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Updated: Firing of Los Alamos political scientist spurs criticism

first_imgThe reasons behind Doyle’s termination, first reported by the Center for Public Integrity, an investigative news service based in Washington, D.C., may never be clear. The lab’s official statement says “we do not publicly discuss the specifics of personnel matters. Likewise, it would be inappropriate to discuss specifics surrounding security classification.” A spokesperson for the Armed Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives says a staffer there only inquired about classification issues and did not raise objections to the article’s policy positions.Many outside arms control specialists are skeptical and believe Doyle’s downfall is the result of his airing of views that are unpopular among those opposing disarmament, including some of the panel’s Republican leaders and staff. Doyle himself believes the lab fired him because it decided he “was problematic and someone who had committed some type of misconduct.”Amid the murky circumstances, many nuclear security experts are sharply criticizing the lab’s actions. “It sends a chilling message not just to employees, but also those beyond the lab, that their ability to work on topics subject to classification could be restricted if they become too critical of policies that the lab holds dear,” says Frank von Hippel, a physicist at Princeton University. “It’s a very disturbing situation,” adds Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association in Washington, D.C. “DOE leadership needs to reverse this decision.”An in-house criticDoyle’s article opens with President Barack Obama’s 2009 promise that the United States will “seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.” It goes on to argue that nuclear deterrence is not effective and that nuclear weapons should be eliminated for a host of political, military, humanitarian, and environmental reasons.Doyle’s arguments are squarely in the mainstream of nuclear security debates, says George Perkovich, an arms control specialist at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. “The only thing unusual about [the article] was that it came from somebody at a weapons lab,” which typically touts the merits of nuclear deterrence, he says. Nor does it represent a change of heart for Doyle, who until his dismissal was one of the few political scientists at a 10,000-person laboratory dedicated to maintaining the U.S. nuclear stockpile. “I probably decided that nuclear weapons didn’t make sense by the age of 21,” says Doyle, now 55.Despite his personal beliefs, Doyle has spent most of his career working on nuclear issues. After earning a master’s degree in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, where he grew up, he came to Washington, D.C., in 1987 to take a job with a defense contractor. In the mid-1990s he helped draft a U.S. government plan to track and safeguard nuclear material in the former Soviet Union. Upon completing his Ph.D. in 1997 at the University of Virginia, he was invited to Los Alamos as a postdoc by people he had met who were charged with helping implement that plan. Within a year he was hired to work on nonproliferation issues.“I thought working at Los Alamos full-time would be really exciting,” he explains. “I was also ready to move my family out of the relative bustle of the D.C. area and to a quieter place.”Over the past decade, Doyle has published numerous papers, opinion pieces, and a textbook, as well as spoken at conferences, without causing a stir. His Survival article, however, caught the eye of a staffer on the House Armed Services Committee. The staffer was concerned that it contained classified information and asked lab officials if it had been cleared for publication, according to a committee spokesperson.Soon after that inquiry, lab managers asked Doyle for copies of his other articles; he gave them about 20 publications. Security officials told him that the article contained classified material and later searched his office and home computers for copies. Doyle says he thought he had followed the proper rules for prior review of articles not intended as official lab publications. “I was confident I knew where the lines were drawn.”Even so, Doyle, who describes himself as “cautious,” took an extra step. Before submitting the article, he also had received approval from a classification analyst, Diana Hollis, who he called “the subject matter expert for national security information, who had done a number of similar reviews.” Hollis is one of dozens of lab employees designated to help out with classification reviews—a job that Doyle himself has performed many times.But Daniel Gerth, the lab’s chief classification officer, ultimately decided to classify the article, despite disagreement among lower ranking staff about whether it contained classified information. In a Catch-22, neither lab officials nor Doyle will discuss the paper, which is still on Survival’s website, because it is now classified. Reviews by lab officials backed the classification decision. But one, by David Clark of the lab’s research integrity office, concluded that the lab’s classification rules were “vague and confusing,” that implementation lacked “consistency and transparency,” and confirmed that reviewing officials had, in good faith, disagreed on whether Doyle disclosed secrets.Classification conundrumOne problem is that the lab has traditionally followed a different review process for articles like Doyle’s than for articles carrying the lab’s imprimatur. For articles by those not claiming to represent the lab, approval from “derivative classifiers” like Hollis was generally considered sufficient to make sure that the author wasn’t spilling any nuclear beans.In contrast, drafts of official lab publications typically trigger a two-part review. In addition to looking for secrets, officials may also weigh the overall content to determine whether it is consistent with lab policy positions. As Doyle explains, “in theory, management would have the option of saying, ‘There’s nothing classified in here, but we think your article needs to be more balanced.’ ” That process could take much longer, and, to Doyle’s mind, was likely to be more onerous: “I had reason to believe it would have been difficult,” he says.That bifurcated system may have contributed to Doyle’s confusion, Clark said. “How many [derivative classifier] opinions is a LANL staff member expected to obtain before he/she believes the result?” Clark asked rhetorically in his September 2013 report.The solution, Clark says, is a change in existing policy to make clear that employees are, in effect, always on the clock when writing for outside publications. “[W]hen an author is clearly identified as an employee of LANL, then the individual is considered a representative of the US Government,” Clark writes. The type of disclaimer used by Doyle and countless others is meaningless, Clark argues, because the public is not able to make the necessary distinction. Quoting Gerth without naming him, Clark writes approvingly about his opinion that “[w]hile a paper may not express a LANL or US Government opinion, if the author is clearly identified as an employee of LANL, it is inferred to express the knowledge gained as a cleared Government employee.”With respect to classification, outside experts—including several who have handled similar classified material—say they see nothing problematic in Doyle’s paper. But they speculate that two sections might have caught the attention of classification officers. One lists Israel as possessing nuclear weapons, which the United States has never officially confirmed. The other discusses documents related to a Cold War misunderstanding that some historians believe could have led to nuclear war.Siegfried Hecker, who created a Center for National Security Studies at Los Alamos that incorporated the work of nontechnical experts like Doyle after becoming lab director in 1986, thinks that lab officials overreacted. “Is it typical to fire someone who has made a classification mistake?” Hecker says. “The answer is no.”Hecker stepped down as director in 1997 and left the lab in 2005. But he and others worry that Los Alamos may be turning its back on contributions from political scientists like Doyle, who can bring a different perspective to its work. “I think his writing about these issues is beneficial to both the laboratory and the country,” says Hecker, a professor of engineering and management science at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. “The question is whether Los Alamos, in today’s world, still values their input.”Others believe Doyle got caught in the increasingly intense political crossfire over the future of the U.S. nuclear stockpile and the role of the DOE weapons laboratories. Massive cost overruns, technical glitches, and management missteps have plagued the nuclear weapons programs in recent years and delayed construction of expensive facilities at Los Alamos and elsewhere. An article questioning the need for nuclear weapons, say some weapons experts, could have been seen as giving those critics more ammunition. “He’s a pawn in this fight,” Perkovich believes.Doyle’s boss denies that he was fired as a result of the article. “I would like to assure you that this is not the case,” wrote division leader Michael Baker on 7 August, Doyle’s last day, in an e-mail to lab staff obtained by Science. Baker urges employees to continue publishing “thoughtful, articulate and technically sound work in the public domain, to the extent we can do so within laboratory policy.”But Doyle hears a different take-home message in Baker’s memo, which does not mention him by name. When congressional staff complained, Doyle argues, “What the lab could have said to the committee was, ‘We may not agree with Dr. Doyle’s article, but we stand by the right of our employees to express their opinion.’ That was certainly an option. But they chose not to take it. What the lab is really saying is that, if you work for the federal government or for a contractor, you might have restrictions on freedom of expression that haven’t been spelled out to you.”*Update, 15 August, 11:27 a.m.:After this article appeared, Los Alamos officials sent ScienceInsider the following statement:”James Doyle’s separation from Los Alamos National Laboratory was a layoff due to the lack of available or anticipated funding in his area of expertise.  The separation was unrelated to his publications or professional writings. Political scientist James Doyle had spent almost 2 decades working at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) on nonproliferation and nuclear security issues when he decided to write a scholarly article questioning the dogma of nuclear deterrence. Suspecting that his bosses at the Department of Energy (DOE) weapons lab in New Mexico might not agree with his analysis, Doyle researched and wrote the article in his free time and included a disclaimer saying the views were his own. And just to be safe, he got a lab colleague steeped in classification reviews to vet the article before he submitted it to a journal.The 27-page article—“Why Eliminate Nuclear Weapons?”—was published in the February-March 2013 issue of Survival: Global Politics and Strategy. And that’s when Doyle’s professional life was suddenly turned upside down.Within days of publication, congressional staff asked lab officials whether the article contained classified information. A week later, the head of the lab’s classification office decided that it did—a decision later backed by DOE. Doyle soon lost his top-level security clearance, and he says he became persona non grata among his co-workers after accusing lab officials of retaliation and impinging on his intellectual freedom. Those complaints were dismissed, and last week, after 17 years at the weapons lab, Doyle was laid off—the only victim within his 50-person group of what lab officials told him was a reduction in force due to budget cuts.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(*) “Laboratory policies fully support intellectual freedom and the publication of professional writing and scientific findings related to the work of the Laboratory, with certain restrictions for security.center_img “Over the past 18 months, the laboratory has had several small layoffs due to unavailable funding.”With reporting by David Malakoff.*For the print version, see this week’s issue of Science.last_img read more

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Ford EcoSport continues its dominance in India with sales of over 1,00,000 vehicles

first_imgHere comes yet another feather in the cap of Ford India, ever since its phenomenally successful compact Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) EcoSport. The American car manufacturer recently announced that EcoSport has managed to cross the 1,00,000 sales mark. This figure is inclusive of total domestic sales and the ones exported by the company. Ford India exports the EcoSport to several markets around the world, such as South Africa, Australia Taiwan and many European countries.In India, Ford announced that there are more than 60,000 EcoSport owners since its launch. Expressing his views on the 1,00,000 sales milestone, Vinay Piparsania, Ford India Executive Director for Marketing, Sales and Service said, “The 1,00,000 milestone is indeed special to all of us at Ford and further demonstrates the faith customers have in the product.”Previously, India Today Digital carried a story on the long waiting periods for the SUV. With plans to introduce a third shift for production of the EcoSport at its Maraimalainagar plant near Chennai, Ford is all set to give back the love showered upon it by Indian buyers.last_img read more

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3 killed, 7 injured as car rams into tree in Chhattisgarh

first_imgKorba, Dec 25 (PTI) Three persons, including two minor girls, were killed and seven others sustained injuries when their car rammed into a tree along the roadside in Chhattisgarhs Jashpur district, police said today.The 10 people, including the cars driver, were returning from a picnic at Kailash Gufa (cave) in the district when their speeding vehicle hit the tree near Charaidand village last evening, Kunkuris sub-divisional officer of police (SDOP) Arjun Kurre said.As per preliminary information, two families had gone for a picnic to Kailash Gufa in the car, a sport utility vehicle (SUV), the SDOP said.While they were returning to Jashpur town, the driver of the SUV lost control over the wheels following which the vehicle rammed into the tree, killing three persons on the spot, he said.The deceased were identified as Soncharan Singh Rajput, an employee of the Jashpur district and sessions court, his daughter Sakshi Rajput (11), and his colleagues daughter Gunjan Paikra (6), the police official said.The seven injured persons, including the driver, were admitted to a local hospital, he said.A case was registered in this connection, the SDOP said. PTI COR TKP GKlast_img read more

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IAR Systems takes RISC-V to the next level

first_img Continue Reading Previous Arrow Electronics, Infineon and Arkessa announce global agreementNext Mouser receives distribution accolade from FTDI Chip IAR Systems announces the immediate availability of the C/C++ compiler and debugger toolchain IAR Embedded Workbench with support for RISC-V cores. Through excellent optimization technology, IAR Embedded Workbench helps developers ensure the application fits the required needs and optimize the utilization of on-board memory. This also enables companies to aggregate value by adding functionality to an existing platform. Internal tests show that the first version of the IAR C/C++ Compiler for RISC-V already delivers major improvements in code density, generating code that is considerably smaller compared to code generated by other available tools. To ensure code quality, the toolchain includes C-STAT for integrated static code analysis. C-STAT can help prove compliance with specific standards like MISRA C:2004, MISRA C++:2008 and MISRA C:2012, as well as detect defects, bugs, and security vulnerabilities as defined by the Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE) and a subset of CERT C/C++.The C-SPY Debugger included with IAR Embedded Workbench gives full control of the application in real time, and its simulator provides full debugging capabilities even without access to the hardware. For in-circuit debugging, IAR Systems provides the probe I-jet, delivering a high-speed debugging platform with full code control.RISC-V is a free and open instruction set architecture (ISA) based on established Reduced Instruction Set Computing (RISC) principles. In 2018, IAR Systems joined the non-profit RISC-V Foundation, which drives the adoption and implementation of the RISC-V ISA, and committed to bring its leading development tools to the growing RISC-V community. Complementing its strong tools product offering, IAR Systems delivers outstanding technical support from offices around the globe.The first version of IAR Embedded Workbench for RISC-V provides support for RV32 32-bit RISC-V cores and extensions. Future releases will include 64-bit support and support for the smaller RV32E base instruction set, as well as functional safety certification and security solutions.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

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Video: Ohio State Player Ejected From Tonight’s Game vs. Penn State

first_imgA closeup of an Ohio State football helmet on the field.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)An Ohio State football player has been ejected from tonight’s game against Penn State for targeting. It was a controversial call.Buckeyes’ defensive back Isaiah Pryor was tossed from this evening’s contest against the Nittany Lions for a hit to the head against a “defenseless” wide receiver.Here’s video of the play:This was ruled targeting. Isaiah Pryor has been DQ’ed pic.twitter.com/u9p9T8X6Wz— Dustin Schutte (@SchutteCFB) September 30, 2018What do you think? Targeting or not?Regardless, the Buckeyes are now down one of their best defensive backs.Penn State has taken the lead, too. The Nittany Lions are up, 20-14,  a couple of minutes into the fourth quarter.The game is on ABC.last_img read more

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Sunflower Furano Handed Over to MOL Ferry

first_imgzoom Japanese ferry operator MOL Ferry, part of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), has taken delivery of newbuilding Sunflower Furano from compatriot shipbuilder Japan Marine United (JMU).Following final checks, the new ferry is expected to start its first voyage on May 13, sailing from the Port of Oarai to the Port of Tomakomai, MOL said.The 13,816 gross ton Sunflower Furano will replace an older ship having the same name which is currently in service.The ferry, featuring a length of 199.7 meters and a width of 27.2 meters, is the first of two eco ships ordered from JMU by MOL in 2014.The two ships will connect the country’s islands of Honshu and Hokkaido via the Oarai-Tomakomai route.Both vessels will be able to accommodate 590 passengers, 160 large trucks and 100 cars.The second ferry is scheduled to enter service in August 2017, the company’s data shows.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Province Puts Kids and Learning First

first_imgThere are no layoffs of permanent teachers this year in Nova Scotia. “As I have said, any reductions in positions due to declining enrolments can and should be achieved through retirement and attrition,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex. “Board members and their staff worked hard to meet their budget targets while protecting the classroom. Together we have put children and learning first.” At a special meeting Monday night, Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board announced it will not layoff 14 permanent contract teachers given notices in April. The board also rehired 17 teachers assistants and four cleaners. The decision to reinstate the positions follows one made earlier this month by Halifax Regional School Board, which revoked the layoff notices of 40 teachers. “Families want the best possible education for their children,” said Ms. Jennex. “That’s why the province and boards continue to make a considerable investment in public education this year. Our per-student funding is increasing. Average class sizes at the elementary and junior high grades, and our student-teacher ratio are at historic lows. “The funding we are providing boards this year will meet the needs and the numbers of students.”last_img read more

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Sentencing hearing delayed for La Loche school shooter defence says he has

first_imgMEADOW LAKE, Sask. – The sentencing for a teenager who shot and killed four people and injured seven others at a home and a high school in northern Saskatchewan has been delayed after a new report led two defence witnesses to conclude the teen has fetal alcohol syndrome.The conclusions are based on the findings of what is known as a Gladue report, which examines an Indigenous offender’s background for the judge to use when determining a sentence. It can include information about abuse, developmental or health issues, such as fetal alcohol syndrome, or substance use.In this case, defence lawyer Aaron Fox said the report “makes reference to some of the drinking history of (the teen’s) biological mom.”As a result, Fox said psychiatrist Dr. Mansfield Mela and neuropsychologist Dr. Monty Nelson “feel they can confirm the diagnosis” of fetal alcohol syndrome.Mela testified during part of the hearing in June that the teen has symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, an intellectual disability, major depressive disorder and displays signs of fetal alcohol syndrome.However, at that time he could not confirm fetal alcohol syndrome because he said he didn’t know enough about the teen’s family history.The Crown now wants to question Mela and Nelson again about their confirmation of the diagnosis.Judge Janet McIvor, who is presiding over the case in Meadow Lake, Sask., granted the Crown’s request to delay the hearing until Sept. 1, but she also said “this needs to keep moving” forward.“Perhaps it’s the nature of these kind of matters, but there seems to be issues arising at the last minute,” said McIvor.It’s not clear whether final arguments in the sentencing, which were scheduled for Friday, will go ahead next week.The teen — who cannot be named because he was just shy of his 18th birthday when the shootings occurred — pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder in the January 2016 shooting in La Loche.Some victims have already told court that the teen should be sentenced as an adult because of the severity of his crimes.“A lot of people, I think, want to move this process forward and move onto their healing journey,” La Loche Mayor Robert St. Pierre said outside the courthouse Friday.“So delaying it again on the defence, just adds to that anxiety again. When are we going to go through this? What’s the end result here? Is he going to be sentenced as a youth? Is he going to be sentenced as an adult? A lot of people want some closure, so it just prolongs that process.”The hearing is to determine whether the teen is sentenced as an adult or a youth. He could get six years of custody and four years probation if sentenced as a youth but faces a life sentence as an adult.Court previously heard that the teen first killed Dayne Fontaine, 17, and then his brother Drayden, who was 13. Dayne pleaded for his life before he was shot 11 times, including twice in the head. Drayden was shot twice.The teen then drove to the high school, where surveillance footage captured his frightening walk through the halls, his shotgun raised, as students and staff ran in fear.When police arrived, the shooter ran into a women’s washroom where he put his weapon down and gave himself up.The teen said he didn’t know what he was thinking when he pulled the trigger.Nelson testified for the defence that the teen had an IQ of 68, which is considered well below average. A child psychiatrist who testified for the Crown said the teen did not come across as being clearly developmentally delayed or slow.McIvor has already said she will deliver her sentence at a later date and indicated that may happen in La Loche.St. Pierre said there are “some reservations” in the community about that.“But other community members have said they’d rather have it in the community, so it’s still a toss up,” he said. “I’m still not sure where that’s going to lead and still need to have more consultation.”last_img read more

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Sri Lanka UNICEF helps children displaced by escalating conflict

17 May 2007Despite the insecurity in parts of Sri Lanka torn by conflict, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is working to help the youngest victims of the violence who are increasingly deprived of adequate food, sanitation and education. The escalating clashes between Government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), or Tamil Tigers, is affecting 3 million people, including over 500,000 who have fled their homes, according to UNICEF.The agency is supporting a range of activities to alleviate the conflict’s psychosocial impact on children. “We’ve got animators and young people working together with these children and teaching them about mine awareness, but also doing theatre and just play activities,” said UNICEF’s Chief of Field Coordination in Sri Lanka, Natascha Paddison.“They’re just trying to get a sense of normalcy to the youngsters, which is very important.” Despite UNICEF’s best efforts, the impact of the violence on children and families is enormous, with malnutrition rates rising, a lack of access to education and adequate water and sanitation facilities, and recruitment of child soldiers into rebel factions. The psychological effects cannot be underestimated, Ms. Paddison noted. She said in the conflict-torn areas, children who are asked about the future “don’t say what they want to be, but what they want to have – which is peace. They all say they want the shelling to stop. They want peace.” The situation in Sri Lanka poses many challenges, as multiple players enter the conflict and it become increasingly militarized, said UNICEF, which is working to provide children and families with services. read more

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Africas rapid technological acquisition indicates emerging industrial base – UN

“The findings reveal an impressive turnaround from the slow growth in Africa’s share of the number of patents, peer-reviewed scientific publications and technology exports and imports which grew very slowly in the 1980s to 1990s,” said Abdoulie Janneh, the Commission’s Executive Secretary, referring to the study entitled “A technological resurgence: Africa in the global flow of technology.”“The research provides evidence of a rapid growth rate in Africa’s industrial technology acquisition,” Mr. Janneh added.He pointed out that inflows of foreign direct investment (FDI), one of the main channels of technology transfer, into Africa soared by over 800 per cent between 2000 and 2008.“Some of the investment has gone into the production of drugs, steel, automobiles and electronics, among others – areas that require the use of technology owned by others,” said Mr. Janneh.The research is the first ever comprehensive study that tracks flows of investment and knowledge mainly by developing regions and developed country groupings and specifically looks at technology transfer trends in areas such as royalties and licensing fees, capital goods, business, professional and technical services, research and development, as well as intellectual property rights.It stresses the need to prioritize technology development and transfer through four core areas, including the promotion of university-industry-government partnership, where existing research centres can be used to acquire, adapt and diffuse emerging technology and serve as technology incubators.The study also recommends the strategic use of government contracts to encourage technology upgrading of domestic firms and joint ventures with foreign suppliers; promotion of industrial alliances to enable African firms to access emerging and existing knowledge and skills at home and abroad; and entry into international research and development agreements between African countries and leading technology-exporting countries.None of the measures entail a significant investment in or creation of new institutions and bodies, but rather they constitute innovative ways of using existing mechanisms to promote technology transfer, according to the study.In addition, the measures would support the current drive to promote investment in research and development and higher education.The study indicates that in the not-too-distant future, the rise in industrial technology acquisition may diversify African exports from coffee, cocoa, copper, tea, diamonds and petroleum, according to UNECA. 21 January 2011Africa’s rapid acquisition of industrial technologies is an indication that the continent is joining other developing regions in building a sound manufacturing base likely to support the production of value-added goods and services, including high-tech products, according to a study released today by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). read more

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Police seize 100K worth of cocaine cash and pickup truck in

A Welland man is facing multiple drug related charges after police found more than a kilogram of suspected cocaine in his possession.Officers began investigating the alleged sale and distribution of cocaine in the Niagara Region by Salvatore “Sammy” Lamacchia earlier this year. Police say Lamacchia, 37, was arrested on Monday after “participating in a suspected drug transaction.” During his arrest, police found he had roughly $100,000 worth of suspected cocaine with him. Officers executed a search warrant early Tuesday morning at a home in Welland and seized $28,000 worth of marijuana plants, cash, and a 2014 Dodge Ram pickup truck.Lamacchia is facing drug trafficking and possession charges and is scheduled to appear in court for a bail hearing later Tuesday. read more

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UN tribunal prepares for Milosevic pretrial hearing for Kosovo case

Among measures that are likely to be raised by the Prosecutor during tomorrow’s hearing at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague are the number of witnesses that are to be called and the number of statements and transcripts that are to be admitted.Mr. Milosevic’s trial is scheduled to begin on 12 February. In December, the Prosecutor had sought unsuccessfully to have the Kosovo indictment combined into one trial with the other cases against the former President for alleged crimes committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.The Court agreed only to join the Bosnia and Croatia cases. A start date for that trial has not been set. read more

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SMMT Update – 13 September 2013

SMMT’s weekly round-up, including all the latest news from UK automotive and a message from SMMT’s Chief Executive.CLICK HERE: SMMT Update 285 online.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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CDB signs grant agreement with the UG towards construction of library

(L-R) Dr. Wm. Warren Smith, President, CDB, Hon. Winston Jordan, Minister of Finance, Guyana; and Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Guyana prepare to sign the grant agreement on May 29. Assisting is Diana Wilson Patrick (standing), General Counsel, CDB.The seven-month technical assistance project for which the agreement was signed will allow the University to undertake a comprehensive assessment of its current library infrastructure, and prepare designs and cost estimates for construction of a new library, a media release from the CDB stated.The designs will be supported by an Environmental and Social Management Framework to ensure a socially inclusive, environmentally sensitive and hazard- and climate-resilient new facility.President, CDB Dr. Wm. Warren Smith said: “We are optimistic that this process will place the University of Guyana further along the path to having new facilities that are environmentally resilient, socially inclusive and a place of study and lifelong learning for the men and women who attend this institution.”In brief remarks Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan said: “This project is small but very poignant and very important; is going towards the advancement of the library facilities and we hope that with this other donors and other development partners can come on board, just like CDB […] to help with the reshaping of the university.”“We know that the library of any university is the intellectual centerpiece of what it does by way of what it does in education and instruction, by way of what it does in research for public policy and social benefit, and we at the University of Guyana have been without that critical infrastructure value for a long time. And so as we move along the project of rebuilding our university this is a demonstration of ‘putting your money where your mouth is’, and we are delighted to be able to have that,” said Vice-Chancellor of UG, Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Government of Guyana and the University of Guyana have signed a USD150,000 agreement to support the institution’s (UG) efforts towards the construction of a new library. The agreement was signed on May 29, on the margins of the 48th Annual Meeting of CDB’s Board of Governors, which took place in Grenada. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedITC, CDB to partner for trade-led development projects in the CaribbeanJuly 30, 2018In “Regional”FAO signs US$332,000 partnerships with UG, CIAT and Agri Ministry agenciesDecember 8, 2017In “latest news”UG partners with Jamaican publishing company to establish pressMarch 20, 2017In “Local News” read more

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DRA Global to help Gregory Crinum coal mine get back to business

first_imgDRA Global says it has been selected by Sojitz as the preferred partner for the restart and operations and maintenance of the Gregory Crinum metallurgical coal mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin, Australia.Sojitz Coal Mining announced, this week, that it has officially taken ownership of Gregory Crinum, near Emerald in Central Queensland, from BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance joint venture partners BHP and Mitsubishi Development. This followed a A$100 million ($71 million) agreement the companies signed last year.Cameron Vorias, CEO and Managing Director of Sojitz Coal Mining, said: “Recommencement of mining operations at Gregory Crinum will deliver significant benefits to all our stakeholders in addition to ensuring security of supply of hard coking coal to our valued customers, as well as providing jobs and strengthening the economy for the people in the Emerald, Springsure and Cappella Area and the State of Queensland.”Vorias said DRA offered the best solutions in relation to the refurbishment of the processing plant and the overall operations and maintenance philosophy, and “providing true integrated maintenance through their wholly-owned maintenance business G&S Engineering”.DRA Global acquired G&S Engineering in July, as the company looked to expand its footprint and project execution capabilities in Australia.The restart of Gregory Crinum will be delivered in two stages with the first stage focusing on the refurbishment of the processing plant followed by the full operations and maintenance contract of the processing plant for the next three years.Sojitz said previously that the mine will have an annual capacity of up to 3 Mt/y when fully operational, with a life of more than 20 years. It also said restart operations would begin in the first half of its 2019 financial year, with the first shipment of coal in the second half of the year.The site comprises the Crinum underground mine, Gregory open-pit mine, undeveloped coal resources and on-site infrastructure including a coal handling and preparation plant, maintenance workshops and administration facilities.Gregory Crinum Mine’s capacity was 6 Mt/y of hard coking coal when production ceased and it was placed into care and maintenance in January 2016.last_img read more

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Croatia without Alilović in battle for Rio

Croatian NT headcoach Željko Babić announced the list of 20 players who will make the roster for the Olympic qualifications in Denmark. The biggest surprise is absence of Mirko Alilović, the first Croatian goalie for a years who decided to make a break due “private reasons”. Babic said that he respects decision of 30-years old member of Veszprem, who was a target of many critics during Men’s EHF EURO 2016 in Poland.Croatian squad for Qualification tournament where will play also Sweden and Bahrain.Goalkeepers:Ivan Pešić – HC Meshkov BrestFilip Ivić – HC PPD ZagrebIvan Stevanović – HC PPD ZagrebLeft wing:Manuel Štrlek – HC Vive Tauron KielceRight wings:Ivan Čupić – HC Vive Tauron KielceZlatko Horvat – HC PPD ZagrebLine players:Ilija Brozović – THW KielKrešimir Kozina – HC Flensburg-HandewittMarino Marić – HC MelsungenBack players:Marko Kopljar – HC BarcelonaLuka Šebetić – HC PPD ZagrebDenis Buntić – HC Vive Tauron KielceIgor Karačić – HC VardarLuka Cindrić – HC VardarDomagoj Duvnjak – THW KielDomagoj Pavlović – HC PPD ZagrebMarko Mamić – HC DunkerqueIvan Slišković – HC VeszpremJakov Gojun – HC Füchse BerlinStipe Mandalinić – HC PPD Zagreb ← Previous Story ThSV Eisenach sack Petković – Chalepo is “fireman” Next Story → Nikola Karabatić out for a few weeks! croatiaMirko Alilović read more

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The 9 at 9 Tuesday

first_imgOver on DailyEdge.ie: Is David Beckham afraid he’ll forget his wife’s name? And who does Madonna fancy? Find out in The Dredge… EVERT DAY TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you should know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #MASS SHOOTING: The gunman who died after killing 12 people at a naval installation in Washington DC was a former Navy serviceman, according to authorities in the US. Aaron Alexis died in a gun battle with police after the shooting rampage in which eight others were injured.2. #THINKING: The three main political parties begin day-two of their annual parliamentary party think-ins today. It comes as Taoiseach Enda Kenny indicated last night that the next election will take place in March 2016.3. #ROADS: A motorcyclist has died after a road crash in Westmeath yesterday evening. Meanwhile in Clare, a young man has died after his car hit a wall in the early hours of this morning.4. #DIRECT PROVISION: The High Court will this morning hear the initial phase of a challenge of the system of direct provision for asylum seekers who come to Ireland. A family of six says the system is unconstitutional.5. #COSTA CONCORDIA: Engineers have pulled off a memorable and incredible feat off the Tuscan coast overnight bringing the stricken cruise liner, the Costa Concordia, upright following a 19-hour operation. See the amazing pictures here.6. #NORTHERN IRELAND: The US diplomat Richard Haas is in Belfast today to chair inter-party talks in attempt to resolve various disputes between nationalists and unionists. He expects to conclude talks on parades, flags and the past by the end of the year.7. #PRISON OFFICER: A prison officer who fought cancer was awarded €80,000 by an Equality Tribunal after being denied a chance to interview for a promotion. One of the man’s superiors is said to have told the complainant he was “no spring chicken”.8. #SOUTHEAST: The southeast of the country should have a regional IDA office, investment in its airport, and be made a world leader in food, according to an Oireachtas committee report published yesterday.9. #GRAND THEFT OOPS: Amazon was left red-faced yesterday after some of its customers who pre-ordered the eagerly anticipated Grand Theft Auto 5 got their copy early, breaking a strict embargo imposed by the video’s game’s maker, BBC News reports. GTA5, launching today, will make over €1 billion in sales over its lifetime.last_img read more

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Know Your Sport Take our weekly quiz

first_img Quail Hollow By Fintan O’Toole Which Welsh player was named the Six Nations Player of the Championship this week? Mar 22nd 2019, 5:00 PM Gold Belgium Colin Fennelly Tweet Know Your Sport? Take our weekly quiz How closely have you paid attention to this week’s sporting headlines? INPHO PA Sunwolves Scotland’s Euro 2020 campaign got off to a terrible start. Who did they lose their opener to? American gymnast Simone Biles is planning to retire from the sport after the 2020 Olympics. Where will they be held? Stephen Geoghegan What new name will cycling outfit Team Sky race under from May? Team Brexit Seoul TPC Sawgrass Dublin Tweet You scored out of ! Not too bad at all. If you’d paid a little more attention you could have won the gold. Short URL Peter Harte Kazakhstan INPHO Waratahs Team Ineos PA Cyprus Team Sky Plus Mattie Donnelly 20 Comments PA Subscribe Share You scored out of ! Justin Tipuric Pebble Beach Adrian Mullen Gareth Anscombe TJ Reid Eoin Cody The questions just didn’t suit you this time. PA PA Shanghai Share your result: Friday 22 Mar 2019, 5:00 PM Tweet 25,485 Views center_img Wooden Spoon You scored out of ! Alun Wyn Jones Tokyo Who scored Ballyhale’s two goals in last Sunday’s All-Ireland senior club hurling final win? Melbourne Share INPHO Russia Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Meath Tweet Stormers Laois Jonathan Davies Share your result: Colm Cavanagh https://the42.ie/4556048 INPHO Well now. There’s not much we can say about that. Do you even like sport? Top of the pile, you really were paying attention. Jack Byrne is aiming to be capped for Ireland tomorrow in Gibraltar. Who was the last LOI player to achieve that in a competitive game? Offaly Daryl Horgan PA Cathal McCarron PA Bay Hill Club Share your result: Share You scored out of ! PA Where did Rory McIlroy celebrate a PGA Tour win last Sunday night? Team Ratcliffe INPHO PA Pat Byrne Keith Fahey Share Which team is set to be axed by the end of 2020 from the Super Rugby competition? Finally what county is Irish rugby player Alison Miller, who retired on Tuesday, from? Share your result: Silver Bronze Share3 Tweet Email Murray Kinsella and Andy Dunne dissect Ireland’s disappointing Six Nations campaign, and discuss the pros and cons of rugby’s new law proposals in the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly: Which Tyrone player called time on his inter-county career this week? Highlanders Answer all the questions to see your result! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Queens Brian May Explains ESAs Hera Asteroid Deflection Mission

first_imgStay on target Astrophysicist and Queen guitarist Brian May recently explained the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Hera mission in a video and it is an aspiring plan to save Earth from a potentially dangerous asteroid system.The ESA video, which was shared on Wednesday, details the ESA Hera mission, which according to the agency, will be “humanity’s first-ever spacecraft to visit a double asteroid.” Dubbed Didymos, the asteroid system is one of thousands that could be an impact risk to Earth, and even the smaller of the two asteroids would be large enough to damage an entire city if it collided with our planet. The aim of Hera is to help ESA explore the possibility of deflecting this type of asteroid and formulate ways to protect Earth from harmful space rocks.“Imagine a mountain in the sky, with another rock about the size of the Great Pyramid swinging around it,” May said in the ESA video. “That’s Didymos. Just the seemingly tiny move would be big enough to destroy a city if it were to collide with the Earth.”Hear @DrBrianMay tell the story of the European Space Agency’s (@esa) Mission that would be humanity’s first-ever spacecraft to visit a double asteroid! #Heramission https://t.co/ojGAn5wZ7D pic.twitter.com/FP9KISzuZ4— Queen (@QueenWillRock) June 27, 2019Here’s the proposed plan: First, NASA will slam its DART spacecraft into the smaller asteroid (Didymoon) before ESA’s Hera spacecraft will come in to map the crash’s impact crater and determine the asteroid’s mass. For the mission, Hera will have two CubeSats on board, which can fly in closer proximity to the asteroid’s surface before touching down there. With Hera’s close observations, scientists can better understand potential asteroid deflection strategies and ramp up planetary defense initiatives.In November, the Hera mission will be presented to ESA’s Space19+ meeting, where Europe’s space ministers will come up with a final decision on the mission. Together, ESA and other international space agencies will collaborate on ways to protect people and the planet from troubling asteroid activity.More on Geek.com:NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Gets Cozy With Asteroid Bennu in Close-Up Image‘Double Asteroid’ Speeding By Earth at 43,000 MPH Captured in PhotoYou Can Help NASA Find Landing Spots on Asteroid Bennu Scientists Uncover New Evidence of Asteroid That Killed DinosaursWashington Monument-Sized Asteroid Will Fly By Earth on Aug. 28 last_img read more

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Higginbotham discusses Girouds importance to Chelsea and Hazard

first_imgFormer Sunderland and Stoke City defender Danny Higginbotham insists Olivier Giroud’s importance to Chelsea and star player Eden Hazard should not be underestimated.The former Arsenal striker who joined the Blues in January this year, has started Chelsea’s last four Premier League games and although he has yet to find the net, Hazard has scored five times during that period.Hazard hailed Giroud “as the best target man in the world” after they combined to help Chelsea to a relatively comfortable 4-1 win over Cardiff City in September.The France international striker made two of Hazard’s three goals at Stamford Bridge in that game and has provided two more goals for the Belgian captain since, and his presence as the focal point in attack has helped Chelsea to joint-top of the Premier League after eight games.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“He suits Hazard, Pedro and Willian,” he told Sky Sports’ The Debate.“He drags centre-backs out which makes space for others – he’s so difficult to mark.”“That’s what separates him and Alvaro Morata, who is a centre-forward that likes to stretch the game but he doesn’t create space. Giroud has different characteristics to Diego Costa but their style of play is very similar. They both like to drop deep. It’s no surprise to see that Hazard had a fruitful season when playing with Costa – he was getting into dangerous areas all the time and Giroud is providing the same option.”last_img read more

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