NIH Has No Plans to Bring Back Third Grant Submission

first_imgQuashing hopes raised by a recent news report, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced today that it will not reverse a controversial policy that gives researchers only one chance to resubmit a rejected research grant proposal. The matter concerns the agency’s old “three strikes” rule, which allowed researchers two chances to resubmit a rejected grant application. (The three versions were known as the A0, A1, and A2.) A few years ago, an advisory committee told NIH that as budgets became tighter, peer reviewers were not approving many grants on the first submission and were instead putting investigators in a holding pattern. Strong proposals usually received funding after the applicant resubmitted the grant—but this often could mean a long wait. So in early 2009, the NIH began phasing out the A2 and allowing researchers to resubmit a rejected grant just once. If their second submission (A1) is rejected, they must revise their idea and submit it as new proposal. The change sparked an uproar. More than 2300 researchers signed a petition last year arguing that with grant success rates at record lows, the limit on resubmissions was unfair to scientists who had just missed the funding cutoff. It was especially unreasonable to expect young scientists who struck out twice to come up with an entirely new idea, the petitioners argued. NIH extramural research chief Sally Rockey soon responded by saying the agency was holding firm. 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According to the story: “Senior leaders … will decide in the next several weeks whether to abandon” the two strikes policy. The article drew a flurry of comments for and against the A2 on the DrugMonkey blog—those who side with NIH point out that it would not increase the overall number of grants being funded. Today on her blog, Rockey told readers that after reviewing its latest grant data, NIH has no plans to bring back the A2. She says that the policy is working as intended: A larger portion of applications are being funded as A0s and the average wait time for receiving funding for a grant application has dropped from 93 weeks to 56 weeks. Nor are new investigators at a disadvantage, at least based on how long they wait for funding, Rockey suggested—it’s only a couple weeks longer than investigators overall. The agency also looked at what would happen if all rejected A1s above a certain quality cutoff point were funded. This would merely “displace” A0s and A1s that would eventually be funded “and increase the time to award for many applications. For these reasons, we have decided to continue the policy in its current form,” Rockey wrote.last_img read more

Hundreds of humpback whales are massing in a tiny spot of ocean. Here’s why

first_img By Elizabeth PennisiOct. 27, 2017 , 8:00 AM Hundreds of humpback whales are massing in a tiny spot of ocean. Here’s why HALIFAX, CANADA—In the fall of 1990, a few humpback whales showed up off the coast of western South Africa where they had rarely been seen before. Over the next couple years, a few more showed up, then a few more. Today, nearly 200 of the giant ocean mammals mill around a piece of ocean smaller than a U.S. football field for several months out of the year. Now, scientists think they know what’s luring what may be the largest global gathering of these cetaceans: masses of free food. Hungry humpbacks travel thousands of kilometers to feast on a rich buffet of tiny crustaceans called krill, researchers reported here this week at the biennial meeting of the Society for Marine Mammalogy.Many animals are loath to change their behavior, particularly when it comes to food. But this—and several other studies reported here—reveals how readily humpbacks around the world come up with new hunting strategies, says Alexander Werth, a marine biologist at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia who was not involved with the work. It also speaks to the ability of these animals to learn from each other and to develop efficient ways to eat.Marine biologists Mduduzi Seakamela of the National Department of Environmental Affairs in Cape Town, South Africa, and Kenneth Findlay at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, also in Cape Town, didn’t know all this for sure when they recruited graduate student David Cade to help them pin down what the whales were doing off their coastline. With the proper permits in hand, Cade—a Stanford University student who works at the Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove, California—helped them outfit a dozen whales in the area with the research equivalent of a Go-Pro, a video camera that came with a motion detector and a depth finder. Together, these instruments revealed what the whales were doing underwater. What’s more, the ship where the researchers were working could monitor the density of prey in the water underneath it, so Cade could figure out what the whales were eating. 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(*)Most of the time, the density of krill was random, and the whales’ feeding activity was slow and steady. But one afternoon, the whales all converged on one place where there was a really high density of prey—a 40-meter-thick swath of water with 107 grams of krill per cubic meter, as opposed to the average density of 66 grams per cubic meter, Cade reported at the meeting.Once the whales had homed in on this smorgasbord, they did something no one had witnessed before. Under normal circumstances, groups of two or three whales tend to dive in synchrony across tens of square kilometers to hunt for food. During such dives, they lunge about 32 times per hour, accelerating quickly to suck in all the food and then spending about a minute between each lunge underwater. But in this dense patch of food, a free-for-all ensued. The whales were practically on top of each other, lunging about 53 times an hour and with barely half a minute’s rest.“Basically they are just opening their mouths,” Cade said. The whales fed for a few hours that way, then split up into smaller groups and dispersed, he reported. That a simple change in the concentration of food could lead to such unusual behavior speaks to how prey density can drive the evolution of new hunting strategies, Cade suggested. It also suggests that some interesting communication is going on among the whales, as somehow ever more have learned that—for stuffing their faces—South Africa is the place to be.Humpbacks elsewhere have gathered for other types of feasts, says Martin Biuw, a marine biologist at the Institute of Marine Research in Tromsø, Norway. Since 2010, he’s noticed groups of two dozen humpbacks temporarily in the local fjord, where herring have swum up in huge numbers to stock up for subsequent migrations south. “It could be that any time you have this mass abundance of prey,” he says, “we have supergroups and we just haven’t seen them before.”Several other unusual feeding behaviors were discussed at the meeting: Working with Japanese researchers, Biuw documented humpbacks that hang out under fishing boats to nab dead fish. And Christie McMillan, a marine biologist at the Marine Education and Research Society in Vancouver Island, Canada, has been tracking the spread of a new feeding behavior among humpbacks living off Vancouver Island. In 2011, two were seen hanging out at the surface with their mouths open, seeming to flick in small fish. As of 2015, 16 individuals are practicing this “trap feeding,” she reported at the meeting. “It never ceases to amaze me how full of surprises humpbacks are,” Werth says. “They are so incredibly resilient.”last_img read more

Boxers to start season in Almaty

first_imgCommonwealth Games gold medallist super heavyweight boxer Paramjeet Samota will spearhead the Indian challenge as a 10-member team starts its campaign at the season opener International Invitational Boxing Tournament, starting in Almaty, Kazakhstan, from February 14.While it will be the first tournament for 49kg weight category boxer Laishram Devendro after he qualified for the London Olympics in October, Asian Games medallist heavyweight Manpreet Singh will also be plying his trade in a build-up event to the London Games.The five-day tournament will also see boxers from Russia, France and hosts Kazakhstan.The team: L Devendro (49Kg), Sunil Kumar (52Kg), Chhote Lal (56Kg), Vinay Kumar (60Kg), M Thomas (64Kg), Vijay Kumar (69Kg), Kuldeep Singh (75Kg), Sumit Sangwan (81Kg), Manpreet Singh (91Kg), Paramjeet Samota (+ 91Kg).last_img read more

Jadeja back for SA Tests, Aravind replaces Umesh in one-dayers

first_imgThe selectors have rewarded Ravindra Jadeja for his decent outings in the ongoing Ranji Trophy by including him in the first two Tests starting November 5. While for the remaining two one-dayers Sreenath Aravind has replaced Umesh Yadav.Aravind was part of the T20 squad and played in the first T20I in Dharamsala, where he returned with figures of 1 for 44 on debut. Umesh was expensive in the first one-dayers and was left out of the third match in Rajkot, which India lost by 18 runs on Sunday.An injured R Ashwin has been ruled out from the remaining two ODIs, but has been retained for the first two Tests. Moreover, Ishant Sharma who was believed to have injured himself playing in a Ranji Trophy match has also been included for the Tests.Jadeja, who missed out on Test series in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka has replaced Harbhajan Singh riding on his Ranji Trophy performance in this season so far. Jadeja has claimed 24 wickets from two matches at an average of 8.25 and has also got the scores of 91 and 58 in two innings for Saurashtra.However, Stuart Binny has managed to hold on to his allrounder spot in both the squads and with other Test regulars like Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, KL Rahul and Wriddhiman Saha being included. On the bowling front for the first two Tests – the pace battery would be led by Ishant Sharma along with Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Varun Aaron. However, Ishant won’t be featuring in the first Test for a suspension slapped on him for bad behavior during Sri Lanka series.advertisementThe selectors have also named the Board President’s XI led by Cheteshwar Pujara to play South Africa in Mumbai on October 30 to 31. The remaining two ODIs are on October 22 and 25, with South Africa leading the five-match series 2-1.  ODI squad: MS Dhoni (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Axar Patel, Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra, Mohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sreenath Arvind, Stuart Binny, Ambati Rayudu, Gurkeerat SinghTest squad: Virat Kohli(c) Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul, Stuart Binny, Varun Aaron, Ishant SharmaBoard President’s XI: Cheteshwar Puajra (c), KL Rahul, Unmukt Chand, Karun Nair, Shreyas Iyer, Naman Ojha, Hardik Pandya, Jayant Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Sheldon Jackson, Karn Sharma, Nathu Singhlast_img read more

Chinese or not, Indian TT League in July: Promoter Vita Dani

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Feb 15 (PTI) The inaugural Indian Table Tennis League, which was postponed indefinitely last year due to the Rio Olympics, will finally take off in July, confirmed promoter Vita Dani. “We have approached all the top players of the world including the Chinese, a lot of them have responded positively and some have not. Whether they (Chinese) come or not, we are going ahead with the league this season,” 11Even Sports chairperson, told PTI today. It has been reliably learnt that the mighty Chinese have not shown much enthusiasm towards the league despite the fact that the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has kept a dedicated window for the event scheduled from July 8 to July 30. However, top Europeans are expected to join the league and negotiations are currently taking place with the likes of world number five Dimitrij Ovtcharov of Germany and Belarus eighth-ranked Vladimir Samsonov, who are competing in the ongoing ITTF World Tour India Open. Besides the confirmation on the League, Dani further said 11Even Sports has a long term vision for table tennis in the country and therefore assured that the first ever World Tour event taking place here will be a regular feature on the ITTF calendar. “We are conducting tournaments at the school level, national level and international level. The thing with ITTF events is that you have to bid for them. Firstly, we would like to continue holding World Tour events for the three to four years before bringing something bigger to India,” said Dani, who is also the co-owner of Indian Super League franchise Chennaiyin FC. In 2015, 11Even Sports signed a 10-year deal with TTFI to promote the game in the country. Dani further said that she is also in talks with the Sports Ministry to set up a Centre of Excellence for table tennis. She also called on fellow corporates to adopt a single sport promotion policy, like 11Even Sports has done with table tennis. “This way, sports other than cricket are bound to grow. Government is doing its job but more corporates should come forward and offer long term support to various sports,” she added. PTI BS KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli doubtful for start of Indian Premier League season 10

first_imgIndian skipper Virat Kohli, who is still recovering from a shoulder injury he sustained during the recently-concluded Test series against Australia, is doubtful for the start of the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), beginning April 5. (Virat Kohli blasts detractors: If someone pokes us, we won’t back down)Kohli, who captains Royal Challengers Bangalore side in IPL, faces a battle to be fit for the lucrative T20 tournament after being ruled out of India’s eight-wicket win against Australia in the fourth Test in Dharamsala. (Virat Kohli ecstatic after historic triumph: ‘Our best series win so far’)After India reclaimed the Border-Gavaskar series 2-1 against the Steve Smith-led side, Kohli revealed that he needs few more weeks to be back in action. (Virat Kohli has ensured India won’t ever back down: Michael Clarke to India Today)”It’s still a few weeks to go before I can be 100% on the field.But these things happen in your career. You have to take it in your stride and move forward,” he said in a post-match presentation. (Stats: Seven successive Test series wins for Virat Kohli’s Team India)The 28-year-old sustained the right shoulder injury while putting in a dive on the first day of the drawn third Test in Ranchi.Previously, Kohli had missed only one game for the RCB, which was way back in the inaugural season in 2008.The Royal Challengers Bangalore will kick start their IPL campaign against defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad.last_img read more

Ranji Trophy: Shreevats Goswami And Anustup Majumdar hundreds lead Bengal out of poor start

first_imgShreevats Goswami and Anustup Majumdar struck sublime centuries to help Bengal wriggle out from a poor start and reach 305 for five on day one of their Ranji Trophy Group D game against Goa.The 22-year-old debutant medium pacer Lakshay Garg (2/55) rattled Bengal’s top order by removing Sudip Chatterjee (1) and captain Manoj Tiwary (0) in successive overs to have them struggling at 20 for three inside 13 overs after Goa opted to bowl on an Eden Gardens green top.But Goswami struck a 194-ball 139 (20×4) in a 213-run fifth wicket partnership with Majumdar, who remained unbeaten on 107 from 182 balls (13×4). The duo enabled Bengal seize the momentum after Goa dominated the first session.Writtick Chatterjee was unbeaten on six along with Majumdar when bad light stopped play at 84 overs on day one.Bengal need three points to seal a knock-out berth.Earlier, Goa medium-pacers made full use of the conditions with Felix Alemao (1/67) giving the breakthrough in his first over of the day when he trapped Abhishek Raman (1) lbw with Bengal scorecard reading 1/1 in 1.4 overs.Chatterjee started off slowly before Garg dismissed him.Continuing his superb spell, Garg took the prized scalp of skipper Tiwary for a duck in his next over.Opener Abhimanyu Easwaran (46) and Goswami steadied the boat before Goa skipper Darshan Misal brought in left-arm spinner Amulya Pandrekar.Pandrekar cleaned up Easwaran and Bengal were reeling at 92 for four at lunch.After the break, Goswami and Majumdar revived Bengal’s innings and milked Goan bowlers with the former notching up his half-century in 86 balls. Goswami stepped up the run-rate en route to his fourth first-class century in 135 balls.advertisementMajumdar posted his fifth first-class century off 171 balls.Goa finally broke their double century partnership when Pandrekar dismissed Goswami.Brief scores: Bengal 1st innings: 305 for 5 in 84 overs (Shreevats Goswami 139, Anustup Majumdar 107 batting; Amulya Pandrekar 2/50, Lakshay Garg 2/55) vs Goa.Brief scores of other Group D matches:In Amritsar: Punjab 1st innings: 395 for 2 in 90 overs (Shubham Gill 129, Anmolpreet Singh 129 batting, Gurkeerat Mann 68 batting) vs Services.In Nagpur: Himachal Pradesh 1st innings: 287 for 6 in 90 overs (Sumeet Verma 66, Rishi Dhawan 57, Prashant Chopra 41; Rajneesh Gurbani 3/90) vs Vidarbha.HIMMAT SINGH GETS RUN-OUT AT 99 BUT HELPS DELHI POST 336/5Young batsman Himmat Singh missed out on his maiden first class hundred after being run out on 99 but strong batting throughout helped Delhi reach a strong 336 for five against Hyderabad on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy Group A match, here on Saturday.The 21-year-old Himmat, playing only his second first class game, provided solidity to the Delhi innings with his his brilliant batting at number four but was run out going for the milestone. His 99 came off 151 balls and he hit 15 shots to the fence during his three hour and 27 minute stay at the crease.Also scoring half-centuries were openers Kunal Chandela (64) and Lalit Yadav, who was unbeaten on 62 at stumps on day one of the contest. Gautam Gambhir scored a quick-fire 33 with sevenboundaries before being caught and bowled by left-arm spinner Mehdi Hasan, who also trapped Chandela later in the innings. Talented Rishabh Pant had a disappointing outing as he managed only 16 runs when the stage was set to dominate the home bowlers.Dharam Shorey (32) also got a start but could not convert it into a big knock. He was cleaned up by off-spinner P Sairam. At stumps, Manan Sharma (16) was giving company to Yadav.In other Group A matches:Assam 279 vs Maharashtra 65/3 (S Roy 80, G Sharma 87; N Dhuman 5/94).In Delhi: Karnataka 355/6 in 89.2 overs (Mayank Agarwal 173, Manish Pandey 108; M Rao 2/65).AVI BAROT HITS CENTURY AS SAURASHTRA REACH 286/3 ON DAY 1Avi Barot scored an unbeaten century as Saurashtra reached 286 for three at stumps on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match against Rajasthan here on Saturday. Put in to bat, Saurashtra did not have an ideal start as they lost both the openers — Kishan Parmar (12) and Snell Patel (17) cheaply.But Barot and Robin Uthappa bailed Saurashtra out of trouble with a crucial 126-run stand for the third wicket. Uthappa fell after scoring 59 runs from 101 deliveries that included 11 hits to the fence. Barot remained unbeaten on 128 off 255 balls, studded with 18 boundaries.Giving Barot company at the close of play was Sheldon Jackson on 54. For Rajasthan, TM Ul-Haq chipped in with two wickets after giving away 48 runs.Brief scores:Saurashtra 286 for 3 in 86 overs (Avi Barot 128 batting, Robin Uthappa 59, Sheldon Jackson 54 batting; TM Ul-Haq 2/48) vs Rajasthan.At Ranchi: Gujarat 1st innings 262/4 in 83 overs (Samit Gohel 64, Manprit Juneja 51 batting, Rujul Bhatt 51 batting).At Rohtak: Haryana 1st innings 207/9 in 81 overs (Rajat Paliwal 46; S Sandeep Warrier 4/50).advertisementGroup C brief scores: At Vadodra: Baroda 254 for 8 in 87 overs (Swapnil K Singh 94 batting, K R Kakade 42, J Kousik 2 for 28, K Vignesh 2 for 38) vs Tamil Nadu.At Indore: Odisha 147 in 52.2 overs (Shantanu Mishra 60, Chandrakant Sakure 4 for 42) vs Madhya Pradesh 96 for 1 in 32 overs (Rajit Patidar 72 batting).At Mumbai: Tripura 195 in 60.4 overs (M B Mura Singh 43, Akash Parkar 5 for 32) vs Mumbai 77 for 3 in 22 overs (Jay Bista 43 batting).last_img read more

Five Stats: Rudolph’s Efficiency and Third Down Woes

first_imgOklahoma State was impressive in their dominating, season-opening victory over Tulsa. Now that I’ve gotten my sheer excitement for college football’s return out of my system, I can focus more on what actually happened.There were five stats and numbers that really intrigued me after the game on Thursday300This was just the fourth time since 2000, and the first time since 2012, that OSU had 300 yards through the air and 300 yards on the ground.They had 308 passing yards, 332 rushing yards. That’s a run-pass balance that has to put a smile on Gundy’s face. That stat seemed shocking to me. As potent as Oklahoma State’s offense is regularly, and as balanced as Gundy likes to keep the offense, it seems like it would have happened more often.More than anything, I think this speaks to the rebuilding job OSU has done with the run game. Before last season, 2012 was the last time the Cowboys had a 1,000-yard rusher (Joseph Randle had 1,417 yards). Against Tulsa, OSU was 13 yards away from three running backs with 100 yards.Justice Hill – 132J.D. King – 95La’Darren Brown – 92OSU doesn’t have a running back on the team older than a sophomore. That should make us all feel good for the future.82Speaking of the number four …In the third quarter, TU quarterback Chad President fumbled the ball inside the redzone. Linebacker Kenneth Edison-McGruder smartly picked up the ball and ran it back 82 yards for a touchdown. It was the fourth-longest fumble return in school history, and the longest since a 93-yarder versus Kansas in 2002.Edison-McGruder had himself a game, finishing with five total tackles, a sack, and a tackle for a loss of 11 yards that killed a Tulsa drive, and a pass break-up.Not to overreact, but by the end of the season, Edison-McGruder might end up being the guy we didn’t talk enough about coming into the year.232That’s how many total yards Oklahoma State had in four scoring plays. Not drives… plays.• 40 yard pass to Washington• 44 yard pass to Johnson• 71 yard run by J.D. King• 77 yard pass to WashingtonOSU had a knack for tossing the long ball last year, but it could be even better this year. After a summer of talk and rumors, we finally saw the talent that is Tyron Johnson, and he did not disappoint. Playing on the opposite side of the field from Washington is going to make defensive coordinators wake up at night in a sweat.Not to mention that 71-yard run that introduced us all to J.D. King, and solidified why Coach Gundy and Co. picked him to back up Justice Hill. That was the longest rushing play since 2011 (until LD Brown usurped it a few drives later with a 73-yarder).20/24Did you know that Mason Rudolph’s four incompletions are the fewest he’s ever had in a game where he threw at least 20 passes? The next closest was five against UT San Antonio back in 2015.Taking it one step further, at least one of those incomplete passes was on the receiver. It happened in the first quarter when Rudolph shot a rocket to Chris Lacy on the left side of the field, and Lacy couldn’t hang onto it.Don’t tell me “it was just Tulsa” unless you want to make the same excuse for that quarterback in Norman finishing with just one incompletion against UTEP.While we’re on Mason Rudolph records, he’s now gone five straight games without throwing an interception, the longest run of his career. He’s also thrown 147 straight passes without an interception, the second longest stretch of his career, and the third longest in OSU history.These are the kinds of things Heisman and conference title winners do.61.5Here is the stat myself, and many OSU fans, aren’t happy about. Tulsa was 16-26 on third downs for 61.5 percent efficiency. Here are the distances of the successful third down plays that turned into first downs: 16, 5, 2, 7, 10, 1, 10, 7, 14, 10, 7, 8, 1, 2, 1, 3.With TU’s strength on the offensive line and the run game, the short plays aren’t the real problem (though they’re not great). However, nine of the 16 were seven yards are longer. That is a problem and one that OSU had last year too.“I’m willing to bet more than eight of them were third and 10 or more, which is generally a conversion rate of about 18 percent,” said defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer after the game. “Without being able to spit it out right now, I’m going to guess it was everybody. That’s something we’ve got to get better at. You’ve worked too hard to get to that point. Everybody is fired up for third and 15, and we’ve got to get off the field.”Spencer is right the they have to figure out how to be better at getting OSU off the field on third down, especially long third-downs. If they don’t, it’s going to come back to haunt them against better competition.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Spalleti: Inter players deserve CL spot

first_imgInternazionale Inter players deserve Champions League football, insists Spalletti Joe Wright 23:37 5/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) rafinha mauro icardi - cropped Getty Images Internazionale Lazio v Internazionale Lazio Serie A A victory over Lazio is required to claim a top four place, but the club’s manager feels his side are worthy after showing resilience this season Luciano Spalletti thinks Inter have earned to right to Champions League football as they prepare for Sunday’s crucial Serie A showdown with Lazio.A win at the Stadio Olimpico will see Inter leapfrog Simone Inzaghi’s side into fourth place in the table, while any other result will hand the capital club the coveted spot.A run of eight games without a win in the middle of the season derailed Inter’s title challenge, but a return to Europe’s top competition for the first time since 2011-12 will largely make the season a success. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Spalletti does not think they necessarily deserve a top-four finish more than Lazio but he would consider it just reward for his players’ efforts this season.”No one can say who deserves it more,” he told a news conference. “We have hit the woodwork 13 times more than Lazio, and my team has been able to react at an important moment and put the league campaign back on track.”There are many aspects to take into consideration. I say that my players deserve it. I’ve seen so many matches where we deserved more.”Turning to the showdown, the manager outlined what his side needs to do in order to secure the three points needed to secure Champions League qualification. “Inter must be aggressive but without losing balance because Lazio are brilliant at playing directly with how they win the ball back and with their pace. We’ll have to be very alert to these situations.”Everything matters in matches such as this one: character, mental strength, balance, awareness of your own and the opponent’s abilities.”| #Spalletti: “For us, it’s vital that we make our extraordinary fans happy. In the end, they’re the most suitable people to offer judgements of our season. The fact that they’ve always turned up at San Siro is a sign of the good work that we’ve done.” #LazioInter pic.twitter.com/64mVthNbCQ— Inter (@Inter_en) May 19, 2018Regardless of Sunday’s result, Spalletti is confident Inter will not see their best players look to leave San Siro before next season.The 59-year-old is also feeling relaxed about his own future at the club.”The whole group knows they can do great things together,” he said. “Inter can achieve things and make the fans truly happy. Nobody wants to leave.”I really enjoy being here at Inter, I’m totally focused on what we’re doing. My contract is absolutely not an issue.”last_img read more

Spalletti: Sales need to sign Rafinha and Cancelo

first_imgTransfers Spalletti admits Inter must sell to secure Rafinha and Cancelo transfers Jamie Smith 01:51 5/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Rafinha Joao Cancelo Inter Getty Transfers Internazionale Serie A The Inter boss told reporters the club wants to make their loan deals permanent, but need to shrink the squad to free up funds to do so Luciano Spalletti admitted Inter will need to shrink the size of their squad this summer before the club can pursue permanent deals for loan duo Rafinha and Joao Cancelo, while also throwing doubt onto Mauro Icardi’s future at the club.Cancelo joined in August from Valencia while Rafinha came in during the winter from Barcelona, with both playing important parts in Inter’s fourth-place finish this season.However, while each player has a €35 million trigger in their loan deals to make the moves permanent, Spalletti conceded it will require the club to make sales in order to free up funds to make those deals happen. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “At the moment, Inter don’t have the chance to pay Valencia and Barcelona to buy Cancelo and Rafinha,” Spalletti told reporters. The club’s transfer situation is further clouded by questions over the future of captain Mauro Icardi, as the striker is a reported target for both Chelsea and Real Madrid.”It depends what he wants, keeping those who don’t want to stay is difficult,” Spalletti replied when asked about the talismanic forward.”That’s not the case with him, but I can’t sit here and tell you he won’t make a request, it depends what happens in the transfer market.”A professional can consider a different experience. Clearly, if important players leave it reduces your chances to grow, if other important players don’t arrive.”Questions do not only surround Inter’s players but Spalletti himself, as the experienced coach was expected to announce a new three-year deal at a news conference on Thursday.But Spalletti, who saw his side secure Champions League football with a dramatic last-day win away at 10-man Lazio, instead revealed he is happy with the current situation and is yet to pen an extension.| #Spalletti : “I thank the club for having given me the chance to experience this with these colours which I think suit me. I thank my staff, there was a lot of work to do.” #InterIsHere pic.twitter.com/oPRg4pudhR — Inter (@Inter_en) May 24, 2018 “I have a contract at Inter and I’m very happy,” Spalletti added. “For me, nothing would have changed had we not made the Champions League.”When you’re here, you realise that you don’t just sign to guarantee your salary. There’s no rush to sign the contract.”We want to continue to reduce the gap between ourselves and the sides ahead of us. We’ve already done a lot in this regard. If you look, the statistics on the team’s growth are encouraging.”The club has already started to move in a good way but we have to respect the financial side. Football has changed. Before the end of the month, we’ll have to look at the books and strengthen the club, just like everyone does.”last_img read more

Body recovered from wreckage of plane carrying Emiliano Sala: UK investigator

first_img Reuters LondonFebruary 7, 2019UPDATED: February 7, 2019 11:03 IST The agency did not disclose the identity of the body (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSA body has been recovered from the wreckage of the plane that was carrying Argentina-born player Emiliano SalaSala, 28, had been en route from Nantes on January 21 to make his Premier League debut for Cardiff CityThe wreckage was found on Sunday following a privately-funded underwater searchA body has been recovered from the wreckage of the plane that was carrying Argentina-born professional football player Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) in Britain said late on Wednesday.The agency did not disclose the identity of the body.Sala, 28, had been en route from Nantes in western France on January 21 to make his debut for Premier League team Cardiff City when the plane disappeared over the English Channel.The wreckage was found on Sunday following a privately-funded underwater search. Two seat cushions were discovered on the French coast that likely belonged to the aircraft.A body was visible inside when the wreckage was on the seabed near Guernsey, air accident investigators had said on Monday.The body was “successfully recovered” but attempts to recover the aircraft wreckage were unsuccessful, the AAIB said in a statement on Wednesday. The overall operation was brought to an end due to “poor weather conditions,” the agency said.Sala had agreed to join Welsh club Cardiff for a club-record fee of 15 million pounds ($19.63 million) from French Ligue 1 club Nantes. He and the pilot are believed to have died as the single-engined Piper Malibu aircraft crashed into the sea.On Saturday at Cardiff’s home Premier League match against Bournemouth, the Cardiff players held up a T-shirt bearing the image of Sala, who never played a game for the club, after the team scored in the fifth minute.Fans were handed daffodils as they entered the Cardiff City Stadium. In the 28th minute, a round of applause swelled around the stadium as fans sang Sala’s name.advertisementOn January 30, Nantes payed tribute to their former player. Referee Frank Schneider stopped play in the Ligue 1 match against St Etienne for a minute of applause during which Nantes coach Vahid Halilhodzic was in tears.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Emiliano Sala Next Body recovered from wreckage of plane carrying Emiliano Sala: UK investigatorEmiliano Sala, 28, had been en route from Nantes in western France on January 21 to make his debut for Premier League team Cardiff City when the plane disappeared over the English Channel.advertisementlast_img read more

Majority of professional coaches are failures as players: Shoaib Mohammad

first_imgMajority of professional coaches are failures as players: Shoaib MohammadFormer Pakistan opener Shoaib Mohammad questioned the need of professional coaches in modern cricket, after the Pakistan suffered a 0-5 loss at the hands of Australia in the ODI series, saying their role is overrated.advertisement Press Trust of India KarachiApril 2, 2019UPDATED: April 2, 2019 16:54 IST Former Pakistan opener Shoaib Mohammad questioned the need of professional coaches in modern cricket, after the Pakistan suffered a 0-5 loss vs Australia. (Reuters photo)HIGHLIGHTSShoaib Mohammad lashed out at coach Mickey Arthur after Pakistan’s 0-5 los against AustraliaShoaib questioned the need of professional coaches in modern cricket saying their role is overratedShoaib pointed out Sunil Gavaskar and Javed Miandad succeeded without the help of professional coachesFormer Pakistan opener Shoaib Mohammad has questioned the need of professional coaches in modern cricket saying their role is overrated and a majority of them are failures as players.Lashing out at Pakistan head coach, Mickey Arthur, after the team suffered a 0-5 drubbing at the hands of Australia in a five-match ODI series, Shoaib said just a coaching degree doesn’t guarantee success.”If you look at the number of international coaches nowadays and those in the past, you will notice majority of them were failures or average in their playing days. There are exceptions but majority are failures as players,” Shoaib, who is the son of the legendary Hanif Mohammad and played 45 Tests for Pakistan, told ‘GTV news.'”I think it is wrong to assume that if you have a coaching degree at any level you can be a good and successful coach. If a person has played top level cricket successfully, he has a far better chance at succeeding at management and coaching,” he added.Pakistan lost a full series against South Africa before going down to Australia and the 58-year-old said the team needs mentor more than a coach.”No number of written words, software programs or simulations of a particular situation in a cricket match can replace the experience, vision and psychological understanding a professional top player has,” he said.”He is far more likely to succeed in helping groom and guide a player or help a player who is facing motivational or technical problems. A degree in coaching is helpful but only if you have played cricket at the highest level,” he added.advertisementShoaib went on to cite examples of former India captain Sunil Gavaskar and Pakistan’s Javed Miandad, saying they succeeded without the help of professional coaches.”How did players like Hanif Muhammad, Sunil Gavaskar or Javed Miandad pile up records without coaches? They didn’t have coaches but they had mentors and that is what is needed in cricket.”Shoaib said he is sceptical about Pakistan’s chances in the World Cup because apart from the Champions Trophy title, he had seen little progress in the team.”Since the Champions Trophy it has been downhill in Test cricket and ODIs, so is the Australia series drubbing a surprise?””In the last three years, what is unfortunate is that these coaches have not been able to help even one batsman.””Our players have not been able to build up their ability to play long innings, develop game sense, show patience when required or have proper stroke selection or finish matches. This was very visible in the series against Australia,” he said.Also Read | Pakistan vs Australia: My most consistent series as batter, says skipper Aaron FinchAlso Read | Pakistan fined for slow over rate in 4th ODI vs AustraliaAlso Watch | Why not beat Pakistan and make sure they don’t qualify for World Cup semis: Sunil GavaskarFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow Shoaib MohammadFollow Pakistan cricketerFollow Cricket CoachingFollow Pakistan vs Australia ODIlast_img read more

Try This Trio of Tri-State Hikes

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Do you call the Tri-State Area home? Great! That means you’re talking about:Idaho, Utah, or Wyoming… Kentucky, Tennessee, or Virginia… Delaware, Maryland, or Pennsylvania… and so on. As it turns out, there are actually 62 points in America where three states meet. But the fact is, when most people say “Tri-State,” they are using shorthand for the greater New York Metropolitan area.And like most people, that’s what we mean.When you think of the greater New York City area, you might think of pushy pedestrians, Broadway musicals, towering skyscrapers, and comically large slices of pizza (or, as New Yorkers call them, “cheesy bread flaps”), but you likely don’t think of superlative opportunities for enjoyment of the outdoors. Why not? Because you’re stuck in a myopic bubble of malaise, Ed, that’s why. (If you’re name isn’t Ed, then I wasn’t talking about you, to be clear.)Related: Winter Hiking Gear 101The fact is that just a short drive away from the museums, coffee shops, and cheesy bread flap restaurants of downtown NYC, you can enjoy opportunities for hiking, biking, and piking! Though most people frown at the use of pikes (and all pole arms) these days, so perhaps you should skip that last one.(Actually, Skip the Piking…)Today, we’re going to talk about three great hikes near New York City that will make your day, but which can be completed between sunup and sundown, commute included. Campgaw Mountain – The Old Cedar Trail LoopFor the fittest among you, this loop hike could be a one hour trail run. For those of you who actually like to enjoy life, plan for about a two or two and a half hour hike, as the trail is about 3.3 miles long and does feature some elevation gain, though there is minimal difficult terrain. I’ll let you click this fancy hyperlink for driving directions and some trail info, but here’s the 4-1-1 on this pleasant half day hike. The trail will take you across wooden bridges, over streams forded by stepping from stone to stone, across old rock fences, and through open fields affording views of the countryside and, on a clear day, of downtown NYC itself. The trail is either clear to see on the ground and/or well blazed on trees for most of the route, so don’t worry about losing your way. Leashed dogs are welcome.Bald Mountain – The Doodletown LoopYes, you’re right: “Doodletown” is a silly name. But maybe it won’t seem so silly after you’ve completed this strenuous five mile hike, ey tough guy? Or maybe it will. Whatever. Anyway, here’s your handy link for directions to the trailhead location. This hike will have you gaining more than 1,000 vertical feet, 500 of which are achieved in about a half mile. That, for those not in-the-know, is rather a lot of elevation in a short amount of time. Not that the summit of Bald Mountain’s 1,080 foot height will have you gasping for breath in the thin air, or anything, but this is a good, challenging hike suitable as a training exercise before a more serious climb. It’s also a fine hike in and of itself, and will afford you views of waterfalls, rolling hills, and plenty of wildlife.Ramapo Mountain State Forest – Castle Point TrailThere are actually more than thirty miles of hiking trails and loops in Ramapo Mountain State Forrest Park, and you can choose loops as short as this three mile jaunt or that will take many hours to complete. For our purposes, let’s pretend we want to take it easy and take in some history, too. For example, you can explore the ruins of the Van Slyke Castle, a once opulent mansion that was built in the first years of the 20th Century and abandoned, left to fall into disrepair, by the 1950s. You’ll wrap around the eponymous Ramapo Lake (formerly known as Rotten Pond…) and you’ll enjoy views of NYC, the Wyanokie Mountains, and much more. This is a great family hike, so bring the kids. The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Bouldering 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention Your Guide to a Road Trip Across New York State All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Rankedlast_img read more

FINANCETREASURY BOARDBudget 20162017 Investments in the Annapolis Valley

first_img growing vineyards and wineries through research, market development, support for expansion and development of grape growing, and quality certification support funding for groups welcoming refugees English as a second language training to newcomers through the Teaching Immigrants English program funding for community facility projects funding for major sport and cultural events continued funding for sustainable transportation funding for a new P-12 school in Bridgetown construction of Granite Drive Interchange and Connector on Highway 101, a multi-year project beginning in 2016-2017 access to the New Building Canada Fund bringing high-speed Internet to more rural homes and businesses multi-year development of the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, enhancing care for all Nova Scotians and Atlantic Canadians. Budget 2016-2017 projects a $127.4 million surplus. The surplus includes a one-time revenue increase of $110.3 million in 2016-2017 because of federal and municipal contributions for the new convention centre in Halifax. The $110.3 million will go towards the debt to provide the fiscal capacity to launch a multi-year development of the QEII Health Sciences Centre. The budget’s net position is a $17.1 million surplus. Revenue for 2016-2017 is an estimated $10.3 billion, a 3.5 per cent increase from 2015-2016. Expenses are an estimated $10.1 billion, an increase of 1.2 per cent from 2015-2016. Government will invest $480.8 million in roads, schools, health care and public infrastructure in 2016-2017. For more information about the 2016-2017 provincial budget, visit www.novascotia.ca/budget. The people of the Annapolis Valley will benefit from investments to grow Nova Scotia’s wine sector, support new immigrants and improve infrastructure in Budget 2016-2017. “Our work and the sacrifices made by all Nova Scotians make the investments in today’s budget possible,” said Finance and Treasury Board Minister Randy Delorey. “This budget demonstrates what is possible when we stick to a plan and work together to build a stronger Nova Scotia.” Measures in Budget 2016-2017 for the Annapolis Valley include:last_img read more

Will somebody please give Norm Macdonald another TV show

first_imgAdvertisement “The only thing that would happen is I would destroy. Which leads to nothing.”It is a strange mix of confidence and fatalism.“I’m telling you, I know. As a matter of fact, if there was somebody writing a story about that night, I would not be mentioned.”I’d mention you, I tell him. This seems to have no effect.“I could do better than all of them. Which is possible. I’m not saying I’m better than them. I’m saying that on any night, I could do material that’s super strong and I’d probably be better than Rock’s material for the Oscars. But it leads to nothing.”Over the next four hours, Macdonald barely budges from his seat in the two-bedroom condo he recently bought in a planned community not far from the airport. But he does talk – about his first book, a kind of memoir that is overdue and torturing him, his various TV ideas, his various TV failures, his dashed dream of hosting a late-night talk show, Rodney Dangerfield, gambling, religion, Russian literature, his son, why he was “Saturday Night Live’s” best “Weekend Update” anchor ever, why he’s a terrible actor, his obsessive tweeting and his belief that nothing is more important professionally than being the greatest stand-up comic of his time. Five more times, he will get up to grab another Klondike. And then, around 2:37 a.m., he’ll stand up, lift up his shirt to rub his stomach and say, “Maybe I shouldn’t have had all six of those.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Norm Macdonald has just unwrapped his first Klondike bar when he mentions the Chris Rock show. Turns out he has a chance to appear at a surprise gig at the nearby Comedy Store that also includes Louis C.K. and Dave Chappelle.Wouldn’t performing in L.A. with the hottest comedians on Earth two nights before Rock’s much-anticipated #OscarsSoWhite hosting spot be good for his career?Macdonald, 56, shakes his head. His mouth is full of chocolate crust and ice cream, and he chews as he talks. He’s in his favorite chair, sneakers kicked off, ESPN on with the sound down. Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

4th man to die in custody of Winnipeg police this year was

first_imgPriscilla WolfAPTN NewsThe family of a man who died in the custody of the Winnipeg police say he was a “good guy” who loved his children.Randy Cochrane died July 14 after being confronted by Winnipeg police in the city’s notorious North End.“He was a good guy everybody does things that are not so good sometimes,” said Cochrane’s sister Kayla Barthelette. “But he was a good person he had 3 little girls he was a good dad to them he loved them so much.He loved everybody in his family. He had a big heart he always wanted to help everybody.”Cochrane is the fourth Indigenous man who has died in the custody of the Winnipeg police in 2019.According to a release by Manitoba’s Independent Investigation Unit who is looking into the incident, officers observed a man who appeared to be armed and bleeding.They started a foot chase and eventually Cochrane was taken into custody.Cochrane was the father of three girls.Police say he was agitated at the time of his arrest – and then he became unresponsive.Winnipeg Fire and paramedics were called and Cochrane was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.Monica Murdock, Cochrane’s cousin, says the Health Sciences centre told her family that Cochrane had a heart attack and had a high fever.She said they told here there were no other injuries on his body.“They took us into a room and they were talking to us and said they brought Randy in about 4:30 p.m. on Sunday unresponsive already with a fever of 40,” she said.Murdock says the family wasn’t allowed to see Cochrane’s body because they were told he died in police custody and the case is under investigation.“They wouldn’t let us see the body we were like can we see the body we were like can we just see him someone needs to identify him,” she said. “It’s Randy its his tattoos. I don’t know we said we won’t touch him we will just look at him.He’s all alone down there They said no.”The family is hoping his body will be released soon so they can hold a funeral.Since the matter involves a fatality in police custody, a request for a civilian monitor will be made to the Manitoba Police Commission.pwolf@aptn.calast_img read more

A fall to escape death turns fatal

first_imgKolkata: A crane operator at the Haldia Port died after he reportedly jumped off from his cabin to escape a fire that broke out in the crane on Saturday.It is alleged that there were no trained Disaster Management Group (DMG) personnel to deal with such kind of situations at the port. According to sources, on Saturday, around 8:30 am, a ship at the Haldia port was being loaded with coal. A mobile harbour crane was being used for the job. While doing so, somehow fire broke out in the crane. Soon, the fire started spreading on the berth number 13 where the ship was anchored. The fire brigade and port authorities were immediately informed. In the beginning, five fire tenders were pressed into action. But, as the intensity of the fire was high and the flames started spreading, five more fire tenders were sent later. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter the crane caught fire, the operator, Dravin Rai, (29) started shouting for help. He was desperately asking for help as he was stuck in the crane. To save him, some people on the ground arranged a net and spread it so that Rai could jump on it. They asked Rai to jump from the crane but as they were not trained for such situations and holding net, rescuers held the net close to the ground. When they asked Rai to jump on the net, he jumped to save himself from the fire. But the people who volunteered to help him could not hold the net tightly when he fell on it. Despite Rai jumped on the net, he hit the ground hard. As a result, he sustained serious injuries on his head and suffered multiple fractures on his body. Rai was immediately rushed to a hospital in Haldia. Later, he was further referred to a hospital in Kolkata. Though Rai was shifted quickly, but he succumbed to his injuries on Saturday night at the hospital in Kolkata. It is alleged that despite repeated requests port authorities have not taken any steps to look into the security of the workers at the Haldia Port. Employees of Haldia Port have sought concrete steps for proper safety and security of the staff.last_img read more

US subsidiary of Swedish firm to manage preconstruction phase of UN complex

Skanska USA Buildings “was selected in a competitive bidding process involving an extensive technical, contractual and commercial evaluation by the United Nations and independent outside senior industry experts,” Alica Barcena Ibarra, the Under-Secretary-General for Management, said at a press briefing.Renovations under the UN Capital Master Plan are expected to make the main UN Headquarters buildings more energy efficient and eliminate safety and health risks.”The signing of this agreement is a major step in making the UN Headquarters a safer and healthier, more secure and more energy efficient place for all of us who work here,” including UN staff, diplomats, journalists and the hundreds of thousands of tourists who visit every year, Ms. Barcena noted.Characterizing the contract wit Skanska as “one of the most complex contracts ever to be negotiated in the UN,” she expressed confidence that all necessary measures were taken to protect the world body’s interests.During the preconstruction phase, Skanska will assess existing design drawings, seek out potential means to save costs and provide detailed cost estimates. After being given the guaranteed maximum price for construction, the UN will come to a decision on awarding the final construction management agreement for the project.”This will be an enormous project that will touch every one of us who work in this building for many years to come,” the Under-Secretary-General noted, adding that it will be “both a headache and a blessing.”She also stressed the importance of safety, with several steps to bolster safety already having been taken, including improving signs throughout UN Headquarters, installing additional emergency lighting, replacing sprinkler heads on the existing sprinkler system and having fire guards patrolling the Secretariat building, among others.Ms. Barcena said she has been working closely with the New York City Fire Department and Marjorie Tiven, the city’s Commissioner for the UN, to improve the safety of New York’s first responders who would come to the aid of Headquarters in an emergency.Introducing the new Executive Director of the Capital Master Plan, Michael Adlerstein of the United States, to the media, she said his expertise will be a “tremendous asset” to the project. Mr. Adlerstein, who will assume his new role on 30 July, has worked on renovation projects ranging from the New York Botanical Garden to Ellis Island to the Taj Mahal.”I start next Monday with optimism and enthusiasm that we can execute this project within budget and on schedule,” he said. 27 July 2007The United Nations today signed a contract with the United States subsidiary of a Swedish firm which will oversee the preconstruction stage of the seven-year, $1.9 billion refurbishment of the world body’s New York Headquarters. read more

UN says cluster bombs found in Lanka

A report from a U.N. demining expert says unexploded cluster munitions have been found in northern Sri Lanka, appearing to confirm, for the first time, that they were used in that country’s long civil war. Tens of thousands of civilians and Tamil Tiger rebel fighters had been trapped in a tiny area of Puthukudiyiruppu as government forces attacked the area during the final weeks of the war. (Courtesy The Associated Press) The ordnance, which sprays dozens of small bomblets, is controversial when used in heavily populated areas like northern Sri Lanka because it can’t be precisely targeted and poses greater risk of hitting noncombatants. The bomblets that fail to detonate often kill civilians long after fighting ends. The revelation is likely to add momentum to calls for an international investigation into possible war crimes stemming from the bloody final months of fighting in the quarter century civil war that ended in May 2009. The government has repeatedly denied using cluster munitions during the final months of fighting. An email obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday from a top U.N. demining expert said unexploded cluster bomblets were discovered in the Puthukudiyiruppu area, where a girl was killed last month and her sister injured as they tried to pry apart an explosive device they had found to sell for scrap metal.The e-mail, which was dated Tuesday, said photographs showed cluster bomblets in the area where the children had been collecting scrap and in their house in the Puthukudiyiruppu region. read more