunFind out more at: https://t.co/ZfGQaq4FQy pic.twitter.com/D8qfqsjlQXAfghan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) May 9, 2018The Afghanistan cricket team have had their training base in India since 2015, and the country’s cricket board CEO Shafiq Stanikzai said that the national selectors would rope in players for the T20I series from the pool currently participating in a training camp in India.”The ongoing training camp in India in which players from the national and U-19 teams as well as top performers from domestic cricket will help the selection committee to select a strong side for the T20I series against Bangladesh. These matches will be important for both sides to gain valuable points in the ICC rankings and the lead up to the 2020 ICC World Twenty20,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Stanikzai as saying.advertisementIt should be noted that the two sides had played against each other only once previously when hosts Bangladesh thrashed Afghanistan by nine wickets at the 2014 World Twenty20 in Dhaka.Following the T20I series, Afghanistan will face India in their first-ever Test match on June 14.India captain Virat Kohli has opted to sit out the historic Test and instead play in the English County Championship to prepare for India’s England tour.In the absence of Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane will lead the side while Karun Nair has replaced the captain in the squad.Apart from Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Rohit Sharma were rested for the one-off Test against Afghanistan at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.Cheteshwar Pujara and Ishant Sharma will come back from England after Yorkshire’s away game against Surrey at the Oval from May 11-14. Yorkshire’s next match is on June 20 against Hampshire.Squad for Afghanistan Test: Ajinkya Rahane (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karun Nair, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Shardul Thakur(With ANI inputs)last_img read more

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Zidane not annoyed by minnows draw

first_imgReal Madrid Zidane defends Real Madrid youngsters after shock draw with third-tier Fuenlabrada Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 08:49 11/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid Getty Real Madrid Zinédine Zidane Gareth Bale Real Madrid v Fuenlabrada Fuenlabrada Copa del Rey The Blancos could only muster a stalemate at home to unfancied opponents but their manager was upbeat post-match after progressing in the Copa del Rey Zinedine Zidane said he is not upset with Real Madrid’s performance after the Spanish and European champions were held to a 2-2 draw by third-tier side Fuenlabrada in the Copa del Rey.Madrid progressed to the last 16 with a 4-2 aggregate win but Zidane’s men were forced to dig deep against the unheralded visitors in the second-leg fixture at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.Madrid 16/5 to win La Liga Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Fuenlabrada took a deserved 25th-minute lead thanks to Luis Milla’s stunner in the Spanish capital – where Gareth Bale returned from injury – before a quick-fire brace from Borja Mayoral in the second half allayed fears around the stadium.Alvaro Portilla struck at the death to secure a memorable draw for Fuenlabrada but head coach Zidane, who named the youngest team of his Madrid reign, was upbeat post-match.  @Mayoral_Borja ‘s brace secured our passage into the Copa del Rey last-16! REPORT https://t.co/jReleLTnGp — Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) November 28, 2017 “I’m not upset at all, it was foreseen,” Zidane told reporters. “It’s not easy for the players, there were homegrown players.”I’m happy to advance in the tie, the opponent played a very good game. The important thing is the tie and we passed.”Zidane added: “People can say what they want, but they also saw their players fight until the end.”There were players who had not played together. The opponent does not have a level of Segunda B. Fuenlabrada are a good team.”I’m looking at my players, those who were on the field, in the second half we did it well, I’m happy,.”last_img read more

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Outstanding Students and Teachers from North West St. Ann Honoured

first_imgStory Highlights 120 top performing GSAT students from North West St. Ann and their teachers have been recognised for outstanding work. Focus will be placed on a skills training programme to benefit some 250 persons The beneficiaries were presented with awards by Member of Parliament, Dr. Dayton Campbell Some 120 top performing Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) students from North West St. Ann and their teachers, along with 50 tertiary level students, have been recognised for outstanding work.At an awards ceremony held recently at the Holiday Haven in Runaway Bay, the beneficiaries were presented with books, education grants, and other awards by Member of Parliament, Dr. Dayton Campbell.In congratulating the awardees, Dr. Campbell said he strongly believes in the power of education in opening up doors of opportunity for young people. A medical doctor by profession, he said he stands as an example of what can be achieved through hard work and dedication to one’s studies and hopes to inspire others towards similar achievement.“Education is the reason why I stand here today. It has worked for me, I know the wonders that it has created for me and my family and I believe if I am able to inspire some of these youngsters to make the same for themselves and their families, then North West St. Ann, will be a better place, and Jamaica, by extension,” he stated.Dr. Campbell said he had spent $1.3 million on books this year for the students, in addition to the education grants and other initiatives.He informed that during the summer, free medical checks were provided to students in the constituency and other parishes. “We have gone over a thousand medicals, free of charge. In dollar value, it is over $2 million that we have contributed to students, by doing the medicals,” he said.He said that focus will be placed on a skills training programme to benefit some 250 persons. “That is costing us $2.4 million, students don’t pay anything, we pay everything. We have partnered with some persons, HEART comes on board and they (students) get Level 2 certification in the 10 different disciplines,” Dr. Campbell informed.Tertiary student Kacie Howard, who is pursuing a law degree, told JIS News that the education programme helps students to realize their dreams. “Supporting education, this cause is a good one, and I am happy that I am able to be part of it,” Miss Howard said.Teacher at the Lower Buxton All-age School, Hyacinth Gooden, said witnessing the students being recognised for their hard work has motivated her to continue doing her best.“Seeing the students being recognised in such a manner makes me as a teacher really motivated to continue. For the MP, it is a good gesture, and I do hope that he will continue this. I do hope too, that the students will use up this opportunity to motivate others,” she said.last_img read more

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Viola Davis Says No To Circus Bullhooks

first_imgAs Rhode Island’s legislature considers a proposed ban on bullhooks — weapons that circuses use to beat and intimidate elephants — Rhode Island native Viola Davis has sent a letter on PETA’s behalf urging state legislators to support the ban.As the Tony winner and Academy Award nominee explains in her letter, circuses such as Ringling Bros. beat elephants with bullhooks to show them “who’s boss” and force them to perform tricks. The proposed legislation would also prohibit chaining elephants for extended periods — another routine circus practice that hurts animals.“Having grown up in Rhode Island and as someone concerned about cruelty to animals, I am writing on behalf of my friends at PETA to urge you to support H.B. 5853 [and S.B. 813],” writes Davis. “Today, elephant sanctuaries and most zoos never use bullhooks or other weapon-like tools to punish elephants. … I hope you will extend that decency to elephants used in circuses.”Davis is part of a long list of celebrities — including Jada Pinkett Smith, Alec Baldwin, Olivia Munn, Demi Moore, and Edie Falco — who have teamed up with PETA to speak out against circuses that use animals.last_img read more

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Black Panther star Daniel Kaluuya needs help getting into Canada

first_img“Me and my boys go to carnivals around the world and I was at Gatwick (airport) waiting to get approved. It was pending, pending, pending for two weeks. The holiday was over and I got rejected. So I can’t get into Canada and someone needs to sort that out.” Advertisement LOS ANGELES — Daniel Kaluuya might be co-starring in Black Panther, but he’s got a more pressing issue: he can’t get into Canada.“I know Toronto is popping,” the 28-year-old British actor tells the Sun, “but I can’t get in.”Kaluuya — who has been nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his role in one of last year’s biggest films, Get Out — wanted to hit Hogtown for Caribana and Drake’s annual OVO Festival last August. Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Daniel Kaluuya – Amy Sussman/Invision/APlast_img read more

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King Moahmmed VI receives Presidents of Morocco’s 12 Regions

Tetouan  –  King Mohammed VI received, on Saturday at the Tétouan Royal Palace, the presidents of the Morocco’s 12 regions who were elected following the local and regional elections dated September 4.The sovereign also received walis whom he appointed, according to the Kingdom’s administrative division, during the council of ministers chaired by the monarch on Tuesday, October 13, said a statement by the Royal Office.During these audiences, the regions’ presidents and walis swore allegiance before the King. “The royal audiences are part of the implementation of extensive regionalization, laid down in the Constitution as a democratic choice to manage regional public affairs, aimed at a qualitative change in the mode of territorial governance, the development and modernization of state structures, and the promotion of integrated development, while respecting the principles of transparency, efficiency and responsibility,” said the source. They also mirror the royal will to ensure the success of this large-scale project, through the reinforcement of coordination and cooperation between authorities, public establishments and elected local and regional councils, each according to his prerogatives, to serve the general interest and as part of a community-based policy to meet the expectations of citizens, it added. read more

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Togolese footballer joins UN roster of stars spotlighting HIVAIDS epidemic

23 March 2009Togolese footballer Emmanuel Adebayor is the latest addition to the United Nations roster of renowned personalities using their star power to raise awareness about the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. As the newest Goodwill Ambassador for the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the Arsenal star and “African Footballer of the Year” will use his sporting popularity to highlight, among other things, the importance of preventing new infections among young people.“Sports stars like Emmanuel are excellent role models for young people,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé. “I am confident that he will use the same skill and determination he has on the field in teaching young people about how to protect themselves against HIV off the field.” About half of all new HIV infections occur among young people between the ages of 15 and 24, according to UNAIDS, which notes that the key to reversing the epidemic is preventing infections among this age group.Mr. Adebayor’s interest in working on AIDS issues began after seeing the impact of the epidemic in his native Togo. “Young people are most affected by the epidemic around the world,” he said. “Many of these young people aren’t aware of HIV and the risk of infection, and don’t know how to protect themselves. I hope I can help change this in my new role as UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador.” He joins fellow footballer and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador Michael Ballack, working together in an HIV awareness campaign, ‘On the pitch we compete – off the pitch we are uniting the world against AIDS.’UNAIDS works with a number of prominent individuals from the arts, science, literature, entertainment, sport and other fields to strengthen awareness on AIDS. They include Princess Stephanie of Monaco, actors Rupert Everett and Naomi Watts, and Salman Ahmad, lead singer and founding member of one South Asia’s biggest rock bands, ‘Junoon.’ read more

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TULF calls for Indian model

Anandasangaree says the Presence of the army all over the places had curtailed the freedom of the people and the freedom of speech in particular.He says large quantity of gold and cash ceased during the war could be utilized, if necessary with additional fund provided by the Government, to build houses or to repair them and also provide equipments and compensation for the lives lost. “I strongly urged the Indian delegation to impress on the Sri Lankan Government to accept the advice of the Indian Government, to find a solution based on the Indian Model and to rest assured that India will never permit the division of the country,” he said. The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) led by V. Anandasangaree has called for a political solution in Sri Lanka based on an Indian model.In a memorandum submitted to a visiting Indian parliamentary delegation, Anandasangaree says India must also give an assurance to the government that it will never permit the division of the country. The TULF also told the Indian delegation that while claiming that LTTE terrorism is completely eradicated, the government continues to open more and more army camps in the north giving another false excuse that the LTTE is regrouping abroad. “Sri Lanka is very much under obligation to India. Our culture, Languages, religions and above all, we all came from India. Depending on our needs and during natural disasters it was always India that came to help us. As far as possible we should solve our problems with Indian guidance and help. We should avoid causing embarrassment to India and by doing so we could have avoided the present turmoil in India and would not have lost the goodwill and earned the displeasure of many countries,” he added.Anandasangaree says at a time when the country as a whole should have consoled the innocent victims of the war who had lost everything including some of their kith and kin and had also undergone untold hardships, some activities of the Government put them into more trouble.“At a time like this when the Government should act with sympathy it is painful to see the Government  trying to settled different ethnic groups in their midst and trying to replace statues of deities of one faith with statues of another faith,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Thirteen accused of funding the LTTE to stand trial in Swiss court

Thirteen financiers accused of funnelling more than CH15 million ($15.3 million) to the Sri Lankan Tamil separatist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) will stand trial before the Swiss Federal Criminal Court on Monday.The accused are from Switzerland, Germany and Sri Lanka. Some are former members of the World Tamil Coordinating Committee (WTCC), which represented the LTTE in Switzerland until 2009, and include its founder, his deputy and the person in charge of finances, Swiss Info reported. Between 1999 and 2009, they allegedly created a complex fundraising structure which involved coaxing members of the Tamil diaspora to obtain loans from banks. To raise higher amounts, the WTCC was accused of creating fictitious companies in the name of borrowers that issued fake salary certificates. “I don’t think [the 13 suspects] should face trial as the LTTE struggled for the freedom and self-determination of Tamils, which is not a crime. It takes two parties to make a war and Switzerland should investigate the war crimes of the Sri Lankan army as well,” Anna Annor, president of Swiss Council of Eelam Tamils, told swissinfo.ch on Thursday.The whole process was set in motion in 2009 when the Office of the Attorney General launched an investigation against “unknown persons” for extortion, coercion, money laundering and organised crime.In 2011, a vast sting operation in several Swiss cantons resulted in the arrest of several suspects who were later released within a span of two months. A year later, a delegation from the Office of the Attorney General and the Federal Office of Police travelled to Sri Lanka to interview around 15 witnesses. “The Attorney General strongly suspects the LTTE fraction under investigation of having collected the money in question by means of threats and by creating a regime of fear to induce them to make the payments,” says a court document external link.The Swiss funds were transported in cash by couriers to Singapore and Dubai, eventually reaching the LTTE in Sri Lanka who allegedly used the money to purchase arms. This funding system collapsed in 2009 after the LTTE’s military defeat at the hands of the Sri Lankan armed forces. “Around 80% of Tamils living in Switzerland had made payments to support LTTE at the time to support the struggle against genocide. That does not make Tamils supporters of terrorism,” says Kuruparan Kurusamy, former president of the Swiss Council of Eelam Tamils. The 13 on trial face charges of fraud, false documentation, money laundering and extortion. As the LTTE was never declared a terror organisation in Switzerland, they will not face charges of funding a terror group, unlike cases involving Islamic State or al-Qaeda. The trial of the accused was originally scheduled for June 2016. However, proceedings were delayed when the lawyer of one of the accused demanded that a bank involved in the financial transactions also be cited by the judge as one of the defendants. According to Kurusamy, the bank in question was Credit Suisse and he claims it had accepted 135 loans under the name of one Sri Lankan national based in Germany.However, the Federal Supreme Court dismissed the appeal, allowing the trial to go ahead. A verdict is expected around mid-March.Around 50,000 people from Sri Lanka live in Switzerland, mostly ethnic Tamils, who fled the island’s 30-year civil war that ended in 2009. Many applied for Swiss citizenship and as of 2016 there were slightly more than 28,000 people with Sri Lankan citizenship residing in Switzerland. In 2016, the Swiss government announced it would apply more stringent criteria for granting Sri Lankan nationals refugee status. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Insularité et biodiversité les contraintes environnementales limitent le nombre despèces

first_imgInsularité et biodiversité : les contraintes environnementales limitent le nombre d’espècesPubliée le 21 décembre dans la revue Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, une étude américaine sur les lézards des Caraïbes confirme l’intuition de chercheurs des années 1960, selon laquelle la riche biodiversité des milieux isolés comme les îles ne peut toutefois dépasser un certain seuil.C’est davantage sur l’analyse statistique de séquences d’ADN que sur l’étude de fossiles que Daniel Rabosky, de l’Université de Berkeley (Californie) et Richard Glor, de l’Université de Rochester (New York), se sont appuyés pour retracer l’évolution des lézards aux Caraïbes, en termes de spéciation, à savoir apparition de nouvelles espèces.À lire aussiQuand un homme partage son déjeuner avec… des dizaines de lézards”La diversité est corrélée à la taille de l’habitat géographique. En général, plus grand est le secteur, plus grand est le nombre d’espèces. Par exemple, il y a 60 espèces de lézards du genre Anolis sur Cuba, mais seulement (…) 6 en Jamaïque et 10 sur Porto Rico”, dit Richard Glor. Ils ont constaté que la diversification des espèces de lézards, dans les quatre îles des Caraïbes, a atteint un plateau il y a des millions d’années, et s’est arrêtée.La nouvelle étude confirme – sur une échelle de temps de millions d’années – la théorie de la biogéographie insulaire, établie – à l’échelle de quelques milliers d’années – par les écologistes Robert MacArthur et E.O. Wilson, dans les années 1960 : dans les habitats limités, la biodiversité est riche, mais l’augmentation du nombre d’espèces s’arrête à un seuil d’équilibre, dicté par les contraintes environnementales.  Une idée qui avait été controversée ces dernières années. Le 26 décembre 2010 à 18:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Wijnaldum wants Liverpool to retain confidence after defeat

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum wants his club players to retain their confidence after they were defeated 2-1by Manchester City.The Dutch player wants to ensure over confidence doesn’t affect their next game nor the zeal that carried them to the Premier League summit.The Reds were defeated last Thursday for the first time in the division this season as goals from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane gave the hosts three points.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I think we did enough to get a point and we could have won it also,” Wijnaldum told the club’s official website after the final whistle at Etihad Stadium.“We were quite unlucky with the chances but we also could lose it – like we have now. We just have to keep the confidence and try to win the next game.“They cleared well and we hit the post. They also had two or three chances so it could have gone either way; we could have won, drawn or lost. At the end, we were unlucky and they won the game.”last_img read more

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Conte Going to Real Madrid was too risky for my career

first_imgSee what Italian manager Antonio Conte had to say in regards to his failed transfer to Real Madrid, he sounded relieved to remain without a job.Now that Italian manager Antonio Conte is free from a job and enjoying life, he offered an interview in which he spoke about that failed Real Madrid transfer that created so much controversy right after leaving the Blues.Right around the time when Julen Lopetegui was going through the complicated moment, several reports from the Spanish media suggested that Italian manager Antonio Conte was one of the biggest candidates to replace the Spaniard.Other options for Los Blancos were Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino, but Florentino Perez liked Conte the most and he was trying to do everything to bring him to the Spanish giants.The main problem with Conte coming to Real Madrid was very simple to understand, the players didn’t like the idea of having another disciplinarian coaching them and most of the important elements within the squad explained their reasoning behind the negative response.Captain Sergio Ramos even sent Conte a message by telling him that “respect has to be earned” after a journalist asked him if he would be okay with a manager like Conte taking over the club, we hadn’t heard a response from the Italian until now.🚨 Conte admite que hubo contactos con el Madrid🗣 “Prefiero trabajar desde el inicio”https://t.co/xL0BuFH5t5— AS (@diarioas) January 31, 2019In an interview to Gazzetta dello Sport, Antonio Conte spoke about life away from football and how managing Real Madrid would’ve been like.Turns out the Italian is not currently interested in going back to the life anytime soon, he is currently expecting for the transfer window to start next summer and evaluate the options he has to continue his career.Any rumor of him being linked to any club is currently false, but we all wanted to know what he thought about coaching Real Madrid.“Going to Madrid at that moment was a “hot potato”, it was too risky for my career,” said Conte on a fragment from the interview picked up by Diario AS.“There actually was a chance to go but I don’t like going in during mid-season. I prefer to start my work from the very beginning.”“My future? You won’t see me popping up anywhere until the summer, that is for sure. I preferred and still prefer to wait until June.”“People talk about Internazionale Milano but those are just rumors, there hasn’t been any contact what so ever.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“As a manager, I have always lived the transfer window very relaxed. Generally, we always tend to close the deal on the last day of the transfer window but we also know that’s the most adrenaline-packed day for everyone,” he added.#Conte: “#Inter? Zero contatti. Fino a giugno resto fermo” https://t.co/Twrnn4umxc pic.twitter.com/eDf828A0ZS— LaGazzettadelloSport (@Gazzetta_it) January 31, 2019Up until that time he started his second year at Chelsea, Antonio Conte was highly considered among the top managers in the world of football.The former Juventus player began his career in Italian football with his first job at Barezzo, then he managed Bari, Atalanta, Siena, and eventually moved to Juventus.With the Vecchia Signora, Conte became a renowned manager after winning the Serie A and winning three consecutive Scudetto titles before getting the Italian manager’s seat.The man coached Italy through the 2016 European Championship knowing that he was going to manage Chelsea right after the tournament, his actions were roughly criticized by the media from his country.The first season for the Blues was spectacular as he took the squad all the way to winning the Premier League that season, but the players quickly grew tired of him and started having strong disagreements with the manager.Conte soon started having erratic behavior in front of the cameras, he clearly pushed for his own dismissal and has been a free agent ever since.#Conte sotto la sede dell’ #Inter “Contatti? No comment…” https://t.co/OoZ0WZ9Oaf #serieA #inter pic.twitter.com/gq4ioeIXdy— LaGazzettadelloSport (@Gazzetta_it) January 31, 2019Which club would you like Antonio Conte to manage next? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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Southbound lanes on Palmetto Expressway shut down for construction in Miami Lakes

first_imgMIAMI LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – All southbound lanes on the Palmetto Expressway in Miami Lakes will be shut down for construction.The lane closures are expected to take place from 11 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday, between Northwest 154th Street and Gratigny Parkway.Motorists are advised to follow detour signs in the area.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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SCHOOL COMMITTEE RACE PREVIEW Everything You Need To Know Before You Vote

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — At this Saturday’s Town Election, three candidates — MJ Byrnes (incumbent), Jesse Fennelly and David Ragsdale — will vie for two seats on the Wilmington School Committee.Have you been paying attention to the race?  If not, Wilmington Apple has you covered!Read Campaign Announcements:Wilmington School Committee Member MJ Byrnes Announces Re-Election BidJesse Fennelly Announces He’s Running For Wilmington School CommitteeDavid Ragsdale Announces He’s Running For Wilmington School CommitteeRead Weekly Candidate Q&As:School Committee Candidates Discuss HomeworkSchool Committee Candidates Discuss School SafetySchool Committee Candidates Discuss District’s Areas Of ImprovementsSchool Committee Candidates Discuss Their DifferencesSchool Committee Candidates Discuss Year #1 Accomplishments, Responsiveness To ConstituentsRead Letters To The Editor/Endorsements:MJ ByrnesFormer School Committee Member Endorses Byrnes & RagsdaleByrnes Is “Dedicated, Caring, Involved & Present” At A School Committee MemberByrnes Has A “Tenacity To Do What’s Right”Mother & Daughter Endorse Byrnes For School CommitteeJesse FennellyFormer Wilmington State Rep. Endorses Fennelly For School CommitteeFennelly Will Seek Input From Parents Before Making Key Decisions, Use Skills From His Time At State HouseDavid RagsdaleDeparting School Committee Member Manny Mulas Endorses David RagsdaleFormer School Committee Member Endorses Byrnes & RagsdaleRagsdale Is “Thorough In His Work And Wise In His Decision Making”Watch WCTV Candidate Conversations:VIDEO: School Committee Member MJ Byrnes Discusses Her Re-Election Bid With WCTVVIDEO: Candidate Jesse Fennelly Discusses His Run For School Committee With WCTVVIDEO: Candidate David Ragsdale Discusses His Run For School Committee With WCTVWatch WCTV Candidates Night (with Recap):SCHOOL COMMITTEE CANDIDATES DEBATE: Byrnes, Fennelly & Ragsdale Debate The Issues (with VIDEO)Read Coverage From Crier, Advocate, Patch, SunProfile: For Byrnes, School Committee Is A Full-Time Job (Wilmington Patch)Profile: Fennelly Wants To Be Your Voice On School Committee (Wilmington Patch)Profile: Ragsdale Brings Classroom Experience To Race (Wilmington Patch)Profile: Fennelly wants School seat (Wilmington Town Crier)Profile: Ragsdale helped fine new supt., now seeks school seat (Wilmington Town Crier)Profile: Wilmington school race widens (Lowell Sun)Profile: David Ragsdale joins race for Board (Lowell Sun)Debate Recap: Wilmington School hopefuls debate (Lowell Sun)Read Lowell Sun’s EndorsementTo Be AnnouncedCandidates On Facebook:Mary Jane “MJ” Byrnes For Wilmington School CommitteeJesse Fennelly For Wilmington School CommitteeDavid Ragsdale For Wilmington School CommitteePast Campaign Events:School Committee Candidate David Ragsdale Invites Voters To ‘Meet & Greet’ On March 17Polls will be open this Saturday, April 28, from 8am to 8pm, at the Boutwell Early Childhood Center, Wildwood Early Childhood Center, and Town Hall.  Not sure where you vote?  Click HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook.  Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE.  Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Recent School Committee MeetingIn “Education”Special Education PAC Chair Jo Newhouse Appointed To Wilmington School CommitteeIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE RACE Q&A: Fennelly, Ragsdale & Byrnes Discuss What They Want To Accomplish In Year #1, How They’ll Be Responsive To ResidentsIn “Education”last_img read more

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Amitabh Bachchans health deteriorates says in pain unable to come out

first_imgAmitabh Bachchan’s health deteriorated.InstagramAmitabh Bachchan cancelled the weekly meet with his fans at Jalsa house as his health deteriorated on Sunday.Big B every Sunday greets his fans from Jalsa gate since past 36 years. However, the actor was forced to cancel the routine meet and greet session as he is suffering from body ache.Amitabh informed his fans about it on his blog, and also asked them not to worry. “Ef and others .. not doing the Sunday Darshan to day .. in bed .. pain .. inform all .. nothing to worry, but unable to come out .. [sic],” he wrote in his blog.Although the veteran actor’s health issue is not clear, his blog post suggests it is something severe. Nonetheless, we wish speedy rec0very for Amitabh.On the work front, Amitabh was last seen in critically and commercially acclaimed film Badla that also featured Taapsee Pannu. The film became a big hit. He is currently busy with Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt starrer Brahmastra.While the film was supposed to be released on this year December, it has now been pushed to summer 2020 due to pending VFX work.last_img read more

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Stray elephants kill 2 Rohingya refugees

first_imgProthom Alo fiel photoTwo Rohingya refugees, including a child, were killed in an attack by elephants in a reserved forest in Ukhia early Monday.The police said the victims were identified as Shamsul Alam, 55, who came from Fakirabazar area of Rakhine, Myanmar, and three-year-old Syedul Amin.A group of stray elephants attacked some Rohingya people who took shelter in Madhupara reserved forest near Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp, the police quoting local people said.Most of the people managed to escape the attack but Shamsul Alam and Syedul Amin were trampled to death by the elephants. They died on the spot.More than 200,000 Rohingya refugees have taken shelter in Kutupalong, according to officer-in-charge of Ukhia police station Abul Khair.Forest department official Md Ali Kabir told Prothom Alo that the desperate refugees are trying to take shelter even by felling trees. Thats why, they are becoming victims of attack by elephants, he said referring to death of another Rohingya refugee earlier.last_img read more

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Twitch Locks Up NBA 2K League Exclusive LiveStreaming Esports Rights

first_imgThese are the 17 teams in the 2K League: Philadelphia 76ers’ 76ers GC; Portland Trail Blazers’ Blazer5 Gaming; Milwaukee Bucks’ Bucks Gaming; Cleveland Cavaliers’s Cavs Legion GC; Boston Celtics’ Celtics Crossover Gaming; Memphis Grizzlies’ Grizz Gaming; Miami Heat’s Heat Check Gaming; Utah Jazz’s Jazz Gaming; Sacramento Kings’ Kings Guard Gaming; New York Knicks’ Knicks Gaming; Orlando Magic’s Magic Gaming; Dallas Mavericks’ Mavs Gaming; Indiana Pacers’ Pacers Gaming; Detroit Pistons’ Pistons GT; Toronto Raptors’ Raptors Uprising GC; Golden State Warriors’ Warriors Gaming Squad; and Washington Wizards’ Wizards District Gaming. Throughout the NBA 2K League’s season, teams will be competing for $1 million prize money across three tournaments and playoffs. The 15-week regular season will begin on May 1, comprising 12 weeks of matchups and three weeks of tournaments. All 17 teams will compete in a minimum of 19 games, including 14 regular-season games and three additional tournaments.“Twitch shares our innovative spirit and commitment to putting the gaming community first,” said NBA 2K League managing director Brendan Donohue, who was previously the NBA’s SVP of team marketing and business operations. He called the video-streaming service “the ideal home to provide our passionate 2K, NBA and esports fans around the world with the opportunity to catch all the excitement of our inaugural season.”The deal comes after Twitch last December landed a deal to live-stream up to six games weekly from the NBA G League, the league’s official minor league. Those broadcasts feature interactive elements and the opportunity for Twitch broadcasters to provide their own commentary on the G League action.The 17 teams of the NBA 2K League are owned by existing NBA franchises. Each team has a roster of six players (for 102 total). Twitch will live-stream up to 199 games throughout the ’18 season, including weekly matchups during the regular season; three in-season tournaments; best-of-three playoffs, to be held Aug. 17-18; and the best-of-three NBA 2K League Finals on Aug. 25. The live streams will include live commentary and analysis from talent (to be announced) and additional league updates.The NBA 2K League made its live premiere on Twitch earlier this month with the league’s inaugural draft on April 4 at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, where NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced the selection by the Dallas Mavericks’ Mavs Gaming of Artreyo Boyd (“Dimez”) as the first overall pick.Twitch said it will work with the NBA to build enhanced features for the 2K League broadcasts, such as interactive custom overlays. The social-streaming company says it has more than 15 million daily active users.“From video games to real games, the NBA continues to innovate around basketball when it comes to engaging with the Twitch community,” said Justin Dellario, Twitch’s head of sports programs. “By partnering with Twitch for the NBA 2K League, that pioneering spirit will continue to be reflected when we elevate this latest entry to the world of competitive gaming with interactive features and our global stage.” Popular on Variety A lineup of nearly 200 games in the NBA’s fledgling hoops esports league this year is coming to Twitch.The NBA 2K League announced a multiyear pact with Twitch that includes live broadcast rights to all games. Under the terms of the pact, Amazon-owned Twitch has exclusive live rights to the NBA 2K League’s inaugural 2018 season, which tips off May 1.All NBA 2K League games will be available live on Twitch at twitch.tv/nba2kleague. Following each live broadcast, games will be available for fans to view on demand.It’s the first media-rights deal for the NBA 2K League, which is the first official esports league operated by a U.S. pro sports league. The venture between the National Basketball Association and Take-Two Interactive, the longtime publisher of the “NBA 2K” game franchise, was announced in early 2017. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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