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It’s Not What You ThinkIt’s Not What You Think

first_imgWhat if what you see isn’t what you believe it to be? What if you are wrong and it’s not what you think?It’s Not What It SeemsWhat if the person that cut you off on the freeway is rushing home because their loved one is sick? What if they’re not paying attention because they are afraid of not being there for someone who needs them?What if the person who is talking too loud on their cell phone in public just got a call from someone important to them, someone they haven’t spoken to in far too long? What if this is the very last conversation they’re going to have with that person?It’s Not What You BelieveWhat if the person you believe is evil is really suffering from low blood sugar, hasn’t slept enough, and is struggling to pay their bills, despite the outward appearance of success? What if they’re not really the angry person you think they are?What if the person you believe is loud and obnoxious was neglected as a child and is behaving in a way that you don’t like because they need the attention? What if they developed this strategy because they need love, love that they aren’t getting?What if someone you believe to be sarcastic and cynical is responding the way that they do because they have been hurt before? What if the negative traits you see are really this person’s attempt to prevent being hurt again?What if the person you believe is lazy is really distracted because their marriage is in trouble and their teenage child is on drugs? What if their thoughts are somewhere else because they really need to focus on what’s important?What If It’s You?What if sometimes you are the person that others assume is doing something wrong because it isn’t what they think? What if the behaviors other people see as negative in you are really something else, something deserving of their compassion?What if things aren’t what they seem? What if it’s not what you think?last_img read more

Dan Pink: Productivity Improvement Techniques, Chronotypes, and Napucinnos – Episode #108Dan Pink: Productivity Improvement Techniques, Chronotypes, and Napucinnos – Episode #108

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 50:12 — 40.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSDan Pink is not a guy who normally would come to mind when you begin thinking about a person who can teach you productivity improvement techniques. But given that Dan is committed to a research-based approach to his writing, it shouldn’t surprise you that he’s discovered something that can improve your productivity either. His new book, “When” is a masterpiece for those looking to improve their productivity – but you won’t know it when you first pick up the book. This conversation digs into what Dan discovered through his research about how humans work, how our biological cycles and clocks inform the decisions we should make about the work we do and provides practical things you can do to increase your chances of getting more important stuff done. Dan’s discoveries are revolutionary, so don’t miss it..@DanielPink: #Productivity Improvement Techniques, #Chronotypes, and Napucinnos, on episode 109 of #InTheArena with @Iannarino. #SalesClick To TweetAre the “morning person” and “night owl” stereotypes based in reality?For a very long time, we’ve heard people referred to as “morning person” or “night owl.” It’s an example of a trite saying that IS a trite saying because there is truth to it. Dan Pink’s research has revealed that there really are rhythms to life and patterns to the way individuals operate that make them more prone to be productive at different times of the day. Why does that matter for productivity? It’s because knowing which type of person you are will enable you to strategically plan certain types of work for specific times of the day. The result is that you’ll be operating at peak capacity when you are working. These ideas make a lot more sense in the context of the conversation Anthony had with Dan, so set aside time to listen to this intriguing conversation.Peak, trough, and recovery: 3 stages of daily activity you need to understandOne of the most important things Dan Pink has discovered while researching for his new book, “When” is that every human being operates in cycles. We all experience the following three periods in every day – peaks, troughs, and recovery periods. When you are able to identify exactly WHEN each of those periods happens in your typical day, you’re able to do the right kind of work during the right time frame and your productivity soars as a result. This is more than a productivity improvement technique, it’s a day planning strategy that can yield results beyond what you might imagine. Listen in to the conversation and you’ll hear it straight from the horse’s mouth. New York Times Best-Selling Author, Dan Pink is Anthony’s guest on this episode of In The Arena.Peak, trough, and recovery: 3 stages of daily #activity you need to understand. @DanielPink explains why on this episode of #InTheArena with @Iannarino. #sales #productivityClick To TweetWhy you should never evaluate your decisions based on the outcomeOutcome-based evaluations are never a good idea, even though it’s the kind of reasoning most of us fall into. You can’t tell if an idea was good or bad simply because of the outcome because there are too many variables that could have or didn’t happen to be entirely sure of the result. Dan cites the decision to run every red light on the way to work as an example. Just because you get to work safely and without being pulled over by the police doesn’t mean it was a good idea. Listen to find out how Dan applies this concept to decision making, sales strategy, and day-planning and productivity.Are you limiting your productivity by trying to be too productive?Most of us who are worker-bees or “doers” spend our day in non-stop productivity mode. But research reveals that non-stop production actually becomes counterproductive. In this conversation, Dan Pink highlights how breaks throughout the day, and even what he calls a “Napucinno” (you’ll have to listen to find out what that is) can actually increase your productivity and enable you to get more done in less time. What is more, the quality of what you do will increase exponentially. It may sound too good to be true but Dan’s got the research to back him up, so don’t miss what he’s got to share.Are you limiting your #productivity by trying to be too #productive? @DanielPink explains why it could be the case, on this episode of #InTheArena with @Iannarino. #salesClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Dan Pink’s writing and why his newest book should be on your 2018 reading list Anthony’s first meeting with Dan and how he introduced a new concept to Anthony Why Dan loves hiring musicians and actors for no-arts related work What got Dan’s attention to compel him to write his latest book? What is a chronotype and why it’s important to know it’s embedded in humans? Peak, trough, and recovery times in every day. You need to understand this Using your knowledge to make gains in the sales process The vital necessity of practicing a restorative break Could a daily nap (with coffee) boost your productivity and effectiveness? What is a mid-point slump and how can you deal with it? The changes Dan has made in his own life as a result of writing this book Dan’s “Next Big Idea Club” and how you can get connected.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodeDan Pink – Explore Dan’s websiteBOOK: Free Agent NationBOOK: A Whole New MindBOOK: DriveBOOK: To Sell Is HumanBOOK: WhenEvernoteBOOK: Thinking In BetsBOOK: Chasing DaylightThe Future ProjectThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarino Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Tweets you can use to share this episodeAre the “morning person” and “night owl” #stereotypes based in reality? @DanielPink reveals amazing research from his new book WHEN, on this episode of #InTheArena with @Iannarino. #Sales #productivityClick To TweetWhy you should never evaluate your #decisions based on the outcome. @DanielPink reveals what research and experience show, on this episode of #InTheArena with @Iannarino. #sales #productivityClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

Parrikar interested in contesting from PanajiParrikar interested in contesting from Panaji

first_imgThe BJP today said it was holding “discussions” with two of its legislators in Goa as the party wants a vacant seat for the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who needs to get elected to the state Legislative Assembly.“Discussions are going on with Curchorem MLA Nilesh Cabral and also (Panaji MLA) Siddharth Kuncolienkar (to see if either of them is ready to resign). Parrikar has shown interest in contesting from Panaji which is his traditional bastion,” said Goa BJP chief Vinay Tendulkar.Mr. Parrikar returned to the coastal state as the CM though he hadn’t contested Assembly elections in February. He was elected from Panaji constituency in 2012, but resigned after he was made the Union Defence Minister.Mr. Kuncolienkar replaced him in subsequent by-poll, and retained the seat in this year’s elections, defeating United Goans’ Atanasio Monserratte with a thin margin of 1,500 votes.last_img read more

Home Minister likely to visit J&K this monthHome Minister likely to visit J&K this month

first_imgAs Jammu and Kashmir witnesses a fresh wave of violence, Home Minister Rajnath Singh is expected to visit the State later this month. Mr. Singh is likely to visit the border areas where the Centre has spent funds to create infrastructure including bunkers and shelters. The Home Ministry is reviewing the ongoing projects in the State and will identify places Mr. Singh could visit. The visit will be the Minister’s third in two years after the situation turned volatile in the Valley following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8, 2016. March trip cancelledMr. Singh was scheduled to visit Kashmir University in March but the visit was cancelled at the last minute due to an “unforeseen situation”.On April 1, security forces launched multiple operations in south Kashmir in which 13 militants were killed. Four civilians and three Army personnel also died in the operation. Protests have erupted after the encounters, resulting in injuries to scores of people.Several persons have been admitted to hospital with pellet injuries to their eyes. Till March 11, as many as 64 incidents of ‘terrorist violence’ were reported in the State. During the same period last year, 39 terrorist related incidents were reported. In 2016-17, as many as 664 terrorist-related incidents were reported, whereas in 2015, 208 such incidents were reported.Mehbooba’s pleaOn Monday, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met the Prime Minister in New Delhi and sought frequent meetings with Pakistan at the “highest levels.”She “stressed on finding ways and means to end the cycle of violence in the State by addressing the element of alienation among youth.”She said the people of the State were looking up to the country’s political leadership to support them in getting out of this cycle of uncertainty and deaths, a J&K government statement said.last_img read more

Construction firm MD arrestedConstruction firm MD arrested

first_imgA day after a labourer died when an iron frame fell on him at an under-construction flyover near Bomikhal area of the city, the police on Friday arrested Pratap Kishore Panda, the managing director of Panda Infra which is executing the project.The deceased, Ajay Vumicha (38), hailed from Sundargarh district. Another worker, Ananda Kumar Nayak, was admitted to a hospital with serious injuries. In September 2017, a portion of the same project had caved in, killing one person and injuring 10 others.“We have arrested the managing director of the construction company. We will arrest more people if their role is found in the incident,” said Commissioner of Police Y.B. Khurania.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced ex gratia of ₹5 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased and ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident.last_img read more

One killed in Bhangar, former TMC MLA arrestedOne killed in Bhangar, former TMC MLA arrested

first_imgAhead of the panchayat polls in West Bengal, Bhangar, in the State’s South 24 Parganas, witnessed fresh violence late on Friday evening. A 26-year-old villager, who is said to be a supporter of an independent candidate contesting the rural polls, was killed.Following the incident, former Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLA and local strongman Arabul Islam was arrested.The incident took place when TMC cadres and followers of Arabul attacked a rally taken out in support of an independent candidate at the Natunhat village at Bhangar II block.The deceased was a supporter of the Committee for Protection of Land, Livelihood, Ecology and Environment, which has been agitating against setting up a power grid in the area for the past couple of years. The concerned independent candidate is also supported by the Committee.“Our supporter Hafijul Molla (26) was shot dead by TMC cadres during an election rally on Friday at Natunhat village. Five other supporters also sustained bullet injuries,” a member of the Committee said. He further alleged that TMC cadres and followers of the former ruling party MLA Arabul were behind the attack.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, during a video chat on social media, said that “there are Maoists in Bhangar and they are in touch with their counterparts in Bihar. I have asked police to take action against Arabul.” However, she did not elaborate on the reason behind her instructions.The incident comes at a time when there has been renewed tension between the Committee and TMC over filing nominations for the panchayat polls. The Committee has fielded nine candidates- eight for gram panchayats seats and one for panchayat samity seat- for the rural polls.Bhangar has remained tense since January 2017 when two persons were killed during a clash between the agitators and police over a proposed power grid.last_img read more

Video: New Shape Born From Rubber BandsVideo: New Shape Born From Rubber Bands

first_imgA simple experiment using rubber bands and cups of water is putting a new twist on helical geometry. Traditional telephone cords are coiled into helixes that spiral clockwise or counterclockwise. By securing one end of the cord while twisting the other in the opposite direction of the spiral, a rainbow-shaped boundary called a perversion forms at the intersection of the opposing twists. A helix with one or more of these perversions is known as a hemihelix. Although hemihelixes with a single perversion are commonly found in meandering plant roots and wool fibers, hemihelixes with multiple perversions have never been seen until now. In an attempt to create a spring that replicates the light-bending properties of cuttlefish ink sacs, a team of researchers suspended two rubber strips of different lengths. Connecting the bottoms of the two strips to a cup of water, the shorter band stretched to the same length as the longer one. After gluing the two stretched strips together, the researchers gradually drained the water from the cup. As the bands retracted and twisted from the reduced strain, the researchers were shocked to see a hemihelix with multiple perversions form (as seen in the above video). The width-to-height ratio of the rubber bands determines the final form of the resulting helix, the team reports online today in PLOS ONE. The authors suggest that such shapes have not been made before because most materials simply break when put under the forces used in the tests. The team hopes their work inspires nanodevices and molecules that twist and transform from flat strips into predetermined 3D shapes on demand.(Video credit: J. Liu et al., PLOS ONE 9, 4 [23 April 2014])Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Snails Are Dissolving in Pacific OceanSnails Are Dissolving in Pacific Ocean

first_imgAn increasingly acidified Pacific Ocean is dissolving the shells of tiny marine snails that live along North America’s western coast. The broad finding, which has surprised some researchers, suggests that sea life is already being affected by changes in the ocean’s chemistry caused by rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.“It really changes the game” by demonstrating that acidification is having a noticeable impact, says biological oceanographer Jan Newton, co-director of the Washington Ocean Acidification Center at the University of Washington, Seattle. Newton was not involved in the study.The researchers studied one kind of pteropod, common planktonic snails known as sea butterflies for the winglike body parts that help them glide through the water. Like other shellfish, pteropods use dissolved carbonate in seawater to build their shells. But laboratory studies have shown that the process can be disrupted, and shells can dissolve, as seawater becomes more acidic, or lower in pH. (Temperature has an impact, too.) As its concentration rises in the atmosphere, carbon enters the ocean through chemical reactions, causing its pH at the surface to drop by 0.1 units since the preindustrial era. That’s raised fears that marine ecosystems could be affected.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Outside the laboratory, however, just a handful of studies have linked falling pH levels to damaged shells. In 2012, researchers documented damage to oysters in hatchery tanks in Oregon fed with seawater that had become more acidic as a result of offshore upwelling patterns. The same year, researchers reported that pteropods collected at one site in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica showed signs of shell damage.To gauge how acidification might be affecting the Pacific, biological oceanographer Nina Bednaršek of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Seattle and colleagues collected pteropods at 13 sites during a 2011 research cruise between Washington and southern California. Back at the lab, they used a scanning electron microscope to examine the fragile shells, which are 1 cm in size or smaller. Normally, healthy pteropods have smooth shells. But more than one-half of these shells showed signs of dissolution, they report in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The pitted textures made them look like “cauliflower” or “sandpaper,” Bednaršek says.“I was surprised by the sheer spacial extent of the dissolution,” she says. “This is something we have not predicted before — the extent of the population that’s already affected.”What’s not clear from this study is how such damage might be affecting pteropod populations or the broader ecosystem. Previous work has suggested that shell damage can make it harder for the invertebrates to fight infection, maintain metabolic chemistry, defend themselves against predators, and control buoyancy. And while the snails are one of the most abundant organisms on Earth, “their role in ecosystems is generally not all that well known,” writes biological oceanographer Gareth Lawson of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts in an e-mail. But “they can be important prey items at some times and places” for fish and other creatures. For example, the pteropod examined in this study, Limacina helicina, is a key food for fish eaten by pink salmon, an important North Pacific fishery.If the pteropod shells “are dissolving as fast as the authors claim, the effects on individual physiology, behavior, and fitness, and hence on populations and food webs, are not easy to predict,” Lawson says. But they “could be profound.”The waters probed during this study, known as the California Current, are a hot spot of ocean acidification because of coastal upwelling, which brings naturally acidic waters to the surface, where they are made even more acidic by greenhouse gas pollution. But Richard Feely of NOAA, a co-author on the study, says that the site serves as a “harbinger” for what global seas will be experiencing decades hence.last_img read more

Podcast: Cat domestication, robot ghosts, and people who navigate like batsPodcast: Cat domestication, robot ghosts, and people who navigate like bats

first_imgWhat genes turned wildcats into housecats? How does a robot make people feel like a ghost is nearby? And can people learn to navigate like bats? Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm chats about these stories and more with Science’s Meghna Sachdev. Plus, Science’s Elizabeth Pennisi discusses overcoming hippos’ dangerous reputation and oddly shaped bodies to study their important role in African ecosystems.last_img

New York corruption case puts spotlight on cancer researcherNew York corruption case puts spotlight on cancer researcher

first_imgA prominent cancer researcher has become entangled in a high-profile corruption case in New York state. Media outlets are reporting that Robert Taub of Columbia University is the “Doctor-1” described in a criminal complaint that accuses Democratic state Representative Sheldon Silver, the powerful speaker of the New York State Assembly, of arranging bribes and kickbacks that netted Silver millions of dollars.Doctor-1 is cooperating with federal investigators, according to the complaint. In exchange for his cooperation, he will not be charged with any crime.The complaint, some of which is based on information supplied by Doctor-1, alleges that Silver steered to Taub some $500,000 from a state health care research fund that Silver controlled. In exchange, Taub referred patients suffering from asbestos-related disease to Silver’s law firm, investigators allege. Some of the funds were used to establish a university research center on mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer, the complaint states; Taub helped found Columbia University’s Mesothelioma Center, according to several online biographies. Taub is the Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family professor of clinical medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Silver also helped arrange for a job for a relative of Taub’s, the complaint alleges.Taub’s biography notes he has authored more than 130 research papers; a Google Scholar search using his name and “mesothelioma” returns 172 papers. He has served as a scientific adviser to a number of nonprofit organizations, according to online sources, and on the editorial boards of several journals.As ScienceInsider went to press, Taub’s office and Columbia University had not responded to inquiries about the matter.last_img read more

Cancer institute plans new award for staff scientistsCancer institute plans new award for staff scientists

first_imgThe U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) plans to test an idea aimed at bringing stability to biomedical research labs: an award to support scientists who want to spend their careers doing research but don’t want to be the harried principal investigator (PI) who runs the lab and chases research grants.Some biomedical research leaders have suggested that labs would operate more efficiently if they relied more on experts who stayed for years and less on short-term graduate students and postdoctoral trainees. It would also curb the cycle of PIs churning out too many young scientists for the available academic jobs, they argue. Last year, NCI Director Harold Varmus co-authored a commentary on coping with flat biomedical research funding that highlighted the importance of staff scientists. And Varmus, who is stepping down this month, mentioned NCI’s plans to launch a staff scientist award in his recent farewell letter.Last week, NCI’s Dinah Singer rolled out the details at an NCI Board of Scientific Advisors meeting. (Watch her talk at 2:20 here.) The K05 “research specialist award,” as NCI is calling it, would be aimed at scientists with a master’s, Ph.D., M.D., or other advanced degree holding positions such as lab research scientist, core facility manager, or data scientist.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Applicants would need to be sponsored by a PI and their institution. The award could cover up to 100% of their salary, but not research expenses. The 5-year, renewable award also would be “portable” if the recipient moved to another lab or institution.NCI’s advisers endorsed the idea, with a few caveats. Some worried that the staff scientist might leave at an inopportune moment, making the lab less, not more, stable. Would labs try to poach the best ones? Would NCI be flooded with applications? One concern is that “every single postdoc in the United States who’s got any interest in doing cancer research will apply for this … if they don’t get a PI job,” warned Bruce Stillman, president of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York.Some also wondered if the new award would simply increase the competition for a limited pot of money. Aware of the uncertainties, NCI plans to start small, Singer said, earmarking $5 million for 50 or 60 awards over 18 months. NCI plans to issue a request for applications later this year. Varmus calls it “a really important experiment.”last_img read more

Newly Sworn-In Citizens Say They Feel Anchored To The MaritimesNewly Sworn-In Citizens Say They Feel Anchored To The Maritimes

first_imgA group of newcomers was sworn in as Canadian citizens Thursday in Halifax, with one family having chosen Canada over the U.S. after trying both on their emigration from India.At the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 — the seaport-turned-museum that welcomed around one million immigrants to Canada between 1928 and 1971 — 147 newcomers stood and took an oath Thursday morning to become Canadian citizens.Read it at The Star Related Itemslast_img

Mauritius Becomes India’s Top Foreign Direct Investor in 2017-18Mauritius Becomes India’s Top Foreign Direct Investor in 2017-18

first_imgThe tiny island of Mauritius became the top source of investment into India, with $13.4 billion or 36 percent of the total in 2017-18, according to reports.According to Reserve Bank of India’s annual report, Mauritius was followed by Singapore with $9.3 billion. The Netherlands and the U.S. were third and fourth with $2.7 billion and $2 billion respectively.Further, the RBI said that India has witnessed a steady growth in FDI from 2013 onwards. Mauritius was a top investor in India in 2014-15 and 2016-2017 where the total investment from the African island was $5,878 million and $13,383 million respectively.A Financial Times report says that Mauritius is also one of Africa’s most advanced economy. According to the report, the reason behind Mauritius becoming one of Africa’s top economy is its foreign investment policies. FDI has been the key instrument in driving the economy to the top which is “labor-oriented, particularly in textiles and tourism,” James Zhan, UN Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) director for investment and enterprise was quoted as saying by the British newspaper.Apart from India, France, South Africa, and the U.S. were major investors in Mauritius turning the country’s property, IT, and tourism sectors into the key industries for a steady and booming growth.Mauritius has transformed into a “financial hub, high-grade tourism, and services economy,” FT quoted Zhan as saying.While FDI has become a key source, a practice known as round-tripping — where the capital is routed through a low tax jurisdiction before it can return into the economy of origin as FDI — has remained an issue.According to John Christensen, director of UK-based think-tank Tax Justice Network, round-tripping has created a genuine problem to distinguish the original FDI and the round-tripping capital.“It has become extremely difficult to distinguish between round-tripped capital and genuine FDI globally,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.For years Mauritius has been the biggest source of direct investment into India, according to RBI data. While the fact is India is the world’s sixth largest economy, Mauritius is 124th in U.S. dollar terms.The imbalance clearly indicates, “It was round-tripping and going elsewhere using Mauritius as a springboard,” Zhan said implying that the investment was not always directed toward Mauritius.To solve this problem, India and Mauritius revisited their double-taxation treaty in 2016 and the changes are being noted in the current year and next, the FT report stated.Port Louis Stock Exchange Chief executive Sunil Benimadhu said, “We don’t want to be used as a base for [people] to bypass their taxation duties to their home countries.” Related Itemslast_img read more

Indian Man in Dubai Gets Deportation Orders for Forging Parking TicketIndian Man in Dubai Gets Deportation Orders for Forging Parking Ticket

first_imgAn Indian man in Dubai has been awarded a suspended jail term of three months and deportation orders for faking a parking ticket in the UAE. He was apprehended on March 10 in Al Rafaa, after the ticket placed on his car was caught to be fake.The 25-year old Indian man, who has not been named, was recently convicted by the Dubai Court of First Instance for forging a parking ticket issued by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in March, and awarded a suspended jail term of three months, Khaleej Times reported. The court also ordered his deportation to his country. The accused had used Adobe Photoshop to make a copy of the original ticket to avoid the charges of using the paid parking facility, which is managed by RTA.The forgery came to light when an RTA inspector on duty doubted the genuineness of the ticket placed on the dashboard of the parked car in Al Karama, Gulf News reported. When the inspector checked the ticket, it turned out to be fake.“There was a car with a ticket that looked like an original one, but it was fake,” Khaleej Times quoted the RTA inspector as saying. After confirming the fakeness of the ticket, the RTA official informed the police, who identified the Indian car owner and summoned him. The inspector, who alerted the police about this incident, told the prosecutor that the car owner produced the forged ticket before the police as well.The accused told the court that he used the forged ticket only once, and that too by mistake, Gulf News reported. When questioned by prosecutors, he said that he photocopied the parking ticket and then forged it using the software Adobe Photoshop.The general directorate of criminal evidence and criminology said in its report that the two paid parking tickets seized from the Indian accused man were fake, Khaleej Times said, adding that the ruling has been appealed. Related ItemsDubaiUAElast_img read more

Police head constable beaten to death in RajasthanPolice head constable beaten to death in Rajasthan

first_imgA police head constable was beaten to death in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district on Saturday, police said. Abdul Gani, who was posted at the Bhim Police Station, had gone to Hamela ki Ber village while investigating a case.“He was returning from the village on his motorcycle when some 4-5 unidentified persons attacked him with sticks,” Superintendent of Police Bhuvan Bhushan said. He was rushed to a hospital in Bhim area where he succumbed to injuries. Postmortem will be conducted on Sunday, he said, adding that efforts were being made to identify those involved.last_img

CBI quizzes news portal CEOCBI quizzes news portal CEO

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday interrogated Narada News portal CEO Mathew Samuel in connection with a sting operation he claimed to have carried out five years ago, agency sources said. In the tapes that surfaced in 2016, ahead of the Bengal Assembly polls, persons resembling senior Trinamool Congress leaders and an IPS officer are seen accepting money from representatives of a fictitious company in return for favours.Mr. Samuel, who had been questioned by the agency on earlier occasions, too, appeared before the CBI on Monday afternoon at its Nizam Palace office, sources said. The CBI made its first arrest in the case last month when it apprehended IPS officer S.M.H. Mirza, who is currently in judicial custody. Prominent TMC leaders and Ministers, including Subrata Mukherjee, Subhendu Adhikary and Sougata Roy, and senior BJP leader Mukul Roy, who quit the Mamata Banerjee-led party two years ago, have also been quizzed by the probe agency over the past few weeks in the case.last_img read more