first_imgIndian fast bowler Ishant Sharma was dropped from the Delhi Ranji trophy squad for the season opener against Rajasthan on October 2.”He didn’t answer our call nor responded to my text”, Vinay Lamba, DDCA senior selection panel chairman was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.Ishant Sharma, who will miss the first Test against South Africa due to the one-match ban he collected during the recently concluded Sri Lanka series, had the opportunity to represent his state team in the season opener.Veterans shown doorThe selectors, who had a meeting with skipper Gautam Gambhir and coach Ajay Jadeja on Wednesday, picked a squad dominated by youngsters. They axed veterans Rajat Bhatia and Punit Bisht.Also read: Ranji Trophy: Gambhir named skipper, Jadeja may be mentor Youngster Unmukt Chand will be the skipper’s deputy. Delhi’s bowling attack looks formidable with Sumit Narwal, Pawan Suyal, Pradeep Sangwan and Parwinder Awana in the line-up.SquadGautam Gambhir (c), Unmukt Chand (vc), Vaibhav Rawal, Milind Kumar, Nitish Rana, Yogesh Nagar, Manan Sharma, Pulkit Narang, Sumit Narwal, Pawan Suyal, Sarang Rawat, Pradeep Sangwan, Parwinder Awana, Mohit Ahlawat, Dhruv Shoreylast_img read more

first_imgIn-form Mumbai Indians will look to exploiting their home conditions when they take on Delhi Daredevils in an Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here on Saturday.Sitting at the top with five wins in six matches, Mumbai will look for their sixth consecutive win in the ongoing edition as the home side seems superior to the visiting side on current form and paper.The Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai had a nagging concern about the non-performance of their top-order — but it also clicked in the last match against Punjab.Mumbai’s middle-order batsmen, especially Nitish Rana, Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya, have been in prime form.The bowling department seemed balanced as Mumbai have a bunch of experienced bowlers in their line-up.Veteran pacer Harbhajan Singh has been fantastic in the first six overs, while Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah have been consistent in the death overs. Mitchell McClenaghan has also provided the breakthroughs at the crucial moments.On the other hand, Delhi, who are currently at the fourth spot with two wins and three losses, lost their last match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) despite a good performance.Packed with young batsmen like Sam Billings, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair and Shreyas Iyer, the Zaheer Khan-led Delhi’s strength lies in their array of talented seam-bowling all-rounders.Bowlers like Chris Morris, Corey Anderson, Angelo Mathews and Pat Cummins provide the depth and balance to the side. But the exciting team sometimes faces an absence of a pivot around which the team will bat.advertisementSo, in the clash, Delhi will be eyeing a win this time to regain their winning momentum.last_img read more

first_imgIt was confirmed by the guys over at Rivals that Oklahoma State has offered defensive end, Emmanuel Ogbah a scholarship for 2012. He would be the second of a pair of strong defensive ends for the Cowboy after they got a commitmemt from Victor Irokanski at the end of July. Ogbah’s other offers include Tech, Baylor, and Arizona so it seems like if he doesn’t come it will be a playing time issue more than a “wow, these guys are a lot better than OSU” issue. Or if it’s Baylor it could be a money issue, I don’t know his financial situation. He’s listed as 6’4 but looks about 6’9 in this video. He’s raw (as you can see) and probably a little thin, but he really reminds me of a poor man’s Ugo Chinasa with some of these highlights. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected The Fine Art of Restoring a 1974 Range Rover Classic Land Rover has revealed its 2019 Range Rover lineup in full, including specs for its first plug-in hybrid model, the P400e. Other highlights for the new model year include a real-time wade depth monitor and more driver assistance features.A hybridized Land Rover may seem odd, but electric assistance is coming to every Jaguar and Land Rover vehicle by the end of 2020, so we’d better get used to the idea. Furthermore, e-boost comes in quite handy off-road — where Land Rovers have always excelled. Based on this author’s experience (I had a chance to pilot the P400e both on- and off-road late last year), hybrid tech improves the Range Rover’s premium driving dynamics and performance by a noticeable degree. The bump in efficiency doesn’t hurt either.To quickly recap the spec sheet: the P400e mates a turbocharged four-cylinder engine (rated at 296 horsepower) with an electric motor for a combined 398 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque. The Range Rover’s permanent four-wheel drive system works with an eight-speed automatic transmission to shuttle the P400e to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 137 mph. A 13.1 kWh lithium-ion battery pack provides juice to the electric motor and can recharge in 2 hours and 45 minutes with a 220V outlet. At full capacity, the P400e can travel 31 miles on electric power alone. 1 of 10 Kia Telluride Is the Perfect Road Tripper for All Two- and Four-Legged Friends Next A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing Previous Another neat trick of the P400e is its Predictive Energy Optimization (PEO) system, which gauges the most efficient blend of gas and electric power based on a chosen destination (input via the navigation). Like other plug-in hybrids, the P400e also has a “Save” mode to maintain the SUV’s battery charge for later use. For example, if you want to use only gas or hybrid power on the highway and electricity in the city, you can control your usage accordingly.All 2019 model Range Rovers will also inherit Land Rover’s Wade Sensing system, which displays real-time wading depth via the digital driver monitor and infotainment. Adaptive cruise control with steering assist is also part of the driver assistance suite for 2019.The final bit of Range Rover news is the addition of a flagship model dubbed the SVAutobiography LWB (long wheelbase). With the most room and nicest amenities of the Range Rover fleet, the SVA LWB commands the highest premium ($207,900 to start). At the other side of the spectrum, the entry-level Range Rover costs $88,860. The new P400e slots in between at $95,150. All 2019 model year Range Rovers will arrive at dealers later this year. 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now last_img read more

first_img My location zoom StealthGas Inc., a ship-owning company primarily serving the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sector of the international shipping industry, announced today as part of its fleet expansion program the acquisition of two newbuilding LPG vessels.Both vessels will be constructed in Japan. The first vessel is a 5,000cbm LPG carrier scheduled to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2014; while the second vessel is a 3,500cbm LPG carrier scheduled to be delivered in the first quarter of 2015. This brings the total number of LPG carriers the Company expects to take delivery of from March 2014 to August 2015 to 17 for a total cost of approximately $345 million and the total value of its assets including the 17 vessels to approximately $1billion .Deposits of $75 million have already been paid and the Company intends to fund the remaining capital expenditure of approximately $270 million through bank finance and available cash. The Company has concluded negotiations with banks for firm commitments to finance 13 of these vessels for an amount up to $185 million, and has received indicative offers for additional bank finance of approximately $50 million for the remaining vessels including the two vessels whose acquisitions were announced today. The Company expects to conclude the remaining financing arrangements within the current quarter. The Company has entered into negotiations with the financing banks with respect to credit facilities under which balloon payments of circa $33 million are scheduled to be repaid during 2014 and based on their indications received expects to conclude the refinancing of such credit facilities within the second quarter of 2014.The Company also announced the conclusion of nine chartering arrangements for its LPG carriers. Six of them include purchase options by the charterer.The average Time Charter Equivalent rate for all these extensions excluding the two 7,200cbm vessels is approximately $285,000 per month whereas the Time Charter Equivalent rate for the two 7,200cbm vessels is $335,000 per month.With the above mentioned chartering arrangements charter coverage for the current fleet is elevated to 75% for 2014 and 41% for 2015. Three vessels are currently operating in the spot market. There are also three newbuilding vessels scheduled to enter the fleet in the second half of 2014 for which charters have not yet been arranged.The Company has also announced the hiring of two senior executives. Mr. Stavros Papantonopoulos has joined the company as Finance Manager. As a result, Mr. Harry Vafias will assume the role of interim CFO replacing Mr. Constantinos Sistovaris. Mr Papantonopoulos was previously employed by Goldman Sachs in New York followed by Eurobank Properties S.A. and before joining the Company he was a senior analyst for a well known US shipping fund. In addition, Dr. Diamantis Andriotis has joined the company as Chief Technical Officer (CTO) to oversee the technical management of the growing fleet and vessels under construction. Dr Andriotis was technical manager at Stealth Maritime and holds a Doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from City University, while he is also a member of the technical committees of some of the leading classification societies.Mr. Vafias commented “I would like to welcome both Mr. Papantonopoulos and Dr. Andriotis and believe that with their experience and vigor they will be valuable additions to our fast growing company. I would also like to thank Mr. Sistovaris for stepping in to provide his assistance at a time we needed to secure bank financing for our expanding fleet. We stay committed to growing this company further and in that respect have added two more eco newbuilds to our orderbook at a time when markets have been improving compared to the seasonal weakness experienced in previous quarters and now with 17 eco LPG carriers under construction with prompt deliveries we offer great optionality to our shareholders”. Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 STEALTHGAS INC, February 3, 2014last_img read more

first_imgzoom Secunda Canada LP, which is 50% owned by Siem Offshore, has entered into an agreement with Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd and ExxonMobil Canada Properties for the charter of one offshore support vessel, referred to as an AHTS vessel, for a 5-year firm contract, with a total of 15-year options at charterers’ discretion, to support the Hibernia and Hebron fields offshore Newfoundland and Labrador.ILLUSTRATIONSecunda has negotiated an agreement with the Remontowa shipyard in Poland for the construction of a vessel of Rolls Royce UT 782WP design. The vessel shall be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2015, and shall serve the contract with the charterers.Siem Offshore and the Remontowa shipyard have subsequently agreed that the fourth of the four dual fuelled PSVa of VS 4411 design ordered by Siem Offshore in December 2013, shall be transformed from a firm contract to an option that can be exercised by Siem Offshore.It has also been agreed that the delivery dates for the second and third of the firm PSVs shall be in the first quarter of 2016.Secunda Canada LP, May 6, 2014last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – With just weeks before legalization of cannabis for recreational use takes effect across Canada, municipalities are raising concerns over how pot sales will be regulated and who will foot the bill for added policing and other costs.In Ontario, cities likely won’t know until after this fall’s municipal elections how much time they have to decide whether to allow brick-and-mortar cannabis shops in their communities, a provincial official told municipal leaders Wednesday.The province’s Conservative government announced last week that municipalities would be given a one-time opportunity to “opt out” of hosting retail pot outlets.But a final opt-out date has not been set, said Nicole Stewart, who heads the provincial finance ministry’s cannabis retail implementation project.That means newly elected municipal politicians could have a very short window of time to decide whether they want to allow pot shops in their communities.But even before then, candidates stumping for votes will have to decide whether they support the opening of local cannabis stores.“This has now made it an election issue,” said Joy Hulton, solicitor for the Regional Municipality of York.“It doesn’t give (candidates) very much time to figure out what their position is, what their community wants.”Ottawa city councillor and deputy mayor Mark Taylor, who is not running for re-election, predicted it could fast become a top issue for electors.“I think what we’re going to quickly see is a question being asked to candidates all across Ontario as they knock on doors: ‘Are you in or are you out?’” said Taylor, who moderated a panel discussion about legalized cannabis at the close of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s annual conference.“Although it really hasn’t been an election issue to date, I think that’s going to change with the question that the province is really thrusting on municipalities.”Municipal elections are to be held Oct. 22 in Ontario — five days after the federal Liberal government’s cannabis legalization measures go into effect.While municipalities can decide not to endorse private marijuana shops, provincial officials say they will be able to opt in at a later date.Ontario residents 19 and over will be able to purchase cannabis online through the Ontario Cannabis Store as of Oct. 17, but sales at physical stores won’t start until April 2019.In the meantime, the Ontario government has promised $40 million over two years to help defray the costs associated with the changing legal status of cannabis, such as policing and courts. Quebec has pledged $60 million over the same period to support municipal and regional governments under its jurisdiction.But so far, they are the only two provinces that have agreed to transfer some of the excise taxes from pot sales that the federal government has agreed to share, said Vicki-May Hamm, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.“It’s becoming a very urgent situation,” said Hamm, whose organization has posted a check list of sorts for municipalities outlining the many hurdles they face as cannabis legalization comes closer to reality.Municipalities will have to come to grips with issues that they may not have even thought about yet, such as how homegrown cannabis will affect water treatment systems or waste disposal, Town of Greater Napanee, Ont., chief administrative officer Ray Callery told the AMO conference.What happens when a truck load of garbage containing discarded cannabis crosses the Canada-U.S. border under contract with a private disposal company, Callery asked. Then there’s the question of how to compost large amounts of plants in municipalities where industrial cannabis growers are located, he said.“We need to be asking a lot of questions,” said Callery.“So we need to be taking a look at, from a wide variety of departments, how we deal with the implementation and how it affects us.”A police official, meanwhile, told the AMO gathering that police services across the province will be ready for legalization before Oct. 17.But municipalities have to put issues surrounding cannabis into perspective compared with other, arguably more urgent legal and health concerns, said Bryan Larkin, the chief of police for Ontario’s Waterloo region.“The more pressing concern for policing is really the opioid crisis,” said Larkin, who has served on chiefs of police associations federally and provincially.“People are dying across Canada (from opioid overdoses),” he said.“There are fairly significant ties to organized crime, illicit trafficking, preying on the vulnerable, it’s tied to mental health issues, housing issues.”last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO — When Canadian heart throb Justin Bieber secretly married model Hailey Baldwin last year, tabloids said they didn’t bother with a fancy ceremony or a pre-nuptial agreement to protect their millions.“He was an idiot not to get a (pre-nup), but we have seen Justin do a lot of stupid stuff,” joked Farrah Kohorst, a Calgary-based lawyer specializing in family law.But according to Kohorst, 24-year-old Bieber — estimated to be worth $265 million — and 22-year-old Baldwin — rumoured to be worth $3 million — aren’t out of ways to keep their future earnings protected from each other, if they desire.Kohorst and other experts say the key to safeguarding assets when you didn’t sign a pre-nup lies in a little-known agreement that is growing in popularity: a post-nup.Often called a marriage contract under the Family Law Act, a post-nup can be signed before or after a wedding and can include clauses to decide what will happen to money, real estate, inheritances and pets if a marriage is dissolved.Kohorst and other lawyers say most people are prompted to sign a post-nuptial agreement at the behest of their parents or because they want to embark on a financial venture their spouse isn’t keen on sharing the risk for, they suddenly snag a large inheritance or gift they want to keep from their partner or they simply ran out of time to draw up a pre-nup while preparing for their big day.“I did one recently where the husband found out about a bunch of debt the wife had run up and he wanted nothing to do with that because it wasn’t disclosed to him,” said Kohorst.“I really pump these to my friends and family because we are looking at 40 per cent divorce rate and 60 per cent common-law breakdown (in Canada).”She often recommends couples who are trying to figure out what to put in a post-nup focus on their goals and think about whether children, new businesses or windfalls are headed their way. If someone agrees to waive their spousal support and not share property that is jointly held, Kohorst often suggests a settlement where the amount of money they receive for the dissolution of their marriage is based on the length of the relationship or is a portion of the net value of their assets.She also advises clients to look out for conduct provisions — clauses surrounding infidelity, weight gain and a minimum number of times a week or month a spouse has to agree to sex. They’re popular in the U.S., but are usually frowned upon and often not relevant to legal rights in Canada, she adds.Kohorst also said most clients don’t realize post-nups aren’t boilerplate documents that can be drawn up in a few days on the cheap. Most take more than one meeting and require several financial disclosures.“There is a difference between marrying somebody you think is worth $1 million, when they are really worth $50 million,” she said. “You might get a different deal.”In rush scenarios, Kohorst has seen post-nups come together in six to eight weeks and in situations with prominent families with plenty to protect, she’s charged up to $60,000 to represent her client.However, most people will spend a few thousand dollars for agreements that take three to four months to draw up.Kohorst pushes her clients to avoid signing them the same month as their wedding because if one is signed too close to the wedding, it can later be argued the agreement was made under duress. If clients insist, she adds a clause noting both parties agree they are not committing to the agreement under duress.Rick Peticca, a Toronto-based senior associate specializing in family law, said he recommends post-nups when clients are keen on getting a pre-nup but have six months or less until their wedding, putting themselves in a danger zone for duress arguments.He suggests signing an agreement well before the six-month mark to avoid those troubles and make use of negotiating advantages you have before tying the knot.“You have an option not to proceed with the wedding,” he said. “You lose that leverage after the wedding has occurred.”He has also seen people pursuing post-nups long after their marriage began in hopes of using the agreements as a “security blanket” against situations that recently arose.“I have a case right now where my client’s spouse was unfaithful and while they work things out, they want something in place,” he said, noting that post-nups should be made to fit each person’s unique situation and concerns.“Before someone just agrees to anything they really need to think of the consequences. It’s not just trying to satisfy your partner. There are real life consequences, so they need to ensure their views are properly reflected.”Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Rabat – The voice of Palestinian resistance in the occupied West Bank, Ahed Tamimi, and her mother will remain in custody until trial, ruled an Israeli court today.Tamimi, 16, was arrested after a video posted by the Israeli police, showing her defying Israeli soldiers. Both she and her cousin appeared kicking and pushing two armed soldiers from her family’s front yard.In early January, Tamimi received 12 charges, including “assault” and “incitement.” She now faces months in custody before the judge pronounces her sentence. “The gravity of the offences of which she is accused does not allow an alternative to custody,” her judge said.Tamimi’s next hearing is scheduled for January 31, the day of her 17th birthday.“The court said that because she is so dangerous there is no possibility of bail,” her lawyer, Gaby Lasky reportedly told the Guardian.Israel remains the only country in the world that prosecutes children in military courts, the Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP) rights group told Al Jazeera.Human rights organizations and the European Union have condemned the arrest of teenager.A day after her arrest, Ahed’s mother, Nariman, was also arrested when she went to visit her daughter at an Israeli police station and requested to be present during the her daughter’s interrogation.Nariman is also charged with “assault” and “incitement” for uploading the video to social media.The Tamimi family started documenting the Israeli occupation in 2009.Ahed Tamimi has shown more strength and resistance than all Arab leaders combined #???_??????? pic.twitter.com/EMhasOAPmn— Fatima (@fatimalmahmoud) December 19, 2017A skinnier, younger Ahed first attracted global attention in a viral video in 2012, when she was featured shaking her fist at an Israeli soldier, demanding to know why her brother was detained. Since then, she appeared several times on camera, bravely defying Israeli occupation. read more

“There is no more sobering a manifestation of such a risk than the financial and economic crisis currently afflicting the Palestinian Authority (PA),” Robert Serry said in his briefing to the Security Council.Describing the Authority’s fiscal situation as “very grave,” Mr. Serry stated that despite Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s commendable efforts, he is confronted with the effects of a decrease in foreign aid, the failure of donor countries to fulfil their financial pledges and slowing economic activity.As an immediate step to ensure the Authority’s fiscal viability in the short-term, he urgently called on donors to increase their contributions and provide the needed funds to timely finance the current gap. The Israeli Government is also called on to do more to alleviate the Authority’s burden and provide the much-needed economic impetus in the medium-term.Amidst a fiscal crisis and related social unrest in the West Bank, the stakes are growing, said the envoy. “The main obstacles remain political: the unresolved issues between the parties, the continued occupation and the ongoing Palestinian divide.“But we can no longer simply count on the pursuit of short-term mutual confidence-building measures aimed at starting talks. Such measures are not alternatives for a negotiated peace.”Developments on the ground also do not support efforts to overcome the political stalemate, Mr. Serry said, noting ongoing settlement activity, both settler and Palestinian violence, Israeli military operations in the West Bank, and rocket attacks from Gaza.He said that in a “volatile and rapidly changing” region, the vision of the two-State solution and the achievements of the Palestinian Authority are elements of stability and progress that should not be lost but rather maintained and realized in full without further delay. “For one, this means nothing short of unequivocal support by the international community for the PA and collective intensified efforts to address the fiscal difficulties presently faced and preserve the institutional gains made to date.“Israel also has a special responsibility and interest in ensuring the PA’s viability,” Mr. Serry added. “It is now even more important for the parties to further engage in positive steps, show restraint, and refrain from provocative acts that risk inflaming an already delicate environment.”He added that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sincerely hopes that the Quartet – comprising the European Union, Russia, the United States and the UN – in consultation with the parties, will chart a credible political way ahead in the coming months. read more

Purpose of the Post:To carry out Microsoft SQL Server database processing, reporting and administration for automotive databases, including “Motorparc” (vehicles in use), “Anonymised” (new, used and vehicles in use) and MOT data.To create and run reports for customers and stakeholders.To carry out linking of SMMT data to other data sets, including DVLA model codes and insurance group rating (Thatcham / code44).To develop new reporting services and help generate additional income.To build and maintain knowledge of the underlying data and processes and to create/maintain documentation accordingly.To develop an understanding of the business requirements behind the databases and reports.To help improve SMMT data processes and efficiency through technical innovation.To help identify and meet future requirements for automotive data by keeping in touch with other SMMT departments (especially Public Policy and Vehicle Legislation) and external organisations and stakeholders.Please note that the this role requires good technical skills, especially Microsoft SQL Server, but also involves strong interpersonal and team working skills and a certain amount of general business administration, as well as helping out with day to day running of the department and company.Qualifications/Skills/Attributes required:Strong data analysis and processing skills.Proven experience of Microsoft SQL Server. Ability to work with complex databases, to write new complex queries and to understand and adapt existing SQL scripts and procedures.Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office software including MS-Word, MS-Excel, and ideally MS-Access.Strong team player with good customer facing and interpersonal skills.Ability to multi-task and prioritise to meet deadlines.High level of concentration and accuracy.Initiative, ability to learn and enthusiasm, self-starter.Aware of the need to maintain the confidentiality of personal data and commercially sensitive information and comply with contractual requirements.Main duties include:Carry out monthly, quarterly and annual take-on of external data sets.Database administration and housekeeping.To receive and process enquiries and orders for data from customers and other stakeholders and to carry these through to invoicing and order renewal.Carry out weekly vehicle model coding / linking e.g. DVLA codes and insurance group rating (Thatcham / code44).To liaise with the SMMT accounts department on customer invoicing and related financial matters.To help ensure the security and integrity of the databases and compliance with SMMT policies and supplier contract(s).To help develop, document and improve the database take-on and reporting processes.To evaluate and integrate other information sets into SMMT systems as required.To assist in the day to day running of the department and company.To carry out other duties as directed by the line manager and/or head of departmentSalary and benefits package:The package includes private medical insurance, company pension scheme, flexi time, 25 days annual leave, childcare vouchers, interest free season ticket loan (after six months).Deadline for Applications:4 July 2016Method of Application:Prospective candidates should e-mail jobsweb@smmt.co.uk with a CV and covering letter quoting your salary expectations.Early applications are encouraged as interviews will take place and the position offered before this date if a suitable candidate is found.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #STORM: Good news – Met Éireann has lifted the national weather warning. Showers and gale force winds lingering today will pass by this afternoon and it has been reported that the government’s emergency planning task force will meet today to discuss the damage caused by the storm.2. #PYLONS: The deadline for public submissions for Eirgrid’s Gridlink project, which could involve the construction of a large number of electricity pylons, expires later today. The company has said that, once the consultation process has been completed, it is willing to work with communities to resolve issues.3. #BARRISTERS: Barristers in Ireland have been paid some €139 million by the Attorney General over the last ten years, The Irish Times reports – mostly for asylum cases which accounted for 23 per cent.4. #MENTAL HEALTH: A study conducted by a team of Irish researchers has found high levels of post-traumatic stress disorder in psychiatric service users in this country. Among Irish participants in the research, sexual abuse.humiliation and lack of shelter were the top two traumatic events cited.5. #HAASS TALKS: The Ulster Unionist Party has rejected proposals by negotiator Dr Richard Haass on resolutions to the issues of flags, parades and dealing with the past. In a statement, the party said it believes the Haass document is ‘not viable and therefore unacceptable’.6. #MEDICAL CARDS: Over 700,000 medical cards have been issued in the last ten years. The lowest number of cards was issued in 2004 with levels rising each year since then and a huge leap of 150,000 extra cards between 2011 and 2012.7. #AER LINGUS: The airline reported a jump in long-haul passengers on almost 12 per cent last month, though short hall passengers fell slightly in December. Overall, the total numbers flying with Aer Lingus were unchanged last month compared to the previous year.8. #UNITED STATES: As we wave (hopefully) goodbye to our superstorm, the US has been gripped by a ‘polar vortex’ causing record low temperatures. AFP reports that more than a dozen death have been blamed on the frigid weather.9. #TURKEY: Some 350 Turkish police officers were dismissed from their posts overnight, BBC reports. This follows a probe into corruption, specifically targeting those in the force who were close to the government.last_img read more

first_imgAs part of a UAE competition, a group of designers has come up with the Lunar Cubit: a solar powered pyramid that both provides power and looks beautiful.The Lunar Cubit won first prize in the Land Art Generator Initiative, which is a competition focused on aesthetically pleasing green energy facilities. Essentially, the design is little more than a pyramid-shaped solar plant covered in solar panels. THe nine pyramids–one large one surrounded by smaller plants–are also equipped with a series of LED light that light up the night according to the current lunar phase.Attractive or not, the Lunar Cubit does seem a touch impractical, as one nine-pyramid set-up is only able to power around 250 homes.Via Fast Companylast_img

first_imgWe all know that there is both good and bad bacteria, and there are many ways to take down the bad guys. Normally, we resort to applying some sort of material to ourselves — soap, medicine, antibacterial lotion, and so on. Now, though, scientists have discovered a new way to kill bacteria, and it doesn’t involve some sort of third-party material. The very structure of cicada wings traps bacteria, and slowly rips it apart.At a microscopic level, the clanger cicada’s wing contains many tiny spikes. So, when some bacteria gets on the wing, the little guys essentially get impaled, then slowly slide down the spikes, being ripped apart until they die. The bacteria doesn’t instantly become impaled, though, as if it fell from a high ledge and landed square on a pole; it lands, and its own weight eventually pulls it down on to the spike, impaling it. As it slides, its skin becomes pulled apart, stretching the bacteria until it does, reminding us of a particular video game.However, the scientists tested what they felt appeared to be happening. In a microwave, they cooked various bacteria at different degrees, which in turn made some bacteria skin more elastic than other skin. The bacteria with the more elastic skin succumbed to the slow, skin-being-ripped-apart death, while the bacteria with the harder skin did not. This confirmed that the cicada wing spikes are, in fact, killing bacteria.This marks the first time scientists have seen the biomaterial of a living organism destroy bacteria. The discovery is relatively new, but in time, could pave the way for various materials that could protect surfaces from bacteria; perhaps some kind of glove, or a coating for toilet flushers. Wherever this discovery ends up, hopefully we’ll be killing bacteria with spikes sometime soon.last_img read more

first_imgSophie Cotsis, the Member for Canterbury and first woman of Greek heritage to serve in the NSW parliament is in the midst of a campaign for re-election for the NSW State Election to be held on Saturday, 23 March. Canterbury is the home to one of the biggest Greek communities in the world and is amongst the most multicultural places in Australia. One can’t help be mesmerised by the charming suburbs, parks, shops and eateries of the Canterbury area. Born at Canterbury Hospital to parents from Lesvos, the clubhouse of the Mytilenean Brotherhood sits by the Cooks River, a place where she and her family have had many fond memories.Spending almost a year battling breast cancer, her return to the electorate and serving her constituents has brought a smile and a sense of relief to the 46 year old.Ms Cotsis first served in the NSW Parliament in the Legislative Council between 7 September 2010 until 16 September 2016, when she resigned and successfully ran for the seat of Canterbury that was vacated by Linda Burney. Ms Burney, who moved on to the Federal Seat of Barton, is one the nation’s foremost politicians, and is of Wiradjuri and Scottish descent. Both women seem to reflect the diversity and gender balance that the Labor Party has sought to attain; a genuine reflection of modern Australia.They hosted a barbeque on Saturday, 24 February at the Campsie South Bowling Club with over 200 supporters and volunteers in attendance. They were also joined by Ed Husic, the Member for Chifley.Ms Cotsis told supporters, friends and colleagues of her hopes for another term, with education, Canterbury Hospital, health, good jobs, free TAFE, environment and local issues top of her agenda.Since 2016, Sophie and her office have responded and engaged with thousands of residents, schools, businesses and other stakeholders on local issues and this is something they fully intend to continue with.The Canterbury state Labor MP is excited to be campaigning again after taking a leave of absence in 2018 to fight breast cancer. Toward the last few weeks of last year, Ms Cotsis turned the spotlight on her own health and breast cancer, urging women and men to put their own health first.“This was a difficult time for me and my family and I deeply appreciate the steadfast support of my wonderful family, friends, my local community, staff and colleagues,” Ms Cotsis said.“I now look forward to doing what I love and representing my community,  and to fight the 2019 NSW State Election as the Member for Canterbury. We are confident that Michael Daley will become the next Premier of our wonderful state.” Sophie was particular grateful to the local Labor branch members and volunteers who love Canterbury as much as she does.For more information or to help with the campaign: sophie.cotsis@nswlabor.org.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgWindows Phone : 200 millions de dollars de promotionMicrosoft et ses partenaires, tels Nokia, voient les choses en grand. Pour promouvoir outre-Atlantique les smartphones équipés de Windows Phone, l’OS mobile du géant de Redmond, ils prévoiraient un budget de quelque 200 millions de dollars. Microsoft est bien décidé à offrir à son OS Windows Phone une place de choix sur le marché des systèmes d’exploitation mobile, pour l’heure dominé par Android et iOS. Pour y parvenir, le géant de Redmond entend miser sur une campagne commerciale de taille. Avec ses partenaires, et notamment Nokia, Microsoft prévoit en effet d’investir, avec certains de ses partenaires, comme Nokia, quelque 200 millions de dollars en opérations marketing, et ce uniquement pour les Etats-Unis.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Ce budget permettra la mise en place d’incitations financières, comprises entre 10 et 15 dollars par mobile vendu, pour encourager les revendeurs à mettre en avant les smartphones sous Windows Phone, au détriment des iPhone et autres terminaux Android, explique le site TechWeekEurope.co.uk. Les commerçants devraient en outre se voir dispenser des formations pour qu’ils orientent les consommateurs vers l’OS de Microsoft. De vastes actions commerciales visant directement le grand public sont bien entendu également au programme.Après l’arrivée du premier Windows Phone de Nokia, le Lumia 800, la firme finlandaise s’apprête à dévoiler son Lumia 900. Il devrait être présenté lors du CES 2012 de Las Vegas, qui aura lieu du 10 au 13 janvier.Le 6 janvier 2012 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgHost cities always try to put their own special twist on things when it comes to designing Olympic medals. For Tokyo, that twist is to make them out of people’s old, unwanted gadgets.You’re probably well aware of the fact that electronics contain all kinds of valuable metals. The Olympic Committee is challenging Japanese residents to recycle eight tons of old electronics. They’re hopeful that amount will yield enough gold to produce the 5,000 medals they’ll need to award winners at both the Olympic and Paralympic games.They don’t need as much gold to make that many medals as you might thing. The gold medals handed out at the Rio games, for example, used roughly .2 ounces of gold. If they use a similar composition for Tokyo, they’ll only need about 62 pounds of gold.Image: WikipediaFormer Olympic decathlete and world-record holder Ashton Eaton told Japan Times, “when an athlete at Tokyo wins a medal, the weight of it will not be from the gold, silver or bronze; it will be the weight of a nation.” Medals made from recycled electronics already sound cool, but Eaton makes it sound downright badass.Mobile giant NTT Docomo will be placing collection boxes in 2400 of its stores, and organizers estimate that they’ll need millions of phones to hit their 8-ton goal. Other collection centers will be set up so that locals can drop off other electronics, too.Old motherboards and CPUs will no doubt be welcome contributions, especially older ones. Gold tended to be used a lot less sparingly back in the day of 386 and 486 PCs, so they’ll hit their goal a whole lot quicker if people have vintage computing hardware they can part with.last_img read more

first_imgWatford manager Javi Gracia insists he’s hopeful Christian Kabasele will be available soon, after revealing the defender didn’t suffer a serious injury.Kabasele was in clear pain after he collided with the goalpost during Watford’s 2-1 home loss to Chelsea, as he slid attempting to stop a Willian effort from entering the goal.The Belgium international was substituted off and taken to the hospital later in the first half after leaving the stadium on a stretcher wearing an oxygen mask.Confirming he will miss Saturday’s home game against Newcastle United, Javi Gracia said, according to Harrow Times:What to expect from Watford V Arsenal? Taimoor Khan – September 8, 2019 Arsenal are set to take on Watford this weekend and the game is definitely going to be quite a peculiar contest between two sides…“He’s not training with the team. After the game he didn’t feel well, but now I think he’s only feeling some pain (to his shoulder and back area), but I think he will be ready soon.”However, Gracia did not rule out the possibility of Kabasele being available for next week’s New Year trip to the Vitality stadium to face Bournemouth, but he was optimistic the 27-year-old would available for selection again sooner rather than later.He said: “In this moment I can’t tell you when he will be ready but we now know – because after the game we didn’t know what he had – it’s only pain and I think he will be available for the next games.”last_img read more

first_imgThanks to two local Gold Star mothers, a veteran got his Chance … and Chance — a mixed-breed dog — got a second chance.Elizabeth Johnson and Wendy Campbell were part of the network that flew the service animal last week from Boston to Portland International Airport, where James Allensworth was waiting to meet him.Johnson’s son, Army Cpl. Jeremiah Johnson, died in 2007 as a result of injuries suffered while serving in Iraq. Johnson works for Horizon Air in their cargo freight facility at PDX.Campbell’s son, Army Pfc. Andrew Shields, was killed by a suicide car bomber in Afghanistan in 2008. The Battle Ground Gold Star mother also is part of a couple of animal-welfare networks. Campbell, an Army veteran herself, also is affiliated with the Patriot Guard Riders; so is Allensworth.After Allensworth put something up on a Patriot Guard Rider site, “one of them contacted me about finding Jimmy a service dog,” Campbell said.“I was on Facebook, talking about (post-traumatic stress disorder) and depression,” said Allensworth, a Tigard, Ore., resident who was in the Navy from 1978 to 1984. “The next thing, a Gold Star mom reaches out.”last_img read more