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New U.S. Arctic vessel shipshape, scientists report

first_imgSeaman Sikuliaq reporting for duty, Captain. The low rumbling of the engine of the RV Sikuliaq was music to ocean scientists’ ears last week during a 23-day cruise to test how the newest addition to the U.S. oceanographic fleet handled icy seas. Starting from Dutch Harbor on the Aleutian island of Amaknak in Alaska, the ship ventured north into so-called ten-tenths sea ice—the name shiphands give to a sea ice coating that stretches to the horizon.The 80-meter-long Sikuliaq is not an icebreaker, but its hardened hull is rated to move through sea ice as thick as 0.8 m. And it “crunched” smoothly through ice it encountered during various trial procedures, reports chief scientist Carin Ashjian, a biological oceanographer from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Massachusetts. (The ship moved easily through 0.5 m-thick solid ice, but was stopped by stacked “rafting” ice that was 1.5 m thick. 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Winches delivered sampling and sensory equipment smoothly in ice and water, and crews successfully exited the ship on foot to take samples from surrounding ice. Inside the nearly 3500-gross-ton vessel, large decks and spacious lab areas had scientists salivating. “She’s a great ship, and a great addition to the U.S. science fleet,” Ashjian says. The ship has about 24 berths for scientists, in addition to a crew of about 20, and has a range of about 30,000 kilometers.Previously, U.S. scientists have relied on the Coast Guard’s Healy icebreaker for access to the Arctic. Now, Sikuliaq will allow scientists to access icy areas during the fall and spring “shoulder seasons” that other existing vessels generally avoid. “She opens the southern parts of the Bering Sea during those times of year,” Ashjian says.WHOI oceanographer Sam Laney was particularly interested in the scientific possibilities that will allow. “Since people don’t get a lot of opportunities to come up here in the Bering Sea this early in the year, we don’t have a lot of data on what phytoplankton species are ‘early risers’, i.e., species that do especially well in early spring. These would be analogous to crocuses or daffodils on land: the plants that you see blooming earliest in the year,” he wrote in a blog post during the cruise.Laney tested some new sampling equipment during a foray with other scientists off the ship and onto the ice. A few graduate students took samples that might inform their dissertations, Ashjian says. But the real science will begin in July, when Sikuliaq finally begins research operations in icy seas during a fall cruise back to the edge of the sea ice.last_img read more

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Blue leaves help plants get extra energy from sun

first_imgNearly all life on Earth depends on the ability of plants to convert light into chemical energy. Chloroplasts, the little factories that carry out this conversion, are widely considered passive in this work: They just sit there and absorb whatever light hits them. But it turns out that’s not always the case. A team of researchers from the United Kingdom reports today in Nature Plants that it has discovered a species of shade-dwelling begonia called Begonia pavonina (above) that arranges light absorbing components in its leaves to boost their light absorption. Typical chloroplasts contain membrane-bound compartments called thylakoids that stack atop one another in a somewhat haphazard arrangement. In B. pavonina, however, this stacking is far more regular, creating what are known as photonic crystals. These crystalline arrays strongly reflect blue light, giving the leaves an iridescent glow. But more importantly, they concentrate the more abundant green and red wavelengths of light on the leaves’ energy absorbing apparatus. The upshot is that B. pavonina’s leaves soak up as much as 10% more energy than other low-lying forest dwellers. That may not seem like much, but under the thick canopies of Malaysian forests where B. pavonina lives, that extra energy gives the plant the juice it needs to edge out its competitors.last_img read more

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Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir can do us damage, says Stuart Broad

first_imgVeteran England pacer Stuart Broad said his team needs to forget about Pakistan bolwer Mohammad Amir’s past and concentrate on his cricketing abilities as he is capable of doing some real damage during their upcoming Test series. (James Anderson should have been in England squad for Lord’s Test: Broad)England will begin their Test series against Pakistan on Thursday at Lord’s and Amir is set to make a high-profile return to the Test scene, at the very ground where he became embroiled in a spot-fixing scandal in 2010. (Mohammad Amir didn’t deserve a second chance: Kevin Pietersen)The 24-year-old was one of the hottest properties in world cricket at the time and is now playing again after serving his suspension.AMIR SOUNDS EARLY WARNINGHis performance in the tour opener against Somerset last week suggested that he could be a real threat to England this summer. (Amir’s return to Lord’s will make me feel sick, says Graeme Swann)”It is a huge story, back for his first Test at Lord’s since the controversy six years ago, a massive story. But, as a team, it is a dangerous place to get waylaid by that, because we could find ourselves in a lot of trouble,” Broad was quoted as saying by Sky Sports on Monday. (Also Read: Amir can lead Pakistan’s pace attack in England: Wasim Akram)”Having seen the way Amir has bowled at Taunton, we need to get in the right frame of mind, because he can do us some damage. Let’s start looking at him as a cricketer and a bowler, and how we can negate that.”advertisement”I think what will help the team move on is that there is only me, Alastair Cook and Steve Finn who played in that Test. It is a very new team,” he added.BROAD TO LEAD PACE ATTACKEngland will be without Broad’s regular new-ball partner James Anderson for the Lord’s Test, meaning Jake Ball or Toby Roland-Jones will be handed a debut.Broad memorably bowled England to an Ashes win at Trent Bridge when Anderson was absent last year, and again impressed when England were without the Lancashire pacer in Durban last Christmas, but still managed to secure a victory over South Africa.Broad will again lead the England bowling attack against Pakistan at Lord’s this week.”I have played 90-odd Test matches, and I can only think of maybe five or six without Jimmy. You are stepping into the unknown, but that can give you a bit extra. Trent Bridge went well, Durban went well. I hope it will go the same here,” the 30-year-old said.Broad’s chief concern is the Lord’s pitch, which has not tended to offer much help to pace bowlers of late.”I think our biggest challenge is going to be this wicket, because you look at all the Middlesex scores and they are all bore draws – 500 plays 500,” he concluded.last_img read more

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More than 200 footballers endorse call for Gordon Taylor to step down at PFA

first_imgReuse this content news Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger An open letter calling on the chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, Gordon Taylor, to step down has been endorsed by more than 200 high-profile current and former players.It is understood the letter will call for the election of a new chief executive to bring an end to Taylor’s 37-year tenure and supports the call by Ben Purkiss, the PFA chairman, for an independent review of the union.Former players who put their names to supporting the letter, which is intended to be sent to the PFA’s management committee, include Robbie Savage, Ian Wright and Chris Sutton. The players expressed support within a few hours of the letter being circulated on Sunday morning.The PFA and Taylor were for decades regarded as progressive forces in English football but in recent years they have been subject to sustained criticism for perceived inadequacies in the welfare provision for former players. Taylor, paid a £2.29m salary last year, is by far the highest-paid union official in Britain.Savage spoke out publicly, questioning Taylor’s salary, supporting Purkiss’s call for a review and arguing the PFA needs to modernise. Sutton, whose father, the former Norwich midfielder Mike Sutton, has dementia, has persistently argued the PFA has not done enough for dementia sufferers and called on Taylor to step down.On Sunday morning Wright retweeted an article by Daniel Taylor in the Observer strongly criticising Taylor and the PFA, and commented: “Great article.” Share via Email Daniel Taylor Football politics Several former players who have become disillusioned with the PFA began to circulate the message on Sunday, inviting other players to support the sending of the open letter.The message, which the Guardian has seen, reads: “You may have seen that Ben Purkiss (PFA chairman) has called for an independent review of the PFA. We are backing his call and would like to also call for a fair and democratic election of a new PFA chief executive. Throughout our careers we have never had a vote and this has to change. The PFA needs to be open and accessible to all. Every player should know when and how to vote, and the PFA must be run by people willing to be open, transparent and democratic. We call for Gordon Taylor to step down and allow the PFA to modernise and evolve.“Please can you support this call for an independent review and democratic election by agreeing to add your name in support of these requests. The futures of all current and former players depend on us having a fair, democratic and transparent union. If you can text or email me back to confirm your support, I will add your name to our letter which is gathering pace and numbers. Thank you.”Taylor has argued the PFA is well run and does everything it can to help with a growing list of problems faced particularly by former players, including physical ailments, Alzheimer’s disease, mental health challenges, the traumatic effects of historic sexual abuse, addiction and financial difficulties.However, a large number of former players have come to believe the PFA’s systems and level of support are inadequate, given the union’s income – £26.6m last year from its agreed proportion of Premier League TV money – and financial reserves most recently declared as £44m.The PFA responded to publication of Purkiss’s call for a review by issuing a statement saying it had a legal opinion that Purkiss is not eligible to be the chairman because he is a non-contract player, with Walsall. Taylor told PFA delegates last week the union’s AGM, which should have been held on Tuesday, had been postponed owing to the question of Purkiss’s eligibility.Purkiss, who has received substantial private support since going public last week, has refused to step down, arguing non-contract players have always been welcomed by the PFA. He has maintained his case for an independent review, arguing the PFA needs to modernise in order to better serve players and meet current challenges. Share on WhatsApp Gordon Taylor, football’s fattest cat, must go if PFA is to modernise Share on Twitter PFA Topics Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Read morelast_img read more

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It would have been a bigger disrespect if USA had not celebrated all 13 goals

first_imgShare on Messenger USA women’s football team Women’s World Cup Read more Share on Pinterest Most of the time these are choreographed before the match, which means there was a discussion in the dressing room: “If we score loads of goals, we want to celebrate them as if they are just as important as if we were playing France or Germany or anyone else.” Is that not respect? Am I missing something?Jill Ellis’s substitutions – she brought on Carli Lloyd, Mallory Pugh and Christen Press, who are top players – showed how seriously the American coach was taking the match. I’ve seen much more disrespectful things happen on a football pitch. But if they have decided to celebrate every goal then it is because they have made a conscious decision to try to respect their opponents.I remember playing Montenegro in the World Cup qualifying campaign in 2014 and our manager, Mark Sampson, said to the team before the game that he wanted us to win by double figures and for me to score five goals. I thought: “OK, that’s a good target – I’m going to try to get five.” I ended up getting my first hat-trick for England and my third goal was the eighth in a 10-0 win. Am I not supposed to celebrate in that situation? It meant everything to me to score that hat-trick, so you don’t know what each goal means to an individual player.The American players probably knew that they could break the record for the biggest win at a World Cup – there are different targets out there. When you saw the family of Sam Mewis celebrating her goal, then you can also understand what it means to them.At half-time of Germany’s semi-final against Brazil at the 2014 World Cup, I’ve heard from a good source that Joachim Löw asked his players to take it easy because they were already 5-0 up. You could see that in the second half and while you can say that is great sportsmanship, I guarantee you that it wouldn’t make it any easier for the other team. If you asked David Luiz afterwards whether he would have preferred to lose 7-1 rather than 10-1 then he would have said: “It doesn’t really matter as we were battered anyway.” You might as well keep going and enjoy it.Some of the reaction to the USA has seemed very bitter if you ask me, particular from Canada. It was actually a bit venomous. To say it was a disgrace and that it’s “an American thing” that “[the Canada striker] Christine Sinclair would never have done” went too far. Canada should be focusing on their own performance having only just managed to get past Cameroon, who are below Thailand in the rankings.My question to those players who criticised is: what would you have done differently if you had been scoring so many against Thailand? Not celebrated and looked miserable? You’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t in this situation.It was also a real shame that Ada Hegerberg was not on the pitch for Norway’s game against France on Wednesday. But sometimes you have to take a stand for what you believe in and if it costs you your national team place then so be it. I know more than anyone how that feels, although the problem is that people don’t know exactly what she is taking a stand against. I don’t think she owes it to anyone to be more specific but I think it may help other people to understand what the issue is. Norway have been leading the way in terms of gender-pay equality so it’s a little bit confusing for everyone, but you have to respect her position.It’s the same with Pernille Harder, who isn’t in France with Denmark because they decided to forfeit a game in qualifying over a pay dispute. That ended up costing them a place at the World Cup, which is an awful punishment for any player. The associations need to take more responsibility. Denmark reached the final of the Euros in 2017 but their players still had to fight to be treated fairly. Women’s football in the boardrooms needs to improve and then hopefully we will see the world’s best player playing at the World Cup.On a brighter note, I really enjoyed Asisat Oshoala’s goal in Nigeria’s win over South Korea on Wednesday. She is the best player in Africa and is totally fearless. I think she has developed a lot since she was at Arsenal and is definitely one of the players to watch in this tournament. Under their Swedish coach, Thomas Dennerby, Nigeria have built a solid defensive unit that gives Oshoala the platform to do what she does best – score goals. There are not many defences that can deal with that pace and, just like Alex Morgan – five goals against Thailand for the USA – and everybody else, she is trying to light up this World Cup. I have to say I’ve been surprised to see some of the reaction to the USA team’s celebrations during the 13‑0 win against Thailand. I think some of it is to do with the fact that they aren’t the most popular team out there – there’s this perception that the USA are arrogant and everything is excessive and over the top with them.But there is also a perception that women’s football should be all hugs, smiles and kisses – people do not expect a level of ruthlessness they might see in the men’s game. That kind of win-at-all-costs attitude is perhaps something people don’t expect from women. There’s still that unspoken rule that everything should be all “nicely‑nicely” but listen: this is a World Cup.The ruthlessness of the USA team is what every other side in France should aspire to have too. That’s why they are the defending champions. I don’t really understand the concept that they shouldn’t have celebrated, because it would have been an even bigger disrespect to not celebrate. Sportblog Scoring 13 against Thailand was great, some of the US celebrations were not Share on LinkedIn Women’s World Cup 2019center_img comment Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Topics Share via Email Hope Solo Women’s football Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Marina Strips Span Asia Carrier of Its Licence

first_imgzoom The Philippines’ Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) ordered the cancellation and revocation of Span Asia Carrier’s licence to transport passengers.The company, formerly known as Sulpicio Lines Inc, has been ordered to limit the operation of all its 13 ships, and any additional vessel to its current fleet, to cargo transport, the Manila Times writes.The decision comes seven years after the sinking of MV Princess of the Stars, owned by the company, which took the toll of over 800 lives in 2008.Only 32 of 851 passengers and crew on board survived the sinking.In a 50-page decision, Marina fined Span Asia Carrier with P 800 for transporting dangerous cargoes without a permit on the day when the accident.However, the appeal against the officials and crew members of M/V Princess of the Stars was dismissed due to lack of evidence.World Maritime News Staff; Image: US Navylast_img read more

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Enhancements Announced for South Shore hospitals

first_imgResidents of the South Shore will benefit from enhanced service delivery at South Shore Regional Hospital that will improve emergency room service as well as accommodate a satellite dialysis unit. “This multi-million-dollar investment in the South Shore Regional Hospital will benefit all residents served by South Shore Health,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister of Natural Resources, on behalf of Karen Casey, Minister of Health. “Government recognizes the space challenges that exist in the current emergency room at South Shore Regional. This enhancement will make emergency visits more comfortable for patients and staff and improve patient flow.” The announcement coincides with work on South Shore Health’s master plan. The early stages of this work include plans to add a satellite dialysis unit. With the aging population and growing of chronic renal disease, the need for renal care is expected to increase. Studies on future demand for renal dialysis indicate that Bridgewater is an appropriate location for a satellite dialysis unit. The Nova Scotia Renal Program is leading work with the three in-centre dialysis programs at Capital Health, Cape Breton Health and South West Health to develop a plan for enhancing satellite dialysis services in Nova Scotia. The province is committed to providing equitable, quality care for renal patients, and allowing those with more complex renal health care needs to be treated closer to home, in a safe healthcare environment. “This enhancement of service delivery at South Shore Regional Hospital is good news for the people of the South Shore,” said Ms. Bolivar-Getson. Ms. Bolivar-Getson also announced funding for design work on Queens General Hospital in Liverpool. The design work will enable the project to move forward. “This is an exciting day for the people of Queens County,” said Ms. Bolivar-Getson.last_img read more

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Dont think GoT was good for me

first_imgLondon: Author GRR Martin believes ‘Game of Thrones’, the TV series, “slowed” him down on the path to completing his book series. The HBO series, based on Martin’s series of fantasy novels ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’, aired in 2011 and had its series finale this May. His fifth and most recent volume of the series, ‘A Dance with Dragons’, was published in 2011 and he is currently writing the sixth novel, ‘The Winds of Winter’. “I don’t think (the TV series) was very good for me. The very thing that should have speeded me up actually slowed me down. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”Every day I sat down to write and even if I had a good day… I’d feel terrible because I’d be thinking: ‘My God, I have to finish the book. I’ve only written four pages when I should have written 40’,” Martin recently told The Observer in an interview. The ‘Game of Thrones’ writer also promised fans that the controversial climax of the TV series will bear no influence on the future novels in the book series. The long-series season finale received more brickbats than bouquets by the audience. Martin said that he is sticking to his original plan when it comes to the last two novels – ‘The Winds of Winter’ and ‘A Dream of Spring’. “It doesn’t change anything at all. You can’t please everybody, so you’ve got to please yourself,” he said. Some of the fan theories are right and some are wrong about how things would end in books, he feels. “They’ll find out when I finish,” he said.last_img read more

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THE WORLD FAMOUS CFOX LAUNCHES 7th ANNUAL GRILLS GONE WILD

first_imgListeners will also have the chance to purchase the highly sought-after limited edition Jeff O’Neil Show Rock N’ Red 2017 BBQ Sauce and BBQ Brian’s award-winning Apple Butter BBQ Sauce. Part of the proceeds from their sales will benefit the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.For full details and locations, please visit www.CFOX.com..SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Follow The World Famous CFOX on Twitter @CFOXvanThe World Famous CFOX is part of the Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com. Advertisement Advertisement VANCOUVER – The World Famous CFOX is heating things up once again with their 7th annual Grills Gone Wild BBQ. All fired up and ready to hit the road, the Jeff O’Neill Show will bring listeners the Lower Mainland’s only free neighbourhood BBQ at multiple locations, beginning Friday, May 26.World Champion grill guru, BBQ Brian from House of Q will be serving up his delicious BBQ fare, featuring different mouth-watering dishes each week. CFOX listeners who come out to Grills Gone Wild will also have a chance to win some top-notch prizes including five brand new Napoleon BBQ’s from Trail Appliances.“We look forward to Grills Gone Wild every year,” says Dustin Collins, Program Director, The World Famous CFOX. “It gives us the chance to reach out to our listeners, say hi from the Jeff O’Neil Show and fill some tummies with delicious BBQ from World Champion grill slinger BBQ Brian. It’s a must-see… or rather a must-eat!” Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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Stanley Black Decker selling hardware homeimprovement operations to Spectrum for 14B

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Tool maker Stanley Black & Decker Inc. is selling its hardware and home-improvement business to Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. for $1.4 billion in cash.The hardware and home-improvement unit makes locksets, hardware and faucets for residential use and includes brands such as Pfister, Baldwin and Kwikset.Spectrum Brands, based in Madison, Wis., said that the acquisition will broaden its product offerings which include the Rayovac, Remington and Toastmaster brands.Stanley Black & Decker, which is based in New Britain Conn., said the sale is part of its ongoing strategy to diversify its revenue and geographic reach. The hardware and home-improvement unit gets 90 per cent of its revenue from North America and more than 50 per cent of its revenue from U.S. home-improvement stores.Both companies’ boards have approved the transaction.Spectrum Brands shares climbed $4.88, or 11.9 per cent, to close at $46.04 Tuesday. Stanley Black & Decker shares shed $1.99, or 2.7 per cent, to $72.24.Stanley Black & Decker anticipates the transaction will result in $1.3 billion in proceeds after taxes. It plans to use a majority of the proceeds to buy back shares and a smaller portion to reduce debt. The remaining proceeds, along with offshore capital, will be used to pay for its previously announced acquisition of Infastech, a Hong Kong company that makes fasteners.Stanley Black & Decker says that the deal with Spectrum is not expected to change its financial outlook for 2012.Spectrum, which is majority owned by Harbinger Group Inc., says the acquisition of the hardware and home-improvement business should add 75 cents to 80 cents per share in fiscal 2013 and add more than $1 per share in fiscal 2014, excluding one-time transaction and integration costs.The hardware and home-improvement business will operate as a separate unit once the deal closes, which is expected during Spectrum’s first quarter in fiscal 2013.It will be run by Greg Gluchowski, who currently serves as the unit’s president at Stanley Black & Decker. Gluchowski will report to Spectrum CEO David Lumley.The deal announced Tuesday also includes certain assets of Taiwan’s Tong Lung Metal Industry Co., which makes residential and commercial locksets. Stanley Black & Decker purchased Tong Lung over for summer for about $100 million. Spectrum’s acquisition of the Tong Lung assets is anticipated to close in the second quarter. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Oct 9, 2012 6:12 pm MDT Stanley Black & Decker selling hardware, home-improvement operations to Spectrum for $1.4B read more

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Motor industry displays low carbon awareness

The LowCVP conference was just one of the many events being held at the British International Motor Show. Environmentally aware visitors can take a look at the dedicated Greener Driving Pavilion and Electric Village which complement the host of new cars on display in the main halls. Full details from www.britishmotorshow.co.uk Hot on the heels of yesterday’s visit by Rt Hon Gordon Brown to the British International Motor Show where he was one of the first to see the array of environmentally friendly new cars on offer, comes further evidence demonstrating the industry’s commitment to provide a range of solutions to tackle climate change. The simplest way for consumers to compare the carbon footprint of new cars is by looking at the colour-coded label1 on display in the showroom. The energy-style colour banding, as used on ‘white goods’ such as fridges was introduced by the motor industry on a voluntary basis in 1995 and is now a familiar sight in dealerships up and down the country. Each vehicle made in Britain requires half the energy to produce than it did just five years ago, saving an estimated 700,000 tonnes of CO2 a year. Total combined waste to landfill down by more than half, from 80,399 tonnes in 2000 to 39,862 tonnes in 2006.  For more details, download SMMT’s eighth annual Sustainability Report from the SMMT web site www.smmt.co.uk/category/reports/. Lower CO2 cars contribute less to climate changeLow CO2 cars use less fuelChoosing a lower CO2 model will save you moneyLower CO2 emitting cars enjoy tax benefitsWhatever your needs there will be lower carbon choices within each segment The results of a survey carried out in June by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership were today announced at a conference held at the Show when it was revealed that the label was being used in 93% of car dealerships.“There is no mystery surrounding new car CO2 tailpipe emissions – quite simply, low carbon cars use less fuel. There is a simple link between lower emissions and lower running costs,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “The colour-coded label on display at the point of sale represents the simplest method of giving consumers the information needed to make a lower carbon choice.” Official independent simulated test results provide a guide to the relative fuel economy of the car in different driving conditions and estimated annual fuel costs are based on the fuel consumption for the combined cycle driving conditions and an average fuel cost per litre. The annual VED road tax applicable to that car is also displayed, allowing buyers to easily compare the relative performances of different cars. Key points to consider when looking to purchase a new car are: Notes: Speaking from the Show where he presented at the LowCVP event, Paul Everitt said “The motor industry is the most honest and transparent sector when it comes to reporting environmental performance and we have cut average new car tailpipe CO2 by more than 13% in the last decade and over the first half of 2008 it has fallen by a further 3%. There have been a number of new technology cars launched here at ExCeL London, so quite clearly, lower carbon cars are becoming commonplace.” Environmental information based on official independent simulated test results is detailed on the label, displaying the link between fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. 2. At €20 bn, the automotive sector is Europe’s largest investor in R&D, driving industry forward and helping deliver more sustainable motoring for the 21st century. Technological innovation has helped car and CV manufacturers slash CO2 and air quality emissions from vehicles. New diesel cars for example emit 95% less soot from the tailpipe than those made 15 years ago and average new car CO2 has been cut by 13% since 1997. 1. The label has shows a car’s CO2 emissions as grammes per kilometre (g/km) and where it falls within one of seven colour-coded bands graded from green to red. The bands are directly aligned to the equivalent bands for Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) road tax. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Positive thoughts on China and iron ore from Gindalbie

first_imgGeorge Jones, Chairman, imparted some encouraging views on China and iron ore in his presentation at Gindalbie’s 2008 Annual General Meeting. His view – which, he says “is supported by recent discussions I have had with a number of senior Chinese business leaders and other experienced China analysts – is that there is a solid ‘bottom line’ of demand for key raw materials that will continue to underpin and sustain quality Australian resource projects. While there is evidence of a slowdown in Chinese economic growth from its peak of 11.9% last year, it is unlikely it will experience a so-called ‘hard landing’ where GDP growth slows to 5% per annum.”  Jones went on to quote AMP Capital Investors Chief Economist, Shane Oliver, as another believer in China. “The key reasons for this are: The Chinese economy is now of a size where even growth of 7 or 8% will still translate into solid underlying and long-term demand for key raw materials, particularly steel-making raw materials. As it is, China still predicts long-term growth rates of between 8 and 10% The Chinese banking system is fundamentally sound compared with its counterparts in the Western World with no dependence on foreign capital The Chinese corporate sector is generally in good shape with the level of gearing falling and a high level of retained earnings. Also, while the stock market has fallen in line with global markets, it is important to remember that the equity market only accounts for 15% of corporate financing Consumer spending in China has remained strong thanks to a high level of domestic savings, low gearing and minimal equity exposure amongst Chinese households Monetary policy is being aggressively eased in China, with two interest rate cuts in the last two months and inflation falling The Government has confirmed it is increasing spending on infrastructure and providing other forms of fiscal stimulus to the economy. We saw evidence of this last week with the $855 billion economic stimulus package, which will be spent on a raft of construction and infrastructure projects. There is enormous pressure within China – and indeed a strong political imperative – for the Government to maintain economic growth and provide infrastructure to support the high rate of urbanisation.“All of this gives me comfort that China will continue to grow, and grow strongly for many decades to come, providing a solid underpinning to the long-term outlook for commodities – a view which is supported by recent comments from BHP Billiton Chairman Don Argus and Rio Tinto Chief Executive Tom Albanese.“Having said all this, there is little doubt that the sudden downturn in China has had some severe short-term effects. For one, Chinese steel mills and iron ore buyers have reacted to the current crisis by moving quickly to push for lower prices – a move which is not surprising given the stunning price rises of the last two years. Predictably, major producers such as Rio Tinto and Vale have responded quickly by announcing cuts in production. This should be understood in the context of retaining supply-demand balance and positioning ahead of the annual contract price negotiations, which are already in the preliminary stages.“I believe that the current crisis will put the squeeze on the speculative end of the iron ore sector but I do not believe it spells the end for every iron ore project in the world. Companies with strong business plans, quality assets and, importantly, long-term partnerships with Chinese steel mills, will be well placed to weather the storm and, in the longer term, survive and thrive.“We are also seeing the Chinese Government’s push for consolidation of the Chinese steel industry rapidly gathering momentum – with the industry likely to be dominated by three or four giants, with AnSteel being one of these. Ultimately that is probably a good thing for the stability and long-term growth of the iron ore industry.”He spoke of Gindalbie having either achieved – or being close to achieving – all of its “key goals for the year despite the extraordinarily difficult financial market and economic conditions that have arisen. These milestones have included completion of subscription agreements with our partner, AnSteel, progressing project financing and ordering long-lead items for the Karara iron ore project.“Since mid-year we have seen unprecedented turmoil in global markets. Gindalbie has not been immune to the effects of this worldwide financial tsunami, with our share price falling to levels not seen since 2005.“Gindalbie has accepted an offer from AnSteel to fund our share of the equity contribution towards the estimated A$1.8 billion project development cost through a A$162 million share placement to be undertaken at an issue price of A$0.85 per share – a 105% premium to the market price. In the context of the current market conditions, I believe this represents a very significant achievement. The Board decided to accept this proposal after carefully weighing up the alternatives. We had always intended to raise equity to fund our contribution; however, I structured our original Joint Venture Agreement with the option to ask AnSteel to arrange debt finance in case markets were not conducive to an equity raising. I think it’s fair to say that none of us anticipated that both debt and equity markets would come under such pressure at the same time, making the terms and conditions for a A$162 million loan highly unattractive to us from a corporate risk perspective.“I firmly believe that the alternative of a share placement to AnSteel at a significant premium represents by far the best outcome and is in the best interests of all shareholders. In the current environment, the opportunity to de-risk our balance sheet and secure this funding on such attractive terms represents a major coup for Gindalbie and a strong vindication of our joint venture relationship and project development model. Details of this matter will be put in front of all shareholders for approval as soon as possible.“Once this transaction is completed, AnSteel will have a 36% stake in Gindalbie and be our largest shareholder, fully aligned with all other shareholders.  AnSteel has confirmed it is poised to make its final equity payment of A$143.7 million and, following completion of this placement, will have invested close to A$600 million in Gindalbie shares and Karara equity contributions. Once the final payments are made early next year, our joint venture company, Karara Mining, will have cash resources of approximately A$450 million, while Gindalbie itself will be debt-free at the corporate level and have uncommitted cash reserves of around A$40 million. This provides a buffer from any unforeseen future market events while also giving us the flexibility to develop other projects within our Mid West portfolio.“I do acknowledge shareholders’ concerns regarding the dilution that occurs with share placements, but I firmly believe that having Ansteel as both a partner and big shareholder will give Gindalbie a greater opportunity to grow into a significant resources group with the ability to deliver substantial returns to shareholders. AnSteel has made it clear to me that they want to help Gindalbie develop into a major resources group focused on the carbon steel materials sector.“This brings me to the point I have been making about Gindalbie and the Karara Joint Venture for years: it is companies with direct long-term relationships to the larger steel mills which will survive this crisis the best. In our case, we have a joint venture partner which is one of the pillars of the Chinese steel industry. Importantly, Ansteel is earning a 50% direct stake in the Karara project and is also our major shareholder. Their interests are firmly aligned with ours and it is important to remember that Karara will supply most of the feed for the new state-of-the-art steel mill they have just completed at BuYuQuan in northeast China.“There will also be other collateral benefits from the current crisis. Delays or cancellations of major new iron ore projects means that the forecast supply surplus that many predicted would drive down prices in years to come will not eventuate. A more balanced supply-demand equation, with underlying growth, will help keep commodity prices at reasonable levels. “The fall in the Australian dollar has also offset the fall in prices for many commodities and will ultimately benefit Australian mining companies and mineral exporters. Also, the recent slowdown is already having a noticeable impact in freeing up the tight market for equipment, materials and personnel in the Western Australian resource sector – and this, combined with lower oil prices, has the potential to flow through very quickly to help keep a lid on capital costs for new projects and should lead to lower operating costs.”last_img read more

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Top Secret USB stick uses wax seal for verification

first_imgWay back when, before email, RSA keys, and 128-bit AES encryption, people had a pretty clever way of making sure that their mail was delivered unread. As you’ve seen in hundreds of movies, wax was poured onto a piece of parchment (or vellum, or whatever people were writing on) and while still hot the wax was imprinted with a symbol. That symbol was unique and complex, so that it could not be easily be forged. The meant that if you received a letter with the seal intact you could be reasonably sure that it hadn’t been read, tampered with, or forged. This wax-based authentication technology has finally made its way to USB keys.Nowadays, if someone hands you a USB key there is no way of knowing if it had been accessed beforehand. Unless it’s encrypted and you’re given the key, it’s totally possible that someone could hop on, drop in a keylogger or some other malicious software, and be reading your email the next day. The Top Secret is a porcelain USB key that is designed to accept a wax seal, so you just need to seal it after you’ve dropped on your data. Once it makes its way to your business associate/significant other/spymaster, they’ll know it’s safe if that seal unbroken. If the seal is cracked or missing then they’ll know the stick has been accessed, and it’s possible that the USB stick is not safe to use or that the data has been copied.Of course, you’ll need your signet — possibly in ring form — if you don’t have one already. (Talk about high class problems…) There are a few initial options on offer, but it seems easy enough to put together something on your own, it’s just a wax impression after all.A 2GB Top Secret USB still will cost about $46, and 8GB model is $59.Get one at Top Secret, via notcotlast_img read more

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Female cyclist dies after being knocked off her bike by a lorry

first_img Image: Google Maps 54,489 Views Share472 Tweet Email3 Monday 27 Mar 2017, 10:12 PM Female cyclist dies after being knocked off her bike by a lorry in Dublin 6 this afternoon She was pronounced dead at Tallaght Hospital this afternoon. 67 Comments By Garreth MacNamee Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img The junction at Templeville and Whitehall Road. A FEMALE CYCLIST has died after being knocked off her bike in the Templeville Road area of Dublin 6 this afternoon.Gardaí said the incident happened at around 2.30pm at the junction between Templeville Road and Whitehall Road.The woman, who was in her 30s, suffered serious injuries when she was struck by a lorry. She was brought to Tallaght Hospital where she was pronounced dead.A garda spokesman said: ” A post-mortem is to be arranged. No other injuries were reported. Templeville Road was closed for a period of time to facilitate garda forensic collision investigators but has since reopened.“Gardaí are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information, particularly those who were in the vicinity of Templeville Road, Whitehall Road and Wellington Road between 2pm and 2.40pm today, to contact them at Terenure Garda Station on 01 666640.Read: ‘All we want is closure’: New appeal for missing Esra Uyrun as her mother battles cancer >Read: Driver’s personal licence plate banned because it would ‘offend women’ > http://jrnl.ie/3310231 The junction at Templeville and Whitehall Road. Image: Google Maps Short URL Mar 27th 2017, 10:12 PM last_img read more

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These Dragon Ball Z Kicks From Adidas Actually Look Like Trash

first_imgStay on target If you’re a big fan of repping how much you love your favorite anime series, you may want to pass on this absolutely awful-looking line of Adidas x Dragon Ball Z sneakers.As painful as it is to denounce any official product that draws from one of my favorite shonen anime series of all time, I just can’t get behind the reported line of Dragon Ball Z shoes from the sneaker brand. The line, which features seven different designs, has a special shoe based on most of the show’s popular characters, including Goku and Frieza, as seen below. They’re apparently the first two shoes you’ll be able to snag, and while the Frieza shoe is serviceable, I’m not sure what they were thinking with Goku’s.Below, you can see a muted orange monstrosity that doesn’t even begin to match Goku’s go, as well as bright red that doesn’t really match anything he has on (except maybe his power pole from back in the day). The blue undertones match his undershirt, and the gold is apparently a nod to his Super Saiyan form, but here’s the thing – it looks like a hodgepodge of random colors that just don’t fit together at all. The design, based on the Adidas ZX500 RM, is fine, but these colors? Nope.AdChoices广告via sneakernews.comFrieza’s shoe design is based on the Adidas Yung-1, and while the colors are definitely evocative of Frieza, the shoe design and coloring together don’t exactly make for an attractive or slick shoe. It’s still years ahead of Goku’s abhorrent creation, though, so that stands for something.via sneakernews.comSupposedly, characters like Cell are on their way, as well as Gohan, Vegeta, Majin Buu, and Shenron — but we haven’t seen the official reveal from Adidas just yet. When reached for comment by Polygon, Adidas stated that the brand doesn’t comment on rumored products. So it’s still not official. Maybe, just maybe, if they’re not, these Goku shoes can get some sort of makeover. Because right now? I totally wouldn’t let those things near my feet. Let’s get some more accurate coloring, and then we’ll talk.Dig sweet kicks? We do too. Check out the latest in sneaker tech here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. New Adidas ‘Dragon Ball Z’ Shoes Are On the WayThe Best and Most Loved Anime Series of All Time last_img read more

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ASA Succession Planning Workshop Attendees Learn from Fellow Farmers How to Begin

first_imgPlanning for your farm’s future can be confusing—but you aren’t the only one who has questions and you don’t have to figure it out on your own. Meet with growers in similar situations and learn more about how to successfully transition your farm and protect your legacy at the ASA Succession Planning Workshops this winter in Moline, Ill.or Columbus, Ohio.The American Soybean Association (ASA), in partnership with eLegacyConnect, is hosting the workshops to help farmers with the succession process through the “The Five Keys of Success” presented by eLegacyConnect’s Kevin Spafford.Davie Stephens attended the ASA Succession Workshop in Paducka, Ky. this past summer and he recommends the sessions to anyone who is thinking about the future of their operation.Stephens said the number one lesson he took away is to get the conversation started, because it’s easy to put on the back burner. He also said the workshop allowed him to hear others’ concerns similar to his and share ideas.“So this is really opening the door to a lot of different ideas that come from people in your area and hearing what they’re going through, how it relates to what I’m going through and we just share ideas and plan for the future succession.”ASA Succession Planning Workshop Dates and LocationsDec. 4, 2014 – Moline, Ill.Jan. 15, 2015 – Columbus, OhioClick here for more information about signing up. Click here to listen to what more attendees had to say about the workshops.ASA Succession Planning Workshops are sponsored by Farm Credit, AGCO, Illinois Soybean Association, Ohio Soybean Association and Michigan Soybean Association.last_img read more

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Public Lands Day offers free access today

first_imgMany state and federal agencies have announced free access to their sites today in the annual observance of National Public Lands Day.Locations include Fort Vancouver National Historic Site; the National Park Service site is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission said that day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks. The Discover Pass is a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit.Other federal land management agencies offering free admission today include the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service.National Public Lands Day started in 1994 to increase awareness of the value of all public lands, to foster shared stewardship of America’s national resources and to encourage people to volunteer.last_img read more

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One month into the season Bristol Bay halibut fishermen harvest a quarter

first_imgA map of IFQ and CDQ fishing areas. BBEDC manages the near-shore small boat halibut fishery in the southern portion of Area 4E east of Cape Newenham. (Isabelle Ross/KDLG)Bristol Bay fishermen have landed 8,700 pounds of halibut so far. This year’s quota for area 4-E is 33,900 pounds, significantly less than last year’s quota of 58,800 pounds.Listen now“It is a reduction,” Gary Cline, the regional fisheries director at the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation, said. “It’s basically because there appears to be less halibut abundance in the Pacific, not just in area 4-E, but stretching down to southeast and throughout the Bering Sea. And, because of this concern, the regulatory agencies have adopted a more restrictive catch limits for 2018.”Those regulatory agencies include the National Marine Fisheries Service, the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council, and the International Pacific Halibut Commission.The decrease in halibut could stem from a variety of factors, including fishing efforts, competition for the same prey by other species, such as the Arrowtooth flounder, and water temperature.BBEDC requires halibut fishermen to deploy Hobo Temperature Loggers with their longline gear to monitor water temperature. (Isabelle Ross/KDLG)In order to better understand the effects of water temperature on halibut, BBEDC implemented a regulation last year that requires halibut fishermen to deploy a Hobo Temperature Logger with their longline gear.“It’s calibrated to take temperature every hour, and then we can set it at different intervals. The intent of it is to monitor water temperature within Bristol Bay, and to see if water temperature really correlates with halibut abundance and harvest rates within the region,”  Cline said.Cline does not expect this year’s lower quota to negatively impact fishermen participating in the industry.“We do have some quota in area 4-D, which is further off-shore, also known as the northwestern Bering Sea. If our fleet catches the quota in 4-E, essentially they could fish some of the quota we have in 4-D,” Cline said.Area 4-E Fishery participants must be verified residents of communities in the BBEDC Community Development Quota. Ten fishermen are currently participating. That is fewer than applied to participate before the season began, so Cline expects that more may join the effort in the coming weeks. The fleet will likely continue fishing for halibut until commercial salmon fishing begins.last_img read more

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Smriti Irani will build a house in Amethi

first_imgIrani said that Amethi would now be her permanent home and she would be accessible to the people.IANSUnion minister Smriti Irani on Saturday did what Congress President Rahul Gandhi did not do in the past one-and-a-half decade. Irani announced on Saturday that she will construct her own house in Amethi and has already identified a plot in Gauriganj.She said that Amethi would now be her permanent home and she would be accessible to the people.Rahul Gandhi had been representing Amethi in the Lok Sabha from 2004 to 2019 and his mother Sonia Gandhi had won the seat in 1999. The Gandhi family, however, never found a permanent abode in Amethi and chose to stay in guest houses during their visits.Smriti Irani’s decision to build a house in her constituency is a clear indication that she intends to continue her relationship with Amethi in the coming years.The minister also announced a slew of projects for her constituency on Saturday.last_img read more

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Trump says his admin seriously looking at ending birthright citizenship

first_imgUS president Trump presents Presidential Medal of Freedom to Bob Cousy at the White House in Washington. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump said on Wednesday that his administration was seriously looking at ending the right of citizenship for US-born children of noncitizens and people who immigrated to the United States illegally.”We’re looking at that very seriously, birthright citizenship, where you have a baby on our land, you walk over the border, have a baby – congratulations, the baby is now a US citizen. … It’s frankly ridiculous,” Trump told reporters outside the White House.Trump has made cracking down on immigration a central plank of his presidency and re-election campaign, but many of the administration’s sweeping rule changes and executive orders have been stymied by the courts.The Republican president had told Axios news website in October 2018 that he would end “birthright citizenship” through an executive order. Experts have said such a move would run afoul of the US Constitution.The Constitution’s 14th Amendment, passed after the Civil War to ensure that black Americans had full citizenship rights, granted citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States.”It has since routinely been interpreted to grant citizenship to most people born in the United States, whether or not their parents are American citizens or legally living in the United States.last_img read more