The World’s Forests at Your Fingertips

first_imgA new electronic tool called Global Forest Watch (GFW) offers the public, policymakers, and scientists near-real-time data on Earth’s forests through an interactive website. Launched last week by the World Resources Institute, the tool allows users to track deforestation over time, find recently clear-cut areas and current fires, and receive alerts when there are changes to specific tracts of interest.A coalition of governments, scientists, and environmental groups worked on the interactive map for 2 years. The target audience is everyone from activists to wildlife biologists to companies interested in the origin of the products they buy from forested areas. “If you’re trying to monitor deforestation in near real time for law enforcement, for supply chain management, we think this will be a very helpful new tool,” says Nigel Sizer, an ecologist who leads the forest team at WRI, a nonpartisan environmental think tank in Washington, D.C.Scientists have loaded GFW with a variety of data sets and tools. Satellite data from Landsat, MODIS, and other remote sources are tapped. Users can view political boundaries, protected areas, and commercial areas for logging, mining, or palm oil production. Maps are accompanied with sliding time bars to allow users to scroll backward and forward. The data sets underpinning the website are linked in a single place, helping scientists new to the geographical data navigate the information. Citizen scientists are encouraged to post stories linked to particular forests.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(*)Most of the voluminous data accessible with GFW was already publicly available before last week’s rollout. But few outside universities or a handful of government agencies or specialized nonprofits could use it to track deforestation reliably, says geographer Christopher Justice of the University of Maryland, College Park. Scientists at his institution helped provide to WRI analyzed Landsat data showing changes in forest cover. Another group, which joined WRI 2 years ago, created a data product that includes alerts of new deforestation every 16 days. The partners in the collaboration include Google, which helps analyze and visualize the data.“Before, if you were lucky you could analyze one, two, maybe three chimpanzee sites for deforestation,” says Lilian Pintea, a conservation biologist with the Jane Goodall Institute in Vienna, Virginia. That group’s efforts to compare conditions at different chimp habitats was limited by an arduous process that required researchers to download raw satellite data, process the images to remove noise and clouds, and then analyze them for changes. “Now, for the first time, we can compare how the chimpanzee habitats are changing at the scale of their entire range,” Pintea says. His group is using the deforestation alerts tool to send rangers to investigate possible new deforestation events. WRI plans to spend up to $3 million over the next few years for small grants to encourage developing country scientists to conduct research with their tool.GFW is the latest step in democratizing forest data in hopes of stemming deforestation around the world, says Steve Schwartzman, who heads the tropical forest program at the Environmental Defense Fund in Washington, D.C. In 1999, WRI began monitoring forests with printed reports and maps. In 2002, Brazil began making its satellite data on forests public. Six years later, the U.S. Geological Survey opened up its archive of Landsat satellite data.A paper based on that treasure trove, High-Resolution Global Maps of 21st-Century Forest Cover Change, wowed researchers with its detailed analysis. Aided by the cloud computing power of Google’s Earth Engine, the paper analyzed 12 years of forest change at a resolution of 30 meters. Now, processed data will be available for anyone with an Internet connection to build off that work.Schwartzman says transparency is “one of the elements that has contributed to the big drop in Brazil’s deforestation,” helping spur greater protection of indigenous territories and certain endangered forests and a crackdown on illegal deforestation. “In itself, more transparency doesn’t lead to stopping deforestation. But this is a terrific step.”last_img read more

Hoax-detecting software spots fake papers

first_imgIt all started as a prank in 2005. Three computer science Ph.D. students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology—Jeremy Stribling, Max Krohn, and Dan Aguayo—created a program to generate nonsensical computer science research papers. The goal, says Stribling, now a software engineer in Palo Alto, California, was “to expose the lack of peer review at low-quality conferences that essentially scam researchers with publication and conference fees.”The program—dubbed SCIgen—soon found users across the globe, and before long its automatically generated creations were being accepted by scientific conferences and published in purportedly peer-reviewed journals. But SCIgen may have finally met its match. Academic publisher Springer this week is releasing SciDetect, an open-source program to automatically detect automatically generated papers.SCIgen uses a “context-free grammar” to create word salad that looks like reasonable text from a distance but is easily spotted as nonsense by a human reader. For example:Cyberneticists agree that semantic modalities are an interesting new topic in the field of programming languages, and theorists concur. This is a direct result of the development of web browsers. After years of compelling research into access points, we confirm the visualization of kernels. Amphibious approaches are particularly theoretical when it comes to the refinement of massive multiplayer online role-playing games.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(*)SCIgen also generates impressive-looking but meaningless data plots, flow charts, and citations. The trio named SCIgen in honor of the World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics (WMSCI), an annual event that they suspected was fraudulently claiming to use human peer reviewers to vet submissions. Indeed, two of their nonsense papers were accepted by WMSCI.The trio then put SCIgen online as a free service, encouraging researchers to “auto-generate submissions to conferences that you suspect might have very low submission standards.” And submit they did. Over the past decade, researchers have pulled numerous pranks on journals and conferences that claim to use human peer reviewers. Variations on SCIgen have appeared for other fields, from mathematics to postmodern theory. (This author continued the tradition, but using a different fake paper-generating method.)The pranks were tolerated by publishers until 2013, when 85 SCIgen papers were discovered in the published proceedings of 24 different computer science conferences between 2008 and 2011. More were soon discovered, and 122 nonsense conference papers were ultimately retracted by Springer, the academic publishing giant based in Heidelberg, Germany, and by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, based in New York City.Rather than being created as pranks, it seems that many of the fake papers were coming from China where they were “bought by academics and students” to pad their publication records, says the lead researcher behind the investigation, Cyril Labbé, a computer scientist at Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France. Later that year, an investigation by Science uncovered an underground market for fake academic credentials, in which some peddlers may have used SCIgen to save themselves the effort of writing “authentic” fake papers by hand.In the wake of that public relations nightmare, Springer approached Labbé for help. His method for finding the nonsense papers was sophisticated, requiring a statistical technique similar to spam e-mail detection, but based on grammatical patterns rather than on keywords like “Viagra.” He agreed, for a price.The outcome of that deal was revealed in Springer’s 23 March press release. It announces the public release of SciDetect, a program created by Labbé’s research group to automatically detect papers created with SCIgen and similar programs. Its purpose, according to Springer, is to “ensure that unfair methods and quick cheats do not go unnoticed.” When asked how much money Springer paid Labbé’s team, a representative replied that “unfortunately we cannot provide you with financial figures,” but noted that it was enough to fund a 3-year Ph.D. student in Labbé’s lab.But some see SciDetect as a tool for avoiding embarrassment rather than catching fraudsters. “As someone who used SCIgen to expose the lack of editorial and peer review of a suspect journal, anyone with a modicum of English language proficiency should be able to detect a paper written by SCIgen or similar software,” says Philip Davis, an independent researcher who consults for the publishing industry. “To me, this appears to be a move by a publisher to protect itself against the unwillingness of journal editors to weed out these fraudulent papers themselves.” Or as Paul Ginsparg, the founder of arXiv and an already freely available algorithm for detecting gibberish, says, “It’s wonderful that Springer has moved to eliminate articles generated by software that intentionally produces nonsense, but what about unintentionally nonsensical articles produced by human authors?”In an e-mail exchange with Science, the Springer representative wrote, “We agree with what Cyril Labbé says in his quote [in the press release]:  ‘Software cannot replace peer reviews and academic evaluation, but SciDetect lends publishers an additional hand in the fight against fraud and fake papers.’ ” She added that no SCIgen gibberish articles have been submitted to Springer conferences or journals since the 2013 retractions.As for the pranksters, they will just have to work harder, says Stribling, the SCIgen creator. “I’m willing to bet if someone wanted to declare an arms race, they could come up with another way to generate papers that would fool [SciDetect] again for a while.”last_img read more

Kumble proposes 150 per cent hike for Grade A players,Kumble proposes 150 per cent hike for Grade A players

first_img× New Delhi : *FILE* Cricket legend Anil Kumble who was appointed as the Head Coach of India cricket team on Thursday. PTI Photo (PTI6_23_2016_000185B)   –  PTI cricket SHARE Published on Chief coach Anil Kumble and skipper Virat Kohli today demanded a massive hike to the tune of 150 per cent for Grade A players in the Central Contracts and substantial raise for the support staff.In Hyderabad, Kumble today gave a detailed presentation to the Committee of Administrators (COA) along with BCCI office—bearers —— CEO Rahul Johri, joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary.Skipper Kohli was not in Hyderabad and interacted with the panel separately via Skype.As of now, Grade A players get Rs 2 crore, Grade B Rs 1 crore and Grade C Rs 50 lakh.As per reliable sources, both Kumble and Kohli feels that players in Grade A, who are certainties in all formats should be getting in the range of Rs 5 crore for one season.Vinod Rai and Vikram Limaye heard everything that Kumble and Kohli had to say and they have instructed the BCCI office—bearers to take note of Kumble’s presentation.It will be Johri, Amitabh and Aniruddh, who will now decide on rationale of demands. They will prepare a report and then COA will take a final call in this regard.“Although Anil and Virat spoke separately, both stressed on the fact that performers in Test cricket should be kept in the highest bracket. Also there is someone like Cheteshwar Pujara, who is not getting IPL contracts whereas someone like Pawan Negi, who doesn’t even play Ranji Trophy gets Rs 8.5 crore for 45 days. That’s something that needs to be worked out,” a senior BCCI source in the know of things told PTI today.It was learnt that Kumble also gave a detailed presentation, demanding a favourable raise for all the support staff of the Indian team. It includes Kumble himself, batting coach Sanjay Bangar, fielding coach R Sridhar, physio, trainer, video analyst, throwdown specialist (Raghavendra).“I won’t quote the figure but it’s a substantial raise that Kumble has demanded for himself also. Now while raising the issue of players, whether it was prudent on Kumble’s part to demand hike for support staff of which he is a direct beneficiary is a question,” an official questioned.Kumble’s contract expires at the end of India’s Champions Trophy campaign but he is likely to continue till end of West Indies tour.It will come up for renewal before the Sri Lanka series.While there is a section in BCCI which is not at all happy with Kumble’s role in the whole Central Contracts issue, it will not be an easy task to remove him as it would need the nod from the Committee of Administrators. New Delhi : *FILE* Cricket legend Anil Kumble who was appointed as the Head Coach of India cricket team on Thursday. PTI Photo (PTI6_23_2016_000185B)   –  PTIcenter_img May 21, 2017 COMMENTS COMMENT 0 SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

FALL HARVEST REMAINS BEHIND SCHEDULE

first_imgRain has kept Iowa and Nebraska farmers out of corn and soybean fields in the past few weeks significantly delaying the harvest.The U.S. Department of Agriculture says just 32 percent of the Iowa soybean crop has been harvested, the lowest percentage harvested by this date since 1985 and only 13 percent of the corn crop for grain is finished, the smallest percentage harvested by this date since 2009.In Nebraska corn is 17 percent finished behind 32 percent last year and the 39 percent average.Just a third of the Nebraska soybean crop has been harvested, well behind 59 percent last year at this time and the five-year average of 67 percent.last_img

Here is what OSU throwback uniforms MIGHT look like

first_imgEd. note: I asked my uniform Photoshop specialist Chris Knox to see if he could whip up some options for what the throwback uniforms OSU might wear on Thursday might look like.That’s a lot of mights but Knox did a tremendous job re-creating what a nod to yesteryear might look like. Here’s his take on a few different years with my commentary.19801I would weep. My gosh. If this is what OSU rolls out in on Thursday evening as a nod to 1980 I will lose it. The three stripes, the black and white helmet, all of it. Bring it on.19832Pretty similar to 1980 but I like the three stripes of 1980 a little bit better.19883These are good, not great. I would prefer a white-orange-white look if this is what OSU decides to go with.19924Another fantastic look and a nod to the three wins we posted from 1990-1998 (or something like that). I wouldn’t mind seeing these pants full time.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Ibra targeting domestic and European crowns

first_imgManchester United Ibrahimovic ready to challenge ‘for everything’ after returning to aid Man Utd trophy chase Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 16:54 11/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Zlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester United Oli Scarff Manchester United Zlatan Ibrahimović Premier League UEFA Champions League The experienced frontman is back in the Red Devils fold and ready to help Jose Mourinho’s men chase down Premier League and Champions League crowns Zlatan Ibrahimovic is targeting more trophies at Manchester United, with it his opinion that the club can challenge “for everything”.The enigmatic Swedish striker played a leading role for the Red Devils in 2016-17 as Jose Mourinho’s first season at the helm delivered three pieces of silverware.Ibra 9/2 to score two against Basel Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He netted winning goals in Community Shield and EFL Cup triumphs, while also helping United on their way to Europa League success.Ibrahimovic is now back for more, having recovered from a serious knee injury to return to the fold against Newcastle, and the 36-year-old is aiming high in the Premier League and Champions League.He told reporters after stepping off the bench in a 4-1 victory over Newcastle: “I think we can chase City, why is it not a possibility?Zlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester United trophy target“We are all here because we want to win and we need to because they are first.“Jose Mourinho knows what he is doing even when the number of players are limited because he’s a winner and has been winning every season.“I think there is a possibility for everything. We were early into it last year and won two trophies and we are stronger this season.“We believe we can do it – that’s the aim. To win and get the trophies.”Ibrahimovic’s outing against Newcastle was his first since April 20.An untimely injury picked up in a Europa League clash with Anderlecht saw him forced under the knife and onto a long road to recovery.He is now back to full fitness and set to offer Mourinho a useful alternative, or possible partner to £75 million man Romelu Lukaku as United piece together another tilt at multiple honours in 2017-18.last_img read more

RBB accuse FFA of banning tifo ahead of Sydney derby

first_imgA-League Wanderers supporters RBB accuse FFA of banning tifo ahead of Sydney derby Kieran Francis Last updated 1 year ago 07:11 12/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) RBB Tifo A-League Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney Sydney Western Sydney Wanderers According to the group’s Twitter account, a tifo has been barred from the derby by the game’s governing body A tifo made by Western Sydney Wanderers fans for the Saturday night’s derby against Sydney FC has allegedly been banned and won’t be displayed at ANZ Stadium.Prominent Wanderers fan group RBB took to Twitter on Thursday night to accuse the FFA of barring the banner from the match, and also voice their anger at how the game has been run.The tifo has the message, “you can’t put a crown on a clown and call him a king”, with the words, “checkmate”, emblazoned in the background. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player  *PREVIOUS TWEET*⚫️🔴⚫️🔴⚫️🔴⚫️🔴⚫️#RBB #FFAIL #FFAOUT #TIFO pic.twitter.com/m9Fu0RnMCe— RBB Official (@RBB_net) December 7, 2017 🔴⚫️ DERBY DAY INFO🔴⚫️#RBB #FFAIL #FFAout pic.twitter.com/TX7HtGtr29— RBB Official (@RBB_net) December 7, 2017 It’s believed to be a reference to a tifo from Sky Blue supporter group The Cove in the first derby in October, which pictured their coach Graham Arnold with a crown upon his head.During last season’s derby in February, which was Sydney’s only loss of the season, Wanderers fans were criticised for displaying a homophobic tifo involving Arnold and a sex act.In 2015, a Sydney FC tifo was stolen from a warehouse in the build up to the derby and later displayed on social media with an RBB banner underneath.last_img read more

MLS teams avoid Costa Rican clubs in CCL draw

first_imgChampions League MLS teams avoid Costa Rican giants in first round of CONCACAF Champions League Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 09:00 12/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Erick Gutierrez Oscar 'El Conejo' Perez Pachuca CCL PEDRO PARDO Champions League MLS Dallas Toronto América Guadalajara Tigres UANL Tijuana Seattle Sounders Colorado Rapids Saprissa New York RB Liga MX Saprissa and Herediano looked to be the toughest opponents in Pot 2 but were drawn against America and Tigres, respectively MLS teams dodged most of the danger in Monday’s CONCACAF Champions League draw.With clubs from around the region in two pots, the clear danger for most MLS teams was the chance of being drawn against Costa Rican giants Saprissa or Herediano. The Costa Rican sides will instead face Mexican teams, with MLS clubs largely coming away content with their round of 16 opponents.Herediano will play against recently crowned Liga MX champion Tigres, who also won the 2016 Apertura. The teams will remember each other from last year’s edition of the competition when they were in the same group, which Tigres advanced out of after losing just once. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Watch MLS live and On-Demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Costa Rica’s other representative in the tournament, Saprissa, also will play a familiar Mexican foe in Club America. Las Aguilas knocked Saprissa out of the 2014-15 quarterfinals on the way to the title.MLS Cup champion Toronto FC and the Colorado Rapids are set to play against each other as the Reds look to follow up their domestic treble in 2017 with a continental trophy. While both teams play in MLS, CCL rules allow for a Canadian side and American team to clash in the first round. Chivas and Tijuana, the Liga MX sides returning to international club competition after a long absence, were given much more favorable draws. Chivas take on Caribbean champion Cibao, which hails from the Dominican Republic, while Tijuana will meet Honduran club Motagua. Here’s your #CCL bracket pic.twitter.com/oeizJ9M9c8— Jon Arnold (@ArnoldcommaJon) December 19, 2017The New York Red Bulls also face Honduran opposition after being drawn against the first CONCACAF League champion, Olimpia. A year after visiting Panama to dispatch Arabe Unido in the quarterfinals, FC Dallas is headed back to the Central American nation — this time to square off with Tauro.Two recent runners-up will meet each other, with the MLS Cup finalist Seattle Sounders, in the tournament thanks to their 2016 win, taking on Santa Tecla, which lost the Salvadoran final Sunday. Santa Tecla is in the tournament after its 2016 Apertura and 2017 Clausura double.This is the first time the tournament will be contested in this format, with the tournament running from February to April instead of from the previous summer to the spring. That means a slimmer margin for error for the big clubs in the tournament but also far less travel. Managers also are pleased with fewer fixtures that draw attention away from league contests.The first leg of the round of 16 games will take place between Feb. 20-22, with the second legs coming between Feb. 27-March 1.last_img read more

Barcelona make bumper offer to land De Jong

first_imgBarcelona are ready to pay Frenkie de Jong €16 million (£14m/$18m) a year in order to beat a host of rivals to the young Ajax midfielder’s signature, Goal understands.The 21-year-old is one of Europe’s most sought-after young players after impressing in the Ajax midfield since making his debut in 2016.De Jong’s profile increased still further when he broke into the Netherlands side earlier this campaign and it seems a big-money move is not far away. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Barcelona have long been linked with a move for the talented youngster but face competition from Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.Man City were previously thought to be leading the race after telling Ajax they were willing to pay €70m plus €20m in bonuses to sign De Jong.However, the Catalan club see De Jong as a key player for the future and are ready to offer bumper personal terms in order to edge ahead of the Premier League champions in the race to sign him.Barca are willing to offer De Jong a net salary of €10m per season, plus €6m more in relatively easy-to-achieve bonuses based on trophies and appearances.That would represent a break in their policy of offering young players such high wages but reflects how highly the club’s board rate De Jong and their determination to sign him.The offer is so good that even De Jong is said to be surprised at how much the Blaugranes are prepared to pay in order to take him to Catalonia.PSG and Man City remain in the hunt for De Jong but Goal understands that Barcelona are confident the midfielder and his agent are happy with their offer and that he would prefer a move to Camp Nou.Once they are confident of landing De Jong, Ernesto Valverde’s side are ready to open negotiations with Ajax and would have no issue paying in excess of the reported €70m transfer fee.De Jong admitted last week that he was growing tired of the speculation about his future and was eager to make a decision quickly and it seems his new club could be decided very soon.last_img read more

Goa airport casinos to be open to only air passengers CM

first_imgPanaji: Only airline passengers would have access to casinos at the upcoming Mopa international airport, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said in the Assembly on Monday. In a written reply to a question by BJP legislator Wilfred D’Sa, Sawant said 232 acres of land at the airport had been earmarked for commercial development. Apart from casinos, hotels of various categories, eco-adventure and wellness resorts, as well as a shopping plaza would be constructed at the airport, he said. The statement comes at a time when the Goa government, under pressure from the civil society and the Opposition, is in the process of relocating six offshore casinos, parked in the Mandovi river. Developed jointly by GMR and the Goa government, the airport in the North Goa district is expected to handle 30 million passengers. The first phase of the airport is expected to be complete in 2020.last_img read more

Lawsuit over sex abuse insurance could have consequences for future cases experts

first_imgA decade-long court battle between an insurance company and an Ontario Catholic diocese over coverage for settlements in sexual abuse cases could have wide-ranging consequences for victims and religious institutions involved in similar cases across Canada, legal experts say.The Catholic Diocese of London filed a lawsuit against AXA Insurance Canada in 2008 claiming a breach of policy after the company refused to pay out claims related to settlements between the church and victims of two priests, Father Charles Sylvestre and Father John Harper, who were convicted of sexually abusing children.The diocese argues it had liability insurance in the 1960s and early 1970s — when the abuse took place — that entitles it to payouts from AXA.But the insurance company argues in its statement of defence that the diocese’s policy is void because church officials knew of, and failed to disclose, sexual abuse allegations levelled at Sylvestre before the insurance policy was enacted. AXA is further demanding the diocese return $10 million already paid out under the insurance policy.Both the diocese and AXA’s parent company, Intact, declined requests for comment on the lawsuit but legal observers say a victory for AXA could have major implications for victims of sexual abuse and for institutions named in similar legal actions.“If the insurer is successful, you’re going to see every single insurance company in Canada filing similar suits,” said John McKiggan, a lawyer unaffiliated with the case who in 2009 secured a $13 million settlement from the Catholic Diocese of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, for victims of sexual assault perpetrated by priests.“If I was running an institution like the Catholic Church or a residential institution, I would be concerned because there is rarely a case where at least the allegation isn’t made that persons in authority knew what was going on,” he added.There have been multiple similar lawsuits across the country, McKiggan said.A suit filed by the Diocese of Bathurst, N.B., against its insurer — which refused to pay for a settlement on the basis that diocese officials failed to disclose knowledge of sexual assault allegations — is currently being heard by the province’s appeal court after a lower court ruled in favour of the insurance company, he noted.The Catholic Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., filed its own, nearly identical, lawsuit against AXA in 2008. At the time, the diocese had 16 distinct insurance claims related to allegations against seven priests accused of sexually assaulting children, court documents show. A lawyer for the diocese said the suit was “resolved and dismissed,” and said a confidentiality agreement prevented further comment.There could be “huge ramifications” if insurance companies are able to decline institutions coverage for sexual abuse settlements or court-ordered damages, said Susan Vella, a lawyer who specializes in cases of sexual assault.Institutions would be on the hook to pay victims themselves, which could require them to sell property, or go after parties that owe them money, she said. Institutions may also choose to fight victims in court, rather than make large settlements if they know they will have to pay out of pocket, Vella added.“It’s going to require victims to perhaps go to trial and perhaps be re-traumatized through that process,” she said.In the London case, the diocese obtained an insurance policy in 1963 from Great American Insurance — a company since absorbed by AXA — covering liability for “bodily injury” claims including those related to “assault and battery” committed by an employee, court documents show.AXA alleged in its statement of defence that the diocese knew Sylvestre had been accused of sexual assaulting children before the policy was enacted, and discovered while the policy was in place in 1964 that Harper was facing similar allegations.The London Diocese has admitted in court that it was made aware in 1962 that Sylvestre had been investigated by Sarnia, Ont., police for the sexual assault of multiple children in his parish, AXA said in its statement of defence.“If the diocese had disclosed the information it had concerning Sylvestre and Harper, Great American would have refused to provide a policy of insurance or any renewal, would have refused to insure against liability arising from assault and battery, would have included appropriate exclusions, and/or would have increased the quantum of the premium charged given that this information dramatically affected the risk,” the company said in its statement of defence.Instead, AXA argues, church officials actively worked to keep the allegations secret, and allowed both priests to remain in positions of authority over children.last_img read more

Warehouse Fire in Salé Kills Firefighter Injures Eight People

Rabat – A firefighter was killed and eight people were injured in a fire that broke out early Sunday in a timber warehouse in Sidi Moussa district in Salé, local authorities said.The fire caused the collapse of a building adjacent to the warehouse, local authorities pointed out, adding that firefighters managed to contain the fire and evacuate the residents of the damaged building.The injured were taken to the provincial hospital of Salé, while the state of one of the firefighters required his transfer to the military hospital of Rabat. MWN With MAP

AsiaPacific nations agree on disaster readiness strategy at UNbacked forum

28 October 2010Recognizing the vulnerability of their region to natural disasters, 50 countries across Asia and the Pacific today agreed at a United Nations-backed conference to make risk reduction a component of their national climate change adaptation policies to cope with extreme weather events. Recognizing the vulnerability of their region to natural disasters, 50 countries across Asia and the Pacific today agreed at a United Nations-backed conference to make risk reduction a component of their national climate change adaptation policies to cope with extreme weather events.The decision, made at the conclusion of the Fourth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Incheon, Republic of Korea, came in the wake of the double disasters of a tsunami and a volcano eruption in Indonesia earlier in the week.The two disasters left hundreds of people dead and forced thousands of others to flee their homes. Last week cyclone Giri caused heavy flooding in Myanmar and Thailand affecting tens of thousands of people.Delegates at the conference approved a five-year regional roadmap to establish climate resilient disaster risk management systems by 2015. The scheme is also intended to foster sustainable development at the regional, national and community levels.“This is the first time that governments agree at a regional level to recognize disaster risk reduction as a main tool to adapt to climate change and adopt a common regional climate risk management approach to reduce weather-related disaster impacts,” said Margareta Wahlström, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction.The roadmap, known as the Incheon REMAP, focuses on three main themes – raising awareness and building capacities of communities to better cope with more weather-related hazards; sharing information through new technologies and sound practices in climate and disaster risk management; and promoting integration of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation as part of sustainable development policies.“I believe that the REMAP can become a guideline for all nations in the region and beyond to follow as a way to contribute to effective disaster reduction and climate change adaptation,” said M. Park Yeon-soo, Administrator of Korea’s National Emergency Management Agency, which hosted the ministerial conference.The roadmap calls for more regional training and research programmes in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, and highlights the need to develop an information-sharing platform. It also includes an outline of the steps that need to be taken to attain its objectives.A final declaration of the conference urges governments to use the five remaining years of the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action – the global plan to build the resilience of nations and communities by 2015 – to accelerate their commitments to reduce human and economic losses resulting from disasters.The declaration also calls on States and the international donor community to invest more in disaster risk reduction and to step up funding for regional and national disaster risk reduction activities. read more

Sudan UN agencies and partners launch 86 million appeal for flood victims

The humanitarian appeal is intended to meet the needs of people in Kassala, some 280 kilometres northwest of the capital, Khartoum, as well as other affected areas. Excessive rainfall in the Eritrean highlands, along with localized rains, caused the River Gash to burst its banks on 29 July, flooding both the eastern and western parts of Kassala.Thirteen deaths and 56 injuries were confirmed by an assessment conducted in the area last week. Some 7,515 houses were completely destroyed while an additional 6,022 suffered partial damage.The city’s hospital and 17 health clinics were also damaged, while 86 schools were closed down.

Annan discusses poverty and regional issues with Chilean President

Mr. Annan and Mr. Lagos also conferred over the recent trade talks in Cancún, Mexico, and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Bangkok, Thailand, according to a UN spokesman in New York.The Secretary-General also spoke today with Chile’s acting Defence Minister, eight former Chilean UN peacekeepers – who served in missions from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Timor-Leste to Kosovo and the Pakistan-India border – and two key parliamentarians, the President of the Chilean Senate and the President of the Chamber of Deputies.Mr. Annan gave a speech at the Chamber of Deputies, praising Chile’s contributions to the UN and what he called its active support of multilateralism.In a separate programme, Mr. Annan’s wife, Nane, visited a support centre for victims of domestic violence in the coastal city of Valparaiso.Mr. and Mrs. Annan are scheduled to leave Chile tomorrow afternoon to begin the next leg of their South American tour, which takes in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. read more

New Dean of Humanities ready for the challenge

“This is a great moment in Brock’s history,” says Douglas Kneale, new Dean of Humanities.Every employee is excited about a new job. But Douglas Kneale has inherited a more active portfolio than most.Starting work at Brock on July 1, Kneale is the new Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, a job guaranteed to be anything but boring.He will oversee the Faculty moving in to the new Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts campus, hailed as a pivotal development for downtown St. Catharines. He will be Dean when Brock hosts the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in 2014, an event large enough to generate more than $10 million in economic spin-off for the Niagara region. He has a seat on the board for nGen, a Brock-partnered new media business incubator, and is involved in the planning of the bicentennial celebration of the War of 1812.Kneale also inherits a Faculty of actors, poets, linguists, philosophers and other disciplines spanning the broad range of academia.But the former chair of the Department of English at the University of Western Ontario (UWO) is undaunted.“I’m delighted to be coming on board at a time like this,” he said.Kneale comes to Brock from UWO, where he taught in the Department of English for 25 years, including five years as chair. His research includes Wordsworth, Milton, psychoanalysis and the history of rhetoric. He began his academic career as a UWO undergraduate student, initially studying natural science. He eventually obtained a PhD in English from the University of Toronto.Kneale’s approach as Dean will be to keep his eye on the basics, which is Brock’s teaching and research missions. The university, he said, has been “boxing above its weight class” in both.“If you keep your eye on those, everything else will fall into place,” he said.A father of two, he enjoys reading for work and leisure, as well as cycling and hiking. “As a Wordsworthian,” he said. “I am more than a bit of a nature enthusiast.” For that reason, “I can’t wait to explore more of the escarpment.”In the two weeks since he started work, he has been busy meeting people across campus and harnessing the learning curve as Dean. He recently got his first tour of the former Canada Hair Cloth building that is the future home of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. He sees it as a perfect combination of history and future possibility.“The space is remarkable – the windows, the height of the ceiling, the hardwood floors,” he said. “There’ll be huge changes ahead, but this is a great moment in Brock’s history.” read more

Good Hope businessman charged with Mon Repos cocaine ganja bust

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBusinessman jailed for 5 years on narcotics chargeFebruary 12, 2019In “Court”200lbs of cocaine, 132lbs of ganja found on fishing boat, 2 in custodyJuly 14, 2018In “Crime”In excess of $20B worth of narcotics confiscated for 2017, says Anti-Narco AgencySeptember 1, 2018In “Crime” 82 parcels of cocaine weighing 91.132kg (200 pounds) and 98 parcels of cannabis weighing 56.008kg (132 pounds) were unearthed from a fishing vessel after ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) conducted an operation about 04:00h on Saturday last at the Mon Repos channel, on the East Coast of Demerara shoreA Good Hope businessman was today arraigned in relation to the cocaine and cannabis discovered in a fishing vessel at Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara.The accused, Azim Baksh, known as “Bato”, of Phase One Good Hope, (ECD) denied the allegation when he stood before Magistrate Alisha George at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court.The charge against him alleged that he had trafficked some 91.132kg of cocaine and 56.008kg of cannabis on July 14.His Attorney, Bernard DaSilva, told the court that the drugs were not found on his clients possession but found in a boat where his client was never present.DaSilva further argued that at the time of the discovery, Baksh was in his motorcar on the Mon Repos Public Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD).However, CANU Prosecutor, Konyo Sandiford told the Court that the defendant has been under their watch for a lengthy period.On the day in question, he and another man known by the alias ‘dive and shoot’ were reportedly seen by CANU ranks on the boat where the drugs were found.However Baksh was arrested after CANU had issued a wanted bulletin for him.He was remanded to prison until August 10, 2018. read more

Paddy Power offer free bet to Torres Arshavin and other benchwarmers

first_imgCheck out the billboards hereBoth London clubs were reportedly considering legal action to get the posters removed.Peter Odemwingie, Darren Bent and Jose Bosingwa also woke up to suggestions on how to get off the substitutes’ bench and better spend their time.A Paddy Power spokesman said: “Despite having had a great response from fans, it seems that some of the players have had their rather expensive feathers ruffled by our billboard suggestions.“We now realise the error of our ways and hope that our offer of a free bet will give them an excuse to take a five minute break from all that exhausting, top-level bench-warming and have a punt on when they might next get into a starting line-up.”Here is the ‘apology’ advert run by the company in two UK newspapers this weekend… PADDY POWER HAVE issued a tongue-in-cheek apology to the five Premier League stars targeted in their recent ’2nd jobs for subs’ campaign.One poster suggesting that Andrei Arshavin should clean the Arsenal toilets appeared just outside of the Emirates Stadium, while Fernando Torres was told that he could easily find an onion bag in the Chelsea burger van.last_img read more

21 steps for the authentic Cheltenham experience… even if youre stuck at

first_img(©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)11. Or sing a song(©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)12. If you’re hungry, now’s a good time to get that burger(©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)13. Or have a pint of Guinness(Barry Batchelor Wire/PA Archive/Press Association Images)13. You don’t need to dress like one though(Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images)15. Check out the horses in the parade ring(David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images)16. And make sure you get your bet on in plenty of time(David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images)17. Once the race starts, scream your heart out(©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)18. And if you win, hug your mates (or a randomer)(©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)19. Double down on the celebrations if it’s an Irish winner(©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)20. Even if this guy is the owner(©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)21. And if you lose… well, you know what to do(Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport) EVERY YEAR, THERE’S a mass exodus of Irish punters to Cheltenham — but we can’t all drop everything and spend a couple of days screaming our throats raw at horses and the men on their backs.If you want to have the authentic Cheltenham experience from home, or from the office, here are the 21 steps you’ll need:1. Grab a set of binoculars(Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images)2. And pick out a fancy hat(©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)3. You might want to wear something that identifies you as Irish(©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)4. But don’t overdo it(©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)5. Then you need to find a seat(©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)6. And study the form(©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)7. If you can’t make up your mind, ask a friend or colleague(Phil Walter/EMPICS Sport)8. Make sure you get a good vantage point(©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)(Phil Cole/PA Archive/Press Association Images)9. Waiting around can be a bit nerve-wracking(©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)10. So have a dancelast_img read more

AutoCorrect Love Song shows how texting can ruin your love life

first_imgAutocorrect has become a notoriously frustrating feature we put up with every day while typing on our phones. We posted back in June about an iOS 5 texting shortcut that makes typing swear words easy to do. Normally, if you try to type the word “hell” into your iPhone while texting, the word will turn out as “he’ll.” Another well known correction is one particular four-letter word that is autocorrected to “shot.”Indeed, the autocorrect feature can often lead to some hilarious mishaps, but also some rather awkward ones. We’ve all experienced receiving a text and staring at it in shock for a minute or two before realizing what the person was really trying to say. Often times the sender will realize their error immediately after sending and will reply quickly with a “I mean Heineken, not hermaphrodite!” follow-up text.The good people at CollegeHumor have garnered a representation for spotting what an autocorrect-gone-bad conversation looks like. This video they put together features a guy and a girl flirting, but the guy continually keeps typing rather confusing and inappropriate things as he tries to woo the lady over text messages. He tells her he’s “thinking that you’re so beautiful, you make mucus with you eyes.” Of course, he means “music,” not “mucus.” That’s only the beginning of the 3-minute Auto-Correct Love Song.We definitely suggest watching the video below, but we do have to warn you that it is for mature audiences.last_img read more