STOKE, England (AP): Arsenal and Manchester United were embarrassed while Chelsea drew in an erratic Premier League that was as unpredictable as ever yesterday. And despite losing at Liverpool, Leicester’s surprise lead was maintained. Man United manager Louis van Gaal might not stick around in England to see if Leicester can win the league for the first time. A 2-0 loss at Stoke condemned United to a fourth consecutive loss in all competitions for the first time since 1961, and pushed the team down to sixth place. Van Gaal lamented his players’ inability to handle the pressure, and partly blamed the windy conditions at Stoke. The manager then conceded he might be at fault and suggested he could resign. “I do my utmost best to find solutions to cope with the pressure,” van Gaal said. “But in the end, my players have to do that by themselves.” It was a hapless first-half performance, and van Gaal questioned why his players “don’t dare to play football”. Memphis Depay’s diving backward header allowed Bojan Krkic to put Stoke in front, and Marko Arnautovic powered in a second goal from outside the penalty area. Wayne Rooney was forced to start a league game on the bench for the first time in two years, and United provided a greater threat only with its captain on the field in the second half. But a combination of poor finishing and Jack Butland’s saves prevented United from leaving Stoke with anything. Van Gaal’s comments and demeanour suggest his stay at Old Trafford is reaching an endgame after barely 18 months in charge. “I can also quit by myself,” van Gaal said when asked about receiving assurances about his job security, before adding: “It is not always … the club has to fire or sack me.” Asked if he would be in charge at Old Trafford on Monday when United plays Chelsea, van Gaal said: “You will have to wait and see, but I think so.” There was a bigger humbling for Arsenal, who missed the chance to go top after being thrashed 4-0 by Southampton. Cuco Martina’s half-volley put Southampton in front, and Shane Long scored twice either side of Jose Fonte’s header as the hosts rose to 12th place. Arsenal stayed two points behind Leicester, who lost 1-0 at Liverpool after conceding from Christian Benteke. Manchester City quickly recovered from losing at Arsenal on Monday to thump struggling Sunderland 4-1 to stay third. There were four different City scorers: Raheem Sterling, Yaya Toure, Wilfried Bony, and Kevin De Bruyne. A change of manager at Chelsea produced no quick fix. Guus Hiddink’s first match in charge ended in a 2-2 draw at home to high-flying Watford after Oscar missed a second-half penalty that could have secured back-to-back wins. Watford came from behind after conceding from Diego Costa’s volley to take the lead at Stamford Bridge. Troy Deeney levelled from the spot and Odion Ighalo put the visitors in front before Costa equalised with his second. While Chelsea remains two points above the relegation zone – and 13 points from fourth place – Watford is behind United only on goal difference in seventh place. Other results: Tottenham 3 Norwich 0; Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0; Aston Villa 1 West Ham 1; Newcastle 0 Everton 1; Swansea 1 West Brom 0.
In observation of International Midwives Day 2018, Minister within Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings reminded the health professionals of their crucial role in saving lives.“Midwives save lives! You play a critical role in the reduction of maternal and infant mortality. According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) well-trained midwives help to avert 90 per cent of infant mortality globally,” Minister Cummings explained.The Minister was addressing a gathering of midwives at a conference held recently at the Mahaica, Berbice Regional Democratic Council (RDC), to celebrate and honour the health professionals for their significant contributions in the local health sector.The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Midwives leading the way with quality care.’ Minister Cummings said this theme is appropriate and cannot be overemphasised as it is inline with the Public Health Ministry’s vision of providing quality healthcare.She reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to improving working conditions for midwives across Guyana, highlighting that midwives are an important group of medical professionals who quietly administer competent medical services in maternal child health.She boasted that 11 hospitals in Guyana already achieved baby-friendly status and efforts are underway to have the Midwife Bill passed in the National Assembly.The Public Health Minister charged the gathering to continue to utilise their skills as midwives to make significant changes regarding maternal and infant mortality rate in Guyana.While reporting on the many successes and challenges of these professionals, Chairperson for the Midwives Association of Guyana, Tracy Gentle highlighted the importance of honouring midwives.“Your skills and dedication are evident by the record of 14,000 and more annual births delivered safely by the midwives in all 10 administrative regions. The many night shifts you spent on rough river beds to get a woman and her baby alive, the recorded number of clients utilising and accessing our sexual and reproductive health, nearly 100 per cent vaccination coverage, 100 per cent post-natal mothers not returning at the healthcare facilities with complications. These and many more achievements are worthy to be honoured,” Gentle is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.Other achievements highlighted include the continued education session in various areas, partnership with schools in school health programme and local and international training.The Chairman applauded the midwives for their outstanding work and called for more training opportunities to better equip them.At the end of the conference, midwives from the various regions were awarded for their exceptional performances.International Midwives Day is recognised on May 5, to highlight the work being done by these health professionals. The idea was established by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) following the suggestions and discussions in the late 1980s which was formally launched in 1992.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It seems as though “the people’s governor” has forgotten that his office exists to serve the public – and not the other way around. WHEN it comes to spending increases for his personal staff and top state bureaucrats, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sounds less like the fierce reformer he set himself out to be, and a lot more like … a politician. When campaigning to rein in spending in Sacramento, Schwarzenegger decried automatic funding formulas that lock California into spending it can’t afford. The state needs the flexibility, he said, to control spending when revenue is down. So it’s disappointing that Schwarzenegger now wants to use an inflationary formula for his staff budget – which would boost spending in his office by more than 5 percent – and pay hikes of up to 23 percent for top state bureaucrats. There’s every indication that the economy is weakening and state revenues will slip. And so the governor ought to make cuts at all levels in state government, just as he has proposed for welfare recipients and college students.
Mateo Kovacic 1 Barcelona are ready to rival Arsenal and Manchester City for Inter Milan star Mateo Kovacic.The Croatian has been one of the Serie A club’s bright sparks this season in what has been a disappointing campaign.Arsenal and Manchester City are both keeping tabs on the attacking midfielder but Barcelona have now stepped up their interest.According to Spanish newspaper Sport, the Catalan giants sent scouts to watch Kovacic in action over the weekend.Barcelona are banned from buying players until January 2016 after breaching FIFA regulations.However, they are hoping that a deal can be agreed in principle now with Pedro or Alex Song being used as potential makeweights.
Paul Gascoigne scored one of England’s greatest goals Jack Wilshere is now on a level with Jamie Redknapp.Having scored two sensational goals for England – his first for the Three Lions – as Slovenia were beaten in their Euro 2016 qualifier, the Arsenal midfielder takes his place among the list of great England goals.It is also exactly 19 years – 15 June – since Scotland were undone by this brilliant effort from Paul Gascoigne at Euro ’96, so talkSPORT is looking at eight other magnificent England goals.8) Jamie Redknapp v Belgium – 20017) Glenn Hoddle v Bulgaria – 19796) Alan Shearer v Portugal – 19985) Steven Gerrard v Germany – 20014) John Barnes v Brazil – 19843) Michael Owen v Argentina – 19982) Joe Cole v Sweden – 20061) David Beckham v Greece – 2001Have we missed any out? 1
Wayne Rooney confirmed his move to DC United on Thursday after leaving Everton.The striker signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with his new Major League Soccer club and they announced the move with the following video. #NoWayneNoGain pic.twitter.com/HfbLmCsBOq— D.C. United (@dcunited) June 28, 2018This was not the first time Rooney’s ‘acting’ has been put to the test during his football career.X-Men Apocalypse trailerRooney became a new superhero in this astonishing promo piece ahead of the release of X-Men Apocalypse in 2016.Nike ‘Write The Future’ World Cup 2010 advertThe iconic Rooney ad. Wayne sees his career take two very different paths as part of Nike’s pre-World Cup film in 2010.Turkish Airlines ‘Business Class’ advertWazza is only in this team effort for a few seconds, but instantly steals the show.Nike ‘In The Zone’ advertBack at a time when Rooney could afford to recklessly shave his hair, he did so for a Nike advert.Nike Rooney v Rory McIlroy in football golfThis is less of an original idea now that ‘footgolf’ is increasing in popularity, though it does include a cameo from the Brazilian Ronaldo.Nike ‘Put It Where You Want It’ advertNo words needed from the young United man.Powerade ‘Rooney v Rooney’ advertWhat’s better than one acting Rooney? TWO acting Rooneys of course.Independence Day Resurgence trailerYet another Manchester United film trailer, thankfully for Wayne, he doesn’t shoulder all of the embarrassment this time.Casillero del Diablo wine advertWhat can you say about this masterpiece? Watch it and you will be lost for words.
Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh has said new investment in Buncrana library will be a huge benefit to the community.“The funding for a new, interactive Magic Table in Buncrana library is a really impressive idea,” Minister McHugh said.“Funding of more than €6,300 has been provided for the innovative piece of kit and it is a quality investment. “The Magic Table helps people with autism and dementia and can be used by their carers as well, using light games projected down on to the table.“It can help people with social, physical, cognitive functions.”The Tovertafel – meaning magic table – is a Dutch creation, with the projector sending light animation onto a table.People interact with their hands or a tool to react with censors and engage with a game. Minister McHugh said: “This innovative equipment can help people with their memory and it is also a valuable educational tool for people with autism.“I’d really like to credit Minister for Community and Rural Development Michael Ring for promoting this idea and backing it with investment in library services.”New funding announced for Buncrana Library with new interactive magic table was last modified: November 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranaBuncrana Library
1 April 2014Brand South Africa is to host a seminar presenting findings on how international investors view the country at the Wits Business School in Parktown on Wednesday, 2 April.The Brand South Africa South African Competitiveness Forum Research & Outcome Report, following the inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum in October 2013, will also be launched.Speakers at the seminar will include Brand South Africa chief executive Miller Matola; Brand South Africa research manager Dr Petrus de Kock; Gauteng Growth and Development Agency group chief executive Siphiwe Ngwenya; and the Department of Economic Development in the City of Johannesburg’s executive director Ravi Naidoo.TrendsEach year, Brand South Africa, as the official marketing and reputation management agency of the country, conducts an extensive International Investor Perception study.The findings assist Brand South Africa and its stakeholders to identify trends in how international audiences perceive the country.With the theme, “International perceptions of South Africa in a complex emerging market environment”, the seminar will explore perceptions within the context of global trends that affect South Africa and emerging markets, and tackle how the country is perceived among peer African, Brics and related markets where the research was conducted, says De Kock.Investor perceptions and South Africa’s growthIn a recent analysis of the global economic outlook, Business Monitor International (BMI) indicates that emerging markets are set to increase their share of global consumption significantly in the next decade, from around 29% currently to around 41%.This is a significant movement in global markets, BMI says, especially if one considers that at the turn of the century emerging markets accounted for a mere 7% of global consumption.“There are some short- to medium-term challenges to the economic outlook of emerging markets, but the overall long-term projections of growth tell a story of the increasing importance of these markets for the global economy,” says De Kock.With these trends in mind, De Kock says it is important from a nation brand point of view to interrogate perceptions of South Africa in emerging markets, and to ask how the country can position itself more effectively in a complex emerging market environment.Consumption habitsIn addition, BMI indicates that in the next decade, consumption in emerging markets will grow by an average of 5.6% annually, compared to the rather meagre 1.3% in the “developed world”.“Taking these numbers into consideration is what led BMI to conclude that emerging markets will move from 29% of global consumption in 2014, to a whopping 41% by the end of 2023.”Singling out China and Africa’s share of global consumption, BMI indicates that China’s share of global consumption will grow from 9% to 13% in 2023, while the Middle East and Africa’s share will leap from 6.5% to 10.3%. North America and the EU’s share of global consumption will decline from 33% to 27%, and from 24% to 19% respectively.On the SA Competitiveness Forum Research & Outcome Report, De Kock says the issues identified at the 2013 forum address how the South African brand can respond to international perceptions of the country.The seminar will be held at the Bert Wessels Lecture Theatre at the Wits Business School, 2 St David’s Place, St Andrews Road, Parktown.Follow the seminar on Twitter, #CompetitiveSASee www.brandsouthafrica.com for more details.
Miscreants stepped up attacks on polling staff and polling stations in Kashmir’s Budgam district, a day ahead of bypolls to Srinagar Lok Sabha seat.Some miscreants tried to set ablaze a government school building, designated as a polling station, in Narbal area of Budgam district late last night, DGP S.P. Vaid said.He said the building was saved by the timely action of police personnel deployed in the area.In a separate incident, a group of youth pelted stones at polling staff, who were on their way to a polling station, in Beerwah area of Budgam this morning, a police official said.The police swung into action and chased away the accused, the official said, adding no one was hurt in the brief clashes.Meanwhile, a low intensity blast occurred inside a government school premises, which has been designated as a polling station, in Khanyar of the state capital, triggering panic in the area.The very low intensity blast took place due to mishandling of a tear gas canister by secuirty forces personnel, a police spokesman said.Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, spread over three districts of Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal is scheduled to go to polls on Sunday.The by-poll has been necessitated by resignation of then PDP leader and member Lok Sabha Tariq Hameed Karra last year to protest against the “atrocities” by security forces during the summer unrest triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujhaideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter in July last year.
Despite those overwhelmingly favorable odds, the 5-year-old program doles out only one-fifth of what some senior NSF officials think the foundation should be spending on EAGER grants. At a time when scientists are turning over every rock in search of federal funds, ScienceInsider wondered why the program was so undersubscribed. The answer seems to be the absence of outside peer reviewers—generally considered the gold standard for awarding federal basic research grants. Many NSF program officers seem to be uncomfortable with that alteration to merit review. And so a mechanism designed to encourage unorthodox approaches is languishing because it is seen as going too far.“Outside your comfort zone”NSF’s website describes EAGER as a vehicle for “untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas or approaches.” Such “high risk-high payoff” research, it explains, often entails “radically different approaches, applies new expertise, or engages novel disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives.”That’s an apt description of Telang’s response to a “Dear Colleague” letter inviting EAGER proposals under NSF’s Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) initiative. “It forces you to go outside your comfort zone,” he says about the solicitation. “So I went out of my way to create a partnership [with a CMU colleague, computer scientist Artur Dubrawski]. I had been thinking of the problem, but not specifically as something that would involve others outside my discipline.”Heng Xu, program director for the SaTC initiative with NSF’s division of social and economic sciences, is glad he did. “It’s the first time a team has ever had access to such a longitudinal database with transactional data as opposed to self-reported behavior or computer simulations,” she explains. “The project is unique.”“Unique” is an important word for NSF program officers who must weigh an EAGER proposal. The exploratory research the program hopes to fund, they confess, isn’t always easy to define. “We don’t really know what it is, but we can recognize it when we see it,” one veteran staffer says.Then-Director Arden Bement launched EAGER in 2009 as one of two programs that would rely on in-house reviews. (The second, much smaller, program, called RAPID, allows scientists to respond quickly to research opportunities afforded by disasters or other unexpected events.) He urged NSF program officers to spend up to 5% of their budgets on them. But last year EAGER’s share was 0.9% of all NSF-funded research, or $64 million, and the foundation-wide total for both programs has never topped 1.1%.Although success rates are uniformly high, the program’s popularity varies widely across NSF’s seven research directorates. At the bottom is NSF’s social, behavioral, and economic sciences (SBE) directorate, which received only 11 EAGER proposals last year—and funded 10 of them. In contrast, the computing and information sciences directorate (CISE) topped the list by reviewing 171 proposals—all but six of which were funded.Erwin Gianchandani, deputy director for the division of computer and network systems (CNS) within CISE, which teamed up with SBE on the SaTC letter, says EAGER gives NSF a way to test the waters before deciding whether to issue a full solicitation on any particular topic. “We use it to gauge community interest before we launch a formal program,” he explains.It can also be used to nudge researchers in a particular direction. “We’re a relatively young, rapidly evolving discipline,” Gianchandani says about CNS, “and EAGER lets us try out new research threads.”“It has to be exceptional”The EAGER mechanism is not for everybody. With a $300,000 cap and a 2-year duration, the awards are one-third smaller and 1 year shorter than the typical NSF grant and, thus, insufficient for scientists looking to maintain their core research program. They also can’t be renewed. Instead, any follow-up research must be funded through one of NSF’s regular programs.At the same time, EAGERs offer some advantages. The applications are shorter—some five to eight pages instead of the usual 15 to 20 pages for a standard grant. They also feature a quicker turnaround time, as program officers don’t have to convene an outside panel and wait for its judgment on the value and soundness of the research proposal. Instead, a group of NSF staffers vets the application and moves it up the chain of command.Outside reviewers would have been superfluous on his EAGER proposal, Telang believes. “I’m not sure they would have had much to contribute,” he says. Unlike with a standard proposal, he says, “this is not a case in which we had already done 25% of the work, and they could evaluate it. I didn’t have the resources to start working with the data set.”But the absence of outside reviewers may also be the program’s Achilles’ heel. Because NSF’s current merit review system is so highly regarded, program officers are inherently skeptical of anything that takes the broader scientific community out of the equation, notes Jeryl Mumpower, division director for the social and economic sciences.“Program officers are often faced with making very difficult judgments about a proposal,” he says. “Is it sufficiently exploratory? Is the research high-risk? Is the idea really novel? These are tough decisions, and we have a system that we know works well. So there’s a tendency to be pretty conservative.”That attitude sets a very high bar for alternative approaches, Mumpower and others say. “Program officers are very reluctant not to involve the community,” he says. “It has to be an exceptional case. Maybe the right answer isn’t 5%. The empirical results suggest that it’s a much smaller number of cases that are appropriate for this special approach.”Don Rice, a 20-year veteran in the division of ocean chemistry within NSF’s geosciences directorate, says that “peer review is the absolute foundation for determining the best investment of our limited funds.” EAGER awards should be reserved for situations, he says, in which “a PI [principal investigator] has a brilliant new way to tackle a problem, but lacks the resources to collect the preliminary data needed to show that it’s possible.” The relative scarcity of EAGER awards within the directorate—51 proposals, of which 49 were funded—reflect that narrow definition, he says. Bement, who left NSF in 2010 and returned to Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where he is now director emeritus of its Global Policy Research Institute, agrees that such views are widespread among NSF staffers. “We promoted it while I was there, but we didn’t get many takers,” he acknowledges. “The purpose of EAGER is to encourage high-risk research at the frontier, and there may be more opportunities to do that in some disciplines than in others. At the same time, frontier research is in the eyes of the beholder.”Those eyes may actually be more discerning than NSF’s statistics suggest. The 90% success rates don’t include ideas floated by PIs that program officers have nipped in the bud. In fact, there’s much more back-and-forth between researchers and NSF program staff on EAGER proposals than on regular submissions. Scientists thinking about submitting an EAGER proposal are required to talk first to a program officer, for starters. Some NSF programs go even further, requiring a brief description of the proposed research and then weeding out those ideas deemed not a good fit.NSF doesn’t keep any statistics on that give-and-take, however, so it’s impossible to know what proportion of initial EAGER pitches are ultimately successful. That’s also true for the much smaller RAPID program, which reported a nearly perfect 98% success rate last year on 123 proposals. (RAPID awards, which have a $50,000 cap, are even more narrowly defined; they are meant to give scientists a chance to collect data for a suddenly available research opportunity, like the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.)One step at a timeA breach of financial data may not seem to have much in common with an exploding oil rig. But they do share one feature that makes them appropriate for NSF’s special funding mechanism: Each represented a tabula rasa for curious researchers. And the EAGER award allowed Telang to start the clock.“Once I received the grant, the first step was to hire a student and have him look at the data,” Telang explains. “Then we’ll ask if we can survey these consumers. And that will depend on the willingness of the financial institution to provide us with access.“What’s so useful about these data,” he continues, “is that they will tell us how customers reacted after being notified about a breach. Did they close their account, or reduce how often they used it? Or did they decide to stop doing mobile banking?”Such a data-driven approach is well-suited to the goals of the EAGER program, says NSF’s Xu. “They may be able to use the data to develop a theory in behavioral economics and cybersecurity, which are relatively new fields,” she explains. “That’s why we thought it was appropriate for an EAGER award.”The award’s shorter duration also gives Telang more leeway to chart the course of future research, an important consideration for an academic scientist. “I’m hoping that it will end up in a nice paper. But until we are done with this first phase, it’s hard to say whether I will want to follow up.” How do consumers react after learning that an online bank account has been hacked? Do they take their business elsewhere? Do they limit their online activities to reduce their exposure to such invasions?Those were some of the questions that intrigued Rahul Telang, a professor of information systems and management at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who studies the economics of information security. With data breaches an increasingly common problem, he suspected the behavior of hacked consumers could be having a significant impact on global commerce. But Telang didn’t have enough preliminary data to win a grant to study the issue from the National Science Foundation (NSF), which last year funded only 22% of the nearly 50,000 proposals it received.Fortunately for Telang, NSF offers a funding mechanism that supports the type of exploratory research he wanted to conduct. And this spring Telang received $200,000 to analyze how customers of one major financial institution actually responded to real data breaches. 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It’s one of the easiest paths to NSF funding, at least on paper, with success rates topping 90%, according to a recent NSF analysis. Last year, for example, 399 of 441 EAGER proposals were funded. In recent years, the program has had an even higher batting average—95% in 2011 and 91% in 2012.