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Stricter punishments for ball-tampering, toss in Tests to stay: ICC

first_imgThe International Cricket Council’s Cricket Committee has batted for harsher punishments for serious on-field offence and ball-tampering.During a two-day meeting which concluded in Mumbai on Tuesday, the committee also decided to not do away with the toss in Test cricket.The Cricket Committee was joined by ex-England captain Mike Gatting and David Boon, former Australia batsman and now a member of the elite panel of match referees, to discuss the players’ code of conduct.The ICC Cricket Committee has made several recommendations to create a culture of respect that everyone in the game can adhere to. https://t.co/ybmHUk2Y3i #cricket @icc ICC Media (@ICCMediaComms) May 29, 2018The committee has recommended giving greater authority and support to match officials, creating a ‘Code of Respect’ and allowing the match referees to downgrade or upgrade a level of offence or sanction.”We had an excellent discussion around the issue of player behaviour and I’d like to thank Mike Gatting and David Boon for joining us and making valuable contributions,” ICC Cricket Committee chairman Anil Kumble said in a statement.”The group felt that excessive personal abuse and ball tampering were serious offences in the game and that should be reflected in the way in which they are dealt with.”There was also strong support for giving the match officials more authority and subsequently greater support around their decision making.”The announcement follows the ball-tampering incident that occurred during the third test in Cape Town, which resulted in Cricket Australia banning sacked Australia captain Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.advertisementThere were also discussions to scrap the time-honoured tradition of a coin toss prior to test matches but the committee did not recommend such a move, calling the ritual an “integral part of the narrative”.However, the committee has urged member nations to continue to focus on delivering pitches that provide a fair contest between bat and ball.The Committee has also recommended the following in relation to specific Code of Conduct offences:# Raising the sanctions associated with ball tampering# Creating a new offence for offensive, personal, insulting, offensive or orchestrated abuse# The consideration of the introduction of a new offence of attempting to gain an unfair advantage# Creating a Code of Respect# Match referee to have the authority to downgrade or upgrade a level of offence or sanction(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Grzegorz Krychowiak accuses PSG’s Unai Emery of deceiving him

first_imgGrzegorz Krychowiak has accused Unai Emery, the Paris Saint-Germain coach, of not telling him the truth about the reasons for leaving him out of the team for so much of last season, and revealed the extent to which their relationship broke down by saying he “felt deception” whenever he spoke to the Spaniard.Krychowiak followed Emery to PSG in July last year for €30m after spending the previous two seasons playing under him at Sevilla, where they won the Europa League in 2015 and 2016. Krychowiak said at the time of his transfer that Emery’s appointment at PSG was a factor in his decision but the Poland international started only 11 matches in all competitions for the French club and was told in the summer he should look for a new team, only 12 months after signing a five-year contract. news European club football Reuse this content Share on Messenger West Bromwich Albion Share on Pinterest Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Paris Saint-Germain Share on Facebook Read more Topics Share on LinkedIn Share via Email With Krychowiak marginalised to the point that he was not involved in any pre‑season friendlies for PSG, West Bromwich Albion saw an unlikely window of opportunity and signed the midfielder at the end of August on a season-long loan deal that was regarded as a huge coup.Krychowiak has settled quickly at The Hawthorns and is enjoying English football, yet he is clearly frustrated with the way things unravelled for him at PSG, in particular Emery’s responses whenever he sought an explanation. “I spoke with the coach but every time when I spoke with him I felt deception,” Krychowiak said.Asked to elaborate on that and whether he felt he was not being told the truth during their conversations about his lack of match action, Krychowiak said: “Yes, exactly. So for me I didn’t understand why. The coach knows me very well. We spent two years together and before I signed the contract he told me to come to PSG, and I didn’t play.”Krychowiak is open to all possibilities at the end of this season and has not ruled out returning to PSG, although that prospect appears highly unlikely in the circumstances. His move to Albion came out of the blue – he found out about the opportunity of playing in England 48 hours before he signed – and the 27-year-old is honest enough to admit he knew “not a lot” about the Midlands club before signing. Playing in the Premier League was part of the attraction, according to Krychowiak, as was the need to hold down a regular first-team place before next summer’s World Cup finals.“It was one of the reasons,” Krychowiak said, when asked about Russia 2018 being a factor. “If I want to play for Poland, I need to play and find a club. I didn’t go for the two last games with Poland [in September’s qualifiers]. I spoke with the coach, he told me that it would be better that I find a club, then I will be back [in the squad]. So it was very important for me to have the opportunity to play in the World Cup.”A keen traveller, Krychowiak spent the summer trekking across the US as well as visiting Mexico and Cuba, and he has already taken in a few diverse attractions in England, including visiting Blenheim Palace, Legoland and the historic colleges that make up Oxford University. “Football players have a lot of opportunity to change the club, the city, the country, to know a new culture,” Krychowiak said. “It’s very nice to discover these kind of places.”last_img read more

Giant STS Cranes Arrive at APM Terminals MedPort Tangier

first_imgzoom APM Terminals MedPort Tangier in Morocco has welcomed three remotely controlled ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, designed to handle 22,000 TEU vessels.According to the terminal operator, the three cranes represent the world’s largest double trolley STS cranes which weigh 2,500 metric tons, have a height of 144 meters when boomed up, an outreach of 72 meters with twin-lift/tandem lift capability.“These cranes use digital technology to ensure the most efficiency during their movements. This will help us to deliver increased productivity throughout the process from lifting a container box off the ship, until it is delivered to its stack in the yard, and vice-versa,” Dennis Olesen, Managing Director, APM Terminals MedPort Tangier, said.The terminal operator ordered the twelve cranes as well as thirty-two Automated Rail-Mounted Gantry Cranes (ARMGs) for the MedPort Tangier facility in 2016.Set to open in 2019, the terminal, which will serve as a transshipment hub for Maersk Line and its alliance partners, is expected to help improve global supply chain performance by attracting more vessel calls and creating more routing options.“Maersk Line commissioned APM Terminals to build and operate APM Terminals MedPort Tangier so we are designing it around the customer by integrating operational excellence, the most modern cargo handling equipment and an ideal location for connecting global supply chains. This creates the necessary port capacity for the future. Equally important, this port creates another wave of future investment momentum in Morocco as a business and trade center,” Keith Svendsen, Chief Operating Officer of APM Terminals, commented.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Video Courtesy: APM Terminalslast_img read more

Helen Mirren Helps The Princes Trust and LOréal Paris Launch All Worth

first_imgThe Prince’s Trust and L’Oréal Paris have announced the launch of their ‘All Worth It’ programme which aims to turn self-doubt into self-worth, as new figures show that one in three young people don’t believe in themselves, rising to 42% of young people who are not in education, employment or training.Video: The Prince’s Trust and L’Oréal Paris – #AllWorthItThe confidence training programme – which will form part of our existing Fairbridge programme addressing issues such as body language, communication, employability and relationships – will run across all 18 centres and will also be available digitally via our new online learning platform, all with the aim of helping over 10,000 young adults.Fronted by 15 inspirational ambassadors – including Dame Helen Mirren, Cheryl, Katie Piper, Marcus Butler and Louisa Johnson – each sharing their own very personal stories in a series of films highlighting how they themselves have been affected by self-doubt, the ‘All Worth It’ initiative was officially launched at the Prince’s Trust Kennington Centre.Dame Helen Mirren said: “Overcoming self-doubt is a journey and I am truly happy to see L’Oréal Paris partnering with The Prince’s Trust to help many young people who don’t believe in themselves. We have a responsibility towards this generation to lead by example in what we say, how we act, and what we do. I wholeheartedly support this initiative.”Cheryl added: “As a longstanding supporter of The Prince’s Trust and spokesperson for L’Oréal Paris I am so happy to support this partnership. Young people are currently facing more and more problems with self-confidence and we have to address these issues as a real priority. My hope is that this partnership will help young people feel accepted and valued for who they are and make sure that they get the support they need to make the most out of life.”Young Ambassador Leanne Lashley, who joined the ambassadors at the partnership launch, said: “Growing up I was consumed by self-doubt. I suffered a number of traumas and was severely depressed. I took drugs to fill a void. But with help from The Prince’s Trust and through an incredible support network of friends and family, I was able to build the confidence to face adversity head-on.“The Prince’s Trust helped me get back on track so now I want to help other people find the self-belief they need to reach their potential, which is why today I’m really proud to be supporting this exciting new partnership with L’Oréal Paris.”The three-year collaboration will see L’Oréal Paris work with The Prince’s Trust to support over 10,000 young people through its quarterly ‘All Worth It’ confidence course, as part of Fairbridge, and learning materials which will feature on a new online learning platform.Dame Martina Milburn DCVO CBE, Chief Executive at The Prince’s Trust, said: “We know that a lack of confidence can be a huge barrier for those young people trying to move into work, education or training. These new figures we’re releasing today remind us of how much more work we have to do. We are delighted to be partnering with L’Oréal Paris in such an impactful partnership.”Adrien Koskas, General Manager, L’Oréal Paris UK and Ireland, said:“Self-worth has always been a core value for the L’Oréal Paris brand. Whoever you are, wherever you’re from. That’s why we are partnering with The Prince’s Trust to help young people who feel excluded or invisible to transform their self-doubt into self-worth. We’re very proud of the hard-hitting campaign supporting this partnership, embodied by a broad range of inspirational ambassadors that celebrate diversity and self-realisation, because we do believe we are ALL WORTH IT.”last_img read more

Pro pipeline protest convoy reaches Ottawa after rolling across country

first_imgThe protesters want the Liberal government to scrap the carbon tax and two bills that overhaul environmental assessments of energy projects and ban oil tankers from the northern coast of British Columbia.Small business owner Jerry Fetting, who flew in from Stony Plain, Alta., says he has been affected by the drop in oil prices in recent years.The master of ceremonies, Ron Barr, repeatedly told the Hill crowd to leave the media alone, saying they’re trying to help tell the story. OTTAWA, ONT – A convoy of angry Albertans and other westerners rolled up to Parliament Hill today to protest federal energy and environmental policies.Scores of people gathered in knee-deep snow on the Hill lawn in advance of morning speeches amid concerns the convoy has become a magnet for extremist, anti-immigrant elements.The United We Roll convoy began in Red Deer, Alta., on Valentine’s Day and made its way east over four days with stops for rallies along the way.last_img read more

African Barrick swings to Q4 loss of US46M cites higher cost of

LONDON – African Barrick Gold plc (LSE:ABG) swung to a big loss in the fourth quarter as a major increase in its cost of sales more than offset slightly higher revenues.The company, majority owned by Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX), says the net loss in the three months ended Dec. 31 was just under US$46 million or 8.5 cents per share.That compared with a year-earlier profit of $55.1 million or 12.8 cents per share.Revenue rose to US$287.9 million from US$285.2 million.The company reported its cost of sales rose to US$217.8 million in the quarter compared with US$177.5 million in the 2011 period.It also took a US$44.5-million impairment charge, versus none in the year-earlier period.On an adjusted basis, net earnings were US$11.3 million or 2.8 cents per share in the quarter, down from US$52.7 million or 12.8 cents per share.For the full year, African Barrick posted a much-diminished net profit of US$48.2 million, or 14.5 cents per share (including an $11.3-million loss attributed to non-controlling interests) on revenue of US$1.08 billion. That was down from a 2011 net profit of $284.8 million or 67 cents per share on revenue of $1.22 billion.“As we progress through 2013, we are focused on reducing our cost base from current levels to ensure the business returns to delivering appropriate levels of free cash flow,” African Barrick CEO Greg Hawkins said in remarks accompanying the results.“Cash flow generation and improving returns from our assets form a key part of our operational review and we will update on our progress throughout the course of the year.”The company said it expects to produce between 540,000 and 600,000 ounces of gold in 2013 at total cash costs, including royalties, of between US$925 and US$975 per ounce sold.Gold production in 2012 was 626,212 ounces at a cash cost of US$949 per ounce sold.African Barrick is Tanzania’s largest gold producer and one of the five largest gold producers in Africa, but has been struggling recently with higher costs and security issues as some of its operations.Talks aimed at the potential sale of African Barrick Gold to a Chinese company ended last month without a deal.Parent Barrick Gold owns and operates gold mines in Canada, the United States, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Australia and Papua New Guinea. by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 13, 2013 8:39 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email African Barrick swings to Q4 loss of US$46M; cites higher cost of sales read more

New pizza place offers free artisanal slices

New pizza place offers free artisanal slices AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Kaitlin Lee Posted Feb 5, 2016 7:08 am MDT A new pizza joint is offering up some free slices to Calgarians.Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza opened Thursday on 32 Street NE, near Sunridge Mall.From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, they’ll be offering up free build-your-own artisanal pies to anyone who follows them on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.Blaze made its Canadian debut in October in Toronto, and will be opening up a second location in Calgary in July in Mission.The eatery is famous for its from-scratch dough recipe that requires a 24-hour fermentation process.

Detroit Tigers Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch dies at age 87

Detroit Tigers, Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch dies at age 87 DETROIT – Billionaire businessman Mike Ilitch, who founded the Little Caesars pizza empire before buying the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers, and won praise for keeping the professional sports teams in the city as others relocated to new suburban stadiums, has died. He was 87.His family released a statement saying Ilitch died Friday at a local hospital. They called him a visionary who set the tone for his company and his family.City leaders heaped praise on the man known simply as “Mr. I” to most in Michigan for all that he put into Detroit.“Mike Ilitch was more than just a shrewd, successful businessman. He was a Detroiter through-and-through,” Mayor Mike Duggan said Friday night in a statement. “Whether he was making pizza, building successful sports and entertainment franchises or supporting youth organizations in our city, Mr. I helped to bring thousands of jobs and opportunities to our city and attract millions of dollars of investment.”Family spokesman Doug Kuiper confirmed the death, but no other details were provided.Ilitch and his wife, Marian, founded Little Caesars — later known for its “Pizza! Pizza!” ads featuring an animated “Little Caesar” — in suburban Detroit in 1959. They eventually grew the business into one of the world’s largest carry-out pizza chains with several spin-off companies that now employ 23,000 people worldwide and posted revenues last year of $3.4 billion.His investments in Detroit spearheaded the current flurry of development from downtown to Midtown.“Mike Ilitch saw the bright possibilities of Detroit’s Woodward Corridor at a time that other investors had fully turned their backs on the city,” said Rip Rapson, president and chief executive of the Troy, Michigan-based Kresge Foundation.“Revitalizing the historic Fox Theatre and relocating his business headquarters to the city were bold moves, but ones that ultimately set downtown on a course for incredible investment and remarkable transformation,” Rapson said.Ilitch was as much a fan of the often-struggling Detroit as he was of sports. When approached in 2009 by organizers of the Motor City Bowl in Detroit, Ilitch agreed to sponsor the annual college football bowl game despite a poor local economy. The game was renamed the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.“It’s a sporting event, and we need sporting events,” Ilitch said at the time. “It picks our community up to no end, with all the great colleges we have in this state and the professional teams that we have. Thank God for ’em, especially at times that are rough right now.”The son of Macedonian immigrants, Ilitch was born on July 20, 1929. He played baseball at Detroit’s Cooley High School and was signed by his hometown Tigers after his four-year stint in the U.S. Marines, spending three years in the team’s farm system before a knee injury ended his playing career.But he found his niche in business.It started with that first Little Caesars restaurant in Garden City, a working-class suburb west of Detroit. A food service distribution company soon followed to supply ingredients and other products for the growing number of restaurants. Blue Line Foodservice grew into one of the largest program account food service distribution companies in the U.S.Ilitch Holdings Inc. was established in 1999 to manage the family’s interests in food, sports and entertainment, and the company remained family focused. His son, Christopher, is president and CEO, while his wife, Marian, was vice chairwoman as well as sole owner of MotorCity Casino Hotel, one of Detroit’s three casinos.Ilitch broke into sports ownership in 1982, when he paid a reported $8 million for the struggling Red Wings. Once a National Hockey League powerhouse, the team had bottomed out to mediocrity, but it began winning again under Ilitch. The Red Wings took home the Stanley Cup in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008.“With the passing of Mike Ilitch, the Red Wings have lost the consummate owner, the National Hockey League has lost a cherished friend and passionate builder, Detroit sports has lost a legend and the city of Detroit has lost not only a devoted native son but a visionary and driving force in the rebirth of downtown,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.“Mike’s commitment to excellence and to winning were unparalleled and his commitment to the community was unrivaled – as was his boundless support of youth hockey. He was a prolific philanthropist, and, above all, a devoted partner and husband to his wife of 62 years, Marian. At this moment of heartbreaking sorrow, we send deepest condolences to the entire Ilitch family and to all who were privileged to know him, play for him or work for him.”Ilitch was inducted into the NHL Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003, and into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame and Michigan Sports Hall of Fame a year later.“Mr. and Mrs. Ilitch are incredibly passionate about Detroit and their teams,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told The Associated Press in a 2010 interview. “They create a family atmosphere with stability, loyalty and a personal touch. But we all understand we have to produce to be around for a long time.”As part of his long-term plan to build a Detroit-based business empire, Ilitch also bought Olympia Entertainment, which manages sports and entertainment venues, in 1982.Husband and wife bought the downtown Fox Theatre five years later and started a massive, $12 million restoration. It reopened a year later and became a lucrative venue for musicals, plays and other productions. The Little Caesars world headquarters also was moved downtown.Then, in 1992, the man who once dreamed of playing for the Detroit Tigers bought the team for $85 million. He moved it in 2000 from the storied but fading Tiger Stadium to Comerica Park, across from the Fox Theatre.Unlike previous owners of both sports franchises, Ilitch opened his checkbook to sign top players — finding solid success in hockey, and a roller coaster in baseball.The Tigers lost an American League record 119 games in 2003, but advanced to the World Series three years later, losing in five games to the St. Louis Cardinals. Near the end of a disappointing 2008 season, Ilitch said he and the team would review everything done to put the roster together but focusing on the $138 million payroll wasn’t the priority.“I’m not afraid to go out and spend money,” Ilitch said. “It’s been very costly, but I’m not going to change my ways.”But Ilitch never got the chance to see his team win a World Series as its owner, despite spending millions of dollars on contracts for stars like Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander, Victor Martinez, Ivan Rodriguez and Prince Fielder.“I’ve never seen a man more dedicated to this community and to baseball than Mr. I,” Tigers Executive Vice-President and General Manager Al Avila said Friday in a statement. “What he has done for this franchise, and for Detroit, is immeasurable. He was always there to give us whatever we needed because he wanted greatness and happiness for all of us — especially the fans.”The Tigers made the American League playoffs in 2011, a return to winning that brought more fans to Comerica Park. The team last made the playoffs in 2014, losing to the Baltimore Orioles.“We won a lot. I wish we would have won the ultimate world championship for him,” former Tigers General Manager Dave Dombrowski told The Associated Press on Friday. “He loved the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan and its fans.”Christopher Ilitch called his father a “once-in-a-generation entrepreneur, visionary and leader.”“He made such a positive impact in the world of sports, in business and in the community, and we will remember him for his unwavering commitment to his employees, his passion for Detroit, his generosity to others and his devotion to his family and friends,” Christopher Ilitch said in a release.Ilitch is survived by his wife, seven adult children, 22 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.Funeral services will be private, but plans are being made for the public to pay their respects to Mike Ilitch and the Ilitch family.___Trister reported from Auburn Hills, Michigan. by Corey Williams And Noah Trister, The Associated Press Posted Feb 10, 2017 5:10 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 10, 2017 at 8:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE- In a file photo from Nov. 14, 2014, Detroit Tigers owner Mike Ilitch listens during a news conference in Detroit. Ilitch, the owner of the Detroit Red Wings and Tigers, who founded the Little Caesars Pizza empire, has died. He was 87. Family spokesman Doug Kuiper says Ilitch died Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at a hospital in Detroit. Ilitch and his wife opened their first Little Caesars restaurant in suburban Detroit in 1959, and the business eventually grew into the world’s largest carry-out pizza chain. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File) read more

UN hails decision by Austria and Germany to take in thousands of

In a statement the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) welcomed the decision of Austria and Germany to take in thousands of refugees that had been at the border of Hungary.Praising the civil society groups and individuals of Austria and Germany who are mobilizing in large numbers to welcome and provide aid to people as they enter, UNHCR said that “all over Europe, [we are] witnessing a remarkable outpouring of public response, including from faith-based organizations, NGOs [non-governmental organizations] and individuals, in many cases driving governments to change policies and rhetoric.”However, the agency warns that the current concentration of refugees and migrants in a small number of countries willing to receive them is not a sustainable solution.“There is clearly an urgent need to put in place an emergency plan to manage the refugee crisis,” says UNHCR, recalling the concrete proposals put forward yesterday by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, who said that dealing with the biggest influx of refugees into Europe for decades requires a “massive common effort” and break with the current fragmented approach, which he said has led Europe overall to fail to find an effective common response.“A very preliminary estimate would indicate a potential need to increase relocation opportunities to as many as 200,000 places,” he recommended. “This can only work if it goes hand in hand with adequate reception capacities, especially in Greece. Solidarity cannot be the responsibility of only a few EU member States. Europe is facing a moment of truth.”Mr. Guterres’ call to action came just hours before UNHCR expressed sadness at the death of a 50-year-old man, on Friday, near a refugee reception centre in the Hungarian town of Bicske.UNHCR staff on the ground were gathering exact details about the circumstance of the death. However, initial reports suggested the man falling down and hitting his head against train tracks, while trying to run away from the police at the train station. An ambulance was called which tried to provide medical assistance on the spot, but the man reportedly died after 50 minutes of the incident.”This is a shocking incident,” said Montserrat Feixas Vihé, UNHCR’s regional representative for Central Europe in Budapest. “All our thoughts and sympathies are with his family.”The incident apparently happened when refugees and migrants were brought from the Keleti train station in Budapest refused to move to a refugee reception centre. After a long standoff over 200 of them started to get off and ran away from the police.”This tragic death illustrates the desperation of those arriving in Europe in search of safety,” UNHCR’s Feixas Vihé added. “We urge the Hungarian authorities to put in place immediate and adequate emergency reception, assistance and registration capacity, so that refugees disembarking in Europe are welcomed into a safe and caring environment.” read more

Sudan Five years on refugees still fleeing conflict in South Kordofan UN

According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), nearly 250,000 Sudanese refugees have fled to South Sudan, mostly to Unity and Upper Nile, since the start of the war in the Nuba Mountains in 2011.“A solution to the conflict and an end to the suffering are needed more than ever, as South Sudan is itself home to some 1.69 million internally displaced people,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva.So far in 2016, more than 7,500 refugees have arrived in Yida in South Sudan’s northern Unity, nearly 3,000 in May alone. The area is already home to some 70,000 refugees.“With the conflict intensifying, thousands more are expected in the coming weeks,” Mr. Edwards said.Refugees, mainly from Heiban, Um Doreein and Al Boram Counties, speak of escalating violence, including ground attacks and aerial bombings.Mr. Edwards noted that the recent arrivals also cite lack of food and no access to schools for children as reasons for leaving, especially in and around Um Doreein.According to refugees who have arrived this week, the conflict has recently shifted to the north-east part of South Kordofan, with some people trapped in conflict areas and unable to escape.90 per cent of new arrivals women and childrenNearly 90 per cent of new arrivals are women and children. One child in every 10 is alone or without a family member.At the Yida transit centre, UNHCR and its partners are providing immediate assistance to the arrivals, including a hot meal, water, a measles vaccination, and a place to rest.From Yida, refugees are transported by bus to Ajuong Thok, a camp established in 2013 to help ease some of the pressure.There, they are provided with plastic sheeting and poles to build a temporary home, as well as cooking pots and pans, mosquito nets, blankets, sleeping mats and food. Children who are unaccompanied or separated from their families are reunited with their families or placed in foster care.With nearly 41,000 Sudanese refugees already living in Ajuong Thok, the camp has almost reached its capacity of 46,000 people. UNHCR and its partners have been expanding camp infrastructure to meet the needs of a growing population.A new camp is underway at Pamir, some 50 kilometres south of the border, to receive new arrivals and refugees who have been living in Yida for the past five years.As the refugee influx continues, services are becoming overstretched. In the past four weeks, available water has dropped from 19 litres per person per day to 16. Schools have become extremely overcrowded with more than 100 students sharing the same classroom. With UNHCR’s operations in South Sudan funded at just 17 per cent, services and service quality are inevitably threatened, Mr. Edwards said. read more

Skateboarder who attacked London Bridge terrorists given posthumous bravery award

Among the honours list were three police officers who say they acted “instinctively” during the London Bridge attack.Pc Wayne Marques, who was stabbed repeatedly as he fought off terrorists on June 3 last year, said the award was “an amazing honour”. Ignacio Echeverria, who fought off London Bridge terrorist with his skateboard Joaquin Echeverria Alonso, who received the honour on behalf of his son, said the Queen asked him about his bravery on the night of the attack – particularly that he had tried to use his skateboard to fight off the terrorists.Through a translator Mr Alonso, who had flown to London from Madrid, said the day was a “special moment but very emotional” for him and his wife Maria Miralles De Imperial Hornedo. Ignacio Echeverria skateboardingCredit:Facebook Then-Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy also tweeted his condolences to Ignacio Echverría’s family, describing him as someone “we will always remember for his heroic and exemplary behaviour”.Mr Echeverria worked in money laundering prevention at HSBC and was a keen skateboarder.He was coming back from skateboarding when he stumbled across the terror attack at Borough Market.Instead of fleeing the scene, he saw a man stabbing a defenceless woman and ran to her aid. Constable Wayne Marques pictured with Mr Echeverria’s parents after the InvestitureCredit:PA In doing so, he was killed by one of the three terrorists who murdered eight people at London Bridge. Ignacio Echeverria, who fought off London Bridge terrorist with his skateboardCredit:Facebook Constable Wayne Marques pictured with Mr Alonso's parents after the Investiture He said: “To recognise the courage of my son, he will be remembered. He was a generous man and he helped when it was necessary.”Three days after the terror attack, Mr Echeverria’s sister wrote on Facebook: “Our heart is with our uncles and aunts and cousins, Guillermo Gonzalez Arnau, Javi and Guille and all the friends and family who have lost my brother.”The Spanish Government paid tribute to his bravery, writing that he showed “solidarity and bravery in defending a helpless person”. He said: “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing to make my friends, family and colleagues proud.”Pc Marques, from the British Transport Police, was awarded The George Medal “for great courage”. Ignacio Echeverria skateboarding He said: “You can do nothing but appreciate the acknowledgement that the Queen, the royal family and the British public have given us.”For me nothing was done for a medal, we did what we needed to do at the time.”Also awarded The George Medal was Pc Charlie Guenigault of the Metropolitan Police, who was off duty at the time of the attack.He said: “[The Queen] was saying about me being off duty and asked why I made the decision, and I said I’m not really sure, it just came to me at the time.”You don’t do what we did intending to end up in Buckingham Palace, for all of us we did it pretty instinctively.”Speaking about their nerves ahead of the day, Pc Guenigault said: “What’s the worst that can go wrong that hasn’t already happened?”My parents and grandparents are here and for them it’s nice.”Pc Guenigault, who was enjoying a night with friends following a shift on June 3, ran towards attackers and received serious injuries to his head, back and stomach. The father of a hero honoured for his actions at the London Bridge terror attack has said he is “sorry” that his son could not collect the medal himself.Ignacio Echeverria, who was killed as he tried to help a woman being attacked, was among those to receive honours at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.He was posthumously awarded The George Medal for “confronting armed terrorists in order to protect others at London Bridge”.Eight people were killed and nearly 50 injured as terrorists mowed people down with a car and went on a stabbing rampage before they were shot dead by police on June 3, 2017.Mr Echeverria, a 39-year-old banker, was killed as he tried to help a woman being attacked. He became known in the media as a “skateboard hero” as he tried to fight off terrorists using his skateboard. 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. read more

Heavily armed police guarding body of Kim JongUns halfbrother after attempted morgue

first_img https://jrnl.ie/3253873 A TV screen showing a picture of Kim Jong Nam, who was assassinated last Monday. Image: Ahn Young-joon AP/Press Association Images By AFP Feb 22nd 2017, 10:29 PM Heavily armed police guarding body of Kim Jong-Un’s half-brother after attempted morgue break-in Detectives probing the killing want to question a North Korean diplomat. A HEAVILY ARMED special police force was deployed to the morgue holding the body of Kim Jong-Un’s half-brother after attempts were made to break in, Malaysia’s top policeman has said.Khalid Abu Bakar has also said that detectives probing last week’s brazen killing of Kim Jong-Nam at Kuala Lumpur International Airport want to question a North Korean diplomat.Investigators have put five North Koreans in the frame for the killing and have said they are seeking three more for questioning.They include the embassy’s second secretary, Hyon Kwang Song, as well as a North Korean airline employee called Kim Uk Il, Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters.“We have written to the ambassador to allow us to interview both of them. We hope that the Korean embassy will cooperate with us and allow us to interview them quickly. If not, we will compel them to come to us,” he said.Abu Bakar also said armed police were stationed at the morgue after a break-in was detected.He declined to give further details, but local media reported that a South Korean cameraman was detained briefly outside the morgue after he was found without any identification documents. He was released after a colleague confirmed his identity.Jong-Nam died on 13 February after being attacked as he waited for a plane to Macau.Leaked CCTV footage from the airport shows the chubby 45-year-old being approached by two women, one of whom grabs him from behind and appears to shove a cloth in his face. Malaysia’s Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar, center on stage, speaks during a press conference at the Bukit Aman national police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Source: AP Photo/Vincent ThianMoments later Jong Nam is seen seeking help from airport staff, who direct him to a clinic, where he apparently slumped in a chair.Malaysian police say he suffered a seizure and died before he reached hospital, seemingly from the effects of a toxin.Seoul has said from the start that Pyongyang was behind the murder, citing a “standing order” from Jong-Un to kill his elder sibling, and a failed assassination bid in 2012.Trained killersAsked whether the five North Korean suspects had masterminded the attack, Khalid said he believed they were “heavily involved” in the murder.Four of the men fled the country on the day of the killing and returned to Pyongyang, he said, while one remains in custody in Malaysia.The police chief dismissed claims the two women had believed the attack was a made-for-TV prank.“Of course they knew” it was a poison attack, Khalid said.“I think you have seen the video, right? The lady was moving away with her hands towards the bathroom. She was very aware that it was toxic and that she needed to wash her hands.”Khalid said Vietnamese suspect Doan Thi Huong (28) and Indonesian Siti Aishah (25) had been trained to swab the man’s face, practising in Kuala Lumpur before the assault at the airport. The Facebook page of Doan Thi Huong, the Vietnamese suspect in the death of the North Korean leader’s estranged half brother Kim Jong Nam. Source: APAishah wiped a toxic substance in his face first, followed by Huong, the national police chief said.The Indonesian’s Malaysian boyfriend, who was arrested in the first days of the probe, has been released, he added.But Pierre Champy, a chemist at the French National Centre for Scientific Research, cast doubt on the theory that the toxin acted by passing through the skin.“I don’t know of a toxin powerful enough to act by penetrating the skin that would kill so quickly. But it could have been a spray, entering via his lungs or mouth, or a small injection device,” he said.Pyongyang and Kuala Lumpur have locked horns over the investigation, with North Korea’s envoy calling for Malaysia to release the two women and the North Korean citizen from police custody.“They should immediately release the innocent females from Vietnam and Indonesia as well as a DPRK citizen,” ambassador Kang Chol said in a statement which repeated allegations that South Korea had influenced the probe.The women must have been framed as they would have died if they had carried the poison in their hands, the ambassador claimed. He did not address news that police were seeking to question an embassy official.The diplomatic row erupted after North Korea objected to an autopsy of Jong-Nam’s body and insisted that his remains be returned to Pyongyang.Malaysia rejected the request, saying the remains must stay in the morgue until a family member identifies them and submits a DNA sample.© – AFP, 2017Read: Media frenzy and armed special forces as Kim Jong-Nam’s son reportedly visits bodyRead: CCTV video emerges of moments surrounding Kim Jong-Nam airport ‘poisoning’ Short URL 19,771 Views center_img Image: Ahn Young-joon AP/Press Association Images A TV screen showing a picture of Kim Jong Nam, who was assassinated last Monday. Wednesday 22 Feb 2017, 10:29 PM 6 Comments Share16 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Ballots mailed for Nov 8 general election

first_imgThe Clark County Elections Department mailed ballots Wednesday to all eligible registered voters for the Nov. 8 general election. Eligible voters who do not receive a ballot by Oct. 28 should call the elections department at 360-397-2345 and request a replacement ballot. Questions about registration can also be answered by officials at that telephone number.Requests can also be emailed to elections@clark.wa.gov.On Nov. 8, the process of entering the scanned ballot information into the ballot tabulation system will begin at 5 p.m. Preliminary election results will be announced at approximately 8:30 p.m. at Gaiser Hall at Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. Results will also be posted at http://clarkvotes.org.last_img

Salem Ore police kill man who refuses to drop firearm

first_imgSALEM, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a Salem police officer shot and killed a 26-year-old man who refused repeated warnings to drop his firearm.Police say the incident began Sunday evening when a woman called police and reported her boyfriend had a gun and was threatening to kill himself.Officers located the man outside of his Salem home and repeatedly told him to drop his gun.Police say an officer shot the man when he failed to comply.The man was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was hurt.last_img

SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS MJ Byrnes Appointed To States Early Education Care Workforce Council

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington School Committee member MJ Byrnes has been appointed to the Massachusetts Early Education & Care Workforce Council by State Senator Bruce Tarr.“I’ve very humbled and proud,” said Byrnes. “I’m grateful for and still a little wow’ed as I learn more about what that council does…. I’m looking forward to this new challenge.”The council’s primary function is to make recommendations on improving and enhancing professional development and higher education opportunities necessary for the growth and stability of a high quality early education and care workforce.The Commissioner of Early Education and Care consults with the council when establishing professional development and higher education opportunities for early educators. The council also offer comments on any rules or regulations proposed by the Board of Early Education and Care as it relates early education and care professional development, training and career support.Byrnes noted her unpaid, three-year appointment won’t impact her roles and responsibilities on the Wilmington School Committee. She’s currently serving her seventh year on the Committee.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSpecial Education PAC Chair Jo Newhouse Appointed To Wilmington School CommitteeIn “Education”School Committee Approves New Special Education Coordinator PositionIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Recent School Committee MeetingIn “Education”last_img read more

Flipkart launches grocery category Supermart in Bengaluru

first_imgThe logo of India’s largest e-commerce firm Flipkart is seen on the facade of the company’s headquarters in Bengaluru on July 7, 2017. REUTERS/Abhishek N ChinnappaOnline retailer Flipkart and Amazon are competing head-to-head. In a latest, the Indian counterpart has launched its first online grocery category Supermart in Bengaluru to expand its portfolio.The firm has been talking about tapping the online FMCG segment for a while now. A few months back, it had started grocery services in Bengaluru on a pilot basis, which was exclusively for its employees, reported Economic Times.”We have done a soft launch for grocery categories at Flipkart. Currently, it is available to select customers in Bengaluru. In line with our aim of transforming e-commerce in the country through technology, we want to make shopping for everyday essentials convenient for our customers, we intend to scale it up to all customers in Bengaluru and take it to other cities in future,” the company spokesperson told the business daily.The new Supermart section in the Flipkart app lets you order groceries for a minimum of Rs 500 and will offer free of cost delivery for orders above Rs 1,000.The company is providing options such as ‘open-box delivery’, with which the customers can verify products before acceptance and ‘doorstep returns’ which provides customers with the discretion to return the product right during the delivery if faces any issue.According to reports, Flipkart has built a dedicated supply chain for its grocery service so the segment runs seamlessly. The new initiative is to take on the likes of grocery delivery app BigBasket and Grofers.The company had earlier started grocery delivery service through its app Nearby in 2015, but shut the business after running it for some months.Grocery has been a point of focus for most e-commerce platforms; Amazon India offers food products through Amazon Pantry in a few cities and same-day grocery delivery on Amazon Now app through a tie-up with retailers such as Big Bazaar and Hypercity in some cities.Alibaba-backed Paytm Mall is also looking for expansions in the online grocery space and the company is also reportedly in talks with largest grocery etailer BigBasket for buying a significant stake in the latter.last_img read more

Trump rejects push for moderate immigration deal

first_imgDonald Trump. File photoU.S. president Donald Trump on Thursday rejected a push by moderate congressional Republicans for a ‘Dreamer’ immigration deal, saying he would only back sweeping immigration legislation that met all of his demands, including a U.S-Mexico border wall.”Unless it includes a wall, and I mean a wall, a real wall, and unless it includes very strong border security, there’ll be no approvals from me,” Trump told Fox News. Any bill would also have to end a visa lottery programme and curb visas for legal immigrants’ relatives, he added.”It’s time to get the whole package,” he said in an interview on the “Fox and Friends” programme taped on Wednesday that aired on Thursday.Some centrist Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are negotiating a bill to address the future of young immigrants known as “Dreamers” who were brought to the United States illegally as children.A group of more conservative House Republicans, however, has said they are closing in on a measure with tough new controls on legal and illegal immigration that would win Trump’s support. That plan, however, is unlikely to win over their more moderate colleagues or Democrats.House speaker Paul Ryan has so far avoided pressure from both sides of his caucus to take up the contentious issue ahead of the November elections that could create headaches for Republicans as they seek to maintain control of the House and the Senate.Ryan has said he is working with the White House on a plan that Trump would sign into law.Moderate House Republicans want to force a series of votes on four separate immigration bills in defiance of the House Republican leadership, hoping to join with Democrats to pull off a rare procedural manoeuvre.The bipartisan measure would put “Dreamer” immigrants on a path to citizenship and includes border security but no wall funding.The plan backed by conservative Republicans, spearheaded by House judiciary committee chairman Bob Goodlatte, offers Dreamers temporary protections but not citizenship in addition to immigration curbs.A third measure would simply protect Dreamers from deportation, while a fourth from Ryan remains largely unwritten.Trump told Fox he was optimistic that Democrats would get on board. “I think there’s a lot of pressure on the Democrats to get it approved, frankly, and also to change the immigration laws to toughen them up a lot,” he said.The 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme protects around 700,000 young adults, mostly Hispanics, from deportation and gives them work permits for two-year periods, after which they must reapply.last_img read more

Get Us Out Of Here Amid Broken Infrastructure Puerto Ricans Flee To

first_img Share Elissa Nadworny/NPRGlisela Vega Rivera and her three children wait to board a flight to Miami. Thousands of Puerto Ricans have poured into Florida after Hurricane Maria. More than 27,000 have arrived through Port Everglades and the Miami and Orlando airports alone since Oct. 3, according to the governor’s office.Luis Cruz and Esther Gomez had always considered moving to Florida from Puerto Rico. The weather and proximity made it an ideal destination; plus, the couple had family scattered across the state. They just didn’t know when they’d take the big step.Then Hurricane Maria hit. Three weeks after the storm wiped out the island’s power grid, less than 20 percent of people have electricity and 64 percent have drinking water.Though their apartment in Humacao was intact, much of the infrastructure throughout the municipality was damaged, including the school their three children attended, where Gomez was also a teacher.“We thought ‘What now? What can we offer our kids under these conditions?’ It didn’t look promising. So we took the step,” Cruz said.Cruz used a borrowed satellite phone to call a friend in central Florida.“My literal words to him were, ‘Get us out of here,’ ” he recalled.Thousands of Puerto Ricans have poured into Florida after Hurricane Maria. More than 27,000 have arrived through Port Everglades and the Miami and Orlando airports alone since Oct. 3, according to the governor’s office. Some will stay temporarily, until power and water are largely restored across the island; but many, like Cruz and his family, are coming to the sunshine state to rebuild their lives.The Federal Emergency Management Agency has almost 600 staffers working at Disaster Relief Centers to assist hurricane victims in need arriving in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Miami. There, organizations including the Red Cross and Catholic Charities are working alongside FEMA to provide people with food resources, counseling, medical attention and employment information, among other services.Fernando De la Vega and his family landed in Miami, but they were lucky to even find an open flight off the island, he said. Vega, who had been without power in Guaynabo since Hurricane Irma, was concerned for the health and well being of his two daughters; one has special needs and the other is pregnant. Until conditions improve, they’ll likely stay in Miami.“Ultimately, something clicked in my head and I said ‘We need to get out of here, at least temporarily,’” he said.Enid Olivieri, also from Guaynabo, booked one flight that was canceled, and wasn’t able to communicate with her sister in Virginia over the phone to book another. Eventually, she was able to leave with her aunt, uncle and mother on a relief flight for the elderly and people with medical needs to Fort Lauderdale before heading to Virginia.“It’s very difficult to uproot yourself and come here, but we see no choice,” she said. Olivieri, who has apnea, uses a machine at night to help her breathe. When she lost power, she and her husband moved around a lot, staying in hotels and with relatives who had electricity so she could sleep at night. But it wasn’t a permanent fix.“My husband told me, ‘You have to leave. You call your sister, and you have to leave.’ So I left,” she said. Olivieri’s husband will fly to the states in a couple of weeks.Many Puerto Ricans, like Cruz and his family, have been able to connect with family or friends in Florida for help. Over the last three decades, the state has become a magnet for people leaving the island — about one million Puerto Ricans live there today, and the number of people moving to the mainland continues to climb.“Central Florida, particularly Orlando, has become the mecca for migrants from the island,” said Luis Martinez-Fernandez, a history professor at the University of Central Florida who has researched Puerto Rican migration to the state.Roughly 80,000 people moved to the U.S. from the island per year in the last two years. That’s up from just five years ago, when closer to 50,000 people were migrating per year. Fernandez attributes the increase to the mounting unrest among residents as federal appointees reckon with the island’s financial crisis, with their decisions often dealing blows to the workforce.“The signals that this body has been sending are signals of major austerity,” Fernandez said. “They’re pushing the government to reduce the state workforce dramatically in the next couple of years. These discussions have pushed many Puerto Ricans over the edge, making them decide to come to central Florida.”For many who were on the fence about leaving, the effects of the hurricane — potential months-long power outages, extensive infrastructure destruction, limited resources and aid — will be the breaking point. Some anticipate residents will head to the U.S. in droves.“It’s not too much of an exaggeration to think along the lines of half a million or a little more than half a million over the next four years,” Fernandez said.With the potential for thousands of new voters who tend to lean Democratic, Fernandez also notes that large Puerto Rican migration to the state could have political ramifications in future Florida elections.Officials in Florida are already preparing for an influx of students in schools. The Department of Education temporarily waived regulations to allow Puerto Rican students without access to their education records to enroll in public schools. Additionally, almost 40 colleges and universities across the state have waived out-of-state tuition and fees for students displaced by the hurricane.Three days after Cruz and his family settled in at a friend’s house in Florida, his children were attending their first day of classes at a public high school north of Orlando.They’ve been in Florida just over a week, and Cruz and his wife are slowly putting together the pieces to reassemble their lives. They’ve gotten their driver’s licenses; they’re in contact with a shipping company to bring at least one of their cars to the state; they’re looking for a place to live.“It will be hard for us, and it will be hard for the kids as well, but they’re kids, it will get easier,” he said. “They’re the reason we’re here. We did it for them.”Isabel Dobrin is an NPR digital news intern. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Three Men Arrested in Connection with The Death of Good Samaritan Officials Say

first_img“If you could choose your neighbor, you’d choose him.” That’s his family, friends describe 28YO Moyses Arreguín who was shot, killed protecting 16YO teen neighbor from armed robbers last night. @HCSOTexas investigating the death of the husband and father of 2 little girls #khou11 pic.twitter.com/yySYwvSqBR— Melissa Correa (@MCorreaKHOU) July 28, 2018 Homicide investigators have arrested a second suspect in connection with the 7/28 murder of Moyses Arreguin. Murder charges are pending against Gilber Gomez Jr., 19, believed to be the driver of the vehicle involved in the case. #hounews pic.twitter.com/BrJs77qriM— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) August 1, 2018 Last night, my 29 year old brother with 2 daughters, Moyses Arreguin was shot in the back and killed. He stood up to a man who was aiming a gun to a 16 year old kid. He saved the boy’s life but another man came and shot my brother. PLEASE SHARE THIS! #JUSTICEFORMOYSES pic.twitter.com/ableDvrHB4— arturo cervantes (@artcerv) July 28, 2018 Share In the murder of Moyses Arreguin, we are searching for at least (3) suspects. Two are younger Hispanic males, 16-20 years old, slim built. Fled in a dark colored 4-door sedan. Will update as more information becomes available. #hounews— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) July 29, 2018 NEW FOOTAGE: Tragic video shows moments before good Samaritan shot and killed while saving neighbor #HOUNewshttps://t.co/hXGoKwxHRR— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) July 28, 2018center_img Good Samaritan killed trying to help teen during attempted robbery. Occurred near West Hardy/Rankin. If you have info, please call @CrimeStopHOU 713-222-8477 or 713-221-6000. #hounews https://t.co/gMMjdOoqpS— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) July 28, 2018 Correction: Capital murder suspect is GILBERT Gomez Jr. #hounews— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) August 1, 2018 Photo via Twitter @artcervMoyses Arreguin was killed when he was trying to help a neighbor that was being robbed.The Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) investigators have now arrested a third suspect in the killing of Moyses Arreguin who saved his neighbor from an armed robbery last week.Homicide investigators in Harris County arrested two juveniles, ages 15 and 16, and 19-year-old Gilbert Gomez Jr. in connection with Arreguin’s death.Investigators have now arrested a third suspect in the capital murder of Moyses Arreguin, who was gunned down while trying to stop a neighborhood robbery. Those in custody now include 2 juveniles (15 and 16) and Gilbert Gomez Jr., 19. #HouNews pic.twitter.com/gwvr2pPc1D— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) August 2, 2018 This photo breaks my heart. Moyses Arreguin died a hero. Gunmen shot and killed the young father as he tried to protect his teenage neighbor. Those cowards remain at large. @SheriffEd_HCSO & @HCSOTexas are investigating this murder. I pray for justice -> https://t.co/9TvPNzt4Fm. pic.twitter.com/rdg3pzF0bH— Steve Campion (@SteveABC13) July 28, 2018last_img read more

NIH initiatives to overcome age bias in grant offerings appear to be

first_img(Phys.org)—A professor of structural biology and an informatics researcher have together written a paper outlining age bias in grant offerings by the National Institutes of Health over the past several decades. They show how older principal investigators (PIs) have traditionally been given more grants but note that new initiatives by NIH appear to be having a positive impact. Michael and Jonathan Levitt, who happen to be brothers, have published their work in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore further It has been a well-known issue in the science community for quite some time that older PIs have a better chance of getting a grant from the NIH than younger people. In their paper, the Levitts outline a trend that showed PIs under age 46 receiving fewer grants since 1982, while those for PIs over 55 received more of them—specifically, they found that the median age of PIs over the years 1980 to 2010 rose from 40 to 50. The bias is due to the way NIH awards grants, the authors note—committees are created to make assessments and award grants, but the members are made up of NIH grantees, which are heavily skewed toward older baby boomers. Older scientists, they suggest, find it difficult to award work to people they view as young and inexperienced.The authors note that things have been changing. In 2008, NIH initiated the Early Stage Investigator Policy solely to address age bias in awarding grants. And in 2016, the institute launched the Maximizing Investigator’s Research Award. And just last year, NIH officials announced plans to set a cap limit on the number of grants a single PI can hold at one time. As the authors note, it is still too early to tell how much of an impact the moves by NIH will have, but early signs suggest a reduced rate of increase in grants to older PIs, while the numbers granted to younger PIs has been rising. They suggest that additional efforts be made (such as dedicating more resources to transitional postdoctoral fellowships that are awarded by NIH) to encourage young people to enter the science field, noting that most Nobel laureates did their prize-winning work before the age of 40. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Michael Levitt et al. Future of fundamental discovery in US biomedical research, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1609996114AbstractYoung researchers are crucially important for basic science as they make unexpected, fundamental discoveries. Since 1982, we find a steady drop in the number of grant-eligible basic-science faculty [principal investigators (PIs)] younger than 46. This fall occurred over a 32-y period when inflation-corrected congressional funds for NIH almost tripled. During this time, the PI success ratio (fraction of basic-science PIs who are R01 grantees) dropped for younger PIs (below 46) and increased for older PIs (above 55). This age-related bias seems to have caused the steady drop in the number of young basic-science PIs and could reduce future US discoveries in fundamental biomedical science. The NIH recognized this bias in its 2008 early-stage investigator (ESI) policy to fund young PIs at higher rates. We show this policy is working and recommend that it be enhanced by using better data. Together with the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) program to reward senior PIs with research time in exchange for less funding, this may reverse a decades-long trend of more money going to older PIs. To prepare young scientists for increased demand, additional resources should be devoted to transitional postdoctoral fellowships already offered by NIH.center_img How the ‘graying biomedical workforce’ affects scientific funding in the US This figure shows age variation of R01 grantees. The median age grows from 40 to 50, whereas that of the 5% youngest grows from 32 to 37. The average age of first-(FIR) R01 grantees is 6 y more than that of the 5% youngest, and halfway to the median age. Since 1980, US life expectancy has increased by 5 y (64). Credit: (c) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1609996114 Citation: NIH initiatives to overcome age bias in grant offerings appear to be working (2017, June 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-06-nih-age-bias-grant.html © 2017 Phys.orglast_img read more