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Category: fdtnwcmtdulfdxvp The Political Scientist: Michael Mann’s Moment in the Campaign Spotlight

first_imgFor climate researcher Michael Mann, yesterday’s elections marked the end of what has been an unusual—and perhaps unique—adventure in electoral politics for an academic scientist. The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, professor was recruited to spend days on the campaign trail with Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe (D), and he was even asked to introduce former President Bill Clinton at a major rally. And he was featured in millions of dollars’ worth of television ads attacking McAuliffe’s opponent, Ken Cuccinelli (R), the Virginia attorney general who launched a controversial investigation into research that Mann conducted when he worked at the University of Virginia (UVA).“Scientists by our nature try to avoid getting entangled in partisan politics, but in this case … I didn’t come to politics, politics came to me,” Mann told ScienceInsider today from his home in Pennsylvania, where he was working after a late night of watching election returns and celebrating McAuliffe’s narrow victory. But the “difficult decision” to get involved in the McAuliffe-Cuccinelli duel came down to one thing, he says: “I wanted to make sure that the forces of antiscience did not gain a stronger foothold in our politics, and that’s what a Cuccinelli victory would have meant. …  Here you had a candidate who not only rejected what science has to say about climate change, but felt it necessary to attack scientists.”Three years ago, when Cuccinelli launched his investigation of Mann, it was hard to imagine that the balding climate specialist would end up playing such an active role in thwarting the telegenic conservative star. In the 2009 election for attorney general, Cuccinelli won soundly, with 58% of the vote, on a conservative platform that included vows to fight government regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. Soon after taking office in 2010, Cuccinelli invoked a state fraud statute to demand that UVA, where Mann worked until 2005, turn over records related to a number of the scientist’s grants.  Cuccinelli claimed that he was focused on safeguarding taxpayer funds, and not trying to discredit Mann’s scientific findings, including the iconic “hockey stick” graph that reconstructs how global temperatures have risen over time. Academic and environmental groups rallied to Mann’s defense, with one group of professors at Virginia’s Old Dominion University calling Cuccinelli’s move a “witch hunt.” After numerous legal skirmishes, state courts ultimately ruled last year that Cuccinelli did not have the legal authority to compel release of the documents.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(*)By then, Cuccinelli had begun his bid for the governorship, preparing for a face-off against McAuliffe, a longtime Democratic Party fundraiser and businessman who had been trounced in his 2009 bid to lead the state. This past summer, as the race heated up, McAuliffe’s campaign asked Mann if he would publicly endorse McAuliffe, and perhaps play a role in the campaign. Mann said yes, but not because he wanted to settle a personal grudge against Cuccinelli. “It was such a stark contrast [between the candidates] that it was easy to decide to get involved purely on the merits,” he says. “I’ve tried hard to not let it become personal,” he adds, noting that he has never met Cuccinelli. “When you personalize things, you become emotional and less rational. I wanted this to be a rational decision.”Mann learned more than he expected about politics. In July, he was asked to accompany McAuliffe on a multiday “science week” campaign swing through Virginia’s academic centers and high-tech corridors, meeting with voters and editorial boards. “I gained a whole new respect for the life of a political candidate,” Mann says. “It is an amazingly difficult schedule. You get very little sleep and you’ve got be on your best game, 24-7. Even one small slip, if you say something embarrassing, it is going to be seized on. As a scientist, it was a very different world … a world I wouldn’t want to live in, but it was fun to visit.”Soon, the airwaves were filling with attack ads—some paid for by McAuliffe’s campaign, others by outside groups—that cited Cuccinelli’s investigation of Mann in trying to paint the Republican as a conservative ideologue out of step with mainstream voters. The campaign used Mann’s story to question Cuccinelli’s commitment to academic freedom and the role of science in economic development, no small issues in a state that prides itself on being the home of a vibrant high-tech sector and a university founded by Thomas Jefferson. It also tried to paint a picture of “an attorney general who abused his authority to go after academics he doesn’t like,” Mann says, an idea that didn’t play well with voters of all stripes, especially moderates, according to polling and focus groups. Cuccinelli’s campaign fiercely disputed such accusations and cited their candidate’s record of supporting research and education while a state legislator.Last week, Mann made his final foray of the campaign, appearing at a Charlottesville rally to introduce McAuliffe and Clinton. “It was difficult to not be in awe and a bit starstruck” by the former president, he says, noting he had met Clinton briefly once before. And McAuliffe wasted little time in alluding to Mann’s battle with Cuccinelli in his speech: “Here is the bottom line,” he said. “We cannot grow Virginia’s economy by suing scientists.”Such arguments apparently helped push McAuliffe over the top yesterday, although issues such as abortion, health care, and the economy played bigger roles. “[P]leased that VA voters rejected [Cuccinelli’s] dangerous brand of politics & his contempt for science & rational thought,” Mann tweeted last night as media outlets began to call the race for McAuliffe. He’s not gloating over Cuccinelli’s downfall, he says, but “that isn’t to say that there wasn’t a certain amount of personal satisfaction that Virginians made the right choice.”Mann’s overt politicking may be over for the time being, however. “You won’t see me out campaigning for a carbon tax or cap-and-trade [policy on climate change],” he says. “I’ll leave the policy debate to politicians as long as it is informed by what scientists have to say.”last_img read more

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Category: fdtnwcmtdulfdxvp World T20: MS Dhoni loses cool after India’s thrilling win against Bangladesh

first_imgSoon after guiding India to a nerve-wracking victory, a visibly exasperated Mahendra Singh Dhoni lashed out a scribe after being asked if he was contend with the one-run win over Bangladesh in the ICC World Twenty group match.Dhoni walked into the press conference smiling, but it soon evaporated at the very first question, which not only took the India skipper by surprise but also left him furious. Dhoni was asked how satisfied was he with the result, keeping in mind that India needed to win it big to improve their net run rate for brightening the semifinal prospects. (Told Pandya not to bowl yorker, says MS Dhoni )Rubbed the wrong way, Dhoni said, “I know you aren’t happy that India won today.”As the reporter tried to clarify, Dhoni cut him short and added firmly, “Listen to me. Hearing you, your tone and your question, it’s clear that you aren’t happy that India has won. And when talking about a cricket match, there’s no script. It’s not about the script.”Giving him a peace of his mind, Dhoni further said, “You have to analyse that after losing the toss, what was the reason that we couldn’t make many runs on that wicket. If you aren’t analysing these things sitting outside, then you shouldn’t ask this question.” (Managing chaos was key to success in tense win: MS Dhoni )A long pause followed at the press conference hall, before the mike was passed on for the next question.India survived a mighty scare before pulling off an incredible one-run victory in a low-scoring thriller to keep their semi-final hopes alive. Defending a modest 146, India looked down and out for the better part of the match before getting their acts together in the final two overs to restrict Bangladesh to 145 for 9.advertisementlast_img read more

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Category: fdtnwcmtdulfdxvp Chopper issue: Jaitley, Naidu hold talks with Cong leaders

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 27 (PTI) Two top ministers today held parleys with senior Congress leaders in a bid to broker peace after the ruckus in the Rajya Sabha over BJP leader Subramanian Swamy dragging Sonia Gandhis name in the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal.Sources said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu held confabulations with Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad and Deputy Leader of Congress in the House Anand Sharma over lunch.Naidu had invited them for the meeting, the sources said.Normalcy returned to the House after an hour washout of the business in the morning. PTI AMR VSC ZMNlast_img read more

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Category: fdtnwcmtdulfdxvp Sam Allardyce contrite after being sacked as England manager

first_imgSacked England manager Sam Allardyce has tendered a “wholehearted apology” to the Football Association (FA) for embarrassing the governing body and is “deeply disappointed” at his shock exit following a newspaper sting.The 61-year-old was sacked on Tuesday for seeking a lucrative sideline role while talking to undercover reporters from Britain’s Daily Telegraph. (Sam Allardyce sacked by English Football Association after newspaper sting)The paper said it had hundreds of pages of transcripts from the meeting in which Allardyce was negotiating a deal worth 400,000 pounds ($520,840) to represent a Far East firm seeking advice on the transfer market.”It was a great honour for me to be appointed back in July and I am deeply disappointed at this outcome,” Allardyce, who replaced Roy Hodgson after England’s dismal Euro 2016 campaign, said in a statement on the FA website. (England manager Sam Allardyce caught in newspaper sting)The former centre half who built his managerial reputation by getting the best out of unfashionable or struggling clubs met FA chairman Greg Clarke and chief executive Martin Glenn and offered a “sincere and wholehearted apology” for his actions.”Although it was made clear during the recorded conversations that any proposed arrangements would need the FA’s full approval, I recognise I made some comments which have caused embarrassment,” he said. (England boss Sam Allardyce convinced the time is right for him)”…I was asked to clarify what I said and the context in which the conversations took place. I have co-operated fully in this regard.””I also regret my comments with regard to other individuals,” he added.advertisementAllardyce won his only game in charge of England, a 1-0 World Cup qualifier triumph in Slovakia earlier this month, and he will be replaced by under-21 coach Gareth Southgate for the next four matches as the FA searches for a successor.last_img read more

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Category: fdtnwcmtdulfdxvp Mourinho moans about lack of options: Sanchez has to play when he arrives

first_imgManchester United Jose Mourinho coach was happy with his club’s 1-1 draw against Mexican side Club America in the first pre-season friendly but he continued to rue the unavailability of options at his disposal.The English side managed to eke out a draw after Juan Mata’s 78th minuter equaliser canceled out Henry Martin’s opener on 59 minutes. Mata scored from a Tahith Chong cross from which Ander Herrera headed against the right post before Mata scrambled past Agustin Marchesin.United started the game with a back four of Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw. Ahead of them, the three midfielders were Scott McTominay, Herrera and Anders Pereira and the three forwards were Demetri Mitchell from the left, Anthony Martial from the centre and Mata from the right.Martial was hooked off in the 60th minute and was replaced by Chong while Matteo Darmian came on for Mitchell as well. As United chased the game, the youngsters injected more pace and Mata finally saved United’s blushes in the 78th minute. He was replaced by another United academy graduate and U-17 World Cup winner Angel Gomes in the 87th minute.The youngsters were raw but impressive. Chong especially from the right and Periera, who was returning from a loan spell in Valencia, looked sharp. But, Mourinho doesn’t seem to be too content with it as his concern of not having his full squad continued to be the tune of his press-conference.@Alexis_Sanchez is en route to #MUTOUR. #MUFC pic.twitter.com/Ob7fxqZDswadvertisementManchester United (@ManUtd) July 20, 2018However, Alexis Sanchez’s arrival will ease some pressure off him and the Chilean will have to be walk straight into the side after arriving in America, according to the United manager.”I don’t even know if he is flying, if he is in Los Angeles or if he is in Manchester – I have no idea about it,” he said.”There will be no (Romelu Lukaku) or (Marcus) Rashford, for sure, and we have to try with what we have. It’s not about if he (Sanchez) can play, it’s about when he has to. When Martial left the pitch, it was Mata (leading the attack). When Mata went to the sides, it was a kid that trained with us for the first time this pre-season (Mason Greenwood).””There’s no Lukaku or Rashford here and probably not even for the start of the Premier League, so it’s about when Alexis lands and when he lands, he has to play,” said Mourinho to an interview to MUTV.”He trained with us for five days before we departed to Los Angeles and we left one fitness coach behind with him to keep training with him. Of course, it’s individual training but when he arrives, he has to play.”However, he did appreciate the youngsters, who injected some pace and in the end managed to make a telling contribution in the game. He singled out young Dutchman Chong for his performances but added that he has to built his physical side before breaking into the first team.”He was good. He came with the intention to show, and in a moment where we have no strikers on the pitch, Martial was the only one and then he left, so we needed people to create, have some initiative, which he did. The action for the cross for the goal is a beautiful action. He was enthusiastic, he was confident to play,” Mourinho said in his assessment of the 18-year-old. Tahith Chong assisted Juan Mata for the goal against Club America (Manchester United Photo)”Of course physically he has his limitations, and when he has one more touch and he allows that body contact of course he loses it, but when he makes the ball move and attacks people one against one, he has quality. He’s a good kid.”The Manchester United manager signed off by saying that it was a good practice session against a well-oiled team and it was a good training session overall.”After five days of training you need to play and it’s good to play against a team that is at three days’ distance from starting their Mexican league.”So (they were) a team with intensity, a team with quality that pushed us to levels that we are not prepared for…so a good training session.”United will next play San Jose Earthquakes before taking part in the International Champions Cup with matches against AC Milan, Liverpool and Real Madrid.last_img read more

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Category: fdtnwcmtdulfdxvp ITF satisfied with security plans for Pakistan vs India Davis Cup tie in Islamabad

first_img Next Reuters IslamabadAugust 13, 2019UPDATED: August 13, 2019 11:38 IST Tennis legend Mahesh Bhupathi will lead the Indian Davis Cup team for the September 14-15 tie (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia is scheduled to face Pakistan in the Davis Cup from September 14-15All India Tennis Association (AITA) has already named a six-member squad under captain Mahesh BhupathiAITA chief has advised the International Tennis Federation to conduct more security checks in IslamabadTennis chiefs are satisfied with the current safety plan in place for next month’s Davis Cup tie between Pakistan and India in Islamabad even after the latter asked for another round of security assessment.Pakistan last week expelled India’s ambassador and suspended bilateral trade with its neighbour after New Delhi removed “special status” from its portion of the contested region of Kashmir.The All India Tennis Association (AITA) has already named a six-member squad under captain Mahesh Bhupathi for the September 14-15 tie but subsequent developments have put a question mark over the contest.”Safety and security are the ITF’s highest priority,” the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said in a statement to Reuters.”We are working closely with the host nation and independent expert security advisors – the ITF is satisfied with their current security assessment of the site and the security plan in place.”The overall security risk rating for Pakistan has not changed, however, we will continue to monitor the situation closely with our advisors.”India and Pakistan have gone to war three times since independence in the mid-20th century and another conflict almost erupted earlier this year.Relations between the nuclear-armed neighbours further soured in February after a suicide car bombing killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police in Indian-controlled Kashmir.An Indian tennis team last went to Pakistan in 1964 for a Davis Cup tie, defeating their hosts 4-0, while Pakistan lost 3-2 on their last visit to India in 2006.Pakistan was forced to host Davis Cup ties at neutral venues for more than a decade as teams refused to travel to the country because of security concerns.advertisementThey played their first home tie after a gap of 12 years against Iran in 2017, while Hong Kong was relegated and fined by the ITF after they refused to travel to Pakistan the same year.India’s cricket team has not toured Pakistan since 2007 and bilateral ties between the countries have remained suspended since 2008, although they have met in international competition.India’s sports minister Kiren Rijiju has said the government would not prevent the team from playing the Davis Cup tie in Pakistan as it was not a bilateral series and was organised by a world body.In an email to the ITF on Monday, AITA chief Hironmoy Chatterjee said India had full confidence the ITF and Pakistan Tennis Federation would organise an “excellent” Asia/Oceania Group 1 tie but said more security checks might be in order.”We are aware that you had done a safety check before the diplomatic ties have been downgraded,” secretary-general Chatterjee wrote.”ITF may find it appropriate to do another check to its own satisfaction to ensure the safety of all the stakeholders connected with the tie.”AITA is, therefore, waiting for your final certificate confirming the safety of all the stakeholders and the details of the security plan prepared … so that we can start applying for visas (and) make necessary travel arrangements.”Also Read | Indian government won’t have say on participation in Davis Cup tie in Pakistan: Kiren RijijuAlso Read | Pakistan rules out shifting of Davis Cup tie against India to neutral venueAlso Read | AITA confirms it will seek neutral venue for Davis Cup tie against Pakistan on MondayFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen ITF satisfied with security plans for Pakistan vs India Davis Cup tie in IslamabadIndia Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has said the government would not prevent the team from playing the Davis Cup tie in Pakistan as it was not a bilateral series and was organised by a world body.advertisementlast_img read more

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Category: fdtnwcmtdulfdxvp Tourism Summer Intern Programme Major Success – TPDCo

first_imgStory Highlights TPDCo’s Tourism Summer Intern Programme (TSIP) a major success. The Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) has deemed its recently-concluded Tourism Summer Intern Programme (TSIP) a major success, with key objectives met.Highlighting the initiative to JIS News, Community Awareness Co-ordinator  at TPDCo, Marline Stephenson Dalley, noted that the programme “exposed young academics to the vision of tourism and the role it plays in our society, building on partnerships that exist with TPDCo and the tourism sector, as well as providing an economic opportunity for deserving students.”The programme, which was held over a two-month period (July and August), saw close to 700 students between 16 and 25  years of age being trained and placed across the island, particularly in the resort areas of Negril, Montego Bay, Port Antonio, Kingston, Mandeville and the South Coast.Mrs. Stephenson Dalley pointed out that before placement, the interns had to participate in a two-day training exercise to become fully sensitised about the business of tourism, and covered areas such as customer service; tourism, environmental, security and cultural awareness; and marketing of brand Jamaica.“Our interns were placed for three weeks in most cases, in some 160 tourism entities, including accommodations, attractions, and  the travel trade. We also had some persons placed at the Institute of Jamaica, the Best Community Foundation, Bob Marley Foundation, Bureau of Standards, the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment and TPDCo,” she informed.The Co-ordinator added that TPDCo also supported intervention programmes of local entities and groups by assigning interns to work in different capacities.“The Montego Bay Marine Park had an environmental camp for inner-city children and our interns were able to assist over those four weeks; and the Discovery Bay Marine Lab also had an intervention and we were able to facilitate all of their camp counsellors. The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Kingston also had a camp and TPDCo had a special project in its Quality Department and we were able to place interns in some specific data entry areas for the six weeks,” Mrs. Stephenson Dalley outlined.In terms of feedback, she noted that “the evaluations (from the participating entities) have been very good overall…many of the interns have even secured permanent employment and others have asked for recommendations, which will now take them to the next level, whether it is a new career or going back to further their tertiary studies,” she said.The programme, now in its fifth year, is funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), which allocated $18 million for this year’s implementation. The programme “exposed young academics to the vision of tourism and the role it plays in our society”. TPDCo also supported intervention programmes of local entities and groups by assigning interns to work.last_img read more

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Category: fdtnwcmtdulfdxvp PM Says Jamaica Should Improve Ranking in Doing Business Report Next Year

first_imgStory Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says he is expecting Jamaica to have an improved ranking in the World Bank’s Doing Business Report for next year. Addressing the Sixth International Monetary Fund (IMF) High Level Caribbean Forum held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Thursday (November 16), the Prime Minister said despite the fall in ranking, the report has recognised a number of reform programmes being undertaken to enhance the business climate in Jamaica. The Doing Business Report is a yearly report, published by the World Bank, to measure business regulation, business reforms and their enforcement. The report pays special attention to regulations that will impact domestic small and medium-size companies. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says he is expecting Jamaica to have an improved ranking in the World Bank’s Doing Business Report for next year.For the Doing Business Report 2018, Jamaica has fallen to 70th position, down from a ranking of 67th.Addressing the Sixth International Monetary Fund (IMF) High Level Caribbean Forum held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Thursday (November 16), the Prime Minister said despite the fall in ranking, the report has recognised a number of reform programmes being undertaken to enhance the business climate in Jamaica.The Doing Business Report is a yearly report, published by the World Bank, to measure business regulation, business reforms and their enforcement. The report pays special attention to regulations that will impact domestic small and medium-size companies.Mr. Holness noted that Jamaica was one of 34 countries whose economy improved the most across three or more ‘doing business’ topics in 2016/2017.“We improved in starting a business. Jamaica made starting a business faster by reinstating next-day service for company incorporation. Jamaica improved reliability of electricity supply in Kingston by investing in the distribution network, through several initiatives, including the installation of smart metres and distribution automation switches,” Mr. Holness said.Jamaica also reduced the time for documentary compliance for importing by implementing a web-based customs data management platform, ASYCUDA World.The Prime Minister said the Government has already started to take several steps to improve Jamaica’s ranking in the report.“A few days ago in our Senate, we passed the National Identification and Registration Act, which will establish a national civil registry and create a national identification system. This will significantly improve commerce, reduce identity aspect of transaction cost, and it will form the basis of creating a digital economy. We will see significant improvements in our ease of doing business index,” he emphasised.last_img read more

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Category: fdtnwcmtdulfdxvp Report will Help Province Protect Watersheds

first_imgNova Scotia will be better able to protect water resources with a watershed assessment report released today, June 22, by the province and Dalhousie University. Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau said the report is a first step to assess watersheds such as rivers, lakes and groundwater. The report identifies potential risks to water quality. “Water is an important resource for all Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Belliveau. “This study meets a goal in Water For Life, our water resource management strategy, and it will help us focus our efforts on the water supplies that are at the most risk to protect them today and for future generations.” The provincial watershed data inventory in the report is the first of its kind in Nova Scotia. The province invested $29,000 in the Dalhousie University research project, and staff from the departments of Environment and Natural Resources participated in the study. “What is particularly exciting about this work is, for the first time, we have a provincewide summary of watershed health,” said Shannon Sterling, assistant professor of earth science and environmental science at Dalhousie University. “The collaborations in this project have allowed us to assemble watershed information from a wide variety of sources and identify what information is still needed. This is a valuable foundation for integrated watershed management in Nova Scotia.” The second phase of the project will gather more data that reflects the province’s good water management practices and report on the information at a local level. To learn more about Water For Life, visit http://www.gov.ns.ca/nse/water.strategy/ .last_img read more

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Category: fdtnwcmtdulfdxvp Annual Sportfishing Weekend June 34

first_imgResidents and non-residents can fish without a general fishing licence during the annual Nova Scotia Sportfishing Weekend, June 3 to June 4. All bag limits and other regulations still apply. Information on sportfishing can be found at http://novascotia.ca/fish. The licence-free weekend will also include 20 fishing derbies. A list of those and other derbies happening this season can be found at www.novascotia.ca/fish/activities-and-events/. All anglers are reminded to put safety first and to use flotation devices when on the water. -30-last_img read more

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Category: fdtnwcmtdulfdxvp Tim Hortons tests food delivery in 3 cities kids menu and loyalty

first_imgSome Canadians craving a doughnut or double-double but strapped for time can now have Tim Hortons food brought to them as the national chain started testing delivery this week.It’s one of several concepts the coffee-and-doughnut chain, working to overcome an onslaught of negative publicity, is trying out in an effort to remain relevant to Canadian consumers.The coffee-and-doughnut chain launched food delivery with Skip The Dishes, a food delivery app, through 148 restaurants in three cities — Vancouver, Ottawa and Edmonton — Monday.“I think we came in with a mindset that we have to listen to our guests and adapt to their changing needs,” said Alex Macedo, president of Tim Hortons.Macedo, who started in the role less than a year ago, said a slew of new hires, including Duncan Fulton, the chief corporate officer of Tim Hortons parent company Restaurant Brands International, is the reason for the brand’s productivity lately.The company hopes to expand the delivery test beyond those select cities in the coming months, said Fulton, who admits he lives his life on apps like Skip the Dishes, Uber Eats and DoorDash — as do many Tim Hortons customers.Delivery, he said, is something the eatery obviously needs to be doing.It’s not the only company to feel that way. Cineplex announced late last month it started offering concession stand snack delivery via Uber Eats to movie-watchers in 60 communities in Ontario, Alberta, B.C. and Quebec.But Tim Hortons is relying on more than just delivery to garner more enthusiasm for its brand. Another change that just made sense is all-day breakfast, Macedo said.“We’re a breakfast brand and a coffee shop that also sells lunch and dinner,” he said.About 50 restaurants are now serving breakfast any time and if the test produces good results, Tim Hortons will roll out the extended first meal hours nationally before the end of the summer.Its all-day breakfast pilot follows the national roll-out of breakfast any time by rivals McDonald’s Canada and A&W last year.In September, Tim Hortons plans to trial two more changes: a kids menu and a loyalty program.It’s too early for the company to announce what items will grace the kids options, but customers shouldn’t expect items like chicken fingers or burgers.“There’s still a lot of other kids menu items out there … that not everybody’s embracing that could be very unique to Tim Hortons,” said Fulton, who said he thinks about what his two kids would like to eat.The loyalty program will start as a card with basic phone functionality, said Macedo, and will eventually be integrated into the company’s recently launched app that allows customers to order and pay in advance.All the changes come as the company attempts to strengthen relations with its franchisees. Continued public spats between the chain’s parent company RBI and unsanctioned franchisee group The Great White North Franchisee Association over alleged mismanagement resulted in several lawsuits.Some Ontario franchisees’ decisions to cut back employee benefits and paid breaks after the province’s higher minimum wage kicked in further marred the company’s image, with some regulars participating in a boycott and nationwide protests.The brand’s reputation took a big hit on two reputational surveys this year, falling dozens of spots on each one.Macedo and Fulton both acknowledged some things in the past could have been handled better, but said management has changed how it communicates with franchisees in an effort to bolster that relationship and is working with them to implement all these changes smoothly.“I think it’s just going to be a matter of time to prove out that this is a new day,” said Fulton, “and there’s a very sincere interest in working collaboratively with all the franchisees.”— Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:QSR, TSX:CGX)last_img read more

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Category: fdtnwcmtdulfdxvp In Ouarzazate Tourism is Strong Pillar for Economic Growth

Rabat – As an essential source of job opportunities and inclusive development, tourism is a key economic activity in Morocco, Zoubir Bouhoute, Director of Local Tourism Office (CRT) in Ouarzazate told Morocco World News, on the sidelines of the International Symposium on Tourism held on Wednesday in Rabat.MWN chatted with Bouhoute about Morocco’s tourism strategy, the challenges facing the sector, the tourism potential in Ouarzazate, and the city’s readiness to host games of the 2026 World Cup.Speaking about the event, Bouhoute said that the symposium was organized to underscore the importance of the sector, emphasizing that tourism serves as a pillar of the national economy. Tourism, a Pillar of Morocco’s Economic Growth“The tourism sector plays an important role in promoting tourist-hub areas in Morocco, spreading the culture, values, and history of each region,” said the chief of Ouarzazate’s CRT.He emphasized that international tourists can also promote Morocco’s tourism sector, adding that those visitors are “ambassadors” who can positively encourage their friends and family to visit Morocco if provincial tourist offices “served them well.”According to Bouhoute, the sector served as a backup plan to fix trade imbalances that the country has been facing over the years. Tourism in Morocco provides MAD 70 billion annually, an income that contributes to creating a balance and avoiding trade deficit.He added that the country would be able to avoid all economic obstacles if it could further develop this sector, stressing the necessity of innovative digital governing solutions.Bouhoute noted that the tourism world has been witnessing an increasing shift towards digitalization: “Travelers now rely on the internet to book their flights and hotels. They are no longer relying on traditional procedures, like travel agencies.”Regarding challenges facing the sector, the tourism expert emphasizing that the country still has work to do in order to overcome these challenges. He said that the sector is connected to infrastructure, transport, and other economic activities. Therefore, the government needs to enhance efforts to provide the sector with the assets it needs to achieve more development.He added that government support is essential, adding that the cabinet needs to cooperate in the promotion process.“Despite the proximity between Morocco and Europe, there is a lack of air transport, linking between Morocco’s regions and European countries.” Bouhoute added that airline companies should also contribute to the promotion of tourism in Morocco by incentivizing travel offers.Looking forward, he believes Morocco’s provincial offices for tourism will need to devise creative and innovative strategies to attract more tourists, including further digitalization and advertising.Ouarzazate is Ready to Host 2026 World Cup GamesBouhoute noted that the country has all the necessary assets to host the massive tournament.  The tourism director the 2026 tournament would help in the development Ouarzazate, greatly increasing the number of tourists to the region.In reality, all regions of the country would benefit from important infrastructure projects, and the construction of these projects would create job opportunities throughout the country. Morocco must now up its efforts to increase its chances to host the tournament, according to Bouhoute.Speaking about the readiness of Ouarzazate, the CRT director said that the proposal to organize some of the  2026 World Cup games in Ouarzazate would have a positive impact.Though Bouhoute mentioned that the city could accommodate 3000 people in various hotels, he believes the city must expand its investments to properly mobilize for such a huge number of tourists. But these investments, too, would create more employment opportunities.Business Challenges in OuarzazateDespite its excellent diversity, the city has experienced difficulties attracting investors. In response the Ouarzazate tourism director said that his office is visualizing a digitalization strategy that would contribute to the development of the region.This could serve as an incentive to business travelers and investors. Hospitality, good governance and tourism management are also essential to the success of tourism sector, he added.Ouarzazate’s Faithful TouristsThe CPT director also shared some of Ouarzazate’s tourism statistics with MWN. Moroccan nationals are taking the lead in Ouarzazate’s tourism, followed by French tourists.In January, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported that the French tourism indicated the highest growth, representing 11.95 percent of total arrivals in Ouarzazate.French visitors from January to November 2017 reached 29,195 tourists, up from 22,220 in 2016.Bouhoute added that the Spanish visitors follow the French, though the city of Ouarzazate has seen an increase in Chinese tourists in recent years, according to the CPT’s director, who added that the Chinese market recorded “spectacular performances in 2017, following the removal of visa requirements for Chinese tourists. read more

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Category: fdtnwcmtdulfdxvp Ontarios finance minister criticizes federal spending and carbon pricing plan

TORONTO — Ontario’s finance minister slammed the 2019 federal budget Tuesday, saying it shows the Liberal government is willing to run “endless” deficits as it heads to polls this fall.Vic Fedeli ramped up his rhetoric about the federal spending package unveiled in Ottawa, calling it a disappointing document that does not address the needs of the province.His comments are just the latest in a string of clashes between the provincial Progressive Conservatives and federal Liberals before the fall vote.“This certainly was an election budget … with endless deficits,” he said. “We’re not really sure any of what they’ve promised will ever be realized. Of course, that is very, very disappointing.”Fedeli said the budget doesn’t adequately address a wide array of issues important to the province, including U.S. steel and aluminium tariffs, provincial transfer payments and the national cannabis supply shortage.“Our government outlined the top priorities of Ontario families and businesses in a letter to federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau a few weeks ago and we have seen insufficient action,” he said.Fedeli also took aim at the federal government’s carbon pricing plan, saying it will undermine the Canada Training Benefit announced in the budget to help workers upgrade their skills.“The very workers that will be training in those programs will have fewer jobs to find in Ontario because of the carbon tax,” he said.Fedeli is set to table his first budget on April 11 and has indicated the document will outline a path to balance Ontario’s books.The Tories have said Ontario inherited a deficit from the previous Liberal government that now sits at $13.5 billion.“We look at the devastation that was caused by the provincial Liberals and we’re seeing a mirror image with the federal Liberals,” Fedeli said. “I know when (federal Conservative Leader) Andrew Scheer wins the fall election, they will inherit the same difficult issues we have inherited here in Ontario.”The federal government didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.NDP finance critic Sandy Shaw said while she also has concerns about the federal budget, Fedeli’s attacks on the federal Liberals are not helpful.“Rather than offer his own solutions, he spent time really positioning against the federal government,” she said. “This on-going bickering between the province and the feds is not serving the people of Ontario.”Liberal finance critic Mitzie Hunter said the federal budget — and its spending commitments on health care and job training — strike a distinct contrast with the provincial government, which he said has spent months making cuts.“Ford might think he can be Ontario’s bully for the next three years, but at least there’s a federal government Ottawa that has your back,” she said.Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press read more

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Category: fdtnwcmtdulfdxvp Toyotas celebrity car is a star performer

It’s the D-segment car that partners A-list celebrities. Few car makers boast Cameron Diaz, Harrison Ford, and Leonardo Di Caprio among its list of owners, particularly when the car in question is a mid-sized hatchback. But Toyota does, with its petrol-electric Prius. Star performer Aside from taking Hollywood names to Oscars and film premieres, the Prius has become a star performer in its own right. Celebrity status has raised its profile and worldwide sales have topped the 210,000 mark. Huge it may not be, but it is certainly significant for an alternative-fuelled vehicle. And its reputation is growing. In Japan production has increased by a third to 15,000 every month in an effort to meet worldwide demand. Prius sales are healthy in the UK too. By the end of September, Toyota sold well over 1,300 models compared to just 149 for the whole of 2003. Bosses at Toyota are confident they’ll hit the 1,600 target by the end of the year. For those who have driven the new Prius, launched in January 2004, none of this will come as a surprise. With a more powerful electric motor, redesigned interior and an exterior that has started to turn heads, the automotive debutante has blossomed into an experienced pro. Leaner and greener The hybrid power plant now delivers more power and torque than most small petrol engines. For the driver this means serious performance to match seriously low emissions. Take the 0-60 figures for example. At 10.9 seconds, Toyota has shaved two seconds off the claim of the outgoing model. As well as improving performance, Toyota has upped the car’s green credentials and lowered running costs. Fuel consumption at over 65 mpg is 14 per cent better on the combined cycle, compared to the 57.6mpg for the old model. Carbon dioxide emissions are down to 104 g/km presenting drivers with the lowest costs under company car tax rules. As for road tax, that’s just £65 a year. Prices start at £17,495. It may not be the cheapest family hatchback on the market but how many others boast the ingenious marriage of 1.5-litre petrol engine and battery, which carries an eight year manufacturers’ warranty? How many qualify for a £700 Powershift grant? How many can match the ultra-low running costs? Free parking and no congestion charge Then there are the new, 21st century costs of motoring like the London congestion charge. The centre of the capital has become something of a hotspot for Prius spotting. No surprise there. Owners can save themselves up to £1,250 a year driving through the centre of London with absolute impunity. But congestion is not just a London issue. Councils throughout the UK are toying with the idea of charging schemes to deal with the problem. Inevitably this includes exemptions and you can guarantee the Prius will be the first name on any list. Under European funding for greener motoring schemes, Hampshire is one council that has done a deal to let petrol-electric cars park free in Winchester’s busy town centre. Prius and Honda Civic IMA owners can save themselves up to £800 a year on this one. In future, other councils are likely to come up with similar green deals.For manufacturers of hybrid vehicles, this is good news. Every congestion charge, local authority parking scheme and other brain wave that exempts petrol-electric hybrids represents an opportunity for their star performer to shine. The message for the rest of us is clear. Rewind to 17 February 2003, the first day of London’s congestion charge and groups of Toyota workers skilfully positioned at locations on the cusp of the zone waving placards saying ‘don’t get mad, get a Prius’. Nigel WonnacottClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Category: fdtnwcmtdulfdxvp Ohio State field hockey wins huge game against OU 21

Senior midfielder Mona Frommhold (8) passes the ball during a match against Louisville Oct. 1 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU lost, 6-3.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State field hockey team gained a victory against an in-state rival over the weekend.The team defeated Ohio University at Buckeye Varsity Field 2-1 Sunday.OSU was the first to put a point on the board Sunday. Sophomore forward Annie VonderBrink found the back of the cage in the 19th minute for her first collegiate goal.The Bobcats responded quickly to VonderBrink’s goal, tying the game less than two minutes later as OU senior Jessica Jue found the net.On a penalty corner opportunity, senior midfielder Mona Frommhold marked the second point for the Buckeyes, increasing their lead by one before heading into halftime.The second half went scoreless on both ends of the field. Junior goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux and the rest of the Buckeye defense were able to hold the lead and take the win.The movement of the ball and sharp passes were the main focus of the game, Coach Anne Wilkinson said, adding her players were able to find each other and keep the ball moving.“We try to focus on a certain thing before a game and that was one thing we really needed to change up was just being able to distribute the ball,” Wilkinson said. “We just played really simple. Moving the ball, finding the open player, it was nice to see us using everybody and just making the simple pass, not just going for the big killer ball.”VonderBrink agreed with Wilkinson and said the team’s passing throughout the game stayed strong and that helped the Buckeyes stay in control of the game.“It was really great coming out,” VonderBrink said. “We had a lot of movement … our passing worked so well together, just our movement up and down the field.”Frommhold said passing the ball was key as well. Everyone was able to read OU’s defense and make smart passes as the game went on.“Today we tried to do the little passes, not the big balls as in the other games, so we changed it up a little bit,” Frommhold said.Wilkinson said the defense did a great job keeping OU from hitting any more goals in the second half. The team stayed together and played with confidence while attacking the ball.“We improved a ton in the midfield defending and really being able to anticipate and read the passing angles,” Wilkinson said. “I was really happy with the communication, it was just excellent. Everyone was really well connected with each other.”Frommhold said the team came together and gained this win as one strong unit.“Today was a huge team game,” Frommhold said. “We played so well together … it was a huge change from the other games and we just enjoyed the game today.”The Buckeyes are set to take on Penn State, their second Big Ten opponent of the season, Friday at 3 p.m. in State College, Pa. read more

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Category: fdtnwcmtdulfdxvp 2014 sees 25 budget reduction in nonferrous metals exploration

first_imgIt has been estimated that the worldwide total budget for nonferrous metals exploration has dropped 25% from $15.19 in 2013 to $11.36 billion in 2014. The data was from almost 3,500 mining and exploration companies worldwide, of which almost 2,000 had exploration budgets for 2014.The data was compiled for the forthcoming 25th edition of SNL Metals & Mining’s Corporate Exploration Strategies study. The companies, each budgeting at least $100,000, budgeted a total of $10.74 billion for nonferrous exploration in 2014. Including our estimates for budgets we could not obtain, the 2014 worldwide exploration budget comes to $11.36 billion. Nonferrous exploration refers to expenditures related to precious and base metals, diamonds, uranium, and some industrial minerals; it specifically excludes iron ore, aluminum, coal, and oil and gas.Higher operating and capital costs, lower ore grades, uncertain demand for commodities and investor discontent have required major companies to focus on a return to healthy margins after years of growth-oriented spending. The majors have been divesting noncore assets and cutting back on capital project and exploration spending, which has led to a 25% drop in the majors’ exploration budget total in 2014.The juniors continue to battle lackluster investor interest, which has forced the group to rein in spending in order to conserve funds. The juniors’ total exploration budget fell 29% year over year in 2014 after falling 39% in 2013, dropping their share of the overall budget total to 32% from a high of 55% in 2007.Exploration allocations for all targets except platinum group metals decreased in 2014. Although gold remains the most attractive target, gold budgets declined for the second consecutive year — dropping 31% to $4.57 billion — to account for the metal’s lowest share of worldwide exploration budgets since 2009 at just 43%. Despite base metals budgets falling by $1 billion, their collective share of total budgets increased 2% to reach the highest level since 2008. Base metals and gold allocations have a consistently inverse relationship in terms of their shares of overall budgets.last_img read more

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Category: fdtnwcmtdulfdxvp EHF CL Barcelona and KIF Kolding notch second wins

Barcelona and KIF Kolding are now leading the group with two wins each. Barcelona had trouble only in the first half against Wisla Plock as they went at the break with 13:12, but with better play in the second, Barcelona in the end won 30:25. Macedonian Kiril Lazarov led the Catalan side with 9 goals, while Nikola Karabatic contributed 7 goals. Nemanja Zelenovic and Tiago Rocha were Wisla’s best with 5 goals each.KIF Kolding had no bigger trouble in Istanbul against Besiktas, and won convincingly with 33:24. With two wins, now they are leading the table together with Barcelona. ← Previous Story VIDEO: New hall in Skopje – Sandanski like Lanxess Arena! Next Story → Second weekend in EHF CL: 9-1-2 Barcelonahandball read more

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Category: fdtnwcmtdulfdxvp Italy denounced for hosing down migrants in cold water

first_imgITALY’S GOVERNMENT HAS promised an investigation into the treatment of migrants after a video was taken of naked refugees being hosed down and disinfected in cold weather at a holding center on the southern island of Lampedusa.The video, which aired yesterday on state-run RAI television, showed a dozen male migrants who lined up in a warehouse, then stripped to be hosed down with a solution to treat scabies. One of the migrants told RAI that men and women had been disinfected this way a few days ago.The video was particularly troubling since the government had promised to improve conditions at the overcrowded Lampedusa center after more than 360 would-be refugees drowned offshore in October, a tragedy that cast worldwide attention on the plight of migrants trying to reach Europe and the conditions they find when they reach land.Migrants line up to board a ferry boat from the port of Lampedusa, for Sicily, southern Italy, where they will be sent to other temporary camps. Pic: AP Photo/Luca BrunoPoliticians and refugee advocates denounced the incident, which the Lampedusa Mayor Giusi Nicolini said was reminiscent of a concentration camp.Laura Boldrini, president of the lower Chamber of Deputies and a former spokeswoman for the UN refugee agency, called the treatment “degrading and unworthy of a civilized country.”Premier Enrico Letta promised an investigation and said those responsible would be punished.The video aired on the eve of the World Day of Migrants, and human rights groups were already geared up to denounce Italy for the conditions at its overcrowded holding centers.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees said the conditions in Lampedusa, in particular, were unacceptable and demanded the immediate transfer of would-be refugees to other centres on the Italian mainland where their asylum claims can be processed.The Lampedusa center is designed to hold some 250 people but often four or five times that many people are housed there.UNHCR regional chief Laurens Jolles said:The constant overcrowding is unsustainable and creates a situation in which treatment is provided that is below the minimum standards, despite the best efforts of humanitarian workers.UNHCR denounced the continued detention on Lampedusa of 26 Syrians and Eritreans, including some survivors of the October 3 tragedy. A judge has designated them as witnesses to the capsizing, which only 155 people survived.In the days after the tragedy, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso had traveled to the island and announced that Italy would get 30 million euros more to help welcome and settle refugees to avoid the overcrowding that often occurs at Lampedusa, which is the destination of choice for smuggling operations from Libya and Tunisia.The government also beefed up its maritime patrols, dedicating more ships, helicopters and even drones to locate and intercept migrant boats in trouble.Read: Police say Italian shipwreck migrants were raped and tortured>Read: Nearly 700 refugees rescued off the coast of Sicily>last_img read more

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