BERLIN—A political impasse may cause “irreparable harm to the German research system,” if it isn’t solved soon, the heads of three German science organizations warned today. Politicians need to start making some important decisions in the weeks ahead, according to the rare joint statement by Peter Strohschneider of the German Research Foundation, Horst Hippler of the German Rectors’ Conference, and Wolfgang Marquardt of the German Council of Science and Humanities. “Otherwise the research system and the education of more than 2.5 million students in Germany will suffer further and greater harm … that cannot be undone,” the trio wrote in their letter (in German), released at a press conference here.German science has enjoyed a remarkable windfall the past decade. Since Angela Merkel, a physicist, took office as chancellor in 2005, investment in science has increased continuously. In 2012, public and private spending combined, at €79.5 billion, reached 3% of the gross domestic product for the first time. The Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation has provided substantial budget hikes for nonuniversity organizations like the Max Planck Society and the Helmholtz Association, and the €4.6 billion Excellence Initiative has introduced a new element of competition into German universities by making them vie for the title “elite university.”But most of these programs are set to run out in the coming years, and German scientists are anxious about the future. Federal research minister Annette Schavan stepped down in February last year after losing her Ph.D. in a plagiarism scandal; her successor, mathematician Johanna Wanka, has given little indication so far of what her plans are.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(*)One problem is that the German constitution forbids the federal government from providing long-term funding to universities; that responsibility lies with the 16 states. In their appeal today, the three science managers called for a constitutional change to make long-term federal funding possible. Wilhelm Krull, secretary-general of the Volkswagen Foundation, a large private research funder in Germany, says that big investments are needed to update the infrastructure in German universities. “Many buildings are literally crumbling,” he says, and more money will be needed for educating the rising number of students and for digitalization. “If the states have to pay for all that, some of it just won’t happen,” Krull says.Wanka agrees. In a recent interview, she told ScienceInsider that “changing the constitution is one of my major goals for this legislative period,” but acknowledged it would be difficult to achieve because state politicians resent federal encroachment on their turf.There is also disagreement about how the €6 billion for education and research that the coalition has promised to the states will be used. While the states want the money without any strings attached, federal politicians prefer to earmark some of it for universities. Indeed, a “substantial part” of the money should go to universities, which have fallen behind in basic research, the authors of today’s appeal say. They also want the programs started under Schavan, including the Excellence Initiative, to be continued in some form.The appeal is important because it will increase the pressure on politicians to end the deadlock, Krull says. “All this political maneuvering is leading to a lot of uncertainty in the research community,” he says. Krull is worried that some of the most talented scientists may strike out for other countries where the funding situation is clearer. “There is not as much time as some politicians seem to think.”*Clarification, 20 May, 8:58 a.m.: Angela Merkel is best referred to as a physicist, not a chemist, as previously reported. She has a Ph.D. in physical chemistry, but studied physics.
FILE- In this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) calls a play during the first half of the AFC Championship NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo. The Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots are bringing two of the top scoring offenses in the NFL to the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)ATLANTA — The Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots are bringing two of the top scoring offenses in the NFL to the Super Bowl.The reason they’ve both played so well has a lot to do with the big guys playing up front.ADVERTISEMENT Los Angeles had the same offensive line starters for all 16 games and both playoff contests. Their consistency has been key to everything Rams coach Sean McVay does with a team that averaged 32.9 points per game, ranked second in the league.A line that has nobody who has ever played in a Super Bowl is being rewarded.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Having that consistency is big in everything we do,” left tackle Andrew Whitworth said. “We know each other very well at this point, and that’s something that you can rely on when you’re in a tight game, when you need to execute at an important time in the game.”The line has been just as dependable for the Patriots. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations “The D-line is certainly a great strength of theirs. We’ll be challenged. All those guys will be challenged.”The 37-year-old Whitworth is the cornerstone of the Rams’ offensive turnaround, providing brilliant blocking and steady leadership ever since he left Cincinnati to join McVay on the West Coast two years ago. He has started every game except one in the past two seasons — and so have left guard Rodger Saffold, center John Sullivan and right tackle Rob Havenstein.The Rams’ continuity on the line is remarkable in the modern NFL. Their only change from 2017 to 2018 was made at right guard, where Austin Blythe replaced the suspended Jamon Brown for the first two games of this season and played so well he never relinquished the spot.The Rams’ offensive line is a reliable barometer for the success of their powerful offense. When the linemen are playing well, as they did through the first 10 weeks of the season, quarterback Jared Goff operates smoothly behind his protection and Todd Gurley finds gaping holes in their opponents’ defensive fronts.When the line struggles, as it appeared to do at Detroit and Chicago in December, the offense stalls. Goff was pressured 51 times in a four-game stretch late in the regular season after getting pressured just 78 times in the first 10 games, directly leading to the Rams’ losses to the Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles.“Everybody knows how much I love those guys,” Gurley said. “They’re responsible for everything. We’ve got the best line in the game, in my opinion, and they show it on the field every week.”New England lost two starters on its offensive line in the offseason when tackles Nate Solder and Cam Fleming left in free agency. But with Marcus Cannon and Trent Brown taking their spots, joining center David Andrews and guards Shaq Mason and Joe Thuney, Brady was sacked 21 times during the regular season, compared with 35 times last season.New England knows it will take a similar effort against a Rams’ defensive line that also features All-Pro Aaron Donald, Dante Fowler and Ndamukong Suh.Andrews said one of the things they are so good at is changing up things, with Suh sometimes playing nose guard, and lining up on the edge other times.“Obviously they’re both dynamic players,” Andrews said. “Aaron Donald is the best defensive football player in the league, there’s no doubt about that. So it’s going to be a big challenge. We’re going to have to do a lot of things well.” US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Tiger Woods finds a consolation prize without contending at Torrey Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Tom Brady has not been sacked in either of New England’s two playoff wins, with defenses getting only three quarterback hits while chasing an offense that is part of a team averaging 27.3 points per game, ranked fourth in the NFL.It hasn’t gone unnoticed by the Patriots’ 41-year-old quarterback.In the days after their AFC championship game victory over Kansas City, Brady posted a picture on Instagram of his spotless jersey. He tagged each of his offensive linemen in the post, writing, “Not even 1 grass stain!”The last time Brady wasn’t sacked through two playoff games was the 2003 season, when he wasn’t sacked at all during the Patriots’ three wins, including their Super Bowl victory over Carolina.“I think they’ve performed incredible all year really,” Brady said. “We really haven’t had many sacks this year and I think they’ve done such a great job protecting, and the run game, I think that speaks for itself. That was just an incredible effort last week and we’re going to need it again because this group is obviously exceptional at (the defensive line).ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments
LATEST STORIES Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ View comments MOST READ Turkish soccer team supporters shout slogans and salute before the Euro 2020 group H qualifying soccer match between France and Turkey at Stade de France at Saint Denis, north of Paris, France, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)ROME — UEFA has been asked to consider moving this season’s Champions League final out of Istanbul because of Turkey’s military action in Syria.UEFA declined to comment Wednesday about a letter sent from the Italian sports minister questioning if it was appropriate to continue letting Turkey host the biggest club game in world soccer in May.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect “We know well that the seriousness of what is happening in Syria will not be resolved with this act but we are all aware of the importance (political, media, economic, cultural) that belongs to one of the most important sporting events in the world,” the letter states, according to Italian news agency ANSA.The Ataturk Olympic Stadium was picked by UEFA last year over the Stadium of Light in Lisbon, Portugal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceUEFA vice president Michele Uva told an Italian radio station it was “absolutely premature to talk about sanctions,” though the situation would be evaluated by the European soccer body’s executive committee. It next meets on Dec. 4.Istanbul already hosted the UEFA Super Cup this season. Champions League winner Liverpool beat Chelsea, the Europa League title holder, in a penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Becoming his own man Since Turkey began a military offensive in northeast Syria last week, national team athletes from the country have made salute gestures at sports events.UEFA asked its investigators on Tuesday to assess if the Turkish soccer federation should be charged in a disciplinary case. Salutes made by Turkey players after European Championship qualifying games against Albania and France in the past week could breach rules prohibiting political statements at stadiums.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Boxer Errol Spence charged with drunken driving after crash
Verizon has taken over Yahoo, completing a $4.5 billion deal that will usher in a new management team to attempt to wring more advertising revenue from one of the internet’s best-known brands.Tuesday’s closure of the sale ends Yahoo’s 21-year history as a publicly traded company. It also ends the nearly five-year reign of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who isn’t joining Verizon. She will walk away from Yahoo with a compensation package currently worth about $125 million, including her severance pay and stock awards that will be fully vested with the deal’s completion.Yahoo’s email and other digital services such as sports, finance and news will be run by Tim Armstrong, who has been running AOL since Verizon bought that company for $4.4 billion two years ago. Armstrong will now be CEO of a new Verizon subsidiary called Oath, which will consist of Yahoo and various AOL services.About 2,000 Yahoo and AOL workers are expected to lose their jobs as Verizon trims expenses and eliminates overlapping positions.”Now that the deal is closed, we are excited to set our focus on being the best company for consumer media, and the best partner to our advertising, content and publisher partners,” Armstrong said.Verizon won’t be getting Yahoo’s prized stakes in two Asian internet companies, Alibaba Group and Yahoo Japan. Those will belong to a newly formed company called Altaba, which also will inherit Yahoo’s $8 billion in cash and any money that might have to be paid in various shareholder lawsuits filed against Yahoo leading up to the sale.advertisementThe suits include complaints tied to computer hacking attacks that stole personal information from more than 1 billion Yahoo user accounts in 2013 and 2014 but weren’t disclosed until last year. The fallout from the digital intrusions forced Yahoo to give Verizon a $350 million discount on the initial sale terms reached last July, causing the deal to be delayed by several months.Also Read: Yahoo to be named Altaba, Marissa Mayer to resignAltaba’s stock will begin trading next week under the ticker symbol “AABA.” Yahoo’s stock will trade through Friday.Verizon is counting on the combination of Yahoo and AOL to build a strong third alternative in a rapidly growing digital advertising market that is currently dominated by Google and Facebook.But Yahoo’s ad revenue has been falling for most of the last decade. The company lured Mayer away from Google in 2012 in hopes of reversing the decline, but she couldn’t pull it off despite investing billions in acquisitions aimed at making Yahoo a bigger player in the mobile advertising market.By the end of last year, Yahoo’s annual revenue after subtracting ad commissions had shrunk to $3.5 billion, a 35 per cent drop from its 2008 peak. By comparison, Google’s revenue last year totalled $73 billion, after subtracting ad commissions.Despite the company’s struggles, Yahoo’s stock more than tripled while Mayer was CEO, creating more than $30 billion in shareholder wealth.But most of those gains stemmed from Yahoo’s stake in Alibaba, a Chinese e-commerce company whose fortunes have soared while Yahoo faded. The Alibaba investment was engineered 12 years ago by Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang in what is now widely regarded as one of the savviest deals in internet history.Yahoo’s stock performance is the main reason most shareholders haven’t complained too loudly about Mayer’s lavish compensation package.
India gained a spot in the latest ICC ODI rankings, climbing up to second with 118 points while Virat Kohli retained the top spot in ODI Player rankings for batsmen.Team India are now just a point behind South Africa who still sit atop the table with 119 pointsAustralia are third on the table with 117 points while England are fourth with 113.Despite playing a long home season of Test cricket, India’s rise in ODI rankings can be attributed to their series victories over New Zealand and England as well as their performance in the ICC Champions Trophy.Defending champions India have put up a strong show in the Champions Trophy and have made it to the final on Sunday where they will be facing their arch-rivals Pakistan at The Oval.Barring a seven-wicket loss to Sri Lanka, India have won all their games and that too in a comprehensive manner.In their tournament opener, India trounced Pakistan by 124 runs at Edgbaston which was followed by a seven-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka. However, they bounced back strongly and defeated the No.1 ranked ODI team South Africa by eight wickets to reach the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy.In the semi-final against Bangladesh, India hardly broke a sweat and thrashed Bangladesh by nine wickets.Earlier in the year, India had won the five-match ODI series against New Zealand 3-2 and defeated England 2-1 in the three-match series.Meanwhile, Virat Kohli consistent display in the ongoing Champions Trophy helped him stay on top of the rankings for bastmen.advertisementAfter scoring an 81 not out against Pakistan in the tournament opener, Kohli got out on a rare duck in the match against Sri Lanka.The Indian captain came back with renewed vigour against South Africa hitting 76 not out at a strike rate of 75.25. Kohli was at his fluent best against Bangladesh on Thursday where he scored 96 not out and hit the winning four.
Midfielder Philp Foden, who scored a brace in England’s stunning victory against Spain in the FIFA U-17 World Cup final, said he knew the team was capable of a comeback after trailing 1-2 in the first half.”We knew we are capable of coming back. So we just stayed calm and played our own football. We did not get off to the best of starts but going into the half time, we knew the team’s calibre. We came out all firing,” said Foden, later adjudged the golden ball winner for his spectacular display throughout the tournament.#U20WC #FIFAU17WCTwo world titles ???What a year 2017 has been for @England ?? pic.twitter.com/pyvWYVuHiU- #FIFAU17WC ????????? (@FIFAcom) October 28, 2017England coach Steve Cooper said he was proud of the performance put up by his charges as they stuck to the game plan even after falling behind.”I do not know and I am just so proud of the performance…2-0 down…we just played our way and we didn’t stop. We stuck to our game plan and our style.”We are building for future and that is the way to do it,” he said.Congratulations, @England! ???And thank you, India, for a wonderful tournament! ???????#FIFAU17WC pic.twitter.com/Rv76QOTm2b- #FIFAU17WC ????????? (@FIFAcom) October 28, 2017
Jammu and Kashmir could have its own Indian Premier League (IPL) team.J&K governor Satya Pal Malik is strongly advocating forming an IPL team from the state and has even had an interaction with Rajiv Shukla, the IPL commissioner, on the issue.The aim is to find, nurture and launch the best cricketing talent from the state. T20 format of cricket has been identified as one that is hugely popular across the state and both with young boys and girls.”We have a plan for J&K to have its own IPL team. There are plans both for a cricket and a football team but we are focusing on the IPL team,” Satya Pal Malik, Governor J&K told India Today.The government is confident sports is a great unifier and the youth in the state have a natural tendency to perform well in various fields from cricket to football and from martial arts to boxing.The BCCI is learnt to have assured the state government that it is working on a project to provide world class facilities and training to players from the state.”J&K has tremendous cricketing talent but their skills need to be worked on. The effort is to scout for talent and then nurture it. Rajiv Shukla has also assured the Governor that players from the state will be provided the best opportunities to improve their skills,” an official told India Today.Budding cricketers selected as part of the Khelo India initiative, a project close to the heart of Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore are being nurtured to improve their cricketing skills.advertisement”T20 for women for example has done extremely well in the state. Their matches are the Bakshi stadium were immensely popular. As part of the Khelo India initiative there are over 3000 players from the 10 districts of the valley who have got an opportunity to play cricket,” he added.The budding cricketers have also shown tremendous drive. There are stories of young budding cricketers braving bandh and hartal calls and curfews to reach the stadium and play, often leaving their homes at the crack of dawn.”The valley has come a long way from the October 1983 India-West Indies match at the Sher-e-Kashmir stadium in Srinagar. We have lost three decades of sporting opportunities to politics over which we have no control. Now the aim is to encourage talent to play and make a name for themselves and the nation,” an official engaged closely with the project told India Today.Stories of cricketers like Parvez Rasool trained by Bishan Singh Bedi and making a big impact on young minds. “Be it Parvez Rasool or Manzoor Ahmed Dar also called the Jadeja of J&K talent cannot be hidden. Dar worked through the night to be able to play during the day. There is a wealth of talent in J&K it only needs to be nurtured,” he added.
zoomIllustration; Source: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license China Merchants Industry Holdings is looking to purchase a majority stake in AVIC International Maritime.Namely, United Overseas Bank Limited has, on behalf of the company’s subsidiary China Merchants Industry Investment Limited, submitted a pre-conditional voluntary general offer for all the issued and paid-up ordinary shares in the company.If finalized, the deal would see China Merchants take over 73.87% of AVIC shares at a price of SGD 0.15, or a total of SGD 31.64 million (USD 22.7 million).The agreement marks AVIC International’s gradual withdrawal from the shipbuilding industry on the back of a drop in global demand for new vessels, the Singapore-based company explained.If the pre-condition is not satisfied on or before the long-stop date of December 26, 2019, or another date as agreed by the Securities Industry Council of Singapore (SIC), the offer will not be made.
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says a B.C. byelection win for the Green party shows Canadians are “preoccupied” by climate change.Trudeau says it will be really important for Canadians to pick a government in the upcoming federal election that is committed to “climate action,” adding his party will be making this point during the fall campaign.Monday night, voters in the federal riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith elected Paul Manly of the Green party as their new MP, taking the seat away from the NDP and leaving the Liberals a distant fourth.READ MORE: Federal Green Party wins seat in byelection upsetManly called the victory a “historic” win, saying people want to see action on climate change.He will be the second Green party member in Parliament, along with leader Elizabeth May.The byelection was prompted by the departure of the NDP’s Sheila Malcolmson, who quit to become a provincial politician in B.C.The Canadian Press
Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg will be the co-hosts of the Golden Globes next month. pic.twitter.com/hylnBR7NDz— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) December 5, 2018 Breaking: Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg to host the 2019 Golden Globes next month https://t.co/JvpQLR0bBs— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) December 5, 2018 WHAT! (SANDRA) OH MY GOD @IamSandraOh https://t.co/CuRwydEjC5— Jeff Yang (@originalspin) December 5, 2018 RELATED: Sandra Oh Was Told ‘I’ve Got Nothing For You’ By Agent When She First Went To Hollywood“Sandra and Andy are the perfect choices to host this world-class event,” said Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks, co-chairs of NBC Entertainment, in the announcement. “They bring wit, charm and style to a room filled with the very best of film and television. It’s sure to be another unforgettable fun-filled night.”“We’re excited to welcome Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg as co-hosts of Hollywood’s Party of the Year,” added Meher Tatna, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which has held the Golden Globes each year since 1944. “Both Golden Globe Award recipients have continually showcased their talents in film and television, and we can’t wait see what their undeniable chemistry will bring to the Golden Globes stage.”The former “Grey’s Anatomy” star — who won a 2006 Golden Globe for her work in the hit medical drama — missed out on making history at the Emmys earlier this year when she failed to win an Outstanding Actress award for her work in critically acclaimed thriller “Killing Eve”, which would have made her the first woman of Asian descent to win an Emmy in the lead actress category.Oh and Samberg have some history together; the pair co-presented an award at this year’s Emmys, and their award-show chemistry clearly caught the attention of the HFPA.Paul Drinkwater/NBCCheck out the Twitter reaction to the Globes’ announcement:Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg will co-host the 2019 Golden GlobesThe duo will serve as hosts of the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards, which will air on Sunday, January 6.Sandra Oh & Andy Samberg are hosting The #GoldenGlobes January 6 on NBC! That’s it. That’s the tweet. pic.twitter.com/SehLmSqs9s— NBC Entertainment (@nbc) December 5, 2018 Advertisement We are pleased to confirm that Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh will be co-hosting this year’s 76th #GoldenGlobes! pic.twitter.com/H4ktWJ0jvk— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) December 5, 2018 On Wednesday, NBC announced that Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg will be co-hosts of the 2019 Golden Globe Awards when the annual gala is held in early January.Joining a prestigious roster of past hosts including Ricky Gervais, Jimmy Fallon and the dynamic duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the announcement of Oh as co-host is a historic one.Not only is Oh — a native of Nepean, ON — the first Canadian to ever host the Globes, she’s also the first person of Asian descent to host the annual award show. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment I AM HERE FOR THIS. YES. #ItsAnHonorJustToBeAsian #GoldenGlobes https://t.co/B8qAhpBkjl— Olivia Truffaut-Wong (@iWatchiAm) December 5, 2018 Advertisement Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg were unexpectedly fun together presenting at the Emmys and now I am even more excited for the #GoldenGlobes https://t.co/BPDVGPcpns pic.twitter.com/fNGaf1BMAs— Jillian Sederholm (@JillianSed) December 5, 2018 Login/Register With: Advertisement Free headline suggestions:Boy “Oh” Boy!”Oh” What a Night”Oh” M GAndy and Sandra and Globes, “Oh” My! https://t.co/r8Mj1ZUqAF— Danielle Nussbaum (@daniellenuss) December 5, 2018 .@AndySamberg and @IamSandraOh presented together at the 2018 Emmys – in which the duo mocked the Oscars’ ‘La La Land’ fiasco in one of the night’s better pairings https://t.co/PDTSjncUPe— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) December 6, 2018By BRENT FURDYK | ET CANADA Facebook Twitter
Canada’s chief information officer is leaving his post to join a startup in Ottawa. Alex Benay, who for two-and-a-half years was tasked with modernizing the government’s digital infrastructure, made it official on Twitter this morning with a statement that indicated he’s taking on “a new challenge”. Benay is joining MindBridge AI as the firm’s chief client officer and will be responsible for the company’s global growth strategy. MindBridge uses artificial intelligence to help auditors and financial regulators put the troves of collected data to better use and stomp out fraud. In June the company said it closed its Series B round of financing and investment through the Government of Canada’s Strategic Innovation Fund for a combined total of $29.6 million. The investments brought the total fundraising to date to over $45 million. The Globe and Mail reported that $14.5 million of that $29.6 million was government funded. Made the decision to leave the public service today. Thank you to all those who have supported me over the years. To the #gcdigital community, keep pushing, change is possible and you’re doing an amazing job… Canada is better for it!https://t.co/GGQYAh4CAQ pic.twitter.com/Qdcw07BbQf — Alex Benay (@AlexBenay) August 7, 2019 “I am proud to be joining a team of dedicated professionals who believe in AI for good and who want to lead Canada in the development of an inclusive AI ecosystem, while also creating the next corporate household name in this country and the world,” Benay wrote. All public office holders are required to follow their obligations regarding future employment under the Conflict of Interest Act. The act specifically says all outside employment offers must be disclosed to the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner within seven days of receiving them. “Alex has consulted the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner on the matter of his employment with MindBridge, and the constraints that he will be required to observe,” indicated Bianca Healy, chief communications officer for the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, in an email to IT World Canada. “Alex has recused himself from all major files and decisions and has not, since being approached, been present at TB, or otherwise advised ministers on TB business.” Farees Nathoo, a spokesperson for the treasury board, added Benay helped the board instill a digital-first mindset. “Minister Murray thanks Mr. Benay for his service at the Treasury Board Secretariat, where he worked with dedication to place digital at the heart of our efforts to better serve Canadians. The Minister is confident that the team will continue this important work,” Nathoo said in a separate emailed statement. This section is powered by IT World Canada. ITWC covers the enterprise IT spectrum, providing news and information for IT professionals aiming to succeed in the Canadian market.
Peel police are looking for a man suspected of snatching purses from four women on separate occasions last month. Police say between Feb. 13 and Feb. 26, four women had their purses stolen by a man on a bicycle in Mississauga. A 42-year-old woman was injured during one robbery after she was dragged about 20 feet before she let go of her purse.Police believe the same man is responsible for all four incidents. He is described as white, 20 to 25 years old, was wearing a silver jacket and riding a black and red bicycle.Police are reminding residents to be aware of their surroundings, keep bags and purses close to you, and to be aware of suspicious people in their area. If anyone tries to grab your purse, police recommend you let go of your purse to avoid injuries. Anyone with information about these robberies is asked to contact Peel police.
On Friday, the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) requested “further interviews with Iraqi personnel in private” but “two individuals concerned did not agree to it without the presence of a witness,” said Hiro Ueki. As a result, those interviews were not held.”UNMOVIC will continue to seek interviews in private, as allowed in Security Council resolution 1441,” Mr. Ueki stressed, referring to the landmark text which paved the way for resumed inspections following a four-year suspension.According to the spokesman, officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) – the UN watchdog probing Baghdad’s nuclear weapons programme – flew by helicopter with representatives of the Iraqi National Monitoring Directorate to a facility formerly known as Al Jesira to conduct an interview in private. “The individual concerned declined the request,” Mr. Ueki said, adding that the interview was then conducted in the presence of a representative of the Directorate.Also today, two incidents took place at and around the Canal Hotel, where the UN is based. In the first, an Iraqi man holding an iron rod approached the main gate of the UN premises before being subdued and apprehended by UN security personnel, who found three knives on his body and then handed him over to the Iraqi authorities. In the second incident, an Iraqi man stopped a convoy of inspectors as it headed onto Canal Road. “When the driver of the lead UN vehicle got out of the car to talk to the man, the man jumped into the driver’s seat,” Mr. Ueki said. “The man was subsequently removed from the vehicle and handed over to Iraqi authorities for questioning.”Meanwhile, inspectors continued their activities, including visits to the Al Rasheed State Company at Al Mamoun, the Sumaykah surface-to-surface missile support facility, the College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Education at Quadisiyah University, the Al Qa Qaa complex, the North Oil Company and the Colleges of Education and Engineering at Tikrit University.On Friday, an UNMOVIC chemical team returned to the Al Qa Qaa complex for the seventh day to inspect the Research and Development Centre and a waste treatment facility. Afterwards, the team went to the Mamoun Factory, which belongs to the Al Rasheed Company and is located next to the Al Qa Qaa complex. “The factory produces munitions and chemical materials for munitions,” Mr. Ueki said. The team then proceeded to the Al Basil Centre – which is primarily a research centre for chemical products – in the Jadriyah complex in Baghdad to assess its current activities.
Through a statement issued by his spokesman, the Secretary-General “extends his deepest condolences to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, especially to the families of the hundreds who have been killed and injured because of the heavy snowfall.”Heavy snow in the area this month has also killed many people in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan.
Other award recipients included:Governor General’s Silver Medals: Stacey Van Herk (Mathematics and Computer Science) and Cameron Giles (Medical Sciences).Board of Trustees Spirit of Brock Medals: Dinara Salaeva (Applied Health Sciences); Huzaifa Faizan (Accounting); Lee Belding (Chemistry); Gianluca Agostinelli (Social and Cultural Contexts of Education); Stephanie Culp (Classics); Gabriela Ruiz Rodriguez (Aboriginal Adult Education); Malvina Skorska (Psychology).Applied Health Sciences Research Excellence Award: Kinesiology professor Sandra Peters.Distinguished Research and Creative Activity Award: Economics professor Robert Dimand.Both Fall Convocation ceremonies can be watched in full belowMorning Ceremony:Afternoon Ceremony: There’s a tradition in university convocation ceremonies where PhD graduates immediately get to sit on the stage with their colleagues after they’re conferred.It was a tradition Izabella Ludwa got to enjoy for about five minutes Saturday morning before her responsibilities as a mother trumped her reward for holding a doctorate.Izabella Ludwa with her daughters Elowen, left, and Willow, right.Nine days before she walked across the convocation stage at Brock University to receive her Doctor of Philosophy, Ludwa gave birth to her second daughter.“I got teary eyed when I walked out. Just being here is amazing,” Ludwa said as she sat with her two children at a table overlooking Ian Beddis Gymnasium, where the morning convocation ceremony was still going on.The Toronto native, who now lives in St. Catharines with her husband Tito and daughters Willow, three, and the newborn Elowen, has spent more than a decade as a student. She took her undergrad at the University of Toronto and then moved to Brock for her masters in kinesiology and finally her PhD.But getting to Saturday’s ceremony – Brock’s 100th Convocation – has been far from an easy journey for the Ludwa family.“It was hard. My husband was a huge help and you try to figure out what works. There are moments where it doesn’t work and things go by the wayside in terms of trying to finish school,” she said.Six months after her first child was born, she considered leaving school.“There was a point where I thought I should just quit. It was too much,” she said. “We don’t have family here so it’s not like I can go drop someone off. And being a student, financially it’s difficult. Day care is expensive.”Ludwa credits her supervisor, kinesiology professor Nota Klentrou with pushing her on. Ludwa’s research focused on investigating the bone-muscle interaction during growth and development in children and she’s hoping to continue that research if she’s able to get some post-doc funding.Ludwa was one of 955 students to graduate during two convocation ceremonies at Brock Saturday.The Fall Convocation event marked the first for Interim President Tom Traves, who started at Brock two weeks ago, as well as for Registrar Geraldine Jones, who took over the role from the retired Barb Davis over the summer.During the morning ceremony, Applied Health Sciences Research Excellence Award recipient professor David Gabriel gave the convocation address and reminded the graduates about the importance of friendship.“Convocation is for family who have sacrificed so much for you, but today I want to acknowledge the friends,” he said. “These are the people who have been with you through the trials and tribulations when you tell your family ‘everything is OK,’ and then you go home and spend time with your friends who help you through day-to-day life.“Never forget to take an opportunity to tell your friends and all those who are there for you that you care about them,” he said.The afternoon address was delivered by Faculty of Education professor Nicola Simmons, recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award, who said graduates need to remain creative, patient and inquisitive.“My wish for you is that you use your degree wisely; That you continue to ask good questions; That you do today what will be good for tomorrow; That you creatively imagine the future; That you not be rushed and that your life indeed will be rich and full,” she said.
After a midseason lull that saw the Ohio State women’s basketball team lose nine of 15 games, Jim Foster’s team is back on track. After four consecutive wins, the Buckeyes are once again in the race for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Tonight, OSU (17-9, 8-6 Big Ten) takes on first-place Michigan State (24-3, 12-2 Big Ten) in a game in which the Spartans will seek revenge for the 14-point loss they suffered Jan. 16 in Columbus. After clinching at least a share of the regular season Big Ten title, MSU can secure the title outright with a win. Foster said his team was lacking defensive intensity and attention to detail during a three-game skid from Jan. 27 to Feb. 6. He questioned his team’s mental toughness, but said it’s better now. “If you’re going to be in the NCAA Tournament,” Foster said Wednesday, “you couldn’t ask for a better situation than our schedule was down the stretch for this particular group of players that had that goal in mind.” That stretch included two wins against Purdue (18-10, 8-7 Big Ten) and road wins against Minnesota (11-16, 3-11 Big Ten) and No. 23 Penn State (21-7, 10-4 Big Ten). Foster said his team has been playing in tournament mode for a few weeks now. “These are the teams that are going to be in the tournament,” junior point guard Samantha Prahalis said, noting the importance of finishing the regular season strong. “We got to keep winning to give us a better seed. It’s just important that we win.” Tied for fifth place in conference standings, the Buckeyes look to crack the top five and earn a bye in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. The winner of the conference tournament gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. “You just want to get better,” Foster said. “They’ve won before — they understand winning and the detail things that are necessary.” OSU is tied with Iowa (20-7, 8-6 Big Ten) in the standings. The two split their series, each winning its respective home games against the other. Senior forward Sarah Schulze made her way back to action in the team’s buzzer-beating 76-74 win at Purdue on Sunday after suffering a knee sprain that had kept her out of action since the Jan. 16 win against MSU. Her return has inspired her teammates. “That just shows toughness,” sophomore guard Tayler Hill said. “When we’ve seen her out there, if she can do it, we know that we can play tough too.” The Buckeyes will have to contend with Spartans leading scorer Kalisha Keane. The forward is averaging 16.3 points while shooting nearly 45 percent from beyond the 3-point line. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Breslin Center.
Les traces de pas d’un reptile vieilles de 280 millions d’annéesSelon un récent communiqué du Muséum national d’histoire naturelle et du CNRS, des paléontologues français ont découvert en Turquie les empreintes de pas fossiles d’un petit reptile vivant il y a 280 millions d’années, dont on ignorait la présence dans cette région.À la recherche de fossiles de dinosaures dans la région de Cakras, près de la Mer Noire, en Turquie, le paléontologue Jean-Sébastien Steyer et son collègue franco-turc Sevket Sen sont tombés par hasard sur… un reptile aux allures de lézard. Ou plutôt sur ses empreintes de pas fossilisées, de quelques centimètres seulement. Une surprenante découverte qui s’est faite dans le cadre d’une expédition organisée pour le compte commun du Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (MNHN), du CNRS et de l’Université Pierre et Marie Curie. À lire aussiPourquoi les dragons de Komodo n’ont jamais conquis le monde”Nous étions partis pour trouver des dinosaures dans l’arrière-pays. Bredouilles, nous nous sommes alors tournés vers les falaises du bord de mer. Nous avons bien fait”, explique le paléontologue Jean-Sébastien Steyer dans un communiqué. C’est alors en retournant un bloc éboulé que Sevket Sen a aperçu de curieuses traces de quelques centimètres seulement. Traces qui ont ensuite été comparées avec d’autres empreintes connues aux Etats-Unis, en France et au Maroc, permettant ainsi d’identifier le spécimen de la famille des Captorhinidae vivant il y a 280 millions d’années, soit 60 millions d’années avant l’apparition des dinosaures.Or, si les chercheurs connaissaient déjà ce reptile de la taille d’un petit varan, ils n’avaient jamais observé des preuves de sa présence dans ces régions. “La présence de ces traces, uniques dans cette région du monde, est très importante : elles font le lien entre les reptiles de l’ouest et ceux de l’est de la Pangée [le supercontinent unique de l’époque]”, a souligné Jean-Sébastien Steyer. Quant aux fossiles de plantes découverts à proximité des empreintes, “ils suggèrent un climat chaud et humide qui a peut-être favorisé la dispersion de ces reptiles”, a t-il ajouté, cité par l’AFP. Le 9 novembre 2011 à 15:48 • Maxime Lambert
Back in the days of geek prehistory, a T-shirt was a signal to the world around you that you cared about your nerdy pursuits enough to fly them like a flag. Companies like Graphitti Designs contracted with movie studios and comics publishers to create shirts with our favorite characters and sold them up on the walls of comic book stores and through mail order.The computer revolution has enabled the T-shirt world to become something totally new – affordable production and distribution means that shirts can be printed in small quantities and sold anywhere in the world. Starting with Threadless, dozens of companies popped up letting artists and designers show their stuff. It’s a better time than ever to be a geek fashionista, and if you’re looking to expand your wardrobe we’re going to help you out every week… on T-Shirt Tuesday.This week: eleven sweet-ass shirts inspired by the wall-crawling hero who recently underwent a cinematic reboot.The Spider-ManThe thing with Spider-Man is that his costume manages to be simultaneously complicated and iconic. The web pattern on the suit is a pain in the ass to draw, but it can inspire artists to really make some cool stuff. Case in point: this unusual illustration by JoshBelden, which transforms Peter Parker into an actual eight-limbed life form. It’s both creepy and deliciously drawn, a fine tribute to a character who has received as much hassle as he has heroism.$20, buy it here.Midtown HighPeter Parker rocks a bunch of super geeky T-shirts in Spider-Man: Homecoming, but the one we craved was the official Midtown School of Science & Technology shirt. The high school that Spidey attends is just as important in the flick as all of the spandex action, and the logo for the fictional institution, ably reproduced by Vicener, pays tribute to the Atomic Age origins of Marvel in a stylish way. Now all you need is a student ID card.$20, buy it here.Feudal WebslingerRecasting iconic heroes like Spider-Man in different contexts is a fun thing for artists, and we have to give props to Figzy for their slick take on a Japanese feudal samurai Peter Parker locked in combat with an equally historical Doctor Octopus. The linework, color choices, and composition in this one are all totally on point, making for a classy superhero shirt that you could wear pretty much anywhere.$20, buy it here.E. Brock’s ElixirThe black costume era of Spider-Man is a favorite for many fans. After the events of Secret Wars saddled Peter Parker with a slick looking black & white costume, he discovered that it was actually a parasitic alien entity that bonded with him. Parker eventually managed to shake it off, but the symbiote found a new host in Eddie Brock, who became the rampaging Venom. This charming shirt from OrderedChaos takes that black goo and recasts it as an old-timey health tonic. Special props to the bubbles in the bottle mimicking Venom’s face – a nice subtle touch.$20, buy it here.Ooh YeahOne of the most memorable moments in the first Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movie is when he climbs in the ring with professional wrestler Bonesaw McGraw to make some extra cash and test his new abilities. Bonesaw was played by the in-ring legend “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and this T-shirt from westonoconnor merges a classic John Romita Spidey drawing with Savage’s iconic 80s shirt design that featured his wrap-around shades to create something truly wonderful. Snap into a radioactive Slim Jim!$20, buy it here.Venom Wants To PlayWe’re trying to keep this list Peter Parker-centric, but this Venom shirt by MiraDesigns is just so striking that it needed to find a place on the list. It takes the blobby, amorphous nature of the symbiote suit and uses it as a graphic element to form words and the shapes of Venom’s face. It’s a real eye-catcher that doesn’t look like any T-shirt we’ve ever seen.$20, buy it here.Strange Impulses From BelowTaking old comic books out of context for comedy value is a time-honored tradition in geek circles, and this T-shirt design from ronwlim does exactly that with a Steve Ditko panel featuring the tingling of the Spider Sense. We’ve always wondered exactly what Peter Parker’s danger perception actually feels like – from the art, it’s something like when your foot’s asleep, except on your head. That doesn’t sound too comfortable, but maybe he gets used to it.$20, buy it here.Where The Amazing Things AreSpider-Man’s rogues’ gallery is one of the most well-developed in comics, springing primarily from the fertile minds of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Artist TanoshiBoy re-interprets some of Peter Parker’s most deadly foes – Venom, the Lizard, the Rhino, Doctor Octopus and the Green Goblin – in the style of Maurice Sendak’s classic Where The Wild Things Are. It’s a remarkable feat of visual invention that makes for a cute and charming T-shirt.$20, buy it here.The Mary JanesThe alternate universe of Spider-Gwen has proven surprisingly popular, which is good because it’s a lot of fun. Gwen Stacy got the radioactive spider bite, while Peter Parker became the Lizard and lots of other things changed as a result. When she’s not fighting crime in one of modern superhero comics’ best costumes as Spider-Gwen, Stacy plays drums in a band called the Mary Janes; their logo cribbed from Queens’ favorite sons the Ramones. Artist Ziem83 lets you represent the band in style.$20, buy it here.Michigan J. VenomI don’t know why this is cracking me up so much, but it is. This design from hellboy (presumably not the actual Hellboy) takes the Venom symbiote and attaches it to the Warner Brothers dancing and singing amphibian Michigan J. Frog. Why exactly this would be a thing that happens (especially since Warner Brothers owns DC, not Marvel) is anybody’s guess, but the image is just so ridiculous that it kills me.$20, buy it here.Italian SpidermanForeign knock-offs of American heroes are always funny, but none is quite as weird as Italian Spiderman, the Australian parody of same that was released in 2007. This shirt by faceofpuma depicts the movie’s star Franco Franchetti in full spider-duds cradling his trademark pump-action shotgun and getting ready to spring into action with his razor-sharp mustache and massive physical strength. It was made by the same minds behind the genius Danger 5, which you should watch immediately.$20, buy it here. T-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Hulk ShirtsT-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Fortnite Shirts Stay on target
VANCOUVER – Fort Vancouver National Historic Site has made it to the final four of a competition celebrating Archeology Month, and is vying today for a berth in the title round.Fort Vancouver is matched against Tuzigoot National Monument, in Arizona’s Verde Valley between Phoenix and Flagstaff. The site that earns more votes in on-line balloting today reaches Friday’s championship round against Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in central Ohio.Fans can vote at https://www.archaeological.org/archaeologyday/archaeomadness.The “Archaeomadness” contest is sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America as a way to motivate the public to get out and explore parks and public lands.