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first_imgCan elephants understand human? Is spoiled fruit waging war on us? And what really drove the evolution of lighter skin? Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm chats about these stories and more with Science’s Sarah Crespi.Listen to the full Science podcast.Hear more podcasts.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

23 10 19

first_imgzoom Shipping confidence, notably on the part of charterers and managers, improved for the second successive quarter in the three months to end-August 2016, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens.In August 2016, the average confidence level expressed by respondents was 5.4 on a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high). This is an improvement on the 5.1 recorded in May 2016, and the highest rating for the past nine months of the survey, which was launched in May 2008 with a confidence rating of 6.8.Although confidence on the part of owners was down this time from 5.7 to 5.3, charterers (up from 4.0 to 4.8), managers (up from 5.1 to 6.0) and brokers (up from 4.3 to 4.5) were all more optimistic than in May 2016. Geographically, confidence was up in Asia, from 5.2 to 5.5, and in North America from 5.0 to 5.8, with sentiment in Europe unchanged at 5.2.Overcapacity was the dominant theme of comments from respondents to the survey. “Scrapping is still not sufficient to cope with newbuilding deliveries and the general supply-side overhang. Every new order will prolong the crisis,” said a respondent.Conditions in the dry bulk market also occupied the thoughts of large numbers of respondents, as the implementation of the Ballast Water Management Convention “will most likely solve overcapacity,” according to another respondent, “but it will also cause a bloodbath among owners.”Concerns about the global economy were uppermost in the minds of a number of respondents, one of whom neatly encapsulated a number of the main issues currently impacting the shipping industry by noting, “Brexit, Trump, supply overhang, consolidation, demolition, bankruptcies, and the low risk appetite of banks for shipping and shipping stocks seem to be the main topics to follow for the next 12 months or so. We would be pleasantly surprised if this were to change.”The likelihood of respondents making a major investment or significant development over the next 12 months was unchanged on the previous survey, with a rating of 4.9 on a scale of 1 to 10. The confidence of charterers in this respect was up significantly, from 4.1 to 5.0, while brokers also recorded a small increase, from 3.5 to 4.1.Owners and managers, however, were less confident in this regard than they were three months ago, dropping from 5.7 to 4.8 and from 5.4 to 5.3 respectively.Demand trends, competition and tonnage supply featured again as the top three factors cited by respondents as those likely to influence performance most significantly over the coming 12 months.“Given the challenges currently facing the industry, the continuing uncertainty surrounding the worldwide economy, and the ongoing level of global geopolitical instability, it is encouraging to see an increase in shipping confidence for the second successive quarter. Confidence is now at its highest level for nine months, which says much for the resilience of the shipping industry,” Richard Greiner, Moore Stephens Partner, Shipping & Transport, said.last_img read more

23 10 19

first_imgzoom Poor condition of the tow line, inclement weather and the lack of storm contingency plan led to the grounding of semi-submersible rig Transocean Winner in August 2016, UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) informed.Namely, the towing manual, which was provided to the Dutch-registered tug ALP Forward, which towed the rig, as well as to Transocean andAqualis, failed to provide the information necessary to safely complete the tow.MAIB said that the manual “did not contain any contingency plan for adverse weather or refer to suitable shelter or heave-to areas. Furthermore, no ports of refuge had been identified for the north-west coast of Scotland.” Additionally, there was no explicit instruction to the ALP Forward’s master to inform ALP in the event that the weather took control of the tug and tow.To remind, Transocean Winner grounded on the Isle of Lewis following the loss of tow from the ALP Forward. The tug and tow was on passage from Stavanger, Norway to Valletta, Malta when it encountered severe weather west of the Hebrides.The effect of the wind and waves on Transocean Winner led to the loss of ALP Forward’s ability to control the direction and speed of the tug and tow. After being dragged backwards by the tow for over 24 hours, the tow line, weakened by the repeated sudden loadings, parted and the tug was unable to pick up the emergency towline.last_img read more

23 10 19

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: OSG/Business Wire Florida-based tanker shipping company Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG) has taken delivery of two 50,000 dwt class product and chemical tankers at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Ulsan, South Korea. The newbuilds, ordered back in 2018, have been named Overseas Gulf Coast and Overseas Sun Coast.As explained, they were built to comply with MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 13 Tier III standards regarding nitrogen oxide emissions within emission control areas.In addition, each vessel is fitted with an exhaust gas cleaning system to meet the standards of MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 14 standards regarding sulphur oxide emissions, according to the company.“These tanker deliveries mark the latest in a long history of co-operation with Hyundai shipyards, being the 52nd and 53rd in the multiple series of vessels built for OSG by Hyundai,” Patrick O’Halloran, OSG’s COO, commented.The Overseas Gulf Coast and Overseas Sun Coast will be operating in the international market under the Marshall Islands flag, with both vessels having entered into one-year time charters. Following this initial contract period, OSG anticipates that the vessels will transition to operate under the US flag.Sam Norton, OSG’s President and CEO, elaborated on the potential commercial future of these vessels:“An important … initiative in the U.S. House of Representatives’ annual National Defense Authorization Act seeks to augment the current Maritime Security Program with a new Tanker Security Program. The Tanker Security Program as conceived would, if made law, create a fleet of up to ten U.S. flagged MR tankers in a program effectively replicating the structure of the current MSP program.”He further said that OSG’s both new tankers will be made available to join the above program if passed into law in the coming period.OSG provides energy transportation services for crude oil and petroleum products in the US flag markets. Its fleet currently stands at 21 vessels. In addition, OSG has two 204,000 barrel barges under construction in the US that will be Jones Act qualified vessels, with delivery anticipated during 2020.last_img read more

20 10 19

first_imgNot many in India know very much about Cambodia. On my earlier UN posting there, I was congratulated by friends who thought the Southeast Asian country was actually a state in the USA, adjacent to Virginia! Rather far from the USA, Cambodia is, in fact, very close to India – not just geographically but in mind, heart and soul. First, the physical closeness. By sea, Cambodia is only as far from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands as mainland India is from the latter. And on land, say from Nagaland, Manipur or Mizoram, Cambodia is just beyond Myanmar and Thailand. In fact, Mizoram is closer to Cambodia than my state, Kerala! Historical, cultural and civilisational ties too are unmistakable as Cambodia has been built upon a rich Indian, Sanskrit and Hindu foundation. Also Read – Remembering Sudhir PhadkeFor starters, Cambodia is the Kamboja-Desa of our Puranas, which would take us at least three millennia ago – India and Cambodia knew each other well enough. For another, Cambodia was a Hindu kingdom for many centuries, even perhaps for a couple of millennia. Their kings were Hindu, with names such as Jayavarman, Rajendravarman, Yasovarman, Indravarman. Note the endings of these names, Varman, which is the same as Varma of the Indian Kshatriya kings. Also Read – YOUR HEALTHY FESTIVE PALATEJayavarman VII, known for his strict Buddhist beliefs, converted himself and his country into followers of Theravada Buddhism. Today, Cambodia is a predominantly Buddhist country with over 90 per cent of its population proclaiming Buddhism. But the rigid Sanskrit and Indian foundation laid by Hindu kings many centuries ago prevails with strength. The language Khmer shares its base with Sanskrit and Pali, with several Khmer words bearing Sanskrit origin. The native Khmers also bear a stark physical resemblance with us Indians. Not surprisingly then, in Cambodia, I have often been mistaken as a native Cambodian. Over the years, there has been immense Chinese migration into Cambodia. A Cambodian of Chinese descent can easily be distinguished by face, colour, eyes, physiognomy, etc. The original Khmer-Cambodian though still constitutes the overwhelming majority, especially in rural areas. Angkor Wat, the revered largest Hindu temple in the world, stands near the town of Siem Reap as a glorious witness of the historic Khmer-Indian fellowship. It was a Vishnu temple whose unending walls have many stories from the Ramayana and Mahabharata etched on them. These etchings are so well done that even today, ten centuries later, the readings are easily visible as one walks along the walls. Angkor Wat is not only astounding because of its expanse and magnificence; it also exhibits a deep laboriousness in planning, managing and executing the construction. Imagine the number of pages that must have been spent of drawing, drafting and re-drafting – only that there were no papers then and natives ought to have relied on clay or palm leaves or simply their minds. To visualise the massive extent of construction where the tiniest work was carried out manually, let me take you on a journey through the construction site. There must have been many thousands of skilled, semi-skilled and manual workers working on the temple every day for decades together. Just imagine the logistics. The number of dwellings – even mud huts thatched with palm leaves – that had to be built and maintained for the workers to stay in proximity to the construction site, must itself have run into thousands. And, imagine the food that would have to be cooked every day. The Cambodians are rice eaters – they eat rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All they needed to accompany the rice would be a little fish, dried, fried or cooked. Then picture this – tons upon tons of rice being cooked every day to feed workers. The logistics of the mega-kitchens – run without any technology and reliant entirely on firewood – must have itself been immense. Not to forget the logistics of serving rice three times a day. Being fish eaters, Cambodians would catch tons of fish every day from the Tonle Sap lake on the other side of Siem Reap and cook it in time to serve along with rice. And again, the rice, unlike today, cannot have come from afar in lorries or trucks. The rice must necessarily have been grown nearby. Growing seedlings for the rice must have first required perfection in planning and later in transplanting them to acres and acres of actual plush rice fields, which too required ploughing by oxen – hundreds of pairs of them – to be readied on time. Rice demands lots of water. Thus, water supply too must have needed planning, either in arranging for harvesting and storing rainwater or in bringing water from the nearby Tonle Sap lake. Or as the Khmers actually did, in building a massive artificial tank – as big as a large lake – not far from the construction site of the temple, to store water for the irrigation of rice fields. Think of the enormous amount of thought and planning that must have gone just into keeping workers fed. And, that is without emphasising on the engineering feat that preceded the construction of such a marvel so many thousand years ago. On my first visit to Cambodia, I was taken back many thousand years ago – to the aura of that time, the flavours and fragrances that must have dominated this sacred space. Even though for a thousand years there have been numbered or no Hindus in Cambodia, there are 16 Brahmin priests who continue to reside in the King’s palace in Phnom Penh. The King himself is a Buddhist, who is addressed as ‘Preah’, an embodiment next only to Buddha himself. And, yet, these Brahmin priests are an integral part of the Royal Palace. They have a prized role to fulfil during the ploughing ceremony that the King conducts religiously every year at the beginning of the sowing season, even today. The Royal Palace located in the centre of Phnom Penh has a large piece of grass-covered land in front, where the ceremony is held. With the prime minister, ministers and others seated in their VIP boxes and with the public looking on, the King would lead his royal oxen, bullocks and cows in ploughing the piece of grass-covered land, breaking the land and preparing the country for the forthcoming agricultural season. After the ploughing is complete, the Brahmins – dressed in impeccable dhotis, as priests would in India – lead the tired animals to various types of fodder: grass, hay, straw, water, paddy, rice, wheat, pulses, maize etc. Based on what the animals eat, the Brahmins and astrologers foretell the success of the harvest for the year – which crops will yield well and which will perish. If the animals fail to drink water, they would, for instance, predict a drought. If they went on to eat the paddy, the astrologers would predict a bountiful year for growing rice and so on. The similarities with India are endless. But sadly, India is hardly relevant in Cambodia today. The once strong Indian foundation is now being rapidly overlaid by Chinese omnipresence. The Indian soft power that had once enthralled Cambodia has all but vanished now. Though the Khmers love India and Indians, China is in control. Today, Chinese culture is unmissable, not to speak of Chinese businesses, projects, housing estates, industry, roads and the list goes on. If only India could re-establish her natural ties with Kamboja-Desa. (The author is a former IAS officer and UN official who spent seven years for the UN in Cambodia)last_img read more

15 10 19

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12 10 19

first_imgChandigarh: A polling agent was arrested for interfering with the voting process in a booth in Haryana’s Faridabad. “Prompt action taken. FIR (first information report) lodged. Person behind bars. Observer enquired the matter personally and is satisfied that polling was never vitiated,” said the District Election Office on its official Twitter account on Sunday. The action was taken after a video surfaced in which the polling agent was seemingly trying to interfere three women voters inside a booth at Asawati in Faridabad on Sunday. “The person in the video is the polling agent who has been arrested in the afternoon (Sunday) itself. FIR lodged. He was trying to effect at least 3 lady voters. Observer & RO with teams visited the booth at Asawati in Prithala constituency. He is satisfied that voting was never vitiated,” the District Election Office earlier tweeted. Ten seats in Haryana voted on Sunday in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections. In Faridabad, Union Minister and BJP candidate Krishan Pal Gurjar is seeking a re-election. He is pitted against Congress candidate Avtar Singh Bhadana and the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Pandit Naveen Jaihind. The district recorded a 64.46 per cent turnout.last_img read more

11 10 19

“Some countries had been successful in diversifying their economies, in creating jobs, in improving governance,” UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi told the opening session of a two-day meeting in Geneva of experts on Key development challenges facing the so-called Least Developed Countries (LDCs).“We should be able to learn from lessons past so that things will be better in the future,” he added, stressing that outside efforts to help LDCs must focus more on enabling them to diversify their economies and depend less on raw materials or agricultural commodities such as copper, cocoa, or coffee.Enhancing such economies’ productive capacities offers hope that these nations can make steady progress and be less vulnerable to external shocks, such as the food and energy crises, the global recession, and natural disasters such as the earthquake which devastated Haiti in January or last year’s tsunami which struck Samoa, Mr. Supachai said.The meeting, focusing on structural economic transformation in LDCs, is to provide input to an UNCTAD report ahead of a LDC conference in Turkey next year. Mr. Supachai noted that since the UN created the LDC category in 1971, the number of countries in it has nearly doubled to 49. Only two countries have “graduated” from LDC status in 39 years – Botswana in 1994 and Cape Verde in 2007, although three more may soon do so. “We should be looking at ways of making LDC status a temporary status,” he said.The President of UNCTAD’s Trade and Development Board, Luxembourg Ambassador Jean Feyder, said it was important to consider new ideas, approaches, and options, especially given the effects on LDCs of the global financial crisis. It is vital to consider what structural changes can be accomplished in these nations’ economies and to take a strategic, long-term approach that will allow solid and sustainable progress, he added. During the meeting economists, academics, and other experts familiar with the challenges facing LDCs will consider such topics as LDC performance and structural progress, their trade performance, investment promotion, and the roles of technology, innovation and infrastructure in their development. Established in 1964, UNCTAD promotes the development-friendly integration of poorer countries into the world economy, functioning as a forum for intergovernmental and expert deliberations, undertaking research, policy analysis and data collection, and providing technical assistance tailored to the specific requirements of developing countries. 18 February 2010Economic diversification is vital if the world’s most poverty-stricken countries, some of them depending on a single or a few raw materials or commodities, are to escape their predicament, a top United Nations trade official said today. read more

2 10 19

OSU women’s volleyball competes in a match vs. Penn State on Oct. 31 at St John Arena. Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team is looking to build off its Sweet 16 appearance last year as it begins its 2015 campaign this weekend at the Rumble in the Rockies tournament in Laramie, Wyoming. Ranked No. 14 in the preseason coaches poll, the Buckeyes are scheduled to kick off their season at 8:30 p.m. Friday against Wyoming, which is hosting the tournament. They’re set to play two more games on Saturday, squaring off against Butler at 11:30 a.m. and South Dakota at 7 p.m.The Buckeyes posted a record of 23-12 last season, which qualified them for the NCAA tournament for the sixth time in seven years. The team’s deep run ended in the Sweet 16 when it fell in five sets to Wisconsin.Members of the team are proud of their success in the 2014 season, but they’re looking to get through a Big Ten conference that boasts six ranked teams heading into the season and make an even deeper run this year, coach Geoff Carlston said.“This group wants to get in the Final Four,” Carlston said. “We have the confidence that if you can get through the conference and survive and take the battle scars you get, and bring them into the tournament, then it comes down to how you’re playing and being healthy.”Some key contributors from last year have graduated in outside hitter Erin Sekinger, setter Taylor Sherwin and defensive specialist Alyssa Winner, who Carlston described as one of the team’s strongest leaders. Despite the loss of three important players, Carlston said he feels that the new additions will step in and play well.“We lost some pretty key components, but we have a lot of experience back and new faces that I think are going to really add to us,” he said. “It’s a neat group. They get along really well and are working hard.”Additions to this year’s team include a pair of freshmen — outside hitter Audra Appold and setter Taylor Hughes — along with redshirt senior setter Emily Ruetter, a Texas Tech transfer.“It’s really exciting to know that you’re going to something that’s so great and that everyone knows about,” Appold said. “And you get to be a part of it, which is really cool.”Hughes said the team’s success over the years made her decision to come to OSU an easy one.New faces at setterAfter the departure of Sherwin, who finished second in assists in the Big Ten last season, OSU is turning to Hughes and Ruetter to fill the void at setter.“It’s been really competitive,” Ruetter said. “Taylor and I are both so close that whoever ends up winning the spot, it’s not going to change our relationship. It’s just going to make the team better and the way we’re competing every day, day in and day out.”Carlston said the intrasquad battle should have a positive result for the team no matter who gets the spot.“They’re both very different but they’re both very good, so it’s nice to have,” he said.Injury reportAlthough his team has battled injuries and illness throughout the summer, Carlston said OSU will head into its opening weekend at full strength.“You’ve just got to stay healthy,” Carlston said. “In our league, the margin for error is so low. So I think we’re just preaching staying in it and not getting ahead of ourselves, as a staff as well, because we know what lies ahead.” What’s next?Following its season-opening tournament, OSU is set to host Northern Illinois and Florida State in the 10th annual Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic at St. John Arena on Sept. 5 and 6. The matches are set for noon and 7 p.m., respectively. read more

25 09 19

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Commuters and football fans should have their blood pressure tested at train stations and stadiums, the British Heart Foundation has suggested. The leading charity has called on health services to provide free-to-use machines at train stations, supermarkets and football grounds across the country. It comes as new research suggests improved diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure could prevent 11,500 heart attacks, strokes and other cases of heart and circulatory disease every year .The treatment of blood pressure – which affects nearly 30 per cent of adults in the UK – has been highlighted as the ‘next frontier’ in reducing deaths related to these issues, a spokesman for the British Heart Foundation said. England falls behind the standards of other western countries, such as the United States, Canada and Sweden in terms of early detection of high blood pressure, according to the charity.Making the call yesterday, Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the British Heart Foundation, said the move was crucial for effective treatment of those suffering from high blood pressure.“It is key that high blood pressure is detected out in the community, and not just in GP surgeries. This means making sure that people can have their blood pressure checked in train stations, supermarkets and even football grounds. The more convenient it becomes, the more likely it is people will be diagnosed and treated,” he said. The charity calculated the figure of 11,500 by projecting Canada’s rates for diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure on to UK statistics. Prevention rates in Canada improved dramatically in the 1990s after the introduction of volunteer-led blood pressure checks in the community as well as in pharmacies. Diagnosis rates for people with high blood pressure in Canada jumped from 13 per cent in the 1980s to 57 per cent today, in part thanks to the programme. In the UK, this rate stands at 34 per cent. The programme was also associated with a nine per cent reduction in hospital admissions for stroke, heart attack and heart failure among people aged under 65, compared to communities that did not implement the tests. In September, the British Heart Foundation announced £1.5m of funding for pop-up blood pressure check points in public places to pioneer the community-based approach. They now hope it will eventually be adopted at a national level. read more

25 09 19

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Separately, a boat carrying 11 migrants, including two teenagers, was rescued off the coast of Boulogne by French authorities in the early hours of Friday morning after it capsized.The migrants managed to phone authorities and were located by a nearby fishing boat. Some had managed to climb onto the boat’s hull, while others were in the water. “Several” were suffering from mild hypothermia and one had a knee injury but none required hospital treatment, according to the local coastguard.In a statement, regional authorities for the Manche and North Sea said that conditions had been calm near the coast but “agitated at sea”.The local state prefect warned migrants against “crossing the Channel, one of the world’s most frequented zones and thus dangerous for human life”.In July, a man attempting to swim across the Channel wearing flippers was picked up by French authorities and returned to Calais.  Border force yesterday intercepted 30 migrants crossing the English Channel, two of which were travelling in a kayak. Two minors, both believed to be teenagers, 27 men and one woman travelling in four separate vessels were stopped by authorities. They identified themselves at Iranian and Afghan nationals. The migrants were travelling in rigid-inflatable boats and two people were recovered from a kayak. Border Force was alerted to the first incident at around 4am on Friday and deployed a coastal patrol vessel and cutter which intercepted the group. It received a final alert at 7am.The occupants of the four small boats were transferred to Dover where they were medically assessed and deemed to be well. They were subsequently transferred to immigration facilities for interview. A Home Office spokesman said anyone crossing the channel in a small boat is taking a “huge risk with their life and the lives of their children”. Since January more than 60 people who arrived illegally in the UK in small boats have been returned to Europe.HM Coastguard said it coordinated the search and rescue response to a number of incidents off Kent with Kent Police and Border Force. “HM Coastguard is only concerned with preservation of life, rescuing those in trouble and bringing them safely back to shore, where they will be handed over to the relevant partner emergency services or authorities,” a spokeswoman said. read more

24 09 19

first_imgThrough a new organisational set-up BASF states that it will in the future “align its Global Oilfield and Mining Solutions business even more strongly with customer needs.” The business consists of two industry platforms for mining and oilfield whose strategies are “based on strong growth and adding value through innovation and customised solutions.” BASF Mining Solutions offers an extensive range of mineral processing reagents, with a key presence in solid/liquid separation and solvent extraction; but the group also offers reagents for flotation, dispersing, agglomerating and others.“A more focused and industry-specific set-up is required to successfully implement our strategies. I see this as investment and strong commitment to our customer industries and I am very glad to move forward in this direction,” said Steffen Kudis, Head of the Global Oilfield and Mining Solutions business. The dedicated Global Business Management for Oilfield Solutions will be relocated to Houston, Texas. The Regional Mining Solutions organisations will also be strengthened by shifting business responsibilities into the strongest regional and local markets. The Regional Business Management Asia Pacific will move from Hong Kong, China to Melbourne, Australia. The Regional Business Management in Santiago de Chile, Chile; Houston, Texas and Ludwigshafen, Germany will remain located where they are today.last_img read more

21 09 19

first_imgAccording to FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev his government has received multiple reports that “Greek businessmen” who are “sympathetic to the Russian cause” paid locals amounts ranging from $13,000 to $21,000 to “commit acts of violence”.In an interview with mainstream media website BuzzFeed News, the PM argued on Friday that his country suspects a Greek-Russian billionaire bribed protesters with the intention to undermine the outcome of the much anticipated referendum that will determine whether FYROM will be able join NATO later this year.Reports have allegedly gathered evidence uncovering PAOK president and former Russian lawmaker Ivan Savvidis being a key player in what is described as a massive scheme run by Russian-Greek businessmen to incite violence that will prevent the Balkan state from entering the NATO alliance.According to the accusations, Savvidis appears to have distributed more than $350,000 to FYROM politicians, nationalist organisations, and soccer fans to cause turmoil.A soccer hooligan involved in violent demonstrations against the deal in June confirmed to the Investigative Reporting Lab that he had received payments, BuzzFeed News reported.The Interior Ministry documents revealing the scheme have been reviewed by BuzzFeed News’s reporting partners, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, and Investigative Reporting Lab Macedonia.Savvidis, a dual citizen of Greece and Russia used to own the latter’s state tobacco company before acquiring Northern Greek soccer club PAOK FC. The infamous controversial businessman who hit international headlines earlier this year for getting into a fight during a soccer game whilst carrying a gun is reportedly close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.“The Russian representatives who were here, and also others from Moscow, [don’t] hide themselves that they are against our integration in NATO,” Mr Zaev said. “Part of them are connected with media, part of them … encourage the young people to protest in front of the Parliament, to attack police men, that kind of things. It’s very obvious.”The FYROM PM said that he believes that integrating with NATO is essential for creating security in the country adding that he is reassured that Greece is standing up to Russia in defending the agreement.“We will take all necessary measures to block inappropriate activities what will happen here,” he stressed.“The integration protest means finally that we will be a country that has support from everybody in the world.”Mr Zaev went on to say that he finds Greece’s stance positive while they are also seeking support from the US and especially the American President explaining  that he asked Mr Donald Trump during the NATO summit “to help our state to have a successful referendum, our citizens have [the] democratic right to use [this] opportunity to decide what kind of future we will move [towards] in the future.”“The United States — still — is the huge example of democratic institutions, [rule] of law, free speech, and free media. That is the important thing,” he said. “It’s a huge model for us and good example.”“I think that the institutions in the United States [are] so strong not even [a] president can make so big damage. I think there will remain a good example, especially for this part of the world.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

20 09 19

first_imgStay on target Is The Last Jedi Good?It’s great!Whew!Yeah, I was worried too. But it’s great.Better than the last two?I think so. Better than Force Awakens and Rogue One, better than the Prequels. Probably better than Return of The Jedi – probably.What’s it about (no spoilers, please!)?It picks up immediately after the end of the last movie, with Rey following up on Jedi-related business with Luke Skywalker on that island planet, General Leia and Poe Dameron working help the last of The Resistance outrun the First Order in a fleet-vs-fleet space-chase and Finn teaming up with new character Rose to hunt down some technology that will aid in the escape.How much time do we get with Leia?Obviously, it was going to be a big deal seeing Carrie Fisher onscreen for one more movie no matter what, but she’s actually a HUGE part of the film this time and… look, I won’t spoil, but in a movie where almost every character old or new with a name you’re supposed to remember gets at least one BIG “moment” to themselves hers is an all-timer (you’ll know it when you see it.) Same goes for Luke – they’re both a significantly bigger part of the film this time around, even as the storyline is increasingly much more about the new generation of characters.So we’re still doing the meta “sequel about sequels” thing?Yes. It’s “about” Star Wars itself the same way The Force Awakens was… but in a more subtle, opaque way that’s eventually a kind of “anti-nostalgia” in terms of what it’s looking to say about the characters, their world and what things need to be going forward. To put it in as non-spoilery terms as I can: If Awakens was about The Resistance and The First Order repeating the cycle of The Rebellion and The Empire, this one is all about how they have to become their own things and what the proper way to get there is going to be – and that’s exciting.How is Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran), the new hero character?She’s delightful – a different sort of character (in several respects) that you don’t often see in a role this prominent in big movies. In terms of the “new generation inheriting the legacy” meta-narrative, she’s the contemporary-fan: Someone who’s the same generation as Finn, Poe and Rey and is already seeing them as Resistance icons but also able/willing to assert herself when she sees them as in the wrong – the actual-warfare version of a fan who wants to keep their faves “honest” via social-media callouts. She’s also a “worker’s voice” voice for class-consciousness, which becomes important toward the middle of Act 2.How are the returning new generation characters, overall?It’s difficult to discuss them without spoilers, as they all have fresh arcs to play out in this one that are directly tied to important parts of the storyline. Poe Dameron gets a much bigger role this time around, but in an unexpected way. Finn gets to show more dimensionality and be on the receiving end of having to evaluate the limits of his perspective while still being the “everyman” character. Rey… anything I could note in detail about where Rey’s story goes is going to be a spoiler, but suffice it to say her storyline is very much about driving home the “Who’re you calling predictable?” aspect of the broader uncharted-territory theme of the overarching narrative – and I’m kind of in love with how upset certain points that drive this home are going to make certain people who’ve spent two years smugly trying to “figure out” the new films ahead of the filmmakers.Does it do anything significantly different than other Star Wars movies?Constantly. We’re seeing all new planets and all new types of planets, different sorts of creatures and tonal/stylistic techniques that break the mold in terms of visuals, action styles and narrative devices that aren’t typically used as part of the Star Wars visual language. There’s a dialogue exchange, played for laughs, in the first few minutes that’s completely unlikely any back and forth we’ve heard before in the series, and in many ways it feels more like a proper WAR movie than even Rogue One did: With events that come into play in sudden random bursts and many of the characters frantically scrambling to stay on top of things like you do in actual chaotic situations that you just don’t see in big movies away.Is it possible to name some highlights without spoiling anything ?I’ll certainly try: We see at least three new Force Abilities we haven’t before (I mean entirely new, not Kylo-Ren-freezing-a-blaster-round stronger versions of classic powers style things). There’s a lightsaber battle that hits a perfect balance between the aggressive broadsword fencing from the originals and the wuxia-inspired swordplay from the Prequels. The Porgs are a fun addition to the menagerie and don’t wear out their welcome. The specific manner in which a certain beloved character’s appearance is realized got me physically choked-up (you’ll know it when you see it.) The the red/white “salt terrain” of the planet where Act 3 plays out makes an action scene look like something out of an arthouse flick. There’s a “holy shit!!!” moment of villain-obliteration so bad-ass most movies would end on it that this one uses to close-out Act 2 because it knows its finale is that strong.Are there problems?A few, and they aren’t necessarily minor. The main issue is that, as with The Empire Strikes Back, having the bulk of the storyline (apart from Rey/Luke doing the Luke/Yoda thing elsewhere) be an evade-and-pursue narrative means that there isn’t a comfortably-rigid three act structure to follow. What more or less counts as Act 2 is a little overlong and involves A LOT of sequences where characters make the same mistakes repeatedly, have things go wrong at random and generally manage chaos, so it can feel a little ungrounded at points – particularly an extended digression with Finn and Rose that doesn’t end up counting for much plotwise (but DOES serve to touch on some issues that franchise has kind of ignored since The Phantom Menace and sets up the film’s basically-perfect final shot.) Not significant wounds, but imperfections certainly.Any other reservations?After seeing what Rainn Johnson did here as director, it’s hard to be excited about going back to a thoroughly-average stylistic-mimic like JJ Abrams for the next one.What recent blockbuster NOT connected to the Star Wars franchise would it compare to?In terms of tone? Dunkirk. In terms of theme? Thor: Ragnarok.And you recommend it?Unreservedly. One of the best blockbusters of the year. 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19 09 19

first_imgVancouver Public Schools on Wednesday will host its second annual Future U fair, a free event to help students plan for after graduation.The event, tailored for all Vancouver Public Schools students, will feature representatives from colleges, training programs, trade schools, employers, local unions and military branches.There will also be informational sessions on topics including how to apply for scholarships and help with financial aid.The event begins at 5 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. at Hudson’s Bay High School at 1601 E. McLoughlin Blvd. Informational sessions begin at 6 p.m.last_img

17 09 19

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas Police denies suspect hide out in TCI Recommended for you Related Items:colin heatwell, national insurance board, NIB, premier rufus ewing, strike, washington misick Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 31 Oct 2014 – Strike action at the National Insurance Board office in Providenciales is prompted by slow payment to staff on a salary increase, approved weeks ago. Those are the reports reaching our news room as customers wondered why the Provo office was closed to business today. Photos to MM show the Premier peering through the door, trying to see for himself why customers were locked out… with a note at the Hilly Ewing building site saying there would be no penalty of late fees; that the office would reopen on Monday. The CEO of the NIB, Colin Heartwell said it was an unusual predicament and blamed it on lack of capacity. To us, it was shared that cashiers are among those tired of waiting on salary increase monies to be paid to them… one informant citing that upper management has gotten their money and the fact that other staff has to wait is unfair. The Premier was allowed into the office, returned with comments for the media which said there are issues, that he will be working with the board to iron out those issues but no details on what the issues were… Heartwell confirmed that only the Provo staff staged the sick out and apologized for the inconvenience. Minister Washington Misick, who holds the NIB in his ministerial portfolio said: I have been advised and assured that the matter is being looked into and the board will have a meeting on Monday in light of the action today.” Bench warrants issued for TCI insurance defaulters Bahamas NIB Manager remanded, charged with extortionlast_img read more

15 09 19

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – First responders from multiple agencies participated in a mass rescue exercise three miles off the Miami Beach coast.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies participated in a simulated exercise of a commercial plane crash, Thursday.The drill will help the first responders better coordinate future rescue operations of jetliners that go down in the ocean.“This kind of drill is important because, as with everything, you don’t want the first time you do something to be the real thing, and today we’ll be able to better identify any barriers or any obstacles that may come up,” said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesperson Michael Perez.MDFR took two years to prepare the massive exercise, which included saving victims with life jackets and coordinating communication with responders.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

10 09 19

first_img More From Roadshow Comments Tags Preview • 2019 Porsche Cayenne: A stronger foundation 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid first drive: Sweet, sweet overkill SUVs Performance Cars Crossovers More about 2019 Porsche Cayenne 2019 Porsche Cayenne S review: The sporting life Review • 2019 Porsche Cayenne review: The enthusiast’s SUV Share your voice 52 Photos 1:22 A glass roof is standard, but to save weight Coupe buyers can spec out a carbon fiber slab instead as part of a series of “lightweight sports packages” — somewhat curious nomenclature for a vehicle that weighs somewhere north of 4,300 pounds. The carbon roof and the other lightweight tweaks shave about 45 pounds off that figure.Power comes from either of the Cayenne’s pair of engines, starting with the 3.0-liter, turbocharged V6 with 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. The Cayenne Coupe Turbo steps up to the 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 with 541 horsepower and 567 pound-feet of torque. That’s plenty of power, but other than the more aggressive wheels and standard active suspension, don’t expect the Cayenne Coupe to drive any differently than its normal-bodied cousin. The Coupe has exactly the same suspension hardware and tune, meaning this one’s all about the look.And how much will the look cost you? The starting price of the 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe is $75,300. That’s almost $10,000 more than a base Cayenne, but remember you’re getting a few choice options thrown in the mix. The Coupe Turbo, meanwhile, starts at $130,100, and don’t forget the extra $1,250 delivery on both. Look for these Coupes in dealerships this fall, and idling down posh city streets soon thereafter.  2020 Porsche Cayenne spawns a crop-top Coupe 5 things you need to know about the 2020 Porsche Cayenne… Porsche Roll your eyes all you want, readers, the “coupe”-flavor SUV is here to stay. Or, at least, it’s not going away anytime soon. The success of crop-topped high-rollers like the BMW X6 and 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe means that others are getting in on the fun, and Porsche’s the latest, unveiling this, the 2020 Cayenne Coupe. Already among the more spirited drives in its category, the Coupe flavor of the Cayenne gets a more purposeful look to match. At its highest, it’s 20 millimeters lower than the regular Cayenne, but the roof sweeps starkly down from there, thoroughly cropping rear headroom and cutting out a good chunk of the rear cargo capacity along the way: 22 cubic feet with the seats up, down from 27.Enlarge ImageThe Coupe’s roof is 20mm lower than the regular Cayenne’s, and reduces rear cargo space from 27 cubic feet to 22. Porsche To help offset the loss of rear headroom, Porsche lowered the rear seats by 30mm. Not enough for me, sadly, as I couldn’t comfortably fit in the back of the Coupe. For reference I have no problem in the regular Cayenne, but then I do sit taller than my 6-foot height might indicate. Most normal humans won’t notice the difference. They will, however, notice the new rear bench, which has a plastic tray separating left and right seats, meaning this is now officially a four-seater. The standard Cayenne’s rear bench is still available as a no-cost option, but the sliding mechanism was nixed in search of that extra 30mm.Optionally, those seats feature inserts wrapped in Porsche’s iconic “pepita” pattern that everyone (including myself) will just keep on calling houndstooth. The Coupe packs more standard features than the regular Cayenne, including sporty choices like PASM active suspension and the Sport Chrono package, plus 20-inch wheels as standard. However, step up to the Cayenne Coupe Turbo and you get 21-inchers at all four corners, with the option of moving up even further to a very comely set of 22-inchers that you can see on the orange car pictured here. The rear bodywork of the Coupe is 18mm wider to accommodate these massive rollers. 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid second drive: The best of both worlds 4 Now playing: Watch this: BMW Mercedes-Benz Porschelast_img read more

1 09 19

first_img Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)’Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo Songs As the old saying goes: “All good things must come to an end.” Nintendo has officially announced that Miiverse will be killed off in Japan this November. Wii U’s social network made its debut when the ill-fated Nintendo console launched in the country on December 8, 2012. We already paid our respects to Nintendo’s beautiful and awful social network when it was clear it wouldn’t be making the jump to the new Nintendo Switch, but after November 8 of this year it’s official. Miiverse will be as dead as the system that spawned it.This was officially announced by Nintendo on their Japanese site. In addition to Wiiverse, Wii U’s chat app and TVii television service will also come to an end on November 8. Once the service goes offline, Wii U and 3DS owners will be met with error codes. After Miiverse is no more, features related to the service on specific games will cease to work. This will affect 70 Wii U games and 20 3DS games in Japan.Below is an example of how games with Miiverse functionality will be affected.AdChoices广告Nintendo stated it will allow users to download their own posts via the Miiverse website. That’s certainly good new for users since some of the posts were rather clever. A Twitter account called BadMiiversePosts regularly tweets out bad (and good) Miiverse posts. It is worth checking out if you’re a fan of Miiverse or are curious about the types of posts Wii U owners made. Follow this link to find out how to download and save your old Miiverse posts.Nintendo hasn’t given any official word on when Miiverse will be terminated in other regions, but it is only a matter of time. The Switch doesn’t have Miiverse so it makes sense Nintendo would kill the service off. There’s no telling if Nintendo will have a replacement for its social network, but it’s also entirely possible the Japanese gaming giant no longer feels the need to have such a feature in place.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

29 08 19

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Why I won’t be heading to Bali for a holiday anytime soonMates of mine rave about their trips to Bali. Some head up to Ubud, to laze beside palm fringed pools, taking breaks only for a tough schedule of massages. Others stay in the hustle of Seminyak and bar hop on the way to the beach.I was considering breaking my Bali seal and finally heading there this year. The amazing people, the sublime sights and those cheap airfares.But not now. Bali is off the list of possible holiday destinations. The reason is not because of decisions made in Denpasar but a thousand miles away in Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta.Within days, the government of one of the world’s most populous nations could outlaw homosexuality. In a cruel piece of political theatre, the axe could fall on Valentine’s Day.In a nation of 260 million people that could mean around one million could instantly become criminals.Coincidentally, almost the same number of Australians — one million — visit Bali each year. Many of those crowding the aisles of planes for a family break will have voted for marriage equality in Australia.Yet, when they land their tourist dollars will be filling the coffers of a Government that punishes gay people. They may be able to turn a blind eye because of great value airfares and tropical temperatures. I can’t.Gay and transgender have become the cannon fodder in a bitter battle between political parties. The country’s president Joko Widodo, elected as a reformer, has increasingly kowtowed to the religious extremes.Indonesian speaker, Bambang Soesatyo, said last week that legislation was needed to curb ‘homosexual excesses, such as murder, HIV/AIDS and paedophilia’.The new law could mean gay people are locked up for up to 18 months.While homosexuality has hardly been embraced by our northern neighbour, it has nonetheless never been illegal aside from Aceh, a province which has enshrined elements of sharia law.Bali’s nice but it’s still IndonesiaBut down in Bali, a province with a Hindu majority, the rules have always been looser.Far from Bali’s world view seeping into the rest of Indonesia, Aceh’s way of doing things is becoming the norm.The Australian Government’s Smart Traveller website warns LGBTI people could be discriminated against.Absurd warnings about crackdowns on LGBTI people have become commonplace.In 2016, Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said Indonesia’s LGBT movement was more dangerous than nuclear war. For real.‘In a nuclear war, if a bomb is dropped over Jakarta, Semarang [a city 500 kms away] will not be affected … but [with LGBTI rights] everything we know could disappear in an instant … it’s dangerous,’ he said, reported CNN.In 2017, in Aceh, two men accused of same-sex relations was publicly whipped.One of the gay men being caned in Aceh. Photo: (Rakyat Aceh/Jawapos.com)Next month, an Australian based Indonesian LGBTI group, Selamat Datang, will march in the Sydney Mardi Gras parade to raise awareness of an increasingly draconian Jakarta and raise money to create safe houses for gay people. They are marching due to a grant from online giant Google. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Yet last month, Google caved into Jakarta’s demands and withdrew a series of gay dating apps from its online stores. In a country not exactly overflowing with gay bars, apps were a way for the marginalised community to meet.Also last month, a group of 12 transgender women were arrested following raids on beauty salons. They were forced to shave their heads and don men’s clothing as part of their ‘coaching’ to become ‘real men’, North Aceh Police Chief Ahmad Untung Surianata told a local news agency.‘The officers also nurtured them by … telling them to chant loudly until their male voices came out,’ the police chief said.Two trans women are forced to have their hair cut by police in Aceh. | Photo: YouTubeHumiliatingly, they were snapped surrounding the local police chief giving a thumbs up to their new, all male, look.No political capital in LGBTIThe proposal to ban homosexuality has been long in coming, seemingly caught in the middle of a battle between Mr Widodo’s party and opposition parties that have stoked the fires of intolerant Islam to bolster their election prospects in next year’s poll.The President seems to have decided there’s no political capital in defending the rights of some of the country’s most vulnerable.‘This is fuelled not just by bigotry and misunderstanding but by public officials… I think that’s the really scary thing as we go forward. its fair game to go after LGBT people in Indonesia,’ Kyle Knight, a Human Rights Watch researcher told CNN last year.The United Nations has called on Jakarta to step back from the precipice. As has the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), which is based in Jakarta and whose members includes Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore.Choose where you spend your moneyClearly, saying you will set foot only in countries that fit your world view would be a difficult feat to achieve.I’ve been to Singapore, a country where if I had sex it would be illegal. However, the law is rarely enforced in the city state which, in Pink Dot, hosts a growing LGBTI festival.I’ve transited through the United Arab Emirates where homosexuality is forbidden.But with the notable exception of the Russian province of Chechnya, never have the prospects for gay people headed south so quickly than in Indonesia.How a country makes its laws is up to the people of that country. But where I spend my money is up to me.For sure, this will choke off some of the money local people derive from tourists. But it will also choke off a profitable revenue stream for Jakarta in the form of taxes and airport landing fees.I voted yes, so I’ll be voting no to Bali.And just in case you think the law change, if it happens, won’t affect you, gay people are not the only group that could be criminalised. So could those who have sex outside of marriage.That should focus the minds of a few Australian tourists.This article first appeared on news.com.au and is republished with permissionGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Indonesia.travel: LGBT visitors in Indonesia may soon face prison time and caningGay Asian experience: Why it is now the hottest gay travel trendDid Australia miss its chance to address LGBT abuse in Indonesia?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/why-i-wont-be-heading-to-bali-for-a-holiday-anytime-soon/ Benedict Brook is a gay Australian journalist who has been watching the unfolding persecution of the LGBTI community in Indonesia with great concern. Brook wrote on news.com.au why he won’t be one of the many Aussies who flock to Indonesia’s most popular tourist spot, Bali. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more