Teekay Shuttle Tankers Eyes USD 150 Mn to Finance Newbuilds

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Bermuda-based Teekay Shuttle Tankers is looking to raise up to USD 150 million to finance its newbuild series under construction.Namely, the company has mandated Danske Bank, DNB Markets, Nordea and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB to arrange a series of fixed income investor meetings in Bergen, Helsinki, Stockholm and Oslo starting on October 2, 2019.Subject to inter alia market conditions, a senior unsecured green bond issue of up to USD 150 million may follow.Teekay Shuttle Tankers’ green bond framework has a second opinion from CICERO and has received a CICERO light green shading, the company explained.The proceeds from the potential bond issue will be used to partially fund the E-Shuttle newbuild series currently under construction.last_img read more

Union vows to have employees trained and ready for Ontario pot store

first_imgThe head of the union tapped to represent workers in Ontario cannabis stores says his members will be well-trained and ready to go by next July, the target date for federal legalization of recreational pot.“Oh, we’ll be ready for it, don’t worry about that,” said Warren “Smokey” Thomas, president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, which represents staff of the provincially owned Liquor Control Board of Ontario.On Friday, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Ontario will allow the sale of recreational marijuana only from government-run stand-alone outlets — starting next summer with 40 shops and growing to about 150 by 2020 — as well as a government website.The LCBO will operate the stores and website using OPSEU members.While conceding the timeline is “ambitious,” Thomas said there are many experts available from the medical marijuana industry to train his members in distribution, sales and product quality control.He said he expects experienced workers from soon-to-be-outlawed private cannabis operations in Ontario will likely apply for those jobs so they can receive higher union wages.But the president of the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries said he’s not so sure the government staff can be trained in time, adding he’s disappointed the government is “missing an opportunity” by cutting out existing operations and their experienced staff.Jeremy Jacob said dispensaries require front-line workers to have a much more nuanced knowledge of their products than a typical LCBO outlet.“What dispensary technicians do is determine the experience level, the tolerance someone has, and recommend appropriate products to ensure they have a good experience,” he said.“That level of care and attention isn’t present in liquor stores and it’s not something where you can flip a switch and suddenly ensure people are getting the advice they need.”Meanwhile, Greg Engel, CEO of Organigram, a licensed producer of medicinal cannabis, said the government’s target of training front-line staff by next July is “achievable and reasonable” and also vitally important.“Having a knowledgeable staff that is able to convey what the expected effect is for individuals who are purchasing product and the duration of the effect and what they should experience and what’s right for them based on what they’re looking for, that’s critical,” he said.Thomas said the 40 stores will likely require about 200 new union members and that could eventually grow to 1,000 or more.He said there’s no downside to the Ontario decision and encouraged other provinces to follow along.— With files from Armina Ligaya.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

US durable goods orders fell 17 per cent in July

first_imgWASHINGTON – Orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods fell 1.7 per cent in July, the third decrease in the past four months.The Commerce Department said Friday that durable goods orders — items meant to last at least three years such as autos and appliances — totalled $246.9 billion last month. Much of that decline came from a steep 35.4 per cent drop in orders for nondefense aircraft, a volatile category on a monthly basis.For most of 2018, manufacturing has been a source of strength with durable goods orders increasing 8.6 per cent year-to-date. Excluding aircraft and non-military goods, orders rose 1.4 per cent in July, a positive sign for the economy.Still, U.S. trade showdowns with China, the European Union, Canada and Mexico have left many manufacturers feeling uncertain about their futures. President Donald Trump has levied and threatened taxes on imports as a tool for forcing foreign countries to give the United States better terms of trade. But tariffs carry the risk of higher prices and fewer sales for manufacturers that rely on a global market.In its index on manufacturing growth, the Institute for Supply Management found that manufacturers were still expanding even as international trade has become a dominant concern.The ISM, a trade group of purchasing managers, reported that its manufacturing index fell in July to 58.1 from 60.2 in June. Anything over 50 signals growth.last_img read more

Wrapping up visit Assembly President lauds Republic of Koreas role at UN

26 August 2008The General Assembly President today highlighted Seoul’s growing contribution and involvement in the work of the United Nations, as he concluded a three-day visit to the Republic of Korea. Speaking to reporters in Seoul, Srgjan Kerim also drew attention to the Republic of Korea’s role in addressing the priority areas of the current session of the General Assembly, including climate change, development, countering terrorism and UN reform.Mr. Kerim discussed those and other issues when he met with President Lee Myung-bak and Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan today. In reviewing the Assembly’s priority issues, Mr. Lee stressed the importance of making both short- and long-term efforts to address the effects of climate change. He said conservation efforts should go hand in hand with the promotion of alternative energy. On his part, Mr. Kerim stressed that growth and the curbing of greenhouse gas emissions should not been seen as contradictory. The two officials also exchanged views on the food crisis, with Mr. Lee commending current UN efforts and highlighting the need to address the issue through, among other things, stepped-up aid and promoting agricultural technology for increasing production. Mr. Kerim told reporters he was especially pleased to hear about Mr. Lee’s green energy plan, as well as his commitment to increase his country’s official development assistance (ODA) and its contribution to UN peacekeeping. The Assembly President also stressed the importance of Member States and the Secretariat forging close and effective working relationships. In this regard, he noted that during his Presidency he had a “very close, harmonious and most importantly quite productive” working relationship with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, particularly relating to the areas of climate change, the food crisis and countering terrorism.As part of his visit, Mr. Kerim also paid a visit to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Relations between the two Koreas and the UN’s role in this regard also featured in his talks with Mr. Lee. read more

Wildroses Jean laments dystopian Alberta under Notley denounces carbon tax

Wildrose’s Jean laments dystopian Alberta under Notley, denounces carbon tax by Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 28, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Oct 28, 2016 at 10:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email RED DEER, Alta. – Wildrose Leader Brian Jean, in a rousing speech Friday to party members, lamented an Alberta he says has been driven to dysfunction and dystopia by Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP government.And he implored party members to drive a symbolic stake through the heart of the NDP’s carbon tax.“There is nothing compassionate about a cold, removed, and centralized government more interested in paperwork than taking care of the needs of our neighbours, our friends, (and) our family,” Jean told more than 600 supporters on the opening night of the party’s annual general meeting.“They’ve waged a war on business, taxed companies out of existence, and sent jobs out of province and out of country,” he said.“When we look across the province and our communities we see crime skyrocketing and poverty increasing. We see a growing number of young people being trafficked into (the) sex trade against their will.“We see dangerous drugs like fentanyl and other opioids killing Albertans and ripping families apart.“And we continue to see the rights of criminals put above the rights of victims. We don’t have to put up with this!”On Saturday, party members will vote on several resolutions, including a promise to repeal the carbon tax should the Wildrose gain power.Jean, who has already denounced the levy, urged members to do just that.“Some in their ivory towers would tell you that a carbon tax is good economic policy,” he said.“It is disastrous. For Albertans looking for hope and looking for a break from a government focused on making life worse for families around their kitchen table, let’s mark this weekend as the start to ripping up the carbon tax.”Notley’s government has promised to introduce legislation this fall to further an ambitious climate change plan that promises to radically refashion the energy-infused foundation of Alberta’s economy.The province has already passed rules to bring in, starting Jan. 1, a broad-based carbon tax that will hike the cost on gas at the pumps and heating bills.Middle-and-low income earners will get partial or full rebates.New legislation this fall will prepare the way to end all coal-fired electricity generation by 2030, cap oilsands emissions, and spur development of alternative energy resources such as wind, solar, and hydro power.The Wildrose convention is set against the backdrop of questions and manoeuvring involving the Progressive Conservative party.The PCs are in the midst of a leadership race to replace former premier Jim Prentice. Voting takes place at a delegated convention in March.One leadership candidate, former Calgary MP Jason Kenney, is running on a platform to dissolve the PCs and seek merger talks with the Wildrose in order to form a new conservative coalition.Jean, in his speech, said his party has pitched exploratory meet and greets with the PCs in the past only to be rejected. Right now, he said, the PCs are in flux.“That party still remains confused about its values, its principles and what it actually stands for. They dithered on opposing the carbon tax and still haven’t outright rejected it,” he said.“Right now, their party is rife with uncertainty, division, and instability.”He said for now the Wildrose will forge ahead.“We cannot lose focus on making our party the true home to all like-minded, free-enterprise Albertans,” he said in a speech punctuated numerous times by cheers and applause.The Wildrose, with 22 MLAs in the 87-seat legislature, is Alberta’s official Opposition.The PCs, with nine members, are the third party. Wildrose party Leader Brian Jean speaks to more than 600 party members at the Wildrose annual general meeting in Red Deer, Alta. on Friday, October 28, 2016. Jean told the crowd that under an NDP government in Alberta, jobs are being lost, businesses are leaving, and crime and drug use are on the rise.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dean Bennett read more

Bucks come back to take Game 1 over Raptors

Brook Lopez scored 29 points, while Giannis Antetokounmpo added 24 points and 14 rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Toronto Raptors 108-100 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday.Kawhi Leonard had 31 points, while Kyle Lowry, playing with his left thumb wrapped after spraining it on Sunday, added 30 points and eight rebounds and never stopped hustling, making like a beach volleyball player with a spectacular third-quarter dive to bat in a ball headed out of bounds.Pascal Siakam had 15 points for the Raptors, who led for most of the first three quarters.Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Friday in Milwaukee, then the series shifts to Toronto for Games 3 and 4.Backed by their rock-solid defensive effort, the Raptors dominated for most of the night, taking a 13-point first-quarter lead, and responding well to every Bucks run. And when Siakam’s three-point shot dropped at the buzzer to end the third, it sent Toronto into the fourth with an 83-76 advantage.A pair of Nikola Mirotic free throws capped an 8-0 Bucks run to begin the final frame, giving the home team their first lead since early in the first quarter. Malcolm Brogdon’s fast-break dunk put the Bucks up by five and ignited the capacity Fiserv Forum crowd of 17,345 that included Bucks legend Oscar Robinson and Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament.A pair of Lowry three-pointers a minute and 19 seconds apart tied the game at 98-98 with 3:31 to play, but Lopez responded with a dunk and three-pointer and the Bucks took a four-point lead into the final 1:55.Both teams turned the ball over and missed shots and then Eric Bledsoe’s pair of free throws with 42 seconds to play all but sealed the victory for Milwaukee.One of the big positives on the night: the Raptors, whose three-point shooting has been well down compared to their regular-season numbers _ they were 7-for-30 on Sunday _ had 10 threes in the first half alone on Wednesday. They shot 15-for-42 from long distance on the night.While the Bucks waited a week between dispatching Boston in five games in the conference semifinals, the Raptors were back on the court three nights after their thrilling Game 7 victory over Philadelphia.Rather than lament the lack of rest, Raptors coach Nick Nurse suggested his team could benefit from the momentum.He was right – at least for the first three quarters. The Raptors had the Bucks on their heels from the tipoff, taking a 13-point lead on a driving layup late in the first quarter. The Raptors made six three-pointers in the opening frame and led 34-23 going into the second.An Antetokounmpo dunk capped a 7-0 Bucks run that sliced Toronto’s lead to three points late in the second quarter. But the Raptors closed strong to take a 59-51 lead into the break. And when Leonard mauled Antetokounmpo under the basket on the last play of the half – no foul was called – the crowd booed long after both teams had departed for their respective locker-rooms.The Bucks twice pulled to within four points in the third, but the Raptors were able to extinguish any Milwaukee momentum.The Raptors were rebuilt with a big goal in mind: their first appearance in the NBA Finals. They finished second with 58 wins behind the league-leading Bucks (60 wins) in the regular season. They’re making their second conference finals appearance in franchise history (2016 was the first). The Bucks are playing in their first conference final in 18 years and are looking to return to the finals for the first time in 45 years.The Raptors dispatched the Bucks in six games in the opening round in 2017, but Antetokounmpo has improved by leaps and bounds in the two seasons since.The Bucks swept Dwane Casey’s Detroit Pistons in the opening round, while the Raptors ousted Orlando in five games. Milwaukee won the regular season series 3-1.The winner of this series will have home-court advantage for the NBA Finals against either the Golden State Warriors or the Portland Trail Blazers. read more

Police in north London arrest man wielding meat cleaver and targeting Jews

first_imgOfficers dealing with incident Rossington Street E5. Please assist officers by allowing them to resolve the incident & not distracting.— Hackney Police (@MPSHackney) May 9, 2017 A knife-wielding man reported to be targeting Jewish people in in north London was arrested after threatening a shopkeeper on Tuesday. The CST said a perceived increase in racism and xenophobia following the EU referendum, along with greater discussion of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, could explain the rise. The man was seen brandishing the large knives shouting: “You Jews run away from here before I kill you,” according to social media reports. Police arrested the man at a nearby address a hour after being called to the scene near Stamford Hill, which has a large orthodox Jewish communityPhotographs showed the man, who was wearing a white hooded top and light blue trousers, brandishing what was thought to be a meat cleaver and a long, thin knife.Shomrim NE London, a community safety scheme in the area, reported on its Twitter page: “Man with meat cleaver & large knife threatened a young Jewish girl in Upper Clapton [shouting]  ‘you Jews run away from here before I kill you’.”He added: “Suspect who threatened Jews with meat cleaver and large knife in Upper Clapton has just been arrested by Police.”Scotland Yard said they had been called at around 4pm to reports of a man  armed with two knives threatening a shopkeeper on Upper Clapton Road.A Met Police spokesman said nobody had been hurt in the incident and a man was later detained at a nearby address.The incident came after figures in February showed hate crime against Jewish people in Britain increased by more than a third last year, with recorded incidents now at record levels.The Community Security Trust (CST), which monitors anti-Semitism, recorded 1,309 incidents in 2016 – up on the previous high of 1,182 in 2014. .@MPSHackney @mayorofhackney @HackneyAbbott @MayorofLondon @MartinHewittMPS @PoliceChiefs @MOPACLdn @SophieKLinden @metpoliceuk @AmberRuddHR BREAKING UPDATE: Suspect who threatened Jews with meat cleaver and large knife in #UpperClapton has just been arrested by Police pic.twitter.com/pjcrCqRBUF— Shomrim N.E. London (@Shomrim) May 9, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Coal India sinks into more trouble but strike ends

first_imgCoal India Ltd’s (CIL) new Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) Sutirtha Bhattacharya only took up his post on Monday, January 5. He was greeted with a five-day strike that started the next day. Even worse, another strike is scheduled for January 13. Together, it has been reported, the two are likely to cost CIL 8-10 Mt of lost production. With the workers’ unions showing little sign of relenting, CIL officials fear for the production target this financial year. “CIL is already 3% short of the target in the first nine months of 2014-15. If there was any hope to make up for it in the last quarter, the five-day strike will make that impossible,” an official said.Coal India achieved a 7.3% rise in production at 342.39 Mt in the first nine months of the current financial year. The target for 2014-15 has been set at 507 Mt. The company, which accounts for 80% of domestic coal production, missed its target of 482 Mt for 2013-14, producing 462 Mt.“Ramping up production and increasing of supplies are immediate focus areas. We would be diligently following the setting up of three important railways lines in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Odisha, which would help in unlocking huge reserves and increasing supplies,” said CIL CMD Bhattacharya, previously in charge of Singareni Collieries (SCCL) since May 10, 2012.Bhattacharya took over the mantle of CIL from A K Dubey, additional secretary to the coal ministry, who was filling in as CIL Chairman since June 26, after the post was vacated by S Narsing Rao.Officials indicated that Bhattacharya had appealed to workers to think again about striking. “The strike is not against the CIL management but the government. Unless, the government withdraws the coal ordinance, this strike and protest will continue,” said Jibon Roy, General Secretary, All India Coal Workers’ Federation (AICWF), affiliated to the Center of Indian Trade Unions (CITU).AICWF, Indian National Mineworkers Federation, Hind Khadan Mazdoor Federation, Indian Mine Workers’ Federation, and Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh are supporting the strike. AICWF has also called for a strike on January 13 against the coal ordinance.The Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Ordinance was brought in by the Narendra Modi Government in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision cancelling 214 coal blocks.Apart from facilitating auctioning of the cancelled coal blocks, the ordinance allowed private players to mine coal and sell it in the open market, which has been particularly opposed by the unions.Unions have called for scrapping of the clause from Coal Mines Ordinance that allows for commercial mining by private firms and divestment of at least 10% of the government stake in CIL. They are also calling for regularising of contract workers engaged in mining, extending National Coal Wage Agreement wages and other benefits to existing and prospective captive mine workers.The strike — the biggest of its kind in nearly four decades — ended late Wednesday night after talks between the government and workers yielded a breakthrough. “Our meeting with the coal minister was satisfactory. We were given assurance that the interests of Coal India will be protected,” said S.Q. Zama, Secretary-General of the National Mineworkers Federation.last_img read more

Opinion Is the effort to revive the property market pushing creative groups

first_imgANYONE INTERESTED IN creative spaces in Dublin will have been very disappointed to hear about the closure of Mabos, one of Dublin’s most vibrant projects. Mabos has been located down on Hanover Quay (Grand Canal Dock) for the best part of two years. Despite many ups and downs, the space had overcome many challenges and put on a series of fantastic events as well as providing work space and contributing to the surrounding area. Situated at the heart of the Docklands SDZ and caught up in Nama, Mabos has a lot to tell us about what’s happening in Dublin right now and what the future might hold for the fair city.The Mabos project emerged out of the Kings of Concrete festival – an annual smorgasbord of urban themed performance and art events. The crew behind Kings of Concrete initially took up residence on Hanover Quay inspired by the possibility of working together on a more permanent basis, and what might emerge from a collective space. With their various skills and individual projects, they have used the space to work from but also to collaborate between themselves as well as with others. In addition, they play host to activities run by external groups such as the B.A.S.E.D collective with their techy themed interactive workshops, skateboarders and graffiti artists.Mabos projects Mabos has also initiated a number of projects aimed at contributing to the Grand Canal Docks area. The Meitheall project, named after the old Irish term referring to collective cooperation, got together teams of volunteers who would come together for a day to clean up, plant and paint in the neighbourhood.For Mabos, as their slogan puts it, ‘it’s all about the vibe’. The building itself added to this – a former bicycle factory with that particular feeling associated with post-industrial heritage, the space had a DIY aesthetic without being run down. It was located on a largely abandoned stretch of the Docklands and brought life to the area at weekends and during the evenings.The building, like so much of our city, got caught up in the property speculation that characterised much of the last twenty years. After the crash, it was reportedly repossessed by Ulster Bank and had the receivers firm Grant Thornton appointed to it. However, as the wheels of development start to turn once again in Dublin 2; the building, which was under a rolling lease, is now slated for development by a fund linked to Nama, Oaktree and Bennett Construction. The SDF is a sub-fund of Targeted Investment Opportunities Plc, who were granted planning permission for 6-8 Hanover Quay (the Mabos building is number 8) in April 2014. They plan to turn the building into commercial office space.The SDF is owned by three agencies – Oaktree Capital, Bennett Construction and Nama. Oaktree is a ‘global investment management firm focused on alternative markets’. According to Nama it has $78.8 billion in assets under management. Bennett Construction is a local property company. And Nama, of course, needs no introduction.Since acquisition, Bennett have been managing the property. As of July 2014, however, the lease will no longer be renewed leaving Mabos homeless.Attracting international financial capitalLike much of what’s happening in the Docklands, this is consistent with Nama’s objective of attracting international financial capital to ‘revive the property market’. NAMA hold substantial assets in the area and are very involved in rebooting real estate all across the Docklands.Given this context, it’s no surprise that Nama have been cheerleading the Docklands Strategic Development Zone, which encompasses Grand Canal Dock and provides for ‘fast-track planning’ to deliver the ‘risk reduction’ sought by large financial institutions.What makes this issue all the more appalling, however, is the SDZ might have been an opportunity for Mabos. Under the SDZ, Dublin City Council is designated as the Development Agency and they have accordingly published a Planning Scheme which was approved by An Bord Pleanala in May 2014 (despite local community groups and An Taisce formally recommending rejection of the Scheme). The Scheme has lots to recommend it: it advocates holistic ‘place-making’; it places a strong emphasis on developing Grand Canal Dock as a ‘cultural hub’; and it explicitly sets out as an objective the avoidance of a ‘mono-use office environment’. Sadly these lofty ideals seem to have remained purely aspirational. Mabos is very much consistent with the aims and objectives of the Planning Scheme, particularly the latter’s objective of building on ‘existing cultural assets’, yet such considerations don’t seem to count for much compared to the speculative interests of a global financial institution or Nama’s myopic vision.A city is something we make togetherThis will remind many of the case of the Complex Theatre. Located in Smithfield and operating as a thriving theatre in an area suffering from high levels of vacancy, the Complex had the misfortune of finding the building they called home transferred to Nama at some point in 2011. The ‘bad bank’ appointed Savill’s as receivers on the building (which means Savills were responsible for it) and they set about evicting the Complex. The Complex closed in January 2012 and the building has remained vacant ever since. It is a mystery to everyone how closing down a theatre which creates employment and provides a cultural amenity in a neglected area and leaving it vacant for two years has any kind of logic, even the calculating, commercial variety.Despite all this, or, rather, because of it, let’s hope Mabos is back up and running in the near future. Places like Mabos give us an idea of what this city could be; by opening up urban space to creative, collaborative and (importantly) cheap activities, they remind us that the city is something we make together. If even an iota of that energy could somehow infect Nama, we’d have a lot to look forward to.Mick Byrne is a post-doctoral scholar at the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis, NUI (Maynooth), and participates in the Provisional University.Read: “It’s tough against faceless power on that level” – cultural groups fight losing battle with Namalast_img read more

Gmail prévisualise les fichiers Word

first_imgGmail prévisualise les fichiers WordÉtats-Unis – Google a ajouté un nouvel outil à sa messagerie Gmail. Il est désormais possible de prévisualiser directement les pièces jointes au format Word.Les applications sur le Web sont un nouveau terrain ouvert à la concurrence. Google se met au niveau de la suite Microsoft Office en ligne en permettant à l’usager de prévisualiser les documents en .doc et .docx sur Gmail pour ensuite les basculer facilement sur la palette d’outils Google. Déjà, les fichiers PDF et PPS pouvaient bénéficier de cette amélioration. Un bouton “Afficher” figure désormais sur l’écran à côté de la pièce jointe. Ainsi, l’utilisateur ne doit pas solliciter un autre logiciel installé sur l’ordinateur pour traiter certains fichiers joints.Le 29 juin 2010 à 11:20 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Morning Press: Christmas lights, Mount St. Helens, snow chaos

first_imgIs our wild weather over for now? Find out by checking our local weather coverage.In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories of the week:Snow creates chaos in Clark CountyWednesday’s snowstorm wreaked havoc on evening commutes in the Portland-Vancouver metro area, sending multiple vehicles off the roadway and adding hours to many southbound trips home.Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn said the combination of inclement weather and the daily commute — snow began falling in earnest around 4 p.m. Wednesday — led to multiple minor crashes and sent vehicles sliding off the roadway, especially on state Highway 14 east of Interstate 205. Other trouble spots appeared to be on I-205 around Highway 14, he said.Wednesday’s crazy commuteInclement weather causes multiple crashesWhat’s coming Saturday?Clark County bright with holiday lightsWith snow in the forecast, it the perfect time for some Christmas cheer. As usual, Clark County residents are embracing the holidays with creative and even over the top lights displays. Check out our map to find the best lights in your neighborhood and around the county.Check out the map and watch the video from WashougalMount St. Helens shakes 120 times within a weekIn less than a week, four swarms of more than 120 earthquakes shook Mount St. Helens in late November. Although they were too small to be felt even by someone standing directly over their epicenters, scientists say they reveal the volcano is likely recharging.last_img read more

91 believe technology will impact employee wellbeing

first_imgThe majority (91%) of employer respondents believe that technology will continue to impact the wellbeing of their workforce over the next 10 years, according to research by Bupa UK.The survey, which polled 13 experts and 300 business leaders, also found that 68% of business leader respondents feel that a ‘stiff upper lip attitude’ at executive level creates barriers to conversations about wellbeing.The research also found:71% of respondents believe that the standard 9am to 5pm working day is a thing of the past.62% of business leader respondents think that they need to show that they do not suffer from ill health.50% of business leader respondents believe it is not possible to be a good leader and be vulnerable at the same time.94% of respondents feel there will be a significant change in the employer-employee relationship over the next decade.Patrick Watt (pictured), corporate director at Bupa, said: “The pace of change many businesses are experiencing is only set to continue, and while this can feel challenging it also presents huge opportunities to engage and support people on the health issues they care about.“Health and wellbeing has been a business focus for many years. But by turning the latest technologies and new working patterns to an advantage, business leaders can really get a handle on improving workplace health and wellbeing.“No one business is the same, but tailored programmes that reflect and compliment working practices improves people’s health and wellbeing and ultimately business performance.”last_img read more

Game of Thrones book by summer 2020 author vows or imprison me

first_img More on Game of Thrones Martin was responding to a video from Air New Zealand offering him a free trip to that country so he can finish the book at long last. “Point is, George, you’ve been saying, ‘Winter is coming’ for ages now,” the video teases. “We’re saying it’s already here, and it’s pretty inspiring.”Martin thanked the airline, noted that he could pay his own way (we bet he can), and said he’d better keep on writing at home in the US. But then came a promise of sorts.Noting that he is traveling to New Zealand in the summer of 2020 for the World Science Fiction Convention, Martin wrote, “If I don’t have The Winds of Winter in hand when I arrive in New Zealand for Worldcon, you have here my formal written permission to imprison me in a small cabin on White Island, overlooking that lake of sulfuric acid, until I’m done.  Just so long as the acrid fumes do not screw up my old DOS word processor, I’ll be fine.”We can hold him to that, right? Someone start the countdown. Worldcon 2020 begins July 29 of that year, so it’s only about 14 months away.Martin said earlier this week that the two remaining books in the series will not end in exactly the same way as the TV show did, though there will be some similarities. Game of Thrones finale reunites Jon Snow and Ghost for one pawfect scene George R.R. Martin says books won’t end like Game of Thrones Game of Thrones season 8: How to rewatch, and what’s next for Westeros Tags See all the Game of Thrones season 8 photos 1 TV and Moviescenter_img Share your voice Comment Maybe these two will have better luck in the book. Helen Sloan/HBO Game of Thrones fans have been waiting and waiting for The Winds of Winter, the next book in author George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. And although the HBO blockbuster show ended on May 19, there’s still no sign of the new novel.But on Tuesday, Martin wrote about the book on his Not A Blog website, and he seems to have set himself a deadline. 187 Photos Game of Throneslast_img read more

Bethels Megan Leary Takes First RunnerUp At Miss Indian World

first_imgBethel’s Megan Leary is the 2014 first runner up of the Miss Indian World competition, which concluded Saturday night at the Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, New Mexico.Download AudioThe contest brings together young, indigenous culture bearers from all over North America. Leary won the competition for best speech and best talent for her skin sewing.Arriving at the Bethel Airport to cheers from family and friends, Leary, says it was them who made it possible for her to compete.“Knowing that they were here at home watching me and I was a role model for them, and I was a leader for them When I there I was saying Win or lose, I came here to represent people back home, just thinking of them,” Leary said.Twenty-three-year-old Leary is Yup’ik and Athabascan. She grew up in Kalskag and Napaimute, and graduated from Bethel Regional High School. She was Miss Cama-i 2013 and went on to become Miss World Eskimo Indian Olympics, or Miss Weio. The Miss Indian World competition involved a personal interview with judges and an impromptu public speaking competition.“It was a funny question, my question was describe traditional food from your tribe,” Leary said. “So I described akutak, stinkheads, blackfish, stuff like that people were kind of grossed out the things we eat,”For a traditional talent presentation, Leary showed off traditional skin sewing, which was done with the help of people all along the river. She was also judged on a dance performance in front of 20,000 people. Leary says she was thinking of all those she represents.“You know, it made you so proud of who you were and what you’re representing,” Leary said. “You’re not going down there as yourself, you’re going down as everybody in your family, everybody in the Kuskokwim, everybody in the state of Alaska, because I was representing my title of Miss World Eskimo Indian Olympics, I’m going as an ambassador of Alaska Natives, I went down there for everybody, and all my ancestors.”Taylor Thomas, a 21-year-old member of the Shoshone Bannock tribe, was crowned Saturday night as Miss Indian World.last_img read more

Seasonal diseases spreading fast

first_imgNarayankhed: Non-stop rains for the last three days made drainage water overflow on the roads in Narayankhed division. Diseases like malaria, typhoid and dengue are spreading over in the town. Nearly, more than 450 patients are visiting Narayankhed area hospital for consultations. “Nearly 40 patients suffering from typhoid and malaria are getting admitted daily” said hospital sources. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us Municipality officials are indifferent to the issue even as people were falling sick. Though the Government was spending lakhs of rupees for clearing mosquitoes and flies, the municipality department officials were not responding. Fogging machine which was bought at the time when Narayankhed Municipality was Grama Panchayati is not being put to use now. After an article got published in The Hans India regarding the garbage collection carts, they were replaced but are not being used. Locals demanded that the officials concerned clear the issues as early as possible.last_img read more

Vietnam flood and landslide toll hits 54

first_imgThis picture taken on 12 October, 2017 shows a farmer pulling a boat loaded with harvested paddy on a flooded rice field in the northern province of Ha Nam. Photo: AFPThe death toll from devastating floods and landslides in north and central Vietnam has jumped to 54, officials said Friday, in one of the deadliest weather disasters to hit the country in years.Rescuers were desperately searching for 39 people still missing after heavy rains pounded several provinces this week, with forecasters warning of another major storm heading toward the country.Villages, roads and homes across several provinces remained submerged Friday, as authorities tried to clear roads and reach isolated residents in the mountainous north, which was hit by deadly landslides.Entire families were killed in some areas as rivers tore a destructive path through villages and towns.Hoang Phuc Son said he lost two children and two grandchildren as flood waters slammed into their house in Yen Bai province.”We had no time to run. My children couldn’t run because water was coming in from all sides… my children and their two kids were swept away,” said Son, choking back tears.The body of a Vietnam News Agency reporter was recovered Friday after he was washed away by a swollen river in Yen Bai province while reporting on the floods this week.Thousands of police and soldiers were deployed to help search efforts, reinforce dikes and hand out food as the death toll jumped from 37 people on Thursday.”We have mobilised more than 2,500 soldiers and policemen and thousands of civilians for rescue and relief efforts,” said Do Duc Duy, chairman of the Yen Bai People’s Committee.In recent days floods submerged or destroyed 33,000 houses, wiped out swathes of farmland, and left several dikes badly damaged, Vietnam’s Disaster Management Authority said.Northern Hoa Binh province — where a state of emergency was declared this week — was the hardest hit with 17 dead and 15 missing, followed by central Thanh Hoa province where 14 were killed, the disaster agency added.And the country is bracing for yet more adverse weather, with forecasters predicting that tropical storm Khanun will intensify over the South China Sea and could hit Vietnam early next week.Vietnam has already been hit by severe rain and storms this year, with nearly 170 people dead or missing before the latest bout of bad weather. Typhoon Doksuri killed 11 people and caused widespread destruction last month when it slammed into central Vietnam.The country is routinely hit by tropical storms from May to October, frequently lashing its central coast. More than 150 people died when Tropical Storm Ketsana tore through the country in 2009.last_img read more

Rubbery carbon aerogels greatly expand applications

first_img Researchers create shape-memory aerogels with rubber-like elasticity Explore further Citation: Rubbery carbon aerogels greatly expand applications (2018, March 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-rubbery-carbon-aerogels-greatly-applications.html Journal information: Nature Communications The researchers, led by Chao Gao, Zhen Xu, and others at Zhejiang University, have published a paper on the highly stretchable carbon aerogels in a recent issue of Nature Communications.”We showed the possibility that neat inorganic materials can also possess rubbery elasticity,” coauthor Fan Guo at Zhejiang University told Phys.org. “The rubbery carbon aerogel opens a new material species that combines ultra-lightness, temperature-invariant high elasticity, and robust mechanical performance.”Due to the growing demand for stretchable electronics, researchers have recently been investigating methods to improve the elasticity of carbon aerogels, which typically are not very elastic. In the new work, the scientists designed carbon aerogels consisting of both graphene (a two-dimensional material) and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs, a one-dimensional material), assembled into four orders of hierarchical structures ranging from the nanometer to centimeter scale. To fabricate the material into aerogels, the researchers created an ink composed of graphene oxide and nanotubes, and then formed the aerogels via inkjet printing.In tests, the researchers demonstrated that the new aerogels exhibit a tensile strength that is 5 times higher than that of previous aerogels. They found that strong atomic bonding between the graphene and CNTs results in a synergistic effect, leading to greater stretching elasticity and stability. In addition, the new aerogels can withstand extreme temperatures, unlike most previous attempts at stretchable aerogels in which the aerogels become viscous or brittle when exposed to heat or cold.To demonstrate one possible application, the researchers attached three of the new stretchable aerogels onto the joints of a snake-like robot. The aerogels function as sensors to monitor the robot’s movements and configurations. Unlike conventional sensors that can detect only one-way deformation, the aerogel sensors can distinguish between multiple configurations, suggesting the possibility of a new generation of sensors with the ability for logic identification of sophisticated shape changes.Other potential applications of the stretchable aerogels include wearable electronic devices, aerospace applications, energy generation and storage, as well as using them as lightweight mechanical devices, especially in extreme temperature conditions.”This rubbery carbon aerogel opens many possibilities,” Guo said. “First, the strength and Young’s modulus [a measure of tensile elasticity] of carbon rubbers are lower than that of polymer elastomers. In general, the Young’s modulus of polymer rubbers are 1-2 orders of magnitude higher than our carbon rubbers. “Second, we are striving to make carbon aerogels more mechanically robust in order to bear extreme and complicated deformations, such as higher elongation and torsion. Meanwhile, more applications of this new carbon rubber can be explored and other types of inorganic rubbers can be achieved by means of this hierarchical synergistic assembly methodology.” More information: Fan Guo et al. “Highly stretchable carbon aerogels.” Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-03268-ycenter_img © 2018 Phys.org An ultralight stretchable carbon aerogel floats on a flower. Credit: Guo et al. Published in Nature Communications Researchers have designed carbon aerogels that can be reversibly stretched to more than three times their original length, displaying elasticity similar to that of a rubber band. By adding reversible stretchability to aerogels’ existing properties (which already include an ultralow density, light weight, high porosity, and high conductivity), the results may lead to a host of new applications of carbon aerogels. 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

Firefox DRM and the end of NPAPI

first_imgFirefox, DRM, and the end of NPAPI by Martin Brinkmann on April 11, 2016 in Firefox – Last Update: February 03, 2017 – 35 commentsThere has been lots of talk about the end of the classic NPAPI interface which is currently supported by all versions of Firefox to make third-party technologies available in the browser.The most popular plugins currently supported are Adobe Flash and Java, but there are more plugins that Firefox may pick up to make their functionality available.Google kicked NPAPI out in Chrome 45 when it stopped support for NPAPI, and Mozilla announced that it would end support as well.Google’s advantage over Mozilla is that Chrome ships with a version of Flash built-in to the browser which means that the most popular NPAPI plugin is still available in Chrome, albeit in a different form.Since Mozilla does not have an agreement with Adobe to do the same, it is at a significant disadvantage as the removal of NPAPI support would result in Firefox not supporting any Flash content on the Internet anymore.Chrome on the other hand does not support any other NPAPI plugin which means for instance that you cannot run JAVA or Silverlight content in the browser anymore.Firefox and DRMMozilla has been in a precarious position in regards to DRM functionality in Firefox. It had the option to integrate DRM playback capabilities to Firefox, which would please users who use services like Netflix on the browser but displease users who don’t want DRM capabilities in the browser, or don’t support DRM which would force users who want to use services that require them for streaming to switch to another browser for that but please users who oppose DRM in any form.Mozilla added Adobe Primetime Content Decryption Module (CDM) in Firefox 38 to support DRM HTML5 streams.Firefox users may have noticed that Primetime is listed as a plugin in the browser by default, and that there is also a OpenH264 Video Codec provided by Cisco for the same purpose. If you have not, type about:addons in the browser and switch to plugins when the page has loaded.These plugins are set to “always activate”, and the only other option you have is to set them to “never activate”. The option “ask to activate” is not available.Firefox users can disable the DRM on about:config as outlined in the linked article above. This removes the plugins from Firefox.It is very likely that Widevine will get its own “turn off” switch once it is made available. Also, Mozilla maintains a special version of Firefox that is DRM free.Update: Mozilla plans to remove support for Adobe Primetime in Firefox 52. This leaves Google Widevine CDM as the content decryption module the browser supports.Google Widevine CDMMozilla announced a couple of days ago that it plans to bring another content decryption module to Firefox. The organization will push Google’s Widevine CDM to Firefox Nightly soon which will add support for HTML5 video content that requires DRM to Firefox to add support for sites that rely on Widevine for that.According to Mozilla, it is an alternative for “streaming services that currently rely on Silverlight for playback of DRM-protected video content”.The plugin will only be made available to Windows and Mac versions of Firefox, and it will only be downloaded to the browser when a user visits a site that requires it.Update: Google Widevine is also available for Linux versions of Firefox since version 49.The integration ensures that Firefox covers both Flash and Silverlight DRM on the Internet after the termination of support for NPAPI support.The end of NPAPIUp until now, Mozilla stated that support for NPAPI would end at the end of 2016 but did not reveal exactly when it would happen.A post on Mozilla.dev.tech.plugins in February revealed updated plans. According to the information posted there, Mozilla plans to remove NPAPI support in Firefox 53 which will be out in March 2017.The next Firefox ESR (Extended Support Release) version is 52 and will receive security updates for a year. By removing NPAPI in Firefox 53, the release *after* the ESR, users that need NPAPI support can continue to switch to Firefox ESR 52 and keep using NPAPI plugins until May 2018.The main reason why Firefox 53 is picked is that Firefox 52 is a new ESR release. This means that anyone on ESR will be able to use NPAPI plugins until that version is no longer used and that is not before May 2018.ScheduleCheck out our release schedule for Firefox for exact dates (added when they become available).Firefox 52: new ESR versionFirefox 53: NPAPI support is dropped in Firefox.Firefox 60: new ESR version without NPAPI supportFirefox 60.2 ESR: The old Firefox 53 ESR version is no longer supported. The end of NPAPI in Firefox.As is the case with future releases, things may change along the way. We will update the article should this happen. (Thanks Sören)SummaryArticle NameFirefox, DRM, and the end of NPAPIDescriptionThe article provides you with information on the definitive end of NPAPI support in Firefox, and the integration of DRM in the browser.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation With less than two weeks until the start of the regular season the Arizona Cardinals have yet to choose their starting quarterback.Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has chosen rookie Russell Wilson over Matt Flynn to start Week 1 against the Cardinals,leaving Ken Whisenhunt as the only head coach without a clear starting signal caller heading into the regular season.Whisenhunt is left with decision to choose between Kevin Kolb or John Skelton. Comments   Share   Top Stories What’s interesting is Whisenhunt announced earlier this week that neither quarterback will start for Arizona’s last preseason game against the Denver Broncos. Instead, rookie Ryan Lindley, a sixth-round draft pick out of San Diego State, will suit up as the team’s starting quarterback. This comes as no surprise, as most teams elect to rest their starters in the final preseason game.“He’s probably made his decision. He knows who he’s going to start at this point in time,” said ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter. “I think people within the organization think that John Skelton is still the favorite but neither quarterback has distinguished themselves so far this summer.”Kolb, who is in his second year of a five-year, $64 million contract, started most of the season last year and adds more mobility to the quarterback position, but led the Cardinals to a 3-6 record.Under Skelton the Cardinals went 5-2, possibly because he had a knack for finding Larry Fitzgerald who had four 100-yard games. Three of those efforts went for more than 140 yards. He recorded only two 100-yard games with Kolb under center.center_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “We knew in camp that we had a lot of guys that could compete at that position. That was going to be one that was going to be tough to make some decisions at and now everybody’s getting a shot,” Kolb said. “So everybody gets a chance to show what they have.”The Cardinals will turn to LaRod Stephens-Howling, William Powell and Alfonso Smith. Stephens-Howling is returning from a hip injury, Powell was impressive in the preseason and Smith was cut from the team but resigned a couple weeks ago. “Well we have faith in whoever’s back there,” Kolb said. “It is a big blow to lose [Williams], especially somebody you see gaining confidence each game but again, we have confidence in the rest of the guys.”If these running backs want to take advantage of their moment in the spotlight, this week against the Bills would be the time to do it. The Buffalo defense allowed 621 total yards against the 49ers last week, including 311 on the ground. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Cardinals head into Week 6 of the NFL season with a little less depth at the running back position than when they started in 2012. Both Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams are out for the long haul. Wells was put on the injured reserve/designated to return list until November 25th and Ryan Williams is out for the season with a shoulder injury.Starting quarterback Kevin Kolb knows not having Williams will hurt the team but still has confidence in his remaining running backs.center_img 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more