Photo library: People 15

first_imgBy accessing this photo library, you agree to the Media Club South Africa photo library terms and conditions of use.Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.PEOPLE: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Schoolchildren learn science at the Scibono science museum in Newtown.» Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Schoolchildren learn science at the Scibono science museum in Newtown.» Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Schoolchildren learn science at the Scibono science museum in Newtown.» Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Schoolchildren learn science at the Scibono science museum in Newtown.» Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Schoolchildren learn science at the Scibono science museum in Newtown.» Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Schoolchildren learn science at the Scibono science museum in Newtown.» Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Schoolchildren learn science at the Scibono science museum in Newtown.» Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Schoolchildren learn science at the Scibono science museum in Newtown.» Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Schoolchildren learn science at the Scibono science museum in Newtown.» Download high-res image PEOPLE: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library?Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

Mandela is an inspiration: Obama

first_img18 July 2012 US President Barack Obama joined millions of people around the world in wishing former South African president Nelson Mandela well on his 94th birthday on Wednesday. “Mandela’s extraordinary life and steadfast commitment to the principles of democracy and reconciliation continues to be a beacon for people of all backgrounds who strive for dignity, justice, and freedom,” Obama said in a statement. He described Mandela’s personal story as one of “unbreakable will, unwavering integrity, and abiding humility. “On a personal note, our family has been inspired by Madiba’s example, and has deeply appreciated the time we have spent with him, and his wisdom, grace and generosity of spirit,” Obama said. “By any measure, Nelson Mandela has changed the arc of history, transforming his country, continent, and the world.” In 2009, the United States joined 192 United Nations member states in the creation of Nelson Mandela International Day. On this day, people honour Madiba’s commitment to service and the betterment of communities. People across South African and around the world have honoured the call to spend 67 minutes of their time on Mandela’s birthday to better their communities and help the poor. “There is no more fitting tribute to a man who has demonstrated to the world the extraordinary power of non-violence, of tolerance, and of unwavering service to our fellow men and women,” Obama said. Meanwhile, Mandela’s home village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape was a hive of activity on Wednesday with festivities lined up to celebrate the statesman’s birthday. Mandela’s longtime friend, former US president Bill Clinton, was in Qunu on Tuesday to wish Mandela well. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

2019 Between the Rows farmers gearing up for planting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dylan Baer – Wood CountyMost of our farm is in Wood County. We farm a little in Henry and Hancock counties. We grow wheat, corn, beans, and a bit of alfalfa. My dad is a seed dealer. We are delivering seed right now. I bale straw too.On our farm we only plant enough wheat for what I’m going to bale. We have 220 acres of wheat this year. We had it planted in the first week of October and it looked good, not great, but good last fall. It is having a heck of a time greening up this spring. The green spots are starting to make the brown dead spots look bad. We like to topdress it in mid-April and the first chance we get we’ll get out there.We actually finished up with harvest Oct. 25. We thought we’d have the month of November to finish up with tillage. Then it started raining. We hardly got anything done. We do not have very much ready to plant.We bought enough rye cover crop to plant before all the corn acres. We planted rye for a cover crop but we didn’t get it all on. This is our second year of rye before the corn and we seeded it in September. It is about 3 inches tall and it is greening up fast. We want to get in there and kill it ahead of the corn because we don’t want it to get too big. It looks good. I can’t wait to get in there and plant it. There is no water laying on that cover crop ground anywhere.We are going to no-till some beans and we have about 200 acres of corn ground after the wheat acres last year that are ready to plant. The rest of our corn acres still need a field cultivator or something like that. We have water laying in some places. We are still gearing up for things and we have time. We’ll see if the weather holds.Nathan Brown – Highland CountyI planted three acres of beans on March 24. We had ideal weather conditions. While I had the drill out to sow some cover crops, I thought I’d throw some soybeans in the ground to see what happens. The soil temperature was in the high 30s or low 40s and the ground conditions were about ideal.They were planted into a cereal rye cover crop. If I can get the beans out of the ground, the rye may help regulate the ground temperature and keep them from getting frosted if we get a late frost. I went out on Saturday and dug some. They are actually starting to sprout. So far I’m happy with the progress. I have never planted anything that early before but there is a lot of talk about getting things out early. I have seen a few other guys trying it so I thought I’d see what happens.We still have equipment to work through before planting. We are a few weeks out on getting started. We are busy with calving.The pastures are starting to green up. We frost seeded some cereal rye in heavy traffic areas and that is starting to come up. The cows are finally starting to cut back a little on hay consumption.Cover crops at this point are really just starting to take off, especially the stuff that was planted in late November or December. I was hoping to have a little more growth at this time, but you have to be flexible with management. We may end up using more herbicides this year.It has been challenging around here. I drove from Hillsboro to Georgetown and saw a couple of fields of beans and corn still standing. Some guys will be chasing the combine with the corn planter this year.Andrew Armstrong – Clark CountyWe farm corn and soybeans in the southeast corner of Clark County. As of right now we have planters still in the shop. Some are ready to roll when the weather is perfect. We are still thinking about trying to spray some burndown, but we are waiting on the weather.We thought we had a window here this weekend and we got a little drizzle that just softened up the top and we didn’t want to risk anything. We don’t want to get in too much of a hurry but as the calendar continues to flip everyone is getting excited.We parked the combines last fall. Then the faucet turned on and it never shut off.We always aim to do some burndown around Thanksgiving, but we didn’t get a window of opportunity. We can get a lot accomplished in the matter of a couple of days, though. In 3 days we can be caught up with herbicide application. We typically are no-till. We do have a field that was systematically tiled last year. We cultivate it, plant it and chisel plow it the following fall, but we didn’t get that done. We are going to plant it rough. We try to keep everything else no-till. We don’t want to mess up the no-till.We have not done much with cover crops but if you look at some of our fields right now you may think we are into cover crops with all of the weeds that have come up. We are very interested in cover crops but we are concerned with the management. Are we going to efficiently be able to plant them and kill them? Will they pay for themselves in the future?We keep watching the weather here. We are ready to go with a moment’s notice. It will probably be toward the end of April before we start planting.Lamar Liming – Trumbull/ Mahoning CountyWe’re in Lordstown, Ohio, which is in southern Trumbull County. We have a dairy and grain farm. We milk about 60 cows and farm 700 acres. I am about 20 miles from the Pennsylvania line, just barely into the Snow Belt.We are starting to dry out, but it seems like we get dry and it rains again. Last weekend we had 2.25 inches of rain that soaked everything down. It warmed up pretty nice, though, this weekend and the grass is trying to pop. We have been trying to haul manure. It has been a real challenge trying to get manure out.Harvest was long. We finished up in December with our own crops. We did a little bit of custom work and it got into February before we finished that. There are still some crops out in the area. A week ago I still saw some beans out.All of last year was a challenge. It was a challenge getting stuff in, making hay and planting wheat. I planted about half my wheat and it looks like I’m going to burn it all off. None if it is going to make it. I think I got it planted on Oct. 18. The insurance date is Oct. 20. It just didn’t want to come out of the ground. We had so much water and freezing and ice. It was a terrible winter for wheat around here.They say dairy is going to be better in 2019. It is picking up a little bit here from what it was, but it has been very challenging. Ideally we get done planting by mid-May and then we start chopping hay. Last year we were planting corn, planting beans and chopping hay all at the beginning of June. It was hurry up and get it all done at the same time.last_img read more

Rock Chalk’s 2019 geocaching goals

first_img SharePrint RelatedThe Seanachai: Keeper of the Old Lore, Reviewer of the New CachesMay 6, 2015In “Community”5 Tricks of the Trade for Geocaching with KidsApril 29, 2014In “Community”The Geocaching Vlogger — InterviewSeptember 20, 2018In “Community” Chris (Rock Chalk) has worked at Geocaching HQ since 2014. He loves climbing and paddling for geocaches, and has gone caching in 14 countries and every U.S. state.One of the best things about geocaching is there are so many ways to play the game. It’s the same with geocaching goal setting. Goals can vary widely depending on your experience level, specific interests, and other factors. Like many geocachers, when I first began playing, I was attracted to the Fizzy Grid and 365-Day Challenge, as well as the Jasmer. Those challenges kept me motivated (and busy) for quite awhile. But if you play the game for a long time, you may find yourself searching for new goals to help direct your caching.Here are a few of the things that keep geocaching fun, fresh, and exciting for me:Challenge cachesA challenge cache requires seekers to find an associated physical cache, and to find an additional set of geocaches as defined by the challenge owner. As of this month, there are nearly 25,000 challenge caches in the world waiting to be found! I keep a lengthy list of the many challenges I’m working on, as well as bookmark lists of caches that will help me qualify for those challenges. This helps me decide which caches to attempt both in my home area and when traveling. Tools such as GSAK and Project-GC are invaluable for keeping track of progress on challenge caches.Visiting new regionsYou know how they say geocaching takes you to places you may never have visited? It’s really true when you start “collecting” countries, provinces, states, counties, and other regions. Here’s an example: while driving through California, I realized I had not found a cache in a county “near” our driving route. By “near,” I mean we only had to detour for an hour, and then hike for 20 minutes to find the cache along a desolate creek! I certainly never would have seen that place without geocaching. You will probably have similar moments if you experiment with finding caches in new regions.Achievements I’ve dreamed up for myselfDon’t let yourself be constrained by the “usual” geocaching goals. What may seem crazy to someone else might be tons of fun for you. For example, when I was working on completing my Fizzy Grid, I met someone who had completed the Fizzy Grid more than 50 times. That is, he had found at least 50 caches for all 81 fizzy grid squares. I thought that was sheer madness. Who could be so crazy to do such a thing? Well, after I completed the Fizzy Grid, I decided to keep going and try to find at least 2 caches for each grid square. Then 3. And then it just got out of hand. Today, I’m four caches away from completing the grid 50 times. Madness? Maybe. But it’s a lot of fun for me because I enjoy the Fizzy Grid. There are so many aspects of geocaching that your imagination is the only limitation to creating a goal that is especially meaningful to you!And now that you’ve learned what will motivate me in 2019, I’d love to hear about the goals that direct your geocaching!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

6 Tech Companies That Were Invested in Today: Which Will You Take Note Of?

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… leela cyd ross Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Our venture capital roundup for the day features a range of companies raising large and (relatively) small amounts of money. We’ve got software for school teachers to keep their classrooms organized and an app to make keyword advertising easier for small businesses, among several other useful technologies. We want to know which of these companies you’d like to keep tabs on. And as usual, we’re announcing yesterday’s poll winner.Yesterday’s poll winner, Qriosly, asks real questions of us on our mobile phones and iPads about products or companies, instead of using a traditional ad placement. RWW voting readers were most interested by this company; it earned 72% of the vote.Today’s CompaniesHomePipe Networks has created a free networking app that allows the user to access their home computer from their mobile phone. HubSpot, a marketing software company that generates leads for small business, was invested in by Google Ventures, Sequoia Capital and Salesforce.com in a Series D round. Fourth Wall Studios combines the real with the virtual in alternate-reality entertainment for multiple platforms (phones, pcs, etc.). Breezy is a mobile app that enables us to direct our printer through a phone, eliminating the need to plug our computer into the printer directly.LearnBoost raised a debt funding round. The company makes software for teachers that allows them to create lesson plans, manage grades, calendars and attendance, all using one interface. Lastly, AdGrok helps small businesses with keyword ad campaigns on Google.Which one of these six companies is most interesting to you?center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Venture Funding#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Vettel fastest in Ferrari on cold 2nd day of F1 testing

first_imgCavaliers ban fan who aimed racial taunts at Spurs’ Mills Bottas was next at 0.303 seconds slower in his Mercedes.They were followed by McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne, who just edged Red Bull’s Max Verstappen for the third fastest time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“In terms of general operation everything is really smooth. So it is good to come here and switch on the car and be able to run,” Vettel said. “Obviously the limiting factor was the weather. I think the next two days won’t be much better but I hope next week will be.”Cold and wet conditions, which reduce the tire’s grip on the tarmac, limited driving for a second straight day with only six more test days left before the season starts in Melbourne. Even with temperatures at their highest, both Vettel and Sauber rookie Charles Leclerc spun off the track and into the gravel.Kevin Magnussen had the biggest scare of the day. The Haas driver was about to crash when he managed to regain control and skirt just alongside the barrier until returning to the track.Vandoorne’s third-best time, however, came on a faster set of tires than Verstappen. Much more worrying was that his session was cut short by a problem with the car’s exhaust that the team said it was investigating.McLaren teammate Fernando Alonso had a wheel pop off on Monday, limiting his driving time as well.The hiccups don’t bode well for a team trying to rebound after three disappointing years with Honda by changing to Renault engines.Red Bull’s fortunes turned after Daniel Ricciardo set the fastest time and clocked the most laps on Monday.Verstappen had trouble getting his car out of the garage early because of a problem identified by the team as a “minor fuel leak.”Defending champion Lewis Hamilton was scheduled to relieve Bottas at midday. But Mercedes announced after the lunch break was cancelled that Bottas would continue behind the wheel “to maximize our mileage after the poor track conditions limited running this morning.”That means Hamilton has made 25 laps in the Mercedes so far.Vettel recorded the most laps for the session with 98, four more than Bottas. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View comments Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Vettel said that it was too early to size up Mercedes or the rest of the potential contenders.“For sure you look at the others and compare, but it’s very difficult. So I think we should not get into details too much because it is a bit pointless,” Vettel said. “First we try to understand the car. A lot of mileage, that is the key right now, and then later we focus on performance.”Robert Kubica, who hasn’t raced in F1 since 2010 after being badly injured in a rally crash, served as Williams’ reserve driver in the afternoon. He completed 48 laps and the seventh fastest time.Testing near Barcelona runs until Thursday. A second four-day session will be held from March 6-9.The season-opening Australian GP is on March 25. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during a Formula One pre-season testing session at the Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, outside Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)MONTMELO, Spain — Sebastian Vettel was faster than rival Valtteri Bottas on the second session of Formula One testing on Tuesday, as bad weather continued to complicate preparations for the upcoming season.Vettel set the pace with a lap of 1 minute, 19.673 seconds in the German’s first drive of the new Ferrari.ADVERTISEMENT A track temperature of 4 degrees (39 F) when the session started kept most drivers in the garages until things warmed up by noon.To make up some of the lost time, officials granted the teams’ request to cancel the one-hour lunch break.But light snow fell on the track as temperatures fell again with an hour remaining for the session.“It was very cold on track today. I don’t think I’ve ever driven in such cold conditions before in Formula One,” Bottas said. “The tires are just not made for these conditions. But we made the most out of the day.”More snow is forecast for Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img MOST READ Read Next AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

WATCH: Thirdy Ravena soars high for massive block in Gilas win

first_imgAsia… World…Meet @ThirdyRavenaaa. 🖐😠#LabanPilipinas #SmartGilas #FIBAWC pic.twitter.com/gFRVOQlqgb— ESPN5 (@Sports5PH) February 21, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesMANILA, Philippines—Thirdy Ravena just showed he’s ready for the big stage.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ It’s no secret that Ravena, who played for 13 minutes in Gilas 84-46 win, is one of the most athletic players in the country and now the  world knows, too.The Philippines was holding an 82-39 lead with less than a minute remaining when Ravena found himself defensing a transition opportunity that Qatari wingman Nasser Khalifa Al-Rayes took.READ: Gilas Pilipinas ends 2-game skid, keeps World Cup bid alive with big win over QatarRavena then decided to obliterate Al-Rayes from the face of the earth with a huge contest at the rim which looked like a clean block—but the referees deemed it an unsportsmanlike foul blowing their whistles with 53 seconds remaining.The controversial call saw Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao get his first technical, he got his second around 20 seconds later, after berating game officials on the foul.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Despite being the youngest of the Gilas Pilipinas players, Ravena made most of his playing time in the crucial game against Qatar in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers early Friday. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Cavaliers send Suns to franchise-record 16th straight loss LATEST STORIES Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chieflast_img read more

Loretta Saunders family says its time for healing

first_img(Miriam Saunders, mother of Loretta Saunders, during press conference Thursday. Trina Roache/APTN)Trina Roache APTN National NewsHALIFAX–It’s been a “roller coaster of emotions” for the family of a young Inuk woman killed last year.But Delilah Saunders is relieved it’s finally over.Before opening arguments even began, the Loretta Saunders murder trial ended suddenly after the two accused pleaded guilty.Blake Leggette will serve an automatic life sentence for first degree murder. Victoria Henneberry faces the same sentence, though she’ll be eligible for parole between 10 and 25 years. She pleaded guilty to second degree murder.“Personally, a lot of it hasn’t set in,” said Delilah Saunders, Loretta’s sister. “But I think we’re doing good, we are satisfied.”Loretta Saunders was killed on February 13, 2014.The family travelled from their home in Labrador to be here for the trial in Halifax. It’s been a high profile case over the last 14 months, garnering headlines across the country.“I’m pretty exhausted,” said Miriam Saunders, Loretta’s mother. “I have mixed feelings. I have joy, there’s sadness there.”Both Delilah and Miriam couldn’t sit in on the preliminary hearing because there was a chance they would be called as witnesses. So they never got to hear the details of how Loretta was killed. Miriam has said in the past that she wants to know, but are now spared the pain of hearing it in court.“It’s a relief that our family will not have to experience the facts in a very public forum and that we can learn them and react organically and without censor,” said Delilah Saunders.Loretta lived in Halifax while going to university. Her thesis was focused on missing and murdered Indigenous women. It’s a cause the family is picking up in her name.“Loretta may not be here today but her legacy lives on and will continue to grow through seeking justice for all missing and murdered indigenous girls,” said Delilah Saunders. “There are women who do not receive justice and families who do not receive answers. We are grateful that the perpetrators took responsibility but this often isn’t the case. It feels wrong to feel so happy. They not only took a very important loved one from us but a grandchild or a niece or a nephew.”Loretta was three months pregnant at the time she was killed.“We made plans,” said Miriam Saunders. “I was going to quit my job and she was going to go become a lawyer. So my hope is to start advocating for pregnant women who are murdered and their baby. My daughter and her baby are in heaven now.”When asked what he would say to Loretta if he could see his daughter now, an emotional Clayton Saunders replied, “I don’t think I would say very much, I would just grab her and hug her.”The family will stay in Halifax until next week. They’ll have a chance to read victim impact statements at the formal sentencing for Leggette and Henneberry on April 29.The family says then the healing can begin.troache@aptn.ca@TrinaRoachelast_img read more

New Jersey eyes cutting horse tracks in on internet gambling

first_imgTRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey lawmakers want to give the state’s horse racing tracks a piece of the action on internet gambling.The state Assembly is due to vote Thursday on a bill that would authorize tracks to offer internet gambling on their premises if they reach a partnership agreement with an Atlantic City casino or an online affiliate of a casino.Democratic Assemblyman Ralph Caputo says it’s a way to help the struggling racing industry with new revenue.“It would bring more traffic into the racetracks, and they need it desperately,” said Caputo, a former casino executive.Gamblers with internet betting accounts can already place bets from anywhere within New Jersey’s borders, and don’t need to go to a track to do so.“The casinos should realize that absolutely nothing will happen unless they agree to allow it through an agreement with a track,” said Dennis Drazin, chairman and CEO of the Monmouth Park racetrack in Oceanport. “Nobody is forcing anything on them. This is really a win-win for the racing industry and the casino industry.”Supporters envision track patrons placing online casino bets between races. The track would be compensated by the casino for drumming up new online business; the exact amount each track would get from a casino would have to be negotiated individually.Drazin said tracks would set aside an area for customers to place casino bets over the internet. The tracks would be specifically exempted from state law banning so-called “internet cafes” that offer real-money gambling.The Casino Association of New Jersey did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the bill.Internet gambling has been a bright spot in New Jersey’s gambling market. On pace to win $250 million online this year, New Jersey has the largest market of the three states that currently offer internet gambling (Pennsylvania recently approved it but has not started offering it yet).Delaware allows internet gambling through casinos based at racetracks.The state Senate has not yet scheduled a vote on the measure, which is being considered in a committee.___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAClast_img read more

Canadas budget to make significant investments in basic science and research

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s research community has long yearned for a consequential funding boost for science — and 2018 is poised to be its year.The Liberal government’s federal budget, now believed to be only a few weeks away, is expected to contain a major financial lift for basic scientific research across the country — one that will address some of the concerns laid out last year in a national review of the state of fundamental science.That exercise, led by former University of Toronto president David Naylor, recommended the government end a long stretch of underfunding with phased-in investments over four years — until there’s $1.3 billion more for researchers, scholarships and facilities.It remains to be seen how much spending the budget will contain, and for how long. The Naylor report calls for a steady increase in funding for scientific endeavours — with a particular focus on federal granting councils, which oversee the distribution of federal grants to researchers.The report is calling on the government to gradually add $485 million a year to its annual funding allotment for granting councils.Government sources suggest the budget is unlikely to include a point-by-point endorsement of the Naylor report, but it is expected to contain a major increase for granting councils as well as significant investments in science, in general.One source, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss plans not yet public, said the commitments are likely to be organized in the budget based on scientific theme, rather than the model in the Naylor report.In recent weeks, confidence has begun to spread in the halls of academia. Leaders from the research community say they continue to see promising signals from the government.Finance Minister Bill Morneau has said a “key element” in his budget, which is expected before the end of March, will focus on science and how it can play a role in building a solid economic foundation over the long term. In December, he held a roundtable with leading researchers and met with members of the review panel, including Naylor himself.Science Minister Kirsty Duncan, who commissioned the Naylor report, couldn’t share details of the budget, but she called the review “really important.”Duncan also acknowledged that funding is an issue — as well as governance, equity and diversity, early career research and ensuring a more nimble, responsive system is in place to improve funding.“We are a government that’s committed to science and research, and we have a finance minister who’s listening,” Duncan said in an interview.Paul Davidson, president of Universities Canada, said the most urgent need is the additional funding for granting councils.“The community is looking for a strong embrace of the Naylor report, a significant investment in the Naylor report and a clear trajectory on the spending,” Davidson said.“The signals are encouraging. It’s not over until it’s over, there’s still more work to be done.”Davidson also said the government appears to be on track to address another request in the report, which is to provide the Canadian Foundation for Innovation with reliable funding by entrenching its base support in the annual budget.The 20-year-old program, which helps facilities pay for infrastructure, labs and equipment, has been operating on the basis of notoriously uncertain grant funding, often at the whim of governments, every few years.The research community also has expectations the budget could include new efforts to support emerging and Indigenous researchers, help advance the role of women and improve collaboration on international research.McGill University’s Martha Crago, a member of Naylor’s panel, said in an interview she’s hoping for a meaningful, multi-year commitment to science. With economic uncertainties, such as the renegotiation of NAFTA, the government needs to take a responsible approach, she acknowledged.“On the other hand, the economy is strong,” said Crago, McGill’s vice-principal for research and innovation.“So, we would expect to have money coming and I would expect it to be in exactly those areas that were articulated in the Naylor report, because the community has really been able to get behind that.”Canadian Association of University Teachers executive director David Robinson and Canadian Alliance of Student Associations executive director Michael McDonald say the report helped form a unified pre-budget push.“We are hoping to see that translate into dollars this year,” McDonald said. “We’re going to keep our fingers crossed.”However, there are concerns Ottawa might focus too closely on basic research and overlook another segment of Canadian science: applied research.Applied research focuses on practical science, including the development of new products and processes that can support the growth of innovative businesses. Much of that applied science is conducted at colleges and polytechnic institutes.Nobina Robinson, the chief executive officer of Polytechnics Canada, said such institutions are only eligible for 1.7 per cent of the annual federal funding available for research and development — about $53 million a year, a sum she said she’d like to see doubled.“I don’t really care for this discussion around unfettered research versus applied research,” Robinson said.“A G7 country should be able to do both.”— with files from Mia Rabsonlast_img read more