The United States appears to be on pace to meet the Obama administration’s goal of churning out more college graduates in the so-called STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.That conclusion, based on an analysis by ScienceInsider of recent education statistics, may surprise many people. And it is unlikely to cause scientific organizations to hold a ticker tape parade or the White House to issue a self-congratulatory press release.That’s because the growth has occurred despite the failure of Congress to approve most of the new programs and hefty federal investments recommended by high-profile panels and requested by the White House. The news also comes with a caveat: The goal has been a moving target, and the total includes those with a 2-year degree. 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The current campaign began in earnest in 2005 when a coalition of pro-research organizations issued a report titled Tapping America’s Potential (TAP). It called for a doubling, by 2015, of the number of STEM bachelor’s degrees awarded annually by U.S. institutions.The doubling would mean an increase from 200,000 a year to 400,000, the report explains. Curiously, it chose 2001 as its baseline year—meaning the decadal doubling would actually occur over 14 years (remedial math, anyone?). If the number rose at a steady pace, by 2015 there would be 1.1 million more STEM graduates than would have been the case under previous production levels.Six months later, a prestigious panel assembled by the National Academies warned Congress that retaining U.S. global competitiveness would require more and better STEM teachers. Its report, called Rising Above the Gathering Storm (RAGS), resulted in a 2007 law that promised to augment STEM teacher training (as well as double research funding in the physical sciences). Congress didn’t keep its promise, however. And RAGS didn’t address whether additional STEM-trained workers were needed, although it said that the 10,000 additional elementary and secondary school STEM teachers that would be trained would touch “10 million minds.”The Obama administration saw a link, however, and its President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued two related reports that, together, recommended increasing both the number of STEM teachers and the number of STEM graduates. In particular, its 2012 report, Engage to Excel, called for producing “one million additional college graduates with bachelor or associate degrees in STEM fields” over the next decade.For PCAST, the clock started in 2010, when the number of such graduates stood at 300,000. President Barack Obama has cited the reports frequently in lobbying Congress for increasing federal investments in STEM education, including a mention in his 2011 State of the Union address of the need for more STEM teachers.Neither the PCAST report nor the TAP report explains how or why it chose a particular number of additional STEM graduates as a goal. And both reports are supply-driven rather than demand-driven; that is, they address the production of STEM graduates but not the likelihood of their finding good jobs. That’s a sore point for those who argue that the nation is actually producing too many graduates in many STEM fields, which keeps wages low and creates underemployment.Leaving aside those points, however, an analysis of data compiled by the National Science Foundation (NSF) shows strong evidence of the desired growth despite the general lack of action on the reports. Specifically, the number of degrees awarded annually in the natural sciences and engineering—NSF’s equivalent of what is normally defined as a STEM field—grew from 241,000 in 2000 to 355,000 in 2012 (see graph). In absolute terms, the 2012 figure is 114,000 more than the 2000 figure. Even if that number grows no larger for the rest of the decade—an extremely conservative estimate, most would say—the additional number of STEM graduates in the overall workforce would exceed the 1 million goal set explicitly by the PCAST report and implicitly by TAP.(Those who think the augmented number of graduates should be based on a strict 10-year span may want to start with the 263,000 STEM graduates produced in 2002. Using that base year, the size of the expanded pool falls just shy of the 100,000-a-year level needed to add 1 million over a decade.)To be sure, these totals use PCAST’s definition of a college degree, which encompasses both the bachelor’s and associate level. The split is roughly six or seven to one: In 2012, for example, there were 53,000 associate degrees in STEM fields out of the total of 355,000 graduates. (Four-fifths of the 2-year STEM degrees awarded were in computer science.)The PCAST report does not suggest what rate of growth is preferred. In particular, it doesn’t opine on whether spikes and troughs matter. However, front-loading the increase makes it much easier to achieve the overall goal.For example, a surge of 100,000 graduates in the first few years—say, an extra 40,000 the first year, and then an additional 60,000 in the second year—would then require only miniscule increases in subsequent years to achieve the target. In contrast, flat production for the first several years would require a huge leap in output in the latter years of the decade.It turns out that the steady rise in actual production over the past decade may also get you where you want to go. Based on the NSF data, that seems like a reasonable bet—even if it runs counter to the conventional narrative. For whatever reason, it appears, U.S. students are finding their own way to a STEM degree.
Intelligence inputs warn of terror strike He said “the situation was not normal but peaceful” as there were no restrictions in place anywhere in the State. “People were cooperative as they had understood that violence doesn’t pay.”The DGP said there was no definite timeframe for the release of political leaders or restoration of mobile phone and Internet services in the Valley.“Detentions are a dynamic process. There are certain areas where youth come and throw stones. Our purpose is to not cause any harm to them… they are subsequently counselled and handed back to their families,” Mr. Singh said.He said some 200 people were retained in jails as they were repeat offenders and multiple cases were registered against them.“There are cases where an entire village would come and give assurance for a boy. A small kid cannot understand the consequences of his acts. But there are repeat offenders, you counsel them but they do not correct themselves. We cannot allow people to commit crime… but now even that number is going down. More and more people are released. Very few are in detention,” he said.Mr. Singh said the police and security forces were exercising restraint and “pellet guns were used in almost zero cases”.“Earlier pellet gun injuries used to be in hundreds. This time only two such incidents have been reported. Look at the kind of pressure we [police] are working under… as many as 90 security force personnel have been injured, some got stitches, a few have fractured limbs … but we are using minimum force,” he said.He said the number of people lodged in jails outside the State was not more than 200 and they were shifted due to acute pressure and lack of space in jails here. Those arrested also include Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association president Mian Qayoom.Regarding Mr. Qayoom’s arrest, the DGP said, “The Bar president is very well known for his past records resulting in certain activities that are prejudicial to maintenance of peace and order…They aligned with the Hurriyat in the past and participated in activities not very conducive to maintenance of peace and order.”He said separatists were under house arrest and so far their conduct has been decent. “There are restrictions on their movement and some are under house arrest. If any one of them does an activity that is unlawful then strict action will be taken against them,” he said.Mr. Singh said the situation was getting better by the day and even shops around the house of separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani were open.He said foreign and local militants were present in equal proportion in the Valley and terrorists belonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) have a sizeable presence.He said the Pakistan Army was making all efforts to push in more militants from the Line of Control in Kashmir and International Border in Jammu sector.“A large number of militants have been brought closer to the LoC and that is why there are a large number of ceasefire violations and firing on the border. In a couple of places, they not only tried but succeeded in infiltrating. One such group was caught also. Similar attempts are being made in Gurez, Macchil, Keran, Rajouri and Poonch and also in Hiranagar, RS Pura and Akhnoor sectors of Jammu…Pakistani agencies are making all-out efforts to push in militants and it is most likely that some of them were able to cross over,” he said.He said the possibility of militants moving around in Srinagar cannot be ruled out and that kind of possibility was there as movement of vehicles on a large scale has been allowed. Director-General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir, Dilbag Singh has said there has been 3,000 cases of young men being picked up and released subsequently in the Kashmir Valley since August 5.In an interview to The Hindu, Mr. Singh said the police’s intention was not to cause any harm to the youth in the long term and preventive detentions were a temporary kind of arrangement for the maintenance of law and order.Also Read
Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi on Wednesday termed the BCCI “money minded” and said the board’s decision to impose a fine of USD 50,000 on Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne was uncalled for.Warne escaped a ban but was fined heavily by the IPL’s disciplinary commission in Mumbai on Wednesday for calling RCA secretary Sanjay Dixit a “liar and egoistic” after an IPL match in Jaipur, forcing RR owner Shilpa Shetty to intervene and apologise for the incident.”BCCI Money minded heads targeting a legend like Warne is uncalled for. They are indirectly attacking all your close friends. Shame on them,” Modi tweeted.”USD 50000 fine for Warne while Dixit is free to punch away on twitter! unbelievable! not a word from the BCCI on Dixit mocking Tendulkar.”Rajasthan CA wants ban; Royals want Shane. They call themselves sports administrators and wanting ban?” he added.Modi felt the apology was enough on Warne’s part.”USD 50k would have bought Kaif for the IPL.. The incident is a big shame and I m sure each cricket lover would be upset right now.”BCCI ought to have been magnanimous and left the legend accepting the apology. A fine should only commensurate with the damage done,” he further tweeted.The sacked commissioner also took a dig at BCCI secretary N Srinivasan, accusing him of favouring his team Chennai Super Kings.”Not indirectly, but very directly. Fixing the auction, umpires and now pitch. Just give the damn trophy to CSK.”It’s a pity Srinivasan is resorting to all that. CSK is a mighty fine team and can win without any such help,” he said.advertisementModi also tweeted that the TV ratings of the Twenty20 league have reached an all-time low this season.”Just learnt that the ratings for IPL have reached an average of 3.84. Which is the lowest it has ever achieved.Sorry to hear the same.”- With PTI inputs
Chapecoense goalkeeper Danilo, who was killed in the Colombian air crash last month, was posthumously named Brazil’s Player of the Year after a vote by fans on Monday. (Atletico Nacional want Club World Cup win for Chapecoense)Danilo, whose last gasp save in the semi-final against San Lorenzo helped his side into the Copa Sudamericana final, got 48 per cent of the internet vote.His mother Ilaides Padilha collected the award on his behalf at a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.”In the name of Chapecoense, I want to thank everyone for their affection and ask for their prayers,” said Padilha, who touched the hearts of millions when she hugged a reporter whose colleagues were also killed in the Nov. 28 tragedy.”May the future warriors that come to Chapecoense be like the warriors that left there.” (CONMEBOL awards South American cup championship to Chapecoense)Players, directors and reporters were among the 71 people who died when their plane crashed into a mountainside outside Medellin.The plane was taking the small team from southern Brazil to face local side Atletico Nacional in the final of the Copa Sudamericana, the biggest match in their history. (Privilege to play Barcelona: Chapecoense)Brazilian league winners Palmeiras were the big winners in the Football Writers Player of the Year awards.Players from the Sao Paulo club filled seven of the 11 spots in the team of the year. Cuca took Coach of the Year and striker Gabriel Jesus, who is about to join Manchester City, lifted the Player of the Year gong.advertisementSantos midfielder Vitor Bueno was elected Young Player of the Year.
Ajax Amsterdam followed up their elimination of Real Madrid by producing a spell-binding display of inventive, passing football to win 2-1 away to Juventus on Tuesday and end the Serie A team’s dreams of winning the Champions League.Ajax’s 19-year-old captain Matthijs de Ligt headed the winner from the corner in the 67th minute of the quarter-final second leg as the Dutch side came from behind to clinch a 3-2 aggregate win and reach the last four for the first time since 1996/97.Cristiano Ronaldo, aiming for a fourth successive Champions League title after winning the last three with Real Madrid, put Juventus ahead in the 28th minute with a typically emphatic header, his sixth goal of the competition.But Donny van de Beek levelled six minutes later before the visitors swept Juventus aside in the second half with wave after wave of attacks as they earned a semi-final against Manchester City or Tottenham Hotspur.”Can we can go on to win the competition? Well, we are in the semi-finals now. And we have eliminated two of the favourites in the last two rounds. The next games will be very difficult, but so were these ones. So who knows?,” said De Ligt.Frenkie de Jong added: “We dominated after the break and were well worth our victory. In fact, we probably should have won by more.”Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana gave his team an early scare when his clearance was charged down by Emre Can but the rebound flew wide.Ajax settled well after that but, despite not playing well, Juventus went ahead when Ronaldo got away from the defenders to score the 126th Champions League goal of his career.advertisementThere was a long delay for the VAR review, the referee eventually going to the pitchside monitor with the ball back on the centre circle ready for the re-start, before the goal was confirmed.Ajax kept their cool and took six minutes to level, helped by a somewhat lucky break.Hakim Ziyech’s long-range shot hit a defender and fell perfectly for Van de Beek who, unmarked and onside, slotted the ball calmly past Wojciech Szczesny, and then had to wait for another long VAR check before the goal was confirmed.Ajax took complete control in the second half and their geometric passing repeatedly opened up the Juventus defence, which sorely missed injured veteran Giorgio Chiellini.Szczesny made one-handed save from Ziyech after Juventus were opened up again and then turned Van de Beek’s curling shot over for a corner.Juventus were rocking but, ironically, Ajax’s winner came from an old-fashioned header as De Ligt outjumped two defenders to score.Ajax had chances for further goals and Ronaldo’s frustration boiled over in stoppage time when he was booked for a lunging tackle from behind near the centre circle.Also Watch:
Manchester City Belief key to Sterling success as Guardiola laughs at ‘crazy’ Mendy Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 15:44 11/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester City Southampton Manchester City v Southampton Premier League Guardiola Raheem Sterling The England international scored in the 96th-minute as Manchester City beat Southampton 2-1, and was hailed by his manager afterwards Pep Guardiola says belief is behind Raheem Sterling’s stellar form for Manchester City after the Englishman’s dramatic last-gasp strike secured victory over Southampton.Sterling was the hero for Premier League-leading City on Wednesday, his 96th-minute goal sealing a 2-1 win against the visiting Saints.Raheem 5/6 to score v West Ham 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 Sterling – with 13 goals in all competitions this season – curled home a sublime winner from the edge of the penalty area in the sixth minute of stoppage time to restore City’s eight-point lead atop the table after 14 matches.Afterwards, City manager Guardiola heaped praise on the 22-year-old England international.”The goal was amazing because there was no space – there were 10 players in the box,” Guardiola said.”Raheem is still young enough [to improve]. He is making steps. I know he is feeling he can do it [change games].”Before, he was feeling shy. His team-mates are giving him confidence.”You have to have the personality to create the pass with Kevin De Bruyne in injury time and put it in [the top corner]. It was a fantastic goal.”Ruptured ACL but who cares after a 95th minute winner #LookAtMeRunning pic.twitter.com/kphW7mNZTH— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) November 29, 2017Sterling’s winner sparked wild celebrations among players and staff, namely injured full-back Benjamin Mendy.Sidelined with a ruptured anterior crucial ligament, French star Mendy did not let that stop him, charging down the touchline to celebrate with Sterling.Asked about the 23-year-old, who arrived from French champions Monaco in the off-season, Guardiola laughed: “Mendy is crazy!”He has a six-month injury and is running!”
Well, the clouds threatened all day on day two of the Seniors NTL and at 4:28pm down the rain came. Not just a sprinkle or a drip or two, but a bucket load. It poured down, along with some great lightning and thunder to match, while the players walked away looking tired, sore and drowned. (“It’s just a sea breeze, it’ll blow away”, CEO Bill Ker tried to tell us. That’s not exactly how I would have described it.) Let’s just say, the fields looked like a swimming pool, the lights were turned on at 4pm and ATA staff refused to leave the office to go down and harass coaches standing in all the wrong spots. On top of that, we were getting ideas about using the Ausport field barriers as a slip and slide in the rain. (See the picture.) At 5:13 the games were postponed, with another two and a half timeslots still to play. The last two timeslots were also postponed and will be played at various times tomorrow morning and tomorrow evening under lights, it is expected games will begin at 7:30am and finish at 10pm! A long day for all! The changes have been uploaded onto the Sporting Pulse website. It was certainly a tough day at the office for many of the players today, with some divisions having another three games in one day. Injuries and weather is certainly starting to take its toll, especially after the heat yesterday and then the bucketing rain this afternoon. Special mention has to go to the ACT Mens 45’s, who look like they should be sponsored by leucoplast or one of the strapping companies. At last count 11 of their 15 players had one, two or three parts of their legs strapped in some way or the other. Despite this however, it’s obvious to all, that the mind of these players, all the players at the NTL, is still willing and able. It’s fantastic to see some the Touch legends out on the field and to see the people who have been involved in our sport for so long, who have encouraged family and friends to get in and give it a go. The ATA would like to send out a special “you go girl!” to Peter Topp, National Technical Manager and Assistant CEO, who’s playing for the ACT Mens 45’s. We’re loving seeing you play Toppy, just please look after those hamstrings. Summary of day two: With so many divisions affected by the game cancellations last night today’s day 2 summary is a little shorter than usual… MENS 30’s: The Mens 30’s were lucky enough to just miss the torrential downpour, with the Sydney Mets and South Queensland Sharks on top of the ladder. The match of the day was no doubt the meeting of the Sydney Mets and Sydney Scorpions, with the Mets winning a close encounter 4-2. Both of these sides will no doubt feature come finals day. Round five also saw a 5-5 draw between the Southern Suns and Brisbane City Cobras, as well as a 5-4 win to the Warriors over the Crusaders. It was certainly a great round of Touch. The Crusaders and the Cyclones are now the only two sides yet to record a win in this division. MENS 35’s: The Mens 35’s was affected by the storm, with half of their round six matches being postpones just into the second half and will be continued at 7:30am Friday. The Sydney Mets and Sydney Scorpions are once again looking the goods, although the Sharks, Suns and Cyclones have all put in some strong performances. The Sydney Mets had a 5-3 win over the Scorpions in their round 5 clash of the titans, while the Suns look on the rise with an 8-3 win over the Warriors. The Sharks also look to be a threat to the Sydney title hopes, a 6-1 win over the Rustlers keeping them in third spot. MENS 40’s: The Mens 40’s was hammered by the storm, with one match to be continued at 7:30am this morning and the others to be played under lights at 9:10pm tonight. The competition is being lead by the Northern Eagles, South Queensland Sharks and Southern Suns. In round five the Sydney Scorpions upstaged defending Champions, the Northern Eagles, to win 6-2, while Touch West defeated the Sydney Mets in an absolute thriller 4-3. The Cyclones and Warriors also played out a great match 2-2. MENS 45’s: Over half of the round 6 matches for the Mens 45’s were also postponed, to be completed at the early hours of 7:30am Friday. The Sydney Scorpions are looking hot, a 9-4 win over the ACT signaling they’ll be keen come finals time. The Sydney Mets, Brisbane City Cobras and Northern Eagles look fill the top four positions along with the Scorpions, MENS 50’s: An entire round of the Mens 50’s was postponed and will be played at 7:30pm and 8:20pm Friday night. The Sydney Mets and Hunter Western Hornets remain undefeated and their match at 8:20pm will be a good one no doubt. WOMENS 30’s: The Crusaders and Sydney Scorpions are sitting on top of the ladder, both yet to lose a match. Their final round on day two was also cancelled and will be replayed on Friday afternoon. The meeting of the Scorpions and Crusaders at 10:10am Friday will no doubt be a good indication of what’s to expect come finals time. The match of the day in the Womens 30’s was the Rustlers 5-4 win over the Southern Suns, it was close and exciting. WOMENS 35’s: The Womens 35’s division played two matches each today, with all being close fought affairs. The match of the day in the 35’s division went to the 2-2 draw between the Southern Suns and the Hunter Western Hornets. After four rounds the only team yet to register a win is the North Queensland Cyclones. They will play one more match each tomorrow morning, before the fourth and fifth placed teams will play for a spot in the semi finals against the top three sides. WOMENS 40’s: After four rounds in the Womens 40’s, the Sydney Scorpions are the only undefeated team, although they did record a 2-2 draw against the Cyclones earlier in the week. The Northern Eagles were runners up in 2004 and were on top of the ladder after the first two rounds yesterday. In their grand final rematch the Sydney Scorpions held on to a tight 2-1 victory. By Rachel Moyle, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Global Citizen movement continues its efforts to motivate and educate socially-active youth about the causes and consequences of extreme poverty with a newly announced DC-area concert featuring Tiesto, Above & Beyond, Krewella, Alvin Risk, and more.Presented in partnership with World Childhood Foundation, the multi-act ‘Thank You Festival’ will take place June 26, 2014 at Merriweather Post Pavilion. The event will recognize the pivotal role of U.S. foreign aid in helping to cut global child deaths by nearly one-half since 1990, and will emphasize the topic of child survival and protection.The ‘Thank You Festival’ will focus attention on the world’s children, asking leaders to not only ensure children survive beyond their first years, but also that they have an opportunity to thrive throughout their childhood to reach their development potential. The concert will also underscore the fact that today’s youth considers the wellbeing of children across the world to be a human rights imperative.“To become a global citizen, we must extend our compassion beyond our borders. The United States has played a pivotal role in leading child survival and protection efforts worldwide and this event celebrates that,” said Hugh Evans, CEO of The Global Poverty Project. “But this is also a chance to educate the younger generation and motivate our leaders to act. The bottom line is increased investment in child survival initiatives could ensure that no child dies for the lack of a 30 cent vaccine.”Globally renowned headliner Tiesto stated, “Through my work with the World Childhood Foundation, I’ve learned about the millions of kids who are battling abuse and even dying from diseases that have known cures. I hope all my fans will join me in working with these amazing organizations to help these children all around the world live and become healthy and strong so they can enjoy their childhoods.”Princess Madeleine of Sweden, an Ambassador for World Childhood Foundation stated, “Every child deserves a happy childhood. Yet, children around the world still face insecurity in the form of abuse and sexual exploitation. Together we can help children live a childhood free from disease, violence and abuse on the path to a sustainable world without extreme poverty by 2030.”Since 1990, U.S. aid dollars have helped to significantly reduce the number of children who die before their fifth birthday. U.S. aid funding has also helped to cut new polio cases from 1000 a day in 1990, to just 1 a day in 2013, preventing millions of children from becoming disabled. Despite the encouraging statistics, 6.6 million children under five still die each year, most from preventable causes. Children from all socioeconomic backgrounds continue to face challenges of exploitation and abuse, preventing them from having a happy and healthy childhood. Concertgoers can learn about the role the U.S. has played in helping to ensure children everywhere can live a healthy, full life by visiting globalcitizen.org.Tickets to the ‘Thank You Festival’ go on sale to the public on Friday, April 11 at www.ticketfly.com. One hundred free tickets will be given away through globalcitizen.org, where fans can take “action” to encourage the United States government to continue its efforts to keep millions of children alive.The ‘Thank You Festival,’ is named after World Childhood Foundation’s global initiative, Thank You by Childhood. The event builds on the success of the 2012 and 2013 Global Citizen Festivals on the Great Lawn in Central Park in New York City, and the Global Citizen Nights concert series, which launched in March 2013 with a concert by The Fray in Austin, TX.This event is produced by AEG Live in partnership with Global Citizen and World Childhood Foundation. It is generously supported by the United Postcode Lotteries and Clear Channel, and is promoted in association with Glow Washington, DC.For more information and a chance to win free tickets visit, visit www.globalcitizen.org/thankyou.
PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea — The U.S., Japan, New Zealand and Australia say they’ll bring electricity to 70 per cent of Papua New Guinea’s people by 2030, boosting the West’s response to growing Chinese influence in the South Pacific.The four countries and Papua New Guinea signed the electricification agreement Sunday at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting behind held in the capital Port Moresby.U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence says it shows the strength of their commitment to the region.Only about 20 per cent of Papua New Guinea’s 8 million people have electricity and for a significant proportion of them the supply is not reliable.The announcement comes after the U.S., Japan and Australia in July announced a joint effort to finance infrastructure in Pacific island states which China has aggressively wooed with loans and aid.The Associated Press
Eleven countries shared their experiences measuring land degradation while linking it to poverty levels s at the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Changwon, Republic of Korea (ROK). China, for example, revealed that poverty rates declined with a concurrent increase in productive land between 2000 and 2009.The data provided will be used to create global indicators as there are currently no agreed universal scientific measures for desertification, largely because of the lack of available data.According to UNCCD, every decade an area of productive land the size of South Africa is lost due to land degradation, and reversing this phenomenon has become a priority to achieve sustainable development as the global population continues to grow, requiring an increase in food production.The 11 countries taking part in the desertification measurement initiative, known as the UNCCD Impact Indicators Pilot Programme, are: Algeria, Argentina, China, Colombia, Mexico, Portugal, Senegal, South Africa, Spain and Tunisia. 19 October 2011Better measurement standards for land degradation and poverty were the focus of discussions today at the United Nations desertification conference, with country representatives and scientific experts debating effective ways to establish global indicators to measure land degradation.
30 December 2011The head of the United Nations refugee agency voiced deep regret today at the killing of a Somali refugee leader in the Dadaab complex in north-eastern Kenya, describing the slaying as senseless. António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), issued a statement after last night’s killing of the chairperson of a community peace and security team in Hagadera camp, which is part of Dadaab.The man – whose name has not yet been released – was shot several times as he entered his compound about 7:45 p.m., according to UNHCR, which said the gunmen reportedly escaped. The victim was rushed to a camp hospital and later died as he was being evacuated to Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, for further treatment.The peace and security team which the man headed is run by refugee residents in Dadaab, and UNHCR said they have been instrumental in helping to maintain security inside the camp.Dadaab is the world’s largest refugee settlement, home to more than 460,000 people, overwhelmingly Somalis who have fled famine and fighting in their neighbouring homeland.Aside from the humanitarian suffering and violence, Somalia remains beset by political tensions, and the UN and other international organizations have been working to help Somalis resolve their differences.In a statement issued late today by his spokesperson, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended Somali political leaders for committing under the so-called Garoowe Principles to a clear process and timeline for finalizing a draft constitution, reform of Parliament and the conclusion of the transition.“The Secretary-General reminds the leaders that the people of Somalia and the international community expect them to keep up the momentum on the Roadmap and resolve outstanding differences to enable the transition to be completed on time,” the statement noted.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 10, 2012 6:19 pm MDT Quebec finance minister backtracks on plan to abolish health tax QUEBEC – The Parti Quebecois government’s minority status has forced it to backtrack on a major campaign promise.The PQ had promised to abolish an annual $200 health tax paid by all Quebecers.But Finance Minister Nicolas Marceau said Wednesday the tax will vary on a sliding scale, depending on income.”I agree that we’re not relieving (the burden) on the middle class as much as we wanted to,” Marceau told a news conference.”We can’t go much further given the government’s minority situation.”The PQ won 54 seats in the 125-seat national assembly in last month’s election, four more than the Liberals who introduced the health tax a few years ago. The Coalition for Quebec’s Future won 19 seats.Both Opposition parties were opposed to the abolition of the tax.”We want to be a government that listens,” said Marceau.Under Marceau’s new proposal, someone earning between $18,000 and $42,000 will pay a health tax of between $1 and $199, while those earning between $42,000 and $130,000 will continue to pay $200.The tax goes up for those who earn more, hitting a maximum of $1,000 for individuals earning more than $150,000.The new measures will kick in for the year 2013 when Quebecers send in their tax returns in the spring of 2014.Former Liberal finance minister Raymond Bachand accused the PQ of not being transparent during the election campaign.”This was one of their major campaign promises and today Quebec voters have been betrayed,” said Bachand, one of three candidates in the race to succeed Jean Charest as Liberal leader.”I had voters come up to me and tell me they didn’t vote for me because of the health tax.”Marceau said the new system will mean four million taxpayers won’t pay any health tax whatsoever or will see their contribution reduced as of 2013.Quebec is also hiking the income tax rate for people who earn $100,000.Quebec has decided to not increase the capital gains tax. It has also abandoned plans to reduce a tax credit on dividends.
Leaders of the commercial vehicle industry descended on the British Museum today for the Commercial Vehicle Forum 2013 organised by SMMT, the Road Haulage Association and the Institute of Road Transport Engineers.In his first public address as Under Secretary of State for Transport, Robert Goodwill opened the event, telling delegates how the UK freight and logistics industry, worth £75 billion and employing more than two million across 190,000 companies, was vital to economic growth.Goodwill also reaffirmed government’s investment of more than £24 billion to deliver 52 new national road projects, and outlined plans to triple annual investment in road enhancements to more than £3 billion by 2021. “Over 400 miles of improved motorways will be added, linking a number of stretches to create a smart motorway corridor between the north, west, Birmingham and London,” he said.With commercial vehicles as the basis of the logistics sector’s development, and having pushed for it when he was in the opposition, Goodwill said he was pleased to see the trial of longer, heavier vehicles now in full flow. “Longer trailers enable freight companies to transport bulk goods more efficiently, and will give economic and environmental benefits,” he commented, adding that the change in the allocation procedure to a first come, first served basis had led to requests for an additional 500 longer semi-trailers, to be delivered in the next six months.Finally, Goodwill vowed to deal with the issue of the length of time taken to book appointments for inspections, and said that VOSA will be working closely with trade bodies, especially SMMT, to identify and address concerns with delays.Click through to see Robert Goodwill’s speech in full.Varied and lively debatesThe CV Forum debates featured a variety of speakers from all corners of the industry, who addressed key issues that affected efficiency and offered solutions to help operators improve their effectiveness.Responding to the question of how government spending cuts were affecting transport businesses, Giles Margerison, Sales Manager, TomTom Business Solutions, called on operators to embrace technology, such as his own telematics systems, to save money. “We have a great sector, and we see these challenges more as opportunities that wouldn’t have been presented to us if it wasn’t for the spending cuts.”David Weller, Former Head of UK logistics, at the Mothercare Group, and Transport Manager (UK), at WH Smith, agreed, saying that while the 400 Mothercare stores might not represent a huge retail network, every penny spent on fuel meant an increase in costs across the fleet. This, he said, lead to difficult decisions within the company that wouldn’t normally have to be made. “Mothercare invested in telematics technology and got a payback in six months,” he revealed. “It allows assessment of driver efficiency, and the data that you get back on individual drivers enables you to educate them, reduce delivery times and save money.”The debate then moved to out-of-hours deliveries, with Weller suggesting that last year’s Olympics had made operators re-think how they deliver goods. “There are legal and environmental issues, but it would be worth looking at ways in which we could make out of hours deliveries work in the future,” he proposed. Margerison made the point that the technology was already available to help people become more efficient with keeping track of delivery times, and it was essential to use it to “keep the wheels of industry turning.”Henry Foy, Automotive Correspondent at the Financial Times, drew from his time in India, to highlight how restrictions in daytime deliveries had changed things for the better. “There is an opportunity for hauliers to work with all other parties to look for possible solutions,” he commented.When talking about the most important future technology, and the effect it could have, Sarwant Singh, Senior Partner at Frost and Sullivan raised the prospect of autonomous vehicles. “They would save a lot of costs for operators, even platooning vehicles would help improve efficiencies,” he said.Light Commercial Vehicle regulationAway from heavy vehicles, there was some discussion about vans, largely regarding the need for their regulation, amid concerns of their maintainance, and the standard of drivers. “Regulation would bring to light a lot of vehicles that may not be roadworthy,” commented Beverley Bell, Senior Traffic Commissioner. “The drivers have no formal qualifications and the MOT pass rate is around 50% at the moment. With more people buying products online, and more vans on the road, it is only going to get worse,” she added.Laura Moran, Commercial Vehicle Director at Hertz UK, said that her company felt a responsibility to impart their knowledge onto those driving its vans and recognised there is a huge option for education of drivers, and the need to maintain the momentum of the FTA’s Van Excellence Scheme. “Training means better drivers and more efficiency, which means more revenues and profits for transport operators,” she reasoned.Bell agreed, highlighting the importance of the behaviour of the driver, and the van’s maintenance. On the latter point, she referred to regulation for commercial vehicle repairers. “If we don’t have industry standards, how can we say we are doing it right,” she questioned. “The IRTE’s irtec accreditation scheme offers a third-party maintenance qualification, and with innovations such as that, I think we can be leaders on maintenance schemes in the future.Later on in proceedings, referring back to the topic of longer semi-trailers, Singh offered another suggestion: “I think we should also trial megatrucks. Planes and trains are getting bigger, so why not trucks?”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Zoos français : un bilan désastreuxUn rapport qui a été présenté hier au Parlement européen montre à quel point les zoos français ne respectent pas suffisamment les animaux.Une enquête évaluant 25 zoos sélectionnés au hasard parmi les 300 à 900 zoos français montre que les animaux en captivité ne vivent pas dans des conditions adéquates. Non seulement la sécurité des visiteurs n’est pas assurée puisqu’ “en moyenne, un zoo sur cinq mettait le public en danger de blessure ou d’exposition aux maladies”, mais en plus les animaux sont conservés dans des cages trop petites ou des enclos mal adaptés.À lire aussiLe chat de Pallas, un félin sauvage aussi irrésistible que méconnuLes ONG à l’origine de ce rapport qui a été présenté au Parlement européen ont illustré leurs propos de photos montrant ces conditions de détention et précisant que les zoos français “ne fournissent pas suffisamment d’informations significatives et de valeur sur les espèces qu’ils exposent”. Ils sont ainsi d’une valeur éducative “limitée” et ne contribuent que “très faiblement” à la conservation de la biodiversité. De plus, ils “ne prennent pas suffisamment leur responsabilité sur la santé et le bien-être de tous leurs animaux”, affirme le rapport.Sciences et Avenir précise que ce rapport est le dernier d’une série qui dresse un tableau complet de la situation des zoos européens. Les études effectuées en Autriche, en Bulgarie, à Chypre, en Estonie, en Grèce, en Irlande, en Lettonie, en Lituanie et en Roumanie ont également fait l’objet d’un rapport. Les premières études révélaient déjà que les normes n’étaient pas respectées dans de nombreux zoos à travers l’Union Européenne et que la loi européenne en la matière n’était pas respectée, comme l’indique Daniel Turner, le biologiste chargé de ce projet d’évaluation.Le 26 mai 2011 à 16:04 • Emmanuel Perrin
Le Samsung Galaxy S2 est prêt pour Ice Cream SandwichLe Samsung Galaxy S2 et le Nexus S auront le droit à une petite cure de jouvence en passant à Android 4.0 dans les prochains jours.Les mises à jour sur les smartphones Android sont un véritable casse-tête, les constructeurs devant chacun opérer leurs modifications pour chaque mobile de leur catalogue avant de mettre en ligne le logiciel. Les possesseurs de Samsung Galaxy S2 et de Nexus S auront donc la joie d’apprendre que leurs mobiles préférés pourront profiter des améliorations d’Ice Cream Sandwich, soit la version 4.0 d’Android.À lire aussiArirang AS1201, Achim : la Corée du Nord se dote d’un smartphone Android et d’une tablette tactile Pour le Nexus S, Google a annoncé que la mise à jour était dans les tuyaux. Selon Clubic, elle s’effectuera par vagues dans les semaines à venir, via un téléchargement “over-the-air”. Pas besoin donc de raccorder son téléphone à son ordinateur et de réinstaller un système tout entier, seules les modifications seront amenées dans le smartphone. Les versions GSM sont déjà prêtes à l’emploi, les européens ayant un Nexus S peuvent à priori déjà opérer la transition.Pour les Galaxy S2, Samsung travaille à modifier Ice Cream Sandwich pour y inclure TouchWizz, son interface propriétaire qui vient en sur-couche. Un site internet a pourtant mis à disposition une version bêta d’Android en 4.0.1, qui aurait été compilée directement par les équipes de Samsung. La prudence est donc de mise si vous souhaitez immédiatement profiter de l’Android nouveau, mais elle montre que Samsung aussi souhaite rapidement faire basculer son téléphone vedette vers Ice Cream Sandwich.Le 25 décembre 2011 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambert
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Share your voice Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Tech Industry,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. 7 Apple iPhone XS The Cheapskate 0 Boost Mobile Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Sarah Tew/CNET See It Sarah Tew/CNET $6 at Tidal Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See at Turo Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $999 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $60 at Best Buy $59 at eBay Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Tags Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $210 at Best Buy Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Southwest was one of the airlines impacted by Monday’s delays. John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images Computer problems are causing flight delays across the US Monday.The Federal Aviation Administration said airports in Chicago, New York, Boston, Atlanta, Miami and Detroit suffered computer issues, the Associated Press reported.There was an outage with a vendor that gives flight planning data to several carriers, Southwest Airlines told the AP. The news gathering service noted that some Delta flights were impacted too.However, the FAA later tweeted that the issue has been resolved and travelers should contact their airlines to see if their flight will be delayed.”Several airlines are experiencing issues with a non-FAA flight-planning weight and balance program called Aerodata,” the FAA said in an emailed statement.”Mainline operations and regional operations are affected to varying degrees. Airlines included Southwest (SWA), United (UAL), JetBlue (JBU), Alaska (ASA) and Delta (DAL),” it said.Southwest issued a 40-minute internal ground stop as a result of the problem and anticipated “scattered flight delays,” a spokesperson said via email. A ground stop slows or halts the flow of aircraft inbound to a given airport.A Delta spokesperson added, via email, that “no cancellations are expected due to the issue and our teams are working to resolve some resulting delays.” Read the AirPods review Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). See It How United Airlines prepares a Boeing 777 between flights Read the Rylo camera preview Read DJI Osmo Action preview $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See at Amazon Angela Lang/CNET DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $155 at Google Express $299 at Amazon Originally published April 1, 5:45 a.m. PT.Update, 7:29 a.m. PT: Adds more details.Update, 8:36 a.m. PT: Adds statements from Delta and Southwest. Rylo DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Best Buy Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Read Google Home Hub review Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See It See it Share your voice Chris Monroe/CNET Turo Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 2:33 Tags Post a comment Amazon $520 at HP Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Comments $999 Sprint TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Now playing: Watch this: