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A Supporting Role for Science in Obama’s State of the Union Address

first_imgWhat will he say about science? That’s the question hardcore science policy watchers ask every year about the president’s annual State of the Union address.Chief executives often use the speech to roll out new policy proposals or signal their priorities for the coming year.  President Barack Obama declined to do the former in last night’s 65-minute speech, but he served up plenty of the latter. Specifically, he:Signaled the administration’s continued support for eliminating the mandatory budget cuts known as sequestration, which he says are hurting government investments in basic science. Pledged to use executive branch authority, and not to wait for Congress to act, to harness applied research in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. He also wants to expand natural gas production as part of a broad push for energy independence. Asked Congress to support more private-public research partnerships aimed at improving the nation’s competitiveness in manufacturing.And while research advocates say they liked what they heard, most want Washington to do more. On climate change, for instance, Eileen Claussen, president of the nonprofit Center for Climate and Energy Solutions in Arlington, Virginia, said in a statement that “the president is right to move forward with the regulatory tools at his disposal,” because “there’s no prospect of Congress taking serious action anytime soon.”Matthew Stepp, an analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), another Washington-area think tank, was supportive but unsatisfied by Obama’s energy plan, especially its emphasis on using natural gas as a “bridge” to cleaner future energy supplies. “Natural gas, while marginally cleaner than coal, is no substitute for a transition to renewables, nuclear, carbon capture, biofuels, and electric vehicles,” according to Stepp. “The energy innovation challenges underpinning climate change require far more attention than these modest carbon reduction efforts.”Here are some highlights of research-related issues that Obama discussed, taken from a White House transcript of the speech:Science spending“China and Europe aren’t standing on the sidelines, and neither should we,” Obama warned in a paragraph that touched on the role of the federal government in supporting basic science. “We know that the nation that goes all-in on innovation today will own the global economy tomorrow.  This is an edge America cannot surrender.  Federally funded research helped lead to the ideas and inventions behind Google and smartphones.  And that’s why Congress should undo the damage done by last year’s cuts to basic research so we can unleash the next great American discovery.”Research advocates were pleased with that last line, which restated the White House’s opposition to spending restrictions imposed by sequestration, a budget mechanism designed to help reduce government deficits over the next decade. However, sticklers may want to point out that Congress has already restored most of the 2013 cuts, which amounted to 5% at most science agencies, as part of the 2014 spending bill that it passed 2 weeks ago. But most lobbyists think that Obama was also urging Congress to remove the threat of mandatory cuts in the coming years and replace it with what the administration calls a balanced package of increased revenues and reduced spending, including curbs on entitlements. Energy Obama spent some 4 minutes discussing energy policy, according to a tally in The Washington Post, starting with an emphasis on producing and using more natural gas.“Now, one of the biggest factors in bringing more jobs back is our commitment to American energy,” Obama began. “The all-of-the-above energy strategy I announced a few years ago is working, and today, America is closer to energy independence than we have been in decades.”“One of the reasons why is natural gas — if extracted safely, it’s the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate change.  Businesses plan to invest almost $100 billion in new factories that use natural gas.  I’ll cut red tape to help states get those factories built and put folks to work, and this Congress can help by putting people to work building fueling stations that shift more cars and trucks from foreign oil to American natural gas.”As part of the natural gas push, the White House is drafting new rules for oil and gas drilling on public lands and promoting investments in what administration officials call “safe and responsible natural gas production.” It is also promoting tax incentives to build infrastructure that would allow drivers to replace the petroleum in their gas tanks with natural gas and other fuels. And the president’s Climate Action Plan, released last summer, calls for developing strategies to reduce emissions of methane associated with natural gas production. Many climate scientists see increased emissions of methane, a potent warming gas, as a highly problematic side effect of the recent gas boom.The president also made a nod to solar power, noting that: “Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar, every panel pounded into place by a worker whose job cannot be outsourced.  Let’s continue that progress with a smarter tax policy that stops giving $4 billion a year to fossil fuel industries that don’t need it, so we can invest more in fuels of the future that do.”Finally, he issued a call for conservation: “[E]ven as we’ve increased energy production, we’ve partnered with businesses, builders, and local communities to reduce the energy we consume.  When we rescued our automakers, for example, we worked with them to set higher fuel efficiency standards for our cars.  In the coming months, I’ll build on that success by setting new standards for our trucks, so we can keep driving down oil imports and what we pay at the pump.”Specifically, according to White House briefing documents, Obama “will propose new incentives for medium- and heavy-duty trucks to run on natural gas or other alternative fuels and the infrastructure needed to run them.”Climate changeObama linked his energy proposals directly to climate change, which he called “a fact.” And his oratory was interrupted several times with applause—albeit almost entirely from Democratic members of Congress.He asserted that “our energy policy is creating jobs and leading to a cleaner, safer planet.  Over the past eight years, the United States has reduced our total carbon pollution more than any other nation on Earth.  But we have to act with more urgency — because a changing climate is already harming Western communities struggling with drought, and coastal cities dealing with floods.  That’s why I directed my administration to work with states, utilities, and others to set new standards on the amount of carbon pollution our power plants are allowed to dump into the air. ”“The shift to a cleaner energy economy won’t happen overnight, and it will require some tough choices along the way. But the debate is settled.   Climate change is a fact.  And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did. ”The proposed power plant rules—for new and existing plants—are controversial, and House of Representatives Republican leaders have vowed to block them. His claim that the United States has reduced its “total carbon pollution more than any other nation on Earth” is sure to spark debate. Although true by some measures, such as counting total tons of carbon avoided, it is sure to be challenged by climate advocates who say the United States could be doing much more to reduce its emissions per capita or per unit of economic growth.And although U.S. emissions did decline in recent years, Claussen noted in her statement that “U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are again on the rise, and much stronger efforts are needed to rein them in and achieve steep long-term reductions.” Still, she’s generally supportive of the White House’s approach: “The president has a credible and comprehensive plan to cut emissions, expand clean energy, and strengthen resilience to climate impacts. Now is the time to put it into action.”Much of Obama’s electoral base was also likely pleased by his suggestion that spending on infrastructure such as roads and power grids be linked to efforts to make communities more resilient to changes wrought by climate change, such as rising seas or shifting weather patterns. “Climate change is testing these systems every day,” said David Foster of the BlueGreen Alliance, a coalition of environmental, labor, and industry groups, in a statement. “[T]he best insurance policy against these threats is to face the challenges of climate change and our nation’s failing infrastructure simultaneously.” The push would also create jobs, he noted.Advanced manufacturing Obama made a pitch to expand a nascent system of advanced manufacturing hubs that link universities to industry to develop new technologies. “We also have the chance, right now, to beat other countries in the race for the next wave of high-tech manufacturing jobs,” he said.“My administration has launched two hubs for high-tech manufacturing in Raleigh, North Carolina and Youngstown, Ohio, where we’ve connected businesses to research universities that can help America lead the world in advanced technologies.  Tonight, I’m announcing we’ll launch six more this year.  Bipartisan bills in both houses could double the number of these hubs and the jobs they create.  So get those bills to my desk; put more Americans back to work.”In a briefing document, White House officials wrote that Obama will “use his executive authority to launch four new manufacturing innovation institutes this year, a co-investment by the private sector and Federal agencies, led by the Departments of Defense and Energy. These new institutes will build on the success of the four that the President has already announced – including the pilot institute in Youngstown, Ohio [created in 2012] and the most recent institute launched in Raleigh, N.C. By the end of 2014, the President will have made it to the halfway point on his initial goal of 15 institutes, without Congress.”ITIF’s president, Robert Atkinson, says the think tank deserved credit for developing the idea. The effort “offers a tremendous opportunity to promote industry-university partnerships, improve technology transfer and promote manufacturing innovation nationally,” he said in a statement. He’d also like to see “Congress to pass bi-partisan legislation that would create a fully-funded, nation-wide … system.”PatentsObama touched briefly on Congress’s current efforts to pass legislation that would make it harder for some companies—known as patent trolls—to try to extract payments from patent holders by filing what experts say are often tenuous claims of infringement. The strategy has been fueled by quirks in current patent law, which lawmakers are now trying to change.Obama expressed general support for the idea. “There are entire industries to be built based on vaccines that stay ahead of drug-resistant bacteria, or paper-thin material that’s stronger than steel,” Obama said. “And let’s pass a patent reform bill that allows our businesses to stay focused on innovation, not costly and needless litigation.”last_img read more

Twitter CEO Dorsey Sparks Indian Social Media Storm

first_imgTwitter CEO Jack Dorsey has been accused of inciting hate against India’s highest caste after being photographed holding a poster declaring “smash Brahminical patriarchy” during a visit to the country. Dorsey was snapped holding the offending poster alongside six women who participated in a discussion last week on the role of Twitter in India, where caste is a flashpoint issue and grievances can turn violent.Read it at Kuwait Times Related Itemslast_img

Belingon eyes huge win in Manila, ONE title shot

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Belingon (16-5) failed in his first attempt to dislodge reigning ONE Bantamweight Champion Bibiano Fernandez from his throne in their clash in January last year.But since that setback, the 30-year-old has made tremendous strides, racking up thrilling victories against Muin Gafurov, Toni Tauru, and finally, Reece McLaren last August.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd on November 10 at Mall of Asia Arena, Belingon is seeking to add Chung (5-0) to his growing list of victims as he eyes another crack at the title.“My mindset remains to showcase my skills and remain focused on executing the game plan. My team and I have devised a tremendous strategy in dealing with my next opponent. Even though I have scored some recent knockouts, I am not going in there recklessly,” he said. “If at any point, I sense that my opponent is ready to go, and the knockout presents itself, I’m like a shark in a fish tank. There is no doubt I will go for the finish, and I will end matters quickly. I will strike my opponent until the referee pulls me off him.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Belingon is well aware of the caliber of the American Chung and the Baguio native made it clear that he’s not taking his upcoming match for granted.“My opponent is not easy, and I am not taking him for granted, which is why I am completely focused on my upcoming bout this November 10. This is a dangerous game we play, and we cannot underestimate anybody. I need to be at my absolute best so I can turn in another great performance for the fans. Competing in front of my hometown crowd, the pressure is on to score another huge victory,” he said.But Belingon is looking at this as a stepping stone in getting one more shot again at Fernandes as he looks forward on showcasing how capable he is joining the ranks as ONE’s world champions.“I want to show everybody that I am the real title challenger-in-waiting. I have realized my mistakes in my first encounter with Bibiano, and I have worked hard to erase those flaws. He is a great world champion, but I feel things will go differently if we ever meet again. The time will come when I will be able to showcase my improvements,” he said.“I know I will meet Bibiano again in that cage, and when that day comes, I need to be prepared. There is not a day that has passed that I have not thought about that first bout. But for now, my objective is to win against Kevin Chung on November 10.”ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img View comments Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’03:491.8M visitors expected at Manila North Cemetery for ‘Undas’ 201901:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Dame time: Lillard’s 3 gives Trail Blazers 113-110 win over Lakers ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny at Mall of Asia Arena last April 21. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWinner of three straight bouts, Kevin Belingon believes that scoring a decisive win against Kevin Chung at ONE: Legends of the World will be the bout to put him in the conversation for the promotion’s bantamweight title once again.“Make no mistake about it: my performances in the cage as of late are a message to the organization and to the reigning ONE Bantamweight Champion. I am coming for that belt, and no one can stop me. Whoever they put in front of me, I will be looking to destroy. I am a man on a mission,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

49ers beat Redskins in ugly 9-0 game to improve to 6-0

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Bosa and the San Francisco 49ers Slip ’N Slided their way to an ugly 9-0 win at the Washington Redskins in steady rain and driving wind Sunday to remain undefeated. It wasn’t pretty, but San Francisco is 6-0 for the third time in franchise history, and first since 1990.“It takes you back to being a kid: You’re out there, you’re sloshing around and your shoes are full of water and mud,” cornerback Richard Sherman said. “It’s still a kid’s game at the end of the day. Guys had a lot of fun slipping and sliding out there, but winning’s always fun.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceSan Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan thought about flopping onto his old home field with his players, but watched them gleefully instead after beating the team that fired him and his father, Mike, in 2013. Shanahan knew from his time as Washington’s offensive coordinator how bad the FedEx Field surface can be in normal weather and adjusted along the way.“It’s not just throwing and catching, but it’s tough to stand up and block people, too,” Shanahan said. “Everyone knows how the field always is and just the way it was raining from last night made it a tough game for both sides.” This jewelry designer is also an architect Becoming his own man Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Redskins: Visit former starting quarterback Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Liverpool drops first points in 1-1 draw at Man United DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical LATEST STORIES Washington took the opening drive and chewed up more than eight minutes on nine rushes and just one pass, but came up empty when Dustin Hopkins missed wide right from 39 yards. Peterson gained 57 yards on the ground for Washington but just 8 after the first drive.Gould missed from 45 yards in the second quarter. For the half, the 49ers totaled 68 yards as Garoppolo finished 3 of 10 with 10 yards passing and were shut out in the game’s first 30 minutes for the first time this year.It was the first 0-0 first half in the NFL since Week 17 in 2017 between the Cowboys and Eagles.QUOTABLESherman: “Mud Bowl 2019 champions!”INJURIES49ers: RB Matt Breida cleared concussion protocol and returned after being evaluated for an eye injury. … WR Marquise Goodwin was evaluated for a concussion in the first half but was held out. … Starting offensive tackles Joe Staley (leg) and Mike McGlinchey (knee) remained out.Redskins: S Montae Nicholson was lost to a right ankle injury in the second quarter. Nicholson was carted off the sideline. … Played without injured CB Josh Norman (hand/thigh), RB Chris Thompson (toe) and TE Vernon Davis (concussion).UP NEXT49ers: Look for the second 7-0 start in franchise history when they host the Carolina Panthers next Sunday.center_img Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics The weather seemed a perfect fit for interim Redskins coach Bill Callahan’s run-first, run-second and run-third mentality. Washington (1-6) started the game with 10 rushing plays and Peterson ran for 81 yards on 20 carries, but they were shut out for the first time this season.“It was tough sledding,” Peterson said. “We knew coming in that, especially with the rain, it was going to be that type of game, the field was muddy. I felt like we started off well, had an opportunity to put points on the board. We weren’t successful with that.”Redskins lineman Ereck Flowers wasn’t sure why 49ers players did mud angels and slid all over the field in celebration, but put it on Washington for letting it happen.“Winning is the cure for everything,” Flowers said. “If we won the game, there wouldn’t be no sliding.”HOME-FIELD DISADVANTAGEAmong those who braved the rain, more than half were 49ers fans — a trend that has haunted the Redskins this season. A “Let’s go Niners!” chant broke out in the fourth quarter among those in Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Joe Montana and other jerseys from the organization’s storied past.Linebacker Kwon Alexander, who forced Peterson’s fumble, said, “It definitely felt like a home game.”The Redskins had alumni in town for their annual “Homecoming Weekend,” but lost their eighth in a row at FedEx Field.POINTLESS HALFBoth offenses struggled mightily in a sloppy first half. MOST READ Shanahan’s bunch didn’t look like an unbeaten powerhouse in horrific conditions that made life difficult on quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and the entire offense. Garoppolo bounced back from a dreadful first half to finish a passable 12 of 21 for 151 yards passing.Robbie Gould made field goals from 28, 22 and 29 yards to provide the only offense of the game.San Francisco’s defense continued its dominant run after holding the Los Angeles Rams to seven points last week and the Cleveland Browns to three before that. The Niners are the first team since 2005 and sixth since 1990 to limit an opponent to seven or fewer points and fewer than 200 net yards of offense in three consecutive games.After the team’s first shutout since Week 1 of the 2016 season — forcing Adrian Peterson to fumble in the third quarter — defensive lineman DeForest Buckner was upset the defense only got one turnover.“Guys are just owning their jobs, not pointing any fingers when things go wrong,” Buckner said. “Everybody’s seeing what we can do better to help the D and we’re just feeding off each other’s energy.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ San Francisco 49ers offensive guard Mike Person walks on the sideline in the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)LANDOVER, Md. — Nick Bosa sacked Case Keenum to run out the clock, belly flopped onto the field and rode it like a Slip ’N Slide.“Slid way farther than I thought was going to slide,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?last_img read more

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur compares Babar Azam to Virat Kohli

first_imgYoung Pakistan batsman Babar Azam was on Friday compared to India’s Test captain and one of the world’s leading batsmen Virat Kohli by coach Mickey Arthur.Azam, 22, has played only three Tests so far in his budding career. He missed out on a century, remaining stranded on 90 not out in the second innings, as Pakistan lost their second Test to New Zealand in Hamilton by 138 runs to surrender the two-match series 0-2.In his 18 One-Day Internationals (ODIs), he has scored three centuries, all of which came in consecutive matches against the West Indies earlier this year.”He (Azam) is a young gun who will be an exceptional player,” Arthur told Perth’s 6PR radio on Friday ahead of Pakistan’s sole warm-up match for their three-Test series against Australia. The three day warm-up match begins on December 8.Pakistan will play hosts to Australia in three Tests following the practice game. The first Test – a day-night affair in Brisbane — begins on December 15.”I’ll go so far as to say, at the same age, I reckon he’s as good as Virat Kohli, which I know that’s high praise but he’s right up there.” (Virat Kohli 2.0 – From raw talent to global statesman)Arthur said Pakistan were ready to fire against an Australia Test team, adding that his charges had learned a lot in New Zealand.”Had that series gone another Test match, we would have been better for the conditions,” he said of the New Zealand tour.”Hopefully, this has put us in good stead for what we can experience in Australia, Arthur was quoted as saying by 6PR radio.advertisementlast_img read more

Greece Beats Hungary 1-0 at UEFA Nations League

first_imgATHENS – In League C of the UEFA Nations League on Friday, Finland won 1-0 at Estonia and Greece beats Hungary by the same score, leaving the victorious teams as the top two in Group 2.No fans, no goals: England and Croatia play to a dull drawDeprived of a seat inside the stadium through no fault of their own, a small band of loyal England supporters watched the game from a hilltop overlooking the virtually empty ground.There wasn’t much to see.England and Croatia played to a 0-0 draw in the UEFA Nations League on Friday, a lackluster match that took place in front of no fans as the Croats completed a stadium ban imposed in 2015.While this was Croatia’s fifth behind-closed-doors international, it was a first for England, and that made it a somewhat bizarre experience for not only the players but the few dozen fans who decided to travel to the coastal city of Rijeka to support their team.The shouts of the players and the thud of a kicked ball could be heard distinctly, as could the occasional chants of “Enger-land” and “God Save The Queen” that drifted into the stadium from outside. The only people in the stands were match delegates and members of the media.Given the eerie atmosphere, perhaps it was no surprise the game was such a dud. England struck the goal frame twice — through Eric Dier and Harry Kane — and Marcus Rashford wasted two golden opportunities when one-on-one with the goalkeeper as England had the better of the chances.This was a repeat of the World Cup semifinal won by Croatia in July, and it seemed a world away from that tense, nerve-jangling night in Moscow.The two teams are searching for the form they showed at that tournament, in particular the Croatians. This result came after last month’s 6-0 loss to Spain in their opening match of the Nations League. England lost 2-1 to Spain its Group 4 opener in the top-tier League A.Looking to the future, England coach Gareth Southgate gave a debut to Jadon Sancho as a late second-half substitute, and the 18-year-old Borussia Dortmund winger impressed with some surging runs down the right flank.Croatia had received the stadium ban from UEFA three years ago when a swastika was painted on its field ahead of a game.LUKAKU DOUBLERomelu Lukaku has been toiling at Manchester United in recent weeks, but he can’t stop scoring for Belgium.The striker scored twice in a 2-1 win over Switzerland in Group 2 of League A, adding to the double he had for the World Cup semifinalist against Iceland in their opening group win last month. Lukaku, who now has 45 goals in 78 international matches, hasn’t scored in his last six appearances for United in all competitions.Lukaku’s winner came in the 84th, after Mario Gavranovic had equalized for the Swiss in Brussels.The winners of the four three-team groups in League A will advance to the Nations League finals in June.___LOWER LEAGUESIn the second-tier League B, Marko Arnautovic scored Austria’s goal in a 1-0 win over Northern Ireland that got the team off the mark in Group 3. Bosnia-Herzegovina tops the standings with two straight victories, while the Northern Irish are yet to earn a point.In League C, Finland won 1-0 at Estonia and Greece beat Hungary by the same score, leaving the victorious teams as the top two in Group 2.In Group 2 of League D, Belarus beat Luxembourg 1-0 to jump to first place, while Moldova beat San Marino 2-0.The Nations League guarantees at least one of Europe’s low-ranked League D teams will qualify for Euro 2020 through the playoffs.By STEVE DOUGLAS , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

15 days ago​Mourinho rejects Lyon for Premier League return

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Mourinho rejects Lyon for Premier League returnby Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJose Mourinho has rejected the chance to return to club management with Lyon.The French powerhouse is looking for a new manager after the sacking of Sylvinho.However, Mourinho reportedly turned down any advances from Lyon.RMC Sportsays the Portuguese manager is focused on finding his way back to the Premier League.It is unclear where Mourinho would go in England, but the Tottenham Hotspur job is a possibility.Their boss Mauricio Pochettino is a candidate to leave at the end of this season.Mourinho has not worked since his sacking by Manchester United last December. last_img read more

AIFF to interview candidates on Thursday, Igor Stimac front-runner to be new Indian football team coach

first_imgAIFF to interview candidates on Thursday, Igor Stimac front-runner to be new Indian football team coachIgor Stimac has emerged as the front among the likes of Lee Min-sung, Albert Roca and Hakan Ericson to be the next head coach of the India football men’s teamadvertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiMay 8, 2019UPDATED: May 8, 2019 20:54 IST Igor Stimac is the front-runner to be the next India coach (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAIFF’s technical committee has short-listed four candidates for the new India football team coachLee Min-sung, Albert Roca, Igor Stimac and Hakan Ericson are the four candidatesIndia did not have had a coach after Stephen Constantine quit following India’s AFC Asian Cup campaignCroatia’s Igor Stimac is the frontrunner to be the next coach of the Indian men’s football team when the national federation (AIFF) officials meet here Thursday.The technical committee of AIFF, headed by former India international Shyam Thapa, will interview the short-listed candidates next at 2 PM Thursday at the Football House here.The AIFF’s technical committee has short-listed four candidates, including two-time South Korean World Cupper Lee Min-sung and the familiar Albert Roca, for the job of the chief coach of the men’s national team.Besides Lee Min-sung and Roca, who tasted immense success at Bengaluru FC, the other two aspirants in the fray are ex-Croatia national team manager Igor Stimac and former Sweden coach Hakan Ericson.Thapa said after interviewing the probable candidates, the technical committee will forward the name of the selected candidate to the AIFF’s executive committee.”It will again be in the form of interviews on Skype and then the most suitable name will be forwarded to the federation’s executive committee with recommendations. The executive committee will take then take the final call,” Thapa had told PTI.The position has been lying vacant after Stephen Constantine quit the post following India’s AFC Asian Cup campaign earlier this year.Owing to the Indian team’s spirited showing in the AFC Asian Cup and a run of 13-match unbeaten streak prior to that, more than 250 candidates, including some top names from Europe, have applied for the job since Stephen Constantine resigned.The list included the likes of France’s World Cup winning coach Raymond Domenech, former England managers Sven-Goran Eriksson and Sam Allardyce.advertisementThese are pro-licence holders with national team experience in major global events like the World Cup, and their salary was a major issue of deliberation in the first meeting of the technical committee when it scrutinised around 40 candidates for the vacant post.As a coach, Stimac was in charge of the Croatian national team from 2012 to 2013.In club football, the former centre back has had brief spells in charge of Hajduk Split, Cibalia, NK Zagreb and Zadar, Iranian club Sepahan and Qatari club Al-Shahania.Factors like cost, the applicant’s familiarity with Asian football, as well as their ability to contribute to grassroots development will be taken into consideration while appointing the coach.The Indian team is scheduled to play matches in the Kings Cup on June 5 and June 8, and a preparatory national camp will be held under the new coach in the third week of May. The Kings Cup will be the new coach’s first assignment.Also Read | FIFA rejects Chelsea appeal against 1-year transfer banFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow AIFFFollow InterviewFollow CandidatesFollow Igor StimacFollow Indian football teamFollow football team coach Nextlast_img read more

Stars Support FabLab The First Science TV Series Aimed At Tween And

first_imgFabLab is the first and only science television series aimed at bringing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) to the under-reached ’tween and teen girl demographic.The series airs nationally (check local listings) and is seen in over 80 million homes weekend mornings as part of Xploration Station’s Educational and Informational STEM block of programming. Five hosts bring STEM alive and help show the teen and ‘tween viewers that STEM solves problems, changes lives, and in short, makes the world better. The hosts are Kerri Doherty, popular on YouTube for her comedic approach to all things geeky; Cara Santa Maria, a hipster science broadcaster; newcomer Aysia Bell; Madi Vorva, a Teen Choice Pro-Social award winner; and the sole male host, Nick Uhas, a former Big Brother contestant and a YouTube science guru. Celebrity co-hosts and guests will populate the series, each week taped in a new locale to augment that week’s topic.Several announcements were made from a press conference at The Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles last week. There are exciting interactive elements on the TV show and surrounding FabLab digital channels including: • Mayim Bialik’s “Ask Mayim” weekly Q&A segment allows kids across the country to send in any questions about science or technology and get answers from the biggest name in science entertainment, seamlessly combining humor and information. • The debut of FabLab News on the FabLab YouTube Channel where it is shown how Science, Tech and Innovation are helping to solve the biggest issues of the day. • FabLab is encouraging kids across the country to vote online for the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest, seeking the coolest science project to help to make their communities better places. “Young students today are really thinking about how they can make the world a better place, and the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest can help guide them,” said Andrew Bowins, vice president of Corporate Reputation at Samsung Electronics America. “The contest challenges students to use their STEM skills to solve a problem in their community. We believe it encourages them to grow as students as well as neighbors, and we are excited to partner with FabLab. The program shows kids that there are even more opportunities to use STEM in the real world.” • Lenovo FabFinder national science talent search launches today to find guest reporters and hosts to appear on FabLab; students should go to to learn how to submit videos to enter. “This talent search gives young women a chance to showcase their interest in STEM and to connect with the next generation of STEM leaders. Lenovo is proud to support a search to identify and tap into more diverse STEM talent,” said Yolanda Conyers, Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer for Lenovo.Mayim (The Big Bang Theory) said, “As a neuroscientist who was encouraged to enter the field in high school, getting girls involved in science (or STEM ) is a personal passion of mine. Through my interactive ‘Ask Mayim’ segment, I hope to get more young women excited about getting into the field that I love so much.”Some influential believers who have offered to lend their support through their enormous social media networks include Leonardo DiCaprio, Amandla Steinberg, and Karlie Kloss. The teen stars who showed their enthusiasm at the press conference are Katherine McNamara (The Shadow Hunters), Brec Bassinger (Bella and the Bulldogs), Kelli Berglund (Lab Rats), Paris Berelc (Lab Rats), Chloe Lukasiak (Teen Choice Awards winner), Chantel Jeffries (Club Noir), and Roshon Fegan (Disney Channel). Little-known fact about some of your favorite stars – they have a background in or passion for science. That impressive list includes Seth MacFarlane, Danica McKellar, Natalie Portman, Alan Alda, Lisa Kudrow, Ashton Kutcher,, Zooey Deschanel, Daryl Hannah and Eva Longoria, to name a few.FabLab has one mission: to get girls enthused about STEM by drawing the connections between STEM innovations and making the world a better place. Why? Studies have shown that illustrating how STEM inventions and breakthroughs have the power to change the world for the better, really motivating young women to engage with the sciences. FabLab is produced in partnership with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). The show also partners with 15 additional organizations inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.“We are thrilled to partner with FabLab for the launch of the show,” said Elizabeth English, Head of School at The Archer School for Girls. “We know that STEM is the fastest-growing professional sector with the highest-paying jobs. We also know that these fields hold the key to solving some of our world’s most pressing problems, and as such demand a plurality of perspectives. Archer is proud to stand at the forefront of advancing girls in STEM and to be working toward a future where women are not only contributors to STEM solutions but leaders in the field.”It is a myth that girls don’t gravitate to STEM. Statistics support the fact that 74% of girls show at least as much interest as boys in the sciences. High school girls, in particular, surpass the percentage of boys interested in Algebra II and Calculus, for example. But along the way, young women tend to be drawn to fields that have social impact and make a difference. FabLab is highlighting amazing STEM discoveries that are mind-blowing and world-changing to help reframe STEM and allow young women to see those fields as a creative outlet for improving their world. FabLab isn’t just reaching the audience on the television show; it will have an active and innovative online and digital presence with exclusive programming for its own YouTube channel and interactivity through social media, all driving home the same message of STEM making the world better for people, pets and the planet.Corporate partners who share the vision and have jumped on board to assist in attracting girls to science, technology and innovation include Samsung Electronics America, Lenovo, Motorola Mobility Foundation, Ally Bank, Brocade and L’Oréal USA.“Inspiring the next generation of girls in STEM is a key component of the L’Oréal USA For Women in Science program,” said Lauren Paige, L’Oréal USA’s Vice President of Public Affairs & Strategic Initiatives. “We are proud to partner with FabLab and look forward to featuring the exciting work of our For Women in Science fellows to help encourage girls to explore scientific careers.”last_img read more

Terror factories in neighbourhood waiting for weak govt: PM Modi

first_imgAyodhya/Kaushambi: Terming terrorism the biggest threat facing India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said terror factories running in the neighbourhood are waiting for a weak government here.This is a new India which will strike terrorists in their den, within the border and outside it, he said at an election rally in Gosaiganj, about 25 km from the temple town of Ayodhya, in which he focused much of his attention on terrorism. Gosaiganj is in the same district as Ayodhya but falls in the Ambedkarnagar Lok Sabha constituency. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghRecalling the Easter Day blasts across Sri Lanka, he said, “We saw what happened in Sri Lanka. The same situation prevailed in our country before 2014. Can we forget the blast in Ayodhya? There were terrorist attacks on a daily basis.” In the past five years, he asserted, this has stopped. “It doesn’t mean terrorism has stopped. Terrorism factories are running in our neighbourhood. It is an industry there and it is their business. They are waiting for a weak government. They are waiting for a chance,” the prime minister warned. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadCautioning people against terrorism, the prime minister referred to the oft seen signboards on roads, ‘Savdhani hati, Durghatna ghati (If we lower our guard, there will be a tragedy), and declared, “The game of terrorism is also the same.” “This is a new India. It doesn’t disturb anyone but also does not spare if someone disturbs us. Be it inside our borders or outside, this new India will hit terrorists in their den and reply to bullets with bullets,” he said in his speech in Hindi, using the words ‘ghar me ghus ke maarenge’ to make his point. If the country is safe, our aspirations will be fulfilled, Modi said at the Gosaiganj rally to mobilise support for BJP candidates Mukut Bihari Verma (Ambedkar Nagar) and Lallu Singh (Ayodhya). “To keep our culture and country safe, you all should press the lotus button,” he told the crowd. He also hit out at the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance and the Congress, accusing the parties of being soft on terrorism. “Their record shows that agencies used to catch terrorists only to be let off for the sake of votes. They want to make a ‘mazboor’ (weak) government. You have to remain alert,” he said. He told the crowd that their love is his capital and energy and said this is the land of Ram, the land of the country’s pride. In a scathing attack against the SP and the BSP, he said they had done nothing for the poor and misused the names of Babasaheb Ambedkar and Ram Manohar Lohia. The prime minister said his is the only government that thinks of the poor.last_img read more

UN awards medals posthumously to personnel who served cause of peace

30 May 2007At a medal ceremony today posthumously honouring United Nations personnel who died last year while working in missions around the world, the top peacekeeping official grieved the loss while urging greater efforts to end violent conflicts. “One hundred and seven of our colleagues and friends from 46 countries lost their lives while in the service of UN peace operations during 2006,” Under-Secretary-General Jean-Marie Guéhenno told the ceremony, which was held at UN Headquarters in New York. “We can only grieve with their families and loved ones and be grateful and humbled for their courage and selflessness,” he said, voicing gratitude also to “the Member States where these heroes come from.”The contribution of these countries to UN peacekeeping “bears witness to the great importance the international community attaches to this unique and vital endeavour,” Mr. Guéhenno said, according to the text of his remarks.“It reassures that United Nations peacekeeping remains a powerful expression of the extraordinary vision of international solidarity for peace which was enshrined in the United Nations Charter more than half a century ago.”He called on all concerned “to work even harder for the cause of peace, to join us in the efforts to rid the word of violent conflict once and for all.”Today’s ceremony built on commemorations that began yesterday on the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, which is marked each year on 29 May, the date in 1948 when the first United Nations peacekeeping mission, the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), began operations. read more

Brock to name new womens basketball coach

The Brock University Badgers will introduce their new women’s basketball head coach at a press conference Wednesday, June 15.Media are invited to attend the event at 11:45 a.m. in the dance studio overlooking Bob Davis Gymnasium. Neil Lumsden, Director of Athletics and Recreation, will introduce the newest member of the Badgers varsity coaching staff, who will take the reigns of the women’s basketball team.“We’re excited to be able to announce this new hire,” Lumsden said. “This is a bright young star that has coached in the OUA and CIS and has experience as a player, as well. We’re excited about where this person will be taking the program.”The new coach, as well as Lumsden and other Brock officials, will be available for photos and interviews after the brief media conference.What: Introduction of Brock’s new women’s basketball head coachWhere: Dance Studio overlooking Bob Davis Gymnasium (entrance at top of stairs near Walker Complex welcome desk)When: 11:45 a.m. – Wednesday, June 15 read more

Torture continues for Halvagis family

first_imgHow much longer must George and Christina Halvagis suffer before they can begin closure? Fourteen years after the horrific murder of their 25-year-old daughter Mersina, in Melbourne’s Fawkner cemetery, serial killer Peter Dupas remains in a position to once again legally contest the conviction. Last week, Victoria’s Court of Appeal heard an application to strike out Dupas’ latest attempt to appeal against the conviction for Mersina’s murder. Though it was widely expected that the Court of Appeal would uphold the application, Chief Justice Marilyn Warren said that in the absence of Legal Aid, the court would give Dupas until December 14 to find a barrister who will represent him ‘pro bono’. Dupas told the court that he had only learned four days before that Legal Aid would not fund his appeal. The appeal court had expected to take the administrative decision to dismiss the case, but the three appeal judges said Dupas would be given a last chance because of the delay in Victoria Legal Aid informing him of its decision. Chief Justice Warren described the delay in informing Dupas as “unfortunate” and told Dupas that if he was unable to find a barrister to represent him, he should be prepared to argue his own case on December 14. Dupas did not receive Legal Aid funding to fight the application after an independent review upheld a decision to refuse him further financial assistance. In 33 legal proceedings since 1997, it is estimated over $3 million has been spent in relation to hearings and appeals Dupas has made after being found guilty of three murders. In 2000, Dupas was convicted of killing psychotherapist Nicole Patterson, who was stabbed to death at her Northcote home. Four years later he was convicted of the stabbing murder of sex worker Margaret Maher, whose body was found in an industrial estate at Somerton in 1997 – one month before Mersina Halvagis was killed. Dupas’ first conviction was for rape in 1974, when he was sentenced to nine years imprisonment. He served five years. Shortly after his release in 1980, Dupas received another five year minimum prison sentence for three charges of assault with intent to rape and malicious wounding. In 1980 a report on Dupas stated, “he remains an extremely disturbed, immature, and dangerous man. His release on parole was a mistake.” Dupas was again released from prison in February 1985. After being convicted of Ms Halvagis’ murder ten years after her death in 1997, Dupas was granted a retrial after appealing. A second trial last year found him guilty for the second time. Dupas is the prime suspect in at least three other murders committed in Melbourne during the 1980s and 1990s. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Heaven and Earth opens at Art Institute of Chicago

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A new exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, ‘Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections’, presents more than 60 superb artworks of the Byzantine era, from the 4th to the 15th centuries. Organised by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports of Athens, with the collaboration of the Benaki Museum, Athens, and originally exhibited at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the exhibition includes major artistic holdings from Greece consisting of mosaics, sculptures, manuscripts, luxury glass, silver, personal adornments, liturgical textiles, icons, and wall paintings. About one third of the original exhibition will be presented in the Art Institute’s Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman and Byzantine art from 27 September 2014 through to 15 February 2015.Source: The Greek Starlast_img read more

Damon Lindelof Starts Beef With Alan Moore Ahead of HBOs Watchmen

first_img ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBOGeorge R.R. Martin Says Having ‘Game of Thrones’ Finish Is &… Stay on target Watchmen is obviously a super important and celebrated comic book, a brilliant deconstruction of the medium and the idea of superheroes themselves. Years of dark and gritty imitators have failed to live up to its genius. And the 2009 Watchmen film, which I enjoy a lot, only really works because Zack Snyder just translates the excellent source material to live-action with almost shot-for-shot style faithfulness.But folks I just don’t know about this new HBO Watchmen show. The scope, maturity, and density of Watchmen always made more sense on premium cable than in a movie. And it’s got a great cast including Regina King as the new vigilante protagonist as well as Jeremy Irons and Jean Smart as older versions of previous Watchmen heroes Ozymandias and Silk Spectre.But then I watch this newest trailer from San Diego Comic-Con again and I still have so many questions. Why is there a Rorschach militia? Why are there so many references to old characters without actually seeing them like this is some barely canon Netflix show in the Watchmen Cinematic Universe? “Doctor Manhattan is on Mars, you just missed him!” Why does it look like it’s all about cops?My skepticism for HBO’s Watchmen only increases the more we hear from showrunner Damon Lindelof. As one of the people guilty of famous bad show Lost, Lindelof is already a big red flag for me. But I trust people who say The Leftovers is good so maybe he’s earned another chance. However, the more quotes come out of the Watchmen presentation at the Televisions Critics Association the worse it gets.First, Lindelof acknowledged the famously tense relationship between the creators of Watchmen and the rights holders at DC. While illustrator Dave Gibbons plays ball author and inscrutable snake wizard Alan Moore refuses to have anything to do with adaptations of his acclaimed comics work after decades of being exploited. Lindelof initially respected Moore’s desire to not be associated with this project, but then said the real punk rock Alan Moore-esque thing to do would be to ignore that wish and do it anyway. “Fuck you.”Obnoxious reverse psychology marketing stunt aside, the new details about the show itself also raise eyebrows. Instead of nuclear war, the show’s great contemporary existential threat is white supremacy. Accurate, but then why focus on cops? Lindelof says we’ll have to wait to find the answer. And in keeping with the alternate take on American history, this show acts as a sequel to the comic where after Richard Nixon died and Gerald Ford was defeated Robert Redford has served as president in perpetuity. Who watches the Watchmen? Who wants to watch Captain America: The Winter Soldier again?I’m willing to give the Watchmen show a shot when it premieres later this October. But right now I’m afraid that squaring off against the Justice League won’t end up being the dumbest thing DC has done with these characters. Nothing ever ends. For more on Watchmen get these nice smiley face shirts.last_img read more

110 WWE 205 Live Preview Rich Swann returns Cedric Alexander vs Noam

first_imgFacebook WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Twitter WWE 205 Live takes place tonight on WWE Network from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.WWE 205 Live PreviewAdvertised for the show tonight is the return of WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann against Tony Nese. Plus, Cedric Alexander vs. Noam will have a full recap of 205 Live later tonight.center_img WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE RAW Results – 9/2/19 (Clash of Champions contract signing, KOTR Quarterfinals) Ali, Chad Gable advance to the Quarterfinals of the 2019 King of the Ring tournamentlast_img read more

Senators override Obamas veto of Sept 11 bill

first_imgWASHINGTON — Congress has rejected a veto by President Barack Obama for the first time since he became president.The House voted 348-77 Wednesday to override his veto of legislation and allow the families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for the kingdom’s alleged backing of the attackers.The Senate had voted 97-1 to override his veto.The lawsuit legislation now becomes law despite elements that Obama and top Pentagon officials warn could put U.S. troops and interests at risk.Several lawmakers who voted for the legislation acknowledged the defects could trigger lawsuits from people in other countries opposed to U.S. policies and military actions.But proponents said the bill is narrowly tailored and applies only to acts of terrorism that occur on U.S. soil.last_img read more

I am satisfied with my boys performance Banjul United Coach

first_imgBy Yankuba JallowThe Banjul United head coach, in a post-match interview with this reporter said that he is satisfied with his players’ performances despite the loss against city rivals- Real de Banjul on Tuesday.“Definitely today I give my credit to my players but it was just fortunate for us we conceded through an own goal and we cannot do anything about that” he said.“It is very unfortunate to concede that own goal in the second half”“It is very poor and our best player unfortunately did that, it was not bad actually because they did well but rather unfortunate for us”.On the miss of his two key players, he said it is difficult to miss key players Omar Jaiteh, and Malick Sarr . “Is a big loss for me but it is the game, they take cards and go and play. We have a long way to go. We are playing against the big teams and we will rectify our mistakes, as i said I am satisfied with our performance.Banjul United are currently sitting 6th in the League table with 7 points.Banjul United will face Marimo today at 16:00.last_img read more

Miami Killian High School evacuated due to reports of gas smell

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police temporarily evacuated Miami Killian High School after someone reported smelling gas in a laboratory.According to Miami-Dade Public Schools, the school was evacuated as a precaution after reports of a the smell in one of the chemistry labs, Tuesday morning.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said the Hazmat team checked the building as a precaution before they let the students back into classrooms.The school was operating normally by 12 p.m.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more