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New Medical Hypotheses Editor Promises Not to Stir Up Controversy

first_imgElsevier yesterday announced that it has appointed biomedical scientist Mehar Manku as editor-in-chief of the journal Medical Hypotheses, whose penchant for publishing provocative papers has divided the science community. He succeeds Bruce Charlton, who was fired last month after he published a paper that denied the link between HIV and AIDS and resisted Elsevier’s demands to institute a peer review process at the journal. Manku is a scientist at Amarin Corp., a company focusing on new treatments for cardiovascular disease. He is a former student and colleague of David Horrobin, the eccentric scientist and entrepreneur who founded Medical Hypotheses in 1975. Manku has been on the journal’s Editorial Advisory Board since 2004; he is also editor in chief of Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids, another Elsevier journal. ScienceInsider talked to Manku by phone today; questions and answers were edited for brevity and clarity. Q: How do you feel about the affair that led Elsevier to fire your predecessor?M.M.: I would like to stay clear of that myself. I don’t want to get involved in what happened in the past. 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As an editor, you have a major responsibility to make sure you are not trying to stir up controversy by accepting a paper which then causes all sort of problems. Q: Does that mean you will you stay clear of certain topics, such as HIV?M.M.: No, I won’t say that I will never publish anything about HIV, or any other subject. That’s not the idea. The idea is to be careful not to get into controversial subjects. That can cause problems with not only the publisher but also with some very good researchers who work very hard to look at a disease in a very serious manner. Q: And you will implement a system of peer review?M.M.: Yes—but it’s not a classical peer review system. I call it a Medical Hypotheses custom-made review system. It’s in accordance with the aims and scope of the journal, which is to publish radical new ideas. Q: What does that mean in practice?M.M.: I want to bring in a group of medically qualified reviewers with expertise in different areas. Then let’s suppose you submit a paper which has some very critical ideas about the treatment of a certain type of disease. I will ask a reviewer who has expertise in that field to comment on the medical and scientific basis of the hypothesis. I want to ensure that the hypotheses generated are meaningful and not controversial, that they won’t cause a public outcry. But the reviewers will be aware that this is not The New England Journal of Medicine, BMJ, or so on; it’s a journal that will publish papers that would not get accepted elsewhere. As an editor, I will still have the final say, but I want to get more scientists involved. Q: And what if a paper is potentially very controversial?M.M.: My answer is: I would look at it very carefully and I would get a second or third reviewer involved. Q: You knew the late David Horrobin, the founding editor of Medical Hypotheses, well?M.M.: I knew him for almost 33 years. I was one of his first Ph.D. students when he was a professor in Kenya; I finished my Ph.D. at the University of Newcastle, where he was a reader in physiology at the time. When he set up a new lab in Montreal, I joined him as a postdoc. So I was there when he launched the journal. Horrobin was a brilliant man, a man of many great ideas, which he found very difficult to publish in classical medical journals. Because he was quite entrepreneurial, he decided to establish one himself. Q: But wasn’t the whole point of Medical Hypotheses that Horrobin believed that peer review stifles new, innovative ideas? By introducing a peer-review system, are you still acting in his spirit?M.M.: I think I am, because it’s not classical peer review. That’s why in the press release, we quoted what Horrobin said about the goal of Medical Hypotheses in the very first issue. I still completely concur with him, and I’m not going away from what he set up the journal for. All I’m saying is, I’m going to handle the editorial system in a different way. Q: Would you still publish the weird, wacky papers that Medical Hypotheses is famous for—such as the one about the nature of navel fluff ? M.M.: [Laughs] That kind of paper … I’ll make the decision when I see one. I will continue to publish crazy ideas, but they have to have scientific merit.last_img read more

New ‘light-eating’ protein discovered in the Sea of Galilee

first_img By Shandria SuttonJul. 5, 2018 , 11:40 AM New ‘light-eating’ protein discovered in the Sea of Galilee Alina Pushkarev center_img In their quest to find “light-eating” proteins, cellular components that help plants and microbes harvest light from the sun, a team of scientists has stumbled upon the first new kind in nearly 50 years—at the bottom of the Sea of Galilee. The unexpected discovery could help researchers better understand how microbes sense light, and it could power new kinds of light-based research and data storage techniques.Many organisms use light-sensitive proteins to gather the sun’s energy and help them survive. Some use chlorophyll to convert sunlight during photosynthesis and others use rhodopsins, proteins that bind to a form of vitamin A called retinal to capture light. The best known rhodopsin is embedded in the rod cells of our eyes, where it helps us see in the dark. But another form of rhodopsin helps small organisms, such as algae and bacteria, absorb light to make chemical energy.Researchers were searching for the second type of rhodopsin when they collected DNA samples from the Sea of Galilee in Israel. They returned to their lab and screened the DNA for genes that coded for the light-reacting proteins. When they added retinal to Escherichia coli bacteria hosting the DNA, it turned purple—a sign that rhodopsins might be present (above). When they tested the DNA further, they discovered a completely new light-eating protein, a type of rhodopsin they named heliorhodopsin, the team reported last month in Nature.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(*)Scientists don’t know much about how heliorhodopsin works. Its DNA is similar to the rhodopsin that creates chemical energy. But because it takes so long to finish its light-conversion cycle, the researchers suspect that—similar to the rhodopsin in our eyes—it is a light-sensing protein. What they know for sure: The new protein seems to be everywhere, in bacteria, algae, archaea, and even viruses in the soil and in every major body of water on Earth. This new protein family is even found in bacteria and other microorganisms that were never known to sense light until now.The light-sensing protein could lead to applications in everything from data storage to optogenetics, which allows scientists to manipulate genetically modified nerve cells with light. But first, scientists must answer many questions about the protein’s fundamentals.last_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 specs, pricing and back panel image leaked

first_imgEven before the Xiaomi Redmi Note could reach India, the world of Internet has taken a step ahead and leaked image and specifications of its successor, the RedMi Note 2. The image, pricing details and specs of the tablet were leaked on a Chinese social website Weibo.The leaked image show the device’s dimensions, it also talked about the technical specifications. The Redmi Note 2 will have a 5.5-inch screen with back panel measurements at 159 X 82 mm. The tablet will come packed with a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, supporting 2GB RAM.The device is also claimed to sport a 13MP rear camera with dual LED flash. The leak goes further to state a retail price of $244 (around Rs 15,200) for the Redmi Note 2.The Redmi Note which is yet to launch in the country is instead a 5.5 inch device with a 720P display, with 1.7Ghz MediaTek octa core processor, 2GB RAM, and a 13MP/5MP camera combination. The device comes with 8GB ROM and a 3,100mAh battery and will retail for Rs 9,999 in coming months.last_img read more

Nitish urges SEBI to make people aware of rightful investment

first_imgPatna, Jan 18 (PTI) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today inaugurated new office of SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India) here and urged the financial regulatory body to control running of ponzi schemes and promote entrepreneurship in the state. Kumar inaugurated the new office of SEBI here in presence of SBI Chairman U K Sinha and state Finance minister Abdul Bari Siddiqui. CEO of Bombay Stock Exchange Ashish Chauhan was also present on the occasion. In his address, the Bihar CM said youths of the state have tremendous talent and there was plenty of money with people but in the absence of proper awareness about investment, citizens of the state did not have a knack for financial investment. Expressing anxiety over unauthorised investment institutions luring hapless citizens to spend money in their ponzi schemes and ultimately losing their hard-earned money, Kumar urged SEBI to control operation of such illegal financial institutions. He also urged the financial body to create awareness about rightful investment of their money among people and help young entrepreneurs by providing them easy finance to start new ventures. The CM said he knew big ticket investment was not coming to Bihar but there was tremendous scope of starting a new venture in medium and small sectors. Kumar praised SEBI chief U K Sinha, a Bihar cadre IAS officer and who is also his Patna University mate and extended him an invitation to work in the state as financial advisor in case his tenure in the SEBI was not extended by the Centre next month. State Finance minister Abdul Bari Siddiqui exhorted SEBI to play a more active role in Bihar to create an environment of investment in profitable ventures. Sinha lauded turnaround of Bihar in past over once decade reflected by the fact that its GDP is in double digit and stressed that to give a pace to the growth financial sector needs to be mobilised to stir up private entrepreneurs in the state. He said SEBI through resource persons would make people of Bihar aware about rightful investment of their savings. PTI SNS CR RG LNSadvertisementlast_img read more

Teachers, students, authors, and parents: Our members say #ThanksForTheSpark

first_img@freelancersu My kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 4th grade teachers encouraged me to write. I still do! #ThanksForTheSpark— Herb’n Maid (@herbnmaid) August 14, 2014 My art teacher in highschool gave me every opportunity and encouragement to go beyond where I could’ve on my own #ThanksForTheSpark— Rebecca Overstreet (@RDOverstreet) August 13, 2014 Had it not been for a few very special people, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.People like Bayard Rustin, Sidney Hillman, and Frances Perkins inspired me to follow my passion and helped shape my values.I’ve always wanted to say thanks, so last week I did. And it felt good to finally say it.But I couldn’t believe the outpouring of responses we received from our members.Freelancers from across the country reaching out to each other, to their 4th grade teachers, famous authors, and their students — just to say simply, “Thanks for the Spark.”I was touched to see such gratitude.We all have those people who made a difference in our lives — and most of them will never know it. For our members, I’m glad to say that’s not the case.Here are some of my favorites:#ThanksForTheSpark Carol Peligian, the best teacher I ever had: http://t.co/p3uTreLV38 @freelancersu @parsonsadmiss— Brian Wood (@brianwood) August 18, 2014 Shout out to @justinkemerling, the first person I met dedicated to making design work for the greater good, full time. #ThanksForTheSpark— Kevin M. Fitzgerald (@kfitzfitz) August 15, 2014 Ms. Hands my high school art teacher. Believed in me, pushed me, & helped me build my college portfolio #thanksforthespark. <3— Stevie (@StevieNYC) August 14, 2014 Ms. Pamela Stith, Pomona Catholic High School - she put great novels in my hands, encouraged my writing & my snark so - #ThanksForTheSpark— citizenrobot (@citizenrobot) August 14, 2014center_img To the chap from the @salvationarmyuk who ended a school assembly with these five words – You Can Make A Difference. #ThanksForTheSpark— Clair R (@clair_rigby) August 15, 2014 @Sara_Horowitz #ThanksForTheSpark I think the person who inspired me to become a journalist was @ThePattiSmith.— Kat Friedrich (@eco_journalist) August 17, 2014 To Mr. Rick Powell, who in 7th grade told me my writing was something every time he read our assigned journal entries #ThanksForTheSpark— Carolina Longoria (@carocarocaro_) August 14, 2014 My 3rd gr tchr helped me love writing, my 8th gr tchr showed me what I could do with it, @SueCampbell_ pushed me. #ThanksForTheSpark— John Bray (@fishsticked) August 13, 2014**Who influenced you to follow your passion? It’s never too late to say #ThanksForTheSpark! **last_img read more

Madrid’s Vallejo suffers hamstring injury

first_imgReal Madrid Real Madrid’s defensive woes deepen as Vallejo suffers hamstring injury Harry West 20:15 1/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) JesusVallejo - Cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División With Sergio Ramos out with a calf problem, the Merengue are left with just two centre-backs with this latest setback Real Madrid have confirmed that Jesus Vallejo is set for a spell on the sidelines after sustaining a hamstring injury.The defender picked up the problem during the first half of Thursday’s 1-0 Copa del Rey quarter-final first-leg win at Leganes.Vallejo was replaced by Nacho Fernandez in the 15th minute and the Spain Under-21 international’s recovery will continue to monitored. 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 “Following the tests carried out today on our player Jesus Vallejo at the Sanitas La Moraleja University Hospital, he has been diagnosed with a muscular injury to his right hamstring,” read a brief Madrid statement.”His recovery will continue to be assessed.”Vallejo’s injury follows a calf problem for Sergio Ramos which has kept the Spain centre-back out for two weeks. Nacho and Raphael Varane are the club’s only options left in the heart of defence as they look to put a faltering Liga defence back on track.The Spanish and European champions, a mammoth 19 points behind leaders Barcelona, host Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday.last_img read more

3 Major Programs Investigating Possible NCAA Violations

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh leads the team onto the field.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh leads the team onto the field while playing the Illinois Fighting Illini on October 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 41-8. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Three major college athletics programs are currently investigating possible NCAA violations by its players in the wake of what happened with North Carolina’s football program and the selling of team-issued shoes.ESPN is reporting that Michigan, Cal and Marquette are all looking into possible NCAA violations by its players, as shoes from those three schools might have been sold to the same retailer that had shoes from North Carolina players.From ESPN.com:North Carolina, which self-reported that 13 football players committed secondary NCAA violations by reselling shoes given to them as part of the school’s apparel deal, has contacted at least three other schools which it learned might have had players sell shoes to the same retailer.A source told ESPN that the retailer told UNC it had bought shoes from other schools, including Michigan, Marquette and California. Officials from all three schools acknowledged, through athletic department spokesmen, that they were contacted by North Carolina and are in the process of investigating the claims.Michigan reporter Nick Baumgardner confirmed that Michigan is looking into it.“We are aware of the report at North Carolina. Our compliance office is looking into this matter and will determine if anything needs to be reported to the NCAA,” a Michigan spokesman said.Can confirm Michigan compliance is investigating whether or not any student-athletes violated rules by re-selling school-issued shoes after a retailer told North Carolina it bought Michigan-issued shoes.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) August 11, 2018From Michigan spokesman Dave Ablauf tonight:“We are aware of the report at North Carolina. Our compliance office is looking into this matter and will determine if anything needs to be reported to the NCAA.”— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) August 11, 2018A Michigan spokesman also says that while Michigan shoes might be in the marketplace, it doesn’t necessarily mean they were sold by student-athletes. The student-athletes are not the only people who can receive the custom shoes.From ESPN.com:Michigan football spokesman Dave Ablauf said the number of sales tracked by StockX doesn’t mean Wolverines players sold the shoes. Ablauf said executives and celebrities receive the special shoes, as do Nike’s Michigan endorsers in the pros. The school itself also might have donated, at times, some pairs to charity.Stay tuned.last_img read more

There’s always that question mark: Paul Pogba on his future at Manchester United

first_imgThere’s always that question mark: Paul Pogba on his future at Manchester UnitedPaul Pogba said he wanted to leave Manchester United during the close season and was linked with a potential move to Real Madrid or Juventus.advertisement Reuters ManchesterAugust 12, 2019UPDATED: August 12, 2019 10:35 IST (Reuters Photo)Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has said there is still a “question mark” over his future following his team’s resounding 4-0 victory over Chelsea in the first match of their Premier League campaign on Sunday.The France international said he wanted to leave the club during the close season and was linked with a potential move to Real Madrid or Juventus.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised Pogba’s professionalism after he set up United’s third and fourth goals against Chelsea, but the midfielder said “only time will tell” if he would stay in England.”I always feel good when I play football. I do the things I like, plus it’s my job. I give my all every time I go out on the pitch,” Pogba told French radio station RMC.”I’m aware that things have been said. Only time will tell. There’s always that question mark.”I’m at Manchester. I have fun with my team mates. I always want to win matches and I always give my best when I’m on the pitch.”The Premier League transfer window closed on Thursday, a day before the start of the season, but top-flight clubs in England are still allowed to sell players until the European window closes on September 2.Also Read | Manchester United thrash Chelsea 4-0 in their Premier League openerFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Paul PogbaFollow Manchester UnitedFollow Premier league Nextlast_img read more

CMIH DNV GL Enter Strategic Cooperation

first_imgzoom China Merchants Industry Holding (CMIH) and DNV GL have signed a strategic cooperation agreement with a focus on advancing shipbuilding in the gas carrier, offshore and special vessel segments.The deal will see the companies working together to optimize construction processes and quality control, in order to develop vessels that meet the varying requirements of these markets.“This agreement offers both our companies a great opportunity to learn from each other and work together to drive new developments in the gas carrier, offshore and special vessel segments,” Torgeir Sterri, Regional Manager Greater China at DNV GL – Maritime, said.“CMIH is highly regarded for its expertise in building a variety of vessels and offshore units and we look forward to collaborating with CMIH now and in the future,” Sterri added.Signed at Nor-Shipping this week, the cooperation deal covers collaborations on classification issues, regulatory questions and extends into research and development as well as training.last_img read more

Ocean Aid Rocks The Park

first_imgBig Daddy Carlos, a Hollywood and Las Vegas music mogul, restaurateur, and promoter will present the first annual Ocean Aid benefit concert on Sunday, April 30th, 2017 at the Waikiki Shell in Honolulu, Hawaii.Also serving as co-executive producer, alongside Big Daddy, is Hank Cohen. Cohen is currently the CEO of Trifecta Entertainment and is a former ABC Specials executive who was at the network when it aired the groundbreaking benefit concert, Live Aid.An impressive lineup of Emmy-winning funk, reggae and hip hop performers are scheduled to perform including CeeLo Green, Bootsy Collins, Ohio Players, Grandmaster Flash, Maxi Priest, Fishbone, Henry Kapono and much more. The event will benefit Love the Sea a 501c3 charitable organization designed to raise awareness and help free the oceans of plastics and other pollutants. Big Daddy Carlos and Ava Berman founded Love the Sea in 2016.Love the Sea is primarily funded by individual and corporate donations.Next month’s Love the Sea’s premier fundraising concert event will set the stage for the non-profit’s future activities which include education, marine research and conservation programs. Love the Sea will hold other events throughout the year to raise funds to benefit and save the ocean from pollution. Additionally, Love the Sea plans to create a scholarship program to help deserving students take their first step toward becoming advocates in saving the world’s oceans by keeping them free of plastics and other pollutants.“It’s imperative that the action we take and the awareness we create becomes a common practice as opposed to ignorance or denial,” said Cee Lo Green one of the concert’s performers. “We must realize we don’t have the luxury of choice in this matter. A solution must be found and I’m proud to be a part of making that a reality,” added Green. Award winning Green is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and businessman, known for his worldwide hit “Crazy”. Green also appeared as a judge alongside fellow music industry figures Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine on the Emmy Award winning show, The Voice.With 10,000 attendees projected to attend, performers to date include:Ocean Aid co-creators Ava Berman and Big Daddy Carlos, who is also the executive producer of the April 30th concert event and CEO of Love the Sea, released the following statement.“By 2050 scientists estimate there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Currently 5.25 trillion pieces of trash and plastic destroy our oceans. The reason for forming Love the Sea is to educate and where necessary legislate, so that we can keep our oceans alive and love the sea, plastic-free. When an endangered sea turtle that should live for 100 years, dies painfully over the course of two weeks because of ingesting plastics, this is unforgiveable. We need to act to save our fish, birds, turtles, and other endangered species including whales and seals. The time for change in our oceans is now.”Tickets for Ocean Aid are available now via Ticketmaster.Ocean Aid, Sunday, April 30, 2017, 3:30pm – 10pm.Visit www.lovethesea.org for more information and performer updates.last_img read more

I Feel Pretty trailer pulled after BC dad complains its too racy

first_img Login/Register With: Mitchell said he felt the preview was too explicit for the girl-powered volleyball movie’s young target audience. He was equally troubled by what he perceived to be the “I Feel Pretty” trailer’s subtext — that a woman’s self-worth is determined by her body image and sex appeal.“Anxiety, body awareness — these are very, very tender and current issues among teenage and tween-age girls exposed to this,” he said.“What I saw, through a child’s mind, is, ‘If I get naked, I get accepted.”‘Cineplex responded to Mitchell’s concerns by removing the “I Feel Pretty” trailer from the lineup for the G-rated “The Miracle Season” at the seven B.C. theatres screening the movie.“We’re in the business of entertaining our guests, and if they found it made them uncomfortable, then we wanted to respect that feedback in that one particular market,” Cineplex spokesperson Sarah Van Lange said. “If others are upset or had concerns with it, we’re happy to listen to that feedback.”Of the three or four trailers that are shown before a movie, Van Lange said Cineplex selects roughly half of the movies being previewed, while the rest are recommended by the film’s distributor. She could not immediately say who made the call to show the “I Feel Pretty” trailer at Mitchell’s screening.Trailer lineups at Cineplex screenings can vary from theatre to theatre, she said. The company considers a variety of factors such as a film’s genre, target audience and ratings to select previews that jive with the feature film, Van Lange said, but trailer curation is “not an exact science.”“I Feel Pretty” has been designated a PG-rated feature film, according to Consumer Protection BC. The provincial regulator has assigned the movie’s trailer its broadest rating, meaning it can be screened ahead of G- and PG-rated films.The consumer watchdog’s director of motion picture classification said it only receives public complaints about trailers once every two or three years.“This is a really isolated incident, but it’s something we do take seriously,” Steve Pelton said, adding that his team will take a “second look” at the ratings for the “I Feel Pretty” trailer.While Mitchell is pleased that Cineplex has taken action, he said the entertainment company needs to do more to address the corporate culture that would allow such a “big fail” to happen.As a remedy, he proposed that theatres only screen trailers for movies that have the same rating as the feature film they paid to see.“I took my child to a children’s film, and was shown an adult trailer,” he said. “I want to be given the choice.”Mitchell insists that he is not a “prude.” It’s not just nudity and sexual innuendo he’s concerned about, but how his daughter is processing these subjects he feels are beyond her years.In the “I Feel Pretty” trailer, Schumer tries to entice a male suitor by showing off her naked body as a “sneak peak of what’s to come.”Mitchell said he wants his daughter to know that her body is hers to protect, love and nourish — not be offered as a “reward.”“I don’t want her to start thinking that to please men, she must show her body,” said Mitchell. “This really flew in the face of positive growth in a child, and it’s got to stop.”While he recognizes the feature-length film might be more nuanced than a minutes-long sizzle reel of the film’s “naughty bits,” Mitchell said he does not think his preteen daughter is in a position to make that distinction.Raising kids in the digital age, Mitchell said it has become increasingly hard for parents to filter out inappropriate content, but that won’t stop him from trying to protect his child “one little step at a time.”“I’m the guardian of a really bright, young kid that I want to be raised as a person, not a gender,” he said. “I want her to bold and be noble and succeed in the world based on her ability, not her sexuality. And I think sexualizing women in film and things like that is just old. It’s just done.”— By Adina Bresge  Facebook His jaw dropped as his daughter watched an unclothed Schumer seducing a potential beau in the trailer for “I Feel Pretty.” The comedy is about an insecure woman, who after suffering a head injury, believes she has been transformed into a would-be model.The trailer also shows Schumer shimmying on stage as she partakes in a wet T-shirt contest. Advertisement LANGLEY, B.C. — A father is calling on theatres to ensure that family-friendly movies are not spoiled before they start after an uncomfortable outing with his daughter prompted Cineplex to pull a trailer from certain screenings in British Columbia.Mike Mitchell said he and his wife took their nine-year-old daughter to a Cineplex theatre in Langley, B.C., last weekend to see “The Miracle Season,” a Vancouver-shot drama about a girls’ volleyball team that bands together in the face of adversity.But before the feel-good flick could get underway, a preview for an upcoming film starring Amy Schumer left the parents feeling horrified, said Mitchell.center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

US stocks rise again tech and highdividend companies climb

first_imgNEW YORK — U.S. stocks are mixed in morning trading Thursday as technology and health care companies rise. Safer, high-dividend stocks in real estate and utilities are also climbing. Banks are falling, and smaller companies continue to lag their larger rivals.The European Central Bank said it will end its bond-buying economic stimulus program at the end of the year, but trimmed its forecasts for economic growth across Europe. Government bond yields in Europe are falling.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index added 5 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,656 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 113 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 24,640. The Nasdaq composite edged up 8 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 7,106.Trading has been turbulent this week, but the S&P 500 is on pace for its third gain in four days.The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies fell 2 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 1,452. It’s fallen almost 17 per cent since setting a record high in late August, and over the last few days it’s traded at its lowest level since September 2017. Among other issues, that reflects investors’ fears about slowing economic growth in the U.S. and rising interest rates. Smaller companies are more vulnerable in times of slower growth, and they tend to carry higher levels of debt than larger companies do. Higher rates make those debts more costly.ECB ENDS STIMULUS: The European Central Bank said it will halt its bond-buying program, even though the region’s economy is slowing. It has been pumping money into the economy for almost four years and spent about $3 trillion in the process. The bank isn’t ending its stimulus program entirely, as it will continue to invest money from maturing bonds and will take other steps to encourage banks to lend money.Credit conditions around the world are gradually getting tighter, as the Federal Reserve has been steadily raising interest rates for three years and is letting its balance sheet shrink.European investors appeared to take the news in stride. Germany’s DAX advanced 0.1 per cent while the CAC 40 in France was down 0.1 per cent. Britain’s FTSE 100 index was little changed. Bond prices rose and yields fell in the U.K., Germany, France and other countries.QUACKING ABOUT A DEAL: Insurer Aflac rose 4.6 per cent to $44.86 after it confirmed reports that it’s in discussions with Japan Post Holdings about a possible investment. Aflac said the Japanese shipping and financial conglomerate might take a minority stake in the company.CLEANUP IN AISLE FOUR: CVS Health fell after the New York Post reported that a U.S. District Court judge appears likely to block its purchase of health insurer Aetna at a hearing next week. CVS announced the closing of the $69 billion Aetna deal in late November after the U.S. Department of Justice cleared it. But Judge Richard Leon has reportedly said in hearings that he still has concerns about the antitrust implications of the deal. Citing sources close to the case, the Post said Leon might issue an order barring the two companies from integrating their operations.CVS fell 2.5 per cent to $72.66, and it’s down 8.6 per cent since an earlier hearing on Dec. 3.GE JUICED UP: General Electric climbed 10 per cent to $7.39 after JMorgan Chase analyst C. Stephen Tusa upgraded the stock to “Neutral” from “Underweight” saying it believes the risks and rewards to the stock are balanced. GE has lost almost 60 per cent of its value this year and has plunged almost 90 per cent since the beginning of 2017. The company recently replaced its CEO and slashed its dividend in an attempt to shore up its finances, but analysts are concerned that several of its businesses are years away from being profitable.BREXIT: British Prime Minister Theresa May won a confidence vote among lawmakers from within her Conservative Party, which means she won’t face another leadership challenge for at least another year. Earlier this week the pound fell to 20-month lows after May pulled a vote on her Brexit divorce deal with the European Union. It’s recovered slightly since then.BONDS: Bond prices were little changed. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note remained at 2.90 per cent.ASIA: The Japanese Nikkei 225 index gained 1 per cent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng jumped 1.3 per cent while the Kospi in South Korea added 0.6 per cent.CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 113.61 yen from 113.22 yen. The euro fell to $1.1344 from $1.1367. The British pound edged down to $1.2630 from $1.2634.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude oil rose 1 per cent to $51.68 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, rose 0.3 per cent to $60.31 per barrel in London.____AP Markets Writer Marley Jay contributed. He can be reached at http://twitter.com/MarleyJayAPMarley Jay, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Anguished with way judiciary being treated SC on lawyers claim of conspiracy

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday expressed anguish over the “systematic attack” on the judiciary and said time has come to tell the rich and powerful of this country that they are “playing with fire”. The apex court was hearing claims made by an advocate that there was a larger conspiracy to frame Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogi on allegations of sexual harassment. The court said it will pass an order at 2 pm. A special bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said it is anguished with the way the judiciary has been treated for the past 3-4 years. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The way this institution is treated in last few years we must say that we will not survive if this will happen,” a bench also comprising Justices R F Nariman and Deepak Gupta said. “There is a systematic attack, systematic game to malign this institution”, the bench said. The bench observed that so many things are “going on in the air” and it requires definite probe. “Don’t think that Supreme Court can be remote controlled by anything on earth, whether money power or political power,” the bench said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday In an apparent reference to controversies that plagued the top judiciary last year, Justice Mishra also observed that truth has not come out yet. “People should know the truth. This is going on and this has to stop,” the bench said and observed, “Do the rich and powerful of this country think that they can remote control the Supreme Court.” It is pertinent to mention here that in an unprecedented presser on January 12 last year, four senior judges of the apex court — CJI Ranjan Gogoi, then Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices J Chelameswar, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph — had raised a litany of problems, including assigning of cases in the top court, and said there were certain issues afflicting the country’s highest court The apex court also said Thursday that so many things are going around in the judiciary and when somebody tries to fix it, the person is maligned. “We have come to this extent of blackmailing. You don’t know what is going on,” the bench said without elaborating. The court said eminent jurists like Nani Palkhivala, Fali S Nariman and K Parasaran have made this great institution and now everyday news of bench fixing come to the fore. The bench said that four-five percent are bringing bad name to this institution and “we are worried as judges why we have come to this? We are very concerned.” “The day has come that we rise and tell rich and powerful persons of this country that they can’t do it. You are playing with fire,” the bench said, adding, “Everyday, everybody is trying to influence us.” The bench made it clear that it would see whether the claims of advocate Utsav Singh Bains, who has alleged a larger conspiracy to frame the CJI on allegations of sexual harassment and attempts oof fixing benches in the top court, are true or not. The stinging observations by the bench came after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that instead of an inquiry, an SIT probe should be ordered into allegations levelled by Bains. At the outset, Bains filed an additional affidavit in a sealed cover in the court in support of his claims. The bench then asked Attorney General K K Venugopal about the issue of privilege claimed by Bains over certain communications being protected under provisions of the advocate’s act. Venugopal, while referring to provisions of law, said there was no lawyer-client relationship in this case as Bains has filed affidavit in his personal capacity and thus he cannot claim privilege over certain communications. Senior advocate and President of Supreme Court Bar Association Rakesh Khanna also told the bench that the court has the power to summon any document related to the case and Bains cannot claim privilege over certain communications. “In any case our power to inspect documents is always there,” Justice Nariman said. Senior advocate Indira Jaising, who is appearing in person in the matter, told the bench that they should clarify there is no connection between the hearing of affidavit of Bains and the separate inquiry committee proceedings on allegations of sexual harassment against the CJI. “This is a very serious allegation that the system of bench fixing was adopted and when they failed, some fixer roaming around has tried to do this,” the bench said. “You don’t understand what we are up to. You don’t know what is there in the sealed cover,” Justice Mishra told Jaising. Jaising, however, told the court that there must be an investigation into credentials of Bains so that it could be clear that he has come to court with clean hands. Bains had filed an affidavit following the unprecedented hearing on Saturday during which Justice Gogoi had said some “bigger force” was behind the sexual harassment allegations as they wanted to “deactivate” the CJI’s office. The hearing on April 20 in the case, titled as a matter of “great public importance touching upon the independence of judiciary”, was held after stories were published on some news portals about sexual harassment allegations levelled by a former employee of the apex court against the CJI.last_img read more

Morocco Other Countries Deport Alleged Gulenists to Turkey American Magazine

Rabat – A report issued on January 29 by the US-based Foreign Affairs magazine, says that Morocco has secretly deported dozens of alleged representatives of the Gulen movement. Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish businessman and cleric, was accused of leading a violent coup attempt against the Turkish government and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July of 2016.Nate Schenkkan, author of the report, asserts that Turkey “has been hunting its opponents abroad, especially those who belong to the Gulen movement,” and that 15 countries, including Morocco, arrested or deported the alleged members who served as either financiers or school teachers. The list of other countries alleged to have been involved in arresting or deporting suspected members of the Gulen movement includes Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Georgia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Turkmenistan. The report claims also that many individuals appear to have been turned over to Turkey by Kazakhstan, Myanmar and Sudan without specific judicial proceedings.While it is unclear how exactly Turkey has been gathering information about these individuals, it is suspected that a special branch of the National Intelligence Organization that Turkey’s state news agency says was established to track down “high–value” Gulenists is involved.After the attempted coup, several countries including Morocco shut down schools associated with the movement, and in January 2017, investigations were carried out by government to investigate the motives of the school. Following this probe, Morocco’s ministry of interior said  in a statement that “investigations have revealed that the schools were spreading  ideologies and ideas of Gulen’s movement, which contradict the educational system and religious principles of Morocco.” The Moroccan government did not, however, officially release any statement regarding the deportation of the movement members.Moroccan newspaper Akhbar Al Yaoum contacted Idriss Bouanou, an expert in Turkish affairs who claimed that direct deportation did not happen. He reported that “[the only thing that happened is that the closure of the schools led the representatives of the movement to leave Morocco.]” He added that the Gulenists received information that the Turkish government would release arrest warrants for members of their organization.Bouanou added that Gulenists who entered Morocco at that time were largely either businessmen or scholars. “[None of them have been proven to threaten Morocco’s national security, and therefore the state has no right to expel them without concrete justification.]”Foreign Affairs reported that Turkey had been exerting pressure on several governments to close Gulen schools, even before the failed coup.“[The government has been pressing other countries to shutter the schools. The Gambia closed its Gulen schools in April 2014. Turkey’s close ally Azerbaijan followed soon thereafter and Tajikistan shut down its Gulen schools in 2015.]”Other countries, however, did not force the closure of the Gulen schools until the attempted coup. According to the report, this group includes: Morocco, Libya, Somalia, Angola, Ethiopia, Madagascar, and Tanzania.Other countries, including Nigeria, Tunisia and Mali closed the schools up to a year afterwards.In August 2016, a Turkish delegation consisting of three deputies of the Turkish ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to Morocco to warn Moroccan authorities about the “danger” of the movement, and to expound upon the risks that Gulen’s movement posed to the interests of all nations. read more

Video of Minister Aziz Rebbah Buried in the Sand Goes Viral

Rabat – Minister of Energy, Mines, and Sustainable Development Aziz Rebbah was enjoying a sand bath. Visiting the Draa-Tafilalet region over the weekend, Rebbah took some time to try the sand therapy of Merzouga.The 38-second video of the minister buried up to the neck in sand has gone viral on social media. In the video, a background voice narrates, “the minister of energy is treated by solar energy.””I went to Merzouga because I suffer from sciatica; that’s why I am buried in the sand to seek treatment,” said the minister, when contacted by Arabic outlet Chouf TV. This therapy is indeed an effective treatment against rheumatism, polyarthritis, lower back pain and some skin diseases. It is a literal sand bath: immersing oneself for a few minutes in the hot sand of the dunes of Merzouga.Even though this practice is usually used by locals, Merzouga is nevertheless a health tourism destination. The sand bath is practiced between June and September, when the sand is at its hottest. read more

8 charged in Canada over fake goods at mall cited by US

MARKHAM, Ont. — Canadian authorities say eight people are facing charges following a police raid on a Toronto-area mall that U.S. officials have called a “notorious market’” for counterfeit luxury goods.York Regional Constable Laura Nicolle said Tuesday that police noticed a spike in tips from the public following the release of a 2018 report from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on the sale of counterfeit products. The Pacific Mall in Markham, Ontario, was one of the shopping centres named in the report.Police launched an investigation into several stores in April 2018.The Pacific Mall is the largest Chinese shopping centre in the Western world, and the U.S. report described it as “a well-known market for the sale of counterfeit and pirate goods.”The Associated Press read more

Nigeria UN agency reports ongoing refugee crisis amid Boko Haram threat

In a press release, UNHCR cited Cameroonian authorities’ claims that some 13,000 Nigerian refugees had now crossed over from the Nigerian border state of Adamawa after Boko Haram insurgents attacked and captured the town of Mubi in late October. The refugees fled to the towns of Guider and Gashiga in the North region of Cameroon and to Bourha, Mogode and Boukoula in the Far North, the agency added.Insecurity has been mounting in the border regions between the two countries amid repeated cross-border attacks into northern Cameroon by Boko Haram. As a result, many Nigerians fleeing the violence have sought refuge in Cameroon. The Minawao refugee camp, for instance, is hosting 16,282 refugees, with the population having nearly tripled in size in the past two months, according to UN estimates. The current camp capacity is estimated at 35,000 people and further expansions are underway to accommodate the refugees already registered for transfer from the border, as well as possible additional new arrivals. Nevertheless, despite the continuing dangers, UNHCR reported that most of the recent 13,000 refugees had already returned to their country with the city of Yola, the capital of Adamawa state, as their destination. “The vast majority of them are women and children,” the press release observed. “They told our teams that many families were forced to flee on foot, taking few belongings with them and walking tens of kilometres before finding safety in Cameroon.”As the refugees re-entered Nigeria, the agency also examined claims that they had been forced to return to their country of origin, adding that it was seeking “assurances” from both States that “the return of these people was done on a voluntary basis.” At the same time, recent violence on the Niger-Nigeria border has prompted at least 1,000 Nigerians to escape over the border into Niger’s Bosso area, particularly following last week’s capture of the garrison town, Malam Fatori, by insurgents. The ongoing refugee crisis has seen more than 100,000 people spill over into Niger’s Diffa region since the beginning of 2014, while Cameroon is currently hosting some 44,000 Nigerian refugees. According to authorities, another 2,700 have fled to Chad.Meanwhile, an estimated 650,000 people remain internally displaced in north-eastern Nigeria due to the insurgency. read more

Mens volleyball Topranked Ohio State knocks off No 6 Lewis for 35th

OSU men’s volleyball players during a game against Ball State on Feb. 15 at St. John Arena. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe No. 1 Ohio State men’s volleyball team continued its winning ways Thursday night, defeating the No. 6 Lewis Flyers in four sets (25-13, 20-25, 25-14, 25-17) for the Buckeyes’ 35th straight victory. OSU has now won 32 of 52 previous meetings with Lewis and has defeated the Flyers in five of their last six matchups. Junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen, senior opposite hitter Miles Johnson and middle blocker Driss Guessous combined for 44 of OSU’s 59 kills. Lewis had no player reach double digits in kills, with Trevor Weiskircher leading the Flyers with nine. OSU and Lewis had a tightly contested start to the first set with the Flyers’ deficit coming to within one point at 13-12. However, a kill from Szerszen ignited a 12-1 run to secure the 25-13 set win. OSU coach Pete Hanson said that the 12-1 run showed the Buckeyes’ ability to overpower teams at the net. “It gives (the team) confidence that we have a guy like Nick or a guy like Miles and all of a sudden get on a run and just blow a game wide open,” Hanson said. “What we are trying to learn from that is we may have finished that game on a huge run, but it doesn’t carry over to set No. 2. You start fresh at 0-0.” The momentum at the end of the first set did not last for the Buckeyes going into the second set. OSU and Lewis had a total of 13 ties and three lead changes in the second half, but six kills from Flyers’ outside hitter Trevor Weiskircher proved to be too much for the Buckeyes, losing the set 25-20. Hanson thought OSU lost its identity in the second set. “We got really complacent, we lost our focus, we didn’t play with the same reckless abandon, if you will, and want to go out and pummel those guys,” Hanson said. OSU came out of the locker room hot after a rough second set, starting the third set with a 9-1 run. Szerszen and Johnson combined for 12 of the 17 OSU kills in the 25-14 set win. “We have gotten really confident playing with one another and we know how to win in different circumstances,” Johnson said. “Tonight we lost the second set and then we figured out what we needed to do.” A kill by middle blocker Driss Guessous secured an OSU win as the Buckeyes won the fourth set 25-17. The Buckeyes are now five wins away from matching Loyola’s 40-match run that was set in 2014-15. The Buckeyes will take on No. 10 Loyola at St. John’s Arena this Saturday at 7 p.m. read more

Ohio State baseball splits 4 in Snowbird Classic loses 2 against Indiana

Then-sophomore pitcher John Kuchno (45) throws the ball during a game against Northwestern May 6, 2012, at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 4-1.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe clink of aluminum bats has returned as Ohio State’s baseball team began their season in Port Charlotte, Fla.The bats started out hot for the Buckeyes as they won their first two games against Connecticut and Auburn, but then lost two in a row to Indiana State.In Sunday’s game against the Indiana State, sophomore right handed pitcher Jake Post started on the mound for the Buckeyes. He gave them four good innings, but errors allowed three unearned runs to cross the plate for Indiana State.Freshman pitcher Tanner Tully came on in the fifth and gave up another run in the sixth before the Buckeyes began a nice rally in the bottom half.A balk and an error plated two runs and left the bases loaded for senior outfielder Tim Wetzel. He hit into a fielder’s choice that scored two more as sophomore first baseman Zach Ratliff turned it into a double steal.OSU gained its first lead in the eighth after three doubles from freshman outfielder Ronnie Dawson, sophomore infielder Craig Nennig and Wetzel.With a 6-4 lead heading into the ninth, junior pitcher Trace Dempsey came in to try and seal the deal, but gave up four runs on four hits to give the Sycamores an 8-6 advantage.Indiana State freshman pitcher Ryan Keaffaber stymied the Buckeyes to earn the two game sweep.“I liked the way we battled today,” Wetzel said Sunday. “It was nice to get the all of the young guys experience. It can happen with a young team, so you have to be ready to go every day.”Coach Greg Beals was disappointed with the outcome of the final game, especially after how his team battled so far back.“Today was a big lesson for us,” Beals said after the loss. “We have the ability to play really bad … and to come back like we did. The game is humbling, but we need to do all the necessary work to make sure we’re ready to go out and play.”Freshman pitcher Zach Farmer began his collegiate career starting on the bump for Saturday’s tilt with the ISU. His start did not go as planned, though, as he gave up a three-hit, two-run first inning.Dawson got the Buckeyes back in it in the fourth with a three-run homerun off junior Brad Lombard. Dawson finished the day going 3-4 in his first collegiate game.The Buckeyes wouldn’t score again though and ISU took advantage of their inept bats, scoring two more runs off Farmer and another three off freshman right handed pitcher Adam Niemeyer for a 7-3 win.The early game Saturday against Auburn matched up a pair of southpaws as the Buckeyes’ junior Ryan Riga and the Tigers’ senior Michael O’Neal were starting on the mound. Both lefties pitched brilliantly as each went six strong innings and only gave up four hits each.The difference was redshirt-junior Josh Dezse’s RBI single in the fourth. After missing all of last season with a stress reaction, Dezse was the designated hitter for each game and didn’t miss a beat.That run was all the Buckeyes needed, as Griga didn’t allow a run before handing it off to redshirt-senior pitcher Tyler Giannonatti for the seventh. Dempsey came in to finish the final two innings for his first save of the season and sealing the 1-0 victory for OSU.“I felt good, but obviously it was a lot more important for the team getting this win,” Riga said. “It gives your more confidence for tomorrow.”Friday’s season opener against the Huskies started off shaky for the Buckeyes as senior pitcher Greg Greve started out the game giving up two runs in the top of the first. He quickly settled in after that though and the offense made up for those early runs in impressive fashion.With the bases loaded in the bottom of the third, sophomore infielder Jacob Bosiokovic hammered a ball over the centerfield fence for a grand slam and the Buckeyes’ first runs of the season. His blast energized both the offense and defense as they didn’t allow another run, but added four more of their own for an 8-2 win.“I was just trying to put something in play and help the team win,” Bosiokovic said. “Fortunately I hit it over the fence.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to play UCF Friday in Orlando. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. read more

Coveney back in Brussels to discuss CAP reforms again

first_imgAGRICULTURE MINISTER SIMON Coveney is back in Brussels today for further debates on planned Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reforms.The meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council will also discuss African swine flu, the EU’s forest strategy and a conference on organic agriculture.The public debate on the state of play of the CAP reform comes after June’s agreement between the EU institutions (the Council, the Commission and the Parliament) on the proposals for direct payments regulation and other aspects of the package.However, the Parliament is still holding out on some longer-term issues, including the gradual reduction of grants, flexibility of rural development pillars and levels of co-funding.It set out its position in a trilogue meeting last week and the Presidency will report to the Council on the developments there.The ministers will then debate the next steps towards finalisation and adoption of the CAP reform package, hoping to close the gap between the Member States’ and Parliament’s positions.The Parliament’s agriculture committee meeting will have to vote on the entire CAP reform package on 30 September.Much of the progress made on the issue occurred during Ireland’s president of the European Council earlier this year, with Coveney claiming a victory for Irish farmers and signalled the most significant reform of the EU’s policy on agriculture in 10 years.Amongst the most notable differences are the changes to the way the Single Farm Payment is distributed and new projects to promote sustainable farming.Read: Guess which animal is Minister Simon Coveney’s favourite…More: I’ve been to too many funerals and scenes of bodies brought ashoreRead: Minister Coveney doesn’t like fur farming but he’s not banning itlast_img read more