FIRST Up: Lawmakers to Examine Bill Renewing U.S. Research

first_imgHang on to your lab goggles. The haggling over a big chunk of U.S. science policy is picking up steam in Washington.This morning, the science committee of the U.S. House of Representatives will kick off discussion of competing proposals to renew and reshape science and education programs at the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and other federal funding agencies. Lawmakers on the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology are expected to hear praise for, and complaints about, bills put forward by the panel’s Republican majority and Democratic minority.Areas of contention are likely to include proposals to change how NSF evaluates grant proposals and “open-access” provisions that would allow scientific publishers to keep papers produced with government funding behind paywalls for up to 3 years. But there appears to be broad, bipartisan support for plans to bolster efforts to commercialize discoveries made with government funding, and to revamp federal computing research programs.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The flurry of legislative activity is focused on replacing the 2010 America COMPETES Act, which expired at the end of September. Although many of COMPETE’s goals enjoyed bipartisan support, this year’s effort to replace it has been marked by diverging legislative strategies and philosophical rifts among Republicans and Democrats, the House and the Senate, and various elements of the research community.Some of those differences may surface at today’s hearing, which will focus on a House Republican draft bill called the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act. FIRST does not address all the programs that were included in COMPETES. It does not include Department of Energy research, for instance, which Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), the head of the House science panel, wants to address in a separate bill. And FIRST differs markedly from a Democratic alternative introduced last month that hews more closely to the COMPETES mold.In addition to concerns about some of FIRST’s NSF provisions, some university and research lobbyists have voiced doubts about the bill’s provisions on providing free access to scholarly papers based on government-funded research. At the moment, the White House is in the midst of a process that is encouraging agencies to develop open-access policies that would make government-backed papers freely available to the public within 1 year of publication. That guideline is the result of years of conflict and negotiations among publishers, funders, and researchers on how to provide access without harming business models that fund many journals and societies.FIRST, however, would extend the open-access deadline to 2 years after a paper’s publication , or up to 3 years if an agency determines that a scientific field would be “uniquely harmed without such extension.”That idea “is ludicrous,” writes Heather Joseph, executive director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, which supports shorter embargo periods, in an e-mail to ScienceInsider. “It is completely out of line with any of the dozens of other successful policies in effect globally, and would put the U.S. light years behind the rest of the word in terms of policies supporting innovation and competitiveness. … [I]t is shameful to call it a proposed ‘open access’ policy. The serious conversations that are happening about embargo periods after all this time are about how to make them as *short* as possible to maximize benefits to the public — not about locking content down further.”A trade group for major publishers, however, says the extension might make sense in some cases. The Association of American Publishers (AAP) “has always emphasized the need for flexibility with embargoes,” writes Andi Sporkin, an AAP spokesperson, in an e-mail. “We have articulated that position to Members of Congress among many others – all those who’ll listen.” And although the group says it would prefer to set open-access guidelines through the current White House process rather than legislation, “we are appreciative that Chairman Smith understands and supports the importance of flexibility.”Less controversial is a provision that calls on the White House to set up a new advisory panel that would study how best to organize and coordinate the federal government’s $3 billion STEM (science, technology, education, and mathematics) education portfolio. The bill would also block the White House from implementing many of the controversial proposals it made to reorganize STEM education programs in its 2014 budget request to Congress.Another FIRST proposal is drawing widespread, bipartisan support. Dubbed “Innovative Approaches to Technology Transfer,” it would provide grants of up to $3 million over 3 years to universities, federal laboratories, and other research institutes to jump-start efforts to commercialize federally funded discoveries. The plan, originally introduced in Congress as a bipartisan bill called the TRANSFER Act (H.R. 2981), would require major research funding agencies to earmark 0.05% of their grant budgets in 2014 and 2015 for the grants; the pot would grow to 0.1% of extramural funding in 2016 and 2017.That stream of money could “help to solve an intractable problem in technology transfer” by helping fund early-stage commercialization projects, a coalition of university groups wrote earlier this year in a letter to Smith expressing their support. “Not only will it encourage translational research that will better prepare discoveries for the marketplace, it will also urge research institutions and individual investigators to collaborate with industry and more fully incorporate considerations of commercial viability into their research enterprise.”There is also strong bipartisan backing for FIRST’s plan to revamp federal computing research. The provisions, which include a call for a new strategic plan on information technology R&D, were originally spelled out in a bill (H.R. 967) that passed the House last April on a 406-11 vote. Those popular provisions, however, aren’t likely to be enough persuade most House Democrats to support FIRST, and the process of reauthorizing COMPETES is likely to be long and contentious. The Senate’s science committee, meanwhile, has just begun to develop its version of COMPETES reauthorization, holding a first hearing last week.last_img read more

Ex-honors Student Gets 33 Years In Marijuana Dealer Trupal Patel’s Death

first_imgA former community college honors student has been sentenced to 33 years in prison in the death of an Indian American marijuana dealer authorities say was shot by the defendant’s former boyfriend.The felony murder sentence imposed Jan. 18 on 21-year-old Raquel Garajau will require the ex-Brookdale Community College student to serve 30 years before being eligible for parole, The Asbury Park Press reported.Read it at India West Related Itemslast_img

Donald Trump’s New H-1B System Is Out, Favours Foreigners In US Colleges

first_imgThe US has announced a new H-1B visa filing rule from April under which priority would be given to foreign workers with advanced degrees from American universities, a decision that could impact professionals who received higher education in countries like India and China. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

Rain forecast for the opening ODI in Kochi

first_imgRevisiting thundershowers after two days retreat is feared to play spoilsport in the Sunday’s One-Day International between India and Australia in Kochi. Dispiriting hosts Kerala Cricket Association (KCA), the heavy downpour that lashed Kerala since Friday morning drenched the pitch despite the ground staff’s best efforts to keep it dry.While men and machines are working extra time to drain the water from the newly laid pitch at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, a good portion of the outer pitch is still clogged and soggy. “Our plan was to do final rolling of the outfield on Friday to make the ground ready but now it may happen only Saturday morning,” KCA president TC Mather said.Pushing up the adrenalin of the organisers, weathermen have forecast showers and thundershowers for Kerala till Monday morning. Both teams reached the stadium for a practice session, but returned to Taj Malabar, the hotel in the island off Kochi, after taking a look at the sticky wicket.Rain or shine, ticket sale is going on at a brisk rate. Braving the rains, tens of hundreds of youngsters are making a mad scramble for tickets in front of the stadium counter in Kochi, about 200 kms from here. Since Saturday and Sunday are holidays in Kerala and Karnataka on account of Vijayadashami, cricket buffs are flocking to Kochi from all cities including Bangalore in the region.”We hope rains will have mercy on us,” says Abijith, an IT professional who has come all the way from Bangalore to watch the match.advertisementTrophy unveiledThe trophy for the series was unveiled at a glittering function in Kochi. Designed by Frazer and Haws, in silver with 24 carat gold plating, the trophy was unveiled by Rajiv Rajagopal, CEO of Mobile Services, Bharti Airtel, along with the captains Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Michael Clarke.”As part of the precautionary measure, spectators’ galleries of the stadium have been thoroughly covered with net,” officials said. A net, stretching 3.25 lakh square feet and covering the entire stadium, including the pitch and spectators’ gallery, has been covered by 1.5mm ultra violet treated polyethylene.Meanwhile, Australian team coach Tim Nielsen has urged supporters not to jump to conclusions following the team’s third successive Test defeat. “The most important thing is not to jump to conclusions. A lot of stuff that’s been talked about at the moment is being led by public opinion from outside the group, and a lot of the time public opinion is a long way from the action,” Nielsen told the Sydney Morning Herald.”They don’t necessarily have an insight into how hard the players are working. We know we can do better, we’re just looking to the Ashes series as an opportunity to show the Australian public that the hard work we’ve put in over the last 12 months is going to reap rewards for us.”(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Indian origin wrestler to represent Australia at Rio Olympics

first_imgMelbourne, Apr 26 (PTI) Indian origin wrestler Vinod Kumar Dahiya is all set to represent Australia at the Rio Olympics after he qualified in the 66kg weight category in Greco-Roman event. According to the official website, Vinod, originallyfrom asmall village of Khanda in Haryana, became a citizen of Australia a year ago and is now all set to make his debut at the Olympics, to be held in August. The 31-year-old grappler secured an Olympic berth after winning a silver medal at the African/Oceania Olympic qualifiers in Algeria. Following the footsteps of his older brothers, Vinod started wrestling at age of eight. Seeing his potential, Vinods family sent him to Mahabali Satpals wrestling academy in New Delhi in 1998. Thereafter, he participated in state and national competitions for four years. He also competed in the popular Indian sport of dirt wrestling. Vinodmigrated to Australia in 2010, where he started training at the United Wrestling Club under former Wresting Australia President, Kuldip Bassi. Based in Victoria, Vinod has so far claimed six national championships and countless medals at the Australia Cup and Canberra Cup tournaments. He represented the green and gold for the first time at the Oceania Championships in New Zealand in March, where he bagged the gold medal. PTI NC CM CMlast_img read more

Amar meets Yechury, Karat; says will meet Advani, Rahul soon

first_imgNew Delhi, May 31 (PTI) Becoming active again on the political scene, Amar Singh, who has been nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the Samajwadi Party, today met CPI-M leaders Sitaram Yechury and Prakash Karat and said he would soon be meeting BJP veteran L K Advani and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.”I met them as they are my old friends. Karat and his wife Brinda had met me when I was ill,” he told PTI.He said he would soon be meeting Advani and Rahul. “After all, politics is not a gang war. I know leaders cutting across party lines… from Advani ji, I get insight of the political history,” he said.Singh, once considered the right hand man of SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, was expelled from the party in 2010 following differences with the leadership.Later, he had formed Rashtriya Lok Manch which drew a blank in the last Uttar Pradesh assembly elections as none of its 360 candidates was able to win any seat.In 2014, ahead of Lok Sabha elections, he and Jaya Prada had joined Ajit Singhs Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD). He contested from Fatehpur Sikri. PTI NAB ZMNlast_img read more

Legendary Tennessee Announcer John Ward Has Passed Away

first_imgA high end zone view of Neyland Stadium(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Legendary Tennessee Volunteers announcer John Ward has passed away, the school announced Wednesday evening. The iconic announcer was 87.Ward’s death was announced with a statement by Tennessee. “It is with a heavy heart that we announce a great voice has gone silent.”The Vol Network announced the news on Twitter.Tennessee has lost its Voice. pic.twitter.com/ayqMRqH6wU— Vol Network (@VolNetwork_IMG) June 21, 2018Ward announced Tennessee basketball and football games for more than 30 years.ESPN wrote the following about his career:For parts of four decades, Ward was the radio liaison between the Vols and their rabid Big Orange Nation, and he captivated fans with his unmistakable crisp voice and signature calls from “Give Him Six” after a Tennessee touchdown to “Bottom” when the Vols made a big shot in basketball. His final football season behind the microphone was Tennessee’s 1998 national championship season, and he retired for good following the ensuing basketball season.Ward never missed a game in more than 350 consecutive broadcasts. Country music superstar Kenny Chesney, who grew up in East Tennessee, recorded a tribute to Ward, “Touchdown Tennessee,” soon after Ward retired.Similar to contemporaries Larry Munson at Georgia, Cawood Ledford at Kentucky and Woody Durham at North Carolina, Ward was part of an era, particularly in the South, when radio play-by-play broadcasters became woven deeply into that school’s culture, especially with so few college games televised back then.Rest in peace, John.last_img read more

We wanted to do Superman things: Faf du Plessis on South Africa’s World Cup failures

first_imgWe wanted to do Superman things: Faf du Plessis on South Africa’s World Cup failuresSouth Africa have built a reputation for themselves of “chokers” after losing big matches. The team has never gone past the semi-final stages of the World Cup. Du Plessis highlighted that the team needs to overcome its fear of failure to succeed in the World Cupadvertisement Asian News International DubaiMay 19, 2019UPDATED: May 19, 2019 10:42 IST South Africa and du Plessis are trying hard to shed the ‘chokers’ tag at World CupsHIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa have built a reputation for themselves of “chokers” after losing big matchesFaf du Plessis believes that previously the team has been guilty of putting too much pressure on itselfIn the 2019 World Cup, du Plessis’ focus is on the Proteas enjoying themselvesSouth Africa skipper Faf du Plessis on Sunday said that the team wanted to do play like a superhero in the previous editions of the World Cup, adding that his team leaves no stone unturned in giving their best during such tournaments.”In previous World Cups, we wanted to do Superman things. We thought we had to be more special, we had to do something more than we usually do, and we did not do what was good enough before,” International Cricket Council (ICC) quoted Du Plessis as saying.”We haven’t always got that right in the past, to play our best cricket at the World Cup, because we put so much pressure on ourselves. We want to just focus on enjoying our cricket,” he added.South Africa have built a reputation for themselves of “chokers” after losing big matches. The team has never gone past the semi-final stages of the World Cup. Du Plessis highlighted that the team needs to overcome its fear of failure to succeed in the World Cup.”We started a year or two ago with a real focus on mental preparation and, as a captain, I probably speak more about that than previous captains. But I really believe it’s an area we can get better in. I’ve been there and I know the pressures, I understand how to deal with them,” Du Plessis said.”There’s a reason why we want the guys to play freely – because we don’t want them to have a fear of failure, which is what the World Cup is for some of them. Our success in England over the next couple of months depends on how well we release that aspect of our play – we need that for the team to be at our best. Each player needs to find out his own strengths,” he added.advertisementThe 34-year-old also said that the team would go with the best possible playing XI in every match, hinting that Hashim Amla’s form in the warm-up matches will play a key role in his selection in the playing XI in the first match against England.”In terms of team selection, that’s a call we will make when we get to that first game. We have two warm-up games. Generally, we want to pick on form. If we believe Hash Amla is the guy with the best form for the first game, then he will be picked. But if we feel there are other guys that are more in form we will pick them,” Du Plessis said.South Africa squad for the World Cup: Faf du Plessis (c), Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi.South Africa take on Sri Lanka and West Indies in the warm-up matches before the World Cup on May 24 and May 26.The team will face England in the opening match of the World Cup on May 30.Also Read | I’ll come back in 2023 World Cup if MS Dhoni is still around: AB de VilliersAlso Read | Dale Steyn: Want to finish career with a World Cup medal, not bothered about chokers tagFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwarilast_img read more

First Drive: 2014 BMW M235i

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For at that moment, roaring through a rough part of Vegas in a compact, rear-wheel drive, 326-horsepower sports coupe, I felt a bit like a Ghetto Supastar.Perhaps I should explain; BMW recently flew me to Las Vegas, Nevada to test its latest creation, the M235i – the performancier (my word) version of the all-new 2 Series for Digital Trends. Between track trials, we were allowed to venture out onto the streets of Sin City to see how the M235i handled real-world roadways.Ripping along the sun-bleached, dilapidated streets is when I discovered a playlist inspired by the 2 Series, and presumably Vegas, pre-loaded on the M235i’s iDrive system. Making a slow transition from Tom Jones to Elvis Presley, the playlist took an unexpected left turn to Pras featuring Mya and Ol’ Dirty Bastard.After a good chuckle, I turned the powerful stereo up and punched the throttle.DynamismWhile I appreciate efficiency, eco-friendliness and the ability to haul children and labradors, at the forefront of my automotive interest is driving dynamics.It’s been rather disheartening, then, to see so many formerly sporty brands turn all soft in order to attract a wider, luxury-seeking audience. Think: Mercedes-Benz CLA.Despite the desportification (again, my word) of some brands, one still remains true to its athletic legacy. And, yes, you guessed it; it’s BMW.With the BMW 2 Series you can enjoy every part of modern-day motoring without looking like you’re trying too hard.In fact, as other automakers slip slowly into bland, front-wheel drive muck, Bimmer has arguably become even sportier over the years. The 2014 2 Series – specifically the M235i – is a perfect example.BMW took its rollicking 1 Series and, for its brand reshuffling, discontinued the moniker Stateside and replaced it with the 2 Series. Rather than simply bolting a new badge to the rear end, the designers have extended all dimensions of the 2 Series, making for a wider track and improved interior space.Looks have improved, too. Penned to conjure images of the iconic 2002 model, the new 2 Series has low and wide air inlets, higher side air inlets, and a sinewy belt line that runs into the rear-end.I think it’s quite good looking. I wasn’t convinced in photos, as I worried the new 2 looked too much like a mini 4. In person, though, it has much more gravitas. It’s elegant without being pretentious and sporty without being too verbose.The M235i’s 3.0-liter twin-turbo “TwinPower” inline six-cylinder engine makes 326 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. It’ll rush to 62 mph from a dead standstill in 4.8 seconds and onto a top speed of 155 mph, all the while eking out 37.2 mpg. Impressive stuff.But wait; it gets better.BMW also offers a slew of factory performance parts designed in collaboration with BMW’s M division. Parts like a front splitter paired with an aggressive rear carbon-fiber spoiler and distinctive side skirting add downforce and visual pop.Buyers can also specify a BMW M Performance limited-slip differential. Yes, I could explain how it works in an extremely Germanic lecture using words like “dynamism” and “torques.” Suffice it to say, the limited-slip diff is a must-have for any true performance enthusiast seeking to put all the ponies to the pavement.On the interior, buyers can add an Alcantara race steering wheel with a g meter and led lights that indicate engine rpm as well as – you guessed it – lots of carbon fiber trim parts.My favorite showroom add-on, though, is the low-pressure sport exhaust that BMW wraps in a special heat resistant carbon fiber. Not only does the exhaust add a fantastic optical contrast against, say, a white M235i, it also sounds very mean indeed. At full rev, it sounds less like a compact sports coupe and more like a vintage Formula 1 car.Track timeAlthough I had found myself on the streets of Sin City for a short drive, the fine folks at BMW flew me down to Vegas to test the 2 Series at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. So when not ‘Ghetto Supastaring’ it through Vegas, we journalists were hot-dogging it on track.The first test was the oval. In groups of three, we took the M235i out and slowly – well, OK, quickly – climbed the walls of the Speedway. Eventually hitting around 140 mph, the Germans wanted to show us how the 2 Series handled high speeds.The rest of the track experience was what one might expect from a BMW, especially a top-end model. It was spectacular.Doing 140 at a 30-degree incline is a strange sensation. Your brain feels like it’s being sucked down to your right shoulder. The rest of your body, though, feels normal. Did it tell me much about the 2 Series? No. Was it neat? Yes.The second round of tracking took us to, well, the inner oval track, where we hit some proper corners. After a few laps following a Z4 piloted by a BMW chassis engineer, we were given the green light to go at our own speed.First out of the gate, I had the circuit visually to my lonesome. The track driving gave me two distinct impressions of the M235i: It both hugged the road incredibly well and also offered more body lean than I expected. Impressively, and surprisingly, both these sensations were discernable at the same time.I could feel an incomparable – for the price point – amount of grip and also quite a lot of body roll, given the planted stickiness of the car. Despite these contradictory forces, I was able to kick the backend of the M235i out a few times. It kept itself in line and I never felt like I was going to lose control or composure.The rest of the track experience was what one might expect from a BMW, especially a top-end model. It was spectacular.I’ve long said that BMW simply doesn’t make a bad car. It just doesn’t. The M235i continues that lineage. Braking was firm and fade-free. The electronic power steering is well weighted and precise. Both the eight-speed sport automatic transmission and the six-speed manual shifted with the kind of preciseness the Germans have built a healthy sporting career on. And the exhaust note is masculine without being heavy-handed.Not-so-entry-levelBelieve it or not, the 2 Series isn’t the entry-level BMW. Despite its diminutive size, the 228i is priced just above the X1 crossover, albeit just slightly. The X1 starts at $30,900, while the 2 Series starts at $32,100. And just slightly above the 228i is the $35,720 320i. The M235i, however, starts at $43,100, which is a pretty penny for a compact coupe.Put it into perspective, though, and it’s a clear value.The M235i is a car that not many people readily recognize as a performance car. So it’s that perfect sleeper, that is, unless you pile M Performance parts onto it with sporty stripes and downforce-inducing carbon fiber.With the BMW 2 Series you can enjoy every part of modern-day motoring without looking like you’re trying too hard.All the praise aside, let me just say that I absolutely cannot wait to get an M235i up into the mountains and hilly gorges of the Pacific Northwest to see how it really handles real-world corners. Andy Warhol Painted a BMW M1 Race Car, and It’s Gorgeous Editors’ Recommendations Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH center_img The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel) The All-New 2020 Corvette Stingray Is a Mid-Engine Supercar for the Everymanlast_img read more

TEN Well Positioned for Market Upturn with 65Strong Fleet

first_imgzoom Despite a difficult tanker market Greek tanker shipping company Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) ended the year in the black with a net income of USD 20.4 million.However, the full-year profit is halved when compared to 2016 when TEN’s net income stood at USD 55.7 million.Gross revenue amounted to USD 529.2 million, a 9.8 pct increase over 2016, due to the increase of the fleet by seven new vessels on long-term contracts.During the fourth quarter, net income came at USD 2.7 million while gross revenues reached USD 134.5 million, a 2.9 pct increase year-on-year.During the quarter, the vessels on time charter contracts generated USD 90.5 million gross revenue, enough to cover all the operating, overhead and finance costs of the whole fleet, while vessels on spot charters contributed an additional USD 21 million of revenue, TEN said.“As we enter our 25th year, we are proud to report profits in such a challenging environment. TEN’s tried and tested strategy of providing downside protection while allowing for the flexibility to capture rate hikes, has proved effective once again. The markets are gradually positioning for an upturn and TEN is well placed to reap those rewards as they will occur,” Nikolas P. Tsakos, President and CEO of TEN, commented.2018 started with TEN operating the largest fleet in its 25-year history, 77 pct of which secured contracts averaging 2.7 years with minimum secured revenues of USD 1.3 billion, TEN said.Namely, in the fourth quarter of the year, the company completed its 15-vessel newbuilding program. The tanker owner also sold two 2005-built Suezmax tankers through a sale and leaseback transaction generating USD 15.6 million of free cash.TEN’s fleet currently stands at 65 ships, of which 47 vessels trade in crude, 13 in products, three are shuttle tankers and two are LNG carriers.last_img read more

New Legislation to Protect Privacy

first_imgNew provincial legislation will better ensure that Nova Scotians’ personal information is not disclosed under the U.S. Patriot Act. The new Personal Information International Disclosure Protection Act outlines a series of requirements and penalties that protect personal information from inappropriate disclosure. “We know that American security legislation has led to concerns about the ability to access personal information of Nova Scotians held outside Canada,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Justice. “This legislation clearly outlines the responsibilities of public bodies, municipalities and technology service providers, and the consequences if they are not fulfilled.” The act provides protection regarding storage, disclosure and access to personal information outside of Canada in the custody or under the control of a public body or municipality. Under the act, the minister of Justice must be notified if there is a foreign demand for disclosure of any personal information of Nova Scotians. It also requires that service providers storing information only collect and use personal information necessary for their work for a public body or municipality. The act also address “whistleblower” protection for employees of external service providers to ensure they are protected if they report an offense under the act. Whistleblower protection for Nova Scotia government staff already exists under the Civil Service Act. “In order for these measures to be successful, staff must be sure they will be protected if they come forward to report wrongdoing under this act,” said Mr. Scott. Penalties under the act include up to $2,000 per government employee for malicious disclosure by employees of public bodies and municipalities. The act also creates offences for service providers, with penalties of up to $2,000 for employees and $500,000 for companies. Offences relate to the improper storage, collection, use, or disclosure, failure to notify the minister of Justice of foreign disclosure demands, and improper discipline or termination of employees. “We are putting in place serious and significant penalties to protect the privacy of Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Scott. The minister also announced that the Wills Act is being amended. Updates will bring it more in line with other Canadian jurisdictions. The amendments respond to recommendations of the Law Reform Commission and will make it easier for people to ensure their final wishes are fulfilled by clarifying the effect divorces have on wills and the distribution of property in Nova Scotia under wills made outside the province. It will also permit handwritten wills. The province is also introducing a number of housekeeping amendments under the Justice Administration Act.last_img read more

Anganwadi attendant pours hot khichdi on 3yrold boy

first_imgKolkata: A three-year-old boy from Khidirpur village of Raghunathgunj in Murshidabad suffered serious burn injuries after an Anganwadi woman poured hot khichdi on him.The victim had insisted on having two boiled eggs, instead of one. This made the woman attendant of the Anganwadi centre so angry that she poured boiling khichdi on his body. A resident of Raghunathgunj, the victim was having mid-day meal at the Anganwadi centre on Saturday morning when the incident took place. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThe boy was rushed to Jangipur sub-divisional hospital where he is undergoing treatment. The accused woman is said to be absconding. According to local sources, the accused woman was distributing food among the children at the Anganwadi centre. Every child is entitled to get one egg each. When the victim asked for two eggs, she became very angry and poured the steaming hot khichdi on him. The locals came to know about the matter when the Anganwadi officials tried to take the patient to the hospital. The victim sustained injuries in various parts of his body. The accused woman fled the spot immediately after the incident to avoid an arrest. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersSenior administrative officials of the district assured that stringent steps would be taken against the accused. Police have started a probe in this regard and are conducting raids to nab the culprit. Other workers of the centre are being questioned. The victim’s parents said they never thought that the boy would be tortured in this manner only for asking an extra egg. According to the district administration, the health condition of the patient is stated to be stable, though he suffered serious injuries in his lower abdomen.last_img read more

KILLING EVE IS KILLING IT

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Advertisement Facebook “…KILLING EVE is relentlessly engaging and surprising where it’s least expected, making for the next must-see show of 2018.” – The Hollywood Reporter“…KILLING EVE is a gorgeous scoop of sinister.” – SalonOn Metacritic, a site that aggregates reviews, KILLING EVE currently has score of 83, making it one of the best-reviewed on the site this year. The Ringer clearly agrees, as they rank KILLING EVE among “The Best TV of 2018—So Far.”The love for the series’ first season doesn’t stop there. At the upcoming Television Critics Association Awards, KILLING EVE is up for five awards, the most nominations for any series this year. Both Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer are nominated for Individual Achievement in Drama, while the series itself is nominated for Outstanding New Program, Outstanding Achievement in Drama, and Program of the Year.Sandra Oh is Back!Best known for her 10-year run as Cristina Yang on GREY’S ANTOMY, Sandra Oh makes a triumphant return to television in KILLING EVE as Eve, a quick-witted but bored MI5 security services operative whose desk job conflicts with her ambitions of being a spy. The role, which she told Vogue has “taken me 30 years to get,” has netted Oh significant praise from critics, with Salon stating “KILLING EVE belongs to Sandra Oh” and The Atlantic noting that “Oh anchors the show.” Vulture went so far as to proclaim that “the best actress on TV is KILLING EVE’s Sandra Oh” Meet Villanelle!Every cat needs its mouse and Villanelle is one psychopathic mouse. Played by Jodie Comer, Villanelle is a polished, highly skilled killer-for-hire, or as Rolling Stone describes her, “a cheeky, blithely amoral girl’s girl with a penchant for nice clothes, a deep love of her craft (i.e. brutally murdering people against a variety of European backdrops in highly creative ways) and a doomed longing for a friend who really gets her.”Vanity Fair calls the character “one of the most magnetic, roguish psychopaths in TV history.” Comer, who “is exceptional in the role,” according to The Atlantic, deserves some of credit for the acclaim, as Waller-Bridge told Rolling Stone “she didn’t so much run with the character as shoot off into space with her.”KILLING EVE premieres Sunday, July 22 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo. Press screeners for the first two episodes are available now (login using your media site credentials). LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (FLEABAG), and based on the novellas by Luke Jennings, KILLING EVE is a genre-bending cat-and-mouse spy thriller starring Canadian actress Sandra Oh as Eve, an MI5 operative who is tasked with tracking down the psychopathic contract killer Villanelle (Jodie Comer, THE WHITE PRINCESS).  The critically-acclaimed suspenseful drama makes it Canadian debut Sunday, July 22 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo and it’s bringing its buzz with it! Here’s why Canadians should be excited:This Trailer!Critics Love It! They Really Love It!“KILLING EVE is a funny, witty, bright show…” – Slatelast_img read more

Explaining the backstop a sticking point in Brexit debate

first_imgLONDON — Much of the opposition to Prime Minister Theresa May’s divorce deal with the European Union is about the “backstop” — a provision designed to prevent the reintroduction of border controls between Northern Ireland, which is part of the U.K., and the Republic of Ireland, a member of the EU. After Brexit, the border will be the U.K.’s only land frontier with the EU.A look at the issue:WHAT’S WRONG WITH A BORDER?During the decades of violence there known as “the Troubles,” a border teeming with soldiers and paramilitaries was replete with roadblocks and checkpoints. About 3,700 people were killed between 1968 and 1998, when the Good Friday accord led to a power-sharing arrangement that quelled much of the bloodshed and made the border By all but disappear.Since both Britain and Ireland are currently part of the European Union with its single market, goods and people flow freely, with no need for customs checks. Brexit could disrupt that tranquility, upending lives and businesses, and undercutting a fragile peace process.WHAT IS MAY’S PROPOSAL?The proposed withdrawal agreement includes a “backstop” meant to ensure that a hard border does not return by keeping the U.K. in a customs union with the EU after Brexit. The agreement gives the two sides until 2022 to reach a permanent new trade deal — and says the “backstop” would come into effect only if they fail to do so.WHY DO CRITICS OPPOSE IT?Politicians favouring Brexit complain that Britain wouldn’t be able to get out of the backstop unilaterally; it can only be ended by mutual agreement. That means it could remain in place indefinitely, binding the U.K. to EU customs regulations. That would derail Britain’s efforts to strike trade deals around the world.Those who want to remain close to the EU also dislike it because it means Britain will be subject to customs and trade rules over which it has had no say.May’s allies from Northern Ireland, the Democratic Unionist Party, also object because the backstop treats Northern Ireland differently from other parts of Britain. They say that frays the bond between Northern Ireland and the rest of the U.K.Danica Kirka And Jill Lawless, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Ban Kimoon calls on Burundian Government rebels to avoid resuming hostilities

27 July 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced deep concern at the withdrawal of a rebel group in Burundi from arrangements to monitor the ceasefire it signed with the Government last year, calling on both sides to refrain from any actions that might lead to a resumption of hostilities. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban called on the Palipehutu- FNL, the last rebel hold-out from a peace agreement aimed at ending years of ethnic violence in the small Central African country, to resume its participation in the Joint Verification and Monitoring Mechanism (JVMM) without delay. He commended the efforts by South Africa, the Regional Peace Initiative on Burundi and the African Union aimed at bringing the Burundi peace process to a successful conclusion and told his Executive Representative for Burundi to continue to work closely with these regional partners. Last September, the Burundian Government and the Palipehutu-FNL signed an agreement in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, designed to end 13 years of armed conflict between the Hutu majority and the Tutsi minority. read more

Conductor Charles Dutoit leaves Royal Philharmonic Orchestra early amid sexual harassment claims

first_imgIt added: “The RPO is committed to the highest standards of ethical behaviour and takes very seriously its responsibility to maintain a safe working environment for all its artists, musicians and staff.”Speaking to the Associated Press, four women – including retired mezzo-soprano Paula Rasmussen, and Grammy-winning soprano Sylvia McNair – accused Dutoit of several incidents of sexual misconduct between 1985 and 2010. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Dutoit is currently seeking legal counsel to defend himself against the claims. In a statement released last month, he said: “The allegations made against me are as shocking to me as they are to my friends and colleagues. I do not recognise the man or the actions being described in the media.”Whilst informal physical contact is commonplace in the arts world as a mutual gesture of friendship, the serious accusations made involving coercion and forced physical contact have absolutely no basis in truth.”center_img The artistic director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has left his post almost two years earlier than planned, amid allegations of historic sexual assault. The RPO yesterday confirmed that Charles Dutoit, 81, has resigned with immediate effect, following “allegations of inappropriate conduct”. In December, the Swiss conductor was accused of sexually assaulting three opera singers and a classical musician.Dutoit, who has strongly denied the allegations, had previously agreed that he would not appear with the orchestra “for the immediate future”, and had planned to resign from his post as artistic director and principal conductor in October 2019.In a statement, the RPO explained that the decision to bring forward his resignation was made following an emergency board meeting, which concluded that “the protracted uncertainty and media reporting makes Mr Dutoit’s position with the Orchestra untenable.”In the coming months, the statement continued, “A roster of distinguished guest conductors will undertake Charles Dutoit’s future projects with the orchestra.”last_img read more

Maccabi Rishon win Israeli Super Cup

← Previous Story Uros Zorman to re-think about retirement: France 2017? We will see… Next Story → Petar Nenadic (Fuchse Berlin): We want fourth place in DKB Bundesliga Maccabi Rishon Maccabi Rishon celebrate the first trophy in the new season 2016/2017. The Yellow-Blue beat Ramat Hasharon 25:21 in the Super Cup Final after breathtaking semi-final with four extra-time periods against Hapoel Tel Aviv.The reigning champions Maccabi Tel Aviv are defeated in semis against Ramat Hasharon.

Eat at Our Table Café run by Irelands migrant community opens at

first_img Feb 17th 2018, 7:30 AM Cooking is very therapeutic. You come home to cook, and you feel different. It’s a way of therapy and to meet new people.She said this was a “community-driven project” where people of different ethnicities could meet and talk to one another.“We’re asking people to come along and support Our Table. It gives out a strong message that you can create spaces for people in Direct Provision instead of waiting.”Saturday evening, the café launch will be held from 6.30pm for invited guests, and will include food and music as well as talks from people living in Direct Provision.Welcoming the launch the cathedral’s Dean, Reverend Dermot Dunne, said that the marks and signs of a living church community were evidenced in its outreach beyond its walls to the wider community.“The cathedral’s commitment to engage with those in the Direct Provision system is evidence of just one of many social outreach programmes adopted by the cathedral.“It is a joy that one of the fruits of this outreach is the launch of the Our Table enterprise. It is good that the cathedral facilities can be used in such a productive and empowering way and I am very happy to endorse this programme,” Dean Dunne added.Read: Rise in deportations ‘worrying and stressful’ as department denies official crackdown policyRead: Stephen Rea opens pop-up café aiming to raise awareness about Direct Provision 20,695 Views Image: LittlenySTOCK via Shutterstock 55 Comments Eat at Our Table: Café run by Ireland’s migrant community opens at Christ Church “It gives out a strong message that you can create spaces for people in Direct Provision instead of waiting.” http://jrnl.ie/3853872 Share365 Tweet Email4 This year we decided to get a space, so we’ll be running a food store at Christ Church every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for the foreseeable future.On those days, a ten-person team of volunteers will work as waiters, managers, and chefs among other jobs, to hand out food for people between 10am and 4.30pm.“If it picks up we might change it to more days,” she said. From what she had gathered from the number of RSVPs and calls she had received, she was expecting the kitchen to be “highly in demand”, she said.The idea is to highlight the problems with Direct Provision, that there’s a situation that doesn’t allow people to cook their own food or give people the right to work. Saturday 17 Feb 2018, 7:30 AM FROM THIS SATURDAY, a café will be set up in the outdoor area of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin that’s run by Ireland’s migrant communities.The project is called Our Table, and began as a pop-up kitchen in 2016 in the Project Arts Centre. It describes itself as “a community-driven, non-profit project aiming to highlight the need to end Direct Provision in Ireland”.Direct Provision is the government programme that facilitates 4,300 asylum seekers in Ireland while they wait for their applications to be processed. It gives people just under €20 a week for expenses, and houses people in hotels, which doesn’t give them cooking facilities, or the right to work.One of the founders and director of the Our Table project, Ellie Kisyombe told TheJournal.ie that after their three-month run in the Project Arts Centre, they decided to look for a more permanent residence for the project, to “facilitate change through conversation over food”. By Gráinne Ní Aodha Image: LittlenySTOCK via Shutterstock Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more