Tories force allnight votes in bid to force testimony from PMs adviser

first_imgOTTAWA – Conservatives are forcing MPs to stay up all night voting continuously on more than 250 motions — a filibuster launched in retaliation for the Liberals voting down a Tory motion to call Justin Trudeau’s national security adviser to testify at a House of Commons committee about the prime minister’s disastrous trip to India.Conservatives predicted the non-stop voting on all the motions, which started around dinner time Thursday, would take about 40 hours.The filibuster will result in a hefty overtime bill for the Commons, since its services must be available whenever the chamber is sitting.Those services include security, cafeteria, shuttle buses, messengers, translation, transcription, printing, maintenance and tech support.After about three hours of voting, Liberal MP Rob Oliphant asked that the Commons mobilize additional staff so that the young pages in the chamber would not be “run off their feet all night.”Back in 2011, when the NDP conducted a 58-hour filibuster against the then Conservative government, Tory MP Candice Bergen — now the party’s House leader — pegged the cost of keeping the Commons running at $50,000 an hour, although her own government disputed that figure.Whatever the overtime costs for Commons employees, they don’t include the cost of rearranging travel plans. Many MPs, particularly from far-flung parts of the country, normally return to their ridings on Thursday nights. Cabinet ministers also tend to fan out across the country on Fridays to make announcements or attend events.Transport Minister Marc Garneau had to cancel his plans to travel Friday to Lac Megantic, Que. — site of the 2013 rail disaster that levelled half the downtown area — where he was scheduled to discuss rail safety with the Quebec Federation of Municipalities.Conservatives maintained the disruption was warranted, given the government’s refusal to let the prime minister’s national security adviser, Daniel Jean, testify at the national security committee about the briefing he gave journalists during Trudeau’s India trip.“We need the same rights that journalists had, and if he doesn’t give it to us through this vote tonight, we are going to show that Parliament is going to sit until they do the right thing,” Conservative foreign affairs critic Erin O’Toole said earlier Thursday.Jean suggested to reporters covering Trudeau’s trouble-plagued trip last month that rogue factions in the Indian government had sabotaged the prime minister’s visit.That included the embarrassing revelation that Jaspar Atwal — a one-time Canadian Sikh separatist extremist convicted of attempting to murder an Indian minister during a visit to Vancouver Island in 1986 — had been invited to two events with the prime minister during his India sojourn. The revelation came just as Trudeau was attempting to convince Indian officials that his government supports a united India and does not countenance violent extremism.In a media briefing arranged by the Prime Minister’s Office, Jean suggested Atwal’s presence was arranged by factions within the Indian government who want to prevent Prime Minister Narendra Modi from getting too cosy with a foreign government they believe is not committed to a united India.Trudeau has since defended Jean, saying he’s a professional, non-partisan, veteran public servant who only says what he knows to be true.But the Conservatives maintain Jean was used by the PMO to deflect attention from a public relations disaster.“When the prime minister uses a senior and respected civil servant as a human shield to get out of a bad political scandal, that’s terrible,” said O’Toole.He questioned how one could argue that Indian factions could have been responsible when a Liberal backbencher, Randeep Sarai, has taken responsibility for getting Atwal on the guest lists and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has called the incident an “honest mistake.”“Both of these scenarios can’t be true and the fact they brought up the India conspiracy theory also is a blight on a good relationship with an important country,” O’Toole said.The Conservative motions are all related to budgetary matters, which are considered matters of confidence. The government must, therefore, ensure enough of its MPs are present at all times to avoid losing any of the votes — which would be deemed a loss of confidence and trigger an election.last_img read more

Ban Ki-moon Declares ‘Full Supports’ for COP22 Success

New York – Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar said, Thursday in New York, that the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declares his full support for the success of the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22), be held next November in Marrakech.“Ban Ki-moon will be present. He gives his full support for the success of the COP22,” said Mezouar, who was speaking at a press conference, held on the sidelines of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly.He also said that the Marrakech Conference will be a “major turning point,” that will contribute to the development of a structured and detailed agenda of action to address climate change, humanity’s greatest environmental threat. Mezouar, who is also president of the COP22, noted, in this regard, that Morocco is determined more than ever to contribute to this collective awareness to save the planet. read more

Growing concerns about careless driving after a spike in the number

A danger being seen more often this year in Halton region is the number of deaths from motorcycle crashes. In 2019 four people have died and three have been seriously injured.It’s unclear why there have been so many so early in the year but police say rider inexperience has played a role in the collisions they’ve seen so far.Halton police say motorcycles are particularly vulnerable at intersections when bikes or other vehicles are making left-hand turns. Last week a rider was seriously injured when he was hit by a vehicle making a left-hand turn in Oakville and thrown 40 metres.The driver of the vehicle has been charged with making an unsafe turn. Other parts of our region, Norfolk County OPP say they have seen more motorcycle crashes in their jurisdiction than any other OPP jurisdiction but in Niagara things are different.Police have said there have been no serious motorcycle collisions and numbers are down. read more

Addressing General Assembly UN officials spotlight vital role of culture in sustainable

As the UN continues its work helping to define the global development roadmap after 2015, the target date for achieving the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the 193-member Assembly met today at Headquarters in New York to debate the role of culture in that framework. “I hope today’s debate will help distil your cultural experiences and practices into new and bold creative directions which can inspire the post-2015 development agenda and our work for a better world,” said Deputy-Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, recalling that, from the work of Dag Hammarskjöld some 60 years ago, to the efforts of its many Goodwill Ambassadors today, the UN has long championed culture as a means to promote development.“Culture is not static. It is very dynamic. It evolves and reflects constantly. It gives new perspectives and new experiences” he continued, noting for example how the role of women has changed in various societies over the years and has had a deep cultural and societal impact,” a positive impact, I would say very strongly.”“We should recognize the role of culture for all. We should protect it and allow it to flourish in all aspects of the sustainable development agenda and also to see it as a creative part of national identity,” said Mr. Eliasson.Sharing that view, Acting Assembly President, Mohamed Khaled Khiari, sitting in for President John Ashe, said: “Culture is also the thread that binds together the social fabric of our societies, defining our sense of identity and belonging.”Yet, development actors increasingly recognize that one size does not fit all, he said. “Understanding and considering a society’s cultural aspects is critical to adapting development approaches to local contexts and ensuring successful outcomes.”Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), echoed this sentiment, telling participants that “this is where culture can help, to foster participation, to craft a more balanced and meaningful development model for the people, by the people”.In parts of Africa, she noted the role of traditional leaders and doctors in gaining confidence of patients to strengthening health care, combating HIV and improving the quality of education. In Jacmel, Haiti, Carnival represents thousands of local jobs in the craft and creative industries, she continued, adding that such sectors account for $624 million around the world.There is also a link between nature and culture, as exemplified by the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador and other World Heritage sites, which also provide a source of identity, fulfilment and belonging for people. In addition, cultural leaders and artists influence public opinions and behaviours, and “we will count on their voices to support and encourage the profound changes we are hoping to achieve” in the development world after 2015, Mr. Khiari said. He announced that Mr. Ashe will host on 6 June a cultural event and concert with “a number of respected performing artists and celebrities from all corners of the world” who will “lend their voices, names and talent to raise awareness on the post-2015 agenda and our global commitment to eradicate poverty”. For his part, Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the UN World Toursim Organization said “heritage tells mankind’s story; it tells our story. Tourism can enliven this heritage”. The nexus between tourism and culture thus offers an immense opportunity to contribute to inclusive economic growth, social development and stability and heritage preservation.To that end, he said global tourism intensifies our role as global citizens, stewards of world heritage and ambassadors of peace – “calling us to preserve our past, so we can protect our future.”The General Assembly adopted three resolutions on culture and development in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Another example of the increasing awareness around culture’s role in development is its mention in UN documents. In 2006, culture was highlighted in less than 30 per cent of UN Development Assistance Frameworks, whereas now that figure has risen to more than 70 per cent, according to recent figures.Today’s debate is taking place amidst the ongoing meeting of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development, also being held in New York. read more

UN global education envoy urges new funding for lost generation of children

Discussing the pressing funding requirements to address the needs of children trapped in humanitarian crises, the Special Envoy announced the launch of the International Finance Facility for Education (IFFEd) which will serve 700 million children living in low- and middle-income countries, where the majority of out-of-school and displaced children reside.“The facility is advancing rapidly with a high-level event scheduled in April where prospective donors are expected to agree to constitute the new $10 billion fund this year,” Mr. Brown concluded. On 27 February, in CAR, the Government, ECW, and a coalition of partners, will also launch a new three-year education programme to reach an estimated 900,000 thousand children – half of whom are girls – to address the violence and displacement that had left nearly half a million children out of schools.Both initiatives follow a programme that was launched in Uganda in September last year to help with the influx of South Sudanese refugees.Responding to questions from journalists, Mr. Brown noted the success of double-shift schools in Lebanon, highlighting the fact that from the 400,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon who are now in school, almost 300,000 are in the double-shifts schools.“They get their education in the afternoon, in Arabic, after the Lebanese children get their education in the morning in English and French, in the same class-room. It just proves that it is possible to use the existent education system already in place to provide schooling for children”, he explained. Ensuring that the world’s children have a place in school classroom is essential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, which calls for quality education for all by 2030.Speaking to journalists at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Brown warned that “99 per cent of the world’s young refugees who are now becoming the invisible generation will never get a place in college or higher education; and only 20 per cent will get a secondary education”.“It’s time the world woke up to the horror of so many children devoid of hope,” he stated. Highlighting the urgency of the situation, Mr. Brown said there are perhaps 75 million children caught in conflict. “[They] are broken by the absence of hope, the soul crushing certainty that there’s nothing ahead for which to plan or prepare, not even a place in a school classroom.”He lamented the desolation of a “lost generation” and made an urgent appeal for new funding for more than 30 million displaced and refugee young people.Recounting the situation of the Maria refugee camp in Greece, where “no formal education is on offer to any of the hundreds of children who are there”, Mr. Brown told journalists the story of two young boys – one only 10 years old – who attempted suicide in the camp.Mr. Brown said that “at that age, their lives should be full of hope and excitement at every new dawn – but instead young people are so devoid of hope, that they attempted to take their own lives”.“A lost generation is not only identified by empty class rooms and silent playgrounds and short unmarked graves; a lost generation is one where hope dies in those who live”, he added.Noting that the Security Council was currently on the difficult circumstances in Yemen affecting millions of children, Mr. Brown, the former British Prime Minister, also highlighted the escalating crisis in Venezuela, the half a million out of school children alone in Central African Republic (CAR), the need to reopen a 1,000 schools in Afghanistan – where there are still 3.7 million out of school children – and the ongoing refugee challenge being driven by situations in, among others, Myanmar, Sudan and Syria.On a positive note, Mr. Brown announced that the Education Cannot Wait Fund (ECW) – which was set up in 2016 to provide opportunities for displaced children in crisis – will launch on Thursday a programme for safe and reliable education for half a million children in Afghanistan, including more than 320,000 girls. read more

Roller coaster ride winding down for Buckeye seniors

Then-junior running back Jordan Hall (7) is tackled during the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. OSU lost to Florida, 24-16, Jan. 2, 2012.Credit: Lantern file photoFirst there was a Rose Bowl victory. Then a victory in New Orleans at the Sugar Bowl. Then that season was vacated, and the school endured into its first losing season since 1988.Now, a 22-game winning streak. The Ohio State football class of 2013 has been through it all.“It was a roller coaster ride. It started off basically giving us everything — Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl. And then, not trying to down the Gator Bowl or anything, it’s just not the Rose Bowl or the Sugar Bowl,” redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton said Monday. “We kind of got spoiled from the start, and then once it got down … I’m (just) happy we got to pick it back up for one last go around.”Guiton is one of 18 players set to be recognized Saturday for the Buckeyes’ (10-0, 6-0) home finale against Indiana (4-6, 2-4). With a win, OSU will clinch a Leaders Division title for the second consecutive season.It is a class of seniors that has been under the tutelage of three head coaches in its time at OSU and has gone through the adversity of a bowl ban, among other setbacks.“My class, we came in with (Jim) Tress(el) and then we went to coach (Luke) Fick(ell) and now we got coach (Urban) Meyer, so it’s been a great experience,” senior safety Christian Bryant said Monday. “Coach Meyer, he came in with a great spirit. He wanted to try to turn this program back to where it was before coach Tress left, and I feel like he did a great job of that.”The 2013 seniors have posted an overall record of 40-8, including the vacated 2010-11 season. Its 12-0 campaign a year ago was just the sixth undefeated and untied season in program history and the first since 2002.All that recent success, though, did not come easily after each member was a part of the forgettable 6-7 2011 season.“It’s been one heck of a ride, (with) just a lot of stuff thrown at us,” redshirt-senior center Corey Linsley said Monday. “For the guys that made it through and the guys that stuck it out, through the ups and downs, it’s absolutely been worth it … There’s a lot of reasons why we were 6-7, and why we’re undefeated now. We’ve done nothing but work hard to earn this spot.”In just its second season under Meyer, OSU is on the verge of setting a school record for wins in a row if the team takes care of business against Indiana. The coach said he has a high appreciation for those players being honored Saturday.“This week is all about 18 seniors, (the) last two years have (they’ve) been on a nice run,” Meyer said. “Guys I have a great admiration for.”Coming back from the depths of the losing season was something not only the seniors had to go through, the older guys played a huge part in turning the team’s success around.“We did a lot of growing up, as far as maturity goes. I think when coach Meyer got here we realized that we were the older guys now, and we had to assume some responsibility and not just take a back seat and watch other guys do it,” redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort said. “It’s been a lot of fun, and it’s been a great journey and I love this senior class.”For Linsley, one moment in particular stings deep on the journey from the Gator Bowl after the 2011 season to 22 straight wins.“Probably losing to the team up north,” Linsley said. “After that game, everyone was just like, ‘Man, we haven’t lost to those guys in forever.’ I’d say that was the darkest moment of the season.”Meyer, on the other hand, said he has yet to take a step back and reflect on the success he’s had with the class. He cares more about how they’ve grown as people, particularly the offensive line.“To think that those guys have developed, I go fight for those guys,” Meyer said. “I love who they are. I love who they’ve become. If I was a college kid, that’s who I would hang out with. They’re sincere, great people that work their tails off. They love Ohio State and they love football.”Guiton said he wants members of Buckeye Nation to remember those leaving for the way they reversed the program’s bad luck.“Just turning it around. Turning it around. We had a bad year and everything and coach Meyer came in and changed the leadership around,” Guiton said. “He changed a lot around. He helped for the better.”Meyer said, though, it’s not quite time to look back on the seniors’ successes.“I think someday, you’ll be able to look back and reflect. Now is not that time. We have too much work to do,” Meyer said.Linsley echoed his coach, saying the success will be mute if they don’t finish strong against the Hoosiers in the seniors’ final home game. That attitude has permeated throughout the whole team.“Honestly, two weeks ago I didn’t even know what our record was. I think that was the feeling on the team, too. What are we? 7-0? 8-0?” Linsley said. “It doesn’t really matter because all we can do is think about the next opponent. When we get (the record for wins), that will be a heck of an accomplishment, but right now we’re just focusing on beating Indiana. ‘Cause Indiana doesn’t really care about our win streak.”That attitude is sure to be a part of whether the Buckeyes will take down Indiana for their 23rd straight win. Kickoff at Ohio Stadium is slated for 3:30 p.m. read more

Flexmine ropes for shaft sinking at Esterhazy

first_imgRedaelli reports that its Flexmine ropes have been and are still in use at the Mosaic K3 site, where they are being used to support the Galloway, which is being used to complete the final phase of the sinking project.Mosaic’s Esterhazy mine is the largest potash mine in the world with an annual capacity of 5.3 Mt. Mosaic is building the new greenfield K3 mining complex at Esterhazy to expand current mining operations. This expansion project will add an additional 1 Mt to the annual output.The K3 complex will comprise two 6.1 m diameter shafts sunk to a depth of approximately 1,130 m below collar together with the necessary service shaft head frame and hoists, ventilation circuits and the associated surface infrastructure.The Redaelli ropes that are currently in use at the project are eight Flexmine 500s with a diameter of 54 mm and a length of 1,372 m. They are non-rotating, fully compacted ropesRedaelli says its Flexmine ropes are the best choice for hoisting applications in deep shaft mining because they offer “high breaking strength, flexibility and resistance to rotation, crushing and wear. Flexmine ropes can be customised to meet clients’ requirements and are available with round strands, compacted outer strands or fully compacted rope. The core can be plastic coated to further improve rope’s properties.“These ropes have been used in some of the most challenging environments from shaft sinking to offshore applications.”last_img read more

UNESCO call for applications for joint PhosAgroUNESCOIUPAC grants

first_imgPhosAgro, one of the world’s leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers, announces that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has launched a call for applications for a joint PhosAgro/UNESCO/IUPAC grant.Applications must be submitted by 28 February 2017, and forms are available on the UNESCO website ( The same applies to applications for the special nomination for research concerning the use of phosphogypsum.2017 will mark the fourth year that UNESCO is awarding leading young scientists with grants for research in the field of green chemistry under a joint program with PhosAgro and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (“IUPAC”).The Green Chemistry for Life project was launched in March 2013, at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The goal of the partnership is to provide support for talented young scientists engaged in research in the field of green chemistry with the aim of protecting the environment and human health, as well as introducing energy-efficient and ecologically sound technologies using innovative solutions.This grant program is unique because it marks the first time in the long history of UNESCO and the entire UN that such an initiative has been launched on an extra-budgetary basis with funding from a Russian business. PhosAgro agreed to support this program to provide grants to young scientists from all over the world aimed at developing new technologies in cooperation the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO.The special grant for research in the field of applications for phosphogypsum was launched together with UNESCO and IUPAC in March of this year. Young scientists may apply for grants to support green chemistry research aimed at finding innovative solutions for the processing and use of phosphogypsum.PhosAgro is one of the leading global vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers. It focuses on the production of phosphate-based fertilizers, feed phosphate and high-grade phosphate rock (P2O5 content of not less than 39%).The company is the largest phosphate-based fertilizer producer in Europe, the largest producer of high-grade phosphate rock worldwide and the third largest MAP/DAP producer in the world (excluding China), according to Fertecon. PhosAgro is also one of the leading producers of feed phosphates (MCP) in Europe, and the only producer in Russia. It is Russia’s only producer of nepheline concentrate.PhosAgro’s main products include phosphate rock, 33 grades of fertilizers, feed phosphates, ammonia, and sodium tripolyphosphate.last_img read more

Apple Store to soon allow selfcheckouts via app

first_imgWhether you’re a fan of Apple or not, you have to admit that they aren’t a company that unquestioningly accepts the traditional way of doing things. The latest change that they are rolling out will allow customers to complete their Apple retail store purchases by using an iOS app.How does it work? Apparently a future update to the Apple Store iOS app will allow you to choose an item to purchase from within the app. At that point, you simply take the product off of the shelf, and go along on your merry way. Employees, of course, will be on-hand to confirm the purchase, by looking at your confirmation email. Will you still need to flag down an employee, or will they be keeping watch at the door? That part isn’t clear, but they will obviously need some kind of oversight to avoid shoplifting.If you’ve ever shopped at an Apple Store, you may know that expensive devices like iPhones, iPads, and Macs are all stocked in the back. This program will therefore only apply to the (less expensive) accessories that are located on the floor. You will still be able to purchase the stocked computing devices through the app, but you will have to grab an employee to get them for you.If all of this sounds familiar, it is similar to the in-store pickup of online orders that Apple is beginning to allow. That has only rolled out to San Francisco-area stores, but is expected to spread elsewhere before too long. Perhaps the two programs will launch simultaneously, in time for the holidays.While we are all accustomed to self-checkout lanes in various supermarkets and department stores, this will be the first case I’m aware of where you can actually complete an in-store purchase via an app. Even though employees will need to confirm the purchases, they won’t need to spend as much time processing payments. This could lead to a more efficient use of store resources, freeing associates up to do other things that require a human being. It isn’t out of the realm of possibility that this could also be an indirect way to lay early groundwork for NFC capabilities in the next iPhone.via MacRumorslast_img read more

Gone too soon Tributes paid as rapper Nipsey Hussle shot dead in

first_img‘Gone too soon’: Tributes paid as rapper Nipsey Hussle shot dead in LA The Grammy-nominated was shot in front of his own clothing store yesterday afternoon. This doesn’t make any sense! My spirit is shaken by this! Dear God may His spirit Rest In Peace and May You grant divine comfort to all his loved ones! 💔🙏🏿I’m so sorry this happened to you @nipseyhussle— Rihanna (@rihanna) April 1, 2019 City councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson also paid tribute. “Hussle had a vision of a neighborhood built for and by the sons and daughters of South LA,” he said.“During his life, he moved from shadows into the bright hope of freedom and community revitalization.”Over the years, Hussle had been open about his early years in the notorious Crips gang, telling the Los Angeles Times newspaper in 2018 that “we dealt with death, with murder”.“It was like living in a war zone, where people die on these blocks and everybody is a little bit immune to it,” he said.“I guess they call it post-traumatic stress, when you have people that have been at war for such a long time.”Includes reporting by – © AFP 2019 Apr 1st 2019, 8:31 AM Short URL TRIBUTES HAVE BEEN paid after Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot dead in Los Angeles yesterday.Hussle (33) was shot in front of his own clothing store yesterday afternoon at close range, by a man who fled in a getaway car, according to local media reports.The shooter remains at large, a police spokesperson told AFP.The Los Angeles Times has reported the shooting was “likely planned and gang-related”.This year, Hussle’s Victory Lap scored a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album.It was his first formal album, which dropped after six years of teasing. He ultimately lost the Grammy award to Cardi B.The rapper was highly revered among his peers, and his death triggered an outpouring of tributes from celebrities and fans.Rihanna led tributes, writing that his death “doesn’t make any sense”. “My spirit is shaken by this! Dear God may His spirit Rest In Peace and May You grant divine comfort to all his loved ones! I’m so sorry this happened to you @nipseyhussle,” she wrote. Source: Rihanna/Twitter Nipsey Hussle Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Monday 1 Apr 2019, 8:31 AM 38,653 Views My prayers and deepest condolences to @NipseyHussle and his family for such a profound loss. This young man left his mark and will be remembered for his talent and love of people. Rest in power brotha 🙏🏾— Martin Lawrence (@realmartymar) April 1, 2019 20 Comments center_img Share90 Tweet Email1 Source: John Legend/Twitter Nipsey Hussle Image: SIPA USA/PA Images God please cover and restore @NipseyHussle right now!!! 🙏🏽🙏🏽— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) March 31, 2019 Source: Stephen Curry/Twitter By Hayley Halpin Source: Martin Lawrence/Twitter RIP Nipsey. I just spent Thursday with him filming a video for a beautiful new song we created with Khaled. We filmed in Inglewood, close to where he grew up. He was so gifted, so proud of his home, so invested in his community. Utterly stunned that he’s gone so soon.— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 1, 2019 Snoop Dogg posted on Instagram: “Gone 2 soon. I’m so sad right now I’ll just reflect on the good times we had.”Outside his clothing store, a crowd gathered behind yellow police tape following the shooting.Meanwhile, Drake also posted his condolences, saying: “My whole energy is just at a low right now hearing this.”“You were a real one to your people and the rest of us. Rest easy my g.”Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti paid tribute to Hussle, touching on the issue of gun violence. “Our hearts are with the loved ones of Nipsey Hussle and everyone touched by this awful tragedy,” he wrote.“LA is hurt deeply each time a young life is lost to senseless gun violence,” he said. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Shell commencera à forer la semaine prochaine en Guyane

first_imgShell commencera à forer la semaine prochaine en GuyaneLe groupe pétrolier Shell a indiqué à l’AFP que les travaux de forage au large de la Guyane commenceront  “la semaine prochaine”.Vendredi, la compagnie pétrolière Shell a reçu les autorisations (deux arrêtés préfectoraux signés) qu’elle attendait pour débuter ses forages au large de la Guyane française. Ainsi, le groupe commencera ses travaux “la semaine prochaine”, a déclaré le directeur délégué de Shell en Guyane, Bruno Thomé. “Actuellement, nous sommes dans une phase préparatoire aux travaux de forage, notamment la vérification et la mise en service du matériel”, a-t-il ajouté.Le navire de forage “Stena Icemax” commencera ainsi l’exploration au large des côtes guyanaises pour pouvoir, d’ici la fin de l’année, procéder à des études sismiques qui permettront de continuer à évaluer le potentiel guyanais en hydrocarbures. Le groupe cherche notamment à en apprendre davantage sur la quantité de pétrole qui se trouve à 6.000 mètres de profondeur. Cité par l’AFP, Bruno Thomé a souligné “la mobilisation unanime des élus guyanais et des socio-professionnels”, oubliant volontairement José Gaillou, le seul élu écologiste au conseil régional de Guyane. Ce dernier, affilié à EELV, était fermement opposé à la mise en œuvre des forages et a fermement critiqué “cette unité des élus guyanais en faveur d’une multinationale qui pille les ressources de la planète”. “L’urgence en Guyane n’est pas la recherche pétrolière. J’aurais aimé voir une telle unité derrière les problèmes plus urgents de logement, de santé et d’insécurité”, a-t-il ajouté.Une situation bientôt réévaluée ? À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Néanmoins, le gouvernement français ne compterait pas en rester là si l’on en croit Daniel Cohn-Bendit. A l’issue d’un entretien avec le président François Hollande, celui-ci a en effet déclaré à la presse “il [François Hollande] m’a dit (…) que, de toute façon, il y aurait une nouvelle loi minière, donc sur les forages, et qu’en fonction de cette nouvelle loi, après serait réévaluée la situation en Guyane”. Précisant que la suspension préalablement décidée était une bonne décision, le coprésident du groupe écologiste au Parlement européen a également ajouté : “je suis très critique du forage en Guyane mais (…) à l’Assemblée maintenant, il faut mettre toutes les informations sur la table, en débattre et je crois que les écolos peuvent gagner, que ces forages au large de la Guyane sont, du point de vue de l’environnement, quelque chose d’indéfendable”. Le 25 juin 2012 à 18:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Cosmonauts Could Be Growing More Veggies in Space

first_imgStay on target Watch out, Earth gardens: Space is set to become the next destination for growing fresh vegetables.Following the successful cultivation of lettuce at the International Space Station (ISS) in 2015, beans could be the next legume to leave our planet in 2021, said a Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU) press release. Other salad essentials could also be cultivated in space, and they would provide cosmonauts and other intergalactic travelers with the nutrition they need to live on other planets.“The dream of every astronaut is to be able to eat fresh food – like strawberries, cherry tomatoes or anything that’s really flavorful. Someday that will certainly be possible,” said Silje Wolff, a plant physiologist at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Space (CIRiS) at NTNU, in the press release. “We envision a greenhouse with several varieties of vegetables.”A crop of “Outredgeous” red romaine lettuce from the Veggie plant growth system at the ISS. (Photo Credit: NASA)Wolff just completed an experiment that cultivated lettuce in a space-like environment. The lettuce was planted in artificial soil derived from lava rock and placed in high-tech planters that monitored the nutrients of each plant. The aim of the experiment was to have each head of lettuce grow in water supplemented by plant nutrients.While observing the plants in their climate-regulated growth chambers, Wolff noticed that they used nitrogen the most as a nutrient. Wolff further studied how different nutrient doses impacted each plant’s water intake.“We found that plants can, in a way, ‘smell’ the amount of nutrients available to them. When the nitrogen concentration is very low, the plant will absorb more water and thus more nitrogen until it reaches an optimal level,” Wolff said in the press release. “The plant has a mechanism that turns on when the nitrogen level is adequate. Then it adjusts both nitrogen and water absorption down.”The next step of Wolff’s research would be to grow beans in space and analyze how the absence of gravity might impact plants’ ability to absorb nutrients and transport water. Even though the absence of gravity can’t be simulated in a lab on Earth, the beans will be placed in a centrifuge to grow in the space station. This centrifuge will then be rotated to create gravity levels for the legumes.“The art of getting something to grow in space can be transferred to our planet,” Wolff said in the press release. “This is how we create a setup that produces both the microgravity conditions in the space station and the 1-g force that exists on Earth.”We might have to wait a couple of years to grow beans and other vegetables in space, but once it’s done, it will be exciting to see plants sprout outside of our planet.More on Musk’s SpaceX Starship Prototype Looks Like a Shiny Bullet Hubble Space Telescope Captures Awesome View of Neighboring GalaxySpaceX Is ‘About a Month Away’ From First Crew Dragon Demo Flight Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend last_img read more

Marco Silva – Yerry Mina ready for Everton debut

first_imgEverton manager Marco Silva has revealed that Yerry Mina is set to make his Everton debut when they host Brighton at Goodison Park on Saturday.Mina has been plagued with injury and has yet to make an appearance for Everton since his £27.2m transfer from Barcelona on deadline day, but Silva says he could feature their home league game against Brighton.Mina’s last appearance was at the 2018 World Cup when Colombia lost to England on penalties.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Everton will be without center back Kurt Zouma next week they play Chelsea, and Silva wants to give Mina game time as he could possibly fill in for the French man.“It’s something you already know, some months ago, that Zouma won’t be able to play next week,” Silva told Sky Sports.“But our way to think is preparing the other players to play. Mina is ready to play if I make the decision.“It is the Brighton match, nothing more. We do not think about Chelsea. Our ambition and focus is on tomorrow’s match. The friendly match next week [against Gor Mahia] could be a good solution.”last_img read more

Appropriators Still Hope for Deal on Caps

first_img ADC AUTHOR Lawmakers are still trying to work out a compromise to raise spending caps that could hamper the appropriations process but have a back-up plan, CQ reported.Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) confirmed that appropriators may base the fiscal year 2020 budget on current spending levels.“We might not have any choice,” Shelby said, according to CQ.But there is still a push for a deal to raise or do away with spending caps, as has happened in the past.“Without such an agreement, we will face great difficulty in crafting a bipartisan authorization bill and will be hard pressed to provide the Defense Department with another on time appropriation,” Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the top Democrat on the Armed Services Committee said, according to the Washington Examiner.To skirt spending caps, the Administration moved part of its $750 billion defense request to the cap-exempt overseas war fund, which Democrats have criticized.DOD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCannlast_img read more

SWIFT tells banks to share information on hacks

first_imgInternational financial messaging service SWIFT told clients on Friday to share information on attacks on the system to help prevent hacking, after criminals used SWIFT messages to steal $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank.Earlier on Friday, Reuters reported that Wells Fargo, Ecuador’s Banco del Austro (BDA) and Citibank, whose managing director, Franchise Risk & Strategy, Yawar Shah, is SWIFT’s chairman, did not inform SWIFT of an attack last year in which more than $12 million was stolen from BDA.The banks and Shah all declined to comment on why they did not inform SWIFT.Banks use secure SWIFT messages for issuing payment instructions to each other. The network is considered the backbone of international finance but faith in its security has been rocked by the theft from Bank Bangladesh’s account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.SWIFT said in a communication to users on Friday that they should “immediately inform SWIFT of any suspected fraudulent use of their institution’s SWIFT connectivity or related to SWIFT products and services.”SWIFT spokeswoman Natasha de Teran said banks whose SWIFT systems had been hacked should inform SWIFT. She said she was unable to say whether banks, such as Wells Fargo, that received messages they later discovered were fraudulent, should inform SWIFT.SWIFT has a role to play in educating its members about cyber threats, said Doug Johnson, senior risk adviser at the American Bankers Association, noting there were disparate levels of security across financial institutions globally. The ABA is a powerful lobby group for the U.S. banking industry.”This is a teachable moment for everybody who uses the SWIFT system to recognize that there is an effort by criminals underway to compromise the end points of companies using that system,” Johnson said in a statement to Reuters after SWIFT communicated to its users on Friday.SWIFT is especially concerned about the use of malware to access interfaces with the SWIFT network. The Belgium-based co-operative, which is owned by its user banks, said it needed technical information from systems which have been compromised with malware to better understand the risks of attack.Malware was used in the hacks on Bank Bangladesh in February and in the BDA case in January 2015.”It is essential that you share critical security information related to SWIFT with us, “SWIFT said.SWIFT told clients it would notify them as soon as possible of cases where malware had been used to attack systems “so that you can better target your preventative and detective efforts”.SWIFT did not inform clients about the BDA theft because it was unaware of it, a spokeswoman told Reuters.last_img read more

Thousands of air travellers affected by IndoPak tensions

first_imgA Thai Airways staff speaks to stranded passengers at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok on 28 February, 2019. Thai airways cancelled 11 European-bound flights after Pakistan closed its airspace as tensions with India mount, the carrier said 28 February, a move affecting thousands of passengers at the height of the country`s busy tourist season. Photo: AFPThousands of air travellers worldwide were left stranded on Thursday after Pakistan closed its airspace in response to escalating tensions with India.Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said it would keep airspace shut until 11.59pm local time (1859 GMT), disrupting major routes between Europe and South East Asia.Thai Airways has cancelled nearly 30 flights, affecting 5,000 passengers.”All THAI flights from Bangkok to Europe departing near midnight of 27 FEB through early 28 FEB and from Europe to Bangkok departing on 27 FEB have been cancelled due to Pakistan airspace closure,” the airline wrote on its Twitter page.The decision affected its services to London, Munich, Paris, Brussels, Milan, Vienna, Stockholm, Zurich, Copenhagen and Oslo, but the airline said at around 0530 GMT that it was resuming normal operations to Europe.Singapore Airlines’ was also forced to direct flights to Europe to re-fuel, while a flight to Frankfurt was cancelled.The crisis between nuclear-armed neighbours Pakistan and India has raised fears of an all-out war.Pakistan said it would release a captured Indian pilot on Friday, in an overture towards New Delhi.India earlier said its forces had also shot down a Pakistani fighter jet as Pakistan suddenly closed its airspace early Wednesday.The CAA said Thursday morning that it had temporarily restored its airspace, with three flights departing from Pakistan as of 10:00 GMT.They were an Emirates service from Peshawar to Dubai, an Air Arabia flight from Peshawar to Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE and a Qatar Airways flight from Peshawar to Doha.- Atmosphere ‘not good’ -Emirates was earlier forced to cancel 10 return flights to Pakistan while Qatar Airways pulled flights to Peshawar, Faisalabad, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Multan.Saudi Airlines also suspended all flights to Pakistan “until further notice”.In Russia, two flights from Moscow to Vietnam and St. Petersburg to Thailand had to turn back to Russia while a Bangkok-bound flight had to land at Uzbekistan.Air Canada suspended flights to Mumbai and New Delhi, diverting an India-bound flight back to Toronto, while seven services from Istanbul to Pakistan were cancelled.The closure affected Thai Airways flights to Scandinavia and Pakistani International Airlines flights to Copenhagen, with local television station TV2 television reporting that 25 Danish students were stuck at Bangkok airport.”The atmosphere is not very good right now. We try to keep up the morale, but it’s difficult,” said student Sara Bjerregaard Larsen, adding that many were in tears.Thai Airways struggled to find new routes to Europe with Iran “rejecting” a request to travel over its airspace, according to a spokesperson for the carrier.But a few hours later China gave “permission to Thai Airways … to bypass Pakistani airspace,” according to Pratana Patanasiri, Thai Airways vice president, allowing Thursday night’s flights to Europe to resume.But frustration mounted Thursday at Bangkok’s main airport at the sudden delays.”We have waited here for 11 or 12 hours already,” said Gerda Heinzel 55, a German tourist returning to Munich after a holiday in Phuket.”We have not been given anything to eat, anywhere to stay. There are no German-speaking staff to help us.”last_img

The Ashok A glorious journey

first_imgAs the slow passage of the seasons moves over the Capital and visitors ebb and flow through the cosseted interiors of the hotel, the great open grounds of the Ashok morph as they have for millennia, before the Ridge was altered by man. The Ashok Hotel is not just a sterile, glass and chrome organisation, but it is a biome and an ecological community, in which humans, animals and plants interact in an evolving harmony which is seldom observed because it is almost magical in its cyclic complexity which turns 60 this year. The Ashok set in a prime location in Delhi’s Diplomatic Enclave is a distinctive landmark, with its rose-pink walls and arched are-turreted contours. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Named after the powerful emperor in the Indian History- Ashoka, this epitome of hospitality was primarily known to be the foremost construction as THE ASHOK, aimed to please the crowd with its royal-coated offers, centuries-old pride and astonished infrastructure. Reputed as one of the best luxury hotels in the embassy are in New Delhi, it embarks a sterile, serene and elegant ambience with the required human resources to attend to every needs of the guests. Pandit Nehru once said, “This should be a cultural centre, a place where Indian art and culture are displayed…” The Ashok emerged as a brain-child of the Indian political and cultural pioneer, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who distinctively wanted to turn the spot-lights of international traffic on the grandeur hospitality and cultural significance of India rather than being framed as a country with snake-charmers and tombs. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix   Surrounded by the green acres and the majestic natural essence accompanying the tranquillity, the hotel was established under close supervision of the first Prime Minister of India Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, and has been operating as the Flagship hotel of the India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) ever since. Since its inception it has elevated its style and modus operandi or its approach with every progressive year it has seen and experienced. Amongst several hotels in the embassy area in New Delhi, The Ashok ranks highest with its influential architecture, culturally-rooted hospitality and symbolised grandeur. The Ashok manages a wide-framed portfolio of 550 expansive rooms, 389 well-resourced exceptional rooms, 150 luxury-coated ‘Suites’, 10 Deluxe Suites and 1 Grand Presidential Suite under its wings with 2 per cent of the total reserved for differently abled persons. With a penchant for royal décor, shimmering artefacts, fascinating ambience, and heart-warming hospitality, The Ashok has lifted the bars and expectations of the masses with its imbibing lifestyle, blended with cultural significance and has constructed itself as a symbol of evolving India.  The Ashok commands a zenith for some lip-smacking dishes inspired from cuisines around the world. An enticing fusion of Satavic foods, mind-blowing non-vegetarian dishes, baked items, beverages, desserts and much more highlights the variety of The Ashok. Its large, well-lit and spacious banquets and conference halls provide access to multi-purposes events with equivalent gravity, lavish hospitality and creative ambience. Responding to its growing International clientele, The Ashok has a splendid cavalcade of multi-cuisine offerings on board. The Ashok offers visitors a taste of times in all its multi-faceted avatars – The Samavar (24 hour Coffee Shop), The Oudh, Frontier, NomNom, Sagar Ratna, Shraman, Capitol-a happening Discotheque and Zerruco- a Mediterranean restaurant.The Samavar (24 hour Coffee Shop)Representing the freshness and leisure-coated serenity with a complimentary gastronomic experience, The Samavar is also known as the 24 Hour Coffee Shop.The OudhChefs at The Oudh believe in showering guests with an exceptional Nawaabi experience through a highlighted introduction of Awadhi cuisine wrapped in exotic spices and aromas. It is famed to be the preferred restaurant for family get-togethers, parties and social revelries.FrontierFrontier exhibits a perfect fusion of Indian and North-West Frontier Cuisine created and served for a mouth-watering culinary experience with a dark-themed ambience.NomNomBasically a hub targeting Asian cuisines, NomNom entices the visitors with its exciting and casual name. With a multitude of Chinese and orientation delicacies, it’s hard to get up from the seats once you start eating.Sagar RatnaA popular name within the spheres of Indian cuisine, Sagar Ratna impeccably highlights the aromatic gestures and local delicacies of South India.Capitol ClubHoused in this Grand Hotel, Capitol is a disco that has dominated the city’s night life for the past 10 years. Art lounge provide a platform to budding artists’ to showcase their talent in art and craft attracting Delhi’s elite crowd.ShramanAs ascetic as the name suggests, Shraman is true to its meaning, and is said to be an artistic choice to relish some of the famous Saatvic vegetarian dishes of Rajasthan, North-India and Gujarat.Zerruco- a Mediterranean restaurantFeaturing a romantic, alfresco seating, Zerruco has framed Mediterranean and Italian cuisines to a different perspective.last_img read more

Goldman Sachs Scoops Up 62B in AIG Mortgage Assets

first_img Agents & Brokers Barclays Goldman Sachs Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Bonds Mortgage-Backed Securities New York Fed Processing Service Providers 2012-02-08 Ryan Schuette “”Goldman Sachs””: scooped up $6.2 billion in risky mortgage bonds from the “”Federal Reserve Bank of New York””:, the central bank said Wednesday.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]The Maiden Lane II assets stem from the taxpayer-funded bailout of American International Group during the financial crisis.An original senior loan in the amount of $19.5 billion needed repayment, and Credit Suisse offered an initial inquiry to pick up the tab for Maiden II assets last fall. The move brought on an auction by the Fed that attracted interest from the likes of Goldman, “”Barclays””:, “”Morgan Stanley””:, and others.The federal government held out on an offer until it felt the sale would mete out a higher rate of return for the public.””I am pleased with the continued interest in these assets and am especially gratified that the New York Fed’s loan to ML II will be repaid as a result of the sale announced today,”” William Dudley, president of the New York central bank, said in a statement.The Fed aims to liquidate and sell off the remainder of these assets. in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing February 8, 2012 507 Views center_img Goldman Sachs Scoops Up $6.2B in AIG Mortgage Assets Sharelast_img read more