The money chase, 2016: A historian who oversees NIH’s budget looks to compromise and takes the long view

first_imgNext week, the Obama administration will kick off the annual U.S. budget process by sending Congress its spending request for the 2016 fiscal year that begins in October. Researchers will be watching the 2 February budget rollout carefully, to see where science ranks in the White House’s priorities. But the request is just the beginning, because Congress determines final spending levels in a process that isn’t likely to be finalized until late in the year.This week, ScienceInsider is running a few stories that offer varying perspectives on the process of setting science budgets—and the people involved. Yesterday, we met Representative John Culberson (R–TX), the new leader of the House of Representatives spending panel that oversees the budgets of NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other key research agencies. Tomorrow, we’ll follow the money and look at some of the numbers. Today, we meet a former historian who is the new head of a House spending panel that oversees the budget of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the major federal funder of basic biomedical research. If you’re shocked that a member of the Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives would cite a Marxist historian in defending peer review at a federal agency, then you don’t know Representative Tom Cole (R–OK).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(*)The 65-year-old Oklahoman has stayed below the radar screen of most U.S. scientists, despite serving in Congress since 2003 and holding a Ph.D. in history. But that’s about to change: This month he takes the reins of what is traditionally the most contentious of the 12 appropriations panels that set federal budgets, the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-H) subcommittee. Its portfolio includes NIH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Cole’s impeccable conservative credentials have made him very useful to House Speaker John Boehner (R–OH) in maintaining ties to the party’s unruly right wing. But Cole also has earned the reputation as a pragmatic legislator, someone who seeks common ground rather than ideological purity on contentious issues. And when discussion turns to the current fight in Congress over whether NSF and other federal agencies are making poor decisions about which research grants to fund, Cole sounds more like the history professor he once aspired to be than a partisan politician.“Now, [E. P.] Thompson is not a guy I’d agree with philosophically,” Cole told ScienceInsider during an interview earlier this month in his Capitol Hill office, referring to the influential British socialist historian. “But his [1963] book—The Making of the English Working Class—was great social analysis and a groundbreaking piece of work.”The idea of studying the diet of people in Victorian England “may not sound like real history to someone who thinks all history should be about politicians and wars,” notes Cole, whose own dissertation was on the origins and evolution of a working-class village in London’s East End. “But historians have a pretty good sense of what type of research should be pursued. And I don’t think that people who aren’t historians should be deciding whether that type of research should be done. So I have to come down more on the side of scientists on this one than the politicians.”Perils of one-party ruleCole has watched his home state of Oklahoma change from a Democrat bastion to a Republican stronghold within his political lifetime. And even though Cole has benefited from that switch, he doesn’t think it’s good for the country to have blue and red enclaves.“I don’t have a Democratic congressman living within 200 miles of me in any direction,” he says. “There are none in Arkansas, none in Kansas, none in northern Texas. And Republicans hold almost every state office in Oklahoma. It’s almost the precise opposite of when I got into politics in 1980, when Republicans had one of the state’s six congressional seats and one of two Senate seats, and one of 13 statewide offices. And this makes it extremely difficult for one side to understand the other.”In fact, Cole says his affiliation with the Republican Party is due to his mother’s belief in a strong, two-party system. The family moved around a lot because his father was a noncommissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force, Cole recalls, and “every place she went where there was a competitive two-party system, government was better: more transparent and honest and efficient. She was what I call a Lord Acton Republican: She believed that power corrupts when there’s way too much of it on one side.”“She pledged that when my dad retired and we came back to Oklahoma, she’d become a member of the other party,” he adds. “I like to say that, if she were choosing today, she’d probably become a Democrat.”Cole’s political beliefs were sorely tested at the liberal-leaning Grinnell College in Iowa in the late 1960s. Terry Parssinen, then a young history professor at the college, recalls that Cole “had to keep his head down; there was certainly no Young Republican club on campus.” Cole agrees: “You didn’t talk politics at Grinnell if you were a Republican.”Instead, Cole talked history with Parssinen. “He was the best student in a class of very good students,” says Parssinen, now at the University of Tampa in Florida. “A brilliant scholar, very thoughtful, and he tended not to be impulsive. He just seemed to be drawn to working-class, British history.”Parssinen and his wife, Carol, befriended undergraduates Cole and his wife, Ellen. Several years later the couples reconnected in London when Cole, on a Fulbright scholarship, was living in the working-class neighborhood and interviewing residents for his dissertation. “They asked us about being an academic, and I had every expectation that he would follow in our footsteps,” says Carol Parssinen, an English professor who was then teaching in Grinnell’s semester-abroad program.Cole says he did, too. But stronger forces steered him in another direction.After starting a Ph.D. history program at Yale University, he left in 1974 with a master’s degree after deciding that “the history market was collapsing, and I also missed home.” However, a decision to enroll in law school at the University of Oklahoma (OU), Norman, had an even shorter shelf life.“Well, it took about a semester for me to realize that I hated law school,” he says. “There was a torts case about whether a bunch of guys on a company bowling team could keep their shirts after getting in a fight with the company. And I remember thinking that 6 months ago I was at Yale, deciding who was responsible for starting World War I.”So Cole decided to give history a second chance. The chair of OU’s history department knew his former adviser at Grinnell, Cole says, and offered him a full scholarship and a teaching assistantship. Cole took it in a heartbeat. “Sometimes God opens a door for you, and you walk through it,” he explains.It took him almost a decade to earn his Ph.D. And what he learned from his immersion in that working-class community would not have been out of place coming from a labor leader, or a liberal historian: “Urban renewal programs designed to rebuild proletarian districts should incorporate features which strengthen rather than weaken local communities,” he writes in his 1984 dissertation. “All decisions should take into account the social benefits of communal life.”By then, however, he was hooked on politics. His mother, Helen, had lost her first race for the Oklahoma state legislature in 1976, while he was abroad, and Cole felt personally responsible for her defeat. “So I told her that, if she decided to run again, I would learn how to run her campaign,” Cole recalls. “Well, she won, so I thought, ‘This is kinda cool.’ ” She never lost again, serving a total of five terms in the state House and Senate. And Cole ran every campaign.Historian Gary Cohen, part of Cole’s dissertation committee and a member of the OU faculty for 25 years, sees Helen’s victory as a seminal event in Cole’s life. “Politics became the family business,” says Cohen, now at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.Cole began working for other Republican politicians, first locally and eventually for the national party. “I still fantasized about going back to academia,” he says. “But the job opportunities were always greater for me in politics. And I was probably better at it, too.”Eventually, he became a candidate himself. In 2002 he won an open congressional seat in a solidly Republican district, and since then he has been re-elected comfortably six times.The art of compromiseSince arriving in Washington, D.C., Cole has been on a fast track within the Republican House leadership. He is one of only three Republicans who serve on both the Appropriations and Budget committees, giving him a front-row seat in spending decisions. He’s also part of the House Republican majority’s inner circle: In addition to sitting on the rules committee, which decides what legislation will move to the floor, he is a deputy whip and a member of the Republican Steering Committee.Although Cole’s party credentials are impeccable, Democrats say he’s also willing to listen to other points of view. “He has a strong partisan background, but he does not lean over backward to put politics over substance,” says David Obey, a liberal Democrat from Wisconsin who spent 42 years in Congress before retiring in 2010 and who chaired the overall Appropriations Committee as well as Labor-H. “I think he tries to see that people behave as adults.”That approach should come in handy at Labor-H, which is often ground zero for battles between liberals and conservatives over Obamacare, abortion rights, the federal role in education, and other cultural litmus tests. Cole says he plans to hold numerous committee hearings so that members can thrash out their differences and move toward common ground.That’s a good idea, agrees the ranking Democrat on the panel, Representative Rosa DeLauro (D–CT), who has already met with Cole. “He wants the subcommittee to be more active, and I reminded him that we used to bring in all the NIH institute directors and really get a chance to hear what they are doing,” she says.However, both Cole and DeLauro know that talk is no substitute for money. “The real problem is that our [302(b)] allocation has been woefully inadequate, and raising it is both his goal and my goal,” says DeLauro, referring to the top-line allotment of money that the subcommittee receives to fund all of the agencies and programs within its jurisdiction. Unless and until the Labor-H allocation increases, Cole isn’t promising that he can deliver a big boost for NIH, or even allow it to keep pace with inflation.  “Until people above the Appropriations Committee pay grade actually come to an agreement on the appropriate balance and sources of revenue and entitlement reform, we’re going to have this problem across the discretionary budget. Whether you’re a defense hawk or if you believe in a robust federal role in research, you’re both facing the need for some hard choices.”Cole’s own list of priorities starts with maintaining a strong military and protecting the National Weather Service’s Weather Forecast Office in Norman—his nearby hometown of Moore has been hit by several devastating tornadoes. He’s a strong advocate for the Indian Health Service. (As a Chickasaw, he’s one of two Native Americans in Congress, and his rural district has a sizable Indian population.) He’s also a fan of NIH’s Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program, which steers research funds to states like Oklahoma that get relatively little federal science funding.Some biomedical lobbyists think the IDeA program isn’t the best use of scarce NIH resources. But Cole defends its value in making have-not states more competitive for NIH funding.“First of all, it’s not a very large pot of money [$273 million in a $30 billion NIH budget],” he begins. “And second, there are political and academic biases. … I don’t think there’s any shortage of human talent, but I do think that resources get directed disproportionately in some ways. And programs that make sure states that historically have been overlooked, or that give colleges a chance to show what they can do, make a lot of sense to me.”“I think that maintaining a national scientific base is just as important as maintaining a national industrial base,” he adds. “And that’s what these programs are designed to do.”The Labor-H committee is also responsible for education and workforce development. Aware of their political sensitivity, Cole declined to answer a series of questions from ScienceInsider relating to the topics, from whether NIH should do more for young scientists to the value of the Common Core, a voluntary set of language arts and mathematics education standards available to the states.“I need to learn more about how NIH works before I pontificate on what it should do,” he says. “But within education, what interests me the most are things that improve access for historically excluded communities or that help people with no college background to get prepared for college. I’m a big believer in programs like TRIO and GEAR UP [which provide scholarships for disadvantaged students].”Legislators are students, too, Cole says, and they are constantly looking for the best teachers. “There’s always some constituent who knows more about what I’m voting on than I do,” he begins, “and their job is to find a way to educate me. But they have to realize that they aren’t the only person I represent. There are lots of constituencies with a lot of competing interests. But the more educated you make me, frankly, the more likely I am to be effective in representing your point of view.”Legislators also look to their colleagues on both sides of the aisle for answers, in ways that Cole says can be mutually beneficial. “When Vern Ehlers [a retired Republican representative from Michigan] was here, he used to joke that he really was a rocket scientist,” Cole says. “But my point is, I would listen to him or to Rush Holt [the retired Democratic representative and physicist from New Jersey who is the incoming CEO of AAAS, which publishes ScienceInsider], about science and how the research process works. They both knew what they were talking about in a way that I never could. And I might have a chance to vote on something that was important to them on a committee that they didn’t serve on.”In the end, Cole says, his job as an appropriator is “to get the deal done.” And that’s where he hopes his ability to listen will pay off. “There will be things we’ll fight about, and they are fairly predictable,” he says. “But if you have enough hearings, I promise you that you’ll find some things that both sides can agree upon, and you’ll surprise one another.”Click here to see all of our Budget 2016 coverage.last_img read more

NBA: Leonard’s rehab going slower than Parker’s, coach Popovich says

first_imgSan Antonio Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge (12) and Tony Parker, of France, congratulate Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) after his go-ahead 3-point basket with less than 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Monday, March 6, 2017, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 112-110.  AP/Darren AbateThe San Antonio Spurs have managed a strong start to the 2017-2018 NBA season so far, notching a 6-4 record despite the absence of cornerstones Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker due to injuries.Parker appeared to have suffered the more serious setback, rupturing his quadriceps tendon during the playoffs last season, while Leonard is currently nursing a badly sprained ankle from the post-season as well.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Folayang banking on experience against Nguyen: ‘I have been fighting for a long time’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:15DOH wants a drug rehab center in every region01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games However, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich revealed that the speedy point guard is most likely to return to the hardwood earlier than the lanky superstar.“He’s just coming along more slowly, for whatever reason,” the three-time NBA Coach of the Year described Leonard’s rehab process to San Antonio Express-News’ Tom Orsborn.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s just been more difficult for him to get through the rehab routine. His body hasn’t reacted the same way.”“Pop” also asked fans to be a tad more patient, as both players are striving to get back on the court and are on the right track back to being fully healthy. Read Next “Tony is at the point where he has been going five-on-five and that sort of thing. He’s not totally confident. It will be a few more weeks,” he said.  “But he’s definitely going in the right direction, and so is Kawhi. It’s just been taking a little bit longer,” he said.  Khristian Ibarrola /ra John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Virender Sehwag lauds Harbhajan Singh’s sensational journey as the Turbanator turns 37

first_imgIndia’s spin king Harbhajan Singh is celebrating his 37th birth anniversary.Wishes poured in from all corners of the world with past and presnt cricketers leading the way. His longtime India teammate, legendary batsman Virender Sehwag made a revelation about Harbhajan’s singh life journey.Hpy B’day @harbhajan_singh Frm thinking of going to Canada & bcum a truck driver to support family,to bcmng 1 of d best bowlers,grt journey Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 3 July 2017Harbhajan also got a special message from wife Geeta Basra, who posted a photograph on her Instagram account captioned, “Happy burrdayyyy Pati Dev.. love you #bestlifepartner #soulmate #birthdayboy @harbhajan3.”Happy birthday @harbhajan_singh have a good one paji!!lots of love ?? to your family and beautiful daughter ?????º?????? Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) 2 July 2017Happy birthday @harbhajan_singh …. To many more fun times. And yes you are number 1???????? Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) 2 July 2017Happy birthday @harbhajan_singh have a great one bro- Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) 2 July 2017Happy birthday bhajjupa..wish u great year…love to the family…@harbhajan_singh parthiv patel (@parthiv9) 2 July 2017@harbhajan_singh happy birthday brother have a good one!- Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) 2 July 2017@harbhajan_singh happy birthday Bhaju ..may god bless u and ur family ..have a great day- Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) 2 July 2017Many many happy returns bhajju pa have a greatest year. Best Regards to the family @harbhajan_singhadvertisement- Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) 3 July 2017Harbhajan made his debut for India in 1998 as a 19-year-old in a Test match against Australia in Bengaluru. He went onto play 103 Tests bagging 417 wickets and is among the only 12 bowlers in history to take more than 400 wickets in the format.Harbhajan also played 236 One Day Internationls pocketing 269 wickets with the white ball.Harbhajan was a regular member of the Test squad until India’s dismal tour of England in 2011. Since that period, he has played only five more matches with his last appearance in 2015 in Sri Lanka.In 2001, Harbhajan became the first Indian to take a hat-trick in Test cricket when he bamboozled Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne to achieve the feat in the second match of the series at the Eden Gardens. Harbhajan picked 13 wickets in that match as India made one of the greatest comebacks to beat favourites Australia.Following on, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid put on a mammoth 376-run stand as India declared their second innings at a massive 657 for seven. Laxman had scored 281 while Dravid hit 180.Chasing 394 for a win, Australia were off to a solid opening stand before Harbhajan ripped apart Australian batting line-up with 6/73 to give India a historic win to level the three-match series 1-1.Harbhajan’s record in the Indian Premier League (IPL) is as outstanding as his international figures. He has been playing for the Mumbai Indians since the very beginning in 2008 and has picked up 127 wickets and scored 799 runs in 136 matches with one five-wicket haul.He also led an unfancied Mumbai Indians team to Champions League glory in 2011 with a squad full of young and inexperienced players.last_img read more

Virat Kohli rested, Rohit Sharma named India captain for ODI series vs Sri Lanka

first_imgVirat Kohli has been rested for three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka in December. Kohli had said before the start of the Kolkata Test that he was human and would ask for a break if he needed to.”It’s humanly impossible to maintain the same kind of intensity for a player who plays all three formats. Definitely, I do need a rest. When I think that my body needs to be rested, I’ll ask for it. I am not a robot you can cut my skin and check, I bleed,” Kohli had said.Kohli has so far featured in 9 Tests, 26 ODIs and 10 T20 Internationals this year, becoming the busiest Indian player since January. In the course of a hectic year, Kohli has amassed over 2000 international runs including 10 hundreds.In Kohl’s absence, Rohit Sharma will lead the side in the three-match series.Rohit Sharma will be India’s 24th ODI captain and the 7th Mumbai player to do so!#INDvSL- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 27, 2017WATCH FULL VIDEOAll-rounder Hardik Pandya, who was rested for the Test series, makes a comeback. Ajinkya Rahane has also retained his place in the side after a spectacular run of form against Australia.Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who took a break from the ongoing Test series to get married, has been named in the side for the ODIs.The only new addition to the team was pacer Sidhart Kaul.Besides, there were no major surprises in the ODI squad.#TeamIndia for the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka announced #INDvSLadvertisementRohit (capt), Shikhar, Ajinkya, Shreyas, Manish, Kedar, Dinesh, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik, Axar, Kuldeep, Chahal, Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar, Sidharth Kaul BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 2017 INDIA ODI SQUAD VS SRI LANKA: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sidharth KaulSHIKHAR DHAWAN BACK FOR DELHI TESTThere were no other changes for the third and final Test against Sri Lanka in Delhi. However, Shikhar Dhawan, who had asked for a break from the Nagpur Test, was recalled into the side.#TeamIndia for the 3rd and final Test against Sri Lanka announced #INDvSLVirat (Capt), Vijay, Rahul, Shikhar, Pujara, Rahane (vc) , Rohit, Saha (wk), Ashwin, Jadeja, Kuldeep, Shami, Umesh, Ishant, Vijay Shankar BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 2017 INDIA SQUAD FOR DELHI TEST: Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain) , Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Vijay Shankarlast_img read more


first_imgKos Sports X-Blades have provided marketing material to TFA and this will be distributed to all affiliates in the near future to enable all members to access the full range of Kos Sports X-Blades products available. Touch Football Australia (TFA) announced a three-year partnership with Kos Sports X-Blades at the National Youth Camp over the weekend that will create exciting mutual opportunities and benefits for both the sport of Touch Football and the highly respected Sporting Goods giant.TFA National Men’s Open Coach Tony Trad, and Kos Sports X-Blades sponsored player, World Cup champion Garry Sonda, were on hand to help usher in the new arrangement.  TFA will benefit at affiliate, State, and National level, with incentives for National Players, individual States, Staff, and Referees that will involve various provision of products over the terms of the three-year corroboration.TFA will also broker the opportunity for affiliates to sell Kos Sports X-Blades products as a viable revenue stream.X-Blades originated in 1989 and Kos Sports in 1992. The company was originally established as a football boot manufacturer but has since branched into sportswear and hard goods in the mainstream sports market.Kos Sports X-Blades is the current license holder for the West Tigers Apparel and Boots (NRL), Netball Queensland, NSW, WA, and Tasmania Shoe supplier, Official Footwear supplier to the NSWRL, and Touch New Zealand.Kos Sports X-Blades also has an impressive log of super star players from across the various football codes on its books.Stephen Larkham (ACT Brumbies, ARU) Brett Hodgson (West-Tigers, NRL) and Adam Campbell (Freemantle, AFL) are a few of the high profile players to wear the Kos Sports X-Blades brand proudly.Prominent Australian Men’s Open Touch Football World Cup heroes Garry Sonda, Ben Robinson, Chris and Ash Farrow, Phil Gyemore, Matt Curran, Peter Stoddart, Joel Willoughby, and Scott Mitchell are amongst X-Blades stable of sponsored stars.X-Blades also boast four of Australia’s World Champion Women’s Open Touch Football Team on their books, including National Captain Sharyn Williams, Shelley Matcham, Teena Mc Ilveen, and Kylie Hilder.The exciting new arrangement between Touch Football Australia and Kos Sports X-Blades also involves the launch of a new Touch Football line called the “Genius” range. The “Genius” range, available in October, provides lightweight mid-sole boots that fit well with comfort, support, flexibility, and durability for the Touch Football enthusiast of all levels of ability and experience.From park Touch Football to the Elite level, Kos Sports X-Blades has the shoe to suit all standards and competitive interests.In the terms of the partnership, Kos Sports X-Blades have acquired naming rights to the National Touch League Open and Seniors Tournament, as well as the National 18 Years Tournament, two of Touch Football Australia’s showcase events on the National calendar.Bill Spyros, from Kos Sports X-Blades is delighted with the arrangement with Touch Football Australia.“This long term partnership further compliments a remarkable heritage with Touch Football in Australia, from an Australian company that specifically designs and develops high technology shoes for the sport. We see this long term partnership as a perfect fit to support not only the consistent growth of Touch Football, but also allow X-Blades to become introduced to a whole new generation of players.” Mr. Spyros said.last_img read more

Ivo Karlovic becomes oldest man in over 40 years to win a match at Australian Open

first_imgIvo Karlovic becomes oldest man in over 40 years to win a match at Australian OpenIvo Karlovic fired 39 aces to battle past Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 6-7 7-6 7-6 7-6 in the first round of the Australian Open.advertisement Next Reuters MelbourneJanuary 15, 2019UPDATED: January 15, 2019 14:30 IST Ivo Karlovic, 39, said he had no intention of winding down while still fit enough to compete (Photo tweeted by @AustralianOpen)HIGHLIGHTSIvo Karlovic beat Hubert Hurkacz 6-7 7-6 7-6 7-6 in the first round of the Australian OpenKarlovic, who is world No.73, fired 39 aces to match his ageKarlovic also became the oldest winner at any Grand Slam since a 40-year-old Jimmy Connors in 1992Bashing 39 aces to match his age, Ivo Karlovic became the oldest man to win a match at the Australian Open in over 40 years as he felled Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, a man 18 years his junior, to reach the second round on Tuesday.On a sweltering day at Melbourne Park, the towering Croat’s 6-7(5) 7-6(5) 7-6(3) 7-6(5) win on Court 19 made him the oldest victor at the tournament since Australian icon Ken Rosewall reached the third round of the 1978 tournament at the age of 44.World number 73 Karlovic also became the oldest winner at any Grand Slam since a 40-year-old Jimmy Connors beat Jaime Oncins to reach the second round of the 1992 US Open.Karlovic, whose birthday falls on February 28, will be officially middle-aged next month but said he had no intention of winding down while still fit enough to compete.”I think I’m healthy so hopefully there will be no injuries,” the 6-ft 11-in (2.11 metres) Zagreb man told Reuters at Melbourne Park.”As long as my ranking is up and I get in to all these tournaments, I don’t see any reason I should stop.”The oldest man in the men’s singles ahead of 37-year-old double defending champion Roger Federer, Karlovic advanced a day after 31-year-old Andy Murray played possibly his last match at Melbourne Park on Monday.The former world number one Briton has been suffering severe pain in his right hip and said before the tournament that he might have to retire.Where Murray’s all-court, scrambling, defensive game has undoubtedly taken its toll, Karlovic’s longevity may be explained in part by his commitment to the now rarely seen art of serve-volley.advertisementBoasting a monster serve and an arm-span that can seem as wide as the court, the Croat keeps points short and sharp.The style can be picked apart by good passers and the power of modern baseline pounders but it has served former world number 14 Karlovic well in a very respectable career of eight titles.No rally against Hurkacz exceeded four points and the silver-haired Karlovic sealed the match when the Pole sent an attempted passing shot into the tramlines.He raised his long arms into the air in triumph as a rowdy smattering of Croatian fans chanted, “Ivo! Ivo! Ivo!”Why would he want to leave all this, he asked.”This range of emotions from winning to losing, it’s, I don’t know, it’s different,” he said.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Ivo KarlovicFollow Hubert HurkaczFollow Australian Openlast_img read more

US Open: Simona Halep, Rafael Nadal advance to Round 2, unseeded Thomas Fabbiano stuns Dominic Thiem

first_img Reuters New YorkAugust 28, 2019UPDATED: August 28, 2019 07:32 IST Rafael Nadal entered second round of the US Open 2019. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRafael Nadal defeated John Millman 6-3 6-2 6-2 in the first round of the U.S. OpenSimona Halep snapped a string of early U.S. Open exits with a 6-3 3-6 6-2 victory over Nicole GibbsUnseeded Thomas Fabbiano stunned Dominic Thiem in opening roundThree-times champion Rafa Nadal denied John Millman any chance of posting another fairytale run in New York as he cruised by the Australian 6-3 6-2 6-2 in the first round of the U.S. Open on Tuesday.Millman delivered the upset of the tournament last year when he beat five-times winner Roger Federer in a surprising run to the quarter-finals but he was unable to recreate the same magic against the relentless Spanish second seed.Nadal, who last year retired from his semi-final with a knee injury after several gruelling matches, was a model of efficiency in his opening match of the year’s final Grand Slam.The only thing to rattle Nadal under the lights in Arthur Ashe Stadium came when he was getting ready to serve at 5-3 in the first set and the chair umpire issued a time violation that the Spaniard took issue with.But Nadal, who denied that he was not ready to serve on time, did not let the incident knock him off course as he went on to close out the set in the ensuing game.Nadal faced only three break points and easily turned aside each one. The first was in the opening game of the match, with Millman’s other two chances to break coming in the final game of the second set.Up next for Nadal will be Australian wildcard Thanasi Kokkinakis.Simona Halep ends string of first-round defeat US OpenWimbledon champion Simona Halep snapped a string of early U.S. Open exits with a 6-3 3-6 6-2 victory over American lucky loser Nicole Gibbs on Tuesday to reach the second round.advertisementThe Romanian fourth seed, who fell at the first hurdle in New York the last two years, looked to be heading for yet another early exit but came out firing after losing the second set to Gibbs.The 135th-ranked Gibbs had six set points while serving at 5-2 in the second but Halep coolly turned each one aside before winning the game only for her opponent to break right back and force a decider.Halep then perked up as she opened the third set with a break and raced out to a commanding 5-1 lead that proved too big a hole for Gibbs, who failed to qualify for the U.S. Open but entered the main draw after other participants withdrew.Halep reached the semi-finals here in 2015 and quarter-finals in 2016 before two consecutive first-round exits.Up next for Halep, who is vying to become the first woman since Serena Williams in 2012 to follow a Wimbledon win with a U.S. Open triumph, will be American qualifier Taylor Townsend.Dominic Thiem exitsDominic Thiem’s latest bid for Grand Slam glory came to an abrupt end at the U.S. Open on Tuesday when he fell to unseeded Thomas Fabbiano 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-2 in a shock first-round exit, the biggest upset of the men’s competition so far.The fourth-seeded Austrian’s blistering serve yielded 14 aces but it was not enough to overcome the 30-year-old Fabbiano, whose fearsome forehand helped him save nine out of the 10 break points he faced.The 25-year-old Thiem did himself no favours, committing 48 unforced errors during the match at Arthur Ashe Stadium, 28 more than his Italian opponent.For Thiem, who toppled Roger Federer earlier this year in the final at Indian Wells, the loss marks the latest frustration in his bid to claim a Grand Slam title.Thiem was beaten by the King of Clay, Rafa Nadal in the 2018 and 2019 French Open finals, as well as in their quarter-final match at last year’s U.S. Open.Also Read | I could barely sleep, couldn’t wait to face Roger Federer: Sumit Nagal to India TodayAlso Read | US Open 2019: Naomi Osaka battles into round 2, Alison Riske shocks Garbine MuguruzaAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow US Open 2019Follow Rafael NadalFollow Simona HalepFollow Dominic Thiem US Open: Simona Halep, Rafael Nadal advance to Round 2, unseeded Thomas Fabbiano stuns Dominic ThiemDominic Thiem’s latest bid for Grand Slam glory came to an abrupt end at the U.S. Open on Tuesday when he fell to unseeded Thomas Fabbiano 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in a shock first-round exitadvertisement Nextlast_img read more

Diaspora Conference to Focus on Investment and Trade

first_imgThe 5th biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference got underway on Sunday, June 16, with a record 700 persons in attendance.These include local and overseas delegates, speakers, exhibitors and journalists.The record turnout is in keeping with the predictions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade that this year’s conference would be the biggest and best yet. Also, it is an endorsement of the efforts of the planning committee to transform the event, which has been re-calibrated, re-packaged and re-branded, with a change in the event logo, and intensified marketing.[RELATED: Diaspora Central to Jamaica’s Progress – PM]State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, in his remarks at the opening ceremony held at the Hilton Rose Hall hotel in Montego Bay, said there is no doubt that progress has been made since the first staging of the Diaspora conference in 2004.He said the nation’s engagement with the Diaspora is becoming more refined and better suited to its purpose.“With the increasing involvement of Jamaicans at home in projects initiated in the Diaspora, we are moving closer to the type of framework, which the experts agree is the essence of a vibrant and effective Diaspora/homeland partnership,” he stated.Mr. Brown said that having attended Diaspora conferences in other countries, and having analysed other homeland/Diaspora partnerships, he is of the view that Jamaica has all the essential elements for an extremely successful partnership with its Diaspora.He expressed the view that the time is ripe to provide more support to all aspects of the Diaspora organisation, including an implementation process for recommendations put forward at the conference.“For this purpose, we propose to establish the Diaspora implementation council, post conference,” he informed.Mr. Brown stated that this “purposeful collaboration” will not make Jamaica a place that people will admire significantly more than they do now, but it will also make Jamaicans everywhere proud, while leaving a legacy for future generations.This year’s conference, which is being held under the theme: ‘A Nation on a mission: Jamaica – Diaspora Partnership for Development’, seeks to build on the legacy of Jamaica50, by exploring defined opportunities for the Diaspora to expand their business interest in Jamaica through increased trade and investment, large and small. It is particularly focused on trade and investment, as well as broadening the Diaspora’s contribution to health and education.Member of Parliament for East Central St. James, Edmund Bartlett, who represented the Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness at the opening ceremony, said that he believes the caucus is timely, as there is a need for “all hands to be on deck, and every shoulder to be put to the wheel”.“We must endeavor to harness the efforts of stakeholders near and far, forge enduring partnerships and build consensus, as we pursue actions in the present that will further propel our nation towards prosperity and the economic independence we desire,” he stated.Contact: Bryan Millerlast_img read more

BW LPG Ups Offer for Remaining Shares in Aurora LPG

first_imgzoom Singapore’s gas carrier owner BW LPG has decided to increase its offer for all the remaining shares in Oslo-listed Aurora LPG.Following discussions with the Board of Directors of Aurora LPG, the company has increased the consideration in the offer to either 0.3175 shares in BW LPG and NOK 7.40 in cash; or NOK 13.55 in cash, from the previously planned offer of NOK 12.30, for each Aurora LPG share.BW LPG is in the process of preparing an offer document for the offer, which will be launched following regulatory approval of the offer document, expected to take place at the beginning of November 2016.The company has received additional irrevocable undertakings from shareholders in Aurora LPG, including from Sundt AS, representing 1.302.937 shares (or 4.39%), to accept the offer for their shares in Aurora LPG.Together with the shareholders which have undertaken to accept the offer, BW LPG holds 15.006.217 shares in Aurora LPG (52.39%), excluding treasury shares held by Aurora LPG.“After having explored multiple options to enhance shareholder values both before and following the initial offer from BW LPG to acquire Aurora LPG, the Board is of the opinion that this enhanced offer represents the best solution for our shareholders, taking into consideration both financial outcome and transaction risk. Based on this, Sundt AS has also committed to accept the upcoming offer to acquire all shares of Aurora LPG,” said Leiv Askvig, Chairman of Aurora LPG and CEO of Sundt AS.last_img read more

Budget Bulletin Tax Changes in Nova Scotia

first_img The Affordable Living Tax Credit will benefit 53 per cent of all Nova Scotia households. On average, even after the impact of the change in the HST, households with an income less than $30,000 will save $113/annually after the Affordable Living Tax Credit. In 2010–11, the Nova Scotia Affordable Living Tax Credit will deliver a total of $53 million to over half of the households in the province, and $70 million in 2011–2012. OTHER TAX MEASURESPreviously legislated tax changes that take effect during the 2010–11 fiscal year: Large Corporations TaxThe province’s Large Corporations Tax on capital of non-financial institutions declined from 0.2 per cent to 0.15 per cent on July 1, 2009, and will decline to 0.10 per cent on July 1, 2010. That tax rate will decline to 0.05 per cent on July 1, 2011, and it will be eliminated on July 1, 2012. The tax reduction from 0.2 per cent to 0.15 per cent on July 1, 2009, saved large Nova Scotia companies an estimated $9.1 million in taxes. The reduction to 0.10 per cent on July 1, 2010, will save an estimated $13.3 million in taxes. Basic Personal Amount And Other Non-refundable Credits As announced in the 2006–07 budget, the province is increasing the basic personal amount exempted from personal income taxes by $250 per year over a four-year period. This represents an increase of $1,000 or 13.83 per cent. The province’s other non-refundable credits will also grow by 13.83 per cent over this period. The basic personal amount increased from $7,731 to $7,981 effective January 1, 2009, and to $8,231 in January 2010. Other non-refundable tax credit amounts grew by 3.23 per cent in 2009 and 3.13 per cent in 2010. Consumer Prices For Bracket Indexation And Fees On an annual basis in 2009, Nova Scotia’s Consumer Price Index was 115.7. This represents a decrease of 0.2 per cent over 2008. As a result, there are no service-cost based increases in fees. Personal income tax brackets will also remain at 2010 levels. -30- For further budget information, see the Department of Finance website at . In 2009, the government commissioned two studies on the fiscal state of the provincial government. One study, Addressing Nova Scotia’s Fiscal Challenge, prepared by the Nova Scotia Economic Advisory Panel, identified the potential for Nova Scotia’s deficit to grow as high as $1.4 billion. This projection was based on actual economic, revenue and debt service cost forecasts, combined with program expenditure growth at historical trends. The report also made several recommendations about how the government could get back to balance using three key measures: substantial tax changes, expenditure reductions and actions to foster long-run economic growth. At the same time, the report noted that improving affordability for Nova Scotia families can be affected by small changes to public programs and transfers. The 2010–11 provincial budget outlines tax changes to get Nova Scotia back to balance, including a restoration of the harmonized sales tax (HST) to 15 per cent, new sales tax rebates, and a new income-based tax credit to help offset extra tax obligations for many families. The 2010–11 provincial budget also changes how high-income Nova Scotians are taxed, eliminating the current surtax and creating a higher income tax bracket for taxable income in excess of $150,000. To foster economic growth, the corporate income tax rate for small businesses will be reduced to 4.5 per cent effective Jan. 1, 2011. These decisions reflect a balance between the obligation of government to live within its means and the promise to make life more affordable for Nova Scotia families in every region. KEY MEASURES HARMONIZED SALES TAX RATEEffective July 1, 2010, the harmonized sales tax (HST) rate in Nova Scotia will be restored to 15 per cent. Under a new Comprehensive Integrated Tax Co-ordination Agreement with the federal government, the provincial portion of the HST will change from eight per cent to 10 per cent. The provincial government has released transitional rules to prepare both consumers and suppliers for this rate change and other HST adjustments. This change will generate a total of $214.8 million in additional revenues for 2010–11 (before new HST tax credits and rebates). The revenue generated by this tax change will rise to over $300 million in subsequent years. NOVA SCOTIA AFFORDABLE LIVING TAX CREDITBeginning July 1, 2010, Nova Scotia households with low and modest incomes will receive a refundable tax credit payment every quarter. The Nova Scotia Affordable Living Tax Credit will offset the restoration of the HST and provide additional net income for these households. The annual amount of the credit will be $240 per household, plus $57 for each child under 19 living in the household. The credit will be reduced by $0.05 for every dollar of adjusted family income above $30,000. Credits will be paid in quarterly amounts, in conjunction with the federal Goods and Services Tax Credit. Nova Scotia Affordable Living Tax Credit payments in July and October of 2010 will be based on 2009 tax returns. Payments in January and April of 2011 will be based on 2010 tax returns. Anyone who is eligible for the Nova Scotia Affordable Living Tax Credit in July will automatically receive it without making an application (provided a 2009 tax return has been filed). In 2010–11, the Nova Scotia Affordable Living Tax Credit will deliver a total of $53 million to over half of the households in the province, and $70 million in 2011–2012. TAX REDUCTION FOR LOW-INCOME SENIORSApproximately 18,000 seniors who receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement will no longer pay provincial income tax. In addition, the Affordable Living Tax Credit will not be counted as part of adjusted family income when assessing the Low Income Tax Reduction (LITR). POVERTY REDUCTION CREDITIn addition to the Nova Scotia Affordable Living Tax Credit, Budget 2010–11 provides for a Poverty Reduction Credit to make life better for those Nova Scotians living in poverty. Effective July 1, 2010, the Poverty Reduction Credit will provide tax-free payments to help about 15,000 low income Nova Scotians, many of whom have a disability. Individuals or couples will receive $200 per year ($50 quarterly). To qualify, applicants must be 19 years of age with no dependents, receiving Social Assistance through the Income Assistance program as their main source of income, with a total annual income of $12,000 or less for the previous tax year. Payments will be made quarterly, beginning in July 2010. Social Assistance clients will not have to apply for this allowance, as the Department of Community Services will determine eligibility through the Income Assistance Program. The program will provide benefits of $2.3 million in 2010–11 and $3 million annually thereafter. HST REBATES ON FAMILY ESSENTIALSThe federal GST applies to a very broad range of goods and services, with few exemptions. Effective July 1, 2010, the province will provide point-of-sale rebates to reduce the tax impact on selected essential items. Point-of-sale rebates will effectively remove the provincial portion of sales tax from diapers, children’s clothing, children’s footwear, and feminine hygiene products. These rebates will be delivered immediately on purchase with no need for application. In 2010–11, these point-of-sale rebates will save Nova Scotians a total of $8 million in HST. In subsequent years, these rebates will save Nova Scotians over $11 million. Nova Scotia’s existing point-of-sale rebates on home energy and books will continue as currently legislated, with adjustments to reflect the restoration of the HST. Existing rebates for organizations such as municipalities, hospitals, and other public services bodies will continue as before. The current application-based rebate for first-time home buyers will continue to deliver the same tax relief for new housing purchases, but there will be changes to eligibility for builders to claim on behalf of homebuyers and in the administration of the rebate. For further details about the changes in Nova Scotia’s HST, please consult the transition rules published by the Nova Scotia Department of Finance. HIGH-INCOME TAX RATE/ELIMINATION OF SURTAXThe provincial government is changing income taxes on Nova Scotians with higher incomes. Effective Jan. 1, 2010, and until the budget is balanced, the province will have a fifth personal income tax bracket. Taxable income in excess of $150,000 will be taxed at a marginal rate of 21 per cent. Currently, the top rate of provincial income tax is 17.5 per cent on taxable income in excess of $93,000. This bracket will now extend from $93,001 to $150,000. The fifth tax bracket is projected to increase personal income tax revenues by $59 million in 2010–11. As a result of the additional tax bracket, Nova Scotia will suspend its high-income surtax until the budget is balanced. Without other deductions or credits, the surtax had applied to individuals with taxable income starting at about $83,000 per year. In 2010–11, elimination of the high-income surtax will save 30,000 Nova Scotians a total of $27 million in personal income taxes. Employer payroll remittances for personal income taxes will be adjusted to reflect this change on July 1, 2010. SMALL BUSINESS TAX RATEThe 2010–11 budget will reduce the provincial tax impact on small businesses. On Jan. 1, 2011, the government will reduce the rate of corporate income tax for small businesses from five per cent to 4.5 per cent. Eligible small businesses can apply this rate on the first $400,000 of taxable income. It will cost $0.5 million in 2010–11, increasing to $6 million per year thereafter. NOVA SCOTIA SALES TAXEffective July 1, 2010, the tax on used motor vehicles and other designated personal property such as aircraft, boats and boat trailers will be restored to 15 per cent (same as the rate on new motor vehicles). It is expected to provide $2 million in revenues for 2010–11. IMPACT ON AFFORDABILITYThe fiscal challenge faced by the province is undeniable. Measures introduced through the 2010–11 budget will begin the process of addressing those challenges while also making life more affordable for Nova Scotia families.last_img read more

Mikmaq chief welcomes shipyard jobs

first_imgAPTN National NewsWith the announcement of four jobs Thursday for the Mi’kmaq there’s hope more are on the way at shipyards in Halifax.There have been nearly 3,000 jobs as a result of a $25 billion contract awarded to Irving.Only  a handful of those are Mi’kmaq.Still, one chief says Thursday’s announcement is a step in the right direction.last_img

Roundabout of death leaves boy 11 with fighter pilot injuries to his

A “roundabout of death” dare left an 11-year-old boy with an injury normally only seen in fighter pilots, his mother has said.Tyler Broome was left with possible damage to his brain and vision and with bulging eyes after being found unconscious near a playground roundabout.  The boy is alleged to have been told to sit in the middle of the roundabout as it was spun at high speed using the rear wheel of a motorcycle by a group of youths trying to recreate the YouTube stunt, his mother Dawn Hollingworth said.It is believed he was seriously injured after being subjected to extreme levels of gravitational force – or G-force – normally only experienced by pilots and astronauts.It is thought fluid and blood was forced into the youngster’s brain, causing damage to his vision and giving him bulging eyes. Tyler doesn’t know him, they are not friends. When they all stopped, the group just cleared off – it is bullyingDawn Hollingworth Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Tyler Broome She claimed his injuries were so rare that hospital staff had never witnessed it before and had to research it before they could treat him.Ms Hollingworth said she believed the inspiration behind the prank stemmed from the “roundabout of death” video on YouTube, which has more than seven million views on the website.The video shows two people getting on a roundabout feature in a park, where another revs a motorbike, causing it to spin at an alarming rate. A Nottinghamshire police spokesman said: “Police are investigating after a boy sustained serious head injuries at a park in Tuxford on Wednesday.”The boy fell off a roundabout in Ashvale Park after a moped is believed to have been used to spin it around. The boy remains in a serious but stable condition.” Ms Hollingworth, 51, said the group tried to recreate the stunt in which the rear wheel of a motorbike is placed against the roundabout to spin it at high speed. She said Tyler was encouraged to sit in the middle of the roundabout while it was sent spinning. Ms Hollingworth, of Tuxford, Nottinghamshire, is now waiting by his bedside and hoping that the swelling on his brain will subside.”I don’t recognise my child – he is on the verge of having a stroke,” she said. “Tyler sat on the roundabout, and the boy who came over was about 17. Tyler doesn’t know him, they are not friends.”He puts his motorbike on the floor, gets the roundabout spinning at such a speed. When they all stopped, the group just cleared off – it is bullying.” In footage circulating online, Tyler appears to have passed out during the ride but the teenagers around him do not appear to have realised and continued to rev the engine.Tyler was at a local park with his friend on Wednesday when the pair were approached by a group of older teenagers – one with a motorcycle, according to Ms Hollingworth, an estate agent. Tyler Broome was left with possible damage to his brain and vision and with bulging eyes  ‘It is bullying’: Tyler Broome sustained serious injuriesCredit:Lincolnshire Live/BPM Media Tyler Broome was left with possible damage to his brain and vision and with bulging eyes Credit:Lincolnshire Live/BPM Media  read more

RailVeyor wins award for solving complex material haulage problems

first_imgRail-Veyor’s® material haulage solution for surface and underground applications has earned the company this year’s Bell Canada Innovation Award. Rail-Veyor was acknowledged as having successfully developed, commercialized and installed its material handling technology designed for the mining, aggregate and other bulk material handling industries. “It’s an honour to be recognised by our peers in the community.” says Rail-Veyor’s President & CEO Ron Russ at the Bell Canada Excellence Awards. “It is rewarding to see the technology developed by the Rail-Veyor team attract so much interest from so many industries worldwide,” adds Russ.Rail-Veyor provides a simple solution to handle complex industrial material haulage problems by offering the best of conveyors, truck haulage and heavy rail haulage in one complete package. Rail-Veyor is an electrically powered series of two-wheeled interconnected mini rail cars that can operate 24/7 and travel along a light rail track at speeds up to 8 m/s. The remote controlled Rail-Veyor technology is comprised of simple components that allow continuous material haulage without diesel emissions and with significantly less capital and maintenance costs than other options. The simplicity, adaptability and its impressive financial returns make the Rail-Veyor technology appealing to many industries.“Rail-Veyor’s ability to manoeuvre through complex track geometries, transport across difficult topography and easily stop and start on gradients up to 20% caught my attention,” comments Rail-Veyor’s President & CEO, Ron Russ, a former railway CEO. “Besides the safety aspects of an un-manned system, its efficiency as an automated system with a small environmental footprint is something most bulk materials handling systems can’t touch.”Vale installed the Rail-Veyor system in Dec 2011 at its Copper Cliff 114 Ore Body and the system was operational by June 2012. According to Kate McLaughlin, a former Vale Engineer, the Rail-Veyor technology doubled the mine’s advance rates and production rates (IM, January 2013, pp8-10).“Lead time to production for any project is extremely critical for the ROI on the project. So if we can develop twice as fast as we currently do to bring an ore zone into production and reduce it from four years of pre capital expenditures to two, this has a huge impact on the returns on investments,” says Alex Henderson, General Manager, Underground Mine Technology, ValeThe Rail-Veyor system, in an underground mining application, eliminates the need for underground infrastructure such as orepasses, crusher stations and large bins where accidents seem to occur. It enables mines to go deeper and easily transport far below the shaft within a small 2.4 m x 2.4 m opening and integrate with the mine’s existing mobile equipment if necessary.“The multiple dump loop configurations offer so many site-specific ways to apply the Rail-Veyor technology and its ability to adapt to any application is self-evident,” says Mike Vanderhoof, Superintendent of Mine Development, Valelast_img read more

VIDEO: John Cena appears on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live”

first_img Celebrity Shortlist: Top 3 Actors You Didn’t Know Could Rap Videos Articles Videos Articles Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Vin Diesel Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ sceneVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:05/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:07Remaining Time -0:59 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE star John Cena appeared last night on the ABC late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to promote this Sunday’s Wrestlemania 31 PPV in Santa Clara, California and his match with Rusev for the WWE U.S. Title.You can view the video below. John Cena Is Done With The WWE Good Morning America touts Roman Reigns announcement “you can’t miss” Videos Articles John Cena Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Facebook Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson talks about missing wrestling, his childhood, Hobbs and Shaw Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next Charlize Theron Now Playing Up Next Starstruck Celebrities Exclusive Interviews – Oscars buzz is rising at the Toronto Film Fest The Bella Twins to appear on ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud” airing August 18 last_img read more

Dense fog blankets Clark County

first_imgDense fog is blanketing the Portland-Vancouver area, and the National Weather Services says it will linger through the mid-morning.The fog is affecting Vancouver and nearly all of Clark County. A short-term forecast from the weather service notes that fog is present in Battle Ground, Ridgefield, Washougal, Yacolt and Amboy.“Expect visibility to occasionally dip below a (half-mile),” the forecast says.Drivers are being cautioned to slow down and to be mindful of pedestrians and bicyclists. People should consider allowing extra time for their morning commutes.Gradual clearing should start around 10 a.m. Patchy fog in the morning followed by sunny skies during the day is forecasted through Monday. The high temperature will remain around 70 degrees, according to the weather service.Starting Tuesday, the chances of rain increase, and the temperature will decrease.last_img read more

Romagnoli will be AC Milans new captain

first_imgThe ex-Roma footballer believes he has grown with the Rossoneri and has so much to offer his clubAC Milan has a new captain, and it’s a young defender.With only 23 years of age, Alessio Romagnoli has been confirmed by the Rossoneri as the new leader of the team.The center-back spoke to MilanTV, as reported on The Offside, about what this means for his career.“How I feel at Milan? I have grown and I have learned more about this world, about the daily life of the Milan world,” he said.“It’s nice; I feel well here in Milano, I’m very happy to stay. I hope to continue at this club for many years.”Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“We must focus on improving, all together, winning and becoming that Milan that was so fun to watch and won so many trophies. We definitely have to improve and do better than last year,” he added.“We need to do much better than the first half of last campaign and to continue to grow together, to finish better in the standings and to raise the bar.”But he aims not to win only locally, but also in Europe.“We have the Europa League and many beautiful challenges ahead of us. We have a very young squad but many experienced players as well, so the goal is to continue improving,” he commented.“We must avoid mistakes and all the distractions that we had last year. Unfortunately, we had them in Madrid too and in other games. We must improve”.last_img read more

Press Club saddened over death of journalist Larry Smith

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 1, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas Press Club is saddened over the death of noted journalist Larry Smith, who died Sunday, August 27, 2017. He died at his home from chronic heart failure. He was 67.Anthony Capron, president of The Bahamas Press Club recalls working with Smith during their employment at The Nassau Guardian.“I remember Larry as a reporter for The Nassau Guardian in the 1980’s and more recently in 2003 as the head of the transition team at The Guardian after it was acquired by Bahamian ownership. Larry was a dedicated journalist committed to truth and honesty.“The Bahamas Pres Club expresses sincere condolences to his wife, Joanna, his daughters and his family,” Mr. Capron said.Larry Smith, a prolific columnist was noted for his hard truth stance on a number of issues impacting national development and the environment.He was a principal at Media Enterprises Limited. He was also a writer and editor with The Bahamas News Bureau and he wrote a weekly column “Tough Call”.According to Mr. Capron, the journalism community in the country has lost another voice for truth and accountability.Press Release: The Bahamas Press ClubPhoto Credit: TBPClast_img read more

Alaskabound fuel barge runs into trouble in Canadian waters

first_imgA map of the Alaskan portion of the Inside Passage. (NPS image via Wikimedia Commons)An apparent close call involving an Alaska-bound fuel barge in Canadian waters has renewed concern about petroleum shipments through the Inside Passage.Listen nowProvincial authorities in British Columbia reported a barge laden with at least a million gallons of diesel and gasoline detached Sunday from its tug in stormy seas.Canadian Navy Lt. Melissa Kai of the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Center in Victoria said the next morning that a second tug had regained control of the 430-foot barge.“The line is holding and the tug is underway,” Kai said Monday morning. “At this point they’ve managed to lift her anchor and have her secured which is great news.”Officials did not report any damage or spill from the vessel, identified as the Zidell Marine 277.It wasn’t immediately clear Monday afternoon which Alaska port it was bound for or where it’s being towed.Messages left with the company weren’t immediately returned and rescue officials wouldn’t say.“That’s for the company and Transport Canada to decide,” Kai said, “based on weather conditions, and obviously the ultimate goal is to bring her into port at the safest possible location.”But the incident comes little more than a year after a similar mishap involving a fuel barge servicing Alaska ports.“The inner passage has some spots that are very tricky. They have currents of up to 12 to 14 knots,” Delores Broten said. She’s editor of the Watershed Sentinel, a Vancouver Island-based environmental magazine. “In the last three years we’ve had two close calls. One was actually a fuel spill, but it was an empty vessel so the impact although it was bad locally, it wasn’t as bad as it could be. And this most recent one, it sounds like we’ve averted disaster but I don’t think they’re quite safely in port yet.”That earlier incident involved the tug Nathan E. Stewart, which ran aground 13 months ago while towing a mostly empty fuel barge from Ketchikan. It spilled at least 26,000 gallons of diesel near Bella Bella, a community of about 1,600.“To this day we still have clam beaches closed,” Marilyn Slett, chief councilor of the Heiltsuk First Nation tribe in Bella Bella, said. “That has affected the local economy for clam harvesting and we’re still carrying our own environmental testing. It’s such a concern for us.”Slett says, at the very least, her community should be equipped with its own spill response gear.“Right now there is no official role for us,” Slett said. “But we are the first responders, we are the first people out there when incidents occur. We live here, it’s our back yard.”The Canadian portion of the the Inside Passage is a voluntary exclusion area for larger oil tankers. But the route is popular with smaller U.S. and Canadian-flagged fuel barges that are routinely granted an exemption from having a Canadian pilot on board to guide them.There’s legislation pending in Ottawa that could toughen shipping restrictions in the area. But under the current draft, fuel barges such as those that serve Alaska ports, would remain exempt.last_img read more

Salman Khan takes a dig at Priyanka Chopra for launching social networking

first_imgSalman Khan, Priyanka ChopraVarinder ChawlaEver since Priyanka Chopra had walked out of Bharat citing her marriage with Nick Jonas, several reports had claimed of a possible bad blood between Salman Khan and the Quantico star. While Salman and director Ali Abbas Zafar had maintained that nothing has changed between them, it was reported that Salman hasn’t completely forgiven Priyanka for leaving Bharat at the last moment. And it was quite evident when Salman took a sly dig at Priyanka for launching a dating app called Bumble in India post her marriage.Salman is currently busy promoting his upcoming film Notebook starring debutants Pranutan Bahl and Zaheer Iqbal which tells the story of two people falling in love without meeting each other. During the media interaction, Salman was asked about the current trend of meeting new people and finding partners through dating apps like Tinder and Bumble. “Why only Tinder, and not Grindr?” Salman quipped adding that he doesn’t have dating apps in his mobile phones.When Salman was further asked about Priyanka’s social networking and dating app, the Dabangg star couldn’t stop himself from poking fun at Priyanka, who is now married to Nick Jonas, by saying, “Why does she need that now?”After Priyanka’s exit from Bharat, Katrina Kaif had filled in her shoes and though Salman had attended Priyanka’s reception, it was reported that Salman hasn’t fully come to terms with Priyanka.last_img read more