Combat boots marking DDay anniversary end crosscountry journey in Halifax

Combat boots marking DDay anniversary end crosscountry journey in Halifax

17 October 0

first_imgHALIFAX — A pair of combat boots symbolizing the journey of Canadian soldiers to fight in the Second World War has arrived in Halifax as the country prepares to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.The boots arrived this evening to an official welcome at the Halifax Via Rail Canada train station after travelling more than 5,000 kilometres across Canada and stopping in more than 17 communities.The trip began March 29 in Vancouver at a send-off attended by veterans and Lawrence MacAulay, the minister of veterans affairs.MacAulay said the boots are meant as a visual representation of the journey Canadians made to serve in the Second World War. Halifax was a main departure point for troops heading overseas.About 14,000 Canadians landed at Juno Beach in northern France on D-Day, June 6, 1944, marking the beginning of the Battle of Normandy, in which 5,000 Canadians died and more than 13,000 were wounded.The boots ceremony is the first of three official events in Halifax to mark the momentous battle.On Wednesday a wreath-laying ceremony will be held at a memorial in Point Pleasant Park, and the Government of Canada will hold another ceremony on Thursday at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Modi govt has been all campaign no work Priyanka Gandhi

Modi govt has been all campaign no work Priyanka Gandhi

12 October 0

first_imgRatlam: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Monday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying his five-year tenure saw only “campaigning” and no work. Referring to Modi’s reported “tapasya” (hardwork) remark, the Congress general secretary said “tapasya” destroys arrogance, but the “arrogance” of the Modi government had grown “too big”. Gandhi Vadra alleged Modi did not find even five minutes in his tenure to solve problems faced by the poor in his constituency, Varanasi, in Uttar Pradesh. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh In an interview to a leading English daily, Modi had recently said that his image was not created by the ” Khan Market gang” (located in Delhi), but his 45-year tapasya (hard work). “Normally, political leaders should talk about real issues during campaign, like what are your problems, how it can be solved, what they will do in next five years, what they did in last five years,” Gandhi Vadra told a poll rally here. “But in the last five years a strange silsila (series) is on. Only campaigning is going on, no actual work was done,” she said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Gandhi Vadra said there has been a difference in the BJP’s campaigning and reality and assured that the Congress will realise promises. She alleged that the “tapasvi” prime minister did not secure farmers, youth, the weak and others of the country. “This government’s arrogance has grown so much that he reaches out to you only during rallies. He did not find even five minutes in five years to go to the home of a poor person or farmer in his own constituency Varanasi to tell them what he could do to solve their problems through his government,” she charged. She accused the prime minister of talking “big and random” things and not about the BJP’s unfulfilled poll promises. “Be alert, an effort is on to delude you, you are being used politically. You have made all the politicians. Hence, try to understand your strength. Your vote is important, don’t waste it,” she told the gathering. Gandhi Vadra also criticised the government on the issues of note ban, alleging that it caused huge job losses and other hardships. She dubbed the PM-Kisan Yojana as the ‘Kisan Apman Yojana’ and claimed the Congress’ NYAY scheme, under which people will get Rs 6000 per month, was better. She said the PM-Kisan Yojana (Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi) only allocated Rs 2 per day per family member which was completely inadequate.last_img read more

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Closing Bell Toronto stock market ends lower as international markets react to

Closing Bell Toronto stock market ends lower as international markets react to

08 October 0

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market weakened on Monday as concerns about a controversial new levy on bank deposits by the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus unsettled financial markets around the globe.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,781.76 -48.27 -0.38%S&P 500 — 1,552.10 -8.60 -0.55%Dow — 14,452.06 -62.05 -0.43%Nasdaq — 3,237.59 -11.48 -0.35%The S&P/TSX composite ended down 48.27 points at 12,781.76 as it pushed away from a steeper loss of nearly 71 points earlier in the session. The TSX Venture Exchange dipped 5.37 points to 1,111.78.The Canadian dollar fell 0.29 of a cent to 97.82 cents US.In Cyprus, lawmakers postponed until Tuesday night a vote on a deposit tax of 6.75% on accounts of up to (euro)100,000 (US$131,000) and 9.9% on accounts over that amount in a bailout agreement reached with international lenders on the weekend.The tax is among conditions demanded by international creditors in order for Cyprus to get (euro)10 billion (US$13 billion) in bailout funds.But the tax on ordinary citizens’ savings is an unprecedented step in Europe’s 3 1/2-year-old debt crisis and the shock over the threat to private property spread rapidly, sending markets in Britain, German and France down sharply.While the financials of the country are small, the magnitude of the proposal in Cyprus was great enough that it captured plenty of attention, said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist with Edward Jones in St. Louis.“If this were to be extrapolated over into countries like Spain or Italy, there would be much larger ripple effects that would occur,” he said.“We don’t think that’s likely, but the blueprint that this would set is at least alarming.”Banks in Cyprus will remain closed until Thursday as lawmakers try to amend a measure to raid bank accounts in the country.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials dropped 62.05 points to 14,452.06. The Nasdaq was down 11.48 points at 3,237.59 and the S&P 500 index slid 8.60 points to 1,552.10.In commodities, the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 29 cents to end at US$93.74 a barrel, as TSX energy stocks made the steepest decline, off 0.9%.Copper took a significant hit from the concerns in Europe, with the May contract losing 9.3 cents to settle at US$3.43 a pound. Metals and mining stocks were off 1.3%.Gold stocks were one of the sole climbers, as April bullion rose $12 to settle at US$1,604.60 an ounce.In corporate developments, Bombardier Transportation is denying a European newspaper report that it faces large penalties for the late delivery of 59 double-decker inter-city trains ordered in 2010 by Swiss Federal Railways (SBB).Der Sonntag, quoting unidentified sources, said Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) faces at least US$487 million (460 million Swiss francs) in penalties for delivering the trains two years late.Bombardier shares were down 10 cents to $4.18.On Tuesday, the Federal Open Market Committee will begin a two-day meeting where it is widely expected to affirm its plans to continue its US$85 billion monthly bond purchases, though comments could provide more certainty on how much longer the program will last.Some policymakers at the U.S. central bank have been concerned that the purchases could eventually unsettle financial markets or cause the Fed to take losses. The purchases, commonly known as quantitative easing, are designed to boost the U.S. economy by increasing liquidity in financial markets.But the language of the Fed comments will, as always, be put under the microscope.Here’s the news investors were watching today:Why tiny Cyprus shook markets around the world todayApple seen hiking its dividend 56%, giving investors highest yield in techFlaherty budget to target tax loopholes, spare provincial transfers as global headwinds weigh on growth‘A nasty can of worms:’ Cyprus bailout deal may cause eurozone crisis to flare up againON DECK TUESDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Manufacturing sales and orders (Jan): Economists expect 0.6% rise Wholesale trade (Jan): Economists expect 0.4% rise UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Housing starts (Feb): Economists expect 2.8% rise Building permits (Feb): Economists expect 2.3% rise CORPORATE NEWSCANADACouche-Tard Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 85¢ a share UNITED STATESAdobe Systems Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 31¢ a share read more

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Sri Lankan nationals among 10 held in Kochi

Sri Lankan nationals among 10 held in Kochi

08 October 0

Sri Lankan refugees are among the 10 people detained by police from a homestay at Cherai in Kochi, India.Munambam police conducted raids at the homestay on Wednesday night following a tip-off from intelligence agencies. It is suspected that the detainees arrived in Munambam as part of human trafficking racket. Some of them are from Tamil Nadu, Manorama news reportedThe police conducted raid after signals from the mobile phones of some inmates of a camp for Sri Lankan refugees were received in Cherai area. The detainees did not have any travel documents, sources said. read more

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Africa UN agencies launch appeal for millions facing food shortages

Africa UN agencies launch appeal for millions facing food shortages

06 October 0

The World Food Programme (WFP) launched an urgent appeal for Burundi, which it said was on the verge of an “alarming” food shortage this month. A two-month delay in rains combined with a poor harvest from the previous growing season could cause the number of people needing relief food there to double to 1.2 million from 580,000.WFP said it urgently needs 40,000 tons of food, valued at $19 million, to help feed more than a million Burundians until the main harvest in April 2003. The agency is also trying to cope with the current influx of Congolese refugees, which has reached about 14,000 people.“The situation has become alarming, and the international community needs to step forward urgently to help avoid a possible hunger crisis,” said Mustapha Darboe, WFP Country Director and Representative in Burundi.Meanwhile, WFP said it has started moving large amounts of food by rail from Nacala Port in Mozambique in a bid to speed up food aid to millions of hungry people in Malawi.With all eight locomotives up and running, the UN agency said it would be transporting an extra 10,000 tons of food each month into the country. The Nacala railway project will also speed up the flow of commercial food and other crucial goods into Malawi, where nearly one third of the population is suffering from a combination of poor harvests, chronic poverty, failed policies and an overwhelming HIV/AIDS epidemic.In Angola, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said malnutrition rates remain high and the number of people in need is growing with the food situation critical for a large number of displaced people.While the number of Angolans in need of emergency food aid has increased to 1.9 million, from 1.42 million, an estimated 4.35 million people will be at risk next year, including more than 2 million who will be highly vulnerable, the UN agency said.For 2003, FAO has launched a $12.7 million aid appeal to help the most vulnerable people resume their agricultural activities, and is planning to continue the distribution of urgently needed quality seeds and tools. “Good quality seeds were not available within the country, so we have identified skilled farmers in nine provinces and strengthened their ability to produce quality seed. We then buy a part of their production and distribute it to other needy farmers,” said Fernanda Guerrieri, Chief of FAO’s Emergency Operations Service. read more

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Donor funding still needed for mineclearance operations in Kosovo – UN

Donor funding still needed for mineclearance operations in Kosovo – UN

06 October 0

Repeating warnings from the Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC) to the public not to go into areas marked with tape or mine signs or approach suspicious objects, the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) noted today that so far this year two people had been killed and seven seriously injured in such accidents.Since April when de-mining activities resumed, over 1,200 mines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) have been located and destroyed, and over 2 million square metres of land cleared. Last year, one person was killed and 13 seriously injured in 11 accidents, over 4,000 items of mines and UXO were located and destroyed and over 4 million square metres of land cleared. Continued donor funding is needed for the ongoing operations of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and training of KPC teams, which together have some 250 people involved in the day-to-day clearance of mines and UXO, UNMIK said.The NGOs active in Kosovo are the Halo Trust, Handicap International and the Mines Awareness Trust. read more

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Eurozone industry shows signs of slowing amid euros rise

Eurozone industry shows signs of slowing amid euros rise

03 October 0

Eurozone industry shows signs of slowing amid euro’s rise LONDON – Industrial output across the 19 countries that make up the eurozone fell in June, official figures showed Monday, in a development that likely illustrates the export-sapping impact of the rising euro.The Eurostat statistics agency said output declined by 0.6 per cent during the month, giving up half the previous month’s gain. Though monthly figures can be volatile, the fall, the first since February, was in line with predictions in financial markets, with many economists warning about the implications of the euro’s rise in recent months, particularly against the currencies of the eurozone’s two biggest export markets, Britain and the U.S.Against the British pound, the euro’s benefited from worries over Britain’s scheduled exit from the European Union, with some market forecasters now predicting that the two currencies will soon be equal in value for the first time. On Monday, the euro was up a further 0.1 per cent at 0.91 pound.The euro has also risen about 10 per cent against the dollar this year — to a 30-month high above $1.19 earlier this month — on the back of strong eurozone economic data, waning fears of a wave of populist politicians taking power across Europe, as well as uncertainty over the economic program of U.S. President Donald Trump.The output figures point to a currency impact, particularly in Germany, the single currency bloc’s powerhouse economy where production fell by 1.1 per cent. Though a stronger currency shows that confidence is returning to the eurozone economy, it does have the potential to weigh on exporters as it increases the price of their goods in international markets, all other things being equal.Despite the June fall, industrial production was still a healthy 2.6 per cent higher compared with a year earlier, though down on May’s 3.9 per cent annual rate.The general trend, though, is clear. The eurozone economy is in a better position than it has been for years. Fears of a breakup of the currency bloc have subsided while growth has risen to the long-run average and has outstripped the U.S. so far this year. In the second quarter, the eurozone economy grew by a quarterly rate of 0.6 per cent. Economists said the June industrial production figures are unlikely to prompt any revision to that rate in this Wednesday’s update.“All things considered, we remain optimistic about the eurozone economy, and forecast above-consensus growth of 2.2 per cent this year and 2 per cent in 2018,” said Jack Allen, European economist at Capital Economics. by Pan Pylas, The Associated Press Posted Aug 14, 2017 3:43 am MDT Last Updated Aug 14, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Football Center Billy Price sets Ohio State record with 51st consecutive start

Football Center Billy Price sets Ohio State record with 51st consecutive start

02 October 0

Ohio State redshirt senior Billy Price warms up prior to the Buckeyes’ 38-7 win versus Army on Sept. 16 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorAs center Billy Price took the field for Ohio State’s first offensive drive of the game against Michigan State Saturday, he set the record for most consecutive starts by an Ohio State player with his 51st start, surpassing former Ohio State defensive lineman and later co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell. Price has started every game since earning the starting right guard spot as a redshirt freshman in 2014. Last season at right guard, the then-first-time captain was named first-team All-American by American Football Coaches Association and first-team All-Big Ten. Moving to center in 2017, Price was named to the preseason Rimington Award watch list, given to the nation’s top center. Ohio State’s center in 2016, Pat Elflein, took home the honor last season. read more

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Patients should be charged for GP and hospital visits to fund NHS

Patients should be charged for GP and hospital visits to fund NHS

25 September 0

Earlier this month an Ipsos Mori poll of more than 1,000 adults found 71 per cent supported the idea of charges for missed GP and hospital appointments. And 47 per cent backed “charging patients who have diseases and illnesses which are caused in some way by their lifestyle”. In total, 47 per cent of those surveyed backed this, the poll commissioned by the NHS Confederation found. Both were more popular than increases in national insurance, which won support from 45 per cent of those polled, or increases in tax, which 42 per cent backed. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said: “Charging patients for GP appointments would go against one of the founding principles of the NHS, that care is free at the point of need. “It risks deterring patients from seeking medical help in the early stages of illness, when they can be dealt with cost-effectively and efficiently in primary care, rather than requiring expensive specialist care in hospitals, and it is bound to negatively affect our vulnerable patients, who are less able to pay for healthcare, most,” she said. Similar motions are proposed by committees from Buckinghamshire, Scunthorpe and Worcestershire and Herefordshire, which said “denial of NHS healthcare is now so endemic, that it has become regrettably necessary to consider co-payments for NHS clinical services to re-establish adequate provision”.Cancer specialist Prof Karol Sikora said he was strongly in favour of co-payments, saying they encouraged people to take more responsibility for their health. “Every other aspect of life you pay for – whether it’s your holiday, your home, your car or whether or not your children go to private school,” he said.Prof Sikora said the NHS should still provide a decent standard of care for free, with top-ups used to speed access for operations, GP appointments and expensive drugs.”We have always talked about this but Governments of both left and right have avoided it because they thought they would lose votes. I don’t think they will,” he said. “I hope the BMA votes in favour of this,” said Prof Sikora, Dean of Buckinghamshire Medical School.”They voted against the NHS at the start – they’re not all communists.”But Dr Richard Vautrey, chairman of the BMA’s GP committee, said he did not believe most of the union’s members would support the move.”I would be very surprised if it is passed but the BMA is a democratic organisation and we will discuss the arguments,” he said.”This is an issue that has come up before and it is something we debate but the consensus has always been that the best way to fund the NHS is through general taxation.”Clearly when there is a lack of investment as we have seen people are going to start looking round for alternatives,” the GP added.Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association said charges were not the way forward. “Funding the NHS through taxation spreads the risk of ill health across the population, and means that everyone can access care when they need it. “Charges, by contrast, would lead to well-off patients spending more on their care, and less well-off people being excluded, and suffering worse health as a result – it’s both inequitable and inefficient,” she said. A patient is given a vaccination by a doctor (stock image) A patient is given a vaccination by a doctor (stock image)Credit:Rex Patients should be charged for GP and hospital visits, leading doctors say.The British Medical Association (BMA) will vote next week on whether to lobby the Government to introduce alternative ways to fund the NHS.The radical move, which would end the principle of an NHS free at the point of delivery, will be discussed at the BMA’s annual conference on Monday.Those backing the proposal say charges are preferable to the “covert rationing” of healthcare which they say has become endemic.And they said fees to see doctors would discourage people with minor ailments from clogging up GP surgeries.A number of doctors have previously called for the introduction of a £25 fee to see GPs, but so far the BMA has not endorsed the policy.Earlier this year polling of GPs found eight in 10 were in favour of charges for some services. Mike Forster, lay secretary for Gloucestershire local medical committee (LMC) said the aim of the motion was to reduce pressure on the NHS, by encouraging patients to take more responsibility.”There is an enormous amount of demand in general practice. We are just putting a shot across the bow saying is this something to be considered for ameliorating the deluge of patients going through general practice doors who might possibly think twice about doing it,” he said. Too many patients were visiting GPs when they would have recovered after a few days rest, or could have seen a pharmacist, he said.Mr Forster said small fees might be enough to make patients think twice.”Think about plastic bags,” he said.”A 5p charge on them has vastly reduced the number of plastic bags people use. It might be that a couple of pounds – £5 maximum – would make people think ‘should I spend that on the GP or should I nip down to the pharmacy where you can get the medication anyway.’”Dr Dean Eggitt, chief executive of Doncaster LMC, also backed the idea of co-payments, saying the NHS should fund a more limited range of treatment, and patients who wanted more expected to pay “top up” fees.The GP said the announcement by Theresa May of an extra £20bn a year by 2024 was not sufficient, suggesting it was like expecting Harrods to work on an “Aldi” budget. “In reality, we either need to increase taxes dramatically, adopt a co-payment model – in effect cutting NHS services without a top up payment – or cut the quality and breath of NHS services for all – providing a service based upon need rather than want,” he said.The motion, proposed by Gloucestershire LMC for debate on Monday “calls on the BMA to encourage the Government to consider alternative means of funding the NHS” and says that “co-payments from patients should be considered.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Ruby Marine purchases Inland Barge Service as barge season begins

Ruby Marine purchases Inland Barge Service as barge season begins

09 September 0

first_imgAs another barge season in the Interior gets into full swing, there is one less Nenana-based company offering services.Download AudioThe M/V Ramona at work. (Photo courtesy of Inland Barge Service)Ruby Marine has purchased Inland Barge Service for an undisclosed amount, and incorporated the equipment and staff of Inland into its fleet.Longtime Inland Barge owner and captain Charley Hnilicka called the deal a win-win, which began with a phone call earlier this year from Ruby Marine President Matt Sweetsir, who was concerned about a potential staffing problem at Ruby Marine.“His crew was aging and it was time to get a better pool, or more of a pool, of workers so that he can start filling spaces as people retire or move on,” Hnilicka said. “The kind of work we do is so singular that you just can’t find somebody with a license to fill those spots and there is a long apprenticeship program. Realizing that, he approached me last spring about being bought by Ruby Marine.”Inland Barge has already shut down its facility at the end of Front Street in Nenana, and merged its office operations and equipment with those of Ruby Marine at Mile 306 of the Parks Highway, on the north side of the Tanana River.Hnilicka said that Ruby Marine will continue to offer the same services to customers that Inland Barge did, and while the companies have had a freight-sharing arrangement since Ruby Marine started in 2007, the financial implications of passing freight to someone else are now removed.“There will be more flexibility now. I don’t have to worry about every ounce I am putting on my deck to pay my crew to satisfy my bills,” Hnilicka said. “Now everything is being pooled, so it will make it a lot easier to divvy up the freight. If Matt is going someplace before I am going there, he can take something, especially some of the bigger pieces that work better with his equipment.”Hnilicka acquired Inland Barge in 1994 from original owners Claude Demientieff and family.Inland’s familiar tugboat, the Ramona, has been running the Yukon and other interior rivers since 1971.last_img read more

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Amazon Flipkart and others flouting FDI norms say retailers while demanding ED

Amazon Flipkart and others flouting FDI norms say retailers while demanding ED

05 September 0

first_imgThough the likes of Amazon, Flipkart and Paytm were classified recently as marketplace-based ecommerce firms that would have 100 percent access to foreign direct investment (FDI), issues persist with regard to where their investments have been going, the Retailers Association of India (RAI) has complained. The association has sought an Enforcement Directorate (ED) probe to check if FDI norms are being flouted by these firms.India’s FDI law prohibits all e-commerce firms (marketplace-based or others) to raise any foreign fund if they are in the business of selling to end-customers (B2C). However, most marketplace firms are selling to customers directly, without revealing if foreign funds are being channelised for the deep discount sales or even for an inventory-based model of business limited primarily to retailers.”If we had access to foreign funding like some of these e-retailers do, it would have been a level playing field. As we do not have that benefit, the government needs to step in and bring one common policy or law,” Kumar Rajagopalan, the chief executive officer of RAI, told International Business Times, India Edition.He emphasised that the distinction between FDI-based retail and non-FDI based retail needs to be done away with. “Multibrand retailing laws have not brought in foreign investors to ramp up the business of retailing like expected, nor have the laws been conducive for us to raise foreign investment to do it ourselves,” he told IBTimes, India. However, he complained that marketplace-based firms have consistently acted as quasi-retailers to sell to consumers, and as technology companies to raise foreign investment.A March 29 statement by the government had defined the marketplace model as an information technology platform on a digital or electronic network that acts as a facilitator between the buyer and the seller. It also specifically earmarked areas within such marketplaces, such as warehousing, logistics, order fulfilment, call centre and payment collection, where foreign funds should be used.The note also placed restrictions, such as prohibition of discounts and capping of total sales originating from a single vendor at 25 percent of an e-commerce firm. The retailers appreciated this as it levelled the playing field, but were doubtful of its strict enforcement.Praising the government substantiation on what can and cannot be done by marketplace-based e-commerce firms, Rajagopalan said: “If run in the right spirit, these companies could complement retailers by acting like malls online.” However, enforcement of the rules, which is the need of the hour, has been patchy, he said.He added: “Retailers would be happy to collaborate with them in the same way as they have collaborated with malls so far.”last_img read more

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Dhaka urges Islamabad to join intl efforts to ensure Rohingya repatriation

03 September 0

first_imgBangladesh HC in Islamabad Tarik Ahsan makes a courtesy call on Pakistan prime minister Shaid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday. Photo: Bangladesh HCDhaka has requested Islamabad to join international community in the efforts to impel Myanmar to a speedy repatriation of all its forcibly displaced nationals.The request was made when Bangladesh high commissioner in Islamabad Tarik Ahsan made a courtesy call on Pakistan prime minister Shaid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday, according to an news release of the high commission.It said the high commissioner thanked the Pakistan premier for expressing solidarity with Bangladesh in tackling the humanitarian crisis over the Rohingyas who in their thousands fled Myanmar persecution.The Pakistan leader maintained that the state of Myanmar ‘should shoulder its responsibilities for protection of all its nationals, particularly the minorities’, added the release signed by the Bangladesh mission’s political counsellor Md. Najmul Huda.Premier Abbasi was also said to have called for strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries by removing all misgivings through dialogue.In this context, the release said, he stressed the need for resuming foreign secretary-level consultations between the two countries.In response, the high commissioner indicated that Bangladesh is open to the long-overdue consolations at any mutually convenient time in Dhaka, said the release.The Pakistan leader attached particular importance to further enhancing trade and economic relations as well as promoting people-to-people contact between the two nations.last_img read more

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Assessing scientific research by citation wake detects Nobel laureates papers

31 August 0

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In their study, the researchers analyzed all papers in the Physical Review database, dating back more than a century. In their method, each paper receives a wake citation score. A paper’s wake consists of all papers that that have cited it, either directly or indirectly. Since a paper can receive citations only from papers published at a later date, these papers form a “wake” of that paper as viewed on a graph. All papers in a paper’s wake are then assigned to neighborhood layers according to the length of the shortest path to the paper (similar to the concept of degrees of separation). In terms of idea propagation, the shortest path can also be viewed as the minimal number of processing steps of an idea. Finally, the paper’s wake citation score is computed as a weighted sum of the total number of papers in each layer. A detrending factor accounts for the fact that, the earlier a paper is published, the more papers there are in the future that could potentially cite it. A dilution factor can also be applied to restrict the number of layers considered, from only direct citations to the full wake of citations.The resulting wake citation scores yield a ranking of papers that is very different than a list of papers ranked by number of citations. As the results show, 9 out of the top 10 papers ranked by wake citation score are only moderately cited (the exception is the #1 ranked paper, “Theory of Superconductivity” by Bardeen, Cooper, and Schrieffer). The other papers show a very high ratio between the direct-citation-rank and the wake-citation-rank. For example, the paper ranked #2 according to wake citation score (“The Radiation Theories of Tomonaga, Schwinger, and Feynman” by F. Dyson) has a ratio of 707.5, indicating a direct-citation-rank of merely 1,415. Among the top 100 papers ranked by wake citation score, 86 show a ratio higher than 10.As for which ranking method is “better,” there is of course no objective measure of importance; otherwise, that would be the only measure needed. But considering the widely accepted scientific quality of Nobel Prize research, Klosik and Bornholdt have checked their top-ranked papers that have been coauthored by Nobel Prize laureates. They found that 18 of the top 25 and more than half of the top 100 papers have contributions from a Nobel Prize laureate. In contrast, the ranking by direct citation count yields Nobel author contributions in just 4 of the top 25 and 25 of the top 100 papers. (Overall, the ranking by direct citation in the Physical Review database is dominated by papers on density-functional theory.)Besides comparing to the direct citation ranking, the researchers also compared the wake citation ranking to one of the more elaborate measures of rank, which is Google’s PageRank algorithm. They found that the top papers according to PageRank contain more Nobel laureate coauthors than in the direct citation rank, but fewer than in the wake citation rank. One of the biggest differences between PageRank and wake citation is that PageRank counts weighted paths (the connections between papers) while wake citation counts weighted nodes (the papers themselves). While the wake citation method currently applies only to papers, Klosik and Bornholdt plan to extend the measure to scientists in the future.”We are currently exploring the wake citation score as an impact measure for scientists,” Bornholdt said. “This could provide a more balanced ranking of scientists from different fields.” The 10 top-ranked publications according to the wake citation score with dilution parameter chosen to be 0.9 (where 1.0 means the whole wake is considered). Nobel Prize laureates are labelled with an asterisk. The second column shows the fraction of the ranks assigned to the paper according to the number of direct citations and the wake citation score, respectively. Credit: © Klosik, Bornholdt (CC by 4.0) Journal information: PLoS ONE International collaborations produce more influential science, analysis finds (Phys.org)—Ranking scientific papers in order of importance is an inherently subjective task, yet that doesn’t keep researchers from trying to develop quantitative assessments. In a new paper, scientists have proposed a new measure of assessment that is based on the “citation wake” of a paper, which encompasses the direct citations and weighted indirect citations received by the paper. The new method attempts to focus on the propagation of ideas rather than credit distribution, and succeeds by at least one significant measure: a large fraction (72%) of its top-ranked papers are coauthored by Nobel Prize laureates. “Our wake citation score is less sensitive to the size of the research community of a paper than other existing measures, as we do not focus on the direct citation count of a paper,” Bornholdt told Phys.org. “What makes our wake citation score unique is our focus on whether a paper ‘started something,’ by estimating its ‘word of mouth dynamics’ from the subsequent citation network.” Ph.D. student David F. Klosik and Dr. Stefan Bornholdt at the University of Bremen have published their paper on the citation wake measure of publications in a recent issue of PLOS ONE.As Klosik and Bornholdt explain, scientists’ practice of citing the work that influenced them in the reference list of their own publications offers a wealth of data on the structure and progress of science. The difficulty lies in interpreting the data, which is often a controversial process. The first paper citation network was developed in the 1960s, and early analysis was based almost exclusively on counting a paper’s number of direct citations. This method has formed the basis of several newer quantitative methods of assessment, such as the h-index, which attempts to measure the impact of individual researchers, and the Thomson Scientific Journal Impact Factor, which ranks the relative importance of journals. However, it’s well-known that measures based on citation count have several shortcomings. For one thing, a paper’s ranking strongly depends on the citation habits and size of the paper’s field. Further, newer papers have fewer citations simply because they have not been around long enough to receive as many citations as older papers. On the other hand, the citation count may underestimate the impact of very old yet groundbreaking publications, since once seminal results become textbook knowledge, the original papers are often no longer cited. More recently, newer methods (such as CiteRank, SARA, and Eigenfactor) have addressed some of these drawbacks by accounting for factors other than direct citations. While they have made improvements, these methods generally view the citation network primarily as one of credit diffusion.Klosik and Bornholdt’s new measure differs in that it views the citation network as a picture of idea propagation, in which the ideas within a paper influence future research far beyond the citations the paper receives directly. © 2014 Phys.org The wake scores of all papers in the Physical Review citation base from 1892 to 2009. The dashed line shows the maximal wake size at a given publication date. The “ridge” formed by the data indicates cross-references between scientific subfields. Credit: © Klosik, Bornholdt (CC by 4.0) Explore further More information: David F. Klosik and Stefan Bornholdt. “The Citation Wake of Publications Detects Nobel Laureates’ Papers.” PLOS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0113184 Citation: Assessing scientific research by ‘citation wake’ detects Nobel laureates’ papers (2014, December 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-12-scientific-citation-nobel-laureates-papers.htmllast_img read more

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first_img Wednesday, November 1, 2017 Share GENEVA — A Geneva airport spokesman says a runaway 7-year-old girl slipped through security checks and onto a plane without a boarding pass before being spotted by a crew member and handed over to police.Bernard Stampfli said Wednesday that authorities were enhancing measures to ensure that children are accompanied by adults when passing through security checks.In the incident Sunday, the girl, who was not identified, initially slipped away from her parents at Geneva’s main railway station and travelled by train to the airport. Stampfli said the girl repeatedly “took advantage of her small size” and employed a “ruse” to make it look like she was travelling with adults ahead or behind her.After a first attempt failed, she tried again and succeeded – getting aboard an EasyJet flight to Corsica. A 7-year-old girl snuck away from a train station and managed to board a flight Tags: Airports, LOL Source: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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World Cup sponsors want FIFAs Blatter to resign now

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first_imgNEW YORK — World Cup sponsors Coca-Cola and McDonald’s said Friday that FIFA head SeppBlatter should step aside immediately to restore confidence in the scandal-plagued body. Visa, also a sponsor, joined the call Friday afternoon.Blatter, through his lawyer, said he wouldn’t leave.In separate statements issued one week after criminal proceedings were launched against Blatter in Switzerland, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s said the 79-year-old’s position was now untenable.“For the benefit of the game, The Coca-Cola Company is calling for FIFA President Joseph Blatter to step down immediately so that a credible and sustainable reform process can begin in earnest,” soft-drinks giant Coca-Cola said.“Every day that passes, the image and reputation of FIFA continues to tarnish. FIFA needs comprehensive and urgent reform, and that can only be accomplished through a truly independent approach.”Fast-food giant McDonald’s echoed Coca-Cola’s stance.“The events of recent weeks have continued to diminish the reputation of FIFA and public confidence in its leadership,” McDonald’s said.“We believe it would be in the best interest of the game for FIFA President Sepp Blatter to step down immediately so that the reform process can proceed with the credibility that is needed.”Blatter’s lawyer said Friday that his client will not resign.“While Coca-Cola is a valued sponsor of FIFA, Mr Blatter respectfully disagrees with its position and believes firmly that his leaving office now would not be in the best interest of FIFA nor would it advance the process of reform and therefore, he will not resign,” Blatter‘s New York attorney Richard Cullen said in a statement.The European parliament called on Blatter to quit in June. Facebook Comments Related posts:Former Brazil football chief Jose Maria Marin appears in US court in FIFA corruption case Soccer needs new guardians, not Old Guard Blatter fights ban amid FIFA turmoil Platini deal was ‘gentleman’s agreement’ – FIFA’s Blatterlast_img read more

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Three police officers suspended after suspects give them the slip at airport

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first_imgThree members of the police force have been suspended in connection with a case where two foreigners managed to escape from Larnaca airport while they were under police custody.Two of the officers work in immigration and the third in security at the airport.According to police spokesman Andreas Angelides the two foreigners were arrested when they could not explain how they had arrived in the Republic. After they escaped police custody they were later apprehended in Paphos.The two had arrived on Tuesday at Larnaca from Holland. At passport control, police said they should remain in custody before leaving on the first available flight for Holland.They managed to give police the slip and left the airport, leaving their passports and luggage behind. At around 2.30 the following morning they were found in Paphos and arrested.Due to the security issues involved the chief of police requested a report into how the two managed to escape, Angelides said.After studying the report, he gave orders for a disciplinary inquiry to be held and to put the three officers on suspension, which has already happened.Angelides made clear that although the two foreigners had not been arrested they were in police custody at the airport.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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In the previous over Henriques was dropped by Harbhajan Singh off his own bowling.Daman and Diu and a few places in north Gujarat.” British Davis Cup captain Leon Smith said.

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