December 6, 2019

Is ecology explaining less and less?

first_imgEcologists are testing more and more hypotheses, but their studies are explaining less of the world. That’s the striking conclusion of a new study that analyzes 8 decades of research papers. What exactly is driving these trends isn’t clear, but researchers fear it could undermine confidence in ecological research.Since it gained momentum as a formal field of study in the 1800s, ecology has focused on understanding interactions among organisms and their environments. Ecologists have made major contributions to shaping modern views of how the natural world works, from documenting competition and cooperation in nature to clarifying the valuable services that ecosystems can provide to humans, such as purifying water or buffering storms and floods. As in many sciences, however, the field has become less descriptive and more quantitative as it matured.The idea for the new study came during a lab retreat by graduate students at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Many felt frustrated. When students submitted research papers to journals, they were always asked by reviewers to provide more P values, a measure of statistical confidence that a result is not due to chance.  “Our supervisors said, ‘It wasn’t always like this,’ ” recalls ecologist Etienne Low-Décarie, who is now at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom. 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(*)To see that trend for themselves, Low-Décarie and two fellow graduate students first downloaded 18,076 articles, dating back to 1913, from three journals that cover a range of ecological research: the Journal of Ecology, the Journal of Animal Ecology, and Ecology. Then they set up a computer program to search the papers for two key statistics, P and R2. The latter is a measure of how much variability in a data set can be explained or predicted by a given factor. For example, the amount of phosphorus in a lake is a good predictor of how much algae will grow there.The average number of P values per paper has been steadily rising, they found. A typical paper now reports 10 P values, double the number from the 1980s. This suggests that researchers are conducting more experiments than before or exploring more variables. In other words, ecological research is getting more complex. A scientist trying to predict algal blooms probably has an equation that considers not just phosphorus levels, but also temperature, water clarity, and many other factors. But the proliferation of P values (which is happening in many fields) concerns statisticians, because the value by itself doesn’t say anything about the size of the effect or its biological significance. “You can get quite trivial findings” that have robust P values, Low-Décarie says. Nearly half of all papers in the database that reported a P value, for example, did not appear to include other statistics that would clarify for readers whether the result had a major ecological impact. In addition, the more P values that are calculated, the higher the odds that any given result will appear to be significant even if it’s just the result of chance.The researchers were more surprised and dismayed to discover that R2—a more informative statistical indicator—has been on the decline. In 1980, the average R2 reported in papers was about 0.7. By 2010, it had fallen to just under 0.5, they report online this month in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. “That was really surprising to me,” says Brian McGill, an ecologist at the University of Maine, Orono, who was not involved in the research. The average R2 should be increasing, he says, because more variables are being included in ecological models, which ought to make them more accurate. Co-author Monica Granados of McGill University says that when she gave a talk about the findings to a standing-room-only crowd this month at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Sacramento, California, the audience was concerned about the drop. “I was nervous, because it’s a critique of your peers and your field,” she says.What’s going on? One possibility is that ecologists have picked the low-hanging fruit; now that they have published on the most straightforward phenomena, researchers are tackling harder questions. Alternatively, standards could be lower; facing more pressure to publish, ecologists may have become more willing to include lower values for R2. A previous study estimated that the R2 of most ecological research ranges was between 0.02 and 0.05, but few researchers will publish results with such small explanatory power. “The reason we don’t is that we’re afraid it’s going to make us look bad,” says McGill, who has blogged about the need to improve statistics in ecology.A loss of confidence in ecological research could ripple beyond the scientific community. Policymakers around the world have become increasingly open to shaping policies based on ecological findings, and ecologists have been pressing to make their work even more relevant and useful to decision-makers.Still, McGill is fairly sanguine about the prospects. As a field, ecology is where weather prediction was a few decades ago, he says. Meteorologists continued to make forecasts, however lousy, but they measured how bad they were. “It’s good discipline and it’s how science advances,” he says. Eventually, new techniques and tools enabled the field to improve. Credit: Monica Granados last_img read more

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Identical triplets to fight it out against each other at Rio Olympics

first_imgEstonian sisters Leila, Liina and Lily Luik are set to become the first set of triplets to participate in the Summer Olympics. The trio is likely to compete against each other during women’s marathon at the Rio Games, according to a report in NBC News.The sisters have qualified for the Rio marathon. While the three have met the Olympic qualifying timing of two hours and 45 minutes, it is still not confirmed if the trio will run the marathon as Estonia have not finalised their list of marathoners.A country is not allowed to send more than three athletes in a marathon event. If Estonia do send all three sisters, it could possibly be a first in the Olympics’ long and rich history.The Luiks, who were born on October 14, 1985, began long distance running in 2010.The sisters are aware that they may not be in contention for the podium finish as none of them has gone faster than 2:37.”When we sisters are together I feel I have more energy, maybe and support each other. But if it’s possible, we train together,” oldest sister Leila, who has the personal best time, told NBC News. “We know that it’s very hard to compete against Kenyan and Ethiopian runners,” the middle sibling Liina said.Here are a few instances of families dominating events at the Olympics:1. Tennis: Williams sisters (US) — Serena and Venus — have competed against each other and together in the past. Together they have won three golds in doubles and they have also bagged a gold medal each in singles category.advertisement2. Tennis: Bryan brothers (US) — Bob and Mike — The identical twins have won gold medal in men’s doubles tennis event in 2012 London Games.3. Gymnastics: Hamm brothers (US) Paul and Morgan Hamm had a successful Athen Games in 2004, winning gold and silver, respectively.4. Boxing: Oscar and Javier Molina represented two different countries in 2008 Beijing Olympics.5. Skiing: Phil and Steven Mahre won gold and silver in the Men’s Slalom in the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo.last_img read more

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Chooks 3×3 grateful for MPBL’s support during its maiden season

first_img“Our league will forever be grateful to Senator Manny as he did not bar his teams from joining us,” said owner Chooks to Go owner Ronald Mascariñas. “He also made sure to allow players to still play even when we and the MPBL had game days on the same day.”It was Mascariñas’ Chooks to Go Pilipinas 3X3 that elevated the Philippines in the Fiba 3X3 rankings starting from no. 59 in the world in February of 2019 to no.20.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThis sudden rise in the world rankings helped the Philippines become a part of the first Fiba 3X3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in March of 2020.Pacquiao commended Mascariñas and his league’s efforts in revitalizing the 3X3 scene in the Philippines and giving the nation a shot at the Olympics. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Kemba Walker: Michael Jordan will always be ‘special guy in my life’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ “Congratulations to Chooks to Go for spearheading the country’s bid in the OQT. You all know that I am willing to support anything for the country,” said Pacquiao, boxing’s only eight-division World champion, in Filipino.“We’re talking about the Olympics here, this is a chance we can’t pass up because this is also for our countrymen,” added Pacquiao who’s the current WBA Super World welterweight champion.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rice industry paralysis Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 View comments Priority legislation in the 18th Congress MOST READ Chooks to go president Ronald Mascarinas and MBPL owner Manny Pacquiao. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Chooks to Go Pilipinas thanked boxing icon Manny Pacquiao for helping the push to get the Philippines to the Fiba Olympic Qualifying tournament by supporting the first season of the 3×3 tournament.Pacquiao, who is also the owner of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, allowed players from his league to participate in the 3X3 league even if the two organizations staged games on the same day.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicslast_img read more

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England’s unique training method for World Cup 2019 semis: Use rubber chicken

first_imgEngland have found a unique way to train ahead of their semi-final clash against Croatia in Moscow at the World Cup 2018 on Wednesday.The Three Lions used rubber chicken during their training session on Tuesday as they look to reach the final of a World Cup for the second time in their rich sporting history. England had won the football World Cup in 1966.England and Croatia, who have been waiting years to put right the bitter memories of World Cup semi-final defeats, will face each other on Wednesday in Moscow with the chance to finally go one step further.England’s last appearance at this stage was in 1990 when they lost in a penalty shootout to West Germany in Turin while eight years later, in their first World Cup as an independent nation, Croatia lost to hosts and eventual winners France.When you bring a rubber chicken to training… @England // #WorldCup World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 10, 2018While many outsiders view that unexpected Croatian run to the last four as a great success, inside the country many share the view of the team’s then manager Miroslav Blazevic that it was a missed opportunity.Why English fans hearing ‘Football’s Coming Home’ relieves Gareth SouthgateEngland too left Italy 28 years ago feeling that the team featuring Gary Lineker and Paul Gascoigne could have gone all the way.But neither side are in a mood for nostalgia or using the past as motivation.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEWhile Croatian players, who have been asked constantly about the generation of 1998 and never fail to express their admiration for the likes of Zvonimir Boban and Davor Suker, those comparisons are a weight they feel is unneeded.advertisementWell, that’s one way to warm up for a training session… #threelions (@England) July 10, 2018England’s loss in 1990 was turned into a documentary film and has become a fabled part of the country’s “52 years of pain” since their 1966 World Cup triumph.UNDERESTIMATEDNeither team came to Russia being heralded as favourites but they have produced performances throughout the competition which have shown they were underestimated by the pundits.World Cup 2018: Eric Dier insists England haven’t succeeded yetCroatia’s 3-0 win over Argentina in the group stage was a clear signal that the team led by midfield maestro Luka Modric was a real threat with their clever passing and movement. In their quarter-final clash with Russia, the Croats showed a different side, being willing to slug it out with the Russians for 120 minutes before keeping their cool and winning the shootout in such a partisan atmosphere.World Cup 2018: Alli critical of his performance ahead of Croatia clashEngland, who made an early impression with a 6-1 crushing of Panama in the group stage, then overcame their shootout hoodoo in beating Colombia in the last 16 and looked composed and mature in the 2-0 quarter-final victory over Sweden.Given Croatia had extra time and penalties to recover from, England should come into the game fresher and they also have the edge in previous meetings, winning four of the seven encounters, including a 5-1 victory in their most recent match — a World Cup qualifier in 2009.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Gundogan: I may never be the same player again

first_imgİ. Gündoğan Frustrated Gundogan admits he may never be the same player again Goal Last updated 2 years ago 16:48 19/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ilkay Gundogan Manchester City Getty Images İ. Gündoğan Manchester City Premier League League Cup The midfielder has suffered injury problems throughout his career and opened up about the mental anguish he has suffered while waiting to return Ilkay Gundogan has admitted he may never return to his previous level as a player after his injury troubles.The midfielder played his first game of the season for City when he came off the bench in the second half of Saturday’s 6-0 win over Watford in the Premier League.City 5/4 first Manc club to lose in PL Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Gundogan made just 16 appearances in all competitions last season, having picked up an injury shortly after his arrival from Borussia Dortmund and latterly suffering a cruciate ligament tear.Injuries have been a constant issue on the 26-year-old’s career and he admits that he may never get back to his best after the latest upset.”There are doubts if I will be again at the level I had before so, of course that is the case,” he said. “Because of these ups and downs, more of the downs, it is sometimes frustrating.Ilkay Gundogan shirts Manchester CityGundogan Barcelona“The doubts are at this point even bigger. But I had no other choice. I am a football player. This is what I do. This is what I have done all my life. This is my job. For me, there was no other choice than to try again.”If I said I am the same player as I was a year ago, I would be lying. I mean, through the injury, you don’t feel the same. You don’t feel as though you are the most powerful guy in the world – not that I ever did. I had two injuries on my knee and I know what to do to prepare myself for the games and to warm my knee up and be generally fit. “I will do everything to be as fit as possible. That could be it for all the injuries! I think I am done now! I am ready to continue playing, to keep fit. To enjoy playing.”The long spells on the sidelines have had an effect on the Germany international, but was determined to return to action.”It was a long wait – and tough as well. That is why it feels so special to return,” he said. “I was sad just to watch in front of the TV or in the stands. I am used to playing every three or four days. If an injury takes it away then it is always disappointing and it feels weird. “To be honest, you don’t feel as part of the group anymore. You are not travelling with the team anymore. You do everything on your own or with the physio. So of course, that is the worst feeling you can have as a football player. So, that is also the reason it was that hard over the months.””The worst time was of course the day of the injury or when I knew what exactly happened. When I knew there would be six, seven, eight, nine months out. That was the worst feeling. “The day after the surgery was not so good either. But then, at one point, you start to do it again. You start to do your rehabilitation. You recover. You have ups and downs, days you feel better, days you feel very bad. I think that is normal. It is not just me. “I did not have doubts whether I would play anymore. The ACL is a common injury so you have surgery, the doctors know what they are doing. But of course it is long and it is my second knee injury.”last_img read more

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10 months agoAgent reveals Barcelona interest for Alaves defender Guillermo Maripan

first_imgAgent reveals Barcelona interest for Alaves defender Guillermo Maripanby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Alaves defender Guillermo Maripan has revealed the interest of Barcelona.Marcelo Contreras has made this claim.”We proposed him to the sporting manager a month ago and they’re considering the possibility, but it would be for summer,” he told El Grafico in Chile.”They have been looking at him for some time.”The fact that Arturo Vidal and Munir are there is good because they know him.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Ahoy! Aulta Watches Launches First Automatic Diver Watch

first_imgWhen we last spoke with the team at Aulta watches, they were just getting the company off the ground.With diverse resumes from the clothing, surfing and watch worlds, they created a timepiece company that resonated with their love of the ocean.Two years later they’re launching the “Acuatico” – their first automatic diver watch.It comes in three distinctive 41mm dial color options: white, black, and blue. The first two are offset with a black poly strap, while the latter has a 20mm stainless steel triple links. 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional Editors’ Recommendations The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men center_img The Awake G7 Watch Makes Fishing Nets Fashionable and Sustainable Aulta has put some engaging technology under the dials too. The Acuatico features a Miyota 8215 self-winding movement that captures the energy of the wearer’s wrist motion and harnesses it for self-power. It runs at 21,600 beats per hour (BPH).The watch follows Aulta’s standard 100m waterproof rating, meaning this is a great piece for surfing and days on the river.The Acuatico is available now through Aulta’s website. The Best Casio Watches For Every Occasionlast_img read more

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Man Sets New Speed Record for Hiking the Appalachian Trail in Just 45 Days

first_img This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt The Appalachian Trail may not be the longest long-distance recreational trail in North America, but it’s certainly the most iconic. Thru-hiking its 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine typically requires six to seven months. But, one Seattle man just smashed the existing Appalachian Trail record by tackling the entire length in just 45 days.Last week, 26-year-old endurance athlete Joe McConaughy summitted Mount Katahdin (with the Instagram photo to prove it), marking the completion of his month-and-a-half-long journey. For south-to-north thru-hikers, the Maine mountain is the northern terminus of the iconic trail. The photo was the last step of a grueling trek where he averaged 48 miles per day for six-and-a-half weeks straight. Along the way, McConaughy — known on the trail as “Stringbean” — tracked his journey via GPS. Via his waypoints and regular Instagram updates, his record-setting time was verified by Peter Bakwin of the Fastest Known Time web board. Since there is no sanctioned body for keeping records set on the AT, it’s the next best thing.Stringbean fueled his days by consuming up to 10,000 calories every 24 hours. He noted that “eating was a part-time job” that involved downing 200-300 calories every hour. There were a few breaks along the way, but at night and during what little down-time he found, he ate. There were plenty of other challenges, of course. Wildlife — including rattlesnakes, bears, and tons of insects — was ever-present.McConaughy’s biggest hardship proved to be injury. Maintaining an almost inhuman pace took a huge toll on his body. Midway through the trip, he notes that his knee swelled up to the size of a watermelon and he took a wrong turn in the White Mountains; both instances threatened to derail his record-setting hike. In an interview with Runner’s World, he recounts numerous other injuries to his hamstrings, ankles, and calves, plus insect stings and even rhabdomyolysis, an awful side effect of extreme running when muscle tissue begins to break down and release damaging proteins into the blood.The inspiration for McConaughy’s journey came after he set the supported speed record for hiking the 2,660-mile Pacific Crest Trail. Like many extreme athletes, he couldn’t help but wonder what was next. The AT seemed like the next logical step. So, he went on to train by running ultramarathons, including several 100K and 50K races (which his friends documented in this short film), and hiking hundreds of miles in Canada’s rugged Banff National Park. He notes, however, that none of this fully prepared him for the AT’s brutal terrain.His ascent of Mount Katahdin included a final, 110-mile slog. Battered and bruised, he summitted the peak to find that the 37-hour push “included some of the happiest times for me. I did some of my best running then.” Editors’ Recommendations Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Vanderhall’s 2020 Carmel GT Is a Race-Ready, 3-Wheel Go-Kart last_img read more

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Fleetscape Raises USD 400 Mn of Capital

first_imgzoom Capital provider to the maritime industry Fleetscape Capital Holdings Limited (Fleetscape) has collected USD 400 million in its first investment capital raise.The capital was raised from funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, Fleetscape said.“With this capital raise, Fleetscape has become one of the leading alternative capital providers to the maritime industries with a global investment mandate,” the company commented.Fleetscape is targeting investments across various segments of the maritime space, including shipping and offshore, by providing leases, loans and preferred equity.As explained, the strong investor appetite shown in Fleetscape’s fund raising reflects the realisation that access to capital in the maritime industry has been restricted over the past several years.“There has been a fundamental shift in the way that this capital-intensive industry funds itself, with alternative structured capital providers becoming an integral and substantial part of funding commitments,” Fleetscape further noted.“We are well positioned to become the preferred source for solution-oriented alternative capital provision to shipping and offshore services companies worldwide,” C. Tobias Backer of Fleetscape said.“We believe that a favourable investment climate exists for our alternative credit strategy, as the maritime sector continues to suffer from the retrenchment of its traditional capital sources. By combining Oaktree’s deep history of investing in the maritime space and our experience in structuring tailor-made transactions, we believe that Fleetscape will be a leading creative, flexible and innovative investment partner for the shipping and offshore industries for the long-term,” Guillaume Bayol, Senior Vice President at Oaktree, said.last_img read more

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Apex court declines urgent hearing of a plea against Centres JK restrictions

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday refused to accord an urgent hearing to a plea filed by a Congress activist Tehseen Poonawalla against the government’s decision to impose restrictions and “other regressive measures” in Jammu and Kashmir after revoking the provisions of Article 370.The petition was mentioned before a bench of Justices N V Ramana and Ajay Rastogi which said that the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi will decide its listing before an appropriate bench for hearing. The bench declined the plea for urgent hearing and asked the registry to place the petition before the CJI. Poonawalla also sought a direction from the apex court for the release of leaders like former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, who are under detention. See insidelast_img read more

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UN envoy calls for halt to Israeli air violations across withdrawal line

Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Personal Representative for Southern Lebanon, made his statement after five Israeli overflights took place across the line – known as the Blue Line – on Thursday. Sonic booms were also heard over southern Lebanon. “Such violations of the Blue Line and Lebanese airspace can potentially aggravate an already tense situation,” he warned, reiterating his call on the Israeli authorities to “cease these violations and fully respect the Blue Line.” The UN has drawn attention to air violations by Israeli military aircraft across the Blue Line on various occasions, including in recent reports to the Security Council. read more

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TSX sharply lower New York markets give back chunk of Thursday gains

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market finished with a triple-digit loss Friday amid weak commodity prices and a disappointing read on retail sales that underlined the still-fragile nature of Canada’s economic recovery.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 117.52 points at 14,653.12 as oil and metals prices retreated.Meanwhile, Statistics Canada said retail sales fell 0.1 per cent to $42.5 billion in April following gains in February and March. That surprised economists who had forecast an increase of 0.7 per cent.On commodity markets, the July crude contract closed down 84 cents at US$59.61 a barrel, while August gold eased 10 cents to US$1,201.90 an ounce and July copper fell almost four cents to US$2.57 a pound.The loonie lost 0.26 of a U.S. cent to 81.53 cents.U.S. indexes were also solidly in the red, giving back a big chunk of Thursday’s Fed-boosted gains as the Dow Jones industrials lost 99.89 points to 18,015.95 or more than half of its 180-point advance the previous session.The Nasdaq, which closed at an all-time high on Thursday, was 15.95 points lower at 5,117 and the S&P 500 declined 11.25 points to 2,109.99.Analysts said much of Thursday’s gain could be traced to the dovish stance on interest rates taken by the U.S. Federal Reserve at the conclusion of its two-day policy meeting on Wednesday.The U.S. central bank lowered its growth forecasts for the American economy, hinting that it was in no rush to raise historically low rates and that an increase, when it does come, will likely be moderate.Kevin Headland, director, capital markets & strategy, Manulife Asset Management, said that after Thursday’s “pop” on U.S. markets some giveback as almost inevitable.“I think the Fed’s announcement was somewhat expected but the market kind of reacted like it wasn’t expected,” he said of the “knee-jerk” reaction.“We saw that with the oil prices sliding downwards. We’ve seen that in the past with gold, both sides. The market tends to always overreact and then eventually correct itself and finds a nice landing spot somewhere in the middle.”And while news from the Fed and on Greece’s sovereign debt crisis continue to periodically roil markets everywhere, weaker economic fundamentals in Canada compared with the United States is an added burden on the TSX.“(Our market) is a bit hesitant due to a lack of consumption growth in Canada and of course the lack of demand for natural resources,” with a pickup in oil, in particular, unlikely in the near future.“Therefore the TSX doesn’t seem to be very positive over the next little while,” he said.Meanwhile, with markets entering the summer doldrums, many traders continue to look to the Fed for direction while preparing for the next round of U.S. earnings reports.Until then, “its probably going to be a fairly sideways market.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story: a previous version gave incorrect closing figures for the Dow and the S&P 500 by Brian McKenna, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 19, 2015 7:21 am MDT Last Updated Jun 19, 2015 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX sharply lower; New York markets give back chunk of Thursday gains read more

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Embattled Ministers son his girlfriend to be charged Police

The son of Government Minister, Simona Broomes and his girlfriend are expected to be charged shortly with regards to an incident which occurred on Saturday last, in Bartica, where they allegedly assaulted each other.Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources, Simona Broomes“A thorough investigation into the alleged incident was conducted and legal advice has been obtained for the …persons to be charged [in accordance to] the Summary Jurisdiction (Offences) Act Chapter 8:02,” a statement from the Police said on Thursday.Hector Broomes is expected to be charged with one count of “Assault Causing Actual Bodily Harm” and Gilibeth Rodriguez is also expected to face two counts –one for “Assault” and one for “Throwing Missiles.”Recently, an online news entity had published an article alleging that Police “F” Division Commander, Kevin Adonis was threatened with being fired by Minister Broomes, who had wanted her son to be released from police custody and the matter kept quiet.However, Adonis has since refuted these allegations.“Nothing of the sort [happened], it is contrary to what happened,” the Commander told media operatives.INews understands that on Saturday last, the two accused became involved in an verbal altercation regarding infidelity and it subsequently escalated to the point where they began to physically abuse each other.The matter was allegedly reported by Rodriquez, resulting in her boyfriend being detained.She was arrested shortly after.Minister Broomes who is no stranger to controversy was recently in the public domain over an embarrassing situation involving herself and two security personnel attached to a business place at Providence.With the exclusion of her Ministerial colleague Volda Lawrence, Government and more so President David Granger have remained mum on the incident which has since muddled the image of their Administration further. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPNC heavyweights against ministerial misconductJuly 13, 2018In “latest news”Housekeeper charged for stealing from Minister BroomesMarch 13, 2019In “Court”Broomes fiasco: GAPSO calls out Crime Chief over remarks on security guardsJuly 12, 2018In “Business” read more

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Marco Oneto about Chilean handball future Our master plan – to be

chileChile handballMarco Oneto ← Previous Story Qatar clinch semi-final together with Spain, France and Poland Next Story → Battle for the Olympic qualifications in Al Sadd The Chilean team celebrated the victory at the end of the 24th Men’s Handball World Championship in Qatar after superb come-back in the match for 23th place against Algeria and penalty-shootout. That was the third win for the Chilean handball ever on World Championship, but the first one over some team from Africa (both wins were against Australia on the last two Championships in Spain and Sweden). talked with the biggest Chilean handball star, former player of FC  Barcelona, MVM MKB Veszprem, now in German GWD Minden, Marco Oneto:Are you satisfied with your performance at Qatar 2015?Not really. We did not perform to the level I believe we are capable of playing to but this is a world championship, playing against the world’s best – you have to perform at the highest level all of the time. The guys will certainly gain experience from this tournament and be more prepared and stronger when 2017 comes around.What was the best match for you on this tournament?Well for me to choose a full match is complicated, but I will choose the match against Qatar. It’s always great to play the home nation and the team played well. I also enjoyed winning our first game of the tournament last night – more than we deserved!What are positive things in your participation at WCh 2015?For us it was to gain further experience at the highest level, to improve our concentration for the full 60 minutes and to learn how to capitalise on the advantage when we get it. Also, to try and raise the profile of handball back in Chile, where football is the dominant sport.How you can describe handball in Chile?The handball in Chile is totally amateur. The handball community in Chile is relatively small and is made up of people who have an incredible passion for the sport. Everyone has had to make a huge sacrifice both personally and professionally to be a part of the national team. But even though we don’t get any real financial support, in the last 4 years we continue to get better and better. We have a domestic league in Chile which was set up 2 years ago and we are working to send young players to Europe to learn and have the options to grow like a professional players.Brazil and Argentina are leading forces in South America, but also non-European handball world. Could Chile progress on their level?That’s the master plan! We are working hard but there is only so much you can do with limited funding. Brazil have had huge investment into handball as hosts of next year’s Olympic Games and Argentina have many players currently playing in Europe’s top leagues. Step by step we hope to achieve this for Chile also.What are you personal plans for the future? How many of your team-mates are professional or they would like to be by signing contracts in Europe? Tell us a little more about your handball project in Minden working with players from Chile?About me, I can tell you that my plans are to come back to Chile and try to help the sport in general. I want handball to grow, to get more young players involved and to ensure that they will not have the same problems I had when I started to play the game. On the national team we have 6 full time professional players and I know they are many other players that would like to sign professional contracts in the squad.I have a project which I’m currently running in Minden which aims to give the young players the experience of living and training like a professional player. I never had this opportunity when I started out, I took a gamble and just came to Europe not knowing anyone or having anywhere to really go.  I don’t want others to experience what I had to go through and instead put in place a real life opportunity. I started the project 3 years ago with the support of the COCH (olimpic comité of chile ), the Handball Federation and my club in Minden (without them it would not be possible). Ignacio Vejar, Ignacio Porta and Matias Canton are the first 3 kids in this project and were selected after holding regional and national selection camps. During their 3 month stay, they train and play with the Minden youth team and sometimes train with the First Team. I hope that they will be the first of many in the future.MIZUNO MODELWe’ve noticed you wearing 2 different colourways of Mizuno shoes during the tournament, tell us a little more about the idea behind this? We’ve seen it in soccer but must be a first in handball, do you think it’s a trend which will catch on?Hahahahhaahha !!! Well actually I’m not a fan of football at all… And i didn’t know that, but this idea just came to me when I saw a young player at Minden doing the same because he had a problem with one of his handball shoes… When I saw him I really liked how it looked and I said to my friend that I will do the same at the World Championships for a bit of a laugh. And that’s all… There was not another particular reason for that.. And if this becomes a trend…. then great!! I’m just thankful that Mizuno make awesome shoes and in some great colours to experiment with! – concluded Marco Oneto. read more

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Nucléaire un retraité dAreva dénonce des lacunes de sécurité sur le site

first_imgNucléaire : un retraité d’Areva dénonce des lacunes de sécurité sur le site de La HagueDevant une commission officielle, un retraité d’Areva, ancien ingénieur du site nucléaire de La Hague, a dénoncé une insuffisance de sécurité dans l’usine du Cotentin. Pendant 35 ans, l’homme aujourd’hui âgé de 66 ans, s’est occupé de la protection des salariés d’Areva contre les radiations.Mercredi dernier, Guislain Quetel, un retraité qui a consacré trente-cinq ans de sa vie à la protection des salariés de l’usine de retraitement de La Hague, s’est publiquement exprimé lors de la commission locale d’information (CLI) du site, rapporte Sciences et Avenir. Venu dénoncer la sécurité insuffisante de l’usine, il refuse de voir la région “sacrifiée pour le bien être de la collectivité nationale”.À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylL’ancien technicien d’Areva a tenté de convaincre les syndicalistes, élus locaux et experts réunis au sein de la CLI, de la nécessité de construire au dessus du site de La Hague une “cathédrale de béton” protégeant l’usine contre d’éventuels projectiles tirés depuis les environs du site ou par avion. Guislain Quetel affirme que le bardage métallique qui recouvre l’usine de retraitement de combustibles irradiés ne pourrait pas résister à une importante attaque terroriste. Stocké dans des piscines, le combustible usagé du site de La Hague représente l’équivalent en rejets radioactifs potentiels, de 100 réacteurs nucléaires. Une explosion sur ce site aurait des conséquences bien plus graves encore que la catastrophe de Fukushima.L’intervention de Guislain Quetel a failli ne pas avoir eu lieu. La tribune lui avait en effet été refusée par le bureau chargé de l’ordre du jour. Plusieurs membres de la CLI, dont l’association Greenpeace et la chercheuse au CNRS Monique Sené, ont alors protesté contre cette décision dans un courrier commun. “On a voulu m’interdire de parler par crainte que je ne fasse le jeu des antinucléaires”, s’insurge celui qui n’a pas attendu de partir à la retraite pour dénoncer les lacunes du site de La Hague en matière de radioprotection.Le 14 juin 2011 à 19:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Old Mans Journey is Arthouse Captain Toad

first_img ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball FormSNES Games Officially Come to Nintendo Switch If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.Old Man’s Journey isn’t about cementing yourself as one of the best English actors of your generation, landing juicy roles in films in Sid and Nancy, Dracula, The Dark Knight, and Darkest Hour. That’s Gary Oldman’s Journey, and it’s still just in planning stages. Old Man’s Journey is a cozy little puzzle game from Broken Rules about taking a nice, reflective walk. And after impressing us on mobile last year, it’s now available on Nintendo Switch.Old Man’s Journey’s mobile roots are pretty obvious. You can move a cursor around with analog sticks, but the experience is clearly designed around a touch screen. Your goal is to move the Old Man to the end of each of the 15 bite-sized stages that make up the one or two-hour campaign. But because he’s so old, jumping is out of the question. So like fellow anti-platformer Captain Toad, Old Man’s Journey is about manipulating the environment itself to help out the hero.A typical puzzle involves physically dragging different parallax layers of the environment closer to each other. Once they form an interconnected path, the old man can then move forward. This can really mess with your perspective. A structure you thought was far in the background is suddenly only a few footsteps away in the flattened 2D plane. And there are later clever varied puzzles that test your knowledge of how the environmental manipulation works as you herd sheep, chase waterfalls, or guide a train.But Old Man’s Journey isn’t interested in warping your brain like, say, Gorogoa. It doesn’t want you to get exhausted. It just wants you and this old man to go for a nice and easy walk, or the video game equivalent of a nice and easy walk. Each stage is a gorgeous, relaxing, pastel vista painting like something from a European children’s book. The animations as you tug on the environment are soft and warm and gentle. The Old Man himself looks like Santa in a black V-neck on holiday.That isn’t to say the game is shallow. The outer pleasantness contrasts nicely with the wordless hints we get of the Old Man’s melancholy backstory at the end of each stage. It’s real “opening ten minutes of Pixar’s Up” type stuff. You don’t make a game with “Old Man” in the title without touching on mortality.Still, Old Man’s Journey isn’t the game for you if you want overwhelming gameplay or thematic depth. It’s an enjoyable and relaxing arthouse casual game, and that’s perfectly fine. There are times when that’s absolutely all a busy person, old or old at heart, can handle.Buy it now!Buy Nintendo labo Variety Kit.Buy Nintendo Labo Robot Kit.Nintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Waistlines widen in Clark County

first_imgTest Caption BMI by the numbersBody mass index is an estimate of body fat based on height and weight.Underweight = less than 18.5Normal weight = 18.5-24.9Overweight = 25-29.9Obese = 30 or greaterOn the Web: Find your own BMI using an online calculator.Clark County obesity data tell health officials at least one thing: The county needs to go on a diet.In Clark County, two-thirds of adults and a quarter of children are overweight or obese. Data from 2008 and 2009, the most recent period available, show that the county’s weight problem isn’t limited to one area. Each ZIP code has an overweight-or-obese rate of at least 52 percent.The ZIP code with 75.9 percent, the highest rate, encompasses the Ridgefield area. The 98682 ZIP code, which covers the Orchards and Sifton areas, isn’t far behind, with 73.4 percent of residents overweight or obese.The lowest rate, 52.6 percent, is in east Vancouver, roughly south of Mill Plain Boulevard. The data come from an annual survey, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, performed by the Washington State Department of Health with funding from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention. The survey includes a random sample of hundreds of residents in each ZIP code.“It’s designed to compare counties and states, and when you look at our obesity rates compared to Washington state, they’re about the same,” said Brendon Haggerty with Clark County Public Health. “That’s not necessarily a good thing,” added Dr. Alan Melnick, county health officer.But health officials caution against reading too much into the obesity-by-ZIP-code numbers. The sample size is small, meaning it could fluctuate year-to-year depending on who responded to the survey, Melnick said. In addition, data aren’t available in ZIP codes with too few survey respondents.last_img read more

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Clark Countys recovery puttering right along

first_imgClark County maintained a steady pace of job growth through the 12 months ending in August, a new report issued by the state showed Tuesday, adding 3,100 jobs across all but one employment sector and posting a healthy annualized growth rate of 2.4 percent.The county’s economic performance in August was nearly identical to its over-the-year job growth in July, when it added 3,200 jobs and posted an annualized growth rate of 2.5 percent, according to Scott Bailey, regional labor economist for the Washington state Employment Security Department.Clark County’s recovery is “puttering right along,” Bailey said in a phone interview Tuesday.Meanwhile, the county posted a preliminary jobless rate of 8.3 percent in August. That’s down from 11.1 percent unemployment in August 2012.But it’s not entirely clear whether the county’s jobless rate, an important indicator of economic health, is improving for the right reason — because people are getting jobs — or for the wrong reason: because people are dropping out of the labor force.The official unemployment rate counts only those workers who are actively seeking work. So if you drop out of the work force, you’re no longer counted in the official jobless rate.Clark County’s labor force participation rate was 64.4 percent in 2012, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. That’s down from 68.3 percent in 2008.Part of that drop “was due to retirements, but mostly to the bad economy,” Bailey wrote in his “Southwest Washington Labor Market News” report.last_img read more

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