Science minister mulls forcing universities to attract more female researchers

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal science minister says universities aren’t doing the heavy lifting to appoint more female research chairs, so she wants to force their hands.On her way to give a speech Wednesday to university presidents in Montreal, Kirsty Duncan was handed the latest statistics on the number of men and women among applicants for new Canada Research Chair positions.“They’re dismal,” Duncan said in an interview with The Canadian Press. “There were two times more men nominated than women.”The Canada Research Chairs program was implemented 17 years ago to create 2,000 research positions at universities across the country to push for excellence in engineering, natural sciences, health sciences, humanities and social sciences. Canada spends $265 million a year on the program.As of December 2016, women held 30 per cent of the 1,612 filled positions.“The bar isn’t moving and that can’t continue,” Duncan said, noting that she even ad-libbed part of her speech because of it: “I let them know I was very disappointed with the results.”In 2006, the Canada Research Chairs Program settled a complaint with the Canada Human Rights Commission brought by eight women who complained about discrimination in the awarding of the positions. In 2009, universities set targets to try and increase the number of research chairs who are women, visible minorities, indigenous people and people with disabilities. In 2012, universities had to start reporting their progress on these targets annually.Duncan said if the voluntary program isn’t working, she is open to forcing the issue — but would not say how that would work. Last fall she required new equity reporting and planning reports to be submitted with new applications for the Canada Excellence Research Chairs program, after she discovered only one of the 28 chairs was female. That program focuses on science and technology research.University of Regina president Vianne Timmons said university administrators are very aware of the diversity issue and that it is a problem across university programs, not just the Canada Research Chairs. She said the presidents had already met to discuss the problem Wednesday before Duncan’s speech.“It’s a real challenge,” she said. “I hope the minister will recognize she doesn’t have to force the issue.”Timmons said part of the challenge is that women, for a number of reasons, are not applying for these roles in the same numbers as men. One of the answers is that university leaders, both men and women, have to be more assertive in recruiting women and other underrepresented groups.“I’ve been pretty aggressive in shoulder-tapping women and encouraging them to apply,” she said.Last fall, University of Ottawa professor Amir Attaran and University of New Brunswick professor Wendy Robbins made a submission to the Fundamental Science Review panel set up by Duncan, in which they recommended a number of improvements to the equity program. That included denying grants to universities who failed to meet the equity targets.Since there are no penalties for not meeting the targets, there is no incentive for universities to do anything, they argued. Robbins was one of the eight professors who brought the initial human rights complaint in 2006. Attaran filed a new complaint last year arguing there is evidence of systemic discrimination in the program, including against himself. His chair position was not renewed in 2015.That case is still pending, though the Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat which administers the program, denies all of Attaran’s allegations.Duncan said Canada lags behind other nations when it comes to women in science; only 36 per cent of PhDs in science in Canada are earned by women, compared with 49 per cent in the U.K. and 46 per cent in the United States.In 1987, just 20 per cent of the people working in science, technology, engineering and math fields were female, a number that has grown to just 22 per cent today.Follow @mrabson on Twitterlast_img read more

Brian May Wants Cosmetic Testing On Animals Banned In New Zealand

first_imgRock guitar legend and founder of the Save Me Trust, Brian May, took time out from his Queen tour in Auckland, to urge New Zealand to help end the suffering of animals used to test cosmetics such as shampoo and mascara.As he prepared to rock out the Vector Arena, Brian met backstage with #BeCrueltyFree New Zealand campaigners who are leading efforts to achieve a national ban on cosmetics animal testing and the sale of cosmetics animal tested abroad.The star, who tweeted a photo of himself wearing a #BeCrueltyFree tshirt, said: “I am really shocked that in the twenty first century we are still subjecting animals to pain and suffering just to test vanity products like cosmetics. Not only does it sadden me as a compassionate human being, but it also stuns me as a scientist that companies, regulators and governments around the world are still relying on these woefully inadequate, out-dated animal tests when we know very well how unreliable they are. New Zealand has a great opportunity to say enough is enough, just like the European Union and India have already done. So I’m urging policy makers in this great country to join me in backing the #BeCrueltyFree campaign, please let’s end cosmetics cruelty in New Zealand and the world once and for all.”#BeCrueltyFree New Zealand is headed by Humane Society International, the New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society and Helping You Help Animals (HUHA), part of the largest campaign in the world to end cosmetics cruelty. So far, more than 60,000 people have sent #BeCrueltyFree e-cards to New Zealand’s party leaders.Political support for a New Zealand ban has been growing. In March Green MP Mojo Mathers proposed introduction of a cosmetics animal testing ban as part of amendments to the Animal Welfare Act, and the Labour Party has also pledged a ban should it succeed at the upcoming national election. #BeCrueltyFree campaigners are determined to see the issue debated when Parliament reconvenes in November.Stephen Manson, spokesperson for NZAVS, said: “Our #BeCrueltyFree campaign is thrilled to have the support of someone like Brian May. Not only is he respected globally for his music, but he is also an immensely important voice within animal protection campaigning and brings real gravitas to our call for New Zealand to end the cruel and unnecessary practice of cosmetics animal testing. We know that New Zealand’s politicians are listening, now we need them to act.”Be Cruelty-Free campaigns are leading policy change across Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Russia, Taiwan and the United States.Brian May’s Save Me Trust is a non-profit organisation speaking out against the persecution and torture of wildlife for sport. But it’s not just foxes and badgers and other wild animals who are at risk. The Trust also periodically expresses support for other initiatives dedicated to ending animal cruelty. Today, Save Me Trust wishes to add its voice to Humane Society International and their campaign to end cosmetics tests on animals in New Zealand.last_img read more

Tensions tighten with each arrest at the gates of Kinder Morgan

first_imgNation to NationArrests keep happening at Kinder Morgan’s tank farm in Burnaby, B.C. but one prominent activist says not everyone is getting the same treatment.And she’s referring to the arrests of people like Elizabeth May, the federal Green party leader, a couple weeks ago compared to the recent detention of land defender Suntree Larue.“Like Elizabeth May’s arrest you could see her hooking her arms into both sides of the police officer and walking out,” said Kanahus Manuel. “She wasn’t held in a Canadian prison cell for doing what she believes is right. But Indigenous people are.“Suntree spent six days in a Canadian prison cell for fighting for our Indigenous rights. That’s our collective rights as Indigenous people across this country. And he’s standing up for all of us.”Green party leader Elizabeth May being arrested at the Kinder Morgan tank farm last month.More arrests are expected this weekend at the gates with Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, from the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, saying he intends to be arrested.It’s supposed to be an act of solidary by breaking a court injunction.But another protest has been unfolding for several months. It’s known as Camp Cloud and sits across the road from the gates of Kinder Morgan.And just outside of the area covered by the court injunction.APTN’s Laurie Hamelin sat down with two land defenders this week. They explained why they are camped out.“We gotta defend (water) by all means necessary. For me personally it would have to cost me more than just my life,” said Joshua Williams.And up the highway from Burnaby along the pipeline route is a different battle.One where status Indians have been denied band membership at Peters First Nation where the Kinder Morgan pipeline runs directly through. It’s a story APTN first reported just over a year ago.The three people have asked the Federal Court to make them members.Guy Peters is one of the three and has been waiting over 30 years to be a member just like his father and brother.“He states that it is very unsettling for him,” said Karey Brooks of JFK Law that represents the trio. “He doesn’t feel part of a community that he identifies with.”It’s now in a the hands of a judge to decide after arguments were made last month in Vancouver.N2N@aptn.calast_img read more

Big Grassy River man charged in death of 15 year old girl

first_imgAPTN NewsThe Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have charged Darrell  Tuesday from Mishkosiminiziibiing (Big Grassy River First Nation) with first-degree murder in the death of Autumn Andy.Andy, 15, disappeared from the community last Wednesday.She was discovered behind an outdoor skating rink in the community.The OPP say they were alerted to her disappearance by Three Treaty Police last Wednesday and sent a K-9 unit and search team in response.Her body was discovered at 7:45 p.m.An autopsy was performed in Toronto but police say they are not releasing the results.Police say they are continuing to investigate Andy’s death.Tuesday has been remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear in Fort Frances at the Ontario Court of Justice on June 25.last_img

Awarding outstanding Indian poets and novelists

first_imgRabindranath Tagore Literary Prize, existing since 2018, has been founded as a platform for World Peace, Literature, Art, Education and Human Rights. It has two-fold purpose: as honourable legacy to Rabindranath Tagore Literature Prize for the finest in Indian literature, and to recognise positive and lasting impact on society and its change with ‘Social Achievement Prize’.Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2019 winner will be announced at an award ceremony to be held on April 23, at India International Centre. The winner is entitled to $10 000. By their unvarying support for literature and children rights, the organisers have started initial 10,000 book donation to schools of their first winner ‘One Hundred Poems of Kabir’. Tagore Prize is one of the most anticipated literary award presentations, where they will accommodate 300 high profile attendees, authors, intellectuals, diplomats, ambassadors, executive directors and representatives of major publishing houses. Eminent people including Ayushman Jamwal, Master of Ceremony, a Senior Output Editor at CNN-News18, a columnist and a poet; Peter Bundaldo, Founder of Tagore Prize; Bidhan Chandra Singh, Executive Director at Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation; and others will be present at the event. The shortlist for Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2019 consist names like Amit Chaudhuri for ‘The Immortals’, Rana Dasgupta for ‘Solo’, K Madavane for ‘To Die in Benares’, Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi for ‘The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay’, Jeet Thayil for ‘The Book of Chocolate Saints’ and others. Tagore Prize 2019 – Social Achievement Prize will be awarded to Yohei Sasakawa, a Japanese philanthropist, for his remarkable work in leprosy elimination.Furthermore, Tagore Prize will announce building and launching of its first Satellite in Space – first literary prize in space.last_img read more

UN to send team to Iraq to help organize elections for next

“Now, in other areas, the building of new democratic institutions, but more particularly in the political arena, the UN will be playing a very active role,” Sergio Vieira de Mello, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, told Syrian television in Damascus, where he met with Syrian President Bashar al Assad and Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara.Mr. Vieira de Mello stressed the world body’s humanitarian role – “If there has been no humanitarian crisis in Iraq, one keeps forgetting it is thanks to the United Nations’ work there” – and its part in reconstruction with the hosting of a conference in October where donors will support the UN in assisting the reconstruction efforts in Iraq.Turning to the political arena, he added: “We have been active, discretely so, in the formation of the Governing Council, which is the first executive body that emerges in Iraq after the war and after the collapse of the Saddam Hussein regime. And I have offered all Iraqi political parties the support of the United Nations in the constitutional and electoral processes that are ahead of us.”These are areas in which the Untied Nations has a lot of experience and expertise that we have offered to the Iraqi partners to help them determine what the best option for the elaboration of the constitution is, in the particular circumstances, very special circumstances, Iraq finds itself in. And we will help them also organize elections, hopefully as early as possible, in 2004,” he said. The electoral team will visit Baghdad in early August to consult with the Governing Council in this regard.In his talks with Mr. Assad, Mr. Vieira de Mello said the Secretary-General’s report on Iraq, due to be submitted to the Security Council next Tuesday, would outline a broad range of activities for the UN in the months ahead. The UN would provide support to the Governing Council as it deliberates on the next steps of drafting the constitution, he added.”President Bashar, as you can imagine, is very much in favour of a strong United Nations role in Iraq,” Mr. Vieira de Mello said. The Syrian leader expressed his support for the UN role in Iraq.Mr. Vieira de Mello later left for Tehran for talks with Iranian President Mohammad Khatami and Foreign Minister Kharrazi tomorrow as part of his efforts to consult with a full spectrum of Iraqi society and regional leaders on reconstructing the country.He met Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia last Saturday in Taif, and will be visiting other countries in the region following his briefing to the Security Council next week.In New York, Mr. Annan said he would meet with a delegation of the Governing Council, which is coming to participate in the Security Council session. read more

Sir Bradley Wiggins takes on retirement challenge Channel 4s riskiest show The

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Confirmed to take part in the series are Emma Parker-Bowles, the niece of the Duchess of Cornwall, rugby players Gareth Thomas and Jason Robinson, footballer Robbie Fowler, former Made in Chelsea star Spencer Matthews, comedian Mark Dolan and Olympic medal-winning gymnast Louis Smith.They will be joined by Olympic Taekwondo champion Jade Jones, Paralympic medallist Kadeena Cox, model Vogue Williams, star of The Only Way Is Essex Lydia Bright, reality TV star Josie Gibson, and Caprice Bourret, the model. Sir Bradley, 36, said he is taking on the show as his next “sporting challenge”, insisting: “Just don’t call me a celebrity.”The last series of the show saw Beth Tweddle, the Olympic gymnast, require surgery after damaging two vertabrae, swimming Rebecca Adlington dislocate her shoulder mid ski jump, reality television star Mark Francis fracture an ankle, actress Tina Hobley dislocate her elbow and fracture her arm twice, and Heather Mills retire from competition with an injured leg and hand.Sarah Harding pulled a ligament in her knee, Ben Cohen needed 20 stitches in his face, Louisa Lytton and Tom Parker tore ligaments in their hands, and Linford Christie pulled his hamstring. “Major retiring Olympians such as Sir Steve Redgrave have also trod this path, I see this as a sporting challenge and want to go out there and win it.“Just don’t call me a celebrity.”The Jump will return to Channel 4 in early 2017, presented by Davina McCall. Sir Bradley aims to be crowned winner of The Jump Beth Tweddle had surgery for a broken neck after an accident during The Jump Previous series have seen Ola Jordan, the dancer, pull out before the show aired after injuring her hips in training, Sally Bercow fracture two ribs, Melinda Messenger suffer concussion and Marcus Brigstocke snap his cruciate ligament.A spokesman for Channel 4 said: “The show was recommissioned following a thorough review of safety procedures and as in previous years the courses are designed and adapted to the ability of the competitors.”This year, Sir Bradley will join 13 other contestants on location in Austria for training, before six weeks of live shows begin in earnest. Sir Bradley aims to be crowned winner of The Jump Just last week, he announced he was retiring from professional cycling with 16 years, eight Olympic medals and a Tour de France win under his belt.Sir Bradley Wiggins, it seems, has one more challenge left to conquer: death-defying television show The Jump.Sir Bradley is to take his life – or at least his leg bones – into his hands as takes part in the Channel 4 show, which has left previous celebrity contestants hospitalised after taking on its extreme winter sports challenges.It has become a favourite for retired sportsmen and women, who are unable to take part in such extreme physical activity during their careers. Last year's The Jump contestants, more than half of whom were injured during the series Gareth Thomas will take part this year Louis Smith is among the 2017 competitors Sir Bradley said: “Skiing is a big passion of mine, it was a mix of that and the other committed names this year that made me want to sign up.“From Jason Robinson and Robbie Fowler to Olympians Louis Smith and Jade Jones, these guys have excelled in the sporting arena and I have a lot of respect for them, they will be so competitive. Last year’s The Jump contestants, more than half of whom were injured during the seriesCredit:Channel 4 Gareth Thomas will take part this year Beth Tweddle had surgery for a broken neck after an accident during The Jump Louis Smith is among the 2017 competitorslast_img read more

Normet to tap Kazakh market

first_imgNormet, the Finnish manufacturer of specialty underground equipment, has established a subsidiary in Kazakhstan. The purpose is to develop co-operation and its service offering with local customers, in particular the after-market services. Normet has sold equipment and services in the country for over 20 years.“Normet has developed a special concept of after-market services called Life Time Care (LTC). The objective of the LTC is to offer customers services covering maintenance, service, spare parts and many other functions in close co-operation with Normet. LTC is aimed to increase considerably the availability, lifecycle and overall cost-effectiveness of Normet machines,” comments Heikki Ulvila, Director, Life Time Care. The subsidiary Norservice is located in the Karaganda area, the primary mining region of Kazakhstan. The most important services include sales of spare parts, customer-specific service contracts, repairs, training, and audit services. Norservice is also the sole importer and distributor of Normet equipment in the country.last_img read more

BALKAN BESIKTAS Croatian wings Nincevic and Zrnic stay in Turkey

Besiktas handballhandball transfersIvan NincevicVedran Zrnic ← Previous Story INVINCIBLE: Olafur Stefansson to help KIF Kolding against PPD Zagreb? Next Story → LIKE A WINE: Nikola Marinovic signs 2+2 years for Kadetten Schaffhausen! Turkish best outfit Besiktas MOGAZ want to make another step in development and come closer to the best teams in Europe. Another sign in that way is extension of deals with two important and experienced players, Croatian wings Ivan Nincevic and Vedran Zrnic. Both with tremendeous experience of playing for the Croatian national team, but also from DKB Bundesliga, will stay on Bosphorus until the summer 2017.A 34 years-old Nincevic has played in Zagreb, Fuchse Berlin, Dinamo Minsk, etc, while two years older Zrnic had fantastic years in Slovenian Prule (former EHF CL semi-finalist from 2002), RK Gorenje, VfL Gummersbach, Orlen Wisla Plock…Josip Buljubasic is another Croat who is playing for Besiktas, while there are also two Serbian back players David Rasic and Predrag Dacevic. The first reinforcement for the next season is Macedonian NT playmaker Nemanja Pribak.SOURCE: read more

Continued effort needed to tackle stigma towards mental health issues

first_imgRead: More than 3,000 young people are waiting for mental health referrals >More: Reports that mental health service plans are 30 years old are “not new” > The overlap between EPMH disability and other types of disability highlights the need for an integrated approach to service delivery that takes account of the physical health needs of people with EPMH disability and takes account of the mental health needs of people with a physical disability.Since many people with EPMH disability first experience the disability during their working years, retention in employment is important to their social inclusion. Services to both the employer and the person with a disability are needed to retain people with EPMH disability in employment.Addressing stigma on the part of the general population – including employers and those providing public and private services – needs to remain on the agenda of mental health and disability policy. This issue needs to be addressed in a number of ways: through the education system; by means of general educational campaigns targeting adults; through training for those who deal with the public; through implementation of equality policies in organisations and through equality legislation to protect people with a disability from discrimination. A NEW REPORT recommends an integration of services for those with physical disabilities and mental health disabilities.It also highlights a strong connection between the level of social support and the general well-being of people with mental health disabilities.A new paper published by the ESRI this afternoon analysed the results of Central Statistics Office survey on people with ‘emotional, physiological and mental health (EPMH) disabilities’.This found that 87% of those with an EPMH issues also had one other type of disability, most commonly (52%) mobility issues.One of the report’s ‘policy implications’ is that services need to take into account both a person’s physical health needs and EPMH  needs.“Two issues which emerged throughout the study were the strong overlap between EPMH disability and the importance of attitudes of other people,” report author Dorothy Watson said.Both individual factors, such as general health and presence of other types of disability, and environmental factors, including the attitudes of other people, have a significant impact on the well-being and participation of people with EPMH disability.The research found that between 45% and 58% of people reported that public and private service providers, employers, and strangers were supportive, compared with 80% finding interaction with friend and families supportive.This level of support was crucial in helping people overcome difficulties in everyday life and being able to participate in more activities.The ESRI report is also recommending increased work supports for those with EPMH disabilities.Just 18% of those surveyed were in employment, and 69% had ever worked. Some were uninterested in ever entering employment due to the ‘attitudes of other people’, while flexible or shorter working hours were seen as an incentive by others.The three key policy implications were:last_img read more

Giroud wants to score against Lloris

first_imgOlivier Giroud and Hugo Lloris have been playing together this week for the France national team but the striker will try to score against the keeper in the upcoming game between Chelsea and Tottenham.The Frenchman is still waiting for his first league goal for the Blues since he arrived from Arsenal back in winter – and he hopes that he will break the deadlock in the upcoming derby match against the Spurs.The former Montpellier player spoke about his goal for the upcoming game as he said, according to Daily Mail:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I have been trying very hard to do my best for the team at Chelsea, and I feel I have been a bit unlucky in the past few weeks not to have scored already.”“Hopefully I will score my first one against Tottenham and Hugo, and that will help us win a very, very important game.”“The Spurs game is massive and though Hugo is my colleague for France I would give him a smile if I scored in that one as we really need to win it.”last_img read more

ASA Calls on Congress to Support Transportation and Infrastructure

first_imgAs Congress considers several transportation issues and measures, including appropriations bills and the potential Surface Transportation Reauthorization bill by the authorizing committees, the American Soybean Association (ASA) is urging support for its top transportation and infrastructure priorities.”Soybean farmers have a strong interest in ensuring there is a safe and efficient transportation system,” said ASA President Alan Kemper, a soybean farmer from Lafayette, Ind. “The ability to move soybeans from the farm to processing facilities and our export customers is a significant factor in our bottom line. To maintain our industries’ competitive position in the global market, we must invest in our aging and increasingly inefficient transportation infrastructure.”Soybeans move by truck, by barge, and by rail, and with over 55 percent of the crop exported, soybean farmers are especially impacted by the state of U.S. transportation infrastructure. The soybean industry is one of few U.S. sectors that provide a positive trade balance and is responsible for a significant number of jobs and economic development, especially in rural America.”First and foremost, funding must be provided to allow the Lower Mississippi River to remain fully open for commerce,” Kemper said. “The inland waterways navigation system, especially the Mississippi River, is a vital asset in the movement of important commodities such as grain, coal, steel, petroleum and aggregate materials.”In 2010, approximately 850 million bushels of soybeans were exported from the Mississippi Gulf region. This year, unprecedented levels of high water on the Mississippi River are carrying silt and debris to the mouth of the River. As water levels begin to recede, an emergency situation has developed with significant silting and shoaling at the River’s mouth that imminently threatens the ability of vessels to enter and exit the river.”Dredging of this critical artery must happen immediately, and it is our hope that the Administration and Congress will work together to ensure that sufficient funding for dredging is available, including the expeditious enactment of Emergency Supplemental Appropriations funding, if necessary,” Kemper said.To modernize lock and dam infrastructure on the Upper Mississippi, a long-term plan, such as the Capital Development Plan, which was formulated by the waterways industry and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is needed to improve the program management and provide a sufficient and reliable funding mechanism.”ASA urges that the Capital Development Plan be included in a Water Title of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization bill or in a Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) that is enacted this year,” Kemper said.ASA also supports the inclusion of provisions in the Surface Transportation Reauthorization bill to maintain the hours-of-service exemption for agricultural producers and to increase weight limits for trucks with six axles. In agriculture, safety, efficiency, and flexibility are needed to maximize productivity. The hours-of-service exemption and truck weight limit provisions are necessary to meet those needs.”We urge that these important transportation issues be addressed by Congress to keep soybeans, other commodities, and our overall economy moving,” Kemper said.last_img read more

New Year Means Time To Renew Burn Permits

first_imgResidents are required to obtain a new 2019 general burn permit, read it in its entirety, sign it, and call the phone number on the permit each day before starting a fire. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享With the start of the new year the State Division of Forestry reminds residents of the Kenai Peninsula that a new general burn permit is required for all burn barrels and small debris burns by April 1. Dan Govoni, State of Alaska Div. of Forestry: “Residents on the Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak need to check with their local municipalities to see what type of burn permits are also required by them.” Large scale burn permits require a site inspection and a burn plan in place prior to the permit being issued. Burn permits issued prior to the 2019 season are no longer valid. The general burn permits are free and available at the Kenai-Kodiak Division of Forestry Office in Soldotna.last_img

PreConference Workshop to Explore Origins of BRAC Likely Focus of Next Round

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Congress so far has successfully ignored the Obama administration’s requests to hold a new BRAC round, but as Pentagon budget cuts mount, pressure continues to build for lawmakers to approve additional base closures. While the exact timing of a new round remains uncertain, most Washington experts consider a BRAC round inevitable.Next month’s National Summit will feature a pre-conference workshop covering the mechanics of the BRAC process along with insight about past rounds from the executive director of the most recent BRAC commission and DOD’s former installations chief.The session will be moderated by George Schlossberg, ADC’s long-time general counsel, a partner at Kutak Rock LLP and BRAC expert. For community members that are new to BRAC — or those that want a refresher — Schlossberg will discuss how the federal government came up with the idea of relying on an independent commission to close military installations and how Congress settled on the BRAC process used most recently in 2005.The panel will walk attendees through the initial steps in a BRAC round — the preparation of a force structure plan, inventory of installations and evaluation criteria. Next, it will delve into the process followed by the Pentagon to develop its list of recommended closures and realignments, including the data calls sent to each installation, and the use of the COBRA model to calculate the costs and benefits of individual closures. The panel also will discuss how the BRAC commission operates, including the scheduling of public hearings, and the voting process for revising the department’s closure recommendations and approving final recommendations.Schlossberg will be joined at the workshop by Charles Battaglia, who served as executive director of the 2005 BRAC Commission, and Dorothy Robyn, who served as deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment in the first half of the Obama administration. Battaglia and Robyn will help provide workshop attendees with an insider’s view of the BRAC process from the perspective of DOD and the BRAC commission.In a conversation with View from the Summit, Schlossberg acknowledged the next base closure round likely could include some changes in its mechanics, but emphasized that its core elements — primarily, its reliance on an independent, bipartisan commission to review DOD’s recommendations in a public forum with community input — almost certainly would remain in place.For those looking for a comprehensive introduction to the BRAC process, don’t miss the Summit’s BRAC 101 pre-conference workshop! A great introduction to the workshop is the Journal of Defense Communities article about the legislative history of BRAC.last_img read more

TRAFFIC ADVISORY Town Announces Road Paving Projects For Shawsheen Ave Carter Lane

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Department of Public Works will be grinding and resurfacing the following roadways, potentially starting Wednesday, July 11, 2018:Shawsheen Avenue (Aldrich Road to Foot Bridge of Old Shawsheen Avenue)Carter Lane (Shawsheen Avenue to 23 Carter Lane)Sherburn Place (Shawsheen Avenue to End)During grinding and paving operations, the roadways will be closed to cut-through traffic.  Area residents will have access to and from their properties, although there may be short delays.  Please obey the directives of police details, detour signs, and warning signs during all construction operations.This date may be postponed due to inclement weather or scheduling delays with the Town’s roadway contractor.If you have any questions, or require additional information, please contact the Department of Public Works at 978-658-4481.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington DPW.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTRAFFIC ADVISORY: Wilmington DPW Announces Paving Projects In Arlene Ave. & Burt Rd. Neighborhoods On Aug. 12-13In “Government”TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Wilmington DPW Announces Upcoming Paving Projects For 8 StreetsIn “Government”TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Shawsheen Ave. Area Paving To Begin August 15In “Government”last_img read more

Ktaka circular asks women employees not to loiter around

first_imgThe Secretariat of Karnataka Legislature has issued a circular directing women employees not to “unnecessarily” loiter around.The circular has also asked officers and employees to practice discipline at work and warned them of action against gathering in groups, talking loudly on mobile phone and unnecessarily walking in the corridors during office hours in the Assembly.It says “some officials and employees of this Secretariat are still found gathering in groups, talking loudly on mobile phone, and women employees unnecessarily walk in the corridors during office hours. This type of behaviour will not only disturb official functioning but also reflects indiscipline.” Referring to an earlier circular issued in 2011 that warns of action against such activities considering it as “disturbance to official functioning and indiscipline”, the Secretariat on May 21 has issued the fresh circular in this regard. It has also called on the officials and employees to cooperate in official activities by following “self- discipline”.last_img read more

Go knotty with scarves

first_imgScarves and stoles are absolute must haves for every girls wardrobe during winter. Use them to drape in a multitude of ways and look fashionable, says an expert.Shikul Narula, a stylist lists an array of stylish ways to adorn colourful scarves and stoles: * Vibrant scarves can be worn with almost everything. The basic scarf is a must have as it can add some drama and fun to any boring outfit. Simply wrap it around the neck. * Winter calls for a lot of partying and one doesn’t always want to wear heavy overcoats. Wrap a beautiful hand embroidered stole or crystal laden scarf over a black dress to stand out in the crowd. Pair this with stockings and boots to glam it up. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf* Wear scarves with fur, leather, suede or lace. All of these are surely going to make a few heads turn and are bound to bring you a ton of compliments. They will  not only add drama to any outfit but will ensure you are on point in your style game.* You can also use scarves to accessorise your hair. Make a messy bun then roll the scarf all over it and make a knot. This is surely going to come to your rescue on a bad hair day and add to a boho vibe. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive* Bow style: This is an extremely elegant way of draping a scarf. Make one side of the scarf longer than the other and make a loop in the upward direction hiding the end. Make a bow by holding the scarf in the centre. Now take the shorter side of scarf and wrap it around the bow. Once done, bring the end of the shorter side of the scarf around the bow and through the middle. When the scarf comes out on the other side pull it to make it a bit tighter and arrange the bow. * Belted scarves: Let the scarf fall in front of your dress and pair it with a skinny belt. This should be done with a relatively longer scarf which is rectangular in shape. Wear heels with this style as it works to give an illusion of height and makes one look taller.* If you are going for a professional or formal look this winter, you can enhance the look by draping the scarf around the neck and keep the loop under the collar of the blazer/jacket and keeping the rest of it in front. You can leave the buttons open as well. If your overall outfit is black go for a brighter scarf, as it will add colour to your overall outfit.* If you are going for traditional Indian wear, go for scarf necklaces in contrast colours for your attire. Make a basic loop, take one end and twist it several times around the loop, ending at the centre front. Repeat it on the other side and then arrange the ends at centre knot. Another way to drape a stole with your Indian wear it to use it as a dupatta and let it hang from one side. This style will make an outfit look unique and keep you cosy at the same time.* French knot: An extremely popular style which is stylish and super easy! Just fold the scarf in half and put it around your shoulders. Take one loose end and pull it over and under the scarf loop. Take the other end and go under and over the same loop.* Head scarf: If you want to keep your head warm but not use a boring cap/hat we have some ideas. Wrap a scarf on the back of your head and bring it in front. Make it a crisscross and then again take it back and make a knot.last_img read more

Two lanes closed on M6 in Staffordshire after accident damages barrier

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailTwo lanes remain closed on the M6 motorway in Staffordshire following an accident in the early hours of this morning. Lanes two and three are closed on the northbound carriageway between junction 11 (Cannock) and junction 11a (the M6 Toll) according to Highways England. The collision, which took place at around 1.30am this morning, closed the northbound motorway for several hours, however just lanes remain shut as of 6am this morning (Wednesday February 27). One lane was also closed southbound, but reopened just after 6am. As of 7.37am Highways England confirmed there were around five miles of congestion. Highways England are continuing to work on the barrier this morning (Image: Highways England) Highways England said barrier repairs are continuing, with a HGV involved in the accident also knocking over a lamp column. At 7.45am a Highways England spokesman added:  “Lane 2 & 3 (of 3) remains closed on the M6 Northbound between J11 Cannock & J11A M6 Toll whilst our team are rehanging the barrier.” “The location of the incident means traffic joining the M6 northbound from the M6 Toll at J11a is unaffected by the closure. “Road users are advised to allow additional time for their journey. Read MorePlans for £40m development off M6 with M&S Simply Food, drive thru and 96 homes set to be THROWN OUT   Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us  @SOTLive or message us on  our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at  StokeonTrentLive .last_img read more

Brazil bridegroom bleeds to death at his wedding

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Media reports say a Brazilian bridegroom bled to death at his wedding reception when he tripped and fell on an empty glass of beer.The G1 news website says the freak accident occurred early Monday morning some six hours after navy sergeant Fabio Jefferson dos Santos Maciel and Geise Guimaraes tied the knot.Citing wedding guests, G1 says Maciel was dancing with one of the bridesmaids when he lost his balance and fell to the ground shattering the glass he was carrying in his left pants pocket. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Comments   Share   5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistcenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement G1 says a piece of glass severed his femoral vein, causing a massive loss of blood.He died shortly after being rushed to a nearby hospital.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Patients with chronic pain give advice Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectlast_img read more

Williams a running back comes over from the Minn

first_imgWilliams, a running back, comes over from the Minnesota Vikings. He was signed by the team as a rookie free agent out of Wagner in May after rushing for 4,435 yards in his collegiate career. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   The Arizona Cardinals added Christian Tupou, Kevin Cone and Dominque Williams to their practice squad Tuesday.Tupou, a defensive lineman, spent the preseason with Arizona and was released in the final roster cut. Cone, a receiver, spent the preseason with the Miami Dolphins after signing with the team on April 3. He played in 16 games with the Atlanta Falcons last season, and had one catch for 12 yards. He originally entered the league as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Georgia Tech in 2011.center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more