Astronauts of the future may have a new foe to contend with: space bacteria. Scientists have found that Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a common contaminant of medical equipment and a cause of urinary tract infections, among other diseases, grows better in zero gravity than it does on Earth, even when starved of nutrients. The researchers grew the microbes in simulated urine both in an Earth-bound lab and onboard the space shuttle Atlantis (experimental setup shown) in July 2011. In some of the samples, the team dramatically reduced the concentrations of dissolved phosphate and oxygen to simulate conditions that might exist inside equipment used to recycle urine into water on spacecraft during long-duration flights. When nutrients were plentiful, the growth rates of the bacteria in zero-g conditions—and particularly, the concentrations of cells after 72 hours—were the same as those grown in the lab under normal conditions. But in samples with lower concentrations of phosphate and oxygen, the Earth-bound bacteria didn’t grow as quickly as they did when fully nourished, while those cultured in microgravity grew as prolifically as those provided with a full complement of nutrients, the researchers report online today in BMC Microbiology. Reasons for the disparity aren’t clear, the researchers say, but results suggest that bacteria introduced to space stations and spacecraft by people, given enough time, might grow to reach greater concentrations than they do in similar conditions on Earth, even if starved of nutrients. Besides helping scientists better understand the risks of P. aeruginosa colonizing equipment on spacecraft or causing diseases such as urinary tract infections among astronauts, the experiments may improve scientists’ ability to predict whether other species of bacteria might become more virulent in space.See more ScienceShots. 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(*)
Drop a poison frog anywhere in its home range, and it can find the shortest way back to where it lives, according to a new study. This type of navigational ability is not common in amphibians, which are usually relatively sedentary. Poison frogs from the Amazon rainforest live among leaf litter on the forest floor, where they lay their eggs. Because tadpoles need water for development, parent frogs carry tadpoles on their backs to water-filled nurseries. The brilliant-thighed poison frog (Allobates femoralis, pictured) uses small puddles and pools on the ground. Males defend small territories about 15 m in diameter but have home ranges as large as 600 m in diameter. The researchers fitted the amphibians with tracking devices and dropped them more than 100 m from their homes. Frogs taken to a foreign territory appeared disoriented, but frogs dropped within their own home range made their way straight home using the most direct route, the team reports online today in Biology Letters. The animals spent no time learning landmarks along the way; they oriented themselves right at the start and took the shortest route. Water nurseries for tadpoles are temporary and widely spaced, which means parent frogs need an excellent map of their territories in order to drop off their offspring in the best ones, increasing their reproductive success. The journey away from home is also fraught with dangers, so a mental map is a huge advantage.
Raj Kumar Vaishya may be a nonagenarian, but the 95-year-old from Bihar is still keen to fulfil his dream of acquiring a post-graduation degree and is working for it with the help of his retired son and daughter-in-law.He has enrolled for a Master of Arts in Economics from the Nalanda Open University (NOU) in Patna. “I am nearer to fulfilling my long cherished dream of a postgraduate degree in economics. My aim is not to get a degree; the thrust is to study and gain knowledge of economics so as to understand the problems faced by the people and the country and to contribute something, if possible,” says Vaishya, who retired in 1980 as a general manager in a private firm in Koderma (now in Jharkhand).Vaishya says he wished to study economics also to understand why the country had failed to solve problems like poverty, illiteracy and joblessness. Living with his second son and daughter-in-law in the posh Rajendra Nagar colony here for the last 10 years after his wife’s death, Vaishya said the academic atmosphere in the house helped him make up his mind to study further.Santosh Kumar, his son who is now in his early 70s, retired from the National Institute of Technology, Patna, whereas daughter-in-law Bharti S. Kumar, in her early 60s, retired as a professor from Patna University. “Initially, they told me studying is not an easy task at this age, but later agreed to support me in view of my commitment. My son will teach me mathematics and statistics and the daughter-in-law will pitch in with other help,” Vaishya said.advertisementHe added that, “I have decided to devote two hours daily in the morning and night hours to studies. After post-graduation, I will not pursue a Ph.D.”The Registrar of NOU, S.P. Sinha said it was a pleasant experience for university officials when told about Vaishya’s keenness to join the postgraduate course. “When we came to know that he can read and write fluently as well, it was decided to send a team of NOU officials to his apartment to enrol him in view of his old age. We enrolled him on September 8 for the 2015-16 session and provided the study material in Hindi. However, he demanded the study material and books in English; we will provide these to him soon,” Sinha said.Further, he said Vaishya’s zeal was admirable and his initiative sent out a positive message in society, particularly among senior citizens. NOU has also had retired professor Ram Chandra Mishra Madhup, 84, registered for a Ph.D.Born on April 1, 1920, in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly town, Vaishya did his graduation from Agra University in 1938 and got a degree in law in 1940. He said he failed to do post-graduation then due to increasing family responsibilities.Frequently reading books, newspapers, and magazines and fond of TV serials like “Jodha Akbar”, “Razia Sultan” and “Maharana Pratap”, Vaishya can still read without spectacles and write fluently in Hindi and English with a steady hand. He however uses a walker after fracturing his leg some years ago. “Otherwise, I am healthy,” said Vaishya, revealing that his secret to a long life was simple living and leaving everything else to god. “I accept everything as it happens. Today tension kills more than anything else. People, particularly the young, should learn to live without stress.”He is a vegetarian and a lover of simple traditional Indian food, he said he never consumed fried food and always ate less than he needed. “Overeating kills more people than starvation,” he quipped.
Harbhajan Singh lambasted the International Cricket Council (ICC) for their decision after the world’s cricket body went easy on Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft over the ball-tampering confessions.The duo escaped with trivial punishments after Australia’s act of shame on Saturday evening during the third Test versus South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town.While Smith was handed a ban of one Test match and fined 100 per cent of his match fee, Bancroft escaped with deduction of 75 per cent of his match fee and three demerit points.(Steve Smith, David Warner step down as Australia’s captain and vice-captain)Speaking about ICC’s decision on the whole fiasco, Harbhajan Singh said that he is surprised by this decision and amazed at how ICC treat Australians differently from others.”It is shocking. When I went for my hearing (Monkeygate incident involving Andrew Symonds) and they without any evidence, video or recording, banned me for three Test matches and here you have all the evidence and you get one Test-match ban. And the guy who is doing, is getting away with 75 per cent of his match fee. They could have taken much harsh calls,” Harbhajan said.(IPL chairman and Rajasthan Royals react after Steve Smith’s ball-tampering confession)”This is ridiculous. In my case I was banned for three straight games. That shows that Australia they have their own match referees, their own umpires and maybe ruling in ICC. I really don’t know what kind of fair play is this from the ICC. They didn’t even find me guilty and banned me but here they have got the footage and everything but not banned him (Bancroft). But banned Smith for a game and fined his match fee.(Cricket Australia CEO on ball-tampering controversy: Very sad day for Australian cricket)advertisementBut that goes to show that different people, different rule. It’s shocking to me and ICC should have taken stronger steps to show the game is above anything. This is not done, they got away with nothing,” he added.wow @ICC wow. Great treatment nd FairPlay. No ban for Bancroft with all the evidences whereas 6 of us were banned for excessive appealing in South Africa 2001 without any evidence and Remember Sydney 2008? Not found guilty and banned for 3 matches.different people different rulesHarbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) March 25, 2018On Saturday, footage appeared on television, showing Bancroft rubbing the ball with a small object before concealing it in his underwear.In one of the clips, Bancroft was caught putting his hand in his pocket before working on the ball with an object, which was later revealed to be a sticky tape. He later put the object back in his pocket. The next clipping showed the opener transferring the object from his pocket to his underpants.(Australia ball-tampering scandal: How Steve Smith & Co. planned the coup)Before the footage was played, umpires Nigel Llong and Richard Illingworth were seen conferring in the middle, they also had a word with the opener.But after the day’s play, when the whole saga had unfolded and the Australians were bashed for the unethical deed, Smith and Bancroft openly admitted their sin and the captain went onto add that it was pre-planned move from the Baggy Green’s ‘leadership group’. Smith’s bold confession led to a huge debate and he and David Warner stepped down as the captain for the remainder of the Test match after tremendous pressure from Australian media, their Prime Minister and others.This is not the first time Smith and his men have come under the radar in Test cricket. Last year, during the second Test in Bengaluru, Smith and Peter Handscomb were involved in an incident, which showed the Aussie skipper looking towards the dressing room for instructions regarding a DRS review. Virat Kohli came out and criticised him and said that it has been happening for three days. Smith later termed the incident as a ‘brain fade’ and denied Kohli’s accusations and said they play the game fairly. However, Harbhajan doesn’t opine the same.(Michael Clarke not ruling out return as Australia captain after ball-tampering scandal)”They feel the know the game better than anyone and feel they can get away with everything. This is probably not the first time they are doing this. This is a very stupid move and coming from the Australian dressing room, this is not a surprise,” said the spinner.”They have been doing a lot of things which they got away with but this time they have got caught in the camera,” he added.ALSO WATCH:advertisement
After indie dramas and romantic-comedy entertainers, Oscar winner Brie Larson found it extremely satisfying to take on action scenes as Captain Marvel in the forthcoming eponymous Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film.During a recent media interaction at Asia press meet Brie said, ”They were all so fun. Some of my favourite days were doing fight sequences because it was this new skill I was learning.””It’s very satisfying in a way that making art isn’t always that satisfying because it is up to your interpretation constantly. You’re doing this scene with someone, and you’re constantly like ‘should I edge over this way or that way’,” she added.”But with a fight sequence, it’s very clear cut that there’s a right and a wrong way to punch, and that’s it. So then you can go home feeling satisfied because there’s a target and you hit the target,” Larson added further.Dressed in a soft and subtle dress, but sporting a strong demeanour, the Room actress spoke candidly about how in an attempt to embody “female strength”, she underwent nine months of training to test how strong she could get.”For me, it’s all about bringing in all my experiences which allow me to confront myself with all the real things… I went on this path of training every day for nine months to see what makes me strong,” she said.It was life changing for Larson, who has become the first to lead a female superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.advertisement”It changed my mind, it changed the way I view the world, especially martial arts. It is crazy how differently you tend to view the world… It’s weird that once I started doing more judo, I would be like ‘That guy has a jean jacket on, I could totally throw him right now’,” she joked, eliciting laughter from the crowd of journalists.What Larson realised in the course of playing Captain Marvel is that there’s something about pushing yourself beyond a threshold that’s comfortable and then going a bit further than that.”I was lucky to have a good trainer. It was these moments of that breakthrough, of going through beyond what you thought would be possible, what you thought your body isn’t capable of doing,” Captain Marvel actress said.When asked if she was given a chance to feature in Captain Marvel 2, which superhero would she like to pick, Larson said, “My dream would be that Miss Marvel gets to come into play in a sequel.”The film is directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, will release in India on March 8.It also stars Jude Law, Samuel L. Jackson and Gemma Chan.Watch the trailer:ALSO READ: Captain Marvel team pays tribute to comic legend Stan Lee. See release dateALSO READ: Captain Marvel first look: Brie Larson is the superhero we deserveALSO WATCH| Avengers Infinity War director: I have a strong connection with Captain America
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea U21s fall to Bristol Rovers in Leasing.com Cupby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea Under-21s were unable to overcome Bristol Rovers in the Leasing.com Trophy.The development team battled hard throughout the game, but they did not have enough quality in front of goal to get a positive result.The Blues were up in the match at half time, netting through Charlie Brown.But they were pegged back and eventually fell behind in the second period.Victor Adeboyejo and Liam Sercombe got the goals to help Bristol to the top of Group F in the competition.The Blues Under-21s will next face off against Leicester City Under-21s in Premier League 2 at the weekend.
Story Highlights Miss Gooden said the project was inspired by a member of the task force, who studied computing at UWI, and recognised the need for technology graduates to have practical experience for the global market. Twelve software engineering students are receiving practical job experience by working with international companies over the summer.This is under the ‘Calico Open Source Software Development Project,’ which is being undertaken by the Diaspora Technology Task Force in the United States in partnership with the Palisadoes Foundation.Task Force member, Kimone Gooden, told the JIS News that the initiative, introduced in 2016, pair students in Jamaica with a Diaspora mentor. Seven students benefited during the first year.She explained that the body works with the University of the West Indies (UWI) Computing Society to select students each summer, and give them a stipend to work on an open source software development project.Miss Gooden noted that the students stay in Jamaica while they work on these projects.“The Diaspora Technology Task Force is trying to emphasise that there is no need to try to go through migration and get a visa, as you have the resources here in Jamaica to support clients overseas,” she pointed out.Miss Gooden said the project was inspired by a member of the task force, who studied computing at UWI, and recognised the need for technology graduates to have practical experience for the global market.“When they go to school and learn the coding, we realize they do not have any experience to match that,” she pointed out, noting that the taskforce member “understood what it was to go overseas without that experience.”Miss Gooden told JIS News that the most successful students at the end of the summer receive internships and sometimes job offers from Diaspora-owned technology companies.She explained that sometimes these offers allow the new employees to stay in Jamaica, while in some cases it requires migration, noting that there was a recent participant in the project, who was required to be in Sri Lanka.Applications for the project usually open in March of each year to university students, and selection takes place in May and June.Meanwhile, Miss Gooden is inviting other technology professionals across the Diaspora to join the task force. Task Force member, Kimone Gooden, told the JIS News that the initiative, introduced in 2016, pair students in Jamaica with a Diaspora mentor. Seven students benefited during the first year. Twelve software engineering students are receiving practical job experience by working with international companies over the summer.
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – A lawyer representing a suspect in the beating of an autistic man says his client is not guilty of the attack that drew outrage from across the country.Jag Virk says 25-year-old Ronjot Singh Dhami — whose last known address was in Surrey, B.C. — will turn himself into police, but he maintains his innocence.Peel Regional Police named Dhami as one of three suspects in the beating, which took place last week at a bus terminal in Mississauga, just west of Toronto.Police identified the second suspect as Parmvir (Parm) Singh Chahil, a 21 year-old man of no fixed address.The third person allegedly involved in the incident has not yet been positively identified, but police say he might go by the first name of Jason.A video of the attack released by police on March 13 shows the unidentified victim sitting at the bottom of a stairwell putting on roller blades when three men approached from behind and began to punch and kick him.Police say the man suffered a broken nose and facial cuts.A Canada-wide arrest warrant for Chahil and Dhami has been issued on one count each of aggravated assault.Police say all three suspects may still be in the Toronto area and are being encouraged to call a lawyer and turn themselves in.Police say anyone who sees Chahil or Dhami should call police and not approach the men.
The Elders today welcomed recent moves by leaders in The Gambia, Tanzania and Uganda to end or curb child marriage, as part of the African Union’s continent-wide campaign to eradicate the harmful practice.In The Gambia, where almost a third of underage girls are married, President Yayha Jammeh has announced that anyone marrying a girl below 18 would be jailed for up to 20 years, with legislation due to by drawn up in the coming months. In Tanzania, meanwhile, parliament has declared that current child marriage laws are unconstitutional.The Ugandan health ministry has also recently announced that it will provide more advice to girls and adolescents, and educate them on their sexual and reproductive health and rights, joining 10 other countries which have already adopted national strategies and action plans to end child marriage.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said:“It is encouraging to see more African leaders and legislators taking action to end the damaging and abusive practice of child marriage. This is an issue of rights, health, justice and protection that affects individual girls and women, their families and their wider community. Governments across the continent must now work hard to educate the wider population and eradicate this practice once and for all.”The Elders have campaigned against child marriage since 2011, when they formed the global civil society alliance Girls Not Brides, now an independent organisation in its own right.Mary Robinson added:“As Elders, we are committed to promoting equality for women and girls and ending all forms of discrimination. Child marriage is cruel and harmful. It denies girls the chance of an education and economic independence. Their talents cannot then be tapped by communities which could benefit from their knowledge and resilience. These latest steps are welcome but much more still needs to be done to protect girls’ rights.”
DETROIT — Starbucks will have to tread carefully while its former CEO Howard Schultz decides whether he will run for president.Schultz spent more than 30 years at Starbucks, growing it into a much-admired global brand. But if he runs, Starbucks could lose customers.Some Democrats are already boycotting the chain because they fear Schultz will run as an independent and tip the 2020 presidential election to President Donald Trump. A campaign could also remind conservatives of Schultz’s outspoken support of gay marriage.Marketing experts say Starbucks needs to distance itself from Schultz through clear social media messages.In a letter to employees, Starbucks’ current CEO Kevin Johnson said he wishes Schultz well, but emphasized that Starbucks doesn’t get involved in national political campaigns and that employees should respect customers’ diverse opinions.Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press
Rabat – Casablanca Finance City (CFC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Lujiazui Financial City to promote green and sustainable finance between Africa and China.Lujiazui Financial City Authority is the institution in charge of developing Shanghai’s financial district.The new MoU aims to lay the foundations for sustainable cooperation between the two parties, by promoting the development and sharing of best practices and knowledge in the field of green and sustainable finance, according to a statement by CFC published October 19. The MoU also aims to facilitate the exchange of information and expertise and to develop education, training and research programs.With this new partnership, CFC will extend its cooperation network with the world’s leading financial markets.The new partnership shows “China’s interest in the African market and the attractiveness of CFC as an access point to investment opportunities in the continent,” CFC said in a statement.In May, the CFC signed an MoU with the the Chinese Xicheng Financial District Development Promotion Center (XDFDPC), the public institution responsible for the development of the Xicheng Financial District.CFC has already partnered with financial centers in Singapore, London, Luxembourg, Montreal, Paris, Astana, and Busan.CFC is a Moroccan business hub and a leading financial center in Africa.Casablanca Finance City and Lujiazui Financial City sign a partnership agreement in Shanghai to promote cooperation between Africa and China and scale up green investments in the continent. @lujiazui_china @FC4SNetwork #GreenFinance #SDGs. pic.twitter.com/HEWQOMqiut— Casa Finance City (@CasaFinanceCity) October 19, 2018
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa county treasurers said Thursday that they are reviewing whether to continue a college scholarship program funded by two key vendors that benefits their own children and grandchildren.The review comes one day after The Associated Press reported that two treasurers recently vacationed to Florida with the CEO of GovTech Services, which runs the tax collection website used by 88 counties.GovTech and another vendor used by dozens of counties, SRI, Inc., for years have sponsored four $500 scholarships that are open only to the children and grandchildren of treasurers and their employees.The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board issued an advisory opinion in 2015 finding that the program violated an ethics law that bars public employees and their immediate family members from accepting gifts from vendors. The opinion warned that taking the scholarships would violate the gift law since they are funded by vendors and not open to the public.After that finding, the executive board of the Iowa State County Treasurers Association decided to continue the program with minor changes that members thought would make it legal.One key change called for the group to raise more private donations so that the scholarships would not be funded solely by two vendors. But the companies continue to provide the bulk of the funding.Just last week, association board member Kelly Busch sent treasurers an announcement from SRI vice-president Joe Edwards saying that applications are due April 26 and scholarships will be awarded at their May conference. The announcement, obtained by AP, noted that SRI and GovTech “are pleased to offer, again this year, four $500 scholarships to children or grandchildren of treasurers or your staff.”“SRI and GTS are happy to be able to sponsor this scholarship and other association activities,” Edwards wrote. SRI operates tax auctions for about half of Iowa’s 99 counties.Busch, the Union County treasurer, said Thursday that the association hasn’t determined whether scholarships will be granted this year amid questions about their legality. She said only that “we are following up on details prior to awarding further scholarships.”Union County Attorney Tim Kenyon told the AP he would make “some preliminary inquiries” into the program’s legality.Floyd County Treasurer Frank Rottinghaus, whose inquiry prompted the 2015 advisory opinion, has complained to the ethics board and fellow treasurers on multiple occasions that the program continued even after it was deemed unlawful.The Iowa State Association of Counties will discuss the program with the treasurers’ association, which is one of its affiliates, said executive director Bill Peterson. He said his group, which administers the scholarships, wants to ensure that changes it recommended after the 2015 ethics board opinion were implemented by the treasurers.“If we’re unsatisfied, I would say that we would refuse to assist them further with the administrative details of how they handle their scholarship funds,” he said.Meanwhile, Peterson said that Dubuque County Treasurer Eric Stierman and Winneshiek County Treasurer Wayne Walter have asked the ethics board to review their relationship with GovTech CEO Marc Carr, whom they have helped secure the lucrative and long-running tax website contract. The two vacationed with Carr in Florida last November and stayed for two nights free of charge at a beach condominium he owns — an apparent violation of the ethics law. Both said they had vacationed with Carr previously, calling him a longtime friend.Peterson said that the two veteran elected officials do not believe they did anything wrong.“But there are nuances to the ethics law and they probably weren’t really thinking about that in this case,” he said. “I think they have taken the right steps to clear that up and pay any penalty or correct things that they should have done differently.”Ryan J. Foley, The Associated Press
2 April 2008The leaders of Haiti and the international community must persevere in their efforts to help restore stability to the impoverished country, which has made significant strides but “the potential for regression remains,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report released today. The leaders of Haiti and the international community must persevere in their efforts to help restore stability to the impoverished country, which has made significant strides but “the potential for regression remains,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report released today.“It is imperative that all those involved in the stabilization of Haiti redouble their efforts to enable the country to seize this historic opportunity to emerge from the destructive cycles of the past,” Mr. Ban writes in his latest report on the activities of the UN Stabilization Mission for Haiti (MINUSTAH).In the report, Mr. Ban notes that collaboration among the political leadership has led to progress in judicial reform, an agreement on the establishment of a new Provisional Electoral Council and other compromise measures.The security situation, he says, has also improved considerably, thanks in part to the support provided by the UN to the Haitian law-enforcement authorities. In addition, the economy is at its best in decades. However Mr. Ban cautions that tensions between political actors and among branches of the Government have distracted from the reform agenda. “The institutions of governance continued to suffer from a lack of qualified personnel, poor infrastructure and limited resources,” he says.And, despite the improvement of security since 2007 – when major operations were undertaken against gangs – the potential for volatility remains, he stresses, citing an increase in criminality in the capital, Port-au-Prince.According to the report, the average number of reported kidnappings per month for the period from December 2007 to February 2008 reached 28, up from 11 six months earlier. There are also indications that gangs may be trying to reorganize themselves. In addition, the report says that anti-Government demonstrations have increased, many of them focusing on the rising cost of living.Because of these challenges, Mr. Ban says that MINUSTAH’s assistance in security, rule-of-law reform and other key areas remains central to the successful strengthening of State institutions. He adds that institutional reform cannot succeed without extensive bilateral support, expressing hope that the establishment of a “rule-of-law trust fund” will be useful for channelling assistance in this area. The coordinated efforts of donors, together with those of the UN country team and the international financial institutions, are also vital to improve socio-economic conditions, which are inextricably linked to the achievement of stability, he maintains.To keep the international community engaged in Haiti – and avoid a reversal of recent gains – the Secretary-General says that he will soon introduce a plan for the next phase of work, with measurable benchmarks.
3 September 2009The top United Nations envoy to Iraq has met with senior Government figures, lawmakers and other UN officials during a two-day visit to the northern region of Kurdistan aimed at boosting the world body’s engagement in the region. Ad Melkert, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), held productive meetings with a range of officials, according to a press release issued by the mission. They included President Massoud Barzani; Barham Salih, the Deputy Iraqi Prime Minister; Kamal Karkouki, the Speaker of the Kurdistan Iraqi Parliament; other senior officials of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG); and representatives of UN agencies, funds and programmes that provide support in the region. In July the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq held regional, parliamentary and presidential elections, recording a high and peaceful voter turnout.
TORONTO — Mortgage brokers say the borrower rejection rate from large banks and traditional monoline mortgage lenders has gone up as much as 20 per cent after Canada’s banking regulator imposed a new stress test for home buyers who don’t need mortgage insurance.As a result, alternative lenders are seeing an uptick in business as brokers increasingly direct home buyers toward borrowing options that are beyond the reach of the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions’ newly enacted tighter lending requirements.Clients who don’t meet the bar are turning to private lenders, mortgage investment corporations (MICs) and credit unions, which are provincially regulated and not required to implement the stress test, said Carmen Campagnaro, president of Pro Funds Mortgages in Burlington, Ont.Credit unions may be about to face tighter mortgage rules in Quebec, while other provinces splitReal estate market interventions are expected to curb first-time buyers’ enthusiasmOnly thing colder than Toronto right now is its housing marketCampagnaro is one of the brokers who said rejected loan applications to traditional lenders have risen by 20 per cent since Jan.1, when OSFI mandated a new stress test for uninsured borrowers, or those who have more than a 20 per cent down payment.Private lender Fisgard Asset Management Corporation in Victoria is seeing an influx of borrowers and “better quality business” said Hali Noble, its senior vice president of residential mortgage investments and broker relations.“A lot of these people should be bankable,” said Noble. “But they’re not.”The guidelines, known as B20, are aimed at curbing risky lending amid rising household indebtedness and high home prices in some markets.In order to get a loan from a federally regulated lender, home buyers have to prove that they can service their uninsured mortgage at a qualifying rate of the greater of the contractual mortgage rate plus two percentage point or the five-year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada. An existing stress test already requires those with insured mortgages to qualify at the Bank of Canada benchmark five-year mortgage rule.Superintendent Jeremy Rudin has said OSFI is aware the stricter rules could have unintended consequences, such as sending borrowers towards more risky lenders that are out of the regulator’s purview.“We can’t control what we can’t control,” he said in October.“Our mandate is focused on the safety and soundness of the federally regulated institutions… It isn’t something that we favour but it isn’t something that we have an authority to prevent.”Since the revised mortgage guidelines came into force, both the Bank of Canada of rate and benchmark rate has risen, dealing a “double extra whammy” to borrowers, said Dave Teixeira, vice president of operations, public relations and communications for Dominion Lending Centres.Dominion mortgage brokers are seeing a higher rate of rejection and clients have to submit multiple applications to various institutions before finding a lender that works, he added.In turn, their brokers are submitting 80 per cent more applications than last year, Teixeira said.“Normally, we would see our volume going to the big banks and monolines, and now we’re seeing a little bit more of that, roughly up to 20 per cent… moving over to credit unions.”However, some credit unions have voluntarily implemented the new stress test or tightened their own requirements.Quebec credit union Desjardins Group has been applying OSFI’s new mortgage rules in full since Jan. 1.“We believe it represents an effective way to protect consumers against interest rates variations,” said Desjardins spokeswoman Valerie Lamarre.Vancouver-based Vancity Credit Union has voluntarily increased the stress test its members must meet to qualify for a mortgage.Rick Sielski, Vancity’s senior vice president of risk, would not disclose the mechanics of the stress test and said it was too early to gauge the impact of the new guidelines.“What we’re really trying to do is make sure we’re serving our market, serving our members in a responsible way,” he said.The higher bar for borrowers is also shifting business to riskier lenders.Harold Gerstel, better known as Harold the Mortgage Closer from his television ads, said his Toronto-based mortgage arm is seeing an influx as well.“We’re definitely getting more business. Whether it’s a substantial change, it’s too early to tell,” he said.The new rules are sending better quality demand down the credit line, said Robert McLister, a mortgage planner at IntelliMortgage and the founder of RateSpy.com.“The demand is shifting down the ladder, so you have these less regulated lenders with higher risk tolerance now seeing materially more business. And they can charge more, and they can be pickier with the types of borrowers that they lend to.”
The Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera appointed new heads at some state media institutions effective from today.The Media Ministry said that Mrs. Inoka Sathyanganee was appointed as the new chairperson of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC). Additional Secretary, Development, of the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media Mrs. Thilaka Jayasundara was appointed as the new chairperson of ITN.Siddeek Mohamed Farook was appointed as the new chairman of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC). Mrs Uma Rajamanthri was appointed as the new chairperson of SELACINE. (Colombo Gazette)
The OPEC Fund, a multilateral development finance institution established in 1976, is to provide $2,250,000 for the project, which will focus on information and education, assistance to ministries, teaching programmes and curriculum enhancement.The countries involved are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Laos, Lebanon, Syria, Thailand, Uzbekistan, and Viet Nam. The project will expand some on-going grass roots activities such as peer education programmes for youth leaders in Uzbekistan, or for men who have sex with men in Viet Nam.It will also build on advocacy programmes by famous Cambodian sports personalities to promote testing for HIV, and popular music concerts against HIV/AIDS held and broadcast for hill tribe people in Thailand, Laos and southern China.To be implemented by UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning, in cooperation with National Commissions for UNESCO and education ministries, the initiative will complement the UNESCO-led Global Initiative on HIV/AIDS Prevention Education that aims to strengthen education ministries’ ability to meet the teaching, learning and management needs generated by the pandemic.
by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 13, 2017 2:35 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 13, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,535.48, down 112.92 points):Mood Media Corp. (TSX:MM). Advertising and marketing. Up 10 cents, or 153.85 per cent, to 16.5 cents on 8.2 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Up 14 cents, or 3.48 per cent, to $4.16 on 7.4 million shares.OceanaGold Corp. (TSX:OGC). Miner. Up nine cents, or 2.05 per cent, to $4.48 on 6.4 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Pharmaceutical. Down 65 cents, or 8.27 per cent, to $7.21 on 6.01 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down five cents, or 1.29 per cent, to $3.84 on 5.9 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Drug manufacturer. Down 38 cents, or 3.69 per cent, to $9.93 on 5.4 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L). Grocer. Down 20 cents, or 0.28 per cent, to $71.49 on 373,329 shares. The grocery and pharmacy giant said Thursday that it plans to open 30 new stores and renovate more than 500 existing stores as it continues to adapt to changes in the food retail sector. Loblaw said the investment includes the continued roll out of its Click & Collect e-commerce, improved health and wellness services, and the inclusion of fresh food at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations. The company later said it would shutter 52 locations across Canada that had fallen short of expectations.Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B). Telecommunications. Up 31 cents, or 0.52 per cent, to $60.41 on 665,959 shares. Rogers has signed a deal to allow former Telus CEO Joe Natale join the company sooner than expected. Natale was named in October as the next chief executive at Rogers to replace Guy Laurence. However, a non-compete agreement had been expected to keep him from starting the job until July.Transcontinental Media (TXS:TCL.A). Publishing. Down 29 cents, or 1.18 per cent, to $24.28 on 63,252 shares. Canada’s oldest independent newspaper — whose newsroom has been on strike for over a year — has bought all of Transcontinental Media’s newspapers in Atlantic Canada. The Halifax Chronicle Herald said Thursday that a new company, SaltWire Network, will comprise 27 Transcontinental newspapers and the novanewsnow.com website and the Herald’s own publications.
UK car manufacturing output falls -10.6% in July, the 14th successive month of decline.Exports decline -14.6% in the month but still 8 in every 10 cars shipped overseas.Home demand rises 10.2% following weak July 2018 when a raft of factors affected production. British car manufacturing output declined -10.6% in July, with 108,239 units produced, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). This was the 14th successive month of decline as ongoing weakness in major EU and Asian markets coupled with some key model changes affected performance.Production for export fell -14.6% in the month, although overseas demand remained the main driver of overall volumes, accounting for 8 in 10 cars built. Meanwhile, output for the domestic market rose by 10.2%, or just fewer than 2,000 units, following a steep -35.1% fall in July last year, when multiple factors, including preparation for WLTP affected output.In the year-to-date, some 774,760 cars have been made in Britain, 180,864 fewer than in the same timeframe last year and representing a fall of -18.9%. With exports accounting for the vast majority of orders, their decline is primarily responsible for the overall fall in output with overseas shipments down -20.2% since January, while year-on-year production for the UK is down -13.5%.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Another month of decline for UK car manufacturing is a serious concern. The sector is overwhelmingly reliant on exports and the global headwinds are strong, with escalating trade tensions, softening demand and significant technological change.With the UK market also weak, the importance of maintaining the UK’s global competitiveness has never been more important so we need a Brexit deal – and quickly – to unlock investment and safeguard the long term future of a sector which has recently been such an international success story.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Friday 28 Oct 2016, 11:00 AM Break-ups, career moves and kids – the science of making a BIG change Moments of crisis or contentment – managing life changes can be done. Y’all ready for this? Image: Shutterstock/Anna Grigorjeva Short URL This article is part of our Change Generation project, supported by KBC. To read more click here.CHANGE CAN BE thrust on you through an unexpected job offer, the chance to move country or the break-up of a relationship.You can also be motivated into making that big change yourself through any number of factors like stress, lack of challenge or the need for greater rewards.Change Management expert at Cullinane Consulting, Jean Cullinane, told theJournal.ie there are some things to consider before making a big change in your life.Picture yourself in the new situation – what would it really be like? What aspects of it would you enjoy? What would you find challenging? What are the likely short and long term implications of making the change? Who can help?Come up with a planIf you are instigating change through your own choice, Cullinane says you can help ensure its success through planning:I think that success is something you can plan for, even before you make the change. For example, if you are changing your career or establishing a new business, think in advance about the difference between average and brilliant performance and in true US presidential style, make a plan for your first 100 days and beyond.Go with your gutThere are time when you have to accept that you do not have a crystal ball and there is no way to be 100% sure that you are making the right decision, says Cullinane, and you just have to go with your gut:Be aware that you may never have all the information that you need – sometimes you may simply have to trust your gut feeling. Get independent advice if you need it and then ACT, because nothing actually happens until you take the first step.Just do it!She also says sometimes ‘risking it’ is the best thing you can do:In my work as a HR consultant I have observed that those who successfully master change typically demonstrate willingness to take risks and seize opportunities, the commitment and professionalism to follow through on their plans and the integrity to strike a balance between what is best for them and for others directly involved.Here, some Journal Media employees share how they coped with the big changes they made to their lives:Taking a punt on the dream job“I had always wanted to work as a journalist but couldn’t seem to find a way in. While I was covering someone’s maternity leave in a shop, I applied for a H Dip in journalism, despite knowing the start date clashed with my contract dates. I ended up getting a place on the course and having to tell my boss I was leaving my contract early to go move cities for a totally new career.I was terrified about leaving her in the lurch but looking back I can’t imagine what I’d have done if I’d turned the offer of the course down. It finally turned my life in the direction I’d been hoping it would go.Going from coupledom to singledom“Breaking up with a long-term partner is never easy but it does throw you on a new path, for better or worse. When I came out of a major relationship, it meant I also had to consider new living arrangements. Friends told me to go into a house-share so I wouldn’t be lonely but actually, I decided to go and live on my own for the first time in my life.It WAS lonely sometimes but I relearned so much about myself, my likes and dislikes, and I really needed to do that after five years of being ‘half’ of an entity. 16,420 Views http://jrnl.ie/3043478 “I came out the other end with a great deal more self-confidence and not needing to be with someone until the right person, for me, came along. Which they did.”Knowing when to walk away“My biggest life change was chucking in a good but unsatisfying job to go travelling for six months, chewing through what could’ve been a decent chunk of a home deposit in the process. I moved countries and it’s the best thing I ever did.”Indulging that wanderlust“I went travelling a year after I graduated which was against the advice of my lecturers (and parents) who thought it was better to get on the career ladder as soon as possible.I spent two years in Australia working in random jobs that I would never have done this side of the water (farming, barwork, worked in an ice cream shop #thedream lol).“It sounds cliché but the life skills that i developed while travelling enabled me to make the right career move when I returned home and I am probably in the same position if not better than most of the people i graduated with who never ended up travelling (but wanted to).”SURPRISE! You’re a parent“The biggest change for me was when my son was born three years ago. I’d been with my partner for 14 years but we’d never really considered children up to that point.When he was born, it made me realise how little I lived in the moment, spending far too much time working or on my phone.“Now I enjoy life for what it is, millions of everyday moments with people I love that I wouldn’t swap for the world.”The prodigal child returns“The biggest change for me when I decided to move back to Ireland after living in the States for 12 years. (I think so many people living abroad are always struggling with that should I stay or should I go thing.)“I decided I’d come home for a year to give it a try but really thought I’d end up back in the States. Within a few months I met a fella and got pregnant way too quickly but it’s all worked out and now we’re married for 16 years with four kids.”Taking that scary job“I finished my final exams in college and three days later was set to go to New York for a summer internship. About eight weeks in, the editor-in-chief called me into the office and asked how she could get me to stay. I’ll never forget sitting on a bench in Madison Square Park in blistering Manhattan summer heat to call home to break the news to my mother – with the caveat that it might not work out if the US wanted to boot me out anyway.“After eight frantic weeks of immigration law, finding a new flat and worrying that I had no insurance or flight home (if they refused my application), the decision arrived. I ended up moving through the company from intern to assistant editor over the next two years – and making friends along the way so there’s always a couch available to me in NYC.“Probably the next biggest change then was moving back home to Ireland mid-recession… but that’s another story.”From child to carer“Possibly the biggest life change was a psychological shift from being someone’s child to being someone’s carer.It was made harder by the fact that the parent who fell ill was a difficult person to deal with and there was a temptation to walk away from it all.“It was 18 months of balancing a job, a personal life and the care of a person who had no-one else to rely on. Now that they have passed away, knowing that they passed away with dignity and peace more than makes up for the strain of that time.”QUIZ: Are you ready to settle (down)?>Advice for your 20s from those who’ve been there> Image: Shutterstock/Anna Grigorjeva Share17 Tweet Email3 4 Comments Oct 28th 2016, 11:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Y’all ready for this? By Jennifer Ryan