Harper Unveils New Fund for Canadian Research Excellence

first_imgAlthough a federal election is more than a year off and the goodies weren’t expected to flow until then, Canadian researchers got a sneak peak yesterday of their campaign sugar.On Tuesday, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty unveiled a fiscal plan for 2014 to ’15 that includes a promise to shell out $1.36 billion over 10 years to create a Canada First Research Excellence Fund. According to the budget document, the fund will “position Canada’s post-secondary institutions to compete with the best in the world for talent and breakthrough discoveries.” Flaherty said it would “help [institutions] excel globally in research areas that create long-term economic advantages for Canada.”The new fund is the latest example of a large research program to serve national goals that is created outside the regular channel of competitive grants to individual scientists. The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has supported research infrastructure projects since 1997, and in 2000 the Canada Research Chairs program was launched to enable leading universities to attract leading academics from around the world as well as building up homegrown talent.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(*)Exactly where the new fund fits won’t be known until the government provides more details. In particular, it’s unclear the extent to which Flaherty’s emphasis on economic advantages means that the program will ultimately focus on industrial collaborations aimed at economic development, an approach consistent with Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s view of the role of science.What is known is that funding won’t begin to flow until fiscal 2015 to ’16, and the first tranche will be a modest $45 million. That amount will grow each year until it reaches a “steady state” level of $182 million in fiscal 2018 to ’19.At first blush, the new fund resembles a proposal last fall from Canada’s 15 research-intensive universities for a pot of money to “improve partnerships with industry to create research industry clusters, attract and retain the best talent from around the world, stimulate the rate of ground-breaking discoveries, and enhance our international competitiveness.” But finance officials, who speak on condition of anonymity, said it’s premature to conclude that the new fund will have a commercialization focus.For now, all that’s been established is that the new fund will involve peer-reviewed competitions; that it will be administered by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), which oversees the research chairs program; and that there will be a prohibition on using the monies for capital investments, as that falls under the purview of CFI.The government’s new fiscal plan also provides an additional $41 million divided among the nation’s three granting councils, raising their combined budgets to approximately $2.5 billion. (In addition to SSHRC, there are the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research [CIHR]). Paul Davidson, president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, was elated that the increases were “untargeted,” but Flaherty indicated that an unspecified portion of the CIHR allocation is ticketed for the establishment of a Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging.Whatever the exact amount, it falls well short of the government’s pledge to significantly ramp up dementia research as part of a global bid to find a cure by 2025. It’s also a far cry from the multibillion dollar pool that CIHR President Alain Beaudet once envisioned as part of a comprehensive national dementia strategy.Flaherty’s budget also extended the Conservative government’s practice of ticketing specific universities and institutes for strategic largesse. This year’s winner was the University of Waterloo, which will receive $13.6 million over 3 years for its Institute for Quantum Computing and $2.7 million to create an Open Data Institute. In other science measures, funding to support the indirect costs of research will also rise by $8 million, to $310 million annually.Overall spending in Flaherty’s 2014 to ’15 blueprint is projected to decline by $1.18 billion to $253.5 billion. That would leave the government with a deficit of $2.63 billion and the debt load rising to $562.1 billion.Flaherty was unabashed in presenting what amounts to a status quo budget. “What we will do—what we have always done—is stay the course,” he said.last_img read more

Cong. sweeps the GT Road belt in Haryana

first_imgPutting up a strong fight against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in the Assembly election, the Congress wrested 23 seats from different political parties across the State compared to 2014 to win 31 seats. The party, however, lost six seats previously held by it.The Congress wrested the maximum 14 seats from the BJP, mostly along the GT Road belt, considered to be the stronghold of the ruling party, and in South Haryana.Interestingly, the Congress caused the maximum dent to the BJP in the districts along the Grand Trunk Road winning nine seats previously held by it. The most prominent BJP losers in this region included, Local Bodies Minister Kavita Jain from Sonipat and Transport Minister Krishanlal Panwar from Israna (SC) in Panipat district. Besides, the Congress won two seats each in Ambala and Yamuna Nagar, one each in Kurukshetra, Panipat and Panchkula. In Karnal’s Assandh, Shamsher Singh Gogi defeated Bahujan Samaj Party’s Narendra Singh. The seat was earlier held by BJP’s Bakhshish Virk, who had recently courted controversy for his remarks over EVMs.8 seats in South HaryanaIn South Haryana, the Congress won eight new seats including four from the BJP. Both, Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma from Mahendragarh and Agriculture Minister O.P. Dhankar from Badli in Jhajjar were among those who lost to Congress candidates. Helped by the BJP rebel Randhir Kapriwas, former Haryana Finance Minister Capt. Ajay Yadav’s son Chiranjeev Rao won from Rewari. The BJP also lost its Bahadurgarh seat to the Congress.Riding on the anti-BJP wave, Congress won all three seats in Muslim-dominated Nuh district. Two of the three seats in the district, namely Nuh and Ferozepur Jhirka, were held by Indian National Lok Dal. Punhana Assembly seat was held by Independent Rahish Khan. All three sitting MLAs from the district had joined the BJP earlier this year.Congress’ Neeraj Sharma won Faridabad NIT defeating the BJP’s Nagender Bhadana. The Assembly seat was held by the INLD in 2014.In Rohtak, the hometown of two-time Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Bharat Bhushan Batra defeated BJP’s sitting MLA and Co-operatives Minister Manish Grover by a margin of 2,735 votes. Similarly, the Congress won two seats in Sirsa and a seat each in Hisar and Jind.But the party lost Ganaur, Hodal, Kaithal, Meham, Palwal and Rai previously held by it.Prominent losersThe prominent Congress losers in these included party’s Communication Chief Randeep Singh Surjewala from Kaithal and former Haryana Assembly speaker Kuldeep Sharma from Ganaur.Besides, the anti-incumbency against the ruling BJP, the Congress was helped by the BJP’s faulty ticket distribution leading to resentment among its cadres. Also, there were few takers for the BJP’s campaign mostly concentrated on the national issues, including Article 370.last_img read more

MPs want red beacon-fitted vehicles to flash status

first_imgAt least 100 members of Parliament feel that they need to flaunt their status. They have, therefore, ganged up to demand that they be allowed to use red beacon-fitted vehicles across the country.But why should MPs be allowed the red beacon when the Central Motor Vehicles Rules do not permit it?In a signed memorandum given to the chairman of the Privileges Committee on Parliament on Monday, the MPs said in the absence of red beacon lights their vehicles are fined by the traffic police.This sudden need for flashing their authority comes after a crackdown by the Delhi traffic police in which 277 VIP vehicles were fined for illegally sporting the red beacon.The VIPs included MPs, MLAs from Delhi and some neighbouring states and others.Some of the vehicles were fined for other traffic violations.The MPs called it needless harassment but the Delhi Traffic police chief, Joint CP Satyendra Garg said they were “enforcing the rule of law as it exists today.” According to rules the President and the Vice-President, the Prime Minister, former Presidents, Chief Justice of India, the Lok Sabha Speaker, cabinet ministers, Planning Commission deputy chairperson, former Prime Ministers, Leaders of the Opposition, judges of Supreme Court and high courts can use red light with flasher on top of their vehicles.Red light without flasher can be used by the Chief Election Commissioner, the CAG, Deputy Speakers in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Attorney General, Cabinet Secretary and Chiefs of Staff of three defence services, among others. The MPs want their inclusion in this select category.advertisementIn their memorandum the MPs inter alia demanded that their status in the list of protocol be elevated from the present 21st position to eleventh.They said as per the present order of preference many officers at state and central levels were above them in protocol.Many states have allowed even the MLAs the right to use beacon light fitted vehicles, the MPs lamented.The MPs also demanded toll-free transit through the national highways.P. C. Chacko, chairman of the Privileges Committee, who is away in Kochi, said he had not so far received the memorandum.Sources said the Congress MP from Haryana Avtar Singh Badana initiated the move to mobilise the lawmakers to sign the memo, a copy of which was sent to Delhi home minister and also to Union home minister P. Chidambaram.Talking to Mail Today Badana said almost 100 MPs cutting across party lines signed the memo. Asked if any BJP members had also signed it, he named former Union minister and senior party leader Shahnawaz Hussein.However, Hussein denied having signed the petition. He said the BJP is against red beacon lights for MPs. He said “a leader should get his privilege only from his voters”.Some MPs, who did not want to go on record, said there was no need for such pompous show of status for people’s representatives.”We are not bureaucrats or judges, we have to move among the people. We should not don any symbol which distances us from the aam admi,” said an MP. Others were of the view that identifying their vehicles in the time of increasing terror attacks was not a good idea.Sources said that in one of its recent meetings, the 15-member Lok Sabha privileges committee discussed the need to codify privileges of MPs. The panel discussed the privileges available to them now.”In states like Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh they are permitted to use red beacon lights, but not in Delhi. When the MPs from UP cross to Delhi border they face problem,” said a member.Sources said the committee was collecting all privileges extended to MPs in various states and UTs and the problems, if any, faced on account of warrant of preference.Though several parliamentarians had earlier demanded codification of privileges, the committee felt there was no need, yet, to codify what all account for the privileges of MPs or breach of it by putting them in black and white.However, one dissenting member felt the decision is not in keeping with the spirit of equality and accountability in a modern Parliamentary democracy.The committee also acquainted itself with the system prevailing in legislatures abroad, including the UK and the US and had discussions with representatives of judiciary, state legislatures, media and academicians. It finally decided to leave the concept of privileges as what they have been since 1950 – based on the House’s interpretations of the conventions in UK’s House of Commons.The authors of the Indian Constitution had stipulated (as spelt out by the report of the Constituent Assembly) that these privileges should be properly codified by Parliament in due course of time.advertisementCodification of these privileges would require Parliament to enact a legislation, detailing what all constitute these special rights of MPs and thus its breach (including the contempt of the House).last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo Happy With ‘More Attacking’ Juventus Under Maurizio Sarri

first_img cristiano ronaldofootballJuventusMaurizio Sarri First Published: October 21, 2019, 11:48 PM IST Rome: Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo gave coach Maurizio Sarri a vote of confidence on Monday when he said he was happy with the “more attacking” approach the club had adopted since Sarri came on board in the summer.”I think the team is getting better,” said Ronaldo on the eve of Juve’s Champions League Group D meeting with Lokomotiv Moscow. “We are getting more and more confident. We are playing a different brand of football, more attacking.”I like the way he (Sarri) wants the team to play. We are creating more opportunities, we have more confidence in ourselves, I’m happy with these changes.”Maybe we could score a little more but I’m proud of what we are doing.”So far this season, Ronaldo has scored five goals in nine games and was on target at the weekend when Juventus beat Bologna 2-1 to consolidate top spot in Serie A.”My role hasn’t changed, perhaps I have a bit more freedom,” he said.”I am happy because, bit by bit, we are getting to where Juventus ought to be. We have a difference coach, a different system, new players. We changed in order to improve.”Last week, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner scored his 700th career goal while playing for Portugal.”That’s already in the past. I want to move on, reach new heights to help the team. I want to play and help the team win trophies.”Of course I am proud of the individual records but the priority is to win games for Juventus and Portugal.”The Italian champions top Group D in the Champions League having drawn with Atletico Madrid and beaten Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 in the last round of games. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

NCAA: Mapua takes easy win over Arellano for 5th spot tie

first_imgView comments MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers The Cardinals, who began the season winless in their first five games, suddenly became a contender as they tied the Blazers at fifth place with a 6-6 slate.Gamely engaging the Cardinals three-fourths of the way, the Chiefs lost steam in the endgame with Justin Arana and Kent Salado failing to find their range. The Chiefs plummeted to their 10th defeat in 13 games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40MAPUA 93 – Serrano 15, Gonzales 14, Garcia 12, Lugo 11, Bonifacio 11, Victoria 10, Nocum 5, Bunag 4, Aguirre 4, Gamboa 3, Salenga 2, Jabel 2, Nieles 0, Dela Cruz 0ARELLANO 67 – Salado 23, Alcoriza 14, Espiritu 7, Sunga 6, Concepcion 3, Bayla 3, Arana 4, Sablan 3, Talampas 3, Segura 2, Sacramento 0, De Guzman 0Quarters: 19-15, 42-33, 69-52, 93-67 Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Aung La N Sang ready to grind, unfazed by Brandon Vera’s edge size advantage Becoming his own man This jewelry designer is also an architect FILE – Mapua coach Randy Alcantara.MANILA, Philippines–Mapua continued to play like a well-oiled machine to hammer out an emphatic 93-67 win over Arellano in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament.Six Cardinals wound up in double-figure scoring with Noah Lugo doing a little of everything that lit up the stat sheet and Justin Serrano putting up huge numbers to lead his team in their demolition of the Chiefs.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue LATEST STORIES P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Former ST Marine President Charged with Corruption

first_imgzoom The State Courts of Singapore charged See Leong Teck, the former president of shipbuilder Singapore Technologies Marine (ST Marine), with seven counts of corruption under the Prevention of Corruption Act. On September 12, 2011, Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd announced that the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) was investigating certain transactions involving former and current employees of ST Marine.Apart from See, another three former high-ranking ST Marine’s employees are currently under CPIB’s investigation for suspected fraudulent transactions.ST Marine does not expect the charges to have any material impact on the consolidated net tangible assets or consolidated earnings per share of the ST Engineering Group for the financial year ending December 31, 2014.last_img read more

PM Modis 5 trillion GDP goal hits a hurdle Debt at road

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s path to economic recovery faces another obstacle, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking the state road builder to stop constructing highways after its debt ballooned almost seven-fold over the past five years. “National Highways Authority of India totally logjammed with unplanned and excessive expansion of roads,” the prime minister’s office wrote to NHAI in a letter dated August 17. “NHAI mandated to pay several times the land cost; its construction costs also shooting up. Road infrastructure has become financially unviable.” Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalModi’s office proposed that NHAI be transformed into a road-asset management company, according to the letter obtained by Bloomberg, and the prime minister’s office asked NHAI to reply within a week. The decision is a reversal from Modi’s first term, when his administration was praised for its breakneck speed of highway construction that helped make India one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. However this came with the burden of escalating costs, leaving NHAI increasingly dependent on the government for financial support at a time when Modi is looking to contain his budget deficit. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostRestricting road-building risks imperiling Modi’s target to make India a $5 trillion economy as roads are necessary for socio-economic development, said Vikash Kumar Sharda, a partner at Infranomics Consulting LLP, who previously consulted for PWC India. “Road is critical infrastructure, and putting breaks on it will not only result in a slowdown of highway construction but also of other sectors that are dependent on it.” Highway Jam There’s a strong co-relation between economic growth and investments in infrastructure, with roads accounting for about 3.1 per cent of gross value added, Modi’s economic advisers said in a report this year. Data due Friday will probably show India’s gross domestic product expanded 5.7 per cent in the quarter through June, the slowest pace in five years. Modi’s office now wants NHAI to revert to a model used by his predecessor, where NHAI would auction projects to developers. They’d construct the roads, collect toll from users and then would transfer ownership back to NHAI after an agreed period. Weak private sector participation pushed Modi to scrap this practice and he permitted NHAI to bear as much as 100 per cent of the costs in certain road projects that led to ballooning debt. NHAI’s outstanding debt of 1.8 trillion rupees would entail annual interest servicing of about 140 billion rupees, higher than the 100 billion rupees NHAI collects as toll, according to analysts at SBICap Securities Ltd. This is in addition to the annual interest costs, Rohit Natarajan, an analyst with Antique Stock Broking Ltd., wrote in a note on Monday. Land acquisition costs have also risen to more than 25 million rupees per hectare from 9 million rupees after fair-price laws were introduced in 2013, and this alone accounts for more than 30 per cent of NHAI’s expenses, according to ICRA Ratings Ltd. Ballooning Debt The prime minister’s office didn’t reply to an email seeking comment and NHAI declined to comment. The letter contains only suggestions and top-rated NHAI is fully capable of raising enough debt to keep building roads, Nitin Gadkari, Modi’s minister for roads, was cited by the Mint newspaper as saying on Tuesday. Ratings company ICRA on Wednesday said the build up of debt means NHAI must either go slow on new projects — a choice Modi can’t afford as he needs to spur economic growth — or shift to a build-operate-transfer model involving equity-purchases by private players. Many developers can’t support huge equity investments that are part of BOT projects, the rating company said. Among the beneficiaries of this shift could be IRB Infrastructure Developers Ltd., which has traditionally focused on BOT projects where the operator collects a toll from road users. “The decision to switch back to BOT-toll is much needed given the fiscal constraints,” IRB Infrastructure Chairman Virendra Mhaiskar said. “In the present dispensation, given the land acquisition cost, restricting to BOT only for a year or two may be a wise idea.”last_img read more

Nothing sweet about sales of greymarket candy Appeal Court rules

first_imgTORONTO – An attempt at sugar coating the sale of grey market Mars bars and M&M’s in Canada has fallen flat with Ontario’s top court, which sided with the Canadian maker of the candy in a decision slamming an upstart confectioner’s conduct.The ruling in favour of Mars Canada this week also upheld a lower court judge’s hefty costs award against Aizic Ebert and his two Toronto companies for “brazenly” breaching earlier settlements of the dispute.“Their efforts to undermine the agreements were dishonourable and deserving of censure,” the Appeal Court said in its ruling, noting, however, that the state of Canadian law around grey marketing remains unsettled.The case arose more than a decade ago when Mars Canada, which also makes and sells Snickers and Milky Way candy bars among other treats, discovered Ebert was buying genuine Mars products in the United States through his company Bemco Cash and Carry, and selling them at a discount in this country.Mars Canada, based in Bolton, Ont., took its complaint to Federal Court, but the two sides settled when Bemco agreed it would not import or sell the U.S.-made products in Canada. As part of the deal, Bemco also identified its supplier as GPAE Trading Corporation, also owned and controlled by Ebert, which agreed to a Mars Canada demand to cease its activities.However, Mars Canada discovered in 2010 that foreign products bearing its trademarks were again being sold in Canada, this time through another company, but in concert with Bemco and GPAE, court documents show. Mars Canada sued.Ebert argued the earlier agreements were invalid because they amounted to restraint of trade but Superior Court Justice Frederick Myers granted summary judgment in favour of Mars Canada in November 2016. Myers found Bemco and GPAE had breached the earlier deals by continuing to import and sell grey market Mars products.The judge also rejected Ebert’s restraint-of-trade argument, finding the agreements were reasonable for both the parties and public, and that Mars Canada was entitled to enforce its registered trademarks. Myers also found the imported products breached Canadian labelling and packaging laws by, for example, not having any French.While the judge referred the question of damages to another hearing, he did grant Mars Canada $225,000 in legal costs for what he deemed the brazen breach of the earlier settlements and for Ebert’s attempts to “avoid accountability” for the misconduct.Ebert and his companies appealed. Among other things, they argued the earlier settlement agreements were unreasonable, and that Myers did not hear direct evidence that Mars Canada had suffered damages and should not have ordered a further hearing on those losses.The Court of Appeal rejected the arguments, saying Mars Canada had an obvious interest in defending its trademark rights, and it did sustain actual damages given that its sales were cannibalized by the grey market products.Myers did reject Mars Canada’s claim for punitive damages.“There is enough grey in grey marketing law and the lack of federal government enforcement of labelling and packaging laws to prevent the characterization of the defendants’ conduct as sufficiently egregious to attract further condemnation from the court,” Myers wrote.The higher court also awarded Mars Canada another $20,000 to cover its appeal costs.last_img read more

Air in a bottle How companies sell Canadian nature

first_imgWhen two Edmonton men started bottling and selling air from Banff and Lake Louise, Alta., some people thought it was a farce, but about four years later the duo’s expanded their line to also include products with the country’s glacier and spring waters as main ingredients.Troy Paquette and Moses Lam co-founded Vitality Air after reading articles online about air pollution and chatting about how anyone who visits Banff raves about the air quality.“We just kind of spun it from there and thought: ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if we could find a way to share that with the rest of the world?’” said Paquette.“And that’s kind of where it all started from.”Vitality Air’s founders and other creative Canadian entrepreneurs are packaging Canada’s natural resources to fill a demand for wellness products with a fresh twist.Some resourceful Canadians have tapped into the trees, bringing maple and birch water to store shelves, while a raw water fad in the U.S. could soon ripple over to the border. All these entrepreneurs tout their product’s natural qualities and possible health-promoting components.These companies follow a broader wellness trend, said Amy Chung, Canadian beauty industry analyst for market-research firm NPD Group.Nowadays, people want more openness and details on products and to know, for example, what they’re putting on their face, she said.Much of the demand for Vitality Air comes from China where air pollution is a major problem.The company’s website plays up health angles, claiming “fresh air plays a vital role in the physical and emotional wellness of people of all ages,” and that breathing in its products “is like giving your mind and body a shot of nature.”More recently, the company added a line of facial mists to its website, which it calls “a natural progression” from the air canisters. The so-called glacier myst includes “the untouched waters of the Rocky Mountain glaciers,” according to the site, while the “sulphur myst” is enhanced with sulphur from springs in Banff. One bottle costs $20.The mist offers the body and mind tranquility, and keeps people looking healthy and energized, according to the site.Other entrepreneurs have taken a similar approach, selling a well-known Canadian ingredient as a wellness product to the masses.Lower Valley Beverage Company in Flesherton, Ont., produces Sapsucker, a maple tree water harvested from mature maple trees that it calls “a naturally pure alternative to bottled water.” The beverage has 46 naturally occurring minerals, antioxidants and vitamins, according to the website.Nine restaurants in Ontario serve the drink, and it can also be purchased at several independent grocers, as well as some larger chains like Whole Foods Market and Farm Boy.Burnaby, B.C.-based 52 North produces something similar: birch water.The beverage has been consumed for centuries in Northern Europe, according to the company’s website, “as a health drink with detoxifying and revitalizing properties.”The trend is a continuation of a food industry craze that started several years ago when lifestyle changes like the Paleo diet, said to mimic our ancestors’ ways of eating, came into vogue.It’s “going back to the basics where things were still just as effective and we didn’t have all of these extra ingredients and chemicals,” Chung said.While it may seem strange to pay a price for a seemingly simple product, wellness is considered a luxury now, she said.Some of it also has to do with convenience, Chung noted, as not everyone has time to become an extreme do-it-yourself type of person, who concocts things like natural laundry detergent at home. Busy people may be more willing to pay for these kinds of products, she said.While the canned air may be seeing more demand in areas where air pollution is a concern, Chung thinks Canadians may one day embrace these products too. She points to how sunscreen makers are now touting anti-pollution sunscreen, which protects from the sun and other environmental factors, in Canada too, she said.“A lot of trends kind of make it over here too.”last_img read more

George Clooney Uses Satellite Sentinel Project To Catch Poachers

first_imgAlthough actor and activist George Clooney co-founded the Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) as a way to systematically monitor threats to human security over Sudan and South Sudan, it is now also being used, in cooperation with ENOUGH Project and DigitalGlobe, to keep watch over elephants in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.There is good reason for this, according to the groups’ report Poachers Without Borders, which claims that Sudanese and South Sudanese poachers are killing elephants in Garamba National Park and selling their ivory tusks to the Asian black market.The lucrative return ($1,000 to $1,300 per pound, which means up to $175,500 per tusk for an adult male) is used as funding for weapons, ammunition and supplies. Using high powered weaponry to kill several elephants at once, and then quickly removing the tusks by chainsaw, the animals are being butchered at an unprecedented rate.Using satellite imagery and predictive analytics, SSP and its partners aim to assist park rangers in tracking the migrating herds through the vast park, as well as help focus patrol efforts on probable areas according to “historical geospatial trend analysis, cost surface travel analysis, key terrain analysis, and predictive analysis”.“If the application of the predictive analysis helps to slow the slaughter of elephants,” says the report, “the analytical method and tools could be used elsewhere in Africa to stem the increasingly rapid slaughter that is taking a heavy toll on the continent’s elephant population.”Copyright ©2015Look to the Starslast_img read more

Morocco Leads Non-European Vegetable Imports to Spain

Rabat – According to Spanish Federation of Associations of Fruit, Vegetable, Flower, and Live Plant Producers-Exporters (FEPEX), Morocco is taking the lead as Spain’s main non-European supplier of fruit and vegetables. FEPEX data shows that the overall cost of vegetables and fruits exported to Spain accounts for $299 million in revenues in the first quarter of 2019.Based on estimates from the Spanish Directorate of Customs, imports have increased significantly over the previous years, with this year’s overall imports rising by 4 percent compared to last year’s first quarter. Morocco’s exports in the first quarter of 2019 represent 33 percent of Spain’s total vegetable and fruit imports, the same source notes.Read also: Italy Deports Moroccan National Suspected of Promoting TerrorismSpain is experiencing an upward trend in terms of overall imports from Morocco, which rose by 11 percent between January and March 2019, with an estimated 137,760 tons.The Federation highlighted that Morocco has registered a marked growth over the last five years, from 70,420 tons in 2015 to 137,670 tons in 2019, representing a 95.5 percent growth.In terms of revenue, imports rose from $141 million to $299 million between the first quarter of 2015 and 2019, representing a 110 percent increase.The report shows, however, France as the leading European supplier to Spain in terms of vegetables and fruits in the first quarter of 2019, with a total of 295,565 tons estimated at $131 million, compared to, 128.7 million euros in 2012.In 2016, the figure increased to 413.3 million euros spent on Moroccan produce. Morocco also stands out as the fourth largest tomato exporter worldwide, according to the UN Statistics Division (UNSD), representing 7% of the world’s total. read more

UN agency has no serious concerns over Montagnard returnees in Viet Nam

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said today it has “no serious concerns” over the conditions of around 200 Montagnards who have returned to Viet Nam from Cambodia, as a senior official from the agency visited Hanoi and agreed with the Government to continue joint cooperation to resolve the issue of the ethnic minority.Before today’s discussions with Government officials, UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Erika Feller, had spent two days in the Central Highlands speaking privately with some of the 190 returnees and seeing for herself their conditions, an agency spokesman told reporters in Geneva.“UNHCR has conducted 10 other monitoring missions to the Highlands and has no serious concerns about the conditions of the returnees,” said spokesperson Ron Redmond. The Montagnards started arriving in Cambodia after April 2004 claiming religious persecution and land grievances as their reason for leaving their country, however UNHCR said that the returnees visited by Ms. Feller all told her they left because they had been promised by outsiders they would get money if they went to Cambodia and that they were looking for a better life.An agreement signed in Hanoi in January 2005 by UNHCR, Viet Nam and Cambodia set out the framework for some 750 Montagnards in Cambodia to either be resettled to a third country or return to Viet Nam.Most of that caseload, 605 persons, has now been resettled, mainly to the United States, while the 190 who have returned to Viet Nam include 94 who were deported and 96 who returned voluntarily.“The Vietnamese government said it would continue to give UNHCR access to the returnees in the Central Highlands saying the 2005 Memorandum of Understanding had worked well, and that the government would continue to work with UNHCR and other countries for those Montagnards who wished to live in other countries,” Mr. Redmond said. read more

Rockfall analysis project from 3D Laser Mapping helps predict failure

first_img3D Laser Mapping has been supplying solutions to the mining industry for a number of years. Responding to a request from Anglo Platinum, 3D Laser Mapping released their first laser-based geotechnical monitoring systemSiteMonitor4D in 2004. Designed to monitor and quantify changes to the rock face, SiteMonitor4D will automatically alert mine safety managers via email or SMS when issues arise. The company also began an innovative research project with Durham University in 2013 exploring the benefits of using rockfall analysis as a predictor of failure.“Based on the results of a project where laser scan data was collected for 100,000 m2 of coastal cliffs over an eight year period. The resolution of the scan data was 0.01 m and the volume of all the rockfalls, both small and large, were quantified by volume. The smallest detectable rockfall was 0.00001 cubic metre of rock.” This project showed that the mean monthly rockfall activity (total volume of rock falling out of the face) is directly correlated to the size of the final failure. In addition, it could be seen that in the month before a significant failure, the total rockfall volume for that month increases significantly.“The reason for this correlation can be explained in geological terms. Rockfalls are caused by differential strain and deformation of the rock mass. This can coincide with the evolution of a brittle fracture. If a fracture starts to develop that daylights on the rock face, then the increasing stress at this point will cause rockfalls. As the fracture develops, the strain deformation at the rockfall will increase causing rockfalls. Eventually this increases exponentially, leading to larger rockfalls and subsequent failure of the rock face. Currently, most monitoring and failure prediction in the mining industry is undertaken by radar systems which focus on the detecting small scale movements of the whole rock face. This is appropriate in some circumstances but the monitoring method should be decided by the geotechnical environment. Using rockfall as a predictor may be more appropriate in some environments and this will be a useful tool for the geotechnical engineer.”Rockfall analysis is available as part of the SiteMonitor 4D software suite and is already deployed in the mining industry. “Using SiteMonitor4D with the new Rockfall Analysis feature allows you to have a clear view of the stability and changes of mass within a slope, allowing you to plot the monthly rockfall activity against time. This advanced visibility allows you to take action before a critical situation, allowing for increased mine safety.”last_img read more

Facebook launching music service in September

first_imgWe’ve been hearing about a potential Facebook music service since at least May and, according to reports, it may be announced in just a few weeks at the f8 developer conference in San Francisco on September 22.Word of Facebook partnering with Spotify came back in May, but at that point all we knew was that the service was under testing, but definitely real and on its way. Now, Mashable is reporting that Spotify won’t be the only music service linked up with Facebook. It seems that MOG and Rdio will also be partners.The service will allow users to listen to music within Facebook. We saw evidence of the music service pop up in July when Facebook released its video calling feature and a coder looking through the Java file found something called Vibes. The JAR file used to install Video Calling also has code, com.facebook.peep, that can be used to install another app: com.facebook.vibes.Apparently Facebook won’t directly host or stream any music or media. That’s what Spotify, MOG, and Rdio are for. Facebook may still open this to other music services, and may possibly make the music platform open to other third-party developers.Is Facebook just trying to throw their scent off the trail for the time being, or is there actually nothing new? With 750 million users and 1 trillion page views in just one month’s time, a Facebook music service could see a lot of traffic and a lot more time spent on Facebook instead of other music services. It’s all rumors and speculation for now though, so we’ll have to sit back and see if yet another music service is on the way.via CNBC, Mashablelast_img read more

Weather Eye Prepare for chill lasting cold snap in January

first_imgPatrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com. This month will exit with the honor of being the coldest December in several years and bucked the trend of the past two years of warming. Not to be outdone, January is setting up to be really cold.How cold? Cold enough to start freezing small ponds and waterways. Even the cold snap we had recently froze over parts of the lower Salmon Creek backwaters in Felida. This will be real arctic air as it slides southward to cover all of the Pacific Northwest. Even northern California will feel the chill.Weather charts show a Rex Block of high pressure in the jet stream which allows warm air to migrate northward into Alaska and cold air from the Yukon to engulf the northern half of the U.S. It will be chilly. Highs by Monday will be below freezing and lows could get into the lower teens in the outlying areas. There will be east winds too.The million dollar question will be if any snow precedes the cold air. Quite often we get a flurry of snow as the cold air arrives and slides under the warmer air mass squeezing out some moisture. No guarantees here, so stay tuned in the next couple of days to see how the pattern develops.After the cold air is entrenched over us, any incoming moisture will produce snow. That may occur by Wednesday or Thursday next week. So prepare for colder weather than we had in December and for a lasting cold snap.last_img read more

Simeone praises Fiorentina teammate Muriel

first_imgAccording to the striker, the Colombian forward has had an instant impact in the Italian Lega Serie A team, and he’s settling in well.Colombian forward Luis Fernando Muriel joined Fiorentina in the Italian Lega Serie A on January 2nd as a loan from Spanish La Liga club Sevilla.And he immediately made an impact.The 27-year-old scored two goals against Sampdoria on Sunday in his first match with his new team.And for teammate Giovanni Simeone, this means it’s the right time to praise him for his work.“From his experience I can learn a lot, it’s the one that makes him make the difference in front of the opponent’s goal demonstrated already on Sunday,” Simeone told Calcio Mercato.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“It gives further substance to the entire offensive department.”“From when he arrived, it immediately made us feel the great desire to do well, to leave the mark it has,” he added.“It is an incentive for everyone. We have to be smart to take advantage of this strong point and at the same time careful to close the spaces in case of restarting the adversaries.”“We have overcome Torino, an opponent who is not easy to beat, and we cannot stop, I believe that with the right push, let’s not forget that we will play at home,” Simeone added about the team’s next opponent.“Florence on our side, and the desire to go beyond any difficulty, we will be able to play it, we will fight to say our dream, win, and dream of a title with the club. And for all this, I’m working on it (smile)”.“What do they tell me when I go to Madrid?” Griezmann is very strong, like Godin and all the others. Many of them have seen me grow, there is a good estimate,” he concluded.last_img read more

Pembroke Pines car thieves remain at large

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – Thieves in Pembroke Pines stole a vehicle, police said, from a BMW dealership.According to police, four subjects jumped the fence at the dealership, near Sheridan Street and Southwest 148th Avenue, Wednesday morning.The thieves got into a car and rammed it through the fence before fleeing the scene.One of the four subjects have been caught by police. However, the car has yet to be found.If you have any information on these thieves, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

ZTE To Launch Grand S Smartphone in India Soon Report

first_imgChinese mobile phone maker ZTE seems to be planning to strengthen its market in India, as it is reportedly introducing its new HD smartphone Grand S in the coming weeks, according to reports. The company launched six new smartphones in the country on Friday.ZTE Grand S, which was unveiled earlier this year at the CES, sports 5.0 inches Capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution and is powered by a 1.7 GHz Quad-core processor. It packs 2 GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage which can be further expanded by up to 32 GB using microSD card slot. The device supports the connectivity features like Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot and Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP.In terms of camera, the device houses 13-megapixel autofocus, LED flash rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The device, which measures 6.9 mm thickness, is backed by a Li-Ion 1780 mAh battery and runs on Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean).ZTE revealed its plan in India during the launch event of six smartphones, including the Grand X Quad Lite, reported BGR. However, there is not much information about the launch date and the pricing of the Grand S smartphone in the country.The company announced the launch of its Android smartphones in the country on Friday under the name Grand, Blade and Kis series which are priced between ₹5,000 and ₹15,000. ZTE has also launched its Swift series of 3G datacards.”Today ZTE enjoys a customer base of over 32 million Indian handset users. With the initial launch of six devices priced between Rs 5,000 and Rs 15,000, we will build further on our handset portfolio in the months to come. By the year end, we aim to have our pan India presence with the smartphones and data cards,” Xu Dejun, CEO, ZTE India, told at the launch event.last_img read more

Kevin Pietersen asks Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli to retain Vijay Shankar

first_imgPietersen has presented another controversial viewReutersKevin Pietersen has got really emotionally involved with the ongoing World Cup while being an analyst for Indian broadcasters Star Sports. Not only has he been expressing serious concerns about his former team, England’s performances but has now waded into a debate raging about the Indian batting order.With Vijay Shankar having not performed with the bat so far and also being not very useful with the ball, his place in the team is in serious danger. The man most likely to replace him in the XI is Rishabh Pant. But Pietersen is expressing a contrarian view which will surprise many people.The former England captain took to Twitter for asking the Indian coach and captain to not dump Shankar. He also opined that Rishabh Pant is not yet ready to come into the team. “Dear Virat & Ravi – please don’t drop Vijay Shankar. I think he’s coming into his own and would potentially win you tomorrow’s game. Don’t think about Pant. He needs another 3 weeks prep before I think he can get into your World Cup side. Thanks, boys!” the legendary former right-hand batsman wrote on his timeline. KP’s views of Pant and Shankar are highly contrarianTwitterKP’s views are totally understandable when one realizes that he is actually saying all this in a highly sarcastic vein. The implication of his tweet is that Shankar will continue to be ineffective while Pant is likely to be a dangerous player for England.  It’s worth remembering that Pietersen had declared England as the favourites to win the World Cup but on seeing them lose three matches, he has expressed concern about the side. There was a huge sense of disappointment and even anger among Indian fans when Pant wasn’t picked in India’s original 15-man squad for the World Cup. However, the unfortunate injury to Shikhar Dhawan opened the door for him as he came in as a replacement. At the moment, his chances of playing the game against England look quite bright, despite KP’s views.last_img read more

Is culture or cognition really responsible for language structure

first_img Historical context guides language development More information: Evolved structure of language shows lineage-specific trends in word-order universals, Nature (2011) doi:10.1038/nature09923 Explore further Citation: Is culture or cognition really responsible for language structure? (2011, April 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-culture-cognition-responsible-language.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img (PhysOrg.com) — Linguistic study has been, for many years, divided into two main theories – those following the belief of Noam Chomsky’s universal grammar and that of Joseph Greenberg’s linguistic universal. However, a new study published in Nature by Russell Gray from the University of Auckland shows that neither of these ideas is shown and that language is lineage-specific and not governed by any universals. While Chomsky followers believe that humans are born with an innate ability for language and that grammatical principles are hardwired into the brain and dictate a universal grammar. Joseph Greenberg utilizes a more empirical approach and looks are word order shared by languages.Gray and his colleagues utilized phylogenetic methods to examine the four major language families (Austronesian, Indo-European, Bantu, and Uto-Aztecan) and eight different word-order features. They began by building language family trees from basic vocabulary data to use for testing hypotheses and links between them. They took the different word-order features and mapped them on to the language trees to look for evidence of co-evolution.Their major finding was that features of word-order correlate in many different ways that vary between language families. Even when the researchers found common traits within two different families, they could show that each family arrived at these traits in a different way. Because the linkages are family-specific, it suggests that language structure is not ruled by an innate ability for language or a desire to create a specific word order. Results show that language structure evolves through exploration and is a product of cultural evolution. © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more