K60 million spent to prepare for FIFA U20 games

first_imgThis was revealed by Minister for Sports, APEC and National Events, Justin Tkatchenko, during a media briefing today.Tkatchenko said half of the component came from remaining funds from the XV Pacific Games while the National Government put up the remaining balance. “The savings from the Pacific Games helped fund a lot of the infrastructure development.”He further said “we also had a budget of close to over K30 million so that we get the facilities ready on time.” The funding covered the development of mini stadiums and the Bava sporting precinct which includes rugby union, soccer and touch footy fields, as well as the Sir John Guise Stadium. The mini stadiums have a seating capacity of 5,000 people.Tkatchenko said a further K30 million ($US 10 million) will be funded by FIFA to cover logistical and administrative costs of the tournament.last_img read more

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Messi hits four goals as Barca hammer Eibar 5-0

first_imgBarcelona captain Lionel Messi was in a prolific mood as his side crushed Eibar 5-0 at home in La Liga on Saturday, scoring four goals to placate supporters who began the game by showing their discontent with president Josep Maria Bartomeu.The win took Barca back to the top of La Liga on 55 points, two ahead of Real Madrid who visit Levante later on Saturday.Messi had not scored in his previous four games but put the Spanish champions ahead in the 14th minute by dancing and barging his way past three players to slot home for the opener.He doubled the lead in the 37th with an equally impressive strike before completing his treble moments later and netted late in the second half for his fourth goal before Arthur Melo completed the drubbing with a tap-in.The Argentine’s goals cheered fans who began the match waving handkerchiefs and calling for Bartomeu to resign after the club was embroiled in a scandal involving a firm hired to monitor coverage of the team on social media.last_img read more

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Tiger Woods looms large, even on star-filled Masters leaderboard

first_imgPhivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The 43-year-old Woods, who won his last Masters in 2005, turned back the clock with four birdies in his final 10 holes on Friday, thrilling the Augusta National crowds with a handful of big putts and some vintage fist pumps.“I feel like I played my own way back into the tournament,” Woods said. “I was just very patient today, felt very good to be out there doing what I was doing. This is now three straight majors that I’ve been in the mix and so it’s good stuff.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWoods shot a 68 and has plenty of big-name company among the leaders, including 48-year-old Phil Mickelson, who didn’t have his best round with a 73 on Friday, but is still just three shots off the lead.“There’s nothing better than having a chance going into the weekend at the Masters,” Mickelson said. “And that’s what I want to focus on and I know that I’m playing well enough.” LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Tiger Woods reacts after making a birdie on the 15th hole during the second round for the Masters golf tournament Friday, April 12, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)AUGUSTA, Ga. — The top of the Masters leaderboard is a crowded place after two rounds, with Francesco Molinari, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen in a five-way tie for the lead.Then there’s the man lurking one shot behind: four-time tournament winner Tiger Woods.ADVERTISEMENT Boston Marathon organizers prepare for another rainy race ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US View comments Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Molinari is trying to win his second major in two years after winning the 2018 British Open. The Italian played a bogey-free round, finishing with a 67. Day also shot a 67.All of the five leaders are major champions and three have been No. 1 in the world.Woods is tied at 6-under for the tournament with Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Justin Harding, who is the only Masters newcomer in the group. Ian Poulter and Jon Rahm are at 5-under.Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau started Friday with a one-shot lead. The 28-year-old Koepka, a three-time major winner, made birdie on No. 18 to salvage a 71 and stay tied for the lead. DeChambeau faded with a 75.The list of contenders might be impressive, but nobody draws a crowd like Woods.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s been 11 years since he won his last major and had five surgeries since then, including four on his back and the other to rebuild his left knee. It’s hard to believe considering the way he was playing on Friday.Now comes the weekend, and it certainly has the potential to be a classic Masters finish.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs MOST READlast_img read more

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Angels favored over winless Chef’s Classics

first_imgStreaking PetroGazz is listed as a solid favorite against winless Chef’s Classics Wednesday even as Choco Mucho tries to fuel its own semis drive against Motolite in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Angels haven’t dropped a match since yielding a shutout loss to arch rivals Creamline Cool Smashers last Aug. 24, romping past the PacificTown Army Lady Troopers and the Air Force Jet Spikers, nipping the Flying Titans in five then ripping Motolite, Chef’s Classics and BanKo-Perlas sides to move to second at 7-2.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption LATEST STORIES Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Corner Manny Pacquiao–if you can LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist ‘People evacuated on their own’ Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down 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 This installs the Reinforced Conference champions as the heavy favorites to score a repeat over the Red Spikers, who are still winless in 13 games in the season-ending conference.Gametime is at 6 p.m. after the 4 p.m. clash between Choco Mucho, back in the semis hunt with a three-game run, and Motolite, out to rebound from a straight-set loss to BanKo-Perlas last weekend.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Creamline leads the pack with 11 straight wins and is assured of a playoff slot. View commentslast_img read more

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Jose Mourinho laments decision to let ‘killer’ Javier Hernandez leave Man United

first_img The Mexican striker left Old Trafford in 2015 Jose Mourinho believes ex-Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez is the kind of “killer” that would turn games for a side boasting talented players that are not “in love with the goal”.An unerring knack at drawing matches they have dominated has proved costly for Mourinho’s United this season, leaving them scrapping for a top-four berth rather than the title.The Red Devils have drawn half of their current 20-match unbeaten Premier League run and shared the spoils on 12 occasions in total – more than any team in the division.Misfortune has undoubtedly compounded a lack of cutting edge that has made Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann a potential summer solution.Mourinho confirmed United are looking at strikers, making his unprompted mention of Bayer Leverkusen’s Hernandez intriguing – especially having recently admitted he would never have sold him.The Mexico international, known as Chicharito, was unceremoniously shipped out by Louis van Gaal in 2015 and twice retweeted the United manager’s interview.“It is not at all a problem of quality, it is a problem of luck,” Mourinho said.“Many goalkeepers becoming phenomenal at Old Trafford, I think is credit for the goalkeeper.“We have some players that are not really players in love with the goal.“They are good players, they are creative players, they can create, but naturally they are not the kind of guy that is a killer.“I give you a simple example. In the way we play at Old Trafford, in the way we dominate opponents in the way we play in their box, I think Chicharito would have 20 goals easy.“Even coming from the bench for the last 10 or 20 minutes, he will have 20 goals.“He is a guy that naturally the ball comes, rebound here, rebounds there, boom – goal. The goalkeeper saves, he goes there, tap in – goal. The cross is coming, he anticipates the first post header – goal.“And not even coming from the bench, we have this kind of player that scores 10, 15 goals and gives you 10 or 15 more points.“We play well, most of the time, not always obviously, but we play well, we create a lot, we don’t score enough goals for the way we play and the teams that come to Old Trafford.”Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been the only striker to really shine, but United are waiting on their 27-goal top scorer to stop stalling on a contract extension.Asked if he would sign an experienced striker this summer, the manager retorted: “I cannot buy a striker more experience than Zlatan!“We have Marcus (Rashford), we believe in. We believe in Marcus, that’s no doubt. Are we going to buy a striker? Maybe, maybe.”Mourinho has regularly spoken of his belief in Rashford despite netting just seven goals this term.However, the United boss would not be drawn on the potential impact of a call-up for this summer’s Under-21 European Championship.“The power is in the Football Association’s hands and they are going to make the decision what they think is the (best) decision,” Mourinho said. “Agree or not agree, my opinion is not important.”He added: “He’s having amazing experience, which after the hurricane that was last season when he came in, is giving him a hell of an experience.“And because he is such a good boy and such a good professional, I believe that this is a fantastic learning experience for him. Fantastic.“Even not scoring goals, next season he will. Next season will be a good season for him.”Rashford’s rise to prominence at United has seen him bond with Jesse Lingard, whose progress has been rewarded with a new deal keeping him at Old Trafford until at least 2021.Eyebrows have been raised at reported £100,000-a-week wages, but Mourinho believes it is part of the modern game.“First of all, if you don’t pay, they go,” he said. “So we can be criticised by paying so much, but we would also be criticised if we lose a young English player made in the academy.“The club and the player tried to find a situation that makes everyone happy.“We are happy he’s staying, he’s happy that he’s staying and obviously he’s happy that he has a much better contract.“One of the Manchester United great players was telling me the other day that he was rich in the end of his career and now these kids they are rich when they start their career.“That’s simple and that’s obvious, so it’s hard and they need to be lucky to be surrounded by the right people.“If you are rich, that doesn’t mean that you don’t keep motivation high, personal pride high, professionalism high.” 1last_img read more

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first_img17 August 2004A businessman from the Western Cape is set to take a traditional South African meal, pap and vleis, to the mass market – in a can. And it may help Africa’s hungry, nogal.Pap (a kind of mashed potato made from mealie meal), which is both nutritious and affordable, and vleis (Afrikaans for “meat”) have been the staple diet for millions of South Africans for years.As traditional as rugby, sunny skies and Chevrolet, pap and vleis is also an integral part of the country’s ubiquitous braai (barbecue) culture.Now Western Cape entrepreneur Willem Steenkamp has found a way to put it in a can, and the world – especially other African countries – are sitting up and taking note.Steenkamp says one of the problems was figuring out how to keep the pap fresh – it gets sour after a few hours. According to Standards South Africa (stanSA), products with meat content have to be sterilised and have a shelf life of at least three years.“Pap alone is not a problem and does not need a long, intensive sterilisation process, but things get more complicated when meat is added, as it is more likely to contain hazardous bacteria”, Steenkamp said in a recent interview in Business Day’s trade supplement, The South African Exporter.To satisfy stanSA, the meat content had to be 40%, but Steenkamp battled the body down to 10% after market research showed there was demand for less meat.Steenkamp says even the machinery to put pap in a tin on the production line didn’t exist. And that was only half the problem.“The label is a problem all of its own, as it has to carry all the info that the health department and [stanSA] want on its nutritional information and ingredients as determined by an accredited laboratory, the recommended daily allowance and serving suggestions”, Steenkamp told The South African Exporter.Heating instructions also have to be “in an understandable sign form for those who can’t read”.Steenkamp says he expects success with his unique product in both the local and export market – and that his product could even go some way towards solving food shortages on the continent. “With this traditional African cuisine one can feed the hungry”, he said.He says there has been a lot of interest in his product from African governments, donor feeding schemes, and even mines. After samples were showcased in Japan, Steenkamp says prominent figures in government throughout Africa have contacted him.Steenkamp has negotiated a deal with Bull Brand, the established canned meat company, to manage the local marketing of the product, using their own label under patent-holder licence.The local retail market received the first tins in April and, according to Bull Brand, there is demand. “The chain stores indicated that they are very positive”, Steenkamp said.Some typically South African words and phrases used in this piece: Nogal – too, as well.Pap – a kind of mashed potato made from mealie meal (literally “porridge”).Vleis – Afrikaans for meat.“Rugby, sunny skies and Chevrolet” – lines from a 1970s radio advert for Chevrolet denoting things truly South Africa. The complete phrase was “braaivleis, rugby, sunny skies and Chevrolet”.Braai – barbeque.South African cuisine – a glossary of termsSouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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South Africans to be returned

first_imgFamily members of deceased South Africans during the arrival of the first mortal remains. (Image: Flickr)The bodies of the remaining 11 South Africans who were killed when the building in which they were staying collapsed are to be fetched from Nigeria and finally brought home.A South African National Defence Force C130 aircraft with a repatriation team left for Lagos on 2 February to collect the mortal remains of those who have been positively identified. The plane is expected to return the bodies to Air Force Base Waterkloof, in Tshwane, on 4 February.The long wait for these families, friends and communities is expected to be over finally. The bodies will be transported from the air force base to the nearest government mortuaries, and government social workers will be in continuous communication with the bereaved families.DISASTER STRIKESNearly five months ago, on 12 September 2014, 85 South African citizens died when a multi-storey guesthouse belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos collapsed. A total of 150 people died in the disaster. The victims were staying in the guesthouse while on a spiritual sojourn. It was one of the biggest disasters to befall democratic South Africa.The South African government ensured the safe return of 25 injured South Africans, and has been working with the Nigerian authorities to repatriate the remains of the deceased. President Jacob Zuma also appointed an inter-ministerial committee to oversee the government’s response to the disaster.The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure led technical planning for the identification and repatriation of the injured and the deceased South Africans. All 25 of the injured have been discharged from hospital.Victim identification was completed on 74 of the dead, and the bodies were repatriated. They were handed to their families at an official ceremony on 16 November 2014. However, the bodies of 11 South Africans had not been positively identified and could not be repatriated.Over the past two months, the government has been working to identify the remaining bodies and retrieve them. Fresh DNA samples were collected from the 11 families for further verification tests.The South African government has encouraged anyone in need to make use of its freely available grief counselling services. For counselling, the bereaved can call the toll-free number of the Social Development Department on 0800 428 428, or they can send a “Please call me” text message to *120*7867# and a professional counsellor will call them back.last_img read more

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Criminals are Excited for Cyber Monday – Tips to Avoid Them

first_imgAnd there you have it.  Keep yourself safe and secure for this year’s Cyber Monday bonanza.  Have more tips or looking for additional insight?  Join me on Twitter to continue the conversation @Matt_Rosenquist 2. Use a credit card instead of a debit card. Credit cards offer more security and protection.  Keep a close eye on your statements for fraudulent charges and immediately report any unauthorized transactions to your credit card company.3. Don’t fall for phishing or spam in emails, texts, or social media apps. Never click on embedded elements or links to open an attachment in messages that are sent to you.  These links can hide their real destination.  Instead, open a new browser tab and type in the vendor site yourself (no cut/paste cheating).  Be suspicious of emails and texts from your bank, a retail vendor, or police/FBI.  These are favorite entities that spammers love to impersonate.  Criminals will even title their messages with warnings of “fraud alert”, “order confirmation”, and “transaction validation” to get victims to open and click on links.  Be careful!4. Avoid online scams. If the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.  Beware of ads, and links in email/texts.  You won’t know where they will take you until it is too late.  Use common sense as incredibly inexpensive products may be counterfeit or non-existent altogether. 5. Only download mobile shopping applications from a trusted source and vendor. Stick to the approved Apple and Android stores.   Avoid any application which asks for your credit card number to help you shop.6. Beware of Ransomware. Make sure you have a good and up-to-date anti-malware solution installed.  Backup your files, passwords, important documents and treasured pictures to an offline drive.  I prefer convenient USB drives which are very inexpensive (and also make a great stocking-stuffer holiday gifts).7. If you have to establish an account on a shopping site, create a unique password (don’t reuse) just for that site.Use a password manager if needed and backup that password file offline. Safe shopping, Matthew Rosenquist Data HarvestersData Harvesters work to collect and aggregate personal data, so they can sell it to criminals and advertising networks.  They lure people in with ads, spam, phishing, and fake websites offering insanely good deals, so victims will happily input their personal information and credit card information.Credit Card Fraudsters Credit Card Fraudsters use stolen account information to order products and services.  With the vast number of transactions, many of high value, it is a great time for them to obtain pilfered card numbers and use them across the web.  It is more difficult for merchants and credit companies to identify fraudulent transactions on Cyber Monday, even for big ticket items.  Phishing & Spam MastersPhishing and Spam Masters assist Bot Herder, Malware Distributors, and Ransomware Extortionists.  Phishing is typically conducted via email, text message, or social media post.  It works by luring the victim to visit a maliciously crafted webpage, open a file, install an application, or click a link.  The result can infect the system with all manner of malware or get the unsuspecting victim to voluntarily provide sensitive data.  Bot HerdersBot Herders are continually looking to grow the number of systems they can control via a remote connection.  They install malware on victim’s devices which allow them to harvest information and use the group of controlled systems to collectively attack other targets.  Bot Herders participate in Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks to bring down websites and click-jack scams to generate ad-revenue.  They can also turn their victims into communication relays to hide other attacks or generate and distribute spam/phishing campaigns.  Ransomware Extortionists Ransomware Extortionists conduct one of the more vicious types of online attacks.  These criminals use malware to hijack important files on a user’s systems and encrypt them.  This makes them unusable by the owner.  They may target financial records, important documents, family photos, online game accounts, etc. then demand payments of hundreds of dollars to unencrypt them.  This is a savvy and very popular extortion method which is becoming a growing problem worldwide.  They are always looking for new victims.  DDOS ExtortionistsWebsite owners need to be online and functioning properly to showcase their wares, service prospective customers, and process digital transactions.  No retail company wants their site to be down.  Cyber Monday, of all the days is the most critical.  Denial of service extortionists capitalize on this fear and demand protection money from sites, with the threat of launching an attack which will interfere with their customers’ ability to reach the site.  These criminals may employ Bot Herders to send a flood of traffic or they may simply find internal weaknesses on the hosting site to corrupt the web portal.  Either way, even being down for a few precious minutes can cost a retailer a significant number of sales. center_img Early shoppers are not the only ones excited about Cyber Monday.  Online criminals are also eagerly awaiting the biggest online shopping day of the year!  Cyber Monday sales are expected to rise 12% from last year, to reach a staggering $3 billion, according to Adobe Digital Index.  Online retailers are preparing with glee to service every customer to take their share of this year’s sales windfall.  The number of transactions will be staggering, with people scouring the web for deals, entering credit card data, using electronic currency, providing email and shipping addresses, and spending money in large amounts.  Websites, credit cards, and shipping companies will compensate for this expected surge.From a cyber criminal’s point of view, these activities are all huge opportunities to steal your credit, obtain your personal information, infect your system, and extort money from you.  Cyber threats can turn your best shopping day into a terrible nightmare.  Let me introduce you to the threats: Don’t be a victim!  Here are some recommendations to avoid the drama and have a great Cyber Monday: 1. Shop only with trusted vendors. Search for ratings and reviews from people you trust.  Make sure they have a secure website.last_img read more

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France finally fills top science policy post

first_imgFrance’s socialist government has finally found someone to run its science and higher education policy. Yesterday, President François Hollande appointed Thierry Mandon as the new state secretary for higher education and research, a post that became vacant when Geneviève Fioraso stepped down in March for health reasons. The 3-month delay had sparked discontent among scientists, who said it betrayed a fundamental lack of interest in research. In April, trade unions called the empty seat “unacceptable.”Mandon, a political scientist by training, knows the world of research well. Between 1998 and 2014, he was president of Genopole, a biotechnology and genomics research cluster near Paris. “During these 16 years, Thierry Mandon has demonstrated a deep commitment to research and innovation. He also knows [the world of] higher education vey well,” Genopole Director-General Pierre Tambourin said yesterday. Mandon was elected to the National Assembly for the second time in 2012—he was a member before his stint at Genopole as well—where he got involved in higher education and student issues. Since June 2014, he has been state secretary for state reform and simplification, a job in which he was responsible for making French public authorities more efficient and user-friendly.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(*)Mandon faces many demands. Trade unions want the government to make a new body for the evaluation of higher education and research fully operational, and they want a dialog about researchers’ working conditions, including the situation of researchers and technicians on short-term contracts, the career progression of permanent staff, the place of women in research, and professional burnout. There has been a wave of protest in the past year in defense of permanent scientific employment and stable funding for universities and research centers. The recent €100 million cut in government funding for universities has fueled anxiety about the 2016 budget, currently under negotiation.During his investiture yesterday, Mandon acknowledged the current “difficulties faced by the students, the researchers, some universities, [and] some centers,” though he didn’t give any specifics. New policies should target the daily life of students and researchers and include the promotion of quality at the individual and national levels, he said.Researchers will judge Mandon first and foremost on his ability to stave off further cuts, says Guillaume Bossis, a biologist at the National Center for Scientific Research who is a spokesperson for Sciences en Marche, the group behind last year’s protests. “However, we fear that he will not have enough political power within the government to really change [the] situation,” Bossis writes in an e-mail to ScienceInsider. “We also hope that he will lend a more attentive ear to the academic world and its needs than his predecessor.”last_img read more

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This global map of manure could help save farming as we know it

first_img By Rachel CrowellMay. 7, 2019 , 12:30 PM Stephen Powers/Washington State University This global map of manure could help save farming as we know itcenter_img To grow the world’s wheat, corn, and beans, farmers need phosphorus—an essential nutrient that comes from bird and bat droppings and rock deposits. But the global supply of easily mineable phosphorus is dwindling; to stave off the coming drought, scientists are exploring an alternative: recycling animal manure for its phosphorus content. Now, they’ve come up with the world’s first map of this underappreciated resource, which shows that most manure is exactly where farmers need it—in their own backyards.To make their map (above), researchers used data on livestock density and calculated the annual amount of phosphorus excreted by cattle, pigs, chickens, sheep, and goats globally—as much as a whopping 130,000 kilograms per square kilometer, they report in an upcoming issue of Earth’s Future. (Various estimates put total global production between 15 million to 20 million metric tons per year.) The researchers found “hot spots,” areas in which manure-based phosphorus is a widely available, but underused, on every continent except Antarctica. Unsurprisingly, many of those hot spots are near farming communities and river deltas where agricultural runoff abounds.But reusing old phosphorus is easier said than done. To process pig and cow poo, farmers must break it down with bacteria or use special equipment to crystallize its struvite—the same phosphate mineral that makes up some kidney and bladder stones. These processes are already used by many commercial farms, which together help recycle about half the global supply of manure. 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Not only would more recycling reduce imports, but it would also help the environment by eliminating manure—and its phosphorus—from the water supply. It could also put a few more years on our phosphorus clock.last_img read more

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