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  • Bill Revising Federal Grants Process Wouldn’t Change Practices at NIH and NSF, Says Sponsor

    first_imgChill out.The author of legislation that would alter how federal agencies manage competitive grants says his bill isn’t aimed at research agencies and “would not change” how those agencies do their jobs. He also said he plans to fix several provisions that are causing the most heartburn among academics and their institutions.Last week, Representative James Lankford (R-OK) introduced the Grant Reform and New Transparency (GRANT) Act (H.R. 3316). The bill would force government granting agencies to, among other requirements, post funded applications on the Web, provide lists of reviewers, and enable unsuccessful applicants to request a “debriefing” from agency officials. Lankford says the legislation, a slightly revised version of something he proposed in 2011, is intended to level the playing field for grant applicants and give those who aren’t funded “the opportunity to learn from the experience.”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(*)Some of those provisions worry academic groups, who fear they would strip away the anonymity of reviewers or result in the disclosure of sensitive and proprietary information. But in an interview yesterday with ScienceInsider, Lankford said that’s not his intent. He said that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) “does a great job” and that his bill would affect only those agencies—he mentioned the departments of Education, Justice, and Commerce—“that do not have a transparent process in place.” And he said the legislation is still a work in progress.Lankford’s bill appears to be on a legislative fast track. Introduced on 23 October, the bill was approved Tuesday by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives along strict party lines and could come before the entire body later this fall.But Lankford says he is still tinkering with provisions that Democrats on the committee want to change. “As the bill stands now,” he told ScienceInsider yesterday, “it should not go to the floor” until those differences are worked out. An earlier version of his bill also cleared the committee in November 2011, but it never came up for a vote by the full House.Academic lobbyists say that they don’t object to the bill’s overall intent. “We appreciate the need for appropriate transparency to help ensure that taxpayers and policymakers have the necessary information and assurances that federal grant monies are well-managed and executed as intended,” a coalition of research universities wrote Lankford and committee Chairman Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) in 2011. Their fight, then and now, is over how much and what type of information should be made public.Posting proposalsOne major bone of contention is a provision that would require agencies to put the contents of every funded proposal on a government-wide website. “Posting full grant applications would make such ideas and preliminary results available to anyone, domestic and foreign, … thus undermining the hard work and intellectual capital the applicant and institution have already invested in the project,” notes the coalition’s 2011 letter. The bill allows agencies to delay such posting for up to 60 days.At Tuesday’s markup of the bill, Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA) offered an amendment in which posting an abstract of the proposal, instead of the full text, would be the default option. The public would still have the right to request entire copies of winning proposals through a process governed by an existing sunshine law known as the Freedom of Information Act. The amendment was rejected along party lines by a vote of 19 to 15.However, Lankford told ScienceInsider that he thinks Connolly’s idea makes sense for research agencies such as NIH and the National Science Foundation (NSF). “It will probably end up that way,” Lankford says. “We’re working with Mr. Connolly to be able to have that option for a science project. Why wouldn’t you do that?”The reason he has insisted on posting the full proposal, Lankford says, is because the majority of grants don’t contain such sensitive information. “When you’re talking about a grant proposal for smart boards in the classroom, that’s not exactly intellectual property,” he explains.Identifying reviewersThe scientific community also objects to language that it fears could make it possible to identify individual reviewers. The bill language is ambiguous, calling for disclosure of “[t]he employer, and either the name and title or a unique identifier, of each individual who served as a peer reviewer for the grant program” during the previous 6 months. During the markup, Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI) spoke in favor of using only the “unique identifier,” but the Republican majority dismissed the idea.However, Lankford says that Pocan’s suggestion is still on the table, and that, in fact, he expects research agencies to take that approach if the bill becomes law. “I can’t imagine that, among the science agencies, they would use anything except a unique identifier,” Lankford told ScienceInsider. “They are not going to use names because it’s a relatively small number of people involved. So they will use identifiers to protect who those individuals are.” He says that his goal is to make sure that agencies “don’t have the same people doing the reviewing year after year.”Getting a debriefingThe bill also gives losing applicants the chance to learn why their proposal was rejected. Agency officials have expressed concern over the additional time and resources that might be needed to conduct such “debriefings.” But again, Lankford says that he wasn’t thinking about research agencies when he inserted the provision.“I think that what NIH and NSF do now would suffice,” he told ScienceInsider. “But a fire department or a rural school that applies for a grant doesn’t have a professional grants writer. They just want to see a sample of what a winning grant looks like, and how they can avoid losing again if they apply next year.”Academic leaders believe that Lankford’s bill is redundant—as one put it, “it is an example of over-compliance.” They say that federal science agencies already go to great lengths to make their peer-review system transparent, to attract fresh reviewers, and to provide plenty of feedback to those whose proposals are not funded.During the interview, Lankford repeatedly praised how NIH and NSF now operate and said the bill would not require them to revise their policies and procedures significantly. “Other than unique identifiers, I can’t think of anything that NIH would have to do differently,” he noted.Despite his admiration for the status quo at many science agencies, Lankford thinks his bill sends an important message about how the federal government should operate. “There is no entitlement when it comes to a federal grant,” he says. “They are funded with taxpayer dollars, and they should be handled in the most open and transparent way possible.”last_img read more

  • ScienceShot: Scrambled Eggs, Hold the Lead

    first_imgChicken keeping is all the rage among urbanites interested in affordable, local food, but the eggs may be less wholesome than they presume. Lead, a potent neurotoxin that is especially harmful to young children, commonly contaminates city soils, and urban chickens can pass it into their eggs, researchers report in Environmental Geochemistry and Health. Nearly half the eggs the team collected from chickens raised in New York City community gardens contained detectable levels of lead, whereas none of the store-bought eggs did, and the degree of contamination tracked that of the soil where the chickens lived. So just how dangerous are urban eggs? While no safety standards specifically govern lead in eggs, all but one of the city eggs that the researchers tested had concentrations deemed acceptable for other foods—good news. Still, the researchers estimated that eating an egg a day with the highest lead concentration they found, 167 parts per billion (ppb), could increase kids’ blood lead levels by an amount linked to a loss of roughly one IQ point. And eggs could easily become even more contaminated: Those they tested came from chickens living on soil that maxed out at about 600 ppm of lead, but levels greater than 1000 ppm are common in some cities. Fortunately, urban farmers who prefer their eggs unleaded can take action, including adding clean soil to chicken runs and giving calcium supplements to their flock.See more ScienceShots.*Correction, 13 December, 11 a.m.: This item has been corrected. The figure 167 parts per million has been changed to 167 parts per billion. Science regrets the error.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

  • Mohammad Amir mulls Test retirement to prolong ODI, T20 career

    first_imgPakistan’s left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir is considering ending his Test career in order to focus on one-dayers and Twenty20 cricket.According to reports in the Pakistani media, Amir discussed this prospect with his teammates and the management after Pakistan lost the second Test against the West Indies in Barbados.”Amir himself is now upset that how this private discussion came out in the open and who leaked the discussions,” a report said.”The Pakistan Cricket Board and team management in West Indies is now investigating as to who is responsible for leaking out this private discussion,” it said.Reports said that Amir, who has taken 11 wickets in the two Tests in the West Indies, made it clear in the discussions with his teammates and management that he felt that playing Test cricket required a lot more physical fitness and endurance.”He apparently indicated he would like to focus on one- dayers and T20 cricket,” the report said.The 25-year-old Amir tasted his first real success on the tour of the West Indies with 11 wickets but former fast bowling greats like Wasim Akram still feel that the left-armer needs to improve his bowling.Amir, since returning to the Pakistan squad after completing his five-year ban for spot-fixing in early 2015, has played 15 Tests without much success.Amir would not be the first international cricketer to decide to retire from Test cricket to focus on ODI and T20 matches.Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi himself retired from Test cricket in 2010 to just play ODIs and T20 matches.advertisementALSO WATCH:last_img read more

  • Jeremy Renner teases Hawkeyes look in Infinity War

    first_imgLondon, Aug 17 (PTI) Actor Jeremy Renner has given fans a sneak peak of his character Hawkeye from “Avengers: Infinity War”.Renner will be seen sporting a mohawk in the upcoming film, reported Digital Spy.Renner posted an image to his Instagram page and captioned it, “Quick rest in my nest #onset #infinitywar#avengersinfinitywar #marvel#stretchitout #hawkeye #tease#soDOPE #russobros.”The first-look trailer of “Avengers: Infinity War” was released at Disney D23 and San Diego Comic-Con. PTI JCH SSNlast_img read more

  • Indian wrestlers get new sponsor ahead of Asian Games 2018

    first_imgIndia’s wrestlers received a welcome boost ahead of this month’s Asian Games after the federation got automaker Tata Motors as their principal sponsor on Wednesday.Wrestling has been the most productive sport in recent times at the Olympics for the country, bringing in five medals – one silver and four bronze – in the last three Games.While some wrestlers have received sponsorship in individual capacities, the Wrestling Federation of India had been looking for corporate support for its athletes’ international training and exposure trips.Tata Motors, owner of British luxury brands Jaguar and Land Rover, will sponsor wrestling for three years, beginning with the upcoming Asian Games in Jakarta and will continue till 2021.”I am happy with the adulation the sport has received ever since 2008 Beijing Olympics as we have been successfully winning medals in three consecutive Olympics,” Sakshi Malik, who won a bronze at the Rio Olympics, told reporters.”We have been giving the best performances but have the least sponsors. This partnership will inspire us more.”Financial details of the deal were not announced but Tata Motors said they will also support top performing 50 wrestlers, both men and women, on both domestic and international circuit as part of the deal.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

  • The Reload: Brown Making Visit, Trae Young Cutting List, Lamb Makes Final Decision

    first_imgThe Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap, catching you up to speed on the latest news and rumors surrounding Oklahoma State recruiting, with an ear to the ground for what to expect in the future.Four-star safety making visitSomewhat surprisingly, four-star Ashdown, Arkansas safety Montaric Brown is making a visit to Oklahoma State today. Brown made a visit to Stillwater earlier this spring and subsequently named a top five of Arkansas, Alabama, LSU, Auburn and OSU. Earlier in July, he announced he would be making his final commitment, but then decided he would continue his process and make visits before deciding. Along with OSU, he still plans to take return visits to Auburn, Arkansas, Alabama and LSU.ESPN ranks Brown as the No. 11 safety in the 2017 class and the nation’s No. 180 overall prospect.Former Baylor commit visits StillwaterAccording to a report from gopokes.com, Bellaire, Texas defensive back Donovan Stiner made a visit to Stillwater last week. The former Baylor pledge backed off his commitment after the Art Briles situation at Baylor. Since his decommitment, Stiner has picked up offers from TU, OSU, and Rice. The 6-2 safety has a slew of other options on the table, but this report confirms that OSU is making big moves to try and fill the spot left open by Ty Thomas at safety after he flipped from OSU to Arizona State. Safety will be a big point of emphasis for OSU in this 2017 class. Trae Young Releasing Final List “Soon”OKC area point guard Trae Young, a five-star prospect, took to twitter to announce his final list is “coming soon.”His current list of schools includes 11 schools but according to a report from a few weeks ago, OU, Kentucky, Kansas, and Washington are all in good shape with OSU and Texas as dark horses in his recruitment. When the final list comes, I would expect OSU will make that cut.Four-star receiver Cedarian Lamb Commits to OUFour-star Foster, TX receiver Ceedee Lamb made his pledge (again) to the Sooners on Monday, after backing off his first original commitment to OU. Lamb at one time considered the Pokes in his top schools, however most believed he would indeed join back up with OU.https://twitter.com/_CeDariann/status/757719664088616961If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

  • IPL 2019: 2000 up! Steve Smith enters Indian Premier League list

    first_img commentary IPL 2019: 2000 up! Steve Smith enters Indian Premier League listIPL 2019: Steve Smith needed only 2 runs to reach the 2000-run mark in the Indian Premier League. He was dismissed for 2 by Sunil Narine and reached the milestone of 2000 runs in his 79th match. advertisement scorecard Ajay Tiwari KolkataApril 25, 2019UPDATED: April 25, 2019 23:54 IST Steve Smith reached the 2000-run mark in the Indian Premier League in a match against KKR on Thursday. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith joined the 2000-run IPL club on ThursdaySmith has amassed 297 runs from 10 matche in 2019 IPLSmith was recently appointed the new RR captain in place of Ajinkya RahaneSteve Smith reached 2000 runs in the Indian Premier League during Rajasthan Royals’ match against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Thursday. Smith needed 2 runs to reach the milestone before the start of the game and got exactly 2 before being dismissed by Sunil Narine in RR’s chase of 176.Steve Smith first played the Indian Premier League back in 2012 and he made an impressive start with 362 runs from 15 matches. His breakthrough season came in 2017 after Rising Pune Supergiant sacked MS Dhoni as captain and appointed Smith skipper. He led from the front and scored 472 runs from 15 matches and led RPS to the final.Steve Smith did not play the 2018 IPL as Rajasthan Royals returned to the IPL after a 2-year suspension. He was banned for a year by Cricket Australia following the ball-tampering scandal and the BCCI did not allow Smith and David Warner to play the IPL.Steve Smith has so far made 297 runs from 10 matches including 3 fifties but he has been nowhere as successful as David Warner who is the leading scorer in the 2019 IPL and holds the Orange Cap with 574 runs. Like Smith, Warner has also played 10 matches this season.Rajasthan Royals sacked Ajinkya Rahane as captain and asked Smith to lead as the team sought to revive its campaign.The move seemed to have worked. Rahane returned to form while Smith thrived with the additional responsibility of the RR captaincy. He failed against KKR but he should be pretty proud of his IPL record overall.In 79 IPL matches so far, Steve Smith has 2000 runs at an average of 37.73. His only hundred came in 2016 for RPS.advertisementAlso Read | IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals finally drop Ashton Turner after 3 golden ducksAlso Read | IPL 2019: Virat Kohli mocks R Ashwin over Mankading in explosive send-offAlso SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow 2019 IPLFollow Steve SmithFollow Sunil NarineFollow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow Ajinkya Rahanecenter_img No data available! view more view less graphslast_img read more

  • The Walking Reds: New AR App Pits You Against the Walkers on these ‘Walking Dead’ Wines

    first_img Hybrid Shorts Can Go Anywhere, from the Woods to a Walk in the Park 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Learn All About Irish Whiskey with From Barley to Blarney Remember when we told you about how you could interact with criminals while drinking wine (outside of sitting in a dive bar and having the nerve to order a glass of Pinot Grigio, which we’re pretty sure would might also put you in contact with unsavory individuals)? Well, this wine label is going to make that one look like a kid’s birthday party (if that birthday party took place in the Wild, Wild West).Now, thanks to two new wines brought to you by The Last Wine Company — a partnership between Skybound Entertainment and Treasury Wine Estates — you can feel like a character in The Walking Dead.Yeah, that’s right. You can now interact with zombies.Building on the success of the 19 Crimes wine labels, Living Wine Labels — a company that has taken augmented reality to the next, slightly tipsy level — has just come out with two new bottles, both tied to The Walking Dead. Whereas before you could learn the stories of the criminal who populated the labels of the 19 Crimes wines, now you can interact with the stars of the hit comic book/AMC show.On Blood Red Blend, you’ll see Sheriff Rick Grimes. If you launch the app and point it at Grimes, he will fight off walkers, all while you stand idly by in the wine aisle, dreaming about what you would do if you were in Grimes’ situation.On The Walking Dead Cabernet Sauvignon, you’ll see Grimes’ main problem in life (other than mental stability in an increasingly volatile world): a horde of zombies. When pointing the app at the zombies, they break out of the label onto the screen. If you’re really looking to live the life of your favorite The Walking Dead characters, put the two bottles side-by-side. When you do, Grimes will then fight the zombies.Beyond the AR component, the corks used for the wines are collectibles. You’ll find corks emblazoned with barbed wire, walkers’ hands, and heads of the undead (who wouldn’t want to bring some undead head to your next dinner party?)For some real fun, though, we recommend buying a few bottles of each, drinking them, then trying the augmented reality. Nothing will show your true colors (whatever the color of a G-D hero is, obviously) like pounding half a case of wine and fighting off a horde of zombies.Living Wine Labels is working to expand their line beyond these initial offerings and hopes to have labels from Chateau St. Jean, Beringer Brothers, and Gentleman’s Collection all interactive in the coming months.To interact with The Walking Dead wine labels (or 19 Crimes), you can download the Living Wine Label app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Both wines are available in the U.S. for around $19. Editors’ Recommendations Take a Walk on the Wild Side with the Oregon Zoo Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind last_img read more

  • Storytelling Day Got Some Spanish Flavour

    first_img National Storytelling Day (NSD) was given a Spanish flavour this year, with the work of late Spanish icon of children’s literature, Gloria Fuertes, presented at libraries across the country. The day, which was observed on November 20 at the 13 parish libraries, was organised by the Storytelling Foundation of Jamaica, in collaboration with the Embassy of Spain in Jamaica and the Jamaica Library Service. Storyteller and Founder of the Storytelling Foundation of Jamaica, Dr. Amina Blackwood-Meeks, told JIS News that the Foundation has partnered with other embassies in the past to bring storytellers from different parts of the world to Jamaica. National Storytelling Day (NSD) was given a Spanish flavour this year, with the work of late Spanish icon of children’s literature, Gloria Fuertes, presented at libraries across the country.Hundreds of primary- and secondary-school students and teachers were introduced to stories and poems written by Ms. Fuertes.The day, which was observed on November 20 at the 13 parish libraries, was organised by the Storytelling Foundation of Jamaica, in collaboration with the Embassy of Spain in Jamaica and the Jamaica Library Service.At the Joyce Robinson Hall at the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library, the work of Gloria Fuertes was presented by Spanish teachers in training at Shortwood Teachers’ College, who read some of the poems in the Spanish language and in patois.Teachers from Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College conducted readings in Montego Bay while teachers from Church Teachers’ College read in Mandeville, and a Spanish teacher from Spain went to the library in Portland.Storyteller and Founder of the Storytelling Foundation of Jamaica, Dr. Amina Blackwood-Meeks, told JIS News that the Foundation has partnered with other embassies in the past to bring storytellers from different parts of the world to Jamaica.She cited storytellers from South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the wider Caribbean.“This is our third collaboration with a foreign mission, and we hope to expand that,” she added.Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of Spain in Kingston, Carmen Rives, told JIS News that the embassy was happy to partner in the staging of the NSD and at the same time promote the Spanish language in Jamaica.“We thought that the figure of Gloria Fuertes, for whom we (Spain) are celebrating a 100th birthday anniversary this year, would be a perfect match,” she said.Ms. Rives noted that apart from encouraging the learning of the Spanish language, the activity will empower the teachers who participated.‘We want to encourage Jamaican teachers to keep teaching in Spanish and to increase their capacity and also focus on the primary students,” she said.“We are trying to reinforce the Spanish teachers in Jamaica and to help them to connect with the Spanish language,” she added.NSD is part of the annual storytelling festival dubbed ‘Ananse Sound Splash’ being held from November 19 to 23, and involves reading at libraries, workshops, and discussion fora, among other activities.It seeks to raise the profile of Jamaica’s rich oral tradition and promote storytelling encounters between senior citizens and younger members of the community as a values-based recreational and educational activity.The objective is to celebrate Jamaican folk tales while highlighting the importance of storytelling in shaping morals and values from an early age. Story Highlightslast_img read more

  • COSCO Shipping Reshuffles Newbuilding Orders

    first_imgzoom China’s COSCO Shipping Company Limited (COSCOL) has decided to upgrade three from a total of seven heavy lift vessels currently under construction at Shanghai Shipyard.Under the letters of intent signed between the parties, the shipping firm said it would increase the capacity of two existing newbuildings from 28,000 dwt to 36,000 dwt ice-class multi-purpose vessels.The company said it will also increase the capacity of a third 28,000 dwt vessel on order at the shipyard by its subsidiary Shanghai Jia Ze Barge Ship Leasing Co.The price for each vessel is CNY 241.7 million (USD 36.3 million), amounting to a total of CNY  725 million for the trio.The three ships are scheduled to join their owner starting from October to December 2017.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

  • Next Provincial Parks Consultations

    first_img Baddeck: Fire Hall, 526 Chebucto St. Antigonish: Keating Centre, Varsity Drive Thursday, June 14 People can also comment by completing an online survey, and some people will be contacted to complete a telephone survey. The province’s natural resources strategy, The Path We Share, released in August 2011, calls for a review to develop a more sustainable parks system. Information and opinions gathered from Nova Scotians during the consultations will be considered by government to develop an improved, sustainable system of parks. More details are online at: www.gov.ns.ca/natr . Sydney: Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, 50 Maillard St. Guysborough: Jost Building, Main St. Public consultations on provincial parks are continuing, with the next sessions Tuesday, June 12 and Thursday, June 14. The meetings are from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the following locations:Tuesday, June 12last_img read more

  • See Who Is Shaping Americas Future In The WE Day Special

    first_imgWE, an organization that makes doing good doable, invites Americans to tune in to the fourth annual WE Day Special on August 17, 2018 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on ABC.Video: 2018 WE Day Special TrailerThe WE Day Special is a celebration of doing good, honoring youth and families across the country who prove that when they harness their belief, their passion and their energy, they are an unstoppable force for good.Join host John Stamos for an unforgettable WE Day Special featuring young world-changers, A-list celebrities, and global thought leaders, including Jennifer Aniston, Dierks Bentley, The Chainsmokers, Will Ferrell, Whoopi Goldberg, Selena Gomez, Cyndi Lauper, JD McCrary, Dr. Phil McGraw, Martin Sheen, Lilly Singh, Founders of the #NeverAgain movement and organizers of The March for our Lives Jaclyn Corin and Cameron Kasky, and more. Together with social entrepreneurs and WE co-founders Marc and Craig Kielburger, the WE Day Special celebrates an extraordinary community of difference-makers who are shaping America’s future by making a real impact in their communities and around the world.“I am honored be a part of a movement that brings Americans together to do good. These kids are bringing the passion and belief that they can create change, and that’s exactly what they are doing,” said Emmy nominated actor and producer, John Stamos. “It is inspiring to see this generation celebrated at WE Day for using their voice to make positive impact, and motivating us all to keep the momentum of real change alive.”Featuring energetic and moving performances combined with motivating speeches, comedic interludes and documentary-style features highlighting remarkable young Americans who are making a difference, the WE Day Special showcases how WE is giving Americans the tools to change the world.“Now, more than ever, young people across America are at the forefront of a movement to create meaningful impact on issues they are passionate about,” said WE co-founder, Craig Kielburger. “The WE Movement is all about empowering the voices of young people and their families to create the change they want to see in their communities and beyond. All WE asks is that they bring the belief that they can change the world, and WE will provide the tools to help them do it.”The WE Day Special is sponsored by title partner Allstate Foundation Good Starts Young, and is also sponsored by presenting partners Walgreens and Microsoft.A catalyst to support the movement of young people leading change, WE Day is a series of 19 stadium-sized events held across the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and the Caribbean. This past year, more than 200,000 students from over 10,000 schools attended WE Day events, alongside thousands who watched online and millions more through two national North American TV broadcasts. Students can’t buy a ticket to WE Day — youth earn their way by the actions they take on one local and one global cause of their choice.WE Day is connected to the free, yearlong educational program WE Schools. Providing schools and community groups with curriculum, educational resources and action campaigns, the program is designed to enhance a school’s existing social initiatives or spark new ones. As part of the program, educators and community leaders can access the free, interactive WE Schools Kit, which helps them collaborate with students as they create action plans throughout the year. Globally over 3.8 million students are part of the WE movement, taking part in service learning programs and campaigns.Beyond the classroom, WE offers free family resources, providing tools to help Americans create change together as a family. WE Families provides parents and caregivers the support they need to raise caring and compassionate children and set them on a path for life success. Bonding together, families rally around causes that matter to them and, in turn, grow closer as a family unit.last_img read more

  • Faisal Qassim The Sahara is Moroccan Algeria in the Embrace of

    Rabat – Faisal Qasim, the TV host of the popular Arabic-language talk show “The Opposing Perspective,” said the Western Sahara belongs to Morocco and that Algeria has fallen into the “embrace” of Iran – the majority-Shiite country the Arab world considers to be one of its greatest rivals. Two days after King Mohammed VI’s strong speech at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Riyadh, Qasim posted a statement on Facebook affirming that most Arab countries support Morocco in its struggle against separatists led by the Algeria-backed Polisario Front.“Most Arabs agree that the Western Sahara is the legal possession of Morocco,” he wrote. “What were the Algerian generals expecting from Arabs after they fell in the embrace of Iran.” More than 18 thousand of Qasim 9.6 million Facebook followers “liked” the post and almost 800 people had commented on it at the time of this article’s writing.Relations between Algeria and Iran have been particularly strong over the past few months, especially after the North African country refused to take part in the Islamic Alliance for Countering Terrorism, which was composed of mainly Sunni countries, at Saudi Arabia’s invitation. Algeria also refused to support the Saudi Arabia-led political opposition to Hezbollah, a Shiite-run political party in Lebanon.Algeria’s opposition to Saudi Arabia’s regional agenda is tied to the Syrian civil war as well. Morocco’s easterly neighbor decided to maintain its political relationship with Syria after the Saudi king launched a program opposing President Bashar Al-Asad’s regime. Algeria’s move sided the country with Iran, one of the major financial supporters of the murderous Syrian regime. read more

  • Sound governance crucial for water resource management UN official says

    5 July 2011Sound governance and knowledge of water management principles are crucial for sustainable water resources, a top United Nations official in the Asia-Pacific region has told the opening session of a regional conference on the issue. Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), told a meeting in Singapore of South-East Asia water ministers yesterday that “sound governance is crucial for sustainable management of water resources threatened by pollution, natural disasters and climate change,” according to an agency press statement. “To overcome challenges in the water sector, it is imperative for policy-makers, water agencies, international organizations, financing institutions, and the civil society to understand the underlying principles of sound water management policies, supported by innovative technological solutions, especially in the face of water scarcity and climate change,” Ms. Heyzer said yesterday at the opening of the five-day Singapore International Water Week. Ms. Heyzer said growing water scarcity is a constraint to inclusive and sustainable development in the subregion. Together with the impact of climate change, possible water shortages in the dry season could affect economic growth and progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Ms. Heyzer highlighted the importance of sound governance in water management in the context of recent disease outbreaks from contaminated water resources and water shortages caused by natural disasters and mismanagement. The growing competition for water resources calls for new water management practices that integrate a global approach and smooth the divide between urban and rural areas. The ESCAP chief underlined the importance of green growth and inclusive approaches, as well as the role of ESCAP as a key driver for regional cooperation in water resources management, the agency said. Ms. Heyzer said the UN regional arm also plays a vital role as a knowledge hub on water resources management for inclusive and sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific. read more

  • Former tourism official agrees to fines in gift card probe

    LAS VEGAS — The former chief marketing officer of the Las Vegas tourism agency has agreed to pay $8,700 in fines for violations stemming from the personal use of the agency’s airline gift cards.The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Thursday that a review panel determined last month there was “credible evidence” for the Nevada Commission on Ethics to pursue a complaint against Cathy Tull.Authorities say Tull used $6,000 in Southwest Airlines gift cards that were purchased by the publicly funded Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.The commission will consider next week approving the agreement with Tull.Tull’s lawyer, Mike Pavlakis, did not respond to the newspaper’s request for comment.Tull resigned from the agency in April amid investigations into the misuse of the gift cards by agency officials.___Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.comThe Associated Press read more

  • East Timor effort launched to canvass public views on constitutional issues

    “Each Commission will consist of between five and seven Commissioners, one Rapporteur – tasked with the recording of the information and preparing a report to the Transitional Administrator – and one Constitutional Advisor, who will answer questions by members of the Commission, provide analysis and answers raised by participants at the consultation,” the UN mission said in a statement issued in Dili.The data collected by the Constitutional Commissioners will be forwarded to the Constituent Assembly that will be elected on 30 August.The 72 East Timorese Commissioners, 13 Advisors and 13 Rapporteurs were sworn-in on 26 May by Acting Transitional Administrator Jean-Christian Cady and have since undergone training on constitutional issues.Chosen by an all-Timorese panel based on lists sent by each district, the Commissioners are now undergoing a preparatory phase in their sub-districts, UNTAET said. The public hearings are expected to begin on 18 June and end on 14 July. read more

  • Annan pays tribute to United Kingdoms late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

    “The Secretary-General shares the sadness of the British people at the news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement issued on Saturday.“Throughout her long life her courage, kindness and unfailing good spirits, had won her a special place in the hearts of countless people, not only in Britain but throughout the world,” the statement said.The Secretary-General extended his “deep condolences” to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and to all her family on this second bereavement, which followed the death of Princess Margaret, according to the spokesman. read more

  • UN refugee agency calls on Kyrgyz Government not to forcibly return Uzbek

    The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) today repeated calls to the Kyrgyz Government not to forcibly return four refugees to Uzbekistan who fled their country after last year’s killings in the city of Andijan, saying such extraditions would violate the 1951 UN Refugee Convention. Next Tuesday, the Kyrgyz Supreme Court – which has already upheld a Kyrgyz denial of refugee status to three of the Uzbeks – will be reviewing the appeal of the last one. The four are still in detention after being arrested nearly a year ago following an extradition request from the Uzbek Government, and were part of a group of some 500 asylum seekers, all of whom were subsequently recognized as refugees. “UNHCR again calls on the Kyrgyz government to refrain from any action aimed at forcibly returning these four refugees to Uzbekistan and reiterates the importance of the principle of non-refoulement, under which no refugees should be forcibly returned to their country of origin,” UNHCR Spokesman Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva. “The extradition of recognised refugees would be a violation of the 1951 UN Refugee Convention to which Kyrgyzstan is a signatory.” All the other refugees in the group of 500 asylum seekers who fled last May’s violence in Andijan, were evacuated out of Kyrgyzstan by UNHCR in July after being accepted for urgent resettlement elsewhere and the Agency has offered a solution in other countries for the four refugees currently detained. “UNHCR stresses its appreciation for the Kyrgyz government’s commitment to asylum principles and wishes to assure the authorities of its continuing assistance,” Mr. Redmond said. Next week’s Supreme Court review will be the last legal proceeding concerning the refugees and the appeals of the three others were heard in April and May, where the negative decision with regard to their refugee status given by the Kyrgyz Department of Migration Services (DMS) was upheld. Shortly after last year’s violence in Andijan, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour expressed fears that asylum-seekers and refugees forced to return to Uzbekistan “may face an imminent risk of grave human rights violations, including torture and extra-judicial and summary executions.” The Uzbek Government claimed fewer than 200 people were killed in the unrest. However, more than 450 of the Uzbek refugees subsequently provided testimony to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) regarding the events of 13 May 2005 and an OHCHR report in July concluded that based on consistent, credible testimony, military and security forces committed grave human rights violations that day. read more

  • Increasing number of labour provisions in trade agreements dont hamper business UN

    Research from the UN International Labour Oranization (ILO) found that a trade agreement which included labour provisions raised the value of trade by 28 per cent on average, as compared with 26 per cent for a similar agreement without the labour provision. “It is increasingly common for new trade agreements to include labour provisions,” said Marva Corley, ILO Senior Economist and lead author of the report. “As of December 2015, there were 76 trade agreements in place (covering 135 economies) that include labour provisions, nearly half of which were concluded after 2008. Over 80 per cent of agreements that came into force since 2013 contain such provisions,” she added. The ILO Growth with Equity report entitled “Assessment of labour provisions in trade and investment arrangements” also found that labour provisions support labour market access, particularly for working-age women. In the future, the UN agency encourages trade negotiations to become less opaque by involving stakeholders, especially the social partners – and not just governments – in the making and implementation of labour provisions in trade agreements. read more

  • Course aims to bridge healthcare gap for youth with disabilities

    Maureen Connolly, a Faculty of Applied Health Sciences’ professor in the Department of Kinesiology, is offering her ‘Programming for Disability and at-risk Youth’ course (PEKN 4P02) in Brock’s expanding Spring/Summer curriculum.There are gaps in the current health-care system for children and youth with disabilities, and Maureen Connolly’s long history of advocacy in this area has helped to bridge them.Connolly, a Faculty of Applied Health Sciences‘ professor in the Department of Kinesiology who is also cross-appointed in the Department of Child and Youth Studies, is offering her ‘Programming for Disability and at-risk Youth’ course (PEKN 4P02) in Brock’s expanding Spring/Summer curriculum.The course is designed to help students learn to design individual movement plans for children with disabilities.Connolly has taught the course during Fall/Winter terms since 2008. This is the first time the course is being offered during Spring/Summer as part of the e-learning initiative.The course is taught as “flipped” classroom, meaning students learn online and out of the classroom before applying their knowledge in-class, six to eight times between May 5-Aug. 29.The course will focus on at-risk children and youth and then have students consider the particular issues and supports that these individuals might need in order to participate in an appropriate movement activity.For example, Connolly noted that Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a classic example of a disability that manifests differently for practically everyone who receives a diagnosis. As such, individualized movement programming is essential.The course also requires a practicum. Many students may choose to fulfill these hours in Connolly’s unpaid ASD summer movement camp.This program, hosted on site at Brock University for the past 18 years, provides a developmentally appropriate movement education-based curriculum focused on the needs of youth and teens with autism.“Offering this course in the Spring/Summer session provides a great opportunity to get students ready for the kids who are coming to camp,” Connolly said. “It’s not exactly glamorous work, but it’s absolutely necessary work.”While autism awareness is higher than ever, Connolly believes there aren’t enough programs to help teens and young adults with this pervasive developmental disorder. That’s where the Spring/Summer course – and Connolly’s camp – can help.“It’s a vital service,” Connolly said. “The more we can prepare our students for this population in terms of competence and knowledge, the better.”Registration is now open for Spring/Summer courses at Brock, and demand continues to grow as the University expands its offerings for both students and community members who wish to begin, continue or extend their education.Last year, Brock noted a 17 per cent increase in Spring/Summer enrollments from the year previous. Another 15 per cent increase is expected in 2014.Other Spring/Summer stories:Expanded spring/summer term offers many diverse courses Hybrid learning helps mature students reach education goalThe President takes his hand to teaching an online courseCondensed Spring/Summer courses pack pedagogical punchHockey course offers snapshot of Canadian culture read more