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zoom Rolls-Royce has won a contract to install its efficient Promas Lite propulsion system on two vessels for ferry operator Finnlines.Promas Lite is an integrated propeller and rudder system that increases efficiency and is designed specifically for retrofitting to existing ships.These will be the fifth and sixth Finnlines vessels to feature Promas Lite, following a contract for four shipsets earlier this year.Emanuele Grimaldi, President and CEO, Finnlines, said: “Environmental compliance and cost efficient operations are key factors in the success of Finnlines. The installation of the Promas Lite systems on our modern ro-ro vessels is a major step in the implementation of our strategy.”Andrew Marsh, Rolls-Royce, President – Services said: “We have been delighted to work together with Finnlines to bring the first installation of Promas Lite into the Baltic Sea. We value the strong relationship that we hold with Finnlines, and they are a key component of our growing presence in the area.“Not only will Finnlines achieve a reduction in fuel consumption, but we are also delighted to play a part in lowering their NOx emissions, creating a healthier and greener environment at sea.” Press Release, September 11, 2014
New Brunswick’s record-breaking floods are a jarring reminder climate change is bringing a watery future that will wash away old patterns of life and force many to higher ground permanently, say environmental scientists and hydrologists.“The reality is that people expect the world to be the way it was, but it’s not,” said Louise Comeau, a professor at the University of New Brunswick and member of a national panel on climate change adaptation.When the waters recede, the provincial and federal governments must frankly inform homeowners the future holds more of the same, says hydrologist John Pomeroy, director of the global water futures program at the University of Saskatchewan.“Sometimes people, when they’ve been flooded out, it’s a good time to offer to buy them out and remove the homes from the dangerous location,” Pomeroy said in an interview.New Brunswick is suffering through record flooding, with rising waters forcing the closure of the Trans-Canada Highway between Moncton and Fredericton and many people being forced out of their homes.“The floods look like they’re getting larger,” said Pomeroy, who is working on a fresh models for mapping future floods, in tandem with a network of university scientists studying the nation’s largest rivers.The hydrologist says the public needs to understand historical levels of water flow are no longer guides to the future.Sudden temperature flips from frigid April snowstorms to 26 C, as occurred during the spring runoffs in parts of New Brunswick, are a feature of climate change that encourage flooding, he said.The province’s legislative committee on climate change cited computer models predicting that by 2100, New Brunswick’s mean annual temperature will increase by as much as 5 C, while more intense rain and snow will increase the amount of moisture hitting the ground.Those trends aren’t the sole causes of river flooding, but higher seasonal temperatures and precipitation increase the risks, says Al Pietroniro, a senior hydrologist with Environment Canada.“Across the country there’s an acceleration of what we call the water cycle, which means because the atmosphere is warming, we’re seeing increased precipitation,” he said in a telephone interview.Premier Brian Gallant told a briefing last week that it’s clear the increasing frequency and severity of severe weather events can be traced to climate change, and the government needs to become more proactive.“We have to do everything we can to combat climate change. We have to do everything we can to mitigate versus climate change, we have to do everything we can to raise awareness about climate change,” he said.“We have to do a better job of mapping where there are flood zones, where there will be the potential for flood zones in the future, where there will be erosion, what can be done to protect our coasts and to protect our communities.”Comeau, who has authored studies on the impact of climate change in her province, says she suspects that floods once expected every 30 years are now more likely to be “once every five years or even every two to three years.”Every region of New Brunswick now has flooding stories to share describing dislocation and disruption, she says. In addition, an ice storm on the Acadian Peninsula in January 2017 caused power, communication and transportation disruptions.Perth-Andover and the Tobique First Nation have experienced multiple flood events, including the province’s most costly event at $25-million in March 2012.The province provided $8 million to cover the cost of relocation and flood-proofing of low-lying homes, with approximately 80 homes that were damaged, either demolished or relocated, as well as road and downtown changes to infrastructure.In 2014, in response to recurring flood events, the province released a flood risk strategy, noting that from 2008 to 2014, the province experienced a “three-fold increase in disaster relief assistance programs triggered by flooding,” and $100-million in direct costs to the province, estimated to be half of total costs.Blair Feltmate, the head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo, says that “New Brunswick has an attitude of management by disaster.”“New Brunswick seems to rush to address risk when it’s happening, and then, after the event subsides, the province relaxes and waits for its next disaster.”Jason Thistlethwaite, an assistant professor at the University of Waterloo’s faculty of the environment, said in an interview part of the problem is that municipalities set zoning regulations and collect property tax revenue but it’s Ottawa that is paying the lion’s share of disaster relief.“It’s good to produce the information (flood plain maps), but ultimately it’s hard for a municipality to impose development requirements when their primary source of revenue is property taxes from new development,” he said.The province must move more quickly to create a common set of standards on new development for all towns and cities to obey, he said.The federal government must also refine its approach, he argues, tying disaster relief funding to requirements that homeowners move out of areas doomed to see repeated floods.The province has entered into agreements with Public Safety Canada to update and modernize existing inland flood maps by 2020 and coastal maps by 2019, said a spokeswoman for the Environment Department.Officials from the provincial departments of Environment and Justice were otherwise unavailable to comment on the government’s implementation of its climate change action plans, which were announced by the Liberals with fanfare on Dec. 7, 2016.Mike O’Brien, the mayor of Fredericton, says his city has been a leader in adapting infrastructure for climate change, with storm water systems upgraded and some key intersections raised.New apartment complexes along Queen Street, not far from the high point of the latest floods, were approved several years ago, but the mayor said “Buildings constructed on the periphery of the flood plain are designed to handle it … but looking forward and 50 years down the road, what different regulations will have to be considered? We’d love to be part of that discussion.”Comeau says the provincial government has taken steps, such as improving mapping available to the public, and has been moving towards giving municipalities clearer guidelines on zoning rules in flood plains. Cities are hiring teams to work on flood adaptation, she says.But she also says people who live near the province’s 60,000 lakes and 2,500 lakes and ponds must buy into the science of climate change, and the tough discussion on moving out of flood plains needs to start immediately.“Often when the infrastructure decisions are being made, the community wants the ice rink fixed rather than the water pipes enlarged,” she says.She says she’s hopeful the latest disaster may start to shift citizens’ attention onto what lies ahead, even as they bail out and cope with the latest round of damage.“You have to have a conversation about the reality,” she said.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.
New Delhi: Swedish music streaming platform Spotify has brought a lighter version of its app to India that is built for low-end Android smartphones. After successful tests in markets including Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Mexico, and Brazil, the 10 MB-sized app which has similar look and feel to the main app is now available in Beta for the Indian users. It uses less storage, making it an ideal option for older phones with limited capacity. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “When Spotify launched in India two months ago, we had committed to localising the app so that more and more people can listen to music. “Spotify Lite Beta is a step in that direction as it enables users to play millions of songs for free, takes up less space on phones, and saves data when used on the go,” Amarjit Batra, Managing Director India, Spotify, told IANS on Monday. The lighter app can be downloaded separately and can be used either alongside or independently from the main Spotify app. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “Our ambition is to be available on all platforms that make sense to our users, and make the music streaming experience as seamless as possible,” Batra added. Spotify Lite lets you play your favourite songs and artists on demand, discovers new music, keeps track of storage (has control over cache and ability to clear it), keeps track of data and works on all low-end Android phones in all network conditions. The app works when the network is patchy, users are struggling with the Internet or for when they don’t want to spend much mobile data. The main Spotify app that came to India is February had amassed one million followers within the week of its launch. Spotify, offering more than four crore songs and 300 crore playlists for music fans in the country, is available across 79 markets. Spotify has 207 million active users and 96 million of these users are Spotify Premium subscribers. The platform adds approximately 30,000 new tracks each day. Spotify is available on over 500 products across 200 hardware brands globally.
Rabat – Princess Lalla Hasnaa represented King Mohammed VI on Monday night, at the official inauguration ceremony of the National Library of Qatar in Education City, located on the outskirts of Doha. Upon her arrival at the headquarters of the National Library of Qatar, Princess Lalla Hasnaa was welcomed by Hind Bent Hamad Al Thani, Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Development of the Community and Executive President of the Qatar Foundation.The ceremony was chaired by Sheikh Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, who commemorated the event by signing the official inauguration certificate. He also placed the library’s one-millionth book, a rare copy of an 843-year-old manuscript of Sahih al-Bukhari, on its shelf. Turkey’s former President Abdullah Gul, France’s former President Nicolas Sarkozy, Kosovo’s former President Atifa Yahya Agha, and Italy’s former Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, were also present on the occasion.Princess Lalla Hasnaa toured the various galleries of the library alongside the political dignitaries, listening to presentations on the literary works and historical artistic achievements of the institution.After the ceremony, Lalla Hasnaa took part in a dinner hosted by the Emir of Qatar in honor of the delegates and political dignitaries present.
China, in turn, is the largest source of arms and ammunition for Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. The US, too, has played a significant role in arming Pakistan and India, while Israel had buyers in India and Sri Lanka. The total value of arms purchased by Sri Lanka in the last couple of years was USD 2.2 billion, according to data collected by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).The report said that that Russia, including the former Soviet nations, is the biggest source of arms for China and India – the two Asian giants. While the total value of arms purchased by Sri Lanka in the last couple of years is USD 2.2 billion, Bangladesh has purchased arms worth USD 4.5 billion, Myanmar USD 5.4 billion, Pakistan USD 34 billion, China USD 74.2 billion and India acquired arms worth USD 113 billion. Values – calculated on the basis of constant (1990) prices – are what SIPRI calls trend-indicator value that is not the sales price, but is useful for comparing arms transfer.SIPRI has also identified the top five arms suppliers for India and its neighbours. In the last few years, Sri Lanka – the tiny island nation – had purchased arms worth USD 0.7 billion from China, USD 0.5 billion from Israel, USD 0.2 billion from Ukraine, USD 0.2 billion from Russia, USD 0.2 billion from the US and USD 0.4 billion from other countries. (Colombo Gazette)
FOLKSON, Ga. — County officials in Georgia are supporting a mining proposal near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge that a U.S. agency has said could cause environmental damage.Radio station WSVH reports the Charlton County Commission voted unanimously Thursday evening to approve a proclamation backing the mining plan by Twin Pines Minerals of Alabama. Commissioners cited the company’s promise of 150 jobs as well as additional tax revenue.Twin Pines Minerals is seeking federal and state permits to mine for titanium dioxide less than 4 miles (6.4 kilometres) from the edge of the Okefenokee, the largest federal refuge east of the Mississippi River. Company officials said they could provide scientific modeling to show any harm would be minimal.U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff wrote in February that mining could pose “substantial risks” to the environment.___Information from: WSVH-FM, http://www.wsvh.org/The Associated Press
Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs talks to The Associated Press about relations with Qatar in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, June 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) by Jon Gambrell, The Associated Press Posted Jun 7, 2017 3:48 am MDT Last Updated Jun 7, 2017 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – A top Emirati diplomat said Wednesday “there’s nothing to negotiate” with Qatar over a growing diplomatic dispute about the energy-rich nation’s alleged funding of terror groups, signalling Arab countries now isolating it have no plans to back down.Speaking in a rare interview, Emirati Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash told The Associated Press that Qatar has “chosen to ride the tiger of extremism and terrorism” and now needed to pay the price, despite Qatar long denying the allegation.Gargash said Qatar “definitely” should expel members of Hamas, stop its support of terror groups “with al-Qaida DNA” around the world and rein in the many media outlets it funds, chief among them the Doha-based satellite news network Al-Jazeera.While applauding a Kuwaiti effort to mediate the crisis, Gargash said Emirati and Saudi officials planned to concede nothing to Qatar, home to some 10,000 American troops at a major U.S. military base and the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.Their “fingerprints are all over the place” in terror funding, Gargash said. “Enough is enough.”Qatari officials declined to immediately comment on Gargash’s comments. Its foreign minister has struck a defiant tone in interviews, even after worried residents emptied grocery stores in its capital of Doha as Saudi Arabia has blocked trucks carrying food from entering the country.Its flag carrier Qatar Airways now flies increasingly over Iran and Turkey after being blocked elsewhere in the Middle East. Emirati officials also shut down the airline’s offices in the UAE on Wednesday. Al-Jazeera offices also have been shut down by authorities in Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Meanwhile, Turkey’s parliament approved sending troops to an existing Turkish base in Qatar as a sign of support.The international agency Standard and Poors announced Wednesday that it lowered its rating on Qatar’s long-term debt to AA-minus because of the country’s dispute with its neighbours. S&P said those countries’ severing of diplomatic and business links “will exacerbate Qatar’s external vulnerabilities and could put pressure on economic growth and fiscal” stability.Speaking to the AP from a Foreign Ministry office in Dubai, Gargash listed a number of terror groups he alleged Qatar had funded, including al-Qaida’s branches in Syria and Somalia, militants in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and other group’s with “al-Qaida-type organizations” in Libya. He offered no documents to support his claim, but Western officials long have accused Qatar’s government of allowing or even encouraging funding of some Sunni extremists.Gargash particularly pointed out the tens of millions of dollars paid to Shiite militias and others to free dozens of Qatari ruling family members and others in Iraq after 16 months in captivity.Asked for specifics about what Arab nations wanted from Qatar, Gargash said expelling members of Hamas and other groups like the Muslim Brotherhood from Qatar was important. Gaza’s Islamic Hamas rulers, a major recipient of Qatari aid, have called Saudi Arabia’s call for Qatar to cut ties with the Palestinian militant group “regrettable” and said it contradicts traditional Arab support for the Palestinian cause.In Germany, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said he wants to see a response from Qatar to the Arab countries’ demands “soon.”Both al-Jubeir and Gargash in their comments suggested their complaints about Qatar go back years, likely implying that their grievances are focused on the policies of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. Sheikh Hamad became emir through a palace coup in 1995 and expanded his nation’s presence on the international scene through negotiating hostage releases, briefly flirting with diplomatic ties to Israel, hosting a Taliban office and creating Al-Jazeera.Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, his son, became Qatar’s ruling emir in 2013, but Sheikh Hamad still looms large in the tight, insular world of Qatari ruling family politics.U.S. President Donald Trump, who tweeted Tuesday about Qatar funding extremists, called Sheikh Tamim on Wednesday and offered to host leaders at the White House to resolve the crisis.Qatar faced a similar crisis in 2014 that saw multiple Arab nations pull their ambassadors from the country. That crisis ended eight months later, but the roots of it are clearly seen in the latest dispute. Kuwait’s emir, trying to mediate this latest crisis, flew to Dubai on Wednesday and met with Emirati leaders.An outspoken Emirati ruling family member, the writer and political analyst Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, even raised the prospect of Qatar’s leadership changing.“Qataris are questioning whether this is going to end up in seeing a change in leadership itself in Qatar,” Al Qassemi told the AP in his office in Sharjah, near Dubai. “So it is a very serious issue. Again, this is Qataris speaking to international media wondering whether this is possible at all.”The Gulf countries have ordered their citizens out of Qatar and gave Qataris abroad 14 days to return home. The countries also said they would eject Qatar’s diplomats.“Doha now is completely isolated,” Al Qassemi said. “Doha now needs to take serious steps very rapidly to placate not only their neighbours but also their allies around the world.”His comments took on further strength as the UAE’s Justice Ministry warned social media users that they can face three to 15 years in prison time and fines starting from 500,000 dirhams ($136,000) for offering sympathy for Qatar. The ministry quoted UAE Attorney General Hamad Saif al-Shamsi on social media making the warning, saying it came over Qatar’s “hostile and reckless policy.”While liberal compared to much of the Middle East, the UAE has tough cybercrime and slander laws under which people can be arrested, imprisoned and deported for taking photographs without the consent of those shown.The crisis began in part over what the Qataris described as a false news report planted during a hack of its state-run news agency in late May. Russia denied Wednesday it hacked the agency after a CNN report quoted anonymous U.S. officials saying they suspected Russian hackers. FBI agents are assisting Qatar in its investigation, said Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar’s ambassador to the U.S.The UAE did not hack the Qatari news agency, Gargash said. However, he did acknowledge the authenticity of recently leaked emails from Emirati Ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba in Washington, which several media outlets described as including criticism of Qatar.“That hack showed the UAE’s real concerns and that what we really say in our private emails is what we say publicly,” Gargash said.___Associated Press writers Geir Moulson in Berlin, Karin Laub in Amman, Jordan, Josh Lederman in Washington and Fay Abuelgasim contributed to this report.___Follow Jon Gambrell on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jongambrellap. His work can be found at http://apne.ws/2galNpz. Emirati diplomat to AP: ‘Nothing to negotiate’ with Qatar
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed an interim agreement reached regarding Iran’s nuclear programme and urged the Governments concerned to do everything possible to continue negotiations.In a statement released late tonight by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban congratulated the negotiators in Geneva for progress made on “what could turn out to be the beginnings of a historic agreement for the peoples and nations of the Middle East region and beyond”.He urged the Governments of Iran and the six other Member States involved to “build on this encouraging start” and to create mutual confidence. Mr. Ban “calls on all members of the international community to support this process which, if allowed to succeed, is likely to be to the long-term benefit of all parties,” his spokesperson said.The top UN official also reaffirmed his unswerving commitment to strengthening nuclear disarmament and the non-proliferation regime, the spokesperson added. Iran’s nuclear programme – which its officials have stated is for peaceful purposes, but some other countries contend is driven by military ambitions – has been a matter of international concern since the discovery in 2003 that the country had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
A group of Brock University students formed a human moustache Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at Brock’s Alumni Field in support of the Movember prostate cancer campaign. The giant moustache was part of Brock’s entry for the upcoming 2016 Kinesiology Games being held at McGill University in Montreal.
This will enable these services to be delivered in a more streamlined and efficient manner.“These are never easy decisions, and we recognise that this will be disappointing news for our employees,” it continued, “However, we are committed to providing those potentially impacted with our full support and assistance.”The multinational company employs more than 200,000 worldwide, and manufactures products such as Pepsi and 7Up soft drinks and Walkers crisps.Read: Thirty new jobs announced by Electric Ireland field sales firm >More: Subway to serve up 1,800 new jobs in Ireland > PEPSICO IS CONSULTING with financial staff at its Carrigaline plant in Cork as the company looks to outsource the roles.It is understood the move could impact up to two dozen jobs at the plant.In a statement this morning, the company said that “some transaction processing and certain accounting work” had been identified as not serving a “core business” function at the plant.“We are proposing to transfer that work to IBM,” the statement read.
YESTERDAY WE TOLD you about research which revealed that 42 percent of Irish people have indulged in a romantic workplace liaison. Then commenter Lisa confessed her affection for colleague Barry in the comments section and by the end of the day they had planned a date!We love a good office romance – here are some of our favourites over the years.Principal Skinner and Mrs. Krabappel – The SimpsonsSeymour Skinner and Edna Krabappel set the students of Springfield Elementary’s tongues wagging when their professional relationship turned personal.YouTube/HALSHHBarack and Michelle – Real LifeYou may not have known that this pair first locked eyes when they worked together in a Chicago law firm in 1989. This video outlining their romance was released for their 20th anniversary – is there anything cuter?YouTube/BarackObamadotcom YouTube/Kyuukage Tim and Dawn – The OfficeDawn was the receptionist, Tim a salesman. Dawn had a boyfriend, Tim was alone. We all watched with bated breath, willing these two to get together, and of course, eventually they did.Moments like the one in this video had us faint with the want for them to get on with it.YouTube/JackieKalliSam and Diane – CheersEx-pro baseball player Sam Malone had a way with the ladies that drove intellectual barmaid Diane nuts. We watched them bicker and fall in love for five seasons before she left the series. Diane returned for the finale and they got it together again…but then they decided to leave it. A rollercoaster romance if you will.YouTube/caseyblue224Jim and Pam – The OfficeThe American counterparts to Tim and Dawn, these two are just as sweet as sugar. We watched them plan pranks together and brighten each other’s work days until finally, in the season two finale, Jim confessed his love. It takes a while, but Pam came around and until the current and final season where they’re experiencing some hiccups, the path of true love has run smoothly.Look at them. They’re adorable.YouTube/oats4sparkleCarla and Turk – ScrubsCheeky doctor Turk couldn’t resist beautiful nurse Carla’s hard ass exterior. And she was willing to put up with the fact that his one true love was JD (see below).In this clip Turk finally mans up and puts it all on the line. Turk and JD – ScrubsWe can’t mention Scrubs without mentioning this, the true romance of the series.Jokers, best friends, bromancers, rarely have we seen a love this pure and innocent on our screens.YouTube/stickmanorcerealFran and Maxwell – The NannyThe loud mouthed nanny fell for her rich boss and vice versa, as evidenced by these scenes of them kissing which some has somewhat troublingly set to Sexual Healing on YouTube.YouTube/SitcomTubeMulder and Scully – The X FilesTheir chemistry set flames of lust alight in many a young fan, but they didn’t officially get it together until the film.Check them out here, discussing that chemistry.YouTube/nacromanserJosh and Donna – The West WingJosh was the White House deputy Chief of Staff and Donna was his chirpy assistant who held it all together. The will they/won’t they question was there from day one.It took aaaaaages (as this scene illustrates) but they got there in the end.Angelina and Brad – HollywoodThese two met on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith and never looked back (despite the minor issue of Brad being married to Jennifer Aniston at the time).YouTube/FilmTrailersChannelDoug Ross and Carol Hathaway – ERThe path of love did not run smoothly for Doug Ross and Carol Hathaway, but God dammit, two people that good looking just had to be together.After years of relationship turbulence they managed to get it together at the end of ER’s sixth season when Carol decided to leave Chicago to go and be with him in Seattle.YouTube/pamfilyamBill and Monica – The Oval OfficeThat desk. That stain. That denial. Perhaps this was the ultimate office romance?YouTube/iconicTumblr of the Day: Mean Girls of Leinster House9 of the all-time weirdest reasons to fancy someoneHappy Birthday Jerry Springer! Here are some of your best TV moments
Thanks to the private nature of the conference, the participants are not bound by the conventions of office or by pre-agreed positions. As such, they can take time to listen, reflect and gather insights.The secretive nature of the Bilderberg meetings – and the elite nature of the guestlist- means they’ve long been the subject of criticism.Some groups have accused the organisation of being – at best – a mostly white, mostly male networking opportunity. Right-wing critics have accused it of attempting to promote a world government.Perhaps the most bizarre claim in regard to the group, made by former BBC sports presenter David Icke, is that the majority of participants are, in fact, “inter-stellar reptilian humanoids”.The conspiracy theorist, who now makes a living from his books and lectures, has claimed that the Bilderberg Group – along with the IMF and the UN – have a goal of achieving world domination by micro-chipping the world’s population.Revealed: Real life behind the scenes at the secretive Bilderberg conference >Read: What are the Bilderberg meetings – and what’s Michael Noonan doing there? > FORMER IRISH ATTORNEYS General Peter Sutherland and Paul Gallagher will join the likes of Henry Kissinger and British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne at the annual summit of the highly-secretive Bilderberg Group tomorrow.A list of around 140 participants has been released ahead of the four-day conference, which begins tomorrow at a hotel resort in Watford – some 30km outside London.Finance Minister Michael Noonan – who attended the event last year – isn’t on this year’s list. A spokesperson for the Department told TheJournal.ie the minister had a full day of meetings scheduled in Dublin.Other high profile attendees this year include Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, former Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, and José Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission.Meetings of the group – which has long been a favoured topic of conspiracy theorists – have been held every almost every year since 1954.The original summit, at the Hotel Bilderderberg in the Netherlands, was organised with the stated aim of fostering closer economic and political ties between the US and Europe. File picture of former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger – a veteran attendee of Bilderberg (Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland)A short press release on this year’s meeting says a wide range of issues will be discussed by a ‘diverse group of political leaders and experts from industry, finance, academia and the media’.The agenda lists topics like ‘cyber warfare and the proliferation of asymmetric threats’ and ‘major trends in medical research’ – alongside less specific subjects like, simply ‘current affairs’.The group says the annual conference “has always been a forum for informal, off-the-record discussions about megatrends and the major issues facing the world”.
Share Tweet Email A soldier looks back at the parade square as others look toward their leader Kim Jong Un during a military parade on Saturday. Source: Wong Maye-E/PANorth Korean leader Kim Jong-Un hailed that test as the “greatest success” and said it brought the US mainland within range of a mobile delivery system.Pyongyang’s rogue atomic ambitions have come into sharp focus in recent weeks, with Trump vowing a tough stance against the North and threatening unilateral action if China failed to help curb its neighbour’s nuclear programme.Trump has repeatedly said he will prevent Pyongyang from its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile capable of reaching the mainland United States.With speculation mounting that the North is preparing to conduct a sixth nuclear test, he sent an aircraft carrier-led strike group to the Korean peninsula, a pointed gesture in the wake of the recent US missile strike on Syria.The North has reiterated its constant refrain that it is ready for “war” with the US, and its army vowed a “merciless” response to any US provocation.Recent satellite images suggest the North’s main nuclear site is “primed and ready,” according to specialist US website 38North, and White House officials say military options are “already being assessed”.China, the North’s sole major ally, and Russia have both urged restraint, with Beijing’s foreign minister Wang Yi warning that “conflict could break out at any moment”. Women in uniform march across Kim Il Sung Square during a military parade on Saturday. Source: Wong Maye-E/PAThe UN Security Council has imposed six sets of sanctions against the North since its first nuclear test in 2006 — all of which have failed to halt its drive for what it insists are defensive weapons.Pyongyang has carried out five nuclear tests –- two of them last year -– and multiple missile launches, one of which saw three rockets come down in waters provocatively close to Japan last month.Pyongyang has yet to formally announce it has an operational ICBM, but experts and intelligence officials have warned it could be less than two years away from achieving an inter-continental strike capability.Operational submarine-launched devices could give the North the ability to strike without warning from a vessel somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.They could also reduce the effectiveness of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, which Washington and Seoul are deploying to the South to counter missile threats, to the fury of Beijing.© – AFP, 2017Read: US judge blocks plan to execute nine people in 10 days > By AFP Sunday 16 Apr 2017, 7:26 AM Kim Jong Un left red-faced as North Korean ‘missile test fails’ one day after military parade The failed test comes one day after Pyongyang showed off its military strength at a parade. 61 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3342931 39,605 Views Image: Wong Maye-E Image: Wong Maye-E Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 16th 2017, 7:26 AM Short URL A NEW NORTH Korean missile test failed when it exploded after launch this morning the US military said, a day after Pyongyang defiantly showcased its ballistic arsenal at a giant military parade.The failure, which is likely to be seen as something of a public embarrassment for the regime, came amid soaring tensions in the region over the North’s nuclear weapons ambitions.“The missile blew up almost immediately,” the US Defense Department said of the early morning launch which was also detected by the South Korean military.Neither was able to determine immediately what kind of missile was used in the test, the timing of which appeared very deliberately chosen.It came after North Korea displayed nearly 60 missiles, including what is suspected to be a new intercontinental ballistic missile, at a parade on Saturday to mark the 105th birthday of its founder Kim Il-Sung.Message to US?The missile failure also came hours ahead of a visit by US Vice President Mike Pence to South Korea where the North’s weapons programme will top the agenda.North Korea has a habit of firing off missiles to mark major political anniversaries, or as gestures of defiance to top US officials visiting the region.US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said President Donald Trump had been briefed on the latest test but had “no further comment”.Today’s launch was carried out around dawn from Sinpo, a site on North Korea’s east coast where it has a shipyard.“It is likely that this launch is a test for a new type of missile or an upgrade so the possibility is high for further provocation in the near future,” Kim Dong-Yub, a military expert at Kyungnam University’s Institute of Far Eastern Studies in Seoul, said.In August last year, a submarine-launched ballistic missile tested from Sinpo flew 500 kilometres towards Japan.
As part of its goal of embracing and promoting cultural diversity within the broader community, the Queensland Chapter of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association (HAL) hosted a fundraiser for the Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre.Located at the Banco Court Foyer at the QEII Courts of Law on Friday 9 December, the event focused on the importance of Indigenous language with particular regard to culture and identity, whilst also highlighting the broader work of the Yugambeh Museum in recording and revitalising Australia’s first languages.L-R: Patricia O’Connor, Justice Anthe Philippides and Candace Kruger (Choirmaster) with members of the Yugambeh Youth Choir.Yugambeh’s CEO, Rory O’Connor addressed those gathered on the night and spoke about the work being carried out by the Museum, including a pilot Yugambeh language program for schools and the development of a 500 piece didgeridoo orchestra for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.“To learn a language you have to walk on country. To name the animals you have to spend time learning about them, with senior community person. You have to learn to respect their knowledge. You in turn have to share your knowledge with those younger. You become a trainee and a teacher all at once. Your own self-esteem increases. Your self-worth increases. Your expectations of yourself increase,” Mr O’Connor said. “And that’s why we at the Yugambeh Museum say: what better gift can we give our children, than the chance to learn language and culture.”Guests at the event.The highlight of the evening was a performance by the Yugambeh Youth Choir, a group of Indigenous youth under the age of 25 who sing in the Indigenous language of the Yugambeh region. Established in March 2014, the Choir are trained by the highly accomplished Choirmaster and Kombumerri woman Candace Kruger, who spoke about the benefits being experienced by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their participation in the Choir.“I have personally witnessed the connection to culture, understanding of identity, development in self-efficacy and well-being and acquisition of language skill that is benefiting the youth and families who are members of the Yugambeh Museum Youth Choir,” Ms Kruger said.“The concept of choral singing – singing as a group, is a shared process. Participants … are at different stages in their life, they are from different socio-economic backgrounds and some have had a difficult start. However in choir none of this matters, we are a united team. We help each other, we support each other, we are now invested in each other’s lives. We have built a community.”L-R: Ian Levinge, Aunty Delmae Barton, William Barton, members of the Yugambeh Youth Choir, Justice Anthe Philippides, Patricia O’Connor, Gaye Levinge, and Rory O’Connor (Yugambeh CEO). The Choir were accompanied in part of their performance by Indigenous musician William Barton, who has performed with many of the great orchestras of the world. Together they performed a number of pieces, including ‘Wanda Jageejan Jagun’, a tribute in the Yugambeh language to the National Anthem. One of the pieces performed by the Choir, the ‘Call to Corroboree’, was performed for only the third time in over 110 years and for the first time since its revival in a public community space. William Barton concluded the musical component of the night with a solo performance.William Barton and Mal Varitimos CBE QC.The Honourable Justice Anthe Philippides, Queensland Patron of the HAL Association, spoke after the performances on the topic of ‘Why Indigenous Languages Matter’. “By promoting the preservation of indigenous language and culture, we all benefit. We all have an opportunity to see what is around us through a different prism. Seeing through that prism adds a new layer of understanding, a new appreciation, and connects us more deeply to each other.”The Hon Jeffrey Spender, Glenice Spender, The Hon Marshall Irwin, and Sylvia Varitimos.The event was the fifth to be held by the Queensland Chapter of the HAL Association since its launch in January 2015. Over a thousand people have now attended HAL events at the Supreme Court of Queensland, which have focused on varied topics, but all carrying a unified theme centred around the diverse influences on our legal system and the importance for our legal system to embrace and understand the cultural diversity present in Australian society. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Electric Cars Car Industry 5 More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageTesla wants its Model 3 to qualify for a new Canadian EV incentive, so it had to get creative. Nick Miotke/Roadshow The Canadian government recently decided to offer a CA$5,000 incentive (about $3,720) for people purchasing electric cars. The catch is that there are some pretty specific price stipulations on which vehicles qualify for that incentive. Based on those limits, current Tesla models would have been ineligible and that would be a bummer.Leave it to the folks at the Big T to stick it to Canada by just barely squeaking under the CA$45,000 pricing limit with a model that nobody will buy, so that people can get the discount on the car they actually want — aka the Model 3 Standard Range Plus — thanks to a loophole.Electrek reported on Wednesday that Tesla will offer a Model 3 in Canada that has a software-limited range of just 150 kilometers (93 miles). If a sub-100 mile Tesla sounds kind of counter to Tesla’s whole mindset, then you’re probably right, but the critical figure about this model isn’t the range, it’s the price.This new Canadian standard Model 3 will set buyers back CA$44,999, which means it’s eligible for the government incentive. But the incentive also allows for models that cost more than CA$45,000 if the base model is under that limit, as long as the higher trims don’t exceed CA$55,000.Like the standard-range Model 3 in the US, Tesla is making ordering the 93-mile-range car in Canada a bit of a chore, likely in hopes that it won’t eat into sales of the Standard Range Plus car, which sells for CA$53,700 before incentives. If you’re reading this and thinking, hey, I bet that 150km range is just software-limited, you’re totally right. But if you’re thinking you could later pay to unlock the extra range found in the Standard Range Plus model, you’d be dead wrong. Tesla isn’t allowing buyers to upgrade their range as it has in the past. So, the moral of this story is that Tesla can game Canada, but you can’t game Tesla. Just pony up the extra eight grand and get the wildly superior Standard Range Plus model.We’ll be curious to see how long the Canadian government goes with this, as it’s not really in the spirit of the incentive, but hopefully it helps convince lots of Canadians to make the jump to electric cars. Originally published May 1.Update, May 2: Adds information about Tesla’s unwillingness to offer later software-based range increases. 50 Photos 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country first drive: Small changes make a big impact Comments Share your voice Tags 2019 Acura NSX review: Hitting its stride Tesla Tesla Model 3 barrels through the snow in Track Mode Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim Tesla
Bahadurpura: The authorities of Nehru Zoological Park have decided to bring a few more specimen of vultures from Pinjure Vulture Breeding Centre, Haryana, and Sakkarbough Zoo, Junagadh, Gujarat, for breeding vultures at their facility.The zoo had made concerted efforts to breed the vultures but failed to get the desired result. Now toensure the successful breeding of vultures, the zoo officials will bring fewmore specimen of vultures from the vulture centre in Haryana and zoo of Gujarat in lieu of Mouse Deer, a species which has shown a significant growth in the recent years in the zoo park itself. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us “The exchange proposal made for the year 2018-19 is now in active persuasion, while another similar proposal to bring new breeding pairs from Gadchiroli Forest Circle, Maharashtra, has planned for the year 2019-20. To visit the Gadchiroli Forest Circle, a committee of experts has been constituted and the plan isprogressing accordingly,” informed N Kshitija,Curator, Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad. Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us According to officials, to protect the species from the influence of harmful medicinal effects especially diclofenac found in the animals they used to eat as their regular feed, the Zoo authorities arrange the sheep directly from the market and only after rearing them in close supervision for 45 days, we serve their flesh to the vultures. “Diclofenac medicine generally found in cattle especially the sheep, cows, buffaloes reared by the shepherds and farmers. The big birds often died due to the prevalence of diclofenac in their food such as sheep, cows, buffaloes etc. They used to eat the carcass of these animals whose bodies are induced with the medicine. This is purportedly believed to be a main reason behind extinction of vultures,” said the officials. Advertise With Us As part of the efforts to increase their numbers it was found that the vultures laid eggs but unfortunately the eggs turned out infertile and hence the breeding failed again, even after all the efforts were put in place to make the breeding successful. The Vulture Breeding Centre was established on November10 2010 at Nehru Zoological Park with an aim to nurture the species under comprehensive and organised manner. The infrastructure was developed with the financial assistance from the Central Zoo Authority, New Delhi. The vulture breeding centre at Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad presently has a stock of 11 vultures out of which 7 are males and 4 females. Vultures lay an egg once in a year and the nesting activity happens at different locations under the zoo park itself.
-A Habiganj court on Wednesday sentenced eight people to death and 12 others to life term imprisonment for killing a man over land dispute in 2011.The condemned convicts are Shudhangshu Sen, Shuvash Sen, Ershad, Abdul Malek Malu, Abdur Rahman, Abdul Kashem, Abu Lal and Mosharraf Hossain of Ganggail village in Madhabpur upazila.Besides, Harmuj Ali, Moshtaq, Shanu, Jabed, Jahir, Bakul, Amir Hossain, Jahirul Islam, Dulal, Kamal, Sayed and Jhanu were awarded life term imprisonment.According to the prosecution, the convicts swooped on the house of Redwanul Mohsin Tipu of the same village and stabbed him to death following enmity over the ownership of a land on 7 January 2011.Victim’s wife filed a case with Madhabpur police station on 9 Jan 2011.After examining the records and witnesses, additional district and sessions judge Mafroza Parvin handed down the verdict acquitting three other accused as allegations brought against them could not be proved.
Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Due to inclement weather, Saturday’s game between Louisville and Duke at UofL Lacrosse Stadium has been postponed until Sunday at 11 a.m.The game will be restarted and played in full tomorrow morning.For the latest information on Louisville lacrosse, visit GoCards.com, or follow the team’s Twitter account at @LouisvilleLax or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLLacrosse. Print Friendly Version
Geobacter grows on an electrode. The bacteria feeds on electrons, enabling it to “breathe in” carbon dioxide and “exhale” fuels. Image credit: UMass, Geobacter.org. 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. Researchers discover how bacteria can immobilize uranium Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore further Citation: Researchers show bacteria use natural materials to transfer electrons (2012, June 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-bacteria-natural-materials-electrons.html Scientists have speculated since the 1960’s that microorganisms are able to communicate with one another or other organisms though conductive material in soil, but until now, the idea was just theory. And just two years ago, researches in Denmark had found that microorganisms living in the sediment at the bottom of sea were somehow able to exchange electrons with those that live on the surface, which resulted in oxygen being made available for those in the sediment enabling them to survive.In this newest research the team added two types of bacteria, Geobacter sulfurreducens and Thiobacillus denitrificans, to a sample of soil and then added acetate and nitrate, the food that the two microorganisms normally eat. But neither would do so. To help them out, the team mixed in the electrically conducting mineral magnetite. That spurred both into action. The idea is that neither of the two types of bacteria can eat without the ability to transfer electrons from one to another and magnetite is the conduit they use to accomplish that feat. To make sure their observations were correct, the team tried using the poor conductor rusted red iron and found the bacteria slowed their eating as a result. And when a non-conductor was mixed in instead, both stopped eating altogether.The team speculates that based on their results it’s likely that many microorganisms communicate by passing electrons through soil, though one small detail still needs to be worked out. How can they rely on the conductive material to be spaced just right in the soil to allow for the passing of electrons? At this time no one is really sure, but some have suggested that it’s possible that the bacteria may actually cause so-called electrical grids to be built to allow them to communicate, though thus far there is no evidence to support the theory, intriguing as it may be. © 2012 Phys.Org (Phys.org) — For years scientists have known that plants and animals transfer electrons between cells and because of that are able to consume food and use it to gain energy. They’ve also known that some microorganisms are able to transfer electrons between themselves and other organisms that are some distance apart. What’s not been known is how they do that. Now, a new study by a team of Japanese researchers has found that at least some bacteria use natural elements in the soil to transfer electrons and thus enable their survival. In their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they describe how they recreated the process by which bacteria communicate over distances in their lab by adding magnetite to the soil which caused previously non-communicating bacteria to begin interacting over a small distance. More information: Microbial interspecies electron transfer via electric currents through conductive minerals, PNAS, Published online before print June 4, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1117592109AbstractIn anaerobic biota, reducing equivalents (electrons) are transferred between different species of microbes [interspecies electron transfer (IET)], establishing the basis of cooperative behaviors and community functions. IET mechanisms described so far are based on diffusion of redox chemical species and/or direct contact in cell aggregates. Here, we show another possibility that IET also occurs via electric currents through natural conductive minerals. Our investigation revealed that electrically conductive magnetite nanoparticles facilitated IET from Geobacter sulfurreducens to Thiobacillus denitrificans, accomplishing acetate oxidation coupled to nitrate reduction. This two-species cooperative catabolism also occurred, albeit one order of magnitude slower, in the presence of Fe ions that worked as diffusive redox species. Semiconductive and insulating iron-oxide nanoparticles did not accelerate the cooperative catabolism. Our results suggest that microbes use conductive mineral particles as conduits of electrons, resulting in efficient IET and cooperative catabolism. Furthermore, such natural mineral conduits are considered to provide ecological advantages for users, because their investments in IET can be reduced. Given that conductive minerals are ubiquitously and abundantly present in nature, electric interactions between microbes and conductive minerals may contribute greatly to the coupling of biogeochemical reactions.