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Lean Times Ahead for Russian Science Academy

first_imgMOSCOW—After months of turmoil, the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) has emerged from a landmark meeting diminished—but intact. On 27 March, RAS members approved a new charter that redefines its role in Russian science, while its leadership revealed just how little funding the academy has at its disposal.Under a law that went into effect on 1 January, RAS subsumed sister academies for medicine and for agriculture and turned over management of its real estate and assets—including all the institutes of the merged academy—to a new Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations (FASO). Meeting for the first time since the merger, RAS members voted overwhelmingly to approve a charter that RAS President Vladimir Fortov says will “preserve the traditions and norms that have been developed in the academy for 300 years.” Critically, Fortov tells ScienceInsider, the charter allows RAS to retain the right to appoint institute directors, with input from FASO. The charter is now awaiting formal approval by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.Nevertheless, RAS now commands considerably fewer resources. FASO will receive the lion’s share of the academy’s former budget, about $2 billion a year, to cover institute costs such as salaries and electricity. Much of the research funds formerly disbursed by RAS—about $1.3 billion planned for 2014 to 2016—will now be distributed competitively by the Russian Scientific Fund, a new agency that will operate independently of both the academy and FASO. RAS will get about $225 million for special initiatives and research infrastructure. “We haven’t lost all our funding once and forever,” Fortov says. But even that dollop of money resides in a FASO account.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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‘We’re Going Backwards, Players Need to Unite’: Lukaku Speaks Out After Facing Racist Abuse

first_img“Many players in the last month have suffered from racial abuse. I did yesterday too,” Lukaku said on Instagram. “Football is a game to be enjoyed and we shouldn’t accept any form of discrimination that will put our game in shame.”I hope the football federations all over the world react strongly on all cases of discrimination.”Social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) need to work better as well with football clubs because every day you see at least a racist comment under a post of a person of colour. We’ve been saying it for years and still no action.”Instead of going forwards we’re going backwards … As players we need to unify and make a statement on this matter.”Twitter said last month that it would meet with United and the anti-discrimination group Kick It Out to address online racist abuse towards players in Britain.In an emailed statement to Reuters on Monday, it said that it was a “complex challenge.””We are committed to working with civil society stakeholders to develop solutions to this unacceptable behaviour – both online and off,” said a spokesperson. Former Juventus forward Moise Kean, now with Everton, was insulted after scoring against Cagliari in April but Serie A took no action against the Sardinian club, saying that the insults had limited relevance.Before that, in a run of events going back until 2010, Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi was also insulted as were Sulley Muntari and Samuel Eto’o, who at the time of the incidents were playing for Pescara and Inter Milan respectively.On Monday, the club said it would “identify, isolate and ban those ignorant individuals whose shameful actions and behaviours are completely against those values that Cagliari Calcio strongly promotes.”The club also complained about “silly stereotypes addressed to Cagliari supporters and the Sardinian people, which are absolutely unacceptable.” Milan: Belgium and Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku made a plea to football federations and social media platforms on Monday to do more to fight racism after he was subjected to racist abuse in Sunday’s 2-1 Serie A victory at Cagliari.Playing only his second match in Italy after his move from Manchester United, Lukaku appeared to be the target of monkey chants from the home crowd at the Sardegna Arena as he prepared to take the decisive penalty. Cagliari described the behaviour of the fans involved as shameful after the latest in a string of incidents involving the club but also said that “both Inter Milan and Cagliari supporters enjoyed a lovely evening together in the name of their passion for football.”Several black players have suffered online racist abuse in recent weeks, including Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham and Kurt Zouma.Racism has been a long-running problem in Italian football where authorities have been criticised for not taking strong enough action.Lukaku lamented the lack of action despite years of complaints. Cagliariinter milanItalylukaku First Published: September 3, 2019, 7:52 AM ISTcenter_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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Meghalaya to bid for 2022 National Games

first_imgShillong, June 21 (PTI) Chief Minister Mukul Sangma today handed over the documents to the Meghalaya State Olympic Association (MSOA) to begin the bidding process for hosting the National Games 2022.The Chief Minister also handed over a cheque of Rs 50 lakh on behalf of the state government and letters of support to the MSOA for placing the bid at a brief function held here at the State Convention Centre.The function is aimed at drumming up support and step up effort to make bid for the Games.The event was attended by Leader of Opposition Donkupar Roy besides others including Sports Minister Zenith Sangma.Hosting the National Games would be a befitting tribute to the state and the people to mark the 50th year of statehood, Mukul said, appealing to the people to come together to achieve the shared objective with seriousness and a sense of ownership.He hoped Meghalaya would be able to mobilise all wherewithal needed to host the event even as a number of measures would also be required to be undertaken by the State to mop up required resources.Stating that there was no time to be complacent, the Chief Minister said a lot of activities remained to be done by sports associations and advocated an apex committee to effect convergence from all departments and a true inclusive team drawn from all political parties to achieve the mission.Observing that there would be huge requirement for infrastructure building not only hosting 32 Olympic and 8 non-Olympic disciplines but also for hospitality sector, the chief minister said that there were also many local potential investors in the state who could be roped in for creating the infrastructure.advertisementEvery infrastructure created would be used to move further and open up diverse opportunities for the people of the state, he added.Leader of the Opposition, Donkupar Roy while expressing his support for the bid, stressed the need to go forward with the involvement of all the people of the state with due seriousness and transparency in the process.He also stressed the need to ensure that the sportspersons of the State are able to participate in the Games and win medals. MORE PTI JOP SUS BS AHlast_img read more

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Ventura: I had some of Italy’s best results for 40 years

first_imgItaly Ventura: I had some of best Italy results of last 40 years Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 18:27 11/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Gian Piero Ventura Italy Getty Images Italy World Cup Sweden Italy v Sweden WC Qualification Europe He may have failed to take Italy to the World Cup, but the Azzurri manager insists he has not failed in his role Giampiero Ventura insists he had some of the best results of any Italy coach despite his team’s World Cup play-off failure.Italy missed the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after a 1-0 aggregate loss to Sweden in their play-off.Juve 21/20 to win Serie A 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 Ventura took over as Italy coach in July 2016, winning 10, drawing four and losing three of his 17 matches in charge.Gian Piero Ventura ItalyThe 69-year-old, who has promised to resign , was sorry he failed to lead his nation to the World Cup, but believes his results at the helm were excellent.”Without Italy it will be an ugly World Cup, but unfortunately it is gone. What can I do?” Ventura told Le Iene .”I apologised to the Italians for the result.”I still had some of the best results of the last 40 years. I lost just two [sic] games.”last_img read more

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Joe Allen hails ‘talisman’ Gareth Bale as Wales look for swing in momentum

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Gareth Bale says he is very happy to be called ‘the golfer’ at Real Madrid Read more news Real Madrid Share via Email Gareth Bale Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Walescenter_img Share on Messenger The Observer Joe Allen has hailed Gareth Bale as a “superstar” and believes the Welshman will continue to deliver for Real Madrid in the same way he does for his country.Bale came to Wales’ rescue against Azerbaijan with a late winner that kept alive hopes of qualifying automatically for Euro 2020 and provided a timely reminder of his ability to influence games. It was Bale’s 32nd international goal and followed the double he scored for Real Madrid against Villarreal last Sunday, earning a point for the club who had been keen to sell him in the summer. European club football “He’s done it time and time before and thankfully he’s turned up for us again,” Allen said. “We’re always grateful to have someone like him in our team. This is the reason why he’s been our talisman for years and he’ll keep being that.”Asked whether his teammate’s crucial contribution in Friday’s 2-1 victory served as another reminder to Madrid, Allen replied: “It’s never been in doubt for me and it never will be. I’ve had the honour of playing with him for years and he’s a superstar. There’s no doubt about that. He got two goals on the weekend [for Madrid], he’s back playing for them and he’ll do for them what he does for us all the time.“He always looks quality when he turns up for us. It’s about those big moments. He’s a threat for 90 minutes of course, but over the years there’s been countless times when he’s done that for us. If we’ve got aspirations of qualifying from this group, then they are the sort of moments we are going to need for him to provide.”The sight of Bale scoring when it matters has become a familiar theme for his country. Even though there was disappointment when a late free-kick hit the wall against Azerbaijan, there was still a sense that Bale would come up with something to dig Wales out of a hole.“Everyone expected that free-kick to go in,” Neil Taylor said. “But he’s [later] leapt up well above the keeper and got a good goal. He’s got a habit of popping up, he’s got a couple of goals for Real Madrid last week and he’s finding form.“You have to look at the situation at Real Madrid and how it has gone. He’s that good they have had to bring him back into the fold. He can affect football matches in a couple of seconds and he showed that [on Friday].”Wales host Belarus in a friendly on Monday, but the main focus for the players will now be on next month’s qualifying double header away against Slovakia and Croatia. Although Wales were poor against Azerbaijan, Allen believes it could be a turning point.“Maybe it’s the swing in terms of momentum, and maybe that little bit of luck as well,” the midfielder added. “Look at the campaign we qualified in [to reach Euro 2016] and we rode our luck at times. Hopefully it’s a good sign of what’s to come.” Share on Pinterest Topics Euro 2020 qualifying Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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College Football Freshman WR Has Passed Away From Cancer

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Idaho’s football program announced some tragic news this afternoon, as a Vandals’ wide receiver has passed away.Collin Sather, a 19-year-old wide receiver at Idaho, has died from Stage 4 renal cancer.“Collin Sather, 19, passed away early Tuesday morning after a battle with cancer. Please join us in honoring Collin and supporting his family, teammates and loved ones during this difficult time. Rest in peace, Collin,” Idaho announced.Collin Sather, 19, passed away early Tuesday morning after a battle with cancer. Please join us in honoring Collin and supporting his family, teammates and loved ones during this difficult time. Rest in peace, Collin.https://t.co/NJJm58AzFP pic.twitter.com/icOQaepoaK— Idaho Football (@VandalFootball) February 26, 2019Sather began experiencing stomach pain on Jan. 17 and was taken to Deaconess Hospital in Spokane on Jan. 21.“Collin was a tremendous young man and a great teammate,” said head coach Paul Petrino. “It is a testament to him to see how many of our players cared so deeply about him and how many lives he touched in the Vandal Family in such a short time. We challenge our players to be tough and always choose character. Nobody did a better job of that than Collin. My time with him made me a better person and I know his teammates feel the same way.”Idaho’s athletic director also released a statement:“On behalf of the Vandal Family, our deepest condolences go out to Collin’s family and loved ones,” said Interim Director of Athletics Pete Isakson. “Collin made a profound impact on the lives of those he touched throughout our department and across the campus community. The loss of a 19-year-old is difficult to comprehend and we are here for anybody who needs help during this challenging time.”Rest in peace, Collin.last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: England will be under tremendous pressure against Australia, says Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: England will be under tremendous pressure against Australia, says Sachin TendulkarICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Speaking to India Today, batting great Sachin Tendulkar said Australia, with their ability to go for the kill, will put pressure on England when the two teams meet at Lord’s on Tuesday. England is in a spot of bother after having lost matches to Pakistan and Sri Lanka in their campaign.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonJune 25, 2019UPDATED: June 25, 2019 12:29 IST Eoin Morgan. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland take on rivals Australia at Lord’s, London on TuesdayEngland head into the big game on the back of a 20-run defeat to Sri LankaSachin Tendulkar backs Australia to put pressure on EnglandIt’s almost time for one of the biggest battles of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Before the much-anticipated Ashes series, cricket’s long-standing rivals England and Australia will be going head-to-head against each other in a crunch battle at the Home of Cricket, Lord’s in London on Tuesday.England was billed as the pre-tournament favorites. However, their campaign, it is safe to say, has derailed a bit. They were expected to bulldoze opponents with their batting might but two losses, one each to Pakistan and Sri Lanka has put their chances of even making the semi-final under threat.Eoin Morgan’s men are placed fourth in the 10-team World Cup 2019 points table with 8 points from 6 matches. However, the likes of Bangladesh (7 points from 7 matches), Sri Lanka (6 points from 6 matches) and Pakistan (5 points from 6 matches) are keeping the pressure on the hosts.Speaking to India Today, batting great Sachin Tendulkar said England will be under considerable pressure when they take on arch-rivals at Lord’s.”They will be under tremendous pressure. you look at the way Aussies have played, the moment they realize it is the time to go for the kill they go all out. That will put pressure on England,” Tendulkar said.They look ready! #CmonAussie #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/liDcUn2lgRCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 25, 2019England is heading into the big-ticket clash on the back of a 20-run defeat over Sri Lanka in Leeds. The hosts have been missing their big-hitting opener Jason Roy and he has been ruled out of Tuesday’s clash.advertisementEngland is looking vulnerable but Tendulkar believes Eoin Morgan’s men can put pressure on the Australian bowling attack “that lacks penetration and depth”.”Australia’s bowling attack is not that great though. After [Mitchell] Starc and [Pat] Cummins the depth and penetration in their bowling are missing. That is where England can think of encashing,” Tendulkar added.Australia is sitting pretty at the 2nd spot with 10 points from 6 matches and win on Tuesday will help them move to the top of the points table.Nonetheless, Australia head coach Justin Langer said his team will not underestimate England and maintained Eoin Morgan’s men are still titled favorites.”See how they’ve played for four years, they’re the best team in the world. Look at their team … Nothing has changed in a week,” Langer said.England will face India on June 30 and then New Zealand in their final group-stage match on July 3 after Tuesday’s match vs Australia.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Bangladesh know where to bowl to India, says spin coach Sunil JoshiAlso Read | England vs Australia: Eoin Morgan expects hostile reception for Steve Smith, David Warner at Lord’sAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Eoin MorganFollow England VS Australia Nextlast_img read more

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Hi-Fi Corner: Sonos’ new Play:5 is the king of multiroom speakers

first_img How to Play Pool Like You Know What You’re Doing The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo Editors’ Recommendations Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Why an Emotional Support Animal Is So Beneficial (and How to Qualify) Sonos may have invented wireless multiroom audio, but the past two years have brought it no shortage of competitors. Denon, LG, Samsung, and Bose have all developed their own platforms, while a host of loudspeaker veterans like Polk, Paradigm, and Harman Kardon have hopped on board with the open DTS Play-Fi standard. With all that noise and distraction, it might be easy to forget that Sonos started it all — we almost did. But then Sonos issued a brand-new speaker, the Play:5, which came along just in time to remind us that Sonos not only knows this business better than anyone else, it executes better, too.In many ways, Sonos is a lot like Apple: Its platform may be a walled garden for wireless music systems, but it is extremely approachable and exceptionally easy to use. The speakers carry the sort of cachet often associated with Apple products thanks to clean designs, simple interfaces, and best-in-class packaging. In short, Sonos stuff “just works,” and that’s all most people need before they pull out their wallets and start throwing down cash. Except Sonos isn’t just another pretty brand with fancy packaging — its speakers deliver outstanding sound quality, and the Play:5 is the company’s best example yet.Related: KEF puts big sound in small packages with the new Egg The Play:5 is a direct descendant of the speaker that started it all for Sonos, the S5, and a natural evolution of the Play: series line-up, following the the Play:1 (good) and Play:3 (better) as the best — and biggest —  stand-alone speaker Sonos offers. Sonos doesn’t disclose driver sizes or total wattage, but we can tell you that behind the grill sit three tweeters atop three midbass drivers, each powered with their own, discrete digital amplifier. To enhance stereo effects, Sonos has cleverly flared the baffles around the tweeters on the left and right hand sides in an effort to “throw” the sound beyond the speaker’s confines.This isn’t just Sonos’ biggest speaker; the Play:5 is also its most versatile. The speaker can be oriented either horizontally for placement on a shelf or desk, or vertically, which would make more sense if two Play:5 speakers were paired for a more conventional stereo or surround sound setup. Of course, it could be argued that the Play:5 is a bit overkill as a surround speaker, but as with the Play:1 and Play:3, the Play:5 can be paired with the Sonos Playbar wireless sound bar for an authentic surround-sound experience. You could also pair two Play:5 speakers with the Sonos Sub subwoofer for a little extra kick.We’ve come to expect great sound from Sonos speakers, but we can honestly say the Play:5 exceeded our expectations. Having just evaluated the $700 Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless, the bar was already set fairly high, but the Play:5 came right in and dominated the room. Bass is robust and tightly controlled (if not quite as deep as the Zeppelin Wireless), with a punch that you can feel. The midrange is silky smooth, with natural rendering of vocals and string-based instrumentation, while the treble adds texture, grit, and shiny overtones to a generally well-balanced whole. More simply put: The Play:5 is powerful and potent while remaining well-controlled and reserved enough to handle nearly any type of music with respect.Add superior sound quality to Sonos’ best-in-class wireless audio experience, and you get the wireless speaker to beat. The Play:5 will be hanging around our testing room for quite some time, because any other wireless speaker that dares ask $400 or more will have to measure up. Something tells us, though, that Sonos’ claim to the throne will hold steady for years to come.A version of this post first appeared on our “brother site” Digital Trends. 10 Reasons Why Yuzu Should Be Your New Favorite Cocktail Ingredientlast_img read more

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2017 a Year of Firsts for Nova Scotia

first_imgThis has been a year of impressive records and firsts in Nova Scotia. We learned last week that our population has reached more than 957,000, an all-time high. Our tourism business is booming again, with numbers tracking toward another record year. We finally reached gender parity on the provincial and family court bench. As well, the first Mi’kmaw woman was appointed to the bench. The province’s first Accessibility Act was proclaimed, legislation that reflects a true commitment to an inclusive province. Government was also very proud to implement the first phase of what will be a provincewide, pre-primary program for four-year-olds. Early childhood education experts have called the program a game changer. We want to give our children the best chance for success. This program will ensure our children, regardless of socio-economic background, have a solid foundation when they enter the school system. As we reflect on the past year, there are many more positives. More young people are coming to Nova Scotia than leaving. We have strong immigration numbers, robust exports (especially seafood), thriving local wine and beer industries, and a vibrant start-up ecosystem. But we know there are also challenges that remain. Government is addressing them head on. The top priority of Nova Scotians is timely access to primary health care. That makes it the top priority of government. It is a challenge that is faced by citizens and governments across our country. In Nova Scotia, there is much work underway in the Department of Health and Wellness, the Nova Scotia Health Authority, and at the IWK Health Centre to improve access. Since April, there have been more than 100 doctors – family doctors and specialists – recruited. The addition of 22 family practice nurses and nurse practitioners enhanced 14 family practices this year. But we know there is much more work to do. We hope to expand our approach to doctor recruitment in the new year, building on the work of Nova Scotia immigration staff who, for the first time, joined Nova Scotia Health Authority staff at an international job fair for doctors in the United Kingdom. We are working with the federal government to create an immigration stream for doctors. We are optimistic this will lead to more physicians coming to Nova Scotia and seeing patients here more quickly. It’s one of many initiatives we’re looking forward to in 2018 as we build a stronger Nova Scotia. In the new year the biggest tax cut in our province’s recent history will take effect as the basic personal exemption increases for half-a-million taxpayers. The increase means 60,000 people will no longer pay provincial income tax. We will also build on our plan to address poverty. The Building Vibrant Communities Grant Program, announced earlier this month, is the first initiative of government’s poverty reduction blueprint. Over the next four years, government has committed $20 million to support efforts to reduce poverty in Nova Scotia. There are also exciting opportunities and milestones ahead as we support innovation, work to attract and retain young people, and foster an environment for job creation. The Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship in Dartmouth will open its doors to tenants, building on our world-class ocean research and technology capabilities. Volta Labs, the nationally recognized tech hub in Halifax, will move into its new space, three times the size of its current location. New and improved workforce attachment programs will provide young people and disadvantaged groups with more opportunities. Apprentices will benefit from no longer having to pay tuition for their technical training. Nova Scotia has also supported its young apprentices by leading an effort recently to ensure their hours worked and training would be recognized across Canada. There will also be support for businesses who want to grow their exports and those who want to start exporting. We are increasing the size of the Export Growth Program and creating the Export Accelerator Program so more of our world-class products can be sold abroad, which will lead to jobs being created here at home. Pursuing trade and investment opportunities outside our province will continue to be an important part of the strategy for economic growth. At times, I will be directly involved since part of a premier’s role is promoting and selling his or her province, and I am always proud to tell investors about the many reasons they should look at this province. I was pleased to meet with Michelin executives at the company’s headquarters in France this fall to reinforce Nova Scotia’s strengths and I heard first-hand their confidence in our province. Our work in China is showing results as exports continue to grow, and we are making progress in attracting a direct passenger flight between Halifax and China. I was encouraged to hear support for that initiative from China’s ambassador to Canada during his special visit to Nova Scotia, and it will be a key part of my agenda the next time I travel there. There’s much more ahead. The Commission on Inclusive Education will provide its final report, and help guide an issue that went unaddressed for too long. An independent review of forestry practices will be completed, helping us find the balance between economic and environmental sustainability. In Sydney, we’ll see a plan take shape to move the Nova Scotia Community College’s Marconi campus downtown. We are committed to inclusive economic growth, quality education, a healthy population, and safe and connected communities. Being on solid financial footing means we can invest in all of those areas. We have a second consecutive balanced budget, thanks to Nova Scotians working with us to get the province’s finances in order. We look forward to continuing to work with you so this province can reach its full potential. May you have a safe and happy 2018. -30-last_img read more

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Workers death at Jharsuguda plant unfortunate probe on to find exact accident

first_imgNew Delhi: Terming the recent death of a worker at its Jharsuguda plant in Odisha as “unfortunate”, mining major Vedanta Ltd has said that investigation is still on and there was no safety lapse on the part of the company.”We had a very unfortunate accident a couple of weeks back and we are extremely saddened by that…Investigation was still on,” Ajay Kapur, CEO, aluminium and power, Vedanta, told PTI.A worker was found dead at the railway siding area on the plant premises of Vedanta Aluminium Ltd in Jharsuguda a couple of weeks back. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”At Jharsuguda, there was an accident which was unfortunate…I think there was no lapse on account of safety or on account of our focus on safety,” Kapur said.”The fatality actually happened when the electrification of the railway line was going on,” he said and explained that “this man was a lineman (disengages the engine with the wagon) and in that process he made some judgemental calls which led to this accident”. Stating that the company follows global safety standards and the accidents should never happen, he said that the airlines sector, which is regarded as one of the safest industries, “also does get into frequent news but you have to see the percentage”.Vedanta — leading producer of aluminium in India — produced 1.95 million tonnes of the metal in 2018-19. The company has two aluminium smelters. It operates a two million tonnes per annum (MTPA) alumina refinery in Lanjigarh, Odisha.last_img read more

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Woman charged for aiding illegal entries at popular QuebecUS crossing

first_imgMONTREAL — Canada’s border protection agency has charged a woman in connection with organizing illegal entries into Canada through a popular rural crossing in southern Quebec.A charge was laid against Olayinka Celestina Opaleye Wednesday at the courthouse in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, south of Montreal.She is charged under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for facilitating the entry of asylum seekers into Canada through Roxham Road in exchange for compensation. The charges were laid following an investigation carried out by Canada Border Services Agency.The agency alleges that in the summer of 2017, Opaleye arranged for the entry of “several individuals” into Canada, acting as part of a network of smugglers who organized their travel.According to Canadian government figures, there were 19,419 irregular crossings in Canada in 2018, more than 18,500 of them through the Quebec crossing at Roxham Road. That figure was slightly down from 2017, when there were 20,593 crossings, including a notable spike beginning in July of that year.Dominique McNeely, an agency spokesman, said the woman was charged under a section of the law that covers human trafficking of a group of 10 or more. A conviction under the section can result in a fine of up to $1 million or life imprisonment.McNeely said it is not the first time charges have been pursued against alleged human traffickers at the popular Quebec-New York border crossing. No further information was available on the case Wednesday. It returns to court Mar. 27.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Michael Kors Holdings Announces FurFree Policy

first_imgMichael Kors Holdings Limited – a global fashion luxury group – will end its use of fur, with production phased out by the end of 2018.The policy will apply companywide, including for Michael Kors’ Jimmy Choo brand. With this announcement, Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo have joined the international Fur Free Retailer Program.Humane Society International applauds the effort, which is the latest in a series of announcements by major fashion brands to move away from using animal fur and substitute other products to create stylish and functional clothing.Designer Michael Kors said: “Due to technological advances in fabrications, we now have the ability to create a luxe aesthetic using non-animal fur. We will showcase these new techniques in our upcoming runway show in February.”Humane Society International’s President Kitty Block, said: “Killing animals for fur is cruel and outdated, and so it’s hugely exciting to see forward-looking fashion designers such as Michael Kors take fur out of their collections. It’s clear that consumer demand for ethical fashion includes a strong desire for an end to fur, and so we are delighted to welcome Michael Kors as a fur-free leader in luxury fashion alongside the likes of Gucci, Armani, Yoox Net-a-Porter, Stella McCartney, Ralph Lauren and Hugo Boss.”PJ Smith, senior manager of fashion policy for The Humane Society of the United States, who worked with the company on its fur-free policy, said: “Today’s consumers want fashionable, luxurious clothing and accessories that also align with their social values and Michael Kors’ fur-free move makes it a leader in that regard.”last_img read more

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VAT on imported fabric reduced to five percent

Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera, considering the requests made by stakeholders in the fabric industry, has reduced the Value Added Tax (VAT) on imported fabric to 5 percent. Minister Mangala Samaraweera signed the gazette notification in this regard today.Earlier the fabric was subject to Rs 100/kg CESS at the time of imports. The Budget- 2108 had proposed to impose a 15 % VAT on goods. The Value Added Tax Act No 14 of 2002 was amended accordingly and the new VAT scheme came into effect from August 16, 2018. The Enterprise Sri Lanka, the subsidized loan scheme by the ministry of finance and mass media has introduced an interest subsidized loan scheme for medium and small-scale manufacturing industrialists and they can obtain fabric, as raw material at a low cost. As fabric was also subject to this 15 percent VAT, the importers, traders and industrialists engaged in using fabric as raw material for making readymade garments had appealed to the Minister of Finance to provide them some relief as small scale  traders and industrialists who are not covered under VAT act have the adverse effect. The minister made this decision to amend the VAT act further to reduce the VAT on imported fabric to 5 percent considering the possibility of giving a helping hand to proposed small scale industrialists under the enterprise Sri Lanka scheme. read more

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More colour and security as Brock plays host for Pan Am Games

With flying colours: Colleen McGuire, a Brock alumna and site coordinator for the 2015 Pan Am Games, gets help raising the flag from Tom Arkell, Associate Vice President of University Services.The Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games flag was raised at Brock today (July 3) as the University prepares to host hundreds of athletes and officials from across the Americas.The teams, who will be here from July 5 through 17, will be competing in Pan Am rowing, canoe and kayak events being held at venues in Niagara.As a satellite village for Games athletes, the University will also be getting added security resources.  Members of the Brock community will see increased security presence around Residence Road (in front of Concordia Seminary) and on Ray Woodfield Drive (between the small traffic circle and Residence Road).Residences being used by Pan Am guests will have restricted access during the Pan Am stay, and police will also be staffing roadside checkpoints on campus. These checkpoints are intended to be visual only, though officers may occasionally speak with drivers, depending on the level of security required.We should also anticipate increased traffic flows on campus roads during peak periods, and the Brock community’s patience is appreciated as the University welcomes some of the world’s top athletes to Niagara.To read more about Brock’s role as a Pan Am site, see earlier coverage in The Brock News. read more

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Incoming freshman wide receiver Johnnie Dixon hoping to become a great receiver

Incoming-freshman wide receiver Johnnie Dixon talks to the media on National Signing Day Feb. 5 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe strongest college programs typically see their success from one season just flow right into another because of a powerful recruiting presence.The Ohio State football team can be considered one of these programs — year in and year out being among the top teams in the country. A steady flow of talent through Columbus has been a major contributor to this success.One of the most successful positions for OSU over the past few years has been the wide receiver spot.Since the turn of the millennium, the Buckeyes have seen 11 wide receivers taken in the NFL Draft, including four — Ted Ginn Jr. and Anthony Gonzalez in 2007, Santonio Holmes in 2006 and Michael Jenkins in 2004 — taken in the first round.Now with former receiver Corey “Philly” Brown hoping for a future in the NFL, the Buckeyes are left searching for their next elite pass-catcher.Juniors Devin Smith and Evan Spencer are easy choices to fill the void left by Brown next season because of their experience on the field for OSU, but that next star receiver could be someone who has yet to don the Scarlet and Gray.Incoming wide receiver Johnnie Dixon, a West Palm Beach, Fla., native was listed as a four star recruit by Rivals.com and ESPN before committing to OSU in December.“He chose Ohio State because it was the best university and this program, this offense, this head coach we have, myself … it was the best chance for him to develop into the maximized version of himself,” wide receivers coach Zach Smith said on National Signing Day Feb. 5.Dixon said the pedigree of OSU and coach Urban Meyer when it comes to the success of wide receivers drew him to Columbus.“I wanted to be a great receiver and under coach Meyer and coach Smith, I can make that happen and they can make that happen,” Dixon said on Signing Day. “(Meyer’s) had great players here and also at Florida at the receiver spot, so I knew that him coaching me would be a big impact.”Zach Smith was involved in Dixon’s recruitment and said part of bringing him to Columbus was a willingness to point out flaws.“I went down and watched Johnnie Dixon practice a couple times and told him, ‘That was awful,’” Zach Smith said. “We talked about it, but the kid at the end of the day went home and said ‘That guy’s going to make me better and he’s real.’”Dixon added that he hopes to play right away for OSU but understands the effort that requires.“I feel like if I work hard enough, I can hit the field and I can make an impact,” Dixon said.Even with the returning players at wide receiver, Zach Smith said there was no guarantee that any one player will receive playing time.“You don’t want to take away from what guys like Devin Smith and Evan Spencer have done for us this past year, but at the end of the day we got better — we were a better unit but we weren’t where we needed to be,” Zach Smith said. “There’s not a position in my room where that is locked down or anyone who really has an edge … I’m not confident there’s any delineation between wideouts. The way the younger guys develop by the end of the year, I think its going to be a dogfight.”Coming in, Dixon is slated to be one of the shorter receivers, only standing 5 feet 11 inches tall with nine of the 14 Buckeyes listed on the roster standing at 6 feet 1 inch or taller.Despite the advantages that taller receivers have, Zach Smith said it doesn’t matter how tall a player is as long as he is able to produce.“I like electric guys that are going to take the football and put it across the endline,” Zach Smith said. “That’s it, I want it in the end zone, I don’t care how big you are — it doesn’t matter, just get it in the endzone. It’s nice to have size but I like playmakers.”Dixon and the rest of the receivers are slated to have their first shot at the field Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore when OSU is scheduled to start its season against Navy.Even though the Buckeyes start the season in a warmer climate, late season games in the Midwest can often get quite cold.Dixon said he isn’t worried about the going from the warmth of Florida to Columbus though, and just wants to prove himself on the field.“The weather’s not really a big factor to me,” Dixon said. “Once you make it to the NFL, you play in all types of weather so the weather wasn’t a big deal for me. I just wanted to be a great player, a great receiver, it had to be here.” read more

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Are you inviting burglars into your home

first_imgYOU MIGHT THINK that your home is safe, but you could be inviting burglars in to make away with your valuables.A new survey by the AA shows that some people are still leaving spare keys in very obvious places – like in a garage or garden shed.HomesRecent arrests by gardaí included several burglars who had stolen car keys from unsuspecting motorists by using an extendable rod through the victim’s letter box.According to the Central Statistics office, there was a 9 per cent increase in burglaries and related offences between 2010 and 2012.The latest AA Home Insurance poll of over 9,200 people shows that people still leave their spare house key where burglars can find it: under the mat or plant pot, in the porch or the letter box or on the door frame.In fact, 542 of those polled said they left their spare key in a garage or garden shed.Conor Faughnan, Director of Policy in the AA said that it is “really quite dangerous leaving your house key where it can be found by the wrong person”.Many people polled admitted that they often had to leave out a key for their children who would be coming in late at night without one. Two of the people polled said they hid their key under the gravel of their driveway.“I have a colleague whose German Shepherd was drugged during a burglary. You never know who might see you dig out that key from the plant pot or retrieve it from the garage, only to remember where it is when everyone is out of the house” said Faughnan. “It would be far safer to leave a spare key with a trusted friend, relative or neighbour.”AdviceAA Home Insurance offers this advice for you to keep your home secure:Get into a routine when locking your doors and windows before leaving the house or heading to bedMake sure your house alarm is switched on. Many home insurance companies offer discounts to those with a house alarmMake sure your outer doors are sturdy; made of solid wood or metal, a minimum of an inch thick. Your door frames should be equally as strong and should fit the door correctlyFit a deadbolt lock to your home’s main exterior doors. It should be pick resistant; making it impossible for any would be burglars.When no one is home, it’s worth considering leaving a light or radio on.If you go on holiday remember to cancel your regular deliveries such as milk and newspapers and ask a neighbour or friend to collect any post.Read: Guilty burglar repays stolen money after 30 years… with interest>last_img read more

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Digital Storm ships the GeForce GTX Titan in worlds thinnest gaming PC

first_imgThis morning saw the official unveiling of Nvidia’s new performance single-GPU graphics card called the GeForce GTX Titan. And it hasn’t taken long for system builders to start including the card in new PCs. In the case of Digital Storm, the company claims to be shipping the Titan in what classes as the world’s thinnest gaming PC.The Digital Storm Bolt – Titan Edition ships in a case that’s just 9.1cm (3.6-inches) wide. Inside you’ll find the 6GB Titan graphics card alongside an Intel Core i7 3770K CPU running at 3.5GHz, 16GB of 1600MHz DDR RAM, a Crucial Neutron GTX 128GB SSD, 1TB 7200RPM HDD, and a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium.Those components are going to generate a significant amount of heat when gaming, but Digital Storm has designed the Bolt’s case to cope by using a unique ventilation system.Each heat-generating component is sat next to a vent in the casing, with the power supply even getting its own slotted vent down the side of the case. What this means is the majority of the hot air is being pumped directly out of the case rather than being left to heat up inside. You’ll just have to be sure to leave ample room for ventilation around the case.The video below gives you a better idea of the size and how the ventilation system works for the Bolt series in general:In terms of the performance on offer, Digital Storm compared the Bolt – Titan Edition to a similarly specced Bolt running a GTX 680 graphics card. Using the Unigine Heaven benchmark and a resolution of 5760 x 1080, the new machine demonstrated a 159 percent performance increase and posted a score of 719 compared to the 680 system’s 452.Owning the world’s thinnest gaming PC isn’t cheap. The Bolt – Titan Edition will set you back $2,499 and is available from today. You do have to consider the cost of the Titan card though, which on its own costs $1,000.last_img read more

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Schmidts Ireland focused on delivering big performance to end Six Nations on

first_img By Ryan Bailey 12,779 Views “If we start to give England easy access through penalties, knock ons and missed tackles, that’s when they’re going to come into the game but if we can go out and play close to the perfect game – and you’ll never get a perfect game, because regardless the result both teams will come in tomorrow and say ‘we can always improve’, but you’ve got to be close to that and the closer you get the more pressure it puts on the opposition.“Sometimes it’s through tactics like Italy pulled, other times it’s just playing the game really, really well. We’ll want to surprise them with a few things, but at the same time we’ll want to execute everything we control as well as we can.”Ireland:15. Jared Payne14. Keith Earls13. Garry Ringrose12. Robbie Henshaw11. Simon Zebo10. Jonathan Sexton9. Kieran Marmion1. Jack McGrath2. Rory Best (Capt)3. Tadhg Furlong4. Donnacha Ryan5. Iain Henderson6. CJ Stander7. Sean O’Brien8. Jamie HeaslipReplacements16. Niall Scannell17. Cian Healy18. John Ryan19. Devin Toner20. Peter O’Mahony21. Luke McGrath22. Paddy Jackson23. Andrew ConwayEngland:15. Mike Brown14. Anthony Watson13. Jonathan Joseph12. Owen Farrell11. Elliot Daly10. George Ford9. Ben Youngs1. Joe Marler2. Dylan Hartley (captain)3. Dan Cole4. Joe Launchbury5. Courtney Lawes6. Maro Itoje7. James Haskell8. Billy VunipolaReplacements:16. Jamie George17. Mako Vunipola18. Kyle Sinckler19. Tom Wood20. Nathan Hughes21. Danny Care22. Ben Te’o23. Jack NowellSubscribe to The42 Rugby Show podcast here: iTunes Share Tweet Email Image: Billy Stickland/INPHO https://the42.ie/3294178 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 18 Mar 2017, 12:00 PM WHAT PROMISED TO be a thrilling finale to the Six Nations has threatened to become an underwhelming anticlimax from an Irish perspective, but Joe Schmidt’s side are focused on ending the campaign on a high at the Aviva Stadium [KO 5pm, RTE 2] this evening.Captain Rory Best yesterday admitted it has been a tough week in the aftermath of the defeat in Cardiff last Friday and Ireland would have done an element of soul-searching in the build-up to their final outing.Irrespective of what is said by Schmidt and his players, this has been a disappointing campaign for Ireland and a third defeat of the championship later would potentially leave only Italy below them in the final standings.There may be nothing tangible on the line for the hosts, but there is certainly plenty at stake with pride, world ranking points and the small element of denying England a Grand Slam all serving as motivation.Above all, however, is a determination to produce a big performance at home after defeats to Scotland and Wales ended any hope of a Grand Slam decider.England arrive in Dublin bristling with confidence and as Six Nations champions for the second consecutive year. Eddie Jones’ men are bidding for a win that would see them set a new record of 19 consecutive Test victories by a top tier nation.Victory at Lansdowne Road would also mean they would become the first side in the Six Nations era to complete back-to-back Grand Slams.“I think big games always require a massive physical effort obviously but it requires real, real mental strength because it’s going to come down to fine margins,” Best said. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO“A lot of it is the team which makes the fewest mistakes will win. The team that have the mental fortitude and courage to go out and take those opportunities when they are there will also win so from that side of things it does take a massive one.“To say they’re playing for a Grand Slam, but we’ve got a home record we want to keep intact. We’re back in front of our home fans. There has been a lot made about this game so there is pressure on from that side for us. Look, ultimately we want to finish with a massive result. I don’t think that their want is any more than ours.”There’s also the extra dimension which comes in a Lions year as players from both sides battle for places in Warren Gatland’s squad for the tour of New Zealand this summer.Conor Murray is a near certainty to be included but Ireland will be without the influential scrum-half today as he misses out through injury, in one of three changes Schmidt has made to his XV from Cardiff.Connacht’s Kieran Marmion deputises at nine and while Murray’s absence has only heightened the size of the task facing Ireland, Best has backed his replacement to step in and fill the void.“It is a massive day for him,” the captain admitted. “You just have to look at the way he’s performing, not just last season, but this season for Connacht. It is something he deserves.“He is very unlucky he is behind a real world-class nine. It is his day. We always talk that you get your opportunity along the line through someone else’s misfortune.“His opportunity has come now. For Kieran in his first start in the Six Nations, it is important we give him a big armchair ride because it will make the job easier. Mar 18th 2017, 12:00 PM Ireland ‘owe’ themselves a big performance, says Rory Best. Image: Billy Stickland/INPHO Short URL Ireland ‘owe’ themselves a big performance, says Rory Best. 18 Comments Schmidt’s Ireland focused on delivering big performance to end Six Nations on a high It’s not the Grand Slam finale we all wanted, but there is still plenty on the line for Ireland as they host England at the Aviva Stadium later. Android Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO“Having said that, we’ve seen him play for Connacht off anything. We have a lot of confidence in his ability. He’s performing well in training this week. He performed well last week.“We have no doubt he will perform well.”Victory for the hosts could see them finish second in the championship and, at the same time, would preserve a place in the top four of the world rankings ahead of the pool draw for the 2019 World Cup in May.“For us, we just have to keep to our tactics, and make sure we’re very very good,” Best added. Ireland come up short but reasons to be positive for home Women’s World CupBrilliant Larmour among the standouts for Ireland U20s in England defeatlast_img read more

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Iliakis gets four year jail sentence

first_imgGreek Australian primary school teacher George Iliakis, 36, was sentenced to four years in jail on Thursday. Police had found more than 16,000 pornographic images and videos of young boys in his possesion. Mr Iliakis, who taught Grade six at Brighton Grammar, one of Melbourne’s leading private schools, was charged with accessing child pornography and using the internet to transmit child pornography and procure children for sexual activity.Evidence submitted in court revealed that Iliakis joined an Internet chat site in 2003. It was alleged that he shared pornographic images and video in this site with other users. One of these videos was made by Iliakis using two boys aged 13 that he had met through his involvement in a theatre group and at a life-saving club. He convinced them that they were taking part in a movie depicting troubled and abused teens however he was actually trying to play out his own fantasies. Apparently he would handcuff and gag these boys as part of the movie “scenario”. According to media reports the judge stressed the fact that despite the lack of sexual contact between Iliakis and his victims his offences were “very serious indeed.” During the trial a psychologist testified that although Mr Iliakis exhibited “close to zero empathy” with his victims and had “minimal” insight into his behaviour it was “unlikely” that he would re-offend because he showed great motivation to undergo therapy. Mr Iliakis will serve a non-parole period of two years and he will also be registered for life as a serious sex offender. He had pleaded guilty to five offences. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Jayne Privatizing public transport goes against common good

first_imgGreg Jayne, Opinion page editor It is an age-old issue, dating back to when Kusk the Greater complained that taxes were too high for using water from the Tigris River.Well, that’s just a hunch; we aren’t exactly experts on Mesopotamia. But we’re pretty sure the history of civilization can be boiled down to one question: How much are we willing to personally sacrifice for the common good?It is this question that defines many of our political debates. For example, is it worth it for the United States to spend $700 billion a year on the military? Of course not. That is an asinine amount, more than the next 10 countries combined. But what about roads and schools and police departments and parks, the kind of things that are supported by tax dollars and define the difference between civilization and philistinism? That is a good question, yet it is one for another time.Because today we come to talk about public transit, a subject that inevitably touches upon the question regarding common good and its corollary of whether or not government should be run like a business. Businesses, you see, go out of, um, business if they spend more money than they bring in, which means that public transit would have gone the way of the horse-and-buggy about the time horses and buggies went away.Such is the case for C-Tran, the bus service that runs through most of Clark County and makes excursions over to Portland. C-Tran, according to its 2016 financial statement, has a Farebox Recovery Ratio of 20.6 percent, which is a fancy way of saying about 80 percent of its operations are subsidized by taxpayers. In 2016, the agency saw 5.6 million boardings, a noticeable drop from 6.6 million as recently as 2012.last_img read more