Time Taps AIDS Researcher for Top Award

first_imgIn an honor that has never been bestowed upon a single scientist, Time magazine has named David Ho, head of New York City’s Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center (ADARC), its Man of the Year. The magazine tapped the 44-year-old Ho, it explained, for “pioneering the treatment that might, just might, lead to a cure.” But some AIDS researchers worry that the award may further divide a field known for its fierce competition and heated disputes.> An accompanying profile muses over Ho’s “genius.” And there’s no doubt that Ho and his co-workers at the 5-year-old ADARC had a banner year, publishing several high-impact papers in basic and clinical AIDS research. On the clinical side, they’ve been at the forefront of the studies that have shown that protease inhibitors, a new class of anti-HIV drugs, can drive blood HIV levels down to undetectable levels for more than a year in many patients, when used in combination with older drugs like AZT and 3TC. And the Ho lab has also performed pathbreaking studies on how quickly HIV replicates, how long it takes drugs to decimate the virus, and how HIV uses receptors for immune-system chemicals called chemokines to infect cells.The Time package stresses that the strides AIDS researchers made in 1996 in treating HIV-infected people cannot fairly be credited to any single scientist or institution–a point Ho readily acknowledges. “Our accomplishments not only reflect the efforts of [ADARC], but also of many other outstanding scientists and institutions active in HIV/AIDS research,” he said in a statement. Also, as Ho and Time emphasize, AIDS has not been cured, and many critical questions remain unanswered. For example, although adding proteases to the anti-HIV drug regimens has clearly led to marked improvements in many AIDS patients, the magnitude–and, critically, the duration–of these benefits is still up in the air.Despite the disclaimers, some AIDS researchers worry that Ho will be perceived as having played a larger role in the fight against AIDS than any individual deserves. When asked his reaction to Time’s choice, Duke University AIDS researcher Dani Bolognesi–who says he appreciates the value of Ho’s work–is somewhat dumbfounded. “Wow, that’s all I have to say, wow,” says Bolognesi, who adds that he worries that singling out Ho could further polarize a fractious field. Just a few days before the award was announced, in fact, The Wall Street Journal ran a front-page story in which critics faulted Ho for what the Journal called his “propensity for publicity.”Still, as this is Time’s first Man of the Year tribute to a scientist since 1960–when it featured 15 scientists from different disciplines in a package about the renaissance of scientific discovery–some AIDS researchers undoubtedly will see the credit being given to Ho the way Time intended it: as “an emblem of a key moment, picked to represent the best work of all the AIDS scientists.”last_img read more

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Science Campaigners Celebrate New Libel Law for England and Wales

first_imgLONDON—Scientists campaigning for libel law reform in England and Wales have a reason to celebrate. A new Defamation Bill that advocates say will help protect free speech—including statements included in peer-reviewed scientific publications—on Wednesday received the go-ahead from Parliament after several months of ping-pong between the House of Lords and the House of Commons. The bill aims to “ensure that a fair balance is struck between the right to freedom of expression and the protection of reputation,” according to the Parliament’s summary of the bill. Under current English law, plaintiffs alleging spoken defamation or published libel must meet a relatively low bar to get into court: They need only show that a public statement might inflict reputational damage. Under the new law, however, claimants will have to present evidence of “serious financial harm” before a suit can move forward. (Scotland has its own libel law.) Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) “It’s a good libel bill, it’s something we should all be proud of,” says Simon Singh, a science writer who was unsuccessfully sued by the British Chiropractic Association in 2008 over a column he wrote for The Guardian questioning the effectiveness of chiropractic treatments. The lawsuit attracted wide attention, and campaigners for libel reform cited it—alongside a couple of other high-profile cases—as examples of how libel laws in England and Wales could be used to stifle scientific debate. In 2007, U.K. cardiologist Peter Wilmshurst was sued after criticizing a U.S. biomedical company, NMT Medical, over the adequacy of its clinical trials. He won the case, but nearly lost his home as a result of the cost of the process. In 2008, the journal Nature was dragged into a costly court battle by an Egyptian researcher who claimed that one of Nature’s articles damaged his reputation when it alleged that he had self-published many papers without peer review. Nature argued that the claim had no merit and won in 2012. The cases prompted the Libel Reform Campaign, with three organizations—Sense About Science, Index on Censorship, and English PEN—joining forces to change English libel law. The campaign attracted tens of thousands of supporters, including the actor and gadget expert Stephen Fry and David King, former chief scientific adviser to the U.K. government. Those allies are now generally welcoming the new law, which has been debated in Parliament since May 2012. Many scientists are pleased that it singles out statements made in peer-reviewed technical papers for special protection. “My own proposal for statements in peer-reviewed papers to be privileged, or immune, for the purposes of libel, will be made law, and that will certainly mean that Science and other academic journals will have fewer worries and cost about allowing vigorous debate including commentary on peer-reviewed work,” says Evan Harris, parliamentary adviser of Libel Reform Campaign. Despite a number of “compromises,” the law will also provide a stronger defense of fair comment by journalists and others, says Sense About Science Managing Director Tracey Brown. It also establishes “a new public interest defense [that] will help writers everywhere to decide what to publish based on ‘Is it true?’ rather than ‘Will they sue?’ ” The law will also make it harder for plaintiffs to engage in “libel tourism,” the name given to the practice of using courts in England and Wales to sue foreign publications. (Many nations require libel suits to be filed in the nation where a publisher has an office or headquarters.) But the government still has to clarify the procedures that will govern exactly how the law will work in practice, Brown and others note, adding that those rules will help determine the cost of future libel cases. Another area that awaits clarification is how exactly the law will apply to material published on the Internet, Singh adds. Extending the new protections to the web would “turn a good bill into a great bill,” he says. The bill will not prevent foreign companies from suing scientists for defamation and libel in English courts, Harris notes. But “we are campaigning for new court rules that would mean that trivial and bullying claims are rejected by the court before the publisher has to spend money on her defense,” he says. Singh predicts that the new law will lead to fewer court battles. “Now that academic publishers have additional protection,” he tells ScienceInsider, “it will be much harder to sue an academic journal for libel, and that’s a really firm step forward.” Now that Parliament has agreed on the law, it requires just the Queen’s formal assent to become law. That assent is expected within days. *Clarification, 11:55 a.m., 26 April: Peter Wilmshurst was first sued in 2007, but was sued again in 2010.last_img read more

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Causes on Facebook: Partner Center, Application Redesign and America’s Giving Challenge, Oh My!

first_imgDownload the transcript, audio recording and presentation slides below ‘Related Documents’!When you think of social networking, rallying support for your nonprofit’s cause and incorporating philanthropy into your Web 2.0 activities, which application comes to mind?Causes on Facebook, of course!In this free training sponsored by Kenneth Cole Productions, Matthew Mahan, who manages nonprofit relations and business development at Causes, shares Causes’ new Partner Center for nonprofits, a redesign of the application on Facebook, and information about America’s Giving Challenge.You can expect to learn more about these topics:How to navigate a host of new back-end tools for managing multiple causesHow to send targeted messagesUnderstanding your nonprofit’s supporters on Facebook and how to support them About our speakerMatthew Mahan is the Director of Nonprofit Relations and Business Development at Causes, which provides organizing tools for anyone who wants to change the world. As the largest application on Facebook, Causes supports over 80 million users, 300,000 user-created causes and 11,000 official non-profit partners. Causes users have raised over $13 million dollars for nonprofits in just over two years. Matthew joined Causes after teaching middle school through Teach for America building irrigation systems in Bolivia through a Rockefeller Fellowship. Matthew graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, where he served as student body president. He is a native of Watsonville, a farming town on California’s Central Coast.last_img read more

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Supporting the New Climate Agreement: A Checklist for Business

first_imgI was “on location” last week in Paris at the Business & Climate Summit, where leaders from business and climate policy came together. At the opening plenary, I heard from the CEOs of Statoil and Carrefour, from UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christina Figueres, from President Francois Hollande and many others.I was struck by the tone of the discussion and sense of urgency. I am proud that the conversations from participants inside of the UNESCO building were almost as activist as the tone of the demonstrators just outside. Business and government leaders alike spoke publicly of the need to get beyond greenwash, characterizing the new international climate agreement being negotiated this year as a revolution, a transformation, a matter of life and death.So how can businesses contribute to and support this process?There are four main elements, which will be finalized at the COP 21 climate summit in Paris later this year:Preparing and presenting national contributions (INDCs) from all countries;Negotiating the text of the agreement;Advancing the financial aspect, which should enable funding of the transition toward low-carbon economies; andPromoting an “Action Agenda,” which was launched late last year to catalyze climate action from both state and non-state actors.Businesses can help move all these elements forward through both direct interventions in their own operations and by creating a “surround sound” of support. Having come from a company myself recently, I know that companies need to distill this down into a to-do list. Here, I present my five-point checklist to help you and your colleagues get started.Demonstrate your company’s leadership by agreeing to set ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets and join others making bold climate commitments. Coalitions like We Mean Business, representing multiple NGOs and business leaders, have established a core set of actions that will define corporate leadership on climate change. It includes pledges to set GHG reduction targets in line with climate science. Other actions from We Mean Business include putting a price on carbon, purchasing 100 percent renewable energy, eliminating deforestation from supply chains and more. Sign up to as many as you are able of these climate leadership goals.Ensure that your company’s climate actions are formally recognized. Confirm that your commitments and initiatives are included on the NAZCA Climate Action platform. This online platform formally recognizes the climate contributions of non-state actors, while encouraging countries to create and support ambitious INDCs. Show business and government leaders alike that ambitious climate action is achievable.Connect members of your company’s board and C-suite with heads of state and other global leaders to urge climate action. In the coming months, there will be increasing attention on climate change and the role of business. Provide your company’s leadership with the talking points and platforms to voice your organization’s climate positions publicly, on the international or national stage, in the media, or in your own events and publications.Lobby responsibly for effective climate policies. The political influence of business will take on additional importance and receive additional scrutiny in the coming months. Do you have a climate policy position? Do you know how your trade groups are representing you on the issue? Take a proactive and responsible approach, and ensure that your company’s direct conversations with government, together with the trade associations that represent you, demonstrate your commitment to progress on climate change.Join working groups with others seeking to create and commercialize low-carbon solutions. Business leaders from across the globe recognize that they’ll need to work together to scale technologies that support energy efficiency in buildings, climate-smart agriculture and more. Participate in one of the Low-Carbon Technology Partnerships initiative’s working groups and contribute to outcomes that will be presented in Paris in December as part of the Action Agenda.Any further delay to the transition to a low-carbon economy means higher costs and increasing risks and disruptions. I encourage all business leaders to complete the above checklist over the coming months.You will find a helping hand among a number of NGOs who are working in close collaboration to advance these initiatives. WRI is involved in many of them. Learn more about the specific areas where we and partners are helping companies take action.last_img read more

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IOA chief Narinder Batra reveals boycotting 2022 Commonwealth Games is an option

first_imgAce shooter Heena Sidhu had recently said that India should even consider pulling out of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham after shooting was excluded from the games. And she has found a backer in Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra. The chief has sent a mail to the Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and made it clear that discussions on these lines have been had informally by IOA members.In the mail, accessed by IANS, Batra writes: “This is with reference to the press statement of Secretary-General IOA in the month of May 2019 regarding the intention of IOA to most probably not participate in CWG 2022. The issues have also been informally discussed by IOA amongst some of the colleagues in IOA and they also agree with the views expressed by IOA Secretary-General (Rajeev Mehta).”Earlier, speaking to IANS, National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) Secretary Rajiv Bhatia had said that there was nothing that it could do since the organizing committee had taken a final call on the matter.”We tried out everything but now that the organizing committee have taken a final call on it, nothing can be done. It’s over now,” he had said.It was revealed in June that the Executive Board of the CGF had decided to exclude shooting from 2022 Games to be held in Birmingham. It is the first time since 1970 that shooting won’t be seen at the Commonwealth Games and only the second since its first inclusion in 1966.The move comes as a blow to India which won 16 medals, including seven gold in the event at the 2018 CWG at Gold Coast, Australia. NRAI president Raninder Singh had said in 2018 that it would want the Indian government to boycott the 2022 Games if shooting was dropped from the program.advertisementSidhu had said: “I think it has happened before. We have backed out in the past. India is a big nation and we can throw our weight behind this.”Also Read | We need to focus more on Olympic sports to make India sporting powerhouse: Sports Minister Kiren RijijuAlso Read | Why Neeraj Chopra is among India’s biggest medal hopefuls in Tokyo Olympicslast_img read more

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SCHUMACHER NAMED TO IOWA COURT OF APPEALS

first_imgA northwest Iowa judge has been appointed to the state’s Court of Appeals.Governor Kim Reynolds has named Julie Schumacher to the Iowa Appeals Court.Schumacher, who is from Schleswig, currently serves as a district court judge in Judicial District 3B.She has previously served as a district associate judge, an assistant county attorney for Crawford County, and an assistant city attorney for Denison.She had a private law practice in Denison for nearly twenty years prior to that.Schumacher received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Dakota and her law degree from Creighton.She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Iowa Court of Appeals Chief Judge Gayle Nelson Vogel of Spirit Lake.last_img read more

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David Warner fires as he and Steve Smith make unofficial returns to Australian side

first_imgCricket World Cup 2019 Share on Facebook Allan Border Field on Monday played host to a familiar sight, if one not seen for over a year, as Steve Smith and David Warner were both warmly welcomed back into the fold in a tight World Cup warmup victory against a New Zealand XI.Having completed 12-month bans for their roles in last year’s ball tampering scandal, the duo continued their reintegration into the national setup in the unofficial game in Brisbane. Share on WhatsApp Eoin Morgan and Jofra Archer star in England T20 win over Pakistan cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau)WHAT A CATCH! Steve Smith has still got it! pic.twitter.com/WWM280MEiyMay 6, 2019 Steve Smith Topics Support The Guardian Australia cricket team David Warner Share on Twitter Warm applause followed Warner to the crease but it was nothing on the reception Smith received as he replaced him in the middle.Mitchell Starc (pectoral muscle) was rested while Kane Richardson, who isn’t in the squad, went wicketless from seven tidy overs when given the chance to press his claims for inclusion if Jhye Richardson (shoulder) is unable to prove his fitness.Pat Cummins, Berendorff and Coulter-Nile all took three wickets against an under-strength Kiwi unit missing regular skipper Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill and Trent Boult – all still on IPL duties in India.Cummins took two wickets in the first over before a 137-run stand between Will Young (60) and Tom Blundell (77) ensured there was scoreboard pressure on the hosts. news Cricket Read more Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Warner, batting at No 3, started nervily but soon settled and brought some of his recent IPL form to the national side on his way to 39, while Smith, who replaced him at the crease, made 22 before being caught behind.In starkly different scenes to what they should expect in their 1 June World Cup opener in England, Australia were clapped onto the field by the healthy crowd as one fan yelled out “welcome back Smithy”.The hosts were cruising early thanks to Warner’s bright innings but were suddenly exposed when Smith edged behind with Australia still needing 89 to win.It took some late hitting from Nathan Coulter-Nile (34) – and a tense 11-run final wicket partnership between Adam Zampa and Jason Behrendorff that featured several big shouts for lbw – for Australia to scrape home with one wicket and 10 balls in hand.Shaun Marsh (15) – in the side at Glenn Maxwell’s expense – Marcus Stoinis (15) and Alex Carey (2) all failed to seize the moment as shadows stretched across Allan Border Field.Earlier there were no heckles or abuse from the good-natured crowd of 1,200 in an atmosphere starkly different to that predicted when Australia opens its World Cup defence in England on 1 June.Warner started nervously – he was dropped at gully off his third ball and almost popped a catch to point off his first ball – after Usman Khawaja (4) was bowled from the fourth ball of the innings.But he exploded to life once scurrying through to get off the mark, pulling a six over midwicket and peppering the boundary between point and mid-off with a series of immaculately-timed drives.His impressive innings was cut short on 39, top edging a reverse sweep to end a crisp 77-run stand with Aaron Finch (52).It was a brief but compelling case from Warner, as coach Justin Langer remains coy on which two of Finch, Warner and Khawaja will face the new ball against Afghanistan on 1 June in Bristol. Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Australia sport Since you’re here… Share on Messengerlast_img read more

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Three Idiots fame Sonam Wangchuk Odisha Minister attend happiness class

first_imgNEW DELHI: Bollywood flick ”Three Idiots” inspiration Sonam Wangchuk and Odisha’s Education Minister Samir Ranjan on Monday visited a government school here to attend the happiness class.”Education is as much about software as it is about the hardware. Delhi’s government school infrastructure is commendable but today I am very impressed by the work being done on children’s mental wellbeing. Governments across states must rise above politics and work towards introducing such programs,” Wangchuk said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe duo were accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia during their visit to Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya in West Vinod Nagar. “What I have genuinely observed today is that children are happy. Happiness Curriculum is helping children concentrate better on their studies. I want to congratulate Sisodia and his government. I will go back to Odisha and speak with my chief minister about implementing this program in our schools,” the Odisha CM said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsA 45-minute Happiness class is organized daily in the government schools of Delhi. It teaches children to be emotionally strong, increasing confidence and happiness in children. The Delhi government is celebrating a fifteen-day long “Happiness Utsav” in its schools on completion of a year of the happiness curriculum. “The Delhi model incorporates best practices from different states, and it would be healthy if all states were to learn from each other. It will help us develop our education system and make our children’s future better,” Education Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia said. Across classes 6-8 which were visited by the dignitaries on Monday, children of different ages shared their feedback on how the curriculum has impacted their lives. Many shared the stories they enjoyed listening to, others spoke about the activities conducted in the classroom. Children across the board reported that their stress levels were decreasing and that they were even helping their parents take up mindfulness activities at home. The Happiness Class is for children from nursery to class 8. A 45-minute Happiness class is organized daily in the government schools of Delhi. It teaches children to be emotionally strong, increasing confidence and happiness in children. This class starts with a mindfulness exercise, then continues with stories that teach children important life lessons.last_img read more

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QuickQuotes just what was said Tuesday about the auditor generals report

first_imgOTTAWA – Auditor general Michael Ferguson released his fall report on Tuesday chiding the government on a variety of issues, including the Phoenix pay system fiasco and the Canada Revenue Agency’s call centre. Here are some quotes on the report’s findings:___“We have to understand that when the previous government chose to cut government services, particularly through the last years of its mandate, in order to balance the budget at all costs, there are consequences. We are working hard to restore services to Canadians at the level they expect and we have more work to do to fix the Conservatives’ messes.” — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.—“The Liberal government did not create this mess, but we are going to fix this mess.” — Trudeau, on the Phoenix pay system.—“Justin Trudeau is adding insult to injury when he hikes taxes on middle-class Canadians and then allows his tax collectors to ignore or mislead the very people being forced to pay for his $100 billion in new deficits.” — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.—“From the start the Liberals have not taken this Phoenix fiasco seriously. They ignored calls from both public servants and unions to delay implementing the pay system and then failed to do anything to solve the problem. The Liberals have no idea of the full extent of the problem and their dithering is just making things worse for our public servants.” — NDP MP David Christopherson.—“While Liberals are letting their rich friends avoid paying their fair share and benefit from tax havens, they are failing to help hard-working Canadians who are looking for help.” — NDP MP Matthew Dube.—“The auditor general has exposed how this government is totally failing Canadians. CRA has been blocking half the calls and one third that actually make it through get bad or wrong advice. For those looking to avoid paying their taxes, the Liberals have a good answer for them. For Canadians trying to pay their taxes, they put them on hold.” — NDP MP Nathan Cullen.—last_img read more

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TMX Group signs memorandum of understanding with Shenzhen Stock Exchange

first_imgTORONTO – TMX Group Ltd. (TSX:X) has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with the Shenzhen Stock Exchange aimed at improving economic co-operationThe companies say they want to connect investors and companies in the technology and innovation sectors in the two countries.Under the five-year agreement, TMX Group and SZSE plan to create the China-Canada Technology and Innovation Companies Service Initiative.They say the initiative will include a combination of existing services, facilities and networks.The companies also say they may explore the possibility of creating trading, and clearing and settlement connections between Canada and China.The agreement was approved by the China Securities Regulatory Commission last month.last_img read more

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UN programme launched to harmonize development efforts eliminate inefficiency

1 February 2007The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today announced the start of a pilot scheme called “One UN” that seeks to better coordinate development activities at the country level and avoid duplication. The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today announced the start of a pilot scheme called “One UN” that seeks to better coordinate development activities at the country level and avoid duplication.Eight countries – Albania, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uruguay and Viet Nam – volunteered last year to participate in the programme, which aims to speed up development operations to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight targets for tackling poverty, hunger and other social ills by 2015.“We look forward to assessing the success of these pilots to learn valuable practical lessons which can inform the broader debate on strengthening the UN’s development activities,” UNDP Chief Kemal Dervis stated in New York.In each of these eight countries, the reform projects will consolidate the UN’s presence by replacing current structures with one leader, one programme and one budget, thus allowing various UN agencies to play to their strengths.“These pilots show the UN’s commitment to bring together the expertise, experience and capacities of the entire UN family to support national development strategies,” Mr. Dervis said.Several donor States have also indicated that they will pool funds at the country level to pursue a more coherent approach to development.The creation of these pilots was suggested in Delivering as One, a report by the UN High-Level Panel on System-wide Coherence that was released last November. read more

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UN agency aims to improve nutrition for 1 million hungry Asian children

3 December 2008The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced a $15 million project to improve the nutrition of a million undernourished children and mothers in seven Asian countries. “To achieve the Millennium Development Goals [to slash a host of social ills by 2015], malnutrition has to be addressed urgently and effectively,” WFP Regional Director Tony Banbury told a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in Hong Kong, where business leaders and philanthropists also committed over $4 million to support the plan.“WFP is working hard to improve the nutritional value of the food support we provide by providing fortified food products and micronutrient supplements.”The agency will provide locally-fortified food products over the next three years to at-risk children under two, moderately malnourished individuals, pregnant and lactating women and populations suffering from micronutrient deficiencies and chronic illnesses in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines and Timor-Leste.Based on work done in Laos, WFP will work with multiple stakeholders to increase the scale of production and distribution of improved fortified corn soya blend. In Myanmar, for example, it will work with the private sector to ensure factories produce and mill foods for WFP operations. In Timor-Leste, it will create a consortium of government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private sector bodies to produce more nutritious food locally.In India, WFP will aim to secure technical expertise and funding to support research into the production of a chickpea paste for a cost-effective ready-to-eat product to help people in emergencies.At the CGI meeting’s closing session today, popular Republic of Korea film actor Jang Dong Kun was also appointed WFP National Ambassador Against Hunger, focusing on raising funds for hungry children in Asia. read more

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Body found in lake off NiagaraontheLake

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit is examining the circumstances related to a man’s body being recovered from Lake Ontario in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Niagara Regional Police were called after 7 o’clock last night to Townline Rd to check on the welfare of someone. Niagara emergency medical services, the Canadian Coast Guard and St Catharines fire also responded. Firefighters pulled the man out of the water, but he could not be revived. No details on his identity have been released. Neighbours say they did not see or hear anything.The SIU takes over an investigation if someone is injured or dies while police are involved. read more

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With African Union set to replace OAU Annan sees hope challenges ahead

Addressing the Organization of African Unity (OAU) on the eve of its transformation into the African Union, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed the continent’s advance towards further integration but cautioned that success would require further effort.”The fact that you can proclaim the birth of the African Union tomorrow is… an occasion to celebrate and, more important, an occasion for hope,” Mr. Annan told the OAU’s final summit meeting, held in Durban, South Africa.The Secretary-General said the concept of a Union was “noble and inspiring,” and pointed out that other regions, notably Europe, had demonstrated the practical benefits of joining forces. “But,” he added, “let us not risk jeopardizing what we have already achieved, and let us not imagine that, once proclaimed, our Union will become a reality without further effort.”Recalling the difficulties that the European Union had encountered, Mr. Annan said a successful African Union would require “great stamina and iron political will, combined with the readiness to accept seeming endless series of negotiations and compromises.”Africa, he noted, faced many difficulties, including “economies [that] are saddled with unsustainable debt, or crippled by the legacy of wars in which, over generations, outside powers exploited and prolonged African quarrels.” At the same time, he underscored the continent’s many resources, such as customs that value democracy based on consensus. “Our traditions teach us to respect each other; to share power; to give every man his say, and every woman hers,” said Mr. Annan, whose home country is Ghana.He called on the attending leaders to build “a Union that will last” and urged them to resolve – not just manage – the conflicts “that disfigure our continent.”Looking ahead at next month’s World Summit on Sustainable Development, which will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, Mr. Annan said the conference would have to trace a path for the future. “Let us apply ourselves, as Africans, to persuading the rest of the world to join us next month and start implementing the measures we all know are needed if development is to be truly sustainable,” he said.Before addressing the summit earlier today, Mr. Annan met separately with Amre Moussa, the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, and Farouk Kaddoumi, Representative of Palestinian National Authority President Yasser Arafat, according to a UN spokeswoman.On the sidelines of the Durban summit, Mr. Annan also had a number of back-to-back meetings scheduled with African leaders.After arriving in South Africa on Sunday morning, he had a one-on-one meeting with the country’s President, Thabo Mbeki. He also held talks with Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi. read more

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RSPCA inspector called to house because of giant spider makes embarrassing discovery

first_imgAn RSPCA inspector rushed to the scene when she received a report that a giant and possibly dangerous spider was on the loose in a family home.She steeled herself to tackle the tarantula as she made her way to Alresford in Hampshire on Thursday July 20.However, it appeared a child was to blame for the “spider” scare, which caused his mother quite a fright.RSPCA inspector Nikki Denham said: ““The caller had stated there was a tarantula the size of her hand in the understairs cupboard.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “She had left it in there not touching it and called us for assistance. “I turned up with gloves and nets to confine the creature and the woman left me to it, shutting doors around me to prevent its escape. “It was dark under the stairs but I could see legs behind a vacuum cleaner that certainly were tarantula size, however as I shone light in I could see that it was in fact a toy plastic tarantula. “After telling the woman this it was presented to her young son who confirmed with an angelic innocent face that it was his. “The poor caller was obviously embarrassed but it won’t be the first or last call we’ll have like that I’m sure.”last_img read more

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Greek economy expected to recover moderately in 2016

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The European Commission in its autumn report titled “Uncertainty reverses economic recovery,” said that the Greek economy built up positive momentum in 2014 and will return to recession in 2015.Overall, the Greek economy is forecast to contract by 1.4% in 2015. Recovery is expected in the course of 2016, supported by a rebound in confidence, the stabilisation of the financial sector following the banksʼ recapitalisation expected at the end of 2015, and the consequent re-launching of investment and privatisation projects. Nevertheless, the economy is projected to contract by 1.3% in 2016 amid negative carryover effects from 2015. In 2017, GDP growth is set to gather speed and is projected at 2.7% as implemented structural reforms strengthen aggregate demand.The projected improvement in Greeceʼs current account deficit in 2015 is due to the decrease in imports, while it is expected to turn into surplus in the forecast horizon as past and ongoing structural reforms create new opportunities. The decreasing trend of unemployment, followed since the peak in 2013, is expected to be interrupted in 2015 and 2016, before resuming in 2017. Compensation per employee is projected to decline further in 2015, before starting to rise again in 2016. HICP inflation is expected to be negative in 2015, as the impact of lower oil prices and the weak demand outweigh the impact of VAT reforms raising many items to the standard rate.Inflation is expected to start increasing from 2016 onwards in line with the economic recovery. Upside risks to the growth outlook are related to the public sector settling arrears and the full absorption of EU structural funds by the end of the year. On the downside, failure to adequately recapitalise the banking sector within the agreed timeframe or to fully deliver on the reform programme would undermine growth prospects. Adjusted fiscal dynamics with swift action. The prolonged uncertainty and the turnaround in the economic cycle also had a negative impact on public finances in the first half of 2015.The Greek economy is projected to slip back into recession by the end of the year, after a period of heightened uncertainty culminated in a bank holiday and introduction of capital controls. The implementation of the new ESM programme will enable a rebound in confidence and investment that is set to support positive growth and the reduction in the general government deficit to below 3% of GDP in 2017.The 2nd Adjustment Programme, the referendum called in June 2015 and the itroduction of capital controls raised uncertainty sabotaging the country’s previous efforts towards financial growth.Both the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) and the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) plummeted to historically low levels in July and August 2015.Real GDP, however, grew by 1.0 per cent in the first half of 2015, and as trade credit tightened significantly imports also saw a reduction.The report does stress that the broken deadlines for tax payment, the standstill of investment and the poor availability of credit have taken are yet to take a heavy toll on economic activity. On the positive side, the tourism sector and net trade which in spite of all odds performed exceptionally well for the second year in a row have given Greece a reason to hope. The fiscal policy measures agreed with the authorities in the 3rd adjustment programme that were partly implemented already in July and August 2015 are expected to yield savings of over 1% of GDP in the second half of 2015 and up to 4% of GDP cumulatively through 2017. With this significant fiscal consolidation, the primary balance is projected to record a small deficit in 2015 (0.25% of GDP) before returning to surplus in 2016 (0.5% of GDP). Moreover, the Greek government has committed to legislating in autumn 2015 an additional fiscal package to ensure a primary surplus of 1.75% of GDP in 2017. Based on this primary balance path, the headline deficit is projected to fall from 4.6% of GDP in 2015 to 2.2% of GDP in 2017. Downside risks include increased spending due to the marked migration inflows whose impact is still being assessed. The fiscal projections do not include the return of SMP and ANFA profits to the Greek Government, reflecting the Eurogroup statement of 27 June 2015 to suspend these transfers, and the forthcoming recapitalisation of the Greek banking sector, that will have a substantial but temporary negative impact on the general government balance, which cannot be determined before the operations take place. The full bank recapitalisation envelope of up to 25 billion euros (14% of GDP) envisaged in the ESM programme has been included into the public debt figures starting in 2015, although it remains to be seen if all funds need to be drawn.The general government debt-to-GDP ratio is expected to peak in 2016 at 199.7% before declining in 2017 to 195.6%. *To read the full EUC report go to http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-5996_en.htmlast_img read more

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Le mystère de la gelée royale enfin élucidé

first_imgLe mystère de la gelée royale enfin élucidéAu sein de leur colonie, les abeilles créent les reines en nourrissant des larves avec de la gelée royale. Un procédé mystérieux dont l’ingrédient secret a été identifié par des chercheurs japonais. Reconnue pour ses bienfaits apportés au corps humain, la gelée royale est une substance gélatineuse aux reflets nacrés produite par les glandes des abeilles ouvrières. Dotée d’une saveur très forte, elle constitue l’exclusive nourriture des larves d’abeilles durant leur trois premiers jours de vie et de la reine de la colonie durant toute son existence. Mais si la substance avait déjà bien été étudiée, les scientifiques ignoraient tout de l’ingrédient secret qui permet aux larves de se transformer en reine, du moins jusqu’ici.À lire aussiQuand 30 frelons japonais s’en prennent à un essaim de 30.000 abeilles (Vidéo)En effet, des chercheurs de la Toyama Prefectural University basée à Imizu au Japon ont réussi à percer le mystère. Pour cela, ils ont conservé la gelée royale à 40°C pendant 30 jours durant lesquels ils ont nourri des larves d’abeilles avec la substance. Ils se sont alors aperçus que son effet “royal” semblait s’affaiblir au fil des jours, indiquant que l’ingrédient clé se décomposait peu à peu. Ainsi, ils ont réparti des larves en plusieurs groupes et ont nourri chacune d’entre elles avec de la gelée “désactivée” en un des composés susceptibles d’être l’ingrédient secret. Parmi ceux-ci, un seul a permis de transformer une larve en reine : une protéine baptisée royalactine.Une gelée aux propriétés surprenantesPour comprendre comment ce composé marche, Masaki Kamakura et son équipe ont ajouté l’ingrédient à l’alimentation de larves de mouche du vinaigre. Ainsi nourris, les insectes ont alors davantage grandi et ont pondu beaucoup plus d’oeufs que les autres mouches, exactement comme les abeilles. Selon Masaki Kamakura, la royalactine fonctionnerait en fait en modifiant le gène qui code pour l’Egfr, une protéine trouvée dans le règne animal et qui intervient par exemple dans la prolifération des cellules. Publiés dans la revue Nature, ces travaux suggèrent ainsi qu’un mécanisme préexistant aurait été détourné pour créer le système hiérarchique des abeilles. Au départ tous identiques, les insectes deviendraient ensuite soit des ouvriers, soit une reine, tout ceci grâce à la gelée royale et peut être d’autres facteurs encore non identifiés.Le 30 avril 2011 à 12:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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