The money chase, 2016: U.S. budget out today, be ready with this six-chart primer on science spending

first_img5. Six agencies account for more than 95% of total federal expenditures on basic research, which amounts to about $32 billion this year.Biomedical research rules. The National Institutes of Health is the single most important supporter of basic research, followed by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and NASA. (These numbers come from the AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program.) Source: AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program 3. What really matters is science’s share of discretionary spending: Three cents out of every dollar.That red slice of the pie (upper left) feeds many researchers. Overall, military spending accounts for about one-half of discretionary spending. And although the Pentagon funds some science, most is funded by nondefense agencies. (The military is a major funder of a few fields, including engineering research, computer science, and math.) The annual U.S. federal budget cycle is set to kick off today at 11:30 a.m. in Washington, D.C.,  when the White House releases its spending request to Congress for the 2016 fiscal year that begins in October. Many researchers will be watching closely to see how it treats the agencies that fund their work—and ScienceInsider will be reporting the numbers and providing analysis throughout the day.President Barack Obama has already signaled that he will ask for a 7% increase in discretionary spending (the part of the budget that includes annual research funding). But it’s not yet known how much key science funding agencies will get. Then the Republican-led Congress gets to weigh in, and it’s almost certain to object to things the president wants. Still, the White House request helps set the terms of the annual budget debate, which likely won’t be settled until late this year.Here is some background that will help you put the numbers in context, along with some resources that provide more information.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(*)1. The big picture: Most federal spending pays for mandatory programs and interest on the debt.All federal spending on research and development (about $140 billion in 2015) fits into the relatively small “discretionary spending” portion of the federal budget. Discretionary spending, which is the only part of the budget that Congress and the White House can control from year to year, accounted for just 29% of the nearly $4 trillion the government will spend this year (the green slice in this pie chart, prepared by the nonprofit National Priorities Project). The rest—71%—goes to so-called mandatory programs, such as the Medicare health program for senior citizens, and interest on the federal debt. This spending is automatic, although Congress can always change the rules that determine how it will be distributed. (The next few charts are based on the White House’s 2015 spending request.) 6. Federal R&D spending has flattened in recent years.A variety of forces, including a laboring economy and efforts to rein in federal spending in the face of looming deficits, have caused some research agency budgets to grow relatively slowly, or in some cases fail to keep pace with inflation. These trends have prompted concern in the research community, which argues they threaten to dampen innovation and long-term economic growth. (In the graph below. “ARRA” refers to the 2009 stimulus spending package.)center_img 4. The majority of funding for basic and applied research comes from nondefense agencies.Many analysts consider spending on basic research to be an especially important barometer of the health of the scientific enterprise. It’s seen as the foundation for innovation, new products, and a higher standard of living. The majority of basic research spending comes from the nondefense discretionary budget. What’s next?Many research groups are hoping that the 2016 budget process ends with appreciable increases in federal spending on research. But a 2011 budget deal between Congress and the White House puts relatively tight limits on how much discretionary spending can grow. With its request for a 7% increase, the White House will argue that it is time to lift those caps. But budget hawks say that the federal deficit, now $460 billion after topping $1 trillion early in the Obama administration, is still too large. Whose side will prevail?If you’d like to learn more about the federal budget process and U.S. science spending, check out these resources:National Priorities Project “Federal Budget 101” primerThe R&D Budget and Policy Program of AAAS (publisher of ScienceInsider)Congressional Research Service report on Federal Research Development Funding: FY2015Come back to ScienceInsider to see our rolling coverage of the budget release.Click here to see all of our Budget 2016 coverage.*Clarification, 1 February, 10:02 p.m.: The text accompanying the third graph has been revised to clarify that it refers to all discretionary spending and that the military is a major funder of some research fields. *Updated, 2 February, 7:45 a.m. 2. Science gets about 1% of total annual federal spending, but that’s not the most important number.Science is that tiny light orange slice at the lower right.last_img read more

IIT Bombay Girl Gets Top Offer From Uber, to Work in US

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Thunder center Kanter says father arrested in Turkey

first_imgMOST READ The Oklahoma City Thunder center, who had voiced support for Muslim cleric Fethulla Gulen in Twitter postings after an attempted putsch last July aimed at ousting Erdogan, said thousands in Turkey could face similar fates for their support of the Gulen-inspired Hizmet, which he calls a social initiative advocating for human rights.Turkey, meanwhile, accuses US-based Gulen of ordering the failed coup and refers to the movement as the “Fethulla Terrorist Organization”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKanter’s family has publicly denounced the player’s support of Gulen.The pro-government Anadolu news agency reported Friday that Mehmet Kanter had been placed in protective custody in connection with an inquiry targeting Gulen. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEW YORK, NY – MAY 22: Turkish NBA Player Enes Kanter speaks to media during a news conference about his detention at a Romanian airport on May 22, 2017 in New York City. Kanter returned to the U.S. after being detained for several hours at a Romanian airport following statements he made criticizing Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images/AFPTurkish NBA player Enes Kanter, an outspoken critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said Friday his father had been arrested in Istanbul and could face torture.“My father is arrested because of my outspoken criticism of the ruling party,” Kanter wrote on his website. “He may get tortured for simply being my family member.”ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast The arrest came a week after a warrant was issued for Enes Kanter, whose passport has been cancelled by Turkish authorities.Kanter, who has compared Erdogan to Adolf Hitler, was briefly detained in Romania on May 20 but returned to the United States with his green card, telling reporters he wanted to seek American citizenship.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Stosur urges Court to stop comments about same-sex marriage Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession cloudslast_img read more

World Strongest man Eddie Hall gets schooled by a 135 pound boxer! (VIDEO)

first_imgAs expected, a 5’10 and 135-pound professional boxer Scott Lawton was too fast and agile for the 6 foot 3 and 400 pounds, world strongest man Eddie Hall. Lawton could be seen tagging Hall with straight jabs and cutting rings and hall looked frustrated with Lawton’s movement.In the entirety of the clip, Eddie Hall could be seen throwing haymakers, but he failed to land anything insignificant on Lawton, whereas Lawton was throwing head popping jabs at hall throughout the fight.Eddie Hall is a longtime boxing fan and it is likely that it was just a friendly sparring session and he has also claimed in the past that he is very much afraid of getting inside the ring with Tyson Fury and has also said that Tyson Fury will fu*k him up.Also Read-Jake Paul defeats Deji after corner throws towel at the end of ROUND 5 Advertisement AdvertisementThe word strongest is often misunderstood with being able to fight. People often assume that just because a guy is big and strong, it automatically translate into being able to defend themselves which is remotely not true, but the general public doesn’t get it.One of the major reasons why people start lifting is to look big and intimidating, after all nobody wants to pick a fight with someone bigger than themselves.center_img Real fighters have skills and can tolerate pain more than steroid and protein consuming bodybuilders, also real fighters have strong chins.A video has been circulated on social media, where one can see the world’s strongest man sparring a lightweight boxer named Scott Lawton from the United Kingdom.last_img read more

Aprilia RSV4 RF and Aprilia Tuono track experience

first_imgIt’s rare to find someone say, “too much power.” Power is never enough and probably never will be. It is what makes racers hunt for a fast lap, to shave off a few tenths of a second, to eke out every last bit of performance from a machine. Power is the basis for a heightened sense of being. Just imagine the elation of the manufacturer, engineers and rider when the magic number popped on the GPS speedometer of the world’s fastest production motorcycle. But two laps into wrestling the front end of the Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 and I said it – this is too much power.Lack of a rear seat (top) makes for a sharply tapered rear-end. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)ALSO READ:UM Renegade Commando looks quite attractive at first glance175bhp may not  be much these days and its own sibling, the Aprilia RSV4 tops at 201bhp, yet the words held a deeper meaning because of the track I was riding on. The Kari Motor Speedway is made up of 15 corners and bends crammed into 2.2km of bumpy tarmac. This FIA spec track is rated for use of up to Formula 3 cars which are 2-litre, 200bhp and 550kg as per regulations. To put things into perspective, I also had the more track-focused RSV4 RF at my disposal which belts out 201bhp from its 1-litre engine and weighs 180kg. If you do the maths then you’ll derive at a power-to-weight difference of nearly 750bhp per ton. That’s the power advantage of the RSV4 over a Formula 3 car.advertisement999cc, V4 (left) starts with a snarl and is unapologetically vocal. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Taking away 26bhp doesn’t help matters much. The Tuono is a direct descendant of the RSV so the lower power is a trade off for more torque, sharper steering geometry with a flat-bar, low visor and arguable naked styling. On the face of it, the compact dimensions can appear deceptive, completely masking the 1077cc, V4 and enough electronic aid for even NASA to raise an eyebrow. We’re talking eight levels of intervention to control traction, three levels to dictate how steeply should the front wheel face the sky (aka wheelie control) and acronyms like AQS and ALC, short for a quick shifter and launch control, helping you leave the office cubicle at lightning speed. All of this is encased in an aluminium frame which suspends race-bred Ohlins at the front and an elongated swingarm at the rear.Theres no beating an analogue tacho (above) despite the electronics. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)ALSO READ: Ducati Monster 821 is a bike that one needs and has to have(Photo: Nishant Jhamb) The safety of an enclosed track begs you to whack the throttle open and so I did, on the main straight at Kari. Savagery is unleashed just a little after idle rpms with a wide powerband that floats on the sea of torque that the V4 offers. The front of the Tuono leaves the ground at 7,000 as wheelie control wins the fight to tame it back to tarmac from one corner to another. The upright stance and a slightly gruff bottom-end made the tight turns at Kari a tad jittery but that was just there. I really and truly want to experience this motorcycle on a set of twisties.Savagery is unleashed just a little after idle rpms with a wide powerband that floats on the sea of torque that the V4 offers. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)As I left my wishes for later, I was straddling the RSV4 RF. Apart from the lower handlebars, there’s no difference in the size of the RSV compared to the Tuono. Rolling the throttle on, the RSV straight away puts an arm around your shoulder befriending you. It seemed so much more smoother and linear but soon enough, my new friend here had a nasty prank up its sleeve. It takes years of riding experience to truly control a 200 horsepower motorcycle.Tuono uses a more street-friendly white background for the tacho. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)ALSO READ:Honda Hornett vs Suzuki Gixxer vs TVS Apache 160 vs Yamaha FZRider seat is comfortable, belying its flat, cushion-less appearance. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb) But naturally, I wasn’t prepared for the visceral acceleration or the sheer physicality of handling the power on such a tight course. The RSV comes surprisingly close to a street-legal MotoGP machine so it goes without saying that the riding position is extremely committed. This demands the rider to be in proper physical shape as the stress on the neck muscles is immense. But this was just Sport mode. There’s Track mode for more advanced riders succeeded by Race mode which offers minimal engine braking and instant throttle response.  A dedicated race screen minimises the speed display and emphasises on the lap timer, engine map selection and traction setting.Ohlins rear monoshock comes with a piggyback which allows easy adjustments to preload, compression, rebound, damping and even wheelbase. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)advertisementOhlins rear monoshock comes with a piggyback which allows easy adjustments to preload, compression, rebound, damping and even wheelbase. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb) But these features are still not exclusive enough for me to tag the RSV as a street-legal MotoGP machine. What stands out the most is also what’ll now have NASA raise both eyebrows for. V4-MP, Aprilia’s racing telemetry system helps the rider connect a phone as an active device for adjusting Aprilia’s intensive electronic suite. For the more famous racetracks around the world preset on the app, the system allows real-time adjustments, turn-by-turn! This is phenomenal considering how quickly this system will change traction and wheelie control settings for maximum drive out of a corner, corner after corner.Savagery is unleashed just a little after idle rpms with a wide powerband that floats on the sea of torque that the V4 offers. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)ALSO READ:JCB Experience: The building blocks of lifeIf that wasn’t all then Aprilia also allows frame adjustments to alter rake and position of the headstock, swingarm pivot point and even engine position. No wonder Aprilia claims the RSV4 to be the most customisable bike off the shelf. And you thought only the Germans could be obsessive about perfection.last_img read more

Microsemi: Libero SoC development software now certified to IEC 61508

first_imgMicrosemi announced its Libero system-on-chip development software version 11.5 Service Pack (SP)2, offering a comprehensive suite of field programmable gate array (FPGA) design tools, has achieved functional safety certification from TÜV Rheinland according to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61508-2, Annex F. With Microsemi now offering a Functional Safety Data Package, engineers designing products to conform to IEC 61508:2010 can utilize the company’s certified Libero tool chain to accelerate certification time.The functional safety certification of Libero v11.5 SP2 supports Microsemi’s IGLOO and ProASIC3 FPGA product families, as well as many intellectual property blocks, in functional safety applications in accordance with IEC 61508 up to SIL 3. Using the new Functional Safety Data Package with the certified version of Libero makes it easier to pass functional safety assessments, accelerating the time to certification. Designers are also able to leverage the unique benefits of Microsemi’s differentiating FPGA features, including single event upset immunity, instant-on and lower power.As part of Microsemi’s commitment to IEC 61508 safety-critical applications, its newly certified Libero SoC software is ideal for FPGA designs targeting applications within the industrial, medical, locomotive, avionics and defense markets such as robotics, transportation controls, drones and other applications where human life could be at risk if electronics fail. The company’s Functional Safety Data Package includes information on relevant devices and their capabilities; Libero SoC Design Suite v11.5 SP2, certified by TÜV Rheinland; Libero SoC documentation; relevant IP cores and associated documentation; and IEC 61508 Safety Data Manual.Functional safety has become increasingly important as designers depend upon the ability to detect a potentially dangerous condition and activate a protective or corrective device to prevent hazardous events. Thus, the IEC 61508 Functional Safety of Electrical/Electronic/Programmable Electronic (E/E/PE) Safety Related Systems and other standards were created and continue to be updated. Validating the scope of the issue, the 2016 Wilson Research Group Functional Verification Study reported 44 percent of users were working on projects for safety-critical designs under various standards.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous ACCES I/O: software selectable USB multifunction analog I/O modules with speeds up to 1MHzNext F&S: WLAN/ BT and MIPI-DSI on 35 x 40mm onlylast_img read more

AB de Villiers chose money over country: Shoaib Akhtar

first_imgFormer Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has slammed AB de Villiers for “putting finances over the country” in a video that was put up on Youtube.”Firstly, people must not forget that there was pressure on AB De Villiers to leave IPL and PSL contracts and make himself available for the World Cup. However, he chose the IPL and PSL, announced an early retirement and recused himself from the World Cup,” said Akhtar in his video uploaded on Friday.It was revealed shortly after South Africa’s third defeat at the 2019 World Cup that De Villiers had made a last ditch effort to get into the Proteas squad. The former skipper had retired from international cricket in May 2018 and thus did not fulfill the criteria of selection, which was playing South African domestic cricket or international cricket in the months leading up to the tournament.”So basically everything started with finance,” said Akhtar. “I think when he took this decision, he did it looking at his finances and economics.”The timing of this revelation raises serious questions. South Africa was in poor form even when he had announced his retirement a year before the World Cup. But I think he should have remembered (at that point) that his country needs him. The money will come today or tomorrow but you the call of making money and ignore the World Cup.””I don’t mind people making money but do it in the right way. If you indeed have to make money then pick and chose correctly but keep your country as the priority.advertisement”Now to clear your name you made a last-ditch offer to come out of international retirement for this summer’s World Cup. But I think the management was correct in their stand,” said the 43-year-old.Also Read | ICC red cards MS Dhoni gloves: Mahi in breach of ICC rulesAlso Read | There are no real shock defeats in World Cup 2019: Liam Plunkett ahead of Bangladesh clashAlso Seelast_img read more

Mkhitaryan signing genius from Arsenal

first_imgTransfers Why Arsenal have made a genius signing in brainy Henrikh Mkhitaryan Chris Wheatley Arsenal correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 03:51 1/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(31) Henrikh Mkhitaryan Arsenal Getty Transfers Arsenal Chelsea Premier League The Gunners are getting an intelligent player with brains on and off the pitch who is set to combine with ex-team mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang In the same week that George Weah was named President of Liberia, another player adored in his home country and admired by Arsene Wenger swapped the red of Manchester United for Arsenal.Henrikh Mkhitaryan is finally an Arsenal player and some might say it’s a move which should have happened a long time ago. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a long-time admirer of the former Borussia Dortmund star, and not just because of his supreme technical ability on the pitch which saw him score 23 goals and record 32 assists in his final season at the Westfalenstadion.Mkhitaryan’s intellectual ability is one aspect which Wenger actively looks for when signing a player. The 29-year-old has got a diploma from the Institute of Physical Culture in Armenia and studied economics at the St Petersburg Institute – the latter is something he has in common with Wenger who also possesses an economic degree. Armenia’s captain, who turned 29 on Sunday, also speaks English, German, French, Russian, Armenian, Portuguese and Italian. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Per Mertesacker, Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny are all regarded as three of the most intelligent players at the club and it’s testament to Mertesacker in particular that Wenger wanted to keep him around so much he offered him a head of academy role which the German will take up this summer. While Arsenal lose an excellent attacking player in Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United, they gain a creative, intelligent and expressive forward in the form of Mkhitaryan.Although there is the obvious gap, it is easy to draw parallels to the human aspect of Mkhitaryan and Weah. The Armenian midfielder lost his father Hamlet to a brain tumour at the age of 33 when Henrikh was just 7 years old and he cites that moment in his life as the motivation behind becoming a professional footballer.“He was my drive, he was my motivation, because when I was young he was playing football professionally and I was always dreaming about going with him to the training ground,” said Mkhitaryan.“Because of him, when we came back to Armenia [as a family], it was my dream to continue his work and to also be a football player. It [his death] was a pity but that is life and life continues. I just hope he is proud looking down at me from the sky because I try to do everything to make him proud.”Mkhitaryan spent much of his young life in France after violence in Armenia forced the family to flee abroad. His dad was at French second division side Valence, a team founded by Armenians, and Henrikh begged him to come to training. Mkhitaryan’s journey around the world saw him undergo trials with Sao Paulo at the age of 14, where he played alongside the likes of Hernanes and Oscar.  “My favourite team is Arsenal,” Mkhtiaryan said, while playing for home-town side Pyunik over a decade ago. “I like their attacking play and fast style. Moreover, Arsene Wenger puts faith in young players while demanding results at the same time. I like that and want to play there one day.” — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 22, 2018 Able to play in the Europa League for Arsenal and set to form a familiar partnership with his former Dortmund team-mate Pierre Emerick Aubameyang in the coming days, everything looks set to click into place for Mkhitaryian – the self confessed Arsenal fan who has finally got the move he wanted.When asked whether there is life after Alexis Sanchez after Saturday’s match against Crystal Palace there was a typically apt response from Wenger, who knows all too well that Arsenal have secured an astute signing that possesses brains on and off the pitch.“There is always life,” he said.“Arsenal Football Club is 130 years old and many big players have left. Will it go a bit less good? We will see. But there is always life afterwards.”last_img read more

Matic: United can do big things

first_imgNemanja Matić Matic insists Manchester United can still do ‘big things’ Nicholas McGee 22:37 2/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Matic-Cropped. Getty Images Manchester United Manchester United v Chelsea Premier League The midfielder still sees big things ahead for the Red Devils, despite Manchester City’s dominance of the Premier League Midfielder Nemanja Matic is confident Manchester United can do “big things” despite the Premier League title looking beyond them this season.United go into Sunday’s home top-flight meeting with Matic’s former club Chelsea trailing neighbours and runaway leaders Manchester City by 16 points.That gap can be trimmed to 13 with victory at Old Trafford on the same day City face Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player United are still in contention in the Champions League, though Jose Mourinho’s men were fortunate to escape their away last-16 first-leg clash against Sevilla with a 0-0 draw, and are in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.And Matic has plenty of hope of a successful conclusion to the campaign, the Serbia international telling United Review: “I think that we have improved.”Of course, in the Premier League, it is difficult to win every game, but I think step by step we have improved and in the future I believe, as a team, we can do big things together. “I’m happy to be with the team and how we are working together. I’m sure we can do something this season and in the future for sure.”We have to be honest and say we have had some very good games, but we have also had some bad games. We have to improve together. We have the Champions League and the FA Cup still to play for.”To win the league is going to be very hard as we know because the gap is very big, but we have to fight until the end and we will see what we can do.”A victory for the Red Devils would see them go six points over fourth place Chelsea. However, a defeat would see the Blues draw level on points with them.last_img read more

NQ All Stars Super Challenge

first_imgThe North Queensland Touch Association (NQTA) is proud to announce an exciting new event on the Touch Football calendar with the inaugural Mad Cow Tavern North Queensland All Stars Super Challenge to be held at Townsville’s Queens Park on October 5 & 6, 2013.The event will be run alongside the 2013 North Queensland Junior Regional Touch Football Championships and will showcase the best Touch Football talent across the North Queensland region.Games will be played over four fifteen minute quarters and will provide an insight into the elite level of the sport to the region’s junior players.The All Stars concept will comprise of a three game mixed-gender series with game one to be played in the afternoon of Saturday October 5, games two and three played in the morning and afternoon of Sunday October 6, respectively.Representative players from affiliated competitions in the northern part of the region, encompassing an area from Thursday Island to Cardwell, will go up against representatives from southern competitions in an area that extends from Ingham to Mount Isa and Mackay.The two sides will be made up sixteen of their area’s best players, eight male and eight female.NQTA Executive Officer Billy Grant said the new event will be a great opportunity for the region’s representative players to show off their skill as they play against the best the region has to offer.“Our representative players are some of the best in the country and the (Mad Cow Tavern) All Stars Super Challenge will be their chance to show that in front of their own region,” Mr Grant said.“We believe that the concept not only offers the chance to promote the sport and the talent that exists in North Queensland, but also showcase the pathway available to children in the sport.”The Mad Cow Tavern’s Mark Napier was happy throw his support behind the event, coming on board as the inaugural naming rights partner.“The All Stars Challenge is sure to highlight the region’s Touch Football talent and we are happy to be a part of it. We sponsor many local sporting teams and events in the region and we are really looking forward to this one.”Further information about the Mad Cow Tavern NQ All Stars Super Challenge will be posted on our Facebook page ( and Twitter ( Our website will be the home of all the news, event action and results – Filesmedia_release_-_mad_cow_tavern_nq_all_stars_super_challenge-pdfRelated LinksNQ All Starslast_img read more

Meet the Mixologist of the Year: Justin Lavenue

first_img Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts Editors’ Recommendations 6 Cocktail Trends You Need to Watch, According to Tales of the Cocktail Experts The Most Refreshing Sparkling Waters to Sip On Right Now If you thought mixology was anything less than a science, think again. It’s an art that requires a tremendous amount of skill, preciseness, and a true understanding of what your patron’s palates are craving. There is one mixologist, in particular, that has taken the industry by storm. You won’t find him in a popular Manhattan lounge or a highly acclaimed pub in London. Take a step inside the proper and elegant Roosevelt Room in Austin, Texas, and you’ll meet the mixologist of the year, Justin Lavenue.Lavenue had the year of a lifetime in 2015, but years ago he would’ve never imagined being in the position that he is today. He started his career as a busser at a restaurant. Being a bartender happened by chance. He found himself in the right place at the right time. One of the bartenders didn’t show up one day, so Lavenue decided to take their place for the night. The rest was history, and now Lavenue stands as one of the most prominent faces of the industry.Related: Worn Out Wednesday – Justin NoelAccolades and awards aside, he and business partner Dennis Gobis opened their very own cocktail bar, The Roosevelt Room, in downtown Austin, Texas. To go along with his success at The Roosevelt Room, Lavenue was named Food & Wine’s Best New Mixologist in 2015 and Eater’s 2015 Bartender of the Year. His biggest claim to fame was his win at Bombay Sapphire’s 9th Annual Most Imaginative Bartender competition. His victory earned him the title as North America’s most imaginative bartender, and in a few months, he’ll be competing at Bombay Sapphire’s Global competition in hopes of taking home the title as the most imaginative bartender in the world. However, his journey to stardom wasn’t as easy as he would’ve hoped.This was actually Lavenue’s 4th year competing, and he had doubts of continuing had he not won. “It was the biggest sigh of relief ever,” he said. “I was joking with a lot of people that work for the brand right afterwards. I’m so glad because I don’t know if I have another year in me. It’s a grueling competition. It’s a number of days long. Last year it was three, this year it was two. But, you’re doing things the whole time. I’m so relieved. It’s an honor, but I’m so glad that I finally took it home.”Lavenue isn’t one to bask in his glory and fame. There has been very little time to celebrate because he’s focused on preparing for the challenges ahead. “I’ve mostly celebrated by working harder and working more,” he said. It’s been a busy season so it’s great. I also have the globals coming up so that is going to be another challenge in and of itself. I’m also just trying to focus on that next step and being able to represent the country of the United States well in this competition. The competitors themselves have all won their individual countries already so you know their going to bring their A game.”The cocktail that has contributed to Lavenue’s rise in mixology is known as the Poet’s Muse. It was the recipe that won him the Bombay Sapphire competition, and it has now become the drink of choice among his patrons at The Roosevelt Room. Lavenue’s inspiration behind the drink was derived from haiku poetry and how the Japanese approach their craft and specifically, their culture. He’s a true believer in the fact that their is much more to a signature cocktail than simply its taste. “I’ve been busy trying to come up with different kinds of concepts. For example, The Poet’s Muse drink was Japanese haiku and bartending techniques. So, I’m trying to think of other concepts that will compliment Bombay Sapphire and lead to a good story,” he said. “Often, it’s the drinks with a great story as well as a great taste that will end up winning the competitions.”His success and presence in the press has also done wonders for The Roosevelt Room. They just celebrated their 6-month anniversary, and business has never been better. “It’s been absolutely wonderful,” Lavenue said. “It’s been quintessential in a lot of the early success that we’ve had so far.” If you ever find yourself in need a good drink in Austin, Texas, head on over to The Roosevelt Room in the downtown district. You certainly won’t be disappointed because you’ll be enjoying a classic cocktail whipped up by one of the best at his craft in the world.Think you have what it takes to replicate Justin Lavenue’s winning cocktail, The Poet’s Muse? It might take a little bit of work to craft, but the end result will be well worth the time. Take a look at the recipe below and give it a try!The Poet’s Muse2 0z. Bombay Sapphire Gin3/4 oz. Poet’s Cordial: 1 L Pistachio Milk (1 park unsalted pistachio meat, 2 parts water, blended and strained), 800ml Wildflower Honey, 2 cinnamon sticks, 4 Star Anise pods, 1 vanilla bean, 2 tablespoons Matcha Green Tea Powder. Combine ingredients, mix well, and let rest for three days. Fine strain and bottle.3/4 oz. Yuzu-Lime blend: 15 parts fresh lime juice, 1 part Yuzu concentrate. Mix well and bottle.2 dashes Umami tincture: 30 Shitake mushrooms (chopped), 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, 6 oz Bombay Sapphire, 1 tablespoon Himalayan Salt. Saute the Mushrooms in butter for 10 minutes. Add Bombay Sapphire and salt and steep for another 10 minutes. Strain mushrooms off and freeze to let fats coagulate. Strain off fats and bottle.Shake hard over a large ice cube. Strain into a large coupe glass with the large ice cube dropped in. Garnish with a lime peel rosette. Serve on a Zen Garden. 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Le gouvernement provincial désigne un site protégé

first_imgLe gouvernement provincial célèbre une partie importante de l’histoire de la Nouvelle-Écosse en désignant une section du marais de Belleisle comme site protégé. La section protégée contient des artefacts archéologiques importants des premières colonies françaises et acadiennes établies avant la Déportation de 1755. « Le fait de reconnaître l’importance du site du marais de Belleisle contribue à assurer sa préservation et son interprétation pour tous les Néo-Écossais et les visiteurs, affirme Percy Paris, ministre du Tourisme, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. La désignation nous permet également de promouvoir l’appréciation du site tout en assurant sa protection. » Le site protégé est une section de 37 hectares de terres de la Couronne située à environ 15 kilomètres au nord-est d’Annapolis Royal. « Cette désignation est très importante pour la communauté acadienne et francophone parce que le site contient des vestiges des colonies établies avant la Déportation, a dit Graham Steele, ministre des Affaires acadiennes. La désignation du site aidera la communauté à continuer de le préserver et de promouvoir son identité unique. » Le groupe de travail de Belleisle, formé de représentants de la communauté et du gouvernement, élabore actuellement un plan de gestion à long terme pour le site.last_img read more

Canadian government airlines issue travel advisories because of storms

first_imgTORONTO – The Canadian government and several airlines have issued travel advisories because of hurricanes and tropical storms churning towards the U.S. east coast, Caribbean and Hawaii.Ottawa urged Canadians to avoid all travel from Edisto Beach in South Carolina to the North Carolina-Virginia border due to hurricane Florence.It also warned against non-essential travel to Martinique, Guadeloupe and Dominica because of tropical storm Isaac.Air Canada and WestJet Airlines also issued travel advisories and offered to allow passengers to change certain flights free of charge to affected areas in the U.S. southeast, Barbados and Hawaii.Porter Airlines warned that flights to Newark, N.J. could be delayed or cancelled because of unfavourable weather.Hurricane Florence is expected to pose the greatest challenge with 380 to 635 millimetres of rain forecast and up to 1.14 metres of rain in isolated spots.last_img read more

Glenn Close And Bradley Cooper Attend National Conference On Mental Health

first_imgGlenn Close was at the White House today to take part in a panel as part of the National Conference on Mental Health.The panel focused on how addressing negative attitudes about mental illness is essential to making sure more people seek help; what we know about why these attitudes exist and the misperceptions they are grounded in; and what we can do to break down the barriers preventing too many people from seeking the help they need.Also in attendance was Bradley Cooper.During the conference, President Obama applauded the dozens of commitments made by organizations representing media, educators, health care providers, faith communities, and foundations to increase understanding and awareness of mental health.The Obama Administration has taken a number of steps to raise awareness and improve care for Americans experiencing mental health issues, including expanding mental health coverage for millions of Americans through the Affordable Care Act, improving access to mental health services for veterans and supporting initiatives to help educators recognize and refer students who show signs of mental illness.The National Conference on Mental Health is designed to increase understanding and awareness of mental health. As part of this effort, today the Administration is launching, a new, consumer-friendly website with clear and concise tools to help with the basics of mental health, the signs of mental illness, how to talk about mental health, and how to get help. The website also includes a series of videos featuring celebrities and ordinary Americans whose lives have been touched by mental illness.Among the stars who have recorded messages for the new website are Demi Lovato, Cher and Glenn Close.In 2009 Glenn Co-Founded Bring Change 2 Mind, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness. The idea for this movement evolved out of Ms. Close’s first-hand observation of battles with mental illness within her family. Ms. Close’s sister, Jessie, is living with bipolar disorder and Jessie’s son, Calen, is living with schizoaffective disorder. Bring Change 2 Mind produces science based Public Service Announcements aimed at tackling the stigma and discrimination of mental illness where they live – in all of us.Several commitments were made as part of the conference, including launching new efforts to raise public awareness through television, radio, social media campaigns, and other platforms.Commitments include:• The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), representing local television and radio stations and broadcast networks throughout the country, is creating a national public service campaign to reduce the stigma around mental illness. The multiplatform campaign, launching this summer, will include TV and radio ads, online ads and resources and a robust social media platform to raise awareness – specifically among 13-24 year olds, their friends and caregivers – that it’s okay to talk about mental health and help is available. • Blue Star Families, a non-profit organization created by military families to strengthen military families and connect America to her military, is producing a second series of public service announcements entitled “This Country Cares,” featuring country music stars telling our military heroes with mental health problems that they are not alone and encouraging them to seek help if they are struggling with these issues. • As part of their Love is Louder campaign, MTV and The Jed Foundation will promote help seeking and challenge the stigma surrounding mental health by encouraging members of MTV’s audience to take any action that supports their or a friend’s emotional health, and then share that action with @LoveisLouder. MTV will amplify the best responses through several of its social media channels, which in total reach nearly 160 million fans and followers.• The Entertainment Software Association and leading video game companies Activision Blizzard, Inc., Activision Publishing, Inc., Bethesda Softworks, Blizzard Entertainment Inc., and Microsoft Corporation will promote consumer resources for mental health and wellness information through their consumer web sites and online communities, which reach tens of millions of people every month. • Other organizations committing to help raise awareness through television, film, and social media include the Entertainment Industries Council, Facebook, Google, SchoolTube, and Twitter.last_img read more

Empowering women is key to development Fréchette tells UN Commission

Studies have repeatedly shown that by giving women equal education and work opportunities and access to a society’s decision-making processes, a country can boost its economic productivity, reduce infant and maternal mortality rates and improve the general population’s nutrition and health, Ms. Fréchette told representatives gathered during the first day of the two-week meeting at UN headquarters in New York.More than a decade after the Fourth World Conference on Women was held in 1995 in Beijing, the Commission will focus on two themes that it believes are crucial to women’s progress around the world: their participation in development and their role in decision-making in all areas of society, from politics to business to media. More than 2,000 representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were expected to attend the session.“Ten years after the Beijing declaration, we still have far to go on actual representation of women at the highest levels of national and international leadership,” Ms. Fréchette said. “That includes the United Nations itself, the Charter of which proclaims the equal rights of men and women.”The UN Charter was signed in San Francisco in 1945 and the Commission was created the next year to promote the advancement of women around the world.Ms. Fréchette praised the Commission for its role over the past six decades in shaping the progress of women at global and national levels through such activities as developing legal measures, shaping new policies and raising consciousness of how global trends from migration to HIV/AIDS affect women.Rachel N. Mayanja, Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, said the Outcome Document hammered out by global leaders at the 2005 World Summit as well as the UN’s ongoing reform offer fresh opportunities to speed up the implementation of global commitments to women.“A fully implemented and engendered Summit Outcome will usher in a new era for the empowerment and advancement of women,” said Ms. Mayanja, noting that the Summit called for the increased representation of women in Government decision-making bodies. read more

Citing UNs moral responsibility Ban pledges support to Haiti in overcoming cholera

“The Secretary-General notes yesterday’s decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which upheld the immunity of the Organization from legal proceedings in the case of Georges et al v. United Nations et. al, in accordance with the UN Charter and other international treaties,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson in New York.The class action lawsuit was filed in October 2013 in US Federal Court in New York in connection with the cholera outbreak in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010. The suit called on the UN to compensate victims of the epidemic.The cholera outbreak has affected an estimated 780,000 people and claimed the lives of over 9,100 people. The disease is typically contracted through contaminated food or water.“The Secretary-General deeply regrets the terrible suffering the people of Haiti have endured as a result of the cholera epidemic,” said the statement issued today, which added: “The United Nations has a moral responsibility to the victims of the cholera epidemic and for supporting Haiti in overcoming the epidemic and building sound water, sanitation and health systems.” Sustained efforts by national authorities and the international community have contributed to a 90 per cent reduction in the number of cases since the peak in 2011. “However, eliminating cholera from Haiti will take the full commitment of the Haitian Government and the international community and, crucially, the resources to fulfil our shared duty,” the statement explained. According to the statement, Mr. Ban is actively working to develop a package that would provide material assistance and support to those Haitians most directly affected by cholera. These efforts must include, as a central focus, the victims of the disease and their families.Further, the UN intends to intensify its support to reduce, and ultimately end, the transmission of cholera, improve access to care and treatment and address the longer-term issues of water, sanitation and health systems in Haiti.“Despite repeated appeals, these efforts have been seriously underfunded, and severe and persistent funding shortfalls remain. The Secretary-General urges Member States to demonstrate their solidarity with the people of Haiti by increasing their contributions to eliminate cholera and provide assistance to those affected,” said the statement.For decades, the UN has stood by the Haitian people, supporting them in their quest for democracy and the strengthening of their institutions and helping to rebuild the nation after the tragic earthquake of 2010, the statement said and added: “The Secretary-General and the United Nations as a whole are determined to continue this support, honour the people of Haiti and help them usher in a more peaceful and prosperous future.”For more on the UN response to cholera in Haiti, please click here. read more

Podcast Injured QBs The Nationals Implode A NWSL Finals Preview

Congratulations to Tim Curry and Luke Barr for winning Madden with Walt as their quarterback.FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur tries to untangle the Nationals’ many woes.The Guardian’s Howard Megdal looks at whether the NWSL is taking advantage of its American fan base.Five things you need to know before Thursday’s NWSL championship game.Significant Digit: 1. The WNBA has admitted that a pivotal call at the end of a playoff game — giving the Minnesota Lynx a 1-point win — was incorrect. Hot Takedown Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Sept. 29, 2015), we reveal the names of the two people who won the Super Bowl in Madden NFL 16 with FiveThirtyEight’s Walt Hickey at quarterback (his avatar at least). Then we look at the rash of injuries to NFL quarterbacks and whether it’s going to doom their teams, we tour the many, many reasons the Washington Nationals imploded this year, and we preview Thursday’s National Women’s Soccer League championship game. Plus, a Significant Digit on a wild finish in the WNBA playoffs.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Below is a video excerpt and links to some of what we discussed on the show. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS What’s to blame for the Nationals’ collapse? If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

Adelaide trio delivering advanced 3D reality capture scanning and modelling solutions

first_imgSouth Australian company Redstack has formed alliances with local partners Maptek and Avitus UAV Systems to deliver end to end reality capture, 3D scanning and 3D modelling solutions.With national headquarters in North Adelaide, South Australia, Redstack is a leading provider of service and technology to engineering and architecture community. These new partnerships compliment Redstack’s relationships with Autodesk, Apple and Makerbot, enabling Redstack to deliver end to end solutions for design, engineering and BIM professionals.Maptek is a leading provider of 3D scanning hardware. With more than 30 years of commitment to research and development, it offers an extensive range of high quality 3D scanning technologies. James Moncrieff, Technical Services and Distributor Coordinator at Maptek says “Through our partnership with Redstack, we are seeing exciting applications of our technologies in the architecture and construction industries. 3D scanning is providing significant safety improvements and efficiency for engineers working on existing sites.”Avitus UAV Systems is another local success story, offering customised aerial systems for professional aerial photography and videography from South Australia.  This partnership provides Redstack clients the opportunity to complement their existing design systems with professional aerial products and services.  Simon Butterworth, Avitus Managing Director says “With the broad range of UAV technologies on the market, it’s important you get the right technology to meet your needs.  There are complex regulation and licensing requirements for utilising aerial technologies and partnering with someone like Redstack will ensure you avoid making a costly mistake in selecting the right technology and complying with regulatory requirements.”These partnerships allow Redstack to take cutting edge technologies and deliver them as complete solutions to address existing challenges and create new possibilities for clients.Redstack is a leading provider of design technology and services to engineering professionals. Avitus UAV Systems can provide a range of aerial products and services to support customer requirements. Services include design and fabrication of custom components, aerial videography and photography to lease of a fully capable platform. Maptek is a leading provider of innovative software, hardware and services for the global mining industry. Maptek I Site™ systems combine accurate 3D laser scanners with advanced point cloud processing software for survey, civil, mining and forensic applications. Products include the I-Site 8820 and I-Site 8200 laser scanners, which target survey tasks for surface and underground operations. Maptek I-Site Studio is intuitive point cloud software for processing and modelling point cloud data.last_img read more

Ireland has one unfilled ambassadorship guess where it is

first_imgTHE DEPARTMENT OF Foreign Affairs says that it hopes to fill the one outstanding ambassadorial vacancy the country has in the coming months.The role of Irish Ambassador to Uganda has been unfilled for a number of months since the previous holder of the office moved to Lisbon.Says a Department of Foreign Affairs spokesperson:“Anne Webster was Ireland’s Ambassador to Uganda until August 2013 when she was appointed Ambassador to Portugal. “A Senior Development Specialist (Donal Cronin) with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is currently Chargé d’Affaires in the Irish Embassy in Kampala. He will remain in this role until an ambassador is appointed this summer.”Much has been made in recent days about the length of time the US administration has taken to fill the vacant US Ambassador to Ireland role. That role has been unfilled for 15 months. The Ugandan role will be unfilled for 10 months, if all goes well. However, in case you were dusting off your CV, applicants for the role must all come from within the Department of Foreign Affairs. Poll: Does it matter that the US hasn’t appointed an ambassador to Ireland?last_img read more