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first_imgIn awe of Virat Kohli’s batting genius in the World Twenty20 win over arch-rivals Pakistan, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the elegant right-hander’s willingness to take challenges head on sets him apart from others.In a low-scoring tense encounter last night, Kohli played the sheet-anchor role to perfection by slamming a 37-ball 55 to guide India to to a six-wicket win at the Eden Gardens. The hosts were chasing 119 in the rain-curtailed game. (Kohli dedicates match-winning knock to Tendulkar )”It’s the hunger to perform, his willingness to take up the challenge, that sets him apart. His biggest plus point is he takes everything as a challenge. He wants to contribute in each and every game. That’s why, he prepares well, he takes care of his fitness,” Dhoni said in praise of the Kohli in the post-match press conference.”He understands how he is supposed to bat in different wickets to score runs. We all know once he gets going, he always converts it into a big innings which I feel is one of the most important things for any youngster. (India now a dangerous unit after blowing Pakistan away )”When you’re scoring runs, make sure you score a lot of runs. Everyone will go through a bad patch but what you can do is try to minimise the duration. The best way is when you’re going through a purple patch make sure you score a lot of runs,” he saidIn two back-to-back innings against Pakistan – the 49 he scored in the Asia Cup last month and the unbeaten knock here yesterday –, Kohli proved his class once again and Dhoni said the swashbuckler’s ability to convert starts by simply rotating the strike is also an added plus.advertisement”It’s about how you’re converting and about tackling pressure. Often individuals go for big shots when there’s a lot of pressure. The best way to deal with it is just take a single and go to the other end. (Virat Kohli played an amazing innings, says Afridi )”It calms you down and at the same time you’ve the positive intent as you’re looking for a single. If you see his batting that’s what he really does,” he said.Dhoni further said that running between the wicket is an an area where Kohli has an edge over others.”You’ve to push hard. He loves batting with individuals who can run hard with him. Running hard is the easiest way to score runs. You hit it in the mid-wicket, long on region and if you’ve two good runners you can convert one into two and that puts a lot of pressure on the bowler and the fielding side,” Dhoni explained.On the flip side, the win has done little to help India’s Net Run Rate which took a hit owing to the loss to New Zealand in the campaign-opener.”Our net run-rate is quite down. It’s our priority in the next two games. It’s not only about winning but also have to look at the NRR at some point of time,” Dhoni said.Contrary to expectations, the Eden wicket was a square turner and Dhoni said probably it was because the track remained under covers owing to rains and thundershowers in the evening that curtailed the match to 18-over-a-side. (Hurt Virat Kohli wanted to stay calm and thrash Pakistan )”Initially we never thought it would turn so much. I thought there was a bit of moisture. They watered the wicket yesterday and I don’t think it got much sun today. I felt it was quite damp when I saw the wicket before the start of the game.”Like a cosmetic thing, the top surface may look good when you roll a wicket but underneath it was moisture. It’s because of that spinners were getting a lot of turns. If you hit the seam, ball was turning,” he said. (MS Dhoni cautions India against complacency )Asked about his decision to field, Dhoni explained: “We thought there would be some kind of assistance for the bowlers initially. When there’s extra moisture the spinners get extra turn. Looking at it we felt it would only get better. It can’t get worse. It was not a dry kind of wicket where it was brittle or breaking down.Dhoni further backed the struggling Suresh Raina and said he deserved to be there at No.4 despite his string of poor shows.”That’s the obvious question people would ask if one or two batsmen are not scoring runs. If Shikhar does not score runs, there will be questions why not Ajinkya for opener… It’s important to back players.advertisement”There’re too many players who need to bat at No 3. Stats say a lot of individuals can bat at no 3 but Virat has an edge. The same way, I feel Raina deserves that No 4 more than anyone else. Overall, he’s the best option.”Despite his fine show with 12 runs from three overs, Ashwin was denied the complete quota of four overs and Ashish Nehra and Jasprit Bumrah bowled the last two overs.Dhoni said he was concerned about conceding too many runs at the death and Ashwin could have been targeted by Pakistani batsmen, who are good players of spin.”Pakistan batters are good players of spin bowling. There was a chance they would have gone after Ashwin if I had given him the ball. I went for the safer option.””They were probably under extra pressure to get some more runs. At times when you look for those extra 20-30 runs you end of losing those many runs.”last_img read more

first_imgRamesh said in his 20 years of coaching stint, he hasnt Ramesh said in his 20 years of coaching stint, he hasnt seen any athlete more passionate about running than Dutee and probably it stems from the hardships she faced in her life, including the gender ban. “I have not seen in my 20 years of coaching stint, an athlete like Dutee. She loves to compete rather than train – that is the best quality in her. Probably the hardships she faced in her life made her a tough person. People may run for winning but she runs for life,” he said. Dutee achieved a great deal by making the Olympics cut as she was banned in 2014 and dropped from the Commonwealth Games as she was found to have a higher level of testosterone than was permissible in a woman athlete, according to the IAAF hyperandrogenism policy. Dutee lost an entire year of training and competition but faced the turmoil bravely and fought the ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland. In July last year, in a historic verdict, the CAS partially upheld her appeal and allowed her to resume her career. “For One-and-a-half year she did not have any training, and was uncertain of her future, and amidst this speculations were rife about her losing job. In spite of all these, she won the legal battle, and came back to qualify for Rio Olympics. This speaks volumes of what character Dutee is made up of,” he said. PTI BDN ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgPORT ST. LUCIE, FL — Matt Harvey appears open to considering a long-term contract with the New York Mets.“I think whatever comes up is going to come up,” Harvey said Monday, two days before Mets pitchers and catchers are due to report for spring training. “I’ve never shied away from it. I’ve never said I wouldn’t consider it. But I haven’t heard anything considering that.”After helping the Mets reach the World Series for the first time since 2000, the 26-year-old right-hander was eligible for salary arbitration for the first time and agreed to a one-year deal worth $4,325,000. He is eligible for free agency after the 2018 season, and his agent, Scott Boras, usually prefers his clients test the market.Mets general manager Sandy Alderson says he would consider talking about long-term deals with his talented young starting pitchers if there was mutual interest. Jacob deGrom could become a free agent following the 2020 season, and Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz after the 2021 season. Zack Wheeler, projected back this summer following Tommy John surgery, could become a free agent following the 2019 season.Harvey was 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA and 188 strikeouts in 189 1/3 innings last year after returning from Tommy John surgery. He went 2-0 with a 3.04 ERA in four postseason starts.Several pitchers have performed considerably better their second full season after Tommy John surgery. St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright went 14-13 with 3.94 ERA in 2012 in his return, then went 19-9 with a 2.94 ERA the following year,“Obviously you don’t have a crystal ball and you can’t really predict what the ERA and all those things look like,” Harvey said, “but my body feels great, my arm feels great and I think all of us as a staff and as a whole organization feel great about this year,” Harvey said.Harvey said he was excited about the start of the new season.He last pitched in Game 5 of the World Series, when he lobbied manager Terry Collins to send him back to the mound for the ninth inning with the Mets leading 2-0. Trying for what would have been just the second complete game of his big league career, Harvey walked Lorenzo Cain on a full-count slider, Cain stole second on the next pitch and Eric Hosmer sliced a fastball into the left-field corner for an RBI double.Closer Jeurys Familia relieved, and the Royals tied the score when Mike Moustakas advanced Hosmer with a groundout, and Salvador Perez hit a grounder to third; Hosmer broke for home as David Wright threw to first and slid in headfirst ahead of Lucas Duda’s wayward throw. Kansas City won the title in the 12th inning.“It’s something that motivates and drives you going into the next year,” Harvey said. “I think instead of dwelling on what happened and trying to change something that you can’t, I think you use that as motivation towards the offseason, towards getting your body ready and getting your mind ready towards a long season and getting back to where you want to be. We have a lot of confidence this year. We have lot of knowledge from last year and experience. … Obviously If I went back I would throw a different pitch. Everybody wishes they could go back at some point and change things. We’re excited to go back. I’m always going to want the ball as much as the next guy is.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgAndre Russell has captured the imagination of the entire cricket world with his six-hitting capabilties. In the 2018 Indian Premier League, he smashed 31 sixes in 16 matches. This year, he has already hit 25 sixes from 6 matches for Kolkata Knight Riders – overall, in 56 IPL matches, Andre Russell has hit a staggering 93 sixes.These are unbelievable numbers. Kuldeep Yadav, KKR’s lead spinner and Jacques Kallis, KKR coach, say they have never seen anyone hit sixes so consistently. This season, Andre Russell has hit sixes at will and has dug Kolkata Knight Riders out of choppy waters consistently.Kallis, one of the finest batsmen of his generation, said what impressed him most about Andre Russell was that he could hit sixes so consistently and yet play a watchful innings like the one against Chennai Super Kings.”He was a little bit more subdued against CSK. He has got both games. He sums up the game very well,” Kallis told India Today.Asked whether he had ever seen anyone bat the way Andre Russell has in the 2019 IPL, Kallis said: “Not as consistently, four or five times in a row.”Kuldeep Yadav said he has never seen anyone bat like thisNever seen anyone bat like this. Have seen Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) bat but hitting so many sixes is unbelievable,” Kuldeep Yadav told India Today. “This is a good sign for us and we are very lucky he is in our team.”Also Read | India will be silly not to pick Dinesh Karthik in 2019 World Cup squad: Jacques KallisAlso Read | Self-doubt creeps in when I don’t pick wickets, like in this IPL: Kuldeep Yadavadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgWest Ham 1 Chelsea 0: Arnautovic gives Moyes first win as Hammers boss Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 22:24 12/9/17 arnautovic-cropped Getty Images Marko Arnautovic’s early goal proved decisive as West Ham claimed a surprise 1-0 Premier League win over Chelsea on Saturday. West Ham ended a run of eight successive Premier League matches without a win as they overcame the odds to beat Chelsea 1-0 in Saturday’s London derby, giving David Moyes his first triumph at the club.The Hammers were cruelly denied a point late on at Manchester City last time out, but against Chelsea they looked almost impenetrable, frustrating Antonio Conte’s men throughout and preventing them from cutting the gap to Pep Guardiola’s leaders.This was the 41st consecutive Premier League matchday in which Moyes started in the relegation zone, setting a new record, but his West Ham side showed plenty to suggest that they are by no means a lost cause during the first half. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player They had the lead within six minutes thanks to a well-worked goal from Marko Arnautovic, his first for the club, before sitting deeper and looking solid at the back.Absolutely MASSIVE.#WHUCHE pic.twitter.com/pX1Lsujghj— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 9, 2017With that approach working so well in the first half, Moyes had no intention of changing things and allowed Chelsea to have the lion’s share of possession.Chelsea threw men forward in desperate fashion towards the end, but West Ham’s stubbornness gave them little hope, as Conte’s men were left trailing City by 11 points, a margin which could be extended on Sunday after the Manchester derby.Despite the contrasting fortunes of the two sides coming into the game, West Ham were the ones to take the lead and they did so in style.Manuel Lanzini found Arnautovic on the edge of the box and the Austrian darted into the area, jinked onto his left and sent a curling strike around Andreas Christensen into the bottom corner.140 – Marko Arnautovic is the 140th different player to score a Premier League goal for West Ham United; only Spurs (142) have seen a higher number of players score for them in the competition. Collection. #WHUCHE pic.twitter.com/qtiiJr3U6E— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 9, 2017West Ham subsequently became very defensive, inviting pressure.And they needed Adrian – who retained his place with Joe Hart dropped to the bench – at his best twice in quick succession just before the half-hour mark, getting down to his left to deny long-range efforts from N’Golo Kante and then Davide Zappacosta.But otherwise the home side did a fine job of restricting Chelsea’s flow of chances, with their packed defence making it extremely difficult for the visitors to play through them.Proceedings continued in a similar fashion at the start of the second half, with Chelsea piling the pressure on and West Ham hoping to catch them on the break.And the plan almost succeeded in the 54th minute, with Arnautovic flicking the ball into the Chelsea area after a swift counter and seeing it strike the arm of Christensen, referee Anthony Taylor waving penalty appeals away.But at the other end West Ham continued to keep Chelsea at bay, with Winston Reid making a vital block to halt Christensen’s 10-yard volley.Chelsea should have levelled late on through Alvaro Morata, but the Spaniard hurriedly lashed wide of the bottom-left corner from just inside the box and that proved to be the visitors’ final chance, as West Ham successfully held on. Key Opta stats:- Five of Antonio Conte’s nine Premier League defeats as Chelsea manager have been in London derbies (Crystal Palace x2, Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham).- Chelsea have already dropped 16 points in their 16 Premier League games this season – they only dropped 21 in the whole of 2016-17 in the competition (winning 93/114).- This was David Moyes’ first Premier League home victory as a manager in just under a year (December 17, 2016; Sunderland 1-0 Watford) and ended a run of 11 successive league home games without a win (W0 D5 L6). read morelast_img read more

first_imgABB, January 27, 2014 Print  Close My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, was granted Approval in Principal (AIP) for the Onboard DC Grid power distribution system by classification society ABS. ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) is a leading classification society to the maritime industry and headquartered in Houston, USA.Classification Societies are organizations within the maritime industry that establish and maintain technical standards for the construction and operation of ships and offshore structures, whose main focus is the safety of life at sea and protection of the environment.AIP is a framework used by most classification societies to review and approve innovative and novel concepts not covered by traditional classification rules. In order to be granted the AIP, the Onboard DC Grid was subject to a series of risk assessment techniques to determine if the concept provides acceptable levels of safety in line with current marine industry practice, requirements and standards. The AIP now granted by ABS is a strong tool to support and streamline the design, approval, execution and inspection of new projects. Therefore, the benefits are extended to all parties involved on the shipbuilding process: designers, ship-owners, ship-yards and classification society.“The implications and importance of AIP put ABB in a particularly advantageous position in the global marine market for the Onboard DC Grid solution. Our clients can feel comfortable that the solution can be applied to their next project and the basic concept acceptance and the clear path toward final classification approval for construction has been obtained. They become competitive now and will remain so for the next 20 years and beyond,” says Heikki Soljama, head of ABB’s Marine and Cranes Business Unit.Both organizations acknowledge the fast growing importance of electrical systems on board ships, in particular electrical propulsion, and emphasize attention on the solutions addressed to the marine industry, sustain a recognized level of quality in terms of design, safety, reliability, environmental impact and efficiency.With Onboard DC Grid, ABB has created one of the most flexible marine power and propulsion systems ever brought to market. The system allows generators to operate at variable speed which in turn offers up to 20% fuel savings over a conventional plant with significant space savings potential, improved dynamic response and reduced emissions. In addition, ABB’s solution enables supplementary DC energy sources including solar panels, fuel cells or batteries to be plugged directly into the ship’s DC electrical systems, creating scope for further fuel savings.Platform Support Vessel (PSV) Dina Star, delivered to Norwegian offshore owner Myklebusthaug Offshore by Kleven Yard in [April 2013], is the first powered with ABB’s full Onboard DC grid system to provide fuel efficiency and lower emissions. Dina Star with its Onboard DC Grid technology was nominated for the 2013 Energy Efficiency award at Nor-shipping.last_img read more

first_imgOn Nov. 20, Nova Scotia will celebrate National Child Day, a day that highlights the rights of children and reminds us of the important role they play in society. This year’s National Child Day theme, The Right to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Health, couldn’t be more appropriate for Nova Scotia. This past July 1, we became the first province in Canada to include comprehensive food and nutrition standards in our day care regulations. As both a parent and an MLA, I am exceptionally proud of this achievement. Although child care centres have been serving healthy food for years, the new regulations and standards should make it easier for them to work within their food budget. They now have flexibility to change menus and take advantage of healthy food that’s on sale or in season. The regulations spell out certain requirements, such as ensuring meals and snacks include servings from Canada’s Food Guide. The new standards provide a lot more guidance on food and nutrition as well as the development of children’s healthy perceptions of food. Times have changed and we have more career options then ever before, which means more of us are deciding to go back into the workforce after we have children. Statistics show that 70 per cent of Nova Scotia’s children have mothers who work out of the home. I see this as an opportunity to help the children who benefit from the nearly 16,000 spaces in Nova Scotia’s regulated day cares and family-home day cares develop healthy eating habits. This will give them the best possible start in life. Our children matter and that’s why we’ll continue to make wise investments, such as the almost $50 million this year, in early learning and child care for Nova Scotia families. My colleagues across the provincial government and I have been working tremendously hard to ensure Nova Scotia’s children get the best quality health care, education and nutrition available. We believe all children have the right to live, play and learn in a safe and healthy environment and this is something this government recognizes and acknowledges everyday. We also understand that investing in early learning and child care will make life better for Nova Scotia families now and help us build a better tomorrow. It is our job to foster, nurture and enable children to be active participants in their families and communities, and I encourage all of you to celebrate National Child Day on Nov. 20 with the children in your life. -30-last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Union minister Nitin Gadkari Tuesday said people have to pay toll if they want good roads, making it clear that the toll system would stay as the government does not have enough funds.Replying to a discussion on demands for grants for the Road Transport and Highways ministry in the Lok Sabha, he said the government built 40,000 kilometres of highway in the last five years. Amid concerns expressed by some members over collection of toll in different parts of the country, Gadkari said that money collected through toll from those areas which have capacity to pay are utilised for building roads in rural and hilly areas. “Toll zindagi bar band nahi ho sakta… kam zyaada ho saktha hai. Toll ka jaanamdata mein hoon… (Toll system can never end though the rates may vary from time to time. Toll is my brain child,” Gadkari said. “If you want good services, you have to pay for it. Government does not have money…,” he stressed. Underlining that land acquisition is a major problem in road construction projects, Gadkari urged that state governments should come out with solutions and help find a way out, Gadkari said. The minister said his ministry was not moving forward with the project without 80 per cent of land acquisition and this principle is being followed very strictly. Gadkari said land acquisition process is very slow in West Bengal and Bihar. Noting that more than 400 projects worth 3.85 lakh crore were closed when he assumed charge of the ministry in 2014, Gadkari said the Modi government saved NPAs worth 3 lakh crore during the past five years by beginning work on these projects. “There were 403 projects pending when Narendra Modi came to power involving a cost of 3,85,000 crore. It is a great achievement of Indian government that we saved bankers of Rs 3 lakh crore of NPAs and now 90 per cent of projects are moving fast,” he said. Gadkari also informed the House that the ministry is working on a new green expressway from New Delhi to Mumbai, which can be covered in 12 hours. It will pass through most backward and tribal areas of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra and also save Rs 16,000 crore in land acquisition. Gadkari referred to former US President John F Kennedy’s quote that “American roads are not good because America is rich, but America is rich because American roads are good” to emphasise on building good quality of highways and roads across the country to boost its economy. Expressing pain over deaths caused by road accidents, he said his ministry had identified 786 black spots and added that poor engineering is one of the main reasons for them. Responding to demands of several MPs, he said he will consider if school buses or state transport buses can be exempt from tolls. The country has a shortage of over 25 lakh drivers and told MPs that he will open a driving training centre in each state. Gadkari said his ministry is working to make Delhi pollution-free and added that pollution has come down by 32 per cent due to various efforts, including building peripheral roads to prevent trucks bound for other states from entering the national capital. All new vehicles from April 1, 2020 will comply with Euro 6 emission norms, he said. Rejecting the charge from members of West Bengal and Tamil Nadu that their states are being over-looked, Gadkari said he makes no distinction between states. He said land acquisition is the biggest hurdle in road projects in West Bengal. Replying to clarifications sought by members on the Central Road Fund, Gadkari said he will talk to the Finance Minister about this and ensure that local MPs have a role in it.last_img read more

first_img(Photo: Former Liberal candidate Andre Forbes called Aboriginal people “featherheads”)APTN National NewsOTTAWA-Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff has booted a Quebec candidate who founded a white supremacy group and called Aboriginal people “featherheads.”Ignatieff issued a statement Wednesday afternoon saying Andre Forbes would no longer be the candidate in Manicougan.“As soon as I was apprised of past comments made by the Liberal candidate in Manicouagan…I immediately asked my staff to inquire about their validity,” said Ignatieff, in a statement. “As a result, Mr. Forbes has been informed he is no longer a candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada. Mr. Forbes’ comments have no place within the Liberal Party of Canada.”The NDP released a list of his quotes on Wednesday morning.Forbes questioned the work ethic of the Innu in an interview with Le Soleil in 2002.“We all know that Aboriginals will not keep their job,” he said.He also used a racist term to describe Aboriginal people.“Do you know how much a featherhead costs?” Forbes told L’actuality in 2004. “For you it’s 25 grand; for a prisoner 50 grand; for an Indian 100 grand.”Forbes also called the issue of Aboriginal rights “heinous politics.”Ignatieff was hit with the issue Wednesday morning and he told reporters during a campaign stop in Quebec that he would take “decisive action” on the matter.“The reported remarks of this candidate are utterly unacceptable…they do not reflect Liberal values,” said Ignatieff.Forbes was the founder and president of the Association for the Rights of Whites in Sept-Iles.This is the second time in recent days that a Quebec candidate’s disparaging remarks about Aboriginal people have landed their party leaders in controversy.Incumbent Bloc Quebecois candidate Yvon Levesque was forced to apologize after he told a Quebec news website that his NDP opponents Cree heritage would be a liability with voters in the riding of Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou.NDP candidate Romeo Saganash said Levesque should apologize to all Quebeckers for implying they were racist.Forbes is reportedly an active member of the group Metis Cote-Nord.last_img read more

first_imgBanda (UP): Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Wednesday termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “Pradhan Prachar Mantri” and accused the BJP of “wasting drinking water” to clean roads in Banda, an arid town in Uttar Pradesh’s Budelkhand region. Priyanka Gandhi’s comments drew a sharp reaction from Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath who said her statements show that the fear of defeat has gripped the Congress. The Congress’s attack on Modi and the BJP came a day ahead of the prime minister’s visit here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Water from tankers were being used to clean roads to “welcome our Pradhan Prachar Mantri (chief publicity minister)”, she claimed. This is happening at a time when “the entire Bundelkhand, the men and women living there, school going children, crops, birds and animals are facing the spectre of drought,” the Congress general secretary said. In a tweet, Priyanka Gandhi said, “Is he a ‘chowkidar’ (watchman) or a ‘shahnshah’ (emperor) coming from Delhi.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The prime minister is schedule to address an election rally here on Thursday. Rebutting allegations, Adityanath said, “The fear of defeat has gripped the Congress so much that it can be proved from the fact that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has termed an 11 seconds of washing of keechad (mud), as the washing of an entire road.” In a tweet, he said, “The Congress is a factory of lies. Even after tendering an apology in the Supreme Court, these Congressmen are not mending their ways.’ His reference was to Congress president Rahul Gandhi expressing regret in the Supreme Court on Monday over his remark “chowkidar (watchman) Narendra Modi chor hain” in connection with the Rafale judgment.last_img read more

Rabat – Belgian law enforcement arrested a suspect identified as Faycal C. on Thursday on a warrant for participating in the terrorist group responsible for the Brussels attacks, committing terrorist murders, and attempting to commit terrorist murders.Authorities are still in the process of confirming whether the suspect is the third man – wearing a dark hart and a white coat – caught in the surveillance photograph taken at the Zaventem airport before the attacks, according to comments by Eric Van der Sijpt, a spokesman for the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office, on Saturday.The attacks – claimed by ISIS – occured on Tuesday as an official response to Belgium’s support of the international coalition fighting against terrorist forces in Iraq and Syria. The man, who Belgian prosecutors say was “deeply involved in the Brussels plot,” has been identified in Belgian media as Fayçal Cheffou, an independent journalist.No weapons or explosives were found in Cheffou home during a recent police search.In July 2014, Cheffou made a video in which he stands in front of a detention center for refugees and asylum seekers in Steenokkerzeel, a neighborhood near the attacked airport. The video shows Cheffou criticizing the Belgian government for serving Muslim refugees meals before the end of the daily fast during the month of Ramadan.The judge in charge of Cheffou’s case issued the arrest warrant on Friday in accordance with a Belgian law that requires a hearing to be held before a judge and a warrant to be issued within 24 hours or arrest to keep a suspect in detention. read more

Rabat – Six Moroccan women have been named to Forbes Middle East’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Businesswomen.Not surprisingly, Gulf women top the list for 2016 headed by Saudi, Lubna S. Olayan, Chief Executive Officer of Olayan Financing, which is one of Saudi Arabia’s biggest family-owned conglomerates. Olayan is followed by Egyptian Deputy and Governor of Central Bank of Egypt, Lobna Helal, and Raja Easa Al Gurg, Managing Director of Al Gurg Group. Morocco can, however, be extremely proud of the six highly successful businesswomen who have taken honoured places on the Forbes list.Nezha Hayat Ranked 9th among the 100 most powerful Arab businesswomen, head of the Moroccan Capital Market Authority, Nezha Hayat, topped the list of Moroccan businesswomen.Hayat earned her MBA from France’s ESSEC Business School in 1984 and has been an executive at the Casablanca Stock Exchange since 1996. Hayat is also the founder and deputy chair of the Association des Femmes Chefs d’Entreprises du Maroc, (Association of Women Business Managers in Morocco) and was appointed as the first woman member of the Executive Board in 2007 to Societe Generale Morocco.  Hayat is dedicated to seeing more women take their rightful places on boards of directors in the future.Rita Maria ZniberHead of Diana Holding, Rita Maria Zniber, ranked as the 35th most powerful Arab businesswoman.Founded by her late husband, Brahim Zniber, Diana Holding was the first winemaker in Morocco. It achieves a turnover of MAD 3 billion each year and generates over 6,500 direct jobs.Under the leadership of Maria Rita Zniber, the group joined the capital of French spirits group, Belvédère, with 13.14%, becoming the majority shareholder. Zniber plans to make Diana Holding a global player in the production of wines and spirits.Sadia LamraniSadia Ramani ranks 36th on the list. She runs Casablanca-based Safari Group, which operates BMW and Land Rover dealerships in the country, as well as interests in Credit du Maroc and textile manufacturing.Lamarani is the daughter of famous Moroccan politician Mohammed Karim Lamrani, who was a three-time prime minister of Morocco.Miriam Bensalah ChaqrounProminent figure, Miriam Bensalah Chaqroun was ranked  the 52nd most powerful businesswoman in the Middle East.Chaqroun is an MBA graduate in International Management and Finance from the University of Dallas, Texas, USA. She was elected President of the CGEM in 2012. Before this she directed mineral water companies Sidi Ali, Oulmes, and Bahia for 23 years.Salwa Idrissi AkhannouchProminent Moroccan, Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch occupies the 68th place on most powerful businesswoman in the Arab world list. Akhannouch is Head of Akwa Group, a distributor of petroleum products. She is also head of franchise group, Aksal, founded in 2004. Her project, Morocco Mall, is the largest shopping center in Africa and the Middle East and ranks in the world’s top five.  She is the wife of current President of the National Rally of Independents (RNI), Aziz Akhannouch, and the daughter famous Berber businessman, Ahmed Haj Belfiqih, who made his fortune in the tea trade. Laila MamouMoroccan Chief Executive Officer of the Management Board of Wafasalaf, Laila Mamou ranked 59th. Mamou’s leadership, Wafasalaf has become a leading consumer credit company.Edited by Constance Guindon read more

Since late last week, several UN bodies have stepped up their activities dealing with the effects of the crisis on the people of Côte d’Ivoire. Parallel to the agencies’ activities, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continues to follow events on the ground extremely closely. Côte d’Ivoire plunged into a tense political crisis after the incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo, refused to concede electoral defeat to his challenger, Alassane Ouattara, following a presidential run-off poll held on 28 November. The international community has recognized Mr. Ouattara as the country’s president.Earlier Tuesday, the Secretary-General took part in a video conference call with the senior leadership of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire, along with senior officials and advisers at UN Headquarters in New York. At a press briefing, also on Tuesday, the Secretary-General’s spokesperson said he is disappointed that the latest visit by a joint delegation from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU) did not produce the desired result, but he continues to believe that ECOWAS and AU are playing an important role. Media reports later cited a communiqué from both organizations, which said that while Mr. Gbagbo refused to step down, he had “agreed to negotiate a peaceful end to the crisis without any preconditions.”Mr. Ban’s spokesperson added that the Secretary-General will speak with Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Jean Ping, later on Tuesday, to discuss their assessment on the way forward on Côte d’Ivoire. Meanwhile, on the humanitarian front, the UN Children’s Fund, also known by the acronym UNICEF, will provide supplies of supplementary and therapeutic foods for the treatment of an estimated 14,000 children suffering form moderate acute malnutrition and 6,700 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition.The UN refugee agency – the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) – is working on the establishment of a special camp in Liberia’s Nimba County to shelter the thousands of Ivorian refugees seeking safetyin the neighbouring country.A camp planner and a health expert arrived in the town of Saclepea, in Nimba County, late last week and work on the camp was due to have started this week. As of 31 December, UNHCR had registered 18,091 Ivorian refugees in Saclepea, with more than half of those arriving women and close to two-thirds of them under 18 years of age.According to UNHCR, local communities have so far hosted the refugees – but with an average of 400-500 arriving daily, it has become increasingly difficult for host communities to cope. The refugee agency will also deploy additional personnel to reinforce its team in Liberia, where its staff continue to distribute emergency aid in villages where refugees are sheltered. UNHCR has pre-positioned aid in the region to assist 30,000 Ivorian refugees and has spent some $3 million to provide relief items from its emergency reserves. It has said that it will need donor support to continue its aid efforts in Liberia.The World Food Programme (WFP) has airlifted five metric tons of high energy biscuits to assist the growing number of people crossing into Liberia’s Nimba County – the first consignment in a wave of food assistance that WFP is mobilizing to meet the immediate nutritional needs of the refugees.Working with the Government of Liberia, the World Health Organization and partners, UNICEF has been providing health kits, essential drugs and equipment to seven health facilities in areas which have a high refugee presence in Liberia. On 31 December, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ Regional Office for West and Central Africa hosted a meeting on a regional emergency humanitarian action plan for Côte d’Ivoire and its five neighbouring countries. The plan is expected to be finalized on 7 January.Cote 4 January 2011Amidst efforts to solve Côte d’Ivoire’s political gridlock, UN humanitarian agencies are gearing up to deal with the humanitarian repercussions of the country’s ongoing crisis. read more

The stars realigned last year with the election of a more conciliatory Sri Lankan government and the arrival of Canada’s Liberals. It raised hopes among many Canadians of Sri Lankan descent, including the large Tamil bloc mainly centered in Toronto.Canada’s Tamils don’t mind the Liberals talking to the Sri Lankan government again, but only if it continues to push for minority rights. Mahesh Abeyewardene, 30, a Sri Lankan-born Canadian journalist with Toronto’s monthly newspaper, the Sri Lankan Reporter, said, “There’s a lot of lessons that can be learned from Canada in Sri Lanka, in terms of bilingualism, intergovernmental affairs.”The language funding Dion announced could have a big impact on closing a gap in government services that has left Tamils at a disadvantage, he said.Abeyewardene called it a good sign that the new Sri Lankan Government has agreed to a UN Human Rights Council resolution to investigate war crimes allegations.“We’re seeing a lot of change but some say the change hasn’t come fast enough,” said Abeyewardene, who is Sinhalese, and whose family includes Catholics, Buddhists as well as Tamils.“Canada’s strength here is the people. A lot of people are doing work in Sri Lanka, building houses, linguistic, cultural ties, and family ties.”At his joint press conference with Dion, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said his government wants help from Canada’s Sri Lankan community to help the reconciliation efforts.Samaraweera said they were invited “to visit the country that they left” or were “compelled to leave, long ago.”Canada’s re-engagement with Sri Lanka is part of a broader pattern that includes diplomatic engagement with Russia and Iran.The Conservatives have been scathing in their criticism of the Liberals for deciding to talk to Moscow and Tehran. But not with Sri Lanka.Deepak Obhrai is the Conservatives former parliamentary secretary on foreign affairs, and represented Canada at the Sri Lanka-hosted Commonwealth summit that Prime Minister Stephen Harper boycotted in 2013.“(With) this new direction that the Sri Lankan Government is following, it is appropriate for Canada to re-engage in Sri Lanka as we have done in the past,” Obhrai said.“It’s very important for Sri Lanka to come to terms with the brutal war that took place and bring accountability. We are going to be putting pressure on the Sri Lankan government to do that.” (Colombo Gazette) The Tamil diaspora in Canada are backing Canada’s moves to push for reconciliation in Sri Lanka, Metro News Canada reported.The ultimate success of Canada’s re-engagement with Sri Lanka, which was formalized last month when Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion visited the south Asian country, will have domestic political implications for the Liberals Government in the years ahead. In the aftermath, the previous Conservative Government downgraded relations with Sri Lanka’s government as the Tamils continued to face persecution. At the same time, the Colombo Government resisted international pressure for an independent investigation of war crimes committed by its military and the Tamil rebels in 2009. During his visit, Dion urged the Sri Lankan Government to seize the moment and push for real reconciliation, along with strengthening government institutions and the economy. He announced a five-year, $11.2-million contribution to help the Sri Lankan government deliver government services in the Sinhalese and Tamil languages.“It is clear that delays in the implementation of these critical reforms are not in the public interest,” Dion said.Dion also encouraged the Sri Lankans to embrace “peaceful pluralism,” reiterating the core message Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has consistently delivered to international audiences: “Canada is strong not despite but because of its diversity, which is a source of openness, acceptance, progress and prosperity. Why should it not become true for Sri Lanka?” That’s because Canada is home to hundreds of thousands of ethnic Tamils, the Sri Lankan minority group that fought a 26-year civil war against the mainly Sinhalese central government that ended in a final wave of bloodshed in May 2009. “It’s a good step in the right direction. But we want more to be done,” said David Poopalapillai of the Canadian Tamil Congress.“Having the largest Tamil diaspora in this country, Canada is in a unique position.”Canada is seeking a seat on the UN Security Council, Poopalapillai noted, and now has the opportunity to show it can help forge a permanent peace in Sri Lanka. “Mr. Dion can be Lester Pearson in the months and years to come,” he added, as long as he can “make sure things move quickly and move fast.” read more

“People are more connected – but this does not mean there is more understanding. Societies are ever more diverse – but intolerance is growing in many places,” said Mr. Ban in his message to mark the International Day for Tolerance, marked each year on 16 November.The UN chief said that sectarian tensions can be found at the heart of many conflicts, with the rise of violent extremism, massive human rights violations, and cultural cleansing. Moreover, the biggest crisis of forced displacement since the Second World War has spawned hatred and xenophobia against refugees and others.Emphasizing that tolerance requires investment by States in people, and in the fulfilment of their full potential through education, inclusion and opportunities, Mr. Ban called for building societies founded on respect for human rights, “where fear, distrust and marginalization are supplanted by pluralism, participation and respect for differences.”“This is the message of the International Day of Tolerance – reflected in the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Declaration of Principles on Tolerance, adopted in 1995, the Secretary-General said, adding that the same idea animates the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022), which is being led forward by UNESCO across the world.He also emphasized that the call “to practice tolerance” was written into the identity of the UN 70 years ago. “Today, in a world buffeted by turbulence and change, the Charter’s summons remains a vital touchstone for our work,” declared Mr. Ban. Echoing many of those sentiments, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova stressed: “Tolerance is a new idea, one which we need now more than ever. It leads us to respect cultural diversity, ways of life and expressions of our own humanity. It is a necessary condition for peace and progress for all people in a diversified and ever-more connected world.”UNESCO was founded 70 years ago on this very day on the basis that wars could be avoided if people learned to get to know each other better and understood that, “in the fertile diversity of their cultures, that which unites them is stronger than that which divides them,” emphasized Ms. Bokova. She said that tolerance is a means of constructing peace; it accelerates innovation and creation, opening peoples’ minds to other ways to view the world.“When violent extremism spreads messages of hate and intolerance, both on the ground and on social media; when human beings suffer persecution, exclusion or discrimination on the basis of their religion or background; when economic crises accentuate social divides and stand in the way of acceptance of others, such as minorities, foreigners or refugees; we must offer up a different discourse, an open message which calls for tolerance,” Ms. Bokova declared, adding that lessons of the past must be more visible and people must be reminded of the extreme situations which can result from rejection of others, racism and anti-Semitism. “Diversity is a reality, calling us to adapt our policies and act appropriately, for which tolerance is key,” she said, stressing that today’s world presents considerable opportunities to better understand each other, share stories, create a public space on a global scale. read more

Transport News Brief CV Show preview Monday 7 April 2008 Transport News Brief goes daily Because of the huge amount of news about the CV Show, the team has decided to produce a special daily CV Show preview edition for this week and a daily CV Show news edition next week. “With well over 500 exhibitors all keen to tell the world what they’ll have at the show, we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to tell our readers the good news,” said editor Robin Dickeson. And this issue is going free to 54,134 subscribers, so it gives those exhibitors a good way to publicise their plans too. More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk £10bn shop window opens for business The UK’s annual CV Show opens at the NEC next week, as a shop window on industries worth over £10bn a year. It is strictly a business-to-business event and probably the biggest show of its type in Europe. This year, 524 exhibitors will compete for the attention of nearly 30,000 visitors, over three very busy days. There will be some 200 vans and well over 100 trucks, trailers and lots of bodywork on display. “But those are the tip of an iceberg,” says Tony Young, CV Show manager. “There is a truly huge range of supporting products and services to see. The CV Show’s website www.cvshow.com and the printed Show Guide list some 117 product categories, with those 524 exhibitors spread through 11 halls.” More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk Free fuel-saving kit at CV Show With fuel prices hitting all-time highs of £1.09 a litre, Tiss Security Systems says it expects lots of visitors on its stand 6-121 at the CV Show. “Our award winning ‘Impregnable’ anti-siphon is the only one available that completely stops siphoning, driver skimming and diesel spills,” said Matthew Rose. “So with diesel prices this high, there is even more reason for people to come and see how we can help cut their fuel bills.” The firm will also give away 10 free ‘Impregnables’ for each of the three days of the Show to visitors who enter its prize draw. “Just in case those fuel prices aren’t incentive enough!” said Rose. More from Matthew Rose on +44 (0)1 253 400 401 or matthew.rose@tissltd.com Have you ordered your free pass yetThe CV Show organisers say that if you go The CV Show’s website www.cvshow.com and register for a free FastTrack entry pass and a free 220 page Show Guide they’ll send you both in advance of the Show, but only if you register before 11 April. The pass will help you beat the visitor registration queues; the Show Guide will help you plan your visit and that pass will get you a £2.00 EarlyBird discount on breakfast at the exhibition. Over 25,000 people have registered so far. Have youMore from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk SMMT Automotive Supplier Finder at CV Show This is an online tool designed to match buyers to suppliers. The service is based on the SMMT’s database which details thousands of companies and over 3,000 product and service classifications. “It is the most comprehensive directory and single-source matching service for the motor industry,” said Yung Tran, SMMT e-business manager. “Buyers can browse the directory; ask for quotations and information, free of charge, whilst suppliers will get a free online entry in our renowned Motor Industry Directory. They’ll become part of supplier communities and get quotation requests from buyers. The ASF team will be on the SMMT stand 8-270 at the CV Show to demonstrate the system, register firms and answer any questions. “If you’d like to book a demo or get more information, please let us know.” More from Nikki Huggett on 0207 344 1611 or nikki@autosupplierfinder.com Vans and trucks deliver another month of strong registrations The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders just released CV registrations data for March. These show CV registrations up 4.8% in the month to 395,220 for the rolling year. Within that total trucks were up a whopping 32.5% for the month, to 55,259 for the rolling year and vans took a 2.0% hike for the month to 339,961 for the rolling year. “Strong van and particularly truck registrations in March reflect the underlying strength of the economy,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “Good order books suggest that the trend will continue through much of the year.” More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk Four from Heil Europe at CV Show Heil Europe will show four UK-made dustcarts on its stand 20-560 at the CV Show. These include a Powerlink 19M on a Mercedes 8×4 chassis for South Cambridgeshire District Council and a Heil Europe Powertrak 17N on a low entry chassis. Also on show is a Big Bite 27M on a Mercedes 8×4 chassis for The Hills Group and, finally, a front end loader that has been supplied to Grundon Waste Management. More from Jane Oliff on +44 (0)1 326 560 402 or jane@m1marketing.co.uk One stop shop from Roadlink Roadlink International says its one-stop shop policy for all CV braking parts will get new momentum with the launch of Pex brake wear sensors on its stand 20-160 at the CV Show next week. The new range includes over 40 product items covering most popular UK truck applications. All are detailed in the new edition of Roadlink’s brake calliper and disc pad catalogue, available in May. The firm, the exclusive distributor for Koni in the UK and Ireland, will also launch a new range of spring dampers for cab suspension systems. This has an integral Goodyear air spring to cut vibration and better control cab movement, meaning less driver fatigue. The firm will also show a wide range of other CV braking, suspension and related products. More from Rob Reynolds on +44 (0)1 902 636 206 or r.reynolds@roadlink-international.co.uk Portable electronic job sheets Trace Systems says it will use its stand 18-328 to launch a hand-held, GPRS equipped unit to handle electronic van, truck, bus and trailer job and inspection sheets ‘in the field’ anywhere across the UK, outside or inside the workshop. The firm says the unit works with Trace System’s widely-used Vosa-compliant kit and will be a welcome addition. More from Bill Davies, on (0)2 476 220 226 or info@tracesystems.co.uk Motor racing comes to the CV Show Leading hobby firm Hornby will sponsor a prize for the Heritage Display at this year’s CV Show. The winner gets a three-car digital Scalextric racing set worth £220. “This is a top of the range digital car racing set with full lane changing capabilities for the ultimate in slot racing fun,” says Alan Earnshaw, Heritage Display organiser. The set will make up a layout measuring 280cm x 140cm with an overall track length of 676 cm. “You can drive and overtake up to four cars on two lanes and the set includes an Aston Martin DBR, a Dodge Viper and a Porsche 911 GT3R.” All you have to do to win this ultimate ‘toy’ is to leave your business card at the Vintage Roadscene Display on Stand 17-060 in Hall 17. “And you come along and try it for yourself.” Some industry observers hope the exercise may prompt Scalextric to look at racing trucks again. “That way we could even get truck racing at the CV Show,” said one, who declined to be identified. More from Alan Earnshaw on +44 (0)1 768 353 268 or alan@transpenninepublishing.co.uk New boss at Clean Air Power Jon Berry, formerly UK operations manager for Clean Air Power is now its group operations manager. He is now responsible for the firm’s global product quality and support, component production in the USA and vehicle construction in the UK and Australia. Clean Air Power develops and provides of dual-fuel combustion technology for heavy duty diesel engines. It says it cuts costs and carbon emissions without cutting the engine’s efficiency or reliability. More from Andrew Andersz on +44 (0)1 865 343 100 or andrew.andersz@thejjgroup.com Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

first_imgEUROPE’S TOP CRUISE operator has come under pressure during pre-trial hearings into the Costa Concordia disaster – as former captain Francesco Schettino faced survivors for the first time.Dozens of lawyers, experts and survivors attended the closed-door hearings in Grosseto in central Italy – the nearest city to the scene of the January 13 capsize of the luxury liner on Giglio island which claimed 32 lives.‘We want to look him in the eye’“We came to see Schettino. We want to look him in the eye and see how he reacts to the accusations,” Michael Lissem, a 50-year-old from Germany who was a passenger on the luxury liner along with his wife Angelika, told AFP.The giant ship – more than twice as heavy as the Titanic – had 4,229 people on board when it struck an offshore reef near Giglio, tearing a massive gash in its hull, just as many passengers were settling down for dinner.The vessel took on water and keeled over, sparking a panicked evacuation.“Schettino may have been in command but the responsibilities lie elsewhere,” said Ernesto Carusotti, an Italian survivor.“He’ll have to answer for the error he made, that’s sure. But there are other things that have come out from the black box,” he said.Luciano Castro, another passenger, said he shook Schettino’s hand.“I told him I hoped the whole truth will come out and he said he was sure it would. He was very tense and quite defensive,” he said.Dozens of survivors are suing ship owner Costa Crociere and its US parent company Carnival Corporation for hundreds of millions of dollars.The court hearings in Grosseto could last several days. No date has yet been set for the trial, which is likely to be held only next year.‘An illicit initiative’ “We don’t hold Schettino responsible, we feel it is the corporation’s fault. They had plenty of time to evacuate,” said Peter Ronai, a lawyer representing nine Hungarian survivors and the family of a violinist who died.“They are trying to make Schettino a scapegoat,” he added.Costa Crociere has defended itself, with its lawyer Marco De Luca denying reports that equipment on board had malfunctioned.The lawyer also said the “salute” manoeuvre the ship was performing near the shore was “an illicit initiative taken by the captain”.Costa Crociere earlier said that Schettino’s communications with the coast guard and the company were “not timely, partial and confused”.Schettino, who has been dubbed “Captain Coward” and “Italy’s most hated man” in the press, is also accused of abandoning ship before its evacuation was complete. He claims he fell onto a lifeboat when the ship keeled over.The captain has not been formally charged but is accused of manslaughter.A total of 10 people are under investigation, including Schettino himself and six other crew members.Roberto Ferrarini, head of Costa Crociere’s crisis unit, is also being investigated along with two other managers.Class action lawsuit Italian consumer group Codacons, which has launched a class action lawsuit, said its own research showed key equipment had malfunctioned, including the black box, sealed doors in the engine room and a sonar to measure depth.It said the emergency generator, which would have supplied energy after the impact to the rudder, the sealed doors and the lifts where it said several people were found dead, failed to work.“The failings are what caused the deaths of the 32 victims, not Schettino, whose accident was minor,” Codacons lawyer Giuliano Leuzzi said.Codacons released recordings from the bridge that revealed chaos and misunderstandings between the captain and his crew.Italian lawyer Pier Mario Moro, who represents several passengers, said the evidence examined in court “pointed to Schettino as being responsible for a series of alarms given late. Every action he took was delayed”.But Captain Fedrik Wijnen, general secretary of the Confederation of European Shipmasters’ Associations, said Schettino was “a very capable seafarer”.“The biggest problem is not his seamanship but his personality. He comes across as a playboy, but he’s not,” he said outside the Tuscan court.“He didn’t desert the ship, he went ashore and organised the lifeboats. Being a captain doesn’t mean you have to commit suicide,” he said, adding that blame also lay with other officers who had failed to realise the danger.The ghostly wreck of the 114,500-ton liner is still beached on its side just a few dozen metres from the shore of Giglio. Salvage crews are working to stabilise and refloat the hulk, which should be removed by spring 2013.- © AFP, 2012Read: Costa Concordia captain ‘sorry’ over disaster>last_img read more

first_imgLOOK UP A female scientist or technologist on Wikipedia, and you might not find what you’re looking for. Many don’t have detailed pages or any page at all on the free online encyclopedia created by contributors, of whom stastically the vast majority are men.It’s a symptom of a larger problem for women in so-called STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — where men far outnumber women. Even women who have done pioneering work in these fields don’t always get recognition. Since 2009, no woman has won a Nobel Prize in science.A Brown University biology professor and an alumna hope to help chip away at the problem with a Wikipedia “edit-a-thon,” one of many that’s been held in recent years to help increase the representation of women on Wikipedia.They gathered dozens of students and some faculty members this week at Brown to train them on how to add and edit pages. They also provided lists of suggestions for women to add, entries to clean up or those who needed more detail, along with links to source material.Ingeborg Hochmair accepting her Lasker award this year. Image: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer/PA Images.Among those listed was Ingeborg Hochmair, who does not have a page even though last month she won the prestigious Lasker Award for medical research for her work developing the modern cochlear implant. By contrast, her husband, Erwin Hochmair, an accomplished engineer who helped develop the device but did not win a Lasker prize, has his own page.Another is Anny Cazenave, who last year won the William Bowie Medal for outstanding contributions to fundamental geophysics. She’s on Wikipedia in French, but not English.Maia Weinstock, a Brown graduate, organised the Tuesday event with Anne Fausto-Sterling, a professor of biology and gender studies. They held the training to coincide with Ada Lovelace Day, an annual observance started in Great Britain in 2009 to highlight women in technology and named for the English mathematician who died in 1852. Lovelace is often described as the world’s first computer programmer. Image: AP Photo/Steven SenneWeinstock, who has run other edit-a-thons for different fields, said she’s targeting Wikipedia because it’s so influential and is one of the most popular encyclopedias in the world. It’s the first place many people go to find out about a subject.“You’re helping change what everybody else gets to see on a particular topic,” she told trainees.She said she also hopes to increase the number of women who contribute to Wikipedia. Fewer than 20 percent of Wikipedia editors are women.Sara Hartse and Jacqueline Gu, both Brown freshmen and computer science students, said they first became aware of gender inequity on Wikipedia during an uproar in the spring when someone began systematically moving female novelists including Harper Lee and Ann Rice off the “American Novelists” page and onto the “American Women Novelists” subcategory. Maia Weinstock, left, works with Anne Fausto-Sterling during this week’s Wikipedia “edit-a-thon”. Image: AP Photo/Steven Senne.They’ve both seen big gender imbalances in science and technology classes and activities and heard their female computer science professor bemoan the fact that talented women often leave the field. Neither had edited a Wikipedia page before this week, but spent the evening cleaning up and adding details to pages for botanist Katherine Esau and oceanographer Sylvia Earle.“I like this because it’s about empowering women to contribute to this,” Hartse said. “It’s a good feedback loop.”- Michelle R Smith and Erika NiedowskiScientists meet to discuss ending the world’s AIDS pandemic>Irish Young Scientist winners scoop first prize at EU contest>Life on Mars? Not looking likely>last_img read more

first_imgAfter years of denials and outright condemnation of smaller touchscreen tablets, it looks like Apple is preparing to release a smaller version of the iPad. An early engineering sample of the iPad Mini appears to have leaked, giving us at least some idea what it’s going to look like.The nearly featureless slab has the new smaller 19-pin mini dock connector expected to grace the new iPhone this fall. There is also a speaker grille next to the connector. Moving the speakers to the bottom of the device would be a better location than the easy-to-cover spot used on the existing iPad. Otherwise, this mockup only gives us a look at the overall dimensions. It is roughly 2/3 the size of the current iPad, and is noticeably thinner.GottaBeMobile estimates the iPad Mini (obviously not a confirmed name) to be 213mm tall and 143mm wide. That makes it just a little wider and taller than the Google Nexus 7 tablet. This fits with recent rumors that the iPad Mini would feature a 7.85-inch screen made by Sharp. At that size, Retina Display resolution is possible, but this would be yet another screen for developers to support in apps.Widescreen 10-inch tablets tend to be ungainly in portrait orientation, but it feels much more natural with a 7-inch slate. Apple will probably stick with the square ratio from the full-size iPad for app scaling, if nothing else. If these shots are real, it would be the most significant change in Apple’s tablet design since the first iPad was announced in 2010.via GottaBeMobilelast_img read more