U.S. Venture Investors Back on Board With Research Commercialization

first_img Venture capitalists have renewed their love affair with U.S. research-based start-up companies, according to a new report from the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation. Private investments in these powerful engines of economic growth plummeted after the 2008 recession, says the National Science Board in a white paper that supplements the 2012 edition of NSF’s biennial Science and Engineering Indicators. “But we have begun to see some recovery,” says Arthur Reilly, co-author of the report and retired senior director for strategic technology policy at Cisco Systems. Recent data not included in Indicators show a 45% jump in overall U.S. venture capital between 2009 and 2011 (see chart 1 and chart 2). The $29.1 billion invested last year is the highest total since 2007, when investors poured $31.8 billion into science and technology enterprises. The $20.1 billion invested in 2009 was the lowest amount since 2003. 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(*) Investors are still wary of taking big risks in a company with no track record, says Reilly, noting that spending on such “seed” investments has not recovered from its 2007-08 levels. But that category represents less than 5% of the total amount of VC investments. Investments in slightly more mature companies, labeled “early stage” (about one-quarter of the total), are up 70% in the past 2 years. U.S. Venture Capital Association and Price Venture Cooper Money Tree last_img read more

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SPORT-ICC 2 LAST

first_img(REOPENS FGN 10) (REOPENS FGN 10) The ICC said it has received Manohars resignation and will comment after taking stock of the situation. “The ICC has confirmed it has received an email from Chairman Shashank Manohar tendering his resignation. The ICC Board will assess the situation and next steps before making a further announcement,” the world body stated in a brief press release. PTI PM PMlast_img

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MH-ACCIDENT-FAMILY

first_imgFive of a family dead in accident on Pune-Solapur roadPune, May 18 (PTI) Five members of a family were killed after the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) they were travelling in crashed into another car on the Solapur-Pune road this evening.The accident took place at Dalas village near Bhigwan when the family was returning to Pune after visiting the famous Tuljapur temple, police said.The driver of the SUV lost the control when a tyre burst, and the vehicle jumped the divider and collided with a car coming from the opposite direction before turning turtle.Bhigwan police identified the deceased as Sandeep Prakash Gaikwad (35), his wife Sheetal (32), son Abhiraj (5), father Prakash (67) and mother Sunita (58), all residents of Yamunagar area of Nigdi near Pune.All five died on the spot, police said.Four passengers in the other car received minor injuries. PTI SPK KRK KRK KRKlast_img read more

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Photo Advisory First, Photos released upto 4 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: June 06, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of thesePhotographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALMumbai: World Environment Day (B)New DElhi: Chidambaram at CBI HQ for Aircel-Maxixcase (A+B)Birbhum/South Dinajpur: West Bengal Board declares Class 10th results(B)New Delhi: President Kovind meets Trainees of IFS(A+B)Dharamshala: Dalai Lama addresses gathering(B+A)Kolkata: A family of giraffe at Alipore Zoo in Kolkata(A)Patna: Arvind Subramanian in Patna(B)New Delhi: Virat Kohli’s wax figure at MadameTussauds Museum(B+A)Allahabad: River Ganges drying up in Allahabad(B)New Delhi: Maneka Gandhi at press conference(B+A)Guwahati: Assamese actor Zerifa Wahid and Kopil Boraaddress press(B)Ranchi: Yashwant Sinha appears before court(B)Guwahati: Protest against Citizenship (Amendment)Bill 2016 (A)Jammu: Protest against crossfire by Pakistan(A+B)Guwahati: Congress protest in Guwahati(B)Varanasi: Security beefed up in UP following terror threat (B)Amritsar: Demonstrations on Operation Blue Staranniversary(B+A)Lucknow: Akhilesh Yadav addresses press(A+B)New Delhi: Cabine briefing(B)INTERNATIONALLondon : Britain’s Prince Charles meets Kingdom Choirconductor Karen Gibson and her mother(B)Ankara : Muharrem Ince at an election rally in Ankara (B)Washington: Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Awardceremony on Capitol Hill(A)New York: The body of fashion designer Kate Spade isremoved from her Park Avenue apartment(B)Bogota: Colombian pop star Carlos Vives poses with Nicole Horbath(A)Escuintla: Firefighters work in the disaster zone near theadvertisement Volcan de Fuego(B+A)Paris: Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Paris/protest(B)Nagykanizsa: A rainbow appears in the sky after a heavydownpour in Nagykanizsa(A)Pahoa/Kapoho Bay : Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcanodestroyed hundreds more homes(B+A)New York: World premiere of “Ocean’s 8” at Alice Tully Hall(B)Mexico City: Mexican Ariel Film Academy Awards(B)Washington: President Donald Trump talks to SadieKeller during a ceremony(A)Seoul: Memorial Day at the national cemetery in Seoul(A)Amman: Jordanian riot police and security forces scufflewith protesters during a demonstration(A)Benxi: Rescuers work above ground at the site of a mine explosion in Benx(A)Singapore: Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island in Singapore (A)Baikonur: Members of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS)(A)SPORTSLondon : Brazil players during the training session atEnfield Training Ground(B)Paris: French Open tennis tournament(B+A)PTI PHOTO VNA DLDLlast_img read more

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Dwight Gayle compounds Leeds’ misery as four-goal West Brom run riot

first_imgMarcelo Bielsa had described this trip to West Bromwich Albion as a stern defensive examination and, in the event, it was one his Leeds United side failed miserably. In the last few days Bielsa reeled off the squad numbers of Albion’s front four, declaring them the division’s most fearsome strikeforce and they lived up to that billing here. Three of them, Matt Phillips, Harvey Barnes and Dwight Gayle, struck after Hal Robson-Kanu, making his first start since the opening day of the season, kickstarted a second-half demolition.Leeds’s poor performance made painful viewing, with Pablo Hernández’s stoppage-time consolation strike the only positive from a thoroughly underwhelming display. Leeds had gone to pieces by the time Gayle added a clever fourth and even more frustrating for Bielsa was that his side allowed Albion’s attacking quartet to have a field day. It was a much-needed result for Darren Moore, whose side recorded their first win in five matches, and a rude awakening for Leeds, who went into this weekend top. 8 Livermore Read more Bielsa was adamant he ought to shoulder the blame. “We knew before playing this game that the best aspect of the opponent was their offensive players,” he said. “We knew that to use their skills they needed big spaces and they found big spaces to attack. I feel responsible for this loss. The problem and the solutions are always collective.”Bielsa also defended Bailey Peacock-Farrell, the Leeds goalkeeper who should have done better with Albion’s second, when Phillips powered home after stealing possession from Mateusz Klich. “He saved some goals,” the Argentinian said. “I don’t think he has a high percentage of responsibility in defeat. I don’t like to talk deeply about good things and bad things by one individual player, especially after a game like this one and especially when we lose like this”Time and again Leeds were badly exposed and, by the end, badly bruised.From the moment Robson-Kanu bent an early effort wide of the Leeds goal, Albion rang rings round a wobbling Leeds backline. The hosts penned Leeds in and Rodriguez twice went close early on, first forcing an instinctive stop from Peacock-Farrell before rattling the crossbar with a classy curling effort. For Bielsa, crouched on the perimeter of his technical area, there was plenty to ponder approaching half-time.But things went from bad to worse six minutes after the interval when Albion swept upfield, with James Morrison spraying the ball wide to Rodriguez. The Albion striker drove infield with purpose before finding Robson-Kanu, who had escaped the attention of the Leeds backline down the left. The Welshman calmly did the rest, drilling low across goal beyond Peacock-Farrell. One former Albion forward replaced another, with Tyler Roberts coming on for Kemar Roofe but the former had not even touched the ball by the time his keeper was fishing the ball out of the net once more.Phillips robbed Klich on halfway before surging forward unchallenged and, when he dispatched an effort from 25 yards, it bounced in front of Peacock-Farrell before breezing beyond his fingers. Leeds had got what they deserved. Robson-Kanu soon left to a standing ovation, but Albion were far from finished. There was still time for Barnes and Gayle, with a cute hooked finish, to complete a thoroughly resounding victory over an out-of-sorts Leeds.“I think it was a good performance from the first minute,” said Moore. “We got up and at them early doors and we were able to keep the momentum going. This league will ebb and flow but this gives us a platform to build on.” 7 Morrison Share on Messenger 4 Robson-Kanu 46 Shackleton Substitutes Reuse this content (s 73′) 34 Baker 3 3 Fouls 15 Barnes Championship Share on Pinterest 19 Rodriguez 22 Hoolahan 4 Forshaw 9 12 3 Douglas 11 Roberts LEE72WBA28% 16 Gayle 19 Hernandez Topics Leeds United Lineups 6 Sako 14 West Brom Off target 12 Leeds 6 West Brom On target 3 Leeds (s 88′) (s 78′) 72 28 (s 80′) The Observer 24 Adarabioyo 34 Harper Share on WhatsApp Leeds 18 Jansson 40 Davis Match stats match reports (s 90′) 23 Phillips Possession Share on Twitter West Brom 6 Cooper 3 Gibbs 15 Dallas 26 Hegazi Marcelo Bielsa Share on LinkedIn Substitutes Goal attempts 1 Peacock-Farrell (s 66′) 10 Alioski Share via Email 7 Roofe 27 Blackman 14 Samuel 25 Dawson West Bromwich Albion Corners 13 Myhill 22 Harrison 18 Barry LEE WBA Share on Facebook 10 Phillips 12 Mears Championship roundup: Norwich go top after incredible finale against Millwall 1 Johnstone 43 Klichlast_img read more

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Analyst Ranks College Football’s Worst Bowl Game This Year

first_imgA detail of a Nike official NCAA size football as it sits in the end zone while the West Virginia Mountaineers stretchon the field prior to playing against the Clemson Tigers during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)College football’s bowl season has arrived.Who’s excited?We certainly are. There are several intriguing matchups this season, from the College Football Playoff games to the Ohio State-Washington Rose Bowl to the Georgia-Texas Sugar Bowl.Of course, there are some games that aren’t that appealing.Which bowl game is at the bottom of the rankings?Yahoo! Sports ranked all of the bowl games. Here’s the worst one:39. Cure Bowl: Louisiana (7-6) vs. Tulane (6-6) – 2:30 p.m., Dec. 15, CBSSNWillie Fritz runs a run-based offense at Tulane, which is back in a bowl after a four-year absence. ULL won the Sun Belt West this season but lost to App State in the conference title game. This could be fairly high-scoring.You can view the full rankings here.last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: India were in complete control during win over Bangladesh, says Sachin Tendulkar

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Australia swimmer Shayna Jack admits to positive dope test

first_imgAustralia swimmer Shayna Jack admits to positive dope testShayna Jack, 20-year old Australia swimmer, has tested positive for a banned substance, which prompted her withdrawal from the World Swimming Championships in South Korea.advertisement Next Reuters GwangjuJuly 27, 2019UPDATED: July 27, 2019 16:08 IST Aussie swimmer Shayna Jack admitted to testing positive for a banned substance. (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia swimmer Shayna Jack has admitted to testing positive for a banned substanceThe Aussie had earlier withdrawn from world championshipsJack had won 2 relay silvers and a bronze at the 2017 world championshipsShayna Jack, who withdrew from the Australia team for the swimming world championships, admitted to testing positive for a banned substance on Saturday.The 20-year-old freestyle swimmer, who won two relay silvers and a bronze at the 2017 world championships, made the admission in an Instagram post.It is with great sadness and heartache that I had to leave due to allegations of having a prohibited substance in my system, she wrote.I did NOT take this substance knowingly. Swimming has been my passion since I was 10 years old and I would never intentionally take a banned substance that would disrespect my sport and jeopardise my career.Now there is an ongoing investigation and my team and I are doing everything we can to find out when and how this substance has come into contact with my body.Swimming Australia said it had been notified by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) of an adverse test result following an out-of-competition test on June 26.It then provisionally suspended Jack from the team, ruling her out of competing in Gwangju, and accompanied her back to Australia from a training camp being held in Japan.As you would expect we are bitterly disappointed with allegations a swimmer has a prohibited substance in her system although it is important to point out that the matter is yet to be determined, said Swimming Australia CEO Leigh Russell.The news will be a major embarrassment for Australian swimming given Jack’s team mate Mack Horton played a leading role in protests against Sun Yang at the world championships.advertisementThe Chinese swimmer is competing under the shadow of a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) appeal against governing body FINA’s decision to clear the 27-year-old of wrongdoing during the random drug test last September.Horton declined to join Sun on the podium after their 400 metres freestyle final while Briton Duncan Scott refused to shake his hand or pose for photos with him after the 200.Brazil’s Joao de Lucca was the latest to show his displeasure at Sun’s presence, refusing to shake his hand on Friday after the 4x200m freestyle relay heats.Also Read | Hungarian teen Kristof Milak shatters Michael Phelps’ 200m butterfly world recordAlso Read | Swimming: I don’t deserve insult and slander, says Olympic champion Sun Yang Also See For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Swimming World ChampionshipsFollow Shayna JackFollow WADAlast_img read more

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Police seek woman who they say may have played role in quadruple

first_imgCALGARY – Calgary police are seeking the public’s help in finding a woman who they believe may have played a significant role in a quadruple homicide earlier this month.Yu Chieh Liao, who goes by Diana Liao, is considered a person of interest in the deaths of two sisters and two men, acting Insp. Paul Wozney said Thursday.“We know she has information in relation to this event,” said Wozney. “We would like to speak to her to find out exactly what she knows about this.”Liao is described as a 24-year-old Asian woman with dark hair and brown eyes who is five-foot-five and 160 pounds.She has ties to Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto, Regina and Moose Jaw, Sask.Wozney said she lives a nomadic lifestyle and tends to stay in hotels and use rental cars.Glynnis Fox, her older sister Tiffany Ear and Cody Pfeiffer were found in a burned out car at a northwest Calgary construction site on July 10.Police believe they may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.Hanock Afowerk, the burned car’s owner and the man police believe was the intended target, was found dead in a rural area west of Calgary two days later.Wozney said Afowerk and Liao knew each other.The same day Afowerk was found, Liao was spotted in the Moose Jaw area. It’s believed she may be travelling with a short black man who was seen on closed-circuit television footage at a store in the Saskatchewan city.People in Calgary’s Sage Hill subdivision reported seeing a man fitting that description at the scene of the car fire, Wozney said.Police have described all four killings as brutal and ruthless and said each of the victims suffered multiple traumatic injuries.Wozney would not say Thursday whether investigators think the deaths were linked to organized crime.“They want to keep their minds open to different investigative theories, different hypotheses of what may or may not have happened,” he said.“And putting labels on things, I don’t think that that’s a responsible way to go about investigating events like this.”Police in other cities are helping in the investigation, Wozney said.He added that investigators in Calgary are working around the clock.“I couldn’t be more proud of this group. This is a very, very complex investigation — multiple pieces to it, multiple victims, multiple suspects or persons of interest — and we are working as hard and as long as possible to really seek the truth to what happened.”last_img read more

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Health care CEOs again lead the way in pay

The highest pay packages go to CEOs at health care companies. For the third time in four years, chief executives in the health care field led the S&P 500 in terms of total compensation. The typical CEO in the industry made $16.1 million last year, which means half earned more than that, and half made less.A look at the top and bottom-paid CEOs last year, by industry, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm:1. Health care, median compensation of $16.1 million, up from $14.7 million a year earlier.2. Basic materials (includes energy), $12.8 million, up from $12.5 million.3. Services (includes retailers), $12.4 million, up from $11 million.4. Industrial goods, $11.7 million, up from $11.5 million.5. Financial, $11.4 million, up from $9.7 million.6. Technology, $11.1 million, up from $10.1 million.7. Consumer goods, $10.6 million, up from $9.4 million.8. Utilities, $9.7 million, up from $9 million.The Associated Press read more

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Veto power in Security Council must be scrapped Irans leader says

Decisions on substantive matters in the Council require the vote of nine of the body’s 15 members, including the concurring votes of the permanent members: China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.“Major power is monopolized in the Security Council due to the veto privilege, and the main pillar of the Organization, namely the General Assembly, is marginalized,” Mr. Ahmadinejad said.Speaking on the first day of the Assembly’s annual high-level segment, he said that at least one of the five permanent members of the Council has been party to disputes in recent decades.“The veto advantage grants impunity to aggression and occupation. How could, therefore, one expect competence while both the judge and the prosecutor are a party to the dispute?” the President asked.The structure of the UN, he stressed, must be reformed so that all nations can take an active and constructive part in global governance.The Assembly must be the highest body of the UN, approving all of the activities of the Secretary-General, who Mr. Ahmadinejad said must be the “most independent official.”“The Secretary-General should not come under pressure from powers and/or the country hosting the Organization for his stating the truth and administration of justice.”Instead, “all his positions and activities should be taken with the approval of the General Assembly and should be directed towards promoting justice and eliminating discrimination.”The President also spoke about the situation in the Middle East and the importance of nuclear energy during his address to the Assembly.In addition, he said that questions remained over the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, and in particular over exactly who was responsible for the attacks.He called for the UN to set up “an independent, fact-finding group for the event of 11 September so that in the future expressing views about it is not forbidden.”Mr. Ahmadinejad also said that Iran would host a conference next year to study both terrorism and the means to confront the problem. 23 September 2010Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today pinned the United Nations’ “ineptitude” on what he called its “unjust structure,” urging that the veto power of the Security Council’s five permanent members be abolished. read more

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Moratorium on nuclear testing urged as UN conference on testban concludes

The final declaration adopted today at the conclusion of the Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) noted their concern that the Treaty had not entered into force five years after its opening for signature.Countries affirmed that any nuclear-weapon-test explosion or any other nuclear explosion was a “serious threat” to global efforts towards nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. They underlined the importance of signing and ratifying the Treaty, and called upon all States to maintain a moratorium on nuclear-weapon-test explosions or any other nuclear explosions.During the course of the Conference, which was held at UN Headquarters in New York, three more countries ratified the Treaty: Ecuador, Nauru and Singapore. A number of others, whose ratification is specifically required for the Treaty’s operation, indicated their willingness to ratify it soon. They were Algeria, Indonesia, Colombia and Viet Nam. Libya today expressed its intention to accede to the CTBT.The Conference was convened by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, at the request of the majority of States parties, to decide what measures might be undertaken to accelerate ratification in order to facilitate the Treaty’s early operation. Under article 14, such a conference can be held if the Treaty has not become operational three years after its opening for signature, and at subsequent anniversaries, until its entry into force. In statements made during the past three days, the CTBT was described as a key part of the regime designed to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and a vital foundation upon which to limit all classes of weapons, including conventional, and promote the ultimate, though remote, objective of total disarmament.Many speakers hailed the Treaty, which bans all nuclear-test explosions in all environments for all time, as underpinning the hard-won system of disarmament and arms control agreements. In line with its core objective, it would constrain the development and qualitative improvement of nuclear weapons and end the development of advanced new types of nuclear weapons, they said.Many delegations called for adjustments to the global security framework and vigilance with respect to eliminating the use or threat of use of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction and ensuring that they, or their components and delivery systems, did not land in the hands of terrorists. As a pillar of global security, the entry into force of the CTBT was described as “urgent and compelling.” read more

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Business Report Quarterly earnings may not exceed forecast

Business Report: Quarterly earnings may not exceed forecast Warnings are coming from about 75 per cent of companies on the S&P 500, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. business report|quarterly earnings|S&P 500 by News Staff Posted Apr 2, 2014 6:05 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email

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UN welcomes European Union proposals for visionary migration reforms

In a statement issued in New York, Peter Sutherland, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration and Development welcomed the “visionary reforms” to the region’s asylum system put forward today in the European Commission’s ‘European Agenda on Migration.’In particular, the proposed relocation and resettlement programs, based on a distribution key, promise to offer safer legal avenues to asylum seekers and to distribute responsibility for providing international protection more equitably across the EU. “I expect that the resettlement target of 20,000 will increase over time and that the EU will continue to expand safe avenues by providing more humanitarian, labour, and family reunification visas to asylum seekers and migrants,” said Mr. Southerland in the statement.He went on to comment the EU’s commitment to triple the resources for Operations ‘Triton’ and ‘Poseidon’ in the Mediterranean Sea so that they are at least equal in effect to ‘Mare Nostrum’. However, he said the EU needs to make search-and-rescue the top priority for this effort.“As the EU pursues its anti-smuggling initiatives, meanwhile, I urge member States not to put any refugees or migrants in the line of fire, and to design any operation in complete conformity with international law,” said the statement. Mr. Southerland notes that the proposals also begin to give prominence to critical issues related to migration and development, especially the vital need for migrants, refugees, and migration to be included in the post-2015 UN development agenda. “Only by forging a sustainable, long-term strategy on migration and asylum can the European Union meet its humanitarian, economic, and external relations needs,” it said.For his part, Volker Türk, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection in the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the EU proposals represent a “great breakthrough” in terms of managing refugee flows and migration. “It is now enormously important, and vital for the urgent purpose of saving lives, that these proposals be embraced quickly and fully implemented,” he declared, adding that UNHCR stands ready to provide all further help it can to member States in making those objectives a reality.A record 219,000 people crossed the Mediterranean in 2014 in smugglers’ boats and 3,500 died. Around half of these people were refugees fleeing war and persecution. So far in 2015, some 62,500 people have made the crossing, and at least 1,800 have died, according to UNHCR.The European Commission’s proposals announced today “include strengthened measures to save lives at sea, and improved mechanisms for allowing legal entry into the EU for people fleeing war, and providing for a fair redistribution of refugees,” said Mr. Volker. “They also contain measures to address some of the factors that are driving people into the hands of smugglers, including the desperate conditions many refugees face in countries of first-asylum and transit.”Record levels of global displacement from wars and conflict in Syria, Iraq, the Horn of Africa and other regions of sub-Saharan Africa, coupled with insecurity in Libya and blocked land routes for mixed migration flows in other regions, have in recent years combined to fuel a sharp increase in refugees seeking to enter Europe by one of the few remaining means possible – travel by sea.Mr. Turk said that “solidarity among EU member States in the approach is the only way that a problem of this nature can be tackled.”In its press release, the refugee agency spelled out its position on the European Commission’s Migration Agenda on issues ranging from saving lives at sea to responding to high-volumes of arrivals, helping frontline EU Member States, addressing root causes in third countries and border management and a new legal migration policy. read more

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Ohio State footballs Jordan Hall still nursing injury academic issues

Ohio State rising redshirt senior running back Jordan Hall was absent again Tuesday when the Buckeyes adorned full pads for their sixth spring football practice of the season. While Hall is still recovering from a hamstring injury suffered earlier this spring, coach Urban Meyer indicated Tuesday that Hall is also dealing with academic issues off the field. “I think Jordan loves the game of football, but he’s got to take care of his business, too, and I trust he will,” Meyer said. The Buckeyes who were healthy and available Tuesday participated in a two-hour, full-contact practice inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. It was the third practice of the season open to the media. Standing out on defense One of the highlights of Tuesday’s practice came during goal-line drills, when rising redshirt senior safety Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown stuffed rising sophomore running back Bri’onte Dunn just outside of the end zone on a simulated fourth-down situation. Meyer said he hopes Brown develops into “a Reid Fragel,” an example Meyer has used on multiple occasions this year to describe players who he hopes will emerge to have breakout seasons. “I’m hoping he’s going to step it up,” Meyer said of Brown. “He hasn’t done a whole lot around here. He’s a nice kid with some talent.” Orhian Johnson’s departure following his senior season leaves an opening for playing time in the secondary behind the Buckeyes’ two starting safeties, rising redshirt senior C.J. Barnett and rising senior Christian Bryant. Brown, however, said he is trying not to get too caught up in worrying about his playing time next season. “I’m trying to do everything I can possible,” Brown said. “I just want to work hard … I just want to do whatever I can for the team.” While Brown impressed Meyer on Tuesday, safeties coach and co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers said Brown still has a long way to go in his development. “I think he’s got to step out of his comfort zone, and that’s what we’re trying to push him to do,” Withers said. “I don’t think he had a very good scrimmage last Saturday.” Rising sophomore cornerback Armani Reeves, rising sophomore defensive end Adolphus Washington, rising sophomore defensive end Noah Spence and rising junior defensive Michael Bennett were additional players Meyer praised Tuesday for stepping up for the Buckeyes’ defense this spring. More injuries In addition to Hall being away from practice, a few players left practice early Tuesday. Rising junior wide receiver Evan Spencer suffered a stinger, rising sophomore defensive tackle Tommy Schutt sprained his ankle and rising sophomore linebacker Josh Perry suffered an asthma attack. Meyer said all three of these issues are “nothing major.” No joke: Chris Rock joins OSU football Chris Rock, a former Michigan defensive lineman who happens to share his name with a famous comedian, has joined the Buckeyes as a walk-on. A product of St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus, Rock redshirted for the Wolverines in 2011 but left the team in May 2012. He enrolled at OSU in August and will be a redshirt sophomore in terms of eligibility next fall. Rock wears No. 91 for the Buckeyes. Quarterback development Asked whether there is a noticeable difference in the development of rising junior quarterback Braxton Miller this spring, Meyer’s reply was “not enough.” “He’s doing good,” Meyer said. “Not great, but he’s doing very good. His quarterback development is behind a little bit. As a player, it’s not. He’s a good player.” With Miller firmly entrenched as the team’s starter, the Buckeyes tested their depth Tuesday. Rising redshirt senior back-up quarterback Kenny Guiton received some work with the first-team offense, while rising redshirt freshman Cardale Jones worked with the second-team offense. Meyer expressed concern about Jones’ performance Tuesday. “He wasn’t very good,” Meyer said. “We got to knock the rust off him and get him ready to play a little bit.” Running back depth The Buckeyes also tested their depth at running back behind rising senior starter Carlos Hyde on Tuesday, with Dunn and rising redshirt junior Rod Smith splitting most of the day’s repetitions. “I couldn’t tell you who our backup is right now,” Meyer said. “They’re both battling pretty good.” On the NCAA Tournament While Meyer’s focus might be on winning the next national championship in college football, he has been paying attention to March Madness as well. Meyer was asked about who he will be rooting for on Friday night when Florida, where he coached football from 2005-2010 and won two national championships, plays Florida Gulf Coast, where his daughter is a student and plays volleyball, in the Sweet 16 game. Meyer replied that he is “always a Gator,” adding that his daughter might attend the game. “It’s incredible for that school,” Meyer said of Florida Gulf Coast. “They’re good. I watched them the other day. That’s not like smoke and mirrors. They got really good players. That’s going to be a good game.” read more

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Commentary 5 things to watch for Ohio State v Indiana

4. Last game in the ‘Shoe, B1G implicationsAlthough OSU is scheduled to visit Michigan next weekend, it can clinch a second consecutive Leaders Division Title and a spot in the Big Ten Championship game with a victory against Indiana. Everyone knows about the win streak since Meyer came to Columbus, but a win Saturday will finally earn OSU something substantial. Not to say an undefeated season last year wasn’t noteworthy, but running the slate again this year will reap the benefits of getting a chance to play in Lucas Oil Stadium Dec. 7. A win against the Hoosiers will finalize that. The Buckeyes should have a refreshed focus with that in mind, so a close game is not likely. 1. The quest for 1,000 yardsSenior running back Carlos Hyde is on the precipice of history. Hyde only needs 53 yards in Ohio State’s remaining games to become the first running back coached by Urban Meyer to gain 1,000 yards on the ground in a season. Since Big Ten play began, Hyde has been averaging 151 yards on the ground a game, including going for a career-high 246 yards against Illinois last weekend. He tied for the third highest total in Buckeye history, and now faces off against another bottom five run defense in Indiana, which ranks 122nd in the nation. Last weekend, the Hoosiers gave up 554 yards on the ground to Wisconsin, so Hyde will be looking to have a huge day. 3. Injured BuckeyesMeyer said Wednesday a slew of Buckeyes who either missed the Illinois game or left it because of injury — sophomore linebacker Joshua Perry, junior linebacker Curtis Grant, freshman defensive lineman Joey Bosa and redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort — are good to go for Saturday. OSU jumped out to a 28-0 lead against the Illini, but Illinois was able to hang around for the majority of the contest, even cutting the lead to 12 in the fourth. Having four starters back will surely help OSU, particularly on defense, but keeping an eye on them will be necessary in case their injuries resurface. 5. No. 4 Baylor against No. 10 Oklahoma StateAlthough the Buckeyes are focused on taking down the Hoosiers Saturday, there is another game just as important for OSU. The Baylor Bears are closing the gap on the Buckeyes in the BCS rankings, and will likely jump OSU with a victory against Oklahoma State. The Cowboys have jumped into the top 10 of the BCS, after only losing once this season to West Virginia, 30-21, Sept. 28. It is set to be the Bears’ toughest test of the year and could have huge implications for the Buckeyes in their quest for a national title. 2. Senior Day focusThis season has been one of outside distractions for OSU. Two of its top players, Hyde and redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby, were suspended for parts of the year because of off-the-field issues. Not to mention the BCS race, which has the Buckeyes slowly slipping out of third place in the BCS rankings — further and further from a national title spot. Saturday’s game is Senior Day for nine Buckeye starters, providing yet another distraction for the team. If OSU loses focus, they could be at risk of falling behind to a talented Indiana offense, ranked 16th in the nation with 496.8 yards per game. Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) walks of the field during a game against Illinois Nov. 16 at Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 60-35.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorThe Lantern sports editors share their insight on what fans should know about this weekend’s road matchup against Illinois. read more

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Water committee calls for refunds but Fine Gael still wants to pursue

first_img Mar 7th 2017, 1:35 PM By Cliodhna Russell Image: Shutterstock/Payless Images The crux – excessive use of water  Fianna Fáil wants excessive usage to be dealt with by the Water Services Act 2007 under which fines can be applied and enforced through the courts.Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen maintains this existing law can be strengthened and should satisfy the EU water directive.The EU directive on water framework maintains that some form of charge under the ‘polluter pays principle’ needs to be introduced.Meanwhile, Fine Gael’s Simon Coveney has been steadfast in his position that a charge for excessive usage must be introduced so that Ireland does not breach EU laws.Chairman Ó Céidigh has put over a hundred options forward for consideration in the 32-page report.He recommends there be no charge for normal water usage but a charge for excessive usage with medical exemptions.However, in their submission to the committee, the AAA-PBP state that “administering excess usage charge would cost more than charge would raise”.One option proposed is that there be an excessive usage charge introduced, with similar policy objectives to the introduction of the plastic bag levy (which drastically reduced the usage of plastic bag use in Ireland).Those found to be using in excess of the agreed ‘normal amount’ would have a grace period of two quarters to get their house in order, and reduce their usage.Poll results According to a new Claire Byrne Live/Amárach Research poll three out of five people believe households should be charged for excessive use of water.Fine Gael, Labour and the chairperson state there should be a charge for the excessive use of water, and it seems the majority of Irish people agree.Some 60% of those asked said households should be charged for excessive use of water, 32% said no and 8% didn’t know.Water metersThere is a big issue in this report – the opposing views on the water metering scheme.There are three options put forward in relation to water meters (which has been long been the crux of the problem for a number of parties).The chairman recommends the meters in the ground be retained, stating that they are vital for data collection in relation to usage and for leak detection. He says it should be a legal requirement for new dwellings to have them installed.Fine Gael recommends there be “cost-effective” incentives introduced to ensure water meters are installed in all new builds. There appears to be consensus among members on this issue.Senator Grace O’Sullivan says water meters should be installed as standard in all new-builds.However, Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil are calling for the complete cessation of the water metering programme.The committee are due to meet a number of times this week.Additional reporting Christina FinnRead: So many questions… what’s happening with water charges?> Water committee calls for refunds, but Fine Gael still wants to pursue ‘non-compliant’ households Three out of five people think households should be charged for excessive water use. http://jrnl.ie/3274337 Image: Shutterstock/Payless Images Updated 5.30pmTHE DRAFT REPORT by the Oireachtas committee looking at water has listed a number of options in relation to the refund of water charges.The committee is meeting in private today to hammer out some of the issues, but it is understood it will be seeking an extension of up to one month to deliberate on its final report.Deadlock remains between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, who have differing views on many issues, particularly on excess water usage.However, a government source has said there is “growing confidence” that a compromise can be arrived upon between the two parties.Delay Sinn Féin have stated it is utterly opposed to any delay in bringing its recommendations before the Dáil.One of questions that has long been posed to the committee is – should those who paid get their money back?The report – which is important to remember only outlines options for the committee – carries a number of proposals that householders who paid their domestic water charges should be compensated.The Oireachtas committee chairman Pádraig Ó Céidigh states that this should be done in an “equitable manner”.Senator Grace O’Sullivan says there should be a “suite of measures” offered to householders as to how they can apply to get their money back, including direct payment options as well as tax deductions.Fianna Fáil is clear in its view that refunds should be administered by the Revenue Commissioners.However, Fine Gael says everyone should be treated equally and submits that those who have not paid to date should be pursued.center_img Tuesday 7 Mar 2017, 1:35 PM 174 Comments 18,593 Views Share119 Tweet Email3 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URLlast_img read more

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EtatsUnis des traces de radioactivité relevées dans leau de pluie

first_imgEtats-Unis : des traces de radioactivité relevées dans l’eau de pluieL’Agence américaine de l’environnement (EPA) a annoncé avoir relevé des traces de radioactivité dans de l’eau de pluie. Les particules radioactives mises en évidence, proviennent des rejets de la centrale japonaise de Fukushima.  Dimanche, un communiqué a annoncé que “plusieurs détecteurs d’air de l’EPA ont observé des matériaux très faiblement radioactifs aux États-Unis qui correspondent aux données des réacteurs nucléaires endommagés”. Bien que l’Agence précise que “ces observations ne sont pas une surprise et les niveaux relevés bien en dessous de ce qui pourrait être dangereux pour la santé”, elle prévoit également de renforcer son système de surveillance à travers tout le pays.Ces premiers relevés ont été effectués dans de l’eau de pluie tombée dans le nord-est des États-Unis, en Pennsylvanie et dans le Massachusetts. Les taux enregistrés et considérés comme inoffensifs, restent toutefois bien “supérieurs à la moyenne historique de ces régions” précise l’EPA. Des mesures “pour renforcer les moyens nationaux de surveillance de l’eau de pluie et de l’eau potable” ont été prises même si l’Agence gouvernementale estime que l’élévation de la radioactivité ne devrait être que de courte durée.Le 29 mars 2011 à 18:11 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Ebrima Jawara 4 Others Arraigned Remanded

first_imgBy Mamadou Dem Mr. Ebrima Jawara, the current Central Project Coordinating Unit Coordinator (CPCU) and four others, namely Dr. Alasan Bah, Sulayman Manneh, Lamin Fatajo and Momodou Lamin Mass, all of Rural Finance Project (RFP) were yesterday, Monday, 7 September, arraigned before Magistrate Fatou Darboe of Banjul Magistrates Court.Prosecutors presented a ten count indictment against the five agric officials ranging from alleged stealing by person in public service, abuse of office, stealing by clerk or servant theft and four economic crimes related counts.Prosecutors alleged on count one that the aforesaid persons sometime in 2008 and 2011, in Banjul and diverse places in the Republic of the Gambia, being employees under Rural Finance Project (RFP) allocated themselves a monthly fuel allowance of D8,432,720 (Eight million Four Hundred and Thirty Two Thousand, Seven Hundred and Twenty Dalasis) for two months without approval from the Project Steering Committee thereby causing economic loss to the Government of The Gambia.The particulars of offence for count two states that the four accused persons sometime in 2008 and 2011 allocated themselves a monthly allocation of fuel allowance for two months amounting to D8, 432,720 (Eight million Four hundred and Thirty Two thousand, Seven hundred and twenty dalasis) for two months without approval from the Project Steering Committee thereby causing economic loss to the Government of The Gambia.On Count Three, it is alleged that Mr. Ebrima Jawara and his co accused sometime in 2008 and 2011, while serving in different capacities at the Rural Finance Project (RFP) under the Government of the Gambia, abused their functions and responsibilities.Count four alleges that Ebrima Jawara sometime in 2008 and 2011, while serving as the Project coordinator for Rural Finance Project took a loan worth D300,000 (Three hundred thousand dalasis) from PIWAMP and the repayment of which was diverted into his personal use.Count five states that Mr. Ebrima Jawara sometime in 2008 and 2011, while serving as the project coordinator for RFP, stole D300, 000 (Three hundred thousand dalasis) which was meant for loan repayment to (PIWAMP).On count six, it is alleged Mr. Ebrima Jawara sometime in 2008 and 2011, being Project Coordinator for RFP, fraudulently paid on behalf of Bai Ndongo Faal in relation to a training an amount of D110,731,00 (One hundred and Ten thousand, Seven hundred and thirty one dalasis) to GAMSAVINGS, thereby causing economic loss to the Government of The Gambia.Count seven alleges that the first accused, Dr. Alasan Bah, sometime in 2008 and 2011, being the Project Coordinator for Rural Finance Project (RFP), received a fuel allowance amounting to D100,500 (One hundred thousand, five hundred dalasis) which he could not account for thereby causing economic loss to the Government of the Gambia.It is alleged on count eight that Dr. Alasan Bah between 2008 and 2011, as the Project Coordinator for Rural Finance Project, caused economic loss to the Government of the Gambia through his Africell roaming sim card.Count nine alleges that Dr. Alasan Bah sometime in 2008 and 2011, as Project Coordinator for RFP, diverted an amount of D740,125 (Seven hundred and forty thousand, one hundred and twenty five dalasis) meant for the training vote thereby causing economic loss to the Government of The Gambia.The tenth count alleges that Mr. Momodou Lamin Mass, sometime in 2008 and 2011, as the acting Finance and Administrative Manager for RFP, awarded contracts to different vendors amounting to D8,113,132 (Eight million one hundred and thirteen thousand one hundred and thirty two dalasi) without competitive bidding thereby causing economic loss to the Government of The Gambia.However, all the five accused persons pleaded not guilty as charged and were consequently remanded in prison custody pending their appearance at the superior court (High Court)Prior to remanding the accused persons at state central prison at Mile II, the police prosecution, headed by Almameh Manga, alongside Superintendent of Police Yahya Touray, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Lamin Badjie, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Musa Camara and Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP)Sajor Bah, cited section 62 of the Criminal Procedure Code in their application for the matter to be transferred to the high court, arguing that the lower court lacks the jurisdiction to try offences under the Economic Crimes (Specified Offences) Act.“We also want to rely under section 208 (A) of the CPC to support our application and for all accused persons to be remanded in prison custody,” he submitted.The accused persons, however, were not represented by counsels to argue for them. The trial magistrate therefore transferred the matter to the Chief Justice for re-assignment. “Meanwhile, all the five accused persons are remanded in custody pending their appearance at the high court,” ruled Magistrate Darboe.]]>last_img read more

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Bloomberg Shuts Down BusinessWeek SmallBiz

first_imgBloomberg has quickly followed up its acquisition of BusinessWeek from McGraw-Hill by shutting down the title’s SmallBiz spinoff, the company announced today. The bimonthly will cease publishing after the December/January issue.Content from the magazine, which is distributed to 675,000 controlled-circulation subscribers, will be folded into Bloomberg BusinessWeek and integrated into the Small Business channel on Businessweek.com. “BusinessWeek.com’s Small Business Channel will deliver the same quality journalism and insights that small business professionals depend on, as well as targeted opportunities for advertisers looking to reach them,” said Bloomberg BusinessWeek chairman Norman Pearlstine in a statement. “Because of the role small business plays in the overall business and economic environment, coverage will also be incorporated in our global print edition.” Bloomberg closed on its purchase of BusinessWeek—now called Bloomberg BusinessWeek—two days ago. And in mid-November, in a move that raised some eyebrows, the company hired former Time.com managing editor Josh Tyrangiel to replace outgoing editor Stephen Adler who elected to resign after Bloomberg announced the acquisition.last_img read more

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