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Busting the budget

first_imgSequestration is upon us, in the form of blunt, across-the-board spending cuts to government agencies that will limit many programs and services unless President Barack Obama and Congress reach a budget deal to keep them running. Gazette staff writer Colleen Walsh spoke with Harvard analysts in a question-and-answer format about how sequestration is likely to play out politically and fiscally, including for research universities that rely on government funding. Here are their thoughts.William W. Chin is the executive dean for research at Harvard Medical School and Bertarelli Professor of Translational Medical Science.GAZETTE: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget will undergo substantial cuts if the sequester goes through. What will that mean for America’s research universities?CHIN: There are just a lot of things we still don’t understand. We don’t understand what causes disease, and how one disease shows up in different manifestations. A lot of the funding [we receive] is important for basic research. It’s not the only thing. Obviously, there’s also translational and clinical research that the NIH and NSF [National Science Foundation] funds. But, really, it’s basic research that provides the foundation for our knowledge that allows us to answer the important questions.The sequester really has a number of effects. It would likely force some decreases in funding of current grants, but it also would mean that a percentage, and maybe a good percentage, of potential new grants would not be funded. So if you think about the importance of basic research, then a lot of these efforts would be curtailed somewhat, if not totally stopped. We think it’s important to allow basic research and the sciences to continue to explore what I call “the fringes of science,” the fringes being very important areas because those are the areas that lead to new ideas and innovation. [In addition,] I find that many of our scientists are spending a lot more time writing grants. Nowadays it doesn’t take an A to get you a grant, you need an A-plus.There is also the impact the sequester would have on the research infrastructure. The funding is important to keep a base of activities that allow these scientists, when they have new ideas, to be able to pursue them. And that is also a very important part of NIH funding that is probably not as well recognized. The combination of this is that the flow of new medicines that potentially come out from this basic knowledge, will diminish.GAZETTE: When will the cuts be felt?CHIN: Some people think that if funding decreases a little bit, “What difference will this make?” This may be the same thing with the effect of sequester on things like public services … I think the effect of sequester is probably going to be relatively slow, but it will have a cumulative effect that will impact all of us. In research, it’s the same idea. It might have a small effect within the next days, weeks, and months, but will have a grave effect with years of sequester, and will have a great effect on a generation of research. I think that if it continues like this, we jeopardize this research, which allows us to innovate, allows us to be a leader in the world in these areas.GAZETTE: How do you foresee these cuts potentially affecting people thinking about becoming scientists and researchers?CHIN: I think the sequester would have important and maybe even dire consequences for future scientists because it’s unclear where the cuts will come. But certainly from a psychological perspective, it means that choosing a career in science might mean that you’ve chosen a much harder path now. And the future of understanding these diseases and finding potential cures is in these young people. I worry about that part of it — the people, the human capital part.GAZETTE: What will these cuts mean to project collaborations? Will there be competition between organizations for funding going forward?CHIN: I don’t know how this is going to work out. You could say, on one hand, if there are fewer dollars for individuals, perhaps that might actually encourage more collaboration, so that might be a good thing. However, I would emphasize that a lot of our greatest ideas come from allowing diverse individuals doing this basic research to follow their nose, so to speak. In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.” So if you think of the mystery of what causes disease as a secret, you have to allow the curiosity to roam free. This is what science is ultimately all about. ● ● ●Daniel Carpenter is Allie S. Freed Professor of Government and director of the Center for American Political Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.GAZETTE: It seems that the sequester has devolved into a game of political chicken. Do you think there will be a clear winner and loser?CARPENTER: There are going to be so many intervening events between now and November 2014 that it’s difficult to believe that the resolution of this particular sequester fight is going to affect those [election] midterms any more than the fights already have. The immediate loser in the polls is probably the Republican Party on net. The polls seem to show that Obama has backing on a lot of these issues. And in the short term, at least, the public at present seems ready to blame the Republicans more than the Democrats for the sequester. But I think a lot of Republicans are calculating that they are not elected or unelected on the basis of polls and that they’ve got more than enough time to recover. They also see it as a chance to cut spending, and some Republicans are calculating that, to the extent this dampens growth or the state of the economy over the next year, it could actually help them a year from now.GAZETTE: Do you think the pundits underestimate the degree to which the electorate is getting fed up with both parties?CARPENTER: You have got a lot of people who are very turned off by politics in Washington right now, and they perceive a lot of what they would consider dysfunction. And to the extent that both sides are blamed, then neither side really loses because we’ve got largely a two-party system. Despite all the talk about a third party arising, I don’t see anything like that in the wings. There are a number of structural conditions that nearly guarantee we are going to have a two-party system for the foreseeable future. Again, the polls right now suggest the public is fed up with both parties, but they seem to suggest they are fed up more with Republicans than with Democrats.GAZETTE: How does or will this political stalemate affect the continuing resolution [to provide other funding] that is set to expire at the end of March?CARPENTER: It’s tough to say. I think we are going to see the sequester and spending issues being separated from the debt limit a little bit more. Obama kind of called the Republicans’ bluff on the debt limit in January and said, “OK, we just need an across-the-board raise.” And then they did, they voted an extension of the debt limit without any conditions attached. That kind of sets a precedent, not a binding one, but my sense is it will probably be observed in the future, or at least in the months and years to come.A critical difference here is the differing time scale of the sequester versus a debt limit breach. A lot of these cuts are going to come in a very slow, kind of rolling manner … because a lot of federal spending isn’t cut overnight. Just as federal spending and outlays filter through a bunch of administrative processes, so too do the budget cuts. The outlays are planned to be undertaken over time, and therefore the cuts will be felt over time. If the debt limit is breached, on the other hand, that is felt immediately.One could see the kind of economic carnage that we saw in September 2008 and the months afterwards, perhaps much worse. At some level, that is the kind of thing the Republicans could be more blamed for, if the House didn’t vote to increase the debt limit, because it’s such a quick and vivid example or event that is clearly tied to the vote. I think the Republicans may be gambling that the slow pace of many of these cuts is not something that they will necessarily be blamed for.GAZETTE: Are there parallels to be drawn between the President Bill Clinton and Speaker Newt Gingrich standoff and the government shutdown in the ’90s?CARPENTER: Back then, Republicans were rushing headlong into it and didn’t have a lot of experience on their side. The conventional wisdom is it kind of backfired on them and made Clinton look better. I think this is somewhat of a different setup. I think the Republicans have wised up somewhat. The Republicans then were kind of new in office after four decades in the wilderness that comes with being the House minority party, and the American people were just learning about Newt Gingrich and all the things he stood for. The current Republican majority has been around for three or four years, and so it’s not clear that there is necessarily going to be as much damage. They are smarter and are going to play their cards more wisely than Gingrich did at the time.GAZETTE: Do you think that President Obama is emboldened by his reelection, and more willing to take on the Republicans?CARPENTER: I think it’s clear that he’s emboldened, and I think he is probably going to stay that way. I think he believes that the public has given him, if not a mandate, at least legitimization to continue his policies. And I think he is going to continue to try to put pressure on them. The other thing to keep in mind about the Republicans is that they are kind of a party in disarray right now. It’s not clear that they have a central leader, which at some level actually hurts the ability of Obama to bargain with them, because there is not one unified spokesperson. There are congressional leaders like John Boehner and [senators like] Mitch McConnell, critical legislators, but it’s very difficult for them to round up votes among their own caucus, and the party is going through a lot of infighting right now, as often happens in the wake of an election defeat. ● ● ●Robert Kaplan is the Martin Marshall Professor of Management Practice in Business Administration
and senior associate dean for external relations at Harvard Business School.GAZETTE: What will happen with the economy moving forward?KAPLAN: The best estimates I have heard from economists is that the sequester will likely take as much as a half point from GNP growth.Despite the fact that this is not the most intelligent way to cut spending, we should recognize that there does need to be some combination of spending cuts, entitlement reform, and additional revenue measures. Any of the choices for cutting the deficit will have some negative impact on GNP growth.Lastly remember that, even with this sequester, we will still spend more this year than we did last year. Spending is still growing. The challenge is to take action that will slow the rate of government debt growth as a percentage of GNP. The financial markets would react positively to actions that will help improve the fiscal situation in the U.S. I believe this is one reason why markets are not reacting negatively to sequester — they know that some type of deficit reduction is necessary. They would rather it not be done this way, but I think they want to see some type of deficit reduction.GAZETTE: Will we be able to avoid this in the future?KAPLAN: Deleveraging is difficult, ugly, and forces politicians to make choices that they are not accustomed to making. Tax increases are unpopular, entitlement reform is unpopular, spending cuts are unpopular, and yet to reduce the deficit and the rate of debt increase, politicians have to choose from these unpopular options. So as awful as this feels, as embarrassing as this feels, it’s possible that this is what deleveraging and deficit reduction are going to look like.GAZETTE: Will a potential drop in the GNP hurt the economy?KAPLAN: With GNP growth this sluggish, you hate to see any sudden fiscal moves that will slow it further. However, the Federal Reserve is pursuing an aggressively “easy” monetary policy that should somewhat ease the impact of tightening fiscal policy. I think the business community and public are also mentally prepared for deficit reduction. One reason people in the business community and the public are not quite as apoplectic as you might think is because they know we have got to make moves to reduce the deficit. It either has to be spending cuts, entitlement reform, or increasing taxes; it has to be one or a combination of those three.GAZETTE: Are there positive lessons to take from this?KAPLAN: All these events are occurring in the context of a general consensus that we need to reduce our deficit — before it creates a significant crisis. I think the public wants the government to make choices, understanding that any choice they make will be unpopular. The good news from this is at least we are starting to confront this situation — while not pretty to watch, I think the public is starting to get used to the idea that deficit reduction has to happen. ● ● ●Jeffrey A. Frankel is James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Growth at Harvard Kennedy School. He directs the International Finance and Macroeconomics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research.GAZETTE: Will the sequester make it harder to reduce the deficit and hurt economic growth?FRANKEL: It will certainly hurt economic growth. Nevertheless, cutting spending, even in such a crazy way, will reduce the deficit in an immediate sense. But it won’t help with the longer fiscal problem. The only sensible solution involves legislation locking in modifications to entitlements — Social Security and Medicare — to bend down their rate of cost increase over the next 40 years, coupled with some smaller measures to increase tax revenues, such as curtailing income tax loopholes and perhaps adding something like a consumption tax or carbon tax. This requires the Republicans giving way on taxes and the Democrats giving way on entitlements. The sequester doesn’t help in this process in itself. But if the political backlash from the public is strong enough, it might help. The political analysts tell us that the public will mostly blame the Republicans for effects of the sequester. The way this might work, if we are lucky, is that the Republicans respond by proposing something specific on entitlements together with some implied willingness to consider tax revenue, Obama then takes them up on their offer, and they work out a deal.GAZETTE: Could the sequester lead us into a recession?FRANKEL: If the sequester had hit at the same time as an expiration of all tax cuts, as almost happened Jan. 1, that would almost certainly have sent the U.S. economy into a new recession. But the January 1 resolution included a renewal of most of the Bush tax cuts; only a few tax-cuts-for-the-wealthy were allowed to expire. If the sequester is never reversed, it will slow the economy down; but in itself, that probably would not be enough to cause a recession. If other adverse developments come along, such as a government shutdown March 27, or a return of the euro crisis, it could push us over the edge.GAZETTE: Does this impact our standing on the global economic stage?FRANKEL: Yes. The rest of the world has continued to have great faith in U.S. treasury securities, surprising as that may be. So far the U.S. Treasury bill market is still the global safe haven and the dollar is still the favored reserve currency. But that could change at some point. Already over the last 10 years we have lost a lot of moral high ground in the sense of setting an example for the rest of the world. Other countries wanted to be like us, on so many different dimensions, and we have thrown that away. With respect to fiscal policy, our debt got downgraded from AAA for the first time in our history, as a result of the showdown over the debt ceiling in mid-2011. Our political deadlock over all aspects of fiscal policy is a continuation of that trend. Everyone sees that we don’t have our act together.last_img read more

Wolla, Hanson are IMCA winners at Mandan

first_imgAndrew Bargmann and Rusty Corneliusen started on the front row and Corneliusen led the first couple laps before Wolla muscled his way into the lead on lap three. Jeremy Keller then passed Corneliusen for second, bringing Myles Tomlinson and Tom Berry with him.  Sandberg, meanwhile, fell into the clutches of Andy Reed and they briefly raced side-by-side. When the checkered flag waved, Hanson found victory lane for the first time of his racing career over Thompson. On the final restart of the night, it was a three-car battle for the lead between Sandberg, Hanson and Thompson. Hanson shuffled into the lead and started to pull away from second place Thomp­son.  MANDAN, N.D. (May 10) – Jason Wolla went back-to-back, with another Friday night IMCA Modi­fied win at Dacotah Speedway. On the restart, Ken Sandberg and rookie Braydee Hanson made contact battling for the lead.  On the final restart of the night, Wolla held off Keller to win back-to-back races at Mandan. Myles Tomlinson hung on to finish third over Tom Berry while Mark Dahl rounded out the top five.center_img Pole sitter Alex Thompson led the field to the green flag in the IMCA Mach Sport Compact fea­ture. Thompson led the first lap before getting too high off turn.  Wolla’s big advantage started to shrink as Keller turned some of the fastest laps on the track and was starting to close in. A caution with 13 laps to go reset the field but once more Wolla pulled away.  Braydee Hanson raced to his first Mach-1 Sport Compact career-first feature win Friday at Dacotah Speedway. (Photo by Layn Mudder, LPT Images) With only a few laps remaining, Keller cut into Wolla’s lead again and challenged for the win be­fore the yellow flag waved again. last_img read more

Restaurant Review: Asbury Ocean Club

first_imgBy Bob Sacks Bob Sacks, longtime food and wine buff, reviews restaurants in this column. Follow him on Instagram @dinnerwithbob. I was informed after the meal that there are indeed plans to create a more traditional dining room in the near future, which would then allow diners to enjoy the excellent, high quality food, in a setting more worthy of it. Once that has happened, the restaurant at the Asbury Ocean Club will definitely warrant four stars; the food’s already there! So as not to slight the aforementioned larger cousin of the honeynut, we ordered the Harvest Risotto ($15). Properly creamy, but not mushy, risotto, was topped with cubes of butternut squash, toasted pumpkin seeds, nasturtium, and pickled currants, making for a hearty seasonal dish. Suckling Pig Belly ($16), garnished with pickled radish, soy sauce caviar, and edamame puree, was crunchy-crackly on the out- side, and meatier and less fatty than other versions of this dish we have had elsewhere. The open flame cooking lent a subtle smoky flavor to the meat. Excellent! The wine list is not long, but well chosen. We selected a 2018 Clement & Florian Berthier Sancerre ($64). This crispy white, sauvignon blanc-based wine, from the Loire Valley in France, with its appealing minerality, was an ideal contrast for most of the dishes. We started with Beet Cured Tuna ($18). Four thick slices of dark red Saku Tuna (high grade tuna cut into a block), cured with red beets, tarragon and Burgundy, beautifully plated with a streak of reddish pomegranate crème fraîche and bagel chips, was delicious; almost too pretty to eat. The food at The Asbury Ocean Club is very good, and fully merits 3 stars. The setting less so. We arrived at this new – since July – hotel/condo complex, entered a small lobby, and asked for the restaurant. A young man appeared, and took us by elevator to the third floor. The doors opened onto a large room with a bar on one wall, where we were introduced to a pleasant young woman who showed us to what can be best described as an adjacent, dimly lit, wide corridor, with seven or eight round marble cocktail tables, and a banquette on one wall. A novel presentation of Duck Two Ways ($38) offered a succulent, blood orange-glazed confit of leg and thigh, and thick slices of rare breast meat, paired with cooked red cabbage, sitting atop a butternut squash puree. The richness of the duck was balanced perfectly by the acidity of the cabbage and citrus flavors. The desserts were as beautifully plated as the rest of the food that preceded them. Sweet Potato Kuchen ($10) was memorable. A cube of that cake was topped with a small mound of black sesame glaze, and shared the plate with a pool of beet mousse and nuggets of white chocolate and coffee “peb- bles.” The humble sweet potato has never been so hon- ored before! Two of the 30-inch round tables were pushed together to create our “table for four,” utilizing the banquette and two chairs for seating. There was a large room just beyond, with some random couches and seating with a few small cocktail tables, reserved solely for hotel guests and condo owners, but there was no traditional dining room. The high ceilings, lush design, and clearly expensive, eye-catching decorator touches of this “dining area” made for a contradiction I am still trying to understand. However, the food is why we came, and, happily, it was very good! Dutch Country Brick Chicken ($26), arrived with Brussel Bubble and Squeak (a traditional English dish made from roasted Brussels sprouts and potatoes), cranberry gastrique (sweet and sour sauce), and chicken demi-glace. This unique preparation was very good, and very interesting as well! A thick and creamy Honey Nut Squash Soup ($13) was a cut above the ordinary. This diminutive relative of the butternut squash is far more flavorful; a bit sweeter and nuttier in taste, and said to be even more nutritious. Prepared with nutmeg crème fraîche, sage, pieces of “honeynut brittle,” lemon, and some olive oil for smoothness, it was a nice opportunity to try this less often seen squash. Asbury Ocean Club1101 Ocean Ave. AsburyOceanClub.com It was impossible to resist the Skate Milanese ($32); it is not frequently seen on menus. A skate wing, dipped in egg and coated with parmesan and bread crumbs, is then skillet-fried, creating a nice brown crust. Florets of butter poached cauliflower, cauliflower fonduta (fondue), sage potatoes, and a caper berry concasse (read: chopped) buerre blanc, shared the plate with the moist, sweet-tasting fish. Yum! Rarely seen on menus, Skate Wing Milanese, was breaded and pan fried, making for a crispy crust and juicy, tender interior. Photo by Bob Sacks A selection of side dishes indicated that the kitchen did not consider them to be incidentals. A toothsome order of glazed carrots ($5), prepared with honey butter, were slightly sweet and deeply flavorful. We also enjoyed a Kennett Square Mushroom Ragu ($6); the earthiness of the mushrooms was enhanced with a mushroom stock, lemon and chervil. last_img read more

THE BREEDERS’ CUP REVEALS THE OFFICIAL LOGO FOR THE 2016 BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, TO BE HOSTED AT SANTA ANITA PARK

first_imgLEXINGTON, Ky. (September 22, 2015) – The Breeders’ Cup has today revealed the stunning new logo for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Following an exciting and historic 2015 horseracing season, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will return for the ninth time to Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. The sophisticated and sleek new logo illustrates Breeders’ Cup’s evolution as a brand and emergence as one of the world’s preeminent lifestyle and entertainment experiences. The Breeders’ Cup has partnered with Epiphany Inc., a luxury marketing and branding agency whose clients include Montage Hotels & Resorts, among other luxury hospitality brands, to create the new design. An unprecedented move by Breeders’ Cup, the partnership marks the first time that Epiphany has worked with a horseracing brand and the new logos are emblematic of Breeders’ Cup’s growth as a leading racing and lifestyle event.“The logo for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships is the perfect combination of both tradition and modernity,” said Craig Fravel, President and CEO of the Breeders’ Cup. “With Santa Anita being one of the country’s most iconic tracks and the site of some of Breeders’ Cup’s most memorable moments, we couldn’t have asked for a logo that better reflects our brand and our host sites.” The logo for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita, which will be held November 4-5 next year, is inspired by the Hollywood culture and lifestyle. With an oval outline that mimics the shape of the track, a single palm tree and the lone star of California, the 2016 logo offers a distinct sense of place. The yellow light beams reinforce the close proximity to and influence of Hollywood on the 2016 event and the iconic purple of the Breeders’ Cup completes the signature design. New logo inspired by the iconic Santa Anita Park racetrack, Hollywood and the state of California. About Breeders’ CupThe Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships.  The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 grade I races and purses totaling $26 million, will be held October 30-Oct. 31 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube center_img -30- The Breeders’ Cup has also tapped Epiphany Inc. to create the logo for the 2017 World Championships, which will take place at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Media Contact:        Jim Gluckson, Breeders’ Cup, 212-230-9512, [email protected] Blue, Nike Communications, 646-654-3426, [email protected]last_img read more

SA calls for DRC ceasefire

first_imgThousands of people have been left displaced by the ongoing violence in eastern DRC. Refugees have built makeshift homes in the bushes as unguarded refugee camps are deemed too dangerous. (Images: Doctors Without Borders)Khanyi Magubane In the wake of the ongoing violence sweeping the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South African President Kgalema Motlanthe has called for an immediate ceasefire to allow much-needed humanitarian aid to reach hundreds of thousands of displaced people.Motlanthe made the call at an extraordinary Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit, held on 9 November to discuss the crises in both the DRC and Zimbabwe.“The purpose of this summit is to discuss the instability and humanitarian crisis unfolding in the eastern part of the DRC,” he said. “We remain ready to assist the people of the DRC …to achieve a lasting peace.”Dissident Tutsi general Laurent Nkunda, rebel groups and Congolese government soldiers and their allies have been engaged in sporadic fighting in various parts of North Kivu, which borders Rwanda.Over 253 000 people have been displaced by the fighting.All efforts are being made to avoid another civil war similar to the one that ravaged the region between 1998 and 2003.The fighting has also taken on regional dimension with Rwanda, which has twice invaded Congo, accused of aiding Nkunda.The government of the DRC has in the meantime called on Angola, which backed it during the war, for help.It’s believed that Angola might have heeded this call, as soldiers described as “disciplined and Portuguese speaking” have been spotted in North Kivu.In early November, general Nkunda’s powerful army defeated the national army, which has been described as weak and chaotic, during an open-fire battle.Speaking at the SADC summit, President Motlanthe said he was pleased to hear of diplomatic engagements between the government of the DRC and Rwanda.The Rwandan government has since vehemently denied that any of its nationals are involved in the unrest.On 7 November, African leaders and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met in Nairobi to tackle the DRC conflict.Ban Ki-moon stressed that neither the vast African nation nor the surrounding region can risk a return to such conflict.“I must begin by saying that I have come to Nairobi with a heavy heart. We meet today as, once again, the interlinked tensions and conflicts in the Great Lakes region threaten hard won progress.”The Nairobi summit, hosted by the African Union, brought together DRC President Joseph Kabila and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda.Tutsi rebels are said to be siding with general Nkunda, while the Hutu rebels have joined forces with the national and Angolan armies to help the DRC government.“Neither the DRC, nor Rwanda, nor the rest of the central Africa region can afford to be dragged back into conflict. The international community cannot allow this to occur,” said Ban Ki-moon.Tomaz Salamao, SADC’s executive secretary, says that after the summit leaders would send military advisors to help the DRC government.The UN has already sent a large peacekeeping force to the region. With 17 000 soldiers Monuc, as the force is known, is the largest mission to be sent to any conflict area. But it has so far failed to end the violence, which in part is driven by competition for the area’s rich mineral resources.It is believed that the UN is calling for a further 3 000 soldiers to bolster their numbers.Aid struggling to reach thousandsAid agency efforts to help thousands of people displaced by fighting in the DRC largely failed on Saturday, despite an appeal by African leaders for a ceasefire.Speaking to journalists in Goma in the east of the country, Gloria Fernandez, head of the UN office for the coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said it was imperative that help gets to those who need it as a matter of urgency.“Our priority is to restart the activities at many health centres in the area of Rutshuru and Kiwanja,” she said. “We’re taking health supplies, water, and sanitation.”This will be the first coordinated international effort to reach at least 50 000 displaced civilians, who the UN fears have left unprotected camps around Rutshuru, 70km north of Goma, where fighting has also been rife.The refugees are thought to be roaming the bush, seeking safe shelter, food, water and care.During the press conference, Fernandez pleaded with both Nkunda’s forces and the Congolese army to let civilians move freely to areas where they felt safe and could receive help.Nkunda warns against peace troops.In the wake of SADc’s call for a ceasefire, Nkunda has said it would be a mistake for the body’s troops to take a side; that they should rather be neutral. He said they if they favour the government’s position and fight with its allies they will face the wrath of the rebels.Speaking to news agency Reuters on 10 November Nkunda said, “If they come in and fight alongside the FARDC [Congolese government soldiers] and the FDLR [Rwandan Hutu rebels], they will be weakened, they will share the same shame as the DRC government.”“If SADC engages like this, they will have made a mistake … I am ready to fight them.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at [email protected] articlesSA pilots bring air aid to AfricaUN, AU strive for peace  Useful linksDepartment of Foreign AffairsDemocratic Republic of CongoUnited Nationslast_img read more

Kia coach Gavina praises players for ‘amazing effort’ in loss to Alaska

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  “At this point, all we can play for is pride and have that level of togetherness which we’re gonna use as a platform for next year.” Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Gavina had sensed the turnaround even before the game as he saw how focused his players were in practices in leading up to the duel.“Going into this game, our focus in practice, the way guys have the mental approach coming in, I knew we were gonna play well. I told my guys that you just showed against a really tough Alaska team that we can compete,” he said.“I told them if you guys keep believing, keep turning this corner, stay together, you guys will be able to compete against anybody.”And that strong belief is exactly what Kia needs to have as it seeks to upset San Miguel on Saturday and finally end its dry spell in the season-ending 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.“I know we have a really tough opponent against San Miguel coming up on Saturday, but like what Russell Westbrook says, ‘Why not?’ As long as you put in the work, and you’ll learn from our mistakes in this game where we didn’t fold in the last minute and a half, and keep our composure, who knows? We’d pull out a win. So let’s hope everybody will keep their heads up and their spirits high,” Gavina said.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments LATEST STORIES Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kia Picanto coach Chris Gavina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKia coach Chris Gavina said that he could not ask for more from his wards after their gallant stand in a 102-94 defeat to Alaska on Sunday.“Amazing effort from my guys. Despite all that’s happening, we’re 0-9, I couldn’t be proud of my guys tonight,” Gavina said.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary The Picanto were in control for the majority of the game and even held a 10-point advantage, 77-67, going to the fourth quarter.And even if Calvin Abueva imposed his presence late in the game, Kia refused to wilt as import Geron Johnson gave his all and poured 39 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists before faltering in the end game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSeeing how hard his team fought, Gavina noted that the effort the Picanto had especially their import Geron Johnson, who collected 39 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, against the Aces was a huge jump compared to how they played in their past outings.“The effort that we gave, this is a game I could take. Majority of our games, I couldn’t take it because there was no effort, there was no heart. But today, all our guys were fighting for each other,” he said. Fajardo says Slaughter ‘got stronger’ since return from injurylast_img read more

10 months agoSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl: Gabbiadini must decide

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Southampton boss Hasenhuttl: Gabbiadini must decideby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl says Manolo Gabbiadini must decide his next move.AC Milan, Fiorentina and Sampdoria are all in contact.”Sure [they have had bids], we have to decide and he has to decide where he wants to go,” Hasenhuttl told Sky Sports.“There are a few teams interested in Manolo, we will have a look and if there’s a result, we’ll tell you.”Samp are regarded as favourites to land the Italian. last_img read more

10 days agoMatip, Alisson train for Liverpool ahead of Man Utd clash

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Matip, Alisson train for Liverpool ahead of Man Utd clashby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJoel Matip and Alisson returned to Liverpool training on Tuesday.Brazil goalkeeper Alisson has not played since injuring his calf in the opening Premier League match of the season.Matip has been excellent all season, but a knock against Sheffield United last month forced him to miss Liverpool’s last two games.Both are now in line for a return this weekend in a blockbuster clash with storied rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday. last_img read more

Dan Mullen Receives Extremely Kind Letter From Conn. Resident Who Stayed In Same Hotel As Miss. St. During Orange Bowl

first_imgDan Mullen recieves letter from other hotel resident complimenting the teams behavior.Mississippi State Football LetterMost college kids are rowdy. College football players are college kids, so you would expect many of them to be rowdy, too, especially when they’re staying in a hotel. Mississippi State’s football players are apparently not, though. Bulldogs’ coach Dan Mullen recently received a letter from a Connecticut resident who stayed in the same Miami hotel as MSU during the Orange Bowl. It reflects extremely well on the Mississippi State football program. I was copied on this letter from a Conn. resident who stayed at @HailStateFB hotel during @OrangeBowl. #HailState pic.twitter.com/lGBKO0TDuL— Scott Stricklin (@stricklinMSU) June 26, 2015Mullen has to love receiving a letter like that.last_img read more

Businesses must pay up to Rs 20 for Aadhaar services use UIDAI

first_imgNew Delhi: Business organisations using Aadhaar services will now have to pay Rs 20 for each customer verification and 50 paise for authentication of each transaction carried out by the entities, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said Thursday.”Aadhaar authentication services shall be charged at the rate of Rs 20 (including taxes) for each e-KYC transaction and Rs 0.50 (including taxes) for each Yes and No authentication transaction from requesting entities,” a notification by the UIDAI said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe gazette notification, the Aadhaar (Pricing of Aadhaar Authentication Services) Regulations 2019, however, exempts government entities and the Department of Posts from authentication transaction charges. “The entities have been incurring a cost of Rs 150-200 per KYC sans Aadhaar. They have been demanding to use Aadhaar-based authentication and KYC services on account of these being convenient to them and their customers and also the fact that they will save huge amount which they currently incur in doing KYC through traditional means such as paper, physical verification, etc,” an official source told PTI. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe UIDAI source said with a nominal cost for each eKYC transaction entities would still be saving on Know Your Customer (KYC) cost while serving people with ease. According to the notification, the entities shall be required to deposit the authentication transaction charges within 15 days of issuance of the concerned invoice based on the usage. The delay in payment beyond 15 days shall attract interest compounded at 1.5 per cent per month and discontinuation of authentication and e-KYC services. Sources said that if an existing requesting entity (except those exempt), continues to use Aadhaar authentication services beyond the date of publication of these Regulations, it shall be deemed to have agreed to the specified authentication charges. The source said that now as per the amendments made through the Aadhaar Ordinance, several entities may now become eligible to use Aadhaar authentication subject to their meeting security and other conditions as per the Aadhaar Act and related regulations. “Therefore, it is just, fair and reasonable that such entities should contribute to meet expenses nominally which are incurred by UIDAI in providing these services,” the source said. The notification says that the scheduled commercial banks engaged in providing Aadhaar enrolment and update facilities in accordance with its gazette notification issued in July 2017 shall be exempt from authentication transaction charges. However, such banks, which fall short of the Aadhaar enrolment and update targets, as communicated from time to time, will be charged in proportion to the shortfall in achieving the target. UIDAI sources said that the above charges shall be in addition to the licence fees and financial disincentives, as applicable. The details of the transaction error codes and its charges shall be issued separately. The official said that in case a requesting entity does not wish to pay authentication transaction charges, it shall discontinue the use of Aadhaar authentication services and intimate its decision to the UIDAI immediately and surrender its access to the authentication facilities “However, the transaction charges as applicable till the date of de-activation of access to authentication services shall have to be paid,” the source said. On Wednesday, the Telangana government set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the alleged data theft case involving an IT firm here even as a Look out Circular (LOC) has been issued against the owner of the company. The nine-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) was constituted as it was necessary for the probe which required expertise in cyber crime and extended to several places other than Cyberabad Commissionerate limits, official sources said. The team would undertake a thorough investigation in all aspects of the case in an expeditious, effective, professional and fair manner for bringing out all facts and circumstances leading to commission of crime, they said. The SIT shall immediately take over the investigation of the case registered at Madhapur police station and all other related cases registered in Telangana, they added. Police said an LOC was issued against Ashok, CEO of ‘IT Grids India Pvt Ltd,’ by the Ministry of Home Affairs on a request from Cyberabad Police, to prevent him from fleeing the country. The IT firm has been accused of ‘theft of data’ of voters through “Seva Mitra” mobile app, used by the TDP in Andhra Pradesh. Four teams have been formed to nab Ashok, after he “failed” to appear before the police despite being summoned as part of the investigation in the case. The Cyberabad police had on March 2 registered a case against the company and conducted searches at its office here based on a complaint by a data analyst. The complainant, a data analyst, had alleged that the company misused personal information and sensitive data of voters in Andhra Pradesh through ‘Seva Mitra’ mobile app used by the ruling Telugu Desam Party. Preliminary investigation revealed that the company got illegal access to various personal and sensitive data of individuals such as Aadhaar, electoral roll, government schemes and voters information related to various political parties, which can be misused for illegal purposes. “LOC has been issued (against Ashok) and all airports have been alerted,” Cyberabad Police Commissioner V C Sajjanar said. A look out notice is sent to immigration authorities to ensure that any accused person is detained and handed over to the prosecuting agency. The senior police official said they were awaiting a response from Amazon Web Services and Google Play Store with whom the database is said to have been stored, to its notice seeking information. He further said they were in the process of writing to the Andhra Pradesh governemnt, Unique Identification Authority of India, Election Commission and Registrar of Companies for more details in this regard. Meanwhile, a probe by the Hyderabad police into the case registered by it against the company revealed that the names of four people,originally from Andhra Pradesh but staying here, were missing from the voters list. The complainant in this case had alleged that the firm had through a survey collected the information and deleted names of individuals after obtaining their political preferences.last_img read more