Researcher sues to block retraction of golden rice paper

first_imgA researcher whose nutrition study in Chinese children was found in breach of ethical regulations is going to court to salvage a paper describing her results. Nutrition scientist Guangwen Tang is suing the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) and Tufts University, where she has worked for more than 25 years, to prevent the retraction of her 2012 paper in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.The society intends to withdraw the paper because a Tufts investigative panel found ethical lapses in the study last year; Tang argues that retraction is tantamount to defamation, according to a report by Courthouse News Service, which states that she filed her suit on 9 July.According to Adrian Dubock, executive secretary of the Golden Rice Humanitarian Board in Switzerland, which was not directly involved in the study, ASN twice asked Tang and her six co-authors to withdraw the paper voluntarily, which they declined to do. The society recently decided to retract the paper on its own, Dubock says—but it has agreed to a 90-day stay after Tang filed her lawsuit, to see if the matter can be settled out of court. 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The journal’s editor, Dennis Bier of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, says that ASN’s lawyer is handling inquiries about the issue; ASN could not be reached this morning. Tang and a representative for Tufts University did not respond to an e-mailed request for comment.The controversial study was carried out in 2008 among 72 schoolchildren in Hunan province; it aimed to find out how well golden rice—a genetically modified crop aimed at fighting vitamin A deficiency and blindness—is converted into vitamin A in children’s bodies. A month after it was published in August 2012, the study caused a massive uproar in China, where Greenpeace and Chinese media claimed that U.S. researchers were conducting unethical experiments on Chinese children.An investigative panel at Tufts found several ethical problems with the study in a report released last year. Tang had provided “insufficient evidence” that the study was approved by a Chinese ethical panel, for instance; the researchers had not obtained all the necessary consent forms before the trial started; and dates on consent forms appeared to have been changed. Tang, who is Chinese-born, was barred from human research for 2 years and ordered to take a refresher course in clinical trial ethics.Dubock says that a few months ago, a wealthy philanthropist—whose name he declined to share—offered to bankroll Tang’s lawsuit. “My understanding is that this person is very troubled by socially important issues that affect the disadvantaged,” Dubock says. He says that Tang is also suing the university, where she closed her lab earlier this year, because “it’s Tufts’s actions that have caused the journal to decide to retract the paper.”The Declaration of Helsinki, a set of ethical principles for human studies, says that papers about “research not in accordance with the principles of this Declaration should not be accepted for publication”; it does not specifically recommend retraction of papers if ethical flaws are discovered after publication.last_img read more

Tigresses lead BVR Ilocos leg champs

first_imgUST’s Cherry Rondina gets one over San Beda’s defense in the Beach Volleyball Republic. Contributed Photo.University of Santo Tomas turned back San Beda, 21-12, 21-14, over the weekend to rule the Beach Volleyball Republic on Tour women’s university division in Playa Tropical Currimao, Ilocos Norte.Tigresses Cherry Rondina and Ma. Cecilia Bangad defeated the Red Lioness’ pair of Iza and Ella Viray for the title.ADVERTISEMENT In the men’s university division, Malaysians Mohd Aizzat Zorki and Raja Nazmi Hussin turned back Far Easter University, 21-14, 21-18, to emerge champions in the event that has the Inquirer as media partner.“This leg had indeed the most competitive lineup of teams,” said BVR founder Charo Soriano. “We had teams from Malaysia and Hong Kong and they showcased their world-class athleticism against our local talent.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingCebu’s Jade Becaldo and Rommel Pepito gutted their way out of an opening set loss before turning back Hong Kong’s Giovanni Musillo and Brian Nordberg, 18-21, 21-14, 23-21, to top the men’s open class.The winning pairs received P50,000 in the event sponsored by Nestea, Smart, NLEX/SCTEX and Rebisco, among others. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Mike mopes for Jason in the Byron Nelson LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Organizers also held a volleyball clinic for young enthusiasts in Ilocos Norte as part of the group’s “Sandroots” advocacy.“We want to be able to give the kids a chance to learn from the best coaches that we have in beach volleyball,” said Soriano.“In the end, it’s really about teaching and sharing the passion we have one province at a time,” said BVR’s Bea Tan.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Mighty-PH fielding younger, more cohesive unit

first_imgMOST READ “Before, we had players arriving one or two days before the tournament,” Tiu said. “It was difficult. Now, we have a younger squad. A more energetic one. And they listen better.”The Mighty quintet will draw its firepower from a roster composed of noteworthy names from the amateur ranks: UP’s Juan Gomez-de Liaño, NU’s Troy Rike and La Salle’s Santi Santillan. They will be joined by Angelo Wongchuking, St. Benilde’s Justin Gutang, ex-pros Jett Manuel and Joseph Yeo; PBA D-League Finals MVP Gab Banal; Filipino-American prospects Jeremiah Gray and Roosevelt Adams, ABL star Jason Brickman and CBA veteran Randolph Morris.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 starsBut the spotlight will shine on two-time NBA champion Lamar Odom and Ginebra import Justin Brownlee.“Physically, he looks pretty good,” Tiu said of Odom. “He seems to be in good shape but the basketball shape is a different story.” Lamar Odom and Justin Brownlee (center) will spearhead Mighty Sports’ return to the Dubai Invitational caging. —DENISON DALUPANGMighty Sports is looking to make the most out of a roster laden with youth and NBA talent when it returns to the Dubai International Basketball Championship next month.“They look better right now [and] that’s a good sign. We are in pretty good shape,” said Charles Tiu, who will reprise his role as head coach in the tournament starting Feb. 1 at Al Ahli Sports Club.ADVERTISEMENT Didal’s Tokyo journey begins with systematic training US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants 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 LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mighty will face PBA Governors’ Cup champion Magnolia in an exhibition match on Tuesday at Ronac gym in San Juan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

Wimbledon 2017: Bernard Tomic fined, loses racket sponsor after ‘bored’ comment

first_imgBernard Tomic was fined $15,000 at Wimbledon and dropped by his racket sponsor Thursday – not for something he did during his first-round loss, but for what he said during a news conference afterwards.The penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct was announced two days after the 24-year-old Australian was beaten by Mischa Zverev 6-4, 6-3, 6-4, then spoke to the media about feeling “a little bit bored out there.”Tomic also said Tuesday that he “just couldn’t find any motivation” to compete this year and acknowledged that when he called for a medical timeout against Zverev, he did so not because of an injury issue but to “try to break a bit of momentum.”Racket maker Head issued a statement via its Twitter feed on Thursday saying: “We were extremely disappointed with the statements made at Wimbledon by one of our sponsored athletes, Bernard Tomic. His opinions in no way reflect our own attitude for tennis, our passion, professionalism and respect for the game.”The statement concluded: “Therefore, we have decided to discontinue our collaboration with Bernard Tomic.”The fine amounts to more than a third of Tomic’s prize money: First-round losers at the All England Club this year earn 35,000 pounds (about $45,000).Tomic has not reached the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam tournament since losing at that stage at Wimbledon against eventual champion Novak Djokovic in 2011. That year, at age 18, Tomic became the youngest man to reach the quarterfinals at the All England Club since 1986, when Boris Becker won the title.Djokovic, a 12-time major champion also sponsored by Head, was asked about the company’s decision to cut ties with Tomic because of his comments.advertisement”We all, in the heat of the moment, maybe say some things that are not appropriate maybe, by definition of someone or something,” Djokovic said. “But it’s understandable, in a way, why Head has reacted in this way. Because it’s not the right message to send out there from one of the most talented players that has played the game in the last six, seven years, and someone that was a hero to – he is a hero to – many children, especially in Australia.”Tomic reached a high of No. 17 in the ATP rankings in 2016; he entered Wimbledon at No. 59.”I feel holding a trophy or, you know, doing well – it doesn’t satisfy me anymore,” Tomic said Tuesday. “It’s not there. I couldn’t care less if I make a fourth round (at the) U.S. Open or I lose (in the) first round. To me, everything is the same. I’m going to play another 10 years, and I know after my career I won’t have to work again.”Also losing a chunk of change for unsportsmanlike conduct at Wimbledon was Daniil Medvedev of Russia, who threw a handful coins in the direction of the chair umpire after a second-round loss Wednesday. Medvedev was given three fines totaling $14,500 – $4,000 for a code violation warning during the match, $3,000 for earning a point penalty later and $7,500 for his conduct after the match.The 49th-ranked Medvedev repeatedly apologized during his news conference, saying he was not trying to imply that umpire Mariana Alves was biased.”I was just disappointed and (did) a stupid thing,” said Medvedev, who earned headlines for a decidedly different reason Monday, beating three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka in the first round.When his 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3 loss to Ruben Bemelmans ended, Medvedev shook hands with his opponent and Alves. But then he grabbed his wallet from his bag and tossed the coins toward the bottom of the official’s chair.last_img read more

Cape Town Test: Bhuvneshwar Kumar relishes ‘amazing day’ at office with four-wicket haul

first_imgBhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a devastating spell of pace bowling and picked a wicket in each of his first three overs to tear apart the South African batting line-up on the first day of the first Test at Newlands, Cape Town on Friday.Bhuvneshwar finished with 4/87 from his 19 overs to help India bundle South Africa out for 286. Ravichandran Ashwin picked up two wickets while Mohammed Shami, debutant Jasprit Bumrah and all-rounder Hardik Pandya chipped in with one wicket apiece.India had a disastrous start with Murali Vijay (1), Shikhar Dhawan (16) and captain Virat Kohli (5) falling without contributing much.Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn and Morne Morne bowled probing spells as India crawled to 28/3 at the close of play on the first day, still trailing South Africa by 258 runs.Cheteshwar Pujara was batting on 5 and Rohit Sharma, who replaced Ajinkya Rahane in the playing XI, was at the other end at nought.”Amazing day, that’s how Test cricket is. To be honest, we could have bowled better. We gave 25-30 runs extra. Just wanted to bowl in good areas. Wanted to get the batsmen out caught behind or in the slips. Knew it doesn’t swing much in South Africa,” Bhuvneshwar said.Bhuvneshwar snagged opener Dean Elgar with just the third ball of the day and then in the next two overs had Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla dismissed cheaply to have the home side reeling at 12 for three inside only the fifth over.”In Test cricket, top of off-stump is an area where every batsman is vulnerable. He’s (Hashim Amla) the kind of batsman who can make big hundreds if he gets going. Very pleasing to get him out. Never felt the wicket would be slow. Thought there would be lateral movement and that’s what happened. Overall we’re happy with the way we’ve bowled,” he added.advertisementAB de Villiers, who returned after a long injury layoff staged a fight back as he took on Bhuvneshwar, hitting four 4s off him in an over as he relentlessly punished loose deliveries.De Villiers reached his 50 off just 55 deliveries. Du Plessis was more circumspect at the other end.India’s early impetus was ended by a 114-run partnership for the fourth wicket between De Villiers and Du Plessis, who attacked the Indian bowlers and punished loose deliveries.De Villiers was bowled by Bumrah after lunch for 65 runs while Du Plessis scored 62 before flashing at a wide delivery and handing all-rounder Hardik Pandya his first wicket of the three-match series.”AB is best in the world. You have to be at your best to bowl to him. His counter-attack hurt us. It’s going to be tough (the way forward). We knew these are the situations we’ll have to tackle with,” he said.Bhuvneshwar made full use of grass-covered track and had South Africa, who pick four seamers themselves, in early trouble.He had Elgar caught behind by Wriddhiman Saha as he moved the ball away from the left-hander and then Markram leg before for five runs in the third over of the day.Amla (3) followed soon thereafter as he flashed at a delivery on off stump and nicked it behind to Saha.The right-arm swing bowler bagged his fourth when he got the outside edge of Quinton de Kock just before tea.Vernon Philander and De Kock continued to push the run rate past four per over before the latter went for 43 off 40 balls and Philander was bowled by Mohammed Shami for 23.De Kock was the aggressor striking the ball at 107.50 in his 60-run partnership with Vernon Philander for the sixth wicket.The 27-year-old also came close to completing his five-wicket haul when he found the outside edge of Keshav Maharaj’s bat only for Shikhar Dhawan to spill a regulation catch it at the third slip.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

5 Unforgettable Super Bowl Halftime Performances

first_img The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now 8 Best Rums for Piña Coladas As we ready ourselves for the biggest game in American sports, many of us are laser-focused on the match-up between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots on February 3, 2019. For many others, however, the real highlight of Super Bowl LIII will be Maroon 5 at the halftime show (or the commercials). And for good reason. In 1990, Super Bowl producers realized halftime could be more than just marching bands and flags tossed in the air. Ever since then, performers have been pushing the limits of what a 20-minute concert in front of the whole world can be.We can debate the best and the worst performances all day, but the following list is a look back on the Super Bowl halftime shows that upped the ante and kept everyone talking, long after the fourth quarter came to an end.Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson (2004)Following Justin Timberlake’s return to the Super Bowl in 2018, we all had a chance to reflect on the last time JT took the stage at halftime of the big game. What happened, what happened …? Oh yeah. As if anyone could forget. He tore a piece of “clothing” from Janet Jackson’s “shirt” and exposed her breast in front of millions of people for about one second. Scandalous, to be sure. Accidental? About as accidental as falling asleep after eating too much turkey on Thanksgiving. We all know it’s gonna happen. And so did Justin. Janet and Justin were also joined on stage by P. Diddy, Kid Rock, Jessica Simpson, and Nelly.Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (2008)Oh, Tom. We still miss you. There was nothing scandalous about this show, but there were some things that make it stand out as one of the greatest performances in Super Bowl history. First of all, Tom and the boys played a rock concert. As in, no lip syncing or backing tracks to be found. This fact alone is worth talking about. Petty had such easy-going crowd control, he looked like he could be on the stage of a smoky little night club. The four-song set had 64,000 spectators singing every word along with the band and the stage was surrounded by awed fans, not paid extras. When “Free Fallin’” began, even the most cynical among us felt a surge of patriotic love for America in all her glory.Michael Jackson (1993)If you need a reminder of why Michael Jackson is The King of Pop, watch this halftime performance. After two Michael lookalikes appeared on top of the giant video screens 300 feet above the playing field, the real Michael appeared on stage in an explosion of light, then stood there like a statue with his head turned for a minute and a half before the music began. Who else before — or since  —would ever be allowed to do that? During “Billie Jean,” viewers got an A-plus moonwalk, followed by arguably the coolest fan participation spectacle of all time during “We Are the World.” All in all, MJ’s performance made the ’93 Super Bowl one of the most watched events in television history.The Rolling Stones (2006)No one can work 70,000 people into a frenzy like Mick Jagger. He did exactly that in 2006 on the greatest Super Bowl halftime stage ever built. The Hot Lips logo of The Stones, the most recognizable icon in rock, was the platform for the ageless Stones in Detroit. Ronnie Wood turned the distortion up to 11 on “Start Me Up” and found a mean guitar tone befitting a Motown throw-down. The censors didn’t like Mick’s line about making a dead man … feel very, very good, so they cut his mic. Classic Stones. Following a (then) new song no one knew, Mick made the joke, “This [next] one we could have done at Super Bowl I,” and gave a wry smile as Keith began playing the greatest riff in rock history. Mick ripped off his shirt and “Satisfaction” brought the house down.Prince (2007)This was the night the world learned that Prince could control the weather. In the midst of a Miami rainstorm that would have chased a lesser performer off the stage, Prince delivered a set that will forever be known as one of the greatest, most talked about performances in Super Bowl halftime history. After a “We Will Rock You” intro, Prince segued into “Let’s Go Crazy” as dripping wet fans rushed the stage. He then played a medley that included “Proud Mary,” “All Along the Watchtower,” and a Foo Fighters cover. Who does this guy think he is? He’s Prince, that’s who, and he does what he wants. What happened next couldn’t have been scripted any better by a team of writers. Prince strapped on his purple Love guitar and began “Purple Rain”… in the rain … in a flood of purple lights that made the rain look purple. As a giant, 50-foot sheet rose in the wind, the silhouette of Prince and his extremely phallic guitar provided the visuals to an inspired guitar solo as the crowd looked on in awe. Fireworks, a bow to the crowd, and then most likely a second half to the game, but who remembers that part?Getting ready to watch the game? We hope you have all of your party food, beer, and prop bets ready.Article originally published January 29, 2018. Last updated in January 2019. 7 of the Best Drink References in Music The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Nowlast_img read more

More Early-Childhood Centres Under Brain Builders Programme

first_img Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, says that more early-childhood institutions and infant departments will be developed under the Brain Builders Programme.He was addressing the opening ceremony of the Early Childhood Commission’s (ECC) first annual Professional Development Institute, held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James on Tuesday (May 21).The Brain Builders Programme aims to reduce cognitive learning challenges among infants in the country. It is a framework for action in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, which starts from conception to age two.Under this initiative, the ECC will be responsible for establishing 126 Brain Builders centres across the island, with two in each constituency.Mr. Terrelonge lauded the ECC for the work being done to improve Jamaica’s early-childhood sector.“I want to say a special thank you to the ECC for everything they have done to revamp early-childhood education in Jamaica. It is… one of the best elements of our education system. The first 1,000 days (of a child’s life) matter, and the work of the Commission matters so much [and] they recognise this,” he noted.The Education State Minister underscored the Government’s commitment to ensuring that early-childhood institutions are certified.“As an Administration, we are serious about the certification of early-childhood institutions. Currently, there are 167 certified early-childhood institutions, which is an important accomplishment,” he noted.“The ECC; the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr. Grace McClean; and the entire staff at the Ministry must be lauded,” he said.The EEC’s Professional Development Institute, under the theme ‘Creating quality learning environments for strong foundations’, brings together stakeholders from around the world to share best practices that shape early childhood development.Tuesday’s opening ceremony included tributes to former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga; former Minister of Education, Hon. Maxine Henry-Wilson; and former Chairman of the ECC, Professor Maureen Samms-Vaughn for their contribution to early-childhood development.The three-day event concludes on Thursday (May 23). The Brain Builders Programme aims to reduce cognitive learning challenges among infants in the country. It is a framework for action in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, which starts from conception to age two. He was addressing the opening ceremony of the Early Childhood Commission’s (ECC) first annual Professional Development Institute, held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James on Tuesday (May 21). Story Highlights Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, says that more early-childhood institutions and infant departments will be developed under the Brain Builders Programme.last_img read more

Ceremony Marks Police Agreement

first_img “The principle of this agreement is increased input into issues affecting the cost, quality and standards of contract policing before decisions are made at the federal level,” said Mr. MacKay. “In renewing this agreement for the next 20 years, we have set the stage for a modernized police service model that will continue to be respected around the world.” The RCMP, as the provincial force, police 94 per cent of the land mass of Nova Scotia and 60 per cent of the population in 36 municipalities. There are 37 RCMP detachments and more than 1,500 employees in the province. “Today is a proud day for the RCMP in Nova Scotia as we look forward to providing an exceptional service as the provincial police for the next 20 years” said Mr. Brennan. The provincial force also provides specialized and centralized services so every community in Nova Scotia has access to major-crime investigators, emergency responses teams, dog teams, bomb disposal and other units. more input and control for the province and municipalities over staffing levels, policing standards and detachment construction Nova Scotia maintaining a 70/30 cost-share arrangement with Ottawa for all municipalities in the province a new contract management committee that will review cost-sharing and cost-containment measures a two-year escape clause remaining for municipalities that want to opt-out and create a municipal police force clarification of financial and staffing processes The provincial and federal governments marked a new provincial police agreement with a ceremony in Pictou today, April 13. Justice Minister Ross Landry, National Defence Minister Peter MacKay and Chief Supt. Brian Brennan of the RCMP in Nova Scotia celebrated the start of the policing agreement. “The RCMP have provided high-quality policing to Nova Scotia communities for almost 80 years, and I’m pleased that they will continue to keep our streets safe for the next 20 years as the provincial police force,” said Mr. Landry. Highlights of the agreement, which runs from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2032, include:last_img read more

Pakistani actors wife accuses him of domestic violence

first_imgLahore: Pakistani actor and singer Mohsin Abbas Haider’s wife Fatema Sohail has accused him of domestic violence. Fatema shared a lengthy post on her Facebook on Saturday alleging that the actor physically abused her while she was pregnant upon her confronting him about cheating. “On November 26, 2018, I caught my husband cheating. When I confronted him, instead of being embarrassed he started thrashing me. I was pregnant at that time,” she wrote. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Along with the post, she shared pictures of her bruised face. Fatema also claimed Haider was not present when she delivered their child and alleged that he was with his girlfriend at that time. She said her husband came to meet her two days later only to click pictures to grab public attention. Stating that she has had enough, Fatema said she was going to take a stand for herself. Haider, who has appeared in several hit films, said he would address the accusations at a press conference.last_img read more

Grief follows deadly Valley River First Nation fire

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn entire community near the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border is grieving tonight.A fire on the Valley River First Nation, roughly 400 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg claimed the life of a 76 year-old elder.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson has the story.last_img

Total 86 nominations filed in Delhi so far

first_imgNew Delhi: A total of 38 nominations were filed on Saturday for the Lok Sabha polls in Delhi, scheduled on May 12, taking the total to 86. Eight candidates filed their nominations from Chandni Chowk, including two independent candidates, and leaders from lesser known outfits like the Sarvhit Samaj Sewa Party and the Kanshiram Bahujan Dal. Five candidates filed nominations from northeast Delhi parliamentary constituency, including candidates from smaller parties — Republican Party Of India(A) and Satya Bahumat Party. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderNine candidates filed papers from east Delhi, out of whom two were independents. Two candidates filed their papers from New Delhi, including a woman candidate fighting as an independent. Four candidates filed their papers from northwest Delhi, including two independents. Five candidates filed their nominations from west Delhi, including an independent and candidates from lesser known outfits — Proutist Bloc India and Asankhya Samaj Party. Four candidates filed their nominations from south Delhi, including candidates from smaller parties — Hum Bhartiya Party and Mazdoor Kirayedar Vikas Party. Delhi, which has seven parliamentary constituencies, will vote on May 12 and the overall results will be declared on May 23. The seven constituencies are –New Delhi, South Delhi, West Delhi, East Delhi, North East Delhi, North West Delhi and Chandni Chowk.last_img read more

Royal Air Maroc Buys 4 Boeing 7879 Dreamliner for USD 11

Rabat – Royal Air Maroc is expanding its aircraft fleet. The national carrier has  ordered four 787-9 Dreamliners from Boeing valued at USD 1.1 billion.The order includes two Dreamliners purchased in December 2016 and two purchased this month, revealed the Boeing mediaroom.The ordered  Dreamliners will  bring  Royal Air Maroc fleet of fuel-efficient 787s to a total of nine airplanes, said the mediaroom. “Today Royal Air Maroc has direct flights to 80 international destinations. Thanks to our unique position as a geographic hub and high quality service, we bring customers from all over the world to their destinations,”  Abdelhamid Addou, CEO and Chairman of RAM told the same source.“With more than 850 flights per month to Africa, Royal Air Maroc has the broadest airline presence on the continent,” he said.“With ordering new-generation planes such as the Dreamliners, RAM seeks to be  the leading airline in Africa in terms of quality of service, quality of planes and connectivity.”The flag carrier fleet includes more than 56 Boeing airplanes, including 737s, 767-300ERs, 787s and a 747-400.Boeing is a  joint venture partner of Morocco Aero-Technical Interconnect Systems (MATIS) Aerospace in Casablanca, which builds wire bundles and wire harnesses for Boeing and other aerospace companies.“Expanding the relationship between our companies that began nearly 50 years ago, Boeing is proud to support Royal Air Maroc’s growth plans within Africa and further connect Morocco to the world, ” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Global Sales and Marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. read more

Communities need more sophisticated meteorological services says UN agency

Michel Jarraud, the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), told a workshop yesterday in Cape Verde that there is “a vital need to better understand the linkage between environmental protection and sustainable development.”Mr. Jarraud noted that the global economy had become increasingly sensitive to the fluctuations of weather, climate and water phenomena. Climate change, the growing competition for water, ozone depletion and the impact of desertification all require countries to have access to the best available information.“There are also raised expectations and demands for newer and more sophisticated types of services by most sectors of the economy, all of which are highly relevant to your respective societies,” he said.The workshop, help on Sal Island on Cape Verde, runs until Friday and is aimed at helping Portuguese-speaking countries develop greater partnerships between government and civil society on environmental and climate issues. 4 March 2008Governments, businesses and the general public need more sophisticated information from their national weather services if they are to prepare adequately against natural disasters and better adapt to the threats posed by climate change, the head of the United Nations meteorological agency says. read more

Nova Scotia Power customers should pay for biomass plant if necessary premier

Nova Scotia Power customers should pay for biomass plant if necessary: premier by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 19, 2012 2:52 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HALIFAX – Nova Scotia Power customers should pay the costs of operating a biomass plant for the next two years if a deal to sell a shuttered Cape Breton paper mill goes through, Premier Darrell Dexter said Thursday.But Dexter said any concerns that running the mill, which closed last fall, won’t offset the cost of running the biomass facility are “false” and “hypothetical.”Dexter said the economic ramifications of the mill not reopening would exceed what Nova Scotia Power customers would pay to operate the $208-million biomass plant.“We want the mill to operate and we want it to operate because it’s an important part of the economic architecture of the province,” he said.“The loss in terms of economic impact and in terms of the contribution to the province would far exceed any cost associated with the operation of the biomass plant.”His comments come a day after a lawyer raised the possibility of power customers facing the costs of running the biomass plant at a Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board hearing.The hearing into a proposed discount electricity rate for the mill concluded Wednesday, and the prospective buyer of the mill is urging the regulator to make a decision before the end of August.Pacific West Commercial has said that without a decision in its favour and approval from the Canada Revenue Agency, the deal to buy the mill could collapse.The operation in Point Tupper, N.S., shut down last September, throwing 600 employees out of work and affecting another 400 forestry contractors. It was closed after struggling with soaring fuel and electricity costs, a strong Canadian dollar and declining demand.It is under creditor protection until the end of August. read more

Geek deals Save on Dells 17inch Vostro 3750

first_imgWe’ve rambled on a bit before about small business laptops and how maybe there aren’t that many differences between “consumer” and “business” laptops to necessitate an entirely new product line. Dell didn’t heed our rambling and still continues to sell their small business laptops, but at least they’re taking a few bucks off to make up for their poor listening habits.Dell’s SMB laptop lineup is called “Vostro” and truly does feature a mix of features from their consumer Inspiron laptops and business Latitude laptops. You can get these Vostro’s with Intel’s 2nd generation Sandy Bridge line of Core processors, all the storage and RAM you could want, and even some discrete graphics if you so choose.AdChoices广告The models being discounted here are the Vostro 3750 17.3-inch, with a base price of only $499 after $50 instant savings and a $50 coupon code. This is a ridiculously low price for a 17.3-inch machine, which helps illustrate why netbooks are so dead in the water (even if this thing eats netbooks for lunch).The Vostro 3750 even gives you two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output, an ExpressCard expansion slot, and can be had in three colors.While a $50 coupon may not sound like a lot, Dell isn’t very giving when it comes to coupons on the Vostro’s, so take this one while you can get it.Visit LogicBuy for the Dell Vostro 3750last_img read more

Corriger une affirmation fausse ne suffit pas à convaincre

first_imgCorriger une affirmation fausse ne suffit pas à convaincreSoumis à un blog politique volontairement erroné, les gens ont tendance à ne prendre en compte un correctif que s’il va dans le sens de leur première opinion. Cela expliquerait pourquoi de nombreux Américains pensent toujours que leur président n’est pas né aux Etats-Unis malgré les nombreuses preuves apportées. Pour les chercheurs il faut bien plus qu’une information exacte et documentée pour faire changer les gens d’opinion.Internet permet une grande réactivité : les erreurs repérées peuvent être rapidement corrigées. Mais cela suffit-il à réparer les dégâts causés ? Non selon une étude menée par Kelly Garrett, professeur de communication à l’Ohio State University. Ces corrections n’ont que très peu d’effets chez les gens qui pensaient dès le début que l’information erronée était bien juste. Ces travaux seront présentés en février à la 16e conférence Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing à Austin, Texas.”Les corrections en temps réel ont un impact positif, avoue Kelly Garrett, mais cela touche principalement les gens qui étaient de toute façon prédisposés à rejeter la fausse information. Le problème lorsque l’on essaye de corriger une information erronée reste que certaines personnes veulent continuer d’y croire. Le simple fait de leur dire que c’est faux ne les convaincra pas.”L’exemple d’ObamaLe chercheur prend en exemple les accusations selon lesquelles le président Barack Obama ne serait pas né aux États-Unis, ce qui le rendrait alors inéligible à son poste actuel. Bien que la rumeur soit sans fondement et que de très nombreuses preuves l’aient totalement infirmée, des nombreux américains continuent de penser qu’il n’est pas né à Hawaï mais au Kenya.L’équipe a alors tenté l’expérience suivante à laquelle un panel varié de 574 adultes a participé. Ces derniers ont été confrontés à un blog politique, en fait entièrement rédigé par les chercheurs, qui décrivait l’état de confidentialité des dossiers médicaux électroniques des américains. Bien sourcé, les articles du blog comprenaient néanmoins plusieurs erreurs volontaires et affirmait en particulier que les administrateurs des hôpitaux, les compagnies d’assurances santé et les fonctionnaires du gouvernement avaient accès de manière non réglementée à ces dossiers.FactcheckingLes participants étaient divisés en trois groupes. Les premiers ont eu droit à une correction immédiate, sous couvert du site FactCheck.org, qui leur indiquait clairement quels passages étaient faux. Le second groupe s’est vu confier une tâche sans rapport pendant trois minutes puis ont reçu le même correctif. Enfin, le dernier groupe n’a pas été tenu au courant des erreurs volontaires présentes sur le blog.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Tous ont ensuite eu à répondre à une question au sujet de la difficulté que représente l’accès aux dossiers médicaux pour des groupes tels que l’administration hospitalière, les fonctionnaires et les compagnies d’assurance. Sans surprise, le premier groupe a donné les meilleures réponses, suivi de près par le second. Le dernier groupe est quant à lui à la traine.L’information exacte ne suffit pasL’intérêt de l’étude survient sur l’effet qu’a eu les corrections sur les gens qui s’étaient dits être opposés, avant même de lire le blog, aux dossiers médicaux électroniques. “Chez ceux qui étaient opposés à ces dossiers, l’effet de la correction immédiate est le même que s’ils n’avaient pas reçu de correction du tout”, explique Kelly Garrett. Ces derniers n’ont pas considéré FactCheck.org comme une source fiable et ont préféré avoir confiance dans le blog qui était compatible avec leurs préjugés.”Les êtres humains ne sont pas des récipients dans lesquels il suffit de verser de l’information exacte”, proclame le chercheur. Cela va à l’encontre de l’idée selon laquelle il suffit d’éduquer et d’informer les gens afin de lutter contre des rumeurs fausses. “Corriger des représentations erronées est une tâche de persuasion, continue-t-il, il faut réussir à convaincre les gens. S’il existe plusieurs affirmations différentes, il y en a généralement une qui est clairement plus fondée que les autres.”Le 26 janvier 2013 à 17:23 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Ramsey intends to remain at Emirates Stadium until the end of

Ramsey intends to remain at Emirates Stadium until the end of

first_imgArsenal playmaker Aaron Ramsey has admitted he won’t leave the Emirates Stadium this January although he is yet to resolve his contract issues with the management.The 27-year-old Wales international has failed to find a mutual agreement with the Gunners over a potential contract extension, as his current deal at the London outfit runs down at the end of the season.Knowing Ramsey’s quality and experience, a host of Europe top clubs already showed their interest, including the Premier League rivals, Manchester United and Liverpool, as well as, Serie A giants AC Milan.However, it seems the Welshman would like to honor his contract with Arsenal and help the team at least until the end of the ongoing campaign, that’s according to the ESPN.“Of course [I will see out the season], yeah,” Ramsey said after Wales’ 4-1 loss to Spain on Thursday. “I am contracted to Arsenal and I am going to do my best now this season to try and achieve something special.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Aaron confirms #AFC withdrew contract offer despite it’s being virtually agreed. He is not leaving in January. Full quotes.https://t.co/nFBiMe2wCp— Arsènic™ (@MrArsenicTM) October 12, 2018“Everything has been going great with the club,” he said. “We thought we were in a position where we had agreed a deal but that’s no longer the case.“So I just have to carry on playing my football and do my best for Arsenal this season and I’ll leave the rest with the club now. That’s a decision that they have made. I just have to get on with it and carry on playing the best I can.”last_img read more

Kingfisher develops pensions app to engage staff

Kingfisher develops pensions app to engage staff

first_imgNAPF 2015: Retail group Kingfisher has developed a brand-specific app to engage its 36,000 staff who are members of the Kingfisher pension scheme.The employer’s communications and financial education strategy around pensions began as a way of informing its staff about auto-enrolment, explained Dermot Courtier, head of group pensions at Kingfisher, speaking at the conference session ‘Gamification – the addictive combination of games, mobile devices and pensions’ at the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) Annual Conference and Exhibition 2015.This included a range of traditional communication strategies, such as DVDs, posters and leaflets that incorporated imagery related to the organisation’s brand.Focusing on the products the group sells, most notably nuts and bolts, the organisation developed a communications campaign based around characters from the ‘Bolt family’.Following the successful roll out of auto-enrolment in March 2014, Kingfisher gathered feedback about its communications approach in order to develop a further campaign to encourage staff to save for the future.Courtier said: “We took learning points from auto-enrolment and what was fed back to us by members, employees, store managers, and our HR community and we developed it into a five-year ‘saving for your future campaign’.”One of the changes it made as a result of this was to shorten the length of the informative DVDs produced for staff and to simplify the messaging used.It also developed an app that features members of its Bolt family, which is designed to educate staff about saving levels and to tap into the use of technology to engage younger staff with pensions and long-term saving.The app launched in November 2014 and was fully integrated into the firm’s communications and financial education strategy.Kingfisher points employees to the app using a range of communication channels, such as a link to download it on annual benefits statements.Employees’ response to the app has largely been positive and Kingfisher has plans to develop it further in the future as far as its technical capability allows.“We ran a number of internal focus groups across the business and we have run surveys on the trustee website, and overall the feedback has been very positive from the people that have participated,” says Courtier.Peter Nicholas, managing director at AHC, who spoke alongside Courtier, added that gamification should not be considered a tool of the future but as a way of engaging employees with their retirement savings today.He explained the popularity of games and the significant size and turnover of the gaming industry, which reached $70 billion in 2013, are an indication of the power that games have to engage.“If we want to connect with people about pensions, then we need to get into their world and interact with them in the way that they are interacting with the world. And increasingly that’s through gamification.”He added that the sense of achievement, reward and progress players feel as they work their way through a game can be harnessed to encourage interaction and understanding of pensions: “It’s these principles that can be picked up and applied to member education, and member engagement and really start to use the technology of today to connect with members,” he explained.last_img read more

Iris Worldwide uses an onsite personal trainer to encourage physical activity

Iris Worldwide uses an onsite personal trainer to encourage physical activity

first_imgMarketing and advertising organisation Iris Worldwide launched a physical activity programme five years ago for the 400 staff in its London-based head office, with the aim of energising and motivating employees who were putting in long hours tackling a demanding workload.Partnering with 9tolife, Iris Worldwide has an on-site personal trainer four afternoons a week, providing a base programme of weekly personal training, circuit, and yoga sessions, as well as sports massage. Over the years, the programme has developed to include an additional holistic emphasis that includes specialist workshops around mindfulness and stress, as well as advice on nutrition. The personal trainer also organises monthly or bi-monthly health checks for employees, which are subsidised by Iris Worldwide.As a result of these wellbeing interventions, since introducing the programme, Iris Worldwide has experienced 450 fewer sick days in total per annum, equating to a 25% reduction in the average sickness absence levels. Engaging with the programme has also led employees to form their own clubs, such as a football club and a running club.Claire Humphris, chief marketing officer Europe at Iris Worldwide, says: “What it has created is a positive culture around exercise and time away from your desk. People feel like they’ve been given permission to activate things around exercise at work and during work time. If we want to carry on with the same momentum and dynamism, we need to make sure we’re energising all of our staff.“The lines between work and life have blurred completely because of how internet-based we all are, so if it’s blurring in one direction where work is spilling over into home life, you have to make it blur back the other way where you can bring more elements of time off or things that benefit [employees’] health in the workplace.”last_img read more

Study Programmatic Strategies Adopted by 85 Percent of Advertisers and 72 Percent

first_imgThe study reveals interesting but contrasting motives for programmatic adoption. For advertisers, 55 percent suggest that the inherent value is in delivering targeted ads that consumers can engage with. Sixty-three percent of publishers, on the other hand, believe the real value with programmatic is in creating more efficient transactions.The biggest problem with programmatic buying strategies, according to one-third of advertiser respondents, is brand safety. In other words, brands are worried about where their ads are showing up and are seeking more control in that regard.The study’s whitepaper also identified five emerging trends that both publishers and advertisers should consider:• Due to mobile proliferation, browser cookies are becoming less important for collecting data and segmenting audiences.• Programmatic is adaptable to all media types—paid, owned and earned. Because of that, demand for actionable customer profiles will continue to grow.• Data will continue to grow its strategic value.• The digital marketing supply chain will need to restructure in order to optimize emerging programmatic technologies.• Expect fewer, but more comprehensive third-party solution platforms in programmatic buying. Programmatic buying is exploding according to a recent IAB and Winterberry Group study. However, the study also shows that some hurdles are slowing adoption rates.The study probed 250 executive-level marketers across the digital industry and the results show that 85 percent of advertisers and 72 percent of publishers are presently using programmatic buying strategies. Moreover, the total is expected to rise to 91 percent and 83 percent respectively, which denotes a clear narrative that customized advertising is a principal strategy for advertisers and publishers moving forward.last_img read more