Rabat- Iran has probably lied about its nuclear program. But hasn’t Israel also?It seems that the geographical name the Middle East is truly inappropriate for the region that has been unstable for over seven decades, experiencing many regional wars between Arabs and Israelis, between Iraqi Arabs and Americans, between Arabs and Iranians, and of course, Arab civil wars in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. The region should probably be renamed the Warring East instead of the Middle East.As a matter of fact, many Arab political analysts have tongue in cheek changed the name Middle East in Arabic (sharq al-awsat) into the humiliating name (sharq al-awsakh), meaning “the dirty east.” The Latest Middle East News is, yet again about, gearing up for another war, but this time it will probably be more destructive. A new war could last longer than protagonists’ plans on paper because, once ignited, nobody will be able to stop it unilaterally. The risks are very high and the gains are probably very low.The drumbeat of war sounds againOn April 30, 2018, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented to the Israeli people, and by extension to the world, what he called evidence that Iran is lying. The media exercise was well-orchestrated to come just before the American campaign to disengage from the nuclear agreement with Iran and to engage in a potential war with it afterwards. The war-to-be will  be waged by America, Israel and all Saudi Arabia-allied Arab Sunnis in the region.The conclusion was foreshadowed by an article in the British paper The Guardian, February 23, 2015, titled “Leaked cables show Netanyahu’s Iran bomb claim contradicted by Mossad,” written masterfully by Seumas Milne, Ewen MacAskill and Clayton Swisher.In the past, the Obama administration  was willing to give Iran a regional leadership role just short of becoming a nuclear power, but the current administration has other plans for the country: an Iran without nuclear capabilities and mullahs, a secular Iran that will not export its revolution or religion to neighboring countries and thereby threaten their stability.The play within the playIn reality, Netanyahu did not come up with anything new; the whole world knows that Iran is working hard to become a nuclear power. It is no secret. It is an old dream that started with the Shah of Iran in the 1960s and continues today with open support from Russia, which wants to build an eastern coalition to counter American hegemony.Nevertheless, it seems the coming war is fully scripted by Washington, and especially by the Trump administration. The main actors in the play are Trump himself in the leading role with Mohamed Ben Salman (MBS)  and Benjamin Netanyahu in support roles.Since arriving in the Oval Office, Trump has been demonizing Iran and expressing willingness to pull the US out of the nuclear agreement. MBS, who recognized Israel’s statehood, joined Trump on stage to make the American-Israeli-Saudi alliance legitimate and official. In an interview with the Atlantic newsmagazine, he called the Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei Hitler, imitating President Bush’s actions before declaring war on Saddam’s Iraq. And last, but not least, Netanyahu who, “brought to light” Iran’s hidden game, appears on stage.Now that every actor has pronounced his faith, action will probably ensue after the holy month of Ramadan. The war will be executed by America and Israel, but Saudi Arabia’s role will be to finance the effort (or, if you will, produce the play). What else can Saudi Arabia do, anyway?Netanyahu’s speech and the previous actions of MBS in recognizing Israel and demonizing Iran is similar to “the play within the play” in Shakespeare’s  Hamlet. Hamlet’s instruction on proper delivery to the actors could be seen as Trump coaching Netanyahu and MBS.How is the war going to unfold?America and Israel are hoping to conduct an aerial war, short and sweet. They will bombard the strategic locations where the nuclear installations are and destroy military targets to cripple Iran’s potential to respond adequately in the initial stages of the military operation.  America and Israel are not planning to commit ground forces to avoid colossal troop losses. They are banking on crippling the enemy with a massive initial blow that will probably lead to a popular uprising in the major cities of Iran that will finish off the regime.But Iran has another plan: a war of attrition that could be costly in human life to America and Israel, and an uprising of Shiites in the eastern region of Saudi Arabia. Iran will wage a total war. Attacks will come from Syria and Lebanon where Hezbollah will play a major role. Indeed Hezbollah’s missiles will rain on northern Israel and aim to maximize casualties.If America and Israel are planning on a short war, Iran is planning a long and costly attrition war, which will reduce the Middle East to an inferno for a long period of time. There will be no navigation of the Persian Sea, no security in the air and no peace on land.Iran’s strengths are:1- Geographical depth2- Shiite sense of sacrifice3- Religious fervor and discipline4- Military discipline and combat-readinessIran’s weaknesses are:1- Aerial power weakness2- Land encirclement3- Lack of active alliancesIranians are planning to wreak havoc on the Arab world, whom they suspect to be aligned with America and Israel. The Iranians will activate their dormant cells in the Arab world, and probably also in the West, to punish those who support the war. If Iran  has to go down the drain, they will incur as much damage as possible a la après moi le deluge.Suzanne Maloney, deputy director of Foreign Policy and senior fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy and Energy Security and Climate Initiative, wrote in an article titled “After dumping the nuclear deal, Trump has no strategy for Iran” in Brookings:“The premeditated American dismantling of an agreement that was the product of more than a decade of intense diplomacy and economic pressure marks a staggeringly counterproductive step. That it was undertaken over the vocal objections of Washington’s closest allies and without a clear strategy of mitigating the newly heightened risks of Iranian proliferation and conventional retaliation represents an abdication of American leadership on the international stage that is unparalleled in recent history.”ExpectationsThe war might be destructive for Iran but that alone will not end the regime of the mullahs because they can rely on the Revolutionary Guards and the Basij to protect them from any internal uprising. So, the onslaught might diminish the mullahs’ power but it will not put an end to the theocracy at the country’s helm.However, a weak Iran in the Middle East will be good news for Israel and its Arab allies, because it will lead to the probable downfall of Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Alawites in Syria and the Houthis  in Yemen, ultimately destroying the Shiite Crescent in the Middle East and ending Iran’s expansionist dreams once and for all.Consequently,  Israel will come out of the painful war as the only power in the region and even as a co-protector of Arab countries alongside America. The demise of Iran will foretell the demise of Hamas in Gaza, and Abbas will take over the strip and sign, under gentle pressure, a peace agreement  with Israel. Saudi Arabia will regain its leadership of the Muslim world, but will be totally broken.All in all, if everyone plays his cards right, Israel will probably pay the biggest price in human casualties but will undoubtedly win big, destroying Hamas, reining in Abbas and emasculating the Arabs, gaining peace in the Middle East and a huge market for its exports.A make-believe scenarioAmerica, Israel and Saudi Arabia are probably heading to war for fear of destabilizing a region that already has so many problems: the Palestinian problem, the Syrian conflict, the Yemeni war, etc. What if these three countries are only putting pressure on Iran to make it abandon its nuclear program entirely, without firing a single shot?These countries are attempting to create a North Korean scenario, whereby the Americans used tremendous pressure on North Korea to make it accept talks, first with South Korea, and later with the US, in order to arrange future denuclearization.Will such pressure bring the mullahs to their senses and make them abandon their threats towards Israel and destabilization schemes vis-à-vis Saudi Arabia and the Sunni world?The mullahs have always been practical and sensible in politics, and chances are they will choose moderation and negotiation to avoid annihilation. If they do so, Trump will have won a political gamble, adding to his apparent present success on the Korean peninsula. These two political breakthroughs will probably ensure his reelection against the odds and will prove him right by making America great again.The war on Iran will, probably, be costly as all wars are anyway, but in the end it will probably be worthwhile if it brings peace to the region and a new era of much-needed cooperation and goodwill.Will the war, if it ever happens, bring democracy to the Arab world, at long last? Or will Arabs continue to prefer bread over a political system of representation and full accountability? It is difficult to see the outcome because the horizon is very hazy. Only time can tell.You can follow Professor Mohamed Chtatou on Twitter:@AyurinuThe views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial views.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. 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President Aliyev met Minister Benabdelkader Tuesday in Baku. Benabdelkader was on a working visit to Azerbaijan  October 28-30, Maghreb Arab Press reported.During the reception, Aliyev talked about the development of relations between Azerbaijan and Morocco and expressed his hopes to strengthen trade relations between the two countries.Azerbaijan’s trade with Morocco totaled only $3.9 million in 2017, according to Azerbaijan’s State Customs Committee. Aliyev believes that the minister’s visit to Azerbaijan “will have a positive impact on bilateral relations between the two countries and contribute to raising awareness about the country,”  reported the Azerbaijan State News Agency (Azertac).Benabdelkader described the meeting with Aliyev as “indicative of the development of the existing excellent relations and manifestation of political will between the two countries.”Benabdelkader “congratulated President Ilham Aliyev on Azerbaijan’s successfully hosting major events of global significance, including the Baku Humanitarian Forum, European Games, Eurovision song contest, and the Islamic Solidarity Games,” wrote Azertac.Both agreed that the political relations between their countries “have very good history.”Morocco and Azerbaijan established diplomatic relations between Morocco and Azerbaijan in December 1992.The Azerbaijani president reaffirmed his country’s support for Morocco’s territorial integrity over Western Sahara. Azerbaijan’s support is “in conformity with international law and stems from the fraternal relations existing between the two countries,” he added.Benabdelkader pointed out Morocco’s support for Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity.Morocco and Azerbaijan’s State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations (ASAN-Khedmat) signed an MoU in administration reform in June 2018 in Marrakech.Benabdelkader’s visit followed an invitation by the ASAN-Khedmat. read more

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8 November 2007Stressing the continuing need to promote democratization, development and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, the General Assembly today agreed to observe 15 September each year as the International Day of Democracy. In adopting by consensus a resolution on the issue, the 192-member body reaffirmed that “while democracies share common features, there is no single model of democracy and that democracy does not belong to any country or region.” In addition, the Assembly reaffirmed that democracy is “a universal value based on the freely-expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems, and their full participation in all aspects of life.” The Assembly also invited all Member States, organizations of the UN system, regional and intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and individuals to commemorate the Day “in an appropriate manner that contributes to raising public awareness.” In taking today’s action, the Assembly recognized that 2008 marked the twentieth anniversary of the first International Conference of New or Restored Democracies, which offers a special opportunity to focus attention on the promotion and consolidation of democracy at all levels. read more

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For every step taken, there’s been a step back — no matter who has been the coach. The team made a breakthrough in 1994 when it reached the knockout stage for the first time in the expanded World Cup era.1It was expanded to 24 teams in 1982 and to 32 teams in 1998. It followed that by crashing out in 1998. The Americans stunned Portugal in the group stage in 2002 and made its first modern-era quarterfinals with a win over Mexico in the round of 16. It followed that by being a complete also-ran in 2006. So if the heroics in 2010 and 2014 — when the team fought through tough groups to survive and advance in dramatic fashion — gave the U.S. any confidence, it has just been completely wiped out. 7/23/00Qualifier1799Costa Rica157167.6 DATESTAGEU.S. ELOOPPONENTOPP. ELOHOME?WIN PROB. 10/10/17Qualifier1761Trinidad & Tobago138982.7% 5/31/85Qualifier1558Costa Rica1505✓70.7 Only includes matches that were at the World Cup or World Cup qualifying level (i.e., excludes continental championships, friendlies and minor tournaments). Games played in neutral locations denoted with a dash.Source: eloratings.net A chart of the U.S. team’s Elo rating over the past two decades shows not so much steady growth but a series of peaks and valleys with, at the moment, no overall progress to speak of. This is not to say that money and size are everything in international soccer. The two biggest countries in the world by population — China and India — have made the World Cup just once (China in 2002), whereas Iceland, a country of just 340,000, will play in its first next summer. But the U.S is different. It has spent the last decade talking about long-term plans for soccer development. The U.S. Soccer Federation increased its staffing and pay for national team coaches and introduced new youth initiatives to build a better team from the ground up. It is hard to see the results of these ambitions on the field. We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe 3/25/16Qualifier1749Guatemala146074.8 9/1/17Qualifier1789Costa Rica1741✓70.1 All newsletters 5/11/69Qualifier1455Haiti1453✓64.3 6/14/02World Cup1832Poland1653—73.7 9/1/01Qualifier1791Honduras1734✓71.2 Before coach Bruce Arena gets too much of the blame, it’s important to remember that it was the failures of the team under his predecessor, Jurgen Klinsmann, that put the Americans in this position in the first place. The team lost to Mexico and Costa Rica last November in this qualifying cycle, which led to Klinsmann’s ouster. And, ultimately, losing those points made what should have been a meaningless game against Trinidad a must-win. Earlier last year, the same Klinsmann team also inexplicably dropped a game to Guatemala in the group stage of qualifying, the second-worst loss by Elo.The advantages the U.S. squandered are many. America finally has a legitimate men’s soccer superstar in Christian Pulisic, but he alone could not score two goals for the team. (He got one.) And it’s not just a question of talent: The U.S. towers over these CONCACAF opponents when it comes to resources. Trinidad and Tobago, after all, has a population of 1.2 million — or roughly the size of the greater Hartford metro area. Here is how the 12 countries that made the group stage of the 2018 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying compare in gross domestic product and population — it probably won’t be hard to spot the U.S. 10/15/08Qualifier1813Trinidad & Tobago153373.8 6/22/06World Cup1797Ghana1682—66.0 The worst USMNT World Cup losses everMatches for which the U.S. men’s soccer team had the highest probability of winning (according to Elo ratings) but ultimately lost, 1885-2017 No one still believes that we will win.On Tuesday night, it all fell apart for the U.S. men’s national soccer team. A seven tournament, 24-year streak of consecutive World Cup berths was snapped in cartoonishly heartbreaking fashion.Coming into the match, American fans were rightfully confident. All it would take to qualify for the World Cup was a win or a tie against Trinidad and Tobago, a team that had nothing to play for but pride and only one win in nine matches in the final qualifying group. And even if somehow the U.S. lost, Honduras and Panama would both need victories over the top two teams in the group, Mexico and Costa Rica, to complete the elimination. If the USMNT lost and only one of Honduras or Panama won, the US would be headed for a playoff against Australia. By ESPN’s Soccer Power Index, the United States had a 93 percent chance of reaching its eighth consecutive World Cup.Then the U.S. conceded two goals in the first half — first an own goal and then a blistering 35-yard strike — despite giving up little in the way of high-quality chances. And despite a halftime switch to bring on Clint Dempsey and line up two attackers behind strikers Bobby Wood and Jozy Altidore, the U.S. could not create the chances to level the score. USMNT fans could only watch in horror, and Panama and Honduras both clawed back first-half deficits to knock the U.S. out of World Cup qualification.U.S. men’s soccer is obviously no stranger to embarrassment and heartbreak on the international stage. In the 1998 World Cup and the 2006 World Cup — the last two on European soil — it combined for one tie and five losses. In 2015, the team was stunned at home in the Gold Cup semifinal by Jamaica, which at the time was ranked 76th in the world by FIFA. But what happened Tuesday night may stand alone.Looking only at World Cup matches and qualifiers, it was the worst loss in USMNT’s history based on the Elo rating system. Going into the game, Elo gave the U.S. an 83 percent chance of beating Trinidad and Tobago, making the Americans huge favorites even after accounting for the fact that they were playing on the road. Going back to 1885, the American men had never lost a match at that level when they had such a high probability of winning. And it came with all the chips on the table. You cannot blame U.S. soccer fans for being a little woozy this morning. read more

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first_imgTemperatures are set to plunge well below zero this week as an Arctic blast sweeps across the country.Vast swathes of Britain are expected to be covered in several inches of snow, after a cold northerly wind hits parts of the country on Wednesday evening. The cold blast will sweep across the UK, hitting northern Scotland and the North Sea coast, as well as Northern Ireland, parts of Wales, Devon and Cornwall, the Met Office said. Snowstorms and chilly winds will reach the whole of the UK by the weekend, the forecaster warned.From Friday, the whole of the country could see freezing storms bring 2-4 inches (5-10cm) of snow. Temperatures could drop as low as -12°C in parts of Scotland.The Met Office has warned commuters to expect heavy traffic problems as thick ice and snow are likely to disrupt services across the country on Friday.Forecaster Marco Petagna said: “We could see the coldest day of winter on Friday. A cold front moving in from the Atlantic will bring heavy frost and frequent snowstorms.”It is likely that five to 10 centimetres of snow will come in from the north and fall as far as the south of the country on Friday, and there could be even thicker snow in the hills.”Daytime temperatures on Wednesday will be around 4-6°C (39-43°F) but harsh winds will make it feel as if temperatures are well below freezing.”Temperatures will become increasingly colder throughout the week and by Friday it is likely that night-time temperatures will be as low as minus 2°C (28°F).”He warned that thick ice and snow could cause widespread travel disruptions on Friday. He said: “People will need to keep tuned to forecast updates because it is extremely likely that travel warnings will be issued.”The frost is likely to harden which could give rise to a number of hazards.”The freezing Arctic blast will first hit Scotland and the North on Wednesday before gradually moving all the way down to the south. He explained: “Low-pressure weather systems will move in from the Atlantic and bring cold northerly winds.”Cold and stormy conditions will begin in the north of the country and cover the entire country until Friday evening.”He added that weather should be mild on Monday but will become increasingly unsettled on Tuesday. the archaeologicial site of Ancient Corinth with the Temple of Appolon covered by snow in Ancient Corinth, some 80 km west of Athens.  He said: “Commuters can expect a quiet day on Monday with low cloud cover across the most of the UK.”Mild temperatures of 9- 10°C (48-50°F) can be expected in much of the country thanks to high-pressure weather systems, with a low risk of rain to be expected in the north west.”On Tuesday the picture will become increasingly unsettled and there could be outbreaks of rain in the north west and south west of the country.”Weather systems will bring damp and windy weather on Tuesday evening before the cold front moves in from the Atlantic on Wednesday.” Snow on a road sign in Buxton in Novembercenter_img Snow could cause problems for the roadsCredit:Darren Staples /Reuters Cold weather has hit across Europe. Pictured is the Temple of Appolon in GreeceCredit:Valerie Gache/AFP / Getty  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSmith, Warner and Bancroft to leave South AfricaMarch 27, 2018In “Sports”Smith, Bancroft will not challenge ball-tampering sanctionsApril 4, 2018In “Sports”Smith and Warner suspended for 12 months Bancroft gets nine-month banMarch 28, 2018In “Sports” Further action against Australia captain Steven Smith, deputy David Warner, the coach Darren Lehmann and any other implicated members of the South Africa touring party will be confirmed by Wednesday morning, enough time for replacement players and staff to be flown to Johannesburg ahead of the fourth and final Test of a series now synonymous with the ball-tampering fiasco of Cape Town.(Photo: News Corp Australia)In the face of universal outrage from Cricket Australia’s corporate sponsors and amid negotiations for the next round of broadcast rights, the chief executive James Sutherland will travel to Johannesburg to assess the findings of the integrity officer Iain Roy’s hurried investigation into the events of the Newlands Test, which commenced at the Australian team hotel in Cape Town on Monday.While the CA’s code-of-behaviour (CoB) charges likely to be brought against numerous members of the Australian team will require CoB commission hearings, with the right to natural justice and procedural fairness are also enshrined in its terms, the board will have the option of standing down any players or coaching staff found to be in breach until the hearing or hearings can be held with an independent commissioner.This means that in addition to Smith, already banned from the Wanderers Test by the ICC, Warner is almost certainly set to miss the match, with Cameron Bancroft also an unlikely participant. CA advised state associations on Monday of Roy’s investigation needing to be concluded in time to determine “at a minimum” selections for the fourth Test, which starts on Friday, and of the possibility of replacement players being flown over. Justin Langer, the Western Australia coach, is also reportedly waiting in the wings should Lehmann be removed.Sutherland’s journey to South Africa has echoes of a similar trip made on the eve of the 2013 Ashes series, when the then coach Mickey Arthur was replaced by Lehmann as a result of disciplinary problems within the team personified by Warner’s drunken punch at Joe Root in a Birmingham bar following the loss of a match at the Champions Trophy. At the time, Sutherland spoke of “grasping the nettle” in advance of public expectation, but this time he and CA have been left reacting to a far greater level of umbrage.“Iain Roy and Pat Howard arrive in Cape Town this morning local time, and Iain will immediately conduct his inquiries around the specifics of the ball-tampering incident,” Sutherland said. “I am travelling to Johannesburg this evening and will arrive Tuesday morning local time to meet Iain to understand the findings of the investigation to that point, and to determine recommended outcomes. We know Australians want answers and we will keep you updated on our findings and next steps, as a matter of urgency.”Players most likely to be added to the squad will come from the Queensland and Tasmanian teams currently contesting the Sheffield Shield final, which ends in Brisbane on Tuesday. The Bulls openers Matt Renshaw and Joe Burns, plus the Tasmanian captain George Bailey, would appear the most likely players to be called up.There has been considerable disquiet within the team about events, with the pacemen Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc particularly unhappy to be drawn into the episode via Smith’s use of the term “leadership group” to describe discussions around ball tampering. At the same time, Warner is becoming seen as the central player in the decision to try to manipulate the condition of the ball with a foreign object, leading his opening partner Bancroft to make the attempt captured on television cameras.Save for the acting captain Tim Paine’s brief appearance at the end of the Newlands Test, no member of the Australian team has spoken publicly since Smith’s initial press conference alongside Bancroft. Lehmann’s customary post-match media conference did not take place, and a call with the spin bowler Nathan Lyon was also cancelled on Monday after Sutherland’s plan to fly to South Africa emerged – he is now expected to be the next person to speak on the events of Newlands, in Johannesburg on Tuesday night local time.“The Cricket Australia Board has been fully updated on the issue and supports James travelling to South Africa to manage the response to the investigation currently underway,” the CA chairman David Peever said. “We expect to be able to fully update the Australian public on the findings on Wednesday morning. We understand that everyone wants answers, but we must follow our due diligence before any further decisions are made.”The urgency of the issue for CA was underlined on Monday by an unprecedented rush of critical comments from corporate sponsors of the governing body and individual players. Sanitarium, Qantas, Lion, Commonwealth Bank, KFC, Accenture, Magellan Financial Group and the health insurer Bupa, all expressed disappointment in the national team and encouraged CA to take prompt action.A spokesperson for Sanitarium, which sponsors the Twenty20 Big Bash League and also Smith, said the company would consider its future relationship with the suspended captain pending the outcome of the CA investigation. “Cricket Australia updated us on this issue as the story broke yesterday and we’re continuing to follow it closely. It’s a shameful moment for Australian sport.“Regarding our sponsorship relationship with Steve Smith, we will assess our response once the management team of Cricket Australia has finalised its investigations. Like the rest of Australia, we’re incredibly disappointed. The actions taken by the team in South Africa are not aligned with our own – Sanitarium does not condone cheating in sport. We expect Cricket Australia to continue to keep us updated over the coming days and weeks.”Former England captain Michael Atherton, himself embroiled in a ball tampering scandal in a Test match against South Africa at Lord’s in 1994, said that Smith did not appear to realise the gravity of the situation when he first spoke about it. “It seemed clear to me from watching Smith’s press conference, that he had not grasped the seriousness of his situation,” he wrote in the Times.“He could have been talking about a dropped catch or two. When I was fined at Lord’s in 1994, the first thing I did was call Graham Gooch into the back office and ask him whether he thought I should resign. Even in those fraught hours, I was completely aware of the gravity of the situation, and that it was a possibility that I would have to stand down. Smith seemed to lack that awareness which speaks of hubris.” (ESPNCricinfo) read more

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first_imgWOMEN IN JAIL are four times more likely to self-harm than male prisoners, a new study has revealed.They cut, scratch, poison, overdose or swallow object not intended for ingestion. They may also self-strangulate.The research, carried out in England and Wales and published by The Lancet today, found that one in four female inmates in the countries’ prisons self-harm every year.Between 2004 and 2009, professors from Oxford noted 139,195 incidents of self-harm involving 26,510 both male and female inmates in English and Welsh prisons.Although suicide rates were down for the six-year period, the decline was not matched when self-harm incidents were looked at. Self-harm is proven to be a strong risk factor for suicide in prison.Incidents of self-harm were 10 times higher in female than in male prisoners—with 20 to 24 per cent of female prisoners and five to six per cent of male inmates self-harming every year—and around 30 times that of the general population of the UK.“While self-harm is a substantial problem across the board, it is a particularly serious issue for women in prison who make up only 5% of the prison population but account for half of all self-harm incidents,” says Dr Fazel, a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow.“Moreover, now we know the extent to which the risk of subsequent suicide in prisoners who self-harm is greater than the general prison population, suicide prevention initiatives should be changed to include a focus on prisoners who are self-harming, especially repeatedly.“Repetition rates were striking—if a female prisoner self-harmed, she would self-harm eight times per year, and there were 102 women (and two male) inmates who self-harmed more than 100 times per year.”The risk of self-harm was higher for young people, white men and women and for those who were unsentenced or had life sentences.The authors of the study have called for more research to address the questions of ‘why’ and ‘what works’ to reduce the stagnating self-harm rates in prisons.Related: Teenagers whose friends self-harm are more likely to self-harmMore: Human rights training course launched for prison staffRead: Overcrowding at Dóchas women’s prison has led to “tension throughout” the centrelast_img read more

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first_img 11,454 Views A total of 11 people have now been rescued from the Italian hotel buried by snow Scores of emergency workers have worked round the clock to try and find more survivors. 9 Comments Jan 21st 2017, 10:19 AM A woman received assistance after being pulled from the Hotel Rigopiano A woman received assistance after being pulled from the Hotel Rigopiano EMERGENCY WORKERS HAVE pulled four more survivors from the ruins of an Italian hotel buried under an avalanche three days ago, after the “miracle” rescue of a woman and four children yesterday.Two women and a man were pulled out around 3:00 am local time and another man was extracted soon after dawn from the ruins of the Rigopiano hotel in the mountains of central Italy.The latest operations bring to 11 the total number of survivors of the disaster, including two hotel guests who were outside the building when the avalanche struck on Wednesday evening. A child who was rescued from the hotel being transported to a hospital Source: Claudio Lattanzio/ANSA via APFour bodies have been recovered so far, leaving at least 12 people and possibly up to 20 unaccounted for. It is not certain how many people were at the hotel at the time of the avalanche.Scores of mountain police, firefighters and other emergency personnel have worked painstakingly since the first rescuers battled through a snowstorm to reach the hotel early on Thursday. Source: Gregorio Borgia AP/Press Association ImagesProgress has been agonisingly slow, with rescuers wary of triggering further movements in the snow piled up on top of the masonry.But with many internal rooms apparently intact, there are hopes that other survivors may yet be found.It emerged Saturday that all four of the children who were in the hotel had survived because they were all together in a games room at the time of the avalanche.An entire family of four was among the survivors.© – AFP, 2017Read: Hopes for new group of survivors at Italian mountain hotel following avalanche Share Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3198191 Saturday 21 Jan 2017, 10:19 AM By AFP Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_imgBy today’s standards, Silas Christofferson’s flight 105 years ago from Portland to Vancouver could be described as brief but spectacular.That, unfortunately, is a pretty good description of Christofferson’s life.We recently caught up with a team of volunteers that is building a full-scale replica of the aircraft that Christofferson flew from the roof of the Multnomah Hotel on June 11, 1912.That aircraft was a 1912 Curtiss Pusher. It took its name from designer Glenn Curtiss and the rear-facing engine, mounted behind the pilot.Christofferson’s flight took 12 minutes. It ended when he landed on the polo grounds at Vancouver Barracks.Christofferson made his final flight four years later, when he was in his mid-20s. He was killed on Oct. 31, 1916 when he lost control of a new plane he was flying and crashed.The Columbian had a front-page story, datelined Redwood City, Calif.Piloting a tractor“Silas Christofferson, auto racer and aviator, was killed today at this place by a 100-foot fall of his big military tractor flying machine. Mr. Christofferson was well known here in Vancouver where he located one summer trying out various flying machines. He also married a former Vancouver girl. ”Today’s reader might trip over some of that word: tractor flying machine.“Tractor” referred to an advance in aviation technology, said Bob Cromwell, manager of Pearson Air Museum. It’s the opposite of “pusher.”In a tractor aircraft, the engine is in the front and the propeller “pulls the aircraft like a tractor pulls a plow,” Cromwell said. “A pusher pushes.”That transition reflected a lot of changing technologies in that era.“It was all about experimentation,” Cromwell said. “There was a lot of debate whether it was safer to operate with or without seat belts.”Off Beat lets members of The Columbian news team step back from our newspaper beats to write the story behind the story, fill in the story or just tell a story.last_img read more

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first_imgWASHINGTON (WSVN) — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio sent out a series of tweets on Sunday about the medical mystery affecting American embassy workers in Cuba.In two of the tweets, the Florida senator acknowledged a “sophisticated attack” took place. It is impossible to conduct 24 separate & sophisticated attacks on U.S. Govt personnel in #Havana without #CastroRegime knowing about it 3/3— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 7, 2018The tweets come two days after U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., a longtime advocate of improving ties with Cuba, said there is no evidence of a sonic attack.“The FBI is saying that there’s no evidence of a sonic attack. The State Department doesn’t disagree with that assessment,” said Flake.Some of the U.S. embassy workers that were stationed in the island nation suffered from brain damage. So far, U.S. officials have not confirmed what caused the it or who was behind it.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Any U.S. official briefed on matter knows full well that while method of attack still in question,that attacks & injuries occurred isn’t 2/3— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 7, 2018In a third tweet, Rubio suggested the Castro regime likely knew about the incidents targeting U.S. government officials and their spouses. center_img It’s a documented FACT that 24 U.S. govt officials & spouses were victims of some sort of sophisticated attack while stationed in Havana 1/3— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 7, 2018last_img read more

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first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – City of Miami Police are searching for a burglar who stole from a parked car in Miami.The burglary occurred on Jan. 8 in a Publix parking lot off the 4800 block of Biscayne Boulevard.According to the victim, he parked his car at around 12 p.m. and returned at approximately 12:45 p.m. to find the back passenger side window broken.A gray backpack was said to have been taken from the vehicle, which contained passports and an iPhone. The passenger side door of the minivan is seen opening before the vehicle left the scene, shortly after.If you have any information on this crime, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Detectives need assistance identifying the silver minivan’s occupants who committed a burglary to a motor vehicle at approximately 12:10 p.m. on 1/8/19. It occurred at the Publix parking lot located at 4870 Biscayne Blvd. If you have any information please call us at 305-603-6030 pic.twitter.com/6LaieJBU7n— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) February 11, 2019Surveillance video captured a silver minivan parking next to the victim’s car as the victim walked away. last_img read more

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first_imgBy Brianna McAdoo, AFRO Staff Writer, bmcadoo@afro.comThe weekend was bloodier for the District after two people were killed, raising the year’s death toll to 155.  This time last year there had been 118 deaths in the nation’s capital according to D.C. Witness, an online publication tracking District homicides.One of the slain was, Nya Howard-Reynolds, 19, who was pronounced dead late into the evening of Friday, Nov. 30.Nya Howard-Reynolds, 19, of Alexandria, Virginia, was killed in Southeast on Nov. 30. In memory of Howard-Reynolds’ passing, her family member posted this photo on Facebook. (Courtesy Photo)Around 11:51pm, members of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Sixth District, reported to the Unit Block of 57th Place, Southeast. There, MPD discovered Reynolds inside a residence, suffering from a gunshot wound.The District’s Fire and Emergency Medical Services arrived to the scene and transferred Howard to a local hospital, but after life-saving efforts, she was pronounced dead.The Metropolitan Police Department is offering an award of up to $25,000 for any individuals with information pertaining to the case, which leads to the arrest and conviction of Howard’s murderer. Anyone with information is asked to call the police at (202)727-9099 or send a text message to 50411.last_img read more

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first_img Real There You Guys: Ready Player One and Nostalgia as Generational PoisonReal Good You Guys: ThinkGeek’s Bags of Holding (Fast Travel and M… The Nintendo Switch is a huge success, it has great games, it executes its promised concept seamlessly, blah blah blah. All of this is true, and it’s all been talked about extensively. I think a really important, interesting detail has been overlooked in all of the gushing about Switch sales numbers and game review scores, especially after the release of the Xbox One X, Microsoft’s self-described “world’s most powerful console.”I’ve reviewed both systems, along with the PS4 Pro, for PCMag.com. And yes, while we couldn’t perform PC-like benchmarks to compare numbers, the Xbox One X certainly seems to be the world’s most powerful game console based on hands-on testing. It doesn’t come close to what you can get out of a gaming PC, but the scalability and expense of PCs means you’re comparing $500 hardware to $5,000 hardware when you’re really trying to get the best performance. For a $500 box, the Xbox One X is really impressive.And yet, while I’m impressed by the Xbox One X, I’m not actually interested in it. Outside of fanboy circles, it looks like not many people really are that interested in it. It feels like a niche product, wedged between the much less expensive Xbox One S and much more expensive but much more powerful gaming PCs. I don’t think anyone is denying the system’s power, but the response has similarly been lukewarm.The emphasis on power and the high price creating a product that seems very niche even among gamers reminds me of another device I reviewed a few years ago, the Nvidia Shield TV. You might remember Nvidia’s Shield, that handheld Android game system that was basically a big Xbox gamepad with a flip-up screen. The Shield TV was the set-top box version, an Android game console in the same vein as the Ouya, MadCatz M.O.J.O., and a whole lot of other, even more forgettable Android game systems.I’m bringing this back around to the Switch, don’t worry.The Shield TV was the most powerful Android game system at the time. Even today, its power is up there and its game-focused engineering means it’s still one of the best Android devices for playing games. It also was one of the first 4K media streamers, before Roku and Amazon caught up. It’s a legitimately impressive device that didn’t find much of an audience outside of certain groups of enthusiasts because, while it had the power, Android games really aren’t that appealing. To Nvidia’s credit, GameStream (local game streaming from your PC) and GeForce NOW (game streaming from Nvidia’s servers) are really impressive features that let you play much better games than what’s on Android. Still, it didn’t make a huge splash, because the power didn’t actually mean anything to most people.Nvidia still offers the Shield TV, and has been regularly updating it (it received a 2017 redesign that makes it even smaller without changing the processing power, and it recently got hands-free Google Assistant support), but it’s still clearly a niche product. It’s an accessory for hardcore PC gamers more than its own stand-alone device. And as a hardware company, Nvidia is well-suited for that sort of product. It was never expected to directly compete with the major game consoles like the Xbox One X is trying to do, and it can’t really be described as a failure. It just wasn’t a huge hit.It was the most powerful Android game device in 2015, but it hasn’t been chasing the position with regular hardware updates like the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro have with their respective platforms. And here’s where it gets interesting: It’s in the Nintendo Switch.The Switch is built around Nvidia’s Tegra X1 processor, the same APU used in the Shield TV. That’s two-year-old technology. And the Switch doesn’t even output at 4K like the Shield TV can at least do with video. The Tegra X1 is still Nvidia’s most powerful mobile processor, but it’s no GTX 10, and in terms of sheer power it’s far behind the Xbox One X.We’ve all given Nintendo a lot of crap over the years for lagging behind Microsoft and Sony on the power front. They were a generation behind in stepping up to HD, and they aren’t going to hit 4K any time soon. And the Switch is clearly not the most powerful system out there, with some aggressive dynamic resolution adjustments in certain games. But, for all those complaints, I’ve been using my Switch way, way more than any other game system. And, since the system came out, it’s had more excellent games that have appealed to me.And even when I notice the bits of jank from the Switch’s lower power, like rough lines in Super Mario Odyssey or rough framerate/resolution switches in Doom, I don’t actually mind any of it that much. Because I still get a ton of fun out of those games. I can feel the Switch’s lack of power compared with the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro, and I just don’t care about it.Because Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are solid contenders for Game of the Year without 4K or any overly fancy lighting or particle effects. And because I can play Doom and Stardew Valley anywhere. It’s because engaging gameplay and strong visual design mean far more than graphical power.This is a press photo from Nintendo. The Switch’s screen is 6.2 inches. No one would actually be standing six feet away and playing it with a friend, while wearing a parka. It’s a dumb photo.Not everyone has a 4K TV, and even fewer people have HDR-capable 4K TVs. Things like absurdly detailed facial animation, individually rendered blades of grass, and photo-realistic particle and lighting occlusion effects look great, but they don’t make games great. We learned that with The Order: 1886. Technically impressive, power-hungry graphical features are fundamental to hardcore PC gamers, but they’re a novelty for most when held against gameplay and design.While Microsoft and Sony were chasing raw power at premium prices, Nintendo was studying the blade focusing on concept and design. It went with Nvidia’s Tegra X1 APU not because it was the most powerful, but because it was the right chip for the job. Microsoft gushes about (and legitimately produces) the most powerful game console in the world, and it’s overshadowed by a tablet with a two-year-old processor and no 4K support. That’s pretty amazing.This doesn’t mean that power isn’t an important factor in game systems. Nintendo can’t lag behind too much, or else it’ll find another situation where it’s pitting the Wii U against the PS4. But power isn’t the most important factor in game systems. It wasn’t when the Shield TV was the most powerful Android gaming device. It wasn’t when the PS4 Pro was released. It isn’t now that the Xbox One X is here. The experience is always more important than the power behind it.Nintendo recognized this, and that’s why they worked with Nvidia to use a mobile processor in its latest system. And now we have the Switch, a game console that doesn’t even attempt 4K, but has has one of the most strongest launch years we’ve seen in a long time, and made a legitimate smash thanks to its execution and library.I have to be honest, I’d much rather play Super Mario Odyssey in 720p than Call of Duty: WWII in 4K HDR. 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first_img Your customers are on the go, and nowadays their whereabouts are your business. Mobile location applications, aka check-in apps or geosocial media apps, help friends find who’s hanging out where. But the apps, including Foursquare, Gowalla, Facebook Places and Google Latitude, are also powerful tools that allow businesses to connect with customers and craft special deals tied to social media interactions.The challenge? Figuring out which check-in apps customers are using. Though Foursquare emerged as the early app of choice, it’s still too early in the geosocial media game to favor one and ignore the rest. That could leave businesses in the unfortunate position of having to spend time and resources developing separate marketing campaigns for each of the check-in apps, and then trying to track the effectiveness of each one separately.Enter Geotoko, a marketing tool that helps businesses find out who has checked in at their locations. The company was founded by a group of friends attending the 2010 SXSW Interactive conference in Austin, Texas. They recognized what the surging appeal of the location apps could do for merchants who had an analytical grip on the check-in activity on their premises.As with all great ideas, cocktails were involved. “You could see on Foursquare which bars everyone was going to that week, so you could tell where the best time was going to be, and you could see people moving from one bar to the next, so you knew where your friends were going to be,” says Adarsh Pallian, co-founder and CEO of Geotoko. “We wanted to build a platform that wasn’t just limited to Foursquare, where you could connect and set up a promotional campaign that worked across all of these apps.”For $10 a day, plus a one-time setup fee, Geotoko offers small businesses the ability to create a campaign, choose locations affected, publish the campaign on the check-in app and monitor daily check-ins, check-in times and other stats. It also offers infographics, including heat maps, to businesses with multiple locations, which make it easier to determine where campaigns are having the most impact. “We figured that if we were going to allow people to set up these campaigns across platforms,” Pallian says, “it made sense to show them how well they worked.”  Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read This story appears in the May 2011 issue of . Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global April 26, 2011 Register Now »last_img read more

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first_imgMatt and Sharynne Wilson Champion Brewers from Moffat Beach BrewingCraft beer brews up heady tourism boom for Sunshine CoastCraft beer has brewed up a new market niche for Sunshine Coast’s tourism sector, with its emerging profile recognised officially last week with the beachside Moffat Beach Brewing Co winning the Champion Small Brewer of Australia award in the annual BrewCon – Australian Brewers Conference & Awards, held in Sydney.They also took home two gold medals, as did Maleny-based Brouhaha. There were silvers for Macleod Brewing Co in Maleny, Sunshine Brewery and Land & Sea in Noosa.Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours’ ‘Beer Guy’, Josh Donohoe, said that the Sunshine Coast craft brewing scene had expanded dramatically over the past three years and had become an increasingly important attraction for Sunshine Coast holiday-goers.“One of the most interesting sessions at BrewCon was the ‘Will Travel for Beer’ section, because it highlighted how craft beer can add a distinct ‘taste’ to a region’s tourism offer, and complement the destination’s other food and natural attractions,” he said.“The Sunshine Coast’s craft breweries can be found in picturesque locations along the coast and in the Hinterland, and because they are now considered amongst the best in Australia they have become an attraction in their own right with our scheduled tour numbers growing 150 percent over the past 12 months, and our private tours tripling in numbers over the same period.“The growth in organised craft beer tours reflects the growth in craft breweries operating in the region. When we began tours in 2016 there were just three onsite breweries operating. Today, we have 12 who brew on site, and we now offer five different tour options covering the Hinterland and coast from south to north.“What makes ‘beer tourism’ so attractive for visitors is that it provides a really rich and interesting insight into the character of the destination. Brewers are invariably passionate about their trade and love sharing stories about the trials and tribulations of setting up a brewery and the sweat and tears that go into every brew, as well as sharing experimental and seasonal beers with visitors. Wine tourism is already well established in Australia, but craft beer tourism has just as much potential.“The craft brewers are now offering far more sophisticated hospitality options, with breweries like Brouhaha and Copperhead Restaurant & Brewery also offering highly-acclaimed dining to complement their range of beers.“The breweries are now an integral component of the Sunshine Coast food and produce scene, with many brewers building close working relationships with local farmers, not just for disposal of spent grain for cattle, but for sourcing local fruit and produce for seasonal beers or to serve through their kitchens.“Besides dedicated craft beer tours, more and more local restaurants and bars are showcasing Sunshine Coast beers, and interest in beer has grown to the point that our first-ever Craft Beer Festival last year attracted over 3500 visitors.”Visit Sunshine Coast CEO, Simon Latchford, said that food, wine and beer were a major focus of the region’s tourism marketing, with the Sunshine Coast one of Australia’s richest agricultural producers.“The Sunshine Coast’s tagline ‘Naturally Refreshing’ perfectly reflects the sort of craft beers being produced by the remarkably talented group of brewers across the Coast,” said Mr Latchford.“Food and wine tourism are already well-established as prime drivers of tourism around the world, and craft beer is now emerging as an equally dynamic growth sector, with the more casual nature and ‘earthiness’ of the product matched by high-quality and very distinctive varietal beers.”Further information on craft brewery tours of the Sunshine Coast: www.sunshinecoastcraftbeertours.com.auSource = Visit Sunshine Coastlast_img read more

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first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation In terms of Phoenix/Arizona Cardinal history, you have noidea just how rare Peterson’s prowess is.Since the Cardinals moved to the Valley in 1988, onlytwice had a punt returner taken one back to the house.Steve Breaston returned a punt 73 yards for a touchdown ina 21-14 win over Pittsburgh in 2007 and Johnny Bailey hada 58-yard punt return for a score in a 17-10 win over theRedskins in 1993.That’s it.Think about that…23 seasons, 368 regular season games,768 punt returns and the Cardinals had collectivelyreturned two for scores. Peterson’s taken three back in 19 returns. Peterson has spent more time in the end zone this seasonthan Hines Ward, Anquan Boldin, Antonio Gates, ReggieBush, DeSean Jackson, Chris Johnson or Reggie Wayne. Kind of makes you wonder when teams are going to stoppunting the ball to him.Or when the Cardinals will increase the number of times hecan get the ball in his hands. Don’t be surprised to seemore of Peterson on the offensive side of the ball. Inthe past head coach Ken Whisenhunt has used safety AntrelRolle and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie inoffensive sets. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories Comments   Share   center_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Patrick Peterson’s 99-yard punt return in overtime thatlifted the Cardinals to a 19-13 win took the footballworld by storm. It was the 2nd-longest punt return inleague history, the 2nd overtime punt return for atouchdown in NFL annals, and Peterson became the firstplayer in team history with three punt return scores in asingle season.It’s obvious that Peterson is a very rare weapon; one thatis drawing comparisons to Devin Hester and Deion Sandersjust eight games into his pro career. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – For the second time within a year, E. Annie Proulx has received a lifetime achievement award.The author known for “Brokeback Mountain” and “The Shipping News” is this year’s recipient of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. On Wednesday, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden praised the 82-year-old Proulx for her “monumental sagas and keen-eyed, skillfully wrought stories.”Last fall, Proulx was presented a National Book Award Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Her other works include the novels “Barkskins” and “Postcards.” Her previous honours include the Pulitzer Prize for “The Shipping News” and the PEN/Faulkner award for “Postcards.” FILE – In this Nov. 15, 2017 file photo, Lifetime Achievement honoree Annie Proulx attends the 68th National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner in New York. Proulx, the author known for “Brokeback Mountain” and “The Shipping News” is this year’s recipient of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) E. Annie Proulx honoured by Library of Congresscenter_img by The Associated Press Posted May 2, 2018 5:59 am PDT Last Updated May 2, 2018 at 6:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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two congressional staffers spent hours poring over material relating to 20 research projects that NSF has funded over the past decade Each folder contained confidential information that included the initial application reviewer comments on its merit correspondence between program officers and principal investigators and any other information that had helped NSF decide to fund the project The visits from the staffers who work for the US House of Representatives committee that oversees NSF were an unprecedented—and some say bizarre—intrusion into the much admired process that NSF has used for more than 60 years to award research grants Unlike the experts who have made that system work so well however the congressional staffers weren’t really there to judge the scientific merits of each proposal But that wasn’t their intent The Republican aides were looking for anything that Representative Lamar Smith (R–TX) their boss as chair of the House Committee on Science Space and Technology could use to support his ongoing campaign to demonstrate how the $7 billion research agency is “wasting” taxpayer dollars on frivolous or low-priority projects particularly in the social sciences The Democratic staffers wanted to make sure that their boss Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D–TX) the panel’s senior Democrat knew enough about each grant to rebut any criticism that Smith might levy against the research The peculiar exercise is part of a long-running and bitter battle that is pitting Smith and many of his panel’s Republican members against Johnson and the panel’s Democrats NSF’s leadership and the academic research community There’s no end in sight: The visits are expected to continue into the fall because NSF has acceded—after some resistance—to Smith’s request to make available information on an additional 30 awards (Click here to see a spreadsheet of the requested grants) And the feud appears to be escalating This week Johnson wrote to Smith accusing him “of go[ing] after specific peer-reviewed grants simply because the Chairman personally does not believe them to be of high value”? who had ruled China since 1928,Credit: PAFreeman was successful in his fight against the charge – getting the former Manchester United golden boy off on a technicality. Reeling from the attacks, Hayes candidly discussed growing up in poverty and how she became pregnant at age 17. read more

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