For Its New Science Minister Brazil Picks … A Scientist

first_img Cleandro‑Ferreira/Brazilian Space Agency SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL—Brazil has announced that Marco Antônio Raupp, currently president of the Brazilian Space Agency, will become the new minister of science, technology and innovation on 24 January. Unlike the man he will replace, Aloizio Mercadante, a leading figure in the Worker’s Party with little background in science, Raupp, 73, has more than 40 years of experience in the field. His appointment has pleased the scientific community, which never warmed to his predecessor. A native of the relatively developed south of the country, Raupp graduated in physics from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and got his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Chicago. He has taught at universities in Brazil’s three most important cities, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Brasília, and has worked on a number of important scientific and research institutions. Raupp said he was honored by the president’s decision and called it “a crucial moment” in the ministry’s development. “I am totally aware of the unprecedented demands being made on science, technology and innovation to contribute as an essential part of Brazil’s social and economic development,” he said in a statement. 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(*) Raupp’s appointment marks a cascade of cabinet changes. Mercadante is leaving the science ministry to take charge of the education ministry and a much larger budget. The departing education minister, Fernando Haddad, is stepping down to run for mayor of São Paulo in an October election. To view a biography of Raupp (in Portugese), click on his name under Presidente to see the pop up. The official announcement is here. Antônio Raupp, Brazil’s new science minister.last_img read more

After winless season, McIlroy plots return to top of golf

Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “It summed up my whole of 2017: Not much happening,” McIlroy said. “Couldn’t get out of neutral.”Former top-ranked McIlroy, who has had two spells out of action this year because of injury, has dropped to No. 6 in the world — behind players like 24-year-old Americans Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas and rising Spanish star Jon Rahm, who is age 22. The last of McIlroy’s four majors came at the PGA Championship in 2014.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I feel I’m a much better player than I was in 2011 and 2012, when I was able to win a couple of majors,” the 28-year-old McIlroy said. “I feel I can do better than that in the next 10 years and that’s why these next three months are very important for me to put some really good things in place, step away and just reassess where I’m at and where I need to be.“The landscape of the game has changed a bit since I started to win majors. You have young, hungry guys now who are fearless and playing the game how I basically came out and played a few years go. It’s about gaining an advantage again here and there. Just reassessing everything and making sure I’m not leaving any stone unturned and do everything I can to get back to (being) the best player in the world.” McIlroy said he will not start hitting balls again until the end of November, and will focus on rehab and “getting my body right.” A rib injury sustained at the SA Open in January forced him to have six weeks off, and the problem resurfaced at times.Putting and wedge play have been his biggest weaknesses this year, said McIlroy, who added that “basically all areas of my game could get a little bit better.”McIlroy turned pro in 2007 and failed to win a title the following year. Since 2009, he has won 21 titles worldwide.ADVERTISEMENT Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy on the 17th tee, during day three of Dunhill Links Championship at Kingsbarns, St. Andrews, England, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. Three courses stage the tournament, Kingsbarns, Carnoustie and the Old Course at St. Andrews. APST. ANDREWS, Scotland — After completing only the second winless season of his 10-year professional career, Rory McIlroy will put his clubs away for six weeks and plot a way to regain his aura of old.McIlroy finished a frustrating, injury-hit 2017 season with an even-par 72 at St. Andrews in his final round at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.ADVERTISEMENT Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Nadal wins 6th title of year in Beijing; Garcia beats Halep MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View comments LATEST STORIES No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ read more

Wrestling: Vinesh Phogat suffers defeat in final of Medved event

first_imgMeanwhile, in another news that brought cheer to the nation, India’s top men’s wrestler Bajrang Punia defended his title at Tbilisi Grand Prix on Saturday.Bajrang got past Iran’s Peiman Bibyani by the scoreline of 2-0 in the 65kg final of the men’s freestyle competition in Georgia. This saw him retain his gold medal which he secured last year.Also Read:Hyderabad Open: Sourabh wins title while Ashwini-Sikki pair end runners-up Image Courtesy: Zee NewsAdvertisementIndia’s top women’s wrestler Vinesh Phogat had to settle for a silver in the 53kg final of the Medved event in Minsk, Belarus, after losing to N Malisheva of Russia on Sunday.Image Courtesy: Zee NewsThe 24-year-old suffered a loss to her Russian opponent by the scoreline of 0-10 (technical superiority).The loss meant that the Commonwealth and Asian games gold medallist could not add to her third consecutive gold. She had previously won the Grand Prix of Spain, Yasar Dogu International and Poland Open. Advertisementlast_img read more

BJP mocks Pawar for remarks on RS berth for Sambhaji Raje

first_imgMumbai, Jul 14 (PTI) Taking a dig at Sharad Pawar over his comments on the nomination of Sambhaji Raje, a descendant of Maratha King Chhatrapati Shivaji, to the Rajya Sabha, a BJP journal today said the remarks of the NCP Chief on the matter reflected his fear of declining support base in Maharashtra.The BJPs swipe at Pawar in its fortnightly publication Manogat came days after Pawar took potshots at Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis over the Rajya Sabha nomination of Sambhaji Raje, a descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji and Shahu Maharaj.The write up took on Pawar over certain comments he had made on the issue, throwing references to history and politics of Maharashtra stretching back to the Maratha rule.Pawar had said “It is a historical fact that Chharapati (the title used by Maratha rulers) had appointed Peshwas (prime minister of the Maratha empire). During the rule of Peshwas, Fadnavis (a post of minister in Peshwa period) had never appointed a Chhatrapati. But in this case (nomination of Sambhaji Raje), the Peshwas have appointed a Chhatrapati.The BJP mouthpiece said that Pawars comments were a result of his envy of people coming from Hindutva fold ruling the state while he has become “helpless” in Maharashtra politics.”Sharad Pawar had used the caste card many times before. During (Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghtana leader) Raju Shettys agitation for sugarcane farmers in 2012, Pawar mentioned Shettys caste and accused him of protecting his castes sugar factory owners,” the BJP publication stated.”Pawar is frustrated as his support base in South Maharashtra is considerably declining. Kolhapurs Sambhaji Raje appointment as Rajya Sabha MP disturbed Pawar a lot and he has not been able to digest his appointment. He fears that his support base will decline in the coming days,” it added.advertisementIt sought to know if Pawar had respect for the descendant of Shivaji, why did he not refer Sambhaji Rajes name for a Rajya Sabha seat during the UPA regime.Responding to the BJPs charges, NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said that Raje had been his party candidate for 2009 Lok Sabha election and that the leadership had at the time advised him to rethink his decision when he wanted to take up Maratha agitation.”Whatever Pawar spoke is a fact and history cannot be denied. Why should the BJP be bothered about it when somebody is reminding them of history,” he added. PTI MM NM DBS SDMlast_img read more

Urban Meyer Has Promising Injury Update For Michigan Game

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer on Ohio State's sideline.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the second half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Last weekend, Ohio State survived a strong upset bid from Maryland. A botched two-point conversion in overtime sealed the victory for the Buckeyes and set up a win or go home game against Michigan this weekend.The winner of the Ohio State-Michigan game will represent the Big Ten East against Northwestern in the Big Ten title game.The Buckeyes received some good injury news ahead of the matchup against The Team Up North. Head coach Urban Meyer revealed that offensive lineman Thayer Munford, who was injured in contest against Maryland, is “good to go” for the Michigan game.Here’s the news from Garrett Stepien of the Buckeye Sports Bulletin.Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer says Thayer Munford is upgraded from probable to “good to go” for Michigan on Saturday after the sophomore left tackle left Maryland last weekend with what Meyer initially described as an “MCL (or) ankle” injury.— Garrett Stepien (@GarrettStepien) November 20, 2018That’s great news for the Buckeyes. Michigan boasts one of the most vaunted defenses in college football, so the health of Munford is imperative.Michigan and Ohio State kick off at 12:00 p.m. ET on FOX. Can Harbaugh finally get a win over the Buckeyes?last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Inverness County

first_imgINVERNESS COUNTY: Canso Causeway Traffic is being escorted across the Canso Causeway, which had been closed to all traffic. Drivers should expect delays and use caution as heavy and blowing snow continues to affect road conditions and cause reduced visibility. -30-last_img

Canadian Press NewsAlert BC police officer woman stabbed outside school

first_imgDELTA, B.C. — Police in Delta, B.C., say an off-duty officer and a woman were stabbed outside a private elementary school on Wednesday.Police say in a news release the officer was at Immaculate Conception elementary school just after 3 p.m. and witnessed an assault between a man and a woman in front of the school.The release says the officer intervened, and during the altercation the woman and the officer were both stabbed.Police say information on the condition of the male officer and the female is unknown.The suspect is currently in police custody but police say the scene remains active and no children are believed to have been involved.Police advised parents to pick up their children at 88th Avenue and 120th Street at the Desi Junction parking lot.They say more information will be released as it becomes available.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Centers 12th Annual GET WILD Benefit

first_imgThe Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center’s 12th Annual Get Wild Benefit will take place on Saturday, June 23.The event will be hosted by Joan and Bernard Carl at Little Orchard in Southampton in New York, and will honour Jay Schneiderman, Southampton Town Supervisor, and Susan McGraw Keber, East Hampton Town Trustee.Benefit co-chairs include Hilaria and Alec Baldwin, Kim Cattrall, Jimmy Fallon and Beth Stern.For tickets and more info, click here.last_img

Fort St John Hospital Foundation receives 5000 in funding

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Shell Canada presented the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation with a cheque for $5,000 on Thursday.Foundation donor relations coordinator Andy Ackerman sent a grant request to Shell in January 2018.Foundation executive director Niki Hedges explained that this specific grant was directed into the Peace Villa Fund. The Peace Villa Fund was designated to purchase two Oxygen Concentrators and support equipment for residents with respiratory needs at the Peace Villa Residential Care unit. Hedges added that through special grants like this the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation can ensure that the care unit has a number of oxygen concentrators on site.“We are very grateful to our ongoing engagement with Shell Canada as grants such as these contribute to the well-being of our local community,” said Hedges.last_img read more

Local businesses working together

Two environmentally friendly businesses have teamed up in Norfolk.Joy Bakery Café, run by Joy Allgood, has a new satellite location in Long Point Eco-Adventures’ newest building overlooking the marsh on Lake Erie.“Joy is a new addition to our family. It’s going to be an amazing year for sure,” said Karen Matthews, general manager at Burning Kiln Winery and Long Point Eco-Adventures.It all came about after a discussion in the cafe. One of the Eco-Adventures owners happened to be in Joy Café in Simcoe and struck up a conversation with Allgood about their needs for a café.“We were both excited about the prospect of partnering. The niche we fill, they needed. It just made sense for us to take care of it rather than them recreating the wheel,” said Allgood.“We both like the way the other business operates, we’re both as green as possible so the partnership looked good from that point of view,” Allgood added.Joy Bakery Café is also expanding the Robinson Street, Simcoe, location to add more seating, a wheelchair accessible washroom, a meeting space, and a larger kitchen.The satellite location will open May 16 and will stay open until Labour Day.Hometown Brew Co.Hometown Brew Co. is another business that has taken up a spot at Long Point Eco-Adventures.Hometown has moved its brewing operation to the Eco-Adventures property on Front Road outside St. Williams. The process of brewing on the property is being taken in two steps.The first step is a smaller location that will not interfere with the summer traffic at Eco-Adventures.The company will be begin construction in the fall for a larger location with space for a brewing room, a tasting room, and retail.“It was one of those things that just happened organically,” Dusty Zamecnik, co-owner of Hometown Brew, said about the prospect of brewing at this location.Zamecnik said when Hometown Brew Co. was just beginning he and his business partners spent a lot of their time at Burning Kiln Winery, where they were able to start conversations with the owners of Eco-Adventures.While neither of the businesses have financial backing in the other, the two sharing goals is helping both of them rise together.“Think about it, you can come out to the winery to taste some local wine and head across the street to taste some local beer as well,” said Karen Matthews.Zamecnik said that their partnership is more about aligning their marketing.“It’s a way of commonly drawing people in to really tell the story of Norfolk flavours,” Zamecnik said.Hometown Brew Co. products are available in several area restaurants including Devlin’s Country Bistro, The Combine Norfolk, Lago Port Dover, The Beach House, among others.Magnolia Hospitality Co.Flavours are coming together with an all Norfolk food and wine pairing.Magnolia Hospitality Co., the company behind The Combine Norfolk and Lago Port Dover, is starting its newest project at Burning Kiln Winery under the name of Canned Heat.Ryan Rivard, the chef fronting Magnolia Hospitality Co., said he catered events at Burning Kiln last year.“As we started to work together I noticed some of the synergies that existed between our companies were pretty significant,” said Rivard.Canned Heat’s service will start in June, with hopes for June 1 depending on construction.The cooking facilities for Canned Heat are being created inside of a 35-foot sea canister that will house the kitchen and a service bar, with a portable pizza oven attached to the end of it.Matthews of Burning Kiln said “the more we can work together, the stronger we can get together.”The owners at Burning Kiln decided to look into the food culture in Norfolk County, which is when Rivard came into the picture.“The idea of working with Ryan is really exciting because he really gets it,” said Matthews. “He gets that it’s all about this beautiful bounty we have in Norfolk County.”Matthews spoke about the care that Rivard puts into his food, which will be able to stand up to and match the care they put into their wine at Burning read more

Nasdaq sets aside 40M to pay Facebook investors ensnared by first days

by News Staff Posted Jun 6, 2012 2:07 pm MDT Nasdaq sets aside $40M to pay Facebook investors ensnared by first day’s trading glitches AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Nasdaq stock exchange says it will set aside $40 million to reimburse investors ensnared by technical problems on Facebook’s first day of trading.FINRA, the financial industry’s self-regulatory group, will review investors’ claims for compensation.Computer glitches on Facebook’s first day of trading May 18 kept some investors from buying or selling shares and delayed the initial trades in the stock by half an hour.Nasdaq says it will reimburse investors who tried to sell shares at $42 or less but either couldn’t sell or sold at a lower price than they intended. It will also reimburse investors for purchases priced at $42 that weren’t immediately confirmed. The stock initially priced at $38.Nasdaq says the problems have been fixed. It has hired IBM to review its operating systems. read more

NHS negligence payouts double following steep rise in delays

Patients groups said the increase in negligence payouts was “extremely worrying” – warning that lives are being lost because of a steep rise in waits for appointments, diagnosis and treatment. In total, 1,789 patients, or their bereaved families, received payouts in 2017/18, a rise from 1,406 cases in 2013/14. Compensation paid out for harm and deaths caused by NHS delays and blunders has doubled in five years, an investigation reveals. Official figures reveal that in 2017/18 the NHS paid out £655 million in compensation for such cases – an increase from £327 million in 2013/14. They include 1,100 patients who suffered a delay or failure in treatment and 679 who were misdiagnosed, or suffered… read more

Nissan whips up UKs first carbon free ice cream van that tweets

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. The new design is powered by a mixture of solar energy and second-life battery storageCredit:Nissan/PA Nissan has unveiled the first zero-emission electric ice cream van in the UK, which will use twitter to broadcast its location in order to entice customers instead of playing traditional jingles.The new design is powered by a mixture of solar energy and second-life battery storage as the manufacturer looks to offset the amount of carbon emissions produced by its vehicles currently in use.The equipment in the van will be powered by the Nissan Energy Roam system, which is a portable power pack made from used lithium batteries from first-generation Nissan electric cars.This pack gathers energy from a solar panel on the roof of the van and can be recharged via a mains supply to power the on-board drinks fridge, freezer drawer and soft-serve machine.Instead of relying on an idling diesel engine, its motor will be driven on a 40kwh battery which allows it to reach a 124-mile driving range between charges.Unlike traditional ice cream vendors, customers will be served from a hatch outside of the vehicle and will be enticed to buy the treats by a tweet detailing the van’s precise location. Customers will be served from a hatch outside of the vehicleCredit:Nissan/PA Conventional ice cream vans have been criticised for producing harmful emissions, such as black carbon, by leaving their diesel engines running in order to power their refrigeration equipment.The car giant says that its prototype, which is based on the Nissan e-NV200 electric van, will help vendors reduce their carbon footprint by limiting “harmful tailpipe emissions”.Kalyana Sivagnanam, managing director of  Nissan Motor, said: “Ice cream is enjoyed the world over, but consumers are increasingly mindful of the environmental impact of how we produce such treats, and the ‘last mile’ of how they reach us.“This project is a perfect demonstration of Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility strategy, applying more than a decade of EV experience and progress in battery technology to create cleaner solutions for power on the go – in ways customers might not expect.“By eliminating harmful tailpipe emissions, and increasing our use of renewable energy, we can help make this a better world for everyone.” Nissan partnered with Mackie’s of Scotland, an ice cream producer powering its family-owned dairy farm by renewable wind and solar energy, on the project to celebrate ‘Clean Air Day’ on June 20.The prototype is currently being trialled in Southampton, with the hope of a national release if there is enough demand for the new model. Customers will be served from a hatch outside of the vehicle The new design is powered by a mixture of solar energy and second-life battery storage The vendor will dispense the ice cream standing next to the van to consumers who will have the option to use contactless payment via a ‘tap-to-pay’ panel. Earlier this month a Sheffield councillor urged the city’s licensing department to ban Mr Whippy’s ice cream vendors from running their engines while parked over air pollution concerns.It comes amid a wider pressure on UK councils to prohibit diesel ice-cream vans operating in areas in close proximity to children as the nitrogen dioxide particles have been found to be particularly harmful.Camden and Westminster councils have both designated areas as ‘no ice-cream trading’ zones, with enforcement officers empowered to issue stiff penalty fines for any sellers caught ignoring the ban. read more

Free flights to attend American Hellenic Institute Conference

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A return ticket to Atlanta and 2 nights free at the Hilton is up for grabs for an Australian who writes an article accepted in the American Hellenic Institute Foundation Policy Journal. The Berbatis family is offering the prize for one lucky Australian Hellenic Council member to attend to the American Hellenic Institute Conference in November. The American editor of the journal Professor Dan Georgakas is welcoming contributions from Australia. To be eligible the person must have been an active member in the Australian Hellenic Council since 2006. The Conference will be on 16-17 November and submissions must be in before 1 November. For submission guidelines and further information please visit or follow the link from the AHI website at read more

Title match set for next weeks WWE NXT Aleister Black set to

first_img Twitter Now Playing Up Next Title match set for next week’s WWE NXTOn this week’s February 7 edition of WWE NXT, it was announced that next week WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunn will defend his championship against Roderick Strong. Strong will try and become the first American born star to win the title.Will @roderickstrong become the first-ever American-born #UKChampion? He challenges reigning champ @PeteDunneYxB NEXT WEEK on #WWENXT!— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) February 8, 2018Roderick Strong defeated former WWE United Kingdom Champion Tyler Bates to become the No. 1 contender to the UK Championship on the January 31, 2018 edition of WWE NXT. Strong is also in contention for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship after defeating Hideo Itami on the Feburay 6 edition of WWE 205 Live. That was a first round match up in the tournament to fill the currently vacant Cruiserweight Title.Aleister Black set to appear on the showWWE also announced that Aleister Black will make his first appearance on TV since his match against Adam Cole at NXT TakeOver Philadelphia#WWENXT will #FadeToBlxck once again when @WWEAleister returns NEXT WEEK, only on @WWENetwork.— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) February 8, 2018 Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Patriots Make Trade As Tight End Situation Falls Into Rough Shape Facebook Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Jakobi Meyers, Jarrett Stidham Shine As Patriots Crush Lions Kevin Lowery RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBrexit’s Impact on Gilts, the Pound and the U.K. EconomyVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 3:00/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 58.38%0:05Remaining Time -2:56 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 Videos Articles WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WhatsApp Tom Keene Jamie Collins Comes Back To Gillette Now Playing Up Next Google+ Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Brexit’s Impact on Gilts, the Pound and the U.K. Economy Patriots Offense Shows Much Promise But Can Get Even Betterlast_img read more

Southwest Airlines to share 620 million with staff

first_imgSouthwest Airlines is to give $620 million to its employees as part of its 2015 profit sharing plan.On 29 April 2016, eligible employees will receive the equivalent of eight weeks of pay or almost 16% of their eligible compensation.This is the highest total amount that the airline has ever allocated to staff through its profit sharing scheme.When the $620 million contribution is added to the organisation’s $325 million in employer matching and other amounts contributed to the Southwest Airlines’ retirement plans, the organisation will have rewarded its employees with a total retirement benefit of around $945 million in 2015.In addition to retirement benefits, the air carrier invested more than $672 million in employee benefits for its 49,000 of staff in 2015.Gary Kelly, chairman, president, and chief executive of Southwest Airlines, said: “Behind every milestone Southwest Airlines has celebrated our employees are the driving force. I’m incredibly proud of the teamwork and heart behind every accomplishment.“Our people have built one of the world’s most admired organisations, and they share in Southwest’s success with this third consecutive record-breaking profit sharing contribution.”last_img read more

Farmers mull paddy crop in drip irrigation mode

first_imgOngole: After facing the continuous drought for the last five years and uncertainty over the water from Nagarjunasagar canal, a few enthusiastic farmers from the Addanki, Darsi and Parchuru Assembly constituencies are planning to cultivate the paddy in drip irrigation model this season. Jagarlamudi Murali Krishna of Addanki said that the earlier government had failed to provide water through the Nagarjunasagar canal, even though there was water in the dam. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us He said that whenever the government releases water, it is not sufficient to the tail-end farmers due to the absorption and evaporation along with the forced opening of channel gates by Guntur district and upper area farmers. So, he said that they had decided to team up with some of the progressive farmers in the area and try the cultivation of paddy in drip irrigation method, which was done by a farmer in Krishna district for the last couple of years. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us He said that he and his friends do not want to wait until the situations turned worse in the district. A zero-budget natural farming expert and water conservation activist, Amar Akbar of Nunna in Krishna district is cultivating paddy on drip irrigation. He is offering free training and advice to the farmers like Murali Krishna across the state and often visiting their farms to verify the installation is as per the plan. Akbar said that in normal conditions, cultivation of paddy requires 30 lakh litre water per acre. He claimed that he cultivated paddy along with vegetables as internal crops on drip irrigation and used only 5 lakh litre per acre. Advertise With Us He said that he produced twelve 75 kg bags of rice at the end while sending 200 kg vegetables for sale every week. These farmers are forming a group with interested farmers throughout the state and planning to start the cultivation of paddy on the drip irrigation in August. They claim that the government is mulling over extending subsidy for the drip irrigation system to the paddy farmers also on a pilot and they could get a maximum of 90 per cent subsidy depending on the farmer’s category. Interested farmers may contact Akbar at 9966643666 to team up with them and conserve water while producing paddy in an organic way. -Naresh Nandamlast_img read more

Kerala rains CM holds meeting says no need to panic

first_imgThiruvananthapuram, Aug 9 (IANS) Even as most parts of Kerala have been affected by heavy rains in the past few days, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday assured the people that there is no need to panic at all. Speaking to the media here soon after chairing a review meeting, Vijayan said things are under control. “If one compares with the floods that took place the same time last year, this time it’s not that serious. As a government, we have taken every precaution and there need be no panic, but just be alert. The need of the hour is people should cooperate with the authorities, if they are asked to move out from places which are likely to turn dangerous, they must comply,” said Vijayan. Also Read – War propaganda delays removal of internet restriction in Jammu and Kashmir Advertise With Us So far 23 deaths have been reported from various parts of Kerala due to rains and floods. “The worst affected is Wayanad. Of the 22,165 people in 315 relief camps in the state, Wayanad has 9,563 people in 105 relief camps, the highest in the state. At Mepadi, an entire hill has been washed away. The inclement weather is preventing aerial operations, even as the Air Force team is ready and waiting to reach there. The Centre has pledged all possible help,” added Vijayan. Also Read – Congress MLA Shivakumar moves High Court seeking protection from arrest Advertise With Us “The meteorological department has predicted more rains in the next 24 hours, especially in the hilly areas of the state. Also, North Kerala is going to be affected by winds. The prediction is that from tomorrow the intensity of the rains is going to come down, but on August 15th, it’s going to rain heavily,” Vijayan added. On the presence of the forces which are engaged in relief and rescue operations, he said there are 13 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), three teams, each of the engineering task force and the Army. Advertise With Us “Two more columns of the Army are arriving. With the Cochin airport closed till Sunday, efforts are on to see if the Cochin Naval Base airport can be opened (it was open during last year’s floods). The Centre is always in touch with us,” said Vijayan. He also said that the 67th edition of the Nehru Boat race to be held on Saturday at Alappuzha has been postponed.last_img read more

German military to appoint Jewish chaplains and open forces to Muslim imams

first_img Share This! News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Buttigieg walks fine line in courting religious left August 29, 2019 Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 By: Tom Heneghan Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News New Mormon policy no longer calls same-sex marriage ‘apostasy’ Dinner church movement sets the table for food, faith and friendships August 29, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! DIY Faith • News By: Tom Heneghan Share This! By: Tom Heneghan Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Germany’s armed forces will soon appoint Jewish chaplains, almost 100 years after rabbis last served with the country’s military. The forces will also welcome imams into their ranks to minister to Muslim troops.After the Nazi era and the Holocaust, the few Jewish males born in postwar Germany were exempted from military service. Since the military draft was effectively abolished in 2011, however, some have volunteered and about 300 are now in uniform.Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany (ZJD), said in February that Germany had changed so much that it was time “to revive an old tradition.”“Seventy years after the end of the Second World War, it’s time to have Jewish chaplains again in the German armed forces,” he wrote in an op-ed piece in the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.German politicians seemed relieved to have the proposal come from the Jewish community, which has grown since Germany’s 1990 reunification from about 30,000 to almost 120,000.“As defense minister, it fills me with gratitude and joy that women and men of the Jewish faith serve in our armed forces,” Ursula von der Leyen, a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, told a three-day conference on the issue in Berlin on Wednesday (April 3).German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen visits the Rommel Barracks in 2014 in Augustdorf, Germany. Photo by Dirk Vorderstraße/Creative CommonsShe added, “Military rabbis used to be an integral part of a soldier’s everyday life in the German armed forces. I’m glad that they will be again soon!”Schuster told the conference organized by his ZJD, the main umbrella group for Jewish organizations in Germany, that the appointment of rabbis to the chaplain corps “is a sign of the growing trust of the Jewish community in the Bundeswehr (armed forces) as part of our democratic society.”At present, only Protestant and Roman Catholic chaplains are available in the Bundeswehr, the name for the armed forces that includes the army, navy and air force. About half of all soldiers have identified as believers, with 53,000 Protestants and 41,000 Catholics.About 3,000 Muslims have also enlisted but until now had no Islamic chaplains for legal reasons. Christian chaplains serve under contracts between their churches and the Bundeswehr, but Islam is decentralized and had no single nationwide body for Berlin to sign a contract with.As it would have been politically difficult to appoint Jewish chaplains but not Muslims, however, the Defense Ministry is opting to use so-called service contracts to bring imams into the chaplain corps on an individual basis.The ministry would soon name small groups of Jewish and Muslim chaplains and expand after assessing their initial experience, von der Leyen added.Michael Wolffsohn, a German Jewish historian, told DLF radio that about 100,000 Jewish soldiers fought for Germany in the First World War. “Many of them who survived the First World War were later murdered by the Nazis,” he added.Wolffsohn, who was born in Tel Aviv in 1947 to refugees who later returned to Germany, said it was only natural that young Jews growing up in a democratic Germany should serve in its armed forces.Exempting them indefinitely would amount to a kind of “positive Nuremberg Laws,” he said, referring to the anti-Semitic race laws the Nazis passed in 1935.Beyond leading religious services and providing spiritual guidance, Jewish and Muslim chaplains’ duties will include certifying whether meals are kosher or halal.Rabbis could add specifically Jewish ethical considerations into their discussions with soldiers, said Wolffsohn, citing as an example a debate among scholars who say Christians mistranslated the biblical commandment “Thou shalt not murder” as “Thou shalt not kill.”German soldiers train in Baumholder, Germany, on Aug. 23, 2017. Photo by Erich Backes/U.S. Army/Creative CommonsVon der Leyen also saw the new chaplains as a sign the armed forces wanted to stand up to growing intolerance in society. “Especially in times when anti-Semitism, religious polarization and bigotry are on the march, this is an important signal,” she said. “We want to oppose that together decisively.”Schuster said the military was investigating about 450 far right-wing Germans in its ranks, some of whom have been expelled. A Jew faced with anti-Semitism from fellow soldiers might prefer to signal this to a rabbi who is familiar with the armed forces but outside the chain of command.Like their Christian counterparts, the new chaplains will be proposed by their religious communities, with the Bundeswehr making final decisions on who is appointed.For the Jews, ordination as a rabbi is a requirement. Since Islam does not have the same structure, Muslim candidates will need to have a diploma in Islamic theology from a German university and undergo a security check.Schuster said two Jewish chaplains, one liberal and one Orthodox, would be enough for the small number of Jews in the forces.Agreeing on Muslim chaplains will probably be more complicated, especially since the largest Muslim organization in Germany — the Turkish-financed DITIB — has come under increasing criticism as an apologist for the conservative policies of Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Bishop Sigurd Rink, the chief Protestant chaplain, has already said Muslim chaplains must not have any links to DITIB or “be dependent on money from Arab states or preach the maxims of the Muslim Brotherhood.” Tom Heneghan,Load Comments,Kenyan officials try to dispel fears of new ID labeled ‘mark of the beast’ Tagschaplain Germany Holocaust homepage featured imams Jewish rabbis Jews Judaism Top Story,You may also like Tom Heneghan Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email last_img read more

Floridas Governor Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Richard Spencer Speech

first_img Share When Hurricane Irma was bearing down on Florida last month, Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency. On Monday, he did the same thing in Alachua County, ahead of a speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer at the University of Florida in Gainesville.“We live in a country where everyone has the right to voice their opinion, however, we have zero tolerance for violence and public safety is always our number one priority,” Scott said in a statement. “This executive order is an additional step to ensure that the University of Florida and the entire community is prepared so everyone can stay safe.”“I find that the threat of a potential emergency is imminent,” Scott declared in his executive order, noting that Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell had requested the state’s assistance. The order will make it easier for various agencies to coordinate a security plan for Thursday’s speech at the university.The school had denied an earlier request from Spencer to speak in September, citing imminent threats against Gainesville and the university following the violence in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12. Spencer was a headliner at the “Unite the Right” rally there that spurred clashes between white supremacists and protesters, leaving dozens injured. Heather Heyer, 32, was killed when a man drove his car into a group of protesters.But state’s flagship university had to let Spencer speak on campus eventually. As a state entity, the administration explains in an extensive Q&A, “UF must allow the free expression of speech. We cannot prohibit groups or individuals from speaking in our public forums except for limited exceptions, which include safety and security.”The university’s president, W. Kent Fuchs, urged students and staff to avoid the event.“[D]o not provide Mr. Spencer and his followers the spotlight they are seeking,” he wrote. “By shunning him and his followers, we will block his attempt for further visibility.”Personal note from Oct 10– “avoid the event…&…do not let the message of hate and racism go unchallenged”— W. Kent Fuchs (@PresidentFuchs) October 16, 2017Nonetheless, protests are expected. As of noon ET Tuesday, a Facebook event called “No Nazis at UF — Protest Richard Spencer” had drawn some 2,800 people who say they’ll attend, with an additional 7,300 who say they’re interested.No campus group invited Spencer to speak, and the university is not hosting or sponsoring the event. Spencer’s group, the National Policy Institute, is paying the university $10,564 for facility rental and security.In anticipation of major security needs, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in Alachua County ahead of a speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer at the University of Florida in Gainesville. David J. Phillip/APThe speech and accompanying protests are also a major expense: The university as well as state and local agencies expect to spend more than $500,000 to provide additional security.And the University of Florida can’t demand that Spencer pay the full cost of protecting him, because of a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Forsyth County v. Nationalist Movement.In that decision, the university explains, “the Court clarified that the government cannot assess a security fee on the speaker based upon the costs of controlling the reaction of potential hostile onlookers or protestors,” under legal doctrine known as the “heckler’s veto.”“It’s flattering, I guess,” Spencer told the Tampa Bay Times, regarding Scott’s executive order. “I am in the same genre as hurricanes and invading armies.”A university spokeswoman told the newspaper that the order will make it easier to recoup the cost of providing security for the event.Although the University of Florida’s president urged avoiding the event itself, he called for the campus community to challenge Spencer’s “message of hate and racism.”“Speak up for your values and the values of our university. Make it clear that messages of hate on our campus are contrary to those values,” Fuchs wrote. “Those of us in the majority must speak up for those in the minority and make our voice of love and support heard.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit read more