BIMCO Calls for IMO GHG Study Based on Realistic GDP Growth

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC 2.0 license Shipowner association BIMCO has called for the Fourth International Maritime Organization (IMO) Greenhouse Gas Study based on realistic economic growth.The association proposed that the GHG study does not include unrealistically high gross domestic product (GDP) growth projections to predict future transport demand – and thereby emissions – of the shipping industry.The proposal has been made to the expert workshop preparing for the study, which is meeting in London 12-14 March.“It is imperative that the industry – and the world – base discussions and actions to reduce emissions from shipping on credible and realistic projections. If not, we risk making the wrong decisions and spending resources ineffectively,” Lars Robert Pedersen, BIMCO Deputy Secretary General, said.BIMCO argues that the Fourth IMO GHG Study should avoid scenarios 1 and 5 of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Shared Socio-economic Pathways (SSP), as these scenarios project considerably higher and unrealistic short- to mid-term economic growth than current economic trends and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development projections.“The previous study’s most pessimistic projection of a 250% increase in CO2 emissions from shipping has since proven to be totally unrealistic, given the actual and projected economic development of the world. Unfortunately, the 250% projection has frequently been used as a stick against the shipping industry and to shape regional policy. BIMCO wants to avoid that happening again,” Pedersen added.BIMCO has collaborated with CE Delft, the consultancy that modeled and calculated the Third IMO GHG Study’s projections in 2014 for future GHG emissions from ships. The revised calculation includes the most recent OECD GDP projections.The report highlights, that when using a more realistic GDP growth scenario, the shipping industry is projected to achieve an absolute reduction of 20% versus the target of an absolute emission reduction of 50% by 2050 compared to 2008.“We will need new solutions, in addition to traditional efficiency measures, to reach the 2050 target. But to pick the right solutions, we need realistic projections,” Pedersen says.Lower transport work projections have recently been supported by two other studies: “Energy Transition Outlook 2018: Maritime Forecast to 2050” by DNV-GL and “Transport 2040 – Automation, Technology and Employment – The Future of Work” by the World Maritime University.Both studies have decoupled the correlation between the growth in GDP and transport demand after 2030, and both studies arrive at projections well below the BIMCO/CE Delft recalculation of the Third GHG Study. BIMCO also suggests that the IMO expert workshop take the decoupling of GDP growth and transport work into consideration.last_img read more

Canadian retaliation to US metal tariffs causing pain ambassador

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s ambassador to the United States says he’s hearing complaints from some Americans about the pain caused by Ottawa’s retaliation against the Trump administration’s steel and aluminum tariffs.David MacNaughton was referring to Canada’s imposition of $16.6 billion in retaliatory tariffs on American imports last year after President Donald Trump used a section of U.S. trade law to impose tariffs of 25 per cent on Canadian steel and 10 per cent on aluminum.The Canadian “countermeasures” hit products in U.S. states where Trump prevailed to win the presidency in 2016.They targeted a wide range of goods, including ketchup from Pennsylvania, bourbon from Kentucky, orange juice from Florida, toilet paper from Wisconsin and Ohio and panels for circuit breakers and fuses from Michigan.Mexico was also hit with the American tariffs and MacNaughton says the “strategic retaliation” the two countries have responded with is causing anxiety in some “important” states.MacNaughton told the Canadian Global Affairs Institute in Ottawa that the government is pushing hard to have the tariffs lifted.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Closing Bell TSX closes higher amid mega deals in telecom tech and

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market got off to a strong start to September on Tuesday as improved manufacturing data from China pushed miners higher while the telecom sector benefited from corporate dealmaking.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,740.50 +86.60 0.68%S&P 500 —  1,639.77 +6.80 0.42%Dow — 14,833.96 +23.65 0.16%Nasdaq — 3,612.61 +22.74 0.63%The S&P/TSX composite index ran ahead 86.6 points to 12,740.5, led by a surge of almost five% in the telecom sector after U.S. giant Verizon Communications Inc. said it was no longer interested in entering the Canadian wireless market. Verizon had announced Monday that it was paying US$130 billion for a 45% stake in Verizon Wireless owned by British cellphone carrier Vodafone.Shares in Canada’s top three wireless companies rose as result, with Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) up $3 or 7.2% to $44.59, BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) climbed $1.67 or 3.87% to $44.86 and Telus Corp. (TSX:T) jumped $1.81 or 5.54% to $34.50. Meanwhile, Microsoft Corp. announced it was buying Nokia Corp.’s lineup of smartphones and a portfolio of patents and services for US$7.2 billion. The purchase increased buyout hopes for BlackBerry (TSX:BB), sending the Canadian smartphone maker’s stock up 11 cents to C$10.75.BlackBerry is in the midst of a review of its “strategic alternatives,” which could result in the sale of its operations or an agreement to take the company private, though so far no potential bidders have publicly emerged.The Canadian dollar was unchanged at 94.97 cents US as the U.S. dollar appreciated on a much better than expected reading on American manufacturing.U.S. indexes gave up early strong gains as nervousness about a U.S.-led military intervention in Syria grew during the session and trumped data showing much greater than expected expansion in the American manufacturing sector during August.The Dow Jones industrials came down from a 123-point jump as traders weighed the chances of President Barack Obama getting congressional approval for punishing Syria for a sarin gas attack outside Damascus on Aug. 21 that U.S. intelligence says killed 1,429 people.A vote could take place next week after lawmakers return from holidays Sept. 9.“We’re not out of the woods yet,” observed Kash Pashootan, vice-president and portfolio manager at First Avenue Advisory, a Raymond James company.“With these geopolitical fears, they tend to pass. But while they’re happening, it’s difficult to see past them because it is pretty scary stuff when you’re talking about war.”The Dow Jones industrials closed up 23.65 points to 14,833.96, as the latest reading on the U.S. manufacturing sector showed stronger than expected expansion in August. The Institute for Supply Management’s index rose to 55.7 from 53 in July, much stronger than the 54 reading that had been expected.The Nasdaq gained 22.74 points to 3,612.61 and the S&P 500 index was up 6.8 points at 1,639.77.The Microsoft deal came down a day after Verizon announced its deal with Vodafone. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said Tuesday the company “never really seriously looked” at entering the Canadian market and that any plan is “off the table at this point.”Over the last few months, the spectre of competition in the Canadian wireless market from the big U.S. telco had pushed Canadian telecom stocks well off their 52-week highs.On the commodity markets, copper prices ran ahead following two reports — both released Monday — that showed China’s manufacturing sector improved last month after prolonged weakness. China is the world’s biggest consumer of copper, which itself is an economic barometer as it is used in so many applications.December copper got extra lift from the strong U.S. manufacturing data and gained seven cents to US$3.30 a pound, sending the base metals sector up 2.5%. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) advanced 86 cents to C$27.38.The energy sector gained 0.75% as oil prices shed early losses after the release of the ISM data. The October crude contract closed up 89 cents to US$108.54 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) rose 67 cents to C$36.17.Gold prices reversed early losses with the December contract climbing $15.90 to US$1,412 an ounce and the gold sector rose 0.7%. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) gained 32 cents to C$31.42. TOP STORIESBCE, Rogers, Telus rally as Verizon shuns CanadaBlackBerry investors react favourably to Microsoft-Nokia takeover dealGoogle’s next Android operating system named after KitKat chocolate barMining deal value has plunged 74% this year as M&A slows to a crawlWHAT’S ON DECK WEDNESDAY ECONOMIC NEWSBank of Canada announces rate decision at 10 a.m. CANADA8:30 a.m.Merchandise Trade Balance (July): Economists expect a deficit of $200,000 UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Goods & Services Trade Balance (July): Economists expect a deficit of $38.6-billion 2 p.m. Fed Beige BookCORPORATE NEWSCANADADominion Diamond Corp Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 11¢ a share UNITED STATESDollar General Corp. Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 74¢ a share SAIC, Inc. Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 22¢ a share read more

President off to Japan next week

The President is expected to meet with Japanese Emperor Akihitho, Japanese Prime Minister Shinso Abe and trade and defense officials during the visit. Sri Lanka maintains a cordial economic and bilateral relation with Japan and the visit is expected to further the Sri Lanka’s relation with Japan. Japan is the major donor country of Sri Lanka which provides assistance to several projects. President Mahinda Rajapaksha is to undertake a four-day official visit to Japan next weekThis visit is aimed at further enhancing the existing ties between Japan and Sri Lanka. According to the government information department the visit is scheduled to take place between 13 and 16 March read more

2 Federal Reserve officials highlight deep divisions

WASHINGTON — Two Federal Reserve officials who dissented from this week’s quarter-point rate cut are highlighting the deep divisions at the central bank.Eric Rosengren, head of the Fed’s Boston regional bank and one of two officials who opposed the rate cut, says that the additional stimulus was not needed. He says it runs the risk of inflating the price of risky assets and encouraging households and business to take on too much debt.James Bullard, head of the St. Louis Fed branch, dissented in favour of a bigger half-point cut. He argues that a larger reduction would have provided needed insurance against a sharper slowdown.In a CNBC interview, Vice Chairman Richard Clarida, who supported the latest quarter-point rate cut, says healthy debate is a strength of the Fed system.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press read more

CGI precleared by US to bid on US6 billion cybersecurity work

CGI pre-cleared by U.S. to bid on US$6 billion cybersecurity work MONTREAL – Information technology company CGI Group Inc. has been pre-cleared by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to bid on up to US$6 billion worth of cybersecurity work over the next five years.The clearance could help the Montreal-based company bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenues to monitor online threats to more than 20 federal government agencies.The U.S. subsidiary of CGI (TSX:GIB.A) was one of 17 companies that won positions on the program, allowing them to quickly win work without a drawn-out bidding process.The program is designed to provide government agencies, including the more than 60 per cent which don’t have mature surveillance programs, with the ability to continuously monitor computer threats and detect abnormal network activity.CGI says the U.S. government contract could add about US$350 million in revenues if CGI wins its traditional share of such blanket purchase agreements, although there are no guarantees.Spokesman Lorne Gorber the pre-clearance will allow CGI to capitalize on its expertise providing cloud computing services for the U.S. government.“It’s something that can only grow for us in the future,” he said.Kris Thompson of National Bank Financial added that CGI is “punching above their weight in the U.S. Federal market.”“These contract vehicles are very positive for CGI in a tight government spending environment,” he noted.CGI has 1,200 experts working at nine security operating centres and three cybersecurity labs around the world.Among its work for the U.S. military is the deployment and support of more than 9,000 biometric devices at more than 100 locations around the world.CGI Group is the fifth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world with about 69,000 employees and more than $10 billion in annual revenues. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 28, 2013 6:24 pm MDT read more

How Prince Charles set fire to a pile of jumpers and buried

first_imgIn response he helped launch the Campaign for Wool in 2010. Since its launch the campaign has staged more than 200 events, including shepherds grazing sheep on grass laid along Savile Row in London, the heartland of British tailoring, and in New York’s Bryant Park. Fashion shows in Japan, Italy and China have all featured woollen garments.The Prince says there are now signs of a revival, with the fall in sheep numbers across the globe slowing down. To demonstrate the biodegradability of wool, the Prince of Wales buries two sweaters, one made from wool and another made from a synthetic fibre A wool duvet, a wool jacket and wool carpet were given a flammability test, along with their synthetic counterparts Writing in the Telegraph Magazine the Prince recalled how “six months later, a ceremonious exhumation revealed an intact synthetic jersey, fit indeed to be washed and worn, while the woollen jersey had quietly and usefully biodegraded itself away to nothing”.Not content with that, the Prince set fire to a pile of jumpers, one synthetic, the other woollen, to test their fire retardant qualities. To demonstrate the biodegradability of wool, the Prince of Wales buries two sweaters, one made from wool and another made from a synthetic fibreCredit:Kevin Moran A wool duvet, a wool jacket and wool carpet were given a flammability test, along with their synthetic counterparts The Prince has long been credited with popularising the use of organic produce. Since then he has turned his attention to the wonders of wool.Next week he will host the Dumfries House Conference, in Scotland, bringing together what he calls “a great gathering of wool people”, including spinners, weavers and designers such as Paul Smith and Ermenegildo Zegna, along with carpet makers, sheep farmers, retailers and mill owners. As the Prince points out the price of wool has fallen sharply in recent years, with some sheep farmers receiving less for their wool than the cost of shearing their sheep as manufacturers turned to synthetic materials. I want to encourage a much greater understanding of woolPrince Charles “I want to encourage a much greater understanding of wool not only as a global environmental resource – versatile, sustainable, renewable and natural – but also as a global fashion resource of the highest quality,” he writes.He adds pointedly: “These may not be entirely welcome propositions in some part of an industry that is sadly dominated by mass-produced chemical fibres, but today’s environmentally aware consumers do seem to be seeking out quality and durability in fashion, lifestyle and interiors. And that is exactly what wool provides.”center_img Prince​ Charles shows a sheep to pupils from Avening Primary School in Gloucestershire at HighgroveCredit:Anwar Hussein/PA The Prince of Wales observes sheep being led into a shearing shed in Australia in 2012 “Synthetic jerseys produced a dramatic and disconcerting blaze,” he concluded. “While their woollen counterparts merely smouldered in relative safety.”There may be something of the mad scientist in all this, recalling his famous habit of talking to his plants, but the experiments are in line with his wider thinking on the environment. Prince​ Charles shows a sheep to pupils from Avening Primary School in Gloucestershire at Highgrove.  The Prince of Wales observes sheep being led into a shearing shed in Australia in 2012Credit:Getty Images He is well known for his passion for plants, but this may be the strangest crop the Prince of Wales has yet tried to raise.The Prince has disclosed how, in a curious experiment to establish the comparative qualities of wool and synthetic fibre, he buried two jumpers in a flower bed at Clarence House.His aim was to illustrate wool’s virtues as a material that is not only endlessly versatile but also eminently recyclable and totally biodegradable. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Butterball launches 5 Thanksgiving hotline app

first_imgFor more than 30 years, poultry titan Butterball has set up a special hotline on its most important day of the year — Thanksgiving. The so-called “Butterball hotline” allows the novice to the expert feast maker to get tips on anything and everything they need to know about stuffing and preparing a turkey for the biggest dinner day for millions of Americans.This year will usher in a brand new chapter in the Butterball hotline history books with the introduction of a special mobile app version of the service, as well as other technological advancements like Facebook live chats and a presence on Pinterest.Admittedly, relying exclusively on a 1-800 number in this age of social media and mobile dominance has seemed pretty antiquated for years. But there was some charm in the service because it was rooted in history just like the tradition of Thanksgiving itself.Nevertheless, there is a time for technological advancements for everything, and the Butterball app proves that. According to Butterball, their hotline office, which usually holds about 50 telephone agents, will now have a special corner dedicated to social media outreach. The company plans to set up HDTVs in the room which will show dedicated streams of Facebook and Twitter content.If a turkey company can make news in the world of mobile technology and online innovation, it’s just further proof that everyone is a content company these days, and there is no one to whom technology does not apply.The app is called Butterball Cookbook Plus and can be found on Apple’s App Store and Google Play. It is available for $4.99. If you want to do it the old-fashioned way it’s 1-800-BUTTERBALL.last_img read more

Australian Cardinal George Pell found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys

first_img Feb 26th 2019, 7:08 AM Australian Cardinal George Pell found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys He has now become the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex crimes. Tuesday 26 Feb 2019, 7:08 AM Catholic Cardinal George Pell Image: AAP Image/David Crosling via PA Images 11,064 Views No Comments Image: AAP Image/David Crosling via PA Images Share34 Tweet Email Catholic Cardinal George Pell AUSTRALIAN CARDINAL GEORGE Pell, one of Pope Francis’ closest advisors, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys, becoming the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex crimes.An Australian jury unanimously found Pell guilty in December on one count of sexual abuse and four counts of indecent assault against two boys at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in the 1990s.Pell, now aged 77, was accused of cornering the boys – then aged 12 and 13 – in the cathedral’s sacristy following Sunday mass and forcing them to perform a sex act on him.The cleric, who has remained free on bail, denied all the charges and an initial trial ended with a hung jury in September, but he was convicted on retrial on 11 December.A wide-ranging suppression order from the presiding judge had prevented the media from reporting even the existence of court proceedings and the ensuing trials since May.The order was lifted during a court hearing yesterday when prosecutors decided against proceeding with a second trial for separate allegations against Pell dating from the 1970s. There was no immediate reaction from the Vatican but Pell maintained his innocence.“Cardinal George Pell has always maintained his innocence and continues to do so,” said a statement issued by his lawyers, who added that they had lodged an appeal against the conviction.The statement noted that numerous allegations and other charges against Pell had already been withdrawn or discharged.‘Rot in hell’Of the two choirboys that Pell was found to have assaulted, one died in 2014 of a drug overdose that his family blamed on the trauma he suffered. The second victim said in a statement issued by his lawyer yesterday that the ongoing legal process was stressful and “not over yet”.“Like many survivors I have experienced shame, loneliness, depression and struggle,” said the man, who has not been publicly identified. By AFP At some point we realise that we trusted someone we should have feared and we fear those genuine relationships that we should trust.A pre-sentencing hearing is scheduled for tomorrow, when Pell is expected to be remanded in custody. He faces a maximum 25 years in prison if his appeal is rejected, prosecutors have said.His conviction is another hammer blow to the Church, which has struggled to convince the world it is serious about tackling widespread child abuse and paedophilia.Pell was appointed by Pope Francis to manage the Vatican finances in 2014 and was one of the pontiff’s closest advisors as a member of the so-called C9 council until being dropped from that body the day after his 11 December conviction.News of his conviction will be a serious setback as the pope pursues a campaign to show the church’s determination to fight sex abuse.Just two days earlier, Pope Francis closed an historic Vatican summit on sexual abuse by priests by likening the abuse to “human sacrifice”.“We are dealing with abominable crimes that must be erased from the face of the earth,” Francis said in closing remarks to the summit, vowing to deal with every case of abuse “with the utmost seriousness”.But critics say the institution is still moving too slowly in dealing with a problem that is global in scale and, at a minimum, spans decades.© – AFP 2019Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Handanovic pleased with Inter Milans vital win

first_imgInter Milan goalkeeper Samir Handanovic hailed the importance of their 1-0 win over Napoli on Wednesday night in the Serie AA injury-time winner from Lautaro Martinez gave Inter victory at the San Siro against 10-man Napoli.The result enabled Inter to extend their hold on a top-four spot with a seven-point advantage over fifth-place Sampdoria.And Handanovic, who made two key saves while the scoreline was goalless, relished the Nerazzurri’s late winner.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“It was vital to win today to in order to silence all the other discussions and we did. Then, you get more of a sense of enthusiasm when you win in the 90th minute,” Handanovic told InterTV.“Following the red card for Koulibaly, we had to take more risks in order to look to win the game.“But Saturday is now even more important. Let’s hope that San Siro remains a fortress, the Coppa Italia and Sassuolo games await us after the holidays. The crowd always gives us something more and they showed it today.”Inter, who are now five points behind Napoli in third, will next take a trip to Empoli before heading into the winter break.last_img read more

Missing Ore boy search focuses on Portland area

first_imgA sheriff’s officer says investigators are limiting the search for a missing 7-year-old Portland, boy to the city’s metro area, despite tips from as far away as Washington state.Kyron Horman disappeared Friday after a science fair at the rural Skyline Elementary School.Missing child a wake-up call for local schoolsMultnomah County sheriff’s Capt. Jason Gates said Tuesday searching is especially difficult in the dense, hilly terrain near the school. At least one person was hurt and transported by ambulance Monday while looking for Kyron. Gates declined to comment on the injury.He says the search effort is approaching the largest ever conducted by the county.Twenty-two state, local and federal agencies have been following up on more than 1,200 tips.Kyron is featured on the website of television’s “America’s Most Wanted.” Kyron’s stepmother and father are expected to issue a statement today.last_img read more

Solitaire for Windows is no longer fully free and has DLC

first_imgLike the Start Menu, Solitaire is making a triumphant return in Windows 10. It’s coming with a few changes, though, and you may not like one of them. The new game is getting the freemium treatment, so prepare for in-game advertising.By now, you may have grown so accustomed to ads in your mobile games that you’ll simply tune them out in Solitaire. Should you find the loading screen interstitials irritating, however, they’ll cost you $1.49 per month (or $9.99 per year) to remove them. It’s the same price Microsoft was charging for the “premium” Solitaire Collection when Windows 8 was released. The big difference is that you had to grab the game from the Windows Store on your own. With Windows 10, Microsoft is injecting it right back in to Windows.You do get more than ad-free card games, at least. In addition to removing the ads, your subscription gets you bonus coins that you can spend on DLC. It also gives you an advantage in two of the games in the bundle — TriPeaks and Pyramid — and some players might actually think that’s worth paying for.Ultimately, Solitaire may be the first in a series of moves like this. Windows 10 is arriving in an era where the lines have blurred between desktop and mobile operating systems, and we’ve gotten rather used to getting mobile software for free. With Windows 10, it finally looks like Microsoft is preparing to walk down that path on the desktop, too.If they’re not charging you for the software, then they’ll be looking to make money somewhere. You only need to look as far as your phone to see how profitable freemium apps and DLC can be. So while you may never have to pay for a subscription just to use Windows, you might wind up having to pay to get rid of the annoying adverts it’s stuffed with — if Solitaire is an indicator of where things are headed.last_img read more

Best of Last Week – New fusion power design a space elevator

first_img In other news, a company in Canada got a U.S. patent for a space elevator—their idea is to use modular tubes of Kevlar-polyethylene composites filled with helium to build the structure, which they claim would reach to 12 miles high. The elevator could be used to carry cargo and humans to that height and at the top would be a runway for space planes to take off and land. And another international team of astronomers reported that they have been charting the slow death of the universe. They have conducted the most comprehensive assessment yet of the energy output of the universe measuring the energy generated by 200,000 galaxies, and have found that it is approximately half of what it was two billion years ago.Also, in an interesting turn of events, a team of researchers at Northwestern University uncovered a difference between the sexes—other than the obvious ones, of course. They found evidence of male and female human brains operating differently at the molecular level. Meanwhile, another team of molecular scientists unexpectedly produced a new type of glass—and it might lead to improvements in efficiency of electronic devices.And finally, if you are one of the many people attempting to lose weight by dieting, you might want to know that a team of researchers with US National Institutes of Health has found that a low-fat diet results in more fat loss than low-carb diets, in humans. Now all you will have to do is stick to it. Citation: Best of Last Week – New fusion power design, a space elevator and low-fat diet found to be better than low-carb diet (2015, August 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2015 Explore further A cutaway view of the proposed ARC reactor. Thanks to powerful new magnet technology, the much smaller, less-expensive ARC reactor would deliver the same power output as a much larger reactor. Credit: the MIT ARC teamcenter_img (—It was a big week for physics—a research team at MIT created a superfluid in a record-high magnetic field—a Bose-Einstein condensate—for a tenth of a second. And another team at MIT announced a new design that could finally help to bring fusion power closer to reality—in as little as ten years. Meanwhile, a team working at CERN found that protons and antiprotons appear to be true mirror images—the most precise measurements of their charge-to-mass ratio to date. And researchers working at the South Pole-based IceCube experiment reported that a cosmic mystery deepened with the discovery of a new ultra-high-energy neutrino—making it the fourth and highest-energy neutrino yet observed. Also, a team at CalTech announced a discovery in fundamental physics—pinpointing for the first time how instabilities in the arrangement of electrons in metals arise. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Cosmic mystery deepens with discovery of new ultra-high-energy neutrinolast_img read more

IndiGo to start daily flights on KolkataHanoi route from Oct 31

first_imgNew Delhi: IndiGo will start daily non-stop flights connecting Kolkata and Hanoi from October 3, making Vietnam’s capital the 19th international destination for the airline. Vietnam would be fifth Southeast Asian country in IndiGo’s network after Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar. In a release on Tuesday, the no-frills airline said it would introduce daily non-stop flights connecting Kolkata and Hanoi from October 3. “Hanoi will be IndiGo’s 19th International and 75th overall destination,” it said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata One way fares are starting from Rs 9,999. IndiGo’s Chief Commercial Officer William Boulter said the airline would continue to expand its network to meet the requirements of both business and leisure travellers across domestic and international destinations. “We foresee a rising demand for Hanoi, which is famous for its historic architecture and a rich cultural blend of Southeast Asian and French influence. “Additionally, we are also expecting a high demand for the Buddhist circuit as Vietnam has a large Buddhist community,” he added. IndiGo operates around 1,400 flights daily.last_img read more

Update Lost Jack Russell reunited with his family in Ladysmith

first_imgThe male Jack Russell dog that was picked up this morning (December 12) in town has been reunited with his owners.The dog was seen roaming around the Pick ‘n Pay Centre.Initial story: Have you lost your Jack Russell in Ladysmith? – this little guy was picked up this morningAlso read: Help find scared, missing dog in LadysmithAlso read: Help find missing dog in LadysmithHe was picked up by a local businessman. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The owners saw the Ladysmith Gazette story that was published earlier today and came to collect their dog.Hugo and Chane Buitendach were delighted to be reunited with their little Basjan again.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Hare Krishna Movement devotees celebrate Festival of Chariots in Ladysmith

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Hare Krishna Movement held the Festival of Chariots on Saturday (March 25).Devotees dressed in colourful clothes and prepared to pull a huge chariot through the streets with the aim of pleasing the Lord.Read more: Pulling a huge chariot through the streetsSongs of praise were joyously sung as young and old participated in pulling the chariot from Albert Street down Murchison Street, ending at Princess Street.Traffic police were present to make sure everything went smoothly.Once the devotees reached the temple, a scrumptious lunch and drinks were served to all.The Hare Krishna Movement would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the community, well-wishers and sponsors for their help and support in making the festival such a success.Click to receive news links viaWhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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first_imgMay 6, 2009 – Aspyra Inc. has entered into an agreement with Springfield Clinic LLP, a multispecialty physicians groupsin Illinois, to upgrade the laboratory’s existing LIS to the most current release of Aspyra’s CyberLAB Laboratory Information System (LIS) solution, version 7.2. The clinic’s laboratory network, which is Commission of Office Laboratory Accreditation (COLA), and College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited, is comprised of 20 locations servicing nearly 200 physicians in 40 specialties.“Aspyra continues to enhance the CyberLAB system with features and functions we want to take full advantageof, such as the ability to generate our own user-defined reports and queries using the SQL database,” stated Lesli Wilson, Springfield Clinic’s LIS Coordinator. She continued, “Since we will be using CyberLAB 7.2 on a Windows platform, the server will integrate nicely into our existing network infrastructure, making the overall system administration simple to manage.”With the clinic’s goal of creating a health system where medicine and patient care are enhanced by innovation and technology, and a service philosophy to enhance and extend the qualify of life for their patients, the clinic’s physicians have immediate access to clinical patient data via the connectivity and data sharing between Aspyra’s CyberLAB LIS and Allscripts TouchWorks EMR. Aspyra’s CyberLAB LIS is a scalable, feature-rich, and cost-effective LIS solution for hospital, clinic, and reference laboratory settings. Springfield Clinic will be implementing CyberLAB 7.2 on a Windows platform, utilizing a MS SQL database structure. 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Gay hotspot Gran Canaria leaves unsuspecting tourist feeling uncomfortable

first_img Posted by Michael Smith Gay hotspot Gran Canaria leaves unsuspecting tourist feeling “uncomfortable” Share Friday, September 23, 2016 center_img GRAN CANARIA, CANARY ISLANDS — Gran Canaria in Spain’s Canary Islands is considered one of the most gay-friendly places in the world, but it seems that one recent visitor failed to read the memo.According to the Gay Times, a traveller known as ‘MooSmith21’ posted a review on TripAdvisor to alert others of the destination’s plethora of gay-friendly attractions.The review states: “I’m not homophobic however there was a definite feeling of them and us and the gay couple[s] outnumbered the straight couples by two to one at least. Because of this we never spent too much time at the hotel or relaxing around the pool as I felt very uncomfortable.”The reviewer also wrote about how a fellow guest, who he hadn’t spoken to, sent him a drink to his room. He commented that it was “a bit perverted.”Trip advisor review from someone who apparently isn’t homophobic about the hotel Neil and I are staying at Gran Canaria— Lee (@LeeJnes) September 20, 2016Despite his discomfort, the reviewer still gave the hotel four stars out of five, with the food being the highlight. The location of the hotel was also applauded, however the surrounding “gay bars, gay hotels, [and] gay wrestling shows” left him feeling uncomfortable.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?The review ended with: “All in all a great trip but I wouldn’t stay in that resort again if returning.”Clearly, MooSmith21 didn’t use a travel agent. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: LGBT Travel, LOL, Spainlast_img read more

Costa Rica judge detained for child pornography

first_imgA civil judge in Heredia was detained Thursday under suspicion of possessing and producing pornography, according to the prosecutor’s office in Heredia. The judge, surnamed Hilge, is accused of filming in the women’s bathroom of a judicial building.Raids on the judge’s house, car and office yielded “compact discs containing child pornography” and video cameras, among other evidence.Prosecutors opened an investigation into the judge’s alleged illegal activities last Tuesday after an employee of the justice tribunals in Heredia found a hidden camera in the women’s bathroom.“The initial investigation links Hilge to the crime,” the prosecutor’s office informed.The office is analyzing whether to seek preventive measures against the judge, who could face up to eight years in prison if found guilty. Facebook Comments Related posts:Love triangle turned deadly in case of slain US-Costa Rica family Costa Rica man arrested with 400 cloned US credit cards U.S. Embassy in San José donates police van Costa Ricans report increasing safety concerns; 2016 is set to become most violent year on recordlast_img read more

On patrol with the Costa Rican Border Police

first_imgRÍO CLARO, Puntarenas — It’s 7 a.m. at the Kilometer 35 border checkpoint and members of a Border Police squad stand in a line in brown uniforms as their commander reviews the day’s assignments. Adrian Barrantes and three other officers are to spend the morning on patrol.After migrants from Africa, Cuba and elsewhere began accumulating at the southern border in March, the government announced several policies aimed at reinforcing the country’s border with Panama to keep out individuals who lack authorization to enter the country.More than two months later, migrants — many of them without identification, let alone visas — continue to cross the border and reach the temporary Red Cross camp in Paso Canoas. As many as 170 migrants have arrived at the camp in a given day, according to Red Cross Captain José Obando.The Tico Times recently accompanied Border Police on a patrol to try to understand what it’s like to police Costa Rica’s borders and why the country can’t seem to keep unauthorized migrants out. During the approximately 160-kilometer patrol from Kilometer 35 to Gamba, Golfito, Playa Zancudo, Paso Canoas and back, it became clear Barrantes and other officers face big hurdles, including resources spread thin and a border that is so porous it’s practically invisible.Plus, despite increased funding and training from outside to beef up the country’s border security, Costa Rica hasn’t traditionally had much need for an airtight southern border.Stopping human smugglers from moving migrants into Costa Rica is just one of many tasks assigned to Officer Barrantes and the other Border Police officers. Formed in 2013 with financial assistance and training from the U.S., Border Police officers respond to everything from illegal immigration and drug trafficking to animal control and traffic violations.They are law enforcement’s first response in some of Costa Rica’s most remote territory. Border Police examine livestock at a checkpoint near Costa Rica’s southern border. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesShifting PrioritiesThe squad gets into a white Toyota Land Cruiser and sets off. The Offspring’s “The Kids Aren’t Alright” plays on the radio. The truck turns off the Inter-American Highway down a stretch of gravel road into the Gamba, a remote area just north of the Pacific town of Golfito. Row after row of oil palms stretch along either side of the road.Barrantes stops the car at an intersection and sets up the first of several temporary checkpoints that day. This is one of many backroads smugglers and other people trying to avoid police use to skirt the permanent checkpoint at Kilometer 35 of the Pan-American Highway.“We know where the trouble spots are,” Barrantes says. “The idea is to try to have a constant presence in these areas,” he says of the roving patrols.As three of the officers search a truck carrying two cows, Barrantes points out that the palm oil plantation here is one of several thoroughfares smugglers used to sneak Cuban migrants into Costa Rica in November before the government started issuing temporary transit visas to Cubans. African and other extra-continental migrants have also used it but not as frequently, he said.Barrantes said he used to spend most of his time chasing down smugglers of contraband liquor and cigarettes. But within the past year, the Border Police have put more of an emphasis on stopping human smuggling.Ironically, he said the number of migrants crossing through the oil palm plantations and other remote parts of the country has fallen, in part because the Panamanians have started policing their side of the border more aggressively.Barrantes’ job has also been made easier by the Costa Rican government’s decision to tacitly let most of the migrants who make it onto Costa Rican soil pass through the country.In April, hundreds of migrants were left in limbo at the border when Panama and Costa Rica both refused to accept them. Demanding permission to cross, migrants blocked the Inter-American Highway and at least one car was damaged in the protest.Border Police were called in to help the National Police manage the crowds of migrants, and they increased patrols to try to stop smugglers.Eventually, Costa Rica agreed to issue the migrants who reached Costa Rica a piece of paper that allows them to circulate legally in Costa Rica so long as they check-in with authorities regularly. Normalizing these migrants freed up Border Police officers to get back to their other duties. Border Police man a checkpoint near Costa Rica’s southern border. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesPura Vida PoliceAfter 20 minutes at the intersection in the Gamba, the officers collect the traffic cones and throw them on top of the Land Cruiser. Barrantes follows the bumpy, sometimes washed-out dirt road toward Golfito for another 10 minutes before pulling off the road at what looks like an improvised trash dump. The officers get out and walk through the trash into a clearing just behind a row of trees.“Sometimes people do drugs back here,” Barrantes explains. He says Border Police reserve their jurisdiction for places outside the bounds of a local police delegation, in this case, Golfito.The azure waters of the Golfo Dulce rush past the truck’s windows. The road is paved here and Barrantes hits the gas. There’s still more than half the patrol to finish and it’s already 9 a.m.Out toward Playa Zancudo, the paved road shifts back to gravel. The officers set up the next mobile checkpoint at an intersection next to a wide, empty field. The first person stopped is a woman riding a motorcycle without a helmet. She says she’s driving to pick up her daughter.Barrantes says that he has to use “common sense” when dealing with situations like this. Yes, she’s not supposed to ride without a helmet but a ticket or taking away the motorcycle isn’t the answer. This could be her family’s only means of transportation, he says. Leaving her without a way to get around out here isn’t solving anything.He admits that the Border Police sometimes struggle when it comes to strict enforcement of the laws. Although the U.S. funded the Kilometer 35 checkpoint and has helped train Border Police, Costa Rica sets its own enforcement priorities.“The U.S. trainers have the hardest time reminding Costa Rican trainees to stay alert,” Barrantes said. “It’s a cultural thing. We’re more willing to let something go.”Another motorcycle approaches but makes a sudden u-turn when the driver sees the checkpoint. The officers don’t pursue it. A Costa Rican Border Police agent stands near a concrete pylon that marks the border with Panama. Police say people will often uproot and move the pylons for illegal construction projects. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesThe Invisible Border“If you look right here, that’s all Panama,” Barrantes says as the truck snakes north up another gravel road toward Paso Canoas. There is no sign announcing the frontier. The road itself is the closest thing to a marker between the green field in Panama and the Costa Rica side.The peaceful relationship between Costa Rica and Panama actually contributes to the illegal flow of immigrants and contraband, Barrantes says. The countries enjoy good relations, making a heavily-patrolled border seem unnecessary and counterproductive to trade and tourism.In the town of Paso Canoas, you can walk into a store on the Costa Rican side and walk out on the Panamanian side. Vehicles with Panamanian license plates can drive as far as Ciudad Neily without checking in with Costa Rican authorities. The flow of people is so uninterrupted it appears at first glance to be a waste of money to pay a smuggler.Barrantes drives along a stretch of road outside Paso Canoas and points out a crooked concrete pylon that’s supposed to mark the border.“When people want to build something they’ll just move the pylon,” Barrantes says, standing in front of a cinderblock building that is mostly in Panama but likely crossing into Costa Rica.The same, however, can’t be said for the Nicaraguan border. Barrantes, who is from the northwestern province of Guanacaste and is regularly called to patrol Costa Rica’s northern border, said the mood along Costa Rica’s border with Nicaragua is more tense.Across from Peñas Blancas, Costa Rica’s busiest northern border town, the Nicaraguan military patrols. The government there has continued its policy from last November of refusing entry or passage to all migrants without visas.“When Nicaragua closed its border, that’s when the problems started,” Barrantes says. The crackdown has created high demand for human smugglers.The Public Security Ministry issued a news release on June 17 reporting that a Costa Rican smuggler was arrested trying to secret four African migrants across the border into Nicaragua. The smuggler reportedly charged $750 to get the group across, according to the daily La Nación.Some African and Haitian migrants who have reached Mexico’s border with the U.S. have told local reporters that getting through Nicaragua was among the toughest parts of their journey.Heading back to the Kilometer 35 checkpoint, Barrantes reflects on the scope of the Border Police’s job.“People have the idea that we’re here to forcibly close the border,” he says. “It’s just not possible.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Central America arrests break up major human trafficking ring, police say Cuban migrants storm Costa Rica-Panama border demanding to pass African migrants on honor system as Costa Rican officials search for solutions Migrants flowing through is likely Costa Rica’s new normal, minister sayslast_img read more