U.S. Science Chiefs Field Questions, Hard and Soft, at Innovation Hearing

first_imgMembers of a key congressional spending panel voiced strong, bipartisan support yesterday for increasing the federal investment in basic research. But given the tight spending limits facing Congress this year, scientists should not expect to take that support to the bank.The hearing, titled “Driving Innovation through Federal Investment,” was designed to showcase the enormous payoff to society from federal funding of academic research over the decades, from the Internet and stealth technology to MRI and better weather forecasting. But the next generation of new technologies is threatened by the inconsistent pattern of support for science over the past decade, according to the heads of the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, who joined presidential science adviser John Holdren in testifying at the 140-minute hearing.The event gave members of the Senate Appropriations Committee a chance to hurl softball questions about the causes of what a coalition of pro-science organizations has labeled an innovation deficit and what it would take to eliminate it. But despite an eagerness to describe their agencies’ plight, the five witnesses needed repeated prompting by legislators to make some of their key points.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(*)“I only brought one prop,” Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said as he pointed to a model of an artificial hand, generated by a 3D printer, that held an object resembling a baseball. “Its mesh construction is an amazing technology.”Before Moniz, a physicist, could say anything more about how the limb was created by scientists at the department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, the chair of the committee, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), interrupted. “But what does it do? Can it win the World Series?” she asked. And it was Mikulski, not Moniz, who reminded her colleagues on the panel that the technology could benefit “our wounded warriors” or accident victims.NSF’s new director, France Córdova, missed a similar opportunity to connect her agency’s activities to the public good when Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) inquired about how an NSF program in sustainable chemistry, part of an agency-wide initiative, was producing new, greener technologies. “I don’t know a lot about it,” confessed Córdova, an astrophysicist and former Purdue University president who was sworn in on 31 March. Coons then explained how the program, part of an agency-wide initiative called Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability, has demonstrated “how basic research can be scaled up by industry.”It was no surprise that Democrats on the panel attacked sequestration, the wildly unpopular mechanism created by the 2011 budget deal that led to across-the-board cuts last year. (The current budget agreement in effect erases the sequester for 2014 and 2015 but retains a tight spending ceiling.) Responding to a question from reporters about funding prospects in 2015 for specific agencies, Mikulski talked about the harmful effects of sequestration on the overall scientific enterprise. “We don’t like to cherry-pick. We like to make sure the whole orchard grows. But we have to watch out for the pesticide of sequester,” Mikulski said.Science lobbyists were also buoyed by comments from the panel’s top Republican, Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL). He said that the combination of arbitrary cuts and the year-to-year uncertainty about funding levels had created “the worst possible” scenario and should not continue.“We are bound by a top number, so we need to set priorities,” Shelby noted in his closing statement. “But I think that what we spend on basic research is not enough. We are leaving a lot of good ideas and perhaps breakthroughs on the table. And we can’t afford that as a nation.… And if we don’t do it, somebody else in the world is going to do it. We’re not the only big boy on the block.”Shelby also voiced support for how federal research officials are managing their agencies, a sentiment that is not shared by some of his Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives. “I’m of the mind to give you a lot of leeway because of what you’ve done in the past, and because [I think] you’ll do a lot more in the future,” Shelby said.The science community was delighted that Mikulski’s panel exercised its government-wide jurisdiction to assemble an unusually broad range of science agency chiefs. (Most committees also shy away from such a sprawling topic as the connection between basic research and innovation because they have a more limited purview.) Some 138 organizations asked if their leaders could testify, and while none was invited, all of them submitted written statements.Despite her sympathy with their cause, Mikulski made the witnesses squirm by asking them to choose between two difficult budgetary scenarios. “Is it more money, or would you prefer more certainty?” she said. “And you don’t have to answer the question.”Most of the witnesses chose her third option. That’s also what Congress has done to date. For scientists, the lack of clarity means that the 2015 budget could be a repeat of 2014—a few increases, some cuts, and continued uncertainty about the long-term prospects for research.last_img read more

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India Got 28 Antiquities Back In Last 4 Years, Maximum From US At 21

first_imgNew Delhi has been able to get back 28 Indian antiquities from abroad in last 4 years from 2015 to 2018. This was disclosed in by the culture minister in a written reply to the parliament. All of them were voluntarily returned. India got 21 antiquities from the United States, 3 from Australia, 1 each from Canada, Germany, Singapore and UK.Read it at DNA Related Itemslast_img

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Pacquiao back in site of biggest victories

first_imgThere’s still hope MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LAS VEGAS—Manny Pacquiao’s eyes glistened as he disembarked from his shiny black Mercedes Benz van right in front of the MGM Grand lobby.On a cold and rainy Monday evening, Pacquiao stepped right back to the site of some of his spectacular conquests after fighting elsewhere the past two years due to tax problems.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img And no one is more excited than the eight-division champion, whose face once again adorned the gigantic, bright billboards that greeted Team Pacquiao as it descended into The Strip.“I’m very excited,” exclaimed Pacquiao. “It feels good to be back.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHe will fight Adrien Broner on Saturday (Sunday morning in Manila) to defend his WBA welterweight crown.The odds continued to favor Pacquiao. The lines didn’t change from when the bout was announced: A $280 bet on Pacquiao wins $100. A $100 wager on the 29-year-old Broner, a four-division champ, will win $230. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion But it’s going to be more than that for Pacquiao, whose career enjoyed a revival since last scoring his first knockout in almost a decade last year.“It’s very important for me (KO win) because I want to prove something, this being my first fight since I turned 40,” said Pacquiao in Filipino.His performance against Broner could also affect the prospects of his rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr., who is partly promoting the 12-round bout.Pacquiao and Broner will meet face-to-face here in Tuesday’s Grand Arrival festivities.“I can’t wait to be on the ring,” said Pacquiao, who is fighting for the first time in the United States since his triumph over Jessie Vargas in 2016.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño The MGM Grand is especially close to Pacquiao’s heart because it was the venue of his watershed moment in 2001, when he stopped Lehlo Ledwaba and formally announced to the boxing world that he had arrived.It also bore witness to his crushing victories over the likes of Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton and Oscar De La Hoya.The last time Pacquiao fought here was in 2016, when he soundly beat Tim Bradley.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Rodriguez is important for Real Madrid: Zinedine Zidane

first_imgReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has said although forward James Rodriguez was a substitute in key matches during the final stretch of the season, he thinks ‘he’s OK’, stressing the importance of the Colombian footballer.”I think he’s OK, he’s an important player. When you have 23 players, you have to make a decision about the starting 11 and then make changes. James is important and he scored in the games he played and did very well. I’m aware he wants to play more, but so does everyone who plays less often,” he said on Friday.Rodriguez will start against Rayo Vallecano in a La Liga match on Saturday. Zidane expects a tough match, adding his players will have to think not only about La Liga but also the Champions League semi-final against Manchester City.”It’s a difficult game, on a small pitch. We’re up against a team who know how to play, who like to play, and put you under a lot of pressure at home. We know what it’s like and it’s going to be another very difficult game, especially early on,” said the Frenchman.He added Madrid still has a chance to win La Liga, despite being in the third place but just a point behind toppers FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, who both have the same number of points. Barcelona are on top on superior goal difference.”There are four games and we know what we have to do to have any chance. We will try and win our four remaining games to give ourselves that hope.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Royal 5-Hour Pain for Mets

first_imgKANSAS CITY— An inside-the-park home run. A power failure that blacked out the TV audience. Crazy bounces, great plays and key errors.The longest World Series opener ever had a little bit of everything. And more than five hours after they began, Alcides Escobar and the Kansas City Royals also had just enough energy to outlast the New York Mets.Saved by Alex Gordon’s tying home run in the ninth inning off Mets closer Jeurys Familia, the Royals won in the 14th when Escobar dashed home on Eric Hosmer’s sacrifice fly for a 5-4 win late Tuesday night.“It was a great night,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “Two things you don’t want in Game 1 of the World Series: One is to go 14 innings and the other is to lose.”This tied for longest Series game ever and ended at 12:18 a.m. From the get-go, it was wild and weird.Escobar hit an inside-the-parker on the very first pitch from Matt Harvey. Later, that power problem caused fans and the team’s replay rooms at Kauffman Stadium to go dark.The nearer it got to midnight — and beyond — the more oddly the ball bounced.In the 11th, Salvador Perez grounded a single that hit the third-base bag and caromed high in the air. In the 12th, Daniel Murphy struck out on a pitch that got past Perez — it ricocheted off the backstop to the Royals catcher, who threw out Murphy at first.About the only thing missing? A home run by Murphy, who had connected in a record six straight postseason games. The MVP of the NL Championship Series did contribute a pair of singles.“Yeah, there was a lot of baseball out there,” Murphy said.In the 14th, Escobar reached on an error by third baseman David Wright. Ben Zobrist’s single put runners at the corners and an intentional walk to Lorenzo Cain loaded the bases with no outs.Hosmer atoned for a key error by lifting a flyball measured at 300 feet, and Escobar barely beat right fielder Curtis Granderson’s throw home.“I wanted to redeem myself for what happened earlier,” Hosmer said. “That’s the beauty of this game.”Chris Young pitched three hitless innings for the win. Bartolo Colon gave up an unearned run and took the loss.“Their team, one of the things we know about them is they’re never down and out,” Mets manager Terry Collins. “We’ve got to put them away. We’ve got to do a better job.”Game 2 is Wednesday night, with Jacob deGrom starting for the Mets against Johnny Cueto. It’s a hairy matchup: DeGrom’s flowing tresses vs. Cueto’s mop of dreadlocks.Anyone who’s ever seen the Royals play — especially in October — knows they’re called resilient for a reason. Once again, they reinforced their reputation.Gordon shook the ballpark when he tagged Familia, hitting a solo drive with one out over the center field wall. The star closer hadn’t blown a save since July 30 and had been nearly perfect this postseason.Known more for his glove than his bat, Gordon connected when he said Familia tried to quick pitch him, and got a huge hug in the dugout from Hosmer. A two-time Gold Glove first baseman, Hosmer’s error gave the Mets a 4-3 lead in the eighth.“I was the happiest person in the stadium when Gordon homered,” Hosmer said. “I told him, ‘I just want to hug you right now.’ I think a lot of people in Kansas City want to hug him.”Escobar provided the early excitement. He loves to swing at first pitches, and this time the MVP of AL Championship Series produced his best result yet.A mix-up by Mets outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and rookie Michael Conforto helped Escobar wind up with just the second inside-the-parker to lead off a Series game. Ol’ Patsy Dougherty of the Boston Americans did it in 1903 — his came in the second game ever of what became known as the Fall Classic.“As I ran after the ball, I looked at Conforto and by the time I looked back up I had lost the ball,” Cespedes said through a translator.Cespedes never put his mitt up and the ball glanced off his leg, darted along the warning track and let Escobar score standing up.Harvey brushed aside the misplay and quickly settled in. The Mets, meanwhile, soon caught up with Royals starter Edinson Volquez, who did his best on the day his father died in the Dominican Republic.Volquez left the stadium before the game ended and headed home. Most the Royals didn’t know about his dad.“I found out in, I think it was the 14th inning, right before we won the game,” Gordon said. “I was standing next to Ned and he told me, he said, ‘Let’s win this game for Volquez.’”For both teams, this began as a lucky day.Exactly 30 years earlier, on the same field, Bret Saberhagen and the Royals routed St. Louis in Game 7 for their most recent crown. The next year, also on Oct. 27, Darryl Strawberry homered to help the Mets beat Boston in Game 7 for their latest title.By the time the Royals won early Wednesday, they’d already made Oct. 28 a day to remember, too.UP NEXTMets: DeGrom is 3-0 this postseason, with each win coming on the road. He has struck out 27 in 20 innings against the Dodgers and Cubs in the playoffs.Royals: Cueto, acquired from the Reds in late July, will make his first World Series appearance. He is 1-1 with a 7.88 ERA in three postseason starts this year.TOUGH STARTThis is the Mets’ fifth time in the World Series, and they’ve lost Game 1 all five times. They wound up winning the title in 1969 and 1986, and lost in 1973 and 2000. The Mets have gone to extra innings at least once every year they’ve reached the Series.BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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World Cup 2018: Marcelo boost likely for Brazil ahead of Mexico clash

first_imgBrazil have received a boost ahead of their FIFA World Cup pre-quarterfinal against Mexico with news that defender Marcelo is expected to play after overcoming a back problem.The Real Madrid left-back was forced off in the 10th minute of Brazil’s victory over Serbia on Wednesday after suffering a back spasm, reports Xinhua news agency.Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said the 30-year-old is making encouraging progress as he undergoes daily physiotherapy at the team’s Sochi training base.”We are going to observe him a little more to see how he is in the next 24 hours,” Lasmar told reporters on Friday.Monday’s clash in Samara will be the fifth time that Brazil and Mexico have met in the World Cup finals. Brazil have won three of the teams’ previous encounters and there has been one draw.Brazil advanced the pre-quarterfinals with a comfortable 2-0 win over Serbia in Moscow on Wednesday.Brazil could also have suffered a shock first-round exit if they had lost to Serbia but instead maintained their record of having finished top of their group at every World Cup since 1982.The Brazilians, however, suffered some tense moments during their Group E campaign as they were held 1-1 by Switzerland in their opening game and took 90 minutes to break down a stubborn Costa Rica before winning 2-0.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

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Videos: Gundy, Rudolph, Spencer, Yurcich, Hill Talk After Loss to TCU

first_imgMike Gundy, Mike Yurcich, Glenn Spencer, Justice Hill and Mason Rudolph addressed the media after losing to TCU 44-31 on Saturday afternoon inside Boone Pickens Stadium. Gundy inevitably talked about the turnover battle and not being smart and disciplined.Rudolph called the loss a “minor hiccup” and talked about how all of OSU’s goals are still intact even after the loss.Hope you guys enjoy (or “enjoy”). If 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

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14 days agoReal Madrid join interest in RB Salzburg striker Erling Haaland

first_imgReal Madrid join interest in RB Salzburg striker Erling Haalandby Carlos Volcano14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid have joined the interest in RB Salzburg striker Erling Haaland.AS says Real management are keeping tabs on the young Norway international this season.Haaland’s emergence has caught the attention of the world’s biggest clubs, including Manchester United and PSG.Now Real have joined the interest in line with their recent youth policy.Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes have arrived, along with Martin Odegaard and Takefuso Kubo, who are on-loan with Real Sociedad and Mallorca respectively. And now there’s a discussion about moving for Haaland. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Rooney arrested for public intoxication & swearing in US

first_imgD.C. United striker Wayne Rooney was arrested on public intoxication and swearing charges shortly last month, according to court records obtained in the US.As originally reported by a local ABC news outlet , the 33-year-old was arrested at Washington-Dulles Airport in Virginia on December 16 before being released without bail.The former England and Manchester United captain, who had been travelling to Saudi Arabia for a sporting event, subsequently paid a fine of $25 on January 4 for breaking the law. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Virginia law states that “if any person profanely curses or swears or is intoxicated in public, whether such intoxication results from alcohol, narcotic drug or other intoxicant or drug of whatever nature, he shall be deemed guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor”.Rooney’s MLS side said in a statement to Goal on Sunday: “We are aware of news reports indicating that Wayne Rooney was arrested in December.”We understand the media’s interest in this matter but believe this is a private matter for Wayne that D.C. United will handle internally. We have no further comment on the situation.”Wayne Rooney arrest recordThe striker responded through a spokesperson later on Sunday explaining the situation and saying it is now past.”During the flight Wayne took a prescribed amount of sleeping tablets mixed with some alcohol consumption and consequently was disorientated on arrival,” the spokesperson said.”He received a statutory automatic fine and was released shortly afterwards at the airport. The matter is now at an end.”Rooney currently near the US capital after signing for D.C. United from Everton in July on a three-and-a-half-year contract.He made an immediate impact at Audi Field, scoring 12 goals in 21 matches to help lift the side from the bottom of MLS’ Eastern Conference to secure a playoff place.However, Rooney would miss a spotkick as D.C. were beaten by Columbus on penalties in the playoffs.Despite that disappointment Rooney was named as D.C. United’s MVP and Golden Boot winner for the 2018 season.In September 2017, Rooney was arrested by Cheshire police after being caught driving over the drink-drive limit. Rooney, who was playing for Everton at the time, subsequently pleaded guilty to drink-driving at Stockport Magistrates’ Court later that month.He was fined £170, banned from driving for two years and ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order. His club Everton also fined Rooney two weeks’ wages in the region of £300,000.Rooney has scored more than 250 career goals since making his debut as a 16-year-old for Everton in 2002.He joined Manchester United in 2004 and went on to score 253 goals to become the Red Devils’ all-time top goalscorer. He left Old Trafford in the summer of 2017 to return to boyhood club Everton but would spend just one season back at Goodison Park before moving to the D.C. United last July.Rooney is also England’s top scorer and second most-capped player with 53 goals in 120 international appearances.He initially retired from international duty in August 2017 but came out of retirement for a final farewell appearance against the United States at Wembley in November.last_img read more

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‘Moyes at Man Utd like charging an iPhone with a Nokia charger’

first_imgManchester United’s troubled transition from Sir Alex Ferguson to David Moyes in the summer of 2013, which has left a lasting impression, was akin to “trying to charge an iPhone with a Nokia charger”, says Anders Lindegaard.The Red Devils had known for a while that iconic coach Ferguson would be heading into retirement as they chased down what was to be a 13th Premier League title.Fellow Scot Moyes was the man charged with the task of succeeding Ferguson, but he would last only a matter of months before seeing a long-term contract ripped up . Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho have gone on to endure similar struggles at Old Trafford, with neither able to awaken a sleeping giant and return it to its feet.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has since inherited the reins, but he is facing similar tests to his predecessors as a lengthy period of rebuilding continues at the Theatre of Dreams .Former United goalkeeper Lindegaard told the Evening Standard of the challenges the Red Devils faced when a successful squad was passed on to Moyes: “I didn’t feel it was ageing. It felt more like we just couldn’t adjust to a new way of life. “It seemed like trying to charge an iPhone with a Nokia charger. It just slowly went flat. “Who was ever going to lift the club after the boss [Ferguson]? “Moyes and everyone with big influence on United have all been easy targets. And I refuse to be another one pointing at individuals. “Every time the team has had a single bad result I’ve heard suggestions for new managers, getting rid of half the team and signing new players. I imagine it isn’t easy to work under those circumstances. “I’ll point at myself and everyone else involved with United. Both on a professional and an emotional level. We were all to blame. “None of us could accept changes to our beloved United. All of us thought everything should just stay the same and we’d carry on succeeding. It was an illusion.” He added: “It seems to me like the club needed change and modernisation. And I can imagine it’s been hard for the club to realise that. “United is tradition and history. Tradition and history is hard to change. Especially when it’s as long and successful as United. “A modern football club needs a philosophy that’s defined by the club – not the manager. In terms of football you need to have a clear idea what a United player and a United team is. That responsibility should be on the club – not the manager. “Otherwise you end up buying a new team every time you change the manager. “Maybe the club did have a clear strategy and philosophy on football. But looking at it from the outside it hasn’t been clear.”Solskjaer Ferguson splitSolskjaer may be the man to get United back on track, with Lindegaard – who spent five years on the books at Old Trafford between 2010 and 2015 – hoping that proves to be the case.The 35-year-old Denmark international added: “I think he is. I deeply hope so. United’s history is so rich and successful. And I think the club and the fans need someone who speaks to the history. “Someone who understands it and complies with it. I don’t doubt Ole has come in to carry on the United heritage and stay true to the United DNA. And he can do that because he knows it and is a part of it himself.“But there’s a crucial ingredient I’m afraid will be difficult to accept. And that’s time. “Realistically it will take years to rebuild United for greatness. Look at how long it took Liverpool. “For Ole to be successful in the long term I think everyone will have to embrace themselves with patience and accept the current state. “There’s a massive job ahead of him and no matter how you twist and turn it I think his success depends on how well the club helps him. Especially on recruitment.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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New Years Celebrations around Fort St John

first_imgFree entry New Years EveHourly draws and goodiesFree champagne at midnightKaraoke10440 100 Street, Taylor, British Columbia V0C 2K0Monday, December 31, 2018, at 8 PMEvent Page CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Tis’ the season to celebrate and ring in the New Year and here is a list of events in the North Peace RegionNew Years Eve Party with the Literacy Society Join us for an evening of entertainment and celebration as we ring in the New Year! 100% of the event proceeds will be directed to the Fort St. John Literacy Society to enhance and expand the FREE literacy programs offered to the community!Entertainment starts at 9 PM. There will also be a 50/50 draw, as well as door prizes given away throughout the evening.TICKETS ON SALE OCTOBER 1, 2018Tickets $49.99 +taxes/feesEarly Bird – ONLY the first 100 tickets $25+ taxes/fees, so act fast!!Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite, or at the Casino Cash Cage and Pomeroy Hotel Fort St. John.Monday, December 31, 2018, at 6 PM – 3 AM11308 Alaska Rd, Fort Saint John, British Columbia V1J 5T5FB Event Page CLICK HEREThe New Years Eve Prayer Summit with Evangel Downtown An evening of song and prayer. We believe this is probably the most significant Prayer Summit of the year, as we transition into a new year and a new season.10040 100 Street, Fort Saint John, British Columbia V1J 3Y4Monday, December 31, 2018, at 5:30 PM – 7 PMFB Event Page CLICK HERENew Years Eve Game Night with FSJ AllianceCome out and ring in the New Year with a fun night of snacks and games. Bring some of your favourite games and snacks to share. Kids are welcome!9804 – 99 Avenue, Fort Saint John, British Columbia V1J 5A5Monday, December 31, 2018, at 7:30 PM – 12 AMFB Event Page CLICK HERENew Years Eve Party with The SweetWater BandBring in the NEW YEAR, with THE SweetWater BAND. The boys will be rocking us into the new year Monday, December 31st. Tickets are 25.00 each so don’t wait too long. They are guaranteed to sell out!!! You can E-transfer funds to kelly.smith.white@gmail.com and I will reserve your tickets for you!Just after midnight, we will have cold plates made by our fabulous LEGIONNAIRES You don’t wanna miss out on a fantastic night with The SweetWater BAND.Monday, December 31, 2018, at 9 PMFB Event Page CLICK HEREFamily New Years Event with Totem Pre-schoolWe are excited to be hosting the 2nd annual Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Dance! Dancing, food, and fun for all ages, no babysitters required as KIDS ARE WELCOME!A great way to ring in the New Year with your entire familyAdults $40Child $201 (year old ) and under FREE9223 100 St, Fort St John, BCMonday, December 31, 2018, at 7 pmEvent Page CLICK HEREHappy Brew Year Party with The Canadian BrewhouseJoin us in saying goodbye to 2018 at our Happy Brew Year Party!Your ticket includes;Access to the pizza buffet – starts at 11:00 pmChampagne toast at midnight$6.99 Gift CertificateFREE WINGS FOR A YEAR!There will be $4.99 & $5.99 Drink Specials ALL NIGHT!DRESS IN YOUR BEST BLACK & WHITE NEW YEAR’S ATTIRE!9203 100 St. #104, Fort Saint John, British Columbia V1J 3X3Monday, December 31, 2018, at 8 PM – 2 AMEvent Page CLICK HERELonestar Nightlife FSJ New Year PartyFSJ here is your chance to grab some tickets while they last, open till 4 AM, ALWAYS a sell out Party, so try your best to get a ticket while you can. Ticket Holders are the only ones eligible to win the( 55″ 4k Big Screen TV). Party with us here at Lonestar NightLife and ring in the New Year with us!9830 100th Ave, Fort Saint John, British Columbia V1J 1Y5Monday, December 31, 2018, at 8 PM – 4 AMEvent Page CLICK HERENew Years Eve Bashlast_img read more

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Morocco Pedophile of Marrakech Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

Casablanca- The pedophile caught red handed in the act of molesting a 10-year old boy has been sentenced to two years in jail.One week after the pedophile’s arrest, the Criminal Court of Marrakech found him guilty of the charges and sentenced the accused to two years imprisonment and a fine of 10,000 dirhams ($1,200) as restitution for the family.According to Yabiladi.com, Najia Adib, President of the association known as “Touche pas à mes enfants” said in a phone interview that this meager punishment “is a shame for the children, the associations, for the justice and whole Morocco”. Although, the sentence was imposed in accordance with Article 484 of the Penal Code which punishes anyone who commits an indecent assault against a minor, many people are not satisfied with the convicted pedophile’s deprivation of liberty in prison for only 2 to 5 years.For many, the sentence is simply not punitive enough. Many associations and citizens have voiced their outrage through social media, in order to pressure for changes.Edited by Elisabeth Myers read more

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Parents need to plan carefully if they are going to help their

OTTAWA — Buying a home is a big step for anyone and experts say that parents looking to help their children need to make sure it is affordable and that their children are ready for the change.Chris Catliff, president and chief executive of BlueShore Financial, says his bank’s seminars for parents looking to help their kids buy a house are always packed with mums and dads wanting to learn how they can help.He says parents first need to ask themselves if they can help without compromising their own financial security.“When you downsize your home and there is a lot of equity in it, that frees up capital that often is used for funding kids either first-time buy or move-up buy,” he said.But Catliff says you need to consider your own needs for that money and other savings and that may include long-term care in later years.Once you figure out what you can afford, parents can help their children buy their first home in a number of different ways.The most straightforward is to gift the money to your child, although Catliff says there are risks associated with it such as what may happen to the value of your gift if your child separates from their spouse or partner.Instead of gifting the money, he suggests you could structure it as a loan that you could in the future forgive if you want, perhaps as part of your estate planning.Parents could also act as a guarantor for a child on the loan, a move that would reduce the risk a lender faces and allow the child to obtain a better rate.Other options could be to buy a property and rent it to your child as an alternative or co-ownership, where you and your child live together and share ownership.Nathalie Weiner, a district vice-president at TD Bank in Ottawa, says a survey done by the bank found that one in four baby boomers are helping their children or grandchildren financially.“If you’re going to help out your child with a down payment, whether it is by form of a loan or a donation or a co-signer of a mortgage, you have to make sure that actually fits into your financial plan,” she said.Weiner said the cost of becoming a homeowner isn’t just the price of the home and it is important that your child is ready to deal with those costs too.“It’s expensive owning a home. It’s not the same as renting,” she said.“You really have to sit down, calculate it and make sure you can afford it.”Weiner said picking the right way to help your child buy a house, whether it is a gift, loan or other way, is about striking a balance with your own financial plan.Catliff says parents looking to lend or give the money also need to plan where they money will come from.If you’re selling an investment that has risen significantly to make your gift, you may be faced with a large tax bill if you don’t have other losses that you can use to offset the gains come tax time.Buying a home is a big step and Catliff says parents who want to help their children need to be sure their child is ready to become a homeowner.He says parents want to give a helping hand, but it can be highly emotional and you can run the risk of hurting your relationship with your children.“It’s really important to plan it and get good financial advice,” he said. Craig Wong, The Canadian Press read more

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United Against Malaria concert shows global resolve against the illness – Annan

“Together we can change the world and extend this vast movement of solidarity reflected in tonight’s concert,” Mr. Annan told the performers and guests at Saturday evening’s event, stressing that he shared the same goal of improving the world for all of its inhabitants. Some 6,000 people showed up for the 60th anniversary concert, which was cosponsored by the UN Office at Geneva and has already raised funds for 50,000 mosquito nets. “Collectively you can make a huge difference,” he said. “Having joined this movement of solidarity to assist the poor and to ensure that we have a more equitable world, please stick with it.” The United Nations, he stressed, was written in the name of “We the Peoples.” “That is you out there, not the bureaucrats in the building,” Mr. Annan said. “You are the United Nations.” The concert featured Youssou N’Dour and friends, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Peter Gabriel, Axelle Red, Rokia Traoré as well as other guest artists from all five continents committed to fighting malaria. “Music touches people’s hearts and minds,” said Mr. N’Dour, Roll Back Malaria Partnership Special Envoy and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, during rehearsal for Saturday’s concert. “We must continue to use our music to tell the world about malaria: that it can be prevented, it can be treated, and it can be beaten if everyone joins the fight.” read more

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On eve of Press Freedom Day UN Iraq envoy urges end to

In a message ahead of World Press Freedom Day in a country where more than 70 journalists have been killed in the past three years, the top United Nations envoy in Iraq today called on the new Government to reaffirm its commitment to protect the right of journalists to do their work free from intimidation and threats. Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Ashraf Qazi also urged the incoming Government to assist Iraq’s independent media in its struggle for the right to seek, receive and impart information in a responsible manner, terming it one of the necessary preconditions for establishing a healthy democracy in Iraq. Media freedom and access to information play a key role in empowering the powerless and promoting tolerance, respect and peace, he said, noting that Iraq has become a very risky environment for journalists and urging all concerned to show the Iraqi media corps respect and appreciation for their courage and the sacrifices they have made. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), more than 70 journalists have been killed on duty in Iraq since the United States-led invasion in March 2003 and many others have been maimed, detained or threatened while pursuing the right to freedom of expression. “Some of them we had the privilege to know in person,” Mr. Qazi said. read more

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US consumer confidence climbs to 807 in January highest level since August

WASHINGTON – U.S. consumer confidence has risen to its highest point since August on the strength of a brighter view of the job market and business conditions.The Conference Board, a business research group, said Tuesday its consumer confidence index rose to 80.7 this month from a December reading of 77.5. It was the second consecutive strong gain.“Confidence appears to be back on track and rising expectations suggest the economy may pick up some momentum in the months ahead,” said Conference Board economist Lynn Franco.Consumer confidence is closely watched because consumer spending accounts for 70 per cent of U.S. economic activity.Amna Asaf, an economist at Capital Economics, said the January improvement was encouraging given the unseasonably cold weather during the month. She said it probably reflected the strong stock market gains that were occurring during the survey period, which ended on Jan. 16.But she cautioned that the confidence gauge could retreat in the February reading if stock prices don’t rebound from their recent declines.For 2013, the confidence gauge averaged 73.3, the highest since 2007. That’s above the 45.2 average in 2009 when the economy was in recession for half the year. But it is still below the reading of 90 that economists view as consistent with a healthy economy.The unemployment rate fell to a five-year low of 6.7 per cent in December, down from 7 per cent in November. But the improvement came for the wrong reason. Many Americans gave up looking for work and were therefore not counted as unemployed. Job growth also slowed in December with employers adding just 74,000 jobs.But economists believe that slowdown was a temporary blip from what they are expecting to be a strong job performance in the coming year, reflecting increased strength in the economy.Many analysts are forecasting that the overall economy will grow at around 3 per cent in 2014, up a full percentage point from 2013 growth. The federal government is expected to be less of a drag on activity this year. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jan 28, 2014 8:23 am MDT US consumer confidence climbs to 80.7 in January, highest level since August In this Jan 2, 2014 photo, a pedestrian passes by sale signs on a store front window in Chicago. The Conference Board releases the Consumer Confidence Index for January, on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Ohio State field hockey set to begin Big Ten play

OSU senior midfielder Kaitlyn Wagner (13) lunges for the ball during a game against Ball State on Sept. 14 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won, 3-2, in overtime.Credit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerFresh off an overtime victory against Ball State, the Ohio State field hockey team is set to welcome No. 16 Michigan State to Buckeye Varsity Field on Friday to kick off Big Ten play.For OSU (2-3), the path to a conference championship could start with playing well against the Spartans.“I think we all just have to realize how important these Big Ten games are,” junior forward Peanut Johnson said Wednesday. “The NCAA Tournament is super selective, so it’s imperative that we win the whole Big Ten. We can’t really have any off games.”The Spartans bring a 4-2 record into Friday’s contest after outlasting Kent State, 4-3, in overtime and handling Richmond, 6-1, last weekend in Kent, Ohio.Michigan State’s offense is averaging more than three goals per game in 2014 behind the play of senior forward Abby Barker, a Columbus native and the reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week. The senior forward has tallied seven goals and five assists.The Spartans’ speed is the biggest concern for OSU, which is a more deliberate team while attacking.OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said she’s working on different matchups against Michigan State so her best players can use their speed to the fullest.“It’s always a great matchup between our two teams. They’re fast. They love to counter,” Wilkinson said. “You should expect an up-tempo game.”OSU lost a pair of games by one goal to the Spartans in 2013, including a 2-1 loss in the Big Ten Tournament.Freshman midfielder Maddy Humphrey said she’s focused on staying aggressive to help her team get on the board early and often.“I’m really trying to focus a little more on finishing,” Humphrey said. “Because the last few games I haven’t been finishing my shots.”Humphrey leads the Buckeyes with eight points on two goals and four assists.OSU is set to continue its three-game homestand Sunday against Appalachian State at noon.The Mountaineers (2-4) are coming off a 3-2 overtime victory against Davidson on Sunday, and they feature a balanced offensive attack. Three Appalachian State players have tallied six points each early in the season.If OSU can take both games this weekend, the team will be better .500 for the first time in 2014. Humphrey said OSU is ready for the challenge.“We want to just play as a team, win as a team and just have a good time,” Humphrey said. “And finish.”OSU is set to take on the Spartans at 3 p.m. Friday. read more

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Maker Faire San Diego 2018 at Balboa Park

first_img Posted: October 7, 2018 Elizabeth Alvarez 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Maker Faire San Diego is going on this weekend at Plaza de Panama in Balboa Park. Elizabeth Alvarez was live to check it out.The Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects.Maker Faire San Diego is a hands-on festival of invention and creativity and a celebration of the Maker movement in our binational region. Balboa Park is host to this celebration of technology, arts, craftsmanship, science, and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) culture. It’s for innovative, creative people who like to tinker and love to create, and also for those curious minds who want to see what new and innovative things are just around the corner and get hands-on.Today, a “Maker” is an overarching term for independent inventors, DIYers, artisans, people who just like to create, innovate, and teach others how they can do it too. Makers range from high-tech robotics teams and geeky coders, to traditional artisans and intricate crafters, to home brewers and garage tinkers. The Maker Movement rose in response to shrinking practical arts and technical programs in schools, the prolific rise in accessible technology, and a disconnect between people and the products they use in everyday life. It’s about embracing curiosity and getting hands-on with practical arts and innovation. In truth, everyone is a maker – some just haven’t realized it yet.Maker Faire San Diego is a partnership between the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership (BPCP) and the San Diego Makers Guild. Over 200 local and regional makers display their creations at Balboa Park – mostly inside participating museums. This multi-museum event showcases innovation, creativity, and hands-on learning for adults, teens, and kids in the San Diego region. Maker Faire San Diego 2018 at Balboa Park Elizabeth Alvarez, October 7, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Luther Campbells son arrested in Miami Beach charged with car theft drug

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – The son of Miami-based rapper and record executive Luther Campbell, also known as “Uncle Luke,” was arrested in Miami Beach after, police said, he was spotted driving a stolen car while carrying what officials believe is cocaine.According to Miami Beach Police, officers were dispatched after a license plate reader confirmed a vehicle that had been stolen in Miami was entering Miami Beach through the MacArthur Causeway, just after 9:15 a.m., Saturday.Officers pulled over 25-year-old Luther Campbell Jr. as he was heading northbound on Washington Avenue, near Sixth Street.An officer searching Campbell found a small clear baggie, with a white substance believed to be cocaine, in the suspect’s right front jean pocket. It has been sent to a Miami-Dade County lab for analysis.A woman who was riding in the passenger seat, identified as 26-year-old Ceyla Barhan, told officers she had just met Campbell at E11EVEN Miami, a nightclub in downtown Miami, and he was taking her home.According to the arrest report, when asked about the passenger, Campbell said, “I just met her at the club and was taking her home.”The report further states that both Campbell and Barhan said she had no idea the car was stolen. She was released shortly after. Investigators said Campbell has a police record and was driving with a suspended license.He has been charged with third-degree grand theft, possession of a controlled substance and driving with a suspended license.The car was later towed from the scene.As of Saturday night, Campbell remained behind bars.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Telugu Sahitya Peetam becomes an orphan in Rajamahendravaram

first_imgRajamahendravaram: Telugu Sahitya Peetam (TSP) of Potti Sriramulu Telugu University (PSTU) in this historical city is on death bed due to gross negligenceof the state government, funds crunch and lack of faculty, among other factors. The peetam was started for MA (Telugu literature) as two years course along with M.Phil in 1989 after the PSTU came into existence through an Act in 1985. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Along with TSP in Rajamahendravaram, two other peetams, one in Srisailam for History, Arachaelogy, Sanskrit Epics and Culture and another in Kuchipudi for Dance, also came into existence. Except the peetam in Rajamahendravaram, the other two peetams are functioning to some extent with minimum regular staff. At present, there are six students in TSP and 15 staff members of various categories, including two temporary faculty members in the centre. Thestudents are not showing interest to join the peetam due to lack of scholarship facility and there is no head for the peetam to take care of the issues. Six professors are needed to run the peetam successfully. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us So far this year, no one was admitted because of the burning problems. Meanwhile, PSTU is in 10th schedule of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act-2014 and not yet divided after the state bifurcation. Now there is no vice-chancellor and registrar for the university. The government is paying salaries to the staff, but they are implementing the rules of Telangana government in the peetam. Advertise With Us Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governments appointed vice-chancellors separately to the university whose tenure expired recently. Of the total 30 acre area in which the university is located, 10 acre is under revenue department and 10 acres was given to NAAC. The campus is full of thorny bushes and the staff are worried about the presence of snakes and some buildings are in dilapidated condition. When contacted, PSTU Officer on Special Duty Bhimeswara Rao said the university remained with the state as it was recognised and registered in the name of Andhra Pradesh. The government may appoint vice-chancellor and registrar shortly,he said. Noted historian and founder of Andhra Kesari Yuvajan Samithi Y S Narasimha Rao underlined the need to develop the peetam by addressing the problems immediately. The government should feel ashamed for neglecting the TSP, as it is located in the city where Adikavi Nannaya translated epic Mahabharatha into Telugu and the land which had given birth to many great personalities.last_img read more

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