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  • 58 cases disposed of during April Assizes in Demerara

    first_img– 116 to be heard in June sessionDuring the 2016 April Criminal Assizes in Demerara, a total of 58 cases were disposed of over the two month period before the session came to an end on Friday when the goal delivery was done by Justice Navindra Singh.The April session began with Justice Singh, Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry and Justice Jo-Ann Barlow presiding during the two months at the High Court in Demerara.A total 163 cases were listed to be heard, of which 58 matters were disposed of. However, only 31 of these cases received attention in Court while the remaining 27 matters were nolle prosequi by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Chambers.The April Assizes resulted in nine guilty pleas, three guilty verdicts by jury, eight not guilty verdicts by jury, eight formal verdicts of not guilty, two hung jury and one case was withdrawn by the trial judge.Justice Singh completed a total of sixteen matters. In one case for the offence of manslaughter, the accused pleaded guilty and was sentenced to nine years imprisonment. Another matter for the offence of Sexual Activity with A child Family Member saw the accused being found guilty by the jury and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment.In one of the two cases for the offence of attempt to commit murder, the virtual complainant (VC) went into the witness box and testified that he no longer wanted to proceed with the matter and caused the trial judge to direct the jury to return a formal verdict of not guilty. The other case resulted in the accused pleading guilty to the alternative count of Causing Grievous Bodily Harm and was sentenced to five years imprisonment.Additionally, in one of the six murder cases, the trial judge up held a no case submission and directed the jury to return a formal verdict of not guilty. In the other five Murder trials, all the accused pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of manslaughter and were sentenced respectively to eight years imprisonment, nine years imprisonment, fourteen years imprisonment and fifteen years imprisonment. In two of these five matters the accused were each sentenced to eight years.Justin Singh also heard three matters for the offence of carnal knowledge of girl under 1-5 years, in which the VCs went into the witness box and testified that they did not wish to proceed with the evidence, as such he direct the juries to return formal verdicts of not guilty.While in a rape case, the trial judge upheld a no case submission and directed the jury to return a formal verdict of not guilty. Two other separate cases for the offence of Rape of A child under 16 Years, saw both accused being acquitted after the jury returned not guilty verdicts.Meanwhile, Justice Sewnarine-Beharry completed seven matters. A carnal knowledge of girl between 15 and 16 years case resulted in the accused was acquitted after the jury returned a majority verdict of 10 to two not guilty. In another case with the similar offence, the VC testified that she did not wish to proceed with the evidence and caused the trial judge to direct the jury to return a formal verdict of not guilty.There were two murder cases heard by the trial judge and in the first one, the jury returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty for the accused while the second ended in a hung judge after the panel failed to reach a verdict. The accused was remanded back to prison to await a new trial.The accused in the trial for the offence of rape of a child under 16 years was acquitted after the jury returned a not guilty verdict. In addition, two accused in the two separate matters for the offence of manslaughter were also acquitted by the jury.On the other hand, Justice Jo-Ann Barlow completed eight matters and in one of the five Murder cases, the accused was sentenced to life imprisonment after the jury returned a unanimous verdict of guilty. This prisoner would be eligible for parole after serving 25 years in jail.In two other murder trials, both accused pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of Manslaughter and were respectively sentenced to 13 years imprisonment and 14 years 9 months imprisonment. Another murder trial ended with a hung during as such a retrial was ordered.The remaining Murder trial in which two accused were indicted, saw the number one accused being found not guilty, while the number two accused was unanimously found guilty and sentenced at the Court’s pleasure. Trial Judge Jo-Ann Barlow ordered that he undergoes counselling and to participate in academic classes in prison. This prisoner will be evaluated in April 2018.A case of wounding with intent was withdrawn from the jury by Justice Barlow after the caution statement (CS) which was admitted into evidence revealed the accused acted in self-defence. The jury was then directed by the trial judge to return a formal verdict of not guilty.In a rape of a child under 16 years matter, the victim informed the Court that she did not wish to proceed with the matter as such the jury was directed to return a formal verdict of not guilty. The accused in a Rape matter was also acquitted after he was found not guilty.Moreover, of 27 matters nolle prosequi by the DPP, the main witnesses could not be located in 18 of the cases. These were all old cases which were committed more than ten years ago. In the remaining nine cases, the VC’s indicated in writing that they did not wish to proceed with the matters.The June 2016 Criminal Session in Demerara will commence on Tuesday with 116 cases listed to be heard. Justice Singh, Justice Barlow and Justice Sewnarine-Beharry will preside over the first month of this session, following which Justice James Bovell-Drakes will join the judge’s panel from July to September. He will be replacing Justice Barlow.last_img read more

  • Lelu protesters told to leave island immediatley by chiefs

    first_imgPhoto Credit: Prince Rupert Northern ViewPhoto Credit: Prince Rupert Northern ViewPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – So called illegal Protesters are being told to get off of Lelu island by chiefs over LNG protests.In a release dated May 9th, The chiefs allege that the island is becoming occupied by a small group of community members. The chiefs say that the group is misrepresenting the 9 tribes of Lax Kw’alaams and misleading the public.- Advertisement -The press release names one individual in particular, Donald Wesley, who is allegedly calling himself “Yahaan” which is a hereditary chief when he is not one.The release goes on to say they are mystified and Wesley does not have the authority to represent himself as a chief. They also go on to say Mr. Wesley appears to have occupied Lelu island by his own doing. He was allegedly asked to follow traditional protocols as well as involve real hereditary leadership, which he has not compiled with and has brought environmental militants and outsiders onto the land.The document strongly states that they are worried about the safety of those involved and that the laws are not being followed. They have requested all parties leave the island immediately.Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Ratings can beat U.S. networks’

    first_img Revenue from Univision’s three television networks – Univision, Galavision and Telefutura – was $368.4 million, up from $324.8 million in the same quarter in 2004. Rodriguez said the company’s TV networks drew more 18- to 34-year-old viewers last year than English-language networks nearly two out of every three nights of the year. That trend could go higher now that Univision and Telefutura’s viewership is being tracked by Nielsen’s National Television Index alongside English-language networks. “Already in the first two months of being measured in NTI, not only has Univision consistently held the number five spot among all broadcasters in the country in any language and among all audiences, but we have shown that we can beat ABC, CBS, NBC or FOX,” Rodriguez said. Revenue for Univision Radio during the quarter was $91.5 million, up 9 percent. The company’s music recording business saw sales of $44.5 million, compared with $46.9 million last year. During the quarter, Univision incurred a $6 million charge for payments to be made to Televisa, one of Univision’s biggest shareholders and a principal supplier of its television programming. The payments stem from a legal dispute. The company’s cost-reduction plan, which resulted in 270 layoffs and the elimination of 100 open jobs, should generate more than $50 million in savings this year, management said. Univision also projected first-quarter earnings between 14 cents per share and 16 cents per share. For the full year, net income was $187.2 million, or 54 cents per share, compared with $255.9 million, or 72 cents per share, in 2004. Excluding the charges, 2005 earnings were $291.2 million, or 85 cents per share. Analysts were expecting full-year earnings of 83 cents per share. Revenue in 2005 increased 9 percent, to $1.95 billion from $1.79 billion in 2004, the company said. Univision shares fell 34 cents to close Thursday at $33.50 on the New York Stock Exchange. They rose 80 cents in after-hours trading. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Spanish-language media conglomerate Univision Communications Inc. said Thursday that fourth-quarter profit declined as a result of charges from its cost-cutting plan, payments to Grupo Televisa and the decline in value of investments, primarily in Entravision Communications Corp. The broadcaster, which revealed last month that it is exploring a sale of all or parts of the company or future acquisitions, reported net income of $27.4 million, or 8 cents per share, compared with $67.2 million, or 19 cents per share, a year ago. Revenue rose 11 percent, to $513.5 million from $461.3 million in the same quarter last year, the company said. Excluding the charges, earnings rose 24 percent to $83.1 million, or 25 cents per share. On that basis, analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial expected profit of 23 cents per share. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “Univision achieved record operating results in the fourth quarter and is in an unprecedented position to capitalize on its leading media assets,” A. Jerrold Perenchio, Univision’s chairman and chief executive, said in a statement. During a call with Wall Street analysts, Ray Rodriguez, Univision’s president and chief operating officer, said the company is “extremely well-positioned” for continued growth in 2006. Rodriguez also briefly addressed the company’s decision to explore a possible sale or acquisition. “Univision is currently in a uniquely strong position,” Rodriguez said. “Our performance is at record levels. Attention to Spanish-language media keeps growing, and our industry-leading assets and our connection with Hispanics simply cannot be duplicated.” He said the process was still in the “beginning stages,” adding that the company does not plan to disclose developments until a final decision has been made. last_img read more

  • NEIL LENNON: JIM CAN WORK FOR DONEGAL GAA AND CELTIC

    first_imgNEIL LENNON WELCOMES JIM MCGUINNESS TO PARKHEADNEIL Lennon has insisted Jim McGuinness can help Celtic’s players at all levels – and still manage Donegal.And the Armagh man revealed at his Friday press conference that Celtic’s majority shareholder Dermot Desmond was behind the recruitment of the Glenties man.McGuinness has taken a part-time role with Celtic, it was announced earlier today. Said Lennon: “Dermot made me aware of Jim’s position and made the introduction.“We had a long conversation about both sports and sport in general and there is stuff I can learn from him (Jim) and there is stuff he can learn from us so it is a win-win situation.“Jim has a skill set that we don’t have here, in terms of the psychological side of the game. It is a huge part of sport.“He will player profile the younger players, look at their strengths and weaknesses, study their background and their state of mind. “He will not be able to coach, he is not a qualified football coach but he does know sport and has excelled in his own sport.“So the cross to football will not be a problem.“He will predominantly work with younger players but if I feel there is a first-team player that would benefit from Jim’s skill I would have no hesitation in using him.“It will have no effect on what he is doing at Donegal.“He will probably initially come in two days per week and we will take it from there.” McGuinness said earlier: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for me on an individual level and I’m very thankful to Neil Lennon for giving me this chance and bringing me into the club.“Obviously I work in amateur sport and the opportunity to work in professional sport in any capacity is a wonderful chance for me and one I’m very looking forward to. My role will be based on developing the younger players in the club, development and Academy players that are Under-20 and that level.“It’s really about trying to work on every single one of the players on an individual level, trying to develop them in several areas, something I have experienced often in the past.“You are really looking to create a finished product that is good enough to be pushing for the first team and creating a stronger squad at the club. We will hopefully look at every single player as an individual project and move them forward as best we can.” NEIL LENNON: JIM CAN WORK FOR DONEGAL GAA AND CELTIC was last modified: November 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:NEIL LENNON: JIM CAN WORK FOR DONEGAL GAA AND CELTIClast_img read more

  • MORE OF YOUR PICTURES FROM THE DONEGAL TEAM TRAINING DAY AT MacCUMHAILL PARK

    first_imgCELEBRATING – JUST LIKE MURPHYTHANKS for all your pix today from the Donegal squad open training day in Ballybofey.Here’s some more of your snaps.If you have any, send them to info@donegaldaily.com. THE FRIELS FROM BUNCRANA WERE IN SAFE HANDS WITH PAULTHE GAMBLES HAD A BALL IN BALLYBOFEYTHERE WAS MASSIVE PRAISE FOR THE PLAYERS TODAY – MET AND CHATTED TO EVERYONEEVERYONE WANTED A PIC WITH JOHN PORTER FROM BUNCRANA! WONDER WHY?Shauna & Amy Doherty. Said dad Ronan: “Poor Amy not impressed!! Fair play to Christy and all the lads. They were great sports. “WHO’S THAT WITH CIARA COLL? Little Emily Canon from Ballybofey, whose dad hails from Glenties, with Naomh Conaill & Donegal player Leo McLoone today in Mac Cumhaill ParkBen Callaghan, 8, from Ballybofey, got to meet three of his heroes AnneMarie Wilson says: I would just like to say a big THANK YOU to Jim and the Boys and all the organisers for making today so special for the kids and the Adults too, we are unable to go to the final and this just made my kids days to get to see the boys train and then to get to meet them. Well done to all only disapointment was that they didn’t get McGuinness’s signature!WE’VE GOT MURPHY MAN! Kerri Doherty with Frank McGlynn. Ava and Sean Martin with Captain Fantastic Michael MurphyMORE OF YOUR PICTURES FROM THE DONEGAL TEAM TRAINING DAY AT MacCUMHAILL PARK was last modified: September 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MORE OF YOUR PICTURES FROM THE DONEGAL TEAM TRAINING DAY AT MacCUMHAILL PARKlast_img read more

  • ATHLETICS NEWS: RESULTS FROM THE LIFFORD AC 5K

    first_imgResults from Sunday morning’s race. A big thank you to all the athletes that turned out to take part. Delighted with the turnout given the short notice and a credit to all who were involved. Thanks to the stewards who marshalled and without whom races like this would never take place. Thanks also to those who provided spot prizes and made refreshments and thanks to Mary Foley yet again who never fails to turn out to help at our road races.Well done all and hope to see you all back again soon. PlaceNameClubGenderBib NoChip TimeTotal Pace1Robert GallagherM2418:18.93:40/K2John DalyLetterkenny ACM11518:33.13:43/K3Alan McGinleyLifford ACM16618:48.43:46/K4Gary GallagherLifford ACM6819:08.53:50/K5Charlie McElwaineLifford ACM14519:09.23:50/K6Paul CoyleM5119:21.33:52/K7Joseph ClarkeM419:43.73:57/K8Fionntan MooreLifford ACM15720:54.64:11/K9Karen GallagherLifford ACF16221:13.04:15/K10Kevin McMenaminLifford ACM15321:28.54:18/K11Shannon CraigLifford ACF15621:41.04:20/K12Rhona DuaneDonore HarriersF6621:42.14:20/K13Pat McCreaLifford ACM11821:46.84:21/K14Paul DuddyStrabaneM12422:02.04:24/K15Ronan GallenLifford ACM5022:10.34:26/K16Shaun O’DonnellLifford ACM11922:17.74:27/K17Liam MaguireLifford ACM11322:22.24:28/K18Amanda MonaghanLifford ACF10322:22.24:28/K19Conor FoleyM15022:42.04:32/K20Paddy TourishLifford ACM7822:45.14:33/K21Aidan CoyleM16422:45.34:33/K22Sharon CarlinLifford ACF15223:01.74:36/K23Ursula CoyleLifford ACF7223:09.44:38/K24Wilson CraigLifford ACM15423:12.24:38/K25Joe McNultyLifford ACM14823:14.14:39/K26John McElwaineLifford ACM13723:27.04:41/K27Joe GallenLifford ACM4523:29.14:42/K28Paddy GallagherLifford ACM16123:29.64:42/K29Damian MooreLifford ACM15823:37.44:43/K30Karl DohertyLifford ACM8323:48.34:46/K31Liam ClearyLifford ACM15923:51.14:46/K32Jacqui TimoneyLifford ACF16924:05.24:49/K33Martin BrowneM524:19.04:52/K34Liam DalyLifford ACM16324:19.64:52/K35Danny BurnsLifford ACM8624:30.64:54/K36Michael RoulstoneLifford ACM11724:30.64:54/K37Declan McCallionLifford ACM6024:39.74:56/K38Darren ReidLifford ACM3624:55.14:59/K39Fintan CarlinLifford ACM15125:22.05:04/K40Noel McNultyM17125:38.05:08/K41Cormac O’DonnellLifford ACM16826:28.05:18/K42Mary MullenLifford ACF14626:39.65:20/K43Andrea McGaviganLifford ACF5226:40.65:20/K44Carmel HoynesLifford ACF926:41.05:20/K45Deborah ConroyLifford ACF726:41.35:20/K46Kevin HeffernanLifford ACM16027:28.25:30/K47Caroline ConnollyLifford ACF16527:29.75:30/K48Christine McNultyLifford ACF14727:30.85:30/K49Carmel BrindleLifford ACF3427:41.65:32/K50Karen CarlinLifford ACF13327:55.25:35/K51Kathleen CraigLifford ACF15528:49.25:46/K52Audra DiverLifford ACF6529:21.55:52/K53Diane ArbickleLifford ACF6129:21.75:52/K54Cormac CarlinLifford ACM14930:55.36:11/K55Rosemary BoggsLifford ACF3231:47.76:21/K56Grainne RiceLifford ACF631:49.06:22/K57Eva McCloskeyF1032:04.86:25/K58Shannian CoyleF1232:18.66:28/K59Caroline CrawfordLifford ACF13534:13.36:51/K60Joan McHughLifford ACF16740:15.88:03/K    ATHLETICS NEWS: RESULTS FROM THE LIFFORD AC 5K was last modified: December 9th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ATHLETICS NEWS: RESULTS FROM THE LIFFORD AC 5Klast_img read more

  • Humboldt Eagles 19-U’s pitching shines in doubleheader sweep over Australian teams

    first_imgThe Humboldt Eagles 19-U played its first two of several games slated for this week against the Australia-based Colts baseball club on Wednesday at Bomber Field. The Eagles downed the ball players from down under in both games, beating the Colts’ Red team 1-0 in the afternoon session and the Colts’ White team 5-0 in the night cap.C.J. Van Meter scored the only run the Eagles would need in game one as his RBI single which scored Dustin Ireland in the second inning proved to be the difference.Pi …last_img read more

  • More South Africans plan to vote

    first_imgThe Independent Electoral Commission says more South Africans are interested in the forthcoming local elections than was the case five years ago, and mostare satisfied with the way the IECis handling the event.(Image: IEC) MEDIA CONTACTS • Kate BapelaIEC chief communication officer+27 12 622 5579  or +27 82 600 6386 RELATED ARTICLES • SA youngsters queue for change • SA kicks off 2011 election drive • New political party as poll nears • Social media to help Nigerian poll • Women gain power, vote by voteSource: BuaNewsResults of a survey commissioned by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) have revealed that 79% of citizens intend to vote in the local elections on 18 May, while just 21% will abstain.Voting interest among South Africans was generally higher with over 90% expressing satisfaction with regards to the country’s voting process.About 500 specific areas were visited with seven households selected in each area and face to face interviews conducted in the language of the respondents. Those interviewed were aged 16 and older and ran across different race and ethnic groups.The IEC says it commissioned the research, conducted by the Human Science Research Council, to assess voter readiness ahead of the local government elections on 18 May. The research will be used in their ongoing preparations for elections and assess where they need to improve.Political disinterest and disillusionment was the primary reason given by those not intending to vote in the upcoming election. Those interviewed display some levels of mistrust for politicians and expressed disappointment at delivery levels by municipalities.Some admitted that party loyalty rather than abstention remained their key electoral response to political parties not delivering effectively on their mandate.Researchers also found that political interest increased slightly from 2004 but levels remained relatively low at 42%. About 58% of the respondents expressed awareness of local governance structures such as ward committees, with this awareness most seen among poor citizens.However, satisfaction with democracy declined slightly over the past decade and this was coupled with lower levels of trust in core political institutions. Interesting was the increase in the level of trust for the South African Broadcasting Corporation with respondents expressing confidence with the public broadcaster, religious groups and the IEC.An overwhelming number of South Africans were also satisfied with the registration process and 98% found it easy with 58% reporting to have taken 10 minutes or less to register.In terms of view on municipal performance, 45% expressed dissatisfaction with municipal services and their confidence dropped in relation to Batho Pele principles.In addition, most voters hold the IEC in high esteem for its “efficiency and professionalism”. Trust in the IEC increased by 19% between 1999 and 2010.There also seems to be fairly high awareness of the IEC (86%) but knowledge about the commission remained limited at 56% while 17% of respondents said they had no knowledge of what the body does.But lead researcher Udesh Pillay from the HSRC said very few voters, about 13%, thought irregularities had occurred during the previous local government election held in 2006, while 86% said they have never personally experienced any irregularity.Pillay said: “The general feeling was that the majority is satisfied with the way things are done and how the IEC conducts its business I ‘m sure the IEC would like to see the number increase but general is satisfactory”.He went on to attribute the decline in satisfaction with democracy with increased in unemployment, the economic situation of 2008 and anxieties sparked by the dramatic political transition leading to the 2009 general elections.(012) 622 5579 Fax: (012) 622 5429 Cell: 082 600 6386last_img read more

  • 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