Iowa Science Teacher Speaks Up for Romney

first_imgAs a science teacher who is voting for Mitt Romney, Joan Moorhead says she sometimes feels isolated at school. But last week campaign officials asked the veteran teacher and longtime Republican activist to move into the limelight, naming her one of 14 co-chairs of National Educators for Romney. Moorhead has spent 33 years teaching science to elementary and middle school students in the Davenport Community School District, which runs along the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa. A slew of awards, including being named teacher of the year by the Iowa Academy of Science, the Iowa Recycling Educators, and Wal-Mart, suggest that she’s very good at it. But persuading her colleagues in this political swing state to support what the Romney campaign describes as the candidate’s “bold education reforms that will put children first” could prove to be her toughest assignment. “I’m a rarity as an active Republican teacher,” she admits. “I was probably one of only five or six Republicans in a staff of nearly 100” at Williams Intermediate School, where she taught seventh grade biology for the past 13 years before moving last month to another district school, Blue Grass Elementary. But Moorhead is no novice when it comes to presidential politics: She sat down with Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, during the 2004 campaign, and this year she’s met with Romney and his running mate, Representative Paul Ryan, who hails from neighboring Wisconsin. 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Bush’s signature reforms of elementary and secondary education, which many Republicans now view as a failure and an intrusion of federal authority into state-run education systems].” “No Child Left Behind sounds good, and it’s generated a lot more data about what is happening in the classroom,” she adds. “But we don’t have the time or the resources to make use of that information. Romney wants to modify No Child Left Behind so that we spend less time trying to satisfy the requirements and use that time to benefit kids.” Moorhead is no less passionate about what she sees as the failed policies of President Barack Obama. “Education is the big one. But there are a lot of things I disagree with him on.” She thinks that Obamacare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) “is detrimental to the middle class.” And on the environment, she believes: “We need to look more closely at U.S. energy sources, to create jobs and so that we can become energy independent.” She says she doesn’t belong to the local chapter of the teachers’ union, the National Education Association (NEA), because “part of our dues goes to fund abortions.” When pressed, Moorhead explains that she means NEA backs Democratic lawmakers who support federal funding of Planned Parenthood. Asked if she has ever considered running for office herself, Moorhead laughs. “I don’t have time. I teach.” She says the Romney campaign has asked her to spend “an hour or two a week” spreading the word about the candidate and helping out whenever he visits the state. “I do it in the evenings,” she says. “But my students come first.” See more coverage on science and the U.S. 2012 elections.last_img read more

Artificial intelligence can turn 2D photos into real-world objects

first_img People have no trouble looking at a photo and understanding the 3D shapes of the objects within—people, cars, Shiba Inus. But computers, with little experience in the real world, aren’t so smart—yet. Now, scientists have created a new “unwrapping” method that comes much closer. They started by teaching an algorithm to treat 3D objects as 2D surfaces. Imagine, for example, hollowing out a mountainous globe and flattening it into a rectangular map, with each point on the surface displaying latitude, longitude, and altitude. After much practice, the new machine-learning algorithm learned to translate photos of 3D objects (like the first row of planes, above) into 2D surfaces, which can then be “stitched” into 3D forms. Researchers trained it to reconstruct cars, airplanes, and hands in almost any posture. Whereas an earlier method warped sedans into hatchbacks and rendered planes birdlike (see the second row of airplanes, above), this new method could more accurately infer 3D shapes from photos, the authors reported this week at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, in Honolulu. The new program, called SurfNet (after the word “surface”), could also invent brand new, realistic-looking 3D shapes for cars, planes, and hands. Future applications might include designing objects for virtual and augmented reality, creating 3D maps of rooms for robot navigation, and designing computer interfaces controlled with hand gestures. Thumbs up.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(*) Artificial intelligence can turn 2D photos into real-world objects By Matthew HutsonJul. 27, 2017 , 4:15 PMcenter_img Purdue University last_img read more

Germany to retain FIFA World Cup in Russia: Reuters poll

first_imgGermany will retain their World Cup title in Moscow to equal Brazil’s record of five wins in the tournament, according to a Reuters poll of financial specialists more used to predicting market moves.In a May 16-31 survey of regular Reuters poll participants from across the globe, Germany’s national soccer team got the highest number of nods – 43 out of 145 analysts – to lift the trophy in July.Brazil placed second with 37 votes, evoking prospects of a final between the two long-term rivals.Four years ago Germany humiliated then hosts Brazil in a crushing 7-1 defeat that reduced fans clad in yellow, blue and green to tears and stunned silence in Belo Horizonte’s Estádio Mineirão.”Germany have a good combination of skill and discipline and are not overly dominated by any one star player, but rather a high level of players throughout,” said Frank Blackmore, chief economist at EFConsult in Johannesburg.”Hence, my choice of Germany as 2018 winners.”Luiz Roberto Monteiro, a trader at Renascença brokerage in São Paulo, said many people wanted Brazil to win “because there’s a lot at stake after the Germany fiasco.”But I think they are thinking with their hearts. Brazil depend too much on a small number of players, particularly (star forward) Neymar. It’s a good team but I don’t think they’ll get past the semifinals.”Barcelona’s Argentinian striker Lionel Messi, who has scored over 600 senior career goals for club and country, is expected to win the Golden Boot – an award for top goalscorer of the championship, last won by Colombia’s James Rodriguez in Brazil.advertisementBookmakers agreed with strategists. The tightest odds were 9/2 on both Germany and Brazil to be crowned champions, and Messi was favourite to win the Boot.last_img read more

Delhi High Court adjourns archery hearing to August 2

first_imgThe Delhi High Court has adjourned the hearing regarding the dual elections conducted by two warring factions of the Archery Association of India to August 2.The deadline set by the world body to take a call on suspension was July 31.Hearing a PIL in the Rahul Mehra versus Union of India & Ors, a Delhi HC Special Bench comprising Justice S Murlidhar and Najmi Waziri on Friday fixed the matter for arguments to next Friday, Mehra tweeted.”They will adjudicate on the dual elections conducted by two warring factions within AAI, beside setting aside last election of IOA for violation of Sports Code, and directing Ministry of Sports to place final version of redrafted Sports Code ASAP,” Mehra wrote on his tweeter handle.A response is awaited from the World Archery which had earlier de-listed AAI as a member and threatened to suspend and not allow Indian archers to compete in international competitions if the court does not give an order by July 31.In June, World Archery had sent its vice-president, Kazi Uddin Ahmed Chapol as mediator, but all the talks to bring the two factions together failed as both groups went ahead with separate but simultaneous elections in New Delhi and Chandigarh on June 9 to elect two presidents — Union Minister Arjun Munda and retired IAS officer BVP Rao.With less than a year to go for the Olympics, the fancied Indian women’s team is yet to book a quota place for Tokyo 2020, while the men have secured qualification at the World Championships in Netherlands last month.advertisementlast_img read more

Video: Rennie Childs Scores TD on Second Effort

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! There hasn’t been much running room for any of the running backs, but Rennie Childs delivered in a big way for the Cowboys when his name was called on the goal line. Check out the second effort from Rennie to extend the ball past the goal line.last_img

Benfica vs Man Utd: Team news & TV

first_imgUEFA Champions League Benfica vs Manchester United: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Oli Platt 06:41 10/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jose Mourinho Manchester United Getty Images UEFA Champions League Manchester United Benfica v Manchester United Benfica The Red Devils can put themselves at least five points clear of third place at the halfway stage in Group A by winning in Lisbon on Wednesday Manchester United will be hoping to put one foot in the Champions League knockout stage by beating Benfica on Wednesday night.The Red Devils have won both of their games so far and travel to Lisbon looking to keep their 100 per cent record intact.Doing so would put them at least five points clear of the team in third place in Group A by the end of the matchday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Game Benfica vs Manchester United Date Wednesday, October 18 Time 19:45 BST / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Ashley Young Manchester UnitedIn the UK, the match will be available to watch live and for free on television on BT Sport Showcase or by stream via the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport Showcase / BT Sport 2 BT Sport app In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on Fox Deportes and by stream via Fox Sports Go.Fox Sports will also be streaming the match live on Facebook. US TV channel Online stream Fox Deportes Fox Sports Go / Facebook Live SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Benfica players Goalkeepers Svilar, Cesar Defenders Lopez, Grimaldo, Luisao, Douglas, Eliseu, Dias Midfielders Fejsa, Augusto, Samaris, Zivkovic, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi, Goncalves, Carvalho Forwards Jimenez, Jonas, Gabriel, Seferovic Benfica will be missing right-back Andre Almeida, who was sent off in the disastrous 5-0 defeat against Basel, as well as Jardel and Rafa Silva.Barcelona loanee Douglas is likely to deputise in the absence of Almeida.Potential starting XI: Svilar; Douglas, Luisao, Dias, Grimaldo; Zivkovic, Pizzi, Fejsa, Cervi; Jonas, Jimenez. Position Man Utd players Goalkeepers De Gea, Romero, Pereira Defenders Blind, Lindelof, Valencia, Shaw, Smalling, Darmian, Tuanzebe, Jones, Rojo Midfielders Young, Lingard, Matic, Mkhitaryan, Mata, Herrera, McTominay Forwards Rashford, Lukaku, Martial Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo have travelled to Portugal but would be surprise starters given their lack of match fitness after serious injuries.Jose Mourinho will continue to be stretched in midfield due to the absences of Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini, while Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are also out.Potential starting XI: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Blind; Herrera, Matic; Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford; Lukaku.BETTING & MATCH ODDS BenficaMan Utd are 5/6 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Benfica priced at 7/2 and the draw available at 5/2.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets.GAME PREVIEW Jose Mourinho Manchester UnitedWhen Jose Mourinho starts stirring up trouble, there’s usually something else going on he doesn’t want to talk about.Things seem pretty good for the Red Devils right now, though, which made the talk around a potential new contract and his public admiration of Paris Saint-Germain somewhat puzzling.Mourinho was hardly isolated in his belief that a more cautious approach against Liverpool was appropriate, and that debate was blowing over anyway.Perhaps the Portuguese is anticipating more difficult winds to come while Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini remain absent, though Benfica’s 5-0 humbling at Basel last time out and away matches at Huddersfield Town and Swansea City hardly suggest a severe challenge.The Portuguese is not taking his compatriots lightly, though, claiming bluntly that they are “much better than CSKA Moscow and Basel”.We might not expect United to dazzle on this particular European trip and instead keep a clean sheet at the forefront of their minds as a result.last_img read more

IPL 2019: Yuvraj Singh turns back the clock with hat-trick of sixes vs Yuzvendra Chahal

first_img view more view less graphs commentary IPL 2019: Yuvraj Singh turns back the clock with hat-trick of sixes vs Yuzvendra ChahalIPL 2019, RCB vs MI: Mumbai Indians veteran Yuvraj Singh smashed Yuzvendra Chahal for three consecutive sixes, taking fans down the memory lane in Bengaluru on Thursday. Yuvraj and Hardik Pandya’s cameo helped MI post 187 on the board in 20 overs. Scorecardcenter_img advertisement No data available! India Today Web Desk BengaluruMarch 28, 2019UPDATED: March 29, 2019 17:49 IST IPL 2019: Yuvraj Singh was in destructive mood for Mumbai Indians in Bengaluru (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSYuvraj Singh smashed Yuzvendra Chahal for three sixes on the trot in BengaluruYuvraj Singh was dismissed when he tried to hit a fourth straight sixYuvraj Singh has begun IPL 2019 on a high with quick cameos for Mumbai IndiansOne of the unforgettable moments in Indian cricket history is Yuvraj Singh smashing Stuart Broad for six sixes on the trot in the 2007 World T20 match between India and England.12 years down the line, Yuvraj Singh took his fans down the memory line, smashing one of the finest wrist-spinners going around, Yuzvendra Chahal for three successive sixes.Yuvraj, playing for Mumbai Indians — his seventh different IPL team in IPL 2019 — showed glimpses of his vintage self by taking Royal Challengers Bangalore’s wrecker-in-chief Chahal to the cleaners at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday.Yuvraj had walked into bat after the dismissal of his Mumbai Indians captain, Rohit Sharma in the 11th over. However, the party began only in the 13th over when Chahal gifted Yuvraj a half-tracker in the first ball of the over. Yuvraj had enough time to pick up the length and smash into the mid-wicket stands.Here’s how it all played out even as the Chinnaswamy crowd roared in delight, watching India’s World Cup hero turn back the clock.13.1 – 6CHAHAL TO YUVRAJSIX! That is huge! He has really hit that hard. Yes, it is a poor ball but it still has to be put away. Short and on middle, Yuvraj goes back and pulls it over the square leg fence.13.2 – 6CHAHAL TO YUVRAJSIX! Back-to-back maximums! Yuvraj Singh is on fire here. What a clean hit. Chahal gives it air this time but lands it very full on off. Yuvraj hits it over the bowler’s head. The connection is such that it goes all the way.advertisement13.3 – 6CHAHAL TO YUVRAJSIX! High and handsome! Three in a row! Another poor ball. Short and outside off, Yuvraj goes back and powers it over the long on stands. Will he now make it 4 in 4 here?Yuvraj Singh tried to another six-sixes-in-an-over but he perished while going for the fourth one. Yuzvendra Chahal was brave enough to flight another one in the fourth ball of the over. Yuvraj tried to clear the long-off boundary but holed out in the deep.Despite not achieving his mission, Yuvraj has certainly made a statement with his first two knocks in IPL 2019. Yuvraj, who nearly went unsold in this year’s auctions before being snapped up Mumbai Indians at his base price, began the season with a 35-ball 53 against Delhi Capitals on March 24. Yuvraj made 23 from just 12 balls before he was dismissed on Thursday.Some great hitting from #YuvrajSingh and @hardikpandya7 wished they could have batted together would have been a treat to watch. @mipaltan at one time looked like scoring 225 plus. @RCBTweets has an uphilll task. But the wicket looks like a belter. #IPLT2019ANGAD BEDI! (@Imangadbedi) March 28, 2019For India to have a potential World Cup-winning team, they need a No 4 of the calibre of Yuvraj – in his two innings in the IPL so far has provided glimpses of why he commanded respect of all opponents. The crucial spot remains India’s weakness #IPL2019 #RCBvMI #YuvrajSinghSanjjeev (@Sanjjeev) March 28, 2019There’s still a magic about Yuvraj Singh. The love on the timeline is as genuine as it can get. We criticize him, but deep down almost everyone loves him.Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) March 28, 2019Almost NOSTALGIA! #YuvrajSingh #RCBvMIUmang Pabari (@UPStatsman) March 28, 2019That cameo from Yuvraj singh actually took us back in our childhood days.The way he hits such monstrous sixes effortlessly, made cricket look so easy.Once a champion, Always a champion! #RCBvMI #CricketMeriJaanR A T N I $ H (@LoyalSachinFan) March 28, 2019Few minutes”GOOSEBUMPS” ??????#YUVRAJSINGH ?????????? pic.twitter.com/AgRdT1Lcp6yuvan Gowtham ssrk¬?? (@yuvangowtham7) March 28, 2019watching yuvraj singh hitting 3 sixes in a row#RCBvMI pic.twitter.com/uUDJLvUjaLSunil- The cricketer (@1sInto2s) March 28, 2019#YuvrajSingh ke Sixes ????#RCBvMI #MIvRCB #VIVOIPL #Yuvi pic.twitter.com/O4ZkHSx0AJPrem (@nawaabshahab) March 28, 2019Speaking ahead of the high-voltage match between RCB and MI, Yuvraj had discussed the pressures of dealing with the price tag.”Those years when I used to get good money for the IPL.. there was more pressure then… There’s less pressure now… So I guess pretty happy I got the opportunity to play this year for Mumbai and looking forward to the season,” he said.”It’s about starting on a good note. I am glad I hit the ball well that night (vs Delhi Capitals). I just need to think well and bat according to the situation.”Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Yuvraj SinghFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow Yuvraj SIngh IPL 2019Follow RCB vs MIlast_img read more

Seatankers Ups the Ante at Chinese Yards

first_imgzoom Seatankers Group, a management company led by John Fredriksen, is bolstering its newbuilding investments with four additional ships on order.The company has reportedly placed an order for two 82,000 dwt Kamsarmaxes with DSIC Shanhaiguan Shipbuilding, with an option to add two more ships to the tally, according to Clarksons.The two vessels will be delivered in 2020 and 2021 respectively. The orderbook could reach eight units in the series, if options for the two more vessels are declared.Seatankers is said to be behind an additional order for two 208,000 dwt Newcastlemaxes at Chinese Bohai Shipbuilding, data from Asiasis shows. The duo is set for delivery within 2020.Clarksons said the bulkers were intended for Golden Ocean, and form part of a previous contract for two firm ships.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Indias coach Stimac releases six players from camp

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian football team’s national coach Igor Stimac on Monday released six players from the list of 37 who had assembled for the preparatory camp, which kicked-off on May 21 here in the capital. Vishal Kaith, Germanpreet Singh, Nandha Kumar, Redeem Tlang, Bikramjit Singh, and Sumeet Passi are the ones who have been released ahead of the King’s Cup, to be held in Buriram, Thailand from June 5-8. “I am very happy with the efforts put in by all the players till now. There is a serious competition to get into that final list of 23 who would be representing the country in the King’s Cup. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun”We have released 6 players who are to go back. Each one of them has been given an individual working programme which is to be executed in the future by themselves in an attempt to improve on their fitness, and technical, and tactical abilities,” Stimac, who was a part of Croatia’s 1998 World Cup squad that finished third in France, added. The 51-year-old, who had guided Croatia to World Cup as a coach, said he has informed players as well as the staff about “expectations for the following week”. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up”We have accomplished Phase-1 on our working programme. “We have had meetings with the staff, players about their work accomplishments till today. “We have informed them about expectations for the following week,” the coach revealed. The Indian team has been preparing for the King’s Cup, a FIFA-sanctioned International ‘A’ tournament being organised by the Football Association of Thailand since 1968. India’s previous participation in the King’s Cup were in 1977 and 1981. India will play their first match against Curacao on June 5, with hosts Thailand taking on Vietnam in the other match on the same day. The winners of both the matches qualify for the final, while the two others teams would be playing the play-off for the 3rd spot on June 8.last_img read more

Court overturns Northern Gateway pipeline approval for not properly consulting First Nations

first_imgThe Canadian PressVANCOUVER – The Canadian government failed in its duty to consult with First Nations before giving the green light to a controversial pipeline proposal to link Alberta’s oilsands to British Columbia’s north coast, the Federal Court of Appeal has ruled. The court quashed federal approval for Enbridge’s $7.9-billion Northern Gateway project in a written decision dated June 23 but released Thursday by a law firm involved in the appeal. The judgment says the government neglected to discuss subjects of critical importance to First Nations by ignoring many of the project’s impacts and offering only a “brief, hurried and inadequate” opportunity for consultation. “The inadequacies – more than just a handful and more than mere imperfections – left entire subjects of central interest to the affected First Nations, sometimes subjects affecting their subsistence and well-being, entirely ignored. Many impacts of the project … were left undisclosed, undiscussed and unconsidered,” the decision reads. “It would have taken Canada little time and little organizational effort to engage in meaningful dialogue on these and other subjects of prime importance to Aboriginal Peoples. But this did not happen.” The pipeline proposal received federal approval in 2014 but has been mired in legal uncertainty ever since. Eight First Nations, four environmental groups and one labour union launched the legal challenge, which was heard by the appeal court in October. The three judge panel that heard the appeal was split 2-1. Enbridge did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Calgary-based energy company and its 31 Indigenous equity partners asked the National Energy Board for a three-year extension to the 2016 construction deadline to allow for more consultation. But the First Nations who oppose the project, many of them located on B.C.’s north coast, say extra time won’t sway their position. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau committed during last year’s election campaign to formalize a ban on tanker traffic on the north coast, which critics say will kill the project. Trudeau has also voiced his opposition to a crude oil pipeline through the Great Bear rainforest, through which Northern Gateway would traverse. The proposal would involve the construction of more than a thousand kilometres of pipeline from northeast of Edmonton to Kitimat, B.C., for shipping to international markets. A parallel line would send 193,000 barrels a day of bitumen-thinning diluent in the opposite direction. Environmental organizations are celebrating the appeal court’s decision. “Today is a good day for the B.C. coast, climate and salmon rivers,” said Sierra Club spokeswoman Caitlyn Vernon. “By overturning federal approval of Northern Gateway, the courts have put yet another nail in the coffin of this pipeline and tankers project.” The Sierra Club helped raise money to fund First Nations involved in the legal challenge. Meanwhile, a new federal panel will be gathering more feedback about the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion at town hall meetings and discussions this summer in 10 communities in Alberta and British Columbia. The three-member panel represents a new layer of federal oversight of pipeline proposals. While the panel can’t deny the $6.8-billion project, its findings are expected to help Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government make its decision on whether to give final approval, expected by December. The National Energy Board, an established federal agency, approved the project in May but attached 157 conditions, saying that two years of hearings and research showed Trans Mountain’s benefit to Canadians outweighs the potential problems. The new panel said Thursday that it will meet with stakeholders in Calgary, Edmonton, Jasper, Alta., and the B.C. communities of Kamloops, Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Langley, Burnaby, Vancouver and Victoria in July and August. Canadians are also invited to fill out an online survey and submit written comments directly to the panel by email. Texas-based Kinder Morgan is seeking federal approval to triple capacity on the existing Trans Mountain line, which moves diluted bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands to Burnaby, B.C.last_img read more

New govt portal to generate B2B invoices by September

first_imgNew Delhi: All invoices for business-to-business sales by entities beyond a specified turnover threshold will be generated on a centralised government portal by September, a move aimed at curbing the menace of fake invoices and evasion of GST, officials said. The revenue secretary is monitoring the progress of implementation of electronic or e-invoice project for which an officers’ committee has already been set up, they added. “E-invoice for B2B transactions will be rolled out in next three-four months in a phased manner. The entire invoice would have to be generated on a government portal,” an official said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe move will help in curbing Goods and Services Tax (GST) evasion through issue of fake invoices. Besides, it would make the returns filing process simpler for businesses as invoice data would already be captured by a centralised portal. “Once rolled out, the e-invoice project will allow businesses to simultaneously generate e-way bill, if needed,” the official added. E-way bill is required for moving goods exceeding Rs 50,000. Depending on the success of the project in the B2B segment, the revenue department would be looking at extending it to business-to-consumer (B2C) sales, especially in sectors where the probability of tax evasion is high. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysBusinesses beyond the specified turnover threshold, to be decided later, would be provided a software which will be linked to the GST Network (GSTN) or a government portal for generating e-invoice. The threshold can also be fixed on the basis of the value of invoice. The e-invoice generation method will be similar to the one being followed for e-way bill on the ‘ewaybill.nic.in’ portal or payment of GST on the GSTN portal. A 13-member officers’ committee, comprising central and state tax officials as well as the GST Network Chief Executive, has been set up to look into the feasibility of introducing e-invoice system to streamline generation of invoices and easing compliance burden. The committee will finalise its interim report this month. The proposed ‘e-invoice’ is part of the exercise to check GST evasion. With almost two years into GST implementation, the government is now focussing on anti-evasion measures to shore up revenue and increase compliance. There are over 1.21 crore registered businesses under the GST, of which 20 lakh are under the composition scheme.last_img read more

Moroccan Workers Denounce Abusive Spanish Farms in France

By Oumaïma Fassi FihriRabat – Five Moroccan workers have filed a lawsuit against an allegedly abusive Spanish agricultural firm in France. According to Moroccan media outlet H24 Info, the lawsuit, filed with the labor court in France complains of “abusive and unlawful treatment” by Laboral Terra, a Spanish temporary employment agricultural firm. The workers declared they were victims of “slavery” and blackmailing. The company allegedly required its employees to work additional hours without compensation and refused give workers paid leave or compensate for job risks. Employees also could not take weekly days off, and the employer failed to declare workplace injuries. The farms, located in the south of France, specialize in the processing and packaging of fruits and vegetables.One of the workers claimed in a statement to H24 Info that she had to work every day for up to 12 hours per day for a monthly salary ranging from €300-1,500. The firm’s management allegedly threatened the workers with deportation if they complained.Laboral Terra also allegedly regularly ended workers’ contracts without prior notice.The “posted workers,” workers sent by their employer to another EU country, now demand a salary adjustment of €13,800 and indemnities of €37,000, the re-classifying of their contracts to permanent contracts, and €6,500 in damages. The firm’s lawyer, Charlene Martane, argued that, in this case, the Spanish law should be applied, as the contracts were written and signed in Spain following Spanish standards. Hundreds of people gathered yesterday in support of the workers, in solidarity with their fellow employees who did not sue out of fear. The protest was organized by the union of posted workers in France (CGT). read more

Moroccan Vets Say Most Moroccan Abattoirs Do Not Meet Hygiene Standards

Rabat – The majority of Moroccan abattoirs do not meet the minimum health and hygiene standards according to a statement from the ONV.“Aside from eight abattoirs which have been approved by the by the National Health Security Office of Food (ONSSA), the majority of abattoirs in towns and in rural areas do not meet minimum required in relation to hygiene and health standards,” the body stated in a press release.Following ONV’s press release, the Moroccan Federation for Consumer Protection Association (FNAC) warned of the “real danger” for consumers buying red meat in Morocco. “We have watched with great interest the state of the public abattoir situation (municipal and communal), which don’t even maintain minimum conditions for sanitary security,” said the FNAC in a press release, warning that this  “represents a real danger for the health of consumers.”ONSSA is responsible for inspecting and certifying Moroccan abattoirs, a process which includes veterinary inspections of the premises by ONV vets. On July 6, ONSSA announced it would suspend inspections of the abattoirs that it considers do not meet Moroccan health standards. ONSSA does not have the power to close abattoirs, but by suspending inspections and certifications, it is putting pressure on the abattoirs to lift their game. “It’s the first time ONSSA has taken this type of action,” the president of the ONV National Council, Doctor Badr Tnacheri, Ouazzani told Morocco World News.“The reasons is likely to be consumer pressure. Moroccan consumers have high expectations of the quality of the meat,” he said. In terms of abattoirs getting up to standard, “some abattoirs need a small boost, while others will need more than that,” noted Ouazzani. According to ONSSA statistics, Morocco has 179 municipal abattoirs and 670 rural abattoirs. ONSSA monitors approximately 200 000 tons of meat per year coming from abattoirs. read more

Somalia UN envoy hails progress on last months peace accord

“The progress made so far has been encouraging,” said Special Representative Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, who led the 10 days of talks that resulted in the Djibouti Agreement of 9 June. “A month ago, Somali leaders from different backgrounds made a courageous step forward to restoring the dignity of their wounded country.” Under the Agreement, the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the opposition Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia agreed to end their conflict and called on the UN to deploy an international stabilization force to the troubled Horn of Africa country, which has not had a functioning government since 1991.Mr. Ould-Abdallah noted that the support of Somalia’s regional and international partners, including the European Union, Norway and the United States which had already mobilized significant resources for carrying out the peace deal, had been crucial in the progress made so far. He pointed out that the Security Council would be discussing Somalia soon, and voiced the hope that a joint Somali delegation would undertake a mission to New York. “After 18 years of armed confrontation that has evolved from a political struggle to a conflict between and among tribes, there is now hope that we will see the dawning of a new era,” he stated. “The path towards Somalia regaining its dignity and sovereignty is irreversible.”He also condemned the “senseless killing” of innocent Somalis, including the head of the UN Development Programme office in Mogadishu and numerous aid convoy drivers employed by the UN World Food Programme, calling such acts “unacceptable.” The violence has hindered aid efforts in the country, which is facing a humanitarian crisis caused by conflict, drought, and price rises in basic commodities. Some 2.6 million Somalis – representing 35 per cent of the population – are believed to be in need of humanitarian aid.Stressing that “today is a critical moment in Somalia’s history,” the Special Representative appealed to all Somalis to unite for peace in their homeland. 16 July 2008The top United Nations official for Somalia has praised the strife-torn nation’s parties for working quickly to advance the peace deal reached last month in neighbouring Djibouti. read more

Former MP Duminda Silva ordered to be presented to court

The order was given in relation to a case filed against Silva by the Bribery Commission.Silva is currently on death row over the murder of former politician Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra. (Colombo Gazette) Former Parliamentarian Duminda Silva has been ordered to be presented to court.The order was given to prison officials by the Colombo Additional Magistrate today.

Annan calls for acrosstheboard cooperation to save Central Africas forests

“Dense tropical rainforests, such as those found in Central Africa, provide an especially wide range of economic, social and environmental functions and services,” he said in a weekend message to the second Central African summit on forest conservation and sustainable management in Brazzaville, Congo.“Only a balanced approach, such as that of sustainable forest management, will allow us to enjoy these and other benefits over the long term,” he added in the message, delivered by UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Klaus Toepfer.“Partnerships among the major stakeholders – including private companies and local communities, especially indigenous peoples – can contribute significantly.”He stressed the central role of forests in efforts to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development, the livelihood they provide for millions of people and their importance as watersheds and in absorbing carbon and helping to fight climate change.Their capacity to retain water offers safeguards against flooding and erosion, and the genetic resources found in them are the basis for many advances in medicine and food security, he added. read more

Countries urged to offer admission for additional 100000 Syrians UN refugee agency

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had earlier called on States to provide such solutions for 30,000 of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees by the end of 2014. To date, 20 countries have offered more than 18,800 places towards this goal.The agency remains confident that the 30,000 goal will be met by the end of the year through a significant number of submissions to the United States.“UNHCR anticipates that in the coming years, there will be increasing numbers of vulnerable Syrian refugees who will be in need of resettlement, relocation, or other forms of humanitarian admission,” spokesperson Dan McNorton told a news conference in Geneva.He said that in light of the growing needs of the Syrian refugee population, the goal of 30,000 in 2014 represents only the first benchmark in securing solutions for this group.As part of the emergency response, UNHCR is urging States to consider a number of solutions that can provide secure, urgent and effective protection for these people. Such solutions could include resettlement, humanitarian admission, or individual sponsorship.States could also offer other kinds of solutions, including developing programmes that enable Syrian relatives to join family members and creating scholarships for Syrian students in order to prevent a “lost generation” of young people. They could also offer medical evacuation for refugees with serious health conditions that require life-saving treatment.Well over 100,000 people have been killed and nearly 9 million others driven from their homes since the conflict erupted between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and various groups seeking his ouster nearly three years ago.According to UNHCR, there are currently more than 2.4 million refugees registered in the region: some 932,000 in Lebanon; 574,000 in Jordan; some 613,000 in Turkey; 223,000 in Iraq; and about 134,000 in Egypt. read more

Ohio State mens basketball performs down the stretch to top Northwestern 7163

OSU freshman guard JaQuan Lyle (13) during a game against Northwestern on Feb. 9 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Mariesha Gibson | Lantern PhotographerA frustrating first half for the Ohio State men’s basketball team appeared to be a telltale sign of the start of another disappointing home loss. But thanks to the leadership of junior forward Marc Loving and tenacious play from freshman point guard JaQuan Lyle, OSU was able to pick up win No. 13 on the season, as it overpowered the Northwestern Wildcats 71-63. Lyle scored 13 of his game-high 16 points in the second half to pair with Loving’s 15 points and five assists. OSU coach Thad Matta said he had hoped the team would avoid another slow start, but he was proud of how his team fought back.“We found a way to win the basketball game,” Matta said. “It wasn’t pretty at times, but we are trying to find some constants with this team, and hopefully we can find that channel and stop channel surfing on a nightly basis.” The first half could be described in one word — ugly — with Loving being the lone bright spot. He scored 10 of OSU’s 26 points as the Buckeyes shot a lackluster 35.7 percent (10-of-28) from the floor. For most of the opening 20 minutes, the home team looked puzzled on how to attack Northwestern’s (16-9, 4-8) zone defense.With Matta working like a mad scientist to find the right combination of players, OSU’s players appeared to start to get frustrated with the outcome as they headed to the locker room trailing 33-26.Lyle, who has played inconsistently for the Buckeyes (15-10, 7-5) for much of the season, showed his frustration on the court by yelling at redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson after he dropped a razor-sharp pass from Lyle, which subsequently lead to a turnover and ensuing foul on Lyle.Matta, noticing the frustration on Lyle’s shoulders, pulled his point guard aside the break and gave him an earful.“JaQuan and I had a one-sided conversion at halftime, and I was leading the charge about that,” Matta said. “I give him credit, I think he responded and did a nice job. He had a very good control of what he was doing, and he was giving off positive energy, which was a good thing for us.” Rejuvenated, Lyle and the Buckeyes found their offense, going on an 8-0 run midway through the second half to trim the Wildcat lead to 48-47. The newfound momentum continued to push OSU forward, as Loving hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 50. OSU then took the lead on a jumper by sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop with 5:58 left in the game — a lead which it would not relinquish.“We just needed to find some type of spark,” Loving said. “We were able to get the tempo going and then (forced) some key turnovers.”Thompson, who poured in 12 points and nine rebounds, said the team never thought about giving up and remembered the message Matta delivered to his players to “lose yourself playing for Ohio State basketball.”Matt’s unselfish motto, which he said he has been preaching for the last 12 seasons, resonates as the reason OSU has been having a tough time during this up-and-down season.“I think sometimes we get where our thought process is strictly on ourselves,” the coach said. “And we’ve proven that when we’re thinking not big picture, we’re not thinking about the other guys, we’re not a very good basketball team. When you lose yourself just playing the game of basketball, and whatever happens, happens, we’re a better basketball team.”OSU sealed the game late, hitting a dozen free throws over the final 2:40 of the game. The foul line played a big role in the Buckeyes pulling off the victory, as they shot 94 percent from the charity stripe in the second half (16-of-17).Loving said he and his teammates knew they had been working too hard in their preparation to lose on Tuesday.“We just kept telling one another that the shots were going to fall,” Loving said. “We had faith in one another. We were never going to quit.”The Buckeyes are set to get back in action on Saturday against Rutgers on the road. OSU took care of the Scarlet Knights earlier in the season, winning 94-68 on Jan. 13. Tipoff for Saturday’s game is scheduled for 4 p.m. Side notesOSU had all five starters score in double figures.OSU committed a season-low five turnovers in the win.The Buckeyes’ 82.6 free-throw percentage was their second-best performance of the season.Matta is now 19-1 in his career versus Northwestern read more

Fortnite Account Merging Brings Us Closer to CrossPlay Paradise

first_img Eventually we’re just going to get to a gaming world where cross-play is the norm, where if you play a game on one platform all of your profile data comes with you to another platform and you can play against people on another platform. The audience and the game itself becomes bigger than whatever particular box it’s locked to. Some hardware makers may not like it, and it forces them to rely more on exclusive first-party games to win the console wars, but it’s where we are going.And right now the unfathomable success of Fortnite is doing the most to push the Overton Window of cross-play. Battle royale games, from PUBG to the recent Apex Legends, thrive on single unified player bases. And what publisher is going to tell Epic no? For the longest time that publisher was Sony, preventing players from migrating Fortnite accounts if they so much as thought about playing the game on PlayStation 4. But the new Fortnite account merging service brings us closer to a cross-play paradise.And really, PlayStation 4 had been the only holdout here. Fortnite players on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch had no problem merging accounts from the start. PlayStation 4 users could also play fine with mobile users. But getting all three console makers on-board had been the real hurdle. And even getting to where we are now took some time as this new account merging service was announced back in September.But now it’s here. Just go to Fortnite’s account merge tool to pick a new account as your primary account and bring over all your items and v-bucks from other accounts. XP only transfers from Save the World mode though and the PS4 account must be from before the September announcement. Plus, you’ll have to wait two weeks before the merger finishes. Given Fortnite’s sheer popularity, there’s probably plenty of shady business to be done with its premium currency, so we get why Epic would want to personally vet account transfers.This is just one more step on the road to total cross-play. Next Xbox Live will come to Nintendo Switch, cats and dogs will live together. For more on Fortnite check out how everyone is suing Epic over stolen dances and remember how the Infinity Blade totally broke the game. With ‘Borderlands’ Crossover, ‘Fortnite’ Just Ad…Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Stay on targetlast_img read more