Resource Discovery: Soldiers Talk About Suicide

first_imgThis post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn. Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDIn these three short videos soldiers talk about suicide, coping with the stress of active duty in the military and the 2014 Suicide Prevention Campaign.[Flickr, Fallen Comrade by Aubrey Arcangel, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015Shoulder to Shoulder: I will never quit on lifeSpiritual Resiliency2014 Suicide Prevention CampaignMore video’s can be found on the DoD Suicide Prevention YouTube Channel.last_img read more

FD Early Intervention Webinar: Beyond the Shape Sorter: Playful Interactions that Promote Strong Academic and Social-Emotional Skills

first_imgDate:  December 7, 2017Time:  11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Location:  Beyond the Shape Sorter: Playful Interactions that Promote Strong Academic and Social-Emotional SkillsCover image “Shape Sorter” by Andy licensed Creative Commons CC BY 2.0.A primary way children learn is through their interactions with toys and materials found in their environment. At times, however, children can get “stuck” in a loop, and they don’t continue to find new and more sophisticated ways to play. This impacts all levels of development and learning from fine motor to executive functioning. It also impacts the quality of interactions with caregivers and peers. This webinar will provide information on seven learning progressions that set the foundation for children’s success in school and in life. Recommended practices for what to do when children get stuck, and evidence-based strategies for helping them expand their play with objects will be provided.Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak is a {r}evolutionary speaker, researcher, and play advocate. Through podcasts, blogs, free resources, and trainings, Kristie inspires and supports early educators in {r}evolutionizing their teaching. Kristie spent 16 years, as faculty, at Kent State University and now trains and coaches early educators worldwide. Kristie is a Past President of the Division for Early Childhood and works with intentness and determination to sort through the clutter and chaos to join seemingly disparate ideas. She also aims to celebrate differences and shared attributes to achieve solutions. You can access her latest solutions at her website.The MFLN FD Early Intervention team offers continuing education credits through the Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) at the University of Illinois for each of our webinars, click here to learn more. For more information on future presentations in the 2016 Family Development webinar series, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: Facebook & Twitter.last_img read more

Connecting with Our Future Selves For Financially Responsible Choices

first_imgBy Carol ChurchIf you could open a magical door and meet your future self, what would you say to him or her? What might he or she say back?If this thought seems strange or scary, you’re not alone. For many of us, our “future selves” are almost impossible to imagine. The person we will one day become can seem distant and removed from our current reality. In fact, research shows that we generally find it quite hard to identify with who we’ll be in 5, 10, 15, or 20 years.This might all seem like nothing but dinner-table conversation, but in fact, our relationship to our “future selves” has been found to have a lot do with how we handle money and plan for the future. Multiple researchers have done many interesting experiments that show that people who feel connected to and identified with the person they will be further down the road make different financial decisions than those who do not “recognize” their future selves as themselves.In real life, what this tends to mean is that future-connected people are better able to make choices that might be hard for them in the here and now in favor of saving money that will help out “future them.” For example, these might be the folks who are choosing to stay home for dinner or to pass up the newest gaming system in favor of savings, or the ones who are sure to put adequate money into retirement funds. Meanwhile, those who can’t “see” themselves in the person they’ll be at 65 are more likely to want to spend in the here and now. (After all, they might subconsciously be thinking, why save money for that guy? He’s practically a stranger!)In the end, those of us who can connect more strongly to our older selves are likely to come out financially ahead. So how can we help our “current selves” connect with the person we’ll be in 2027 or 2037? Scientists have learned some interesting things about this, too.How Can We “Find” Our Future Selves?Take a look at a picture of your “future self”Paul Hakimata /PhotospinWith the miracle of technology at our fingertips, academics and now, even companies have figured out how to digitally age a photo to show people what they will look like in 10, 20, or 30 year’s times. It turns out that “seeing” am image of ourselves in the future motivates us to make smarter financial decisions and to be able to hold out for long-term gain over short-term reward.Remind people that they’re not likely to change that much over timeIt turns out that if we remind people that in 10 years, they’re probably going to still be (for instances) a slightly overweight guy who lives in the suburbs with 2 kids and likes to play fantasy football, they’re more likely to identify with that “familiar-sounding” future self. On the other hand, if people are prompted to think about the fact that the future may change them, they’re more apt to spend in the here and now.Have people make goals and plans based on what their “future selves” are going to doPeople have an optimistic tendency to assume that their future selves are going to be more disciplined, rational, and generally awesome than our current selves tend to be. In experiments, researchers have been able to inspire people to have more self-control by asking them to think about their “future selves” when making decisions. Another idea is to have people ask themselves what their “future self” is likely to think about financial decisions, whether that’s taking out a home equity loan or deciding to pay off a credit card. This can serve as a valuable gut check as to whether a choice is a good one for the long term “you.”There may not be a magical door we can open to meet our future selves, but for most people, it’s quite possible to have a good sense of what that person will be like. Most likely, he or she will be working in the same field, have the same general personality, possess the same good and bad habits, and probably have a similar family situation. Saving money and making smart financial choices for this person is a no-brainer, when it comes down to it. The dollar we put away today is just one we’re handing back over to that future self.References:Hamm. T. (2017). Three Key Principles of ‘Future Self’ Thinking. Retrieved from http://lifehacker.com/three-key-principles-of-future-self-thinking-1792343365Hershfield, H. (2013). You Make Better Decisions If You “See” Your Senior Self. Retrieved from https://hbr.org/2013/06/you-make-better-decisions-if-you-see-your-senior-selfPalmer, K. (2012). How to Meet Your Future Self—and Save. Retrieved from http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/alpha-consumer/2012/02/13/how-to-meet-your-future-selfand-saveWalton, A. G. (2015). What your future self can teach you. Retrieved from http://review.chicagobooth.edu/magazine/winter-2015/what-your-future-self-can-teach-youhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3949005/last_img read more

Building Communication and Language Through Interactions: Key Concepts

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionImage from Pixabay.com, CC0By Juliann Woods, PhD, SLP-CCC & Mollie Romano, PhD, SLP-CCCIt has been a wonderful experience providing this series of webinars for the MFLN Early Intervention concentration area this past year.  We have covered a great deal of information.  As our final blog we want to leave you with a summary of key concepts to build communication and language as you interact with caregivers and their young children, within their daily routines.  We believe that the implementation of the following key practices will facilitate successful interactions:The caregiver incorporates developmentally appropriate communication and actions. Interactions between the caregiver and child are more successful for teaching and learning when they closely reflect the child’s current developmental level, for this enables the child to participate meaningfully. The caregivers’ challenge is to “up the ante” by introducing a moderate change that will increase the child’s use of the skill either qualitatively (e.g., how?) or quantitatively (e.g., how often?).Children learn most efficiently when they are actively engaged. Young children (and probably most older ones too!) need to be involved in the teaching and learning process. The adage of the child as “an empty vessel waiting to be filled with knowledge” portrays the child as passive throughout the process. Quite to the contrary, children learn by doing. They look, touch, taste, climb, tell, throw, poke, and smell. Encouraging children’s active participation increases learning and helps them use their language in the process.A caregiver’s attention provides a reason for interaction. Attention from a caring adult can provide both the interest to interact and reinforcement for trying. Children, as well as adults, seek to communicate or participate in activities with others who are approachable, responsive, attentive, and fun! Caregivers who plan to embed intervention into daily routines should appreciate the power they have with children. Caregivers can be a child’s favorite toy and best reinforcement!Following the child’s lead enhances attention. Using the child’s interests promotes joint attention. The caregiver focuses where the child is engaged and in doing so, accomplishes the first step of a successful interaction. Participation initiated by the child often results in longer attention to an activity, increased opportunities to practice skills, and decreased need for external reinforcement. However, to be effective, the environment or routine must be arranged to attract the interests of the child.Positive expectation increases communication. If a caregiver expects a child to interact and communicate, the child is very likely to do so! In the same manner, if participation is not expected or planned for, then it is also very likely that a child will fulfill that expectation and not participate. A caregiver should approach each opportunity positively, expecting a child’s interest and interactions. When positive expectations are combined with the other principles described in this blog, the child will, in turn, reinforce the adult with attention and interaction.Introduce new skills in familiar routines and use new routines to support the generalization of skills. Familiar and predictable routines support children’s learning new skills, as children can focus their attention on the new skill rather than dividing their attention between the activity, the environment, and the skill. Once a skill is learned, the child can practice it successfully in a variety of new routines because it is familiar and predictable.Our four webinars can be viewed using the links below:Getting to Know You: Early Communication Development from Birth to Three YearsFrom Communication to Conversations: Expanding Language Development in Early Childhood YearsSmall Talk: Strategies to Support Child Communication Before Words EmergeUp and Away: Building Child Language, Social Interactions, and Preliteracy Skills in Early Childhood SettingsThis post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, Ph.D., members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on YouTube. Image from Pixabay.com, CC0last_img read more

Resource Discovery| Sesame Street in Communities

first_imgBy: Jason M. Jowers, MS, MFT US Air Force [Sesame Street Live Teaches Children About Deployments by Samantha S. Crane, August 5, 2008] Return to article. Long DescriptionUS Air Force [Sesame Street Live Teaches Children About Deployments by Samantha S. Crane, August 5, 2008]Talking about tough topics can be daunting for both parents and caregivers, as well as helping professionals alike. We can be afraid of making it worse when we talk about tough issues with kids, fearing we might make it scarier or more traumatic. And since we do not feel skilled in how to talk about these topics, we may not bring them up or when we do we don’t do so effectively.Luckily there are resources like Sesame Street in Communities when we are having a hard time talking to kids. The goal of Sesame Street in Communities is to make a difference by helping kids and families grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. Topics that are explored on their website include: issues of community violence, parental incarceration, dealing with divorce, homelessness, handling emergencies, grief, processing traumatic experiences, and resilience.Sesame Street in Communities also covers keeping kids healthy and education. Topics include eating and staying healthy, exercise, and the importance of playtime. Resources also include ways to talk about emotions, sharing, family bonding, and other health issues like asthma and autism. Finally, the educational side is what Sesame Street has always been known for in almost 50 years of programming. These include reading, writing, science and math and other skills like building language and financial education.Sesame Street in Communities provides tons of great resources for parents and caregivers, as well as for service providers working with children. For providers, there are training videos, webinars, and online courses geared towards professional development. All of these resources are free and new content is added continually to help meet the needs of the communities that helping professionals serve.To get more information on Sesame Street in Communities and Sesame Workshop, RSVP for our Kids Serve Too webinar series, a collaboration between the Military Families Learning Network and Sesame Street for Military Families.This free, online series provides free CEUs for each webinar. Learn more and sign up for our emailing list: militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/kidsservetooThis post was written by Jason M. Jowers, MS, MFT, of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.  You can also listen to our Anchored. podcast series via iTunes and our website.last_img read more

Organizing Your Premiere Pro Project

first_imgOrganizing your video editing project is key to an efficient edit. Let’s take a look at a few ways to organize footage and assets in Premiere Pro for editing success.Importing assets (video, audio, pictures, PSDs, image sequences, titles, etc.) into Adobe Premiere Pro projects is a simple task that can be done with the keyboard shortcut Control + I (on a PC) and Command + I (on a Mac).Premiere Pro Keyboard Shortcut: Importing on a MacYou can also get media into your project with a quick double-click in the grey area of the project panel. So, yes… importing is easy. The hard part is keeping your video editing assets organized once they’re in the project!The first thing that needs to be said is – slow down! Don’t rush to grab everything in a hurry and dump it in your Premiere Pro project panel and start flinging things into your timeline. This reckless speed at the front end will cost you precious time on the back end. Instead, take a moment to think about what you’re going to be adding to your project and where you want to keep those assets so that you can easily find them later.Organizing Your Premiere Pro Project: Harness the Power of BinsThis calls for bins (video editing language for folders), which are easily be created in Premiere Pro by either choosing File > New > Bin or by clicking the below icon at the bottom of the project panel.Note: Make sure you have the project panel selected or else the bin option will be greyed out.Once a bin has been created, you should always rename it so that it’s completely clear what you will keep inside it, as seen below.Now to the important issue of opening and navigating bins in Premiere Pro.Organizing Your Premiere Pro Project: The Ins and Outs of BinsProbably your first impulse is simply to double-click on the bin, hoping that it will open in place. However, what you find instead is that the bin has a default behavior of opening up in a floating window, as seen below.However, we can change the default setting in the Premiere Pro preferences. So, on a Mac go to Premiere Pro > Preferences > General. On a PC go to Edit > Preferences > General and look at the following section towards the bottom of the page.As you can see, I have already changed the behavior of the double-click from “open in new window” to “open in place.” I’ve also modified the +Ctrl shortcut (+Cmd on a Mac) to “open in new window.”What this means is that when I double-click on any bin, it will open in place — but if I really want a floating window, I can then choose to hold Ctrl/Cmd while double-clicking to get that. Also note that Alt + double-click will open the bin up in another tab in the project panel.You can also change the order of these tabs simply by clicking on any tab and dragging it to another place, as shown below.Okay, so now you’ve changed your Premiere Pro preferences so that bins open in the Project Panel and you’ve added assets to the open bin. Now you want to get back to the main Project Panel with all your bins in it — but you can’t see how! To navigate back you need to use the icon shown below.Some of the typical bins you will need for a basic project are shown below. However, you may find it useful to create bins inside existing bins. To do so, select a bin and hit that new bin icon again. You’ll see that a bin will be nested inside the bin you’ve selected.For example, you may have a “Pics” bin for your pictures, but also want another bin inside it for your PSDs. You can see this more clearly if you look at your bin structure using the List View as shown below.If you accidentally create a bin in the wrong place, don’t worry — you can click on any bin and drag it in and out of any other bin. The bin will move with all its contents to wherever you decide it should be.In Premiere Pro, you can import items directly into a bin. To do so, simply open a bin and choose the standard import methods (as referenced above). The items will automatically be imported into the open bin. This can save a lot of time when organizing your Premiere Pro project. Create bins specifically for your sequences to keep them organized and all in one place.A Word About Video Editing OrganizationAlways give your media assets names that mean something to you. With lots of tapeless formats available today, you may receive files with very technical and non-descriptive titles. In Premiere Pro you can rename any asset with a name that means something to you without losing or changing the original item.Premiere Pro creates a link to the original asset on your hard drive and allows you to change the name of the file in the app without changing the asset. So, if you change a name from “Clip 001” to “Tide coming in – early morning,” Premiere Pro will still always play “Clip 001” on your hard drive every time you see “Tide coming in – early morning” in your timeline/project panel/source monitor, etc.Names matter and a good naming convention will save you a lot of headaches further down the line! If you’re looking for more tips on naming, see our previous post on “File Naming for Video Editors, Designers & Photographers.“Start off by thinking about your organizational game plan from the start, and do your best to maintain it throughout your post-production workflow. One way to simplify your folder organization is to create a project template — an empty Premiere Pro project with all the bins you typically need.Next time you need to start a new project, simply open your template, do a File > Save As, and give it the name of your new project. This will save you time — and every second counts in video editing.If you’re looking for a few more video editing tips, checkout our extensive library of Premiere Pro articles!Got any time-saving or organizational tips you’d like to share? Do so in the comments below!last_img read more

Don’t Believe It

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Don’t believe in easy answers. The simple things are often the most difficult. Searching for the easy answer wastes your time and does nothing to move you closer to the outcome you need. Other people may believe there are easy answers, but don’t believe it.Don’t believe in fast. The real results you want are accomplished by the relentless, day to day, hour by hour pursuit. The best results you can ever produce will be gained slowly, and you will be shaped by more by the experience of pursuing them than you will by the results themselves. Other people may believe in shortcuts, but don’t believe  it.Don’t believe that there is a difference between working and enjoying yourself. That’s an artificial distinction made people who are unwilling to give themselves over to their work. I don’t believe in work-life balance either. There is no balance, there are only trade-offs. Other people may believe cynicism will protect their feelings, but don’t believe it.Don’t believe in cheap. Don’t believe that value is ever obtained by acquiring something that costs less than something of real value just because it has slower price. If you want real quality, you have to pay for it. Other people may believe transactional is value, but don’t believe it.Don’t believe your job is you work. Your job is an agreement you have with your employer. Your work is the purpose, vision, meaning, and values you pour into what you do when you help others. Other people may believe that it doesn’t matter, but don’t believe it.last_img read more

Mayawati accuses BJP of politically using Bhim Sena

first_imgBreaking her silence on the Bhim Sena, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Thursday distanced herself from the fledgling Dalit outfit in Saharanpur after reports by the State intelligence bureau claimed the organisation was patronised and financially supported by her party, in particular her brother and the BSP’s vice president Anand Kumar. Ms. Mayawati contended that the BSP has “no connection” with any outfit called the Bhim Sena. She went on to allege that the Bhim Sena was a “product” of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which was providing it “shelter and patronage to destroy the social brotherhood in Uttar Pradesh”.“The BJP is making political use of the organisation and that is why it has not taken action against its leaders,” she said.The State government has accused the Bhim Sena of instigating and flaring up Dalit-Thakur clashes in the western UP District. One person was killed and several injured as fresh violence erupted in Chandrapura village of the district on Tuesday, the day Ms. Mayawati toured the area. Intelligence reportMs. Mayawati’s clarification on the Bhim Sena came after a State intelligence report on the Saharanpur caste clashes stated that the BSP was providing tacit support to the Bhim Sena.last_img read more

Goa bans thin plastic bags to tackle garbage

first_imgThe Goa government has decided to ban buying and selling of plastic bags below 50 microns from July, to tackle the garbage and litter menace in public places. Talking to The Hindu after a public function in the city, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said the law will be implemented starting with fine of ₹500 and then the fine will be subsequently raised to ₹5,000 depending upon the success.He further said that the government has decided to ban the plastic bags below 50 micron in the tourist State. Simultaneously, the government will start work stations for garbage collection on highways. Goa has already banned plastic bags below 40 microns. Mr. Parrikar said thin plastic has a tendency to cause flooding by chocking drains, and can easily travel by wind and water in flood planes, thus increasing the flooding of public places during rains.last_img read more

Warrants against BJP leaders in Muzaffarnagar riots case

first_imgMeerut: A Muzaffarnagar court on Friday issued non-bailable warrants against senior BJP leaders for their alleged role in the 2013 riots that broke out there. The leaders include former Sanjeev Baliyan, Suresh Rana and Sangeet Som. Mr. Baliyan and six others were booked for inciting violence through their speeches at a public meeting in Nagla Mandaur on August 30, 2013. They were charged under Section 188 (violating prohibitory orders), 354 (assault or criminal force to deter public servants from discharging duty) and 341 (wrongful restraint) of the Indian Penal Code. This meeting was one of the first public meetings which led to mobilisation for the riots in the first week of September that year. Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate of Muzaffarnagar Madhu Gupta on Friday issued non-bailable warrants against the accused after their repeated absence from the court. The court has asked the BJP leaders to be present in the court on January 19.last_img read more

Polling largely peaceful in Meghalaya, Nagaland

first_imgMeghalaya and Nagaland recorded a fall in turnout as the Assembly elections were held in both States on Tuesday. Polling was largely peaceful though one person was reported killed and three others injured in Nagaland in a clash between supporters of rival parties.At least 67% of Meghalaya’s 1,844,785 voters and 75% of Nagaland’s 1,170,548 voters exercised their franchise, though officials in both States said the figures could rise when data from remote polling stations are tabulated. Contest for 59 seatsIn 2013 and 2008, Meghalaya registered 86.82% and 88.99% voting, while Nagaland clocked 90.19% and 86.91% respectively.In both States, polling was held for 59 of the 60 seats. Voting in Meghalaya’s Williamnagar was countermanded after the killing of NCP candidate Jonathone N. Sangma, while former Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) was declared elected unopposed from Northern Angami-II seat in Nagaland.“The voter turnout was 67% by 5 p.m. We expect the figure to go beyond 75% after reports from remote stations come in,” Meghalaya’s Chief Electoral Officer Frederick Roy Kharkongor said, adding 88 VVPATs and 56 EVMs malfunctioned but were rectified or replaced.His Nagaland counterpart Abhijit Sinha said the voting by 5 p.m. was 75% with the figure expected to go up marginally. Re-polling will be held in at least five booths — three in Phek district and two in Kohima.Polling day in Nagaland began with a crude bomb attack at a polling station in Tizit constituency. A civilian was injured in the explosion., was taken to the hospital for treatment.Sporadic incidents of violence were reported from elsewhere as polling began. A man was reportedly shot dead in a clash between supporters of the BJP and the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) in Zunheboto district’s Akuluto constituency while miscreants prevented women from voting at Mongsenyimti village in Mokokchung district.“One person was confirmed dead while two others were injured in firing by Indian Reserve Battalion to disperse a mob in Akuluto. We have sought a detailed report from the district heads,” Nagaland’s additional Chief Election Officer Moa Aier told The Hindu.While Akavi N. Zhimomi, an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate in Nagaland’s Ghaspani-I seat, alerted the Election Commission about fake voting, the BJP in Meghalaya lodged a complaint against an FM radio channel for “communalising the election process with appeal to vote against anti-Christian party”.Meghalaya and Nagaland are Christian-majority States where BJP has been battling an image perception.last_img read more

Former state Congress president and 3 other MLCs quit party to join JD(U)

first_imgFour Congress state council members, including former party president Ashok Choudhary announced that they would quit the party to join Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United).The four Congress MLCs – Ashok Choudhary, Tanvir Akhtar, Dilip Choudhary and Ram Chandra Bharti – said they have also requested deputy chairman of the state Council to recognise them as a separate group and make separate seating arrangements in the House. However, the state Congress President (in-charge) Kaukab Quadri said he has expelled all four leaders from the party.“On several occasions I’ve been humiliated by the party. Our name was not even included in the list of star campaigners for the upcoming bypoll on three seats, one Lok Sabha (Araria) and two Assembly seats (Jehanabad and Bhabhua). So there was no point in remaining with the party with an insult,” said Mr Choudhary whom was state education minister in the Grand Alliance government. He also said though Congress president Rahul Gandhi was a nice person and leader, “people like C.P. Joshi and others have surrounded him to mislead”.Mr. Choudhary also sang paeans to JD(U) president and chief minister Nitish Kumar. “I’ve never seen a chief minister like Nitish Kumar against whom no charge of corruption or anything has ever been levelled. So impressed with his leadership qualities, I along with three of my party leaders, have decided to join JD-U,” he said. He also said that with them joining the JD(U), the people from weaker section of the society would be happy and galvanize towards JD(U).Meanwhile, political pundits of the state said that ever since Mr. Choudhary was removed from the post of state party chief he was not happy with the party leadership and was in continuous touch with the Mr. Kumar to explore his future political goals.last_img read more

Digambar Kamat once again summoned by SIT on illegal mining

first_imgFormer Chief Minister and Congress MLA Digambar Kamat has been summoned on Monday by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Goa Police, which is probing a ₹35,000 crore illegal mining scam. Mr. Kamat, along with the then Principal Secretary, Mines, Rajiv Yaduvanshi, other bureaucrats and officials of top iron ore mining companies in the state have been accused of a ₹35,000 crore illegal mining scam after the Justice M.B. Shah Commission report in 2012 unearthed large scale illegal mining in Goa. Sources in the SIT said on Friday that he is the main accused in the main illegal mining cases. The illegalities, according to SIT probe, include condonation of delay in renewal of mining leases to active coercion of mine owners.The SIT had been appointed by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to probe the illegal mining scam.last_img read more

Kushwaha to take seats issue to Modi

first_imgRashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief and Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha appears to be struggling to accept his share of Lok Sabha seats in the NDA in Bihar. After meeting BJP general secretary in charge of Bihar, Bhupendra Yadav, early on Tuesday, he announced that he would take his grievance to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Addressing a press meet after the meeting, Mr. Kushwaha referred to statements by BJP chief Amit Shah about each partner having to “sacrifice” seats. “Well, if we are expected to share in the sacrifice, we should have also been accommodated when it came to sharing the spoils,” he said.Mr. Kushwaha also announced that his party would be fielding candidates in 66 Assembly constituencies in Madhya Pradesh, a warning shot to partner BJP.Towards the end of the day, he also met the other NDA partner in Bihar, Ram Vilas Paswan of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP). The topic of discussion was again seat-distribution in Bihar.Quashing rumours that he had quit the Union Council of Ministers, Mr. Kushwaha insisted that he was still in search of a “respectable share” in the division of Lok Sabha seats among NDA partners in Bihar for 2019.The talk of seat sharing gained traction after BJP president Amit Shah and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced that the BJP and Janata Dal (U) would fight an equal number of seats (speculated to be 17 each out of a total of 40 seats in Bihar), and the rest would be divided between Mr. Kushwaha and the LJP. Mr. Kushwaha’s Party was rumoured to be getting only 2 seats under this arrangement.Mr. Kushwaha has been seen hobnobbing with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejaswi Yadav. He, however, dismissed “Mediapersons were also present there. Tejashwi Yadav came to my room at Circuit House. I went for party-related work and Tejashwi Yadav was already there. We met in the presence of a lot of people,” said Mr Kushwaha.last_img read more

Gauhati HC directive to Assam health dept.

first_imgThe Gauhati HC has directed the Assam government’s health department to ensure examination of a thalassemic patient and issue a disability certificate being sought by her to apply for a UGC fellowship to pursue her Ph.D studies.The court observed that the petitioner, Sabrina Beguma, was suffering from thalassemia, which is a recognised specified disability as per the schedule to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. Besides, she also belongs to the OBC category.Justice Ujjal Bhuyan also directed the UGC authorities to consider the case of the petitioner and extend the deadline of the application for her by another seven days from December 24 to December 31, 2018. The Judge directed Ms. Begum to appear before the Joint Director of Health Services Kamrup (Metro) within seven days for examination. If she satisfies the criteria, the certificate of disability should be issued to the petitioner within seven days from the date of appearance.last_img read more

ScienceShot: How to Make Organic Chemicals From Stardust

first_imgScientists have long been mystified by how large, complex organic molecules like hydrocarbons form so abundantly in the near-vacuum of space, especially when their atomic building blocks are sparse and might interact only rarely. New lab studies suggest that a certain type of organic molecule, instead of being assembled from smaller bits, may instead be produced when ultraviolet light blasts apart the carbon-rich veneer on some types of stardust. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons—or PAHs, which often form when carbon-containing materials like wood, coal, and fossil fuels burn incompletely—come in many shapes and sizes, but they all contain three or more rings of carbon atoms; hence the term “polycyclic.” But graphite, the form of carbon found in pencil lead but also found coating the surface of many particles of interstellar dust, is also made of one-atom-thick sheets of carbon atoms arranged into hexagonal rings. In the new study, researchers placed tiny particles of silicon carbide (one represented by the group of tan molecules in this artist’s concept) covered with graphite (hexagonal networks of gray atoms) in a vacuum chamber that duplicated the deep-space conditions surrounding many stars (temperatures between 900 and 1500 kelvins and pressures less than one-billionth that found at Earth’s surface). Then, they bombarded the faux stardust with intense ultraviolet light and bathed it in single hydrogen atoms, which are found in profusion in the environment near stars. Under certain combinations of conditions, large fragments of carbon coating were eroded away (as depicted in image), the researchers report today in Nature Communications. If the same processes occur in space, they could generate a blend of free-floating PAHs of various sizes, some of them containing a hundred or more carbon atoms. Such a mélange could help explain observations suggesting the presence of PAHs and other organic molecules around distant stars.See more ScienceShots.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(*)last_img read more

Tea Researchers Defend NSF Grant That Lawmakers Want to Kill

first_imgPlant scientist Selena Ahmed has spent nearly a decade studying tea production in southwestern China. Representative Matt Salmon (R–AZ) speaks fluent Mandarin and has championed the cause of Chinese political dissidents.But despite their shared interest in the world’s most populous nation, the Arizona legislator is no fan of Ahmed’s work. In fact, Salmon doesn’t think that the National Science Foundation (NSF) should be funding her research on tea as a model system for understanding how a warming climate is putting stress on specialty crops and the impact of those changes on farmers.Late last month, the U.S. House of Representatives agreed. By voice vote the legislators passed an amendment to a NSF funding bill for 2015 that says the agency can’t spend any money next year on her project, part of a collaboration with former colleagues at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, where Ahmed did a postdoc.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(*)Fortunately for Ahmed, now an assistant professor in sustainable food systems at Montana State University, Bozeman, the amendment won’t keep her from doing her fieldwork. That’s because NSF has funded all the research up front, in what’s called a standard grant. The 3-year, $931,000 grant was one of 21 projects awarded last fall as part of an ongoing NSF program on the dynamics of coupled natural and human systems.Salmon says he doesn’t get why NSF is spending money to study, in effect, the price of tea in China. “I find it deeply troubling that while our country is facing fiscal challenges of gigantic proportions … that programs such as this are being funded on the back of the American taxpayer,” he said in offering his amendment on 29 May. “While I certainly understand the value of predicting agricultural trends for tea, I believe that that is a task that ought to be left to the private sector, the ones that benefit from this kind of information.”Researchers say he’s missing the point of the work, which is part of an ongoing NSF initiative on science, engineering, and education for sustainability. The initiative is trying to better understand how environmental changes affect people’s lives and their response to those changes, according to NSF officials. Ahmed is looking specifically at how changes in the composition of the tea being grown could affect its marketability and, thus, the farmers’ livelihoods.“People buy and drink tea for certain qualities. If those qualities are not there, then they may not buy the tea,” co-principal investigator Colin Orians of Tufts explained earlier this year. “What we see happening to tea could be a harbinger of what could happen to agriculture in general.”Salmon’s office declined repeated requests from ScienceInsider to explain why he singled out the China project and what he hopes to accomplish, given that the research does not require additional funding. The Senate’s version of the same spending bill was approved by the Appropriations Committee last week without any such language, although amendments are expected when the bill goes to the floor next month. The two bills must then be reconciled, most likely not until after the November elections, before a final version can be sent to the president.In the meantime, the scientists are mounting a vocal defense of their work. “I am disappointed when politicians try to do NSF’s business,” Orians says. “I am proud of our project.” Kimberly Thurler, director of public relations at Tufts, says “we urge Congress to reject the Salmon amendment in conference and respect the NSF peer-review process.”Ahmed has written to her home-state legislator, Senator Jon Tester (D–MT), explaining the research and asking him to oppose any attacks from colleagues. And the extensive Chinese contacts she has made over the years are paying off in this latest round of research, she says, which is “proceeding smoothly and on schedule. … I believe this work is the responsibility of scientists in America’s colleges and universities which the NSF supports.”last_img read more

Steep drop in projected attendance at International AIDS Conference

first_imgAustralia is called the Land Down Under for a reason: It’s far away from most everywhere. So organizers of the 20th International AIDS Conference to be held in Melbourne on 20 to 25 July say it’s no surprise that the anticipated attendance is about half the number of participants who attended the 2012 meeting in Washington, D.C.On a media conference call today to brief journalists about the contents of the meeting, organizers said that about 8000 people have registered to date and that they expect a total of 12,000 will attend. “We still think it’s a good amount,” says Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, the international chair of the meeting. “I’m not disappointed, but I’m a little bit surprised. It’s very expensive to go there.” Barré-Sinoussi , who shared the Nobel Prize for her role in the discovery of HIV as the cause of AIDS, stressed that in addition to increased numbers of delegates from Asia and the Pacific, Africa will have more attendees than in past years. A steep drop-off has occurred in participants from the United States. “It’s really a conference for the region,” she says.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(*)last_img read more

House approves EPA ‘secret science’ bills despite White House veto threat

first_imgDefying a White House veto threat, the U.S. House of Representatives has approved two mostly Republican-backed bills that would change how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses scientific data and advice in writing its regulations. The bills, closely related to two measures that came up but died in previous Congresses, now go to the Senate. White House officials have already said that they would advise President Barack Obama to veto the bills, which have drawn opposition from science and environmental groups, if they arrive on his desk in their present form.Today, the House voted 241 to 175, mostly along party lines, to approve H.R. 1030, the EPA Secret Science Reform Act. It would bar EPA from issuing regulations that draw on data that have not been made public in a way that allows independent scientists to analyze it.Yesterday, the House approved, on a 236 to 181 vote, H.R. 1029, the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act. It would change the membership and procedural requirements for the agency’s federally chartered advisory panels of scientists and economists.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(*)Backers have said the bills are necessary to make EPA’s regulatory processes more transparent and inclusive.“Many Americans are unaware that some of the EPA’s most expensive and burdensome regulations, such as its proposed ozone rules, are based on data that not even the EPA has seen,” said Representative Lamar Smith (R–TX), the head of the House science committee, in a statement today. The secret science bill, he stated, “ensures that the decisions that affect every American are based on independently-verified, unbiased scientific research, instead of on secret data that is hidden behind closed doors.”“We aren’t telling the Science Advisory Board what to say,” said Representative Kevin McCarthy (R–CA) during yesterday’s debate on the House floor. “We aren’t telling the EPA what to do. But … true science demands clarity and impartiality. The Science Advisory Board lacks both, and that needs to change.”But opponents say the measures are designed to hobble the agency and give regulated industries more influence and could force researchers to violate privacy rules.“A great deal of important research, particularly related to public health, is based on sensitive personal information that [the secret science] bill would exclude from consideration,” said Representative Katherine Clark (D–MA) in a statement today. “This limit poses an impossible choice for the EPA: disregard critical research, even when it has been subject to rigorous evaluation and peer review, or violate the privacy of volunteers.”“The titles and text of these bills are cleverly designed to conceal their purpose, which is to protect industry from any oversight and any limits on their ability to pollute,” said Andrew Rosenberg, director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in a statement today. “House leaders and their allies in industry don’t like the answers science is giving—so they’ve written these bills to attack the process.”Identical versions of the bills, which give Republicans another chance to draw a contrast with the Obama administration’s environmental policy, have been introduced in the Senate. It isn’t yet clear whether that body will vote on the bills. Because the White House has issued a veto threat, however, Senate backers will need 67 votes for the measures to become law—a very steep hill to climb.last_img read more

Bahrain to attract Indian IT companies

first_imgThe Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), with a GDP of around $1.5tn, is among the world’s top 10 economies. The IT industry which is worth $200 billion is growing at a rate of 20 per cent year-on-year. The GCC has one of the highest levels of smartphone penetration in the world at 120 per cent. Cisco estimates that GCC will see 41 per cent CAGR in cloud traffic by 2019. While there is a demand for digital goods and services, the government and corporates have not yet taken full advantage of the opportunity.Read it at Telengana Today Related Itemslast_img read more