North American Ports Must Adapt to Changes

first_imgzoom North American ports need to adapt to changes in customer demand and future industry trajectory, according to port and terminal operator APM Terminals.Speaking at the Journal of Commerce’s annual Port Performance North America conference, APM Terminals head of Hub Terminals, Jack Craig spoke about the challenges ahead for North American ports and how they compare to other ports in the world.“The customer landscape has changed and become much more competitive. We as an industry need to work together, adapt and respond or watch the cargo move elsewhere,” Craig said.The vessel alliances now reshaping the industry have been a success for ocean carriers and their quest for cost savings, asset efficiency and economies of scale.“Larger alliances, larger vessels and larger port call volumes per ship are a catalyst to improve performance at ports. The newly widened Panama Canal and heightened Bayonne Bridge in the Port of New York/New Jersey create new opportunities for larger ships plying the US east coast trade – and creates new demands on port infrastructure, port operations and all the stakeholders in the supply chain,” Craig continued.With the lower bunker prices of recent years, terminal costs have now become the highest cost for liner operators, which creates increased pressure on terminal margins “as our customers are expecting us to find ways to help them reduce costs year over year.”“Given the inflationary pressures built into large portions of a terminal’s cost base, this requires different thinking to remain competitive,” Craig informed.He also talked about the role of technology in the ports business in the context that every industry is using technology to improve the customer experience, create a safer working environment and improve competitiveness.“We can do this in a responsible way with our partners to grow the business, improve productivity and reliability for our customers and ensure the port industry business model is viable short and long term,” Craig concluded.last_img read more

In the news today Dec 11

first_imgSeven stories in the news for Monday, Dec. 11———VOTERS IN FOUR FEDERAL RIDINGS CHOOSE NEW MPS TODAYThe Trudeau government will get to test its popularity today in four federal byelections. The most heated race is the B.C. riding of South Surrey-White Rock where the Liberals are hoping to steal the seat from the Conservatives. The Conservatives have tried to stir up voter anger there over the Liberal’s tax reforms. The Tories are favoured in the Saskatchewan riding of Battlefords-Lloydminister, which has voted for right-wing parties since the 1990s. The other two ridings, in Newfoundland and Labrador and Toronto, are considered safe Liberal seats.———MORNEAU TO MEET WITH PROVINCIAL COUNTERPARTSFinance Minister Bill Morneau can expect a lot of provincial hands to reach for the federal purse strings when he meets with his counterparts in Ottawa today. The issue of who should get the lion’s share of revenue from legalized cannabis is likely to be a major bone of contention. The provinces and territories say they’ll be covering most of the costs of legalization, and so should get most of the revenue. Among the expenses the provinces are likely to face are beefed up policing, increased road safety efforts, busier court systems and public awareness campaigns.———CANADIAN COMPANIES FUNDING GLOBAL COAL PLANTSEnvironmentalists say Canada’s national pension fund manager is one of six Canadian companies that are undermining Ottawa’s anti-coal efforts by investing in new coal power plants. Friends of the Earth Canada joined with Germany’s Urgewald in releasing a report today that lists the six companies among the top 100 investors in new coal plants in the world. Together, Sun Life, Power Corporation, Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, Royal Bank of Canada, Manulife Financial and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board have pledged $2.9 billion towards building new coal plants overseas.———B.C. PREMIER TO ANNOUNCE DECISION ON SITE C DAMB.C. Premier John Horgan will give his government’s decision on the future of the controversial Site C hydroelectric dam this morning. The New Democrat government has been debating whether to continue construction of the $8.3-billion dam or cancel the work midway through the job. The dam has been marked by deeply divisive approaches to environmental, economic, technological and Indigenous concerns that have become the front lines of political battles in British Columbia.———COMPANIES MUST SEE CYBER-ATTACKS AS INEVITABLECompanies facing the growing threat of cyberattacks need to know one basic fact — there is no foolproof way of stopping criminals bent on breaching their systems. Benoit Dupont, professor of criminology at the University of Montreal and the Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity, says “everyone is hacking into everything” — even the world’s top intelligence agencies. Benoit says systems need to undergo a radical overhaul to deal with the role human error plays in breaches.———CRYPTOCURRENCY SCAMS SOAR TO $1.7 MILLIONCanadians have been swindled out of than $1.7 million via scams involving cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin so far this year — more than double the amount during all of 2016. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre says that’s more than five times the amount people lost to these types of scams in 2015. As bitcoin becomes more popular with investors, sending the price above US$17,000 mark last week, criminals are increasingly turning to cryptocurrencies to extort payment from their victims.———TORONTO FC HOLDING DOWNTOWN VICTORY PARADEToronto FC will hold its victory parade through the downtown core of the city today, two days after winning its first MLS Cup. Toronto beat the Seattle Sounders 2-0 in the championship game at BMO Field Saturday night, becoming the first Canadian team to win the MLS Cup. The parade is scheduled to start outside the Air Canada Centre around noon ET and wrap up with a fan rally at Nathan Phillips Square. TFC was the best team during the regular season, setting an MLS record with 69 points.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Initial meeting for the project team that will build the proposed Maritime Launch Services’ Spaceport development in Canso.— Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil hosts a meeting of the Council of Atlantic Premiers.— Trial of Christopher Calvin Garnier, charged with second-degree murder in the death of off duty Truro police officer Catherine Campbell.— Former Amaya CEO David Baazov and others face trial in Montreal related to insider trading charges.— Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor makes an announcement in Montreal on research related to opioids.— Commons international trade committee gets an update from Global Affairs Canada on certain international trade agreement negotiations.— Winnipeg trial for Guido Amsel on murder and explosives charges in connection with three explosive packages mailed in July 2015.last_img read more

UN launches appeal to fund millions of school lunches for poor students

The appeal is designed to achieve WFP’s goal of expanding its scheme of free school lunches for poor children from its current base of 16 million pupils to 50 million by 2007.Dubbed the “19-cents-a-day campaign,” the drive was launched at UN Headquarters in New York last night by George McGovern, a goodwill ambassador for the WFP and a former United States Senator and presidential candidate.The WFP says providing free school lunches not only reduces hunger, but also increases school attendance rates in many poor countries. “On a full stomach, a student’s ability to concentrate and learn is dramatically improved,” the agency said in a statement accompanying the launch.Mr. McGovern said school lunches also help to better the world today because it reduces poverty, “a fertile breeding ground for the Osama bin Ladens.”For his part, WFP Executive Director James Morris said, “Over the holiday season we are hoping that people take time to reflect on the challenges faced by the severely poor.” read more

Las Vegas fans scramble as cable fight threatens Super Bowl

Las Vegas fans scramble as cable fight threatens Super Bowl The entrance to Levi’s Stadium is decorated with images of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, left, and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016 in Santa Clara, Calif. The Denver Broncos will play the Carolina Panthers in the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2015, at Levi’s Stadium. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) LAS VEGAS, Nev. – From the taco bar to the chicken wings, Me Ray Shook has long had the potluck planned for her annual Super Bowl party. It’s how to watch the big game that she hasn’t figured out.Like tens of thousands of other Las Vegas football fans, Shook and her husband are scrambling to find backup plans as a bitter rate dispute between a cable provider and the local CBS affiliate threatens to leave their TVs dark to Sunday’s championship between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos.Cox Communications cable customers haven’t been able to watch any CBS programs since Saturday, when KLAS-TV pulled the channel off the Cox lineup after five months of failed contract negotiations.About 40 per cent of all area households pay Cox for TV, internet or phone services, according to market research firm SNL Kagan.The TV station’s parent company, Nexstar Broadcasting Group, wants the cable giant to pay more to carry its programming. Cox has balked at the costs and says KLAS is “out of line” to seek a threefold rate increase, which they say could ultimately drive up cable bills.KLAS-TV says their proposal is closer to double current prices and insists that local broadcasters are severely underpaid compared with what Cox pays a channel like ESPN. Both say nondisclosure terms in their contract prohibit disclosing the actual rates.Cox said Wednesday that it will make “ESPN Deportes” free during the game so that subscribers at least can watch it in Spanish.Some fans are bypassing the fight by purchasing digital antennas, a modern version of rabbit ears that can pull in local broadcast signals. Others are switching to satellite or Internet-based TV providers or making plans to head to bars, restaurants and casino sports books, which have overlapping satellite systems.Jeffrey Lonergan, 63, said he found a neighbour with satellite to host his Super Bowl party.“I think it’s terrible that they hold us hostage,” he said. “I’m mad at both of them that they can’t come to an agreement.”At least one TV competitor has benefited from the impasse.“Our phones have been ringing off the hook and our stores have had steady traffic,” CenturyLink spokesman Jason Chan said in an email. “Many of the customers are happy there is competition in the market, as it gives them options.”Battles pitting TV service providers against content programmers and station owners have become increasingly common. Last year, a record 193 blackouts occurred nationwide, more than double compared with 2014, according to the American Television Alliance. The group lists cable companies among its partners.Nexstar Broadcasting Group’s fight involves more than a dozen other television stations in Florida, Louisiana, Arizona, Missouri and Virginia. But Las Vegas is the only place where the Super Bowl is at stake.The battle is playing out in public, even as the two sides negotiate in private.Each has sent emails to customers urging them to take action against the other. KLAS-TV has aired segments about the dispute and suggested customers abandon Cox. The cable provider has pulled $400,000 in advertising from the station and ran ads elsewhere blaming KLAS.Frustrated customers just want their programs back.“I don’t know what the real story is, but I don’t care. We are the victims. They’re trying to use us as pawns,” said Shook, 64. “It’s taking joy out of our lives.”Shook said she likely won’t put in the effort to switch TV services. She said she only hopes it can be resolved soon, if not for the Super Bowl, than for another CBS program she’s watched since she came to the U.S. in the 1970s from South Korea: “60 Minutes.”___Associated Press writer Tali Arbel contributed from New York. by Sally Ho, The Associated Press Posted Feb 3, 2016 10:40 am MDT Last Updated Feb 3, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Overgeneralized approach could expose peace operations to greater risk warns UN deputy

These destructive and dangerous forces make conflicts even more intractable, he said, explaining that they thrive on impunity and governance failures and exploit deep-rooted grievances.In response, UN action and the Organization’s footprint on the ground have to be more nimble and comprehensive, and need more flexible support arrangements, including more sophisticated and predictable uniformed capabilities to strengthen mobility, responsiveness, and a deeper understanding of the operating environment as well as the development of intelligence and analysis capacities.The UN will also need to adjust how it conducts its core tasks, including ‘good offices,’ capacity-building, community engagement and stabilization measures, he said. Further, the political objectives of UN peacekeeping operations need to be clearly defined and communicated. The UN must find new and creative ways of achieving political goals in situations where some parties are not speaking partners or willing participants, and must devise strategies to build coalitions of support around political objectives at local, national and regional levels, he added. The Deputy Secretary-General highlighted three priorities for preparing UN peace operations to face asymmetric threats. First is to ensure the safety and security of its personnel by introducing greater situational awareness, analysis and force protection measures while utilizing new technologies and deploying uniformed units with built-in robust self-protection tools, he said. Second, he stated, an over-generalized approach can be counter-productive, possibly exposing the UN to more risk. Supporting peaceful resolution to conflict should be grounded in a clear and nuanced understanding of who the different parties are, how they are resourced, and who their allies are. This varies from case to case. There is also a need to think beyond a security-focused approach, and consider the entirety of the tools at the UN’s disposal, including sanctions regimes, normative instruments, capacity-building, stabilization and development aid.Third, “we must fully take into account how and when the United Nations can support national and regional efforts to prevent violent extremism and terrorism,” he said.The Secretary-General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism cites the need to integrate prevention of violent extremism in peace operations, both in terms of mandates, and of relevant activities of UN country teams.When requested, the United Nations is ready to support the efforts of Member States in implementing the recommendations set out in the Plan. The UN is providing technical assistance in areas such as criminal justice, border controls, kidnapping for ransom, dealing with foreign terrorist fighters, and the financing of terrorism. The UN is also supporting youth engagement and skills development.Mr. Eliasson also underscored the importance of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as global challenges are interdependent, while stressing the full potential of the identical resolutions in the General Assembly and the Security Council on peacebuilding and sustaining peace. These texts focus on a conceptual shift from peacebuilding to sustaining peace as transformative and forward-looking as it means that peacebuilding is no longer confined to post-conflict situations but applies to all phases before, during and after the conflict. Jan Eliasson (left), Deputy Secretary-General, addresses the Security Council meeting on the maintenance of international peace and security, and peace operations facing asymmetrical threats. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe “It is a sad fact that our peacekeepers are now being specifically targeted by violent extremists and terrorists,” Mr. Eliasson said during a day-long open debate, which explored better ways to take into account threats such as armed groups and/or terrorist operations, among other non-State actors, in the planning, concept definition and operational methods of UN peace missions.Alongside the UN deputy chief, Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Jean-Paul Laborde, the Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee, Michaelle Jean, the Secretary-General of the International Organization of La Francophonie and Authur Boutellis, the Director of the Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations, also briefed the Council.According to a concept note released ahead of the debate, 34 peacekeepers were killed and 190 injured between January 2015 and November 2016.Yesterday again, peacekeepers in Mali came under attack, with one of them killed and seven others wounded, he said.Recalling that the High-Level Panel on Peace Operations emphasized that “UN troops should not undertake military counter-terrorism operations,” Mr. Eliasson said that a conclusion would be that peacekeeping operations should not be mandated to militarily defeat violent extremist and terrorist groups.“However, terrorism and violent extremism are a reality in many contemporary conflicts, a reality which has to be dealt with,” he said. read more

Week In Brussels – Week ending Friday 17 May 2013

DOWNLOAD1. European new car registrations up 1.7% in April2. EU ETS: 2012 saw continuing decline in emissions but growing surplus of allowances3. Commissions plans to support development of ‘smarter cities’4. Specifications for new generation of tachographs informally agreed5. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Orange Bowl gets an AlabamaOklahoma CFP matchup

MIAMI — Alabama was the easy pick. Oklahoma was the difficult choice.They’re on equal footing now.Top-seeded Alabama (13-0) will continue its quest for a second consecutive national championship in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29, when the Crimson Tide will take on the fourth-seeded Sooners (12-1) — who got to the College Football Playoff semifinals on the strength of their Big 12 championship win over Texas.Ohio State, Georgia and even UCF all felt like they deserved a spot, but the selection committee felt Oklahoma’s resume was the best off that long list of contenders for the fourth and final entry into the playoff.“The one-loss conference champion carried the day,” CFP selection chairman Rob Mullens said on the televised announcement of the pairings.Alabama has won 15 consecutive games, starting with its two wins in last season’s playoff and most recently a rally past Georgia for the Southeastern Conference title on Saturday. Oklahoma’s only defeat this season was to Texas, a 48-45 game on a neutral field in Dallas on Oct. 6 — and the Sooners won the rematch in Saturday’s Big 12 title game, 39-27.The Tide knew they were going to the playoffs.The Sooners had to wait and sweat out the official word.“Sooner Nation, we just got some great news,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said in a video posted to Twitter shortly after the announcement was made.It’s a matchup of the two highest-scoring teams in the nation this season. Oklahoma, led by Heisman Trophy hopeful quarterback Kyler Murray, averages 49.5 points per game. Alabama averages 47.9 points per game.And while the Sooners know who their quarterback is, the Crimson Tide have some questions at that position.Jalen Hurts led Alabama’s rally over Georgia on Saturday, taking over when Crimson Tide starter Tua Tagovailoa left with what appeared to be a right ankle injury. Hurts threw for a touchdown and ran in for the winning TD with about a minute left, as Alabama knocked off Georgia 35-28 — a win that probably knocked the Bulldogs out of the playoff.Alabama-Oklahoma got slotted for the Orange Bowl instead of the Cotton Bowl in large part because of how close the Sooners’ home is to Dallas. It would have largely been a home game for Oklahoma had this matchup been in the Cotton Bowl.Alabama is going to the Orange Bowl for the ninth time. This will be Oklahoma’s 20th trip to the Orange Bowl, extending the Sooners’ record for most appearances in the game.___More AP college football: and Reynolds, The Associated Press read more

Buckeye Joey Bosa named Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year

While he’s still waiting to hear about two national awards, Ohio State sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa picked up a pair of Big Ten honors Monday night.Bosa was named the Big Ten’s Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year on Monday, while he is already a finalist for both the Lombardi Award and the Chuck Bednarik award. He was also named first team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media in a unanimous vote.The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native has totaled 46 tackles in 12 games this season, while he is in the top five in the nation with 13.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss. His sack and tackles for loss numbers put him atop the Big Ten standings. Bosa has also forced four fumbles this season.He needs just half a sack to tie Vernon Gholston’s school record of 14 in a season.Bosa’s sack of Penn State sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg sealed the Buckeyes’ 31-24 win against the Nittany Lions in double overtime earlier this season.He’s the seventh Buckeye to be named the conference’s defensive lineman of the year. John Simon was the most recent OSU player to win that award in 2012.Bosa and the Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the field Saturday to play in the Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin. Kickoff is set for 8:17 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. read more

Sitdown Sunday 7 deadly reads

first_imgIT’S A DAY of rest, and you may be in the mood for a quiet corner and a comfy chair. We’ve hand-picked the week’s best reads for you to savour.1. Mean girls?John Tierney asks: How aggressive is the human female? He looks at new research which examines what provokes the ‘mean girl’ effect from women towards other women – and the results may be dispiriting.(New York Times – approx 5 minutes reading time, 1191 words)Now that researchers have been looking more closely, they say that this “intrasexual competition” is the most important factor explaining the pressures that young women feel to meet standards of sexual conduct and physical appearance2. Roller Derby queensB David Zarley meets the Roller Derby queens the Gotham Girls, the world’s number one team who consistently slam their opponents. Not sure what Roller Derby is? Prepare to get informed.(Sports on Earth – approx 16 minutes reading time, 3320 words)People of every size, shape and color wandered about the arena, some shattering the conventional notions of derby girls, some personifying it. Really, the one overarching theme that bound them all together was friendly, affable confidence. Roller derby is wonderfully inclusive, accepting skaters of nearly every body and personality type, something which extends to the fan base as well. The Cerro Rico in Bolivia. Pic: Adam Jones/Flickr/Creative Commons 3. Children in the minesWes Enzinna journeys down to the mines where Bolivia’s child labourers – yes, children – work in unimaginable conditions in Cerro Rico. Their tiny bodies fit into the three-foot high tunnels, and outside their workplaces are signs of sacrifice.(Vice – approx 17 minutes reading time, 3592 words)Jackson and I were on a mission to find child miners, 3,000 of whom are rumored to work in the Cerro Rico illegally. Their work is officially forbidden by the Bolivian government, so they tend to stay out of sight when foreigners come around… according to the most recent available statistics, 60 children died from cave-ins and other accidents in the Cerro Rico in 2008 alone.4. Failing hardDavid Raether once was a comedy writer for the sitcom Roseanne, but within years found himself homeless. In an excerpt from his book, he writes about what the experience taught him.(Priceonomics – approx 26 minutes reading time, 5215  words)Our family faced the same economic forces that hurt many families, but I don’t blame the banks or politicians or anyone else for what happened to us. I made a thousand decisions, large and small, that seemed reasonable at the time but cumulatively led to our situation. It is tempting to blame external forces for the disasters that befall us, but as Shakespeare wrote in “Julius Ceasar,” the fault for what happens to us “is not in our stars but in ourselves.” Pic: Shutterstock5. Freezing to deathPeter Stark (aptly named, given his article’s subject) examines what happens when you contract hypothermia, the terrifying experience of being overtaken by the cold.(Outside– approx 20 minutes reading time, 4008 words)But for all scientists and statisticians now know of freezing and its physiology, no one can yet predict exactly how quickly and in whom hypothermia will strike–and whether it will kill when it does. The cold remains a mystery, more prone to fell men than women, more lethal to the thin and well muscled than to those with avoirdupois, and least forgiving to the arrogant and the unaware.6. How the Beatles succeeded Andrew Romano argues that, contrary to what experts like Malcolm Gladwell have said, the Beatles didn’t succeed because of putting in 10k hours of work. He says their stratospheric success came through talent, ambition… and “a lot of arrogance”.(Daily Beast – approx minutes reading time, words)But this isn’t even the real problem with Gladwell’s theory. The real problem is that while the Beatles’ marathon stints in Hamburg did transform them as a band—they were so vibrant, so tight, and so unrecognizable when they returned from their first campaign that the crowds in Liverpool mistook them for a blistering new German combo—the “complex task” they had now “mastered” was not the same task that would eventually earn them world domination.…AND ONE FROM THE ARCHIVES…Pic: AP/Press Association ImagesIn 2005, Uncut magazine looked at the inside story of Bob Dylan’s classic album Blood on the Tracks. From the singer’s infidelity to his artistic rebirth, this story is as juicy as they come.(Uncut – approx minutes reading time, words)February 13, 1977. Bob and Sara Dylan are screaming themselves hoarse. Sara has just walked down to breakfast in their Malibu mansion to find Bob and their children sat down to eat – with another woman. She’s one of countless girlfriends Bob has been seeing over the previous year. This one has even moved into a house on their estate. But seeing her sitting with their children makes something in Dylan’s wife finally snap.Interested in longreads during the week? Look out for Catch-Up Wednesday every Wednesday evening.More: The best reads from every previous Sitdown Sunday >The Sports Pages – the best sports writing collected every week by >last_img read more

Übergeek German Vandals Egg Houses That Opt Out of Google Street View

first_imgLittle known fact about German street thugs–they’re not like the rapscallions of other nations. As it turns out, they’re big ol’ nerds who only victimize those who fall behind on today’s ultra-transparent information autobahn. Recently, Deutchland officials voiced privacy concerns about the Street View feature of Google Maps which offers a ground level, 360-degree photo from nearly any vantage point along any street. In a concession, Google offered to blur out the residences of any Germans who wanted to opt-out of the feature.Sounds like a fair balance right?Not according to one group of geeky gangstas. An unidentified person or persons went around the city of Essen throwing eggs at homes that appeared obscured in Google Maps. They then proceeded to leave notes outside the properties proclaiming “Google’s cool” in English.Google’s official stance on the nerdiest form of vandalism that has ever been committed: “We respect people’s decision to opt out and by no means consider this to be acceptable behavior.” No word on if there have been any threats against those who maintain aol email accounts or people who still “RT” things on Twitter instead of using the embedded re-tweet feature.via popscilast_img read more

Man accused of vehicular homicide in pedestrians death

first_imgA 24-year-old man was arrested Friday on a warrant accusing him of vehicular homicide in connection with a Jan. 11 hit-and-run crash that led to the death of a Vancouver man, according to the Vancouver Police Department.Ernesto Tapia Estrada, no hometown reported, is also accused of hit-and-run driving causing injury or death. His arrest follows an investigation by detectives with the Vancouver Police Major Crimes Unit and Traffic Unit, according to a police statement released Saturday.Estrada was arrested in connection with the death of Christian Walton, 27, who was struck by a hit-and-run driver in the 11300 block of Southeast 10th Street. Police said Walton and a female were walking on a sidewalk when they were struck by a vehicle that had gone out of control on a snowy road.The driver did not stop. Walton and the female were transported by family members to a hospital, where they were treated and released, the statement said.On Jan. 27, however, Walton suffered a medical emergency at a home in the 1200 block of Southeast Ellsworth Road and could not be revived by emergency personnel, the statement said. Detectives investigating the crash located the hit-and-run vehicle on Feb. 1 and secured a warrant for Estrada’s arrest. He was booked into the Clark County Jail, the statement said.last_img read more

Allardyce Everton wanted expensive Aubameyang

first_imgFormer Everton boss Sam Allardyce revealed his interest in signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last yearFollowing Romelu Lukaku’s £75m exit to Manchester United in the summer of 2017, Everton struggled greatly for goals without their star forward.By time Allardyce arrived in November at Goodison Park, Everton were languishing down in 13th after firing manager Ronald Koeman for their poor start to the season.And, in light of Aubameyang’s desperation to leave Borussia Dortmund for a move to the Premier League, Allardyce had his eyes set on a stunning capture for the Toffees to solve their scoring problems.However, it soon became clear to Allardyce and Everton that a January scoop for Aubameyang was unlikely due to his big price tag.The Gabon international eventually did seal his transfer to England with Arsenal after the Gunners agreed to fork out a club record £56m.“Aubameyang was desperate to come to the Premier League and we didn’t really know if it was definitely a yes [to Everton] or not – but it was probably not,” Allardyce told talkSPORT.“The rumours were that he really wanted to come to the Premier League and he was desperate to come. Whether that could have happened or not, we never got that far.“It was always going to be too much money for January, because of what the club spent previous to me arriving.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.Allardyce was later sacked from Everton at the end of last season to make way for the incoming Marco Silva, despite leading them to a respectable eighth-place finish in the league.Meanwhile, Aubameyang has proven to be a big hit in English football with a stunning 24 goals and seven assists in 36 Premier League appearances for Arsenal.The 29-year-old is currently the league’s second-highest scorer behind Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah on 14 goals this term as Arsenal bid to return to the top-four after a two-season absence.”We knew he was desperate to come to the Premier League.””It was too much money because of how much had been spent before I arrived.”Sam Allardyce reveals he wanted to bring @Aubameyang7 to #Everton before #Arsenal signed him.— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 22, 2019last_img read more

4 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The Transfiguration

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The following four children were baptized and joined the Parish of  the Transfiguration on Sunday, August 4, 2019:Anthony Joseph RuplisValentina Elizabeth SanchezMadelyn ShalkoskiCallen James SutherlandCongratulations to these children and their families.(NOTE: List is from the latest St. Thomas/St. Dorothy church bulletin. The cover photo is from Airgoz Aerial Photography.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related2 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The TransfigurationIn “Community”2 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The TransfigurationIn “Community”5 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The TransfigurationIn “Community”last_img read more

Temples decked up for Toli Ekadasi today

first_imgRajamahendravaram: All Sri Vaishnavite temples in the district were decked up to perform Toli Ekadasi fest on Friday. As part of it, abishekams and special pujas will be performed in the temples such as archana, thomala, poolangi seva etc. In the city, Sri Venugopala Swamy temple, Venkateswara Swamy temples at KVR Swamy road, Subramanya Mydanam, AVA road, Tilak road, Govinda Kshetram, Satyanarayana Swamy temple, Sri Ranganadha Swamy temple, Asta Lakshmi temple, Sri Lakshi Nrusimha Swamy temple at Tilak road and Simhachala Nagar, Srungara Vallabha Swamy temple at Toli Tirupathi, Bhavanarayana Swamy temple at Sarpavaram, Bindu Madhava Swamy temple at Pithapuram, Lakshmi Nrisimha Swamy temples at Korukondaand Antervedi were decked up and the temple managements made necessary arrangements to meet the pilgrim rush. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy temple management at Annavaram also made elaborate arrangements to provide hassle-free darshan for the devotees and the management is expecting about 40,000 devotees will throng the sacred shrine Ratnagiri for the darshan of the lord. Meanwhile, the bathing ghats in the city were also cleaned as thousands of people take holy dip in River Godavari in connection with Toli Ekadasi.last_img read more

BNP gets permission to hold Fridays rally

first_imgLogo of BNPThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Thursday said it got permission from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) to hold a rally in the city on Friday demanding the release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.”We’ve got verbal permission from police to hold our scheduled rally in front of our Naya Paltan central office at 3:00pm on Friday,” party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi told UNB.He hoped that the DMP authorities will also give them the written permission soon.Rizvi said the DMP commissioner gave the permission when their party’s delegation, led by party chairperson’s adviser Abul Khair Bhuiyan, met him at his office.He said their party and its associate bodies took all the necessary preparations for making the rally a success.On 15 July, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced that their party will stage demonstrations across the country, including the capital, on Friday demanding the release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail and her better treatment.He said their programme is also meant for registering the party’s protest against the government’s ‘inhuman’ attitude towards Khaleda by keeping her in jail ‘without treatment’.last_img read more

Researchers discover promising hydrogen storage material

first_img Copyright 2011 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of ( — If hydrogen is to ever to serve as an onboard energy carrier for the transportation industry, a material will be needed that can store large amounts of hydrogen at ambient temperature and pressure. So far, researchers have not found any material that can meet these requirements. But in a new study, a team from China and the US has taken a significant step toward this goal by identifying a material that can store hydrogen with a density as high as 4.6 wt. % (i.e., the hydrogen accounts for 4.6% of the total weight of the storage material), enabling it to meet the target of 4.3 wt. % set by the US department of Energy for 2010. More information: Kun Lü, et al. “Sc-phthalocyanine sheet: Promising material for hydrogen storage.” Applied Physics Letters 99, 163104 (2011). DOI:10.1063/1.3653465 Explore further Citation: Researchers discover promising hydrogen storage material (2011, November 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Full to the brim with hydrogen: Porous form of magnesium borohydride can store hydrogen The researchers, led by Qiang Sun from Peking University in Beijing, China, and Virginia Commonwealth University in the Richmond, Virginia, US, have published their study in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters.“Hydrogen storage is a big challenge for the hydrogen economy,” Sun told “Currently the research is behind schedule, but with the advancement of materials design and synthesis, reaching the target for future transportation applications [is becoming] more and more promising.”As the researchers explained, the greatest difficulty in finding a sufficient hydrogen storage material for onboard storage systems lies in meeting multiple requirements with a single material. For example, in previous studies researchers have found that light metal hydrides can store hydrogen with a gravimetric density of 20 wt. %, but the material is not reversible, meaning it cannot be reused. Also, the hydrogen desorbs only at very high temperatures. In contrast, other materials such as carbon nanotubes and metal or covalent organic frameworks can store hydrogen reversibly, but the hydrogen adsorbs only at very low temperatures. The difference is due to bonding: in light metal hydrides, hydrogen is held in much stronger bonds than in the second group of materials. The researchers explain that, ideally, hydrogen should be bound with an intermediate binding energy.“If the bonding is too strong, hydrogen can only be released at high temperature, while if the bonding is too weak, the storage is unstable at room temperature,” Sun explained. “So we require an intermediate bonding energy.”In the current study, the researchers used modeling and simulations to investigate the performance of hydrogen storage in metal-containing porous sheets, which can be synthesized using the techniques previously proposed by two other groups (M. Abel, et al., and A. Sperl, et al.). In those techniques, porous sheets were made of blue-green dye units called phthalocyanines (Pc) with regularly spaced iron (Fe) atoms or other metal atoms. Due to their high dispersion, these metal sites in the porous substrates provide the possible adsorption sites for hydrogen molecules.“Transition metal atoms easily aggregate to form clusters,” Sun said. But materials in which metal atoms can be prevented from coalescing are scarce.The researchers systematically investigated 10 Pc-based porous sheets with transition metal atoms from scandium (Sc) through zinc (Zn), and found that porous Pc sheets with Sc atoms could store up to 4.6 wt. % hydrogen. In addition to the Sc atoms’ regular distribution in the Pc sheet, Sc has two other attractive features. First, it is lighter than other transition elements, allowing the overall storage material to be relatively light. Second, Sc atoms have a large size, so that they stick out and can capture more hydrogen molecules.By theoretically demonstrating that this Sc-Pc porous sheet can be used to create a hydrogen storage material with attractive properties, the researchers hope that the results will stimulate further analysis and experimental tests of the promising material. At a temperature of 298 K and pressure of 100 bar, the new hydrogen material can store hydrogen at a density of 4.6 wt. %. The inset shows the geometry of a Sc-Pc sheet. Image credit: Kun Lü, et al. 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.last_img read more

We are about feel good music

first_imgSantana seems to have given Delhi a taste for rock for sure. And now Delhiites will get a chance to listen to Five 8 — a glam / Progressive Rock band from the city. The band has Robin Mathew on vocals, Aveleon Vaz on drums, Pranav on guitars, Steve Peter on bass and Shiv Ahuja on keyboards. Millennium Post caught up with the band members before their performance. Here are excerpts from an interview:How did all of you get together? We were all a part of the Kirori Mal College Music Society where the band was initially formed in 2005. But it was only in 2007 that we started playing our own music in the Delhi University circuit. After graduating, we started doing gigs in pubs. Our band was started with the idea of performing our own music and of course we also did a few covers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’How would you define your music?Essentially it is pop funk as a genre. Our music is all about feel good music. It is hip,  happy, funky. Overall, it is about having a good time.What will you be performing today? E.P. and some of our new compositions. This time we have also roped in Pranav for guitars in place of our official guitarist, who is studying music in Chennai.What is the USP of your band?The fact that our sound is ever evolving. We keep innovating our songs and also rework our older numbers. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhy Five 8?Actually, Five 8 is a musical term, a time signature. It was once during a competition that our drummer randomly played the Five 8 and we are kind of stuck with it ever since. It is just that we never decided to change it since.Who composes the music? Also what story does it tell? Most of our lyrics is written by Robin Mathew, our vocalist and the drummer Aveleon Vaz. But all of us contribute to the lyrics. Earlier, we wrote on everything under the sun. But over time, we started focusing on our surroundings and added critical commentary about the society. Tell us one thing your band is completely addicted to…Food. We draw our inspiration when we hang out together and food is one factor we cannot do without. When we jam we go to our drummer Aveleon’s house where his parents are quite supportive. He is a Goan and his mother cooks us a lot of Goan dishes.What next?More gigs. This time of the year is really busy so probably more gigs. Also as a band, we do not have high and lofty ideas of conquering the world music, but this is not to say we are not serious. We take music very seriously but for us it is all about having a quality time jamming and creating good music. DETAILAt: Hard Rock Cafe, DLF Place, Saket When: 15 NovemberTimings: 9 pm onwards Phone: 47158888last_img read more

Sister Nivedita University joins hands with Motes Bots

first_imgSister Nivedita University has joined hands with Motes & Bots, an AI-enabled IoT company from Singapore, with operations in India and Thailand. Going forward, SNU and Motes & Bots will collaborate to set up the Connected Intelligence Research Lab integrating AI, BI, IoT and other Data Science Programs in the curriculum and would offer internships to students in India and Thailand. Experts, lecturers, guides and mentors from Motes & Bots will be an integral part of SNU, training the students to evolve as ace entrepreneurs and use this exclusive platform to roll out new products. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDebasish Sen IAS, Addl. Chief Secretary, Department of IT and Electronics, Government of West Bengal inaugurated the EXPERIENCE ZONE of AI:THINGS at Sister Nivedita University. Swami Sarvottamananda, Pro Vice Chancellor, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Education and Research Institute, Dr Suborno Bose, Chairman, IIHM, and Sweeya Santipitaks, Consul General, Consulate of Thailand – Kolkata were the Guests of Honour at the inaugural ceremony. Kallol Sen, Founder and CEO of Motes & Bots, explained about how AI-enabled IoT is catalysing a quantum jump in both the way we live our lives and the way businesses operate. Speaking on the launch of its flagship AI:THINGS Experience Zone, Sen, an IIT-Kharagpur/IIM-Calcutta alumnus, said that Motes & Bots focuses on designing and developing AI-enabled IoT products and services for the world market, under the brand name AI:THINGS. The Company is setting up its nationwide distribution network and chain of AI:THINGS Experience Zones to accelerate the mass adoption of AI-enhanced lifestyles. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSubhajit Roychowdhury (IIT Kharagpur/AIM Manila alumnus), a very successful Management professional in Thailand and Co-Founder of Motes & Bots, in his address said that Motes & Bots operates through three verticals: Smart Homes, Smart Institutions (Smart Hotels, Smart Offices, Smart Universities) and AI-driven Security and Surveillance (for governments and industry). He emphasised on the fact that the company is led by a team of some of the best brains in the world and uses cutting-edge technologies to create great economic values in today’s ever-connected world. Satyam Roychowdhury, Chancellor of Sister Nivedita University in his address emphasised that SNU is built on the path of Sister Nivedita and blessed under the shadow of Swami Vivekananda. The university offers educational programs in a wide array of streams like Engineering, Law, Literature, Natural Science, Pharmacy, Nursing, Fine Arts, Designing, etc., along with research initiatives through PhD Programs. All the courses are designed parallel to the industrial needs of the global economic structure of the contemporary market.last_img read more

Four Seasons Hotels to open third location in Colombia

first_img Travelweek Group Wednesday, June 5, 2019 TORONTO — Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and San Francisco Investments have announced plans to open a luxury hotel and private residences in Cartagena, marking the third Four Seasons in Colombia.Located on the doorstep of Cartagena’s historic walled city, Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Cartagena will feature 131 rooms, including a Royal Suite and a Presidential Suite boasting 390 square metres and 325 square metres of living area, respectively.The hotel will also include approximately 16 private residences, 16,000 square feet of meeting and event space, six food and beverage concepts with both indoor and terrace dining, a spa and fitness centre as well as a rooftop pool with views of Cartagena Bay.In addition, several culturally significant buildings, such as the Cloister of Saint Francis, the Club Cartagena, and four renowned theatres, Teatro Cartagena, Teatro Calamarí, Teatro Bucanero and Teatro Rialto will be revitalized and restored by Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Cartagena.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksAs part of its investment, Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Cartagena will revitalize and restore several culturally significant buildings dating as far back as the 16th century, including the Cloister of Saint Francis, the Club Cartagena, and four renowned theatres.“This new Hotel and Private Residences is the perfect project for us to expand our presence in South America, providing us with the rare opportunity to convert such an exceptional collection of historic buildings within a marquee location in one of the region’s most alluring cities,” says Bart Carnahan, Executive Vice President, Global Business Development and Portfolio Management, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “Together with our partners at Valorem, we look forward to bringing the very best in luxury hospitality to Cartagena.” Posted by Four Seasons Hotels to open third location in Colombiacenter_img Tags: Colombia, Four Seasons Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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first_imgIf any act, omission, event or circumstance occurs which is beyond the reasonable control of Skyscanner and which prevents Skyscanner from complying with these terms and conditions, Skyscanner will not be liable for any failure to perform or delay in performing its obligations. WINNER ANNOUNCED!!Congratulations to Katie Sanderson who is off to Ibiza Rocks.A big thank you to everyone who entered.Summer party season is kicking off in the Balearics this month and we have a special competition for all you music and sun lovers.Together with our friends at Ibiza Rocks, we’re offering one lucky pair of winners a trip to see either HAIM or The 1975 at this summer’s hottest parties!The prize: #SkyscannerRocks @UnknownCroatia Boat Party 2013, best summer ever ! @JolieC93 #dreamingofthebeach #procrastitweeting— Katie Sanderson (@katievsanderson) May 11, 2014 Any extra activities and costs beyond the specified Prize will be the responsibility of the winner. Skyscanner and Ibiza Rocks Hotel Promociones S.L. take no responsibility for travel insurance or visa requirements. Entrants must hold a valid passport. In order to be valid, your entry must contain an original comment on the given theme, which conforms to the requirements set out in these terms and conditions. Using other people’s comments, or work is a copyright violation and will invalidate your entry. We’ll choose our favourite entry when the competition ends at 5pm on Fri 16 May 2014. Good luck! Bonus! Enter your email address below to received an exclusive discount code from Ibiza Rocks! The competition starts at 9am on Mon 5 May 2014 and ends at 5pm on Fri 16 May 2014. Tell us about the photo in the caption! Entry Criteria This competition is in no way associated with, sponsored or endorsed by Twitter or Instagram Participants must be resident in the UK (excluding Northern Ireland) and aged 18 years or over as at 5 May 2014. 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How to enter: Skyscanner reserves the right to reject comments that depart from the theme, are offensive, or otherwise do not conform to the requirements of these terms and conditions. Return flights for 2 people to Ibiza By entering the competition, the entrant grants Skyscanner an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferrable, sub-licensable, royalty-free license to use the entry for competition/marketing purposes, including but not limited to reproducing the entry on its websites, blogs, social networking accounts and newsletters. The licence includes the right to modify and edit the entry at the discretion of Skyscanner, such as the correction of any spelling, typographic or grammatical errors. One winner will be selected based on Skyscanner’s choice of the best photo and accompanying caption. The winner will be chosen on Fri 16 May and will be notified by Mon 19 May 2014. Follow @Skyscanner on Twitter or Instagramcenter_img The PrizeThe prize consists of the following:a) 2 return flights from the UK or Ireland to Ibiza, not more than £500 in value. The provision of these tickets is the sole responsibility of Skyscanner, and said tickets will be issued in the winner’s name only and are non-transferable.b) 2 nights accommodation for 2 people in the Ibiza Rocks Apartments. The accommodation and tickets will be booked by Brand Rocks Travel acting as an agent of Ibiza Rocks Hotel Promociones S.L. c) Tickets to either the HAIM or The 1975 shows at Ibiza Rocks, the provision of which is the sole responsibility of Ibiza Rocks Hotel Promociones S.L.Together the ‘Prize’. From the valid entries received, a Skyscanner jury will select the final winner based on an objective assessment of the following criteria: originality, creativity, coherence with the given theme and quality. The jury deciding on the winner will be a panel of Skyscanner employees. Multiple entries are permitted. By submitting your entry, you confirm that: Post a photo of yourself enjoying your favourite tunes – for example, clubbing on holiday, at a music festival, dancing at a club, playing guitar on the beach – and upload to Twitter orInstagram using #SkyscannerRocks The winner will be contacted by email by Mon 19 May and travel details will be arranged thereafter. 2 nights accomodation in the Ibiza Rocks Apartments (includes full access to the main Hotel) Except in respect of liability for death or personal injury caused by its negligence, or for any fraud, fraudulent misrepresentation or any other liability which cannot be excluded by law, Skyscanner will not be liable for any losses, damages, expenses, costs or claims arising out of or relating to this competition or the use of the Prize, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty or otherwise. Skyscanner accepts no responsibility for any tax implications that may arise from accepting a Prize and recommends that entrants obtain independent financial advice in this regard. Skyscanner’s decision in regard to the winner and all other matters relating to the competition are final, and no discussions will be entered into. Skyscanner reserves the right to terminate or modify the competition at any time prior to the closing date by publishing any modifications on the Skyscanner website. General The Prize is non-refundable and no cash alternative will be given. In the event that the stated Prize is not available, an alternative of the same value will be supplied. a) your entry is originally yours, does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party and conforms to the requirements of these terms and conditions.b) You have read, accepted and understood the Skyscanner Privacy Policy.Determination of the Winner By accepting the Prize, the winner accepts full and complete responsibility for their own safety and welfare at all times. 2 tickets to see either HAIM or The 1975 (see dates below) Terms and ConditionsThe Organiser All entrants must follow @Skyscanner on either Twitter or Instagram, depending on which platform they enter on. RelatedIbiza rocks! 10 best places to party in Ibiza in 2014From the most iconic clubs on the island to doing it yourself – these are the best ways to have a party in Ibiza.Judge Jules’s essential guide to IbizaIbiza: the ultimate European party destination. Whether you’re a hippie or a hipster, a first-timer or a veteran, who better to guide you through the best Ibiza clubs, restaurants and beaches than DJ and legendary Ibiza resident Judge Jules? He’s got tips on everything from party hotels to those must-see…10 of the best beaches in IbizaIbiza isn’t just about clubbing, but if you’re there to party, you’ll need somewhere to top up your tan ready for your next big night out or to recover from your hangover. So hit these great beaches close to San Antonio, Es Canar and Ibiza Town. By entering the competition, the winner accepts full and complete responsibility for their own safety and welfare at all times. About Ibiza RocksIbiza Rocks was born in 2005 out of the backroom of Ibiza’s most legendary club night, Manumission before moving across the island to Bar M to host live music events from the likes of Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs and Mark Ronson and in doing so, announce a rock revolution to an island heavily dominated by dance culture.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more