Never Mind. NASA Says Ban on Chinese Students Was a Misunderstanding

first_imgIt was all just a misunderstanding.That’s NASA’s explanation for a decision to bar six Chinese nationals from attending a conference to be held at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California. The agency has now reversed that decision. And it says a ban that agency chief Charles Bolden imposed in March on citizens from China and seven other countries from attending events at NASA facilities is no longer in place—and hasn’t been since this past July.Earlier this month, officials at NASA Ames informed the six individuals—all graduate students at U.S. universities—that they could not register for the conference from 4 to 8 November to discuss scientific findings from the Kepler mission because of language that Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA) put in a 2011 appropriation bill. The decision sparked an outcry from conference participants, some of who threatened to boycott the event. It also prompted Wolf to send a scathing letter to Bolden pointing out that his legislation could not have been the basis for NASA’s decision. Among other things, the legislation prohibits NASA from hosting representatives of the Chinese government at any of the agency’s facilities; however, it does not place any blanket restriction on Chinese citizens entering NASA centers.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(*)In fact, officials said, the decision to bar the students was based on the policy that Bolden announced at a congressional hearing in March. Bolden said it would be a temporary moratorium and would be lifted after NASA completed an internal review of security procedures for allowing citizens of these countries access to NASA facilities.That review concluded in July, according to a NASA spokesperson. But not everybody in NASA management seems to have been aware that the moratorium was no longer in effect when the Chinese students attempted to register for the conference at Ames.The resulting uproar appears to have lifted the fog of confusion. “The initial decision about the Kepler conference was based on an internal misunderstanding of the Administrator’s foreign national access moratorium implemented in March, which is no longer in effect,” writes Allard Beutel, a NASA spokesperson, in an e-mail to ScienceInsider. “But because NASA was essentially closed during the federal government shutdown (until October 17), we weren’t able to address and remedy this situation sooner than last Thursday.”Beutel said NASA has asked the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) to conduct an independent security review of its facilities and procedures. “NASA is working closely with the NAPA review team and looks forward to its conclusions,” he writes.last_img read more

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SPORT-HOCK-TEGH 2 l(Spb4

first_img(Reopens SPB2)(Reopens SPB2)Later in the concluding Pool A league match played under lights, RCF (Rail Coach Factory), Kapurthala scored a stunning 6-4 win against defending champions Air India.However, both team advanced to the semi-final from this pool.RCF finished in pole position with 10 points and Air India were placed second with 9 points.Semi-final line-up: Punjab National Bank vs Air India RCF vs Western Railway. PTI SSR RSY BS AT SRElast_img

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Lionel Messi loses 21-month prison sentence appeal in tax fraud case

first_imgSpain’s Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by Barcelona soccer star Lionel Messi and stood by a Catalan regional court’s 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud, court documents showed.The five-times World Player of the Year is unlikely to go to prison, however.Messi and his father Jorge were found guilty by a Catalan court last July on three counts of tax fraud between 2007 and 2009 to the tune of 4.1 million euros on image rights and were also fined 2 million euros ($2.24 million).The court reduced Jorge Messi’s sentence from 21 months to 15, however, for returning the defrauded amount to Spain’s tax authority.Neither Messi nor his father are expected to serve time in jail, as under Spanish law sentences under two years can be served under probation.A court statement said Messi “unequivocally understood his obligation to pay tax on income obtained from exploiting his image rights…therefore it is not logical that he should ignore his duty to pay tax on them”.The Supreme Court’s ruling brings an end to a case which began in 2013.Messi, 29, and his father defrauded the Spanish tax office of 4.1 million euros between 2007 and 2009 by using a web of shell companies based in Belize, Switzerland and Uruguay to evade taxes on income from the player’s image rights.Messi, who has won eight La Liga titles, four King’s Cups and four Champions League crowns with Barcelona, finished top scorer in Spain this season with 37 league goals.He is set to play in the King’s Cup final next Saturday in Madrid, the last game of the domestic season.advertisementMessi is Barcelona’s all-time top scorer and their highest paid player. He is expected to sign a new contract with the Catalan club later this summer, with his current deal expiring in June 2018.Messi’s lawyer was not available for comment.Barcelona, who last year released a statement in support of Messi following his guilty sentence and launched a campaign in support of him on social media, have not yet commented on the Supreme Court’s decision.last_img read more

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MS Dhoni has a very important role to play for India at 2019 World Cup: Rohit Sharma

first_imgIndia opener Rohit Sharma has said MS Dhoni’s role as an individual with “years of experience” is going to play a major role for the senior national team at the 2019 World Cup.Speaking to India Today, Rohit Sharma pointed out that Dhoni’s thought process reflect upon a lot of players in the team. He added Dhoni’s ability to guide youngsters, especially the two wrist-spinners in the team, matters a lot.Dhoni has become an indispensable member of India’s ODI squad, considering the value he adds to the team as a senior member of the side. Concerns were raised about his batting form in 2018 wherein he managed just 275 runs from 20 matches but Dhoni had the backing of captain Virat Kohli and the team management.Dhoni’s inputs to India’s young wrist-spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav has had a huge impact and the former captain’s ability to help Virat Kohli out from behind the wickets is proving vital to the team.”MS [Dhoni] has years of experience. He has handled the team for so long and brought success to the team. So his role is quite important. Not just a player or batsman but as an individual too. His suggestions and thought process reflect upon a lot of the team players. He tries to help out all the players,” Rohit told India Today.Rohit added: “When he is wicket-keeping too, he keeps telling Kuldeep (Yadav) and Chahal about the pitch and what to bowl. All these things matter a lot.”advertisementDhoni has been in phenomenal form in 2019. The senior wicketkeeper-batsman began the World Cup year with a bang as he hit three successive fifties in India’s historic bilateral ODI series win in Australia. Dhoni 327 runs from 9 matches at an average of close to 90 in the ongoing year.Despite being in the twilight of his cricket career, Dhoni has maintained supreme fitness levels. His astute reading of match situations makes him an integral part of the decision-making group in the team.Meanwhile, shedding light on his role as vice-captain of the team, Rohit Sharma said his job, as an experienced campaigner, is to help out captain Virat Kohli.”When MS was the captain, he had Sehwag, Sachin paaji and other senior players in the team to help him and give advice when needed,” Rohit added.”Now, since we have been in the team for so long now, it is our responsibility to help the captain when needed or during confusions.”Also Read | Hardik Pandya’s confidence level didn’t dip even during rough phase: Rohit SharmaAlso Read | It is my responsibility to help Virat Kohli when he is in doubt: Rohit SharmaAlso See:last_img read more

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USA Rugby Sevens men’s and women’s teams progress on day one

first_imgUS sports Share on LinkedIn news The men’s Eagles opened their tournament in imposing fashion, beating Wales 35-0 in their round of 16 clash to set up a quarter-final showdown with fourth-ranked England. Martin Iosefo opened the scoring after finding a gap from a 5m lineout, before Iosefo turned provider to send Perry Baker on his way for try number two.The rapid winger and 2017 World Rugby Sevens player of the year then had too much gas for the Eagles’ third try, before Stephen Tomasin fired offloads to send in Danny Barrett and Carlin Isles to ensure a comfortable scoreline.“We were waiting around all day to play that match but as soon as we got out there we were ready to go,” said captain Madison Hughes. “We were ready to work for each other and that attitude we brought I think was really important and that is what helped us win. We don’t get many opportunities to play in front of our friends, family and home support so it feels really good to do so.”Earlier, the women’s Eagles made light work of twelfth-ranked China, winning their round of 16 clash 38-7, before coming through a trickier quarter-final against Russia, 33-17. Facebook USA rugby union team Support The Guardian Since you’re here… The women’s Eagles had to rebuff a determined Russia with just six players on the field after captain Nicole Heavirland was penalised and sent to the “sin bin” for two minutes.They demonstrated the growing strength of the women’s sevens game as they held off the fourth-ranked Russian side, without Rio Olympic topscorer Alev Kelter who remains injured.Naya Tapper got the first two tries for the home side who pushed out to a 21-7 lead when Abby Gustaitis crossed. But after Heavirland’s yellow card Russia reduced the deficit to just four. Ilona Maher and Cheta Emba ensuring the result with second-half tries to ensure a more comfortable scoreline at the end.The women’s Eagles take on defending World Cup Sevens champions New Zealand on Saturday in their quest to reach a first-ever World Cup final. Carlin Isles leaves four Welshmen behind. Photograph: Jeff Chiu/AP Both the men’s and women’s Eagles Sevens have started in confident fashion at the Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco on Friday, with the women’s Eagles winning twice to progress to the semi-final stage. Rugby union Share on Messenger Rugby sevenscenter_img Twitter Share on Twitter Read more Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco will be a knockout – guaranteed … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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‘Last Chance U’ Star Is Being Released From Prison

first_imgA photo of Last Chance U star Isaiah Wright.A former college football player, and star of the Netflix series Last Chance U has been released from prison. According to a report from TMZ, Isaiah Wright has been released from prison as part of a plea deal.Police arrested Wright in September 2017 after the stabbing death of an 18-year-old man. Wright has been in prison on one count of criminal homicide since he was arrested.TMZ is reporting that Wright entered a plea agreement and has already been released from prison.Here are the details of the plea deal.Wright pled guilty to 1 count of facilitation of aggravated robbery (which we’re told means he “furnished assistance without the intent to commit robbery”) — and in exchange the murder charge was dropped … according to his attorney, Kevin Angel.Wright will serve five years probation following his release.The running back grew to fame during his time on the Netflix series where he starred for the East Mississippi Community College football team.EMCC has seen several star football players enter and exit through its doors. Former Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly and star NFL running back LaGarrette Blount spent time at EMCC.It’s unclear if Wright will continue with his football career.[TMZ]last_img read more

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Foreigners return home with mudra and meditation

first_imgForeign tourists visiting the Rajasthan capital are not just city hopping but have a definite purpose of late – they are coming to learn yoga and taking it to their native shores. These travellers go to the culturally-rich city, learn mudra and meditation, and then go on to open yoga centres in their countries to reap the twin benefits of health and wealth there. Palma from Spain, says, “There is a yoga boom in Spain. When I came to Jaipur for six months with my husband on a official tour, I was suggested by my niece, who runs a yoga centre for corporates in Barcelona, to learn the art of yoga and meditation during my stay. She said people in Spain wanted to practice yoga and it would be good if I learn it.” Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”I did my quick search and zeroed in on one of the centres. It was an amazing feeling to learn this ancient practice, which made me calm, agile and active. On return to Spain, I shall be starting my yoga classes in October.” “Everybody there is excited to know that they will be having a yoga centre right there with a certified trainer,” Palma added. Says Sharon from Hong Kong, “After completing yoga training in Jaipur, I returned to Hong Kong and started teaching at yoga studios. Currently, I’m implementing mindfulness and yoga to make a difference in young bodies and minds at an international primary school. I also work there as a full-time primary school teacher.” Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardBhupinder, employed in a Dubai hotel, learned yoga in Jaipur and is now conducting yoga classes there on part-time basis. “It’s a great experience to teach people this ancient art, which keeps them healthy and active,” he said. While these professionals have taken yoga to the next level in foreign lans, Daphn Dudemaine, a yoga professional in France, plans to visit India with her students to take part in yoga sessions here and introduce them to the rich cultural legacy of this nation. “I am a yoga integral teacher. I impart yoga to groups, associations and yoga studios. I also give private lessons and organise yoga internships and retreats in France or other nations. In 2020, I will organise yoga retreats in Cyprus and Greece. India is also on my calendar,” Dudemaine said. On the occasion of the International Yoga Day, I organised an event that was open to all of my city to discover yoga. After the first edition, I went to the Indian embassy in Paris, who supported me for the 2nd edition, Dudemaine said. Not only these foreign guests are taking yoga beyond borders, Indian too are spreading this ancient art of meditation across the globe. Jayawardhan Rathore had gone to France to learn French. Driven by the passion to make a cultural exchange, Rathore started free yoga classes there. Rathore, an assistant professor in a private university here, said, “I went to France for a short-term course. As I had completed 200 hours of yoga, I started yoga classes there with an idea to learn French from them and teach them yoga.” Initially, he started once-a-week-four-month yoga sessions at a park with friends. It was not-paid kind of session to make the French aware of yoga. It received a huge response. Around 50 people, in the 20-40 year age group, which included doctors, teachers, researchers and corporate groups started taking part in the session. Yogi Umesh Sharma, director, Yogasthali Jaipur, said, “Students are coming from all parts of the world, like Australia, Brazil, Dubai, Spain, the UK and America, which proves yoga has no religion. They are quite eager to learn the art of yoga. They come with an aim and purpose. Hence, it’s easy to teach them”. “Many have returned to their countries and have started own centres. We keep in touch and they share how happy their students are after learning yoga. Around 50 of my students have completed teacher training course and have started their centres in foreign nations. While we all know Rishikesh is world yoga capital, tourists here have fallen in love with yoga teaching. Hence, it won’t be wrong to say Jaipur is next to Rishikesh in this context,” Sharma remarked.last_img read more

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UN refugee agency steps up aid to Sri Lankans displaced by recent

Since Saturday, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been helping many of the 21,000 Sri Lankans who have fled recent fighting in the town of Muthur, where 15 aid workers from French organization Action against Hunger were recently killed execution-style. The incident drew strong condemnation from UN officials that was echoed today by UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis, who called the murders “a dark page in the history of humanitarian work in Sri Lanka.” With displaced people taking shelter mainly in schools and mosques, sporadic fighting is still reported to be going on around Muthur. UNHCR staff “can hear gunfire from time to time,” Ms. Pagonis said. The agency, working through local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), has distributed 1,800 plastic sheets, 2,000 jerry cans and 2,000 mats to displaced people, and more aid is in the pipeline. But UNHCR has no access to Muthur, “where 4,000 people are said to be trapped, or to Eachchilanmpattai, where some 11,000 people are said to be in dire need of humanitarian help,” Ms. Pagonis reported. Before the latest outbreak of fighting between the Sri Lankan government forces and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), more than 312,000 people had been displaced within Sri Lanka since 1983, some 67,000 of whom are being assisted by UNHCR. read more

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Canadian dollar heads higher amid positive but muted Chinese data

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian dollar heads higher amid positive, but muted Chinese data by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 10, 2014 7:23 am MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar rose Thursday amid positive if lacklustre economic data from China and a slight increase in oil prices.The loonie gained 0.11 of a cent to 93.92 cents US.Overnight, China reported that its June exports grew 7.2 per cent in dollar terms from a year earlier, accelerating slightly from May’s seven per cent growth.The advance was a small sign of improvement for the world’s second-largest economy, but still left concerns over the country’s uneven recovery as imports remained muted amid weak domestic demand.“There’s a bit of optimism with China’s customs office expecting exports growth to accelerate in the third quarter. Imports could also pick up based on improving signs of manufacturing and services activity in the past two months,” said Ryan Huang, a market strategist at IG, said in a commentary.Meanwhile, Statistics Canada says its new housing price index rose 0.1 per cent in May, largely due to higher new home prices in the Prairie region. The Calgary area, where prices rose 0.8 per cent, recorded the largest monthly price advance among the municipalities covered by the survey.But the most anticipated economic data to come out this week will be the Canadian jobs report on Friday.“As we continue to look for signs of economic improvement, the picture around unemployment is critical,” said Tim Caulfield, co-lead manager at Franklin Bissett Canadian Equity Fund.Statistics Canada is expected to report that about 24,000 jobs were created last month compared with 25,800 in May, with the jobless rate remaining unchanged at seven per cent.The Canadian currency continues to look for hints that the fundamentals supporting it, including oil prices, will remain strong. Despite an uptick Thursday, oil has been falling steadily for more than a week as geopolitical concerns surrounding the world’s oil supply have eased.Political strife had shut ports and disrupted oil production in Libya. But recent agreements with local militias should see those ports reopening, while production began ramping up at a major Libyan oilfield earlier this week.Still, the August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange climbed 64 cents to US$102.03 a barrel on Thursday, its first increase in two weeks.August gold bullion was up $14.90 to US$1,339.20 an ounce, while September copper rose two cents to US$3.27 a pound.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more

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Ontario housing measures expected to have shortlived impact experts say

TORONTO – Toronto’s runaway real estate market could take a breather due to Ontario’s new housing measures, but much like what transpired in Vancouver, the impact of the changes is expected to be short-lived, experts say.Premier Kathleen Wynne announced more than a dozen new initiatives aimed at reining in prices that have soared out of reach for many homebuyers, including a 15 per cent tax on non-resident speculators in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, a fast-growing region that stretches from the Niagara Region to Peterborough, Ont.The province is also expanding rent controls and giving Toronto and other municipalities the power to impose a tax on vacant homes, something that Toronto Mayor John Tory has been pushing for.“Ultimately at the end of the day, you probably end up in a situation where the market absorbs the tax and keeps pushing higher,” said BMO economist Robert Kavcic.Benjamin Tal, deputy chief economist with CIBC, said the measures are likely to cool the market over the next six months as many buyers will move to the sidelines to assess the fallout stemming from the changes.“That’s exactly what we’ve seen in Vancouver,” said Tal.“The slowdown in Vancouver was not entirely due to the tax — it was domestic buyers who were basically sitting on their hands waiting to see the impact of the tax.”Home sales plunged and price growth stalled for months in Vancouver following the B.C. government’s introduction of a 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers last August.But a recent report from realtor Royal LePage suggests the Vancouver market may be starting to bounce back as demand starts to return.That’s what experts are predicting will happen in Toronto.“A lot of local buyers will sit on the sidelines for a while to watch and see what happens, and then that pent-up demand will re-enter the market down the road once the fear and the unknown has passed,” said Blair Mackey, a sales representative with Royal LePage Real Estate Services.However, Kavcic said the impact in Toronto could be more muted than it was in Vancouver, as the tax is not coming as a surprise and there are more exemptions. For example, international students will not be subject to the tax.“We’ve already known for months that this was probably coming down the pipeline, versus Vancouver where you woke up one morning and there was a 15 per cent tax,” he said.Economists said they were somewhat surprised not to see any measures tackling domestic speculators, particularly considering the amount of discussion the topic had drawn.Such rules could still be coming, said Tal.“Domestic flippers probably will be the next target,” he said.Tal took issue with the province’s plans to expand rent control, which currently applies only to units built before November 1991, to all private rental units. The guidelines cap rental increases and in recent years the cap has averaged at two per cent. This year it is 1.5 per cent.“It’s coming from a good place,” said Tal.“You really want to protect tenants. The issue is that builders will tell you that if you impose rent control that is only as high as inflation, that is not enough for them to start building.”Tal said he suspects that over the next few years, builders who were planning to construct rental buildings will opt for condos instead or cancel the developments altogether, a move that would reduce the supply of rental units.A better measure would have been to cap rents at inflation plus one or two per cent, said Tal.“By doing so, you do provide tenants with protection. There is a cap. But at the same time, the number three, three-and-a-half, is actually the magic number for developers.”Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. A construction worker shingles the roof of a new home in a development in Ottawa on Monday, July 6, 2015. Experts say measures introduced by the Ontario government to cool the red-hot housing market are likely to leave a lot of the buyers on the sidelines as they await to see the impact of the changes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Ontario housing measures expected to have short-lived impact, experts say by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 20, 2017 11:53 am MDT Last Updated Apr 21, 2017 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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In A StarDominated Sport Theres Still A Place For Unselfish Basketball

“Those Knicks teams — the ’69-’70 team, the ’72-73 team — when you talk to basketball purists about the greatest teams they’ve ever seen, that little era always comes up,” a radio voice intones early in Michael Rapaport’s “When The Garden Was Eden,” a “30 for 30” film debuting on ESPN Tuesday. “That’s the way you’re supposed to play basketball.”Speaking as a card-carrying basketball purist (or at least a basketball history nut), he’s right — particularly on that last point. The Knicks of that era rank highly among the all-time great NBA teams, but not at the very top. Instead, where they really stand out is in how they won.The 1969-70 New York Knicks, who won the first of the franchise’s only two championships, consistently rank among the most dominant regular-season teams in NBA history, especially relative to the spread of talent in the league at that time. After adjusting for strength of schedule, their per-game point differential was +8.4 (17th all-time); it also outpaced the second-place Milwaukee Bucks that year by 4.2 points per game, the sixth-biggest gap ever between the league leader and runner-up. That was a big part of why the Knicks’ schedule-adjusted scoring margin was 2.4 standard deviations better than the average team’s in 1969-70 — the second-best such mark ever.The 1969-70 Knicks struggled on the road in the playoffs and were taken the distance twice in the span of three series. But the team’s playoff run — which saw New York outlast the Baltimore Bullets (led by future Knick Earl Monroe), overpower a rookie Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his Milwaukee Bucks, and survive the Los Angeles Lakers in a seven-game NBA Finals classic — also ranks among the 50 or so best ever, after taking into account whom they had to beat.And the 1972-73 Knicks did even better in the postseason after adjusting for their road to the championship. When I listed the most dominating playoff performances ever back in 2010, that team ranked 11th all-time. With the exception of the 2014 San Antonio Spurs, it’s unlikely that it has been supplanted by more recent champions. En route to the title, New York beat the Baltimore Bullets (+2.9 schedule-adjusted PPG differential) in five games, the Boston Celtics (+7.4) in seven, and the Los Angeles Lakers (an NBA-best +8.2) in five — just about the toughest path any team has ever gone through to win an NBA championship.But bottom-line results are only half the equation when aficionados rave about the Knicks of the early 1970s. Perhaps an even bigger factor is how the team achieved its success, with a reputation for playing one the most unselfish, pass-friendly styles in basketball history.This isn’t gauzy, New York-media-baked myth-making. Among historical NBA champions, the 1972-73 Knicks rank 14th in assist percentage (the ratio of made baskets that were assisted) relative to league average. And, more importantly, they had the most balanced distribution of shot attempts among their starting five players of any championship team ever. During the 1973 playoffs, their leading scorer (the incomparable Walt Frazier) took 20.8 percent of the team’s shots when on the floor, while the fifth-ranked shooter among its starters (Bill Bradley) took 18.7 percent. By comparison, the 1992 Chicago Bulls’ leader — Michael Jordan — took 37 percent of that team’s shots when on the floor, while Bill Cartwright took 11 percent. (Coincidentally, that Bulls team was coached by early-’70s Knicks forward Phil Jackson.)My research shows that most NBA champs are more like Michael and the Jordanaires than Frazier, Bradley, Earl Monroe, Dave DeBusschere and Willis Reed. Historically, teams with an uneven distribution of the offensive workload — particularly with regard to the difference between their top two scoring options and the rest of the starting five — tend to win championships at a much higher rate than teams that spread their shots around more equally.That they bucked this trend is probably the lasting legacy of the Red Holzman-coached Knicks. In a sport dominated by singular scorers like Jordan (usually with good reason), New York showed that there’s also a place for unselfish, collectivist basketball in the circle of NBA champions. And as my colleagues Ben Morris and Rafe Bartholomew have noted, the San Antonio Spurs (winners of the 2014 NBA championship) have carried the torch for this phenomenon in recent years.With the 2014-15 NBA season tipping off next week, the Knicks are unlikely to add a third championship banner to Madison Square Garden’s rafters. But Rapaport’s film will recall fond memories of a time when basketball-crazed New York City was the center of the sport’s universe. read more

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Africas uptake of drytype transformers set to grow

first_imgAlready popular in North America and Europe, dry-type transformers will soon be seeing greater take-up in Africa through a more concerted entry and support strategy from global leader Hammond Power Solutions (HPS). According to Andrea Giacometti, Regional Sales Manager of HPS Europe, the company’s recent acquisition of key technology pioneers Euroelettro Hammond and Marnate Trasformatori in Italy has placed the company in a strong position to grow into Asia and Africa. It also acquired PETE in India, a leading manufacturer of power and distribution transformers in Andhra Pradesh.“As the world’s largest producer of dry-type transformers, HPS’s Italian acquisitions have led to a strong technology base in Europe from which we have already expanded into Asia,” says Giacometti. “The technical excellence of our plants in Canada, US, Mexico, Italy and India give us the ability to recommend and apply the right solution for a range of applications and industries.”Marnate, for example, has manufactured dry-type transformers since the 1970s and has been at the forefront of cast-resin technology. As with HPS’s other facilities, it operates at the highest levels of quality and safety, compliant with global standards and certified by international bodies like CESI and TUV.He says HPS Europe is now working closely with Trafo Power Solutions in South Africa to boost its Africa footprint in a strategic and forward-looking manner.“At HPS, we develop our products in line with our customers’ applications and needs,” he says. “The real innovations in this field are not just the technology itself, but the way we apply these technologies with our customers. We work with our customers to find solutions.”David Claassen, Managing Director of Trafo Power Solutions, highlights that flexibility is the focus in the way that both HPS and Trafo approach their work. “The application will determine the enclosure design and the transformer design,” says Claassen. “In our modus operandi, ‘one size fits all’ definitely does not apply.”In fact, Trafo Power Solutions does not see itself as simply a distributor of products. In line with the approach that HPS has always adopted, it is a solutions-driven company.“We work with customers to engineer technically appropriate and proven solutions for their applications,” he says. “HPS has longstanding experience in a host of technologies, which matches well with my experience in working with various sectors and applications around Africa.”Responding to the trend towards greater use of renewable energy, HPS Europe has developed several dry-type transformers for renewable energy markets such as photovoltaic, wind and biomass co-generation. Already, their impregnated transformers and inductors are installed in many inverter cubicles used in the conversion of wind or solar energy. “This will most certainly be a growth area for Trafo Power Solutions in Africa, as we see growing investment in energy generation from renewable sources,” says Claassen. “Renewable energy is a very demanding application for any transformer; ambient temperatures tend to be high and the environment is often dusty. These transformers supply a 100% non-linear inverter load that is high in harmonics.”This requires high levels of technical capacity and experience in terms of structural design, heat dissipation and electrical characteristics specification. Trafo Power Solutions is well placed to take advantage of these opportunities as HPS has already supplied hundreds of units into these conditions.Among the core benefits of the dry-type transformer design is its safety and cost-effectiveness. Due to the absence of oil as a coolant, the dry-type transformer is simple and safe, allowing it to be installed indoors without its own civils infrastructure.last_img read more

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Did you know you can see these things from space

first_imgEVERYONE’S FAVOURITE ASTRONAUT Chris Hadfield has tweeted this image of Berlin as seen from the International Space Station, highlighting the east/west divide.The contrast is due to different lightbulbs used on either side of the city, due to different street lighting systems, and gas lamps still in use in parts of Berlin.@Cmdr_HadfieldCERN’s Hadron ColliderAccording to Commander Hadfield “Under that rock (in Geneva, Switzerland) is the incredible CERN particle accelerator”.The India/Pakistan borderThe border between the two countries is clearly illuminated by security floodlights. Image: NASAA thunderstorm An agricultural project in LibyaLas VegasSurrounded by desert, Las Vegas stands out.. Image: NASA/Wikimedia CommonsMt EtnaCommander Hadfield says:Our Earth is mostly liquid rock. We live on a thin crust, with occasional hot spots, like Mt. Etna.center_img The border of USA and MexicoThese man-made islands in Dubai All images @Cmdr_Hadfield unless otherwise indicated How fast is the internet in space? 8 things we learned from an astronaut’s son>New app stops you having sex with your cousin>13 high fives you’ll definitely want to be in on>last_img read more

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Ride your computer to work with the HAF X mini bike case

first_imgPeople are constantly making interesting, if slightly offbeat combinations of devices. For instance, spider silk and goat milk can make human skin bulletproof. Rene Grau’s combination isn’t as offbeat, but it’s arguably practical if you have a heavy PC rig to transport around. He managed to combine a CoolerMaster HAF X gaming computer with a gas-powered mini bike while managing to retain the ability to ride the bike.The computer isn’t just there for show. It’s a fully functional machine comprising an Intel Core i5 processor, 300GB SSD, and a 4GB GeForce GTX 460 graphics card. The bike is fully functional, too. It has a two-stroke engine and dual exhaust with speed peaking at around 40 mph with the heavy PC and driver on board. With a computer attached, it looks like an uncomfortable machine to ride as the handlebars are well below the top of the tower, but a difficult ride is better than tired arms carrying that case for miles.The video below shows the HAF X mod in action. There doesn’t appear to be a cushion, and the tower itself is less that ideal as a seat, especially as balance and weight shifting will be required too. So this is a setup purely for a local LAN party, not longer trips.It does take a good amount of technical know-how to make this combination work, but I don’t see many practical applications beyond transporting you rig for a gaming session at a friend’s house or local tournament. There’s also the fact it’s going to be a talking point wherever you ride it.via Technaboblast_img read more

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Unicef says world is failing newborns as global baby mortality rates remain

first_imgUnicef says ‘world is failing newborns’ as global baby mortality rates remain ‘alarmingly high’ Ireland has ranked 164th in the global neonatal mortality rate. Tuesday 20 Feb 2018, 6:10 AM By Hayley Halpin Share103 Tweet Email 16 Comments A baby at a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Ethiopia Feb 20th 2018, 6:11 AM http://jrnl.ie/3860876 center_img Short URL GLOBAL DEATHS OF newborn babies remain alarmingly high, particularly among the world’s poorest countries, Unicef has said.The organisation’s new report on newborn mortality rates globally – Every Child Alive – has found that babies born in Japan, Iceland and Singapore have the best chance at survival.In contrast, newborns in Pakistan, the Central African Republic (CAF) and Afghanistan face the worst odds.One in every 22 babies dies in Pakistan, one in every 24 in CAF, and one in every 25 in Afghanistan. However, just one in every newborn 1,111 in Japan dies, and one in every 1,000 in Iceland.Ireland has ranked 164th in the global neonatal mortality rate (using median value). In 2016, one in every 455 newborn died. Source: UnicefAround the worldGlobally, in low-income countries, the average newborn mortality rate is 27 deaths per 1,000 births. In high-income countries, that rate is three deaths per 1,000.The report also notes that eight out of the 10 most dangerous places to be born are in sub-Saharan Africa, where pregnant women are much less likely to receive assistance during delivery due to poverty, conflict and weak institutions.Unicef said that if every country brought its newborn mortality rate down to the high-income average by the year 2030, a total of 16 million lives could be saved.More than 80% of newborn deaths are due to prematurity, complications during birth or infections such as pneumonia and sepsis, the report said.Unicef said that some of these deaths could be prevented with access to well-trained midwives, along with clean water, disinfectants, breastfeeding within the first hour, skin-to-skin contact and good nutrition.However, a shortage of well-trained health workers and midwives in many countries has meant that thousands don’t receive the life-saving support they need to survive.For example, Unicef outlined that while there are 218 doctors, nurses and midwives in Norway to serve 10,000, that ratio is one per 10,000 in Somalia.“While we have more than halved the number of deaths among children under the age of five in the last quarter century, we have not made similar progress in ending deaths among children less than one-month-old,” Henrietta Fore, Unicef’s executive director said.“Given that the majority of these deaths are preventable, clearly we are failing the world’s poorest babies,” she said.This month, Unicef is launching its Every Child Alive global campaign in a bid to demand solutions on behalf of the world’s newborns.“Every year, 2.6 million newborns around the world do not survive their first month of life. One million of them die the day they are born,” Forde said.“We know we can save the vast majority of these with affordable, quality health care solutions for every mother and every newborn. Just a few small steps from all of us can help ensure the first small steps of each of these young lives.”Read: Oxfam chief executive says criticism over prostitution scandal has been ‘disproportionate’More: Transgender woman able to breastfeed in first recorded case Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 7,703 Views A baby at a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Ethiopia Image: Mulugeta Ayene via Unicef Image: Mulugeta Ayene via Uniceflast_img read more

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EReaders

first_imgIn his 2009 predictions to FOLIO:, Bob Sacks, president and publisher of Precision Media Group, said that this would be “the year that e-paper finally got the respect and understanding it deserves. The introduction in early 2009 of the Plastic Logic full sized, touch screen, e-reader will be the forerunner of this recognition.”While in the past e-readers like Amazon’s Kindle and Sony’s Reader have been primarily focused on book publishing, Hearst Corporation recently announced that it will debut a magazine e-reader later this year.The first American magazine publisher to directly tap the digital reader market, Hearst is encouraging others to license technology so that they, too, can deliver digital content. Hearst is looking at a design better suited for reading magazines and newspapers than the book-focused Kindle. Those close to Hearst’s e-reader project say that the device is light, with a large screen to make digital reading as comfortable as the print products, at 8.5×11 inches versus the Kindle’s six-inch screen. Mountain View, California-based Plastic Logic also has plans to launch a new electronic reading device in 2010, and through a partnership with digital vendor Zinio will provide magazine content.It’s been suggested that, if successful, an e-reader could someday replace print magazines and save of approximately 50 percent of the expense involved by cutting paper, printing and delivery costs. e-reader digital screens also save power by displaying changeable text and images.On Esquire’s blog, editor-in-chief David Granger wrote that he is hopeful that new electronic reading devices would save not only the suffering newspaper and magazine industries, but reintroduce people to the pleasures of reading in general: “As electronic readers improve, as they add graphics and design and, eventually, color, even more people will opt for the more sustained, contemplative experiences more often.”VITAL STATS: If successful, an e-reader could someday replace print magazines with savings of approximately 50 percent for paper, printing and delivery costs.last_img read more

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STATE REP RACE Democratic Candidate Dave Robertson Proposes Reforms To How Judges

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is an op-ed submitted by State Rep. Candidate Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury):Over the last few days there has been great media coverage of a long-time issue here in Massachusetts; the release of repeatedly violent criminals who have continued to live a life of crime. Most recently, Judge Tim Feeley released Manuel Soto-Vittini, a longtime heroin dealer, by claiming his crimes were financially based, as if it was similar to providing bread to his family. This, of course, ignores all those who potentially overdosed or had their lives destroyed by Soto-Vittini’s poison. Only a few weeks before Massachusetts lost one of its finest, Officer Sean Gannon. This was by a criminal who started dealing drugs and robbing individuals as a teenager, and deserves no mention by name. I could continue listing heartbreaking issues such as these, but it would take up far too much space. What is apparent is the system needs to be examined.Over the next few weeks you’ll likely hear a pitch that sounds good, and appears to be a silver bullet when it comes to oversight on judges ruling. This, of course, is directly elected judges. There are many aspects of this touted to be better, such as accountability to the general public, which Massachusetts currently lacks. However, when one looks closer at this issue, many issues and flaws with this suggestion also come to late. In fact, elected judges were first brought to the ballot early last century to increased judicial independence, striking down more laws than many who preceded them and upholding criminal accountability by following the rule of law, rather than letting certain folks off due to political patronage. Over the past century, this system has completely reversed itself and when measured, has become more corrupt than appointed judges.Professor Jed Shugerman, a graduate of the top-ranked Yale Law School and now a professor at Fordham, did a terrific in-depth study of elected judges that eventually he published into a book. Through his research he found out that since elected judges must appeal to contributors, judicial rulings become compromised when certain favorable parties appear before the bench. In addition, elected judges have a much higher percentage of their rulings overturned by superior courts, showing that elected judicial authorities choose the correct ruling at rates below those of an appointed counterpart. This research has been since confirmed by Emory University, NYU, and the non-partisan Constitution Center. In Michigan, a battleground state with an even split among Democrats and Republicans, over 13 million dollars was contributed to judge campaigns. With that sort of money floating around, how can justice be fair from either side?So what can we do to clean up our act here in Massachusetts? Long-time, Reagan-appointed Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day-O’Connor actually has a brilliant, common-sense solution. First appoint, like Massachusetts does, then wait and let the judge work. After a certain term, Justice Day-O’Connor suggests, have voters elect these judges back to power if they are doing a good job in the eyes of the public. This hybrid plan is ingenious for several reasons. Political appointments are often more-vetted and experienced, guaranteeing a higher quality of judgeship that elected states fail to maintain. In addition, the removal of any ballot races aside from accountability removes the potential corruption that money donated to judges would otherwise risk. When a judges term is up, say every 7 years as suggest by Justice Day-O’Connor, voters face a simple choice based on the judge’s track record and no more. There are no competitors and no need to raise money, it’s time to send them back to the bench or for the Governor and their council to pick a new appointee.This balanced, while sensible, approach would bring to Massachusetts what we in the state need; accountability. In addition to allowing us regular folks to hold those in government accountable, it preserves the higher quality of rulings that the majority of judges, who tend to do a good job overall, bring to the courts. In addition, it insulates us from potential corruption that many elected judges show, and ensures that in several years we won’t be reading about an elected judge because they let off the relative of their largest donor, who actually was “only selling heroin to get by.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Endorse Ed Markey With Possible Kennedy Showdown LoomingIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Prinzivalli Campaign Declares Debate Victory; Knocks Robertson On Dandi-Lyons & Sanctuary StateIn “Government”last_img read more

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Revanth Reddy calls for unity among Chenchus

first_imgNagarkurnool: PCC working president Revanth Reddy on the Sunday urged people to unite so that the State and Central governments do not dare to encroach upon their lands for uranium mining. Addressing the people in Chenchu pentas of Amrabad mandal of the district, Revanth said that the State and central governments are trying to remove the poor tribal of Chenchus from the forest areas and designing cruel plan to take over their lands for the uranium mining. Also Read – Car mechanic held in Hyderabad for killing Class 10 girl in Jadcherla Advertise With Us “Chenchus must keep themselves united. We are here to support your cause and protect your rights and fight against the encroachment of Nallamalla forest. If you are united we will stand by you, even if they bring battalions of force they cannot do anything,” said Revanth while creating awareness to the Chenchus on the State and Central government’s plans to evacuate the poor Chenchus from the forest. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Revanth said that on one hand the government is spending thousands of crores of rupees for the Haritha Haram to grow trees, on the other, here is a case where they are coming forward to cut down the trees of hundreds of years of old age and want to destroy the Nallamalla forest and the surrounding region in the name of uranium mining. Uranium mining will not only pollute the air, water and land but also destroy the entire environment in the Nallamalla region. He advised the Chenchus to get united and fight against the nefarious designs of the State and Central governments. Advertise With Us The State Congress working president said that the government through the Forest department has already started removing more than 100 tribal tiger trackers from the Chenchu communities who were appointed to track the tigers in the forest. Now by removing them the government has ruined their livelihood. A Chenchu tribe while requesting the leaders urged them to help them protect their culture and livelihood. Some Chechus who complained of lack of drinking water were also promised by Revanth that very soon he would dig a bore well for them to provide the drinking water for the Chenchu penta.last_img read more

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First footage of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire revealed

first_imgAs sure as the Sun sets in the west, Nintendo will remake past Pokémon games, slap new words in front of the original titles, and give them a fresh coat of pixelated paint. With last year’s Pokémon X and Y, the series finally made its way to the medium of animated critters and 3D (in both character models and limited Nintendo 3DS gimmick). Now, it’s time for Nintendo to dump a bucket of paint on an older Pokémon generation as is tradition, this time in the form of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire — and no, we don’t know why Omega gets first billing.These two remade installments will be landing some time in November, just a little over a year after the October 12 release of Pokémon X and Y. We haven’t seen much of the game in action yet, and this teaser first shown in Japan is all we really have so far.As you can see from the above teaser, nothing is really revealed other than the animations of the game’s cover athletes. If you have the volume turned up, the teaser is set to a soundtrack of awkward rumbling noises that sound more like your headphones are broken than an accompanying soundtrack. It looks as though these remakes will sport the same graphical style of X and Y, which is good news for fans.The original Ruby and Sapphire released back in 2003 in North America (and 2002 in Japan) for the Game Boy Advance, kicking off the next-gen of Pokémon games, much in the same way X and Y did for the Nintendo 3DS. The story follows Team Magma and Team Aqua as the villains, using the games’ cover legendary Pokémon to dry up the oceans or flood the world, respectively.Stay tuned for more info when Nintendo drops it.last_img read more

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