‘Maratha Kranti Morcha’ leader floats political party to press for quota

first_imgAgainst the backdrop of a growing schism among Maratha community leaders agitating for a quota, Suresh Patil, one of the supposed convenors of the ‘Maratha Kranti Morcha’, floated his own political on Thursday with the sole aim of securing reservation for the Maratha community. However, the launch, which took place at the historic Raireshwar Temple in Bhor taluk, 85 km from Pune, has come under fire from other leaders within the Morcha who are strongly opposed to the formation of any political party to press for reservation demands.Mr. Patil named his party the ‘Maharashtra Kranti Sena’ after caving in to pressure from other Morcha coordinators who have issued appeals to community members not to support any political party using the word ‘Maratha’ in its name. He also claimed the backing of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Udayanraje Bhosale, an important Maratha leader from SataraMr. Patil further said the nascent party would contest in five seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha election.Leaders within the Maratha Kranti Morcha and the Sakal Maratha Samaj — the two umbrella outfits spearheading the quota agitation — distanced themselves from Mr. Patil’s new party hours after its launch.Morcha coordinators from Mumbai, led by Mahesh Rane, protested near the Raireshwar Temple, while other Maratha community leaders from Pune, Nashik and Aurangabad among other districts in the State disclaimed Mr. Patil’s association with the two umbrella organizations that have played a critical role in mobilizing the community in its political demands.They dubbed Mr. Patil as an agent provocateur, acting on behalf of the ruling party and accused him of sowing discord within the pro-quota agitation before the elections.“He [Mr. Patil] is nothing but an agent of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party who has been deliberately unleashed with the objective to break the Maratha agitation for reservation,” said Mr. Rane, speaking to The Hindu.Remarking on Mr. Patil’s “close ties” with senior BJP leader and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Shantaram Kunjir, a Morcha coordinator from Pune said that Mr. Patil’s contribution had been “minimal” throughout the quota agitation movement that had been characterized by collective decision-making.“Right from the start, we were resolute that the ‘Maratha Kranti Morcha’ will not transform into a political outfit lead by individuals trying to hog the limelight and seek political gains,” Mr. Kunjir said, pointing out that the Maratha agitation had always been unique in the sense that it had no formal political leader or political party at its helm.In Nashik, Morcha leaders accused Mr. Patil of piggybacking on the movement’s popularity for selfish gains.Praveen Gaikwad, a prominent community leader, said that the move [of floating a political party] would benefit the ruling BJP government as it sought to isolate and divide the Maratha community.Not a firstThis is not the first instance where the agitation has been riven by factionalismEarlier, Abasaheb Patil, another prominent Morcha coordinator, had gone on an indefinite strike in Parli in Beed district and had attempted to declare Parli as the future ‘nerve-center’ to decide the course of the agitation — a move which did not sit well with the other leaders.After staging 58 gargantuan muk morchas (silent rallies) that shook Maharashtra in their sweep and magnitude since August 2016, the Morcha had called for an intensification of its agitation on the reservation issue in June this year. However, the rifts within the leadership have come into sharp relief especially as the protests, no longer ‘silent’ in nature, turned steadily violent and aggressive.On July 30, Chakan MIDC in Pune witnessed an unprecedented bout of violence following a shutdown call issued by the Morcha.Likewise, the August 9 Maharashtra ‘bandh’ called by the Morcha saw agitators go on a vandalism spree in Aurangabad district’s industrial hub in Waluj, damaging property in more than 60 firms and plants amounting to more than ₹20 crore.While a section of the Morcha coordinators have warned of resuming an indefinite protest from December 1 if the State government failed to grant a quota to the Maratha community, there appears to be no consensus on decision-making within the Morcha leadership.last_img read more

Twitter’s science stars, the sequel

first_imgWe listed. You tweeted (often in outrage). We listened (mostly). And now we’re doubling down on our recent list of Twitter’s 50 most popular researchers with a revision that names 100 of the most followed scientists on the social media platform. (See below for that list, or download our updated spreadsheet, which marks the additions in red.)The first list—in case you missed it last month—was part of a story examining the use of Twitter by scientists, prompted by the furor that had erupted over the so-called Kardashian Index (K-index). This metric, whose inventor says he meant it in fun, compared a researcher’s number of Twitter followers with the number of citations to his or her academic papers. Our story explored why some highly respected scientists had embraced tweeting, but we also made a stab at compiling a list of the most followed researchers on Twitter, which online we dared to headline “The top 50 science stars of Twitter.”Well, make a list of the “best,” “worst,” or “top” and you’re asking for trouble. Many, including biologist Jonathan Eisen, who was one of our original top 50 and who has argued that tweeting helps his career, took to Twitter to question why we conferred stardom based on a simple ranking of follower number, with some calling that a meaningless popularity contest. Others suggested alternative ways to measure the impact a scientist has on Twitter, among them retweets, direct mentions, and Klout Score. Euan Adie of Altmetric probably took the most serious look at an influence-based ranking of science-themed Twitter accounts with this blog post on the “The Real Science Stars of Twitter.”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(*)And then there were the many Twitter stars we failed to spot. We had clear criteria and an explicit methodology (repeated below the revised list), but the original list had numerous and notable omissions—sorry, Francis Collins (@NIHDirector) and Sylvia Earle (@SylviaEarle), for example! And kudos to Noah Gray (@NoahWG) who noticed that rock star (and Ph.D. astrophysicist) Brian May fit our criteria—he’s now #12 on our new list.Some decried the lack of scientists of color or female scientists on our list—just four women made the top 50, for example—and noted that our search strategy, which started with a handful of Twitter celebrity scientists and looked at who they followed, likely biased our discoveries toward white males. In our story, we took the identified gender disparity at face value and explored some reasons why women might avoid Twitter or be less followed. But a slew of women scientists are clearly popular on Twitter—the hashtag #womentweetsciencetoo quickly collected an impressive list, most if not all noted in this blog post, and we’ve added those with the most followers. We also reviewed several other public Twitter lists, including the lengthy BLACKandSTEM created by Stephani Page (@ThePurplePage), for other omissions.In the end, we added anyone suggested to Science who met our criteria and who had more than 11,600 followers, enough to qualify for 50th position in the original list. We also opened the list to economists, as their field has its own Nobel Prize and is represented by one of the sections of AAAS (the publisher of Science). The result: Our list more than doubled in size and now includes a large number of newly added women. But few women cracked the revised list’s top 50—just seven—which now has a threshold of more than 33,000 followers, versus 11,600 in the original list. The newly added economists, 18 in total, are partly to blame; they are highly followed on Twitter and are predominantly male. (We list the top 100 below, but our spreadsheet includes additional suggestions that pushed the total beyond that.)A note to doctors: Our original list included several highly cited physician researchers who we didn’t notice bypassed our Ph.D. requirement. We’ve kept the originals on the new list but declined suggestions that we add other M.D.-only physicians—perhaps they can petition a medical journal to create their own list of Twitter stars? Other than that, we’ve made our best effort to include everyone who qualifies.And with that, here’s 100 of the most followed scientists on Twitter …1. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist2,460,000 followers @neiltysonCitations: 159 K-index: 11,220Total number of tweets: 4,001Hayden Planetarium, United States2. Brian Cox, Physicist1,450,000 followers @ProfBrianCoxCitations: 33,531 K-index: 1,193Total number of tweets: 10,400University of Manchester, United Kingdom3. Mike Massimino, Mechanical engineer/astronaut1,290,000 followers @Astro_MikeCitations: 5,459 K-index: 1,898Total number of tweets: 1,556NASA, United States4. Paul Krugman+, Economist1,250,000 followers @NYTimesKrugmanCitations: 139,845 K-index: 651Total number of tweets: 5,754Princeton University, United States5. Richard Dawkins, Biologist1,030,000 followers @RichardDawkinsCitations: 49,631 K-index: 748Total number of tweets: 19,300University of Oxford, United Kingdom6. Ben Goldacre, Physician345,000 followers @bengoldacreCitations: 1,086 K-index: 851Total number of tweets: 47,400London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom7. AndrÌ© Kuipers, Physician/astronaut332,000 followers @astro_andreCitations: 6,344 K-index: 465Total number of tweets: 1,749European Space Agency8. Phil Plait, Astronomer325,000 followers @BadAstronomerCitations: 254 K-index: 1,276Total number of tweets: 47,300Bad Astronomy, United States9. Michio Kaku, Theoretical physicist315,000 followers @michiokakuCitations: 5,281 K-index: 468Total number of tweets: 1,139The City College of New York, United States10. Nouriel Roubini, Economist313,000 followers @nourielCitations: 17,484 K-index: 317Total number of tweets: 10,200New York University, United States11. Sam Harris, Neuroscientist231,000 followers @SamHarrisOrgCitations: 2,416 K-index: 441Total number of tweets: 2,725Project Reason, United States12. Brian May, Astrophysicist/guitarist206,000 followers @DrBrianMayCitations: 34 K-index: 1,539Total number of tweets: 8,002Imperial College London, United Kingdom (& Queen)13. Hans Rosling, Global health scientist185,000 followers @HansRoslingCitations: 1,703 K-index: 395Total number of tweets: 2,733Karolinska Institute, Sweden14. Tim Berners-Lee, Computer scientist183,000 followers @timberners_leeCitations: 51,204 K-index: 132Total number of tweets: 556Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States15. Richard Florida, Economist177,000 followers @Richard_FloridaCitations: 36,537 K-index: 142Total number of tweets: 45,800University of Toronto, Canada16. Nobuo Ikeda, Economist170,000 followers @ikedanobCitations: 2,026 K-index: 343Total number of tweets: 47,500Agora Institute, Japan17. Jeffrey D. Sachs, Economist164,000 followers @JeffDSachsCitations: 112 K-index: 837Total number of tweets: 5,865Columbia University, United States18. P. Z. Myers, Biologist156,000 followers @pzmyersCitations: 1,364 K-index: 358Total number of tweets: 25,700University of Minnesota, Morris, United States19. Alexander Gerst, Astronaut154,000 followers @Astro_AlexCitations: 163 K-index: 697Total number of tweets: 2,250European Space Agency20. Steven Pinker, Cognitive scientist145,000 followers @sapinkerCitations: 49,933 K-index: 105Total number of tweets: 1,674Harvard University, United States21. Richard Wiseman, Psychologist135,000 followers @RichardWisemanCitations: 4,687 K-index: 209Total number of tweets: 22,600University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom22. Ryugo Hayano, Nuclear physicist124,000 followers @hayanoCitations: 956 K-index: 319Total number of tweets: 56,500University of Tokyo, Japan23. Toshiyuki Masui, Computer scientist122,000 followers @masuiCitations: 3,338 K-index: 210Total number of tweets: 29,900Keio University, Japan24. Marion Nestle, Nutritionist118,000 followers @marionnestleCitations: 7,176 K-index: 159Total number of tweets: 3,944New York University, United States25. Dambisa Moyo, Economist104,000 followers @dambisamoyoCitations: 1,612 K-index: 226Total number of tweets: 2,084Barclays, United Kingdom26. Lawrence M. Krauss, Theoretical physicist104,000 followers @LKrauss1Citations: 10,206 K-index: 125Total number of tweets: 1,632Arizona State University, United States27. Danah Boyd, Social media scientist103,000 followers @zephoriaCitations: 16,274 K-index: 107Total number of tweets: 4,755Microsoft Research, United States28. Karen Nyberg, Astronaut103,000 followers @AstroKarenNCitations: 87 K-index: 570Total number of tweets: 856NASA, United States29. Atul Gawande, Surgeon/public health scientist98,100 followers @Atul_GawandeCitations: 14,106 K-index: 107Total number of tweets: 2,139Harvard University, United States30. Nassim Taleb, Statistician79,100 followers @nntalebCitations: 6,523 K-index: 110Total number of tweets: 427New York University, United States31. Oliver Sacks, Neurologist77,800 followers @OliverSacksCitations: 13,883 K-index: 85Total number of tweets: 754New York University, United States32. Dan Ariely*, Psychologist/behavioral economist74,300 followers @danarielyCitations: 16,766 K-index: 76Total number of tweets: 1,098Duke University, United States33. Alice Roberts, Clinical anatomist 68,900 followers @DrAliceRobertsCitations: 1,850 K-index: 143Total number of tweets: 8,333University of Birmingham, United Kingdom34. Freek Vonk, Biologist68,400 followers @freekvonkCitations: 653 K-index: 199Total number of tweets: 6,523Naturalis Biodiversity Center, the Netherlands35. William Easterly*, Economist63,200 followers @bill_easterlyCitations: 41,935 K-index: 48Total number of tweets: 9,817New York University, United States36. Justin Wolfers, Economist62,600 followers @JustinWolfersCitations: 9,314 K-index: 78Total number of tweets: 16,600University of Michigan, United States37. Jim Al-Khalili, Theoretical physicist60,900 followers @jimalkhaliliCitations: 2,052 K-index: 123Total number of tweets: 9,165University of Surrey, United Kingdom38. Tim Noakes, Sports scientist48,200 followers @ProfTimNoakesCitations: 1,306 K-index: 112Total number of tweets: 13,100University of Cape Town, South Africa39. Austan Goolsbee, Economist47,700 followers @Austan_GoolsbeeCitations: 4,924 K-index: 73Total number of tweets: 2,624University of Chicago, United States40. Eric Topol*, Geneticist46,100 followers @EricTopolCitations: 152,453 K-index: 23Total number of tweets: 5,035The Scripps Research Institute, United States41. Kaushik Basu, Economist45,800 followers @kaushikcbasuCitations: 11,476 K-index: 53Total number of tweets: 2,089World Bank42. Tyler Cowen, Economist45,600 followers @tylercowenCitations: 4,388 K-index: 72Total number of tweets: 11,200George Mason University, United States43. Dani Rodrik, Economist45,500 followers @rodrikdaniCitations: 67,680 K-index: 30Total number of tweets: 10,500Institute for Advanced Study, United States44. Brian Greene, Theoretical physicist39,900 followers @bgreeneCitations: 11,133 K-index: 47Total number of tweets: 197Columbia University, United States45. Melanie Greenberg, Clinical psychologist37,600 followers @DrMelanieGCitations: 1,924 K-index: 77Total number of tweets: 82,300Private practice, United States46. Joseph E. Stiglitz+, Economist35,200 followers @JosephEStiglitzCitations: 169,474 K-index: 17Total number of tweets: 166Columbia University, United States47. Sylvia Earle, Marine biologist/oceanographer35,100 followers @SylviaEarleCitations: 890 K-index: 92Total number of tweets: 1,625National Geographic, United States48. Marcus du Sautoy, Mathematician34,800 followers @MarcusduSautoyCitations: 1,472 K-index: 78Total number of tweets: 3,572University of Oxford, United Kingdom49. Francis Collins*, Physician-geneticist 34,200 followers @NIHDirectorCitations: 124,119 K-index: 19Total number of tweets: 531National Institutes of Health, United States50. Sean Carroll, Theoretical physicist33,800 followers @seanmcarrollCitations: 14,373 K-index: 36Total number of tweets: 7,352California Institute of Technology, United States51. Robert Winston, Fertility scientist32,200 followers @ProfRWinstonCitations: 7,359 K-index: 43Total number of tweets: 446Imperial College London, United Kingdom52. Jared Bernstein, Economist31,200 followers @econjaredCitations: 5,310 K-index: 46Total number of tweets: 3,288Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, United States53. Bruce Betts, Planetary scientist29,000 followers @RandomSpaceFactCitations: 91 K-index: 158Total number of tweets: 1,666The Planetary Society, United States54. Carolyn Porco, Planetary scientist26,700 followers @carolynporcoCitations: 2,741 K-index: 49Total number of tweets: 12,900Space Science Institute, United States55. Adam Grant, Organizational psychologist26,500 followers @AdamMGrantCitations: 4,317 K-index: 42Total number of tweets: 1,452The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, United States56. Sebastian Thrun+, Computer scientist25,800 followers @SebastianThrunCitations: 54,907 K-index: 18Total number of tweets: 187Stanford University, United States57. Jonathan Eisen*, Biologist25,600 followers @phylogenomicsCitations: 41,804 K-index: 20Total number of tweets: 47,237University of California, Davis, United States58. David “Danny” Blanchflower, Economist24,600 followers @D_BlanchflowerCitations: 16,960 K-index: 25Total number of tweets: 42,094Dartmouth College, United States59. J. Craig Venter, Genomicist24,200 followers @JCVenterCitations: 75,931 K-index: 15Total number of tweets: 373J. Craig Venter Institute, United States60. Vaughan Bell, Neuroscientist24,200 followers @vaughanbellCitations: 836 K-index: 65Total number of tweets: 10,997King’s College London, United Kingdom61. Robert Simpson, Astronomer22,300 followers @orbitingfrogCitations: 7,968 K-index: 29Total number of tweets: 11,600University of Oxford, United Kingdom62. Michael E. Mann*, Meteorologist21,700 followers @MichaelEMannCitations: 15,214 K-index: 23Total number of tweets: 20,500Pennsylvania State University, United States63. Dean Baker, Economist21,300 followers @DeanBaker13Citations: 10,758 K-index: 25Total number of tweets: 7,285Center for Economic and Policy Research, United States64. Amy Cuddy, Social psychologist21,300 followers @amyjccuddyCitations: 6,175 K-index: 30Total number of tweets: 4,017Harvard University, United States65. Mark Thoma, Economist20,800 followers @MarkThomaCitations: 799 K-index: 57Total number of tweets: 42,100University of Oregon, United States66. David Eagleman, Neuroscientist20,100 followers @davideaglemanCitations: 2,768 K-index: 37Total number of tweets: 1,482Baylor College of Medicine, United States67. Jerry Coyne, Biologist20,100 followers @EvolutionistrueCitations: 16,817 K-index: 21Total number of tweets: 7,380University of Chicago, United States68. Noah Smith, Economist19,900 followers @NoahpinionCitations: 5,483 K-index: 29Total number of tweets: 34,800Stony Brook University, United States69. Gary King*, Political scientist19,800 followers @kinggaryCitations: 36,858 K-index: 16Total number of tweets: 3,104Harvard University, United States70. Sinan Aral, Information sciences19,100 followers @sinanaralCitations: 3,306 K-index: 33Total number of tweets: 5,696Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States71. Mike Brown, Astronomer18,700 followers @plutokillerCitations: 7,870 K-index: 24Total number of tweets: 9,888California Institute of Technology, United States72. Pamela L. Gay, Astronomer18,400 followers @starstryderCitations: 248 K-index: 73Total number of tweets: 12,900Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, United States73. Jean Francois GariÌ©py, Neuroscientist18,100 followers @JFGariepyCitations: 187 K-index: 78Total number of tweets: 3,247Duke University, United States74. Robert Metcalfe, Computer scientist16,600 followers @BobMetcalfeCitations: 5,251 K-index: 25Total number of tweets: 16,300University of Texas, Austin, United States75. Daniel Gilbert+, Psychologist16,200 followers @DanTGilbertCitations: 28,576 K-index: 14Total number of tweets: 1,301Harvard University, United States76. Daniel Levitin, Neuroscientist15,800 followers @danlevitinCitations: 5,852 K-index: 23Total number of tweets: 3,040McGill University, Canada77. Paul Bloom, Psychologist15,700 followers @paulbloomatyaleCitations: 14,369 K-index: 17Total number of tweets: 2,009Yale University, United States78. Andrew Maynard, Environmental health scientist15,600 followers @2020scienceCitations: 10,543 K-index: 19Total number of tweets: 16,300University of Michigan Risk Science Center, United States79. David Grinspoon, Astrobiologist15,600 followers @DrFunkySpoonCitations: 2,914 K-index: 28Total number of tweets: 9,736Library of Congress, United States80. Pascal Wallisch, Neuroscientist15,400 followers @PascallischCitations: 85 K-index: 86Total number of tweets: 1,118New York University, United States81. Dorothy Bishop, Neuropsychologist15,400 followers @deevybeeCitations: 28,848 K-index: 13Total number of tweets: 14,800University of Oxford, United Kingdom82. John Lennox, Mathematician15,400 followers @ProfJohnLennoxCitations: 2,443 K-index: 29Total number of tweets: 71University of Oxford, United Kingdom83. Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Cognitive Neuroscientist15,200 followers @sjblakemoreCitations: 12,819 K-index: 17Total number of tweets: 5,661University College London, United Kingdom84. Matt Lieberman, Neuroscientist15,000 followers @social_brainsCitations: 13,099 K-index: 17Total number of tweets: 3,128University of California, Los Angeles, United States85. Seth Shostak, Astronomer14,800 followers @SethShostakCitations: 427 K-index: 49Total number of tweets: 299SETI Institute, United States86. Amy Mainzer, Astronomer14,700 followers @AmyMainzerCitations: 1,516 K-index: 33Total number of tweets: 2,295Jet Propulsion Laboratory, United States87. Katie Mack, Astrophysicist14,600 followers @AstroKatieCitations: 364 K-index: 51Total number of tweets: 44,300University of Melbourne, Australia88. Daniel MacArthur, Genomicist14,500 followers @dgmacarthurCitations: 7,208 K-index: 20Total number of tweets: 15,800Harvard Medical School, United States89. John Allen Paulos, Mathematician14,400 followers @JohnAllenPaulosCitations: 1,494 K-index: 32Total number of tweets: 4,167Temple University, United States90. Ves Dimov, Immunologist14,300 followers @DrVesCitations: 224 K-index: 58Total number of tweets: 32,300University of Chicago, United States91. Simon Baron-Cohen, Psychopathologist14,100 followers @sbaroncohenCitations: 85,757 K-index: 9Total number of tweets: 121University of Cambridge, United Kingdom92. Catherine Qualtrough, Astrophysicist13,700 followers @CatherineQCitations: 187 K-index: 59Total number of tweets: 107,000University of North Carolina, Charlotte, United States93. Deborah Berebichez, Physicist13,100 followers @debbiebereCitations: 12 K-index: 137Total number of tweets: 7,039ThoughtWorks, United States94. Uta Frith, Cognitive scientist13,000 followers @utafrithCitations: 49,700 K-index: 9Total number of tweets: 3,645University College London, United Kingdom95. Karen James, Biologist12,900 followers @kejamesCitations: 1,032 K-index: 32Total number of tweets: 62,600Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, United States96. Brian Krueger, Genomicist12,800 followers @LabSpacesCitations: 156 K-index: 59Total number of tweets: 35,800Duke University, United States97. Helen Czerski, Physicist/oceanographer12,300 followers @helenczerskiCitations: 61 K-index: 76Total number of tweets: 2,211University College London, United Kingdom98. Michael Eisen, Biologist12,300 followers @mbeisenCitations: 69,270 K-index: 8Total number of tweets: 16,400University of California, Berkeley, United States99. Trisha Greenhalgh*, Public health scientist12,200 followers @trishgreenhalghCitations: 23,930 K-index: 11Total number of tweets: 11,700Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom100. Robert Geller, Seismologist12,100 followers @RjgellerCitations: 6,261 K-index: 17Total number of tweets: 3,772University of Tokyo, JapanSome on our list also appear on the 2014 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list (*) or the Scholarometer’s top 100 authors (+) ranking, and each is noted with a symbol; Micah Allen had slightly fewer followers than Robert Geller on the day we verified numbers, making Geller #100Survey methods (adapted from original story):The list of most followed scientists compiled here is far from scientific. To identify Twitter science stars, we began with celebrity scientists such as Neil deGrasse Tyson and checked out which scientists they followed. We also referenced online lists of scientists to follow on Twitter. Follower number is, of course, a very crude proxy of influence on Twitter, but it’s the most accessible metric for the purpose of this story.The question of who counts as a scientist is itself a matter of debate. As a general guideline, we included only those who have completed a Ph.D. science degree and have published at least one peer-reviewed paper in a peer-reviewed journal. As an exception to this rule, we excluded professional journalists who fit the above criteria.We recorded the number of Twitter followers, tweets, and citations for our revised list on 30 September. To tally the number of citations for each scientist, we looked up their Google Scholar profiles or, for those without a profile, used estimates produced by the Publish or Perish software, developed by business professor Anne-Wil Harzing of ESCP Europe. Due to limitations of both methods, the citation numbers are only rough estimates and likely undercount actual citations. This number is particularly problematic for certain names. For example, there’s no easy way to distinguish physicist Brian Cox of the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom from physiologist Brian Cox of the University of Toronto in Canada in calculating the former’s citation count.The K-index is calculated as follows: In his commentary, using data gathered on 40 scientists, Neil Hall derived a formula for calculating the number of Twitter followers a scientist should have given one’s citation count. The K-index is the ratio of the scientist’s actual follower number to the follower number “warranted” by the citation count.An Excel document with all the data collected is here.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo not among 5 footballers under scanner in Spain for tax offences

first_imgReal Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t among the footballers under scanner from the Madrid prosecution for tax offences, according to the Madrid prosecution on Wednesday.The Madrid prosecution accused three footballers of tax offences and initiated proceedings against two other players, stemming from data made available by Spain’s tax authority, reports Efe.Prosecution officials mentioned that Ronaldo is not among the five players under scrutiny but denied providing information regarding the identities of the five suspects.Ex-Madrid players Xabi Alonso, Angel Di Maria and Ricardo Carvalho are reportedly being charged. Former Atletico Madrid Radamel Falcao and Real Madrid full-back Fabio Coentrao are being reportedly investigated.The Madrid prosecution added that they endorsed the precautionary measure from the judge to preclude personal, financial and tax information that was acquired illegally, which might affect the investigations.A group of European media organisations have reported that Ronaldo have siphoned off at least $150 million in income through off shore tax haven accounts since 2009, adding the Spanish tax authorities are investigating his affairs for the last 12 months.Ronaldo’s agency Gestifute denied any wrongdoing, saying its client has fully compliant with all of his tax obligations.Real Madrid have also called for the “utmost respect” to be shown to Ronaldo, saying the Portuguese is “up to date with all of his tax obligations.”Madrid’s statement, as per ESPN said: “In view of the stories published over recent days and in consideration of the certificate issued by the Spanish Tax Agency which confirms that our player Cristiano Ronaldo is up to date with all of his tax obligations, Real Madrid C.F. call for the utmost respect to be shown towards Cristiano Ronaldo, whose conduct has been absolutely exemplary throughout all of his time at our club.”advertisementlast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd midfielder Mata insists good relationship with Mourinho

first_imgMan Utd midfielder Mata insists good relationship with Mourinhoby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Juan Mata insists he has a good relationship with Jose Mourinho.United signed Mata for £40million in 2014 after then Chelsea boss Mourinho made it clear the midfielder did not fit into his plans.Two years later, Mourinho was appointed United manager. Mata told the Daily Mail: “I have no personal bitterness towards him at all.”My football is not perfect for his idea of football. That’s what happens.”I was at Chelsea, player of the year for two years, everything was rosy and then he arrived with a different approach, which I respect because there is not only one approach in football.”So there was a football reason. I take it like it is. I went to United and after some time, he came to United, too.”I feel content and happy with myself because again the easiest decision would have been to leave, knowing his approach and my qualities.”But I didn’t leave and despite what many people said and wrote, I played more than people expected.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Transport Minister Highlights Important Role of MAJ

first_img “We intend, within eight months, to take some Bills through Parliament [namely] the Maritime Labour Convention, Maritime Pollution and Ballast Water Bills. If we do not sign on to the Labour Convention and enact the laws, we will continue to deny our people opportunities,” Mr. Montague argued. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) is slated to play a critical role in the economic development of the country. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) is slated to play a critical role in the economic development of the country.Making his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives recently, Mr. Montague said that Jamaica is geographically situated at a most opportune place on most shipping lanes.However, he highlighted that the absence of critical legislation is holding back the country from benefiting fully from the sector.“We intend, within eight months, to take some Bills through Parliament [namely] the Maritime Labour Convention, Maritime Pollution and Ballast Water Bills. If we do not sign on to the Labour Convention and enact the laws, we will continue to deny our people opportunities,” Mr. Montague argued.It is estimated that just under 3,000 persons work within the maritime sector.“We can double that over time, once we sign the Convention and enact the laws. This will clear the way for shipping companies to employ many more Jamaicans, not only as officers but as crew,” the Minister said.“We will be able to get more housekeepers, spa technicians, cooks, waiters and bartenders. Shipping companies will not recruit wholesale from those countries which do not sign to these agreements,” he added.Meanwhile, Mr. Montague said the MAJ is moving to strengthen its mandate as some of the functions of the Authority are being carried out by the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ).“This became so, as the PAJ was the developer of the ports and had to fill the gap. The MAJ has now matured and will be assuming its full role as set out in the law,” he said.On the matter of bunkering, Mr. Montague pointed out that big ships pass through the country’s waters and, as such, the need for fuel will increase as the ships can take more cargo if they set sail with less fuel, knowing that they can get fuel in Jamaica,” the Minister noted.He noted that this is an opportunity being actively pursued, adding that, currently, “there are three firms doing bunkering, and we want to see more”.The Minister told the House that the country is far advanced in divesting its ship registry, and that by year end, this should be achieved.“Our new partner will be able to do more marketing, thus our earnings will increase. The maritime industry is set to grow, thus spreading the prosperity to more homes and the economy,” Mr. Montague said. Story Highlights Making his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives recently, Mr. Montague said that Jamaica is geographically situated at a most opportune place on most shipping lanes. last_img read more

DSME Bags USD 539 Million Containership Deal

first_img My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) from South Korea has been awarded a contract for the construction and delivery of six containerships including four optional units worth a total of USD 539 million.The 10,000 TEU fuel-efficient Post-Panamax ships were ordered by a UK-based shipping company Zodiac Maritime and they will be on a long-term charter contract with Hyundai Merchant Marine.DSME further revealed in a regulatory filing to the Korea Stock Exchange that it will deliver the vessels by the end of May 2016 from its Okpo shipyard. Print  Close World Maritime News Staff, December 17, 2013; Image: DSMElast_img

Fincantieri CSSC Forge Shipbuilding Ties

first_imgzoomBy courtesy of Fincantieri S.p.A., all rights reserved Italian shipbuilding major Fincantieri and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the extension of industrial cooperation to all segments of merchant shipbuilding.Under the agreement, the duo is planning to expand cooperation beyond the cruise sector into the oil & gas industry; cruise-ferries; mega-yachts; special vessels; steel infrastructures; marine engineering and equipment procurement. The plan also covers the establishment of a supply chain in the cruise segment in China, according to a joint press release.To this end, Fincantieri and CSSC will establish a joint working group, composed of 6 members with appropriate technical expertise, 3 selected by each side.The group aims, by the end of the year, to conclude the preliminary activities: to define potential opportunities for each of the areas identified for the collaboration, to analyze the market size and to identify preferential sales channel, to analyze potential partnership among CSSC and Fincantieri group companies or its network of suppliers.“This agreement is a further recognition of our decision to access to the great potential represented by China. Acting as a first mover for the shipbuilding, today we are able to create new opportunities for small and medium-sized companies of our supply chain, through the successfully consolidation of the relations with the major groups of the country in this sector, and, at the same time, to continue to do the same in the West, taking advantage of the cruise segment boom and maintaining the acquired leaderships,”  CEO of Fincantieri Giuseppe Bono said.In February 2017 Fincantieri, CSSC and Carnival Corporation signed a contract for the construction of two cruise ships, with an option for additional four, at the Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS) shipyard.The group also signed a letter of intent (LOI) with CSSC and the Shanghai City’s district of Baoshan for the development of the supply chain mainly dedicated to cruise activities, as well as shipbuilding and maritime. The Italian shipbuilder has also inked a deal  with Huarun Dadong Dockyard (HRDD) in the field of ship repair and conversions, aimed at serving the cruise ships based in China.last_img read more

SL complain to ICC about green pitches inadequate training facilities

first_imgLondon: Complaining of step-motherly treatment meted out to them in the ongoing World Cup, an exasperated Sri Lanka has expressed dissatisfaction at the types of pitches provided, inadequate training and transport facilities apart from below-par accommodation. Sri Lanka team manager Ashantha de Mel has written to the ICC, stating that Sri Lanka were made to play on two green decks in Cardiff, where they lost to New Zealand before defeating Afghanistan, whereas other teams who played on same venue were provided high-scoring pitches. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevDe Mel said another green track awaits Sri Lanka ahead of their match against Australia on Saturday. “This is a World Cup where the top 10 countries are taking part and I feel that all the participants should be treated equally. What we have found out is that for the four matches we have played so far at Cardiff and Bristol the ICC has prepared a green pitch, and at the same venues where the other countries have played the pitches are brown and favourable for high scoring,” De Mel told Sri Lankan newspaper ‘Daily News’. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsThe match between England and Bangladesh at Cardiff saw 666 runs being scored (England 386/6 and Bangladesh 280), while game between Australia and India at the Oval witnessed a total 668 runs on flat brown track. “The pitch being prepared for our match against Australia on Saturday here at the Oval is green. It is not (a case of) sour grapes that we are complaining but it is very unfair on the part of the ICC that they prepare one type of wicket for certain teams and another type for others,” said De Mel.last_img read more

Creeping over Cuba

first_imgAlready embarked upon overthrowing Venezuela’s socialist government, the Trump administration is now renewing its efforts to squash Cuba as well, and Title III of the 1996 Helms-Burton Act is joining an arsenal of weapons employed by the US in what Cubans regard as genocidal aggression. This is the latest addition to the US’ long record of implacable hostility toward Cuba, which features terror attacks, military invasion, germ warfare, internal subversion, and almost 60 years of economic blockade. Devoid of natural resources and ready for US plunder, Cuba offends by having defended socialism and national independence. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe Helms-Burton law is complex, but it centres on tightening the economic blockade against Cuba, preparing for a transition government, and, by means of Title III, inflicting suffering and destabilisation. Title III opens the door for the former owners and the heirs of properties nationalised by Cuba’s revolutionary government to bring actions in US courts to gain compensation for what they lost. These live in exile, mainly in the United States. Persons or companies presently occupying such properties, or profiting from them, and who are located in third countries, would be required by the courts to pay off the aggrieved parties. Because the properties are in Cuba, the courts would lack direct enforcement capabilities, but that doesn’t mean the US can’t use the courts’ decisions to wreak havoc on Cuba’s drive for foreign investment. Also Read – Insider threat managementIn 1996, when the law was introduced, the European Union and other critics insisted that the US government delay implementation of Title III. It did so, and for the next 23 years, at semi-annual intervals, the United States announced one six-month delay after another. But a new era dawned on January 16 when the State Department declared that this time suspended implementation would end at 45 days. Something was up. On March 4, the State Department indicated that in 30 more days, Title III would be applied to the foreign and Cuban “traffickers” in nationalised properties. Also, Title III would, as of March 19, be extended to 200 Cuban enterprises controlled by Cuban security forces or state agencies, many of them connected with Cuba’s tourist industry. The US government in November 2017 had already put those facilities off-limits to US tourists. As of early April, international investors, aid agencies, and business-persons active or looking to be active in Cuba will be facing vast uncertainties. The former owners of nationalised properties may be suing them in US courts. Concerned about a slippery slope of US disfavour, they may cease involvement with Cuba. And what with unsettling news, foreign lenders may shy away from possibly risky loans for projects in Cuba. Title III promises what Cubans call “extraterritorial” effects. It further universalises the application of the US blockade which, potentially involving all countries, violates their sovereignty. But in a Machiavellian twist, the State Department will apparently wield the “trafficking” charge selectively. Cuban analyst Reinaldo Taladrid Herrero explains: “The road to Havana passes through Caracas.” Specifically, “They are going to exempt all businesses of countries allied with the United States, above all Canada and the European countries…. Implementation will be centred on adversary countries like Russia, China, and Venezuela.” Others share his views. Title III violates international law, according to Russia; Cuba solidarity groups have protested. A few business-oriented US groups oppose Title III out of concern that future US commercial ventures in Cuba would be vulnerable. Cuba’s government argues that nationalisation was and is legal according to international norms and court decisions in the United States. Cuba has sought satisfaction from the United States for deaths and destruction due to US assaults. Negotiations taking place briefly during the Obama era looked at balancing Cuba’s claims with US demands stemming from nationalisation. Title III means major trouble for Cuba. The government there is presently mounting an effort to bolster the nation’s economy. Foreign investors will assume a major role in the project. They would provide $2.5 billion annually toward building or refurbishing Cuban institutions, companies, and infrastructure. But any goodwill on their part may well evaporate once threats loom as to court actions in the United States. The availability to the Cuban people of food, health care, schools, building supplies, medicines, and transportation rests on loans and export income from abroad and on income from joint ventures with foreign entities. By 2014, Cuba needed $2.5 billion annually in direct foreign investment. The fact that food imports alone currently require an annual outlay of $2 billion suggests that current requirements are greater. Title III contains the seeds for havoc in the event that Cuba’s socialist government is no more and the United States takes charge. According to Cuba’s Granma newspaper, Cubans “would be forced to return, reimburse, or pay US claimants for the house in which they live, the area on which their communities are built, the arable land where they cultivate produce, the school where their children are educated, the hospital or polyclinic where they receive medical assistance.” Cuban Journalist Lázaro Barredo, formerly editor of Granma, summarises: “Helms-Burton literally has no precedents in the legal history of the United States. [It] constitutes an attack on sovereignty within the international community [and] represents political terrorism.” Helms-Burton would “extend US jurisdiction to other countries in an extraterritorial manner with the perverse intention of frightening, scaring, blackmailing, or dissuading persons interested in investing in Cuba.” We see a decision “to repossess the island, annex it, and move it toward total subordination to the United States.” This report closes with a condemnation of the generalised cruelty and cynicism that is rooted in the strategic thinking of US power brokers. For example, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, presiding at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on March 7, heard testimony from “Cynthia Arnson of the U.S.-funded Wilson Center.” She “agreed with Rubio that ‘widespread unrest’ is useful, but cautioned that … ‘starving people don’t get out in the streets.'” In other words, a little starving is OK, but not too much.( The author practiced and taught pediatrics for 35 years and long ago joined the Cuba solidarity movement. He writes on Latin America and health issues for the People’s World. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Liberia UN mission builds safe house for victims of sexual violence

The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has built a new safe house for survivors of sexual violence in the capital, Monrovia, and helped refurbish a former jail to ease overcrowding in the West African country’s prison system.The safe house, which has been handed over to a local non-governmental organization (NGO) to operate, was built as part of a $24,000 project that was also supported by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).The head of UNMIL and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Liberia, Ellen Margrethe Løj, handed over the keys to the safe house in a ceremony yesterday in Monrovia. She stressed that sexual and other forms of gender-based violence must be stopped if the country is to fully advance after years of civil war and misrule.“Any woman or girl who falls victim to this sort of violence, especially rape, is really having her possibilities for contributing to society greatly diminished,” Ms. Løj said.At the safe house, the survivors and victims receive psychosocial support, basic literacy and numeric skills development, vocational training and other life skills, such as information about reproductive health and HIV/AIDS awareness.In Zwedru, the capital of Grand Gedeh county in eastern Liberia, UNMIL has helped re-open the rehabilitated National Palace of Corrections, which will become the country’s largest prison facility.Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu, the Deputy UN Envoy in Liberia, said she hoped the changes made to the centre will greatly improve both the living conditions for prisoners and the working conditions for correctional staff.“We must look to this facility to provide not only immediate security to society by housing those committed by the courts, but also to provide those persons with a fresh start in life and an opportunity for a brighter and more purposeful future when they eventually rejoin society upon release,” she said.First opened in 1979, the National Palace of Corrections – which has room for 294 prisoners – operated for a decade until the civil war prompted its closure.UNMIL staff have given Liberian corrections officers training in human rights, fair treatment and helping inmates learn skills to be useful members of society. 14 June 2008The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has built a new safe house for survivors of sexual violence in the capital, Monrovia, and helped refurbish a former jail to ease overcrowding in the West African country’s prison system. read more

Slow progress reported in talks as GM strike enters 3rd day

DETROIT — Union and company bargainers are making progress toward a new contract as a strike by United Auto Workers brought 33 General Motors factories to a halt continued into its third day.Committees working on thorny issues such as wages, health insurance costs, use of temporary workers, and new work for plants slated to close worked until early evening Tuesday and are scheduled to resume bargaining early Wednesday.UAW spokesman Brian Rothenberg said the talks were moving slowly but progressing.More than 49,000 workers walked off their jobs on Monday in a dispute over the union’s quest to get a bigger share of GM’s profits and the company’s goal of cutting labour costs so they’re closer to those at U.S. auto plants run by foreign companies.Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Annan denounces Iraqi terror attack as seeking to undermine peace and democracy

“The Secretary-General appeals to all Iraqis to refrain from all acts of violence, put aside their differences and work together in a spirit of national reconciliation,” a statement issued by his spokesman said of a suicide car bombing in Hillah, in which more than 110 civilians, police and National Guard volunteers were reportedly killed and at least 130 injured.”Ultimately, the foundations of a new Iraq can only be built through peaceful means, based on dialogue, mutual understanding and compromise,” the statement added.The attack, the most deadly since the 30 January elections, came as Mr. Annan’s Special Representative for Iraq, Ashraf Qazi, has held talks across the full political spectrum in Iraq in an effort to ensure that all elements participate in writing the new constitution, the main task of the new assembly, especially in view of the very low voter turnout and consequent representation of Sunni Arabs.Shiite Muslim Arabs, who voted in large numbers, are estimated to constitute about 60 per cent of the population, while Kurds – who also turned out en masse for the polls – and Sunni Arabs make up about 20 per cent each. read more

More than 91000 litres of oil spilled from derailed Saskatchewan train

JANSEN, Sask. – A freight train jumped the tracks in southeastern Saskatchewan Tuesday and spilled more than 91,000 litres of oil.The accident happened as the Canadian Pacific Rail (TSX:CP) eastbound train was rolling through an area near the village of Jansen, about 150 kilometres southeast of Saskatoon.The company said five cars derailed, but only one leaked its contents. A total of 575 barrels hit the ground, said spokesman Ed Greenberg.“There is one car that was leaking product,” Greenberg said. “It has been contained into the area around the car.”The leaking car was well back in the 64-unit train and remained upright. The other four cars were on their sides.Excavation equipment was being sent to the site to build a wall of dirt to further contain the spill.Reeve Bruce Elke with the rural municipality of Jansen was content with the way the situation was being handled, although he noted he was seeding his farmland and had not been to the scene.“My understanding was that it wasn’t that big a spill and everything is going well,” Elke said.Oilspills of any sort have been increasingly under the microscope as debate rages over how best to get Canadian oil to foreign markets.CP Rail has been increasing crude shipments as production ramps up from the oilsands and pipeline companies struggle to increase capacity quickly. Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) moved more than 30,000 carloads of crude to various North American markets last year and believes it can double that business in 2013.However, in New York earlier this month, Prime Minister Stephen Harper suggested rail was a riskier way to go while stumping for U.S. approval of the Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to the Gulf Coast.Tuesday’s spill marked at least the third involving a CP train in the last few months.In April, about 20 freight cars, including two that were carrying light sweet crude oil, went off the tracks near White River, Ont., about halfway between Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie. While it was initially thought that only 630 litres of oil leaked, the total was revised to about 63,000 litres.In March, a Canadian Pacifictrain derailed in Minnesota. At the time, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said 76,000 litres leaked onto the still-frozen ground.In January a Canadian National train collided with a road grader near the community of Paynton in Saskatchewan. Police said at the time that about 1,000 litres of oil leaked from two tankers in that crash.Greenberg said the train that detailed Tuesday was carrying other products besides oil, but there was no indication they were hazardous.“It was a mixed freight train, so there were other rail cars with other commodities on it.”Firefighters from Jansen were called in as a precaution.The Transportation Safety Board of Canada was sending an investigator to the site. More than 91,000 litres of oil spilled from derailed Saskatchewan train AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted May 21, 2013 6:22 pm MDT read more

Grade 9 students get taste of work life at Brock

Grade 9 students Laurel Natale (left) and Susan Eaglesham participated in Take Our Kids to Work Day at Brock on Wednesday. By noon Wednesday, Laurel Natale still had a long day ahead of her.As most people were nearing the halfway mark of their workday, hers was really only beginning.There were boxes to lug to a post-secondary education fair in Mississauga, a booth to be set up and help to be given to prospective students and their parents before her mother Beth Natale would let her clock out at 10 p.m., tired and with new perspective on what Beth does as Brock’s director of Recruitment and Liaison Services.It was an opportunity Laurel had thanks to Take Our Kids to Work Day, an annual nationwide event meant to give high school students a glimpse of their parents’ career life while reinforcing the importance of staying in school by learning first-hand what skills are needed to succeed in today’s workforce.Despite having been on campus many times before, Laurel has never had the chance to try on work life here.“What she hasn’t seen is me in action,” Beth said. “So she gets to see what it’s like hauling boxes to and from an education fair and hear the questions from parents and students that she’ll be asking in three to four years’ time. She’ll get a bird’s eye view of what goes on.”Laurel was one of 34 Grade 9 students participating in Brock’s edition of Take Our Kids to Work Day.Students spent the first half of the day learning about the University, getting schooled in health and safety, taking part in icebreakers and getting campus tours before shadowing their parents for the afternoon.Though Beth said Laurel “has pretty much been Brocked since Day 1” with both her mother and father working at the University – dad Rico Natale is the director of Student Awards and Financial Aid – and having two siblings who attended school here, the day did offer some insight into Laurel’s future.“It gives more ideas of what you could do,” Laurel said.Friend Susan Eaglesham also got new perspective on what happens at Brock. Take, for example, that Brock generates much of the energy it uses – a fact that Eaglesham learned during the many morning activities to help students get acquainted with their employer for the day.“I didn’t know Brock, itself, made 75 per cent of its own energy and had pretty much it’s own grid,” she explained.Eaglesham was also grateful for some important life lessons provided during the health and safety talk, most notably, how to use a fire extinguisher.As for her career plans, right now, the Eden High School student has other priorities at the moment.“I’m just trying to get through Grade 9,” she said. read more

Mark Zuckerberg A life in quotes

first_img UNLIKE MOST OTHER major business figures, Mark Zuckerberg has grown up before our eyes.Still only 28, the Facebook mogul has made an awful lot of good decisions, and one or two bad ones.From running Facebook out of a Harvard dorm to leading his company’s $104 billion IPO, his triumphs and errors have been a matter of public record. Facebook is launching a $149 camera that sits next to your TV and lets you video chat with your WhatsApp and Messenger friends (FB) Apple discontinued last year’s Apple Watch Series 4 after announcing its brand-new watch — here’s how to decide between the Series 3 and Series 5 (AAPL) The 737 Max will be the safest plane in the skies once it starts flying again The 25 highest-paying companies in 2019 last_img read more

Endeavour ne quittera pas la Terre avant le 10 mai

first_imgEndeavour ne quittera pas la Terre avant le 10 maiL’Agence spatiale américaine a annoncé que le lancement de la navette Endeavour était une nouvelle fois repoussé et ne se ferait pas avant le 10 mai. Les réparations du problème électrique de la navette prennent en effet plus de temps que prévu.Dimanche, la Nasa annonçait que la navette Endeavour ne pourrait pas décoller avant le 8 mai. C’est suite à la panne d’un thermostat du mécanisme de chauffage  des conduites de carburant d’un turbogénérateur que la mission avait été temporairement ajournée, moins de trois heures avant le décollage. Si un seul turbogénérateur suffit à faire fonctionner le système hydraulique de la navette, les trois dont dispose l’orbiteur doivent être en état de marche pour permettre le lancement.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAToutefois, un nouveau communiqué de l’agence spatiale annonce le retard d’au moins deux jours supplémentaires de l’ultime décollage de l’orbiteur. Cela signifie qu’il ne quittera pas la Terre avant le 10 mai. Des travaux ont maintenant lieu pour remplacer et tester un boitier de distribution électrique défectueux, indique l’AFP. Ce “Load Control Assembly” (LCA) est un point névralgique du système du vaisseau puisqu’il redistribue l’électricité à neuf réseaux et c’est lui qui serait responsable du problème de thermostat.Les responsables de la mission indiquent que le remplacement de cette pièce est simple mais que les tests de fonctionnement pour vérifier que les neuf systèmes électriques sont opérationnels nécessitent deux jours entiers. Cela laisse du temps aux six astronautes qui doivent monter à bord d’Endeavour pour poursuivre leur préparation à la mission qu’ils devront effectuer une fois arrivés sur l’ISS.Le 25e et dernier lancement de la navette a pour objectif principal la livraison du spectromètre magnétique Alpha 2 (AMS) d’une valeur de deux milliards de dollars. Ce module de sept tonnes devrait permettre d’aider les scientifiques à répondre à certaines questions essentielles comme la formation de l’Univers, la présence de l’antimatière ou encore la nature de la matière noire invisible.Le 3 mai 2011 à 12:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Apollos Moon Shot Series Explores Americas Historic Lunar Surface Trip

first_img On July 20, 1969, American astronaut Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon. Fifty years later, the Smithsonian Channel is celebrating this “giant leap for mankind” with Apollo’s Moon Shot, a new series that explores what it was like for NASA’s team of engineers and cosmonauts to put everything on the line for an epic lunar journey.In 1961, President John F. Kennedy presented one of the most challenging space tasks of all time, which was to have a man touchdown on the moon’s surface and have him land safely back on our planet within the next 10 years. Apollo’s Moon Shot, a six-part series that debuts on June 16, takes viewers back in time to the big day and decade through archival interviews, vintage audio and visual footage, and some rare artifacts from Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.While we don’t have many details on specific episodes yet, Smithsonian Channel has three listed on their website already: “Into the Void,” which will revisit the three missions that were part of Apollo 11’s historic moon voyage, “Triumph and Tragedy,” a deep dive at the Project Gemini missions that enabled NASA to send astronauts to the lunar surface, and “Rocket Fever,” where viewers get to meet the key Space Race players and witness their space preparation training.Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 mission spacesuit. (Photo Credit: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum)Starting July 16, Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will also have some cool artifacts on display from the Apollo 11 mission, including a testing lunar module and Armstrong’s spacesuit, Fox News reported.“Seeing the artifact really wows people and gives them a sense of some of the ground-breaking technological development that was necessary to go to the Moon,” Dr. Teasel Muir-Harmony, curator of the Smithsonian’s space history department, told Fox News. “The one in our collection was Lunar Module-2. It was the second Lunar Module, it was supposed to do Earth orbital tests, but Lunar Module-1 did a good job, so they repurposed it for drop tests on Earth.”Apollo’s Moon Shot premieres on Sunday, June 16, at 8 p.m. EST on the Smithsonian Channel.More on Geek.com:India Unveils Chandrayaan-2 Spacecraft for Moon Landing Mission Researchers Detect Mysterious Material Under Moon’s Largest Crater Watch: Water Is Being Ejected From the Moon During Meteor Showers Stay on target Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface last_img read more

RBI seen cutting rates as demonetisation rattles economy Poll

first_imgIndia’s central bank is expected to cut interest rates next week and economists are set to chop growth and inflation forecasts after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s currency crackdown rattled the economy and severely hurt consumption, a Reuters poll showed.Modi’s outlawing of high-value bank notes last month, aimed at curbing corruption and tax evasion, has left the nation’s 1.2 billion population scrambling to exchange old notes for new and left many companies’ cash-reliant supply chains in tatters.India’s economy expanded 7.3 percent in the July-September quarter from a year earlier, making it the fastest growing major country in the world. But it could easily lose top spot if some of the more pessimistic views that suggest growth could halve post-demonetisation come true.It could also drag inflation down. At 4.2 percent in October, it is below the central bank’s early-2018 target of 5 percent.The median forecast in the poll of nearly 60 economists this week was that the RBI’s recently formed Monetary Policy Committee will cut the repo rate by 25 basis points (bps) to 6.00 percent when it concludes its two-day meeting on Dec. 7 from 6.25 percent now.Two-thirds of the respondents expected a cut, with 31 of 56 respondents expecting it to be 25 bps, while six predicted a deeper 50 bps reduction. One said the RBI would slash rates by 75 bps.”Given the concerns about demonetisation and the slowdown it is likely to generate in sectors that have traditionally been cash dependent, such as consumption goods, the RBI will try to cushion the blow with a rate cut,” said Shilan Shah of Capital Economics in Singapore.Still, 18 analysts forecast no move next week. Only four of them were based in India, suggesting domestic banks and research houses closer to the real impact from the policy generally held a more negative view on the effects of demonetisation.Consumer spending accounts for over half of India’s output and the overnight withdrawal of 86 percent of the currency in circulation has left farmers, households and even companies struggling to meet their daily needs.The Indian rupee has weakened some 3 percent in recent weeks to record lows. Although a Reuters poll this week showed it is unlikely to continue falling.The deluge of cash pouring into banks has resulted in excess liquidity, which the RBI tried to mop up with a temporary hike to its reserve requirements last week. The poll found the cash reserve ratio will be kept unchanged at 4 percent in December.The reverse repo rate, which moves in tandem with the main lending rate and is the interest the RBI pays to soak up funds, is expected to be cut to 5.50 percent from 5.75 percent.After next week, the consensus is that a final 25 bps rate cut will come in the April-June quarter.The RBI has chopped rates by 175 bps since January 2015 on a global disinflation trend from lower energy prices and slowing growth.”With the banking system flush with liquidity, monetary policy transmission should be better in the months ahead. We expect the RBI to use the potential impact of demonetisation as a rationale for further rate cuts,” said Kaushik Basu, economist at Deutsche Bank in Mumbai.While there is no clear indication on how much of a hit growth is likely to take as a result of Modi’s demonetisation drive, economists are certain it won’t be minor.All but one of the 29 respondents to a separate question in the survey said they would be downgrading near-term growth forecasts as a result of demonetisation. The vast majority of them also said the outlook for inflation would be lowered.Analysts generally agree that under the newly-formed Monetary Policy Committee chaired by Urjit Patel, the RBI’s stance has drifted somewhat away from former Governor Raguhuram Rajan’s priority on inflation toward underpinning growth.”The RBI put its credibility on the line by cutting rates the last time in October when there were still concerns that it wouldn’t meet its inflation target,” said Shah of Capital Economics, adding: “that is a clear departure from how monetary policy was run under the previous governor Raghuram Rajan.”last_img read more

South African Company Takes Over HoustonBased Mattress Firm In MultiBillion Dollar Merger

first_img Share 00:00 /01:16 X South Africa-based Steinhoff International Holdings is acquiring Houston-based Mattress Firm for $2.4 billion, or $64 per share – a premium of 115 percent over the company’s closing stock price of $29.74 on Friday.The deal’s enterprise value, which includes debt, is $3.8 billion.The merger will create one of the largest mattress distribution networks in the world, according to a presentation by Steinhoff.It comes after Mattress Firm, which has a 25 percent market share in the United States, had been buying other companies itself for the past few years.“They had a hard time integrating it. They got shorted on the market,” said Jonathan Baude, a writer for The Deal, a publication focused on mergers and acquisitions. He said Mattress Firm has been accumulating more than $1 billion in debt. “So Steinhoff will come in at a good time for them.”Steinhoff makes and sells furniture, household goods and general merchandise in Europe, Africa and Australia. It also owns car dealerships.This is its first venture into the North American market.Baude said the company wants to have exposure to the strong dollar, especially after the drastic decline of the British pound after the vote to leave the European Union.  Based on Steinhoff’s history, Baude doesn’t think the merger will affect jobs here in Houston. But he said the firm is known for going for the cheapest while maintaining quality.“For instance, in Europe they’ll source from Eastern Europe rather than the country where they actually do the retail,” Baude said. “And it may be that the supply chain will be affected rather than the actual jobs at Mattress Firm itself.”Steinhoff declined a request for an interview.Mattress Firm CEO Ken Murphy wasn’t available in time for this story, but in an emailed statement, he called the announcement an “ideal scenario for our employees, customers and shareholders.” To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listenlast_img read more