NDP leadership race enters critical phase as candidates prepare for final push

first_imgOTTAWA – Many NDP supporters may be focused on putting their feet up for the rest of the summer but their party’s leadership race is about to enter a critical phase as candidates eye the last leg of the campaign to replace Tom Mulcair.From now until the finish line, four candidates — Quebec MP Guy Caron, Manitoba MP Niki Ashton, Ontario MP Charlie Angus and Ontario legislator Jagmeet Singh — will be focused on the final push to sign up new members, especially with a looming Aug. 17 cutoff to bring in fresh blood.“At the end of the day, that’s going to be a big factor in who can win this race,” said former NDP national director Karl Belanger. “It is crunch time … When you bring your own people in, it is much easier to know where they are going to end up and who they are going to end up supporting.”This week, fundraising figures from Elections Canada from the second quarter will also be released ahead of a debate in Victoria — a telling moment in the race, Belanger said, noting it is critical for campaigns to demonstrate momentum when party members are preparing to make up their minds about the next leader.“If you are able to show your capacity as an individual to raise a significant amount of money, you are showing the potential you have once you become leader and use the organization and infrastructure that is in place to raise even more money,” he said.Veteran B.C. MP Nathan Cullen, a candidate in the last NDP leadership contest, said he is also watching to see how the campaigns demonstrate their strength from here on out, including fundraising prowess and social media savvy.“If you are able to demonstrate and be the momentum candidate, that is worth its weight in gold,” Cullen said. “This is a critical time.”In the first quarter, Angus led the fundraising pack with $110,765 followed by Ashton at $65,521 and Caron at $57,235. Singh was not included in this batch because he had yet to enter the race.Ashton’s campaign says it has raised more than $100,000 in the month of July alone — an indication of what’s to come, says the MP.“I will say that if our campaign is any sign, we have seen some incredible response in terms of … fundraising,” Ashton said. “Our campaign has seen that you are able to raise money and … build support.”All party members are eligible to vote for a new leader, either online or by postal mail. The winner must not only get the most votes, but also must attain at least 50-plus-one per cent of the ballots. As a result, although voting begins in September the balloting could last several rounds, stretching well into October.The ballot is preferential, meaning voters can rank candidates in their preferred order. Only those who cast ballots online can change their vote in between rounds.For his part, Singh is trying to appeal to members as a so-called “growth candidate,” suggesting the next leader needs to attract newcomers to the party.“I think the benefit of that is that we will have a bigger party,” Singh said. “At the end of the candidacy … the goal would be to financially support the party so that we are in a better position to compete in 2019 and to grow the party so that we are in a better position to form government.”Membership and money are both central concerns for the party that had about 45,000 members late last year — a far cry from the 120,000 members the NDP had following the 2012 leadership race won by Mulcair.The party is also carrying about $5.5 million worth of debt, according to 2016 financial returns.—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

Half of worlds right whales spotted in Gulf of St Lawrence in

first_imgOTTAWA — Officials say nearly half of all North Atlantic right whales in the world were spotted in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence this year during surveillance that will inform future protection measures.The federal Fisheries department and Transport Canada gave an update today on the key findings from a meeting last month on the endangered mammal.Garry Stenson, a Fisheries research scientist, says an estimated 190 right whales are believed to have been in the southern Gulf this year, nearly half the remaining population of about 411.Stenson says there is also clear evidence there has been an increase in the number of right whales in the Gulf starting in about 2015, and that the whale’s presence there was quite rare up until recent years.He says it’s believed changes in the abundance and distribution of the whale’s prey is closely related to where right whales are now being found.The information from the peer-review meeting will be used to inform management measures for 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

ARIANA GRANDE TAYLOR SWIFT BRANDI CARLILE HER BIGGEST SNUBS AND SURPRISES OF

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment SNUB: Taylor SwiftSwift just set a record at the American Music Awards, and she has always been a Recording Academy favorite, having won a whopping 10 Grammys previously. But she was practically passed over entirely this year. Not only was her latest album, Reputation, not nominated for the Album of the Year award (which she has won twice, for Fearless and 1989), but also she only earned one nod overall, for Best Pop Vocal Album.SURPRISE: Brandi CarlileThe gifted singer-songwriter has been a critics’ darling for years, and her sixth studio album, By the Way, I Forgive You, is sure to land on many 2018 best-of lists. But few pundits predicted that Carlile would be one of this year’s leading Grammy artists with six nominations total (trailing Kendrick Lamar’s eight and Drake’s seven), including for Album, Record and Song of the Year.SNUB: Camila CabelloThe breakout pop star of 2018 wasn’t expected to be up for Best New Artist, due to her previous involvement with Fifth Harmony, but it was widely predicted that her full-length solo debut, Camila, would be up for Album of the Year. Like Grande, she instead scored just two nods in the marginalized Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album categories.SNUB: The CartersIf Beyoncé and Jay-Z were hoping to avenge their controversial respective Album of the Year losses to Adele and Bruno Mars, they’ll just have to wait. The power couple did pick up three nominations (for Best R&B Performance, Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Music Video), but they were shut out of the major categories. On a related note, Bey and fellow Grammy favorite Ed Sheeran were also passed over for their hit duet, “Perfect.”SURPRISE: H.E.R.Up until recently, the true identity of this 21-year-old rising R&B singer/multi-instrumentalist — who, like Sia, tends to cover her face onstage and in photos — was a mystery. (Her real name is Gabi Wilson.) But the academy has certainly taken notice, giving H.E.R. five nominations, including two biggies: Album of the Year and Best New Artist.SNUB: Juice WrldThe SoundCloud-dominating rapper crossed over to pop radio this year with his massive hit “Lucid Dreams,” described by Yahoo Entertainment’s Grammy expert Paul Grein as “a very interesting record, a mix of pop, rap, and almost baroque elements.” Grein predictedJuice Wrld “would be the new talent that will break big as a result of the nominations” and said he was a lock for Best New Artist, but the hip-hop star was passed over entirely, even in the Rap categories.SNUB: Troye SivanThe openly gay pop star had a huge breakout year, even receiving a Golden Globe nomination this week for Best Song for his Boy Erased theme “Revelation,” and he was predicted to be up for a Best New Artist Grammy. Yet Sivan didn’t receive a single Grammy nomination this year, not even in the Pop categories.SNUB: Sam SmithSmith was the darling of the 2015 Grammys, when he won Best New Artist and Record and Song of the Year for “Stay With Me.” But this time around, he received no nominations — not even for “Pray,” which he actually performed at the Grammy Awards ceremony this past January. SURPRISE: Jorja SmithThe British R&B singer-songwriter edged out more obvious contenders like Juice Wrld and Troye Sivan in the Best New Artist race.SNUB: The Greatest ShowmanThis soundtrack dominated 2018, but failed to score an Album of the Year nod. (To put it in perspective, this soundtrack has sold more than Black Panther and A Star Is Born combined.) “It’s pretty rare for a soundtrack to be nominated for Album of the Year,” Grein notes. “Only two have been nominated in the last 25 years, O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Waiting to Exhale, and both of those were overseen by individuals who were very well-known and respected in the music community — Babyface in the case of Waiting to Exhale, T Bone Burnett with O Brother.” By that logic, the academy instead went with Black Panther, which was overseen by Grammy darling Kendrick Lamar, who leads this year’s Grammy nominations.SURPRISE: Koryn HawthorneThe Voice catches a lot of flak for not creating stars, so more casual viewers may not realize that this former Team Pharrell hopeful has carved out quite an impressive career for herself, as a contemporary Christian music/gospel artist, since placing fourth on the reality competition in 2015. She’s already won a Dove Award for “Won’t He Do It,” and that track just picked up a Grammy nomination for Best Gospel Performance/Song.SNUB: Maroon 5Cardi B cleaned up as a solo artist, scoring nominations for Album and Record of the Year and Best Rap Album. But her duet with Maroon 5, “Girls Like You” — one of the biggest hits of the venerable pop/rock band’s career — only scored one nod, for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.SNUB: Justin TimberlakePerhaps Timberlake’s poor showing this time around isn’t really a surprise, considering the critical and commercial failure of his 2018 album, Man of the Woods. But the fact that the 10-time winner was recognized in only one category (Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, for his “Say Something” duet with Chris Stapleton) shows just how far he has fallen.SURPRISE: Tierra WhackThe relatively unknown rising rap star picked up a Best Music Video nomination for the freaky “Mumbo Jumbo” (which, as of this writing, hasn’t even cracked half a million views on YouTube), going up against heavy hitters like the Carters’ “Apes**t,” Janelle Monáe’s “PYNK” and Childish Gambino’s “This Is America.”SURPRISE: Mac MillerIt’s not necessarily surprising that Miller would be recognized. What is surprising is this is his very first nomination. The late rapper’s Swimming is up for Best Rap Album, but whether he wins or not, expect him to figure prominently in next year’s In Memoriam segment.The 61st Annual Grammy Awards will take place in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2019By Lyndsey Parker | Yahoo Entertainment Music fans offended by Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow’s controversial remark earlier this year — that women need to “step up” in order to earn more Grammy nominations — will no doubt be pleased to see the just-announced list of contenders for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards packed with deserving names like Janelle Monáe, Brandi Carlile, Lady Gaga, Kacey Musgraves, Cardi B, H.E.R., Dua Lipa, Ella Mai, Margo Price, Bebe Rexha, SZA and Jorja Smith. However, some major female artists (and some male ones, of course) were shockingly overlooked this year.Let’s deep-dive into the biggest snubs and surprises among the new nominees.SNUB: Ariana GrandeThe pop star just had the biggest year of her career (in fact, the night before the Grammy nominations announcement, Billboard named her Woman of the Year), and she was considered a shoo-in for Album, Record and Song of the Year. Yet she was inexplicably shut out of all of the “Big Three” categories. She’ll have to settle for a mere two nominations in the Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance categories instead. Shockingly, Grande has never won a Grammy, and it doesn’t look like this will be her year. Thank u, next, indeed. From left: Brandi Carlile, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, H.E.R. and Camila Cabello are among this year’s surprising Grammy nominees — and surprising shutouts. (Photos: Getty Images) Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Nova Scotia orders millions of grams of cannabis ahead of October legalization

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s cannabis retailer has placed its first orders for recreational weed — 3.75 million grams worth.Bret Mitchell, president of the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, says 78 strains have been ordered from 14 vendors ahead of legalization on Oct. 17.“We have done our homework and believe the 78 strains we have ordered will provide customers with a varied product assortment,” Mitchell said in a statement. “We have carefully selected the strains and will adjust our inventory based on customer preference.”The NSLC said it expects to order about 15 million grams in the first year.The cannabis will be sold in clearly demarcated areas of 11 NSLC stores that also sell alcohol, while one downtown Halifax store will be the province’s lone pot-only retail outlet.It will be sold in five formats: flower, seeds, pre-rolls, oil and gel caps.The NSLC says it will carry 282 cannabis products and 21 accessories.“I’m extremely proud of our employees for their diligence in bringing this new product category to market in a responsible way. Our focus has always been, and will remain, on the responsible retailing of this new product category,” Mitchell said.last_img read more

Regulators consider breaking up utility over safety concerns

first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. — California regulators said Friday they are considering splitting up Pacific Gas & Electric Co. or making other drastic changes amid concerns over the utility’s role in recent gas explosions and wildfires.Among the options under consideration by the California Public Utilities Commission are breaking up the utility’s natural gas and electric distribution and transmission divisions; replacing part or all of the utility’s board of directors and its corporate management; conditioning its equity return on safety; reorganizing the company into regional subsidiaries; or making PG&E a public utility.The commission hasn’t made any final decisions and is taking comments on those and other proposals through Jan. 30. A PG&E spokeswoman did not immediately comment.“We must be careful and practical,” Public Utilities Commission President Michael Picker said in a statement. “This process will be like repairing a jetliner while it’s in flight. Crashing a plane to make it safer isn’t good for the passengers.”Regulators have been examining the utility’s safety policies for years. A review was ordered in the wake of a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes in a San Francisco suburb. The utility faced more than $1.6 billion in fines and penalties levied by the commission, and the utility was required to work with a federal monitor as part of a criminal proceeding.Officials are currently investigating whether PG&E’s equipment started the Camp wildfire six weeks ago in northern California that levelled the town of Paradise, killed at least 86 people and destroyed close to 15,000 homes. Because the cause of that specific fire hasn’t been determined, it’s not directly part of the commission’s safety examination, although regulators are considering past fires and that the utility’s service is in fire-prone areas.“PG&E has had serious safety problems with both its gas and electric operations for many years,” read a commission order issued Friday.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Quartet concerned at welfare of Palestinians affected by crisis – statement

16 June 2007Members of the diplomatic Quartet – the United Nations, European Union, Russian Federation and United States – today voiced “deep concern over the welfare and security of all Palestinians, especially those in Gaza, whose lives have been most seriously affected by the ongoing crisis.” Following a conference call on 15 June, Quartet Principals released a statement which also expressed the group’s support for efforts to meet the humanitarian needs of Palestinians and called for respect for the human rights of all those in Gaza and the safety and security of international workers. In addition, the statement called for an urgent end to the violence, and the cooperation of all parties to ensure appropriate security and access conditions for the passage of humanitarian goods and personnel both within the Gaza Strip and at key crossing points. The Quartet expressed “understanding and support for President Abbas’ decisions to dissolve the cabinet and declare an emergency, given the grave circumstances, the statement said.” Recognizing the “necessity and legitimacy of these decisions, taken under Palestinian law,” the Quartet welcomed President Abbas’ stated intention to consult the Palestinian people at the appropriate time. The statement also noted the Quartet’s “continuing support for other legitimate Palestinian institutions.” The Quartet said it “supports the efforts of responsible regional states to help calm the situation, and will continue to promote a negotiated, comprehensive, just and lasting Middle East peace in line with relevant UN Security Council resolutions.” read more

New bus shelters reflect partnership between Brock and BUSU

Brock students waiting to catch a bus in front of Schmon Tower will no longer have to worry about rain, snow — or dead cellphone batteries.Three new bus shelters along Isaac Brock Blvd. East are now open and are being well-used by students.Besides offering protection from the elements, the shelters are equipped with interior LED lights and USB outlets for charging cellphones, with all power coming from solar panels on the shelter roof.The $82,000 cost of the shelters was funded through the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) green levy, which students pay into to support green initiatives. The University provided the concrete bases the shelters sit on, helped acquire the necessary building permits and will maintain the structures moving forward.“We were able to lobby our council and board of directors to use those funds that are accumulated every year for this project,” said Kyle Rose, last year’s BUSU president who led the charge for the shelters. “We also had a lot of help from the University. If it wasn’t for the rapport we had and continue to have moving into the new (BUSU) executive, a project like this wouldn’t be possible.”Domenic Maniccia, Director of Custodial and Grounds Services, praised the joint effort.“There are so many competing projects that need dollars, so when someone steps to the plate and says ‘We’re willing to provide shelters, can you do something for us?’ it was great,” said Maniccia.The shelters also have advertising panels, which will help BUSU recoup some of the construction costs. read more

Stith with 28 points Old Dominion beats James Madison 6742

NORFOLK, Va. — B.J. Stith scored 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Old Dominion rolled to a 67-42 win over James Madison on Saturday night.Stith was 12 of 16 from the field, including four 3-pointers, for the Monarchs (5-3). Ahmad Caver added 25 points and eight assists.Old Dominion shot 45.5 per cent from the field compared to 29 per cent for James Madison.The Monarchs scored first and never trailed and a Marquis Godwin 3-pointer made it 21-11 with just less than five minutes to go in the first half. The Dukes (6-4) did not score in the final six minutes and Old Dominion led 28-11 at the break.The James Madison drought extended well into the second half while Stith scored on a 3-pointer and a layup to push the Monarchs lead to 33-13 with 15:33 to play. Later, Stith drained back-to-back 3s to make it 52-26 with 8:43 left.Matt Lewis scored 15 points with six rebounds for the Dukes.The Associated Press read more

Berbice Bridge tolls Solution staring Govt in its face but theyre

…says fair offer must be made in case of Govt buyoutChartered Accountant Christopher RamWith the recent announcement of increased tolls from the Berbice Bridge Company Incorporated (BBCI), Chartered Accountant and Attorney-at-Law Christopher Ram is of the view that the incumbent Administration could easily rectify the situation but noted that they may be ‘playing politics’ with the issue.Moreover, Ram is warning that in the event of Government buying out private shares, a fair offer must be made to investors.In a recent interview with this media group, Ram noted the implications that come from the whole situation. He said that Government could risk undermining the confidence of the private sector in future Public/Private Partnerships (PPP).At present, projects such as the new Demerara River Bridge and the Linden/Lethem road link are being premised on this PPP model.“Government is not behaving like it’s a public-private partnership. That’s what it’s supposed to be. This is a joint effort by the state and the private sector to provide a public asset, financed by the private sector in which the government makes a contribution,” Ram said.“There are concessions to the private sector, including tax holidays for a defined period, after which the asset goes to the Government… I believe the increase cannot go through without a toll order. The company cannot enforce the increase without a toll order.”Ram noted that consideration must be given to the toll increase potentially affecting demand for the service, resulting in reduced revenue from the bridge. He acknowledged that the agreement provides for the tolls to be reduced as the debt is paid off.“As the debts are paid off, the tolls will go down,” Ram noted of the project document. “Tolls will go down. Remember, you have to pay your loans. Then you have the preference dividends. All you have to do is pay the loans. And that’s how this project is conceived.”One way of resolving the issue, Ram noted, was for the life of the concession period to be extended and guarantees be given to the creditors.When it comes to suggestions being made for a buyout, he posited that careful planning is needed.“All they have to do is say, ‘Look, when the bonds mature, they’ll reinvest the bond in new bonds at Treasury bill rates, because you wouldn’t get that anywhere else… The solution is staring them in the face, but they’re playing politics.“If the Government wants to (buy out shares) it has to be fair. Government paid DDL (Demerara Distillers Limited) a premium for ordinary shares. Then surely it’s got to do the same thing.”Government bought DDL’s shares for approximately $40 million in 2016. At the time, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had indicated that he was open to offers from shareholders “for the right price.” It is an option several have posited could avert fare increases, as Government would be able to determine the tolls directly.Contacted on Monday, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson was asked whether Government is considering buying out BBCI’s private shares in order to gain control over the tolls.“No it’s not! It’s not! It’s not on the Government’s position!” he said when asked, declining to give any reasons against it.The increases were announced by BBCI Chairman Dr Surendra Persaud during a press conference recently. According to Persaud, BBCI were formally informed by Patterson that Government would not agree to requests for an increase in tolls.Cars and minibuses will now be charged $8,040; pickups, small trucks and four wheel drive vehicles, $14,600; medium trucks, $27,720; large trucks, $49,600; Art trucks, $116,680; freight, $1,680; and boats passing through the bridge will be charged $401,040.The bridge, which was built under the previous Government at a cost of approximately US$40 million, was supposed to generate enough revenue to cover operational and maintenance costs, while providing a return on the Public/Private Partnership investments. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFinance Minister rejects meeting with BBCI over bridge tolls, says Board VCOctober 30, 2018In “Business”Govt ignoring contractual obligations under Concession Agreement- BBCIJuly 11, 2018In “Business”Berbice Bridge Company facing $2.8B in losses wants increase in tolls, Govt says noJuly 10, 2018In “Business” read more

Patients at infection risk due to poor handhygiene

first_imgHAND-HYGIENE STANDARDS have been criticised  in a number of hospitals across the country after a series of inspections by the Health, Information and Quality Authority (HIQA).The largest hospital in the state, St. James’ Hospital in Dublin, was among those criticised with inspectors describing hand-hygiene practices at the hospital as ‘poor’ and posing a risk to patients of infection. Other criticisms of the hospital included ‘blood-stained cotton wool’ being visible in waste bins and a degree of clutter that obstructed access to hand wash sinks.HIQA said in its St James’ report that hand-hygiene is “recognised internationally is the single most important preventative measure in the transmission of infection in healthcare services”.The authority advises that it is essential that a culture of hand-hygiene practice be embedded in every service at all levels.HIQA released the inspection reports of five hospitals today, four or these inspections were unannounced with one of them flagged in advance.Letterkenny General HospitalThe announced inspection of Letterkenny was carried out on 5 June and found that the facility had improved since an initial unannounced assessment but some of its criticisms included:Poor hand hygiene and ’problematic’ attendance at hand hygiene training leading to a significant risk to patients of infections.Damaged doorframes.Unsecured cupboards containing three boxes of powder disinfectant.Kerry General HospitalThe unannounced inspection of Kerry was carried out on 22 August and found the facility to be ‘generally clean’ but some of its criticisms included:A heavy layer of dust noted on an ECG machine.11 out of 22 hand-hygiene opportunities not complied with.Unsecured chemical storage, clinical waste and clinical equipment.St. James’ HosptitalThe unannounced inspection of St. James’ was carried out on 13 August with HIQA saying they will conduct a follow-up inspection of the facility. Some of their criticisms included:An unsecured holding room for contaminated equipment enabling unauthorised access.Blood-stained cotton wool noted in a non-risk waste bin.Bins without closure mechanisms to mitigate against needlestick injuries.A degree of non-compliance of hand hygiene procedures that poses a risk to patients.A spokesperson for St. James’ acknowledged that there were issues to be addressed:Although the HIQA report recognises that there was evidence of good practice, the hand hygiene findings are below what St James’s normally expects and achieves. St James’s Hospital will continue working closely with HIQA to ensure best practice in all areas and will continue to keep our patient advocacy committee fully informed.HIQA’S healthcare monitoring reports, including those released today for the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital and St. Columcille’s Hospital in Dublin, can be accessed on the authority’s website.Read: Drugs fridge in unsecure area left unlocked at Beaumont Hospital >Read: Patients at risk at ‘unclean’ Waterford Regional Hospital by lack of hand washing >last_img read more

Irish jockey JT McNamara airlifted to hospital from Cheltenham

first_imgUpdated 10pmIRISH RIDER JT McNamara has been airlifted to hospital this evening after he was injured in a fall on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival.The  amateur rider was hurt when his mount Galaxy Rock crashed out of the  Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup at the first fence.After he was treated on the course by medical staff, McNamara was transferred to a Bristol hospital by air ambulance.The announcer at Cheltenham lsaid McNamara was conscious after his fall.“I’ve been told that JT is in an induced coma at the moment,” McNamara’s uncle, the trainer Andrew McNamara, said later.Speaking a fter 9pm tonight Dr Adrian McGoldrick, chief medical officer for the Irish Turf Club, said: “JT has suffered a serious neck injury.“He is being looked after at the regional spinal unit but as yet he is still waiting for a scan. So what we know so far is that he has a neck injury, but we will know far more in the morning when hopefully he will have had his scan.”Caption time: What was Michael O’Leary saying to himself at Cheltenham earlier?Irish raid continues as Solwhit storms to World Hurdle winlast_img read more

La Grande barrière de corail officiellement reconnue comme dégradée par lAustralie

first_imgLa Grande barrière de corail officiellement reconnue comme dégradée par l’AustralieLe ministre de l’Environnement australien a dévoilé un rapport dans lequel il est attesté que la Grande Barrière de corail est en grand danger. L’Unesco envisage même de la placer au nombre des sites en péril.Alors que la situation de la Grande Barrière de Corail suscite de plus en plus l’inquiétude, c’est un pas important qu’a franchi l’Australie. Dans un rapport dévoilé par le ministre de l’Environnement, Mark Butler, le pays a officiellement reconnu que cette précieuse et vaste structure était fortement altérée. “Les épisodes climatiques extrêmes ont un impact significatif sur l’état général de l’environnement marin [de la Grande Barrière], lequel a décliné de moyen à médiocre”, depuis 2009, explique le document. De son côté, l’Unesco a évoqué la possibilité de placer au nombre des sites en danger cette barrière de 345.000 kilomètres carrés qui constitue le plus vaste ensemble corallien du monde avec ses 3.000 “systèmes” récifaux et ses centaines d’îles. Une décision qui interviendra en 2014 si aucune mesure n’était prise pour limiter le développement de l’industrie sur le littoral australien. Ses recommandations, si elles ne sont pas suivies par les États, pourraient même entraîner un retrait de la liste du Patrimoine mondial de l’Humanité.Une forte tendance à la dégradation À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Bien que les pollutions agricoles aient diminué ces dernières années (-7% de nitrates, -15% de pesticides, -6% de sédiments…), cela ne suffit pas à protéger le corail. En effet, les écosystèmes du récif présentent “une tendance à la dégradation de leur état en raison d’une qualité de l’eau qui reste mauvaise et les effets cumulatifs du changement climatique et d’une augmentation, en fréquence et en intensité, des événements extrêmes”, estime le rapport relayé par l’AFP.Les inondations côtières de 2010-2011 et le cyclone Yasi ont à eux seuls détruits 15% de surface de corail au niveau de la Grande Barrière). “Une régénération complète prendra des décennies”, souligne le rapport alarmant. Mais “il existe des solutions”, a tenu à rappeler Nick Heath, du WWF. “Nous devons investir plus, mieux cibler nos actions sur les points de pollution les plus importants”, a-t-il précisé.Le 11 juillet 2013 à 17:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

State Receives Three Bids In Cook Inlet Oil Gas Lease Sale

first_imgSara Longan, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources: “We are pleased to see bid activity in the Cook Inlet lease sale. We recognize the focus of bidders has been on the North Slope in recent years. Nevertheless, significant investment is made to sustain current Cook Inlet production, while exploration activities continue to inform and support future development.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Division of Oil and Gas received three bids encompassing 10,286 acres and totaling approximately $190,350 in bonus bids from Hilcorp Alaska, LLC according to preliminary results from Wednesday’s  Cook Inlet Areawide oil and gas lease sale. Following bid adjudication, leases will be awarded to successful bidders to explore and potentially develop the leases during an eight-year lease term.center_img The Division did not receive bids in the 2019 Alaska Peninsula Areawide lease sale. The lease sales continue to include terms and conditions to promote exploration and development of Alaska’s oil and gas resources.last_img read more

Adani to Invest 2 Billion in Odisha Power Plant

first_imgGujarati billionaire Gautam Adani has planned to invest $2 billion for a 2,500 megawatt power plant at Angul district in Odisha State to boost power supply.He who build a power, mining and ports giant with revenue of nearly $9 billion has acquired a power plant from Lanco Infratech last month.”The Adani Group is the largest private power producer in India, which expects to sign a deal with the government of Odisha in next four months to set up a new plant,” Reuters quoted Rajesh Jha who looks after the group’s mining business in the state.The Adani group plans to generate 1,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity within the next three years in Odisha and will source coal from Machhakata and Chhendipada coal block with a total capacity of 70 million tonnes per annum (mtpa).The Chhendipada block has a mining capacity of 40 million tonne per annum (mtpa), which is allocated to the UCM Coal Company, a joint venture promoted by Maharashtra State Power Generation Corporation (MAHENGENCO), Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Development Corporation (UPRVUNL) and Chhattisgarh Mineral Development Corporation (CMDC).On the other hand, the Machhakata Coal block is allocated to MahaGuj Collieries Limited (MGCL), a joint venture of Maharashtra State Power Generations Corporation Limited (Mahagenco) and Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL), that projects an initial mining capacity of 30 mtpa.”We are looking at couple of sites and the exact location will be finalised within few months. The investment in the project will be close to Rs 12,500 crore,” Business Standard quoted Rajesh Jha.He added that the power plant would require 25 million tonnes of coal per year at full capacity. The land acquisition for the coal blocks by the Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) is in progress and Jha hopes that the blocks will be operational within two years.The Adani Group, controlled by Adani Enterprises has 9,240 MW of power capacity at its plants in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. It imports about 100 million tonnes of coal every year, mainly from Indonesia to feed the plants.Currently, Adani Group is implementing coal mining projects with a total annual coal production capacity of around 110 mtpa, that aims to achieve 200 mpta coal mining capacity by 2020.After the Supreme Court declared on Monday that all coal block allocations and licenses issued to mining companies were unlawful since 1993, the stock prices of most power and coal companies dropped.The stocks of Adani Enterprises dipped 1.35 percent and ended at ₹497.65 per share.last_img read more

Grenade thrown at Montenegro US embassy compound

first_imgClose-up map locating the US embassy in Podgorica. AFPAn unknown person threw an explosive device, probably a hand grenade, at the United States embassy building in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, before blowing himself up, the government said on Thursday.Messaging in English on its official Twitter account, the government said that half an hour after midnight (1130 GMT), “An unknown person committed suicide with an explosive device.”It added, “Immediately before, that person threw an explosive device from the intersection near the Sport Center into the U.S. embassy compound.”It said, “Most probably, the device was a hand grenade,” adding that police investigation and identification were underway.A Reuters photographer in Podgorica said a police vehicle blocked the street where the embassy is located, adding that no damage was visible.The embassy warned U.S. citizens to stay away until further notice.“The U.S. embassy in Podgorica advises U.S. citizens there is an active security situation at the U.S. embassy in Podgorica,” it said on its website. “Avoid the embassy until further notice.”Earlier, media in Montenegro had said the attack occurred minutes before midnight.Montenegro, the smallest of all former Yugoslav republics, was the 29th country to join NATO last May.last_img read more

Sandbox VR to Launch Star Trek LocationBased Reality Experience EXCLUSIVE

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The result is an experience that tasks players with investigating a distress signal from a lost spaceship, which involves visiting an ice moon and locating the ship — a mission that obviously starts with using the VR holodeck. “It’s probably a lifelong dream come true for ‘Star Trek’ fans,” said Sandbox VR’s creative director and head of experience Michael Hampden. Related First Look: Trailer for Venice-bound VR Experience ‘The Line’ (EXCLUSIVE) Showrunners on the Realities of Writing: ‘It’s A Continual Cycle of Panic and Fear, It’s Super Fun’ Popular on Variety The experience is being guided by “Star Trek Discovery’s” starfleet officer Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman), and lasts for close to 30 minutes. There are some combat situations, but Hampden said that it would focus more on collective problem solving than just single-person shooter scenarios. “We are trying to recreate the ‘Star Trek’ experience,” he said.Sandbox VR is one of a number of startups looking to take VR out of the home, and into malls and other locations. One of the differences to VR operators like The Void is that Sandbox puts less of an emphasis on physical cues. There are no real doors to open, and you won’t bump into props as you roam the ice moon.Instead, players will be able to see themselves, and their friends, in VR — complete with the ability to look at one’s fingers, or give each other high-fives. “We do full body motion capture,” explained Chen. “You are tracked from head to toe.”This allows Sandbox to run multiple experiences at each location, and effectively function a bit more like a movie theater that may show different films back-to-back in the same theater. “All of our experiences are available at all of our locations,” said Hampden.That vision seems to resonate with investors, who earlier this year gave the company $68 million for its global expansion. Altogether, Sandbox VR plans to have 16 location up and running by the end of the year. San Francisco-based virtual reality startup Sandbox VR has teamed up with CBS Interactive to launch a new “Star Trek” virtual reality (VR) experience this fall. “Star Trek: Discovery Away Mission” will allow up to 6 friends to enter the world of the series, complete with phasers and tricoders, and a holodeck to boot.The new location will first be available at existing Sandbox VR locations in Hong Kong, the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, and come to new locations in New York, Austin, San Diego and Chicago soon after.In many ways, working on a “Star Trek” VR experience has been a dream come true for the Sandbox VR team. President and chief product officer Siqi Chen told Variety during an interview this week that the company had long been inspired by the series. “We wanted to make a 0.1 version of the holodeck,” he recalled.Sandbox executives brought up this vision when they met with CBS some time ago, and the broadcaster suggested that they should do just that: build a real-life holodeck for a “Star Trek” VR experience.last_img read more

Ancient icosahedron 3D printing ressurrects the worlds oldest die

first_imgWhile it’s unlikely that the ancient Egyptians had anything like Dungeons and Dragons (Sarcophagi and Serpents?), we’ve never been shy about misappropriating the discoveries of pre-Christian Pharaohs. Why start now? A few months ago the internet became aware of a 20-sided die carved in serpentine and dated to the first few centuries BC. Inlaid with ancient Greek symbols, it was almost certainly used for gambling and/or simple games of chance, but it was quickly heralded as the originator of the critical hit. Forget 20s — a true gamer rolls Kappas.Now, the inevitable: a 3D-printable model of the die makes it attainable by those of us without a professional art thief on retainer. Starting at $17 and ranging to over $300, depending entirely on the materials and finishing used, this die is sure to spice up any friendly dungeon-crawl.It is also, unfortunately, likely to confuse any such gathering of the nerds, as it features the same Ptolemaic symbols as the original. Unless you’re willing to incorporate yet another chart into your role-playing sessions, this one will likely stay on the shelf as a display.The confluence of nerd interests, increasingly medieval printing materials, and the simplicity of a die’s design has actually led to quite a number of stylistically ancient dice. It turns out that almost any primary sold can look ruggedly ancient when made out of pitted steel.The thorn dice have attracted a fair amount of attention, as heavy metal steampunk or caltrops D4; the sheer variety of the die designs out there should threaten the dice-making industry.last_img read more

How iOS 11 Brings Steve Jobss Vision for the iPad to Life

first_imgJune 19, 2017 This story originally appeared on PCMag Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » When Steve Jobs introduced the iPad in 2010, he made a rather bold statement: the iPad will become the mobile computer of tomorrow.I talked to Jobs right after the iPad launch, and he said the iPad had the potential to replace one’s laptop, but I wondered if that approach would cannibalize Apple’s laptop business. I saw some early glimpses of how Jobs’s vision could someday become a reality. Seven years later, it hasn’t quite come to fruition, but there are exceptions. For some business travel, I leave the laptop behind in favor of the smaller iPad Pro; many friends and colleagues do the same.I find the iPad handles most of my productivity needs when traveling, but not all. I need a Mac or PC to write complex documents or work on large spreadsheets, so the laptop still plays a major role in my digital life. When I know I’ll need to complete certain tasks while traveling, I bring a 12-inch MacBook and an iPad Pro, although I use the iPad about 70 percent of the time while on the road.But three features coming in iOS 11 could change the way I work on the road. Drag and drop, for example, moves the iPad into the arena of being the dominant mobile computing tool everyone can use.The new mobile OS also brings the file format used on the Mac to the iPad, making a file you create on iOS compatible with any macOS device. Also, the folder structure is the same, so the look and feel is very familiar to anyone who already uses the Mac.The third notable addition to iOS 11 is the Mac-like Dock, making it easy to work between apps. This does not mean Apple will kill the Mac line. From that I have seen in macOS High Sierra, Apple continues to make macOS even more powerful, which in turn makes its desktops and laptops richer tools for those who need a lot of computing power. But you do see Apple moving the Mac to the upper-end of the productivity scale while making the iPad a more powerful tool for personal and business use.With the launch of iOS 11 this fall, Steve Jobs’s vision might finally become a reality. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min readlast_img read more

QA with Sunwings VP Sales New resorts new destinations

first_imgTags: Sunwing TORONTO — More than 5,000 agents are getting the scoop on everything from Sunwing’s popular STAR points reward program to the new 2019/2020 brochures as Sunwing’s ‘Vacation Better’ roadshow makes its way across the country.With a stop in Ottawa tonight and then on to Quebec starting tomorrow, and then heading west before the grand finale in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick at the end of the month, the roadshow visits 18 cities in all. The Woodbridge event on May 1 had a great turnout.Despite the busy schedule, VP Sales Deana Murphy made time to talk to Travelweek about Sunwing’s strong showing in winter 2018/19, what’s new for 2019/20 and why agents are so important to Sunwing… Q: Did all the cold and snow give Sunwing one of its best winter seasons ever?“2018/2019 was a strong season. As well as introducing several new destinations and hotels we also saw growth in volume from several of our new gateways. For example, this was the second season that we operated out of Mont Joli and the response from our customers there was extremely positive. “We were also pleased to return to the island of Bonaire – we remain the only Canadian airline to offer a direct flight service to this Dutch Caribbean island gem – for a second consecutive season. “Pacific Mexico was also a strong focus. We are proud to be the biggest vacation provider for Mazatlan, offering the destination from multiple gateways from coast to coast. Our newly introduced direct flight service from Montreal was well received; along with our new flight service from Quebec City to Puerto Vallarta. “In addition, in January we began our twice weekly flight service into Daytona Beach, Florida.”Q. What new destinations are you most excited about?“In addition to the new destinations mentioned above, we are very excited about having the islands of Grenada and Tobago in the brochure for the first time. We introduced flight services to both these destinations in late December and received a good response.”Q. What new resorts should agents watch out for heading into winter 2019/2020?“We have several new resorts that we’re excited about including in our brochure for the first time including Lopesan Costa Bavaro Resort, Spa & Casino and the Adults Only Club at Lopesan Costa Bavaro, which both feature stylish suites with swim-up options and access to The Boulevard, an exclusive leisure area featuring a water park, casino, nightclub and more. “Another new resort offering is Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa which will feature the first-ever overwater bungalows for Royalton Luxury Resorts and is located on one of the island’s most beautiful beaches. “There are also several properties slated to open soon including Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Cancun, a luxury entertainment-themed resort perfect for families, groups and couples and Royalton Grenada Resort and Spa, an opulent oceanfront property featuring gourmet dining options.”Q. Why are travel agents so important to Sunwing?“Travel agents contribute significantly to our business and their support is a big part of the Sunwing success story.  We greatly value our partnership with travel agents and continue to invest in training, fam trips, sales initiatives and our STAR Loyalty program.“Our team of Business Development Managers are valuable resources and agents should make sure they are connected to their local BDM as well as accessing sunwingagents.ca on a regular basis to keep up to date with our many promotions and sales initiatives.” Monday, May 6, 2019 Q&A with Sunwing’s VP Sales: New resorts, new destinations Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Posted bylast_img read more

New trial in killing of Costa Rica conservationist Jairo Mora to start

first_imgRelated posts:5 things to know about the new Jairo Mora murder trial New Jairo Mora murder trial begins in Limón with new prosecutors, same defendants Victim testifies in Jairo Mora murder retrial Video of turtle torture highlights common practice in Costa Rica A new trial for seven men accused of the brutal 2013 killing ofCosta Rica sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora will take place from from Jan. 25 to March 25, a criminal court in the Caribbean port city of Limón announced Friday. The trial is scheduled one year after the same court acquitted all seven suspects due to questions regarding the investigation and the irregular handling of evidence by prosecutors.At the time of his death in May 2013, Mora, 27, was employed as a turtle monitor for the conservation group Widecast, now renamed Latin American Sea Turtles, on Moín Beach on Costa Rica’s northern Caribbean Coast. While on patrol to protect nesting leatherback sea turtles from the area’s aggressive poachers, Mora was kidnapped along with four foreign women working as volunteers. After a lengthy and terrifying ordeal, the women eventually escaped, but Mora was beaten, dragged behind a car and left to suffocate face down in the sand.Two months later, police arrested seven suspects: Ernesto Centeno, Felipe Arauz, José Bryan Quesada, Héctor Cash, William Delgado and brothers Donald and Darwin Salmón. According to prosecutors, the suspects were part of a known poaching gang in Moín and killed Mora because of his work protecting turtle eggs.Throughout the first trial, a three-judge panel excluded most of the prosecution’s evidence due to procedural error. Telephone evidence placing the suspects on the beach at the time of the killing, as well as text messages where the suspects appeared to discuss the crime were both ruled inadmissible. On Jan. 26, 2015 judges delivered a not-guilty verdict for all seven suspects, blaming prosecutors for their mismanagement of evidence.Although prosecutors were able to schedule a new trial, it’s anyone’s guess if a new panel of judges will allow the evidence ruled inadmissible in the previous trial. Without it, legal observers say, a guilty verdict will be difficult. Facebook Commentslast_img read more