Inside IT: Ultrabooks and Intel’s PC Refresh Cycle

first_imgWe’ve talked in previous podcasts about our plans to deploy Ultrabooks with Microsoft Windows 8 to our employees. Well,  we have now decided to accelerate that deployment. So we decided to look into this acceleration, and the PC refresh cycle in general, with John Mahvi, PC Fleet Manager for Intel IT. Mahvi tells us about the Intel IT’s approach to PC refresh, the need to listen to employees when planning to deploy devices across the enterprise, and the decision to accelerate the deployment of Ultrabooks at Intel. Listen to more now.last_img read more

Indian Scientists Call for Moratorium on New Nuclear Plants

first_imgNEW DELHI—A group of scientists has stirred a controversy within India’s research community last week by calling for a moratorium on new nuclear plants. P. Balaram, a molecular biophysicist and director of the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, and 60 others last week wrote an open letter to the public, stating: “We strongly believe that India must radically review its nuclear power policy for appropriateness, safety, costs, and public acceptance, and undertake an independent, transparent safety audit of all its nuclear facilities, which involves non-Department of Atomic Energy experts and civil society organisations. Pending the review, there should be a moratorium on all further nuclear activity, and revocation of recent clearances for nuclear projects.” The appeal drew a sharp response from C. N. R. Rao, chair of the prime minister’s scientific advisory council, who called it “irresponsible.” Visibly angry, according to Indian press reports, Rao called instead for a review of nuclear plant safety, adding: “There should be reviews; only foolish people don’t want reviews. A constant review in any sphere is important. … Nobody can avoid a tsunami which is a natural phenomenon; if has to occur, it will.” Balaram told ScienceInsider, that the “Fukushima crisis is a wakeup call. While I am no radical, we can’t be complacent.” A nuclear accident in India, he said, “would have huge consequences,” partly because the population is much larger than in Japan. 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Ramesh feels that “there has been huge drop in public confidence in nuclear energy,” and as a consequence setting up large nuclear energy parks of 10,000 MW capacity, as has been planned, needs a “relook.” Ramesh also suggests that the Indian Atomic Energy Regulatory Board needs to be made independent of the nuclear establishment and responsible directly to the parliament.last_img read more

Beak-to-Brain Nerve May Help Birds Navigate

first_imgIn the days before GPS, we needed both a compass and a map to navigate. Migrating birds are no different. Studies have suggested that the animals rely on an internal map and compass to traverse large distances, though just where these senses reside is unclear. Now, scientists say they have the strongest evidence yet that map sense is associated with the beak.Researchers have long suspected that migrating birds navigate by sensing Earth’s magnetic field. The idea was that their beaks, which contain a lot of iron, worked like real magnets, with the metal aligning itself relative to the field. Supposedly, the so-called trigeminal nerve transmitted this information to the brain. But in 2009, a team led by Henrik Mouritsen of the University of Oldenburg in Germany cut the trigeminal nerve in several European robins and found that the animals still oriented perfectly. In lab-based experiments, the birds were able to locate the natural and artificial magnetic north. It seemed that the beak played no role in the compass sense. The finding gave support to another hypothesis, one that suggested that the inner compass was instead a magnetism-sensing chemical reaction in the birds’ eyes.But Mouritsen’s team was still convinced that the beak had to be involved in the magnetosense in some way, and it decided to do another test. In 2010 and 2011, the scientists captured 57 Eurasian reed warblers near Kaliningrad, Russia. Every spring, these birds migrate northeast to their breeding grounds in southern Scandinavia, up to 1000 kilometers away. Once again, the scientists snapped the trigeminal nerve, in half of the birds. But then they also moved all 57 birds 1000 kilometers to the east, where the magnetic field differs from their home site, and released them.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(*)The warblers that had their beak-to-brain connection cut flew northeast, as if they had departed from near Kaliningrad—they had lost their “map sense” and could no longer determine their location. Those with the nerve intact, on the other hand, quickly oriented themselves and turned northwest, toward their breeding grounds, the team reports this week in PLOS ONE. This meant that the beak-to-brain system, which, according to the earlier tests, had no impact on the “compass sense,” did matter for the “map sense” of the birds—if the link was damaged, the birds simply did not know they had been displaced.Experiments implicating the beak in the “map sense” have been done before—for instance, by numbing the trigeminal nerve using a strong magnetic pulse. But this is the first study that that involves both displacing migratory birds long distance and severing the trigeminal nerve, with conclusive results, the scientists say.Co-author Dmitry Kishkinev, now at the University of Guelph in Canada, says that the next step will be to determine where in the beak the magnetoreceptors might be. The endings of the trigeminal nerve are located in several places—in the upper beak, the palate, the nasal cavity, and in a part of the orbit, the cavity where the eyeball is located, so magnetoreceptors could be anywhere in these tissues. “The mystery of the exact location of the magnetoreceptors is not solved yet,” he says.Not everyone is convinced, though. For instance, another group has recently found evidence of tiny iron clumps inside birds’ inner ear, which may or may not be magnetoreceptors. But neurobiologist Gerta Fleissner of Goethe University Frankfurt in Germany, who was not involved in the study, still thinks that the paper is “a really nice additional jigsaw piece” to solve the puzzle of the “map sense,” although she adds that more tests are needed.”The so-called ‘final proof’ that the avian beak is housing a map-related magnetic field receptor system requires a lot more experiments, such as direct electrophysiological recordings from these sensory units,” Fleissner says. She suggests putting electrodes on a nerve inside a bird’s beak, close to the place where the possible receptors could be located, and trying to pick up sensory signals from an artificial magnetic field.last_img read more

Yograj blames physio, godman for Yuvi’s state

first_imgCricketer Yuvraj Singh’s father Yograj Singh has accused a Delhi based physiotherapist (Jatin Chaudhry) and a godman in Punjab of misleading his son about his illness.Yograj said he sniffed a conspiracy to harm his son, but fortune favoured Yuvraj and he was safe.Speaking to media in Chandigarh, he said that people surrounding Yuvraj were not his well-wishers and they prevented him from going to the US for treatment about six months ago.”The so-called baba (godman) and all those surrounding him did not let him go for treatment six months ago. My son told me he was going to the USA saying he would be alright. Then why were his tickets cancelled?” Yograj wondered.Yograj’s outburst came a few days after he stated that he advised Yuvraj to get a thorough medical check-up done, but he had ignored him. Yograj stated that he had to plead before his son to go to the US for treatment. He added that he did not want to blame anyone.Yuvraj Singh’s father Yograj (left); Delhi based physiotherapist Jatin Chaudhry.Yograj who lives separately from wife Shabnam in Chandigarh, said that his son was a victim of conspiracy. “There should be a probe to discover how did his medical reports go missing from the car? Why should anybody steal the reports? Why should a physiotherapist treat somebody like Yuvraj as far as cancer is concerned?” he said.Yograj said that the godman gave Yuvraj a false assurance that everything was alright after the reports were stolen from the car. “And Yuvraj defied everybody, including his father. He defied medical science since baba told him he was alright. Then he went to England and got injured.”advertisementYuvraj’s father alleged that people surrounding him kept on telling that he was under some spell, but everything was alright now.”My son should go to the Golden Temple to thank the almighty and get rid of the people who were set to ruin him,” he said.”My son should now understand that when you fly high, you don’t know what is happening around. I believe that Yuvraj Singh will be strong enough to understand now,” he added. The physiotherapist and godman were not available for comments.last_img read more

MS Dhoni driving Hummer leaves New Zealand players awestruck

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni on his arrival in Ranchi, his hometown, for the fourth ODI decided to head to the team hotel in his Hummer. India’s limited-overs captain has a huge interest in automobiles and while leaving the airport driving the Hummer, New Zealand players were left awestruck with Tom Latham and Ross Taylor left stunned. (Dhoni is a dangerous player at No.4: Ganguly ) The photographer could not have timed the click better.MS Dhoni on his arrival at the Ranchi airport. (PTI Photo)Dhoni played a crucial role in India’s win in the third one-dayer in Mohali by putting up a 151-run partnership with Virat Kohli. Coming up the order at No.4, Dhoni scored 80 and also reached an individual milestone of scoring 9000 runs in ODIs.India would look to seal the five-match series at Dhoni’s hometown today by taking an unassailable 3-1 lead.last_img read more

EPL: Stoke City’s Wilfried Bony, Joe Allen team up to sink former club Swansea City

first_imgTwo goals from Wilfried Bony, his first since joining on loan from Manchester City in August, helped resurgent Stoke land a third straight Premier League victory against struggling Swansea on Monday.Ivory Coast striker Bony was on target in the third and 73rd minutes, both goals created by his former Swansea team mate Joe Allen.Stoke also hit the woodwork three times in the first half, twice through Charlie Adam and once by Marko Arnautovic.Swansea defender Alfie Mawson put through his own net 10 minutes after halftime. Wayne Routledge grabbed the only goal for the visitors in the eighth minute.Stoke’s victory helped them climb five places to 12th in the table, with 12 points from 10 games. Swansea remained second from bottom, three points ahead of Sunderland.”Our attacking play was really good today, any number of chances could have gone in,” said Stoke manager Mark Hughes.”We do not feel like a team that belongs in the bottom half.Wilfried and Joe have been outstanding since they came here and they are doing a great job.”Bony tapped in the opening goal from close range after a corner was only half cleared and Allen delivered an inviting ball into the penalty box.Routledge equalised with a header after pouncing on a perfect cross from the right by Swansea playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson.Adam was unlucky to see two drives bounce off the woodwork while Arnautovic had an effort rebound from the post after he rounded goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski following another penetrating pass by Allen.advertisementStoke went 2-1 up when Mawson knocked the ball into his own net after a jinking, twisting run in the penalty area by substitute Ramadan Sobhi.Allen was again involved in the third goal for the home team when he set up Bony to head the ball in after some trickery in the box from Arnautovic.”We had some good stretches but overall we lack confidence and in key moments we were second best,” said Swansea manager Bob Bradley.”When you are going through a bad stretch you have to have belief. It was 1-1 at halftime but we didn’t start the second half in a way that suggested we could win the game.”last_img read more

How to buy insurance if you missed the deadline

first_imgIf you miss the deadline for health insurance, you may still be able to get coverage. Here are your options:Special Enrollment PeriodYou may still be able to sign up for a health plan if you have something called a “qualifying life event” that would make you eligible for a special enrollment period.Here are some common qualifying life events:- Having a baby, adopting a child, or placing a child for adoption. Coverage can take effect the day of the event, and the enrollment window is open up to 60 days afterwards.- Getting married. Getting wed can make you eligible for a special enrollment period, which will take effect the first day of the month after you enroll. In this instance, your enrollment window is open for up to 60 days after your marriage (you can’t enroll until getting married!)- Losing other health coverage. If you lost your previous coverage after the cutoff, you may be able to qualify for special enrollment. This could include losing a job-based plan, aging off a parent’s coverage at age 26, losing coverage through divorce, losing eligibility for Medicaid or CHIP, and other similar events. Coverage can take effect the first day of the month after you enroll and after the loss of coverage. Make note that the enrollment window runs from 60 days before to 60 days after losing your other coverage. (Losing a health plan due to non-payment of premiums does not qualify as losing health coverage. So if you’re planning on leaving your full-time job to go freelance, you can buy health insurance when you leave your job.- Being denied Medicaid or CHIP coverage. Medicaid and CHIP are nationwide programs that provide coverage to people with low incomes or disabilities — for both of these programs, you can apply anytime. If you are denied Medicaid or CHIP coverage, you may be eligible to enroll in a health insurance plan up to 60 days after the denial. Coverage can take effect the first day of the month after you enroll.- Major income changes. If you lose a huge client and are already enrolled in a health plan, you may re-apply for subsidies or get higher subsidies. Just note that you can’t apply for a new plan or change plans; you can only change your subsidy amount. But you can also become ineligible for subsidies if you made more income than you expected!- Moving. You may be eligible for a special enrollment period if you move and your relocation affects your rate because you moved into a different rating region. You may also qualify if your move affects your plan options, for instance if you move out of the service area for one carrier and into the service area for another, or if you move to another state.Other qualifying life eventsIn addition to the situations listed above, there are a number of other life events that could qualify you for a special enrollment period. Visit healthcare.gov’s list of events to see if you can obtain coverage.Qualifying for Special Enrollment due to a “Complex Situation”You may still be able to obtain coverage if a “complex situation” prevented you from enrolling before the deadline. This could include an unexpected hospitalization, a natural disaster, or enrollment error that prevented you from obtaining coverage before the deadline. See if you qualify here.Are you ineligible for special enrollment? About that fee…If you don’t qualify for special enrollment, then you probably can’t get health coverage until the next open enrollment period, scheduled for November 15, 2015.Without health coverage, you’ll have to pay a fee (2% of your income or $325 per adult, whichever is higher) or get a fee exemption. There are several scenarios that may qualify you for a fee exemption — for example, if you didn’t have minimum essential coverage for all or part of 2014. HealthCare.gov has a detailed list of fee exemptions, as well as instructions on how to apply for an exemption.If you think you qualify for a special enrollment period, you can apply for coverage provided through Freelancers Union, or you can contact the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596 or visit HealthCare.gov.Do you have any more health coverage questions? We’re here to help!last_img read more

Injured Bayern star James out for ‘a few days’

first_imgBayern München James to miss ‘a few days’ of Bayern training with calf injury Ryan Benson 00:38 22/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) james-cropped Getty Images Bayern München UEFA Champions League Bayern München v Beşiktaş Beşiktaş The Colombian suffered a calf strain against Besiktas on Tuesday, but his club do not expect him to be out for long The calf injury James Rodriguez suffered in Tuesday’s 5-0 Champions League demolition of Besiktas is only a “slight problem”, Bayern Munich have confirmed.James went off just before half-time, with the Colombia international showing few signs of pain as he exited the field. There were initial suspicions he was withdrawn due to a knock to the head, having looked dazed shortly beforehand after getting struck by the ball. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp But Bayern confirmed after the game that the on-loan Real Madrid midfielder felt his calf tighten.And, following investigations from Bayern’s medical team on Wednesday, they have come to the conclusion he should only need to miss “a few days of training”.A club statement read: “Bayern midfielder James was not seriously injured in yesterday’s [Tuesday] Champions League game against Besiktas.We hope it’s not too serious, @jamesdrodriguez! #MiaSanMia #FCBBJK 1-0 pic.twitter.com/XuCapUGsw0— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) February 20, 2018″An in-depth investigation confirmed the first diagnosis of the club doctor. The Colombian has only slight problems in the muscles of the left calf and thus has to miss a few days of training.”last_img read more

Ranked: Who are Man Utd’s best-paid players?

first_imgManchester United Alexis or Pogba, De Gea or Lukaku? Ranking Manchester United’s best-paid players Kris Voakes Last updated 1 year ago 20:13 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() David de Gea Paul Pogba Alexis Sanchez split Getty/Goal composite Manchester United Premier League Crystal Palace v Manchester United Crystal Palace Gallery The Red Devils have been fairly liberal in handing out huge contracts in recent years, but who sits where in their list of highest salaries? Manchester United caused a real stir in January when snapping up from Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal. Far beyond the Chilean being recruited from a Premier League rival midway through the season, the biggest bone of contention appeared to be his British-record salary of £350,000 per week.Such is the fascination in the money being spent by football clubs in the modern era, supporters have taken an increased interest in players’ wages as well as the outlays made to selling clubs in the transfer market.And United have led the way in splashing out on playing contracts over the course of the Premier League era, signing themselves up to the five biggest deals in English history over the last five years, most recently with Sanchez. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp But who gets what in the current United squad? Below,  Goal  goes through the Old Trafford pay-grades, listing the estimated weekly salary of the top-ranked Red Devils in terms of salary.last_img read more

WATCH: TFC downed by Zardes and the Crew

first_imgMLS VIDEO: Zardes and the Crew run past Toronto to open MLS season Goal 05:54 4/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Michael Bradley Gyasi Zardes Toronto FC Columbus Crew MLS John E. Sokolowski MLS Toronto v Columbus Crew Toronto Columbus Crew Videos The former LA Galaxy forward scored on his debut for Columbus, helping his side past the defending champions in the 2018 league opener The 2018 MLS season got off to a flying start, with the defending MLS Cup champion, and Goal’s unanimous pick for the 2018 Supporters’ Shield, beaten 2-0 at home by the Columbus Crew. For the Crew the win was a bit of revenge against the club that knocked them out of the 2017 MLS Cup playoffs in the Eastern Conference finals. In that two-legged tie the Crew failed to find a way past Toronto’s defense and eventually lost out 1-0.  Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp In Saturday’s match, the opener for the 23rd season of MLS, the Crew broke the deadlock just before the break. Federico Higuain scored the first goal of the season in the league, catching a cross on the half-volley and powering it past Alex Bono. Columbus came out of the break still on the front foot, and just after the restart the Crew got a goal from new-signing Zardes. Pedro Santos played a splitting ball and the pace of the former LA Galaxy forward was more than Toronto’s defense could deal with. The 26-year-old raced onto the through-ball and took it on first time inside the near post, doubling the visiting side’s lead. The first goal of the MLS season that has @ColumbusCrewSC in front. #TORvCLB pic.twitter.com/yFFlDJkNGF— Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 3, 2018Startin’ the 2nd half strong. @gyasinho puts the visitors up 2-0. #TORvCLBThat ball from @Pedro32santos tho… pic.twitter.com/EJ96a4063L— Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 3, 2018Toronto had chances to get back into the match, with Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore both coming close, but the Crew stayed strong and held on for an impressive victory to open the season.last_img read more

DryShips Buys First VLGC

first_imgzoom Greek owner of drybulk carriers DryShips Inc. has exercised its first option to acquire one very large gas carrier (VLGC) currently under construction at South Korean shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for a purchase price of USD 83.5 million.The VLGC, scheduled to join the company’s fleet in June 2017, will be employed on a fixed rate time charter with five years firm duration to an undisclosed oil major. The charterer has options to extend the firm employment period by up to three years.DryShips said that the total gross backlog associated with this time charter should be USD 54 million, or USD 92.7 million including the optional periods.Part of the purchase price of about 25% will be paid on closing, expected within January, with the balance payable in installments until the vessel’s delivery from HHI.“We are very pleased to have declared our first option to purchase a high specification VLGC with long term employment to an oil major at above market rates. This acquisition allows us to deploy the company’s available liquidity immediately and will be highly accretive to earnings and cash flow,” George Economou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said.“This marks the first acquisition of the company since the restructuring of its balance sheet and our first investment in the gas carrier segment which we believe has very positive long-term fundamentals,” Economou added.The purchase is a part of a “zero cost” option agreement which DryShips signed earlier in January to purchase up to four high specifications VLGCs capable of carrying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).The remaining three vessels are scheduled for delivery in September, October and December of 2017, respectively.If DryShips exercises all four of its options, the total purchase price of the VLGC fleet will be USD 334 million.last_img read more

Customers Should Bear Sulphur Cap Costs to Save Industry

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Stolt -Nielsen Stolt-Nielsen’s CEO, Niels Stolt-Nielsen, believes the costs stemming from the industry’s switch to compliant fuels as of January 2020, should be met by customers.Namely, as of January 1st, 2020, all ships will have to consume low sulfur fuel with a sulfur content of 0.5%, down from 3.5% today, if not fitted with scrubbers.Belgium’s shipowner plans to meet the new regulations by fueling its ships with marine gas oil (MGO) or other type of new fuels are under development by the oil companies.“Ships can fit in scrubbers, but realistically, as it stands today, around 5% of the global fleet has announced or has installed scrubbers. So a very small part of it,” Stolt-Nielsen said in a conference call on Thursday, October 4.“For us, if you take the current spread between MGO, and high-sulfur fuel oils (HSFO), based on our fuel consumption, if we have an additional USD 300 per tonne cost, our total cost per year is USD 150 million. So it is clear that unless we are able to pass that cost onto our customers, we will be going out of business very quickly. The industry will be going out of business very quickly.”Stolt-Nielsen explained the move was necessary taking into account that the majority of the industry is losing money.Container liners have already announced their plans to levy sulphur cap surcharges as of next year, a move which was not welcomed by shippers.For the third quarter of 2018, the company reported a net profit attributable to shareholders of USD 3 million, after a USD 12.9 million negative impact resulting from a change in the accounting for the company’s investment in Avance Gas Holdings Limited. Revenue for the quarter stood  at USD 543.1 million. Net profit was down when compared with a net profit of USD 9.5 million in the second quarter of 2018.Net profit for the first nine months was USD 51.3 million, with revenue of USD 1.6 billion, up from USD 49.2 million, and revenue of USD 1.5 billion in the same period last year.last_img read more

Another Woodlot Certification Agreement for Nova Scotia

first_imgMore of Nova Scotia’s small woodlot owners will have greater access to changing markets and sustainable management plans, requiring forestry practices that meet today’s environmental and cultural standards thanks to a new woodlot certification program. The contract for the program was signed today, Nov. 18, in Halifax by Natural Resources Minister David Morse and members of the Federation of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners. Over four years, $575,000 will be provided to the federation as part of the province’s $1.5-million investment to support woodlot certification. “There are a growing number of buyers and consumers wanting certified wood products. Nova Scotia is delivering,” said Mr. Morse. “The purpose of this certification is to improve forest management and assure Canadians and forest product customers worldwide that our forests are in an ecologically sustainable manner.” Under the program, the federation will be providing small, independent landowners with forest management plans and training that comply with the Canadian Standards Association’s new Forest Management Standard for Woodlots. The investment in woodlot certification is part of the $2.52 million in funding from the Community Development Trust Fund announced Sept. 23 as part of the Forestry Joint Task Force Action Plan. The province’s first certification contract, valued at $850,000, was signed on Sept. 29. “This investment through the Community Development Trust Fund is key to helping ensure sustainable prosperity for Nova Scotia,” said acting Minister of Economic Development Jamie Muir. “This certification is not only more sustainable for the industry overall, it also provides greater access to regional and world markets.” There are about 33,000 small woodlot owners in Nova Scotia. Certification has been challenging because of costs. “We want woodlot owners and wood buyers to have certification options,” said Stan Ingraham, chair of the Federation of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners. “We chose the Canadian Standards Association’s new Forest Management Standard because it provides woodlot owners with flexibility, while achieving a high standard of sustainable forest management and market access.” The Community Development Trust Fund is designed to help communities that are experiencing severe economic hardship. The fund’s priorities are to enhance sustainable prosperity, diversify economic and trade opportunities, improve productivity, innovation and training, assist communities with transition planning, and help workers facing adjustment challenges. For a summary of the forestry joint task force recommendations and action plan, visit www.gov.ns.ca/natr/forestry . For more information on the Community Development Trust in Nova Scotia, go to www.gov.ns.ca/econ/cdtrust .last_img read more

Natural Resources Steering Panel Selected

first_imgNatural Resources Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson has appointed two prominent Nova Scotians to a panel that will lead the development of a new strategy governing the province’s natural resources. Joe Marshall is the executive director of the Union of Nova Scotia Indians and the Mi’kmaq senior advisor for the Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative. He is a retired associate professor at Cape Breton University and a retired instructor at the Eskasoni Training and Education Centre. Allan Shaw, is non-executive chairman of the Shaw Group, a director with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs, and a past chair of Atlantic Provinces Economic Council. He isa Member of the Order of Canada. The new panel members join retired Chief Justice of Nova Scotia Constance Glube, who was appointed chair of the steering panel in December. “These individuals have distinguished themselves as experienced and dedicated leaders,” said Ms. Bolivar-Getson. “I am pleased that the development of Nova Scotia’s new natural resources strategy will be guided by such a distinguished and fair-minded steering panel.” The steering panel will oversee the balance of the strategy process, beginning with phase two, which will incorporate information collected through public consultations held in 2008. In the third and final stage, the steering panel will review the strategy and ensure it accurately reflects what was heard in the first two phases. The strategy is expected to be completed by 2010. Voluntary Planning, which managed phase one of the strategy process, will submit its final report to the minister soon. “The steering panel will be guided by what Nova Scotians value most about their natural resources,” said Ms. Glube. “Our panel will ensure that the strategy reflects the citizen values throughout the remainder of the strategy process.” The steering panel will review and recommend to the minister members for four, three-member panels of expertise to focus on the key components of the strategy: forests, minerals, parks and biodiversity. Under the guidance of the steering panel, the four panels of expertise will define the process for researching the issues and themes that emerged during the public consultations. The panels will seek technical expertise and hold stakeholder consultations, while remaining faithful to citizen values articulated in phase one. The panels will prepare and submit draft reports and recommendations to the steering panel. More information on the natural resources strategy process is available at http://gov.ns.ca/natr/ .last_img read more

BC civil rights group files complaint about RCMP arrest of man who

first_imgVANCOUVER – A civil rights group has filed a complaint with the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP, alleging officers told witnesses to delete cellphone video of the arrest of a man who later died.The B.C. Civil Liberties Association filed the complaint under the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act on Tuesday in the case of Dale Culver. The association says the 35-year-old Indigenous man was arrested in Prince George last July.An RCMP news release issued at the time says there was a struggle between officers and a suspect on the night of July 18, 2017.The Mounties said police received a report about a man casing vehicles and an officer who responded found a man who tried to flee on a bicycle. There was allegedly a struggle between the man and the officer, who called in other officers for help.The news release says pepper spray was used and officers noticed the man appeared to be having trouble breathing after he was placed in a police vehicle. He collapsed immediately after being taken out of the vehicle, police said.The man was taken to hospital, where the RCMP said he died.The civil liberties association makes a number of unproven allegations in its complaint to the commission, including that the circumstances of Culver’s arrest constituted “excessive force.” It questions why police approached Culver because it says it understands the initial complaint to police about a man casing vehicles was made several hours earlier.“In addition, this tragic incident, as it has been described, gives rise to a question as to whether RCMP members’ actions may have been affected by explicit or implicit racial bias, given Mr. Culver’s status as an Indigenous person,” the complaint asserts.Josh Paterson, executive director of the civil liberties association, says in a letter to the commission that the group “is aware of reports from eyewitnesses that state that Mr. Culver was taken forcibly to the ground by RCMP members immediately after exiting a liquor store, apparently unprovoked.”The letter goes on to say: “It is unclear to the BCCLA what circumstances existed to necessitate the use of force on Mr. Culver.”Paterson also says the association has “learned of troubling allegations that RCMP members told witnesses to delete cellphone video that they had taken.”“If these allegations are true it would be evidence of an intention on the part of RCMP members concerned to hide the truth of what happened in this incident.”RCMP Staff Sgt. Annie Linteau said the force is aware of the group’s concerns and is waiting for the findings of a review being conducted by the provincial Independent Investigations Office in the case.If any misconduct is found, the RCMP spokeswoman said it will be addressed immediately through an internal process.The Civilian Review and Complaints Commission has received the complaint, but is waiting until the Independent Investigations Office has completed its work before determining what steps to take, said spokeswoman Kate McDerby.The civil liberties association has asked the commission to either “take carriage of the investigation of this complaint, or monitor this investigation as closely as possible to the extent of (its) statutory authority.”It does not name any of the witnesses who have made unproven allegations in its complaint, which also cites unverified media reports about the arrest.The Independent Investigations Office looks into any death or serious injury in B.C. that involves police. It forwards reports to the prosecution service if they find an officer might have committed a criminal act.The commission is a national body that makes recommendations on changes to the RCMP’s policies and procedures.The Independent Investigations Office is still looking into the circumstances of the arrest, said Ron MacDonald, its chief civilian director.The investigation includes allegations that witnesses were told by RCMP to delete cellphone video of the arrest, he said.“We’ve been aware of those allegations from the beginning of the investigation. And that is included in our overall investigation,” MacDonald added.MacDonald couldn’t say when his office’s investigation will be complete. RCMP witness officers involved in the arrest have co-operated with investigators and the office is now waiting for third-party reports, including the results of an autopsy, he said.MacDonald said investigators are interested in speaking with anyone who witnessed the arrest or has information about the case.last_img read more

LTTE coordinator seeks lifting of ban on outfit

Mr. Radhakrishnan said that copies of Mr. Sivanesan’s passport and other details were attached with the affidavit. Moreover, Sivanesan had appointed him counsel through a letter.Later, the judge asked whether Mr. Sivanesan would appear before the tribunal. Mr. Radhakrishnan sought time to confirm his appearance if the government gave an assurance that he will not be arrested if he came to India to appear before the tribunal.The judge asked the Central Government’s lawyer Shanthi to respond. Chennai-based lawyer Radhakrishnan appeared on behalf of B. Sivanesan, LTTE Coordinator, Switzerland, and presented his arguments against the continuance of the ban. In the affidavit, Mr. Sivanesan stated that he was deputed as coordinator for taking care of migrant Sri Lankan Tamils in The Netherlands. He had filed cases in the European Union court to protect the interests of Tamils. The judge also heard the deposition of police officers in connection with two cases said to involve LTTE activities registered by the Chengalpet and Tiruchi police. He also heard the counter arguments of MDMK general secretary Vaiko. The LTTE had been struggling for freedom of Sri Lankan Tamils and protection of their life and property. There were no LTTE activities in India and it had no presence here. There was no need for banning the LTTE in the country. It had not received any information or summons in this connection in 2010 or 2011. The ban should be lifted, the affidavit pleaded.Reacting to the affidavit, Justice V.K. Jain, who mans the tribunal, asked: “How do we know that Mr. Sivanesan is the LTTE Coordinator and that Mr. Radhakrishnan is his counsel?” Chengalpet Town Station Inspector M.S. Baskaran said a case had been filed against Naam Thamizhar Movement leader Seeman. Mr. Vaiko intervened to say that Mr. Seeman had been acquitted. The police accepted it.Earlier, the judge turned down the request of Mr. Vaiko to appear before the court as a party to the proceedings. But, he was allowed to cross-examine them through the judge. The session lasted one and half hours.The tribunal will meet again Madurai on October 29 and in Chennai on November 3. (The Hindu) CB-CID police officer G. Rangasamy said a case was filed against three persons — Chandra Kantian alias Nagarajan, Subramanian alias Mahesh, Selvaraj alias Selvam — on the charges of smuggling detonators to Sri Lanka through Rameswaram from Tiruchi.The judge asked whether the accused had given statements before the police or a judicial officer. The officers replied that they had given statements before the police.The judge then asked whether the police had any video footage or audio tape of the accused to establish their claim. The police officers said they did not have any records. An affidavit by a Switzerland-based coordinator on behalf the outlawed Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) before a tribunal sought the lifting of the ban on the outfit.The tribunal was constituted under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, to examine the validity of the proscription. read more

American clothing retailer Express to close its 17 Canadian stores

by The Canadian Press Posted May 4, 2017 10:42 am MDT Last Updated May 4, 2017 at 11:42 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email American clothing retailer Express to close its 17 Canadian stores TORONTO – Express Inc. says it’s closing its 17 Canadian stores in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario.The American clothing retailer says it will discontinue its Canadian operations through its subsidiary, Express Fashion Apparel Canada Inc.Store closing sales will begin in the middle of the month.The company’s CEO David Kornberg said in a statement that the challenging Canadian retail environment and unfavourable exchange rates prevented the company from meeting its expectations in Canada when it entered the market in 2011.Back then, the company planned to introduce more than 50 Canadian stores over five years.During the company’s last financial year ended Jan. 28, Express Canada recorded net sales of about US$34 million and contributed a US$6 million net loss to Express Inc.Express operates 635 stores in the U.S. and several locations in Puerto Rico. read more

AETI plans rehabilitation pilot projects in Indonesian tin

first_imgThe Association of Indonesian Tin Exporters (AETI), which currently represents 20 independent Indonesian tin producers and smelters, has reported that it is working with NGOs to develop a series of pilot projects aimed at rehabilitating abandoned mining areas in the Bangka Belitung and Riau Islands provinces.Speaking at the ITRI China International Tin Forum in Shanghai, the President of AETI, Jabin Sufianto, was quoted by ITRI as announcing that the pilot projects will involve reclamation of exhausted mining areas for use as plantations, providing an alternative source of income to mining for locals. However, Sufianto also suggested that many tin producers lack the resources to tackle environmental and sustainability issues comprehensively because of high production costs combined with low current tin prices.In a report by ITRI Markets, AETI reported that 37 exporters were active in Indonesia in 2014, with total tin exports for the year totalling 76,986 t. However, largely as a result of the current low tin prices, the number of active exporters in 2015 has decreased to 22 and total tin exports from the country during the year are expected to fall to between 65,000 and 78,000 t of tin. A tin production quota of 2,500 t/month between AETI members was agreed earlier this year in an attempt to bolster prices, but its successful implementation is uncertain as there is currently no consensus on how the allotted production will be shared. Additionally, the quota is not bound by law and the AETI has no power to enforce it.In 2015, AETI plans to manage CSR activity on behalf of its members and continue work with NGOs to develop sustainable, environmentally friendly mine practises and organise remediation work, which remain key goals for the organisation.last_img read more

Fermi space telescope fires thrusters to avoid explosive collision

first_imgTwo satellites colliding in Earth’s orbit would potentially be disastrous. Not only because of the loss of the crafts, but also because of the lethal debris it would create that could damage or destroy other satellites circling the globe.At the end of March last year NASA discovered that its Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope was on course to pass within 700 feet of the decommissioned Russian Cosmos 1805 satellite. 700 feet sounds like a lot, but NASA only works off position estimates and has been out by more than that in the past. It also didn’t help that only a week’s warning was given about the near pass.As the days went by it became clearer that the two craft would be passing extremely close to each other. The most accurate estimate put Fermi and Cosmos 1805 at the exact same location within 30 milliseconds of each other. That’s too close for comfort, especially as Cosmos 1805 weighs 3,100 pounds and is travelling at 27,000mph relative to Fermi. It was calculated that a collision would destroy both craft and release energy the equivalent of 2.5 tons of high explosives. In other words, action needed to be taken to ensure they didn’t hit at any cost.Fermi’s project scientist Julie McEnery decided to use the telescope’s thrusters, previously reserved for use only when Fermi is set to end its mission and leave orbit. Having never been tested, using them while Fermi’s mission was still in progress was a huge risk, but there was no choice. NASA fired the thrusters on April 3 for just one second and avoided the collision. They also ensured doing so would not put Fermi in danger of colliding with anything else.Such drama in space doesn’t happen very often, but it reminds us we do have a growing problem of potential collisions and the consequences they would bring. And saving Fermi was very important as it is performing an all-sky study using the on board Large Area Telescope (LAT). Since launching in 2008 it has discovered a pulsar in the CTA 1 supernova, observed the largest yet recorded energy release from the Carina constellation, discovered antimatter occurs naturally on Earth, found two massive gamma-ray and X-ray bubbles around the Milky Way, and observed the highest energy light ever seen from the Sun. Nice save, NASA.last_img read more

Motorola ambitieux pour sa tablette Xoom

first_imgMotorola ambitieux pour sa tablette XoomXoom a été présenté comme le principal concurrent de l’iPad dans les mois à venir, lors du Consumer Electronic Show de Las Vegas, la semaine dernière. Alors que la tablette tactile n’est pas encore commercialisée, Motorola envisage des ventes atteignant jusqu’à 800.000 unités.Motorola veut déstabiliser l’iPad d’Apple, tablette vedette aujourd’hui, jusque-là imperturbable sur le marché. Muni d’un écran de 10,1 pouces et d’une définition de 1200×800 pixels, il est animé par l’OS de Google, Android 3.0 surnommé “Honeycomb”. Le terminal est aussi capable de lire le full HD (voir notre article pour plus de détails). Ainsi, Motorola s’est montré ambitieux concernant sa tablette, à en croire les fournisseurs de la firme américaine. Clubic.com annonce que les dirigeants visent 700.000 à 800.000 ventes et que ce chiffre pourrait monter à un million selon les commandes. Xoom sera commercialisé par Verizon aux Etats-Unis d’ici les prochaines semaines.Le 12 janvier 2011 à 14:53 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more