At noon on Thursday, 17 February, Live @ AAAS will host a live chat here with former Representative Bill Foster, a physicist who is speaking at the AAAS meeting about Albert’s List, the political action committee he is thinking of launching to help scientists become politicians. He’ll discuss that concept, his views on the new lawmakers in town, his stint in Congress, and the relationship between politics, science, and government.Submit your questions to him live at noon or post them beforehand in the comments section below.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(*)&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a href=”<a href=”http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=415e00e95f"”>http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast…</a> &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;Live @ AAAS – Bill Foster&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
As anyone who’s had to wade through the deep end of a pool can attest, water can be deceptively heavy. In the case of extreme weather events that dump trillions of gallons of rainwater over a few days—such as this month’s Hurricane Florence and last year’s Hurricane Harvey—this weight adds up quickly and can devastate structures both natural and humanmade. Drop enough water in any one location and you can actually cause Earth’s crust to sag under the weight—like a bowling ball on a trampoline.In a new study, researchers used this property to investigate what happened to the 100 trillion liters of stormwater Harvey dumped on Texas in August 2017. The scientists analyzed data from a network of satellites that transmit daily measurements of changes in the elevation of Earth’s crust down to the millimeter. By tracking how the crust rebounded over time, the team was able to determine how long it took the stormwater to clear the area and the mechanisms behind the movement.The crust in Texas sank about 21 millimeters after the storm, and took 5 weeks to lift back up to normal, the team reports today in Science Advances. Following Harvey’s landfall, 60% of the stormwater drained immediately into the ocean and Galveston Bay through surface and groundwater runoff, 10% quickly evaporated, and about 30% was stored on land as standing water to slowly evaporate or be sucked up by plants.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(*)The researchers want to apply their method to help flood managers better prepare for storms, and assist emergency responders in dealing with flooding when extreme weather events occur. If recent hurricane seasons are a sign of what’s to come, creative strategies like monitoring Earth’s crust to help predict and limit storms’ devastation are sorely needed. By Frankie SchembriSep. 19, 2018 , 2:00 PM Watch a hurricane put a dent in Earth’s crust
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Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry celebrates on scoring against Tottenham in a UEFA Champions League tie in London on Tuesday. Pics/AFP “Serge’s attacking skills are sensational,” said Bayern coach Niko Kovac. “With his speed, ball control… and he has a fantastic shot off either foot. What I ask of him is his defensive work and he made a huge jump with that here.” New-look BayernGnabry is part of a new-look Bayern, boasting plenty of Gallic flair with France’s Kingsley Coman on the opposite wing. Central defenders Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard, both World Cup winners with France, shut down the Spurs attack. Tottenham’s early lead by Son Heung-min was wiped out 194 seconds later by Joshua Kimmich as Bayern led 2-1 at half-time after a superb Lewandowski finish. Gnabry broke down the left after the break, burst into the box and drilled into the corner. He struck again two minutes later. The hosts pulled back to 4-2 on the hour mark when Harry Kane converted a penalty. Gnabry sealed his hat-trick (83rd min). There was still time for Lewandowski to score another goal. Tottenham’s Vertongen ashamed Jan Vertonghen said THE Tottenham’s players felt “ashamed” after their humiliating 2-7 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich. Spurs conceded seven goals at home for the first time in any major competition. “It was a painful night for us,” the Belgium defender said. “They punished us with every mistake we made. We let the fans and everyone at the club down with this result. Everyone is ashamed of this result,” he added. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates Tottenham Hotspur sack head coach Mauricio Pochettino Micah Richards: Can’t write off Manchester City in EPL title race After his four-goal haul, Serge Gnabry says Bayern Munich’s 7-2 gala romp at Tottenham Hotspur has sent a “big message” to their Champions League rivals. Gnabry dazzled at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday as Bayern handed Spurs the biggest home defeat for an English team in European competition. The ex-Arsenal winger netted his four goals in a fine second-half spell, while Poland’s Robert Lewandowski scored twice. Warning for rivals”I think [the other teams] know we are not stopping. After going 3-1 or 4-2 up we could have stopped but we wanted more. It’s a big message for everyone else,” Gnabry, 24, said after his first Champions League goals on his 12th appearance in the competition. Germany legend and Sky pundit Lothar Matthaeus agreed that Bayern “set an example to their international competition as far as the Champions League title is concerned.” Gnabry is no stranger to claiming goals in high-score wins after a hat-trick on his Germany debut three years ago in an 8-0 romp at minnows San Marino in a 2018 World Cup qualifier.Related News Tottenham Hotspur appoint Jose Mourinho as manager
Yuvraj Singh blasted a vintage century in the second one day international against England after making his comeback following a three-year absence from the 50-overs format.Playing his 295th ODI, Yuvraj reached his 14th hundred off 98 balls after the hosts were put into bat by England in the second match of the ongoing three-match series, which India already lead 1-0. (Vintage Yuvraj Singh is back with a bang)Yuvraj came to the crease after India were reduced to 22/2 in the third over following a rare Virat Kohli (8) failure. However, the 2011 World Cup Player of the Tournament overcame the testing phase and took the attack back to the opposition as he hit 15 fours and a six in his first century since March 2011.Yuvraj was also involved in a century partnership for the fourth wicket with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who himself registered his 62nd half-century. It was also the duo’s 10th century-plus stand in the 50-overs cricket. (Dhoni joins Sachin Tendulkar in elite list)Here’s how the Twitteratti reacted after Yuvraj’s hundred, which came after 2132 days. His last hundred in this format was against West Indies in 2011.So good to see Yuvraj & Dhoni play as they r doing. Really Sheron ka zamaana hota hai? Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) January 19, 2017I love @YUVSTRONG12! Well done my buddy! All the love coming from Melbourne! ???????????????????? KP (@KP24) January 19, 2017. @YUVSTRONG12 and @msdhoni looking good out in the middle. Are we in for a vintage Dhoni/Yuvi partnership ???#INDvENG @BCCI Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) January 19, 2017Nostalgic to watch this partnership of Yuvraj Singh and Dhoni again. The 2011 winning moment partnership.#INDvENGadvertisement Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 19, 2017It is 2132 days since Yuvraj’s last international hundred: v West Indies in Chennai in the World Cup. #IndvEng Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) January 19, 2017Yuvraj Singh in ODIs14th 1004th 100 v Eng7th at homeLast 100 came in 2011 World Cup#IndvEng Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 19, 2017Yuvraj’s making us believe in fairytales. Never give up. Well played, Yuvraj ‘Dhamakedaar’ Singh. ????????????? #IndvEng Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 19, 2017 What an amazing partnership between a superstar and a rockstar!! We enjoyed the show 🙂 @YUVSTRONG12 @msdhoni #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/mU8o3iJfZi sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 19, 2017Only old notes are out of circulation.Great knocks from @YUVSTRONG12 and @msdhoni . pic.twitter.com/A87EmghpV8 Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 19, 2017This man has defeated Cancer.Today,he only defeated the English bowlers.Everyone can learn not to give up.Proud of @YUVSTRONG12 #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/1wdBhpKEAa Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 19, 2017Yeaahh Team India!!! Super stuff!! #INDvENG sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 19, 2017No one absorbs pressure better than @msdhoni ???One more outstanding knock from an amazing player???Congrats MS??? @BCCI #IndvsEng VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 19, 2017What a match.Even 381 is not looking enough.Congrats Team India on winning the match & series???Spare a thought for @Eoin16 Brilliant knock??? VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 19, 2017
Oh, October… we’ve turned the corner into fall, and there’s a crisp bite to the weather. Autumn is in the air — and so’s the common cold, the flu, and all sorts of other seasonal ailments.Even though freelancing might allow you to take more sick days than the average 9-5, it’s important to stay healthy! And remember: your mental health is just as important as your physical health, too.So with that, we’d like to share with you our round-up for the week: Staying Healthy!5 simple ways freelancers tell us they manage stress4 reasons why freelancers need to meditate6 air-filtering houseplants to make you breathe easierTake a hike! (to improve your health, sleep, and creativity)Dear Diary: Journaling is good for youVolunteering is good for your healthWhy cherries help you sleepWeird sleep habits? How to sleep and stay productiveWhy your belly needs bacteria4 smoothie recipes for healthy, busy freelancersMy eyeballs are melting: 5 tools for strained, screen-dead eyesOffice Ergonomics 101Walking is good for your brain, study saysAre you happier when you’re creating?How to stay healthy and happy while flyingHigh powered snacks for freelancers5 natural remedies for battling the common cold8 tips to fall asleep faster and sleep deeperHow to cope with burnoutSay goodbye to winter bluesTake care of yourself so you can take care of business. Got any other tips on staying healthy, or perhaps you’re a healthcare and wellness professional yourself? Head over to the Health and Wellness Hive!
Liverpool Man City vs Liverpool team news: Aguero & Jesus start, Oxlade-Chamberlain makes bench Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 18:35 9/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Liverpool Manchester City Manchester City v Liverpool Premier League Pep Guardiola has opted to go with a front two against the Reds, while Jurgen Klopp is making his £35m deadline day signing wait for his debut Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus have both been named in the Manchester City starting XI to face Liverpool on Saturday, with new signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the bench for the Reds.City have opted to go with a front pairing, with Aguero slotting back into the side after being benched prior to the international break at Bournemouth.Elsewhere, Kyle Walker is recalled after serving a suspension, while Ilkay Gundogan returns to the matchday squad after a lengthy absence with knee ligament damage. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing For Liverpool, England international Oxlade-Chamberlain will hope to make his Reds bow after trading Arsenal for the Merseysiders on transfer deadline day.Jurgen Klopp has stuck with his explosive front three and settled midfield, as expected, making three alterations in defence.Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was in reserve last time out in the 4-0 victory over the Gunners, replaces Joe Gomez at right-back.Dejan Lovren drops to the bench, with Ragnar Klavan starting alongside Joel Matip in the heart of defence.Simon Mignolet returns in goal with Loris Karius deputising as per Klopp’s word.Philippe Coutinho has been left out of the matchday squad as he undertakes extra sessions to get back to his sharpest.Man City starting XI : Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Mendy, Danilo, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Silva, Aguero, Jesus.Man City subs : Bravo, Foden, Mangala, Sane, Gundogan, Delph, Bernardo.Liverpool starting XI: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Klavan, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino.Liverpool subs: Karius, Lovren, Gomez, Milner, Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke.Both sides have taken seven points from their opening three fixtures to sit among the early Premier League pacesetters. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Transfers Juve coach Allegri reveals he rejected Real Madrid approach Goal 00:02 6/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Juventus Serie A Primera División Having fielded interest from both the Blancos and Chelsea in the past few weeks, the manager has reaffirmed his commitment to his current employers Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed he had the chance to become Zinedine Zidane’s successor at Real Madrid but turned down the offer to stay in Turin. Allegri had been linked with two of Europe’s top jobs in recent weeks, as both Chelsea and Madrid showed interest in the Italian with the expected exit of Antonio Conte and Zidane’s departure last month. Chelsea, however, are yet to confirm who will replace Conte, who is widely tipped to leave, while Spain’s Julen Lopetegui caused a scandal by taking the Madrid post just days before the World Cup began. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Lopetegui has now been sacked by the RFEF hours prior to the big kick-off, and Allegri affirmed that he in fact had first bite at the vacancy before Spain’s preparations were turned upside down.”Did I say no to those two clubs? Let’s just say that I have said yes to Juventus, respecting the agreement that I have struck with the board,” he told Sky Sport. “I am grateful to president Florentino Perez for taking me into consideration. “I have always liked Juventus’ plans, which are renewed every year with the aim of always winning. I will look to continue the improvements that we began four years ago, alongside [Beppe] Marotta, [Fabio] Paratici, [Pavel] Nedved and the president.”Allegri took over the Juventus job from Conte in 2014, when the latter left to work with the Italy national team following the Azzurri’s 2014 World Cup debacle. Allegri has since won four straight Scudetti with the Old Lady, marking a record seven consecutive Serie A titles in total, while also reaching the Champions League final in 2015-16 where the club lost out to Madrid.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license US-based container carrier Matson unveiled its plans to equip three vessels with scrubbers as it prepares for the IMO 2020 fuel requirement regulation.Namely, the company earlier committed to a scrubber on one vessel operating in its China-Long Beach Express service, and now confirmed that it is moving forward with plans to install scrubbers on two more CLX ships, according to data revealed during Matson’s third quarter conference call.Matson said that its current strategy is to install three scrubbers in fiscal 2019, adding that the expected scrubber installation cost would be around USD 9 million per vessel.“The implementation of scrubbers on three of our five vessels allows us to continue to burn less expensive fuel,” Matt Cox, Chairman and CEO of Matson, said, adding that this puts the company in a good competitive position, regardless of the market conditions.Cox explained that the company already has three scrubbers installed on its Alaska vessels to comply with the eco requirements that were in place. With the latest development, the company would see six of its 12 core vessels would feature scrubbers, three in the Alaska and nine in its Hawaii, Guam and China service.Matson’s CEO said that the company will continue “to take a hard look” at the remaining six vessels, which include four new units and the remaining two ships.“We are making no predictions, but at the next drydock period on those vessels, we will be taking a hard look at whether or not to install over time scrubbers on the remainder of our fleet,” Cox said.“We expect to recover the incremental capital cost in the scrubbers through our fuel surcharge mechanism…we have fuel surcharge mechanisms in Hawaii and Guam and Alaska that allow us to effectively recover our fuel cost in the trades.”World Maritime News Staff
Annapolis Valley residents will be encouraged to lace up their sneakers or ride their bicycles through activities supported by the province’s sustainable transportation grant program, Connect2. Kings South MLA Keith Irving, on behalf of Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette, announced today, Aug. 21, $37,500 for two projects that will encourage active transportation. “Sometimes, it’s just a matter of getting the word out about all the options people have to get around their community, without using a car,” said Mr. Irving. “These projects help Valley residents make healthier choices and address climate change by reducing emissions from transportation.” PBJ Design will receive $15,000 to raise awareness about active transportation options in the Annapolis Valley, while the Town of Kentville will receive $22,500 to develop an active transportation plan and build capacity. “The Active Transportation Plan will guide our municipality over the next 10 to 15 years as we work to make it more accessible and enjoyable to walk and wheel in our community,” said Rachel Bedington, director, Parks and Recreation, Town of Kentville. “The plan will guide our work in the areas of infrastructure, connectivity, policy, education and promotion.” Connect2 aims to create and promote active transportation options for trips of two kilometres or less between community hubs in rural and urban parts of the province. This year, Connect2 will invest more than $600,000 to support 21 projects across the province. All projects will be completed by the end of March 2019. For more information about Connect2, visit http://www.novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation .
Beijing: India on Friday made a strong pitch to the Chinese IT companies to invest in India and partner with Indian firms especially in the field of AIT-enabled services. Several Indian and Chinese companies took part in the India-China business forum “Exploring opportunities, Enhancing cooperation”. India is the leader in software services while China is a major computer hardware maker. “When I talk about your (Made in China) 2025, our (Indian) economy is poised to reach $5 trillion. And of this, services would constitute about $3 trillion and this is the area where the potential is maximum and is waiting to be exploited,” said Sangeeta Saxena, Director at India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsSaxena said India’s service sector constituted over 62 per cent of the gross value added. “It attracts more than 50 per cent of the foreign direct investment flowing into India and it contributes to almost 38 per cent of the total. “Now when we look at India’s service exports, we find that almost 40 per cent of that is coming from IT and IT-enabled services exports. “We all know China is the leader in manufacturing and India’s prowess in the services and especially IT services. So it can be a win-win partnership for both the countries to come together and explore further opportunities in these areas,” Saxena added. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefMeanwhile, India has further liberalised e-visa rules for Chinese businessmen as the bilateral trade is set to cross $100 billion this year, a senior Indian diplomat here said on Friday. The India-China bilateral trade last year touched a historic high of $95.54 billion, according to the official data released by China early this year. The trade deficit in 2018, according to the data, climbed to $57.86 billion from $51.72 billion in 2017. “We are glad that our bilateral trade will cross the significant mark of $100 billion this year,” India’s Deputy Ambassador in China Dr Acquino Vimal said while addressing an event on ‘India-China business forum, exploring opportunities, enhancing cooperation’ specially in the IT sector. A large number of Chinese investors and Indian IT firms based in China attended the get-together organised by NASSCOM — a trade association of Indian Information Technology (IT) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry — and the Indian embassy. “Closer development partnership between India and China has been growing steadily for the last several years. Since the last 20 years, the scale and profile of bilateral trade and investment between India and China has increased several folds. “This has been further strengthened in April 2018, when Wuhan witnessed the first Informal Summit between our Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi and President Xi Jinping. This Summit has provided a fresh impetus to our growing bilateral engagement,” Vimal said. As a result, the number of visits by trade and investment delegations have increased and the comfort and trust levels have improved, he said. “This is demonstrated in the increase in the number of visas we have been issuing in the last few months. In order to ensure that such engagement is promoted and encouraged, I’m happy to inform that we have further liberalised visas for Chinese travellers to visit India by the introduction of ‘electronic visa’ facility,” the Indian diplomat said. Since March 2019, the e-visa facility for Chinese businessmen has also been expanded. “We are now issuing one-year multiple entry e-business-visa, with a provision to stay up to 183 days without any registration with local authorities. This has considerably eased the travel of Chinese businessmen to India. I’m sure that the Chinese companies will benefit from this,” he said. Over and above the large IT companies of India, the Indian IT companies in the small, medium size sector have also developed a niche space for themselves by developing expertise in highly-specialised areas of manufacturing, automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI), he said. Their collaboration with companies in China, who are looking at various IT products and solutions to make them more efficient and competitive, is a clear opportunity for a win- win solution, Vimal said. Senior Director at NASSCOM Gagan Sabharwal made a presentation on the three IT corridors — Dalian, Guiyang and Suzhou to promote India-China collaboration. The corridors connect the Indian IT/IT-enabled companies, specially small and medium sized ones with Chinese companies looking at potential partners from India in this field. The IT corridors have a strong and dynamic AI-enabled online platform called the ‘Sino-Indian Digital Collaboration Plaza (SIDCOP),” Vimal added.
Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan shall be completing one year of office next month. He has just returned from the US after meeting President Trump where the entire global community is bewildered by Trump’s much-fabricated disclosure that Prime Minister Modi had told him to arbiter or mediate in Kashmir to resolve the outstanding despite between India and Pakistan. Nothing could be more akin to fantasy than such brash statement as it is universally known that India, with the spirit of the Shimla Agreement and Lahore declaration, is decidedly committed on a bilateral approach to iron out the creases. Trump’s statement has made Imran buoyant and his body language emits a false sense of overconfidence that his actions stand condoned by Trump. Also Read – A special kind of bondUpon his return to Islamabad, Imran Khan who is infamously labelled as the selected Prime Minister, and not an elected one, is living up to his acquired nomenclature. This is, principally, because of his extraordinary proximity to the military establishment and the ISI. Both these arms’ chiefs accompanied Imran to the US ostensibly for the trust deficit and possibly also to demonstrate to the world that the civilian government and the military views are convergent. In reality, however, it is doubtful if the Pakistan Also Read – Insider threat managementPrime Minister is allowed by the deep state to exercise his own discretion or pursue his party’s external or internal policies. At the same time, it can be safely construed that its the military which is calling the shots.In this context, it will not be out of place to mention that Imran Khan is well disposed towards giving another extension to the present Army chief, General Bajwa as Imran perhaps feels comfortable or politically secure under the military dispensation. This development is reminiscent when Pervez Musharraf oversaw Gen Ashfaq Kayani’s extension of the term. In both cases, tackling terror was given the pretence. Talking of terror, it is significant to note that the Pakistani Prime Minister, while addressing an audience at the US Institute of Peace Studies during his recent US trip, admitted the presence of 40,000 militants in Pakistan. This statement seems to justify the cooperation of Pakistan army in addressing the terror menace. Presence of such a large number of militants (terrorists), poses a real threat and increases the vulnerability of an increase in cross border terrorism most likely in Kashmir. Upbeat with his US visit, and assurances by Trump to mediate in Kashmir as also fresh reports suggesting a soft approach towards a reconsideration of sale and technical support to F-16 aircraft, Imran Khan had a telephonic chat with President Erdogan of Turkey after his return. Both discussed regional security issues and Kashmir was touched upon. Both leaders also talked about the modalities of Turkey-Pakistan High-Level Strategic Cooperation (HLSLC) and modalities on Pakistan-Turkey-Malaysia trilateral process and ways to move forward. This emerging axis is more than what meets the eye. This looks significant. Further, Erdogan expressed sympathies over the terror strikes in Pakistan and the loss of lives. While evaluating Imran Khan’s ‘progress’ report in the last one year, it is sad to note that two major institutions in the country, the judiciary and the media have been subverted with severity and the political opponents are being subjected to harsh measures of political vendetta. Talking about the judiciary, those judges awarding verdicts deemed to be against the government, are being targeted and knowledgable circles reckon that it is the military and the ISI who are controlling them keeping a close and hawkish eye on their judgments. Qazi Faez Isa of the Supreme Court incurred the wrath of the regime as he had pulled up the military establishment and cautioned them to remain within the confines of the constitution. He had the courage of conviction in giving a verdict on Quetta terror blasts passing strictures even against the ISI. Isa also came under the ISI scanner for his judgment on the infamous Faizabad siege incident when the whole episode was calibrated by the ISI to weaken the Nawaz Sharif government. Present ISI chief, Faiz Hameed, then a two-star General, was seen distributing money to protestors. Another case citing interference in the judiciary is Islamabad High Court’s order asking the Pakistani Law Ministry to remove the National Accountability Judge, Arshad Malik who had allegedly confessed in a video being under tremendous pressure and blackmailed to convict Nawaz Sharif in a corruption case. Like Judiciary, the Pakistani media, too, is closely monitored by the ISI/military to report according to the government’s expectations. This is becoming glaringly noticeable. Geo TV complained about its interviews taken off the air without any warning or notice. Earlier, ‘Dawn’ correspondent, Cyril Almeida faced charges of treason for publishing an interview (July 2018) of Nawaz Sharif where the latter had demanded trial of perpetrators of Mumbai terror attacks of 2008. Imran Khan regime, in active collaboration with the deep state, is out to finish off all his political adversaries. High profile politicians like Nawaz Sharif, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Asif Ali Zardari are all victims of a more than visible political vendetta in the name of corruption. There does not seem to be any end to this trend, so detrimental to any democratic process. And the modus operandi of the government is getting modelled in the functioning of a military regime. It is sad that President Trump chose to ignore these negativities while receiving Imran Khan at the White House. The civil liberties are on the brink of a total collapse in Pakistan and if the Americans are hoping of any investment in Imran Khan to get his good offices in controlling the Afghan Taliban, they are sadly mistaken. Terrorism in Pakistan has all the signs of flourishing further under their uniformed mentors. They do not seem to rein in the terrorists nor have the willingness either within or in Afghanistan. The acrimonious exchange of tweets by Trump deriding Pakistan, not very long ago, and threatening to hasten action against the terrorists following FATF strictures, now stand to evaporate in thin air. Public memory is too short. Americans are under an illusion that if Pakistan panders and its military is kept in good humour, it could get its wish list fulfilled. Its a mirage in the real sense of the term. (The author is a retired IPS officer, a security analyst and a former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Mauritius. The views expressed are strictly personal)
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing criticism on social media after tweeting to a celebrity that Canada will contribute $50M toward a cause.Trudeau tweeted to South African comedian and host of “The Daily Show” Trevor Noah that Canada would pledge $50M to Education Cannot Wait, an organization that funds education for children affected by conflicts, natural disasters and other crises.Trudeau thanked Noah for celebrating Nelson Mandela’s legacy at the Global Citizen festival, an initiative aimed at ending extreme poverty, and says he’s sorry can’t be there but offered to donate money to support education for women and girls around the world tweeting, “Work for you? Let’s do it.”Reaction on Twitter was swift.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer accused Trudeau on Twitter of pledging $50M in a tweet to impress a TV personality.Scheer tweeted that taxpayers need a defender, not someone who throws money around to be popular with celebrities.Other social media users say they support the cause, but took issue with the way Trudeau announced Canada’s support.The Canadian Press
Advertisement Nathan Powless-Lynes is a Mohawk video game creator from Ontario. (Submitted by Nathan Powless-Lynes) The rising popularity of digital interactive work like VR experiences and video games has spurred the imagineNATIVE film and media arts festival in Toronto to add a dedicated digital space this year.The new iNdigital Space will feature eight video games, five VR experiences, seven web works and nine audio works. Login/Register With: “It’s nice having somewhere to show off work; it’s hard to find and opportunity like that,” said Nathan Powless-Lynes. “It’s also interesting to see Indigenous media all put here in one place.”Poweless-Lynes is Mohawk and grew up in Ontario. He has two games that will be featured in the iNdigital Space: Swampbox, a puzzle game where the main character must journey through a alien ship solving puzzles to advance, and Brawlygons, a multiplayer fighting game.“There’s many different forms of media and they should all be appreciated,” he said.“Giving video game and VR a chance is something I encourage and support.”Digital media needs its own spaceInteractive digital media presents a unique opportunity for interactive storytelling and should have its own space that can optimize these experiences, said Meagan Byrne, imagineNATIVE’s digital and interactive co-ordinator.Byrne is a Métis game designer who grew up in Hamilton. Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Set up throughout imagineNATIVE’s iNdigital Space at the TIFF Bell Lightbox are VR stations and computers to play video games, all made by Indigenous creators. (Rhiannon Johnson/CBC) Facebook
MTV announced the nominations for the 2019 Video Music Awards on Tuesday (July 23), and Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift top the list with 10 noms each, including video of the year and song of the year.Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X follow with nine and eight nominations, respectively. Both are up for best new artist, while the 17-year-old songstress is also entered for artist of the year, push artist of the year and best pop, among other categories. Lil Nas X’s smash “Old Town Road,” meanwhile, is up for song of the year, best hip hop and video of the year.Two new categories this year include best K-pop and video for good. BTS and Halsey’s “Boy With Luv,” BLACKPINK’s “Kill This Love,” Monsta X and French Montana’s “Who Do You Love,” TOMORROW X TOGETHER’s “Cat & Dog,” NCT 127’s “Regular” and EXO’s “Tempo” are up for best K-pop. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande (Photos by Kevin Mazur ~ Getty Images) Advertisement Facebook Advertisement
Rabat- Morocco’s decision to stick to postpone of the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) until mid-2015 or 2016 over fears of the Ebola disease could see the Kingdom facing sanctions from the governing body of African football (CAF) in the form of a suspension from future tournaments.The refusal to host Afcon 2015 could lead to Morocco’s suspension from all the activities sponsored by CAF for four years.Moroccan clubs could also be suspended from participating in the African Champions League and the CAF Cup. In addition to suspension, CAF could impose heavy fines on the Moroccan football federation. If FIFA intervenes, Morocco could be deprived of hosting any future FIFA Club World Cup.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.
DETROIT — The National Transportation Safety Board says the partial government shutdown stopped it from sending investigators to 22 accidents involving 30 deaths.The agency says it will now begin investigations, but evidence may have been lost that could prevent finding a cause.The NTSB determines the cause of transportation accidents and makes recommendations to prevent them. It had to furlough 367 of 397 employees during the 35-day shutdown.The accidents included 15 involving aircraft that caused 21 deaths, two on railroads resulting in two deaths and two highway crashes, one of which killed seven people.The agency said it couldn’t evaluate six other accidents to figure out if it should send investigators.The crash that killed seven people occurred Jan. 3 on Interstate 75 near Gainesville, Florida.The Associated Press
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was higher out of the gate Wednesday as strength from U.S. earnings provided some motivation against the fast approaching deadline for Cyprus to deal with its debt troubles.The S&P/TSX composite gained 17.56 points at 12,765.43, while the TSX Venture Exchange dipped 1.30 points to 1,101.68.The Canadian dollar rose 0.03 of a cent to 97.66 cents US.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials lifted 48.42 points to 14,469.91. The Nasdaq was down 9.80 points at 3,232.40 and the S&P 500 index slid 5.25 points to 1,551.05.Darden Restaurants, which owns the Olive Garden and Red Lobster chains, beat Wall Street expectations on earnings for the quarter Friday, as did luxury retailer Tiffany. And Nike said late Thursday that third-quarter profits spiked 55 per cent.In Europe, Cyprus has again delayed a meeting in which parliament is due to discuss how its banks and government can be recapitalized after earlier this week rejecting a plan — backed by European leaders — to tax depositors.Cyprus’s banks have now been closed for a week and the European Central Bank has threatened to cut off an emergency program supporting them if a solution is not found by Monday.Canadian financial stocks will also be in the spotlight after Finance Minister Jim Flaherty unveiled tighter rules for mortgages in Thursday’s federal budget.The budget said the government will restrict banks’ ability to insure conventional mortgages, those with over 20 per cent householder equity, to only those used in Canada Mortgage and Housing securitization programs. As well, it said it will prohibit the use of government-backed insurance — both on conventional and heavily leveraged mortgages — as collateral if they are not sponsored by CMHC.In commodities, the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange jumped 49 cents to US$92.94 a barrel.The May copper contract gained 3.1 cents to US$3.466 a pound and April gold bullion fell $6.80 to US$1,607 an ounce.Shares of BlackBerry (TSX:BB), which formerly called itself Research In Motion, gained 1.5 per cent as the new BlackBerry Z10 touchscreen smartphone hit shelves in the United States. AT&T began selling the phone on Friday, more than six weeks after the company launched the devices elsewhere. Shares were up 25 cents to $16.77.Stella-Jones Inc. (TSX:SJ) is increasing its dividend 25 per cent after closing out a record year in terms of sales and net income. The company said earnings were $16.5 million or $1 per diluted share, an increase from $13.4 million or 83 cents per diluted share a year earlier. Shares rose 38 cents to $81.10.Britain’s FTSE 100 was up 0.4 per cent at 6,411, Germany’s DAX lifted 0.3 per cent to 7,934 and France’s CAC-40 shed 0.09 per cent to 3,771.Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 plummeted 2.4 per cent to close at 12,338.53, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 0.5 per cent to 22,115.30, while South Korea’s Kospi fell 0.1 per cent at 1,948.71. Benchmarks in Singapore, Taiwan and Indonesia also fell.
Highlights at the close Monday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 16,002.78, up 49.27 points (record high)Dow — 23,348.74, down 85.45 pointsS&P 500– 2,572.83, down 8.24 pointsNasdaq — 6,698.96, down 2.30 pointsCurrencies:Cdn — 77.90 cents US, up 0.22 of a centPound — C$1.6938, up 0.60 of a centEuro — C$1.4926, up 0.01 of a centEuro — US$1.1627, up 0.34 of a centOil futures:US$54.15, up 25 cents(December contract)Gold futures:US$1,277.70 per oz., up $5.90(December contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:$22.450, down 1.1 cents$721.77 kg., down 35 cents
“It is my conviction that we can achieve a successful outcome at Durban and that we must persist in our endeavours,” Mary Robinson, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, told the bureau of the Geneva-based Preparatory Committee for the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, referring to the South African city where the forum will open on 31 August. Mrs. Robinson focused in particular on the need for careful negotiation concerning the “quest of two neighbouring peoples, Israelis and Palestinians, for self-determination and justice, the need to resolve protracted conflict and occupation, claims of inequality, violence and terrorism, and a deteriorating situation on the ground.” Appealing for cooperation by all, she welcomed the fact that “everyone understands that there can be no return to an issue settled by the General Assembly, the former Zionism-racism problem.” In 1991, the Assembly revoked an earlier resolution which had equated Zionism with racism.The High Commissioner articulated a set of principles to guide negotiations on the issue, stressing the need to recognize the equal rights of both peoples as well as the grievance and frustration caused by prolonged military occupation. She underscored the need to condemn terrorism, indiscriminate violence, excessive and disproportionate force, and the propagation of hatred no matter who commits them. In addition, she urged understanding of the historical wounds of anti-Semitism and of the Holocaust on the one hand, and of the accumulated wounds of displacement and of military occupation on the other. On remaining issues facing the preparatory committee, due to complete its work Friday, Mrs. Robinson welcomed the fact that working groups have adopted a set of major assessments and policy pronouncements as a foundation for talks. She pointed in particular to an “important breakthrough provision” on the issue of remedies. The agreed text on the matter calls for justice for victims of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, “including the right to seek just and adequate reparation or satisfaction for any damage suffered.” Looking to the remaining weeks before the Conference, the High Commissioner called for ongoing cooperation with the chairmen of the working groups and a continuation, where needed, of “informal facilitation processes.” She pledged her personal commitment to push forward, saying “Secretary-General Kofi Annan and I are in contact with national leaders, seeking their cooperation on particular issues, and this effort will continue in the coming period.”Calling inequality “the pressing challenge of our times,” Mrs. Robinson said the World Conference must succeed. “A Durban consensus beckons,” she said. “Let us all respond positively and constructively.”