Trump once again requests deep cuts in U.S. science spending

first_imgPresident Donald Trump There are a few modest bright spots. For example, the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) flagship competitive grants program, would get an $85 million increase, or 20%, to $500 million. Overall, however, USDA’s budget would be cut 15%, including an apparent 8% cut, to $1.2 billion, for the department’s Agricultural Research Service.Overall, White House officials say their goal is to cut spending on domestic and foreign aid programs by about 5% below this year’s levels while increasing military spending. At the same time, the administration says it wants to generally abide by a 2011 law that calls for reducing nondefense spending by 9% and defense spending by 11% in 2020, compared with this year’s spending.To meet those objectives while increasing defense spending, today’s request employs a number of accounting gimmicks that are likely to be rejected by Congress, setting the stage for another fight over revising the spending caps. Three similar battles in recent years have resulted in Congress and the White House increasing the caps, in some cases enabling substantial spending increases for many agencies that fund or conduct research.This year’s battle will begin in earnest this week, as spending panels in both the Senate and the House of Representatives are scheduled to begin to review the president’s request. Gage Skidmore/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0) For the third year in a row, President Donald Trump’s administration has unveiled a budget request to Congress that calls for deep spending cuts at many federal science agencies, including a 13% cut for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a 12% cut for the National Science Foundation (NSF), while providing hefty increases for the military.But the $4.7 trillion request for the 2020 fiscal year that begins 1 October, released today, is already drawing bipartisan pushback from lawmakers in Congress and—as with past Trump administration requests—many of the cuts are unlikely to be enacted into law.The president’s science adviser, Kelvin Droegemeier, calls the request “an important down payment on America’s future.” A statement from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), which he leads, says the president’s budget “promotes responsible spending [by] prioritizing high-impact programs that have been shown to be effective.”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(*) By Science News StaffMar. 11, 2019 , 12:15 PMcenter_img The OSTP statement cites artificial intelligence (AI), quantum information science, wireless 5G communications, and advanced manufacturing as administration priorities. It says the request would allocate $850 million for AI development and $430 million for quantum science across several agencies. But it’s impossible to tell whether that level of investment is higher or lower than current spending. What is clear, however, is that those investments would be part of a diminished federal research enterprise. The OSTP statement says the president’s 2020 request represents an overall federal investment of $134 billion in R&D. That figure, if enacted, would be 11% lower than the estimated $151.5 billion being spent this year on R&D.Rush Holt, CEO of AAAS (which publishes ScienceInsider) in Washington, D.C., says a reduction of that magnitude “would derail our nation’s science enterprise.” The president’s 2020 budget doesn’t match the administration’s rhetoric on the importance of research in preserving a healthy U.S. economy, says Holt, who calls on Congress to reverse the cuts, as it has done since Trump took office.Here are some highlights from the request:NIHThe request would slash NIH’s budget by $5 billion to $34.4 billion, a 13% cut.A new pediatric cancer initiative at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) would receive $50 million for drug discovery, studying the biology of pediatric cancers, and pooling data from cancer cases and existing data sets to “create a comprehensive, shared resource to support childhood cancer in all its forms.” The funding would begin a $500 million, decadelong pediatric cancer research effort that Trump proposed in his State of the Union address.But some researchers have expressed concern about focusing the initiative too heavily on data sharing. The advocacy community worries it will come at the expense of other pediatric cancer research and the overall NCI budget, which would fall 15% to $5.2 billion in the request.NIH’s Centers for AIDS Research would receive $6 million as part of Trump’s plan, announced in his State of the Union address, to reduce HIV infections by 90% over the next decade. The proposal would maintain this year’s level of $500 million for NIH’s 1-year-old Helping to End Addiction Long-Term Initiative to combat opioid addiction.Trump also wants to fold the stand-alone Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) into a new addition to NIH’s current 27 institutes, the National Institute for Research on Safety and Quality, which would receive $256 million. Congress has rejected past efforts by Trump to transfer AHRQ to NIH.Advocacy groups were disappointed by the proposed cut to NIH. The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in Rockville, Maryland, warned that “the proposal threatens the progress of biomedical research.”NASANASA has the moon on its mind. Fresh from Congress largely supporting its plans to return to the moon, the White House’s request calls for delaying the heavier-lift version of its long-delayed rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), repurposing that money to support its development of a small lunar-orbiting space station, now called the Lunar Gateway, and commercially developed landers.Overall, the agency’s proposed budget would drop 2.2% from this year’s enacted levels, with a more than 8% drop in its science portfolio. The request proposes canceling the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope, as well as earth science missions, including the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem satellite and the Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory Pathfinder. Congress has blocked these proposed cuts in past budgets and seems likely to do so again.The budget would start work on the agency’s next mission to Mars, which would return samples collected by the Mars 2020 rover, launching next year. However, the proposal did not detail the dollars committed to such sample return. The budget also continues to fully fund the troubled James Webb Space Telescope, now set for a March 2021 launch. And, notably, the administration has given up trying to kill two earth science missions: the Earth-facing cameras on the Deep Space Climate Observatory and the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-3, set for launch to the International Space Station next month.As it did last year, the White House has called for launching the Europa Clipper, its next flagship-level science mission, with a commercial rocket in 2023, rather than the SLS, as Congress has mandated. Launching on the SLS would knock nearly a half-decade off the trip to Jupiter, but would cost $700 million more, money that could be spent elsewhere. Similarly, the agency would slow development of the SLS’s planned upgrades, known as “Block 1B,” to instead support its lunar investments, including small commercial landers within the next few years and, by 2022, the launch of the Gateway’s first elements.Although Congress has supported the administration’s past moon plans, it remains to be seen how lawmakers, who have fended off many past budgetary attacks to the SLS, will react to the proposed delays.Other agenciesThe document the White House released today provides relatively few details about many agencies, and the administration has said it will issue the bulk of its spending plan on 18 March. Even then, it could be several additional weeks until the full scope of the administration’s proposal for specific agencies becomes clear.Today’s document, however, does include these nuggets: Trump once again requests deep cuts in U.S. science spending NSF would face a cut of roughly $1 billion, to $7.1 billion, a 12% reduction. At the Department of Energy, the Office of Science’s budget would shrink by roughly 17%, to $5.5 billion. The department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy would shrink by 86%, from $2.379 billion to $343 million. And the administration has again proposed eliminating the $366 million Advanced Research Projects Agency- Energy. Congress has rejected similar requests in the past. At the Environmental Protection Agency, the administration is again proposing to take an ax to climate and research programs. Overall, the agency’s budget would shrink by nearly one-third, from about $8.8 billion to $6.1 billion. Its science and technology programs would be funded at about $440 million, nearly 40% below the current level of $718 million. The budget line for air and energy research, which includes climate change science, would drop by more than $60 million, from about $95 million to $32 million. Congress has repeatedly rejected such proposed cuts. The National Institute of Standards and Technology would receive $688 million, down 30% from this year’s appropriation of $986 million. However, the administration once again wants to eliminate the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a program popular with Congress, which this year received $140 million to bolster commercial activities. The Census Bureau would get $7.2 billion to complete the run-up to the decennial census in April 2020. That amount is in line with earlier outyear projections of what the bureau would need in the last year of its 10-year cycle, and slightly lower than a $7.4 billion figure issued by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in October 2017 that includes a 10% contingency fund.last_img read more

Dortmund lose duo for Inter

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Borussia Dortmund will be without key duo Marco Reus and Paco Alcacer against Inter in the Champions League tomorrow. Alcacer has been out since the start of October with an Achilles injury, while Reus – who scored Dortmund’s winner at the weekend – is ruled out with flu. Joining the forwards on the sidelines at San Siro is experienced left-back Marcel Schmelzer. However, goalkeeper Roman Burki is passed fit after he was taken off against Borussia Monchengladbach with a suspected knee problem. The Germans will also be able to count on Jadon Sancho, the winger reinstated following his late return from England duty and subsequent exclusion. The Nerazzurri desperately need a win tomorrow after a draw and defeat in their first two Group F games, whereas their opponents are top with four points.last_img read more

What’s latest in the web?

first_imgKing of the Social NetworkMessage maniaModi has over four million followers. His tweet posted after BJP’s poll victory was retweeted over 70,000 times, a record for any Indian Twitter post. Selfie CzarNaMo courted controversy with his post-voting selfie, but redeemed himself by clicking a picture with his mother after his,King of the Social NetworkMessage maniaModi has over four million followers. His tweet posted after BJP’s poll victory was retweeted over 70,000 times, a record for any Indian Twitter post.Selfie CzarNaMo courted controversy with his post-voting selfie, but redeemed himself by clicking a picture with his mother after his poll victory.Here’s what makes Narendra Modi the most social media-savvy Indian leaderVictory Wall Modi’s website has a wall where any message with the hashtag #CongratsNaMo will be preserved forever.Facebook Fan clubWith over 15 million likes on his page, each of Modi’s posts gets a minimum of 100,000 likes.Social media’s reactions to the election resultsTop topics of discussion on TwitterNarendra Modi 722,910*BJP 322,596AAP 118,717Rahul Gandhi 47,054Varanasi 21,018From the first day of polling till now, Facebook ‘likes’ for leaders have increased. These are the top 5 politicos. Narendra Modi*Then 12,464,583Now 14,316,374Arvind KejriwalThen 5,024,162Now 5,434,351Kumar VishwasThen 2,060,566Now 2,152,542Vasundhara RajeThen 1,868,237Now 2,089,666Rajnath SinghThen 1,348,035Now 1,594,507Wurst of Both Worlds Conchita Wurst inspired the Web world with her confidence after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in a beard. Sporting high heels and butterfly eyelashes, the transgender became Austria’s first Eurovision winner since 1966.Parody PowerThe hashtag #RushdieExplainsIndia became one of Twitter’s trending topics on May 18. It now has its own account @RushdieExplains, featuring parody tweets that poke fun at the author’s tendency to drop names of celebrities in his tweets. Here’s an example: “It really was you Salman,” said Tina Brown about the Congress rout, “you wrote the Nehru-Gandhis into oblivion.”Save the Girlsadvertisement#BringBackOurGirls is a campaign started by Nigerian lawyer Ibrahim M. Abdullahi after militant organisation Boko Haram kidnapped 300 schoolgirls on April 14. The hashtag gained popularity after US First Lady Michelle Obama posted a photo in its support on Instagram.Top of the LotMaleficent Free Fall is Disney’s latest mobile game based on the forthcoming film Maleficent .Nuzzel is a social news service that recommends articles based on what your social media connections are reading and sharing.Dad’s Not the WayDad’s Not the Way A Delhi student, Prateek Verma, got beaten up by his father for playing a prank, announcing that his girlfriend is pregnant. The father stopped only when the teen told him that it was a prank and they were on camera. The video has got over a million views on YouTube.last_img read more

US Open: Roger Federer storms into quarter-final

first_imgRoger Federer shut out John Isner in a tiebreaker – something that had never happened to the big-serving, 6-foot-10 American in an official, tour-level match – and won their fourth-round U.S. Open match 7-6 (0), 7-6 (6), 7-5.Federer broke in the last game, ending Isner’s streak of 110 consecutive service holds at Flushing Meadows over the last two years.Also read: Andy Murray knocked out of US Open by Kevin AndersonFederer has not dropped a set on the way to a quarterfinal against No. 12 Richard Gasquet, who got past No. 6 Tomas Berdych 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 earlier Monday night.#Federer becomes first player to break #Isner at the #usopen since the 2013 3R. Will face #Gasquet in the QF. US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 8, 2015With losses by Isner and Donald Young on Monday, this is the 16th consecutive Grand Slam tournament without an American man in the quarterfinals. Isner and Andy Roddick made it that far at the 2011 U.S. Open.last_img read more

Mirpur Test: Honours even between Bangladesh and England after 13-wicket day

first_imgOpener Tamim Iqbal hit 104 but Bangladesh squandered a chance to take control against England on Friday on the opening day of the second Test.Bangladesh lost nine wickets for 49 runs to be bowled out for 220. The hosts then bowled well to restrict England to 50-3 before the rain brought a premature end to the day.Offspinner Moeen Ali claimed 5-57, his second five-wicket haul, to spark the collapse.Iqbal lifted his side from 1-1 by combining for a 170-run partnership with Mominul Haque, who made 66. Ali, aided by fast bowlers Chris Woakes’ 3-30 and Ben Stokes’ 2-13, stalled Bangladesh’s progress.At stumps, Joe Root was batting on 15, with Ali on 2. (Also read: England’s Bangladesh tour a watershed moment: ECB CEO)Iqbal made a watchful start after Mushfiqur Rahim, on his 50th test, won the toss and elected to bat first.Woakes dealt a blow in the third over of the day as Imrul Kayes cut straight to point in an ordinary delivery.But Iqbal showed patience when the ball was gripping alarmingly. Having opened his account in the 19th delivery he faced, he brought up his 50 off only 60 balls.However, he unwisely chose to pad up a delivery off Ali, minutes after reaching his century. Iqbal, who hit a dozen boundaries in a knock that lasted three hours and 147 balls, unsuccessfully reviewed and England finally got the chance to get back on track.Ali, however, gave another crucial breakthrough, removing Haque with an arm ball after he had reached 66 off 11 with 10 boundaries.advertisementStokes then found the reverse-swing, a weapon against which Bangladesh batsmen remained vulnerable.He managed to get Mahmudullah (13) and Sabbir Rahman (0), while Ali took the crucial wicket of Rahim (4) to leave Bangladesh 202-6 before tea. (Also read: James Anderson absent again as England unchanged for India tour)The slide continued after the tea as Woakes’ smart bowling rewarded him with the wickets of Shuvagata Hom (6) and Shakib Al Hasan (10).Ali successfully reviewed to get the wicket of Mehedi Hasan (1) and then removed Kamrul Islam for a duck.Ben Duckett hinted to a rousing start by inviting Shakib for six in the second over but he stunned Duckett just four balls later with a sharp turn.Mehedi Hasan successfully reviewed one to remove Alastair Cook for 14 and then got the wicket of Gary Ballance (9).last_img read more

Solskjaer: Man Utd need Champions League to attract stars

first_imgManchester United need Champions League football in order to attract a calibre of player that befits the history of the club, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.United currently sit fifth in the Premier League, one place and one point behind fourth-place Arsenal.The team have dragged themselves into contention for a top-four place after recovering from the disastrous start to the season they suffered under former boss Jose Mourinho. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But interim manager Solskjaer feels they will need to overcome the Gunners and fellow challengers Chelsea and nab the final spot in Europe’s top competition if they are to continue their re-building job and sustain the club’s legend.“To play in the Champions League for Man Utd, there aren’t many bigger things,” he told United’s official website.“We know that we cannot just live off our name and tradition and history. We want to attract good players that want to improve the players that we’ve got here.“All these top players that we have, they need players to challenge them, because no one should feel 100 per cent secure to be in the starting XI in the next game.“Every game is a big chance for the players to say that we want to stay and it’s the same for everyone in and around the coaching staff.“We want to just improve everyone, because that’s our job and the better we do, the bigger chance there is for us to be here.”United face Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday looking to turn around a 2-0 deficit from the first leg at Old Trafford.Should the team defy the odds and win the competition, they would automatically claim a place in next season’s group stage regardless of their league finish.But Solskjaer is prepared for the challenge of overcoming the club’s Premier League rivals and securing a Champions League place via the regular route.“I’m not a very nervous guy,” said Solskjaer. “I need to relax and I need to enjoy it and I think my players can see as well that I do enjoy this and they’ve got to understand that it’s the best time of their lives playing here and these are the times that Man Utd players step up – when the going gets tough. ”You sign up for challenges, you sign up to rise to those challenges when you’re at Man Utd and we’ve got Arsenal coming up, we’ve got PSG away coming up. These are the games that might make the players stay in the history of the club.“last_img read more

Valverde won’t curb Suarez’s bite

first_imgBarcelona Valverde not looking to curb Suarez attitude despite risks Joe Wright 08:32 2/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Luis Suarez Barcelona Getty Images Barcelona Luis Suárez Valencia v Barcelona Valencia Copa del Rey Ernesto Valverde The Barcelona boss is happy for his forward to play on the edge of referees’ tolerance, even at the risk of a suspension Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde insists he will not ask Luis Suarez to curb his “aggression” despite the risk of a ban for the Copa del Rey final.The forward has earned eight yellow cards in all competitions this season and another in Thursday’s cup semi-final second leg against Valencia would see him suspended for the final in April.Suarez was banned for last year’s final win over Deportivo Alaves, too, after being sent off in the last-four win over Atletico Madrid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Valverde says the way the former Liverpool star plays on the edge is a crucial part of the attacking set-up of his side.”I’ve spoken with Luis Suarez about his character on the odd occasion,” Valverde told a news conference. “The aggression he has in attack, with how he looks for space and goals, is good for us, even if sometimes it can lead to a booking or something.”But now we’ve got a semi-final to play. Suarez is experienced and he knows how to look after himself. We’re going to give everything to win. We will worry about the future later.”Suarez himself has admitted that the tie is far from over, following a 1-0 win for Barca at Camp Nou. “It’s a minimal advantage that we have because there are 90 minutes left,” Suarez told reporters after the first leg. “Valencia at home are always stronger and even more so in a Copa semi-final.”The loss of the Uruguayan would be a massive blow for Barcelona as well. Since the turn of the year, Suarez has scored nine times in all competitions and leads the Catalans in goals in 2018 .last_img read more

Man City seek Wigan talks over Aguero altercation

first_imgManchester City Man City seek talks with Wigan over pitch invasion & Aguero altercation Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 07:43 2/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sergio Aguero Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City FA Cup Wigan Athletic v Manchester City Wigan Athletic Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero The Premier League leaders are concerned that the League One club’s security arrangements put the safety of their players at risk Manchester City officials will seek talks with their Wigan counterparts in the coming days to discuss security arrangements at the DW Stadium and establish how a pitch invasion, which led to Sergio Aguero being confronted by fans, was allowed to happen.Wigan knocked City out of the FA Cup in remarkable circumstances on Monday evening, with Will Grigg’s goal grounding Pep Guardiola’s high-flying side after they had been reduced to 10 men just before half-time.AdChoices广告Fabian Delph’s red card sparked heated scenes between Guardiola and Wigan boss Paul Cook on the touchline and in the tunnel at half-time, while Aguero also rowed with Cook as players from both sides clashed on the pitch. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player That stoked the atmosphere for the second half and Grigg’s goal 79th-minute goal ensured a dramatic and emotional finale.The home side managed to ride out City’s late surges forward and referee Anthony Taylor’s final whistle acted as the starting pistol for hundreds of fans who were determined to celebrate their famous victory on the pitch.Yet a small number of those supporters approached Aguero and jostled with the Argentine striker, who reacted and had to be pulled away.Neither manager was willing to comment on the incident after the game, but City sources have told Goal that the club will make their displeasure known to Wigan.They believe that measures should have been in place to prevent supporters from entering the pitch, which would have averted any issues regarding supporters confronting players.City recently wrote a letter to referees’ chief Mike Riley about the standard of officiating in their matches, and proposed rule changes which would allow incidents seen by the referee to be subjected to retroactive action, which could mean yellow cards being upgraded to red.last_img read more

Low backs Gundogan and Ozil amid Erdogan controversy

first_imgMesut Özil Ozil & Gundogan not playing politics with Erdogan picture, says Low Dom Farrell 20:44 5/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ilkay Gundogan Mesut Ozil Getty Mesut Özil Germany İ. Gündoğan Arsenal Manchester City Austria v Germany Germany v Saudi Arabia Germany v Mexico World Cup Friendlies The Germany coach doesn’t want the stars’ meeting with Turkey’s president should not cast a shadow over the national team’s World Cup campaign Joachim Low is keen for Germany to move on from the controversy of Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan meeting with Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Ozil and Gundogan, who are both of Turkish descent, were selected by Low in his provisional World Cup squad after being pictured at Turkey’s London embassy alongside Erdogan ahead of the politician’s meeting with UK prime minister Theresa May earlier this month.Erdogan is seeking re-election in his homeland against a backdrop of pressure from human rights groups and exiled Turkish citizens, who have denounced the government’s vast arrest of journalists, civil rights activists and political opponents. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The German Football Federation (DFB) criticised Ozil and Gundogan, who appeared alongside Everton and Turkey striker Cenk Tosun, for taking part in an “election campaign stunt” – an observation that was branded “unacceptable” by the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) .Speaking at a news conference on Thursday after Germany convened at their Eppan training camp, Low confirmed he had discussed the matter with his players and felt it was time to draw a line under the episode.”We’ve had a private discussion and both players have assured us that no political message was intended,” he said.”For me, it’s no longer an issue within the team and the sporting aspects will now take over.”  The other source of pre-tournament controversy around the Germany squad has been Bayern Munich striker Sandro Wagner reacting in outspoken fashion to his omission.Uncapped Freiburg forward Nils Petersen was the beneficiary and now has a chance to make an impression before Low trims his group to 23 on June 4.”I felt it was important to have three strikers at the training camp to see what fits together best,” Low said.”I’m keen to see how Nils Petersen adjusts to this level, but I back him to show his quality.”I’ve already spoken about [Wagner] twice. I don’t see why I should say anything else about it.”Low confirmed Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng will have tests on a thigh injury in Munich on Friday.”Then we’ll decide whether or not he can join us this weekend. I think he’ll be able to train next week though.”last_img read more

3 days agoAston Villa defender Targett on Man City trip: We can do a Wolves

first_imgAston Villa defender Targett on Man City trip: We can do a Wolvesby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa defender Matt Targett says they fancy their chances against Manchester City.Targett says his side have no fear when they travel to the Etihad on Saturday after seeing Wolves pick up three points in City’s last home game.He told the Express & Star: “We will go there and take them on. We have our style of play and yes we respect them, they are the champions.“But we will go there and try and beat them. It has been done before, by Wolves, so that gives us confidence. We will go there and take them on, the manager has already said that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Citrus, meet sour: 10 Barrel Brewery’s Swill radler

first_img 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather Editors’ Recommendations What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskey 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic A Quick and Easy Guide to Popular German Wine Varietals In the world of alcohol, the term “swill” isn’t exactly a good thing. It often refers to a drink of inferior quality, the kind most would perceive as unpalatable to the tongue and tend to avoid at all costs. Fortunately for Bend’s 10 Barrel Brewery, its seasonal Swill ironically brings a whole new meaning to the term, delivering a sweet American radler infused with natural citrus and tangy undertones.A former one-off beer and the brainchild of 10 Barrel brewmaster Tonya Cornett, the Swill showcases more within its light-body exterior than meets the eye. On the outside, the beer resembles your standard lager or pilsner, with golden hues that perforate the top and bottom of 22-ounce bottles and six-packs scattered about the West Coast. Inside however, the unassuming Swill provides a near perfect blend of a traditional American sour and layers upon layers of distinct citrus. The brewery’s award-winning German Sparkle Party — a sour wheat beer laced with fruity flavors such as apricot, raspberry, and cucumber — comprises the beer’s Berliner-Weisse base, while subtle hints of grapefruit and sparkling soda add to the pungent mix. It doesn’t contain as much soda as a traditional radler, a German-based concoction that utilizes a 50-50 blend of beer and sparkling lemon soda similar to a shandy, but it’s still enough to give the beer a refreshing twist fit for the summer months to come.Like the label says, you’ll either love or hate the Swill. Given 10 Barrel’s recent roll of craft beers, though, we have a feeling it’s not going to be the latter. I guess it’s a good think the Swill is a modest 4.5 percent, whether bottled or fresh from the tap.Check out the seasonal Swill online for more information or to peruse all of 10 Barrel Brewery’s beers, including the notorious Apocalypse IPA and the surprisingly-light Sinister Black ale. Glenfiddich Grand Cru Makes a French Connection with 23-Year-Old Scotchlast_img read more

Six stories in the news for today June 19

first_imgSix stories in the news for Monday, June 19———FOOD INFLATION FORECAST LOWERED: REPORTCanada’s mid-year food price report predicts food inflation will be slightly lower this year than previously estimated. The forecast projects grocery and restaurant food prices will rise three to four per cent this year, rather than the three to five per cent anticipated in December. The bad news, for many, is that meat is expected be more expensive than previously thought, with prices soaring seven to nine per cent by the end of the year.———LIBERALS TO TABLE ACCESS TO INFORMATION BILLThe Trudeau government plans to cap the spring sitting of Parliament with long-awaited legislation on Access to Information and national security. The government had promised an initial wave of changes to the Access to Information Act by the end of winter. The planned amendments included giving the information commissioner the power to order the release of government records and ensuring the access law applies to the offices of the prime minister, cabinet members and administrative institutions that support Parliament and the courts.———FEDS TO LAUNCH GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE STRATEGYThe federal government is launching its long-awaited strategy on gender-based violence today. The strategy will include a way to develop and share research on everything from street harassment to getting boys and men involved in solving the problem. Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef will shed more light on which programs will get a share of the $101 million over five years — plus $21 million annually going forward — when she unveils the plan in Toronto.———REFORMED SENATE WORKING OUT AS PM WANTEDJustin Trudeau has no regrets about turning the upper house into a more independent, less-partisan chamber. The prime minister says it’s working out just as he hoped. Since the new regime was instituted, the Senate has passed 25 government bills. On six of the bills senators proposed amendments. Some of those amendments were accepted by the House of Commons, some were modified and others were rejected. But in every case, senators ultimately bowed to the will of the elected chamber and passed the bills.———COUILLARD TO TALK TRADE IN WASHINGTONQuebec Premier Philippe Couillard heads to Washington, D.C., today for a one-day visit that will include a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump’s point man on trade. Couillard is expected to meet with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross as well as several senators. NAFTA talks, softwood lumber litigation, supply management and the trade complaint filed by Boeing against Bombardier are likely to be on Couillard’s list of priorities.———ALESSIA CARA CHARMS IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDSCanadian pop singer Alessia Cara offered a dash of charm to last night’s iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards in Toronto. The Brampton, Ont.-raised singer co-hosted the event with Joe Jonas. The MMVAs built their rep on crazy antics over flashy accolades, but this year lacked any magic moments that could rival Lady Gaga’s flaming bustier. Acceptance and diversity were the key themes espoused by the stars collecting awards.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Finance Minister Bill Morneau meets with provincial and territorial finance ministers— Gov. Gen. David Johnston presents honours in recognition of outstanding Indigenous leadershiplast_img read more

fun Helps Unveil FilterForGood Program At Sundance

first_imgIn the last five years, the Brita FilterForGood program has helped stars like Dave Matthews Band and Jason Mraz cut bottled water waste when they are on the road. Now, Brita is extending that rock star treatment to up-and-coming bands, too.Nate Ruess, lead vocalist of Grammy-nominated band fun. and REVERB, a non-profit that creates comprehensive greening programs for music tours support the FilterForGood Bottle Free Bands Contest at the 2013 Sundance Film FestivalBrita is teaming with Nate Ruess on behalf of Grammy-nominated band fun. and a previous FilterForGood partner, and non-profit REVERB to unveil the FilterForGood Bottle Free Bands program at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.Through the program, Brita and REVERB will invite 30 artists to commit to reducing their waste on tour. These bands will receive a package of branded bottles to help them to reduce their bottled water use, REVERB green riders to encourage environmentally friendly hospitality and 200 branded, reusable Brita Nalgene water bottles the band can sell to not only make some money on the road, but also encourage their fans to kick the bottled water habit.Then, of the 30 participants, one band will be selected by music fans to receive the kind of package the big names have gotten – including consultation on creating a comprehensive Green Tour from Brita and REVERB. Worth an estimated $30,000, the prize will also include 2,000 branded reusable Brita Nalgene water bottles to sell as a merchandise item to help fans reduce their bottled water waste.“FilterForGood has been an incredible platform to encourage consumers to go bottled water free. Our many partnerships with new and established artists who are actively committed to the environment have helped us to amplify our message and reach a diverse audience about the importance of decreasing landfill waste,” said Brian Steinbach, marketing manager for the Brita brand. “The FilterForGood Bottle Free Bands Contest is a great way to continue to give artists the support and the resources they need to encourage their band, tour staff and fans to live a more sustainable and healthier lifestyle.”“Just a few years ago, fun. was a perfect example of a band who wanted to learn more about how to help the environment and make changes on tour but didn’t have the resources to do it,” said Ruess. “Working with Brita and REVERB educated us about actions we could take to lessen our carbon footprint at every tour stop and encourage our fans to do the same. Now that we have the knowledge, we’d like to try and help other bands take the same steps.”As part of its commitment to helping the live music industry, the FilterForGood Bottle Free Bands Contest will also partner with REVERB and fun. to take the band’s upcoming 2013 North American tour bottled water free. The partnership continues the relationship started between fun., Brita and REVERB on the 2011 Campus Consciousness Tour. As part of the partnership, Brita will make free Brita filtered water from Brita Hydration Stations available to all fun. concert attendees.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

BCs public auto insurer posts 935 million in net losses in first

VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s public auto insurer is projecting $1.3 billion in net losses by the end of the current fiscal year.The Insurance Corporation of B.C. says the “sizeable and significant loss” is evidence of the growing financial pressures that came from a rapid increase in the number of collisions in the province, and the rising costs of those claims.It says the number of claims filed is increasing by thousands every year, with the cost of injury claims closing in on $3 billion annually.Once-feted B.C. auto insurer is a wreck, no clear path to a lasting fixNew Democrats promise to fix Insurance Corp. of B.C. amid spectre of rate hikesThe number of large loss claims with an average payout of $450,000 have spiked by 80 per cent in the last 12 months.The corporation says $935 million in net losses have already accumulated in the first nine months of the current fiscal year, signalling that premiums are not covering payouts.The auto insurer asked the provincial utilities commission to hike basic rates last fall to combat its financial crisis, which Attorney General David Eby has previously said is the fault of the former Liberal government. read more

Resolution in FBIApple case prolongs larger legal battle

SAN FRANCISCO – The FBI’s victory in breaking into a San Bernardino killer’s iPhone without Apple’s help merely prolongs a battle over how far the government can go to examine private messages, photos and other files.“There’s a clash of values and interests that I think will continue,” said Ed Black, head of Computer and Communications Industry Association, a trade group whose members include Google, Facebook and Microsoft.Federal prosecutors have appealed a court ruling that said Apple doesn’t have to help them extract data from another iPhone in a New York drug case. Speaking in general, the Justice Department said it will continue seeking digital evidence, “either with co-operation from relevant parties or through the court system when co-operation fails.”After finding its own way to access files on the San Bernardino iPhone, the Justice Department said it no longer needs a court order to force Apple to remove safeguards against guessing that iPhone’s passcode. That means Magistrate Sheri Pym won’t be ruling on whether a centuries-old law, known as the All Writs Act, provided legal authority for compelling Apple’s assistance.Some in the tech industry worry that authorities will now try to pursue a smaller company — one without the financial and legal resources that Apple had — to win a favourable legal precedent that authorities could then use to pressure other firms — including heavyweights like Apple.“When you’re a company of five people, you don’t have a general counsel’s office. You have a card table that everyone sits and codes at,” said Morgan Reed, executive director of a tech industry group known as ACT, which represents software application developers.Although the Justice Department repeatedly insisted that its request for Apple’s help applied only to the San Bernardino iPhone, Apple said having to rewrite its iPhone software would make all phones less secure and open the door to more demands from government authorities, both in the United States and other countries.Tech companies say they turn over the customer data they have, when faced with a legal court order. But many companies are increasingly using encryption and other safeguards that put at least some customer data out of their reach. Companies say they’re determined to protect customers’ privacy against unwarranted intrusion.On the flip side, today’s popular smartphones contain a wealth of information about their users — who they talk to, where they travel, what they view online — which authorities can use to prosecute suspects, unravel plots and identify accomplices.“Every case is now a cyber investigation,” said Ed McAndrew, a former federal cybercrimes prosecutor now in private practice. “You’re going to have electronic devices and technology and online storage in virtually every case.”State and federal authorities in several jurisdictions have confirmed they would like to get access to encrypted smartphones seized in a variety of criminal investigations. In at least a dozen pending cases, the government has cited the same All Writs Act as legal authority to compel Apple’s co-operation.The FBI might be able to apply the same forensic technique it used with the San Bernardino iPhone, but it’s not clear if that will work with newer iPhones that have added security features, said Jonathan Zdziarski, an independent computer forensics expert. The San Bernardino iPhone was a 5C model, which largely had 2012 hardware, although it had a recent version of the iPhone software.Late Wednesday, the FBI agreed to help an Arkansas prosecutor unlock an iPhone and iPod belonging to two teenagers accused of killing a couple. What is unclear is whether the FBI — which already had the ability to get data from some phones — is using the same techniques as in San Bernardino.Meanwhile, the government’s authority under the All Writs Act remains in dispute. Any decision in the pending New York case will likely be appealed again, said Fred Cate, a law professor and fellow at the Indiana University Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research. “There’s no question that will be up in the air until the Supreme Court rules on it,” he added.In the San Bernardino case, most of Apple’s biggest competitors — including Google, Facebook and Microsoft — filed court briefs on Apple’s behalf. Representatives from those companies didn’t respond to requests for comment this week. But Black, the trade group head, said companies recognize the importance access to information is to law enforcement and national security.But he said many in the tech industry believe authorities went too far by trying to force Apple to write software that would override the security features of its own products.Members of Congress have discussed legislation on both ends of the spectrum — either to require tech companies’ co-operation or to limit law enforcement authority to compel companies’ help. The latest case could spur Congress to act, though Black and others don’t believe that likely given legislative gridlock on other issues.That means these battles are likely to recur in court instead.In a statement this week, the Justice Department said, “It remains a priority for the government to ensure that law enforcement can obtain crucial digital information to protect national security and public safety.”Apple responded by saying it will assist law enforcement in at least some ways as it has in the past. But the company added, “we will continue to increase the security of our products as the threats and attacks on our data become more frequent and more sophisticated.” FILE – In this Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, file photo, demonstrators Peter Brockmann, of Northborough, Mass., left, and Chris Gladney, of Boston, right, display iPads with messages on their screens outside an Apple store in Boston. The FBI’s victory in breaking into a San Bernardino killer’s iPhone without Apple’s help merely prolonged a battle over how far the government can go to examine private messages, photos and other files. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press Posted Mar 30, 2016 2:10 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 30, 2016 at 7:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Resolution in FBI-Apple case prolongs larger legal battle read more

UN supporting authorities in Ecuador following strongest earthquake in decades

“The United Nations and our humanitarian partners stand ready to support the people and the authorities with any expertise and support they may need,” he stressed, adding that World Health Organization (WHO) has deployed a mobile medical emergency team. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) also announced it has delivered 20,000 water purification tablets to Pedernales, the worst affected area, while the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is readying preparations for a major aid airlift, expected in the next 48 hours, to help people who have been displaced. Operational planning has been underway today in Copenhagen – UNHCR’s global logistics hub – for a first plane bound for Quito carrying core relief items including some 900 tents, plastic sheets, 15,000 sleeping mats, kitchen sets and, in view of the Zika virus risk, 18,000 much-needed repellant-impregnated mosquito nets.Meanwhile, the United Nations Secretary-General today said the world body stands ready to provide assistance to Japan following powerful earthquakes that struck Kumamoto province last Thursday and Saturday, killing over 40 people and displacing some 110,000 from their homes. “The Secretary-General sends his deepest condolences to the people and Government of Japan and to all affected communities, wishing a speedy recovery to those injured. He commends the Government, emergency responders and other civil society organizations who are sparing no efforts to help people in need and to restore essential services,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. Source: UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations Cartographic Section (The boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the United Nations) “The Secretary-General commends the Ecuadorean authorities for their leadership in the rescue effort and in providing relief to affected communities,” said a statement issued by Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson. It further indicated that Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien, who leads the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), has deployed a Disaster and Assessment Coordination (UNDAC) team, which stands ready to provide additional support. OCHA announced that Mr. O’Brien is expected to travel to Ecuador later today to see for himself the impact of the temblor. He is expected to meet affected communities, as well as senior officials, emergency responders, and humanitarian organizations, to support national response efforts and mobilize donor support for the relief and recovery operation. The UN relief chief is expected to speak to media in Ecuador’s capital, Quito, on 20 April.According to the latest assessment, more than 230 people died in central Ecuador and thousands were injured in the earthquake, reportedly the strongest in decades. “The authorities continue to assess the impact and damage, but so far we know that across Manabi and Esmeralda provinces, the earthquake has damaged or destroyed homes, hospitals, roads and businesses, power lines have been cut and tens of thousands of people are currently sheltering in evacuation centres,” Mr. O’Brien said. He noted that a state of emergency has been declared in six regions, and the Government has asked for international assistance. read more

Theres a 97 Percent Chance to Win But Dont Relax

Wednesday night in the NBA, the Toronto Raptors were up 25 points over the Brooklyn Nets late in the third quarter. According to reasonable models, the Raptors had more than a 99.9 percent chance of winning the game. And they did end up winning the game.But does that mean the game was over in the third quarter, and Raptors head coach Dwane Casey could have called it a day? Does that last 0.0001 percent represent the odds of a meteor hitting the Toronto bench?It doesn’t. Teams and coaches can’t afford to rest on historic odds of winning. Those odds are based on teams behaving in some average way.  That average way for NBA coaches is to compete long past a 99 percent chance of winning. Casey showed that Wednesday. Even up 25 in the third, he came out of a timeout with two starters and his best three subs on the floor. It wasn’t the Raptors’ top lineup, but Casey didn’t empty the bench.After ending the third quarter up 22 points (still a greater than 99 percent chance of winning), the Raptors saw the Nets quickly cut the deficit to 11 with a long eight minutes to go. That dropped the Raptors’ chances all the way down to … 97 percent. In most cases, if you tell a fan his team has a 97 percent chance to win, he relaxes and turns the channel (or if he’s a Miami Heat fan, he heads for the parking lot but begs to be let back in after Ray Allen hits a legendary 3-pointer to send Game 6 of the NBA Finals into overtime).Most of the time — about 97 percent, to be exact — heading for the parking lot is a safe move. But only for a fan. Teams and coaches still need to be paranoid until the odds get a lot closer to 100 percent.The same is true with FiveThirtyEight election predictions. In 2012, FiveThirtyEight’s continual projections that President Obama had more than a 70 percent chance of winning reelection didn’t mean that the Democratic campaign or the Democratic electorate could relax. It was probably because the Obama campaign didn’t relax that it continued to maintain its lead and, ultimately, win.Predictions are gambling tools, but they are also — if used properly — management tools. On their own, 97 percent doesn’t help Casey and 70 percent doesn’t help Obama. But knowing the process that went into those odds, and their history and context, can. read more

Sanja Damnjanovic out for 4 to 6 weeks

Sanja Damnjanovic Serbian star from RK Podravka Koprivnica, Sanja Damnjanovic (26) will be out for four to six weeks after she broke toe on the friendly match against Krim Mercator in Ljubljana. Her team-mate, Lidija Horvat accidentaly stepped on her foot and Damnjanovic went to the Hospital a few minutes before the final whistle. New injury caused a serious trouble for Podravka’s coach Neven Hrupec, who has to find solution to beat Hungarian Vaci in the next two weekends at Cup Winners Cup TOP 16 stage. Beside Damnjanović, Miranda Tatari (out for the rest of the season – knee) and Anita Gaće won’t be ready to help in the next European challenge. ← Previous Story Daniela Piedade is back! Next Story → Spanish legend Alberto Entrerrios retires from national team!

Minister The number of obese threeyearolds in Ireland is frightening

first_imgTHE LEVEL OF obesity among young children in Ireland has been described as “frightening” by Minister Frances Fitzgerald, following the publication of a report on three-year-olds in Ireland.The Growing up in Ireland Study found that 25 per cent of three-year-olds were overweight.“We have examples here of three-year-olds eating hamburgers and crisps – that’s the reality,” she said today, on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland. “The diets of some people in particular are absolutely very poor but across all classes you do have this problem”.The minister said that this demonstrated the importance of early intervention at pre-school level as well as supporting parents and focusing more on play and recreation.“There is evidence from other countries that you can interrupt this cycle,” she said.Fitzgerald recognised that the report has pointed to lower levels if health in children in poorer families and said that the government would now have to work on job creation, as this is “the best way out of poverty”.Related: Life as a 3-year-old Growing Up In Ireland>More: Latest study findings show huge impact of recession on families>last_img read more

Bouris gets packing

first_imgMark Bouris and the Packer business empire have united again, to take on the might of Australia Post. TZ Limited, the company chaired by Bouris, are to unveil a parcel delivery network called Adam – soon to be installed at 50 sites across Australia. The move comes after Bouris struck a deal with one of Australia’s largest e-commerce delivery companies – Temando. Earlier this year James Packer’s private investment company, Ellerston Capital, paid $5 million for a stake in Temando which delivers parcels for nearly three-quarters of Australia’s 100 biggest retail companies. Only Australia Post outperforms Temando for deliveries. In 1999 Kerry Packer paid $25 million for a stake in Bouris’ company Wizard Financial Services, which five years later Bouris went on to sell to global giant GE for $500 million. TZ’s smart lockers allow customers to pick up parcels 24/7. Customers will receive an electronic message with a unique code that will give them one-off access to the locker. “What we are doing with Adam is addressing one of the key problems of online retail, and that’s getting the parcels to the customers when and where they want them,” Mr Bouris told reporters. This week’s unveiling of the new delivery network ends a difficult year for TZ, during which it lost a tender to supply the lockers to Australia Post. “That was a major setback, but we were able to establish during the process, that we have one of the top five parcel systems in the world, and that’s not bad for a little Aussie company,” Mr Bouris said. Mr Bouris says that he is keen to show Australia Post what it missed out on. “Australia Post is the big incumbent. They’re never going to think I’m a problem, but I am after their market share,” Mr Bouris said. “They own the market, and I want some of it.” Temando CEO Carl Hartmann said the Adam system provided a much-needed service for online buyers, who are tired of using post offices with limited opening times to pick up parcels. Any merchant or delivery service, including Australia Post, will be able to use the Adam locker network. “A lot of thought has gone in to Adam, in terms of the locations of the lockers, parking and the ease of use,” Mr Hartmann said. “We can see there being 100 or so locations by the end of next year. “A few years ago it was all about free delivery, now people are looking for convenience. The more they can fit picking parcels into their lifestyle, the better.” Online retailing has seen massive growth in recent years, with parcel delivery a crucial element in the process. Data from Australian Customs shows the volume of small parcels delivered to Australia from overseas has doubled from 23.5 million pieces in 2006-7, to 48 million pieces in 2010-11. Adam’s first lockers will be located in Sydney’s CBD and be operational next month. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more