How Wolves pulled off Rui Patricio transfer coup

first_imgTransfers How Wolves pulled off the biggest and most controversial transfer coup of the summer for Rui Patricio Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Rui Patricio Pepe Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Getty Images Transfers Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolverhampton Wanderers v Everton Portugal v Morocco Everton Morocco Portugal World Cup Premier League Opinion Portugal’s No.1 will be at Molineux next season following a controversial free transfer which sees Jorge Mendes at odds with Sporting Wolves will be restarting life in the top flight with one of the world’s best goalkeepers in their line-up; a player with 70 international caps to his name, a player with a European Championship winners’ medal locked in his safe, a player with his name on the list of candidates for the Ballon d’Or less than two years ago.And right now it would appear that the Championship title winners are getting Rui Patricio – Portugal’s starting goalkeeper at this World Cup – for nothing.It will be some time before the complexities of the 30-year-old’s free transfer from Sporting CP are unravelled. To understand why that is, the role of Sporting’s maverick president Bruno de Carvalho must be analysed. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Having taken over the role in 2013, De Carvalho takes credit for saving the club from financial oblivion but his abrasive, confrontational style has won him few friends in the corridors of power.It culminated in the events of May 15 this year when Sporting’s players and staff were attacked by up to 50 ultras. Top scorer Bas Dost was left with cuts to his head and images captured on the day show the Dutchman perplexed with tears in his eyes.The president had gained a reputation for lashing out at opponents, journalists, agents, the football federation and even his own fans on social media throughout his tenure and in April of this year he attacked his own players on Facebook after they had lost 2-0 in their Europa League quarter-final first leg against Atletico Madrid.The squad – led by captains Rui Patricio and William Carvalho – responded saying that the president should make more attempts to support and lead the club.From there, De Carvalho suspended 19 of them and described the players as ‘spoilt children’. The suspension was lifted after a crisis meeting but the atmosphere remained toxic. And on May 15 one of the most shameful days in the history of Portuguese football unfolded.Rui Patricio Sporting, Diego Costa AtleticoArmed with makeshift weapons, around 50 masked ultras gained entry to Sporting’s training facilities and carried out their assault. The attack was met with outrage in Portugal with prime minister Antonio Costa formalising a national body to combat violence in sport. A couple of days later, Sporting lost the Portuguese cup final having earlier seen their Champions League ambitions washed out.Rui Patricio and others had by that stage resolved to leave the club. The goalkeeper enlisted the services of Jorge Mendes and his Gestifute agency – heavily involved with Wolves – to find a new place to work. A move to the Premier League newcomers fell through at the end of May with De Carvalho blaming Mendes for asking for a high commission.Gestifute hit back, saying “nothing could be further from the truth” and claiming it did everything in its power to secure an €18 million (£16m/$21m) fee for the ‘keeper. It claimed that an 11th-hour request from the Sporting president for another €2m scuppered the deal.Rui Patricio, William Carvalho and five more senior players have since taken the extraordinary step of terminating their club contracts invoking ‘just cause’ stemming from the training ground attack. Coach Jorge Jesus is also gone.The goalkeeper released a 34-page statement detailing the reasons for his exit from his boyhood club. Through the passages he lamented the fact that the club could not guarantee his physical and psychological safety.Jorge Mendes WolvesSome Sporting fans have since criticised Rui Patricio for “betraying” the club that formed him and warned Wolves that a day in court would come. That’s because this week Sporting’s Board of Directors proclaimed that the contract terminations were “illegal.” The club maintains there was no just cause for the players to cancel their contracts and are seeking damages and losses in court.For now though, Wolves may well have pulled off the transfer coup of the summer. It appears the club president – Bruno De Carvalho – will bear the brunt of the blame for his foul-up and his future could well be decided at a General Assembly on June 23.Rui Patricio will be between the posts for Portugal’s second World Cup Group B match against Morocco having conceded three against Spain on matchday one. It was not an ideal start to the competition but the Euro 2016 winners will be expected to realign their campaign today in Moscow.And at the conclusion of the campaign he will be off to Molineux for a new chapter. What else plays out remains to be seen.last_img read more

Graves of 45000 veterans in disrepair due to funding shortfall audit

first_imgOTTAWA – The veterans’ grave markers standing in orderly rows are clean and well-maintained on a brilliant summer afternoon.The words on each are easy to read, even those carved decades ago, while the grey stones are all clean, the surrounding grass and flowers are trim and manicured.Such a sight might not be a surprise at the National Military Cemetery in Ottawa, but a new Veterans Affairs audit has found that tens of thousands of other such graves across Canada are in disrepair.The culprit? A lack of federal funding.The federal government has two ways it maintains the graves of the more than 317,000 Canadians who were either killed in war or otherwise served in the military.The first is by funding the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which cares for the graves of Canadian, British, Australian, New Zealand and Indian soldiers killed in the First and Second World Wars.Canada provides about $1.25 million to the commission, which oversees the graves of roughly 110,000 Canadians whose remains are buried overseas.The remaining 207,000 graves in more than 6,000 cemeteries across Canada are the direct responsibility of Veterans Affairs, which is where departmental auditors found significant problems.“More than 45,000 of these veteran grave markers require maintenance, with a total of close to 60,000 repairs required (some grave markers require more than one type of repairs),” their final report said.It added that interviews with Veterans Affairs officials “identified that there are not enough funds currently allocated to veteran grave maintenance to address the known required repairs.”Veterans Affairs previously received about $5 million for grave maintenance, but that amount was slashed to $1 million in 2003, according to the audit, as the department couldn’t say which graves needed work.But while a new database was developed and implemented the following year to help track the location and condition of all veterans’ graves in Canada, funding levels have remained largely the same.The only change was in 2009, when the government increased funding for veterans’ grave maintenance to $1.2 million, which is where it remains today.The auditors did find that Veterans Affairs had managed to reduce the number of outstanding repairs by about nine per cent between 2013 and 2016, but that was because officials focused on the easy stuff.“Higher-cost maintenance items such as legibility issues, grave marker replacement and foundation repairs have been increasing on an annual basis and should be considered priority items,” the report said.The auditors calculated that it would take 17 years at current funding levels to complete the all of the outstanding repairs, the total cost of which was estimated at around $12.9 million.“Additional efforts are required to ensure veteran graves are being properly maintained,” the audit concluded. “Increase funding as well as a targeted work plan are required.”The report was published online by the department. Veterans Affairs spokesman Marc Lescoutre said they had accepted the auditors’ findings and recommendations, and officials were developing a plan to address the issues.“Current practices will be reviewed for possible efficiencies, such as prioritizing the repair of items that compromise the structural integrity of veteran graves,” Lescoutre said in an email.A new maintenance plan is also being drawn up, he added, while “options will be explored for increased resource allocations to help address the backlog of maintenance items.”Officials told the auditors, however, that any request for additional funding was not expected until next year at the earliest.Randall Wakelam, associate chair of war studies at the Royal Military College of Canada, questioned the focus on increasing efficiency when more money is clearly needed.“It always seems to be about efficiency, and seemingly not about delivering an effective service to Canadians,” he said.“And this sounds like a perfect example, where senior bureaucrats say this is how much money we have and there we go.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

Health Canada announces ban on oils used for making artificial trans fats

first_imgOTTAWA – Health Canada is taking the final steps toward a ban on the main source of artificial trans fats in Canadian diets.The department says it is banning partially hydrogenated oils or PHOs, which are the main source of industrially produced trans fats in all food sold in the country, including those foods prepared in restaurants.The oils are used in the production of pastries, other baked goods and some packaged goods as a means of extending shelf life.The ban will come into force on Sept. 15, 2018, in order to give the food industry enough time to find suitable alternatives.After that date, it will be illegal to sell any food containing PHOs.Health Canada says trans fats raise levels of so-called “bad” or low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in the blood, while reducing levels of “good” or high-density lipoprotein cholesterol.The substances have been under fire for years and the food industry had been phasing them out on a voluntary basis.Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor welcomed the ban.“Eliminating the main source of industrially produced trans fat from the food supply is a major accomplishment and a strong new measure that will help to protect the health of Canadians,” she said in a statement.The measure was also welcomed by the Heart and Stroke Foundation.“While trans fats levels have been decreasing, they are still high in baked goods and foods often consumed by children and other vulnerable populations,” the foundation said in a statement.“Canadians should not have to worry about consuming foods that are not safe to eat.”last_img read more

Celebrity Teams Announced For Sports Relief Clash Of The Titans

first_imgTeam captains Sir Steve Redgrave and Freddie Flintoff have revealed the first members of their teams for Sport Relief: Clash of the Titans.The two teams will include;Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo
Comedian and actor Hugh Dennis
Ex England Cricketer and radio presenter Darren Gough EastEnders favourite Maddy Hill
Popstar Harry Judd
Comedian Russell Kane
Comedian and TV Presenter Paddy McGuinness Newsreader Sophie Raworth
TV historian Dan Snow
Singer and actor Will Young
TV and radio host Mark WrightMore names will be announced soon.Sir Steve Redgrave and Freddie Flintoff’s two teams will go head to head at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in five different Olympic sporting events; Track Cycling, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Synchronised Swimming, Wrestling and a Team Triathlon race across the Olympic Park.To attend the event and be part of the 8000 strong crowd, tickets are now on sale here.Highlights will include Take Me Out host Paddy McGuinness grappling with McFly’s Harry Judd in the Wrestling event in front of 6,000 cheering fans in the Velodrome at Lee Valley VeloPark.In a battle of the broadcasters, The One O’ Clock News’ Sophie Raworth will go head to head against Radio 1’s Clara Amfo in the cycling leg of the team triathlon.Nose pegs at the ready as Will Young and Russell Kane take on Synchronised Swimming in what are certain to be two memorable routines. Whilst Maddy Hill, Darren Gough and team Captain Freddie Flintoff will take to the gymnastics mat in the Rhythmic Gymnastics Event.The night will kick off with the explosive Men’s Elimination race on the Velodrome track featuring Dan Snow, Hugh Dennis, Harry Judd, Mark Wright, and team captains Sir Steve Redgrave and Freddie Flintoff.To buy tickets for Clash of the Titans go to Tickets are £16 plus booking fees, £2.50 from the sale of each ticket will go directly to Sport Relief. The BBC will not profit from the sale of these tickets.The Sport Relief Weekend takes place from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March and sees the return of the Sport Relief Games. This year, the public can walk, run, swim or cycle their way to raising life- changing cash.Money raised this Sport Relief will make a massive difference to people living incredibly tough lives, here at home in the UK and across the world’s poorest communities.last_img read more

Technology gives a face to mother of baby found dead in Calgary

first_imgThe Canadian PressPolice have released a high-tech image they say is a likeness of the mother of a baby girl found dead in a dumpster on Christmas Eve.They have also released a composite sketch of the baby.Police say the mother’s image was produced by a company in Virginia that specializes in DNA phenotyping, which can predict physical appearance and ancestry from unidentified DNA.It’s the first time Calgary police have used the technology.“They have had success in the United States,” Staff Sgt. Martin Schiavetta of the homicide unit said Wednesday. “This technique actually has been publicly utilized in Canada twice already in Ontario – in Windsor and Sudbury.”Police said they received numerous tips after the baby was found in the northwest community of Bowness, but all were investigated and ruled out.“We have exhausted all other investigative inquiries,” said Schiavetta. “We are really at an investigative standstill.”As part of that investigation, police found biological material at the scene that they sent in for the DNA phenotyping.The results indicate that the mother is likely to be of mixed race – possibly Indigenous – with fair skin. Her hair is described as dark, probably brown or black, and her eyes are hazel that may also appear green.Schiavetta said the technology cannot predict age, weight, height or hairstyle.“This is a scientific approximation and obviously a mother’s – or anyone’s – physical appearance can change,” he said. “Concentrate on the hair colour, the eye colour and the ethnicity.”Schiavetta said investigators hope the image will lead to tips that help find the mother.An autopsy showed the baby was breathing on her own at some point after being born.Police said identifying the mother will help determine what led to the baby being placed in the dumpster. They still don’t know whether the death is suspicious, so the mother is not being sought as a suspect.“We have some really difficult and challenging questions to ask the mother, but please do not assume that the mother placed the baby there,” said Schiavetta.Anyone who may know the identity of the woman in the Calgary case is asked to call the homicide tip line at 403-428-8877 or the Calgary Police Service at 403-266-1234.Another Canadian case where the same technology was used in 2017 was the homicide of Renee Sweeney in Sudbury, Ont. The case has stymied police since 1998 when she was repeatedly stabbed behind the counter of the adults-only video store where she worked.In Windsor, Ont., police used the technology in the 1971 murder of a six-year-old girl named Ljubica Topic. She was playing outside her home with her older brother when a man approached the pair and offered her money to come with him. Her body was found nearby four hours later.Both cases remain unsolved.The company, Parabon Nanolabs, said on its website that the images from the DNA profile have helped in several U.S. cases – including police arresting and charging a Baltimore resident with murder in January for the 2017 death of his girlfriend.A Texas man confessed to murder in November 2017 after police released an image matching his description.The technology also helped identify and convict a North Carolina man who gunned down a couple in their home in 2012.last_img read more

Cyanide production technology wins top prize at IChemE Global Awards 2014

first_imgCyanide, and the process of cyanidation, is the most efficient method for extracting gold and silver from low grade ore. However, it is highly toxic and its manufacture, transport and handling pose major safety and environmental challenges.Australia-based Synergen Met Pty Ltd, in collaboration with the University of Queensland (UQ), beat over 60 other entries to the Overall Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemical and Process Engineering in 2014 for their process plant that manufactures cyanide on location at the minesite.The development reduces costs by up to 50% and avoids the need to transport, store and handle large volumes of hazardous solid and liquid sodium cyanide. In addition to collecting the top prize, the Synergen Met and UQ entry, called “Modular On-site Cyanide Production Unit”, was also presented with the Core Chemical Engineering Award. Christopher Dunks, Managing Director at Synergen Met Pty Ltd, said: “This award validates the importance of our site based cyanide production unit and the paradigm shift it generates for the supply of cyanide to the global mining community. It also validates the important impact it will have on communities affected by mines and the impact of removing cyanide from transport networks.”“IChemE President, Professor Geoff Maitland, said: “Few professions have the power globally to shape and improve the future. Chemical engineers have this privilege and this year’s IChemE Global Awards illustrate how our profession is setting new standards in healthcare, energy, water, safety and a more sustainable planet, including supporting some of the poorest people in the world. The IChemE Global Awards − with the generous support of our sponsors − represent the hard work, inventiveness and achievements of thousands of chemical engineers across the world, and we are proud to host them on behalf of the profession. Congratulations to all of the shortlisted entries for this year’s IChemE Awards, and especially the winners, who have shown that chemical engineering really does matter.”The Awards – which celebrate excellence, innovation and achievement in the chemical and process industries – were hosted by BBC News’ Kate Silverton and held in association with Saudi Aramco at Cheltenham Racecourse on 6 November 2014.last_img read more

Eriez looks to nonferrous metal recovery growth with European expansion

first_imgEriez Europe has opened a new 326 m² manufacturing facility dedicated to rotor manufacturing, light fabrication assembly and additional product line assembly, expanding the existing European manufacturing headquarters in Caerphilly, South Wales.Complementing Eriez’ Eddy Current Separator (ECS) manufacturing sites in North America and Asia, the expansion of the South Wales facility adds a third rotor manufacturing site to the company’s global network, strengthening Eriez’ ability to provide consistent levels of customer service excellence worldwide, the company said.Eriez Europe, which has been manufacturing separation technologies for the past 50 years, will manufacture and stock a range of global ECS rotors on-site, enabling customers to have quick access to process-critical spare rotors should they be required.“The investment at Eriez Europe includes a high-speed balancing machine and a filament winding machine to facilitate the intricate manufacture of Eriez’ advanced range of ECSs, designed to recover non-ferrous metals from a wide variety of waste streams,” the company said.The new facility will increase annual production capacity of ECS rotors by a third, promoting globalisation of the Eriez brand and ensuring the best possible service is provided for new and existing customers alike, Eriez said.last_img read more

Couple received €40000 after insurer tried to reject storm damage claim

first_img Image: Shutterstock Short URL By Michelle Hennessy 26,714 Views Mar 28th 2019, 5:10 PM Couple received €40,000 after insurer tried to reject storm damage claim There were 5,692 complaints made to the financial services ombudsman last year – one third of those about insurance. 8 Comments center_img Thursday 28 Mar 2019, 5:10 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock THE FINANCIAL SERVICES and Pensions Ombudsman has detailed a number of cases it dealt with last year, after receiving some 5,692 complaints.In its annual report for 2018, the ombudsman’s office said 56% of the eligible complaints related to banking products, 33% were about insurance and 5% related to investment products.The remaining 6% concerned complaints about pension schemes.In one case study in today’s report, a couple had their claim for storm damage rejected. They owned a house with an extension that had sustained significant damage and their insurance company denied the claim because it found the extension was not of standard construction and was built with non-compliant materials.Their insurer was of the view that the couple should have known that this was the case when they bought and insured the house.During the course of the ombudsman’s mediation, the couple said an engineer’s report, which they had seen before they bought the property, certified that all was well and that the planning permission granted by the relevant local authority showed nothing amiss.They said the extension had been blended so well into the original structure with plastering and painting that it was impossible to tell where the old house ended and the extension began.They also argued that they had no professional background in building, architecture or engineering, which could have helped them identify a problem with the house. An agreement was reached between the parties that the couple would receive €40,000.Motor insuranceAccording to the annual report, motor insurance was the main product type complained about, representing 29% of insurance complaints.In one case, a man was told his insurance company would not cover the call-out fee for the fire service after a car crash.Another vehicle had crashed into his car and when a bystander saw smoke coming from it, they called the fire service. The man had fully comprehensive insurance and assumed that everything would be covered by his policy.He later found out that the policy limited the fire cover to where the fire service had to cut passengers out of the car or put out a fire.The man had managed to get out of the car himself and though there was smoke from the engine, it did not catch fire. The local authority presented him with an invoice for the fire service and the insurance company refused to pay it.He did not know who called the fire service and could not understand how he was now being charged for it. He argued that he was unable to take out any further insurance to cover himself for this fee, and that surely “comprehensive insurance” was “comprehensive”.In response, the insurance company quoted the part of the policy that allowed them to reject the claim.During the ombudsman’s mediation, the insurer agreed to pay the fee of €515.63 when the local authority refused to waive it.Ombudsman Ger Deering expressed concern about cases in which insurance companies cancelled policies after claims were made by customers.“Where a person has an insurance policy cancelled by an insurance company due to alleged non-disclosure, or for whatever reason, this can have serious implications and render it very difficult, and in some instances almost impossible, for that person to get any sort of insurance cover subsequently. Share56 Tweet Email1 I firmly believe the voiding of an insurance policy is something that should not be done lightly. To avoid the risk of non-disclosure and the potential voiding of policies, I hold the view that insurance companies and insurance intermediaries should ask questions prior to the inception of a policy in a clear manner and ensure that customers are clear on what they are being asked and the potential consequences of answering incorrectly.“Furthermore, insurance companies should exercise caution and prudence when considering cancelling an insurance policy and should not take steps which might reasonably be considered disproportionate,” he said.Tracker mortgage scandalLast year, complaints by consumers about the conduct of their financial service provider in relation to mortgages, made up the largest category (32%) of complaints received in 2018 at 1,766 complaints. Tracker mortgage complaints comprise a large element of these.To date the Central Bank’s examination has resulted in almost 40,000 borrowers being returned to tracker mortgages.“In July 2018, as the examination progressed we began to take complaints that could potentially progress, off hold. The duration required to investigate a complaint can vary depending on the number of submissions made by the parties to the complaint. This sometimes involves an extensive exchange of evidence and submissions. Each complaint is considered on its own merits,” Deering said.“In 2018, we received 723 complaints in relation to tracker mortgages. 153 tracker mortgage-related complaints closed in 2018, which meant that at year-end we had 1,221 tracker mortgage complaints on hand. I expect this office to close a significant number of tracker mortgage complaints in 2019.”last_img read more

Athens has less freedom than Melbourne and Sydney

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It’s been almost a year since the much-talked-about former Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, spoke to Neos Kosmos about his short-lived tenure as minister of the “tormented” Greek Ministry of Finance, the intense, yet unsuccessful negotiations with the European Union and his tenacious refusal to succumb to the troika’s pressures. So, what has changed in the last year within the Greek political scene, what does Varoufakis feel Europe’s future holds and how does the controversial and outspoken professor of economics at the University of Athens and honorary professor of political economy at the University of Sydney view politics today?It’s been a year since the day you announced your resignation. Were you forced to resign? It wasn’t necessary. When I realised on the night of the referendum that the Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had decided to invite the leaders of the defeated memorandum-friendly parties in order to co-ordinate the submission to the troika and the new memorandum, there was absolutely no further reason for me to remain in the government, although he (the prime minister) proposed it to me. Do you regret your collaboration with the SYRIZA-ANEL government? Obviously I do not regret it. In my six months of service I displayed the various ways that a finance minister can and should politically act within the Eurogroup, the Ecofin and inside the International Monetary Fund (IMF) corridors. We gave Greeks and Europeans a small taste of what a national independent, yet pro-European economic policy actually is. We also restored some sense of dignity to millions of Greek and non-Greek citizens. Finally, through my resignation and those of others as well, we proved that a minister’s role does not necessarily have to corrode one’s conscience. If you were offered a second opportunity in the same role within the Greek government, would you repeat the same practices as you did previously? Of course not. Anyone who would have done the same thing second time around is either a fool or a fanatic. The question is whether I would do the same if I had been given the exact same information. I think the answer in this case is ‘yes’, with slight variations. The negotiating plan was correct, the approach towards the troika was also correct; where I miscalculated things was within our own ‘house’. If I knew then what I know now in regards to our ‘team’, I would have moved towards the rupture faster and more decisively.Some people (including from the SYRIZA party) have tried to ‘deconstruct’ you. They claim that you did not negotiate with the EuroGroup and you simply ‘bluffed’, costing Greece and its people billions of euros. How do you answer that? History shows otherwise. I was the only one that did not bluff. I meant it when I said that I was not willing to sign a new unsustainable debt relief memorandum, unlike others who did actually bluff and who, although they had previously appeared adamant that they wouldn’t sign an agreement, nevertheless proceeded to do so as soon as things got tough.As far as the money goes and the amount I ended up costing the Greek populace, the answer is: zero. Numbers are clear on that point. If one compares the primary budget surplus on the day I resigned from the ministry (July 6, 2015) to the day I took over the ministry (January, 27 2015) and despite the suffocation caused by the troika in those five-and-a-half months: (1) the state treasury had more money (ie. larger primary budget surplus), (2) the overall national income was somewhat higher, and (3) the public debt remained exactly the same (without me having to borrow a single euro).The fact that it is even conceivably possible, with this available data, to be personally accused of costing the Greek nation money is something that needs to be sought in the realms of Goebbels’ propaganda.Was there a ‘plan B’ for Greece to return to the drachma currency? Was the prime minister fully informed of the negotiations and the ‘plan B’? There were, as they ought to be, two plans. One of them was designed to prevent the closure of the Greek banks by the troika, a threat that I had to face from day one with its intended purpose of us succumbing to the toxic troika policies which would confine Greece into a permanent crisis. This prevention plan was necessary for Greece to remain in the euro currency and become a viable economy within the eurozone.The second plan (Plan X) was drafted in order to moderately prepare the country in the event that Wolfgang Schäuble would manage to persuade Angela Merkel (which he had told me he was trying to do) to activate a pre-existing European Central Bank plan (known as Plan Z) which would evict Greece from the euro currency.I am proud of these two plans, which were most definitely prepared in full cooperation with the prime minister. In actual fact, we would be arraigned if we did not have these two plans prepared.Are you thinking of returning to ‘active’ politics. And if you are so, in what capacity are you planning to do so? It’s impossible to return to something you have never actually left.In the previous election I announced that I will not run as a candidate because my wish is to work in politics in a full-time capacity. That’s exactly what I have been doing since the first day the pan-European Movement for the Democratisation of Europe, known as the DiEM25 party, was born in Berlin last February and I was one of the co-founders.What are your thoughts on the government’s past and current actions? The moment the government succumbed to the troika and accepted the third memorandum, it pretty much signed off its self-annulment. Under the colonial terms of the memorandum – the third one in particular – the government in Athens now has less freedom compared to a suburban council in Sydney or Melbourne. How difficult will the forthcoming winter be from an economic perspective for Greece and the rest of Europe? Very! The ‘de-construction’ is proceeding rapidly at all levels – government finance, banking, actual ‘real’ economy, political narrative, refugee crisis, etc. What’s your opinion on the ‘Brexit’? How much will this exit finally influence a ‘dispassionate’ European Union and why do you believe it happened? The Brexit is the unavoidable product of a European establishment which insists on denying the level of the crisis it has created by simply excluding the people ‘δήμο-demo’ from … democracy. The EU reaction in fact, confirms, not a composed attitude, but its insensitivity towards the cosmogonic developments which undermine it.What’s your relationship with Australia these days? My daughter Xenia, who lives permanently in Sydney, is the umbilical cord between me and Australia and the main reason why I visit the country as often as I do. Besides my daughter, I have developed friendships in Australia and an emotional link with the Australian land and its people. Last but not least, I am still an honorary professor of political economy at my old university, University of Sydney, which gives me great pleasure and joy as well as many opportunities to attend interesting forums, meetings, etc.In an April Fools’ Day article in Neos Kosmos earlier this year we wrote that you were about to become involved in Australian politics, since you are also an Australian citizen. Many of our readers believed the story. Has this thought ever crossed your mind? Most certainly not!last_img read more

Espagne découvrez en images un nouveau vignoble écologique

first_imgEspagne : découvrez en images un nouveau vignoble écologiqueFosters+Partners ont conçu ce vignoble espagnol afin qu’il soit écologique, respectueux de l’environnement et bénéficie d’innovations en matière d’architecture durable.Bodegas Portia est une zone de 12.500 mètres carrés capable de produire un million de bouteilles de vin par an. Puisque le site se situe dans une zone où les hivers sont froids et les étés sont très chauds, le système de régulation de la température a été consciencieusement pensé afin de minimiser les dépenses d’énergie. À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauFoster+Partners a installé des rallonges sur le toit, permettant de générer de l’ombre et de garder les lieux au frais pendant les journées chaudes. Le bâtiment est aussi orienté de façon à réguler la température interne des lieux plus facilement. De plus, des panneaux photovoltaïques sur le toit servent à recueillir l’énergie solaire. Autre fait intéressant, le vignoble profite de la pente du terrain et en tire avantage lors du processus de vinification. Une route monte vers le haut du bâtiment où les raisins récoltés sont livrés directement dans la trémie. La gravite fait le reste du travail. Ainsi moins d’électricité est nécessaire et la détérioration des raisins est également réduite.Découvrez les images du vignoble : Le 10 novembre 2010 à 14:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Netflix Pulls RealLife Rail Tragedy Clips From Bird Box

first_imgStay on target In January, Netflix publicly apologized to the people of Lac-Mégantic, after it discovered that Bird Box used actual footage of the Canadian town’s fatal rail tragedy. At that time, Netflix said it wouldn’t alter the finished content, however, the streaming giant has now changed its mind.On Thursday, a Netflix spokesperson told BBC News that the company and Bird Box’s filmmakers decided to remove the clips. “We’re sorry for any pain caused to the Lac-Mégantic community,” the streaming giant said in an emailed statement to BBC News. Netflix did not disclose the reason for pulling the clip.After initially refusing, Netflix concedes to remove Lac-Megantic footage from ‘Bird Box’— The Globe and Mail (@globeandmail) March 14, 2019The streaming giant and people who created Bird Box were criticized for using real-life video of the 2013 rail accident to show a “nuclear attack,” Engadget reported.  The rail tragedy occurred when a 74-car freight train transporting crude oil derailed and caused an explosion. Forty-seven individuals were killed in the incident, and many homes and buildings had to be demolished due to damage.Back in January, Julie Morin, Lac-Mégantic’s mayor, and members of the online community, asked Netflix to delete the footage from the film. Even though Netflix wasn’t intentionally depicting the rail tragedy, Morin and other people felt that it was wrong for the streaming giant to air the short clips in Bird Box.“I don’t know if this is happening all the time, but we are looking for assurances from Netflix that…they are going to remove them,” Morin told The Globe and Mail. “You can be sure we are going to follow up on this, and our citizens are on our side.”Utilisation d’images de la tragédie de @VLacMegantic par @Netflix et ses partenaires: voici l’intégralité de la lettre que j’ai envoyée hier à son PDG @ReedHastings.@Netflix_CA #Netflix #LacMegantic #MCC #PolQc #AssNat— Nathalie Roy (@NathalieRoyCAQ) January 19, 2019Canada’s House of Commons even passed a motion, which asked Netflix to take down the clip and compensate the town. Nathalie Roy, Quebec’s Ministre de la Culture, also penned a letter to Netflix’s CEO to have the footage removed from the movie.Netflix expects to replace the clips worldwide with TV series outtakes within the next few weeks.More on Allegedly Used Real-Life Train Derailment Footage in ‘Bird Box’ Netflix ‘Doubling Down’ on Interactive Content Like ‘Bandersnatch’ Netflix Claps Back at Steven Spielberg’s Push to Ban it From Oscars What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer last_img read more

Bahamas Announcement of Ambassador Designate to Cuba

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 4, 2017 – Nassau – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Brent Dean as The Bahamas’ Ambassador to the Republic of Cuba. Mr. Dean is an Accountant, and has worked in this capacity at PricewaterhouseCoopers(PWC).   He is a Certified Public Accountant with the Georgia State Board of Accountancy and he is a Chartered Accountant with The Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA).Additionally, he holds a Bachelors degree in Commerce from the University of Windsor in Canada. Mr. Dean has extensive experience in auditing, financial and strategic planning, financial data analysis and compliance.    Mr. Dean has founded and managed several companies in The Bahamas, and, internationally, he has briefly served as Vice-President of the Caicos Brothers, a real estate development company based in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.   Mr. Dean is married to Angelica Dean, and they have two children. Related Items:center_img Brief BioMr. Brent Dean was born in Nassau, The Bahamas on 7 October 1965.Mr. Dean is an accountant and a practicing member of The Bahamas Institute of Chartered accountants (BICA), having obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Windsor in Canada and simultaneously completing the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examinations through the Georgia State Board of Accountancy.He began his professional career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) in 1988, where his exposure to a variety of client sectors, including retail, banking, insurance, gaming, hospitality and manufacturing, contributed to his extensive knowledge and expertise in auditing, strategic planning financial analysis and compliance.   As an entrepreneur and business consultant, Mr. Dean was a significant contributor to business startups, IPO’s, mergers and acquisitions, both in The Bahamas and internationally.He also serves as the Committee Chairman for the Trade Division of The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and was integral in the organization of trade missions to Haiti and Panama.   He has also served as a BICA council member.Mr. Dean believes that each day provides those who are prepared with an opportunity to succeed and positively impact the people around them and by extension, the nation.Mr. Dean is married to Angelica Dean, and they have two children.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Thursday May 18 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnListen nowState House, Senate call for each other to give ground, Walker hopes for compromiseAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauTalk on the first day of the legislative special session focused on whether the House and Senate can compromise on a plan to balance the state’s budget in the future.$50 million budget cut latest indicator of waning support for state gasline projectRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauThe head of Alaska’s Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) is in China this week, working to attract buyers and woo investors into supporting a state-run LNG export project. Meanwhile, political support in Alaska for the ambitious project is waning.Interior nominee sees ‘clean slate’ on land in trustLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Tribes that want to place land in federal trust are still waiting to see how the Trump administration will treat their applications. The nominee for deputy Interior secretary suggests history won’t be any guide.Pebble forms advisory committee to help with range of issuesDave Bendinger, KDLG – DillinghamThe Pebble Partnership announced Thursday that is has officially formed a new advisory committee in an effort to expand its engagement with stakeholders.Uber, Lyft could be back in Alaska by JuneZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe state House and Senate have both passed bills that allow Transportation Network Companies to operate, which means the controversial businesses could open up shop in Alaska as early as June.Request denied for additional restrictions on Cooper king salmon harvestDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe Alaska Board of Fish has narrowly voted down a request for additional restrictions on commercial harvest of Copper River king salmon.State says harsh conditions, not aging infrastructure, culprit in Cook Inlet gas leakElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageNow that the state’s had time to investigate, Geoff Merrell with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said aging equipment probably wasn’t to blame for the gas leak.NOAA looks to give up potentially mineral-rich Fairbanks propertyDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wants to relinquish a tract of potentially mineral rich property north of Fairbanks.Kodiak Biologists to Conduct Bear Population SurveyKayla Desroches, KMXT – KodiakThe spring bear hunting season closed Monday, and that means it’s time for local biologists to do their bear survey.Nation’s first group of K-12 Russian immersion students graduates from West Anchorage HighWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe first batch of students to spend their entire educational lives in a Russian language immersion program graduated from West Anchorage High School on Wednesday night.last_img read more

Cab service provider Ola raises 500 million for expansion plans

first_imgLeading mobile application-based cab service provider Ola has announced raising $500 million (Rs.3,306 crore) to fund its expansion plans in India, including capacity building.”The fresh investment will be used to fuel supply initiatives, capacity building and newer use cases,” the company said in a statement here.The sixth (series F) round of funding was led by venture firm Baillie Gifford and other venture firms Falcon Edge, Tiger Global, SoftBank group and DST Global participated.”The additional funds will help us to spur growth and build mobility for a billion people,” Ola co-founder and chief executive Bhavish Aggarwal said.With a million bookings a day and 350,000 cars on its rolls, the Mumbai-based Ola operates in 102 cities across the country, offering cab services with incentives.”We will also focus on building the ecosystem for our driver-entrepreneurs and enable more drivers to grow as entrepreneurs,” Aggarwal asserted.With the latest funding, the hi-tech-driven firm has cumulatively raised $1.3 billion so far, with $400 million in fifth round (series E) from DST and other venture partners in April, $210 million in fourth round (series D) from SoftBank and others in October 2014.Tiger Global, Matrix Partners, Steadview Capital, Sequoia India, Accel Partners US and Falcon Edge are among its early investors.According to a recent mobile intelligence study, the company’s mobile applications (apps) are used by 78 percent of its customers across the country, including tier-two and tier-three cities.Some of the apps are named Ola Share, Ola Prime and Ola Money and its options are ‘Kaali-Peeli’ taxis in Mumbai, auto rickshaws in six cities and yellow taxis in Kolkata.”Our Ola Share app is on beta testing in Bengaluru for social ride-sharing option within their groups of choice,” Aggarwal noted.Aggarwal co-founded Ola with fellow IITian Ankit Bhati in January 2011, with an app to integrate city transportation for customers and drivers on a technology platform.The apps are available on Windows, Android and iOS platforms for downloading.Ola acquired Bengaluru-based cab aggregator TaxiForSure for $200 million (Rs.1,238 crore) in a cash and equity deal in March this year from its co-founders A. Radhakrishna and G. Raghunandan.TaxiForSure operates in 50 cities across the country with 25,000 cabs registered on its platform as an aggregator.last_img read more

Mark Halperin Leaves Contributor Role At MSNBC Amid Very Troubling Allegations

first_img Share Paul Morigi/Getty Images for ShowtimeJournalist Mark Halperin has denied the allegations of inappropriate touching, but he did apologize for other conduct.Less than 12 hours after sexual harassment allegations surfaced against Mark Halperin, the veteran political journalist has been put on leave by MSNBC, where he had been serving as a contributor. In a statement released Thursday morning, the news network said it finds the allegations first reported by CNN “very troubling.”“Mark Halperin is leaving his role as a contributor until the questions around his past conduct are fully understood,” the network said.The claims against the journalist stem from his tenure as political director at ABC News, where he had crafted an influential daily newsletter known as The Note. Five women told CNN anonymously that during Halperin’s time in his lofty perch at ABC, he repeatedly engaged in sexually inappropriate conduct. The alleged behavior ranged from propositioning some of the women for sex to touching their breasts and pressing his genitals up against them while clothed.Halperin denied the allegations of inappropriate touching, but he did apologize for other conduct.“During this period, I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me,” he said in a statement to CNN on Wednesday night. “I now understand from these accounts that my behavior was inappropriate and caused others pain. For that, I am deeply sorry and I apologize. Under the circumstances, I’m going to take a step back from my day-to-day work while I properly deal with this situation.”The allegations come at a tumultuous time in the film and television industry. A slew of sexual harassment and assault accusations against Hollywood mega-producer Harvey Weinstein went public earlier this month, quickly leading to his ouster and even police investigations opened in several major cities. But Weinstein has not been the only man in media whose conduct has come under renewed scrutiny lately: Director James Toback, Amazon Studios chief Roy Price and several others have drawn similar claims in recent weeks.As NPR’s David Folkenflik reports, ABC News said no complaints were filed when Halperin was working at the network, which drew to a close in 2007.In the years that followed, Halperin worked for Time magazine and later Bloomberg — during which spa he also co-wrote the best-selling books Game Change and Double Down: Game Change 2012 with John Heilemann. As a contributor to MSNBC, Halperin made regular appearances on Morning Joe and other news programs.last_img read more

Google Wants to Create CareerWoman Emojis

first_img If you look at the current slate of emojis on your phone, they leave a little something to be desired when it comes to both job prospects and breaking free of gender stereotypes. While there is a male police officer and construction worker (and a Santa Claus), the only options ladies get are princess and bride. A little retrograde and ridiculous, right?Related: The 2015 Word of the Year Is an Emoji You Use All the TimeThis week, four Google employees presented 13 new female emojis (and 13 male counterparts, for a total of 26) to the Unicode Consortium, the nonprofit that develops standards for digital text across multiple platforms and languages and approves each new batch of emojis. The new icons depict career paths ranging from medicine to music, with an emphasis on jobs in STEM fields.Image credit: GoogleCiting the United Nations’s mandate for gender equality, Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president and the U.S. Treasury Department’s recent announcement that Harriet Tubman’s image will soon be on the $20 bill, the authors wrote, “No matter where you look, women are gaining visibility and recognition as never before. Isn’t it time that emoji also reflect the reality that women play a key role in every walk of life and in every profession?”Related: Emojis Are Coming to a Theater Near YouEarlier this spring, feminine hygiene company Always put out a well-received campaign speaking to this issue, and First Lady Michelle Obama even weighed in.Hey @Always! We would love to see a girl studying emoji. Education empowers girls around the world. #LetGirlsLearn #LikeAGirl— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) March 8, 2016The proposal also noted that 78 percent of women are frequent emoji users (compared to 60 percent of men) and emojis are used most frequently by women under 30, so it seems fitting to provide a variety of images of working women to these users. The Google team wants to standardize these new emojis and get them onto smartphones by the end of 2016. Best of all, the 26 new options will give entrepreneurs a slew of avatars to choose from, regardless of industry or gender. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now May 11, 2016center_img Enroll Now for Free 2 min readlast_img read more

Bosch Developing 3D Heads Up Display For Cars

first_imgTech This Out: Samsung Galaxy Note 10, GamesCon and Disney+More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpGalaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus Hands-on: What’s New, What’s Different05:28OffAutomated Captions – en-USLive00:0003:2403:24 While we’ve had two-dimensional augmented reality in cars for years, this 3D project by Bosch can create an unforeseen depth for gauging distance. Not only helpful in turn-by-turn navigation, the depth features can paired with rear-view camera renders, providing a greater level of detail of car surroundings.While Bosch does not have a solid release date in mind, they claim the tech is ready and just needs to be ordered by a manufacturer. As we’ve seen similar features from premium vehicle makers like Audi and Mercedes, you can expect this technology to roll out in models throughout 2020.   BMW Turning CarPlay Into $80 Yearly SubscriptionApple Car: Everything We Know So FarTesla Model 3: Price, Interior, News and More Bosch, the renowned engineering company that makes the fancy countertop touchscreen, is developing a peripheral-free 3D display systems for vehicle dashboards according to a press release shared earlier today.(Image credit: Bosch)Relying on passive 3D technology, images from the instrument cluster jump into the user’s line of sight when needed and disappear when not in order to keep drivers’ eyes focused on the road. “The display’s depth of field means drivers can grasp important visual information faster, whether from an assistance system or a traffic-jam alert. Alerts that seem to jump out of the display are much more obvious and urgent,” said Bosch Car Multimedia Division President Steffen Berns. As we’ve seen with the Nintendo 3DS, glasses-free 3D can be quite immersive when done correctly.RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch.last_img read more

At 90 E O Wilson Still Thrives on Being a Scientific

first_imgI find this approach exciting. Partly because of my work with Nowak, I’ve come to believe that a whole new science is emerging that will combine natural history in the field with mathematical modeling and experiments similar to those conducted in a laboratory.This kind of science will be more interesting to the public and attractive to young people who wish to enter careers in science and technology. It will also give us a firmer base on which to save the natural world. What really ended this was two years later when I received the National Medal of Science from President Jimmy Carter. I also wrote and published a book on sociobiology for a broader audience, On Human Nature. It won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.Your recently published book, Genesis, picks up on some of the ideas introduced in Sociobiology. Among the questions you revisit is, “What is human nature?” You also ask, “Did selfishness drive human evolution?” I’m curious: Why write this book now?The history is that in the early 1960s, I met a British geneticist, William D. Hamilton. He had this brilliant idea that social behavior originated with what is called “kin selection,” or “inclusive fitness,” where individuals within a group behaved altruistically toward those they shared the most genes with.In kin selection, an individual might sacrifice their possessions, or even their lives, for the benefit of the relative with whom they shared the most genes. Thus, an individual might be more likely to sacrifice for a sibling than a cousin or nonrelatives. The ultimate result of kin selection would be a kind of altruism, though it would be limited to your kin group. Well, perhaps I’d like to be remembered for obtaining such a great age and staying productive to the end—I’d like to be remembered for those things I’ve put my efforts into. I’d certainly like to be remembered for having created several new disciplines and bodies of theory that had an impact on science.I don’t wish to be insensitive, but I am wondering if you ever think about death?Oh, I’ve learned to live with mortality. My favorite line from Darwin was his last line to his family. He said, “I am not in the least afraid of dying.”And I’m not either. I look on life as a story. It’s a series of events that have occurred, some of them momentous to you and a few other people. You made it through OK, you did this and that. And it could be written as a story. That’s what a life means. You know, we’ve heard everything we can possibly hear about the destructive and negative aspects of human nature. There’s a lot of evidence that we evolved because of qualities we consider unifying and propitious for the future.Dr. Wilson, in person, you are remarkably genial and polite. Why then are you a lightning rod for so much controversy?Maybe it’s because I prefer ideas that are original over those that are just pleasing.Your collaboration with Martin Nowak fascinates. Do you often partner with mathematicians?I do. I think that mathematical models are a good way of thinking about complex quantitative and sometimes qualitative phenomena. Mathematical models can predict these things with precision. Biological research tests those models. When I’m trying to build an exact testable theory, as I was in Genesis, I’ll give the applied mathematicians my input, and, with luck, they’ll take hold of a problem. I thought that was normal. I’ve always made it my custom to work long and hard. Doing something unusual requires hard work. I’ve written huge books. That’s hard work.What do you consider your most significant achievements?Do you want me to brag? OK, here goes: I created a couple of new ideas and disciplines. The theory of island biogeography became a foundation of modern conservation biology. And then I did things like break the chemical code of the ants where I worked out with chemists and mathematicians how ants speak to one another.I invented the Encyclopedia of Life, putting out all the information on all known species. I invented, named and gave the first synthesis of sociobiology, which in turn gave birth to the field of evolutionary psychology. At that time, you saw a lot of good biologists working on the social behavior of different types of vertebrates—people like [the primatologists] Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey. I thought it time to incorporate their newer research into a more general theory, linking that to what I and others had developed for invertebrates. That synthesis, which was published in 1975 as Sociobiology, included new research on the social behavior of primates.In fact, at the end of the book, I had an entire chapter on Homo sapiens, a primate that had gone through many steps of evolution. I suggested that a lot of human social behavior could be explained by a natural selection of certain activities and steps, leading to ever more complex group selection.This wasn’t anything new. Darwin himself had introduced the idea with impeccable logic. What was new was that I was bringing modern population genetics and evolutionary theory into the study of human social behavior. I was seeking to bring the biological and social sciences together so that we could better understand human nature.[embedded content]When you wrote that final chapter, did you realize you were stepping on a landmine?At the time, not at all, no. I thought there would be accolades because it would add to the social sciences a new armamentarium of background information, comparative analysis, terminology and general conception that could illuminate previously unexamined aspects of human social behavior.But the early 1970s, when the book was written, was a time of heated political controversy, much of it related to the war in Vietnam, civil rights and anger about economic inequality. At Harvard, some of my colleagues—I won’t mention their names here—had problems with the idea that there could be instincts in humans. They saw Sociobiologyas dangerous, full of potential for racism and eugenics.Now, my book had nothing to do with racism, but these people forged their own account of how the ideas might be used. Contentious or not, Wilson’s books have mostly addressed one theme: that we must know natural history and evolutionary theory to fully understand humanity’s future on the planet. In his 1986 manifesto Biophilia, for example, he suggested that humans have an innate biological need to be in nature and to “affiliate with other forms of life.” In Half Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life (2016), he offered his personal prescription to end the destruction of the world’s biodiversity: Governments should set aside half the planet as a nature reserve.Two months ago saw the arrival of his latest work, Genesis: The Deep Origins of Society, an update and reconsideration of some ideas on evolution introduced in Wilson’s earlier books. Genesis, he insists, is “one of the most important books I’ve written.”To discuss Genesis, and to learn Wilson’s thoughts on the new controversies the book might ignite, Quanta visited him last month at his home in Lexington, Massachusetts. An edited and condensed version of that three-hour conversation follows. More Great WIRED StoriesProductivity and the joy of doing things the hard wayThe radical plan to change how antibiotics get developedThis flying car startup bets hydrogen can outdo batteriesBluetooth’s complexity has become a security riskThe quest to make a bot that can smell as well as a dog💻 Upgrade your work game with our Gear team’s favorite laptops, keyboards, typing alternatives, and noise-canceling headphones📩 Want more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories When you are considering a mathematician to collaborate with, what are the qualities you seek?The same I would look for in a plumber or a building contractor. I want them to be the best at what they do.Where else in your career have you entered such partnerships?When I was working out a theory of pheromone transmission—how odors are transmitted among ants and moths—I collaborated with Bill Bossert, an applied mathematician who later received a named professorship at Harvard. So why the uproar?I was canceling, or trying to replace, a body of theory that had gained quite a few followers who’d applied it to their Ph.D.s and their CVs. Their careers depended on it. They had written articles and books and given seminars on it.So they didn’t like me. They said, “It’s so obvious that it’s true. How can you deny it?” We said, “We have math models. Take a look.”With the publication of Genesis, you are reopening old wounds. Were you looking to go one more round with your critics?Yes and no. I did want to settle the questions about group selection for once and for all. I thought it was important to put our theory on a firm mathematical and evidential basis. Either that or dispose of it.Genesis turns out to be one of the more important books I’ve written. The book shows that group selection is a phenomenon that can be exactly defined. I show that it has occurred at least 17 times.Group selection is a big part of the great transitions of evolution, where life progressed from bacterium-like organisms to cells with structures inside, and on to simple organisms that were collections of these cells, to the differentiated organisms forming groups and so on. I presented these transitions against the backdrop of group versus individual selection. Earlier, I had gotten together with another brilliant mathematically trained ecologist, the late Robert MacArthur of Princeton University. Together we worked out the theory of island biogeography, which helped explain why there were certain numbers of species of different kinds of organisms on islands of different size.center_img Wilson reviews scientific information relevant to a planned visit to Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique.Ken Richardson/Quanta MagazineThis idea soon became gospel in the evolutionary biology world. I had helped promote Hamilton’s work, but as time went on, I developed my doubts about it.Certainly, in my own research, I’d observed sophisticated societies that evolved through group selection, where individuals would be altruistic for the sake of their group’s survival. The ants are an example. In fact, when you think about it, the creatures that dominate the earth are cooperative—ants, termites, humans.Meanwhile, Martin Nowak, a Harvard applied mathematician, was entertaining similar questions. He and his colleague Corina Tarnita[now at Princeton University] had been preparing their own paper detailing their misgivings about kin selection. We dovetailed our efforts, eventually producing a paper for the journal Nature where we asserted that Hamilton’s theory was fundamentally flawed. We felt it could not explain how complex societies arose.Your Nature article, published in 2010, kicked off yet another round of academic warfare. A few months after the paper appeared, more than 130 evolutionary biologists—your colleagues—sent a letter to the editor disputing your thesis. Did you think, “Oh no, here we go again?”Well, Nature’s editors had a different view. Before publication, they’d sent over an editor from London, and we had a whole seminar going over the issues in our paper. They have pretty high standards, and afterwards, they were satisfied that this was a soundly reasoned article—maybe it was wrong in some places that weren’t obvious, but they decided to print it. In fact, they liked it so much, they made it a cover story. Did they think that Sociobiology could be used to support racist ideas about genetics?When I gave a talk at the Harvard Science Center on the subject, a mob gathered outside the front of the building. I had to be escorted by police in the back in order to get to the lecture room to give my lecture. When I appeared at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), some protesters took over the podium to shout their objections, and one of them came from behind me and dumped a pitcher of ice water on my head.What did you do?I dried myself off and continued without a break. That was the only thing I could do. Now, there exists a succession of social behaviors that advanced society is based upon. With humans, our advancement was aided by the fact that we were bipedal, with free arms and grasping fingers, and that we first lived on the savanna, where frequent [natural] fires gave us precooked animals to eat. What’s more, we had a good long-term memory and a capacity for high levels of cooperation, with altruism being a strong motivating factor.The Hamilton theory implies that a mechanism was going on when relatives got together and that they were more likely to form a group because of their shared genes. However, this explanation is filled with mathematical errors and difficulties. Some of our evolutionary success occurred because groups formed, and they tended to be altruistic. Genetic relationships or not, these groups often cooperated, which is part of why we Homo sapiens were successful.Might you give us “the elevator pitch,” the summary conclusion of your theory?It’s the way my colleague David Sloan Wilson puts it. He says that within groups, selfish individuals will defeat altruistic ones. However, in conflict, groups of altruistic individuals will defeat groups of selfish individuals. It is said that one of your great contributions has been as a synthesizer of scientific ideas. Accurate or not?I’d say I’ve been a synthesizer. I love to look at some aspect of nature, learn everything accessible, gather it all together and see if I can screen out something of relevance for a big question.Give us an example of where you’ve done this.My fourth book, The Insect Societies, is one. In the 1960s, you had many dedicated entomologists working on understanding social insects—bees, wasps, ants. But we didn’t have a summary of all that was known and what, together, it meant. So in 1971, I published The Insect Societies, which was very successful. In fact, the book was a finalist for the National Book Award, which surprised me. Till then, I had never thought of what I was doing as literature. The book’s success led me to thinking I should next do a similar review of vertebrates—mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes. Too many people think of it as a waiting station for the next life up. Or [they’re focused on whether] maybe they’ll find a way to extend this life by another 10 percent or 20 percent. I don’t think that’s a very smart way to live.So I’m not afraid. I’m just really anxious to finish this book I’m writing now on ecosystems. And to figure out how I’ll get to Mozambique to do the fieldwork.Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent publication of the Simons Foundation whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by covering research developments and trends in mathematics and the physical and life sciences. Though you don’t discuss your politics widely, one senses you to be a person of generally liberal beliefs. How did you feel about being characterized as this arch reactionary?You want to know how I felt? I was afraid this might disturb my family, my wife and daughter. One day there was a mob in Harvard Square, stopping traffic and demanding that the university fire me because of my “racism.” It never did get to my family, though. I knew I was right. I knew I’d just have to weather the storm.Sure enough, after a while the ideas of the book began to percolate: that genetics is an effective way to understand many aspects of evolutionary biology and behavior. With time, the notion that this book was harmful began to fade, and more scientists wrote favorably about the approach. Some even undertook it in their own work. Some of our data there had been collected years earlier when I’d gone to the South Pacific to study ant species. MacArthur was able to come in with the right model to figure out how my data could apply to the new question.The theory of island biogeography made your career. But as your 90th birthday approaches, do you think about what you’d like most to be remembered for?You know, I’ve never really tried to think about that, honestly. What’s its focus?Ecosystems. Last year, I was asked by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to give a couple of lectures on ecosystems. In preparing my talks, I saw how little we know about them.I sort of bumbled my way through, and I came to think that understanding ecosystems and what threatens their equilibrium is going to be the next big thing in biological science. To save the environment, we have to find out how to save the ecosystems.You’re a bit of a workaholic, aren’t you?Well, yes. I don’t think being a workaholic is a bad thing. When I was 13 years old, during the first year of the Second World War, there was a shortage of newspaper delivery boys in my hometown of Mobile, Alabama. The 18-year-olds were all at war. So I took a job delivering 420 copies of the Mobile Press Registrar each morning. I’d take all the papers I could, load them on my bike and deliver them. Then I’d go back to the house, get another stack and deliver those. I’d make it home by 7 a.m., eat breakfast and go to school. No one else in biology has ever had a career quite like that of Edward O. Wilson. One of the world’s leading authorities on ants, an influential evolution theorist and an author who is at once prolific, bestselling and highly honored, E. O. Wilson—his first name comes and goes from bylines but the middle initial is ever-present—has over several decades been at the center of scientific controversies that spilled out of the journals and into wider public awareness. Among activists in the environmental movement, Wilson is the elder statesman, the intellectual patriarch whose writings are foundational to the campaign. Soon to celebrate his 90th birthday, he shows no sign of losing his enthusiasm for the fray.“I’ll tell you something about Ed—he’s a bit of an intellectual grenade thrower,” observed David Sloan Wilson (no relation), an evolutionary biologist at Binghamton University in New York. “He likes to be a provocateur. That’s unusual in someone as established as he is.”As a teenager, Edward Osborne Wilson began his career by identifying and classifying every ant species in Alabama, his home state. By the age of 29, Wilson had achieved tenure at Harvard University for his work on ants, evolution and animal behavior. Wider academic fame came to him in the 1960s, when he and the noted community ecologist Robert MacArthur developed the theory of island biogeography, which posited how life established itself on isolated, barren outcroppings of land in the mid-ocean. That study would become a pillar of the then-formative discipline of conservation biology.In 1975, Wilson made waves with Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, a volume in which he took all he knew about insect behavior and applied it to vertebrates—humans among them. This work suggested that many of the social behaviors observed in people, including virtuous traits like altruism, could be attributed to natural selection. Wilson soon found himself accused of providing intellectual succor to racists and genetic determinists. Demonstrations in the streets of Cambridge demanded that Wilson be fired. The controversy muted only after Wilson won a Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction in 1979 for On Human Nature, his popularized version of Sociobiology.Until that first Pulitzer, Wilson—a fluid and elegant writer—had mostly published for the academy. From then on, Wilson began addressing the popular audience, translating biology and his own research into an accessible form. Over the years, he’d win another Pulitzer for The Ants (1990), co-authored with the behavioral biologist Bert Hölldobler. He’d also produce a memoir, a novel and more than two dozen nonfiction works, many as contentious as Sociobiology. Wilson has for decades been one of the world’s foremost experts on ants. As a teenager in the 1940s, he identified and classified every species of ant in his home state, Alabama.Ken Richardson/Quanta MagazineIs it true that you will have a 90th birthday in June?Yes. And I can’t believe it! I feel like I’m about 35 or 45. I have the same enthusiasm, and I get out of bed in the morning with the same ease or difficulty I always had. I don’t know what happened. When I was 40, I just assumed that I would be doing the same things at 90. And I am.I write a book a year. I’m still taking natural history trips. This past month I was to go to Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique to do fieldwork on my next book. However, there was this tragedy there, this typhoon that caused so many deaths and so much damage. My friends in Mozambique thought I should wait.So here I am in Lexington, working on the book, my 32nd. Even if I can’t travel right at this moment, there’s quite a lot I can do on it from here.last_img read more

The iPhone Plus Concept Blows Us Off The iPhone 5 Cant

first_imgThe iPhone 4S, launched back in October, achieved millions of sales within days of it’s launch but still attracted a lot of snide comments for being same in design to the iPhone 4. For those who have been living under a rock or a deserted island, the iPhone 4S is identical to the iPhone 4 to the last curve, except a small strip on it’s sides for the antenna. So the photoshop-fanatics have starting making concepts for the next generation iPhone. And the latest in these concepts is the “iPhone plus” which is better than any other concept we have ever seen. Specifications: The specs of the iPhone Plus concept are a bit different than the usual ones depicted in other concepts. For one thing, the “iPhone Plus” has a 4.3 inch screen along with a projector to project content on surfaces.4.3 inch screen (Retina)10 Mp camera (rear)2 Mp camera (front)Rear Motion sensorPico ProjectorA6 Quad-Core processorDock ConnectorFinally, a capacitive home button The phone itself is made of something called “double alkali-aluminosilicate sheet glass”. For you, the main thing is that the phone will certainly not be plasticky or cheap-feeling like most of the Android phones (Read: Galaxy S III).As far as the looks are concerned, you might have never seen a phone more beautiful than this. While this mockup phone is a lot thinner than the iPhone 4/4S, (though we don’t know the exact thickness) but be assured, you won’t be teased by your Galaxy owner friends if you buy a phone this thin.You might like to think that this will be the iPhone 5, but unfortunately this concept is no more than a bit of photoshopping. Though we would be really happy if Apple does take a hint from the this concept, and churns out an iPhone like this, or even near this.So what do you think about the “iPhone Plus” concept, and are you excited about the iPhone 5?[via ADR Studio]last_img read more

Listed Homes this Summer Now you See Them …

first_img The number of days that median-priced listed homes remain on a market is at a post-recession low of 64 days as the peak homebuying season approaches according to a study by real estate listings site Trulia. The seasonThe study looked at the list-to-sale time of homes on Trulia’s website, by measuring the median amount of time in which listed homes that were sold during a given period were on the market over a given geography while attempting to remove foreclosure and REO sales. For this study, Trulia looked at monthly intervals of home sales going back to January 2010.The study found that list-to-sale time on Trulia fell nine days in April from 77 days a year ago, continuing a trend of a falling median every year since 2010. In April 2010, the list-to-sale time for a typical home was 137 days. When it came to listed homes, at 57 days trade-up homes were moving at a very fast clip followed closely by starter homes at 59 days, and premium homes at 72 days.The study also found a great divide between listed homes on the east and west coasts, with homes on the latter moving off the markets faster than the east coast. As of April, the top cities where homes were moving the fastest were all being sold within 45 days or less of being listed on the market.Homes in Seattle, San Francisco, and San Jose moved at the fastest pace, 36 days of being listed, while places with the longest median days on Trulia included Syracuse and Long Island in New York where homes were active for a median of more than 125 days.Apart from the top three cities, homes moved the fastest in  Florida, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, Trulia said.The study also found that premium markets were on the market for a longer time, at 13 and 15 more days than a starter or trade-up homes respectively, to be precise. The only exceptions were homes in Detroit and Toledo, Ohio where trade-up homes stayed on the market longer than starter homes. Share Days on Market Home Value homes HOUSING Listing Median Price Premium Homes Starter Homes Trade-up Homes Trulia 2018-06-08 Radhika Ojha Listed Homes this Summer: Now you See Them …center_img June 8, 2018 623 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newslast_img read more