first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Gomez de Liaño bros still undecided on UP return Will Voigt to help Mighty, not fill Gilas’ coaching spot World’s shortest man dies in Nepal at 27 ‘Maman Dion,’ mother of singer Celine, dies at 92 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Bank robber turns out to have forgotten to put eyeholes on pillowcase mask Stepheson was pedestrian at best for Meralco as he turned the ball over six times, the last one happening before his sixth personal foul at the 6:15 mark of the fourth quarter.Ratliffe said it was his constant pestering of Stepheson that caused the former University of Southern California Trojan to go awry on defense.“When you get fatigued, it’s kind of hard to play defense so I guess my strategy worked,” said Ratliffe. “He’s still a big presence inside but the game plan worked and coach [Chito Victolero] prepared us very well.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. School to fine parents for picking up their children late LATEST STORIES MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ravena gets Paras on board for 3×3 “I just tried to wear him down a little, I ran the floor and just tried to make him tired,” said Ratliffe who finished with a game-high 32 points to go along 13 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks.Ratliffe’s ploy worked perfectly as he helped Star to a 108-90 shellacking of Meralco as hhe limited Stepheson to a subpar line of nine points, on 4-of-7 shooting, and nine rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Stepheson, who stands two inches taller than the 6-foot-8 Ratliffe, has been averaging 18.88 points, 24 rebounds, and 15 shot attempts per game before he ran into Star’s defense.“He’s big, well I’m big too, but he’s huge so I know I can beat him up and down the floor and get him tired and I figured once he’s tired he’ll start to foul a bit,” said Ratliffe who forced Stepheson to six personal fouls. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA IMAGESsStar import Ricardo Ratliffe employed one simple tactic in stopping Meralco’s hulking import Alexander Stepheson in their matchup in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_imgSOCHI, Russia (AP): Fernando Hierro didn’t hesitate when asked if he would be happy to become the Zinedine Zidane of the national team. “Where do I sign?” said Hierro, smiling broadly only a few hours after being named Spain coach in a chaotic shuffle two days before the team’s opening World Cup match. “Hopefully.” Hierro is taking on a major coaching job without any significant previous experience, just as Zidane did at Real Madrid. The former France great went on to win three straight Champions League titles as coach before quitting last month. Hierro took over as Spain coach yesterday shortly after the national football federation’s shocking decision to fire Julen Lopetegui for accepting a job to lead Real Madrid next season without letting officials know in advance. Hierro’s first match in charge will be tomorrow against European champion Portugal in the teams’ World Cup opener in Sochi. “I couldn’t have said no.” Hierro said. “I wouldn’t forgive myself.” The 50-year-old Hierro, who was acting as the federation’s sports director in Russia, has loads of experience as a player, but his only head-coaching job was with second-division club Real Oviedo two seasons ago. He had previously been Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant at Real Madrid after Zidane left the post in 2014. “I only have one year of experience with Oviedo and one year of experience as an assistant coach,” Hierro said. “(But) I’ve been near a ball for 30 years.” The former defender spent most of his career with Madrid, including two seasons as Zidane’s teammate, before finishing his playing days with English club Bolton in 2005. He has experience from playing in four World Cups with Spain, starting in 1990 and ending in 2002. He also played at two European Championships, in 1996 and 2000. At Real Madrid, he helped the team win five Spanish league titles and three Champions League trophies, including as a teammate of Zidane’s in 2002. Hierro said coaching remained in his plans but admitted that he wasn’t expecting it to happen like this. “I like to go step by step,” he said. “After coaching Oviedo, I knew I wanted to coach again. Then this happened with the federation, and the circumstances made it possible. This is football. We never know what’s going to happen.” Playing experiencelast_img read more

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ ‘People evacuated on their own’ CONTRIBUTED PHOTMANILA, Philippines—The Philippines hauled in 19 gold medals to finish second overall in the Karatedo Goju-Kai Asia Pacific Championship in Cebu.The Filipino karatekas secured a total of 82 medals that included 26 silver and 37 bronze medals.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption View comments Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees One-and-done Suerte, UE look to make every game count Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Indonesia was the overall champion with 23 gold, 13 silver, and 21 bronze medals.Sports drink Milo partnered the Association for the Advancement of Karatedo to organize the event that drew 500 young martial artists across 18 countries from the Asia Pacific region including Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Korea.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“Programs such as the Karatedo Goju-Kai Championships will help expose our Filipino athletes to the international level of competition,” said Milo Sports Manager Lester P. Castillo.“It is truly inspiring to see our young athletes lead the charge in international meets such as this and we hope to see them soon in the global stage.” Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

first_imgCOVINA – Family members Monday located a man who had been missing from his home since Friday, police said. The man, identified as 61-year-old Robert Daniel Felix, turned up in Pico Rivera at the home of relatives, Covina police Sgt. David Pavaro said. “We got a call from a family member yesterday afternoon,” Pavaro said. “They said he went back to where the family used to live. He was safe and sound.” Felix apparently suffers from Alzheimer’s, officials said. VFW post to serve fish dinner Friday SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3752 will offer a fish fry dinner from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the post, 11912 Rivera Road. The cost of dinner begins at $6 and goes up, depending on extras. All proceeds will benefit veterans. For more information, call (562) 698-9059. Concert scheduled at La Mirada Park LA MIRADA – The city will host this summer’s National Night Out in conjunction with the Concert Under the Stars from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 2 at the La Mirada Regional Park. National Night Out is an annual event held in communities nationwide in order to strengthen neighborhood spirit and bring about drug and crime prevention awareness. The La Mirada Public Safety Team, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles County Fire Department and Neighborhood Watch volunteers will be present to promote community involvement. For further information, contact the sheriff’s La Mirada Community Station at (562) 902-2960. Oxmans saluted on anniversary LA MIRADA – The city recognized Jerome and Miriam Oxman on the occasion of their 60th wedding anniversary. Jerome and Miriam married June 15, 1947, when they shared their first dance at a nightclub. The Oxmans have three sons and three grandchildren. Murphys mark 50th year LA MIRADA – The city recognized Donald and Janice Murphy for their 50th wedding anniversary. Donald and Janice married July 3, 1957, shortly after they met each other while working for the same company. They have four children, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and are expecting two more grandchildren this year. Summer outings offered for kids LA MIRADA – The city invites children 5 years of age and older to attend four separate summer excursions this August with city chaperones. The first excursion will be held Aug. 1 to Boomer’s Palace Park. The second excursion will be held Aug. 8 to Soak City U.S.A. The third excursion will be held on Aug. 15 to the Los Angeles Zoo. The fourth excursion will be held on Aug. 22 to Climbx Indoor Rock Climbing. Fees vary for each excursion. For additional information, contact the Community Services Department at (562) 943-7277. Whittier gallery plans reception WHITTIER – A reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Whittier Art Gallery will feature local artists Donna Larsen, Fred Van Suchtelen, Pat Brown and Marty Wilson. The artists’ paintings and sculptures will be on display in an exhibit titled “Obsession With Art.” The exhibit will open Aug. 1 and run through Sept. 2. Whittier Art Gallery is at 8035 Painter Ave. For more information, call (562) 698-8710. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgMarseille were offered Tottenham flop Emmanuel Adebayor just hours before the transfer window shut.Spurs were desperate to shift the striker before Tuesday’s deadline, with Aston Villa and West Ham both keen.No deal was struck, though, and the former Arsenal man will now train with the under-21s until January.However it has now been revealed, according to La Provence, that Marseille were also in the running to to sign Adebayor.Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy reportedly offered the Togo star to the French club with just hours left in the window.But, given the lack of time and the 31-year-old’s wage demands, Marseille refused to enter negotiations. Emmanuel Adebayor 1last_img read more

first_img 7 Juan Mata may stay – good news? Read it below, then click right for another bit of Man United gossip – Like Blind, Mata was expected to be sold when Mourinho took charge. However, he has responded well to his Community Shield humiliation where he was taken off not long after coming on as a second half substitute. Mata scored in the opening day win against Bournemouth and according to the Daily Record, Mourinho has been impressed by the player’s willingness to follow tactical instructions. 7 Gabriel Barbosa aka Gabigol to join for £30m – Latest report, below, and click right for news on a possible loan deal – The Sun report news of a huge £30m bid being lined up by Man United for Santos’ 19-year-old Barbosa, also known as ‘Gabigol. He’s the next big thing apparently and owes his nickname to his goal scoring exploits stretching back to his youth team days. Since breaking through at Santos in 2013 he has scored 57 goals in 155 games (correct as of 16/08/16) and is a member of the Brazil Olympic football team. Daley Blind to help Bailly? All you need to know, below, plus more Man United news on the next page – New Inter manager Frank De Boer has been credited with interest in the player he coached at Ajax. “We have a lot of good defenders here but we’ll see. But I like him as a player for sure, he’s fantastic,” the Dutchman said. According to the Times, though, Mourinho wants to keep Blind at the club to help in the development of 22-year-old Eric Bailly who arrived in the summer for £30m after being impressed by Blind’s application in training. 7 Jose Fonte: Southampton stopper to add experience to Man United back line? Read all about it, below, then scroll through the gallery to see the latest Man United transfer news – Man United manager Jose Mourinho is still said to be chasing another defender, one with experience. Portugal and Southampton defender Fonte has been linked to Old Trafford and the 32-year-old is said to be flattered by the rumoured interest. If United do make the Saints an offer then Fonte is unlikely to turn them down. 7 Matteo Darmian to return to Italy? Get the latest, below, then click right for more Man United transfer talk – Darmian only arrived last summer, joining from Torino in a £12m deal and may be about to return to his native Italy. The 26-year-old full back was not in the squad to play Bournemouth and is reportedly wanted by both Napoli and Roma, according to Sky Sports. 7 7 7 Incredibly, Man United are reportedly NOT finished in the transfer market.No, there are still rumours of manager Jose Mourinho wanting to bring in more experience at the back, while a couple of players could be on their way out of Old Trafford.Scroll through the gallery to see the latest on the possible ins and outs at Man United.Check out the Man United page on talksport.com here or if you want to listen to a show dedicated ENTIRELY to transfer rumours, then check out the Transfer Centre every weekday from 1pm on talkSPORT 2 here. Cameron Borthwick Jackson to go on loan? Details below, plus Mata news on the next page – Man United’s 19-year-old defender Borthwick-Jackson has been linked with a loan away from Old Trafford. West Brom and West Ham have been linked with the player who may leave to continue his progress with first team football. Reece Oxford is staying at West Ham – The 17-year-old defender had been linked to Man United earlier in the transfer window, but – say The Sun – Oxford has been given assurances of game time this season.last_img read more

first_imgTommy Rowe salvaged a point for Bristol City late on after Middlesbrough staged a second-half fightback in a thrilling encounter at Ashton Gate.Kasey Palmer gave the hosts the lead with a simple header from close range after Niclas Eliasson delivered a pin-point ball into the area. Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ statement It was a thrilling encounter at Ashton Gate on target Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 3 Palmer fired the hosts in front Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship targets Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman deals Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January LATEST 3 Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta center_img stalemate LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS rookie error In the 13th minute, Boro’s Ashley Fletcher shot against a post from McNair’s low cross and nine minutes later Nathan Baker sent a glancing header against an upright from Eliasson’s centre.It was end-to-end stuff from the opening minutes, which saw City goalkeeper Bentley dive to his left to palm away Fletcher’s 25-yard shot.McNair had a shot blocked and headed wide of the near post from a Marvin Johnson corner as Boro signalled their attacking intentions.Andreas Weimann volleyed over for City and Benik Afobe forced a fine 35th-minute save from Darren Randolph as a hugely open game had both sets of supporters on the edge of their seats. latest Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Bentley tipped an Assombalonga shot around a post in the 36th minute and the only surprise was that the game remained goalless for so long before Palmer’s strike.Soon the second half was following a similar pattern as Bentley dived to save McNair’s low drive from distance and at the other end Randolph blocked Afobe’s close range effort.Moore’s own goal set City back and Lee Johnson made a double change, sending on O’Dowda and Pedro Pereira for the impressive Palmer and Jack Hunt. OFF What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas 3 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Boro equalised in the 64th minute, with Paddy McNair crossing low and hard from the right and City centre-back Taylor Moore diverting the ball into his own net from eight yards.Four minutes later the visitors were in front as Britt Assombalonga broke clear through the middle and coolly drilled a low left-footed shot past Dan Bentley.But back came City and substitute Callum O’Dowda crossed from the left in the 81st minute for the unmarked Rowe to net with a stooping header from 10 yards.Both sides hit the woodwork in a frantic opening half hour that saw some desperate defending at each end. BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Assombalonga scored his 100th league goal Assombalonga’s goal followed almost immediately, but O’Dowda repaid his head coach’s faith with the assist for Rowe’s equaliser.Lewis Wing shot inches wide for Boro as both teams went for a winner. And in stoppage time Bentley did well to smother a shot from Ryan Shotton.last_img read more

first_imgTo improve the economy, it is crucial to improve education and the number and level of maths and science graduates. They, in turn, need to be fed into the research and innovation sector, it was discussed at the launch of the South African Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators. Dr. Azar Jammine said it is vital that South Africa sells more innovation abroad and more is done to get investments for research in science, technology and innovation. (Image: Supplied, Department of Science and Technology) • Women combat lack of electricity with solar power • African entrepreneur sold his belongings to start Kisua • Africa played a role in ending World War 2 • MeerKAT reaches another milestone • Nigerian student builds solar car from scrap Melissa JavanThere is a need for South Africa to sell more innovation abroad and to invest in research in science, technology and innovation, according to Dr Azar Jammine, an economist and member of the National Advisory Council of Innovation (NACI).Jammine, the director and chief economist of Econometrix, an independent economic consultancy, was speaking at the launch of the 2014 South African Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators booklet on 15 May in Pretoria.The NACI advises the minister of science and technology, and through the minister the Cabinet, on the role and contribution of innovation, including science and technology, in promoting and achieving national objectives. These objectives include improving quality of life for South Africans as well as promoting sustainable growth and international competitiveness.Indicators included in the booklet are the rising unemployment rate, the amount of researchers in South Africa compared to other countries, and the number of schoolchildren who pass science and maths.According to the Department of Science and Technology, South Africa’s exports of pharmaceuticals increased by 43.5% between 2012 and 2013, while imports decreased by 3%. “The report [booklet] provides aggregated data from various sources to evaluate the state of science, technology and innovation in South Africa by appraising, among other things, the country’s human capital development, research capacity and export performance, and the impact this has on quality of life and wealth creation.Trend analysis“The 2014 report focuses mainly on data for the period 2004 to 2014, which allows for a proper trend analysis over a period of time.”Speaking at the launch, Jammine said that there were early signs of import substitution – the replacing of foreign imports with domestic production – in the pharmaceutical industry, but more time was needed to monitor the new development.A lot needed to be done to complete the booklet, he added. “We need the various government departments to start collaborating and integrating [in the science, technology and innovation sector].”New factors included in the report this year were Dineledi Schools data, data on matric physical science, knowledge on network data, foreign direct investment and data on mobility of South African researchers. Jammine explained that it showed:That over 25% of university enrolments should be at postgraduate level by 2030;That there should be an increase in access to science and maths, especially for underprivileged schools;That there should be an increase in the number of university students eligible for maths and science courses; and,That the number of schoolchildren passing maths and science above 60% should increase. Jammine said that the number of schoolchildren passing maths and science above 60% should increase. “The link between unemployment and education is undeniable.” (Image: Media Club SA)Education as an economic challenge“I find it terrifying when addressing the economy of the future. [The level of education] is a single economic challenge. Unless we get that right, we’re not going to get the economy right,” Jammine said, adding that 20% of pupils should leave Grade 12 with 50% in maths and science.“The link between unemployment and education is undeniable. We have to address this to have success [in the future of our economy.]”In addition, the number of people involved in research should be increased. “Currently there are 1.5 per 1 000 people employed in South Africa in the research fields. China, for example, has 1.8 and the Russia Federation has 6.2.”Jammine pointed out that the majority of the researchers in South Africa were white males.There was a lack of capital investment from business as well as a lack of investment for research, which was worrying. “Currently, there’s a missing link between the government and the private sector. There has been a lack of trust that has developed in the government in the last five years.”Investment in researchHe said businesses should invest in research, so that the government could put more into it. “The government is currently under pressure.”During a question and answer session, there were comments from the audience that there needed to be a space for businesses to communicate with the government effectively. One commentator said the government needed to ensure that businesses were real partners and that they had a voice.Thiru Swettenham, the programme co-ordinator of the Southern Africa Innovation Support Programme, said there was a need for more integration and co-ordination in the public sector to support innovations coming out of the small business sector. “[The] government has to create an environment which can take risk to support innovation.”The programme, funded by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is a four-year pilot project that seeks to guide innovation in southern Africa. It supports collaboration between the innovation systems of African countries in order to create a positive impact on economic and social development in the region.last_img read more

first_imgChina’s growing strength in science has been a recurring theme in recent editions of the National Science Foundation’s biennial statistical compendium. Max Braun/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0) NSF’s careful tracking of China’s scientific coming-of-age illustrates both the value of Indicators and its limitations. The vast data trove is meant to help scholars, policymakers, and business leaders grapple with a slew of policy questions. They include: How should U.S. universities accustomed to attracting the best talent from around the world respond to the increased competition? Should government agencies require international partners on any large proposed facility and project? What types of rules should govern any commercial spinoffs from such collaborations? More fundamentally, China’s surge has forced U.S. officials to ask themselves whether their country’s scientific hegemony since the end of World War II is sustainable or, instead, merely a short-lived quirk of history.There are no easy answers. And the NSF report assiduously avoids offering up its own analyses, much less any suggestions for dealing with these and other politically charged issues. “Indicators is factual and policy neutral,” NSF writes in the introduction to the online, 1065-page report, which is accompanied by a similarly voluminous appendix of tables. “It does not offer policy options, and it does not make policy recommendations.”Less-than-perfect metricsThat just-the-facts approach has helped Indicators remain largely nonpartisan. But this year’s report, competing for attention in a world of fake news and science deniers, offers hints that NSF may see the need to do more than simply let the facts speak for themselves.One clue is a new sidebar in the opening chapter, entitled “What Makes a Good Indicator?” A “good” indicator is a “direct measure” of a “policy-relevant” topic in enough detail to make “meaningful distinctions,” the article notes. But that’s not always possible, confess the authors, who go on to explain why NSF at times must use less-than-perfect metrics.For example, U.S. policymakers would like to know how many people have the skills needed to fill the available jobs in science and engineering (S&E). Unfortunately, nobody has figured out a way to measure the skills of the current workforce. Instead, NSF uses as a proxy the number of people earning S&E degrees. However, in the real world, millions of people without S&E degrees are holding down S&E jobs. So degree production is, at best, an imperfect indicator of the available talent pool.That’s not the only fly in the indicators’ ointment. Whereas workforce and degree data are collected by NSF, other data come from surveys by other organizations, including companies, other government agencies, or other entities. However, those surveys weren’t designed to be indicators, the report notes, and don’t always directly address the questions that policymakers might have. Still, the report explains, NSF uses them because the data are cheaper and available more quickly than if NSF collected them itself. Oddball scientists, the rise of Chinese research, and other highlights from NSF’s new tome of essential science statistics (Data) National Science Foundation; (Chart) J. You/Science Combating a climate of doubtParts of Indicators track trends that only a true science wonk could love, such as the $272 billion in global payments made for the use of intellectual property—patents, trademarks, copyrights, and industrial processes. In contrast, its chapter on public attitudes toward science appeals to a much wider audience.This year, NSF made two small, but potentially important, adjustments to its analyses of how the public views climate change and the researchers who work on this sensitive topic. The result is a much stronger statement on the scientific evidence for climate change.In past years, NSF began the discussion by simply noting that climate change “is a central, and often divisive, environmental issue for many Americans.” This year, however, NSF extended that introductory sentence to include an assessment of the state of the science. Specifically, it noted that “the scientific evidence overwhelmingly supports the conclusion that climate change is already occurring, that it will have a wide range of negative effects on Americans and residents of other countries, and that it is largely the result of human activities.”Many Republicans in Congress would take issue with that three-part assessment, in particular, that climate change is harmful and human-induced. But the report is unequivocal. Several paragraphs later, it states that “many Americans do not appear to know that the vast majority of scientists believe there is solid evidence of climate change and that humans are the dominant cause.” In previous iterations of Indicators, the equivalent section simply noted that “only a small majority of Americans believe that scientists have reached a consensus on climate change.”center_img Are scientists “odd and peculiar”?What the public thinks about scientists is often used as a metric for its attitude toward the scientific enterprise itself. To the extent that is true, this year’s report might give scientists pause.As part of a general survey of the U.S. adult population, NSF has periodically asked them to agree or disagree with the statement “Scientists are apt to be odd and peculiar people.” And this time around, scientists received a record-high oddball quotient.More than half of Americans—52%—agreed with the statement, up from 36% in 2012. In 2001 only 24% gave scientists such a label. Those with just a high school education—in other words, presumably less familiar with what scientists do—were especially leery, with 58% calling them odd and peculiar. But even among those with graduate or professional degrees, some 37% felt those labels were warranted. Similarly, only 37% of adults disagree with the idea that scientists are odd and peculiar, down from 63% in 2001.Even so, U.S. scientists can find plenty in the 2018 edition of Indicators to feel good about. “Americans have high confidence in the scientific community … second only to the military,” the report reassures them. And those looking for reassurance can find succor in the first sentence of the voluminous report: “The United States holds a preeminent position in S&E in the world.” Are scientists odd and peculiar? Polling finds that public perceptions of scientists shifted substantially between 1983 and 2016, with a majority of Americans now agreeing that scientists are “odd and peculiar.” By Jeffrey MervisJan. 19, 2018 , 3:45 PM Scientists discover something new every day. But science policy trends can take decades to reveal themselves. That’s why the bottom line in the newest edition of an indispensible statistical tome from the National Science Foundation (NSF)—that China continues to close the gap with the United States in the international race for scientific supremacy—will sound very familiar to those who follow these trends.“The U.S. global share of [science and technology] activities is declining as other nations—especially China—continue to rise,” NSF officials declared yesterday in rolling out the 2018 Science & Engineering Indicators, a massive biennial report that tracks scientific activity around the world. “The U.S. still leads by many measures,” adds Maria Zuber, chair of the National Science Board in Alexandria, Virginia, NSF’s oversight body, “but our lead is decreasing in certain areas that are important to the country.”Indicators has been documenting that narrowing over the past decade. In 2010, for example, NSF officials said they saw no end in sight to China’s large, decadelong investments in science. In 2012, agency officials talked about “the beginning of an Asian science zone” with China as the hub. 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first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 15 (PTI) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said that his government is planning to bring a law under which private hospitals refusing admission to emergency patients could be penalised. “We are planning to come out with a law so that hospitals refusing treatment to an emergency patient can be penalised. In the next couple of days, we will call a special session of the Legislative Assembly to bring in the law,” Kejriwal said. The Chief Minister conducted surprise checks at several hospitals including Guru Teg Bahadur hospital and Dr Hedgewar Aarogya Sansthan in Karkardooma. Kejriwals visit comes in the backdrop of another boy succumbing to dengue and his family alleging negligence by hospitals in the city. On September 8, 7-year-old Avinash Rout had died due to the vector-borne disease after allegedly being turned away by five hospitals which had driven his parents to suicide. “Hospitals which refuse treatment will not be spared,” Kejriwal said. He also said that government was exploring the idea of taking over private hospitals for a temporary period during an exigency. Meanwhile, Delhi government has summoned administrators of all private hospitals and nursing homes in the city. Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain will hold the meeting with them this evening. In the meeting, administrators of nursing homes and private hospitals will be given strict orders to not refuse admission to any suspected dengue patient. (MORE) PTI TM PLB PRMlast_img read more