Sovcomflot Novatek Forge Ties on LNG Shipping

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Novatek Russian shipping major Sovcomflot has inked a strategic cooperation agreement with compatriot natural gas producer Novatek for the transport of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and gas condensate produced at Yamal LNG and Arctic LNG 2.The agreement is a continuation of the strategic partnership of the two Russian companies on developing an effective logistics model for the transportation of hydrocarbons in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation, and optimizing the Arctic fleet both in terms of quantity and technical parameters.The deal will also cover Novatek’s other Arctic projects, the two companies said in a joint release.The duo has pioneered shipping through the Northern Sea Route and in July 2017 Sovcomflot’s Christophe de Margerie, the world’s first ice-breaking LNG tanker, became the first tanker to traverse the route unescorted.Christophe de Margerie is the first in a series of 15 carriers being constructed for the Yamal LNG project by Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) under a USD 320 million shipbuilding deal signed in 2014.“Our unique partnership with Sovcomflot will optimize our LNG transport model through the Arctic zone by efficiently and effectively using ice-class tankers,” Novatek’s Chairman of Management Board, Leonid Mikhelson, said. “To implement our long-term development strategy to produce more than 55 million tons of LNG by 2030, we need to establish an efficient Northern Sea Route shipping model. Combining our efforts with Sovcomflot, one of the global leaders in navigation in harsh ice conditions, will allow us to achieve maximum efficiency in managing our transportation costs.”last_img read more

Six stories in the news today May 19

first_imgSix stories in the news for Friday, May 19———RONA AMBROSE WON’T VOTE IN LEADERSHIPInterim Conservative party leader Rona Ambrose says she won’t cast a ballot in this month’s vote to choose a permanent leader. Ambrose tells The Canadian Press that casting even a secret vote would compromise her neutrality in the race. Conservatives are in the midst of choosing their next leader and the results will be announced May 27. Ambrose announced this week she’ll leave politics this summer.———PM CONTINUES WEST COAST TRIPPrime Minister Justin Trudeau continues his visit to the west coast today. He’ll stop in B.C.’s Lower Mainland to promote his government’s child benefit to families. He’ll visit with families at a recreation centre in Surrey. Trudeau will also meet with members of the Vancouver-area’s Sikh and Filipino communities. He attended a Liberal party fundraiser in downtown Vancouver last night.———U.S. OPENS 90-DAY WINDOW BEFORE NAFTA TALKSThe United States has served notice of its intention to renegotiate NAFTA by triggering a 90-day consultation window before talks begin later this summer with Canada and Mexico. The Trump administration sent a letter to key congressional power-brokers who must now be consulted as U.S. negotiators prepare their list of priorities.———SENTENCING HEARING CONTINUES FOR SASK. SHOOTERA sentencing hearing continues today for a teen gunman who killed four people at a home and in a school in La Loche, Sask. in 2016. The hearing is being held to determine if the teen should be sentenced as a youth or an adult. The Crown will call more witnesses today and then the hearing will be adjourned until mid-June, when the defence will present its case.———McNEIL FENDS OFF ATTACKS IN N.S. ELECTION DEBATELiberal Premier Stephen McNeil fended off multiple attacks on his record Thursday as Nova Scotia’s major-party leaders clashed over health care, education and the economy during the first televised leaders debate of the campaign. Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie and NDP Leader Gary Burrill targeted McNeil’s broken promises, but he brushed off the barrage and pointed to his achievements while in office. Nova Scotians go to the polls May 30.———SEX ASSAULT EDUCATION NOW REQUIRED FOR ONTARIO JUDGESTraining on sexual assault issues will now be required for new provincial judges in Ontario, following outcry over judges’ comments about complainants in other parts of the country. The training will also includes instruction on legal and equality issues. The issue made headlines recently after an Alberta judge asked a sexual assault complainant why she couldn’t keep her knees together, and a Halifax judge said “a drunk can consent,” while acquitting a taxi driver of sexual assault.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Statistics Canada will release retail trade figures for March and the consumer price index for April.last_img read more

Sentencing hearing scheduled for Winnipeg man convicted of sending letter bombs

first_imgWINNIPEG – A Manitoba man convicted of sending letter bombs to his ex-wife and two lawyers will have a sentencing hearing Oct. 3.Guido Amsel appeared briefly in Winnipeg court and says he has once again found a new lawyer for his case.Amsel has fired two previous lawyers, most recently after his conviction in May.Amsel was found guilty on 15 charges, including four counts of attempted murder.He was arrested after three explosive packages were found in July 2015.Only one of the devices went off, causing severe injuries to Maria Mitousis, a Winnipeg lawyer who had represented Amsel’s ex-wife in a lawsuit over an auto body shop the couple had owned.last_img

In the news today March 22

first_imgFive stories in the news for Friday, March 22———SENTENCING FOR DRIVER IN BRONCOS BUS CRASHA truck driver who caused the deadly Humboldt Broncos crash is to be sentenced in a Saskatchewan courtroom today. Jaskirat Singh Sidhu of Calgary pleaded guilty earlier this year to 29 counts of dangerous driving. Sidhu barrelled through a stop sign and into the path of the junior hockey team’s bus at a rural Saskatchewan intersection last April. Sixteen people were killed and 13 were injured. The Crown wants the 30-year-old sentenced to 10 years in prison, while the defence says other cases suggest a range of 1 1/2 to 4 1/2 years is appropriate.———TRUCK DRIVER LIKELY TO FACE DEPORTATION: LAWYERAn immigration lawyer says the truck driver who caused the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash in Saskatchewan is likely to be deported to India right after he serves his sentence. Lorne Waldman, who is based in Toronto and is not involved in the case, says there’s little 30-year-old Jaskirat Singh Sidhu can do to remain in Canada. Waldman says permanent residents such as Sidhu cannot remain in the country if they commit a crime for which the maximum sentence is at least 10 years or their jail sentence is more than six months.———‘ROBOT’ DEVICE HELPS BABIES COPE WITH PAINResearchers in British Columbia have designed a “robot” that helps reduce pain for premature babies in a neonatal intensive care unit. Lead inventor and occupational therapist Liisa Holsti said the Calmer device is a rectangular platform that replaces a mattress inside an incubator and is programmed with information on a parent’s heartbeat and breathing motion. The pad on top resembles a skin-like surface. The aim is to help babies cope with pain through touch instead of medication as much as possible while they’re exposed to multiple procedures, such as the drawing of blood, which can be done multiple times a day over several months.———B.C. GROUP WANTS TO CREATE HATE ATLAS OF CANADAAn advocacy organization based in B.C. says it wants to map hatred and discrimination across Canada in a move that is prompting a warning from one civil liberties group. The Morgane Oger Foundation has issued a call for volunteers to help build the Canadian Atlas of Populist Extremism, to be known as CAPE. It says the mapping tool will tie together extremist groups and people regularly associated with them, and also map hate crimes across Canada. Micheal Vonn of the B-C Civil Liberties Association says it’s possible the project will be helpful, legal and a positive research tool, but warns there could be privacy issues involved in posting individuals’ information online.———NUGGETS RECALLED OVER SALMONELLA CONCERNThe Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced a recall of a frozen breaded chicken product over fears of salmonella contamination. The agency says Sofina Foods Inc. is recalling Janes brand Pub Style Chicken Nuggets from the marketplace. The recall affects 800-gram packages with a best before date of December 15th. The CFIA says there have been “illnesses associated with the consumption of this product,” but it doesn’t offer any more details. It’s the third time this year the agency has announced a recall on frozen chicken nuggets, after previous notices affecting Compliments brand and Crisp & Delicious brand products.———ALSO IN THE NEWS: — The Union of National Employees holds a rally in front of the Prime Minister’s Office to call on the federal government to address issues with the Phoenix pay system.— Statistics Canada releases the consumer price index for February and retail sales figures for January.— Premier Doug Ford and Ontario Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek will make an announcement about the Ottawa LRT.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Don Amero Sharing his love of music and his love for the

first_imgAPTN InFocus Another holiday season is upon us and what a better way to spread the spirit than through song.Award-winning singer-songwriter, Don Amero performed on APTN In Focus and shared his love of music and his love for the holiday season.Don also talked about being a board member for the North End Family Centre in Winnipeg and how it provides a safe place for families to break the cycle of poverty through programs and services.A charitable organization he promotes at his performances, such as the “Amero Little Christmas”. A family show he’s been doing at the West End Culture Centre annually for the last five years, and incorporating something new each year such as story-telling and comedy.In this show, you’ll hear some of Don’s favorite songs and the meanings behind them. And perhaps get into the holiday spirit, just a little bit more.Subscribe to the APTN InFocus podcast below:last_img read more

UN envoy urges Afghans to fight corruption

20 August 2008The top United Nations envoy to Afghanistan has urged everyone in the South Asian nation, from citizens to Government officials to the media, to stand up against corruption, stressing its damaging impacts on peace and development efforts. “Corruption in Afghanistan is endemic, it hurts the poorest people disproportionately, pushes people away from the state and undermines our joint efforts to build peace, stability and progress for Afghanistan’s peoples,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Kai Eide, said today in Kabul.Mr. Eide, who is also head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), made his call at the launch of the Asia-Pacific Regional Human Development Report, entitled “Tackling Corruption, Transforming Lives.”Produced by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the report states that Governments and citizens across Asia and the Pacific can tackle corruption together by focusing on areas which impact daily life such as health, education, the police and natural resources.Mr. Eide welcomed recent “vital” steps taken by the Afghan Government, including becoming a State Party to the UN Convention against Corruption, adopting new anti-corruption legislation and the establishment of a new anti-corruption body. At the same time, he noted that corruption must also be tackled “from the bottom up” with the people, Afghan civil society and the media having a crucial role in supporting Government efforts.“Together they can act effectively as a watchdog to ensure that public services reach those most in need and that Government officials are held accountable to the people they serve,” he stated. “We must all stand up and say ‘no’ to the corrosive influence of corruption.”The Special Representative pledged the UN’s continued assistance to the Government and people of Afghanistan in working together to remove the scourge of corruption.According to a recent survey by Integrity Watch Afghanistan, the average Afghan household pays an estimated $100 in petty bribes every year – this in a nation where around 70 per cent of the population survives on less than $1 per day. read more

Statistics Canada says wholesale sales gained 05 per cent in August

OTTAWA — Wholesale sales rose 0.5 per cent to $62.8 billion in August, Statistics Canada reported Monday.The agency said the increase was led by the personal and household goods and motor vehicle and parts subsectors.Wholesale sales rose 0.4 per cent in volume terms for the month.CIBC economist Nick Exarhos said the result was in line with the consensus estimate by economists, with volumes tracking a tick weaker.“The general trend in wholesale has been smartly higher since the middle of 2016, after a two-year period of going nowhere,” Exarhos wrote in a note to clients.The data point comes as the Bank of Canada prepares to make its latest pronouncement on interest rates this week and release its updated forecast for the economy in its fall monetary policy report.The central bank is expected to keep its target for the overnight rate on hold at one per cent, but economists will scrutinize its outlook.The economy started the year on a hot streak posting large gains through the first six months of 2017. The strength helped convince the Bank of Canada to raise its key interest rate twice this year, but growth is expected to be slower in the second half of the year.Wholesale sales in August were up in four of the seven subsectors tracked that together represent 47 per cent of total wholesale sales.The personal and household goods subsector rose 3.3 per cent to a record $9.0 billion, while the motor vehicle and parts subsector increased 2.0 per cent to $11.8 billion.The building materials and supplies subsector fell 3.5 per cent to $8.7 billion.Wholesale sales were up in five provinces, led by Ontario, Quebec and B.C.Ontario gained 0.8 per cent to $32.1 billion, while Quebec increased 1.0 per cent to $11.3 billion.British Columbia saw wholesale sales rise 0.7 per cent to $6.7 billion. Wholesale sales in Alberta fell 2.0 per cent. read more

Mangala goes to CID over forged letter with his signature

“#Rajapaksa clan is showing off their ignorance yet again by forging my signature on a fake letter,on @MFA_SriLanka letterhead.These idiots are still not aware that I’m no longer the MFA. Reported to CID to bring the perpetrators to justice,” Samaraweera tweeted. The forged letter has Samaraweera’s name and signature at the end and refers to him as the Foreign Minister although he is no more the Foreign Minister. Responding to the allegation that the family of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was behind the letter, Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa tweeted saying if they want to criticize Samaraweera they will do it directly.“Hon. Min. @MangalaLK: If @PresRajapaksa, I or any other Rajapaksa want to criticize you, your policies or your government, we’ll do it directly. I’m glad that you reported it. Action must be taken against those responsible for spreading this kind of misinformation,” Namal Rajapaksa tweeted. (Colombo Gazette) Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera has filed a complaint with the Police Criminal investigations Department (CID) over a forged letter with his signature.The letter, addressed to the British Tamils Forum, refers to the action taken by the Foreign Ministry earlier with regards to the conduct of a military officer at the Sri Lankan High Commission in the UK. read more

Journalist dragged out of TrumpPutin news conference

A journalist was dragged out of the Trump-Putin news conference moments before the leaders were due to speak, after holding up a piece of paper bearing the words “nuclear weapon ban treaty”.Footage from the news conference showed the man – later identified as Sam Husseini – holding up the paper before being grabbed by a security guard. No posts have been published from the account since the incident. (Courtesy Sky News) The clip shows the guard, who was wearing an earpiece, trying to grab the paper off the man before taking him away. A Twitter account that appears to belong to the journalist posted photos from the event, including images from within the press pack. Three other men helped escort the reporter away as the world’s media took pictures and filmed the incident unfolding before them. The magazine has since issued a statement, saying: “Sam Husseini, communications director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, received press accreditation from The Nation to cover the summit between President Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.“At a time when this administration consistently denigrates the media, we’re troubled by reports that he was forcibly removed from the press conference before the two leaders began to take questions.“This is a developing situation that we will be following closely.” According to the Associated Press news agency, a US Secret Service agent spoke to Mr Husseini before Finnish security removed him.He was sitting among US news media at the time of the incident and told journalists in the room he was a reporter from American magazine The Nation. read more

US home construction fell 65 pct in May starts down for singlefamily

by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Jun 17, 2014 6:35 am MDT WASHINGTON – The pace of U.S home construction slipped in May with many Americans still struggling to afford new houses.Builders started work at a seasonally adjusted annual rate on 1.01 million homes last month, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. That was down 6.5 per cent from 1.07 million in April.Construction firms began work on fewer single-family houses, condominiums and apartments last month.Home construction has struggled to gain much traction this year, limiting its ability to contribute as much to broader economic growth as it has in the past. Many would-be buyers face higher mortgage rates than at this time last year, while builders are selling fewer new homes but charging more for them. That has reduced the number of possible buyers and the number of construction jobs. Builders employ 1.49 million fewer workers than they did at the start of the Great Recession in December 2007, a loss of roughly 20 per cent.“We expect housing to contribute positively to 2014 economic growth, but the magnitude of its contribution likely will be much smaller than that reported for the past two years,” said Dana Saporta, director of U.S. economics at the bank Credit Suisse.In May, construction tailed off in the Northeast, Midwest and West. Only the South experienced greater building activity in May.Housing starts have risen 9.4 per cent over the past 12 months. But apartments account for most of the gains, suggesting that more Americans will be renting instead of owning homes.The growth in apartment buildings points to an economy in which more Americans are renting, rather than buying homes. Following the housing bust and recession, Americans have had to deal with relatively flat wages and job insecurity, both obstacles to saving for a down payment. The home ownership rate was 64.8 per cent at the start of the year, down from a peak of 69.2 per cent during 2004.Applications for building permits, a gauge of future activity, fell 6.4 per cent in May to an annual rate of 991,000.Now that the spring and summer buying season is in full swing, homebuilding appears to be struggling.Builder confidence has improved slightly but remains pessimistic.The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index rose to 49 in June, up from 45 in May. A reading below 50 indicates that builders consider the conditions for new construction to be poor. The index had been above 50 from June through January.Sales of new homes rose 6.4 per cent in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 433,000, according to a separate Commerce Department report. That comes after sales declined 6.9 per cent in March to an annual pace of 407,000, while buying slipped 4.4 per cent in February.Median prices on new homes are $275,800, a 10 per cent increase since the beginning of 2013.All of this comes amid a broader real estate slowdown after significant sales and price gains in the first half of 2013. Both prices and borrowing costs are higher.Average rates on a 30-year, fixed mortgage are 4.2 per cent, up from a low of 3.93 per cent over the past year, according to Freddie Mac.Existing-homes were purchased at a yearly clip of 4.65 million in April. That’s below the 5.1 million homes sold last year. New-homes usually represent about 20 per cent of all homes sold, but that figure has fallen recently to 10 per cent, according to Zillow, the real estate data firm. US home construction fell 6.5 pct in May; starts down for single-family houses and apartments AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Pope Francis Native people have rights over their lands

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis insisted Wednesday that indigenous groups must give prior consent to any economic activity affecting their ancestral lands, a view that conflicts with the Trump administration, which is pushing to build a $3.8 billion oil pipeline over opposition from American Indians.Francis met with representatives of indigenous peoples attending a U.N. agricultural meeting and said the key issue facing them is how to reconcile the right to economic development with protecting their cultures and territories.“In this regard, the right to prior and informed consent should always prevail,” he said. “Only then is it possible to guarantee peaceful co-operation between governing authorities and indigenous peoples, overcoming confrontation and conflict.”The Cheyenne River and the Standing Rock Sioux tribes have sued to stop construction on the final stretch of the Dakota Access pipeline, which would bring oil from North Dakota’s rich Bakken fields across four states to a shipping point in Illinois.The tribes say the pipeline threatens their drinking water, cultural sites and ability to practice their religion, which depends on pure water. The last piece of the pipeline is to pass under a reservoir on the Missouri River, which marks the eastern border of both tribes’ reservations.The company building the pipeline, Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, has insisted the water supply will be safe.Francis didn’t cite the Dakota pipeline dispute by name and the Vatican press office said he was not making a direct reference to it. But history’s first Latin American pope has been a consistent backer of indigenous rights and has frequently spoken out about the plight of Indians in resisting economic development that threatens their lands.“For governments, this means recognizing that indigenous communities are a part of the population to be appreciated and consulted, and whose full participation should be promoted at the local and national level,” Francis told the indigenous leaders Wednesday.In the waning days of the Obama administration, amid protests over construction that led to some 700 arrests, federal agencies that have authority over the reservoir said they would not give permission for pipe to be laid until an environmental study was done.U.S. President Donald Trump reversed course and last month instructed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with building the pipeline.Francis’ reference to prior consent is enshrined in the U.N. Declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples, which was adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in 2007 over the opposition of the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand.Francis’ strong backing for indigenous groups and refugees, his climate change concerns and criticism of the global economy’s profit-at-all-cost mentality highlight the policy differences with the Trump administration that may come out if the U.S. president meets with Francis while in Italy for a G-7 summit in May. There has been no confirmation of any meeting to date, however.___AP writer Daniela Petroff contributed. Pope Francis: Native people have rights over their lands Pope Francis, center, poses with representatives of indigenous peoples attending a UN agricultural meeting in Rome, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. Francis has insisted that indigenous peoples must give prior consent for any economic activity on their ancestral lands – an indirect critique as the Donald Trump administration seeks to advance construction on a $3.8 billion oil pipeline over opposition from American Indians. (L’Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP) by Nicole Winfield, The Associated Press Posted Feb 15, 2017 10:57 am MDT Last Updated Feb 15, 2017 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Brunei highlights importance of peace in development in UN Assembly address

“Whilst there is relative peace and stability in the world, developments over the past year have reminded us how complex security issues, turmoil and instability arising from human activities can hinder progress for long-term development,” said Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah. He called on nations to work together to address problems aggravated by globalization and inter-connectedness, and highlighted his country’s support for efforts that promote understanding, tolerance and respect among world communities.The Sultan, whose address coincides with the 30th anniversary of Brunei’s membership in the Organization, reemphasized that “our efforts in realizing the MDGs [Millennium Development Goals] would be in vain if, at the same time, we disregard our commitments to pursue peaceful means of settling disputes as enshrined in the Charter of the UN.” The theme of the 69th high-level debate which the Sultan addressed is “transformative post-2015 development agenda.” It comes amid the final push to reach the Millennium Development Goals, and as the international community is defining a new set of sustainable development targets which would guide international efforts starting in January 2016. read more

Womens volleyball tops Polish opponent Dabrowa 32

Shelby Lum / Photo editorSenior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary (11) spikes the ball during a match against Dabrowa Sept. 4, at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-2.The No. 23 Ohio State women’s volleyball team won a five set exhibition match against Polish professional team, Dabrowa.OSU looked like the stronger team in the first set, winning 25-22 Wednesday, but Dabrowa stormed back with a 25-6 statement in the second set before the Buckeyes dropped the third set and finished off the fourth and fifth.Senior defensive specialist Julianne Mandolfo said the Buckeyes were not playing like themselves throughout the second set.“We were playing way too intense and that’s not how we play at practice,” she said.The senior was took charge in the huddle after the set.“I was just saying ‘we need to all calm down,’” Mandolfo said. “I was just reiterating how, when we play at practice, how well we do with each other.”The Buckeye offense was inconsistent through the first two sets, finishing with 18 kills and 17 errors and Dabrowa, led by Natalia Brussa, pulled out the third set 25-18.Coach Geoff Carlston said his team was not playing their normal game to that point, especially during the second set.“I let them know how I felt,” Carlston said. “It was more about the effort, though.”The coach said he was happy with how his team responded as OSU looked like a new squad in the fourth set, led by freshman middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe.OSU never wavered throughout the set, getting consecutive Sandbothe service aces to stretch the lead to 17-9. The freshman, who moved to the right side for the match, said she wanted to attack from the service line, even though she also made a few mistakes.“Just keep serving aggressive,” Sandbothe said. “If you go back there and just lob it in, you’re not helping anybody.”A kill from sophomore middle blocker Andrea Kacsits finished out a 25-20 fourth set victory for OSU to even the match at two sets apiece.The Buckeyes were up early in the final set, with a Sandbothe block eventually making it 6-5.After trading blows with Dabrowa, consecutive kills from Kacsits gave OSU the lead at 13-10 before a kill from junior outside hitter Erin Sekinger sealed the victory, 15-13.Kacsits, with a huge smile on her face, said “it feels so good” to beat a professional team after the match.She said her teammates were not sure what to expect from the match and it was fun to see them pull out a victory, even though the play was ugly at times.“I think it says a lot about who we are as a team and a lot about our captains and our leadership,” Kacsits said.Kacsits led the Buckeyes with 12 kills on the night, as senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary added 10. Sandbothe finished with eight kills and two service aces. Junior setter Taylor Sherwin chipped in with 42 assists.The Buckeyes travel to Tallahassee, Fla., for the Four Points by Sheraton Seminole Invitational this weekend.Ohio State is scheduled for two matches Friday, first against No. 16 Western Kentucky at 11 a.m. and later, tournament host No. 15 Florida State at 7 p.m. The Buckeyes close out the tournament against Florida Gulf Coast at noon Saturday. read more

Sony reveals the PSP 2 with dual analog sticks

first_imgSony held a press event earlier today in Japan, and with it introduced the successor to the PSP. We want to call it the PSP 2, but Sony refers to it as NGP (Next Generation Portable). That is just a codename, though, and we fully expect PSP 2 to be its final name.As for the device, I think everyone is going to be happy with the new handheld. It looks to have bags of power, a fantastic screen, and of course dual analog sticks!Here’s the basic spec:Quad-core Cortex-A9 processor5-inch OLED touchscreen (960 x 544)Dual analog sticks5-inch rear-mounted touchpad (matches screen in positioning)Accelerometer, gyroscope and electronic compass3G, WiFi, GPSCameras mounted on the fron and rearSony is promising a “high performance CPU/GPU” combination, but you only need look at the videos of the NGP in action to know the games will look great. Just to give you a comparison of how great, the resolution of the display is double that of the PSP (480 x 272).Alongside games that look great, there’s also room for better control of those games. The dual analog sticks have long been desired by PSP gamers, but Sony has combined them with a touchpad on the back of the device. It matches the OLED display in both size and position which should make for some intuitive and different input including touch, grab, trace, push and pull actions.Each game will be distributed on “a small flash memory based card” meaning Sony has pulled back from the digital-only distribution model introduced by the PSPgo. We don’t know what the cards looks like yet, but they will be specific to the NGP and not just standard flash cards.Sony is also going to allow additional content to be downloaded to a game card as well as save data. So this could allow DLC to be offered for each NGP title through PSN and downloaded to the actual game card rather than the NGP’s internal memory.Sony is following Nintendo’s lead by focusing on social connectivity and location based entertainment for its handheld. Each game will have a Live Area where you can hook up with other players alongside access to the PlayStation Network. A feature called Near will allow you to locate friends nearby your location and share game data with them.The NGP is set to release before the end of 2011 in Japan at least, but we hope Sony means worldwide. As for games: Killzone, Resistance, Little Big Planet, and Uncharted were already being shown off, and Call of Duty was confirmed for the platform by Activision, so expect a bunch of big launch titles.The things we don’t know yet are how much the device will cost, how much the games will cost, and specifics about the internal hardware including battery life. With at least 10 months until launch, though, Sony is sure to drip feed the information to us until then. We also suspect a lot more game announcements in time for the launch.Read more at Engadgetlast_img read more

Electric tuktuks on their way to Greece

first_imgThree-wheeler rickshaws that are commonplace in Asian countries may soon be seen around the streets of Greece as a low-cost alternative means of transport.The electrically-powered vehicles will be presented at this year’s Posidonia Sea Tourism Show to be held in Athens from May 28-29. First-time exhibitor Tuk Tuk Hellas will demonstrate the vehicles and present their benefits as a clean, green and sustainable means of transport.Resembling large golf carts, three or six-seater tuk-tuks have many benefits. They do not make noise, are environment-friendly and are ideal for sightseeing or transporting people to and from hotels.Though mainly seen in tropical climates, a number of tuk-tuks also made their way to the Paris market in 2013, with some being pedal-operated with electric motor assist. These, however, are not yet fully licensed to operate. Tuk tuks have also captured the interest of tourist regions like Cannes and St Tropez.Tuk tuks are particularly popular in Thailand where they have been used since 1934 when Japan donated about 20,000 used three-wheelers to Southeast Asia. Japan, however, stopped using them in the latter half of the 1960s. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Sexualité contraception le planning familial est à lécoute

first_imgSexualité, contraception… : le planning familial est à l’écouteFrance – Jusqu’au 27 janvier, le planning familial d’Ile-de-France propose une campagne d’affichage, dans les gares et le métro, afin de sensibiliser le public sur son rôle d’aide, d’information et d’écoute en matière de sexualité.Cette nouvelle campagne se justifie par un constat du planning familial : il existe aujourd’hui une réelle “insuffisance des actions d’éducation à la sexualité”. L’association rappelle, avec cet affichage, l’existence d’une plate-forme téléphonique où chacun peut recueillir les informations nécessaires sur des sujets comme la contraception, l’avortement et la sexualité en général.À lire aussiAvortement en France : avortement médicamenteux, délais, prix, ce qu’il faut savoirCette campagne d’affichage, destinée à un large public, vise plus précisément les femmes, notamment sur les sujets de l’avortement et de la contraception. Le planning familial souhaite que chaque femme connaisse ses droits sur ces questions et soit libre de choisir son moyen de contraception ou de bénéficier d’une intervention volontaire de grossesse (IVG).L’association constate l’apparition de freins à l’exercice du droit à l’IVG. De nombreux centres ont été fermés, les hôpitaux sont restructurés, les délais de prise en charge sont de plus en plus longs (deux semaines au lieu des cinq jours recommandés par la Haute autorité de santé). Il n’existe pas non plus de suivi post-intervention, surtout pour les mineures. Les médecins estiment qu’une femme sur deux aura recours à une IVG dans sa vie.Le 20 janvier 2010 à 10:20 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Barcelona staff give players guard of honour

first_imgAfter Real Madrid’s refusal to give Barcelona the traditional guard of honour in respect for their recent La Liga title victory, the technical staff at the club rose to the occasion and applauded the players as they entered the pitch at the Nou CampPrior to Sunday’s “El Clasico”, Zinedine Zidane had announced that Real would not be giving their arch-rivals the guard of honour, after sealing the league title last weekend, due to the fact that Barcelona had failed to do the gesture themselves when the sides met at the Santiago Bernabeu in December after his side had won the FIFA Club World Cup.Despite the protests of both Barcelona and the Spanish press, Real remained firm on their decision and carried on with their pre-match preparations as normal.In light of this, Gerard Pique asked the technical staff to do the honour in Real’s place and so they applauded the team as they entered their home ground for the first time in front of their fans as Copa del Rey and La Liga champions.The coaching staff perform a guard of honor for the team ???? ???? Força Barça! pic.twitter.com/ypHdltokGaSergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.— FC Barcelona ???? (@FCBarcelona) May 6, 2018“As they didn’t want to give us a guard of honour, I ask our staff to do it and we’ll do it like that,” said Pique, as reported on Sport.The match between the two La Liga giants ended 2-2.last_img read more

Teens accused of MLK parade shooting face judges

first_imgAs the eight victims continue to cope with the emotional toll the shooting has taken on them, the mother of 13-year-old victim Keionna Green said she knows what her daughter is going through.“She really hasn’t been sleeping,” said Green’s mother. “She didn’t want to go out and play with her friends.”“I’m just so scared,” said the 13-year-old.However, Green said, she is beginning to feel safer after the arrests were made on Tuesday. “I think I’ll feel safer to leave home since they’re in court,” she said.Stay-away orders have also been made to keep the two suspects away from the victims.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – The two teens accused of opening fire and shooting eight victims at a Martin Luther King Jr. parade faced a judge, Wednesday.Both 17-year-old Robert Britt and 18-year-old Gerrell Brownlee saw judges in initial hearings, Wednesday morning.State prosecutors said they are working towards trying Britt as an adult, while Brownlee’s bond was set at $1 million.Related: 8 shot at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park in Miami on MLK Day; 2 detainedBrownlee is a convicted felon with two open cases, which is the reason prosecutors asked for an increased bond amount. Judge Mindy S. Glazer also set a second bond amount of $10,000 for his charge due to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.“There were eight people who were shot at a park celebrating a peaceful event,” Glazer said in court, “and I’m concerned he poses a danger to the community.”State prosecutors were not lenient toward Brownlee. “Based on the fact that Brownlee is already out on bond in firearm charges, and has yet again picked up another firearm charge in addition to the heinous nature of this crime, the state is respectfully requesting an increase bond,” said one state prosecutor.In juvenile court, family members appeared during Britt’s hearing. The presiding judge there ruled that he be held in jail pending the start of his trial. last_img read more

Miami cop bitten by stray dog

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A Miami Police officer was bitten by a dog while on duty in Overtown, Thursday.The male officer was searching for a person wanted on a narcotics charge, when the stray dog clamped down on his leg.The officer was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital with two puncture wounds to the left thigh.The suspect he was looking for was eventually caught.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmingtons Hair Cuttery To Support Underprivileged Children With Free BackToSchool Haircuts

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Hair Cuttery, the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, will be will be donating back-to-school haircuts to children who need it most this summer. From August 1-15, for every child up to age 18 who purchases a haircut at one of Hair Cuttery’s nearly 900 salons, one free haircut certificate will be donated to an underprivileged child in the community.“A fresh haircut to celebrate a milestone is something that can easily be taken for granted,” said Dennis Ratner, Founder and CEO of Hair Cuttery. “Through our Share-A-Haircut program, we strive to provide every child with this simple but impactful service that will help send them back to school with confidence and enthusiasm to kick-off the year.”Within the first two weeks of August, Hair Cuttery is aiming to donate tens of thousands of free haircut certificates ahead of the new school year. Certificates will be distributed with the help of more than 200 local government and non-profit organizations in communities across the country.Participating locations include the salon in Wilmington, 206 Ballardvale St., Unit 3.Since 1999, the Share-A-Haircut program has donated more than 2.4 million free haircut certificates valued at nearly $50 million.2018 marks the 19th year of Share-A-Haircut, with Hair Cuttery’s most recent campaign donating more than 80,000 haircuts to survivors of domestic violence this past spring. The company has an established history of charitable giving and has supported a range of local and national causes, including St. Baldrick’s Foundation, American Red Cross, The National Network to End Domestic Violence, American Cancer Society and Girls on the Run.About Hair CutteryHair Cuttery is the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, with nearly 900 company-owned locations on the East Coast, New England and the Midwest. A full-service, value-priced salon, Hair Cuttery offers a full complement of cuts and styling, coloring, waxing and texturizing services with no appointment necessary, as well as a full line of professional hair care products. Hair Cuttery is committed to delivering a delightful client experience through WOW Service including a Smile Back Guarantee. Hair Cuttery is a division of Ratner Companies, based in Vienna, VA.(NOTE: The above press release is from Hair Cuttery.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedHair Cuttery Donates Back-to-School Haircuts To Thousands Of Children In NeedIn “Business”Wilmington’s Hair Cuttery Donates Back-To-School Haircuts To Local Kids In NeedIn “Business”Hair Cuttery Donates More Than 61,000 Haircuts to Children in Need NationwideIn “Business”last_img read more