Federal oil tanker ban bill defeated in Senate but legislation not dead

first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. – A federal ban on tanker traffic off British Columbia’s north coast has been defeated in a Senate committee.On a 6-6 vote, the Senate’s transportation and communications committee rejected Bill C-48 Wednesday night.The committee’s five Conservative senators voted against it, joined by Alberta independent Paula Simons. Five other independents and one self-identified Liberal voted in favour.When the result was clear _ a tie vote means whatever is being proposed fails _ the bill’s opponents applauded briefly in the Senate committee room.“The bill is defeated,” declared the committee’s chairman, Saskatchewan Conservative Sen. David Tkachuk.The House of Commons passed the bill a week ago and its failure in a Senate committee doesn’t mean it’s dead, but the vote is a blow for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals.Bill C-48 would put into a law a longstanding voluntary moratorium on coastal tanker traffic between the northern tip of Vancouver Island and the Alaska border, which is meant to protect delicate marine environments from potential spills.More precisely, the bill would forbid tankers carrying more than 12,500 tonnes of oil from loading or unloading in the exclusion zone, either directly at ports or by using other ships as intermediaries. Simons said late in the debate that she wasn’t confident that enough homework had been done to justify a permanent ban _ that the bill would lock in a temporary measure based on limited research more than 40 years ago.“I felt it was important as an Albertan, as a member on this committee, to come here with goodwill, to work towards amendments that would somehow strike a compromise where we could both protect one of Canada’s most extraordinary ecosystems while simultaneously not slamming the door in the face of the people of Alberta,” Simons said.She might have backed a temporary legal restriction on tankers to allow further research, she said, but couldn’t support the bill as it stood.Along with Bill C-69, which is meant to reform the federal assessment process for national-scale construction projects and is also in the Senate, Bill C-48 has enraged many backers of the Canadian oil industry, including Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.center_img “This is a victory for common sense & economic growth,” Kenney tweeted after the vote. “Thank-you to Senators for listening to Albertans & respecting fairness in our federation!”Conservatives in the Senate said voting down the bill is a win for Canada’s energy industry, leaving open the possibility of exporting Canadian oil from northern B.C. ports.The now-aborted Northern Gateway pipeline project, for instance, would have carried Alberta oil to Kitimat, B.C., in the no-tanker zone.“This bill would only make the issue of landlocked Canadian oil worse,” said a statement from Sen. Larry Smith, the Conservative leader in the Senate.The statement pointed out that Bill C-48 would forbid the transfer of oil onto or off ships in northern B.C. but wouldn’t stop tankers from passing through the area, impeding Canadian oil but not outlawing tanker traffic from Alaska.The bill has divided First Nations. Some, such as the Nisga’a, see economic opportunity in pipelines. Others, including a nine-nation alliance of coastal First Nations, worry about irreversible damage to fisheries and nascent industries based on products such as essential oils from old-growth trees.last_img read more

German leader clarifies stance on student climate protests

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is making clear she supports students protesting around the world against global warming, following widespread criticism of comments seeming to suggest the demonstrations may have been fomented by Russian online agitation.Merkel last month was talking about Russian cyberwarfare at the Munich Security Conference when she brought up the student protests, saying “that suddenly after years all German children suddenly come up with the idea you have to protest, without any external influence, is hard to imagine.”Her office says the comment was misunderstood, and Merkel was talking about how easy it was to mobilize a campaign on the internet.Merkel clarified her stance in her weekly podcast Saturday, saying she “really welcomed” the student protests and that “I think it is a very good initiative.”The Associated Press read more

Senior UN official in Jordan to address plight of refugees there

Kamel Morjane is visiting Jordan’s Ruwaished refugee camp, which houses some 400 refugees. Another 1,200 refugees are in a nearby makeshift site “in no-man’s land,” agency spokesman Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva.”UNHCR is working to find a solution for the refugees in the two camps, particularly more than 400 Palestinians, many of whom would like to go on to other countries in the region since fleeing Iraq last year,” he added.Earlier this week, Mr. Morjane attended a meeting in Amman with Iraqi officials to hammer out a national strategy for the protection, care and assistance of refugees, returnees and displaced persons. “Intensive brainstorming sessions were conducted during the two-day meeting on issues such as assistance needs, capacity building, coordination, property rights and housing requirements,” Mr. Redmond said. Over the last six months, more than 6,800 refugees have repatriated to Iraq from Saudi Arabia and Iran on convoys facilitated by UNHCR. During his mission, Mr. Morjane also met with senior Jordanian officials, the Deputy Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Karen Koning Abu-Zayd, and the Secretary-General’s Acting Special Representative for Iraq, Ross Mountain. read more

Higherlevel officials from Greece international creditors take over bailout talks in Athens

Higher-level officials from Greece, international creditors take over bailout talks in Athens by The Associated Press Posted Jul 31, 2015 2:24 am MDT Last Updated Jul 31, 2015 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addresses a meeting of his ruling radical left Syriza party’s central committee in Athens, on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Tsipras called for an extraordinary party congress in September, after Greece is expected to seal a new bailout deal with its international creditors, in a bid to end a rebellion by his hardline lawmakers that is threatening to topple his coalition government. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) ATHENS, Greece – Greece’s talks with its international creditors on a third bailout worth 85 billion euros ($93 billion) shifted into a higher gear on Friday, with lead negotiators from the European Union and International Monetary Fund meeting key ministers in Athens.The talks with Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos and Economy Minister Giorgos Stathakis follow preparatory meetings in the Greek capital this week between lower-level officials on reforming the tax system and labour market regulations.The third bailout will include a new punishing round of austerity measures heaped on a country reeling from a six-year recession and more than 25 per cent unemployment. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has pledged to back the new cutbacks, while openly admitting that he disagrees with them.“We will implement them, yes, because we are forced to,” he said in parliament Friday. “But at the same time we will struggle to change them, to improve them and to counter their negative consequences.”The bailout talks with the IMF, European Commission, European Central Bank and European Stability Mechanism must be concluded before Aug. 20. That’s when a debt repayment to the ECB worth more than 3 billion euros is due — money which Greece does not have.Friday’s meetings came hours after Tsipras defeated a bid by dissenters in his left-wing Syriza party to push for an end to bailout negotiations and seek a return to the old national currency, the drachma.The party’s governing central committee backed a proposal by Tsipras to hold an emergency party conference in September, after the talks have been concluded.Dissenters had sought a conference earlier, pressing the government to abandon the negotiations.Tsipras effectively lost his majority in parliament in a vote three weeks ago, when nearly one-fourth of Syriza’s lawmakers refused to back new austerity measures, arguing that the party has betrayed the anti-austerity platform that got it elected in January.“This country no long has democracy, but a peculiar type of totalitarianism — a dictatorship of the euro,” prominent dissenter Panagiotis Lafazanis said.Pro-European Union opposition parties were left to save the bill and have continued to prop up his government, while Tsipras has taken no disciplinary action against dissenters.“We have to agree that we can’t go on this way,” Tsipras told the committee members during a 12-hour meeting. He added that “the absurdity of this strange and unprecedented dualism” within the party must stop.Later Friday, Tsipras defended his flamboyant former finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, who came under heavy fire over claims he made — and confirmed after they were leaked — that he had drafted contingency plans for a parallel payment system that could have eased a euro exit.“Of course I issued personal instructions to the finance minister to create a team that would work on a plan of defence in the event of a national emergency,” Tsipras told parliament, answering a question from the opposition. “It would have been politically naive and irresponsible not to do so. Does that mean … that I was seeking an emergency?”Tsipras did not directly address Varoufakis’ more controversial claim that he had been planning to hack into his own ministry’s tax records to bypass officials allegedly under the control of Greece’s creditors. Varoufakis had alleged that the aim would have been to create a parallel banking system to deal with a potential closure of the country’s banks.But Tsipras defended the former minister’s integrity.“Mr Varoufakis may have made mistakes,” he said. “You can accuse him as much as you want for his political plans, for the comments he made, for not wearing tasteful shirts, for going on holiday to (the island of ) Aegina,” during a key parliamentary vote. “But you can’t accuse him of dishonesty.” read more

Football Marcus Hooker suspended one game for DUI arrest

Freshman defensive back Marcus Hooker will be suspended one game by the team for a charge from June when he was arrested for driving under the influence, head coach Urban Meyer said at Big Ten Media Days Tuesday.“He’ll be suspended for the first game,” Meyer said on Hooker.A three-star recruit who was ranked No. 642 in his class according to 247Sports, Hooker was arrested in Township, Pennsylvania, at a traffic stop. The 18-year-old was charged back in June with driving under the influence, purchasing alcohol as a minor, careless driving, disregarding traffic lanes and missing rear lights.Hooker is the brother of ex-Ohio State safety and Indianapolis Colts player Malik Hooker, and committed to the Buckeyes back in July 2017.

Father falls to death from cliffs after cancer all clear

first_imgMiss Blackman’s mother, Rebecca Watson, 53, said his death was a “mystery” and the family man was “happier than ever” and had “everything to live for”.Speaking on behalf of her distraught daughter, she said: “He got diagnosed eight or nine months ago and it was one of the most aggressive forms of cancer and in his heart, lungs and lymph nodes.”He had six months of chemo and we thought we were going to lose him then. It was a miracle he got through it. “We never thought he would come out the other side. But he did.”They said that the tumours had all shrunk.”They couldn’t say he was in remission but he had a scan and they had all gone.”We were celebrating. We thought he would never get through it but he responded to the treatment. It was unbelievable.”He got the all clear three weeks ago and now he’s dead.”They were about to get married and now the songs they picked for their wedding will be played at the funeral.” Adam Fenton with his daughter MacieCredit:SWNS.com Carly Blackman with daughter Maddison Carly Blackman with daughter MaddisonCredit:SWNS.com  A father-of-three fell to his death from a cliff following his first night out with friends after he was given the all clear from cancer just three weeks earlier.Adam Fenton, 31, endured six months of chemotherapy for blood cancer and, against all the odds, was given the “all clear” around a month ago.But his body was discovered at the foot of cliffs on Newquay’s Towan beach after he failed to return from his first night to the pub with friends on July 28.The roofer was planning his wedding to fiancee Carly Blackman, 33, with the help of their daughters Macie, six, Maddison, five, and his step-daughter Bayleigh, 13. Friends of the family are now raising money to support Miss Blackman. Adam Fenton with his daughter Macie “The cancer brought us all closer together. We were going up and down from Derriford Hospital. The tumours were so big. It was so much. 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.last_img read more

Metso to expand the NW Rapid crushing unit range

first_imgPlanning a crushing and screening process can typically take months. Additionally, it’s often difficult for aggregates producers to move their largest equipment from site to site. Metso says that the NW Rapid is the market’s first wheel-mounted crushing unit that can be delivered in standard containers from the factory as well as easily moved from one site to another using standard prime movers. The flexibility of the concept allows producers to profitably offer their customers contracts of various sizes.Besides portability, it says other advantages of the NW Rapid models include quick set-up and best-in-class production capacity. NW Rapid has been designed so that it can be set-up and dismantled in 24 hours. The 11 predesigned layouts make planning the crushing process significantly faster. The solution consists of modules that can be used to create a variety of combinations as needed.“A large share of our customers supply aggregates for public infrastructure projects that can last from a few months to a couple of years. Depending on the project phase, our customers must have the ability to offer also very high capacity. The new NW Rapid models enable production capacity to temporarily be increased up to 500 t/h, which is equal to the capacity of a fixed plant. Because of the flexibility, customers can better respond to short-notice orders and can accept contracts that couldn’t be carried out with the traditional fixed solutions,” says Julius Mäkelä, Metso’s Director of Portable and Modular Solutions.The NW Rapid series models are electric driven and they have Metso’s IC Series crushing automation as a standard feature. Additionally, the NW Rapid units can be connected to the Metso Metrics remote monitoring service, which allows central monitoring of the entire crushing fleet’s production and energy consumption.Metso says the NW Rapid series is ideal for producing high-quality end products with multistage crushing and screening units. Now, the NW120 Rapid jaw model will be joined by the screen-equipped NW330GPS and NW300HPS cone crushers. The NW4MXS is the latest introduction to the series and brings the MX4 Multi-Action cone crusher, launched in 2017, to the integrated crushing solution for the first time. Serial production of the NW4MXS will start in the second half of 2019. For other models, factories are already working to bring new machines to customers globally.The NW Rapid series has sparked great interest. More than one thousand units have been sold since 2015. “The demand for Metso’s crushing and screening plants has been growing in recent years, and, in fact, NW Rapid has quickly become one of our most popular solutions especially in fast-growing markets like India, where urbanisation and huge public infrastructure projects have accelerated growth of the aggregates sector. Because of the flexibility and cost-efficiency, NW Rapid is of interest also in several other markets: the equipment has already been sold to more than 20 countries,” says Renaud Lapointe, Senior Vice President, Business and Product Management for Aggregates Equipment at Metso.last_img read more

Hausse du niveau de la mer un îlot convoité par lInde et

first_imgHausse du niveau de la mer : un îlot convoité par l’Inde et le Bangladesh a disparuBangladesh – Un îlot situé dans la baie du Bengale que se disputaient l’Inde et le Bangladesh depuis trente ans, a été englouti par les vagues le 25 mars. C’est la hausse du niveau de la mer engendrée par le réchauffement climatique qui s’est chargée de régler le différend qui opposait les deux pays.Baptisé “New Moore” par les Indiens et “South Talpatti” par les Bengalis, l’îlot de 3 km² situé dans l’archipel de Sunderbans, a été submergé par les flots. Annoncée par l’océanographe Sugata Hazra, professeur à l’Université Jadavpur de Calcutta, cette disparition a été confirmée par des images satellites et des patrouilles de la marine.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?”Ce que deux pays n’ont pas réussi à régler durant des années de conversations a été réglé par le réchauffement climatique” a ironisé Sugata Hazra avant d’avertir qu’une dizaine d’autres îlots de l’archipel pourraient disparaître à leur tour. Les scientifiques de l’Université Jadavpur ont en effet constaté une hausse alarmante du niveau de la mer au cours des dix dernières années dans la baie du Bengale. Lors de la dernière décennie, l’augmentation a en effet atteint une moyenne annuelle de 5 millimètres, contre 3 millimètres jusqu’en 2000.Le Bangladesh est et sera l’un des pays les plus touchés par le réchauffement climatique, ses 150 millions d’habitants vivant essentiellement dans un delta proche du niveau de la mer. D’après les autorités bengalis, 18% des côtes seront submergées et 20 millions de personnes pourraient devoir être déplacées d’ici 2050 si, conformément aux prévisions des experts du climat, le niveau de la mer augmente d’un mètre au cours des quatre décennies à venir.Le 27 mars 2010 à 12:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

CES 2012 Hercules lance des webcams popart et des hautparleurs ovni

first_imgCES 2012 : Hercules lance des webcams pop-art et des haut-parleurs ovniLe CES continu, et c’est au tour du fabricant français Hercules de présenter une gamme de webcams rigolotes ainsi que son nouveau haut-parleur sans fil.  Les webcams Hercules sont des 720p en USB (30 images/secondes) appelées « HD Twist ». Ce nom leur vient de leur fixation plate, que l’on peut tordre pour mieux fixer l’appareil sur son support. Elles se déclinent en une palette de 6 couleurs vives, ce qui donne aux affiches Hercules un petit look Andy Warhol ! La focale est fixe, de 30 cm à l’infini, et le microphone est à réduction de bruit. Fin mars, il sera possible de s’en procurer une pour 29,99 €. Retardateur et mode rafale (entre 1 et 5 s) permettent de bien utiliser la bête, sans parler des logiciels inclus. Station Evolution SE est donné pour les réglages de luminosité, cadrage, de stockage et partage des captures, tandis que Xtra Controller Ex gère le zoom numérique, avec un mode de suivi automatique du visage, pratique pour dynamiser les vidéos !Le haut-parleur quant à lui, fait figure d’ovni, mais d’ovni très classieux ! Premier d’une gamme qui prendra corps au long de l’année 2012, ce premier modèle n’a pas encore de nom commercial : c’est un système stéréo (2.0) sans fil plus ou moins portable. Dans la suite de l’année, la gamme devrait s’enrichir de haut-parleurs compatibles smartphones.Le 13 janvier 2012 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Bicom PlayGo AP1 rend les chaines HiFi compatibles AirPlay

first_imgBicom PlayGo AP1 rend les chaines Hi-Fi compatibles AirPlayBicom propose de modifier une chaîne Hi-Fi en station d’accueil AirPlay ou DLNA. Vous ne rêvez pas, cela semble bien possible !La marque Bicom vient de lancer une idée produit sur Kickstarter : le PlayGo AP1. Ce dernier permettrait de faire de son installation sonore à domicile un récepteur AirPlay pouvant lire son répertoire de musiques stocké sur son iPod, iPhone ou bien iPad. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Bicom aurait mis au point un système de transmission sans fil et sans perte de qualité. Ce n’est décidément pas tout puisque, en plus de transformer votre ancienne chaîne Hi-Fi en station d’accueil Airplay, le PlayGo AP1 proposerait un module DLNA.Cette solution est pour l’heure au stade de projet et son financement est ouvert aux dons en vue d’une éventuelle commercialisation. Le site Kickstarter offre, par ailleurs, de plus amples informations relatives au projet. Il faut dire qu’étant donné l’ingéniosité de ce dernier, il est possible que celui-ci voit effectivement le jour.Le 23 mai 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Un astéroïde de 500m a croisé la Terre

first_imgUn astéroïde de 500m a croisé la TerreJeudi 14 juin, des astronomes australiens ont annoncé qu’un gros astéroïde passerait vendredi pas très loin de la Terre, et serait filmé à l’intention des internautes qui pourront l’observer sur un site web.    C’est il y a quelques jours à peine que l’équipe d’astronomes et d’astrophysiciens de l’Université nationale australienne dirigés par Rob McNaught a découvert l’objet : un astéroïde prêt à “frôler” la Terre. Baptisé 2012 LZ1, celui-ci mesurait pas moins de 500 mètres de largeur et devait selon les calculs croiser ce vendredi, notre planète bleue, à une distance avoisinant tout de même les 5,38 millions de kilomètres (soit 14 fois celle nous séparant de la Lune). Il n’y avait donc pas de réel danger pour nous.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembre”Cet astéroïde inhabituellement grand ne sera pas visible à l’œil nu, mais les amateurs pourront l’observer en direct sur Internet”, avait précisé Patrick Paolucci, dont le site Slooh.com (lien non disponible) devait recevoir en temps réel, ce vendredi à partir de 00H00 GMT, les images fournies par un télescope des îles Canaries (Espagne). L’objet cosmique a été classé dans la catégorie des objets considérés comme ‘proches de la Terre’ et donc potentiellement dangereux, puisque les critères qui répondent à ce classement sont : une taille supérieure à 152 mètres de largeur et une distance (de la Terre) inférieure à 7,5 millions de kilomètres.Bien que l’objet ait été détecté tard, les spécialistes avaient tout de même pu estimer sa trajectoire visible en vidéo. Néanmoins, 2012 LZ1 est loin d’être le seul astéroïde à avoir “frôlé” notre planète depuis le début de l’année. Le 1er avril dernier, un astéroïde de 45 mètres de diamètre est passé à environ 230.000 kilomètres de la Terre. D’autres devraient également être repérés au cours des mois suivants. Par ailleurs, les spécialistes ont d’ores et déjà averti qu’un astéroïde frôlera la Terre aux alentours du 15 février 2013.Le 15 juin 2012 à 20:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

LacMégantic la NASA a photographié lincendie depuis lespace

first_imgLac-Mégantic : la NASA a photographié l’incendie depuis l’espaceL’agence spatiale américaine vient de rendre publique une photo prise par l’un de ses satellites actuellement en orbite autour de la Terre. Elle montre le terrible incendie qui s’est déclenché dans la nuit de vendredi à samedi après le déraillement d’un train-citerne.L’incendie a pris une ampleur catastrophique, à tel point qu’il a pu être observé de l’espace, par le satellite Suomi NPP de la NASA. Actuellement en orbite autour de la Terre, cet engin exploité par la NOAA a ses objectifs constamment braqués sur notre planète et ce qu’il s’y passe. Dans la nuit de vendredi à samedi, ils n’ont ainsi pas raté la terrible explosion causée par le déraillement d’un convoi de wagons-citernes en plein coeur de la ville de Lac-Mégantic au Québec.Le cliché de droite a été pris le 6 juillet à 2H59 GMT, celui de gauche, deux jours avant, le 4 juillet. On voit ainsi clairement l’apparition d’une grosse tache lumineuse, malgré une vue un peu plus floue due à la couverture nuageuse. Selon le dernier bilan, l’explosion aurait causé la mort de 15 personnes, deux nouveaux corps ayant été trouvés mardi. Mais une quarantaine de personnes restent encore portées disparues. Ajouté à cela, plus de 800 personnes vivant près de là où a eu lieu l’explosion, n’ont toujours pas regagné leurs habitations, suite à l’interdiction émise par les autorités.Un accident du à un problème de freins D’après les derniers éléments de l’enquête, l’accident aurait été provoqué par un problème de freins. Le train était stationné dans une pente à 12 kilomètres de Lac-Mégantic et avait été quitté par le conducteur. Celui-ci avait alors laissé le moteur en marche afin de faire fonctionner les freins pneumatiques. Mais les pompiers ont dû intervenir pour éteindre un petit feu qui s’était déclaré sur l’un des wagons, et comme le veut la procédure, ils ont dû couper le moteur de la première locomotive avant d’intervenir.Ed Burkhardt, le président de la compagnie ferroviaire locale, The Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway, a expliqué que ceci avait fait diminuer peu à peu la pression, rendant les freins inopérants et entraînant le mise en mouvement du convoi de 72 wagons dans la pente. Emporté par la vitesse, le train a alors déraillé et quatre wagons au moins ont explosé dans la bourgade de 6.000 habitants, générant une impressionnante boule de feu. Néanmoins, la responsabilité du drame reste encore à attribuer.Si le président de la compagnie accuse les pompiers, le chef des sapeurs-pompiers de la municipalité de Nantes, Patrick Lambert, a expliqué que couper le moteur faisait partie de la procédure d’intervention. Le P-DG de la MMA qui a rejeté toute responsabilité, a également accusé les pompiers d’avoir tardé à avertir la société de l’incident, mais les enquêteurs du Bureau de sécurité des transports (BST) ont affirmé le contraire mardi. D’après l’AFP, les enquêteurs québécois envisagerait aujourd’hui la piste d’une “négligence criminelle”. Un risque de pollution ? À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Par ailleurs, lundi, le ministère de l’environnement québécois a annoncé craindre que la catastrophe humaine ne se transforme également en catastrophe écologique. En effet, le gouvernement avait observé une fine particule de pétrole provenant dans l’accident dans la rivière Chaudière. Or, ce cours d’eau se déverse dans le lac Mégantic qui alimente lui-même le fleuve de Saint-Laurent. Le ministère redoutait donc que les quelque 100.000 litres de pétrole contenus dans les wagons-citernes ne se retrouvent dans le fleuve.Mais le risque qu’une telle pollution ne se produise a finalement été considéré comme “faible”, le gouvernement ayant observé que la pellicule avait quasiment disparu. “Il n’y a rien de perceptible qui devrait se rendre au fleuve”, a dit à la presse le ministre de l’Environnement, Yves-François Blanchet, assurant également qu’il n’y avait aucun danger pour la santé publique.Le 10 juillet 2013 à 12:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Minister of Tourism attends launch of Darwin Initiative Saving the Iguana Islands

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 12, 2017 – Providenciales – On 7th April 2017, the Minister of Tourism, Hon. Ralph Higgs joined the National Trust as they prepared for the launch of the Darwin plus Initiative entitled ‘Saving the Iguana Islands’.The National Trust in partnership with other stakeholders including the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds(RSPB), San Diego Global Zoo and Department of Agriculture amongst others, have, over the years diligently work to conserve the endemic Rock Iguana, and other native reptile species to secure a future for these unique and highly threatened species – which are iconic for the Turks and Caicos Islands and serves as a major attraction for both locals and visitors alike.The project has received support from the Darwin plus Initiative in the form of £200k with £170k matched funding by RSPB and San Diego Zoo Global for a three year period. The organizations will collectively work to improve and control alien invasive species on Little Water Cay (‘Iguana Island’), particularly rodents and feral cats which are a threat to the iguana populations. Biosecurity for Little Water Cay and Big Ambergris Cay will also be designed to ensure that these invasive species and other potential harmful species do not become established and threatened the iguanas and other native reptiles.Minister Higgs in his remarks stated; “My love, respect and admiration for the work and successes of the National Trust is well known and documented, the Darwin Initiative has the experience to make the Rock iguana project in TCI a resounding success.”The Darwin Initiative funds projects that help countries rich in biodiversity to meet their objectives. Projects typically address threats to biodiversity such as: over-exploitation, invasive species, habitat degradation and loss, climate change mitigation and adaptation and pollution.The Minister confirmed the Ministry’s and Government’s continued support to projects such as these and also indicated his desire to see the Trust and Darwin Initiative partner on future projects.Press Release: TCIG Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

13 cars involved in early morning crash

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – An early Wednesday morning crash in Hialeah involved 13 vehicles.7Skyforce HD flew over the chain-reaction crash on the Palmetto Expressway during the morning rush hour. A truck was seen stuck on the center median, causing drivers heading southbound to deal with standstill traffic for hours.The area has since been cleared by officials.None of the drivers involved the crash were seriously injured.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Seismologists Lawmakers Call For Earthquake Early Warning System

first_imgIn Congress today, a House subcommittee marked the 5oth anniversary of the Great Alaska Earthquake with a hearing focused on what scientists have learned from that event that can prepare the nation for the next big temblor or tsunami. Seismologists and several lawmakers said Congress needs to pony up for an earthquake early warning system.Download AudioFor people who study earthquakes, each major event serves as a lab experiment. Plate tectonics was a tentative theory before the 1964 quake, which also provided valuable insights about soil liquefaction and tsunamis. William Leith, an earthquake advisor for the USGS, says North America’s largest ever earthquake changed policy, too.“Through the iconic scenes of houses broken apart by landsliding in the Turnagain neighborhood of Anchorage, the ‘64 disaster demonstrated the importance of considering earthquake hazards in urban planning and development,” he said.Leith was one of four scientists who testified today. They say one lesson the U.S. should have learned by now is the need to develop an early warning system for earthquakes, as other countries already have. USGS has spent $10 million over more than a decade to come up with a prototype for California, but it would take $16 million a year to build and operate a system for the whole West Coast. Professor John Vidale of the University of Washington says the Cascadia fault, for example, is set to deliver an Alaska-sized earthquake to the Pacific Northwest. Vidale says it’s likely to be detectable 1 to five minutes in advance.“An early warning will forestall train, car and airplane accidents, halt surgeries, allow for bridges to clear, shut down elevators, open critical doors, warn schools and the population in general,” he said.Vidale  says a magnitude 9 quake would cause an estimated 50 to 100 billion dollars damage. To some Congress members, the lack of will to pay for a warning system makes no sense. Here’s Peter DeFazio, an Oregon Democrat.“We’ve spent $10 million – WOW! — since 1999,” DeFazio said, mocking the sum as low, in Congressional terms. “We’re looking at a $100 billion problem in the Pacific Northwest. We’ve spent $10 million. You talk about countries like, I think you said Romania? Mexico? They’ve deployed early warning systems and the United States of America hasn’t? We have a prototype?”One of the scientists said most countries develop a warning system only after a catastrophe strikes. New Jersey Democrat Rush Holt says Congress has been too stingy: “And here the richest country in the world by far, undeniably, doesn’t act as if we have a future. One invest, one builds infrastructure, one sponsors research when we believe we have a future. Instead we just cut, cut, cut.”Alaska Congressman Don Young says he and the late Sen. Ted Stevens were able to provide funds for tsunami warning, but he says he’s disappointed Congress has cut it back. As for earthquake warning, Young had a bit of low-tech advice for the panel.“I do believe we can identify when an earthquake can occur. You have to buy a pheasant. It always worked back in California,” he claimed. “A pheasant will tell you when an earthquake is going to happen about five second before it happens.”Young supports funding an earthquake warning system, too, but he says the Alaska disaster showed tsunami to be the more lethal danger.last_img read more

Mamata congratulates Ranjan Gogoi on his appointment as CJI

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday congratulated Justice Ranjan Gogoi after he was appointed the next Chief Justice of India. May I humbly congratulate Justice Ranjan Gogoi, appointed as the 46th Chief Justice of India, who will assume office on October 3. We are proud of you, Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle this afternoon. Justice Gogoi was appointed as the next Chief Justice of India yesterday. He will take oath on October 3 after incumbent Dipak Misra retires. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Justice Gogoi will have a tenure of about 13 months, till November 17, 2019. Born on November 18, 1954, Justice Gogoi was enrolled as an advocate in 1978. He practised in the Gauhati High Court on constitutional, taxation and company matters. He was appointed as Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court on February 12, 2011 and then a judge of the Supreme Court on April 23, 2012. Justice Misra had earlier this month recommended Justice Gogoi as his successor as per established practice of naming the senior-most judge after the CJI for the post.last_img read more

Microsoft Is Testing Underwater Data Centers

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global February 1, 2016 This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Microsoft thinks it’s found a way to cut high energy costs for cooling data centers: By putting them under water.Company researchers tried out the concept by placing a prototype self-contained data center pod 30-feet under water off the coast of San Luis Obispo, Calif., and running it for 105 days, according to the New York Times.The eight-foot-around metal unit was run and monitored from Microsoft’s Redmond, Wash. campus, where researchers got feedback on its performance and status from on-board sensors.Microsoft is billing this effort, internally called Project Natick, as the worlds’ first submarine data center. But that’s not to say other companies haven’t already gotten creative trying to cut data center air conditioning and power costs.Nautilus Data Technologies, for example, is building a floating data center, which may be used by the U.S. Navy. And remember all those reports about Google data center barges floating off of Portland, Maine and San Francisco a few years back? Well, the stories were wrong, but the idea has legs. The advantages of water are numerous. Submarine or floating data centers could use tidal-fueled turbines to generate power, for example. And, ocean water is cooler than ambient air, so A/C costs would be cut to the bone. Other companies are placing their new data centers in cooler climates. Facebook has placed one of its latest state-of-the-art data centers in Luleå, Sweden to make use of cheap, renewable hydro power and outside air for cooling.Cool water means smaller A/C bills.Microsoft thinks it’s found a way to cut high energy costs for cooling data centers: By putting them under water.Company researchers tried out the concept by placing a prototype self-contained data center pod 30-feet under water off the coast of San Luis Obispo, Calif., and running it for 105 days, according to the New York Times.The eight-foot-around metal unit was run and monitored from Microsoft’s Redmond, Wash. campus, where researchers got feedback on its performance and status from on-board sensors.Microsoft  MSFT 5.64%  is billing this effort, internally called Project Natick, as the worlds’ first submarine data center. But that’s not to say other companies haven’t already gotten creative trying to cut data center air conditioning and power costs.Nautilus Data Technologies, for example, is building a floating data center, which may be used by the U.S. Navy. And remember all those reports about Google data center barges floating off of Portland, Maine and San Francisco a few years back? Well, the stories were wrong, but the idea has legs.More: Google’s secret plan to catch up with Microsoft and Amazon.The advantages of water are numerous. Submarine or floating data centers could use tidal-fueled turbines to generate power, for example. And, ocean water is cooler than ambient air, so A/C costs would be cut to the bone. Other companies are placing their new data centers in cooler climates. Facebook has placed one of its latest state-of-the-art data centers in Luleå, Sweden to make use of cheap, renewable hydro power and outside air for cooling.For more on Microsoft’s cloud efforts, check out the following Fortune video.There are obvious risks for submarine data centers. Salt water is corrosive and weather can be a problem, to name just two potential problems. But, per the Times report:…the Microsoft researchers believe that by mass producing the capsules, they could shorten the deployment time of new data centers from the two years it now takes on land to just 90 days, offering a huge cost advantage.Google, Facebook, Microsoft  and Amazon Web Services all run massive pools of computing power in data centers around the world to run their operationsMicrosoft and Amazon, in particular, have been engaged in a land grab, adding new data center locations—in India, the U.K, and South Korea—to broaden the geographical reach of their respective cloud services. Maybe that battle will move to the oceans as well. 4 min read Register Now »last_img read more

St Louis Missouri– Midcoast Aviations new 1460

first_imgSt. Louis, Missouri– Midcoast Aviation’s new 146,000 sq ft narrow- body hangar — its largest ever — is now open for business. The hangar was completed within 14 months with a total investment of $18.5 million. As part of this expansion, the company will add at least 200 new employees within the first two years of operation.To accommodate the growing narrow-body business aircraft market and Midcoast’s robust completions schedule, the company broke ground in July 2007 to construct its new, $18.5 million state-of-the-art hangar. The structure, which features two 48,000 sq ft bays, is connected by a 36,000 sq ft, three-story center core and also offers 14,000 sq ft of support shop space. The new addition brings the company’s hangar space at St. Louis Downtown Airport near St. Louis, MO, to nearly 650,000 sq ft.“The new building will serve as our green completions delivery center and allows Midcoast to centralize completions activities in two hangars,” says Kurt Sutterer, Midcoast president. “I am also happy that with the new infrastructure we can continue to provide for our region excellent career opportunities at Midcoast Aviation.”The state of Illinois provided a $4 million investment package from its “Opportunity Returns” initiative. This program is part of Governor Rod Blagojevich’s comprehensive economic development strategy to continue creating new jobs and spur growth in Southwest Illinois. “I also wanted to thank the state of Illinois and Governor Blagojevich for supporting us in the company’s largest construction project in its history,” said Sutterer.From its total of nine hangars, Midcoast has dedicated five of them to supporting the growing maintenance business while two hangars are fully equipped for aircraft painting. Currently, Midcoast is in the planning process of building another state-of-the-art paint facility designed to accommodate larger aircraft.Midcoast Aviation, an affiliate of the Jet Aviation Group of Companies, is a full-service AS9100- certified aircraft maintenance, modifications and completions provider. The company employs more than 2,000 people at the St. Louis Downtown Airport location and its satellites in Boston/Bedford, MA; Chicago, IL; St. Louis, MO; Palm Beach, FL, and Teterboro, NJ, including the recently acquired MRO and completions facility Savannah Air Center. Midcoast Aviation is a Dassault Falcon, Bombardier, Hawker Beechcraft and Embraer authorized service center and also a Gulfstream center of expertise. For more information, visit www.midcoastaviation.com.last_img read more