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ECSA WSC Call for Revision of Reporting Rules at EU Ports

first_imgzoom European shipowners and World Shipping Council (WSC) have called for the revision of the Reporting Formalities Directive (RFD) to improve the efficiency of maritime transport.The European Commission is expected to publish a proposal for a revision of the RFD in early May 2018 that is intended to remedy the current costly, unharmonised and burdensome reporting requirements facing ships calling at EU ports.“Current complex, repetitive and duplicative reporting requirements not only result in productivity losses for maritime carriers and their customers but also create unnecessary workload and stress for ship crews,” ECSA said.The shipowners added that a genuine “European Single Window” is required that will enable the same data to be submitted in the same way for the same operations and processes in all EU ports.ECSA and WSC have called on the EU Institutions to propose, agree and implement a new European reporting formalities framework that benefits maritime carriers and the wider EU economy.The shipowners further said that the framework should be based on the following principles: the adoption of a ‘harmonised maximum list’ of data reporting requirements for cargo and vessels that is valid in every EU port, facilitate trade through a true European Maritime Single Window (EMSW), and the right framework for the submission, exchange and reuse of data.last_img read more

Juvenile apprehended for firing at house

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Wednesday said that a juvenile was apprehended from Dwarka district. The investigating agency said that he was nabbed after a video emerged on social media and got viral in which a boy was seen firing at the house.According to police on June 4, they apprehended one CCL who fired at the house of a person and further announced about killing him in a threatening manner. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) Anto Alphonse said that recently, a video emerged on social media and got viral in which a boy was seen firing at the house of an alleged foe and asked his friend to make his video, while he was firing at the house and was threatening one of the occupants of the house. Later the juvenile shared the video through social media amongst his known to make an impression on them.last_img read more

Eminent Figures Get Behind Effort To Free Nigerian Schoolgirls

first_imgA group of over 40 eminent individuals from around the world are today calling for a global effort to free the more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped last month.In an open letter published today, the high level group of business, civil society and religious leaders, calls on the Nigerian authorities and international community to mobilise all necessary resources and expertise to help locate and free the missing girls.The letter says:“On April 14, more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted at gunpoint from Chibok community in Borno State, Nigeria.“24 days later, the girls are still missing.“We urge all local, national and regional governments, with the full support of the international community, to dedicate their expertise and resources – from satellite imagery to intelligence services to multinational corporations’ supply chains – to #BringBackOurGirls.”Signed by: • Mar‎tti Ahtisaari, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Member of The Elders • Mohamed Azab, Representative of the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar • Aïcha Bah Diallo, ‎Chairperson of the Forum of African Women Educationalists • Ela Bhatt, Founder of the Self-Employed Women’s Association of India and Member of the Elders • Bono, Co-founder, ONE Campaign • Richard Branson, Founder of the Virgin Group‎ and co-Chair of the B Team • Gro Harlem Brundtland, Executive Chair of the UN Foundation and Member of the Elders‎ • Susan A Buffett, Chairman of The Sherwood Foundation, the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation and the Buffett Early Childhood Fund • Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of the UN Foundation and B Team Leader • President Fernando H Cardoso, Former President of Brazil and Member of the Elders • Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and Former Prime Minister of New Zealand • Aliko and Halima Dangote, Dangote Group • Bineta Diop, African Union Special Envoy for Women Peace and Security • Andrew Forrest, ‎Founder of the Walk Free Foundation • Bill and Melinda Gates, co-Founders and co-Chairs of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation • Helene Gayle, ‎President and CEO of CARE USA • Mort Halperin, Senior Advisor to the Open Society Institute and the Open Society Policy Center • Arianna Huffington, Chair, President and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post Media Group‎, and B Team leader • Mo and Hadeel Ibrahim‎, Mo Ibrahim Foundation • Abdoulie Janneh, Former Executive-Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa • Guilherme Leal, ‎co-Founder of Natura and B Team Leader • Graça Machel, ‎Member of the Elders • Mark Malloch-Brown, Former United Nations Deputy Secretary-General • Strive Masiyiwa, ‎Founder of Econet Wireless and B Team Leader • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women • Amina J Mohamed, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advisor • Festus Mogae, former President of Botswana, Chairperson of the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa • Rupert Murdoch, Chairman of NewsCorp and Chairman and CEO of 21st Century Fox • Jay Naidoo, Chair of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Finance Minister of Nigeria • Ronald Perelman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. • François-Henri Pinault, ‎Chairman and CEO of Kering and B Team Leader • Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever‎ and B Team Leader • Mary Robinson, ‎Former President of Ireland and Member of the Elders‎ • Salim Ahmed Salim, Former Secretary-General‎ of the Organisation of African Unity‎ • Toyin Saraki, Founder of the Wellbeing Foundation • Bobby Shriver, Co-founder and Chairman of (RED) and Co-founder of DATA • Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Bishop-Chancellor, Pontifical Academy of Sciences, The Vatican • Ted Turner,‎ Founder and Chairman of the UN Foundation and Founder of CNN • Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Honorary Member of the Elders ‎ • Muhammad Yunus,‎ Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and B Team Leader • President Ernesto Zedillo, Former President of Mexico and Member of the Elders • Jochen Zeitz, ‎Former Chairman and CEO of PUMA and co-Chair of the B Team‎last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement WARNING: Spoilers abound so if you’re not caught up, turn away now.‘KILLJOYS’ SEASON 5 ENDS THE KICKASS SERIES ON A HIGH NOTEOn June 19, 2015 Killjoys debuted on SYFY and I immediately fell in love with it. Four years later, Killjoys starts its fifth and final season and this kickass little TV show is going out on a high note.Last we saw Dutch (Hannah-John Kamen), Johnny (Aaron Ashmore), and D’avin (Luke Mcfarlane), they had battled The Lady and destroyed The Green, but then something strange happened. We dissolved into a scene of Dutch and Johnny in bed together looking incredibly cozy and…married? READ MORE Facebook HOW KILLJOYS WENT FROM A SPACE PROCEDURAL TO A SHOW ABOUT LOVE AND FAMILYIt’s a TV show that touches on real, human issues, things like the nature of family and how our memories shape who we are.It’s a show that promulgates a diverse and LGBTQ-friendly worldview.It’s also a show that revels in penis jokes.That balance of comedy and drama has kept Killjoys on the air for going on five seasons, brought it critical acclaim and the love of a devoted fan base. READ MOREPhoto by Amanda MatlovichKILLJOYS SEASON 5 EPISODE 1 REVIEW: RUN, YALA, RUNKilljoys returns and Team Awesome Force finds its members trapped in an alternate world created by The Lady.Killjoys returns for its fifth and final season, and the Michelle Lovretta penned “Run, Yala, Run” keeps viewers delightfully off balance with a continuation of the narrative paradigm shift introduced in last season’s finale. We know it won’t last, but it’s a lot of fun watching our familiars play out alternate roles in this Westerly world turned upside down as we await their eventual emergence from the psychologically induced alternate reality. Throughout the series’ run we’ve witnessed Dutch and the Jaqobis brothers battle demons from their past lives, and now it’s precisely these experiences, both good and bad, that hold the key to survival in this new world order The Lady seeks to create. READ MORE KILLJOYS GETS BACK TO KICKING ASS IN ITS FINAL SEASONSeason five of the cult Space series about pansexual bounty hunters recaptures the chemistry of characters the audience knows better than they know themselvesIn a modest studio complex on Toronto’s east side, Killjoys is coming to an end.The cult Space series, which started out as a hangout show starring Hannah John-Kamen, Luke Macfarlane and Aaron Ashmore as sexy bounty hunters having space adventures, and gradually moved its heroes into an epic battle to save humanity from an alien infestation without ever losing its sense of fun or its great, big pansexual heart. READ MORE Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Luke Macfarlane, Hannah John-Kamen and Aaron Ashmore are D’avin, Dutch and Johnny, space bounty hunters who form the core of Killjoys. BELL MEDIA LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Countries to watch as divided Europe chooses its parliament

BRUSSELS — As voters in all 28 European Union countries elect a new shared parliament , here are some key races to watch in the battle to fill the 751 seats in the European Parliament:ITALYItaly’s anti-migrant, anti-Islam interior minister, Matteo Salvini, has been campaigning hard to boost his right-wing League party to become the No. 1 party in Italy and possibly Europe.Salvini has been using his hard-line credentials to expand a parliamentary group of European populists that already includes far-right politicians in France, Germany and Austria. Salvini is promising to restore sovereignty over key issues like immigration to national capitals, thwarting the EU’s drive toward closer integration of its members.In Europe, the populists will find it difficult to deliver on their transformation promises. But Salvini is also looking to capitalize on the outcome of the European elections to boost his power at home in the League’s uneasy populist ruling coalition with the left-wing 5-Star Movement.Salvini could use European electoral gains to leverage his position in the government and pass policies important to his base of northern Italian entrepreneurs, like a flat tax or the high-speed train connecting Lyon, France, with Turin.Most analysts believe that Salvini is unlikely to seek an early election in Italy even with a big victory on the European stage. The 5-Star Movement, on the other hand, could decide to pull the plug on the coalition government.FRANCEFrance is looking at an epic battle between pro-EU centrist President Emmanuel Macron and anti-immigration, far-right flagbearer Marine Le Pen in the European Parliament vote, a duel over Europe’s basic values.A loss for Macron’s Republic on the Move party would cripple the French leader’s grand ambitions for a more united Europe. Macron wants EU countries to share budgets and soldiers and work even more closely together to keep Europe globally relevant and prevent conflict.For Macron, Le Pen represents the “leprosy” of nationalism that is eating the EU from within. For Le Pen, the race is a battle to preserve European civilization from the threat of “massive immigration” and uncontrolled globalization.As far-right parties court the youth vote , Le Pen is counting on 23-year-old Jordan Bardella to lead her National Rally party to victory, then revamp the EU from within.Le Pen’s party, then called the National Front, won France’s European parliamentary elections in 2014, but today she is looking beyond home territory. She has travelled to numerous European capitals recently to lend support to populist candidates, with the goal of enlarging their parliamentary group.France has 34 lists of candidates in the European election, but Macron crushed France’s traditional right and left parties in 2017 when he won the presidency, and they’re still struggling.GERMANYGermany’s governing parties look likely to lose some ground in the European Union’s most populous country, while the environmentalist Greens and the far-right Alternative for Germany parties are eyeing gains.The vote is shaping up to be a particularly tough test for the centre-left Social Democrats , the junior partners in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition. They have been struggling badly in polls and there is widespread speculation that a poor performance could hasten the end of Merkel’s coalition government.For Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union, it is the first test for new leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer since Germany’s longtime chancellor gave up her party’s leadership last year.The Greens have been soaring in polls , partly at the Social Democrats’ expense, and hope to convert that support into votes. And Alternative for Germany hopes to strengthen its presence in the European Parliament, adding to its strong contingent in Germany’s national legislature.Many of Germany’s 96 seats in the European Parliament are also likely to go to a variety of fringe parties.HUNGARYHungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban describes the European Parliament vote as “decisive” for Hungary and Europe, an opportunity for populist and anti-migration forces to have a larger say in setting the agenda in Brussels.While his party’s victory in Hungary is unquestioned, where the allegiances of Orban and his right-wing Fidesz party will lie after the election on the European scene is far less certain.Fidesz’s membership in the centre-right European People’s Party, currently the largest group in the EU legislature, was suspended in March because of concerns about the state of Hungary’s democracy. So Orban has spent the past few weeks hosting far-right, nationalist and populist politicians at his new office in Buda Castle.Orban says he wants to stay in the centre-right bloc while getting the EPP to co-operate more closely with nationalist and populist parties like Salvini’s League. That notion has been emphatically rejected by leading politicians from the EPP, including German Chancelor Angela Merkel.If Salvini’s populists do well on Sunday, Orban could leave the EPP and try to get some of the party’s more right-wing members to join Salvini in a new, more radical alliance.While Hungary has largely stemmed migration, Orban’s opposition to migrants still bears fruit, and pollsters expect Fidesz to win as many as 14 of Hungary’s 21 seats in the EU parliament.BRITAINBritain wasn’t supposed to take part in the European Parliament elections at all, but had to organize a last-minute campaign when its planned March exit from the EU was postponed.The British voting Thursday came amid intense political turmoil sparked by its 2016 referendum to quit the EU. Embattled Prime Minister Theresa May will now step down as Conservative Party leader on June 7 after failing to deliver Brexit.Both Britain’s Conservatives and the Labour Party are predicted to be heading for an electoral pasting in the European vote due to the chaos over Brexit.Britain’s Brexit party, led by Nigel Farage, has appeared to gain strength in recent voter surveys. Farage says he hopes to have the shortest possible tenure as a European Parliament lawmaker because he wants Britain to leave the EU as quickly as possible.The U.K. has 73 seats at the European Parliament, and its lawmakers would lose their jobs when their country leaves the EU.AUSTRIASunday’s European Parliament vote in Austria has been upended by the sudden collapse of Austria’s governing coalition in a scandal that has tarnished the far-right Freedom Party. It will serve as a first test of support ahead of an early national election expected in September.Heinz-Christian Strache quit last weekend as vice chancellor and Freedom Party leader after a leaked video showed him appearing to offer favours to a purported Russian investor during a boozy meeting on the Spanish island of Ibiza two years ago. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz then called for a new election and is now running an interim government with experts replacing the Freedom Party’s ministers.The European Parliament election should offer clues as to whether the popular Kurz’s conservative People’s Party will benefit from the scandal. But regardless of the result, Kurz is expected to face a small opposition party’s no-confidence motion in parliament on Monday, and it’s unclear whether he will keep his job.___Colleen Barry in Milan, Italy, Geir Moulson in Berlin, Pablo Gorondi in Budapest, and Elaine Ganley and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed.The Associated Press read more

No need for higher risk of scheduled offshore night flights safety inquiry

No need for higher risk of scheduled offshore night flights: safety inquiry head ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – There’s no need to schedule night flights to remote oil sites off Newfoundland and workers should be allowed to refuse to take them without penalty, says the former head of an offshore helicopter safety probe.Robert Wells, a retired provincial Supreme Court judge, led the inquiry after Cougar Flight 491 crashed into the North Atlantic east of St. John’s in 2009, killing 17 of 18 people onboard.In an interview Friday, he said he doesn’t support a return to scheduled night flights despite recent search and rescue improvements.“I don’t think they should be regularly scheduled and I don’t think that’s necessary,” Wells said. “I think they should look at the circumstances on the day in question or the night in question and make a decision as to whether or not it’s safe to recommend a flight or to allow a flight.”The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board is considering whether to resume night flights that it restricted in February 2010 as it ordered operators to improve emergency response times and equipment.Oil companies say they’ve made requested changes and want more flexibility to clear travel backlogs due to bad weather or other factors.Despite the addition of two fully equipped search and rescue helicopters that can be wheels up from St. John’s in 20 minutes, Wells is against flights after dark or before sunrise.He stressed that the decision is up to the regulatory board which must weigh the dangers.“The real question that the C-NLOPB has to struggle with is: What is an acceptable risk?”Wells was clear in his November 2010 inquiry report that he could not support a return to scheduled night flying.In special cases, he said that a committee representing the regulator, oil operators, workers and the helicopter operator should decide whether to fly after dark.“If there is a unanimity that the night flight(s) be allowed, a passenger should nevertheless be entitled to refuse to take a night flight without penalty of any kind,” he recommended. “Asking passengers to fly at night adds considerable risk to that part of their work which is already the riskiest.“Certainly, no person who objects to flying at night should be forced to do so as a condition of employment.”Wells reaffirmed Friday his support for that right of refusal. His report repeatedly stressed that conditions in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland, especially in winter and spring, are among the harshest in the world.The inquiry also heard expert testimony from researchers that the survival rate when a helicopter ditches at night falls to about 40 per cent overall. That’s 30-per-cent lower than in daylight hours.But the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, representing major oil operators off Newfoundland, says the chances of ditching are remote.“Our position clearly is that flying at night is safe, just like it is in the daytime,” said spokesman Paul Barnes, the group’s Atlantic Canada manager.A report submitted to the offshore regulatory board in support of the oil operators’ call for resumed night flights questioned whether the actual degree of risk can be measured.The report by Ottawa-based Keith Gladstone of GAC – Aerospace & Defence Consulting says that research cited at the inquiry lumped together various helicopter ditchings without mention of specific conditions.“There is no doubt that there is identified risk associated with night ditchings,” it concludes. “However, what is not clear is the degree of that risk.”Barnes said that night flights before the 2010 restriction accounted for about 10 per cent of all trips to and from oil installations more than 300 kilometres east of St. John’s.If regulators approve, workers will be expected to take scheduled flights that may occasionally be partly in darkness, he said.It will be up to the board to decide how to handle any refusals by workers, he added.Wells suggested that oil companies may add another helicopter to take more advantage of scarce daylight in fall and winter, an option that Barnes said may be discussed.Brian Murphy, head of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union Local 2121, represents about 600 members at the Hibernia and Terra Nova sites. He said more than 300 staff have signed a petition against night flights — a campaign that workers themselves have led.Murphy is concerned that the recommendation from Wells is being circumvented because it’s seen as too cumbersome to consult a committee, as he called for, each time a night flight is considered.“The recommendation clearly stated that he cannot recommend flying at night.”Murphy said that in general the union works well with the companies “but on this particular issue, we disagree.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 12, 2012 5:03 pm MDT read more

Podcast Unstoppable Greinke The Greatest Basketball Season Ever And Baseball Brain Data

If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (July 21, 2015), we discuss how Zack Greinke is achieving his scoreless-inning streak, look into whether dominance in women’s basketball is not the same as in the men’s game and welcome SB Nation’s Zach Schonbrun to talk about the impact neuroscience may have on baseball scouting. Plus, our Significant Digit of the week: more people are going to women’s soccer games after the U.S. women won the World Cup.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss on this week’s show:Zack Greinke chases the records of Dodgers legends Orel Hershiser and Don Drysdale.Fangraphs’ three keys to Greinke’s streak.Is Elena Delle Donne having the best basketball season in history?Zach Schonbrun on mixing neuroscience and baseball.Significant Digit: 34 percent increase in attendance in National Women’s Soccer League games post-World Cup. Hot Takedown Video Excerpt: Brain Data And Baseball More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS read more

AIMEX 2013 reflects the changing face of mining suppliers

first_imgAs equipment suppliers from “non-traditional” regions are attracted by the lucrative Australian mining market, some previously unknown names and makes will be seen for the first time at AIMEX – Asia Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition, in Sydney in August. AIMEX, which returns to the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park from August 20-23, 2013, is the largest mining exhibition in the Asia-Pacific region. New names on show at AIMEX 2013 will include GE Mining (which recently acquired Industrea), Belaz from Belarus and the world’s second-largest manufacturer of mining trucks, underground coal mining specialist CME (part of China Coal), and XEMC, which has signed an agreement with Rio Tinto to supply a fleet of 230 t haul trucks to the Mt Tom Price mine in the Pilbara.“Around the world, the names and brands at leading international mining exhibitions are changing with both new and established global manufacturers using these events as opportunities to launch into new markets – and AIMEX is no different,” said Paul Baker, Reed Mining Events director. “For visitors, AIMEX 2013 will be a unique opportunity to see new brands of equipment which are launching their products on the Australian market – and are determined to become a significant part of the mining industry here.“Over the past decade, AIMEX has seen significant growth in international pavilions from countries such as China, India, South Africa and Chile, as well as increasingly larger stands taken by global manufacturers from these countries, along with regions such as Eastern Europe and other parts of Asia,” he said.“As an indication of the growing importance of AIMEX on the international mining stage, space taken by international suppliers and country or regional pavilions has doubled in the past 10 years – and is already set to be 10% bigger than AIMEX 2011 two years ago.”Baker said that while AIMEX 2013 would strongly reflect this changing face of the mining equipment and service suppliers market, established and well-recognised makes would still be there in force. “International trade shows provide global manufacturers with an opportunity to announce their intentions to the market by revealing plans for growth and unveiling new products. AIMEX 2013 will provide such an environment for the Australian mining and resources sector. “This means that – through AIMEX – the Australian mining industry will be exposed to a broader line-up of suppliers, offering a wider choice of equipment and brands,” he said.“And with continuing strong prospects for Australia’s mining and resources sector, we’ve certainly received a positive response to our plans to increase the frequency of AIMEX from a four-year cycle to two-yearly.Baker said AIMEX 2013 was on track to attract more than 600 exhibitors, reflecting the very latest developments in mining technology – across all aspects of mining.“Following the outstanding success of AIMEX 2011 in Sydney, we have moved to further develop the coverage of the exhibition, so it reflects all areas of the mining sector.“This will include underground coal and hard rock mining, as well as all types of surface mining.“As part of this, an important focus of our visitor marketing campaign for AIMEX 2013 is to increase interstate visitor levels, while continuing to attract delegations from the global mining community,” said Baker.last_img read more

A terrible loss Irish athlete Craig Lynch dies aged 29

first_img‘A terrible loss’: Irish athlete Craig Lynch dies aged 29 Lynch was part of the Ireland team that ran in the 2015 World Relay Championships. 10 Comments Monday 9 Sep 2019, 8:38 AM Absolutely heartbreaking to hear of the tragic death of @CraigLynch400 Deepest condolences to his family & friends! A truely great guy with a brilliant outlook on life, a terrible loss to such a young life, he will missed by so many!!— David Gillick (@DavidGillick) September 8, 2019 Source: Niamh Smyth TD/Twitter IRISH ATHLETE CRAIG Lynch has died in a car accident, his club has announced. Lynch (29) was part of the Ireland team that ran in the 2015 World Relay Championships. The Co Cavan native represented Ireland in the 400 metre relay at the 2016 European Championships in The Netherlands. He also won the 60 metre title in the National Indoor Championships in Athlone in 2016. Announcing his death, his club Shercock AC said on social media: “Following the tragic death of Craig Lynch, one of our most talented athletes, in a car accident last night, our thoughts and sympathies are with his parents, brothers, sisters, daughter, fiancée and all family members, indeed the whole Shercock community at this sad time.” The club said that its training sessions have been cancelled until further notice. Local Fianna Fáil TD Niamh Smyth tweeted her sympathies following the news of his death. “Absolutely shocking news in our community today on the tragic passing of Craig Lynch,” Smyth said. “A national figure in the world of athletics who represented Ireland back in 2016. My deepest sympathies to the Lynch family,” she said.  Craig Lynch competing in the 2016 European Athletics Championships Image: Karen Delvoije/INPHO Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article  In a statement, Athletics Ireland said it offers its “deepest condolences to his family, friends and clubmates”. “May he rest in peace,” it said.Irish olympic athlete David Gillick has also paid tribute to Lynch. “Absolutely heartbreaking to hear of the tragic death of [Craig Lynch]. Deepest condolences to his family & friends,” Gillick tweeted. “A truly great guy with a brilliant outlook on life, a terrible loss to such a young life, he will be missed by so many.”  Craig Lynch competing in the 2016 European Athletics Championships Short URLcenter_img Source: David Gillick/Twitter By Hayley Halpin Share81 Tweet Email Absolutely shocking news in our community today on the tragic passing of Craig Lynch. A national figure in the world of athletics who represented Ireland back in 2016. My deepest sympathy to the Lynch family— Niamh Smyth TD (@NiamhSmythTD) September 8, 2019 Image: Karen Delvoije/INPHO Sep 9th 2019, 8:38 AM Funeral arrangements are due to be released at a later time. 117,195 Views last_img read more

EPA OKs parts of state cleanwater plan

first_imgSEATTLE — The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday finalized water-quality rules for Washington state tied partly to how much fish people eat, approving some aspects of the state’s plan but deciding in many cases to set stricter limits than the state had wanted.The action comes years after debate over the issue of how clean the state’s rivers and bays need to be so people can safely eat fish from those waters.Businesses and local governments have argued that too strict rules could cost billions with little benefit to the environment, while Native American tribes and environmental groups said tougher rules are needed to reduce water pollution and protect those who eat fish.The EPA said the combination of its own federal rules and parts of the state’s plan will protect residents who eat fish and shellfish from exposure to pollutants.Maia Bellon, director of the state Department of Ecology, said she’s disappointed the “state’s approach wasn’t accepted in its entirety.” The state worked hard to balance protecting human health and the environment while helping businesses and local governments comply, she said in a statement.last_img read more

Restoration work brightens antique collectibles show

first_imgA small crowd at the Clark County Antique & Collectible Show gathered around Charles Tovar as he used a paintbrush to swirl clear liquid onto an old oil painting.The Forest Grove, Ore., art restorer was removing dirt and even insect poop from the work of art. Most of the paintings he restores from the late 1800s or early 1900s, however, are covered in something else, too.“Coal dust,” he said. Many homes during that era used coal-burning stoves, which over time blanketed household items, including art, with a dingy coating.Those darkened paintings are less attractive to modern-day collectors, meaning Tovar is able to grab them up, restore them and resell them. He had restored paintings, drawings and sculptures on display Sunday at the collectibles show, and they were priced from a couple of hundred dollars to thousands of dollars.Organizers of the annual antique and collectibles show said the event offered more fine art and higher-end items than usual among its 250 booths this year. It was the 12th year for the show, which was at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds over the weekend.last_img read more

Border Official Says Agency Isnt Referring Immigrant Families For Prosecution

first_img Share U.S. Dept. of Health and Human ServicesStaff accompany children inside the tent city at Tornillo, near El Paso, where undocumented immigrant minors are being held by the federal government.U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan told reporters in Texas on Monday that, for now, the agency is no longer referring for criminal prosecution migrants caught illegally crossing the border with their children.McAleenan said the temporary change was “because of guidance” in an executive order signed by President Donald Trump last week that calls for detained migrant families to be kept together, according to multiple reports. McAleenan said he made the decision hours after Trump issued his executive order, the Los Angeles Times reported. Trump signed the order after his “zero tolerance” policy governing illegal border crossings led to the more than 2,000 children being separated from their families. The policy calls for people who cross the border illegally to be criminally prosecuted. The families were split up because children can’t be held in jails.In his order, Trump directed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to find ways to hold the families together. But the federal government’s three centers for immigrant families have limited capacity, raising questions about whether such a plan was possible. A legal settlement also limits the amount of time that immigrant children can be detained to 20 days. Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice asked a judge to adjust the legal settlement in a way that removes the 20-day barrier. On Monday, the government appeared to be taking steps to address the capacity issue. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters that two Texas military bases — Fort Bliss near El Paso and Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo — will soon house migrants who were detained after illegally entering the United States.The bases will contain tent camps for the migrant families, with Goodfellow housing unaccompanied children, NPR reported. Mattis, who announced the move to reporters while en route to Asia, did not say how many migrants each facility would hold. The Pentagon announced last week that it had been asked to prepare to house as many 20,000 migrant children.But even with the decision not to refer families to criminal courts, administration officials insisted that the “zero tolerance” policy remains in effect. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reiterated that the halt in referrals is temporary, according to the Associated Press. “U.S. Customs and Border Protection is working through implementing the President’s Executive Order in conjunction with the Department of Justice and is taking temporary action until Congress can find a lasting solution to family separation,” said Andrew Meehan, an agency spokesman, “and we encourage them to act.”  last_img read more

Researchers demonstrate way to shape electron beams in time through interaction with

first_imgPulses of electrons (green, coming from the left) impinge on a micro-structured antenna which is powered by laser-generated terahertz radiation (red). The interaction compresses the duration of the electron pulses to a few femtoseconds. Credit: Christian Hackenberger Attosecond physics: Film in 4-D with ultrashort electron pulses More information: C. Kealhofer et al. All-optical control and metrology of electron pulses, Science (2016). DOI: 10.1126/science.aae0003AbstractShort electron pulses are central to time-resolved atomic-scale diffraction and electron microscopy, streak cameras, and free-electron lasers. We demonstrate phase-space control and characterization of 5-picometer electron pulses using few-cycle terahertz radiation, extending concepts of microwave electron pulse compression and streaking to terahertz frequencies. Optical-field control of electron pulses provides synchronism to laser pulses and offers a temporal resolution that is ultimately limited by the rise-time of the optical fields applied. We used few-cycle waveforms carried at 0.3 terahertz to compress electron pulses by a factor of 12 with a timing stability of <4 femtoseconds (root mean square) and measure them by means of field-induced beam deflection (streaking). Scaling the concept toward multiterahertz control fields holds promise for approaching the electronic time scale in time-resolved electron diffraction and microscopy.Press release Journal information: Science (—A small team of researchers with Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics, both in Germany has successfully demonstrated a means for shaping electron beams in time through interactions with terahertz electromagnetic fields. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their technique and why they believe it may lead the way to ultrafast microscopy and diffraction techniques. In a Perspectives piece in the same journal issue, Claus Ropers with the University of Göttingen, describes the benefits of developing faster electron microscopy, outlines the technique used by the researchers with this new effort and offers some insight into where the science is headed. Explore furthercenter_img 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. Citation: Researchers demonstrate way to shape electron beams in time through interaction with terahertz electromagnetic fields (2016, April 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2016 There is no doubt that electron microscopy techniques have led to incredible advances in the understanding of matter at the molecular and atomic scale. But such devices could be made even better, Ropers explains, by making them run faster, or ultrafast, i.e. with pulses measured in femtoseconds. This is because there is motion at the atomic scale—using short bursts of electrons to capture the mechanics of such motion would open up a whole new world of discovery. To that end, researchers have developed devices with that goal in mind.To produce short bursts of electrons in traditional devices, a metal surface is illuminated by a laser, causing electrons to be emitted into a vacuum—unfortunately they do not all travel at the same speed, which means they spread apart as they move towards a target—coulomb forces cause even more stretching, which results in problems in time resolution in microscopy devices. To get around this, researchers have tried multiple approaches that rely are various types of devices that manipulate the electron stream. In this new effort, the researchers used optics and terahertz radiation instead.The idea is to cause faster moving electrons to slow down a little bit and slower moving electrons to speed up a little bit, resulting in all of the electrons in a group traveling at the same speed towards a destination. This is achieved with the new technique by having terahertz fields act on the electrons in a microstructure—its bow-tie shape enhances the field in the desired way via tilting. In testing their device, the researchers found that they could measure pulse durations of just 75 fs, a ten times reduction in value over those that were not modified.last_img read more

Saumitra Khan under EC lens for not vacating govt guest house

first_imgKolkata: Saumitra Khan, a former Trinamool Congress leader who is now contesting the Lok Sabha election from Bishnupur (SC) constituency after he joined the saffron brigade in January, has been under the scanner of the Election Commission for not vacating a government guest house. As per the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), nobody can occupy a government guest house following the notification of elections particularly when he/she is contesting the elections. The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) may seek a report from the District Election Officer (DEO) of West Burdwan in this regard. The district TMC leaders have recently registered a complaint with the Returning Officer of Durgapur saying that Khan has allegedly been staying in a government-owned guest house and had held a press conference there. In their complaint, the TMC leaders pointed out that Khan has been staying at the guest house in Durgapur flouting the ECI norms. They alleged that a candidate who is contesting the election cannot stay at a government guest house following the notification. After the matter came to light, the Commission has taken cognizance. The election officials will examine the report submitted by the DEO. In another development, the office of the Chief Electoral Officer has sent a report to the ECI regarding the controversial statements made by Sayantan Basu who is contesting the election from Basirhat with a BJP ticket. The CEO office had earlier served a show-cause notice to Basu and sought a video of his derogatory speech. The CEO office is awaiting instructions from the ECI.last_img read more

Landmark court case for LGBTI equal rights has started in Hong Kong

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- A historic court case which could pave the way for equal rights for foreign same-sex couples is underway in Hong Kong.The city’s Court of Final Appeal is hearing the case of ‘QT’ and her female partner. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘This is a landmark case for Hong Kong and an important moment for the rights of LGBTI people here and elsewhere. No one should experience discrimination because of who they are, or who they love,’ said Jan Wetzel, Senior Policy Advisor at Amnesty International.QT has been in a long running battle with Hong Kong authorities as she fights to get a dependant visa.Both foreign nationals, QT married her partner in a UK civil partnership years ago.But the Hong Kong Immigration Department denied QT a dependant visa after her partner got a job there in 2011.That means QT has had to live there on a tourist visa and denied the right to work. The couple are also denied the same rights as heterosexual couples. Some of those rights include; getting permanent residency or receiving subsidized public hospital services.QT won a historic case in September, 2017 in Hong Kong’s lower appeal court. That court ruled in favour of the couple’s British civil partnership being recognized in Hong Kong for a dependant visa.But a short time after that ruling, the government appealed against the decision.The couple’s legal battle is regarded as an important test case. It has led to wide interest and support for the couple.‘Hong Kong risks being left behind when it comes to equality for LGBTI people, as across the globe – including in Asia – there is growing recognition of the rights of same-sex couples, including residence permits and visas for same-sex partners,’ Wetzel said. BREAKING: Hong Kong court finally rules in favor of same-sex couplesBritish lesbian files rights appeal in Hong KongIn historic move, Hong Kong has started giving visas to same-sex couplesRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : ‘The Hong Kong government should respect equality and end discrimination against same-sex couples.’Immigration Department has won beforeThe start of the court case this week comes just days after the Immigration Department won an appeal against another ruling in favor of same-sex couples.In 2015, Angus Leung Chun-kwong sued the Immigration Department where he worked since 2002 for refusing to recognize his marriage to Scott Adams whom he married in New Zealand in 2014. Adams is a UK citizen who lives in Hong Kong and the couple have been together for 13 years.Last year, Leung won a court battle against his former employer, but on Friday an appeals court overturned that decision.‘Out of Policy’ visasPending the Court of Final Appeal’s decision in the QT case, the Immigration Department has started issuing visas to same-sex couples.The visas allow partner’s to have resident status, have a Hong Kong national ID card, take up employment or education.But they might not permanent, depending on the court’s ruling.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

Emirates Airlines hopes to offer Cancun flights

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — The president of Emirates Airlines, Tim Clark, says the company expects to obtain time slots at the International Airport of Mexico City this year, which will allow them to offer flights into Cancun.Depending on the time slot, the flights will be Barcelona-Mexico City-Cancun with a Boring 77. He explained that due to other airline routes, they are not able to offer direct flights into Cancun.Part of the issue lies in possible legal action from Aeromexico who are against the airline being able to offer flights into Mexico City and Cancun that will connect in Barcelona. The Mexican airline says if allowed, it will create equitable competition.Clark says he remains unaware of the details of the situation, however Andrés Conesa, director or Aeromexico, says they will take legal action against Emirates due to the inequitable competition with a company that receives subsidies and for the damages that this operation could generate.Aeroméxico announced the indefinite suspension of the Mexico City-Barcelona route that would begin in November. United Arab Emirates was granted fifth freedoms that allow it to offer flights between Mexico and Spain. The fifth freedom refers to the authorization to an airline that leaves one city and arrives at another, picks up passengers then continues its flight to a third country.Mexico and the United Arab Emirates signed an agreement that was made official in 2015, granting them fifth freedom rights, however, Aeromexico says they will use everything at their disposal to fight the new route.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New Family Splash Zone coming to Caribbean Princess this summer

first_img About Latest Posts Alex Keerma Latest posts by Alex Keerma (see all) WestJet adds to network, nonstop flights between Austin and Calgary – May 3, 2019 Senior Travel Advisor – Peterborough Office – April 12, 2019 “I didn’t know she was married”: Kimpton’s social experiment inspires new themed rooms – March 6, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> SANTA CLARITA — Families are in for a real treat when they board the Caribbean Princess this summer.Princess Cruises has announced that when the ship emerges from drydock in June for a season of summer cruises to the Caribbean, it will debut The Reef Family Splash Zone, a playful and relaxing area for adults and kids alike.Located aft on deck 17, The Reef will offer many enticing features, including:A splashpad with a whale feature that ‘rains’ from its flukeGame Zone featuring oversized backyard games, comfy lounge sectionals and a kid-friendly bar where families can sample cocktails and mocktailsNew outdoor furniture ranging from single sun loungers to sectional chairs and couches with tablesShade canopy and wind panels will be installed throughout the area for all-day comfortUpgraded lighting to the pool and steps, as well as wall lighting installations to allow for evening events and activitiesThe existing pool, spa and bar will be updated to match the newly designed space featuring updated signage and contemporary artworkA new water table in the Camp Discovery outdoor area on deck 16 features the many destinations and iconic landmarks that Princess visits, including the Sydney Opera House and Golden Gate BridgeMore news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next month“In our latest effort to enhance our family offerings, this newly reimagined space invites families and kids to experience a multi-functional area to engage, play, reconnect,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “The Reef is the ultimate spot for families of all ages to enjoy spending time together with new water features, recreational activities and lounge areas.”Caribbean Princess begins a season of summer Caribbean cruises on May 14, 2019 with alternating seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. Princess Cruises is reminding agents that now is the perfect time to book during the All Aboard Sale, running through Feb. 28.Learn more about The Reef Family Splash Zone and Princess Cruises other family offerings at Alex Keerma Share Tags: Openings & Renovations, Princess Cruises Posted by Friday, February 8, 2019 New Family Splash Zone coming to Caribbean Princess this summerlast_img read more

Grave concerns contrast with lighthearted festivities during Guanacaste Annexation celebrations

first_imgNICOYA, Guanacaste – Marimbas and the one-two beat of traditionalGuanacasteco music drifted across the city of Nicoya Thursday morning, along with the high-pitched cries of sabaneros, local cowboys, whooping with glee.But the festivities for the Annexation of Guancaste celebration were mixed with protesters carrying signs reading, “No water with arsenic,” “Guanacaste: Victim of bullying for 189 years,” and “Guanacaste does not only exist on July 25.”Some 500 protesters marched from La Anexión Hospital in Nicoya, Guanacaste, Thursday morning to the city’s central park, where the annual celebration of Guanacaste joining Costa Rica on July 25, 1824, became a platform to air the region’s frustrations. The daily La Nación reported a much higher turnout, estimating more than 2,000 protesters were at the park.The march’s demands were varied and covered everything from calls for improved health care services, betters roads, reconstruction funds for last September’s major earthquake on the peninsula, and new aqueducts as part of a “definitive” solution to the high levels of arsenic in the region.Organizers with the People’s Voice Association have been fighting for answers for three years now as to why the water in several cantons across Guanacaste has high levels of arsenic, and what is the cause behind the rates of chronic kidney failure that are estimated to be 18 percent higher than the national average, according to Roy Wong, a researcher with the Costa Rican Social Security System, the country’s public health administration.“We’re looking for someone who can tell us what is killing us, what is in our water and our environment that is killing us. No one has given us an answer and that’s why we’re angry and frustrated and here today,” said Mainor Picado Camareno of the People’s Voice Association of Bagaces, one of the municipalities most affected by the mysterious chronic kidney failure that has claimed several lives. “The president wants people to think that this is a march by the Broad Front Party or another political party. No, there are people from Liberation [the ruling National Liberation Party], PAC [the opposition Citizen Action Party], communists annd Unidad [Christian Social Unity Party]. What has us united is death, the illnesses of our neighbors and families. This is not a partisan issue,” Picado said.Onlookers sympathized with the marchers.Hannia Carrillo grew up in Sámara, Guanacaste, and came back with her mother from Heredia, where they currently live north of the capital, to celebrate the festival.“I agree with the march,” she said, sitting in a rocking chair on the front porch with her mother. “The president’s focus on tourism has left the rest of the province behind,” referencing the region’s famous beaches and luxe hotels.Many protesters blame the government’s preferential treatment of large hotels and landowners on the peninsula, especially when it comes to low tax rates and paved roads, as one of the causes of rising inequality here.According to Salvatore Coppola, an organizer with the Guanacaste Forum, Guanacaste is the most economically unequal province in the country.Luis Guarda, 89, leaned on the metal gate in front of his home to watch the protesters march by. He agrees that the province is “forgotten.”“You see it everywhere, in the poverty,” Guarda said.While many of the protesters were from Guanacaste, others made the long drive from the Central Valley and elsewhere to lend their support.  A man who identified himself as “Jorge,” from the Alajuela Forum, a broad coalition of social activists, environmentalists and other groups, said it was important to show solidarity with Guanacaste.“These are the same problems you see everywhere,” he said. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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