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EPA Hires Scientific Integrity Advocate

first_imgFor more than a decade, Francesca Grifo of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) advocated for improving scientific integrity policies at government agencies. When she commented on a draft of the policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2011, she wrote: “These are great principles but how will this happen? Who will monitor? Who will detect problems and enforce these strong words?”Well, it turns out, she will. EPA announced today that it has hired Grifo to oversee its new policy on scientific integrity. “It’s great news,” says Rena Steinzor of the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore, who studies environmental regulation and the misuse of science in environmental policy.Grifo is charged with overseeing the four main areas of EPA’s policy: creating and maintaining a culture of scientific integrity within the agency; communicating openly to the public; ensuring rigorous peer review; and encouraging the professional development of agency scientists.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(*)It sounds like a gargantuan task, but Grifo won’t actually be checking the integrity of every committee, scientific document, and peer review. Instead, she will be focusing on improving the process, says Michael Halpern, her former colleague at UCS. Part of the job will be educating staff members. Last week, EPA launched an online training guide for its staff members to make them aware of the policy and its protections. “It’s a cultural change so that [EPA] scientists feel they can participate in public life and the scientific community,” Halpern says, and better prepare them to deal with political pressure.If problems come to light, Grifo will help investigate. She will work with an internal Scientific Integrity Committee, as well as the inspector general. Her job is not a political appointment, so it comes with civil service protections. She will report to Glenn Paulson, EPA’s science adviser. Grifo will also issue an annual report about any incidents with scientific integrity at the agency.UCS has ranked EPA’s policy, which was finalized about a year and a half ago, as one of the stronger ones in the U.S. government. Unlike most other agencies, EPA’s plan called for a full-time position. “While strong improvements have been made on paper, we recognize that the agency is challenged in fully realizing those improvements” Halpern wrote in a blog post.Jeff Ruch of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility in Washington, D.C., says he is hopeful for progress. “She is coming from an organization that is probably responsible for the adoption of scientific integrity policies,” he says. “We think that these policies are potentially revolutionary. But progress has been slow and uneven.” It’s not clear, he says, what power she would have to bring relief in individual cases.last_img read more

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Metta World Peace says Fil-Am son gets PH passport, hopes to play for Gilas

first_imgAVC: Philippines loses second straight as Korea stays undefeated The former Lakers star, who is in town thanks to the efforts of SnippetMedia, shared that his son is working on his game in hopes of one day getting a nod to join Gilas Pilipinas, even going to as far as applying for a Philippine passport before he turned 16.READ: Metta World Peace arrives in Manila, satisfies Filipino food cravingFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“My son has been coming over to the Philippines and he’s very motivated. He’s working very hard. He’s going to be a senior next year. He’s very good academically and he got an offer from Yale and a lot of Ivy League schools. He can also play in Division I college also so he’s a very smart kid,” the NBA legend said.The younger Artest, who is a 6-foot-1 guard, is currently studying at Beverly Hills High School in California and is about to graduate in 2018. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Metta World Peace. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netFor Metta World Peace, having his Fil-American son Jeron Artest don the Philippine colors will be one of his biggest achievements considering that he has never been called up for national team duty.“I was never invited to play to the Olympics. They said that they don’t need a player like myself for the team. That was tough for me because I wanted to play in the Olympics. So anytime your kid gets a chance to play for the national team, I do feel like it’s special. To play for the national team is really something different,” he said on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT READ: Metta World Peace says he can still make an impact But World Peace knows that his son’s path to the national team—or any team for that matter—won’t be easy just because he’s the son of the former Ron Artest.“I told him it doesn’t mean that you’re my son is that you can play basketball in America, or you can play anywhere in the world and you’ll get to the team. You have to earn it,” he said. “And he’s working really hard. I’m so proud of him and I hope it all works out. He definitely wants to be on the team.”RELATED VIDEOMetta World Peace says Fil-Am son gets PH passport, hopes to play for Gilas4.9K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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(Reopens CES19)

first_imgShe asked to make a profile of all the 130 sports centres in the state so that schemes could be made for them to provide facilities while directing to organise state level games on the pattern of National Games.The department informed the top official that altogether 78 sports persons are being trained in different sport events in sports university while a target has been set to enroll 250 sports persons this year. PTI PVR SUS SUSlast_img

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Canucks’ Miller Blanks Devils, 2-0

first_imgVANCOUVER, British Columbia— Even though Ryan Miller didn’t know late Canucks coach Pat Quinn well, the Vancouver goalie went a long way to honor his memory.Miller made 20 saves for his second shutout of the season, and the Canucks beat the New Jersey Devils 2-0 on the night of Nov. 25.The win came after Vancouver held a pregame ceremony to remember Quinn, a former Canucks player, coach and executive, who died Nov. 23 in Vancouver.“It was pretty powerful,” Miller said. “I have gotten caught up on the history just in the last few days. It’s unfortunate I didn’t have more of an opportunity to interact with him. I’m not even sure how many games I was on the ice when he was coaching.”Alex Burrows and Shawn Matthias scored for the Canucks, who have won three of four.“This is a difficult day for a lot of people in this organization,” said Burrows, who returned after missing two games with an undisclosed injury. “It’s a sad day, but I thought we wanted to respond well and get the win.“I think, at the end of the day, that’s probably what Pat would have wanted the most.”Cory Schneider stopped 34 shots, but the Devils lost for the fourth time in five games. Schneider is winless in three tries against his former team after being traded to New Jersey in 2013.“They didn’t sit back,” Schneider said. “They dictated the way they wanted to play, and it seemed like we were trying to catch up all night.”Neither team scored in the first period, and the Canucks took a 1-0 lead into the third.The game was 8:30 old before the Devils recorded their first shot on goal. The Canucks posted 10 in that time en route to outshooting them 17-5 in the first period.Burrows put the Canucks ahead 1:14 into the second period. Standing almost even with the goal line, he deflected in Kevin Bieksa’s point shot. Burrows triggered the scoring play by applying pressure deep in the Devils zone and forcing a turnover.In the third, Burrows hit the post as he shot on a 2-on-1 rush. With just under seven minutes remaining in the final period, Miller foiled ex-Canucks forward Steve Bernier on a shot from the slot.About two minutes later, Matthias gave the Canucks a 2-0 lead. Schneider stopped him on a breakaway, but the rebound went in off the skate of Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky.“That’s kind of how it’s been a little bit this year,” Schneider said. “We’re still in games, and a late one like that, bad luck, bad bounce, whatever, kind of puts us out of it.”Before the game, a moment of silence was held for Quinn and a video tribute was played while Mark Donnelly sang Oh, Danny Boy.Bieksa said the tribute helped the Canucks come out “flying” with “a lot of emotion.”“I felt like I had a little bit of extra energy in my veins to start the game,” he said.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Exclusive: Secure or not? Minerva Punjab, Real Kashmir in war of words over Srinagar match

first_imgIt’s all been chaotic for Real Kashmir FC and Minerva Punjab FC ever since the Pulwama terror attack shook India. The attack that took the lives of 40 CRPF personnel affected a football match too that was supposed to take place in Srinagar. On February 18, there were supposed to footballing chants and banners and celebrations but in the end, there was silence – one that spoke only of chaos.All the chaos started because Minerva Punjab said they will not travel to Srinagar unless they get written assurance from any official security agency. Neither AIFF nor Real Kashmir could provide them with a written assurance. In a series of mails to AIFF, which are in possession of IndiaToday.in, Minerva asked for written security assurance from AIFF but to no avail.Ranjit Bajaj was adamant that he could not risk the lives of their players and could not have taken the responsibility in such turbulent times in Srinagar. On Monday at the TRC Turf Ground in Srinagar, Real Kashmir warmed up for the match but Minerva Punjab did not turn up.”We have only one thing, we have nothing against Real Kashmir to be honest. We just want that match to be shifted to a neutral venue or even if they want to have it in Srinagar, wait for sometime, let the situation calm down and then we are okay with travelling. They said it was safe to play but before the match only, there was an encounter going on one hour from Srinagar airport. So many were injured, the mastermind of the Pulwama attack was killed. This happened one hour away from Srinagar airport and it happened yesterday and the match is supposed to take place then.advertisement”Play to heal and all is great but you tell me what am I supposed to tell my 17-year-old boy, whose mother is calling me and saying ‘please don’t send my boy there, please don’t take him to the match’. Then what am I supposed to tell my foreign players whose embassies have strictly told them not to go there. How am I supposed to force them? What am I to say, that the match commissioner has said everything is okay? Is the match commissioner going to certify our security? We said please get any security agency certify our security. They have not been able to give us one written assurance,” Bajaj stated to IndiaToday.in.Bajaj picked up the point that Real Kashmir vs East Bengal was postponed to February 28 from February 10 due to snow and he could not understand while their match could not have been postponed after such a massive attack.”East Bengal’s game was postponed for 20 days because of three inches of snow. If three inches of snow makes it dangerous to play football there, then I think a bomb blast that has killed 40 people and then the next day killed five more people, makes it more difficult than three inches of snow. I don’t understand the logic that for snow, it can be postponed but for the worst terrorist attack in Jammu & Kashmir in 20 years, it can’t be moved. They have to understand I am responsible for each and every member of my team. If God forbid something happens to them, I have to answer to their parents. Telling me to go on verbal assurance of match commissioner is very unfair. We are not saying we don’t want to play, make us play anywhere anytime except Srinagar right now. I don’t know what the problem is.”We have been talking to I-League CEO and AIFF but they just don’t seem to understand. It’s so ironic that they are saying go and play in Srinagar but they are not willing to go there. The right thing to show that place is safe would have been if AIFF top brass, all descend in Srinagar and say everything is perfect. Themselves, they are sitting in Delhi and sending some match commissioner for the report.”Real Kashmir owner Chattoo, however, said that Bajaj had got the dates of the match changed earlier as well and that if he talks about the Indian Army, he should have had faith in them and should have come for the match.”This is very unfortunate. To be very honest, this is more than just unfortunate especially for us because we are in title hunt. We didn’t want any distractions, we play fair. 10 home games for everybody, every state has some problem so no club should use anything as an excuse for not playing anywhere. Whatever happened in Srinagar, all of us condemn it. Condemnation is no word but we are a football club, we are not a political party that we preach to anyone about these things,” Chattoo said.advertisement”Mr Bajaj got the date changed first, that nobody is aware of. He gave a lame excuse that tickets are not available for Srinagar and requested AIFF. We didn’t want a change in date because we do a lot of preparations for our games. We have a completely 100 per cent professional setup, we don’t deviate from our planning. Anyway when AIFF requested us, we said not an issue at all, they changed the date as per their convenience. In between this very unfortunate and horrific incident took place. But this is a game of football and has nothing to do with that incident.”In September Minerva was here for a friendly match, there was a complete shutdown, they could not even play and they went away. He had no problem at that time but this time, 60 kms away a very unfortunate incident has taken place and he is using that as an excuse that we can’t play because of this and because of that and because on my jersey, it is written Indian Army. On their jersey if it is written that they salute the Indian soldiers, they should have faith in the same Indian soldiers the way we have,” Chattoo complained.Chattoo further said that while Bajaj is talking around travel advisories from foreign embassies to players, he fails to realise that Real Kashmir have foreigners too and they all have no issue with the state in Srinagar.”Then he comes out with travel adversories from various embassies. The gentleman doesn’t realise, we have a Scottish coach, his son Mason Robertson he is playing with us. We have one from Ivory Coast, we have a player from Zimbabwe, we have a player from Ghana, we have six players from over the world and in addition to that, we have players from all over this country. It is the same.”Had the situation been so bad, we would have requested AIFF, ‘please we cannot hold the game here’, because we are responsible people. As the home team, the responsibility lies on us. We spoke to Mr. Ranjit Bajaj and told him that ‘your security is our problem’. Every team that has come here, you please ask them and verify how they have been treated. From the airport, they are escorted to their hotel and they are armed escorts even though they are not required. The hotel where they stay is 24 hours guarded, they come in a guarded convoy to the stadium. What else does he want? Is he different from others?” Chattoo questioned.The case is now in the Delhi High Court as Minerva have made the move against the All India Football Federation (AIFF). While AIFF released a statement on Monday after the match timings as they are contemplating further action against Minerva for their no-show, Ranjit Bajaj had already taken the case to the court.advertisement”We moved the court in the morning yesterday [Monday]. Till day before yesterday night, I was thinking that the AIFF guys will actually come up with something, we didn’t know they were going to say that ‘no you just have to play’ because the things that were happening, being shown on TV, people being shot every second, who will go for a match.”This is all AIFF’s way of turning things around. It was so bizarre that AIFF is tagging me in official tweet saying that ‘thank you you are coming for the match and Minerva Punjab is coming there’. One second later, Real Kashmir tweeted the same thing as if we had said to them that we are coming, making it look to the public that we have given a nod and then we are saying no. From the very first minute, we have been writing to them. we have written six letters and every letter said ‘we are not coming unless you give security assurances’.”AIFF don’t just write back. We haven’t got the match commissioner report and they have only submitted it. AIFF Committee has FSDL and Reliance in it so that is exactly what us 8 I-League clubs don’t want happening because they are controlling I-League. Right now I feel AIFF won’t be bothered about the committee but what the court says because we have gone to the High Court and if I know AIFF, they will wait for that decision,” Bajaj said.Real Kashmir, on the other hand, firmly believe that they deserve the three points from the match since Minerva did not show-up for the match and by rule book, that equals to forfeiting. In fact, Chattoo went ahead and said that Minerva are scared of playing Real Kashmir in Srinagar because of the team’s form.”Mr Ranjit Bajaj did not want to play us in front of our home crowd because here 25,000 supporters come out and they support their team vociferously. We defeated Minerva as the champions in their home ground and that was our first match, we were raw then, we have become more professional and more ruthless now. We are undefeated 12 games, we are at number 2.”So, if the gentleman doesn’t want to play, let him not spoil the name of the game. Why politicise, it’s not fair for anyone. Our three points are hung in between, how do you think our coach and the boys are feeling. But it has to go on. Our coach gave one and half hour lecture that it doesn’t matter, everybody is asking what about our three points. We are telling them, even if it has to be a rematch, we will make them lose 6-0 now. It’s unfair, we are also tired playing matches, almost at the fag end, the team is doing well. we don’t even make changes in the team, we stick with our family, it is a family to us,” Chattoo remarked.He further stated the turn of events from their end and explained their conversations with AIFF, claiming that even they have lost a lot of money after Minerva did not come for the match despite their arrangements.”Day before yesterday, we were told by AIFF that the tickets are booked for Minerva. We thought they will reach by day before yesterday and all security arrangements, clearances were there. Their armoured vehicle, their buses, everything was in place. When they didn’t turn up by the last flight then we felt that they are not coming.”We asked AIFF, now what are we supposed to do? They said may be they will come by morning. We said it doesn’t matter if they come, we will go to the field all ready to play they come or not. If they come we play them, if they don’t we need those three points, why not. What’s wrong in that? We went to the field and practiced. The match commissioner and the referees have been here for six days, they reported to AIFF that everything is perfectly alright then why does Mr Ranjit think that things are not alright here? Chattoo further raised questions.”Yesterday he reported that there is a shutdown, we tweeted live pictures and video of the stadium, outside the stadium, everywhere. All this is not going to help anything. We have nothing personal against him but the way he has behaved, it’s not fair. And going to the court for what? He should have gone to the court before the match so we would have known that he’s not coming. You know the kind of expenditure we have to make for hosting a game? It’s very unfortunate what he is doing. We defeated Chennai twice, their home and our home – the undefeated Chennai. That is the motivation our team has. That is who we are. Please don’t ruin all that, going to the court and all. We can also claim the damages but is it going to help the sport, no.”Minerva’s no-show has raised further issues for Real Kashmir as their final home game against East Bengal draws closer. East Bengal have also asked AIFF for a change in venue or date. They have also said that they won’t forfeit the match and will go to Srinagar if ‘forced’ by AIFF.However, Real Kashmir want to host East Bengal on February 28 amicably and even requested them to come for the match from their official handle and assured them security.”We sent an official tweet to East Bengal, requesting them to come here, giving them personal guarantee. I own a hotel in Srinagar, which is the headquarters of our club. We have said ‘you stay in our hotel with us’. What more can we do? Shamim and I ready to give in writing that your security is our personal responsibility’. We also have six foreigners here, we have 14 Indians here. You think if there would have been an iota of unrest in our surrounding, had our coach David Robertson been staying here, his embassy wouldn’t have pulled him out?”Also Read | Real Kashmir reveal reason for not tweeting on Pulwama. Very convenient, says Ranjit BajajAlso Read | We appeal AIFF to postpone Feb 28 Srinagar match but will go if ‘forced’ to: East BengalAlso Read | Minerva’s petition at Delhi High Court likely to come up for hearing on Friday: LawyerAlso Read | Bengaluru FC ready to play in Srinagar. Let’s do this, say Real KashmirAlso Read | Real Kashmir to East Bengal: Dear friends, come and play in Srinagar. Guarantee your safetyAlso Watch:last_img read more

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Monaco monotony: F1 is in trouble when even the drivers are bored

first_imgTopics Read more Support The Guardian Formula One Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Lewis Hamilton There’s a rule of thumb around talking down the product, a “doing a Ratner” kind of thing, and by God does it apply to sport. Such is the competitive nature of the business, and of the individuals involved, that saying anything remotely critical about an activity in general or a performance more specifically is about as likely as watching a free-to-air Test match.So the aftermath of the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday was quite something to behold. “This is probably the most boring race ever,” was Fernando Alonso’s considered opinion. “Extremely boring.” Lewis Hamilton began his remarks more cautiously – “It was a super-unexciting race for everyone” – but when a fan hollered his own opinion that it was the “most boring race ever”, Hamilton put his foot down. Sportblog Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Formula One 2018 The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coveragecenter_img Share on Pinterest Fernando Alonso Monaco Grand Prix is here to stay – with or without grid girls comment Motor sport “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is another phrase used in business and there’s certainly been a lot of fixing in F1 of late. Since Bernie Ecclestone relinquished the steering wheel to Liberty Media last year, the sport has changed its race times to encourage European TV audiences. It has realised women are people too and replaced grid girls with grid kids. It has got a new logo and will even unveil an international theme tune, composed by the bloke who did the score for Iron Man 3.All this could be seen as a certain amount of tinkering around the edges. More systemic problems in the sport are still visible from space. These include the massive financial disparities between teams that, for instance, meant Ferrari, second in the constructors’ championship, took home nearly 10 times the amount in payments from Formula One Management in 2017 than eighth-placed Haas. Then there are the regulations around aerodynamics, which go way over my head but have contrived to create a situation where only three teams have won a race since 2014.One final problem is the tracks themselves: F1’s global expansion by chequebook has occasioned circuits in Azerbaijan, Bahrain and elsewhere that have served up tedious fare regardless of the state of the tyres.All these problems are for the owner to work out and new aerodynamic rules come into effect next year. Perhaps Liberty could also ship Hamilton off to Baku with his planometer and see how he can shake things up. Whatever is planned, it might be best to do it quickly, however. Despite a slight uptick in the UK this year, the long-term trajectory for F1 viewing figures across the world is downwards.So maybe the fixes will come in and F1’s glory days will return. But with Nascar also experiencing a sharp decline, perhaps motorsport is experiencing something more existential.In the real world people still love their cars but they don’t necessarily enjoy driving them. Most journeys are characterised by snarl-ups and that platonic ideal of an empty, winding road is increasingly a myth (I sat in traffic in the Cairngorms last year, go figure). Perhaps the car is losing the romantic association it held in the public imagination for a century. After all, the last thing driving was supposed to be was boring. Share via Email Share on LinkedIn “Thank God you said it,” he replied. “I thought I was the only one. Wow, it was intensely boring. Oh my God, yes. Forty laps to go, I was like, ‘Oh God, please.’ When it finished, I was like, ‘Thank goodness.’”Reading those remarks back, they look a little odd. It’s a bit like Hamilton has belatedly read the room and realised no one is in the market for a “I think the team did a great job” analysis. Alternatively, it’s how he actually feels and he’s delighted at being given licence to talk about it and he could go on for days. Either way it looks a bit weird.The technical explanation for Sunday’s snoozefest centred on the choice of tyres. Pirelli’s hyper-soft range, as well as sharing the marketing language usually reserved for toilet paper, were the sort that wear down easy. The faster that cars drove on them the quicker they would need changing and that might run the risk of taking more than one pit stop, a potentially catastrophic tactical error. So everyone drove slowly.Hamilton diagnosed another problem with the race, however, and that was Monaco itself. The picturesque principality, so beloved of leathery old men and their unbuttoned lilac shirts, does not have quite the right topography for modern Formula One. But Hamilton has a plan to fix that. “I spoke to Prince Albert the other day and said maybe we should make it longer,” he said. “There are more roads so maybe we can change this great track and make it even better. Or maybe the format should change.” Just chuck that in at the end there, why don’t you.A civil engineering subcommittee of Hamilton and Prince Albert is a prospect that naturally excites. Lewis lives in the principality, of course, and surely knows the streets well, flaneuring around the more obscure routes as he contemplates how little tax he pays. Albert, meanwhile, not only shares Hamilton’s elite sporting credentials (he was unfailingly selected for the Monaco bobsled team in the 80s and 90s whenever the then-heir to the Monégasque throne put his name forward), he also goes by the nickname “the Plugged-in Prince” because of his penchant for electric cars. These two men getting together over a Pschitt! and contemplating optimal traffic flow couldn’t fail to get lap times down by a second or two. Read more Since you’re here… Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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9 days agoNicolas Pepe agent: I was convinced of Napoli move

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nicolas Pepe agent: I was convinced of Napoli moveby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Nicolas Pepe has revealed how the winger almost didn’t join Arsenal this summer.Pepe was on the verge of leaving Lille for Napoli before the Gunners broke their transfer record by paying £72m for his signature.Relayed by Corriere dello Sport, Mario Giuffredi said: “I was in Dimaro, convinced Napoli had got him.”Unfortunately, however, other factors come into play and when we talk of commissions, Napoli are limited in certain operations.”Then the agents have also made their interests”. last_img read more

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Karan Oberoi rape case: Attack on complainant planned by her lawyer?

first_imgKaran Oberoi rape case: Attack on complainant planned by her lawyer?The attack on the 34-year-old woman, who accused actor Karan Oberoi of rape and extortion, was allegedly planned by her lawyer Ali Kaashif Khan.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 2, 2019UPDATED: June 2, 2019 11:40 IST TV actor Karan Oberoi.HIGHLIGHTSThe attack on 34-year-old, who accused Karan Oberoi of rape and extortion, was masterminded by her lawyer Ali Kaashif Khan.The attackers have been identified as Zishan Ansari (23) and Altamash (22), Jithin Santosh Kurian (22) and Arafat Ahmed Ali (21).One of the attackers confessed that the lawyer had assigned them the task of threatening his client for money.The 34-year-old woman, who accused actor Karan Oberoi of rape and extortion, was attacked last week (Saturday) by two people riding a sports bike, while she was taking a morning walk. It has emerged that the attack was masterminded by her lawyer Ali Kaashif Khan, the police told The Times of India.A case was registered against two unidentified people under section 324 (Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and other relevant sections. According to the complaint, the pillion rider on the sports bike slashed the victim’s hand with a sharp object. He also threatened her of an acid attack, following which he threw a sheet of paper on the road and asked the victim to read it.The attackers all of whom are students were identified as brothers Zishan Ansari (23) and Altamash (22), Jithin Santosh Kurian (22) and Arafat Ahmed Ali (21). The police told the publication that Ali is a distant relative of the victim’s lawyer and during the interrogation confessed that he had “assigned them the task of threatening his client for money.”The police is looking for the lawyer Ali Kaashif Khan and an accomplice.A police officer told The Times of India, “The motive behind the attack will be clear only after the lawyer is arrested. The lawyer’s name cropped up after one of the four arrested men said that it was the lawyer who had discussed the attack with them and paid them some money. The planning was done four-five days before the attack. The attackers were given a proper daily schedule of the victim’s morning walk. Accordingly, Zishan, who is doing his BCom, and his brother Altamash, who is pursuing BMM, planned the attack while Ali rode the two-wheeler belonging to Zishan and Kurian slashed at the victim’s arm before he threw the paper scribbled with the words Take The Case Back’. He also showed her a bottle threatening to attack her with acid.”advertisementOberoi was arrested on May 6 and was sent to 14 days of judicial custody by an Andheri court. An FIR was registered against him under sections 376 (rape) and 384 (extortion) of the Indian Penal Code. According to the FIR, the actor allegedly raped the woman on the pretext of marrying her.The FIR also stated that Oberoi not only raped the woman and filmed the act but also demanded money from the victim and threatened to release the video if she did not pay the requisite sum.Also read | Karan Oberoi rape case: Victim attacked in MumbaiGet 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 Tags :Follow Karan Oberoi Nextlast_img read more

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Quebec judge hears first arguments against provinces faceveil law

first_imgMONTREAL – A Quebec Superior Court justice promised on Friday to deliver a ruling as soon as possible regarding a request for a temporary suspension of Quebec’s controversial face-covering law.Justice Babak Barin heard arguments on a challenge of the legislation, known as Bill 62, which forces people to remove face coverings when receiving or giving a public service.Marie-Michelle Lacoste, a Quebec woman who wears the veil, as well as the National Council of Canadian Muslims and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association launched the challenge last week.Lawyer Catherine McKenzie asked the court for a temporary suspension of the section of the law that forces public sector employees and private citizens to have their face uncovered when giving or receiving public services.McKenzie argued the article in question violates the right to equality and freedom of religion, which are guaranteed by the Quebec and Canadian charters, and should be declared invalid.She said the matter is urgent, given the significant impact on Muslim women who wear the veil on a daily basis.McKenzie added the damages to those women would be irreparable.The ban took effect in October and extends to attending class in Quebec’s public educational institutions or boarding public transit in the province, although people can don the face coverings again once they have shown identification on the bus or subway.Two women who wear the full veil said in sworn statements submitted to Barin they fear having to remove the veil to receive government services.One said she only uses the subway to get around because she dreads how bus drivers will react. She also only attends classes at McGill University because the institution said it wouldn’t force anyone to remove their veil.Both say aggressive behaviour and insults have increased since the law took effect.While the law calls for accommodation in certain cases, those provisions aren’t in force like the rest of the legislation.Eric Cantin, lawyer for the province, argued there is a presumption that when a government passes a law, it is in the public interest. He said the plaintiffs didn’t provide enough evidence to show that wasn’t the case.Cantin said the arguments made in the statements of the two Muslim women were weak and represented only “concerns” of possible discrimination.He said according to their declarations, the women are able to receive the same services as they did before the law went into effect.Lacoste told reporters after the hearing that Cantin is wrong with regards to his claim that the plaintiffs didn’t face actual discrimination.“He doesn’t know what he’s talking about,” she said. “I invite him to walk in my shoes for one week.”last_img read more

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FN education panel facing secrecy concerns

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt has only made one stop, but the government’s blue-ribbon panel on education is already raising suspicions that it’s not as independent as the government claims.The panel on First Nation education started its journey across Canada last week looking for answers on how to improve education for First Nation youth.It was created by the Assembly of First Nations and Ottawa.During the panel’s first visit in Akwesasne on Friday, government officials were very protective of the panel, even asking reporters for questions ahead of time.The tactic prompted the AFN to send out a statement.“We want to ensure that the panel is independent and seen to be independent and, for that reason, the AFN will be advising (Aboriginal Affairs) of our concerns about any appearance of control (by the department),” the statement said.last_img read more

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Hearthwrenching delay for families waiting for inquest into Thunder Bay student deaths

first_imgAPTN National NewsSix teenage boys were found drowned and a teenage girl was found asphyxiated from an alcohol related incident.Their deaths happened at different times, but they were all students attending the same high school in Thunder Bay, Ont.An inquest was called into their deaths in 2012, but now the families have been hit with more delays.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has this story.last_img

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Indices log 9th straight session fall

first_imgMumbai: Indian equities fell for the ninth session in a row on Monday as investors fretted about health of non-banking finance sector, US-China trade tensions and uncertainty over poll outcome.In their longest losing streak in years, the BSE Sensex crashed over 372 points and the NSE Nifty dived nearly 130 points on sustained sell-off across the board. In the past nine sessions, the Sensex has lost 1,940.73 points and the Nifty has given away 599.95 points. The BSE index widened its loss towards the fag-end of the session on emergence of intense selling in financial stocks as fresh concerns over liquidity crunch re-emerged. In percentage terms, however, Sun Pharma was the biggest loser with 9.39 per cent drop. Intra-day, the pharma major’s shares tanked over 20 per cent. Other top Sensex laggards were Yes Bank, Tata Steel and Indusind Bank — falling as much as 5.58 per cent.last_img read more

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Walmart eliminates dedicated president role for Jetcom unit

NEW YORK — Walmart is eliminating the position of president at its Jet.com subsidiary, which it acquired in 2016, as it further merges the rest of its team with its namesake online operations.As part of the changes, Jet.com’s president, Simon Belsham will leave in August. Strategy and management of Jet.com will fall under Kieran Shanahan, who will continue to oversee food, consumables, health and wellness for Walmart.com.Walmart said Wednesday that Jet.com will continue to operate, and there are no layoffs planned.Walmart has been integrating much of Jet.com with Walmart.com since its $3 billion acquisition. Last year, Walmart repositioned Jet.com to focus more on urban shoppers. The acquisition has helped Walmart jumpstart its e-commerce business and has led to new offers like two-day free shipping and next day delivery.Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press read more

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Cabinet approves taking legal action against UPFA

Buses of the Sri Lanka Transport Board have also been provided for the public to participate at United People’s Freedom Alliance political rallies and only Rs. 50 Million has been provided as an advance for this. Cabinet has approved a proposal to take legal action against the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to secure outstanding payments for Government buses used by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa during the last Presidential election.The Minister of Internal Transport Ranjith Madduma Bandara presented to the Cabinet of Ministers the details relating to the expenditure incurred by institutions coming under his Ministry during the last Presidential Election. The Cabinet was informed that a claim has been sent to the General Secretary of the United People’s Freedom Alliance requesting a payment of Rs. 142.5 Million on account of unsettled dues in this regard but no action has been taken to settle this outstanding payment.Cabinet was also informed that a nearly 50 feet stretch of the wall of the Shalika Grounds has been demolished owing to the usage of the ground for Presidential election meetings. This included an expenditure of Rs. 8.2 Million incurred by the National Transport Commission on account of an event where the former President met the Bus owners, drivers and conductors on the 6th December 2014. The Cabinet of Ministers took note of the details and decided to take legal action to get the payments due and to obtain compensation for the damage that had been caused. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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China demands US drop latest sanctions over Iran oil

BEIJING — China has demanded that Washington drop sanctions imposed on Chinese companies and executives for transporting Iranian oil.The foreign ministry on Thursday criticized the use of U.S. laws against Chinese companies and called on the Trump administration to “immediately correct the wrong approach.”A ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, said China’s dealings with Iran are in line with international law “and must be respected.”The penalties announced Wednesday by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo apply to six Chinese companies and their chief executives. They include units of major Chinese state-owned companies.Geng said Washington “disregards the legitimate rights and interests of all parties and wields the stick of sanctions at will. It tramples on the basic norms governing international relations.”The Associated Press read more

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Annan calls on Israel to halt destruction of Palestinian homes in Gaza

According to UN relief teams, 2,197 people have lost their homes following the demolition of 191 homes throughout Gaza in the first 15 days of May, with Rafah the worst-affected area. There was also news of Israeli military plans for a more extensive round of house demolitions in Gaza.”[The Secretary-General] repeats his call on the Government of Israel to fulfil its obligations under international law as it acts to ensure its security. As the occupying power, it must cease such acts of collective punishment immediately, and to refrain from further grave violations of international law,” Mr. Annan’s spokesman said in a statement.Asked earlier by reporters about the destruction of housing in Gaza, the Secretary-General said: “I am really distressed that [it] continues. It really is causing a very difficult and painful situation for the people of Palestine.”Meanwhile, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has opened a school to house the latest victims of the destruction and is distributing tents, food, water, kitchen kits, mattresses and blankets. The Agency estimates that it will cost $32 million to re-house the 18,382 people who have lost their homes across the Gaza Strip.UNRWA Commissioner-General Peter Hansen said the Agency now “has the job of dealing with the human tragedy behind each demolition – the distressed children in its schools, the homeless families in need of basics like blankets, food and water, and the communities shaken by the stress of ceaseless conflict.”He also stressed that his agency is facing severe under-funding of its Emergency Appeal for 2004 and is unlikely to receive all the resources it needs to meet the needs of the homeless. Already, many thousands of people have waited more than two years for the agency to provide them with new, permanent shelter. read more

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